things go poorly
|14 hours 29 min ago||Open Offer to live in SD?||
I've only spent 3 days there, but I was sold after the first. We only planned to spend 2 days there, but weloved it so much, we ended up staying for another day and started to ask locals about job prospects.
I've only spent a little time in LA, but for me, SD is an easy choice. Better weather, people are really relaxed. I think traffic is better. And I'm guessing housing costs are pretty similar. I know where I'd be, but that's just like my opinion man.
|17 hours 54 min ago||Eyes on RB||
I think he was definitely watching the running back while keeping zone coverage kind of forcing the route outside where the safety should be able to cover.
If he were to agressively follow the slot, then there would have been a lot of room in the middle for the running back to go with a screen pass (which from your points would be a much shorter easier pass).
Thanks for additional analysis. Between reading your and Brian's posts I always feel both smarter (more learned) and dumber (how did I just read that in the voice of Charlie Brown adults).
|19 hours 1 min ago||42-26 Michigan||
hopefully no one picked this.
|1 day 16 hours ago||I Heard||
"Eat At Dominos!"
|2 days 16 hours ago||Disagree||
I understand having hatred for another fan base, but these are quality pieces written by someone who knows Michigan football. He understands us, and his writing is both perceptive and humorous. It is actually nice to have this type of analysis outside of a Michigan Blog. Try reading through most of the crap written by the BIG ESPN guys.
I think a couple block quotes are fine, but this one was too much.
I do think that Mr. Kass should continue to post and link to these though. A couple block quotes are good to add a little content and also to force the reader to go further if he likes what he read.
|2 days 18 hours ago||BEEF!||
I think Hurst looked a little sad when he couldn't find anyone and had to just push the pile.
|3 days 12 hours ago||Bigger Picture||
I guess my bigger picture is the perception (right or wrong) that Hoke is giving the impression that the fans are wrong for being discontent with the last few year's results. Especially when he himself set the precident that each of these past three years has been a failure. (BIG or Bust)
He doesn't need to say "no shit" but acknowledging that the fans are allowed to be upset with a performance and past results does not mean he neeeds to admit defeat on the season, nor throw his players under the bus.
I agree that people are going to jump on anything Hoke says because of results. I don't think that should give him a free pass to say anything.
|3 days 13 hours ago||I think this is the issue||
Yes, Hoke was saying "Real fans don't attack the players", however, since the question was regarding fans discontent with coaching, the blow out loss to a rival and general downward trend, its easy to see how and why his comment was misconstrued.
Personally I like the Fitzgerald response. I don't think the players are as fragile as he sometimes seems to treat them. I think its ok for a coach to say, we got our butts kisked and it is not and should not be acceptable to the fans, players, or coaches. However, there are a lot of good things to come and a BIG championship to win.
Hoke set the standard in the "This is Michigan" and his saying 11-2 without a BIG Championship is a failure. He is the one that set the bar on what is acceptable, and in year 4 it looks unlikely that we meet that standard again. He needs to be able to face that.
|3 days 17 hours ago||Not sure how likely||
cows having triplets is.
Is this a standard saying somewhere or are you talking about the literal cows you own having triplets?
|3 days 17 hours ago||YES!||
I do not like all white pants. If you add a stripes down the side, they looks better. However, since Michigan doesn't have stripes in the uniform, adding them doesn't make a lot of sense, so I'd prefer the solid maize pants and the very simple away jersey with blue numbers and maize outline.
I like the straight stripes on pants. I am not a fan of these weird shaped stripes that strangely wrap around the legs.
|3 days 17 hours ago||Interesting GA Comment||
I never even thought about the fact that GA pits students against each other. Causing that animosity in the student section is really sad. I loved the student section, as everyone seemed to always become friends in the section and were united, happy, and had that energy that just made it special.
I've actually not been to a game since the Ohio State game in 2011. Despite getting a win on a beautiful day, it was marred by the conduct of both Ohio and Michigan fans. The Michigan fan next to me was an old man that was confrontational from the start. After a quarter of him leaning against me, he blew up at me and claimed I was in his seat. I showed him how when I sat down I was not on his cusion and he continued to berate and threaten me. I told him to complain to an usher and the AD. His wife (who was much bigger than him) switched seats. She was very nice and there was plenty of room with her sitting in her seat and not trying to sit in mine. It ended well enough, but was not what I expect from the Michigan fan base. I can understand why attendance is dwindling. I will go back soon to a game (mostly have kids to young as reason can't go) but will most likely choose a less profile game with cheaper tickets and more room.
|1 week 1 day ago||Damnit||
I laughed at this comment, and then was sad panda.
|1 week 2 days ago||If you were a hot dog||
and you were starving, would you eat yourself?
It's a simple question.
|1 week 2 days ago||This||
I thought the department was touting dynamic pricing. This seems like the perfect case to apply that dynamic pricing downwards.
If it weren't for the piped in music, this would be a great day to take my son to the game. Supposed to be a beautiful fall day, lot's of room to spread out and run.
For anyone that has not been to a game due to cost, I highly recommend making an attempt to go this weekend. By parking a little ways away, you can get free street parking, and tickets close to the stadium should be very inexpensive. Add in the beautiful fall day in AA, and it should be a great experience.
|1 week 2 days ago||Why would Hoke dictate tempo?||
Hoke has made it clear that he is a defensive minded coach who lets the offensive coordinator run his offense. To me, this means the OC should be able to call plays, and dictate the speed at which they run those plays. Nuss seems to want to speed things up and change tempo. Why would Hoke interfere in this one regard of the offense.
If this is true, this seems just as detrimantal as a head coach allowing a DC to run the defense, with the exception of dictating the type of defense the DC needs to run.
This is also frustrating when watching DG struggle. It seems that up tempo offenses can help a QB a lot. It usually vanillas up the defense, making it easier to read and identify the hot route, and seems to simplify the reads and allow an ebb and flow to the offense. Getting players into play mode and out of over thinking mode.
|1 week 3 days ago||You need a gimmick||
All good coaches have a gimmick. Like a hat, or a sweater vest, or always wearing a stupid wind breaker, or not wearing long sleaves.
I'd also like to throw my name into consideration. I would walk to Michigan to be coach (I live in Plymouth). My gimmick would be to wear a michigan hat with a curved bill and a headset at all times. And by all times I mean, during press conferences, recruiting trips, always. I'd try to work this into an endorsment deal like Headsets by Dr. Dre. Your move Brandon.
|1 week 3 days ago||Ron English||
is available I think.
|1 week 3 days ago||Agree some||
but after a rough weekend where my 2 month old spent a couple days in the hospital, I was looking forward to escaping to some Michigan football, which in reality has no real affect on my life.
Saturday's performance was far from an ideal place to escape to. Losses I can take, but an unexpected blowout to a rival was just one more blow after a rough weekend.
I am suprised though, that most of the discourse after the loss has not been super hostile. This board has many times been a place I really did not enjoy visiting (the process was hard, and the time when a bunch of people got tossed after a disagreement over calling a recruit young made this board brutal). Most people so far have been angry, but have apoligized and admitted when they were wrong when others have rationalized for them. Again, apologies and aadmissions of wrongness on the internet. MgoBlog community is doing pretty well considering.
|1 week 4 days ago||I agree||
It'd actually be easier for me if I could pinpoint the whole problem on the line, but I can't. The promise was that with mediocre line play, we'd see a good to very good offense and a great defense. I felt the line was mediocre, at least in the beginning with some reach blocks, yet the offense stalled and I couldn't see why.
I also agree with you below that I think it's a benefit to rotate Hayes in a little more.
|1 week 4 days ago||Sure||
There are a lot of things that need to get fixed on this team. But you don't have to do or discuss them all in order. This seems like an obvious fix to one of the small problems.
I'd love to hear you discuss any of the other 20 problems with a rationale solution. I'm pretty sure you have the points to start a topic.
|1 week 4 days ago||Yes thank you||
Those were the breaks. Thanks
|1 week 4 days ago||Hayes||
You are right that he got his on large third downs, but he has good hands and speed and picked up a couple very nice blocks that had me rewind to see who that was.
|1 week 4 days ago||Not the biggest problem||
But we should be striving for gains in all parts of the game as we saw we need to on Saturday. I do disagree though. I think there is a separation between the two backs. Gaining an extra yard or two every run adds up a lot by the end of the game. 3rd and 5 is a big difference than 3rd and 7. I think Smith helps put the team in that better position.
|1 week 4 days ago||No paragraphs||
Not sure what happened. Original post showed paragraphs
Mods; if you can see paragraphs in original post and help fix, I'd appreciate it a lot. I know that you are busy with trolls and new accounts so no rush. Thanks.
|1 week 5 days ago||Caption||
"He didn't even ask me to hold his beer"
Now I'm waiting for the rare picture of OSU fan acting dignified.
|1 week 5 days ago||That's a long time||
To be passed out
|2 weeks 14 hours ago||No||
we are not saying BU-rns.
|2 weeks 18 hours ago||Ole Miss||
Of course 5*'s want to go to ole miss. For all the uh.. you know...not illeagal gotten stuff.
|2 weeks 19 hours ago||45-17 Michigan||
Beat the Chicks!
|2 weeks 1 day ago||This is the same program||
that locked down their previous coach with a massive $40 million 10 year contract after a loss. I don't think they really think things out as much as you'd expect they would.
Positive for them, they only have a couple more years left on that contract WOOOO.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Paint your face purple||
and tossle between screaming obsentities and having a look of utter dissapointment at whoever is around you. Should help you with trying to think like Brian Kelly.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Stanford 2007||
Wasn't Stanford so bad in 2007 that the USC loss was considered (on paper) a bigger upset than the Horror? Stanford is a pretty short sighted series to maintain.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||At least Delany||
Showed them by giving us equally bad east coast teams in Maryland and Rutgers. Suck on that Notre Dame!
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Peppers and Hayes||
Hayes is a senior so they probably don't plan on having Peppers on offense much or at all this year as a freshman, but have options next year and so on.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I hope not||
I really like the number 88. I'd like to see it have some staying power.
I wish they would have rolled out the legends stuff differently. Put a couple numbers up every couple years. There'd be less number changes, and the numbers (and legend) would be better known and paid better homage. Right now it feels like giving the numbers away is more of a chore than a celebration.
I'm definitely not against it. I think 98 looks awesome on Gardner, but just feel it needs to be toned down.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Two Questions||
1. You should switch back t to your old avatar cause it was awesome and easier to recognize you. (ok not a question)
2. Is this a situation where the DC may be testing his core defense for sound play because the defense is in a losing sitiation? And by losing I mean 6 defensive players against 5 blockers with the 6th optioned off. What would be a typical defensive call to mitigate this? A blitz that forces the option hand off, or simply bringing the SS down into the box?
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Same Drive||
I used to have to do this drive a lot since our manufacturing facility was just south of Dayton. I was always really happy when the rental car had XM radio because otherwise there were only two types of radio stations for about 2.5 hours of the drive (conservative talk and Christian- no politics or religion). The fall time at least had some changing colors. Mostly it was just put the car and my mind on cruise control at a paltry 67 mph.
Another thing I hated about the drive was you had to leave by a certain time. If you left to late, you hit Dayton lunch traffic, Toledo afternoon traffic and Detroit afternoon traffic, adding a couple hours to the drive.
They also have ice storms when we have blizzards. As much as I hate driving in a blizzard, I'll take it any day over driving through an ice storm.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Made me laugh as well||
I'm glad I went to the site to read. This reference proves that he has a very good knowledge of Michigan Football. His write up was very fair and balanced.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I thought you were a savage||
Why the two stories?
I trust you as far as I can throw you. Which isn't far seeing as I don't know where you live and even if I did know, it'd probably be an unreasonable distance for me to travel to you at this juncture in my life, and even if it was a reasonable distance, it still probably wouldn't be far, as I am a little out of shape and throwing another human being (outside of jazz from fresh prince) is probably not easy, especially if you didn't want to be thrown, which I am making the assumption you wouldn't want to be
|2 weeks 6 days ago||As someone who has||
had trouble eating an Lemonade Icee crammed next to 100,000 other fans, I find some of these new food options to be difficult to consume while enjoying the game. Maybe I am alone in thinking this though.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I'll be at home||
with my two sons (2 months and almost 2 years) alone while my wife heads to New York for the night. Should be interesting trying to watch the game.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||yellow and blue||
something something somehting something something something HAAAAIIIILLLLL something something something something.....
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Really woke up the crowd||
My friend with went me after my wife woke up really sick. He is a Chips fan and State fan so he had no one to root for. The game being cancelled I think was his best outcome which technically happened.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||You have a fever||
and the only cure is MOAR FUTBAL!!
Enjoy the game. I think you are around the student section so you should have a great time.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Not the only one||
I was excited too. I thought he was going to be pretty good. Was hoping he'd run like Brandon Minor based on some of his highlights and thought he'd contribute early as a freshman. I also thought that Houma looked good and might get some more carries, so maybe I'm not the best one to have on your side.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I'm no expert||
but our best SS by far over the last 7 years was probably one of the least physically gifted players comparitively. Kovacs was amazing with how quickly he got himself and others into position preplay and was so quick to identify the play, he was rarely beat. On top of this, he was a great tackler, with almost perfect form.
I remember there was a lot of clatter on the board about an eventual "more athletic" player taking over eventually (I believe after his sophomore year) before everyone agreed that he was great and would be missed a lot.
This leads me to believe that SS is a LOT more cerebral than what we believe. This is probably a huge transition for Thomas both in a position change and in how he has to play the game. I'm guessing he dominated HS because he was so much more gifted than other players, and now has to become a student of the game. Hope he does, because he could still be special.
I think this is also similar to Morgan. He came in as a freshman and did ok, and has played well the last 2 years. He was a QB in high school as well and I believe had a high football IQ that has kept some of the more "athletic" players behind him on the bench.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I like this||
hopefully their safeties are in a similar position.
|3 weeks 16 hours ago||Multiple Laughs||
Would read again!
Love the write ups BiSB. Congrats on the new one. Get your DVR ready because watching a game without interuption from now on will be harder.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||So||
You're asking if this is a good idea or not. This guy responds that sitting next to a 1 year old would make his experience less enjoyable and supplying some mgoblog wit. You respond that he doesn't have kids so should not chime in on this. And you label him the jackass?
|3 weeks 1 day ago||My own business?||
Not sure what you mean. I provided my advice above. I think tailgate is good idea, and game is bad idea. I also don't see how you believe you aren't doing this for you.
Just because you can't understand why someone isn't super excited to sit next to your kid at a game, or out at dinner, or on a plane or whatever, does not mean that they are wrong or horrible people. That's the point. It might not be the noise, it may be for other reasons.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Easy there||
Many agree (as you can read in the posts) that bringing your 1 year old is probably not a good idea. You have to admit, you are doing this for you, not for your daughter. You will get a photo, but your daughter won't remember this. Your daughter would probably be much happier playing with $2 worth of bubbles.
When I've flown with my son, I could see people cringe when they saw that they were sitting near us. This does not make them bad people for not wanting to sit next to a baby on the plane. Luckily he didn't cry and was good, but there was plenty of reason for them to not want to sit next to us.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||This sounds rough||
as a person who doesn't like to miss any of the action, I love the fact that I have DVR. Just trying to get through a saturday game at home with my son (1 last year) while my wife is at work, I am constantly pausing and fast forwarding through the commercials. I don't know how parents survided without them.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||I was about to say the same||
I tailgaited the Nebraska game at the golf course last year. My wife brought my 1 year old son a little before the game. He had a great time and we watched the game from the tailgate. He took some of his first real steps on the golf course. I will take him to more tailgates this year, but not to games.
I can't imagine this is going to be a great experience. Not a lot of room, the september games can be hot, and it will be loud. Good luck to the OP. You're going to need it.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||I'd like to make it through||
a bye week without changing either the offensive or defensive scheme. That'd be nice.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||This Comment!||
I needed this man, I needed this.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Thought you were going to say||
Price is Right
|5 weeks 2 days ago||If we ever get a mascot||
Those are my vote
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Not pre meditated||
But he put a lot of thought into that punch. He wasn't threatened or in danger. He also ran away and lied to the police as there was no elbow shove or threat. There was a death just a few months ago on a soccer field when a player sucker punched a ref. I don't see a whole lot of difference here except York was lucky his punch wasn't fatal. I don't see how he is being treated unfarely here. I'm sure if the victim was you or one of your loved ones, you'd be singing a slightly different tune.
I don't think he can't still contribute to society, but he has made a long hard road for himself. There was a football player a few years ago that seriously injured a hockey player. I thought he got off easy, but his long hard road was well deserved.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||The Victors||
is better than seven army nation along with the Go Blue chant played by the band.
They are both a million times better than Build me up butter cup, sweet caroline, and Don't stop believing, that I believe retract from an intense intimidating atmosphere. If it was just occasionaly seven nation army, maybe a lose yourself, with mostly band, I could live with it. Piped in music to me, detracts as much as it helps.
There have been plenty of times before the piped in music when the big house was rocking. I think the loudest was during the ND game in 2009. Everyone was cheering and into the game.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Yup||
I failed to see this elbow bump that initiated this. And Csonte sure didn't come off as scared until he took off after he laid out the other kid. With the video I hope it is a quick decision to dismiss him permantely from both the team and University.
You know what's tough Csonte? Being the bigger man and walking away.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||I didn't say it did||
however, you were making the point that Seven Army Nation has helped. I believe it has not helped win or lose a game so saying there is the benefit of adding home field advantage is moot.
If you want to say you like it, go ahead, but I was refuting a specific point you made for why it was good.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Home Field Advantage||
I bet Michigan's record (percentage wise) was better before seven army nation.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Wow||
So a public apology from the staff member who went through one of the toughest events one must go through is the same to you as if Brian had just said "shipped these out later cause I made more money if I did, dolla dolla bills ya'll". How can you not see the difference here?
|5 weeks 2 days ago||I don't drink Oberon||
So I don't fully understand why you would be mad about missing the 6th bottle. I mean, think of how much more Oberon will be available to the people in Chicago now, who drink way more beer than where you drink beer. I mean, this makes sense for Oberon since they will make more money, plus it gives people in Chicago (a larger a market) a chance to drink more of the product. I mean what are you going to do, STOP buying more Oberon and drink a different beer or maybe another liquor? HA, you are just mad to be mad.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Those are not in anyway similar||
Those examples of losing money on a new car or buying an old game are not similar. Those are both relatively known at purchase. The fans who purchased the tickets were lead to believe that they were getting a product that they were not going to get. This is not an ethical way to run the AD.
If you are as furgal as you say you are, this should not be a difficult concept to understand.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||I don't have season tickets||
but there are many good reasons to be mad as a season ticket holder that should not be dismissed by Brandon or the commentors on here.
The argument is not whether an outdoor game in Chicago is a good or bad idea. If you are bringing this up in december last year, then I believe you would get a pretty good overall agreement from both season ticket holders and non season ticket holders. I think a game against Wisconsin would be great, as Michigan hasn't played them often and it is almost in the middle of two pretty great hockey powers that are relatively close to Chicago.
The outrage comes from the fact that the AD promised a 15% decrease to season ticket holders and the way they partly accomplished this was to take away a marque game AFTER the season ticket holders assumed (rightfully) they had paid for it.
I am suprised at the number of great commentors that are so obtuse when it comes to understanding where the outrage comes from.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Haiku closing arguments?||
Promises were made
Yet ticket prices higher
It's all your fault sieve
Sorry, I'm an engineer so I don't really understand.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||I heard that||
season ticket holders can get 50% off two pops if they just buy one. That is a 50% savings!! I don't see how people can get upset about saving money.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Was watching Kovacs in OSU 2011 game||
and I forgot how good he was. I think he was a huge part of the reason the defense was as good as it was. With Martin and VanBergen getting the line set up and Kovacs getting everyone in the back 7 in position, the players all just seemed to react, and Kovacs was so disruptive on blitzes and breaking up screens.
I'm hoping the veteren defense has some guys that can get everyone in the right position to just go.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Kinda wanted to see him at RB||
Seemed like he was a good switch up RB as he is very different then the others in the group. Also seemed like he'd be an excellent RB for the scout team. Lots of small quick/ fast RBs in the league. Glad he is happy with the switch.
I really hope one of the RBs breaks out. It'd be great for opposing defenses to have to pick their poison on whether to cover the RB running, Devin running, or Devin Passing.
|6 weeks 14 hours ago||Not Hyperbole||
Thought the "Mike Hart" comparison might just be hyperbole, but wow did some of his runs look like Hart when he was in traffic. He gets down low and puts his hands on the ball till he's free. I'd be very pleased if he can run like Hart did in college. Top speed isn't important if you can't get to the position to need it. Looks like agreat pickup especially if we run the zone blocking.
|6 weeks 16 hours ago||"managed to keep it quiet"||
Of course he did. It's not like it's easy to talk with a broken jaw.
|6 weeks 16 hours ago||Be that guy||
Peppers has suited up once in pads at Michigan? I think he's doing pretty well already if he is considered the starting NB by the first game.
|6 weeks 16 hours ago||You could be at this||
|6 weeks 16 hours ago||Peppers will play offense this year||
Peppers will spend plenty of time on offense from all his interceptions and fumble recoveries from huge hits.
|6 weeks 18 hours ago||I think you are right||
Just look at the fact that they made him switch Numbers so some other player can get the coveted #18. I mean I appriciate him leading the Big in interceptions and all, but really this guy just can't hang.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||I don't recall||
a game being played that day.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Crazy||
That was my first game as well. I was a senior in high school and had been accepted to Michigan. I visited my brother who got me a ticket for the game. I don't remember much from the game except we were very high (row 70-80) in the endzone and there was a lot of room up there.
Even though both parents went to Michigan and my dad watched the Michigan games, my fandom didn't start until my freshman year in 98'. I had great seats (row 4 in section 31) and had a blast down there, and fandom kept growing from there.
Funny, I thought you were older.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||oops||
|6 weeks 2 days ago||3 Wide set||
I'd hope we run a decent amount of 3 wide sets, especially with Butt out. Based on what I've heard about players abilities, I'd have Funchess on outside (for obvious reasons) and Canteen on the outside as well, based on his speed and route running, and put Darboh in the slot based on his size and supposedly great hands.
It'll be interesting to see if Canteen is more like a Manningham or a Breaston type. If he plays like either I'd be very happy. If Darboh could channel some Avant, and Funchess continues do do even more Funchess stuff, this could be one of the most entertaining passing attacks in a while.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Perhaps||
but I'm not ruling out a Mt Rushmore reference until he clarifies.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||I wish Heiko||
would have committed to the blog, rather than just to an offensive coordinator. As soon as we lost Borges I knew we'd lose Heiko.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Gracefull like a swan||
I really am sad I didn't get to see him play more at Michigan. He had that chaotic play that was just fun. Like a big puppy truly enjoying the game except with skill on top of that. Hope he does well. I will probably have to watch the NBA now with all the Michigan players I still want to follow.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Did you use research to find this?||
It looks like he will avoid the pitfalls many athletes run into when they invest in businesse like restaurants and such because;
"In the business world you can either have a good chance at a business you want to start or a bad business that that won't sell or bring in money."
|7 weeks 12 hours ago||People didn't ride dinosaurs 5,000 years ago||
People drove cars built out of stone and wood and had to be started and stopped with thier feet.
Instead people used dinosaurs like kitchen appliances and to excavate rocks before we had machines to do that stuff.
I think that is where the confusion comes from.
|7 weeks 13 hours ago||Appearance is largely genetics.||
Except when you make yourself blue
|7 weeks 13 hours ago||Great||
now I have the opening song of perfect strangers and my head. Way to go guys, way to go.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||I'm halfway through Feast||
and it has been dragging. Especially compared to SoS, where all the characters were great and the hits just kept coming. Hopefully it picks up and the 5th book will be better with characters I am more familiar with and story arcs I enjoy more.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||McGuffie||
I'd say he lived up to his hype his freshman year. He was one of the bright spots on that offense and had a huge game against ND. His upright running style lead to injuries, which shortened his career, but I think he competed and showed well for the time he was healthy.
I agree that Norfleet seems like a player that appears like he is doing more, but isn't. I actually think Gallon was the opposite. His movements were so fluid that it almost snuck up on you how fast he was going, or how quick his cuts were. Probably why he was so good and hard to cover.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||I don't like this||
I don't like when data doesn't back my opinion/ agenda. According to your data, we should be expecting between 7-9 wins. I am expecting 11-12 (regular season) based on my very scientific "that's what I want the record to be Damnit!" /s
Great work though. I love this sight for many reasons, but the statistical models are always great, even when Mathlete's go above my head. Like you said, hopefully a 5th year senior QB can increase the percentage.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||I thought||
all writers drank?
|7 weeks 2 days ago||QB Controversy||
Who's going to start in fall?
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Couple Things||
1. Love the #BBQMaizeRace thing. Getting the recruits to explore the campus in a fun activiety with each other and take pictures together is brilliant. Kudos to whoever thought that up.
2. I don't follow recruiting a lot, so this is probably more me than anything, but man this feels like the quietist recruiting we have had in a while (not in quality, but in overall coverage). I had no idea they had 9 recruits and as highly ranked as they are. Maybe it's just been the focus on the decommits and the focus on who's next
|7 weeks 3 days ago||A slippery Rock highlight||
would be cool. I'm glad we atleast still have game stats. Game highlights would be great, and replays have been something that has been wanted for years. Seeing MSC in high definition isn't what I was expecting when the video boards were first announced.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Where's Mgoblog's Smile Committee?||
How will you keep up with other blog's if you don't have a committee coming up with fun dress codes and organizing cake's for birthday's?
I think this will be the only way you can keep your crew working on weekends.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||I don't think we are far off||
I think many do believe that winning and winning the right way are huge, but those are both part of the Michigan tradition and ethos. The Michigan Man was largely mocked after the whole RR thing, but Michigan fans hold winning the right way, the Michigan Man way, very high on their priorities. Those who say will be champions is the way the team has been run for decades, and championships means winning is a major part of the tradition.
Where we seem to differ is in the rest. I think there are many things that separate Mihcigan beyond just the most wins. Like I said, the tradition, the Big House, the Victors, the winged helmet with simple solid blue jersey and maize pants are all parts of what makes Michigan unique. Michigan doesn't need to strive to be Oregon, because Michigan is Michigan and I expect our AD to be able to sell that to kids.
I think Hoke understands this and would tell you uniform changes is probably one of the smallest points he uses when selling to recruits. When you hear his speach he knows what Michigan wants. Years: 135, Championships: 42, Beat: ohio
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Yost||
I was referring to the Fieldhouse in regards to hockey games, not the coach. And a winning tradition is huge at hockey games I agree. However, I don't agree that the scoreboards have made the game anymore exciting. What made me love going there as a student was the fans. I was laughing the whole time as a freshman when I first went, and continued going through my 5 years. Not once did I say, this experience needs a better scoreboard, or this experience needs fireworks or anything else. The atmosphere was great, because of ugly goalie chants, dancing band directors, announcer thankyou's, cowbells and the victors. Winning definetely is a big part, but to discount the rest means Michigan is no more special than any other college team, and I don't believe that.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||You and Timmay beat me to it||
This answer from DB seemed to be the most pointed in the "why DB doesn't get it". I do understand that he does get pressure from the 15-16-17 year olds to be like Oregon. His, and the coaches jobs, is to convince them, or sell them, why Michigan doesn't need to be Oregon, because this is Michigan. Bo got this. When he came to Michigan and the coaches offices weren't as nice as the newer Miami (ntm) offices, he told his coaches how Yost hung his hat on this nail and whatnot. Oregon doesn't have The Victors, the banner, the winged helmet. This is Michigan has been our slogan for the past three years forgodsakes.
Yost isn't better because of the fancy scoreboards. Yost was great because of the fans and the traditions they made. If he wants another Whiskey, he should promote the two kids in the dancing air man costumes to be the mascots, because those are both great and unique, and not something that is canned. That is what makes Michigan and college sports great. The fans being part of the tradition in both creation and continuance.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||I do expect Michigan||
with a 2nd year starting 5th year senior QB, with a talented group of recievers, a large group of talented RBs, a large group of talented OL (young I will give you that), and a very telented and veteren defense to win 75% of their games. Actually higher. If Michigan is 9-3 with 3 losses to ND, MSU, and OSU, I will not be happy, as it does not meet the Michigan Metric of winning the BIG. Hoke set this standard his first year when he turned around a team to be 11-2 yet didn't win the BIG and was in his mind a dissapointment.
Michigan has high standards and should have high standards. And, outside the OL, I don't see any position group on the team that can't get us a BIG chamionship. The Coaches are surely aware of this, and I'm sure are taking the steps to get this group where they need to be to compete.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Camera Adds 1% body fat||
But honestly, 9% at 220 lbs is still 20 lbs of fat. If he lost 8 lbs he'd be around 6%, so I think his numbers are pretty accurate. Huge change from what he was. He lost over 40 lbs of fat and gained over 20 lbs of mucle. That is a monster year in the weight room. Hopefully this is combined with some good footwork and blocking and we can see some good results.
It'd be great to have a serious complete backfield. It seems like it has been since Hart/ Henne that we've had one. I still wish I could have seen Minor Rage with Denard. That backfield always seemed like it would have been killer.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Fall Wedding||
I know it is unnacceptable around here to have a fall wedding, but I had a fall wedding and it was great. My wife and I met in A2 and both loved the fall. We got married in A2 and had the reception at the union. The day was the MSU-Michigan Game, but we were able to schedule the wedding around the game (it was away) so that we could watch. It helped me during the day because I was focused on the game. Everything turned out great, walked down to the Victors with my new wife, had maize and blue pom poms, yellow and blue flowers, and pre reception donuts and cider from the dexter cider mill. I don't regret one bit of it.
In regards to kids and watching games, I just thank god that DVRs have been long established before I had kids. I am constantly pausing and fast forwarding through commercials. Kids mean my priorities have had to change, but there is still plenty of options.
|8 weeks 18 hours ago||I've found||
It's always best to interpret whatever someone says the worst way possible. This is the way of the internet and can never steer you or a conversation wrong.
|8 weeks 18 hours ago||Man John Ryan is gonna be mad||
I mean Jack?
It definitely starts with a J
Jebodiah seems wrong yet...
|8 weeks 1 day ago||I think you hit it on the head||
I think the AD wants to create and control the "tradition" rather than let the fans create and own it themselves. Yost was great when I was there because I felt like the fans were a huge part of the show and the fans got to create and own this fanfare. The fans weren't told when to chear by the announcer "that's another lions FIRST DOWN". The fans knew to tell those cheating bastards c-ya, they knew that the opposing goalie was both a sieve and ugly and his mom called us a lot. The band director danced and the fans decided when this was acceptable (3rd period game in hand). And the fans thanked the announcer for informing us with 1 minute left. The only time this was recognized was on special occasions and the announcer played along and understood how sacred and special a "your welcome" could be.
Fans group think will come up with traditions a hundred times better than any MBA sitting in a group think marketing team can think of. Especially when you have as many creative students to bounce off of. The AD really needs to mainly supply the canvas and allow the fans take care of the rest (with the help of a band).
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Agree as well||
I know that the band has to compete with piped in music, but I remember (98-03) when the band was totally interactive and I coule hear them. I loved when the smaller groups would head to the different sections and pump up the crowd.
I know there was a discussion by a couple band geeks (meant as respect, I played in band and jazz band in high school) who know more than I do, who spoke about other bands using more brass vs MBB using winds because in a concert setting it sounds better. I didn't much understand this. The main venue is on Hill and in the Big House. I want to be able to hear in that venue and think the band should be taylored to that atmosphere. Hopefully the band can come back strong.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Any excuse he needs||
I'm fine with. HA!
|8 weeks 2 days ago||I wouldn't call him a true fan||
look at the closet doors, just a blank white.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Isn't imitation the best form of||
Isn't imitation the best form of flattery?
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Virtual Seat||
I will be watching from my virtual seat at home. The virtual reality machine will simulate being squeezed into an 11 inch seat. I will have people yelling "down in front" while 7 nation army blasts at me. What a future.
Oh, and If I don't have my hoverboard by then, god help me.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||That seems harsh||
They only used to have to run steps. I couldn't imagine running stadiums.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||I agree||
I never had to take a car once when I was drinking in my 5 years. A mile can go by quick when you are drunk.
Only time we needed a DD was for Windsor and that was always a short straw type situation.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||It's no||
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Just about to say the same||
I like but hate when Michigan is in a recruiting battle against Kentucky in basketball and Alabama in football. I get my hopes up, only to play debbie downer when I think of the past battles.
|10 weeks 12 hours ago||Corey Lacanaria||
He reminds me a lot of Gallon. Not very big, and not sure if elite fast, but their quick cuts and routes just get them open, and then have sure hands to make the catch. Hopefully I remember to watch him in a couple games.
I loved the rest of it. Lots of intensity where you know that they did not want to lose. I really liked seeing the different commits to schools and players competing against each other. I'm guessing they get to know and like each other in the camps, which adds to the intensity to beat each other on game day.
|10 weeks 17 hours ago||I really like||
Papa John's Pizza :(
|10 weeks 1 day ago||"Tried Hard"||
Gardner vs OSU - Threw for 451 yards with a 71% Completion @ 10 yards / pass attempt with 4 TDs vs 0 INTs = Tried Hard
Morris vs KSU - Threw for 196 yards with a 63% Completion @ 5.2 yards / pass attempt with 0 TDs vs 1 INTs = Made O-line look good
I truly think that Morris can be good, but don't think he's there yet, which is fine, because he hasn't even been here a year. However, I think you are selling Gardner just a little short on what he has and can do.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||This year would have been a huge upset too||
and you saw what happened.
Personally I don't see a huge increase from a junior Braxton to a senior Braxton. He is great, and I don't think that will change. I do think that the losses will be felt on their OL and in losing Hyde. I think our defense makes a jump as well, which will help to reduce their offensive output even further. I do think it will be hard to replicate last years offensive output against them, but I don't think it's unheard of that they could be very proficient by that time of the year.
I also think you overestimate State. They are going to be a very good defense, but Dennard and Lewis will be missed. A drop in defensive production from top 2 to 10 is possible and significant. They also had a lot of issues on offense last year early (like completing a pass) that they overcame as their offense gelled. I like our chances to have an offense gel by that time.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Don't discount||
the losses on OSU's Oline and Hyde. That was a recipe for disaster against our undersized defense. If we are improved on front 7 and they are slightly worse at OL and RB, that swings the game in our favor. Although Gardner had a hell of a game last year.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||I'll jump on this bandwagon||
I think that we will beat MSU though and possibly lose to OSU. I think that Michigan's offense has gelled by that time and can provide enough counters to soften a slightly less good MSU defense.
The loss could also be to ND since the game is so early and Michigan will be missing a few key contributers who will be key later in the year. I'd take a ND loss and MSU and OSU wins any day for a chance at the BIG championship.
I hate that I do this to myself every year.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||It is an attribute||
but I'm arguing the point that it is not as important an attribute as some make it out to be. Is it nice to have? Yes, but there are a ton of other things that are more important. Banks (Iowa), Smith (OSU), Brees (Purdue) are just a few examples of smaller QBs that have excelled in college. I just think that if he is a legit 6'1", then his height is not that big of a drawback. The batted down passes were just one argument people have against "smaller" QBs that isn't always the case based on release point and how fast the ball gets out.
Your point about the running backs is what I am trying to make. Size and speed is a huge metric when it comes to RB. By all accounts, Carlos Brown should have been the better running back than Hart, but we know that wasn't true. If I'm looking for RBs I am still looking for fast and big, but I've learned that I should not discount a player solely based on some metric for the "ideal" player. Hart showed he was a good football player all through high school and continued in college. Malzone has shown to be a good football player in games in high school and I think this is more important than an inch or two in height.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Over my head||
|10 weeks 1 day ago||I feel the height issue is too harsh||
(not by you but in general). Plenty of "short" QBs have been very successful in a whole lot of different offenses and 6'1" (if truly a 6'1") seems more than tall enough with a high release point, which it appears he has. The most batted balls at the line I can remember came from our 6'6" QB.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||I know very little||
but it appears his mechanics look good. His initial first step seems to be large, and his resulting steps seem to keep his rear foot properly spaced. I thought I remember the depth and number of steps is more dependant on the scheme than anything. RR used a quick three step throw a lot, while more prostyle use a longer drop. He also keeps the ball high and tight and appears to have a quick delivery.
You are right though, it doesn't matter how well a player throws and moves in controlled drills. QBs are made when the pocket is callapsing and keeping these mechanics under pressure. I rmember that being one of Brady's best traits when he played here. While freshman/sophmore Henson had more talent (arm strength and speed), Brady seemed to be the same no matter what the situation and was masterful in the pocket.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||I call my plays||
from behind the QB when I'm on my X-box.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||I don't believe||
you are sorry at all.
And Defense, I would like to see Taco and Thomas break out as they have a lot of talent, size, and speed and could be great if they match that with tecnique and football smarts.
On offense, I do think Smith will do well, but this will be based on improvements on the line more than his developement. I would take a moderate cohesive OL over couple All Big players coupled with no chemistry.
Not sure if Butt can be considered a possible break out based on last years performance, but he will be very good and I think Bunting will be in this year as well. Look for a Funchess, Butt, Bunting, Darboh goal line package at some point.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Some of those blocks||
are almost as good as the run itself.
|11 weeks 14 hours ago||I agree||
I am an engineer but started in the SNRE. I found that I did not belong and was weird for taking calc and physics classes as my electives. I decided to switch to engineering where I'd get to do the stuff I really enjoyed. I still was going to college to get a career so I could live, and was lucky enough to get a field that matched what I like.
I also think it is ok for players to enjoy football AND get paid for it. I don't think it has to be one or the other.
|15 weeks 13 hours ago||Wow||
That's a bold comparison, which I'd gladly take, but I also saw the same comparison in Ace's hello post by someone.
I liked that I read he keeps his feet high. If he can avoid some of the arm tackles that can tend to trip up some of the taller backs, i'd be quite happy as well. Hopefully he can block. Seems to be one of the major deficiencies the backs had the last few years outside of Vincent Smith.
|15 weeks 16 hours ago||I'm guessing||
they also were planning on getting up early to go to church in their version as well.
|15 weeks 16 hours ago||All it takes is once||
to become a trend on the internet. Just ask Lloyd Brady.
I tease cause I care
|15 weeks 16 hours ago||Personally||
If he is the best bcak, I want him on the field. If he is not, then a RS is fine.
|15 weeks 16 hours ago||One of my favorite backs to watch||
was Minor, and it sounds like he is somewhat comparible. There always seemed a little chaos when Minor had the ball, which was fun to watch. I'd take a comparible back if that is what we are getting.
I definetely don't remember the backfield being this big for a long time. (size of backs not quantity)
|15 weeks 16 hours ago||Ace, It's probably best you didn't have the write up||
Commits tend to occur when you are least prepared, like when you try to take a vacation. I'd like to think you played a small role in this.
|15 weeks 16 hours ago||I really hope||
to see a couple plays made up for him on offense. I love that his main position is going to be on defense, but, a guy with that speed, that can move a fluidly as he can, with that size, who is not afraid of a little contact?
|15 weeks 17 hours ago||I'm guessing it was probably more||
I'm gueeing the guy drank even more than what he had said he did. His one friend could barely stand up. They couldn't remember what happened a half hour after the incident when they were interviewed, yet magically remember what happened later when they sobered up and found out who the incident was with?
I understand Lewan was wrong for punching a guy, but to me, there were very drunk OSU fans looking for trouble and finally found it with lewan's brother, who was also drunk. Lewan stepped in, punched the one guy, and broke it up and separated the group. There seems to be no additional kicks, punches, or anything else from Lewan. One, to help break up the incident.
It sounds like the OSU guys are lucky they didn't get a drunk and dissorderly conduct charge or something.
All I know is, when I was in middle school, I was bothering my much bigger (at the time) older brother and he slugged me in the stomach. My mom came in, said "were you bothering him?" I nodded as I was curled up in a ball, then "are you going to do it again?" and I decided no I would not. Sometimes these are just lessons that need to be learned.
|15 weeks 17 hours ago||Violence is not the answer, but...||
Lewan did not start the taunting nor the violence. He stepped in after something had already started. It sounds like he threw one punch, knocked the guy down, and got his party into the bar. It sounds like that is the consistent story (except Taylor is calling it a push, which I'm not buying).
These OSU fans were very drunk (falling down drunk), had a megaphone, trying to taunt Michigan fans. They are far from innocent in this.
I'm suprised you would not jump in to help your brother against people like this. Even if your brother was wrong for taking the bait, I would expect you to jump in to break it up, and that is what Lewan did.
Give him a hard time for twisting a head during the game, or for other incidents, but, to me, this is only being brought through because he is who he is, not because of what he did.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||I believe you||
have summed up in a succinct argument, the true issue at hand here. Rape is a heinous crime that is difficult to prove and can be nearly as bad detrimental to be falsely accussed. I took a class called philosophy in law and rape was one of the topics we covered. In college, with young hormone fueled adults with their first chance at freedom and access to lots of alcohol, rape is a very confusing issue and problem.
I don't envy anyone in the process who has had to deal with rape, false accusations, or with making a judgement sure to affect both lives.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||You were spot on with a couple||
but the Theon for MSU would be a major upgrade. I also think that there is probably a better fit for UofM, but like you said, it is hard to figure out which one. I would have liked the Robb Stark for Michigan before, because it fit with the Theon, king of the North, and fighting with Tywin, but if you are being up to date, that doesn't work as well.
I've only read the books so not sure how the show is different. So Hodor was great, but I think Minnesota could possibly get a bigger role than hot pie.
Great post and a lot of fun, especially in the off season.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||I guess||
you haven't met the NCAA.
|18 weeks 2 days ago||I think he can fit in fine||
however, my understanding of basketball is somewhat limited. Yes he does not appear to run the pick and roll like morris or Stauskus, but from my understanding, he appears to have a game more similar to Burke's, where there was a lot of slash to the basket and dish. Stauskus and Lavert, also appeared to do this a lot. This seems to be a solid alternate to the P&R when you don't have a dominate big that can isolation plays down low.
He just looks like he could be agreat distributer for the offensive weapons Beilein tends to pick up.
|21 weeks 12 hours ago||Good Luck||
My first is a year and a half and my second is due in June. we used to go to a couple games a year, but now it's really hard (especially since my wife works every other weekend as a nurse). Did take my son to a tailgate last year where he took some of his longest steps at the time across the golf course. He handled a pretty long day like a champ.
We'll continue to do more tailgates, but won't take the kids until the youngest is atleast 5 or 6 I'm thinking. Good luck and congrats.
|21 weeks 13 hours ago||Fracket?||
That's my guess
|21 weeks 16 hours ago||between the waterfall deaths||
from jumping to fast and not being able to recover and throwing player 2 in battle toads, many fights were started between my brothers and myself.
|21 weeks 17 hours ago||Sounds like our Offensive Line||
could use a Konami code.
|21 weeks 17 hours ago||Agreed||
As throw away ideas, I was all excited about htis one, and the score-o idea seemed a great idea too. Sending back some guy from the 20 to the 30 to throw a ball through a hoop while greatly cheering on a kid doing it sounds great.
Also, laughed out loud at the hashtags for the gophers and hoosiers. Also appriciate the Minnesota State throwback. Great humor piece, and just what this board needed.
|21 weeks 1 day ago||two points||
"Not sure what the point was"
2 points when toe is on the line. ha
|21 weeks 2 days ago||A real man||
comments, then reads. Or better yet, doesn't read at all.
I like the comparison to RCMB, yet his comment probably fits better than he would have you believe.
|21 weeks 2 days ago||Points system||
I thought this was part of the changes that have been contraversial. For a long time, Michigan tickets were below "market" and there was a higher demand than what the cost required. The AD used a points system to decide who should get the tickets to attend. The points were a combination of being an alum, years season tickets were held, and donations (yearly and overall amount). This system ensured that there would always be a demand and also allowed a system to reward beyond just a monetary value.
Dave Brandan has changed this model to a pure "market cost" model, that only rewards monetary (on a yearly basis, not on a overall basis) and devalues loyalty. This method may maximize revenue and lost cost on the secondary market, but does not ensure there will always be demand as you are operating at the point where demand and supply flucuate.
I believe for a non-profit university that has a long term goal (135 years old), the first model is a better overall model. I did not mind moving closer to the market value, but believe that leaving some profit on the table so loyalty, long term donations, and being an alum is rewarded, while ensuring the Big House is packed.
|21 weeks 2 days ago||Very great points||
I agree that there is an open market, however, I just disagree with the total business aspect. Bottom line has trumped loyalty, which I believe is part of the problem. Yes some people are making money off of michigan football, but just because Vegas is making money off of michigan sports, doesn't mean that michigan needs to get in the business of gambling.
Mary s Coleman did a wonderful job of increasing the UofM endowment during her tenure, yet I believe she did a poor job of increasing access to this great university for a lot of families, and I'm not talking about the poor. To some, money and bottom line are all that matters. But to me, the university as a public institution of advanced learning should conduct itself differently from a business with shareholders.
You view cost from a market cost "what is the max I can get". I look at cost as "what do we need to charge to cover costs". Different views, which measure the success very differently.
On schedule, I do agree its hard, but I do believe that the prices should have been dropped for schedule (not performance). Thanks for the balanced and thoughtful response. I definitely agree with a lot and do see where we disagree and why.
|21 weeks 2 days ago||What could make it better||
is an endless back and forth of "take me off this email list" reply to all like back in the day. That would have been epic.
|21 weeks 2 days ago||What if||
the whole stadium did the macarena with dancing gerbals on the big screens right before a crucial stop? If only he were AD in '98.
|21 weeks 2 days ago||Again||
Discussed with you in another thread, but we are above market price. All these emails trying to get renewals proves this. And you act as if it is a necessity to have upgrades everywhere. The upgrades at crisler were definitely required, but I'm not so sure a lot of the other sports needed such huge upgrades. I actually thought the experience at Yost was better without the upgrades.
You also keep mentioning how costs have gone up. How so? With the BIG network, other tv network deals, athletic apparel deals, and continued big donations from the ultra rich (Glick field house) I just don't see why the ticket prices need to rise so high so quickly. Student tickets have gone from $22/ game to $45/ game in less than a decade. You also say that other colleges are doing the same, yet have not shown any examples. Some have pointed to Oregon giving students free admission for a program with a smaller stadium with more success over The last decade.
So why can we not blame the AD for his policies that have led us to the situation we are currently in? He added App State to a weak schedule because they were cheap. Why not send the savings on to the customers. This is not a business. There aren't share holders and thanks to Martin, michigan has been working with a large surplus for years. I don't see the justification, and these emails show that I am more right than you
|21 weeks 3 days ago||I guess we disagree on what AD needs to do||
I don't think the job of the AD is to maximize revenue. The NCAA is a non profit organization. To me this'd and he needs to run the department in the black while keeping competitive facilities and a winning atmosphere ( both in and out of the classroom). And choose coaches that can both win and represent the university.
My personal belief is that Brandon has increased the prices more than necessary. I understand his vision for upgrades to non revenue sports, but personally feel that it is a mistake to price the market to the edge that we are at this season. The BIG network is a huge financial boon and apparel deals should offset the costs enough that you don't need to raise the prices to the tipping point of fan attendance.
I don't think being AD is an easy job and many haven't been great. But this is michigan and I have higher or different expectations for how the department should be run. I personally think Martin did a better job, with the exception of the handling (not necessarily the who) of the football coach hire.
|21 weeks 3 days ago||Don't disagree with many of the points but,||
1. I'm sure some of the players enjoy the music, and so do some of the fans, but I am sure that many enjoy the band as well. To me, the band brings a uniqueness to the game. I loved it at all the games, and as much as I do enjoy some occasional 7 nation army (hey I'm human), I do miss just hearing the band.
2. There are no ads around the stadium, however, there are planty of ads placed during game day. I'm less of a stickler than some on this, but if I am given the choice, I choose no ads and slightly less revenue
3. Price point and market price. I can blame Brandon for setting this too high. Michigan is one of the highest student and regular ticket prices in the nation. If we have a drop in attendance then yes, this does mean he is above market price. That is exactly what market price indicates. Yes this correlates to the success of the team, but there are other contributing factors. The fact that there are available tickets, and tickets may be available much cheaper during the season indicates to me that price point is above market price. I believe that Brandon wanted to test what the market price is, and with other factors (team not being great as you point out being the biggest), he appears to have overshot.
Feel free to ask yourself more questions though. Brian asks Brian all sorts of questions and I have read his stuff for years.
|21 weeks 3 days ago||It's ok||
I found it funny to read your response as if you understood that he was talking about
|21 weeks 3 days ago||Blue and Yellow, meet||
|21 weeks 3 days ago||I disagree that it is losing||
The cubs have lost for decades, yet they bring in fans every year. Yes winning makes things easier, but there have been plenty of changes that have combined with the losing. I loved going to Wrigley because of the nostalgia. No flashy lights or any wow factor. Just watching a baseball game with lots of tradition.
Changing the stadium experience at Michigan to include Rock Music and ads and removing some of the freedom for students to "be kids" (like throwing out a guy tossing hot dogs to students who cheer the loudest in between quarters), is all adding up to reduce the magic that is college sports. In addition, the constant squezzing of dollars out of the fan base to the pushing point is not helping the matter. I believe Brandon pushed the price point to a tipping point, and the fact that the team is not living up to Michigan high standards is tipping the scale unfavorably.
|21 weeks 3 days ago||Straightening out||
I think this may be a more complex issue than what you make it to be. Carr did a great job with Joppru (I believe this was the tight end) who had been under achieving per his talent. Carr said he could either straighten out and party less, or depart the team. He spent the next few months meeting Carr every morning to run steps and turned his career around.
Lewan never had an issue bringing effort on the field, or I'm assuming, off. What I'm gueeing he was doing was being a negative influence on the team chemistry. A good leader can vary his approach to influence his teamates. It sounds like Lewan just berated them. What Hoke needed to do, and maybe he tried, was to make Lewan understand how this was not helping him, or the team win. I don't think your approach would have worked in this instance, but that's just my opinon on an issue I didn;t know was a problem until today, so yeah, maybe I should just shut up.
|21 weeks 3 days ago||Rumblings?||
As much as I have been on the site over the last year, I missed the leadership team chemistry rumblings. I know the senior leadership was great under the Martin, Vanbergen (sp?) Koger team, and I could see Kovacs and Denard encouraging the teams, so maybe not hearing this should have been an indicator.
I am speculating, but was this a team thing or was it more specific to a certain position group?
edit: nevermind. Read the article, and it is a pretty easy read between the lines. I must have either had blinders on last year or just not been paying close attention if people brought this up in the fall. Just makes me miss that group of 5 that Hoke first inherited.
|21 weeks 5 days ago||Walk it off||
Walk it off!
|21 weeks 5 days 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.
|23 weeks 19 hours 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.
|24 weeks 16 hours 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.
|24 weeks 2 days ago||I can't help but read this comment||
and assume you are talking about me. /s
|24 weeks 2 days ago||hahaha||
|24 weeks 2 days ago||No upper deckers||
or flaming bags of poo?
|24 weeks 2 days ago||How did I know||
you would be the one to respond to this Mr. Everyone Murders!
|24 weeks 3 days ago||He probably would have gotten||
NBA 13th man Rookie of the year. Suprised he stayed.
|24 weeks 3 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.
|24 weeks 6 days ago||I believe||
it is EEEESSSSS EEEEEEEEEEE CCCCCCCCCCCC
|24 weeks 6 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.
|24 weeks 6 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.
|25 weeks 1 day ago||You do make a compelling case||
for both teams.
I'll have to think about it,
|25 weeks 1 day 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.
|25 weeks 1 day ago||I assumed||
he had the best stuffed beaver of the group. At that point, it was obvious.
|25 weeks 2 days ago||They got State right||
Which is harder than you'd think for some schools.
|25 weeks 2 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.
|25 weeks 2 days ago||I laughed||
then I cried, then I looked at the current state of oline and reminded myself we are in the S16.
|25 weeks 2 days ago||he will be||
19-8 in a few weeks.
|25 weeks 6 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.
|26 weeks 1 day 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.
|26 weeks 2 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
|26 weeks 2 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.
|26 weeks 2 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.
|26 weeks 2 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.
|26 weeks 2 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.
|27 weeks 17 hours ago||I do not||
misunderstand what you are saying.
|27 weeks 1 day 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.
|27 weeks 2 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.
|27 weeks 2 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.
|27 weeks 2 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.
|28 weeks 11 hours 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.
|28 weeks 15 hours 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.
|28 weeks 1 day ago||Soviet Union||
Was still around too.
86 I started 1st grade. Pine Creek Rules!
|28 weeks 1 day ago||Let's see||
|28 weeks 1 day 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.
|28 weeks 2 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
|28 weeks 2 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.
|31 weeks 13 hours ago||Mr. Fantastic?||
|31 weeks 2 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.