|6 days 14 hours 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.
|1 week 8 hours ago||Damn||
I'm 20 miles east of Ann Arbor. Looks like they won't be my neighbor.
|1 week 11 hours ago||Haha, he ruined this account||
but saved his other account from being outed. Unlike the RDT outing that busted both the guys accounts.
|1 week 5 days 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.
|1 week 5 days 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
|2 weeks 1 day 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.
|2 weeks 1 day 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.
|2 weeks 2 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.
|3 weeks 14 hours 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
|3 weeks 15 hours 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.
|4 weeks 1 day 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.
|4 weeks 1 day 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.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||I think he's||
tucking his jacket and tie into his pants.
|4 weeks 1 day 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.
|4 weeks 1 day 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.
|4 weeks 2 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.
|4 weeks 5 days 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
|4 weeks 5 days 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?
|5 weeks 4 hours ago||You really have no idea||
What you are talking about.
bad comments are still bad.
|5 weeks 14 hours 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.
|5 weeks 14 hours 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.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Wow $5 is the one time discount price||
They are making movie theatre concessions look like a cheap alternative.
|5 weeks 1 day 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.
|5 weeks 5 days 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.
|5 weeks 6 days 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.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Yes||
I actually am.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Seriously?||
didn't have to ruin it.
|5 weeks 6 days 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.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Jimmy||
we don't have him yet!
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Patrick, you're a genius!||
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Stats don't lie!||
Stats don't lie!
|6 weeks 6 days 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.
|6 weeks 6 days 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.
|7 weeks 9 hours 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.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||We have a better chance at a bowl||
than we do losing out.
26.65% vs 26.14%.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||I can't see||
what your comment says.
|7 weeks 1 day 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.
|7 weeks 1 day 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.
|7 weeks 2 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.
|7 weeks 2 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.
|7 weeks 2 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.
|7 weeks 2 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.
|7 weeks 3 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.
|8 weeks 14 hours 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
|8 weeks 14 hours 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.
|8 weeks 14 hours 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.
|8 weeks 15 hours 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.
|8 weeks 2 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.
|8 weeks 2 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.
|8 weeks 2 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....
|8 weeks 2 days ago||We can't help||
that Dantonio brings it up every year.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Ugh, that Braylon gif||
makes me wish we had a freak athlete at reciever again. Wait a minute....
|8 weeks 5 days 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.
|8 weeks 5 days 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.
|8 weeks 6 days 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.
|8 weeks 6 days 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.
|8 weeks 6 days 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.
|8 weeks 6 days 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.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||That'd be a long game||
as many of the throws would have been well past the guys trying to catch the ball.
|8 weeks 6 days 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.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Any Chance||
of a Smith Rage meme?
I'm grasping at straws this year. I'll take anything at this point.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Fair enough||
I understand your position.
|8 weeks 6 days 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?
|8 weeks 6 days 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.
|8 weeks 6 days 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.
|8 weeks 6 days 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.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Have we stopped counting moral victories||
like the one against OSU last year?
|8 weeks 6 days 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.
|8 weeks 6 days 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.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Is it bad||
that I had to look up what SAIP means in 2014 and am 34?
|8 weeks 6 days 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.
|9 weeks 9 hours ago||Dibs||
I blame this post and aaamichfan if he doesn't end up here.
|9 weeks 9 hours ago||I thought it was||
"Don't put your cart before your chickens when they hatch"
|9 weeks 9 hours 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.
|9 weeks 11 hours 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.
|9 weeks 11 hours 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.
|9 weeks 14 hours 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.
|9 weeks 14 hours 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.
|9 weeks 15 hours 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.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||I also heard||
that hover boards existed. Yet here I am, 25 years later, and still no hover board!
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Or run and AD||
without pissing off the majority of the fan base.
|9 weeks 1 day 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.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||You serious Clark?||
|9 weeks 2 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.
|9 weeks 5 days 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.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||RIP Grimey||
|9 weeks 6 days ago||oh||
that makes sense. I hate politics.
|10 weeks 10 hours 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.
|10 weeks 11 hours ago||Deflector Shields are still up||
Deflector Shields are still up
|10 weeks 13 hours 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.
|10 weeks 15 hours 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....
|10 weeks 15 hours ago||*Tallest Dwarf or Little Person|
|10 weeks 1 day 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."
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Easy there fella||
did the highlighter yellow kill someone in your family?
|10 weeks 1 day 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.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||To me||
That looks closer to the helmet on the left than the one in Funchess' hand which appears more orange.
|10 weeks 1 day 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).
|10 weeks 1 day 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.
|10 weeks 1 day 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.
|10 weeks 2 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.
|10 weeks 2 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.
|10 weeks 2 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.
|10 weeks 2 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.
|10 weeks 2 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.
|10 weeks 2 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.
|10 weeks 2 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.
|10 weeks 3 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.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Much needed boost||
For the players, fans, and coaches. I know it shouldn't, but it gives me hope. Go blue!
|10 weeks 5 days 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.
|10 weeks 5 days 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.
|10 weeks 6 days 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.
|10 weeks 6 days 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.
|10 weeks 6 days 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.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||I don't know||
If I had cash like that I'd love to count it.
|11 weeks 10 hours 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.
|11 weeks 10 hours 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.
|11 weeks 1 day 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.
|11 weeks 1 day 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.
|11 weeks 1 day 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.
|11 weeks 2 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)
|11 weeks 2 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.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||How is this different||
than dipping a regular pizza into nacho sauce?
|11 weeks 2 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.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Yoda?||
Come on. He is NOT what the team needs right now. Yoda has been stuck in his ancient methods of teaching the force for years. His refusal to even consider using the dark side (despite it now being used by most college teams and the NFL) would keep Michigan trailing behind our rivals and the SEC. We need a guy like Darth Vader who people are afraid of. He uses a red light saber? So what? I mean, Yoda's is green.
Also, Yoda never really would answer any questions in a press conference. He'd just give us Yoda talk where we have to figure it out. Darth Vader tells it like it is. Yoda would continue our dive into mediocracy.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Addidas||
I like some of the track suit and light jackets. Outside of that, I don't really pay attention to the gear. I like simple designs though. Like an all blue jacket with just a Block M or Blue shirt with Block M. Like the addidas stripes on the pants though.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||For me||
it was not the ankle. It was two things (that turned to three with the cover up). The return (twice) after the headshot. The fact that Morris did not get replaced earlier for his onfield play (Gardner gave best chance to win). And the resulting cover up or ineptness.
you are right, I think of players with hurt ankles, broken feet, and such as warriors. I'm sure if Shane wanted out for the ankle, or Gardner wanted out for the foot, Hoke would have concurred and complied without issue. When it comes to the head injury, that decision needs to be removed from both the player and the coach.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||No||
You got the intent to cause trouble part wrong. They have an intent to voice their discontent for the administration (specifically two people). Because they're message may cause trouble for these two, there definitely was no trouble made in the sense of a mob. This was a peaceful gathering.
In regards to your entitlement statement and get off my lawn mentality, I think you are just being a jerk. This wasn't late at night at his personal home (a lot of presidents have a personal residence that they really live in). This didn't go on for an unreasonable amount of time (media camps out outside of peoples homes for days during news "stories". This is an appropriate time to voice their concern. Students have had a problem voicing their displeasure to the AD for years. The next step is to go to his boss.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Haha||
I also hate that type of reasoning. "You can't protest about this because there are other more important things to protest about."
If you use this logic for everything " You can't complain, because people have it worse than you." then you also have to accept that "You can't cheer, be happy, because someone has it better than you". So beyond just him being a huge hypocrite, his arguments are one of those internet arguments that need to end.
Also, screw Feely and his "can't complain about ticket prices because other ticket prices are higher." Another former player telling "fans" that they didn't earn their fandom and deserve whatever is handed to them.
Why does everyone who speaks out from the inside act like it is such a huge privilege to buy the product no matter how the fans are treated. I can see why Brandon is liked by the athletes. Somehow the message is that they are better than the fans and could exist without us.
I really hope that the next AD (please be one) is from a program that doesn't have this type of base to extort. That understands fans are a very important part of a program.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Frustrating||
This is why fans and former players are at such a disconnect. Hoke explicity states that he doesn't care about the outside noises (fans) and is only responsible to the 115 players on his roster.
I am sorry, but I disagree. You are head coach at the University of Michigan. You are supposed to be the big dog, face of the program. You are responsible for the 115 players, but it doesn't stop there. You do owe something to the fans as well. This doesn't mean you necessarily make coaching decisions based on fans, but acknowledging why they may be discontent and admitting he is failing them would at least be a start.
If he truly thinks he is only responsible for the players, perhaps he should think about persuing a head coaching job at a DIII program. A good CEO creates a positive atmosphere for employees to succeed and enjoy their time, but also knows that there are customers and stakeholders that should be satisfied as well with a plan for success. Hoke is not a good CEO nor coach for U of M.
|12 weeks 9 hours ago||Very Frustrating||
I may not know anything about football compared to Hoke or Nuss or Borges, yet I do know that Gardner is the better quarterback and gave us the better chance to win. Neither Hoke nor Nuss recognized this during the game or after the game. They say they don't play hypetheticals. Well here are the numbers 7/19 for 49 yards with -8 rush yards vs 3/6 for 39 yards and 23 rush yards.
I can also see that Gardner is better in a shotgun when he doesn't have to turn his eyes away from defense. Gardner in the shotgun gives Michigan the best chance to succeed.
For being such a nice guy it sure feels that Hoke treats fans like we are dumb and with disdain and mistrust. It sounds like former players are pushing the same message. It'd be nice if Hoke would show the fans what a good guy he is and show us a little respect.
|12 weeks 12 hours ago||I agree||
I was just pointing out that even if that was the case, that he had earned more, he is still wrong. Yost understood that the fans were important and even made sure to not distinguish between alumns and non-alumni. Don Canham new he had to sell and appeal to the fans. The fans are important, and to not understand their importance is wrong.
I was a freshman the same year as Howard. Are we a spoiled fanbase, you are goddamn right we are. You know what, Brady told us to be. He told us this was an Elite place to be. He starts every meeting telling everyone how elite we are. I don't understand how Hoke can set these standards and fans can be wrong for not expecting those standards.
|12 weeks 16 hours ago||Feels Elitist||
Which is I guess, a trademark of Michigan. But these are not uniting words from Todd. He is saying that he is a Michigan Man, not like the rest of us fans. This is what he and Hoke and Brandon fail to realize. When they distinguish themselves as being more important to the program than the fans and treat the fans as a commodity that should always support yet never question, then THEY are missing the point.
He states that we don't know Hoke and the hard work he puts in, and this is true. Hoke has set up the Fort and gives fans canned answers every week about executing and how they're competing in practice. They've turned the spring game into a punt practice. The fans can't judge Hoke by anything other than Saturday's because that is the only access Hoke provides us.
Todd's viewpoint only further drives the wedge between the fans and the football experience (I haven't even touched all the Brandon things, like ticket hikes, hostile policies, and a stadium experience that feels like any other). When he states that he is more important and has earned his Michigan status unlike the fans, well, maybe its true. And maybe he just doesn't get it, just like the rest of the administration.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Same strategy they used||
In the game. Hoke is always saying they need to be consistent.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Illinois game and RR||
This is the complete opposite handling than what occurred a few years ago in the 67-65 Illinois game. RR needed to win that game. His career at michigan was on the line. And yet he pulled denard early for no reason that anyone (at least in the stands) could see. It later turned out that there was a possibility that denard had suffered a head injury ( he did not) and RR took him out when he needed him most and relied on his maligned back up.
I really don't think this got the publicity it should have, especially when compared with Saturdays handling of Morris.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||He was saying||
He was saying [Ed: Hail-Storm does not exist. He has no information]
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Toughness||
Hoke was supposed to bring back toughness that we supposedly lost under RR. Yet we get this results, and a staple of RRs offense was billy goats blocking everyone down field. Outside of Chesson I don't see it from Hoke's wide receivers
|12 weeks 6 days ago||I'm not sure if that is the answer either||
From what I remember in his recruiting tapes, a lot of his yards were him being faster to the corner than his competition. Any RB highlight like that scares me, because it means to me that they are relying on their athletic ability over best prectices (i.e. identifying the hole, patience in following the block).
Denard was amazing at follwing his blocks and then accelerating to the whole that opened up. I understand the line is bad, but I still have yet to see a single run like Mike Hart or Denard would have multiple times a game. I just don't think he has it.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Please Please Please||
Shotgun with Hayes minimum 3 wide. At least the QB can see where death is coming from and Hayes has proven to be a good 3rd down back blocker. Add kerridge back there and maybe QBs can have time for recievers to get down field, step into throws, and have two safety outlets (Butt back full time use him and Kerridge).
I used to get mad at Lloyd for losing a game or two because he wanted to keep things vanilla on offense until OSU (sometimes) or the bowl games.
Brady has to know every week is do or die. Why not go old west and run the spread exclussively. Forget about the under center stuff that you are practicing because next year. Win this year!
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Wellll||
For being one of the easiest places to recruit, it sure has been inconsistent. Michigan has had much mosre continued success than Stanford over the years. I agree that a Stanford degree is huge, but I think that a degree at Stanford is still in a similar realm to Michigan.
the only real advantage I see is the weather. Which, yeah, it is pretty nice there. Michigan still has the bigger name and draw in football despite the success as of late.
I don't think troubles with recruiting to Michigan will be a big deciding factor in whether he comes here.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Lack of Shotgun||
I think that Gardner is really struggling under center. Our running game is still lacluster, and does not seem to justify playing under center. I personally think our best chance to win the BIG is with Gardner in shotgun.
|13 weeks 5 hours ago||31-12 michigan||
31- 12 michigan
|13 weeks 10 hours ago||If we can't trust the lawyers||
who can we trust?
|13 weeks 10 hours ago||Never would've thought||
that I would learn a word like this on a Michigan sports blog.
|13 weeks 10 hours ago||Ideal for me||
is 8-0 win the BIG Championship. Keep Hoke exit Brandon.
Brandon did a very good job of bringing the base together when he was hired in, but by all accounts, has pushed a huge wedge between the AD and fans, and now it seems, former players.
Hoke continues to be a uniter of the base and a good guy for the program. If he can do all the things he does now and win, than this is what I believe would be best for the program. I am not confidant this can happen, but this is what I will root for.
You are completely justified, however, to want to move on from both without a total black hole, and I have no qualms with that viewpoint.
|13 weeks 10 hours ago||Fans want to win||
Players want to win.
They both have the same goal. They may differ in how to reach this goal, i.e keep coach or exile him, but I do think it is fair for fans to question a coach. If the players want to keep him, they have the most influence in keeping him around, by winning the BIG. I also highly doubt that you could find a 6-6 team that has as many fans show up every week as Michigan does.
Brady set the standard of success during his first press conference and confirmed it when he said the 11-2 season was unsuccessful because they did not win the BIG.
It's perfectly accepatable for fans to hold Hoke to that success factor in year 4. Players, the only way to silence the media in regards to Hoke is to win.
|13 weeks 15 hours ago||Pretty Smart Move||
OP - "I didn't watch the game and still have an opinion and I work at a job that people have real problems."
Commentor - "I don't agree"
OP- "You don't agree that I should be saving LIVES?"
Kinda works like the old "hey you want to have sex and pizza? No? What do you have against pizza?"
|13 weeks 1 day ago||So Glad||
that Brandon was able to piss off the students enough so he sell their tickets to full price paying customers. No way that could backfire. Nope. Sound game plan. That section is as full as my hair (I'm bald. That's the joke).
|13 weeks 2 days ago||Zona almost losing||
I would take almost losing over getting blown out, any day of the week. Cal may not be good, but it's not like Utah is exactly amazing.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||Under Center||
I've found it strange that Michigan seemed to be under center the entire game. Gardner has shown he can play, however, he seems to have regressed a lot. I wonder how much of it is just him not comfortable playing under center. When he is under center, he turns his head away from the defense and rarely does he face forward, identify what the defense now looks like, and takes a look anywhere but his primary reciever.
When he has played in a shotgun, he seems a lot more sure of himself and appears to make both better throws and better (more?) reads for his recievers. Personally I'd prefer to go right to a shotgun. run jet sweeps with Norfleet, draws with Hayes (who has made some excellent blocks), dump offs to Butt, and downfield throws to Funchess and Chesson, or even a wheel route to Hayes or Norfleet. Add in the occasional QB draw or zone read, and that is a lot for a defense to handle, plus our QB feels comfortable in this offense.
I am all for head coaches believing in their overall strategies, but it is frustrating to watch two coaches fail due to stubborness.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||51-44?||
I was planning to do a thread on this later this season to show the 100 games before Bo's death and the 100 games after his death. The difference is stark. A win percentage drop from ~77% to 55%. A record of 1-7 vs OSU and 2-6 (7 most likely by that game) against MSU vs 3-5 vs OSU and 6-2 vs MSU. Wierd that the turning point seems to be linked at that point for Michigan's struggles.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||Nope||
Michigan turned the ball over 6 times to NDs 2 in 2008.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||It was a monsoon||
with a lot of turnovers early. It was 28-17 for a while and they were moving the ball. There was still plenty of time to score with the tempo they were playing with. The final touchdown came late. This year, the game was over much earlier.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||Well done||
I think it was because I had an explanation for the losses. The ND game was a turnover fest that we still had a chance late. Young players were stepping up, and the next year we were promised a couple dual threet QBs to really get this offense going (although those two changed to two different QBs) but the optimism was high.
I think the most unsettling thing for me this year is that I can't even pinpoint where the failure is coming from.
I see tons of talent at reciever, a QB that I've seen put in hurculean efforts, and an o-line performing better than expected. The D-line is living up to hype and the secondary is starting to pick it up as well. Even turnovers don't seem to factor in until we are already deep in awhole. I think that is where I'm most at a loss.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Ugh||
Somehow bad can be worse.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||How did you get||
The every offensive snap video up so quick?
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Except||
Threet and Sheridan scored 24 pts against a Utah team that went 13-0 and beat Alabama and this duo put up 10 pts against a not as good Utah team.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||In other news||
In other news the Prime Minister of Sweden visited Washington today and my tiny little nipples went to France.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||In other news||
In other news the Prime Minister of Sweden visited Washington today and my tiny little nipples went to France.
|13 weeks 6 days 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.
|13 weeks 6 days 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).
|13 weeks 6 days ago||42-26 Michigan||
hopefully no one picked this.
|14 weeks 13 hours ago||I Heard||
"Eat At Dominos!"
|14 weeks 1 day 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.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||BEEF!||
I think Hurst looked a little sad when he couldn't find anyone and had to just push the pile.
|14 weeks 2 days 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.
|14 weeks 2 days 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.
|14 weeks 2 days 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?
|14 weeks 2 days 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.
|14 weeks 2 days 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.
|15 weeks 15 hours ago||Damnit||
I laughed at this comment, and then was sad panda.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||If you were a hot dog||
and you were starving, would you eat yourself?
It's a simple question.
|15 weeks 1 day 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.
|15 weeks 1 day 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.
|15 weeks 2 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.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||Ron English||
is available I think.
|15 weeks 2 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.
|15 weeks 3 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.
|15 weeks 3 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.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||Yes thank you||
Those were the breaks. Thanks
|15 weeks 3 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.
|15 weeks 3 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.
|15 weeks 3 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.
|15 weeks 4 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.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||That's a long time||
To be passed out
|15 weeks 6 days ago||No||
we are not saying BU-rns.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||Ole Miss||
Of course 5*'s want to go to ole miss. For all the uh.. you know...not illeagal gotten stuff.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||45-17 Michigan||
Beat the Chicks!
|16 weeks 11 hours 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.
|16 weeks 11 hours 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.
|16 weeks 11 hours 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.
|16 weeks 11 hours ago||At least Delany||
Showed them by giving us equally bad east coast teams in Maryland and Rutgers. Suck on that Notre Dame!
|16 weeks 11 hours 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.
|16 weeks 11 hours 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.
|16 weeks 12 hours 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?
|16 weeks 1 day 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.
|16 weeks 1 day 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.
|16 weeks 5 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
|16 weeks 5 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.
|16 weeks 5 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.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||yellow and blue||
something something somehting something something something HAAAAIIIILLLLL something something something something.....