I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
|1 day 3 hours ago||So were all if the guys I mentioned||
I get that each kid is different but all those guys I mentioned were considered Mich leans late into their recruitment. Green is really the only one I can remember that went their way. Maybe Ondre was too but I don't remember much about his recruitment.
|1 day 9 hours ago||Oh man...||
You know the wheels are starting to fall off the fanbase when Michigan gets compared to the Browns.
|1 day 9 hours ago||Can you blame them though?||
I mean, you can't blame Michigan fans though, can you? Michigan seems to lose out on an awful lot of these high profile kids that start out as Michigan leans and put off their commitment close to signing day. Off the top of my head, there's been Hand, Garnett, Diamond, and Treadwell. Derrick Green is really the only one I can think of recently that actually picked Michigan.
So in a way, being pessimistic is being realistic.
|1 day 10 hours ago||I think you mean||
I think you meant to say:
I appreciate your interest in the team.
But rather than simply commenting on something you posted, I chose to create a whole new thread on how to offer criticism using a lovely picture of a burger.
I enjoy burgers too, and like using pictures of them like you do.
Is that how we're supposed to do it?
|1 day 11 hours ago||Alternative?||
He might be the kind of guy that's better in shorter and more focused bursts. And you might even see him bring more energy in that role. Maybe. But I don't think there's a good alternative to swap him out for in the starting lineup.
|1 day 11 hours ago||I'd like to see him focus on ANYTHING||
He just seems to float around out there most of the time. I chalked it up to freshman jitters or whatever last season, but this is year two man. If you're floating around at the college level and don't have at least one trademark talent (shooting, passing, defense, rebounding, hustle, etc.) then there's no way you're going to cut it in the NBA.
And you're right. Rebounding would be an easy one for him to focus on. Take that athleticism and be the best rebounder you can be.
|1 day 11 hours ago||I thought this was about me at first||
I thought this was about me at first.
|1 day 11 hours ago||GRIII man...||
I continue to have no idea what the NBA hype around GRIII is. He doesn't really do anything well outside of dunk. He's like a plus version of Brent Petway. He's just super athletic and that gets you nowhere in the NBA without a high motor. And he definitely doesn't have that.
|2 days 7 hours ago||I feel like McDowell is Nick Perry 2.0||
I feel like McDowell is Nick Perry 2.0 If he commits to Michigan, color me surprised. Seems like a guy that's looking for a reason to not go to Michigan.
|2 days 7 hours ago||Georgia's guys are done for the season||
Murray, Marshall, and Mitchell are all done for the year. Plus who knows how healthy their other walking wounded will be after a month. Georgia will remain a far from healthy team through their bowl game.
But Gurley man...he scary. Especially after Hyde.
|2 days 15 hours ago||Actual game action helps too||
Plus, if Thomas is going to be the safety of the future, getting him in some actual game action helps too. Looking into the 2014 season, starting a safety who's never played a down of live college football isn't quite ideal.
|2 days 15 hours ago||Front 7||
I do like the front 7 next season. They lose Black and QWash, but everyone else returns. The young guys will all be a year older, wiser, and stronger, plus they can start to rotate in some of the guys they redshirted this year like Poggi and McCray.
I think the overall success of the unit though hinges largely on Pipkins ability to bounce back from injury.
|3 days 10 hours ago||Yeah, but look at this season||
At the start of the season, how many games was this team going to be favored in? Probably about 9. But they only won 7. At some point, you've got to use the recent past as a track record for projecting the future.
|3 days 10 hours ago||What do you think happens if they lose 4 or 5?||
Look, if Michigan is still going to try and pretend that they are an elite national title contending school, then you need to set the bar high. Losing four and five games a year just isn't going to cut it.
So with that in mind, I just don't see how Brandon can look at three straight bad seasons and say "yup, this is still the guy" because you can't sell "they're improving" at that point any more. Because if that's what he's telling you, you have to ask "improving towards what?" Following next season, if he's been improving the guys he's recruited and coached for three straight seasons, and they are still a four or five loss team, that doesn't say a whole lot about his ability to coach at a high level.
Basically, every season Hoke has been year, there's been some excuse for the failures -- coaching transition, scheme transition, youth/depth, etc. Next season all of those are gone. The only excuses left are the ones of his own doing. And they will be the same issues that we've seen the last three seasons, which means they aren't likely to change with a fifth season.
|3 days 10 hours ago||Exactly||
You don't pass up an opportunity to change staff simply because you have a fifth year senior who would be getting his third OC/QB coach. You do it because you think its best for the long term success of the program.
And its not like Hoke needs to switch from manball to spread. Just find an OC that does the things you'd like Borges to do, but does them better.
|3 days 10 hours ago||Exactly the point I was making||
Yeah, that's what I think too. If they go 7-5 or even 8-4 next year there's an awful lot of evidence built up that Hoke's not the right guy. It'll be year four for him in the program, and if you're going to make the claim that things are headed in the right direction, you can't do that with your third straight sub-par season.
Next season has to be a 9 or 10 win season or Hoke is done. He'll have exhausted all possible excuses and the vultures will be circling at that point.
|3 days 11 hours ago||Maybe they read right to left in Denmark||
Maybe they read right to left in Denmark and he saw 0-8 as 8-0.
|3 days 11 hours ago||Me too||
If you're Jackson, I don't really see the point of sticking it out one more year and then retiring. Unless he's going to hit some magic retirement threashold with an extra season. The time to walk off into the sunset is when your kid graduates. If he comes back for next season, I don't see him retiring for a while.
|3 days 11 hours ago||Double down||
All this really does is make next season a make it or break it season for Hoke. He's got to hit 9 or 10 wins. With a third straight 5 loss season (or even a four loss season really) its going to be awful hard to bring him back for another year.
He's essentially doubling down on his own future here. The time for changes was this season. Next season it will be too late.
|3 days 11 hours ago||Disappointing, but whatev||
Disappointing, but not surprising. Was hoping coach Jackson would at least retire now that his son has graduated, but I guess not. Turns next season into a make it or break it season for Hoke. That seat is going to get awfully hot after the first couple of losses.
|3 days 16 hours ago||Good post||
I think Hoke shares as much responsibility for the offenses struggles as Borges does. The OC is an extension of the head coach. As much as people faulted RichRod for forcing a 3-3-5 defense on coordinators and personal that weren't suited to run it, you've got to fault Hoke for doing the same with Borges.
Ignoring your strengths and playing into your weaknesses falls on the head coach. Given how good the offense looked against Ohio State, it makes the previous failures that much more glaring. And the success wasn't just "execution" progress. They were doing things they hadn't done all season long -- quick passes, screens, jump balls to Funchess, etc. So you can't pin the success on the young guys finally figuring it out in the last game of the season.
|4 days 6 hours ago||Devin Gardner||
Dear Santa, I want
|4 days 8 hours ago||Not up to us||
A) Its not up to the fans whether he stays or goes so being blind to something doesn't matter at all.
B) Fuck man. Do we really need another thread about this? What sort of regurgitated conversation are you hoping to spawn here?
|4 days 10 hours ago||Michigan v Texas||
Michigan v Texas would be ratings gold for someone. Two huge fanbases.
|5 days 5 hours ago||Holding calls||
Some of the missed holding calls were the most egregious too me. Don't remember the exact drive, but late in the game, Ohio State got away with a really blatant one a play or two before a Braxton TD. Since we couldn't stop their offense, those hurt more than anything else in my opinion.
|5 days 5 hours ago||??||
So if Borges doens't get fired, you would be in favor of hiring someone that does everything that he does? And that would leave Borges to do what exactly? Also, if Michigan were to hire a QB coach, they would have to fire another assistant. The NCAA only allows for nine assitants.
|5 days 6 hours ago||Bama back in the NC game?||
Depending on where Alabama drops to in the poll (my guess is four or five), if Ohio State and Auburn lose in their championship games, you could see Alabama back in the NC game. Especially if Missouri loses tonight.
|5 days 6 hours ago||Yup||
OSU beat an unranked team by 1, Auburn beat the No. 1 team. Plus, in the SEC championship Auburn will play a No. 4 or 5 Missouri team. That win will be more impressive than an OSU win over MSU and should give them a bump to No. 2.
|5 days 10 hours ago||Same here||
I feel better after this game than I did after UConn or Akron or even Northwestern. Its kind of an "oh right...they lost. BUT IT WAS AWESOME" feeling.
|5 days 10 hours ago||Different levels||
In the same way people got pissed at narrow wins over UConn and Akron, people can be happy about a narrow hard-fought loss. And considering the feelings from this game have to last until the bowl game, I wouldn't say its as black and white as a "pure failure" nor neccisarily a bad thing.
|5 days 10 hours ago||Won't be Bama||
Ohio State won't play Bama since they only way they get in is if Alabama loses. But FSU will kill them. If Michigan can score 41 that easily on them, FSU will score 60.
|5 days 10 hours ago||Not gonna lie||
Not gonna lie. I thought this game would be an absolute shit show from recruiting. But outside of actually winning, I don't think it could have gone any better. Lots of big plays from the young guys on the team, gutsy performance, and a head coach that shows some serious stones and faith in his players. If a win is 100/100, then this loss was a 98/100.
|5 days 10 hours ago||Pump fake||
A pump fake there likely sees Gallon wide open. He was just starting to make his break.
|5 days 10 hours ago||Devin was gimpy||
Devin had a bad wheel. Asking him to roll or run on that play is also a bad idea.
|5 days 17 hours ago||Narduzzi||
I could see Nebraska being a good landing spot for Narduzzi. Would be interesting to see what he could do there. Tough place to recruit though.
|6 days 10 hours ago||Not a stretch||
Michigan has rarely beaten OSU in the last ten years or so, OSU returns a lot of talent, has a 20+ game winning streak, and the game will be in Columbus. If Michigan is favored in that game some serious changes will have happened to both teams.
|6 days 11 hours ago||Needs to win big||
Urb needs to win big on the off chance Auburn beats Alabama so OSU can stay ahead of Auburn in the polls and move into no. 2 in the BCS.
|1 week 1 day ago||"In conlusion: Butt"||
"In conclusion: Butt" should replace the Chris Perry thing as the new MGoBlog tagline.
|1 week 2 days ago||Bad play is the nutrient rich pile of shit that rumors grow from||
Bad play is the nutrient rich pile of shit that rumors grow from.
|1 week 3 days ago||9 Yard Gain?||
What is this nine yard gain Hoke speaks of? Are you allowed to do that? I thought they capped yardage gains at like 2 or 3 yards.
|1 week 3 days ago||Now there's a solid prop bet||
Now there's a solid prop bet. We're averaging 9.2 a game for the season, and 11.7 for the last 4 games. So call it ten. Does Michigan score more or less than 10 this game?
|1 week 3 days ago||Gotta agree||
Good comparision. Right down to all of the commericals he has. DRose will probably bounce around the NBA for a while, but his time as a star has got to be done. You can't miss that much time away and add two bad knees to the mix and expect to return to a high level of play.
|1 week 3 days ago||Next time it'll be "He's Back...Probably"||
Next time, Adidas can run some "He's Back...Probably" commericials.
Wish DRose the best, but two knee surgeries in two years spells the end of a career to me. At least an All-Star caliber career anyways.
|1 week 4 days ago||Too bad Florida isn't bowl eligibile||
Too bad Florida isn't going to be bowl eligible. We could play in the "Its Not Your Fault" Bowl and just hold each other for four quarters.
Although now that I think about it, Georgia is, and would probably also enjoy a good hug it out session. Except someone would probably tear an ACL while hugging. Poor Georgia.
|1 week 5 days ago||What's left when you throw out the record?||
What's left when you throw out the records? Michigan is still a rudderless ship on offense, and the defense is still ten fingers trying to plug 20 holes in a leaky dam.
Ohio State on the other hand has a decent defense, and an explosive offense.
Throwing out the records might actually make things worse.
|1 week 5 days ago||Indiana||
Its that Indiana game that makes me think it'll be a blowout. Ohio State is somewhere in between Indiana's offense and Michigan State's defense. Something like 38-6 or 42-14 seems likely. Just depends on when our defense goes into despair mode.
|1 week 5 days ago||Mack Brown||
Even Mack Brown didn't call out Manny Diaz after his defense got gashed by BYU. He gave the same kind of "I need to see the tape" type answers. You could tell Mack was upset, but he didn't throw Diaz under the bus.
And then he fired him a day or so later.
|1 week 5 days ago||1961?||
Rememeber 1961? That was a 50-20 loss to Ohio State. It would be pretty cool to score 20.
|1 week 5 days ago||Probably not||
Sure there will be more Michigan fans there than Ohio State fans, but they are going to be an ANGRY bunch of Michigan fans. I mean hell, they've already given the Bronx cheer for a first down and that was before the last two weeks of ineptitude.
So when you factor in the likelihood of LOTS of booing, and a good sized OSU contingent, then no, I don't think it'll be much of a home-field advantage at all.
|1 week 5 days ago||Yup||
Considering its Thanksgiving weekend, I would imagine the student section will be really empty. And I'd also expect prices to continue to fall. Wouldn't be surprised to see them around $50 or less by the time the game rolls around. The equivalent of trading your tickets for a tank of gas.
|1 week 5 days ago||Silver lining?||
Maybe the silver lining here is that if there's more OSU fans in the stands, the boos won't be as loud from our own fans.
|1 week 5 days ago||Disagree||
Its easy for Brandon to say "Hoke's the guy" now. But after an ass whooping by Ohio State next week, and another 8-9 type win season next year the fans -- and more importantly the donors -- are going to be PISSED.
Brandon of all people knows money speaks, and when the money is pissed, he's gonna have to listen.
|1 week 5 days ago||The seat is already warm||
Hoke's seat is already warm. I think just one more mediocre season is going to make it pretty hot. That's why I think next season is a make it or break it season for Hoke. He needs to at least be competitive with OSU and MSU and hit 9 or 10 wins.
|1 week 5 days ago||"Ohio"||
His childish "Ohio" schtick is going to come off reeeeeal bad this week.
|1 week 5 days ago||+1||
|1 week 5 days ago||Ironic||
Its a little ironic that many of us bemoan Dave Brandon the business man, but Dave Brandon the business man could be the thing that forces that changes this team needs.
You're right that as a business man, and as Hoke's boss, he could and should step in and force some changes to improve his core product. Brady might not like it, but a simple "you need to make some changes, or its your ass on the line" might do the trick.
Honestly, the best thing to do would be to fire Borges now. There's no expectation of winning the OSU game, and having no OC provides a bit of a mitigating defense for getting your asses kicked. They've seen all the evidence they need to see at this point on whether or not they are going to keep him. OSU isn't going to make a difference. So just do it now if you're going to do it.
|1 week 5 days ago||But that's the diff between Mich and OSU now||
This is the big difference between Michigan and Ohio State right now. Both schools went through a coaching change around the same time. Ohio State went top shelf and hired a proven coach with a history of championships. Michigan went bargain shopping and pulled a guy with no track record of winning at a major school and just hoped that he would figure it out.
And its all turning out about the way that you would expect.
|1 week 5 days ago||10 wins will be tough||
If its the same coaching staff, 10 wins is going to be tough. I count 8 that they could/should win. OSU, MSU, ND, and maybe Penn State will be tough outs. And there's no way this team makes the requistite 2-3 level jump that its going to take to beat Ohio State on the road.
|1 week 5 days ago||Gardner is much worse now||
Gardner is worse now than he was in his first game after playing WR. He looks like Sheridan in that Nebraska game.
|1 week 5 days ago||Who cares||
I don't care anymore. Maybe a historically bad loss to Ohio State at home (38 pts is the benchmark) is just what this team needs. Could force Hoke into making a change he'd rather not make at this time.
|1 week 5 days ago||Have you watched other confs?||
Have you watched other conferences? The Big Ten is decidedly
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I feel like he's another Treadwell||
I feel like McDowell is another Treadwell. Shows a lot of love, but just never commits.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||BWW's Game||
I hope we go to the Buffalo Wild Wings game. The Spicy Garlic trophy will look good in Schembechler Hall.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||There's been plenty||
I mean, they aren't huge gaping holes, but there's been plenty of holes picture paged here where Fitz has opted to go elsewhere, or just been too hesitant to hit the hole, and that delay caused the hole to close. He's had plenty of runs that could have gotten like 1-2 yards that he's turned into -1 or -4 yard runs. The last two games, Green has looked like a better option at RB than what we've been used to seeing.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Winning at NW certainly helps too||
Winning the way they did at NW will be huge for the Iowa game too. This team needed some confidence and this game should give it to them. Good gutty (lucky) win on the road. Should make for a much more spirited week of practice.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||He's the best three quarter coach there is||
He's the best three quarter coach there is
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Yup||
Sucks that he's a senior and this is how it ends, but he hasn't hit the hole strong all year and can't block anything at all. The game reps they can get the freshman will pay off huge next year.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Bingo||
I'm sure if this was a higher stakes game, Fitz would have played. But at this point, the season is pretty much lost, Fitz still can't block anyone, they hadn't rushed for positive yards in weeks, and we have two freshman backs that could use some game reps. Since you can't do any worse, why not play them.
Personally, I'd make Fitz third string and run the freshman the rest of the season. It'll be more beneficial for next season.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Not a bunch of nothing||
When your highest profile former Michigan player calls out your OC and implores him to "figure it out" and justify his salary, that's absolutely something.
|3 weeks 7 hours ago||I would kill for 10 win seasons||
Dude, I and many others, would kill to have 10 win seasons on the reg. We've only had 12 of those since 1980 -- one out of every three seasons. And only four 11+ win seasons (1986, 1997, 2006, 2011).
I would definitely consider a 10 win season great and 11 or more exceptional.
That's the problem with this fan base. There are people that think even a 10 win season isn't, yet in the last 33 seasons, we've only had twelve of them. The expectations are disconnected from the reality.
|3 weeks 13 hours ago||Not quite reports, but reality||
I think the reports were simply citing the fact that its VERY difficult to play football at a major level AND major in engineering. So if the likelihood of your major being a significant factor is decreased, then things like sending players to the pros and winning championships should win out as a tiebreaker.
|3 weeks 13 hours ago||I don't enjoy it...||
I don't enjoy that they suck, but I've certainly become apathetic to it. Lose games, lose to our rivals, lose recruits...whatever. Maybe its good to have our expectations finally meet the reality of the situation.
On to basketball season I guess.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||A 'B' defense that's young is quite fine||
A 'B' defense that returns 21 of 24 (or whatever was said above) is pretty damn good IMHO. They should be able to get to an A-/A level next year, and at that point you're just replacing departing seniors with guys that have been working in the same system for years. So you should be able to sustain that A level for a while.
Its a good place to be. /remembers RichRod's defeneses
|3 weeks 1 day ago||What they say and what they do have been diff||
I'm with ya. What the coaches have been saying and what they are doing are two different things. If this team would have just stuck to one core set of plays and concepts and practiced that and repped that, then maybe they would just be bad instead of historically bad. But all of the wasted practice time tinkering with tackle over and things like that have killed any chance of having some sort of core offense or identity.
If you want to be manball, then be manball. Instead they are some mishmash offense that isn't good at anything.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Me too. Green should be the starter||
At this point of the season, I'd just make himGreen the starter and bench Fitz. Neither can pick up a blitz so that's not an excuse and Green has seemed better at turning -1 yard into 1 yard. Fitz is gone after the year, so just go with Green and try and get him more reps for next season.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||At this point of the season, no||
I don't think there's any offense this team and OL is capable of executing properly at this point of the season. Had they stuck with one core set of philosophies and plays and worked on that all season, they could have been capable. But they wasted SO much practice time with being a grab bag offense and installing gimmick concepts like tackle over that the offense is now a jack of no trades, master of ineptitude. And there's just not enough practice time to go back to square one.
And given that the last two weeks have shown the remaining three teams on the schedule exactly what they need to do to stop this offense, I don't think there's enough practice time for this team to go back to square one and nail down some core concepts and plays. They're going to be hard pressed to crack 200 yds of offense a game the rest of the season.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||The call out is fine||
I for one, agree with what you wrote and think its fine. If someone is going to question your work and some very obvious observations, and continually reply with a faulty "they just need to execute" response, you have every right to do something like this.
Maybe SC just needs to execute his logic and reasoning better.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Exactly||
I think that's the point that Brian is making. Its not so much an execute issue as it is an issue of the coaching telling the players to run off a cliff, when maybe they should think about using a ladder instead.
You can preach execute all you want, but its also incubent on the coaches to execute a play call that their players are capable of executing. To repeatedly not do that screams all sorts of incompetence.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||That was in Columbus||
The 1968 game was in Columbus. I was just pointing out the worst home losses to Ohio State since this year is sure to be one of them.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Missed quite a few||
If you're talking the worse of the worse, from 1934-1937, Michigan was outscored 104-0. One of those was a 38-0 loss in Ann Arbor which I believe is their worse home loss to Ohio State. So keep that in mind this year I guess.
And on the other side of things, Michigan beat Ohio State 86-0 in 1902. And that was in the middle of a nine game stretch where they outscored OSU 285-18.
Long live the aughts.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Worst losses in Ann Arbor to OSU||
(Not so) Fun facts:
The worst losses to Ohio State in Ann Arbor have been:
1961: Ohio State 50 - Michigan 20
1937: Ohio State 21 - Michigan 0
1935: Ohio State 38 - Michigan 0
Me thinks we're in-line for another one of these. Probably somewhere around the 1935 or 1961 level.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Was also a good DBs coach||
He was also a pretty good DBs coach and he still works a lot with Alabama's DBs.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Throwing under the bus||
There's a difference between throwing someone under the bus and acknowleding an opponent knowing what you're doing before you do it. He could have simply said if two opponents in a row have said that they've known what we're going to do, then we as coaches need to make sure that doesn't happen again.
Also, its not throwing someone under the bus if they've already been run over by the bus.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Oh man...||
Those zoom ins to the sad Wolverines get me every time. Well done sir.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||I think this sums it up much better|
|3 weeks 4 days ago||"Don't want to become ND"||
Dude...hate to break it to you, but we're already ND. Except maybe worse since they've been to a championship game. The only thing we have to hang our hats on recently is sneaking our way into a BCS game. And losing to Texas in the 2005 Rose Bowl is pretty much the lone highlight since the '97 team.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Could be lots of competition too||
Just thought about this: USC needs to hire a new staff, and its looking like Florida might need to as well. And who knows what's going on in Texas. That's three programs that are higher profile than Michigan. So if they did dump Borges and friends, they need to be prepared to take the fourth option when it comes to picking someone new.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Have to agree||
It is what it is at this point. Maybe we beat Northwestern, but I doubt it. Sure they are 0-5 in the Big Ten, but look at who they've lost to. Iowa is a loss, and OSU is an ugly loss. So we finish 6-6, hopefully bring in a new OL and RB coach at a minimum (Fred Jackson HAS to go. Outside of Hart, our RBs have been terrible for a decade), and potentially hire a new OC. Then spend the bowl practices with the new coaches and try and get better right away.
With the right coaching changes and some time in the weight room in the offseaon, the offensive line could be mediocre next year. Which would be a hell of an upgrade at this point.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Has lots of reasons to be pissed||
Probably playing out quite a few "what if" scenarios. He could have been living a VERY different life at the moment if he opted to go to the NFL. Instead, his offensive line is a mess, his team is a mess, and he's serving drinks behind a bar in Ann Arbor.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Favorite comment of the night||
+1 would read again
|3 weeks 5 days ago||So has everyone else||
Miami has been terrible on defense this year.
Miami defense::Michigan offense
|3 weeks 5 days ago||I've been in the rooms||
Won't say for which service, but I've been in the rooms when they are deciding these things. They look at actual game film from lots of sources -- Youtube, Hudl, XOS, whatever. Then they pick out skills and traits and things like that are pros and cons, give the guys a score, put them in a list with guys at their position, and then merge the lists together. Then they tweak the lists slightly by "this guy should be higher" or "he's better than this guy."
Outside of the top top players, the score difference between someone that's say #40 overall and #120 is only 1-2 points. And the difference between #40 and #60 might be like a difference of 0.2
Its why you'll see those lists with like 400 4-star players. They're all roughly the same.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Who cares||
Who cares. Or maybe she was coping the same way as the rest of us during that first half.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Was wondering that too||
They came out with a nice drive and lots of good calls, and then...nothing. Didn't see any of those again the rest of the game. Even if Nebraska adjusted to it, you've got to have a counter to it.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Pretty sure he thinks Borges should be gone||
Pretty sure Brian is of the belief Borges should be gone. But he just doesn't think Hoke will pull the trigger. But after this game, and them all but certainly losing at least two of the next three, its going to be awful hard to stick with the guy. The offensive players have to have zero faith in the guy at this point.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||This is what kills me||
How and why he continues to call plays that take longer than like 2-3 seconds to execute is beyond me. The entire offense should be quick passes, screens, and then play action off those quick plays. Have an assistant in practice hold an air horn and blow it after 3s. If you didn't get the play off, then its dead. Because another thing that's broken is the clock in Devin's head. A lot of those sacks are on him holding the ball too long. Just throw it out of bounds. Don't know if I've seen him throw it out of bounds intentionally all season.
And while the part about players not executing may be true, its on you as the coach to put them in a position that they CAN execute. And he's not doing that. At all.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Have to fire someone||
NCAA only lets you have nine coaches. If Jackson retires you can replace him with another coach of your choosing. But if you want to add two new coaches, you have to hope Jackson retires (or just fire him), and then fire one of the other coaches.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Still makes me laugh||
This joke is old as hell, but it still makes me laugh.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||That's what the other coaches use them for||
Other coaches use their headsets to call recruits during the game.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Maybe not an ass, but certainly classless||
You came into a thread about one of our coaches father dying, where the OP (me) said "maybe lay off on calling for the guy's job" and then went ahead and posted that he should be fired anyhow. That's classless.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||The Michigan difference folks||
"Sorry your dad died, but you should be fired." Classy.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Doesn't change anything||
The fact that he might not see your comment doesn't change the fact that you're an asshole.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Or...||
Or, given the state of things on the board lately, maybe he has the right school.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||No Lineman may have been better||
The original "no-lineman" may have been more appropriate for this season.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||EXACTLY||
Says board is unreadable. Writes a post on the board.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Reporters||
The reporters thing is the biggest thing the majority of fans don't understand. Its not court. No one is under oath. So if you ask a good hard question, they don't have to answer it. And the other reporters aren't going to give you some sort of "good question bro!" high-five after. But what will happen, is the SID and coach will remember you being a dick and putting the coach and the program on the spot and either deny you credentials (they don't have to give them to you. People get denied all the time) or deny you access/opportunities for interviews with players/coaches down the line.
The time for hard questions is in a one-on-one interview. Not in a press conference.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||MSU's OL and defense will lose a lot||
"MSU's OL and defense will lose a lot"
Haven't we said this about MSU the last couple of years? And even if they do lose a lot, given MSU's ability to develop the talent they have on their roster, I don't think that's as big of a negavtive for them as you think it is. Michigan may be recruiting a bunch of four and five star type guys, but they haven't shown any ability to get the most out of the players that they have.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Hell man...||
Hell man...I'd love to be a secular version of Notre Dame. At least they made it to a national championship game. We can't even get to our own conference's championship game. We're like Iowa+ at this point.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Mike Hart||
Yeah, I tend to agree with you. Plus, I'd much rather replace Jackson with someone like Mike Hart as a coach. Not sure what the answer is.
Here's who they have:
Al Borges - OC/QB Coach
Dan Ferrigno - ST/Tight Ends
Jeff Hecklinski - WR
Darrell Funk - OL
Fred Jackon - RBs
Mattison - DC/DL
Curt Mallory - Secondary
Mark Smith - Inside LBs
Roy Manning - Outside LBs
Don't know anything about Mark Smith. Do you need two coaches for linebackers? Probably not wise to have six of your nine coaches on offense either. Who knows... Too many position groups need a coach I guess. Stupid NCAA rules.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Not a bad idea||
Would be another good position to bring in a solid recruiter too.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Fred Jackson?||
Longtime coach here, his son is a senior and graduating...maybe he decides to retire. RB isn't really a position that needs a coach as much as others, and it would allow them to bring in someone young and energetic to help with recruiting.
I don't think they should fire the guy, but it would be nice if the situation worked itself out.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Might be out of the poll for good this season||
A win over Nebraska isn't going to move them back into the top 25, and a split with Iowa/NW isn't going to do much either. If they win both of those, they might sneak back in, but a sure loss to OSU the next week is going to drop them right back out.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||If you keep Borges, hire a QB coach||
Funk for sure needs to go. I could go either way with Borges staying or going next season. I think consistency is important, but I also think changes need to be made. They could give him another year, and if he still sucks after that, then make a change.
But regardless, I think he needs to have the QB coaching duties stripped from him. Gardner is still making the same mistakes (holding the ball too long, the dreaded spin move, etc), and with a raw QB in Morris and another in Speight coming in, they need someone dedicated to them to work out the kinks.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||The excuses need to stop||
The excuses on the offensive side of the ball need to stop. First it was transitioning from the spread that was the excuse, then it was Denard's not really suited for Al's offense, and now its the OL is young or whatever. What's it going to be next year when that OL gets even more inexperienced and two of our best offensive weapons leave? How long do we have to keep saying "just wait until a year or two from now?"
The offense doens't have an identity, it doesn't seem to be getting any better in any aspect of the game, and we keep seeing the same mistakes from the OL, QB, and RB over and over and over again. Bottom line, the coaches aren't doing enough and changes need to be made. If you're going to set a goal for championsip or bust, then you need to step and make the changes to give your kids the best chance of reaching those goals.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||So mediocre for almost a decade then||
So its not 15 years, its 9. We've stll been lousy and underachiving for a while.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Not true||
W 42-24 over N'Western (2-2)
L 14-28 to MSU (4-1)
L 16-24 to Iowa (5-3)
W 31-14 over Illinois (6-3)
W 23-20 over Va. Tech (11-2) in Sugar Bowl
L 41-14 to Alabama in season opener
L 13-6 to Notre Dame (3-0)
W 44-13 over Purdue (2-2)
L 23-16 to Nebraska (5-2)
W 35-13 over Minnesota (5-3)
L 26-21 to Ohio State (11-0)
L 33-28 to S. Carolina (11-1)
W 24-21 over UConn (0-2)
L 43-40 to Penn State (3-2)
L 29-6 to MSU (7-1)
So to recap, that's a 6-9 road record in three years. Versus teams that had a winning record at the time, he's 3-8 with a win and a loss coming against teams with a .500 record.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Execution||
Some people believe that if there's a wall in your way, the best option is to go around or over the wall. The Michigan coaches believe that if you run into a wall head first into that wall enough, eventually, you'll out execute the wall.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Hijaking top comment for this||
Just listened to some post game sound and Narduzzi had this to say about the Michigan offense post game: "There were no surprises. What they saw, was what they saw on tape."
So with two weeks to prep for this, Borges and Co. didn't offer up anything different. Good stuff.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Expecting a win??||
You're expecting a win?? That's insane. Like literally the definition of insane.
1. in a state of mind that prevents normal perception.
If you think the team will play up to the rivalry, then what would you call today's performance? Or does the team just pick and choose when they want to defend their pride? Ohio State will be favored by double digits, and should cover that easy.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||So much wrong with this||
So much wrong with what you said. How are games like that ones where our offense thrives? Our offense only thrives against terrible defenses. And even then sometimes they still struggle. Ohio State doesn't have MSU's defense but they are a far cry from Indiana and/or Minnesota.
Michigan and Ohio State are not two teams with high-powered offenses and mediocre defenses. Ohio State has a high-powered offense, Michigan has a mediocre one. Ohio State has a stout defense. Michigan has an OK defense.
And Ohio State may not be the #4 team in the country, but they are definitely a top 10 team, and they are getting better as they go along this season. Michigan on the other hand is getting worse as they go along.
They are two teams heading in opposite directions. It won't be a close game. Especially because Ohio State will need to score "style" points to try and improve their lot in the BCS as much as they can.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Iowa and NW are on the road||
Iowa and N'Western are road games. And we suck on the road (6-10 under Hoke). Given how we generally play against both of those teams, I'd count those as losses.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Yup||
The people that are counting Iowa as a win clearly don't remember how well we play on the road, let alone on the road against Iowa. Only team to win there recently was the '05 team and that was in OT.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||No way we beat OSU||
I don't get the people that have watched Michigan play, and have presumably watched Ohio State play and think that there's any chance that Michigan hangs with them. They are going to get crushed.
I think you have to count every road game as a loss, maybe we win against Nebraska at home, and then Ohio State is a loss. That's 1-3 for a 7-5 finish.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Says Sparty owns the Wolverines||
The ball don't lie and neither do the numbers. They've won five out of six. We've become Sparty's bitch.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Because they weren't born earlier||
The youth excuse only goes so far. They may be throwing freshman and sophomores out there, but you can still prepare them and teach them better than they have. The OL just looks incompetent, and that's on the staff. They should be better. And the fact that we're throwing true freshman out there is on Hoke. He had two recruiting classes before that to get talent on the OL.
And given what you've seen, do you really think the OL is going to be any better next season after they lose two senior tackles? The OL will be even younger and even more inexperienced next season.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||The defense was fine though||
Hand may go to Bama, but this defense is fine. They held up as long as they could with MSU continually starting drives at midfield. So defensive recruits should still be interested.
Now the offense on the other hand...yeesh. But we don't have any notable difference makers coming in on offense anyway, so it doesn't really matter.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Its three years later man||
This ain't Rich Rod's mess any more. This is year three for Hoke, and the OL is an absolute tire fire. That's on coaching. There are MAC offenses out there that have better lines than Michigan. There's enough talent there -- and yes, its young -- that they should be getting better results.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||All hinges on next season||
Next season is a make it or break it season for Hoke. In year four, you've got no excuses. At the very least, he needs to make a change on the OL, and perhaps hire a QB coach. The offense needs all the help and coaching it can get.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Iowa, NW, and OSU are losses||
I think you have to count Iowa, NW, and OSU as losses. Iowa and NW are on the road, and this team is abyssmal on the road. And Ohio State is steamrolling everyone in their path. Maybe we got lucky and beat one of the NW/Iowa pair, but this is an 8-4 or 7-5 team. And given their recent bowl performance, that's probably a loss too.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Not gonna happen||
Dude, c'mon. Be realistic. There's a greater chance of us all turning into unicorns than there is of Michigan beating Ohio State this season. They have a great offense and a good defense. We have neither. Gonna be a bloodbath.
|5 weeks 15 hours ago||Collegiate legacy?||
Who cares about a collegiate legacy if you're going to be in the NBA in a year or two. Say what you want about him, but Coach Cal is the best in the business at sending guys to the NBA at the moment.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Yeah, there's more to this one||
No one gets fired or asked to resign for attending an event where weed is smoked. Any person that ever went to a concert would be elligible to be fired. And hell, even if Pelini smoked weed, that's not something you get fired for without a bunch of other stuff preceeding it.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Space Coyote||
MGoMember Space Coyote learned in the last two days that arguing with people on the internet is futile and threatened to quit the MGoCommunity. Then there was a SC appreciation thread trying to convince him to stay. One of SC's complaints was people continually bringing up 27 for 27.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Silver lining?||
Maybe this will force them to pass the ball more instead of trying to manball -- oh who am I kidding. They love manball. There's no quitting manball.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Running opens things up||
"I think running the football opens up so much of your play-action game."
Is what drives me nuts about our offensive philosophy. Eschewing a quick pass to a WR who's open by 10 yards so we can run into a pile of bodies for -1 yard to set up a good play later on is just dumb. Take the easy yards, force the defense to adapt to that possibility, make running the ball easier, and then still use the play action.
Running the ball 30 times for 50 yards doesn't open up jack.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Wrong||
I still don't understand why people continue to get this wrong. Including Angelique. If you play a single snap -- whether its the first snap of the seaon or the last snap of the season on offense, defense, or special teams, that counts as one of your four seasons you get to play. There is no gray area, its very black and white rule.
The rules for medical redshirts are a bit murkier and are done on a case by case basis and handled by the individual conferences. But I really doubt Morris has any sort of claim for a medial redshirt.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Time to make a banner||
I think we have enough to make a banner now.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||This||
I feel like the people complaining forget just how TERRIBLE the Tigers were before they hired Leyland. I mean, they were almost historically awful. It wasn't that long ago people.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Talent =/= Championships||
It takes a whole lot more than talent to win championships. A good roster doesn't mean squat. You see that year in and year out in baseball. And the Tigers aren't THAT stacked. Good offense? Yes. Good starting pitching? Definitely. Good bullpen? Eh...not so much. Plus, they lost to the one team that was more talented than them.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Seriously?!||
Leyland has been one of the best things to happen to the Tigers. Before he got here, they were shit. He's taken them to two World Series, and three ALCS. And if you don't remember, before that they were losing 90-120 games a year.
So yeah...get out of here with that "Wooo!" bullshit. Give Leyland his due.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||We played football in 2009?||
I don't remember this 2009 that you speak of.
But seriously, I don't think many people were concerned about Indiana in 2009. Michigan was 3-0 heading into that game and had crushed their cupcakes (combined score of 76-24) and won a 38-34 squeaker over Notre Dame. The close win over Indiana that season was the signal that trouble was on the horizon. Prior to that, things were all good. After that...eh, not so much.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||The line is wierd||
Yeah, that's why I think a 9/10 point line is odd. Indiana is going to score. Probably in the 25-30 range. I really don't have any confidence that Michigan's offense can put up more than 35-40 points to beat that line. Something like 28-31 seems more likely. Flip a coin on who wins.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||When was the last time Indiana was concerning?||
The mere fact that I'm actually concerned about Michigan losing to Indiana is annoying. I really can't remember a time I've ever thought "man, I hope they can beat Indiana at home."
Your 2013 Michigan Wolverines ladies and gentlemen.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Oct 19th too||
Oct 19th too.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Bovada has it at 10.||
Bovada has it at 10. Which given Michigan's inability to handily beat lesser competition this year would compel me to take Indiana all day long.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Worst ever||
Would have loved someone to bring up the worst rushing performance ever aspect of things. The whole damn collection of reporters glossed over that one though.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||He's delusional||
Any sane person that tried something 25-30 times and continually failed at it would lose some confidence. I mean shit, in the past, they've addressed Gardner turning the ball over and how that impacts their decisions and confidence in him. And that's only a couple of failures per game. How is the offense running into a wall of defenders 25-30 times a game any different? A pick and a 3 and out have the same end result -- other team gets the ball.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Would have loved this comeback||
When he said "that's your solution" it would have been awesome to fire back with "Its a solution. When your offense is lining up with 8 blockers against 9 defenders, what is your solution to exploit that mismatch? Does the offense have options at the line of scrimmage?"
Would have put him on the spot and forced an answer.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Doesn't have to be a spread to manball change though||
Look at what LSU did. They dumped their OC, brought in Cam Cameron, and now they are better on offense. Similar offensive systems. Hoke just needs to dump Borges and bring in someone that actually knows what they are doing when it comes to calling a pro style offense.
We don't need a wholesale prostyle to spread shift that'll turn off recruits. Simply getting someone that knows you should take advantage of bubble screens and not run into a pile of bodies 25-30 times a game would make the offense hugely improved.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||No time for checks||
If you look at most of those screen caps, there's only 7-9s left on the play clock. They just don't have time to make any sort of checks or adjustments. Its just line up with 10s to go, announce HEY, WE'RE RUNNING THE BALL NOW, OK?, watch the defense line up and say 'sure', and then lose 1-5 yards.
Its they type of stuff that should get your OC fired. But since Borges is Hoke's boy, I have my doubts about that happening. This offseason will be a real test to see if Hoke's ready to be a big time CFB coach. If you want to coach a top program, sometimes you have to fire your friends.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Exactly||
RR knew the hand he was dealt in year one and just opted to go round peg in square hole to get a year of practice with his system in. Clearly the offensive results in year two and three show that was a good choice.
But with this staff, its year three and I have no idea what their offensive system is. They're a jack of all trades master of none offense.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||I'd love to know the success rate in practice||
I'd love to know how successful the team is running the ball in practice. Since our run defense isn't terrible, you'd have to think they are just as bad in practice. Which makes you wonder why they think they'll have success during an actual game. Either that, or they are decent/good at running in practice and its not translating to the game. Both scenarios are bad.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Bet those first downs keep happening||
I bet one internet dollar that those anemic first down runs keep happening. If the light hasn't gone on for this coaching staff six games into the season, I doubt its going to go on for games seven and beyond. If anything, I bet they do it more since they probably feel they are "close."
Stubborn staff is stubborn.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Reporters are lazy||
Those might be some of the worst post game questions I've seen. I don't know if I would have asked a single one.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||They keep touching the hot stove||
Given that even the most casual fan can see they can't run the ball - especially up the middle - and that our coaches keep trying to do it, it's no different than burning your hand on the stove saying "ow that's hot" and then touching the stove again. Twenty times in a row.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Yup. And that's on the coaches||
When you see the opp is selling out to stop the run, and you know you can't run, and then run the ball anyways, that's just stupid. They don't have a single counter punch to anything at all.
Its like watching someone get punched in the face and thinking "dude, maybe try and move away from the punch." And then having them say "naw man. My face just has to out execute the punch."
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Coaching||
It's coaching. Plenty of other schools have less talented lines and they do fine. This staff hasn't been able to develop any of the lineman and they continually call plays that play into all of those weaknesses. They are the kinds of trying to jam a square peg into a round hole.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Don't forget||
Don't forget him loafing it during the games he did play. Dude is eighth on his team in tackles and has had little impact on any of SC's games. Not exactly top pick material.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Doubt it||
You can get hurt loafing it just as easily as you can find full bore.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||No kidding||
If he quits on his team in college, what's he going to do when he's stuck on a 4-12 team in the NFL? Or when he has his big contract and doesn't have anything to work for?
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Bad may have been a bad word||
Bad may have been a poor choice of words. I think ADs in other conferences - especially the SEC - are more devoted to football and making it the best they can. Big Ten ADs outside of Michigan and Ohio State don't seem to have that mindset.
For example, There's no reason a school like Illinois can't be a good program. Good amount of in state talent to work with. But they hire shit coaches. And that's hurting the conference as a whole.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||This is 100% Insane||
What does ESPN have to gain by downplaying the Big Ten? They have an expensive contract with the conference and spend much of their Sundays covering the conference. So it's in their best interest to game that conference be good so ratings are as high as they can be.
Or you know, there's your half baked tinfoil hat theory. I'm sure it's really the media illuminati that's conspiring to control the quality of the conference.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||BTN isn't a national network||
The Big Ten gets the majority of its exposure through its deal with ESPN. Because of that deal the whole country has to witness horrors like Iowa v Purdue.
The BTN is still mostly a regional network you have to pay extra for. And the people that are paying for it already know the conference is fairly weak these days.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Lots of NFL talent too||
In addition to recruiting rankings, the SEC has also put a ton of guys in the NFL lately too. Seems that a lot of people agree that they are getting the lion's share of talent.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||It's not the BTNs fault||
The Big Ten is bad because they have bad teams. The teams that were good 5-10 years ago are bad now through their own bad decisions. Teams like Penn State and Iowa used to win 9-10 games a year. Now? Not so much. Even teams like Illinois and Minnesota have gone from mediocre to awful.
The BTN has given them plenty of money to hire top tier coaches but they won't do it. It's bad athletic directors, not too much exposure that's bringing the Big Ten down.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Also he's a 2015 kid||
Also, he's a 2015 kid and there's 16 months left in his recruitment. Lot of time to fend off the wolves.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Definitely could be next||
Something like back door deals could be next, but that's a risky route to go. I mean if news of that comes out after you get the job, that's gonna blow up in your face as having hired a coach that mailed it in the last X weeks with his old job. And quitting on your current school and leaving them hanging mid season isn't a much better move.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Limited approach||
But that only works if your new head coach is currently out of coaching. The Urban Meyer thing only worked because they hired him from ESPN. Its a lot harder to pull a coach from another program in the middle of his season.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Agreed||
Narduzzi would have been a more likely choice right after Edsall left. But I think Narduzzi's stock is too high for UConn these days.
Or who knows...maybe there's a knock on Narduzzi that's prevented him from being offer HC jobs before, and UConn is his best bet. Gotta start somewhere as a HC.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Or...||
Or, you know, Maryland is undefeated and shutout West Virginia who just upset no. 11 Oklahoma State.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||He was nowhere close to their first choice||
If I remember right, Kiffin was way down on USC's list for coaches to hire after Carrol left. Everyone knew it was a terrible job at the time, and turned it down. Kiffin was pretty much all they could get.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||He'll probably sit out 2014||
He'll probably sit out 2014, but be back somewhere for the 2015 season. Dude is only 38 or so. Still plenty of time to learn from his mistakes and become a better coach. Could see him winding up somewhere like Illinois or some other low risk, low pressure place.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||I wouldn't say overflowing||
I don't think I'd describe the situation at USC as overflowing with 5-stars. Do they have some? Absolutely. But they are crazy thin everywhere on that roster. After Lee went down, they're left with TWO scholarship WRs on the roster. Not exactly overflowing.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Limits your coaching pool though||
They can do this, but that limits your coaching pool to people that aren't coaching at the moment. it worked for OSU because Urb was broadcasting and available for hire. Who is out there that USC would want? By waiting to hire a permanent coach at the end of the season, you can at least poach from other schools.
I think they just did it because they were sick of Kiffin's shit. And either way, by firing him now, you still signal to recruits that there's going to be a new regime come next season. At least makes it a little clearer to them.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||No. Someone should tell them.||
I nominate you.
|10 weeks 12 hours ago||Votto is the best of those three deals...||
Votto is the best of those three deals, but he'll still be 41 at the end of the contract and earning $25M a year for the last half of it. That just seems like a lot for dude that hits a little above .300 with around 20-25 HRs a year. Yeah, he has a high OBP, but I don't know if that's worth $20-25M a year.
In general, 10-year deals in baseball just seem nuts. Especially when its someone 30 yrs old that's asking for it.
|10 weeks 14 hours ago||Hmmm||
I wonder if he'll get anything close to that. All of these giant contracts seem to have blown up in the faces of the signing teams -- ARod, Pujols, Votto, etc. You would *think* that teams would finally figure out that this is a bad idea. Especially the Yankees since they've just been burned by ARod.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||But you have to try||
You have to at least try. That's why I'm saying they are lazy. Ask a lazy question, and you're all but guaranteed to get a lazy answer. But ask a good question? Maybe you get a good answer every so often. And at the very least, the coaches will repsect you for putting some effort into things. You can see that with Heiko and Borges. Borges at least respects Hieko because he's asking thoughtful questions, and he gets good answers more often than not.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Part of the problem is the reporters||
Part of the problem is the reporters don't ask good direct questions. The majority of those questions could be answered with a yes or a no. If they would put some more effort into crafting a good question, you'd get less shitty canned coachspeak questions.
Instead of "which of the backs do you want to work in more?" Ask "What is preventing some of the other backs from seeing the field?" Or instead of a leading question like "how disappointed have you been in [the DL's] production?" Ask "What have your impressions of the defensive line's production been?"
At least half the reason coaches give lazy coachspeak answers is because no one asks them a question that requires any thinking. And because they have to say something, they resort to cliches.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||No kidding||
I mean, what response was that reporter expecting?
"Well...you know...WE'RE TOTALLY FREAKING OUT!! WE'RE 4-0 AND AT HALFTIME OF GAMES, WE RUN AROUND IN CIRCLES SCREAMING!!"
Reporters are lazy.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||They were both counselors at the Elite 11||
Manziel and Gardner worked together when they were both counselors at the Elite 11. They spent like 2-3 days together out at Nike.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||New Haven||
I second the no New Haven thing. Why anyone would drive 30+ minutes for some bars instead of going to the ones around West Hartford or Hartford is beyond me.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Traffic||
I've lived here for 8 years. Traffic is NOTHING compared to anything in the metro Detroit area. It gets a little backed up at rush hour like any other place but that's it.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Exactly||
The whole gamble to center the ball with no timeouts is just stupid. Right before the play the announcer even says "its risky and there's a lot of things that can go wrong." You need a FG to win, you have a great drive to get in range, so just kick the FG. Wisky outsmarted themselves.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||He was telling the ref w/ 10s left he wanted to spike||
I just watched the melt footage fed from the broadcast truck and on one of the angles with about 10s left in the game you can see Stave tell the head ref repeatedly that they want to spike the ball. And you can see the ref acknowledge them. Now what the other guy was doing allowing the ASU player to just lay on the ball is beyond me. That's the guy that screwed Wisky.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||+1||
Seemingly every botched run I rewound Funch missed his block. Love Funch the WR, loathe Funch the blocking TE.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Easy there chief||
Maybe sit this one out.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||Rees has actually been decent against Mich||
Rees has actually been decent against Mich
2011: 27/39, 315 yds, 3 TD, 2 INT
2012: 8/11, 115 yds, rush TD in relief of Golston
Dude ain't gonna win the Heisman, but he hasn't been bad.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||He's still wrong||
I don't get how mgovideo thinks portions of broadcasts are OK for fair use and somehow avoid copyright rules. Or that since it came from his dad's old VHS tapes that its somehow OK. Its really no different than me walking into your house, using your bathroom, and then when you get all indignant over me being in your house firing back with "Geez...I've been coming into your house for years when you weren't paying attention, and its not like I was using the whole house anyways."
Copyright covers everything man. Sucks, but that's the way it is.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||We really need an open thread||
We really need an open thread for a season preview show?
|14 weeks 6 days ago||its competition, but its not competitive||
Yes Fox started FS1 and FS2 and they are competition to ESPN, but its not competitive at all. Fox is getting $0.23 per cable subscriber and ESPN is getting $5.50+ And you've got to be kidding to think that Fox has the strongest hand in sports. Its going to take them years to recoup what they've spent to start the new networks, and they don't have the rights portfolio that ESPN/ABC does. And getting only $0.23 a subscriber is going to hamper their ability to purchase more or expanded rights (like the Big Ten in 2016).
Starting a network is one thing (just look at NBC), making it competitive with ESPN is completely different.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||She'll still be writing for ESPN||
Chantel isn't going anywhere. And neither is the WolverineNation site. The site will still be there, but it will just become more of a newsfeed -- an amalgamation of all things Michigan both writen and video related on ESPN. So Chantel and Tom's Michigan related articles and videos will still show up there, but you'll just have to do some scrolling and page clicking to find them now.
Source: I have a very good reason for knowing what's happening.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||I would +1 this all day if I could.||
I would +1 this all day if I could.
|17 weeks 11 hours ago||Sports doesn't require education?||
If you don't think sports requires some sort of education, then you are completely dismissing the role coaches play. Athletes get educated on how to best prepare their bodies through the strength and conditioning programs, and they also get educated on how to perform the best at their position on the field through knowledge of schemes, technique, etc.
And as for the "don't come to play school" comment, I honestly think that's a fair comment. Some kids -- as misguided as they may be -- just want to go to college to try and be the best football player they can be. I went to school to try and be the best biologist I could be. But I learned after two years that biology wasn't for me. If a kid makes a comment like that as a freshman, hopefully he keeps his grades up enough so when he figures out as a junior that he's not going to make to the NFL, he can spend the last 2-3 years of school and get a degree in something. That's no different than what I or any number of college freshman do every year.
|17 weeks 11 hours ago||Exactly||
This is really no different than Michigan touting its elite engineering or medical programs. You go to Michigan for those degrees because they will give you great odds of landing a top job in your field. Alabama is doing the exact same thing with their football program. Come here, and you'll have an outstanding shot at landing a top job in your field of football.
|17 weeks 2 days ago||Green used to be an OL his freshman year||
Before he became a soul crushing RB, he was a short fat offensive lineman -- 5'8" 268 to be more exact.
|18 weeks 5 days ago||Profile video||
ESPN did a profile on him:
Has some clips of him from the Opening last month and his win on the fastest man competition they had. The most impressive part though might be how much he likes giving back to the community. Just unusual (and impressive) for a high sophomore/junior to be.
|18 weeks 6 days ago||LA =\= La.||
OP's title is confusing. Get yo abbreviations right son.
|19 weeks 15 hours ago||Business and engineering||
The fact that he likes to study business and engineering and we're kinda OK in that department certainly doesn't hurt.
|19 weeks 15 hours ago||Found one on Campbell too||
Looks like they did one on George Campbell too:
Seeing some of these kids with braces makes me feel really old. You forget how young they are sometimes.