“The player development is the main thing I like (about Michigan),” Williams said. “You can see that they develop their players. They get them in the gym and they work them hard. And their hard work pays off.”
|3 years 28 weeks ago||Lloyd Brady wasn't first-row||
|3 years 28 weeks ago||Thank you!||
For the comedic relief! Much needed!
Don't forget, JC was 192-84-6, won 3 Big Ten Championships, and is probably more willing to redeem himself in The Game, than anyone else. Some of his recruits include: Eddie George, Terry Glenn, Orlando Pace, Alonzo Spellman, and Joey Galloway.
Only problem - he's going to kick the bucket soon. However, we could do the Big House version of Weekend at Bernie's.
BTW, some of the earlier comments in this thread are worth their weight in gold!
|3 years 28 weeks ago||Drinking Captain Morgan!||
With Captain Hindsight.
|3 years 28 weeks ago||Yes, Coach & Four||
If you want to talk Michigan history with people who *know*, do not miss an opportunity to get a cut here.
|3 years 28 weeks ago||Are those||
Real-life Luck Dragons?!?
|3 years 28 weeks ago||Wow||
If getting neg-bombed for sarcasm is par for the course around here these days, I'll have to change my MO.
ALERT: My first post was meant to be sarcastic.
I love how people take a post about how people will take any post on the Interwebz seriously, serious.
|3 years 28 weeks ago||Ryan Ermanni||
Just tweeted that Jon Gruden's Wikipedia page has a whole section devoted to "University of Michigan Speculation" and that he either will or will not come to Michigan.
|3 years 28 weeks ago||The traffic in AA||
May be better than Baton Rouge, but I would love to guide an airboat through campus.
|3 years 28 weeks ago||Yeah, his demeanor was, well,||
Yeah, his demeanor was, well, interesting. I couldn't tell if he wanted to laugh and bust out the GMPH and demean the unknowing minions, or cry and curl up in the corner with his blankey.
Thanks for the thoughts (and level-headed posts).
|3 years 28 weeks ago||But where's...||
|3 years 28 weeks ago||I thoroughly enjoyed...||
@iawolve: Your dissection of DB's decision-making vis-a-vis his experience in LBO situations was, IMO, a great assessment.
IIRC, in that synopsis (sorry, I didn't have the time to refer back to it), you mentioned announcing a crucial decision at the right time. Given Brandon's goals as they relate to the athletic program, what are your thoughts about him having a lock on a coach when he made his comments about Harbaugh going to the NFL, et al. at the presser? Was that all window-dressing to hold off criticism while scrambling to come up with Plans D, E and F? Or was it posturing, knowing that having five days to ink a deal and bring in the hire to the UM-KU basketball game would be about the right-est of times to make an announcement?
Maybe you don't have an opinion either way, but knowing Brandon's work with Domino's, his work with the Regents, and his work under Bo, I refuse to believe that he was caught with his pants down on this one.
Guess we'll all know once we see the new hire...
|3 years 28 weeks ago||You probably never heard||
You probably never heard Canham talk about "branding" because AFAIK, the modern concept wasn't even really formalized until well toward the end of his term.
However, every piece of UM gear you own, every game you've had the pleasure of attending with 100,000 of your closest friends, and many other reasons you might have for loving Michigan, are a direct result of Canham's "branding."
Canham only needed to complete one football HC search, and did it spectacularly. Mostly because he found a guy who fit in perfectly with his "brand."
Don't be so quick to write off Brandon as an amateur - he learned from Bo and Don, after all.
|3 years 28 weeks ago||Am I missing something||
Ever heard of a man named Don Canham?
|3 years 28 weeks ago||He might, but he shouldn't have to||
I'm sure DB will keep a close eye on whoever ends up in the HC position. However, I'm also sure he doesn't want to go through this sort of process again anytime soon.
My guess is DB will choose someone who is above reproach and as such, requires very little close supervision.
|3 years 28 weeks ago||Imagining||
The prospect of Ty Willingham at OSU gives me some hypothetical good feelings on this crappy day with a cold I contracted from some kid or octogenarian on the flight back from the Sunshine State.
Watching Fuckeye fan jump into the Scioto River en-masse would have allowed me to die happy, no matter what.
|3 years 29 weeks ago||Having BP here...||
...would turn the Wisconsin post-game presser into a DSF (double-skull-fuck) of the Freep.
|3 years 29 weeks ago||I hope||
that the "later half of (this) week" is determined by a week that starts on a Friday.
This thing might reach fusion bomb status if there is no presser before noon tomorrow.
|3 years 29 weeks ago||He might know his shit||
But he still cried with "Cathy" stopped running.
|3 years 29 weeks ago||DB sent me a text last night||
But I deleted it.
Sorry all - I was drunk and didn't have his number stored in my phone. I thought it was an ex trying to make me take a paternity test.
|3 years 29 weeks ago||Hmmm||
Wonder why she didn't make use of the tunnel between home and Fleming.
That has to mean something. Maybe Jimmy, Brady, Jon Gruden, Ty Willingham, and Urban are all holed-up down there waiting for the interviews to start.
|3 years 29 weeks ago||Survival Flight||
Makes use of both rotor- and fixed-wing aircraft:
|3 years 29 weeks ago||I saved a boat-load of money||
by dropping my car insurance altogether.
|3 years 29 weeks ago||I've been stuck in SoFla||
for the holidays. Every news interview with a native Floridian during the cold snap was an exercise in hilarity.
All of their cold-weather gear looks like it came straight from a Gerardo video.
For a week there, I was actually glad that I come from Southeast Michigan. 50's and sunny was totally fine with me.
|3 years 29 weeks ago||Well, qualitatively||
I saw zero improvement between the OSU game and the GB.
I know this doesn't address the issue of practice hours, but IMO, quantitative analysis is unneccessary.
|3 years 29 weeks ago||Good to see Saginaw getting||
Good to see Saginaw getting some love!
Next step: Lloyd donating his fortune to the Saginaw Public Schools.
|3 years 29 weeks ago||Is there really a difference||
between a premium board poster and any other board poster?
I can pay the Freep for a full-page ad detailing the reasons why I feel that DB and MSC didn't do squat. Doesn't mean that I'm somehow more clairvoyant than the dude who reads the funnies or jerks off to the lingerie ads.
|3 years 29 weeks ago||He said all alumni.||
He said all alumni. So, by "we", I meant all alumni, myself included. Doesn't seem that far of a logical leap, but maybe I'm wrong.
And even if all alumni were in favor of something - no matter what - I don't thnk any one of us should deem him or herself worthy of such a pronouncement.
You're right - I should have said "to the world of college football fans who may see the interview, live or once it goes viral - in the world of college football fans." My bad.
Don't worry, I'm not dumping on a former Heisman winner - one who had me on the edge of my seat every time I watched him play. I was trying to echo the sentiments of the OP.
|3 years 29 weeks ago||Even if it were true that||
Even if it were true that *all* of the alumni wanted RR gone, since when did we ask DH to announce our decision to the world?
|3 years 30 weeks ago||Yes, 4||
And Rees is throwing everything into the first row...
If not for Harris, ND wouldn't have a chance.
|3 years 30 weeks ago||Mars Volta||
Day of the Baphomets
I'll simply take a magic carpet ride. I don't have a garage.
|3 years 30 weeks ago||That weird camera angle in the press box||
Makes it look like they were just talking to a coiffed, "U"-jacket-wearing, Lloyd Brady.
|3 years 30 weeks ago||Difference is||
Most of our grades didn't determine whether the football team was placed in an undesireable situation should Tweaked Shoulder come back.
Oh, and I know plenty of 30-40 year-olds who are still immature as hell, but made Dean's List every semester.
|3 years 30 weeks ago||To be fair...||
If the weather in J-Ville's been anything like it has here in So. Fla. for the last week, they're just trying to pack in some insulation.
|3 years 30 weeks ago||Point taken||
Consider my comment retracted.
8 days in the Sunshine State with senior citizens has clouded my judgment.
|3 years 30 weeks ago||Go back to sleep...||
...before healthcare reform takes effect.
|3 years 30 weeks ago||CHEM 125 is full...||
Thanks for reminding me about the only time(s) in my life I wanted to rip a phone out of the wall and stomp it into oblivion. My father's horror stories about enrolling in-person in the '70s will be combined into my CRISP horror stories, to be passed down to my first-born son. My guess is if he decides to go to U-M, he can use telepathy to enroll.
Also, I think there was an op-ed in the Daily that outlined what the revamped registration process would look like, when the rumors about JEJ doing the voiceover were flying around.
Can't seem to find an archived version of it...
|3 years 30 weeks ago||WWJGD?||
I've had to drive spikes in my ears for the last month listening to alleged Wolverine insider, disgruntled Alum, Spartan gloater, and Mike Valenti devotee all speculate about what is going to happen.
I've also had to forego eating a bullet listening all of the above give their reasons for RR vs. JH, however laden in logic or methamphetamine those reasons might be.
And since this is all really meaningless until DB finally makes an announcement, I think the speculation pot should be sweetened:
What does Josh Grobin think will happen?
Or, maybe he already knows, and it just not letting on, in an effort to drive record sales.
|3 years 35 weeks ago||Great article for Thanksgiving||
Awesome to know that he is doing well.
Even better to know that he has a great attitude about his situation, and embodies the ideal Michigan Man.
|3 years 35 weeks ago||Jerk Herpstreit...||
...will be divorced by Monday, marry Erin Andrews by Tuesday, and adopt TO by Friday.
He'll bring Erin, TO, and his other four runts on to the GameDay set on Saturday and all have a gas putting on the Brutus mask and smelling Corso's halitosis.
|4 years 24 weeks ago||Can't remember them all...||
...but I think off the top of my head I'd have to say Matt Lassiter. Not sure if he's still in the History department, but having him for Politics and Culture of the 1960s was great.
The subtext of the class is the intimate role that U of M and Ann Arbor played in the student and civil rights movements. He even brought in Alan Haber (one of the founders of SDS) for a guest lecture.
|4 years 24 weeks ago||Wolpoff||
Took him twice - once teaching the undergrad evolution course with his wife, Rachel Caspari; the other in his grad Paleoanthro class.
You really had to try hard to fail (at the grad level mind you, C doesn't cut it), and if you want to learn from one of the premier thinkers on the topic, he's definitely worth it.
If you have the chance to take Speth or O'Shea (archaeology), do it.
|4 years 35 weeks ago||Does owning the Dolphins...||
...pose a potential conflict of interest for Ross (as AD)? (I keed, I keed...but seriously.)
I know he hasn't gotten to where he is without a pretty friggin good eye for talent. I'm also sure he's seen his fair share of royal screw-ups in personnel.
If he's throwing in a vote of confidence, then that should pretty much settle the matter.
"In the official job description prepared by Hughes and consultant Phil Murphy, Spencer Stuart identied three “critical competencies" for a successful hire: Passion for student athlete development, inspirational leadership and superior business acumen."
I mean if the decision were up to me, I'd have to give Ross a good, hard look.
|4 years 35 weeks ago||Hmmm||
Sounds like either things are looking up for RR, or he's soon going to be on an overseas adventure fighting dragons and rescuing damsels in distress.
Hopefully he makes it back in time for the Spring Game.
|4 years 35 weeks ago||I cried a little...||
..when Bo died.
Never for any other Michigan football-related reason.
|4 years 35 weeks ago||I, for one||
Think we stand a fighting chance tomorrow.
Problem is, OSU seems to be able to stand against the ropes and fight back. I've seen that out of them all season.
However, when they get against the ropes and start faltering, that's when another huge punch is a death blow.
I'm hopeful that the team will recognize when this is happening and make sure to tighten up even more, and stick to the game plan. If they can land that death blow at the right moment, I'm confident we'll see a Michigan victory.
|4 years 35 weeks ago||Coincidence or not...||
...as far as I'm concerned, these are two 0-0 teams meeting for their first game of the season.
I think this is an interesting comparison, and quite frankly, I think that the fact that this is the 40th anniversary might give the team something to focus on.
Seniors leaving want something to tell their kids about. Freshmen who have nothing to lose want to end the season on a high note. Coaches want seniors and freshmen alike to play like they've done in practice all season - full force.
I think players on the field have had this game drilled into their head from Day One. Even if RR is accused of not getting it (i.e. the tradition that this game holds), I'm sure he'll get it, really quick. However, I KNOW that the players understand The Game. And in the end analysis, they're the ones who make things happen.
Regardless of coincidence or curse, I am convinced that this team wants to make this game memorable.
|4 years 35 weeks ago||Agreed||
Too sad... condolences.
|4 years 35 weeks ago||Ah yes...||
The state that is still pissed about losing the UP.
So much so that not only are the troopers complete d-bags to Michigan drivers, they stand and watch rabid OSU fans pelt a Michigan tour bus with rocks.
I like how this happens even when they win. I've plenty of stories about a-hole OSU fans who come to Ann Arbor and pull that crap.
Talk about a complete lack of class. Are they all still really THAT bitter about getting Toledo? It's not that bad of a place.
|4 years 35 weeks ago||We're at 97.0 avg/game...||
"3. In 2002-03 Houston Baptist averaged 100.4 points per game."
Wow. Oh wait, they were in the NAIA at that point.
|4 years 36 weeks ago||re: CARA||
The CARA forms are University forms meant to track athletic activities. Sort of like a time sheet. You don't send time sheets to the IRS, but they help ensure that you pay people properly and transmit the correct info to the IRS come tax time. So, the CARA forms are not required by the NCAA, but rather by University Audits.
As far as when they are due, I can't say. It seems that they are completed and "turned in" on an annual basis. I don't know about due date. I would assume that May is a good estimate, since that's when school is done for the year, but it could fall on the fiscal year (July-June).
BTW, this wasn't driven by the Athletic Dept. but by University Audits, as part of a routine audit. I sincerely doubt that anyone was looking to make RR look bad.
|4 years 36 weeks ago||Here's to hoping...||
...that you get to have a great, winning memory going out.
My years in the student section were good - almost too good in fact. Going 12-0 with a National Championship my freshman year kind of spoiled me...
I have to constantly remind myself that I can't expect to see an undefeated team every year. If I were to turn away from this team right now, I'd be turning away from everything that I learned during the best five years of my life.
Glad to see that you have learned that lesson too.
|4 years 36 weeks ago||Boy I bet they're going to love...||
...saying "Oh yeah, well, we beat Michigan when they had a losing season. We joined the same club as Toledo, Notre Dame and Mike "See You Next Tuesday" and kicked sand in Michigan's face. Nothing says class like being able to post a few extra TDs just to grind that sand in a little more."
Too bad Mike "See You Next Tuesday"'s article is likely going to be bulletin board material.
At least Mike's a realist and knows that you best kick sand in the dragon's face when he's in REM sleep.
|4 years 36 weeks ago||One step back?||
To take two steps forward?
Maybe yes, maybe no. Maybe the team is supposed to take two steps (2008 and 2009) back to take four giant leaps forward.
In the same vein as "Those who stay will be champions", I feel as though those who take this post to heart and cheer no matter what, will be rewarded.
Personally, I hope those who expect a National Championship every year fall by the wayside. I'd rather stand shoulder-to-shoulder with those same fans who stood next to me in the final seconds of the Colorado game in 1994 - not stand next to those who left with 5:00 left in the 4th because winning for them was a foregone conclusion.
Quality post - Go Blue!
|4 years 37 weeks ago||Glad to hear...||
...that Brabbs and Murray are improving remarkably. That's excellent news.
Hopefully, remarkable improvement has some residual effect on the team.
|4 years 37 weeks ago||If that doesn't say it, I don't know what does||
His third paragraph sums it up perfectly.
I don't think any high school senior, nor any head coach or assistant, has dreams of coming on to the winningest college football squad playing in front of the largest crowd watching a football game in America, thinking "man, I can't wait to screw this whole thing up and go 3-9."
I do however, think that they come in saying "this is going to be a tough transition with a few tough years."
However, I'm willing to bear a few tough seasons to have guys (players and coaches) who really want to be here!
|4 years 37 weeks ago||Hello - and thanks for articulating this...||
First MGoBlog post, but I've been lurking for a while.
I have to say that I agree with the succinct and calm assessment by Brian.
The only thing I would add is a small thing I've noticed on special teams. Anyone remember how many times the team muffed a kick-off or punt return last season? I don't, but if my blood pressure is any measure, then it was way more than any human should have to endure.
How many muffed kick-off or punt returns has the team had this season? Again, I don't know, but I believe I can count them on one hand.
Now, I'm talking about balls that seem to get buttered up as they go through a returner's hands, or balls that are popped out of a returner's hand by a phantom 12th man on the opposing special teams.
I remember RR saying numerous times last season that returning kicks was a concern, and that extra time during practice would be devoted to such. However, it seemed that every time a kick would come, it was deja-vu all over again. Now, some might say a detail like this is the responsibility of the coaching staff. However, if an entire practice is devoted to returns, and there is no improvement, at what point does the blame shift from the coaching staff?
This season, I've been much more pleased with what I've seen on special teams, especially in the return realm. And since it took an entire season to get that part right, I'm confident that with some end-of-season and off-season adjustments, this team is going to be a fierce competitor next year.