go go go
|8 hours 41 min ago||I Will Admit...||
I've thought about this myself, but it seems to me that even if we do beat Rutgers - as the expectation would have been in August - I don't know that this alone is enough to overcome what has transpired this season to make me think that most folks would revert to a "sit and wait" sort of posture. I can see a scenario where, if the rest of the season were somehow awesome for us, Hoke gets a pass from many perhaps, but I think with each loss and each PR miscue from the athletic department, the bar gets higher.
|10 hours 7 min ago||Further...||
Most of the candidacy filing deadlines for the state ballot in Michigan are in a period from about March to July, altough local stuff sometimes sits a bit outside that range. Of course, this is a statewide thing, so at this point, write-in would be the only way and it would sadly be difficult to organize such a campaign in this short time before November 4th (I think that's the date).
|10 hours 33 min ago||Oh Why Not...||
This is rather a traditional way to vent here anyway, so why not indeed...
The Mod Sticky grows
Charred remains of threads pile up
I have kept drinking
Watching the Wild Card
To escape the controlled burn
Now reading threads too
|12 hours 36 min ago||Come On Now...||
MSU trolls on coaching and program ethics
I don't see how this gets a good reception considering the mood of the board right now, much less on a good day. Actually, it wouldn't be that well-received more or less regardless.
|12 hours 44 min ago||Quick Question...||
Because there are a few people circulating things right now, is it possible to know who told you and if they would be in a position to know this sort of information? I only ask because we are trying to monitor the board at the moment so things don't spread without at least some attempt (even if ultimately unsuccessful) at lending credence to it. Obviously, at this point, this goes for figments of one's imagination too, although they are not required make a personal appearance necessarily.
|14 hours 4 min ago||Something Like This...||
At least, this is how the man currently in charge of Michigan athletics makes me feel about the whole thing...
|14 hours 57 min ago||The Plot...||
Brandon / The Plot Thickens
Unless there was something shocking in the SAAC statement that I missed, never mind it has made it to the board twice today, then the plot most certainly did not thicken.
|16 hours 15 min ago||One Proviso...||
There is a catch, I would say...
"Eliminating the rule won’t immediately end all blackouts. They could still occur locally under existing contracts between the NFL and broadcasters, or as a result of negotiating disputes between broadcasters and pay-TV operators"
I think a couple networks have such agreements in place, don't they?
|16 hours 32 min ago||Kicks In The Nuts...||
Sadly, to do my due diligence in these threads, I kind of need to read / watch these things to know what precisely is going on in certain threads, but it does get very old very quickly, almost to a point where you have to intellectualize the material to avoid the prospect of marching directly outside and setting random objects ablaze.
|17 hours 9 min ago||According To 11W...||
According to Eleven Warriors, Herman is indeed calling the plays on offense for Ohio State, and I found a couple other snippets that seem to confirm that. I believe he was the OC at Iowa State, Rice and Texas State before the Ohio State gig as well, so he's got a bit over a decade in as an OC now.
|17 hours 41 min ago||I Would Say...||
With this topic, this seems like a good diary to me because it is detailed and makes the point in a very good, thoughtful way. Diaries don't generate as many responses as board posts generally, but the responses tend to be better quality in the diaries.
|19 hours 10 min ago||Fair Statement...||
I sort of thought the same thing, especially when he said he didn't felt that Brandon had "hung him out to dry", as he put it. I don't think he ever was the sort to at least publicly say anything that would show any sort of rift existed, and that probably is a reason he is respectd - there's no real reason to be quite that open in a presser even if there are issues. It really would become an even bigger circus then.
|19 hours 24 min ago||Excellent Work...||
Excellent information and thanks for sharing it with the board.
By the way, you now have enough points to start threads and this would be a good first one, I think. If you see this message, I encourage you to start this as I think there is confusion on the board about this.
|19 hours 42 min ago||Regarding This...||
I actually read both threads and kept this one for that reason just so we can confine this to a single thread, but I do agree with the sentiment here. It seems to me that much of the board is on the same page with Hoke and Brandon, but the 1,000,000 opinions and hot takes and melodramatic posts need to slow down a bit.
As a general note to anyone who sees this, think of it like Snowflakes - is there a thread already covering what you want to say in, say, the first 2-2.5 pages of the board? If so, try to fit it in one of those. I know people want to be heard, but it is definitely drowning out news and other discussions now.
|19 hours 52 min ago||Headset Audio...||
Although they originally posted it for 2012's ND game, MVictors actually reposted the article with Moeller's headset audio as well as Moeller and Holtz breaking down the catch. That link is here - LINK. THe full breakdown is a bit lengthy, but it is an interesting listen all the same.
|20 hours 1 min ago||They Are Going...||
The Mod Sticky right now represents a fraction of what has actually been pulled in the last few days honestly. I like to think that what we've been doing by conceding blocks of threads here and there is basically letting the board do a somewhat controlled burn in the hope that the tide of these threads would slow down. It may take a more concerted effort, I see, so I'll go back through later and see how it can be condensed a little more.
|20 hours 5 min ago||All I Had To Do...||
...was run one staff meeting, attend another, and come back to find...
Prediction: Hoke pulls Gardner from game this Saturday
This is the sort of prediction that is best left to the recesses of one's own mind.
Done and done.
The Influence of Large Donors
I think this has several threads which are at least secondarily involved in this discussion still in the first few pages of the board.
This is the most important group of UM students in my lifetime
The board could really do without more melodramatics right now.
Butter over too much bread
The thread "Can we please walk it back a bit?" is basically the same thing, but I agree with the sentiment. No offense to the OP here.
|22 hours 58 min ago||The Fighting Camels...||
Oddly enough, Massey projects down into the FCS, and even though I am not sure how much data is in the algorithm by the time you get to these projections, you will be pleased to know that it does project a 100% probability for a victory against The Missouri Baptist Spartans, who are in the NAIA, I believe.
|23 hours 13 min ago||Already Covered...||
Michigan Student Athlete Committee Issues Statement Backing Brandon
This was covered in the wee hours. Actually, at this point, we may have to just assume that if a statement has been issued, it will be on this board within seconds.
|23 hours 26 min ago||Linkage...||
I don't think you'll find anyone here that doesn't support the players - really, if anyone in this PR nightmare, it seems clear that the players deserve better support than what they appear to be receiving from their head coach and their athletic director. The leadership that has been demonstrated to them has been less than great, in my opinion, and that hurts the team both on the field as well as off of it. I am pretty sure this community will do what it can to suport them.
|1 day 43 min ago||Effectiveness...||
"Brandon has asserted so much control over athletics, he can't escape culpability. A few hundred fans actually marched onto the lawn of Schlissel's campus house Tuesday night chanting for Brandon's dismissal. There's a mob outrage to this, which is uncomfortable. But Brandon has alienated people to the point where it's virtually impossible for him to be an effective leader."
I support the protest, but I sort of agree here - on another level, it was uncomfortable and I think only because I can't recall that level of disenchantment with an AD being expressed in quite that way before. Still, it was nice to see and I agree with Wojo here - we're now at a point where I don't know that Brandon can even lead in other sports effectively, let alone football, and I have to believe the toxicity which he brings will eventually spread to other sports if he's allowed to remain, if it hasn't already.
|1 day 52 min ago||As I Recall...||
As I recall, the Regents don't really report to anyone directly but merely advise and vote on various items (mainly projects and proposals, and generally high dollar stuff) - the President does typically sit in, of course, and is considered part of the group because he is the President essentially. If you live in Michigan, you might know this - they are on the ballot every two years, at least some of them are and they are not paid by the school per the state's constitution, I think.
Can they get Brandon and Hoke fired? Not by themselves, I would imagine.
|1 day 9 hours ago||It's Definitely Bigger...||
It is about time that there was a story which at least mentions the notion that it is a cultural issue to which people object and that the relations nightmare of the last few days is something which underscores it in a manner which gives it a voice that must be heard. In simpler terms, this athletic department has to change its culture and personnel if anyone of note is to come to Michigan. I think the mishandling of Shane Morris but also everything related to what happened to him gives these many cultural issues in the department a very loud, tangible voice, if you will.
|1 day 10 hours ago||Slight Quibble...||
I am going to quibble with this stance, if you don't mind.
I believe that this level of cynicism is not indicative of this fanbase. Perhaps the record exacerbates things, but I do believe that among these fans on this blog (and beyond, in the Michigan fans that I know), this is still a problem (and a big one), the events of Saturday. I would like to think that we are generally aware that player safety is at the forefront as it should be, and I don't believe for a moment that we would blithely dismiss the apparent maltreatment of our own player by his own coaches (regardless of how it came about) if this were in a situation where on-field performance was better. Sorry, I don't buy this aspect of the larger argument.
|1 day 11 hours ago||I Chuckled...||
I admit, I chuckled at this one...
|1 day 12 hours ago||I Was Thinking This...||
I would agree that this is not bad for an idea that, as far as anyone knows, is not yet 24 hours old. It would be nice to see this continue intermittently until some change finally comes into being. At least to me, what has transpired in the last few days is evidence enough that change is needed and soon - nice to see so many people on the same page.
|1 day 12 hours ago||Upon Reading That...||
I don't mind this in the sense that, as someone said, it looks like it was written by an adult, but more importantly, it really doesn't do more than show awareness of the situation, as it should, and at least ostensibly promises a review of how things went down and what we could do better. I don't think the door was shut on the possibility of Brandon or even Hoke eventually going (actually there are statements in the letter which lead me to think the idea of both of them going may yet become reality), but it seems clear that it will not happen right this moment certainly.
|1 day 13 hours ago||Probably Should Come Down...||
The Michigan Indifference
We've had similar ideas in a few threads that were left standing in the last few days, so this one might be played out at this point.
Another Gregg Henson article about Brandon
Gregg Henson was indeed placed on the "journalist non grata" list, so no.
Foster Quotes Sideline Watcher Who Says Trainers Told Hoke to Remove Morris
I found the segment, and typically a particular show on 97.1 is not well-received here due to the people who do it. Well, more one than the other, and I rather failed in my duties by picking a fight in that thread, but I don't know that this tells us anything that couldn't easily go into another thread right now.
|1 day 15 hours ago||Here's That Story...||
For those interested, here's the MLive story - LINK
"In the midst of the controversy, members of the popular fan message board mgoblog.com have planned a "Fire Dave Brandon Rally" for 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Diag on U-M's central campus"
It references the initial thread and some of the comments as well.
The Central Student Government meeting is tonight too. Kind of interested to see if they have an official statement as well.
|1 day 15 hours ago||The Limitation...||
I qualified it (a lot, short of verifying really - I put a big "if" in my initial statement) with that given the person he claims to know, he would probably only have access to certain information (a very narrow scope, but some of it game-related) - that thread Saturday night would have been way beyond the scope of anything he could have credibly known given his described relationship to the person he mentioned, and as a few of the items have been shot down by people even closer to the players now, we'll probably not take that as sourcing anymore. I was willing to give him the benefit of a doubt, but that time has passed now.
|1 day 16 hours ago||The Origin...||
There was a thread which appeared perhaps a couple hours after the game from someone who gave us a laundry list of things - this meeting included - which turned out to not happen (or at least not as they were described in that thread), at least most of the items they mentioned didn't to the best of my knowledge. It was the same person who posted some stuff about the QB situation last week, I believe. That might be where this came from.
|1 day 17 hours ago||Can't Find It Now, But...||
I can't find it now - it's probably buried deep in their TL now, but the official Michigan Football account tweeted on Saturday about 40 minutes or so before the game that Peppers had suffered an undisclosed injury on the field in practice last week and would not be on the dress list. No word on exactly what happened since then though, at least not that I have seen. If someone has anything, do share if you can, of course.
|1 day 17 hours ago||Here's One...||
We needed a therapeutic thread like this...
|1 day 19 hours ago||Vague Statement...||
What did that statement regarding recruiting mean precisely? "We have a great belief in what we do and how we're doing it" - I am not sure what the takeaway message is supposed to be on this one.
|1 day 19 hours ago||Among Other Things...||
On Monday afternoon, Brandon allowed his head football coach to step to a press conference podium in an absolute no-win situation. Hoke was unprepared, unsupported and left there to face live bullets.
This among many reasons is why no one of any note would probably come to Michigan so long as David Brandon is in charge. The crisis management on this one was deplorable and as critical as I've been of Hoke's in-game strategy lately, I really felt bad for a man who, in a time of need, was left to face that situation by himself and unprepared. A responsible manager would have at least gone to bat with their employee if not for them per se, and he didn't even bother to do this. There are very few respectable, accomplished people who would want that to even be a possibility.
|1 day 19 hours ago||Bumping....||
We'll leave this for now, but I can always bump the initial thread by changing the timestamp, so further threads on this aren't necessary. If it is falling off the first page, someone can always nudge me on Twitter and I can put it back in the first few threads. I agree with the sentiment, but I am a little sensitive to thread creation right now. ;-)
|1 day 20 hours ago||I Signed...||
I usually only use my old account for Alumni Association stuff like renewals, but this was well worth the time struggling to remember my login ID. Done and done. Mods on a blog like this probably shouldn't take positions, but the last few days have upset me rather a lot as a fan and alumnus.
|1 day 21 hours ago||We Needed This...||
We needed this thread, I think, so thanks for posting it.
Going back to the time when he first appeared on the recruiting radar, it seemed clear Michigan was where he wanted to be and that being the QB at Michigan was his dream. He's dedicated and he has competed for his spot. In his first regular season start for Michigan, he ends up getting hurt and then through some confusion and what seems like negligence, he is put into a position where he can get hurt even more than he already is. I can't even imagine how he feels right now, and shame on the people that put him in this spot. I hope he bounces back and has a great career as a Wolverine.
|1 day 21 hours ago||Missing Nothing...||
If a communications meeting at Michigan is anything like one where I am, then what we'll more than likely get from this is some sort of statement about their stance on what happened and how they plan to look further into the matter. I very much doubt we're sitting here later this afternoon talking about anyone being a now-former employee of the school, at least not as a result of this meeting by itself.
|1 day 21 hours ago||Already Posted...||
SIAP: NY Times on the Morris Incident
It was very quickly booted from the first page, but this did make it to the board early this morning.
CC: Let's say Hoke is fired mid-season
This is sort of covered in the "Realistic Timetable" thread, so this post might be better inside that thread.
Inaction by President/Regents
I don't know that we want equate a communications update not happening today to inaction just yet.
|1 day 23 hours ago||It Would Be Interesting...||
The delay makes it a sadly plausible scenario given the people in charge and everything else, but I don't know how such a thing would be confirmed short of having someone on the training staff just say this very thing. If it were the case, however, that's all sorts of wrong on all sorts of levels.
|1 day 23 hours ago||Something Like This...||
If there is an approach which would probably be the easiest sell, if there is indeed a call for a "new Michigan", then you may have hit upon it, in my opinion. Taking the core values, the things that make Michigan what it has traditionally been, and pushing them forward into the now is probably what needs to happen within the football program.
I said the other day that one of my morbid fears about what was going on within the program and really the athletic department in general is that a preconceived ideology of "Michigan football" was drawn up in the chaos of post-RR January 2011 and people have been asked to assume roles within it regardless of their actual talents, even down to the level of the players perhaps as it is a top-down push.
If that is the case, then the inverse approach probably would have been less harmful by far - hire people that exude the values you seek but let them build the team around those, and if it incorporates elements which so repulsed the game's traditionalists, that's fine and you've done no disservice to your history as a program because those values should be timeless.
|2 days 44 min ago||Oh Yes...||
I can't even express my appreciation for the department's ability to insert itself into the narrative belatedly, after the story went national and after dozens of major outlets took shots at the program and its staff, for what seems to be the express purpose of being roundly ignored as the flames burn out of control. Kudos to whoever is handline media relations for Michigan football...not.
|2 days 49 min ago||Not The Way...||
Releasing this statement at 1 AM, about 13 hours after it was promised and going on nearly three days after the game, is not exactly getting out in front of the story and telling your side of it first. Perhaps it is the case that Hoke was fed incorrect or insufficient information on the sideline, but it seems to me that letting him speaking twice now in pressers about this and then releasing a statement like this is now setting the staff up for questions that wouldn't need to be asked if the department had been on the ball and leading in this crisis. If Brandon is truly pleased with his head football coach, making him look bad (worse? who knows now...) potentially with a belated release is a weird way of showing it.
|2 days 1 hour ago||A Little Cleanup...||
Nothing particularly bad here, just some condensing of the discussion by removing a few threads which are sort of covered by other parts of the board right now or other threads.
Where the hell are Michigan's leaders?
There are numerous threads asking this very same thing in different ways.
Don't overlook the cradle of coaches
Extensive discussion of potential candidates in the Diary section already, plus I don't know that a discussion of anything other than high profile names will go anywhere for a lot of reasons. Remember to use "CC" on the board for coaching change though.
Morris probable concussion
On the front page as well as the board already.
|2 days 8 hours ago||Difficult To Say, But...||
But his performance, not only with wins and losses but with an ability to oversee a high-profile program and all that comes with it, including handling a crisis, should be scrutinized.
This is the part that sort of hits the problem in a nice, concise way, I believe. To me, it's clear that he loves this program and does his best to manage it, but the trials and tribulations of a top-rung FBS program seem to elude him on many critical levels, in my opinion. Worse, his support - if it is that - comes from an AD that is demonstrably incapable of effectively managing a crisis such as this.
|2 days 9 hours ago||Probably Not...||
While I would put Mike Leach in the category of "most remote possibilities" and for many, many reasons, as football fans, we will always have -
|2 days 10 hours ago||This Is A First....||
I have never had something I said in jest - mainly because I am a bit irritated with the delay - make it on this board in quite this manner.
|2 days 11 hours ago||Potential Destinations...||
Steve Lorenz tweeted about some potential destinations earlier....
|2 days 11 hours ago||It Could Be...||
It could be that the Pony Express man who was supposed to deliver it is currently cooking the elk he killed over a fire and the statement will be along as soon as he finishes dinner, or this is going to be the best statement regarding the medical state of any player ever conceived and they simply require time to finalize a few details.
|2 days 12 hours ago||Averages...||
If it means anything, Rutgers averages 4.0 sacks per game to our 2.0 sacks per game, and they allow 1.2 sacks to our 2.0 sacks. Translated to a percentage, Michigan is #87 in the nation in sack percentage on offense at 6.80%, but on defense, we're #45 at 6.54% for sacks made. Rutgers is #52 and #14 respectively. If it means anything, Rutgers is #128 in INT% on offense - 7.53%. Only a Nova can destroy like that, to paraphrase Star Trek.
|2 days 13 hours ago||If There Is Interest...||
Here's the video that came with it, which provides some brief glimpses into various tailgates as well as some quick-hit interviews on the experience.
|2 days 13 hours ago||No Henson...||
Gregg Henson, that is, who is officially part of the "persona non grata" list, therefore...
Dave Brandon negotiating release?
This one goes. Also this...
MGoFrenzy: The Rant-O-Rama of the Entitled
This one is going downhill too. We've left plenty of threads for rants, folks.
|2 days 13 hours ago||No Hard Feelings...||
I restored your points and everything, but yeah, one kitten thread might have done yesterday - I was willing to leave one but then I admittedly got more than a little irritated with the time it took to remove the rest of them. No hard feelings on this one, just a gentle warning, if you will.
|2 days 13 hours ago||Cleaning Up...||
Apologies to everyone, but I am trying to condense the board discussion just a bit here and the extraneous protest threads seem the best target....
CC: A protest we can all get behind
Make an immediate statement: Wear RED at UTLIII.
Support #BoycottMaryland or #BoycottIndiana
I know one wasn't too bad, but let's keep the obvious disenchantment limited to select discussions.
|2 days 14 hours ago||It Is Interesting...||
I have to wonder now if there was significance to the answer that Hoke gave - in the negative - when asked if he had talked to the AD at all since Saturday. It very well could be nothing, but this news gives it an interesting spin to say the least, if there is any spin to give it. It was very unusual, given the circumstances, for the AD to NOT be at this one if for no other reason than the veneer of solidarity.
|2 days 14 hours ago||The Thread / Point Threshhold...||
I've gotten a lot of questions about this lately on Twitter, but I'll answer here too - this is a Brian / Seth call and it is typically done as an emergency measure, if you will. It is becoming apparent, however, that this might be a period of extended crisis when it comes to content here (52 threads beyond those mentioned in the Sticy were removed by me alone in the first day after the Minnesota game). Putting the threshhold higher for more than a few days might be a good idea at this point, but it isn't my call or JGB's call sadly.
|2 days 14 hours ago||I'll Watch...||
I will watch because it's Michigan and I will support the players in my own way, even if I am not a fan of the coaching and disenchanted with the leadership. I am far too much of a football addict not to watch my own school play anyway, but I can't deny that there will be a supply of booze nearby just in case. I'll get through it just fine too and wade through the modding afterwards.
|2 days 16 hours ago||Regarding Flights...||
I will say that my strategic position (at least at work) between Metro Airport and Willow Run does provide some opportunity to give on-the-ground reporting too should the need arise, but I am pretty sure the FAA would not appreciate any on-the-tarmac reporting for purposes of passing along information.
|2 days 17 hours ago||Extensive Coverage...||
Who are the real candidates?
There is extensive coverage of this in the Diary section actually, so we may try to just confine it to there for the time being. Plenty of names / assessments being discussed with room to add your own.
|2 days 17 hours ago||The Challenge...||
Assuming there is another class to his name (it might be a bold assumption now), the challenge moving forward - as I see it - is how to rebuild the image of one of the very things that made his recruiting so effective, and that is the family atmosphere and the selling of himself and the staff as "real people", if you will. Whatever anyone thinks of the Morris incident and the on-field performance, it's definitely now in question, and the questions will probably drive a few kids away if not addressed. That will be much more difficult now considering how the school has handled things to date.
|2 days 18 hours ago||Well, That Happened...||
I hate to say that I was a lot more comfortable watching the podium field questions for those first 8-9 minutes than what came next.
I suppose what made me wince more than anything is that it seemed like he was honestly taken aback by the flood of questions about the Shane Morris situation, even getting a little defensive about it. What it underscores to me is that they did a bad job of crisis management here - the school and staff didn't get ahead of potential issues, released a less-than-warm statement and then let loose their head football coach into what they knew would be a tense affair. You could have called "bad presser" last night and sadly been correct, I believe.
I was a bit bothered by the "he felt like he could still play" sequence in this presser - why aren't you telling him that whatever he might think, he's not playing? Why did he make it sound like self-assessment by players was going on? That made it more troubling to me.
|2 days 19 hours ago||Brandon's Pay...||
Brandon's current pay is outlined in his extension, the PDF of which is here - LINK
It outlines several differnet scenarios under which Brandon would be somehow compensated depending on the date and circumstances of termination, should he be terminated. Under "By University, Without Cause", for example, if it were to be before July 1st, 2016, it looks like he gets his remaining base salary per the contract plus whatever deferred compensation is remaining in the term.
|2 days 20 hours ago||More Than Likely....||
More than likely, the assistant probably had a few of those calls before this and has had more since, but in my own estimation, this sort of statement of displeasure hit a mark that posting the Regents' names and numbers may not have. This is probably one of the more constructive ways to voice discontent about the state of the department and football.
Very little would be accomplished by badgering the Regents at work (that list had work addresses and numbers for most of them) and tying up actual business there, but here you are calling the office of the man whose job it is to avert these sorts of PR disasters. This was a personal protest, and while Brandon may never reply, it was lodged directly at him, or as near as you can get organizationally.
|2 days 21 hours ago||Crisis Management...||
They really needed to get out in front of this and give a careful recounting the moment ESPN began to starting making it the story of the game, which was more or less as it was happening. We have discussed crisis management on the site before, and one of the first things you do is try get out in front and tell your story before others frame the discussion for you. Michigan's AD failed in a very public and unfortunate way in this regard certainly.
|2 days 21 hours ago||Covered Recently....||
Would Hoke step down now?
Indirectly, this has been covered in numerous threads already, enough so that I think this can come down. We might want to limit speculation on stuff like this until something unfolds, if anything.
|2 days 21 hours ago||Two Cents...||
Perhaps it was emotion, but I rather had the same feeling waking up this morning, trying to digest all that has gone on in the past day or so - this is not Michigan indeed, at least not the one I grew up next to, attended and have supported through the years. I sympathize with the feeling that there is a lot about the posture and culture of the department that I don't recognize or understand anymore.
The interactions that the department has had with the press and the public in the wake of this game are the interactions of a department which handles its public relations with NFL competency, which is trying to make people fit into a preconceived football ideology without regard for the true talents of individuals and which has turned the football experience into a monetized event lacking the life it once had. It's hard to watch, if nothing else, because you know it could be something else. Worse, you know it was something else once.
|2 days 23 hours ago||Out In Front...||
One thing that seems apparent to me now is that this is something they - meaning the athletic department - really needed to get in front of pretty much from the moment ESPN started making mention of what was going on. Even if it turns out that there was no head injury at this point, the question remains about what was at best a vague initial response of "I don't know". There really needed to be a careful, considered recounting of events right then and there to blunt the controversy, if that's what they wanted to do (it would be impossible to stop totally).
Even if it is a leg injury and not a concussion, I would agree with others that Morris was hurting a lot long before he came out for good, even to a point where it seemed where he was having difficulty even putting weight on it and yet he was still in the game. I suppose my question there would be this - "what is the threshhold where you pull the plug to avoid further injury?" I would be curious to know what the reply would be because while I don't think Hoke would intentionally devalue safety, it didn't seem like it was being fully maintained at all points. I could be way off here, but that's what I thought I saw.
|3 days 37 min ago||Coming Down...||
SIAP: Contact Schlissel and the regents and voice your disgust
This actually came down before for the sole reason that we don't need to re-publish the contact information for the Regents so they can get more irate fans in their ears than they might already have. That, and having their work addresses and work phone numbers up there might lead to problems from a few people.
Tradition, Tradition, Tradition.
I believe the larger problem of Michigan's crisis of identity is being well-covered in other threads.
|3 days 55 min ago||The Kicker...||
But here’s a better question we’re left wondering, one Brady Hoke himself asked in July. “Why do you coach? Why do you really coach? If we’re doing everything we can for 115 — the sons — on our roster, (then we’re doing our job). Football’s only going to last for so long. The only pressure is, every day, preparing those guys for life after football.”
A very well-written and thoughtful piece, I think, and the quote above is a good one to have in there. Hoke did ask that rhetorically in July, and this is the perfect time to revisit it. If the goal is to help mold successful people, we didn't see behavior that would be conducive to that on Saturday, I am afraid. It may simply be a lack of awareness in the moment, but if one of your primary responsibilities is the safety of those under you and you fail at it in the manner it seems Hoke did, that can lead to being canned in a lot of places - Hoke may not suffer that fate for this, of course. I don't think Hoke would intentionally devalue safety, but the responsibility to maintain it is ultimately his.
|3 days 7 hours ago||Interesting, But...||
As interesting as this is, of course, it will soon be overshadowed by some school's attempt to deliver t-shirts via, say, saturation bombing or a strafing run on the crowd. Certain schools might even employ a long-range T-shirt defense system to protect their fanbase from unprovoked T-shirt attacks.
|3 days 8 hours ago||Comparison Stats...||
Here are the preliminary comparison stats from TeamRankings:
|3 days 10 hours ago||If I May...||
I would like to compliment the AD's legal staff for a carefully crafted statement which does not in any way propose to place any blame on the staff or the department for what seems like blatant maltreatment of an injured player. It surely takes some brass ones to be that formal and insensitive in such a moment.
Yes, I am a terrible mod for saying such a thing, but I am quite upset. I apologize.
|3 days 12 hours ago||Blue Moon...||
I've got some Blue Moon on the desk as I finalize the cleanup of approximately 300 kitten in a cup threads. I having much difficulty comprehending how someone thought that was necessary. I was initially willing to leave one because it was cute once, but all of them made it not cute and they all went.
|3 days 12 hours ago||The Kitten Threads...||
You don't often see MGoCareers truly do this...
|3 days 12 hours ago||I'll Disagree...||
*puts mod hat on, the one riddled with holes*
While we probably don't need a thread for every single media outlet which is going to make this a story, it is significant in this case because ABC news has some good reach in terms of viewership and we are now on a national stage in a way that many of us probably find surreal and unacceptable. Other threads may go, but the fact that this is now making national broadcasts is pretty relevant to the future direction of the program, I believe.
|3 days 13 hours ago||At This Point...||
It almost seems that, at this point, the entire adminstration has gone into bunker mode, so while something really needs to be said about this, in my opinion, I would be shocked if there was a meaningful statement addressing this right now. It is a terrible lapse in judgment, but I have to think that the posture of this AD, and by extension, this staff prevents them from trying to make any public amends for this outside of some carefully crafted statement, though it isn't as if they really could do much to spin things their way regardless.
|3 days 14 hours ago||Downward Spiral...||
These two are going to spiral downward in an ugly way very quickly...
Let's think this out for a second...
as well as...
"A couple of facts regarding Hokes' contract"
Again, there are many threads going on the first few pages were these could have easily been posted.
And then this...
Hoke: worst coach in M history?
Framed as a function of winning percentage as the OP suggested, the answer is clearly "no", as others demonstrated very quickly.
|3 days 15 hours ago||Coping...||
I approach this one day at a time - after modding threads this morning and realizing I was depressing myself, I took a five-mile walk through two subdivisions, then mowed the lawn, then sat down for the Tigers and Lions. Sure, I've been on the blog, but trying to avoid threads which make me think too much about yesterday. Now, it is beer and cooking dinner - braised chicking and some vegetables with rice. I just find things to keep my mind off it really.
|3 days 15 hours ago||Very Nice...||
As someone who grew up with the Tigers being good then bad then good once more and consistently competitive for the most part since 2006, I am going to say that I like these times in Detroit baseball much more having lived through both sorts of periods. We have had the luxury of almost a decade of this from the Tigers now and come what may in the postseason, I have really enjoyed this stretch. Let's do this, Tigers.
|3 days 16 hours ago||From The Rulebook...||
Yeah, Michigan would have a case, I think, if they submitted the video. Evne by the rules, it seems fairly clear that this is what Cockran was doing. From Rule 9, Page FR-88...
Note 1: “Targeting” means that a player takes aim at an opponent for purposes of attacking with forcible contact that goes beyond making a legal tackle or a legal block or playing the ball. Some indicators of targeting include but are not limited to:
• Launch—a player leaving his feet to attack an opponent by an upward and forward thrust of the body to make contact in the head or neck area
• A crouch followed by an upward and forward thrust to attack with contact at the head or neck area, even though one or both feet are still on the ground
• Leading with helmet, forearm, fist, hand or elbow to attack with contact at the head or neck area
• Lowering the head before attacking by initiating contact with the crown of the helmet
|3 days 17 hours ago||Also This...||
The fact that Shane was put into a game when he was clearly in no condition to play at the time was pretty infuriating in itself, but yeah, I would agree with this basically - the fact that no one seemed to be at least appealling to the refs or otherwise calling out Cochran was amazing and upsetting as well. I would have to think it would be a little different if the team atmospere were indeed as it has been described to people.
|3 days 17 hours ago||This Acquisition...||
He's done well enough in the pros too, of course, but yeah, acquiring the player whose combined accuracy in college (FGs and PATs) was 96.7%, making him the current NCAA recordholder in that metric was a very nice move indeed.
|3 days 18 hours ago||Good Choice...||
...although the more I think about, most interviews with Dave Brandon probably have this sort of flow anyway:
The ringing of the bell in the middle just seems like Brandon would do.
|3 days 19 hours ago||Great Article...||
Drew did a great job with this article, and like a few others have mentioned above, I think that was also the moment where I checked out on Brady Hoke as having a viable future at the University Of Michigan.
I was still sitting on the fence with this issue going into the game, but what looked like a lack of organization / lack of awareness / lack of caring (not in that order necessarily) just left me feeling bad for the players that have to endure this and particularly bad for Shane Morris who obviously was not 100% operational, if you will.
Another problem is that I think it shoots down the whole idea of a "family atmosphere" that his staff has tried to build since 2011. It might be just me, but if he meant that, then Shane doesn't go back out there in his state.
|3 days 19 hours ago||Illuminating...||
The data that the OP presented seems to point to this a bit, that there is a preconception to which people are being asked to conform. While the game-to-game statistics on pass / rush mix vary by as much as 20% or so in the case of last year, it's interesting to think of those performances in the framework of "was an entire team just asked to be the square peg in the round whole?". Even after the Penn State game, it seemed like the attempt to build identity had led to a situation where there was no identity, and while Hoke confined this remark to the offense after that game, it was part of a larger problem, I think.
Actually, one of the more morbid fears that I have had recently, as a matter of fact, is that it seems sometimes like this program is being driven by metrics which are not of the staff's choosing necessarily and that the nebulous statements and buzzwords which litter perssers lately are an attempt to simply reinforce an image that in the minds of many is a sad shell of what had once been around here.
|3 days 21 hours ago||It's A Great System...||
It's really a great system if you can pull it off, I think:
1) Build name as potential up-and-coming potential coach
2) Get hired by storied program
3) Secure lengthy contract extension with generous pay before tanking
4) Get fired, lay low in NFL for a year
5) Return to college as coordinator
6) Take first available Power 5 head coaching position
7) Secure contract and decent salary, fail again, get fired again
|3 days 21 hours ago||Upping My Game...||
I found out yesterday that my ability to creatively cuss needs some refinement, so I may devote some time later in the week to coming up with interesting ways to put together the normal words and find new expressions. It's the only way I wouldn't get tired of cussing at this point, if things fail to improve.
|3 days 21 hours ago||I Get It...||
A call for calm
Posts which, right now, are going to cause in-fighting by calling out others probably don't need to be on the board. I understand that there are still several schools of thought - "calm", "rage", etc... - but let's not make conscious attempts to be divisive right now.
|3 days 23 hours ago||The "Michigan Brand"...||
I always hesitated to consider Michigan itself a "brand" in the sense of an off-the-shelf product, but I have always said that it has this great problem of "brand equity" in that the name itself has - at least traditionally - attracted quality students, faculty, and yes, even players to come to Ann Arbor. I do see a scenario where that brand equity and the goodwill that comes with it is being drained away with regards to the football program through literally trying to brand and monetize it, along with lackluster on-field performance and various other things. Could it get to a point where certain tiers of coaches and even recruits probably would have to be aggressively sold on Michigan even if they granted us an audience? If we're not careful, it could, I think. We're probably walking the rope, if you will, on this one or we're close to doing that.
|4 days 8 min ago||Arguably Duplicate...||
The way out of this darkness.
Similar sentiments have been expressed across multiple threads which were left up, so this one can come down, I think. I am as upset as anyone really, but we do need to still consider the question of "threadworthy" vs. "am I simply agreeing with what has been posted?".
How Much $$ Will You Pony Up?
I rather feel that this probably could go into one of the other coaching threads left up, but also it seems that we've discussed numerous "creative" measures to make an unlikelihood a likelihood this week regarding Harbaugh.
|4 days 11 min ago||Well, It Could Be Interesting Now...||
Last week, I mentioned briefly the progression of estimated chances against Rutgers, but to add to that now - after Miami (OH), it was still reasonably comfortable at 68% having fallen from about 80% at the beginning of the season (and that estimate was filled with 2013 data, so it isn't worth much now). After Utah, it fell to 58%, which of course slightly favors us but certainly projects a more "intriguing" game, if you will. Last night, we when into effective tossup territory with a revised projection of 51% per Massey. Ouch.
|4 days 7 hours ago||Former Players...||
With regards to the former players, it isn't their current contributions so much that are of interest - because obviously they aren't playing for the team anymore - but the fact that they are a wing of the department's outside sales force, if you will. In other words, they help sell the program in their own right, and if it starts getting to a point where your living history is second-guessing what precisely is going on, it potentially means that they are slower to get donors and other folks involved. It might not be a comparatively huge number in terms of dollars, but the former players do a a little legwork.
|4 days 8 hours ago||My Sole Source...||
My mother was an undergraduate during the latter Elliot years, and she brought them up on our normal post-game phone call. Granted, we're talking recollections that are now about 50 years old in her case, but she claims there was almost as much snark and disillusionment about the volatile week-to-week peformance of the team (with the noted exception of 1964 - she instantly pointed this out), as she put it. Of course, she's also apparently sure that if social media had existed then, it probably would have brought the Bo era (or the er of some other head coach) ahead a few years.
|4 days 8 hours ago||Communication...||
6. Doesn't feel like a team, defense keeps to defense. Offense to offense. Not much cross mingling between them after this game.
If that's the case, I have to wonder what all the talk about renewed team interaction and intermingling was as this was pointed out constantly as one of the reasons that there were problems among different units within the team with communication. That is to say, different goals and justa decentralized feel that really didn't seem like it could perform above a certain ceiling. If there is an issue here and, in the end, not everyon is on the same page despite playing on different sides of the ball, that's all on the staff, I would think.
|4 days 8 hours ago||Drinking Indeed...||
I just woke up from what my wife described as a 45-minute "nap" from the first round drinking, and that was just a combination of wine and some beer (nothing fancy - Sutter Home White Merlot and then some Blue Moon), so while I have perhaps had enough by some standards, I am not sure that this is the case in reality.
|4 days 10 hours ago||Lots Of "Ugh"...||
I guess it would be one thing if things were so chaotic that Hoke didn't fully understand the situation with Shane as it appeared to the rest of us, but he looked hurt and out of it - regardless, however, that should have meant the bench and some medical attention, in my opinion. I really can't understand how the renaissance he has given "Michigan's culture", if you will, survives intact the Morris thing today - it might stuggle on, but there's a lot of damage to repair, I think. I worry about the effect on not just recruiting, but everything now.
|4 days 11 hours ago||My Own Situation...||
At least for this year, I might attend the remaining games that I can, so basically Indiana and Maryland (PSU is the weekend I will be in Toronto, but I will catch the game somewhere). I actually ended up having a conflict (an event the wife sternly reminded me of) and had to give away the Minnesota tickets.
|4 days 11 hours ago||That's Fine...||
Many threads have gone already, but yeah, admittedly more than normal are being conceded at this point. I can't promise that certain things will remain when there is backend cleanup in the next day or so, but what is happening right now in the mod world is that an area is being roped off and allowed to burn. It doesn't seem like anything else is possible.
|4 days 11 hours ago||Syracuse-ND...||
Massey gives Syracuse a rather pedestrian chance in this one - something on the order of, say, 19% for an estimated win probability with an esitmated median score in simulations of 27-14. TeamRankings is making ND a 9.5 point favorite in this one as well with a projected O/U on points at 52.
|4 days 12 hours ago||It Happens...||
The reason? The Big 12 no longer has contracts with some of those bowl games anymore, and others have changed names.
I am almost certain other conferences would raise similar objections if coaches did something like this, but I suppose I can't fault Snyder for relishing some of the things he has done with a program that seemed to be almost chronically moribund before he arrived on the scene.
|4 days 12 hours ago||We'll Leave It...||
A lot of the things that will likely go tonight do not fall above the snowflake bar, but moments of honesty like this from fans are things that I think should stand because there is a growing disillusionment - only made worse by this game - and I think there need to be moments like this left for public view. I will freely admit to conceding a fair number of threads this evening and sticking to things which overlap because of obvious reasons, but yours is a good thread, I think, Sten.
|4 days 12 hours ago||My Problem...||
I guess what astounds me is that I think the handling of Morris in this game brings into question - at least for me - one of the pillars of the culture Hoke has tried to create in Ann Arbor, and that is the family aspect. I could be way off here, but if he still believes that, then not shutting down Shane for the remainder once it was clear he was quite hurt needs to have a lengthy, careful explanation attached to it that does not contain "toughness" and "execution".
|4 days 12 hours ago||So, Yeah...||
It's not difficult to break this down:
- 171 yards of total offense
- 88 passing, 83 rushing yards
- We ran 53 snaps (25 passing, 28 rushing) at an average rate of 3.23 yard per play
- 10-25 in the air, good for 3.5 yards per attempt and 8.8 yards per completion
- 28 rushing attempts across 83 yards is about 3.0 yards per rush
It's tempo...if you're recently deceased. I hate to put it like that, but it seems apt.
|4 days 14 hours ago||How To Say This...||
Well, it's hard to deny that 106 yards of offense on 24 plays looks....well.....piddly, as that is good for all of 4.42 yards per play. Of those yards, 41 were passing yards and Morris went 6-10, so 4.1 yards per attempt and 6.83 yards per completion. If there is a bright spot, we have DeVeon Smith, who has 55 of the 65 rushing yards to his credit and the TD. Sadly, if you more or less double some of these totals, you have Minnesota.
|4 days 16 hours ago||Well, Damnit...||
That sucks for him because he has been hampered a bit by some injuries and you can tell he wants to be out there every single minute that he can and compete for this team. If there is an upside, as someone mentioned, Mitch Leidner is not exactly the Unstoppable Thorw God, but game experience would still be good to build up.
|4 days 16 hours ago||Northwestern-PSU...||
When I've been avoding people at this fundraiser, I have been watching Northwestern-PSU and I just had the courage to check the rushing stats in this game as it occured to me in my semi-interrupted viewing that no one really seems to be running, and when they try it, they don't do it very well. Glad to see I was not imagining it.
|4 days 16 hours ago||Had To Look That Up...||
I actually had to look that up, and yeah, it seems like an undesirable position to be in. I suppose that makes me officially unhip, but then again my avatar doesn't do me any favors in that regard either.
|4 days 21 hours ago||I Would Imagine...||
I would imagine Schlissel probably concedes - even if grudgingly - that football and athletics in general are a huge part of the University's identity. Of course, football would be the most prominent among them here and it is entirely possible that there could be a point where performance on the field where donors feel "less inclined", if you will, or give a little less at the very least. We talked about it a bit yesterday in a thread and the question became one of the letterman being instrumental in activating some of the donors and what happens if this process slows, if you will. Is that a critical point where the Regents and Schlissel start to think about a Brandon-less future? It's an interesting question, if there is this much disenchantment from various groups.
|4 days 22 hours ago||The Noon Slate...||
The noon slate is not particularly promising, although BTN will be showing Iowa / Purdue for all those who need a refresher course in washing out their eyes in a scenario where they come in contact with something caustic. The segment of the BTN viewership that gets Penn State / Northwestern probably won't be much better off really.
|4 days 23 hours ago||I Don't Know...||
I'll be honest, my initial thought was that it was more a swipe at the Memphis State / Minot State / Midwestern State or other MSU that had the same sort of profile in the national picture as your local AAA agent. That being said, I will say that I did definitely agree with one point - I cannot think of a lot of ways to owe the state of Indiana $60,000.
|5 days 9 hours ago||Thanks For Sharing This...||
Thanks for sharing this.
I know that I (and others) said that this community would definitely do what it could do, and I think this is a good conduit for that. Done and done and glad to hopefully be of some help to the Carr family and cancer research during this time. #ChadTough
|5 days 10 hours ago||Not Sure....||
....but this always helps me put things in perspective:
|5 days 12 hours ago||Wow....||
I just read that, and I don't even really care if it was in jest or if it was a grave misspeak - you don't say things that even sniff death threats and expect to remain here. That particular user is done and rightly so.
|5 days 14 hours ago||Sadly, I Will Be Elsewhere...||
My in-laws, who are not sports people and often fail to remember my standing appointment with football, are hosting a fundraiser of sorts at their house from 11 AM to some time no one can pin down, so I will probably be watching from their living room at 3:30 PM assuming I am still there. At that time, people be damned...there are multiple TVs in the house, and there's football to be watched.
|5 days 16 hours ago||I Would Agree...||
Even in the knowledge that Weinreb is indeed a PSU guy and probably would love to engage in a bit of schadenfreude (never mind, he is - it makes the tone of the article a bit difficult to stand), there's a theme in the article which he brings out that I happen to agree is part of what's going on here - due to many things, several of the important ones being mentioned in the article, the program does suffer from a crisis of identity right now.
|5 days 18 hours ago||Interesting Point...||
It is an interesting point really and I agree with this - if indeed it is the case that former letterman are not on board with Brandon by that nearly unanimous magin, if you will, and if as a result they feel disinclined to activate the donors, it could be that their minds are made up for them at this point. It would perhaps tie into what he said about Schlissel potentially feeling that, if had to can Brandon, no one of note would be there to protest in such a scenario. It seems like more and more anecdotes from the inside - a few of which have made it to this board - speak to the fact that the list of people that would be sad to see Brandon go would be short, very short.
|5 days 18 hours ago||Coming Down...||
Former OL on coaching staff: "these guys are jokes"
If there were more to it than the secondhand story on SuperFan's YouTube feed, maybe this ends differently, but to my recollection, no one of note has given an interview on his "program", if it can be called that. Since there is no first-hand or more credible information, this has to go.
|5 days 18 hours ago||Amusing, But...||
I mean, I could see him constructing purposely unsound game plans just to keep things interesting. (In all likelihood, they’d be used against Kirk Ferentz.) (CORRECTION: They’d definitely be used against Kirk Ferentz.)
While it would be amusing to see someone like Harbaugh get Ferentz to shout, "You're going to punt? HERE? WHO DOES THAT?", I don't see where there is a realistic chance that it ever happens with him wearing a block "M" hat on the sideline. I suppose I don't see where the continued musing on this topic is more than mere click generation right now.
|5 days 20 hours ago||The Conundrum...||
Maize'n'Brew talks a little about this development as well - HERE
Among other points, they do raise an interesting one about how this does put the "no visit" policy in the spotlight yet again, and I would tend to agree that it could get to a point - and this might be one - where the staff finds themselves in a bit of a bind over their policy when compared to on-field results.
It is rather a sudden development, so this could be interesting definitely.
|5 days 22 hours ago||Those Shorts In Particular...||
For some reason, I am having difficulty thinking of shorts more fitting for play in a place which is called the KFC Yum! Center. They definitely match the floor, if nothing else, although I am guessing that was probably not the specific aim. I do not get those shorts at all - reminds me a bit of the banded colors that a couple baseball teams sported about 30 years ago.
|5 days 23 hours ago||Much Needed...||
After a very long week that has seen this board do this...
...on numerous occasions, I think a posbang is definitely warranted.
|6 days 1 hour ago||We May Have Reached It...||
"Next year, either Michigan's ticket prices will come down, or the fans won't come. Either way, the department's burgeoning budget -- which jumped from roughly $100 million to $150 million in four years, including a 72-percent jump in administrative salaries -- will have to be cut back, or Michigan athletics will be heading into debt."
We've talked about this before here, about how traditionally the demand for Michigan tickets has been pretty inelastic but we were worried that performance and other things in the recent past would cause us to approach the line where this was no longer true and demand would become elastic. I think we might have seen enough happen this season between promos and such that we're either looking that line in the face or speeding right by it now. That's....troubling to me. Very troubling.
|6 days 1 hour ago||Come On....||
"2)Reminds me of Adolph Hitler"
Yeah, I don't think you go to the University Of Michigan Board Of Regents with this as a grievance, among others, and expect to be taken very seriously by a group of educated human beings. Actually, even without that line in there, I very much doubt something written as this is would even be considered, and the way it is presented, rightly so.
|6 days 10 hours ago||Lots Of Yards, But...||
Texas Tech has gained 340 yards but is only managing about 0.23 points per play, so the object lesson here is that you can be a pass-heavy team playing a team with a so-so pass defense at best and still be losing at the half if you are only 27-45 with 12.59 yards per completion. Big XII indeed.
|6 days 10 hours ago||One More Photo...||
Here's Jake Ryan with Chad from Jake's own feed...
|6 days 11 hours ago||Treading Carefully...||
I'll tread carefully out of respect for the source's wish not to give out specific information about who and their particular position within sphere of Michigan athletics, but if what they said in the e-mail I received is correct, then they would be in a position to hear certain things - not comprehensive information perhaps, but some information. I will put it that way.
|6 days 11 hours ago||It's A Big XII Thing...||
Texas Tech just passed 250 yards of offense with that drive and TD pass and the Oklahoma State secondary just looksa bit lost so far. Right now, it's 275 yards total with 228 of those being through the air. It's 654 yards per play, but consider 33 passing plays to only 9 rushing plays. Oklahoma State is playing with that "Big XII mindset" on defense so far certainly.
|6 days 13 hours ago||One Good Way...||
I think that perhaps one good way to read that is that this is a time when you don't want something that has a 1 in 50,000 shot at happening to in fact happen. It would be...rather rare, and definitely not in a good way.
|6 days 13 hours ago||Here It Is...||
Send what you can provide to Scotland45[at]aol[dot]com and let me know if some it can be shared, because that would definitely help when it comes to threads such as this.
|6 days 13 hours ago||I'll Be Fair...||
I am one of the mods here, responsible for some of the content management duties around the blog. You can find me on Twitter (see the link in the signature line) or I can produce an e-mail address that you can use. The general rule here is that we try to avoid unverified rumors, but if there is something that you can add which is more solid than what is currently here, that would probably be a good idea.
|6 days 16 hours ago||Should We Tell Him?||
"Cook was with the summer league team in Orlando and previously played for Pistons president and coach Stan Van Gundy with the Magic for parts of two seasons (2007-09). Cook, 33, has played nine NBA seasons, last being with the Washington Wizards in 2012."
Brian spent last year in Puerto Rico playing for Piratas de Quebradillas as well. Dare we tell him about all the fun that he missed on his blog while he was working his way back to the pros?
|6 days 17 hours ago||Potential Example...||
How actively does the AD try to use access to shape media coverage? It seems like that strategy eventually backfires.
I thought there had been a story about the Michigan Daily being suddenly barred from a presser (maybe it was just a temporary thing, but I do wonder if that has since been rescinded) back in the winter because of their coverage of Brendan Gibbons and what had gone on with him. It was only a day or two after the Daily did their story that they found themselves out of a Hoke presser, I believe.It certainly looked at the time as if the tone of coverage - well, additional coverage - was trying to be set by the department. I could be way off though.
|6 days 19 hours ago||I Remember Now...||
Perhaps others had a similar problem, but for me, the first three quarters and particularly that third quarter, involved a certain amount of drinking to forget. The fourth quarter, however, made me forget why I had been drinking, although I was still drinking. The fact that I remember the details of the game speaks to a beverage plan which was obviously not aggressive enough, of course. Minnesota blew a 28-7 lead headed into that final quarter, and it ended up being a rather nice night indeed and a nice Friday at that.
|6 days 21 hours ago||Feeling The Same...||
I rather feel the same way - if it is the case that Morris will be starting on Saturday, then on the bench is a guy who has seen two head coaches, three offensive coordinators, was recruited as a QB, switched to WR then back to being a QB, has played hurt but toughed it out and in general someone who, despite having a real adventure in the program, has given everything he can to it. It would be extremely difficult not to feel bad for Gardner if this is how it shall be this weekend.
|1 week 41 min ago||Indiana-Maryland...||
TeamRankings is actually giving the edge (mild confidence on the pick) to Indiana in this one, but not by all that much - their line only favors Indiana by 4.5 points. By contrast, the same site is favoring Ohio State over Cincinnati by 15.5 and that's a high confidence pick in their algorithm. If I was going to play the numbers, I would tend to agree with you - the Indiana game might be the most amusing matchup among the games mentioned in the OP.
|1 week 11 hours ago||Very Sad...||
Thoughts and good vibes being sent in the direction of the Carr family. Hopefully, Chad somehow gets through it and can live a full life. If there is anything this community can do, I am pretty damn sure we'll do it without blinking an eye.
|1 week 14 hours ago||Not Merely Sources...||
Oh, no...not merely sources, but something better.
|1 week 15 hours ago||Why Not Indeed...||
Wade through the season
Trials behind and ahead
Fandom endures it
Modding through the week
I still love this place
|1 week 16 hours ago||An Intriguing Sidenote...||
Mike Florio apparently obtained a copy of that letter as well - mentioned HERE - but actually ties this into something that he believes may very well starting happening a lot in the pros:
While indeed labeled as extortion by Cornwell, it’s common for potential plaintiffs in civil lawsuits to demand cash in exchange for a waiver of potential legal claims and silence. Typically, the first number requested is ridiculously high. The defendant often responds with a number that is ridiculously low, and the two sides chip away at the divide until a deal is either reached, or not.
Florio believes that you'll start seeing similar situations in some of the cases of domestic violence facing various NFL players and there might be checks written in some instances. It's something I didn't think about in light of all that has gone on recently, but I wonder if some players would indeed try to "make it go away".
|1 week 18 hours ago||Well, That's Interesting...||
It's interesting that this news comes after Kill was out there - per the Toledo Blade yesterday - saying that they were going to prepare for Gardner, so their assumption was that Gardner was going to be the now still-yet-to-be-announced starter. You have to wonder whtat they might be doing today in practice, just out of sheer curiosity about how you prepare in the midst of things like this as an opponent.
|1 week 18 hours ago||Duplicate Thread...||
Grantland on Gardner Vs. Morris
This article, while good in my opinion, did appear on the blog yesterday. Briefly, it appeared twice.
|1 week 20 hours ago||The Development Thing...||
I continually update my data on average ratings within the Big Ten using Rivals rankings, but going al the way back to 2002. One thing that always astounds me in the data is just how closely our average ranking parallels Ohio State most years - in the 13 complete cycles of this data, the differential in average rankings has never been more than about 0.4 in either direction. That tells me - and I could be wrong - that the quality is comparable in the eyes of the people making the judgments most years, and that we are more or less as successful in acquiring that talent (slightly less most years recently, of course). Then you have Michigan State, where the average rankings typically sit in the nebulous midrange of Big Ten recruiting, and look at that performance relative to rating. It's interesting to think about the prospect of development being an issue if you start doing a broad comparison of average ratings.
|1 week 20 hours ago||Oh Wow....||
I would pick Shane
I think thr 47 downvotes probably indicate where this discussion was going to go. Actually, in the case of this particular topic, where it was going to go again...still. We've discussed this several times across several threads which are still in the first few pages.
|1 week 1 day ago||This Could Go Perhaps...||
Kickstarter for skywriting
Opinion was largely split in this thread, but I dare say that it was not nearly as popular as the OP might have believed it would be, and indeed, he changed the tone of it. Still, I don't know that it is partiularly constructive to embark on such a thing.
|1 week 1 day ago||I Will Say This...||
"I took it to heart this morning, they were really talking down on coach Hoke, saying his time is coming," Norfleet said. "Coach Hoke does a lot. For me and the team. There have been times when I needed to see my family at a critical time, or I needed to see my daughter and he was there by my side throughout the way. It's more than (just) football. In life, he's a good coach. And right now, the way people are talking about him I don't feel -- and the team doesn't feel -- that it's right."
I pull this out as an example of something - we can quibble (and rightly) about game management and the record and so forth, but there is an overarching idea here which is the right one, I think, regardless of our own evaluations of Hoke. That is to say, that the family culture and family atmosphere is pretty much installed as a cultural value and I would be a lot more worried if players weren't saying things like this. If Norfleet's words are representative of the prevailing feeling in the locker room then clearly Hoke has got what I think is a key cultural component to team success spot on, at least in my opinion. Obviously, there are plenty of examples of teams which are successful where the coach isn't quite so likeable.
|1 week 1 day ago||Burnt Orange Nation....||
The folks at Burnt Orange Nation are all over it, of course - LINK
The news came one day after Strong said that Estelle would return to practice this week along with senior offensive tackle Desmond Harrison, who is now serving his second suspension of the season after being suspended for the opener and then briefly reinstated before drawing another suspension several days later.
In addition, they've been down junior WR Daje Johnson since the start of the season too, although he is still technically a Longhorn for now supposedly. Like others, I sort of admire Strong for doing exactly what he set out to do and change the culture in Texas actually. He sort of set this tone in his introductory press conference and he's making it actual policy, which is better than a lot of people in the business world really.
|1 week 1 day ago||Harbaugh And Management...||
At least from what I gather from various NFL stories, the 49ers management seem to have taken the unofficial stance that, if Jim Harbaugh decided to tell them to shove it one day, there would be very little in the way of hard feelings and a lot of mutual understanding as to the particulars. In other words, "Here's your hat, what's your hurry?".
I also thought I had heard that his contract negotiations with the 49ers were officially tabled until after the season, which seems a bit ominous with regards to his future there. That being said, considering how far he's brought them from the days of Erickson, Nolan, Singletary, etc..., would the 49ers really risk that so easily? I am not 49ers fan, so I suppose I am asking if anyone has that sort of insight.
|1 week 1 day ago||I Don't Know...||
I am taking this down as I don't know that this is quite significant enough for another thread:
More bad news for Dave Brandon
It seems like the Coca-Cola fiasco was very well-publicized and discussed at length last night.
|1 week 1 day ago||The LA Times...||
The LA Times story, as you might expect, has a little more to add - LINK
The suit supposedly references, among other things, a game in 2012 specifically where Baucham was running a 103 fever before the game against California and that, despite being told by the medical staff that there was no way he could play, he was instructed by Kiffin to watch practice footage and given a single room at the team hotel. Then it gets a little ugly from the sound of it:
The suit claims Baucham played in the first half and was sent to the locker room before halftime where he was given additional intravenous fluids. During the fourth quarter, the suit says, Baucham collapsed and was carted to the locker room where he received more intravenous fluids. Baucham began coughing up blood and fluids and experienced headache and blurred vision. He was taken by ambulance to USC Keck Medical Center.
Baucham ended up on a ventilator for two days and a CT scan revealed a "sustained brain injury and bleeding into the brain"
|1 week 1 day ago||Of Minor Interest Perhaps...||
Minnesota, per the Toledo Blade, has made an assumption....
|1 week 1 day ago||It's Been Building...||
I try not to be super-critical of the staff in public for a lot of reasons, but I will say that the Utah game and the presser afterwards stand out to me as the point where it now simply looks a bit sad when you have the same platitudes being put forth against the results on the field - not just the score, but the way it looked from a technical standpoint, and against a Utah team that still doesn't have a realistic shot in the Pac-12 right now.
I think that started building last year really when it became clear that the offense was completely out of sync (say, during the second half of the Akron game), so we hired Nussmeier and that should hopefully be a good move given time, but there are still a lot of things that look, well, "out of phase" about in-game leadership to me, and I think we're right to look to Hoke for that and wonder what the nature of it is.
|1 week 1 day ago||That Sort Of Work...||
I often tell people that there is a little-known clause which is part of just about everything that we do - at least in most situations - which more or less reads "we have the right to maintain the system". Especially if it is an immediate hazard, sadly there is no time for pleasantries in those cases. Hopefully, you weren't out too long. Equipment fires for us can be bad news really quick.
|1 week 1 day ago||Interesting Article...||
At this stage of his career, his accuracy and mastery of the system are unlikely to improve. But the more often he’s able to tuck and run in a non-breakdown, non-panic scenario, the more room he and the receivers are likely to find downfield.
It's an interesting thought really, and in combination with a rushing attack that shows signs of being serviceable so far, I wonder if the staff has thought about doing this a little more than they have. It could be that he is injured or that the foot injury robbed him of some mobility, but I keep thinking about Chip Kelly-esque stuff - some inside zone looks but with a mobile QB - and wonder if they have considered emulating it (obviously, we're not Oregon, so no one should expect that sort of explosiveness) on a scaled basis (say, a few times per game) to at least to get into the head of the defense that it might happen.
I don't know, wondering out loud really...I don't presume to be the better judge or to know what the staff sees that we don't. I suppose this is a question I had after Saturday though.
|1 week 1 day ago||Aside From That...||
Didn't Kiffin have a loan or two brokered with the help of USC as well? I seem to remember reports that USC was willing to go in on his house with him when he first showed up on campus, so I wonder how much he still owes if that's the case. It's a wash from a cost standpoint, but at least we would know that Kiffin would not be getting his own paycheck for the most part.
|1 week 1 day ago||Tuesday Morning...||
Rich Rodriquez for next Michigan HC
The playful trolling is fine now and again, but I think the Lane Kiffin one might be all we can handle right now, and I am not sure some are handling it too well even at that.
Hoke for Head Coach
There is only one man for the job(s)
I know people are venting, trying to be funny, but we do need to try and not clutter the board too much more than we already have with such things.
DG To Wide Receiver?
I don't know that this is going to go the way the OP thinks - it's been discussed at length, I believe, every time Gardner has had a less-than-stellar game.
|1 week 1 day ago||How Things Are...||
Things are going rather well at the moment - just got out of what will be my last meeting today, so there is that. Not being a fan of too many meetings but having too many scheduled, I revel in these light days, as I call them, since it means I can get actual work done. Real, actual work. It also means more time spent with my eyes wandering over to the other monitor, where I am right now talking about how things are and....oh wait...
|1 week 2 days ago||I Think So...||
I can't rememeber exactly which station it was, but I do believe he spent a little time as a sports programming guy at another station. I do remember him being canned from 97.1 sometime in the 2005-2006 timeframe for some reason. I think he might have been pretty close to the guys who put on "Deminski & Doyle" too, when that was around on WXYT, but again, it has been a while since I really thought about Henson's days on Detroit radio.
|1 week 2 days ago||This Ended Well...||
Don't Go to the "game" this weekend
I go to bed a bit early (for me) and, yeah, this thread probably ended precisely as you might think. As we've established in other threads, a lot of folks around here are a bit more engaged than to sink to a level where burning tickets, as the OP suggested, would even be a consideration.
|1 week 2 days ago||There's A Limit...||
Be careful what we wish for...
No offense to the OP, but there are plenty of threads for this on the first few pages by now. At some point, enough really is enough with these sorts of threads. We left quite a few to try and stem the tide of further threads, so please read over other threads before posting these things.
|1 week 2 days ago||Perhaps Domino's...||
To provide a little insight into where the marketing / branding thing comes in, he did help build Valassis when he was CEO there in the 1990s, so when Michigan tickets start appearing in your weekly circular like RedPlum or some of the affiliate brands in the Valassis umbrella, there may not be much shock at this point, it seems.
|1 week 2 days ago||Team FG Percentage...||
TeamRankings lists Michigan's team FG percentage as 57.14% as well, so as Wile has gone, so have we as a team on this metric, or so it seems. Actually, while a bit paltry, several Big Ten teams have had a more difficult time than we have at least to this point. According to them, we average 1.0 FGs made per game, but so do about 40 other FBS schools right now so it isn't especially telling.
|1 week 2 days ago||Maybe It's Me...||
I am probably in the "highly engaged" category that the OP mentions, I would think. Obviously, the last several years have been filled with frustrating, even infuriating moments, but barring personal commitments such as family events which have prevented me from being at or watching games here and there, I continue to go and watch despite walking away annoyed sometimes (sometime a lot admittedly). It's easy to wade through it, in my opinion.
Maybe I just have an extremely long fuse, or maybe I adore my alma mater a bit too much, but I don't ever want to be indifferent to Michigan and Michigan athletics. I may bitch about it, post numbers that I personally dislike and know could be better, but I do it because I care about the results. I can compartmentalize my feelings on games pretty easily (maybe this is not healthy), but I don't foresee not tuning in when I can do so.
|1 week 2 days ago||Posting The Photo...||
I am not sure if you can post it directly from the phone - did it come with a link or something which denotes origin? We could try to find it for you if you can provide the reference.
Otherwise, you could perhaps e-mail to yourself, upload it to a photo sharing site and share it by placing the HTML code they provide in post (while in plain text mode) and then resizing it appropriately. Let me know if you need assistance.
|1 week 2 days ago||To Add Perhaps...||
Like you said, this is how Spurrier is and I think - in the conference and environment in which he has to operate - this works and it is pretty amusing in that context.
I don't know that a similar shtick goes over quite as well up here in this neck of the woods, and that's only because - if I might borrow from the Five-Tool Coach thread below - there would likely be blowback from some elements about this being the prevailing nature of a prominent face of the institution. I could foresee cultural problems in that sense, that's all, or at the very least - if we were to be looking - it would make for a harder sell.
This is just an observation, of course. If we do end up looking at some point here, the school may need to expand its horizons, but personally, I don't mind that Hoke tries - even if it doesn't come across well to some - to stand in front of the team and take flack for performance.
|1 week 2 days ago||This Was Interesting...||
Jeter could convert his rarefied experience as a marquee subject of journalism and publicity, plus his credibility with other star athletes, into a vehicle to deliver “inside” access to other players.
I will admit that I am interested to see how Jeter Publishing, as it was called here, pans out because I could see some interesting and insightful media coming out of such a project if done correctly.
|1 week 2 days ago||The Outlier Perhaps...||
Minnesota is definitely the outlier when it comes to the mix of pass and run in their offense with respect to the Big Ten. Many teams in the conference is somewhere within 10% in either direction of being balanced. Minnesota has run 252 plays, 187 of which are rushing plays or 74.2%. Indeed, 945 of their 1,344 yards of offense, or about 70.3%, has come on the ground.
|1 week 2 days ago||No Specific Policy...||
As far as I know, only the ACC has anything akin to an organized injury reporting procedure like the NFL's and while there has been talk in other conferences, there is no overarching policy regarding this at the college level.
The Big East toyed with something like this a few years ago but never implemented it, so it stands that, in most corners of FBS, coaches and programs are not obligated by any external regulation to tell anyone who is injured, how they were injured and for how long. That being said, individual policies by program tend to vary greatly in my understanding, although no one is too eager to say too much, and it seems like many schools do get some information out there with waivers and selected communications between teams and the sports information staff. The point is that there is no real standard.
|1 week 2 days ago||Good News Indeed...||
This is probably one of the more refreshing threads in the last 24 hours or so actually, and indeed, it is very good news. Glad to see Molk (and any past Wolverine) get a shot like this even though it comes under the sad cloud of an injury to one of his teammates.
|1 week 2 days ago||Other Interesting Stats...||
The funny thing about the situation that drives like these have been creating for Michigan is that we are in the upper third of Division I teams when it comes to yards per play (6.1, per the stats I got from TeamRankings), but comfortably in the lower third on points per play (0.36, which is good for #76 in FBS play right now). They also track a nice metric - yards per point - which is an interesting mesaure of how hard you have to work to score - we would be #96 at 16.8 yards per point.
|1 week 2 days ago||From A Numbers Angle...||
Without speaking to win probability, of course, it is important to note that they are losing 51% of their net rushing production so far her against someone who was getting 38% of the carries to date. It's a significant loss for them...highly so. It probably helps us from a strategic standpoint in that we could just go with a "get Nova" sort of emphasis on defense.
Now, speaking to estimated chances - if you're interested at all - it was 68% on Massey's site last week. The Utah adjustment, if you will, brings it to 58% in our favor, so make of that what you will.
|1 week 2 days ago||Interesting Really...||
RIght now, the cheapest seats are $70 or so in the north end zone if you went through MGoBlue, or at least that's where it was when I last checked early this morning. Similar seats are now going for less than half of that on Stubhub in the same sections. It's not even really an argument pricewise.
|1 week 2 days ago||False Alarm...||
META: The Side Board Works! - NOT
Yeah, sadly it isn't quite there yet, although I have had marginally better luck with it during lower traffic periods. Unscientific observation, of course.
|1 week 2 days ago||Similar Feelings...||
If I had to choose in this scenario, I find myself having similar feelings to yours.
It seems like that in 2008, we were undermanned in key places on top of the entire team, under a new coach as it was, being bsically a project. Right now, we are - at least on paper - rather well-manned at those same positions, but we have an offense which - under a new OC - is sort of in "project" mode again. I see it like a workplace scenario - If I am at least confident that I've got the right people (or most of them at least) and it is just a matter of getting them to work together like I need them to do, that makes me feel a bit better.
|1 week 2 days ago||The Plug...||
Apologies in advance if the thread cohesion now seems a bit variable in this thread (i.e., responses to non-existent things). We had an issue earlier which I tried to resolve without having to eliminate the thread as it poses a useful question for everyone who does access the site routinely on mobile apps.
|1 week 2 days ago||It Came Down Once...||
Michigan by the numbers...
It came down once before because there were plenty of reminders on the board that the recent past has been...not up to the expectations many of us traditionally have held, I'll put it politely. It comes down again because I really don't want to have this sort of fight with a poster.
|1 week 2 days ago||They Did...||
They did indeed, and it was a thread called "The Sobering Truth" from yesterday from this very same user, as a matter of fact. I will say, however, that a few of the inaccuracies for which they were originally called out on have either been corrected or removed, so if there is such a thing as "improved redundancy", this would be an example.
|1 week 3 days ago||Had The Same Thought...||
I actually had the same thought for a moment, and late on a Sunday evening probably would be the best time to do it if that were the case, but then I was reminded that the word now is that the update will come sometime early next year. I don't know if the delay was explained specifically. Seems like it was just planned maintenance or a random outage.
|1 week 3 days ago||A Little More Cleanup...||
Now that the blog is back up, I think there might be another round of cleanup, this time of "proposed solution" threads that didn't go or likely won't go as the OP intended.
Peppers to Offense??
Morris should start at this point
|1 week 3 days ago||Preliminary Stuff....||
Courtesy of TeamRankings, the preliminary comparison:
|1 week 3 days ago||A Specific Point...||
"Signs of moving in the right direction, but not enough to overcome youth and adapting/implementing to a new system (check)"
From a technical standpoint, there is a certain truth to this, I believe - certain things do look better. I think what rattles me a little bit is that there was a lot of talk that installing this was going quite well even in fall camp, and while it looks like we're developing that identity we needed, it is beginning to look like the road is longer than initially thought here.
That being said, having an identity at all is a huge step considering last season, and quite a bit of it might be attributable to the offense again being a project in progress from a personnel / schematic standpoint, but at least a project with direction this time. The biggest disconnect is, well, what it collectively looks like on the field right now.
|1 week 3 days ago||Not Really...||
I know that the staff - at least over the summer - made passing references to this being a possibility in certain packages, but it seems like right now they are trying to get him experience where he will primarily be used and I don't know that is fair to a true freshman to start giving him additional duties like that just yet. Also, there are other things that need more attention before even such a proposition could be considered effective - to put him out there and fix nothing else is just a random desperation move right now, in my mind.
|1 week 3 days ago||Estimated Projections...||
Massey has a matchup simulator, and if either of those scenarios materialized based on current data at least if you used his data, you would have:
- versus Pittsburgh - estimated 45% win probability for Michigan
- versus USC - estimated 22% win probability for Michigan
Mind you, there's historic data in the algorithm, but yeah, not inspiring sadly.
|1 week 3 days ago||I'll Drink To That...||
We're certainly not influential as a source for strategic insight within the athletic department, that's for sure, but this place is influential enough that it makes its own headlines from time to time. Sometimes, those headlines might be something somewhat inglorious like TWIS, but it is sought for its insight and stance on certain things because of the collective knowledge represented here. I think we can raise a glass to being part of group that is at least sometimes heard as a community.
|1 week 3 days ago||Some Minor Subtraction...||
The Sobering Truth
Between some spot factual errors and the fact that this thread isn't doing anything which hasn't been covered in numerous other threads which were left selectively, yeah...
QB and Hoke
Covered in numerous other threads, so this can probably go.
Would You Take the Michigan Job if You Were a Top Candidate?
Not particularly offensive, but if we're going to speculate, this might be an unrealistic road.
Best time to fire Hoke is now, after the ignominy
I left it up so people could vent a little more, but it seemed like it was doomed from the beginning. The tribe spoke too.
|1 week 3 days ago||Another Thing...||
One thing I think doesn't get nearly enough airplay in these threads is that reactive management of personnel just isn't the culture of this athletic department, and outside of unusual events which warrant someone's head perhaps, I can't think of any really good examples where they have ever done something akin to what you're suggesting. It just doesn't seem to be their style, and I would submit that - whatever we may think of the situation right now (or whatever Brandon might think, for we don't really know) - they serve themselves better in the long term because it isn't their style, regardless of what ultimately happens here.
|1 week 3 days ago||I Heard About It...||
Someone mentioned it to me (I suspect livetweeting actually is quite delayed given the cellular traffic at games) and I thought - admittedly, my thinking is not always quality when I have been drinking - if perhaps there might be an opportunity to spin the dissatisfaction into more fun and get Brandon into a dunk tank and give fans, alums and boosters three shots for free. How long could that line get? Possibly quite long.
Now that I am more or less sober, I realize that this was born from my own frustration but I was inspired by the shirt at the time.
|1 week 3 days ago||A Reminder...||
I'll give the OP some time to fix it how they would like before I go ahead and do it myself, but that is the rule generally. It's a respect issue more than anything else, but the goal is to leave some value in clicking the link and to avoid robbing the author of clicks.
|1 week 3 days ago||I Believe So...||
I believe it was the person who was actually officiating the opening of the Ark who said it, and to be fair, the Nazi dude was looking at something rather pleasant that turned out to be not so pleasant. I can't say that this hasn't nearly happened when reading a few threads in the last 18 hours or so.
|1 week 3 days ago||If There Is One Thing...||
If there were a notable non-football thing to mention here, I did learn that when the wind on the street blows in the right direction, my neighbor's smoker makes the entire neighborhood smell like pork and it is fantastic. He even brought some over to share before the game, and it helped blunt the effects of the beer for a time.
|1 week 3 days ago||Selective Reductions...||
To keep the number of threads about this, that and the many other things manageable, we're going to take down a few which sort of run into existing conversations in the first couple pages:
Show Cause Penalties
Not sure if the suggestion of Tressel will be accused of much more than trolling.
New Coach Vision?
Bielema? Has it come to this?
|1 week 3 days ago||Embed For The Board...||
Hopefully the OP doesn't mind the embed here, but this is a very awesome moment indeed and thanks for sharing this.
|1 week 3 days ago||The Unity...||
One of the things that I've noticed in the past few years is that really all the sports have bought into the "family atmosphere" and step in to provide this sort of support at each other's games when they can. Perhaps I should say that I've noticed it more in the past few years, but it seems like it is emphasized in a way that it was not before. It's a very nice thing to see some unity of mission within the body of Michigan athletics.
|1 week 3 days ago||Nope...||
He was there from 2000-2003 and won maybe a dozen games in that time, as I recall. I think the Chips never finished higher than 5th in the MAC West in those seasons too, with 4 games being the ceiling on that performance. I'm OK with DeBord administrating Michigan's Olympic teams like he does right now.
|1 week 3 days ago||Don't Worry About It...||
I posted this in the full realization it would get some blowback this week for various reasons, which is quite understandable. For myself, it's catharsis as I think my core frustration is similar to many others, right now the "shits" and "fucks" I put out there myself. I suppose this is my odd way of dealing with those feelings.
|1 week 3 days ago||Reconsidered...||
I went back through the threads that I initially took down - this one can go back up. It was brushed over in other threads but it definitely wasn't fully covered. My apologies, folks.
|1 week 3 days ago||It Is...||
It is actually, and what I am doing here is reporting the raw data for the game - because there was no liveblog, I actually have the tab for this game highlight and with notes on it for that reason. To not have a liveblog is a rare thing, and I want to tag these to see what the effect is as I am not sure how to modify it or what the modifying factor might be.
It's sad really that how to account for that was my primary concern during the weather delay.
|1 week 3 days ago||Interesting Point...||
It's an interesting point and although I've never had the misfortune of having to evacuate due to inclement weather in the stadium's current configuration (just getting horrifically wet at 2012 Illinois), you would think that for emergency purposes there would an auxiliary system which broadcast through the entire stadium. We just fixed a similar issue at work actually - you could hear the building paging system everywhere except the most public areas.
I have to say that, even on a good day, if you're under the seats and in the concession area, it is sometimes difficult to understand the PA sometimes, although that could also be that often I have one or both children demanding those cheese fries which have some mysterious appeal.
|1 week 3 days ago||Late To This Party...||
I was drunk enough that I just woke up after having hit the beer hard from about the 3rd quarter onwards. There are confused images of other games in my head, so I am sure I made it through the night slate on ABC and ESPN, but then it jumps to about 20 minutes ago when I woke up alone and on the floor.
|1 week 3 days ago||Minor Cleanup...||
Doing a little minor cleanup now that I am sober and can comprehend things right now...
A few of these fall a bit below the snowflake bar (which is high for now), either because they are well-covered in other threads or we've left venting threads for these things up already:
Though the head coach is incompetent, Gardner is a MAJOR part of the issue
Devin Gardner is not a pro style QB
Poor Special Teams On the Punt Return for TD (Also a good indicator that we should go to the spread punt formation)
Time to ditch the current offensive play book
How about Dan Mullen?