"He's a hard worker, and he watched me and Tim (Hardaway Jr.) and Nik (Stauksas) put work in to become (first-round picks), and I'm just happy he's getting better," Burke said. "It's great for the program, too. It shows what type of program the University of Michigan is and the direction it continues to go in."
|17 hours 47 min ago||Blatant foreshadowing device||
Blatant foreshadowing device on the part of the show runners. That's not going to slip by this crowd.
|20 hours 33 min ago||Did you see Jackson's subtle||
Did you see Jackson's subtle reluctance to loan his pen to Ferrigno?! Intrastaff turmoil! Mutiny! Doom!
|5 days 13 hours ago||You think Hemholdt types make||
You think Hemholdt types make 80K? I would've guessed 50.
|5 days 15 hours ago||HOT DOG CANNON!!!||
HOT DOG CANNON!!!
|1 week 22 hours ago||Going 0-6 doesn't have||
Going 0-6 doesn't have anything to do with being a leader. Burke has struggled a lot with the NBA game. I think it's too soon to just say that he'll be fine. Same as its too soon to say he'll never make it. He's got a lot to prove still to convince teams he can lead a winning team.
|1 week 1 day ago||Good God, I'll be old then.||
Good God, I'll be old then.
|1 week 1 day ago||Float him the cash for the||
Float him the cash for the trip, man. We all know you can swing it.
|1 week 1 day ago||It's all relative. From the||
It's all relative. From the west coast you could get a $1000 plane ticket to Bangkok, and another $1000 would finance the best two week travel experience of your life there. For example.
|1 week 3 days ago||Probably Kam Chatman. From||
Probably Kam Chatman. From what I've seen, he seems like he has the best ability of the bunch to be drafted as a role player and later randomly traded to a team that happens to be a title contender. Rare ability. Austin Daye had it in spades this year for San Antonio. Chatman looks like that kind of player.
|1 week 4 days ago||For example?||
|1 week 4 days ago||What the hell is James Harden||
What the hell is James Harden holding there?
|1 week 4 days ago||Melo||
No team with Carmelo Anthony on it will ever make the finals.
|1 week 4 days ago||Kevin Love next?||
Wiggins may be in play for Love. Link.
This quote was funny:
So, he's known Wiggins for a year? I'm sure he's deeply attached.
|1 week 4 days ago||Agreed. Phenomenal PR move||
Agreed. Phenomenal PR move for him, though I buy his claim that it is about more than just that. This makes him an unequivocal good guy again, in my opinion. Great sports drama.
|1 week 4 days ago||I love it. Love the SI essay.||
I love it. Love the SI essay. Prodigal son comes home to try to give his bleeding city something its never had. Guy has his priorities straight. I take back any bad things I've said about him. I'll be rooting for LeBron and the Cavs.
|1 week 4 days ago||Deryck LeVert and Cary Green||
Deryck LeVert and Cary Green
|1 week 5 days ago||Caris The Green||
Caris The Green
|1 week 6 days ago||Bad OL play would be a huge||
Bad OL play would be a huge upgrade
|1 week 6 days ago||Let's hope. We had||
Let's hope. We had experienced players (e.g., QWash, Black, Gordon, Gordon, Taylor, Morgan, Clark) and young studs last year, too, and we were pretty shitty.
|1 week 6 days ago||I hope we have a rocking D,||
I hope we have a rocking D, but there's little on-field evidence to suggest that we will. It's just recruiting stars, unicorns, hopes, and dreams that suggest we will.
|1 week 6 days ago||Everyone is getting excited||
Everyone is getting excited about Michigan football again as the season draws near, and with that excitement, unrealistic expectations.
Most national analysts/observers/hacks have us as a middle-of-the pack Big Ten team. There's absolutely no on-field evidence to suggest we're anything other than that.
Like all Michigan fans, I sure hope all of our "maybes" turn into "yesses," but that almost never happens.
|2 weeks 11 hours ago||The Jump ...too premature?||
|2 weeks 2 days ago||The U.S. has lost its place||
The U.S. has lost its place amongst the tennis elite, for sure. But I'd be curious to see how the American viewership has trended over the years since the quality of tennis during the Big Four era has been the best ever.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Ugh, a comeback like Fed's||
Ugh, a comeback like Fed's deserves to be completed. Too many mistakes, though.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I'm a huge Federer fan, so||
I'm a huge Federer fan, so he's always the main character in my drama
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Djoker with four straight||
Djoker with four straight second serves and showing cracks. Fed just can't seem to capitalize.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Let's go Roger!!!!||
Let's go Roger!!!!
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Ah. Chesson is an enigma to||
Ah. Chesson is an enigma to me. Blocked like a champ. Caught most every ball thrown his way, including some tough ones, but didn't get targeted much. I got the sense that Devin locked onto Gallon and Funchess and didn't give many other WRs a chance. (I think going through progressions is a big weakness of Devin's, contributing to some INTs.) I think Chesson deserves another shot at starting based on what he showed.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Who's Mr. Bowling Ball?||
Who's Mr. Bowling Ball?
|2 weeks 4 days ago||The difference between Morris||
The difference between Morris versus KSU and Bellomy versus Nebraska is enough to win ten million games.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Have the writers for these||
Have the writers for these publications really even watched a U-M game? I would guess the average binge MGoUser would make a better informed prediction. Sounds like they just look at stats and postseason accolades to form their opinion.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I don't know about Countess.||
I don't know about Countess. He looked promising more than good in his freshman campaign, so that got everyone excited. Last year, he looked completely average to me. There's scuttlebutt that he isn't even going to start at CB in the fall, giving way to Taylor and Lewis.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Based on recruiting stars? Is||
Based on recruiting stars? Is there a single guy on defense whose record on the field honestly makes you think, "oh man, we're all set there--no problemo?" Ryan at MLB . . . and?
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Not to snark too much, but||
Not to snark too much, but who are the "right pieces" on the DL this year? Have any of them really done anything? There's no Mike Martin as far as I can tell, and probably no Van Bergen either.
|3 weeks 16 hours ago||Keep it on the ground, Wondo!||
Keep it on the ground, Wondo!
|3 weeks 22 hours ago||What is "the system" again?||
What is "the system" again?
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Ew||
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Too bad for GRIII. Probably||
Too bad for GRIII. Probably could've made it had he come out last year or stayed one more year and dominated the ball more.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Worst-case scenario: Hubert||
Worst-case scenario: Hubert Davis
25th-percentile-case scenario: Kyle Korver
50th-percentile-case scenario: Steve Smith
75th-percentile-case scenario: Dale Ellis
Best-case scenario: Ray Allen
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Oh, he's definitely not||
Oh, he's definitely not returned to form. You needn't worry about that. Trust me, I have him on my fantasy team.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Not as bad as Big State||
Not as bad as Big State naming Jake Shuttlesworth head coach.
|4 weeks 17 hours ago||This would be a godsend, no||
This would be a godsend, no matter who we get back.
|4 weeks 17 hours ago||He's among the most hated of||
He's among the most hated of sports stars who haven't done anything criminal or morally deplorable. The closest analogy that I can think of is A-Rod pre-PEDs. A-Rod is a pariah now for cheating, but even before that nobody liked him because everything about him was contrived, branded, and self-serving.
|4 weeks 20 hours ago||A lot of 14-year-olds think||
A lot of 14-year-olds think he's the coolest!
|4 weeks 20 hours ago||He just does a better job of||
He just does a better job of hiding it in front of the cameras. Has perfected a great tough-guy-all-business face.
|4 weeks 21 hours ago||Not invested in this, but if||
Not invested in this, but if LeBron wants to change the narrative surrounding himself and leave an overall positive legacy (The LegacyTM), he needs to go back to Cleveland and win a championship.
Right now he's pre-PED A-Rod in terms of his public image. An absurdly self-absorbed prima donatello who isn't respected or even taken seriously.
He can redeem himself only by going back to his hometown team that needs a savior more than any other sports city in America.
Vader is Vader, but he can still kill the Emperor.
|4 weeks 22 hours ago||As player-coach||
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Yeah, I think the increased||
Yeah, I think the increased popularity of the EPL in the states is an example of this process.
Maybe we can get an EPL team in New York in exchange for an NFL team in London.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Great analysis. I've enjoyed||
Great analysis. I've enjoyed reading your posts in this thread. This system for identifying and grooming talent is a big factor, I think, in the U.S.'s continued soccer mediocrity.
I think this systemic argument is more convincing than the sheer numbers/popularity argument. Consider Portugal, which has about 10 miillion people, one thirtieth of the U.S. population, or Uruguay, which has a population of about 3 million, one hundredth of the U.S. population. Even if only one in 30 or one in a hundred American kids choses soccer, we should still have a sufficient pool of bodies to produce at least one or two world-class players. Numbers alone don't tell the story.
Your explanation here is compelling, though, and I think that until we have "scores of people at the local level watching 5-6-7-8 year olds," we won't churn out elite talent. We have this system in place for football and basketball, where kids make verbal pledges to college programs at age 12 and get hand-picked for semi-professional AAU teams younger than that. There's no elite basketball player shooting hoops by himself in his backyard in Warren.
So, then, it seems to me that it's a money issue. Until American soccer fans represent an eocnomically influential lobby, the system won't change. Hell, we have "bagmen" deployed illegally all over the goddam country to scour the ends of the contiguous U.S. for good football players. We have baseball scouts sweating their asses off in podunk Dominican and Venezuelan towns rooting out talent. No stone goes unturned. We have the shady uncles of standout basketball kids making it their de facto vocation to get their nephews discovered. There's just no incentive at present to put those kind of resources into mining soccer talent.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Michigan's population has declined||
If you made your statistic a rate (e.g., percentage, per-100,000), I suspect the prevalence of soccer may have actually risen in the past decade.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Absolutely sickening||
|4 weeks 2 days ago||I don't know about the||
I don't know about the "cementing permanent growth" thing. They said that after we got out of our group in 2010, and even after our quarterfinal run in 2002. U.S. Soccer remains firmly mediocre.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Belgians ::||
Belgians :: Stella
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Ghana is really, really||
Ghana is really, really impressive. Surprisingly good possession. Relentless pressure in the midfield. Makes me feel a little better about our showing against them. They deserve to be in the final 16 from what I've seen of them.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Just took our little||
Just took our little three-month-old to the Dodgers game last Sunday. He won't remember it, but it'll be fun to show him pictures when he's older. I'll never forget my first game at old Tiger stadium as a seven-year-old: the good guys pulled it out, but Eddie Murray hit the only home run.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||So much emotion||
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Thanks for your insight.||
Thanks for your insight.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||That's just Hoke. He's acted||
That's just Hoke. He's acted that way prior to the last two seasons, too.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||"Ooh, deWeaver,I believe you||
I believe you can get me through the night.
I believe we can reach the morning light.
Fly me high through the starry skies,
Maybe to an astral plane.
Cross the highways of fantasy.
Help me to forget today's pain."
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Ah, the 2000s...||
Ah, the 2000s...
|5 weeks 1 day ago||That was an absolutely||
That was an absolutely embarrassing show of passing on our part. We went defensive after our early goal, sure, but I don't think it was part of our strategy to simply give the ball away after every two completed passes. I've never seen a U.S. team make so many futile passes.
I'll take the three points and get the hell out of there quick.
Portugal must smell blood.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||So, we look bad on pretty||
So, we look bad on pretty much the whole field?
Expect for the little slice where we've only advanced the ball once every ten minutes or so.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||A dragon is not a slave . .||
A dragon is not a slave . . .
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Great to hear about||
Great to hear about Wangler.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Hoke needs to earn it||
Hoke needs to earn it
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Mark Price from three!!!||
Mark Price from three! "He's on fire!!!"
|5 weeks 5 days ago||I don't think there should be||
I don't think there should be much antipathy on the team for Peppers's hype. Everyone on the team has something to prove, not just the incoming freshmen. Peppers has contributed to as many big wins at Michigan as pretty much everyone else on the roster.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Have a good day, Adam!||
Have a good day, Adam!
|6 weeks 1 day ago||I don't think terrible is||
I don't think terrible is extreme. Jon is arguably the main character of the whole drama, and his character is supposed to be mysterious and complex, young but betraying secret wisdoms and demons. He is dark and brooding, yet perceptive, compassionate, and quick-witted.
I get tired of looking into Kit Harington's vapid eyes where there should be untold intrigue.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||"[Jon Snow's] show scenes||
"[Jon Snow's] show scenes were always kind of dull and lacked something."
That's because the actor they cast is terrible. I'm sorry, but Kit Harington as Jon is like Keanu Reeves as Aragorn.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||All those guys are still too||
All those guys are still too young. Can't expect them to be competent until 2015.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Smith might be the best of||
Smith might be the best of the three, but not based on his ability to break a big run. It's pretty well established that he lacks top-end speed. Go watch Isaac's highlight video to see what breaking a big one looks like. Over and over again.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Less leaning back in chairs||
Less leaning back in chairs on Newport Beach terraces, more winning.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||In the summer of 2013, Heiko||
In the summer of 2013, Heiko engineered the destruction of Michigan football. His exclusives with then offensive coordinator Al Borges humanized the latter just enough to prevent Michigan fans from rising in full rebellion against the regime. The good will for Borges generated by Heiko's work, then, would be the beginning of the end for the once-proud institution.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||This is really well done.||
This is really well done. Nailed the ending there.
I hate to say it, but right now I think Michigan is Robb Stark and MSU is Jon Snow.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||To be fair, if our offensive||
To be fair, if our offensive line had played at MAC-level last season, we would have won 10 games.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Pace! Quality!||
Pace! Quality! Result!
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Who's Mark?||
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Sometimes when you tie, you||
Sometimes when you tie, you actually win or lose
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Jeff Smoker will smoke||
Jeff Smoker will smoke anything
|8 weeks 21 hours ago||Yeah, but the fact that her||
Yeah, but the fact that her character evokes negative emotion sometimes speaks to the potency of her acting. Like Lena Headey in Game of Thrones.
|8 weeks 23 hours ago||I disagree with your take on||
I disagree with your take on the episode. I thought the whole season was about Don's redemption, not his downfall. Now, things may still end badly for him at the conclusion of Season 8, but this season was a redemption story, and a beautiful one. Don changed everything about himself. He didn't bang the low-hanging fruit, didn't drink, was selfless. But most of all he was dead honest about everything, and it's been fascinating to see how that has played for him. He's slowly learning that the best things in life are free. Just a beautiful episode. God, this show is good.
|8 weeks 23 hours ago||I think Elizabeth Moss should||
I think Elizabeth Moss should get an Emmy first.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||The line should be 0.5 for||
The line should be 0.5 for rivalry game wins. We'll be significant underdogs in each of those and fortunate to win one.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||I enjoyed watching the Bad||
I enjoyed watching the Bad Boys, Jordan, Kings-Lakers, and the 2003-2008 Pistons. Something changed for me at the end of that run, though. The 2006 finals was the tipping point, and Dwyane Wade is the embodiment of what's gone wrong with the NBA to me. So desperate for "stars," the NBA decided Wade would score 25 points per game regardless of his inability to shoot and recklessness driving the ball. Stars always got preferred treatment from the zebras, but that series took it to a whole nother level of ridiculousness that ruined the game for me.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Chauncey, Rip, Tay, Sheed,||
Chauncey, Rip, Tay, Sheed, and Ben's effort in 2004 or in 2008? Because those are different by like a bajillion.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||The Brazilian government is||
The Brazilian government is spending a lot of public monies on the cup, monies that could otherwise be used for social security for the country's poor. There are extensive protests in Brazil over this.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Horseshit to cut Donovan.||
Horseshit to cut Donovan. He's a hero, a weapon, and an inspiration to his teammates. But what does a mercenary coach care about American legend?
|8 weeks 5 days ago||The "man-panda" bit from the||
The "man-panda" bit from the Denard article was one Brian's finest accomplishments
|8 weeks 5 days ago||As Nietzsche said: Some fans||
As Nietzsche said:
Some fans getting mad when a top recruit doesn't commit to their school will always happen. Some of those fans taking to the interwebz to express their anger will always happen. Some fans feeling better about themselves by taking to the interwebz to moralize about it will always happen. All play their part.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||There are only three major||
There are only three major football conferences: SEC, Big Ten, Pac 12. Throw a stick in the middle of the room and make the Big 12 and ACC fight to the death for the fourth spot.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||AD should an LSU Freek||
AD should an LSU Freek copycat and send all the recruits sweet gifs of their heads superimposed on classic Michigan football highlights
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Da'Shawn Hand, Damien Harris,||
Da'Shawn Hand, Damien Harris, George Campbell, Shawn Crawford. That's a huge cost already paid. People keep saying "next season is huge!" Well, last season was huge, and we shit the bed. All momentum is gone, and we lost pieces that could've been program-changing. Serious damage has already been done. A good-to-great season this year will get us back to spring 2011 in terms of program appeal. It's a long road to get us back to spring 2012 appeal.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Don't forget CBs. There were||
Don't forget CBs. There were some abominations there last year. Countess and Taylor have arguably gotten worse.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Yes||
|9 weeks 4 days ago||More games condensed into a||
More games condensed into a week. Make sense to you?
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Record number of injuries or||
Record number of injuries or "injuries" (i.e., guys just looking for an excuse to take some time off and rest)
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Yes, all the viewers seem to||
Yes, all the viewers seem to have forgiven him this. What a difference a couple of years make.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Laptop, Netflix, Amazon,||
Laptop, Netflix, Amazon, ESPN3, and sports bars for my whole adult life. Baffles me that people pay $2000+ a year for cable television.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Michigan is so the||
Michigan is so the Starks.
Trying to be honorable about shit and just getting kicked in the nuts for it while all the cheaters and cynics prosper.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Can anyone honestly say they||
Can anyone honestly say they were encouraged by Green's play last season? Honestly? No one expects freshmen running backs to play at "an elite college level," but you do expect to see flashes from the great ones.
I hope like hell he turns into a dominating tailback, and he might, but I was pretty disappointed by what I saw from him last fall. And that's all the game evidence we have for making future predictions.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||I'm disappointed that you||
I'm disappointed that you even bothered to respond to that
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Looks like a quarterback||
Looks like a quarterback
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Utah State representing with||
Utah State representing with prospects this year!
|10 weeks 3 days ago||I hate to make excuses, but I||
I hate to make excuses, but I have to believe there's something to this. I think Dennard is gonna be a huge bust for the same reason. It's gonna be a rude awakening when he gets flagged for his normal technique.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Minnesota and Utah State now||
Minnesota and Utah State now with as many draft picks as Michigan.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Thanks for the optimism, but||
Thanks for the optimism, but you're missing his main point. In 2012, we had four NFL offensive linemen on our team, and our OL play was embarrassing. That is a major red flag regarding a coaching staff's competence in evaluating its roster and putting players in position to succeed.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||I'm mostly in agreement with||
I'm mostly in agreement with you. Lots of talent on the OL has been absolutely squandered the past two years. Also, Schofield is being pegged as an interior NFL lineman, so if the reason behind our historic futility last season was omigod-young-INTERIOR-line, then maybe you put your third-round NFL draft pick guard at guard, you first-round NFL draft pick tackle at tackle and figure the rest of it out. Chrissake, the OL ineptitude the past two years has cratered my faith in this staff.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Etta James, At Last||
Etta James, At Last
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Grow a pair||
Grow a pair
|11 weeks 5 days ago||I like the kid: good,||
I like the kid: good, rational decision. If he's leaving Reno because, like GRIII, he doesn't want to play out of position at the four, U-M isn't the smartest option for him. Not only because of the glut of wing players but also due to the lack of big men. Anyone on the roster taller than 6-3 is liable get stuck on the block.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||2017 is really gonna be||
2017 is really gonna be special. That's the year to watch. Hold on tight!
|12 weeks 3 days ago||That's a great point.||
That's a great point. Beilein's success the last few years has likely bumped us up into the tier just below the big boys in terms of competitiveness recruiting elite wing players. Maybe point guards, too. We're not really in the national picture when it comes to elite big men, though. McGary was an anomaly, I think, and his departure is killer because he could have been a model for how a skilled big man can thrive in Beilein's system. Instead, we got about four games of healthy, peak McGary and a parting shot from Horford about our system being career suicide for bigs.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||I'm afraid that having a||
I'm afraid that having a starting five of all NBA players was and will be the exception for M. Don't expect a bevy of talent like the past two years for a long time. Beilein is a great coach and decent recruiter, but he's not going to turn up the Big Ten player of the year from the second and third tiers of recruiting every year. What we had the last couple years was special, and it was rare. Which makes the season-ending losses that much harder.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||That's the way love goes||
That's the way love goes
|13 weeks 51 min ago||Mealer, Barnum, and Omameh||
Mealer, Barnum, and Omameh were all young for seniors.
|13 weeks 8 hours ago||You sound like Sansa Stark.||
You sound like Sansa Stark. Just wanting things to be pretty while the world is burning around her.
|13 weeks 9 hours ago||This will be a down year for||
This will be a down year for recruiting. Our national image is at a low, and whether you personally believe it or not, our coach is perceived to be in limbo. Plus, the class will be small. Hell, our classes were practically flush by April the past two years with kids who were sold on a return to glory.
|13 weeks 23 hours ago||I latched on to Portsmouth a||
I latched on to Portsmouth a few years back when I was first just dabbling in the EPL. Then they got relegated. And then they got relegated to League One. And then they got relegated to League Two.
Should've latched on to ManU or Chelsea :(
|13 weeks 5 days ago||I feel bad for hating on||
I feel bad for hating on Dumars the GM now.
Aw shucks, bring him back; make Laimbeer coach, Sally the color man, and Isaiah commish!
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Sills' "high school" will||
Sills' "high school" will host a college day
|14 weeks 1 day ago||I'm sure every college||
I'm sure every college football player would laugh at the idea that they haven't learned a bajillion things about football since matriculating. If it doesn't make a difference in terms of their on-field productivity, who cares, really? I'm sure James Ross has learned a ton about technique and play diagnosis in the past year and would dismiss anyone who said otherwise. But he was the same player on the field last season as he was in 2012, so why should a fan care?
|14 weeks 2 days ago||I think it's totally||
I think it's totally reasonable to question Hoke's player development. Not sure why you're so indignant. To play along, though, I'd argue that the only guys on your list that showed significant gains under Hoke's tutelage are (1) Heininger (whoo walk-on!), (2) Campbell (still not good), (3) Gallon, (4) Gibbons (eh...), (5) Funchess, (6) Henry, (7) Butt (Whoo, natural ability!), and (8) Glasgow (whoo walk-on!). Eight guys. Wow.
You cannot give Hoke credit for the "progress" of Omameh or Molk. Kovacs, Martin, Roh, and Van Bergen were what they were when he came in, and they played better as a unit in 2011, sure. You're really desperate for examples if you want to hold up Countess, Taylor, Washington, Black, Gardner, Gordon, Beyer, Lewan, Schofield, Ross, Bolden, and Chesson as the shining examples of Hoke's player development. These guys were/have been all in neutral for the past few years. Lewis only counts if we're weighing success on spring practices now. Not sure what Clark is.
Hoke has been a big disappointment the last couple of years. It's okay to admit it to yourself. It's not your fault.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||Stars show flashes||
Stars show flashes
|14 weeks 3 days ago||He's been trolling the hell||
He's been trolling the hell out of the fanbase for a solid year now. This takes it to level heretofore unseen. Awesome to watch!
|14 weeks 3 days ago||I always thought playing||
I always thought playing professional bball in Europe would be the absolute best gig ever. No pressure. Get to travel and see new things. Make great money. And, lets face it, Europeans are just better at life.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||Hosanna||
|15 weeks 2 days ago||What happened to Sterling||
What happened to Sterling Jenkins? I thought we were the heavy favorite.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||Can't respect a player who||
Can't respect a player who wears a headband.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||It's funny to me how||
It's funny to me how Whitlock's mid-season article that criticized Hoke, Lewan et al. was lambasted on this board at the time, but now the exact same criticisms are receiving virtually no disapproval.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||Little premature, eh, Sparky?||
Little premature, eh, Sparky?
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Ridiculous. Let's just forget||
Ridiculous. Let's just forget this happened and pretend like we got to the Elite 8 with positive momentum and quality play.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Also, that a goddam foul all||
Also, that a goddam foul all over Stauskas' back but whatever
|16 weeks 4 days ago||INBOUND THE FUCKING||
INBOUND THE FUCKING BASKETBALL SIXTH GRADE BASKETBALL CONCEPTS
|16 weeks 4 days ago||So hard seeing these||
So hard seeing these supremely talented Michigan teams piss everything away. You never know when you'll have three NBA players on your team again.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||Just in a holding pattern||
Just in a holding pattern until he sees where Borges catches on
|17 weeks 1 day ago||Yeah, there're a lot of||
Yeah, there're a lot of college teams that could cry the same song.
I'd take that Michigan lineup over the 76ers or Milwaukee Bucks, plus points.
|17 weeks 1 day ago||Just going to allow myself to||
Just going to allow myself to imagine, for a minute, a world where 2014-15 Michigan basketball featured the following lineup:
PG - Trey Burke, SR
SG - Nik Stauskas, JR
SF - Caris LeVert, JR
PF - Glenn Robinson III, JR
C - Mitch McGary, JR
B - Derrick Walton, SO
B - Zak Irvin, SO
B - Jon Horford, SR
B - Spike Albrect, JR
B - Mark Donnal, FR
|17 weeks 3 days ago||Any teams in particular?||
Any teams in particular?
|17 weeks 3 days ago||It was sad for Texas. They||
It was sad for Texas. They were trying so hard.
|17 weeks 3 days ago||Yeah, I agree. His wide body||
Yeah, I agree. His wide body and rebounding would put us over the top. We would have won this game by 40 if McGary were healthy.
|17 weeks 3 days ago||Texas is shooting out of||
Texas is shooting out of their minds from three and from the line. And their point guard pushes off with his off-arm every play. And we just kicked their asses.
|17 weeks 3 days ago||Great back sweat on Ridley||
Great back sweat on Ridley
|17 weeks 3 days ago||On man, Texas is trying||
On man, Texas is trying really hard to win!
|17 weeks 3 days ago||Spike obviously fouled||
Spike obviously fouled multiple times there. Refs reward teams that play hard, though.
|17 weeks 3 days ago||Wake the fuck up. You're in||
Wake the fuck up. You're in the NC fucking AA tournament, not playing Purdue in December.
|17 weeks 3 days ago||Lolbounding||
|17 weeks 3 days ago||Rebound rebound rebound||
Rebound rebound rebound rebound rebound rebound rebound rebound rebound rebound rebound rebound rebound
|17 weeks 3 days ago||LeVert free throw misses were||
LeVert free throw misses were the shift. By the way, the Big Ten POY is wide open in the corner.
|17 weeks 3 days ago||We don't play tough,||
We don't play tough, disciplined ball when we get a lead. Plain and simple. Could learn from Wichita State.
|17 weeks 3 days ago||Man, Texas wants to win so||
Man, Texas wants to win so bad
|17 weeks 3 days ago||Seems like Stauskas gets||
Seems like Stauskas gets mauled a lot when he splits the double team on a drive. No calls.
|17 weeks 3 days ago||Great half. We have a real||
Great half. We have a real problem with not giving full effort once we get a lead, though. Guys better light a fire at halftime. This isn't anywhere close to over.
|17 weeks 3 days ago||Man, Texas is trying so hard||
Man, Texas is trying so hard
|17 weeks 4 days ago||There are degrees. And I'd||
There are degrees. And I'd prefer not to have my OL captain bartending at the Heidelberg on the night after a game, making cat calls to cheerleaders while on the field, and getting into bar fights. Doesn't help an already young team find discipline.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||That is a pathetic CV for||
That is a pathetic CV for such a position, in content and in presentation
|17 weeks 4 days ago||For the first time in my||
For the first time in my fandom, the offseason hype means nothing to me.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||Yes||
|18 weeks 4 days ago||No idea about the credibilty||
No idea about the credibilty of this rumor, but it does raise a question of interest to me. That is, how does someone with the abrasiveness and classlessness of Tom Crean make it to this level? I obviously don't know the man personally, but his public displays of clownishness are embarassing for his program. I don't know how, as an Indiana fan, you could be proud to call someone like that the leader of your program.
If there are boosters who are so embarassed by him that they'd pay to buy him out, it wouldn't shock me.
|18 weeks 4 days ago||Lol. Great win!||
Lol. Great win! Just like UConn and Akron!
|18 weeks 5 days ago||NIce. Thanks for doing this.||
NIce. Thanks for doing this.
|19 weeks 1 day ago||That's funny because I wrote||
That's funny because I wrote my response above to MGoBender before reading this.
Marty's family being involved would've been an interesting way to reinforce the theme there's more than one way to harm women and children, more than one form of evil, sometimes borne of our own neglect and self-absorption.
Just something. As is, I don't really know what the show was about that hasn't been rehashed by every cop movie.
My favorite part of the show was the acting during the triangulated storytelling of the first half of the season and some of the directorial flairs, like the robbery on the stash house in episode three.
|19 weeks 1 day ago||Maybe, but I think they||
Maybe, but I think they wasted a ton of screen time that could've been used more economically toward plot development. The whole interrogation of the sherrif at the beginning of this episode was worthless, for example. And I can't even remember what happened in Episode 7. It was bad writing, in my opinion.
It's really really hard to finish a story strong. The same rushed feeling happend in the last two episodes of Breaking Bad, and they had six years to pace the plot arc.
|19 weeks 1 day ago||If I wanted to watch a story||
If I wanted to watch a story about two men redeeming themselves, beating evil (but not all evil! DUN-DUN-DUUUUN), and becoming friends, I'd watch Lethal Weapon, Bad Boys, 48 Hours, Another 48 Hours, or any of the other hundreds of Buddy Cop movies with the same take home.
I just thought True Detective was breaking new ground and was disappointed that all we got was killing the bad guy, heroic survival, and maybe there really is some meaning to life.
|19 weeks 1 day ago||I thought it was terrible and||
I thought it was terrible and a major disappointment given the expectations set by the first few episodes. Way too much unresolved, way too many missed opportunities (e.g., tying Marty's family into the denouement), and no clear point. In the end, I look at this show as great directing, very good acting, and mediocre writing.
|19 weeks 2 days ago||I'm not afraid of Indiana.||
I'm not afraid of Indiana. We're much, much better than them, and they've had some flukey shit go their way to get the results they have against us. As long as Yogi Ferrell doesn't play like Oscar Robertson again, they don't have enough weapons to hurt us. That Sanford guy was just running at the basket like Rodney Stuckey on coke, no chance of actually scoring the ball, and getting ridiculous foul calls.
We should beat them by ten, at least, all things being equal.
|19 weeks 2 days ago||Coaches never sound good when||
Coaches never sound good when they're underpeforming expectations. Hoke's "we've got to coach better" line sounds noble when we're 11-2 but grates when we're 7-6. It's easy to say "I've got to coach better" when you're pleasing the fanbase. It's harder to say it when it's abundently true and the fanbase is riled.
I respect Hoke a lot for continuing to put the blame for shortcomings squarely on himself even when the pressure mounts. Borges couldn't resist the sirens this season and dipped into this "execution" comments.
Izzo is taking it to a whole nother level. No subtlety at all. Shameful stuff from a college coach. From a grownup, really.
|19 weeks 3 days ago||Would've loved to have just||
Would've loved to have just rolled Crean and Sheehey, but a win's a win.
|19 weeks 3 days ago||WHERE ARE YOGI FERRELL AND||
WHERE ARE YOGI FERRELL AND WILL SHEENEE GOING IN THE 2014 NBA DRAFT ?!?!?!
|19 weeks 3 days ago||LOL CREA-NIT||
|19 weeks 3 days ago||GRRRRR||
|19 weeks 3 days ago||WTF. This Stanford thing is||
WTF. This Stanford thing is just careening toward the basket like an out-of-control sixth grader and keep getting bailed out with foul calls.
|19 weeks 3 days ago||You'd think Indiana was 29-0||
You'd think Indiana was 29-0 and Yogi Ferrell was a Naismith finalist the way we play them
|19 weeks 4 days ago||Needs to get laid. Bad.||
Needs to get laid.
|19 weeks 4 days ago||The reason this site is so||
The reason this site is so popular is because it's not a bunch of 50 year olds with parking passes in the Blue Lot and insider bitzzzz (althought they're getting more access, it seems). It's intelligent people applying thougtful analysis to a subject that usually has the luxury of neither. MGoBlog empowers the average nerd fan to have confidence in his or her data (i.e., personal observations and statistics). Sometimes they get it right (e.g., Borges), sometimes not (e.g., RichRod). But people "show their work," are intellectually honest, and nobody pretends to be something they're not.
|19 weeks 4 days ago||This is all so fascinating to||
This is all so fascinating to me. Who are you? I mean, who are you such that you are able to attend spring practices? Who is MaizeMan? Do you have friends on the staff? Do you work for the athletic department? Are you just making stuff up? I'm always curious who these self-proclaimed insiders are.
|19 weeks 4 days ago||That guy shouldn't be taken||
That guy shouldn't be taken seriously and single-handedly guarantees that that site will never be respectable outside its little niche following.
|19 weeks 4 days ago||Huh, interesting. I've been||
Huh, interesting. I've been reading their message board off and on for about a year or two, so I don't know all the history. They talk regularly about having attended practices, and some of the info seems pretty darn specific. Most of it is pretty general, though (e.g., "Godin looks bigger and has a motor").
They hyped up Bellomy big time during spring 2012, and I caused a little fracas over there by calling them out after his historic Nebraska coming-out party.
I guess I find it hard to believe that somebody would put years and years into cultivating a lie like that. Pretty sad, if true.
I don't know what to believe anymore!
|19 weeks 4 days ago||The guy with the handle||
The guy with the handle MaizeMan over there--who authored the articles linked to above--provides some excellent insight and tidbits. I'm surprised they don't get more traffic than they do because of it. He's pretty balanced in his assessments.
|19 weeks 4 days ago||Many believed that photo||
Many believed that photo captured the ethos of the MSU fanbase so perfectly that it must be remembered forever. Kind of like the V-J photo of the sailor kissing the nurse in Times Square captured the ethos of postwar America.
|19 weeks 5 days ago||I'm convinced that the||
I'm convinced that the schizophrenic complexity of our offense last season was about three-quarters of the explanation for our abhorrent line play. I expect our line to be better this year, even without Lewan and Schofield.
|19 weeks 6 days ago||Everyone's still depressed||
Everyone's still depressed about the football program and hoping that if they ignore it, all the problems wll go away.
|20 weeks 12 hours ago||It's the champship. This||
It's the champship. This isn't little league. Kill 'em.
|20 weeks 13 hours ago||ree dick||
|20 weeks 13 hours ago||Wow, can we play like this||
Wow, can we play like this forever?
|20 weeks 2 days ago||Yeah, Indiana will be||
Yeah, Indiana will be confident and fighting for their postseason lives now against us. Would've preferred OSU win this one and by a lot,
|20 weeks 2 days ago||Well, at least we just won an||
Well, at least we just won an NBA championship.
...oh shit, that was ten years ago.
|20 weeks 2 days ago||Both games will be tough. We||
Both games will be tough. We haven't truly dominated many games this Big Ten season (sorry, Nebraska).
|20 weeks 3 days ago||Savor the champships, boys.||
Savor the champships, boys. Savor the champships. These are the good times.
|20 weeks 3 days ago||As long as we WIN THE GAME,||
As long as we WIN THE GAME, we should be okay.
|20 weeks 4 days ago||Don't wrack your brains||
Don't wrack your brains trying too hard to see beyond black and white, kids! Go, Football!
|20 weeks 6 days ago||That was an awesome play, you||
That was an awesome play, you can see exactly how they drew it up to clear out the back corner and set a pick for GRIII to get over there alone. LeVert's pass was a little late and a little too lofty--came about an inch from being picked off and game over. High-risk play. Glad it worked.
|21 weeks 13 hours ago||Cannot. Too young. Need||
Cannot. Too young. Need birthdays.
|21 weeks 13 hours ago||Good point. Taylor Lewan was||
Good point. Taylor Lewan was Taylor Lewan, and nobody on the roster can come close to providing the one-on-one advantage he gave us on the edge. I can live with getting beat off the edge every now and then if it means more than 2 yards per carry.
|21 weeks 13 hours ago||Hopefully these young guys||
Hopefully these young guys bond together, become a brotherhood, and wear a chip on their shoulders. The talent is there, and if they have the right attitude, approach, and scheme and they'll be better than our line last year.
|21 weeks 16 hours ago||That is sufficiently more||
That is sufficiently more than my salary.
|21 weeks 20 hours ago||Agree on coaches and on||
Agree on coaches and on Gedeon.
If you've determiend that the current coaching arrangement isn't working, you decide to move your strongest coaches to the areas of need. Okay. So then, what to do with the coaches who were previously coaching the areas that became areas of need? You could move them to coach other areas of lesser need or you could bring in the best available talent in the country to coach those areas of lesser need. If you're gonna make changes to fix what's broken, go all the way.
|21 weeks 21 hours ago||Why did you put fans in||
Why did you put fans in quotes?
|21 weeks 22 hours ago||Sometimes you gotta give||
Sometimes you gotta give Tommy Amaker six years to figure out if he's the guy! Hell that's only a tenth of an adult life!
|21 weeks 22 hours ago||Behold the first three||
Behold the first three seasons of a one Monseigneur Brian Hersholt Ellerbe. In his first season at the helm he steered a team recruited by his predecessor to victory in the inaugural Big Ten tournament and a three-seed in the NCAA tournament. Glory!