I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
|15 min 55 sec ago||"Forgive me if I can't get||
"Forgive me if I can't get excited about recruiting this morning but I want to start drinking Mark Dantonio's milkshake on the field."
Then go be a fan of MSU. Nobody's stopping you.
|44 min 1 sec ago||He doesn't sound very||
He doesn't sound very interested, but he has recently shifted to considering non-west coast visits. I think he tentatively wants to visit Notre Dame and Michigan.
|1 hour 22 min ago||Settle is a DT, and Cornell||
Settle is a DT, and Cornell is a DE.
|1 hour 30 min ago||Thanks for clicking on the||
Thanks for clicking on the thread to tell us that you don't care.
|1 hour 34 min ago||Last year Morris and Elmer||
Last year Morris and Elmer were the only ones in the top 100, and neither was particularly close to being a 5-star.
In 2012 there weren't any in-state players in the top 100.
In 2011, Lawrence Thomas was #55, Anthony Zettel was #65, DeAnthony Arnett was #84, and Justice Hayes was #85.
So I don't think there's any particularly good trend for the state of Michigan. It's just not an extremely productive state when it comes to elite talent. And if you look at that 2011 class, Zettel has been the best of the bunch while the other three have had pretty forgettable/mediocre careers so far.
That doesn't mean the state is bare in 2015. There's Mikey Weber, Josh Alabi, Kyonta Stallworth, Ray Buford, Jayru Campbell, Tyriq Thompson, Alex Malzone... A couple of those guys are top 250/300 prospects.
|1 hour 42 min ago||Here's a list of all of||
Here's a list of all of Michigan's offered players in the Rivals 100:
|20 hours 31 min ago||I don't see how "worrying||
I don't see how "worrying about us" is going to affect anything next year. We are fans. We have no effect on the development of Michigan's players, the play calling, etc.
|20 hours 33 min ago||Seniors on MSU's||
Seniors on MSU's roster:
There are a few juniors/redshirt sophomores who could try to take the money and run (Shilique Calhoun, Kurtis Drummond, Jeremy Langford, Marcus Rush), too. At this point I expect them to reload defensively, but their offense seems to be a little more mercurial.
|21 hours 18 min ago||I do. Because he's really||
I do. Because he's really good.
|1 day 52 min ago||This is pretty irrelevant,||
This is pretty irrelevant, but Georgia's new starting QB Hutson Mason was a 3-star to Rivals a few years ago. He was in Rivals' top 75 best players in the state of Georgia...at #75. He has pretty good stats for the Bulldogs, though.
|1 day 3 hours ago||It's "Elflein." And what||
And what makes you jump to the conclusion that he took the spot as much as Hall lost it? And what makes you think that he's any better than one of our redshirt freshmen? The problem with Michigan was that it had freshmen, redshirt freshmen, and a walk-on redshirt sophomore in the middle.
|1 day 3 hours ago||Jordan Hall is the only other||
Jordan Hall is the only other Hall on the team, and he did play.
|1 day 4 hours ago||Someone please correct me if||
Someone please correct me if I'm wrong, but I do not believe Peppers's dad is in the picture. And I also believe he had an older brother who was murdered. So...I don't think there's a male role model in the immediate family.
|1 day 4 hours ago||Crawford *is* visiting Ohio||
Crawford *is* visiting Ohio State, though. I'd be more worried about the guy who's taking other visits than the guy who isn't. Peppers probably isn't going to commit to Alabama, UCLA, etc. if he doesn't visit there first.
|1 day 4 hours ago||From the way it seems, Borges||
From the way it seems, Borges sends out Hecklinski to watch quarterbacks throw/work out. Borges doesn't do much in-person recruiting, but I imagine he's the main "decider" when it comes down to sending out offers.
|1 day 22 hours ago||I try to be objective, and||
I try to be objective, and maybe I'm a failure at it, but I don't see Michigan as a trash-talking team. I see more from Ohio State and Michigan State, to be sure. As for being in the top five of a conference that has only 12 teams . . . I don't really care. Teams like Purdue, Indiana, and Illinois don't have any reason to be cocky (in football), so that almost automatically takes them out of the running.
|2 days 1 hour ago||Michigan has more sacks and||
Michigan has more sacks and more interceptions this year than Alabama.
|2 days 2 hours ago||I would prefer if Urban Meyer||
I would prefer if Urban Meyer punches Braxton Miller after he makes a bad play.
|2 days 2 hours ago||The Taliban.||
|2 days 2 hours ago||I can see it now: Our field||
I can see it now:
Our field has sperms!
|2 days 2 hours ago||But David Dawson is||
But David Dawson is transferring!
|2 days 2 hours ago||Nobody said anything||
Nobody said anything questioning Malzone's arm slot, so I'm not sure why you bring it up. Regardless, I think your expectations were maybe too high going into it. Sills is rated as a 3-star for a reason (not a great athlete, not a super strong arm, etc.). Malzone isn't rated at all. Maybe you're letting four-year-old news color your views, but nobody in the current football recruiting world really thinks Sills is the bee's knees. He is a solid football prospect, though.
|2 days 3 hours ago||Backpedal. I see "backpeddle"||
I see "backpeddle" used way too frequently.
|2 days 3 hours ago||I'm sure Peppers wants to win||
I'm sure Peppers wants to win lots of games and everything, and obviously, the best program in the country over the past few years has been Alabama. But he's talked about the pass rush helping him out as a corner. Well, Countess made 6 picks this year, and Taylor made 4. At Alabama, Cyrus Jones has 2 and Deion Belue has 1; the rest of their 10 total picks were made by safeties and linebackers.
|2 days 3 hours ago||I'm pretty sure "symantics"||
I'm pretty sure "symantics" isn't the problem.
|2 days 3 hours ago||Again, Michigan recruits||
Again, Michigan recruits 130-200 players every single year, and only ~20 can come to Michigan in any given class. By definition, the vast majority of "recruiting news" is going to be negative for Michigan.
|2 days 3 hours ago||Ace and I argued about this||
Ace and I argued about this on Twitter last weekend. I doubt Meyer would "not start Hall" only to insert him on play #2. He'll probably miss at least a series, maybe the first quarter. I think a fair punishment would be to suspend him for a quarter or maybe a half. NFL players get fined $10,000 for the middle finger, so I don't think it's out of line to expect college players to miss a little bit of playing time.
|2 days 4 hours ago||"The WR should never outshine||
"The WR should never outshine the QB that's supposed to be a high D-1 recruit."
Huh? I don't even know what that means. Who made that rule? Doesn't it matter that the receiver is a high D-I recruit also?
Neither QB's film blows me away, but I don't see how you come away from their film thinking that Sills is a 3-star and Malzone is a 4-star. Is it because Malzone has more wide open receivers running around? Neither has a Howitzer for an arm, and neither is a great "athlete." And while Malzone certainly has more offers coming his way (rather than just BGSU), the current offer list of Sills (Clemson, Michigan, USC, etc.) is probably a clue that he has something Malzone lacks.
|2 days 4 hours ago||Every offer is taking a big||
Every offer is taking a big leap of faith. Especially quarterbacks. You haven't yet seen what a Borges-recruited quarterback can do throughout his career.
It honestly seems like every post I see from you involves bitching about Al Borges. I'm sure that's not the case - and I don't care enough to actually research it - but it's getting old quickly.
|2 days 4 hours ago||You can't really "ignore" the||
You can't really "ignore" the comments because then you run the risk of losing touch with your readers. And if you don't do the things your readers want or keep your finger on the pulse of your consumers, that's a bad business decision.
|2 days 5 hours ago||All that and no mention of||
All that and no mention of Nefarious Eduardo? I am disappoint.
|3 days 21 hours ago||Countess wasn't thrown at a||
Countess wasn't thrown at a ton, either.
|4 days 14 min ago||Braylon was #80.||
Braylon was #80.
|4 days 2 hours ago||Hmph. I guess he wants to||
Hmph. I guess he wants to hand out jersey numbers based on body shape.
|4 days 2 hours ago||Nobody's claiming Marlin||
Nobody's claiming Marlin Jackson wasn't good. But statistically, he and Countess aren't far off. The only year he arguably had better stats than Countess was his sophomore year in 2002, when Jackson had 51 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 3 interceptions (1 TD), and 15 pass breakups. With one game left, Countess has 42 tackles for loss, 2 tackles for loss, 6 interceptions (1 TD), and 4 pass breakups. He tied for #4 nationally in interceptions and was #3 in return yardage. Jackson's junior and senior seasons didn't feature great numbers.
So I'm putting them in the same conversation, whether you think they belong together or not. Just because Marlin Jackson played 10 years and we're nostalgic about him doesn't mean he was automatically better than Countess.
|4 days 3 hours ago||I really doubt they would||
I really doubt they would give it to Darboh, who barely played as a freshman and then missed this year due to injury. If any other WR gets a Legends jersey, I imagine it would be Chesson.
|4 days 3 hours ago||Yes, he redshirted, and he's||
Yes, he redshirted, and he's been practicing at H-back.
|4 days 3 hours ago||It's Jeremy Gallon. And he||
It's Jeremy Gallon. And he catches it.
|4 days 3 hours ago||Why is the #21 more fitting||
Why is the #21 more fitting for Gallon than the #1?
|4 days 3 hours ago||If they give them out, my||
If they give them out, my guess would be...
#11 - Jarrod Wilson
#21 - Devin Funchess
#87 - Jake Butt
|4 days 3 hours ago||I don't necessarily believe||
I don't necessarily believe that it should be given it out every year. For example, who was good enough to represent the #1 in 2008 and 2009? But I think Roundtree could have earned it with his 2010 season, and I think Gallon should have earned it last year.
|4 days 3 hours ago||Interceptions aren't||
Interceptions aren't everything, but Jackson had 3, 3, 2, and 1 interceptions in his career for a total of 9. And that was generally with more talent around him than I think Countess has now. Now, Jackson had the versatility to play safety and was a first round pick, but as a college player, I'm not sure he was that much better than Countess.
|4 days 5 hours ago||I'm okay with making players||
I'm okay with making players earn it, but the standards for "earning it" are too high. Don't want to give it to him as a freshman? That's fine. But Blake Countess has done enough to earn the #2, Jeremy Gallon did enough to earn the #1 for this year, etc.
|4 days 5 hours ago||I get the feeling some of you||
I get the feeling some of you are waiting for a unanimous All-American underclassman to announce a return for his senior year before you're willing to give out the #1 or #2 jersey.
|4 days 5 hours ago||Yes, he's considering visits||
Yes, he's considering visits to Notre Dame and Michigan.
|4 days 5 hours ago||IIRC, Martin did not decommit||
IIRC, Martin did not decommit at any point. He was committed to Michigan but considering other visits during the coaching search. I guess it depends on your definition of the word, but he technically remained committed to the Wolverines even if he was looking around.
|4 days 5 hours ago||It does not appear that||
It does not appear that Michigan has a whole lot of interest, although I kind of wish they could get him. I like him more than I like a lot of guys, including the 2015 kid Alex Malzone.
|4 days 5 hours ago||There's really not a whole||
There's really not a whole lot of depth. It's basically Green and Smith with Drake Johnson coming off an ACL tear. Hayes and Norfleet are supposedly slot receivers now. Rawls has fallen off the depth chart; he had 3 carries this year.
|4 days 6 hours ago||It means he's going straight||
It means he's going straight to the NY Giants.
|4 days 6 hours ago||I don't get it when people||
I don't get it when people say stuff like this. Didn't teams avoid throwing at Countess for the most part, except a couple long passes? Didn't Raymon Taylor make a bunch of tackles partly because teams kept throwing at him instead of Countess? And despite that, didn't Countess still lead the conference in interceptions? If he's not a game changer, then there aren't any game changing defensive backs in the Big Ten.
|4 days 6 hours ago||51.5 times, to be exact, and||
51.5 times, to be exact, and then you collapse in the middle of the last one.
|4 days 8 hours ago||I guess we have to wait for||
I guess we have to wait for an all-time great player to be an all-time great player as an underclassman and then decide to return for his senior year before we give out the #1 or #2 jerseys...because that happens all the time. Remember when Charles Woodson came back for his senior year?
|4 days 8 hours ago||"And yes Magnus if he is||
"And yes Magnus if he is indeed a football coach, which I believe to be true should never be using stats as an indicator of O or Dline play."
Never? Like...never? So Michael Strahan's 22 sacks weren't indicative of anything? Taylor Lewan only allowing 1 sack last year didn't mean anything?
EDIT: By the way, Keith Heitzman made 8 tackles and .5 tackles for loss this year. I'm going to go ahead and use those statistics to conclude that maybe he's not as good of a player as James Ross or Jake Ryan or Desmond Morgan. Sorry.
|4 days 16 hours ago||a) You can't look at "This||
a) You can't look at "This class was #21 but the defense isn't good" outside of the context. The way the team rankings are set up, you could have the #1 recruiting class by bringing in all offensive players. The class that was #21 on Rivals was the Rodriguez-to-Hoke transition year, and Hoke made late runs for guys like Heitzman, Poole, and Carter while having to deal with riff-raff like Greg Brown. That's hardly an indictment of this coaching staff. Dantonio's third year at MSU saw them ranked #73 in total defense. Why?
c) I'm sorry if it's too convenient for you to say that all except 3-4 were way too highly rated, but along with those 3-4 who have turned out to be pretty good, lots and lots of them left. Just look at the 2010 class, who would be seniors or redshirt juniors this year.
d) It's probably not a coincidence that the "playmakers" you mentioned were highly rated (Countess) or redshirted as freshmen (Jake Ryan, who wasn't even that great as a redshirt freshman). That's kind of the point - some guys are stars, and some take time to develop. You want the older, less talented guys to be stars...and you want the young guys to be stars RIGHT NOW.
|4 days 20 hours ago||Ross is listed at 6'1", 220||
Ross is listed at 6'1", 220 lbs. Foote was listed at 6'1", 211 lbs. as a sophomore.
|4 days 20 hours ago||There's a first time for||
There's a first time for everything. I'm listening to it right now...
|4 days 20 hours ago||Nope. I believe the last||
Nope. I believe the last weekend for official visits will be 1.5 weeks from now (December 13-15). Recruits can still visit campus and coaches, but they have to do it on their own dime.
|4 days 21 hours ago||This happens to a lot of||
This happens to a lot of schools. And it also ignores that guys Michigan has reeled in late in the process or after they waited a while (David Dawson, Ross Douglas, Derrick Green, Chris Wormley, Ondre Pipkins, etc.). Each of those guys has a different story, and some weren't as late as December/January, but kids are on their own timeline.
I don't blame fans for being prepared for the possibility that a long-time Michigan lean will go elsewhere, but the recruiting analysts who do this full-time say that McDowell is a Michigan lean. So is he considered a Michigan lean? Yes. Do all the Joe Schmoes of the world agree with that? No, but I'm not sure why anyone would trust the Joe Schmoes more than the "experts."
|4 days 21 hours ago||The excuse/reason is that||
The excuse/reason is that Michigan had some terrible coaching/recruiting for three years, and now the talented guys being brought in are youngsters. I don't know whom you expect to be a stud on this defense, but there really aren't very many highly rated guys who are upperclassmen. Countess is about the best you might come up with, and the guy was a First Team all-conference selection as a redshirt sophomore coming off of ACL surgery.
There are two ways to be very good - get great talent, or have great development. Alabama does both. Michigan State does the latter. Michigan is developing guys pretty well, but the elite talent isn't there. It's just not.
You seem to be on a very pessimistic kick lately, and it seems to be stemming from a lack of patience. I'm not sure if you still think that 5-star Demar Dorsey is playing for Michigan or if you think Dymonte Thomas and Taco Charlton are seniors or if you think Jabrill Peppers is already on campus, but none of those things are true. I'll tip my hat to Dantonio and Narduzzi for their player development, but that really doesn't have anything to do with Michigan's situation.
By the way, Max Bullough had 89 tackles, 7 tackles for loss, and 3.5 sacks while starting 14 games as a sophomore in 2011 (behind Jerel Worthy).
Behind not-Jerel Worthy, James Ross has 81 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, and 1.5 sacks while starting 8 games as a sophomore in 2013.
I imagine you were referencing Bullough in part with your talk about this year's seniors being starters in 2011, and you'll notice that their statistics aren't that far off...and I think we can both agree that Bullough probably had to fight off fewer blockers than Ross.
|4 days 21 hours ago||The coaches wouldn't recruit||
The coaches wouldn't recruit a player - let a lone a quarterback - just to keep him away from another school. If Michigan's coaching staff doesn't see him as a good fit for their program, they're not going to waste a scholarship. There are only 85 of those things to go around and just 3-5 for quarterbacks.
|4 days 21 hours ago||IIRC, Jeff Hecklinski was the||
IIRC, Jeff Hecklinski was the one who watched Speight throw last year before he was offered. If it wasn't Speight, it was one of the other top guys (Cornwell, maybe). So I don't think Borges is the only guy involved from that evidence, and I also know that the coaches get together and look at film of guys together before they extend offers. If Dillman gets offered, Borges isn't the only one signing off on it.
|4 days 21 hours ago||Both.||
|4 days 21 hours ago||All but 2 of the 17 teams||
All but 2 of the 17 teams ahead of us in the Rivals rankings have more commits than us, and those 2 have the same number of commits as us. Considering they use the top 20 commits for each school in their rankings, we basically have 4 big fat blanks sitting there waiting to be filled. It's really too early to consider these class rankings to be definitive.
|4 days 21 hours ago||Yes, he is still considered a||
Yes, he is still considered a Michigan lean by everyone except pessimistic Michigan message board participants.
|4 days 23 hours ago||All of the above.||
All of the above.
|4 days 23 hours ago||Interesting. Does that||
Interesting. Does that account for the first couple games and Ohio State when Clark did nothing? Or the Akron, Penn State, and Northwestern games, when Ross had 33 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 1 pass brekaup, and 1 fumble forced?
|5 days 6 min ago||I'm not even joking when I||
I'm not even joking when I say that it would probably be funded within an hour.
|5 days 14 min ago||Does this mean you're not||
Does this mean you're not really Charlie Day?
|5 days 16 min ago||It's going to be||
It's going to be disappointing for Mariota when he stays an extra year only to DROP BEHIND DEVIN GARDNER IN THE DRAFT RANKINGS!
|5 days 21 min ago||It changed in late August or||
It changed in late August or early September. Why the hurry?
|5 days 33 min ago||We basically had one good||
We basically had one good defensive end, and that was Frank Clark. Heitzman didn't do anything, Beyer was only a part-time DE (and not a very productive one). I don't really know why you would point to that position as a strength and then say the linebackers weren't.
|5 days 50 min ago||If Ross Fulton thinks the||
If Ross Fulton thinks the image above involves lining up a wing to the boundary, then perhaps we ought not take his musings too seriously. The ball is in the middle of the field or, if anything, slightly toward the far hash.
|5 days 53 min ago||Kevin Dillman.||
|5 days 54 min ago||Hmmm...it sounds like he||
Hmmm...it sounds like he could use some tutoring in public relations.
Anyway, I read recently that Rosen is warming up to the idea of looking outside the state of California.
|5 days 1 hour ago||On the plus side, the||
On the plus side, the obnoxious high school dimwits might not be able to afford to comment...
|5 days 1 hour ago||Hmm...griping about entitled||
Hmm...griping about entitled posters? I don't usually listen to the podcasts, but I might have to start.
|5 days 1 hour ago||Lots of decent high school||
Lots of decent high school quarterbacks have good seasons. I could see him moving up to a 4-star possibly, but he's not top 250 material, in my opinion.
|5 days 2 hours ago||Larry Foote's sophomore year:||
Larry Foote's sophomore year: 4 starts, 29 tackles (11th on team), 7 TFL's, 3 sacks, 1 interception
James Ross's sophomore year: 8 starts, 81 tackles (1st on team), 5 TFL's, 1.5 sacks
Considering Foote was playing behind Rob Renes, Josh Williams, Eric Wilson, James Hall - none of whom were superstars but are probably better than what we have on the DL now - I don't think you have a lot of proof for your conclusion.
|5 days 6 hours ago||We were 66th in sacks in the||
We were 66th in sacks in the regular season, so that's middle of the pack.
And I don't think a 6'2", 225 lb. defensive end would do much good.
|5 days 16 hours ago||I think his "nose for the||
I think his "nose for the ball" isn't as good as Ross's or Bolden's. I'm not sure what gave you that impression, but Jenkins-Stone was known for his aggressive nature and athleticism in high school, not his instincts.
|5 days 17 hours ago||It doesn't help when your||
It doesn't help when your leading tackler misses the year's biggest game due to injury, and his replacement is a true freshman who would probably be redshirting in an ideal situation. Morgan isn't known for his athleticism. I like our current linebackers, but they're not the most athletic group in the country. Still, as others have said in this thread, I think a big part of them not having big games is the fact that our defensive linemen aren't great. Richard Ash and Ryan Glasgow don't help matters, Jibreel Black is small, Willie Henry is a redshirt freshman, Pipkins is out, and Quinton Washington has been dealing with a nagging injury. One reason a guy like Ryan Shazier makes so many tackles is because he has some hosses in front of him.
|5 days 17 hours ago||There's not much video out||
There's not much video out there on McDowell, but I also haven't been extremely impressed by what I've seen. I do think he's a good athlete for his size, but he doesn't seem like a great football player.
|5 days 17 hours ago||You're welcome.||
|5 days 17 hours ago||I'm not disagreeing that||
I'm not disagreeing that Peppers and/or Chesson might be better, but I'm still just fine with Norfleet returning kickoffs.
|5 days 17 hours ago||If Bellomy lit the world on||
If Bellomy lit the world on fire, I think he would have been the quarterback after the Nebraska game. That, however, was a bit of an odd case because Devin Gardner was arguably our best receiver at the beginning of the year, and at least worth getting starter's snaps at the position.
|5 days 19 hours ago||Rivals uses the top 20||
Rivals uses the top 20 players in each class, so because Michigan only has 16 commits, that's "hurting" them in comparison to some other schools. Georgia and Florida are the only teams ahead of Michigan with 16 commits or fewer. Everyone else has more. It's a small class, so if it doesn't hit 20, the ranking is going to be a bit skewed.
|5 days 19 hours ago||Peppers was in the Rivals||
Peppers was in the Rivals 100, which I posted yesterday. This is just the players from #101-250.
EDIT: Here's the link to #1-100:
|5 days 19 hours ago||I think Rivals is underrating||
I think Rivals is underrating a few of our guys, but there are few sure fire studs and it's not a very big class. Still a good crew, though.
|5 days 19 hours ago||Yep, that's Justin's brother.||
Yep, that's Justin's brother.
|5 days 19 hours ago||Norfleet was pretty decent at||
Norfleet was pretty decent at returning kicks this year, and he just busted the longest return of his career in the Ohio State game (brought back by a phantom De'Veon Smith holding call).
|5 days 20 hours ago||Tough question. I'll say||
I'll say Malik McDowell, a TBD midwest running back (Jeff Jones, Chris James, Justin Jackson, C.J. Hilliard, someone), and a TBD offensive lineman. I know that's not very specific but there's just not a whole lot of action right now. Things will probably pick up in December/January like they did last year with Reon Dawson, Cameron Hunt, etc.
|5 days 21 hours ago||The conference used to||
The conference used to consist of 10 teams. Then 11. Now 12. Soon 14.
Division I used to consist of 115 teams (or something like that). Now I believe there are 125.
The days of having any one team's players litter the all-conference and All-America teams like that are over. This is just one reason I don't like expansion, but that's the way it goes.
|5 days 21 hours ago||The coaches sometimes have a||
The coaches sometimes have a sixth lineman, like Schofield was as a redshirt sophomore in 2011. If either guard or tackle went out, he was going in.
The coaches sometimes have a third guard and a third tackle, such as Burzynski and Magnuson, respectively.
The coaches rarely/never have one particular backup for each spot on the line. If Tuley-Tillman is the third-best offensive tackle, he will likely go in if either starting tackle gets hurt. If Burzynski is the third-best offensive guard, he will likely go in if either starting guard gets hurt.
There's no need to make a fringe tight end starter (A.J. Williams) become the fourth or fifth tackle on the team. The fourth or fifth tackle (probably Erik Gunderson) on the 2013 team almost never saw the field this year. If that type of depth is necessary, you make adjustments down the road by moving a guard to tackle (like Rueben Riley) or something like that.
|5 days 21 hours ago||Hemingway played quite a bit||
Hemingway played quite a bit in the slot.
|5 days 21 hours ago||Teams don't do this. They||
Teams don't do this. They don't keep a guy in mothballs while the #3 guy takes the #2's snaps, but then if #1 gets hurt, put #2 in place of the #1.
If Morris is the second-best quarterback, he's not going to redshirt in 2014. He's going to play in garbage time and be ready for spot duty. If the coaches think Bellomy is the second-best guy - which I doubt they do - they'll play Bellomy ahead of Morris and perhaps redshirt the latter.
|5 days 21 hours ago||Let me know if you find a||
Let me know if you find a good way to legislate proper parenting...
|5 days 22 hours ago||I believe Curt Mallory was||
I believe Curt Mallory was angling for the Miami job, so that's too bad for him. He's done a pretty good job with the DB's though so I'm glad to have him.
|5 days 23 hours ago||That's the thing - three||
That's the thing - three tackles is a gimmick. If you think Williams is such a good option at tackle, then the coaches would just leave the same personnel on the field and put Williams there. No more gimmick.
|5 days 23 hours ago||Williams is 260-ish pounds.||
Williams is 260-ish pounds. He would need to add 40 pounds by next year to be a legitimate offensive line option, not to mention whether that would be good weight, his lack of blocking skills, etc.
I'll go on the record saying that a redshirt freshman OT like Tuley-Tillman or even Chris Fox would be a better option at OT than Williams next year.
|5 days 23 hours ago||I didn't say they're good||
I didn't say they're good role models. But whether we like it or not, they ARE role models. Kids look up to them and try to emulate them. Parents name their kids after athletes. It's no coincidence that a bunch of kids born in the beginning of the 1990's are now popping up in college sports named "Shaquille."
|6 days 2 min ago||I don't really know what||
I don't really know what you're expecting. We have a QB who could be a very high draft pick if the offensive line could step it up. Even so, he ran the ball very well and had passing days of 503 and 451 yards, both of which surpassed anything in program history. We also have Devin Funchess, an all-conference TE/WR. We also have the conference leader in interceptions. There are also various other players who have a chance to be really good next year (Clark, Green, Ross, Ryan, etc.).
Offensively, Ohio State doesn't have any truly elite players next year if Braxton Miller leaves for the NFL. But I'm pretty sure that someone (Dontre Wilson, TJ Barrett, etc.) will step up and become a star.
|6 days 7 min ago||I don't know why people are||
I don't know why people are still suggesting that Williams should move to tackle. We have plenty of depth on the OL when it comes to raw numbers. Williams isn't a good blocker, but he did improve and also has at least a little bit of receiving talent. If you move him away from TE, suddenly you have very little depth at TE with Butt, Paskorz, and freshmen (Hill, Bunting). For a coaching staff that loves using multiple tight ends, that wouldn't make sense at all.
|6 days 7 min ago||I don't know why people are||
I don't know why people are still suggesting that Williams should move to tackle. We have plenty of depth on the OL when it comes to raw numbers. Williams isn't a good blocker, but he did improve and also has at least a little bit of receiving talent. If you move him away from TE, suddenly you have very little depth at TE with Butt, Paskorz, and freshmen (Hill, Bunting). For a coaching staff that loves using multiple tight ends, that wouldn't make sense at all.
|6 days 13 min ago||I like Wilson's ceiling, but||
I like Wilson's ceiling, but he was frustrating at times early in the season. Part of that is being a sophomore safety, though. When he's an upperclassman, I still think he'll be one of the best safeties we've had in a long while.
|6 days 16 min ago||Correct.||
|6 days 36 min ago||I think it's notable when||
I think it's notable when athletes (who are role models) aren't held accountable by their coaches (who are leaders of young men) or their governing institutions.
John Feinstein isn't going to solve world hunger. He writes about sports. This is a sports story. I'm not his biggest fan, but for all I know, he's already written about concussions, amateur athletes being used by schools, etc.
|6 days 51 min ago||Just because there are lots||
Just because there are lots of problems doesn't mean this isn't a problem. Should every journalist write every article about concussions until the problem is fixed?
|6 days 52 min ago||That wouldn't do us any good,||
That wouldn't do us any good, since Guiton is a senior.
|6 days 54 min ago||Actually, several weeks ago||
Actually, several weeks ago there was a large group of people on this blog who wanted Taylor Lewan suspended for his actions against MSU. I think if Jake Ryan did this in Columbus, a lot of us would want some sort of punishment for him. We're not all clueless homers.
|6 days 1 hour ago||From everything I've||
From everything I've heard/read about Guiton, he's a pretty good guy. I imagine he was trying to get Hall to put his arms down.
|6 days 1 hour ago||I'm not predicting anything.||
I'm not predicting anything. I'm saying I would be satisfied with 9-3 and wins against OSU and MSU.
|6 days 2 hours ago||If Michigan goes 9-3 next||
If Michigan goes 9-3 next year and beats Ohio State and Michigan State, I think I would be okay with that.
|6 days 2 hours ago||I disagree that failed||
I disagree that failed tackles automatically turn into good guards. Some guys can play both, but guys are recruited for different positions on the line for good reason.
|6 days 2 hours ago||I don't have any clue why||
I don't have any clue why people question Fred Jackson's coaching abilities when two of his charges have held the title of the program's all-time leading rusher, and another was a first round draft pick. It's not Jackson's fault that Rodriguez recruited mediocre college talents like Vincent Smith or that the offensive line has been terrible for the past two years. It's odd that people point to Fitzgerald Toussaint's broken-legged regression as a knock against Jackson but ignore the improvement from Derrick Green and De'Veon Smith throughout the year.
|6 days 2 hours ago||Smith is slow. It's a good||
Smith is slow. It's a good combination of running backs, but jeez, I think Smith might be slower than Mike Hart.
|6 days 2 hours ago||You're welcome. BTW, I posted||
BTW, I posted about this nine months ago. Should I re-type the whole thing just for you?
|6 days 3 hours ago||We were young in some areas,||
We were young in some areas, but we also lacked talent because of the Rich Rodriguez years. 2014 is when age/talent start to mesh. I'm not going to go position by position for three years and point out our deficiencies, but I will say that those deficiencies are starting to disappear.
|6 days 3 hours ago||The natural order of things||
The natural order of things is that coordinators do well and move on to head coaching jobs, and position coaches move on to become coordinators (or head coaches).
I do want Michigan to improve, and I expect they will. I've been targeting 2014 for a couple years now. But I'm also not hoping for a team of all-time Buckeyes to regain eligibility and have to face a 'roided up David Boston, Orlando Pace, Eddie George, Joey Galloway, Andy Katzenmoyer, Vernon Gholston, etc.Good players graduate, and good coaches matriculate. That's the way it goes.
|6 days 3 hours ago||I don't think it's all that||
I don't think it's all that surprising that young teams are prone to losing on the road against good teams.
Next year the youth excuse disappears, in my opinion, with the exception of the offensive line (and running backs but that doesn't really matter much).
|6 days 3 hours ago||Day is a sophomore.||
Day is a sophomore.
|6 days 4 hours ago||Roh was 269 as a junior WDE.||
Roh was 269 as a junior WDE. Then 281 as a senior SDE.
Beyer is 250 as a junior.
|6 days 4 hours ago||Yes.||
|6 days 4 hours ago||Those three losses that so||
Those three losses that so many people are chalking up are toss-ups, in my opinion. Notre Dame has not been particularly impressive this year (8-4, just one blowout win against Air Force), I'm hoping Narduzzi gets a head coaching job this year and the defense falls off, and Ohio State is in line for a drop-off offensively with Hyde gone and Miller possibly leaving.
I'm not saying we'll go 5-0 in those games, but 2-3 is kind of pessimistic.
|6 days 4 hours ago||I'm wondering if Beyer will||
I'm wondering if Beyer will stick at SAM linebacker so they can have Ryan, Beyer, and Clark on the field at the same time. Beyer seems too far away from SDE size to play there full-time next year, and using him as Clark's backup seems questionable because of Charlton and Ojemudia.
|6 days 4 hours ago||I don't know... J.T. Barrett||
I don't know... J.T. Barrett will be a redshirt freshman next year, but he was a pretty good player in high school. He sat out this year partly because of a knee injury.
|6 days 4 hours ago||I wouldn't be surprised if||
I wouldn't be surprised if another spot or two open up. I would like a running back and/or an offensive lineman if that happens.
|6 days 17 hours ago||You don't miss a chance to||
You don't miss a chance to take a shot at people who have drawn your ire...for no reason at all.
|6 days 17 hours ago||FWIW, I preferred Michigan||
FWIW, I preferred Michigan going after Wiegers instead of Speight.
|6 days 17 hours ago||Bunting's probably not going||
Bunting's probably not going to be as good of a blocker as Butt right off the bat, but I do think Bunting will be a little more of a receiving threat.
|6 days 17 hours ago||I don't know why we really||
I don't know why we really need a SDE in the 2014 class. It's been pretty standard practice for guys to move from WDE to SDE, which could be the case for Taco Charlton and Lawrence Marshall. There are also guys like Henry Poggi who could play SDE. Even if we go one class without someone you identify as an SDE (Malik McDowell is still a possibility as an SDE/3-tech), there's still plenty of time for 2015. Michigan has only offered about 40 kids so far.
And with Marshall and Noah Furbush (who I think will end up as a DE) in the 2014 class, there might not be a huge need for a WDE in the 2015 class. It will sort itself out. It's too early to freak out about 2015 weakside end recruiting, in my opinion.
|6 days 17 hours ago||Palo Alto is a pretty nice||
Palo Alto is a pretty nice place to live, and Oregon has perhaps the best facilities in the country. I'm not saying there aren't nice things about Seattle, but it's not like Stanford and Oregon don't have some environmental things going in their favor, too...
|6 days 17 hours ago||I don't know... Mone bulked||
I don't know... Mone bulked up for his senior year, and it took some quickness out of him. He probably needs to lose a little bit of weight. I don't think he's athletic enough to be the next Ndamukong Suh, but maybe I'm wrong.
|6 days 17 hours ago||Correct.||
|6 days 19 hours ago||Denard Robinson was listed on||
Denard Robinson was listed on Michigan's roster at 6'0", 197 lbs. He measured in at 5'10", 199 lbs. at the Combine.
Mike Martin was listed on Michigan's roster at 6'2", 304 lbs. He measured in at 6'1", 306 lbs.
David Molk was listed on Michigan's roster at 6'2", 286 lbs. He measured in at 6'1", 298 lbs.
Jonas Mouton was listed on Michigan's roster at 6'2", 240 lbs. He measured in at 6'1", 239 lbs.
I have a strong suspicion that Denard was listed at 6'0" because he was a quarterback, and any quarterback under 6'0" is automatically put under a certain amount of scrutiny. For the rest of the guys, it has seemed for a while that they are listed on rosters at approximately 1" taller than their Combine height and approximately the same weight.
Therefore, I sincerely doubt that Countess is 5'8", 170 lbs. If he gets invited to the Combine and/or measures in at the pro day with those measurements, I will be extremely surprised.
|6 days 20 hours ago||I don't know if I would say||
I don't know if I would say that. In the recruiting game, it rarely plays out well, period. Teams take roughly 20-25 kids per class, but Michigan offers 130-200 guys or so every recruiting cycle.
Guys like Dan Samuelson, Reon Dawson, Tamani Carter, Roy Roundtree, Russell Bellomy, etc. were clearly second options. They still ended up as Wolverines.
I don't really know that we're playing a recruiting game with Settle. From what I've gathered, Michigan just isn't very interested in him. They invited him to come along with Hand because...why not? But it doesn't really seem like they're stringing him along while other guys decide. I could be wrong. For all I know, they might offer him tomorrow now that Froholdt is off the board. But signs so far point to Settle being a ways down the list, or perhaps not even on Michigan's board.
|6 days 20 hours ago||FWIW, I put together a piece||
FWIW, I put together a piece on whether this will affect Michigan's recruiting or not. I don't see any strong likelihood that it will, but there are a decent number of guys on the UW/USC rosters who were pursued by Michigan.
|6 days 20 hours ago||Not the biggest splash of a||
Not the biggest splash of a hire, but Sarkisian did a decent job at Washington after Keith Gilbertson and Tyrone Willingham both did terribly. That was a mess from the early 2000's when Neuheisel was there until Sarkisian came along. With USC and the rising powers of Stanford and Oregon, not to mention a couple other teams who have had solid years occasionally like Arizona, UCLA, and Oregon State, Sarkisian has done a pretty decent job. I think you also have to think about how different the recruiting will be between Seattle and Los Angeles. Based on geography, local talent, etc., Washington has it tough compared to places like Tucson, L.A., Oregon (their facilities, at least), etc.
|6 days 20 hours ago||The insiders don't really||
The insiders don't really think that Michigan will go after Settle. He was kind of along for the ride with Hand, but Michigan hasn't really shown much interest.
|6 days 20 hours ago||Jen Bielema||
|6 days 20 hours ago||Actually, I think Settle||
Actually, I think Settle looks more like a nose tackle, but he could play either the 1-tech or the 3-tech.
Names I've heard bandied about as potential tackle offerees include Anthony Rush (NC) and Mississippi State commit T.D. Moton (LA).
There's also a guy named Rasheem Greene who attends high school with Dwight Williams and Adoree' Jackson out in California, Darvin Taylor (VA), and Elijah Taylor (OH), who seem like possibilities based on the way Michigan has recruited in recent years.
|6 days 22 hours ago||Froholdt is more of a DT or||
Froholdt is more of a DT or 5-tech. KLS is more of a WDE.
|6 days 22 hours ago||How have his abilities||
How have his abilities dwindled? Haven't Green and Smith improved this year?
|6 days 23 hours ago||The roster lists him at||
The roster lists him at 5'10", 182 lbs., which probably means he's 5'9", 182 lbs. I looked at the height of Pro Bowl cornerbacks a couple years ago, and 10% of Pro Bowl cornerbacks from 2001-2010 were listed at 5'9". Twenty-three percent were 5'10".
|6 days 23 hours ago||Jenkins-Stone has been almost||
Jenkins-Stone has been almost exclusively a special teams player this year. The four rotation guys at ILB have been Ross, Morgan, Bolden, and Gedeon.
|1 week 18 hours ago||I think Drew Dileo will be||
I think Drew Dileo will be the first team holder.
|1 week 18 hours ago||"Borges can't claim anything||
"Borges can't claim anything from that game."
False. He can claim partial responsibility for the 21 points, just like OSU's offensive coordinator could claim partial responsibility for their 26 points. And they had their starting QB for that game, and their best player didn't get knocked out of the game slightly more than halfway through.
I don't understand why an offensive coordinator doesn't get credit for the calls he makes putting guys in a position to succeed. The defensive backfield blew a coverage? Well, maybe that had something to do with breaking tendencies, running a new route combination, personnel choices, formation, etc. Ohio State missed a tackle on Denard? Hmm...well, somebody clearly called that play to put Denard in a position where he was in open space to make a play.
Does an offensive coordinator only get credit for calling plays on which the defense aligns and reacts appropriately?
|1 week 19 hours ago||I would be extremely||
I would be extremely surprised if all those guys go in the first round. Boyd is definitely not a first rounder, in my opinion, and I think Mariotta and Manziel are stretches, too. With the way the league is going, I think Bridgewater and Hundley are solid bets, but that might be all.
|1 week 22 hours ago||I don't know why Countess||
I don't know why Countess wouldn't be an NFL guy. He's a redshirt sophomore who has a bunch of tackles and 6 picks on the year, including a return TD. I don't think he'll be a first rounder, but I definitely think he's on track to get to the next level.
|1 week 22 hours ago||Neg voting should be allowed,||
Neg voting should be allowed, just perhaps not in the way that it was used in the past. Maybe negs should cost the negger 1 point. Maybe you should have 10,000 points before being given the power to neg (or vote, period). There are several ways to massage it, but I think negging is useful in some form or another.
|1 week 22 hours ago||The difference is that their||
The difference is that their upperclassmen are better than ours, and their underclassmen are better than ours. Yes, they have young guys playing...like 5-star Noah Spence and near 5-star Joey Bosa. They're better than us. That's the bottom line. I don't know why there's any vitriol here. Pair these guys up side by side (their starters vs. our starters), and you'll see a clear delineation. They didn't want most of our guys, and we wanted most of theirs.
It's been talked about non-stop over the past several years, but the crater that is the 2010 recruiting class is weighing us down. Those guys would be seniors or redshirt juniors, but Vinopal is at Pitt, Cullen Christian is at Pitt, Demar Dorsey is probably in jail somewhere, etc. Our big stud in the secondary is Blake Countess, who's doing pretty darn well...but OSU didn't even try to get him in 2011. We also got a steal in 2010 in Ohioan Jake Ryan...whom OSU also didn't want. The talent is matriculating through the system, but we can't turn freshmen into redshirt juniors overnight.
|1 week 23 hours ago||We are partly youthful, but||
We are partly youthful, but we are also partly just not very good. It's a talent deficit, not a coaching deficit. Morgan is not an elite athlete, Ash probably should have been a SDE instead of bulking up, Washington is limited athletically, Beyer has played three different positions this year, Black has gone from WDE to 3-tech to NT, etc. It's a group that's been in flux.
|1 week 1 day ago||Well, Pipkins was out and so||
Well, Pipkins was out and so were James Ross and Jarrod Wilson. We started a freshman (Gedeon) at WILL, and their running back was bigger than our inside linebackers. We were down to playing a third-string nose tackle (Richard Ash). And a lot of our talent is very young.
There are lots of reasons. I'm not really sure why anyone would have expected Michigan to stop their offense. They have pretty good players everywhere. Heck, my prediction was one of the most optimistic ones I saw, and it said that Ohio State was going to score 31. They ended up scoring 7 fewer points than their season average, so that's not a bad day for our defense.
|1 week 1 day ago||Marcus Ray and Tommy||
Marcus Ray and Tommy Hendricks. Gosh darn Mattison kept them on the bench!
|1 week 1 day ago||"It has got to be a||
"It has got to be a miserable, thankless job."
I guess that's where we differ. There are usually positive comments on the losing UFR's saying "Thanks for doing this, Brian. It must have been painful." Furthermore, a lot of people give their "thanks" by donating, clicking on ads, buying T-shirts, and/or just visiting. I take a lot of criticism on here and on my blog, but I would never call it "thankless." Lots of people take the time to express their thanks. I would say that most of my big posts (not the videos, links, etc.) have at least one commenter expressing their thanks for my analysis, information, etc. And with many many more comments on MGoBlog, I'm guessing the number of thanks he receives far outstrips mine.
Painful? Yeah. Sometimes frustrating? Sure. Thankless? Not so much.
|1 week 1 day ago||In the aftermath of the game,||
In the aftermath of the game, it appeared that Denard was not capable of playing much more (kind of like the same reason that Hoke went for two this year, because Gardner was dinged up). We kind of knew that Denard Robinson was Michigan's only hope last year because of the dearth of offensive talent.
I am not a staunch Al Borges defender, but I also think he deserves some credit for putting up 21 points on Ohio State last year and 41 this year. Those aren't paltry totals. As always, the real truth is probably somewhere between "he's terrible" and "he's pretty good."
|1 week 1 day ago||I'm not a big fan of Brian's||
I'm not a big fan of Brian's reasons for skipping it, but like numerous others have pointed out, this is a free blog. If I paid for a subscription to Rivals or the Detroit News or something, and their writer(s) just refused to write about a game because they were frustrated, that would be reason enough to get angry and cancel my subscription. Brian's free to skip a UFR if he wants. In fact, it seems like he rarely UFR's the Ohio State and/or bowl games.
|1 week 1 day ago||Well...ummm...essentially.||
Well...ummm...essentially. And I'm guessing that Paul Jenkins posts on here anonymously, or perhaps not at all. Maybe he's just a reader. Maybe Brian just was talking in generalities. It just seems like that was the tweet that set him off.
|1 week 1 day ago||Exactly. I don't really think||
Exactly. I don't really think it was any one event, but it's the end of the season and I think Brian finally had it with the people who have been metaphorically - and perhaps literally, for all we know - on his back.
|1 week 1 day ago||LOL. You must have missed the||
LOL. You must have missed the threads about Logan Tuley-Tillman, David Dawson, and the various threads where people call me all manner of names.
|1 week 1 day ago||I think this is what started||
I think this is what started it:
|1 week 1 day ago||One post per year. That's||
One post per year. That's impressive.
|1 week 1 day ago||That's just as classless.||
That's just as classless.
|1 week 1 day ago||"National Championship||
"National Championship birth"
Definition: When Nick Saban and Pat Summitt have a baby.
|1 week 1 day ago||Thanks. I tend not to get as||
I tend not to get as much Twitter hate as I have expected at times, but perhaps that's because the people who hate me don't follow me...and I don't have 25,000+ followers like Brian does. I do get quite a bit of hate in my TTB e-mail, and I get a lot of inappropriate comments on TTB. Unlike Brian, however, I have my site set to moderate the comments, so if people post hateful messages, I simply delete them before they see the light of day.
People on the internet say hateful things. It's sad but true. Luckily, I'm able to stay pretty level-headed about it.
|1 week 1 day ago||Thanks for giving me a place||
Thanks for giving me a place to waste my time for long periods. If I didn't have this place, I might be in some terribly unsanitary locale . . . like the gym.
|1 week 1 day ago||I think it's reasonable to||
I think it's reasonable to assume that hearing a whistle in the middle of approaching a kick may affect a kicker's concentration. I'm not saying Wile would have made it, but we can't assume that it would have been missed if the play had been allowed to go on.
|1 week 1 day ago||There are some posters who||
There are some posters who should have been nuked awhile ago for dummy accounts, flaming other posters, etc. That would help the level of discussion around here, although I do think the bannings a few weeks ago helped a tiny bit.
|1 week 1 day ago||Considering Michigan was||
Considering Michigan was essentially without its best player for the second half (Denard Robinson, in case you were wondering), I don't think 21 points and a lead is that bad.
And yes, I guess if you take away the big plays, Michigan didn't have any big plays. Good point.
|1 week 1 day ago||The majority of the top teams||
The majority of the top teams have offensive coordinators who are also the QB coach. You can only have 10 coaches on staff.
|1 week 1 day ago||I hate Spielman as an||
I hate Spielman as an announcer. I loved him as a Detroit Lion, but that doesn't make up for his odd commentary.
|1 week 1 day ago||Washington supposedly has a||
Washington supposedly has a back issue that has been flaring up all season.
|1 week 2 days ago||Henne was a better athlete||
Henne was a better athlete than people give him credit for. He chose not to pull down the ball and run very often, and he didn't have much lateral mobility, but the guy could actually run in a straight line pretty well.
Anyway, I don't see the Malzone/Henne comparison at all, but to each his own.
|1 week 2 days ago||I heard Al Borges is #1 on||
I heard Al Borges is #1 on Nebraska's list of potential replacements.
|1 week 2 days ago||I don't know how the game||
I don't know how the game will end, but Michigan has the #47 scoring offense in the nation with 33.1 points/game. The only time they've been held to single digits was by MSU with 9 points. So it's very unlikely that Michigan will get shut out or even held to 7 points.
|1 week 2 days ago||Probably because they did||
Probably because they did better in that game than in the previous two games.
|1 week 2 days ago||I mostly agree. I thought his||
I mostly agree. I thought his play calling was worse the next week against Nebraska.
|1 week 3 days ago||Typically, to tuck and run,||
Typically, to tuck and run, you need some solid blocking up the middle. The problem is that the defensive ends are doing a good job of keeping contain, possibly because they know the defensive tackles/stunting linebackers are going to get a good push up the middle.
When the entire offensive line is getting blown back, there's not much that even a good running QB can do. You need strength SOMEWHERE on the offensive line to pull it off, and unfortunately, the guards and the centers have been pretty bad.
|1 week 3 days ago||Sorry. I forgot this is the||
Sorry. I forgot this is the internet.
|1 week 3 days ago||Well, he wasn't doing it||
Well, he wasn't doing it early in the year, so I don't know why he would be now.
|1 week 3 days ago||Stupid nicknames are stupid.||
Stupid nicknames are stupid.
|1 week 3 days ago||Ohio State 31, Michigan||
Ohio State 31, Michigan 17
|1 week 3 days ago||Everyone need not worry -||
Everyone need not worry - good ol' Magnus hasn't mailed it in!
|1 week 3 days ago||The thing that makes me||
The thing that makes me concerned about their pass offense is our lack of a consistent pass rush and their ability to keep guys off of Braxton Miller. It's not so much that Miller is a great passer or that they have great receivers...but if we can't get to Miller, he's got good enough receivers who can work to get open.
|1 week 3 days ago||"The first time he is asked a||
"The first time he is asked a question about fans, what does he do? Does he give those fans, the ones who pay the ticket prices that pay his pay check, the same type of loyalty? No, he throws them under the bus."
Is this *really* the first time he was asked a question about fans? Really?
And besides that, you don't know what he's doing behind closed doors. Calling out your coaches and players in the media is a bad idea. It's a recipe for losing your team, losing your fans, and losing your job. For all we know, he's put Borges, Funk, etc. on notice. There's NO OTHER WAY to talk to the fans. If there are issues, the fans need to be addressed publicly.
And on top of that, it was one damn word in a press conference. It's been blown way out of proportion on this blog and, apparently, all over the internet. Let alone whether it was accurately used or not, there's no need to blow this out of proportion further.
|1 week 4 days ago||Happy Thanksgiving to you and||
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, too!
|1 week 4 days ago||Never give up, and never||
Never give up, and never surrender!
|1 week 4 days ago||He's your worst nightmare: an||
He's your worst nightmare: an 8-year-old with a badge.
|1 week 4 days ago||In other words...your PS3.||
In other words...your PS3.
|1 week 4 days ago||I'm thankful for "Saved by||
I'm thankful for "Saved by the Bell" reruns and scrambled eggs.
|1 week 4 days ago||73%||
|1 week 4 days ago||Yup. Magnus defense coming||
Magnus defense coming from Timmmaay, though? Wow...
|1 week 4 days ago||Brady Pallante.||
|1 week 4 days ago||No, that's not what I'm||
No, that's not what I'm saying at all. What I'm saying is that people have said lots of bad things about me for a much longer time period, and there's never been a point when I've felt it necessary to make a post saying, "Why me?" You've been getting flak for a few days and basically made a post saying, "Why me?"
You're being criticized. It's okay. Maybe people have a good reason. Maybe they don't. But I don't see the point in trying to campaign, make yourself a martyr, etc.
Mr. Rager is/was a very special...character.
|1 week 5 days ago||The game hasn't passed Al by.||
The game hasn't passed Al by. It's football. It's the same damn game it always has been. There's a football, you have 11 guys, and you have to move the ball down the field. Teams successfully run all kinds of systems (passing spreads, running spreads, I-formations, triple options, etc.). Just because he's not having success this year doesn't mean "The game passed him by."
If you're in the party that thinks UCLA and Auburn had success despite him, then how do you explain the fact that he was at UCLA 15 years ago? Had the game also passed him by back then? Or are you just talking out of your hindquarters?
|1 week 5 days ago||That's not the issue. The||
That's not the issue.
The issue is the people who ANNOUNCE and CAMPAIGN for not renewing season tickets. Those people are the ones who get the snide comments.
I haven't said word one about anyone canceling their season tickets. It's not my business how people spend their money. The only time I've tapped into that conversation is when I've seen MGrowOld address it in several threads, and then create his own thread asking why people don't like it when he (and others) announce their withdrawal of support.
I've taken a ton of flak on this board for various things, going all the way back to the Haloscan days. People call me names, insult me, bring me up in random conversations, make parody accounts, etc. I've never felt the need to start a thread saying "Why is everyone picking on me?" MGrowOld announced that he wasn't renewing his season tickets, took some negative comments for a couple days, and suddenly feels like a martyr for The Cause (of Firing Al Borges or Whatever).*
MGrowOld allegedly started this thread to get an answer to an important question that's burning in his mind, that he couldn't let go until he got an answer.
Well, now he has his answer. He should know by this point why people don't like it. There's really no reason for him to argue it anymore.
*Yes, it's a catchy name. I came up with it myself. It will be trademarked soon.
|1 week 5 days ago||Then abandon ship. Nobody's||
Then abandon ship. Nobody's telling him not to do it. But when you make a big production of it, it's basically, "Hey, guys, I'm abandoning ship. Who's with me? Come join me!"
And *I* wouldn't change that to "people are just pansies when it comes to paying to watch losing." Because there are plenty of people bitching about it who just sit at home and watch on TV...or who even turn off the TV when things are going poorly.
Does the team deserve better? Sure. And there are people paid to make those decisions who are more qualified than you or me. But bitching about it on message boards doesn't do anyone any good.
|1 week 5 days ago||What can I say? Whiners bug||
What can I say? Whiners bug me.
|1 week 5 days ago||Why would any of us give a||
Why would any of us give a s*** if Joe Nobody is not renewing? It's like a Facebook friend who posts that he's taking a dump, or someone on Instagram posting pictures of their breakfast crossaint.
Do it and shut up about it.
|1 week 5 days ago||Then stop giving your||
Then stop giving your financial support. Why the hell should any of us care? Why make a production of it? Because you want ATTENTION.
If your purpose is to remove financial support, do it...and shut up about it.
If your purpose is to start a campaign and get others to follow suit in removing financial support, then that's pretty crappy.
|1 week 5 days ago||That's exactly what I'm||
That's exactly what I'm talking about. I don't give a s*** about those records in regards to this discussion, because I'm a fan of MICHIGAN. I like the wings, the coach, the past coaches, the history, the colors, the campus, the football stadium, the Heisman winners, the guys touching the banner, the players, and the feeling of watching them score touchdowns, make sacks, grab interceptions, throw blocks, etc.
I'm not a fan of only winning Michigan teams. I will always root for these guys, regardless of the score. Football, basketball, hockey, wrestling, baseball, softball. I don't turn off the games or walk out of the stadium when the team is losing.
Your words and thought processes are those of a QUITTER. If you want to be a quitter, so be it. I'm not going to tell you how to spend your hard-earned money. But I'm also not going to feel bad when people make snide comments about you withdrawing your support for the team. That's what this thread is about. You want people to feel sorry for you, to agree with you backing out of your tickets. We don't and we won't. This is the equivalent of people creating threads to say "I'm done with this team. I'm done watching the games and I'm done with visiting the message boards." You want attention. Here you go. I guess I'm giving it to you. But it's negative attention. Stop whining.