will be michigan's highest pick in a while
|3 days 19 hours ago||I can't imagine any baseball||
I can't imagine any baseball player worth his salt would want to spend his college career playing on a turf field. I suppose we'll see how this all works out...
|2 weeks 4 days ago||*||
*A-B-C-D-E-F-G-H-I-J-K-L-M-N-O-P-Q-R-S-T-A-L-L-I-O-N, I am the stallion mang.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||I hear they're working a JDDM||
I hear they're working a JDDM -Joint Direct Donut Munitions to deliver them laser guided.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||The people of the United||
The people of the United States stand for the rule of law and the democratic principles upon which this country was founded. Terrorism, no matter the source or the political motivation, runs contratry to those ideals. Patriotism, or belief in the principles of our society, has everything to do with our response to the Boston incident.
Also, while this appears to be a homegrown incident, we can't at this point rule out AQAP or other foreign groups. You should straighten your understanding of the political philisophy underpinning our country, as well as your understanding of terrorism generally before you make statements like this.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Ok, that's hilarious.||
Ok, that's hilarious.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||I'm in 98th percentile on||
I'm in 98th percentile on ESPN with my entire Elite Eight intact except for Gonzaga, which puts me in pretty good shape to win my pools.
I just need Michigan to win...
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Oh what a surprise, a Clowney||
Oh what a surprise, a Clowney reference in a basketball article.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Call me an old-timer (I'm||
Call me an old-timer (I'm only 26), but I just don't give a damn about playing Maryland even if, as a DC resident, I get to see Michigan once every other year in town.
I just don't care about Maryland or Rutgers, whereas I actually do care about the rich history Michigan has playing teams like Minnesota and Iowa. I like Kinnick Stadium's pink locker room and I like the Jug.
For example, Maryland fans can't even fill their own basketball arena unless they're playing Duke, where the inferiority complex is even worse than Michigan State fans. Maryland's football stadium will look a lot like Northwestern's when it comes to hosting conference foes since none of them give a damn about Maryland football. They're fair weather fans at best.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||This should probably be in||
This should probably be in the rant thread.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||I'm not saying I agree with||
I'm not saying I agree with Jethro, and I understand where the coaches were coming from: you want your best 11 guys on the field and Gardner was a servicable wide receiver. My argument is twofold:
1) The WRs were actually pretty good without Gardner and his presence at wideout didn't really make a difference.
2) In this conference with a QB like Denard, you have to have two quarterbacks ready to play. Bellomy was not ready and him as QB = automatic loss against any Big Ten team. We were actually moving the ball on Nebraska quite effectively until Denard went out; whether Gardner coming in instead of Bellomy would have resulted in a win is a question mark, but Bellomy's presence guaranteed a loss. With Gardner we have a chance to win the game and head to Indy and possibly Rose Bowl. (This is in a hypothetical world where Gardner was the actual #2 QB all season)
My ultimate point is that Hoke and Borges have NOT earned the right to be unquestionable with respect to decision making at quarterback. I think it's a settled matter that recruiting rankings DO matter, so I can understand why some people would be a little uneasy bringing in a guy like Speight. That said, I will give Hoke the benefit of the doubt since he's obviously a good football coach.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||I understand that, and it was||
I understand that, and it was ultimately their decision to make. I think hindsight has borne out that the WR corps was just fine without Gardner and that Bellomy was not a viable option at QB. As Magnus pointed out, the admittedly small sample size of Bellomy scrimmage/game action has not shown he is capable of running this offense.
Put another way: what game might Michigan had lost with Gardner not playing WR? What game might Michigan had won with Gardner playing QB? These are counterfactuals to be sure, but from a risk/reward standpoint I think they are valid.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||I'd say Gardner's performance||
I'd say Gardner's performance the remainder of the season, coupled with the re-emergence of Gallon and Roundtree are evidence that having Gardner ready to play QB was the best option.
The complaint isn't that they put Bellomy at QB instead of Gardner in the Nebraska game; it's that Gardner wasn't ready to play by design.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||If there's one bone to pick||
If there's one bone to pick with this coaching staff, it's their handling of the QB position. Denard regressed under Borges (due to scheme, coaching, or whatever - it happened and wasn't related to injury). They thought Bellomy was actually a viable option.
Recruiting rankings are not the final word by any means, but as has been mentioned before, this staff has not earned the "trust without skepticism" status many people commenting here have given them when it comes to quarterback.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||What is with that, anyway?||
What is with that, anyway?
|13 weeks 3 hours ago||You're right that if we're||
You're right that if we're trying to weigh the factors that have led to our atrocious defense, it's really hard to figure out how much youth, leadership, coaching, fatigue, scheme, etc. contribute to the outcome.
I do agree that defense at this level is complex, but we're not even executing simple things at this point. We look lost out there, and we don't seem to be playing with any sort of confidence or intensity. I'm just not so sure that youth alone (they all have plenty of experience at this point) can account for missed assignments and late rotations, particularly against a team like Penn State.
Hopefully this time off will allow the team to work on fundamentals and figure out a way to stop the slide. Even with our youth, this team should be better than Northwestern defensively.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Thank you, Alex. That was||
Thank you, Alex. That was quite helpful.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Understandable. FWIW I don't||
Understandable. FWIW I don't think the event itself is at all political, and I'm not even sure why it's called the congressional breakast. Hence the reason why I started the thread.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||Actually if you go back and||
Actually if you go back and look at it he was set. He beat the guy to the spot. Not to mention that there is nothing in the rule book that says a player's feet can't be moving for it to be a charge.
|17 weeks 3 days ago||You could at least change the||
You could at least change the tag at the bottom.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||I don't know. I live in DC||
I don't know. I live in DC and know a decent amount of Maryland fans. Their biggest rivals, Duke and UNC, don't even know they are rivals. It's like Illinois saying Michigan is their rival in football.
And as far as last night's win, the team didn't even make an attempt to shake hands with the NC State team. And the students rushing the court for beating the 15th ranked team at home? Am I missing something? That's amateur hour in my opinion.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||(No subject)||
|17 weeks 6 days ago||I understand that and, if you||
I understand that and, if you re-read my post, I acknowledge that it takes an impressive athlete to deliver a hit like that. It was a good play, but that doesn't crack the top 100 plays he's made if I'm an NFL scout.
If you go to any message board (and even talking heads on radio/TV) other than this one the narrative is that he straight up beat Lewan and that is what separates us mgoblogerati as football enthusiasts from the ignorant masses. I mean people are taking out ad space about it, for crying out loud.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||The whole thing that's||
The whole thing that's frustrating about THE HIT (OMG) is that it wasn't really the result of anything impressive that Clowney did. There was a communication error at the line where Kwitiakowski thought he and Lewan were to combo block the guy but instead it was supposed to be just him (an arguably ill-advised assignment).
So Clowney was essentially unblocked due to a missed assignment and, being large and strong, put a big hit on a guy in the backfield who had just received the handoff. Sure it looked gnarly, but it's not at all a great play by Clowney's part.
|21 weeks 5 days ago||So we're really all upset||
So we're really all upset because the existence of our offensive coordinator is a source of joy for Ohio fans, right?
|22 weeks 3 days ago||Well this is disappointing.||
Well this is disappointing.
|24 weeks 6 days ago||Except for that time when, as||
Except for that time when, as a first year starter, Denard put up better numbers than Miller or Martinez. He also was a 1st team All American.
|24 weeks 6 days ago||I'm not sure what you've seen||
I'm not sure what you've seen that gives you confidence we can beat them next year.
|26 weeks 1 day ago||I hope you played football||
I hope you played football for UM, because that is the absolute worst reason to go (or not go) to a school otherwise. And the degree is not the bonus.
|26 weeks 5 days ago||(No subject)|
|31 weeks 3 days ago||See the Michigan teams that||
See the Michigan teams that got gashed by various spread offenses. We have the ability to pull in guys that have both size and speed, and I believe we are doing just that. Ondre Pipkins is a prime example.
|31 weeks 4 days ago||I think he's talking about||
I think he's talking about the line relative to what the coaching staff wants to be able to d in the future. This is an above average line, but it's still not that great when it comes to executing the type of (POWER/MANBALL) running game this staff wants to get to. At leat that's how I interpreted it.
Also, your avatar is brilliant. Who is that?
|32 weeks 1 day ago||You and I agree that they||
You and I agree that they called a good run blitz. Where we disagree is why it was a good blitz. I am arguing that the guy who blew up the play was able to do so because the defense schematically is not concerned with the outside receivers when we are running an inverted veer/zone read play. Right now the QB's choices are to keep or to give. I'm saying there should be a third, which is a keep/give/screen to the outside. The reason why we are seeing so many guys in the box and so many guys in the backfield is because we are not constraining the defense (specifically CBs and OLBs) with these simple packaged plays.
To effectively run a spread-option offense, it is imperative to retain the numbers advantage the scheme affords you, provided you have a QB who is an adequate runner. By not threatening the quick-hitting outside throws, we allow CBs and OLBs to blitz us in both running and passing downs.
Concluding, the reason why their run blitz was good is because we allowed it to be. If you go back and look at the play, there was no correct read; denard giving or keeping would have resulted in the play being blown up regardless. And the hypothetical throw that he would have made would have been the wide open screen to the outside, clearly resulting in a first down. Bubble screen should not be thought of as pass plays. They are effectively quick-hitting run plays on the perimeter of the defense.
|32 weeks 1 day ago||First of all, I am not the||
First of all, I am not the one calling people idiots, which seems highly disrespectful. I suppose it's the Internet and all pretense of decency is lost, but I hope you don't say such things to acquaintences in the real world. At least I can take some solace in the fact that, based on your posting history, you tend to call a lot of people idiots/morons/etc. simply because they disagree with your opinions, which are always cogent and expressed in a respectful and coherent fashion.
Second, the OP asked people their thoughts on the game and I simply offered an analysis of the worst play of the game for us. I think that's fair game, particularly since I expressed this in a perfectly reasonable and respectful fashion.
Finally, if you want to offer an actual counter-argument to the one I made about how poor play design led directly to a turnover, I'm ready to listen. Maybe I've been around this blog too long. It used to be that respectfully presented arguments about scheme were treated with actual discussion, as opposed to name calling and an outright refusal to acknowledge that people can respectfully disagree.
The most entertaining part of this little exchange is that you're making a parody of yourself and don't even realize.
|32 weeks 1 day ago||You're right. I suppose I||
You're right. I suppose I (along with the proprietor of this blog) am an idiot for arguing that a "buble screem" should be incorporated into what amounts to an attempt at running a spread option offense with a former all american at quarterback.
|32 weeks 1 day ago||Unless you demonstrate that||
Unless you demonstrate that it is a base play of your offense, in which case they would have to respect it every single down. Respecting it every down means you don't have unblocked defenders run blitzing and blowing up plays in the backfield. It'd also mean more production from Fitz.
|32 weeks 1 day ago||So you mean to tell me that||
So you mean to tell me that when there is an ublocked defender running directly at the mesh point, this is somehow the fault of the players? If you go back and look at the replay on this particular play, which it's obvious you didn't, you will observe three things: 1) the design of the play put denard in an impossible position because by the time he received the snap and was reading the play, there was a Purdue linebacker running directly at the mesh point, and who would have tackled whomever ended up holding on to the ball. 2) The designed unblocked defender was actually the defensive end and not the outside linebacker, so there were actually two unblocked defenders (one by design, the other by "RPS). It is impossible for the offense to win in this situation UNLESS there is a constraint play built in, hence the bubble screen. 3) The bubble screen was wide open and, had it been bult in to this play, would have resulted in a first down at worst.
So you can downvote me and reply with a plattitude, but there is no actual analysis contained in your "come on man" post.
|32 weeks 1 day ago||A major negative is the||
A major negative is the fumble that was caused by scheme and scheme only. We are still not requiring the defense to respect the possiblity of a bubble screen on every read-option play, so they can just blitz the OLB at the mesh point and have a low risk/high reward outcome.
Any sort of packaged play where the D is required to respect the receivers on the outside would both prevent this sort of blitizing and open up running lanes for Fitz. Yet we continue to do this.
|32 weeks 2 days ago||I'm also a Braves fan and I||
I'm also a Braves fan and I think the fans were also upset about the interference call from earlier. While that was probably the correct call, I think the larger takeaway from this whole thing is that the new playoff format is horrible for the game. Baseball is not supposed to be played one game at a time, and this latest debacle is one of many reasons why that is the case.
|32 weeks 2 days ago||I couldn't find a place to||
I couldn't find a place to put this in the whole Yeoman debate, but here it is:
This was an historically bad call for at least two reasons:
1) the rule calls that an infielder must be able to make the play in routine fashion (I believe the rule uses "ordinary" but it basically the same thing). When an infielder is that deep in the outfielder and there is a communication error, there is NOTHING routine about that play.
2) The infield fly should be called IMMEDIATELY. This is to allow the defense to play the ball appropriately and also to limit the bounds of the play; if it is unclear whether or not the infield fly rule is applicapble immediately after the ball is batted, then it is not supposed to be ruled as such. The fact that it is required to be declared immediately is designed as a check against such egregiously bad calls as this one.
And to add, I have been trained as an umpire and I played 2B and SS for a total of 14 years. That is not a routine play. The ball was batted into what is essentially no man's land. These are major league baseball players having trouble judging the location of the ball and trouble communicating who should field it.
|32 weeks 2 days ago||Dude, you can keep arguing||
I put this comment in the wrong place; relocated.
|32 weeks 5 days ago||Agreed. I don't understand||
Agreed. I don't understand what is so "epic" about a bunch of hillbillies singing a song. Is it because they all know the words?
There is a lot that is special about college football, but this isn't it.
|33 weeks 5 days ago||We don't know if he has the||
We don't know if he has the option to check to another play, let alone a play like a bubble or an immediate throw to the outside receiver. If there is no such check, then this whole argument is irellevant.
I have a hard time believing that Denard has the option to check into all of these plays that we see as being obvious and is just failing to do so. The reads are very basic.
|33 weeks 6 days ago||Please...no.||
|34 weeks 3 hours ago||Did everyone miss the part||
Did everyone miss the part about how he CONSTANTLY had unblocked defenders bearing down on him!? It's impossible for any QB to succeed in that case.
For pete's sake, we were running play action out of formations that we NEVER actually run out of. Do you think that's going to fool anyone!? This is combined with no short outlet in the CERTAINTY of an unblocked man coming down full speed at Denard. Terrible, terrible, terrible play design.
|34 weeks 6 hours ago||I think a lot of it had to do||
I think a lot of it had to do with the constraint-drive nature of RR's offense. Plays were often packaged where Denard could give, keep, or throw the bubble based on reads; these packaged plays don't seem to be in Borges' offense.
When you don't keep the defense honest by having constraints on plays, they can more easily "build a fence" because they don't have to worry about being "wrong" by the design of the play. This is why Brian has been harping on the bubble screen. We're using it now, but it doesn't appear to be a read that we're making on a down-by-down basis, which allows the defense to build a fence.
So basically this is an argument about offensive philosophy. RR's offense is designed to make the defense wrong on every play by packaged plays and constraints; Borges's offense doesn't do this. This is basically a "try to score every play" offense versus a "let's just do things that work and let us hang on to the ball." Both can be effective, but we don't have the personnel to run the philosophy this staff prefers, so it seems like we're stuck with an uncomfortable reality for the rest of this year and likely into 2014.
|34 weeks 1 day ago||Dude, your work is obviously||
Dude, your work is obviously much appreciated in these parts, but I think most of us aren't really ready for jokes at Denard's expense right now.
|34 weeks 1 day ago||Please just go away.||
Please just go away.
|34 weeks 1 day ago||This game will not improve||
This game will not improve unless we stop allowing defenders an untouched passage to Denard.
|34 weeks 3 days ago||Yeah man||
|36 weeks 16 hours ago||Cool story bro post||
I know this is a "cool story bro" post, but I was flying from San Francisco to Detroit 4 years ago, sitting on the window seat of the plane on the left side and the captain got on the intercom and said "for those of you sitting on the left side of the plane, if you look out the window, you're going to see something you'll never forget in about 30 seconds."
About 30 seconds later a B-2 flew directly under our plane in a slow left turn. It's impossible to describe just how close it was, but I could actually see the plane carving its way through the air (if that makes any sense) while filling up my entire window. It was one of those moments that will forever be seared into my mind. Truly breathtaking.
Also, while we're on the general topic of awesomeness, I highy recommend seeing the F-22 in person as well. It's almost like a space ship.
|36 weeks 2 days ago||I recall a play that we ran||
I recall a play that we ran in the CapOne bowl against Florida that was a throwback screen to Jake Long out of a similar formation. He was uncovered and there wasn't a penalty on the play. Lewan and Long both wore 77 - have the eligibility rules changed since then?
|37 weeks 5 days ago||I'll play ball||
1) This is actually an unknown, and is a highly controversial subject of debate among the fanbase. I will just say that I give UM winning this game a 35% chance with Fitz and a 27% without him; he's a great back.
2) I don't think Shoelace will simply "run around" any defense. What it will come down to is if we will be able to keep your defense honest, which will require an offseason leap by Denard, a well-schemed approached, and some of our receivers to show up. I'm actually optimistic on this front, but the lack of access by anyone to fall camp makes this a substantial question mark.
3) In an odd sort of way, I'd say this is 50/50 based on press conference rhetoric alone.
4) I don't think that's the right question. The question should be the matchup between your unproven secondary and our semi-proven passing game. Personally, I think this is a wash, but I have a gut feeling that the combination of Denard's 2nd year in this offense and the talent of our WRs will surprise some people. Whether that surprise comes in game one or game 4 is up for debate.
5) We don't expect a jump, necessarily. The only certainty is that the back seven will have the carry the load early in the season. The consensus among our group is that we have coaches that can flat out coach the defensive front. We will be much better on the line 8 games in than we will be in game one.
6) Yes. I know you folks think the world of your D, but we're returning a relatively more proven OL than your front 7. You have a talent advantage, sure, but we have a great OL coming in, combine with a senior, game changing QB. I think this is a case where experience is an advantage to us.
7) He's not the Rimington award winner that Molk was, but he'll be fine against elite DLs like yours. In terms of the actual matchup, I'd say it's 55/45 on a given play since the offense has an inherent advantage of moving first.
8) No. We have a great group of guys there and a great coaching staff. Our LBs are solid.
9) Absolutely. You guys have some talent, but the deep secondary (which I define as the FS and 2 CBs) are experienced and talented. This is actually the one matchup that I think clearly favors us.
10) For this specific game, I'd say that we'll be required to leave our CBs on an island more than we would like given your OL. With that said, our secondary will be very good over the course of the season and we're not going face a passing offense that will truly challenge them .
11) This is, again, an unknown. History suggests there will be some improvement, but it's hard to truly quantify this improvement. There are just too many variables.
12) This is not reliably answerable. The WR position is the 2nd biggest question mark we have behind our DL. We have talent there, but it's unproven. For this group to succeed, it will require an improvement by Denard in the short/intermediate passing game as well as an emergence of a true deep threat. I'm hoping Devin Gardner turns in to an Übermensch.
13) This is the biggest question. I am personally not optimistic, but if there is any coaching staff that can make this happen on game 1 against the best college OL in a decade, it's this one. Reasonable UM fans should just hope for a stalemate and count on our excellent back seven to hold things down.
With that said, I think for us to win this game, we will need to play a near perfect game, while you guys commit 1-2 costly errors. It will be very significant if Fitz plays or not.
|37 weeks 5 days ago||As a Missourian (and UM grad)||
As a Missourian (and UM grad) who has had extensive exposure to both groups, the southern accent is far, far worse in terms of first impressions. Vowel shifts are one thing, but being at times unintelligible is entirely different.
|39 weeks 6 days ago||Yes.||
|41 weeks 3 days ago||I understand where you're||
I understand where you're coming from, and think it's unreasonable to think that news organizations should refrain from reporting events as they happen. The result has been, at least for me, an avoidance of national news outlets in favor of googling specific subjects of interst in google news ("israel AND iran" if anyone's interested in the most important news story right now).
The problem is that I enjoy watching competition as it unfolds, and the reporting by national outlets has me avoiding them like the plague. The ideal soluton would be for the national media to offer sanitized websites: www.nytimes.com/nolympics
The demand it seems is for is a modicum of decency by Americans on social media as well as some accommodation from the national media.
|41 weeks 6 days ago||FWIW, "he" is actually a she.||
FWIW, "he" is actually a she. Just saying.
|42 weeks 2 days ago||DUNE DUNE DUNE||
I can't believe nobody has mentioned DUNE! Seriously, "Dune" by Frank Herbert is an epic book and anyone who calls themself a sci-fi fan should read it. Frankly, even people who aren't probably should. You will not be disappointed.
|42 weeks 5 days ago||Except Emmert said that it||
Except Emmert said that it would be the Death Penalty for more than one season, as well as scholarship reductions, etc. He was very clear that it would not be just the death penalty.
|43 weeks 4 days ago||Remarks like this can be||
Remarks like this can be interpreted as being unnecessarily political.
With that said, I think "more bureaucracy" (as if there exists some universal sliding scale) would have done Penn State a lot of good since the Freeh report argues that there was not a proper system of oversight in place between the board of trustees and the university leadership. Often time, bureaucratic systems and processes exist to hold people and institutions to account.
As for the "sovereign rights" of the schools, that makes no sense whatsoever. Most member institutions are PUBLIC and therefore have sovereignty over nothing.
As people have said, this may not be such a bad thing if it adds an additional layer of oversight to prevent the worst of the worst from happening. At least then there is another mechanism through which whistleblowers and concerned people can report what they've witnessed.
|48 weeks 2 days ago||Lagunitas Undercover||
double post. guess this means I need to double fist on the beers.
|48 weeks 2 days ago||Lagunitas Undercover||
Lagunitas Undercover Investigation Shutdown. I buy any Lagunitas that I haven't had before, and this one doesn't disappoint.
BONUS: 9.8% ABV
|50 weeks 2 days ago||Dude, while I do agree that||
Dude, while I do agree that the RHCP will never be as epic as they were with Frusciante, I don't think it's fair to characterize the early 90s as their prime. A lot of people think they "sold out" or "went mainstream" with Frusciante's return and the release of Californication, but I don't agree with that at all. If anything, the band grew up in many ways, and that maturity is reflected in their music. The band itself said at the time that they think Stadium Arcadium is the album they are most proud of, and I can't necessarily disagree with them on that.
|51 weeks 3 days ago||I have to go into work||
I have to go into work because the [redacted] might [redacted] and that would not be a good thing for any of us, especially considering the ongoing [redacted].
|52 weeks 1 hour ago||1. Point-a-minute level 2.||
1. Point-a-minute level
2. Mad Magician level
|1 year 1 week ago||I got Jeter with the last||
I got Jeter with the last pick in the draft. He's cooled off some, but he's proven to be a fantastic value pick. My pitching has been inconsistent as I have Lincicum and Ubaldo. Fortunately I have Verlander and managed to get Darvish in the late rounds.
|1 year 1 week ago||Of course, somebody beats me||
Of course, somebody beats me to it. It's CSont'e York.
|1 year 1 week ago||Don't forget the Royals.||
Don't forget the Royals.
|1 year 1 week ago||Dude, Brandon Minor was one||
Dude, Brandon Minor was one of the best backs we've had in a while; his problem was that he was plagued by injuries. The dude was an absolute beast and was excellent running in a zone blocking scheme.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||I agree that the numbers||
I agree that the numbers suggest the bottom fell out, but a lot of that had to do with our terrible recruiting in the waning Carr years. Including this most recent draft, we simply have not had the elite talent on hand to compete for B1G championships.
If you're suggesting that the bottom did indeed fall out, you need to expand the timeframe beyond just those three seasons.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||I hardly think 3 seasons||
I hardly think 3 seasons during which we increased the talent level and saw major facilities improvements amounts to "the bottom falling out"
|1 year 2 weeks ago||That was terrible.||
That was terrible.
EDIT: And the more I think about it, the fact that you took the time to post an unentertaining, creativity-lacking video from FIVE YEARS AGO is also terrible. Do you realize what would happen if things like this became standard practice!?
"OMGLOL: 1YR L8R NOTRE LAME SUXORZ MARIO MANNING HAMFTW"
|1 year 3 weeks ago||Wasn't Denard slotted as the||
Wasn't Denard slotted as the #3-4 receiver if he left this year? I'd have a hard time seeing someone with his level of athleticism slipping below the 1st round.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||I'm pretty sure that is||
I'm pretty sure that is frowned upon by the NCAA
|1 year 3 weeks ago||I'm curious to whom you're||
I'm curious to whom you're referring as "Rush", because if it's who I think it is, I suspect your 关系 is about to take a major hit.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||I'm not saying it's||
I'm not saying it's impossible, as I included a close victory as a possiblity, but I just don't see us having the horses to pull this one out. Since this is being labeled by His Excellency, the Athletic Department as a major branding opportunity, there is potential that the whole thing backfires since the outcomes are slanted against us.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||While Brian didn't explicitly||
While Brian didn't explicitly say it, we can all agree that we're not likely to win this game. Of all the programs we could be facing, we're facing the one that gets 5 recruiting classes for every 4 that we get.
To me this seems like a high-risk, high-reward type of game. There are three realistic outcomes for this game:
1) we win close, which would be the biggest win for Michigan (and the B1G) in a long time;
2) we lose close, earning is some respect, but will not change the SEC > everyone narrative;
3) we lose big, "proving" to all the haters in the B1G and elsewhere that UM isn't one of the "big boys."
Given their significant talent and numbers advantage and our depth issues in key areas, anything but a blowout should be considered a bullet dodged. 2 out of the 3 possible outcomes are not favorable, and the potential for a national debacle is certainly there.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||This should go on pranksters (SNL skit)|
|1 year 4 weeks ago||Not to nitpick, but I'm||
Not to nitpick, but I'm almost certain that's the T-38 trainer jet used by NASA.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||The Washington Post has a||
The Washington Post has a pretty good gallery. Currently trending on twitter as #spottheshuttle
|1 year 5 weeks ago||We all wake up the next||
We all wake up the next morning and find out the Soviet Union was the real victor of the Cold War and now the only option for breakfast is Borscht?
|1 year 6 weeks ago||I think the offensive line||
I think the offensive line blocking (actual zone blocking) improved dramatically in '12 over '11, and the running feels a lot more natural.
For this year I hope they continue to build on that and have OL who actually know their assignments and get to the 2nd level when they should. A lot of guys online have figured out how to trick your OL into missing their assignments, and it's rather obnoxious.
The primary reason I'm looking forward to this year is that it will be the first time Michigan will be rated highly in a long time, and as someone who refuses to play as anyone but Michigan online, this will translate to a dramatic improvement in my record. Or so I hope.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Yours only get batted down? I||
Yours only get batted down? I have freaking OLBs transport themselves 10 yards in an instant, leap up and grab one-handed interceptions.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||I'M IN A GLASS CAGE OF||
I'M IN A GLASS CAGE OF EMOTION!!
|1 year 7 weeks ago||What?||
|1 year 8 weeks ago||The first time I saw it was||
The first time I saw it was actually a Family Guy rendition of it, but searching for that I came across this version, which must be the original. I actually don't know where it's from, but thought it was appropriate.
EDIT: Judging by your avatar, I assume you're also in the camp that we need MOAR F-22s?
|1 year 8 weeks ago||Oh Reginald|
|1 year 8 weeks ago||Morgan||
will start next year
|1 year 8 weeks ago||I disagree that this is an||
I disagree that this is an improvement. It used to be first-come, first-served, meaning that if you were savvy enough to get your packet in early in the day, you'd be rewarded with tickets to the game you preferred.
Now it's completely random where you land in the lottery and, as they say, there's no benefit to expending the effort to get tickets to the game you want.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||Don't get me wrong, I really||
Don't get me wrong, I really like Morgan; the kid plays hard and is a physical presence in the paint. I just don't think it is a given that he will be the starter for the majority of the season, and expect that someone making a blanket statement should back it up with some kind of analysis. Morgan is a good player, but he is very limited in what he brings to the floor and guys like McGary and Horford will challenge him for minutes.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||Your analysis is exceptional||
Your analysis is exceptional
|1 year 8 weeks ago||Who let the bots out?||
Who let the bots out?
|1 year 9 weeks ago||And especially not their||
And especially not their college basketball acumen.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||Michigan State?||
EDIT in light of ChiBlue's post: mine was supposed to be sarcastic
|1 year 10 weeks ago||Does anyone know why MSU is||
Does anyone know why MSU is listed as an autobid on this bracket? Is this because they're the #1 seed in the B1G tournament?
|1 year 11 weeks ago||You either really appreciate||
You either really appreciate baseball and its tradition, or you really hate it. I'm not sure which.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||The core problem in need of||
The core problem in need of resolution is how to balance inclusiveness and exclusiveness. In my opinion, your proposal is a great way to ensure that everyone who should be inducted gets in, while at the same time making inductions highly selective.
One thing we'd have to address is to set the total number of inductees correctly, taking into consideration the number of sports we're working with.
|1 year 12 weeks ago||Only if you believe mine was||
Only if you believe mine was too
|1 year 12 weeks ago||Dude, put down the tinfoil||
Dude, put down the tinfoil hat...
I highly doubt that mgoblog is the target of some sort of covert operation in which Alabama has planted a seemingly bengn operative whose goal is to win our hearts, collect intelligence on Michigan football, and sow dissention among the ranks of the Internet presence of the Michigan fanbase.
If this thread has shown anything, even the so-called "experts" that post on these boards do not approach the level of significance to be targets of the Alabama intelligence agencies.
If they were smart they'd recruit one of the lower level staff members - grad assistants, quality control coaches, etc. - who has access to the vital information they seek: game plans, playbooks, personnel assessments. They'd probably try to leverage a desperate financial situation, since we all know these guys are the ones who work for pennies, but have access to family jewels. Failing that, the long hours and limited interaction with the ladies might leave them susceptible to the old fashioned honey trap.
|1 year 12 weeks ago||You can say that about any||
You can say that about any offense, period. Elite defenses will slow ANY offense down; that is why they are elite.
|1 year 12 weeks ago||If I recall, this whole||
If I recall, this whole matter took place in the days of Canham, where the AD was making a concerted effort to market UM athletics, and doing some branding stuff as well. It's possible that this was an arrangement Canham made where we licensed the use of the M for a period of time, after which they no longer had to pay royalties.
|1 year 12 weeks ago||Right...||
so shouldn't Michigan athletes, more than anyone else, refrain from insulting Michigan athletics? Especially a coach whose staff frequently attended baseball games and cheered them on?
|1 year 12 weeks ago||I took Bacon's class my||
I took Bacon's class my senior year (2008 - already feel old), and he claimed that Mizzou had to pay royalties to the UM AD for use of the block M for a period of tine, as it is the same one. I don't know the details, and my google searches haven't turned up much, but it'd be interesting to know the actual story behind the Mizzou/Michigan block M. As a Missourian, I've withheld discussion on this issue until I have solid evidence, but it's been elusive.
|1 year 12 weeks ago||I think this thread proves||
I think this thread proves posbangs were never about the points, but about the the warm fuzzy feeling you get when total strangers laud you with imaginary points after a tremendous series of events.
And the best part is: it's totally reasonable!
|1 year 14 weeks ago||I can even tell you that it||
I can even tell you that it went online sometime around 3-4AM, as I was pulling an all-nighter writing a political philosophy paper and joined as soon as I saw it with the hope that there was some kind of award for being the first to join.
To the fraternity!
|1 year 14 weeks ago||Dude, it wasn't the coaching.||
Dude, it wasn't the coaching. You can complain all you want about the coaching staff under RR, but Bruce Tall was an excellent coach. He had THREE defenislve line coaches this past year and still only contributed marginally. Please dispense with the revisionist history.
|1 year 16 weeks ago||Homeland is pretty good, so||
Homeland is pretty good, so long as you suspend your disbelief that the CIA is operating on US soil. Rather than the CIA, I imagine Danes is working for the a "generic secret government agency that combines foreign intelligence collection and domestic surveillance and law enforcement"
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Please, no.||
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Sports Illustrated gives you answers||
This is a 2009 survey of B1G fan bases that has a lot of information. One guess who is universally viewed as the rudest fan base...
|1 year 18 weeks ago||Unpossible - Ohio bowl ban =||
Unpossible - Ohio bowl ban = no BIG CG appearance allowed.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||I see what you did there...||
I see what you did there...
|1 year 18 weeks ago||I see what you did there...||
I see what you did there...
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Rich Rodriguez is SOOOO||
Rich Rodriguez is SOOOO relevant!
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Yeah, but that's mostly due||
Yeah, but that's mostly due to youth and inexperience. Our secondary was bad under RR despite being veteran-laden.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||There is a difference between||
There is a difference between being unwilling and unable to pay for something. Michigan had the resources to do both, but elected not to out of misguided arrogance. These are all counterfactuals that have no relevance to the main issue, which is that it is not RR's fault that the AD was unwilling to give any of his assistants contracts; for Casteel, unlike the others, this was the dealbreaker.
Remember: the strength staff spends MORE time with the players than the football staff does. RR said that Barwis is a key component of his entire football program. All you have to do is listen to RR talk about Barwis, and Barwis about RR to understand that they share a vision of what a football program should be like.
He did not believe Casteel was as important to the program as a whole. Maybe in hindsight he would change things, but my argument, and the one Bacon made, is that this was a choice that he should not have been forced to make in the first place. Suggestions like skimming of 300k for a weight room upgrade, or asking him to pay Casteel out of his own pocket don't address any of the key problems: no contract for Casteel, and a meager pay raise.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Dude, a state of the art||
Dude, a state of the art weight room is not a benefit to Rich Rodriguez - it is an investment for the University of Michigan that is, and will continue to pay dividends in player development and recruiting. We had a bunch of old equipment sitting around that did not satisfy the requirements for the new, much-lauded, strength and conditioning staff. And that's not to mention that a coaching contract is OVER TIME, whereas the $1 million upgrade is a ONE TIME investment.
For fuck's sake, of ALL the decisions RR made, complaining about this one is just plain ignorant.
Why can people on this board just LET IT GO!?
|1 year 19 weeks ago||I love sports science.||
I love sports science. Impressive stuff.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Not sure if serious...||
Not sure if serious...
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Man, after the past 10 years,||
Man, after the past 10 years, you'd think we'd show a little humility when it comes to our bowl game performance.
I agree, I think we win this game, but we need to bring some levity to the conversation.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Oooh, that's giving ME a||
Oooh, that's giving ME a clue.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Yes, I think you're right||
Yes, I think you're right that discussing this issue further would cross The Line. I think all of us in this forum can at least agree that a successful education system is a key component of a succesful civilization; how we achieve that success is not as important as its achievement.
The poltiical argument is about the how and not the end-goal itself (at least I hope so!).
|1 year 20 weeks ago||You're forgetting one of the||
You're forgetting one of the main points of the article, which is that certain prestigious public universities have historically been tools of social mobility because the public funding that subsidizes them enables the attendance of those who would not normally be able to afford to do so.
If the choice facing Michigan and its students is between accepting federal and state funding, and therefore allowing people to attend a school that would normally be out of their reach, and not accepting any funding whatsoever in order to be "independent," I think anyone here who attended the University would chose the former every time.
It's also important to remember that Michigan is a research institution as well. Comparing it to a small liberal arts school is hardly relevant.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||If I'm not mistaken, Crisler||
If I'm not mistaken, Crisler was the one who brought them to Princeton, and then took them with him when he moved. Apparently you could do that sort of thing back then.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||I was once told that I sport||
I was once told that I sport impressive stuff. Science.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Someone's grumpy today...||
Someone's grumpy today...
|1 year 21 weeks ago||It's hard to say what the||
It's hard to say what the ROK's contingency plans are, but I doubt letting a flood of refugees cross the DMZ is a part of any of them. That would be massively destablizing for both states.
I think the plans of the interested parties - US, ROK, PRC - is to take a "wait and see" approach.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||I think the issue many of us||
I think the issue many of us have taken is that it is downright disrespectful to the players who were brought to Michigan by RR, and who busted their asses to be good players for Michigan. Many of those players have a huge amount of respect for RR.
Is Desmond saying it was a mistake for them to commit to Michigan with him as its head coach? I hope not. I hope he's not in the same crowd of people were were telling recruits not to go play for Michigan because of RR being its head coach.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||I don't know why Dantonio||
I don't know why Dantonio would leave when he's treated like a diety in East Lansing. All you have to do is listen to the guy to understand that he is a strange, smug, and egotistical man. He LOVES the way he is treated by all the sparties.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||I'm confused...I thought the||
I'm confused...I thought the spread couldn't work in the Big Ten.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||He's saying that we will need||
He's saying that we will need to execute more constraint plays against Ohio's defense, which is better than Nebraska's, in order to prevent them from cheating on certain plays.
EDIT: I need to learn the difference between "who" and "what". I too am confused by this "Ohio State" Brian is talking about.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||Back in my day (2004-8) we||
Back in my day (2004-8) we crammed people in AND the top rows were full. And didn't they widen the seats anyway?
|1 year 25 weeks ago||(No subject)||
|1 year 25 weeks ago||You do realize that you can||
You do realize that you can run the play clock down without a huddle, right?
|1 year 25 weeks ago||Did you watch the previous 2||
Did you watch the previous 2 teams to play in the national title game?
|1 year 26 weeks ago||Yeah, his assistants were||
Yeah, his assistants were treated so well too!
|1 year 27 weeks ago||So, there's this book that||
So, there's this book that came out a few weeks ago...
|1 year 27 weeks ago||Seconded. Last week I found||
Seconded. Last week I found rage I didn't know I had because of that man.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||There is no chance in hell RR||
There is no chance in hell RR would accept a job as OC when his record as a HC, even despite his 3 seasons at Michigan, is excellent.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||Except for the fact that no||
Except for the fact that no big time programs are at the stage where they're looking for a coach. Whether people around here believe it or not, RR is widely regarded in coaching circles, and will have no problem landing in a BCS conference. Will it be a program on par with the Alabamas (where he was offered to coach) USCs and Michigans? Probably not, but he'll land somewhere and do just fine.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||It's not that MOAR RUNZ is||
It's not that MOAR RUNZ is the solution people are proposing. I, for one, would like to see our OL asked to execute a blocking scheme that they can actually execute. Right now we've managed to take the most productive run offense we've had in a generation and shelve it because it's not manly enough.
I agree with your overall assessment of Borges - it's unreasonable to ask him to be RR. I'm not so sure it's unreasonable to ask him to use blocking schemes that fit our linemen and not have Denard have nearly 40 pass attempts in a game.
|1 year 28 weeks ago||What the f*ck is the||
What the f*ck is the Internet?
|1 year 28 weeks ago||Cool!||
|1 year 30 weeks ago||I find your language||
I find your language offensive.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||While I was there (c/o 2008),||
While I was there (c/o 2008), there was this guy the student section we named "Hotdog Man", because he would return at halftime with 5-6 hot dogs and throw them to people. And nearly every time, he would get kicked out by the ushers for throwing hot dogs.
Maybe Hotdog Man is making a comeback?
|1 year 31 weeks ago||posted from iPhone||
Something tells me they'll just be satisfied with beating us 4 straight years...
|1 year 31 weeks ago||posted from iPhone||
So is it safe to assume you'll recuse yourself from any discussion of the book?
|1 year 32 weeks ago||McSorley's Irish Pale Ale -||
McSorley's Irish Pale Ale - apparently they're selling it in 6 packs now.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||The fact that Denard would||
The fact that Denard would excel as a WR/slot guarantees he will go much higher than the late rounds or resorting to free agency. The NFL values athletes and Denard is one of the best, no matter what position.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||posted from iPhone||
Personally, I'm going to RABBLE if that happens.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||720||
|1 year 33 weeks ago||You just couldn't avoid||
You just couldn't avoid taking a pot shot at Rodriguez, could you? Of all the things RR said, telling fans to get a life (in that context) was one of the most reasonable.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||For posterity, us Braves fans||
For posterity, us Braves fans are currently contemplating the meaning of life and whether or not it's worth living. Early returns suggest it's not. #schadenfreude
|1 year 34 weeks ago||733||
|1 year 34 weeks ago||Have you read the book? Has||
Have you read the book? Has anyone on here? It seems we're making a lot of assumptions based on some bullet points Brian put up.
Having taken Bacon's class, and having interacted with him outside of class, I can say with a high degree of certainty that Bacon has a great deal of respect for Lloyd Carr (he brought him to speak to our class), and an even higher respect for real journalism.
All books are written from a certain perspective. Bacon spent 3 years attached to the football program under Rodriguez, and I'm sure that attachment is borne out in his writing. It's human nature.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||I thought I read/heard||
I thought I read/heard somewhere that he originally wanted to call it "Third and Long", but the publisher wanted to change it. I wish I could remember where - might have been a WTKA interview.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||Oh come on, give the guy a||
Oh come on, give the guy a break! We know he's well aware of his MGOROOTS; you can't blame Tim for trying to advance his career.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||While Rumsey may be a bit||
While Rumsey may be a bit abrasive, and perhaps somewhat uninformed, I hardly think questioning why we were still running Denard with such a big lead is out of bounds.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||Ignorance.||
|1 year 34 weeks ago||I think at this point you and||
I think at this point you and I are entering the realm of a "heated agreement," because I really do agree with most of what you have said. The point that I want to make is that if we are really going to be in the shotgun this much, then we need to use more of the playbook from last year for it to be effective. Last year, even with Denard's injuries and the struggles we had against good defenses (which ANY offense will have), we were still amazingly productive.
Even when our offense was "bad" last year, we were at least functional. It seems we are relying on the jump ball significantly more than we were last year, and I believe this is because we have abandoned much of the short passing game we were using in favor of intermediate routes.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||I think we're all missing the||
I think we're all missing the core argument here, which is that there is a difference between running spread formations like we are doing now, and running an offense that is philisophically a spread offense.
We are running some of the plays we were running last year, with much different results. A big reason, as has been pointed out here, is that we are not running enough of the plays from last year to act as constraint plays on the ones that we are. The slants, screens, hitches, ends around, etc. that Brian is hoping make an appearance are so far missing, and the entire offense is paying dearly.
This is compounded by the fact that we are apparently too manly to primarily zone block, despite the relative success we have had doing so. Asking these linemen to drive people off the ball as the primary scheme is NOT playing to their strengths, and results in the wasted downs.
What we are left with is a shell of what we were doing last year (run by a coach who is simply NOT in his comfort zone in doing so), combined with a shell of what the coaches want to be doing, which is a west coast-style offense. We are therefore "lost" in terms of an offensive identity. It's a tragedy if you consider we're returning 9-10 starters from last year's offense.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||While that's certainly true,||
While that's certainly true, our running game itself was excellent. That's because we weren't asking the offensive line to block in ways they really aren't capable of doing.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||C'mon man, it's fine to love||
C'mon man, it's fine to love football, but leave the baseball bashing out of it. You're being a "football is the best sport" type of sports fan. If a sport is awesome, then it is awesome. It's just that simple!
Baseball is a great sport and, while football might enjoy greater popularity today, it will always be America's national pastime. Indeed, it had earned that title before football was even invented.
Can't we all just get along? In the name of solidarity: TO HELL WITH NOTRE DAME!
|1 year 37 weeks ago||New Belgium just made it here||
New Belgium just made it here to DC, so I'm enjoying some Fat Tire on this hallowed eve.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||I'm in DC, and these are my||
I'm in DC, and these are my sentiments exactly. I can't imagine we're going to get the brunt of the storm, but we're probably looking at power outages at minimum. I needed to go grocery shopping before this whole thing, so I'm probably screwed.
I guess I'll be surviving on Cliff Bars and the bulk purchase of Fat Tire (DC edition) I made this week.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||There are so many fantastic||
There are so many fantastic parts of this video, but my favorite is the consecutive onlsaught of guitar, sax, and keyboard solos.
The honorable mention goes to the (EDIT: husky) girl who looks like she's about to throw a bottle of chemicals into a "HOT HOT HOT" fire.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||Is it just me, or does this||
Is it just me, or does this not reek of a classic Dave Brandon ego-stoking maneuver?
|1 year 38 weeks ago||In all fairness, we have||
In all fairness, we have enough talent to win 10 games this year if the ball bounces our way a couple of times. Will that happen? Probably not, but this is an 8 win team at minimum.
Can you say the same thing about the talent Lloyd Carr delivered in 2008?
|1 year 38 weeks ago||What the NCAA found has just||
What the NCAA found has just as much to do with our compliance department as it did with the coaching staff. Was it RR's responsibility to understand and follow the rules? Yes. Was it also the responsibility of the compliace department to understand and ensure the rules are followed? Also yes. Both parties are at fault, and even some in compliance woefully so, and that's why they were fired for not doing their jobs.
The blame does not rest SQUARELY on RR's shoulders; he just happens to be the most public figure.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||No, and that's where it||
No, and that's where it should stay.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||Head Coach:||
Head Coach: Picard
Offensive Coordinator/QBs: Kirk
Defensive Coordinator: Janeway
Defensive Line: Spock
Offensive Line: Riker
Running Backs: Archer
Special Teams/TEs: Seven of Nine
EDIT: Yes, I am a nerd.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||Your Star Trek knowledge is||
Your Star Trek knowledge is worthy of song.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||This picture really is worth||
This picture really is worth a thousand words. What's interesting to me is that during the spring game the only time we saw Martin move from the nose to where he is standing in this photo is duing passing downs, yet the offense seems to be lined up in a way that one would expect a run. In summary: I'm confused.
Experts, please chime in!
|1 year 38 weeks ago||In DC (technically NoVA)||
In DC (technically NoVA) also, and I just read that it was the largest ever recorded in DC. Definitely wasn't expecting that today.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||I'm not disputing that||
I'm not disputing that Martinez is a good player. I just think Denard has proven he is more talented, and I think his ceiling is much higher.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||Maybe it's my maize-colored||
Maybe it's my maize-colored goggles, but I think there is no question at all that Denard is on a different plane of existence in terms of speed, and especially agility. He has a stronger arm and is (reportedly) making significant strides in terms of accuracy. We've seen some very nice deep balls and touch passes from him in the limited practice video available, and all reports indicate his timing is coming along quite well.
This whole Denard vs. "T-Magic" (which is a horrible nickname) thing feels very contrived by the media. Looking at the stats, it's not even a comparison:
Denard - Passing: 149.58 rating, 62.5% completion pct., 18/10 TD/INT, 198 yds/gm
Rushing: 6.65/carry, 14 TD, 131 yds/gm
Martinez - Passing: 138.78, 59.2%, 10/7, 125 yds/gm
Rusing: 5.96/carry, 12 TD, 74 yds/gm
Denard had a total of 4272 yards, an average of 328.6/game; Martinez totaled 2596 at 199/game. Once again, not even close.
And while they were both injured, Denard clearly showed more toughness since they both played in all 13 games.
And let's not forge all of the "elite" defenses in the Big 12.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||FWIW, this is a project||
FWIW, this is a project funded by DARPA, and the resulting research will likely play a role in a number of future (classified & unclassified) technological achievements. We as an institution should be proud of the groundbreaking achievements made by our university.
|1 year 40 weeks ago||These are fair points, but||
These are fair points, but Minor was reportedly suffering from a case of the fumbles in fall camp early in that season. I completely agree that Minor was the best back we've had (imagine him and Denard in the same backfield!), but he, like everyone it seems, was injured a lot. McGuffie was obviously not ready to play, but his issues were between his ears rather than physical ability. He showed flashes of being the perfect back for what RR wants.
Shaw and Toussaint have been habitually banged up, as was Carlos Brown. Cox (reportedly) has been very inconsistent, showing flashes of ability mixed in with not knowing where to be or what to do on any given play. Smith is obviously not a Michigan-caliber back, but like Kovacs, seems to do all of the little things right that makes him hard to completely displace.
Aside from Smith, all of these guys have (or had) the ability to be THE guy if they can stay healthy and be consistent, but the simple truth is that none of them have been able to do that. In my e-pinion, that leaves any coaching staff without an obvious choice. Rumblings from the current staff have basically reflected this, and that's even when everyone is healthy!
|1 year 40 weeks ago||I'm curious how you can make||
I'm curious how you can make the argument that the coach who engineered (arguably) the best running game we've had in decades had no idea how to select the best RB. I'm not saying you're wrong, but it seems rather arrogant to assert that you know better than a guy who is renowned for his innovative offenses.
Of course, you'll always have the counterfactual on your side; it's easy to argue that Cox was obviously the better choice when it's impossible for anyone to argue against you since it is a hypothetical.
It seems to me the "dithering" with respect to the running back position has been the result of injuries and the (injury-aided) inability of a back to separate himself from the pack, rather than the coaching staff's ignorance.
|1 year 40 weeks ago||Agreed - I've been||
Agreed - I've been prognosticating that "this is the year Fitz FINALLY breaks out" for the past couple of seasons, and I don't plan on changing that.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||Easy there, fuzzy little man||
Easy there, fuzzy little man peach.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||It's worth noting that there||
It's worth noting that there was a significant contingent of OSU and Big Ten folks in general who thought RR was going to be wildly successful in the conference and then started referring to him as "Dick Rod" and ranting about how he's such a terrible person for the way he left WVU.
I think the real difference between Hoke and RR is that Hoke is talking more publicly about Ohio and is doing some chest thumping on Michigan's behalf, which RR obviously did not do.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||Well said, but to be fair,||
Well said, but to be fair, Stanford's football attendance is rather lacking. Now, if you want to make an argument that there is no better combination of football and academics, I'd definitely agree.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||http://www.youtube.com/watch?|
|1 year 42 weeks ago||I dunno who silenced me, but||
I dunno who silenced me, but I was just trying to make a geeky if poorly-executed joke.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||One time I had too many hertz||
One time I had too many hertz in my frontside bus, so I used a router and transported them through the L1 cache and now everyone is happy. Hope that helps.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Yeah, that was bad ass.||
Yeah, that was bad ass.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Please tell me I'm missing||
Please tell me I'm missing something here................(/s).............................
|1 year 42 weeks ago||FWIW, Brandon said at the DC||
FWIW, Brandon said at the DC alumni event that there is usually about a 50/50 split on whether to keep the ND series running. When he asked for a show of hands, the DC crowd was about 75% for keeping the series, which he indicatedt was more than than the usual ~50% he sees at other stops around the country.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||While his writing skills||
While his writing skills might need some work, I don't think the analysis is all that bad. We're not going to be favored in any of the games that he predicted us to lose.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Dude, after watching the||
Dude, after watching the spring game last year, I think all people who followed Michigan football closely predicted Denard would have a great season. My friends, who don't follow Michigan at all, were like "how could Tate not be the guy - he was awesome as a frosh," to which I replied "you will know the name Denard Robinson by the end of the season."
I'm sorry: it was that obvious. After this past spring game...not so much. If you're not at least a little bit nervous about our offense this year, then you're living in a cave. I'm just hoping we can get our shit together by the time B1G play starts.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||The reality is that it never||
The reality is that it never should have been said in the first place; I recognize you've agreed with that much.
The problem is that the majority of people on mgoblog and, I'm sure, who follow 11W are guys. And anyone who's ever hung out with a group of guys can accurately interpret what was meant by 11W's post, overt or otherwise. We all know (and hopefully cringe) when our friends say ignorant, homophobic shit. Hell, I'm sure none of us are model citizens in that respect.
However, to imply that something must be explicitly stated in order for it to qualify as immoral or unjust is dangerous. We're not idiots here. When your friend (insert bro here) is making fun of you, and says that you and (insert your bro-friend here) went out on a nice little trip to a restaurant together and shared a desert (they're expensive in DC!), he's probably not making a comment on your taste in cuisine.
The point is that it is more frequent for people to be subtle in their attacks against gay people than for them to be overt. In an odd sort of way, I guess that's progress. I'm just saying that you shouldn't continue to pretend that what 11W was anyhting less than a subtle, ignorant form of discrimination.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||posted from iPhone||
NBA All Star Game. The derby is just a tradition, and it makes no attempt to suggest it's significant in any way.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||That Oregon beatdown still||
That Oregon beatdown still haunts my dreams.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||Head asplode||
If I understand this correctly, you e-mailed Dave Brandon, but addressed him as he would address himself in the third person?* Is this supposed to be ironic?
**ATTN: English majors, or otherwise enlightened people: what is this concept? I'm imagining receving an e-mail like this:
I'd like to strongly protest what Michael is doing to the Michigan brand. If you could please express to him my strong displeasure, I would be most grateful. He is ruining my ability to enjoy life.
P.S. I'm intentionally trying to make your head explode.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||Between this and the ESPN||
Between this and the ESPN traditions poll, I think the mgocommunity has figured out how to win the Internet.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||We're clearly better at the||
We're clearly better at the Internet than the Clemson crowd.
I mean honestly, how much tradition can a team named the "Tigers" really have? Unless you're talking about uniformity and blandness being a tradition, we win hands down.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||LSU Freek is amazing. The||
LSU Freek is amazing. The clothing colors from that scene match perfectly the colors of the 4 schools that will benefit the most from the OSU implosion.
|1 year 48 weeks ago||FWIW, Brandon said that||
FWIW, Brandon said that several architecture firms have said that the maximum capacity is no more than 125-128 thousand people.
|1 year 49 weeks ago||Guess what's for dinner the||
Guess what's for dinner the next couple of weeks: Cobra.
|1 year 50 weeks ago||Michigan is the only place in||
Michigan is the only place in the country where there is a ludicrous idea that the head coach must be a "Michigan Man." You don't hear about other programs in which former players and large segments of the fanbase torpedo their new coach from day one because he's an outsider.
Your argument that we are less rabid seems to run contrary to your general antipathy for supporters of RichRod, which was established well before his dismissal. Are you actually saying that because there are those of us out there who think RR is a good coach, we are a more reasonable fan base?
|1 year 50 weeks ago||I'd like to take a second to||
I'd like to take a second to point out that Andy Staples wrote this article. A guy, who in my opinion, is one of the better national sports writers.
He makes a great point: the Michigan job is no longer in the top tier. After the Freep Jihad, former players pooping on Rich Rod's face, and grumpy, entitled alums ranting with little-to-no grasp of reality, you can't blame a coach for taking a pass until it's clear the ship has been righted.
Hopefully Hoke is the answer (he's off to a fantastic start), and Michigan won't have to worry about going out on the open market for a coach for a long time.