...says Denzel Valentine of Big Ten Tourney favorite MSU, which is 5-7 in its last 12 games. Cumong, man.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||Mattison the Great||
I hear Mattison taught him how to do that dance.
|1 year 12 weeks ago||Michigan wins, of course...||
... by the final score of 71-47
|1 year 12 weeks ago||Maryland says yeah, they're decent||
Dear Maryland, welcome to the Big10. Out of solidarity and as a welcoming gesture, we're trying to mimic your style. How'd we do?
|1 year 14 weeks ago||Not sure if serious...||
But it seems as though you are. Yeah, who wants to see Michigan football anymore? Especially, oh what's his name Denard or something? play his last game EVER for the good guys? Along with the rest of the seniors... Yes please.
|1 year 14 weeks ago||Probably because he saw...||
... what a year without Kellen Moore was like. (Ok, ok, so they were good without him this year, but still. that type of talent is tough to replace.)
I'm with a previous poster, perhaps he's tired of never being able to bust through to the top echelon and decided he had a better chance to break through at a team in the SEC. As a coach, there's no better conference to prove yourself than the ESS EEE SEE.
|2 years 25 weeks ago||posted from iPhone|
|2 years 27 weeks ago||ESPN3||
Looks like the first game vs. Western is streaming on ESPN3.com as well (free).
|2 years 39 weeks ago||Hilarious||
I'll go play my vuvuzuela
|2 years 39 weeks ago||Beyond hilarious!||
This needs to be front-paged. I laughed my ass off!
|2 years 40 weeks ago||It's a huge decision...||
And one that needs to be made when 100% sure. The University of Michigan is an outstanding choice, and Wayne we of course hope you end up a Wolverine in the end!
|2 years 41 weeks ago||Welcome!||
Congratulations and welcome, Allen!
I am sure you will appreciate and respect the advice your dad has to give in regards to the demands of being at, and playing football at, Michigan. Soon it will be your own time to shine - we look forward to rooting for you in the Maize and Blue and to referring to you not as Mr. Gant's son, but as Allen Gant, our safety who is one heck of a football player.
Welcome, Allen, we're excited you chose to come to Ann Arbor!
|2 years 43 weeks ago||But...||
at least you'll get to watch a live Michigan game when they roll into town to play UConn in their return home and home. 2013 I think?
|2 years 45 weeks ago||Nose for the ball||
The thing that jumped out at me was his nose for the ball. The guy can quickly diagnose a play, and he gets to the ball carrier in a hurry regardless of who is in his way. Great, great get for the Maize and Blue.
|2 years 45 weeks ago||Remarkable||
Wow, they roared by the ACC and BigXII. The deal is especially remarkable considering:
Although as a West Cost native I am happy for the Pac 10-->12 and wouldn't mind some more pub for the league...
|3 years 2 days ago||Then you haven't heard Stokes compliment||
... he makes Fred Jackson sound like a Debbie Downer.
|3 years 2 days ago||Want to see real, game pressure for kickers...||
... which we won't see until Fall.
|3 years 2 days ago||Damnit, why Japan?||
This situation sucks so much. I keep thinking: why does it have to be Japan who is worrying about the event of a nuclear melt down? Haven't they suffered enough nuclear damage already?
|3 years 5 weeks ago||Welcome!||
Welcome to Michigan, Kellen, from a fanbase who is as excited as you are that you are blue!
You sir, are a BEAST. Keep up the hard work, and can't wait to see what you do on the field at the Big House.
|3 years 5 weeks ago||Awesome!!||
That is ABSOLUTELY AWESOME. Wow.
Great find and post, thank you.
|3 years 6 weeks ago||Dunk||
He had a nice dunk in that game, too. It seemed more impressive on the highlights on ESPN, but there's a clip of him at the bottom of this link...:
|3 years 6 weeks ago||Holy s-bomb that picture is adorable||
Just had to throw that out there. Also, I'm in agreement with a poster above: you have to love guys who end up going to their dream school (*am knocking on wood that he goes Blue, of course*). The fact he had to battle adversity to get there only makes it sweeter.
Here's to hoping he chooses Michigan and that he has a fantastic career, both on the field and off.
|3 years 7 weeks ago||Agree to disagree||
I'm in agreement with michgoblue. Texas, Cali, Ohio, Florida, Mars, any pipeline with schools that produde D1 talent is great with me. But I've loved watching the Pahokee kids play. And Odoms may fit into Hoke's style better than you/I think - Steve Smith is small(ish) and does just fine as an outside receiver in a pro-set offense. (/man-crush on Odoms.) And of course Pahokee has some bigger dudes, as Ash (DT) demonstrates...
Anyway, we can agree to disagree, but it's a non-issue since I'm sure all we really care about is that we want the men who we recruit to be thrilled to be attending Michigan. Our current team, who I think is expressing an amazing amount of solidarity, is showing that, as are our current recruits. (As am I, since I am originally from California and am thrilled to be here. Ha, it's just too bad I'm not a D-1 athlete, or else I'd recruit like Miller/Hayes and help to develop a Cali pipeline!).
|3 years 7 weeks ago||Richard Ash||
... is from Pahokee and is in last year's class.
|3 years 7 weeks ago||???||
... is my radar off, or are you suggesting we drop our Pahokee pipeline? (?!?!?)
Considering Odoms is one of my favorite players on the team (his tenacity and blocking for a WR reminds me of Hines Ward), dropping a Pahokee pipeline... that is just unfathomable, so I'll assume you mean you'll drink later to having a Pahokee pipeline, yes?
|3 years 7 weeks ago||Thanks||
Thanks for the link - the kid is good!
|3 years 7 weeks ago||Ouch||
That was painful to read.
|3 years 7 weeks ago||A plea for calm over the next few weeks||
ESPN article talking about Westerman flipping from Texas to Auburn has quotes from the man himself:
As has been reiterated around these parts, the late coaching change has hurt Hoke's chances of landing elite talent this year. That being said, I think so far he's doing well in getting good players interested, and some good players are going to sign with us this year. But let's not (completely) freak out this Feb 2nd if we aren't where we all want to be with recruiting, mmmmkay? Let's wait until 2012 to get a good assessment of were Hoke is with recruiting. (Unless, of course, he exceeds expectations in which case party hard and forget sanity.)
/preemptive plea for Feb 2nd sanity
EDIT: This is not saying Keith Heitzman is not an elite player. I don't know anything about him, and for all I know he will be the next Vernon Davis/Dallas Clark/Dwight Freeney/whoever depending on what position he will play, and is not a comment about any of our other current commits. Just a comment in general highlighting what we all know - that late coaching change = difficult to estabish ties to new coaching staff in such a short amount of time.
|3 years 7 weeks ago||ACL||
Especially after another year to recover from his ACL tear. They say it takes two (years) to really get back. I still can't believe he played last year as effectively as he did, I mean, given that he suffered his injury so late in the prior year vs. OSU...
But yeah, I agree, don't sleep on Smith. I like all our backs in one way or another, and can't wait to see what happens.
|3 years 7 weeks ago||Accuracy||
When Tate threw it, it always seemed to be between the numbers. I was constantly impressed with his accuracy. But maybe that was because I was comparing him to Threet/Sherridan.
I love Denard, but am not in love with his accuracy. Tate DEFINITELY scrambles too much, and needs to stay in the pocket more. But in 2009 he was a true freshman relying on skills that he was able to devour the competition with in high school, and in 2010 he didn't play much. I am not positive he would have learned to stay in the pocket more as an upperclassman, but his accuracy would not have dissapeared.
|3 years 7 weeks ago||This sucks - best wishes to Tate wherever he ends up||
Tate brought tons of excitement to this fanbase, and is one heck of an accurate passer. He's definitely fun to watch on the field. His freshman year yielded many, many "oh no he didn't" moments (good and bad, of course, but so many good ones).
What bums me the most is that he would have been a GERAT asset moving forward with our transition. When reading Brian's assessment of Al Borges' offense, how can you not think of Tate?
Doesn't this suck. Like RR, I wish him nothing but the best and will root for him wherever he ends up (as long as he is not playing us, of course).
|3 years 7 weeks ago||Man crush||
... on Molk. Awesome interview.
|3 years 7 weeks ago||T-Wolf||
Ooo oo and T-wolf comes back. That alone has to account for a huge jump!
However IF (knock on wood) he doesn't improve our D over the course of a few years, with all his success in the college and pro ranks, then finally I think we can all agree that Shafer wasn't quite the evil many at the time thought he was.
Can't wait to see the effects Mattison will have on the field!
|3 years 7 weeks ago||Reflections on the coaching change||
Along with the majority of you, I was angry with how our coaching search transpired. I was frustrated with the delay, the seeming indecision by DB, and the ramifications that resulted, including a decrease in the number of available coaches, the obvious impact on recruits, and the general unease felt amongst the fanbase at our seemingly flailing around in search of a coach.
But I have come to realize, especially with the recent hire of Mattison, that what DB did was the only realistic way that he could have gone. Why do I say that?
Now that the coaching change has been made*, I am more pleased with what has transpired. DB was true to his word in the sense that we are spending more, which must be the case to get Mattison from Baltimore, which I am thrilled with, he seems to be a great hire. Our most important recruit will be in Ann Arbor in 2011 (Denard). And we are going to a 4-3. Woo, I say. Our offense may slip a bit, from excellent to great. But if we trade our special teams and defense from bad to above average in the near term, and great in the long-term, I will take it.
*For the record, I was a fan of the RR hiring. I loved the idea of bringing in a dynamic offense to Ann Arbor, and thought that coupled with our traditionally strong D great things would happen. I was also an advocate of giving RR a 4th year, but as our D continued to stagnate and our special teams showed little signs of improvement, I became more impartial to a change. Now that we have made the change, obviously I am becoming more and more okay with the hire, and am even guardedly optimistic.
|3 years 9 weeks ago||Ridiculous!||
That is complete blasphemy, that Cam's smile can "light up a stadium." Everyone knows that only applies to our one and only (and future he16man) DENAAAAARD
|3 years 9 weeks ago||Full support||
Whoever we get, I echo Mike Hart's sentiments:
Yes, even if that means Hoke or Miles.
|3 years 16 weeks ago||Better safe than sorry||
I still think it's a cool idea to play at Wrigley field. Yes, it's lame that they have to change sides of the field with each change of possession, but whatever. It's better that than to have a player injured by RUNNING INTO A WALL. (Remember that Houston player who broke his leg on the cart positioned too close to the field? Wall > cart.) It's much, much better that they are being safe, and if I were a player I'd be perfectly fine only playing offense one way if I had a chance to play in a unique environment like Wrigley field.
And yes, for people who are asking how it will work, they are going to have teams change sides of the field for each change of possession:
So wow, everyone relax and just enjoy the game for what it is - a fun game in a unique setting, where people are trying to keep the kids safe.
|3 years 21 weeks ago||Tackling||
Oh. I was sure you were going to make a comment about his being one of the most dependable tacklers on the team.
The multiple penalties are what are sticking out in my mind right now, specifically the drive-killers on offense, not one potential interception.
|3 years 21 weeks ago||Last chance for someone who is not THE KNOWLEDGE to look foolish||
* In the event we don't win, for the love of god let's not have an MGoCommunity meltdown. Iowa is a dang good team with a dang good defense. Just because we held them close last year at their place does not mean we are guaranteed to beat them this year at ours. See State, Michigan. /premature soap box rant
|3 years 22 weeks ago||Wow - dude's a beast||
I love the play at 0:20 where he hits the RB, who just explodes. Seriously. I think he's dead.
|3 years 23 weeks ago||Help me understand||
I've heard that on the board before, that the spread punt formation doesn't lend itself to fakes. But I don't get why that is, and would love to be taught. Because when I saw the formation live, it seemed like we were more susceptible, what with three returners back instead of the usual one. (Prior to the punt I remember thinking, "This is awesome, as long as they don't fake it.") While spread linemen makes rushing the punter easier, it doesn't change the difficulty in making a dump-off pass over the oncoming rushers, so I'm not clear as to why spread punt formations makes fake punts less feasible.
Maybe I just missed my calling as a special teams coordinator.
|3 years 23 weeks ago||In my mind, I guess||
Maybe all my past* cringing during punt returns has made me wary of all special teams play. But you're right, I can't remember any other specific incident, which makes me realize I shouldn't throw around words like 'propensity' if I can't recall another event.
*We're good, folks. We've got that out of our system. Right?
|3 years 24 weeks ago||As well as...||
... great dreads and a great name!
|3 years 24 weeks ago||Thank goodness||
Thought Denard would be ok, but was really worried Shaw and Dorrestein were more seriously hurt. I'll have drink to their recovery.
Great, great game by the Maize and Blue!!
|3 years 25 weeks ago||Word - cosign x10||
Athletes and coaches are applauded when they stay on an even keel - when they don't get too high when things are going well and don't get too down when times are tough. We as Michigan fans don't seem to get that. Either the sky is falling, or oh sh!t we are going undefeated, and if not the coaches better be fired.
3-0. I'll take it.
|3 years 26 weeks ago||Thanks all||
That helps. Appreciate it.
|3 years 26 weeks ago||APR||
At this rate, we'll be reserving them for the penalty we'll be taking due to our low APR. Guh. Frustrating to see these transfers!
|3 years 27 weeks ago||Mouton?||
I seem to recall Mouton getting hurt as well, requiring attention from the trainers. I was rather inebriated, so hopefully I am mistaken, or else it does not seem to be too serious? Can anyone confirm?
And man, Roundtree - wow. Just wow. Way to get up from that hit. Sucks if he can't make it for the next game as he'll be needed, I can't wait to see him back on the field, whenever that may be.
|3 years 27 weeks ago||Wind didn't help...||
... but my god that was a horrible decision to try to return that punt. Diving catches from passes thrown by a QB? Great. Diving catches on punt returns? Not so much.
|3 years 27 weeks ago||Really?||
I was fired up seeing our players celebrate. I understand your concern, as you could see the ref basically saying, "Get back to your bench or I'm pulling this flag." every time we scored, but compared to UConn? We were jazzed to score - all our players seemed so absolutely, genuinely happy when their teammates scored. We were hungry for this game! Conversely, looking back at the highlights, UConn players seemed to say "Meh" when they scored... I'll take an occasional penalty if it means we're fired up and hungry.
|3 years 29 weeks ago||Goosebumps||
That is absolutely incredible, and brings a fat smile to my face (as does that picture).
|3 years 35 weeks ago||Wow||
Holy #&*! those are outstanding. Get those on shirts and I'll buy three of them.
|3 years 39 weeks ago||States||
If we expand with schools in 2 new states only, we'd have 10 states in our geographical footprint. (Example: adding Nebraska, Missouri, and ND.) Then the 'ten' could refer to states, not schools.
Bonus: we midwestern states as an aggregate aren't exactly known for our physicque. A descriptive term as well!
|3 years 44 weeks ago||More thoughts on why Super Conf = $$ grab||
In addition to the obvious reason that such an expansion would create a ginormous market base, I had another (horrifying) thought on why a move to 16 teams may be tempting for the conference. Forgive me if this has already been mentioned.
Say such an alleged super conf is broken up into two divisions of 8 teams apiece. Traditional thought has each team playing its own conference members, plus a few teams in the other division to continue rivalries. But the league could easily just have each team ONLY play teams within its own division (despite the subsequent home/away inbalance) and thereby allow each team an extra OOC game (5 instead of the current 4). Given the way the majority of BigTen schools schedule, this would likely be another home game, meaning even more $$ for the schools.
I definitely don't like the above idea - I abhor it. But until the Super Conference Rumor That Cannot Die is finally slain, I will worry about such thoughts as those above.
|3 years 45 weeks ago||Can't sum it up better||
This video is frreaking hilarious. I can't stop laughing. If it was derived to make Big 10 fans not want ND in the Big 10, well, mission accomplished!!! Pitiful.
|3 years 48 weeks ago||Sorry to be "that guy"||
... but I have the good fortune of being able to go to two games this year. I chose the games before the draw came out, and lucked out with England v. Algeria and Portugal v. North Korea. I'll be rooting for whichever team has fewer points so that the U.S. has a better chance to advance (in full U.S. apparel, of course!).
USA! USA! USA!
|3 years 48 weeks ago||OMG SHIRTLESS||
With the dreads, should have been a Wolverine...
|3 years 49 weeks ago||I can think of one||
Hello, Vincent Smith. With permission from Angry Michigan RB Hating God, of course.
That being said, Tate is our starter - I'm in agreement with the poster above who is surprised nobody recalls all that justified accolade early in the year (and all those Tate for Heisman mostly psuedo-jokes). Although it does make me so, so happy we are talking favorably at all about our back-up QB, let alone starting QB, and that there just might be some competition at the position. Yay for returning QBs.
|4 years 1 week ago||OT, but..||
Kinda like one of those plants in plants vs. zombies?
My wife downloaded this. It's darn entertaining.
|4 years 1 week ago||Deep ball||
Agreed. He also threw deep(er) more more often earlier on in the season; hopefully with a healthy shoulder we'll see a lot more of that.
The potential for this offense's precision + explosiveness = sleepless nights of anticipation.
|4 years 4 weeks ago||That is one bracket...||
that I would like to see expanded to a field of 96.
|4 years 5 weeks ago||The hype is that this will be a Super Bowl for the ages...||
But as the old MadTV skit taught me, it's all about "lowered expectaaaaations." I'm expecting a decent game, and anything better than that will be a bonus (Same goes for the commercials.)
As for predictions, I'm thinking Indy wins by 10+, though I'll be rooting for NO.
|4 years 6 weeks ago||Conference Name||
The only thing I like more about adding a school to the conference is the thought that maybe, just maybe, the Big 10 will change its name to something that actually make sense, and accounts for all of its members. And I'm not talking about keeping the same name and sneaking in the number 2 within the logo.
I trust that mgobloggers are up to the challenge of coming up with such a name.
|4 years 7 weeks ago||Needed a pick-me up!||
After seeing Doc Saturday's top 10 plays of 2009, again being reminded about Vincent Smith's knee injury (arg!), and seeing Manny being out for today's game, I needed a pick-me up. This article did it.
Some other things that have helped:
* Checking out the depth chart by class and seeing these offensive linemen in our class of 2013 - makes me absolutely giddy for our line's future:
* The possibility of a starting QB playing his second year in RR's system
* And of course, I'm really liking our recruiting class and where stand, all things considering - I think we're getting solid players at positions of need
|4 years 9 weeks ago||My impression||
Is that you should be fine. I bought tickets on Thursday, and the guy at the counter basically said just buy the cheap seats and there should be space available to move down, so he's expecting a bunch of empty seats. But I haven't made it to a basketball game before, so that that for what it's worth.