|10 weeks 2 days ago||True...||
Alas, at MGoBlog, as in recent politics, irrationally jumping on and shouting from the rooftops every minor blip of fact that may in a small kind of way support your preconceived, already-set-in-stone conclusion is the way it goes.
One road win at a middling IU and the coach is a hall of famer.
One loss against a middling OSU team at home and the coach is a complete idiot.
Welcome to 2017, such as it is.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Nice win -||
But, as has been the case throughout sporting history, defense wins championships. When your defense shows up for a couple games in a row, it is well-deserved reason for optimism, but two games does not a championship make. If the D can hold up for the next couple games vs Wisconsin and at Minnesota, I will be a little more excited.
Unfortunately, Irvin remains the same player he was as a freshman. That has got to get solved somehow or any kind of tournament run (B1G or NCAA) seems like wishful thinking.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||My favorite comment of the offseason thus far. Well done, sir.||
My favorite comment of the offseason thus far. Well done, sir.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Thank you||
That never gets old... +1, sir.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||The fact that this thread (a)||
The fact that this thread (a) exists at all and (b) has 330+ comments* is nearly as annoying as the presence of political posts on this blog at all. Dear lord is there no escaping those people who fully believe that if you voted for the other guy, whoever that is, that you are their sworn enemy? Get a grip people.
*says the guy adding to the comment list by commenting - beat you to it!
|10 weeks 5 days ago||"revamp of the blog structure"||
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Come on now||
For my money I don't think it gets any better than when he sings "When a Man Loves a Woman"
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Holy myopia!||
You obviously know nothing about steroids and their impact on non-muscle tissue
|13 weeks 1 day ago||Agree...||
Would upvote but for some reason voting disabled on this thread... Keep MGoBlog politics- and religion-free
|14 weeks 9 min ago||I was going to say "Jesse Johnson" in 1991 vs Iowa||
He had 22 carries for 164 yards and 2 TDs (one receiving). In my memory that was his only big day, but turns out he had several other 100 yard games over the next couple of years, and that was sharing the backfield with Wheatley and Ricky Powers. Dude was shaped like a bowling ball - great nickname "housecat".
|14 weeks 2 hours ago||Officiating is not the problem||
I get so tired of listening to the whining about refs. Refs can be terrible - that has been the case since forever.
When you don't play defense and are constantly trying to recover from defensive lapses, you are constantly switching and lunging and stuff gets called against you, because there are lots of opportunities for the refs to blow the whistle.
Offensively, when you don't attack the rim and can't create off the dribble you are going to get fewer calls.
We don't have the talent or scheme to get any breaks from the refs. Stop bitching and play better, plain and simple.
|14 weeks 3 hours ago||RIP Coach Burton||
A true gentlemen with a big heart. Never had a bad word to say about anyone, kept his coaching to the point without shouting or humiliating his players, and was a quiet, dignified presence on a staff that included some larger personalities (Bo, Mo, Hanlon, Miles, Cameron) I am pretty sure he retired from Michigan and did not coach elsewhere, but I could be wrong.
But man could he coach. He really coached some great ones, up through Ricky Powers and the beginning of the Wheatley/Biakabutuka era, when Freddy J took over. Great guy.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||+1 because +100 wasn't||
+1 because +100 wasn't available.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||Wow! A website that doesn't crash! Way to go guys!!!||
Wow! A website that doesn't crash! Way to go guys!!!
|14 weeks 6 days ago||DeBord?||
Brian has several oddly irrelevant obsessions, but Mike DeBord has to be the oddest. Who cares about Mike DeBord? Or even more to the point, who cares about some backwater beat writer's support of him? The irony of criticizing someone from the distant past for living in the distanter past is hard to ignore... Time to move on, man.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||Brian and Seth don't care...||
MGoBlog is the equivalent of a really good italian restaurant that has a one hour wait from 4pm to 9pm despite the fact that half the tables are open. Brian et al make really good spaghetti, but they have no idea how to run a restaurant properly. I suggest you go down the street. The marinara isn't as good but at least you won't starve to death waiting.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||Every team in the College||
Every team in the College football playoff had either a great RB or a great QB, or both. We had neither. And we really don't have one in the wings (that anyone outside of Schembechler Hall is aware of, anyway). In Harbaugh We Trust, but that needs to change in a hurry or get used to Top 10 but not Top 4 finishes.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||Every team in the playoff has||
Every team in the playoff has either a star RB, a star QB, or both. We have neither. Until we do, we don't deserve a spot at the table.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||How dare you suggest...||
...that these athletes are given a world class education in exchange for something 99.9% of HS athletes would give a digit in their non-throwing hand - a chance to play a game in front of 110,000 people cheering throngs? Or that they always have the option to pay for their own school at one of 2000 colleges in the US?
Or that, like any other worker/employer relationship, they can always quit after one year or two years or two weeks and join the rest of the regular college kids and pay their own way while incurring $200,000 in student loan debt? These poor downtrodden kids - they need someone to stand up for them. That's what we are here for!
|17 weeks 6 days ago||It's about his teammates||
No way I am supporting McCaffrey in this. And it isn't because of what I or any "fans" think. Whether this impacts us is irrelevant. Andit isn't because he shouldn't be allowed to. No doubt he has the right to play or not.
It's about his teammates. I promise you they are pissed. 95% of them won't ever sniff the NFL, and every game matters, especially the last game of the year, and especially to his fellow seniors who came in with him. Even if they are saying publically it is OK, the vast majority of them greatly resent this.
Those guys gave as much blood sweat and tears as McCaffrey did for th past 4 years. This is their "payday" and he is letting them down by greatly decreasing his chance to win this game. Why is this game any different than their last regular season game? He could have got injured then, and his draft status was the same before that game as after. What about Week 7? Should he have skipped that one too?
Ace is way off base here - I realize he is the #1 hand-wringer in defense of the poor downtrodden exploited college football player, but what about all those guys who aren't going to get paid for playing on Sundays? Those guys deserve a chance at a win in their last game, and McCaffrey is selfishly denying them that.
|18 weeks 1 hour ago||Just so I understand...||
...apparently you can post literally anything on the MGoBoard as long as you label it "Off Topic"? Yes, I understand that I don't have to read this thread, but if there are literelly zero guidelines for content, then they might as well name it "MGoFacebook". That would be a tragedy.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||Obviously he has a RIGHT to do it...||
...no one would dispute that.
But there is no doubt it is bad form. Football is the ultimate team sport, and whether you are a superstar or not you are a member of the team. He owes it to his teammates, most of whom will never play after college, and who have given just as much blood sweat and tears as he has, to give them the best possible chance at a victory.
In the final analysis, he is letting them down for his own selfish reasons. Football is an inherently dangerous sport - he is no more likely to get injured in the bowl game than he was every other game. By extension, should he have taken the last four games of the season off too, since the risk of injury was the same and he knew they were his last?
And by the way, if you say you wouldn't mind if Peppers or Butt sat out the Orange Bowl you are a complete liar - and worse - a hypocrite.
|18 weeks 2 days ago||The mods apparently are taking the week off...||
...why is this a thread?
|18 weeks 2 days ago||Terrible book...||
...even worse as an audiobook. Really brutal. How it was a bestseller is beyond me.
|18 weeks 3 days ago||+1 for your signature...||
...Michigan Man? on Defense?
|18 weeks 3 days ago||+1 for OBVIOUSLY||
and also "WHY DO THE MODS ALLOW THIS TO BE A THREAD?!?"
|18 weeks 3 days ago||At least your post had||
At least your post had something to do with Michigan sports. Unlike the rest of this thread.
|18 weeks 3 days ago||Not judging anyone for||
Not judging anyone for pouring $$$ into a very sick dog (I wouldn't- I have a dog that I love dearly, but she's a dog)
|18 weeks 4 days ago||Well said, sir...||
"I'd donate more $ but I'm not going to randomly spit in the wind"
|18 weeks 4 days ago||Double post||
Double post - and there is no freaking way I hit "save" twice, for the record. Infrastrucutre might need some updating, perchance?
|18 weeks 4 days ago||You're right...||
no one is making me come here.
But when many of us have offerred funds to update the infrastructure and it gets completely ignored, it gets frustrationg.
And full disclosure, if Brian and Co decided tomorrow to discontinue this site tomorrow, my life would not change one bit. I would miss it, but life would go on completely uninterrupted.
That is also why it is so frustrating. If they ran it like literally any other successful business, they would realize that their source of revenue (advertising) is handicapped severely by some very basic and easily corrected structural items. And they just don't care. It's like watching your favorite restaurant slowly go under because they just can't figure out how the get that open 6-top table that's been sitting there open for ten minutes on Friday night filled even though they have an 45-minute waiting list. Pretty soon people are going to stop showing up and next thing you know the proprietor, who makes a really great alfredo sauce, is working at applebees.
|18 weeks 4 days ago||+1 for Baby Fishmouth||
It's sweeping the nation!
|18 weeks 5 days ago||They just don't give a shit||
That much is clear. Consider:
Unfortunately my visits here have declined here dramatically over the past 6 months - not suggesting that my clicks are missed, just suggesting that I am probably not alone. Come on guys, you're better than this.
|18 weeks 5 days ago||You have no idea what Bo intended.||
Just because you only heard it once. Bo used the term all the time when addressing the team. It meant you were part of something bigger than yourself. Something special. It meant integrity, hard work, and a loyalty to one another.
|18 weeks 5 days ago||Look up "Prerequisite" in your dictionary, guys...||
Good lord, you guys are pathetic. It's about cultural fit, that's all.
I clearly said it wasn't a guarantee for greatness (e.g. Brandon, Hoke). I said it was a prerequisite. Manball has returned, led by a Michigan Man. I really want to know - Why do you guys and Brian et al take this so personally? It's OK to be wrong about something, and you were wrong about this. The concept of "Michgan Man" is one of the things that makes Michigan unique in the college football landscape. Own it. Embrace it. And above all, get over it.
|18 weeks 5 days ago||Cool story, Bro.||
Cool story, Bro.
|18 weeks 5 days ago||"Michigan Man" Irony||
This guy appears to be the quintessential Michigan Man. Now he can prove it.
Someday, Brian and company will stop being so butt-hurt by the fact that those of us who rolled our eyes at the Richrod hire, knowing he wasn't a good cultural fit to the program (because we were from inside the program) were correct. Acknowledge that Michgan Man is a good thing. Your coach is one. Your interim AD who saved the program and hired your coach was one.
No it isn't a magic potion for greatness but it is a prerequesite. Get over it. The "Michigan Man" term can be used with sincerity by those of us who understand it, or with irony by those of you who don't. It will be here long after we all are gone. Embrace it.
|19 weeks 7 hours ago||I see what you did there...||
|20 weeks 4 days ago||That is just ignorant. Go||
That is just ignorant. Go home, you're drunk. Harbaugh doesn't need to learn anything from you or Chris Peterson.
|20 weeks 6 days ago||He must have read my post||
Immediately drained the open three at a key moment.
You're welcome everyone!
|20 weeks 6 days ago||Can't Trust Duncan Robinson||
Defensively clueless. Misses open shots late in every freaking key moment.
|21 weeks 23 hours ago||Sorry, no.||
You can be aggressive and go for a block and not run into the kicker. It's simply a matter of angle of attack. Can be coached and learned. I don't know if our staff coached it, but I can sure as hell guarantee our players didn't learn it.
|21 weeks 1 day ago||Cowherd also said...||
...that he had inside information on who the next coach at Michigan would be about two weeks before Harbaugh was hired, but that his source was so good and so close to the situation he couldn't even say who the hire was. It wasn't Harbaugh, but he promised that Michigan fans would love it.
In summary, Cowherd sucks.
|21 weeks 2 days ago||Peppers at QB wasted||
I kinda figured Brian would touch on this.
Peppers' explosiveness is best used on the edge, in a jet sweep or reverse, or in catching the ball either out of the backfield or as a receiver. The vast majority of his offensive snaps were with him at QB where none of these was possible. I really thought the staff was saving a wrinkle for this game - apparently not. . Since he never threw the ball in any real way all season, and he was either read-optioning or faking the read option with a pre-determined hole to run to, the potential advantage of his incredible gifts on offense never really materialized.
I am just surprised (and bitterly disappointed) that we never really used him like we could have.
|21 weeks 2 days ago||"Top 4 teams" and Running Into the Kicker||
I strenuously object to the idea that the CFB committee should have any championship-related criteria. They have one freaking job - get the best 4 teams. I don't give a shit what their record is or how many losses or what conference they are in, or anything else. Pick the best four teams. Who are the best 4 teams? Period.
Also, calling for the removal of the "running into the kicker" penalty just pisses me off. We've done it several times this year... it is so easy to correct and yet we did it in this, of all games, where every tiny advantage is magnified tenfold. Inexcusable, and saying it is a bad rule is cowardice.
|21 weeks 3 days ago||Because||
As great as the proprietors of this site are at generating content, this is a hobby for them that they are really good at. They are essentially horrible businessmen who don't care about making more money or the continuous improvement of their livlihood. Which is fine, it is their website they can do whatever the hell they want to with it, and I'll keep reading it because a good part of it is really really good and entertaining... and they will keep having sponsors like some dude they know who is a mortgage broker, who I sure is a fine fellow but who pays them about 5% of what the space could be worth if they had any business accumen whatsoever.
But they have proven over the years that they really don't care what you, the user, thinks. Every so often there is a big uprising of MGoUsers who threaten to stop reading the site and they keep coming back (just like me), and Brian and Co keep putting really good content on an really structurally inadequate and visually horrific platform. And they keep wasting copious amounts of time on USMNT analysis when literally 99% of their audience could not give a shit less about, because - I have no idea because... they want to keep being a 3rd rate website, I guess?
Anywho, the site will continue to be ugly and suck, so don't hold your breath. Just keep reading and enjoying. Except when something really interesting happens in the world of Michigan sports. Then you can check ESPN like everyone else does.
|21 weeks 3 days ago||That is just a stupid response||
No one said the content is bad you dipshit. We all love it that is why we are here. We appreciate the content and the work that goes into it. But the servers. They. Are. Shit. And it is costing the proprietors money in clicks and therefore advertising dollars during what should be their busiest time. Comments about the servers are made with the intention to help them understand that their traffic is down, which they should care about if they actually like to make money from this labor of love.
|22 weeks 23 hours ago||NCAA is a joke||
No way this should hold up. I am all about hating ND and their sanctimonious holier-than-thou BS. But this punishment does not fit the crime. From what I can tell it is one stupid jock-sniffing student trainer that probably cheated with these guys in exchange for invites to parties at their house. Far FAR worse things have been done by other programs with direct institutional involvement at worst, or intentional indifference at best.
UNC? UK basketball? Cam Newton? JoePa? OSU football in multiple instances, to say nothing of all the SEC bagman crap that has gone on forever? These all had institutional elements of actual fraud by peopel supposedly in charge of these things. Killing Two years worth of wins for one rogue trainer without involvment of the team or academic personnel is overkill, IMO. Probaltion and possibly a postseason ban would be appropriate.
NCAA has become a charicature of its hapless self.
|22 weeks 2 days ago||"I don't mean to look past OSU, but..."||
"Not to be rude, but..."
"I'm not a racist, but..."
"I don't gossip, but..."
"Far be it from me to tell you how to live your life, but..."
|24 weeks 21 hours ago||Whenever Greg Harden is involved...||
...our chances of landing a recruit go up dramatically. He is one impressive guy, and has been a key mentor to so many Michigan men over the years, many of whom are in the NFL or wildly successful in their non-football lives. Any mother that meets him will understand what a father figure he is.
No doubt we put our best foot forward here. If we had a real chance going in, even small, I would bet a paycheck that we've got him.
|24 weeks 5 days ago||Gentleman, 100%||
Two things about Mo:
1) He cared about his players. He was hard on them, but he cared about them. Absolutely like a father figure to a lot of guys who were without fathers. Lloyd and Mo were incredibly similar in that regard. There were several assistant coaches during that timeframe who were climbers (some of whom are nationally prominant today); less concerned about the players than about the wins and their careers. Mo was the opposite, possibly to a fault.
2) The drinking at the Excalibur club and the end of his time at UM was incredibly out of character in two ways. First, he never drank. While on the road, coaches would gather for dinner in the hotel restaurant or in a suite. Many of them would have a drink or two - businesslike (nobody having more than a couple) but the drinks were there. Mo would NEVER have one. In fact I always kind of figured he just didn't drink. Second, one of the first things he said to every group of incoming freshmen (and repeated it often during their careers) was "You have to be BETTER than other students. Nobody thinks your special here" The message was that media, other students, fans, etc. will try to get you in compromising situations because you are a football player. You need to be cleaner than other students, because if you get caught in a compromising position, the results are way worse than for any other student. I can specifically remember him saying at a meeting with new freshman "If I ever hear of one of you getting in trouble with the police and expecting special treatment because you're a football player here, you'll have to answer to me"
I will always remember the day I knew he was done. For those who don't remember, there were media reports that he was drunk at a restaurant and had to be taken in by police. This was out of character enough, but I think he would have survived. A couple days later a WJR reporter got his hands on the audio tape of Mo in the police car, slurred speech, saying "you can't do this to me, don't you realize who I am?" It was looped on local media. A couple days later he resigned.
|24 weeks 5 days ago||yep||
|24 weeks 6 days ago||I can tell you this...||
...The student managers, at least when I was there, had inside information on many internal areas of the program: injuries, discipline, depth charts, coach-player relationships, etc.. They were at every practice and at many meetings, before and after, in the trainng room, at training table, etc. There is litte doubt in my mind that when I hear "sources close to the program" in media reports it could very well be student managers.
I and my fellow managers could certainly have written a book full of funny, touching, and scary antecdotes of the program. I would never have done it, and neither would most of the guys I worked with. There was a code of ethics that said that what happened inside the program stayed there.
|24 weeks 6 days ago||Our staff's development mentality...||
Asked if we have 4 productive running backs by design:
"Just want to keep those guys fresh, want to make sure they don't take too heavy a load, and for us to be fresh and for them for their careers down the road in the NFL."
What parent of a RB recruit wouldn't read that and send their son to play here? Freaking love the mentality of our staff.
|25 weeks 7 hours ago||You win||
|25 weeks 18 hours ago||Agree 100% with everything||
Agree 100% with everything you said. My original point was simply that Brian's obsessive bashing of all things Lloyd is revealing his biases, and that it is time to move on and simply admit that the Lloyd Carr, while imperfect, was way better than his next two successors, by comparison.
|25 weeks 22 hours ago||LOL||
"nobody is opposing you" he says in the opposing reply.
|25 weeks 22 hours ago||Astoundingly stupid||
"damage young lives" might be a bit hyperbolic, wouldn't you say?
|25 weeks 22 hours ago||Ax to grind?||
If appreciating the Lloyd era is having an ax to grind, then I am guilty. I guess? History has been and will continue to be on my side.
|25 weeks 22 hours ago||I have never understood the obsession with hating Debord||
He sucked at his job while he was here, and now he sucks at it somewhere else that is not here. Who cares? Let's move on and appreciate the Lloyd era as an imperfect time that brought us lots of Big Ten Championships, New Years Day bowl games, and a National Champinoship. Time to move on.
|25 weeks 23 hours ago||Let's assume that's true||
That he was too loyal. At what point can we stop bashing Lloyd by constantly bringing up how what an idiot DeBord is? It's time to let it go, that's all I am saying.
|25 weeks 23 hours ago||Not what I was saying at all.||
This blog has always been anti-Lloyd, and this obsession with DeBord is just a carryover from that.
Everyone on this blog was happy to see Lloyd retire, because apparently consistent big ten chapionships, new years' bowl games, and a national championship weren't good enough, because he was "old fashioned" in his offensive philosophy (codeword "manball"), or "too loyal to his assistants" (Ask Jim Herrmann about that)
My point was this: In the darkest days of the subsequent Rodriguez and later Hoke eras you would think they might appreciate the consistent success Lloyd had more, even if they disagreed with it's mechanisms (i.e. offense and defensive philosophies). But then we read more about "The Debordenberg project" with references to "Queensbury's (sic) Rules program under Lloyd Carr" and we realize that they have no such appreciation, and instead will bash Lloyd in perpetuity.
They were ready to usher in the Enlightened Age of Football where every QB is dual threat and every snap is shotgun. The grass was greener on the Spread and Shred side of the fence. They were wrong, obviously, but they are not willing to admit it. That's all I am saying.
|25 weeks 1 day ago||I so miss Frank Beckmann...||
Brandstatter is a TERRIBLE play by play guy. He and Deirdorf are constantly stepping all over each other to add their analysis, meanwhile neither one is giving score, time, and down-and-distance half the time. As annoying as Blaha is, at least you can count on him to tell you there is "four and twenty-two left in the half" (4:22).
But even as bad as Brandy is, Will Teeman (sp?) is the worst play by play I guy I have every heard, doing MSU basketball. You honestly can't even tell who has the ball half the time.
Nothing wrong with having "homer" announcers, but the standard really needs to be higher for a PBP guy.
|25 weeks 1 day ago||either way||
get over it.
|25 weeks 1 day ago||Huh?||
Separating Hoke from Rodriguez eras does not change my point, which is that people should appreciate Lloyd Carr more as a coach after we had to live through those two eras, or one era, or however many eras you think it was.
|25 weeks 1 day ago||No Brady either||
...He was drafted in 2000. But the proprietors of this blog always look for a chance to bash Lloyd Carr at every opportunity, even if it means commenting on a middling SEC team's mediocre offense. Obviously it is Lloyd's influence as a terrible coach that is causing MIke Debord to suck at Tennessee.
You would think the RichRod/Hoke era may have cured some people of their hatred of Lloyd. Apparently not. It's time to let it go, guys.
|25 weeks 1 day ago||Re: Devin Bush.||
Re: Devin Bush. "Contact courage" what a great descriptive term for being a fearless hitter. I'll be using that one often coaching football.
|25 weeks 2 days ago||Public Service Announcement:||
Just because you lived in Lincoln Park for 22 months during that one internship does not mean you are automatically a cubs fan. Especially since that was 15 years ago and you couldn't have named a single player on the team in July of this year. Go away bandwagon Cubs fan. Go away.
|25 weeks 2 days ago||Feel bad for the kid...||
...a young QB like that would have really benefitted from the extra work during bowl practices. Wait, what??
|25 weeks 3 days ago||The INT from Speight was||
The INT from Speight was probably not a terrible throw, although it looked like it at first. I am pretty sure he intended it as a back shoulder throw, but Higdon, being young and a running back, didn't feel the coverage correctly. The result was terrible, and a seasoned QB shouldn't make that throw, but I don't believe it was a "bad throw" in the strictest sense. In any case Speight looked pretty good in this game. MSU just showed up in this game.
|26 weeks 1 hour ago||So I poked around the State News website.||
After reading the duelling columns I thought maybe they either just had a bad day or they picked the wrong columnist to write their piece. I mean, one real college newspaper can't really be that much worse than another, can it?
Wow was I wrong. Example after example of poorly written, shallow, trivial, pedestrian tripe. Really really bad. Could have easily been a HS paper, if such a thing even existed any more. I appreciate the Daily even more now than I did a few hours ago, and that is saying something.
Thank you, Michigan Daily, for being the undisputed champ. Go Blue!
|26 weeks 1 day ago||Urban's health issues||
were cheerleader-induced, as I recall.
|26 weeks 1 day ago||What about DADS?||
What about DADS?
|26 weeks 1 day ago||Don't forget Herbstreit...||
"Les Miles to Michigan is a Done Deal!"
|26 weeks 1 day ago||So ridiculous...||
Training table for athletes is phenomenal - it's like eating at a very good restaurant once a day. Lunch and breakfast for athletes is in the dorm system, and dorm food is so much better than jail food that he loses all credibility with his comments.
Classic millennial attitude - if I don't know how to manage my money, it's my university's fault. Since when was ANY college student, athlete or not, expected to have someone at the University teach them how to manage money and stay out of trouble? It's called growing up, Trey. Perhaps you should have done more of it during your Junior and Senior year at the greatest University on earth instead of leaving early to have a mediocre NBA career.
What really pisses me off is that these are all shots at Beilein, who took a chance on a mid-level PG from Ohio and facilitated his development into a Wooden award winner and 1st round draft pick. If he actually gave a crap about his mentor he would come back, meet with him, and explain to him what they could do better for future athletes, not go to the media with this garbage.
I am waiting to hear more about how poorly our athletes are prepared from guys like Juwan Howard, Chad Henne, Denard Robinson, or even GRIII and Stauskas. Thank you, Trey, for the time and effort you gave on the court during your 2 years at Michigan. Now just go away.
|26 weeks 2 days ago||Unintended comedy?||
"Speight is a guy who almost transferred because he thought Harbaugh would go with a guy he recruited, but stuck it out; he beat out everyone's fave-rave this offseason, and he's held the job without challenge since. Because he works. They all work—this offseason saw a spate of hilarious articles about the QBs trying to slip in work with the WRs without the other guy knowing."
Ummm... good one?
|26 weeks 5 days ago||56 is too young...||
Of note is that according to his bio on the Freep website he had two open heart surgeries before the age of 8 years old. 56 is always too young, but he probably outlived some predictions for his longevity. Not that that makes it any easier for his friends and family.
|26 weeks 5 days ago||That's probably because of||
That's probably because of your myopia.
|26 weeks 5 days ago||I thought Vicki Vallaincourt||
I thought Vicki Vallaincourt was the debil.
|26 weeks 6 days ago||This||
...is exactly where MSU always was every single year up until about 8 years ago. Talk crap all season before the Michigan game, get spanked, move on to "can't wait for basketball to start". Order has been restored.
|27 weeks 3 hours ago||Fair enough...||
In either case it is great to see MSU go back to the shallow end of the pool, where little brother belongs.
|27 weeks 3 hours ago||^ Exaclty!||
|27 weeks 3 hours ago||Totally agree!||
I am more than ready to let it go. It's ironic that my MSU fans are always accusing me of living in the past, but celebrate the fluky gift from the football gods as some kind of holiday. Can't wait for this play to fade into obscurity.
|27 weeks 3 hours ago||Really? Good for you!||
Really? Good for you!
|27 weeks 1 day ago||Oh no!||
Not the dreaded "you don't have enough Mgopoints to have an opionion" blast. I'll go back to my corner now...
|27 weeks 2 days ago||Hmmm...||
I think we may have different criteria for the phrase "great point".
|27 weeks 2 days ago||I like Jane Coaston||
I really do. I follow her, I retweet her occasionally... but I don't understand the crush that the proprietors of this fine blog have on her. Like, why on earth would her opinion of Purdue hiring an option-offense HC deserve to be featured in an Unverfied Voracity post, let alone her opinion drive the headline of said post? Seriously, I just don't get it.
|27 weeks 6 days ago||500% increase in defensive work in the summer?||
Music to my ears...
|28 weeks 5 days ago||Prayers for FL||
Someday we'll have the technology to direct hurricanes so that they make landfall in wastelands with no civilization.... like Columbus. I'll settle for Hurricane Harbaugh for now.
|28 weeks 5 days ago||False. Muskegon has never gone up a class size.||
False. Muskegon has never gone up a class size.
|28 weeks 6 days ago||More to the story?||
Hard to tell from the article, and I am reading between the lines a bit, but it sounds to me like the opposing coaches all got together and agreed to forfeit to the private school to draw attention to their complaint about recruiting and competition. Too much of a coincidence that three different teams independently decided to forfeit. Looking at the school districts' websites, Granite falls has about 600 students in the HS, and the private school as 525. Also you can actually look at Bishop Murphy's roster online.
These three teams probably got together and are using player safety, the hot-button issue of the day in HS football, as a PR wedge to get media attention for the private-public school football debate, which rages on. Actually a pretty good strategy if you are into that sort of thing, and will probably be copied as a strategy in other areas of the country as well.
|28 weeks 6 days ago||Your mom||
said the same thing to me last night.
|28 weeks 6 days ago||Dear lord, people...||
...when will we all learn that coaches promising recruits' moms that they are staying is just not newsworthy. On another thread, some one quoted Connor Cook's mom as saying Mike Dantoni was going to retire at MSU. What the hell do you expect him to say?
I am pretty sure Harbaugh is going to stay for a good long while, I just don't understand why anyone would think he would say otherwise when asked by a recruit's mother.
|28 weeks 6 days ago||THANK you||
I said the same thing below and before the UFR and got negged for it. The myopia on this board is really remarkable at times.
|28 weeks 6 days ago||Check the UFR, son...||
...I hate to say "I told you so". Actually, that's not true. I love saying "I told you so".
|28 weeks 6 days ago||Check the UFR, son...||
...I hate to say "I told you so". Actually, that's not true. I love saying "I told you so".
|29 weeks 4 hours ago||Hey "Bro" guy...||
Where does one get a Nike #20 sleeveless jersey/T-shirt?
|29 weeks 2 days ago||Bushell-Beatty << Newsome||
I look forward to the UFR, but damn I thought he struggled mightily after Newsome's injury... It seemed every time there was pressure on Speight or a flag it was him. Hope I am wrong, but I think we are going to feel Newsome's absense in a big BIG way.
|29 weeks 2 days ago||LOL "the rest of the midwest"||
If by "the rest of the midwest" you actaully mean "no one outside of the 313" then I totally agree with you!
|29 weeks 2 days ago||Do know anyone from Wisconsin? Ask them.||
Do know anyone from Wisconsin? Ask them.
|29 weeks 2 days ago||"Wisky" is not a thing. An||
"Wisky" is not a thing. An incredibly annoying Detroit sports media thing is to add '-y' at the end of a name. Some other annoying examples - "Miggy", "trammy", and the worst ever "Kirky Gibby"
|29 weeks 6 days ago||Because||
The proprietor and employees of this website are left leaning, politically. Which is just fine with me, because their football content generally kicks ass. Gotta love the qualifier "not to get all political on you, BUT..."
|30 weeks 37 min ago||Free speech is so simple, but not easy.||
Just because 99% of the population is offended by something, as we all are by the signs posted on campus, does not mean it can be censored by the government (or University). I don't understand why Ace or anyone else would be afraid of some moron posting flyers leading to the downfall of our beloved Michigan. Get a grip people. It's just stupid people showing their stupidity.
|30 weeks 23 hours ago||24-17 meeeeeshigan.||
|30 weeks 1 day ago||Better sources?||
1) He has no reason to tell her his true career plan - true or otherwise - unless it is some version of "I'm a spartan for life". Do you seriously think he would say anything contrary to "I am a Spartan for life" to her, or Connor?
2) It is probably more likely that she has zero inside information at all, but just tells anyone who asks her opinion of his future "I talked to Mark myself and he told me he is a Spartan for life!"
3) "the entire spartan fanbase and former QB moms are all in a consipracy..." Is that supposed to be irony or hyperbole? Obviously spartan fans and QB moms have a stake in promoting that "spartan for life" narrative. Like... duh.
4) I actually think he IS a spartan for life - but to use Connor Cook's Mom as a source is just silly.
|30 weeks 1 day ago||This thread is almost as good||
as USMNT debates.
|30 weeks 2 days ago||yeah well||
I kinda gave him the benefit of the doubt - that the poster thought his mom heard it from the Connor, not directly from the coach. But your point is well taken.
|30 weeks 2 days ago||Connor Cook's mom?||
That's your source? You honestly think that Dantonio shares (honest) personal career goals with former quarterbacks?
|30 weeks 2 days ago||I had a similar story||
I bought by 12 year old son front row tickets to the Hawaii game in the SE corner of the stadium, on StubHub I actually hate sitting down that low, but I overpaid for the tickets, and to a 12 year old it was pretty exciting - he was stoked.
Turns out "row 1" is not the front row in that section, but rather there is a "row A" and "row B" in front of us. My son was really bummed at first, but it really turned out to be no big deal.
Did I call the usher over and bitch because I didn't understand the seating when I bought my ticket, then storm out of the game? No. No I did not.
And that, my friends, is "the Michigan Difference"
|30 weeks 2 days ago||Not too high.||
The standard "I feel really bad for the kid who got injured" comment applies, but Clark was never a standout in my book. Senior DB's are always valueable based on experience and leadership, but I was never all that impressed with his cover or tackling skills.
The Wisconsin game will be a test, but after that we have a few weeks to get his replacement some game-speed action before the STAEE and Ohio games. We'll be fine.
|30 weeks 2 days ago||Right...||
...because the beat writers are always SOOOOO accurate when it comes to lists of potential candidates 1 day into a coaching search. Right?
|31 weeks 1 day ago||Hawthorne effect?||
Interesting to see how this plays out for the rest of the year, but I am almost certain that the Hawthorne effect will skew the results - especially in this crowd.
|31 weeks 1 day ago||My favorite part of the||
My favorite part of the Peppers sideline gif is when Corbin Bleu gets up and tries to chase Jabril onto the field.
I also disagree with Brian's description of the strip sack as "blindsided". How in the name of Stevie Wonder did Speight not see the guy coming in free right in his face?
|33 weeks 1 day ago||Thanks for the reference link...||
...I should have known RichRod was responsible! ;-)
|33 weeks 1 day ago||Freshman Locker Room||
This is not a Harbaugh thing, it was a Bo thing. It has been around for decades. I was a student manager form 1991-1995 under Mo and it had always been there. The reason given back then was exactly the same as Harbaugh gives now - Class comraderie, leadership building, etc.
I haven't been in Schembecler since the Lloyd era ended, so I don't know if RichRod and/or Brady changed it, but if they did it is clearly back and here to stay.
|33 weeks 5 days ago||Cute psuedo-intellectual ACT Reference||
But totally wrong. And stupid. You don't pay tor MGoBlog you dipshit. And no one objected to the noodle on the basis of hating macaroni and cheese, but rather that it was giant that impacted the Stadium's architectural impact.
Go get your free content elsewhere. SMH.
|33 weeks 6 days ago||Not buying that argument...||
Generally I agree with your earlier comments that content is king, so deal with the format.
HOWEVA' - saying they are too busy or tired doesn't fly with me. The amount of time that our esteemed proprietors spend on draftageddon and non-Michigan USMNT stuff is very high, and the consesnus of 90% of their loyal users is that it is completely uninteresting. Again, it's 100% their prerogative to post whatever they want to as the owners of the blog - but the "we're too busy or exhausted to address what virtually every single loyal user says is a major deficiency" is just not believeable.
Someone said earlier that sports blogging is a dodgy business to be in. I disagree - it's just that the majority of sports bloggers - this one included - are run by people with virtually no business sense, but who are really REALLY good at the content part of it.
Here I am reading this blog and commenting - because I love it - but it really is not too much to ask for a web-based business to have a webpage design that doesn't suck. And this one sucks.
|33 weeks 6 days ago||49-6 Michigan.||
|34 weeks 23 hours ago||Outrage upon outrage||
Kaepernick is outraged at racsim. People are outraged that Kaepernick sat down during the national anthem. Other people are outraged at the people who are outraged at Kaepernick. Everyone has a right to be outraged.
I just wish I didn't have to listen to it, because at the heart of it I don't care to what degree Kaerpernick is patriotic. Seriously who cares? This is America - dude can do what he wants. And people can love him or hate him for it. Can we please drop this topic altogether?
|34 weeks 6 days ago||Is it annoying and||
Is it annoying and condescending to ask a series of yes or no questions and answer them yourself so that you appear to know all the answers? Absolutely.
|35 weeks 6 days ago||"Autistic Llama"?||
Come on, Brian, you're better than that.
|38 weeks 1 hour ago||Biff-ism #1:||
"why don't you just make like a tree, and get outa' here!"
|38 weeks 1 day ago||I just don't get this post||
Why bother? Especially since the soccer dorks got their reason to bitch about the rest of the world not understanding the "beautiful game" a couple months ago... Oh well, at least it isn't another draftageddon post.
|38 weeks 2 days ago||Great work...||
This piece really crystalized a thought that has been rattling around in my mind for weeks - Only a guy with the stones to guarantee a victory against Ohio while PLAYING for Bo could be the guy who started talking about more than "winning the Big 10 championship" while COACHING the modern version of Bo's offense.
The dark days of RichRod were just an unfortunate yet necessary time lag - one that gave Harbaugh the time to progress far enough in his career to get to the point where he didn't give a damn about money, fame, or any other damn thing- and so he could just come home to the place he has always loved and be then next great Michigan coach.
|39 weeks 1 day ago||Plus One...||
For the Nutmeg Mills reference. The truly darkest days of M gear, for sure. Well done, sir.
|39 weeks 6 days ago||Kickers...||
...prancing out onto the field in their clean uniform while 22 warriors who have given their blood, sweat, and tears risking debilitating brain injury watch and hope that he has actually been thinking about kicking for the last two hours and not hitting on the cheerleaders, standing just far enough away from his coach so that when he calls out "KICKER!" that he will actually hear it. But I guess it's better to have a good one than a crappy one so...
|41 weeks 5 hours ago||Sparty-on-Sparty Crime...||
.... is the best kind.
|41 weeks 2 days ago||.||
|41 weeks 6 days ago||2018 "Road to Stupidity" confirmed||
|41 weeks 6 days ago||At ND in 2018?||
Warde Manual just royally screwed up the first important action on the job... Home game in '18 should have been a precondition to even come to the table with those arrogant pricks.
|45 weeks 1 day ago||Thanks for the reasonable||
Thanks for the reasonable response, Chatster. I think we agree on one thing - "Off Topic" posts belong on the MGoBoard, not the main feed, which is why I don't mind, read, or complain about them when they appear there. I still don't quite understand why the only non-Michigan topic of ANY kind to make the main Blog feed is soccer. And I still think the opening paragraph equating me as a non-soccer guy to "sports radio enthusiast" (translation: meathead) is snarky. Enjoy the rest of the Copa,
|45 weeks 1 day ago||Tap the breaks, man. The||
Tap the breaks, man. The opening paragraph of the post equated not liking soccer to "sports radio enthusiast" which I think is a little snarky for a blog whose purported reason for existence has nothin to do withe international soccer. So defensive!
|45 weeks 1 day ago||"Sports Radio Enthusiast" - I||
"Sports Radio Enthusiast" - I love how "soccer enthusiasts" like to cast non-soccer devotees as meatheads. Could it be that we enjoy reading about Michigan sports, which is, you know, the ostensible reason for this blogs existence? And that since USMNT is neither a Michigan sport or even a sport in which Michigan is even mildly competitive, so it obviously doesn't fit here? No, that's crazy talk.
|47 weeks 6 hours ago||Referee authority||
Other soccer purists on this board insist that you can't give a ref discretion on a foul in the box because there would be too much of a burden for him to decide between different fouls - that the f"oul in the box" rule is a clear rule (LOL).
But then you say that the ref's authority should be all that matters on something as clear-cut as a goal going in after time expires. Talk about opening a pandora's box giving a ref that kind of authority; especially in a sport with notoriously crooked referees.
And I am sorry but a game with a "different relationship to the clock" just doesn't fly with me. Either there is a clock or there isn't; either there is a sideline or there isn't; either there is a ball that crosses the goal line or there isn't.
|47 weeks 22 hours ago||Wow||
Tap the brakes, there, Pele... Get defensive much? We love our purely American sports, but that doesn't mean we can't find fault with them, just like we do with Soccer. It's all in good fun, kind of like lobbing urine bombs at the oposing team.
|47 weeks 23 hours ago||That doesn't make sense||
In hockey, basketball, etc., if a goal/basket goes in 0.6 seconds after the horn sounds, it just doesn't count because, uh, the clock expired.
Why did it suck to have a goal not count when it went in after the horn sounded? It would suck even more if they had actually counted it even though it was late? Am I missing something?
|47 weeks 1 day ago||Saving the unsaveable?||
I hate it much less than I used to, now that I understand offsides. Still:
|47 weeks 6 days ago||Where does Briles end up?||
Or more accurately, which downtrodden SEC team will fire their current guy and hire Briles, under the "everyone needs second chances" flag, explaining his changed heart and deep regret, and giving him a huge raise? Ole Miss likely to have an opening soon, but my money is on South Carolina or Kentucky... Maybe Mizzou.
|48 weeks 5 days ago||Snapchat||
I am a 40-something curmudgeon, and finally gave in to Snapchat because my 14 year old daughter urged me to. It is actually one of the coolest all-around apps, is great for communicating with younger colleagues, and is not really creepy any more... Highly recommended.
|49 weeks 2 days ago||I never really liked my avatar...||
|50 weeks 5 days ago||It's Draftageddon Time!||
|51 weeks 29 min ago||"Just the sacks"||
Apologies in advance...Can anyone help me understand the meaning of this T-shirt? (and yes, I get the Dragnet reference)
|1 year 2 weeks ago||Mike Leach||
Somehow I love this man and hate him at the same time.
Secondarily - You got a poet laureate for UM Commencement? I got a cartoonist, and not even a good one...Cathy Guisewite.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||I know as much about web hosting as I do about astrophysics...||
But I am in agreement, with the requisite qualifier "I love the site, but..."
It seems to me that this fine website being on such an unreliable infrastructure is like Al Borges putting Denard Robinson under center despite ovewhelming evidence to it's ineffectiveness.
And no, I don't even know if "unreliable infrastructure" is the correct syntax, but you get my point.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||There is only one Spinellis!||
If there were more than one, we'd have to call them Spinellises, which is just silly.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||Bo Idolized Yost||
Any questions on Bo's moral authority when it comes to running a football program?
|1 year 13 weeks ago||This is starting to resemble the Joe Bolden re-posts.||
This is starting to resemble the Joe Bolden re-posts.
This is starting to resemble the Joe Bolden re-posts.
This is starting to resemble the Joe Bolden re-posts.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||*scratches head*||
Seriously? That is your moral argument in favor of pulling a committed scholarship 3 weeks from NSD? Because my avatar was a racist?
|1 year 13 weeks ago||We all want to win.||
Most of us are not willing to sacrifice the integrity of the program to get there. On behalf of the rest of the fanbase, you might want to go look around for another football team to root for. We just don't think you will have much of a role here as a Michigan fan. Good riddance.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||Glass houses||
I was willing to play "wait and see" until I read the mLive article. In it Swenson says that the scholarship offer was pulled. This is in excusable, assuming it's true. We should have kept our committment to this (what appears to be) fine young man and accepted the fact that someone else on our list would not be in the fold. That's what the word "committment" means.
I seem to be in the minority when I say that I will NOT be pleased with a national champtionship if we have to lower our standards of integrity to get it, regardless of who our coach is. I will perfectly happy with 10-2 seasons every year if that is as good as we can be while still being "Michigan". But I believe we can win a National Chapionship withour selling our soul to Nick Saban.
I look forward to the massive negging that I am about to receive. The Chris Webber era should never ever be celebrated just because of the results on the court.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||You can't have it both ways||
"if we do this stuff, we better win big". Total garbage attitude. Either the actions of the staff are right or wrong. The resultant winning or losing doesn't have a thing to do with it.
|1 year 14 weeks ago||Jay Riemersma||
The move from QB to TE worked out just fine for another tall athletic UM signal caller... 9 NFL seasons, 23 TDs, 2500+ yards. And his TE coach at UM not Jim Harbaugh, it was... wait for it... Mike Debord.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||ESPN and "Journalism" LOL||
Quote from ESPN NBA suck-up-in-chief Chriss Broussard's "insider take" on rumors of John Calipari going to Sacramento: "It's not a stretch that they may have talked about it to some degree." Wow, that's journalism. No word yet on if he has figured out a way to add a syllable to Coach Cal's name, as so eloquently has for "Duh-wayne Wade" or "Duh-wight Howard"
|2 years 3 weeks ago||Adidas School? *sigh||
I am repulsed by the idea that a kid would choose a school based on it's apparel contract. Even if it helps us in this case, it pisses me off. And while you're at it, GET OFF MY LAWN!
|2 years 8 weeks ago||Damage to WHICH brand?||
The only "brand" they damaged was that of the University, their fraternity, and their families. But of course the resort is padding the numbers, just like every plaintiff in a civil suit seeking damages case ever has. I say pound these losers for every penny, whether theirs or their parents'. Welcome to grown-up world, kids. Time to pay the piper.
|2 years 13 weeks ago||"Happy"?!?||
That's where you're wrong, Tom. As a "fan" of my teams, I'm never "happy as hell" about an opposing star player's injury. It might make me like my team's chances more, but that's not the same as being "happy as hell".
I wasn't "happy as hell" when Barrett or Miller went down with season ending injuries - I actually felt bad for them - injuries suck. But I WAS "happy as hell" when Golson was suspended for academic fraud, because the kid was still intact, physically.
What a loser.
|2 years 15 weeks ago||RichRod's Pic||
I happened to be looking at Richrod's wikipedia page and they still have a Michigan picture of him on there. Weird.
|2 years 19 weeks ago||Wisconsin as "elite program"||
I have no idea where this idea got started. I don't get the logic that somehow good coaches leaving Madison is some sign of the apocalypse for the B1G.
Check the record - They have had a couple of two- or three-year really good stretches over the past 30 years, where they have had 1 or 2 losses and finished in the top 10. They generally finish ranked 15-ish most years, with lots of "receiving votes" rankings sprinkled in throughout. They have really good OL and RBs year in and year out (yipee)
Barry Alvarez has somehow been elevated into some college football god status despite a LOT of mediocre seasons when he was at the reigns. Yes, he brought them up from years of northwestern/purdue status up a couple notches, but they are no more elite than Georgia or Kansas State or Tennessee - they've had some really good teams in small bursts, but historically not in the top ten nationally. I wasn't shocked when Bielema or Anderson left, and I won't be shocked when the next guy leaves to go to North Carolina or Boston College.
|2 years 20 weeks ago||Great work||
I loved his take on "Michigan Man" and only slightly less loved him bitch-slapping Drew Sharp's stupid question. And the swinging pendulum physics analogy was great because I am a nerd engineer.
|2 years 20 weeks ago||Sad day...||
It’s really a sad day. For the program, for Brady, and for the seniors.
Brady fell victim to the Peter Principle – promoted beyond his skill set. I don’t think there is a better example of it than this – outside of 7 of the past 8 Lions head coaches.
We can all have a sense of relief, but I won’t celebrate. Brady is a really good guy - this was truly his dream job, and he just wasn’t up to the task. I felt the same about Rodriguez the day he was fired; good guy, didn’t get the job done, and it was just time to go – I didn’t celebrate that day either.
And man – those seniors – they have put up with a whole lot of crap over the time they’ve been here. I really feel for those guys. They didn’t come to Michigan thinking they’d have to watch two guys they love get fired like this…
|2 years 20 weeks ago||Peter principle||
Outside of the 7 out of the last 8 Detroit Lions HC's, you'll be hard pressed to find a more perfect example of the peter principle at work. Great guy, great position coach, adequate mid major HC, promoted beyond his skillset. Best of luck, Mr. Hoke. Sorry your dream job didn't work out.
|2 years 20 weeks ago||I'm no IT guy||
But it might be time to update the host server to something, um, adequate. Just a suggestion.
|2 years 21 weeks ago||Soo....||
All you need to have a good Defense is an expensive DC? Does that rule apply to Offenses too? Because Al Borges would disagree with you.
|2 years 21 weeks ago||By your logic, then||
We should have kept Rodriguez areound, allowed him use his really good offense as a springboard, allow him time to learn from his mistake of having a nonexistent defense, until he figured it out and then we'd be really good?
So by that logic we should keep Brady around, allow him to use his really good defense as a springboard, allow him time to learn from his mistake of having a terrible offense and zero player development, until he figures it out and then we'll be really good?
No thank you.
I actually agree that we would be better of if we had kept Rodriguez, but it just wasn't possible. It was time for him to go, just like it is with Brady. Neither one worked, for different reasons. Revising history to paint Rodriguez as a tragic victim is just that - revisionist.
|2 years 21 weeks ago||I could have scripted your response||
"Rich Rodriguez blew it here, and he learned." That's reductivism from our esteemed leader. Take it up with him.
|2 years 21 weeks ago||Thank you...||
No one ever said Rodriquez' offense didn't work - of course it did. Any moron can see that. Hoke has been a failure. There can be no doubt of that. Yet when I say Rodriquez failed here, I get berated for being a Manball Michigan Man Moron. But to all the MGoDesciples that keep saying "we should have kept Rodriquez" over and over and over again, your prophet just summed it up:
" Rich Rodriguez blew it here, and he learned. He dumped his defensive staff, got Jeff Casteel back, and is headed to the Pac-12 championship game with a freshman QB after having beaten Oregon in back-to-back years."
Thank you, now can we please STOP pointing to Rodriguez' current success as evidence that we should have kept him? He ignored the defensive side of the ball the entire time he was here, got fired because of it, learned his lesson, and now figured out that when you have a great offense, a pretty good defense is good enough.
|2 years 21 weeks ago||"one more game this season"||
That question goes without comment from the coach... Not exactly oozing with optimism, are we coach?
|2 years 21 weeks ago||Statistical definitions||
Could someone kindly direct me to the explanation of the stats are discussed for hoops (eFG%, TO%, OR%, etc.)? Thanks!
|2 years 22 weeks ago||This is so dumb||
We all have contributed to the Jim Harbaugh salary. It's called ticket prices. Does anyone really think we won't open the checkbook to get Harbaugh? Salary is the lowest hurdle we have in getting him. His trophy No-Cal wife and Jim's ego are what will stop him from (a) leaving the bay area and (b) leaving the NFL to return to college without a superbowl ring, respectively.
|2 years 22 weeks ago||I think we agree||
Succession planning was part of his job, and he failed. But he still won a lot. In your analogy, the company was immensly profitable during the CEO's tenure. He did everything right except the succession plan. He was still a very good CEO. The fact that the board hired a buffoon to replace him isn't his fault.
|2 years 22 weeks ago||The "we hate running the ball" crew||
I totally agree and don't understand the DeBord hate. They complain that DeBord would run the football the whole game and then FINALLY throw to our awesome wide receivers. Of course it COULD be that running the football gets LB's crashing and allows for man coverage at the corners freeing Braylon up for 4th quarter drama. Crazy talk, I know... but Mr. Saban and the guy in EL that looks like Doofenschmirtz might agree with me.
|2 years 22 weeks ago||Head coach's #1 Job is to win||
This is a fantastic history lesson - I've been thinking about this a lot.
Lloyd did, for the most part, do his job of winning games the right way. I get that you can point to the lack of a successor as a critique, but who gives a damn if you're winning? What is so wrong with picking guys who aspire only to be assistants, and by the way they happen to be pretty good at it.
But remember, Lloyd didn't happen in a vacuum. Moeller's implosion also chased the two coaches that were in the coaching tree (albiet not Lloyd's) - Miles and Cameron, who were fantastic assistants by any measure. Moeller was a direct succession to Bo, as was Lloyd, but with Lloyd, Mo, Cam, and Les no longer assistants, that left a gaping hole in the succession tree that was filled with the guys who were left - Debord and Parrish/Malone. And don't forget that Bo was still alive and adored during those times, and had an office three doors down from the HC's office. Don't think he wasn't consulted REGULARLY on those kinds of decisions, and the default was to keep the assitant jobs in-house.
Whatever unsubstantiated rumor you might attribute the Moeller/Les/Cam exit, it had a huge impact.
Lloyd wasn't perfect, but he did a fantastic job of balancing winning and representing the University as a whole, and if his only flaw was that he didn't have a successor, then I'll take it. The blame for the successors after that lies solidly in the lap of the men who hired them - Lay off of Lloyd
|2 years 23 weeks ago||Leadership||
I hope Clark can pull it together and make it somehow. He was one of the few bright spots on the team, and now even that small joy has been taken away.
I have said since day 1 that the fact that Hoke chose no captains this year was an indicator of a vacuum of player leadership. This is just further evidence of that fact. Not every senior can be a team leader, but it would be nice if there was at least one on this team. Another sad day for the program.
|2 years 23 weeks ago||Pass rush?||
Would it matter to you how good our pass rush is with or with out him? I wouldn't care if he was the second coming of Reggie White - clearly he is a bad guy, and was given a second chance once already. I don't want to hear any "let the legal system take it's course" either. If he plays another down at Michigan I will be disgusted.
edit: sorry this was suppoosed to be posted under "the "we didn't have anything" thread. I suck at MGoPosting
|2 years 23 weeks ago||Pass Rush?||
Would it matter to you how good our pass rush is with or with out him? I wouldn't care if he was the second coming of Reggie White - clearly he is a bad guy, and was given a second chance once already. I don't want to hear any "let the legal system take it's course" either. If he plays another down at Michigan I will be disgusted.
|2 years 25 weeks ago||"Kitty corner"||
Thank you, sir, for using the proper term. "Catty-corner" is for Buckeyes. I would like to toast you with a ice cold pop.
|2 years 25 weeks ago||Pete Carroll?||
I know he didn't exactly leave New England of his own accord to go to USC, but I think it's pretty clear that Harbaugh won't really be leaving SF completely on his own either (if that happens). And I still think his trophy NoCal wife was a significant reason he wasn't interested in Michigan the first time around - and I don't know if he is still married to said trophy wife now, either.
Also Charlie Weis vaguely fits into that category, and that's saying something because he doesn't usually fit into anything (sorry couldn't resist).
Any real candidate for a major college job like Michigan understands that college fans can be a little bit nutty, and that coach, driven by their ego, will always assume (correctly) that winning will cure all fan vitriol. And since they are mostly egocentric people, they are going t turn that program around and the fans will buy them a $3M house in Tuscaloosa. It's having an AD that watches film with them and throws them, unsupported, to the media wolves after the Morris incident that will keep good candidates away, not a passionate and angry fan base.
Also regarding Brandon's passive agressive emails being cause for dismissal. Gary Moeller, a good mand and a pretty darn good coach, didn't really get fired for being drunk and disorderly... he got fired for being mediocre. It was pulling the "Do you know who I am?!" card out in the back of a police car, and recording of that drunken rant getting to WJR that ended it for him. Once the recording got on the airwaves it was over. Even that might have been overcome if not for several 4-loss (or 3 tie) seasons. In other words, when your job performance is mediocre bordering bad, you shouldn't give your boss an excuse to fire you, be it snarky emails or a recorded drunken rampage.
|2 years 25 weeks ago||Amen||
YesYesYes. Thank you for bringing some needed perspective.
|2 years 26 weeks ago||"Runs up the score"||
Running up the score entails passing, calling timeouts, running a hurry up, going for two, kicking a field goal etc. They did none of these.
Yes, MSU could've taken a knee. But they ran the ball over and over, using the same formation (unbalenced line shift) and we couldn't stop them, even though we knew it was coming. We were manhandled the whole day. We sure showed them with the tent spike though!
|2 years 26 weeks ago||Manners?||
I am not looking for manners, just perspective. You can run your mouth when the series has been close lately, or it’s expected to be a close game, at least. You don’t make your stake-in-the-turf stunt when you’ve been getting manhandled for 5 years and are heavy road underdogs. You keep you mouth shut and let your game do the talking.
The Harbaugh guarantee is a great example. The series was nip-and-tuck for 10 years prior to that game, and Harbaugh was the undisputed leader of the team – he had earned the right to make a strong statement. Bo stood behind it publically because Harbaugh had earned the mandate as a leader to do it. Remember, Bo didn’t agree with Harbaugh publically on lots of occasions. But that’s the difference between a leader being a leader and the inmates running the asylum. Thanks, you basically made my point for me.
As your other examples - Woody, Tressell, and Dantonio – of how to act “fiery” as a leader, you can have them. If you think these guys are what we should emulate, then you and I can fight right now.
|2 years 26 weeks ago||Sorry, my bad.||
The field is made of grass. I can recall a time when we didn't give a shit what Spartan Stadium's playing surface was made of. So you thought it was a good idea, then?
|2 years 26 weeks ago||Mmmmkay...||
Obviously there are a different # of adults and children. That's why it is, you know, an analogy. But I still think it works, even after rereading it. It is still about leadership of young, immature players.
He is apologizing for something his players did, when it's clear he should have taught those players not to do stupid stuff like that. The "we can't possibly control the actions of the players" argument is complete garbage. If you can't control 65 players for 4 hours while in uniform on the field of play you need to find a new job. If we are going to hold other coaches' accountable for the stupid immature stuff their players do, like the Marcus Hall double bird, or the similar loser antics of the state player that got ejected for targeting on Saturday, then we hold our own coaches to the same standard.
As far as the TSA comment I don't have any problem with using the cute little tent stake as a motivational tool, even having it on the sidelines. Just don't be stupid and douchey with it.
|2 years 26 weeks ago||Yes I remember.||
That was back when we were kicking their arse every year. You know back when Train and Norah Jones were dominating the music scene... Your comment is just about as relevant. Put down the coors light and acknowledge who we are, not who we used to be.
So I assume you think putting a little tent stake into an artificial turf field when you're a 18 point dog was a nifty idea?
|2 years 26 weeks ago||Jeff Long||
I worked daily in Schembecler Hall for several years under Lloyd and Mo in the early 90s. Jeff Long, at that time, was the Assistant AD for Football Ops. He is a sharp guy, but really a colossal D-Bag. Backstabbing, politically calculating, and not willing to stick his neck out for anyone other than himself. His hire of Beilema was not at all surprising, as it was a safe, non-controversial choice with very little upside - i.e. pretty much everyone knew what Beilema was when he hired him, and there was very little hope that he would be a great coach. Sound familiar? In my opinion if Jeff Long was the AD during the Richrod firing, we would have gotten Brady Hoke as our coach anyway - it's just that he probably would have been our second choice instead of our 5th.
I think he would be a better administrator than Brandon, insofar as he is a lifetime collegiate AD type and would be far less corporate. Which is a good thing. But if we hire Jeff Long, you can more of the same, but with less piped in music and uniformzzzz. Which is not a good thing.
|2 years 26 weeks ago||I prefer a different villain to mock Dantonio with:||
|2 years 30 weeks ago||True 'dat.||
I am not a fan of Simmons, either, but the most dispicable irony is that he received a longer suspension than Ray Rice's original suspension for basically telling the truth about Goodell... That is, before the NFL said "wait, you mean you actually hit her in the elevator, Ray?!? We thought she hit herself in the face repeatedly with an anvil! You're fired, Ray!"
ESPN is a complete joke. There's a reason that "entertainment" is their first name - if you believe they are a journalistic entity of any shade you're naive at best and stupid at worst. Their "insider" guys (Shefter et al.) get their stories by walking into the team HQ and getting spoon fed the information that the team wants them to have. There is no investigation whatsoever in their investigative "reporting," they are too reliant on the NFL for content on their four networks + radio to cross them. Listen to their crappy radio shows on any given morning - you will NEVER hear anything negative about the NFL there that hasn't been reported repeatedly elsewhere. And If if you do ever cross the NFL while employed by ESPN... well...
|2 years 30 weeks ago||Jeff Long AD||
No no no no no NO!
I worked closely with Jeff Long during his tenure at Schembecler Hall as the Assistant AD in charge of Football Ops. You do not want him. He is David Brandon without the business background. I personally watched him preside over several internal issues (that were never made public - oh, for the days before social media) and he was constantly advising Jack Wittenbach to ignore or sweep things under the rug - a la Ravens handling of Ray Rice. He was professional only to people who could benefit him personally, regulary accepted personal benefits from pushing commercial deals to his friends (such as free hotel stays for his family when he would choose a certain hotel for a bowl trip) and it pains me to know he will be sitting on the playoff selection committee.
He is a snake - slimy, cruel and inconsiderate to people who reported to him and regularly undermined people above him. Trust me when I say that will be a complete disaster. Brandon must go, but Warde Manual is a solid person, top to bottom. Long is a complete scumbag.
|2 years 32 weeks ago||Devin and Denard||
In truth, neither one ever progressed AS A PASSER* while at Michigan, and that is 95% a Borges problem. It's really quite sad. I am sure Nuss will be better at QB development, but Denard was the same AS A PASSER the day he left as he was the day he arrived - strong arm, mediocre feet, mediocre decisions. Gardner is the same AS A PASSER today as he was the day he arrived - strong arm, mediocre feet, mediocre decisions (and yes I realize that he had a whole season as a reciever). I think/hope he will get better by the end of the year, but just imagine if we had kept him on the outside as a wideout, with Funchess and Norfleet, and now had a fully operational southpaw Shane Morris slinging it from sideline to sideline. Damn.
*capitalized for emphasis so that it is clear to myopic blog readers that I am only talking about Denard and Devin as a passer. Not as a runner, not even as as a QB, not as a beloved leader and face of our program whom we all love dearly, author included.
|2 years 32 weeks ago||Brandon as Hapless Father Figure||
Think dad from Ferris Bueller ("wrap a hot towel around your head"). Or maybe Satan the dark prince himself.
Or maybe the dad from Phineas and Ferb, which is perfect because that a-hole DB Dantonio looks just like Doofenshmirtz.
|2 years 39 weeks ago||Never ever ever...||
I am as likely to even CONSIDER this question of World Cup over UM Football as I am to watch the Tour de France.
|2 years 43 weeks ago||Lighten up, Francis.||
It's what we do here. Debating whether a certain win is "muppet-worthy" is a time honored tradition here.
|2 years 43 weeks ago||Compelling argument||
By "compelling" I mean "nonexistant". Perhaps I was too obscure in my analysis. I believe that we should not be excited about making the round of 16, beause a nation of our resources and economic power should be in the top 16 in this game. To repeate my original point, I am not saying we shouldn't be excited about the novelty of this step, but muppets are reserved for very special accomplishements, and this is not a special accomplishement.
|2 years 43 weeks ago||.||
|2 years 43 weeks ago||"equivalent to the sweet 16"?||
I don't see it. I'll say it again. To get into this round we had to to surpass these two nations:
This would be like the Patriots storming the field after having a .500 season, or the Yankees celebrating a 90 win season by popping champagne, or Michigan beating Indiana in football. It's a nice accomplishent, but Muppets, man. Muppets.
|2 years 43 weeks ago||No Muppets!||
Although I hate ties, I understand the round robin format, so save your "stupid american" blasts. I am very glad we made it through. I am enjoying watching this team grow up and develop before our eyes. I watched this game, and I will watch the elimination games.
But no freaking way does the USMNT making it to the round of 16 earn Muppets. It's like beating Indiana or getting into the NCAA tournament as a 10 seed. Muppets are for excellence. This is not excellence, it's nice progress. We finished ahead of Ghana and Portugal. A little perspective here would be nice.
|2 years 44 weeks ago||Soccer Fans...||
...can one of you please explain why I shouldn't be pissed that the mysterious "extra time" clock went from "4-ish" minutes to "5-ish" minutes? And we gave up the pivotal goal at about 4:30? What is so hard about having a person on the clock who stops it during injuries and substitutions, and a clock that everyone can see that shows exactly how much time is left?
I'm not being a smart-ass, I just can't undestand how I can go to a 4th grade basketball game and there is a scoreboard clock that can be relied on by the players and coaches, but in the biggest tournament of the most popular game in the world, we have to rely on one guy with a stopwatch in his pocket?
And how is there not regularly conspiracy theories about how the games end?
Also one more question - what do they do in the final game for a tie after regulation? They obviously can't have two champions, right?
|2 years 48 weeks ago||In person assessment||
I happened to see both Gardner and Malzone play an entire HS football game in person. Gardner was a talented freak with a very strong, albiet incredibly irratic arm, but didn't look like much of a QB to me. Looked more like a WR or TE prospect if not for our Denard situation and talent vacuum at the position at the time. Obviously he's grown into a good QB, but I still contend he'd have been better utilized elsewhere.
Malzone, however, was all pure QB. Rice played a spread in the game I saw (state championship game at Ford Field) and was throwing the pill all over the yard, scrambling, incredibly accurate and decisive. I LOVED the guy, but had never heard of him before the game, and when I got home looked him up and was astounded that he was a fringe 2 or 3 star at the time. I was just amazed, since what I had just watched looked like a prototype 1995-2005 Michigan QB. I'm reallly glad we got this guy, even if he was our 3rd choice (or later). Hope my gut on him turns out the be right.
|3 years 5 days ago||A color is not trademarkable||
except in very VERY rare cases. This is not one of them - it has to have an exclusive market implication as to a product or brand. And even if it was, there is no way that Nike could own the trademark... if anyone owned it it would be the University, since the color is associated with the athletic department and existed many years before Nike existed. If suckiness in uniform design could be trademarked, however, I am pretty sure Adidas would hold the rights.
|3 years 2 weeks ago||In other news...||
...Bernie Madoff has some suggestions on how to improve the regulatory effectiveness of the Securities and Exchange Commission. Please...
|3 years 8 weeks ago||Downvote for "euchre" misspelling...||
Commence "downvote for being a spellchecker on a sports blog" thread below...