|17 hours 29 min ago||DeBord was prone to similar||
DeBord was prone to similar Lazurus like performances within an otherwise moribund offensive output. For example, the 2008 Citrus Bowl, 2006 Notre Dame game, and 2006 Ohio game. This is the same team that put up 18 in the 2006 Rose Bowl, was held to 17 in the 2006 Penn State game, and struggled through an injury plagued 2007.
|22 hours 40 min ago||I once disagreed strongly||
I once disagreed strongly with these types of sentiments. But that was back when the Citrus Bowl had people whinging. And before Dave Brandon incorporated and monetized our traditions, and turned the Big House into a garish evocation of the football industrial complex.
|6 days 19 hours ago||Brandon is a little late on||
Brandon is a little late on this. By the way, who do you think is spreading those rumors that Hoke may be fired? (If you guessed staff members of programs who are also recruiting Jabril Peppers, you win the prize!)
|6 days 19 hours ago||I like it||
Reclaiming history from the end of the '94 Colorado game.
|1 week 2 days ago||The theory that Hoke is a||
The theory that Hoke is a "coordinator coach" only works insofar has his coordinator picks pan out. And if that's true it should be clear to Hoke he needs to make a change.
But Michigan's problems go beyond scheme. The 2013 team is to blocking what the 2010 team was to tackling.
|1 week 2 days ago||I hope he has a better||
I hope he has a better situation next year. I suppose the silver lining is that I can't imagine the line being worse (although without Scofield/Lewan it could be as bad, right?).
|1 week 2 days ago||It should be clear to anyone||
It should be clear to anyone by now that Miles to Michigan is just not going to happen. Folks have been saying that since the 2007 season; this is the Rumor that Won't Die.
|1 week 2 days ago||An interesting perspective.||
An interesting perspective. Having followed Michigan football throughout the 90s, it really wasn't until the '97 season that there was no longer this feeling of nostalgia for the 80s. In that decade, Michigan won two Rose Bowls, beat Nebraska in the Fiesta Bowl, won five Big Ten titles. Bo also beat Notre Dame, Miami, Florida State, USC, and Nebraska, who were the other power programs from that era.
In the 90s, Michigan had four loss seasons from 1993 to 1996. That stretch was followed by ten win seasons from 1997 to 1999.
After the State game, I still had faith that Hoke was the guy, and expected improvement over the last four games. At this point it is clear to me that improvement is not going to happen this year, and what comes next is that Hoke has a 'must win' year where all the tough games are going to be on the road. Hard to be enthusiastic about those odds, I am afraid.
|1 week 3 days ago||I'll be there. First time at||
I'll be there. First time at the Game since 2005. But to be honest I am looking forward more to Zingerman's Roadhouse and drinking Bells than the Game. Two Hearted!!! W00000t. TWO FUCKING HEARTED!!!!!!
|1 week 6 days ago||I think what happened is that||
I think what happened is that Carter-Williams is further along than the Sixers thought he'd be, and they really do not need a mid-priced backup.
|2 weeks 19 hours ago||Bot 4 together off Stubhub,||
Bot 4 together off Stubhub, which would have probably otherwise gone to the Bucks.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Had a Bell's Double Cream||
Had a Bell's Double Cream Stout last night. Wish there were more of that out here.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Pete's Holiday Blend, it||
Pete's Holiday Blend, it being the AM still and all.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Really? Grow the fuck up.||
Really? Grow the fuck up.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||I think that is spot on re||
I think that is spot on re bullying destroying unity. It breeds resentment, reflects a lack of leadership, and, having been in many lockerrooms, winning teams do not do this. Separate and apart from that, an NFL lockerrom is a workplace, and Dolphins management has duties to its employees.
I never, ever thought I would be doing this, but this quote from (gasp) Terrelle Pryor sums it up. Leaders on teams should stop harrassment, not aid or abet it. http://www.raiders.com/news/article-1/Pryor-Looking-Forward-to-Giants-Ga...
From watching him play a bit here in SF, and as reflected in his words here, Pryor has matured.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Some good observations here,||
Some good observations here, but I think overblown, and most will reject the premise that NFL locker rooms adopt prison culture, and this comparison goes too far. I imagine Incognito's teammates are supporting him because they feel having him back gives them the best chance to win. Those other cultural points are more subtextual. To me reading this is refreshing in comparison to the ESPN Incognito apologist party line that is spewed on Sports Center, which is just sickening to me.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||The Crean hotseat talk||
The Crean hotseat talk surprised me. I understand the logic, but Crean is pulling steady talent as good as any time in Indiana's history. Indiana has become the Kentuckey of the B1G.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Chips are moving the ball.||
Chips are moving the ball. Fumbled once in Ball State territory, and threw an INT. Still, they can cut it to 14 with a score here. Jeff Quinn (former B. Kelly assistant now 7-2 at Buffalo) was available when they hired Enos. Enos is doing just enough to avoid the Ziggy, but just barely. Plus, he's a goob on the level with Bo Pelini, in my book.
EDIT: third turnover. OK, time to go to the gym
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Utah and Colorado are both||
Utah and Colorado are both better cultural fits. Pac-12 markets itself as a "progressive" conference, on the cutting edge of science & etc. Berkeley, UCLA, Oregon would probably not be thrilled. Big 12 is a better fit for BYU, but I am not sure that provides the same economic incentive.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Poinsettia has an automatic||
Poinsettia has an automatic tie-in with Army for 2013, and with the MWC through 2014, so this is how they roll. I wonder how often the television contract is re-negotiated? It could be a used as leverage to increase the pay out, and negotiate a more high-profile tie-in.
On the other side of the ledger, BYU really has to be hating that Utah is in the Pac-12, with its automatic tie-ins and revenue share, and it has to make these types of pre-commitments to secure a bowl spot. (But then, they do not have to split the payout with a conference.) In 2011, it went 9-3 with wins at Ole Miss and Oregon State and ended up in the Bell Helicopter Bowl.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||My dad is at this point. He||
My dad is at this point [edit: this is in response to Mgrowold's post]. He never even reached this stage during the Rodriguez years. At least we could talk about the games. Now we talk about the Tigers or the Red Wings on game days. I think I understand. Mediocre football beats bad football, but is not Michigan football, nor the standards of success for this program; being better than Rodriguez, while necessary, is not sufficient.
I can respect where you guys are coming from, but there is a difference between mediocrity and inconsistency. If this were a senior led team, I would be more concerned. Generally speaking, Michigan is short experience on offense, and lacks stars on defense. This can only improve.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Not anticipating anything||
Not anticipating anything else. Is anyone actually looking forward to seeing this team play? This feels like watching the hockey team for most of last year: something you do out of momentum and loyalty without getting one single thing in return (unless you're playing Indiana). After the ND game this team has been torture to watch, mostly passive on D and discombobulated on O. There are jolly crappy teams (again, Indiana) and dour ones; Michigan is emphatically the latter.
Yes, this is definitely the worst part. Apart from the Minnesota game, this is spot on. The Akron and UCONN games had the darkly surreal 2008 edge to them. The Penn State game had a painful beginning, and OT was an unwatchable farce. The Indiana game was a sickening roller coaster ride, made even sicker by its resemblance to the 2010 Illinois game (which was an affront to Bo style football). I was not looking forward to the Sparty game, and did not enjoy watching it.
Thinking back to those mediocre teams from the 1990s, it was not like this. If Michigan were going to lose, it would be hard-fought, and a damn memorable loss. But watching the team was almost always enjoyable, even when the ending was tragic. The losses were Classic, Shakespearean even.
I have not lost hope in this team, or in this Coach, but game days have stopped being an enjoyable experience.
|4 weeks 12 hours ago||He had two solid runs in a||
He had two solid runs in a row in the 4th quarter of the Niners game that was played in London, finishing with 4 carries. He got up the field. Wish the Jags would throw to him out of the backfield.
|4 weeks 16 hours ago||Good call on Florida State.||
Good call on Florida State. That is a long memory, my man. Before that 1991 game, Michigan had never been handled by a speedy team from the south. They dropped a heartbreaker to Miami in 1988, lost to Charles Rodgers in 1980, but a 20 point loss was virtually unheard of during the Bo Era.
|4 weeks 16 hours ago||Sugar against Clemson.||
Sugar against Clemson. Remote, to say the least, as it would likely require both Michigan and Clemson to get at-large bids. But it would be historic (as Michigan has never played Clemson), would warrant a week-long binge on New Orleans cuisine, and would also be an exciting match-up.
As a more realistic alternative I would like to see LSU in the Outback. This would be a difficult match-up, I know, but would again be historic.
|4 weeks 17 hours ago||A true statistic, but a bit||
A true statistic, but a bit misleading. Denard carried the ball 20 times for 96 yards last year, and Michigan outrushed Michigan State (Fitz had 10 for 52 yards). From 2009 to 2012, Michigan had a scheme with a running quarterback. As with the article generally, it is overly dramatic and emphasizes rhetoric over analysis.
|4 weeks 18 hours ago||Yes, this lack of development||
Yes, this lack of development criticism goes all the way back to Lloyd Carr. I remember the hullaballo after the 2005 season when Michigan did not have many guys drafted from a young 7-5 team. But Hoke has been the coach only two and a half years, and in that time none of his recruits have even been eligible for the draft. There is simply not any meaningful data here. For what it's worth, there has been an uptick in the last two years with Denard, Hemingway, Martin, Campbell, Molk, and Kovacs (of course, these are Carr and Rodriguez guys).
|4 weeks 18 hours ago||The sour grapes would be the||
The sour grapes would be the recruiting battles the Buckeyes lost in 2012 and 2013. The author implies that Michigan is doing nothing with all this "clay," ignoring that it is way to early to make this type of assessment (and also that some big recruits like Funchess are doing just fine, thank you). It's a hopelessly slanted piece of sophistry that does nothing but elaborate obvious points and poke fun at Michigan's players. If you find yourself agreeing with this dreck, you have lost hope. I am not there.
|4 weeks 18 hours ago||Overstatements abound, as||
Overstatements abound, as would be expected, especially concerning the supposed lack of player development (ignoring Jake Ryan, Ramon Taylor, Brendan Gibbons, Frank Clark). It is too early to assess the molding of 4 and 5 star talent brought in by Hoke over the last years, and the discussion of player development smacks of butt-hurt from recruiting battles Michigan has won since then. This is simply cleverly disguised propaganda rather than any sort of neutral analysis, or a 'fresh' perspective.
|4 weeks 20 hours ago||I feel too close to||
I feel too close to Michigan's disasterous 2008 season, not to mention uncomfortable wins against Akron and UCONN, to really take sport in Purdue's struggles. But... firing the Mustache can't seem like a good idea right now. If you don't have a mustache, and/or look like Wilfred Brimely playing a cop, you are going to struggle at Purdue. (Of course, Joe Tiller had both going for him, and Hope looks like a cop, and would have aged into the very picture of Brimely).
|4 weeks 21 hours ago||How much worse? Imagine if a||
How much worse? Imagine if a Michigan QB put up a Russel Bellomy versus Nebraska type performance in that game. Gardner is also built to withstand the beating any QB was going to take under the circumstances, and kept it interesting up until throwing a pick at the Sparty 3 yard line. If that drive somehow goes another way (and it looked for a moment like it may), it's a different game. With all due respect to Shane Morris, I am not sure he would have been able to carry the team under the conditions Michigan faced on Saturday.
|4 weeks 21 hours ago||If Sparty is truly as good as||
If Sparty is truly as good as they looked last Saturday, this is a solid premise. Under this scenario Michigan got beat by one of the better defenses in the country, more or less by losing man-to-man battles between young and experienced blockers and talented and experienced defenders, as is illustrated in your post.
It is truly hard to get perspective mid-season, after a disappointing loss in a rivalry game, but generally speaking this is where I come down as well. (Michigan didn't do anything necessarily bone-headed gameplan wise, like run Touissant 20+ times.)
I just hope the team is putting the game behind them and focusing on the opportunities coming up.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Man, did you see the||
Man, did you see the Vancouver hockey riots in 1994 and 2011? Most American states have not seen civil unrest like that.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Agreed. He has a lot of||
Agreed. He has a lot of youth around him. But he gives Michigan a chance to win every game left on the schedule.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||You wouldn't want to pair a||
You wouldn't want to pair a blue with a bordeaux, unless you are talking about a Sauternes. But I would suggest going even sweeter and stickier with a blue; like maybe a late-harvest viognier, or late harvest sav. blanc, from California. Even sweet whites from Bordeaux have acidity that will work against the bite from that Shropshire every time.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Don't we wish. But maybe||
Don't we wish. But maybe when viewed from the eyes of a visiting team over the last three years? In any event, beat the Huskers!
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Brandon's stated rationale||
Brandon's stated rationale for firing Rodriguez is fair enough--in the final reckoning, it is those big games that determine whether you are successful at Michigan. Rodriguez would have had more time to prove his case had he been able to win the games against weak or mediocre opponents: Toledo, Notre Dame, Purdue, Illinois in 2008; Purdue, Sparty, and Illinois in 2009; Penn State and Iowa in 2010.
Aiming for the top is what you do at Michigan, but you get there over the course of coaching a team up through the Minnesotas, Purdues, etc. Winning those games sets up opportunities for the red letter games. For example, losing to Sparty in a year where they may have their best team since '87 is foregivable if Michigan can win the winnable games.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Let's take it game-by-game.||
Let's take it game-by-game. There is a winnable game next weekend, let's start there. Northwestern is a chance for our guys to show some character. This is really a critical juncture--similar to what Rodriguez faced following the Illinois debacle in 2009. Look at it this way: this team is better equipped to answer the bell than the 2009 team. A better defensive coordinator, a better defense, a more complete offense.
Truly, this weekend's game was not make or break. Sparty was favored, and based on how the game went, deservedly so.
EDIT: Nebraska next, sans Taylor Martinez. His replacements threw 4 picks against Northwestern. Still, there are opportunities coming up.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Treyvon Green is healthy, and||
Treyvon Green is healthy, and ripped Nebraska for 149 yards on 19 carries. But I would rather face him than Mark. Colter was out for Minnesota, and he's back, but clearly not 100% Overall I agree that it's winnable, but Michigan will have to play well.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Special teams is the||
Special teams is the X-factor. As this is likely to be a close game, a play on special teams could sway the outcome. For Michigan, this means breaking a big return, and converting field goal opportunities.
For Michigan State, yes field goals, and also don't be surprised to see them try to block a couple of punts.
My own view on this 'Garnder being the difference maker' stuff is that, yes, that's true, but I suspect that Michigan will reign him in a bit. I really do not see Borges opening it up unless Michigan is down at halftime (as he did at Penn State). If all goes well, he will not have a monster game, because he did not need to. (I would like to see an aggressive approach from the outset, challenging Sparty over the top and down the field, but that is not what we are likley to see.)
|4 weeks 4 days ago||What I meant is that Michigan||
What I meant is that Michigan has enough talent to be a BCS team. I see them as an underachieving group (ergo, Gator baby Gator).
Michigan State does not have the same upside. Their defensive will keep them in games against elite teams, but they would not match up well with elite teams.
As Michigan does not consistenly play to its potential, I do think that ceilings are irrelevant on a game-by-game basis, especially a rivalry game on the road, as is the case here.
Of course, I hope to Hell that I am wrong, and that Michigan will put it together over the next month. The problems are, in this order: youth on the offensive line; Gardner's inconsistency; youth on the defensive; stubborn/insipid offensive playcalling.
|5 weeks 18 hours ago||I think this is all terribly||
I think this is all terribly overblown.
1. Has everyone forgotten that Michigan beat State 13-10 last year in a physical game that is exactly the type that now it is widely believed Michigan cannot play, yet alone win?
2. What happened in the 2011 game was not bullying, but Sparty, Gholston especially, engaged in Buckeye-level cheapshots that would make George Perles blush.
3. The best team, not the toughest team, or by extension the team that takes the most cheap shots, usually wins this game. I think it's great that Sparty's head is swelling right now. See, Sparty has never lacked for confidence. Stupid and cocky is the mark of a true Sparty. The truth is that this is an evenly matched game, as Michigan has the playmakers to offset what Sparty does on defense, and as a team Michigan has a higher ceiling. Anyone who is confident in winning a close game is a fool. (See Jeff Seidel's article where he is "98.2%" certain that State will win by 3.)
4. There is more upside than downside risk for Michigan in this game, so let's relax. Losing this game is not going to ruin the season. Sparty is favored, and if Michigan loses a close game so be it. After the UCONN game it was clear to me this was a Gator Bowl team. If you want to talk about frustration due to the lack of progress the program has made this year, your case is already made with the Akron, UCONN, and Penn State games. But it is likely central Florida for the Holidays either way.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||No disrespect to the guy, but||
No disrespect to the guy, but I for one did not even know Michigan recruited that dude who played Blossom's brother, yet alone that he was in the running for playing time.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Agree with those who think||
Agree with those who think this is the Game the Gats break through.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Just so that we are clear, if||
Just so that we are clear, if Peralta does not play Tigers lose this series. OK?
|7 weeks 5 days ago||The pass completion to||
The pass completion to Woodson in the '97 game stands out, think it was a slant pattern. That was #1 for me, beating out the '05 ending. On the other side of the ledger in terms of what the outcome was, but still memorable, was the Penn State punt block in '96.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||I remember when it closed for||
I remember when it closed for a fire. It will be back. Still never had better onion rings.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Can't believe nobody has||
Can't believe nobody has referenced Michigan's similar move, against Purdue in 2008, in starting TE Carson Butler at Defense End. Purdue appears headed towards (at best) a similar year.
|9 weeks 17 hours ago||I was in the Dome, in the||
I was in the Dome, in the Michigan section, which was behind the team, at midfield. My buddy and I drove all night from Ann Arbor the night before, for a last minute trip, that started (I believe) at Ashley's, at around 10 or 11 PM, with a phone call to a friend in M-St.P.
The thing about the Dome, that you can't really see from the ESPN broadcast but you really should understand, is that there are beer sales, and this on top of tailgating that started in the early afternoon for a friday evening kickoff. Michigan was coming off a loss to Iowa on the road, and the Gopher fans were confident. The game was sort of like the Gopher Superbowl, and those varmits were salty. Michigan did not stop the run until late in the third quarter, and for weeks I had the P.A. announcer's lame "that's another Golden Gopher First Down" chant echoing in my head.
At halftime when Michigan was down 14-0 I recall my group deciding to just get ripped ("win or lose, we still booze"), the second half was then a beery maize and blue blur that ended with the team coming up and celebrating with us near our seats, with the Jug out. For a long time I considered that the closest thing to a religious experience I ever had.
[Edited for some shit I forgot]
|9 weeks 1 day ago||I don't think there is any||
I don't think there is any question that weak interior line play has caused serious issues (especially the last two games, leading to at least a couple key turnovers). I think this issue, more than Garnder's decision-making, will be the difference maker this year moving forward. So I think it's a good idea to give some other guys a chance, mix it up, rather than wait for a leaky line to 'gel' when the evidence suggests that will not happen. Given the overall lack of experience at these positions, however, it is hard to be optimistic that there is an easy fix.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||OK, that is true at Michigan||
OK, that is true at Michigan most years, but your statement is grossly untrue for most schools, most years.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||My comment was not directed||
My comment was not directed towards our staff, but to the SEC schools that appear to be having trouble selling student tickets (which to my understanding is not a problem at Michigan). So, staying within the terms of what I had intended, the louts I had in mind include, but are not limited to: Brett Bielema, Bo Pelini, Brian Kelly, and Les Miles.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Is it possible student||
Is it possible student no-shows are due to students tiring of paying increasing tuition to support bloated athletic departments, and then shell out even more for tickets to further subsidize an endeavor that exploits their fellow students while at the same time lines the pockets of loutish coaching staff?
There is no discussion of whether the shortfall is due to students who have purchased tickets no-showing (as would be the case at Michigan), or students not buying tickets (as impliedly it is at Alabama, where Saban is shilling for further sales).
Were I a student at a place like Bama, I would consider not buying tickets a mandatory act of civil disobedience.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||M 27 CMU 7||
|21 weeks 1 day ago||Above anything else, Michigan||
Above anything else, Michigan football, although I love it, is one of many varsity sports programs at a world renown public research university. And you cannot defend gross excesses that happen at many schools because it is a "business." The securities industry is a business too but it's highly regulated.
|22 weeks 4 days ago||Whooboy. But didn't the||
Whooboy. But didn't the article quote headlines that were also disappointed the Pistons drafted Bing? The real Whopper to me is comparing Bing to whatever duder they just brought in, who seems like Rip Hamilton lite.
|23 weeks 4 days ago||Old fashioned cocktail.||
Old fashioned cocktail. Backed by Spud Boys IPA.
|23 weeks 4 days ago||Michigan. At least a few days||
Michigan. At least a few days in Traverse City.
|23 weeks 5 days ago||I think teams should be||
I think teams should be guided primarily by rational self-interest in those instances, and secondarily by sportsmanship. The great majority of the time, it means handing it off to the third-string tailback, to avoid injuries to first-string players, and because it is the more honorable thing to do.
There are notable exceptions that I admire, like when Harbaugh ran it up against Stanford (although that was not especially egregious).
|24 weeks 21 hours ago||Aaaaand I feel old because||
Aaaaand I feel old because his father was only a few years ahead of me at Michigan.
|24 weeks 2 days ago||Framed blown-up photograph of||
Framed blown-up photograph of Hamilton Leithauser, lead singer of the Walkmen, wearing a Michigan shirt.
|24 weeks 5 days ago||One factor is that Stanford||
One factor is that Stanford has 36 varsity sports. That's many more than most schools. I think Michigan has 27 or so (28 if you count Womens LAX). So they offer a variety of country club "sports" not offered by tax-payer supported universities (like fencing, squash, sailing, "lightweight rowing," "sand volleyball" http://facts.stanford.edu/campuslife/athletics).
That's cool and all, and I don't begrudge Stanford their squash excellence, but it's not a level playing field. But to me, some of these varsity sports at Stanford are as valid as Calvinball, beerpong, sloshball, or darts.
|24 weeks 6 days ago||ASU will get the Irish here||
ASU will get the Irish here and there. Especially when ND has to travel there. This is actually an upgrade from Navy, Pitt, or some ACC softy.
I think it's overall better for college football to mix up the matchups. We play MSU, Ohio every year, and that's enough. (In the interests of full disclosure, I am also rooting for a west coast roadie so I can watch the maize and blue in Berekely, Palo Alto, the Rose Bowl, or somewhere like that.)
|25 weeks 1 hour ago||Ha, I worked for an arborist||
Ha, I worked for an arborist that summer cleaning up after the storm in GR. We were doing storm damage tree removals and trimmings into August.
|25 weeks 10 hours ago||Add to that the whole took||
Add to that the whole took Michigan for a ride to use as a floor for 49ers contract negotiations.
|25 weeks 10 hours ago||Harbaugh went to some of the||
Harbaugh went to some of the SF "meet the coaches" stuff. He's back in the fold. As an NFL coach He is now an asset to Michigan, more than an asshat.
|25 weeks 2 days ago||Not really sure where you are||
Not really sure where you are going here. You could say RR was "snakebitten," in that off-field issues clouded a couple seasons, and his teams went into late season DEATHSPIRAL, but that is like a small downpayment on what it takes to be a contender for this crown.
|25 weeks 2 days ago||Sparty. Indiana, Purdue,||
Sparty. Indiana, Purdue, Minneha-ha all do not have the talent, or the pretensions, to be a football challenger. But Sparty does. Of all the teams considered a "contender" for the B1G football title coming into next year, only Sparty has never been to a BCS bowl. Of all teams that have been better than .500 in conference of late, Sparty has the longest Rose Bowl drought, longer even than Northwestern, Illinois, or Purdue (only Indiana and Minnesota have longer droughts).
The mediocrity on the field is just part of an overall theme. They are just as classless as Ohio, but with far less to show for it. Sparty also has a persecution complex that puts Ohio's to shame--every time SpartyFAIL, it's always because of a blown call, etc.
Losering is an art. It takes more than just getting beat a lot, or perenially falling short of expectations. There is an accursed element to Sparty, that is in other words they are "snakebitten."
|25 weeks 3 days ago||That is the Hawks' game.||
That is the Hawks' game. Will be interesting to see that matched up with the Bruins grind and counter-strike. When was the last time the two top seeds met in the finals? Awhile, I bet. A good long while.
|25 weeks 3 days ago||Damn. Kaner hat trick it||
Damn. Kaner hat trick it is.
|25 weeks 3 days ago||Kings. That they are still||
Kings. That they are still playing slants LA's way. Hawks have had their chances in OT. But would not rule out a Kaner hat trick.
|25 weeks 3 days ago||Looks like it. Man, need a||
Looks like it. Man, need a commercial break here. Been waiting 20 mins here for a break to grab a beer.
EDIT: Finally, Lagunitas IPA
|25 weeks 3 days ago||Thanks. We live in Cole||
Thanks. We live in Cole Valley. It would frustrate me to be a student at one of the Claremont colleges, be so close to the Rose Bowl, but not having a team to follow. What is the WWZ?
|25 weeks 3 days ago||Richards!!!!||
Anyone watching this Kings-Hawks Game 5? Unreal. Richards deflects one off a faceoff with 9 seconds left to force OT. Thought it was over for the Kings when the Kaner slapped one in five minutes into the game to make it 2-0.
Overall would like to see a Hawks-Bruins final, but I am glad there is more hockey to watch tonight.
|25 weeks 3 days ago||Fambly (in-laws to be).||
Fambly (in-laws to be). Claremont growing on me. Like that brewery that opened in the Packing House. As a college town, though, coming from Ann Arbor...
|25 weeks 3 days ago||2009 Ojai Santa Barbara||
2009 Ojai Santa Barbara County is awaiting grilled burgers, so Anchor Steam summer until then. In Claremont, which is a rude changeup from San Francisco, like 88 and bonedry.
|25 weeks 3 days ago||What struck me were the||
What struck me were the statements from ESPN employees along the lines of "that is just the culture here," etc.
Now, I am not saying that the accused in that story is guilty of anything other than an (admitted) indiscretion, all that remains to be seen. In fact, I too think that the coverage is sensationalized, but there are enough facts in that article that are presented fairly enough that the reader can draw his or her own conclusions about the merits of the underlying suit (or lack thereof?). But what Deadspin really hits is the overall meathead culture of ESPN, the same boorish culture which has been detailed in a slew of historic Deadspin posts (texting dick picks, slanted coverage of the Leach/TTech story, etc.).
ESPN has such clout in the sports world it is not only fair, but right, to scrutinize it. And what media outlet is going to question this bias, if not independent blogs?
|25 weeks 4 days ago||Hmmm so it is off limits to||
Hmmm so it is off limits to bash the type of male chauvinist behavior allegedly rampant at ESPN because the Company's job is to "explain sports"? Or even to link to an article exposing the same? Sorry, but that is bullshit. The attitudes and bias of the Mickey Mouse of Sports is relevant to their coverage of sports news, and more specifically the hopelessly flawed way they cover the sports world.
|25 weeks 6 days ago||DeKeyser playing for Smith||
DeKeyser playing for Smith may have swung the Chicago series the Wings' way.
|27 weeks 21 hours ago||Among other things, his piece||
Among other things, his piece posits a false parallel between German culture, and associated stereotypes, and African-American culture. There is not a history of derogatory and mean-spirited jokes concerning Germans and whatever the Hell Beckman's mother cooks, or Spanish and paella. Can there honestly be any doubt that the purpose of Garcia's comment was to cut Tiger Woods down?
This piece is either naive in the extreme, or intellectually dishonest.
|27 weeks 3 days ago||Atta girls Blue!||
Atta girls Blue!
|27 weeks 3 days ago||Ashley Lane! Ripped one,||
Ashley Lane! Ripped one, cashed in a two-out rally! 2-1 Blue
|27 weeks 6 days ago||Agree. The OP is using a||
Agree. The OP is using a shifty concept of "bounty." The NFL can credibly make a distinction between an all-star game where there are rewards and/or incentives, and an illicit "bounty" regimine where players are paid to injure other players.
|28 weeks 1 day ago||LGRW! Upgraded cable package||
LGRW! Upgraded cable package to get playoff hockey today.
|29 weeks 5 days ago||So let me get this straight:||
So let me get this straight: Wetzel wants Michigan to apologize to Weber for something the NCAA made them do, a situation Ed Martin created, and from which Chris Webber ultimately profited?
Webber was on the dole four or five years before he came to Ann Arbor. I find no moral issue with that choice, as a matter of fact, but that is not something for which Michigan should apologize.
I think it is pretty much fair fucks--nobody should apologize to anyone for anything. Michigan was punished, Webber was punished, for their respective wrongs, which were not transgressions against one another.
|31 weeks 4 days ago||Glad he went in the early||
Glad he went in the early fifth, rather than later as had been expected. Don't see many Jags here in SF. I was hoping the Niners would sack up and take him in the Fourth.
|31 weeks 4 days ago||Whoa that is old news. I had||
Whoa that is old news. I had a bat child poster on my wall in my apartment in Ann Arbor, 1998-1999.
Edit: girlfriend at the time made me cover it up when she slept over.
|32 weeks 5 days ago||Speculation on potential||
Speculation on potential candidates:
Marvin Krislov (former UM General Counsel, now President of Oberlin College)
Theresa A. Sullivan (embattled U Va. President, with UM links)
Evan Caminker (former Dean of Michigan Law)
|32 weeks 5 days ago||This is very much about||
This is very much about Michigan sports. MSC has had input into every significant coaching hire. Word is, MSC blackballed Kirk Ferentz, who she had known from her Iowa days.
|32 weeks 6 days ago||Jamal Crawford was last first||
Jamal Crawford was last first rounder.
|32 weeks 6 days ago||I played football for Grady||
I played football for Grady Sr and we loved him. He worked the Hell out of us, and we had a winning team with like every guy playing both ways. He is a tremendous motivator and a good defensive coach.
|33 weeks 4 days ago||Jamal Crawford was #8. He is||
Jamal Crawford was #8. He is the last Michigan player to be drafted high, and he only stayed a year because of bullshit NCAA action.
|33 weeks 5 days ago||Yale making the Finals does||
Yale making the Finals does make the loss to ND more painful, because the field was pretty open (I mean, it's always more open than March Madness, or college football). ND lit us up pretty good this year.
|33 weeks 5 days ago||NCAA Frozen Four usually||
NCAA Frozen Four usually takes a two-week "break" or so in the playoffs, so as not to conflict with the Final Four. Man, a back-to-back M Final-Frozen Four would have been so sweet.
|33 weeks 5 days ago||No, it's a badass sport. Bad||
No, it's a badass sport. Bad for overall excitement for the sport but good for both programs in getting there. Frozen 4 isn't sweet only if Michigan makes it. It is an awesome event.
|34 weeks 1 day ago||For sure, Michigan deserved||
For sure, Michigan deserved to be in the title game, and would have been a worthy champion. But 99 times out of 100 Michigan loses to KU after being down 14 with six minutes left, and Burke's game-tying shot was story-book.
|34 weeks 1 day ago||It is tough because it took a||
It is tough because it took a miracle to get as far as they did. So many thing have to go right to get to the finals. But today I am more in awe of the run they had than disappointed at what could have been. I was too young to appreciate the 89 team and the Fab 5. This was remarkable. They lost a classic game in which they played pretty well. They provided three weeks of memories in the Tournament. They will be remembered for a long time.
|34 weeks 1 day ago||I see it as the Fab 5 paying||
I see it as the Fab 5 paying their respects. They are a big part of the program's history.
|34 weeks 2 days ago||Delaney is barely getting by.||
Delaney is barely getting by. I mean if they had to pay the talent they would have to shut the whole thing down.
|34 weeks 4 days ago||Swagga Like Us, for sure!||
Swagga Like Us, for sure!
|34 weeks 4 days ago||Thanks. Couldn't find this||
Thanks. Couldn't find this version on Spotify, so I added one by DJ Rell.
|34 weeks 5 days ago||Same deal with the same shirt||
Same deal with the same shirt (size L ran big). Plus, it's poly, it won't shrink. Of course, I hedged by buying four other styles, plus some stuff from Moe. (This was a Rose Bowl level event, insofar as gear is concerned).
|34 weeks 5 days ago||Twerp who wrote these tweets||
Twerp who wrote these tweets is a double-Florida grad whose "reporting" has been off-base before. Check it out
|34 weeks 6 days ago||Yeah, having no insight into||
Yeah, having no insight into last year's team, it is hard for me to say, but he seemed to struggle with confidence (in his shot, etc.). He was also sulky and petulent, and seemed to sulk more as the 2011-12 season wore on. But he stepped up in all 3 Tournament games he played for Michigan (averaged over 10 off the bench); he has the talent.
It's a shame because he would really gel with the players Michigan has this year. I hope he figures it out.
|35 weeks 1 hour ago||Either that or Robinson comes||
Either that or Robinson comes off the bench. He would add depth for sure. With Smotz his issues were mental.
|35 weeks 2 days ago||Holy Shits! Need to get a||
Holy Shits! Need to get a copy of that '89 Crisler Dead show, for soundtrack pump-up purposes. Been cranking Outkast since the game was over today, for geographic/cultural context, but a historical piece is needed here.
EDIT: Holy Shits!!!!! Is this it?
EDIT II: According to the arcive, and some googling, the Dead played back to back April 5 and 6, 1989. Here is the link to the first day's show, wherein they covered "Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again"
|35 weeks 2 days ago||To me the best sports weekend||
To me the best sports weekend was April 2-4, 1998, when Michigan won the NCAA Hockey tournament, which was the same weekend as Hash Bash. It was the end of the year, Ann Arbor was jumpin' with block parties & etc., and we were still floating on air from the 1998 Rose Bowl (and, erm, Hash Bash).
Wolverine Historian makes a great point with the day Woodson won the Heisman, etc., and to me that weekend in April was like the capstone to a truly amazing year, one that without a doubt changed me for life (I went to Pasadena for the Rose Bowl, and there was no going back after that).
|35 weeks 2 days ago||Yeah next-day air to San||
Yeah next-day air to San Francisco was almost as much as the shirts, but worth every penny.
|35 weeks 3 days ago||Most Sparties that I know are||
Most Sparties that I know are appalled by these types of things, and think (probably correctly) that it makes Sparty a laughingstock. But there is a hard-core element at MSU who carry this on. Not having been anywhere near MSU in a dozen years, I am in no position to judge, but ten years ago the couch burning had a political potency that I actually admired.
I was in college at Michigan during the first MSU riots, and having been in East Lansing on many occasions for several years leading up to that, I actually found there to be some legitimacy to the actions, which were pre-planned riots rather than the spotaneous 'mob violence' the media made it appear to be. The East Lansing police were the most aggressive police force I had ever seen, or have seen since, in fifteen or so campuses accross the United States and abroad. Officers would subject students to random searches on weekends. This happened to me once. Two officers tried to search a group of us, and I was like, have constitutional rights been suspended in East Lansing? I got the 'stop and frisk' for speaking up. No tickets or citations, this was pure intimidation, but never have I seen police force as confrontational or mean spirited.
Anecdotally I have heard that the police-student relations actually improved after the riots, so maybe these are exactly the gratuitiously cretinous events that they are portrayed to be. Or maybe this is a ritual paying homage to the 1999 riots. In any event, I doubt that its coincidental that when Sparty students get to Spartying, they burn couches. There is a symbolism to it, and it's not all bad, in my view, at least insofar as the pushing back against an East Lansing Police State is concerned. (Even though couch-burning predates the 1999 riots, couch-burning was one of the enduring symbols of the 1999 riots.)
|35 weeks 6 days ago||Lo, the fickle sentiments of||
Lo, the fickle sentiments of our talking head sports media culture. One week ago, they were falling all over themselves talking about how Michigan was on Upset Watch. Michigan plays well against two lesser teams, and suddenly we are the favorites, not only for the Kansas game, but for the tournament generally?
|36 weeks 1 hour ago||Sparty. B1G all the way.||
Sparty. B1G all the way.
|36 weeks 1 day ago||I mean, look at it this way.||
I mean, look at it this way. Football generally, and Michigan football especially, are a big part of his life. Of course he would want to talk about that. That would be like simeone wanting to talk about the bars in Ann Arbor with me. Yeah I straight would talk about that for hours. Running up on a dude when he's at dinner or something raises perhaps etiquette issues but I don't see the issue raised at all by the fact pattern you present.
|36 weeks 2 days ago||KU is the epitome of B1G||
KU is the epitome of B1G opponent. Like IU with a weaker Olidipo. Tough matchup. We need a healthy Morgan.
|36 weeks 4 days ago||This is especially bad||
This is especially bad because Wisky beat us twice. Wisky was not only a victim of its own soulless brand of basketball, but of low-ball seeding. Ole Miss, like Oregon, is better than all 11 and 10s, and most 9s.
|37 weeks 12 hours ago||UK has 5 McDonalds All||
UK has 5 McDonalds All Americans. Those frosh could be forced into a choice between late 2nd round or off the bench next year.
|38 weeks 22 hours ago||Agree with the last sentence||
Agree with the last sentence whole-heartedly. Bo, Mo, Woodson, to name only a few, are from Ohio.
|39 weeks 1 day ago||Forgot about Campy. He's top||
Forgot about Campy. He's top 15. Man, Johnny Orr is the most underrated coach in M history. Had he been coaching football, there would be statues of him.
Had a helluva run throughout the 1970s, then feels unloved, leaves to coach Iowa St. for more $$.
|39 weeks 2 days ago||Top 15 at least||
As many have noted, this is premature. But here are those who will rank ahead of him:
|39 weeks 2 days ago||I think M's platform favors||
I think M's platform favors neutral court and close called games. Allows Burke and Hardaway more freedom to move.
|39 weeks 2 days ago||Longhammer IPA||
That was a heart-stopper.
|42 weeks 4 days ago||In any event, actions speak||
In any event, actions speak louder than words, and regardless of what he said, he signed a letter of intent to play with Michigan... GO BLUE!
|45 weeks 1 day ago||They needed this win. In||
They needed this win. In response to OP, I am not sure this shows that opening night was a fluke, but these are the games the Wings need to win to make the playoffs.
|45 weeks 2 days ago||The coverage on this Board,||
The coverage on this Board, in terms of comments and whatnot, has been heavily shaded by maize and blue colored viewpoints, as it should be. I think the objective consensus is that we was duped, but embellished, and is highly gullible. This is how I am leaning, but there remain many inconsistencies and leaps of common sense, so our mgoconspiracytheorists may yet be right.
|45 weeks 3 days ago||Well, Blues are favored to||
Well, Blues are favored to win the division by most sources I have seen. Dog fight for playoff spot for Wings and they are banged up already.
|45 weeks 3 days ago||I think we are relatively||
I think we are relatively sane as a fan base, as demonstrated in several regards. We supported John Bacon and his book, which was harsh medicine, and honest criticism of our program. Nobody was protesting when we removed the Fab Five banners. That was handled sanely. Going all the way back to Moeller, M fired a winning coach for what would just a blip at a school in the SEC.
|45 weeks 4 days ago||I agree with your premise,||
I agree with your premise, whole-heartedly. And this link would appear to be prima facie evidence that, as suspected, hundreds of MSU co-eds may be females of negotiable affecting.
My issue is with the local news providing unwitting plugs for the website in question.
|45 weeks 4 days ago||Pretty sure this website sent||
Pretty sure this website sent press releases to all local media with college connections. Local news then becomes unwitting PR mouthpiece of sketchy website.
|45 weeks 4 days ago||Well, the thing about local||
Well, the thing about local news, you don't have to report on every crazy thing that happens on the Internet. Yes, you could conceivably find a tenuous local connection to just about any type of exploitative, distasteful website, but do we really need to read about MSU being the 16st most represented school on a sugar daddy website?
|45 weeks 5 days ago||Yes, this reads really bad||
Yes, this reads really bad now, but that's easy to say with hindsight.
At the time, you'd be tempted to chalk it up to T'eo being emotional, being perhaps reluctant to share private or intimate details about his girlfriend, or his love life.
My analysis, taking the answers on their face, is that T'eo appears to be fabricating much of his answers, is evasive at points, is vague about things that should be easy to answer, and offers up odd bits of detail unexpectedly. This does not necessarily preclude him being duped--he could be ad libbing answers because he does not exactly want to tell the SI reporter he had an online girlfriend he never met, whose background he himself does not know very well.
|45 weeks 6 days ago||Respectfully, this||
Respectfully, this unwarranted speculation about T'eo's sexual orientation needs to stop. Not only is it unfounded, but it's far from the only inference to be drawn here from T'eo being duped (if he in fact was duped).
|45 weeks 6 days ago||Just watched this. A few||
Just watched this. A few observations.
|45 weeks 6 days ago||This looks bad for ND and||
This looks bad for ND and T'eo, but I would reserve judgment at this point. Deadspin's sources for Te'o being in on this are anonymous people on the Internet, who are speculating. Te'o could have embellished other details to give a backstory for a very naive thing that he did (falling for someone he met on the Internet, and never met in person); I am not sure I believe this at all, but stranger things have happened. In any event, I doubt that ND is going to hold a press conference saying it believes one of its student-atheletes is a liar, when the story they have been told is plausible.
|45 weeks 6 days ago||Speaking of Denard...||
With Chip Kelly at the Eagles, is there a chance Denard goes in the second or third round and is used as a QB? To me, watching Russell Wilson has dampened the notion that he is "too small." Denard has a ways to go before his throwing is as accurate as RGIII, Kaepernick, Cam Newton, or Wilson, but maybe he has a shot.
|46 weeks 6 days ago||Gambit to cadge another two||
Gambit to cadge another two year extension, and perhaps a pay increase, by Kelly? I think so.
|47 weeks 21 hours ago||Northwestern was a good win,||
Northwestern was a good win, or a win against a good team. N'W went 2-0 against the SEC, beating two SEC bowl teams. Of course, it's too early to say how good Michigan will be next year. Swinging another recruit or two, especially a tailback, could impact things.
|47 weeks 22 hours ago||Not sure 2012 ND year is what||
Not sure 2012 ND year is what we want to aspire towards.
|47 weeks 1 day ago||Let's play hockey||
Wings plus mbball should tide me over. Then it's the Tigers. But it's never the same.
|50 weeks 5 days ago||Hiring a .500 coach from the||
Hiring a .500 coach from the Pac-12 is one way of assuring Wisconsin reverts to its historic mean. I, for one, am all for it.
|51 weeks 6 days ago||I see what you did||
I see what you did there...
This is different, however, and to me a bit creepy. Bo didn't say, 'hey, I am going to coach the basketball team myself.' This perhaps underscores the reason Bielema wanted to leave: to get out behind Alveraz's shadow. Alveraz's last recruiting class graduated a few years ago; Bielema has been to three straight Rose Bowls; that fans in Madison are clamoring for Alveraz leads to me believe that Alveraz, and the Madison fan base, is having a hard time letting go.
Then again, who wouldn't want come out of retirement to coach the Grandaddy?! I understand where Alveraz is coming from. Plus it lends a cachet to the game that merely promoting a provisional assistant would not.
|52 weeks 10 hours ago||I was mildy enthusiastic when||
I was mildy enthusiastic when he was hired. When his contract was renewed in the middle of his third season, in which M finished 15-17 despite being ranked like #15 preseason, including a disasterous start to the 2009-10 year, I considered it an intentional, malicious act by Bill Martin to screw Michigan one more time.
As it turns out, he has done a great job recruiting potential stars like THJ, GRIII, Burke, Stauskas before they blow up.
|1 year 1 day ago||If he is a first rounder it||
If he is a first rounder it would hard to stay, period. Too many risks.
|1 year 1 day ago||CMU||
Chips to the Little Ceasar's Bowl. NIU to Orange Bowl opened up the spot. Not exactly a banner year for the Chips, but they have a shot at a winning season.
|1 year 2 days ago||Especially insofar as margin||
Especially insofar as margin of victory in first round NCAA tournament games is concerned.
|1 year 2 days ago||Time to pull away. Bradley in||
Time to pull away. Bradley in foul trouble and M up 5. Good time to make a run.
|1 year 3 days ago||His players, but by '03 Urb||
His players, but by '03 Urb had moved on to Utah.
|1 year 3 days ago||With all due respect to both||
With all due respect to both teams, who earned their spots, the most exciting game I watched this year was Oregon-USC. I still believe Oregon has a better chance of beating 'Bama than ND, as it plays at a pace and speed that 'Bama has not seen.
|1 year 3 days ago||It has to be up there. Here||
It has to be up there. Here is another big MAC game, from Wikipedia:
|1 year 4 days ago||I am tempted to chalk up this||
I am tempted to chalk up this excitement, and reference to the 08 game, to the availability heurisitic and condemn it, but similar parallels can be made to any opponent M would face, and given those options, ATM is the most favorable match up.
|1 year 5 days ago||How did I miss this? State||
How did I miss this? State gave the Situation an honorary degree? I suppose that's about right.
|1 year 5 days ago||So maybe you have figured out||
So maybe you have figured out something that the Ohio team has not: Thomas is their #1 offensive weapon. He should be taking more shots. Smith and Craft took a lot of shots down the stretch that were poor.
|1 year 5 days ago||IU blew out UNC, a pretty||
IU blew out UNC, a pretty good squad by 20+. They had some close games when Zeller was sick, but won them all. Duke was fortunate that Ohio shot about 35% for the game, and Croft played his worst game of the year. I understand the argument that IU has more wins against good teams, but that is an accident of the scheduling, and does anyone who has seen both teams play really think that Duke should be ranked ahead of IU? I firmly do not.
|1 year 5 days ago||Thomas should have been||
Thomas should have been taking all the shots down the stretch. Ohio played a very good game, especially on defense, but left the Lumberjack open too many times in the second half.
|1 year 5 days ago||Ohio D is nasty. Can't bring||
Ohio D is nasty. Can't bring myself to root for Duke. At the very sight of Plumlee or Kelly I get pissed.
|1 year 5 days ago||Watched the first half. Not||
Watched the first half. Not much continuity on offense. Softer than expected on defense., allowing Miami penetration several times. Appling is a player, though.
|1 year 6 days ago||I suspect delusional Arkansas||
I suspect delusional Arkansas thinking, or just Internets rumor-mongering, on this one.
|1 year 6 days ago||It ain't over until it's||
It ain't over until it's over. Let him explore other options. If we still have a spot for him down the road, welcome him back with open arms.
|1 year 1 week ago||M, 71-58. Edge to M in the||
M, 71-58. Edge to M in the frontcourt, with McGary, Horford, and Morgan.
|1 year 1 week ago||Well, this is politickin'||
Well, this is politickin' from Saban. At once an act of self-aggrandizing the SEC title game this weekend--how DARE it not be recognzied that even the loser of this game is deserving--and campaigning for a Sugar Bowl bid should 'Bama slip up.
By comparison, Cousins's belly-aching was small-time.
|1 year 1 week ago||Good point||
He still may be waiting to see how Ohio does in its bowl. Could also depend on how Maurice Clarett and Art Schlichter do at their parole hearings, how the rule against double jeopardy impacts noted Buckeye supporter Casey Anthony, or whether that rumored video of Urban Meyer pleasuring himself while reading his old press clippings ever surfaces.
|1 year 1 week ago||Wisky could beat Stanford.||
Wisky could beat Stanford. They had a lot of close losses. Their solid D is built to stop a running game like Stanford's, and their meathead running game will limit possessions.
|1 year 1 week ago||Chizik won just about every||
Chizik won just about every national coaching award there is, from the Broyles to the Bear Bryant award. Not saying I am surprised, or that, given the high probability that Auburn gets hammered by the NCAA in the near future, it's not warranted, but the guy has had some success.
|1 year 1 week ago||Tough to see Utah State, Kent||
Tough to see Utah State, Kent State, and Northern Illinois ranked ahead of M, with three of our losses against the AP Top 4, but I think I will get over it.
|1 year 1 week ago||Agree re the overall||
Agree re the overall assessment on Borges. He kind of got the RichRod buzzwhip, in that he did not have the weapons he wanted to run the offense he is most comfortable with, due to the smaller, faster, quicker types RichRod recruited. The offense probably overachieved most of last year, and perhaps underachieved most of this year. That may marginally improve with Gardner the presumptive starter, but two things give me pause: Gardner not playing QB after Denard got hurt in the Nebraska game, and the Paleolithic playcalling in the second half of the Ohio game. In the latter, he turned what could have been historically fun (Gardner and Denard in the same backfield!), into something all too predictable and dull.
|1 year 1 week ago||We only fell one spot in the||
We only fell one spot in the AP football poll. Now we have five weeks to heal and gear up for Georgia or Texas A&M. In a New Year's bowl game.
Plus BBall has beaten two tournament teams already, is ranked in the top four, with another on the docket for Tuesday.
Overall, the Big Picture looks so much better now than it did at any time 2008-2010, which means more than we probably will admit it does.
|1 year 1 week ago||I think Georgia went to the||
I think Georgia went to the Outback, right?
|1 year 1 week ago||Georgia To Cotton? We get||
Georgia To Cotton? We get ATM?
|1 year 1 week ago||Watch UCLA and USC. Have a||
Watch UCLA and USC. Have a few wistful beers and think back on better times.
|1 year 1 week ago||The first of much hardware||
The first of much hardware for McG, Robinson, et al.
|1 year 1 week ago||Crazy jammed every week. Get||
Crazy jammed every week. Get there early.
|1 year 1 week ago||Agree with criticism of late||
Agree with criticism of late game clock management and play calling, but Iowa's defense played very well, especially after the first five minutes of the game. Credit Ferenz for being competitive.
|1 year 1 week ago||Slow start. Let's go, blue!||
Slow start. Let's go, blue!
|1 year 1 week ago||C'mon Iowa, they've come for||
C'mon Iowa, they've come for your corn. They are trying to get ALL your corn.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||Vintage Sparty. Crucial||
Vintage Sparty. Crucial personal foul penalty and they give up a big play on 4th down.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||Nice fucking bear. Blue!||
Nice fucking bear. Blue!
|1 year 4 weeks ago||Roses are blue. Need some||
Roses are blue. Need some help from Iowa and Penn State.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||w00000000000000t!!!!!!!!!!!!!||
DG can ball.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||That it was so hopeless is||
That it was so hopeless is what made it so bad for me. Reminded me of some of the darkest moments of 2008-10, when Michigan is playing poorly, losing badly, but you know it just can't get any better, with the talent level, coaching, and relative strength of the opponent fixed. Against good teams, Michigan is one re-aggravated ulnar nerve from being at Sheridan-era-level hopelessness.
What can you do? Whinge, loudly, then drink, heavily, then vent on Internet message boards, intemperately.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||So all of this over a funny||
So all of this over a funny bone?
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Yeah, I will always remember||
Yeah, I will always remember that game, not just because I remember every single game unless I am blackout drunk, but because I was in Vancouver, BC, and called every bar in the telephone book until I found one that would put the game on for me. I had this whole room, with full bar, to myself. I was expecting a brutal hand-off of the LBJ to those varmits, but the Gophers star receiver was hurt and couldn't play, and Sheridan got REVERSEBODYSNATCHED.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||So cutting through the||
So cutting through the coachspeak here, I would say it's 50/50, at best, that Denard plays against the Gophers.
Even if we're stuck with Bellomy again, it will be after a week's worth of preparation, against a weaker opponent. (Remember how Sheridan looked against the Gophers in '08? Awwww yeah.)
|1 year 5 weeks ago||I have started, begrudgingly,||
I have started, begrudgingly, to see parallels between ND 2012 and Michigan 1997/Ohio State 2002. I am not a fan of ND, but I am a fan of that style of play.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||That's tough...||
this one, I can't celebrate with the rest of SF. Was not meant to be. I am a sad Tigers fan tonight. (So much for the "perfectly hedged" World Series.)
|1 year 5 weeks ago||That is three more than they||
That is three more than they should have got.
1986: we're rated #2, they beat us in the Big House when they are 5-4, with a home loss to Pacific.
1977: we're rated #1, we go up there and lose 16-0. I am less than a year old at the time, and my dad said that this one was not televised, so I have no earthly idea how that happened.
2005: they break one up the sidelines when they are trying to run out the clock and play for overtime, right after we call a timeout to try to get the ball back in time to attempt a field goal.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||I think the OP puts more than||
I think the OP puts more than just last night's offensive performance at issue. Six quarters of football, with Denard, and no TDs to show for it. Not saying I agree with the OP's conclusions, but that's where the OP is coming from.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||As tempting as it is to agree||
As tempting as it is to agree with the sentiments expressed here, not just in the wake of the Nebraska loss, but also given that we haven't scored a touchdown in three weeks, it's way too early to be serious about this 'hot seat' talk, but maybe not too early to open a dialouge about it.
Michigan has not been impressive this year, or (with a couple exceptions) last year, against good defenses. Offensive game plans against Bama and ND were questionable (but against Bama, nobody has looked good the last two years). And Bellomy looked like a deer in the headlights--when losing Denard to injury has been a consistent risk the last three years. Most daminginly: an offense led by Denard Robinson has looked boring and predictable this year.
But firing the offensive coordinator is not where Michigan wants to go as a program in the foreseeable future. This conclusion assumes we'll win a couple more, at least, this year, but it's the wrong message to send when the team has been winning. Apart from the agony of watching TD-free football, 5-3 is about where the schedule suggested we may be at this point in the year. And if Denard is healthy, we probably beat Nebraska like 18-17, on FGs, or something.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Desmond||
and Woodson played on better teams.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Thanks||
Now PLEASE be true.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Agree||
Him, Desmond, Woodson, in that order, since I have been watching M. One other lament, in this night of many, is that he'll never get that national recognition now.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Word||
But next year, whoever is at QB, won't be as hapless as the offense this year was in the second half without Denard.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Cough syrup with Codeine.||
Cough syrup with Codeine. Effing cold...
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Molly's on the Market is a||
Molly's on the Market is a Michigan bar. Visited during Sugar Bowl.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||That is awesome. I watched||
That is awesome. I watched it from my dorm room in West Quad.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Lincecum||
Pitched poorly in Game 4 and may not start given Zito pitched a gem in game 5. (Bamgartner has fallen off a cliff so it's not clear he will start another game this year.)
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Andrew W.K.||
Needs to do a fight song oriented concept album.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Blaming the media is to||
Blaming the media is to football what blaming short sellers is to finance: a desperate attempt to steer the dialogue away from one's own performance.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Here we go...||
Game 2 tickets locked in.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Giantes||
De Los gigantes. For me Detroit SF series would be What you call a perfectly hedged position.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||ND||
Is legit. They have an outstanding defense and are well-coached.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||I think the idea is that fans||
I think the idea is that fans are typically more raucous (read: drunk) and that amplifies the usual home field advantage.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||As I recall, we fell behind||
As I recall, we fell behind 24-14 in the first half, in which Denard struggled. Totally agree that our night game opponents are all marquee teams (VT, ND, et al.).
I am generally paranoid about every game, because that's just me, but I am particularly concerned that Nebraska's defense may play better against Michigan because of experience coaching similar talent in Taylor Martinez and in running a similar scheme.