Peppers at 10, which seems low.
|10 weeks 16 hours ago||Great news on McDonough||
McDonough is a smarmy little fuck who sure seems like he can't stand Michigan. There is literally no announcer I would be happier say SEEYA too. People bagged on Spielman because they were ready to see bias in him no matter what, but I thought if anything he was pretty soft on Michigan (and a great commentator). McDonough would often disagree with Spielman whenever he got too complimentary about Michigan. I cannot fucking stand that little shit.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||Dibella's||
That's a criminally underrated establishment.
|15 weeks 22 hours ago||From the start, your argument||
From the start, your argument about wedding cakes is a non-sequitur, because it has nothing to do with what HB2 actually does. It does not limit the right to refuse services relating to gay weddings or to any other narrowly defined activities. It alllows discrimination, full stop.
Second, you actually do appear to state an (admittedly somewhat flaccid) endorsement close to the segregationist states' rights argument which I lampooned in my original post. ('I sure wish people didn't feel that way, but I still don't think the government should get involved.')
To take the wedding cake example further, would it be right and proper to defend a bakery that was just fine with birthday cakes for black customers, but wouldn't cater to an interracial wedding? Before you reply that the difference is some notion of 'religious beliefs,' be aware that many devout Christians did believe segregation of races to be ordained by God. Many white supremacist groups today believe the same - should they be allowed to refuse services to non-white people?
Finally, re: trans people. Perverts gonna pervert, trans or not. What's currently stopping male deviants from men's rooms, or female deviants from women's rooms? And regardless, is it fair to discriminate against trans people because non-trans, heterosexual creeps might do some ill shit?
The law is hateful. If it was based on such ostensibly high-minded principle you say it was, explain to me why was it passed with such stealth and secrecy.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||Totally on board||
Just like how Woolworth's should have been able to refuse service to those colored folks they thought were antithetical to civilized society. Goddamn federal overreach is what it is.
Also, the completely fictitious scenario of trans people creeping in bathrooms.
|20 weeks 2 days ago||You're moving the goalposts||
You're moving the goalposts here. The argument is not whether Smith will bring Illinois to the level of Saban or Carroll's programs. The argument is whether he will outperform what he did in the pros considering the nature of the job he has. If Smith can make Illiois a perennial division contender in the B1G West, that's impressive considering the long-term state of that program. Anyone who expects him to do what Saban or Carroll did is bananas.
|22 weeks 6 days ago||Nah.||
Suge killed 'em both.
|24 weeks 5 days ago||What the fuck?||
Uh, why? He do something to you?
You know that's not Mike D'antonio, right?
|29 weeks 22 hours ago||I think you're giving Ole||
I think you're giving Ole Miss too much credit. A quick glance at the teams' Wikipedia pages shows a pretty comparable oedigree. Also, Houston Nutt and Ron Zook are basically the same coach.
|29 weeks 22 hours ago||This is the first I've heard||
This is the first I've heard about LSU running a tight ship. Les certainly didn't do so at Oklahoma State. If anything, I'd bet LSU is like Ohio State -- they run a tight ship in that no one in the state is going to say a solitary word to the NCAA about any violations.
|32 weeks 5 days ago||I have no idea on this one||
Being sarcastic, or not?
Straight guy here, so not an expert, but I'd be surprised to hear ladies say Schiano is a particularly good-looking dude. Unless they're into the whole Nick Lachay but more simian thing.
|33 weeks 4 days ago||I was struggling to describe them||
And you nailed it. They look like shit that was airbrushed on the side of a van. In terms of design, those are deeply silly helmets.
|39 weeks 6 days ago||Crootin'||
He won't get the same tyle of classes at, say, Rutgers, of course. But he's still a good recruiter He certainly 'sold Michigan' better than Rodriguez did.
|39 weeks 6 days ago||Let me be clear that I think||
Let me be clear that I think Hoke needed to go.
But I don't know why people keep trotting out the 'one year less experience in the OL' stat as condemnation. One whole year less across the OL, the position where experience matters more than any except maybe QB, seems like kind of a big deal to me.
|39 weeks 6 days ago||Popcorn!||
What an insightful and creative contribution!
|40 weeks 6 days ago||Breaston||
Pre-foot injury Breaston was about as fast as anyone I've seen for Michigan, except for maybe Denard. He lost a step after that, though.
|43 weeks 5 days ago||Nuclear icebreaker||
If there's one thing Smith doesn't have trouble with, it's running through the tackles of defenders under 250 lbs.
|43 weeks 5 days ago||Just wondering||
At any point, did anything about posting this picture in a discussion about a 17 year-old boy strike you as maybe, I don't know, a little weird? Creepy even?
|44 weeks 1 day ago||I really think Gary is a||
I really think Gary is a special talent - better than McDowell or Hand. If his high school tape reminds me of one player, it's Ndamakong Suh. He has the choice of either depositing lineman behind the line of scrimmage OR beating them around the edge.
|44 weeks 4 days ago||doing this right?||
I wrote about how I have dreams about being a woman on him and hid him under my mattress.
Also he's really good at press coverage.
|44 weeks 4 days ago||Can't tell if serious||
But if so, here's how I know you're wrong: you're the only one putting this explanation forward in this entire thread.
|44 weeks 4 days ago||IT HAS NITHING TO DO WITH POLITENESSIT'S JUST||
IT HAS NITHING TO DO WITH POLITENESS
IT'S JUST FUCKING DUMB.
IF YOU CAN THINK OF A WITTY WAY TO CALL PEOPLE FUCKSTICK TAINTGOBLINS IN A CHANT I'LL DEFEND YOU TO THE BITTER END.
WHY DO YOU THINK 'YOU SUCK' IS EDGY?? THOSE WHO DEFEND THIS CHANT SEEM LIKE THE ONES WHO CLUTCH PEARLS AND GASP AT ADOLESCENT ANTICS IN THIS PARTICULAR DEBATE.
|44 weeks 4 days ago||!||
I'm excited too!
|44 weeks 4 days ago||Word||
This post feels more like a backdoor way to slam Gardner than anything else. I'd fucking love to see Gardner be here for a coherent offense coached by top-shelf talent.
Don't care how long you've been around, bruh, you're saying nothing of value here.
|44 weeks 4 days ago||No one is worried that it's impolite||
It's just fucking stupid. It's the goddamn Early Season Bart Simpson of cheers.
'See ya,' by contrast, is 18x more obscene, but it's original and funny.
Dickhead first graders say 'you suck.' Using it as a chant is a vociferous declaration of being an unimaginative dickhead.
|44 weeks 4 days ago||Conflating two things||
I knew the dudes who were the weirdo claw zealots. They were trying to replace the standard 'first down' motion, which they thought looked like the FSU/Atlanta Braves chop thing. Had nothing to do with 'you suck' - which does, after all, consist of words and not an arm motion, and did not exist until at least 2005.
|44 weeks 4 days ago||No||
Absolutely did not happen to any significant degree in 2003, nor 2004.
|44 weeks 5 days ago||Spielman also said that, with||
Spielman also said that, with Harbaugh, the days of OSU's recent dominance are over, and that the programs will be even once again. Pretty bold statement considering OSU's record the past 3 years.
People who think Spielman is biased these days are going into the game looking for any example they can get, and ignoring all the complimentary things he says - when warranted - about Michigan.
|44 weeks 5 days ago||I think it's funny when||
I think it's funny when people complain about Spielman's bias - he all but gave Michigan a tongue bath in this game.
Sean McDonough, on the other hand, is a mkserable, shaved fucking rat who clearly hates Michigan, and also visibly bristled when Spielman knocked the SEC.
|50 weeks 6 hours ago||I think there are two factors here. First, I think||
I think there are two factors here. First, I think the players genuinely like and respect Hoke. But I'm also starting to get the sense that they were advised quite strongly that if they'd like to do anything in Michigan Stadium beyond running stadium steps they won't say anything negative about the previous staff.
|50 weeks 20 hours ago||NOBODY knows||
But its provocative - it gets the people going!
|51 weeks 1 day ago||Mourning||
The day Rodriguez was fired, the light in Dudeness's soul was extinguished. I don't know if we will ever see it lit again.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||Bama mediocrity||
Doesn't matter if they jad lost for 20 years, there'd be plenty of fanatic 'bama bagmen to throw money around. People down there are 100% fucking nuts about the Tide. You can't apply normal, rational thought here.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||7 years old?||
That you, Mr. Forcier?
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Your bigger point stands, but||
Burgess and Watson topped out at 'good,' but mostly stayed at 'solid.'
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Great moments in bust history||
That was Kelly Baraka.
Grady's went down a bottle.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Jesus||
That kid moves like a TE. A really good TE. And he seems to like to finish his blocks just a little bit.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||I personally don't think||
I personally don't think Malzone will be a starter, unless these other guys fail to develop. He's got the lowest ceiling, I think, even though he may also have the highest floor. Gentry and Viramontes are the opposite, with Peters somewhere in the middle.
With the kind of coaching QBs are gling to het here, I wouldn't be at all surprised to see Viramontes become a star someday. He's a much better runner than Gentry, and he's got raw arm talent - if the mechanics can be fixed, look out. Also, his level of HS competition is the highest of anyone we've got on the roster, no?
|1 year 6 weeks ago||James Franklin hype||
If you look at his record, he has maybe one really impressive win at Vandy, beating #15 ranked Georgia at home. His only top-25 win, if I'm not mistaken.
Making Vanderbilt decent, which he did, is not something to sniff at. But Franklin is far from the worldbeater he's made out to be. Looking at his last season as OC under Friedgen, his offense didn't seem to score much against any of the non-tomato can teams they played.
I'd take Jerry Kill over Franklin, even if I didn't factor in the latter's Douchebag Multiplier, which is substantial.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Obvious answer||
He just wants to be coached by dynamic offensive mastermind Mike Debord down in Knoxville. What top recruit wouldn't?
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Yeah||
Everyone's really drinkin' the kool aid (sweet tea?) with that one.
Of course, it would universallly be dismissed as bullshit if we weren't recruiting in the South and someone else said it.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Yeah, cosign||
He's a beast in press coverage, loves to hit, amd seems to have a great deel for the game.
But his backpedal and his change of direction seem subpar. Choppy, awkward footwork. Hard to tell what his straight line speed is from the video, but it doesn't appear to be bad by any means.
Maybe he projects best as a safety? Any expert opinions out there?
|1 year 6 weeks ago||My question is this:||
Who needs to toughen up: the undergrad who finds a lot of things offensive, or the guy cowering in fear about Putin, the Chinese navy, and some dudes with Kalashnikovs (and women and children!) running around in the Middle East.
It's analogous to hand-wringing about terrorism: you're far more likely to die from a lightning strike, so stop being such a little bitch about it.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||This is especially funny when||
This is especially funny when you imagine Kenny Loggins saying it.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||As schticks go,||
this one sucks.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Concern trolling||
It's good to see you've broadened your base, Kass - from wringing your hands about the terrible discrimination faced by Christians to the plight of white guys generally. You just keep on fightin' the good fight for the little folks, sir.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Preach, brother||
I, too, have experienced the daily pain and oppression of being a white man in America. WE WILL NO LONGER SUFFER IN SILENCE! THERE WILL BE TRIGGER WARNINGS PRIOR TO ANY TV APPEARANCE BY WEIRDLY SKINNY AL SHARPTON, OR BY GOD THERE WILL BE A REVOLUTION.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Not my experience.||
As someone currently lodged in academe, I can say that I haven't talked to any faculty in my department who have found this to be a notable problem. This is at Northwestern, no less, where poor Laura Kipnis and her completely ridiculous article have ruffled a few feathers.
I think this is almost entirely a media-inflated Potemkin crisis.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||I call bullshit.||
Everyone knows it's only white men who have to watch what they say in front of potentially disapproving audiences.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||But, but||
She's a lady professor who pissed people off for a sexist article?! How silly is that??
|1 year 7 weeks ago||Freddy J||
Let's take a breath. Ian Gold was very, very fast - fast enough to make the Pro Bowl as a 220-lb linebacker. No offense to Thomas, who looks like he could be a very good player, but I'm not seeing anything like comparable athleticism here.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||On a Rascal.||
Well Blazer already rolled up to a FIFA Executive Committee with a bugged keychain, providing much of the evidence from which these arrests were made.
He already done rolled.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||I'll take your word for it --||
I'll take your word for it -- I haven't read the books.
I definitely agree with you that cartoonish is a good way to describe how Dorne-related stuff has been treated in the show.
Except for Oberyn. And free-lovin', pre-head squashing Ellaria. Those two were boss.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||Sand snakes||
The name alone makes me suspicious that they're pretty cheesy and campy in the books too. And the idea sort of lends itself to one-dimensional presentation: "Look! Little girls, but they can fight! Neat!"
Also I think it's just gonna be hard to choreograph fight scenes between large adults and 100 lb mites unless the latter have martial arts training or something. But I agree that those were some lame sequences.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||Shitty episode||
1) The stuff with the Sparrows feels like a real stretch designed to keep Cersei relevant. Maybe the incredible rise to lower of the Church Militant makes sense in the books, but it seems rushed and far-fetched in the show.
2) The sand snakes -- and really, Dorne more broadly -- are embarrassingly campy. The costumes for Dornish guards look like they were raided from the Lion King musical rack. B-movie fantasy plot and dialogue abounds in Dorne for some reason.
3) Tyrion (and Jorah) being abducted and Tyrion talking his way into being kept alive feels like a variation of a theme we've seen many times by now. Maybe the whole point is to get the band back together with Varys, which is a worthy goal I suppose. But it felt forced.
4) Ending with Sansa's rape is making the creators of the show start to look almost sadistic towards viewers.
I like Baelish more and more as a character - he's slimy as hell, but he might be the smartest individual in Westeros. And the House of Black and White stuff was really well done. (The hall of faces - holy shit!) But overall this was not an enjoyable episode at all.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||???||
Who the fuck had any sympathy with Ramsay Bolton at any point?
Maybe the writers should also put lots of scenes in where Tyrion can't reach things on shelves to make sure there's no shred of doubt that he's a dwarf.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||Fascinating||
It used to be the case that it was de jure impossible to rape one's wife. A wife's body was essentially a possession of her husband's, and the act of marriage meant implied consent for life. Or, in other terms, marital sex was a legal right for husbands that could not be withheld by their wives.
I've never seen someone in the modern day defend that position before. So, uh, congrats.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||Sure, sure||
|1 year 15 weeks ago||One point only||
Completely aside from the procedural problems related to university tribunals, this is an utterly wackadoo scenario.
What if there was a rape conspiracy concocted for the purpose of getting some poor sap expelled? This was a stupid plot line in Orange is the New Black, let alone in real life. And the honeypot/victim-seductress is keeping her comrades up to date with texts all along! BUT HOW DO WE GET OUR HANDS ON THOSE TEXTS?
|1 year 16 weeks ago||Morris||
I was pleasantly surprised with Morris, who had a few good plays beyond the fades to Darboh that were worth mentioning. He could easily have had 6-7 more completions if his receivers could hang onto the ball. I don't care how hard the ball is coming in - if you're a WR or a TE and the ball hit you in the hands (or the torso, or the helmet), you should've made the catch.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||Man||
You MBAs sure have a way with words.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||If the fellas at RCMB were capable||
of satire and abstract thought, this kind of bullshit is what they'd write to parody MGoBlog.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Pretty great work here, sir.||
That is all.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Arm strength||
I distinctly remember a throw in Peters' highlight video where the ball travels 65 yards in the air. If anything, he doesn't look like he has elite zip on intermediate throws, but his long ball is no joke.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||I don't know what to say||
If that's true, then the nation is fucking stupid. If you look at Carr's overall career he's one of the top 20 coaches of the last fifty years.
75% career win percentage, 19-8 vs. top ten opponents, six 10-win seasons, five conference championships, one national championship.
If the Hoke and Rodriguez era still haven't convinced people that what Lloyd accomplished is in fact really fucking hard to pull off -- yes, even at Michigan -- then those people have their heads up their ass.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||This is bunk||
Borges was one of the more articulate coaches I've heard in a press conference. And Mattison was great to listen to as well. True, the former was a tire fire as a coordinator, but let's be fair and accurate in our criticisms.
I really like Drevno's style, and it seems like he's got a great sense of humor. But I wouldn't say he was as articulate as Gorgeous Al. Also, I think you might be giving Funk short shrift because he looked like Catatonic Gary Busey. He never sounded particularly inarticulate to me, just monotone and boring.
But perhaps we can all find common ground upon the notion that Greg Jackson is toe to toe with Hoke himself in terms of elocution.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||Agreed||
App. State was a big deal because of the symbolic weight it carried - and it's come to carry more and more, quite inappropriately in my opinion. That team went on to do some pretty decent things, including the Citrus Bowl win. And App. State would have beat that Toledo team any day if the week.
Toledo and 3-9 was infinitely worse than App. State.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Now this||
Is a well-crafted goddamn comment, sir.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||I disagree with absolutely every expression of||
I disagree with absolutely every expression of condemnation for any action taken against Mr. Weiss. I've seen that website. This person is a force for evil in this world. Hopefully it will remain smalltime, self-produced rap videos financed by mom and dad evil. Douchebag Evil.
But this is America, and that kind of evil, with enough energy and narcissisn behind it (esp. in combination with mom and dad's financial backing), can take one very far indeed.
I cannot stress this seriously enough. Unleash hell, and do so with an unblemished conscience.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||This||
Is the lazy accusation made every time things don't work out with a coach. It may be right every once in a while, but I didn't see any indications of it under Hoke. By contrast, it's really easy to see where inane coaching in terms of scheme and preparation was to blame. So I don't see any need to speculate about lack of effort in addition.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Martyrs, Kass||
If anyone has it tough in this country, it's white guys and Christians.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Question||
Does anyone know whether passage of this measure in the CSG automatically means we'd start bearing it at sporting events? Would the AD or the band director or whoever just be able to just ignore this idiotic idea?
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Jesus||
I think this idea had sweet fuckall to do with political correctness. It had everything to do with some B-school shitheel thinking that putting his own brand on UM athletics would be mad trill.*
*I am over 30 years old, and I have no idea if this is an accurate parody of how said 19-20 yo shitheel might talk.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Ted Nugent?||
You mean the guy who admittedly engaged in statutory rape and shit himself for days so as to avoid going to Vietnam?
Sounds like a plan.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Contrarianism||
Shows that you're smarter than most other people.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Heh||
When people see that O, all they see is a football team. The M denotes one of the world's great universities.
Thanks for playing.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Man||
You're really fucking sneaky about being a Buckeye fan. More evidence that there are some really subtle minds in your fan base.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Others have pointed this out||
But I'd look at UFRs and game-by-game performance with Green. His App. St. numbers really distort his YPC.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||I whimeheartedly agree re: the running backs. I'd||
I whimeheartedly agree re: the running backs. I'd bet a hefty sum that Isaac will be the workhorse from day 1. Green was underwhelming for a top recruit in his HS highlights, but his raw size/speed numbers earned him 5 stars. He's been below serviceable in two years here. I had higher hopes for Smith, but as you say he regressed over the course of the year too.
I'd predict Isaac and Higdon as 1 and 2, to be honest (would put Johnson at 2 if it wasn't for the injury.)
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Since the slot is off the line, nickels can't||
Since the slot is off the line, nickels can't press anyway, no? The bigger problem with Countess is run support.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Sounds like rationalization||
But I don't see a whole lot of difference between Weber and Higdon based on highlights. Really similar runners, no? What do y'all think distinguishes the two? To me, Weber might be a bit faster, and Higdon a bit shiftier.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Sounds like rationalization||
But I don't see a whole lot of difference between Weber and Higdon based on highlights. Really similar runners, no? What do y'all think distinguishes the two? To me, Weber might be a bit faster, and Higdon a bit shiftier.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||So this post is exactly the same as the dozens of||
So this post is exactly the same as the dozens of other 'so whaddya guys think about recruiting' posts that have been thrown up on the board. The clause about the first commits does not change the redundancy or vapidity one bit.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||Yeah||
But would they make Luke Fickell head coach for a year?
|1 year 26 weeks ago||You must've missed it||
The vast majority of the people on this site think Nussmeier's a damn genius because of Smoker and Price. Harbaugh's okay, but Nuss? Nuss is the truth.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||Oh man||
Well that 100-year legacy comment certainly isn't reinforcing any notions about frats being clubs for privileged white dudes, that's for sure.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||There are many, many other||
There are many, many other ways in which students can learn to take individual responsibility for all sorts of things, though maybe weekly catering is indeed unique to the fraternity system.
As far as living with other people, there are of course dorms, which actually teach you how to live with people who might actually be a little bit different than you in terms of background and perspective. (There's also co-ops, which are cool at least in theory. If you lived there, you'd have to do everything you'd have to do at a frat, only -- again -- with a much more diverse group of people. Even members of the opposite sex!)
You joined a frat for the social aspect of it. Or maybe for networking purposes, if you were particularly career-minded as a freshman. But don't try to tell me you joined it for the philanthropic opportunities.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||Well now||
This comment is a pretty good example of the negative side of frats.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||Small point first||
We're counting Dance Marathon as Greek? That wasn't my experience at all.
I thought about pledging a frat freshman year, and was invited to rush one (Alpha Sigma Phi), but I realized I would probably fail classes if I did. It was still a lot of fun to party there, though. Especially during the quest of four of the older guys in the frat to drink 100 beers on St. Patrick's Day (they finally did it, even though one of the four bowed out at 16 -- gave him plenty of shit for being out-drank by a freshman GDI in yours truly.)
Fraternities and sororities exist, fundamentally, as social clubs (to be slightly less charitable, as drinking and partying clubs.) You're blowing smoke to pretend differently. For any of the positive activities they engage in, there are myriad other outlets at the university - outlets that do not separate a sizeable part of the student body from the rest, nor foster any of the negative cultural outgrowths that fraternities tend to.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||That's hysterical||
Yes, of course that's what fraternities and sororities are mostly there for.
I mean, if only there were other avenues through which people at the university could learn to live together or engage in philanthropy ...
|1 year 26 weeks ago||Every time I hear someone||
Every time I hear someone bitch about the incompatibility of big-time athletics and academics, I wonder why they're not focusing instead on shutting down the Greek system, which adds absolutely nothing of value to the university.
|1 year 28 weeks ago||Yeah||
I think a lot of the excitement around Norfleet cones from Brian and, by extension, the breathless comments about his performance in 7 on 7s in high school. He's quick, but far from being an instinctive runner. I really think Peppers will supplant him from day 1 this year.
|1 year 28 weeks ago||Nuss||
You must really put a lot of stock into his time at Washington, I guess.
Results-based charting: Nuss was a goddamn tire fire.
(And I know most Nuss fans like to suggest that Hoke must have been telling him what plays to call, but there isn't really a shred of evidence to support that. Hoke had many flaws, but micromanaging never seemed to be one of them. Nor 'knowing anything about offense,' really.)
|1 year 29 weeks ago||Man||
It's really nice to see a level-headed comment like this amidst all the ignorant Hot Takes flying around.
Good on ya, Clarkie.
|1 year 29 weeks ago||How does warm weather make a||
How does warm weather make a kid quicker or faster?
|1 year 29 weeks ago||How does warm weather make a||
How does warm weather make a kid quicker or faster?
|1 year 29 weeks ago||You know||
Our current head coach handled questions relating to Hoke's time at Michigan with eminent class, giving the man credit for the good things he's done for the program and the university.
You, on the other hand, made some really lame fat jokes. Which made you sound like either an idiot or a teenager.
|1 year 29 weeks ago||Seriously||
The whole 'deep south speed' thing has some really creepy quasi-racial undertones. Ezekiel Elliott is from St. Louis. Peppers is from NJ. Marcus Mariota's from Hawai'i. You can be fast from damn near anywhere.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||Khakipoints or Harbits||
Seem like the obvious choices.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||Jesus||
Debord the puppet master in Lloyd's stead? This is clearly the thread for the hardest core of the tinfoil hat crew.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||You sound like someone||
Who really knows a lot about the inner workings of the athletic department and doesn't make unfounded extrapolations from rumors.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||Doesn't a walk-on, by definition, know that his||
Doesn't a walk-on, by definition, know that his scholarship is going to be deferred by a year?
|1 year 35 weeks ago||Because a football team has a lot of players, for one||
The impact on a football program of one decommitment is a fraction of the impact on one player when someone pulls shit like Mullen did (or Miles has done in the past, let's not forget.)
An 18-year old kid makes a commitment to *one* school, and two weeks before he's supposed to start there they tell him he's no longer wanted. The effect this has on that kid's life is nothing like the effect on a football team when one scholarship player out of 85 backs out at the last minute.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||Faith in a 'Michigan Man'||
Miles sure ran an SEC-style outfit when he was at Oklahoma State. No idea why you think he'd be able to change his stripes at Michigan.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||Tip of the cap||
Slaughtering bison and one-man manifest destiny? That's some high-octane figurative language, my friend.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||Whoa||
Bielema and Stoops are not in the same neighborhood, by a long shot.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||Honestly||
The Hoke clone stuff I'd dead-on from a football perspective - if Miles didn't recruit like he was in the middle of the Deep South with unlimited booster cash, he'd be Hoke on Red Bull. Inane in-game management and an inability to field an offense that is close to reflecting the talent of recruits? Leslie's got that in spades. And, sexual improprieties aside, he's just about as sleazy as they come. Lied to Jai Eugene (and who knows how many others) about Lloyd having a serious health condition. Turned Okie State into an absolute circus in terms of academic and behavioral standards for players -- Gundy had to go full Charlie Strong on that program to clean it up, and it's not exactly Harvard over there.
Miles would be an unmitigated disaster of a hire. If you think to yourself, 'hey, Hoke's pretty good, but I wish he said more goofy shit and was willing to drag UM football into the gutter,' then Miles is your man. I am so, so fucking relieved in the knowledge that Schlissel won't go near him with a ten foot pole and an Ebola suit.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||This||
Is the very definition of selective memory.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||Damn||
Did Devin bang your sister and never call her again or something? You're really out to slam him on pretty much every thread you can find.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||I saw him play last year||
For most of the year, he was quite good. He was abysmal against Akron and UConn, pretty awful against NU, and awe-inspiring against ND, Indiana (yes, I know), and OSU. He has not, and will not, looked close to a fraction of the quarterback he was last year. He is broken.
And so help me god, if one more person says we might want to keep Nussmeier because they remember being excited about him and he did coach Bama and everything, I'm going to lunch myself in the fucking eye.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||Gardner is broken mentally||
But also physically. I truly think the farthest he can throw the ball down field is around 25 yards this year. His arm strength is absolutely shot.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||Not saying you're wrong||
So we need 3-5 of one of the best athletes to ever play at Michigan.
I agree that this would make us more formidable.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||He had the rep||
But he never seemed all that fast to me. I actually think Mike Shaw may have been faster.
Darryl Stonum was real fast.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||Less offensive than the game, to be fair||
Watching diarrhea slowly dry out on a gas station bathroom floor.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||All college coaches have control over a football||
All college coaches have control over a football program in ways NFL coaches don't. There are no college GMs.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||Uh huh||
And how much better did Gardner look under Borges?
Gardner was very good last year, and was stunningly so against OSU.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||Jesus||
The people who say this are operating on blind fucking faith.
Results-based muhfuckin' charting says Nussmeier's been abysmal. Good coaching = execution.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||This||
Doesn't make any fucking sense. I've yet to hear anything that convincingly links people being sorta mean to Rodriguez and the failures of his teams on the field. Maybe not letting him back up the Brinks truck to get Casteel, but that's not such a sure thing as people like to think, IMO. But certainly other than that, blaming Rodriguez's failed tenure on vague bad juju in the AD is the squishy epitome of feelingsball silliness.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||SORRY I MEANT OUTLOOK FOR THE||
SORRY I MEANT OUTLOOK FOR THE PHYSICALITY.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||I CONCUR||
WHERE IS THE OUTLOOK ON THE PHYSICALITY, ACE?
|1 year 39 weeks ago||So you totally forgot||
About that one year when Gardner was very good for all but 2-3 games despite being pulverized every time.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||Passive voice||
It has been talked about? By whom?
|1 year 39 weeks ago||Hey DAVE||
You sound like a Glenn Beck- listenin', tobacco-chewin' Tea Party shill here.
Or a Roseanne Barr-votin', hemp-powered-car-drivin' lefty wackadoo.
Hard to say.
Either way, slow your fuckin' roll with the partisan politics talk.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||HISTORY PEDANTRY BOMB||
Manchester liberalism (and lowercase liberalism everywhere but America, really) meant free trade, extremely limited government, and the lowest taxes possible.
Put another way, 'neoliberalism' is derived from 'Manchester liberalism,' which historically speaking is just 'liberalism'.
In American politics, liberalism means 'leftish-type politics.' But once you throw Manchester in front, you're talking about something specific.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||Rainwater and moonshine, man||
The only cocktail for me.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||Ha||
Excellent distillation of his logic here. Well done.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||'Leftist'||
You don't know shit, or you'd realize that there never would have been a need for the Wolverine Liberation Army to split off from MGoBlog if Brian was a fellow traveler.
But seriously, the use of the term makes you sound a bit hysterical and silly.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Never in your life, eh?||
You must not watch all that much football.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||How do you know it's||
How do you know it's hard-earned? Maybe it was inherited. Not uncommon.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||When I read this||
I pronounced fuccbois in my head as 'fookbwah' like it was French.
I wonder if that makes me a fuccbois ...
|1 year 43 weeks ago||OK||
I gotta admit, this is a pretty fucking funny comment, all caps and all.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||MBA||
Ross is apparently really impressed with those revenues.
Probably thinks Goodell is doing a great job too.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Jesus tits||
How many times does Mattison have to passionately say that Home is the reason he came to take the job before people stop with this bullshit?
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Just got to this ...||
So what you like about this diary is that there isn't much whining and crying?
I, too, appreciated its measured tone, and steadfast resolve to avoid extravagant self-flagellation.
Birds of a feather, you and I.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||There are mixed metaphors||
And then there are mixed metaphors that ask you to imagine getting your penis stuck in mud.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Yeah||
Stupid Eric Magnuson and his goddamn not being awesome 4 games into his sophomore season. As we all know, most OL are either very good when thrust into a starting role as underweight freshman, or they're just never going to 'get it.'
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Deveon Smith is 5'11", 220||
Deveon Smith is 5'11", 220 lbs. If that's 'tall and thin' to you, your mom must have told your fat ass that to make you feel better. Or you're just making shit up to fit your squishy, bullshit argument.
Yes, Desmond Howard won the Heisman. You're the one who brought up NFL players, not me. He didn't do shit in the NFL.
Furman apparently looks decent for Oklahoma State, not that you have any real insight to that beyond the stats from a few games. Does he look better than our LBs now? Does Ok. St. play the same scheme? Also, whether UM over-recruited at LB or not isn't at issue. The relevant fact is that there are a lot of highly-regarded LBs on Michigan's roster. Furman wasn't one of them. There's no basis for assuming that they kept him at safety because of any antiquated/old-fashoned/crotchety obsession with size -- you just desperately want him to be a data point that fits your argument.
So, to recap:
Argument 1: The 'tall thin' RB case. The only RB who fits your 'tall, thin' mold is Shallman, and I still don't believe the coaches really thought he could be a starting RB. Just because they told him: we're bringing you in as a RB, that doesn't mean they weren't thinking, 'and if it doesn't work out, he's got H-back written all over him.' Regardless, he was definitely never a top target.
Argument 2: Michigan recruits safeties who are too tall. Admittedly, there are a lot of good safeties in the NFL who are 5'10" - 6' tall. But just because it's difficult to find someone who can play safety at 6'3" doesn't mean it's not a good thing when you do. Kam Chancellor, Harrison Smith, Eric Reid, and Marc Barron are all young, talented, taller safeties in the league. Here's a list of the heights of the top ten 2015 safety recruits per Rivals, from 1 to 10: 6'1", 6'0", 6'1", 6'3", 6'3", 6'3", 5'11", 6'2", 6'0", 6'2". Looks like the whole durn country has gotten all wrapped up in this Bo Schembechler man-ball thing, eh?
Argument 3: Michigan ignores short, talented WRs. Michigan likes tall WRs. So does everyone else. You seem to think that the bare fact that Michigan recruited Jaron Dukes means they must have ignored smaller, quicker WRs. This is baseless. But here's a solitary data point - if that's what we're doing - which is actually relevant without wild hypothesis and inference: UM really wanted Artavis Scott, but couldn't pull him in.
In conclusion: you wanted to make an argument about Hoke and co. being stuck in the past with regard to recruiting/personnel because it just felt right, but you have no relevant evidence to support that argument. This staff has been killing it in terms of recruiting, whether you like it or not. There are plenty of other areas for criticism, so I'm not sure why you picked this one.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||1) Maybe Shallman really was||
1) Maybe Shallman really was recruited to be a tailback, but if so he certainly wasn't a top target.
2) Who else has Michigan targeted who's tall and thin? Aside from Ty Isaac, whom, of course, almost every major program wanted. Damien Harris is 5'10", and Mike Weber is 5'9", 215 lbs.
3) Most safeties are 5'11"-6". This is, as you suggest, an area where Michigan has been recruiting outliers in terms of size. But I don't think that's really a 'looking to the past' phenomenon. If anything, it's bucking an older trend.
4) Hines Ward was good, but never elite. Wes Welker is a very good complementary player, but will never be a true #1 option.* Desmond Howard hardly played WR in the NFL. (You should have gone with Steve Smith, who's the only true all-around #1 WR under 6' tall I can think of off the top of my head. But he's still a major outlier.)
5) Seeing as how LB is loaded with quality depth, it's quite possible that the coaches looked at Furman -- who had nearly ideal safety size -- and thought that it would make much more sense for the roster to try to get him to work out at safety than to have him: 1) try to gain weight; 2) move to a new position; and 3) fight through that quality depth for a chance to get on the field. Safety, of course, being the position on our defense with the least quality depth. Sometimes, just maybe, the coaches makes decisions based on criteria other than This Is What Bo Would Have Done; Manball.
*You might counter that Welker was indeed Brady's #1 option for a few seasons there. But this was still primarily on short to intermediate routes, and it was during a period when there was a continual crying-out for a true #1 receiver to give Brady a downfield option.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Man-ball.||
Now you can stop worrying.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Yup.||
That's just about all one can say about it.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Finance-PhD||
Is almost undoubtedly a douche.
That is all.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Need some examples||
Thomas Rawls was about 5'10", 210 lbs. Wyatt Shallman was never recruited to be a starting tailback.
Green and Smith fit your argument in terms of size, but damn near every program in the country recruited the former. So maybe it's the fact that Deveon Smith is on the team that is bringing all these losses.
How big are the best linebackers in the NFL? The best receivers? Where are the Pro Bowlers who are Furman-sized?
Now I don't think that future NFL success is a good way to judge college players. I'd have zero problem with a team of smurfs who win championships and can't get drafted. But you brought up this question of NFL size in your argument, and it doesn't make any sense.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||15-22, man.||
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Michael Taylor||
Sounds like a guy who has no concept of how to distinguish 'former athletes' as a group from his own experience.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Seth: 'The shit he went through'||
Grbac was, you know, a pretty good QB. Was there something inherently unfair about Taylor having to compete to get his job back? Which, not incidentally, he did?
Was there something else nefarious about the situation, to your knowledge? And if so, is your only source on the matter the word of Taylor himself?
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Issues with the coaching staff||
If his issues stem from the fact that Michigan wanted Taylor to get surgery on his shoulder from the doctors at UM, who were probably elite orthopedists, instead of from what the source for that quote described as Taylor's 'high school physician' ... then Taylor's bitterness seems to be rather a reflection of his own issues.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Interesting slant||
Hoke's had 43 games, Rodriguez had 37. Though two of the extra Hoke games were bowl games.
So I'm not sure he's had that much more time to prove what he can do with his own players.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||Networking!||
Everything about this post says 'I link to articles I've written on my LinkedIn page.'
This really, really reads like a "I earned $3,000/month working from home!" deal.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||Other examples||
Also, though I personally don't like the guy: Pete Carroll.
I suspect that Les Miles might fit into the 'players' coach' mold also, though I don't know much about how he runs practices. As an outsider, it would seem like it might be hard not to giggle being yelled at by that kooky bastard, but who knows.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||Relatively small point||
But at the end of the second drive, Funchess doesn't make that catch because the DB plows through his arm from the back. I can maybe see why the refs didn't see this, but it was most definitely PI. Not Funchess's fault.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||I don't disagree||
But I think that the number 2 doesn't really fit with the idea of 'struggles with man coverage but is pretty good in zone.'
|1 year 45 weeks ago||Uh||
Not with linemen. But they sure do with RBs and TEs.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Well||
That's pretty fucking lame, STEVE.
This is Michigan, fergodsakes, not the University of Being kind of a Pussy.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Aww||
Huckleberry's such a grumpy grump that he forgot to make sure he knew what the fuck he was talking about first.
Cheer up booboo!
|1 year 47 weeks ago||On Green's second play||
You know - the one after he botched his assignment and missed the handoff from Gardner - he had as gaping a cutback lane as Smith had all game, and instead decided to burrow his head into Joe Burzynski's ass.
Having a faster first step doesn't mean shit if you lack vision and balance. If there's one former Michigan back Green runs like, it's Carlos Brown (but slower).
|1 year 47 weeks ago||For what it's worth guys||
Califan giving you this information strictly so that you can have a better idea of the truthiness of Roseboro's numbers.
He normally doesn't like to talk much about his ALL THAT IS MAN weightlifting prowess. That'd just be tacky.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||Word.||
I'm with you, man. Always weird and creepy, but also repeated so often that it's utterly unimaginative and will never, ever be funny.
|1 year 49 weeks ago||Now this some some unhinged-sounding shit||
Now this some some unhinged-sounding shit here.
|1 year 50 weeks ago||Sweeping the nation||
|1 year 50 weeks ago||Hey!||
Both of their names have apostrophes!
But only one of them did anything violent in the video!
But still, high five!
|1 year 50 weeks ago||The Halo was Tom Goss's fuckup, not Martin's.||
The Halo was Tom Goss's fuckup, not Martin's. Sailboatin' and the Rodriguez hire have come to define him, but Martin was actually a pretty great AD.
|1 year 51 weeks ago||The ol' no-blocker bubble screen. 60% of the time,||
The ol' no-blocker bubble screen. 60% of the time, it works every time.
|1 year 51 weeks ago||Holy shit||
'Multi-role family members' made me lose my shit.
You, my friend, are a poet.
|2 years 4 days ago||Pipkins and Fox||
Two of the biggest positive data points to come out of this are that Pipkins has continued to keep his weight down, and, a bit further under the radar, that Chris Fox has dropped almost 30 lbs to get back to functional weight.
Has there been any buzz about Fox at all since the spring? He was one of the more highly-regarded linemen we brought in -- I remember seeing a couple of Buckeye threads where people actually admitted being disappointed they didn't land him -- but his injury caused him to balloon to critical mass. In the best-case scenario, he could push -- or even surpass -- Braden for the RT spot.
For those who may have forgotten, here's a tidbit from his recruiting post:
…a massive player with a solid base, and despite that mass, he moves very well. He's already built like a college lineman, and has time to add strength before contributing in college - even though he probably doesn't need to. Fox was one of the few players to win a rep against 2014's top player, Da'Shawn Hand, and was not soundly beat on any rep.
|2 years 5 weeks ago||This is exactly what I thought of the other day! I||
This is exactly what I thought of the other day! I bet Terry Richardson, Delonte Hollowell, and sans-pellet gun Boubacar could've been pretty good soccer players.
|2 years 5 weeks ago||Disagree||
I watched Bradley on defense, and he hardly looked more engaged in that capacity than he did on the attack. Plenty of plays went right past him.
It was an all-around nightmare of a match.
|2 years 6 weeks ago||Seriously||
Bradley has done shiny fuck-all in this match. He looks like Charlie Adam with less flair.
|2 years 6 weeks ago||Yup.||
|2 years 6 weeks ago||Well||
He was a running back.
So you got that goin' for you, which is nice.
/just breaking your balls
|2 years 6 weeks ago||Nah||
Way, way too much of. an incompetent tit to be a robot.
|2 years 6 weeks ago||But, but||
Cato June was special, man!
|2 years 7 weeks ago||Harris looks really good, and if I was forced to||
Harris looks really good, and if I was forced to lay a bet on which back would be better as a college player, I might lean towards Harris.
But Isaac has already shown something at USC, while Harris has some of the same question marks about competition that Isaac did. As well as the standard variance that comes with 18 year old kids leaving home, etc.
I really wanted Isaac two classes ago, more than Dunn and way more than Green. I think there's a very good chance he could end up being a better player than Harris, even if you're only talking about him as a runner.
|2 years 8 weeks ago||Inside scoop||
I wonder if Sam would be thrilled about you posting the gist of your conversation - in which he's critical of a young relative - on the internet for everyone to see.
|2 years 9 weeks ago||Damn, son.||
You pretty much just blowtorched Klinsmann. Well done. Especially the last line.
|2 years 10 weeks ago||Well thank you, sir.||
Well thank you, sir.
|2 years 10 weeks ago||Basil Smotherman?||
Does he play in a tweed jacket while smoking a pipe? Does he have to sneak time on the court in between fox hunts? Does that fact that he's a character from Edwardian fiction hurt his upside?
|2 years 11 weeks ago||Those stats seem to suggest||
That he's currently Just A Shooter, so maybe he needs to develop other parts of his game.
|2 years 11 weeks ago||Here's what people fail to understand||
Our knowledge of what coaches talk about or emphasize comes from press conferences, which matter fuck all to anyone but the fans themselves. To assume that all Hoke does is run around Schembecler bellowing about toughness and physicalness and tradition because that's what he talks about at the podium is a high expression of navel-gazing.
|2 years 12 weeks ago||Non sequiturs for 500||
Yep, poor Donald has never got away with any bad behavior.
|2 years 12 weeks ago||Strangely enough||
This really sounds like the ramblings of a drunk.
|2 years 12 weeks ago||Wait||
I'm on the mobile site, so I can't check your other posts ...
But this is a joke, right?
|2 years 12 weeks ago||She seems||
She seems smart.
|2 years 12 weeks ago||'The very happy club'||
Holy black-nail-polish shit, with the emo, Brian. Right now I'm just going to snarkily suggest that maybe you're engaged in parody of the woebegone fan , but before too long I might honestly wonder.
|2 years 12 weeks ago||@ypsituckyboy: One can||
One can complain about the timing of media stories without necessarily being happy that Sterling has prostate cancer (which he's apparently had for a while.) The OP could be read as mocking the ostensible narrative that is being forwarded by news stories which are now publicizing said cancer.
|2 years 12 weeks ago||I'm not necessarily arguing||
I'm not necessarily arguing with your overall conclusion, but losing starters from year to year does not by itself indicate a lack of roster depth.
|2 years 13 weeks ago||Yes, yes, your lack of||
Yes, yes, your lack of pre-marital celibacy in general terms was what I was referring to. Not your claim to take advantage of chubby and insecure women in order to address your own insecurity. I'm just a member of the no-fun police jealous of how you were crushin' it with the ladies, brah.
Also: dime pieces? (Twice!) How fucking old are you? Are you an un-frozen caveman frat boy from 2001 or something?
|2 years 13 weeks ago||OSU has been far from walking all over us since||
OSU has been far from walking all over us since Hoke arrived.
MSU is a different story.
|2 years 13 weeks ago||Ha||
Your wife is one lucky lady.
|2 years 13 weeks ago||I dunno||
For now I don't really Brian's NCAA bitching, as it might be keeping the inches devoted to football bitchiness down to a minimum.
Careful what you wish for and all that.
|2 years 13 weeks ago||EDIT: Shit, just realized --||
EDIT: Shit, just realized -- this is satire, right?
|2 years 13 weeks ago||Agreed: acting like most||
Agreed: acting like most teams in the country do not also have coaches who did not play the position they are coaching seems to be an example of the pervasive bitchiness Brian's luxuriating in recently.
|2 years 13 weeks ago||Well||
Like I say, Everton these days are a pretty likeable club from a neutral perspective.
As for Suarez, I know this is an unpopular opinion, but I think he's villified more than he deserves. The 'racist abuse' incident with Patrice Evra was somewhat manufactured and not even close to as sinister as shorthand references to the incident make it appear.*
He plays like a recently uncaged animal on the pitch at times, though, and will not hesitate to lie, cheat and steal in athletic terms in order to score and win. As a Liverpool fan, I get frustrated most of all with the diving, especially because for every dive there's a play where he gets the shit kicked out of him, stays up, and doesn't get the whistle. He contributes to a unvirtuous cycle wherein referees don't give him the benefit of the doubt sometimes because of his diving, which leads him to get frustrated with the lack of calls, which leads him to dive and exaggerate contact to get those calls.
I sometimes put the gloss on it that he's from the very poor streets of Montevideo and has learned to play football with the passion of someone whose had to kick and scrap for everything's he's ever received. And, by all accounts, he's a very quiet, low-key figure off the pitch who's devoted to his family. He's also arguably the best player in the league right now (other than Toure, I don't know who's even in the conversation.)
*Evra's claim(s), for example, that Suarez yelled out 'negro' five times in a row- wait, no, ten times in a row in the midst of a group of players while a corner kick was being taken are dubious and devoid of any substantiating evidence.
|2 years 13 weeks ago||Ah, right||
Not trying to be an asshole here, but I'd sort of forgotten that City were still in the race, even though their chances have become pretty slim.* Glad there's a rational explanation!
*/knocks on wood furiously
|2 years 13 weeks ago||It's not really analogous,||
It's not really analogous, though, is it?
There are precious few actors referred to only as the name of their characters when they die. No one, that is, will say 'RIP, Indiana Jones,' when Harrison Ford dies, unless they're just trying to be cute.
|2 years 13 weeks ago||Also||
Listing Rooney as an asset is completely mistaken, if you ask me. Rooney has the distinct look of 2011 Fernando Torres about him ... only he's getting paid 300k/week and no club is going to come even close to offering a big transfer fee to take him off United's fans.
Long term, United fans are absolutely going to rue the day they didn't take a huge load of cash for Rooney in the last transfer window when they had a chance.
|2 years 13 weeks ago||Fun to watch teams||
I'd certainly add Southampton to the list -- and they've got even more hipster cred than Everton -- but I'm pretty sure that their two best players, Shaw and Lallana, are guaranteed to be moving to bigger clubs next year. Which is both a shame and utterly systemic in European soccer.
|2 years 13 weeks ago||Wow||
You are honest to god the first neutral I've ever heard say 'I will be pulling for Chelsea.'
This is akin to, 'I will be pulling for the Riley Knicks' ... if the Knicks were owned by a Russian oligarch and Pat Riley nicknamed himself The Special One and gouged the eyes of opposing coaches.
|2 years 13 weeks ago||Portsmouth||
Hey, they still won more trophies in that time than Arsenal have.
Or Moyes, for that matter.
|2 years 13 weeks ago||Eh||
You can follow Everton if you can see yourself as a transatlantic Sparty -- their nickname courtesy of crosstown giants Liverpool is 'our wee neighbors' (or, more succinctly, the Bitters).
In fairness to Everton, though, they generally are impressively respectful when it comes to commemorating the Hillsborough tragedy, in which 96 Liverpool fans died. And they are playing some really exciting stuff under their new manager (Roberto Martinez), who, maybe not entirely coincidentally, was one of two finalists for the Liverpool job. In other words, Martinez is definitely no Dantonio and their style of play is a far cry from 60 minutes of unnecessary roughness. Jesus -- come to think of it, they really resembled MSU under the Moyes, the master of dour, ugly, someone-peed-in-my-cheerios-and-I'm-a-grumpy-fucker dross.
*Note that, while I follow Liverpool, I decided to do so for personal reasons -- long story -- in 2006, without even knowing about their Champions League victory in 2005 at the time. For those who follow closely, this is telling: the first Liverpool shirt I bought was Momo Sissokho's ... not that I'd go that route again, of course.
|2 years 13 weeks ago||Arsenal||
Part of me agrees with you, as I harbor no animosity for Arsenal, and they usually play some attractive, attacking soccer.
But holy shit, I don't know if you want to advise someone to become attached to that team -- every single year, they look teriffic just long enough for their fans to finally let their guard down and think that this might be the year, only to collapse in a nightmarishly familiar way each and every time. (And still end up in fourth, of course ... a perfect spot from which to promise bigger and better things the following year.)
|2 years 13 weeks ago||Well ...||
United have the players to beat Real on a given day like Northwestern has the players to beat OSU on a given day.
That squad needs some serious rebuilding. As a Liverpool fan, I'm glad they have a £300k/week weight around their necks as they attempt to do so. But I'm actually looking forward to a real rivalry now that Liverpool have found their magic and United have jettisoned Fergie's narcissistic folly.