i can't wait to show clients how much money i have to waste
|3 days 19 hours ago||250 words||
Of unadulterated pissiness.
|5 days 11 min ago||Hey guys!||
I'd burn some couches for a title, amirite?? 'Cause we had a shitty year, ya know?
Oh - I'm the 12th person to make that comment in this thread? My bad.
|6 days 2 hours ago||State of the site||
If Brian's going to start banning more freely, I'd hope your trollin' days are numbered.
|6 days 10 hours ago||U r very wise & I rly appreciate ur||
U r very wise & I rly appreciate ur insights
|6 days 10 hours ago||Brandon Minor||
Was a three-star fullback. Hes pretty clearly in the success column for Jackson's coaching.
|6 days 10 hours ago||Science||
If you self-flagellate enough, it actually starts to feel good. Just make sure you don't let up.
|6 days 10 hours ago||Huh||
Given relative talent and experience, I sure thought Urban got his ass resoundingly outcoached a week ago.
|6 days 21 hours ago||Oy.||
Going to a blog that's moderated like the military? I don't think that's precisely the image the proprietor wants to cultivate here.
|1 week 1 day ago||False||
Pizza delivery guys were legitimately terrified of BooBoo.
|1 week 1 day ago||I don't know about the competition level overall,||
I don't know about the competition level overall, but there's at least one clip in Way's highlights where the CB (playing right up on the line!!) looked like a 12 year old. I think he's good, but that type of production against high-level competition would make him a 5 star.
|1 week 3 days ago||Also||
Grady was drunk most of the time. So there's that.
|1 week 3 days ago||Dude||
I've got some concerns about Jackson, though those have somewhat receded based on the performances of Smith and Green.
But man, you're really out to get him. Hart didn't improve much from day 1? That's because he was really damn good from day 1. What's Fred gonna do, teach him how to be fast? Vincent Smith was 5'6" and weighed 170. I think his talent was maxed out. And don't let the Double Jackson Hype make you believe that Rawls was more than a three star guy.
Shaw and Tousaint might raise some flags, but Smith is to Jackson's credit. And if Green continues to improve his balance, I'll be saying Fred Jackson is like Bo, but more charismatic.
|1 week 3 days ago||Driving me nuts||
As a coachin' guy, can you explain something to me? Why, all of a sudden, could our back pick up blitzes on Saturday? Even Fitz! I seen it! Honestly, how does that just suddenly happen?
|1 week 3 days ago||IS UNACCEPTABLE||
I reject this mediocrity! I do not accept it!
It is unacceptable.
I will not embrace it in a tree, or in the rain, or the sleet or snow. Or anywhich way.
David Brand-on might accept our irrelevance, our Notre Dame slide obscurity bolivian, but I Will. Not. Accept.
|1 week 5 days ago||Not knocking Smith||
Knocking the wisdom of running him into a stacked line on short yardage plays, which Rodriguez used to do.
(Note: Borges also did this in The Game 2012, which caused me to throw a fucking hat at the TV, scream "IT'S FUCKING RODRIGUEZ FUCKFUCKSHIT" or some such like a lunatic, and throw my Gorgeous Al Borges t-shirt into the trash.)
|1 week 5 days ago||Goddammit||
Brian's profits would suffer if the content wasn't free.
Profits. Like, the money he makes from the blog.
|1 week 5 days ago||Passing strange||
Also, looks as though 'zona was stopped on three different 4th and 1s in that game. Weird. If only Rodriguez had a big, bruising mooseback to just plow ahead and pick up the first down. You know - like Vincent Smith.
|1 week 5 days ago||Is this satire?||
I have no idea what you're trying to say. It's like a pastiche of several talking points that have become well-worn over the past few weeks, but without a unifying point. Was that the idea?
|1 week 5 days ago||Free||
I like MGoBlog. I like Brian.
But if he didn't give people the content for free, my guess is he'd make a lot less money from the blog.* (Spoiler: this is Brian's job. As in he earns a living from the money it generates.) It's not an act of kindness to make the blog free.
Should we be grateful that, say, si.com generously gives away so much free content?
|1 week 5 days ago||Biased||
I fucking hate when my students say that someone or something is 'biased', especially without further explanation. It ends up being a totally vacuous way to say 'I don't like it.'
|1 week 5 days ago||You don't understand!||
They were making sacrifices for the greater good! They are the warrior poets who dared stay home and complain on the MGoBoard! They are heroes!
YOU NEED THEM ON THAT WALL*
*At home. The wall at home.
|1 week 5 days ago||That's completely fucking false.||
Was a nice play though.
|1 week 5 days ago||True||
Do you want to see OSU fans crowing about Meyer going undefeated through two full seasons and winning a national championship?
|1 week 5 days ago||Damn||
Dude closed the discussion! Killer tactical move, bra!
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Know what?||
This is the best way to put it. Lately, MGoBlog has made a really fucking joyless season even harder for me to take. It's some kind of weird self-flagellation for me to read it -- especially the comments.
Does it make me a fairweather fan to take a break? Does it make me fickle? Will it make me realize just how fucking insiginifcant my little act of protest might be in the grander operation of the blog? (Looking at you, Staying Away from the Stadium Freedom Fighters.)
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Hey||
This guy's a lawyer. Just wanted to make sure you caught that.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I mean ...||
It's a good idea ... but I don't know if it's that good.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||SCIENCE.||
|2 weeks 2 days ago||BUT PAWWWLL||
He was just runnin' Rich Rod's offense!
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Edit||
I'd only written one rather bland sentence, but having scrolled down I realize that any direct response is more than dude deserves.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Truth.||
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Five Star-Struck||
I see you, Whitlock.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Interesting thought||
I think Backus-Jansen is the fairly clear leader ... of guys who've played in my lifetime. I know Deardorf and Paris were noted badasses, but I don't know anything about Muransky or Harpring. Anyone with memories of those guys?
|3 weeks 2 days ago||He's absolutely right||
At this juncture, a bunch of people who know at best very little about offensive line play have already passed a verdict upon Funck.
So whatever this Lewan fella is talking about is probably just a bunch of bullshit.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Aw, hamburgers||
Maybe this is an archaic attitude -- gender equality and all that -- but I was hoping this would be a recruit for a men's team so I could feel better making the obvious Deadwood joke (Wu).
|3 weeks 6 days ago||I like it when people use the 'sheep' metaphor||
Because then I know they are usually really smart and independent thinkers.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||So help me god||
If Hoke's out on a sailboat, I'm going to develop a huffing problem.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Thread closed. Winner declared.||
I really want to believe that this is one of the best trolls ever conceived. And that the 'I'm gonna get killed for this' is just one more layer of genius on top of an impossibly light and fluffy troll cake.
But if not, holy fucking pants. Everything Kiffin has touched since USC has turned to shit. Everything. His last employer hated him so much they all but got a restraining order and had security throw him out onto the sidewalk.
This board is on FIYYAH.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||This||
Is what can happen when you run two-man routes and max protect. Sometimes, it takes a while for two bracketed receivers to get open.
Also, I think the sense that they've essentially cowed Gardner by emphasizing turnovers over everything else -- as Brian said, I think Gardner the gunslingin' turnover machine is actually better than Gardner the tackling dummy (somewhere in between would be extra rad, of course).
|5 weeks 12 hours ago||Perfect||
Whitlock's horseshit about Lewan was bad, but it at least had the barest nugget of 'fact' in it - Lewan did, indeed, forego the NFL draft to play another year for Michigan.*
But I'm 99% certain the Shane Morris jab was oulled entirely out of one of the folds of Whitlock's expansive ass. I feel like he did a Google image search, saw Shane's yearbook photo, and felt ready to drop some knowledge.
*Which looks pretty much like Clowney's situation, if you just squint a bit and hold your breath until you pass out.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Yikes.||
I want to say about 95% of armchair fans come up with exactly the same suggestions you just did. Press more! Blitz more! Rattle them QBs! It's so simple I can't believe he doesn't see it!
Mattison moved Michigan's defense from the triple digits to top 20 in one year. He's one of the best DCs in the game. I want to say that there's a bit more to coaching a defense than "PRESSURE!".
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Witvoet?||
I actually have always thought that he has a bit of a soft spot for Michigan. Pretty sure Penn State fans put him at the forefront of the Grand Wolverine Officiating Conspiracy.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||I like this guy||
|6 weeks 2 days ago||I agree with this||
What worries me about Green is not just that he's failed to pull up trees when playing behind ... less-than-stellar run-blocking. It's that the same flaws that were apparent but overshadowed by that sweet, sweet size-speed ratio are predominanting now. If you look at his HS junior-year highlights, he had noticably poor balance. Like worse-than-Carlos-Brown balance. This improved by his senior year, but was by no means elite. Now, maybe this means he can continue to improve year by year, but I think that might be optimistic - RBs don't usually seem to be able to fix central flaws like 'speed' or 'agility' or 'balance' just by training harder.
I just think about the IU game - on one zone play, he bounced outside and IU had - by rights - lost contain. I'm not worried that Green wasn't fast enough to simply run past the DE/LB to the corner without being touched - dude's a big boy, and not everyone can be Ty Wheatley. But I am worried that the slightest of contact with his feet made him come down like a ton of bricks. Green's highlights seemed to me to be those of a really fast, big guy, with relatievly quick feet, who usually went down with first contact unless he was hit really high. That's been borne out so far in my estimation, so let's hope it's a sample size and conditioning-based issue and not a real and abiding weakness to his game.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||There's no way I'd put Gallon behind Toomer and||
There's no way I'd put Gallon behind Toomer and Manningham. Maybe in terms of raw physical talent. But in terms of actual footbaw production, I don't think it's very difficult to put Gallon first. Manningham, for one thing, did much of his damage in offenses where he was much less a focal point than Gallon has been since Gardner took over.
And Toomer was/is kind of a dick. So there.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||My snowflake:||
Big John needs to get Stribling a jersey that allows him to raise his fucking arms above his head.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Gardner||
I was with you until the second half, when somehow, some way, Gardner flipped a switch and looked like the guy who played against Notre Dame. Which, of course, makes it even more inexcusable that the coaches acted like the absolute worst thing in the world would be to out the ball in his hands in OT. Great way to build confidence, that.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Word.||
I don't know enough (read: anything) about the specifics of O-line coaching, so I'm only making vague inferences here. But at the moment, the only truly successful O-linemen under Hoke have been players who matured under Greg Frey - Lewan, Schofield, and Molk. I understand that part of the issue is a transition in scheme, and some of this may be related to Al flailing about wildly in terms of the running game. Much of it, certainly, relates to the youth at the position.
Still, the results so far have certainly given some cause for concern, and the performance of Kalis raises a red flag for me. A kid with all the plaudits in the world - based not only on upside, but on physical readiness and superior technique for a HS kid - struggling this badly in his second year in the progam is troubling, OL recruiting uncertainty be damned.
Next year, there are certainly enough bullets in the chamber, recruiting wise, that some grouping of five of them should be at least serviceable. If not, we're going to quickly begin to resemble Sparty East, only with about 3x the raw talent on offense.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Half right||
Only an asshole like Travis -- a petty, not-all-that bright asshole -- would seize upon such a minor typo in response to this level of truth bomb. This is because he is indeed, as so wonderfully diagnosed above, an infected boil on the ass of college football. Now, 'exploit you for' in a comment solely devoted to grammar pedantry ... that's something which eliminates credibilty. Just a thought.
EDIT: Please note that, despite the snark aimed your way, I am not trying to call you a petty, not-all-that-bright asshole. I really only mean that about Travis. The infected boil truth bomb was not aimed at you, so you're not responding to it directly, and therefore don't fall within the bounds of my statement there. I still think you're being really condescending in your comment, though.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Word.||
Bad Stevie Brown = huge busted coverages and touchdowns. Not 10-15 yd completions followed by a tackle.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Little OT||
... but it's at least based on the Marawatch link that's actually in the post.
Whoever writes the descriptions on their website needs to realize that the kind of people who click through the content for the Michigan watch do not need stilted reminders like, "'Maize and Blue' is a phrase integral to the DNA of the Wolverine fan." (on my phone; may not be completely verbatim)
If you want to speak to committed fans, speak to committed fans.
|10 weeks 15 hours ago||Science!||
I just pulled something completely out of my ass with regard to humanity, but it just FEELS right, ya know? It's just like how distance runners are more ... accurate in their strides than long jumprrs or sprinters. Slow twitch, y'all. The most accurate of muscle twitches.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Now this||
... is super creepy. Like, pencil-mustache creepy.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Edited||
U sir wn the intnet
|11 weeks 5 days ago||UNACCEPTABLE||
One third down conversion one too many
Morgan content to go down in a heap at the 12 after that pick? WTF
Can't hold opposing offense to under 200 yards?
Team is 5-7 at best.
Pipkins lacking top-end speed.
Same with QWash.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Just got the yips||
Thinking of how hard Sparty will be targeting Ryan's knee in that game. I'd almost rather he waits another week.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||So ...||
What you're saying is that you want a defensive scheme where the safety can afford not to do his job and the play will still work? Sign me up!
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Pining||
That really depends on how the rest of the year turns out, doesn't it?
You keep carrying that torch, though. Hold it high.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Ah yes||
The ol' Forcier Gambit.
Seriously, Borges should tell Gardner he's going to kick him in the balls every time he does that shit.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||This comment||
Has confirmed for me the utter vapidity of the term 'hot seat.'
Maybe just stop talkin' for a while, Champ. Sit the next couple of plays out.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||This||
Just about covers it. Well said.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||Hype videos||
Man. That first one. There are hype videos, and there are hype videos, and never the twain shall meet.
The combination of what I believe to be music from Friday Night Lights, plus Ufer, plus Hoke's introductory press conference, plus some really breathtaking camera shots ... that right there is a classic. Round of applause for whoever put that together.
Go Blue, y'all.
|15 weeks 8 hours ago||What I wouldn't forgive||
for the sake of 30 cents of highly processed food product.
|15 weeks 8 hours ago||Yes, yes||
Swazi here makes a very insightful observation here - must be a marketing major. Studies have shown that it is strictly the surface area of the advertisement relative to that of adjacent structures that measures the visual and symbolic impact of said advertisement.
And guys, the Big House is pretty big! So until the Fenway Citgo sign is installed WHO CARES! I mean, it's a noodle. It not a swastika, or a big veiny penis (no veins on a Kraft noodle, folks - you know you love it smooth!)
|15 weeks 1 day ago||If you ask me||
The line about the witch is worth your day's paycheck all by itself. Good stuff, sir.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||Prize winner||
This is like saying Courtney Avery sounds like Charles Woodson because he played both ways in high school.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||This is true||
Like you say, stranded in London is not the same as stranded somewhere really beyond the pale, like Columbus. The city is definitely great, even though it's so, so expensive.
Go Blue, mate.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||Fantastic - thanks!||
Appreciate the response - will get on that right away. I was put off by the fact that the website for the London alumni club was a few years out of date.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||I have I only three words||
LOINS OF FURY
|15 weeks 3 days ago||Never fear||
If you're interested in a mooseback/Mack truck at RB, hitch your star to the wagons of the two freshman. Ain't gon' disapoint.
Rawls, as another commenter points out, only looks like a mooseback getting off the bus (and in Fred Jackson's mind, obvs.,) not when he's actually carrying the ball.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||Kwiatkowski. But the OL opetates as a unit with||
Kwiatkowski. But the OL opetates as a unit with the tight ends - I think Lewan would be one of the first to say so.
|16 weeks 4 hours ago||I don't think it's crazy to feel slightly more||
I don't think it's crazy to feel slightly more concerned after seeing that. Gardner looked, dare I say, almost Harringtonian on a few of those plays. But the emphasis is surely on 'slightly' - the mass of positive indications about Gardner's play this summer is ... pretty massive.
|16 weeks 5 hours ago||Of course, Hayes's prevalence on third downs might||
Of course, Hayes's prevalence on third downs might also not mean that much, as it's possible that Fitz is going to figure prominently there. I'm just saying, it sounded like you were predicting more than just 'based on the relative frequency which Hayes appears as a single back in the scrimmage highlights, it looks like he's the leader of the third down back competition.' More touches than Smith and all. Based on the limited amount I've seen of Hayes, though, I'm not really impressed. Correct me if I'm wrong, but the proverbial practice buzz gauge seems to be giving out a pretty low reading for Hayes, too.
|16 weeks 8 hours ago||Really?||
I've yet to see a single impressive play from Hayes in these clips. He goes down very easily from what I've seen, and there hasn't been any evidence of remarkable speed or quickness. Maybe he's much better than those few plays show, but I'm not seeing anything that fills me with confidence beyond his recruiting profile.
|16 weeks 8 hours ago||To me, Green looks more like the Train, whose||
To me, Green looks more like the Train, whose balance was never a strong suit. Until late in his career, he used to get tripped up at the line with maddening consistency. But his size/speed at the second level made him a force to be reckoned with.
I gotta agree with Brian - hard to think of a better comparison for Smith than Mike Hart but big.
|16 weeks 8 hours ago||Items:||
1) Those highlights show the five-star QB we thought we were getting in Morris. Hosiest hose in hoseland - looked like a somewhat more athletic Matt Stafford out there.
2) Deveon is a beast. I'll call it again: he'll be a better back than Green when all's said and done.
3) Devin looks pretty shaky here. Big pass rush, small sample size, and the possibility that he must ended up being on the 'defensive highlights' end of the stick apply. But these plays are rough.
3a) What's the point, MGoBlue, of putting a highlight package together that seems to show only good plays from Morris, and mostly bad plays from DG?
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Someday, I hope people on this site will realize||
Someday, I hope people on this site will realize that the number of people making sarcastic comments about negative overreactions far outnumber those generating said negative overreactions.
This shtick is old.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||Yeah, I'm with ya||
Hayes really didn't impress me at all there - goes down pretty easy in that video, and there was one play where it looked like he had a big lane for a second, but he hesitated and got bupkus. Smith looked decent on his one carry, but ... one carry, I guess.
Great play by Dymonte on that screen, too.
Oh, and I'm starting to get excited about Chesson.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||I'm not that old ...||
So I'm basing this off of old highlights.
But this is the first thing that came into my head as soon as Wangler came up with the INT in the first highlight: he runs just fucking like his dad. Same long legs, same almost off-balance looking stride. Uncanny.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||I agree with both of y'all. I still have my||
I agree with both of y'all. I still have my doubts about Green. His senior film is significantly more impressive than the junior highlights, but in the latter he went down really easy for a guy his size. Always fell forward, but often on first contact past the LOS.
I think Deveon might be the more productive back. And if we've got enough big play potential with Gardner/Morris and the receivers who are going to be coming up the ranks, it might be better to have a Mike Hart I Will Get You 5 Yards Guaranteed type of guy in the backfield. Time will tell if Green can grind out those tough yards too.
Oh, and I'm admittedly a huge fanboy, but I think Hart coulda been a productive NFL back for a long time if it weren't for injuries. In the very limited time he wasn't injured, I remember him looking good, and I recall some buzz about him coming from Colts training camp.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||I'm no expert||
But I remember a lot of people questioning Green's level of competition, too. That OFAAT of him destroying that safety is sweet ... but the dude on the receiving end looks like he's about 160 lbs. DII Ohio football may be just as good as Green's in Virginia - someone correct me if I'm out of line here.
|24 weeks 2 days ago||Area for Improvement: Strength||
Mark D's lacking the bulging quads, but the Sparty grimace suits him just fine.
|25 weeks 3 days ago||I don't know, man, those||
I don't know, man, those things seem to pretty naturally slot into a hierarchy of ridiculousness, to me.
Your theory seems to be "anything outside of football competition that creates buzz for a football program is inherently ridiculous, and equally ridiculous to any other such instances." Which is pretty lazy, intellectually.
As is "any reaction is a successful one." Tommy Tuberville walking out on a check that was coming from a recruiting dinner sure created some buzz, but I'm not sure Cincinnati would agree with you that it was "successful."
|26 weeks 1 day ago||Ha - I just thought it was||
Ha - I just thought it was funny to say that a recruit who wears khakis and tennis shoes must by definition be an upstanding character. I don't think there are any clothing choices that would confirm such a conclusion.
On the other hand, I do think there are clothing choices that might indicate poor character: say, shirts that say "cop killer," or "fuck Jews," or "you say tomato I say fuck you."* Or a Borat-style unikini.
*I worked at a warehouse one summer and a guy wore this shirt to work. It's probably the only shirt in the genre of 'bitchy/self-centered things in large font on my t-shirt' that I've ever found funny.
|26 weeks 2 days ago||A reliable metric?||
|27 weeks 5 days ago||Yep, Jabrill Peppers - the||
Yep, Jabrill Peppers - the kid whose goal is to be the second primarily-defensive player to ever win the Heisman *as a freshman* - is worried that he just wouldn't get playing time outside the cozy confines of the Glick fieldhouse. He's just lacking a bit of confidence, and Urbz don't have time for that shit.
|27 weeks 5 days ago||Nope, you're giving the guy||
Nope, you're giving the guy too much credit. I can see why you'd want to give te benefit of the doubt, but he's pretty unequivocal in saying that OSU is not so interested because of this lack of personality compatibility.
|28 weeks 3 hours ago||Effective height||
Also, I think that at least 9" of Navarre's height was neck. He might have been functionally 6'6" as a soccer player, but his shoulders were actually only like 5.5 feet off the ground.
|28 weeks 3 hours ago||Lawn-stepping||
You are using this (drastically overused) metaphor. I do not think it means what you think it means.
Guy above is saying you sound like an old guy trying to sound like one of the cool kids. He's not complaining about how the cool kids talk. Not every damn thing that involves a) complaining; or b) old guys has to be met with 'get off my lawn.'
You goddamn kids.
|28 weeks 4 hours ago||Tremendous||
I cannot stop smiling while thinking of that image now. Well done.
|28 weeks 4 hours ago||I never saw/heard it first hand||
But legend has it that Eisen once called a David Terrell TD highlight thusly:
"Who's got the bomb? David Terrell's got the bomb."*
Eisen also used to come by the Daily offices to shoot the shit periodically.
*For those who don't know, legend has it that Mr. Terrell, while engaging in amorous activities in his dorm room, repeatedly queried his partner as to who got the bomb-ass dick.
|32 weeks 5 days ago||Seriously||
That was the one of the more depressing sports-related videos I've ever seen. It's the least happy I've ever seen Denard. Seems incredibly disappointed. Guh. (Link.)
|32 weeks 6 days ago||This||
The only possible silver lining for this is that Denard gets to be close to home. Jacksonville is hardly ever on TV, and they're just an awful franchise. Not to mention the uniforms - Denard has to make the transition from the best uniform in sports (totally unbiased here, guys) to ... teal. With lots of flair. Overall, I'm pretty bummed about this.
|33 weeks 3 days ago||Sweet Jesus||
You'll still get into the damn game. As many have pointed out, you might not get into the first 30 rows, but does that really justify this kind of embittered e-martyrdom?
That said, I will wholeheartedly agree that something will need to be done re: the logistics of lining up for football. It's one thing to let that shit happen for a basketball game, but it seems to me there would be a real public safety danger if they went all laissez-faire for football.
Not sure if it will take gating, or handing out wristbands an hour or so before kickoff, or some combination thereof, but the mad dash to the gates is something that will have to be avoided. Of course, we don't have any real indication that the AD isn't going to address this (other than the basketball precedent, which hopefully is recognized as so different in scale as to be altogether unlike the football situation.)
Note: I'm speaking here as someone who would almost certainly have gotten in a fight with line-cutters as an undergrad. I fucking hate those self-centered mongoloid fucks who think the rules don't apply to them. Fucking undermining the fabric of society, they are. Seriously. Not being sarcastic. Fuck you if you cut lines.
|33 weeks 3 days ago||Word||
Every time this argument comes up, some current student exasperatedly explains that s/he might have work to do before the game, and you probably don't understand, and don't you care about academics?
For some reason, the current cohort is the first to have 'course-work' as something that might eat up valuable Saturday pre-gaming time. I'm just sure glad no one came up with that shit in 2000-04.
|33 weeks 3 days ago||'Bama ... making sense?||
Someone posted earlier in the thread that Alabama's system give you one point for every time you're not in the stadium by the time of kickoff. I'm not sure if there's an extra penalty for never showing up or not. Anyway, once you get to three points you can only buy a partial season ticket package the following year.
This sounds eminently reasonble to me, and would allow for a couple of missed games due to travel, illness, whatever. If you're missing more than two games, you shouldn't have bought season tickets in the first place.
One modification - which would certainly ticklet the cockles of Brandon's MOAR PROFIT heart - would be to impose a monetary penalty for folks that amass three strikes - you can buy full season tickets the following year, but it's going to cost you an extra $100 or something.
|33 weeks 3 days ago||Fair or not||
As a non-Greek alum, I'm pretty confident in speaking for the group when I say that the distinction between Greek and non-Greek as it might apply to your friend would be totally lost on damn near everyone outside of your frat (or potentially a broader group of frats/sororities ... I'm not sure how that works.)
|33 weeks 3 days ago||This is a very fair point.||
This is a very fair point.
By my scoring, you still made a dumb assumption based on lack of careful reading above, and then I did the same damn thing.
|33 weeks 3 days ago||The athletic department is already in the black.||
The athletic department is already in the black. They have been for years. Why the fuck do we have to keep making more money? Repeat: they were already in the goddamn black.
|33 weeks 3 days ago||Losing your grip||
I'm a bit of an outside observer about this little back-and-forth, but I'll point this out: you were doing a decent job of establishing the moral high ground and making a case against broad streotypes.
Then you fell back upon 'people who criticize sorority girls are probably just uggos who wish we'd have sex with 'em.'
So ... I'm thinking you've lost this particular argument, sweetie.
|33 weeks 3 days ago||Jesus||
You poor, privileged soul. Pretty silly to assume that everyone who went to UM had it paid for by their parents. This dude, in particular talked about working while in school and being low on cash - seriously like three posts above yours - which would seem to indicate that he may not have been quite as lucky as you in the financial birth lottery.
|34 weeks 4 days ago||Matt Trannon||
Despite being a top-25 basketball recruit and a top-50 football recruit*, Trannon was distinctly underwhelming in both sports. So if anything, he's a cautionary tale as to why one shouldn't play two sports.
* I only discovered this via Wikipedia, and was utterly amazed - I remembered him as a pretty terrible football player and a nearly anonymous basketball player. I also remember that, every year, Sparty was convinced they had an unstoppable matchup problem on their hands. Too bad he had hands of stone.
|35 weeks 1 day ago||Hurdlin'||
On that last Justice Hayes run (about 5:30 into the Miller interview), Schofield was running about 15-20 yards downfield - ahead of Hayes - and picking up DBs. And he looked pretty damn smooth doing it. Taylor might be the best offensive lineman in the country, but I'd say we've got an All-B1G guy at the other end, too. Hell of an athlete, that guy
|35 weeks 3 days ago||Hmmm||
Why doesn't this happen with bowl games or hockey?
Bowl games: are held at the beginning of January. It's cold, sure. It's also winter break.
Hockey: most people just don't care very much. Seriously, if peoplpe rioted after a Frozen Four loss, most bystanders would have to ask why they were rioting. (Note: it probably isn't always possible to get a clear answer from a rioter to the question, 'so, what's this riot about?'
|35 weeks 3 days ago||Great piece, Ace.||
Echoing other comments, this is excellent.
A quibble about the refereeing, though: yeah, that call on the block was atrocious, but there were others in UM's favor. There was also Gorgui's first block early on, which was definitely goaltending. But there's always missing points for both teams, as you say.
BUT one call changed the game: that bullshit where Burke flew past Hancock - and didn't even touch him - but because Hancock was playing for the contact all along he threw up an off-balance piece of grabage and the officials just assumed Burke must have hit him.
That's two point on thos foul shots; it might be balanced by other calls going the other way. But it was also 14 minutes without Burke, including the last few of the first half when Spike was starting to let the game get away from him.
Burke had 24 points 11 shots in 26 minutes. What would have happened in 14 more? Don't know.
|35 weeks 4 days ago||Communist?||
No one calls someone a communist without irony any more, do they? If you weren't joking at all, I'd like to subscribe to your newsletter to see what else is going on in that noggin.
I don't like Thatcher a bit. I'm also just saying that I also don't agree with the sentiment that everyone who dies is automatically afforded posthumous respect.
It doesn't really do any good to celebrate her death, anyway. Depending on your point of view, it may have done some good if she'd died in office, but I can't see how it matters much one way or another now.
Also - mods: I'd suggest that, if you're going to allow threads like this (news re: political figures) to be posted as announcements, you immediately lock the comments. These are always, always going to become political.
|35 weeks 4 days ago||Great post||
I was wondering how the hell to summarzie Thatcher in a way that would allow me to leave the house in the next hour. This pretty much nailed it - and it really doesn't include any editorializing at all. That quote accurately sums up her philosophy, whether one agrees with it or not.
|35 weeks 4 days ago||Won't openly celebrate||
But I'm not going to pretend that I'm sorry for her passing. I'm not sure why you're is supposed to be reverent even when someone dies whom you don't respect at all while living.
|38 weeks 3 days ago||Dudeness/White Goodman||
He's also obessed with fat people, which compounds his Magnus fixation (assuming he's right in claiming that Magnus is fat; I always just picture him as smiling Brandon Graham).
|38 weeks 3 days ago||In defense of ... shit, seriously?||
So despite all warnings to the contrary (because of them?) I went and watched that ESPN clip. Know what? Bayless actually comes across, in the main, as someone trying to remain professional in the face of personal attacks. Clearly a sign of the End Times. Also clearly a sign that, as smart as Richard Sherman appears to think he is, he damn sure wasn't smart enough to recognize the TV Troll game that Bayless is paid to play.
|39 weeks 1 day ago||Walkin'||
While no one walks across the stage at the big graduation ceremony in the Big House (except for the PhDs, right?), aren't there smaller ceremonies for each department? That's how it worked for me - the History Dept. had a thing in Angell where we did indeed come up and walk across the stage.
|39 weeks 1 day ago||Finley||
Yeah, but dude was so busy he didn't even have time to tweeze his eyebrows.
|41 weeks 2 days ago||This did not work for Joey||
This did not work for Joey Harrington.
|41 weeks 2 days ago||Don't look at me||
I've been preaching for a while now that the only thing that makes Denard look like Desmond is the megawatt smile. He does, however, bear a striking resemblence to (hypothetically) skinny Kenan Thompson. Clear as day.
Disclaimer: am white.
|41 weeks 3 days ago||A good defense||
My remaining point of disagreement is that the ability to stay calm and read defenses is, to some degree, innate. He was so quick to resort to scrambling, and so consistent in the ways in which he did so, that I think it's sort of inappropriate to assume that if he'd worked a bit harder at learning the offense he would've looked something like the prototypical WCQB. From what I recall, he did the same shit in high school, too.
In other words, Forcier to me is very much more early-vintage, gun-slangin' Brett Favre than Brady or Montana. He was fairly accurate, but I still don't think he ever showed any evidence that he could be calm and composed when protection broke down. At least in 2009, I didn't really see any examples of good defenses that he really excelled against, as I remember ND's outfit being pretty mediocre. What I remember is that his rollout move was quickly accounted for by well-coached defenses like Iowa's and Ohio's, and nigh completely shut down. I've already spent way too much time looking at old stats to try my hand at 2010, though, so I'll take your word for that. Finally, since it seems to be the consensus that Rodriguez's offense can make QBs look much more efficient than they would under a WCO system, this might skew results a bit.
The final point I'd make is that I don't think you're accounting for height nearly enough. Having watched Rex Grossman and then Denard over the past several years, I've come to believe that there's a damn good reason NFL GMs treasure QBs 6'4" and taller. It's much easier to look calm and composed when you don't have to nimbly duck between Land Yacht linemen or vacate the pocket entirely in order to see downfield. There are the exceptional cases, of course - see: Brees, Drew. But Montana was 6'2" in an era when linemen were, as you point out, not as tall as they are today, and Brady is obviously a pretty tall dude. Forcier's height would be a major mark against prototype status, IME. I might go with (Sexiest Man Alive) Grbac, of whom I have admittedly fuzzy memories as being accurate, and who had a career completion percentage of 62.5% according to Wikipedia.
|41 weeks 3 days ago||Standing by my original arguments||
1. Like I said, Forcier's accuracy may be something one could point to. But he threw a lot of picks. Hence the reference to the intended receiver catching the pass.
2. Forcier was relatively successful with his rollout schtick until he came up against better defenses, who proceeded to shut it down with relative ease. He absolutely did not have pocket presence - at the hint of a pass rush, he tended to immediately roll out to the side, rarely making the subtle moves that would allow him to keep his eyes downfield. Again, his preferred move to avoid the rush was to literally turn his back to the line as he rolled out. And the loaf of bread thing was not merely a pet peeve - he lost more than a few fumbles that way, IIRC even a couple of times on his own, without a defender having touched the ball.
3. Yeah, I guess nervousness, as an emotional state, is axiomatically subjective. The Denard comparison, though, is a slam-dunk straw man argument, since there is no suggestion at all that Denard would be Bill Walsh's pick over Tate. I actually implied this when I said that Seth must have picked Forcier as simply the most Walshian QB since Henne. Anyway, I still can't believe that someone could interpret Tate's play as exhibiting calmness in the face of duress, but hey, maybe I'm in the minority there.
Here's a sampling of stats against decent defenses in 2009 (note that the inclusion of Notre Dame and Illinois are rather generous.) To my mind, they don't demonstrate much Walshian mojo at all. Now you might say that, indeed, Forcier was but a freshman that year. Great - but that's the only real year we've got. So maybe the mythical, clear-headed and experienced Senior Forcier looks like Joe Montana - but that is a figment of the imagination and nothing more.
0 sacks; 1 fumble
25-42; 226 yards
2 sacks; 1 fumble
16-24; 188 yards
4 sacks; 3 fumbles
13-23; 257 yards
5 sacks; 1 fumble
13-30; 140 yards
8-19; 94 yards
2 sacks; 1 fumble
23-33; 240 yards
17-32; 223 yards
15 turnover-ish events (INTs + fumbles whether recovered or not) or 2.1/game
14 sacks; 2/game
56.6% completion rate
|41 weeks 3 days ago||Navarre||
At least until his senior year, Navarre regularly threw to Tacopants on medium-range passes over the middle of the field. Gave me heart palpitations every time. He also had the nearly inexplicable habit of throwing the ball directly into the turf about once a game. He was quite good as a senior, having minimized the ocurrence of these snafus, but let's not make him into something he's not.
|41 weeks 3 days ago||Not trying to add a log to the fire||
The rest was indeed very good. Also, I realize now that the little burst of pissiness by those who carefully measure the amount of humor deployed on their favorite sports blog seems to have pervaded the comments to some degree. I don't care about that, I think the overall style of the blog is great, and this is just as well-written and informative as most of the things Seth writes. (I'm kind of with people in terms of ignoring 'Dear Diary,' but that's because of it's inherent nature as 'second-tier of the blog digest', which may be something of a flawed concept.)
|41 weeks 3 days ago||I'mma let you finish ...||
Well, I'mma let me finish, but I just couldn't do it until I gave written expression to the wave of incredulity that washed over me when I read this:
"Walsh's Favorite Wolverine: Tom Brady, obviously. Tate Forcier."
This is not me being a smartass: I'm honestly not sure if you're being funny here. You might be able to argue with a straight face that Forcier was accurate, though Walsh's emphasis on "passes being caught ... by your intended receiver" would seem to put the lie to that. But something ol' Tater resolutely did not possess was the ability to "handle progressions and broken plays with grace as opposed to a sense of urgency", still less to escape from pressure in a manner that "seems calm, not rushed." Unless you think turning your back to the play and wheeling around 20 yards behind the line of scrimmage with the ball hanging out to the side like the proverbial loaf of bread was just a particularly idiosyncratic way to display calmness.
Again, maybe you were trying to be funny. Regardless, I'm confident that the rest of the piece is quite good. But unless you're saying that Forcier was the best West Coast prototype, like, since Chad Henne, I think you've been watching way, way too much of the spring practice 2009 "Weapon of Choice" hype video lately.
EDIT: Just returned to reading and saw this one: "Doesn't make you nervous." I'm now about 70% certain I just missed the joke.
|41 weeks 4 days ago||Nice work, one quibble||
Overall, this is a very interesting comparison. I do think you probably err on the side of optimism with regard to the future prospects of Michigan's recruits, but I suppose that's understandable.
One thing that really jumped out, though, was this on Poggi: "Worst case scenario ... Poggi is Ryan Van Bergen." I dig the enthusiasm, but saying that the floor for a high school kid iwho hasn't proven anything s honorable mention All-B1G and a team leader ... seems a bit breathlessly excited.
Pause, think of illustrious names such as - I don't know, Gabe Watson? - and realize that both the floor and the ceiling are subjects of complete conjecture at this point for all 18 year old kids. Also, show RVB some respect for a very good Michigan career.
|43 weeks 5 hours ago||That's fine - I'm not saying||
That's fine - I'm not saying that Ojemudia has all-conference written all over him for next year or anything like that. I just think it's silly to pull 'Ojemudia is at least 1.5 years from contributing' out of one's ass as though it's some kind of expert prognostication.
I would still say that, on balance, the production he had as a freshman outweighs his inability to push his way into the starting lineup in terms of factors predicting future success. One would expect a freshman playing an entirely new position might have some trouble with consistency and knowing the defense, and hopefully that will be corrected. On the other hand, having the innate athleticism to make those plays is something that can't be taught. Still, like you say, time will tell.
|43 weeks 2 days ago||What's the basis here?||
Very confident assertion regarding Ojemudia - what the hell is it based on? Kid saw the field as a freshman and flashed the ability to make plays in that time. Are you basing your prediction on his recruiting rankings and high school scouting rather than what he's done on the field at Michigan?
|43 weeks 6 days ago||Look||
Maybe you're mostly responding to Butterfield, but if you look at my post I am in no way outraged by what Dawson said, either initially or in his backtracking statements thereafter.
I'm not saying he's a born liar, or that he'll never be able to stand as a true Michigan Man or any of that bulllshit. I'm just putting the fact that he's making up some bullshit about what his quote meant in the same category as the initial comments - he's just a kid, he talks without thinking, and that's all.
If anything, I just felt like I was taking crazy pills because so many people on the board were acting like this completely cleared things up and he was obviously just misunderstood. I was never outraged at all by Dawson, just flabbergasted that so many people bought what he was selling in the explanatory comments.
But once again, because people are very, very quick to jump on their high horse on this one: I really don't give a shit about any of his comments, and don't think they reflect on his character in a signficant way at all.
Addendum: In explaining this fiasco to my wife (she's a patient woman), I re-read the entire apology and was struck by how bad the kid felt. He probably fibbed about his real meaning in part because so many people were jumping down his throat, and because he felt genuinely sorry about it. So I should say that, on balance, the whole affair reflects well on his character, rather than not at all.
|43 weeks 6 days ago||First of all, let me express||
First of all, let me express my agreement with the notion that Dawson is 17 years old and it doesn't really matter too much what he says about Ohio State. If he's still talking about being a Buckeye fan in a year or two, I'll be a bit concerned. Kids will be kids, indoctrination runs deep in the Worst State Ever, etc., etc. No big deal.
But is no one else going to say anything about the fact that his explanation is completely full of shit? Did I miss an intermediary clarification that the quote attributed to him was inaccurate? Dawson talks about being a Buckeye fan until he dies, and specifically references playing Ohio State, so there's no chance in hell that what he really meant was that he loves the State of Ohio.
I like the sentiments about Coach Hoke and becoming a Michigan Man. But it's another example of being 17 and not knowing when to stop talking that he tries to completely explain away his comments as a misinterpretation.
|44 weeks 19 hours ago||I think it's possible that||
I think it's possible that the coaches are just pretty adamant about redshirting offensive linemen, but maybe we're as little star struck by Kalis. Totally agree with regard to Gallon, though - apparently no one will give him credit for his ability as a downfield threat until he grows four inches.
|44 weeks 20 hours ago||Hayes is six feet talk, no?||
Hayes is six feet talk, no? There was also talk of him moving to the slot at one point - he's a very good receiver. So if he can block, he'd make a lot of sense as a third down back.
|44 weeks 2 days ago||Slap?||
Why is everyone talking about a slap? What I saw was a really hard elbow to the side of the head, which is far more dangerous. Seeing how Robinson's head jerked sideways on impact, I was surprised he wasn't knocked out. If fouls like that aren't flagrant - where the safety of the player is at issue - what's the fucking point of the rule?
|44 weeks 5 days ago||Alternate spelling:||
|45 weeks 2 days ago||A point of clarification||
I don't think I've ever seen another coach care so very, desperately much what the outside world thought of him. That's why he said things like the 'Lombardi' gem about our secondary. That's why he pleaded with the assembled crowd at the football bust that he wanted to be a Michigan Man with tears in his eyes.
It doesn't make him a bad person, but it sure didn't help to make him a better coach.
|46 weeks 6 days ago||Wait wait wait||
Does Scott use the 'other side of the pillow' now? That was Olberman's thing from way back in the day! Shameless, StuPot. Shameless.
|46 weeks 6 days ago||Just saw Schapp after the interview||
His manner was ... off. Either he was fighting off stomach flu and was trying to hold it together before he defecated something explosive, or DomeFan texted him to tell him that his daughter was tied up in the trunk of his car.
This is the weirdest goddamn story ever. (The only way it makes even a miniscule amount of sense, of course, is that Te'o was in on it. But that's pretty weird too, I'd reckon.)
|47 weeks 3 days ago||WHAT'S THE DEAL WITH FRANCE?? AMIRITE?!||
I'm sure you're not trying to get a cheap laugh with a non-joke about a car killing innocent bystanders because you heard something on the TV about French people sucking that one time and you have the same level of intellectual creativity and overall sense of humor as a scrotum.
You probably know a lot of French people and that's why you have that opinion. I have faith.
|47 weeks 3 days ago||Look||
If our OC doesn't put his tail between his legs, we win in Columbus this year. We were the better team in the first half, and the score bore that out. Then there's two in a row on our side, and it's a lot more difficult to say that OSU is unequivocally in better shape.
And, as WolvInLA points out, they aren't beating us in recruiting the past couple of years. And while the Urban/Herman tandem will likely put forth a more coherent offensive philosophy than Borges, I'd take Mattison and co. over their defensive staff.
I don't think there's a gap any more. We'll see who's right in the next couple of years.
|47 weeks 5 days ago||Man||
I really couldn't stand Dex. I actually used to get in e-pissing matches with Chitown Blue because I associated him with Dex. These days it seems like I agree with damn near everything Chitown says.
When I think of the most sordid, dreary, and discomfiting moments of the Rodriguez tenure, I think of Dex. (Note that one can either be a supporter or critic of Rodriguez and still find dark moments over those three years; no argument is to be provoked hereby!)
|47 weeks 5 days ago||Had forgotten ...||
I worry about anyone who actually misses King of Belch. Some people are obnoxious; he really seemed to be antisocial in a clinical sense.
|47 weeks 5 days ago||Dear God I'd forgotten about||
Dear God I'd forgotten about Boutros. Never have I identified a poster with his avatar so closely. If anyone can dig up the radio show he called into, that would be amazing. I miss that beautiful bastard.
|48 weeks 21 hours ago||Yup||
That's what might happen when you don't run the table. Win your games.
|48 weeks 22 hours ago||Pretty sure the dude||
Pretty sure the dude regurgitating Randbytes with the Atlas Shrugged avatar is the one bringing politics to the board here. This is largely why I was irritated.
Also, my personal philosophical belief is to live every week like it's Shark Week, just like Tracy Jordan teaches. No one better criticize that, neither.
EDIT: Ok, Shark Week is my snarky analogy. Here's a better one: I'm a social darwinist, and I think that humanity is defined by a struggle between races where only the superior will survive. Not saying which races are superior/inferior - just keeping it on the level of theory. And when something Michigan football-related comes up that reminds of some of the social darwinist ideas I think are cool, I might draw the parallel there. Nothing political or anything like that. Just my philosophy.
|48 weeks 22 hours ago||Again, in what sense is he||
Again, in what sense is he playing out of position? Would he be more dangerous as a slot? Maybe, though maybe that would limit his big-play potential somewhat. Regardless, he was extremely effective as a wideout this year. So whether he'd be marginally better at slot or not, it doesn't really matter, because he's a great player where he is. Doesn't matter how tall he is.
|48 weeks 22 hours ago||Even more amateur opinion||
I agree, for the little it's worth.
My theory is that Green's raw size/speed numbers and his impressive burst are making everyone excited about him, even though he's got a ways to go as a runner.. Most of all, his balance, as you note, is a weakness. Looks like something he improved in his senior film, but it's a downright liability in the junior year stuff. He hits people hard, but doesn't seem to bounce off them or push a pile very well - something that is borne out in the AA game. Just kind of rams into people and falls, though usually falls forward, I guess. He can outrun people in the open field, and he's a big boy, but I think people expecting him to come in and look like an All-B1G type back from day one are going to be disappointed. Maybe with some time. I honestly think Smith might be a better back, especially early on in their careers.
Also, as for the A-Train comparisons elsewhere: he always had trouble when people went at his legs, too, but I think he broke arm tackles better than Green appears to.
|48 weeks 1 day ago||What we have here ...||
Part of the problem is that people read 'prediction' as 'best-case scenario that is at least reasonably possible.' I don't think it's insane to think Michigan could go 12-0 considering our talent and our schedule, but you're off your damn rocker if you think that's the most likely result. It's better to think in terms of a baseline, or a midpoint between best and worst outcomes, IME.
Howeva, I have a hard time thinking objectively at all about OSU, and I think that unless we start seeing a Cooper/Lloyd dynamic start to unfold, The Game's as unpredictable as it gets (also leaving aside the immense talent discrepancies from 2009-2011). That said, to me the baseline is 10-2 with an OSU win and 9-3 with a loss. I'm predicting two losses from the NW, MSU, NU, PSU, ND quintet, in order of increasing likelihood. Predicting three losses from that group isn't entirely batty either.
|48 weeks 1 day ago||Goddammit||
Quit dismissing Gallon as that guy who's 5'6". He looks like an All-B1G receiver based on what he did this year. Have you missed all the jump balls he's come down with in the past couple of years? Gallon is a huge matchup problem, because he's too strong for waterbug DBs (and has the aforementioned rocket boots), and is too quick for big, physical corners. Do we need another guy with the ability to stretch the field vertically so the safeties aren't always rolling over to Gallon? Sure. But he looks like a legit number one receiver to me.
Oh, and he also blocks like a son of a bitch.
|48 weeks 1 day ago||I agree with the sentiment overall||
But I'm not sure what else Jeremy Gallon has to do to prove to you he's a deep threat.
|48 weeks 1 day ago||Way to take the fun out of it.||
Sweet Jesus Christ, you actually think that's a sophisticated and nuanced understanding of human behavior, don't you.
Ayn Rand: making people of average intelligence feel irrationally (!) smarter than others since 1957.
|48 weeks 1 day ago||A word of warning:||
Never go full retail!
|48 weeks 3 days ago||Whining about 2006||
I'll say the same thing I say to the fans of any team that loses a game and misses out on a title chance: you should have won your games. We didn't beat OSU, so we didn't get to go.
|48 weeks 5 days ago||Exclusionary||
Way to be a dick to UM fans with celiac disease.
|49 weeks 2 days ago||Very reasonable arguments||
But you're someone level-headed enough that I'm suprised you don't see that His Dudeness is just throwing shit out there to get a reaction. Or, in the parlance of our times, trolling.
Not worth the effort, however minimal.
|50 weeks 5 days ago||Just want to keep the balance right||
And add this to the pile: this isn't funny at all. Seriously derivative, poorly executed space filler.
|51 weeks 4 hours ago||Appealing to emotion||
First of all, as has been pointed out ad nauseum on the boards, we don't really have a very clear idea whether the current players actually like the jerseys or not. They are very unlikely to say otherwise.
Secondly, the current players on the team are not the sum total of Michigan football. Hence Team 133, etc. If you polled all current and past players and asked them what to do with the jerseys, fine - I'd support whatever they came up with. But I highly doubt that even the current players were allowed to give much input.
Spare me the Empowering Our Nation's Youth argument.
|51 weeks 4 hours ago||An appeal to emotion||
First of all, as has been pointed out ad nauseum on the boards, we don't really have a very clear idea whether the current players actually like the jerseys or not. They are very unlikely to say otherwise.
Secondly, the current players on the team are not the sum total of Michigan football. Hence Team 133, etc. If you polled all current and past players and asked them what to do with the jerseys, fine - I'd support whatever they came up with. But I highly doubt that even the current players were allowed to give much input.
Spare me the Empowering Our Nation's Youth argument.
|51 weeks 19 hours ago||Complete bullshit premise||
It already fucking paid for itself. Long before Wow Factor, Michigan was one of the top 2-3 athletic programs in the country in terms of merchandising revenue. We've been quite comfortably in the black ever since Cap'n Bill showed up.
Brandon whining about how fucking everything has to be monetized if there's no advertising in the stadium is just a way for him to get leverage for all the self-aggrandizing bullshit he wants to do to the football program.
Wanna save some money? Let's start small with Special fucking K and the marketing fuckheads who now earn what I'm sure are very comfortable incomes to continue to augment the Wow Factor.
|51 weeks 1 day ago||Creepin'||
I think you're reading way, way too much into this. First of all, just because he termed this new wrinkle 'drama,' that doesn't mean he's using it in a pejorative sense (i.e., 'my son's a drama queen.')
Regardless of interpretation though, it's hard to say someone's a dick based on one innocuous word in a tweet.
|51 weeks 2 days ago||Zounds!||
Literally no athletes?? Vince Lombardi couldn't win under those circumstances!
|51 weeks 3 days ago||This argument makes me want||
This argument makes me want to throw up - it's repeated ad nauseum and reflects a complete failure to engage in critical thought. It is a bullshit talking point that makes no sense, especially with regard to Michigan. We are the motherfucking Joneses in terms of facilities and every other damn structural advantage. We do not need more monetizing, future-creating dreck.
|51 weeks 3 days ago||How the fuck do you know the||
How the fuck do you know the students like them? This sounds suspiciously like the post of an interm from the athletic department.
|1 year 1 day ago||Dudeness||
Lets not forget your weeks-long tantrum after Rodriguez was fired and Hoke was hired. It's not like you only got pissy about Hoke after people started giving him the benefit of the doubt for 11 wins.
|1 year 1 day ago||Dudeness||
It's not your fault.
It's not your fault.
It's not your fault.
(It's probably Lloyd's, or maybe Rosenberg's. Or Bill Martin's. Or all the trans fat that's in American food.)
But it's not your fault.
|1 year 4 days ago||Am disappointed.||
I was rooting for the meteor.
|1 year 5 days ago||I'm suprised||
At the number of people here who don't seem to have heard about this.
|1 year 5 days ago||The spectacular concussions||
The spectacular concussions aren't supposed to be the big problem in terms of CTE/brain damage. It's the accumulation of sub-concussive impacts, which is why interior linemen seem to be particularly suceptible.
|1 year 1 week ago||Lacrosse||
Why does everyone keep bringing up lacrosse? Are there really that many fans out there?
|1 year 1 week ago||Keeping in mind, of course,||
Keeping in mind, of course, that said recruiting advantage is entirely hypothetical.
|1 year 1 week ago||This is exactly the point||
Brian is indicating that B1G programs ares not constrained by lack of funds -they already have plenty of money. Therefore, expansion is unlikely to improve the quality of play in the conference at all.
One more data point to show that this was more of a Big East type move than an SEC or Pac 12 one.
|1 year 1 week ago||I hear all this shit about the playoffs||
And I wonder whether anyone remembers at all what it was like before 1998 - or hell, before conference championships were only in the Big 12 and the SEC. Every single fucking game mattered. If you lost a non-conference game, you only had the slimmest of hopes left for a national championship, either in the BCS or the bowl system. Without a conference campionship, conference losses also mattered so much more - you only have to be top two now, and losses to teams in a different division are not nearly as damaging.
I'm only 30, so I find it hard to believe that so many people seem unable to think back to how crucial and heart attack-inducing each and every game used to be. I think everyone has just imbibed the continued ranting of those on ESPN and other media outlets - who, of course, stand to profit a great deal from a playoff system. Playoffs are not inherently superior, no matter how many paeans to 'settling it on the field' you hear or make. Unless CFB moves to a BPL system where everyone in the top tier plays everyone else and the leader of the standings when the dust clears is the champion, there will never be an unambiguous 'best team.' Never. Under any system. It's a pipe dream.
|1 year 1 week ago||March is all that matters||
The regular season in basketball is infintely less exciting than the regular season in football.
|1 year 1 week ago||Sure||
If you want non-conference games to be glorified exhibitions, that's great. You wouldn't really have to care very much if your team lost all three of them.
|1 year 1 week ago||If you think the regular||
If you think the regular season in basketball makes for games that are just as valuable as those in college football under the BCS or the bowl system, you're fucking crazy.
|1 year 1 week ago||Seconded||
At the time, I liked to bitch about the coaches giving Tom Osborne a going-away present. But I will always know that Michigan won the national championship that year. I think both the BCS and the playoffs are inferior to the old free-for-all.
|1 year 1 week ago||Can someone explain to me how||
Can someone explain to me how having a team from a different geographical area in your conference automatically gives you an advantage in recruiting that area? Especially when you're only going to play said team inside that geographical area once a decade or so?
As a bonus, you can explain why it is that you think Hoke needs some extra advantage in recruiting.
|1 year 1 week ago||Social norms are a thing.||
You're not the first person to note that social constructs exist, really. But they still do. No physical injury is caused by smearing shit on someone, either, but because society generally thinks shit is pretty nasty, this would be experienced as utterly degrading. It's not the empirical uncleanliness of the balls at issue here - it's the social humiliation and the violation of personal dignity. Note that I am not drawing an equivalence between poop and balls.
|1 year 1 week ago||I'm agnostic re: teabagging||
But you make a damn good point about drunk driving.
|1 year 1 week ago||America's pastime||
This is like the third time I've heard something about how baseball players are, as a whole, utter social miscreants. I'm beginning to integrate this into my worldview.
|1 year 1 week ago||To be fair||
Maybe he came here to defend those whom you are concerned are being labeled as teabaggers. Or maybe he's actually concerned about the growing influence of the scrotal lobby in Washington. Don't jump to conclusions, man.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||Very strange that the sheer||
Very strange that the sheer force of their coach's charisma hasn't held the team together thus far.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||The 1990s called||
And they said they wanted their bullshit jokes about previous periods of time wanting their shit back back, because BSJAPPOTWTSBs are about as fresh and witty as 'duh' and Not! jokes. (Especially when they're premised on erroneous assessments of USC's defense.)
|1 year 2 weeks ago||Three points||
First, to me the more convincing argument for a slower pace on offense is that the more time it takes up, the fewer plays the opposing offense can run. Is it not true that you're therefore essentially breaking even in terms of number of plays? This doesn't necessarily dispute your arguments re: adjustments at the line, but I wonder if there's an advantage to be had with the huddle in terms of getting the offensive players on the same page (ideally; it didn't seem to work for UM this year unless the no huddle would have been a total. tire fire as an alternative).
Second: some sophistry in your Oregon argument: 'The difference in the rankings is the number of plays faced. Well, the yards per play are different ... but Oregon played better offenses.' So is it the competition or the number of plays?
Finally: This occurred to me belatedly after '27 tickets' but I think you're caught up by the Morris hype train. I don't think Gardner should be all that much further down the list than, say, Qwash, if not up there with Ryan. Morris' high school career does not seem to suggest anything like a precociously polished product, despite all the talent that dude has in spades. Morris may end up challenging Bellomy for backup duties if Russell can shake off whatever malady or evil spirits afflicted him in Lincoln; I'll be absolutely stunned if there's any controversy-type substance re: the starting spot that isn't wholly manufactured by star-gazing recruiting afficionados or by newspaper writers desperate for attention.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||Ha - perfect.||
I knew that speech reminded me of something! My wife and I agreed that it was maybe the least mootivational pregame speech we could think of.
We're together. We play together. As a team. Not last year's team. This year's team. Together. This year's team; there'll be ups and downs. They get six, we get six. Together. Team. Together. (Also lots of weird arm motions, esp. the one that looks like you're bring your arms around a barrel.)
|1 year 2 weeks ago||Green isn't Rawls||
(Note: youtube caveats apply.)
He's Big Carlos Brown. Great straight line speed. Unlike Carlos, he falls forward with contact.
But he still falls. And doesn't make people miss.
I think Green's ratings are largely fueled by his freakish size/speed ratio, but I don't really like his highlight tape.
EDIT: The above opinion was based on his 2011 highlights. I watched the 2012 version, and he appears to have improved his balance. He still doesn't look like a particularly natural runner to me, though - just a very strong kid who's very fast in a straight line. He definitely seems to be more of a takes-what-the-offense-gives-him type than Isaac, who has incredible balance and lateral agility for someone of his size. Look at the 2:00 point of Green's video and compare it to Isaac's - Green looks to take about twice as long to throttle down and change directions. I'm more impressed with Green than I was before, but I still think Isaac is a better back and would be a better get for Michigan.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||With the right coach, I think||
With the right coach, I think it would work for a while. But Denard repeatedly got dinged up in college. He'd last about 5 games running a read-option spread in the NFL. I really don't think that's an exaggeration at all.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||Kiffin||
Likes Five Hour Energy and deviled eggs. Real talk.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||Word.||
Smith is pretty slow, but he has teriffic balance to go with his strength. Rawls ... does not.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||Lord Voldemort:||
|1 year 3 weeks ago||Abstract thinking can be||
Abstract thinking can be hard. Sometimes, you can't put numbers on a thing, and you can even have trouble coming up with a crystal-clear definition of it.
For example: does nationalism exist? It's sure hard to define, even though a lot of social science experts have been trying for a very long time.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||One time ...||
'... this good thing happened, even though a lot of people thought it was bad at first. So other things that people think are bad will probably be good too. '
This sounds like one of the answer choices on the LSAT for: 'Which of the following best represents the flaw in the author's argument?'
|1 year 3 weeks ago||Gold star!||
We are all very proud of how studious you were.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||BEEFCAKE!!||
This is not intended to be any kind of generalization, and shouldn't provide a taking-off point for such. But man, Rodriguez and co. really fucked the pooch when they decided Hankins was too chubby to play at his dream school.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||Two things||
1) I didn't read whatever post we're referring to. But I lost my brother to suicide, and I've had my own battles with depression for years. It's tough, but you have to recognize that when things look really bleak that's the illness talking - things WILL get better and it can definitely be managed and treated. Hit it on all fronts: therapy, meditation, exercise, vitamins, and medication - remember that this is an honest-to-god medical problem and not a character flaw. And always remember that even if you feel worthless, this is absolutely false - there are people who care and who will help you get through it no matter what. ... 2) The fact that I can read 'Very nice and true words, Turd' written with complete sincerity and kind intent ... man, the internet and MGoBlog are wacky places. Good luck, buddy. It's cliche, but hanging in there is really much of the battle.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||This is just really fucking dumb.||
Go read the Chait article. If you don't understand it, that's okay I guess.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||Hi neighbor!||
We think of you as the entry point to a media market, at best, or a cash-strapped parasite that doesn't know how to play football very well, at worst! Like Indiana and Purdue if we'd never met them and they just showed up at our house drunk and grimy and sat down for dinner!
Nice to meet you!
|1 year 3 weeks ago||Reading is fundamental||
I understand that money is important. I'm glad we have it. I'm glad we're not Maryland. That would be bad. Let me know if you find someone who wants the athletic department to operate on a barter system.
My question is why we need more money. We are already significantly in the black. There's nothing to suggest that the trend was going to reverse prior to expansion.
And, of course, this was already the case when we hired Mattison.
So to return to my original point: why do we need additional revenue?
|1 year 3 weeks ago||Right ...||
You do realize that Mattison is already on the staff, right? Like, we hired him when Rutgers and Maryland still weren't in the conference?
|1 year 3 weeks ago||Tangentialish||
Know what a good Wikipedia search taught me? Delany is from New Jersey and went to school at UNC. Maybe dude's just got an affinity for the East Coast, eh?
|1 year 3 weeks ago||We'll see||
That's a reasonable point, but I think you can make the same marginal utility argument about recruiting that you can about revenue and facilities: If Hoke is already pulling in top-five recruiting classes, how much improvement can be expected from improved access to the Atlantic coast?
|1 year 3 weeks ago||Sadly||
My revenues aren't quite on par with the UM athletic department's.
I'm not even sure they're plural.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||Maybe I'm a snob, but to me||
Maybe I'm a snob, but to me there's only so much money that should go into fringe sports like water polo and crew. There's already a thriving/massive athletic department at the school, and I don't see why it's better for it to grow further. Also, money is not necessarily going to drive interest in the non-revenue sports - there's a limit to how much increased TV exposure, etc. is going to create a following in, say, field hockey or volleyball.
We'll see if any of that money ends up in community outreach (not sure what that would be, exactly - more money isn't going to give student-athletes more time to visit hospitals or run sports camps), or post-career resources for student-athletes. But will those things really require millions and millions of dollars?
I would absolutely love it if the surplus cash from the athletic department went into the university for things like scholarships or even improved student athletic facilities (it's not still the same CCRB and IM building is it???) But I am very, very skeptical that such a thing would happen.
Finally, the always-prevalent 'arms race' explanation: we're already at the head of the pack in football, and are moving toward that position in basketball... with the revenues we already had. How much more can the football program, for example, build to be more attractive to recruits? A floating practice facility?
|1 year 3 weeks ago||So it's not necessarily any||
So it's not necessarily any good for Michigan directly, but it might help the more hapless members of the conference improve their athletic departments? Only thing is, if the operative consideration is improving the quality of competition ... how come we added Maryland and Rutgers?
|1 year 3 weeks ago||I will make a video of me||
I will make a video of me shaving my head and post it to the board if David Future Brandon ever lowers ticket prices (without adding advertising to the stadium.)
|1 year 3 weeks ago||Well, ya know, marginal||
Well, ya know, marginal utility and all that.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||Two points of confusion, for me||
The Big Ten alumni out there who care about college football ... already cared about college football. And those who cared - or at least, likely the significant majority of those who cared - already had the BTN one way or another. These are college graduates from good to excellent schools, mind, and can likely afford to get a premium sports tier package if they so choose.
So again, I fail to see why everyone is so confident that this will make money.
But even more importantly, I haven't seen a single explanation for why I should care if this makes the conference more money. Not one.