that is nice bonus change
|9 hours 55 min ago||After all these years you||
After all these years you still think the ND game can tell us anything about the team? No one thought we'd nearly get beaten by UConn or Akron after last year's game. As usual, people were pretty optimistic after the victory. The ND game is always magic and illusion.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Also, I think college||
Also, I think college football is almost a different game from the NFL. I know many of us do not follow the NFL at all. CFB doesn't aspire to be like the NFL and neither does its fans want it to. It has its own (richer) history and traditions. Whereas, I imagine the MLS aspires to have the kind of talent and tradition that other soccer leagues have.
|22 weeks 4 days ago||That's just within the state||
That's just within the state of Michigan. Nationwide, Michigan has a significantly higher following.
|22 weeks 5 days ago||No politics please.||
No politics please.
|22 weeks 5 days ago||Whatever parents have to tell||
Whatever parents have to tell themselves to keep sane, I'm all for.
|36 weeks 12 hours ago||I thought his behavior in the||
I thought his behavior in the State game was embarrassing. Any moral edge we might have thought we had because of the 2011 game was mocked because of Lewan.
|36 weeks 12 hours ago||True, but it has to be said||
True, but it has to be said that the goal is not someday to match MSU. The expectation for a Michigan coach is to have a clear edge in that rivalry. Our coaches from RR to the present have been failing that expectation. But don't get me wrong: I think Hoke should get another two years.
|36 weeks 12 hours ago||That's true, but he coaches||
That's true, but he coaches for MSU, not Michigan. What's passable at State is not passable at here.
|36 weeks 5 days ago||Dude, we're talking about||
Dude, we're talking about scheduling Florida.
Anyhow, I assume such teams would rather play us than any other team in the B1G, aside from maybe OSU. This won't change because of some losses.
|37 weeks 22 hours ago||When Roscius was an actor in||
When Roscius was an actor in Rome...
|39 weeks 2 days ago||The B1G won't get respect||
The B1G won't get respect unless it beats an SEC team. Same goes with the ACC.
The SEC is still the best conference, and I think a one-loss Auburn should get the nod over the Buckeyes, who are the beneficiaries of a weak conference.
|39 weeks 3 days ago||It's that simple to you, huh.||
It's that simple to you, huh.
|39 weeks 3 days ago||Michigan 30Ohio State||
Ohio State 27
Afterwards, the upset is rationalized just like every other upset is rationalized ("well, Gardner does have a lot of raw talent, and plus they had Gallon and Funchess, too, and the D is pretty good....")
|39 weeks 4 days ago||When will this kind of||
When will this kind of gratuitous, cloying patriotism cease to be a part of nearly ever athletic event?
|40 weeks 5 hours ago||Carr may have been 7-4 or||
Carr may have been 7-4 or similiar in the week heading into The Game, but there are different ways to be 7-4. We're 7-4 in just about the worst way possible.
I felt the same way about Rodriguez's final 7-5 year.
A 7-4 Carr team might've underperformed a bit (and that might be an understatement) but it was never a total disaster over a span of games like we've seen under Rodriguez and Hoke. A 7-4 Carr team was always dangerous.
|40 weeks 1 day ago||It is a truism: If you bring||
It is a truism: If you bring reason to any discussion of the US military's aims and high rhetoric, you will likely piss the majority of people off.
|40 weeks 1 day ago||True, this idea that our||
True, this idea that our "freedom" is under constant threat is overstated, to put it very mildly.
|41 weeks 4 days ago||Lame Michigan response||
We have always known that academics is important to Hand. Now all of a sudden (since the moment he committed to Alabama) Michigan people are acting as if all he cared about was football. The same kid we praised as a potential recruit for caring about academics is now being treated as if it was only about football.
We know that if he wanted to study engineering he was going to choose Alabama. To me, this only makes sense if he was steered away from the engineering program at Michigan.
|41 weeks 5 days ago||His Dudeness and Section 1||
His Dudeness and Section 1 are truly two of my favorite posters. I'd also like to give a shout-out to jmblue, whose posts have emanated calm and sound reason for years now.
|41 weeks 5 days ago||True, he's being civil, but||
True, he's being civil, but he's openly challenging (repeatedly and at exhaustive nit-picky length) Brian's take on things. SC's civility doesn't change the fact that he's saying (with a certain level of aggression) that Brian's ultimately wrong.
You have to defend yourself against such a thing, and Brian's doing so.
|41 weeks 6 days ago||It's clear to all of us that||
It's clear to all of us that Brian and SC have been having a kind of dialogue about this. I don't see how you could take anything Brian said as abusing his power(!!) or slighting SC.
They happen to disagree, and Brian happens to be correct on this score :)
|42 weeks 5 hours ago||I thought it distasteful how||
I thought it distasteful how Bolden and others celebrated after he (likely) concussed that Nebraska player. He wasn't celebrating any on-field result of the block, obviously. You should be able to take a player out of the play without trying to take his head off. But I guess that's football.
|42 weeks 8 hours ago||Eh, Space Coyote is a little||
Eh, Space Coyote is a little too comfortable with Borges's playcalling for my taste. After every game, the pressers would contain reams and reams of thick paragraphs analyzing why he persisted in calling plays that were doomed not to work.
/s, sort of
|42 weeks 8 hours ago||I assume that until Borges||
I assume that until Borges calls a decent game or is fired we'll see a post like this every day. It's just an indicator of the overall level of frustration.
|42 weeks 1 day ago||I think fricking is||
I think fricking is preferable.
|42 weeks 2 days ago||They didn't win the||
They didn't win the conference to 2010. They shared with two other teams, both better, and then got demolished by Alabama in their bowl game.
|42 weeks 2 days ago||Just tell yourself before||
Just tell yourself before every season: "I refuse to believe the inevitable hype coming out of Summer/Spring practice."
Remember how our O-line this summer was supposed to be a jump forward from last year's, what with all the highly touted recruits and whatnot?
|42 weeks 2 days ago||Every game this year we go||
Every game this year we go immediately into a passive, rush-four-and-see-what-happens shell, just waiting to be shredded. We gave up crucial 3rd and longs throughout this game because we refused to pressure the QB. Where is the 2011 Mattison, who drew up creative blitzes?
Also, Nebraska has about four plays, one of them being an option pitch. We played this correctly once in the 1st quarter. After that, the RB was always free. How do you not prepare adequately for this basic play?
But this is nothing compared to what you could say about the offense. Overall, this defensive performance should've been enough to win the game.
|42 weeks 4 days ago||If that's the case, I'm||
If that's the case, I'm hoping he'll clarify the difference between a road game and a nuetral-site game for me. I've been having some trouble with it.
Like, was our game against State a home game, since it took place in the state of Michigan, or was it nuetral site, since neither team lives in spartan stadium?
|42 weeks 4 days ago||I couldn't help thinking of||
I couldn't help thinking of this quote from the last Michigan Monday from the Ozone.
"At this point, it's almost reaching 'Just wait until RichRod gets his players here' levels."
|42 weeks 4 days ago||M is not all that good of course, that||
M is not all that good of course, that hasn't changed.
M did not have one bad game; M has had several bad games and has looked weak on both sides of the ball (especially on offense of course). Beyond that, we've been outcoached on the offensive side of the ball throughout the season, and this reached its zenith with Sparty.
If you're content that in year 3 of the Hoke era Michigan State(!) is now the milestone in football for Michigan, then hats off to you I guess.
|43 weeks 5 days ago||The little brother thing has||
The little brother thing has little to do with whether Michigan wins this or that game. It's simply a convenient shorthand for State's pretty well-documented inferiority complex/fixation on Michigan. Don't forget that they themselves (i.e., State players) referred to themselves this way. I understand that overusing it is lame, but it isn't going anywhere because it perfectly encapsulates an aspect of State fandom.
|43 weeks 6 days ago||Only if you can guarantee||
Only if you can guarantee Borges won't have the team spend much of the game crashing directly into MSU linebackers two yards behind the LOS.
|44 weeks 10 hours ago||That's what made the 2011||
That's what made the 2011 game so frustrating. State repeatedly tried to injure Denard, and our guys did nothing.
2012 was different: there were M players around every pile, pulling people off, everyone was looking out for each other and so on. It will be the same this year.
|44 weeks 10 hours ago||I read in some research paper||
I read in some research paper somewhere that little brothers, particularly those with a pathological inferiority complex, have a higher incidence of acting out violently and attempting to be bullies than their more well-adjusted counterparts.
|44 weeks 2 days ago||As Section 1 is implying, our||
As Section 1 is implying, our band is a crucial part of game day, and our rivalries extend beyond a football or basketball game alone. The great rivalries are university-wide. This is part of what makes college athletics far more compelling (at least to many of us) than the pros.
|44 weeks 2 days ago||Your point total is beginning||
Your point total is beginning to make sense.
|44 weeks 2 days ago||Yes, we must have a strategy||
Yes, we must have a strategy of passing coupled with Gardner scrambling and forget any thought of a run game. It's risky for Gardner, especially with State's well-documented "aggression," but if he plays it safe (slides, runs out of bounds, doesn't force passes, and so on) it should be very effective.
If we see entire drives played out of the I-formation, I give up. I would love to see 95% shotgun.
|44 weeks 2 days ago||I don't think anyone on this||
I don't think anyone on this team or staff will forget 2011. This team has a lot to prove. They might not win, but it won't be for lack of hunger.
|44 weeks 2 days ago||And that's what they're||
And that's what they're saying about us.
|44 weeks 4 days ago||Thanks Mr. Ross, your efforts||
Thanks Mr. Ross, your efforts are appreciated.
That said, the "aggressive" State coaches will no doubt be more than willing to take a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct call in order to injure Devin Gardner, just as Rush did in the 2011 game, hitting Robinson and then slamming him to the ground, all while the play was long dead (or earlier, of course, when Gholston nearly snapped Robinson's neck and paralyzed him, or earlier....). Sure, Rush managed to get called for it, but in return Michigan's best player was no longer on the field.
Also, could you see about funneling some money to this blog to help protect us against Sparty trollers? Some of them are pretty crafty.
|44 weeks 4 days ago||Seconded. I don't come to||
Seconded. I don't come to this blog for news on crappy movies. Nor do I come here for posters' inevitably unimaginative and disappointing politics and nationalism.
|44 weeks 5 days ago||Yeah Brian.||
|46 weeks 4 days ago||Yes, but there are several||
Yes, but there are several roads around the Big House, and the players have to cross these roads to get to the stadium. So I guess they're all road games.
With that being the case, I think Hoke's biggest road win was Ohio State 2011.
|46 weeks 4 days ago||Wrong, infinity.||
|46 weeks 4 days ago||It was NOT a road game,||
It was NOT a road game, infinity.
|46 weeks 6 days ago||"Statistics can be read any||
"Statistics can be read any way you want."
Take that, MgoBlog :)
|47 weeks 2 days ago||NW is the team most likely to||
NW is the team most likely to get in the way of our winning this division. You should be happy they lost.
|47 weeks 2 days ago||You can do more: You can not||
You can do more: You can not look terrible in wins against terrible competition.
Not that it matters, but Michigan is in no position to complain about its ranking.
|47 weeks 2 days ago||Huh, I always think this||
Huh, I always think this place is wildly optimistic....
|47 weeks 3 days ago||self-censored||
|47 weeks 5 days ago||The Michigan take on things:||
The Michigan take on things: "Yeah it was cool, we came back, actually passing downfield, and won it in the 4th quarter, just like we did in about 70% of our games."
|47 weeks 5 days ago||Partly because commentators||
Partly because commentators are always high on new/new-ish coaches. They're always a good fit for the program, and once they get their guys they'll have the program headed in the right direction, and they've made great changes already, and so on. Then, if it doesn't work out, commentators will say it was never really a good fit in terms of culture and discipline, but that the program's new new coach is a good fit for the program, and once he gets his guys....
|48 weeks 1 day ago||Clemson vs. Syracuse will||
Clemson vs. Syracuse will surely get ABC in New York, alas.
|48 weeks 2 days ago||Right, until they start||
Right, until they start actually getting beaten, the SEC will rightfully be considered the best conference. Complaining about how they are rated is absurd. Those SEC teams in the top ten deserve to be there.
|48 weeks 2 days ago||Some people's ability to||
Some people's ability to maintain a high level of optimism is astounding to me. According to this line of thinking, we've somehow managed to play 8 quarters in a row of flukey football.
Regardless of the circumstances, if you can't beat up on Akron and UConn you're probably just not that good.
|49 weeks 9 hours ago||Um, I think that one of the||
Um, I think that one of the primary focuses of this blog is to analyze playcalling critically. If all Brian et al. did was throw their hands up and say, "Oh well, they're the experts" anytime the team's strategy seemed to be flawed, would you keep coming back to this blog?
|49 weeks 2 days ago||No. They don't belong (but||
No. They don't belong (but then, neither do Rutgers and Maryland and arguably Penn State and Nebraska, which is, I believe, the lowest-rated institution academically in the B1G).
Their football program is absolutely miserable, there's no other way to see it, and this misery isn't saved by any of the tradition that other B1G programs have.
|50 weeks 1 day ago||Thank God that due to our odd||
Thank God that due to our odd relationship with this university we'll never have to play them. I fear what this team could do to us.
|51 weeks 4 days ago||Ah yes, the virtue of only||
Ah yes, the virtue of only talking about your players, like noting to the press that "it's been a bad couple of Februarys for this team," for example, or dumping on your kicker, or quarterback, for lack of "execution."
|51 weeks 4 days ago||What's NFL?||
|51 weeks 5 days ago||Thanks Chuck. I haven't been||
Thanks Chuck. I haven't been able to spend the time I'd like to keeping track of how much work each Mgoemployee is putting in. Now I know we have Heiko to blame for the lack of content.
|52 weeks 8 hours ago||I thought Section 1 put it||
I thought Section 1 put it pretty well in another thread:
"It just doesn't mean that much to me, if that parochial school in northern Indiana doesn't want to keep playing us.
The hatred that I have for Notre Dame is nothing like the respectful rivalry we have with our fellow Conference teams. They are nothing to me but a hate object. All of their early successes were acheived by copying the successes of Yost and modeling themselves on Michigan.
So here's to you, Brian Kelly. Our non-rival. Buh-bye."
|1 year 1 day ago||I have to admit, I see that||
I have to admit, I see that avatar, I assume bad grammar.
|1 year 1 week ago||Bon vivant and man about||
Bon vivant and man about town, alum, born in MI, live in New York.
|1 year 1 week ago||"I'm afraid our culture is||
"I'm afraid our culture is really losing its values."
Such is what every older generation thinks in regards to the incoming younger generation.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||Lies.||
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Double: not my fault.||
Double: not my fault.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Are you sure you're not the||
Are you sure you're not the guy everyone in the office hates?
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Is this necessary. I mean:||
Is this necessary. I mean: Have students on campus done this in the past?
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Exactly. This might sound||
Exactly. This might sound strange and counterintuitive, but Stauskas might prove important as a perimeter shooter in this game. Stauskas is more than just a guy who can drive to the basket. He can also shoot 3s.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||You seem a little eager to||
You seem a little eager to get your middle-aged-complacency groove on.
His Dudeness is saying he does have a job and supports himself, and hence isn't able to enjoy the games and drink beer all day. Like most of us, I assume he's staring down decades of uninspiring work for this or that company.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||I'm rooting for Sparty. I||
I'm rooting for Sparty. I want B1G teams to plow through the tournament.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Did you mention something||
Did you mention something about obsessing?
|1 year 23 weeks ago||double, sorry||
|1 year 24 weeks ago||You stormed the lobby at work||
You stormed the lobby at work over PSU? Come on man, us out-of-staters need to save that for the big games.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||Oh, and happy trails, Profit.||
Oh, and happy trails, Profit. You were one of my favorite people to neg during the CC days :)
|1 year 25 weeks ago||People have been saying, "the||
People have been saying, "the Board is worse than it used to be, what's with all these people...." since I started following this blog over 3 years ago, and probably since day one (or day two, ha ha). I guess I disagree with this outlook.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||... has maintained||
... has maintained its...
Sorry, but the first sentence in such a post is not a good place for a grammatical error.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||What are the origins of||
What are the origins of slapping the floor? I don't get it.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||I take back anything I've||
I take back anything I've said against these jerseys. I was wrong, and I love it.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||Who cares. Let's beat the||
Who cares. Let's beat the Hoosiers and win this conference.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||I don't usually compain about||
I don't usually compain about the silly things we do with our uniforms--even in football--but these are truly horrific. What makes all of our uniforms look great is the sharp contrast between the "maize" and the navy blue.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||It's amusing that everyone||
It's amusing that everyone who thinks Michigan might lose is being labeled a Troll.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||That's basically exactly what||
That's basically exactly what I was going to put:
It pains me to think so, of course. But hey, we still have a great university right? And spring's coming up.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||Zack Novak's coming back to||
Zack Novak's coming back to play football (second from left)?
|1 year 26 weeks ago||Right, and I think that as||
Right, and I think that as Eisenhower warned, it's kind of become an entity (along with the booming weapons industry) that looks out for its own organization's good before all else. But this is how all organizations tend to behave.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||Good. I've never understood||
Good. I've never understood why we need flighter planes coasting over stadiums. The patriotism at sporting events can really be over-the-top at times. Given the 20th century, I think such excessive displays of patriotism will always make some people uncomfortable.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||I know a lot of you have||
I know a lot of you have wondered, and it's true: I am also SirJack (the first). At one point comments I added under that handle would not appear, and I felt bad depriving everyone of my comments so I created another account.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||It's also the most Buckeyes||
It's also the most Buckeyes thing ever to post about Michigan's OC on the same day some other middle-tier B1G school hires one of your old OCs.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||And also one of the most||
And it's also one of the most grammatically incorrect.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||Of course, they could bypass||
Of course, they could bypass the whole baby thing. You're allowed to do that now.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||Yeah, I don't think we'll be||
Yeah, I don't think we'll be hearing Rich-Rod-to-NFL rumors anytime soon, ha ha.
.500 in those red-letter games is for sure not ideal, but it's a good deal better than going .000 in three years with no sign of closing the gap.
|1 year 28 weeks ago||I do not think this is an||
I do not think this is an elite team. Indiana looked cleanly better than us, and so has Ohio State. The offense wilts whenever we face a good defense. MSU... well, given what we saw this weekend it seems to me that if we play them 100 times, we'll get clobbered 100 times. Here's hoping I'm wrong.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||Is that last sentence||
Is that last sentence sarcasm?
|1 year 30 weeks ago||I like Vitale as well. I like||
I like Vitale as well. I like the goofy things he says and just how happy he is to be watching college basketball. But, full disclosure, I also really like Musberger and Herbie, and a lot of you seem not to like Musberger (how can you not like someone who refers to the Michigan-Michigan State game as "this ole donnybrook"?).
|1 year 36 weeks ago||This is immensely helpful to||
This is immensely helpful to those of us who aren't recruiting scholars. Well done.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||He didn't say he wasn't||
He didn't say he wasn't interested.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||Exactly, and then it became||
Exactly, and then it became all about GERG, and not the inept defensive staff RR brought along with him.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||Wow, I disagree with that||
Wow, I disagree with that MgoBlog comment you blockquoted. This place had always been a bastion of Rodriguez loyalty. One would get neg-banged and howled at for daring to pipe up and question, oh I don't know, why our defensive staff didn't even use the same terminology under RR.
True, there's a contingent that is now just as fanatically loyal to Hoke, and equally unable to withstand any criticism, but it doesn't seem quite as fervent as the Rodriguez-fever this site had back in the day. Granted, that's likely because of stuff like the Freep and a part of the fanbase that never gave RR a chance.
Basically, what I'm saying is that if you really think that even MGOBLOG is somehow "anti-Rodriguez," you might be a little paranoid. This place has just moved on (well, except for His Dudeness).
|1 year 37 weeks ago||What are the best board||
What are the best board rivalries? Only a couple come to mind, and I'm likely leaving out some good ones. I'm also not sure if these are the best matchups.
Section 1 vs. M-Wolverine (or 3/4 of the board at any given time)
Chitownblue vs. ???
His Dudeness vs. Magnus
|1 year 37 weeks ago||deleted||
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|1 year 37 weeks ago||I don't think being||
I don't think being intelligently critical about coaches' decisions is out-of-character for Brian.
I also disagree that the Michigan online base appreciates thoughtful dissent: On the whole, they do not.
|1 year 40 weeks ago||Just ignore the media||
I'm for anything but an all-SEC championship game.
|1 year 40 weeks ago||Given how well having Gardner||
Given how well having Gardner and Robinson in the backfield worked in the 1st half, it is beyond comprehension keeping him off the field for that much of the 2nd half.
The 2nd half was truly disastrous offensive playcalling.
|1 year 40 weeks ago||You mean, 9-4. Also, I don't||
You mean, 9-4.
Also, I don't think you'll be seeing the "Hoke fanboys" casting about and trying to rationalize. There's no need. It must be pretty clear, even to you, that the trajectory of this program is in the right direction.
|1 year 40 weeks ago||I think that's precisely the||
I think that's precisely the type of thing he had in mind. Denard has come a long way. He's long past the nail-biting victories over the likes of Indiana.
|1 year 40 weeks ago||Just beat Ohio. Fuck the||
Just beat Ohio. Fuck the division and fuck the B1G.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||No. Horrible fit, pointless||
No. Horrible fit, pointless addition.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||Don't mock them. They're the||
Don't mock them. They may be the best 5-6 team in the country. Or at least you'd have to include them in the conversation if you're ever having a discussion about the best 5-6 teams out there.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||I think part of the damage||
I think part of the damage control of the rabidly pro-Rodriguez contingent was to seperate and scapegoat GERG and keep the rest of the staff free from criticism, instead of seeing the problem coming from the top down. Ah, old times.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||It seems we fared better than||
It seems we fared better than the SEC did when they let their Big 12 team in this year.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Um, you sure have been||
Um, you sure have been discussing it at length. :)
|1 year 42 weeks ago||.... Big Ten rival....||
.... Big Ten rival....
|1 year 42 weeks ago||It's always nice to get||
It's always nice to get visits from Arizona fans.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Yes, I'm doomed to watch||
Yes, I'm doomed to watch almost all games on TV. Hence I have little idea as to how the postgame celebrations have been this year. But even from the little I've seen, it seems that they make for the student section immediately after the game is over.
The first time I noticed this was after the OSU game last year, but in those circumstances you could argue for a free pass. I remember we both bitched about it.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||And RichRod is all Carr's||
And RichRod is all Carr's fault. And really Moeller's at fault for Carr. And Bo's the one who had Moeller with him....
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Maybe. Watch the replay of||
Maybe. Watch the replay of his antics after the late hit. Bo certainly never looked so foolish.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Hah, that was just a friendly||
Hah, that was just a friendly jab at our leader. I'm all for Fitzgerald being mocked.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Although, it was a terrible||
Although, it was a terrible day for the defense. All Northwestern does all game is pitch the ball or not pitch the ball, and it looked like we had no idea how to defend this simple thing until the last drive. This is the first time the D looked ill-prepared under Mattison.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Careful: Making fun of Pat||
Careful: Making fun of Pat Fitzgerald on this blog could result in you being sent to Bolivia.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||But Rodriguez made it a point||
But Rodriguez made it a point for the team to sing the Victors with the student section after victories. At first I didn't like this because ND does it, but I got over it quickly.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||I just hope he ignores the||
I just hope he ignores the press.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||I hope Tom stays.||
I hope Tom stays.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||And the coaches are so pissed||
And the coaches are so pissed they encourage their players to injure opposing teams' players.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||That brutal chop and||
That brutal chop and throwdown seems rarely to get discussed. I honestly think that play and the Gholston face-mask wrench warrant being thrown out of the game. Something is wrong with college football if the only repurcussion for this is 15 yards.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||Southern Cal University of||
Southern Cal University of Michigan?
|1 year 45 weeks ago||Yes, there are nice people||
Yes, there are nice people everywhere. Go Blue.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||There is nothing wrong with||
There is nothing wrong with couldn't care less.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||You might be interested in||
You might be interested in revisiting my analysis of Brady Hoke's provocative decision not to sport a Michgan baseball cap, written before the 2011 season. See the post entitled Brady Hoke a "Michigan Man"? Where’s the baseball cap?
(Sorry, I don't know how to link to posts.)
|1 year 45 weeks ago||In gushy TV voice||
"When the country's most huggable offensive coordinator and a quirky young blogger inaugurate a wacky friendship over a series of press conferences, the comedy that ensues leads them to discover the tremendous nature of their bond, and that what's considered a bubble screen is really in the eye of the beholder."
|1 year 46 weeks ago||I fully agree with what||
I fully agree with what you're saying.
But I can't erase from my mind the fact that he was about one inch away from breaking Denard's neck last year, and that this kind of behavior was apparently encouraged by the Michigan State staff. They are a low bunch who are capable of anything. There is no staff I have more contempt for.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||I really think Little Brother||
I really think Little Brother is more than just a meme, and is in fact a psychological reality. Sparty players themselves have referred to themselves using the term (though probably not post-Mike Hart).
It is a phrase that perfectly encapsulates Sparty's resentment and inferiority complex.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Good lord the people on this||
Good lord the people on this board can be Puritans.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||McGloin = Brett Favre. We all||
McGloin = Brett Favre.
We all know this and have experienced it.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||I think he received three||
I think he received three concussions while at Michigan. I don't see him in the NFL.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||The way Sparty played spoke||
The way Sparty played spoke for itself.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||I assume you mean spawned.||
I assume you mean spawned.
|1 year 48 weeks ago||It seems like someone says||
It seems like someone says that every week.
|1 year 48 weeks ago||I have to say, Borges's||
I have to say, Borges's stubborness about not calling a bubble screen when the opposing defense is begging you to do so is infuriating.
|1 year 48 weeks ago||"Hoke fans"?||
|1 year 48 weeks ago||And as we all know, there is||
And as we all know, there is another faction that wants nothing more than for RR to do well and for Arizona to thrive, which would validate their support for the him--even to the extent of rooting against Michigan, unfortunately.
|1 year 49 weeks ago||That was my sense as well.||
That was my sense as well.
|1 year 49 weeks ago||Right, if Denard was at||
Right, if Denard was at Arizona they would have lost 56-7 to Oregon, instead of 49-0.
|1 year 49 weeks ago||The average age at these||
The average age at these places is, to me, repellant. I'd rather go to a laid-back neighborhood bar. The Forum's all right sometimes.
|1 year 49 weeks ago||I do not think Borges et al.||
I do not think Borges et al. are demanding that Denard zip the football into tight windows. I have to think they're aware of what they're working with. I think Denard just has a problem letting plays die. We're the only team in the country that never ever throws the ball away out of bounds when no one's open and there's nowhere to run. Even when Denard got sacked he spent about 8 seconds during the sack fidgeting with the ball as if he was trying to concoct some magic out of the play.
|1 year 49 weeks ago||I haven't analyzed the game||
I haven't analyzed the game or anything, but it seemed to me that the offensive playcalling was pretty solid throughout. We moved ball pretty well all game. Even the call to have Smith pass seemed all right. It was just a horrific pass (and I'm assuming they've practised this, so it wasn't the first time Smith had thrown the ball this year).
I don't know what kind of playcalling will stop Denard from making gaudy turnovers.
|1 year 49 weeks ago||Oh, I thought you were going||
Oh, I thought you were going to talk about other types of wife games, heh heh.
|1 year 49 weeks ago||Cool, I was wondering||
Cool, I was wondering what Joe Cowley thought about all of this....
|1 year 49 weeks ago||How did they show bad||
How did they show bad sportsmanship? I only saw a bit of the game.
|1 year 49 weeks ago||"Denard is best QB in the||
"Denard is best QB in the country."
This is a laughable assertion.
|1 year 51 weeks ago||I think Brian doesn't merely||
I think Brian doesn't merely like Nortwestern, but like likes them.
|2 years 3 days ago||You mean||
|2 years 6 days ago||Good lord, will you Puritans||
Good lord, will you Puritans relax?
|2 years 1 week ago||I clicked the link. At the||
I clicked the link. At the top of the link was a Hyundai ad, which stated that Hyundai is the official sponsor of M. I assume we've never had such a sponser in the past.
|2 years 1 week ago||This is not really on the||
This is not really on the level of tradition, but I liked when they played "Louie Louie" at every game. I remember being a kid laughing at the student section goofing off on the other side of the stadium.
|2 years 1 week ago||Yes, after I got over the||
Yes, after I got over the immense relief and joy that we finally beat the Buckeyes, I thought that aspect of the postgame was disappointing. It must have been difficult to contain the desire to just enjoy it and goof around, but you should first get your handshakes in with archenemy in the greatest rivalry of sports. Both teams owe each other that. That's part of what makes this rivaly superior to a certain other "rivalry" we have.
|2 years 1 week ago||What was Martin thinking when||
What was Martin thinking when he scheduled this?
|2 years 1 week ago||Wow, I don't know, I agree||
Wow, I don't know, I agree with Section 1. How gleeful people were after the grenade thing; imagine if Sparty did it (easily imaginable, isn't it)? And the Let's Eat thing comes off to me as unecessarily cocky (and obnoxious). Well, part of me thinks this. The other part is just happy to see Denard happy.
I guess I wanted to chime in because I'm surprised no one else is seconding Section 1's thoughts (and at the moment, basically every one of his comments is grayed out; not unusual, I know, but this time I think that's unfortunate).
|2 years 1 week ago||Sigh, another casualty of||
Sigh, another casualty of Lloyd Carr. When will the rampage stop?
|2 years 1 week ago||ND is the corniest team in||
ND is the corniest team in college football.
|2 years 2 weeks ago||Jake Ryan is... a male Julia||
Jake Ryan is... a male Julia Stiles.
|2 years 2 weeks ago||Those crinkled jerseys look a||
Those crinkled jerseys look a tad effeminate, don't they.
|2 years 3 weeks ago||We should not be ranked ahead||
We should not be ranked ahead of Sparty. I think we might take a small step back this year, but I'm not sure they will.
|2 years 3 weeks ago||So do you think losing||
So do you think losing fumbles is simply bad luck as well? I remember in the RR years our horrible turnover numbers were continually dismissed here as pure chance (and we all know they never "returned to the mean" (I think that's how it was put)). And I get what you're saying, but man it's hard not to think coaching has at least something to do with it when there was such a stark turnaround last year. Just lining up appropriately in a given situation has to increase your chances of forcing and getting a turnover.
Yes, my brain does understand the argument against (Bama's turnover rate, Rodriguez kind of taught football too, etc.), but part of me will likely always think it's due to Hoke/Mattison magic.
|2 years 3 weeks ago||I like what Mr. Maize n Brew||
I like what Mr. Maize n Brew says here:
'You can look at the turnover thing and yell "luck", but at the end of the day the old adage is true: to a large extent you make your own luck.'
Now I'll quietly walk away from the argument.
|2 years 3 weeks ago||There's nothing wrong with||
There's nothing wrong with starting a sentence with Also.
|2 years 4 weeks ago||I don't know, I think their||
I don't know, I think their defense just smothered us, like Va Tech's did. Alabama will try to do the same, I'm sure.
|2 years 4 weeks ago||We were ranked ahead of them||
We were ranked ahead of them last year and MSU handed us our asses.
|2 years 4 weeks ago||And thankfully Hoke's||
And thankfully Hoke's future plans don't even need to be discussed.
|2 years 4 weeks ago||To be fair, they could come||
To be fair, they could come on here and mock us northerners for misspellings (apparantly) and misused words (fluid).
|2 years 5 weeks ago||Brian just loves||
Brian just loves Northwestern. And Pat Fizgerald (I've never understood this one). And their tricky offense.
|2 years 7 weeks ago||Dear everyone else: Please||
Dear everyone else: Please take all of my advice.
Everything I said is pure myth, or just the part about not running on concrete? Go ahead and do so, but there are many people with supposedly proper form and excellent running shoes who corroborate what I said about running on concrete. It's high risk, that's all. If you Google running and sore knees the Internet basically explodes with horror stories.
Concerning free weights: I just meant that I usually don't feel like doing it alone or bothering some dude at the gym to spot me. I have incredible form, though, rest assured.
|2 years 7 weeks ago||Hah, I'm 5'6", 130lbs. I have||
Hah, I'm 5'6", 130lbs. I have to be the smallest male member on this blog.
I only lift on the machines (and also plenty of dips, pullups, and chinups); I alter weeks with 5 / 10 / 15 reps so that my muscles get hit in different ways. I'm too old for free weights alone. I used to have this distant, far-off goal of being able to bench 200lbs, but now I wouldn't dream of maxing out (I'm in my mid-thirties).
I also do HIIT, jump rope, and running on elliptical machines. I highly recommend not ever running on concrete. It'll mess your knees.
|2 years 12 weeks ago||Do we have room to offer a||
Do we have room to offer a scholarhip to a "catcher," who would then hand it off to the kicker?
|2 years 12 weeks ago||I read in that Detroit News||
I read in that Detroit News article that Hoke "has yet to beat the Spartans during his tenure." That really puts the situation in perspective. /s
|2 years 14 weeks ago||Don't these Spartys have||
Don't these Spartys have their own blogs for Sparting?
|2 years 14 weeks ago||Or the play that actually||
Or the play that actually injured Denard (not by Gholston) in which he was slammed to the ground long after he'd thrown the ball.
The whole game was shameful on Sparty's part.
|2 years 14 weeks ago||Concerning your last bullet||
Concerning your last bullet point: I assume you don't think it was beyond our AD's mental grasp to judge the performance of our coach. It didn't take a defense scientist, after all, to perceive that our defense was an atrocity for three years (blame for which I really think falls on Rodriguez, and not the commonly scapegoated Gerg).
|2 years 17 weeks ago||Seth, I wouldn't sweat it.||
Seth, I wouldn't sweat it. From day one it seems, there has been a certain type of MgoBlogger who will always believe that the blog used to be better, and that user comments are the worst they've ever been.
|2 years 17 weeks ago||I have no concrete evidence||
I have no concrete evidence of this, but there might have been some actual special teams coaching last year as well.
|2 years 17 weeks ago||Is potention German?||
Is potention German?
|2 years 17 weeks ago||So Rittenburg considers||
So Rittenburg considers Washington to be a "brand name" football program? I know a few Washington grads who'd laugh at this.
|2 years 18 weeks ago||I've never been able to think||
I've never been able to think that turnovers are a matter of luck.
|2 years 18 weeks ago||"Disgusting"? "Abuse"? Man,||
Man, it's going to take a lot more than this minor thing for me to think of Brandon this way. On two occassions when it's mattered the most--the NCAA violations and hiring a new coach--he came through in a big way. But that's brushed aside and everyone complains because he's not 100% transparent about his actions (and who on this level is?) and sometimes our unis look a little funny.
|2 years 19 weeks ago||I've never understood the||
I've never understood the connection between the Freep's despicable hit job and Rodriguez's clear incompetence at leading a defense (or special teams for that matter). Reading 3&O and feeling bad for Rodriguez won't change the fact that he failed here. The head coach takes on the responsibility for the entire team. The worst defenses in Michigan history are on Rodriguez's head.
And look what happened: The same exact players, who were supposedly incapable of playing on this level, plus some freshman (the RR "sheeple" on this blog at the time would have you understand that underclassmen could never play at a high level) were part of the biggest defensive turnaround in college football history.
|2 years 19 weeks ago||Even if Brian starts talking||
Even if Brian starts talking about Ohio State like he talks about Northwestern, I'll be sick.
|2 years 19 weeks ago||I'm sometimes surprised by||
I'm sometimes surprised by how conservative and patriotic people are on this blog. I'm curious if this is representative of Michigan alumni as they age, or whether this can be attributed to the fact that this is for the most part a sports blog. Anyhow, when I was attending school at M, the student body seemed in general to be liberal, and certainly smoking pot was de facto legal.
|2 years 20 weeks ago||Here at Michigan, we're often||
Here at Michigan, we're often sanctimonious.
|2 years 23 weeks ago||And which jersey is that,||
And which jersey is that, again?
|2 years 24 weeks ago||I think everyone on this site||
I think everyone on this site misspells definitely.
|2 years 25 weeks ago||Nebraska has a basketball||
Nebraska has a basketball team, too? Huh.
|2 years 25 weeks ago||Konz and Swift win.||
Konz and Swift win.
|2 years 26 weeks ago||A couple of stripes on the||
A couple of stripes on the sleeve does not make us Oregon.
|2 years 26 weeks ago||If it's not blind optimism||
If it's not blind optimism and homerism, it's trolling.
|2 years 28 weeks ago||You guys should put out a||
You guys should put out a navy shirt, with MATTISON across it in maize.
|2 years 28 weeks ago||Sparty's defense was better||
Sparty's defense was better than pretty good. They made our offense look helpless last fall. Their D alone will keep them in most games.
|2 years 28 weeks ago||Practicegate converted me.||
Practicegate converted me. The coverage here was the nonesuch.
|2 years 29 weeks ago||Yeah, "Iraq policy," that was||
Yeah, "Iraq policy," that was a dumb thing to say. Just trying to indicate their nonresponsibility for 9/11.
There was always a hope that the long-term results of attacking Iraq would pay off, but almost nine years in there is no end in sight to the sectarian violence.
And you're right, concerning the 100,000 or so civilian deaths, it is estimated that the US is directly responsible for about 35% of them. I don't know what the Pentagon's official numbers are, but I seem to remember them reporting perhaps 20,000 or so fewer deaths than presumably unbiased (if there is such a thing) sources. That still leaves you with around 80,000 civilian deaths, and about a third of which are at the hands of the US.