...says Denzel Valentine of Big Ten Tourney favorite MSU, which is 5-7 in its last 12 games. Cumong, man.
|1 day 1 hour ago||Fuck Yeah.||
UMLS '05, smartest choice I've ever made in my life.
|4 days 4 hours ago||For those uninitiated in Simpsons lore||
|5 days 5 hours ago||I'm really excited||
because I just saw an ad for a new Wes Anderson movie. New Wes Anderson movie!! I demand Muppets!
|1 week 4 days ago||Please allow me to congratulate you, Ace||
for being one of the few media personae to use the term "dagger" correctly (instead of confusing it for "game winning shot" or "a good three pointer" or "any three-pt shot" or "any shot that goes in the bucket, generating points per regulation scoring in basketball").
|1 week 5 days ago||Maybe if he'd ease up on the kicking||
people wouldn't be so anxious to see him off this mortal coil.
|1 week 5 days ago||Totally agree.||
I'm always telling people, "you know what this country needs? More people sharing their opinions on everything."
|1 week 5 days ago||His publicist should change the quote||
to "Pobody's Nerfect." It will generate less ire, because it's kind of cute.
|1 week 5 days ago||63?||
I'll take the under, unless the mods are off on Fridays.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Who comes off||
when nickelback comes in?
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I think that last point is particularly important||
What's the longest stretch of time we can point to where we had an absolutely firm idea of our defensive philosophy (i.e., at the positional level) and what type of athlete we want at each spot? It takes years of consistent recruiting and player development to reach elite status as a unit on that side of the ball, and every reshuffle, in a way, just feels like restarting the clock yet again.
1. Believe in your system.
2. Recruit the players who are the right fit, not just the most starry.
3. Coach and develop with consistency over several years.
I don't know man. Yes, trust the coaches yada yada, but Jake MF Ryan was pretty comfortable where he was and good at what he was doing, as ugly as OSU was (which you're not going to convince would have been different with the new scheme the way our DL was getting blown off the line).
|3 weeks 6 days ago||I'll be Captain Obvious||
You cared enough to click on it and post a comment. So the answer to the question you pose is... you.
|4 weeks 23 hours ago||I totally empathize with the southerners||
We've also been getting hit pretty hard out here in the Silicon Valley area the past week. We've had a lot of clouds, and a couple of days ago it rained. This sucks, people are freaking out. We're all in this together, folks.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Sweet Jeebus.||
Someone order me some subs, 'cause that video is crazy.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Does it count||
If he's wearing Beats by Dr. Dre?
|5 weeks 23 hours ago||So sayeth||
|5 weeks 5 days ago||This raises that other question...||
WTF is the deal with Narduzzi still coaching at MSU? Why isn't he the head coach somewhere else by now? What, is he waiting for Saban to retire?
|6 weeks 1 day ago||This happens all the time||
I went to grad school (at Northwestern, no less) and received a full tuition scholarship for each year, plus a living stipend. I paid no taxes on the scholarship, and paid tax on the stipend just as anyone would for normal income.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||If you're giving those public service shout-outs anyway||
could you also say "pancreatic cancer is not ideal"? Because I don't think this point gets emphasized as much as it should, and as a result, there may be some confusion about it in the general populace. It's really not ideal, not at all.
|7 weeks 20 hours ago||Nice work man!||
Quick thinking. Thanks. Holy crap, that was seriously violent.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||This is great news||
have always wondered what Fran Tarkenton is like in person.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Class act all the way.||
I was about as neutral as you can get throughout the game, but after watching that display, I wish I'd been pulling for the 49ers.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||To my ex girlfriend*||
It was an awesome few months.
I know I talked often about settling down, but I didn't mean with you personally.
I wish nothing but the best for you in the future. Good luck finding another guy who will tolerate your friends.
With love, Me
*this ad paid for by new, hotter girlfriend from a rich family
|8 weeks 56 min ago||This was 10 years ago in Chicago.||
1. Realizing I was old: I was walking on the sidewalk in downtown and a couple of college-aged young ladies came up to me. "Excuse me, Sir, do you know how to get to such and such?"
WTF? Are they talking to me? Sir? That was devastating.
Also, the fact that this story took place 10 years ago also makes it worse in a meta-way.
EDIT: 2. Feeling less old: laying down some pipe with cute 20somethings. Its toolish and douchey, but I'm telling you, it works. My sister insists this is a path to spiritual emptiness, but I have to tell you my spirits are pretty damned good. My hair stayed dark, I haven't gained weight, my blood pressure is low, and all these things will be even better if Nuss works out.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Coach-in-Waiting||
Has pretty much gone the way of social security, man. Yes, it exists, but no one getting into the system now really expects it to be there years down the road.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Advice to Coach Nuss||
If you get to 26-for-26, stop right there bubba. That next carry for 1 yard just isn't gonna help.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Sweet Jeebus.||
The apocalypse is officially upon us all. Repent, sinners! Repent!
|9 weeks 3 hours ago||Great post. That sums it up.||
But you know what the entire net of this post was for me?
It reminded me how much I miss Denard.
|9 weeks 5 hours ago||Several of the great OC game plans in recent UM history||
were courtesy of Coach Borges: the 2012-13 Outback Bowl vs. SC, the 2011 and 2013 OSU games, and the 2011 Nebraska game. There were other great offensive performances, such as ND 2011 and 2013 and Indiana 2013, but I always viewed those more as attributable to outstanding playmaking by the QBs and WRs more than the O plan, though obviously you can't separate the two entirely.
Wish everything had worked out better, but Coach B is a good guy who did the best he could with the cards on the table. Wish him the best. Thanks Coach.
|9 weeks 22 hours ago||Actually...||
that would have been my perfect world 3 years ago. RR stays on as OC, bring in new HC and DC+staff.
|9 weeks 22 hours ago||Please.||
Let's not go all "Michigan Man" bullshit on this hire. Just pick the most qualified dude who can call a game and recruit/develop talent.
|9 weeks 23 hours ago||Ho. Li. Fuk.||
I actually step away from MGoBlog for a couple hours to, you know, earn a living, and this is what happens.
Question (apologies, I didn't read through every single post to see if this has been asked and answered): what does this mean for the offensive assistants? Are they gone as well? Or is a new OC supposed to work with the pre-existing staff? If the answer to the latter is yes, that sounds like a recipe for GERG. OC should get to bring in his own staff to the extent the HC signs off on the hires.
Support the move (because obviously) but now that it's happened, I actually feel kinda bad for Al. I always liked him personally, and the impact on the families of the position coaches (if they're out the door as well) is rough. Wish Al and any others the best of luck.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||"at that point"||
is a loooooong way in the rearview mirror.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||"A hard man..."||
"... is good to find."
|9 weeks 4 days ago||This bugs me too||
Larry Foote, who was on primetime games a ton because the Steelers are on so frequently, never says Michigan. I don't think he's got a problem with UM, because he was one of the alumni who participated in RR's alumni flag football game that used to be warmup for spring game. I've never heard Avant say Michigan, and I know there's at least one other Michigan player who does the same thing, but I'm forgetting who it is. It's not Tom Brady, it's not Lamarr Woodley, but I'm blanking on who it is.
Anyway, it does seem to happen to Michigan more than anyone-- grumble, grumble.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||The PSU chatter||
seems to indicate he'd be welcome with open arms in State College. They want someone who's Penn St. through and through. It's a disease known to those on this board as "Michigan Man Syndrome".
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Alabama||
is this guy:
|9 weeks 6 days ago||This||
is just plain delightful to watch. If this holds up and Ohio gets spanked by Clemson tomorrow night, I'm declaring 2014 a highly promising year.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||that doesn't sound||
... like he's particularly "loved by OU fans." But maybe it's tough love.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Wow.||
Great throw by Knight and a gorgeous over-the-shoulder catch by Saunders. Very, very tough catch when it drops in right over your blind spot like that.
Don't recall the last time I saw Alabama's D get undressed like this by anyone not named Johnny Manziel.
|10 weeks 21 hours ago||But, but...||
we don't have anything to prove. This is Michigan, fergodsakes. Or something.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Don't understand the title of the thread||
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Easy enough||
Grievances: Borges, Funk, Brandon
Feats of Strength: Trey Burke vs. World, Gardner vs. OSU, Gallon vs. Indiana
EDIT: Bonus grievance-- Bryan Cranston not winning Emmy for best actor. Jeff Daniels is excellent in Newsroom, but Jesus, man, Walter MF White.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Those crazy kids.||
They knew damn well that money was meant for a new car, or possibly tats.
Tutoring. Pfffft. Some kids don't know how to live a little.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Would have guessed USC||
in LSU's spot, but otherwise what I expected when I clicked.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Kirk Ferentz?||
Sounds about as exciting as a John Beilein tell-all.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||It's like that classic line from 30 for 30's "Broke"||
"There's always an uncle."
|12 weeks 3 days ago||I don't think anyone's mentioned this||
but he was just starting to extend the ball as he got near the goal line. Not that it makes it any better, but you do see that instinct kick in for a lot of players near the endzone-- the temptation to stick it out is just too great to overcome. I don't think it was a straight strip of the ball is my point.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||That kid got off easy.||
I'd say this dude got it worse, and no sign of his mom to pick him up.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||What? Since when||
does the Big XII play defense, Gary D?
|13 weeks 5 days ago||I think it's safe to say||
the living would envy the dead.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||My main takeaway point||
Rosenberg is only 5'2"? Hah!
As for people who incessantly complain about the site, I'd like to complain about them, and also the people who complain about them.
|14 weeks 22 min ago||Invictus was a great movie||
but I'd suggest to anyone who enjoyed it to watch the ESPN 30-for-30 documentary "The 16th Man" (rugby is 15 a side, so this is equivalent to a "12th man" moniker for US football). It covers the same subject matter but in many ways is even more fascinating because you're hearing from the actual players. Embedded below.
Probably as great a historical example of how one man used sports to help unite a nation as there ever was, and maybe ever will be. South Africa was very, very lucky to have him.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||I'm positive she wants an iDrone from the Apple store.||
By "positive" I mean "wildly optimistic for no apparent reason."
|14 weeks 2 days ago||May I suggest||
we use this opportunity of a doomed thread to re-air grievances over the RR firing? Maybe we can all reach an agreement this time.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||I'm not a lawyer, so boil it down for me.||
Does this mean the judge thinks it OK to fire Borges?
Oh wait, I am a lawyer...
|14 weeks 4 days ago||It was a coin flip no matter what.||
There is no magical 2-point conversion play. It's a 50-50 proposition more or less and what can you do, they made a good break on the ball and pressured DG so he couldn't wait for Gallon to break open. That play had a decent chance, give them credit for doing their homework and getting set up well in the timeout. I'd love to see us switch up our look after the timeout just to fuck with them, but that's all game theory and there's no way to know.
Our chances of winning in OT were something substantially less than 50-50, for at least these reasons:
1. Hyde/Miller gashing us mercilessly
2. No Gibbons
3. Our best player is on one leg
Right decision to go for it, and in 10 parallel universes, running the exact same play, we win that game in 5 of them. Unfortunately, we're all living in one of the other 5.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||There is a genuine chance that Auburn jumps OSU||
in the BCS even if human voters keep OSU at No.2. The computers love Auburn, and if the human vote gets a little closer with an unimpressive OSU win vs. Sparty and a great Auburn performance vs. Missouri, then it's probably Auburn-FSU in the title game. Frankly, I think Sharp's got it about right. What has OSU done to make anyone think they're the 3rd best team in the nation? They just squeaked by in a game in which they were a 16-point favorite with a generous bit of help from the replay official, an injury to Michigan's best player, and a 50/50 result on the game's final play. Even No.8 might be generous.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||It isn't.||
You don't count that on the stat sheet, anyway. Check out the box scores.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||Huh? What INT?||
32/45, 71% completions, no picks, one completely unbelievable horseshit fumble call that is on the replay official, not Gardner.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||He sure as hell didn't fumble today||
The B1G needs to explain the instant replay decision.
Anyway, 32/45 for 451 yds., 4 TDs, no INTs, that is one of the greatest individual performances in Michigan history.
Greater than Biakbutuka's individual performance in '95? I don't know, maybe. Put the '95 defense behind Gardner today and we win easily.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||Huh?||
I guess he was supposed to throw the ball away?
|14 weeks 5 days ago||Devin Gardner's day was every bit as epic as Biakbutuka's||
No, we didn't get the win, but that was one dude putting the whole team on his back for 60 minutes and playing out of his mind. Goddamnit, he deserved to get that win. What a performance.
Borges did a great job, too. He has to go, but he deserves a pat on the back for that gameplan.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||I concur.||
Fuck 'em. They've got 11, we've got 11, let's just go win the goddamned thing. We've got the talent to do it.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||You guys are soooooo gloomy||
You obviously haven't been listening to the press conferences. According to both Hoke and the OCs, we are totally undefeated in practice this year. We always have a great week.
Just because we'll probably lose in the The Game doesn't take away the FIVE wins we've already racked up this week alone.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||Jeebus.||
|15 weeks 4 days ago||So the Baylor-OSU (NNTOSU) game just tweaked a pet peeve||
Because Brent Musburger just watched a punt where the OSU player stepped into the endzone trying to knock the ball back into the field of play, and despite Herbie correctly pointing out that the ball broke the plane of the goal line (which is the only thing you care about under college rules), Brent decides to point out that "and of course, his [the gunner trying to down the ball] foot was in the endzone."
How many college football games has Brent Musburger watched? How many have most play-by-play men called and still completely flub the college rule and think its important where the player is, as opposed to the ball? This drives me nuts, mostly because I'd just like professional broadcasters to, you know, learn the basic rules of the game they're calling.
I'm in a grumpy mood. OSU (NNTOSU) is helping OSU (YTOSU) to add insult to today's injury.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||Baylor evidently runs for 300 yds/game||
How come that doesn't qualify them for MANBALL status?
|15 weeks 4 days ago||RichRod should have had 5 years||
and so should Hoke, even though i don't think he deserves it. A college coach in all fairness should get that long to construct a roster that is entirely his own.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||Brandon is not the CEO.||
He is not responsible for the day-to-day performance of the football team. His only responsibility is to decide who the CEO is. He's the Chairman of the Board.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||Totally agree.||
LOL at Ohio St. You're not fooling anyone, Urban, what with your "scoring points" and "winning."
|15 weeks 5 days ago||Upvote||
Goddamn it, I need an upvote button for moments like these. Gardner's got courage and willingness to be accountable. He sets an example the coaches should follow.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||Wait, are you saying||
it's easier to score points against bad defenses than good defenses?
You just blew my mind. From now on, any offense that performs less well against top defenses than against shitty defenses shall be deemed conceptually invalid.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||Damon=Gardner||
It's not your fault, Devin. It's not your fault. You didn't sign up for this coaching staff. The staff you signed up for is up 21-9 on No. 5 Oregon right now.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||Meanwhile, in Tuscon...||
RichRod inherited a talentless 4-8 tire fire of a program in Arizona a year and half ago, and he's out there beating the the No. 5 team in the country as I'm sitting here writing this.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||I'm going to guess||
the answer is Climax, MI. I'd get pretty sick of discussing it, too.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||Woodley was a second round pick.||
Steelers got him with the 46th overall pick.
|16 weeks 18 hours ago||Get the Hello post ready||
Curious to know how many stars she is. What's the upshot for the rest of the class?
|16 weeks 1 day ago||Very interesting stuff.||
Just not much you can do scheme-wise when you can't block the interior or protect the pocket.
I suspect at the end of the day Holgorsen has some credibility in the account from the past couple of years that he can fall back on now. Very tough to say there's a scheme issue with a guy who has shown the ability to give his side the proverbial "decided schematic advantage."
When was the last time we watched a Michigan game and thought our OC was just plain outfoxing the other guys? Maybe for a brief glimpse at the end of 2011, and in the bowl against South Carolina, which I thought was Borges' best game plan to date, but that's about it.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||Jeebus, where to even start with this?||
How about just No. 3, because it's the easiest to swat with some numbers.
With a small but ugly sample in 2009, people were asking if Denard could even be a college QB. Look at the improvement under RR from 2009 to 2010, then the regression each year under "Borgess" (what, is he dating Funchess or something?)
Comp %: 45.2 to 62.5 under RR, then drops to 55.0, then drops to 53.3. Regression.
YPA: 6.1 to 8.8 under RR, then drops to 8.4, then drops to 7.9. Regression.
TD/Int: 0.5 to 1.64 under RR, then drops to 1.33, then drops to 1.00.
Like you, I am disappoint. I am disappoint that my favorite Michigan player of all time didn't have a better OC.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||That's the answer||
it doesn't matter what the question is.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||I believe Notre Dame was his second game.||
Even in that game, they seemed to have pulled themselves together after the ASU debacle. But they're not up one week, down the next, they're playing consistently better than in the first half of the season. It suggests coaches are getting more from the players.
USC deserved to win tonight's game. They made the plays at the end that Stanford didn't make. We're dreaming of playing well enough to be in a position where being "fortunate" means a win over a top 5 team.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Ed O should change his name to Serv-Pro||
"Serv-Pro: Like Kiffin Never Even Happened"
A testament to the power of upgrading your coaching, even midseason. That is not the same team that dumped games to Wash St. and ASU. The improvement is stunning.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||I have zero problem with the 4th-and-2 decision||
despite losing a lot of faith in Hoke this season, I'm totally in his corner on that one. Never a need to apologize for being aggresive and playing to win. Play to win, man. Wasn't crazy about running into the short side of the field, but yeah, different issue.
Getting the field goal team on for the fire drill kick was the best execution on a play I've seen all year. It was the first time I thought "Holy shit, they look like they practiced that a million times." Great job by players and coaches alike.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||Whoa.||
You just blew my mind.
|17 weeks 5 hours ago||Manual upvote.||
You did it. You found the impossible silver lining.
|17 weeks 5 hours ago||Um....||
no, it isn't, not even slightly.
|17 weeks 5 hours ago||*sigh*||
Oh well. Seems like an awesome kid and wish him well.
Is anything good going to happen the rest of this season?
|17 weeks 20 hours ago||Insane is overdoing it||
Agree with you there, but the football head injury problem isn't necessarily a college/NFL problem. It's not even necessarily a concussion problem, which seems to be almost entirely lost in the coverage. If you get a chance, go back and watch the Frontline documentary from a few weeks ago. I think the take-away was largely directed to the unsavory behavior of the NFL, but the more important story to me was that the early studies are pointing to the link of "sub-concussive" collisions to CTE, and they specifically addressed the Pop Warner level players as being particularly susceptible to those impacts because of their developing brains.
10 years from now, I think we'll come to the conclusion concussions were a bit of a red herring; the everyday impacts that don't cause concussions are the real story where CTE is concerned, and that's a big issue when we're talking about little kids banging heads for even a few seasons.
|17 weeks 2 days ago||Legal advice: hire Jackie Chiles.||
"Minus 48 yards rushing? A Michigan team? Borges' excuses are ridiculous. Preposterous. Mendacious. OUTRAGEOUS."
|17 weeks 2 days ago||I confess||
I'm too traumatized to read the post-mortem or watch the accompanying video. I just played the 17 second Denard clip 3 times and called it quits.
|17 weeks 2 days ago||I wouldn't even say "Coincidental" would be accurate.||
Accurate would be if the song was called "Shit Happens."
Then again, isn't the song actually ironic in the meta sense that a song about purportedly ironic scenarios turn out to be not the least bit ironic?
No, wait, "Shit Happens" still seems better to me.
|17 weeks 3 days ago||Bobby Williams.||
He has the bonus of coming with a pre-made "Fire Bobby Williams" website, thus saving us the effort of having to make one ourselves.
|17 weeks 3 days ago||Yep, he meant USC||
I attended all three of those Rose Bowls in the 2003-6 stretch, and our offense went up and down the field on Texas. Against USC, we just went down.
|17 weeks 3 days ago||He'll love Michigan||
especially when he hears about the Cheesecake Factory offense he inherits.
|17 weeks 3 days ago||I agree.||
We should conduct a wide search.
|17 weeks 3 days ago||You're correct.||
This was the subject of an article here and there in 2011. They're taught to watch the receiver's eyes and rake their arms as soon as they see the hands spread for the ball. Plenty of NFL players do the same thing with a lot of success.
|17 weeks 3 days ago||He sounds more like Baghdad Bob to me||
i.e. totally divorced from reality.
|17 weeks 3 days ago||29 for 22||
Is the new 27 for 27.
Add it to the flag. Never forget.
|17 weeks 3 days ago||I couldn't make it through the whole 49 seconds||
Because I cringe too much when things get really awkward. This is why I have trouble getting through episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm, even though I love the show.
Drunk as a skunk.
|17 weeks 3 days ago||I grew up in Houston and worked there after college.||
There's a reason Houston in featured in just about every property law textbook in the US: it's the only city with a population > 500,000 in the US with essentially no zoning laws.
So if you really, really enjoy visiting strip malls, strip clubs, and have always wanted to experience the ultimate in zero walkability, you're going to love it.
I do recommend trying Goode Co. for excellent mesquite-grilled meaty fare.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||By "Ohio" I assume you mean Ohio University.||
Cause the idea that we could beat that other Ohio is hilarious.
While we're fantasizing, yes, it does kinda save the season in a way, unless it leads to retaining Borges et al., in which case it's the worst thing that could happen to us the rest of the year.
EDIT: I totally take back what I said above. I just checked, and Ohio U beat Akron 43-3. They would fucking beat our asses. My apologies to their fine program. Hail, Bobcats.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||How can this thread still be alive?||
Well hell, if all bets are officially off, let's start a political discussion about the religious views of people such as Ace Williams and, while we're at it, ourselves.
Also, let's discuss the Rich Rodriguez era.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||We're only +3??||
Damn, take that action while it's still available. That line should be UM +7 by Wednesday. NW is only 0-5 in the B1G, it's not like they're, you know, 0-6 or something bad. Taking NW and giving 3 points is stealing.
If this line were an NFL team, it would be the Stealers.
If this line were a male model look, it would be Blue Steal.
If this line were a superhero, it would be The Man of Steal.
I could go on. I'm depressed.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||To be honest||
After the two burned downs on 1st and 2nd down after getting the muffed punt at the N26, I don't remember what else happened. I was too apoplectic in the direction of Borges by then. And Hoke... who should have put on a headset and told his OC "Al, we've together a long time and I love you, but if you burn two downs with no-chance running plays, you clear out your office by morning."
|17 weeks 4 days ago||You noticed that too, huh?||
We're pretty much No. 1 in the country if you only count practice. We always bring our A game. According to Hoke, we're undefeated Monday through Friday.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||It worked the first time||
and didn't work the second, which seemed like it was run only a few plays later out of the same look. But at least it was new.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||Arizona right back in it.||
Great game. I love being on the west coast where I can stay up for these things I used to miss :)
|17 weeks 4 days ago||In fairness to our guys||
their guys look like they've been coached.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||It really is fun to watch||
Just attack, attack, attack, never stop pressuring the defense with base plays and constraints for everything to keep them from cheating. What I love about it is that it's got a defined philosophy. I like that about Stanford and Alabama, too, not just spread teams-- I like when there's a commitment to a philosophy and some evidence that offensive football is not just isolated plays.
I was thinking about all that when I read postgame comments from Nebraska defenders describing how they always knew what was coming. Jeebus.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||Improved.||
At least I haven't seen some jackhole wish a heart attack on the dude like I saw last week.
I wish him good health and happiness. Wish he'd go ahead and resign, though.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||This right here.||
Can we turn this comment into an auto-reply for any posting of Borges apologists, especially those blaming our woes on "youth"?
|17 weeks 4 days ago||No one should blame him.||
In the old days, they called it "shell-shocked." Now it's known as "Post Traumatic Stress Disorder."
And that kid has it. He looks like a shattered player.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||Yes!||
First time I've smiled in the last, oh, four hours or so.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||Also||
Each game we lose gives us a better draft position for next year!
|17 weeks 4 days ago||In!||
During the RR debate and "The Process" in 2010/11, I kept saying that the rule should be a head coach gets 5 years, so they can have a team with 100% of their own recruits. I think RR would eventually have thrived (including in 2011), but I'm not going to change the rule now. Hoke should get 5 years.
But Borges, my chubby friend, you don't got to go home, but you do got to get up and the f**k outta here, dog.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||Anyone ever seen the movie "Galipoli"?||
That's our offense. Some idiot in the officer corps blows a whistle, and the poor damn foot soldiers get sent out of the trenches, running in a straight line to be gunned down en masse without a hope in the world. They lost confidence in their leadership. So has this team.
And I don't blame them a bit. They're talented players and good young men, and they deserve better.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||Remember when this blog||
had a "Brady Hoke Poops Gold" meme going on?
Yeah. Twasn't gold, just lucky as shit.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||Love the guy.||
But the answer is yes.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||I love Hoke.||
Love how he recruits and represents the program off the field.
But running a big-time BCS conference program is not for everybody. He's a good, solid mid-major coach.
Out of his element.
In over his head.
You've lost me coach. And from the looks of things, you've lost the players, too.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||Serenity now. Serenity now. Serenity now.||
Do we still have RichRod's number? Haha. Ha. Ha. I'm such a kidder.
No, seriously, do we?
|17 weeks 4 days ago||At least in '08||
We came back and won... with about 30% of the talent that we have now. RR had no talent on that team, but at least he could get some yards with Xs and O's.
|17 weeks 5 days ago||Well, we're a long way from steak...||
...at this point, and if we lose today, we're more like "Finely Textured Beef." Better known as Pink Slime.
|18 weeks 4 days ago||Um, no.||
We didn't beat ourselves. We didn't commit a single turnover until garbage time, when Devin could barely walk at that point. Yes, one bad snap and a couple of untimely penalties on offense, but even those might well be attributed to being mentally rattled by a superior opponent.
We got our asses kicked by a better team.
|18 weeks 4 days ago||Bingo.||
When the scheme calls for Lewan to pass MSU's best defensive lineman to Fitz for a 1:1 block while Lewan blocks... nobody in particular... that's not putting your players in a position for their talent to succeed. I feel like that's a microcosm of the bigger problem. Talented players not being put in a position to maximize their success.
|18 weeks 4 days ago||Interesting history||
Failing to score a touchdown does not happen often to Michigan.
In recent history, it happened
Once in the 1970s
Five times between the years 1986 through 2011:
Not once during the 3-year RR era
And then... suddenly....
Four times in less than 2 full seasons:
2012 Notre Dame
Coincidence? Stochastic? Or.... yeah. Not a coincidence.
(Credit to Rivals for the complete list going back to 1950: http://michigan.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1569935)
|18 weeks 4 days ago||And you do understand||
that the Sparty D was phenomenal in 2011 when it was mostly sophomores (this year's seniors)? Dantonio's staff takes lesser players and develops them faster and better. To quote Bum Phillips' famous line about Don Shula,
"He can take his'n, beat your'n, or take your'n, beat his'n."
|18 weeks 4 days ago||Feels a lot like this.||
|18 weeks 4 days ago||How the hell||
did a Craigslist spambot manage to create an account and post? The incoherent string of words is a dead giveaway this was not written by an actual person. The weird thing is, it doesn't tell me how I can make $7,000/month working from home only an hour or two a day.
|18 weeks 5 days ago||This is a disgusting comment.||
Go for a walk and get some air, dude.
|18 weeks 5 days ago||Get the Funk outta here.||
|18 weeks 5 days ago||Mack Brown.||
That's the only guy in the country who has a comparable gulf between recruiting ability (A+) and player development (F).
I love Hoke. Class guy, likeable, good priorities, outstanding representative of the University of Michigan.
But he's in over his head right now. Two weeks to prepare... and we get that.
|18 weeks 5 days ago||Amen.||
You said it all, bro.
|18 weeks 5 days ago||Jeebus, man||
remind me to keep an eye out for more of your posts. You wrote the hell out of that. Nice work!
We'll see how attached Hoke is to Borges and Funk if all that stellar recruiting isn't turning into B1G championships in the next couple years. I can't imagine Brandon lets that marriage go on without an intervention if the results aren't matching the considerable top-to-bottom talent.
|18 weeks 5 days ago||This was a great excuse||
to go back and watch this. One of the all-time greats. 65-toss power trap at 2:30, but the whole thing is worth watching.
RIP Coach Stram. Keep matriculatin' that ball down the field.
|18 weeks 5 days ago||Stretch right.||
1 yard. Borges says "to hell with this" and opens it up the rest of the game. Devin throws 5 TDs and 5 pick-sixes. We finish with 1 rushing attempt for 1 yard. We win in overtime.
Meme for next week: 1 for 1.
|18 weeks 6 days ago||Whenever I give up entirely on Borges||
he pulls a gameplan out of a hat that impresses me. Do you think he kept a copy of the South Carolina plan in his desk? Cause that was pretty sweet against a top-shelf defense with great athletes all over the field. Mixed it up on 1st down, spread it around but still got Gallon the most targets, timely quick hitting Denard runs when they were off balance, that was good stuff.
I'm telling myself that with the bye week, he'll put something together like that. This is how I get through my day. Barely.
|18 weeks 6 days ago||If you haven't seen this much pessimism||
about a non-RR Michigan team, you don't remember the lead-up to the Cap One Bowl vs. The Florida Tebows. I have never seen such a consensus from the Michigan fanbase that we were going to get spanked. Which made the result all the more glorious.
|18 weeks 6 days ago||Incorrect.||
They need to attack a group of nerdy kids and before they can be real Staee fans. Until then, they're just little poseurs.
Also, they must have an older, smarter, more successful brother.
|19 weeks 1 hour ago||I was a hardcore Michigan fan for 25+ years||
before I ever enrolled as a student. I videotaped every Michigan game that was on TV (not that many, considering I grew up in Texas). When I finally enrolled at Michigan at age 31, it didn't kick me up a notch of fandom or earn me status as an "official" Michigan fan (or Michigan Man). I had already earned that with every bit of joy ("Goodbye... Hello, Heisman!") and suffering (Kordell to Westbrook arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgh) I'd been through as a result of living and dying Maize and Blue.
I've been "we" since age 5, man. I got 99 claims to Michigan fandom, and the degree ain't one. But I do like the way it looks on the wall. Mahogany frame, ya'll.
|19 weeks 20 hours ago||How was it a troll question?||
I don't get the negs, the OP's question is something a lot of us have asked ourselves at one time or another.
|19 weeks 21 hours ago||Whether it's Dantonio or Narduzzi||
somebody in that program is doing some serious player development with unheralded defensive recruits. You have to be a homer of the highest order not to recognize that they've been doing more with less for an impressive string here, which is totally against the tide of the program's historical pattern of one up, one down and such.
I think Narduzzi knows this offseason is the year to leave. He's losing serious talent next year, so now's the time to take the best available offer. Dantonio will be around for a while, maybe until he nabs that elusive BCS bowl. I wonder how much having the personality of an average disgruntled postal worker has reduced his opportunities to move up to something better.
|19 weeks 23 hours ago||Desmond probably doesn't win the Heisman in '91||
but for Alexander's knee injury in the opener vs. BC that year. The two of them together in '91, though, would have been ridiculous-- would that have been the only time we've had two first round NFL draft picks starting at WR at the same time? I don't remember if Alexander started on the '90 team.
|19 weeks 23 hours ago||Yikes.||
The PSU cadaver gets uglier the more you dissect.
|19 weeks 1 day ago||The problem||
is that 27 for 27 in that particular game isn't misleading at all, it's perfectly indicative of return on investment we were getting throughout the game. It wasn't a final total skewed by a sudden downgrade in rushing yards per attempt in the handful of cases where there was an argument to be made (by some) to go 100% Martyball.
|19 weeks 1 day ago||Word.||
That's all. Word.
|19 weeks 1 day ago||I am proceeding to walk the dog.||
He was getting pretty insistent anyway.
|19 weeks 1 day ago||So is trying to spell Sisyphean||
BOOM! Spelling Nazi'd!
I kid. I kid because I love. I'm a little sour on Borges post PSU but he has put together some great work here and there. I thought the South Carolina gameplan was nothing short of brilliant.
|19 weeks 1 day ago||Had me, then he lost me...||
"Maybe I should take a break from these boards, from these sites, and let it just degrade into idiocracy."
Jeebus, speaking of "unentitled arrogance"... so Space Coyote is the only thing standing heroically like the lonely protester in Tiananmen Square between the ignorant hordes and a civilized, entertaining, informative MGoBlog? Gee, whatever you do, don't shrug, Mr. Atlas. I enjoy the content of most of SC's posts, but could we just get the guy a cross so he can climb up and nail himself to it?
This just in: the internet is full of stupid people making inane comments. You can:
A. Try to argue with each and every one of them until they are swayed by your eminent reason
B. Post good, solid comments and let them stand on their own merit. Paraphrasing both Portia in the Merchant of Venice and Willy Wonka, "So shines a good [internet comment] in a weary world." Just post, let it suffer the slings and arrows, and quit trying to win every pissing contest.
C. Turn off the computer and go walk the dog. That's what I do when I occasionally see someone characterize "Godfather III" as a worthy finale. Fuck you, no it wasn't, Coppola made it for the money, and it sucked.
Also, I really dig the Simpson's avatar you (Space Coyote) post with, so I hope to keep seeing it.
|19 weeks 1 day ago||Yikes||
You're tough on your family, dude. Cut the old man a break, it's not easy raising kids.
|19 weeks 1 day ago||"My fellow Americans...||
"Our long national nightmare is over."
|19 weeks 2 days ago||You're right.||
A better defense would have held Purdue to negative points.
|19 weeks 2 days ago||We'll be fine. No need to panic||
until the first time we see a stretch run into an 8-man front. Then, this:
|19 weeks 4 days ago||Why all the hand-wringing over Ohio?||
I learned from many a contentious MGoBlog thread during the RR era that:
1. spread offenses will never work in the B1G, because defenses are too physical
2. running spread will make your defense soft and sucky
Given that Urban runs a spread at Ohio, I assume they must be struggling. Not only will they have difficulty scoring points, the defense will stink. Urban, freshen up that CV, you're on the hot seat my man. Presumably. I only watch Michigan, so I haven't been following. Are they sucking really bad, or really really bad?
|19 weeks 5 days ago||"Coach Pelini, the AD would like to have a word..."||
"... so if you could just get off the team bus now, that'd be greaaaaaat."
Bo gets the Kiffin Experience. Ouch. At least Nebraska will win TWIS. That's one win for the week.
|19 weeks 5 days ago||I am the only one who noticed the deep pass to Bell||
was probably incomplete? The announcers totally missed it.. if you go back and look at the low-angle replay, Bell didn't catch it cleanly and was still flailing at it when he hit the ground. Couldn't see the opposite field angle to be sure, but it's a pet peeve of mine when announcers ignore what the screen is showing...
|19 weeks 5 days ago||You haven't?||
The lisfranc injury is considered so threatening to a player's career it's seldom mentioned in the press without the word "dreaded" in front of it. A couple of links:
Decent medical description here:
|20 weeks 1 hour ago||Yes and no.||
in 2011, 43% of college football programs in FBS failed to turn a profit. There are only a handful that could be termed "cash cows." Even the profitable programs, for the most part, can't make up the shortfall in the other sports, so as a result, year in and year out you're talking ~20 athletic programs in Div IA that at least break even. The most recent numbers I could find were 2009 (14% broke even) and 2010 (22% broke even).
|20 weeks 2 days ago||I'll take Anal Bum Cover for $500||
Suck it Trebek.
|20 weeks 4 days ago||Giving up 500+ yards and 47 points to Indiana||
pretty much qualifies as "total failure." The only thing that worked defensively all day was dislocating Roberson's thumb at the end-- but for that, there's a decent chance we lose the game.
|20 weeks 4 days ago||Can we play Indiana every week?||
Cause that's a pretty good offensive gameplan.
Seriously, I think we saw a different philosophy out there yesterday. When he actually threw on 3rd and long when we were trying to run the clock out (hitting the pass to Funchess) I cackled with knowing glee. Maybe it was a nail in the coffin of the Borges' Marty Schottenheimer play-not-to-lose doppelganger.
|20 weeks 4 days ago||Someone please explain||
the thinking with the constant DL subsitutions. Under ordinary circumstances, you bring a DL out for a few plays to give them a rest, for the most part, or when you're taking a lineman off the field to add someone to the back-seven. Mattison indicated that it's most to "keep people fresh."
Sorry for the dumb question, but isn't a full 30-yard sprint to and from the sidelines a greater expenditure of energy for those 280 lbs.-300 lbs dudes than just staying out there for an extra play or two? Doesn't it just make them more tired sprinting back and forth, particularly against a hurry-up team when they can't just leisurely jog on/off?
|20 weeks 5 days ago||This is a total remake of a movie I've seen||
Except that one was in 2010, and instead of reshuffling offensive linemen in a panicky attempt to salvage a looming disaster we all knew was coming despite a 5-1 start, Michigan was reshuffling defensive backs in a panicky attempt to salvage a looming disaster we all knew was coming despite a 5-1 start.
I hate remakes.
|20 weeks 6 days ago||The odds are pretty good.||
Pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty good.
|21 weeks 3 days ago||I break this out from time to time||
this seems like one of those times.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||I thought one of the more remarkable bits of the documentary||
was Goodell in front of Congress a few years ago, denying up and down that there was any link between concussions and CTE. They made a dead-on analogy in the doc: he looked just like the tobacco execs denying that nicotine was addictive. Terrible optics for the league.
For the people who chalk up the NFL's position to limited data available at the time, it should be pointed out that the NFL maintains that same position today: there is no linkage between playing football and CTE. That's also true for the $765M settlement in the lawsuit, which admits nothing. At some point, though, I suspect the league will decide opposing the concussion-CTE link isn't worthwhile, and that the truly scary research (in terms of damage to their business, not just health issues) will focus on repetitive sub-concussive hits and CTE, especially in youth players with developing brains.
The lawyer in me understands the instinctive reaction of the NFL's counsel (including Paul Clement, who the documentary didn't mention was the former solicitor general of the US), which is deny, deny, deny. There's the old saying, if someone accuses you of shooting their dog, your defense is (1) I didn't shoot your dog (2) your dog was never shot (3) you never had a dog.
I do think they've seen the writing on the wall, though, and are serious about trying to prevent the headhunting. That drove me crazy when it started (especially since they seemed to be particularly enforcing the rule against my Steelers) but I've really come around to their side. If anything, they need to keep going, and suspect they will.
|22 weeks 5 days ago||Holy crap||
This is an amazing game!
|22 weeks 5 days ago||Well then put Nate Silver on the committee||
he'll even tell you who's going to win the playoff after it's selected, and the score of every game.
|22 weeks 6 days ago||Upvote-by-reply||
Becase these are dark times on MGoBlog and I can't do it via drop-down menu. What is the football experience case for Condi Rice? I'm seriously asking. I've been a devoted fan and student of football history since I was about 6 and started getting library books like "NFL's Greatest Games". Can I be on the committee?
|22 weeks 6 days ago||What exactly||
are those football credentials?
|22 weeks 6 days ago||Did someone say high horse?||
Cue WMU's Buster the Baked Bronco. That is one seriously high horse, man.
|22 weeks 6 days ago||Dude.||
|23 weeks 20 hours ago||According to Rivals||
Blackmon is "arguably the top shooter in the entire class of 2014."
Um.... yes please.
|23 weeks 3 days ago||I'd kinda like to see a prequel spinoff||
So we can follow how the hell Gus built his empire, starting with his life in Chile. Always kinda fascinated by that guy. And we'd get to see more of Mike in that series. And possibly learn the secret recipe for the Pollos Hermanos.
|23 weeks 3 days ago||I was watching some of the marathon over the weekend||
and thought one of the best lines in the whole show was back in the first season.
Walt: "this guy (Crazy 8)... does he have... a violent nature?"
Jessie: "Well, he did try to kill both of us yesterday, so there's that."
This show may never get the credit it deserves for being as funny as it was at times.
|23 weeks 3 days ago||It turned out Walter White||
was a champion roller skater and he totally went all 70s disco Rollerball on those Nazi dudes.
|23 weeks 3 days ago||Glad you brought that up.||
So many great examples of the creative points of view created by the cinematographer throughout the story. I'd have to go back and look at it again to pull the best examples, but I'm thinking of the various shots that were from fixed-cameras to moving objects with a frenetic editing style behind it. The coup de grace was the final shot, where we see Walt collapsing in the reflection from the stainless steel tank.
And there were so many times they captured the beauty of the desert. And the colors.. the red soles of Lydias shoes, the bright yellow hazmat suits, the snobby beige wonderland of the Schwartzes birthday party, to the crystal blue of Walt's meth. Man. Colors, colors everywhere. Not to mention the color of money.
|23 weeks 3 days ago||Totally disagree.||
The trend for "epic finales" is to introduce ambiguity (Sopranos is an example)-- I loved the fact Gilligan was willing to commit to a narrative that was an actual ending instead of just the last show. That means closing family business, so to speak. I thought it was highly satisfying, and I didn't see anyone on the board (or anywhere else) predicting he'd hand over his remaining millions to the Schwartzes. Of all the people that could have been targeted with the ricin, I never saw the speculation pointing in Lydia's direction. All in all, brilliantly executed, right down to the smile on Walt's face in the final shot.
|23 weeks 3 days ago||Like/Love all of those||
But this was better, in my opinion, and not a tough call at that. Plus, the balls that it takes to actually write a fitting ending (as opposed to just a final episode) to an epic tale is something more writers ought to be willing to do.
|23 weeks 3 days ago||Very cool...||
Just have so much admiration for the writing. I'd like to go back and watch the whole thing again with all the inside notes and references this time. Thanks for pointing this one out.
Vince Gilligan just put it into context... Walt died with his "precious." He was smiling the same smile that Gollum had when he was falling back into Mt. Doom...
|23 weeks 3 days ago||Perfect.||
Thank god they didn't go with a vague question mark ending. They picked an ending and went with it. The closed the accounts. The only thing I want to know...
Is Marie still shoplifting? Bitches be crazy.
|23 weeks 4 days ago||+ 1,000,000||
|23 weeks 4 days ago||Introducing...||
Lane Kiffen, next head coach of the New York Jets.
Seriously, I don't know to whom the man sold his soul, but assuming it's the devil, then give the latter his due: he keeps finding plum coaching positions for this douchebag, no matter how miserable a head coach he proves himself to be.
|23 weeks 4 days ago||So true.||
A variation I learned a long time ago: "For every hot girl, there's a bored guy."
Interpretation one: beauty is skin deep.
Interpretation two: men are bastards.
|23 weeks 4 days ago||You said it||
before I could. "Alleged"? WTF?
|23 weeks 4 days ago||Three answers||
|23 weeks 4 days ago||I assume that 7||
comes on a 40-plus yd. Gardner draw. Cause otherwise, it's a bit optimistic.
|23 weeks 4 days ago||I miss his offensive creativity||
but I don't miss the way he tears into his players on the sideline. He is absolutely ripping into his QB after what looked like a smart throwaway without any good options. Sheesh, he is about to bust a blood vessel. He's going full Brian Kelly right now.
|23 weeks 4 days ago||Thank god there's no sun.||
Those helmets would be blinding. Why has CFB turned into a bunch of raccoons? Always with those shiny things....
|23 weeks 4 days ago||If you have to ask...||
you probably answered your own question.
There were no RR comments until you just made one. Since you brought it up, I'm rooting for Arizona just cause I wish the dude well.
|23 weeks 4 days ago||And yet...||
... here you are. You just can't quit us, cowboy.
|23 weeks 5 days ago||More on giraffes||
Raptor's giraffe gif got me in the mood for this. Wish there was a YouTube version so I could embed, but this is worth a click. You'll never look at a giraffe the same way again.
|23 weeks 6 days ago||There are already plenty of amateur agents causing headaches||
and complaining about playing time and this and that. They're called "parents". Or in the SEC, it's usually some "Uncle" so-and-so.
It's America. If you want the advice of a professional, you should be able to seek it out anytime you want it.
|24 weeks 22 hours ago||There can be only one, Highlander.||
But I'm sure you knew that.
|24 weeks 22 hours ago||holy crap||
I pulled an abdominal muscle laughing at this.
|24 weeks 1 day ago||This is not a bad idea||
Though in practice, I'm more likely to go "IV, V, V again because it's so good, and... I'm done." But I'll try.
|24 weeks 1 day ago||Someone please||
tell me how to react.
|24 weeks 1 day ago||Godfather III||
Pisses me off that it ever got made and tainted the memory of I and II. Coppola admitted he did it just for the money. How dare he. How dare he.
Also, Star Wars prequels.
Also, [BREAKING BAD SPOILER ALERT] when Walt shot Mike.
|24 weeks 1 day ago||Seriously, thank you.||
If you started a "MGoDigest" newsletter, I'd subscribe in a heartbeat. This is exactly the kind of executive summary I need. I can't wait around for Unverified Voracity, the world moves too fast.
Also, +1 for each use of "umbrage."
|24 weeks 1 day ago||Link||
|24 weeks 1 day ago||Oh yeah.||
The 9am kickoffs for college and 10am kickoffs for NFL has been phenomenal. Sunday and Monday night football over by 9pm. I can never go back to waiting around all morning for games to start-- that seems post-apocalypse to me now. The living envy the dead.
But I do miss the ability to jump into a good MGoBlog meltdown in real time. Just don't get home early enough.