Mike Lantry, 1972
|4 hours 41 min ago||Thanks for sharing||
I watched "Band of Brothers" last year with my wife and 12 year old son, and absolutely loved it. Sorry to hear of Guarnere's passing.
My grandfather flew in WWI, and my father-in-law flew in WWII, dropping paratroopers at both Normandy and Market Garden. For all I know, he could have dropped Guarnere.
I'm proud of both of them, and proud that my daughter is continuing the military tradition, serving as a fire controlman in the Navy with the Aegis anti-ballistic missile defense system.
|1 day 5 hours ago||Mgotyrone, your avatar defeats your argument||
Mgotyrone, your avatar defeats your argument. It is impossible to believe that you're not a fan of that move, given the look on "your" face.
|1 day 11 hours ago||I just don't care||
If I can channel John Beilein, I think he would wave his hand dismissively and say, "that's out of our control. We play one game at a time. If we continue to win all our games, we'll be fine."
Obviously, I'm not John Beilein, and I don't know what he'd say. But he has been pretty consistent in FOCUSING on what you can do, instead of OBSESSING about things outside of your control. That seems a good way to view this (and a good life principle, to boot!)
The one thing I'd add: if we do indeed win out through the BTT, that means that either we have defeated Wisconsin, or someone else has. If that happens, undoubtedly we would be seeded higher than Wisconsin. It also would seem logical that at least one other team ahead of us, if not more, would lose in the same period. Duke, Syracuse, Kansas, and Wisconsin are all stumbling, and this won't hurt us.
Really, more important than seeding is how Michigan is playing right now. The stronger they get, the better it is. I'm actually glad that Michigan lost several games in the Big 10 to Indiana, Wisconsin, and Iowa. This forced Beilein to deal with the schemes drawn up to negate Stauskas, and will only help in the NCAA tourney.
My ideal is a 2 seed or 1 seed in the Midwest region, allowing for shorter travel times and better representation from fans. In fact, if they end up in Milwaukee, I'd consider driving up to the Bradley to look for tickets outside the door for my son and myself.
|2 days 17 hours ago||Hmmm, here's a counterpoint (to unusual and cool names)||
There's a family in my church who wanted to go the route of a unique name. Their first daughter was named "Ashly." The second was named "Nik-ee" (or Nichole.) Children three and four had common names. The hassle of dealing with constant misspellings, etc., was more trouble than it was worth.
I have been tripped up by the name Deshawn. How many variations can there be?
I give up. After that, I like a simple name like "Bob" or Jim."
And then there are nicknames. There was a classmate at Michigan with the name of "Richard." I asked if he had a preferred nickname (Rick, Rich, etc.) He said, "No, it doesn't matter." To which, of course, I replied, "Okay, Dick."
FTR, my father wanted to give me a somewhat uncommon name, which my mom strongly vetoed: Barnabas.
|4 days 11 hours ago||Every game is important||
Obv., the BTT isn't as important as the regular season. But Beilein's MO of "one game at a time" extends to the BTT. It doesn't really matter whether it is another added week to the season (eliminating the tourney) or anywhere from 3 - 4 games in a row . . . they are all games.
I do think there is a bit of preparation for the NCAA in the BTT. You are playing neither at home nor on the road, but in a neutral venue. You don't have lots of time to gameplan for your next opponent. You don't have a lot of time to rest between games. You may have to be a bit creative with your roster. All of those factors would seem to me to be helpful in preparing for the NCAA tourney.
This year, I would especially love to play and beat OSU, Wisconsin, and MSU. All of them seem to suggest that Michigan was "lucky" to win against them. I'd like to shut up Ohio and MSU, and like to prove to both ourselves and them that the loss to Wisconsin was a fluke.
|4 days 12 hours ago||Morgan is a man of character||
Morgan has played well on the floor, but his actions and choices off the floor, when no one is looking, are a huge part of what defines him. I think most of us hate the "Michigan Man" meme. Having said that, Morgan is virtually the archtype of what you could call a "Michigan Man." He is the valuable glue, huge contributions, humble player, hard worker, definitely a "Novak" kind of guy that you can't survive without. Morgan is exactly the kind of player that Kentucky has none of, to their detriment.
|4 days 18 hours ago||Girlfriend?||
Girlfriend? Pic or it isn't true.
|5 days 9 hours ago||Re: Whistleblower||
I believe he stands to receive something like $5mil, but the case has to wind its way through the courts and be resolved, with all appeals exhausted, before McQueary receives anything.
Your question regarding some college hiring him is intriguing. While in no way related, your comments reminded me of the case of Michael Sam, and how his recent announcement will (or will not) affect his recruitment.
|5 days 11 hours ago||Some things you can't know til you are there||
As a father of three, I can't imagine not doing something to protect and rescue a child. Part of this, however, is my personality. I have intervened in several fights which were not my affair, particularly when a man was assaulting a woman. I remember doing this while in my twenties back in Ann Arbor.
Having said that, I don't feel capable of standing in judgement on McQueary. The older I get, the less likely I am to judge. I realize more and more that so many people have been scarred very deeply, affecting their ability to act and react normally. I am saddened to find that McQueary himself was raped. I have had contact with too many rape victims, and seen how their lives are adversely affected in ways that are very difficult to heal. A child victim of rape at the hands of someone who should protect you is horrendous, and how this shaped McQueary is very sad.
|5 days 18 hours ago||I hope the pain is relieved||
I hope the pain is relieved. I do not have chronic headaches, but I know too many people who do suffer that way, and I know it isn't fun. I do hope that the surgery is successful, meaning not only that there are no complications, but that this brings relief from regular headaches.
While I hope Michigan's football fortunes increase significantly, I don't want to link that to Meyer's headaches and to bringing him pain. For me, it is about Michigan doing well and playing well and improving. While this means that I want Michigan to win all their games, the affect Michigan's winning has on other teams or coaches is immaterial to me.
|1 week 1 day ago||Rankings are nice, but what about NCAA seed?||
Rankings are nice, but what about NCAA seed? I'd love to see us finish strong and win the Big 10 Tourney. I assume we'd be a one or two seed with that?
|1 week 2 days ago||Elven Warriors||
Elven Warriors . . . that's a good name for them. We need a Keebler Elf graphic for them.
|1 week 2 days ago||Awesome, great, wonderful article||
What an incredible article to find on MLive. For all the dissing given various publications by mgoblogeratti, that is a well written, evocative article. Definitely brings a tear to my eye.
It speaks to Caris' tremendous character, and certainly to his formation. One of the biggest links between the football and basketball teams (more, between Hoke and Beilein,) is the high character students they have recruited. I have been so very impressed by a few who have been profiled, and suspect that more of the guys are cut from the same cloth. Thanks very much for posting this.
|1 week 3 days ago||Love your post||
Model of brevity and clarity. Kthxbye.
|1 week 3 days ago||Thank you||
Thank you for putting this together. Nice piece, and I posbanged you.
One quibble: Jordan Morgan would not "sell my soul to win this game." He plays hard, he plays fair, he's an invaluable part of the team. However, at the end of the day, JMo makes it clear that it is "just a game." There are other things much more important to him. Here's a link to a post on his nomination to the NABC Good Works Team which may help explain more:
Other than my quibble, I loved your pics, and love how important he is. JMo (and Horford) are part of the "balance" that makes this team great, and potentially better than last year's team. I remember going to the Big 10 Tournament last year, and how it just didn't go well for him. I'm so glad he got the chance this year, and has done so well.
|1 week 4 days ago||Some Parallels to Beilein||
There are some parallels to changes that Beilein made to his coaching staff several years ago. To be sure, I think Beilein's coaching changes were more severe. But nonetheless, I like that Hoke is making bold moves instead of just tinkering. Why not go for broke? I'm really hoping that with Gardner, Green, the WR corps, we see significant improvement. The great unknown and fear, of course, is the OL. Really, there's nothing we can do but wait. On the defense, I really hope that with Peppers, Ryan in the middle, and the return of Pipkins, we see vast improvement.
We just aren't there yet, but our schedule next year could really help. There has been a lot of moaning about how terrible the schedule is for fans going to the home games in 2014. That may be the case. However, when you look at the schedule, the first six games definitely look winnable, with ND perhaps being the hardest. If Michigan can win those first six games, and the team becomes "seasoned" and experienced, that could bode well for the rest of the year and the future. Win the first six and at least split the last six is a record no worse than 9 - 3. Of course I don't like it, but that would be enough for Michigan to get over the hump (in terms of line play.) This would be a good enough record to keep Hoke, and his staff, and for depth and experience to be there for 2015 and beyond. I really, really, really don't want the team to deal with more instability and coaching transitions.
|1 week 4 days ago||85 - 65||
With the win over State, Michigan is now confident, focused on the goal, but also playing loose. I believe they will really score LOTS, but will pull starters largely by the 10 minute point of the 2nd half, allowing Purdue to make the score semi-respectable. (not really, but not curb-stomped as bad as earlier.)
I also think that Michigan is annoyed with being thought a terrible team at the beginning of games, and a terrible defensive game. For this reason, I suspect that will come out with great intensity, and will be highly focused on their own defensive play. If they can ratchet up their defense a bit, and start games better, this bodes well for the Big 10 Tourney and the NCAA Tourney.
|1 week 4 days ago||Tricky subject||
It isn't that twitter is inherently bad (although it often seems very narcissistic to an oldster like myself.) But I think that other posters above have hit on most of the salient points:
There is one other piece to this that is almost inherent in the use of social media and the internet. The medium itself, coupled with a high degree of anonymity, leads to abusive and offensive language and insults. I am not a sociologist nor a researcher, but I have read some things suggesting that posting things, whether via twitter or blogs or texting, leads people to lose the social filters in place for normal discussions. Honestly, if it wasn't for the points, and the vigilence of moderators, the blog here would quickly descend into an unmanageable morass. We've all seen posters insult other posters. We all laugh at the schadenfreude pieces, but there are always a few people who go over the line to the area of personal attack. I think that athletes probably don't want to be exposed to that.
I also think that we forget these are young men, and that the coaches do have some responsibility to protect the athletes in their care.
|1 week 5 days ago||Is his mom on board with Michigan?||
Is his mom on board with Michigan? No more McDowell type situations or house divided abominations!
Seriously, congratulations. Welcome to the adventure. My kids are very active in sports, and you will now become a big fan of whatever teams they play on. Hopefully you won't be swayed by any NY mommy patrols paralyzed by the fear of potential concussions.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Alaska 1:21||
Wow. just wow.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Very Complicated Issue||
It is a complicated issue that faces all of us. There are no good answers. It is really crummy for retirees who were "promised" something. The worst factor is when there were payroll deductions or the like, and the funds that were deducted from pay were misused or abused by those in power.
I myself am pretty sceptical about trusting any government or employer entities, so I have chosen to personally invest in a several 401k and 403b accounts, Roth IRA's, have a defined benefit pension, have a defined contribution account, all above and beyond Social Security, and not counting my wife's retirement income. If all of them work out, great. If the pension benefits or Social Security benefits change negatively, well, those are the least important parts of the basket. What I particularly dislike with pensions and Social Security is that principal doesn't revert to whatever entity you choose, but stays with the employer or government. While my income isn't huge, living sacrificially and setting aside for the future should mean that it will all work out, provided the whole country and financial system doesn't implode. What happened in Detroit should be a cautionary tale for everyone. I have a greater appreciation for those who kept precious metals, gems, and cash in their own storage, rather than having all their assets in paper accounts that could just vanish.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Do you live there?||
Do you live there in Hawaii? I have heard from some friends that after a while, they got tired of being on the islands, and longed for the mainland. It sounds crazy, but there are even people who prefer four seasons (a la Michigan) rather than the weather of Hawaii or California. That seems crazy to me. My daughter has the option of being stationed with the Navy in Hawaii for four years, but her first preference is Norfolk (closer to home.) Interestingly, she isn't even really that keen on going to San Diego. I think she's crazy, and would gladly go to either San Diego or Pearl Harbor if I was in her shoes.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Are you living in VA?||
If you're in VA, what was your snow and storm experience?
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Hmmm, were you in VA for Navy?||
Just noticed your user name . . . if you were a Navy Corpsman, and were in the Norfolk area, it would make sense to me that you had no problems with racial tension. The cooperation and integration of different races, socioeconomic background, educational background, etc., is much more pronounced in the service, from what I can tell. My 20 year old Navy daughter just went to Dahlgren, VA an hour out of DC for Navy C School. My experience of her shipmates is that race was not a huge issue for them. In fact, some of her best friends were from a different race. (Even writing that seems . . . odd.) She had a bunch of shipmates home for Thanksgiving, and we took several to a cottage on Lake Michigan over Labor Day. If your experience is similar, it might be much different than others in VA. I can imagine, that in some areas there might be a much higher level of racial tension. For instance, my guess is that Lynchburg might be much different from Norfolk or VA Beach.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Noted and edited||
Noted and edited. Thanks.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Annoyed with Michigan Scheduling||
I'm annoyed that ND has already announced their start times for all their home games, and we don't have a single start at Michigan set yet. (That's the only reason we know the time of the Michigan game.) I wish Michigan could set more start times earlier than a week or two prior to the game.
I understand that some of the problem is being part of the Big 10 Conference, and the fact that TV Networks want the "best" games later in the day. That only goes so far. Brandon could actually leverage this to make even more money: set the game times now, and charge TV Networks $500k to change the start time. At the very least, Michigan should be able to schedule Appy State, Miami (NTM) and Utah. And we know the Ohio game is going to be at noon.
Oh well, no use complaining about something you can't fix.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Wow||
Wow, that's really demoralizing. Thanks for sharing those terrible scores. I don't exactly know the answer, but I don't like that at all, and I'm glad the IHSA came down on HF.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I think the IHSA took the right action||
I think the IHSA took the right action. Every voluntary organization has rules that you agree to abide by. If a school believes the rules are unfair, you should work to change the rules. Choosing to wantonly disregard the rules you agreed to play by simply won't fly. In this case, HF had an unfair advantage over other teams by having organized summer conditioning sessions, by providing coaching virtually year round, by having 3 transfers from Bolingbrook living under the same roof at the same address, when the rules clearly state residence with a custodial parent or guardian. The reality is many more rules were flouted and broken. The coach recruited players, although that's harder to prove. Really, the biggest rule change that should be considered is allowing for transfers solely for the purpose of athletics. It is fascinating that one of the players who transferred to HF played at four different high schools in four years.
What disturbs me the most is the lack of regard for fair play within a team. If you have worked hard, have earned a starting spot on a team, which you then lose because a rock star coach who recruits rock star players comes in, that would just stink. The collegiate parallel would be for a rock star coach (Pitino, Krzyzewski, Roy Williams, Bruce Weber, Calipari, Izzo, etc.) to accept a position at another school, have his four best players transfer to the new school, displace four starters, and start on the new team immediately with no waiting period. It's another thing if a Freshman comes in and takes your spot. But vagabonds who choose to make a super team just doesn't seem right. In a sense, this is why many people didn't care for what Lebron and his pals did when they took their talents to MIami.
To put it another way, high schools are generally local entities, and sports are a way for local kids to participate and be part of a team. Living in Illinois, it would be entirely possible to take the best 100 basketball players in the state, divide them among 20 "super" teams, and fill out the rest of their rosters with local kids who largely sit on the bench. Those 20 teams would almost never lose to the other 1300 high school teams in the State. Their only competition would be among themselves, or when they competed against other star teams from other states.
The reality is that this is exactly what AAU teams are. If an AAU team "just happens" to come together at a high school, you no longer have any semblance of a level playing field.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||thought that meme died||
As it is, she's asleep so it doesn't matter. But I won't be bringing this post up while any women are around.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||I can't quite articulate what I mean||
Obviously, referees are highly involved in football.
Let's try another way to explain this. I could go out with 10 - 20 friends and play a game of football. We'd probably argue about a few things, but generally, we'd agree on who "won." Same thing with any of the other headline sports mentioned (hockey, basketball, baseball, soccer.) You go across the line with the football, you score. It goes through the uprights, you score. You touch homeplate without a ball being caught or getting there before you, you score. You shoot a basket and it goes through the net, you score. You fire off a puck and it goes into the net, you score.
Referees in these sports are very helpful. The teams playing agree to abide by the decisions made by the referees. However, despite the occasional game where a referee determines the outcome, they generally aren't critical to the outcome, and in a pinch, you could manage without them.
Maybe a different way to put it would be: without the referee or judge or judges, could you compete in these other sports? I think not. I'm commenting on sports where you can't compete without highly trained judges (i.e., ice dancing, skating, gymnastics, diving, etc.), and where the judges "decide" who wins the competition.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||You can call ice dancing a sport if you want||
You can call ice dancing a sport if you want. Makes no difference to me. I even enjoy watching it . . . took a small nap in front of the TV last night. Beautiful
Having said that, I will always enjoy sports where there is a clear winner, and minimal involvement from referees.
There are many other sports which I generally don't watch, but which are competitions where typically, someone clearly "wins."
There are fighting sports, again, typically with a "winner" who vanquishes their opponent:
There are sports where the winner is based on various measurables:
It is the sports based on "judging" that get harder. Yes, there are measurables (number of rotations, twists, flips, turns, etc.) But this just is less clear to me.
Look, I'll watch these last sports every four years. I enjoy them. But man, they just seem to me to be in a different category than the rest. Call them a sport. Acknowledge how very, very difficult they are. But this whole category is just clearly, much more subjective than the other sports. With the other sports, someone has scored more points, or gone faster, or higher, or deeper, or further, then anyone else. Synchronization of twizzles? Appropriateness of costume to the music? Choice of music? Facial expressions? Lifts? These things are just in a different category than other sports.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||You are a wise husband . . .||
You are a wise husband . . . "If that's what she thinks, then by god, ice dancing is a goddamn sport."
There are just some hills that it isn't worth dying on. This is one of them. I considered my time watching ice dancing last night next to my wife a prudent investment of time. It wasn't unenjoyable, was better than much of the drivel on TV, and my better half enjoyed that I was with her.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Interesting||
IIRC, Houston was gridlocked a few years ago with Hurricane evacuations. Some people wait too long to leave. And when you put too many people on the road, you have a recipe for disaster.
However, being from Chicago, which has been in the midst of a brutal winter, I'm a bit confused. We have close to 10 million people in the metropolitan area. This comprises a seven county area, with more than 200 suburbs surrounding the city proper. Even with the need for each different governing body to take care of snow removal, salting of roads, etc., they seem to manage. What is the difference between this area and Atlanta? Obviously, there are more resources to deal with snow and ice here (than in Atlanta.) Still, you would think that Atlanta could figure this out better then they did.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||You're right||
You're right. Michigan has moved on, and in a good way. Beilein is a great coach. Fans need to let go.
OTOH . . . we all have a past, and it isn't the end of the world to remember our past. Hopefully, we learn from it. And in this case, ESPN's article largely focused on what Fisher is doing NOW, and has done at SDSU. To me, at least, it was an interesting article. I also wish him well, and hope he wins every game he is coaching, with the exception of facing Michigan.
On that last: wouldn't that be a media dream: for Michigan and SDSU to face each other deep in the tourney. You know that would get lots of coverage, and re-hash things to the nth degree.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||I'll agree that Fisher had to take the fall||
I'll agree that Fisher had to take the fall. He was the head coach, and Ed Martin's escapades happened before, during, and after Fisher's time at Michigan. I can understand the need Goss felt to "clean house."
I'll go further. There are some coaches who are very, very aware of the shenanigans going on with boosters and others. There are coaches we all know who are pretty slimy. I would not put Fisher in that category. I believe that Martin and Webber et al deliberately kept Fisher out of the loop. Because of his responsibilities, he had to be held responsible. But I simply don't believe that Fisher was complicit.
Now, Bando has mentioned deliberately forged comp tickets for Martin. I wouldn't dispute what Bando has said. What I'd be curious about is how seriously this infraction was viewed at that time. I have deliberately forged my wife's name on a check. I have been involved with other deliberate forgeries. In some contexts, it isn't a big deal.
Let me use an analogy from my student days. I remember kegs of beer flowing in the halls at South Quad, and marijuana at Markley, where the resident advisors were complicit and aware of what was going on. Technically, they could probably have been expelled, and the RD punished, and maybe the University staff responsible also disciplined. Here's the thing though. In the late 70's, alcohol and drugs were culturally acceptable in Ann Arbor. My guess is that in 2014, an RA or RD who allowed this to happened would be punished much more severely. My point? I think the culture for at least some things when Fisher was here was much more laid back. Live and let live.
At the end of the day, I'm happy for Fisher at SDSU, and I'm happy for Beilein at UofM. I just think that Fisher is much better than, perhaps Calipari, or Pitino, or Tarkanian, etc., and that he gets too much grief for events that were way out of control long before he arrived.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||I want tears of unfathomable sadness||
I want tears of unfathomable sadness
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Thanks for posting this||
Thanks for posting this. I'm glad to hear about what Morgan is doing and has already done.
Coach Jeff Meyers is in the picture to the right, and is a man whose faith life and integrity are very important to him. It isn't surprising to see him in the photo Because of the blog rules on religion, it isn't PC or wise to go too far down that road. However, as I think back to Burke's Bible tattoo, and Morgan winning this award, and Coach Meyer, and all the character accolades for Coach Beilein, it isn't hard to see the character present on the team.
The spiritual and character tenor of a team does not correlate directly to success on the floor. You still have to have the right players to win. Having said that, I can easily believe that like attracts like, and that there are a number of excellent basketball players and coaches who would prefer to be in an environment like the one fostered by Beilein at Michigan.
One thing I particularly like is that no one, not Morgan, not Meyer, not Burke, not Beilein, is "in your face" about these kinds of things. I suspect they are all happy to be very low key and to present themselves in a spirit of humility. Refreshing indeed.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Great Article||
This was a great interview, and an enjoyable read. I find his take on Borges very interesting, and I tend to agree. RVB's comments on Carr and the rabid Michigan fan base, along with his observations on Borges getting a raw deal with the challenged interior offensive line, were on the mark. I really wish Borges was given another year, but it was probably a necessary move on the part of Hoke.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Jblaze doesn't have to explain||
Jblaze doesn't have to explain why. It is a free country. Having said that, given what a great read the article was, and how unoffensive it was, it does make one curious why the neg vote. Also, the "voting details" tab Brian provides almost invites such scrutiny.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||I'm with you||
My daughter decided to enlist in the Navy, and said, in so many words, "You can't stop me." While I was less than thrilled with her choice a year or so ago, it has worked out pretty well, and will allow her to afford going to college most anywhere she can get into. (Plus her training in networking with the Aegis Missle system gives her some decent experience and a leg up in some computer careers.) The point is, we didn't force her to do something she didn't want to do. I would want McDowell's own choices to be honored, by both us and his family.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Other possibilities . .||
Some others . . .
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Keisean Lucier-South||
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Curious: why not Northwestern?||
I vaguely recall that you live in Evanston (not positive, might be wrong.) But if you do live in Evanston or the area, how come (given the reasons you like Stanford) aren't you a NW fan? My sisters live there, and I see that if I was there instead of near Wheaton, I'd probably follow NW just a bit.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Par for the course||
Beilein is very good at identifying talent early. Once the best talent realizes that it will benefit them to come to Michigan, our recruiting will get even stronger. This year, even more than last year, has to prove that to potential recruits.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||strongly agree on Coach Meyer||
Strongly agree on Coach Meyer. Other Michigan coaches have gotten more love here, but Meyer was a very successful head coach with some bad luck, and he is a huge component of Michigan's success. I'm too lazy to search, but there are stories out there about what happened to Meyer. Beilein was lucky to get him, and Meyer was fortunate to land at Michigan.
Actually, more than luck, Beilein's adding of Meyer to the staff is very similar to his finding Hardaway and Robinson and Spike and LeVert and Burke and even Stauskas. Five of those six are NBA talents, and even Spike has a role to play. I've seen Ohio fans lament that they missed on Burke and LeVert. Indiana fans are distressed to miss on Robinson (and McGary, who everyone knew was talented.) The jury was even out on McGary: when Michigan was on him at first, he wasn't that highly rated.
The point is that Beilein has been tremendous at identifying talent early, and talent under the radar, and talent that no-one else sees. Bringing Meyer on as a coach was a complete win-win situation.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Yep||
Disciplined and Smart are key attributes, for many things in life.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||too much thought||
|5 weeks 1 day ago||In some ways it is easier||
In some ways it is easier as an athlete. I mean, the time practicing, training, traveling, and competing are simply brutal. However, the support system for athletes goes far, far, far, beyond anything available too the run of the mill undergrad. Between tutors, study tables, and a very regimented schedule with GA's checking up on you, there is a great system in place to make sure athletes are able to handle the academic rigor.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Question is a bit vague||
Your question is a bit vague, with no limitations. So I'm taking this in several different directions.
However, when it is all said and done, I will always be a Michigan fan, first and foremost.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Completely Agree||
Completely agree. There's a need for society to clearly reject and speak against rape. As a corollary, there are a number of ways we use language to sterilize what is happening.
For this reason, I believe "rape" is a much better term than "sexual assault." Maybe you qualify "rape with the words "forcible" or "violent" or "coercive." But call rape "rape," not the more sterile phrase "sexual assault."
Likewise, "domestic violence" is a lot more neutral and sterile than the phrase, "beat up his wife/girlfriend." Call it what it is.
I hate weasel words. "fired" or "let go/laid off" is better than "RIF," reduction in force.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||I'll be the contrarian||
I'll be the contrarian and go with this year's team. I think that Burke was better than Walton, and THJ better than LeVert, and McGary better than Horgan. But I think that is a flawed way to look at things.
The question asked was "which TEAM was better. I believe that the sum is greater this year: the individual players aren't as good, but collectively, we're better. I just can't see other teams being able to shut down all the players.
Last night was another great illustration of this. They focused on stopping Stauskas & Robinson and Horgan, which left LeVert especially open. When I think of this year's team, I have tremendous confidence in Walton, Stauskas, LeVert, and Robinson, one of either Horford or Morgan, Spike to give relief, and Irvin to get hot on occasion. Last year was awesome, but didn't the team depend a lot, lot more on Burke and THJ, and later, on McGary? If two of those three had an off night, we were pretty much sunk. I feel like any two of our top seven can have an off night, and it doesn't matter. Three starts to hurt, but still not too much. We'd have to really have four of our top eight have a terrible night before it would cause us to lose.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Word to the wise, jtmc33||
Word to the wise, jtmc33 (unless you are being sarcastic, in which case my antennae aren't working properly.) A discussion on the age and appearance of a possible football recruit did not go well. Remember that recruits and their families will sometimes read the blog.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Want to express thanks to Eric in Dayton||
I want to express thanks to Eric in Dayton for putting this timeline together. It was helpful.
I am simply an Internet reader, not a lawyer, or in police work, or in Ann Arbor, or a student for a long time, or an insider. As such, I don't have much to add to the conversation. I will simply echo two things, and make one small addition:
|5 weeks 4 days ago||I deliberately used the word "maybe"||
I deliberately used the word "maybe" to say "I don't know." There were several links to articles about the lack of due process and defense in some educational settings. Having read one of those articles, I can see the reason for concern. What I don't know (hence, "maybe,") is to what degree Gibbons was able to defend himself. A long time ago, I read the posts here at mgoblog, and also went to the links with some of the detailed charges. Unfortunately, I need to clean my laptop of some malware that is slowing things up with popups, and making it a royal pain to read through close to 600 posts in this thread. I just don't have the time, so I don't feel qualified to say whether or not Gibbons had sufficient due process.
So here's more backstory for me. I absolutely detest the argument made by privileged white male rapists that "she was asking for it" (by the way she dressed, flirted, was complicit, etc., etc., etc.) Having said that, I certainly remember from Fraternity Days the behavior of drunk coeds who were indeed "asking for it." I remember walking one girl home to South Quad because I was concerned she was too drunk to trust in the ice and snow. When at her door, she invited me in to have sex . . . even though her roommate AND ROOMMATE'S MOTHER were sleeping in the room. I really wonder what some girls are thinking, when I think of their behavior at parties. I still hold the male responsible, but it seems in many of these cases, the water is extremely muddied, and there is plenty of blame to go around.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||I'm very conflicted||
I'm very conflicted on this whole topic.
I do believe in due process, and in being able to defend yourself. I feel that certainly with Duke Lacrosse, and maybe here, there wasn't the opportunity to do that.
However, I have seen the other side, personally. My daughter, age 20, enlisted in the Navy at age 19. Three months into her service, soon after boot camp, while on watch in the middle of the night, she was stalked repeatedly while alone. Fortunately, another male sailor came upon her while the creep wouldn't leave my daughter, and filed harassment charges on my daughter's behalf. The male Sailor in question pulled a knife a week later, and is now either incarcerated in the Navy, or out of the service. I share this because we got to see first hand how the military covers up, and how the system can favor the accused.
There is an excellent documentary on rape in the military entitled http://invisiblewarmovie.com/. Thisis a huge problem in the military, and also on college campuses. (I did attend a presentation by a Harvard Prof last week, who shared the rate of 1 out of 5 women on campus experiencing rape. Seems high to me, but wow. Even half or quarter that is way too many.)
I know that most of the users on this site are men, but we all need to take seriously what happens with rape, regardless of the facts of the Gibbons case.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Remember: NC Game was in 2013||
Remember: NC Game was in 2013. At least for basketball, 2013 wasn't all bad. (I'd actually suggest it wasn't all bad for football either, but then, I'm a glass half full kind of guy.)
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Michigan deserves ranking||
Upon reflection, I think Michigan deserves the ranking . . . if not higher.
The first 4 factors, in combination with the fifth, mean this isn't that surprising. I now think we'll end up ranked 8 + or - 2 (my earlier prediction was 10 + or - 2.)
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Why did I read Seth Rogen?||
Why did I read Seth Rogen? Didn't make sense to me at first glance . . .
|5 weeks 6 days ago||What pole?||
Your March pole? (Like a May pole?)
|6 weeks 1 day ago||I'll pick Michigan||
I think the loss of not just Payne but also Dawson will be too much for them to overcome at the rim. I also think that all the starters but Walton (who can be spelled by Spike,) will not be affected by the bright lights and the big stage. After beating Kansas, Florida & Syracuse, and playing Louisville even although jobbed by the refs, they're not going to be intimidated. More, I think that Stauskas especially is playing with a chip on his shoulder.
Score: 75 - 72.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||I'll pick Michigan||
I think the loss of not just Payne but also Dawson will be too much for them to overcome at the rim. I also think that all the starters but Walton (who can be spelled by Spike,) will not be affected by the bright lights and the big stage. After beating Kansas, Florida & Syracuse, and playing Louisville even although jobbed by the refs, they're not going to be intimidated. More, I think that Stauskas especially is playing with a chip on his shoulder.
Score: 75 - 72.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||About 10, + or - 2||
About 10, + or - 2
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Will Nuss sign more recruits, a la Alabama?||
`Will Nuss sign more recruits, a la Alabama? Now that would make Brian apopleptic.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||No, that's marrying age||
You have to be 15 to drive.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||It's a conspiracy . . .||
It's all a nefarious conspiracy . . . Michigan Freshman Andrew Dakich, said, "Dad, I need you to really rip on Dawson. Get him so upset that he does something stupid, I don't know, like break his hand. Then we'll have even better odds of winning. Bwahahaha."
|6 weeks 2 days ago||That's really an interesting question||
I have to believe that with the thousands of mgousers, someone must have known him during student days. I'd love to hear from them. I certainly didn't know him. Maybe he got turned down by too many girls while an undergrad? Maybe the guys in his dorm were mean to him? Maybe the other students on the Michigan Daily staff ridiculed him? Whatever the source of bitterness and animosity, it is deep rooted and only makes him small and petty.
Now, as a journalist, I get that you have to be somewhat impartial, and can't be an all out homer. I kind of think that's part of why Brian avoids direct contact with too many athletes or coaches, and never goes to the press box: he wants to stay a fan of Michigan, and not have to wear the "impartiality" hat. Maybe Sharp overcorrected, and found out that it was a shtick that worked? Who knows, and who cares.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Completely agree (on ignoring Sharp)||
Completely agree (on ignoring Sharp.) There just is no reason to read Sharp and get irritated. I was curious about their game predictions, and only mentioned him because he gave a prediction. But Sharp being there is a little bit like going to a party where another party attender is a jerk you don't care for. You either choose to skip the party, or ignore and avoid the jerk while at the party. On rare occasions, you still see or interact with said jerk.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Makes me wonder . . .||
Where did the Board of Directors and Officers for GM & Ford go to school? They would be the ones with the most weight in Detroit, right?
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Your thoughts on Payne & Dawson?||
Your thoughts on Payne & Dawson? How will their absence affect the game?
|6 weeks 2 days ago||You'd be correct . . . if we were rattled||
You'd be correct . . . if we were rattled. But I think the team is beyond being rattled, except maybe for the Freshmen. Stauskas, in particular, is in take-no-prisoners beast mode. Right now, Michigan is in a zone where nothing can affect them. With as big of a game as this is, Michigan is not going to get rattled. You know that they are in the driver's seat for the championship if they win tomorrow.
Look at the rest of the schedule! If Michigan beats MSU tomorrow, their hardest two remaining games are against Iowa at Iowa, and the MSU game at Crisler. I can't believe I'm saying this, but if Michigan wins tomorrow, they would have a real shot at going through the rest of the season undefeated. I'm not predicting that, but when you look at the schedule, it is a real possibility.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||What am I gonna say?||
What am I gonna say as regards Sharp? I'd bet that 9 out of 10 mgoblog readers would be able to guess "Drew Sharp" just with the three words, "Detroit Douche Columnist." I really hate the jerk, but isn't that his MO? To get Michigan fan's blood to boil, and to give jollys to Michigan haterz? The best I can do is to roll my eyes and move on. Drew Sharp being Drew Sharp.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Yep||
I'm actually curious how much "hits" benefits the Freep.
With Dawson's injury, I have gone over to thinking Michigan will win. Morgan and Horford are playing so strong, that without Payne and Dawson, they are going to make a huge difference at the boards. Robinson and Stauskas won't cool off, and I think Walton should be able to put in some good minutes. Hopefully, LeVert is learning to avoid boneheaded lazy plays (i.e., the inbounds pass for an easy two by White, in Iowa game.)
If Michigan does win on the road against MSU, I wonder if they become the favorite to win the Big 10. Looking at the rest of the schedule, if they stay healthy, I think they can beat anyone, whether at home or on the road.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Yep||
My mistake. That's what happens for posting so infrequently. Reposted myself, and trust mods to delete this diary entry.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Awesome comment||
You win the Internet-for-a-day!
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Latest in Chicago Tribune - no one killed||
Glad to hear that it appears no one was hurt.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||This is extremely irritating||
This is extremely irritating. While it could easily be rival fans, there are enough jerks here at mgoblog and mlive, etc., that I can easily believe this is Michigan fans.
I don't have Twitter now, and don't plan to start anytime soon. Reading junk like this just makes me want to unplug. This is ridiculous and wrong.
I really wish there was a way to "out" idiots who do this. I have a very low tolerance for that kind of behavior. I thought it was great when some Ohio fans were outed for their lunancy (iirc, someone who was photographed with recruits last year at Ohio. And the immortal "poop in the bathroom" youtube.) I was glad to see the jerk from Alabama prosecuted for poisoning trees. The Internet in general (as well as twitter) really feeds a lack of accountability. Someone who does anything like this should be publicly chastised.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Think this will affect recruiting?||
Think this will affect recruiting? Have to believe it will only be positive for future recruits considering Michigan.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||We don't burn cowches||
We don't burn cowches just so we have an excuse to change them.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Ultimate Rating is NCAA Tourney||
The ultimate Rating is how far you go in the NCAA Tourney. I have to agree with some who have noted our lack of marquee wins. If Michigan had beat Arizona, if they had beat Charlotte, well, I'd feel differently. If Michigan beats Wisconsin or MSU, maybe I'll feel differently. But I need them to show me something.
Having said that, I'm not down on the team at all. They have such huge potential. If Michigan manages to win some of their games against Wisconsin, MSU, & Ohio, and continue to get better, I'll be completely satisfied.
I'd love to see Michigan do better than expected, and win at least a game in the Big 10 Tourney.
I would absolutely love to see McGary come back, rusty and all, in 2 1/2 months. Ten weeks from today is the NCAA Tourney. For him to get out there a little bit the first week, and more the second, and even more the championship weekend, would be crazy. (and you'll have some of what I'm smoking, thank you very much!) Still, I love Mitch, and would love to see him contribute again in the tourney.
Even without McGary, I'm very happy with what the team is doing, ratings notwithstanding.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||I am old||
I am old, and I don't need to feel younger.
But here's several things that have made me feel "old."
Regarding feeling young, it helps to exercise, stay fit, reasonably learn how to use technology.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||I really, really, really hate Wisconsin basketball||
I hope the rules changes (blocking, charging,) cause them to lose some games. But I'm not too optimistic.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||You're right about Defense . . .||
You're right about Defense . . . Dylan at UMhoops is harping on how bad our defense is right now. I have a bit of hope because Beilein is one of the best coaches in terms of improvement over the course of the year.
Another real plus for Michigan is time . . . the learning curve and improvement of Walton and Irvin should be much higher than most players in the Big10. (Mathlete or someone can pull the stats, but the two biggest places for improvement are during the freshman year and between the freshman and sophomore years. After that, growth is much more gradual.) What I'm saying, though, is that Walton and Irvin have already grown tremendously this season, and haven't peaked yet. If Walton can figure out the point, Michigan could be on the high side, maybe 12 - 6 or 13 - 5.
Last thing that I can't predict is our 3 point shooting. Irvin and Caris seem awfully streaky. But if Irvin and LeVert along with Stauskas, GRIII, Albrecht and Walton get really hot beyond the arc, we could beat anyone in the conference. I'm not saying this will happen, but it could happen. Literally six of our guys have the potential to light it up, making life much easier for Horton and Morgan vs. Wisc, MSU, & Ohio.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Name Association||
The first few times I heard "Nussmeier," my mind went to "Neidermeyer" in Animal House.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||You're not the only one||
TV programs, music, & video games. Yeah, that pretty much nails my incompetencies down cold. I am such a nerd, and so out of it. I don't watch hardly any reality TV . . . not American Idol, not Dancing with the Stars, nor Survivor, none of them. I don't have cable. I don't care who slept with who. I can't begin to keep up with music. Why in the world would I ever listen to Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines?" Why would I want to see a grown ass man act like an idiot and Twerk with Miley Cyrus? Of course, she's "hawt," but what in the world does that have to do with music? (and mind you, I judge neither of them. If anything, they and Kanye West and R. Kelly and Lady Gaga and Beyonce are all pretty shrewd in marketing themselves. Sex sells, always has, and they're all being good music business people.)
But video games, yeah, that's where I'm really left in the dust. If being a good dad means that I play video games with my kids, then I suck as a dad. I have a 12 year old, and he'd play video games all day long if I let him. I absolutely refuse to spend time trying to master different key sequences. Won't do it.
There is a single TV show I watch, and it is really lame and not a guy kind of show: Downton Abbey. I guess I might have seen an episode or two of antique road show, but not enough to watch regularly.
Actually, I think I'm worse than you, mgrowold: I don't even follow sports as much as I could, and I don't know all the players and coaches throughout the NFL, NBA, NHL, and MLB.
No, I'm mostly at peace with being irrelevant and having gotten off the pop culture train.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Define "Hoarder"||
Hmm. You say you aren't a hoarder. Just how much space do these videotapes take up? And your father gave them to you so he could downsize?
You need to define "Hoarder."
Hoarding vs Collecting is in the eye of the beholder.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Meltdowns and inappropriate posts/twitter||
So, meltdowns can sometimes be kind of funny when they are somewhat internal. It is the personal crap that crosses the line, especially with Twitter, or worse, Facebook.
Here's text of a twitter from Bradley Roby (don't know how to embed.)
The fact that people tweeting at me sayin all this negativity is crazy to me. It makes me ashamed to even have played for y'all
Apparently, plenty of Ohio fans have been lashing out at Roby for not playing, and also at Philly Brown (muffing the punt). Pretty ugly stuff.
This is one of those Meta topics of Brian, but it is always worth remembering:
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Nope||
I wanted MSU to win, and have more respect and happiness for them, but that doesn't extend to Ohio.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||There are definitely some OSU Trolls||
I don't know the details, but there was a thread at 11 Warriors having to do with trolling Kentucky. I mean, Hoke and Mattison have done some great recruiting things, and I'm not as negative toward the two coming to Michigan as some of you are. But the gist of it was that some smart alec Ohio fans were creating personas suggesting they were going to Kentucky.
A sucker is born every minute, and to me, everyone should be very skeptical. I've yet to see the first recruit in the top 50 (like Lattimore) flip from a top 10 school over to Michigan. Don't get me wrong, I'm a Hoke homer, I think we're doing a great job of recruiting, and I believe that Peppers is the real deal and is coming to Michigan. But I pretty much refuse to get my hopes up on a high 4 star, consensus top 100 recruit flipping from Ohio (or USC, or Stanford, or Alabama, or Auburn, or Georgia, or Texas, or A & M, or Oklahoma,) over to Michigan.
The day that Fournette or Hand switch, or Adoree Jackson or Joe Mixon decide to come to Michigan, well that's when I'll know that some real powerful recruiting magic is going on.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Great to find diff ways to win||
Great to find diff ways to win. No Robinson, Caris not good, Morgan in foul trouble, Stauskas neutralized, but still won. Pays great dividends.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Stay the Course||
Michigan is going to improve in 2014, and be significantly improved by 2015. If there is anything the last 6 years have proven, to me, it is how critical line play is, both for defense and offense.
Even though Michigan's offensive line will be young in 2014, it will, across the board, be more experienced than 2013. On the line, in doesn't "average out." The lack of experience on the interior largely mitigated the experience of Lewan and Schofield. With 5 guys having been in the program more than 2 full years, it will make a huge difference.
Admittedly, I'm a glass half full kind of guy, but best case scenario, Bryant and Glasgow do a great job, as do Kalis and Magnuson, and Kugler steps up as well, with seven guys pushing hard to make the field, along with two true freshmen redshirting, and two more guys for depth.
I believe that with the improvement of line play, this will open things up for the RB corps. I believe with a full year of experience under his belt, Gardner will improve. I believe that with eleven solid receiving options, things will only get much, much better in the passing game.
You can ask, what kind of koolaid are you drinking, Kass? Well, we'll know by this time next year.
One other thing that bugs me just a bit. It seems like everyone piles on Borges, and Funk, and Hoke because he is over them. But Mattison, and Hoke (with the DL) and Mallory (with the secondary) get a pass. I've heard very, very slight criticism of the defense at this blog. As far as I could tell from the bowl game, the defense stunk. Was it on the DL, for not getting pressure? Not keeping contain? Was it on the seconary for not covering their receivers better?
The answer, to me, is similar to the offense: we need more experience, and more of the right players in place. I think we will see a significant upgrade in the DL next year, with the return of Pipkins, along with Poggi, Henry, Stroebel, Hurst, and even Glasgow. I think that we see significant improvement in the secondary, with Countess, Stribling, & Peppers, Wilson & Thomas.
TL,DR - To sum up: I believe there will be significant improvement next year at Michigan on both sides of the ball, with even more improvement by 2015.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Here's to 2014||
Here's to 2014. Hope we and the coaches learned a few things from this year, don't repeat some of the same mistakes, and that lucky breaks, the law of averages, and cosmic justice turn solidly in Michigan's favor next year.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Disagree||
I disagree. Change indicates panic. Stability indicates not panicking and letting the current lines mature to the point they (and coaches) can be judged appropriately.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||I'm one of those who's in Hoke's Corner||
I'm one of those who's in Hoke's Corner. I really want him to get two more years minimum, and feel the same way about most of his staff.
This year has been very painful, but I continue to believe the team is heading in the right direction.
I have a lot more confidence in the recruiting, the state of the physical facilities, and most of the coaching staff.
Ideally, the whole staff stays, with the caveat that obviously, DB & Hoke would see some things internally that I don't have a clue about. Perhaps a few of the position coaches change, but not most of them.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||I believe||
I believe in the team.
I believe in the coaches. Hoke, Mattison, Borges, all of them.
I believe in the recruiting.
I am more than willing to wait til next year for harder judgements to be made. With depth, and experience, and time to learn schemes, and to execute properly, and to have players suited to do what Hoke wants to do, I am more than willing to wait til next year.
I firmly believe that firing coaches and "starting over" would be a huge, huge mistake.
My biggest frustration is with the lack of patience so many vocal mgofans have. There are a few things I don't like about Brandon, but I love that he isn't swayed by the rabid Ann Arbor torch and pitchfork wing of Michigan fandom.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Just not as bitter about 2013||
I would have liked for 2013 to go better, but there are many things I'm thankful for.
With all those things, I'm glad for 2013.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Mgojen, so sorry at your loss||
That's terrible. My condolences at your loss. I know so many people who have struggled with drugs and alcohol, some who overcome, but many who don't. I also know of too many who have had amputations caused by diabetes and bad circulation. Again, my sympathy. Things like this put life into perspective (compared to following Michigan sports.)
|10 weeks 6 days ago||What did you do in the Navy?||
What did you do in the Navy? My daughter was also a disinterested student, and we didn't have the financial wherewithal for her to go to Michigan. She joined the Navy about a year ago, and has finished A School as an FC. We're glad to have her home until she heads to Dahlgren, VA in February for C School. She'll be there the next year as an ACNT student. I'm glad for her joining the Navy, and who knows, the college tuition assistance may allow her to eventually go to Michigan!
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Who knew MSU had PhD Programs?||
Who knew MSU had PhD Programs? I learned something new today!! What do you know. Although, I can't imagine the total number of PhD's from MSU could be all that high.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Grievance: delay on points||
*mgopoints delay* - My grievance is that it took Brian so doggone long to get the moderation system working again. Threads had become close to unreadable. Between trolls and negative nancies, I stopped going into many threads. It was just too painful.
related: I found it incredibly stupid and annoying for people to comment "plus one to this post" or something like that. It didn't work that way, and didn't mean a thing.
*Borges Hate* - I got really tired of the Borges haterz at Mgoblog. To be more specific, my grievance is with Borges haterz who put up posts like "Fire Borges!" or "The Lions should hire Borges" or "I wish Michigan would do terrible against Ohio so we could fire Borges."
|11 weeks 1 day ago||First rule of points: don't talk about points||
I agree: I don't understand why you were downvoted. But suck it up, and don't ask why. It happened.
You obv. have irritated some people. Maybe they feel Michigan is doing a lousy job recruiting. (We didn't get Hand!! We didn't get Froholdt!! Campbell decommitted!! The sky is falling!!)
Maybe what you point out doesn't fit their narrative. (Hoke sucks!! Fire Borges!! Lloyd Carr was great!!)
Regardless, qvetching about points and why you were downvoted doesn't work, and sometimes leads others to pile on.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||This is an example of a video well done||
This is an example of a video well done. We have seen so many awful, wretched, embarassing videos. (for instance:
We are Notre Dame: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6mE9Au3CwM
Big 10 "Call Me Maybe: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxhIhHv8oIM
Purdue "You Ought to be Proud": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JD6FAscGpoY
Minnesota "Crank Dat Gopher Boy": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l209xt_YraM
KSU, our bowl opponent: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-A-05wPlQQ4
Red Lightning has balls is a video done right.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Hmmm||
Topic a little to close to home? Because otherwise, it looks like a promising revenge chick flick. Course, a lot of movies that look like they'd be promising are dogs, but we'll just have to see.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||This is why voting is so great||
I too gave the negbang.
But more importantly, this post illustrates why it is so critical, so very important, that the mgoproletariat has the ability to upvote and downvote. Thank you Brian!!
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Not upset at all||
I'm in the group that is glad Michigan is playing Florida. I really believe we'll be pretty competitive by then, and that it will be a good game. I want Michigan to schedule and play games against the SEC.
ND is really the thing that messed this up. As Jamiemac mentioned, future home and homes (Ark, VaTech, Miami, UCLA) are pretty good. And I believe that Brandon will do what he can to schedule home and homes with some of the biggest names out there (Alabama, Florida, FSU, USC, Stanford, Texas, A & M,) It is coming, but you have to schedule those far, far, in advance.
I actually think that as DB gets more and more in place with the facility infrastructure, we'll see costs slow down (i.e., not endless ridiculous increases in ticket costs, etc.)
For me to cut to the chase, I think that DB is doing a good job, and operating to the best of his ability given the constraints he has to deal with.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Next Year's headline:||
Next Year's headline after Thanksgiving, when Butt catches 3 TD passes, more than 100 yards, blocks for Green to run wild, and Michigan beats the Buckeyes in Columbus convincingly:
Butt Hurt Ohio - Michigan sticks it to the Buckeyes
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Yeah, I wonder what advice he's getting now||
Yeah, I wonder what advice he's getting now from his coaches. Something doesn't add up. I wonder what his parents are doing and saying. I hadn't thought about it much, but upon reflection, many of the kids coming to Michigan seem to have really solid parents with good heads on their shoulders. I applaud all the coaches out there, at Michigan and beyond, who serve as surrogate parents for so many athletes with challenging backgrounds.
I guess I resonate with this, because my wife and I brought twins into our home as foster kids at 10 months, adopted them at 5, and they are now healthy and cantankerous 12 year olds. (Their mean streak serves them well in football, wrestling, and soccer.)
Anyway, I realize there are so many lost kids out there, and I want them to be in a healthy family. A football team isn't exactly a family. Still, I think that a lot of what Hoke and wife Laura, along with Mattison, Borges, the rest of the coaches, and the wives, do, is to foster a safe family atmosphere, with boundaries, guidelines, love, discipline, and so much that so many kids miss.
That's part of the reason I think Michigan has been attractive to many kids. It is attractive to families who value family, and it is attractive to kids who need family. I don't know whether or not Ward has the skill and ability to be an asset to Michigan, but it really is too bad for him that he didn't end up here.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Reply to Ari Gold||
Ari Gold, it is better to do what you know is the right thing, whether anybody will ever know or not. It is better to remember and remind yourself of what you're committed to do, because otherwise, your heart and your eyes will instead lead you down the wrong path. Who doesn't want to win? Who doesn't want success and glory? But at what price? It is better to play by the rules, with less frequent success, than to cheat in order to succeed more often.
I actually believe that Michigan will be at least 8 - 4 next year, and I'm predicting 9 - 3 or 10 - 2 (and I'd be willing to make a friendly wager based on your prediction that Michigan' goes 7 - 5.) But you know, here's the thing about 7 - 5. It is when things are hard, it is when you're hurting, that you're probably most tempted to cut corners. If I personally had to choose between 7 - 5 doing things the right way, or 10 - 2 by cheating, I'd still choose to do the right thing.
As regards your comments on paying college players, I don't have a problem with that, provided that it is regulated in some reasonable fashion. I think it is ridiculous that athletes who come from extremely challenging circumstances don't have some allowance made for their family poverty. So many Michigan students come from what I would call wealth, and can afford to do things that athletes on scholarships can only dream of. There's something wrong with that.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Feel sorry for him||
Something isn't right. I hope he finds someone who gives him good advice, and that he settles down. Perhaps the rush of being pursued is a motivation. I'm not sure what is happening. Right now, I think the least of our concerns are where he signs, but instead, that he lands in the right place and has the support system needed to mature and grow up.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Nope||
Nope, I don't want any sanctions at Michigan, ever. Either win the right way or don't win at all. This is one of the reasons I am very thankful that Hoke, Mattison, and Borges are at Michigan. I don't feel the need to throw mud and cast aspersions on other coaches or teams, but there are coaches who have been run up the flagpole who I wouldn't want in a million years at Michigan.
I'm not so naive as to think that many winning teams haven't cut corners. But the less you cut corners, the better. And when you know something is wrong, you need to not do it.
The NCAA has created problems by ridiculous, picayune, idiotic rules and regulations. It is difficult to ever be in complete compliance. Worse, they sometimes focus on all the minutiae of the rule book, and miss the big picture.
But whether big or small, I would much prefer that Michigan programs do things the right way. There are some inherent advantages Michigan has (facilities, history of success, great University, family atmosphere.) There are some inherent disadvantages (not in the south, hard school to get into, not a ton of 4 & 5 star talent in the State of Michigan.) Regardless of these advantages and disadvantages, we need to do things the right way, all the time, and settle things on the playing field.
This is why, despite the good things that happened in basketball 20 some years ago, there can't be a full embrace of the Fab-5 and of Steve Fisher. I loved watching those teams, and I'm not as vindictive as some Michigan fans. but there's been a lack of ownership for the wrong things that happened, and winning that way just is wrong.
The question you pose is like the Churchill quote:
“Churchill: "Madam, would you sleep with me for five million pounds?" Socialite: "My goodness, Mr. Churchill... Well, I suppose... we would have to discuss terms, of course... "
|11 weeks 6 days ago||"Herm" had some good thoughts||
"Herm" had some good thoughts. But any time you repeatedly cross the line, you can expect either Bolivia or banning.
I don't know definitively (and don't need to know, and don't care to know,) but I believe that the mods or proprieters will allow some amount of rudeness, especially if you yourself have been attacked and insulted beyond what is acceptable. The thing is, when a user repeatedly crosses the line, and starts to live there, it becomes more problematic. In the meta post on this topic, Brian mentioned the sense some users have of entitlement. I think this sense of entitlement comes from various places:
The point system returning will allow for so much more board self-policing. I think without the negbang/posbang active to give and take away points, and with the overall tone of lawlessness and rudeness, some users abused the privilege of being on the board. Newbies, esp. trolls, could come on the board with no fear of retribution for what they wrote. Some users who had been around more than four years, with a ton of "points," felt they could say anything with impunity.
The one at play with Herm, I believe, is number 5. There was one time years ago when I wrote something politically incorrect. I was warned by a mod that repeated infractions would result in some kind of sanction. (It actually looked like boilerplate or something generated by an autobot.) Anyway, I have to believe that "Herm" was told to tone it down, and didn't. Because of the shtick at play, maybe the poster known as "Herm" wanted to work the system to see how much it would take to get "Herm" banned. idk. But I can't imagine trying to keep things straight when users have multiple accounts and personalities (a la RDT.)
|12 weeks 1 day ago||This is how you learn to close out games||
Michigan is breaking in two freshmen in the backcourt. They lost the player of the year in Burke and a second guy in Hardaway to the first round of the NBA draft. Even Kentucky, with all their one and dones, can't expect freshmen to mesh immediately with the rest of the team.
If you think about it, both MSU with Izzo and Duke with Coach K schedule lots of difficult OOC games, which helps them finish strong in the conference, and also in the NCAA's.
I'd much rather have the losses now, and play stronger in the Big 10 and in the NCAA, than have a perfect record now and falter later.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Great Story||
Thanks for posting this. Great insight into Lloyd Carr. Only what I would expect, from what I knew of him.
It is good to be reminded that beyond their public person, coaches are all normal people. Some are good people, some aren't.
Here's the thing. Success on the field is only tangentially related to the character of the coach. Between your recruiting prowess, your entire coaching staff, especially the OC & DC, injuries, strength of schedule, and a little luck (turnovers, officiating, weather, etc.), the margin between success and failure can be very small. I've always pondered at how we are quick to castigate and condemn and badmouth coaches who haven't succeeded just the way we want them to succeed.
This is a long-winded way of saying I'm proud of Hoke and his staff, including Borges and Mattison. I strongly believe they are doing things the right way. I especially appreciate that they aren't overly full of themselves, and show appropriate modesty (like your grandfather.) I am thrilled that Michigan doesn't win by cutting corners, and that our coaches are loud and proud and insufferably arrogant braggerts. That isn't quite right: I know they are proud of the team, and of Michigan. Rather, they're not too full of themselves and their own importance.
I completely fall in the camp of preferring someone of strong and good character over someone who has success on the field at the cost of integrity and character. Almost anyone in the right place can buy success, but the currency you use is important. In the end, it affects how you look at yourself in the mirror. The worst fallout of Tatgate in some ways is for Tressel. I suspect he was a good man who made a poor decision, and it has affected the rest of his life. Cutting corners doesn't pay in the end. (for an interesting illustration of this principle, read a children's book by C.S. Lewis entitled "The Last Battle.")
As regards not getting to know more about your grandfather, well, youth is wasted on the young. If I could go back in time, I would have spent a lot more time with my grandparents, one of whom was a German pilot in WWI. I would love to have heard more stories and history that is now lost. For this reason, I've really talked a lot more to my father-in-law, who was a pilot in WWII, and dropped troops both at Normandy and Market garden (Holland invasion.) There are a ton of things he did in the war my wife (his daughter) was clueless about.
Can I make a suggestion? If you wrote a respectful letter to Coach Carr, letting him know that you would like to meet with him over dinner sometime to hear about your grandfather, and football at Riverview, and even just stories of Carr's life, I wouldn't be surprised if he would oblige you, to honor the memory of your grandfather. It is small solace for not talking to your grandfather more while alive, but it would be something.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Yes, I would have loved Bombadil et al||
Yes, I would have loved Bombadil et al. But you have to cut somewhere.
And yes, the word is closer to fate. The word would have been used of a soldier or warrior going into battle, knowing he probably was going to do, but going courageously and boldly anyway. Just the attitude Frodo had going into Mordor: I'm going to die, but that's ok, I'm doing the right thing.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||I can see your point||
But I actually look at it a bit differently . . . I wish they had stretched LOTR out to four movies, and included more with the flight out of Hobbiton, and the Old Forest, and Tom Bombadil, and on, and on, and on. But I get that they did what they had to do. I am an addict: I've probably read the LOTR 5 or 6 times over the last 30 years.
Here's a LOTR trivia question: there's a 3 letter word used twice in the trilogy which almost no one knows the meaning of. The most common usage today is completely, totally wrong (as well as being politically incorrect. The word? Fey. It is used when Frodo sets his face out of Shelob's lair resolutely for Mordor. See if you know the word.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Do you have a list of those who have died?||
Do you have a list of those who have died?
I suppose the list could be subdivided:
|12 weeks 3 days ago||That's great||
Now, a fun post or diary topic would be "Cautionary tales: a collection of stories on how various users got sent to Boliva." It was enjoyable reading interviews with rock star mgousers. It would be a different kind of enjoyable read to have someone collect in one place the reason people were sent to Bolivia. The collection would also ideally include those who had gone, but were released from Bolivia.
Speaking of this topic, there's another kind of user who just vanishes, collapses, is vaporized, is no more. How does that happen? Can all mods do this? Or just the proprieters? Is there a secret meeting of the minds before collapsing an account? Can a user choose to delete his own account?
When I think of the ban, the following comes to mind:
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Don't forget Festivus||
Don't forget Festivus for the rest of us. Or rather, for the Festivus partisans among us. Have to be inclusive, after all, be board pc and make everyone happy.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||I agree with True Blue Grit||
I don't think Dave Brandon is trying to make a quick buck. I believe that he is doing what he can to bring Michigan to a competitive level, across the board. It was well known that the infrastructure for Football and Basketball was substandard. Michigan got by on the cachet and reputation it had of success, but that only lasts so long. I remember the wars about the Football stadium, and the luxury boxes. I also remember how dingy Crisler was, and that was more than 25 years ago. Changes for those venues just had to happen, as much as there were complaints about it.
This also goes for the cost of coaching. If Michigan wants to compete with Alabama and USC and Ohio and all the rest of the Big Boys, they need to pay competitive salaries. Mattison doesn't come to Michigan for chump change.
The reality is that if you want a cheap ticket, you can go to an EMU game, or a high school game. I myself actually went to a bunch of local high school games this Fall, which was cheap, entertaining, and a way to keep my eye on my 12 year old twins.
You know, DB is going to strike out some of the time. I am probably least enamored with some of the changes at Yost. Having said that, he strikes out partially because he is swinging for the fences.
As for the nickel and diming complaints, DB isn't alone. I hate the world we live in, but I can't think of too many venues anymore where you can bring in your own food and beverages. And you know what? I bring in an emptied water bottle and fill it; I bring in some peanuts and sandwiches in coat pockets, and I'm never stopped. If you really want to be cheap, it still is possible.
This just strikes me as a hatchet job on DB, and some will eat it up, and others see the reality of the situation.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior||
Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior.
Of course, from my perspective, this is more than a mere opinion.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Thank you, Brian||
Thank you, thank you, thank you, sincere thanks, great appreciation, heartfelt gratitude, all of this, and more. Maybe this will help the site and remove gratuitous snark, stupidity, and trolling.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Interesting Analysis||
Interesting Analysis. I don't care for throwing RR under the bus, even though I prefer Hoke to RR.
Regarding the number of wins for Hoke to keep his job, I think you overstate things.
Regarding the prediction of 10 wins each of the next two season, I think 9 wins in the 2014 regular season and 11 wins in 2015 is more likely. The OL is still developing, along with depth everywhere. By 2015, it should be there, and Michigan should be firing on all cylinders.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||This is not real||
You start an account today, just to post this? And it is to bring Tressel in? Has to be sarcasm. But that's a lot of effort (new account, new facebook group, painted Michigan vest,) for sarcasm. To each his own.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||You might be able to win every argument||
You might be able to win every argument. But winning arguments never convinces anyone of anything. It just irritates them.
Need proof? When your mom and dad argued, and your dad "won," was it worth it? Did it change your mom's mind?
Arguing about religion is usually a waste of time, imhe.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Thanks!||
Looking at the list, there are at least 4 more I'd like to see commit to Michigan:
It is incredible to already have 3 on the list. Were we able to add two of the above, having 5 commitments in the top 100, I don't know how you can do much better than that. Fill in the class with another solid 10 - 15 commitments, and Michigan continues to have top 10 recruiting for 4 straight years.
EDIT: Was too slow in posting (see above post.) Definitely think Sterling Jenkins is another one to add to the list, especially to keep him away from Ohio.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||Hope MSU kills Stanford||
I hope MSU kills Stanford. And I hope Michigan kills MSU the next 10 years. These are not mutually exclusive statements.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||I for one would congratulate MSU||
I don't love MSU. I ALWAYS want Michigan to beat them. But man, they did a great job. Without a bunch of 4 stars, they've built a great defense. Connor Cook has done a good job in his first year starting. They adjusted during the game, and really took it to Ohio. They deserve to be congratulated. Give credit where it is due. Mattison, Lewan, Hoke, would all do the same thing.
I really don't understand the jerks who are such sore losers they can't congratulate the winner in a clean, hard fought battle. You play hard, you do your best, and sometimes you win, and sometimes you lose. I'm glad for MSU, even though I don't like them. You remind me of the brats and bullies who storm off when they don't win a game. Life lesson: no one wants to play with you or be around you when that's who you are. It is that attitude, whether at Ohio, or MSU, or ND, or Michigan, or the SEC, that I absolutely can't stand. Don't be that guy.
One other thing about MSU, I think they'll represent well in the Rose Bowl. I don't think their going to roll over for Stanford. I'm tired of sending Big10 teams to bowls to see them whipped. I'd like to see MSU's defense put the hurt on Stanford. And I agree with readers who want to see every Big10 team win their bowl game.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||Meta: may you be banned||
EDIT: In ref to Waterford (jerk) Woverline.
You represent exactly why I can't wait for the negbang to come back. You've been a user all of 2 weeks, have something asinine to say, then repeat it. You are fortunate there is still no negbang, because your kind will be destroyed by sane users. Your day of reckoning, and those like you, can't come too soon for me.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||Love seeing MSU stick it to Ohio||
Love seeing MSU stick it to Ohio, who is terribly overrated. They're melting down at 11W. Here's a good quote from one of their threads:
How will us OSU fans get over this. This is the only game on our schedule that let us prove that we belonged. Everyone (all the SEC fans) are gonna eat this shit up
If Ohio wins, I think Auburn passes them up after today. But even if I was guaranteed Auburn would pass them, I still want to see Ohio lose.
I also think this game goes a long way to show the power of a dominant defense, and that Michigan has a long way to get there.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||I love defense||
Of course, a balanced defense and offense is best. But I love defense, and believe that Mattison will have Michigan there soon enough. You know, neither Mattison nor Hoke have been very effusive in praise of Michigan's defense. They both know we have a long way to go. We're heading in the right direction, but aren't there yet. Every year we're getting closer.
I also completely agree with Salvatore: patience is a virtue and it took MSU time to get to where they are today. Giving Mattison (and Borges, for that matter,) time to get their players in place and have the right depth and the right players for what you want to do is critical.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||I don't understand the MSU hate||
The hatred of MSU is irrational and disproportionate to who they are.
I don't "love" MSU. But I despise Ohio, and would easily rather they lose.
The only reason I can see some of you hating MSU more is because you live in the State of Michigan. For the rest of the world, Ohio is our rival.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||Want Ohio & SEC to lose||
Want Ohio & SEC to lose. If that means that Sparty wins, fine. And I have no problem with FSU winning.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||Thank you, Brian||
Brian, I'm thankful for your job, and your fandom, and for this welcome diversion. I'm looking forward to the return of both positive and negative user moderation.
The focus has largely been on the "negbang." But the "posbang" was a wonderful way to affirm and encourage great posts. I fondly remember some of those posbangs (iirc, "Raback" and "BKfinest" it, as regards a recruit commiting to Michigan?) Anyway, it was great to give a positive bump to those who really contributed to the conversation.
Conversely, there was something kind of crazy about the meltdowns, where jerks would continue to post, and in the span of one thread with 10 of their own idiot responses lose hundreds and hundreds of points. Guys would go through the threads just to negbang them on everything they posted.
My personal preference was to leave the negative posts up to read, because sometimes there were good insights. The negative vote was just a red flag letting you know that the content might be worth skipping. For me, the benefit of the negbang wasn't so much to hide threads, but to slow down the negativity and insults, and secondarily, to make it easier for mods to bring down the hammer.
It is too bad you have to go back to the neg/pos bang, but I don't think you have a choice. Users won't be civil and respectful to those they disagree with otherwise.
Regardless, I'm looking forward to mgoblog becoming a more hospitable and readable blog going forward.
EDIT: And I'm keeping my username, and my avatar, even if it gets me banned. And if I ever get banned, it just means that I need to become a lurker with no account and no posting privileges.
EDIT 2: Mods or Brian, is there an ETA on this point system returning? End of the year? 6 months? Next August? I've gathered for some time that it was coming back, but I don't recall any sense of when that's going to happen.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Interesting thought||
Your suggestion has some merit.
However, fatuous, supercilious compliments aren't really necessary. All that is needed is for criticisms to be well thought out, and not crass, crude, ad hominem attacks. The rude, mean-spirited, mindless barbs, often delivered with a sense of entitlement, are what need to be cut out. Valid criticism, however harsh, will always have it's place, and often will stand well alone.
Compliments are welcomed only when there are legitimate positives to be made.
So, to use an example:
Now, to really fill a post like this out, it would be helpful to have two things. First, some stats (both on excellent game plans, and bad game plans.) Second, some examples (good play calls, bad play calls.) The statistical backup with some illustrations is what is really lacking. Without that, we just have more of this:
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Basketball||
Basketball championship for me. I remember the dark years of basketball. They were many, and I don't want them to come back, ever. The team earned the right to be there, and it is close to impossible to get to, let alone win, a National Championship. I hate OSU, and want the win, but I am willing to wait another year, and see Michigan football begin to compete regularly and win half the time (against OSU.)
|13 weeks 4 days ago||MSU all the way||
I want Ohio's 24 game win streak snapped, and I want a Big 10 Team to beat OSU. I'm sick and tired of hearing OSU crow about their success, and how they're the only real team in the Big 10. Their hubris in planning for the National Championship is annoying. From my perspective, Michigan has already passed MSU in recruiting, and I'd much rather have MSU win now rather than later, when Michigan will be winning. Plus, I don't have any problem with them going to a BCS game, and they haven't been to the Rose Bowl for a long time.
I shouldn't have to say that I don't care for MSU, but they're the lesser of two evils, in my opinion. Ohio is the slimier, sleezier team, and I want to see Urban Meyer cut down to size. Ohio is lucky they won last week, and I want their offense to feel some real pain.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||This is great news to me||
I have drunk the koolaid, and anticipate 9-3 next year, 10-2 or better in 2015, staying there or doing even better from that point forward.
I am thrilled that Borges and Funk are returning, and look forward greatly to next near.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Hmmm||
I suppose Loeffler isn't available. In a way, it might be good if a coach decides to retire or move on, opening a spot for a QB coach. Not sure what to think.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||First time I've listened to a podcast||
I have always skipped the podcasts, but listened today for the first time, largely because of interest in the meta issues. I am greatly encouraged by a number of things.
The reality is, I personally am not a great contributor to the blog. I'm not close to the program, and I'm not a great football mind. However, I come here for enjoyment, as a fan, for fun, for escape. When it becomes a chore to wade through comments, when it isn't fun anymore, when it leaves a bad taste in my mouth, I'd rather clean out files and rake leaves and wash the dishes than come to mgoblog. I'm hoping that in the next few months, the blog will return to some approximation of what it was, and what I want it to be.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Your comments make sense . . . but not for Michigan||
Let me explain why I think the spread isn't the best option for Michigan.
. If we were most teams in the Big 10 (i.e., Purdue, Indiana, Northwestern, Minnesota, Nebraska, Maryland, Rutgers, even Iowa, maybe even Penn State, MSU and Wisconsin) I think the spread is the way to go. This is what RR tried to do at Michigan.
However, I believe that there are a handful of teams in the country, of which Michigan is one, which don't have to resort fully to the spread. USC, Alabama, LSU, Florida, Ohio State, Texas, Auburn, Georgia, Stanford, ND, and Michigan have the history, the facilities, the cachet, to be able to try and recruit for "Big Boy Football." If this is done right, on average, I believe those teams will beat a good spread team.
If Michigan had recruited another spread coach, the transition would have been easier from RR. Conversely, if Michigan had recruited a "big boy" type coach after Carr, the transition would have been easier. Our problem was in transitioning first from big boy to spread, and then second, from spread back to "big boy." In a sense, this has largely meant a loss of six years. (2008 through 2013.)
I believe the number of QB's who can run a pro style offense is limited, but not that limited. More than that, Michigan has historically had success in putting QB's in the pros (Brady, Henne, Grbac, Collins, Harbaugh, and Griese all saw significant time in the NFL.) USC, ND, Washington, UCLA, Stanford, Miami, and Michigan have all produced a significant number of pro QB's. This in itself makes these schools, and Michigan, attractive to the Andrew Luck's coming out of HS.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Great News!||
Great News! Of course, I consistently expected this, from everything I've heard from both Hoke and Brandon. From my perspective, this is far more than mere "loyalty" or going back to DeBord. This is football minds assessing the situation, and seeing that the offensive line was too young and inexperienced, and that they needed the year of seasoning.
I find it interesting that Brian noted Funk's intelligence in coaching seminars. I also believe that Borges is very creative, and with a full team, they will do very well.
At the very least, terminating Borges or Funk prior to the 2014 season would be premature. By next season, Borges & Funk (& Hoke, & Mattison) will be able to be fairly assessed, for good or for bad.
What has not often been noted is how very close the entire coaching staff is with each other. The chemistry and cameraderie among coaches and wives permeates the entire program, and adds to the "family" atmosphere so many recruits and players have noted. To remove Borges and Funk would severely disrupt this strong atmosphere, to the detriment of the team.
I also debated whether or not to post my epinion, because the group think around here seems so strongly aligned against Borges. What tipped the scales is not being contrarian. Rather, from my perspective, this is 100% the right decision. And I am willing to go on record with that, even though it seems to make the majority of mgousers very unhappy.
I'd be more than happy to make a wager with any of the anti-Borges crowd: I'll bet every last point of mine against yours (point for point) that Michigan is at least 9-3 next year, at least 10-2 in 2015, and consistently at that level or better from that point forward. In fact, I'm confident enough in my prediction that I'd be willing to go negative, towards Bolivia, if we had less than 9 wins next year. I'm very happy for the future, and thrilled that Borges and Funk (et al) are staying on board.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Completely Agree||
I completely agree with your comments on the OL being the main problem. The experience they gained this year was huge. Next year, the OL will still be mostly redshirt sophomores, with two more years of eligibility in 2015 & 2016! Going forward, we should have more depth, more upper classmen, and more experience on the line. These will all make a huge difference.
Beyond the OL, the RB's have more experience, and some are bigger (i.e., Green.) The receiver depth and experience increases (Funchess, Chesson, & Darboh all have experience, with 4 more on the roster, headlined by incoming freshman Drake Harris.) The tight ends finally have depth and experience, with 2 - 3 solid receivers, and more ability in blocking. Gardner has been through the wars, is a senior QB, and we finally have real depth, with two guys having been in the system a long time (Bellomy & Morris) allowing the incoming freshman (Speight) to redshirt and acclimate.
Without going over the defense, I fully believe they are getting stronger, bigger, faster, and the overall quality of each player is getting higher by the year.
It would be a terrible mistake to make a coaching change right now, anywhere at all. Team 135 will be one very hungry, focused, and mean bunch. Other teams won't know what hit them. And fans will be shocked at what's going to happen next year.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||I'm a parent||
I'm a parent (of a 20 year old and 12 year old twins.) The twins in particular are in a number of competitive sports (football, basketball, baseball, soccer, wrestling.) I did indeed think it was a great game. Of course I wanted to win, but I'm not heart-broken at the loss. However, I think you can't clearly tie being a parent to your view on the game.
Somehow, I think that the loss bothers certain personalities more than in bothers others. I think Brown Bear was onto something a couple days ago in talking about perspective. Some people have a lot more balanced perspective on life and what's important than others. I am completely happy with being considered a terrible fan by some, because I am happy with doing things the right way, and winning the right way, and winning not be the most important thing. You play your best, you strive to win, you seek to be excellent. But when you give it your all, and you fall short, as happened to Michigan, you're saddened, but you're not crushed and broken. You leave the field proud, with some tears, and look forward to another day.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||In response to Yeoman - this is Brian's blog||
In response to Yeoman, this is Brian's blog. He can do what he wants with it. He can ban people. Chop off heads. Give them negative millions of points. He can authorize the mods to do the same. I actually don't have any particular users in mind, because I try not to remember the idiocy and lunacy and negativity, and who spews it. But I will say that I'm tired of the negative spewing. I like news, and I like coverage, and I like most of the front page pieces. But the comments and some of the posts just aren't fun any more. In particular, I hate personal attacks . . . on Brian, on mods, on bloggers, on athletes, on coaches. I want more discussion about football and basketball and hockey and less of the stuff about firing staff and "changes need to be made now" stuff.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||I'm looking forward to seeing heads roll||
I don't agree with Brian on everything, but I've had it with the coarse, negative, anonymous, so-called Michigan fans who have made this a much more unpleasant place to be. I absolutely don't mind or care if the blog espouses a different direction than I would choose. Having said that, I do mind when somehow, bloggers make this place unlivable. As Brown Bear said, there needs to be perspective on what's important.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||I sure hope not||
That is to say, I hope Borges remains. It would be wrong to cut him (or Funk, for that matter) before next year at the earliest. If, with next year's brutal schedule, Michigan should win at least 9 games, with at least one of those wins being against Ohio or MSU, he should get another year. I don't think it is fair to judge Hoke (or Borges, or Funk, or Mattison) prior to 2015. If they all are allowed to stay, we're going to see some wonderful things happening as we go forward.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||I think we'll match up well||
I'm excited about next year. I think the loss of Lewan and Schofield will more than be mitigated by the maturing of the line, especially on the interior. I'm excited about replacing Gallon and Reynolds with Harris and Darboh, giving us four sold WR (Chesson, Funchess, Darboh, & Harris.) Plus, between Ways, Duke, & York, someone might step up.
I believe that our defensive line will only get stronger, and we'll do more against their offensive line.
Gardner has been through the wars, and Morris will be more capable in backing him up.
Green and Smith will be solid.
On defense, Peppers will only help, along with the maturing of the rest of the defensive backs. Our linebackers will be stronger.There will be more depth everywhere. I do expect we'll lose several games next year, but I'm looking forward to facing Ohio more than I have for a long time.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||I guess you're entitled to your opinion||
I'm glad that Hoke and Brandon take a different tack than you do. The proof is in the eating of the pudding (or in the W-L record.) I am extremely optimistic, but we'll see a lot more after both the 2014 & 2015 campaigns. I fully expect 9 wins next year, and eleven in 2015, with strong seasons thereafter. Oh, and let me know if you're one of those jumping ship who want to let go of your season tickets.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Not going to have more of these seasons||
Each year will get better from here on out. The offensive line is only going to get stronger and stronger. The depth will be there, some next year, but the right kind of depth by 2015. Next year, I'll be happy with 9 - 3. 2015, I'll be happy with 11 wins, and winning the Big 10. Recruits aren't stupid either. You see the kind of recruiting classes we're getting, and the guys we're pulling in. Peppers, Drake Harris, Damien Harris, George Campbell, Erik Swenson, and others are coming in, and I am positive this will only get stronger. The absolute worst thing in the world would be to make coaching changes now.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Doesn't save them . . .||
The game doesn't save Funk & Borges . . . because they weren't going anywhere. Brandon and Hoke are 100% behind Borges and Funk. And that's all that matters. I don't see attendance dropping at games. I've said it in other posts, but things look bright for the offense.
Coaching continuity is very, very important. The coaches get along so well as a team. Funk and Borges deserve to come back, and I'm so excited they will.
One last comment, and it has to do with how the team played today versus some other games. A young team improves much more over the course of a season. I'm sure the Mathlete could provide graphs, but the rawness and inexperience of Michigan goes a long way to explain why they played so much worse early in the season than they did today. Honestly, if the schedule was different, and Michigan played against Akron, Connecticut, MSU, Nebraska, Penn State or Iowa next week, I firmly believe Michigan would play them much, much tougher than happened in the first game.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||I hate Ohio more than MSU||
Definitely want MSU to win next week.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Team of Michigan's Status?||
You're living in lala land. Almost as bad as ND fans "returning to glory." Michigan's recruiting under RR was crummy, especially on the line. For Michigan to play this well against Ohio was huge. I'm sad they didn't get the win. I'm thrilled Hoke went for it. And I'm looking forward to what the recruiting classes will mean next year, the year after, and on into the future. When I watched the MSU game, I was demoralized. This game, on the other hand, gives me tremendous hope that they're getting it, and moving forward in a good way.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||To each their own||
I'm not satisfied, and not happy. But at the same time, not angry, not embarrassed. Proud to be a Wolverine, prould of the team, excited about the future. This isn't a victory. But it isn't a beatdown, and it isn't something that breaks my heart.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Loved the call||
Wouldn't have had it any other way. Happy with Hoke, with Borges, with Devin, not with the final outcome.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||I'm 100% behind Borges||
I'm glad Borges, and Hoke, and Brandon, and Mattison ignore AA Torch & Pitchfork and the rabid fan base. I completely do NOT believe Michigan is settling for mediocrity with Borges, and I believe that 2015 is the year.
our offense is going to be not just fine, but great. Michigan is not going to be easy for MSU and Nebraska and Penn State and Iowa to push around. While we won't be all there by next year, the team is going to be vastly different, and soon. Our record next year will improve, and we'll be competing for the Big 10 title by 2015, bigger things by 2016.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Totally disagree with you||
The loss of Ross and Wilson was huge (let alone Pipkins earlier in the year.)
But beyond that, we have a significant talent deficiency. Mattison may have masked it better than Borges, but it is going to be another year or two before Mattison has the defense where he wants it. It takes time, and Michigan is getting there.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Not happy, yet proud||
I'm not happy at the loss. But here's some of the reality for me:
Happy? No, but I'm proud of the team, 100% behind them, and look forward to next year.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||Can't say until I watch half the game||
I can't really say until I watch at least half the game. Specifically, I couldn't bear to watch at least the 4th quarter of MSU game. After the turnover, and we not only did nothing, but lost yardage, I lost heart. At least in the Northwestern game, they were in the game, which made it interesting. Once it is clear Michigan can't or won't win, it is hard to watch.
EDIT: I was just listening to the basketball game, and hung on every point . . . what a comeback. It isn't football or basketball, but the game itself that is either worth following (or not!)
|15 weeks 4 days ago||Want Crawford||
Ohio offering Crawford is a validation. I think we have to be able to compete with Ohio head to head in recruiting. If we're not doing that, we'll never be competing with them on the field.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||Couldn't agree more||
Couldn't agree more. Our depth woes, and the recruiting classes that cratered, have had a huge negative affect on the team. Giving out all our scholarships every year, even an extra one (when you're likely to lose a couple from attrition) makes sense to me. Year after year of full recruiting classes, and full depth, will allow for more competition, scrimmages, plenty of red-shirting, and time for players to develop. Focusing on the OL, if there are consistently 3 - 4 recruits on a yearly basis, all your starters, with rare exceptions, should have had two years of time in the program before they even see the field. Virtually every recruit on the line would redshirt, would have a second year to develop, and might be a substitute in a blowout . . . in their 3rd year in the program.
This lack of depth and lack of redshirts and lack of experienced upper-classmen starting is one of the main reasons why I believe that the entire coaching staff should be given at least one if not two more years. I really want to see what Borges and Funk are doing with the team in 2015.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||I think the OL recruiting has been great||
We wouldn't have the success we're having in OL recruiting if Funk was a skunk. I guess what I'm happiest about right now is that I don't see Hoke or Brandon changing the OL coaching. I'm glad they're the ones in control, and not the rabid fan base. All the concerns about Funk will be washed away by the 2015 & 2016 seasons.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||Wonderful Post||
Thanks for sharing this . . . Hatch is a high quality & high character kid, and we'd never have seen this apart from this post. I'm no longer worried about Beilein's recruiting, even if we whiffed on many potential recruits in the current class.
|16 weeks 12 hours ago||I want no coaching changes||
Regardless of the number of wins, I want no coaching changes this year. Of course, I think to win out, or win two out of three, will only help Borges and Funk. But I believe they are staying, and I'm thrilled with that.
I also believe coaching instability is terrible for the program, and the best possible thing is for them to stay. I really want to see what the OL can do next year.
Yeah, so the best possible outcome is for Michigan to win out, but regardless of wins, I want the entire coaching staff to stay intact.
|16 weeks 3 days ago||Endless snark and dissatisfaction||
Why am I even posting? Waste of time . . . all there is here is endless snark, dissatisfaction, anger, etc., etc., etc. I am part of the one percent who actually wants to see Borges and Funk given through next year. Appreciation might be a tad strong, but I do not want more coaching changes.
|17 weeks 3 days ago||Links to player/alumni articles re: restricted content?||
In general, the rules on verboten topics make sense. There is one occasional exception, in my mind, which I vaguely recollect seeing every now and then. That exception is when a current or alumni member of the staff or team is involved in a non-offensive way with something that is political or religious. Here are some examples:
Generally, both athletes and coaches keep personal religious and political views personal. This is seen as a good thing. But there are times when personal faith and politics intersect with public life. At the very least, I don't think it is a bad thing to put up links to legitimate articles covering faith and politics when it informs and shapes the life of athletes in a public way. This is one of those things where there needs to be the liberal use of discretion.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||Regarding Incognito: something's broken||
I've debated started a new thread on Incognito, but decided against it. Anyway, reading some of the news accounts on Incognito is pretty disturbing. He definitely has that so called OL "Nasty" streak. If Incognito's behavior is what it means to be nasty, I don't want nasty linemen at Michigan. Play hard, but play fair. I don't like dirty play, and I detest the bullying and the personal insults that came from Incognito. I really hope that this isn't the kind of thing that Kalis was praised for (in being "nasty.")
|17 weeks 5 days ago||Re: Heiko Addendum: Angelique highlights your query||
Over at the Detroit News, the headline on Borges' presser by Angelique reads, Michigan offensive coordinator Al Borges won't second-guess plan in loss to Michigan State
From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20131105/SPORTS0201/311050088#ixzz2jol4ZgZJ
Was it a bit tense when Borges fielded and "non" answered your question? From my perspective, he really couldn't and shouldn't answer the question publicly, in order not to tip his hand for Nebraska. Still, it is a thought provoking question.
|17 weeks 5 days ago||I like Borges and think he and Michigan's offense will be fine||
I like Borges and think he and Michigan's offense will be fine down the road a year and more. At this point, haters are gonna hate. I'm just thrilled that between Brandon and Hoke, Borges should be fine through next season. None of this "hot seat" nonsense. For that matter, given the terrible OL recruiting, I strongly believe Funk should be given a pass through 2015. Some see coaching continuity as a cause for despair. I see the current coaching continuity as a sign for rejoicing.
Ohio has gloated for years about the talent deficit between them and us. This disparity, especially the lack of experienced seniors, is hitting us hard this year. The deficit will narrow every year going forward . . . provided that we keep the coaches in place. It simply takes several years of solid recruiting and having your guys in the system with most red-shirting to see the results.
The family atmosphere among the coaches is huge, especially between Hoke, Borges, and Mattison. They and their wives have a great relationship. This extends throughout the position coaches, and is perhaps one of the most significant reasons we are recruiting so well. What so many on this board don't understand is that messing with these interpersonal dynamics is fraught with danger. My son's 7th grade season just ended (6 - 2, won a game in the playoffs.) A large part of the reason his team is doing well is the great chemistry among the coaches. I don't want to see anything mess with this.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||I'm sorry at Coach Funk's loss||
I'm sorry at Coach Funk's loss. That makes for a particularly difficult week. He's in my prayers during this difficult time.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||Penn State||
See, I am positive there will be no key coaching changes next year. (i.e., Hoke, Mattison, Borges.) Actually, I don't think there will be any coaching changes at all. And I'm one of the idiots who don't think there SHOULD be any changes. I believe the current coaching staff should get next year. I'm a broken record, but I expected this debacle given the RR OL recruiting.
The other thing is the negativity, courseness, crudeness, crassness, and snarkiness mean the board is no longer right for me to spend much time in, at least the posts.
I'm happy to read headlines, and know a bit of the latest news, but I can't stand to read posts from those raging and ripping on everything, from Brandon to the coaching staff to the players to the recruiting. I just can't do it.
Brian has often said that it is hardest to predict how OL recruits will turn out. They all know they're under the gun, but it won't start to turn around til next year, and won't really be right til the year after that. I really hope that Brandon and Hoke don't listen to AA Torch & Pitchfork.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||Less right now||
First time I've gone to the blog postgame. I won't read any threads right now. I can't bear to read anything castigating the coaching staff today. If we're in the same place in a year, that's a different story.
|18 weeks 2 days ago||One positive to your post||
There is one positive to your post (for me.) It is a clear warning to try to steer clear from plowing into the morass of posts likely to appear by the end of the afternoon tomorrow.
While I predict Michigan will win (shameless homer that I am,) I also predict that MSU's stout defense will give Michigan's offense fits. Which will amplify and continue the criticism about what a crummy offensive coordinator Borges is. Which will make mgoblog close to intolerable and little fun. It has come to the point where sometimes instead of wading through the crass and demoralizing dreck at the blog I'd rather just read through the game coverage at the Detroit News and Free Press (with the exception of Drew Sharp, who I can't stand.)
|18 weeks 2 days ago||I can tell you're from Minnesota||
I can tell you're from Minnesota because of your desire for a fish boil. Or rather, it doesn't surprise me. In the last few years I've been to a couple of delicious fish boils in the Chicago area, hosted by Swedes and maybe a few Norwegians. We had delicious Lake Superior whitefish, if memory serves correctly, along with potatoes, beets, coleslaw, and Swedish limpu bread. One of my wife's favorite meals. if you have the wherewithal to pull off a fish boil yourself, I'm impressed.
As regards YOUR POST on the coaching staff and negative opinions and posbangs, I am not impressed. I roll my eyes and am back to bed for another hour or so. I love the coaching staff, and have a much greater appreciation for a "Fort Schembechler" attitude. It is my strong belief that neither Hoke, nor Borges, nor Mattison, are going anywhere. Further, I believe we will see the fruit of their labor within a couple years, and both the general masses of fans and the mgo-illuminati will likewise be thrilled and pleased.
Enjoy your fish boil.
|18 weeks 3 days ago||This is why star ratings only tell you so much||
Canteen "may be" a great example of why you look at the player and not only the star rating. I think that typically, someone with 4 stars, and even moreso with 5 stars, is guaranteed to be a very good player (i.e., the likes of Pepper, Hand, McDowell, Harris, Campbell, etc.) You can see this by the offer lists . . . it seems every 5 star is offered by Alabama, Ohio, Stanford, ND, Auburn, Georgia, Texas, USC, Florida, etc. That's an oversimplification, but you know what I mean.
Where teams really can stand out is in uncovering recruits who are slightly below the radar. Canteen could be one of these. So would Jake Ryan. So would Graham Glasgow. So was Mike Hart. The more you can find 3 stars and walk ons who are huge competitors and contributors, the better off the team will be, by far. Alabama and Ohio and a few others will always get their share of the top 100 players. Michigan has gotten several already for 2014. But when our coaches can supplement the 3 - 5 top hundred players with another 2 - 3 who are that good, but not ranked that high, it makes all the difference in the world.
|18 weeks 4 days ago||Sobering Article||
I fully agree with his perspective. And this is the kind of fandom that can make blogs intolerable as well. (re: space coyote appreciation thread.) As long as no one objects (other fans, moderators, etc.) the behavior will continue and get worse. Thanks for the link.
|18 weeks 5 days ago||That's not it||
SC isn't "having a breakdown because people don't like Al Borges." The problem isn't just people who don't like Borges. The problem is people who irrationally hate Al Borges, want him fired, without much in the way of analysis or reason. I sure can't speak for SC, but I'd bet money that he can easily deal with reasoned opposition to Borges. Unfortunately, way, way too much of the opposition is not reasoned, thoughtful, sane, sensible, intelligible, etc. Hence the breakdown.
There was a short clip posted last week from south park . . . "boo wendy testeburger." It describes too much of the discourse here, especially that against Borges.
|18 weeks 5 days ago||I love space coyote's analysis||
I love space coyote's analysis.
I also happen to think Borges is a great OC, who is particularly hamstrung by the turrible OL recruiting under RR. Even Brian saw this coming, and no one should be surprised by it.
Fortunately, saner heads (i.e., Brandon and Hoke and Mattison) will prevail. Borges isn't going anywhere.
However, the discourse and content on the board definitely is going down. I've never really cared about the lack of negbangs, but I think they are badly needed at this point.
I do want space coyote to stay, although you have to have a thick skin and be ready to ignore the lunatic fringe.
|18 weeks 5 days ago||Too simplistic to point to Game Outcome||
We could have played hard, had no turnovers, and still lose, say 23-21.
Or, we could play terribly and lose big.
Almost worst, we could play terribly and still win. (unlikely.)
Of course, like all Michigan fans, I want to see us win. But to lose a close, well-played game on the road is vastly different from losing a blowout because a game was called poorly and the team wasn't put in the position to succeed.
To answer your question directly: a loss to MSU will NOT cause me to lose confidence in the direction the Michigan program is heading in. I believe we're heading in the right direction, and we will see this more in 2014, and see it completely by 2015.
|18 weeks 6 days ago||Thank you||
I obsess too much over Michigan football, but there's little good reason to panic. I still think Hand comes to Michigan, but at the end of the day, he should do what is best for him in his situation, even if that means going to Alabama. I still believe Hoke and crew have Michigan headed in the right direction.
|18 weeks 6 days ago||Re: SEC paying recruits||
I do think the SEC paying recruits meme is old and worn out. I also think it is true in some instances that recruits are paid. However, just because the SEC has done this, doesn't mean it is relevant in terms of where Hand goes. I do believe that for Da'Shawn Hand, he will indeed do the research needed, and choose the school he believes is the best fit for him.
Yes Michigan could really use Hand, and of course I badly want him to play for Michigan. But let's not forget that we would question why any recruit would want to play for a school with a perceived lower quality than Michigan (i.e., most of the Big 10, except for Ohio.) In the same way, while I think Hand will come to Michigan, who could fault him if he chose to go to Alabama, given their recent track record on the field of play.
|19 weeks 1 day ago||It isn't rocket science to figure out||
We've had this discussion many times. I can't remember all the reasons, but here are some of them.
We can't go back. Cable TV in high definition is with us. Costs never go down. Society is more and more fractured. There are creative ways to build community, but I don't see this happening at large state universities too often.
|19 weeks 5 days ago||Gallon, Kalis/DL, Funchess/Glasgow||
|19 weeks 6 days ago||Wow||
Wow. I should count my blessings. I can't imagine being in your shoes all season. So you must really, really like night games! I can't imagine watching all games at 3:30am.
|19 weeks 6 days ago||Remaining Slots||
Conventional wisdom has two remaining slots in the 2014 class going to Malik McDowell and Da'Shawn Hand. Conventional wisdom also has maybe one opening after that, going perhaps to JuJu Smith, or perhaps Marshon Lattimore (& Erick Smith.) Those are all excellent possibilities. While you're not supposed to count your chickens before the eggs have hatched, it's hard not to feel very positive about McDowell and Hand.
My question has to do with OL depth. Cole & Bushell-Beatty are the only OL recruits in 2014, and excellent commitments at that. I'm wondering if the recent ACL injury to Burzinski and the continuing problems for Bryant mean that the coaches might consider pursuing another OL recruit with the last spot available in the 2014 recruiting class. Or has that ship already sailed, with our staff not focusing on any recruits still uncommitted and linesmen who are potentially interested in Michigan.
After the problems the last few years on the line, I really want to see plenty of solid recruits coming in almost every year at the line position. Solid, experienced depth on the line is critical to everything, from protecting the QB, giving him time to pass, to opening lanes for our RB corps. You can't win consistently without consistent line play.
|19 weeks 6 days ago||My OP largely selfish||
My OP on the start time of games is largely selfish. My son's football team, on which he is a starting OLB & FB, will be in the playoffs shortly, and has done a great job. Any scheduling conflict between Michigan games and my son's games dictates for me where I will be. And gladly so. I'd miss an early season game of my son's, but not the playoffs. Regardless, I want to have my cake and eat it too! As long as my son's game and the MSU game are off a couple hours, I can watch both. With the MSU game at 3:30pm, now I know that with the DVR, there's a good chance I'll be able to make it all work.
The other thing is I am a pastor in the Chicago area, so I mostly want to go to noon games, if my schedule isn't already full. Going to a game at 3:30pm means that I'm not home til 11pm or so, which I try to avoid. Normally I catch a game or two live, but this year it just hasn't worked out. I can't plan things out until I know start times. C'est la vie.
|19 weeks 6 days ago||Does this affect recruiting?||
I'm wondering when this affects recruiting. Is there some point when Funk or Borges say, we need to add another OG recruit.
Related to this is the question of how and when announcements are made about someone's career being over. Part of that is the player's decision, and part of it is medical and physical reality. Regardless, I don't expect we'll hear anything regarding OL depth during the remainder of the season.
|19 weeks 6 days ago||I don't think many give Borges enough credit||
I don't think many give Borges enough credit. He is trying to establish a downhill running game. It didn't work, and won't work, this year with the current personnel, and he sees that now. Still, I don't blame him for continuing with the scheme as long as he didn't have any losses. When you're trying to establish something new, you expect that it won't work that well until you've done it a lot and have all the kinks out. After the PSU debacle, it was clear there had to be a change (go back to the recent past and abandon power.)
While power probably won't work against MSU, I'm sure that Borges has to do something different than the plan against Indiana. I don't have mathlete's charts in fronty of me, but iirc, Michigan State is the best team in the conference defensively, and Indiana is the worst. Some of the things that worked against Indiana aren't going to work against MSU.
If there is anything that is going to work, it probably will be for Michigan NOT to be predictable. I have horrible memories of MSU timing our snap count, for instance. (too predictable.) I think that the more Borges can surprise and catch MSU unprepared for a play, the better. For instance, I'd imagine that MSU will blanket Gallon and Funchess, because they are proven threats. That in itself will be hard to do. But perhaps that means that passing more to Dileo or Chesson will work. Maybe Borges sets up the run with the pass, catching MSU unawares on an "obvious" passing down. (Borges calls for 5 passes in a row, then a run.) Regardless of the details, the less predictable Michigan's offense, the better.
|20 weeks 4 days ago||Obviously it is a stupid idea||
Obviously it is a stupid idea to post personal info. I just wish there was some accountability, and anonymity means there is none.
|20 weeks 4 days ago||Obviously it is a stupid idea||
Obviously it is a stupid idea to post personal info. I just wish there was some accountability, and anonymity means there is none.
|20 weeks 4 days ago||I love the post||
I haven't gone on the blog at all the last two days. I love Borges, and would be dismayed to see him fired. I really want to see things go all the way through the next season.
But the point of your post is the recent descent into darkness and the mob mentality to lynch Borges. I really, really, hate the lack of civility and the "Boo Wendy Tesatburger" level of discourse. I hate snarky comments. I love the team and will support them, and feel that they will do well enough this year, and much better next year. AA Torch and Pitchfork is driving me further from the blog.
Thank you, Space Coyote. Oh, and I hope you are a Borges apologist and explain what he's doing and why it isn't working and what needs to happen.
p.s. The lack of kindness and consideration and the potty mouth stuff and internet tough guy comments are really rich, considering the anonymity of posters. Ya know what I'd like even more than sending people to Bolivia? For mods to post names, phone numbers, email addresses, and the like of those who have crossed the line. Let some of the tough guys stand behind what they say in real life. I'd love to see some of the OL show up at the dorm room doors of some of the people on the blog who are ripping them to shreds.
|20 weeks 6 days ago||I love this team & love Hoke||
I love this team & love Hoke. The cohesiveness on the coaching staff and on the team is awesome. They are going to do better than expected and surprise all the negative nancys and debbie downers.
I'm sure Seth or the Mathlete have stats on this somewhere, but with a young team like Michigan, there is a lot of improvement that happens during the course of a season. Thankfully, that won't be as necessary next year.
|20 weeks 6 days ago||I don't think they collapse||
I don't think they collapse. Instead, I think this is the wakeup call needed.
I hate the loss, but still feel every game remaining is winnable. Even, believe it or not, Ohio.
|20 weeks 6 days ago||Really with you on this||
I love what Hoke, Borges, Mattison, and the rest of the coaching staff are doing. I hate to see the team lose. Yet, this is a huge teaching tool. I believe Brandon is solidly in their corner. And i also believe we're at the nadir in terms of the OL & DL.Marshall, Mone, Pallante and hopefully McDowell and Hand are a huge infusion on the DL, coming in next year. Peppers should be able to contribute immediately in the secondary. The linebackers are good and only getting better. We have two incredible receivers coming in the next two years (Harris & Campbell.) Morris is learning the ropes at QB, and Gardner will only improve. The OL will have had the time to gain strength and learn footwork, with solid depth the whole way through.
I will say that I would like more passing, and acknowledging that 8 - 9 in the box is hard to run against. But I'm not qualified to be making the playcalls, and will defer to the coaches in full.
I am like a moth drawn to the light as regards to mgoblog. I love this place, but really have to stay away after a loss. I can't stand the "off with their heads" mentality. This is definitely a time when I see the need for a "Fort Schembechler" mentality, and solidarity in the team and the coaching staff. I'm glad they are somewhat impervious to fandom right now.
|21 weeks 4 hours ago||Always a sports fan||
But have to limit being a blog fan after a loss like this.
|21 weeks 12 hours ago||I can't even predict anymore||
I just don't know much of anything. I don't really care who to blame for the O LIne (RR? Funk? Injury?) but they're only going to be marginally better next year . . . it will be 2015 before we're competing well on the line.
I also can't say on the coaching.
If you put a gun to my head, I'll say 8 - 4.
|21 weeks 12 hours ago||Kind of||
I'm still as big of a fan, but I really stay away from mgoblog more after a loss like this.
|21 weeks 3 days ago||Thanks for sharing tweet||
This is a great story, and I'm glad to hear of Hatch's progress. May it continue, and may he be able to play again!
|21 weeks 4 days ago||Fans of a certain age||
Fans of a certain age shouldn't own / wear team jerseys. (guess they can wear team jersies?)
Anyway . . . I don't know how old you are. If you are an active student, and below 25, go for it.
But when I think of adult men wearing jerseys, here's the prevailing image coming to mind:
To each their own, but that's not an image I like.
On the other hand, if you're a woman, jerseys are just fine:
|21 weeks 5 days ago||A few questions||
For Borges: Who on the OL might see playing time this year? (i.e., could Bosch replace Bryant? Could Braden come in at LT for a play or two if Lewan is a TE? Are there any redshirts that might be burned this year?) Do you anticipate Morris seeing the field at all, in terms of acclimating to playing time?
For Mattison: What is your plan for Jake Ryan with playing time? Can you tell us any more about Pipkins' ACL injury?
|22 weeks 6 days ago||Agree strongly (w/ Salvatore)||
I believe Hoke & crew have done a good job of recruiting, but even so, they still don't have the number of 4 star guys on the defensive line that, say, Ohio has.
But more than that, there must be patience, because you can't expect freshmen and redshirt freshmen and even redshirt sophomores to do that well on the offensive line.The cratering of offensive line recruiting under RR is what really has set Michigan back. This was the first thing Hoke addressed in recruiting. Unfortunately, it won't be til next year and the year after that we'll see significant improvements across the entire line. Next year should be slightly better than this year on the O Line (given the loss of Lewan, and also Schofield.) 2015 and going forward, we should be rolling out a good O Line, every year.
|23 weeks 3 days ago||Multiple Issues||
While this issue has been debated here many times, it will continue to be a problem. There are many different aspects to the problem.
I don't think we're ever going completely back. When you combine all the above factors, full actual attendance is going to continue to be a problem at all but the biggest marquee games.