|2 days 9 hours ago||Hold responsible, yes||
Yes, Brandon should be held responsible. He has made some bone headed decisions. Being held responsible, however, doesn't mean that all his decisions are stupid. It seems that there are some who reflexively here "Dave Brandon," and their first thought is, "what moronic, money grubbing thing is he doing now?" When you try to paint things as either "bad" or "good," you get into trouble. There are some things that Brandon should get credit for, just as there are some things he should be castigated for.
If Brandon is a good executive, and not totally tone deaf, criticisms need to help him change some of the things he has done. But you know, I do agree with several things Brandon is doing. Time doesn't stand still for anyone. You have to make changes with the times, while being respectful of the past. I don't think that Brandon should be crucified for trying some things that don't work. It wouldn't help if he was paralyzed by the fear of opposition. For me, the biggest problem would be if Brandon fails to listen to criticisms and to accept that some of the things he has done have failed.
My frustration is with those who are simply seeing negative in everything right now. The so-called "haterz" are those who will criticize EVERYTHING that Brandon does.
Let me use an analogy. A lot of people love to wax poetic about how wonderful Wrigley Field is. Wrigley Field does have it's charms. But the reality is that the facilities were not updated, are cramped, and are not an enjoyable place to play. And as a fan, there are lousy things about the park. Now, you don't need to tear Wrigley Field down, but you do need to acknowledge that there have to be some updates and changes.
Brandon is making some of those changes for Michigan, and it isn't a bad thing.
|2 days 12 hours ago||Fair enough||
We'll see what happens this season and next. Yeah, I'd support cutting Hoke loose if he has a losing season, or even if he just matches last year. I think the team will do much better than that, but we'll see. As regards Beilein, I do agree that he's an elite coach. But I also remember how glum Brian was, thinking that Beilein was pretty meh, and had a limited ceiling. What Beilein needed was the support system and the money and the everything else to get to the next level. I don't think the consensus for much of Beilein's coaching career was that he was elite or a genius.
I do believe that the lack of OL depth and experience is the single greatest factor that hurt Michigan, especially in 2012 & 2013. I think that we're seeing the OL (and hence the team) turn the corner this year. I simply am convinced that most fans don't get how critical a solid OL is. That's why the LT, and with the other linemen not far behind, command such huge salaries in the NFL.
I grew up in the city in the Ukrainian Villiage area, left for 25 years, and landed in Carol Stream 17 years ago. It's been nice to be in one place for a while: I've lived longer here than at any other time in my life.
|2 days 13 hours ago||Yes, I do||
Yes, I do believe they are building a culture of excellence. The improvements to the stadium, to the training facilities, the pay scale for the coaches, all those things contribute to excellence. I don't think it is a complete coincidence that Beilein has improved alongside huge improvements to the basketball physical plant. That is also happening in Football.
On another topic: are you in the city, or out in the burbs? I'm living near Wheaton, so just curious.
|2 days 14 hours ago||That's why you play the games||
That's why you play the games. Obviously if Hoke proves this year and next that he is a mediocre coach with a limited ceiling, you let him go. And you are predicting he is mediocre, so cut him loose, the sooner the better. I'm predicting he will be a great coach for a long time. The most I'll say in terms of "excuses" is that he needs through the 2015 season for an intelligent analysis of who he is and what he can do.
Oh, and regards Bo: I loved him, and loved the fact that he was Michigan's coach the entire time. But some of the Bo worship around here goes a little bit overboard. Sometimes I wonder why he gets such a pass for his bowl record.
|2 days 14 hours ago||You missed one . . .||
A corollary to to Option 4 is that this is politics, and anything political doesn't belong at Michigan, or shouldn't be posted on the board.
Other than that, excellent job . . . as I wrote my post, I was thinking of the noodle and the halo and the fireworks and the "get off my lawn" contingent.
|2 days 14 hours ago||Thanks for the update||
I'd love to see KLS end up at Michigan. Having said that, it's a great thing that we are going after guys who are also considering USC, Oklahoma, OSU, Alabama, etc., etc., etc. The prowess of Michigan coaches in recruiting can't be underestimated. Should Hoke and the team make it through the next two seasons intact, we should be very well set going forward, with excellent depth at virtually every position, and stronger recruits as each year goes by. This morning, as I looked at the depth chart and went through the UFR, I was struck by two seemingly contradictory things:
Regardless, I'm thrilled with the recruiting, and that Michigan is in the hunt for a couple five star recruits.
|2 days 15 hours ago||Don't be an idiot||
Don't be an idiot. Of course no one is content with 8 - 4 being ok. The question isn't about whether or not 8 - 4 is ok. It is about whether or not 8 - 4 is ok for the 2014 season.
To put it another way, what is the direction of the program? Are we improving, stagnatiing, or declining? For instance:
Of course, we'd rather have success NOW. But life doesn't typically work that way. I want Michigan to build a culture of excellence, and it takes time to get there. The complete lack of patience for the process is maddening to me. No, I don't want mediocrity. But excellence does not happen overnight. And typically, if it happens overnight, it's because someone has egregiously cut corners. I don't want that to happen either.
|2 days 15 hours ago||Nice||
That's great . . . it is practically an airshow. And I'll assume some current generation stealth fighters or bombers are what you can't officially say.
Only thing I wonder: how will the Brandon Haterz twist this and complain? Some people aren't happy unless they're whining and complaining about something.
|2 days 16 hours ago||Hanging on by a thread?||
You're nuts. He is not hanging on by a thread. Michigan is fine, and is getting stronger week by week.
|2 days 16 hours ago||Are you serious?||
Are you serious? For real?
Several comments . . .
Hoke and Nuss and Mattison wear big boy pants. Frankly, they don't give a crap what reporters think, and when reporters get their shorts in a wad. And they care even less what the tin foil hat fan brigade thinks. But man, crap like this marginalizes all of us in the fan base.
I guess the only positive I can take from this is that the football team is getting more and more pissed off, has circled the wagons, will take no prisoners, and will play with the proverbial chip on their shoulder throughout the year. I wouldn't want to face them this year. No way. If Funchess and Taylor and Morgan all come back healthy, and Pipkins and Ryan and Butt are fully conditioned and up to speed, watch out.
|2 days 16 hours ago||Great resume||
As I reflect on where I was when 21, the age when Brady wrote the resume, and where life has gone since, for both him and me, you never can predict the future in the least. Things have an interesting way of turning out.
Obviously, he was supremely prepared and made the most of his opportunities. Carpe Diem. That's a great reminder and example for me and for most of us.
|4 days 12 hours ago||Wonderful article||
I always love reading these articles, even those that are "fluff." From Pahokee stories, to Brock and Elliot Mealer, to Zack Novak, to Beilein, it is inspiring and encouraging.
You know, we can't have our heads in the sand. But the sky is not falling, all is not bleak, and Michigan is headed in the right direction. The OL is improving, the receivers are getting experience, the DL is awesome, the LB's solid, and the secondary is going to be fine. Our recruiting is great, and things will only be better next year.
There are definitely things I don't like about Dave Brandon's decision making and possible price gouging. However, he gets a big pass in my book because of his support for Brady Hoke. I completely, totally, absolutely believe that the worst possible thing that could happen at Michigan is ANOTHER coaching transition. It is obvious that the players believe in Hoke and his staff. You can tell this is the case in three easy ways. First, the retention of current players is astounding. The current team believes. Second, retention of committed recruits. They are not bailing on Michigan. And I don't mind that Campbell is gone, and there were extenuating circumstances because of Damien Harris's coach's prior relationship wtih Borges.
This is turning into a rant: I'll just stop, and say that I'm always glad for positive, uplifting, encouraging, inspiring stories about Michigan and it's players and coaches.
|4 days 14 hours ago||Great Article||
Zach was an incredible player for maximizing the limited athletic ability and talent he had. What a great guy to have on the team . . . I know it is borderline racist to say "grit" etc., but he is the kind of player it is critical to have on a team. Miss him.
|4 days 16 hours ago||I joke about Ohio||
I joke about Ohio, but the honest truth is, there's beauty everywhere, including Ohio. I'd love to spend time on the Islands in Lake Erie. And the hills and valleys and Appalachian areas down south are gorgeous. I enjoyed time in Amish country about an hour or so south of Cleveland last summer. I actually love staying with my sister-in-law in Cleveland, who lives about 50 feet from Lake Erie, and can watch the sunset almost every evening in the summer. Cleveland, while with significant struggles, has a very different feel to me than the Chicago area, where I live.
|4 days 17 hours ago||I'd be angry too||
I'd be angry too, if I lived in Ohio. Corn, flat and boring, rust belt abandoned factories, depressing. I guess the anger is a good thing for the football team, but yeah.
|4 days 19 hours ago||Good question||
Good question . . . will cease.
|5 days 11 hours ago||Dave Brandon has spoken to this||
Everything is driven by TV and money. Because Michigan is a big draw in terms of viewers, ABC, ESPN, and the Big 10 Network pretty much dictate that Michigan will play at 3:30pm. This shifts a bit at the end of the season . . . Michigan will typically play at noon against Ohio and maybe the week or two before that. But 12noon starts in Ann Arbor from August through October are pretty much a thing of the past.
|5 days 15 hours ago||MGoClimb asks an excellent question||
MGoClimb asks an excellent question. And I don't really know the answer. However, I'm going to go with the defense over the offense, i.e., Taylor and Wilson more than Funchess. But here are my thoughts.
|5 days 16 hours ago||Depends on perspective||
It obviously was stolen. Sadly, too many people believe that taking something that someone inadvertently left is "free money," the "finders, keepers" kind of thinking.
|5 days 16 hours ago||It's always about who you know||
I don't hate Coach K (although I dislike Duke.) But as said above, using access and connections is pretty much SOP in every business. I'm not surprised in the least. The playing field is not level, but it never has been, and never will be.
|5 days 16 hours ago||Sad to see||
i feel a bit bad for Rawls. While it doesn't make sense, temptation is a hard thing. Who of us doesn't like free money? Two observations:
|5 days 18 hours ago||Who are you a fan of?||
Who are you a fan of? I kind of get disgruntled former Michigan fans who are upset with Brandon and Hoke and the direction of the program. I happen to strongly disagree, but I get it.
But if you are "no longer a UM fan," then who are you a fan of? And why are you here at mgoblog?
I also understand going to a rival's website to see what they are saying and what they are up to. That's why some go to RCMB, and why I will go to Eleven Warriors for OSU info. But unless you are a fan of OSU or MSU or PSU or ND, I don't understand why you would dcome to MgoBlog.
I will always be a Michigan fan. It will wax and wane with other things going on in my life, and with the fortunes of the team. But I will always be a fan. If a game is on TV, and I don't have a pressing commitment otherwise, I'll be there to watch the Maize and Blue and cheer them on.
Honestly, I think Michigan is going to have a bright future, and it will be coming sooner than you think. We already see the OL improving greatly (I agree with Bronx Blue's take on this.) As they improve, both the RB's and Gardner will "improve." The WR's are going to get better with their route running. The biggest adjustment has been press coverage for the secondary, and as things sort out with Peppers and with Taylor and with learning what needs to happen, they're going to get on top of this. Honestly, as things turn around with turnovers, and all the different units of the team jell, we'll be seeing Michigan playing better and better, and winning more and more games. I can't predict 11 - 1, but I don't see it being outside the realm of possibility. And if that happens, will you be back on the bandwagon, or still disgruntled because we didn't win it all? Some people are never satisfied, and that isn't a good thing.
|1 week 5 hours ago||Strong Coffee||
Strong Coffee. Black.
|1 week 1 day ago||Glad for Friday to be here||
|1 week 1 day ago||My son||
I'm looking forward to taking my son Kyle to his first game at the Big House this year. It won't be this game, because his own football game starts at 3:30pm (2:30 here in the Chicago area.) Kyle has never been to the Big House, and really wants to go. His season ends in early November, so hopefully we'll be able to make it up to a game sometime after that. I'm trusting, as several posters have noted, inexpensive tickets will be available on Stubhub or at the gate.
|1 week 1 day ago||Have really enjoyed this thread||
I have really enjoyed this thread. It is just wonderful to see coach Beilein succeed. And I hope your grad project goes well.
As regards the skill and strategy, you already have some great choices in the responses above. I think I would go with his flexibility and adaptability operating within his own framework developed over many years. The framework gives the structure needed to do well. The flexibility to adapt to player's (and coach's!) strengths within the framework is what allows Beilein to excel.
As regards one characteristic, I think it boils down to one thing. For John Beilein, basketball is a great job, and something he has been involved with for close to his entire life. He began playing as a boy, and made the team at Wheeling Jesuit College in West Virginia. But while basketball is important, it is not the most important thing in Beilein's life. His faith and his family are more important, and give Beilein perspective.
Perspective is something that is often lost. Beilein makes clear that there are things more important than wins and losses, more important than being the head basketball coach at Michigan.
For those interested in reading more, there is a great Mlive article from last November on the strenght of Beilein's Catholic faith.
The Mlive article actual is based on a more substantive Beilein interview with the Jesuit Post. This interview really gives a deeper understanding of who Beilein is, where he came from, and what motivates him.
Fans can be fickle. Sometimes it just is about "what-have-you-done-for-me-lately" and the win - loss record. I think that all athletes and coaches are aware of this. The depth of Beilein's perspective, his humility, his integrity, his dependence on God, his clear acceptance that there are things more important in life than basketball, allow Beilein to attract and keep a certain kind of player (for instance, Trey Burke and Jordan Morgan) and coach (Jeff Meyer, among others.)
|1 week 1 day ago||Link to article?||
Can you provide the link to article? That's something I"d like to read.
|1 week 2 days ago||I'd tweak this slightly||
The d-line is solid, yes.
Regarding Cornerback, the depth is deceiving. We need both Taylor and Peppers out there. If they are playing, along with Lewis, we can use the defensive scheme. (Also with QB's not as good as Gholson.) We have the above 3 guys who can manage the defensive scheme. If they are out, we can't use that scheme. If they are in, we play aggressive.
I think OL is ok, and improving, yes.
RB is the unanticipated disaster, and yes, Norfleet might be the best. This is terrible. Wish that Isaac's request would be granted, but won't hold out hope for that.
|1 week 2 days ago||You are correct, sir||
You are correct . . . in home visits scheduled. I conflated the fact that Dozier still needs to make an official visit in order to receive an official offer.
One thing is true, regardless. Michigan appears to truly be in the hunt for some very gifted players. IIRC, these are all top 25 type players, and we haven't been in the running for so many, although we did end up with Mitch for a couple years (grumble, grumble, NCAA, stupid rules.)
|1 week 2 days ago||Dollar Bet?||
I think your wagers have improved.
|1 week 2 days ago||Illinois and OSU Hurting||
Illinois is hurting with yet another highly rated recruit spurning Champaign. Sounds like Groce is kind of crabby about this.
OSU is also hurting . . . they missed out on the top three recruits in Ohio. Esa Ahmad just turned them down and committed to WVa and Huggins.Carlton Bragg left OSU out of his top 5, and Luke Kennard committed to Duke.
It is very hard to turn a program around. We are extremely fortunate that Michigan is doing such a great job of recruiting nationally, with three 5-star recruits coming for visits. I don't know the likelihood of commitments, but merely having Dozier, Leaf, and Battle on campus is great. If Beilein starts to sign goes of that caliber, watch out. I think we will then regularly be entering the recruiting and playing level common at Kansas, Kentucky, Duke, and Louisville.
|1 week 2 days ago||Better Title||
Much more descriptive title than "Maize Malaise" (although the rhyming and alliteration in MM is pretty good.)
Alas, I don't have wonderfully witty pictures or gifs to post, repetitively, although the others have been somewhat amusing.
Oh, and I'm definitely with the OP and Brian on many things (the season isn't over yet; Michigan might do very well; it doesn't make sense to fire Hoke if he wins all games sans ND, MSU, OSU; +2 SD on patience for Hoke; the future is bright and coaching transitions are absolutely horrible.)
Ok, here's an image that describes too much of the fan base:
|1 week 2 days ago||Don't care for the article||
Don't much care for the article. Agree that it is appealing to AA T&P crowd, and to some in the MMM crowd. (Mich Man Meme.) I completely, totally, believe Michigan is heading in the right direction. We're just not there yet. We are going to be better this year than last year, and better next year than this year.
I completely agree with Brian on the patience thing (two standard deviations north of many in the crowd) because another transition would be disastrous, disastrous, disastrous. There are no good options, and we need to stay the course.
I also think that with Hoke, Nuss, Mattison, and especially Manning, our recruiting is going to continue (short term) to outpace our performance. Recruiting and talented players are the lifeblood of a program. This recruiting theme is one of the major reasons a transition would be disastrous. It was bad enough losing Damien Harris (with cutting Borges loose.) I shudder to think what would happen with cutting ANY of our current staff loose
One other observation. I really hope that DB isn't stupid, and is chastened by his failures. Work to schedule good games, keep the prices stable, avoid corny shtick, and the program will be fine. DB has been a bit tone deaf. I do give him some slack, because as I think back to the old gold standard, Don Canham, he was kind of corny and progressive for that era of AD's.
|1 week 3 days ago||I don't know.||
There's at least two things involved.
|1 week 3 days ago||Very well said||
You articulated this much better than I did. I do NOT believe that mediocrity is the goal. I simply believe that Michigan is in the process of improving, and we won't really see this until 2015. Gutting the coaching staff, removing Hoke, would be disastrous, and possibly put Michigan in a worse place than it has EVER been. Thanks for your well written post.
|1 week 3 days ago||Fair enough||
I think we probably agree on a bunch of things.
What I don't know is Hoke's ceiling. My HOPE is that Hoke stays, and reaps the benefits, and is here at Michigan a long time. It is possible that with Hoke, we have a ceiling of mediocrity. But I think the jury is still out. At the very least, we need to get through this season. If we get through this season somewhere between 8 - 4 and 10 -2, we have next season, which will really nail down Hoke's legacy. At least that's what I think.
|1 week 3 days ago||AA T & P? Not for me||
AA T & P isn't for me. Not at this juncture. I mashed two memes together, and came up with a new meme to express my feelings:
|1 week 3 days ago||Brian captures my thoughts exactly||
Brian captures my thoughts exactly. No need to panic, at least not at this juncture.
|1 week 3 days ago||Could oblige||
Could oblige, but it's meaningless, all meaningless. We all make grammar and spelling errors. Chalk it up.
I reserve negbangs for mean spiritedness, for outright rudeness, for bullying, for calls to immediately change the coaching staff. (Off with their heads! Hire Jim Harbaugh! Hire Les Miles! Hire Scot Shafer! Hoke is over his head! Hoke is an idiot! It's all his fault! The sky is falling! The Ruskies are invading! The Chinese are coming!) Actually, on this whole angst about Michigan coaches, I just haven't read most of the threads. People need to calm down and get a life.
|1 week 3 days ago||Re: Ty Isaac, could be game-changer||
Re: Ty Isaac, could be game-changer. IIRC we haven't heard definitively on the the appeal for Ty Isaac to play this season. Frankly, given what I've seen from both Green and Smith, I'd be absolutely thrilled to see Isaac get approval to play immediately, and to step in and make a difference immediately. We need a RB who can see holes, hit holes, and get some chunks of yardage.
|1 week 3 days ago||Don't know about that||
Don't really know anything about the morals of the board. Don't know that they have been particularly or spectacularly immoral.
The morale, on the other hand, has taken a hit. Hopefully it will improve in short order.
|1 week 3 days ago||Medicrority is not ULTIMATE goal||
Look, I don't want to settle for mediocrity at all. The goal is to continue to improve and get better all year, and to be great by next year. Just look at the depth chart: we will have EVERY SINGLE CURRENT STARTER back next year, and all but Glasgow and Miller the year after. I think they will do well, but they're still learning, and won't dominate this year. They won't blow a gifted DL off the line regularly. They won't create huge holes every game. They won't successfully pull, etc. As Space Coyote has said, OL is extremely difficult. All the starters are getting experience. And don't forget, there are 8 guys currently on the roster learning the ropes. (Kalis, Bosch, Dawson, Tuley-Tillman, Bars, Samuelson, Bushell-Beatty, Fox.) Even if half those guys flame out, some of them are going to get it, and get more playing time next year and the year after.
It simply is unrealistic to expect the OL to be able to regularly manhandle the likes of Sheldon Day.
Another thing: at least next year, we'll have Isaac at RB, if neither Green nor Smith really pan out. And Weber, if he enrolls early, might also be decent. I blame some of the running woes on the RB corps, not on the OL.
I don't know what kind of business you are in, but very few large organizations can improve to "excellent" from "poor" immediately.
|1 week 3 days ago||Interesting perspective||
Amir, there is a difference between love of country and being political. Being political generally means that you are affiliated with or supportive of a particular party, whether Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, Independents, Communists, Anarchists, etc. Regardless of political party, the assumption is that ALL parties are supportive of the United States of America, and the freedoms which we hold dear.
I'm sure it is obvious to you that regardless of party affiliation, the Office of the President, the House of Representatives, and the Senate have all at various times supported war and military action. Largely, such support is based on preserving and protecting the freedoms which are foundational to this country. Whether such action was wise or not (in many cases, probably ill-advised,) it was made by more than one party. Hindsight is always better than foresight.
Perhaps the most powerful recent example of the difference between loving our country and being political is the immediate response in the United States to the terrible action of terrorists in the 9-11 twin towers disaster in 2001. I visited the memorial myself this summer in Manhattan, and was deeply touched. Regardless of political party, citizens of our country denounced such despicable actions, and came together because of this. We were, if you will, "united."
Amir, I assume you yourself would likewise stand against the terrorist actions of 9-11, and gladly denounce them. You would do that, right? And if you wouldn't, I'd love to understand why.
I disagree with many people on this board about many things. But I think I stand with the vast majority in being appreciative of the freedom to vote as I desire, the freedom of men and women to be educated and go to school, the freedom to worship as I see fit, the freedom of assembly, the freedom to express views that are unpopular, the freedom for people of all races and nations to have the opportunity to work hard without fear of having their assets taken away on the basis of their race. I may disagree with you on many things, but I staunchly support the right of you to hold views and beliefs with which I disagree.
It would be hopelessly naive to think that these freedoms exist in a vacuum. Whether or not you support a particular military decision, in large measure, our military is there to preserve and protect such freedoms. And that's a good party of the reason why I and som many support those who serve in the military.
Full disclosure: my daughter is serving in the Navy, so I am hopelessly biased (and a bit cynical about what military service really entails.) Nonetheless, I appreciate the sacrifices made by ALL who serve in the Armed Forces.
|1 week 3 days ago||Welcome home||
There's no place like home. Glad you can be home and enjoy time with your wife, daughter, and simple things in life. Appreciative of your service to our country, and defending the freedoms we take for granted.
I'm curious to hear what you've missed most, and some of the little things that make it "home" for you. When I was in Korea, a simple thing like getting a burger from Burger King was just a wonderful touch of "home."
Our daughter is in the Navy, and still in the States in training, but already misses home dreadfully, being a mere 12 hours away, but far from the comforts of the Midwest. She awaits her orders in the next month, and will be off in a Destroyer or Cruiser sometime within the year. I'm sure she will miss home and her husband and loved ones a lot. But honestly, my hat is off to all serving on the ground in the Army and Marines in the heat in a hostile area. You guys have it rough, and we can't really understand the half of it.
|1 week 3 days ago||I saw and noted him on the field||
I saw and noticed Butt on the field. As Nuss & Hoke have said repeatedly, they are being very cautious and limiting how much he plays. How they determine that a play or two or five is ok, but more than that isn't . . . that I couldn't answer. Regardless, Butt played, albeit briefly, versus Notre Dame.
|1 week 4 days ago||Hate your post||
I hate your post and refuse to read all the comments.
The OL is improving significantly.
Call me an ostrich. Tell me my head is in the sand. But I do not blame this on Funk, or Hoke, or Nuss. I really don't blame it on Borges. It is taking time to build up our OL. With time, strength, skill, and experience, our OL will be good again. They'll even be passable this year. Just not good enough against the likes of ND and several other teams.
We are going to struggle against MSU & OSU. We could win every other game, including a bowl, and some people would still want Hoke and Funk to be fired, because we failed on the road against our three biggest rivals. That is crap, and will set Michigan further back yet again.
|1 week 5 days ago||Great News||
Thanks for sharing. Great to have some great news.
Must confess . . . I literally have not gone to a single board thread the last 2 1/2 days. Until this one. I don't have the energy or the desire to go through all the AA Torch and Pitchfork posts. Thanks for a bit of good news.
|2 weeks 21 hours ago||Final ND Game Haiku||
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Looks like you have plenty of good advice||
My sisters and dad live in Evanston and Skokie, so I spend a lot of time there, and will be going to the game.
Parking: I typically just do street parking maybe a half mile from the stadium for free. Of course, you can get there early and park next to Ryan field if you want.
Food: plenty of good choices. Being a Chicagoan, I'm partial to Chicago style hot dogs. Of course, you can get good Polish sausage, brats, etc. Chicago has the largest Polish population outside of Warsaw, so you can do that. Plenty of Korean choices. Some decent kosher deli's and places for bagels in Skokie. Pita Inn in Skokie has great Middle Eastern food, and is always packed. Lots of good Italian food in Chicago area . . . another fast food choice for the area is good Italian beef sandwiches with giardiniera. There are lots of great places in Chicago as well, too many to choose from.
Lodging: Closer to game date, you probably can find some Chicago hotel deals downtown on Groupon.
Music: would have to know what you're interested in. Green Mill can be good for Jazz. You can check out the House of Blues to see what they have going. Park West is another club in the city with music.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I'm just sad||
Sad to see the rivalry go away. I think I've attended more Michigan - ND games than any other rival over the years I've been a fan. I remember many of them fondly, and am just sad.
Things change, but as you get older, you hate to see some of the traditions lost. I remember inwardly scoffing at some of the MIchigan alumni when a whippersnapper of a student (duded up in their maize and blue checked pants, vests, beanies, and the like.) Now, I am one of them (not the tacky clothes, but an alum in his 50's with many memories.)
ND for me has always been special, because ND is a school I "could" have gone to. It is in our footprint. I like their campus. I like many of the things they do. OSU and MSU will never be in that category. There's something about a rivalry, a competition, with a peer that is different. I can scoff at OSU, and their truckdriver and buckeye wearing idiot fans. I can smirk at MSU, their barns with cows, their "Staee" and "Moran" insults, their clown posse lunacy. They will always be little brother to me, even if I never verbalize it to one of them. ND is different, and the single rivalry that in many ways has meant the most to me. (Yes, OSU is the ultimate rivalry, but I don't respect OSU the same way.)
There are other schools like ND. Stanford would be one. Texas. Sometimes UCLA and Washington. Northwestern could be, but they always suck at football.
So in the end, I mourn the loss of these games, and they won't be filled by SEC home and homes for me.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Looked up GILF||
You know, I guess I'm glad to be naive and clueless.
And yes, condolences to her family.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I'll never root for MSU||
I'll never root for MSU, but I do believe it is better for Michigan (and the Big 10) if MSU wins. So, I'm definitely with the neutral crowd for whom it is a "win win" regardless. Schadenfreude if MSU loses. (Tears of unfathomable sadness.) Better for Big 10 and Michigan if MSU wins.
Several other things. First, I really don't like Oregon that much, and honestly, would love to see them shut down, and the talking heads shut up.
Second, as I think of Hoke, he doesn't really give a rip. His focus is on Michigan . . . Michigan playing better, Michigan winning, Michigan being Michigan. Here's my rant: quit focusing on MSU (and OSU.) I suppose if you live in-state, you have an undying hatred for all things green. But it makes me want to roll my eyes. Michigan is doing great in recruiting, and Mattison will take no prisoners.
Third, I really don't want Michigan to back into the playoff, the way ND did with the MNC a couple years ago. If MSU and OSU are tough, and we beat them fair and square, awesome. If we can't beat them, why in the world would be want or deserve to be in the playoffs. I'm not about ducking solid competition.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Well ok||
That's why you have depth. I wish him well, and hope that whatever the cause, his issues are resolved in a healthy way. The PR didn't say anything about school . . . is he taking a leave of absence from U of M, or simply from the football team? An "undertermined amount of time for personal reasons" sounds like he is going home, but this isn't clear.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Is it a one time penalty?||
I suppose, although it would be pretty odd, that if there was a 5 yard penalty or loss of down penalty, and that was it for the rest of the game, the coaches could live with that. A small penalty or price to pay for both to be on the field at the same time. Obv., wouldn't work if a penalty was assessed for every single play they were both on the field.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Uniform Number Question||
So, there isn't a place to put up a simple question with a simple answer. I went to the roster for Butt's number, and saw it is currently 88. While scrolling through the numbers, I noticed that there are quite a few numbers serving double duty on offense and defense. Here's my question:
In most cases, having both players on the field at one time is close to impossible. For instance, Poggi and Morris both have 7, but Morris will never play defense, and I don't see Poggi ever on the OL. So there is no possible confusion.
However, I noticed that both Justice Hayes and Jabrill Peppers have been assigned #5. Either this means that the coaches are planning for Peppers to never see the field on offense, or to never have Hayes and Peppers on offense on the same play. But if at some future time, they wanted Peppers in as a WR, and Hayes on the same play as a RB, what happens? Do they have two #5's on the field? Do they issue one of the two of them a new jersey? Just curious, and not worthy of a standalone thread.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||What about Cole?||
What about Cole? I think the reality is probably going to be:
Glasgow or Miller at Center,
Whichever three of Cole, Mags, Kalis, and Braden are able to fend Glasgow off, or conversely, sitting whichever of Cole, Mags, Kalis, and Braden most clearly improves the team by creating a spot for Glasgow.
The thing is, I believe that Glasgow is going to start on the OL. If Miller is good enough at centes, Glasgow will shift to another position on the line. We basically have six starters for five positions. Glasgow is the most versatile, and if anyone is injured, he could be the first one to fill the position.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Can't judge from ASU||
You can't judge the OL and Funk from the ASU game. If the OL opens holes and dominates form Miami through Rutgers, holds its own against ND, PSU, and doesn't collapse against MSU, we can start talking about Funk.
The truth is, the cratering of OL recruiting under RR set Michigan way, way back. Borges dealt with this situation badly, but it was beyond Funk or Borges or Hoke to get much more out the OL last year. The only reason we are in a decent place is because Hoke (& Funk) have been given time. And yes, Nuss is simplifying in a good way.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I'm fine either way||
I'm fine either way (posting, or being "scooped.") I almost always enjoy reading Michigan Monday, although last year got brutal in many of the games after ND. Regarding not putting it up myself, it really just means that I had a good labor day weekend, with more than plenty to do with family, kids, chores, church, and outings.
Regarding the content, there really wasn't a lot, through no fault of writer Tony Gerdeman. He summed it up himself by saying
I think we all agree that we'll know a lot more about Michigan after the likes of ND, PSU, and MSU. ASU was one of those twinkie games, a tasty snack, a sacrificial lamb. Both schools had a fine financial payday. Really, though, it is little more than a glorified scrimmage and a pre-season non-game.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Time for Seth and mods to take some action||
Time for Seth and mods to take some action. They need to moderate this and video record it. Or, they could have a pregame lemon eating viewing party.
|3 weeks 2 hours ago||Irrational Exuberance||
I'll always be a Michigan homer. The game yesterday was fun. But Michigan has a lot more to do to be considered a "great" team, imhe. There is some "Irrational Exuberance" going on here.
It isn't that I think they'll do poorly. I actually believe that 11 - 1 is quite possible. But to predict a sure victory in E.L., "write it in stone?" Based on curb stomping a clearly inferior opponent yesterday? I'm just not there. I tend to think that we're not good enough to run through every game with no losses, even though I'm not quite sure who will beat us. Although, I think the Spartans are more likely to beat Michigan than not.
I have consistently held that the OL would be a great improvement over last year, but not yet great. Yesterday showed us the possibilities. But the DL at both MSU and OSU is a different animal. We now have a fighting chance. But it is hubris and folly to think Michigan has proven much of anything with it's victory yesterday.
It is better not to get too high, nor too low, while still greatly enjoying the ride and the journey.
|3 weeks 9 hours ago||Whoever Hoke & Nuss chooses||
Whoever Hoke & Nuss chooses. I guess my choice would be for the NCAA to approve Ty Isaac and for him to start, but I'm not holding my breathe.
|3 weeks 11 hours ago||Ok, you've got me convinced.||
Ok, you've got me convinced. You are dogged, persistent, and persuasive. The Badgers will win, and that will change the perception of the B1G. The new SEC.
|3 weeks 11 hours ago||I don't know.||
I don't know.
|3 weeks 11 hours ago||Really? You have some strong feelings on this.||
Really? You have some strong feelings on this.
|3 weeks 11 hours ago||Do you really think so? I'm not so sure.||
Do you really think so? I'm not so sure.
|3 weeks 12 hours ago||Big 10 is undefeated so far this year!||
So, as of 4pm, the Big 10 is undefeated this year!
It seems very unlikely that we end the day undefeated, but it actually is stiill a real possibility. That would be a first (obv., with 14 teams,) but still, that would be very rare, and a great thing.
|3 weeks 12 hours ago||Confirmation Bias||
So I'm one of the crazy Koolaid drinkers. I have posted several times that I think we go 11 - 1 regular season, with a loss to MSU knocking us out of the Big 10 Championship game.
Seeing this game and the OSU game is confirmation for me on this prediction. I think we will win every game against every team this year except for MSU. And actually, right now, I feel better about our chances in E. Lansing than I have so far. Now, beating OSU in Columbus would be cause for a real posbang. Beating ASU was fun, but really, this was a scrimmage, this was an appetizer, this was some cheese and crackers. It's a little bit like a pro team not breaking out the champagne just because you win your division, or an early round of the playoffs. Winning is a great thing. Beating ND, PSU, MSU, & OSU, especially the last two . . . now that is a thing worthy of celebrating. That's steak and lobster and Disneyworld and a big cash bonus. That's what we're in this for.
|3 weeks 13 hours ago||Good time to get their feet wet||
Good time to get their feet wet. Wanted a shut out, but the reality is that PT for 2nd & 3rd string is more important than first string reps.
|3 weeks 13 hours ago||We've killed our demons||
Michigan is now .500 against ASU. And that record will remain into perpetuity, because we aren't ever scheduling them again.
|3 weeks 13 hours ago||He has turf toe||
He has turf toe. He contracted aerosolized Ebola. He sprained his knee. His ligaments are pulled. His muscles cramped up. And were strained. Hoke will report all of this as a minor boo boo.
|3 weeks 13 hours ago||Many things||
|3 weeks 14 hours ago||Funchess #1 - Confirmed by first half play||
Funchess is #1, as it should be. I watched all of them, starting with AC. Funchess is a man among boys. The 3 TD's in the first half didn't just happen because of the level of the opposition. He is going to be a monster, a beast, against almost all cornerbacks out there. Because of his play, this is going to help the OL and the running game tremendously.
|3 weeks 16 hours ago||Like Jim & Dan||
Frank Beckmann was great, but what a great thing to have Dan Dierdorf in the booth. No complaints at all.
|3 weeks 16 hours ago||Listen to Jim & Dan||
You can stream it through mgoblue.
|3 weeks 16 hours ago||Not Bad||
No one is going to be completely happy about how they are represented, but pretty good overall. Guess for me it underscores why I'm still not that thrilled about Maryland and Rutgers (let alone Nebraska and Penn State.) I always liked the Great Lakes region, and all those teams stretch it beyond the ability to drive to a game.
|3 weeks 18 hours ago||Great piece||
What a nice thing to read. The Punt / Counterpunt didn't match, but who cares. Both fun to read.
Regarding the "Punt" piece, and thoughts on Brandon, it helped me to crystallize some things. Football is just a game. With all the money and amenities and stuff, it is just a game. There's something simple and pure and cathartic and fun about a game like football. That's part of what makes Hoke great. He's a big goofy kid with a twinkle in his eye who cares for the kids and wants them to enjoy the game. Brandon can make things nice, we're ok with that. But when the stuff around the football becomes too commercial and too jaded and too plastic, we're not happy. I'm juxtaposing this in my mind with the gif of fireworks over the Rose Bowl that Brian . . . liked. Fireworks and hot dogs and brats and bands and apple cider and a warm Fall day and a good game, it doesn't get better than that. Rihanna and Superbowl and jumbotron scoreboards and massive speakers with massive rock pounding in your ears and Chevy and Ford and AT&T and $1,000 seats glassed away with furs and leather and armani, not so much.
Heiko . . . I loved his piece. What an awesome guy, managing to do reporting 3 years while a med student. I missed him. This will guarantee I read this all season long. I also missed his banter with Al. Al Borges. . . I liked him, and the OL debacle completely undid him. It is really sad, and Al didn't compensate for the youth and inexperience of the line. What can you do. As I read this, I think that Al compounded the problem (see what Brian wrote,) but if there had been an experienced OL, with good OL recruiting, I think Al would have been fine. C'est la vie. Nuss is good, and if we can manage to have a great year and still keep Nuss for two years, it will really set Michigan up fine.
|3 weeks 22 hours ago||Happy for Maize and Blue||
I'm happy for you, Maize and Blue. Enjoy the game. Enjoy time with your son. Only advice: don't let the too cool crowd and the whiners get to you. They'll always be there in life. That's the way it goes.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||The Coaches Know||
The coaches know who they want and need. Roseboro is a great example . . . they were on to him before he was ranked as highly as he is now. They are doing a great job of assessing talent and moving forward.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Several Things||
|3 weeks 1 day ago||You are right . . . but also a day late.||
Love the impression, especially when I first saw it here yesterday. You really need to page down to posts at least 24 - 48 hours earlier. (FTR, didn't neg you.)
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Well obviously Ty Isaac||
Well obviously Ty Isaac is a similar situation. Except, we are the beneficiary there instead of the school losing out.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Agree with you, mostly||
I agree with you for the most part, but with one caveat. Between NC State and Michigan, the choice seems obvious. But that's really limiting the choice. Roseboro could go to South Carolina or Clemson and be about 2 hours from home. He could go to Georgia or Tennessee and be only 3 hours away. If you go by the number of players a school is sending to the NFL (your argument above,) there are plenty of places where Roseboro could go, work to accomplish his dream, and be closer to home.
At the end of the day, you need to go to a place where you're comfortable that will help you achieve your goals and dreams. If that's Michigan, wonderful. If someplace closer can do the same, I would understand.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Crap - want Roseboro most of all||
At this point, I want Roseboro more than any other remaining recruit. When you have a beast or two at that position, it changes the whole complexion of the game.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||I'm using Chrome too||
Maybe it isn't really fixed. Dunno . . . those are the worst kinds of problems, when they work some of the time, but not all of the time, and in some circumstances (platforms?) but not others. Still, it hasn't worked for me at all for a long time, so this seems like at least some improvement.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Trying to be charitable||
I'm trying to be charitable. But yeah, I thought it had been quite a while since it work. I had kind of given up hope they would ever get it right. It's a great small thing to have working again. I like that this is one of the best blogs out there, and like for things to work the way they're intended to work.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||I love Brady Hoke||
I just love Brady Hoke being at Michigan. I love his assistant coaches, I love his family, I love what he is doing at Michigan. I love that criticism largely rolls off his back like water off a duck. I love that the players who come here largely love being here. Hearing how Hoke wakes up Clark is awesome. Hoke does stuff like this because it is who he is, not because someone is looking or not looking. But I have absolutely no doubt that coaches and players and potential recruits and recruit's families and recruit's coaches are looking, and this is the kind of place they want to be part of.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Life is good||
It's Friday, and football is here in full. Between my son's team (8th graders, with a win last week against a higher league team,) the high school team (Glenbard North, a team in the Chicago burbs that has been in the hunt for a State Championship,) and U of M (we're going to go 11 - 1 . . . book it!) what more could you want? Happy day, happy day, sun is shining, kids are at school, long weekend beckons, all is well.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Thank you so much||
This is a lot of great information, and is much appreciated (by a Dad.) My daughter is pretty far from school now. She made it to E-4 in 15mo, but her total training time (Basic Training, Apprentice Technical Training, A School, & C School) total almost 22 months straight. That's about the same as 6 semesters of school. So, if you spent 6 mo in Pensacola, I'm not sure that's the same program. She had more than half a year with A School at Great Lakes, and is in more than 9 mo of C School in Dahlgren, VA.
I'm just extremely thankful that the Navy has given her great training and schooling, and has opened many doors to her. She opted in to the post 9-11 GI Bill, and was able to see how beneficial it would be. However, I don't think she is aware of all the details. Because she is not a Michigan resident, U of M probably isn't in the cards: the difference between in-state and out of state tuition at Michigan is about $27,000. I don't even know if the yellow ribbon program will take care of that much of a difference. It also is helpful to understand about the clock ticking once she finishes active duty, and particularly that children can't use it unless she has 10 years of active duty.
Again, thank you for your service, and for this information. It helps put parent's minds a bit more at ease.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||I vote for San Diego||
I vote for San Diego. Love southern California. My wife votes for Jacksonville, Florida. Close enough to drive from Chicago in one long day. My daughter votes for Seattle. Has always wanted to go to the Pacific Northwest. But I really think all of them have their own advantages, and are great places to end up, so it doesn't matter that much.
At the end of the day, that's her attitude too. She realizes it doesn't make sense to get your hopes up for something: it always will be about "the needs of the Navy," and so don't worry too much if said needs are different from your own desires.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||She actually wants Seattle||
She actually wants Seattle. But like I said, you can't go wrong with any of them. Myself, I would choose Rota in a heartbeat. However, if orders are to Spain, I think she will be elsewhere: she would be responsible to maintain, calibrate, fix, observe, operate an inland Aegis Computer system. I don't know that exact location, and suppose it would be classified anyway.
And thanks for your service to our country with the Marines. While I'm very glad she is in the Navy, I think the physical danger is much greater in both the Army and Marines.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Thanks for your kind words||
Thanks for your kind words. Really, she almost can't go wrong. For her training, she will end up in Norfolk, Jacksonville, Seattle, San Diego, or Honolulu on one of 15 ships. The only place she really wants to avoid is Norfolk: all the other ports would be fine. There's a slim chance she ends up in Romania, Poland, or Spain, but that is pretty unlikely, although it wouldn't be bad either.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||That's exactly what she did||
Thanks for the comment, GoWings2008, and that's exactly what she did. I don't know what the precise benefit will be, but the GI Bill should cover more than $150,000 in tuition, room, board, etc. for college. Because of her rate and her current schooling, (related to being a network analysis and electrical engineering,) some of her training will actually translate into college credit. And it is her intent to take university classes while in the Navy, to get a jump on that prior to finishing up with the Navy.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Small side benefit: matches with Michigan!||
So, there's a small side benefit I have as a Navy Dad: any Navy stuff I wear doesn't clash with Michigan gear. I typically have on a Michigan block M baseball cap, and it goes perfectly with a couple of "Navy Dad" shirts:
Seriously, it doesn't really matter that it matches, and I'm very proud of my daughter, who is finishing her training at C School to be an Aegis Computer Network Technician, and will find out soon where her home port will be the next four years. Short of being at Michigan, I couldn't be happier with her choice. (EDIT: I could never afford out of State tuition for her to Michigan, but once she's finished, she should have enough to go to school in Ann Arbor if she so chooses.)
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Great Practical Joke||
No one gets hurt, they're really afraid for a couple minutes, then the "gotcha." Some people just hate practical jokes. I guess there's a time and a place, but it seems fine to me. The only over the top part was the shovel and the "conspiracy." A guess that's a Southern, SEC kinda thing.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||So what's your first game this year, BiSB?||
So what's your first game this year, BiSB? Will you be in the Big House for Appy State? See the last ND game? Be there for the mauling of Miami?
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Agree with Jane about Michigan Hatred||
I'm proud to be a Michigan Alum. I often wear my Michigan hat and t-shirts, etc. But even with all the Michigan alumni in the Chicago area, that day was really crummy. Illinois fans, after all, wear a "Muck Fichigan" t-shirt. They see Michigan as a rival, and hate us. It was a nightmare that couldn't possibly have happened, and yet it did. At that time, I was still a stalker, and hadn't become a user at Mgoblog. The horror, the shame, still stings. Maybe the worst for me was going to Thanksgiving in Cleveland, with all of my wife's family being Ohio State fans. A few of them couldn't help but rub it in.
While the win against Florida was great, I think if I could do it over, I'd take the win over Appalachian State in a straight up trade for a bowl loss to Florida. I don't know. Those kinds of thoughts are stupid and pointless, but I hate the loss to Appalachian State, and really hate the rematch game. Not worth the money to me.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||It's hard||
I can understand (as a parent) wanting a son to be reasonably close. And if you have a strong family, that especially makes a lot of sense. Putting the shoe on the other foot, we see some recruits from Michigan and areas within several hours choose to go here rather than heading to a coast or the deep south. That's a good part of the reason it is so difficult to pull recruits out of California, Texas, and Florida.
For Michigan, I really hope Roseboro comes to Ann Arbor. But if not, I could also understand. We'll just have to see.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Completely Agree||
Completely agree. I would definitely take Roseboro over some higher ranked players. Especially with our depth, it is critical to add a couple guys to the DL. I would absolutely love to add KLS or Bilal or both, but right now, Roseboro and Wheatley and even Jalen Bates are all more important to fill the need at UofM. I'm still bummed that both Hand and McDowell chose to take their talents elsewhere. However, you have to move on, which is exactly what Michigan is doing. Getting Roseboro would give a lot more peace of mind. Roseboro, Wheatley, and even Bates would really fill the need on the DL. At that point, I think Michigan would have plenty of depth everywhere, except maybe at safety.
EDIT: Interesting note . . . Jack Bredeson, who accepted a baseball scholarship to Michigan, is also a DE. Wouldn't it be interesting to have a two sport guy. Problem is, he isn't even rated as a DE, so he probably wouldn't help much.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Hear you on Wheatley||
He has to decide for himself. And yet, Michigan wants him, and he would fit well. We'll see.
As regards Roseboro and Ace, I'd assume, given the predictions, that Ace should already have the Hello! post in the can, with just a few minor edits needed to get it up. Where Ace really gets snookered is when there is a commitment that comes out of left field . . . maybe like Weber?
|3 weeks 3 days ago||I'd agree with your recollection||
Even though it wasn't a scholarship offer, it was clear to a number of coaches that Graham Glasgow had the potential to develop. Becker saw this. He was really an unknown, because he came to football so late. We were extremely fortunate that a Michigan grad was his coach.
A significant part of recruiting is not just bringing in the 4 & 5 stars. Everyone had a pretty good idea that Peppers was a tremendous talent. When you are bringing in 4 & 5 star players, you are going to be good. Look at what Alabama and Ohio State have been doing. But there is only room for so many 4 & 5 star players, and even some of them are busts. When you can bring in a hugely talented player that is not adequately scouted, and thus not highly rated, you have improved the overall quality of your class.
An example of someone not being highly rated, to some degree, is Canteen. Because of where he played and the lack of film and exposure, not everyone saw how good he was going to be.
Beilein has done a great job in Basketball of identifying players who fit his system, but flew a bit below the radar. Trey Burke, Nik Stauskas, and now Caris LeVert are great examples of this. This is a way that teams can exceed projections and escape from the anaylsis done by the Mathlete (i.e., that you can predicate success based on top offensive and defensive recruiting classes.)
I think that Kovacs, one of my personal favorites, succeeded not because of undeveloped raw talent, but because he maximized what he had, and used his smarts and technique to be in the right place, tackling in the right way. Glasgow is different. He actually has the raw material (strength and size) to succeed at a high level. I actually wouldn't be surprised to see him succeed in the NFL. Kovacs came to open tryouts, and played very well, with limited natural abiltiy. Glasgow, on the other hand, had barely played in High School, and so was an unknown.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Definitely some back story||
The Glasgow brothers played ball at Marmion Academy, a small Catholic high school in Aurora, Illinois. Their coach was Kurt Becker, former offensive guard (9 years) for the Chicago Bears, and prior to that, offensive guard for Michigan. Graham was a basketball player, but tried out football as a High School Junior. With one year of experience as a junior, Tressel saw Glasgow, and was prepared to make him a preferred walk on. Minnesota coach Jerry Kill saw the same thing, and arranged an official visit. Becker wasn't about to let this happen without alerting Michigan. The rest is history. Shortly after Ryan Glasgow came to Michigan, Becker left to take a coaching position elsewhere.
The Glasgow parents are team doctors for the football team at Northern Illinois. As such, finances were not as big of an issue as they would be for most students.
The basic situation is that both Glasgow brothers were diamonds in the rough, with very little experience, very raw, but with huge potential. Occasionally, someone like that will unsurface, and if you are lucky and in the right place with the right connections, guys like that can end up on your team.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Hate the stupid shirt||
I hate the shirt. I hate the crabbing about Hoke. I hate the "hot seat" media generated nonsense. I hate the stupid Ohio State fat jokes about Hoke.
Happily, I don't think Hoke gives a rip. He's not gonna wear a stupid headset. He's not going to wear a coat or a sweater unless he's really cold. He's gonna wear shorts when he wants to. He's gonna eat when he wants to, and where he wants to, and what he wants to. (Well, that last within reason. I suspect he eats a bit less than he wants to. I am similarly weight challenged, and have to tell myself to eat less.)
I love Hoke, and want to stick it to every doggone fan and rival and media type who continually dog him.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Fine press conference||
You know, I really loved Borges' press conferences and the interaction with Heiko. But at the end of the day, I'm very happy with Nuss and with coach speak. I actually think that the OL would have been a disaster last year no matter who was the OC and the line coach. But I think they will improve to at least mediocre this year. The big thing with Nussmeier is his understanding of the QB position, and working with DG to help him succeed.
Speaking of Nuss and QB's, I think this will also pay dividends with Morris. By Morris having another year largely on the sidelines, nailing down the playbook, learning more about being a QB from Nuss, he will be much more ready to take the wheel in 2015. I think Michigan will have a minimum of 9 wins this year, and personally, I'm predicting 11 wins in the regular season, with a loss to MSU. I hope that Nuss sticks around at least two years, because I think 2015 is going to be really special. By next year, the OL will be solid, there will be depth and experience and skill at every single position, and we'll see Michigan as a solid competitor for the Big 10 and beyond.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Very nice Diary||
Love your optimism. I'm on-board. I do believe we'll lose to MSU, but win every other game in the regular season. I can't predict the bowl game quite you. Keep up the good analysis!
|3 weeks 5 days ago||3pm||
3pm. Michigan will win the next 3 weeks. This makes them more compelling. TV drives everything (well, TV money.) As such, ABC will choose Michigan for the late afternoon game.
Noon starts will only happen with a combination of things.
Since I don't anticipate Michigan losing, and the slate of other games is putrid, and it isn't late in the season, you can pretty much guarantee a 3pm start.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Great Piece||
I've always enjoyed reading what Brian writes. Once again, he doesn't disappoint.
I mostly get the dread. After last year, how could you not? I think watching the MSU game last year was one of the most painful experiences possible. You just knew that they were not going to score on State's defense. And that Devin was taking punishment all game long, especially in the second half. And that the defense couldn't do it all.
And yet, I have such a strong sense of anticipation for this season. I don't know what the OL will do, but with Nuss, and with what appears to be a very strong offense, and with the OL possibly improving over the season, and with more receivers, I have hope.
I strongly agree with Brian that Michigan needs to stay the course with Hoke, Transitions, indeed, are brutal, and the last thing we need now is another transition. Actually, I believe that Hoke's ceiling is much higher than Brian and many others anticipate. For an example, you need look no further than Beilein. Prior to Michigan, Beilein was a good coach. Bringing him to Michigan gave him the resources he needed to excel. Brian wrote several years ago of limited expectations for Beilein. Well, Brian's expectations were exceeded. I believe that with the excellent coaching staff, and the recruiting, Michigan football under Hoke will also exceed Brian's expectations.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Very nice article||
While some fluff, it also gives insight into who Devin is and what makes him tick.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Nice to live in Chicago area||
Nice to live in Chicago area. I don't have cable, and don't have time to watch every last game. But going to the neighborhood bar means I can catch most of the games pretty cheaply. With going to maybe two or three games live, watching a few at a friend's house with Tivo and HiDef, and catching several at home on ABC, the season is covered very cheaply. Regardless of which way you go, I could never imagine paying a monthly cable bill. U-Verse keeps on trying to get us to add cable, but with the BTN and ESPN not being in the basic tier, it makes absolutely no sense.
|4 weeks 5 hours ago||Really agree with you||
I have loved going to several Rose Bowl games, and my time living close to there. Being at the game as the sun goes down, with the San Gabriel mountains overlooking, is an awesome experience.
I will say, my seats at the 1993 Rose Bowl were much better than in 2007. Of course, this was also affected by the fact that Michigan won in 93 and didn't win in 07. But still. All seats are not created equal. Even in Michigan Stadium, I'm not sure I would want to be in the first two or three rows in the corner. I suppose it is better than not going at all, but not much better
|4 weeks 5 hours ago||I've turned down several tickets at Wrigley||
I've turned down several tickets at Wrigley. It is an old dump, with the team having the worst futility of any in Major League Baseball, last winning in 1908. What is particularly annoying is all the drunk yuppie fans in their 20's. The location is good, being in a neighborhood on the North Side. But the location is always bad, because of all the people who go to Wrigley for the experience, the ambiance, and not for the game.
This is kind of a pet peeve of mine. Don't ask me to go to a game with someone who has minimal interest in watching the game. I'm fine with breaking in kids who are learning the game. But going with someone who mostly wants to talk, to people watch, to eat food, to see and be seen, just isn't for me.
The flip side is true too. If the game is good, and I'm with others who enjoy a good game, I really don't care where I am watching it.
|4 weeks 5 hours ago||I like the Cell||
But then, I've always had great seats in a club box, and never been in the Upper Balcony.
|4 weeks 11 hours ago||strong coffee||
Hot, strong coffee. Lots to do yet today.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||I've been to Zimmerman's||
I've been to Zimmerman's . . . are there other deli's in AA that are as good or better, but cheaper?
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Mrs. StephenRKass||
Cause obviously. How can I love anyone else as much? Sometimes she is out of line, but hey, that goes with the territory. My sweetheart, my avatar, and my downfall at mgoblog one fateful Saturday night several years ago.
Other than my namesake, well, I like so many for different reasons. the mods, the football knowledge guys (magnus, space coyote, steve sharik,) mgrowold (same generation,) Burtontower, WD (but really, you will need to get a life. I fondly remember the days of yore when I could be as obsessed as you.) There are many guys who have left the blog who I miss. Even some of the meltdown guys.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||It depends||
It depends . . .
I frankly don't care . . . it will not impact me either way. I'll merely observe that anyone who has been against advertising and upset with Dave Brandon and what he has done to maximize profit and the loss of time honored traditions would be ridiculously inconsistent and hypocritical to support beer sales at Michigan in the stadium.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Wonderful, Inspiring Story||
I love stories like this. Cannot. get. enough. So happy for Austin, so glad he is on the team, don't believe his story is finished by a long shot.
Just two additional comments.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Michigan will end up with a record of 12 - 1||
Michigan will beat Ohio State, but lose their Big 10 game to MSU and not play for the Big 10 Championship.
Michigan will win their Bowl game.
The OL will be end up much better than expected, and Magnuson will do a great job.
Hoke will get a contract extension.
Michigan will have the highest average star rating for incoming recruits in 2015.
Canteen will be Freshman of the year in the Big 10.
Clark, Ryan, Funchess, Peppers, Canteen, and Gardner will be all Big-Ten.
(I suppose these predictions aren't specific enough . . . c'est la vie.)
|4 weeks 1 day ago||It's the most wonderful time of the year||
There's something about this time of year that is just . . . good. Every season has it's place, but I'm really looking forward to this season.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Thanks for update!||
I always love reading the recruiting updates. So right now, I'm curious which of the following recruits are a strong possibility for coming to Michigan:
Are there any of these who aren't realistically considering Michigan? (for instance, I haven't heard much about Masina, am doubtful about Marshall really leaving CA or Bates leaving LA. I also don't know what to think about Bilal.) Are there any of the above who have provisional, non-commitable offers? Ace just mentioned an offer went out to OT Robertson, but I won't believe there's real interest until he comes for an OV.
We already have 10 commitments. My understanding is that we might have room for another 5, with standard attrition rates. If we received a commitment from KLS, Lewis, Roseboro, and Wheatley, would we fill our needs and be done?
|4 weeks 2 days ago||I'm sold out for Hoke||
It isn't that I dislike Harbaugh exactly. But knowing what I know now about both Hoke and Harbaugh, I would choose Hoke 10 times out of 10. Hoke's character, his concern for his players, his goals as a coach, make him the perfect coach as far as I'm concerned. There may be a few better coaches out there in terms of X's and O's. But I don't care. Hoke is here for the long haul. He has surrounded himself with a great staff. He knows the game well enough to coach aggressively.
Here's where I believe Hoke strongly trumps Harbaugh, and where Hoke is better suited to the college game than Harbaugh. I strongly believe Hoke will do much better than Harbaugh with stellar recruiting. Look on the front page: Iman Marshall wants to take an official to Michigan. Our biggest problem in recruiting this year is that we won't have enough room for all the 4 & 5 star players who want to commit here! Maybe in the NFL, it is only about winning, but not in college. I actually believe that over time, Hoke's methodology is going to work to perfection.
My son will never play Div. 1 football. But from his time in football over the last 5 years, I have seen good coaches and bad. I would much, much rather my son play for Hoke than for Meyer, or Saban, or Brian Kelly, or Harbaugh.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Have to partially agree with all who responded||
I'm replying to myself (HA!) but this is really a response to all who have a problem with Rosenberg. I would agree that there seems to be no ownership on his part for his reporting. Taking responsibility for your mistakes and errors in judgement is critical. Interestingly, in the very article Rosenberg wrote, Hoke took ownership: he blamed problems from last season on his own poor leadership, and not on the (lack of) senior leadership.
For there to be real reconciliation between Michigan and Rosenberg, he has to take responsibility for what he did, or at the least, what he did poorly. (He may actually still think on some level that he did the right thing.) I don't know Rosenberg, so I don't have the least idea whether he has the ability to do this or not.
This is the same kind of problem many people have with Chris Webber. His failure to own up to anything is the main reason there have been problems in his relationship with Michigan.
Because I don't IN ANY WAY want to rehash what Rosenberg did and wrote, and what happened under RR, it really is pointless for me to go down the road of what Rosenberg was culpable for in "stretching" and "countable hours," etc., etc., etc. However, it is my general observation that there are usually two sides to a story.
Lastly, I think that one of the major benefits of forgiveness is for the person offering it. In other words, people who hold grudges and refuse to forgive usually end up in a place that isn't that good. I guess I would say that it is worth letting go of this whole thing, with two caveats. First, I don't know how much I would trust Rosenberg in the future. Second, for him to be reconciled (slightly different than forgiveness) he really needs to man up and take ownership for his own wrong doing. Mea culpa, mea maxima culpa.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Here's the quote from Gardner||
For those of you who don't want to click through, here's the money quote:
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Great Article||
I understand why many readers won't click on anything Rosenberg writes. But I really liked the article. It underscores the atmosphere that Hoke has brought back to Michigan.
For those of you who can hold your nose, it is worth reading. For those of you who refuse, I'm block-quoting chunks of the article.
Here is a key quote near the end of the article (part of which was referenced above.)
Some comments on how Hoke views last season:
Hoke on character, and why he coaches:
On who Hoke is, and how he runs the program:
There also is a fascinating section where he talks a bit about what happened with Gibbons. Bottom line: this article expresses very well many of the reasons I believe Hoke is the right man for Michigan. I believe he will succeed, and that under him, Michigan will be the right kind of program.
EDIT: Some mgobloggers need to learn to let go of grudges, to forgive, and to move on. You know, Rosenberg may never be your favorite writer or columnist. But for crying out loud, we all do things we regret. I wouldn't be surprised if Rosenberg has regrets. In the same way that York needs a second chance somewhere else, I'm glad Rosenberg got a second chance somewhere else.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Where's the copyright rules?||
As regards t-shirts, I assume there are basic copyright infringement rules that don't allow you to use a bunch of things, i.e., the words "Michigan," "University of Michigan," U of M," "Michigan Football," "Go Blue," etc. Can you link to what is allowed and what isn't allowed? There is no point in coming up with ideas only to find out that you can't use them.
I guess the one shirt I'd wear is a Navy shirt with a Maize "Mgoblog" emblem on the chest. (The block "M" with the script banner across the base of the M.)
I'm just personally not going to wear many of the t-shirts. My wife is from Cleveland, and I'm not going to wear a bunch of the Ohio centric shirts. Shirts that are about Bo or about Carr don't work for me, nor am I going to wear a Woodson shirt or a photobomb Brian shirt. (even though thrown in with HTTV.) Is "Leaders and Best" copyrighted? "Hail?" "Victors Valiant?" "Champions of the West?" "Maize and Blue?"
This shirt would be instantly dated, but I could live with that, especially as an HTTV add in.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Be nice||
Be nice. As it is, most of our plans are settled: she takes two to 6 Flags tomorrow, back in time for football practice the next two nights, pep rally Saturday, then on Sunday church, football pictures, brunch, scrimmage, bonfire, games, to bed for her first day back to work and kid's first day of school Monday. Full weekend.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Thanks for PSA||
Thanks for PSA. Most of this is common sense. I'm so thankful that negbangs and posbangs came back, because they make things work better all around.
There is one kind of on-topic off-limits post that comes up every now and then. It happens when an off-limits topic (politics, religion, personal life, as mentioned above) intersects with a Michigan athlete or coach. Obvious examples that have occurred in the past would be discussions about Gibbons and his situation, or Lewan and the charges against him, or most recently, the situation with York. How do the mods define what is "personal" and when the personal becomes public? As an example from our opponent, when do the actions of former OSU QB Pryor (in tattoo parlors, with Corvettes, etc.) become legitimate for public discussion? If photos are taken of athletes in questionable activities, are these in the public domain?
Most of the time, the private, personal lives of athletes stay that way, as they should. But especially with social media, the lines between personal and public have become more blurred.
Only one suggestion: I think that wherever the mods choose to draw the lines, they should be consistent for both our opponents and for Michigan athletes. In other words, if we're digging for dirt on the guys at Ohio, we should be open to the same for our own players. (and my thoughts on the lines are that we should be generous in not disclosing information that we wouldn't want disclosed about ourselves.) Just my two cents.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Few other notes||
Most of the comments above have to do with the OL, understandably so given the problem there. Here are a few other notes:
Can't wait for season to begin. Would also like to hear pressers from Mattison begin.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||What a game||
That was fun to watch, although I hope that Michigan is more in control of games this coming season.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Reading, swimming, last weekend before school||
Since it is the last weekend before our kids go back to school, we'll try to do something as a family . . . maybe go to the beach, maybe 6 Flags again, maybe the pool, maybe a bonfire Sunday night. Kyle has football practice every day this week from 6 - 8:30pm, plus scrimmage on Saturday, so between chores, football, church, and life, I don't know we'll be able to do much else.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Hmmm||
Free advice isn't worth much, and since I don't know your fiance, I'd be hard pressed to give any. I'll just say that I'm glad you're getting married, and I think that marriage is a great decision and marker of growing up. Congratulations! Also, statistically, married people have way more sex than singles, so you've got that to look forward to.
One last thing: try to avoid getting married on a Saturday any time from Labor Day weekend through the end of November. Just sayin'.
EDIT: So, I read through the other advice, and it sounds good. I don't know that area, but if there is a restaurant where the two of you can be together as the sun is going down on the Lake, that would really please some women. Also, if there is some element of surprise, that could be good. Lastly, it is worth considering the old tradition of asking her father. This honors her family and their input, and can get things started on the right foot with new in-laws.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||70 plus points||
I would love to see Michigan hang more than 70 points on them. This is really hard to do in today's age because of the ways the clock has changed. Having said that, there are two ways this can happen: defensive scores and special teams scores. If our defensive line is as good as is projected, and our secondary and linebackers are sure handed, interceptions are there for the taking. And I'd have to see Peppers take a punt return to the house, let alone Norfleet finally busting one.
Normally, there is a significant drop off in ability once the starters are pulled. However, I think our defense is so deep it won't matter. I also think that with the RB & WR competition, we're going very deep in this game. The only place I see starters playing deep into the game is on the OL, and even there, I wouldn't be surprised to see the 2nd team get lots of playing time once the margin is well over 4 TDs.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||I think you're wrong||
Notre Dame was scheduled to play Purdue on 9/15/01. Michigan was originally scheduled to play WMU on 9/15/01. (check the link.) Here's another LINK explaining the rescheduling of games for the following week, 9/22/01. Regardless of the exact schedule, those who were around then can remember the mood and the numbness for the week after 9/11.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Interesting Post||
This is an interesting post. The first thing is, I don't exactly cry. Well, my eyes get a bit moist at the corner, and I blink a bit, and I don't talk because I don't want my voice to crack, and a few people who know me well know what is going on, especially my wife and my daughter. But I don't cry. I don't cry. Here are some for me.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Brian can obv. do what he wants||
But I have to say I agree . . . time for a new tag line. And I've never really gotten into the Draftageddon. Maybe it floats someone's boat, but it has never done anything for me. I just assume that there must be some readers who really love it, or the site owners, so they do it. Since I don't do fantasy, and don't follow other teams extensively, a lot of it is lost on me.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Ha!||
Not to worry. She's good.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Loved this Story||
I love this story, and others I've read about Clark. What a challenging environment to come from. Thanks so much for providing the link.
There is something else that is worth mentioning. Clark (and Henry) both played for Ted Ginn. I would bet $1,000 that Ginn and Hoke really get along, and get each other. They care for their players deeply. I can't speak to RR, or Carr, or Urban Meyer, or Dantonio. But I have no doubt about Hoke, and about Mattison, and about the atmosphere at Michigan. Every team talks about being a family. And you know, I think that every team out will function somewhat as a family. Some more, some less. But I do think that Hoke really gets it, and has the respect of Ginn and many other coaches and of the players. More than just being on a winning team, more than being at a great institution academically, more than being close to home, Hoke and crew are putting together a culture that welcomes and helps and encourages players like Frank Clark and Willie Henry. As I think of Mone, Darboh, Chesson, Bushell-Beatty, Tuley-Tillman, Hurst, Gedeon, Ojemudia, Ways, sadly York, I see kids (and coaches and families behind them) who yearn for the kind of environment that is at Michigan. I'm proud of Hoke and the culture he has been building. This, I believe, is a big part of the reason for the tremendous recruiting we've seen at Michigan.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||For crying out loud||
Hate that uniform. What were they smoking?
I almost never go into threads about uniformz, but man, what are people thinking? I get that times change, and we move forward, but this just seems . . . ridiculous. The uniform companies, all of them (UA, Adidas, Nike, et al) seem to have designers who have to justify their existence by coming up with something more and more outlandish. A pox on all of them.
"Get off my lawn."
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Great ideas||
I really loved the Michigan Daily stories on Pahokee and Denard, and love when there are links to stories like those. If we were able to have some of those more regularly, that would be awesome. Looking at 85 players, and 4 - 5 years to cover them, that would mean you could have 2 - 3 player profiles a month from January through August and cover all the seniors. Great idea. (EDIT: and I'd love to hear more about guys than just football.)
I wouldn't mind some of the six zero type user profiles too.
And yeah, to hear more from Brian (and some from Seth) on the State of the Site would be good, whether now or in January. All good ideas (I'm chiming in here especially for BISB.)
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Your avatar||
Your avatar somehow matches perfectly with your sentiment. Flames, death skull, banished!
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Got it - Thanks||
Got it, and thank you.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Was not aware||
But then, I'm clueless often enough. What's the name of the app? mgoblog?
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Eleven Warriors has melted down||
I saw the heading at 11W, with more than 150 comments. When I clicked through, the site melted down. Can't get on. I don't think he'll be able to come back . . . what are you going to do? Tell opposing defenses to take it easy and not hit him hard? He's a marked man.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Even for me this is wierd||
Even for me this is wierd. But hey, such is life. And FTW, there hasn't been smut here for ages. Magnus has the corner on that.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Nope||
Nope, not same side sitters. Even when we're out with the kids, we're on opposite sides of the booth.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||You may be right . . .||
You may be right . . . but remember, mgoblog is pretty much a Drew free zone (something like Bleacher Report, only they're more professional than Drew.)
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Spousal Disagreement||
Dear, I think you are being far too harsh. Yes, it was right for York to be dismissed. He made a poor decision, and is now suffering the consequences. But "good riddance?" No, this isn't a good thing, but a sad thing. Sweetheart, how many times do I need to tell you, kindness, charity, generosity, and a spirit of forgiveness are a much better way to go. Honey, I hated to do it, but I had to downvote you. Keep this up, and I'll have to ask the mods for special dispensation to monitor you, so I can keep you on a short leash. I still love you, but you're out of line.
Your one and only,
|4 weeks 5 days ago||I agree - 7 - 0 start||
I agree, and also see a 7 - 0 start. I actually think that we could well go all the way to Columbus without a loss.
If all the above is true, the OL will have a full season to gel, along with every other unit. That will make the OSU game winnable, although that's the game I see Michigan losing, being in Columbus.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Not one specific thing||
Just happy the season is here, happy for so many things. Can't pick just one but I'll try to pick a few.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||I've drank the koolaid||
I realize that Michigan is not going to win all it's games. Well, is unlikely to win out this season. But the gloom and doom around here sometimes is suffocating. The lack of patience with the OL is mind-boggling. I definitely am in the camp that it takes time to set up an OL the right way, and we're heading in the right direction.
At this point, I believe the OL will be mediocre, and the DL will be great. I have never heard Greg Mattison as positive as he has been. The depth throughout the defense is astounding. I already thought the LB corps would do well, and the secondary, but with the DL really coming together, you have three solid position groups. The weakest area seems to be safety, but we have so much strength and depth at corner, it is possible that we might be able to shift someone from corner to safety in order to have the best 4 - 5 on the field in the secondary.
There hasn't been a whole lot on special teams, other than noting that the kicking game is solid. If special teams is good, Hagerup will be able to pin the opposing offense way deep when our offense has stalled. I really think that when we have the opponent pinned back deep, our defense will be able to get a safety here and there, and we will have some INT's taken back for a score. I also think we will see improvement in our return game.
As regards the offense, I still think it will be much better than many think. First, while the OL isn't opening holes for the RB's, I think they will do much better at giving pass protection this year. Giving Devin more time, plus Devin having more receivers, plus Devin making better decisions on throwing it away, should lead to much greater production in the passing game. As the passing game gouges other teams, this will open things up a lot more for the running game.
As regards the much maligned OL, I do think it will probably end up being Cole, Mags, Glasgow, Kalis, and Braden. I think they will indeed learn from playing together for lots of downs. I also believe they have a very good opportunity to be 6 - 0 to start the season. If they get that far, they should be gelling together, and they will have a chance in every remaining game. Probably the biggest challenge from being 6 - 0 is that people will think Michigan is better than it really is. They aren't there yet, but they will be.
I believe that Michigan will end the season with two losses, but will come away from MSU and OSU with at least one win.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Got mine in Chicago||
I lived in Florida several years . . . everything is slower there. Did you ever get caught behind a LIncoln Continental going 5 - 10 below the speed limit, on the way to the 4pm dinner special? Just sayin.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Thanks to all who attended!||
Thanks to all who attended! It is great to hear so much about the team. Since I didn't attend and there was no stream, this was extremely helpful. A few crumbs as we wait for the season to begin. Just a few observations about the thread:
|5 weeks 10 hours ago||I'm in the Android crowd||
I'm in the Android crowd. Hope an app for that will come soon, perhaps from another developer?
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Nope||
Not here in Chicago area yet. Anticipation is a beautiful thing.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||When you're open to dialogue, I"m game||
Kapitan Howard, when you're open to real dialogue, I"m game. But when your post begins, These fucking bigots, well, it is a challenge to respond. Nonetheless, I'll go down this road a bit.
As for my post regarding whether or not homosexuality is a choice, it was ill-advised on my part to open that can of worms. What I was trying to say is that it is pretty complicated, and that it isn't clearly the case that there is a gene determining whether or not someone is gay. Between environment, number of older brothers, dynamics in the home, genetics, there are tons of factors involved in why someone is gay, and someone else is not. I suspect that in some cases, choice is involved. In other cases, not so much. I'm not a scientist, nor have I studied homosexuality, so I'm not competent and my opinion doesn't matter much.
What's clear is that you're really passionate about this topic, and that I've deeply angered and offended you. I'm sorry that is the case, and really, I should have known better . . . this is a bad forum to address deep topics like this. I take a lot of the blame, because I know my beliefs are very offensive to some, and as such, I really should just keep my mouth shut.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Google Search on Choice||
MGoBender, I was curious about your assertion. (IT'S NOT A CHOICE.) If you google search, "Is homosexuality genetic" you will get more than 3,000,000 hits.
The first link about a gay gene is from the Telegraph in London. The money quote:
What does wikipedia, the friend of today's college students everywhere, have to say about biology and sexual orientation? Here's the key sentence:
I could go through more of the links, but here's the thing. The scientific research is inconclusive. If anything, it indicates that less than 50% of "homosexuality" is genetically predetermined. MGoBender, you undercut your own position when you state your position so strongly, as if it were "fact."
There are some in the gay community who actually are concerned about the idea that there is a clear and indisputable gene marker for homosexuality. If there was a so-called "gay gene," women could choose to be tested for it and to abort, just as they do for a variety of reasons, from gender to Down Syndrome, Cystic Fibrosis, Spina Bifida, and Muscular Distrophy.
Obviously, you very strongly believe in the position that homosexuality is not a choice. I would simply ask that you honor scientific studies, and the fact that your belief is not clearly conclusive.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Thanks for your response||
At this point, I will self-moderate myself, and cease comments on homosexuality and morality, other than to say that I'm glad ASU football player felt able to express himself publicly.
Also, I'm glad that the season is about to begin, when all off topic discussions will be curtailed, and we can be united in our love of Michigan football.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||(hangs head)||
Sadly, you are correct. I thought it was a mistake. Actually, I thought, did I post that? Am I losing my mind? C'est la vie. It's what I get for wasting time putting up an obvious post.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Crap||
Thank you, mGrowOld, for pointing out that this content was posted yesterday. Oh, the shame. I haven't read posts closely enough, and have now brought the deserved negbangs on my head. See what happens for not refreshing mgoblog enough and clicking on every thread.
Mods, one of you, please have mercy and delete this thread post haste. Argh.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||I get your point||
I get your point, but I respectfully and civilly disagree.
Your use of the term "Homophobe" is clearly pejorative, and short circuits civil or intelligent discussion. By classing "Homophobe" with "Birther," the implication is that they both have a screw loose, wear a tinfoil hat, etc.
The Obama example isn't the best illustration. Maybe another would be better? I can believe that alcoholics make a bad choice, or a wrong choice. Same thing with those who smoke weed regularly. . . my "opinion" is that repeated use can affect your brain cells eventually.
Now, believing that these subsets (those who drink alcohol or smoke marijuana to excess) are "wrong" does not necessarily imply that they are not fully considered equals. Even "equal" is a slippery term. If equal means "equal" rights, opportunities, etc., well yes, they are fully equal. But obviously, every last one of us are "different." The fact that we all differ in various ways means that from that perspective, we're not "equal." Not being equal (in talent, background, gender, sexual choices or preferences, etc.) doesn't imply that they shouldn't have the same rights and ability to freely choose as they see fit.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Love SalvatoreQuattro's Comment||
I love SalvatoreQuattro's comments:
We as a society still have a long way to go, but I think it is a fine thing for this athlete to make this announcement. I actually think it would be fine if he hadn't, but I support his right to do so.
Some comments and thoughts of my own. I would add to SalvatoreQuattro's definition of tolerance, "respecting a person's right to act on their beliefs." In the case of homosexuality, tolerating the action goes beyond respecting their right to believe as they choose.
There also needs to be different terminology. Specifically, "Homophobia" is used as a pejorative label for anyone who doesn't accept homosexuality, who believes it is wrong. It is possible to believe that many things are wrong without fearing them or choosing them personally. You can respect the right of someone else to believe what they want and simultaneously believe that they are wrong.
We have examples of this all over.
Somehow, this doesn't carry over to our views on homosexuality. I'd like to see a society that respects the right of different views and beliefs, without judging and despising those with whom you disagree.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Great Common Sense Observation||
You make a great common sense observation. I would expect more challenges for gays in sports where a violent, macho, aggressive culture is prevalent.
While a student at Michigan, I dated a girl who was a figure skater and had competed nationally. She mentioned that in the skating world, many of the male skaters were gay.
I wouldn't be surprised if the number of gays in figure skating, gymnastics, ballet, the dance world, is much higher than in football, wrestling, ice hockey, rugby, etc.
I'll have to google search this, but if any of you happen to know of studes on this topic and have links, it'd be interesting to read.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||I am noticing a pattern||
I am noticing a pattern. Those who ordered HTTV via kickstarter (including me) haven't gotten it yet. If you wait and order it later via other distribution networks, etc., you already have it. What is wrong with this picture? (Nothing, if you think that ordering season Hockey tickets early, only to find out that MSU won't be at Yost, is ok.)
|5 weeks 3 days ago||York and Due Process||
I am completely with those who are glad that York isn't playing and that he is suspended and not practicing. However, I also deeply appreciate "due process." Let the process work. I am among those who believe that sadly, he needs to be released. I'd actually be happy to see York get another chance, but elsewhere.
The one thing I really like as regards Hoke is his language. He isn't adding anything that is imprecise. "We're going to go through the process" and "He's suspended" are very clear statements. Nothing about "family matters." Nothing about what he did and his guilt, or the video, or anything else. This is a great way to go for Hoke, and I suspect he has learned a bit from his experience with the Gibbons situation.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||York and Due Process||
I am completely with those who are glad that York isn't playing and that he is suspended and not practicing. However, I also deeply appreciate "due process." Let the process work. I am among those who believe that sadly, he needs to be released. I'd actually be happy to see York get another chance, but elsewhere.
The one thing I really like as regards Hoke is his language. He isn't adding anything that is imprecise. "We're going to go through the process" and "He's suspended" are very clear statements. Nothing about "family matters." Nothing about what he did and his guilt, or the video, or anything else. This is a great way to go for Hoke, and I suspect he has learned a bit from his experience with the Gibbons situation.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||So very sad||
The demons, the fears, the remorse, the sadness, the deep pit of despair, the what ifs, the losses overwhelm some of us. I feel terrible for those who knew and loved him closely.
Above it was suggested that those who struggle should fight their demons. I understand the sentiment, but it is so hard for those who feel alone and overwhelmed to do this.
I'm going to make another suggestion. Tell someone who is struggling that you love them. Listen to them. Reach out to them. Care for them. If you pray, offer to pray for them and their situation. Without being privy to Robin Williams' personal struggles, I still suspect that he felt overwhelmed and alone. We can't solve all the world's problems. But if each of us make a difference in the life of one or two others, that in itself is a significant thing.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||I'll be going to the game||
As a Michigan fan living in the Chicago burbs, it doesn't get better than this. What better game to see? Fortunately, I have enough friends who have season tickets to the Bears that I should be able to score some decent tickets.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Unique Situation in many ways||
Great story, and I certainly hope he makes his dreams and challenges too.
However, there are some unique circumstances involved here which would be very difficult to replicate most anywhere else. The base (Naval Station Great Lakes) is pretty unique in terms of size, purpose, and location. There aren't many military bases that large with a primary focus on training within a half hour of a major campus like Northwestern. The fact that he played football in high school, that he is already physically fit, that he got into Northwestern, that the base is close by, and that he has a job that synchronizes with classes and football, is pretty amazing in and of itself.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Question for coaches: how much is experience rewarded?||
So, in reading through this list, I've noticed that a recurring question is what to do when incoming talent surpasses a starting player. Perhaps the biggest question mark is whether Bolden or Morgan will start. Another suggestion is that some of the incoming players will start behind current starters, but supplant them by mid-season. Those are nice problems to have!
When someone clearly has superior talent, the respect of coaches and players, and a grasp on what we are doing, it isn't hard to see that the freshman will start over a previous starter, regardless of the upperclassman's experience.
My question is slightly different. It would seem to me that typically, if two players were approximately equal in ability, the upperclassman would get the nod over the younger player. Again, that makes sense. What I'm wondering is just how much better a younger player needs to be before they get the starting nod. I'm wondering, for instance, if Morgan "starts" over Bolden, even if Bolden is just a smidge better.
We are always told that this is an "open competition," and "the best player will start." However, "best player" is kind of subjective. It seems to me that unless a freshman is a clear, obvious, and unavoidable talent upgrade, they will continue to start the upperclassman over the newbie.
I'd love to hear from coaches how they work through this situation and reality.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||What age is the league?||
In my kid's league, they call kids beyond a certain weight "stripers," (a stripe on their helmet,) and they can only play on the line, not be a ball carrier. My son is in 8th grade, and you have to weight less than 154 at the beginning of the season. If you weigh more, you are a "striper." Each team is also allowed no more than two "double stripers," which are kids weighing 201 pounds or more at the beginning of the season. They don't want a 200 pound kid bowling over (and injuring) kids who weigh about 120 pounds.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Thanks for your insight!||
So, right now would you predict:
If that's how the rest of the close played out, you couldn't ask for more. And I suppose if there was room for one more after that, they could focus on the best available player, regardless of position. What an incredible place to be in terms of recruiting.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||It really is getting tight||
Realistically, we have a chance at:
I don't know how they'd all fit. In fact, I'm sure they wouldn't all fit. Hoke is going to have to do something and find some way to make it work. With 10 recruits already committed, I only see spots for three more right now. Given normal attrition, you could add another three by Signing Day. Still, you have to have several guys drop, and that still wouldn't leave enough room.
I guess the question I have is the position: are Masina, KLS, and Bilal all really OLB? And more than that, how many OLB do we need? And Roseboro and Bates DE? That seems an area where we do really need more bodies. And lastly, what about the OL? Are we really ok with just two? I guess given the debacle at the OL caused under RR, I get really nervous without at least 3 guys every year on the OL.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Some Ledge!||
Well I didn't anticipate that Weber would commit that fast. I'm beginning to wonder if a few of the recruits will commit now, instead of taking a chance on having the class fill up! I will admit, I'm really wondering how many recruits we'll have space for . . . Ace said three more, and I've heard others say five more. It makes a big difference. I certainly agree that KLS is someone they'll definitely make room for. I'd imagine they'd also make room for Roseboro. After that it starts to get tight. Lewis and Wheatley seem pretty likely. Would that leave Bates and Bilal on the outside looking in? Hard to say, but a nice problem to have.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Thoughts on Pipkins?||
I was surprised to see nary a mention of Ondre Pipkins, nor Hurst or Mone. Was this deliberate, or an oversight?
Regardless, I enjoyed reading your thoughts, and I too am looking forward to this year. I still expect two losses, but I can live with that for now. One of the wild cards is injury By 2015, that will matter even less, as there will be sufficient depth across the board to have someone hurt and another guy step in and play at close to the same level.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Life Lessons||
I'm the one who talked about sports being fun. I'm torn. I agree that you have to learn to deal with adversity, and you have to work hard. I've let my kids know that they don't have to play sports, but once the season has started, they're not allowed to quit.
Still . . . there are at least two coaching styles I don't care for at all.
I guess my point is that even with adversity, you can have chemistry and teamwork and fun. My kid had to deal with a season ending injury to the QB, and their record was only about .700. They had their share of adversity. And yet, they played hard, as a team, they had good coaching, good chemistry, and they had fun. That's what I want for Michigan. Maybe they're really supposed to be pros by the time they wear the winged helmet, but I still think of them as being kids.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||I'm not wise enough to know||
I'm not wise enough to know the answers. But several observations.
First, the challenge here is in trying to isolate and identify one problem. Things are rarely that simple. You see this all the time when the media can't understand a complicated problem, and point to one thing. The (lack of) talent most of the way across the board, the complicated schemes Borges was trying to run, some bad luck, the "leadership" all contributed to last year's record.
I'd be willing to say that Lewan was probably part of the problem, but also say that he is being made a scapegoat, when the problems were many and diverse.
Regarding team chemistry, I think this also is a bit complicated. Of course, if you are winning, you can put up with jerks on the team and jerks coaching. And obviously, if you're losing, things fracture more, fingers are pointed, and there is a so-called lack of "leadership." However, just from my son playing a number of sports the last five years, I have seen good coaches and bad, I have seen good chemistry, and bad, and it does matter.
Here's part of what it comes down to for me. All sports are "games," and as a game, they should be fun. As you go from playing as a kid with friends to playing on organized teams to high school and college and maybe to the pros, it becomes less about fun and more about being a job. We get that with professional sports, it is a job, and is all about winning. And for some people, at every level of sport, it is always about winning, and only about winning.
I just don't agree. Having met Hoke and some of the other coaches, I don't think that is their philosophy either. I think you can win both ways (with coaches and leaders who are hardcore, and with coaches and leaders who build more of a family and team atmosphere.) The thing is, for me, I'd rather that Michigan have a team that is a family, that cares for each other, that isn't yelling all the time at each other. That's part of the reason why I'm so much happier with Hoke than with coaches like Urban Meyer or Nick Saban or Bo Pelini or even Rich Rodriguez. I think that we will see solid team chemistry and guys pulling for each other much more from this season going forward. And I'm glad about that.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Yes it was Rodriguez||
Yes it was Rodriguez. However I have not mentioned that myself because RR discussions usually degenerate into a tire fire. He really should be credited with a few good things. The BBQ and Denard come to mind immediately. I would also personally credit RR for Hoke landing at Michigan, albeit indirectly. Not everyone would agree with me that this last is a good thing. So be it.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||I'll take the blame for that||
Don, that's my fault. The problem is that I quoted way too much, and couldn't just cut and paste the whole article. In Snyder's article, it adds the following:
As a U-M freshman he played little, until breaking out with a five-tackle game with an interception in the Sugar Bowl. Many expected his instant greatness as that dominant defensive line graduated.
Instead, that off-season he was arrested for stealing another student’s computer and pleaded guilty to second-degree felony home invasion. That led to a one-game U-M suspension from coach Brady Hoke.
The implication in the quote from the article you use above is that Clark has stayed clear of off-field trouble after being disciplined for the incident you reference.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Stupid hot seat grumble mumble complain||
I fully agree with the OP, and think this hot seat nonsense is ridiculously overblown. Obviously, in the 4th year, expectations are greater. And obviously the buck stops with Hoke. And we expect Michigan to compete for the Big 10 Championship, as Hoke does himself.
But I really believe that blame can be placed on the recruiting cupboard being rather bare under the preceding coach, both Carr & RR. RR was hurt by both the pipeline not being full, and by recruiting for a different stype of game.
Hoke has been hurt in multiple ways.
Starting in 2015, Michigan should have both depth and experienced upper-classman in both the OL and DL. I can't remember when or where, but the mathlete or someone like him (Seth?) have done extensive analysis looking at who can come in and succeed immediately as a freshman. The numbers of true freshmen (even redshirt freshmen) starters who are solid is particularly bad on the OL, DL, and at QB.
You can blame Dave Brandon for many things. However, I strongly believe that he will give Hoke the time he needs to succeed. If Hoke just has a mediocre season, that will buy him next year, when he'd be on the hot seat. My personal belief is that the record is 9 - 3 this year. Not satisfactory, but certainly not some stupid "Hot Seat."
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Turd, great observation||
Turd, you make a great observation. I am very thankful that Frank Clark was given another chance by Hoke. I have done plenty of stupid things in my life, as all of us have. The scrutiny the athletes are under is intense, and with social media, is much worse than it was years ago.
I fully support coaches (whether here or with rivals) who work with giving their players a second chance and helping them to succeed in life. I don't want to get into a debate about any particular situations, but I think we should give some grace to coaches of competitors who aren't immediately evicted from the team on the basis of boneheaded decisions.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Shaara based movies||
So, I haven't seen "Gods and Generals," which was pretty universally panned. But it is worth seeing "Gettysburg," a pretty good movie starring Jeff Daniels (in the role of Chamberlain.) Watching the movie right after reading the book, you could see numerous pieces of dialogue that come straight from the pages of Killer Angels. The movie also helps somewhat with getting a better sense of the land.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||I'd probably start at the beginning||
I'd probably start at the beginning. I'm a bit of a junkie for this kind of history. I actually listened to all of them as books on tape, which is a great way to spend hours in the car. The thing I like about the books is the maps, and really studying them and understanding them. As regards the maps, my major recommendation is to spend time on the land. Go to Gettysburg, and some of the other battlefield sites, if you can. There are a number of sections in Killer Angels about the ground. If you've ever played paintball, or capture the flag on a slope, you'll have a better sense of how important it is to have a good position. Next on my list is to watch Ken Burn's PBS series on the Civil War (partially inspired, IIRC, by Killer Angels.)
In a different vein, I am now reading collected writings of George Washington, which gives a fascinating picture of who he was that is often lost (or shaded) by various biographies.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Great book||
Glad you enjoyed it. I'm actually re-reading it myself, and enjoying the book more the second time (picking up details I missed before, especially after spending time in DC and Virginia and Pennsylvania this summer.) Regarding other books by Shaara, remember that his son is also an author, and continued the series after his father's death. Shaara's son is good, but not quite as good as his father, in the prequel and sequel to Killer Angels.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Wow, just wow||
I guess this shows that I've not been at the blog quite as much: this is literally the first time I've seen Mrs. StephenRKass. A pleasure to meet you. What a wild experience. I have been, FTR, on a service trip (Hurricane Sandy,) then vacation in Manhattan and Brooklyn and Virginia (visiting daughter in Navy south of DC,) and just back from a glorious week in the U.P. in the Les Cheneaux Islands area. Now catching up at work. Still addicted to the blog, but I don't much like posting from a Samsung Galaxy.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||My thoughts exactly||
That was what I immediately thought too. I would gladly chip in a couple bucks for a flight and a hotel room, but I'm sure that is completely impossible. I can see why some people from challenging circumstances stay close to home: otherwise, it would be close to impossible for friends and family members to ever see them live at a game.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Ha! Mrs. StephenRKass indeed||
(EDIT: Meant to be in response to Hail 2 Victors.) Thankfully, for me at least, things have been great at both mgoblog and touch the banner (thank you, Magnus,) so I rarely scroll past anything that's offensive to anyone. Mgoblog has the Mrs. StephenRKass seal of approval.
Although, the bigger issue is how much time I spend following Michigan, and sports in general. I'm cutting back, but it is hard. I actually ran into an mgoblogger at a conference who recognized me from my nametag. That was wierd.
Regarding being a football fan in general, and time spent with that instead of your spouse, I realize that my daughter and son-in-law are dealing with the same thing. She is in the Navy, and he is a huge football fan, following multiple games every weekend from mid-August all the way through the Super Bowl. (more of an NFL that NCAA fan.) Anyway, I told him it was too bad she couldn't schedule her deployments to run from late August through January. That way, he could just work, sleep, eat, watch football, and play videogames. Perfect life for a 20 year old male. I don't know that either of them were amused.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Thanks for your hard work||
Thanks much, Seth, and I'll add my condolences to the pile. I'm sorry at your loss. When my mother died back in 97, I found that the grieving went on, and it was little things long after her passing that brought her remembrance to my mind . . . seeing an empty box in the garage with her handwriting on it from sending the kids Christmas gifts. Or getting a whiff of the perfume she wore. I'm sure you will have bittersweet remembrances of your Dad, and I'm sure some of them will come with your Michigan football family traditions.
As regards HTTV, it will come when it comes. I'm looking forward to it, but that's all. Personally, I don't need the second copy autographed, but $50 seemed like a nice round number. My only bone to pick was I thought we were going to have a few t-shirt options besides the photobomber. Well, we all can use a shirt to schlep around in for chores and the like.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Not surprised||
Irritating, but not surprised. Now, I will say that I much prefer the kind of recruiting that Hoke is doing than negative recruiting. I like what Michigan stands for, and I like the direction the football team is going in. I know that all the Michigan coaches have to bite their tongues and bide their time while waiting for the lines to gain experience and waiting for the recruiting to catch up.
I do think that negative recruiting is always going to be there in college. What is incredible is how blatant it is at Ohio State. It is always better to sell yourself than to denigrate others. When you focus on the positive, recruits can fill in the blanks with the negatives of other situations.
What I find fascinating is what I see as almost desperation on the part of Ohio State's coaching staff. Here's what I mean. If you are in a position of strength and health, you can stay above the fray. There is no need to be negative. The knives and the mud come out when you perceive someone as a real threat. I wonder if Urban is worried that Michigan will be improving quickly, becoming a real threat to Ohio State's dominance.
This whole account reminds me of something I've seen in dysfunctional families. When someone bad mouths someone else to your face, you can bet the house that they'll be bad mouthing you to someone else when you're not around. I can't help think of some catty sorority girls who are always dissing and disparaging others. When you're confident in who you are and your position in life, this kind of behavior isn't needed.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||I like noon starts||
I understand the point of view of some students who like 3:30pm games. However, as a student, I always liked noon starts . . . it felt wonderful to start the day with the stereo blaring the Michigan fight song, and there was something about walking along to the stadium at 11am that just felt right. And yes, you were done in time for dinner, a nap, studying, and evening activities if you wanted.
Now, living in Chicago, a noon start allows me to come in Friday night, walk around a bit in the morning, go to the game, have an early dinner afterwards at Zingerman's or the like, and be back home by 10 or 11pm. (As a pastor, It is pretty much impossible for me to go to a late game, unless it is in Evanston, South Bend, or maybe Madison.)
I believe that TV Networks drive the start times, and that as Michigan continues to improve, we will see very few noon start times in the first two months of the season. (there will always be more in November, because of the cold, the weather, and the dark.) I'll cherish the few early games there are.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Interesting conumdrum||
I have an interesting conumdrum. Typically, either Brian or Seth or others have posted a request for questions to ask at these kinds of events. But since I'm already at mgoblog enough, it is odd to think of asking the board for questions to ask . . . Brian. Thoughts?
Nonetheless, since I missed the meet and greet in Chicago with Hoke et al earlier this summer, I'm thinking of going to this event instead. Although, I think I might register as "John Smith."
|10 weeks 1 day ago||So many choices . . .||
What a horrible, wonderful question. Trying to pick a favorite game is like being asked which of your kids you like best. Still, there are three that stand out for me.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Thanks for the link||
I read the article this morning. With Angelique writing it, and more on Brock and Barwis, how can you go wrong? This is always a great story to read about, and see the continuing progress.
As an aside, this is a wonderful example of someone taking a challenging situation (the firing of RR, and all his staff including Barwis,) and making the most of it. I never have once heard of Barwis complaining or whining . . . he just moved on in a very positive way.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Definitely would love Nik with the Bulls||
Definitely would love Nik with the Bulls. Being in Chicago, that'd mean I'd get to see him on TV all the time. It also means that we'd have a lot more Michigan fans rooting for Chicago. It would also put Nik on a team competing in the post-season regularly. And if Rose stays healthy, a team competing all the way to the Finals. Lastly, Chicago is good enough that Nik wouldn't have to do everything, but just be a great complement to the whole.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||Please read eleven warriors assholery article||
Ace linked to the eleven warriors article on assholery. You need to go there now. Given your post, it is on your required reading list.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||Civil War & JL Chamberlain||
Fascinating news, regarding Newsome's study interest and favorite figure. Thanks for sharing this info.
So, for those who are interested in more on Chamberlain: There is an excellent novel in the genre of historical fiction, entitled The Killer Angels. The author is Michael Shaara. JL Chamberlain is the major protagonist in the book. General H. Norman Schwarzkopf described it as "the best and most realistic historical novel about war that I have ever read." The book has been required reading, at various times, at OCS, West Point, and has been one of two novels on the Army's reading list for Officer Professional Development.
Shaara's son Jeff followed up his father's novel with a prequel, Gods and Generals, and a sequel, The Last Full Measure. Since we're in the off season, I'd strongly recommend reading or listening to the three books, especially if you're on vacation road trips. (This is a much better way to spend time than listening to the soundtrack of Frozen, or a lot of the other stuff you might normally listen to.)
Both The Killer Angels and Gods and Generals were made into movies, but the latter received poor reviews.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||Thompson, MSU, & Recruiting Rankings||
Glad to hear Michigan is in it with Thompson. I think most of the comments have already been made. I guess the thing I really would want is for Thompson to land in the best fit for him. This isn't rocket science, but it involves:
All of these things come together, and there isn't always a perfect match. One program is stronger in some areas, another program is stronger in others. Magnus has often commented on a prospective recruit that he is really good in a particular way, but not a good fit for what Michigan is doing.
Having followed recruiting at mgoblog for several years, it strikes me that there is a frenzy with the hunt, the chase, the courting of a recruit. Then, a recruit is signed, and in more than a few cases, is buried on the depth chart and the bench, rarely heard from again. Yes, I want Michigan to have the best players possible, and to win out against MSU and OSU all the time. But really, I want these players to go where they fit well, and have a place they can shine. That's where I want Tyriq Thompson to end up, and I hope he figures that out well.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||Tempted to comment||
I'm tempted to comment, but that would definitely go into the "TMI" category.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||Great article||
Thanks for the link . . . I loved the article, and am not surprised that Angelique Chengelis was the author. I am rarely disappointed by what she writes, and you could say that I am a fan of what she does. (It actually would be interesting if Ace or someone in the know would write a small profile on her.)
Regarding Hoke and his father, I had heard some of these things before, but this definitely filled in the picture. It brought a smile to my face. I guess I especially found it interesting that in his last week of life, John Hoke encouraged Brady to be less competitive with his family. Competition is an interesting thing. You play hard, and play to win, but there's a time to set that aside.
I have a 13 year old adopted son who I love dearly, but who really needs structure and discipline. It is always a tough balance to love him, but also to discipline and provide a framework for future success. I hope to do as good a job as John Hoke did in raising Brady.
Oh, and I think Brady Hoke is a fine coach, has a great staff, and want him to continue at Michigan a long time. I really hope he has a minimum record of 8 - 4, to at least keep his detractors at bay one more year. We're not quite there yet, because of the offensive line especially, but also the DLine, an everything jelling. If we improve this year, I could really see 2015 being a great year, reestablishing Michigan football for a long time.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||enjoyed your insider posts||
I really enjoyed your insider posts as regards Hand. However, I don't recall ever reading your thoughts on how things finally ended, with Dashawn going to Bama. You may not know the answer, but I'd love to hear your perspective. Was there something Michigan could or should have done differently? Obviously, Alabama has more success, and some players fit better in one setting instead of another. Still, I was disappointed Hand didn't end up in Ann Arbor.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||Different Suggestion||
So, my suggestion is different. You have plenty of questions to ask DB & Brady Hoke listed above. Some serious, some snarky. But I'd recommend a different tactic. The lines for Brady and DB are always going to be long, and they're both pretty practiced at non-answer answers. I'd focus on looking to ask someone else questions. I'd look especially for Nuss, Mattison, or even better, Funk. If you can find out who will actually be there, and you have some prepared questions, you might get better answers. Fred Jackson was at the Chicago event last year, and I had an awesome conversation with Laura Hoke. If you can find Jackson, or Funk, or Laura, or another football/basketball assistant, and you're prepared just a little bit, you are much more likely to be able to have a real discussion. Hoke especially, but also DB, have to really keep the line moving, and they've got their patter down cold.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||He gets the scheduling question all the time||
When I asked DB about this last year, he gave boilerplate about how far in advance you need to schedule games, and that he was working on some marquee type home and homes.
I would ask the following:
"Have you worked on scheduling a "home and home" with any of the following teams: USC, Stanford, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Texas, Georgia, Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Washington, South Carolina, Missouri, Clemson, Texas A & M?" You may need to have the list of teams in front of you.
The point is, I think that many Michigan fans would accept a home and home with any of the above teams. I don't really want, on the other hand, a home and home with Kentucky, Duke, Kansas, etc., let alone a MAC snacky - cake.
If DB answers "yes," I would followup asking about likelihood (probably or not proable) and timing (how many years before we see this happen?)