|19 weeks 4 days ago||I love...||
...optimism! But, you're assuming too much improvement. I also think you are undervaluing experience, especially on defense. Don't get me wrong, I hope you're right, but I see it this way.
Big Will - Pipkins: Tie with upside
Roh - Beyer: Downgrade. I'm not at all sure Beyer is Roh's replacement, but if he is that is almost certainly a downgrade. If it is Wormley or another man-childish young lineman, we still downgrade due to a lack of experience. Roh was better than people give him credit for.
Floyd - Countess: Upgrade...agree. Although they have played different positions, the CB corps should improve overall.
Demens - Bolden: Tie with upside. Remember when Ezeh taught us how important it was for a linebacker to do his job? I hope Bolden can be assignment sound as well as Demens. He might not be able to do that.
Kovacs - Wilson/Other: Downgrade. Again, we can't underestimate the importance of a player, especially a safety, being in the right place almost all the time. Also, Kovacs, while not an athletic freak, is as sure a tackler as we've had in a long long time. That is critical for a safety.
Overview for the Defense: Tie with some upside. In reality, we'd do well to be just as good defensively next year. Mattison and the boys were tough this year, and thank God he coaches at UM. A great deal of our success next year on D is attributable to him.
Denard - Devin: Tie with upside. That depends on our new line's run-blocking.
Roundtree - Other: Upgrade. Whoever replaces him will likely be faster and a better downfield threat. But, we will miss Tree's penchant for the awesome.
Lewan - Schofield: Duh!
Barnum - Kalis: Upgrade...especially in run blocking.
Mealer - Miller: Upgrade with downside.
Omameh - Bryant/Other: Downgrade with upside. There are some reasons for optimism, but I believe new starters all over the line will hurt...especially here.
Schofield - Braden: Downgrade
Offensive Overview: I'm hoping we have a 1st Team All-Big-Ten RB come December. Short of that, we'll struggle. That is a tall order for a brand new OL.
|40 weeks 6 days ago||I'm not worried about the procedure....||
...I am worried about the reason he needed the procedure...whatever that is.
|40 weeks 6 days ago||It worries me that...||
...Roy had to have his knee scoped. Any word on what that is all about? Sometimes that is nothing, but sometimes it is related to a nagging injury. I don't want to sound an alarm, but I do wonder if anyone has more info regarding Roy's knee.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||I also...||
...noticed that Smith looked electric. He also seemed to get a ton of first team reps. With such a small practice sample, that could be coincidence. He is similarly sized to the guy SDSU started last year. hmm...
|1 year 41 weeks ago||No ND derp...||
...but, I do desire a little "rabble rabble MSU rabble rabble Rucker rabble". Comparing Stonum to Chris L. Rucker seems a lot like apples to apples. Is this just another example why UM is better than MSU. I applaud Hoke and his willingness to enforce tough discipline. Huzzah!
|1 year 43 weeks ago||American Suburbia...||
I believe it was HIS 365. It was History of American Suburbia, and the class, professor, discussions, and ideas were awesome.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||I disagree...||
...the Sox BP is not more desirable than the Tigers. I'd take the Tigers 10 times out of 10. Perhaps if we ignore the 7, 8, 9 inning guys, the Sox would look more enticing. But in each of these scenarios who would you rather have...
Thornton or Sale /Albuquerque
The Tigers are stronger where it counts most. Sometimes middle relief makes a difference, but usually when they're pitching their team trails big anyway. Benoit had a rough start, but he's lights out right now...I'll take the Tigers.
|2 years 2 weeks ago||The implication...||
The implication is that it has something to do with breaking laws or probation. In the ESPN article Quotes Hoke as saying that Stonum will have to "fulfill all his commitments he has to the legal system and our program."
No guessing game from me, but I'm confident it has nothing to do with failing a class.
|2 years 4 weeks ago||He plays...||
...football, and you insult his ability to do so. You write on a message board, and you do so with piss-poor sentence structure. Nicely done!
|2 years 5 weeks ago||I saw...||
...Gallon throw a block early in the "game". He was out there with the #2 offense and the play ran left. He had a strong block on that play, but that's my only memory of him.
|2 years 5 weeks ago||Please send...||
Don't know if they're gone, but if you could send them my way, that'd be tremendous. email@example.com
|2 years 6 weeks ago||I am also...||
...anything but objective, but I really think we'll roll MSU this year. But, I think I said that last year too.
|2 years 8 weeks ago||Yes...||
...it is true. Edible Arrangements are delicious, and frankly I think she deserves one. In all seriousness, I applaud Coach Mattison for his being a family man. It is an example that I hope the young men under his tutelage will learn.
|2 years 8 weeks ago||I just learned...||
...that it wasn't Hoke, but Mattison's daughter responsible for his return to Ann Arbor. I'd like to send her a fruit basket or perhaps an Edible Arrangement.
|2 years 8 weeks ago||Taylor Lewan...||
...looked right at the camera and told us that Denard is doing great in the new offense, and we can relax. I like how well he knows us. He's hillarious.
|2 years 8 weeks ago||Originally...||
...I was uncomfortable with the grammar nazi tendencies of the board. The egalitarian nature of the whole thing seemed mean and unnecessary. I no longer feel that way. This garbage is becoming too common. Posts like this are the reason I don't care what any poster on Rivals or MLive has to say. I don't read that crap because it is nearly impossible to take seriously. If that is mean, so what. I love this place, and I really really do not want it to erode into a world where punctuation, capitalization, spelling have no rules.
|2 years 13 weeks ago||knock it off...||
...You're not sending a text message. You are posting on a blog full of people who aren't 13 year-olds. Use punctuation where appropriate. Capitalize where appropriate. STFU when appropriate, or please stay away.
iz dat kewl?!?!
|2 years 14 weeks ago||hmmm...||
...I love me some Marvin Robinson. I can't wait to see him tear heads off this season. That guy looks like a manimal.
|2 years 18 weeks ago||seven...||
"In the first case, seven regular starters and 11 of the top 15 tacklers return in the fall,..."
Roh, Martin, VanBergen, Demens, C. Gordon, Floyd, C. Johnson, Vinopal, Kovacs
That's 9...not counting TWoolf.
I think the wealth of returning players...yeah, I said "wealth"...will pay off in 2011. I do think we'll see some changes to the starting lineup, but for next year, we should actually have pretty good personnel.
|2 years 18 weeks ago||Depends...||
...one the MTTC you're taking. The Basic Skills Test is so easy it's silly. The subject tests can be a little harder. You mentioned PoliSci, and I think that is only a teaching minor. Would that mean you're taking the Social Studies test?
I've taken the Basic Skills, Economics, History (major), and Social Studies (RX). I did fine, and you seem to be quicker and wittier than me. Plus, you're Hunter S. Thompson...I'm suprised they haven't exempted you.
Seriously...the history test was flush with world history questions, the economics was full of common sense (high school econ BS) questions, and the social studies was super general. Let us know how you fare.
|2 years 18 weeks ago||This is...||
...exactly the guy I was thinking about. I couldn't recall the name until I saw it. History of American Suburbia was a great class, and I actually reference it regularly. I occasionally reference some of the 7 books we needed for the class. He was a phenomenal professor and would be very easy for a anyone to follow along with...no background knowledge required. In my mind, you couldn't do any better than Lassiter.
|2 years 18 weeks ago||not surprised...||
...by the poor turnout in this draft. I do think Mouton will get drafted, and I wouldn't be surprised to see him go a little earlier. His measurables at the combine are likely to be strong. That said, this class was bound to struggle in the draft.
Check out Magnus' blog and see how well we should fare in next year's draft.
Hemingway, Molk, VanBergen, Woolfolk, Martin, Koger, Stonum and perhaps others could all very well be drafted.
|2 years 18 weeks ago||as much...||
...as you and I are addicted to UM Football and athletics, I'd like the think the psychology department has other work to do. However, if they are bored...I know a couple kids named Seth and Brendan who could use some tutoring.
|2 years 18 weeks ago||This was...||
...a very insightful post. I appreciate it, and I think you're onto something. Also, this sort of post coupled with you avatar, makes it even better.
|2 years 18 weeks ago||Well, yeah...||
...recruiting will be more important next year, but that is because two years of poor classes in a row is devastating. A weak class this year, is a big deal. We are one good recruiting class away from having real quality depth and a team full of scholarshipped athletes.
I do not believe RR would have had nearly the "decommitting" difficulties we are seeing. That said, the situation is not Hoke's fault, and there is no use complaining about this reality. It is Brandon's mess and Hoke is responsible to clean it up. I trust that he is doing everything in his power to do just that. But, I'd like to see some results very very soon.
...and, thanks for the avatar.
|2 years 18 weeks ago||Right on...||
...Nothing good has ever come from prayer and/or quiet reflection. You nailed it! Man, isn't insulting the faiths of others AWESOME!?!
|2 years 19 weeks ago||It is possible...||
...that the smile only indicates the quality of food. I know that good food makes me happy.
|2 years 19 weeks ago||forward...||
...this quote directly to Hoke. He should say this verbatim. It perfectly conveys what he needs to convey...c'mon Hoke...read the damn cue card!
(no sarcasm whatsoever)
|2 years 20 weeks ago||Hi, Matt...||
My name is Brian, and I'm an MGoBlogolcoholic. I've been addicted for 3 years, but it has getten considerably worse in the past 6 months. It has been 4.5 minutes since my last MGoBlog visit.
|2 years 20 weeks ago||what the hell...||
...happened to you? Have you lost your mind?!?
We should strive for intelligent discussion around here. We should write intelligently so we remain the last bastion of thoughtful discussion on the interwebs (and YES spelling does count). We should support the University of Michigan...that doesn't mean we always have to agree with what is going on or with who is in charge. However, you are acting like an Asshat. That should be beneath this blog, and I hope it's beneath you.
|2 years 21 weeks ago||We aren't...||
...in the top 10 and three teams who we compete against and recruit against annually clearly outspend us. Spending more money isn't necessarily the answer, but it is a sign that the school is committed to the program. I would like to see us commit more money to the program. We sell out every game, have the highest attendance, merchandise up the wazoo. I'd think we make money hand-over-fist.
Shouldn't we be higher on that list? Shouldn't spending whatever it takes to be the best team in college football be a top priority?
|2 years 21 weeks ago||You said...||
... that "I don't think there are really haters...". That is unfortunately very incorrect. I would not venture a guess as to what portion of the anti-RR crowd felt this way, but I heard from more than a few people that they were concerned RR would win enough games to keep his job. They would rather have UM lose in order to get RR fired. ...Those people are haters, super-haters! IME they tend to be very old alums or fans who don't really know much about football.
But I think the majority of the fanbase is on the fence. Good results force them to lean in RR's favor and poor resutls force them to lean the other direction. It can change week-to-week, or even quarter-to-quarter. A 31 point win would get a lot of those fans, and they would be firmly behind RR until UM has a bad game, or quarter, or possession in 2011.
|2 years 21 weeks ago||Dude...||
"I haven't heard 1 Michigan fan, employee, alum, reporter or connected individual, who has expressed any animosity for the idea of firing the current coach. Most would pull the trigger now if given the chance."
You need to get out more. Of all the UM fans that I know, I'd say it is split 50/50 on whether or not they'd like RR to be back next year. The vast majority of those who I know that want him kept are alums under the age of 60. Many of them would have animosity if RR was canned...myself included. I think Harbaugh would be successful at UM, but I would still be very disappointed/upset if RR was not given one more year to do the job. I know I'm not alone in that.
|2 years 22 weeks ago||bad list!||
Lots of first year players: Carvin Johnson, Vinopal, Cam Gordon, Avery, Demens, Rogers, and Thomas Gordon. Those are all first year players. It is valuable to discuss freshmen because they are typically smaller than their opponents, however first-year players are also often at an experience disadvantage. I too am curious about where the program is headed...especially the defense, but I wouldn't use the word "doubts".
We return the following starters on defense next year. (I'll assume a 3-3-5): Roh, Martin, VanBergen, Demens, C. Gordon, Kovacs, Johnson, Vinopal, Woolfolk (I count him as a returning starter), and Floyd.
That is 10 guys who have been starters for us, and will likely be starters for us next year. There is room for improvement and some guys we aren't counting on may steal a starting job or two from the guys on this list. I'm optimistic about the future, I'm excited about that list of players, and I do not have "doubts".
|2 years 22 weeks ago||yeah, but...||
...what makes a difference is the high school coaches' opinions, biases, and guidance. I think a we'd be far more naive to expect a high school coach who has benefited greatly from a relationship with Saban to not have positive feelings toward him as an individual and his program in general. We'd also be foolish to assume that would carry no weight in terms of influencing recruits either consciously or unconsciously. This stuff does matter and should be against the rules. It is an example of Saban being shady.
|2 years 22 weeks ago||This is the...||
...best logo idea I've seen. It is bold and strong. I always like the idea of the crest/shield shape used in the background. It conveys tradition and power.
|2 years 22 weeks ago||That is...||
...an innovative logo. I like the 0/2. Well done!
|2 years 22 weeks ago||Barwis...||
...is encouraging, but what about the wolves. That is MOTIVATION!!
|2 years 22 weeks ago||maybe...||
...you're right about Hoke never being offered the job. But never is a strong word. Hoke may be a candidate down the road, but in 2011, it is either going to be RR or JH.
|2 years 22 weeks ago||I disagree...||
...completely with what you said. There is no way that he attended the second best academic university in the state. Either Kalamazoo College or Michigan Tech should easily be considered superior academic institutions.
|2 years 24 weeks ago||Here's...||
I will always support Michigan. I know that DB has more information than any of us, and I trust his judgment. However, I want to see what RR will do with an offense of upperclassmen. I want to see if the defense improves as much as I think they will returning 8-10 starters.
If he's fired, I will be disappointed...no matter who the next coach is.
|2 years 28 weeks ago||Hey! Dammit, ...||
...I'm an assistant principal, and I'm a delightful fellow. It would be a treat to spend time with me. In fact, I am around me constantly, and I'm very happy. It is almost entirely do to me...you know, being pleasant.
|2 years 33 weeks ago||I know for...||
...certain that whatever the result may be... it will be telling.
|2 years 33 weeks ago||The point here...||
...is pretty clear. Our offense is better than their offense. We score more touchdowns. We are not good at kicking field goals, but we are lucky, because Denard Robinson devours third down yardage like fat kids in red-white checked overalls eat burgers. That is to say...he eats third down yardage ferociously and he cannot be stopped.
|2 years 34 weeks ago||Oh yeah...||
|2 years 34 weeks ago||wisdom...||
...and great spelling. This guy is a double threat!
|2 years 36 weeks ago||Oh my...||
...goodness. His shoe is undone! How perfect!?!
|2 years 36 weeks ago||I just...||
...watched the Denard Robinson postgame interview, and I'm a smitten kitten. He seems like such a genuine and nice young man. I'm extremely proud of our newest ambassador.
|2 years 36 weeks ago||you said...||
...asshattery!! plus 1.
|2 years 36 weeks ago||The ref...||
...signaled immediately. I think you have to wait for the video review to be ended or for the extra point to be snapped before you can celebrate.
|2 years 36 weeks ago||What worries me...||
...is not the Calvin Johnson thing, which was bad, but even moreso I worry about how bad it could get...the rule allows for even worse crimes to be committed against football. I mean, continuation and therefore the process of the catch can last a long time.
What if a WR slips through the endzone and ends up in near snow bank in Green Bay?
Perhaps he starts slipping like a freshman walking across South University on a January morning...they slip, regain their balance momentarily, only to slip again with arms and legs flailing around. The fans at home will have to wait in silent anticipation for the continuation of the fall to end...for the process of the catch to end...perhaps this all lasts for 10-15 seconds (like freshman falls often do) and we'll all have to wait and see how it ends up before we know for sure if the WR actually caught the ball.
It always feels horrible when an official looks at a reply and makes a decision that defies logic and hides behind the literal interpretation of a poorly worded rule. It is hard to blame the official, because he thinks he interpreted the rule correctly, but there should probably be room for "are you fucking kidding me?!?!" in a rule...particularly with the benefit of replay.
|2 years 36 weeks ago||Absolutely...||
...fantastic. I hate all that stuff. That is precisely why I check this site between 4 and 104 times a day. Plus 1 for you!
|2 years 36 weeks ago||The deep pass...||
...appeared to be open all day. It probably will be all season. When he finds the necessary touch on the deep ball, defenses will have to choose between three ugly options:
A. Leave one or two safeties back and get shredded on the ground.
B. Or put two safeties in the box, get shredded in the air, and probably also on the ground.
|2 years 36 weeks ago||It was one...||
...heck of a moment for anyone who is religious. But, it was probably just about as fantastic for thos who aren't
|2 years 37 weeks ago||Unbelievably touching...||
...moment, but I was confused by the shirt. "Glory to God 1%" seems like an odd shirt for a religious man to wear. Was 1% the chance he was given to ever walk again? Or am I totally missing something?
|2 years 37 weeks ago||Tate has impressed...||
...the coaches and his teamates both with his work ethic and commitment. There are numerous quotes to that effect.
He lost some points over the summer, but he owned up to his mistakes and had a very good summer. Devin went in because they knew Denard's injury wasn't serious. Had it been serious, and they needed a QB for the rest of the game, Tate was the man. Instead, when DRob went down, they needed someone to run the same offense and keep the same momentum...DG was the fit for that. I do not honestly believe that if we needed a starter besided DRob, RR would turn to anyone but Tate.
|2 years 37 weeks ago||Let's...||
|2 years 38 weeks ago||I too...||
...am ridiculously invested in Saturday's game. I can't think about the unimaginable, because...well, it is inimaginable. But also, if I was able to...I'd curl into the fetal position and rock.
|2 years 38 weeks ago||Wow...||
...that was a fantastic story. I'm even more pumped for Saturday. I might explode!
|2 years 38 weeks ago||yes please...||
aww let do it!
|2 years 38 weeks ago||Here you go...||
1. It is QB and WR league. If QBs get 6pts for a TD drafting a stud early makes sense. If they get 4 pts for a TD then you would be better off passing on Rodgers and getting Shaub way later. You'll be grateful all year if you draft two top ten WR.
2. Not a problem in most cases. If the offense is balanced or leans toward the pass, that will not hurt you. However, if it is a run-first team, that can come back to bite you.
3. Cadillac Williams is going way too late in drafts, so is Mike Williams (TB). I'm not a TB homer. I live in MI, but those guys could be very solid late value. Also, Fred Jackson will finish this season with more fantasy points than CJ Spiller, but Spiller is going way earlier.
4. Standard scoring...RB or WR depending on draft slot. Outside of first 5-8 RBs it might make sense to wait.
|2 years 38 weeks ago||We do not...||
...owe them anything. I makes no sense for us to be selfless and give up our traditions. The other members of the conference, according to you, seem to be looking out for themselves. They want to make sure the new alignment benefits their school as much as possible...but apparently we should not be so "selfish" or "whiny". We should not seek our rightful place on top of the conference's pecking order. That assertion is bonkers.
Ultimately the conference alignment matters far less than the date of THE GAME.
You have a right to your opinion. I find your rationale to be very very flawed, but that is my opinion. But, complaining that other people's opinions hurt your feelings then insult others for their opinions in the next breath doesn't make sense.
|2 years 39 weeks ago||Nice reference...||
...and for it, I'll give you +1.
That movie has completely changed the way I say that word. If I can spell it phonetically, I guess it would be like Pee-yee-id.
|2 years 39 weeks ago||really...||
...you have a choad?
|2 years 40 weeks ago||Agreed, that crap...||
...screams somebody, anybody, validate me. Please!
|2 years 40 weeks ago||ha ha ha...||
...ha ha ha. Are you kidding me!?! The kid had a pretty bad shoulder injury last year, and had he been healthy we likely would have won at least one more game, if not two. He is a player, and from the above picture of Tate-Fresh high steppin' I'd venture to say he's a playa. He has a lot to offer this team.
That said, if he gets out competed for the starting job, so be it. It is good for UM to have competition at all positions, especially QB.
"Is tate going to win us a national championship? Probably not....Why waste his time?"
That is ridiculous. He'll get playing time this year. He'll contribute this year.
Oh, and one more thing...
PLAYING FOOTBALL FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN IS NOT A WASTE OF ANYONE'S TIME!!
|2 years 40 weeks ago||Yes, I would...||
...be very surprised. His dad is reported to be positive about this current situation. Tate is rumored to have no beef with the wingless helmet and such. This would be an about face...and surprising.
|2 years 40 weeks ago||I second...||
...that emotion. plus 1 for your plus 1.
|2 years 40 weeks ago||Probably not going...||
...to get into OSU. They probably don't have a strong need for an overweight and lazy CB on their depth chart.
|2 years 40 weeks ago||How about...||
...Ray Vinopal? I don't even think he is on our depth chart. ...Okay, he probably is, but nowhere of consequence. I just have a few concerns
1. Is he fast enough?
2. Is he gritty enough with enough heart and have enough football IQ to make it work?
3. How's his tackling?
|2 years 40 weeks ago||I will...||
...be surprised if they "figure it out" by week two. I'd be much more worried about ND in week 9 or 10.
|2 years 40 weeks ago||I don't...||
...see any real improvement on their roster from last season to this season. I agree Kelly is an upgrade, but they should be less talented offensively this year. I don't see how they improve enought to beat an improved UM team. That said, road games are always scary.
|2 years 40 weeks ago||Warren left, because...||
...he knew there would be no NLF next season. If that is the case, and it likely is, then this may have been his best chance at an NFL payday. If he waited he would be piled into a draft with two years of draft picks in it. He probably just thought this was his best opportunity to get into the NFL.
I'm sure he didn't like the defensive production over the last two seasons, but money is a much stronger motivator.
|2 years 42 weeks ago||This just proves...||
...once and for all that this blog is the most useful social networking site on the interweb.
|2 years 42 weeks ago||anything else...||
I know JLS was a buffoon and MSU is less talented, but I think there is more than that.
Is there ideological differences?
|2 years 43 weeks ago||It could be Vince...||
...if he comes back healthy, he could definitely be the man. I agree with Magnus about Cox being a good fit for the zone read, but Smith might be the best fit all around. He has very good burst, catches balls out of the backfield, and looked good running everything last year. That said, I do not know the status of his recovery.
If we look to Pat White for the model RR quarterback, perhaps it is fitting to look at Steve Slaton as the model RR running back. I honestly do not know who in our stable is the best comparison for Slaton. If Smith were thicker...
|2 years 46 weeks ago||A lot of ifs...||
Assuming that it happens soon, and there are other reasonable candidates available, I would not support Lloyd's return. The game is changing. We must move forward.
|2 years 48 weeks ago||one thought...||
I don't know about cost, but Kalamzoo college is excellent. Also, Alma and Adrian have very good undergrad programs...depending on what the student's grad school interest is.
Look into Kalamazoo College.
|2 years 48 weeks ago||He should be fine...||
...but, be careful. Make certain he takes physics in high school. I know 4.0+ student who took plenty of AP classes and scored well on the ACT who did not get in because of not taking physics. I think the danger can be mitigated by applying to LS&A, which you mentioned was likely.
Have him apply very early...September or early October.
I remember applying to college. I didn't have a backup plan...literally. I put all my eggs in the Maize-and-Blue basket, and it worked out...but my numbers were not as good as your kids'.
Good Luck!! Go Blue!
|2 years 50 weeks ago||Demar...||
I, like so many Wolverines, was looking forward to the "No Fly Zone" being in place for your years at Michigan. I am saddened by the way the university handled the situation, and wish you the best of luck. I am further saddened and embarassed by the media's response to your recruitment. They are sad little men in a dying industry, and they have become very desperate.
Always keep one eye on the future, and make sure what you do in the short run puts in a position to achieve your long term goals. Be a young man of character and values. It seems like you've been doing that lately, and I hope and pray that you have continued growth and boundless success.
|2 years 50 weeks ago||I know a student...||
I know a kid who recieved a massive (over $100,000) scholarship to UofM. The student had a 4.1 GPA and finished second in the graduating class. ACT scores were good, and the high school has a very solid academic track record. That student did not get in because of some new bullshit arbitrary requirement.
That student absolutely should be a part of the university, as an alumnus, we'd be lucky to have that student among our ranks. The admissions department was wrong...that pisses me off.
As people who love this university, does this piss you off too?
|2 years 50 weeks ago||I don't know you...||
...and you may come from a difficult background, that made academic success something less than a foregone conclusion. But, I know that getting a 23 on the ACT is very very difficult for some students. I have seen good students, 3.0-3.5 GPA students, not do better than 21 on the ACT. I think you're being unrealistic to think "anyone that tries hard" could score a 23. If he scored a 17, and test score was the hold up, a 19 or 20 would likely get him in, and that may be possible.
|2 years 51 weeks ago||It can happen...||
The current UM situation is a bit unique. We are getting more talented each year. Last year we started walk-ons...and our walk-ons were freshmen. So it could come to pass that getting a team full of scholarshipped players is considerably better than a team that is not.
If Denard wins the QB job, our offense will be quite a bit different than last year. So, both the offense, by way of dilithium, and the defense, by way of 11 scholarshipped starters, could be vastly improved. I don't know what is likely, but if the team took a huge step forward, people would look back at those two facts and say..."yeah, that makes sense."
|3 years 3 weeks ago||fantastic...||
You have added more to the conversation than anyone else. This clip produces the most appropriate response...silence. It is the kind of silence that you would expect to hear after witnessing a terrible accident....everyone is in awe, shocked, too scared to speak, and at the same time they are reminded of their own mortality. While I can't speak, the inner-monologue is moving fast and furious. I'm thinking...
If I completely lose touch with society and seclude myself within a sanitized environment of people who hold one to the "glory days" long gone by without any reasonable likelihood of ever achieving that past in the future, could I make the same horrifying mistake ND has clearly made? Could it happen to me?!?!
...this is too scary for words.
|3 years 7 weeks ago||Not cool...||
I checked out the video and they show a tOSU running back blowing up and avoiding a UM tackler. That is the only UM clip. While the game looks cool, the clip is not!
|3 years 9 weeks ago||Thanks...||
That video just made my weekend. AWESOME!
|3 years 10 weeks ago||here's a thought...||
That is the battle for state supremacy, and there are several stories that link the legend of Paul Bunyan to Michigan. One such story has him being based on a gigantic lumberjack in Bay City, MI. That fella's name was Joe Fournier, and he was legendarily huge...he actually had two rows of teeth. They kept his skull in the Bay City Museum for decades.
|3 years 10 weeks ago||Good call...||
That beer is simply flawless. It isn't as magically delicious as some of Sam's other offerings, but it is scientifically proven to be flawless. I don't remember the research method, but it is conclusive, trust me.
I would also highly recommend Sam's Boston Ale. It is similarly flawless but bolder and bigger, on account of it being an ale.
|3 years 10 weeks ago||Gonna beer me...||
I just read 40 posts. I'm up late grading papers, but I'm going to the fridge and swapping my coffee for a beer.
I have Sam Adams Honey Porter right now...brilliant combination.
History tells us that Sam Adams was not nearly the intellect or diplomat his brother was...but the dude knows beer. Even from the grave 230 years later, the dude knows beer.
|3 years 10 weeks ago||me either...||
We call the beers either leaded or unleaded around here. I got the reference, but it was new terminology here too.
|3 years 10 weeks ago||Honey Brown Bread...||
I make a beer bread, and the absolute best beer to add to the dough is Dundee Honey Brown. Even thinking about it right now, I can't imagine any brew I've every had make a better beer bread.
|3 years 10 weeks ago||Actually underrated...||
I think that is an underrated beer among the foam-head communities. Some people drink it because it is the "American Lager," but lots of people give it no credit because it is so mass-produced. But it is a very good hot-summer-day beer.
|3 years 10 weeks ago||interesting...||
I've never had any luck with the one in your hand.
(was that dirty?)
|3 years 10 weeks ago||chicks dig it...||
Everyone knows that punters get all the PUNTang.
haha....get it?!? See what I did there!?! Whooo...I slay me.
|3 years 10 weeks ago||do you have it...||
When drinking Stella, I'd think the necessary equipment would be...well...necessary.
So, do you have a stemmed-goblet glass with a golden rim?
|3 years 10 weeks ago||uhh...||
The root beer...right?
That is seriously good stuff.
|3 years 10 weeks ago||Don't ask the kid...||
He's 8. Don't worry about his ideas.
I agree about playing LB. If he ends up being fast, he can stay at LB or maybe safety. If he ends up being tall and fast he can move to DE, and if he ends up being a MANimal he can move to DT. Your strategy is good, and when he's lining in the Big House, we'll all thank you for not caring what he, or his mom, had to say on the matter.
|3 years 10 weeks ago||reminds me...||
Garage-beer shopping is about as common as pool hopping and/or lawn ornament "redistribution" around these parts.
As for the gist of this article, Dorsey has earned some amount of scrutiny, however nothing remotely like the douchebaggery he's received. He'll take some lumps now because some in the media and populace are immature ass-clowns who are willing to kick sand in the eye of kid...but hopefully this adversity just makes him stronger and more resolved to follow through on the positive changes that he seems committed to making.
|3 years 13 weeks ago||yes and hogwash...||
I agree with your final judgment on the possibility of adding Damon. He could be a very good addition to the Tigers even if his best days are behind him. That said, he does not have similar pop to Grandy. Last years HR stats were an absolute fluke. Check out his home/away splits...it was a joke. The average was good both home and away, but balls fly out to right in the wind-tunnel-bandbox that is Yankee Stadium. I think Damon as our everyday left fielder, if he starts 140 games or so, whould be lucky to hit 17 HR for the Tigers. That just isn't his game.
FWIW, Grandy might hit 35 this year for NYY when he gets to play half his games in that very same wind-tunnel-bandbox
|3 years 13 weeks ago||you're doing fine...||
You'll get the hang of it. Perhaps you'll eventually get to be as snarky as some of the MGoLegends around here.
|3 years 13 weeks ago||small school...||
Bay City All Saints '99
My senior year began a run of dominant baseball programs. We still dominate and make it into the quarter finals nearly every season. We've made it to Battle Creek 5 or 6 times starting with my senior year.
Boys basketball is pretty solid, and the other sports are hit or miss depending on the season.
|3 years 14 weeks ago||wait a minute...||
Did anyone else do a double-take at that picture of Banks thinking that it was a picture of Woodley?
|3 years 14 weeks ago||jokes...||
what jokes? Are there supposed to be jokes?
|3 years 14 weeks ago||tough...||
Oh yeah, Americans are super tough. Hey world, in case you forgot, we're really super tough. Our women win gold medals with serious injuries to their legs, and I suppose that makes them, and by proxy...us, (you guessed) very freakin' super tough.
Stephen Colbert is awfully proud!!
|3 years 14 weeks ago||not so fast...||
I think you and I have different definitions of the top 2%. I rarely saw the football players with the hottest of hot girls. They were typically with the sloppy, bleached, tanned, skanky type of girls. Just my observation.
|3 years 14 weeks ago||umm...||
Did you just out yourself as a youtube All Star?
|3 years 14 weeks ago||I've heard this opinion...||
Would someone care to explain why we will not be able to beat Wisconsin?
It seems like better MLB and safety play might be enough to push us over the edge. They just don't seem unbeatable. Also, I think Iowa is better than 50% win for us.
|3 years 14 weeks ago||ouch...||
The beginning of your post made my brain hurt. UM has a history of offering full-ride scholarships to kids who are potentially very good football players. I think lots of schools do it.
UM fans with half a brain got "pissy" when McCabe attempts to put words in our mouths, accuses us of being hypocritical while ignoring a MASSIVE hypocrisy at the freep which he now has officially contributed to.
To break this down like Dimitri Martin, we'll play a game called "OK or Asshole"
-Having an opinion = OK
|3 years 14 weeks ago||accountability...||
The taunting has an effect on society. It is also a symptom of society, and I don't see any reason why we should just accept bad behavior as acceptable because it is "not their responsibility." The NCAA could make it their responsibility by simply saying that student-athletes are not allowed to taunt the opposing team. No one is necessarily responsible to be a role model, but they should be aware that their behavior (or misbehavior) has consequences. If they do not care about the consequences that exist (rudeness and a "look at me!"-attitude becoming far too common in society), the NCAA is doing a good thing in providing a consequence that the players do care about as an effort to reduce the taunting.
However, this is going to be ridiculously difficult to enforce. In fact, it will be nearly impossible to enforce effectively or fairly. That is a fine reason to dislike the rule. But contributing to a lack of accountability with the "not their responsibility" excuse is not fine.
|3 years 14 weeks ago||don't worry...||
You couldn't tackle a division I football player.
|3 years 15 weeks ago||Kuhn = Terrible...||
Easily the worst lecturer that I encountered during my entire education. I felt like I was teaching myself economics, and thank goodness for study groups. I actually think the material in that class was not terrible, but that guy ruined economics for me.
|3 years 15 weeks ago||I went to Rick's...||
If you're looking for loudness, darkness, smelliness, drunkiness, and skanks go to Rick's.
On my birthday, I went to several bars. I had 2-3 drinks at each. However, when we arrived at Rick's I was too pissed to climb the stairs to leave, so we stayed for too many more.
Beware the stop light! They don't taste bad, but three in a row gives zero chance for recovery.
|3 years 15 weeks ago||be careful...||
I believe your anecdotal account. But, it is still a bad idea...regardless of who your friends are.
I survived a head on collision with a 2 ton pickup truck at 50 mph while I was driving a midsize sedan. I proved it can be survived, but I really really do not recommend anyone else trying it.
|3 years 15 weeks ago||Maybe a power hour...||
Are you confusing this with a power hour? 60 shots of beer in 60 minutes. I don't think that would kill an average person, but it is a good way to start a good night.
As for the shots...pace yourself. Be wise.
Here's the strategy that worked for me 8+ years ago:
|3 years 15 weeks ago||ouch...||
I just threw up in my mouth. That guy made me hate economics. My heart hurts, and my soul is weeping. What a tragedy.
I think Gerson also taught one section of 401 my semester. That would have been way better. I've never forgiven myself.
|3 years 15 weeks ago||I don't know...||
I did not take psych at UM, but was that sarcasm? It seems like intro psych should be a fairly easy and fun course.
It is entirely possible that this is an inside joke that I just didn't get, and if so...I sincerely apologize.
|3 years 15 weeks ago||Spanish 3 sucked...||
It wasn't unworkable, but it did seem unreasonable. The teacher was a ball-breaker, and the workload was immense. I mean, c'mon, it's just Spanish for shit's sake.
That class was the bane of my existence for a semester.
|3 years 15 weeks ago||Game Theory...||
That was a great class. We obviously had different professors. I thought that was one of the most interesting economics classes I took at UM.
To finish that semester, I had three exams in the same day, and Game Theory was the last one. My brain was fried, and I failed it...pretty bad, too. I know I could've taken it another day, but I was chuck-full of machismo, bravado, stupidity, etc.
Ahhh, we live and we learn.
|3 years 15 weeks ago||Were you in my class...||
I just assumed that the University made a one semester mistake and would never again put Kuhn in front of a 401 class. I hope you were in my class. If not, that means the UM has put countless other students through that same disaster. Those were the worst lectures I've ever sat through. I had professors with very limited English language skills who were far better lecturers than Kuhn. geesh!!
|3 years 15 weeks ago||depends...||
As long as it is fairly obvious that the kid is deserving, there should be little to no issue with it. I suspect it won't be until a players junior year, so...if it is Roundtree it'd be 2011, and if it is Miller, it'd be 2012.
I don't really see anyone else with a great shot. Stonum is a great deep threat, but he has not looked like a NFL stud-level player.
|3 years 15 weeks ago||yes...||
Yes he did.
I read it somewhere else, but this link is where I found it just now.
|3 years 15 weeks ago||Those who stay...||
So, this just goes to prove that "Those who stay will be champions."
In this case, "champion" means player who dramatically improved his draft status.
|3 years 15 weeks ago||This is very exciting. There||
This is very exciting. There are few things in life more important to success than self-awareness. If this kid really knows himself and has the work ethic Tom says he has, I think he'll be a wonderful Wolverine.
|3 years 15 weeks ago||oh boy...||
The capital letters and exclamation points enhance the perception of your avatar yelling at me. Please, make it stop.
|3 years 16 weeks ago||This is new...||
They are not accustomed to losing bidding wars. Their sadness is the food of my soul. Today will probably sustain me until we throttle them in 2010. If that game doesn't go so well, I'll always have their inferior IQs to feast on.
|3 years 16 weeks ago||well...||
I, for one, would have a hard time turning down that kind of money. If that is not the appeal, it has to be the hostesses. There is a chance that the money their given is to pay for increasingly attractive "hostesses".
|3 years 16 weeks ago||retracted||
|3 years 16 weeks ago||well...||
I'll see you there, or I will see you on another time.
|3 years 16 weeks ago||That's DG...||
That looks like DG to me.
|3 years 16 weeks ago||That's my choice...||
If it was up to me, I'd choose Pitt. Missouri would be my #2 choice.
It seems that the main advantage to choosing Pitt is that they are good at both major sports and strong in academics. The strength of Missouri is that they bring a new TV market, although they are weak in basketball and academics.
|3 years 16 weeks ago||Bearer of bad news...||
It's not really news. It's more of a hunch really, but I don't see a great future for Minor in the NFL. He is certainly tough and skilled, but I don't see him getting tons of work in the NFL. Maybe as the slower and stronger part of a timeshare, but I think that is a stretch. Instead, he's probably a 3rd string back waiting to happen.
The other side of this is evidenced by guys like Grant, whose measurables are no better than Minor's. So, maybe in the right situation he can be a solid NFL back, but the odds are certainly against him.
|3 years 16 weeks ago||under contract...||
I thought he was under our control for the next two years. Meaning he is arbitration eligible.
As for the contract, we do not want to piss him off, so we can't wait too long or lowball. However, he had a career year last year, and we're going to have to pay for it. I think Verlander is awesome, but if we believe he is a top tier pitcher, we should sign him for more than 5 years. But, we've been burned lately on the back end of long-term deals.
These Tigers are much like last years group. They are the wait and see Tigers. They were counted out by everyone, except Mitch Williams on MLB Network, and they were stronger than anticipated. It is easily within reason to suspect they'll contend for the division. They will not have the best lineup in the division this year, but they may still have the best pitching staff. Our defense will be good, and we'll pitch well. That gives us a great chance.
|3 years 16 weeks ago||Stumpy legs...||
Yeah, this guy does have stumpy legs. With very good speed, short strong legs, and a low center of gravity he reminds me of losers like Maurice Jones-Drew, Darren Sproles, Dante Hall, Leon Washington, Mike Hart, and Marshall Faulk.
Why would we recruit a guy like this?
|3 years 16 weeks ago||Bad joke...||
Kurt is probably going into the HOF. Brady is too. The thing that makes Warner so endearing to people is the fact the he was out of football, he was in the Arena League, he was a normalish guy with seemingly no chance. The truth of the matter is that he was a man with unbelievably high ability that needed to be honed or discovered, or whatever.
He is an everyman. He is going into the hall, and he will be remembered very very fondly for decades to come.
|3 years 16 weeks ago||Good insight...||
It is interesting to me that he had that sentence. He said, "This is not a trend..." then he proceeded to spend the rest of his article suggesting this was a trend.
Perhaps now that the B10 won two BCS games this year, the media will shut up about the death of the B10. The B10 itself has had much less to do with the disappointing recruitment of the midwest's highest rated players than the media has. The national media, stories like this, eblogs, and idiots have touted the death of the B10 so loud and so long that it has altered the national perception.
The truth is there, the B10 is still highly competitive, and will likely see improvement and more bowl seasons like 2009. But like in so many things, the ignorance is louder than the intelligence. The ignorance is easier to find, hell you can't miss it. The truth and the intelligence takes work to acquire, and most people don't put in the effort.
Sure, this has been a disappointing year in the B10, but steady improvements in AA will have a major impact on this trend.
|3 years 16 weeks ago||For the defense...||
Time of possession typically matters. Not because it, in and of itself, is a determining factor in the win, but because it correlates to other stats that do determine win or loss, i.e. yards, plays, points, etc.
Another major impact that time of possession can have on the defense. I know that the clock stops in many situations and the offense can actually move pretty quickly, but in general teams with low TOP give their defenses less time to rest before having to return to the field. That makes a difference.
As for Michigan, we are a quick strike offense, and we will be even more so when DR gets the ball in space more often this year. That is why Barwis and RR focus so much on having quick and athletic players at every position. RR knows what sort of team he has, and he's studied all of the pros and cons of that sort of team. So, he builds a defense to fit his team.
As far as wins and losses are concerned, the team will have a low TOP this year. It will likely be higher than last year's, because The Force will have less turnovers, but it will still be lower than most other good teams. And we will be good!
|3 years 16 weeks ago||Sounds similar...||
I finished off the Killians in my fridge and tapped into a Goose Island sampler box. Have you ever had Goose Island's Oatmeal Stout? It knocked my socks off. It was as good as the Guinness that I drank at the Brewery in Dublin, and definitely better than the Guinness that can be acquired here.
|3 years 16 weeks ago||observation...||
I interpret everything you post as yelling. I am certain that it has everything to do with your avatar. Just an observation.
Does anyone else have that reaction to BlockM's posts?
|3 years 16 weeks ago||That sounds about right...||
Lemming's account seems balanced and accurate. We clearly have a very talented class coming in, and by all accounts it seems to be a very good fit for RR's system, which is predicated on speed.
But, I can't help but wonder whether a team that focuses on speed, speed, speed, and athleticism, not necessarily in that order, needs to do whatever they can to DRob on the field. I know this has been discussed ad nauseum, but I'm recently coming around to this idea as so logical that it's probably inevitable.
|3 years 17 weeks ago||Transplant from the awful state...||
I spent K-3th grade living in Cincinnati, and my best friend's uncle played for OSU. Suffice it to say, I was introduced to flaming stupidity at a young age. My dad is an alumnus so I can only imagine how that made his stomach churn...as an expectant father, the thought my child behaving that way makes me sick and angry...it makes me sickgry!
When we moved back, I started watching UM football, because that is what was on TV. It didn't even take a month until I was outside at recess initiating games of "Desmond" with my classmates. That was a game I invented where the players attempted to make the most fully-extended and impressive diving catches possible.
The story has a happy ending in that I continued in my UM fandom, matriculated to AA and graduated a 3rd generation Wolverine in 2003. I owe my conversion and to some extent football salvation to Desmond and his abounding awesomeness.
|3 years 17 weeks ago||Graduated in 2003||
Agreed, nothing quite like beating OSU. The offensive dominance we put together in the rivalry in 2003 will not be forgotten. Edwards and Perry were probably the two most dominant offensive players in the conference, and they took over the game. That was the last game I saw as a UM student, and it is still special to me that I went out a winner.
RR will soon be providing graduating classes with fond and victorious memories.
|3 years 17 weeks ago||Sorry, double post...||
My apologies. Twice in one night...I need to go to bed. This is ridiculous.
|3 years 17 weeks ago||Agreed...||
I too had an unexplainable love for Marquise Walker. I mean, he was good. But I was absolutely convinced that he was one of the top talents in the country, and a mortal lock to be a very productive NFL receiver. That said, I still think his catch at IOWA is the most impressive grab I've ever seen in college football. I think he used his spidey-web to bring that back in, because it was definitely past him at one point.
|3 years 17 weeks ago||Sorry, double post...||
I am very sorry for wasting your time. This has never happened to me before. I've never really had a problem in that "department". I know that this happens to guys, but it never happens to me, and I'm not OK with it. I'm going to get a prescription. They make pills for this, right?
|3 years 17 weeks ago||Really? A fight...||
The MSU fans want to think of the beatdown/attack as a fight. We should know better than to refer to it as such. That would be like the the Cobra Kai Dojo picking a fight with a girl scout troop. NO MERCY!!
Personally, I like to refer to the incident as an assault.
|3 years 17 weeks ago||not sure...||
You're not sure who GOB is? C'mon. I've made a terrible mistake.
I can't wait for the movie.
|3 years 17 weeks ago||Loved it...||
The game lasted a lot longer than the first one, and it was far less repetitive. I found myself completing all of the side missions in order to make it last longer. It was just a cool game.
I estimate that it took somewhere in the neighborhood of 35 hours to complete. You would not regret this purchase, but if you could rent it for two or three weeks, that might be even better.
|3 years 17 weeks ago||never ever....||
There is never an appropriate way or time to bring the real housewives of anywhere into this sacred space. No matter the intention, that is unacceptable.
|3 years 17 weeks ago||The entire team slipped...||
The whole team slipped that week, it is not fair to put it on him. He was hitting alone on an island, and clearly pressing toward the end. He carried the offense for the entire second half of the season. I'm very very excited to see what he can do this year with an improved focus.
|3 years 17 weeks ago||Essexville / Bay City here..||
I've taken classes at Delta, and I'm pretty familiar with their school paper, "The Collegiate".
That is a dangerous and silly cartoon to print. Regardless of the crime statistics, I can't see the strip being anything less than insulting. It certainly wasn't about being informative, and its a really poor attempt at being cheeky.
|3 years 17 weeks ago||Well said...||
I don't necessarily agree with everything you said, but you said it clearly, directly, and unoffensively (even to those who may disagree with you), and that was a tricky thing to do.
You tap-danced on what is very often a hot-blooded issue. If I was you, I'd interpret the lack of negs as a compliment, if not for your ideas, then for your ability to express them. Well done, sir!
|3 years 18 weeks ago||Go big or go home...||
We need to land Parker, Baxter, or another highly rated player like Rashad Knight. I know he's smallish, but so is Bob Sanders. Give me kids with speed, smarts, strength, and athleticism.
We'll finish well, and be better for it this year. We'll be starting some freshmen again this year, but it probably won't be at QB, so I'm fine with that. What's more, I think every player who sees substantial playing time will be, get this, on scholarship. That will definitely make a difference.
|3 years 18 weeks ago||thx for the update...||
I'm thankful for the update. I was starting to wonder what the hell you do, and how you could spend an entire day playing with MS Paint, but it makes sense now.
|3 years 18 weeks ago||Right you are...||
You hit the nail on the head in terms of his popularity being linked to his outward expressions of faith.
In my experience, divisiveness comes from an "US vs. THEM" distinction. To some extent it is human nature to do that sort of thing. I've seen it with pre-schoolers and even toddlers. However, when that distinction goes as far as to make one group (emphasis on the group) wrong or worse than another group, it is divisive. The way the detractors do that is painfully evident. I don't see the supporters work quite as clearly.
To apply this to the conversation at hand, I'd ask if you think TT himself is divisive, or if his supporters and detractors are the ones who inflame the argument through him? (Real question. No sarcastic or leading tone implied.)
|3 years 18 weeks ago||Fair enough...||
An attack, like this, against an organization is far more palatable than the personal attacks on TT found in earlier posts.
I often wonder what Jesus would think about Christianity if he came back today. I think he'd be pissed that we don't do a better job taking care of those in need. Christian organizations have no plan to solve the problems JC really would care about, so they pick something smaller like homosexuality. It's a shame.
|3 years 18 weeks ago||you're wrong...||
While proselytizing doesn't change the world for the better in and of itself, that is not what TT does. He is extremely charitable, visits sick kids in hospitals, goes to schools to promote the value of education, does mission trips to 3rd world countries, and works to improve the world.
This guy is not a self-indulgent jerk. I can't defend all people who have ever done, said, or thought ridiculous and indefensible things in the name of religion. However, that doesn't mean all believers are phony evil-doers. More people should do as much good work as TT does...regardless of what they believe. TT is someone who makes the world a better place, and simply gives God credit for it.
People, yourself included, attack him and discredit him because of his beliefs. Does that make you intolerant? Isn't your "religion is the scourge of modern society" belief system dogmatic? You seem awfully committed to an "US vs. THEM" position, how could that be anything but divisive?
|3 years 18 weeks ago||huh...||
Between strange capitalization, complete lack of commas, and overall confusing wording... I do not follow.
|3 years 18 weeks ago||What detail...||
Great picture, and nice work. I've enjoyed your artwork all day. At that size, he might be the most unstoppable RB ever, or a soul crushing linebacker.
Will he be allowed to wear those rocket shoes in games, or is that forbidden? Ah, I hope he can get away with it.
|3 years 18 weeks ago||Nice!...||
They took the bait. Winner, winner, chicken dinner!
|3 years 18 weeks ago||neg this troll...||
|3 years 18 weeks ago||Nope...||
It's Bo not even pissing on him if he was on fire. I love it!!
|3 years 18 weeks ago||unsurprised...||
Color me unsurprised that someone with a picture like yours is very high on Cox. I prefer Toussaint.
|3 years 18 weeks ago||I understand...||
I believe the LBs will improve, and I have several reasons for that belief. It would be nearly impossible for the ILB's to be any worse. They really struggled last year, and they will be more comfortable and knowledgeable than they were last year. Now, whether or not that translates into better play, we'll see. If Mouton and Ezeh do not improve, than the ILB's will be better because someone beat them out for the job. There are some quality athletes in our LB corps, and two guys will step up. Also, we cannot overstate how much the weak safety play maginified all of the LB mistakes. I can't even imagine that we're not better at Safety this year.
|3 years 18 weeks ago||Huzzah...||
...well done Dr. Gupta. The best of us makes the rest of us look better. Keep up the good work!
|3 years 18 weeks ago||I remember MGoObes...||
He was, as I recall, not a douchey idiot.
But, why do this?!
I completely disagree with your premise that this was funny. Freaking people out on this blog is not acceptable comedy. You get what you get, and you'll get smashed for this.
|3 years 18 weeks ago||State Shmate||
Never even considering MSU is the best way to deal with them. I don't fret about anything, and I barely consider them. I don't think of them as a rival, and I certainly don't bother giving them the satisfaction of letting anything they do upset me. The only satisfaction I take from pwning MSU in any way shape or form is knowing at all times that we are better than them.
|3 years 18 weeks ago||I did...||
I laughed outloud no less than 10 times upon seeing the Weis video and replaying it on youtube.
I never wished any harm on Troy Smith, however...
I can't help but wish Pryor gets hit so hard that his face mask actually inverts. That, I'm not proud of. But, it is true and it feels good to come clean.
|3 years 18 weeks ago||Great update...||
Tate is our best chance to compete this year, and compete this year we will. Four Big 10 teams in the top 12, but UM will make some noise in the conference this year.
Top reasons for thinking positive thoughts...
1-Tate's reasonably assumed progress
2-LB's reasonably assumed progress
3-Mike Martin's well timed aggression
5-Having scholarship athletes playing the middle of our defense
6-We, the fans, deserve it!
|3 years 18 weeks ago||well, yeah...||
The best player should play, of course.
But, if Tate is not the best player, I'll be disappointed in his lack of improvement. He was light years ahead of DR last year, and from what I've seen, way ahead of DG too.
|3 years 18 weeks ago||you win||
You win...+1 for you.
This is the absolute truth. We should all be hoping for Tate to take a huge step forward. Our offense was borderline explosive last year, and a reasonable improvement is expected. Tate did OK when he was injured. If he gets better, we'll be great.
I am very pumped for Devin, but I'm most excited for him to redshirt, absorb the offense, and Barwiscize (did anyone claim that term, yet?) In 2011 and 2012 he'll play regular snaps and claim a real piece of our NC.
|3 years 18 weeks ago||Was last year so bad?||
I know it did not end well, but c'mon... how bad can being in fist place virtually all season be? Last season was enjoyable. This season will be enjoyable too. We are still the most talented team in the division, and DD is working sustainability.
As for Damon, I don't understand the interest either. He'd need to be way cheaper the 2 yr/9mil. Ideally, if they signed him, they'd only sign him to a 1 year deal. That said, he would hit leadoff and be a positive force in the locker room.
|3 years 18 weeks ago||and...||
...the moral also contains a message to Dantonio that if he forced his team through a de-thugging machine they would, in turn, be better off for it. But, I'm glad he doesn't know Dr. Suess or how to make that machine.
|3 years 18 weeks ago||Short and long term||
Money is tight this year, but the Tigers should still be able to contend for the division. Take the Tigers roster as of 1/13 (no Valverde, no EJack and no Granderson), adding which one player of those three back to the team gives them the best chance to win the division this year? It may be Valverde. Afterall, he is an established closer who most experts seem to believe is still in the prime of his career. Now take into account that by not having Granderson we recieved a younger, cheaper, and by all likelihood, capable CF with tons of upside, and by trading EJack we recieved a studly young starter and a decent RP with very high upside. (I didn't mention Phil Coke, because I'm not excited about him.)
I understand that people have an unflinching yearning to complain, but this helps the team contend this year.
They will have money to spend next year, so it isn't really an issue of cash for next season. It is an issue of "will he be any good," and he probably will. That doesn't mean he definitely will. GM's make mistakes, no doubt Dave Dombrowski makes his share, but he's good. He's really good. Our previous GM only made mistakes. I like this move, and I like the other moves.
I love Grandy as much as the next guy, but we got market value for him, saved money, filled organizational holes, and got younger.
Go TIGERS! We all remember when they were terrible, so it's nice to have a chance. DD (and the trust from Mr. Ilitch) is the main reason we have that chance.
|3 years 18 weeks ago||Thank you...||
+1 for you negging me for my mistake. That is unacceptable, and I appreciate your reprimand, for it will only make me stronger.
gee whiz, what the hell was that about!?! I'll teach me a lesson.
|3 years 18 weeks ago||+1||
+1 for you.
|3 years 18 weeks ago||I like him...||
I like Daly. I always have. I like that he's honest, human, sadly a little tortured, and true to himself. He's great for the game, and fun for the fans.
That said, where do you where pants like that. If not as a joke, or to be the quirky alcoholic on the PGA TOUR.
I don't think I know a single person between the ages of 18 and 70 who could wear those pants as anything other than a joke.
|3 years 18 weeks ago||When you say...||
When you say "pretty good" does that include his pants. It probably doesn't include his pants. It really couldn't include his pants. His pants don't look good.
|3 years 18 weeks ago||Good point...||
I interpret your comment two ways, and I'll respond to both.
1. I suppose the house parties I go to nowadays do have free beer, but I'd call them dinner parties. And, it would not be acceptable to drink 15-20 beers and do keg stands anymore. Besides, I can't drink 15-20 Sam Adams.
2. I realize the OP was discussing what had changed, but I got nostalgic half way through and started thinking about all the things I missed. My bad.
|3 years 18 weeks ago||any other RBs?||
Mike Hart actually looked decent in his limited action with Indy, but he's not on par with the rest of the team in terms of NFL cred. Can we claim Justin Fargus?
|3 years 18 weeks ago||So many things...||
I too miss the $1 pitchers at TD's and the Beer Pong tourneys that began in my junior year.
I miss the Korean Restaurant (name?) near the corner of S. University and Forest across from the Village Corner.
I miss the general state of dehydrated drunkenness that existed for my final two years on campus. I miss pick-up games at Crisler. I miss house parties with free drinks, and Bell's cheese fries at 3am. I miss ordering Pizza House on my walk home and meeting the delivery guy in my driveway.
My life is good, and I'm glad to be where I am, but I wouldn't trade those years.
|3 years 18 weeks ago||We need linebackers...||
This class does need some linebackers, particularly the strong safety type that can play Stevie B's position. But, I don't want him at the expense of Offensive Line help.
|3 years 18 weeks ago||Keep it.||
No changes necessary. Keep it classy San Diego (Whale's Vagina). If you must change it, I'd probably rather see the endzone go yellow with MICHIGAN written in blue. It would contrast better with the rest of the field.
|3 years 19 weeks ago||Well....||
...what does that mean for The Coner?
|3 years 19 weeks ago||Good insight...||
... but, RR is too smart to go around laying verbal landmines for himself to step on. It is good strategy to not allow people to get carried away or expect too much. I think his statements did sound like a coach who wasn't really sure what he had. But, I think lots of coaches always sound that way on purpose.
I think we'll be better this year, and RR knows that. What that translates to in the W-L record depends.
I am most worried about the QB situation. I wish he spoke more glowingly about TF's work ethic, understanding of the offense, commitment to learning and leading. But, I wouldn't want him to lie either. I think he's not sold on TF, and I'd be more comfortable if he was.
|3 years 19 weeks ago||Not necessarily...||
To begin, you're probably right. If there's no bowl game, he'll almost certainly "step down," but I have a hard time with statements like that. There are too many variables.
What needs to happen is progress. We need to be visibly better on the field. Moreover, we need to be substantially better to the untrained eye, week in and week out. That happened from year 1 to year 2.
Is it possible that we beat MSU and OSU and only win 5 games...unlikely, but possible. If that happens, the season will not "absolutely result" in RR's dismissal. Progress needs to be the benchmark. Also, if we make a bowl game but demonstrate very little progress, RR may be gone. I'm not comfortable measuring progress solely with wins or losses, because they don't necessarily tell us about progress.
Instead, there is a range at which RR will almost surely be gone (0-4), a range at which he could go either way (5-7), and a range at which he is almost certainly coming back (8+). The games themselves, not just the result of them, need to carry more weight, and I think they ultimately will.
|3 years 20 weeks ago||Nice...||
Twice the burn, and none of the fire. Well done!
+1 for you, sir.
|3 years 20 weeks ago||Me likey....||
Please be right! Please be right! PLEASE BE RIGHT!
|3 years 20 weeks ago||We'll never know...||
He came to UM camp out of shape and slow. At the camp he did not impress the coaches. He was pissed, went home, worked hard, trimmed down, and had an outstanding season. He ended up being good enough to join our team, but he's going to another program.
We'll never know if he would have worked as hard, got in the same kind of shape, and had the same kind of season if we gave him the early offer he wanted. My guess is not. By not offering early, we provided him the motivation to improve. I'll trust the coaches judgment at the time, but I'd still like to have him now.
|3 years 20 weeks ago||...||
Thank you for the perspective. We can all get carried away with things less important than the relationships with those we love. Thanks, and I'm sorry for your loss.
|3 years 21 weeks ago||enduring and endearing||
Ernie was a great announcer, but it is no doubt his character, passion, and integrity that makes him so beloved. People around here love Ernie in a different way than people love, for example, Harry Carey. He was a fine announcer too, but people looked up to an respected Ernie so much. He will always be one of the finest patches on our regional quilt.
|3 years 21 weeks ago||more accurately...||
"pea-shooter across the bow"
There is no wound. There is no story, and there was no story. They made a serious accusation based on little evidence, followed that up by being dishonest about the nature of the evidence they did acquire, and continue to talk about the original hack-job because nothing is happening now or in the future as a result of their work.
|3 years 21 weeks ago||more than that...||
The reason that the freep writes such ridiculous anti-UM stories and headlines is simple. It is worth mentioning that the headlines are often more ridiculous than the stories/articles, and that serves as greater evidence to my point. People don't care about MSU. UM fans, like us, care about it now, but that is only because we want to prove something, and we've sucked lately. The truth is that nobody cares about MSU football.
The newspaper is trying to make money. They need money badly, and that takes precedence over ethics and integrity. So they write ridiculous things about UM because people will click on it. I think it is silly to assume their anti-UM agenda, which does exist, has any motivation other than survival/greed. If people cared about MSU football, they'd write more negative stories about them too.
|3 years 24 weeks ago||NO||
This trade should not be proof of that.
Not every trade that improves the salary situation can be seen as a trade solely to improve the situation. That's silly.
The Tigs probably upgraded at SP, got some much-needed bullpen help, and downgraded at CF. But outfield is by far their strongest and deepest position in terms of prospects. They will be fine in 2010, and they may yet be better very soon. The loss that will hurt the Tigers most won't be Grandy or E-Jack...it will be Polanco. And in the long run, this will most likely be a move that improved the Tigers.
|3 years 24 weeks ago||Yankees prospects...||
...are always overrated. The Mets prospects are always overrated too. Remember when Phil Hughes was the best starting pitching prospect in the minor leagues? Several years later they learned he was finally good enough to remain in the big leagues as a setup man. Mike Pelfrey was the best pitching prospect in the national league, and he became...decent. The national media always exaggerates the prospects of NY teams because they get talked about so much by the NY media.
Austin Jackson may end up being a good player, but he is not better than Granderson or E-Jack. As a Tigs fan, I don't hate the trade, but I really am annoyed by NY fans who underestimate the value of Granderson. He is instantly your best outfielder...by a mile. You played Nick Swisher and Melky in CF last year. Are you kidding me? Granderson is one of the top defensive CF in all of baseball. He will hit 30-35 HR next year when he gets to play half of his game in the wind-tunnel-band-box that is Yankee Stadium. Scherzer is filthy, but so is E-Jack. Given the choice, I'll take the youth in that scenario.
Also, the Yankees just added Grandy and the best human being on their roster. That is saying something, because there are some real professionals and quality men on that team, but Granderson is easily among the best human beings in baseball. That absolutely is worth something, even if it is something immeasurable.
|3 years 25 weeks ago||Yeah, but...||
...turnovers are simply an over-emphasized stat. In a very broad sense, they can tell us something powerful, if inspecific. Looking at one game or a few games and assuming that the turnovers can accurately tell us what went on is the problem.
I absolutely agree with your analysis. When you look at the entire season, 4CA was careless with the ball way too often, and that tells us something important. The defense did not cause enough turnovers, and that tells us something important.
It becomes a problem when someone assumes a QBs three interception day was terrible regardless of the fact that one ball was tipped at the line and one was a hail mary pass. It is also a problem when TOs are used as the basis for ranking quarterbacks or defenses.
|3 years 25 weeks ago||Two players||
The two players you mentioned made major contributions, and as you stated the injuries to arguably our two most significant returning starters (Molk and Minor) played a role in the offensive struggles, comparatively minor as they were.
Do we have any reason to assume that the addition of two players on the defensive side of the ball will not lead to similar improvement?
It is not right to downplay the overall talent/experience deficit we had on the defensive side of the ball in 2009. We will miss Graham next year, but Roh, VanBergen, and Campbell will likely improve going into next year, and that will help. The strength of next year's defense will again be the D-Line. The Linebackers and D-backs will improve with an influx of talent and another year of experience.
1. good talent + experience = best
2. good talent + no experience = ???
3. little talent + experience = ???
4. little talent + no experience = worst
UM's entire team will move closer to #1 next year. The defense in 2009 was made up almost entirely 2, 3, and 4 type players. Michigan should never ever have to play #4 type players, and they did this year. I am not foolish enough to think that will become the norm.
|3 years 25 weeks ago||yeah, acceptable...||
I think last season was "acceptable, or better" as Brian put it. I think your dictionary.com research actually proved Brian's point to some extent.
Let's start with your definitions:
We have to take all things into consideration and look at the big picture. I am aware the big picture is not a universally agreed upon idea. For this Wolverine, the big picture is the future. I appreciate where we've been, but I do not believe we can get back to the pinnacle of college football doing what we used to do the way we used to do it.
I believe RR is improving the team, and that the lofty goals of this program will not be quickly realized. The best and most enduring things must be constructed very carefully. So, yes this season was acceptable, because regardless of their record they improved. It was visibly evident for all to see. They had some glaring weaknesses on defense (Middle Linebacker and Safety) and one glaring weakness on offense (a 19 year-old kid played like a very talented, confident, and occasionally foolish 19 year-old kid). Those are correctable problems, and continued improvement in those areas, should it come to pass, will prove exactly why this season was "acceptable, or better."
Because my "big picture" is focused squarely on the future, I see this season as generally less critical than next season, and so on. However, when we reach a point where significant improvement can no longer be expected or requested, that will change. As for now, we can improve greatly, we have every reason to believe we will improve greatly, and next year will tell us more about the coach we have and the program he's building than this year did.
|3 years 26 weeks ago||Phenomenal||
This is one of the best things I've ever read on this site. Great prose. I get lost in the equations sometimes, but I know graphs. =)
This is rational, even-handed, and much-needed perspective. You don't fawn over RR, and you don't attack him. I think a +2 could save his job depending on the circumstances.
The Kipling poem is powerful, and I haven't read it since high school. I'm a teacher and I'm going to share it with some students. THANKS!
|3 years 26 weeks ago||Wow...really!?!||
I am shocked by this. Someone states inaccuracies as if they were gospel (see: "We saw little improvement from Rich Rod's first year") regardless of mounds of evidence to the contrary.
Last year's offense was abysmal, and RR remained resolute. He had an unpolished and visibly immature 19 year old run the offense with moderate success. It would be ridiculous to assume that Tate will be anything by improved for next season. The O-Line should continue to improve due to solid depth and Barwis, and Vincent Smith is sneaky good. The defense can't be much worse next year, and the offense has no reason not to improve again.
The South, as in Ann Arbor is 90 minutes south of me, shall rise again!!
|3 years 26 weeks ago||Moving Roh||
Craig Roh will undergo a change this off-season.
After a full off-season of Barwis and a year of experience, I think Roh will be converted into an Autobot or at least a Predator/Terminator hybrid...something with an unbelievable combination of strength and speed.
My hope is that post transformation he'll be able to focus more on winning games than stopping Deceptacons or catching John Connor.