I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
|1 hour 39 sec ago||Probably not. Very similar||
Probably not. Very similar mold to De'Veon Smith and Green.
|1 hour 2 min ago||I know you're kidding, but||
I know you're kidding, but Winston is in good shape.
|1 hour 3 min ago||Well, you just described the||
Well, you just described the fanbase of at least 15 schools. Remember who we were going to get? Like every major football coach past and present was looking at real estate in Ann Arbor 3 years ago. And I just went through all of this with USC fans. It was probably Gruden, but at least Jeff Fischer. They would spend $6mill a year if they needed to.
Then they hired a barely .500 career coach with 5 years total HC experience.
|1 hour 6 min ago||Yeah, that's ridiculous.||
Yeah, that's ridiculous. Alabama has money, but Texas has money. Alabama is like Jay-Z and Texas is like Warren Buffett.
|1 hour 8 min ago||I don't think that would||
I don't think that would shock the sports world because people have known that's a possibility for a while. I don't expect Winston to get charged, but it's not going to shock the world if he is.
|1 hour 9 min ago||This is actually true. An||
This is actually true. An Alabama fan shot another Alabama fan BECAUSE THEY WEREN'T UPSET ENOUGH. What they would do if this happened goes beyond my imagination.
|1 hour 11 min ago||No wonder people always look||
No wonder people always look at me weird when I say "unregardless."
|1 hour 21 min ago||Ways will be better than||
Ways will be better than Harris. You heard it here first (well maybe not first). That is not a knock on Harris, but Ways is legit.
|1 hour 23 min ago||And after Saban goes to Texas||
And after Saban goes to Texas Alabama is going to poach Hoke. He won't walk there, mind you, but with that Alabama money he can take a limo all the way to Tuscaloosa.
|6 hours 4 min ago||Maybe not subs-crazy, but I||
Maybe not subs-crazy, but I bet authentic Tongan cuisine could get a little wild every now and again.
|6 hours 6 min ago||I'm also less worried about||
I'm also less worried about safety because we've got dudes. If Wilson is one of them, you have Clark, Furman Thomas and Hill to pick from for the other spot, and one of them will be good. And that's if one of the corners or Peppers doesn't move to safety.
|6 hours 8 min ago||There's no doubt about that.||
There's no doubt about that.
I feel like Ways could be a guy who shoots up recruiting rankings after that video makes its way around. Maybe not, because the services don't do that to too many guys (like Stribling last year who should have as well) but he just looks like a star. Huge, fast, hands, everthing.
|6 hours 16 min ago||That's a solid spread. Now||
That's a solid spread. Now we know why Mone is 315 as a high schooler. I think I would be too.
|6 hours 27 min ago||Boy does Ways's highlight||
Boy does Ways's highlight tape look good. He's going to be the best WR in this class, book it. He looks like Marquise Walker out there.
And I wouldn't call him a possession receiver. Dude can run. He's a bona fide deep threat.
|6 hours 29 min ago||Fine, but I bet you that's||
Fine, but I bet you that's the case for many programs. There are also a lot of guys who were locks who ended up committing too, so that's not really a good argument. I'm not saying he'll certainly choose us, but this whole "Treadwell didn't pick us so McDowell won't either" argument is silly.
|6 hours 36 min ago||That's just a dumb thing to||
That's just a dumb thing to say. Why is that painful? MSU has been good for a little while now, have beaten us, and has played in 2 of the 3 Big Ten championship games. Is that not something for which every team strives?
|6 hours 39 min ago||The other side of that is the||
The other side of that is the one thing that makes replacing stars more difficult is to then make everyone learn a new offense.
|6 hours 55 min ago||A top 7 does not mean that||
A top 7 does not mean that all 7 are equal, so this does not mean we are no more separated than 6 other schools. I assure you there is some hierarchy among those schools.
|7 hours 2 min ago||So since they were wrong on||
So since they were wrong on him they will forever be wrong on everyone!
|10 hours 13 min ago||Tomatoes are high in lycopene||
Tomatoes are high in lycopene which is good for prostate health.
|10 hours 14 min ago||I don't know if PSU is on||
I don't know if PSU is on Borges.
|10 hours 44 min ago||Washington has far more||
Washington has far more resources and a larger fanbase than UCLA.
|1 day 14 hours ago||That's not necessarily true||
That's not necessarily true at all. Lots of OT prospects are taller and leaner which inhibit their ability to drive block, and lots of tackles can't pull well. Ben Braden was looking like our best non-starter at tackle and when the coaches moved him to OG because he was needed there, he couldn't hack it.
What we've been doing will work well. Bring in a few OTs, a few OGs, and a handful of guys who can do either well.
|1 day 14 hours ago||Yeah, not a bad exercise but||
Yeah, not a bad exercise but not particularly telling either. All teams lose players, and it's still unknown how many that will be, though it's possible (if not likely) that all three lose more talent than we do. Especially in the case of OSU and ND, where their QB situation for 2014 is up in the air.
|1 day 14 hours ago||In every year oh the Hoke||
In every year oh the Hoke era, there has been a pretty large weak spot in almost every position group, sometimes due to injury (and thus lack of depth) and sometimes due to us not having the guys for that spot yet.
This season, we had 2 non-frosh RBs we could rely on, and one tore his ACL in the opener. The other, Fitz, just never got it back. The frosh RBs have been coming on though, and they'll be the guys next year.
On the OL, we have 3 new starters, who have been different guys seemingly every week, and of the ones who have seen the field regularly, they are RS Soph, RS Fr, RS Fr and true Fr. Next year we should only have one OL with no starting experience and only one who isn't at least in his 3rd year (and those two aren't the same guy).
We lose Gallon at WR, but holy smokes will we have a lot of talented bodies in the WR corps. Not to mention another year of maturation for guys like Butt and Funchess, who would be a nasty duo next year.
Gardner had plenty of his own weaknesses this year, but those started to fade as the season went (November was our toughest schedule and Gardner had his fewest mistakes). I don't expect him to be mistake-free as a 5th year senior but CW suggests those should keep decreasing.
That's just the offense. Defense actually looks brighter.
|1 day 14 hours ago||Yeah, I'm sure it won't||
Yeah, I'm sure it won't finish out that way. Taking only 2 in 2014 is fine since we took 6 the year before. But I bet we have some OL attrition over the next year which opens up another spot or two for 2015 and we take 3 that year. We'll be able to take more in 2016 and we already have Swenson.
|1 day 14 hours ago||Wormley?||
|1 day 15 hours ago||They won't lose Day but||
They won't lose Day but they'll likely lose Nix, Tuitt, Williams, Calabrese, Shembo and a handful of others. The Gholson situation will be interesting.
|2 days 3 hours ago||Agreed, I just meant in terms||
Agreed, I just meant in terms of a receiving option.
|2 days 6 hours ago||Look - I'm not at all saying||
Look - I'm not at all saying California isn't a great place. But I'm talking about from a football player perspective, assuming these guys don't take long ski trips all that often. There are plenty of benefits to SoCal, but the biggest ones, and the ones pertaining to a student/athlete, won't be there in January.
And the traffic part was in reference to driving all the way across town to their stadium. I would hate going to a school with a football stadium that far away.
|2 days 6 hours ago||He missed his entire senior||
He missed his entire senior year due to injury. This shouldn"t be a surprise.
|2 days 6 hours ago||Hot women being attracted to||
Hot women being attracted to men with money proves the world is a shitty place?
|2 days 6 hours ago||I've heard a handful of||
I've heard a handful of people saying that today too. USC got to miss Oregon this year (which Sark was never able to do) so that helps. But yeah, Washington has really never been able to do much in conference, has never won any decent OOC games and is 1-2 in bowls under Sark.
|2 days 7 hours ago||They've been doing a lot of||
They've been doing a lot of circuit training, and their speed is electric.
|2 days 7 hours ago||But that's a different||
But that's a different argument. No one is suggesting we played well all year.
However, when we made the switch from primarily Toussaint to primarily Green (with Smith) all of a sudden many of the negative plays went away and we ran the ball OK (better than terrible). Naturally, Borges started the season with Toussaint as opposed to the two guys who had been there a month, and Drake Johnson going down didn't help. But once Green and Smith came on, things got better.
The other big factor in the run game is the OL. They're bad. They're mostly bad because of youth and inexperience. Not a lot coaching can do for that. That said, as the season progressed, they started to figure it out a bit.
|2 days 7 hours ago||When Denard is your QB, you||
When Denard is your QB, you don't really get the basics down yet.
And this offense certainly hummed at times this year. Searching for a decent interior OL combination (that never really becomes decent) or having your QB cough the ball up so much (don't get me wrong, I love DG) doesn't help your cause. Gibbons shanking FGs or Funchess forgetting how to catch for a game just add to it.
I'm not saying this team should be in the national championship. But if Funchess doesn't develop stone hands in Iowa City or Gibbons makes one of his game winning opportunities, and this is a 9-3 team right now, and we're all saying how we're one step away from prime time.
|2 days 8 hours ago||Exactly. What were his other||
What were his other options? Yes, I'm probably firing some people, but I just haven't told them yet? Even, "we might make some pretty big changes, but I haven't made that decision yet" would be a crazy statement to make.
|2 days 8 hours ago||Sark just did that and it got||
Sark just did that and it got him the HC job at USC.
|2 days 8 hours ago||The fact that our offense is||
The fact that our offense is so incredibly bi-polar suggests to me it's not on the OC as much as everyone thinks. Now, I'm not saying Al Borges is for sure the answer. But when we had GERG, our defense was almost equally bad every game. We did not have 4 or 5 games where we looked like we had one of the best defenses in the country.
But that has been the case with our offense this year. Against CMU, ND, Indiana, Minnesota and OSU (2 or 3 of those who have very good defenses) we looked like we couldn't be stopped. Hell, we gave up half of our possessions against UConn and still scored 28 points. We were 40th in the country in points scored despite almost leading the country in turnovers.
I know everyone hated Borges and Hoke mentioning "execution" during press conferences, but when our offense executed well, they were really tough to stop. I concede that the playcalling made me scratch my head plenty so the blame isn't completely off Borges, but if he was that bad, how do you explain ND and OSU, the two top defenses outside of MSU we faced all year?
|2 days 8 hours ago||Actions? You mean like||
Actions? You mean like putting up 41 points against OSU?
No one, including the coaches, thinks that this year is a success. But stop actling like anything short of firing Borges 3 days after the OSU game is not taking action.
|2 days 8 hours ago||You realize that there are||
You realize that there are things a team or program can do besides fire people, right? And we really don't know if they'll all be back since it's not like Borges was getting fired before the bowl game anyway.
|2 days 8 hours ago||This is so silly. Hoke is||
This is so silly. Hoke is not going to say anything different until a coach is actually let go. He even used "anticipate" instead of "know" or "promise" or "guarantee." If a change were to happen, I'd want them to do it after the bowl anyway - let these guys be as prepared as possible for the last game. Then spend the next month finding an OC.
Point is, just because Hoke says he "anticipates" everyone back when asked, does not mean that's for sure the plan.
|2 days 8 hours ago||I don't have the connections||
I don't have the connections you have, but I have lots of friends and some family who are alumni, and no one is really mad about this but most are underwhelmed. Everyone I've talked to fall into two groups: The group saying they wanted an established, successful HC, and the group you would fall into, where the general feeling is "he's a really good guy, he's local, he can recruit."
The big thing I have a problem with is that you really can't point to anything he's done as a HC and say "that's why we hired him." He started to turn around Washington, but either failed or needed more than 5 years to do it.
I think the "he's a great recruiter" part is overblown at a school like SC. I'm sure anyone they would have hired would have been a good recruiter. And if you can win at a school like SC, you don't even need to be a good recruiter, it just happens.
|2 days 8 hours ago||I agree, I think the 3 WRs||
I agree, I think the 3 WRs we're bringing in this year are incredible. I wasn't very excited about the '13 crop (and they haven't done much to change my mind, though I'll be patient) but this '14 group is really good. The fact that 2 of them are EEs is icing on the cake.
|2 days 8 hours ago||I completely agree with you.||
I completely agree with you. I don't see it as being hypocritical at all. Let's say all of our spots fill up and Peppers wants to take visits. Then, DaShawn Hand wants to flip to Michigan. I bet the coaches say "Sorry Jabrill, but we have someone here who wants to commit to just us." I don't expect that to happen.
Now, there are some players who get a spot "saved" for them whether they're committed or not. Hand and McDowell are those types. So if Peppers took visits, I imagine he'd be in the same position as McDowell. You're not a commit, but whenever you want to be, there's a spot for you.
|2 days 8 hours ago||Henry is a frosh, so we have||
Henry is a frosh, so we have him for a while, and I'll be very surprised if Mone isn't a monster. I'm also interested in Hurst (and his classmate Poggi) so I don't think we're in bad shape at all. And Ryan Glasgow is a sleeper who could be a solid contributor with 3 years of eligibility left.
|2 days 8 hours ago||I agree there are Hoke and||
I agree there are Hoke and Sark comparisons, but Hoke had been a HC at a couple spots and was able to make drastic (and quick) turnarounds ar both programs. He brought double-digit win totals to teams used to double-digit loss totals. IMO, that's more impressive than what Sark did at Washington.
|2 days 8 hours ago||I think we'd be expecting||
I think we'd be expecting more than what happened at Washington. He went 5-7, 7-6, 7-6, 7-6, and now 8-4. 5 years in with one season of 8 wins and I think Hoke might get the boot.
|2 days 9 hours ago||Agree completely. Sark has||
Agree completely. Sark has basically spent his whole career at Washington losing to all the good teams and beating all the bad teams, with just a handful of exceptions on either side. He has never been able to build an impressive recruiting class either.
My exact comment to my SC fan brother-in-law earlier was "This seems like Kiffin all over again, without the douchebaggery." What it comes down to - if it weren't for his history with SC, they never would have looked at him for the job. No other big program was looking to snag him.
|2 days 9 hours ago||I think Washington is the||
I think Washington is the better job. UCLA has a long way to go before they're anything but second fiddle in Southern California. Sure, Mora is a god at UCLA, but he would be the same at Washington, probably even more so since he's their guy.
Now, the difference isn't huge, but his personal allegiance is the big difference. Mora would leave UCLA for the pros, he might not do that at Washington.
|2 days 9 hours ago||Why do you say they weren't||
Why do you say they weren't interested in Peterson? I read Peterson withdrew after there was mutual interest. That doesn't mean he was above Sark, but he was an option.
I know you're a big SC football guy, what do you think about this? I think it's pretty uninspiring. If Sark hadn't been an SC guy before, he'd never get considered. Washington was bad before he got there, but in 5 years he really hasn't done much. It also sounds like Coach O is leaving. To me, Kiff w/ Orgeron is just as good as Sark without him but we'll see.
|2 days 9 hours ago||I know we all liked Froholdt||
I know we all liked Froholdt (to some extent) but DL is not exactly a spot our coaches have had an issue recruiting. Sure, we missed Hand. But our DL recruiting has been as good as any position group.
|2 days 9 hours ago||Settle being a 3-tech would||
Settle being a 3-tech would make him a perfect replacement for Froholdt. When Magnus (or others) say "DT" that usually refers to the 3-tech, where as NT would refer to a 1-tech tackle.
|2 days 9 hours ago||Yeah, that or from other||
Yeah, that or from other coaches wanting him to come to their school, or at least to not-Michigan.
|2 days 9 hours ago||So let's say he visits UCLA||
So let's say he visits UCLA at the end of January (his only opportunity to do so. First, I think they take a crazy long Christmas break and the students aren't yet back by then. Even if they are, Californians in January bundled up about as much as Michiganders do even though the temp will be in the 50s, so he'll miss the whole co-eds in daisy dukes thing that recruits like.
Secondly, as I said above, it won't be all that warm out so he won't be shown the beaches (which will be empty anyway) or scantilly clad chicks that recruits eat up. The weather will be nicer than Michigan (or New Jersey) but it's certainly not the "LA is one huge, sexy outdoor party" that he'd get in September or October.
Thirdly, he'll get no game day experience (not that it's so amazing at UCLA, but still). He will, however, still get to drive through an hour-plus of LA traffic to get from campus to the Rose Bowl. I imagine the actual gameday stuff plus teh game itself is a huge seller for these guys. He won't get that.
Lastly - you want coaching security? Wait until NFL jobs open up and see how many Jim Mora rumors there are. Oh, and his alma mater (Washington) has an opening as well. If Mora bolts, we're in.
In summary, even in the unlikely scenario that Peppers visits UCLA, I think we're in OK shape still.
|2 days 9 hours ago||Not to mention that all three||
Not to mention that all three of our true frosh WRs this year will be not true frosh receivers and Canteen and Ways are both looking very very good (the forner of which is enrolling early). And Bunting should be another frosh version of Butt.
|3 days 8 hours ago||No, I like watching my team||
No, I like watching my team play.
|3 days 9 hours ago||And of course when Michigan||
And of course when Michigan plays on the west coast I'm in Michigan for Christmas.
|3 days 11 hours ago||I understand your argument -||
I understand your argument - record above all else - but I disagree with it. Do you think Auburn would be undefeated with OSU's schedule? Do you think OSU would still be undefeated with Auburn's schedule? My answers to these would be yes and no, respectively, and I think most would agree. Since their schedules are so different, so can't say comparing records is being "objective" because it's apples and oranges. You need to be subjective here, and there's a great case for Auburn.
|3 days 11 hours ago||M fandom aside, I don't get||
M fandom aside, I don't get the GRIII love. If I'm an NBA team, I'm not excited about drafting him. Maybe tail end of the first round to a team with few needs who can wait for him to mature. Right now he's not an NBA player IMO.
|3 days 11 hours ago||But a poll is supposed to be||
But a poll is supposed to be subjective, not objective. Standings are subjective. But a poll is supposed to rank who is better, not who has fewer losses. Auburn just knocked off the top program of the last decade in addition to their otherwise impressive season. OSU has done nothing of note outside of not lose. They have played one currently ranked team (ranked low to boot) and it was by a TD.
|3 days 12 hours ago||They'd score, but we'd likely||
They'd score, but we'd likely get 5 picks. Probably 5+ sacks too. I'd like our odds in that game.
|3 days 12 hours ago||I didn't even see them on the||
I didn't even see them on the dress list. Maybe they're redshirting.
|3 days 13 hours ago||I too am not a true fan.||
I too am not a true fan.
|4 days 1 hour ago||Start with your pad level and||
Start with your pad level and add bulk. I haven't watched much film on you, but I can assume.
|4 days 1 hour ago||All the more reason why||
All the more reason why pulling them from Ohio will be so difficult.
|4 days 1 hour ago||I live in Santa Clarita. This||
I live in Santa Clarita. This is like the biggest news from our town maybe ever. Wish it could be a better story.
|6 days 13 hours ago||I can't believe people are||
I can't believe people are still suggesting this, but you never ever intentionally bank scholarships.
|6 days 13 hours ago||Well said.||
|1 week 5 hours ago||I agree with this 100% D was||
I agree with this 100% D was an A in year one, but we had some good talent. A little less this year, but still B+ overall, and like you said, looking like A next year. We're a solid OC away from being a very good team.
|1 week 5 hours ago||If I'm pandering to the||
If I'm pandering to the Michigan fanbase as a whole, I'm mentioning Carr and not Rodriguez as well. And I liked RR (well, for 2.5 seasons at least). I also don't think he's wrong. That 2011 team had a large and strong senior class, both in terms of talent and leadership. It hasn't had as much of that since.
|1 week 5 hours ago||Your second point is||
Your second point is obviously debateable, because we don't know who else was interested in taking the job or how well they would have done up to this point. As to your first point, i don't really disagree but hindsight is 20/20. If he was 100% sure he was going to fire him, then you're probably right. But it seemed to me like he was on the fence, and the ugly bowl game pushed him over the edge. I'm also not sure he said the things you're saying he said.
|1 week 5 hours ago||I don't think he was saying||
I don't think he was saying that it was only the Carr recruits, just that they played a very big role on that team (which they did). No one senior class since that one has been as impactful. Sure, the guys you listed played a big role as well (though it's hard to give RR credit for Kovancs since he didn't recruit him and actually cut him once) but we were a team with a lot of senior leadership of Carr recruits, and that hasn't been the case in 2012 or 2013.
The 2011 team had Molk, Martin, Koger, Van Bergen, Schilling, Demens, Hemingway and Woolfolk. Those were all Carr recruits and were the leaders of the 2011 team. Not to mention we actually had TE depth with Martell Webb and Brandon Moore. RR had some hits over his recruiting classes, no doubt about it. But because his hits were fewer and farther between than we're accustomed to, the last couple years have been more difficult.
|1 week 5 hours ago||I agree with your first||
I agree with your first sentence, but that line can be blurry at times. The only real difference is tone, not content.
|1 week 6 hours ago||I don't think anyone here is||
I don't think anyone here is suggesting Brian should work on Thanksgiving, but I think most of us were under the impression that most of the UFR work was not actually done on Thursday.
That said, my company makes the same weekly requirements for me regardless of whether or not the week contains a holiday. That means I had to do 5 days worth of work in 3 days this week.
|1 week 6 hours ago||I don't think DB is making||
I don't think DB is making the hire, but sometimes your boss helps you make your personnel decisions since it's on him as well.
|1 week 6 hours ago||I agree with you. But I||
I agree with you. But I think that's enough to get him a mid-level BCS conference HC job. He'll take a RR style drop to a lower level program. I'm sure he'd rather be the HC at say Syracuse or UConn before being our OC. Money would be better there too, most likely.
|1 week 6 hours ago||I'm not sure why anyone||
I'm not sure why anyone thinks Cameron is a legit option. He is employed at the same position at a school on equal ground for a HC he's close friends with. Why would he leave? I highly doubt we could/would pay him more than LSU would be willing to.
|1 week 6 hours ago||I would love Lane Kiffin but||
I would love Lane Kiffin but I doubt he wants to take that big of a step back. I don't think he's a great HC but could be a very good OC. That said, I'm sure some school below M and SC level will give him a HC gig.
|1 week 6 hours ago||Critique doesn't mean there's||
Critique doesn't mean there's entitlement. We may not be entitled to UFRs, but it's fair to criticize the ommission of it.
Going back to my dry cleaner example, I'm not entitled to my dry cleaner staying open until 7pm. But if he decides he wants to close at 5, it's fair for me to let him know I'm not in favor of that.
Businesses are allowed to ignore all customer complaints they want. But it's no one else's fault if they lose customers.
|1 week 7 hours ago||I'm not saying complaining||
I'm not saying complaining after a loss isn't OK, but that's all there is. Even the site employees have gone all emo on us.
And this is nothing like RR year 1 ineptitude. We got slaughtered in a ton of games that year, and didn't win any by a decent margin. As crazy as it is, only 1 of our losses this year is by more than 4 points. We're close to a 5 win team, but we're also very close to a 10 win team, which we were not in 2008.
|1 week 7 hours ago||I have posted a lot, because||
I have posted a lot, because the site has been incredible for most of its history. But things have gotten worse, and readers have left. I'm not saying I'll stop reading, but my traffic has certainly slowed and will continue to do so if the quality trend continues.
And I disagree with your about finding another dry cleaner. I've never paid for a Rivals subscription because I felt MGoBlog was good enough that I didn't need to. As soon as I feel that's no longer the case, I'll happily pay $100 a year and Brian will lose my page views and purchases. A business owner would much rather his customers speak up before they leave rather than after.
|1 week 7 hours ago||Pat Haden said the same thing||
Pat Haden said the same thing about Lane Kiffin just a handful of games before he was canned.
|1 week 7 hours ago||Agreed. This blog has quicky||
Agreed. This blog has quicky turned from the most informative football blog on the internet to nothing but people complaining about a 7-4 football team.
|1 week 7 hours ago||You act like because I don't||
You act like because I don't pay, Brian is doing this out of charity. I am still a patron, someone's whose satisfaction affects his bottom line just like a customer in a coffee shop. Also, I've donated, purchased HTTVs every year, as well as MGoBlog t-shirts (plural). So yes, I'm a paying customer. I don't pay for the UFR, but it's all part of the package.
I promise that people who stop reading the blog are far less likely to donate or buy magazines or clothing. And that's not even taking the page hits into account. Brian doesn't have to give a shit what I think, but it certainly behooves him to take those sorts of things into account. I'm not exactly the only one who reads this stuff.
|1 week 8 hours ago||I love it how you're not||
I love it how you're not upset about missing this UFR, and then later say you don't really like it anyway.
Personally, I think its the best part of the site. I like to see how the players grade out from game to game. If Willie Henry had a particularly good game or Kalis had a particularly bad one, I'm interested to read about it. Just because you don't like the UFR doesn't mean the rest of us share your feelings.
This is like the person who said "I don't see anything wrong with the new seat cushion rule. But I've never brought a seat cushion."
|1 week 8 hours ago||Did I say I was pissed?||
Did I say I was pissed?
People come here for the content and the discussions on the board. The board has completely gone to shit, so the content is what keeps people spending their time here (which is not the same as spending money, but is still a limited resource and it gets Brian paid). If the content also goes down hill, that's not a good thing for any of us (the readers or Brian).
Of course Brian is entitled to a day off, just like my dry cleaner is entitled to closed on the day I need my clothes dry cleaned. But he certainly runs the risk of me finding a new dry cleaner.
|1 week 9 hours ago||Seriously. Is it going to||
Seriously. Is it going to become "we only get UFRs when we win" type of thing? It's not my blog, but that's kinda lame. I'm sorry we aren't going to win the Big Ten this year, but some of us are still Michigan fans despite this. Maling it in? You're better than that.
|1 week 1 day ago||I didn't think USC had a shot||
I didn't think USC had a shot against Stanford a couple weeks ago. Stanford looked like the team in the country (maybe) and SC hadn't beaten any of the good teams they had played (and lost to some so-so ones). But SC put together one of their best games of the season and Stanford made a few timely mistakes.
I'm not saying it's likely that we win, but it's certainly not out of the question.
|1 week 1 day ago||It's a shame more people||
It's a shame more people don't think like you.
|1 week 1 day ago||I agree. This place,||
I agree. This place, including its owner, has gone off the deep end. I think I need an MGoBlog break. Way too much complaining. Lately, it has made being a Michigan fan worse.
|1 week 1 day ago||I'm pretty sure the insane||
I'm pretty sure the insane ones still want him out.
|1 week 1 day ago||Glasgow is also a redshirt||
Glasgow is also a redshirt frosh. He's getting more PT than Godin and Strobel. He's going to have bad plays, but he's a solid player right now. Heitzman was getting blown off the ball at this time last year too.
|1 week 1 day ago||There is already precedent of||
There is already precedent of this with Jeremy Clark, but this makes that case even stronger.
|1 week 1 day ago||I don't know if his floor is||
I don't know if his floor is Glasgow since he's still smaller that Glasgow. Glasgow isn't the most athletic, but he's pretty big. I think it's likely he's at least as good as Glasgow though.
|1 week 2 days ago||It's honestly unbelievable.||
It's honestly unbelievable.
|1 week 2 days ago||Isn't that pretty par for the||
Isn't that pretty par for the course at sporting events though? Food is expensive at sports venues, amusement parks, movie theaters, etc. This isn't a new thing and certainly isn't unique to Michigan Stadium.
|1 week 2 days ago||It might not be exciting to||
It might not be exciting to you, but it is to many of us. When a big time prospect commits, I don't care how long it is before they show up, I'll be exciting about it.
Just because something isn't exciting to you doesn't mean you should poo poo on it for everyone else.
|1 week 2 days ago||But part of that projection||
But part of that projection is simply that he is that big, which not many kids are. That's like saying that it's hard to tell if a bball recruit is good or if he's dominant just because he's 6'11". The mere fact that he's that tall is half the battle.
Even if Swenson doesn't grow an inch, he already has D1 size. Big box checked right there. But if you read the scouting report, it shows that he's a lot more than just a huge kid already, which is very rare.
|1 week 2 days ago||But you act like recruiting||
But you act like recruiting has no impact on on-field results. If we were pulling in more guys like Swenson in the years before Hoke arrived, we might be looking a lot better.
I know that recruiting isn't really the problem though. Coaching is the bigger issue. That said, having tons of talent when the coaching gets straightened out will certainly help.
|1 week 2 days ago||You never ever bank a||
You never ever bank a scholarship in football, especially with this much time left. You take the best kid you can for every spot. What if we hadn't taken Keith Heitzman or Frank Clark at the end of their class? There will always be a big ten level player willing to come to Michigan who can fill that spot.
|1 week 3 days ago||Long Beach State.||
Long Beach State.
|1 week 3 days ago||These are the stupidest posts||
These are the stupidest posts ever. Thank you for announcing that you're no longer a Michigan fan. Every time I see you post again I will remind you that you're no longer a Michigan fan.
|1 week 4 days ago||Also Fire Borges from me.||
Also Fire Borges from me.
|1 week 5 days ago||Not if Ace described VCU in a||
Not if Ace described VCU in a similar way as another blogger. There's a line, you know.
|1 week 5 days ago||Man, Stauskas is good. He was||
Man, Stauskas is good. He was cold shooting (for his standards), even from the stripe, and he still had 26. If I were an NBA scout I'd STAY THE FUCK AWAY FROM HIM GODDAMMIT!
|1 week 5 days ago||Stauskas is going to be in||
Stauskas is going to be in the NBA. Maybe not early, but he's an NBA guy.
|1 week 6 days ago||It's the nicest place in||
It's the nicest place in town.
|2 weeks 15 hours ago||We can use the EA Sports||
We can use the EA Sports method and use an anonymous way of referring to players like "RB #38."
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Glad we all freaked about||
Glad we all freaked about what that one kid tweeted.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I'm glad you brought up||
I'm glad you brought up enrollment as that has a big impact on the football program. Very surprised this isn't mentioned more often.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I don't diagree with your||
I don't diagree with your overall point, but this only became a big deal when Erik decided to get all upset about it. Guess what - people will critique you if you make a post, whether you think that's good or bad. Especially when you make bold statements like "Being the #2 recruit is a good thing." You don't like his critique? Ignore it. Starting a fight with an idiot only makes you look like one too.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Now you just sound pathetic.||
Now you just sound pathetic.
Look, Erik, he didn't say your post was a waste, he was merely commenting on one of your statements in your summary. You don't have to get all defensive about it, jeez.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||A follower is someone who||
A follower is someone who does what everyone else does because everyone else is doing it. Simply doing something that everyone else does doesn't make you a follower. Sometimes everyone does it because it's a good idea.
I'm not a follower because I brush my teeth in the morning or because I get my oil changed in my car, just like everyone else does. Sometimes there's a good reason why most people or groups are doing something a particular way.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I see 9 winnable games and||
I see 9 winnable games and probably 4 that are likely wins (Mercer, St. Joe's, High Point and Furman). Robert Morris and Fairfield are probably the next most likely, being at home. A win over Detroit would also be nice.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I don't think he is saying||
I don't think he is saying your post is bad overall, just that the line he quoted has a little too much Captian Obvious in it. Also, "nonetheless" is just one non-hyphenated word.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I'd say that's a pretty damn||
I'd say that's a pretty damn strong group. There are very few on that list that didn't become extremely good college players.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||We should have worn||
We should have worn dirt-colored alternates for the MSU game. Then no one would have been able to tell how beat up our players were.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||At this point I bet there's a||
At this point I bet there's a 90% chance you have season tickets next year. You've now said it so many times that I think you're just saying it to say it.
This is like when your gf tells you she's breaking up with you. The first time she says it you think she's serious, but once she's said it 15 times you realize that's just her way of saying she's pissed. And I think you're pissed. But no one would talk about their season tickets that much if they didn't care about them. You clearly do, so you won't let them go unrenewed.
Let me also say that there's nothing wrong with that.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||So if my car breaks down in||
So if my car breaks down in the morning, am I not allowed to get upset when a restaurant screws up my order for lunch?
I'm just saying your logic doesn't make any sense.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||We're getting to the point in||
We're getting to the point in the year where decommitments are less likely, outside of a total collapse from a team or a coach getting fired. If a 2014 wants to take an official to a school to see a game, it needs to be within the next two weekends, and even that depends on the school's schedule. Not only that, the EE kids have already signed their scholarship papers and are as good as locked in.
I'm not saying a decommitment is impossible by any means, but it's less likely the later it gets.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||That would before, actually.||
That would before, actually. I'm already yelling them at my TV anyway. I propose our entire OL to have "3rd and 23" on their backs.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Is it really a report when||
Is it really a report when one kid tweets it?
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I hope they don't put random||
I hope they don't put random words on the back in place of the names.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Stop bragging Ron.||
Stop bragging Ron.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||He's 2015.||
|2 weeks 2 days ago||LJ shouldn't be 15 yards away||
LJ shouldn't be 15 yards away in that situation. He needs to read pass and head down field like now. I'm not saying he needs to beat the receiver to the endzone, but he should have his eyes on the play and heading there on the hop. From that angle he should be able to make that call.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I think Michigan has done a||
I think Michigan has done a good job of pushing the benefits of the program/school outside of winning, so the kids we get aren't as turned off by a few losses. This causes us to miss on some of the prospects who want the "win right now" situations, but it also means our guys are more solid when things don't go perfectly.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I meant that Michigan is the||
I meant that Michigan is the closest to Denmark. Which will be a big factor, undoubtedly.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Agreed. Also, some of those||
Agreed. Also, some of those could be attributed to the WRs (bad route, tipped ball), but a lot of it might just have to do with the fact that his team was down and he needed to force throws (and the D knew he was throwing).
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Exactly. With Arkansas in||
Exactly. With Arkansas in there, he clearly doesn't care about winning, which unfortunately bodes well for us. Also, we're likely the closest to home, so there's that.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||The area I live in is a huge||
The area I live in is a huge softball hotbed as well, Santa Clarita. Jordan Taylor went to the high school right behind my house and my neighbor played at Arizona State. Our area pumps out a lot of talent, and there is a pick up that I see often with an M Softball sticker on it.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||If Gibbons was stone cold at||
If Gibbons was stone cold at Penn State, we'd be 8-2 right now.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||What a great first post. I||
What a great first post. I look forward to more posts from you.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I wouldn't say his comment is||
I wouldn't say his comment is that off base. If we kick that FG, it's very possible we hold NW the same and have a shot to win at the end. Obviously that's not guaranteed, but it's not that crazy either.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I actually think Iowa will be||
I actually think Iowa will be easier than NW - I just think we match up against them better, and despite records, I think NW is the better team (albeit not by a whole lot). Now, we still might lose, but I bet we don't.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Not me - I totally still||
Not me - I totally still cared.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||I agree with the first part||
I agree with the first part of your post, but not the second. He didn't pick Bama because of engineering, but he didn't pick them because we lost to Nebraska. Bama is Bama, and would still be had we beaten MSU and Nebraska.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||And how old exactly do you||
And how old exactly do you think these JUCO transfers will be? Not a lot of 4th year JUCO transfers.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I think we played better in||
I think we played better in the rain against MSU. IIRC, it was raining the first half and not the second.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I agree banking is very dumb,||
I agree banking is very dumb, but that's not something we've ever done. So don't say "if we continue" to bank scholarships.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Williams was offered by ND a||
Williams was offered by ND a couple days ago.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Not sure why that matters.||
Not sure why that matters. He'll probably be a communications major in 3 semesters max anyway.
(This is not a football, Alabama, or racial comment. This is just how college kids work. Everyone comes in pre-med, pre-law, engin or business. They don't all stay that way).
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Exactly. You know, when a||
Exactly. You know, when a kid says how important academics are, it usually means they're picking a poor academic school. If they were picking a good school, they wouldn't need to tell everyone how important academics are.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Uverse channels are the same||
Uverse channels are the same everywhere. 1640 for everyone.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Still nothing wrong with my||
Still nothing wrong with my Sega Dreamcast.
|3 weeks 1 hour ago||This is such a dumb outlook.||
This is such a dumb outlook. Lots of recruits don't pick the team that is winning the most right now. This happens all the time. Throughout our history we have lost recruits we really want to schools lesser than us, and the same happens to Alabama every year. Living out west, I can't tell you how many big CA recruits have picked schools like Cal, ASU or Washington when they had a USC offer (the Bama equivalent until a few years ago).
And it's not like we're Kent State. I know we've lost two (two!) games in a row, but this is still a pretty fucking good football program and a university with a whole lot to offer. We're good enough for Peppers, why are we not good enough for Hand?
|3 weeks 5 hours ago||The running back situation is||
The running back situation is what it is. Green hasn't looked any better than Fitz, but for the sake of discussion I'll give you that one.
Why can Douglas not be worse than who is playing? Who do you suggest he play over? Either of our returning starters? Or the two frosh who are already playing a lot?
Who should York and Jones take reps from? Not Gallon and Funchess, obviously. Chesson? Do you have any evidence they're better than Chesson?
Look - you cannot play 85 guys. The truth is, some frosh are ready to play (as evidenced by the dozen we've played this year) and some just aren't. Some kids have oodles of talent, but need a little time to add weight, work on technique, or learn their position better. That's not a problem.
Lots of very good players played very little as freshmen. Hell, David Harris has been a starter in the NFL for almost a decade and he barely played until he was an upperclassman. Some kids are ready right away, and others aren't.
By the way - championship teams play very few young players. They typically have a few guys who can come in and play right away, but the bulk of the team is comprised of experienced players.
|3 weeks 6 hours ago||Holy smokes this is a really||
Holy smokes this is a really bad thread.
|3 weeks 6 hours ago||So then why do you think he's||
So then why do you think he's not getting PT? First of all, the poster above was saying that young guys weren't getting PT because of the seniors. Do you think Smith is better than Fitz right now?
|3 weeks 6 hours ago||Did you watch the Fab Five||
Did you watch the Fab Five documentary? The letter were shown in the movie.
As for your opinion of Twitter - just like any useful device, people can misuse and abuse it. It's also incredibly useful when used properly. Anything that provides information can be good and bad. You could make the same claim about a phonebook. "If it weren't for phonebooks, no one would be able to make prank phone calls."
Just because something can be misused doesn't make it asinine.
|3 weeks 6 hours ago||Wow, you gave up your tickets||
Wow, you gave up your tickets for that? I agree Navarre was treated poorly, and undeservedly so, but that's what happens with large groups of fans - some of them will suck and/or be idiots. Not saying you need to get season seats again, but you should come back to the Big House - it's a pretty fun place. And looks way different than when you were there before.
|3 weeks 6 hours ago||OK good, you can read a||
OK good, you can read a roster and list every young player not playing.
Why do you think those guys should play? Don't you think there's a reason Ross Douglas isn't playing? Because his other classmates Lewis and Stribling are. So that's him getting beat out by other frosh, not seniors who don't deserve it.
Derrick Green already plays, Poggi needs to put on weight, and we've seen Shane Morris so far and he looks very freshman to me. And what makes you think York, Jones or Shallman are any better than the guys they're behind? It's not like those guys were big time recruits either. They have just about as much "talent" as they guys they're behind, but less experience.
|3 weeks 7 hours ago||Four of the five players you||
Four of the five players you mentioned are QBs, which have a much bigger impact individually, though inched case of Luck and RGIII their teams have not taken a step back since they left. And is South Carolina really better than they were the few years before Clowney got there.
|3 weeks 8 hours ago||So you put a player in the||
So you put a player in the 2-deep before he sets foot on campus? That's stupid.
You still didn't answer my question - what young talent on our team currently do you think should be playing?
|3 weeks 8 hours ago||So what talent isn't playing||
So what talent isn't playing that should be?
|3 weeks 8 hours ago||Where this happening anyway?||
Where this happening anyway? Like what upperclassmen are playing that shouldn't be? This isn't for you, but the OP, because I agree with you. I just don't see where our staff is favoring seniors over anyone else unnecessarily.
|3 weeks 8 hours ago||That was his Soph year I||
That was his Soph year I believe, and many high school OL don't have very good pass blocking skills anyway.
|3 weeks 10 hours ago||And in man of these cases||
And in man of these cases it's probably a combination of the two.
|3 weeks 14 hours ago||Can we please let the whole||
Can we please let the whole "whose job it is to talk to 17 year olds" thing? Lots of people have the job of talking to 17 year olds.
|3 weeks 14 hours ago||I bet that's not even his||
I bet that's not even his real name.
|3 weeks 14 hours ago||How about the fact that he||
How about the fact that he has visited a number of times, has said a lot of good things about our program and our staff or that he has befriended a number of our commits?
I know this sounds crazy, but sometimes guys pick not-Alabama. Henry Poggi did last year, and Alabama was after him hard. Recruits do not always pick the school that wins the most. Hell, this has happened to us when we were the "Alabama" in this dichotomy.
|3 weeks 14 hours ago||Morgan is big enough. 250 is||
Morgan is big enough. 250 is big for a college center. The biggest guy on either starting line-up in the UK-MSU game last night was 250. State's biggest starter, Payne, is 6-10, 245. OSU's starting center weighs 250 and Wisconsin's biggest starter weighs 234.
If Donnal and Doyle are both 240 by next season (which is expected) then they will be solid backups for Horford.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||I could have easily used||
I could have easily used those as examples and the point still stands. And it's spelled (looks down at watch) "Tag Heuer." If you can afford one of those, you can afford Zingerman's. And it's worth every penny.
Maybe you're ordering the wrong thing. This happened to me the last time I went there. One of the people I was with ordered some sort of Italian style sandwich. That's dumb, it's a Jewish deli. Order pastrami or corned beef exclusively. And get it on rye. My suggestion would be the #22 Jenny's Fix, which is called a Sky High at many Jewish delis. That's pastrami on rye with swiss, slaw and Russian dressing. It's the best sandwich combination ever.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||That's exactly right. To||
That's exactly right. To some kids, the only criteria is who will win a championship or get them to the NFL. The last one is silly, because almost any school will get you to the NFL if you're good. NFL players come from everywhere. Alabama doesn't do a better job of getting kids to the NFL, they just do a better job of recruiting NFL talent.
But there is way more to it than that. Some kids want to go where they feel comfortable. Some kids go where they fit in well with the other players (or recruits) and coaching staff. Some kids prefer a particular part of the country (and this does not always mean warm weather). Some kids want to go build something, want early playing time, or want to be the last piece to the puzzle. And some kids let their parents influence their decision quite a bit, and usually the parents have more foresight than just "winning championships."
I'm not saying I'll be shokced if Hand picks Alabama, but for the people saying "He probably should pick Bama over us actually" kinda blow my mind.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||When he committed to Michigan||
When he committed to Michigan he was a 3-star Purdue didn't want. A lot of people were underwhelmed when he committed to us, saying we only offered him because of his dad. He later blew up and shot up the rankings, but when we picked him up, he was an after thought to most teams, including the one from his home state his dad starred for.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||I agree with you on most of||
I agree with you on most of those, but there is very little that separates Michigan between most of the teams you listed. There's a reason we're #7 in the country after losing 2 first rounders. The program is strong right now.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Like I said, I didn't say we||
Like I said, I didn't say we were #1, but it's hard to say we aren't in the same group with OSU and MSU. Not 5-10 years ago, but now. The same recruits that look at MSU and OSU look at us.
And why is Indiana ahead of us? They've only recently been good again. We were better than them two years ago, and were about on par with them last year (our games against each other were very close, they finished better in league play, barely, and we did better in the NCAA tourney).
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Why do we think Donnal and||
Why do we think Donnal and Doyle won't be big enough? Both are 6'9", and they are 230 and 235, respectively. And that's before a solid year of college S&C (or even a senior year of high school, in Doyle's case). McGary is 6'10" 255, and I think we can all agree he's plenty big. Morgan is 6'8" 250, and a very good defender.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||I agree with this. And why||
I agree with this.
And why do we think Donnal and Doyle won't be big enough? Not asking you, but the OP. Both are 6'9", and they are 230 and 235, respectively. And that's before a solid year of college S&C (or even a senior year of high school, in Doyle's case). McGary is 6'10" 255, and I think we can all agree he's plenty big. Morgan is 6'8" 250, and a very good defender.
There's no reason those two can't be there.
EDIT: Oops, the Donnal/Doyle stuff was for Mat below. I will C&P for him.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||That's silly though. Who are||
That's silly though. Who are your elite options then? Only Kansas, Duke and Kentucky?
And it's pretty clear the elite recruits disagree. They're not all picking us, but Booker and Blackmon, who are certainly elite recruits, put Michigan in their top 2/3, as did guys like Blueitt and Bates-Diop. And Blackmon (who is better than most of the guys I just listed) picked us despite living 2500 miles away.
Michigan is a brand people recognize, it offer an education matched by only a few top sports programs and Beilein is a very well respected coach who has been around a while. This is in addition to the fact that we play in the most competitive basketball conference in America and we have a Big Ten title and Final Four appearance in the last two years. Oh, and we just had two players drafted in the first round, one of which who was the National POY.
I'm not saying we're the #1 program, but there aren't a lot of reasons why a recruit wouldn't like us.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||And we might not be far away||
And we might not be far away from adding Caris LeVert to that list.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||I've heard people say the||
I've heard people say the same thing about Mercedes and Rolex. Not everyone can handle the best.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||If we miss out on Hand||
If we miss out on Hand literally no one is getting season tickets next year.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Agreed. He would be the #1||
Agreed. He would be the #1 recruit in the nation, hands down.
That said, it looks like he still has solid speed, which is all you need when you're 270. That would be a tough guy to tackle when he gets moving.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||If you're honestly just||
If you're honestly just looking for a more cost effective way to attend every single game, then I'll take back what I said because that's not what I inferred. Maybe it's because other posters who have made similar posts (like Mgrowold has about a dozen times) have said they won't be going at all, or only to a few games.
I also don't see this being much of a cost savings for you. Maybe short term, but still only maybe. As soon as we hit a year with MSU and OSU at home and we're good - you might be in big trouble.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||I said nothing like that. But||
I said nothing like that. But you are canceling your seats (or considering doing so) because the team is t good enough. I would like to know what you definition of fair weather fan is, and how it's different from this.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||I kinda touched on this||
I kinda touched on this above, but there's a difference between canceling them for financial reasons and for performance reasons. Based on the original post, it seems like that poster wouldn't be considering canceling his tickets if we were 8-1 right now. That's why the fair weather fan stuff comes in.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||I agree with Brew mom, like||
I agree with Brew mom, like usual. I'm not going to question someone's financial decisions, because that's different for everyone. So if you simply said, "these tickets are no too expensive me for, so I won't be renewing them" that would be one thing. But anyone who doesn't renew their tickets because the team isn't as good as you want right now, that's lame in my opinion.
Basically you're saying, "I'm a huge Michigan fan (season ticket holder), but only so long as they're winning."
|3 weeks 2 days ago||So stupid.||
|3 weeks 2 days ago||But it's not just about seat||
But it's not just about seat mates either. It's about seat location and not having to worry about dealing with stubhub on a weekly basis to get those seats. And what about the years where there are big games? If you wanted to go to all home games this year I doubt you'd come out ahead, and we aren't that good.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Agreed. Those sort of things||
Agreed. Those sort of things make me stop paying attention to the post and start thinking about all the things people say incorrectly.
In response to the post - it's a gamble. There are literally thousands of people who will pay for their tickets regardless of W/L record. It's an event they do with their family or friends, it's a reason to go back to campus, etc.
I also think the argument that it's cheaper to buy tickets each week on the secondary market is a bad one. Most people, particularly older people or anyone who sits in a group of more than 2, don't want to deal with that even if it saves them 20 bucks a game (which is still debatable).
So keep in mind that although you are frustrated with the team, we weathered the RR storm and that was during a worse financial time for the state. You very well might lose your tickets.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||You don't have to post||
You don't have to post everything about a rival. And this wouldn't even be interesting on an OSU board.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||First of all, don't play the||
First of all, don't play the "if you didn't want to read it don't click on the thread" card because your title sucks and suggests (at least to me) that he was talking about Michigan.
Secondly - why is this even a big deal? A player thinks his team (who is good) is better than other teams. Holy shit! What an idiot right? This is not newsworthy nor relevent.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||I'm not so worried about our||
I'm not so worried about our receivers next year. It sounds like all of our 2014 WR commits are stars and one of them should be able to play next fall (if they need to). I think Canteen is the best shot, but not the only one.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Stupid argument - see above.||
Stupid argument - see above. If you dad only wants to spend his money on tickets to an event where he knows the outcome will be good, tell him to go to a musical. But in sports, your team is going to have bad games and bad seasons. There is no promise on the ticket saying your team will play well. That's the risk you take.
Whatever. I forgot how much this blog sucks after a loss. I'm tired of defending this team. If you guys all think it sucks, stop going. It will be much easier for me to get my tickets.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||I also hate this argument.||
I also hate this argument. No one promised you a win when you bought your tickets. You were promised admission to the game. And whenever you buy tickets to a sporting event, you risk your team not playing well and/or losing. That doesn't mean that you didn't get your money's worth. If you book a trip to Hawaii and it rains all week, you can't ask the hotel for your money back. That's just the risk you take.
I almost wish Michigan would suck for like 5 years. Like really suck. Have like a Noah's Ark fo Michigan football where the people who want on the boat can stay on, and then we'll see who's left at the end. And then if we get good again, everyone who chose not to stay on the boat would get left out.
I know this wouldn't happen, because in real life people would just jump back on the boat when things got good again, but that would be my wish.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||My aversion to booing has||
My aversion to booing has nothing to do with whether the players can handle it or not. I make most of my decisions on a cost/benefit analysis type of process. What good does booing do? What ill can it cause?
And the argument of "it sends a message" is complete bullshit. We lost and played like shit. The coaches and administration don't need boos to know this. They don't think the fans are psyched about that outcome. Booing just makes us look like shitty fans, if to no one else, then to the recruits who are deciding whether or not this is the place for them.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Who cares how old he is - is||
Who cares how old he is - is he wrong? I almost wish Michigan hadn't always been good so that people were fans just because they loved the school, not because they were good. It makes me wish I went to Cornell or something. I'd be a Big Red fan with all my college buddies whether we were 8-1 or 1-8 and the next year we would be again because of how proud we were. We wouldn't all bitch because we expected more.
Sometimes the things that make a program great are the same things that make it suck really hard.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Agree completely||
|3 weeks 4 days ago||I didn't say you didn't have||
I didn't say you didn't have a right to do it. My point is that if you care about the program more than just that one game, you shouldn't do it. You're free to disagree, I just think it has negative effects and the only positive is that is makes the person doing it feel better. And people who do things like that are typically very selfish people. If you care more about yourseld and the money you spent than on the team, then go ahead and boo your face off.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Do you honestly think Hoke||
Do you honestly think Hoke and DB aren't pissed? Do you honestly think they're sitting somewhere right now saying, "You know, I totally wanted to win today but we didn't so no big deal."?
Booing doesn't help. When we don't convert 3rd downs, it's not like Hoke needs the boos to know that that wasn't the preferred outcome. Booing makes you feel better, but nothing more. It sure as hell doesn't make the players play any harder and is sure as shit doesn't make any of those recruits want to be a part of Michigan football. So thanks for being selfish and contributing to the problem.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Words like "censorship" and||
Words like "censorship" and "free speech" are way overused. This is Brian's blog. None of us have any "rights" here with respect to what we write. If he doesn't want a thread trying to rally people to stop supporting the program, then he can do that.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||I totally agree with you (at||
I totally agree with you (at least I think, I didn't read the whole thing) but the bottom line is there are all different kinds of fans and it will always be that way. And you never fill a stadium of 100k+ repeatedly with only the "true" fans. Some are going to be idiots, some are going to be bandwagoners, some are going to think Michigan football owes them something, and so on.
There was a since-removed post by an MGoBlog member suggesting people stop supporting the team and the craziest part is that it seemed more people agreed with him than not. I think a big part of that is that it's still gameday and that split may be different tomorrow morning, but that's just how fandom is - everyone does it their own way. At least in terms of losing. When we win, everyone celebrates the same. How people handle the bad times is what varies so greatly.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Has it been determined that||
Has it been determined that Rodgers will still be out when we play them?
If that's the case, then you have to makre the Lions the favorites for the division. The game tomorrow will be very telling and if we lose then I might change that opinion, but a win tomorrow puts us firmly in the driver's seat.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||But probably a majority.||
But probably a majority. Considering about 2/3 of Michigan students (and thus, alumni) are from in-state and conventional wisdom would suggest a noticeably higher percentage of non-alumni fans are as well, I'd be willing to bet that a majority of MGoBlog posters would affiliate themselves with Detroit pro sports teams.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||I also have a hard time||
I also have a hard time believing that. And how many tickets are you buying together? And how long before kick off? That makes a big difference.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Look - I understand that if||
Look - I understand that if the travel and expense is just more than you're comfortable with now for whatever reason, but if you're really that dedicated (and nothing else in your life has changed) then simply losing is a piss poor reason to stop getting your tickets.
Don't be surprised when it's impossible to get them back in a couple years once you change your mind.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||But isn't that what a fair||
But isn't that what a fair weather fan is? You're saying you're not a fair weather fan, then complaining that we aren't good enough. As for your ND comment, there is a difference between saying we're totally awesome when we aren't and saying "we may not be awesome but this is my team and I'm still behind them."
|3 weeks 4 days ago||I get what you're saying, but||
I get what you're saying, but it all depends on what you're looking for. If your only goal is to be inside the stadium for the lowest possible cost, then I agree the season ticket route is probably not the best way to go. But if you want to sit 4 together, you like knowing where you seats are for every game and you don't want to spend your time before the game scouring for seats, then it's still better to go the season ticket route.
If you did this same thing before the ND game this year, you would have had a lot less luck. And the big risk is when there's a season when we're really good, those will be the games you really want to be at and the seats will be much tougher to get.