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|4 days 7 hours ago||The team deserves total support.||
They are coming along. The line is looking better on both sides. We've got some good skill guys and the recruiting is going very well. The coaching is fine. Hoke has beaten Notre Dame a couple times with what seemed to me inferior teams, so I'm not sure where the "can't win the big game" gripe is coming from. His first year proved he can do it. Excellent assistants. Good spirit on the team. Hoke's a good guy worthy of the job.
|37 weeks 2 days ago||How can people advocate so casually...||
...for other people, some with families, to lose their jobs and livelihood? Shouldn't we think of our fellow citizens in a more generous spirit?
|37 weeks 3 days ago||People are overreacting||
I don't see how people can say these aren't good coaches. They all have track records. They didn't just suddenly forget how to coach. Mattison can run the Baltimore Ravens defense but suddenly has forgotten how to "prepare" a college defense? They're more than capable of running a big ten program. Think bigger than one season or a few games.
The thing that's strange about watching them now, is almost every player we're relying on is young. Interior line, backs, tight ends. Even the defense. We usually have some superstars and a lot of veterans on defense and these guys are not established yet. When this group are juniors and seniors they'll be really good.
|2 years 17 weeks ago||The Rose Bowl is great||
and the old system was better, which wasn't really a system, but had a kind of logic. The different conferences had their bowls, the matchups were usually excellent, yes, in sunny spots, which matters in January, and sometimes you got an undisputed national champion and sometimes you didn't. What's the problem that this is solving?
The circus around this issue is indicative of the funny-if-it-wasn't-so-pathetic national capacity to get a.) exercised over trivia and b.) to delude itself that some new supremely logical system will solve everything, and c.) to use any excuse to maintain a continuously hyper-contentious environment.. It's like a bunch of puppies with new teeth tearing at anything that comes along. It's ironic that fans of a team that has an inside track on this excellent game are as eager as anyone to rip it down, for the occasional opportunity Michigan might have to play for a national championship.
|2 years 18 weeks ago||Playoffs and the NC obsession are a sop||
to people who need to have life spelled out in a-b-c, 1-2-3 fashion. No technique or system can accurately capture any worldly thing, and no perfect, crystalline result is possible. We're deluded to think we can put that fine a point on it, and why should we want to? All we get is contentious hand-wringing every year. The BCS was a hilarious example of this techno "who's number one?" obsession. The old bowls-plus-voting was perfectly adequate for the nature of the activity, i.e. a game. Who exactly is number one given the infinite factors involved (schedule, conference, recruiting rules, academic standards, campus env't, etc.) is impossible to determine.
Michigan has this great stadium and a bunch of great opponents and the game against the Pac 10. It's never been better. Why rely on some NC to give your program legitimacy? People should enjoy the subtler aspects of it, rather than worry over abstractions like the NC. Go undefeated, and then worry about the NC. It shows a lack of confidence in Michigan to forget its unique qualities and history in favor of this compulsion to nationalize at all costs. The NC, as an actual system rather than just a vote, minimizes the importance of each school's character and tradition. Tradition matters. Using a ball, white lines on the field, four downs, are also traditions. Throw out tradition and the activity disappears altogether.