Hoke was top notch at this aspect of his job.
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|2 years 35 weeks ago||Adding "Class of ---" in your||
Adding "Class of ---" in your signature after penning a question about football comes across as a bit pompous, doesn't it?
|2 years 35 weeks ago||He has been so much better on||
He has been so much better on ESPN than he was for AnnArbor.com. Granted, it helps that he can be more esoteric for his audience at WolverineNation, but someone should show his new writing and old writing side-by-side to A2.com as an example for how colorless their style is and how it crushes creativity.
|2 years 35 weeks ago||I loved the positive spins||
I loved the positive spins NFL Films would give at the end of their episodes that focused on one team's season, even when the team was terrible. In the waning moments of the Lions loss in Green Bay to complete the 0-16 season of 2008, I remember saying "I don't know how Steve Sabol will make this sound hopeful but he will probably find a way."
|2 years 35 weeks ago||Funny DeBord-era conversation||
Funny DeBord-era conversation in my section that day:
Guy #1: "Man, it looks like the exact same routes in the passing game over and over."
Guy #2: "Yeah well, somebody inside the program told me the other day that Mallett still only knows 15 percent of our playbook."
Guy #1: (pause) "Wait a minute, wouldn't that mean he knows less than one play?!"
|2 years 35 weeks ago||He is more likely to take a||
He is more likely to take a big hit on a kickoff return than he is being in on an offensive snap.
|2 years 35 weeks ago||Wow. I said the EXACT same||
Wow. I said the EXACT same thing when I saw that play last night about Denard and Norfleet. It would be killer.
Dollars to doughnuts we see a ton of new stuff vs. MSU, just as plays were saved for OSU last fall.
|2 years 35 weeks ago||And in 2008. And in 2006. And||
And in 2008. And in 2006. And in ... aww hell.
|2 years 35 weeks ago||I was a Dish customer from||
I was a Dish customer from 2005-2010 and loved it. Their DVR was/is top of the line. I left when they started refusing to negotiate new deals with me and it looks like I got out just in time. They are a mess.
|2 years 35 weeks ago||Paterno's name shouldn't be||
Paterno's name shouldn't be used cheaply. Outside of Dave Bliss at Baylor, there has never been another college coach worthy of comparison to that crime and might never be again.
Tressel was a huckster, giving his false image the hard sell. That's not worthy of someone who made fellow humans' blood run cold.
|2 years 36 weeks ago||Brandon has a heart of gold.||
Brandon has a heart of gold. Mostly because gold has an high per ounce value.
Seriously, it's not like the kid's brother has cancer or something awful like that. He was told to take off some gear. This is completely about publicity and we have a good track record of the lines DB thinks across. Let's call a spade a spade here.
|2 years 36 weeks ago||I don't think the spread is||
I don't think the spread is quite dead after this year. We will still have Gallon and Dileo, the Hoke-recruited O-Lineman still may still need to physically mature before they can excel at "manball" blocking schemes and obviously running is a big part of Gardner's skillset.
Looking at 2014 as the first year of the "new" Michigan offense, which I don't think will look as close to "old old" Michigan offense as some think. Shane Morris is no statue.
|2 years 36 weeks ago||I hate MSU way more but I||
I hate MSU way more but I want them undefeated on Oct. 20. The last two seasons when they have had a big road game at the time of the year and have had a "due for a loss" feeling (at Iowa in 2010, at Nebraska in 2011) they have been crushed.
|2 years 36 weeks ago||Dave Brandon knew when the||
Dave Brandon knew when the deal was made (Summer 2010) that there was a good chance there would be a coach in his first or second season at Michigan.
At that time he seemed to go out of his way to tell people that RR's job status was "under evaluation." Not exactly a vote of confidence.
|2 years 36 weeks ago||I don't think it's guts that||
I don't think it's guts that leads him to those decisions.
At any rate, I'm pretty sure the Air Force game wasn't his doing but something he inherited. Nevertheless, it was still a small part of a brutal slate for 2011 that shouldn't have made him ever entertain booking that date in Dallas.
|2 years 36 weeks ago||I personally don't single||
I personally don't single Rodriguez out because I don't look at it like we suffered for three years. In my book, we suffered for 10.
From the winter of 2001 when Jim Tressel replaced John Cooper and Drew Henson bolted to the Yankees up until last year, Michigan football wasn't able to sustain any good vibes. The constant losses to OSU or in bowl games made the offseasons pretty damn miserable.
The RR era pretty much represented a manifest destiny of futility and agnst that was slowly building up in the seven years that preceded his arrival until our fortunate rebirth last season (the first since 1999 with two losses or less and wins against both the Buckeyes and our bowl opponent).
|2 years 36 weeks ago||If we were caught off-guard||
If we were caught off-guard by the spread formations Tressel employed in 2006, we certainly shouldn't have been. OSU ran a lot of spread stuff that entire season.
|2 years 36 weeks ago||So we aren't a top 20 team?||
So we aren't a top 20 team? Because Air Force's system QB did a lot of damage today.
|2 years 36 weeks ago||OK State is a "system"||
OK State is a "system" program. All their QBs put up big numbers, regardless of experience.
|2 years 36 weeks ago||Michigan's crowd has||
Michigan's crowd has historically been very vocal about how coaches should handle clock management decisions, particularly at the end of a half.
There was no booing there. There was no anxious buzz while it was happening. They are all still in "Brady is God" mode. Sad.
|2 years 36 weeks ago||Does anyone know what the||
Does anyone know what the logic is behind picking non-traditional football scores (32, 22) in a prediction piece? Brian does it here and I've seen other pundits go there before. Is it just to denote what you think the over/under number will be? Nobody would actually predict a team will end with those scores instead of conventional final numbers like 34, 31, 28...
|2 years 37 weeks ago||Very eager to see Funchess.||
Very eager to see Funchess. Hope he plays this week.
|2 years 37 weeks ago||The hitting coach is one of||
The hitting coach is one of Leyland's best friends and both are proponents of the archaic philosophy of aggressive free-swinging that has produced so many frustrating moments at the plate this year and made many mediocre pitching opponents look like Cy Young candidates for a night.
Combine that with the lineup oddities and yeah, there's a lot of blame to throw his way.
|2 years 37 weeks ago||It's hard for some people to||
It's hard for some people to not be a slave to their most recent memory and Avery got targeted and torched on Saturday. But I agree his first two years were solid. He should be at least an adequate starter.
|2 years 37 weeks ago||Wait til next year is not||
Wait til next year is not what the fans of a team with a $120 million payroll and an 83-year-old owner are supposed to be told.
|2 years 37 weeks ago||With all do respect, why||
With all do respect, why would it ever be "fine" to put Kelly in the lineup in the heat of a division race?
If you want to DH Prince you play Cabrera at first for a night and at third you could plug in any number of parts that are better than Nice Guy Donnie.
|2 years 37 weeks ago||His reasoning for playing||
His reasoning for playing Kelly and his .505 OPS in a pennant race September game? "I like to see good things happen to good people." Yes, he said that.
What is depressing is the Detroit media basically lets him get away with that. He'd be fried extra crispy tonight in a lot of other baseball cities.
|2 years 37 weeks ago||Sparty mouth-breathers can't||
Sparty mouth-breathers can't like that Dantonio did this, no matter what they say.
Never voluntarily giving UM an inch in the media fight is what they thought made him a "badass."
|2 years 37 weeks ago||Grantland seems to have taken||
Grantland seems to have taken a special interest in us, with UM stories heading their "triangle" section for the last several days.
As someone who doesn't like that pompous bluster is a part of Michigan's image to outsiders, there aren't many websites I'd like talking about us less than freaking Grantland.
|2 years 37 weeks ago||Especially considering this||
Especially considering this is the second consecutive year a starting corner was injured as a gunner on the very first punt of the season. Lessons need to be learned and they weren't.
|2 years 37 weeks ago||Similar to the||
Similar to the Michigan-Toledo game in '08 as we were also very unlucky. That game had a perfect storm of badness (missed chippy, only scholarship quarterback going down, 100-yard interception returned for touchdown off a tip) that was a microcosm for RR's whole career here.