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|11 weeks 6 days ago||Play-by-Play on the radio is not rocket-science||
Assuming someone has a smooth delivery and a pleasing (not grating voice), then there are only a few keys. Having done play-by-play and color on radio in my younger days, I learned quickly what the main keys are.
1. THIS IS ESSENTIAL: Remember you are the EYES of your audience, PAINT A PICTURE with words.
2. Know your sport.
3. Don't talk TOO much, but describe what you see, clearly.
4. Let the Color guy explain WHY something worked or didn't. P-B-P tells what happens and the color tells why.
Brandy will be fine and Dierdorf knows the game and can explain it well. I think the choice is great. Two Michigan pals that know each other and love the Uof M. I'm looking forward to listening again. Now if they could just fix the delay issue when I'm on my couch.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||DG gets a pass right now, he's been in a boot for||
His timing was off, his accuracy was well...atrocious and he didn't seem to have much feel for what was happening with the defense. Much of that is attibutable to being disconnected since the OSU game.
That aside, with it being the SPRING "game" err...practice, no one looked game ready except maybe Frank Clark.
If the Oline doesn't make significant strides between now and Aug 30 and DG doesn't find some consistency near the level of the OSU and ND games, the defense may be the only thing to get Hoke to 2015.
It wasn't pretty, it wasn't even encouraging, but it is only April. I remember Urbz saying his team was terrible last spring and they looked it, but they won 12 before losing to MSU and then Clemson. It is possible to get better.
If DG plays inconsistently for the first four weeks and Michigan loses a couple of games early, I hope and expect that Morris will get a shot and DG can go back to WR. With the very little evidence we have, it looks like this season will be a struggle give the stateof the OLine and the QB position, but the sample size is incredibly small.
I'm glad I didn't go the Spring 'Game'. It's not a game, it's a practice and the B1G network probably isn't very happy about it. The 1-11/2 hours of whatever that was wasn't really broadcast worthy.
BTW, any word on who will be the radio voice for Michigan Football in 2014?
|22 weeks 5 days ago||I wrestled with the decision for months, before deciding||
late in the season that I would not be renewing. This upcoming season will be the first in 58 years when my family has not been a season ticket holder. Old habits die hard. If I go, it will be at the hands of scalpers.
Sorry Dave, just can't justify the extortion any longer.
|24 weeks 2 days ago||Respecting Sherman's skill is easy, the overall person||
not so much. I get the being amped up thing and being excited that you just made the play to go to the SuperBowl, but his "excitement" seems a lot more like anger to me.
My biggest problem with him is he seems to always insult someone personally in each interview. He calls Crabtree "mediocre", he calls Skip Bayless "ignorant".
I am certainly no judge on who is the best corner in the league, but I can tell you one thing...
If someone is the best, truly THE BEST at something, they shouldn't have to tell anyone. Because, if you are truly the best at something, everyone else already knows. If you have to keep telling everyone in every interview that you are the best at your job, then you must not be the best because you think you need to announce it all the time.
Calvin Johnson is the best example of this. He is virtually regarded as the BEST receiver in the NFL right now. The only player that would strongly disagree is Dez Bryant (enough said there). Calvin Johnson has never done an interview where he says, yells or even hints that he is the best. He proves it on the field and everyone ELSE is saying it.
THAT IS CLASS. If you are truly the best, you skill and performance will prove it, you don't need to tell everyone.
|24 weeks 6 days ago||Isn't the Mensa Society for people with IQs of 140 or more?||
Well, that's not me. According to the test, mine is 136. On the Einstein scale, I haz Super Intelligence.
|25 weeks 1 day ago||As a college head coach his theory||
was to play field position, try to pin the opposition deep and capitalize on their mistakes. That might work against 18-22 yr olds, but in the NFL it's a QB driven points-scoring league. You won't win many games 17-3. Gotta score points to win.
Didn't Tress say 'the most important offensive play is the punt'??? If so, and the Lions make him the OC, they are DOOMED! Tressel scored big numbers on weaker opponents. You don't get to play YSU and Troy in the NFL.
This entire hiring fiasco is so typical of the Lions - don't get your first choice and take what's available and hope you can at least compete. WCF just wants butts in the seats. When they go 18-30 over the next three years you will all see how bad of a hire this whole thing is.
|25 weeks 1 day ago||By the end of 2014 Calvin Johnson will demand||
to be traded. The offense is officially dead and if it's true Tressel is coming also, possibly as OC, this team will never win more than 6 games per season.
You can't play ball control/field position offense in the NFL. The league is built for offense and the Lions are officially doomed for another 50 years.
Worst organization in Professional sports. Period. End of Story. No one wants to come to Detroit.
|26 weeks 6 days ago||I have thought about this as well.||
Hoke always emphasizes the B1G Championship as the main goal. Well that goal is short-sighted now that the Rose-Bowl will be part of the playoff system no the end all-be all for the B1G. Teams in the SEC, USC and Texas only taslk about National Championships. Michigan has always talked about conference championships.
You have to set your sights higher than you want to go just to have something to shoot for.
|27 weeks 14 hours ago||I am praying that the Lions hire Whisenhunt.||
What he did in Arizona and has been doing with Phillip Rivers is just what the Lions need. Lovie Smith was only good in the NFC North when he had a dominating D. I think he'll be a career .500 coach.
I see things going down this way: Schiano goes to PSU, Lovie Smith goes to Tampa Bay, Whisenhunt to Detroit, not sure who goes to Washington, and the unluckiest of them all ends up in Cleveland. The Browns have replaced the Lions as the worst job in the NFL.
|27 weeks 14 hours ago||The Texas HC has to do a lot of ass-kissin' to those very||
rich boosters and a lot of glad-handing ans SMILING! Dantonio is a very good coach, but he's not an ass-kisser and he only smiles twice a season.
Texas will hire Fisher, Malzohn or Briles. That job is probably the best in the country and requires a coach that can adapt to that way of life and the style of football that Texas highschools runs, which is predominantly a spread attack. Is it any wonder that virtually every school (college) in that state and most of the ones around run a spread attack?
Texas may find that Mack Brown was the perfect Texas coach and they might hire/fire a few coaches before they get their 'Saban'.
|27 weeks 2 days ago||Get Fred J to retire, hire Mike Hart to replace him||
And let Hart light a fire under these guys. He would make sure the pilot is lit and these kids wanted hit someone. The team seems to take on the personality of their coach and Hoke is WAAAYYYY too laid back.
|27 weeks 3 days ago||If Michigan doesn't make any changes||
to the staff (which is most likely) and the results of player development remain the same, and Hoke's road record and record against ranked teams remains the same, a 7-5 seaosn is about right.
ND, MSU and OSU will be ranked and heck MInnesota might be ranked by then. Based on the horrible preparation and execution this season, I don't see any guaranteed wins except maybe App State and possibly Miami. All the rivals on the road, plus no top Olinemen returning and no pass rush...I'm scared.
|27 weeks 3 days ago||Hard to see the future, always so much emotion in||
it. Seriously though, based on how this year went with everyone thinking 9-3 or 8-4 and the both sides of the ball struggling, if Hoke doesn't make some changes, I don't see much different than this year. Not trying to be negative, but there isn't much evidence that anything will be markedly better than it was this year. No studs on the O line, the secondary still slow and weak, the Dline gets no push...
If Borges calls games the same way and the defense is swiss chees like it was this year, then I say 7-5. Minnesota is getting better and Indiana can push our defense. I just don't see a lot of change from this year.
If Hoke goes 0-3 against the rivals in 2014, then by DB's standards he should be gone after next year because he is no better than RR was. This program has been losing ground to MSU and OSU for the last three years at least and the gap is wider now than any time in the last 20 years.
|27 weeks 3 days ago||ghost, open your eyes, no matter||
how much you hate to admit it, MSU has a better program right now and a much better coach. His players develop and produce and his defenses are light years ahead of Michigan's. Yeah MSU lost 6 games last year, but they won 11 this year and 11 two other times and they compete for the B1G championship almost every year. Michigan hasn't been remotely close to B1G championship worthy in seven years.
MSU has the best football program in the state at this point whether you want to admit it or not. If Hoke doesn't make some serious changes and fast, Michigan will be starting a coaching search after next season. The alumni and donors won't give DB much more rope.
If this was Texas or Alabama, Hoke would be gone already. DB took a chance on Hoke because of his love for theUniversity and the program. The problem is, the results point to him not having the coaching ability to go along with it.
We are at year three of RR all over again. Regardless of the overall records, the end result is about the same.
|27 weeks 3 days ago||If you go by the results of the events||
both sucked. Both fights were over in 2-3 rounds. The Silva match ended ugly I guess. The bowl game was a yawner and UM never showed up, much like the fans that DIDN'T go to BWW.
UFC fans are probablygonna buy more, drink more and party harder than football fans. So I get that, but to down play your own corporately sponsored event is bad PR and marketing. Just sayin'.
|27 weeks 3 days ago||SwordDancer, I have less faith in Brandon||
than in this coaching staff, so that's a resounding -1. If you are correct, he would force Hoke to clean house. That won't happen. Maybe Fred Jackson retires and maybe one small coachin change happens, but Hoke for some unknown reason believe this staff can fix this.
It's a dumpster fire (or a couch fire) and it's gonna catch ther Big House on fire soon. There will be a lot of unsold tickets going into next season. Brandon probably lost another 1,000 season ticket holders tonight. He lost me after MSU. I wouldn't pay those ridiculous prices to watch that pathetic display. At least at home I can turn the channel.
|27 weeks 3 days ago||crickets...||
No one has much if any faith in this staff. Except the staff themselves. If they look in the mirror and are HONEST, they know they are in over their heads. Which should be rolling , but won't because Hoke would walk to AA for the job blah blah blah.
|27 weeks 4 days ago||Can we move to the MAC||
The East divison of the B1G is going to be too tough for this program next year. Michigan will struggle to finish fourth in the B1G East next season.
|27 weeks 4 days ago||Borges, Mattison, Funk, Jackson, Mattison and...||
maybe even Hoke need to go. The first four definitely. This program is a mess and spiraling down the drain. We are looking at MSU as something to aspire to and OSU is a galaxy away.
It doesn't look good. If hoke retains this entire staff, he will be gone after next year.
|27 weeks 4 days ago||we got out-coached AGAIN||
All three phases and all four quarters. This staff is in WAAAYYY over their heads. NO MORE MICHIGAN MAN crappola. It just doesn't matter. Get a coach that knows the game and develops talent and can recruit.
At this point all Hoke can do is recruit. Let's see what the attrition is and we'll have a better idea where this program is headed. I hate to look.
|27 weeks 4 days ago||Why does Mattison get a free pass??||
The defense sucked all season. They were RR bad in the last two games. Just cuz he was at the Ravens doesan't make him great. The evidence of the regression of the defense says he is as bad as Borges if not worse.
Not one coach on this staff is doing a good job. It might be time for a true NON-MIchigan coach. Someone who knows football and doesn't care about traditions and history that DON'T MATTER WHEN YOU DON'T WIN!!!
|27 weeks 4 days ago||Is this program ANY better than it was when Hoke arrived??||
Not saying RR should have stayed, but it looks like things are the same or worse three years in.
I think Hoke is in over his head, his coordinators are only good when they have superior talent, which they don't. This whole staff is guessing and grasping at straws. The program is in real trouble and will be third or fourth in their own division next season.
There is very little hope as things stand.
|27 weeks 4 days ago||Shane played well. He will be fine||
He could be great if we get a true QB coach and an OC that has a clue. I worry about the results though with the schedule and the new conference alignment. I just don't see Michigan competing for the division championship next year much less the conference championship. And if next year goes badly, whoa.
No matter what, I thought Shane did fine tonight, much more poised than I expected and should be a fine QB in the future.
|27 weeks 4 days ago||This staff proved yet again that they||
have no idea how to make in-game adjustments. They can't adjust to what the opposition does and take advantage of a situation. Mattison seemed good at it his first season, but has gotten worse the last two years. Borges just seems lost. It may be execution also, but that still comes back to coaching. The kids aren't prepared to play and don't learn from their mistakes.
It's very sad to see what Michigan football has become. This program is a middle of the B1G program and beginning next year with the new division splits...Holy Shit this program is in trouble. Michigan will be at best, third in the division when the season starts and probaly worse than that by year's end. I think after next year the program starts all over again and it'll be five years before Michigan truly COMPETES for the B1G championship.
We have become MSU and they are us. This is sad.
|27 weeks 4 days ago||Sean McDonough said it all just before UM scored it's last||
TD, he couldn't believe that Michigan's offense only gained more than 175 yards in one of the last 5 games and that OSU. They barely got 200 in this game. Borges, Funk, Jackson and the enitre S & C staff need to go. This team is weak (compared to competition) and they get pushed aroundby everyone, including UConn and ... everyone.
If massive changes doon't happen soon, Hoke and the entire staff will be looking for new jobs after 2014. I've lost my faith in this staff.
|27 weeks 4 days ago||It seems very evident that if Mattison doesn't have great talent||
he's no better than any other DC. This defense has no studs except Ryan and as a result, the secondary ist STILL terrible and SLOW, the D line gets no penetration and the LBs miss their gap assignments routinely.
In other words this defense SUCKS! Changesa need to be made.
|27 weeks 4 days ago||I have lost 98% of my faith in Hoke and this entire staff||
They regressed massively after ND and played well against OSU because it was OSU. This whole staff better take a long look in the mirror because they were terrible this eason.
Most of the Offensive staff need to go and the defense isn't very good either. Maybe Mattison isn't the answer. There isn't one facet of this team that was good this season. Brandon better have some hard conversations with Hoke about this staff.
|27 weeks 4 days ago||At this point, the only good thing about 2014||
is the football season is a long way off. Hopefully some massive changes happen because if they don't, next season might be worse. Hopefully we hold on to all our recruits. This program needs them to rebuild this program.
|27 weeks 4 days ago||Has one coach prepared their group for this game??||
Shane Morris was OK in the first half, but the entire offense has been pathetic in the second half. The offense looks like RR year 1 and the defense looks like RR year 3.
Hoke needs to be honest and ADMIT they have done a terrible job and changes need to be made. If at least three changes don't happen in the off-season then Hoke has truly failed. And Fred Jackson doesn't count. The rumors of his retirement make that change necessary and the performance of the RBS just piles on that idea.
|27 weeks 4 days ago||The only thing clicking is the clock winding down||
on an otherwise horrible Michigan football season. The bright spots are few and far between. If there is great talent on this team, I haven't seen it. Whether it's infinitely young or horribly coach or both I don't know, but based on the current amount of evidence, the future looks very bleak. Aside from Morris, but a couple of years under Borges and he'll regress probably.