I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
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- Current players may feel pressure to take a legends number and do so despite not really wanting to. Have there been any? We probably won't find out for a while, but I bet it's safe to assume that eventually there'll be one or two and we might hear about it.
- Recruits - I'm guessing it's going to hurt recruiting more than help it once it becomes obvious that the star players on the team don't get to pick their own numbers so they can honor a player who quite frankly... the older the player, the less likely they are to feel a connection to them.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||I blame||
... what's the word? Oh yeah, senility.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||it's tricky||
tricky tricky tricky tricky, HUH...
I guess the Beastie Boys should write ad jingles because that started out innocently as two words and then the irritating beat just popped in my head and I kept repeating... I repeat, kept repeating 'tricky'.
Anyway. Just a theory, but the upvote was good at getting a bunch of like-minded individuals to all pat each other on the back a lot which of course, there's nothing wrong with. Comraderie being the basis of society and all.
However, too much comraderie and you have something akin to blind nationalism where it's all of us, patting each other on the back, against all of them breaking their arms over their for the wrong cause... which again, nothing wrong here, isn't that what team homerism really boils down to? Nationalism. If no one had that, there'd be no such thing as rooting for 'your' team because no one would have 'their' team. There wouldn't even be a point spread in Vegas because who would care enough to bet money in the first place?
Back to the point... with the upvote in place, eventually the most vocal (and probably largest) group of like-minded individuals will begin to exercise more and more influence over what gets upvotes and thus, what gets posted on this here site, thus altering the course of discourse. Now, I'm not suggesting fascism or anything so nefarious, but the most innocent predecessors to the seeds of fascism start to germinate in this climate as all the people with the most points generally agree about 90% of everything Michigan football related with all the other people with the most points.
At this point, reading posts on this blog then gets pretty damn boring. You have essentially, a bunch of yes men all spouting the same stuff and as soon as someone starts to disagree or come in with a point of view that has already been categorically defined as reactionary ignorance or 'bad coach apologist', etc..., it gets pounded into road pizza and the internet kills yet another piece of everyone's soul.
On the other hand, without upvotes and the ability to stifle or promote the voices of reason and idiocy on this blog, you wind up with a bit more chaos. A lot more people taking umbrage with what other yayhoos have to say and a lot of people who take their presence on this blog and the words of those who react to them too seriously given the lack of a reasonable filter.
I don't know about you, but I'm pretty sure I know which option provides more entertainment as well as depth and variety of content.
|7 weeks 17 hours ago||I honestly have to ask||
Did anyone think it was Schafer who was at fault? I never did so maybe my memory is hazy. I was seriously impressed with our defense that year. Worst scoring defense in a long time that year, but the D was on the field for 60-70% of the plays each game!
Schafer's firing was always a scapegoat move in my opinion after that 3-9 hell, but maybe that's my revisionist brain at work.
|7 weeks 17 hours ago||Evidently||
Evidently ridiculous is in the eye of the beholder. We couldn't run all game, but you say it was ridiculous to do anything but run to win the game.
Sound strategy is to hand Fitz the ball because that was clearly the strength of our game the previous 3.5 quarters?
Yes, you can blame Gardner for the delay of game, I won't argue that. But is he more culpable than Hoke who's coached and played more downs than days Gardner has walked this earth? Is Gardner more culpable than the coach who said that the fault was with the coach because it was teh coach's responsibility to watch the clock and call the timeout?
I like Hoke still, although not quite as much as a few days ago (he had always had balls until then), but Borges has got to go in this bozo's opinion. That is as plain and simple as your concept of strategy.
|7 weeks 17 hours ago||whoosh||
Your idea of common sense hurts my brain. I can't begin to fathom how you think 2011 is the only reason we're disappointed now.
Have you watched any Michigan football this year? 5-1 doesn't begin to speak to how bad our offensive scheme and execution is.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||sorry to you both||
but you're wrong. Green neither went down due to a stiff breeze, nor plowed anyone on his way to significant extra yardage.
Regardless, he was way more physical than before, so that's a good sign. Maybe he's traded a little more fat for muscle.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||'03 Oregon||
Only road game I've been to. It was a frustrating, but very exciting game.
If only the game was 5 quarters long, we'd have won. We had all the momentum in the second half, just too much of a hole to climb out of. Time ran out as we were driving to win... made it to about the Oregon 45 but the last pass was too high for Avant to pull in. At least that's the way I remember it. Never saw a recording of the game.
I remember Oregon's first drive was very long... lots of plays, lots of clock. When it finally stalled somewhere around the 10 yard-line, we blocked the FG and returned it for a TD. I was thrilled but as it was being returned, I was sweating how poorly this boded for our defense to have to go right back on the field after that long drive in the hot sun.
Loudest crowd I've ever been in. Had crappiest seats in the stadium (behind the endzone in the 2nd to last row), but they were still closer to the field than every home game I had ever been to except one in the student section back in '89.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Love the photo||
even if we did lose that damn Rose Bowl.
I'm not sure if Bo is credit-worthy for any offensive play calls or game plans currently in the NFL, but he certainly was a kindred spirit with Jim Harbaugh. Intense, competitive and a bit of an a..hole. I say that with all due respect as he treated his players with respect. Perhaps not the refs so much however.
Didn't Bo's brand of football go back to the very foundation of college football? He had a few wrinkles here and there, but it's not like he was coming up with anything that new back then. I don't know, prove me wrong... educate. I just always perceived him as a hard-nosed fundamentals coach who liked to burn calories yelling at refs... not a master innovator or tactician.
That photo takes me back to a frustrating loss, but also to the best OSU game I ever attended (Harbaugh to Kolesar 77 yd TD pass in 4th quarter to preserve the dwindling lead). What a great year. Bo came about as close to winning a Nat'l championship that year as any in the 80's... last second loss to Minnesota at home (inexplicable) and 2nd half let down against ASU in the Rose Bowl.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||I'd have to see||
Without having been able to watch the game, there's no useful opinion I can provide.
Anyone have an FTP site they can upload their recording of the game to? :)
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Optimism||
It's a good thing to have. I only hope we find out the answer to your question.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||My hopes for Green||
are reduced somewhat by his limited carries. So far he seems to go down when contacted by the defenses heavy breathing.
Small sample size and all, but haven't seen much in the way of balance or power to keep him on his feet.
If he picks the right hole more than FItz and hangs onto the ball as well, maybe it's a wash or a mild upgrade. 2 big ifs. I'm all for him getting a few more carries per game to find out, but my hopes arn't very high.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||No disrespect intended||
to your opinion or Gardner, but frankly I think the opposite of 'too casual' is jumping up and down and screaming at us to look at it.
I've seen 'panties in a bunch' phenomenon in sport in person and on TV enough to recognize it. Gardner has looked like he's easily made too uptight after one mistake this year. That's the odd thing. He seemed more relaxed last year after mistakes, but this year, ever since the endzone interception by Tuitt, he looks easily rattled.
Yeah, I know, 'ever since' only covers the last 5 quarters, but it gives me cause for concern.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Yes||
Wisconsin earned the refs incompetence. Fully agree.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||ok||
maybe Gardbinson would only throw to Roundgallon once in the endzone instead of twice.
Clock stopped, mission accomplished.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||yep||
That App State spread was better suited to beat a Michigan team at the time than these iterations of Akron and Michigan. Without a doubt (to me), this would have been a far more improbable loss.
This was almost a perfect storm of Gardner implosion, special teams failure and Akron coming of age - I'm sure they're going to now rattle off a bunch of wins and take the MAC this year to prove me right - to upset us.
More upsetting than the lack of push from the middle of our 0-line and the non-existent QB pressure from a 4-man rush against Akron, is the apparent bad head space that Gardner has entered. Ever since the horrid INT against ND in the end-zone he has not looked himself for more than a couple plays at a time.
As Gardner goes, so does our team and he's not quite alright just now.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Terrible all around||
Wisconsin payed the price for being passive and placing their hopes in the hands of the refs.
With 18 seconds left, Hoke would have had Gardbinson throw to Roundgallon in the endzone twice before thinking of settling for a FG.
The refs were about as gutless as the Wiscy kneeldown the way they handled this. Terrible all around. Wisconsin can blame the refs, but they owned putting refs in that position.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||It's great but||
it's not... possibly.
Ignoring the pro legends numbers arguments and just looking at the arguments against, I see two legitimate points of view that shouldn't be dismissed lightly:
This legends jersey honoree system may work out fine to start, but I bet it changes before it becomes every recruits goal to acquire a legends jersey.
|18 weeks 17 hours ago||This list||
reminds me of Las Vegas billboards. 'Voted Best Surf and Turf on the Strip!' They neglect to say it was the venue's owner who voted it that way.
I really don't have much constructive to say here other than I've had many beers in many places all over the country and the fact that 75% of this list isn't comprised of OR, WA and CA beers is ridiculous.
Sadly, many of the west coast beers on the list are not worthy of being among the 75% mark I suggest. I didn't read all the responses but did not see Ninkasi mentioned which is a bit surprising albeit they're somewhat new.
At least the beers east of the extreme west have been getting better over the years. I remember taking a 6mo road trip back in '99 from OR back to Michigan, down to the SE and back across the southern states and up into CO... it was around this time that I had my first fat tire. I was so excited to find a beer that might not be equivalent to American Pilsner Water for the first time in a while, but I was sadly disappointed. And that brewery is ON THIS SAD LIST.
Truly, beer preferences are subjective, but this list has New Belgium brewing in the top 10. All credibility gone.
Anyway... some western craft brewers I'd recommend if you can find them:
Ninkasi, Burnside, Gigantic, North Coast...
Also, Deschutes may be pretty big for a craft brewery and I don't like the owners politics, but they make consistently really damn good beer across most standard categories... IPA, Pale, Porter and ESB in particular.
|19 weeks 2 days ago||@Carriismyhomeboy : Great||
@Carriismyhomeboy : Great movie, however it was filmed in Beaufort, SC.
I like the comparison of Breakfast Club to Big Chill.. hilarious. One was a post-pubescent coming of age flick, the other a post thirty-something coming of death flick. Not that they were all about to die, but suddenly more mindfult that youth and college days gone forever.
I believe Jack Wangler was the QB on TV during one of the scenes. There's also the obligatory bitching about Bo in the movie, just like many of us so enjoyed doing back then.
|1 year 49 weeks ago||I see||
I see a 6-fingered glove. Why is it black and white? Trying to confuse the refs? Maybe a good strategy.
|1 year 49 weeks ago||They certainly||
They certainly had longer pro careers. They also weren't as good as the 3 guys above at making people miss, which evidently is a skill I'm biased toward.
That said, Leroy Hoard was one of my favorite Michigan RB's of all time and running people over was a specialty. He had a good pro career and is one of my top 5. Wheatley being there as well.
|1 year 49 weeks ago||related note||
I just realized Jamie Morris holds the NFL record for rushing atts in a game @ 45.
Butch Woolfolk is tied for 2nd with 43. All hail 3 yards and a cloud of dust!
edit: noticed this while looking for Brady's career stats. Odd that the 3 of the 5 rb's I believed to be the most talented all had early career ending injuries (Tshimanga, Perry, Hart in order).
|2 years 44 weeks ago||Being a 5*||
Being a 5* in the Senior Bowl is the equivalent of not living up to expectations.
You don't see many of the guys coming out who are going to be drafted in the first couple of rounds playing in the Senior Bowl. The Senior Bowl is largely an opportunity for the marginal draft picks to have a chance to improve their position.
The top flight prospects (and their agents) look at the bowl as an opportunity to get injured or slip in the draft rankings.
|2 years 46 weeks ago||A RB?||
I guess hiring an old XFL RB as DC would be a step up from Gerg.
|3 years 2 weeks ago||Can I reply to both you and Irish?||
We're better in all phases of the offense now than we were against ND except one that is pretty important:
I can't wait for this kid to get better and better and he will, but right now, the biggest thing that's slowing down our offense is the nerves jangling around inside of him.
Clearly opposing D's are better prepared to face him than they were when we played ND, but that doesn't change the fact that he regularly overthrows WR's who are wide open for TD's that he would have hit in stride earlier in the year. Missing Stonum on the 2nd drive is an example.
Denard has a ridiculous amount of talent... the only thing standing in his way is himself.
And finally, Irish and jmblue, in spite of the fact that he's a sophomore who makes a lot of mistakes while playing with a defense that loves to stay on the field, we're still not far from being the highest scoring UM offense of the last 100 years.
|3 years 2 weeks ago||Schafer's D gave up||
nearly as many points because he had an offense that had twice as many 3-and-outs as scoring drives.
If you combined our 2008 defense with our 2010 offense, you're looking at a Rose Bowl team, plain and simple.
|3 years 2 weeks ago||As best as I can tell,||
it's almost a foregone conclusion that Brandon will have RR back next year.
If you want to believe DB at face value for his quotes, well, your career in politics will be short lived should it ever start. When Brandon says;
"It's not as simple as win-loss records. It's just not. People want to try to make it that simple, but there are so many things you have to look at when you measure the strength of a program."
That statement pretty much discounts W-L record as being relevant to RR's job stability, whether it's the horrible overall record over the previous 2 years or our ridiculous B10 record.
There have been numerous statements that DB has made over the course of the season that someone less lazy than myself can directly quote that seem to accomodate for RR's unfortunate lack of personnel or that can be inferred from the indication of a recruit who stated they were hesitant to commit due to coaching stability concerns until after speaking with DB.
If your point is that there's no quote available from DB that says RR is our guy next year, well, yeah. But it's obvious to minds of reasonable consideration that DB is just leaving himself a wee bit of wiggle room should shit go seriously wrong over the remainder of the season... and it hasn't.
RR's back next year and it doesn't take a weather cock to tell which way the wind blows.
|3 years 3 weeks ago||Overcompensation||
I know that's not one word normally, but it should be.
His best non-scramble of the year that he clearly should have scrambled on was that 45yd TD to Jr. last week... the one where Hemingway made those 3 Illini look like they were blindfolded.
I'll forgive him for that one.
|3 years 4 weeks ago||Sounds good||
What about the stats though? Do you count those? They still played the downs.
|3 years 4 weeks ago||8 for 50||
I don't see anyone else averaging 8 wins/yr over 50 years, but then again college football 50 yrs down the road may no longer exist. It might just be the IFL developmental league.