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|1 year 11 weeks ago||Scanning tickets at Michigan Stadium||
Best alternative for all involved parties is for Hoke to scan tickets at Michigan Stadium on Saturdays. He continues to partake in the history and tradition of the program, while flashing his lovable personality to the fan base and parents of potential recruits. Put him on the Main/Stadium entrance (opposite the students entrance).
|2 years 10 weeks ago||Brandon||
Brandon is jockeying to be governor of the state of Michigan. The long-term prospects of the football team don't even enter his psyche.
|2 years 10 weeks ago||This is garbage||
Posts like these are indicative if the state of our program. Devin Gardner is not a great college QB and Al Borges is not helping him play to the upper bounds of his limits (in fact, he's promoting performance well below his potential).
Best case scenario, we are at least 5 years from being past having to "feel bad" for players or "remember they are just kids." Al isn't going anywhere for at least a year, and even if he did, Devin isn't going to cut the mustard against our rivals. What's worse is that I have no faith that anyone on the staff is giving Morris an ounce of the attention he needs to develop and play at the college level.
Our program is pathetic and this post is an embarrassment to college athletics. Go watch your own kid's team if you want to feel bad for tired, sore or downtrodden kids. We need to get first downs and win football games.
|2 years 11 weeks ago||Playing time||
We should have used the NEB and MSU games to our advantage and highlighted his amount of playing time..."Da'shawn, you could be playing 50 minutes a week...a week! At bama, you won't even see 30 minutes a week in your junior year."
|2 years 12 weeks ago||He should get as long as it||
He should get as long as it takes to find someone better. Given our last two coaching searches, this could give him up to 5 years...but we should always be looking for something better.
|3 years 10 weeks ago||So will everyone else||
Guess who else will have his recruits once Borges does...Urban Meyer, Brian Kelly, Bill O'Brien, and Wisconsin's coaching staff will be more cohesive. Life doesn't get any easier.
|3 years 10 weeks ago||Not writing it off but||
I didn't write about that game because I was tired of typing. Was a great win, but was an anomaly. Which win felt like that one this year?...or will you make the excuse that we only played good teams on the road this year (and thus shouldn't be expected to win)? We are heading into stagnation, bud. Albeit a better place than 2008-2010, but we will have threads like this against every team that matters on the national stage.
|3 years 10 weeks ago||Truth||
Couldn't agree with you more...we are at best looking at Lloyd Carr II, 8-4 or 9-3 forever. I had more hope before Urban was hired but we will be outcoached by him, Dantonio, Wisconsin year after year. OSU and ND will get exponentially better by the game and we will be relegated to be an overhyped 3-loss team.
I wish Hoke and Co was our answer, but after 2 full years, we were never an expected/favored team in any game of note and we've never taken control of a game against a team if that caliber.
|3 years 13 weeks ago||Meh...not a fan||
I like adding the SEC opponent. Not a fan of anything else. If you subscribe to the 'non-conference games can enhance recruiting' theory (which seems to be growing in popularity), these games are not appealing. If you are looking to minimize risk of losing (which was popular in the 2000s), the schedule is nice.
As far as increasing anticipation/excitement/competition of the matchup, none of these opponents do it for me in 2012. In 2015/2016?...who knows.
|3 years 21 weeks ago||Settle down||
This site really needs to slow down on this kid...with this kind of air time, if he ends up anything less than Tebow, he will let you down. Let's focus on this year's Michigan team, or even next year's...if Morris is playing before 2014, then we have more significant problems than his presence will solve. He's mentioned every single day and people even post, re-post and triple-post his HS ID card...come on. It's embarrassing. If you need something to hope for, hope that Borges is building a team around him or laying the tracks for a system in which he can perform.
|3 years 46 weeks ago||Old ND||
These are all from an era when ND was respectable...these were a long time ago.
Last year they gave away their night game to USC...it was in a nicely wrapped package of turnovers.
|3 years 52 weeks ago||Strong preference for highlighter maize||
Really like the highlighter maize, particularly on the hoops team. Feel like it was a good way to compete for recruits attention while not offending the traditional fans. If kids like alternate unis, they have to love the bright maize.
|4 years 2 weeks ago||Little brother||
This is not what a little brother would do...at all. Ha! Unbelievable how true that nickname is.
|4 years 2 weeks ago||GF guessed it||
Just showed the tweet to my GF. She knows nothing about Michigan recruiting, but the first word out of her mouth was "Garnet." Then proceeded to tell me I don't get her enough jewelry.
Per Wikipedia: "The garnet (pronounced /ˈɡɑrnɨt/) group includes a group of minerals that have been used since the Bronze Age as gemstones and abrasives. The name "garnet" comes from 14th century Middle English word gernet meaning 'dark red'..."
|4 years 3 weeks ago||This one is interesting...||
I can't stand this purple faced asshat who singles out players and denies responsibility. However, an unbiased observer might have to agree with his point that "he" and "his recruits" are not responsible for the team's ailments this year...Lynch, Tuitt, Atkinson and Ishaq seem to be beasts that don't care about the pressure the typical ND student feels - which is the only reason I can think of for everyone else on that team turning the ball over in the red zone.
I think ND's alumni is the ultimate problem though, and the purple nurple won't have enough time to get his recruits in every position before getting the boot.
|4 years 5 weeks ago||Would love division reshuffle||
Keep Ohio game as season finale, but have both in same division (swap them with MSU). Winner goes to B1G championship - kind of like USA/Russia in '80.
You'll always have a marque name in the championship game, and loser (also marque name with fan following) will typically get BCS or Capital One bowl.
|4 years 5 weeks ago||Indiana-MSU||
That protected rivalry game just officially lost some swagger...
|4 years 6 weeks ago||Tramp stamp||
These "wings" remind me more of a tramp stamp on a stripper...
|4 years 7 weeks ago||Ahaha||
Didn't feel that long when writing it...
|4 years 7 weeks ago||Great question||
I am affiliated with both schools and have asked this same question, particularly since Jordan Payton seemingly flipped after watching UM beat ND UTL and following it by watching a horrible performance under the lights by ND against Stanford. South Bend is a dump; dilapited homes and violent crime riddle the surrounding area. The sun shines maybe 10 days a year. ND seems to be <20% female and those girls are, on average, less attractive than UM girls (although UM isn't necessarily a hot bed for pie). The only conclusions I can derive are as follows:
1. ND is the only thing within 90 miles. When you are on campus, it feels like the entire world revolves around you and the ND brand. Additionally, there are absolutely no distractions from football. Hockey and bball have performed well recently for them, but no one really cares. These sports actually take a back seat to intramurals and interhall football in the mind of the average student.
2. ND's campus is unique in its layout in that the buildings all follow the same architecture. The new hockey rink is in the same style as the main building built in the 1800s. I have no idea why this appeals to a high school junior other than it creates a sense of seclusion...you are somewhere far, far away and that place is pristine. Contrast to the character of UM's campus, which is a hodgepodge of different architectures across a couple sprawling campuses. It's less initimate, less cohesive. I don't think you love Michigan by walking around campus once, you do it over the years through your experiences.
3. NBC contract has to be a big part of it. Think of a kid from California. His parents can see 7-8 games without even having cable. How many Michigan games are shown in California on cable? Maybe 2?
4. ND sells hope. They have been selling the "return to glory" story for 20 years now. They paint a ficticious picture of "what could be"...high schoolers have great imaginations which aligns well with ND's brand.
Anyway, I don't think any of these things would entice me as football recruit - I'm just trying to make sense out of some of these kids' decisions.
|4 years 8 weeks ago||Shoulder stripes||
The shoulder stripes are awesome in my opinion. They go well with the winged helmet and give the impression of moving forward. Plus, I actually like that they align with Adidas logo (although the three stripes in the UTL unis do so more accurately).
|4 years 8 weeks ago||Eggnog||
I'm taking the night off of scotch...1 part eggnog, 2 parts brandy tonight. Feel fatter already.
|4 years 8 weeks ago||Baby Tebow||
Baby Tebow is cracking me up.
|4 years 8 weeks ago||I'm disagreeing with your point of schedule. Period.||
I will keep it short and direct because you get distracted. The schedule point is moot, and if anything, you will eat your own words in the future. I could very well be wrong on Sparty's schedule, because I don't follow it. The source I pulled could be incorrect, but your schedule will not be materially tougher than Michigan's, Mr. Charmin.
Yes, Michigan does not surprise anyone. They do no catch teams looking at weeks before or after their game.
|4 years 8 weeks ago||Follow-ups||
Don't come on here and say the scheduling argument is laughable. You brought it up. You are in the same division as Michigan - don't tell us your season is materially tougher. You played Wisconsin, so what. They proved to not be the powerhouse that you want them to be - they lost to a 6-6 OSU team before Miller got into a groove, they played an uninspired first 3 quarters against MSU, they're 7-pt dogs in the Rose Bowl and likely to lose by 14+. The B1G has good teams that are inconsistent.
The one consistency in the conference though, that you failed to address and cannot be measured by numbers, is that every team plays their best against Michigan. Watch Braxton Miller connect on 50-yard bombs. Watch Kirk Ferentz coach uncharacteristically aggressively. Watch AJ Jenkins and Illinois' defense play their best game of the season...all against Michigan. We don't play the Iowa team that lost to Minnesota, we don't play the Nebraska team that gets shit-stuffed by Wisconsin. We also don't play teams that are deflated from an emotional game the week before, be it a heartbreaking loss (read: ND) or a season-redeeming win (read: Iowa).
Is Sparty a quality team? Sure. Do they have a ton of young, athletic, aggressive players? Yeah. Were they among the most consistent teams in the conference? Arguably yes. Did they beat Michigan? Yes. Would I pick them and their fan base for a bowl game that I was invested in, over Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State, Northwestern, Iowa, Wisconsin...? Absolutely not. You guys should play for the Rose Bowl because no one wants to invite you anywhere. I'm glad you're enjoying these couple years because the B1G is going to be a whole lot tougher moving forward. Oh wait, you don't play OSU, Wisconsin or Penn St in the next two years?...why don't you keep that whole schedule argument to yourself for now.
|4 years 8 weeks ago||10 games against bowl teams||
Little known fact: 10 of the 12 opponents Michigan faced in 2011 are playing in bowl games. Not interested in revisiting Sparty's schedule, but I can assure you, their number is less than 10, as is the case with every other NCAA team. I understand the annoyance with apparent arrogance, and quite frankly the number of posts ripping Sparty on this site is over the top, but that "Charmin-soft schedule" argument is asinine, especially coming from another B1G school fan. The B1G is competitive intra-conference and any team can win week to week.
The fact that Iowa will get curb-stomped by Oklahoma four weeks after the regular season ends does not mean that Vandenburg, McNutt and Binns did not mark Nov 5 as the biggest game of the season and play up to the competition.
|4 years 9 weeks ago||Cliffnotes version||
An open letter to Michigan Fans
Congratulations. You beat Ohio.
Ohio football sucks.
Our QB throws like crap.
We used to beat you a lot (forgets to mention they cheated for 10 years, and forgets to mention their record the 6 years before cheating began).
Urban Meyer is my salvation.
Sincerely, someone born and raised in Ohio, have never been outside the state, went to BGSU and now sit on the couch all day, every day, anxiously awaiting the next Ohio game
|4 years 10 weeks ago||BIG coaches||
What is it about the BIG attracting coaches ill-equipped to handle the stresses of the job (Dantonio, Meyer, Kill)?
|4 years 10 weeks ago||Join a conference||
Join a conference closer to home, cry babies.
|4 years 11 weeks ago||$$||
If there is a chance to make money on a situation, the NCAA will adjust their standards. I doubt the penalties match the blatant disrespect for their rules. Urban Meyer on the sidelines only increases NCAA's potential for income.