At press time, Harbaugh had sent Michigan’s athletic department an envelope containing a heavily annotated seating chart, a list of the 63,000 seat views he had found unsatisfactory, and a glowing 70-page report on section 25, row 12, seat 9, which he claimed is “exactly what the great sport of football is all about.”
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|4 years 30 weeks ago||I agree...||
I know I have a lot to be happy about.
And, Michigan should recruit that penguin as a linebacker.
|4 years 30 weeks ago||I think...||
the Diaries and MGoBoard should be shut down permanently as they have simply become forums for Michigan fan infighting. Much stupidity goes on here and almost nothing of any redeeming value is posted. Who needs Buckeyes when there are neg-banging MGoBoard posters and commenters around.
The worst--absolute worst--aspect of the Rich Rodriguez era is not the downward spiral on defense, not the abysmal special teams, not the repeated mistakes with penalties and turnovers but that I now must accept that a significant portion of the Michigan fan base consists of irrational troglodytes.
|4 years 35 weeks ago||Because...||
A) It's the Big East
|4 years 35 weeks ago||I Feel You Man...||
Writing anything critical about Rich Rodriguez around here is like stating out loud that one does NOT love Big Brother in Oceania. I'm not quite into negative points yet, but a few more comments that maybe the overall poor team performance is reflective of an overall poor head coach performance will get me that badge of honor soon enough.
|4 years 35 weeks ago||Maybe...||
If all the Roch Rodriguez fanboys here can neg-bang him enough, he won't be allowed to contribute to the Detroit News anymore. Just a thought. Or you can just neg-bang me.
|4 years 35 weeks ago||It was nice...||
To see Jeff Backus and Tom Brady talking at the end of the game. After all these years.
|4 years 36 weeks ago||I Respectfully Disagree||
100%. Do the players have an obligation to follow their coach unconditionally? Absolutely. Do I? Nope, as a fan I am part of the system of checks and balances that may ultimately lead to the removal of a bad hire. Michigan as an institution and it's football program are bigger than Rich Rodriguez or any of us. We owe it to that timeless program to be honest about Rich Rodriguez instead blindly supporting every failure.
Did Nebraska fans owe such blind loyalty to Bill Callahan? Do you think Alabama fans are sorry they missed out on Rich Rodriguez?
|4 years 36 weeks ago||You beat us to it.||
You beat us to it.
|4 years 37 weeks ago||That's Awesome||
"And I can smell that liquor in your breath!"
"'Cause I been drinkin', bitch!"
|4 years 39 weeks ago||I don't know...||
...if I would use Air Force to support your argument since they are more of an example of what good coaching can accomplish with guys who are simply playing football as a diversion from studying engineering while waiting to become fighter pilots. They basically have four Air Force cadet versions of Jordan Kovacs on the field. The fact that a service academy--in this day and age--can do what a traditional football powerhouse like Michigan cannot, just makes the situation all the more sad. Michigan doesn't have to have the best pass defense in college football but it sure would be nice if they were near the absolute worse.
|4 years 50 weeks ago||Michigan Heroes||
Even without his later, uh, failures, Custer makes a questionable choice for a Michigan connection to the Civil War (his casualty rate--which was for the sporadically engaged cavalry--was horrendous and was a foreshadowing of the recklessness at Little Bighorn.
For some serious Michigan inspiration, look no further than the 24th Michigan Volunteer Infantry Regiment which was part of the legendary Iron Brigade. They, as much as any other unit, were responsible for the victory at Gettysburg. Custer was a sideshow.
|5 years 33 weeks ago||RE: CMU||
Aren't they also the de facto state champions this year?
|5 years 34 weeks ago||Do We Really Need a Study...||
to tell us that games that provide drama and excitement are ultimately more enjoyable then games that provide neither? The whole point of sports is that the outcome is in question. Winning doesn't mean a whole lot unless there was a very real chance of losing.
I know we all love statistics and the scientific method and things that are quantifiable but this should be obvious. I also like food that's delicious more than food that tastes terrible. I don't need a study to tell me that one either.
|5 years 36 weeks ago||Not bad...||
overall for a game with 5 turnovers.
|5 years 36 weeks ago||Truth Sometimes Hurts||
She definitely hits close to home on that. Can't say the state of things is her fault, though, or that anything is inaccurate. If anything, she gives the Michigan-Ohio State rivalry the benefit of the doubt since she's turning a blind eye to the lopsided Tressel-Carr record.
Besides, she not saying the significance is gone forever, merely that this year, Ohio State goes to the Rose Bowl regardless of the outcome and that Michigan is fighting to not be dead last in the Big Ten. Not exactly and inspiring backstory for a game.
|5 years 37 weeks ago||The minor rule violation....||
was raising the hopes of the Michigan fanbase--anyone remember when Forcier was going win the Heisman and we were all going to Pasadena?--before they were crushed on the cruel, jagged rocks of the reality of having a freshman quarterback. Not to mention a soul-destroying defensive secondary.
He may have to sit out an entire half for that.
|5 years 37 weeks ago||To me, it's still troubling right now...||
For one thing, Tate Forcier and Denard Robinson surrounded by guys with at least a year of experience should be able to contribute to a more favorable turnover margin than Steven Threet and Nick Sheridan surrounded by mostly freshman and a newly installed offense.
Also troubling is that in the last six games, Michigan's turnover margin has been a staggeringly bad -1.67 in spite of the fact that its opponents in this stretch included the following: an Illinois team that was imploding; a Delaware State team that technically recorded two losses that gameday; a Purdue team with the same awful turnover margin as Michigan; and a team quarterbacked by the usually generous Ricky Stanzi.
Freshman or not, Michigan should have done better on the turnovers.
|5 years 37 weeks ago||Easy there, big guy...||
I'm not pointing fingers at any sophomores--or any of the atheletes--I'm simply pointing out that the turnover problem of last year was considered to be less likely to be duplicated this year since nearly everyone had an extra year of experience.
As it turned out, two guys with that extra year of experience just so happen to be the quarterbacks who've accounted for most of the turnovers.
My point was simply that one of the bad things--turnover margin--about last year's team that one would have thought could not have gotten any worse, did--in fact--get worse.
|5 years 37 weeks ago||Excellent point||
Consider my assertion that the turnover margin is worse because of more experienced atheletes handling the ball retracted. With two freshman handling the ball on virtually every play, turnovers are to be expected.
It's still troubling that the turnover margin this year--with an admittedly improved offense--is worse than last year's which was with the worst offense ever.
|5 years 37 weeks ago||Yes, really||
In 2008, Michigan ranked 104th--out 0f 119 teams, yes, I wrote it--with a turnover margin of -.83. I think we can all agree that this is not good and at least one of the reasons Michigan did so poorly last year.
In the first four games of the 2009 season--against opponents from near the bottom of the MAC, Notre Dame, and Indiana--Michigan was able to acheive a turnover margin of +.25. Sweet, a positive turnover margin that represents progress, that's a good thing. Had Michigan continued at that pace, Michigan would be ranked at approximately 52nd.
Sadly, that did not happen and--in spite of such a good start statistically--Michigan now sits at 106th with a turnover margin of -.9. So, yeah, that's regression. And not just a simple regression to the "less perfect" state of last year, but--in several ways--a regression beyond it.
First, the turnover margin is now statistically worse than last year's. Second, last year had inexperienced freshman who were being coached by an unfamiliar coaching staff committing turnovers. This year, we have sophomores who have been in the system for a year with the coaching staff commiting turnovers. Third,the coaches knew it was a problem last year and should have addressed it in the offseason.
So, the bottom line is that this year's team has fewer "excuses" for an unfavorable turnover margin and yet has a worse turnover margin than the 2008 team.
And, no, I do not hate Rich Rodriguez.
|5 years 44 weeks ago||Not Strange at All||
I have a number 33, home jersey, circa 1996, that I used to put on for big games that Michigan invariably lost. If you go back over the last decade, any time Michigan lost to Notre Dame, Ohio State, UCLA, Oregon, etc, I was wearing that jersey. It took me a long time to accept it and even after I figured it out I would still wear it sometimes with bad results. Back in 2006, when Michigan should have throttled Ball State but the game was close, that was because I wore my cursed jersey even though I knew better. Now I do, and I do not wear that jersey under any circumstances.
If you’re interested on the history of my cursed jersey you can read about it here.
|5 years 44 weeks ago||Bend Don't Break||
This has been my impression of Michigan’s defense as well. Considering the offense’s ability to move the ball and score and that fact that several sustained drives by opposing teams have resulted in no points for them, Michigan will generally come out ahead in this.
Although, some of the defensive play calling has seemed too passive for my taste, I think that Greg Robinson is indeed trying to mitigate his squad’s lack of depth and experience.
|5 years 44 weeks ago||Yep...In the Rose Bowl||
If people knew then what they know now it would have been Florida v. USC in the (Mythical) National Championship Game and Michigan v. Ohio State in a rematch in the Rose Bowl.
Think about how cool would that be? (sarcasm)
|5 years 44 weeks ago||Not All Conditioning is Stamina Related||
How many football players look like marathon runners? None. How many football players look like sprinters? Quite a few. Different type of conditioning dealing with different types of muscles.
The statistical analysis appears to show the complete opposite of what we've generally expected from a Mike Barwis conditioned team, the margin between points scored and points given up is greatest when the teams are the freshest (the 1st and 3rd quarters).
Perhaps the Barwis Regimen doesn't develop the stamina and endurance to outlast opponents but an explosive speed to strike hard and fast and first. Perhaps--despite our expectations to the contrary--this explosive speed advantage actually deteriorates as the game wears on. The Barwis/Rodriguez Advantage is greatest in the first quarter but appears to taper off in the second. It rebounds somewhat after halftime and then tapers off even more in the fourth quarter.
Personally, I've run with a few body builder/sprinter types and they generally die at about one mile. They can blow me away in a 100 yard dash, however. Our bodies are simply conditioned differently.
|5 years 44 weeks ago||But They Needed Nine||
The game is tied. They're play at home. Against a team with a freshman quarterback who has been stymied most of the game. They're in the opposing teams territory. Their quarterback is a 6'6", 235 pound marvel of nature. Their entire season hinges on this game.
And Tressel doesn't think his offense can gain a single yard?
If you can't do that, you deserve to lose. At least going for it keeps the possibility of winning alive.
|5 years 44 weeks ago||Oh yes||
Additionally, I feel this is an instance where early and big success—Mythical National Championship in year two—makes reevaluating his philosophy even less likely. Bob Stoops—although he does not seem to have a philosophy as distinct as Jim Tressel—looks as though he’s also in the same boat (great early success followed by years of repeated and similar failures). He’s also very likely glad that Ohio State gets all the attention for losing BCS Championships games.
It’s as though that initial success has blinded them to their own flaws and not even repeated exposure can convince them to make changes. One could even argue that Pete Carroll has been infected with this ailment (hence the inexplicable losses to unranked PAC-10 teams each year).
And--of course--our beloved Lloyd Carr may have had it, too.
|5 years 44 weeks ago||The Curse||
It all goes back to Red Grange scoring four touchdowns in one quarter against Michigan. Doing that to such a high prestige team--even if Michigan hadn't yet adopted the legendary winged helmet--has doomed Illinois to hover between failure and mediocrity.
|5 years 45 weeks ago||????||
That's a jab at Michigan? If anything it read like multiple jabs at Michigan State and Notre Dame. Hell, I'm not even ready to suggest Michigan is Rose Bowl bound just yet.
The Detroit News generally has a more favorable attitude towards Michigan than some other papers and Bob Wojnowski and Angelique Chengelis are fair. Plus, Wojo is pretty funny sometimes.
|5 years 45 weeks ago||Still am, for about one more||
Still am, for about one more year.
|5 years 45 weeks ago||LOL!||
I always laugh when he says that because the rest of the movie disproves his point.