"Jim's a tough guy and you can see his personality is all over this football team," Fitzgerald said.
|1 day 12 hours ago||Eh, it's only partially absurd||
I strongly suspect that neither Rodriguez (if Pryor had helped him survive another year) nor Hoke would have tried to ignore the tattoo scandal like Tressell did. They'd still lose their senior starting quarterback and presumably a couple of other starters for most or all of the 2011 season, but they would have kept their job.
So we wouldn't have been exposed to the spectacle of Greg Robinson as interim coach. (Or Mattison, if Rodriguez had still been fired after three years.)
|1 day 14 hours ago||You've repeated Adam's section (as David)||
I assume that's not on purpose.
|3 days 7 hours ago||I'm not sure that means anything yet||
They beat 11-3 Missouri last year, gave Michigan a hell of a game in 2013 (yeah, I know) and scared Ohio State in a 52-49 loss in 2012. They still haven't won more than 5 games in a year since 2007.
|1 week 11 hours ago||Michigan 34, Maryland 12||
The game is never in serious doubt but the weather is on Maryland's side.
|1 week 1 day ago||We've had lucky bounces--but haven't needed them||
I haven't forgotten this moment (also aided by a silly penalty):
Nonetheless, it was just the difference between 35-7 and 28-7.
|1 week 2 days ago||This is constructive criticism||
Every site has issues, and the people who run it don't always notice. The OP doesn't come across as complaining to me.
Now, if the OP had said that Brian should be posting about something else instead, or that he shouldn't post about something, or (my favorite) that Brian should change his writing style, then I'd get out out my rusty kitchen knives.
|1 week 2 days ago||I don't think James coached under Bo||
At least according to Wikipedia (link), he was DC at Michigan--but under Bump Elliot in 1966 and 1967. He was never at Miami (NTM) or any of the schools where Bo was an assistant.
|1 week 2 days ago||Moeller was at Illinois||
Minor quibble, I know.
I'll add that three of those guys had a national title (Miles, McCartney and Carr).
|1 week 5 days ago||That 1985 BYU team...||
Sure, they beat 4-8 Boston College and 7-5 Washington. They also lost to 1-10 UTEP (before finishing 10-3). It doesn't make much of a case for their 1984 season.
What's that mean for today? Nothing. I think Michigan has a pretty good shot at this--but I would not want to bet on this game.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||As a Lions fan||
I've been disappointed with Chuck Long for nearly thirty years.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||¯\_(ツ)_/¯||
|3 weeks 3 days ago||See Alvarez at Wisconsin as well||
He apparently scared off Bielema, his hand-picked successor, lost Gary Anderson after only two years (although Anderson and his family's poor cultural fit in Madison appears to have been a big factor) and hired Paul Chryst, who wasn't more than mediocre at Pitt.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Bo had his share of close calls||
We tend to forget those, but here are a few examples:
1970: Michigan 14, 2-9 Texas A&M 10
1971: Michigan 20, 3-7 Purdue 17
1972: Michigan 7, 2-9 Northwestern 0
1973: Michigan 14, 4-7 Navy 0
1975: Michigan 14, 3-6-2 Baylor 14
1976: 5-6 Purdue 16, Michigan 14
1980: Michigan 17, 0-11 Northwestern 10
|4 weeks 4 days ago||MSU tends to underperform early in the season, too||
In 2013 their defense scored more touchdowns than their offense in a couple of early games against bad teams (including against a 1-11 Western team). They usually have one or more underwhelming non-conference wins a year.
It really doesn't mean anything.
|5 weeks 17 hours ago||Poor bastard||
Gonna be passed out before the game. Possibly overdosed.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Michigan 19, Utah 15||
Close game with weird score.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||While Kaepernick still has the upside...||
The 49ers still came within an overtime loss in the NFC Championship Game to making it to the Super Bowl with Smith. No guarantee they would have won, of course, but then again they didn't win the Super Bowl with Kaepernick either.
We live in a world where Trent Dilfer and Brad Johnson have won as many Super Bowls as Peyton Manning and where Eli Manning has won more. Yeah, the team with the better QB is going to win more often, but that's far from the only factor.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||The offense had scored three (3) points||
Against teams with a pulse at that point (i.e., Notre Dame and Utah). In those two games the defense had outscored the offense as well (7-3).
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Damn it||
Was gonna short their stock.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||I'm team whoever wins games||
I think we both agree that it's more likely to be Rudock, but given Harbaugh's past performance with quarterback I wouldn't be surprised if Morris (or even one of the others!) starts and does well.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Koalas have a lot of time on their paws||
|8 weeks 13 hours ago||NCAA rules used to prevent fumble returns||
The rules were changed in I believe 1992 to allow the defensive player to advance a fumble from anywhere on the field. (Which doesn't explain the period from 1992 to 2002, but we only had three interceptions for touchdowns in the eighties, too, so go figure.)
I'm not exactly sure what the old rules were; obviously it did happen prior to 1992. The ball may have needed to not touch the ground, which would make returns much rarer. I also googled something about the ball needing to be past the line of scrimmage, which does not ring a bell with me. That would also make returns for touchdowns less likely, as the offense would usually be between the recovering defensive player and the end zone.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||I'm actually not convinced of that||
Mostly because I keep picturing a MSU defensive back tackling Desmond Howard on a two-point conversion attempt.
|9 weeks 10 hours ago||It can sneak up on you||
It's entirely possible that he either has Type 2 diabetes and does not have an official diagnosis, or that he does and he's not managing his blood sugar well. You need to learn how to do it, and it's not uncommon for somebody with Type 2 diabetes to be in denial.
I personally tend not to notice low blood sugar until I realize I'm horrifically cranky. In a high stress environment where he was likely to have been running on adrenaline anyway, Hoke might have been able to ignore it until after the game.
|9 weeks 17 hours ago||Que?||
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Wasn't that how Matt Millen got hired?||
Bacon's far better as a journalist than Millen ever was as a network analyst, though.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||It happens||
I think my wife's boss was in Minneapolis for business during this blizzard and was trapped there for quite a while.
But that's unusual even for the Twin Cities.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||No love for Ali Haji-Sheikh?||
From Arlington, handle place kicking in the early eighties (including the team that won Bo's first Rose Bowl). He actually played in the NFL for a couple of years, which was a novelty for a Michigan kicker at the time.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||I thought it was Brian at first, too||
I had to doublecheck the byline when I realized that Brian had graduated long before Mike Hart made it to campus.
|13 weeks 11 hours ago||I wound up with official maize anyway||
(And yes, I voted after you removed the labels.)
|13 weeks 5 days ago||He's got two touchdown drives||
One against Kansas State in the 2013 bowl game and one against Minnesota. No, he hasn't looked good but the offense struggled for much of the last two years with Gardner so I wouldn't read too much into it.
I agree, though, that Ruddock is most likely the starter. However, I don't think Harbaugh is going to hesitate to play someone else if he thinks they'll play better.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||Here you go||
What's interesting is that at least statistically Wilson seems to have regressed between 2009 and 2010 despite the fact that North Carolina State improved dramatically (going from 5-7 in 2009 to 9-4 in 2010).
He still made a hell of a jump in his only year in Madison.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||You are absolutely correct||
In the season opener against Western, for instance, Cook was just 6 of 16 and MSU managed exactly one offensive touchdown (link) in a 26-13 win. In their next game against South Florida, they again managed only one offensive touchdown in a 21-6 win (link).
So yes, we were laughing at both Cook and the MSU offense. They started to turn it around after they lost to Notre Dame and although they still struggled occasionally (like in the 14-0 win over 1-11 Purdue) they nonetheless managed to put together a run I think any Michigan fan would have been happy with, culminating in a Rose Bowl win over Stanford.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||Wait until the price of oil goes up again||
Canadian stars will be on par with American stars, just like the dollar.
Although it would be more fitting if St-Juste was from Alberta.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||This is what I was thinking||
People were ready to give up on Alex Smith before Harbaugh got a hold of him. I don't if Harbaugh could have done the same thing for Cutler, but it would have been interesting to see had Harbaugh wound up in Chicago instead of San Francisco.
|15 weeks 10 hours ago||Brady was drafted by the Expos||
Link. I don't know if he was ever considered a serious threat to make the majors, but apparently he was something of an athlete.
|15 weeks 14 hours ago||Spammer sighting|
|15 weeks 1 day ago||There's probably an admissions deadline||
A kid doesn't have to sign at all.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||Well, that's disturbing||
Probably not a good idea in the long run, either, but perhaps inevitable.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||Paris? It's hard to go wrong||
Seriously. Nearly every little bistro or sidewalk cafe will serve good food. And they have to; Parisians have high standards.
About the only way you could go wrong would be to eat in a place that caters more or less exclusively to tourists. Particularly American tourists.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||Let me be the first to get off your lawn||
And I'm firmly in middle age, for crying out loud.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Lebron is younger than Bird after 12 seasons in the NBA||
Lebron is only 30, but Larry Bird was 34 in his twelfth season. It's only four years but that has to be a factor as well.
|17 weeks 6 hours ago||UNLV was 2-11 last year||
How relevant did you think it was going to be?
|17 weeks 2 days ago||The hell with the jacket||
I want that cell phone.
|17 weeks 3 days ago||Michael Taylor?||
Do you mean someone else? Taylor never managed to get 1500 yards of total offense in a season.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||Youth? I have a couple of friends in their forties||
Who have large tattoos on their chest similar to his.
Don't get me wrong, there's definitely something of a generational gap. I'm almost 50 and although tattoos don't bother me (with an occasional exception) they've also never really interested me, either.
|18 weeks 16 hours ago||The only way to avoid this||
Is to dominate the game to the point where a blown call can't affect the outcome. That doesn't happen too often.
So yeah, it sucks, but there's not a lot you can do about it.
|19 weeks 1 day ago||They didn't actually fire Dan Devine||
He announced he was retiring/quitting before the season.
Poor bastard also had the misfortune of coaching at Green Bay in the seventies without being (or winning like) Vince Lombardi.
|19 weeks 3 days ago||I agree completely BUT||
As a Lions fan I still want to punch the TV every time I hear his voice.
|19 weeks 4 days ago||If Rudock or somebody else steps up at QB||
We have a good shot. If the starting QB is still struggling by the time the MSU game rolls around, we're in trouble.
If anybody can do something with the quarterbacks on the roster, though, it's Harbaugh.
|19 weeks 4 days ago||You have to go back to Bennie Oosterbaan in 1948||
To find a Michigan coach who beat Michigan State in their first year. MSU wasn't even in the Big Ten then.
Michigan State should be a solid team next year and Harbaugh is just beginning to install his program, so unfortunately I wouldn't be surprised if MSU won.
|19 weeks 6 days ago||The number has a 734 area code||
So unless Urban Meyer lives in Washtenaw, Monroe or Wayne counties, Jim Harbaugh must be forwarding all of his calls to Urban Meyer.
Edit: Damn it, this was supposed to be a reply to RedGreene.
|21 weeks 5 days ago||The 5-4 record in games with kickoffs returned for a TD||
It's not that surprising. The more opportunities you have to return a kickoff, the more points your opponent is scoring. Take Tyrone Wheatley's return against Houston in 1992. Houston scored exactly once, so Michigan presumably had only two opportunities to return kickoffs.
The 41-5-1 record in games with punts returned for a TD is unsurprising for a similar reason. Every opportunity you have to return a punt is an opportunity your opponent didn't score.
|21 weeks 6 days ago||I've done everything but mow the lawn||
On conference calls.
You do have to be careful that you're actually on mute, though.
|22 weeks 5 hours ago||Leach was a glorified running back||
More accurately, he was an option quarterback who started as a true freshman. By the end of his career he had improved his passing substantially, but it was pretty obvious he was never going to be QB in the NFL. (So he played major league baseball instead.)
More often than not Bo had a glorified running back playing under center. This included Leach, Denny Franklin, Steve Smith and Michael Taylor, who were all multi-year starters. Michigan didn't start producing NFL starters until the Gary Moeller era. (Grbac was the first and admittedly started a few games under Bo when Taylor was hurt.)
|24 weeks 1 day ago||Oh come on||
Hoke had six years of head coach experience and took two different teams to bowl games. He was clearly in over his head at Michigan but this is unfair.
|24 weeks 2 days ago||That may be true||
But the Dunaways may not see it that way. (Or the next recruit.)
|24 weeks 2 days ago||Carter Dunaway won't be here for over two years||
So I don't think it's unreasonable to ask people not to be dicks at his hello post.
While I think that "trusting the coach" can be a copout, at the same time it's ridiculous to criticize Harbaugh for recruiting someone that you don't like. Two years is a long time and lots of things could happen. Carter Dunaway could get injured and drop football, or decide to play somewhere else. Or he could develop into a legitimate four or five-star recruit.
I'd also add that even if an occasional player is a flyer I wouldn't be so concerned. The overall strength of Harbaugh's recruiting classes is going to determine his success at Michigan (along with how well he and his staff develop them). If a particular player does not pan out, but most of his teammates do, I'm not going to worry about it. It happened under Bo, it happens under Saban (why else would he use oversigning?) and it'll happen under Harbaugh.
This is not even remotely the equivalent of giving Carter Dunaway a participation trophy. This is Harbaugh getting a commitment from a kid who he thinks has a chance to be a good football player.
|24 weeks 3 days ago||Trask didn't describe it well, but I don't think she's off track||
Let me list a few of the things I regard as ephemeral that I never want to hear about again:
|25 weeks 1 day ago||I got my first ISP account the week before Gary Moeller quit||
I followed the whole ugly story fairly closely on ESPN.
I had sporadic access to the Internet for 2-3 years prior to that. Primarily I used gopher and FTP, though.
|25 weeks 2 days ago||So if I bet against you I make money?||
What's the Vegas line on uniform numbers?
|25 weeks 3 days ago||Corso is actually older||
Per Wikipedia Corso was born in 1935, Holtz in 1937.
|25 weeks 4 days ago||While that was probably the worst game I've seen Wisconsin play||
While that was probably the worst game I've seen Wisconsin play (and I lived in Madison during the Don Morton years), they're 2-1 in the Big Ten Championship game.
That includes a 70-31 win over Nebraska the year without Russell Wilson.
|26 weeks 11 hours ago||It's not unrealistic||
Look at USC when Pete Carroll took over for Paul Hackett. Hackett's last team had finished 5-7. Carroll took over with future Heisman winner and NFL starter Carson Palmer as his starting quarterback and finished a glorious 6-6. It wasn't until after Carroll had a year to work with Palmer and the team that he Southern Cal started to win consistently again.
Part of that was that Palmer was poorly coached under Hackett and threw a lot of interceptions and was generally ineffective. Does that sound familar? Carroll eventually got him performing at a high level, but it took some time.
In the long run I think the team is in much better shape with Harbaugh, but there are too many question marks on offense for them to do markedly better than they have the last couple of years. If everybody stays healthy and progresses faster than expected, sure, it could happen. If we have some key injuries and not all players progress at the speed we'd like, it could still be a long year.
(For the record, I hate using Carroll as an example here because he was such a sleazeball at Southern Cal.)
|26 weeks 5 days ago||I am DVRing the game so I can panic appropriately||
Don't worry, I'm not forgetting overreaction and of course quarterback and other position controversies based on limited evidence.
|27 weeks 4 days ago||Sounds more like an homage to...||
Fantastic Voyage. Miniaturized scientists have an hour to destroy blood clot in the brain of defecting Cold War scientist. Novelized by Isaac Asimov.
|28 weeks 5 days ago||DOUBLE POST MOTHERFUCKER||
DO YOU SPEAK IT?
|28 weeks 5 days ago||Obviously anyone who put stickers on helmets||
Doesn't care about THE TEAM, THE TEAM, THE TEAM.
(I actually don't care, but I do think it's kind of funny you're quoting Bo against helmet stickers when his teams used them.)
|30 weeks 3 days ago||Exactly||
I assume his source is either is Baalke or whoever Baalke's top subordinate is.
|30 weeks 3 days ago||He's literally reporting what his source said||
The question is do we trust his source? Considering who his source is likely to be and what the 49ers have done lately, I wouldn't.
|30 weeks 3 days ago||Give it a year or two||
They're working on it, though.
|30 weeks 6 days ago||The B1G should have twenty teams||
The Big Ten Division can have Michigan, Ohio State, Northwestern, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Michigan State, Iowa, Indiana and Purdue.
The Other Division can have Penn State, Rutgers, Maryland, Nebraska and six other teams.
Teams will only play teams in other division in the conference championship game.
|30 weeks 6 days ago||It's the fleas on the rats you should worry about||
So get cats!
But cats have toxoplasma gondii.
Well, you can always seal yourself inside a plastic bubble.
|31 weeks 6 days ago||Stop the presses!||
A coach is using coach speak.
|32 weeks 1 day ago||Honeymoon phase||
Give it time.
|35 weeks 12 hours ago||Me too|
|36 weeks 4 days ago||Weather can be pretty variable||
It doesn't look exciting, but they did have reports of snow.
|36 weeks 6 days ago||Should I point out that Wilson is on there four times?||
Nah, I probably shouldn't.
|36 weeks 6 days ago||Which is why Suh and the Lions are in the Super Bowl||
Go Lions! Beat the Pats!
|36 weeks 6 days ago||From the cool story bro department||
A friend of mine was moving and rented a truck, which he parked in front of his apartment. After we had loaded the damn thing, it wouldn't start. If I remember correctly it turned out it had been filled with regular gasoline instead of diesel. So we had to scramble to find a pickup truck and various other cars to get him moved.
On Monday he calls up to try to get his money back. Initially they tried to blame him for the whole problem, of course, but eventually they grudgingly admit that he was in the right and that they'll give him his money back.
When he looks at his VISA statement the next month, he notices that they've credited him seven times. He never said a word.
|39 weeks 4 hours ago||You can thank me for not taking that bet||
It would have jinxed the whole damn thing and we'd be bitching about Coach Schiano now.
|39 weeks 6 days ago||As well as a lot of suspended talent||
They'd been 12-1 and (until he was suspended) had a senior Terrelle Pryor returning. If Pryor had played for the whole year instead of the Joe Bauserman/freshman Braxton Miller combo, I have to imagine they'd have won at least another 2-3 games.
That's not even counting the other guys they had suspended for a good chunk of the year, like DeVier Posey.
|42 weeks 1 day ago||Football coverage isn't terribly good||
(I assume he was being sarcastic. For the sake of my liver I can only hope somebody else hires Addazio quickly, though.)
|44 weeks 11 hours ago||Nebraska AD is clearly a dog person||
Although I suppose it could be his personality.
|44 weeks 11 hours ago||That's not entirely fair||
He was at Oakland for two of their last three playoff appearances, and lost to the eventual Super Bowl champion both times. That Oakland team under Bill Callahan that Tampa Bay beat in the Super Bowl was as much his as that Tampa Bay team was Tony Dungy's. (Although it got clobbered.)
I don't see him coaching again either, though.
|44 weeks 1 day ago||Prepare for 8 million rumors||
7,999,999 to go.
|44 weeks 4 days ago||Eh, Bob Devaney built Nebraska||
Osborne was a guy who couldn't win the big one up until the last four years of his career. If he had retired after the 1993 season, he'd be remembered for the 1983 team and the failed two-point conversion against Miami. That was when the Nebraska-Oklahoma game was a big thing, and Osborne was 5-12 against Barry Switzer.
Still, Nebraska did have a great run from 1994-1997.
|45 weeks 5 days ago||Northwestern at Ohio State||
|46 weeks 14 hours ago||Just Nick Saban||
Or do you really think that's "Gatorade" Alabama puts in those coolers?
|46 weeks 14 hours ago||That's an easy one, actually||
Michigan 27, Vanderbilt 7
Vanderbilt 24, Georgia 22
Georgia 37, Auburn 15
Auburn 27, Florida 17
So 2006 Michigan was 54 points "better" than 2006 Florida.
(And yes, that's entirely tongue in cheek. Don't make me add an /s.)
|46 weeks 3 days ago||Nah, they're getting Gruden||
John Madden will be his OC and Bill Parcells will be his DC. Everybody knows.
|48 weeks 11 hours ago||Posting from Siberia, of course||
I assume via satellite.
|48 weeks 2 days ago||They had excellent timing||
Tressel was fired long after signing day in 2011, and Meyer was hired early enough to save the 2012 recruiting class. The timing was similar for Michigan with Lloyd Carr, who became interim coach after signing day and became permanent coach at the end of November.
For Michigan, Hoke's struggles will likely hurt this year's class. So would promoting one of the assistants to an extended interim role, as it extends the uncertainty for a longer period. Recruiting for the next year is uncertain as well--unless the interim coach wins the job full time like Carr did.
The good news is that this year's class will be small anyway, and if Hackett or the new AD makes a good hire in a timely fashion it shouldn't be a problem..
|48 weeks 2 days ago||Let's screw up two years of recruiting!||
I also don't think there's any chance Nuss becomes interim coach for more than a possible bowl game (assuming we become bowl eligible). If he wants to be a head coach, a long-term interim coach is not a good situation and not a good career move.
Fickell was only interim coach for as long as he was because the Tressel scandal happened so late in the offseason (much in the same way Lloyd Carr--who didn't originally want to be a head coache--ended up Michigan's coach after the Moeller fiasco). I think he made a mistake in staying on at Ohio State if he does want to be a head coach.
|49 weeks 4 days ago||True enough||
The two bowl teams we beat in 2008 were pretty marginal, though (both of them finished 7-6).
Just to be clear, I'm also not suggesting that RR should have kept his job. While his teams did improve, they didn't improve nearly enough.
|49 weeks 4 days ago||We were better every year from 2008-2010||
We've gotten worse every year from 2011 to 2014.
So in that sense it's different. In the sense that neither coach in those years has been successful overall, no.
|50 weeks 3 days ago||His blood sugar may have been out of whack||
At least, that's the defense of his actions I've read. (I thought I read somewhere that Bo had made a case for that himself somewhere, but I couldn't find it.)
However, Hayes had punched or struck other people during his career, including a sportswriter and reportedly his own players. I don't really buy it.
|51 weeks 1 day ago||Do not want||
I don't like the way he left both Rice and Pittsburgh after one year. I understand that sometimes in order to get the job you want you have to leave a program earlier, but you still need to leave the program in decent shape. He didn't do that.
Kind of like Lane Kiffin at Tennessee. Kiffin at least was leaving for his dream job.
I don't give a shit if he's got an accent or if he's religious, though. I want somebody who has integrity, who can win and who isn't quite as mercenary as Todd Graham.
|51 weeks 4 days ago||In a moment of drunken stupidity||
I clicked on the twitter link in your signature. "Sorry, that page doesn't exist."
Do you really stand by your statement?
|51 weeks 4 days ago||Hayden Fry slipped in his last couple of years||
But you're really not being fair to Fry. Prior to Fry's first year in 1979, Iowa had gone through 17 non-winning seasons. He took them to the Rose Bowl in 1981. He took them to 3 Rose Bowls, which is more than they'd been to in their entire history up to that point.
(Ferentz would have gone to a Rose Bowl in 2002 if the Rose Bowl hadn't been the BCS championship game that year.)
|51 weeks 4 days ago||DIdn't they screw up the scoreboard at one point?||
I thought it read 16-10 Penn State briefly after the FG to tie it.
|51 weeks 6 days ago||Oh you poor bastard||
The whole city is down to one lane.
|1 year 2 days ago||This is childish||
I'm holding out for Sauron.
|1 year 3 days ago||Fitzgerald didn't drag them out of the dregs||
That was Gary Barnett. Seriously, Barnett's 1995 team that lost the Rose Bowl was the first winning team Northwestern had since 1971. After two good years, though, Barnett's last two teams had losing records.
After Barnett left, both Randy Walker and Pat FitzGerald have been up and down. Fitzgerald has done a little better, taking them to a bowl game five years in a row, but last year's team wasn't bowl eligible.
|1 year 5 days ago||"This was their first winning record since 1982."||
Well, although they were 6-6 in the regular season in 2008 they finished 7-6 with a bowl win over BC. The 2009 and 2010 teams were 2-10, though.
|1 year 6 days ago||1980||
1-2 start, barely beat winless and historically bad Northwestern. Won all of its remaining games, including the Rose Bowl.
I don't see it happening to this team, though.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||Ferentz is also 7-9 against Iowa State||
And he's 104-74 against everybody else. His Rose Bowl team lost to Iowa State, for crying out loud.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||That's actually not fair||
Penn State had a few undefeated years in the late sixties and early seventies when they had creampuff schedules (toughest team the undefeated 1973 team played: North Carolina State), but starting in about 1975 they started scheduling tougher teams like Ohio State. In the nineties before joining the Big Ten, they played regular season games against Texas, USC, Notre Dame, Alabama, BYU and Miami (Yes That Miami and this was when they were good).
Joining the Big Ten actually hurt their title chances in 1994, in part because the Big Ten was a little down and in part because they were locked into the Rose Bowl against a mediocre Oregon team.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||Wisconsin did it against Illinois in 1982||
Former Pro-Bowler Al Toon threw the pass. The fake incompletion/skip pass is the first play, assuming I can get this to embed properly.
At the time both teams were borderline bowl teams, finishing with 7-5 records. Wisconsin won their bowl game and Illinois lost theirs.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||I believe Mr. Hayes punched a player||
On the opposing team. See my avatar for details.
As a Miami (NTM) grad, though, thanks for pointing this out. It is hilarious.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||Welcome to the club||
Semi-diagnosed Celiac here. I say "semi" because in order to get officially diagnosed I would need to go back on gluten again for a period of time (as in the absence of gluten the antibodies related to Celiac disease should be absent and the small intestine should start to return to normal). I don't think I could take it.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||I'm rooting for a 2-0 overtime win||
And the spectacular yakkity-sax video that would come out of it.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Thanks||
I really wanted to see that GIF.
My fantasy for the season would involve that GIF on offense followed by that defensive touchdown against Iowa, looped together. Forever.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Ace may have GIF'd it||
But doesn't that link go to a .png file?
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Sure you can||
You do it by not acting like the little brother any more. In my family, my youngest uncle fell out of the little brother role probably twenty years ago. In part this was because his older brother had his own struggles, but it was largely because my younger uncle was his own man and stopped defining himself in relation to his brother.
For the Michigan State fanbase, they could stop treating Michigan like it was the only game on their schedule. They could stop thinking that a one-win season would be considered a success if Michigan was the one win. They could stop getting more joy out of Michigan's struggles than they do out of their own successes.
I don't actually see the Michigan State fanbase doing this, though.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||What program has Bielema built?||
Prior to becoming head coach at Wisconsin, he had never been a head coach. Wisconsin's program had been built up by Barry Alvarez, who took the Badgers to the Rose Bowl three times.
Wisconsin did go 12-1 in Bielema's first year, 2006, but the Badgers under Alvarez had been in bowl games the previous 4 years and 10 of the last 11. In Alvarez's last season, they won 10 games, including a bowl win over Auburn.
So while Bielema did a great job of continuing the program he inherited from Alvarez, he certainly did not build it or any other (although the jury is still out on Arkansas).
|1 year 7 weeks ago||You mean the second and the third movies?||
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome was after Mad Max 2.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||Wasn't it four Super Bowls?||
Unless we're thinking of different former Notre Dame quarterbacks who played for the 49ers.
(My apologies for the minor nitpick, by the way. Otherwise I agree with you completely.)
|1 year 7 weeks ago||More likely none of them if Hoke is fired||
I don't see Harbaugh coming either. He's in the NFL, he brought a team to the Super Bowl and I don't see him leaving until he wins one.
Mattison is probably gone if Hoke is fired.
Nussmeier could stay, but I think it's unlikely. A new coach is probably going to want to bring in his own OC. Although there's a tiny chance that Nussmeier is promoted to head coach, but I think the odds are low. Also, if Hoke is fired, offensive performance is almost certainly the biggest factor.
Barring a complete collapse, in my opinion Brandon should keep Hoke around for a fifth year. A big part of the reason that Michigan has struggled last year and to a lesser extent in 2012 is the lack of quality seniors recruited in the Rodriguez era. Hoke has done a good job rectifying that. A big part of the issue we've had on the offensive line is all the young guys we've had to play because Rodriguez didn't recruit for the OL. The senior and fifth-year senior OL that you would normally expect to see in the program just aren't there.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||That's how I took it as well||
Even the folks climbing the most isolated peaks of the Andes can't deny that we'll miss Gallon.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||Mail a copy of the print edition to the AD||
And thank Dave Brandon for the great press.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||Inspired||
|1 year 8 weeks ago||Absolutely||
My naive first guess is that QB is the position where position switching is most common (at least after the two-platoon system was allowed by the rules). This is in large part because of the Big Ten's history as a running conference.
I found another example, by the way; Denny Franklin played WR for the Lions for about a season. I don't think this would be considered successful, but it also depends on how you define that (whether by number of starts, number of years in the league, number of years in the league with at least x many starts, etc.).
So yeah. Probably not a big factor, but I thought it was interesting.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||Other things skewing numbers||
I can think of a fair number of quarterbacks who played other positions in the NFL or other sports. Rex Kern at Ohio State (played DB for the Colts), Rick Leach (baseball), Antwaan Randle El (although drafthistory.com has him down as a WR) and of course Denard.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||This is a bit optimistic||
But isn't any conference team we don't play a potential opponent in the B1G championship game? My understanding is that we play all the teams in the Whatever-The-Hell-They-Call-It-Now Division and only miss some of the teams in Whatever-The-Hell-They-Call-The-Other-Division.
Edit: I did not see realistic opponent.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||I was thinking elective surgery||
As long as anesthesia is involved.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||I'm pretty sure you're right and it's 1982||
Jim Young stepped down after the 1981 season, and while I couldn't find a decent photo of Burtnett I'm pretty sure Young's not up there.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||Taken down||
Should I be grateful?
|1 year 12 weeks ago||Looking forward to Dime a Dog Night!||
I'm sure Dave Brandon is looking into it as we speak.
|1 year 12 weeks ago||Is there a good reason||
You can't just skip these?
|1 year 12 weeks ago||I really doubt it||
While Barwis was undoubtedly overhyped, he was at a minimum competent in the job. The same goes for the guy Hoke brought in, Aaron Wellman.
|1 year 12 weeks ago||Trolls never completely disappear||
They pop up periodically under new names.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||I assume he's Brazilian||
Although then he'd be on suicide watch, so maybe not.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||Not entirely fair||
His decision making improved dramatically from the '87 to '88 seasons. In 1987 he was a turnover machine with 16 interceptions with a completion percentage of 47.6%. In 1988, he didn't throw one interception and his completion percentage went up to 57.1%.
To be fair, he was the backup in 1988 so he only threw half as many passes, However, he was the starter after Taylor was hurt against Ohio State and USC.
I would have liked to have seen how he would have done in 1989 as a starter had he not been kicked off the team. Even if Taylor had done the job Brown would have played extensively after Taylor's injury against Notre Dame that year.
|1 year 14 weeks ago||Dual citizen here who hates the damn Beer Store||
It (and the LCBO [Liquor Control Board of Ontario]) are remnants of Prohibition and are hurting the craft beer industry in Toronto. (Edit: And in the rest of Ontario.)
As an aside, I believe the Beer Store is only in Ontario.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||If they make it into the championship game||
They have a chance of winning it. It's way too early to say how much of a chance. Maybe they can win if they play well and the other team makes a few mistakes; maybe they'll need the other team's bus to get lost on the way to the stadium. Hard to say before a singe down has been played.
|1 year 16 weeks ago||Exactly||
Rutgers is on the schedule for the next two years, so if this kid ends up starting he's likely to play against Michigan.
|1 year 16 weeks ago||Remember 2009?||
Navy nearly beat Ohio State, 31-27. That was the year Ohio State ended up beating Oregon in the Rose (finishing 11-2).
Sure, I wouldn't be surprised to see Ohio State blow out Navy. I also wouldn't be surprised to see them struggle. With a new OL. In their season opener. On the road.
Michigan used to play Navy fairly often in the Bo era. A lot of those games were blowouts, but several of them were far too close for comfort.
|1 year 16 weeks ago||A maize and blue tutu||
Thank you very much.
|1 year 16 weeks ago||Better childhood nutrition||
Average height has been increasing for generations most likely due to improvements in childhood nutrition.
|1 year 16 weeks ago||Didn't he make something of a jump as a senior?||
I remember him as being much improved then.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Could that be a response to the halftime outage||
A couple of years ago? (Seems plausible, anyway, but I might be delusional.)
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Fargas did just okay at USC||
HIs 2002 stats: 715 yards, 4.4 yards per carry, second leading rusher behind Sultan McCullough in both categories. See link.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Tebow was a running fullback||
He was pretty mobile but he wasn't at all elusive. Carr-era teams had problems with elusive running quarterbacks.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||The Big Ten played 9 conference games for a while||
Looking at Michigan's schedules in the eighties, I believe it was from 1981 to 1984. For obvious reasons, all games against conference opponents were considered conference games.
There were a couple of teams that were unable to play the full slate of conference games. The one I remember is Ohio State in 1982, which lost out on a Rose Bowl trip because they played one fewer game than Michigan. Each team finished with one loss in conference play, but Ohio State won The Game that year. Because they had one fewer conference wins, though, they finished in second place.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||I'm going to register Buckeye In A Bag||
Before he does.
(Although fake or not, RDT was certainly entertaining.)
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Refer to it as The Ohio University||
Then people will understand.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Good point||
A similar example: anybody remember Matt Hasselbeck? The Packers drafted him in 1998 and traded him to Seattle in 2001 since at the time it was clear that Favre wasn't close to *cough cough* retirement. (Holmgren was coach in Seattle at the time, but had also been coach of the Packers when Hasselbeck had been on the practice squad.)
|1 year 21 weeks ago||One of my all-time favorite players||
Coming back from the knee injury he had in the Gator Bowl must have been tough, too.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Have you been to Maple Leaf Gardens since the reno?||
If not, Ryerson University has atheletic facilties in the upper part of the building and Loblaws has a grocery store in the lower part of the building. I haven't been in the Ryerson part of the buildng, but I go to the grocery store all the time. I think they did a pretty good job with it.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||To add to this||
Alcohol is also illegal for most college students (i.e., those under 21). Should the NCAA ban underage atheletes for a year for having a drink?
|1 year 24 weeks ago||I found me some Krishna spam||
|1 year 25 weeks ago||Henson was mostly a backup in 1998||
He did get some playing time against Notre Dame and Syracuse, but only after those games got out of hand.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||I want the passion of Brian Kelly!||
|1 year 25 weeks ago||I thought he meant the 2003 game||
At the time we were undefeated (although that ugly loss to Oregon was the next week).
|1 year 25 weeks ago||Denard over Gardner until Denard was hurt in 2012||
And then Garder over Morris last year.
(Must I use /s? Okay, okay. /s it is.)
|1 year 26 weeks ago||Largest mass murder in US history dates to 1927||
I'm bringing it up mostly because it occurred in Bath Township near Lansing (link).
|1 year 26 weeks ago||Georgia should handle Notre Dame in 2018-9?||
Based on what?
The only players on either team likely to be around for that game are whichever freshmen redshirts between now and then. The vast majority of the players for both teams in 2018 and 2019 haven't even been recruited yet. Both teams could have entirely different coaching staffs.
Don't tell me it's based on historical records. Georgia has been up and down over the last decade, as has Notre Dame. There's no way to tell where either team will be in 2018 and 2019.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||Cone and crew performing at spring game||
I like that one. It's funny, it's plausible (if far-fetched) and it doesn't have me cursing MGoAprilFools like many of the others would.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||He's just decided to live up to his name||
|1 year 27 weeks ago||Good||
Nothing worse than getting turned away at the door with your camera. (Sure you can go put it back in the car, but it is a pain in the ass.)
|1 year 31 weeks ago||"Timeout while they change the goalposts"||
I think just moving the PAT attempt back would be a lot easier.
Edit: or are you suggesting having two pairs of goalposts at the same time?
|1 year 31 weeks ago||For those who don't know the story||
Aikman actually started for Switzer in a move to a pro-style offense that lasted about three and a half games into the 1985 season. He broke his leg in a loss to Miami (YTM). Freshman Jamelle Holieway took over as a wishbone quarterback, and the Sooners won the rest of their games (including an Orange Bowl victory over Penn State) to finish no. 1 in the polls.
Aikman transferred to UCLA and Switzer ran the wishbone at Oklahoma until he retired after the 1988 season.
|1 year 31 weeks ago||That's typical for Indiana under Wilson||
Looks like they've had 12, 7 and 13 fumbles in the years since he's become head coach at Indiana. (I wish I had the time to look at this in more detail.)
When do turnovers happen? Either at the beginning of a play (bad snaps, mishandled ball exchanges), when the ball carrier is hit by the defense (tackle by defensive player, sack, etc.) or when the quarterback throws it to a defensive player.
Arguably tempo could make the first more common, but that certainly doesn't seem to be the case at all for Indiana. I don't see how tempo by itself is more likely to make a player drop the football when tackled, or to make a quarterback make bad decisions.
One thing those Rodriguez teams definitely did badly was handling kick returns. I don't even want to think about how many punts they fumbled.
|1 year 31 weeks ago||Like Indiana had all those turnovers last year, right?||
Wait, speedy Indiana only had 12 fumbles and 14 interceptions. By contrast, slow Michigan had nearly twice as many fumbles (22) and only slightly fewer interceptions (13). Michigan played one more game but Indiana ran more plays.
I realize that's a small sample size but CUMONG MAN.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||He's entitled to his opinion||
We're entitled to mock it.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||Clearly||
That's why he didn't take the job in 2011 when it was open.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||Gibbons didn't even play in 2009||
Jason Olesnavage was the primary place kicker.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||It was crazy, we had subs||
Too bad you missed it
|1 year 36 weeks ago||Wisconsin supports that idea||
The UW-Madison is clearly the biggest school in the state, but some of the other schools in the UW system also field Division I teams in at least some sports. The ones I can think of off the bat are UW-Milwaukee and UW-Green Bay. Those would be equivalent to the directional schools.
I believe all of the universities outside the UW system are private (e.g., Marquette).
|1 year 36 weeks ago||LSU fans and Nick Saban||
LSU won the BCS championship in 2003 under Saban (although USC was no. 1 in the AP poll).
|1 year 36 weeks ago||Unproven||
That's how I'd put it.
On the one hand, he took Vanderbilt to three straight bowl games. Vandy has historically been terrible; they've only been to three bowl games in their entire history before Franklin. On the other hand, his best wins were over an injury-ravaged 8-5 Georgia team and 8-5 Houston in their bowl game.
Having said that, based purely on his record as a football coach I think he deserves a shot at the next level. (I still think Penn State was crazy to hire him, largely because of his alleged involvement in an apparent rape coverup. He should be radioactive in State College.)
|1 year 36 weeks ago||Rawls has one year of eligibility left||
He played in 2011, 2012 and 2013 (even if it was just one carry).
|1 year 36 weeks ago||Variation on the little brother theme?||
Doesn't really work for me, though.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||I think this is good until 2024 or so||
Monthly is way too often.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||Not a great example||
Moeller had three terrible seasons at Illinois before coming back to Michigan for ten years before Bo retired. If Moeller had been successful at Illinois, I don't know if he'd have been hired to coach at Michigan.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||He may have more freedom at Michigan||
Since the rumors are that he was heading out the door at Alabama, I suspect he was butting heads with Saban. Saban does have a reputation as a control freak. Hoke may give him more of a free hand to do what he wants.
That may also be why he didn't go to Notre Dame. Kelly is an offensive coach, so Nussmeier may have felt that Kelly would want more control over the offense than Nussmeier would have liked.
That's purely speculation, though.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||I think you're reading too much into this||
Nussmeier might have been on the way out. That doesn't make him a bad coach. It may mean he butted heads with Saban, or that Saban felt he needed a sacrifice to placate the highly demanding Alabama fan base. It may mean that Saban didn't agree philosophically with his approach and wanted to go in a different direction.
Assistant coaches tend to change jobs frequently. That's just how it is.
Mattison may have been on his way out the door at Baltimore, but so what? Look at the turnaround in the Michigan defense between 2010 and 2011. It's true they struggled this year, particularly at the end, but keep in mind that this defensive unit was very young, without a lot of talent on the defensive line and without its best player at full strength. I think it's a little early to give up on the man.
This isn't to say I see Nussmeier as the savior of the program. I think he's going to benefit from reversion to the mean next year. But he's young, he can recruit and I think he has a lot of potential upside (more so than Borges did).
|1 year 39 weeks ago||The 1962, 1934 and 1936 teams would like to have a word||
On the other hand, those were probably the three worst teams in school history.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||He was right; it was UCLA||
Michigan played at Oregon when Navarre was a senior. The UCLA game was in 2000, when Navarre was a freshman and Henson was hurt.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||Ross had Sanders for two years||
Which includes 1997, which was probably his best year (2053 yards and 6.1 yards per carry). Link.
I think Barry just hated Ross and was unhappy with playing football by the end of his career. I don't think Ross gets enough credit for destroying the Lions; few of his draft choices worked out and he helped drive off Barry Sanders. I think Charlie Batch was his best pick, and Batch was a career backup after he left Detroit.
There's no doubt Millen finished the job, though.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||I hate myself for liking this idea||
But like it I do. Consider this:
(Obviously this does not work for Michigan fans who are not Lions fans. Odds are good these peoiple will end up happy, though, considering the Lions track record.)
|1 year 42 weeks ago||As DC for whoever Texas hires||
Not that I think that will happen, but that's the only scenario I can see where Narduzzi ends up in Austin.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||I think he meant the 2007 team||
OSU lost to Juice Williams and Illinois in November but still made the BCS championship game in 2007. Like you said, the 2006 OSU was (sigh) undefeated in the regular season.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||We can only hope the ending is the same||
But I don't think we'll be so lucky.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Those were the days||
|1 year 43 weeks ago||I'm rooting for Sparty to win 4-3||
A Spartan victory is the least worst outcome. I don't think Dantonio would be able to capitalize on a Rose Bowl appearance the way Meyer would on a BCS championship appearance.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Urban should punch Christian Jones||
Or one of the other linebackers. After Miller throws an interception.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||Meijer to USC? No, but I could see Walmart take that job||
Seriously, there is no way Urban Meyer leaves Ohio State for USC at this point in his career.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||The offense under Tom Brady actually did struggle in 1998||
Look at October of 1998, where they averaged 15 points a game against 3-8 Iowa, 3-9 Northwestern, 4-7 Indiana and 5-6 Minnesota. Looking at the box scores, that 15 points per game includes three safeties.
As a whole that team managed to score more than 30 points against exactly one team with a pulse (Arkansas in the Citrus Bowl, and the 45 points against them included two defensive touchdowns).
While the line on that team had a lot of talent (e.g., Steve Hutchinson), I believe three of the starters were redshirt sophmores (including Hutchinson).
|1 year 45 weeks ago||He blew out his left knee as a rookie||
And his right knee the next year. Then he ruptured a disk in his neck when he came back from that. Hard to say what would have happened if he had been healthy.
As a rookie he did intercept a Dan Marino pass and return it 90 yards for a touchdown.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||I still like Ryan Leaf||
Even if he was taken at #2.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||Q: How does what he wear take away from his focus?||
A: It doesn't.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||Absolutely true||
For example, the New York metropolitan area is #4 in your first link. While it's a natural grouping, it also includes a good chunk of New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||I guess it depends on how you define "city"||
|1 year 45 weeks ago||Mexico City isn't even in the top 10||
It is #1 in North America, though.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||Guys like Carr or Tim shouldn't be in the conversation||
At least not for worst no. 1 pick.
They were both busts, but they showed enough promise to start multiple seasons in the NFL. Carr was basically the only starter in Houston for five years, and I think Couch lost the starting job in his fifth year. They weren't successes, but they weren't clearly over their head, either.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||Rodriguez stays at WVU until after the BCS championship game||
By that time, Martin would have already selected somebody else.
I really can't see Rodriguez leaving before his team goes to a BCS championship game. Regardless of the support he gets from WVU, it may be too late in the year from him to get the class of job he wants, and if he does leave it's after the 2008 regular season.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||Field goal||
After recovering an onside kick, I believe.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||1979 Gator Bowl||
Ahead 9-0, John Wangler was injured by North Carolina's Lawrence Taylor and he wasn't quite the same afterwards. Not only do we end up losing that game, but Wangler doesn't start the following year until the third game. This includes a heart-breaking 29-27 loss to Notre Dame, in which Wangler didn't come in until Michigan was down 14-0. The next week they lost to South Carolina at home in a game in another close game.
With a healthy Wangler playing all year and getting in full practice time, I think Michigan wins all of its games in 1980 (in addition to the Gator Bowl in 1979).