alternate headline: man does job
|6 days 18 hours ago||The 49ers completely outclassed two of those teams||
Miami in Super Bowl XXIX and Denver in XXIV just weren't in the same league. Not to say Montana wasn't damn good, though, but I think the 49ers would have won with a lesser quarterback.
Of the two close Super Bowls Montana and the 49ers won (both against the Bengals), Montana played more of a game manager role in the first one. Many of the big plays in that game came from the defense, including a goal line stand. It was only in the second game against the Bengals that I think Montana was critical.
All of Brady's Super Bowls, on the other hand, were close. The Patriots could have easily lost five or even all six with an inferior quarterback.
|4 weeks 17 hours ago||Smoking Loon||
Old Vine Zinfandel. 2013, I think.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||The punter recovered the bad snap||
The recovered fumble was in the first quarter.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Not a coincidence||
As he said, he saw it first hand with Jake Rudock.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||I wonder if Sarkisian's problems||
Caused him to leave in the first place. He might have been concerned about that situation (which would not have been unreasonable), and with the opportunity to work under Harbaugh he took the Michigan job.
Now that the USC coaching situation has cleared up, he may be missing the weather out west.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Northwestern didn't look as good as their record||
Aside from that early win against Stanford, anyway (and I guess the 27-0 win over Minnesota). They won a lot of close games and got routed by Michigan and Iowa.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Come on, he's going to be working with Harbaugh||
There is no way he's going to be using anything except real goddamn butter.
|6 weeks 22 hours ago||Is Nuss the one scaring off quarterbacks?||
Will Grier didn't look so bad before his suspension.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Seth's been watching too much CFL||
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Headache material||
"They [Michigan] were very predictable. When they got down to the goal line, anytime they went in motion, it was an 100 percent tendency that they would run to the motion. We knew exactly what they were doing."
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Brian Virgil in 1979||
It was a disaster. If I remember correctly, Bo started recruiting scholarship kickers for the next season. He apparently had used walk-ons before.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||It wouldn't have been practical||
After Denard in the depth chart was Nick Sheridan and then David Cone. He'd have burned it in the Iowa game when Tate was hurt and we still had a chance to win.
Besides, Denard ended up playing in all 12 games.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||I don't think Ross gets enough credit||
For destroying the Lions.
I think Batch was one of his best draft choices, and he was a career backup.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Did you see the Utah-BYU game?||
Utah put up 35 points thanks to turnovers without getting 200 yards of offense.
I'm not saying this will happen by any means, but if they win that's their path to victory. Turnovers, and big plays on special teams (like the 85 yard punt return they had against Alabama).
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Informative whooooosh||
If accurate, anyway.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Mississippi State||
According to the article.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||If he is a dick when sober||
A drinking or coke problem ain't gonna help.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||That 6-7 team Meyer took over had plenty of talent||
Remember, they were 12-1 in 2010 and had lost their senior quarterback, their coach and several other key players for all or most of the season. They also didn't figure out until mid-season that their best option at quarterback was a freshman Braxton Miller.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Rudock threw a TD with 2 seconds left to tie||
I think it's safe to call it a near loss.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||No||
From Hoke's perspective, this is a step down and a bitter reminder of his dream job gone bad.
From Harbaugh's perspective, bringing in the previous head coach so soon is likely to lead to problems. Remember, Hoke just got fired. Why take the risk that Hoke doesn't get along with the new coaching staff? Why take the risk that Hoke is still bitter about being fired? Why take the risk that Hoke undermines his authority (consciously or not)? There's really no upside for Harbaugh to hire Hoke.
Also, Hoke hasn't been a DC at the college level (per Wikipedia he was for two years at an Indiana high school in the early eighties--link).
Mattison is a different story; he doesn't have his ego invested in the DC position the way Hoke did in the head coach position and is more interested in staying close to his family in Ann Arbor.
|10 weeks 6 hours ago||There was a missed extra point that turned out to be critical||
They scored a touchdown with a couple of minutes left, but needed to go for 2 to tie. They couldn't get it and lost by 2.
|10 weeks 22 hours ago||Just remember all the *reputable* sources||
Who were wrong about Harbaugh in both 2011 and 2014. Even if they are talking (which I'm inclined to doubt), I won't believe this happens until there's a signed contract.
Even if they *are* talking, the most likely explanation is that Meyer or his agent want a big fat contract extension.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||He was already gone by then||
More specifically, he was already the DC at Colorado in 1968, so he couldn't have been retained (link).
|10 weeks 3 days ago||The question is would Rodriguez have lied about it?||
Whatever it was.
Remember, the reason that Tressell ultimately lost his job was that he found out what Pryor and crew had been doing and proceeded to lie about it.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||But||
That's the pot calling the kettle black.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Per mgoblue.com he redshirted as a freshman||
So he has another year of eligibility (link).
|11 weeks 17 hours ago||It's a pain in the ass to break into the kid's school, though||
Depends on the kid, but you have to do it through at least second grade.
|11 weeks 22 hours ago||27-21||
Fighting Harbaughs win 27-21.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||At least three players||
I think the links will work.
Navarre (link). Northwestern, Ohio State and USC in 2003.
Brady (link). Purdue, Michigan State and Illinois in 1999.
Collins (link). Washington State, Notre Dame and Houston in 1993.
|12 weeks 5 hours ago||Was Holtz ever any good?||
I guess he was fine as long as he wasn't talking about Notre Dame, or teams that had played Notre Dame, or teams that might play Notre Dame, or schools where Skip was coaching, or the schools Skip was coaching against, but...
|12 weeks 2 days ago||There are 5 of them! But none in State College||
Per their web site. Go figure.
For a while, Damon's was probably the best restaurant in my wife's home town--while is a frightening thought.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Forces of Good 29||
Forces of Iniquity 25.
I hope I don't need to tell you which one is which.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||No way||
Bowling Green already beat Maryland this year. At worst they'd have the head-to-head tie-breaker.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||So if you want the Game to be at night||
Go find a nice bar in Moscow!
|12 weeks 3 days ago||I used to like stopping in Bowling Green||
Bowling Green had a Taco Bell! At the time this was a rarity, and it was definitely worth stopping. Once a month or two I drove nearly the entire length of I-75 that went through Ohio and there isn't much else for most of it.
In other news, I am old.
|13 weeks 1 hour ago||They don't have Google||
In Fritz Crisler's 1937.
|13 weeks 4 hours ago||Spam user sighted||
|13 weeks 4 hours ago||I see you've blanked out 2009, too||
I remember a missed extra point and a failed two-point conversion in a 38-36 loss.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||MIchigan 54, Indiana 27||
Fighting Harbaughs 54, Hoosiers 27.
|14 weeks 1 hour ago||They've played 3 games in Michigan Stadium||
According to Wikipedia (link).
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Fun fact||
Rick Leach was 0-6 with an interception against Ohio State in 1976: a 22-0 win.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Steak-eaters 49, Rutgers 13||
Or something like that.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||You can either punt or do a regular kick off after a safety||
If you're not trying an onsides kick, you'd make the decision based on your kickers and their strengths and which you think you could cover best.
Here (link) is an example of an onsides punt from the NFL (I couldn't find a college example).
|14 weeks 5 days ago||To add to that...||
They lost the NFC Championship Game the year before in overtime--in a game in which Kyle Williams (playing in place of an injured Ted Ginn) fumbled two punts.
Yeah, Kaepernick did a great job off of the bench, but they were nearly there anyway.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||It wasn't at the end of the game, though||
I think Penn State got the ball back with good field position and got a field goal out of it (but still lost the game).
Edit: Ninja'd by WH. I should have just linked his video.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||Devin was playing receiver against Nebraska||
This was one of the early criticisms against Hoke and his staff; the best backup quarterback was playing receiver and wasn't available or ready when Denard was hurt.
|15 weeks 5 hours ago||I know! I know!||
That's him, right?
|15 weeks 1 day ago||You think?||
|15 weeks 2 days ago||Michigan 47, Minnesota 11||
I think Michigan will be angry and Minnesota will be flat. I may also be delusional.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||It's unlikely that they're laying off anyone||
Who has any real control over the direction ESPN has been taking.
Although we can only hope that if they do lay off anyone involved with in-game production (which I doubt) that they end up at the BTN.
|17 weeks 2 days ago||Just from October?||
It's been pretty obvious how bad most season previews are for most of the time that I've been reading this blog.
|17 weeks 5 days ago||George Rogers!||
They largely held Rogers in check, though. He got ~120 yards but averaged around 4 yards per carry. Michigan turnovers, a critical third-down penalty on the winning touchdown drive and a drive that stalled in the red zone at the end of the game were what lost the game.
|18 weeks 22 hours ago||I was looking at last year's stats||
They listed the position. Mostly DB and WR, but at least one was a DL.
Unfortunately that still doesn't tell you much, since a DB or WR is likely to be on the punt block team and/or likely to pick up the ball after a block.
Also, I counted 68 punt return TDs last year.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||The '97 team had 2 of its 3 close calls because of the offense||
Against Notre Dame, IIRC the offense turned it over on three consecutive possessions and the defense had to make stops to preserve a 21-14 lead.
Against Ohio State, the offense only scored one touchdown. The other two came on Woodson's punt return and Andre Weathers' interceptions return. Griese also lost a fumble deep in Michigan territory.
I'm not counting Iowa since the offense was responsible for a pretty decent comeback. (The offense was responsible for one of Iowa's touchdowns, though, scored on a short field after a Griese interception.)
So I think this is consistent with the idea that Carr's strategy best if the defense was really damn good. Most of the rest of the season, the offense just needed to score enough points.
|18 weeks 3 days 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.)
|18 weeks 3 days ago||You've repeated Adam's section (as David)||
I assume that's not on purpose.
|18 weeks 4 days 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.
|19 weeks 2 days ago||Michigan 34, Maryland 12||
The game is never in serious doubt but the weather is on Maryland's side.
|19 weeks 3 days 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.
|19 weeks 4 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.
|19 weeks 4 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.
|19 weeks 4 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).
|20 weeks 5 hours 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.
|20 weeks 6 days ago||As a Lions fan||
I've been disappointed with Chuck Long for nearly thirty years.
|21 weeks 4 days ago||¯\_(ツ)_/¯||
|21 weeks 5 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.
|21 weeks 6 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
|22 weeks 6 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.
|23 weeks 2 days ago||Poor bastard||
Gonna be passed out before the game. Possibly overdosed.
|23 weeks 4 days ago||Michigan 19, Utah 15||
Close game with weird score.
|23 weeks 6 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.
|24 weeks 3 days 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).
|25 weeks 1 day ago||Damn it||
Was gonna short their stock.
|25 weeks 3 days 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.
|25 weeks 5 days ago||Koalas have a lot of time on their paws||
|26 weeks 2 days 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.
|27 weeks 1 day 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.
|27 weeks 2 days 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.
|27 weeks 2 days ago||Que?||
|27 weeks 4 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.
|28 weeks 6 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.
|30 weeks 5 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.
|31 weeks 22 hours 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.
|31 weeks 2 days ago||I wound up with official maize anyway||
(And yes, I voted after you removed the labels.)
|32 weeks 3 hours 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.
|32 weeks 3 hours 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.
|32 weeks 20 hours 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.
|33 weeks 5 hours 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.
|33 weeks 1 day 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.
|33 weeks 2 days 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.
|33 weeks 2 days ago||Spammer sighting|
|33 weeks 3 days ago||There's probably an admissions deadline||
A kid doesn't have to sign at all.
|34 weeks 3 days ago||Well, that's disturbing||
Probably not a good idea in the long run, either, but perhaps inevitable.
|34 weeks 3 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.
|34 weeks 3 days ago||Let me be the first to get off your lawn||
And I'm firmly in middle age, for crying out loud.
|34 weeks 5 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.
|35 weeks 1 day ago||UNLV was 2-11 last year||
How relevant did you think it was going to be?
|35 weeks 4 days ago||The hell with the jacket||
I want that cell phone.
|35 weeks 4 days ago||Michael Taylor?||
Do you mean someone else? Taylor never managed to get 1500 yards of total offense in a season.
|35 weeks 6 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.
|36 weeks 2 days 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.
|37 weeks 2 days 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.
|37 weeks 4 days ago||I agree completely BUT||
As a Lions fan I still want to punch the TV every time I hear his voice.
|37 weeks 5 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.
|37 weeks 5 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.
|38 weeks 22 hours 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.
|40 weeks 2 hours 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.
|40 weeks 21 hours 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.
|40 weeks 1 day 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.)
|42 weeks 3 days 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.
|42 weeks 3 days ago||That may be true||
But the Dunaways may not see it that way. (Or the next recruit.)
|42 weeks 4 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.
|42 weeks 5 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:
|43 weeks 2 days 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.
|43 weeks 4 days ago||So if I bet against you I make money?||
What's the Vegas line on uniform numbers?
|43 weeks 5 days ago||Corso is actually older||
Per Wikipedia Corso was born in 1935, Holtz in 1937.
|43 weeks 6 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.
|44 weeks 2 days 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.)
|45 weeks 5 hours 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.
|45 weeks 6 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.
|46 weeks 6 days ago||DOUBLE POST MOTHERFUCKER||
DO YOU SPEAK IT?
|46 weeks 6 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.)
|48 weeks 5 days ago||Exactly||
I assume his source is either is Baalke or whoever Baalke's top subordinate is.
|48 weeks 5 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.
|48 weeks 5 days ago||Give it a year or two||
They're working on it, though.
|49 weeks 1 day 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.
|49 weeks 1 day 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.
|50 weeks 1 day ago||Stop the presses!||
A coach is using coach speak.
|50 weeks 3 days ago||Honeymoon phase||
Give it time.
|1 year 1 week ago||Me too|
|1 year 2 weeks ago||Weather can be pretty variable||
It doesn't look exciting, but they did have reports of snow.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||Should I point out that Wilson is on there four times?||
Nah, I probably shouldn't.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||Which is why Suh and the Lions are in the Super Bowl||
Go Lions! Beat the Pats!
|1 year 3 weeks 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.
|1 year 5 weeks 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.
|1 year 6 weeks 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.
|1 year 8 weeks 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.)
|1 year 10 weeks ago||Nebraska AD is clearly a dog person||
Although I suppose it could be his personality.
|1 year 10 weeks 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.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||Prepare for 8 million rumors||
7,999,999 to go.
|1 year 10 weeks 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.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||Northwestern at Ohio State||
|1 year 12 weeks ago||Just Nick Saban||
Or do you really think that's "Gatorade" Alabama puts in those coolers?
|1 year 12 weeks 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.)
|1 year 12 weeks ago||Nah, they're getting Gruden||
John Madden will be his OC and Bill Parcells will be his DC. Everybody knows.
|1 year 14 weeks ago||Posting from Siberia, of course||
I assume via satellite.
|1 year 14 weeks 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..
|1 year 14 weeks 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.
|1 year 15 weeks 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.
|1 year 15 weeks 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.
|1 year 16 weeks 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.
|1 year 17 weeks 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.
|1 year 17 weeks 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?
|1 year 17 weeks 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.)
|1 year 17 weeks 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.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Oh you poor bastard||
The whole city is down to one lane.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||This is childish||
I'm holding out for Sauron.
|1 year 18 weeks 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 19 weeks 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 19 weeks 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 21 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 21 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 21 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 21 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 22 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 23 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 24 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 24 weeks ago||Ace may have GIF'd it||
But doesn't that link go to a .png file?
|1 year 24 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 25 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 25 weeks ago||You mean the second and the third movies?||
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome was after Mad Max 2.
|1 year 25 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 25 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 25 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 25 weeks ago||Mail a copy of the print edition to the AD||
And thank Dave Brandon for the great press.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||Inspired||
|1 year 26 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 26 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 26 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 28 weeks ago||I was thinking elective surgery||
As long as anesthesia is involved.
|1 year 29 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 29 weeks ago||Taken down||
Should I be grateful?
|1 year 30 weeks ago||Looking forward to Dime a Dog Night!||
I'm sure Dave Brandon is looking into it as we speak.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||Is there a good reason||
You can't just skip these?
|1 year 30 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 30 weeks ago||Trolls never completely disappear||
They pop up periodically under new names.
|1 year 31 weeks ago||I assume he's Brazilian||
Although then he'd be on suicide watch, so maybe not.
|1 year 31 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 32 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 34 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 34 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 34 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 34 weeks ago||A maize and blue tutu||
Thank you very much.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||Better childhood nutrition||
Average height has been increasing for generations most likely due to improvements in childhood nutrition.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||Didn't he make something of a jump as a senior?||
I remember him as being much improved then.
|1 year 35 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 35 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 38 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 39 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 39 weeks ago||I'm going to register Buckeye In A Bag||
Before he does.
(Although fake or not, RDT was certainly entertaining.)