national champs baby
|2 days 5 hours ago||Yeah, I was afraid we were going to be nicklerolled||
|5 days 2 min ago||It was Quebec or the Newfies||
Not us in Ontario.
|1 week 6 days ago||Trust me, it was 1972||
We did play UCLA in 1982 (and a second time in the Rose Bowl on January 1st, 1983) and it didn't work out nearly that well. Tom Ramsey was the QB on the 1982 UCLA team.
|2 weeks 2 hours ago||Ernie stayed in Madison||
Per the terms of his probation agreement.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Attending my company's annual sales conference||
Which I dread. I support sales people but am not actually in sales myself.
Because of previous sales conferences I have missed the 2009 Delaware State, 2011 Iowa and 2012 Nebraska games. (The 2010 conference was during a bye week.)
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Bob Ufer died in 1981||
/resisting the urge to zombie Ufer jokes
|2 weeks 5 days ago||It's kind of a tradeoff||
My first name is "Michael." It's not so bad since I moved to Toronto, with its huge population of immigrants, but growing up there were always at least one other Mike in all of my classes and as many as five.
(Now I work with three other Mikes on the same team. Only one of us was actually born in Canada. One was born in the Philippines, another in Romania and I was born in Ann Arbor.)
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Ufer for Michigan games||
Jackson for anything else.
Normally I'm not a big fan of homers, but Ufer was both completely over the top and on my side. I strongly suspect I'd feel different about him had he done the play by play for Tennessee or Minnesota or Texas or (and I feel dirty even suggesting this) Ohio State.
Jackson, on the other hand, was a true professional and brought the same charm and enthusiasm to every game he covered no matter who was playing.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Exactly||
The Lions do not need another Titus Young.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Grind the weed||
Fit more in the bong/pipe/etc.
I think. Haven't smoked pot in a long time and never really tried to optimize it.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||“We have strict and clear standards"||
“We have strict and clear standards regarding these types of behaviors,” Chryst is quoted as saying in the article.
So what, no more than 5 bag of heroin?
|3 weeks 6 days ago||I think Mathieu is self-medicating||
In other words, pot is not the underlying issue. There's clearly something else going on with the guy, which makes me think he's a risky pick.
Not to say he shouldn't be drafted, but that I wouldn't want to pick him up too early.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Your odds of getting killed by a terrorist||
Are still dwarfed by the odds of getting killed driving to the stadium. My recommendation is to stay home and wrap yourself in bubble wrap, since the odds of getting killed in an accident in your house also far outweigh the odds of getting killed by a terrorist.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||I'm about to do that myself||
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Because they're evil incarnate||
That's my standard answer for any question involving a cable company, anyway.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||A territory is pretty much the same in the US and Canada||
Michigan or Virginia is to Ontario as Guam is to Nunavut.
The government of a territory tends to be limited in terms of its influence on the nation as a whole, and is often appointed. Nunavut has a voting seat in the Canadian House of Commons and they elect their premier, but their chief executive is an appointed commissioner. Guam sends a non-voting delegate to the House and its citizens can't vote for President.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Nunavut is a territory||
It has a population slightly larger than a third of Ann Arbor's over an area larger than Alaska and Texas combined.
/Canadian stereotypes strike back
/Well, overly pedantic American living in Toronto does
|7 weeks 22 hours ago||As a former resident of both Ann Arbor and Madison||
I call bullshit.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Him and Art Schlichter||
|8 weeks 2 days ago||UT's best chance is if they play by Canadian rules||
And we don't. I think Michigan would still win.
Ghana's best chance is if they play by FIFA rules.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Rogers has BTN already||
Bell does not. This is the only reason I've stuck with Rogers.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Hell yeah||
My cousin transferred this year from Arizona State to McGill. Montreal is great.
Academically both schools are a good fit. Athletically... not so much. Culturally, Montreal is a much bigger jump than Toronto.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Will never happen, but I'd selfishly love it||
I live within walking distance of the UT football field. Every winter they put up a big temporary dome in the middle of the field (I believe for golf). Fans walking along the street can see through the fence to the field. They do however occasionally cover up the fence.
It'd be great to see a Michigan game in Toronto, even if it was 73-0 in the second quarter.
Canada does produce the occasional NFL player like former Wolverine Tshimanga Biakabutuka (whose family moved to suburban Montreal from Zaire when he was 4).
|9 weeks 1 day ago||The most teams from one conference in the Final Four||
That I remember was three from the Big East in 1985. Two is pretty common.
Michigan in fact has been in the Final Four three times with another Big Ten team. We lost to Indiana in the championship game in 1976, beat Illinois in the semi-finals in 1989 and did not play Indiana in 1992.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||King's Island is a little closer||
It's north of Cincinnati off of I-71.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Population has to be a big factor||
There are just more people in the south than there are in the north. However, that doesn't hold for a direct comparison of Georgia to Michigan, which have nearly the same population size.
Could it be that many of the athletes that would be FBS athletes playing football in the south are instead playing basketball?
|10 weeks 6 days ago||George transferred from Purdue||
Link. He left Purdue after they fired the coach that recruited him and hired Fred Akers, whose offenses tended to feature the ground game.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||We're not used to that any more||
Bo had a bunch of assistants who later became head coaches (link), but our last two coaches have not done as well at this. I don't (cough cough) remember the name of the last coach (cough cough), but Lloyd Carr's staff just didn't produce as many head coaches as Bo's did. The only two I can think of (and I may be missing some) are Ron English and Mike DeBord.
Assuming that Hoke keeps hiring great assistant coaches, I think it's great.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||You do realize nearly all coaches do this, right?||
You can't find many coaches thse days who spent their entire career at one place. The only one that comes to my mind is Joe Paterno.
As others have pointed out, Brady Hoke coached at other schools, leaving Michigan to coach at Ball State. So did Gary Moeller, who left Michigan in the late seventies for Illinois before coming back.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Those first three championship teams||
I don't think would have won rings if they'd been playing against those Lakers and Celtics teams in their prime.
I think those last three championship teams would have. I don't know about three in a row, though.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||Well, no||
They were pulled over in Tennessee.
|14 weeks 21 hours ago||Nope||
They're a transitional FBS member, and 2012 was their first year in the MAC.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Barry ruined the Lions?||
Yes, I agree that he should have retired at a more appropriate time so they could better prepare, but by 1999 they had signed James Stewart at RB. He wasn't great, but probably the best they could do on the free agent market. I don't think it made much of a difference. Sanders wouldn't have been there for more than another year or two at most.
The Lions went 8-8 and 9-7 the two years after he left (which was better than the 5-11 the Lions had in his last year). The Lions were ruined by first Bobby Ross's poor drafts and then of course Matt Millen's. Blaming Barry Sanders for this is ridiculous.
|16 weeks 3 days ago||Brady did start for two years||
He started all of 1998 and 1999. He did split playing time with Henson for the first half of 1999, but Henson played sparingly in the second half of the season. This showed in the final stats; Brady had 341 attempts and Henson only 90.
|16 weeks 3 days ago||Wheatley's career itself was a little disappointing||
Mostly because of injuries his junior and senior years. He had 1357 yards and 7.3 yards per carry as a sophmore but because of those injuries and missed games he was never able to top that.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||See this article from SI||
Link. Per SI we had the #2 class, which was pretty close to what I remember as the consensus (for whatever that's worth).
BlueCE actually posted this here in a 2011 thread.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||I like the sound of that||
|17 weeks 21 hours ago||Randy Moss actually signed with Notre Dame||
They wouldn't admit, though, because of a little run-in he had with the law (I believe he put somebody in the hospital in a fight). So he transferred to Florida State, where he sat out for a year before getting booted off the team for violating his parole (by smoking pot). He transferred to Marshall the last year it was I-AA, so he didn't have to sit out another year.
I saw him play a game when he was at Marshall. They nuked one of the poorer MAC teams, since Marshall was in the MAC at the time. I think it was Akron. Chad Pennington was the QB on that team.
|17 weeks 2 days ago||Great game by #40 Ron Johnson against Navy in '67||
Not enough to pull out the game, though.
|17 weeks 3 days ago||How old was that book?||
I believe Chicago might have actually had more championships in 1960, but then Vince Lombardi started winning them and it's been downhill ever since.
|18 weeks 6 days ago||Chizik won 11 *total* games after 2010||
He went 8-5 last year and 3-9 this year (including a 49-0 loss to Alabama). I don't know how many wins would have kept him at Auburn, but I know it was more than three and probably 8 or more.
I think Kelly almost certainly does better than that.
|19 weeks 1 day ago||A competent coach?||
If Kelly stays, he's the best coach they've had since Holtz. He seems to recruit well, despite the purple-face-on-the-sideline episodes from last year. True, Weis and Willingham both had good recruiting classes for the most part, but neither of those guys were very good coaches. Look at the tire fire Washington turned into under Willingham.
I don't think it's a given that Kelly goes to the NFL, either. I'm sure he's going to look into it, but he may also use it to squeeze a little more money out of Notre Dame.
|19 weeks 2 days ago||Your sig line triggers my PSTD||
I see uncovered receivers everywhere.
(And the two links on the left don't even work. What is this "Maple Street Press" you speak of?)
|19 weeks 3 days ago||They were 35-3 from 2001-2003 with two BCS bowl wins||
And one BCS bowl loss in OT. Any coach with a pulse could have done that? That's still a tough job even with a loaded team.
Now, if you want to disaparage Coker's ability to maintain a program go right ahead.
|19 weeks 3 days ago||That joke of a coach was 12-0 the year before||
I'm not saying Larry Coker was a good coach, but I am saying when he had the talent he knew what to do with it. Those Miami teams started to go downhill after '02, but they were still 11-2 in '03 before falling to 9-3, 9-3 and then 7-6.
The problem was that he apparently wasn't very good at evaluating, developing and/or recruiting talent. Oh, and he couldn't keep his team under control, either.
|20 weeks 2 hours ago||I'm rooting for Bryan Kelly to spontaneously combust||
Which would require an Alabama rout, so I guess I'm rooting for Alabama.
|20 weeks 1 day ago||I think that's the blocked field goal||
Otherwise I don't know what it could be.
Speaking of which, the blocked field goal made me very happy.
|20 weeks 2 days ago||It's been a while, but they have 3 bowl wins this century||
The best was a win over 9-3 Stanford in 2001 in the "Seattle Bowl." Whatever the hell that was.
|20 weeks 5 days ago||Fair enough||
To be honest, I thought Pryor would be a backup tight end in Oakland or a second-string quarterback in Saskatchewan. It should be interesting to see how he does, in a Tim Tebow/Ryan Leaf sort of way.
|20 weeks 5 days ago||They're 4-11 and Palmer is out||
What do they have to lose? If he stinks they can put Leinart in for the second half. It's not like Leinart has shown anything in the NFL, either.
|20 weeks 5 days ago||They drafted him, they should see if he can play||
I wouldn't have drafted him, but then again I would haven't Jamarcus Russell either. On the other hand, Pryor was a third round pick in the supplemental draft and Russell was the first overall choice.
According to Wikipedia Pryor was Al Davis' last draft choice.
|22 weeks 4 hours ago||Oh come on||
The paper is too glossy and isn't nearly absorbent enough. And frankly I prefer my paper a little softer.
|22 weeks 4 days ago||I don't think it's entirely wrong||
Three years of a competent defensive coordinator running his own defense would have certainly worked better than what we actually saw. It would almost certainly have resulted in some additional wins.
Having said that, I don't know that it would have been enough to save Rodriguez.
|22 weeks 4 days ago||Arizona gave up 425 points last year||
I would probably give Casteel a little more time before putting him in the GERG category.
|22 weeks 6 days ago||I know at least half a dozen guys in Madison||
Who bike to work all winter long.
They are admittedly all younger than Riley is, but Riley will be able to afford a house near the athletic complex.
|23 weeks 2 days ago||What was Gary Moeller's record at Illinois?||
Oh yeah, 6-24-3.
18-37 is below the all-time winning percentage (.425 per Wikipedia), but it's Indiana. The fact that he was not a successful head coach does not mean he isn't a good position coach. (We can look at other evidence to figure that out.)
|23 weeks 6 days ago||I think his health and age may be bigger factors||
Sure, he put two 11-win seasons together for a program that had won more tham 9 games in a season exactly once, and hadn't gotten any coaching offers. Towards the beginning of the first of those 11-win seasons, though, he had a heart attack. That and his age (56) may be bigger factors than his abilities. If he were ten years younger and healthier it'd be a different story.
I suspect he's also not interested in any jobs except at Ohio State, and I don't see that happening. If he's not interested in other jobs, he's not going to get much of a look.
|24 weeks 21 hours ago||We could look at his previous raises||
At the beginning of 2011 Bielema's total compensation was about 1.78 million. He received a raise worth approximately 38% of his salary (link).
In 2009 his compensation package was worth approximately 1.2 million (link), meaning that between 2009 and 2011 he received a raise of approximately 50%.
So it doesn't seem that the raise he received going to Arkansas is out of range with with what he could have gotten at the UW-Madison.
|24 weeks 1 day ago||Eh, they were that year||
Didn't play a real tough schedule but still won 12 games in a BCS conference.
|24 weeks 1 day ago||UCLA wasn't that bad, and they had a reasonably tough schedule||
28.3 points per game, and they played six teams with 8 or more wins. They gave Arizona its only loss and lost to a decent Miami YTM team in a game where it admittedly did look like GERG was coaching.
|24 weeks 1 day ago||Exactly||
Neither he nor Alvarez managed to get a lot of great recruiting classes into Madison. What they did do was get recruits who fit into their system and then develop them well.
|24 weeks 1 day ago||Why would there be scorn?||
Wisconsin is the third-best team in their division this year and struggled pretty badly at times this year. Stanford should be the clear favorite in this one, and Wisconsin is expected to lose. So unless they're just humilated I don't see that.
|24 weeks 1 day ago||Huh?||
In 2010 they gave Ohio State its only loss. In 2006 they went 12-1, with their only loss to us (although admittedly they didn't play Ohio State).
He's also been able to recruit decent quarterbacks who work in his system. I believe the only reason why he went with a transfer this year was injury, but O'Brien didn't end up finishing the season anyway.
I'm not a big fan of Bielema, but he's done a good job with the talent he's managed to recruit. Even if he is a horrible game and clock manager.
|24 weeks 2 days ago||I would have had I gotten a free ride to MSU||
I took some kind of test one weekend in East Lansing when I was a senior that (had I scored better than I apparently did) would have given me a free ride to MSU. I was accepted to every school I applied to except Northwestern.
A free ride for four years was about the only way I was going to go to MSU, though.
I wound up going elsewhere (Miami [NTM]) for a variety of reasons, though.
|24 weeks 3 days ago||You laugh now||
But they are next to Maryland.
|25 weeks 5 days ago||The 1982 game was 24-14||
The 1981 game (which was in Ann Arbor and which I was at) was 14-9. The 1981 team was talented but frustrating, and couldn't recover from a bunch of mistakes on offense.
|25 weeks 6 days ago||Northwestern was probably the second best team we played in 1971||
They finished 7-4 and beat Ohio State, which ended up 6-4. Stanford (sigh) was probably the best team.
Northwestern's long period in the toilet didn't really begin until 1972,
It still probably wasn't televished, as of course it wasn't clear in advance.
|26 weeks 18 hours ago||That was Ron Powlus at Notre Dame||
Hayes started Schlichter as a freshman in 1978 instead of senior Rod Gerald, who had been the starter the year before. Gerald played at wingback instead Schlichter struggled most of the year, throwing a bunch of picks in losses to Penn State, Michigan, Purdue and Clemson.
|26 weeks 21 hours ago||Yeah, last year was probably the best in school history||
Historically, they were good enough to go to the occasional bowl game. As bowl games became more often, they went more often.
With a few exceptions, they were rarely terrible but they tended towards mediocrity. Their usual ceiling was a 3-loss season. Only last year (11-2 with a bowl win) and in 1984 (10-2 with a bowl loss) were they able to better that.
|26 weeks 1 day ago||Michigan 27, Ohio State 25||
Michigan 27, Ohio State 25.
|26 weeks 1 day ago||...and get your wife fired||
|26 weeks 2 days ago||I remember reading that Bo put in the fake PAT||
I believe that was in the article on the game in Sports Illustrated. Bo was very concerned with avoiding a tie. After 1973, who could blame him? More importantly, Ohio State had no conference losses and we had the loss to Purdue, so a tie would have sent them to the Rose Bowl.
As it turned out, it hardly mattered as they never seriously threatened.
|26 weeks 3 days ago||Kelly has more talent at Notre Dame||
I could certainly see the Irish getting their ass kicked, but it's not a given.
|26 weeks 5 days ago||I would never not disagree with that||
|26 weeks 6 days ago||I think Harbaugh at least seriously considered it||
I don't think Gruden is going to be seriously considering any coaching jobs.
But yeah, nothing is a done deal until [Big Time Coach] signs on the dotted line.
|27 weeks 19 hours ago||Our other options at QB were Nick Sheridan||
And David Cone. Considering Tate Forcier did miss some playing time with injuries (e.g., against Iowa), I'm fine with Denard playing as a freshman.
|27 weeks 1 day ago||It took Larry Coker 5 years||
He's the quickest example I can think of.
Barry Switzer resigned in 1989 under pressure after winning a national championship after the 1985 season. The Sooners were put on probation, one of their star players was arrested for selling coke to the Feds, etc., which led to Switzer's resignation. However, he wasn't fired.
|27 weeks 1 day ago||There may or may not be one||
Not knowing the circumstances, I can't say. In a typical case like this, it wouldn't surprise me if the defendant were drunk and/or high. However, it may also be judicial boilerplate.
|27 weeks 6 days ago||Unless you're a James Bond villian||
I do not recommend leopards or other big cats as home security. Especially if you have children. You're not going to domesticate them in one generation, and as long as they have teeth they're going to be dangerous.
|28 weeks 1 day ago||Wasn't there an NCAA rule prohibiting teams||
From appearing on television more than three times a year? That's how I remember it, anyway, back in the seventies.
|28 weeks 1 day ago||They're down after a reasonably good run||
They've been to a bowl every year since 2005. While most of those teams were fairly marginal in terms of quality, the 2010 team went 13-1 and gave Boise St. its only loss.
|28 weeks 4 days ago||Well yes||
Should I have spelled it out?
|28 weeks 4 days ago||The 1948 national champs stayed at home at 9-0||
My dad was 8 at the time.
|29 weeks 20 hours ago||Stupid conferences||
I do believe you are correct.
|29 weeks 22 hours ago||I'd say it's the danger of not having any other offense||
If we could run the ball without Denard, Bellomy wouldn't have had to throw as much
|29 weeks 23 hours ago||Maker's Mark is dead to me||
See link. Summary: they put up a billboard mocking our (admittedly terrible) 2008 season.
|29 weeks 1 day ago||It happens||
Steve Smith in his first start in 1981: 3 of 18 for 38 yards with three interceptions. He was more of a runner than a passer but he ended up being a three-year starter.
Rick Leach in his first start* in 1975: 2 of 10 for 34 yards with 3 interceptions. Leach again was more of a runner than a passer but he was a four-year starter.
*Or his first action. He may or may not have started the game, but he was the full-time starter very quickly.
|29 weeks 2 days ago||Exactly||
Unfortunately I couldn't watch the game, but I knew we were screwed once I saw Bellomy's name in the stats line and that Fitz wasn't having a big game. I don't think Gardner would have done much better under the circumstances. Frankly, I was worried about this game with Denard (although I think we could have won).
Taylor is also handling this in precisely the right way. You and I can be assholes about it and it doesn't make all that much of a difference. Bellomy's teammates, though, are a different matter entirely. If they're not supporting him and Denard misses any more time, this has the potential to sink the season.
|29 weeks 3 days ago||Eh, they're due to flirt with a championship||
About every 20-30 years they make a run at it. They were Big Ten champs in 1945, they were Big Ten co-champs (with Purdue and Minnesota) and went to the Rose Bowl after the 1967 season and lost to OJ Simpson's USC team, and they could have gone to the Rose Bowl in 1987 had they beaten Michigan State in November.
|29 weeks 5 days ago||This was one of the two games I missed from about 1978 to 1983||
I distinctly remember my Dad saying "It's Indiana. Nothing is going to happen."
|30 weeks 1 day ago||According to the article QBR is proprietary||
So me no like.
|30 weeks 2 days ago||The whole season was frustrating||
All losses were by 3 or fewer points. The Purdue game, where we gave up a touchdown on a punt return, ended with John Wangler sacked in the end zone. We nearly beat an unbeaten Ohio State team, but they blocked one of Virgil's punts for the winning score. In the Gator Bowl against North Carolina, we looked unstoppable for a quarter and a half until Lawrence Taylor sacked John Wangler and nearly ended his career with a knee injury.
|30 weeks 2 days ago||1979 Notre Dame||
Michigan was down 12-10 but in position to win it in the waning minutes. Notre Dame's Bob Crable jumped off a teammate to block Bryan Virgil's field goal. The rules were changed the next year to prevent that.
To be fair, Virgil probably would have missed it anyway. Special teams mistakes (including missed field goals, missed extra points and blocked punts) played a role in all four of Michigan's losses that year.
|30 weeks 4 days ago||Go here||
No, here (link).
It's a little awkward to search, and I wish there were more information available (e.g., play-by-play and opponent stats), but it is there.
|30 weeks 4 days ago||I think they've lost some talent as well||
Their defense wasn't all that good last year. They gave up nearly twice as many points last year (348) as they did in 2010 (176), both with Casteel.
The new DC apparently is not helping, though.
|30 weeks 4 days ago||You blanked that out||
I know I did.
|30 weeks 4 days ago||Yes||
Not one of this forum's finer moments.
|30 weeks 5 days ago||I don't think I saw that Patriots game||
Because I would have remembered that. Gutsy call.
|30 weeks 5 days ago||This was one of the few situations||
This was one of the few situations where an onside kick after a safety made sense. Unless there's a penalty, whoever gets the ball after an onside kick usually has it around the kicking team's 30.
Safeties are rare as it is. In a close game in the fourth quarter, I think the winning team is more likely to intentionally take a safety. Up by 6 (and sometimes more) and backed up to their one, teams will sometimes take the safety rather than risk a blocked punt.
Having said that, I *think* Iowa did it against us in 1998. Michigan had a 10-9 lead late in the game, and their punt returner made the ill-advised decisions to both return the ball and to dance around in an attempt to get a little more yardage. He was tackled in the end zone for a safety and I believe they tried on an onside kickoff afterwards.
Edit: Yes. See the sequence starting at about 8:25.
|31 weeks 1 day ago||Michigan wins 22-3||
Rushing for 188 yards.
|31 weeks 2 days ago||Carr did better in the 2000s against MSU than in the 90s||
Carr vs MSU from 1995-1999: 3-2
Carr vs MSU from 2000-2007: 7-1
Carr's only loss to MSU after 2000 involved some clock problems.
Edit: this was intended as supporting data.
|31 weeks 6 days ago||It's not *that* uncommon||
You need a field goal, a touchdown and a two-point conversion. The last example I could find was Penn State in 2000 (Michigan victory 33-11).
|32 weeks 2 days ago||This is actually not true||
I lived in Madison from 1989 until 2008 and my wife actually raised money for the university for a number of years. From 1986 until 1990, they didn't win more than 3 games in a season. Average attendance dropped from around 68,000 to less than 42,000. Tickets to home games were easy to get, even if you didn't have a connection.
Starting with the 1993 season, when the Badgers started winning again, attendance shot up and tickets became much harder to get.
|32 weeks 2 days ago||Jamie Morris would disagree about size and fumbles||
He was a 5-7 running back Bo recruited as a kick return specialist (according to Wikipedia (link)) who ended up basically being a four-year starter. He did not have a fumbling problem. Neither did his older brother, Joe Morris, who was also 5-7 and had at least a couple of Pro Bowl seasons for the Giants in the eighties.
Jamie Morris is still third on the all-time rushing list behind Thomas and Hart (although I expect Denard to pass him later this year).
|32 weeks 4 days ago||"Odd to say?" "Unnatural" is the word you're looking for||
But completely understandable, since losses by our division rivals benefit us.
Although if Ohio is going to lose, I hope they get blown out.
|32 weeks 5 days ago||He has a good chance to impress scouts this year||
I wish him well.
|32 weeks 5 days ago||Smith wasn't such a stretch as an interim coach||
He had been an assistant at Arkansas under Petrino up until sometime in 2011. He left Arkansas for the head coach position at Weber State for only about 4 months before coming back to Arkansas.
Apparently all the other in-house candidates made less sense (link to an old Mandel column). UAB had hired away their old offensive coordinator to be their head coach, Petrino's brother was the new offensive coordinator, and both the defensive coordinator and the assistant head coach were newcomers from Ohio State.
Yeah, Arkansas is a train wreck, but with the starting QB down Petrino would be struggling (although admittedly not quite as badly as they are).
|32 weeks 5 days ago||Probably not, but if he can go up a few notches...||
Apparently 33 receivers were drafted last year (link), and by my rough count 28 in 2011 (link). Assuming that trend is valid this year (and I am too lazy to look at more data), if he can get up to above #30 or so he has a chance.
|32 weeks 6 days ago||1977 Minnesota was a better team than 1976 Purdue||
They beat Washington (which beat us in the Rose Bowl) early in the season and were a bowl team (albeit a pretty marginal one). 1976 Purdue was 5-6.
|32 weeks 6 days ago||I don't see us winning with 9 safeties||
Unless Hoke gives them up on purpose after we're up 32-0, of course.
|32 weeks 6 days ago||That's nothing||
1976: Michigan is undefeated and #1 going into the Purdue game. We miss a field goal at the end to lose 16-14.
1964: they win by a point 21-20 to give Michigan its only loss.
|32 weeks 6 days ago||3 TD, 3 XP, 3 FG and a safety||
Versus 1 TD, 3 FG and a safety.
|33 weeks 2 days ago||And I prefer the Bell's leagues||
|33 weeks 3 days ago||At one point he was responding||
To someone who apparently did wish Gholston to get hurt (which has apparently disappeared). At that time it was pretty apparent that Justingoblue was being sarcastic, but looking at the thread now it's not so clear.
|35 weeks 4 days ago||I would add||
That even with a loss to Notre Dame Michigan can still rebound to have a good season. In the eighties, two of Bo's better teams started their seasons off with two non-conference losses and went on to win the Rose Bowl (1980 and 1988).
So while a loss to Notre Dame would certainly be discouraging I agree that it is in no way "defining."
|35 weeks 4 days ago||Apparently those uniforms are too ugly for Google||
Chrome gave me a virus warning when I tried to click on the link.
|35 weeks 5 days ago||Is Cal the third fiddle or is it UCLA?||
Obviously UCLA has struggled in recent years, but they have a new coach and are obviously recruiting California as well.
|35 weeks 5 days ago||So the BTN can show Purdue play Eastern Michigan||
I am also annoyed, but then again I have to leave for the airport at 5.
|35 weeks 5 days ago||Sanders has one more Super Bowl ring than Woodson||
1 with SF, 1 with Dallas. Sanders was still in Atlanta for the other Dallas Super Bowl wins in the nineties.
So if the Packers win it all again this year...
|35 weeks 6 days ago||Miller Lite is only marginally better than most Chinese beers||
Like most Chinese beers, there's not enough malt and they don't do much more than wave a handful of hops in its general direction.
I do get a good laugh out of the idea that drinking Miller Lite has anything to do with manliness.
|36 weeks 1 day ago||Wisconsin's success has been cyclical since Alvarez||
When they have a lot of guys with experience in their system, they do well. When they don't, they tend to struggle. They went to the Rose Bowl two years in a row, so they're due for the down end of the cycle.
|36 weeks 2 days ago||I want to see a 2-0 overtime loss for ND||
Think of the yakety sax required for that.
Although I don't think Brian Kelly or any of his quarterbacks would survive the game.
|36 weeks 2 days ago||I think it came across pretty well anyway||
|36 weeks 3 days ago||Two punt returns, 134 yards for Mark||
He looked fantastic.
|36 weeks 4 days ago||Paul Johnson was at Navy when Megatron was drafted||
I didn't think Georgia Tech ran the triple option until Paul Johnson was coach.
Edit: I see Carcajous addressed this below.
|36 weeks 6 days ago||Scan the live blog for streams and curse a lot||
I'm in Toronto. Last year we changed cable packages and I screwed up the selection, so I had to watch the stream for two games. Also the Lions Monday night game.
You can get a couple of decent radio streams pretty easily, though.
|36 weeks 6 days ago||Handful of return yards for Venric Mark? More like 134||
That's 134 yards on only two returns. One was 82 yards for a touchdown, the other was 52 yards to set up a touchdown. I don't think "handful" does him justice.
|37 weeks 2 hours ago||After the opening kickoff and after a safety||
|37 weeks 2 days ago||It looks like they lost 9 scholarships|
|37 weeks 3 days ago||Good now, great in a few years||
Is that better?
Alabama on the other hand has a chance to be great this year, assuming they stay reasonably healthy. They certainly looked like it on Saturday.
|37 weeks 3 days ago||Which is exactly one very good year||
Every other year while he was coach at MSU they were at or slightly above .500 (6-5-1, 6-6, 7-5, and 6-6). In his first three years, they were blown out in their bowl game and in his fourth year they didn't go to a bowl.
I think this reflects more on Michigan State's situation on the time than it does on Saban, though. He's clearly proven he can coach at the collegiate level. George Perles on the other hand had really started to slip in his last few years. Perles had been athletic director for a while but was forced out later, and was fired during the 1994 season while the team was under NCAA investigation. Recruiting seemed to have dropped off during his last few years, and the way he was fired couldn't have helped things.
|37 weeks 3 days ago||Contract signed in October of 2010||
Until the contract is signed, the game is not scheduled.
|37 weeks 3 days ago||The defense gave up 37 to FSU in 1991||
Grbac unfortunately had two interceptions returned for touchdowns. The second one was on a desperation fourth-down play when we still had an outside chance of winning the game. Given that we had the ball in the red zone four times that day without scoring (thanks to Grbac's other two interceptions and turning the ball over on downs twice), I feel comfortable in saying that the game was closer than the final score indicated.
The Rose Bowl game against Washington, though, was probably worse than the final score. I thought we were lucky to be down by only 6 at the half, and our first touchdown was something of a gift.
|37 weeks 4 days ago||Contract signed by Pizza Boy in October of 2010||
Brandon was athletic director in October of 2010.
|37 weeks 4 days ago||Because Brandon did schedule this game||
See the story in the freep.
(Edit: Click on "freep" above. Is it too much to ask, after all these years, that links be underlined?)
|37 weeks 4 days ago||Too early to try||
Once I have everything under control I may try some beers. I'm not there yet. I made the mistake of cutting back on the vitamin B12 supplements I've been taking, and my feet started to go numb again.
I have heard that some people with gluten problems can drink at least certain kinds of beer, though. It presumably depends on how sensitive you are.
|37 weeks 4 days ago||Smoking Loon Old Vine ZInfandel||
I have yet to find a gluten-free beer I like. I wish I had the time to brew one.
|37 weeks 5 days ago||Somebody quoting Bob Devaney||
Is not a Spartan fan.
|38 weeks 1 day ago||Jump jumps!||
|38 weeks 2 days ago||Send me to Bolivia...||
But how come your sig has a link to HTTV from 2010? I've blocked out everything from that season after Notre Dame.
The MGoBlog link is doing something funky, too, but I'm too tired to figure out exactly what.
|38 weeks 3 days ago||Northfleet is a distant cousin of Woolfork||
|38 weeks 6 days ago||He won't care||
I didn't at that age.
It will make a big impression on him, though.
|39 weeks 1 day ago||Unfortunately Herbstreit is not being unreasonable||
Michigan has the toughest schedule in the Big Ten and plays Nebraska and Ohio State on the road, while last year's team had a tendency to struggle on the road. The defensive line may also take a step back this year.
Having said that, we do get Michigan State at home, and I think they'll be beatable. I also think Denard is going to take a step forward this year and make better decisions.
I actually like Herby as far as ESPN talking heads go. He does a reasonably good job of looking at things objectively and keeping his biases off of ESPN. (It's a completely different story when he's talking on local Columbus media, though.)
|39 weeks 6 days ago||I'll never forgive LeBron for The Decision||
Otherwise, it doesn't bother me. I barely follow the NBA these days except when the Pistons are in the playoffs.
But I could not escape that show. It did not help that the two guys sitting in the cubicles behind me at the time both played college ball and fantasy basketball.
|40 weeks 22 hours ago||He's never won less than 8 games in a year||
This could be the first, but I'm inclined to doubt it.
His worst years as head coach were 2001 (8-3 in his first year at Bowling Green) and 2010 (8-5 in his last year at Florida after Tebow graduated).
|40 weeks 1 day ago||Like Mattison?||
I think that's a no.
|40 weeks 4 days ago||Didn't know that||
Wasn't hard to google it, though.
Looks like he was actually arrested in August of 1987 before his one good season in the pros.
|40 weeks 4 days ago||On the bright side he was mostly a bust as a pro||
While he did lead the league in rushing in 1987 (a strike year), he never had another year with more than 342 yards on the ground.
I'm personally thankful that the Lions took Billy Sims in the draft instead of White (and not just because Sims was a much better back).
|41 weeks 1 day ago||Grbac missed two games in 1992||
He was hurt in the final minute against Notre Dame and missed the next two games against Oklahoma State and Houston. Todd Collins started in his place. Grbac's first game back was against Iowa.
|41 weeks 2 days ago||Even the most accurate quarterbacks miss 30% of the time||
Don't spend too much time worrying about it until they play a game.
|41 weeks 5 days ago||My preconceived bias is I get no value out of it||
I've tried twitter. I have an account I never use. It does nothing for me.
Having said that, for live chat purposes I've begun to think that Brian's scheme is in fact workable.
|41 weeks 6 days ago||The downside to using twitter is that it uses twitter||
So I guess this is a vote against twitter.
|42 weeks 3 days ago||VT has won less than 10 games in a season||
Exactly twice since 1999. That's a lot of 10 and 11 win seasons. I don't see the program collapsing unless Beamer retires (and it may not then if they hire a decent replacement).
|43 weeks 2 days ago||First Buffalo Wild Wings was in Columbus||
I am going to say no more.
|43 weeks 2 days ago||Isn't that covered under their scholarship?||
So presumably they're not paying anything out of their own pocket for housing.
|43 weeks 3 days ago||Did Bo pass on Spielman, or was it the other way around?||
I haven't read the book, but the story I've read (in this forum) is that Spielman might have gone to Michigan if his dad hadn't forbidden it.
|43 weeks 6 days ago||Why would this be surprising?||
Indiana 2011 was worse than Minnesota 2011. Minnesota managed two victories over conference opponents, which was two more than Indiana had.
|45 weeks 6 hours ago||Defending national champions' 13-0 record in openers||
When is the last time a defending BCS champion played a tough opponent in their opener?
I didn't look at all the scores, but most or all of those opening games were against cupcakes or marginal bowl teams. For instance, Auburn played one of the few close games in its 2011 opener after its BCS championship against a Utah State team that ended up 7-6 with a bowl loss to Ohio. Florida, on the other hand, defended its 2008 BCS championship against Charleston Southern and its 2006 BCS championship against Western Kentucky (7-5 with 6 wins against non 1-A teams).
So this is not much of a stat.
|45 weeks 1 day ago||Go driving in Toronto in rush hour||
Your illusions will be destroyed soon enough.
|45 weeks 1 day ago||My father-in-law is a huge Ohio State fan||
I didn't gloat during the John Cooper era, and he didn't gloat during the Jim Tressel era.
|45 weeks 3 days ago||Unfortunately I'm not surprised||
I lived there for about a year in the late eighties and also went to school 45 minutes away in Oxford. Cincinnati seems to have had more than its share of problems with racial relations in the last twenty years, and based on some of the people I talked to I have no trouble believing that.
I also distinctly remember some clowns distributing literature from the Aryan Nations or the like on 27 between Cincy and Oxford.
|45 weeks 3 days ago||Many folks from the surrounding areas move to Columbus for jobs||
Largely because Columbus has jobs and many of the surrounding areas don't. Several of my wife's cousins, who grew up in Appalachia, moved to Columbus for that very reason. Most of them didn't like it or couldn't hack it and moved back to the Portsmouth area or to northeastern Kentucky.
|46 weeks 4 hours ago||His last year was 1990||
He was on the GIants roster for 1991. So he only played one year in the nineties.
|49 weeks 1 day ago||I'd care if you bill 30 hours in one day||
If you were my client.
|50 weeks 5 days ago||Wisconsin was at least good at what they did||
Penn State and McGloin were just inept the rest of the year.
|1 year 1 day ago||No||
59 is relatively young but it's not that young. He had a stressful job, made that much more stressful by the Holgorsen situation. He may have been bitter about getting fired (and considering the way that happened I would be surprised if he wasn't). He may have felt he didn't have anything to live for.
If he'd had any other bad health factors (e.g., Type 2 diabetes he hadn't kept in control), this wouldn't be surprising at all.
|1 year 1 week ago||Sharp is sort of a contrarian homer||
A homer spins everything to put his team in a better light. Sharp spins everything to put his team in the worst possible light. Neither one of them does much in the way of thinking, and neither one of them is worth reading.
|1 year 1 week ago||Dantonio is one of the "least savvy coaches in the nation?"||
I do not agree with that. I do not like Dantonio personally, but frankly he's had a better record at Michigan State than Nick Saban did. He's had them in a bowl for five straight years for what I believe is the only time in school history, and they haven't had anything approaching this good a run since the late eighties under George Perles.
He's also had a better record than any Irish coach since Lou Holtz.
|1 year 1 week ago||Can we get Gordy Howe to play again?||
I bet he'd be up for it.
|1 year 1 week ago||Which has no bearing on his HOF status||
Based on the 1985 and 1988 Ohio State games alone, I'd be willing to forgive anything short of "puppy kicker."
|1 year 3 weeks ago||Red red wine||
Turns out I may be celiac, which is going to put something of a damper on my beer consumption.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||This was in between the McClain and Alvarez eras||
Dave McClain was the Wisconsin coach from 1978 until his sudden death in the spring before the 1986 season. He was never able to break the 7-win barrier but the Badgers kept looking like like they were close to breaking out. He did have a number of big wins, including four wins over Ohio State and one over Michigan (sigh).
The year he died, they went with an interim coach, Jim Hiller, and then hired Don Morton before the 1987 season. This terrible 1987 team was actually Morton's best and managed his only win over a decent opponent, a 26-24 upset of Ohio State that led to the firing of Earle Bruce.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||By winning the B1G championship game||
I do see your point, though, in that we won't play at least two of those teams even if we do play in the B1G championship game.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||It's on Henry between Gorham and West Johnson||
When I first moved to Madison, my girlfriend lived more or less around the corner.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||Oddly, that was my least favorite of their beers||
I believe I like nearly every other beer they make, though, and up until I moved out of Madison in 2008 I had tried them all.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||Night games in South Bend aren't so novel||
I believe Michigan has played in three of them (1982, 1988 and 1990).
Ticket prices are still going to suck.
Edit: damn it, I didn't see WH post about that down thread.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||Avoid New Orleans in the high tourist season||
I love New Orleans, but I am not a big fan of the drunken French Quarter experience.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||Mostly pre-Saban, though||
Borges was at Auburn from 2004 until 2007. Only the 2005 Alabama team (10-2) was really any good, and in the other years Alabama was a marginal bowl team. In Saban's first year they went over .500 only thanks to an Independence Bowl win (finishing 7-6).
Edit: Forgot to mention that they vacated all the 2005 wins, too.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||Are you sure about that?||
Per stats.ath.umich.edu, Dreisbach's stats against Notre Dame in 1998 consisted of exactly one rush for a three yard loss, while Henson threw 8 passes and had a single carry. See here for the box score against Notre Dame. Other than that, Henson threw a pass against Wisconsin and had a pass and a carry against Wisconsin. That does not suggest that Dreisbach had any significant playing time.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||The larger the playoff, the worse the teams||
That are screwed by it.
In a 2-team playoff such as the current BCS, the teams that are screwed by it are the #3 and #4 teams.
In a 4-team playoff, the teams that are screwed by it are the #5 and #6 teams.
In an 8-team playoff, the teams that are screwed by it are the #9 and #10 teams.
So as the size of the playoff increases, the less meaningful the complaining becomes by the teams that are kept out.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||Photoshopping is a big no-no for photojournalists||
Basically, they're not supposed to do any more than they need to do in order to convert the raw file captured by the camera into a JPG or a print-ready image. The photographer would certainly get in a lot of trouble for removing legs. I think HartAttack20 has the right idea.
(You do see editorial photos that have been manipulated, which is justified by the fact that they're editorial. It can be controversial anyway.)
|1 year 15 weeks ago||Anything funny happen in the 2004 game?||
That was the last Northwestern victory over Ohio State (33-27) and their only victory over Tressel. The scores before 2004 were reasonably close (38-20, 27-16, 20-0) but afterwards the closest game was 45-10.
Randy Walker was still alive then so we (probably) can't even blame Fitzgerald.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Sanders played two years under Ross||
So while I was never impressed with Ross as a coach I don't think we can credit the run-and-shoot with too much of Barry Sander's success.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Compared to the Cincinnati Airport it is||
Although it looks like they're calling it the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky airport now.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Remember Renaldo Nehemiah?||
He was a track star who played for the 49ers for a while under pretty much the same logic Kiper is using here. He had great speed but wasn't terribly successful and went back to track about a year or so after the 49ers drafted Jerry Rice.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Wisconsin has actually done pretty well against Ohio||
Since 1981. By my quick count they were 11-15-1 against Ohio since 1981. This includes the Jim Hiller-Don Morton-early Alvarez years when they were just terrible. Even Don Morton snuck in a win, though, which led to the firing of Earle Bruce.
Before 1981, though, Wisconsin was pretty much a tire fire against Ohio, going winless in the sixties and seventies and not faring much better in the fifties and earlier.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||X free negs, and then your point total goes down with each one||
Otherwise it's prone to abuse and enforce group-think. I would start X at 5, and perhaps increase it with certain thresholds.
I'd cap the number of free +1s as well to make it more difficult to upvote your own posts with sock puppets.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Kelly doesn't seem to have his anger under control||
That's my issue with him. It's not the yelling per se. It doesn't prevent him from being a good coach (see Bobbie Knight and Woody Hayes) but it also may not end well for him (see Bobbie Knight and Woody Hayes). Bo certainly yelled a lot but never seemed to be on the brink of losing it like Kelly seems to be.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||I came up with nine (pending Pitt's bowl game)||
This year: Michigan State (10-3 with a bowl game remaining), Purdue (7-6) and Air Force (7-6), with (as you said) Pitt pending at 6-6 with a bowl game remaining.
Last year: Pitt (8-5), Boston College (7-6), Utah (10-3), Army (7-6), Southern Cal (8-5) and Miami (7-6).
So more than expected, but five of them went 7-6. The only two that stick out are Southern Cal and Michigan State.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Weis didn't||
Not as a head coach, anyway.
Willingham was successful at Stanford but never managed to field a winning team at Washington after he was fired from Notre Dame.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||If Wisconsin hadn't blown two games in the last seconds...||
They would be playing LSU instead of Alabama. In what was a down year for the B1G, I think that's the only they would have gotten in.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Think yakety sax instead||
Picture something like this sequence:
1st and 10 on the opponents' 25: Holding.
1st and 20 on the opponents' 35: Sack for loss of 15 yards.
2nd and 35 on the 50: Another holding call.
2nd and 45 on own 40: Sack and fumble. Ball is kicked toward the goal line while the offense and defense try to recover the ball. The offense recovers on the 2.
3rd and 83 on own 2: Sack in end zone for safety.
It's not terribly likely but it's not impossible
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Yes, Hope is 2-1 against Ohio||
Purdue has been up and down over the years, but they are good for the occasional upset. They're especially dangerous at home.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||Miami (NTM) alum here||
While a fair number of famous and influential coaches have ties to Miami, relatively few famous athletes do. As an alum, it really pisses me off that Roethlisberger is one of them.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Three Rose Bowl wins in the eighties||
They beat us in the 1983 game. Steve Smith separated a shoulder and little-used backup Dave Hall played in the second half. He threw two touchdown passes and a pick six. The score was 10-0 before Smith was hurt, so I'm not sure we would have won if he'd played the whole game.
They also slaughtered Illinois (45-9 in the 1984 game) and Iowa (45-29 in the 1986 game).
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Aikman was a transfer||
He originally went to Oklahoma. Switzer went to a pro-style offense for Aikman, but when Aikman broke his leg against Miami (YTM), Switzer had to go back to the wishbone. Oklahoma won the rest of its games and a national title with a young Jamelle Holieway at QB, Aikman saw the writing on the wall and transferred to UCLA.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Nebraska accused Michigan players of faking injuries||
Brian's point is that Beyer's fake injury caused him to miss the next game.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||We did that in 1973 and 1974||
47-10 and 27-16.
They did have that 19-19 tie in 1975, but we clobbered them 51-0 in 1976.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||A BCS tattoo is a horrible life choice||
BCS shaved into your head will be gone when he lets it grow out (or shaves off the rest of his hair).
|1 year 24 weeks ago||13-1 is mediocre?||
With Tebow, Florida had exactly one mediocre (9-4 in 2007). They were 13-1 in each of his other seasons. In his senior year their only loss was to eventual champion Alabama in the SEC title game.
His last team in 2010 was mediocre, yes, but Tebow was in the NFL then.