|2 weeks 2 days ago||Spotted Cow may have been the only New Glarus beer||
That I didn't like. I'm not sure why, although I think it might be because they use a higher percentage of corn in that one.
The last year I was in Madison, in the summer I would go golfing with a couple of guys I worked with in New Glarus and stop at the brewery on the way home.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Just meant to point out that it's an FCS program||
There are plenty of good schools with bad football programs.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||He's at Indiana State||
|3 weeks 4 days ago||I knew he couldn't make it as a WR||
When he couldn't stick on that Packers team as anything but a return specialist.
At one point mid-season the Packers lost their top two receivers to injury (Robert Brooks and Antonio Freeman) and Desmond got playing time at WR. He didn't crack 100 yards receiving for the year. Late in the season the Packers picked up Andre Rison, who wasn't much better in the regular season but did have a couple of touchdowns in the playoffs and Super Bowl.
I wasn't happy with the way that the Packers dumped Desmond in the off season, though.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Smoking Loon Old Vine Zinfandel||
I'm not sure what the "old vines" means but it's a decent wine. I tend to like a lot of California zins.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Baltimore won the Super Bowl with Trent Dilfer||
For that matter, by the time Peyton Manning made it to the Super Bowl last year it was pretty obvious he was washed up.
|6 weeks 12 hours ago||Basketball wasn't consistently good in the 70s and 80s||
There was a stretch of 7 years from Johnny Orr's last three years to Bill Frieder's first four years where the team did not make the NCAA tournament. See here.
It's true that the NCAA tournament was much harder to get into then and at least of those teams would have made it in under the current rules. At the same time, look at the conference record of most of those teams; only two finished above .500 in the Big Ten.
It wasn't until Frieder's fifth year that Michigan started going to the tournament on a regular basis.
|6 weeks 18 hours ago||They did go 3-1 without Brady||
With two different quarterbacks playing.
And don't forget 2008, when NE went 11-5 with Brady playing less than a half the entire year.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Thanks!||
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Was he any relation to Keith Bostic?||
Keith went to Pioneer and was a few years older (I think he was in the same class as Anthony Carter).
|6 weeks 6 days ago||That was addressed to the crowd that wants Brady as a coach||
I'd used him as an example in a previous thread.
You need to not take everything so personally.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||And that worked out so well!||
Wayne Fontes had a better career record than Bart Starr. If Starr had been someone else, Green Bay fans would have driven him out of town long before the team fired him.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Tom Tupa!||
Oh, you mean starting. As a quarterback. Never mind.
(For those who weren't around in the eighties, Tupa was Ohio State's punter and second- or third-string quarterback behind Mike Tomczak and Jim Karsatos. In 1987, he started at quarterback and played well enough to be drafted in the third round by Phoenix. He wasn't terribly successful and spent most of his career bouncing around the league as a punter, which he did for the Tampa Bay team that beat the Raiders in Super Bowl 37.)
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Doesn't mean he'll be any good at it||
Are you old enough to remember Hall of Famer Bart Starr's career as a coach? Wasn't pretty.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Or Rome, Ohio?||
It's about an hour east of Moscow on 52.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Scored almost at will?||
So the only game where they "scored almost at will" was against one of the worst two or three teams in the league.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||"Go Blue"||
Snarling wolverine suggested it already.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||And they needed a blocked field goal to do it||
Both the winner and the loser finished under .500.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||How are they getting to 7-9?||
I can't see them beating the Seahawks on the road.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||That was one of those rare years UT beat Florida||
That was a good team, though. They were #2 in the BCS standings until they lost the SEC championship game to one of Saban's early LSU teams.
Donte Stallworth killed us, too.
|17 weeks 1 day ago||Just to add to that||
Before becoming a head coach, per Wikipedia he spent 2 years a GA at Michigan, 13 years as an offensive line coach at Colorado and then at Michigan, 3 years as offensive coordinator at Oklahoma State and 3 years as a tight ends coach at Dallas. He's never been a defensive coordinator or position coach.
Which does make it odd that many of his LSU teams had good defenses and questionable offenses, but it doesn't make him a defensive guru.
|17 weeks 5 days ago||Everyone knows the real rival is Chicago||
I'm still pissed about 1905.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||Doh!||
|18 weeks 1 day ago||They did beat Missouri in 2014||
That Missouri team won 11 games and the SEC East.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||There's been at least one 13-point overtime win||
Arizona State 48, UCS 35. ASU scores to go up by 7 then returns a fumbled pitch for a touchdown.
To my surprise, Kevin Wilson was not involved.
|18 weeks 2 days ago||38-13, Meeeeechigan||
And that's Bo, Jim Mandich, Rose Bowl Queen Pamela Tedesco, Mickey Mouse, USC players Bob Jensen and Jim Gunn, and USC assistant Marv Goux. (According to this, anyway.)
|19 weeks 2 days ago||31-21||
Forces of Justice and Righteousness 31
Forces of Iniquity and Bad Game Theory 21
|19 weeks 4 days ago||...which would make it even more of a blast!||
Although maybe not for Brian Kelly or Notre Dame fans.
|20 weeks 2 days ago||Leach also had 3 interceptions||
Leach got to be okay passing by his senior year but never did get over 50% accuracy for his career.
I think I was at this game. I don't think it was until '77 or '78 that my dad bought four season tickets instead of two; up until then he alternated taking me and my brother to non-Ohio State games and my mother to the Ohio State game.
|20 weeks 2 days ago||This gets us access to the critical Mountain West market||
You know Delany wants to.
|20 weeks 5 days ago||I missed this play when it happened||
I had been drinking, I thought there'd be a commercial break and then Minnesota would kick a field goal. I mean, why wouldn't they? Michigan's backup quarterback hadn't looked all that good except for the touchdown and the two-point conversion and they still had their starter in.
So I answered the call of nature and when I came back downstairs the clock was at zero and the scoreboard showed Michigan on top.
|20 weeks 6 days ago||I like the wrestling analogies||
And to be honest I've never actually watched more than a minute or two of pro wrestling (and probably never will). Go figure.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||That would be hilarious||
This will almost definitely give Franklin more time in Happy Valley, which is probably good.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||Benefiber? Bah||
I turned 50 this year. The prep for my doctor's special 50th birthday present involved a gallon of laxative. Woo hoo.
(The actual present wasn't bad--thanks to the anesthesiologist.)
|25 weeks 5 days ago||39-20 Meeeeechigan||
|26 weeks 3 days ago||So the rest of us don't have places to be?||
I assure you that's not true.
|26 weeks 4 days ago||I was surprised he only came in at -9||
I expected much worse.
|27 weeks 3 days ago||Michigan 39, Colorado 20||
Forces of righteousness 39, forces of iniquity 20.
|27 weeks 6 days ago||Anybody who looked at last year's results||
UCF was absolutely terrible. They did not win a game the entire year, and the only games where they came close were one-point losses to Florida International and Furman. They were outscored 452 to 167.
Colorado, on the other hand, was merely bad. They played in a tougher league, won four games and managed to come within six points of USC, UCLA and Utah.
|28 weeks 3 days ago||Come on! He's playing for the Giants now||
Everybody knows that.
|29 weeks 21 hours ago||While I share your overall skepticism...||
Cal has had a pretty decent offense the last couple of years. They were in the top 10 in total offense and in the top 20 in scoring offense last year per NCAA stats.
Their defense, on the other hand, has been terrible.
|29 weeks 1 day ago||You can go (snow) skiing in Hawaii||
It's not what people think of, but...
|29 weeks 4 days ago||Fighting Harbaughs 58-6||
|29 weeks 5 days ago||You'd think their advertisers might care, though||
Bad announcers mean that I'm more likely to be watching with the sound turned down or (depending on sync issues) listening to the radio broadcast.
Which means I'm even less likely to listen to or see the advertising.
|30 weeks 2 days ago||No||
But it's close.
|30 weeks 5 days ago||If I were Leonidas I'd worry that Xerxes will use a trick play||
Like, say, finding a local who can lead the Persians to a path putting them behind the Greek lines.
I'd watch out for that Ephialtes guy myself.
|32 weeks 18 hours ago||This is a good idea||
The UW-Madison has some huge parking lots and (keeping in mind that I haven't lived in Madison for 8+ years so this may be out of date) I am pretty sure they allow game day parking in some of them.
However, the OP should keep in mind that the lots where I suspect they will be allowed to park are a healthy hike from Camp Randall. I think they have shuttles, though.
|34 weeks 3 days ago||You and username are making sense||
When we built, the situation was a little odd: most of the lots were one-off lots sold by the firm developing the subdivision. Although they had a fairly stringent list of rules/requirements, they weren't interested in building the houses themselves.
|34 weeks 3 days ago||How can they make it difficult for the builder||
With building codes after the sale? That doesn't make sense to me. Not saying it doesn't happen--the builder we went with had a hilarious rivalry with another builder--but I don't understand the mechanism.
|35 weeks 6 days ago||Until 1993 I used to follow Penn State||
My parents were friends with a family in State College (the father was a professor and eventually department head), and we'd spend a night or two there on the way to my grandparents out east. I always enjoyed my time out there, and I found mysef rooting for Penn State, particularly in their national championship runs of 1982 and 1986.
By 1993, my parents were divorced and had lost touch with their friends, I had graduated from college and Penn State had joined the Big Ten. I quicky became annoyed with Penn State fans, and after the Sandusky fiasco became public I just felt sick.
|36 weeks 5 days ago||McCartney also coached the 1980 defense||
That after a bit of a slow start did not give up a touchdown in its last five games and gave Bo his first Rose Bowl win.
|37 weeks 6 days ago||It was 21-16 in the 4th quarter||
Michigan outgained and outplayed Penn State, but Penn State still was in position to win that game with a break in the fourth quarter (meaning a defensive touchdown or a lucky tipped pass).
Then Jourdan Lewis had a good kickoff return after their last field goal and they got the clinching touchdown.
I don't see it happening this year, though. The game is in Ann Arbor and Penn State has lost too much on defense.
|38 weeks 2 days ago||I cheated and read his wikipedia page||
He did have a number of injuries (wrist, ankle sprain and shoulder sprain) so that caused him to miss a number of games after becoming starter and reduced his effectiveness.
|38 weeks 2 days ago||Didn't he have trouble staying healthy?||
He was probably the best back on the team after Hart left but I remember him having to sit out a lot because of injuries.
|38 weeks 6 days ago||Spam user gzz55911|
|39 weeks 1 day ago||Spam user found||
Do you care? Is there a god? Have I drunk too much red wine? (I know the answer to one of those questions.)
|40 weeks 6 days ago||Spam user||
Who quit their 9 to 5 job and now they blah blah blah....
|41 weeks 3 days ago||Nah, it's the next "Woolfork"||
|41 weeks 4 days ago||Which means Madison is wrong, wrong, wrong for him||
Although I have no idea if Corvallis is any better. At least it's out west and away from Alvarez.
|42 weeks 3 days ago||Legendary king of Uruk in Sumer||
Subject of the oldest known epic (link).
|43 weeks 2 days ago||He's a tired man||
|45 weeks 4 days ago||Yes||
Schiano had them in bowl games 6 of his last 7 seasons (incuding one 11-win season), and even Flood had them in bowl games for his first three seasons. However, most or all of these were lower-tier bowl games, and Rutgers hasn't had a lot of wins over quality teams during that period.
|45 weeks 4 days ago||The Big Two, Little Eight||
The Big Ten aside from Michigan and Ohio State was just not very good for most years between 1969 and 1980. There were some exceptions (Michigan State in 1978 comes to mind) but for the most part only Michigan and Ohio State were seriously in the running for the title.
|46 weeks 5 days ago||I thought Art Schlichter would be on there||
Griffin had a reasonably decent pro career--just not one that lived up to two Heisman trophies.
Art Schlicther, on the other hand, is a guy who gambled his way out of the NFL.
|46 weeks 6 days ago||Not entirely||
"Before that you're going back to the 60's to find another."
Does not affect your point in the slightest.
|46 weeks 6 days ago||You mean 1988||
4-6-1 in John Cooper's first year. God how I miss that man.
But I mostly agree with you: they have an occasional down season, but there aren't too many of them.
|47 weeks 1 day ago||Your wait is over||
Apparently horse milk is really high in lactose; the Mongols and other Central Asian peoples would drink it fermented. In the video she's dumping it on the ground, though.
|47 weeks 2 days ago||Absolutely||
$14000 per player seems pretty low.
|47 weeks 2 days ago||I think this would fall under the gift tax||
My very limited understanding is that the donor would be responsibe for taxes, and that any gift taxes would depend on the total amount given to each individual. There's an exclusion of $14000 per year per recipient, so amounts below that would not be taxed.
Someone who actually knows something about tax law will hopefully correct me.
|49 weeks 20 hours ago||Spam spam spam egg and spam||
Edited to add:
|49 weeks 5 days ago||How much of Gardner's problem was not having a QB coach?||
Hoke had Brian Sipe at San Diego State and Stan Parrish at Ball State. Parrish was OC for some of that time, but he did have a record developing quarterbacks (including that Brady fellow).
|50 weeks 21 hours ago||True, but....||
He's had exactly one chance at each--2015 was his first year. It's not like Saban or Stoops won more than 7 games in their first years, either.
If it continues, then you can complain. Nobody likes it, but change in college football never happens over night.
|50 weeks 1 day ago||Another spam user|
|50 weeks 1 day ago||Spam user located||
|50 weeks 4 days ago||His time at Stanford||
That's the schedule they're comparing it to.
|51 weeks 19 hours ago||Probably thinking of Steve Young||
I don't think he ever ran option but he could definitely run.
|51 weeks 2 days ago||For me, spelling is the last thing to go||
All of my drunk texts have impeccable spelling and grammar.
|1 year 2 days ago||If you see them bring it out...||
It can be worth a gamble.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||It's the lack of football||
As well as the disappointing basketball season.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||User sleteprehu is spamming||
|1 year 4 weeks ago||Look at his passing stats that day, though||
3 of 11 for 41 years. Fortunately he didn't throw any interceptions on that particular day.
|1 year 7 weeks 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.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||Smoking Loon||
Old Vine Zinfandel. 2013, I think.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||The punter recovered the bad snap||
The recovered fumble was in the first quarter.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||Not a coincidence||
As he said, he saw it first hand with Jake Rudock.
|1 year 11 weeks 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.
|1 year 11 weeks 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.
|1 year 12 weeks 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.
|1 year 12 weeks ago||Is Nuss the one scaring off quarterbacks?||
Will Grier didn't look so bad before his suspension.
|1 year 12 weeks ago||Seth's been watching too much CFL||
|1 year 12 weeks 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."
|1 year 12 weeks 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.
|1 year 12 weeks 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.
|1 year 13 weeks 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.
|1 year 13 weeks 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).
|1 year 13 weeks ago||Informative whooooosh||
If accurate, anyway.
|1 year 14 weeks ago||Mississippi State||
According to the article.
|1 year 14 weeks ago||If he is a dick when sober||
A drinking or coke problem ain't gonna help.
|1 year 15 weeks 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.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||Rudock threw a TD with 2 seconds left to tie||
I think it's safe to call it a near loss.
|1 year 15 weeks 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.
|1 year 16 weeks 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.
|1 year 16 weeks 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.
|1 year 16 weeks 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).
|1 year 16 weeks 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.
|1 year 16 weeks ago||But||
That's the pot calling the kettle black.
|1 year 16 weeks ago||Per mgoblue.com he redshirted as a freshman||
So he has another year of eligibility (link).
|1 year 17 weeks 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.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||27-21||
Fighting Harbaughs win 27-21.
|1 year 18 weeks 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.
|1 year 18 weeks 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...
|1 year 18 weeks 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.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||Forces of Good 29||
Forces of Iniquity 25.
I hope I don't need to tell you which one is which.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||No way||
Bowling Green already beat Maryland this year. At worst they'd have the head-to-head tie-breaker.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||So if you want the Game to be at night||
Go find a nice bar in Moscow!
|1 year 18 weeks 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.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||They don't have Google||
In Fritz Crisler's 1937.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Spam user sighted||
|1 year 19 weeks 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.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||MIchigan 54, Indiana 27||
Fighting Harbaughs 54, Hoosiers 27.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||They've played 3 games in Michigan Stadium||
According to Wikipedia (link).
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Fun fact||
Rick Leach was 0-6 with an interception against Ohio State in 1976: a 22-0 win.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Steak-eaters 49, Rutgers 13||
Or something like that.
|1 year 20 weeks 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).
|1 year 20 weeks 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.
|1 year 20 weeks 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.
|1 year 21 weeks 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.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||I know! I know!||
That's him, right?
|1 year 21 weeks ago||You think?||
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Michigan 47, Minnesota 11||
I think Michigan will be angry and Minnesota will be flat. I may also be delusional.
|1 year 22 weeks 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.
|1 year 23 weeks 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.
|1 year 23 weeks 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.
|1 year 24 weeks 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.
|1 year 24 weeks 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.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Eh, it's only partially absurd||
I strongly suspect that neither Rodriguez (if Pryor had helped him survive another year) nor Hoke would have tried to ignore the tattoo scandal like Tressell did. They'd still lose their senior starting quarterback and presumably a couple of other starters for most or all of the 2011 season, but they would have kept their job.
So we wouldn't have been exposed to the spectacle of Greg Robinson as interim coach. (Or Mattison, if Rodriguez had still been fired after three years.)
|1 year 24 weeks ago||You've repeated Adam's section (as David)||
I assume that's not on purpose.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||I'm not sure that means anything yet||
They beat 11-3 Missouri last year, gave Michigan a hell of a game in 2013 (yeah, I know) and scared Ohio State in a 52-49 loss in 2012. They still haven't won more than 5 games in a year since 2007.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||Michigan 34, Maryland 12||
The game is never in serious doubt but the weather is on Maryland's side.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||We've had lucky bounces--but haven't needed them||
I haven't forgotten this moment (also aided by a silly penalty):
Nonetheless, it was just the difference between 35-7 and 28-7.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||This is constructive criticism||
Every site has issues, and the people who run it don't always notice. The OP doesn't come across as complaining to me.
Now, if the OP had said that Brian should be posting about something else instead, or that he shouldn't post about something, or (my favorite) that Brian should change his writing style, then I'd get out out my rusty kitchen knives.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||I don't think James coached under Bo||
At least according to Wikipedia (link), he was DC at Michigan--but under Bump Elliot in 1966 and 1967. He was never at Miami (NTM) or any of the schools where Bo was an assistant.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||Moeller was at Illinois||
Minor quibble, I know.
I'll add that three of those guys had a national title (Miles, McCartney and Carr).
|1 year 26 weeks 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.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||As a Lions fan||
I've been disappointed with Chuck Long for nearly thirty years.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||¯\_(ツ)_/¯||
|1 year 27 weeks 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.
|1 year 28 weeks 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
|1 year 28 weeks 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.
|1 year 29 weeks ago||Poor bastard||
Gonna be passed out before the game. Possibly overdosed.
|1 year 29 weeks ago||Michigan 19, Utah 15||
Close game with weird score.
|1 year 29 weeks 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.
|1 year 30 weeks 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).
|1 year 31 weeks ago||Damn it||
Was gonna short their stock.
|1 year 31 weeks 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.
|1 year 31 weeks ago||Koalas have a lot of time on their paws||
|1 year 32 weeks 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.
|1 year 33 weeks 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.
|1 year 33 weeks 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.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||Que?||
|1 year 33 weeks 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.
|1 year 34 weeks 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.
|1 year 36 weeks 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.
|1 year 37 weeks 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.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||I wound up with official maize anyway||
(And yes, I voted after you removed the labels.)
|1 year 38 weeks 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.
|1 year 38 weeks 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.
|1 year 38 weeks 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.
|1 year 39 weeks 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.
|1 year 39 weeks 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.
|1 year 39 weeks 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.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||Spammer sighting|
|1 year 39 weeks ago||There's probably an admissions deadline||
A kid doesn't have to sign at all.
|1 year 40 weeks ago||Well, that's disturbing||
Probably not a good idea in the long run, either, but perhaps inevitable.
|1 year 40 weeks 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.
|1 year 40 weeks ago||Let me be the first to get off your lawn||
And I'm firmly in middle age, for crying out loud.
|1 year 40 weeks 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.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||UNLV was 2-11 last year||
How relevant did you think it was going to be?
|1 year 41 weeks ago||The hell with the jacket||
I want that cell phone.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||Michael Taylor?||
Do you mean someone else? Taylor never managed to get 1500 yards of total offense in a season.
|1 year 41 weeks 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.
|1 year 42 weeks 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.
|1 year 43 weeks 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.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||I agree completely BUT||
As a Lions fan I still want to punch the TV every time I hear his voice.
|1 year 43 weeks 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.
|1 year 43 weeks 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.
|1 year 44 weeks 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.
|1 year 46 weeks 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.
|1 year 46 weeks 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.
|1 year 46 weeks 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.)
|1 year 48 weeks 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.
|1 year 48 weeks ago||That may be true||
But the Dunaways may not see it that way. (Or the next recruit.)
|1 year 48 weeks 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.
|1 year 48 weeks 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:
|1 year 49 weeks 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.
|1 year 49 weeks ago||So if I bet against you I make money?||
What's the Vegas line on uniform numbers?
|1 year 49 weeks ago||Corso is actually older||
Per Wikipedia Corso was born in 1935, Holtz in 1937.
|1 year 49 weeks 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.
|1 year 50 weeks 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.)
|1 year 51 weeks 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.