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|2 days 12 hours ago||Brady Hoke||
Brady Hoke represents a total failure of leadership.
|3 days 21 hours ago||We can still speak out||
We can still speak out and work to rein in Dave Brandon's more egregious, gimmicky, inappropropriate shenanigans.
|4 days 13 hours ago||Why have we had two quarterbacks||
Why have we had two quarterbacks who can run like the wind, who show courage in the face of adversity, who are a credit to the university and excellent human beings by every measure, and can't throw the damn ball?
|5 days 20 hours ago||It would be extremely interesting||
It would be extremely interesting to listen to Hoke and Nussmeier discussing the pros and cons of Gardner vs Morris. Any chance we mike them up during their after practice meetings?
|1 week 1 day ago||Good evaluation, Brian.||
Thanks for laying it on the line.
Postmortem: Coach Hoke came on board at a rough time, and righted the ship. His passion, integrity and conviction set the foundation for Michigan to once again become a winning football program. I appreciate and respect that.
When our new coach arrives, and there is a progression of events trending towards John Harbaugh, we're ready to make good things happen.
|1 week 2 days ago||Grantham. Your pessimism is tiresome||
Your pessimism is tiresome, and your foul language is offensive.
I was a student here when Bo was Coach. That set my standards at a high level. If someone's criticisms contain information, a suggestion or a rationale, then they may be constructive. Just being gloomy serves no useful purpose.
|1 week 2 days ago||The passion, conviction and integrity of Coach Hoke||
The passion, conviction and integrity of Coach Hoke has set a solid foundation for Michigan to once again become a winning football program.
When John Harbaugh becomes our coach, this will all be in the rear view mirror. We'll go beyond "sober truth", and raise a toast to victory.
|1 week 2 days ago||Brady Hoke stepped in||
Brady Hoke stepped in at a bad time and set to work righting the ship. He's worked hard recruiting great players. He brought in top Offensive and Defensive coordinators. Most people like Brady Hoke, and respect him. I share his love for Michigan.
That being the case, John Harbaugh and his wife have their families in Michigan. Things are messy in Baltimore. He might appreciate the opportunity to come home and be a hero. Offer him 28M for five years, and I believe he would be our next coach.
We could all look back on these four years as the time when the passion, integrity and conviction of Coach Hoke set the foundation for Michigan to become a winning football program once again.
|1 week 2 days ago||Our football players||
Our football players work hard. They risk their health. They go out on a field and do their best in front of thousands, even milions of people. That takes courage. Every one of these young men is a hero.
I hope and pray that each one of them takes what they learn at the University of Michigan and goes forward to make the world a better place. Godspeed.
|1 week 2 days ago||John Harbaugh||
John Harbaugh and his wife have most of their family in Michigan. Things are messy in Baltimore. He could be intrigued with the opportunity to come home and be a hero.
Okay, we're speculating here. But every Wolverine would be jumping for joy.
|1 week 2 days ago||I like Brady Hoke||
I believe we need to:
1. Ease him out gracefully and with due respect.
2. Offer John Harbaugh 28M for five years.
3. Buy our tickets for the national playoffs.
|1 week 2 days ago||John Harbaugh||
John Harbaugh and his wife have most of their family in Michigan. He would bring proven character (see the Rice incident) and have no baggage. He has a Super Bowl ring that will do more for recruiting than all the nice letters in the world. This is his opportunity to come home and be a hero.
Offer him 28 mil. for five years, and I believe he will be our next coach.
|1 week 2 days ago||A topflight quarterback||
A topflight quarterback has the ability to scan the field, see three things at once, make the right decision, then act on it in a microsecond. There's a reason that Tom Bradys and Peyton Mannings are so rare.
Devin Gardner has a lot of heart, and is a gifted athlete. He just doesn't have that critical ability. Had he been well coached from the beginning, he could have been a decent, though perhaps not great, quarterback. That didn't happen, and now this is where we're at.
Hold your head up, Devin. Godspeed. You will make the world a better place.
|1 week 4 days ago||John Harbaugh||
John Harbaugh and his wife both have most of their family in Michigan. His tenure with the Ravens has been successful, but he's hitting some rough patches.
The opporunity to be a hero in Michigan might intrigue him.
I like Coach Hoke: he's headed in the right direction. We have a great OC and DC. However, the results of this season will speak for themselves.
|2 weeks 17 hours ago||I'm almost ready||
I'm almost ready to leave this beachside community in Southern California and move back to Ann Arbor.
|2 weeks 17 hours ago||That was not just good to read.||
It was great to read.
Every interview with our players, from Countdown to Kickoff to each interview or article, shows the heart and character of these young football players. Just think of how hard they work and how much they commit to represent the University of Michigan.
I'm glad to see that they're now getting the type of coaching that enables them to achieve their potential. They desrve the best. They are the best. God bless them one and all.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Good perspective on the current state of affairs.||
This was a very balanced evaluation that made a lot of sense. I also see signs of improvement, but wonder if it will be enough to make 2014 a successful season.
Here's what makes a big difference to me. This year it seems as if the players are being given the opportunity to succeed. They have a chance to play the game to the best of their ability. Whether they win or lose, the coaches are giving them the tools -- that is the guidance -- to be winners. In light of all they do and how hard they work, those young men deserve that support and opportunity.
Whether Coach Hoke has the strength of conviction that enables some coaches to will their team to victory --- that remains to be seen.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||What I'm drinking?||
What I'm drinking? It's called "The Kool-Aid".
Seriously, Coach Hoke has made some noticeable improvements, and I'm trying to be optimistic. And when John Harbaugh comes in and takes over, we should be all ready to make our move for the playoffs.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||If Nussmeier||
If Nussmeier can get Devin to settle down and be a baller, we have a good chance to beat Michigan State.
I am rooting for the Big Ten to be better than the fourth best conference. If MS and O win, so what? As long as we start beating them.
Note: I attended UM when Bo was here. That set my expectations high.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I'm in the need more data group.||
I'm in the need more data group. Coach Hoke has made improvements in many areas. He brought in Nussmeier which is a big plus. He's letting Mattison be aggressive, which worked in 2011. He's bringing in talent. However, he still seems like your tubby, avuncular, favorite uncle rather than someone who can drive a group to achieve victory.
We shall see. Meanwhile, I will stand strong with my team.
Alum96 I like your list, although I would have them 1. John, 2. Jim.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Would you prefer||
Would you prefer either John or Jim?
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Hey SQuato||
Last year you were one of the weenies defending Al Borges, whom I critiqued for lack of leadership. Now you are down on our head coach, even though he's made improvements in many areas.
Stand strong with your team!
|2 weeks 5 days ago||In 1976 Hasely Crawford||
In 1976 Hasely Crawford won the Olympic gold medal in the 100 metres. He was able to generate tremendous force with speed to overcome his inertial mass more effectively than anyone in the world.
In 1978 I met Hasely Crawford in a Highland Appliance store in Ann arbor. We spoke for a while. He was probably the most relaxed person I have ever met in my life. He carried very little tension of any sort in his body or being.
Does Usain Bolt do a good job of staying loose before competing? Do you think he works on just getting stronger, or having resilient, efficient muscles?
Floyd Mayweather by any measure is a well conditioned athlete. Power, speed, endurance, mobility. In a video about him, it was interesting to see that he has a foam roll in his house.
If you don't know why, you might want to learn how much chronic, restrictive tension people carry in their bodies, and practice methods to overcome and release this tension. You will be younger and more athletic. I've been teaching this for years. It's powerful stuff.
I hope Wellman is one of those trainers who understands and practices this advanced method.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||No one mentioned a huge factor||
No one throughout this discussion even mentioned a huge factor in generating athletic power: muscle fiber efficiency and flexibility. Rippetoe talks about strength so much, he neglects the critical element that many Olympic coaches today emphasize, having muscle fibers that are free from chronic tension, and connective tissue (fascia, tendons, ligaments) with adequate pliability and resilience.
Myofascial release techniques and trigger point therapy are critical for optimum athletic performance. If an Olympic athlete carries chronically tight, non-functional muscle fibers, it's like an anchor. They can't compete at world class levels. S&C coaches are all over the map on this subject. One of our former U of M coaches thought flexibility was useless, even detrimental. That's really WRONG.
I've been a professional health and fitness instructor for many years: successfully training professional and Olympic athletes. (More fun than being an addiction counselor.) Doing more post-surgical rehab and geriatric work now. You can check a website called Somax about what muscle adhesions do to athletes; how range of motion and maximally efficient muscle fibers make all the difference in the world.
Here's the primary principle for any athletic training: The more you do something, the better you get at doing that thing. Following this maxim, I train my athletic clients with elastic bands and cables more than anything. Stabilization traing produces more real world power, and is optimal for the support tissue around the joints. Elastic bands with sufficient resistance support maximum force generation along with explosive speed, and optimize endurance as well. I've read Barwiss utilizes this type of training.
Also core training in all three planes of motion (sagittal, ventral, transverse) is key for any athlete, because the core is the weak link transferring power from the legs to the torso. Rippetoe neglects this as well.
Finally, flexibility, mobility, range of motion, are critcal components for generating athletic power. I wonder sometimes if Aaron Wellman and company are putting too much emphasis on hypertrophy (muscle mass) and not doing enough training for the dynamic, multi-planar activity that football demands. Why so many ACL injuries? Where is our fourth quarter performance? Explosive power, that is force with speed, is more important than strength measurements or even muscle mass.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Coach Hoke may not be||
Coach Hoke may not be the smoothest talker in the world, but I agree with his policy of being very taciturn about injuries. Why give the opponent useful information?
|3 weeks 6 days ago||And remember||
And remember, you are part of our family and tradition.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Take care||
Take care of your business, bro, then come on back and play some ball.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||It's great to see||
It's great to see young people like our football players who work so hard and are really dedicated to achieve something special. And there are other students throughout the university who have that same level of dedication in their field.
That's why I have always been a strong advocate that these young men deserve great coaches who will help them reach their full potential. Just like a great teacher can make all the difference for a student in another area of endeavor. It happened for me.
No matter what the score, Coach Hoke and Coach Mattison and Coach Nussmeier and the others are giving these young men the opportunity to excel at what they love to do. I'm happy about that.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Maize is better||
Maize is better than day-glow yellow.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||They used to come out||
They used to come out in the Monday paper. But now we've got some kind of digital stuff, or something.