|9 hours 8 min ago||I have to be careful how I say this --||
but I always found the rape ewok emotionally satisfying. I never got over the irritation I felt when "Return" ended with a Disney-esque military frolic ending with a crushing triumph by teddy bears over a modern mechanized army. I had expected "Return" to continue a trajectory of growth in substance and weight extrapolated from "Empire Strikes Back," and I never forgave the teddy bears for crashing my party -- at the same moment that a romantic interest was going cold in the theatre seat next to mine. The combination of frankness and graphicallity imposed on the cursed cartoonish interlopers by your one-time avatar was gradually restoring my karmic balance with the frivolous furry rodents. I'm sorry I never acknowledged the healing powers of your avatar while it was still around; how we take the important things for granted.
I should have recognized Snoopy's flag from the images in the Wiki article on anarco-syndicalism. After reading the article, I am 75% certain that that is the closest established counterpart to my socio-economic convictions. Down with Madison's "minority of the opulent."
|3 days 14 hours ago||On first click||
I thought this was going to be a DB tribute to Kiss. I'm still grateful we didn't have to witness more Bumblebeez for the OSU game last year.
|3 days 14 hours ago||I got||
pretty restless with the succession of mishaps that led from four losses in a row in 2006-7 back to 7-6 this year, and my irritation spiked with 27 yards on 27 attempts. I thought firing RR after 3 was the first step on the road to ND status.
But I didn't want to stay angry. I was pretty much molified with the Borges-to-Nuss transition. If Hoke can't get it done, we'll see what happens next, but I'm content to take things one at a time. We already blew the 32-year bowl streak, which really doesn't mean that much now that bowls are a form of school-financed special olympics anyway. Elite we are not, so what's the hurry?
Looking at your new avatar -- is Snoopy a Sandinista? No politics!
|3 days 14 hours ago||I heard||
an unsourced anecdote that Pablo Casals used to throw up before every performance.
Along the same lines, I heard about a backstage ballet coach who would mark a dancer's face with magic marker if they didn't appear agitated or hyped enough before a performance. This would force them to go back downstairs and redo their entire make-up and then sprint to make it back to stage in time for the down-beat.
|6 days 10 hours ago||When will||
B1G refs start calling technicals on Crean and Izzo?
What a great night Morgan had to close out at Crisler, and just when we needed it as IU once again hit capricious and improbable numbers on FG and FT. Nice to beat them in spite of this wierdness, and at least in part on the back of an outstanding showing on the part of Morgan, a foundation of the Belein transition era.
|6 days 11 hours ago||Speaking||
of double . . .
|1 week 3 days ago||Wishful thinking?:||
|2 weeks 1 day ago||For a long list of reasons||
I thought RR was better than that, as well.
I was actually pleasantly surprised at the time at how principalled he appeared to be.
We will probably never know what went on, only that our case for apparent moral superiority is getting more tenuous every year that goes by.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Gibbons' recourse||
would have been not to force himself on a drunk woman in the first place.
Once he sent someone to the hospital as the result of a drunken sexual encounter, his student status is in an admittedly precarious condition.
If someone doesn't want to get in that situation, then they should probably avoid that kind of behavior, as demanding as that may seem.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Yes.||
Embarrassingly obvious grubbing for money aside, I'm willing to bet that the beginning of the slide in student attendance can be dated to not before Oklahoma's legal victory over the NCAA over televising college football in 1984. The prior NCAA approach to limiting TV access to college football meant that the overwhelming majority of college games were unaffected by TV commercial time-outs and scheduling impositions; it also meant that ADs were primarily concerned with the stadium experience and not the TV market. The focus on TV income has made actual attendees of secondary importance and has put them out in the cold, metaphorically speaking.
I wonder if TV income makes it economically hypothetically possible to have football games without live audiences at all; if so, this economic reality is what modern fans are up against.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||I suppose it depends.||
The first time I read the story, it sounded like this guy's wbb teams were a primary avenue to college scholarships for his players, but now I don't even see the statistics I thought I saw in there. It's a whole world I know nothing about. This is part of the reason I hesitate to judge the situation.
What are the in-demand fields these days? I'm about ready to file my doctorate in a safe place and start over.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Linked story includes this ad:||
Eww. I'll stay with the lisinopryl.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Once we turn college athletic scholarships||
into an avenue of social, economic and professional advancement, it's hard to blame parents for doing this.
Parents have moved their families to improve their kid's educational prospects for years, and no one has made it out to be a problem. Once you construct a reward system, people are going to respond to it.
I'm not familiar enough with this to say whether I think it's a problem, but it's hard for me to put the blame on parents who want the best for their kids.
And as long as Sabin is still allowed to coach, I have trouble blaming the coach there for working the system that is in place.
Edit: I realize this is HS, but college sporting scholarships are the object of the exercise.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||The poop hit the fan when||
They play rough, don't they?
|3 weeks 2 days ago||I did,||
and there was this:
I don't remember the last time I saw the word "flecked" paired with anything other than the adverb phrase "with spittle."
|4 weeks 1 day ago||I thought||
everybody knew about his "Kramer" moment on the Jon Stewart show during the Helen Thomas flap:
You think you know someone, and then . . .
|6 weeks 13 hours ago||It's not the same||
as a criminal finding.
I'm no lawyer, but all universities feel free to define the conditions under which they are willing to include someone in the university community, and is not unreasonable to extend prohibitions to include sexual encounters that include alcohol and have unpleasant outcomes, whether a rape is committed or not. I don't think its asking too much to ask someone to forgo these types of encounters as a price of participation in the life of the university, and I don't think there is doubt here that something of this nature transpired.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Technically,||
all government actions are "politics." "Politics," "policy" and "police" are all words derived from the Helenic words for city [polis] or citizen (ie, member of a city) and are more or less analagous to the Latin equivalent cognates -- "civics," "civility," "civilization," all derived from the Latin "civis." In general, the embracing idea is that it is everything involved in people coming out of the forest and abandoning the law of the jungle in favor of a community of people governed by a system of law.
In popular usage, the word "political" is also a term of disparagement used by all who have ever come out on the short end of an outcome involving decisions made by other people -- auditions, promotions, etc., as heard in the expression "it was all politics."
This is an ambiguity in the alternative senses of the word big enough to drive a truck through, and I'm not sure you're not toying with it.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Don't know what this means:||
A musician has a choice of scholarships and assistanceships in order to help finance an education toward a music degree. In both cases, progress toward a degree or meeting assistanceship obligations is a condition of maintaining the assistance.
This example is sort of contorted because much of this assistance is for post-graduate work. Anyone pursuing a higher degree in music is likely eyeing an academic career rather than playing in an orchestra. (There is also an historical split between the old conservatory system, aimed at producing players, and the university system aimed at producing scholars and researchers (and, in the US system, professors). The conflation of the two in the US is sort of an historical peculiarity.) In football, there are no post-graduate football scholarships, and, as far as I know, no academic careers built around football, except maybe John Bacon.
All this aside, a person on assistance for music school can do anything they want on the side as long as they maintain progress toward a degree or their assistanceship duties. A musician can audition for a performance organization at any time with or without a degree. I don't know, but I am willing to guess that the majority of symphony musicians have no doctorate, although many do.
I don't see why CFB players can't engage in gainful employment using or not using their expertise, or hire out for commercial endorsements or the like, as long as they maintain their scholarship responsibilities. This, I think, is artificial and wrong.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Saying||
M spends $800k ON each football player is like saying NASA spent $24 billion ON Neil Armstrong.
This money is spent to make the players more effective at their JOB.
In particular, as the historical examples cited above show, medical treatment has in the past had a tendency to go away when the player can no longer do his JOB, hence the necessity for a lawsuit in the first place ca. 1950.
"Amateurism" was stripped from the Olympics at around the time they were fully subjugated to money and TV; there is no analogy in that example to the role of the NFL in helping to superannuate "amateurism" as a device to maintain a defacto farm system.
In an undistorted market system, it is hard to sustain a legal rationale squaring "amateurism" with rampant commercialization as is the case with CFB these days.
WIKI's comment on "amateurism" in the Olympics ends with the following:
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Do you mean||
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Klingon:||
Qo' bitch, ghewmey yIjatlh, neH Ha' waq lace 'ej shit moq Sep! team vImuSHa'! DaH chaq QujmeH rur ghu'vam team laH Suq hoke Hoch lugh HochDaq!
|6 weeks 6 days ago||It's happening||
|7 weeks 5 days ago||The opposite.||
For one, I was thinking the exact same thing during the OSU game.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Technological naïveté, I guess.||
I've never texted in my life, and the heading apparatus looks credible enough to my untrained eye.
And I was hoping he had said all these things.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Did you say "blue?"|
|8 weeks 3 hours ago||You mean||
|8 weeks 1 day ago||You can say "dick"||
|11 weeks 1 day ago||I was thinking||
of ski masks, back in '09, and the re-instatement of Glenn Winston to MSU football in fall '09 after serving jail time in an assault on MSU hockey player A.J. Sturges. I recall there was at least some gloating over UM moral superiority at the time.
The Bucknuts pushing of the Lewan story has led me to a site called Washtenawwatchdogs.com, with which I have no previous encounters. This site is reporting, in a tendentious tone perhaps inseparable from the investigative reporting mindset, on an alleged cover-up of an incident involving Brendan Gibbons and, tangentally, Taylor Lewan, from fall 2009. A sinking feeling of retroactively established moral equivalency, then and now, rears its ugly head.
This has been a tiring season. Perhaps, after cheering for yet another freshman QB in the Copper Bowl, it will be a good time to hibernate for a bit.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Well,||
maybe Brent Pease will still be available after the Copper Bowl.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||I'm sort of with you.||
This is more my speed:
|11 weeks 2 days ago||This||
is a serious blow to the meme of Dantonio as lax disciplinarian.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||This may be stretching a point||
to play devil's advocate, but back in the day, many folks called Sargeant Pepper "George Martin's best album."
|11 weeks 4 days ago||That's not||
how we do it here.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||From||
|12 weeks 2 days ago||M||
has much more infrastructure than MSU.
But MSU has bounced to the top in the '50s-60s, and briefly again now, despite their lesser history/tradition. Even outside the M-MSU rivalry, Dantonio has exceeded Saban's mark already, and yet appears less of a threat to leave than Saban was; we'll see how that plays out.
I think it is less about MSU and more about M's relative fortunes then and now that no-one looks back on the Saban years as a downtime for Michigan in that series (we were 3-2 in Saban's brief span).
|12 weeks 2 days ago||I would add||
Devaney to your list of coaches. I think he is the one who first made Nebraska dominance seem inevitable.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||It would be interesting to see||
where perceptions stood during the 14-4-1 stretch (Biggie Munn, Duffy Dougherty) MSU put up during 1950-69. Starting in '70 was the 37-year run that brings us up to the Dantonio era.
M is bigger and better-established overall, so do we look at even a twenty-year stretch as a minor aberance?
In the short term, I begin to wonder if the Bo tradition that fueled 37 years of dominance has soured into an introspective culture that turns cannibalistic when faced with any attempt to infuse the culture with outside influences, perhaps threatening a lengthy ND-style tailspin?
The future will tell. I am willing to look past the last six years if, indeed, a dramatic turnaround is around the corner.
By now, though, the "transition" that began in 2008 has gone on long enough that, before too much longer, it will have to be considered an historical epoch in its own right, perhaps similar in character, although I hope not in duration, to the funk UM fell into from 1951-68 (which had some very good seasons therein, just not that very many of them).
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Everyone knows||
it was controlled demolition.
Speaking of conspiracies:
|13 weeks 15 hours ago||But then,||
do we still distinguish between a "pointless post" and a "pantless post?"
|13 weeks 15 hours ago||I think||
the minus one for downvoting will make a difference in sorting out recreational downvoting from serious and principled downvoting.
I'm not sure, but if I recall correctly, Mgoblog has never had downvotes cost a point before? If I'm right, the future stretches out beyond our imagination.
Edit: Oops, now that I hit "save" I see the queue of comments all saying the exact same thing I'm saying. Well, here's one more vote for the minus one for downvoting.
|13 weeks 17 hours ago||Posting confusion error.||
|13 weeks 17 hours ago||/sees above comment;||
// investigates "War . . ." review, referenced above, at Amazon;
///confirms that the following is still posted there as "The most helpful favorable review":
(Nice to see Mike Messner's namesake still holding the line for the team.)
////cackles gleefully, enjoys warm feeling of satisfaction inside.
(Maybe I shouldn't say this after the last sentence . . .) Thank you, Benoit Balls.
BTW, I googled to make sure I understood your e-name correctly. It appears everyone is calling them "Ben Wa Balls" these days.
|13 weeks 17 hours ago||You're suffering||
Things don't work the same everywhere.
|13 weeks 17 hours ago||FWIW,||
the headline is as you say, but the second paragraph starts:
If there is a clear distinction to be made, the writing in the article isn't helping to clarify it.
|13 weeks 17 hours ago||I like||
to see both the infraction and its inevitable reward.
After all, there aren't that many any more.
|13 weeks 17 hours ago||Can we||
have one of these?
|13 weeks 17 hours ago||I thnk||
it needs plumper elves.
|13 weeks 18 hours ago||There were||
also plenty of legitimate and articulately-worded opinions that got bombed by people that thought downvotes were to be used as a sort of popularity contest.
|13 weeks 18 hours ago||Downvoting||
was excessive in the old days when it was free; several well-articulated opinions were mobbed with downvotes if the mob mentality got ahold of them.
I think the one-point toll for downvotes will curb the exhiliarating and undiscriminating generosity with which some folks used to throw them around.
|13 weeks 18 hours ago||Alright,||
now I'm confused.
Is it "points system" or "pants system?"
|13 weeks 3 days ago||There are worse things||
to be terrible at.
Although, I find Groban to be a witty and ingratiating personality in general, as witness his two turns on Never Mind the Buzzcocks some years back.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||For 10 years||
OSU fans have been able to say "We will always have Tempe."
Now we can do the same.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||I vaguely remember||
talk was, at one point right around when the voting system started malfunctioning and going away periodically, of making a downvote cost a point to the person who cast it. I don't think this system was ever implemented, but this is where the discussion appeared to have converged after much experience with herd-downvoting, grudge-downvoting, clique-downvoting, suppression-of-principled-disagreement-downvoting, etc., and seemed to represent the highest development of the theory of downvoting and just never made it to implementation.
I think much of the jerk downvoting will go away once a downvote comes with a price.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Not OT||
per MGoBoard FAQ:
I hope we're not going to take them lightly this time around.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||After||
reading the following:
I started expecting a fireball, so the actual video was somewhat of a letdown.
I wonder if this is the same as expecting to lose by 35 and then only losing by 11?
|15 weeks 2 days ago||Nice to know||
Mgoblog is Ars-Technica savvy.
I suppose it should come as no surprise.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||I was expecting||
I guess it's been too long since I saw the movie.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||Is there||
a reciprocal obligation from the professional staff and AD?
If so, do you think they are measuring up better than the fans are?
(I'm thinking particularly of the "love for the game that isn't rooted in the almighty dollar.")
|15 weeks 3 days ago||I don't think||
Brian called the entire Michigan football program "horseshit," but the way you parse his comments may depend on how inclusively you define the words "entire Michigan football program."
I think that sounds over-broad.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||. . .||
|15 weeks 4 days ago||Is it possible||
to get passing and rushing yards as a percentage of opponent defensive avg. as well?
I'm not any kind of football mind, but since I was a teenager I have always thought it was misleading to count qb sacks as a rushing play. Is there as yet no consensus forming about making rushing yards sack-free, and counting sacks against the passing game?
|15 weeks 6 days ago||Obviously||
the problem was with RR.
Look how he is stinking up the place at Arizona, and look how our program has taken off since we ditched him. Who would rather be cheering for Arizona right now?
The proof is on the field.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Maybe DB||
is floating this rumor so that, when M shows up wearing proper uniforms, everyone is so relieved that they don't notice M getting beaten 50-14.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Are you suggesting||
that Hoke has changed the tide on the rivalry?
P.S. -- In 1985, it was a very good year . . . .
|16 weeks 4 days ago||"Funky."||
Is this a pun?
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Your word||
in God's ear.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Hand||
just chose dinosaur-y Alabama over MBA-driven Uniformz-y Michigan.
Michigan isn't winning as much as dinosaur-y Alabama or uniformz-y Oregon.
Uniformz may not be the answer to winning and losing, but they may have something to do with holding on to the devotees of the team that once wore what Bo once called "the uniform with the proudest tradition in college football."
What you're hearing is "feedback." "Whining" is just a term of arbitrary deprecation. Stop whining.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Well, so far||
we have threads deriding the abysmal playcalling, and threads defending it.
We also have a thread warning us about more uniformz shenanigans.
Why don't you start the "Uniformz Appreciation" thread?
Edit: This was in response to "No joke it's Hoke." Sometimes the response linkage seems a little hinky.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||The Brandon,||
the Brandon, the Brandon.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||"Beetles?"||
|16 weeks 4 days ago||For some reason,||
it's almost impossible to find this information with a simple google search.
White jerseys were instituted by the NCAA in the 1950's to facilitate viewing on monochrome (ie, "black-and-white") TVs of that era, even though the NCAA's first invasion of the television world was to ban broadcasts of games by Notre Dame and Penn in 1950. By about 1952, the NCAA had settled on the one-national-game-a-week plus regional broadcasts that more or less were the rule until the NCAA was successfully sued by Oklahoma and U of Georgia in 1981.
The white road jerseys were instituted sometime around the beginning of NCAA football broadcasting ca. 1952, although I can't find any explicit discussion of this on-line; I remember it was in the CTE story a couple of years back, I think in the New Yorker. I can't find that online either. According to a hit for "Dawgsports," the white jersey rule was lifted sometime around 2009.
You can see home unis on both teams in both the snow-bowl OSU game of 1950 and in the excerpts of the UM-USC Rose Bowl of 1948 posted to YouTube by WolverineHistorian. If the white-jersey rule has in fact been lifted, the Game would have been the perfect place to restore some real throwback action. Unfortunately, the MBA's are in charge with gimmick uniformz the new "tradition."
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Maybe Hand||
will flip back to us if we offer more gimmicky uniformz like we did in '11. After all, recruits eat that shit up.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Is that||
the "Tsar Bomba" of 1961?
|16 weeks 4 days ago||"I swear,||
some of you are more concerned about the fucking uniforms than winning the game."
I, for one, hate the brain-dead offensive play-calling and embarrassing losses as well.
But I think I'm also entitled to my own opinion on the idea of someone with an MBA mentality shitting all over that which Bo once called "the uniform with the proudest tradition in all of college football."
Losing is bad enough without the additional irritation of "what is that shit they're wearing?"
|16 weeks 5 days ago||RR||
never had anywhere near the third-best paid DC in D-1 football, either. If you factor for compensation, you get Borgerg.
|17 weeks 15 hours ago||This is||
so not the time for a big-time coaching search.
|17 weeks 15 hours ago||I||
turn mine off, although the whole NSA thingy has me wondering if it matters one way or the other.
No-one loves a grammar Nazi, but I don't flinch from the opprobrium. This is Michigan, fer Gosh sakes.
|17 weeks 15 hours ago||A clause||
with "dumb" and "ignorant" in it really needs to have a verb, unless it's an adjective phrase modifying "I."
In the latter case, you're missing a comma.
Edit: You need a comma in either case.
|17 weeks 1 day ago||Why don't you put it||
in a comment? I'll read it.
|17 weeks 1 day ago||Back then,||
each of the unending succession of crap seasons was immeasurably sweetened by wrecking an otherwise MNC-bound OSU team.
By 2002, when this situation was shaping up again, it seemed all the papers where I was were going "it would be better if M lost and gave OSU a chance at the MNC." I date the malaise at least back to that. Pounding a highly-regarded OSU team in '03 was nice, but it needs to happen more than once every 13 years to be enough.
|17 weeks 2 days ago||You have to give||
RR credit for his share of the smooth coaching change, another planet from what was waiting for him when he got here.
|17 weeks 2 days ago||Another part of the difference||
between RR and Hoke was the budget constraints that forced RR to make do with second- or third-choice DC's. Either way, Shafer should have gotten three and then RR should have gotten five. And Rubinstein should never have happened, which maybe it wouldn't except for something murky, and not to UM's credit, with or without RR, going on in the background.
|17 weeks 2 days ago||Actually,||
One time "she" called me up to say she was in the mood. This is what she said to me when I got to her front door before she put the phone down.
|17 weeks 2 days ago||"When it works"||
appears to be September-October. I'm not liking the current RR-like trajectory, but as always, I'll keep watching and hoping.
|17 weeks 2 days ago||At first||
I thought you were going to hearken us back to 1951-1968. I guess it's all about perspective.
|17 weeks 2 days ago||That||
|17 weeks 2 days ago||If you||
tighten up the columns, I bet you can make it easier to read. Looks like a good idea for a post; diary-worthy, once you make it readable.
P.S. "separate" with "a," not a second "e."
|17 weeks 5 days ago||I think||
if we are to speculate on an RR defense in a hypothetical year four, we should allow for DB to give RR a Mattison-level piggy bank to hunt for a top-level DC in the interest of giving RR a level hypothetical playing field. I am sure RR realized defense was bad at least as much as Hoke understands offense is bad.
Why would RR hand-cuff his DC to the scheme he wanted? If it is for the same reason that Hoke/Borges are handcuffed to the 0.97-yards-and-a-cloud-of-dust offense (which did work well for Woody Hayes in the '50s and '60s, before the Rose-Bowl dark ages descended on Manball in the '70s, consigning it to no more than regional relevence), then it is because that scheme was relevent to how the team practices on both sides of the ball and what he needed was someone who could make the scheme he relied on as head coach succeed. As in, well enough to make his over-all scheme succeed.
Actually, to be fair, my memory of those years was that, in big games, the O was constantly putting the D in a bad position, giving them a short field to defend, failing to answer scores, not staying on the field and for the wrong reasons, etc. The D ended up with bad numbers, but I often had the feeling that the failures on D started with failures in the O.
I don't know if RR could have pulled it off at some point with the current coaching budget for coordinators. A change in D was absolutely mandatory to even discuss a year four, because it is not clear the team was growing more positive in outlook despite the improving record over the first three bad but not incomparably bad years (9 losses was a record, but the '34 and '62 seasons were still worse on a percentage basis).
I thought it was a bad decision to let him go after year 3 because of the horrible face the Michigan community showed through those 3 years and because I thought 3-and-out was a Notre-Dame type thing to do and might come back to haunt UM. Starting a real coaching search for '12 while giving RR a fourth year to field a junior QB in his scheme and a first-tier budget to look for a DC would, I think, have left M in a better position to look for a solid replacement if RR hadn't had a decent '11 and maintained his pace thereafter. Having given him a chance, UM could seek a replacement without going all Notre Dame, just as OSU had done in '87 and '99 and as UM did after Elliot's 8-2 season in 1968.
At this point, M has to give Hoke 1-2 more years, at which point I don't know what replacement choices there will be absent a striking turnaround from the post-Minnesota profile this team has shown us.
|17 weeks 5 days ago||"Gift"||
is a noun.
It is probably derived from a Germanic past participal of the verb, "to give."
Oh well, "gift" until it hurts.
|17 weeks 5 days ago||Woody went for 2 in '68;||
but he didn't get it. A one-pointer would have made it 51-14. The big deal then was that that was an 8-1 4th-rated Michigan team, and the best since a 1-loss Rose-Bowl champion in 1964. Woody's 1968 and 1969 teams seem to have been lousy at kicking extra points.
Woody did go for 2 and get it, I believe, in a 1961 50-20 victory in Ann Arbor.
Carr's 1995 and 1996 OSU victories are still fond memories for me, although it is hard to know how to compare then with now. A lot has happened in the last 7 years.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||"Yakety axe"||
For those who prefer sound production using stretched wire:
|17 weeks 6 days ago||I was disheartened||
by the 2nd-half fumble recoveries because I knew it meant the offense was coming back on the field.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||How high||
does this go?
Is Mary Sue Coleman next?
|17 weeks 6 days ago||Do you mean||
AFTER Brandon fired RR?
|18 weeks 5 days ago||"It seems||
like there is no way to please people."
We went through this four years ago. This is in fact exactly right, as long as you came in stressing "accountability" and your team loses in an embarrassing and discouraging way. If you are the head coach and your team is losing games while exhibiting visible flaws, this is how it is.
People aren't really mad about the fact Hoke doesn't scream and yell at press conferences. They are mad about Hoke's third-year team setting records for futility in the course of two embarrassing losses.
|18 weeks 6 days ago||Am surprised||
to see you call Carr "one of the worst coaches in football history," expecially since he was shaken out of the Bo coaching tree; is this /s?
I tend to disagree, although I am no fan of his post-January-2008 behavior. I believe he was kept around a little longer than he wanted. I wonder if it might not have helped M to go through the painful transition to a post-Bo coaching tradition a year or two earlier, especially while Bo himself was still around to vaporize mutineers, defeatists, spies and traitors at a glance with his mighty heat-ray vision. But it was Bo himself who asked Carr to stay on after Carr's heart was still in the recruiting process and the other gruelling aspects of the HC job. Easy to see the trouble to come with hindsight.
|18 weeks 6 days ago||two years.||
|18 weeks 6 days ago||I agree||
that it is unlikely that personnel decisions at the AD will be settled here on this board; we can only be observers and critics and opinionaters about about the object of the passion we all have in common. I also admit that my lurking here has fallen off and I have missed much of your mentioned previous work.
The argument about youth and inexperience is mitigated for me by the examples of teams that approach M's level of performance with far humbler resources; the example of Akron comes to mind.
I understand that the D is dependent on the practices against the O. This said, wouldn't also be in the D's interest for the O to practice plays it can actually execute? For the O line to perform the way it does in the schemes it is asked to execute, what possible value can it be to the D to practice against it? Regardless of the long-term picture, I would think it mandatory to both the O and the D for the O to be practicing plays that will actually work in game situations. As happy as I was to see Fitz not asked to hit the line 27 times at 0.97 yards a pop, I still got a sinking feeling watching Devin take one long drop after the other knowing nothing was going to happen before the rush enveloped him.
Just as in the expectations-gap years of The Coach Who Shall Not Be Mentioned, I find myself asking, "Why is this happening?"
I think we should bury the "little brother" meme for a few years. I don't think it has helped us.
|18 weeks 6 days ago||What does||
"snowflake" mean? Is it a term of deprecation? Should I feel deprecated just for posting here?
|18 weeks 6 days ago||I think we took that first step||
toward being ND when we fired RR after 3. Now we are that team that only gives a new coach 3 years, unless the lifers in the AD are kind enough not to sabotage him behind his back. After that whole disgusting performance, M has very few places left to go.
|18 weeks 6 days ago||Do you mean||
"supposed to be built?" Because it is hard to say "is built to have . . . a strong OL" AND "OL has been a complete, absolute failure" without implying the conclusion that "it [M]" is a complete, absolute failure," yet you seem to shy away from assigning any responsibility to the staff for where all this lalapolooza of failure you mention is coming from.
Once upon a time, the detractors of a coach since forced out of town used to remind us over and over that a coach has to design the game plan around the players he actually has. Has this shoe grown too uncomfortable for the current generation of feet to consider wearing it?
|23 weeks 5 days ago||Urban Meyer||
doesn't believe in an OSU-UM rematch for a national championship. A one-loss SEC team must always be in the MNC game.
***Still annoyed about 2006***
|24 weeks 5 days ago||Looking back at myself,||
I think you're right about the effectiveness of fear.
By now, the coaches shouldn't have to work very hard to create an illusion of fear.
Except, if it's real, do you call it an illusion?
|24 weeks 5 days ago||You're right.||
This would be more apropos of last week. It was easy to forget the path UConn has taken after the loss to Towson State and the light regard they were getting since.
Since Appy State, it seems that UM has more-frequently-than-average unfortunate outcomes with lightly-regarded opponents.
I don't know how this plays into the psychology of the current team, but I hope it helps to have these two "learning experiences" this early in the season without having to pay for them with a loss.
|24 weeks 5 days ago||This makes me think||
of the "King of Town" in Homestar Runner.com's "Strong Bad Email #134.
I would link, but I am having a flash-player snit and can't use that site.
|24 weeks 5 days ago||I think there is something debilitating||
about the very practice of scheduling tomato cans.
I think the "weak" mentality originates in the very idea of scheduling a team just to run up the score on them.
In Alexander Technique, the distinction is made between "end-gaming," ie, "the ends justify the means," and "means whereby," ie, the means you employ are the the blueprint for your ultimate outcome.
I think scheduling tomato cans smells of the mentality of puffing up season numbers in order to get scheduled into a prestigious post-season destination. Or alternatively, it represents the effect of money trumping the fan or player experience as the determinant of scheduling decisions.
The 18- to 20-year-old mind, I think, senses without fully consciously grasping that (to paraphrase MLK's "Beyond Viet Nam" speech, 4-3-67) the adults in charge have piled calculated cynicism on top of the inherent physical hazard of playing the game, and they have a sense that greed has turned the game they love into something a little twisted as well as potentially dangerous. And so, subconsciously, they can't help but approach these debased demonstration games without their full enthusiasm, even if they don't know why this is.
We expect them to put their health and well-being on the line in exchange for the team experience and, often, help in paying their college tuition. I think, in return, they have a right to expect the people, for whom they are bringing in hundreds of millions of dollars of revenue, to at least go through the motions of making the regular season a reasonably meaningful football experience.
At any rate, they must know that the scheduling wasn't made with an exciting athletic contest in mind, and this may make it difficult for the eighteen-year-mind to cover for adult cynicism with youthful enthusiasm.
oops tl;dr but this thought started to form as I was watching the game.
|25 weeks 6 days ago||I go with this.||
Quality of life over quantity.
|25 weeks 6 days ago||This is apropos what --||
just recreational anti-RR trolling?
|25 weeks 6 days ago||Not to mention||
getting a score on just one of the multiple cracks from inside the 5 in the 14-11 loss to OSU in '72, and not missing crucial field goals in '73 and '74 would have given Bo three more victories against top-5 competition with three plays. "What-if" works both ways.
|26 weeks 20 hours ago||Apropos||
1) VARYING QUANTITIES? Back in my days, it was SPLAT (except when it was corndogs); NEXT! and then you payed your quarter;
2) is that what they mean by "leadership?"
|32 weeks 5 days ago||thatsharsh||
|32 weeks 5 days ago||Sorry,||
smallest thing I got is $100.
|33 weeks 1 day ago||I think||
whatever happens in your impressionable years is what sticks to you.
Having survived the OSU beat-down of 1968, or, worse yet, the agonizing stretch of close losses (and one tie which might as well have been a loss) to OSU from 1972-75, everything else (above) seems endurable to me. And the yang is, of course, 3 wins in a row over OSU from 1976-8 and the ruination of OSU seasons in 1995-6. But the emptiness and sorrow never goes away.
|48 weeks 4 days ago||Heading||
makes more sense if you read "Kill" as a noun.
|49 weeks 5 days ago||That's how I first read it.||
Which made me wonder if the "We on" version was a reference to an incendiary airline accident.
I still don't know what the jet silhouette signifies, unless the complete thought is not parallel to the "We been on fire" construction, and reads something like "We on aerial transportation."
|49 weeks 5 days ago||I did.||
I play one myself, and as an admirer of the instrument, I have to correct spelling --
"'Cello," or "Cello,"
is an abbreviation for the Italian "Violoncello," itself a diminutive of "Violone," augmentative of "Viola."
In Vogrich's case, I had the idea it was more the size of a contrabass.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||Statistically speaking||
I am wondering if you are differentiating expectations based on a run-based offense v. a pass-first offense.
I imagine that there were teams in that stretch with below-average passing and running stats; the improvement in overall winning average for teams with strong running games might be accounted for merely by excluding teams that stink at everything.
Or in other words, I wonder if a look at strong passing teams would show a similar tendency toward above-average winning percentages?
If you are not trying to make a point that the running game is more predictive of winning than is the passing game, then I misunderstood you.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||When||
did UM go Nike? This would still leave us with the '70's and most of the 80's.
It's sort of sad that, in order to save money, we've lost control of our own uniforms.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||Voice in the wilderness?||
from the above:
|1 year 12 weeks ago||I used to care about the tradition.||
And maybe it's because it was a part of the Michigan sporting culture; particularly, although I didn't know it at the time, Bo's turning down Texas AM to stay with a smaller salary at UM, and later, as AD, sending Billy Frieder packing prior to the BB championship after he signed a contract at ASU. I probably naively believed that winning came from resisting the temptations of greed and money, and it seemed that way after Fisher went on to win the championship. Someone posted that Bo wanted to ditch the helmet design when he first got to UM; I didn't know about that at the time either.
Carr appeared to continue the tradition of winning without giving in to the pressures of big-money college sports, although, in retrospect, the MNC in '97 and the seeming near-miss in '06 draw attention away from a sort of meh-ish 8-4 to 9-3 average overall, perhaps the price of resisting the pressure of big money.
Perhaps the NCAA game has given in to money in a way different from the big-money days of the '20'-60's. Perhaps TV has driven CFB away from the community-rich seeming democracy of a fans-in-attendance-driven sport to a TV-contract-advertising-revenue-driven sport, with the transition accelerating during the BCS years. The economic pressures drove cream-puff scheduling that produced 8-home-games-a-year, more fan revenue and shittier matchups.
Through all this, the new CFB economic system has forced ADs to compete to pay higher coaching salaries (look what happened going from Gerg to Mattison). Increasingly, the ditching of old niceties makes the unpaid status of athletes in revenue sports harder to look at as the role of money in determining the substance of the sport increases.
I can't predict the future. The viewership debacle for last year's MNC game gave me hope that the corporate side of CFB had at last gutted the goose with the golden eggs enough to maybe push the balance of power back to a more fan-oriented economic model, and that the pressure to abandon historic traditions and to conform to the featureless and faceless marketing of CFB without a sense of place or history would abate, but, as the latest clown uni business here shows us, we are not there yet.
Whatever happens, I think that it is natural that, as the thing I followed these past years changes to look less like what I know, that I will lose my emotional attachment to it. It is like going back to your old hometown -- the more it resembles the way you remember it, the more at home you feel, and the more it changes, the less it matters to you that you once belonged there.
I don't use tradition against other fans, I don't think. In fact, the more OSU fusses with their unis, the less that feels like The Game as I have known it since we got beat up in 1968 (I think that is the year that Woody settled on the uni that generations of M fans have grown to dread until the clowniform business got to them a few years back). Whether its ours or theirs, I am more likely to remember the black depressions that came from losing during my early teen years (unfortunately, there weren't that many big-game wins; just astronomic winning percentages capped by disappointment most years) if the unis remain reminiscent of those years. My life hinges less on these outcomes now; if modern corporate marketing tries to create a new brand identification with me now, there is a long way to go to match the passion I developed for the "tradition" over the years. This is doubly so if the new "brand" is a knock-off of the marketing precepts being used in every other geographic niche of the country.
Maybe changes in the sport will make it safe to cling to tradition before the economoic pressures of the last few decades have destroyed them all. What Michigan football's trappings and traditions will look like then, I don't know, nor do I know how I will react to it or how much attachment I will feel to it.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||"So, for the first time,||
both teams enter the game unbeaten and untied, 10-0."
I believe both were undefeated and untied at the time of the 1970 game as well, although that year Michigan played a 10-game season and OSU played a 9-game season.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||I was wondering the same thing.||
I can only imagine some of this info being in old newspaper articles. There must be some other form of primary documentation to which OP is privy.
RE Lantry, I can only think "1974," as well as the then-President having to take his side when questions about that failed (?) 18-yarder came up at press conferences.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||I think||
it's more a matter of fitting his message to earthly beings bound by the limits of materialism.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||"Brutal,"||
but it DID get there.
I was pleased by the time we left on the clock for Sparty to work with.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||That's what I was thinking.||
I missed the first half because, for some reason, I couldn't find a sports bar with this game (in Atlanta, GA) and I only found one in time for the second half.
When I saw the 6-0 score and the stat line of one interception, I thought, "thank god this isn't ND all over again."
Conservative, boring, ineffective, maybe. But I'll take all of those over 6 turnovers.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Certainly,||
after three consecutive years of subsequent UM-OSU games in the last regular-season game and in the conference championship, the divisions will be correctly re-aligned.
It's true: sometimes I lie to myself to make myself feel better.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||I think||
the title of that article should be "Does . . . ?" and not "Can . . . ?"; but, to be fair, I only had one quarter of statistics a quarter-century ago.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Title should be||
"Gripes ABOUT Borges." Some folks will click through thinking Borges was griping about something. This way it is more hits, but you don't want to get them this way.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Just in case people are looking up old scores,||
Michigan's 9-3 "Snow Bowl" victory over OSU in 1950 consisted of a TD w/ 1-point conversion and a safety.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Thanks.||
I saw them, but I thought they were just images there to explain the vote totals.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||It has been noted here in thin times||
and thick times: winning makes all vexing annoyances go away.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||To be fair,||
the commenter's first name is "Velikovsky"; we should be encouraging him to try out his English and offering correction in a friendly way.
Also, if the rest of his name is literally descriptive, he's of the canine persuasion, and we need to make allowances for the problems of typing without opposable thumbs.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||I don't know||
how to figure this out;
can anyone tell me how to vote on a forum topic OP?
|1 year 20 weeks ago||They seem||
pretty happy with Kenny Guiton's performance as back-up.
Apropos which, where have we heard this before?:
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Here's what the OSU OP says:||
|1 year 20 weeks ago||In addition to the above,||
this is a mirror of Michigan's excruciating OSU loss in 1974.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||Bump Elliott||
had to warn Bo off when Bo told him "the first thing I'm going to do is get rid of those silly helmets." Thank god for supportive former coaches in those days.
There were no wings during Yost's coaching career, although he was AD through the first three years of the Crisler (and hence, wings) era.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||more||
|1 year 27 weeks ago||I don't think||
the '68 OSU team was as well-put-together as the '69 team, which makes the upset all the more surprising. '68 OSU had several key games by which they slithered to the MNC; '69 OSU was never in a close game until they lost to UM. So I would put the '69 team over the '68 team. It just so happens that Bo was able to get ready for them with mostly Bump's team while staying under the radar; I think Woody overlooked us.
|1 year 28 weeks ago||Carr||
was trying to get out the door since before '06. Nothing cost him his job; he was done as soon as he could find a way out.
|1 year 28 weeks ago||I read||
this double negative a couple of times:
before deciding it doesn't mean what it's intended to mean, although it has a "You can't put too much water in a nuclear reactor" kind of pliability about it.
|1 year 28 weeks ago||I think||
it's about the same for the Big Ten, although UM's is better than the conference as a whole, similar to its record against the SEC.
|1 year 29 weeks ago||This should be||
I don't see anything in there about "Beilen's take." Is the OP mis-leadingly titled, or did I miss something?
|1 year 29 weeks ago||Let's try||
an alternative 2006 scenario.
Let's suppose UM goes undefeated until losing in a close game to OSU, and the two are ranked #1/#2 at the end of the season.
In a four-game playoff, UM is paired with #3 U-Florida, and OSU is paired with #4 USC.
Judging by the results of the Cap-1 bowl a year later, UM pounds UF and advances to play either OSU or USC. If it's OSU, then maybe the outcome is like the outcome of previous rematches of regular-season games, such as the bowl matchup between UF and FSU after the 1996 season, or Bama and LSU in 2011-12, ie, the team that lost in a nail-biter during the season comes back and annihilates the other team in a rematch on neutral territory. If the opponent is USC, then UM loses by three touchdowns, but the outcome is nullified by an NCAA ruling four years later.
Under the BCS system, UM is talked out of its #2 ranking as part of an obvious conflict of interest between the talking heads at ESPN and the conference that the #3 team is in. The whole system revolves around the politics of money and influence with an increasingly SEC-besotted MSM, and the willingness of some coaches to cover themselves with the stench of shameless self-interest in order to advance themselves under a corrupt system poised between corrupt bowls, indifferent broadcast companies primarily concerned with money, and a strange entrenched bureaucracy at the NCAA. UM gets shafted, and loses by three touchdowns to USC in a meaningless beauty-pageant bowl, which result is nullified by the NCAA four years later.
Under this scenario, it seems UM's MNC shot is better under a playoff system, although perhaps not by much.
|1 year 29 weeks ago||Deliberate?||
Just noting the proximity of "dick" and "showering."
|1 year 31 weeks ago||Meh.||
I was behind Lloyd as coach, but not sure since about his loyalty to M above personal factions. I think RR showed more loyalty to M after he got fired than Carr did after retiring.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||Last I checked,||
there is no "no religion" rule on Mgoblog.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||The very word "evil"||
is a step away from rational conversation, because it is a perjorative term and hence an expression of bias. It may be a useful shorthand in the absence of time for deliberation, but it belongs in the same category as "terrorist (as opposed to "insurgent," "freedom-fighter," "partisan" or "member of the resistance")" or "us and them."
My favorite movie quote regarding a breakdown in ethical behavior is from Thirteen Days, featuring Kevin Costner attempting yet another implausible regional accent in yet another JFK-related movie, in which the president muses on a meeting with his very militaristically gung-ho JCS with the following:
It isn't so much good and evil as it is a question of how we respond to strong or irresistable pressure to renounce our own better judgement. I don't think "indifference of good men" is the problem; it is that sometimes doing the right thing seems like a costly, extravagant luxury. Doing the right thing comes at a price.
I think it is unlikely that whoever is in the position to investigate this scandal will ever have the authority or resources to do a full investigation. (The range of unanswered questions includes the mysterious 2005 disappearance of Ray Gricar, the prosecutor with the original jurisdiction in the Sandusky case. If this is indeed related, then suspicion could extend outside PSU to local government and law enforcement. Rooting all this out would be a titanic task that would hinder PSU operation indefinitely.) Our knowledge of what happened will probably always be incomplete and we may never know whether the culture that enabled the scandal has been rooted out. (Nation-building from outside is rarely successful.) The plausible actions, even up to the prosecution of Spanier, may still end up being merely symbolic while leaving the culture largely intact. We may never know whether doing the right thing there is merely inconvenient or whether it is an unaffordable luxury for the average person. We may decide we can't afford the expense of finding out.
The doctor who did MLK's post-mortem said he had the heart of a 65-year-old man when he died; MLK was 38 at the time. He paid a heavy toll, spiritually and healthwise, for doing the right thing. Heroic people will pay the price to do the right thing regardless.
The rest of us will hold back when it means,for instance, relinquishing or diluting our power to protect and take care of our own children; one friend of mine said "your idealism goes when you have your first child." Or as Gandhi said, "The drowning are in no condition to help others."
We can only hope we find our way to situations where we aren't consistently asked to abandon our better judgement; at best, we can only afford to stand up to a few battles and to hope they end up being worth winning. Among the people whose lives are touched by the Sandusky scandal are those who served under Spanier et alia who wanted, like any of us does, to be good but, for one reason or another, couldn't afford to avoid some share in the guilt when they realized the complicity stretched all about them.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||You named two of my nominees.||
1.) 1981 -- Bo's first Rose Bowl win, and M's first since 1965. thank God almighty, free at at last.
2.) 1986 Fiesta -- the championship game that should have happened in 1997/8.
I would add the 1988 Hall-of-Fame Bowl win over Alabama because, although both teams were not the most successful that year, it was M's first encounter with Bama and it ended with a win to offset the loss to Auburn in the 1984 Sugar Bowl.
And of course, the '08 Cap One Bowl. Revenge for Meyer's victory in the whine wars of '06, and a satisfactory matchup with the Heismann Trophy winner.
Michigan was hosed more than once in the Rose Bowl. On balance, I would have been happier with no Rose Bowl. I never understood the B10's strange marriage with the Pac8, which was a very unhappy one for us from 1970-92.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||I read||
here on some post or another long ago that Bo claimed he heard the officials gloating about throwing the game (on purpose). Disturbing they can get away with it if true.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||They used to be underlined||
before the latest system tweak when the neg-bombs went away.
I add underlines to mine using the plain text editor and html.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||It takes two.||
If a right note is surrounded by wrong notes on every side, then it will sound wrong also.
A note can only sound right relative to its neighbors, ie, the neighboring notes need be right for the pitch relationships to sound right.
Or, to put it another way, if you had perfect pitch, you might find that she DID hit ONE correctly, but that only someone who knows A=440 hz when they hear it would have any way to know without other correct notes for reference.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||I think "tone deaf"||
is the flip side of the concept of "talent." Most people, for various reasons, chose to mystify and mythologize "talent," which is another word for "ability," which, in music, is usually a combination of aptitude and devoted, persistent, diligent toil.
Those who fail to achieve at the highest level prefer to think of the outcome as the result of disparities in some recondite, mystically bestowed "gift"; and from the time of Paganini, audiences looking for a good show prefer to think that they are witnessing some freakish abberation in the natural order of things rather than the outcome of painstaking devotion.
You may not be tone deaf, merely forgiving. And being "forgiving" and "congratulatory" with a girlfriend is hardly to be faulted, especially if she has breasts like Victoria Zarlenga.
But it wasn't very good music.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||"Francis Scott Key just shat himself in his grave."||
Actually, FSK had nothing to do with the music.
The traduced composers were members of the Anacreontic Society, possibly headed up by John Stafford Smith.
Here is an instrumentally accompanied rendition of the original opus; the singer isn't terribly preoccupied with consonants, but the lyrics from the YouTube description are below:
|1 year 41 weeks ago||I got over Michael Weinreb||
after he channelled his PSU sorrows into a malicious dig at UM after the Sugar Bowl. His writing there was transparently arbitrary and agenda-driven, such as calling CFB's 15-year-old overtime rule a "loophole (!?)" mixed in with various malicious digs.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||Oosterban?||
|1 year 41 weeks ago||I don't know about "since 1950" --||
I suppose it all depends on what you mean by "his own terms"; would you consider Rommel's death to be on "his own terms?"
Speaking of "health and family," this seems to be a refrain for OSU coaches, doesn't it?
|1 year 41 weeks ago||Woody and Bo||
were bros, and they were cut from the same cloth. Perhaps that gave Bo a tolerance for things about Woody that the rest of us can't stand.
I think Woody's social disease was just a lack of self-discipline and respect for others in the heat of the moment and what I will have to call a hint of malice.
In W's best moments, he was a model of citizenship and leadership, such as the time in 1960 when he showed up to speak to and break up a crowd that had formed in protest to the Ohio Faculty Senate's decision to decline OSU's 1960-1 Rose Bowl invitation. His words at the time went to the tune of something like: "We're not talking about the rent; it's just football. Keep your focus on the big picture and stay out of trouble. Go Home." His actual words from this occasion are actually quite moving.
But from the time I started watching football in 1969, W was always in the news. He didn't lose "all restraint for a moment"; he did it over and over and over again. By this point, we have to acknowledge a complex mixture of not compatible tendencies; the restraint and good will he preached at the high point of drama in the institutional struggle between academics and football in 1960 are not visible in what looks to me like disrespect and ill will for at least some of the people around him on the football field. Not just the adversaries -- one of these days I need to go and pinpoint the place in the film of the 1969 M/OSU ABC broadcast where Woody expresses the sentiment, to an assistant, that "you're in the way, I can't see" by shoving him and knocking the beverage out of his hand. Fairly or not, that is the image of him that resonates with my recollections of the years that he personified OSU football to me.
And then there is the running-up-the-score thing. All of this together I take as a hint of malice.
To sum up, I quote Wilhelm Furtwüngler's comments about the symphonies of Anton Bruckner: "It is philistinism to suppose that greatness arises from a lack of faults." So Woody may have been a great man, just not a very nice one all the time. I think the normal hatefulness inspired by success over rival fanbases is augmented in his case by repeated instances of not-cool behavior.
This is the first I've heard about Woody speaking to the team from TSUN; the mythology seems to be that he would never stoop to do such a thing. I know Bo was tied to the OSU family by his years as an assistant there, leading to the famous "Dammit, Bo!" story. Can you lead us to more info on the subject of Woody's address to the Wolverines?
|1 year 41 weeks ago||I don't think that's fair.||
I've slowly evolved from a Leg-Man to an Ass-Man over the years, but no Dick is involved (except mine).
|1 year 41 weeks ago||My take||
is that he is an excellent OC who was fortuitously paired with an excellent DC at WV when he made the leap to HC, and exposed when UM cheaped out on a DC.
Would Hoke have fared better here in '08? Even without real money to hire assistants, I doubt Hoke would have ever put his secondary in the hands of someone like Gibson. He certainly would not have done as well as he did starting in '11. Anyway, I think the timing was as fortuitous for Hoke as it was shitty for RR; he got two years experience at SDSU, which was a promotion from Ball State, and the additional experience building programs. He also knew where he was headed all along, while RR found himself at an institutional dead end almost immediately after slamming the door on his first escape offer at Bama. UM was a little like Anywhere But Working for Pastilong to RR, which made everything a little unsettled for everyone. That, and a fractious and entitled UM community that was just realizing that Generalissimo Bo was no longer cracking heads and enforcing discipline -- picture Yugoslavia after Tito. As time goes on I can start to imagine how '08 could happen to either UM or RR.
From what I saw, entitled goons at WVU started making it impossible for RR to stay shortly after he gave his pledge to WVU. He built a gravy train, and then all the parasites wanted to suck off it, which is normal, and then they all wanted to get to drive it, which is also normal but intolerable. And all along, he seems to take the blowback created by the double-dealings of Pastilong, BM and MSC. (Gibson is still his fault -- here and at Arizona.)
I hope he gets a chance to set up his old formula for success from WV and to put all of the crap that fell on his head behind him. I think he showed himself to be a genuine, well-meaning and honest administrator as well as a powerful offensive mind while here, despite all the rest, which is hard to grasp after all the kerfluffle thrown up by the turkeys at WVU, the MSM smelling a "decline and fall" headline, the blame-shifting of BM and MSC covering up their own potentially firable offenses and, most of all, a rancid coalition of unethically ambitious local press and implacable RR-hating fifth-columnists inside our own AD. I hope, and we will see soon enough, that RR's departure from UM turns out to be a win for both. I can't remember if DB ever came out and said that it was all just too much to keep fighting back against even if success was on the way, but I remember getting that impression and at the time I though it was all unfair.
Now that I think about it, is was just plain true. At the time, I thought that firing RR rewarded saboteurs who put factions over program by giving them what they wanted. Now I think that it did bring the factional strife at UM to a quicker end; fighting it out would have, among other things, kept the old partisan hostilities on a permanent war footing until the battles had been fought to a restless truce, waiting to break out again. And against this, RR's potential was still unproven here and nobody was predicting an '11 season under RR that would be as good as the one Hoke actually had. I hope RR gets off to a good start at Arizona so we can all move on to greener pastures.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||I got one of my degrees||
from FSU. Meh.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||I want to see||
what happens after Rubinstein and Snyder publish a cowardly hit piece against the Navy SEALs.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||Everitt||
makes Chuck Norris look like Urkel.
Looking at the money quote,
I wonder if this makes us Cap-One Michigan or 2009 Alabama. I hope the former.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||Exactly; we should all||
be inspired by the example of Gilbert Gottfried:
|1 year 41 weeks ago||Actually,||
CJ's campaign press officer, Meredith Turney, did deny that "the Google bomb excuse is the perfect cover" for cjk5h, although the confusing wording could also be construed as a denial that cjk5h.
This is somewhat compelling, because she refused to deny that CJ had ever taken the tag off a mattress; it's all here.
In case no-one else extracted the following line here, the Deadspin article linked above contains this diamond:
What about his announcing/abuse-of-bully-pulpit career?
|1 year 41 weeks ago||I think||
it's an "N" -- if you look closely, the "M" in "Mike" has three humps.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||I don't know --||
pictures don't lie, do they? This is purportedly Indiana in 1934:
(You can see it larger by right-clicking on the image and selecting "view image" from the popup menu; the photo credit reads "Courtesy of Indiana University Arbutus Yearbook.")
From your comments about the linked site, I have trouble believing you actually looked at it. Sorry if I'm wrong about that.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||Needs more||
mood-altering use of light and shadow.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||I don't know --||
they/it have/has a sort of Hannibal Lector aura to them/it.
And there is a sort of winged-helmet look to the way the grille swerves up at the end. I bet Brandon could find a way to utilize that when he gets around to testing out marketing gimmicks on the helmets.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||If there's going||
to be a big change, the first thing I would do is get UM/OSU back into the same division. I don't know how deadly serious DB was about prioritizing a once-every-nine-year-or-so UM/OSU matchup in the neutral-site conference championship; for me, when the annual UM/OSU matchup ceases to be a central event in CFB, then CFB is a strange and new sport to me. You can molify me if you move the championship to the home venue of the higher-ranked division winner and UM and OSU both win their division three years in a row. In the meantime, the split into separate divisions puts our favorite game at high risk over time.
As far as VTech, I'm not sure this conforms to what we learned last go-round, which is that Universities make ten or more times the money off research grants correlated to membership in the AAU than they do off Football/TV. When speculating on conference realignment, I would consult this list first.
What's the latest on Nebraska's AAU status? Apropos which, this guy said the following, which I hadn't heard before:
|1 year 41 weeks ago||Do you think||
UTx's entitlement issues will survive the 16-team conference era?
I have trouble seeing them go gently into this dark night.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||You realize||
that guarantees an LSU/Bama '11 situation every year, plus Appy State or Western Michigan advancing to the semi-final every seven years or so? This is fine by me, but imagine the howling if UGA had beaten LSU in their conference championship this past season.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||I think||
he means CFB/TV market.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Or in comments||
on an OSU blog, for that matter.
My feeling on the OP as a whole is that clearly the MgoCommunity hasn't worked out its feelings about where the RR era fits into the 140-year history (after all, it's still not too long ago) and posts like this serve as a huge vent for accumulated explosive gases that might be harmful otherwise.
After Bo died, we thought we were a community and found out during the RR era that some people so put their factions over the good of the program as a whole that sabotage was possible. I like having the discussion out in the open better.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||I was a 14-year-old||
expat in Atlanta that year, so I remember vividly that, other than the Rose Bowl, the MSU game was the only Michigan game televised nationally that year. It was thin gruel in those days. My dad occasionally brought back Ann Arbor News game articles from business trips up to Ann Arbor.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Oops, you're right.||
1965 is in.
"Bunce" is already covered below, so never mind.
Plunkett was the QB in the '71 Rose Bowl v. Woody. After 41 1/2 years, I can still hear the incessant bowl hype for that one: "Jim Plunket leads the Stanford 11 against the pulverizing ground attack of Ohio State." OSU is nevertheless one of three teams honored at the official NCAA site with an MNC for 1970.
By the end, the '72 Rose Bowl had a very déjà vue feel to it.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Looking back to the RR transition,||
my vote for the Nostradamus award goes to "Rick," writing here from the OSU point of view at the blog "Waiting for Next Year," for comments in a Feb. 4, 2008 intervew with Brian Cook, in which he saw things none of us wanted to see, including Brian, and wrote proleptically with acumen approaching hindsight:
It is dizzying to go back and read predictions, like Brian's, from that era in the harsh light of hindsight.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||This isn't exactly a response||
to your post or an argument with it in any way, but your post reminds me that we further owe RR for his part in a really seamless and quiet transition to the Hoke era; particularly his advice to his most noteworthy recruit. I think we owe him good wishes (except against UM in the Rose Bowl) just for the contrast between the saga of Mallett and D-Rob.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Revelli||
was given a special tribute at the 1970 UM-OSU game, the last one he conducted. The rest of that game I recall as a horror, ending 20-9 with only 33 Michigan rushing yards.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||That last drive||
was the result of a Stanford kickoff return getting snuffed in the end zone for a safety; it looked for a long time like the game was going to end in a 10-10 tie.
The safety seemed to come out of nowhere, but M's next kick didn't pin Stanford nearly as far back and allowed them that last drive.
Michigan should have stopped going to the Rose Bowl after 1948.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||And I||
still hate the Rose Bowl. By the time anything positive transpired there -- 1981, 1998 -- it was too late to change my conditioning about getting hosed there nearly every time M went.
In the little footage I've seen of that game, the field looks muddy. I don't remember noticing that at the time.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||The BANDS||
were the subject of a Newsweek article prior to the Rose Bowl.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Our chief weapon||
is surprise...surprise and fear...
|1 year 42 weeks ago||There seems less difference||
when you consider this:
As far as 3-9, even a commenter with an OSU avatar can see this from the banks of the Olentangy:
This article doesn't seem like a huge amount of space to spend on a major rival. It is Spring, after all.
I thought at the time that we lucked out with RR because he actually turned out to be serious, even passionate, about creating a family atmosphere and with his focus on quality off-the-field behavior, emphasizing grades, sitting his #1 punter for OSU for disciplinary reasons, etc. I thought the lazy repetitions of the MSM meme about "sleazy" did a serious injustice to the truth about RR. I was/am also one of those who thinks three years is maybe one year too early to pull the plug on anybody who doesn't crash a motorbike with a mistress on board or something similar, maybe the opposite of giving Weiss five years, perhaps one too many. At any rate, all the coaches involved either way, and the schools that fired them, are going on with their lives.
I also think we lucked out with Hoke. I was covering my eyes when the talk was around Harbaugh and Miles; I had seen enough comments about Harbaugh from commenters over the years on this site to make me wonder how long it would be before something unpleasant happened with Harbaugh in charge, although he is very good at what he does. With the Hoke hire, UM continues an unbroken tradition of coaching with the highest ethics and concern with the welfare of the young ones under the coach's responsibility. (I'm not fooled by the Rosenberg/Snyder hit job for a minute, thanks to the detailed desconstructions we saw first on this site.)
It also turns out that Hoke is an aggressive but effective game-manager and an outstanding recruiter. And rather than cheap out on a DC for the sake of $10,000, our new AD decided to compete price-wise with the NFL to make sure the boys are ready to play.
A few breaks in scheduling helped us out last year. May the good times continue.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||He||
twists their heads off.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||How about||
"Charlie Bauman Director of Pugilism?"
edit: Not to worry; he's already the punchline to a joke.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Are you sure||
I defer to your expertise as a scientist.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||You did see||
this, didn't you?
|1 year 42 weeks ago||SI says||
all your opportunistic hack journalist are belong to us.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||I think||
lawyers are that way too.
I had an acquaintance try to sue their lawyer some time back; apparently this isn't very easy to do.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||I believe||
this was tongue-in-cheek:
As you can see, the adjective "responsive" is partnered with the subjunctive "would," referring to the counter-factual condition if MR had continued to write columns about UM after the hit piece.
The whole article is very sympathetic, after an initial profession of hostility-on-principal to UM. The author travels the same ground as Jon Chait in 2009:
And arrives at this conclusion:
Worthwhile retread of the territory we have all come to know, despite the misplaced comma in the quotation above (it is only an extended tweet, after all).
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Not sure if real.||
Saw "gluta-" in there twice.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Maybe||
the lesser conferences could arrange a playoff to decide the equivalent of an "at-large" bid in order to get the pollsters out of it.
As we know, the polls aren't always right, and the transitive rule of "better" (the basis of comparison for teams that haven't played each other) in CFB is shredded on the field every Saturday.
I'm not sure about leaving a conference champion out on account of polls. What if the pollsters punish an early season loss to Alabama or Michigan in favor of an early win over Eastern Michigan or Louisiana Monroe?
|1 year 42 weeks ago||I think||
it was a rare excess; maybe Craig James rises to Rosenberg's level. I'm not a professional, and I suppose it would harm the UM brand to be the plaintiff in a libel suit, but I think the story was actionably bad.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||I'll have to||
try that line on my next date.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||I had forgotten it||
until I googled it. It is here (actually, "Messner's relief"), under "The most helpful favorable review." (Brilliant for someone to get this to the head of the line for "favorable reviews.")
My google search first lead me to this article; apparently the author was unaware of any of the stages in Rosenberg [MR]'s apotheosis to the pantheon of sports writers. He writes as an MSU fan, without pleasure, about the weeks during which MR was exiled by the Freep to write about MSU:
|1 year 42 weeks ago||"Taint,"||
tentacles, testicles. I hope this is all only metaphorical.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Call me "Mike."|
|1 year 42 weeks ago||You||
just gave me new respect for Drew Sharp.
I'm not sure I like this sensation.