at least it's not just us?
- Member for
- 2 years 17 weeks
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Perplexed||
I still don't understand why Brandon Jennings gets ZERO appreciation... You guys realize with DRose and Rondo hurt, he's the 2nd best PG in the East right now behind John Wall. For all the talk of him not being a "true" PG, he's 5th in the league in assists 8.2 a game (17 & 11 in tonight's WIN). He looks like one now more than ever because this is his best supporting cast ever. He doesn't have to try to top 20 every game or put up the occasional 40-50 point night. Is he a great shooter? No, he sure isn't. But a lot of PGs weren't/aren't and have been more than productive (Kidd, Rondo, Rubio). Is he a great defender? Again, no... But he usually averages about 2 swipes a game and pulls of pretty athletic thieveries from time to time (From Bron in Heat win.), and again, there have been some pretty successful PGs that also were not great defenders (Nash, Parker)... People are already calling this current Pistons roster a failure when they currently sit as the 6 seed, and have a realistic shot at ending up as high as 3. Yes, I'm aware that's because Miami and Indiana are head and shoulders above the rest of the conference, but you have to start somewhere right? It seems to me after adding several new pieces and a new HC that they are just starting to figure out their best style of play, rotations and built some chemistry. They started 2-5 and have gone 7-5 since, also blowing a couple wins along the way (Portland, ATL, Mem, LAL). There's a lot of young talent that still have the opportunity to improve and develop along the way. Not just Drummond and KCP... But Monroe, Jennings and Josh Smith to an extent. Pistons fans of all people should be aware of the late bloomer. Chauncey Billups didn't prove himself worthy of the #3 overall pick until he got to Detroit. Rip wasn't Miller/Allenesque until he arrived in Motown. When in Orlando, I couldn't have told you the difference between a Ben Wallace or a Bo Outlaw. Even Sheed was somewhat of a disappointment early on in Portland. Give it time, Tyson Chandler was mentioned in the same breath as Eddie Curry at one time before he became an NBA Champion, All-Star, DPOY candidate and Olympic Gold Medalist.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Nah||
I'll take wins over ND UTL 1 & 2, stopping a 4 game losing skid to State and beating Ohio St for the first time in over a decade... Oh, and a Sugar Bowl win over a pretty good Va Tech team over a meaningless regular season win over an Oregon program who hasn't done anything significant in college football outside of wearing a different uniform combo every game. Is Oregon good and fun to watch? Absolutely. But they haven't achieved anything and get exposed regularly every time they play big, talented, physical teams... Much like RichRod when he coached here ironically enough! Boise St, Auburn, LSU, Ohio St and Stanford have all made Oregon look very different than all of their other regular season cupcakes... They were even very fortunate to beat Wisconsin on a flukey TO.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Missouri||
Remember when Pinkell was one of the top candidates with RichRod??? Well since Missouri is poised to do A&M's season one better this year, without their star QB no less... Starting to look like he might've been a decent hire instead of RR.... And the growing pains might've been less severe allowing him to make it through year 3.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Relax...||
I'm just as disappointed and frustrated about this season as anyone... But this whole "sky is falling" attitude that the majority of our fan base has adopted is getting to be a bit much. This team currently sits at 7-4, and they could very easily be 5-7... But what everyone seems to be overlooking the fact that we could just as easily be 10-1. Penn St, Nebraska and Iowa all came down to the very last possession, with instances against Penn St and Nebraska have chances both offensively and defensively to win the game on 4th down. Hoke and Co. pulled out their fair share of these games improbably in 2011 and "Hoke poops gold" was born... Now that the law of averages are starting to balance out against a young and inexperienced team, it's "Fire EVERYONE! Start from scratch and take another 3-4 years of futility to rebuild again!" There are a lot of factors that have caused the type of season we have had, and yes, coaching is one of them... But it's not the ONLY factor. Injuries and depth have hurt tremendously yet again... 2012 we lose Stonum and Countess for the season. This season we lost Darboh and Jake Ryan for a good portion of the season... Yes, I realize most teams have to deal with some type of attrition... But it's not always such important pieces, and guess what? Those teams are national title contenders either! Blake and Jake were our best two defensive playmakers as Sophomore's, and I'd argue as Freshman as well... Being without one or the other for most of the past 2 seasons is extremely tough when we've struggled in that area to begin with (DB's, Front 7)... A LB might not be so important, if it weren't for the fact that our front 4 was made up of a rag tag group of misfits last year, and 2 true Freshman this year... And yet and still, Mattison has made us a top 20 D for the past two seasons. Shut down D? Nope... But one that makes far more plays and keeps us in ball games when the offense is shit. When Rich was at the helm we scored 50-60 against cupcakes, and got beaten by 2-3 scores + when his offense faultered. Which it did quite often. Another thing Hoke and Co have not done since taking over that Rich did 66% of the time... And that's have losing seasons and miss bowl games! People want to whine and cry that he was installing his system and that it was part of "the process"... Well what are Hoke and his staff doing??? They're also forced with the prospect of forcing square pegs into round holes (Dev, Taylor, Jeremy, Fitz. All recruited for the spread.)... But they didn't make us an absolute laughing stock in the process... Next season Hoke with have an entire Oline of his guys with some much needed experience... And we will be much more talented at skill positions... And that top 20 defense??? It's going to be returning an awful lot of starters and mixing in an awful lot of talented guys like Dymonte and Jabrill... If Hoke and Co continue to put up a mediocre showing in that year... Then yes, his seat should get hot... And I am already in agreement that Borges, Funk and probably Jackson need to go anyway at the end of this season, along with hiring an actual QB coach. Not just having your inadequate OC multitask when he's not doing the one thing he specializes in well.
|4 weeks 15 hours ago||Big win||
To say Kinsler is declining or "ALWAYS" injured are both gross overstatements. He's played in 92% of a possible 486 games over the past 3 seasons, take away scheduled days off and that's only a handful of games missed due to injury. He was just an All-Star in 2012 and should have been last year, must have been banged up at the time (not seriously), because his numbers were on par with Kipnis and better than Zobrist. He hit .277 which is the 3rd best of his 8 year career (.286 in 120 game Rookie year, .319 in 121 game 3rd year). His 72 RBI were on par with his 2011 and 2012 seasons in 20 fewer games. The 85 Runs were a dip, but that will happen when you lose Josh Hamilton and then Nelson Cruz for a good portion of the season. He's also a great defensive 2B. I think he'll be less likely to get injured in Detroit because he won't need to be as aggressive on the base paths, unless Ausmus is the polar opposite of Leyland. Prince had the terrible contract, made us worse defensively AND wound up making us worse offensively. Kinsler can match his .279 avg and 25 HRs easily.
|20 weeks 2 days ago||Whoa||
Easy there topic Nazi! Just look at it this way... Had the OP done things by the book and to a T, then you wouldn't have been able to post this wonderfully corrective comment that shows off your blazing personality and why you're probably the life of any party you attend.
|20 weeks 2 days ago||I'd like to point out...||
Deron Williams (5 years, $100 Million, often mentioned in the same breath as Chris Paul.)
|24 weeks 2 days ago||A Million Times This||
This wins the internets for me today.
|28 weeks 1 day ago||Yeah, I pay close attention..||
Comparing our class to USC's would be a pointless exercise for the following reasons : 1. USC had 12 recruits 2. USC had reduced scholarships and sanctions that likely had some type of affect on how the recruiting sites even bothered to rank their class 3. Michigan's class will include probably include a minimum of 16, but more than likely around 20, a whole 25-60% larger... And last, but certainly not least 4. In this hypothetical exercise where Michigan lands Hand & Peppers along with a slew of Top150 kids, it changes the dynamic completely because USC didn't land the top 2 kids last year.
|28 weeks 1 day ago||Really?||
That seems odd considering that we are currently sitting atop the class rankings... I guess it's all just semantics and they'll rank us up until the bitter end, but freeze us out of the final rankings ala tsio in last seasons postseason play/s. Class size is a factor, but it isn't the ONLY factor. Besides the fact that there will likely be some attrition down the road that allows this class to balloon to 18-20.
|28 weeks 1 day ago||Yes||
My thoughts are that Sam's last name includes an additional "B" and that if we lock up the top overall recruit in the state of Michigan and the top overall recruit in the nation, it wouldn't matter if the final 3 spots were filled by you, another one of this site's blog enthusiasts and myself... We'd wind up with the #1 overall class by a landslide. Think about Ole Miss and where they wound up after getting Robert and Laquon last year. Treadwell wasn't even the #2 overall player and they wound up with a top 10 class. If we have #1 & #2 this year, in addition to all of the other studs in this class, it won't even be close. Hell, we even have this year's Treadwell in Drake Harris.
|29 weeks 21 hours ago||OT||
Sorry, I know this is OT, but I'm on my iPhone and can't start my own thread to ask... I was wondering if anyone has done a free trial on 247sports before and what their experience was like? They're offering a free membership until January, but I guess what I'd like to know is if I cancel right then, will I be charged anything? i.e. give me 6 months for free, but still charge me from that point until next May/June rolls around. Thanks in advance for any insight.
|33 weeks 5 days ago||Great, but not the best||
I think this is quite a bit of homerism... While Denard is a great athlete, and one of the best to ever wear the maize and blue, he's hardly the best athlete in the draft. Athletic ability is defined by more than just speed, but even if it weren't, he's not even the fastest player in the draft either.
|35 weeks 2 days ago||Injury||
The injury itself didn't HAVE to happen within the defensive line for Mattison to shuffle him from DE to DT... For example, Frank Clark is a talented and versatile athlete. With a healthy Jake Ryan at LB, Clark might not have been a necessity amongst the LB core, giving Mattison the option of using him as a DE/pass rush. With Jake going down, Frank moves to LB, Wormley to DE and Strobel to DT. Not saying this is exactly what happened, just one possibility/theory.
|35 weeks 4 days ago||Hahaha!||
I LOVE that in his State Championship highlight package, the still screen photo has a Sparty final score of 26-10 on the bottom line.... Coincidence??? I think not!
|45 weeks 1 day ago||I'm not sure we're all watching the same kid...||
Everything about this kid looked very polished and poised for a Junior in High School. I remember watching Bellomy's HL tape when we snake oiled him and being fairly impressed. This kid looks leaps and bounds better than that. I know Bellomy was only a 3*, but I guess my point is, while Bellomy will likely never take another snap for us (fingers crossed), this kid looks like he has the potential to do so. He's not fast, but he's not slow and plodding ala Navarre. He can make all of the throws, EVEN the deep ball. And he has pinpoint accuracy. I was sold when he rolled out and threw it on a line 30 yards down the field, hitting the WR in stride, AGAINST his body. He can throw it 50 yards in the air and he's a 17 year old kid. How often do QBs have to throw the ball over 50 yards other in desperation mode? Most WRs run the 40 in about 4.5 seconds... You want the QB to get rid of the ball in under 5. He'll get stronger, I think arm strength is the least of his worries.
|49 weeks 7 hours ago||Respectfully Disagree||
Just because a Freshman doesn't play over an upperclassman, doesn't necessarily mean that said Freshman isn't as good, or better than the player in front of him, or that he won't be better than that upperclassman was during this season, the following season after he grows and develops. Not all teams automatically field the best players on their team, especially when it comes to schools like Michigan where it's hard for Freshman to see the field anyway. I could give a slew of exam of this, but you guys are pretty knowledgeable, that's why I read the comments, so I bet you could think of quite a few on your own. This season Michigan came into the season with Denard at QB, Devin at WR and Thomas Rawls at RB. Also, Brady Hoke and Al Borges were still primarily running and offense that they basically were forced into running given the skillset of their dynamic QB. An offense that was probably at least carried 80% of the time by Denard, pass or run. That being said, the linemen used had experience with the RichRod read option blocking schemes AND with the QB running attack out of the gun that Borges ran (far less read option). A lot of the plays if not designed Denard runs, were run/pass options that require good pass protection (something our line, while not up to historical UofM standards, was pretty dang good at. Just watch The Outback Bowl against the best pass rush in the country.). Factoring all of that in, along with the fact that the main purpose these underclassmen were recruited was to be a road grating line of Hogs that would clear 4 yards out for anybody that ran behind them, and I could easily see why Hoke and Borges didn't go baptism by fire and burn up all types of eligibility, when they thought they could make due without doing so. Starting those kids out in this past scheme would likely help them develop some bad tendencies that would tough to remedy for the upcoming style of play. The best players don't always get the highest spot on the depth chart. I don't think Rawls was the 2nd best back on our team this year, I think Vincent Smith would've been more affective. Russell Bellomy wasn't the 2nd best QB on the team. Devin Gardner wasn't even the 3rd best WR. If Derrick Green commits, I would easily call him the best back on our team, but I'd bet dollars to donuts that if Fitz makes it all the way back, he'll be taking the opening day snaps. Hell, Denard wasn't even the best QB on the team! Yes, he was our most dangerous and versatile offensive weapon, and in college football putting those guys at QB is the best laid plan sometimes... But Devin is obviously the better QB, as evidenced by his performance against South Carolina in just his what, 5th start??? Look what Denard did against a similar Alabama D or that overrated ND D after nearly 2 full seasons of starting. Take it down a notch. Kalis, Bosch, Braden, etc. will be just fine come Aug/Sep.
|2 years 11 weeks ago||#12...||
I agree with robmorren2. I was telling a friend of mine earlier today that if everything fell into place perfectly (Bama, Sconsin, Clemson or Va Tech won big) that is exactly where we would end up. Do I think that we would be these teams that we are passing? Shit no! But this is how the system works... And the current system says we'll be #12 when the polls come out tomorrow.
|2 years 15 weeks ago||Are we proving everyone right?||
The tone of the responses to unpopular threads are a good indication of why other fan bases perceive ours as pompous and arrogant. The OP is 17, cut the guy some slack. I know when I was 17 I didn't know everything there was to know about ESPN's post game show, football or our team's tradition. On another note, I personally hate the idea of defacing the best helmets on the planet with stickers once again, we can leave that up to tSIO and FSU... But to say the reason we don't do it is because it takes away from the team concept is a direct contradiction of the tradition of handing out the #1 and soon to be #2 jerseys. Gooday...... I said GOODAY!
|2 years 15 weeks ago||I'm with GBDUB...||
I don't understand why the race card has to be played at every single turn. Yeah, the fact that Pryor is African-American is obviously what this is all about for blog site members who would probably list Denard, Desmond and CDubbya2 as 3 of their top 5 favorite Michigan players of all time. If I'm not mistaken, all 3 of those guys are decidedly black. What this boils down to is that society doesn't like stupid people who do stupid things, no matter the race.
|2 years 16 weeks ago||Headed to...||
Ann Arbor all the way from Quitman, MS (hometown of Antonio McDyess.). I'm
|2 years 17 weeks ago||I obviously wouldn't turn him away...||
But I'm not going to be heart broken if he does stick it out down there. I have this feeling (and I hope I'm right!) that Justice Hayes is going to end up being our featured back from his sophomore season on out. Aside from having a top shelf football name, he's a versatile back that can catch the ball well out of the backfield and evidently has good enough speed to return punts and kicks according to an earlier post. Plus, he didn't hesitate to Go Blue after Dee Hart defected to Bama. It says a lot about how much he wants to be a Wolverine that he left a Notre Dame program that many might say are on the rise after they ended last year on a better/higher note than "we" did.