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|1 week 3 days ago||Love the blog. Place to||
Love the blog.
Place to celebrate when we win, and to commiserate when we lose.
Best sportsblog, ever!
Brian for AD!
|1 week 3 days ago||Well, yeah these are not the||
Well, yeah these are not the greatest of times, obviously.
But I can't be the only one who digs planes (and copters)
Get my username out there? Hadn't really thought about that. Never really cared about the whole points thang.
Should I? Are there benefits which accrue to which I am not availing myself?
I must update my CV immediately!
|1 week 3 days ago||Yeah, there were a few||
Yeah, there were a few cringeworthy moments with the announcer.
But the flyover synch with anthem completion, and afterburner ignition, was sweet.
|1 week 3 days ago||Hey, waitacottenpickinminute||
Hey, waitacottenpickinminute here!!!
Euchre's a GREAT game!
|1 week 3 days ago||To "constantly coach"||
To "constantly coach" something yet still have the same poor outcome reeks of "Definition of Insanity."
|1 week 3 days ago||Yes. Special Teams also||
Special Teams also inadequate.
But defense is good and deserves credit, as does Matteson.
|1 week 3 days ago||I hope you win the lottery,||
I hope you win the lottery, too.
But sadly, I find I can no longer spend Saturday afternoons watching the lottery numbers arise and hoping your ticket matches.
I also will no longer be purchasing Cranky Dave merchandise (I have returned my Cranky Dave trucker's cap and wife beater to the local Wal Mart just this morning), as the poor prospect of your lottery ticket coming up a winner becomes ever more depressing.
Add to that your in-state rival, Saucy Jack, having such success this weekend with the Pick Six, and it makes things even more awful.
I don't even want to think about the Card Scratch-Off at the end of the season against Ohio's Stinky Pete, who has been matching three of the "plus four"s on his lottery card the past three seasons.
No, Cranky Dave, I don't think this is your year to win the lottery. And next year doesn't look good either.
But I know you'll ever remain a true Michigan Lottery Man!
Go Annu [ity]!
|1 week 3 days ago||Fast forward to 9/21/14.||
Fast forward to 9/21/14. Does the Hoke demotion-by-promotion with Nuss taking over still sound so bat$hit?
|1 week 3 days ago||DG is OBVIOUSLY gifted with||
DG is OBVIOUSLY gifted with some AMAZING physical talents.
And, man, I can't remember watching a kid who wants to win SO bad that he throws his body on the grenade regularly. Last year's performance at The Game was heroic by DG.
It's just too painful to watch him feel like he's in a position where he HAS to throw himself on the grenade/take the hit/force the throw, when he actually ISN'T in that position.
It's that drive to succeed at all costs, that need for competitiveness, that can be so inspirational...
And you have to feel for the kid: one second, he's supposed to be Denard Robinson, THEN Tom Brady, THEN McCarron.. Behind a variable and inconsistent OL no less.
But that's football at this level. And pro football, even more so.
Entirely plausible DG is a great fit for a stable NFL program that runs a pro-set, spread-lite, offense with stable OL, stanle OC, that needs a mobilish QB.
But here in Michigan? Now? Bad for everyone involved, including DG.
|1 week 3 days ago||I've always wondered what||
I've always wondered what University of Michigan would look like if it walked away from high profile sports programs, like University of Chicagd did waaaay back when, when it dominated the Big Ten to the point that the Chancellor felt it was too distracting from the U of C's academic mission.
And I've also wondered what the B1G would look like, and U of C, if it HADN'T given its own football program the death sentence.
Interesting to see just a tiny bit of reflection on this point here.
And no, I am not advocating U of M killing its own football program (though some are saying it is doing just that quite effectively).
|1 week 3 days ago||Michigan is in the ballpark||
Michigan is in the ballpark at the lower end of your handpicked list.
But add in the ASSISTANT COACH salaries, and Michigan is in the thick of it, if not upper end of coaching salaries.
|1 week 3 days ago||Yes, I agree. Sometimes it||
Yes, I agree. Sometimes it seems the same people who protest that DG hasn't been given enough opportunities to demonstrate what he can do, bash SM as having demonstrated already his limitations when SM has had a FRACTION of playing time that DG has had.
DG, on the basis of being a fifth-year senior, deserved first crack at QB.
But now that it's officially a dumpster fire, and DG's play has been poor, all bets are off. Give SM a chance already. And don't expect miracles: just a game manager. Nussmeier is used to dealing with that QB philosophy at Alabama anyway!
|1 week 3 days ago||Yes, this. I'm certainly not||
I'm certainly not saying Hoke is the answer, but he needs to have enough confidence in his job security that he's willing to bench DG, who is always the first domino to fall in our weekly football unravelling.
Talent is good.
But QB is flatout broken. And broken in such a fashion that it makes all our weaknesses much worse while marginalizing our strengths.
Not expecting a miracle with Morris, but hopefully he can learn how to MANAGE a game (not necessarily win one) by MSU/OSU.
|1 week 3 days ago||UNLESS A GREAT CANDIDATE||
UNLESS A GREAT CANDIDATE BECOMES AVAILABLE AND CLEARLY INTERESTED IN COMING HERE...
... I actually am okay with keeping the current staff here one more year. I want to see how they do with their own QB, and NOT DG.
Frankly, currently I think Hoke's biggest problem is his loyalty to fifth year senior Gardner at QB. Of course, it is that loyalty to kids who want to audition their skillsets for the NFL that allows Hoke to be a very good recruiter (and he IS a very good recruiter), so that is on him.
But DG consistently poor, poor, decision making is the first domino that falls in our weekly football disasters.
The defense IS playing great. I would be disappointed if we lost Matteson.
The playcalling IS fair (but execution at QB level poor).
The talent level is quite good.
The new OC inspires confidence and deserves a real chance, which he has not yet had.
Hoke's loyalty to DG (and Funk?) is both his strength (in recruiting) and weakness (in inability in knowing when to let go).
"Tell me about the rabbits, George."
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Wow! The Big Ten must REALLY||
Wow! The Big Ten must REALLY be bad this season if the NCAA has to pull a Lazarus on Penn State in order for the B1G to have SOME chance at postseason representation.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||I just want to point out that||
I just want to point out that part of the problem is Michigan Nation itself insisting on Big Ten style football when that way of playing is on life support.
Who wants to dominate in Big Ten conventional football when, frankly, it stinks?
This isn't really about RR. But during RR's tenure, we were pressuring Michigan to go back to pro-style and away from spread when we simply should have been pressuring Michigan to simply get better.
This Michigan Man nonsense has only gotten us incompetent AND inbred.
The only Michigan value worthwhile is Honest And Frequent Winning. Everything else is horsecrap.
Uniformz? Who cares if it helps recruiting.
Michigan roots? Irrelevant. Absolutely irrelevant. Win here and any coach will GET some damned roots.
Pro-Style vs Spread? Whatever wins. And if the B1G ISN'T doing it, given its incompetence, that's probably a GOOD sign.
If the Notre Dame blowout has a silver lining, it is that hopefully it knocks us out of this arrogance that causes us to prioritize dumb, dumb, dumb, things at the expense of football record.
We wanted a loveable-looking Michigan cheerleader that still thinks all successful football philiosophy comes from Bo even though it's 2014. And we got him.
A big part of the problem is us.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||This is the only "Fire ____!"||
This is the only "Fire ____!" thread that is worthy of any real consideration at this point.
Any real hope of salvaging anything from this dumpster fire BEGINS with letting Funk go (even if he doen't actually deserve it... I'm not saying he does or doesn't, but at this point, just to shake the program up midseason, he's the obvious choice).
A performance this historically bad on this high-profile a stage must have repercussions of the employment variety. Funk is the obvious choice.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||God, I miss the days when||
God, I miss the days when "Uniformz" was one of the largest concerns for this football program.
Now? They could wear Pepto-Bismol pink and green with Maryland style splits helmets and tutus and I wouldn't give a rat's ass, so long as they actually beat a good team every once in awhile.
I miss the good old days so very, very, much.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||If only we only had a team||
If only we only had a team like Rice.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Dead man clapping.||
Dead man clapping.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Our official colors may be||
Our official colors may be maize and blue, but for the foreseeable future, we are a radioactive green.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Shut out. In many ways.||
Shut out. In many ways.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||I feel for these kids most of||
I feel for these kids most of all.
The amount of pressure these college kids face over a game is unreal.
Lay off the kids. Gardner is CLEARLY busting his ass out there, especially.
To lay it all out on national tv with these results is something no one should suffer, let alone a college kid.
Really, this thread is more embarrassing than the score.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Well... ... Maryland and||
|3 weeks 4 days ago||It's not the loss. It's HOW||
It's not the loss.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Hell, hire ME. I can't be||
Hell, hire ME.
I can't be much worse... And I'll let all of you on the sidelines for games.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Just a preemptive post to||
Just a preemptive post to bitch about the yet-to-occur Pass Interference call/non-call that will decide the game because this is Notre Dame, and we're playing them in South Bend, and especially because this is The Last One (for now).
So when it happens, I can point to this very post and say, "See! I (and every other Michigan fan) KNEW this was going to happen! Bullshit, man!"
|3 weeks 6 days ago||I so so hope it is nothing||
I so so hope it is nothing serious and life threatening to either him or his loved ones.
Good luck with whatever it is, Mr. Bosch. Well wishes from everyone here.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Not kidding or||
Not kidding or exaggerating:
That whistle thing was EXACTLY the most outrageous problem I had the last time I saw a game in South Bend. It was un-fricking-believable, and I don't want to be surrounded by "fans" who think that that's OKAY ever again.
Hence this thread (which i hope is helpful to others).
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Thanks for the offer, but I'm||
Thanks for the offer, but I'm worried that ticket sales might be a no-no on the site, so I'm NOT going to respond to offers officially on this thread. I just want advice on ticket GEOGRAPHY, and don't want this website to get in trouble for ticket brokering (unless it's not an issue at all. Mods?)
So let me get a confirm from mods that this is okay first.