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|4 hours 10 min ago||With the talent and change in coaching staff||
I think 8-4 is the smart, easy, safe call. If I had to publish a prediction, explain and stand behind it, that is was what I would predict.
But this ain't my blog, and my real name ain't Blue Durham.
So, I am going to go out on a limb here and predict 10-2. Michigan beats Utah and the other 3 non-conference foes, but drop 2 in the Big Ten.
There has been a lack of confidence and in intensity on the team for a long, long time. Since 2008, really. Defense under Rodriguez, Offense under Hoke, and Special Teams under everyone since, well, Yost, and that is only because he didn't need them. But I do not think that is the case now.
I think this season exposes the disfunctional coaching staff, both in Ann Arbor as well as in Iowa. Because there has been major problems for the last 7 years, I just don't think that it has been that apparent given the talent level.
I think we beat Utah, get a little confidence and swagger, and that will carry the team right up to Michigan State. And that is where it is going to get interesting.
10-2, that is my story and I'm sticking to it if my name isn't Blue Durham.
|5 hours 18 min ago||The 2016 may be better than the 2015 team||
but that doesn't mean they will have a better record/season/post season.
The only way to do that is to win their last game, and every team but 1 in the country fails to do that.
But I am happy for Sara Driesenga and hope that she and Betsa make an unbeatable rotation.
|2 days 10 hours ago||There is an old saying,||
when you're a hammer, you see everything as a nail. Being an executive for several companies, his focus was maximizing profit.
Everything (with one exception that I can think of, the stupid skywriting stunt) that Brandon did was to maximize money coming into his organization, in this case the Athletic Department. That includes dismissing any traditions that might be contrary to his mission, including advertising in the stadium and making attending games less open regarding bringing stuff in (in order to sell water, seat cushions, etc.).
Brandon saw the Athletic Department as its own entity, and cashed in any good will built up over the years by his predecessors in order to pad his bottom line. But the athletic department's purpose is to serve the university as a whole, not its own bottom line, and by doing what Brandon did was both myopic and short sighted.
The university strives to treat its students (and alumni) as future donors, and the athletic department plays an important role. Brandon's nickle-and-diming only undercut the billion dollar fundraising efforts of the university - it should not have be allowed to continue as long as it did.
Finally, Brandon's view of the athletes as his core constituency is just bizarre. The athletes provided a service and got something (and in the case of non-revenue sports, a lot more) in return. Did Brandon view the pizza delivery guys at Dominoes a core constituency?
Dave Brandon's narrow view of the goals of the athletic department and his role as AD led as much to his dismissal as any of the stupid ideas (2 cokes for free tickets, charging for seat cushions, trying to charge for water, etc), stupid e-mails, and PR disasters did.
|4 days 8 hours ago||I sure as hell remember Steve||
I sure as hell remember Steve Smith, one of my all-time favorite Michigan players. And you're right, he was much maligned.
Jumbo Elliott was a better runner than John Navarre. The only player that was faster on those teams than Steve Smith was Anthony Carter. And that is what killed Smith.
Bo loved to run Smith, and until Denard Robinson, Smith probably had the most running yardage for a Michigan QB. Bo ran him and ran him and ran him. And that was the problem, because when Smith needed to throw in the 4th quarter, he was so beaten up he couldn't.
There were a couple of games where Michigan was an underdog and Bo felt that the team couldn't win by just trying to run the ball down the other team's throat (I think Notre Dame was one of them). Those were Smith's best games as he was relative fresh the whole game.
|4 days 8 hours ago||Navarre's batted passes||
Your comment is the lasting memory I have of John Navarre.
For a 6 foot, 6 inch QB, he had a ton of batted passes, and often they were drive killers. I think this was due to him often not finding a good passing lane in combination with a relatively low release.
Navarre had great tools and was on some very, very good to excellent teams. But ultimately, he under-performed to be a only a good QB at Michigan.
Navarre held all of Michigan's passing records, but didn't have the wins like other QBs had at Michigan, nor did he have the NFL career like Brady, Harbaugh, Griese, Grbac, or even Todd Collins (!) had as validation.
I think Navarre was a better QB than Michigan had in the 1970's (yes, including Leach), and better than most of the 1980's (Taylor, Brown, Zurbrugg, and maybe even Smith; Harbaugh and probably Wangler were better), and better than Michigan has had since Henne.
But from Grbac through Henne, Navarre was probably the least successful Michigan QB, despite his career record stats. That surprisingly puts the stats leader around average for the past 50 years. There's no shame in that, its just what it is.
|4 days 12 hours ago||OMG!!!||
DrAwkward is Darth WD!
|4 days 13 hours ago||Yup||
I was in Ann Arbor, watching the game on TV while on the phone with my Virginia born-and-bred future wife (she was also watching the game) who was, at the time, living in Charlottesville.
|4 days 14 hours ago||Yes. You must be signed in,||
Yes. You must be signed in, and then you can either go directly with what you typed or just go the upper left under your screen name hit the "Recent post."
What was nice it there is a tab on top of that list of recent posts for YOUR recent posts. For those who comment a lot it was a nice way to keep track of recent activity of threads that they had commented on, but it hasn't worked for a while.
|4 days 15 hours ago||I enjoy the draftageddons, it||
I enjoy the draftageddons, it looks like a lot of fun to participate (and I bet it is a lot of work), but unless I have missed something from previous seasons, it lacks resolution.
While there is a lot going on at the end of the football season with hockey and basketball, there has to be a way to score the teams chosen and come up with a "winner" (and loser for that matter).
The easiest way would be to assign points for each player that makes it on to an All-Big Ten list (since there are a couple, average them).
For example, a 1st Team team player gets 5 points, 2nd team 3 points and honorable mention 1 point. The team that has the most cumulative points wins the Draftageddon. This would also avoid the Heiko thing of selecting 5 QBs for his team (doing this would only reduce your chances of players on the All-Big Ten team).
Something like this would be easy to calculate and not be too onerous during the busy December period. It also would not be subjective (at least on the 4 participant's part) and provide some kind of resolution. And finally, the 4 of you can take issue with some of the All-Big Ten selections.
Then the winner can buy the blog a beer.
I am sure there are other ways, but they become difficult when considering and trying to equalize the impact on the many non-statistic positions with those of QBs, RBs, WRs, etc.
Just a thought.
|5 days 4 hours ago||You just don't understand||
You just don't understand retail activations.
|5 days 5 hours ago||I e-mailed Brian something||
I e-mailed Brian something similar to this almost a month ago. I go to the "tracker" within "Recent posts" - this shows all posts, whether it is content, diaries or the board, in order of last comment first. It used to have hundreds of pages of post all the way back to the first ones, but no longer. I even know how to get to the older pages by URL, but to no avail any longer.
Brian replied that he had to shut down these old pages as it was slowing down the site to a crawl. I am guessing that this is what you are experiencing with the older board pages.
|5 days 11 hours ago||Correct. I factored out||
I factored out Hoke's negative effect to get to what average would be (yeah, from last year), implying an average coach should have been able to get 9 wins from the team last year (yeah, maybe a little high). Then added Harbaugh's positive value.
A change from a player with a WAR of +3 to that of +4 is aminor change and only nets +1. But a change from a WAR of -4 to that of +3 is a big deal and gives a net of +7.
But mostly it was a joke.
|5 days 13 hours ago||From the team's regression||
From the team's regression over the past 4 years, and considering Kalis' and other's comments on the coaching the team has gotten, the baseball statistic WAR (wins above replacement) comes to mind.
What do you think Harbaugh's WAR is? Maybe +3? Hokes? probably about -4.
Let's see, last year we went 5-7. This year's expected wins: 5 + 4 (remove the Hoke factor) + 3 (HARBAUGH!) = 12.
Oh shit, we're going 12-0 this year.
Works for me
|6 days 15 hours ago||In many aspects, Bo Schembechler||
is as important to Michigan football as any other coach Michigan has ever had. He did so many things right, and I wouldn't trade him for anyone, but...
This is the exact same attitude that resulted in his terrible bowl record. The attitude of "first establish the run in order to pass" that makes absolutely no sense (why pass if you have established the run? - and when Bo did establish the run, he didn't pass).
His strategy for most of his coaching career was just direct - try to run the ball down the other team's throat. The announcers knew it, the opposing team knew it, every single person in the stadium knew it. And when he came up against a good team (like in the Rose Bowl, Orange Bowl or Sugar Bowl), his offenses always failed.
Bo was a great coach that won with fundamentals and by doing things honestly. But he never out-strategized or out-thought an opposing coach in a bowl game (he did on a couple of rare occasions in the regular season).
|6 days 15 hours ago||Under Bo||
if a receiver didn't block, he didn't play. Downfield blocks were expected and pretty commonplace.
|6 days 15 hours ago||Brandon in the film room||
As has been said on this blog a number of times, Dave Brandon is convinced he is the smartest guy in the room, whatever room that may be.
The film room would be no different, and of course he is going to share his insights with the coaches, I would expect no less. That is what he is there for, not just to entertain himself watching football.
And of course it puts the coaches in a quandary, and of course it is totally inappropriate, but Dave Brandon is the smartest guy in the room, any room, and he is not going to sit by silently.
|1 week 12 hours ago||But this is not||
But this is not surprising.
(1) We have known that Dave Brandon thinks he is the smartest guy in the room, regardless of who is present
(2) He was attending film sessions
Of course he is going to provide his input, he is the smartest guy there. He will make "suggestions" - and person like good ole Dave expects his suggestions to his subordinates to be followed.
Brandon is the kind of guy that would give real estate advice to Donald Trump, explain his views on cosmology to Neil Tyson Degrasse, and give fashion pointers to Caitlyn Jenner.
Of course he was giving his input to the coaches during film sessions. He played* under Bo, so of course.
|1 week 1 day ago||Wow, I am impressed that||
Wow, I am impressed that Bacon has earned the deified "He."
|1 week 1 day ago||Board meeting needs moar||
Board meeting needs moar LochDawg yes men.
|1 week 3 days ago||This has been a site that||
This has been a site that well surpasses the RCMB's of the world not only because of Brian's writing but his vision in initially understanding that he was building an interactive community.
But that vision would not be realized without the tireless (yeah, a lot of shit that needed to be flushed from the site occurs in the very late hours) efforts of the mods to execute that vision. Whatever gripe you may have against any of the mods, without their efforts this site would be a hot mess like RCMB and the like.
|1 week 3 days ago||This sounds a little like the||
This sounds a little like the recruitment of Art Schlichter.
The story (and I think it is in his book Bo) was that Bo was recruiting Schlichter in fall of 1977. Art and his Dad pretty much wanted Bo to garentee that Art would start his freshman year (1978), as Woody Hayes had already did this.
Well Bo pounded his fist on the coffee table stating that Rick Leach was his starting QB that year, looked over to his assistant that was with him and said "its time to go." Bo knew it was pointless to proceed any further.
Worked out fine for Michigan and given all of his problems, I'm glad that we don't have Schlichter associated with the program.
|1 week 4 days ago||From the time that Brian||
From the time that Brian started this blog he has had a policy of keeping the athletic department at arm's length. He doesn't do interviews, doesn't (or at least didn't) have a press pass (although a few that work for the blog do), doesn't accept any favors or access from it. This is all to keep the blog independent from the athletic department so that his writing is as impartial (in regards to being free from the AD's influence) as possible.
Brian has and did challenge many things that Brandon did on this public blog. Brandon could have responded in several ways, but chose not to and obviously considered Brian an enemy by labeling him a terrorist.
Brian's response was equivocal, I really don't see the problem you have with both of them acknowledging reality.
|1 week 4 days ago||Come on, Brandon had||
Come on, Brandon had LochDogg, with LochDogg, why would Brandon need anyone else?
|2 weeks 14 hours ago||One place that hasn't been||
One place that hasn't been mentioned is Mackinac Island.
I haven't been, but I would guess it would make the list.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||While we may not know who||
While we may not know who MichiganNation2 is, given your writing style and content, it does seem that
tjelston = MichiganNation2
|2 weeks 3 days ago||But he said This is Michigan,||
But he said This is Michigan, fergodsakes! at his introduction press conference.
At the time, that won a lot of people around here to the point they thought he was a fucking genius.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||At which penitentiary?||
At which penitentiary?
|2 weeks 5 days ago||MGoBeerMILF, you will just be||
MGoBeerMILF, you will just be another notch in his spiceyweiner.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Great title and informative||
Great title and informative post!
But who's Johnson that you are asking about? A Michigan football player? Or someone else like Jack Johnson?
Or is the question, Whose Johnson? My Johnson is quite healthy, thank you very much for asking.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||The only thing worse than||
The only thing worse than losing to Toledo was having a team full of NFL talent and losing to a D-II team at home that was about a 45 point underdog.
Not that that happened the prior year to Rodriguez' arrival or anything like that.
The indicators were there, but few saw them. There were a lot of problems with the state of the program when Rodriguez arrived.