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|1 week 2 days ago||Are you generalizing and||
Are you generalizing and saying that the four points you mention are the "general thoughts" of white men in this country? I suspect and would hope not but your post implies that is the case. If so, that's quite sad.
|1 week 2 days ago||Huh, leveling the field.||
Huh, leveling the field. User avatar checks out.
When do we get to appoint our 20 bagmen?
|1 week 3 days ago||Glad to hear that about||
Glad to hear that about Babcock. Have to say with the Red Wings and Canes out of it, I seem to be adopting the Leafs as a team to cheer for. Hard to imagine given the rivalry with the Wings.
|1 week 4 days ago||This makes sense but I do||
This makes sense but I do wonder, who is the backup center for next year? Maybe we have viable alternatives. Obviously this year seems to be Kugler and Ruiz and that is fine. Do they just convert/get snaps for a guard next year?
|1 week 5 days ago||Well Tom Brady was challenged||
Well Tom Brady was challenged by young, hotshot Drew Henson which directly lead to Brady becoming the GOAT.
So it's simple really. Harbaugh needs to play Peters several series each game to strengthen Speight and he can be the next GOAT.
|1 week 5 days ago||Well Harbaugh has shown he||
Well Harbaugh has shown he will start a sophomore. Is that really a big distinction here?
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Not really sure why that is||
Not really sure why that is relevant. Sure OSU is on fire recruiting right now. Michigan is doing just fine and is hosting some very important prospects. We don't need to compare every aspect and constantly be looking around.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Agree to a point. Certainly||
Agree to a point. Certainly MSU's program is on a more solid footing and is recruiting better than Michigan's. That said, Beilen is a better developer of talent hands down than Izzo and IMO a better in game coach (although that's debatable).
This past year, Michigan overachieved while MSU significantly underachieved. Michigans fans just wish we were not usually starting with such a talent/recruiting deficit. And it would be nice to see some of the development guys stay and not be injured or not go pro at the first possible time. But it's hard to fault the players for going. It just seems like many of the 4 and 5 star players that MSU gets end up staying longer than expected (often because they didn't develop as quickly as expected).
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Well the good news is that||
Well the good news is that potential 1 and dones under Izzo almost always are not. So Jackson is likely to have a good but not great year and then decide to stay for his sophomore year. If he planned on being 1 and done, I just crushed his dreams. Sorry.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||That was Fox Sports, not||
That was Fox Sports, not ESPN. The Fox "glo puck."
|2 weeks 4 days ago||No, I totally blame Holland||
No, I totally blame Holland and agree with most of your points but I don't agree that Nielsen underachieved. Z probably over-performed really, Green had a good year and Nielsen was actually pretty good on a bad team. I think he is a guy that would be even better on a good team. Tatar not really disappointing if you take the year as a whole (though very streaky). Nyquist, DeKe, Sheahan, Larkin, Glendening - yes to all of those. But then maybe you have to give him credit for Vanek who had a nice season.
But yes, overall it's the terrible contracts to marginal performers that are killing this team.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Nothing to see here. Please||
Nothing to see here. Please disburse.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Great piece. I started||
Great piece. I started watching the program build in 1988 as a freshman when they were giving out Subway/Michigan sweatshirts to a couple of hundred of us bold enough to stand in line to buy student season tickets. The rebirth of M hockey was definitely chugging along and momentum was growing with guys like Felsner, Harlock, Neaton, Sharples and Roberts taking the lead and later guys like Tamer, Ward, Wiseman, Shields and Knuble taking it from there.
And I still remember where I was on the day of the 3OT NCAA game with Maine. http://www.nytimes.com/1995/03/31/sports/hockey-maine-has-final-say-in-third-overtime.html
When the dream was finally realized in 1996 and then again in 1998, M hockey was on top of the world as far as things you wanted to be a part of. I vividly remember being in Yost for the huge upset of N Dakota in 98.
It's sobering how the program has fallen back to earth a bit since then but it's relatively easy to see the path back. Let's hope we get this one right.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Harbaugh was the absolute||
Harbaugh was the absolute best candidate even if he had no connection at all. With his deep background and connection, it just made it a better fit. Sure, the Michigan connection means something and should defintely tip the balance for similar candidates, but you should not make that a requirement. You target the best candidates and then give them added points if they have connections.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Well that would be shocking||
Well that would be shocking but I would be pleasantly surprised to see Michigan do something like that.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Is it just me or does this||
Is it just me or does this sound like a list of names you might give if you had never considered the question and were being asked on the spot for the first time (other than Leaman and Hakstol)? Really hope this is not the complete list.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Exactly. There are plenty of||
Exactly. There are plenty of good candidates but it's not like anyone is going to fill Red's shoes. There is no one of that caliber out there. That said, I look forward to some new ideas and the program definitely needed a new spark.
Thanks to Red for all that he did for the program. Great player, great coach, great ambassador for the game. I had the great fortune of really becoming a fan in 1988 during my freshman year and watching the program get stronger and stronger throughout the years. What a great ride it has been.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||This only would have been||
This only would have been surprising had they not declared. Why not participate, get feedback then return for a year to work on the areas indentified as weaknesses?
|3 weeks 1 day ago||And this is absolutely||
And this is absolutely relevant to a commitment post.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||While I respect the opinion,||
While I respect the opinion, if Warde and/or Red could not find a suitable replacement last year (which is plausible although suspect), it is absolutely incumbent on him to make it happen this year. If he cannot find suitable replacements, then he is doing it wrong. He had all the time in the world. If he cannot respond to changes in the landscape, then he would have be way out of his league if he was hired earlier to get Harbaugh to come. Simply put, I am sure there are moving parts behind the scenes and a number of factors. But I don't see any evidence of obstacles that cannot be overcome and if Warde cannot handle this, how will he be able to handle a search in the future for a FB or BB coach (or a serioud financial undertaking)?
Simply saying, "hey guys, this might be a somewhat difficult thing" does not mean we just give him a pass.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Except that we already did||
Except that we already did that last year and the results were eye-opening.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Thank you DW and well done||
Thank you DW and well done Ace/Brian/Seth.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||As others have said, the||
As others have said, the biggest problem with this team right now is the pile of terrible contracts and the lack of star power. Beyond Z, only the young guys are exciting to watch. They will develop but it's going to take time, in part because of terrible contracts for Helm, Abby, Big E, Glendenning, Kronwall, Dekeyser, etc., which is a direct result of Holland doing a very poor job (other than drafting which has been above average). Holland was good for a while but his management over the past say 4 years has been pretty terrible.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||I think you can get "tougher"||
I think you can get "tougher" by playing with more confidence. DJ gained much of that this year but still defers to others often and didn't consistently play with an edge. Having more confidence and being one of the prime offensive options will bring more aggressiveness. Plus he will likely continue to get stronger.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Also interesting to read the||
Also interesting to read the comments about the team on Feb 7. My how things can change quickly.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Louisville totally agrees with you.||
Louisville totally agrees with you.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Love this quote from an NBA||
Love this quote from an NBA GM in the MLive article:
"The player development program (at Michigan) is outstanding."
|5 weeks 3 days ago||But your statement was "Going||
But your statement was "Going to need some top 10 draft picks to compete with osu on the recruiting front soon."
And my point is that draft slotting does not matter for college team performance and for recruiting, I would think that a Heisman invite carries just as much weight as placing someone as a top 10 draft pick. i.e. We are not at a recruiting disadvantage because Peppers ended as a Heisman finalist and likely a lower first round selection.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Why? Peppers had more of an||
Why? Peppers had more of an impact on his team than did either of those guys. I suppose he got invited to NY just on hype? Some guys are just football players and Peppers is one of them. He is going to be a starter on some defense for a long time.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||What? So pro scouts were||
What? So pro scouts were concerned about his speed and ability to cover the field? If they can't see from the film that the guy has plenty of speed then these guys are more in the dark than I thought. If anything, 4.46 was a somewhat disappointing time for Peppers.