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|3 hours 16 sec ago||It's always fun to walk||
It's always fun to walk behind the band to the Stadium.
Kudos to the MMB....a big part of the Big House experience. The band members work very hard at what they do and we all owe them a vote of thanks for their contribution.
|2 days 15 hours ago||These other schools don't||
These other schools don't suck, plain and simple. Their overall ACT's may not be as high, but there are lots of very smart kids everywhere. Look at the increase of OSU's ACT scores over the years. There is no reason why their scores won't continue to increase simply based on population, although inbreeding and bad genetics might keep things down a bit (couldn't resist).
Also of note was Michigan's OOS percentages..in 2013, almost 43 percent of new undergrads were from out of state.
|3 days 21 hours ago||Hard year to predict. There||
Hard year to predict. There is no one on the schedule who can't be beaten on a good day, including OSU and MSU, I don't see either of those programs being any better this year than they were last year, and we should be much better in all three phases of the game.
|4 days 21 hours ago||I hear what you are saying||
I hear what you are saying uminks and I understand this rationale, but I can't ever accept finding 9-3 acceptable nor, I suspect, can this program afford 9-3 seasons for too much longer for a couple of reasons.
First, when you look at the Eastern division, there are three teams, in addition to Michigan, who won't find 9-3 acceptable and will have resources that match or exceed ours, at least in terms of coaching. OSU and MSU have their ducks in a row, and I suspect, in a couple of years, PSU will be there also. Franklin is pulling in a ton of talent and give PSU three years for these young recruits to mature and watch out. That 9-3 might put us in 4th place in the conference, depending on where those losses fall. After years of being average or worse, this isn't acceptable.
Second, Michigan athletics is heavily dependent upon filling Michigan Stadium seven times each year. Even with an average attendance figure of 100K per game, that represents about 80,000 people who used to show up and won't in the future. And the numbers could get worse, much worse. IF you doubt it, take a look at schools likeTennessee, whose recent past isn't much different from ours, and their finances are hurting. Alumni donations and winning are related. There will be a huge amount of pressure for change. Even if it's Brandon's guy.
Third, and I'm less sure of this, is how long will we keep getting top talent and fall on our faces (assuming that things don't turn around)? At some point, do the four stars and the occasional five star stop showing up?
I have no doubt that Hoke is a good guy, a very decent person who loves his players and will do what he can to make them good adults. No doubt that he loves the University of Michigan and wants to win. Wanting to win and being able to do so are not one and the same. Hoke may simply lack that little piece of the puzzle that people like Saban, Meyer and the other highly accomplished coaches possess. Even with Mattison and Nussmeier, it may not be enough,
In spite of this, I enter this season with guarded optimism. I have learned to control my emotions to mitigate some of the pain I have felt over the last few years. I keep telling myself that the O-line will learn its job, that we are strong in the skill positions and by mid-October, we will kick some serious ass. If I can't believe that the Leaders and Best really are, then my view of a University I am deeply attached to is compromised, at least on one level, and that takes me to a place I don't want to be. Ever. I feel Brian's pain, and it sucks.
|4 days 22 hours ago||What seems to be lacking in||
What seems to be lacking in the conversation is that last year was the first full year as the starting QB. Sure, Devin played a handful of games the year before when Denard went down at Nebraska, but when you look at his experience level, the number of sacks, the lack of a running game, he had a solid year. Most of those INT's that people talk about were in the first half of the season.
Devin had 1 INT over the last six games and 3 INT's over the last 8 games. That there weren't a few more picks in that damp, windy Norhwestern game was a bit lucky, but 3 INT's TOTAL for all eight conference games is pretty damn good.
|5 days 20 hours ago||I find the new app more||
I find the new MblogHD app more difficult to read due to lighter text.
The text for the headlines on the "old" app seem to be much lighter and harder to read.
|6 days 4 hours ago||I just updated the "old app"||
I just updated the "old app" on my iphone....is it me or does the text seem lighter than the previous version?
|6 days 18 hours ago||I'm hoping that you are right||
I'm hoping that you are right about the defense, but they are playing against an offensive line that we would celebrate this year if the O-line turns out to be average.
So, I am keeping my expectations in check until after we start playing games.
|1 week 16 hours ago||I used to take my family to||
I used to take my family to NFL games on Sunday. Many weekends it would be college football on Saturday, and the NFL on Sunday. Different crowd, to be sure, but the big difference was the amount of alcohol. After a while, I got tired of people getting sick, fights, and all the other crap that went on around me. At Michigan games, maybe not in the student section, but in many areas there are families, often with young kids. People get boisterous and crazy, but it is a very different dynamic, one that I continue to support.
If it becomes the usual revenue grab with eight or ten dollar beer, I believe the atmosphere within the stadium will change, and not for the better. If it does, the trip to Ann Arbor, which isn't easy or inexpensive, will have to be reevaluated. It's a slippery slope that all the AD's are thinking about, but they better think long and hard or they may find more empty seats.
I can understand that students might feel differently, but they aren't at games with young children, nor do they typically drive home.
|1 week 1 day ago||It's a very positive article||
It's a very positive article about Hoke. I'm not a fan of Rosenberg either and condemned him with respect to his reporting that led to the NCAA debacle. That doesn't mean, though, that I won't read what he writes.
The piece is very supportive of Hoke and gives you a good idea about Hoke;s values, and they are good ones. For Hoke's sake, and for our mental health, I hope what Hoke is trying to achieve on the field reaches fruition this year or it might not matter.
|1 week 3 days ago||Nice to find myself smiling||
Nice to find myself smiling at Denard again. Those four years went by way too fast.
Give em Hell, Denard.
|1 week 3 days ago||On 11 Warriors, they are||
On 11 Warriors, they are reporting that Miller dislocated his shoulder yesterday...just popped out. Coming on top of his labrum surgery in February, it's not a good sign.
Really feel sorry for the guy...he played his heart out for OSU and he is one of the better players in the B1G. Here's hoping he recovers and is back to his old form next year, except when he plays us, of course.
|1 week 4 days ago||Other than a couple of people||
Other than a couple of people running with the story, there is no other information on 11 W.
For Braxton's sake, I hope this turns out to be only a rumor. I really hate to see a talent like Miller go down this way. The guy plays his heart out every time he is on the field. We lose as a conference if this is true.
|1 week 4 days ago||The story is from the||
The story is from the Columbus Dispatch and the source is supposedly reputable.
|1 week 4 days ago||Redundant||
Redundant post saying the same thing as the post above.
|1 week 4 days ago||The last eight years or so||
The last eight years or so have made me lose some of my preseason optimisim. One part of me says that if things gel, it could be a very good year. Another part says remember '13, 12, '10, '09 and a bunch of other recent seasons.
I'll keep my fingers crossed, hope for the best and be pleasantly surprised when good things happen. If and when we beat Sparty, i'll be on the bus.
|1 week 4 days ago||Do Golson's rushing numbers||
Do Golson's rushing numbers include sacks?
|1 week 5 days ago||You haven't been around here||
You haven't been around here long enough. Try the search button, using Rosenberg and Rodriguez and NCAA as some of your search terms and you will be enlightened.
I saw that piece last night while looking for some content about yesterday's scrimmage. it brought back many painful memories, including why I wasn't shocked that the Freep ran the story.
|1 week 5 days ago||Below is Funk's coaching||
Below is Funk's coaching career. He's been with Hoke for a while, but has never coached at an elite program other than Michigan.
At Colorado State, between 04 and 07, the average per rush was 3.1, 3.5, 2.5, and 3.8.
In 08 at Ball State, he averaged 5.0, but had one very good RB.
At San Diego State in 09 and 10, it was 2.9 and 5.0.
At Michigan, in 11 - 13, it was 5.2, 4.8 and 3.3, with much of the first two years of success coming a certain kid named Denard as well as a line in Hoke's first year that was tutored by RR's people.
Draw your own conclusions, as there are many variables to include, but it seems like Funk's level of success hasn't been terribly impressive.
Here' where the averages coms from:
|1 week 6 days ago||While I'm not suggesting that||
While I'm not suggesting that we do the same thing, a couple of years ago, Wisconsin was having O-line problems and fired their O-line coach two weeks after the season had started.
It takes a while for players on the O-line to gel. At the very least, two of the five starters are new and they are playing with a new scheme. From Hoke's comments, I think he sees things in practice that may not have shown up in yesterday's scrimmage. They still have two weeks before the start of the season and three weeks before the ND game. That's a long time as these things go, considering there has only been about a week or ten days of contact drills.
If there isn't substantial improvement in a month, all bets are off.
|1 week 6 days ago||I think our D could be one of||
I think our D could be one of the best in the B1G.
The O-line has had contact practices for just over a week, right? I'd be most surprised if the O-line isn't much improved by Ap St.
|1 week 6 days ago||I think the font needs to be||
I think the font needs to be heavier/darker... The non-HD version has easier to read text. Thanks for your hard work putting this together.
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|2 weeks 1 day ago||Perhaps FSU should keep this||
Perhaps FSU should keep this device on Jameis for off the field activities also, particularly when he has a hankering for crab legs.
Interesting technology which will no doubt quickly proliferate through all of the major athletic programs.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Isn't it about intent? I||
Isn't it about intent? I doubt most drunk drivers intend to injure themselves or others, notwithstanding the occasional, horrible outcome, but here, a sucker punch from a well conditioned athlete can only be intended to injure someone. If York didn't realize this, then I'm really not sure what to say.
Lots of student-athletes at Michigan have come from backgrounds that are anything but stellar, and most don't do what York did.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I just got the email also. I||
I just got the email also. I think this suggests some very real worry due to a mass cancellation of season tickets, which I gave up a couple of seasons back myself.
I'd like to think a couple of winning seasons might make a difference, but I'm not so sure that what we are seeing isn't due to some long term changes in the way people get their entertainment. And Michigan is not alone...happening at many other schools.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Due process is of course||
Due process is of course involved with York's legal proceedings, but the rules and regulations for a student at a university can often be very different. An example of this is the evidentiary standard used to dismiss Gibbons from the school for the alleged sexual assault claim. In a court of law, for crtiminal cases, conviction would depend on "beyond a reasonable doubt" as the standard; in Michigan's proceedings, the standard was "preponderance of the evidence" per the sexual assault guidelines which changed a few years ago
I believe the case with York is such that Hoke will find it easier to simply wait and take action based upon the outcome of the court case, assuming something happens quickly. My question is what happens when fall classes resume? Does York continue to go to class and have scholarship funds spent on his behalf?
|2 weeks 3 days ago||The vast majority of us who||
The vast majority of us who attended Michigan did so as students. If York's conduct was sufficiently egregious that he should be kicked off the team, why should the standard of conduct be different for the academic component of the university where most of us spend our months and years?
I can understand your reasons to give the guy a second chance, and I share that for many violations that might get someone suspended, but there are about 44,000 students at U of M, most of whom don't sucker punch people and break their jaws. Where would you draw the line?
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Statement of Student Rights||
Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities
Students are expected to comply with published University policies. The following behaviors, for example, contradict the values of the University community and are subject to action under this Statement.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Dude should be dismissed from||
Dude should be dismissed from the University permanently.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Most of the time when someone||
Most of the time when someone famous dies, it's just news, for me at least. This one really hurts....so many great pieces of work over the course of his life.
So tragic that he couldn't beat his demons.