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|36 weeks 3 days ago||back then||
It looks a little crazy in retrospect, but back then plenty of people were tired of 8-9 win seasons with Top 5 talent (not to mention losing to a Pac Ten team or Notre Dame early in the season).
Yes, I'd willingly go back to that. Can't have everything .....
|40 weeks 2 days ago||purpose||
I have a serious question of my own (one I've asked here before):
What is the point of the original post? Unless MGoBlog is the *only* WWW site you visit, this story will be really hard to avoid. I saw it in several places this morning (local news, national news, at least one other spot). All this does is clutter up the board.
Thoughts, prayers ... yes, yes, of course. Must we state the obvious, OP?
|42 weeks 16 hours ago||Howard Street||
Peckish Pig reminded me of another great place nearby, Badou (Senegalese):
|1 year 20 weeks ago||RR||
Give it time -- I'm sure at least a couple of posters will ride to the rescue (and disparage RichRod).
|1 year 20 weeks ago||getting it||
He gets it, but he seems to have a poor understanding of the MSU and OSU rivalries. If he just understood them better, we'd have winning records against those teams.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||what MGoBoard says||
Forget Hall. Last night we got proof that the spread won't work in the Big Ten.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||ability||
I'd guess that Hoke is really good at that (having dinner with recruits). I mean that as a compliment.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||Marcus!||
Right. Back then, Michigan didn't lose any games (actually true in '97) and throttled teams that tried to "spread things out" against them, like Syracuse. Remember how they held Donovan McNabb to negative rushing yards? They were TOUGH!
Until this picture leaves the collective memory of Michigan fans, Marcus Ray will continue to be remembered as one of the all-time greats, rather than a fringe NFL player (which is very impressive, but not commensurate with the praise he gets).
|1 year 38 weeks ago||turn-around||
In Brian's defense (I guess) it is pretty amazing how fickle some people have been about the coaching. The staff appears to be across-the-board awesome to them now. That doesn't square with most of the season.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||apology||
Why apologize? Extrapolating from earlier games wouldn't have been cause for optimism.
For the record, I'm at least 90% on-board with Brown Bear's post. I'd be closer to 100% if it weren't for the numerous debacles this season. I have a feeling coaching had something to do with what went on with Nebraska, Iowa, et al.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||one||
OP: "We should have a program where if you miss more than one home game you lose your season ticket priviliges."
Really? See any possible troubles with the implementation of that plan? Any?
|1 year 38 weeks ago||body of work||
Hopefully the people in charge will look at the whole season (as opposed to just the last game). I think we can safely assume that will happen.
Let's look at some other (*bad*) games:
Akron, UConn, Penn State, MSU, Nebraska, Iowa
There were too many embarrassing outings. I don't think it's reasonable to blame everything on "youth" and "Gardner." (I'd give both low percentages, in fact.)
|1 year 39 weeks ago||know||
All I know is that I'd like to see a pre-Madonna.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||9 to 3||
Right -- I'm pretty sure they returned eight or nine starters on offense in '08. If RichRod hadn't run off Mallet it would have been nine/ten.
Following your logic somewhat, Michigan won a national championship in Lloyd Carr's last game by beating the prior year's champ. Same team, right?
|1 year 39 weeks ago||Go south, old man.||
For different reasons, Les and Cam would be wise to spend the rest of their careers well south of the Mason-Dixon line.
In the case of Les, he has grown accustomed to a culture of cheating (at Okie State and now at LSU). (I realize there are degrees of cheating. I just think it's worse in the SEC.)
Cam is probably a good citizen, but his world view fits the Deep South better than it does the Upper Midwest. Think Bill McCartney (outside football, that is).
|1 year 39 weeks ago||thinking||
"I don't want to hear about how his offense at VaTech isn't performing well."
Nice. It's that type of thinking that will get Michigan to multi-year mediocrity faster. Get a Michigan Man in here STAT. Who gives a @#$% if he has any genuine talent?
|1 year 39 weeks ago||mirage||
Notre Dame was about at our level in '06 (very good, but not elite). Try to find a quality win here:
Just like UM, they got beaten pretty badly when playing upper-end teams at the end of the season.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||GP||
"Their current worldview is shaped by the presumption that Rich Rodriguez single-handedly ruined Michigan football."
Appears that we have one right here! :)
Barwis Effect, I would like to note that I *love* your avatar (seriously).
|1 year 40 weeks ago||'07||
I'm surprised no one mentioned this earlier. Someone at SI (Andy Staples, maybe) did an "alternate universe" column based on that game a few years ago.
|1 year 40 weeks ago||for sure||
Well done. That's one of the plays I'd have on the list, even though it's not Michigan. Still bothers me ...
|1 year 40 weeks ago||history||
"... ours and OSU fortunes would be flipped."
I doubt it very much. Most likely we would have been pounded just like OSU, if not worse.
Maybe we don't pounded. Maybe it's a close game. How does that have anything to do with the first two debacles of the following year?
Michigan's high ranking was based largely on beating an overrated ND team at the beginning of the year.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||EMU||
Yes, this is far beneath UMich:
How does it compare to CMU, WMU, and the rest of the conference? I don't know. Anyone?
I'm not sure why so many people are (seemingly) assuming that Ron's performance is at or above what one could expect for EMU's ceiling. It has to be one of the worst FBS jobs at baseline, but shouldn't they be able to do a _little_ better than they did the past five years?
You'd think that the 2-star and low 3-star run-off from Michigan (Metro Detroit, especially) and parts of Ohio would be enough for more than a handful of 4-4 conference seasons. I would, anyway. They can sell a piece of MACtion.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||inheritance||
"... Hoke inherited a roster overstuffed with 5' 8" slot receivers and guys who could play "spur" or whatever in the 3-3-5 ..."
Stick to that narrative, Hoss, if it makes you feel better and eases the pain of the RichRod years. Please.
If you're feeling energetic, though, why don't you go here and tell me how 5'8" receivers you count:
I got two. You? I couldn't help noticing that Odoms and Gallon, to degrees, have been valued by the new regime. They've even been called "tough." Imagine that.
You're not entirely off-base. I can think of at least a couple 'tweeners (Mike Jones and Brandin Hawthorne) whose moments on field were few-and-far-between. As well, the recruiting on the lines was definitely lacking in volume. You ruined your post, though, by being simple-minded.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||rational analysis||
I agree with much of what you wrote, but any "rational analysis" has to include what I understand to be the worst RB performance (27 carries, 27 yards) in the modern era of UMich football.
I don't know who (Borges / O-line / Touissant / Brady-behind-the-scenes) is at fault there, but I tend to believe that a more balanced and unpredictable offensive game plan would've made bad luck irrelevant.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||going||
I hope Kalis stays for the duration of his eligibility, has a great career, and enjoys his time at the UMich art school. Just to get that out of the way ...
I wouldn't be a bit surprised if Urban Meyer (a smart guy of interesting character) quietly reached out to Kalis at some point (in a scenario where Mr. K found himself 2nd/3rd-string for an extended period of time). If he could effect a transfer he would, for the price of a single scholarship, win himself some neat PR and possibly a significant contributor.
Low probability, sure, but interesting IMO.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||wow||
Congratulations. Along with "Credence Tapes" I'd like to give you the "Glass is 0.031% full!" award for this thread.
Do you really think DeBord's "genius" had that much to do with the '97 championship? That was a low-complexity offense that any number of guys could have run. UMich had a very good year largely because it had NFL talent in all the position groups, highlighted by a once-in-a-lifetime DB. More NFL talent than Nebraska, in fact. (Few people realize this.)
DeBord was also a guy who, among other things, left a tire fire at CMU.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||A||
I was going to say A, and I probably should, but after the many mind-bogglingly stupid decisions last night, I'm going with B. All that Lloydball really hurt.
Whatever the outcome, let's give thanks that Hoke (unlike RichRod) isn't having to work against multiple people ostensibly on his side.
He's recruiting at a very high level that hasn't been seen at UMich since the late '90s or early '00s. He should get at least two more years to prove himself.
Question for coaches here (O-line or otherwise): What should be expected from an interior line of first-year players (recruiting rankings aside)? I honestly don't know.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||too bad||
I was hoping to hear what UVa fans thought of this:
I realize Ball State is having a good year and that Virginia hasn't been much lately, but that's still a pretty big win and I didn't see it in the CFB headlines of any sites.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||stats for the year||
Minnesota went 10-3 that year. Only one team (IU) gave up more yards on the ground than Michigan:
Tulsa (W): 254
Of course, that doesn't tell the whole story (as there's no mention of total yards), but it should give some idea of how well they ran the ball (and how shaky Michigan's defense was that year, GERG or not).
Why, again, did they fire Mason?
|1 year 49 weeks ago||Izzo||
Izzo screams too much and (by appearances) seeks attention too often for me to like him. Can't imagine wanting to play for him, not surprised that some of his former players don't have great memories ...
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I still don't think he has generally gotten recruits consistently at the level of Duke/UNC/Kansas. He didn't get to six Final Fours by accident (though he had great bracket luck for at least a couple of them).
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Shortly we'll see a few comments to the effect of "Izzo completely locked down the state when Mo Taylor rolled the SUV."
Didn't hurt, but that ignores LaVell Blanchard, Lester Abram, Dion Harris, DeShawn Sims (maybe too late in the game to include here), and at least a couple others. Izzo got the Flintstones, yes, but some of his key players (Zach Randolph, Alan Anderson, Shannon Brown) were from elsewhere in the Midwest.