...says Denzel Valentine of Big Ten Tourney favorite MSU, which is 5-7 in its last 12 games. Cumong, man.
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|1 week 4 days ago||Whaddaya expect? It was||
Whaddaya expect? It was written by Jackie Epps, a Michigan State grad!
Actually Jack is a really talented and bright guy, was a friend in my teenage years and lived down the street on Strathcona in Detroit.
He succeeded in spite of the obvious obstacles he was forced to live with: good looks, wealth, and being very intelligent.
But he never flew jets.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||He never needed one. Because||
He never needed one. Because he's telepathic.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||The "problem" isn't really a||
The "problem" isn't really a problem. The tickets are paid for. It's up to the students to decide what to do with them.
I don't think this is Brandon's fault, except in the way he handled things.
I just think he should be fired because he's a dickhead.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||It's all about the money.||
It's all about the money. Inject as much into the sport as has been done in recent years, and the inevitable result is the professionalization of the players.
It's not unfair to the players if they choose to assert whatever rights they have. They can read. They know how much the coaches and the schools make on the strength of their backsides. Nor is it unfair to the schools or fans.
Though it's still kind of a bummer, because we have to give up the mythology that many of us cling to, that it's all about the old Alma Mater, the school colors, etc.
On the other hand, at the major conference level, it's not going back to the way it was. I loved the mythology. It made being a fan of your school more personal. I think that's the reason college football is so popular. That will change.
The more I learn about what is happening inside the college game, the less interested I become.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Well, there was the music.||
Well, there was the music.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||And we go 0-40 against them.||
And we go 0-40 against them. The upset of the century every single year, long past my death.
Not that losing to app state 40 times will kill me. It only has to happen one more time for the death thing.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||The way we played last season||
The way we played last season we should be worried about them.
Why, they could be the main obstacles to our powerful run for the uhm...national championship.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||I agree. TV timeouts stink.||
I agree. TV timeouts stink. If people want to watch the game on TV, let them have a delayed broadcast, with commercial breaks spliced in. The fans at the stadium see live action football without all the unnecessary BS of the extended timeouts.
That is what would distinguish the gameday experience more than anything else, and encourage fans to get off their couches and into the stadium.
As would a return to a classy Marching Band music environment without the piped-in music crap. I can't imagine anyone being deterred from attending a game because music wasn't piped in, nor can I imagine anyone actually attending a game to hear the piped in music. People want to see the game, and hear the band, or they might as well watch TV.
As to whether the students want to attend, that isn't a truly meaningful problem. Sell them the tickets, and if they don't want to show up, fine. They've wasted their money, but the coffers of the Athletic Department are still full.
The idea that somehow showing up late or not at all is a problem that should concern anyone but the students is just plain silly.
As are fake attendance figures, and the 100k people in the stands record. Who cares?
If Michigan football gets back to what it was in the past, people will come. If not, they won't. So that's another key.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||So gymnastics (judged event),||
So gymnastics (judged event), football with its judgment penalties, basketball with judgment penalties, etc., aren't sports huh?
You're belitting the world record set in a sport you don't understand at all. Yes, ice dancing combines sport and art, and so do other figure skating events, as well as other sports like gymnastics.
It's really an insult to two of Michigan's greatest athletes, period (and by that I mean the State of Michigan and the University of Michigan, where both Meryl and Charlie went to college).
|3 weeks 5 days ago||I fear the O-line coming into||
I fear the O-line coming into the season. However, there is reason for hope.
Our guys were highly regarded during their recruiting. It's not a matter of talent, it's clearly a matter of coaching and their learning curve, which is closely related to coaching.
Nussmeier can't afford to preside over an offense that was as disorganized on O-line as ours was last season if he wants a head coaching future. Hoke clearly has confidence in the guy, at least enough to dump a good friend and colleauge to make the change in coordinators. So if the line isn't getting it done, I would expect that Nuss will insist on a change in line coaches and whatever else he thinks needs to be done, quickly.
It's interesting that the Arizona O-line jumped 100 spots (!) when RR went there, but I'd guess that has something to do with his read option and blocking schemes that really do make the most out of talent on a roster.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Awesome guy, works hard, has||
Awesome guy, works hard, has fun. I love him.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||With the team's talent, and||
With the team's talent, and Nussmeier handling the OC/QB duties, the results should be much improved. I can't imagine an offense looking more disorganized and demoralized than ours last year, and I think Nuss will right that ship.
My honest belief is that they have a very good chance of winning every one of their games. Whether they can get over the road hump remains to be seen, of course.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||The English have liked the||
The English have liked the French since they formed the Entente Cordiale in 1904. But it was merely the continuation of informal good relations that began after Napoleon's defeat.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Great article. The analysis||
Great article. The analysis of what Nussmeier has done in the recent past is very convincing. It was a great hire.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||All this Rules of Bizniz||
All this Rules of Bizniz blather is interesting, but the fact is that Borges' offenses have not done well. The only sane solution is to replace the guy.
Both Hoke and Brandon appear to be sane.
If it was Hoke's idea, he certainly needed budget approval. And if Brandon's idea, he needed Hoke's cooperation.
I'm sure it was handled gracefully.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||This was an important step||
This was an important step for Michigan, for Hoke, and for Brandon to take.
First, and most importantly, they got the right person for the job. Second, the firing and replacement was handled with apparent integrity, in a way that was short, sweet, and without leaving our former OC dangling in the breeze wondering what was up.
This shows class and increased sophistication on the part of Brandon, and flexibility in Hoke. It was unexpected, and left me with a far better feeling of confidence in the future of the program.
So yes, my feeling about 2014's potential is changed. I think it'll also have a positive effect on recruiting. So it's a big win for Michigan.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Nicely played, Hoke and||
Nicely played, Hoke and Brandon.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||As fine a person as Hoke is,||
As fine a person as Hoke is, he is not an innovator like Gus Malzahn. He's not going to engineer a miracle turnaround.
9-3 at best; 8-4 more likely; 7-5 entirely possible. Not including bowl games, of course.
If the year is a disaster, 6-6 or no bowl game, then I think Brandon will be forced to fire Hoke, and I shudder at the prospect of DB picking the next coach, after the mess he has made of the program.
You'll probably want me to define 'mess.'
By that I mean that RR should have been given another year since many of his key players hadn't become upperclassmen and all he needed was a good D coach, and the money to get one; that the drawn-out process of firing RR was not the way to handle the firing of a Michigan head coach; and that the choice was not the best one - I suspect that some potential candidates were (and will continue to be) put off by the way DB works. Speculation, I know. But successful coaches have big egos, and I know I'd be leery of how things work at Michigan.
If Hoke is let go after 2014 or 2015, we go through yet another rebuilding.
I'm not optimistic.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||It's always been the case (as||
It's always been the case (as far as I know) that the adult campers didn't have to be UM grads, merely associated in some way with the University - and an acceptable way for non-grad family members was to join the Alumni Association.
It has never been required that all adults be UM grads. I have friends and family who attended the camp who were not UM grads, though they had UM grads in their families.
It may not have been as strictly enforced in the past, I don't know, but I was told back in the 90s that all adults had to join the Alumni Association.
I donated to Michigania as did many of my friends who attended the camp. My daughters were also counselors there. Aside from being a student, these were the best weeks of my life, by far. I may go back soon, as my daughters have expressed interest in doing it again.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||If we have another Maryland||
If we have another Maryland type year in 2014, fans are going to be calling for execution, all right...
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Agreed.||
The NC could have remained mythical forever as far as I'm concerned. For 100 or so years we had a college football system where every win meant something, and where a bowl was a sufficient reward for a great season, not just a decent or halfway decent season.
We have too many meaningless bowls - the BWW bowl is typical of bowls that don't mean much - and there is far too much meaning ascribed to a single game's outcome.
The playoffs further weaken the meaning of the conference championship games, and the traditional bowls.
College football was more fun a long time ago.
|10 weeks 21 hours ago||Because they need them.||
Because they need them.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||That gave me a good laugh.||
That gave me a good laugh. Thanks!
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Just another B1G loss, bad||
Just another B1G loss, bad for the conference.
But at least they showed up for their bowl and made it competitive, unlike a certain team that we all know and love.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Turnaround||
Funny, when I was a freshman at UM, MSU had just come off championship seasons and MNC. Michigan's program was fair-to-middling.
Bo electrified that program, spanked it, and turned it around in a single season into a championship team with the same players, not "his" recruits (at the time freshmen could not play on the varsity squad). I think that's why he's still so venerated.
That is what great coaches do. And for further proof, just look at the fantastic success his coaching tree had, down to Harbaugh, who is clearly a disciple over 45 years down the road!
Michigan expects greatness because for many years after Bo retired, we had a team capable of contending year in and year out (though they didn't always do so, they had a very fine record). Since 2008, well...we had one good year and still didn't win a championship.
We are now back to 1968. Mediocre at best.
I have zero expectations for 2014. Talk is cheap. It'd be nice to see Michigan football actually do something.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||I'm glad Sparty won. All of||
I'm glad Sparty won. It's good for the Conference. I'm sick as hell of hearing all this "B1G can't beat anyone good" chatter. And this over the top hate BS re: Sparty is for middle schoolers.
I want to beat them - and everyone else we play - but I could care less about their reputed attitude towards us. The MSU fans I know are just fine. Mark Hollis is a good AD, and Dantonio is a very good coach.
They're building a formidable program, and we need to accept the challenge and do better. Much better.
As far as I'm concerned, it's fitting that they kicked our butts after our AD was enough of a douchebag to do a "Go Blue" skywriter slogan over their stadium.
That was the most low-class, embarrassing thing I've ever seen the UM athletic department do, and Brandon should have been held accountable for it. Could you ever imagine Bo or Don Canham pulling a spoiled frat-boy stunt like that?
Time to clean the UM house, from the top down, and get back to building a better football program for Michigan.
Brandon, his minions, and Hoke & Co. need to go.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Our guys certainly were||
Our guys certainly were sluggish in the desert the other night. Might be a part of the problem.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||I always root for the B1G||
I always root for the B1G teams in bowls. It's something my father taught me.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||8-4.||
|10 weeks 6 days ago||I'm Nick Saban and I'm not||
I'm Nick Saban and I'm not coming.