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|5 days 20 hours ago||Thought experiment: You're||
You're accelerating toward the speed of light in your spacecraft escaping Earth's gravity, when you look out the window and see a spacecraft with Maize and Blue trim on its nose decelerating and preparing to re-enter Earth orbit. As the Mazie and Blue-trimmed spacecraft approaches, you see Jim Harbaugh looking out his window at you.
If your spacecraft reaches the speed of light, and takes you to a planet circling Earth's nearest star, how many national championships will you be able to return to Earth to see Harbaugh win?
|6 days 19 hours ago||Rosenberg is an embarrassment||
Rosenberg is an embarrassment to humanity in general. So let's consider possible punishments for his willingness to speculate and...uh...stretch....the truth.
You see what I did there, right?
I shall cancel my subscription to Sports Illustrated!
Wait a second, I stopped my subscription to Sports Illustrated after I got out of middle school. Hmmm.
I will never take the Detroit Free Press seriously again!
Of course, I never took the Freep seriously in the first place. But that's because of Drew Sharp long before there was Rosenberg. So I'm stumped.
|1 week 1 day ago||I'd suspect that the college||
I'd suspect that the college coaching game has changed since the 80s, when Johnson last coached Miami.
And it's not like he didn't latch on to a much easier ride himself after 1999 by simply going into broadcasting at the age of 56.
|1 week 3 days ago||It remains to be seen how||
It remains to be seen how well this staff will work together. It has the potential.
|1 week 3 days ago||How little class you've||
How little class you've shown, J. Ira and Nicki Harris, in spending tem million bucks to have your names called out every time the head coach of the University of Michigan's football team does so much as make a hire, walk in the door, or fart in public.
It is my sincere hope that your names are inscribed in the J. Ira and Nicki Harris head football coach of the University of Michigan's office toilet, where they can receive the proper attention every day.
Sincerely, the BlueHills University of Michigan Alumnus Craptastic Pomposity Hater.
|1 week 3 days ago||It's true. Every fall, Lions||
Every fall, Lions fans revive the same false hopes and unrealizable fantasies as we have for generations.
And every so often, a couple of times in a generation or so, the Lions even get to the playoffs where they inevitably lose in the first round.
The Lions have never pounded the rock. It is Lions fans who, like Sisyphus, push the rock endlessly up the mountain, only to see it roll back down, day after day, year after year.
|1 week 3 days ago||And again, as always, we are||
And again, as always, we are treated to the preposterous title in the website announcement by the "J. Ira and Nicki Harris" football coach.
I hope I never meet J. Ira and Nicki Harris, because I'd tell them off for ruining something as timeless as the title of the Head Football Coach of the University of Michigan.
It ain't generosity if there are strings attached, publicity hound arrogant assholes.
|1 week 5 days ago||It's going to be fun again.||
It's going to be fun again. Gut-wrenching, yes; agonizing, to be sure; nail-biting and edge-of-seat, but eventually two best coaches in college football, head-to-head fun!
|1 week 6 days ago||Devin and Jake deserve to||
Devin and Jake deserve to catch on with the NFL.
|2 weeks 1 hour ago||How correct were the media||
How correct were the media experts and talking heads about Michigan's chances of landing Harbaugh?
How accurate were the predictions they made for us last year?
How right was the media handwringing over the supposedly laughably weak Big Ten Conference?
What is at all interesting about a guessing game that takes place 7 months before a season in college football, with its senior turnover rates and talented juniors leaving for the NFL?
|2 weeks 16 hours ago||Is there a point to placing a||
Is there a point to placing a market value on a college football team that will never be sold under any circumstances?
|2 weeks 19 hours ago||The J. Ira and Nicki title||
The J. Ira and Nicki title again...do they really need to be plugged in every single media reference to the damned football coach?
From the press release on the Michigan site:
"I am very excited that Greg will remain here in Ann Arbor to continue coaching at this outstanding University," said Harbaugh, the J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Head Football Coach..."
Am I alone in finding this constant plug repellent?
|2 weeks 20 hours ago||I loved the coverage here. It||
I loved the coverage here. It couldn't have been better, given that all we had were clues for a long time. I also admire and respect the way Brian seemed to lay everything out with the Searchbits, and that, in turn, seemed to calm down some of the wilder speculation that arose here from moment to moment at times.
I was also rooting for Brian to be right calling it, because Brian seems to care about getting his facts straight, and I was very disappointed with the so-called bigwigs in the business and their willingness to speculate based solely on opinion and "common knowledge" instead of doing their homework.
As far as I'm concerned, this blog is the best source on sports in the country, and the fact that it's a Michigan blog makes me really happy!
|2 weeks 3 days ago||My wife and I decided to name||
My wife and I decided to name our son Jamie during a Michigan game Jamie Morris was playing in when she was expecting. And when he was born, that's what we named him.
Jamie Morris was an awe inspiring Michigan player. The name suits our son.
Kinda thankful my wife wasn't pregnant when Tyrone Wheatley played, though.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I like the cut of your jib,||
I like the cut of your jib, man.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Oddly enough, and despite all||
Oddly enough, and despite all the talk about the Michigan Man thing supposedly being irrelevant, we certainly seem to be discussing Michigan Men like Harbaugh, Hackett, Wheatley, Mallory, Mattison, and others with Michigan ties and Michigan history an awful lot these days.
The Michigan Man is still important to this program, and the proof is in the pudding. Just an observation, and not a statement that it should or shouldn't be.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Michigan is always a step up!||
Michigan is always a step up! Harbaugh proved it!
Just my opinion, of course.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I wear a black T shirt and||
I wear a black T shirt and jeans every day, and have done so for 15 years. It does make for fewer irrelevant decisions.
|3 weeks 13 hours ago||Except for the part where||
Except for the part where some part of the Ohio State football team actually wins their spring game.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||No one said you weren't. All||
No one said you weren't. All I did was state a couple of obvious facts.
The good news is that once this team starts to win under harbaugh - whatever his motivational tools like stickers may be - the board might become a little less obsessed with the question of helmet stickers and jersey patches.
Then again I see this whole question of helmet stickers as stuff for no one to worry about except the head coach and how he decides to motivate his players.
We have a guy who knows how to motivate, and does things his way. That's why our school is paying him the very big bucks.
So this issue as not really our concern. Support the team, go Blue!
|3 weeks 3 days ago||They'll use them because||
They'll use them because Harbaugh did it at Stanford. That's the reality of it.
It won't be your decision.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||So if there are helmet||
So if there are helmet stickers AND legacy jerseys, your existence as a living being will cease?
The reason I ask is that Harbaugh definitely used helmet stickers at Stanford, and I doubt he will have the legacy jerseys gone, what with the families of famous alums having granted the school permission.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||You guys are blinded by||
You guys are blinded by hate.
I want to see the team from our conference win. And I will feel great when we beat them this fall.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Wiscy did a nice job, too,||
Wiscy did a nice job, too, but they're West. Even Rutgers won its bowl game.
The B1G started the year as a laughingstock, but it's how you finish that counts!
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Kiffin's making $680,000 a||
Kiffin's making $680,000 a year at Alabama.
Not bad for the dumbest person on earth, huh.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Yes, that's true. I knew some||
Yes, that's true. I knew some of the guys on Bo's first team.
The guys I knew who stayed were the most serious players who said that they wanted NFL careers, and quite a few got that accomplished. The guys who left were generally guys who didn't plan on playing after college.
Back in the 60s, there were players who wanted a little college glory and never planned on or wished for an NFL career. In fact, in those days lots of NFL guys weren't paid enough to have football be their whole career, and had off-season jobs. My dad knew some Lions players who were automotive manufacturer's reps in the offseason, where they could get in the door based on their playing fame.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Harbaugh works the kinks out||
Harbaugh works the kinks out by MSU, and despite 1 or 2 early losses, team becomes a buzzsaw by the middle of the season. We beat MSU and OSU at home and go to the B1G Championship Game, where we clobber surprise winner of the West, Minnesota.
No CFP invitation due to early season loss or losses, but we get a good bowl game that we win.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||It's significant to observe||
It's significant to observe that assistant coaches are jumping at the chance of working with Harbaugh. Not only does it show that serious coaches realize what great opportunities come from that, it also shows that Harbaugh is not some kind of demanding, impossible to please, nutcase.
In fact, his assistant coaches are loyal and evidently like working for him. They're lining up to do it.
It's a shame that the 49ers took the low road, and smeared Harbaugh with carefully crafted leaks. He didn't do that.
So we are left with the misimpression that the man is difficult.
Back when I was a lawyer who tried cases, we learned that there is a fact of communication called Primacy, that tells us that the person who tells the story first is more likely to have the story believed than the person who goes second before a judge or jury.
In trials, this gives a plaintiff or prosecutor the edge. And while Recency, believing the last story heard, is also a thing, Primacy must be overcome with a very strong presentation.
The niners tried Harbaugh in the media. He didn't fire back. He showed class.
Who's the difficult, hard to get along with, person? I suspect it isn't JH.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||I was being a bit snarky with||
I was being a bit snarky with my post, and everyone pro and con has made really interesting posts, so here's my take on why this is not the best thing for the football coach:
1. An academic post with an endowed chair is a great thing, and it's not like the So-And-So Professor of Anthropology gets introduced to the media at press conferences and the like. In fact, to the general public the So-And-So Professor of Anthropology is a fairly invisible person.
2.The football team generates some, $150,000,000 dollars a year in revenues (please correct me on this, I didn't look it up), and is self-sustaining. It was not necessary to pretend that a ten million dollar gift to the Athletic Department or General Fund was anything like an endowed professorship.
3. Coaching Michigan football, though it is important to the athletes, is hardly an academic endeavor. It's popular, it's wonderful, it's amazing in so many ways, but it isn't done for course credit.
For these reasons, I think it's a joke to give donor names to a football coach. It's just silly, and I don't care if Stanford or anyone else does it. That's just more silliness.
Finally, I'm sure that if I met J. Ira and Nicki I would like them as people, and be very impressed with their generosity and overall wonderfulness. But they don't need this (no one does), and as a Michigan fan who is an alum, married to an alum, the father of alums, I have to say that I snicker up my sleeve whenever this abomination of a title is recited on TV.
It sounds pompous and ridiculous.
Give them a fricking plaque or name some real estate after them, but don't recite this bullshit title on TV and make Michigan Football look like some Ivy League, brandy snifter, wing-tip (apologies to wing tip shoe wearers), tight-assed football program!
Edit: If J. Ira and Nicki played a personal and meaningful role in landing Harbaugh, I will name myself after them, and put photos of them on my wall, but please, just not this title.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||One thing Harbaugh has shown||
One thing Harbaugh has shown is the ability to understand his talent and maximize what they do. I'm confident that there will be improvement in his quarterbacks.