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|1 day 8 hours ago||At least they died stoned and||
At least they died stoned and thinking good thoughts, right?
|4 weeks 12 hours ago||These controversies could be||
These controversies could be avoided simply by taking any discretionary judgment calls away from the NCAA. You play X games, you're no longer eligible. Less than X games, you're still eligible. The number of seasons You're eligible could simply be a cap, i.e., six seasons to get in those X games.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||I dunno...UM's own Meryl||
I dunno...UM's own Meryl Davis (Olympic gold medalist in ice dancing) did pretty damn well on that show...
|5 weeks 5 days ago||The Lions need the ghost of||
The Lions need the ghost of Bobby Layne to lift the curse.
And seriously, no Northern football franchise should rock powder blue jerseys.
Edit: I thought I was posting this in response to a post about what the Lions need.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||I'd agree in some ways, and||
I'd agree in some ways, and not necessarily in other ways. Yes, social media and the internet have given idiots a wider audience. But in communities that were often led by madmen in the past, the only difference was that fewer crazies and stupid people had a voice.
I recently re-read The Glass Bead Game, written during WWII by Hermann Hesse, a German ex-pat living in Switzerland. One of his more humorous criticisms of 20th Century society was its growing reliance for information on newspaper and radio interviews of famous people on subjects they had clue about. We still do this in all media 72 years down the road. Not much has changed.
Seems to me that most of us are followers, not leaders. We instinctively respond to leaders expressing ideas that appeal to our biases with unvarnished approval. We attack those whose ideas aren't congruent with our own. We become defensive when our leaders' ideas are criticized.
Look at our arguments over a sports team. Whether that sports team wins or loses has negligible real effect on our personal lives, yet we (I include myself, of course) get an emotional high when the team wins, and an emotional low when the team loses.
And we vent, not only at the losses but at the things that seem to turn up during a win as well. We're like the Greens and the Blues in 6th Century Constantinople.
Losing Carthaginian generals were routinely crucified. In fact, they willingly submitted to this punishment, it was expected!
I'm sure there are folks out there who'd have happily crucified losing coaches...
Basically, human beings are nuts.
Michigan fans are slightly less nuts, because, Michigan!
|7 weeks 1 day ago||I think the main problem was||
I think the main problem was with the O Line. That impacts QB and RB performance. Remember, we lost a starting O-lineman, and the subsequent drop off in play was noticeable.
An effective O Line is the product of years of training and development, not to mention the right coaching and team culture. It's not surprising that we lost some close games where we simply couldn't control the line of scrimmage on offense.
It will get better as time goes on.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||This would be a sad excuse||
This would be a sad excuse for a football game, except that it's so nice to see OSU get its collective ass handed to it.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||With all the money in college||
With all the money in college football, assuming that the sport's popularity continues, perhaps the NCAA should consider creating a mandatory, self-funded insurance pool with generous benefits for college players. It might be best for the sport and for the players and schools.
One problem with getting mere waivers from players is first, that many sign LOIs when they're still minors. A waiver signed by a parent or guardian might be subject to future challenge, and in some states might even require court approval, such as is required when minors sign entertainment contracts in California.
Second, many who have reached the age of majority will sign what they need to sign in order to play without fully comprehending the risks, and to me this is as much an ethical problem for the schools as it is a legal problem down the road.
However, changes in the rules could be made to protect players. One example would be the hits that quarterbacks take in the backfield after the ball is released; right now the excuse that's given is that it's difficult to stop the defensive charge, but we've all seen QBs take "punishment" hits designed to wear them down during a game, well after it's clear that the ball is out of their hands. Another would be the hits receivers take after an incomplete pass. There are many other examples of unnecessary hits.
Then there is the whole matter of the kind of chop or cut block that resulted in the injury to our O Lineman Grant Newsome. I fail to see how that kind of a thing is necessary or a legal play in college football.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Any playoff, whether it's the||
Any playoff, whether it's the current system or the BCS, devalues league championships and bowl games. Teams and bowls that don't make the playoff are somehow perceived as second-rate. In a game where, frankly, a fair amount of chance is involved, with ref calls, weird bounces, and injuries to key players at inopportune times, a determination of "best" is wishful thinking on everyone's part.
Michigan had a key O-lineman go down for the season. Things changed a bit for our offense. We had a couple of bad calls that perhaps made a difference in the outcome of our most key game. And that game was played with a banged-up QB. The loss to Iowa was inexplicable as well.
Sure, that stuff happens in football. But the playoff system makes outcomes worse.
I was happy with the old bowl and ranking systems. Michigan is certainly a top ten team, no doubt a top two team with a little better luck in a couple of games.
But now the question that gets asked all the players is, "Are you going to be fired up for this shitty second-rate bowl game because you missed the playoffs?" when in fact it's a New Years 6 Bowl that should matter and be a source of pride.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Blgosphere talk doesn't win||
Blogosphere talk doesn't win football games.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Awesome.||
|10 weeks 6 days ago||I'm with you on this. It was||
I'm with you on this. It was clear this year that Speight has the physical and mental tools to be a superb QB next year, and really make the offense click.
He was not 100% against OSU.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Class guy! I wish him the||
Class guy! I wish him the very best going forward.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||I agree and hope you're||
I agree and hope you're right!
|10 weeks 6 days ago||No surprise with McDowell.||
No surprise with McDowell. But I don't think it's wise to sleep on MSU next year. Dantonio had a disaster on his hands this year, but he's done a great job at State, and I think he'll figure out how to make them competitive again.
Not saying he'll bring them back to their former level in a year, but that squad isn't likely to crater to 3-8 again next year.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||So will the fur. Sorta.||
So will the fur. Sorta.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Coaching is the||
Coaching is the difference-maker. Carr was an extremely good coach, and recruited great talent. His national championship and league titles certainly count and prove that.
Harbaugh is one of the best coaches in the nation, there's little doubt of that. I think a season much like this one is possible with not much, if any, dropoff in results. Will he have the horses to compete for an NC? Remains to be seen.
I was very happy with the team's performance this year. 4 points away from an undefeated regular season is something pretty special.
|11 weeks 2 hours ago||Not to mention Fielding Yost,||
Not to mention Fielding Yost, who also coached at Stanford. And Nebraska.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Fence the Garden! Oh wait,||
Fence the Garden!
Oh wait, someone else tried that...
|11 weeks 1 day ago||I do marvel at how a school||
I do marvel at how a school that should really be in something like the American Athletic Conference somehow made the Big Ten. They have to be counting their blessings every damn day.
Not angry that we have them, it's more that I'm puzzled.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Y'know... I recall Brian||
I recall Brian saying he felt bad that Iowa had to live with its incompetent coach Ferentz, whose team shortly thereafter beat us. And while we clobbered Penn State, and there were a lot of comments about how bad their coach is, somehow they won the Conference. It wasn't magic. They played well in the second half of the season.
So as far as I'm concerned, both of these teams have a decent shot in their games.
I don't know enough about Minnesota's opponent to make a prediction.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||I'm looking forward to the||
I'm looking forward to the Orange Bowl. Granted, it's not the playoff, but making a New Years Six bowl is a significant accomplishment. Florida State always fields a competitive team, and we have some history with them. Should be exciting.
I'm not buying the "this was our best shot for the next couple of years" mantra. Harbaugh brought a group of guys from 5-7 to 10-3 last year, and this year they have a shot at 11-2.
That's a big deal.
I think this team will continue to improve; there's some serious talent coming up, and thinking about the younger players who got game experience, I believe that 2017 will be more of a reloading than a rebuilding year, similar to what happened with OSU this year. And Speight has a chance at a great season next year, with a year as a starter under his belt.
So there's a lot to look forward to. The Orange Bowl is a beginning, not a culmination.
|12 weeks 8 hours ago||The Big Ten says we lost.||
The Big Ten says we lost. ESPN says we lost. The Playoff people say we lost.
But in the eyes of justice and truth, we didn't lose.
The ball carrier didn't reach the line to gain a first down. Michigan won. To hell with the refs, to hell with Jim Delaney, I will never concede that game.
Everyone else can govern themselves by their own perceptions. I want to hear no more of this "Michigan lost again" "OSU streak" stuff. Lalalalala. I can't hear you.
|12 weeks 8 hours ago||They're fining M for JH||
They're fining M for JH speaking out about the officiating? Seriously?!?
For the Big Ten to be fining a member school for complaining about obvious incompetence on the part of officials is truly chickenshit.
If Michigan wanted to leave (as they did in 1908), I'd sure understand why. They won't, of course. There's the money, and there's the CIC. And because, well, there's the money.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||I'm thinking that lots of||
I'm thinking that lots of conferences would have loved to have a Jim Delany at the helm. Looking at you, Big 12, former Big East, and ACC.
The money B1G media made meant that guys like Harbaugh, Meyer, Chryst, and others are where they are instead of coaching in other conferences or the pros.
Great coaches and their abilities to recruit well and do good things on the field matter. The B1G has money, and money attracts talent. That's why we're back to being a good conference again. Think back only a few years when the Big Ten seemed to be in decline.
I think Delany made some wise moves. While I don't love some things - Rutgers, Friday Night Football, scheduling, etc. - on balance, the Big Ten might be a middle-of-the-pack conference without someone with his ability.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||I went to Michigan in the||
I went to Michigan in the days when there was a freshman team and a varsity team. Obviously, there were more scholarships available back then.
There were a couple of advantages to having a freshman team; as Harbaugh says, you learn football by playing football. Younger players got to do that, and develop a little more. The games were no more or less exciting when only sophs and upperclassmen played, however.
Having a freshman team did allow younger players who needed it the opportunity to become acclimated to college, something that was difficult for many players in the days before there was so much academic planning/assistance given to team members. Early enrollment offers many of those advantages now.
I've often wondered if playing freshmen on teams affects injuries, whether due to increased training and strain on players' bodies while they're still in late adolescence, or whether earlier playing affects in-game injuries. It'd be interesting to see if there was a significant difference in inury rates. I have no data, nor am I suggesting that this is a thing, just curious.
Bottom line, I'm neither for it, nor against it. I'd simply like to see some data.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||In the 70s "Goody, Goody, Bo||
In the 70s "Goody, Goody, Bo Beat Woody" bumper stickers were in vogue. I had one on my car for a few weeks after one of the wins.
There were also "Oh How I Hate Ohio State" bumper stickers. I didn't have one of those for some reason. But the hate goes back to the "Because I couldn't go for three" 1968 stomping, when I was a freshman.
I hate all SEC teams because their fans chant "SEC!! SEC!!" That stupidity is more than enough justification for hating them all, plus, there's a whole Civil War, Jim Crow, southern thing that I never could tolerate.
I hate all PAC-12 teams except for Arizona, because it seems like a good idea to have that in reserve, in case we play in a Rose Bowl. I liked Rich Rod (not as a Michigan coach, but as a guy) and would like to see him do well, which won't happen at Arizona, so I feel sorry for him.
How about Texas? The hate is Strong for Texas (you see what I did there, right?) because, Vince Young and a last moment loss to them. I hate Baylor because it's tight-assed, hypocritical Baylor where there are rules except for athletes. Hmmm. I think I hate the Big 12 altogether.
I can't really get worked up against the ACC, except for Notre Dame, a team I passionately detest.
And I hate Boise State, a school that is good for nothing except a regional football program and blue turf, which is a very idiotic eyesore in a very bad shade of blue.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||+1. Makes games absolutely||
+1. Makes games absolutely unlistenable. I have to turn off the sound.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||That's a real shame, seems||
That's a real shame, seems like he was starting to come into his own on a few plays Saturday.
Sparty or no, I'm always upset when a young guy gets hurt playing.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||I'm glad we won. MSU looked||
I'm glad we won. MSU looked much better today than they have in their previous losses. It's hard to say if that's on us, or just part of the maturation of some talented young guys.
I was concerned that MSU's receivers were able to do some very effective blocking on the edge, and some good line blocking to get the running backs some nice gains at times.
Our pass rush in the second half had some trouble from time to time; also, MSU's QBs had a decent amount of time to find receivers on a few plays. Their QBs couldn't hit the open man, but our defense was more "band but don't break" today than in prior weeks when we shut teams down.
MSU's D was well-coached, and able to recognize and stop some of the bread-and-butter running plays with certain personnel groupings that have worked well for us in the past few weeks.
There was that bonehead unsportsmanlike conduct penalty that kept an MSU drive going; I don't recall if that was a drive we stopped them on later, I think it was.
We had a great second quarter. But that was the only one that I think we imposed our will on MSU the way we have in previous weeks. A lot of observers perhaps expected a more dominating defensive effort.