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|6 days 16 hours ago||12-0 Regular Season.The||
12-0 Regular Season.
The O-line gels slowly but surely better. Devin has a record setting year. Funchess shines, our backs do well, and our defense is stifling. We win a surprisingly easy game in East Lansing. The finale in Columbus is a tough game, but the defense proves stout, and the offense has a decent enough day to take the win by 7 points.
We win the Big Ten championship by blowing out Nebraska in Indy, 42-17.
We make the four team playoff, and win against the Pac 12 champion, Stanford with a late field goal.
Inexplicably, Dave Brandon has put the team in new uniforms for the NCG, with blue chrome helmets whose yellow chrome wings are lit with flashing LEDs.
The flashing LED helmets are ruled not in compliance with NCAA rules, and Michigan forfeits the NCG since the regular helmets are home in Ann Arbor.
Brandon gets fired, and spends $7000 of his own money the following season on skywriters, who write "Brandon was a better AD" in the sky over the stadium for the first few games.
|1 week 1 day ago||That really is a shame. He's||
That really is a shame. He's a great athlete and seems like a very good guy.
I really hate to see news like that for any young man.
|1 week 2 days ago||I'm excited to see if the||
I'm excited to see if our defense will be good against a good offense.
The offense is going to have one of those up and down years.
|1 week 6 days ago||Dave Brandon would be a great||
Dave Brandon would be a great athletic director for a school like Florida Atlantic, or USF, that has no tradition to speak of. Then his marketing hoopla and "wow factor" stuff would make sense, and might interest those whose curiosity about the program would bring them to a game to try things out.
He'd still have that smug personality, but at least he'd be doing something useful with his time.
I wish I could think of a way that I could annoy him as much as he annoys me. Maybe I should run for Regent.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Michigan has the talent to||
Michigan has the talent to win every game it plays this year. We will certainly beat ND. I see MSU as a tossup, because historically the games have been close, last year's abysmal performance being an outlier against an unusually good defense, even by recent MSU standards.
Utah has the potential of being a nasty surprise, as does Rutgers. We can beat OSU, and that game will come down to breaks. Our defense will be better than the one that PSU picked apart at the end of last year's game.
With Nuss, I don't see us giving games away with calls that make you wonder if the OC is on acid that day. So plus one or two games over last year right there.
This team should win 10-11 games, and be competitive in all of them. I'll be disappointed in anything less. If the team stumbles to another 8 win season, I'll be expecting a new coaching staff come 2015.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||One day in the Adidas Design||
One day in the Adidas Design Department...
"This is a hideous design. I mean...stripes...in several colors?"
"Yeah, it is. I hate it. But it's what the customer wants."
"What customer wants something this badly coordinated and unrelated to the history of any athletic program on the planet?"
"Dave Brandon. Michigan."
"Oh geez. I should have known. Well, send it to him for approval. And just be thankful he isn't asking for plaid."
"He did ask for plaid. I told him we can do stripes but not plaid. So then he said, 'More stripes, I need more stripes, then.'"
|3 weeks 2 days ago||This team has the talent to||
This team has the talent to win any of its games. It had the talent to win more last year, too. There are highly sought recruits in every position. There's a very good quarterback in terms of potential and athleticism. The skill positions include guys with a great upside. The defense could be very good.
Whether the team will reach its potential will come down to coaching.
So my question isn't whether the O-line guys are capable of this or that; it's whether the coaching is good enough. Game management was questionable last year. Player development hasn't been up to Michigan standards for several years. The offensive game plans were either very good (ND, OSU, IN) or head-scratchers.
Regardless of how many recruiting stars the players have, the question for me now is whether we have a 1 or 2 star coaching staff, or something else. To have witnessed the debacle of last year, with the talent that was in place can be blamed on a lot of things, but these breakdowns rarely happen with a 5 star coaching staff.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Coming off a 7-6 season, this||
Any preseason ranking based on a previous year's performance by a college football team is kind of a wild guess.
Based on last year, sure, this is to be expected.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Finally he's acknowledging||
Finally he's acknowledging the fan base's discontent over some of his policies. That's a good thing. He also acknowledges that the students hated the change in seating. Also good.
But he still insists that he needs to do thw "wow" stuff. So while he's listening to the criticism, it doesn't seem to affect his thinking. He's just too stubborn, and that's also reflected in his statements about Hoke.
I appreciate his fundraising skiills with donors. That's important. But everything else about this guy really disturbs me for some reason.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||It's conceivable. Nussmeier's||
It's conceivable. Nussmeier's plan to keep things simple and repetitive might work, and several players gained experience last year,
I'm feeling an odd combination of hope and pessimism.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||I agree, ten wins should be||
I agree, ten wins should be the expectation, and maybe even eleven wins, with these players and these very high profile assistant coaches.
However, the misery of the last couple of seasons has left me feeling down about the team's chances. I sure hope I'm wrong.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||How about if I energetically||
How about if I energetically type "Fuck Dave Brandon?"
|7 weeks 1 day ago||It's all about results. Until||
It's all about results.
Until Michigan gets better results on the field, OSU's staff has the clear edge in every facet listed.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Unfortunately, for more than||
Unfortunately, for more than a decade, what they have been regularly fucking is our so-called football team.
Is the record 2-11 since 2001?
So I wouldn't call them pigfuckers. Unless we're the pigs.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||I'd ask him if shit comes out||
I'd ask him if shit comes out of his ears or his asshole, or both.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Excellent post.David Brandon||
I have no idea how a man like Brandon makes millions; he's arrogant and evidently convinces himself that his ideas are brilliant, when in fact, they are garbage.
|12 weeks 21 hours ago||I have the same three, in the||
I have the same three, in the same order. And I was there in 1969, too.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Have our conference back?||
Have our conference back? Geez, I'd like to have our school back.
Brandon is the king of cheese.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Michigan has had some pretty||
Michigan has had some pretty bad ADs in recent years, but Dave Brandon takes the cake.
Can you imagine Bo or Canham agreeing to a schedule without MSU or OSU in any given year? They'd have gone nuts and threatened to leave the B1G before that would happen.
Or to a "neutral site" game? Or rescheduling Appalachian State (or even playing them in the first place, I know, not his fault, but his immediate predecessors were pretty bad, too)?
Has there been a more money-grubbing, obvious, poorly planned marketing scheme for athletics? Have the students ever been treated more poorly? Have the alums ever been treated like marks to this extent?
I'm not just honking off here. I've emailed Brandon to express my sentiments several times, and have encouraged him to read this blog to find out what people are thinking (I'm sure he hasn't).
This is a man who thinks that the problem is not having wi-fi in the stadium, instead of insane ticket prices, kicking the students in the rear end and making their football experience no fun at all, bringing in a mediocre coaching staff, and a poor schedule.
Dave Brandon has done something I thought would be impossible for anyone working at my alma mater: he's both cheesed me off, and made me a lot less interested in Michigan football.
Send him back to his fifth-rate pizza company, and hire a professional AD.
|15 weeks 22 hours ago||College football is my||
College football is my favorite sport to watch, by miles and miles.
But if this and other studies lead to proof that college football poses serious brain risks for players, then I wonder if a university has any business fielding a team, unless serious strides are made in eliminating this problem.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||This all started in Istanbul,||
This all started in Istanbul, formerly Constantinople, in chariot race days!
In fact, the Nika Riots in 531 arose out of murders of one faction's members by another faction following a race, and resulted in the deaths of thousands of people. This became a political matter, so Justinian, then Emperor, came up with a plan that resulted of the execution of about 30,000 rioters in the Hippodrome, the stadium where the chariot races took place and the whole thing started.
Their descendants are still doing their sports riots thing.
So I blame Istanbul.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||You are entirely welcome as||
You are entirely welcome as far as I'm concerned.
But hey, I'm an optimist. I say 2-10 for sure.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||Thinking about recent losses||
Thinking about recent losses to MSU, OSU, and PSU, if things continue to decline on the field, we'll soon be thankful that Rutgers and Indiana are in our division along with Indiana.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||You made my day with this,||
You made my day with this, hugely funny!
|17 weeks 1 day ago||I realize that the general||
I realize that the general consensus is that Universities somehow need what amounts to semi-pro football as a "gateway" or advertisement of the school in order to attract a student body, but the Ivies don't seem to have any problem attracting students despite a complete prohibition of athletic scholarships that has been in place in their league since the 1950s.
I read the NLRB opinion on the Northwestern petition, and was surprised to learn that the Big Ten is today even more of a professional sports league than I had ever imagined (I lived in South Quad, which was the football team dorm in 1968, and it's very clear that the players' routines have changed quite a bit since then!). That NW University did not present a shred of contradictory evidence clearly supports the players' facts, as well as the conclusion that was reached that the players are employees paid to play football (I say this as a lawyer).
I'm not making any pronouncements, but I have to question whether a University should have sponsorship of semi-professional sports as part of its mission. I have no problem with amateur athletics in which real students participate. But what's going on today is nuts.
Yes, it's good business for some schools, in terms of revenue. But there are so many compromises relating to academic integrity that I'm just not sure how I feel, despite my love of Michigan football, and despite 135 years of tradition.
I'm thinking back to how many people in the blogosphere were upset at Hoke over playing Gibbons, to the scandals happening all over the country, and I just can't turn a blind eye to this stuff.
|17 weeks 1 day ago||I'm of the belief that Denard||
I'm of the belief that Denard Robinson was the principal reason for the 11 win season in Hoke's first year. He had a special ability to put games on his shoulders and win.
What we've seen since the Nebraska game of two seasons ago when Denard went down is what we can most reasonably expect from a Hoke-coached team.
What was most telling about the coaching staff's problems was the bowl game. That BWW bowl was the single most lackluster performance I've ever seen from a Michigan team; they looked as if they were in a practice instead of a game. I put that on the coaches.
They ought to win 9 games this year. They won't. They don't play well enough on the road. That's on the coaches, too.
|17 weeks 2 days ago||Try as I might, I can't look||
Try as I might, I can't look past the problems the team has had on the road in recent years, or the issues with the running game, or the defensive collapses in close contests. I didn't see any reason for optimism at the Spring Game.
Maybe they'll turn it around.
But my thought watching that scrimmage was that I was looking at something like the 2008 team.
|18 weeks 14 hours ago||Brady Hoke, the person, seems||
Brady Hoke, the person, seems to be a wonderful person. I don't want to see him lose his job any more than the next guy.
He's had one good year out of three, with a team led by the very dynamic Denard Robinson, who was capable of taking games over by himself.
He'll have his opportunity to redeem things this season, and if he can't get it done, I don't think there'll be much choice; he'll be replaced. No sense being frustrated over it.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||Hoke isn't the right||
Hoke isn't the right personnel manager to lead our employee-athletes.If you look at how often our company firewall was breached last season, you have to even question our IT manager, Mattison.
Hoke should have been let go after last season.
We have a new sales manager, Nussmeier, who is supposed to be able to close a deal, but just let a good potential employee-athlete slip through his hands. So that remains to be seen.
I think if the University of Michigan Professional Football Team doesn't do well this season, Brandon, our CFO (Chief Football Officer) should be forced to retire.
Maybe we should be open to negotiating a better contract with our employee-athletes' union; if their pay and scholarships to obtain their mythical education aren't enough, perhaps some nice perks, such as time and a half for bowl games, increased vacation pay, etc., will help to motivate them.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||Guy probably had a lot of red||
Guy probably had a big investment in red socks and underwear, and needed his new unis to match.