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|15 min 35 sec ago||Fence the Garden! Oh wait,||
Fence the Garden!
Oh wait, someone else tried that...
|21 min 11 sec 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.
|49 min 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.
|56 min 18 sec 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.
|6 days 17 min 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.
|6 days 29 min 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.
|4 weeks 2 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.
|4 weeks 2 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.
|4 weeks 5 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.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||+1. Makes games absolutely||
+1. Makes games absolutely unlistenable. I have to turn off the sound.
|4 weeks 6 days 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.
|5 weeks 22 hours 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.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Very, very well done!||
Very, very well done!
|5 weeks 5 days ago||What Harbaugh has||
What Harbaugh has accomplished already is epic, and I don't believe that word is an exaggeration. He took a talented but disorganized group of guys on a 5-7 team, and built one of the best teams in college football.
Another observation: the B1G is also headed in a good direction for the most part, and the increased level of compeition is attractive to good players.
But no one I can recall has built a program the way Harbaugh has. It's fascinating to watch it happen.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||As Harbaugh says, this is a||
As Harbaugh says, this is a championship game. Even a team having a bad year can be dangerous.
I'll be happy with a win.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||I corresponded with him a few||
I corresponded with him a few times. In private communications, he was pretty reasonable, even if his columns were sometimes "challenging."
56 is way too young to pass away.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Is this the same ESPN that||
Is this the same ESPN that had Oklahoma, LSU, Stanford, Tennessee and Notre Dame in their preseason Top Ten power rankings?
|6 weeks 6 days ago||2016 hasn't been good to||
2016 hasn't been good to them. But they're still going to show up and play hard. I'll be happy with a win; style points aren't necessary.
|7 weeks 2 hours ago||No. Really, no.||
No. Really, no.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Wiscy's defense is for real,||
Wiscy's defense is for real, but OSU's offense is more real. Remember, we left points on the board with missed FGs against them.
OSU by 21.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||I wish him the best. Young||
I wish him the best. Young people need to decide what's best for themselves, even if that is somewhere other than UM.
|8 weeks 2 hours ago||It's always good to break the||
It's always good to break the garden's fence.
|8 weeks 2 hours ago||Early playing time, but||
Early playing time, but there's a serious risk of being dismembered.
|8 weeks 7 hours ago||This was truly wonderful.||
This was truly wonderful. Thanks!
The best was the thing about poking the wolverine.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||They also beat the greatest||
They also beat the greatest Green Bay Packers team in 1963.
These games weren't the worst NFL teams v college all stars, they were the NFL champions vs college all stars, and they happened every year until the mid 70s, so that's into the Super Bowl era.
If you look into it, the games were often pretty close, and every so often the college team won.
Now, no doubt the pro teams weren't taking it all that seriously in comparison to league games, but they do say something, and the college teams had never played or trained to gether before; they were like today's college all star games. Just a bunch of guys.
All that said, I think there'd be a lot of guys potentially hurt, and ended careers, and it's no wonder that NFL-bound players didn't want to risk their careers on such games.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||And there's also a downside.||
And there's also a downside.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Then again, if Harbaugh says||
Then again, if Harbaugh says it's going to be treated like a championship game, it's a championship game.
I'm sure that's how Rutgers approached their game against mighty Howard.
But don't ask, "Howard who?" Because I don't know his last name.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||I love this! Rutgers fans are||
I love this! Rutgers fans are feeling the hatred!
"Give in to your anger. With each passing moment you make yourself more my servant."
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Great news. I'm happy for||
Great news. I'm happy for him!
|8 weeks 3 days ago||They'd have to be really||
They'd have to be really stupid to do tha...
Well, here's an opinion that seems to agree with me: