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|21 hours 48 min ago||Honestly||
there's a difference between a fluff interview with a local sportswriter and remarks he likely thought would not get back to Michigan (the naivety in that shows that he needs a better agent/advisor).
|22 hours 6 min ago||Well he clearly was ill-prepared||
for adult life because an adult wouldn't have made such comments. Seriously of all the things to complain about with regard to college hoops, he talks about Michigan not giving him NBA lifestyle prep and the food not being top notch. Those comments mostly reflect poorly on him.
|23 hours 56 min ago||Harbaugh might be the most misunderstood coach||
in sports. The man is not ruthless or some kind of aggressive psycho, the man dares to be an individual in a sport that has traditionally resented individuality more than anything else.
|1 day 4 min ago||This is pretty unfair criticism||
With 5 minutes left, there's no need to go for 4th down and then a 2 point conversion (both low probability plays). Iowa did in fact get the ball back and moved it pretty much to the red zone, even though Wisconsin had a pretty long drive in-between which ended with a FG.
If Iowa's kicker made the FG, it's 14-9. He obviously would have to assume his D can stop Wisconsin at some point (or else tying it 14-14 with 5 mins means you probably still lose as well) and Iowa would have had plenty of time to get a TD then.
|1 day 21 hours ago||Lions win! Lions win!||
Oh as if it meant anything other than a later draft pick.
|1 day 22 hours ago||What do those three guys have in common?||
They didn't give too much of a shit about what 'polite' people think of them.
|1 day 23 hours ago||How what works?||
That's how it is if you're the kind of guy who considers idiots talking smack on sports radio the height of quality entertainment.
I've been a sports fan for 25 years and I've never been the kind of guy who goes around telling everyone how awesome my team is for winning games that haven't been played yet. When I come across those guys I tend to think they're jackasses.
|2 days 16 min ago||I love how so many people know *exactly*||
what will happen in a game that hasn't been played yet. Yet if we open a game with a bad drive, it's all over and we suck according to the open thread..(seriously, 1st page of the Rutgers thread is hilarious).
I've never seen people on here more certain of a win than this one even though it's on the road against a rival who has typically beaten us over the last decade. That sort of bravado alone makes me nervous.
There's no magical quality to wishing something to happen, we all badly want to beat State, we all badly want to *destroy* State, we all think that we're good enough to do it, but guess what it's 60 minutes on the field, a lot of stuff can happen, a lot of adversity can come our way, nobody will know the outcome of this until next Saturday afternoon.
|2 days 2 hours ago||I agree, it's a travesty||
he was forced to take the Penn State job. He's a victim of circumstance, he had no idea about any of this stuff when he signed the dotted line at gun point.
|2 days 2 hours ago||A bad comparison||
Several million Germans died in the war and its immediate aftermath, many were prosecuted thereafter for what happened. Germany was militarily occupied, divided and essentially deprived of its sovereignty for over 40 years. They denounced the old leadership, made supporting the old leadership a crime and struggled for decades with re-defining their identity and to this day are widely considered the villains of that time period and Germns mostly are ready to accept that fact.
Meanwhile PSU fans deny their leadership had anything to do with the crimes and are unwilling to accept even moderate consequences for their football program or university. They consider themselves the greatest victims because the rest of the world didn't just agree with them on that and they actually had to face a certain amount of embarrassment and negative consequences. "Some kids got raped? Big deal, we lost 6 games two years in a row!"
Consider that PSU didn't even crater or got hit with extreme penalties. They're above .500 since the scandal broke. Our last year with Hoke was worse than any of theirs since the scandal. Yet they're the victims who need our sympathy until they're finally back contending for NCs?
|2 days 2 hours ago||For PSU 'healing' means||
that people forget Jerry Sandusky ever existed or buttraped kids in their football facilities while everyone looked the other way. In this version, the 'real victims' are PSU fans/alumni who as a consequence of the scandal have to endure the criticism and joking from other people and deal with their football program not being very good. The idea is that if PSU is rebuilt as a winning football program, they get back their bragging rights and thus their healing is complete.
But I don't know if this is something unique to Pennsylvania or PSU or rather just human nature at work. The psychology here is toxic, but think about what happened in Catholic churches across the country (and in plenty of other countries) and yet people aren't all going to abandon their religion. For a lot of those guys who went to PSU, they went there with football a big factor, they won't just forget about it and move past it. It's too big a deal for them.
|2 days 4 hours ago||I don't think it has a huge effect||
on the Game. It will still be hyped as the battle for the playoffs unless either team loses 2 games before then. OSU will still see itself in the NC hunt and the pressures etc. are all the same.
One of the effects of the Playoffs is that games like last night's have lost a bit of their importance. If you're a traditional powerhouse and come into the year with enough hype and a high enough ranking you can almost definitely survive a loss and still make the playoffs comfortably.
|2 days 4 hours ago||Can't believe there's so many Cubs fans here||
was I the only one rooting for the Dodgers?
Eff Chi-town, eff the Bulls, Hawks, Bears, Cubs and White Sox.
|2 days 17 hours ago||Bullough's ejection is probably a trick||
by Dantonio to give him the rest of the game off so he's fresh for next week and also designed to to intimidate Michigan's backs and receivers. Dantonio is the kind of guy who'd do that sort of thing.
|2 days 17 hours ago||Fox||
Joe Davis and Brady Quinn look like a South Beach gay couple, not that there's anything wrong with that.
|2 days 19 hours ago||Half-assed 2nd half and Illinois||
aren't *terrible*, just kinda bad and of course quite spirited for their 'rivalry game'. Outcome is a half which we only win 10-8.
It's a bit of a downer really because once you've won 78-0, you really want to win 78-0 every week.
|3 days 4 hours ago||I could write an essay on Hoke||
because I find the career stories of coaches quite instructive and I like to see them as case studies on leadership, organizational management and professionalism in general. One can draw some parallels for sure.
I work with a guy who is generally well-liked, and he is in fact one of my best friends. He has quite a few great qualities, he's extremely loyal, he's honest, he's jovial and enthusiastic. He has had some professional success on the back of those qualities. But I also know from working closely with him that he is not especially competent and has significant flaws which would be exposed brutally if he advanced further. He is not very analytical or intellectually dexterous, details and patterns often escape him and as a result his decision-making and judgment can be poor.
This is not widely known because the overall results are good as the strengths and weaknesses of the people working together are well-balanced. He can do well if he is surrounded by people who have the qualities he lacks, but it's quite obvious that in a position where he would be expected to make on the fly decisions based on his judgment, things could go wrong, very wrong.
He has some self-awareness on this but also is not without ambition to advance. As a good friend, it is difficult for me to tell him that he should not seek advancement. As a professional I am concerned about the outcome if he did advance. I am fairly confident that he will advance as in his current role his strengths are widely known but his weaknesses are generally concealed.
I don't know if I have my very own Brady Hoke, but I would also not be surprised if it was the case.
|4 days 19 hours ago||Hate is a strong word||
But it's kind of a boring product and there's very little incentive to watch games involving teams you don't care about. I watch like 4 college games every week, more if I have time to watch the mid-week games, but NFL I barely pay attention to most of the time.
The focus on the playoffs in the NFL kind of ruins the regular season and it's really a cautionary tale for all the casual fan morons asking for a 16 team playoff or more even for CFB. If a bad NFL team pulls an 'upset' over a playoff-bound team, like who really cares, the bad team will still be bad and the playoff-bound team will still make the playoffs, it's just another day at the office. If Houston loses to Navy early on in the season or if Notre Dame drops one to Duke and then another one, it's got big implications for how their seasons turn out and the perception of all of those teams. There's not just more at stake because everyone is just a bit more emotionally invested than in the NFL, but also because the format is so chaotic and subjective that a Michigan fan can legitimately sit in front of the TV and have nerve-wrecking moments when NC State fails to put away a heavily favored Clemson in another 'almost upset'.
|1 week 22 hours ago||Maybe I'm weird but||
people always say Jim Harbaugh is so weird but I don't see it. I think he's an interesting guy with a different approach than many people to life and his job but nothing *really* weird about it.
I like to eat baguette with Brie for lunch, does that make me a weirdo?
|1 week 1 day ago||Chickens before they hatch and all that||
As good old William Shakespeare said in Henry V:
The man that once did sell the lion's skin, while the beast lived, was killed with hunting him.
I personally talk about wins once they're in the books not when they only exist as hopes and dreams in my head.
|1 week 2 days ago||Some here sound like Bama fans||
with their predictions, we're gonna run a train on State, we're gonna kick OSU's asses...
Problem is we have a lot less of a track record to base such an attitude on and it may come across like we're drunk on beating up on a bunch of at best decent and at times awful teams. So in our case it's more unfounded arrogance than mere confidence (especially as it would take just a bad 1st quarter to have that flip around into the other extreme again).
|1 week 2 days ago||Did you mean dilemma?||
Because I honestly don't see how the thread title makes any sense.
|1 week 2 days ago||If a male professor||
insisted on kissing his female students, he'd be outta there in a heartbeat. How is this more acceptable?
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I did think when I saw it||
that it was probably based on recognizing something funky they were doing because it was just a bit too damn easy to score that.
I think that's fair but even if it had just been to show who's boss well that's fair too. I generally favor activities that lead to more points on the board for the team I support.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I normally feel bad for teams that get pounded||
but those guys did kind of go out of their way to talk smack so fuck them.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Oregon DC job is a poisoned chalice||
Hoke only got it because no experienced well-reputed DC or young star on the rise wanted it. Teams will forever be looking for that rarest of unicorns that is a team playing a fast break spread offense but also has a LSU style defense. Doesn't happen and as a result a job like Oregon is a good way of ruining your reputation as a DC (or at least to not further it).
And Hoke goes in there, having never been a coordinator and even as a HC not taking particular interest in the coordinator-type duties (which some HCs are very involved in). Not shocked it's looking terrible so far.
I think Hoke is an OK coach but elite program CFB coaching is full of people who are elite in their profession or guys who want to get there. I don't think he's quite there, I think he can get solid results as a HC at a level where it's fine if he has good, competent coordinators but beyond that it's a no-go.
When I hear about how much talent Hoke left us with, I always have to smirk, because I know that these names people throw out would not have the same effect if Hoke was still our coach. ESPN guys say we have a load of NFLers and so much depth on defense, but those guys are that good because they've now been put in a position to succeed. Some leaders get the best out of their men, others don't.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Comment from 1st page of thread:||
"This is how you lose to 30 point underdogs"...Michigan fan overreaction reductio ad absurdum.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Is it just me or is the Rutgers staff really young?||
It looks like a bunch of 20 and 30 somethings on the staff with just the odd older guy in-between.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Given the track and timing of the storm||
and the location of Gainesville, I was a bit surprised they cancelled it this early. Given cancelling it might be a benefit to the Gators, perhaps they pulled the trigger a bit more readily than they otherwise would have.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Also, Orgeron as interim HC?||
Pretty sure he was really pissed off when he did that job at USC and was then never even considered for the permanent job. We all know he's not considered for the permanent job at LSU but I guess if they say 'heres a few hundred grand to do it', he'd be hard-pressed to say no.