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- Student/Alum/Did not attend: Alumus
- Number of previous seasons you purchased season tickets, as student or not, excluding 2014: 5 (plus 4 when was a student)
- Number of tickets renewed for 2014: 4
- Number of tickets NOT renewed for 2014: 0
- Bonus question: Did the Nuss hire or the Penn State night game announcement sway your decision? No.
|23 weeks 1 day ago||Bernstein||
How many drafts did he go through until he settled on the dry forest/empty reservoir metaphor?
“The Shane Morris incident, the poor performance of the football team, that’s like a spark in a very, very dry forest. And there’s not a lot of water around right now," Bernstein said. "I think the actions of the athletic department, I believe (some) generally agree, have drained whatever reservoir of goodwill there is with Michigan football in particular. So it makes navigating this issue far more difficult.
|26 weeks 2 days ago||A question||
about this play:
Utah with a four man line and Orchard, nominally a DE, as a SAM type guy. They blitz off a corner because they can. Funchess is lined up inside the hashmarks, and M can't handle it. Braden(-2) gets smoked by Orchard, blitzer free, kaput. (PR, N/A, protection 0/4, Braden -2, Team -2, RPS -1) Also M had Gardner try a play action type substance that involved a fake handoff to a running back who was on the other side of him. No PA may mean he can dump it off to one of his outlet options.
Leaving aside the play action fake to no one, isn't this a case of Gardner failing to identify the blitz? Pre-snap it was pretty darn clear to me (some guy watching on tv), that the right-side of our line was overloaded and that a blitz was coming. Gardner gets to the line with about 14 seconds left on the play clock looks around but doesn't really seem to be analyzing the defense, and then snaps the ball with 5 seconds to go.
We had the personnel to pick up that blitz. The line could have been adjusted - Mags blocked no one on the play and Braden had to block two guys (though he failed at blocking the guy he chose to block). Gardner could have instructed Smith to pick up the blitzer. At least that's my uneducated take on what could have happened had the blitz been identified - I might be way off.
My issue is blitz identification. Gardner is a 5th year senior and still seems to really struggle with this. I highly doubt that's going to change. So why not get the team to the line quicker and do what a vast majority of other teams do: have the coach ID the blitz and call in the audible. Auburn and Oregon push tempo, but they also have their coaches assess the D and call in an audible. THis happens after they hustle to the line. The QB then steps back and looks to the sideline. The coach either signals a new play, or says good to go.
I'm not saying we should run a lightning offense, but it seems to me that getting to the line quicker and having Nuss assess the D and call the audible could solve a lot of problems. Chiefly, it gives Gardner - who already seems overwhelmed - one less thing to worry about. Michigan can still snap the ball with 1 second left if they choose.
Just a thought about how to reduce some of the confusion out there.
|26 weeks 4 days ago||My levels||
10 10 0 5. I'm not embarrassed by stretchgate.
|28 weeks 2 days ago||That was a concerning comment||
And it was backed up by the fact that ND's depleted secondary had our WRs blanketed almost every play. Yet, out secondary got torched. Frustrating.
|28 weeks 2 days ago||I think Drake Johnson should get some additional chances||
The guy set the Michigan HS rushing record, so he's got to have at least decent vision. Maybe he can't block or something. Then again, I look at guys like Rawls and Cox - who couldn't begin to sniff the field at Michigan - go elsewhere and show they can actually do some things. Makes you wonder about Fred Jackson.
|30 weeks 3 days ago||A 5-rating for weakside DE?||
I sure hope he plays like it all season. We desperately need a pass rush.
|30 weeks 5 days ago||Game Notes||
Says Green is the starter, not Smith. You need to check your depth chart.
|40 weeks 3 days ago||Great news||
Messiah and Erik: time to hit the recruiting trail. Go Blue.
|43 weeks 1 day ago||I don't believe the email||
threatening to revoke tickets w/o purchase of additional tickets. I think it is most likely a mischaracterization of the email I received below offering me opportunity to purchase additional tickets no strings attached. Is it possible the threatening email was sent to others with better seats than mine? Sure. But I'd need to see the email to believe it.
|48 weeks 2 days ago||Student/Alum/Did not attend:||
Not sure how many games we'll get to this year - first child due in July. Going to be a much bigger production than past seasons driving to AA from Chicago for games. But renewed anyway.
|49 weeks 1 day ago||The problem is the validation fee||
it's a separate issue than why aren't students renewing tickets. But the reason the student section has often been less than full is, IMO, directly attributable to the validation requirement.
If a random guy wants to buy a ticket to a random crappy game such as Akron, in the past his cheapest bet would be to buy one from a student. Sure, he'd have to stand in the student section, but the ticket would be cheap. When I first graduated I went to almost every game by buying a student ticket (because they were by far the cheapest) and sitting with friends who were still in school. Can't do that anymore . . . unless you want to pay the validation fee.
But now, with the validation requirement, the student tickets are now much more expensive to buy on the secondary market because the random guy has to pay the validation fee. In contrast, he could buy my tickets in section 19 for whatever I want to sell them for. So for crappy games (and even not so crappy games), the student section is less than full because often the validation fee alone is far more than what a random person would pay on the secondary market for such games.
|49 weeks 3 days ago||Interesting on Gentry||
not a name I've heard mentioned before re: Michigan's 2015 QB chase. But plainly not for lack of talent - kid has offers from Alabama, Texas, Tennessee and Ok. St. amongst others. I wonder if our late interest will help us or hurt us. He allegedly is down to the four schools I listed above and plans to decide in May/early June. Maybe, for a change, Michigan can be the school that swoops in late and steals a guy.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||Wow||
Surprised Harris and Marble weren't unanimous. Congrats to Nik.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||Good list to be on||
Excluding Beilein, I think Cinci's coach does an excellent job. He gets a lot out of his team.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||This isn't a new thing||
That's been the game plan for Dantonio and MSU for the last several years. It's an even better plan in college because the max PI penalty is just 15 yards. State practices it so their corners become good at playing that way. It's a mentality. Michigan does not have have that mentality.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||It's obvious who is being hired||
Josh McDaniels has taken the job. He withdrew his name from consideration as head coach of the Browns earlier today. OBVIOUSLY that's because he's taking the Michigan head coaching gig - a step up from gig with Patriots and 10 steps up from Browns head coaching gig. OBVIOUSLY.
|1 year 16 weeks ago||No Dukes or York at WR||
Deliberately omitted or forgotten? Regardless, I think they struggle for playing time their entire careers. Hope they prove me wrong!
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Yes||
per this Kentucky site, with quotes:
and per 247:
|1 year 29 weeks ago||Congrats to Tom||
Recruiting plainly is a big business when local TV stations attempt to break into the game.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||Nickel formation||
Why do you say Hollowell is the other corner in Nickel situations? Couldn't it be Stribling as well? I think that will be interesting to see which one of those two is the other corner when Blake is at nickel.
|1 year 31 weeks ago||Shane throw was great defense by Stribling||
Love that he was all over his man like glue. Morris put that throw right in stride for whoever the receiver was, he was just blanketed.
|1 year 31 weeks ago||Bacari is just stealing material||
from Bill Walton:
"You look at Vladimir Radmanovic, this guy is cut from stone. As if Michelangelo was reading and a lightening bolt flashed before him."
-- Bill Walton, 2.8.2004
|1 year 34 weeks ago||Just got 8 on stub hub||
for $65 each in the endzone. Betting that the endzone price on the school's website doesn't come down that far (currently at $91). Even if it does, just glad I have tickets. Love not having to travel for that game.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||They don't||
that's just the excuse. The vendor who sells the permanent seat cushions probably complained and the AD went along with it, thus the ban. It has zero to do with public safety. Zero. I have the exact same seat cushion you posted there.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||Jaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaam!!!!!!!!!||
|1 year 34 weeks ago||Awesome||
Just awesome. Hoke has the train rolling. Too bad George and Harris don't arrive for two more years.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||My list:||
I think we only take 4 or 5 more, not 7:
3. JuJu Smith (better shot at him than most believe IMO; visiting for ND game)
4. Some kid that earns an offer through senior year play
|1 year 37 weeks ago||What's even more interesting . . .||
is that 3 of Michigan's 4 primary RB targets could be at the BBQ. Hilliman is supposed to be there and Ballage is trying to attend (the other target is Mixon).
|1 year 37 weeks ago||Awesome||
would rather have him come up for that atmosphere with all the committed guys than attempt a hurried trip this weekend. no pressure on the grill operators.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||If he bats .500 on his prediction . . .||
I'll take it.