FWIW. Michigan doesn't seem inclined to get re-involved.
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|30 weeks 1 day ago||Time to take a hard look at the coaching staff||
This team blows. There's no sugarcoating it. And I don't think it's the kids' fault - this team is sloppy in all facets of the game and lacks discipline and aggressiveness on both sides of the ball.
We have an AD that micromanages to the point of looking over the coaches' shoulder, an incompetent OC, and players that look lethargic (I miss Barwis) out there.
I'm not quite drunk enough to belt out a "FIRE EVERYONE" yet but I'm close.
Hoke's seat should be warmer, Borges' should be scorching, and Dave Brandon's should be heating up by the minute.
|34 weeks 5 days ago||The AD must change||
Honest question: could any coach succeed in this environment?
You have a "CEO" that micromanages to the point of watching film with the coaches, like he's Lyndon Johnson personally picking bombing targets in Vietnam.
You have an AD that pays Nick Saban money to a Matt Millen coaching staff (Greg Mattison excepted).
You have an AD that still touts this program's history while ignoring the the team's performance on the field NOW.
Does the Alabama AD care about what the Crimson Tide did 30 years ago? 20? Even 10? Only as a matter of pure historical interest. They want to win today, and they've taken steps to put themselves in that position. You only need to tout your football team's history when you're not winning games today.
Did those mouth-breathers in Columbus need to go out and get an "Ohio Man" during their last coaching search? No. Meyer's ties to Ohio were a matter of secondary importance - they went out and got sombebody who they knew could help them WIN.
Listen, it's great that Michigan won in 1969. It's great that there've been some memorable victories. But the only history that's relevant now is that we've beaten our chief rival once in a decade. Think about that - ONCE in a decade.
I love Michigan, but this program needs to start focusing on the present - which means winning football games and competing with Ohio - or it risks spiraling into irrelevance.
|2 years 33 weeks ago||You haven't learned the rules yet||
When the SEC does it, it's "fair."
|2 years 33 weeks ago||There's almost no chance||
The fix appears to be in for Alabama, and ESPN's $2-billion-plus TV contract was going to help ensure that.
I guess that this year's "Game of the Century" was meaningless, then.
It's a sad day for college football.
|2 years 35 weeks ago||anOsu||
AN Ohio state university
The problem with using "the" to make yourself sound pretentious is that you actually have to have something to be pretentious about in the first place.
|2 years 35 weeks ago||To those lucky enough to be at the Big House tomorrow||
Be loud, wear maize and GO BLUE!
|2 years 35 weeks ago||AN Ohio State University||
"an Ohio State University"
Because they don't deserve the definite article.
|3 years 28 weeks ago||The spread offense must stay||
I agree with you on Mullen - I would be very happy if he came to Michigan, even sans Manny Diaz.
At this point, I just hope we keep the spread - I can't handle another paniful transition period back to a pro-style system. Abandoning the spread halfway through the transition to return to our old ways would be pretty dumb, IMO - and it would almost certainly result in a few more years of 'rebuilding' - if there's anything left by that point.
|3 years 28 weeks ago||Don't worry||
It's the SEC - they'll find a way.
|3 years 28 weeks ago||This is David Brandon's chance||
And so far, he's blown it.
If he fails at the coaching search, he must be held accountable - just like everyone else.
|3 years 28 weeks ago||If it's true, this is becoming a farce||
It's far past the tragedy phase...
|3 years 28 weeks ago||It's astonishing that a CEO would not have a succession plan||
I can understand somewhat why RR was fired. It was not a decision that I agreed with, but there were some plausible reasons for his termination. What does not make sense to me is that DB failed to line up a replacement before letting him go. I thought his CEO background was supposed to be a plus?
I mean, this is elementary stuff in the business world - a company needs a clear succession plan or things start to go south quickly. DB supposedly had a "dynamic list" of candidates - which basically is a CYA phrase for "I haven't started yet." He fired a good coaching mind for a high-risk gamble on Harbaugh that didn't work out, left a power vaccuum in the football program, and failed to have a back-up plan.
We might still get a good coach, but it's hard not to argue that DB hasn't spectacularly bungled the process, and reflects poorly on his leadership ability.
|3 years 28 weeks ago||The thing I don't understand...||
I know we got killed in the Gator Bowl and that this was supposedly the final nail in RR's coffin, but honestly, I don't understand why - it's not like the team became magically became more talented over the course of a month since the OSU game. Sure, RR made some coaching mistakes - but honestly, you could bring in Rex Ryan or Bill Belicheck and that defense would still have been a mess, because it's fundamentally an issue of starting young, inexperienced guys and walk-ons. Coaching was arguably not the main problem - talent was, and that's not an insult to our kids, just the recognition that many of them are extremely young and inexperienced.
Misissippi State is a very good football team that hung with the best of the SEC - why did anyone anticipate that we would be able to compete at that level when it's obvious that the talent differential between Michigan and the good Big Ten teams is huge, to say nothing of the SEC?
I think RR deserved another year, on the condition that there was a shakeup on defense. The great irony is that we fired a good coaching mind and will now probably end up with the pedestrian schemes of Brady Hoke.
|3 years 28 weeks ago||Exactly||
For all the veneration the man was getting around here - like the silly Internet "pimp hand" nonsense - he has done almost nothing to merit his stratospheric reputation.
I will try to reserve judgment, but if he truly is as bad of an AD as he appears to be right now, what is the process for firing DB?
|3 years 44 weeks ago||Yes||
Despite the vast differences between good and bad FCS teams, the perception of our wins and (hopefully never again) losses versus the FCS teams will be the same, anyway. At the very least, it's better to beat up on a very bad FCS team than barely beat a good one.
Nevertheless, I still dream about us playing elite teams with our open non-conference spots. I think that's a better way to build the program in the long run, especially in terms of recruiting.
|3 years 44 weeks ago||That seems to be a case of short-term thinking||
taking precedence over the long-run. Yeah, in the short view, we get paid. But I'm not convinced that we make more money from these types of games - you have to consider things like TV time (and revenue), merchandise sales, and prestige - all of which are higher when we are a good team playing quality opponents.
|4 years 5 weeks ago||I don't understand||
How does one stupid headline from The Sun become representative of the opinion of every person in England? It's a cheap, trashy tabloid.
I know ESPN has been playing this cover up and ranting on constantly about how the US players aren't respected by the English, but that doesn't make it true. Howard and Dempsey play in the Premier League, for fuck's sake. I've just returned from a trip to the UK, and almost everyone I talked to about the World Cup was worried about the US game and generally sarcastic about their English squad and its chances. This notion that we don't get respect is pure bullshit and ESPN's usual hysterical sports "reporting."
I love soccer, and I'm a huge fan of the USMNT, but it's hard to call out England's media when ours' has been just as insufferable. The last three matches have all been dubbed "the biggest game in US soccer history" and it seems like whenever a US player takes a dump it becomes a "historic moment" that needs to be mentioned 45,000 times in the course of the broadcast.
I like our draw, I like our talent, and I like our team cohesion, but I don't for a minute believe that any of our matches at the WC so far have been historic. 2002 was historic. CONCACAF was historic. Our WC so far is just prelude.
US soccer will have finally arrived when we stop freaking out about "historic" moments and start expecting results - we have the talent now, and we should expect no less than the quarters and probably the semis. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like US soccer is here yet, but I hope it's coming.
And I think I might watch the rest of the WC on Univision, because ESPN is getting on my nerves.
|4 years 24 weeks ago||Thanks||
I was searching for a website but I had no idea what the building was called, so I didn't find what I was looking for.
From the site, it looks like there's actually a lot of cool history involved with the plant. I'll have to do some more reading.
|4 years 24 weeks ago||or anything *about* it...||
|4 years 24 weeks ago||Given that the halftime show||
is designed to appeal to the lowest common denominator, I'm frankly glad that the NFL has given some classic rock artists the stage, because it's much better than the alternative. I would much rather have bands like The Who play than have to listen to the latest craptacular artist being forced upon our ears by Disney.
The older bands are still popular, and at many of them are actually good. All of the mass-market bands today suck, and because the NFL won't ever schedule the modern innovative bands like Radiohead or the Arcade Fire, we would be stuck with absolute garbage like the Jonas Brothers or something equally lame. Given that lowest common denominator aspect, put the bands onstage that don't suck.
And because we're too prudish in this country to allow swear words on television, we'll never get to see some of the great rappers perform at the Super Bowl halftime show. It makes me laugh when people who watch hundreds of murders and thousands of acts of violence on TV every year get up to complain about WORDS.
As for the actual show, I don't get all of the people saying that The Who were terrible - sure, it wasn't a perfect performance. But that's just how live music is - I don't think some of the younger people out there today realize just how much the modern recording studio has affected music. I'm in my early twenties and I didn't find out until recently just how much modern equipment can improve the raw tracks. One of the comments upthread nailed it - autotune can make any somewhat-talented bimbo (like Swift or whoever the latest blonde-haired object is) sound good. Go listen to recordings of Stevie Nicks and Fleetwood Mac performing "Rhiannon" in the 70s, and then listen, if you dare, to this year's Grammy version where Swift took the lead.
The appeal of live music is that it DOESN'T sound sterile or perfect - it's imperfect music being played by imperfect human beings, but it has character and improvisation and a resonance that studio recordings just often seem to lack. I for one, thought The Who played pretty well considering their age. And their stage, as customary, was very impressive.
|4 years 33 weeks ago||The money issue||
I can understand the AD not wanting to lose the money a home game generates, but I think that people have to consider the other side of the coin.
If Michigan gives up a cupcake to play an elite program, there's potentially a great deal of prestige for the school involved. If we knock off a really good SEC team at home, we win in terms of apparel sales, national TV exposure, prestige, and critically, recruiting. And even if we lose, we still gain valuable experience and a chance for revenge in a one-and-one.
Sure, that's not immediate revenue for the university. But it potentially could be huge in the long term - I'm not so sure a victory over, say a hypothetical #1 USC or a #4 Texas wouldn't be worth MORE than a win over a Nowhere State/Never-heard-of U when all is said and done.
|4 years 33 weeks ago||The Blackberry is a solid phone||
I think the Blackberry is a really good phone - you have a pretty solid web browser, first-rate e-mail capability, and a decent selection of applications. Plus, the Blackberry can be locked down for security purposes - it has built-in encryption and a number of options that make it appealing to IT professionals.
In general, make sure you can live with the design of your phone. I always thought I wanted a touchscreen phone, so I traded in my old one with a physical keyboard. I quickly found out that while touchscreens look pretty damn cool and appear futuristic, they suck (IMO). The lack of precision and clunkiness of the touchscreen just pissed me off, and despite having a lot of practice with it, things that were trivial to accomplish (in terms of both time and effort) with a physical keyboard became a nightmarish Herculean excursion with a touchscreen. Everything was taking me four times longer to do with the new phone, so I went back to what I was happy with.
I guess the point is to make fully sure you're going be able to tolerate your phone's physical design and interface before you buy it.
|4 years 33 weeks ago||I'm not sure||
On one hand, if we dropped the ND series for a couple of years, we could play games against powerful programs like Alabama, USC, Texas, etc. Even if we lose to those teams, we could gain exposure and potentially valuable recruits by expanding into SEC & Pac-10 country. Plus, it never hurts to test your football team against the nation's elite. In fact, I think it would be good for us.
And in terms of history, I think there's a better case for playing Minnesota every year than ND. They were one of our earliest rivals and I personally love the battle for the Little Brown Jug. To be honest, I wish the Gophers were actually a better team so that there could be more of a contest in the rivalry.
On the other hand, there's also a great deal of history in the Michigan-Notre Dame rivalry and it gets me fired up (along with a lot of other Michigan fans) every time the two teams play each other. ND has a national fanbase and a traditionally good program that's been on the decline as of late. Nothing's guaranteed, but I think we have a good chance to push our series lead higher in the next few years. Plus, if ND fields a good team, beating them really helps out our strength of schedule.
Plus, there's no guarantee the new AD wouldn't just remove ND and schedule a cupcake in their place, which would negate the point of clearing them off our schedule. So at this point, I'm more inclined to favor keeping ND on our schedule as opposed to dropping them, but I realize the rivalry has had large gaps between meetings before. I could probably accept a few years off between meetings, but it would be weird at first.
|4 years 33 weeks ago||I've been interested in this subject for years now||
I have always suspected that the location of the bowl games could have an impact on the outcome, but I never really took the time to analyze recent results to see if there was anything to it.
Turns out that there might be:
The bowls as they currently exist favor southern teams. I wonder if some of these teams would be trumpeting their supposed superiority if they had to play a cold weather bowl game at, say Lambeau field? I doubt it.
|4 years 35 weeks ago||The distaste for Harbaugh||
is not because he made "politically incorrect" comments, but because he acted like an asshat and sold out his school for recruiting purposes.
It doesn't matter anyway - Harbaugh ran a scorched earth campaign and pissed off all the wrong people. He's not getting another shot.
Rich Rodriguez is the head football coach at the University of Michigan, and I believe he's going to be here for a long time.
|4 years 35 weeks ago||"The King Stay the King"||
Wow. Just wow. Urban's a prick, but it's hard to argue with the talent that he has down there.
The college football rich get richer...
|4 years 35 weeks ago||I guess||
Harbaugh just doesn't "get" the rivalry.
|4 years 35 weeks ago||Much worse?||
Have you been paying attention the past few weeks? The same defense that gave up 30+ to Illinois held anOSU to 21 points, seven of which came off a dumb freshman mistake from Tate.
The defense played with fire and grit today, and our offense was rolling against the best defense in the conference. We were equal or very close to equal in total yards with the Buckeyes.
Rich Rod's gameplan was excellent and GERG's schemes looked pretty good today. If Tate doesn't fumble for the TD and throw the pick at the goal line, we win.
If this is what RR does with our current talent level, I think OSU fans are going to be shitting in their Depends when we field a veteran offense and an improved D.
|4 years 35 weeks ago||The cold weather excuse really doesn't fly||
There isn't a lot of bright red cold weather gear, but it never seems to hinder the majority of Wisconsin and OSU fans from sporting it. It's not actually that easy to find pure white gear, either, but PSU fans manage to get by pretty well, and if you've ever experienced a White Out in person, you know that they take it seriously.
Shit, Iowa manages to have Black Outs, which requires a hell of a lot more fan cooperation than almost any other color would, and they still pull it off.
If people can afford tickets to the game, then they can afford maize gear for cold weather. A bright maize sweatshirt is under $50, and if people are cheap bastards, then they can utilize a wonderful thing called "layers" when they go to the game.
|4 years 35 weeks ago||Major props to RR today||
He had a fantastic gameplan and fought them until the end - we were in the game the whole way through. anOSU didn't even cover the spread - if this is what he can do with our current level of talent, he's going to start owning Tressel in the future.
No one can put major blame RR or GERG today - I really think Tate was the only person who I could find major fault with, but he'll improve. His sack/fumble for the TD and pick at the goal line were what cost us the game today. But he'll learn and grow as a player, and with another year and improved talent, he'll be better.