|1 week 2 days ago||I hope you are right.||
I love this time of year. It's either boring because our class is set, and that's a good thing. Or we are in the mix for some last minute commits/flips, and that's an exciting thing.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||I am of the opinion,||
that if the OL is as good as his previous iterations, our offense will be very good.
I am also of the opinion that I will say "Drevno? More like Drevyes!" far too often after TDs. I will hold my hand up for high-5s after each of those comments, and rightfully be left hanging.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||I don't think Harbaugh||
would string Michigan along. But he may just be stringing along the NFL.
|6 weeks 16 hours ago||Agree completely||
If JH is not our next head coach, I think this is the biggest reason why.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||From everything I've heard about the||
SF front office, they sound crazy and angry enough to fire JH early next week if the 49ers are eliminated. If this is a good and decent world, we may actually have him as a coach by next weekend.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Weber committing to OSU is a dong punch.||
But our RB situation is awesome right now, IMO. We are loaded. Ty Isaac isn't a high-level recruit. He has, like, actual college stats. We have an embarrassing wealth of talent at the RB position. As many have said in this thread, if we hire the right coach, we don't have anything to worry about.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Kinda sounds||
like you're nitpicking, now.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||That's the key distinction, IMO.||
If I go to Vegas, sure, I'll throw a bet on something like this without much thought as that bet is just entertainment for me. But Vegas lines don't usually move big amounts because dudes like me put $50 on a bet like this. For the pro gambler, this is how they make a living. They don't just throw money on a prop bet because it sounds fun. The bet has to be researched prior to being placed.
IMO, this is definitely a good sign. But with the caveat that it's a good sign on 12/6/14. These coaching searches seem to have a lot of moving parts. No guarantee that whatever info is out there is accurate in a few days.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||I've lost sleep this||
week as I am so excited about JH becoming our next head coach. Whether it happens or not, it's been fun being excited about Michigan football again.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Awesome group of guys.||
I will really miss DG. As far as performances go, I will always remember ND UTL II and his unreal performance against OSU with a malfunctioned lower body.
I really love his video board intro as well. When everyone else is saying "Name, year and major" he has his "Devin Gardner . . . I already graduated" and then smiles.
I have always felt as though we have an embarrassing wealth of great kids here. I know there are great kids who play everywhere, but we just have so damn many. I really hope these guys grab a win and bowl eligibility today.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||I got in trouble by reading||
this at work and laughing very loudly. I tried to explain it to those around me and they looked at me like I'm crazy.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Well, MSU beat us by 24.||
If OSU beats them by 27 and we beat OSU by 28+, we could still celebrate winning the Tri-Wizard Tournament.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||I agree.||
I'm not usually in favor of "everyone should go." I like the idea of maintaining at least a couple of good guys to help with transition for the players. Even a guy or two who could tell the new staff in private "yeah, but you can't really do that/say that/whatever here." (WR gets the #1 type of stuff)
But right now, with as toxic as this program has been lately, I really think everyone's gotta go. We need a fresh start. That includes you (looks over at Adidas).
|13 weeks 2 days ago||I love the idea of fans contributing||
money to alter uniforms. But I'd go one step further and make it a competition. So for tomorrow's game, if Michigan fans donated more money, MSU is wearing the pink. The more we beat them by, the more pink they wear.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||I agree, Narduzzi has totally earned a shot,||
but nowhere near Ann Arbor. Dantonio's crush for OSU was always very obvious. I would not be able to handle Narduzzi having the same affection for MSU if he was our head coach. I also think he would defer to Dantonio on the recruiting trail. It's ok to respect your opponents, but you can't be cool with them being your alpha.
I honestly would worry about a Trojan horse, I don't care how stupid that sounds.
Also, I honestly think MD keeps telling Narduzzi that soon he will retire, and the MSU gig is Pat's.
I was really bummed when Narduzzi didn't take the Uconn job last year.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||It feels very fitting.||
In the fall, my wife is forced to listen to me whine, scream, throw temper tantrums and use my outdoor voice in the wrong places. From a karmic standpoint, it's totally fair that I have a similar experience.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||My wife forgot||
that she agreed to watch her friend's kids today despite agreeing to volunteer at work. So, I'll be babysitting a 6 month old and 4 yr old today with the help of my 6 yr old.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Wow||
Excellent write up, thanks for posting. All 3 sound like a tremendous upgrade. I have a feeling President Schlissel would have a lean towards Bates. But, yeah, they all sound great.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||Will also be interesting to see||
what happens to the loser of FSU and ND. If ND loses to FSU, but then wins out, they will also be in the conversation. In part, annoyingly, because they are ND.
I think a playoff system is a good thing. But the politics and lobbying is going to really suck. Even if every SEC team has 2 losses, there will be a big push to put at least one, if not two of them in the playoff.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||Agree.||
I think MSU probably gets "jobbed" by the 2nd SEC team that gets in.
It's actually pretty interesting, IMO. On the one hand, they did schedule Oregon. But of course, on the other, the B1G is just so bad this year.
We will keep seeing articles about this until they get another loss this year. Here's to that happening on 10/25.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||I really appreciate this thread||
The only negative for me, was that I had a roaring laugh after reading it and again with the Pelini pic. I work in an oncology office and it always feels inappropriate to me to laugh too hard at work. I'm pretty sure everyone around me just negged me in their heads.
|16 weeks 10 hours ago||I disagree||
The more I think of Jim Harbaugh being our head coach, the better I feel. I know the chances are highly unlikely. But, if you'd have told me in 2006 that we'd have TWO different stretches of 3-9 and the worst loss in the history of the sport all while watching MSU ascend to the top of the conference, I would have said that was highly unlikely too.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||Congrats!!!||
That's awesome news!
|16 weeks 2 days ago||It's Friday||
I'm off for today.
|17 weeks 16 hours ago||I absolutely||
love the idea of Moeller getting a second chance to coach this program. Even if it is for less than a season.
|20 weeks 6 days ago||I think it's really awesome||
that Mark Schlereth is eating a lemon on Mgoblog.
|21 weeks 2 hours ago||Gotta say, all of the "+1s" on this.||
For you to remember that play = +1
The display = +1
The parallels for this season = +1*
*Michigan player wearing #2 making an awesome/aggresive play in the first game of a national championship season with a a 5th year QB, an underappreciative local media, an upcoming road win in East Lansing, and an also impending 7 point victory against ND.
Well done, man.
|21 weeks 2 days ago||The funny thing is,||
as a Michigan fan, we can't recite history without being made fun of. "Typical Wolverine, always talking about the past." Fine. Let's talk about what happens this season. This isn't the ASU team that scortched DII en route to winning multiple national championships. Nor is this a complacent Michigan program.
I'm a big fan of "jinxes," but there is nothing to jinx here. We are going to beat the shit out of App St. We may get catcalls from what happened in '07, we may get told that it's not a big deal, but we are going to crush those guys tomorrow.
When you read "80-3" on a message board, it's usually a joke. I don't think that's going to be far from the truth tomorrow.
|21 weeks 3 days ago||Thanks for posting all these.||
I always enjoy reading articles that increase my understanding of football strategy. I totally understand if you aren't interested in tweeting much during games anymore, but if you change your mind, I promise I'll read ALL of your tweets.
|22 weeks 2 days ago||My draft is tomorrow||
and I also have the first pick. Was thinking I'd go with Charles, but actually kinda hoping I can trade down.
|23 weeks 16 hours ago||Adaptation.||
That is such a critical quality for any coach to have, IMO. You have to walk that fine line where you adapt, yet continue to work toward your own philosophy. Borges seemed to have been doing that in year one. We won 11 games. Last year, he seemed completely unwilling to adapt to in-game situations. Many situations from last year come to mind, but the 37-for-37 against PSU and calling play-action TEN times vs MSU immediately stand out.
As long as we have a guy who is willing to adapt, we'll be fine. We've got enough talent to win games as long as we do that. If Borges adapted last year, we beat PSU and Iowa and the whole lens we see this upcoming season through is different
|24 weeks 3 days ago||Made my morning as well.||
I just realized, when we play them in Columbus this year, it's very likely the fans use that pose to replace the "H" in all their cheers. Of course, all the double-birds will be aimed at our bench. Oh what a classy sight that will make.
|33 weeks 18 hours ago||MSU as the Hound||
is the single most accurate comparison I've read on any of the "_____ as ______" characters. Well done.
|36 weeks 2 days ago||Happy Friday!||
Reasons I am excited:
-It's my birthday today
|43 weeks 2 days ago||Those are both fantastic.||
I understand the logistics behind getting these made into t-shirts (on time) would be a nightmare, but either would be about the coolest thing one could wear to the game tonight.
|44 weeks 6 hours ago||Well said.||
I've often fantasized about how I'd handle my recruitment if I were a 5-star bluechip. It always ends with me saying something like "I'll commit to you, Michigan, but don't waste anymore time on me. Recruit other guys, I'll be there in the fall."
|44 weeks 1 day ago||I love that he actually put stuff like||
"Three Fiesta Bowl Championships/One Rose Bowl Championship/One Sugar Bowl Championship."
I won't even go into how the "One Sugar Bowl Championship" is actually zero Sugar Bowl Championships per the NCAA. Entries like that just look so out of place and silly when applying to be the president of a university. Also, I'm pretty sure you aren't supposed to use backslashes when applying for a job that prestigious.
|45 weeks 2 days ago||Never seen that Goro picture of him.||
That's awesome. I bet the arm with the watch is his "power" arm.
|46 weeks 4 hours ago||I agree.||
I think this season has totally worn on Izzo. Not just whats wrong with MSU, but what's going well for Michigan. Izzo is still an excellent coach, and I will never look at MSU's tourney draw and say "well, we know they won't get past ____."
But this season, he keeps hearing how great Coach Beilein is and how good (and young) our hoops program is. I'm sure he's not too excited to think about next year either when he looks down his bench trying to guess which "weird kid" is going to start next year.
He isn't #1 in our state any more. He knows this. It's killing him.
|46 weeks 5 hours ago||Well if you're at the bar,||
you may want to go with "assy in lassy" instead. Some chicks are really proud of their buns.
|46 weeks 5 hours ago||It blows my mind how Izzo gets the "classy guy"||
title from the media. If he wins, he's somewhat classy. But if he loses, he whines, makes excuses, and now apparently yells at women.
Putting the "assy" in classy, I guess.
|46 weeks 5 days ago||I agree with Zack Novak.||
HELL YES, BIG TEN CHAMPS!!!
|47 weeks 6 days ago||I've heard this from multiple people.||
You can be tough and "hard edged" but still be respectful towards other people. Not a lot of people, let alone coaches, can pull this off. But it appears coach B does. Impossible not to love that guy.
|49 weeks 1 day ago||I'm a healthcare practitioner||
and I work in oncology. The guy that told me this was going to die soon. So, yeah, I maybe didn't do a great fact check. You got me. Well done, man.
|49 weeks 1 day ago||But what if moon dust is||
different than Earth dust? This was 50 yrs ago. I'm not saying people weren't comfortable with how this would turn out. I'm saying that maybe Armstrong wasn't comfortable. And that would make him really brave for doing what he did. The entire crew. That's all I'm trying to say. Those guys were bad ass.
|49 weeks 1 day ago||I asked the same question.||
Apparently, the width of the landing gear could have prevented it from falling. Kind of like a snow shoe.
|49 weeks 1 day ago||I don't know, man.||
I feel like one could also say that Michigan vs Ohio State at the end of November is just a regular season game. While technically correct, that description is clearly lacking.
|49 weeks 3 days ago||Agree.||
I have always wished that would be changed to "go blue." Saying something supportive is never out of place.
|49 weeks 4 days ago||How do we haze this guy?||
Since he's Mr. Falk's successor, do we, like, not pay attention to him for a couple decades? Wait until he's had to secure/protect/present a rivalry trophy multiple times? Wait until our guys require essential halftime equipment changes that tangibly increase our chances to win?
|50 weeks 2 days ago||This is the most insightful post||
I've read on this situation.
|50 weeks 4 days ago||This is a tough call, IMO||
The biggest problem, is that this is public. This feels unfair to MM. On the other hand, I wouldn't want my kid to go anywhere that I felt wouldn't meet his/her academic needs either. I hate ND, but I would never stop my kid from going there, as it is an excellent institution. With what we are hearing about MSU, however, I would probably dig my heels in on this as well.
|50 weeks 6 days ago||So what happens if Seattle lost?||
Would he have had to move to an underdeveloped country where inaccurate championship t-shirts get sent?
|51 weeks 1 day ago||That's awesome.||
I feel like it's always worth a fistpump to see anyone who isn't a post-pubescent male wearing Michigan hockey gear.
I live near Ann Arbor.
|1 year 15 hours ago||Agree||
Seems pretty silly to blame the fans for MSUs success over the past 15-20 years. I was thinking it was more secondary to the implosion of our program brought on by egregious violations of NCAA rules committed by our players/coaches. That plus Izzo being an excellent coach taking advantage of the opening provided.
|1 year 1 day ago||When I'm elderly||
and have dementia, I will still remember Zack Novak from that MSU game. Thinking about that performance always gives me chills.
|1 year 6 days ago||Holy Crap!||
For some reason, my buddies and I love us some Jean-Claude Van-Dancin'. But the one we reference most is the scene from Kickboxer where he gets drunk and dances while wearing a "back thong." This is incredible.
|1 year 1 week ago||It's so funny this was posted today||
As I left work today, a work contact tried to guess my age. Unsolicited. And guessed I was TEN years older than I actually am.
|1 year 1 week ago||I have trained/worked in medicine for 15 years.||
I have never heard of someone surviving a sixtuple bypass.
You are one tough hombre. Strong work, man. Good luck on a speedy recovery.
|1 year 1 week ago||I actually agree with "Heisman talk."||
I don't care if DG wins a Heisman, and I would actually imagine he doesn't either. But despite the issues we had offensively, he showed that he can be an elite QB. Add in the fact that we have an OC now with a better track record at developing QBs and I don't think it's a stretch to say he could make some noise for the Heisman.
|1 year 1 week ago||Maybe.||
But it seemed to me that he was either unwilling or incapable of making in-game adjustments. He proved this during the MSU, Nebraska, and PSU games in particular.
IMO, coaches at this level should be able to make in-game adjustments (with relative ease) and consistently obtain the maximum productivity from the talent they have. I don't think Borges was able to do either.
The oline was a disaster most of the season, and part of that was definitely not Al's fault. But I think every offense has a deficiency that has to be overcome. That's one of the "minigames" the coordinators have to deal with at this level. That said, I agree with the general sentiment in this thread and hope he does well for himself. So, I hope he doesn't go to ND, so that I can pull for him to be successful.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||Great post||
What I find interesting, is that coaches are usually only considered "loyal" when it comes to their staff. But if Coach Hoke believes what he says about Michigan, and I truly think he does, his loyalty would more likely be towards this program. This program is a symbol. Something that millions of people are emotionally and financially tied to. Firing Borges, although obviously difficult, would be superseded by the loyalty Hoke has to Michigan.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||No||
It means we don't LOSE in the national title game for hoops.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||I respectfully disagree.||
I think Countess is definitely a playmaker. I also think Ramon Taylor is actually pretty good, and could make the jump next year. IMO, there may be a few more that could cross that threshold as well.
I totally agree with you that it is very unlikely that 2014 will be the return of the 2006 defense. But besides '06, I think it will be the best defense we've had in quite a while.
Despite ending the season in a poor fashion, I still have a high degree of faith in Mattison. But as I think many of us are feeling for next year, he/Borges/the coaches in general will really be the "difference makers" as to whether or not 2014 is a successful season.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||Don't know what the kid did,||
but not sure he necessarily deserved that.
What I find ironic, is that the older man was probably just like that little shit 40 years ago. At least, that's the backstory I would expect from a guy who would kick someone in the face at a football game.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||I agree with you||
and am pretty sure we are not in the minority.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||Me either||
Resources are finite. Everytime a regional rival does well, it potentially deprives us of the resources we want. This isn't sour grapes. Right now, and for as long as that staff is in EL, MSU is for real. IMO, pulling for MSU is loosing sight of the war. They aren't to be taken lightly. They aren't li'l bro. They are a team that has beat us 5 out of 6, are in our backyard, and won't ever give up against us. A win tomorrow helps them in recruiting. Right now, that is the only place we have been beating them.
Go Cardinal. Go Blue.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||I have worked as an oncology healthcare practitioner||
for almost 10 years. I have seen things that I can't express to my wife because they are so sad, I can't even finish what I'm trying to say without getting too choked up to talk.
Fuck you, cancer. You irredeemable, selfish, worthless sack of crap. When you take people from us, we don't ever remember you. We remember the toughness and grace of the people who fought you. Although your treachery knows no bounds, neither does our resilience. We will eventually beat you. Fuck you.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||I just woke up from taking my 1st successful nap in about 5 yrs||
Pos bangs and wonderful gifs when I wake up? Clearly, I need to nap more often.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||By rule||
We would get paid in bottles of hot sauce and ... I'm too depressed to try to finish this joke.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||Narduzzi to Nebraska seems like a strong possibility to me.||
But I wonder if the folks in Nebraska are a little gunshy with the "DC who's not really fun to talk to."
I do think Narduzzi gets that level of job, though.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||+1||
Most informative post I've read on the interwebz, in, like, ever.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||Lol, this game isn't going to OT||
Taylor is going to pick off Braxton at the end of regulation to seal the deal. Michigan wins 20-17.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||I remain cautiously optimistic||
about Michigan football.
|1 year 12 weeks ago||Agree.||
If we don't put this game in Devin's hands, we will lose. Of course, he might make too many mistakes and we lose. But that's better than the alternative.
|1 year 12 weeks ago||Love the optimism,||
but I would be very surprised if we win big in this game. I agree with your thought about our D vs their O, though. We have a deceptively good defense and it's suited to stop an offense like this.
|1 year 12 weeks ago||I thought Friday is a big day too.||
I remember hearing that's when the "sharps" come in and lay some real money on lines that have drifted too far in one direction.
|1 year 12 weeks ago||Pretty spot on, IMO.||
It's funny that people describe Devin as having flashes of brilliance mixed in with huge mistakes. Al seems to fit the same description.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||Thanks for posting this.||
I was going to be stuck in the purgatory of watching the TV show Parenthood. Now, I'm being a gentleman by letting my wife have the TV, and I'm getting to watch this game. A game I thought I wouldn't be able to watch.
|1 year 14 weeks ago||I'm holding my grade for now.||
I agree that the last 4 games have been concerning. However, how/if we change our ideology following this game will certainly influence my grade.
In 2011, after the Iowa loss, we stopped trying to force manball and let Denard be Denard.
In both cases, I felt as though it represent a needed, but likely philosophically uncomfortable change by the staff.
I am cautiously optimistic that we'll see a similar type of change after last night and we'll stop regressing as a team.
|1 year 16 weeks ago||1. 2003 Minnesota||
2. 2004 Rose Bowl
3. 2002 Purdue. About 4 days prior to that game, I broke up with a long-term girlfriend who was very uncool about my football addiction. I remember waking up on that Thursday and realizing how nobody was going to try to stop me from going. Understanding that you are now "free" is pretty damn great.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||Neither answer is wrong||
But I always pull for ND in this one. My hatred for Staee has grown over the years more than my disdain for ND. Also, we always want our rivals to lose and ND isn't a rival. /s
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Still not early enough.||
I used to have a recurring nightmare that I would awaken from a coma to find out that I had missed the Michigan football season. I would yell at the nurses and doctors to leave me alone. Then, I would have a friend bring me all the games on tape so that I could watch them one at a time in sequential order. My worry now is that I awaken from a coma to find out the medical staff got me up just in time for the week preceding that game.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||I remember looking up Gerg's "stats" for his last||
season at Texas (co DC) prior to going Syracuse. Before their bowl game, Texas gave up 3 second half points all season. I thought we landed a Mattison/Tenuta type of DC when we got Gerg. Clearly, I was wrong. Also, clearly, Gerg likes to rub my face in it. And by "it" I mean a stuffed animal.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||My ears are still ringing.||
Granted, we were yelling so loud that the lady in front of us left after the first quarter. I felt bad, but, like, if I'm there, I'm supposed to yell loud, right?
|1 year 20 weeks ago||On a blog full of awesome/insightful comments,||
your Tommy Rees description is the best I've read in awhile.
I share your concern. I really think Michigan wins tomorrow, but I doubt Rees is the player who beats ND.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||And shortly following that was a||
"Houston's Better" chant. Because Houston actually scored a FG on us. That was awesome.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Agreed. It's a positive feedback loop.||
If you are recruiting well, you can afford to play the freshman. Playing true freshman (who deserve to be on the field) helps you recruit better.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||So good.||
I went to Michigan for undergrad and Central for grad school. Of course, goes without saying, I'm hoping Michigan rolls on Saturday & I don't want a close game. As much as I like the idea of Michigan curbstomping everybody they play, I'm always in the "respect your opponent" camp. Probably a little more for CMU than I would for most other schools. As such, I really enjoy this wallpaper. I mean, I enjoy all your entries, but this one feels perfect. Well done.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Agree||
You lose a "pipeline" school when you are not genuine with a recruit or string him along. That certainly isn't the case here.
It's all good. This is a really good situation for both Cass and MSU. In the long run, I don't see this as being a big concern for Michigan going forward with re: to the recruitment of Cass Tech.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||Vodka and Gatorade||
In the spirit of the Bioshock franchise, I call it "Vitarade."
|1 year 25 weeks ago||I agree.||
I'm old (35) and could easily say that personally, I do not want to go to a night game. But they are obviously good for recruiting and TV, so it's all good. I'll go, be happy and realize that as a parent and spouse, my family is going to get kinda dicked the next day with an inattentive meat sack.
But we should never, ever play MSU at night. That is inviting truly bad things to happen.
I thought last year Air Force would have been a great UTL game. I mean, you aren't going to get involved in shenanigans with a crowd like that unless you deserve it. But, I know we aren't going to play Air Force every year.
I don't know what the answer is, but it's not MSU.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||Certainly could be a "surprise factor."||
But, I think what counters and trumps the surprise factor is the fact that up until about 11pm the previous Saturday, Gardner was a WR. I know he played the position in high school, but for over 6 months, he was studying and practicing as a WR.
I rewatched the Minnesota game this past weekend. Gardner looked pretty lost in the beginning of that game. That is absolutely not a knock on the guy, because most athletes could not have done what he did. You could actually see his handle on the position return during the course of that game. So, in his first 5 games after playing at WR (and at a high level too), Gardner had this streak.
I think of how sometimes guys really struggle with transitions to just a different spot on the same offensive/defensive line. But, since little nuances specific to each position on the lines exist, that makes sense. What Gardner did does not make sense. That kind of productivity without the focused practice and studying for the QB position is absolutely incredible.
I'm not going to hold him to an unreasonable standard. But, after what he was able to accomplish with so little preparation last season, I feel their is literally no cap on what this guy can do.
|1 year 29 weeks ago||A day off of work, alcohol and blowing shit up.||
That's a party.
Go red, white & blue!
|1 year 29 weeks ago||Awesome post||
But I have to disagree with you on "outside of football, he's a perfectly respectable guy." Of course, I don't have any facts, but if any of the coed rumors are true from Florida, he's a real sack of crap as a person. I also remember reading a collection of tweets from his daughter prior to accepting the OSU job and they were all along the lines of "he promised us no more football."
|1 year 31 weeks ago||Wife and daughter are making me breakfast.||
Later we will be going to see the movie "Epic" in 3-D. Watching cool kids movies is a good perk of being a dad. I will likely be experiencing one of the best perks of fatherhood later in the evening when the kiddo is all gorked out on popcorn and glucose. That would be impromptu songs about things like armpits and stinky butts with an oscillation of singing voice between choir and heavy metal.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||Great points||
For me, with the constant barrage of grief I take from the large number of Spartan in-laws, the win vs MSU really helped bring me close to a sense of closure. Which I understand is a stupid thing to say. Not because I'm talking about Staee, but "closure", in and of itself, is complete. But as you're saying, LSA, it's our trajectory that creates the sense of comfort for what the program is doing. We're back and we aren't going anywhere for a long time. Even when we lose, we seem to be getting better, IMO.
But as many of you have said, it's the B1G title and Rose Bowl. I'll probably get a little emotional the next time I see us run out on the field in Pasadena. Hopefully that will be this season.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||Agreed. What I find very frustrating is when Michigan||
fans say something to the effect of "yeah, but despite the officiating, Louisville made the big plays down the stretch and we didn't." Wrong. We did make plays down the stretch. Our unanimous player of the year made a legendary play at a critical point in the game but it was taken away by the officials. So many bad calls in that game. If we get just a few of those to go our way, I really think things would have turned out different for us.
As an intentional method of getting past this game, every time I think about it and get frustrated, I think about what we have to look forward to this fall. We're back in football, and things are about to start getting really good again.
|1 year 40 weeks ago||I don't think they are balanced,||
but you make excellent points. I'm just so happy that the division names are inspired by a compass.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||Drinking||
I am proud of our young men, coaches and university. I will be totally fine, soon. But for now, I am drinking every night after I get home from work and trying to move on. I love this team and feel that things c/should have turned out differently.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||We are playing in the most important||
basketball game of the year and we just read a thorough synopsis inspired by one of the most important authors ever. And it was well done. Agreed. I love this blog for all the right reasons.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||Vociferous, if I get one word.||
Proud and emotionally friable if I were to get a few more words.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Whatever you paid, it was worth it.||
The shirt is awesome. Great pic.
I hate not being there right now, but stories/pics like this make me feel a little closer to the action. Thanks for posting it.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Crap.||
Thanks for the info, I was afraid of that. Oh well, it's all good. The thing about Kickstarter isn't that I get it, it's that we all get it.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Did the duo + shirt, excited as hell.||
But while I was surfing around Kickstarter, I found another project I want to back that ended 7 days ago. Does anybody know how to, well, I guess "kick" an already kicked project? I feel like maybe I'm just too stupid to click on the right icon.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Well, you are doing a great job.||
Thanks to your comment, I feel cute and appreciated.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Clearly, I am the fat man on this site.||
I usually wear an XL, but with the Climalite, I order a large. It doen't look unreasonable on me, but then again, maybe it's my love handles that are unreasonable.
Whatever, I'm too happy about the Final Four to worry about being fat.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Agree.||
Gardner is a smart kid and a smart football player. He's also one of the leaders of this team. Good move to publically endorse him being a leader on the field.
This is nothing but pure upside.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||I can literally smell the Axe||
I can literally smell the Axe body spray with stale Marlboro Light undertones coming from the brah who first said this. Well, cheers to us winning a Natty this year.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Should they get a #4 seed?||
I mean, recordwise it's an easy answer. Michigan wouldn't deserve a 3 seed. But I think Minnesota, or any other #1 seed, deserves not to have to face Michigan in the first round. I guess in the hockey tournament, you don't have any bad teams. I've just been thinking over the past couple days how frustrated I'd be if we had to play a North Dakota or BC in the first round if the situation was reversed.
Either way, not our problem this year. Just win today and we'll have fun finding out what happens.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||I try not to follow any future Michigan athletes for that reason||
Seriously, what if you even "favorite" one of their tweets? They would get an email from Twitter with your name and digital thumbs up. Is that considered contact? Doubt it, but not worth it.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||I was thinking the same thing.||
I don't know if there's a decent "backstory game" every year because that's what you'll get when you randomly throw opponents together 30+ times, or if it's by design. I guess whatever the selection committee says, I'll believe the opposite because I don't trust the NCAA.
I think we end up as a 3 seed in Auburn Hills. Fingers crossed.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||I think the score may be a little lower,||
but I agree with Michigan by 1-2 points.
I'll go Michigan 60-59.
I also predict that McGary is going to have another big game.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||I don't know how many times||
I sat in front of my computer showing that clip to my then 3 year old daughter. For weeks, she would keep asking "can we watch Denard say WHAAA?" /proud dad
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Same for my wife.||
She's a Sparty grad, and unaware of the contest, but somehow found a way to vote on this. Sheer will, I guess.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||I have always noticed and hated your||
avatar pic. Not because it's bad. But because it really turns me on. All of my personas get turned on by it. /s
I have had several "preachy" phases where I wanted to create another account to spread my supportive word. It has never been political, religous or what-have-you bad. It's always been a slap-happy kinda "support our boys," but I have never actually done it.
I probably never will either, but after last night's game, I really thought about it . . .
|1 year 48 weeks ago||This is the end of my week off.||
So, I'll be thinking probably too much about how I wish I didn't need to return to work on Monday.
I met an mgoblogger at a tailgate once. He gave me a homebrew that his son had made. Needless to say, I thought he was pretty cool.
As far as "grilled cheese" variant, I heart all things that include cheese regardless of temperature. There really is no wrong way to consume cheese. I guess the only way to make it better is to include a meat with it.
|1 year 48 weeks ago||Agreed.||
He is really classy, but only if he wins.
|1 year 48 weeks ago||Still would be considered "New Money"||
Your rebutal of 3 conference titles in 20 years kinda helps prove the point. Prior to Heathcote, they had nothing. They want to compare themselves to the traditional elite in both hoops and football, but it's garbage. You can't claim to be a historical team with no national presence prior to 30-35 years ago (and even though Heathcote made the tourney and was even a one seed once, they weren't Duke, Kansas, UCLA or anyone else "historic" from the early 80's to the middle 90's). I hear the argument all the time from Sparty fans that their basketball is like our football. But, they aren't anywhere near the top 5 in wins, winning percentage, national titles, tournament appearances or even (all-time) conference titles.
Their claim to fame is the decade from 1999-2009 where they won a bunch of tournament games, a national title and like 5 Final Fours. UCLA had a decade where they won 10 national titles.
Don't get me wrong, they have an impressive program and something to be proud of, but (respectfully) get outta here with "historic."
|1 year 48 weeks ago||Reminds me of a joke involving math classes at Staee||
Math 102: Subtraction, addition's tricky friend.
|1 year 49 weeks ago||Just don't forget to send||
him a similar text when Wisconsin is unable to play up to their seed in the tournament. I've heard that officiating crews don't have to share one whistle when they reffing tourney games.
|1 year 50 weeks ago||Yeah, I actually thought that the game||
was pretty fairly officiated. I mean, as good as we can expect to get playing in a road game in this conference.
|1 year 51 weeks ago||You have totally nailed it.||
I hadn't really thought of it that way, but you are right. The BTN is the tail wagging the dog in a lot of ways. Adding Maryland and Rutgers only makes sense if you actually generate interest in those regions. No question Michigan/OSU/Penn State will always increase interest and TV ratings when compared to other schools that aren't as polarizing.
|1 year 51 weeks ago||Hearing that he's played for only a few years||
reminds me a lot of Anthony Lalota. Not saying he'll have the same outcome, but limited data points always kinda concern me. But, I'm certainly not saying that I'm glad he's gone or anything stupid like that.
|1 year 51 weeks ago||Your username and that comment||
go really well together.
|1 year 52 weeks ago||^this^||
(couldn't help myself)
Although I will never tire of the Upton gifs, it is annoying when they are inserted into a thread that isn't labeled "NSFW." I mean, I know that's the risk any time I'm on a blog site, so I'm not a victim here. It blows my mind how frequently someone happens to walk by me at work when something like that shows up. Meh, I guess being known as the "Upton perv" at work isn't all that bad.
"Cool story bro" is definitely overused. If the frequency was cut down about 90-95%, it may start being funny again.
|2 years 17 hours ago||Awesome video, man.||
Great play selections and I loved the music.
|2 years 1 day ago||I agree, Denard's patience is||
incredible when running with the football. I've always felt he's been underrated in that regard.
|2 years 1 week ago||I'm so happy someone created||
this account. Strong work.
|2 years 1 week ago||Godspeed.||
I wish there was an upvote option of "heroism."
|2 years 1 week ago||I hate the home court bias.||
In the end, it's a wash. I don't think any team (at least in our conference) benefits more so than others, so every time we lose a close game because of it, I feel confident that we'll get the makeup when the game comes back to Ann Arbor. But I think it weakens the validity of the event itself. It feels like it has a "part show" quality to it.
|2 years 1 week ago||I agree,||
that's a solid looking list. Including Michigan, he had 10 offers from BCS schools.
Edit: Oops, I mean 11. Sorry Purdue, forgot you were a BCS school.
|2 years 1 week ago||Holy crap.||
Somehow I had never seen that first hype video. I just watched it and you are totally right, that was incredible.
|2 years 2 weeks ago||Hell Yeah!!!!!||
Go Blue! Awesome news!!!
|2 years 2 weeks ago||This is eerily similar to 2002||
'Bama (Miami), defending national champion and everyone's pick to repeat. Possibly complacent, but we'll see.
ND (OSU), great defense with not-so-great offense. Got pretty lucky to win some of their games and easily could have lost several of them.
I have evolved in the last decade, so if ND pulls an OSU and surprises everyone, I won't visit catatonia like a I did in Jan of '03.
Clearly the difference with the "defending national champion" in this analogy is coaching. But I am definitely not going to count ND out in this game until they are actually out.
|2 years 2 weeks ago||I love his attitude in that.||
It seems like it's excitement and confidence without being a dick. Awesome.
|2 years 3 weeks ago||I'm actually hoping they have that||
exact uniform distribution in the starting five. Two blue uniforms, two white and one maize.
Suck on that, Oregon! /s
|2 years 3 weeks ago||Agree.||
I am not ready to be happy, or even neutral, for PSU in any way. I don't know when/if I will. I understand that the scholarship/bowl restrictions are going to crush PSU over the next decade, but I want that descent to happen faster.
|2 years 3 weeks ago||I think our team is mentally tough.||
I know that's kind of a trite thing to say, but for some reason, I think it's actually going to have more of an impact on today's game than usual. We win an ugly, close game that comes down to making a big stop late in the fourth.
Michigan - 20
|2 years 3 weeks ago||Exactly.||
I hope now they will stop with the "will play anyone" meme. Because you won't, ND. You broke a contract to get out of playing a team that had beat you 3 years in a row at that point.
|2 years 4 weeks ago||College girls.||
I mean, obviously all the football stuff. But what 17-18 year old wouldn't want to come to college as soon as possible for all the obvious social reasons as well?
|2 years 5 weeks ago||89-60 Michigan wins||
89-60 Michigan wins
|2 years 5 weeks ago||I think this is a pretty big part of it.||
I also think it's a lot more of a gray area than people want to admit. If a kid is working hard in the flimroom and in practice, it's good for a team as a whole that he's rewarded and sees the field. Also, based on maturity, it seems reasonable that a player may benefit greatly from even limited playing time.
We need WRs to step up next year pretty bad. I would imagine Darboh is much better prepared for that now after getting his feet wet.
|2 years 5 weeks ago||Yep, me too.||
I had been admitted to the hospital with pneumonia for 4 days and discharged about a week before I got my letter. I tried to yell, but couln't make enough noise because my lungs and throat still felt all messed up. So I grabbed a rock and threw it at my dad's metal mailbox. I felt the moment deserved some degree of cacophony.
|2 years 5 weeks ago||Yeah, this really stinks.||
I am not doubting that the punishment is the right call. I just wish for Floyd's sake, he wasn't involved in something that required this kind of punishment. As much heat as that guy has taken in the past several years, he had a really good season. It would have been nice to see him have one last solid game.
|2 years 5 weeks ago||I am happy for RR||
and wish him well, but yo, I am definitely not going to miss watching our defense play like that.
|2 years 7 weeks ago||I figured it wouldn't, but he's my buddy so I||
wanted to try to help him out. I did intentionally wait for the lull between OSU and bowl game to post it.
|2 years 7 weeks ago||I always saw Denard as the "first person to||
land on _____." Most likely Mars, but whatever. But, I guess those two positions aren't mutually exclusive.
|2 years 7 weeks ago||For the record, I have never been||
an mgopolice officer when it comes to: syntax, grammar, or "OT." But Hard Gay, my man, BG is never OT. If there is a thread generated tomorrow discussing his toots or BMs, it's still not OT. Because it's BG.
|2 years 7 weeks ago||Yeah, last year this day was awesome*.||
We had a rooting interest in just about every game for Michigan to squeak into the BCS. Nothing to do today besides wait for tomorrow.
*edit: As "awesome" as a day can be when our conference is holding it's championship game and we are not in it.
|2 years 7 weeks ago||Agreed, but this is certainly a concerning start.||
You can't play your way in to the tournament before January, but you can come close to playing your way out.
I'm not going to panic yet, but again, this start is definitely concerning.
|2 years 8 weeks ago||I wish I had a better answer than||
I am a highly functioning alcoholic. I never post on this board unless I double/triple check my work. My daughter watched the first 25 minutes of "The Return of Nanny Mcphee" or "Nanny Mcphee Returns, the Return of Nanny McPhee" or whatever it's called while I typed up my initial post. You can question anything I do/post on this board, and that's cool. But I assure you, I am not sober right now.
|2 years 8 weeks ago||Agreed.||
Waiting for my buddies to show up and can't stop pacing. I keep finding myself in a different room in my house wondering "what was I going to do?" Can't wait for this game. Beat Ohio.
|2 years 8 weeks ago||"It's about good versus evil||
"It's about good versus evil and right versus wrong."
Yep, that sums it up. We play a lot of schools that we don't like and the feeling is mutual. But when we play Ohio, it really does have the feel of something more than just a game. Our guys aren't playing just for us or the university. For this game, they are a symbol. They are a representation of what is right and good. Not just because we are Michigan. But because they are Ohio. The ideology they perpetuate is a blight and darkness on sports and education. Because we are playing them today, we are good. There is no other way to define the opponent of evil.
|2 years 9 weeks ago||Pretty much sums up how I'm feeling.||
I loaded the bike in the back of our van this morning because my family and I have a tradition of exercise before we consume mass calories. While loading it, I found a new Lego set that the wife and kiddo purchased for a family we've adopted through the our kid's school. When I found out what it was for, I got a little teary eyed realizing how fortunate we are.
Thankful for: family, friends, safety, comfort, our amazing student athletes that represent our school so well, and mgoblog.
In all seriousness, this is the best online community I've ever heard of/been a part of. I hope you all have a great holiday. Beat Ohio.
|2 years 9 weeks ago||I actually read most of that.||
I gotta say, with the language that young man used, fuck Jerry Kill. I know it's just one side of the story. But it's hard to believe that kid (after reading what he had to say) is some meathead who has a problem with "the state of things" in the Minnesota program.
I will probably always have the default setting of siding with the player in situations like this. I mean, on one hand, who cares? Right? It's just football. But on the other hand, it's everything 18-21 year olds absolutely cherish when they are capable of playing for a D1 program.
To be fair, fuck anyone who takes that away from a kid. And yes, to me, 18-21 year olds are respectfully "kids."
|2 years 10 weeks ago||And much,||
much cooler apparel for us to buy.
|2 years 10 weeks ago||Denard probably doesn't need it,||
but I do. I would imagine I'm not the only one who feels this way. Denard isn't just a special football player, he's a special kid. I would feel so sad if I didn't get the chance to give him one more vociferous cheer following a play.
|2 years 10 weeks ago||Well done.||
I find it hard not to scoff at their "6" national titles. In 1957, Auburn won the AP poll, Ohio State won the UPI poll. MSU claims a national title from that year though. Historically, lots of different organizations gave away the title of "National Champion."
Michigan could claim national championships (but don't) from: 1985 (Matthews, Sagarin), 1973 (National Championship Foundation), and 1964 (Dunkel).
In 1955, MSU claims another national title from Boand despite Oklahoma having the distinction of "National Champion" given to them by: AP, Berryman, Billingsley, DeVold, Dunkel, Football Research, FW, Helms, INS, Litkenhous, National Championship Foundation, Poling, Sagarin, UPI, Williamson.
I'm too tired to look up the rest of their national titles, but I'm pretty sure I read once that they really only have 2 legitimate national titles in football.
|2 years 10 weeks ago||I love how traditions can evolve over time.||
When I was a student, I would get to the stadium way too early and grab a free program. I would hurriedly get to my seat and then wait. For about 75 minutes. My buddies would meet up with me much later, so I would pass the time stressing out over the game and reading "Punt/Counterpunt."
Over a decade later, things have certainly mellowed out for me. I don't get to the stadium 90 minutes early and I certainly don't sit wringing my hands over the possible outcome. Now the waiting I do on Saturady morning is for everyone to wake up so that I can play Barbies, take the dog for a run and figure out which house I'm driving to after the game (in-laws, my house, her grandparents). But while I wait, I once again have my "Punt/Counterpunt." Awesome.
|2 years 11 weeks ago||From what I could tell,||
he just ended up being a "tweener" kinda player. Not agile enough to be a wideout, but not able to get thick enough while still maintaining his athleticism to be an impact at TE.
|2 years 11 weeks ago||He was.||
He was also initially a top 3 overall kid in the state of Florida (that Florida) before he moved up here for senior year in high school. I followed his recruitment pretty closely. He's a great kid. I understand his move and wish him well.
|2 years 12 weeks ago||Find a really dorky, sustainable||
obsession. Mine is playing a fantasy card game designed for 13 year olds. I can play it online any hour of the day. When the family leaves, I get to go nuts and when I wake up the next day, I'm not hung over.
If that doesn't work, just go back to porn. It's actually quite sustainable.
|2 years 13 weeks ago||I agree with the overall sentiment.||
I really think Fitz's involvement in our rush offense "gets healthy" in this game. I would be kinda surprised if he ran for under 100 yards in this one. To be honest, I think he and Denard each run for over 100.
I am worried about our non-Funchesses catching the ball. I think we win a close one, like 34-31 with our D making a couple of big 4th quarter stops.
|2 years 13 weeks ago||I agree, interesting numbers.||
Since this is a thread titled "QB Winning Percentage," I feel the need to interject a stat I find amazing. Only 4 times in the history of Michigan football have the Wolverines beat all four of their rivals in one season (OSU, ND, MSU and Minn).
John Navarre was the last Michigan QB to hit 100% wins against that lineup (2003).
What can I say, I have always had a soft spot in my heart for our senior QBs.
|2 years 13 weeks ago||I have 3 mgoshirts.||
I have worn the "I heart heart" and "Space, bitches" t-shirts probably 30+ times combined. Not one comment from a stranger. The day of the 'bama game, I wore the photobomb shirt to the M-den in Livonia and had 3 strangers verbally upvote it. What can I say, there's something enchanting about that hair and those eyes will hypotize you.
|2 years 13 weeks ago||I'm not going to start anything,||
but I ain't taking shit either.
Although I truly enjoy the atmosphere at Michigan Stadium, I feel like people get too much leeway to be dicks. Not today, brahs.
|2 years 15 weeks ago||I disagree with you a little on that.||
Maybe after he leaves Michigan he'll return one. I mean, eventually he'll probably get there. But yeah, no way in hell he returns one while wearing a winged helmet. Certainly there's no chance he returns one at a critical point in a big game.
|2 years 15 weeks ago||I feel like most teams||
in college football has a healthy amount of good kids on their squad. I have felt for years and years, however, that Michigan truly does have an inordinate amount associated with their program. This is yet another great example.
|2 years 15 weeks ago||Agreed, but unfortunately,||
Dantonio has been able to get them to play essentially their best games of each season against us. Nothing that happens this week from either squad will have me feeling great about that game. However, after watching our game yesterday, I do feel much better.
|2 years 15 weeks ago||I can't stop laughing.||
It looks like the Denard photo appeared first. Members of the team thought it was so great, they decided to put their uniforms on for fun and take pictures of each other making the funniest poses to best utilize the picture of Denard. Clearly, Hagerup was the winner of that contest.
|2 years 15 weeks ago||Agree completely.||
Always nice to know how the rest of the country sees us, but our ranking is completely irrelevant for the rest of the year. No at-large BCS, no NT game. Win our next 3 games, and it will be pretty tough not to make it to the B1G Championship.
Only goal right now is Pasadena. Based on how we looked yesterday, I really think we're the (eligible) team to beat right now.
|2 years 16 weeks ago||Come on, dude.||
You know that if it was our rivalry with IU, we'd want that protected too. I mean, who wouldn't want that game protected.
|2 years 16 weeks ago||This is one of those great responses||
that is made even better if you imagine the poster's avatar as the one saying the phrase.
|2 years 16 weeks ago||I've read all your posts in this||
thread and I think you have a great insight in to this situation. I understand the idea behind the tape exchange, and I understand the idea behind the "honor system" involved. I find this situation very ironic, however, as there are also "gentlemen's agreements/honor system" issues with:
It's funny that you have a program willing to do so many things to gain a competitive advantage by bending/breaking written and unwritten rules, but cries foul when an opponent tries to do the same thing.
|2 years 17 weeks ago||My wife is a Spartan grad and is going to the OSU game||
tomorrow with her dad. The day is going to have an ironic "the circle is now complete" feel to it.
So, it will be Jungle Java/putt-putt, toy store, pizza, movie rental, maybe a park and some arts and crafts. I will probably have the game on just to point out examples of bad sportsmanship to my daughter. When putting her to bed, we will have conversations about how many of the players on MSU/OSU need to be put in timeout. I will also add how Denard Robinson never needs to be put in timeout because he's awesome.
|2 years 17 weeks ago||Exactly.||
Remember how dumb we all thought Dantonio was when he refused to route for Michigan at the end of the '10 season? We beat OSU that day and MSU goes to the Rose Bowl (with a win of their own).
Pulling for MSU this Saturday is the same thing. OSU is absolutely irrelevant this year when it comes to our bowl/Big Ten title aspirations. If they go 11-0 or 4-7 going into their game with us, who cares. We aren't getting an at-large BCS game this year, so we don't need to care about style points. So, the Rose Bowl is the only thing that matters and we have to get to the Big Ten Title game to get there. The biggest competition in our way is MSU. Every loss they get from now on makes our road to Pasadena that much easier.
|2 years 18 weeks ago||You can keep your one TD Jesus.||
We've got TOUssaint(s).
I realize that would give the incorrect pronunciation of his last name, but for this one night, it's probably cool.
|2 years 18 weeks ago||"Weakest secondary he'll face all year."||
I agree with that and remain optimistic for the game as a result. No doubt in my mind, Denard has improved as a passer from the last several seasons. Add that to the fact the AB has a desire to throw the ball when things get tight (see MSU game from last year) and mismatch nightmares Funchess/DG and you've got a recipe for success.
|2 years 18 weeks ago||Your Denard-O-Lantern||
wins the internet. I am totally going to attempt doing that later this fall. Strong work.
|2 years 19 weeks ago||I really love this idea for||
all your data points are belong to us.
I have been a season ticket holder for a few years but did just fine "scavenging" for about 6 years following undergrad. I went to every home game one way or another. Contemplating giving them up and just scavenging again. The only problem is no guarantee for the big games. But for the money I would save off the top for not having to donate to priority seating plus the savings for games like this, I think I should probably pull the trigger by not pulling the trigger next year. I will be really interested to see how all this data shakes out.
|2 years 19 weeks ago||I would love to have one of those shirts, but I traded it||
for a garden plot. For only $75, I have the opportunity to name one of the garden plots with my family. I think my daughter wants something like "we love you Tae, and we love Scooby Doo, and Pop Rocks and books." Although I think that is great, I was leaning towards something more like "mgogarden."
I am really proud of Tae for what he is doing and I am really mgoproud of our little corner of the blogosphere for collectively kickstarting the kickstarter.
|2 years 19 weeks ago||What an amazing young man.||
Seriously. I have worked in oncology for over 8 years as a healthcare practitioner. I have seen more than a few cases where someone is diagnosed with cancer and the spouse leaves them because they can't handle going through the process.
Te'o obviously could have left at any time and focused more on football, having fun, school, whatever. It speaks volumes of his character that he supported her through the process.
I hope whenever it is that he returns, he has a career day as he will most certainly be playing in honor of those two women.
|2 years 19 weeks ago||Great points by both of you||
I keep hearing how Borges is really stubborn. I'm not so sure I agree with that. Certainly he has a default setting with a list of tendencies, as does every coach. I am pretty sure "run a shit ton with Denard just for the sake of running him" is not one of them. Every OC, when running the ball, wants to be effective doing so. The most logical progression of that idea would be to get production from your RB, so as to leave as many avenues open for gaining yards. I mean, that's why a running QB in general is so damn hard to defend against. You have to account for both the RB and the QB in the run game. However, seeing how ineffective Fitz was yesterday (for whatever reason), he kept using what was working during that game.
Moving forward, we probably are going to have tough sledding if we can't run with Fitz/Rawls/Smith. But for the game yesterday, I am glad he didn't use that as a crutch to keep insisting on "rock" in the game of rock, paper, scissors (referencing to a post from Brian several years ago discussing the perceived offensive philosophy of Carr).
He coached during the game, calling what was working. I will never have a problem with a coach wanting to win a certain way or thinking that a certain method has a better chance of success in the long run. What kills me is when coaches seemingly refuse to pay attention to what is happening in a particular game. Yesterday, Borges was not guilty of that IMO.
|2 years 19 weeks ago||After the game,||
Fred Jackson had the same assessment. Except Funchess is faster and has better hands than Johnson.
|2 years 20 weeks ago||Wow.||
I can't believe how much better I feel about the Countess injury* after reading all the optimism in this thread. I am not kidding. I was overtly depressed yesterday and it had nothing to do with 41-14. I was looking at the Countess loss as the worst possible scenario for our defense. It's not. It may be damn close, but we do have some guys that are going to get their chance now to compete and get better while helping this team win.
I do think that the loss of Countess will be tangibly noticable in several games, especially MSU. I think Maxwell is better than he showed on Friday (has a great skill set) and the loss of Blake will limit our ability to stuff the box and blitz.
My prediction for the season was 3-4 losses with a Rose Bowl birth. I figured we'd lose to 'bama and maybe even ND to start the season and likely drop at least one more along the way. I'll stick with that for now.
*feeling better from a selfish fan perspective. I still feel really bad for that kid. Hope he has a speedy recovery.
|2 years 20 weeks ago||I didn't realize that MSU||
chose not to play in a game of that magnitude. Alabama and Jerry Jones were probably pretty upset that MSU turned them down and went after us just to piss people off.
I guess MSU probably chose not to play the BCS last year as well, right?
At least MSU got to throw it's national relevance/clout around when the Big Ten got split in to divisions. Who wouldn't want IU to be their protected rival.
|2 years 20 weeks ago||I expect all of Michigan's rivals to laugh||
at what happened on Saturday night, but in private. I agree, it's just "boys being boys" to some degree, but they are still role models behaving poorly in public. I'm not going to lose any sleep over it, but I'd be pretty embarrassed if Michigan players did that. If they do that later this year, don't worry, I will be the first guy to say it's classless.
|2 years 20 weeks ago||I got pretty frustrated with that call||
because I feel like it went against the "spirit of the rule" of a ball being uncatchable.
Uncatchable should be defined as "not a chance." In this case it was more like "very unlikely."
IMO, "very unlikely" always deserves the flag.
|2 years 21 weeks ago||There was an LSU/Bama||
variant earlier this offseason. They spelled it "then" instead of in it's correct form above. What that tells me is that someone likely saw the first one, and thought the only problems with the shirt were that the teams and grammar were wrong.
|2 years 21 weeks ago||Stay at home.||
Of all the sporting events I have been to (Rose Bowl, multiple Stanley Cup clinching games, NBA finals, Minnesota '03, ALCS and almost every home Michigan game since 1997), none of it even comes close to how awesome it was to meet my kid for the first time on her birthday.
|2 years 21 weeks ago||You will find tickets very easily||
and you will be paying a lot less than face value for them as well. They will be everywhere, but outside the entrances to the stadium will be a concentrated number of people trying to sell them quickly and head in. If you want to buy them for as cheap as possible, wait until about 20-30 minutes prior to kick at one of these entrances. I've had to sell tix plenty of times for people in my group punking out. For a game like this, if I had extras, I would be pleased to get $50 or more for the pair.
|2 years 21 weeks ago||I agree with you.||
I have always felt as though there are several teams in each BCS conference (not named "The Big East") that can hover above conference criticism. In the absurdly small chance that we have 13-0: Michigan, Texas, USC and Florida/Alabama, then yes, conference "bite" will have a factor. But bottom line, if Michigan goes 13-0, I really don't think we have to worry about what else happens.
Secondly, ask yourselves, who is our competition for at-large BCS? I see MSU being more of a factor than BSU. I mean, well, I don't think FYS is ever going to get an actual at-large BCS bid. But they will more likely be more relevant than Boise at the end of the year.
That all being said, I think MSU rolls in this one. Don't get me wrong, I will take a shot of our super fancy tequila if BSU wins this game and I respect everything that they have done over the past decade or so. But asking any team to replace that many starters is unreasonable. I think BSU plays with heart, but gets worn down early in the second half. MSU 34-17.
|2 years 21 weeks ago||"Betterment of all mankind"||
The world lost a hero today, not just the US.
Hard to imagine what it must have been like. I spoke to a man who was an engineer at NASA at that time. The bounces of the first steps were not because of a lack of gravity. It was because the smartest minds in the world had decided one of two outcomes would occur. Either man lands on the moon and is safe and walks around and eventually pulls out golf clubs or he falls 100 meters or so into the moon itself. Those hops were a reflex. He wasn't sure if he was going to immediately be buried in to the center of space rock, or if he'd have the opportunity to take a second step. Words can't express how bad ass that man/crew was for taking that trip.
|2 years 22 weeks ago||I remember it the same way.||
2 for 1 scheduled before '94 (of course).
In 1997, The Sporting News had Colorado as their preseason number 1. Beating the crap out of them got us (#18 preseason, IIRC) some invaluable early-season national hype. To go one step further, that game is always the counter argument to the "we need more baby seals to club" scheduling debate. That game really set the tone for the season. Hopefully we get the same sorta catalyst next Saturday night.
|2 years 22 weeks ago||I was sitting in the opposite end zone, 4th row.||
So, when they kicked the "go ahead" field goal with a few minutes left, I got to watch the football harmlessly slide down the netting as it continued to slowly spin. Likewise, forever etched with crystal clarity into my memory.
|2 years 22 weeks ago||I love it all,||
even the brutality that is the "Michigan" locomotion/train cheer from homecoming games.
My favorite is when the band plays "Let's go blue!" towards all four sides of the stadium after they've taken the field. When they point towards my side, my voice becomes capable of extraordinary things.
|2 years 22 weeks ago||Braxton Miller||
I truly think he's going to excel in Meyer's offense. I thought the kid played incredible for a true freshman in "The Game." I know he missed some passes, but the Ohio offense was an abortion for much of the season.
People will compare this transition to ours with RR. No comparison. They have a QB in year one who was meant to run this offense, and he's only a sophomore so no missed value in year 2.
That being said, we are still going to beat them this year.
|2 years 23 weeks ago||Although I think you pretty much nailed the analogy,||
I feel like there is still a little something missing. I'm thinking that the ND personification probably also has untreated syphilis, but acts like it's really chic because of the historical longevity of the disease.
|2 years 23 weeks ago||I remember them scheduling the game||
against boise about a week after we announced our game with 'Bama. At the time, it felt like kind of a desperate move. Also, don't forget that this is the year they play at Central in their efforts to be "the true football program for the state." Whatever. Also a move that felt kinda forced.
|2 years 24 weeks ago||Although not as intimidating as Vandy's,||
I actually like the continuation of the "team number" type of branding. I would love it if the idea continued to grow to the extent where Monday Night Football intros went something like: "Charles Woodson, cornerback, teams 116-118*."
*Edited because I am apparently incapable of simple arithmetic in my head.