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|1 week 20 hours ago||1996-97 team||
that didn't win the national title was probably the best Michigan hockey team ever. That was the senior year for the "God Class."
|1 week 4 days ago||I'm at my kids piano class with her.||
When I read that quote, I laughed loud enough to disrupt her lesson.
|2 weeks 21 hours ago||Couldn't agree more.||
I think the mistake is that people think "could this guy hit a big kick with the game on the line?" That's a big deal, but happens infrequently. What an excellent kicker will do is change probabilities when your team has the ball near field goal range.
3rd and 11 from the opponents 30 means, with an average kicker, you are trying to gain a few yards to make the kick more reasonable. If you have a an excellent kicker, your possible play selection increases. More variance = harder to stop. Of course these decisions are fluid with the game state, and variable per each coach. But, in an important area of the field where drives can stall, I think that accurate leg gives you a pretty significant intangible advantage.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Not a history nearly as storied as the #1,||
but I kinda got chills when I read that. I mean, Brandon Graham wore the number. That makes 55 a really big deal.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||I'm sure it's just because I'm in gambling mode right now,||
but I think wagering Mgopoints would be really fun. Right next to the reply button could be a "wager" button.
At least, it would be really fun until it got out of control and warped the board state.
|6 weeks 14 hours ago||My family spoiled me.||
I got pajama pants, a tie and the WR gloves. I'm 37 and have absolutely no business asking for those gloves. But, my wife indulged me. I've been wearing them most of the day and continue making the "M" with my palms.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||We have our own "Turkey Trot"||
Our daughter got the nickname "turkle" when she was an infant. So, we actually do a Turkle Trot. Exercising on Thanksgiving is our big thing.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||"Super weird,||
(but) mostly incredible" pretty much nails it.
I love how they ended it by basically saying they like Michigan more.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||I actually think you played that perfectly.||
Yesterday we had a family gathering. My wife comes from an entire family of Spartans. Her uncle, easily the most inflammatory of all of them, basically asked me to justify how Harbaugh could even be considered as good of a coach as Dantonio.
"It took Dantonio 4 years to win more than 9 games in a season at MSU. Harbaugh has at least two chances to do that in year one at Michigan."
I set the trap for him to respond with "yeah, but it's easier to win at Michigan." Of course he took it. I then responded with "yep, even after our 130+ year nadir as a program, it's still a better place to coach than MSU."
|10 weeks 5 days ago||I think it's stupid either way.||
As a fan, I don't talk shit to any players when I'm in attendence, but I think a player or coach should absolutely never retaliate. They are representing a university. I am not. It's the same double standard we all have to deal with in our jobs. Someone can walk into my place of business and call me a "fucking dick." If I retaliate, I'm likely to be fired.
To go one step further, my behavior is not being witnessed by thousands of youngsters. Like it or not, part of the responsibility these players and coaches have is that they are role models. The standard for their behavior should be higher.
I'm not losing sleep about this either way. But I agree with the general sentiment that Cook's/MSU's behavior really does embody "little brother." Doesn't matter how good they are. They act like juggalos. As Brian said, a truer thing has never been spoken than to call them "little brother."
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Agreed.||
I think it's going to be as soon as "one week from now us."
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Succinctly, we are relevant again.||
Lots of talking heads predicted 7 wins or so this year. I mean, we all kinda hoped Harbaugh would turn things around quickly, but didn't necessarily expect it. But clearly, we have a head coach that is not only a perfect fit in Ann Arbor, but is an elite-level coach.
I think Rudock is a solid QB, and seems like a great kid. But when this offense gets a guy that can manage a game and hit the deep ball, we will be top-5 caliber.
Enjoy the ride ladies and gents. As long as Harbaugh is here, we will be the Michigan we all remember.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||After 2008, I swore I would never take bowl eligibility||
for granted again. Pretty much every single goal all Michigan teams have can not be met until after obtaining bowl eligibility. That's not to say kids come to Michigan to just go to any bowl. But, it's a integral checkpoint down the path of a successful season.
It's 15 extra practices. It's an extension of the Michigan football offseason solstice. It's a huge deal.
|16 weeks 21 hours ago||Agree with all of it.||
Jake will hit the deep ball at least once in this game.
As a fan, I'm always very excited for this game. But this year's edition has got to be the most intriguing that I can remember in years.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||Then have someone stand next to you||
with a chintzy sign painted green that says "I actually got into both schools, but I chose MSU."
I think every MSU alum I've ever met has said something like that to me.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||"Win out and its moot"||
I think that is completely accurate and it blows my mind. If Michigan were to win out, they would almost assuredly make the playoff. Of course, that's always the goal. But for this season, that was certainly not the expectation I had set. It still isn't, but it's sure as hell fun to talk be able to legitimately discuss.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||We are moving in the right direction.||
Regardless of the outcome next weekend, that is clear. Moving "in the right direction" is a course we haven't been on in years as a program. That alone makes me ecstatic.
This season is starting to have that special feel to it as well. I would have been content with just "right direction." But now it's truly starting to feel like, every week, we are going to find a way to win the next game.
|17 weeks 1 day ago||Yeah me too.||
When I clicked on the thread, I was half expecting that I was going to read something like "seriously, bluewave720, it really IS Friday. Congrats, you are in the movie Vanilla Sky."
What's worse, is that since I so deperately wanted to believe that it was Friday, I just read all the comments in case I could find something like that buried in the thread.
|18 weeks 5 days ago||PPR league||
In my flex I have to choose C.J. Anderson vs Andre Johnson. I've watched both Bronco games, and their offense looks pretty bad right now. But, Johnson has clearly underwhelmed thus far in Indy. I have a feeling Johnson is going to get back on track today. I also think Detroit is going play much improved team defense tonight.
|22 weeks 19 hours ago||This is the most optimistic I've felt after a loss||
in years. That's a spectrum I never want to be on, but, IMO, there really were a lot of positives last night. Big mistakes will always cost you games, and that needs to be fixed. I think it will. But, I saw Michigan do a lot of little things that good teams do.
I know I will be excited for every game this season. I haven't felt that way the past several years and it killed me. I have the feeling that the Michigan team we see in November would soundly beat the Michigan team we see in early September. That development will be an enjoyable process to watch.
|22 weeks 20 hours ago||Agree completely||
We made some of the bigger mistakes that will almost always cost you games, and that needs to be fixed. I think it will. But, I felt like we did a lot of little things that good teams do. It sucks after all the hype to have to wait for a win on the field, but this is the most encouraged I've felt after a loss in years.
|22 weeks 2 days ago||Been awhile since I've traveled:||
2001 Citrus Bowl
2004 Rose Bowl
Then I got married in 2006, so, like, Big Ten/Bowl tour is currently on hold.
2005 Wisconsin (night game) was the worst experience we ever had. It was the last season for Alvarez. We almost had to fight our way out of 2 different encounters with many Badger fans and we totally weren't being dicks. Just wearing Michigan shirts.
|22 weeks 2 days ago||9-3 regular season||
Bowl game victory against a higher-ranked team.
|23 weeks 1 day ago||Late to the party,||
but this was a great idea for a thread. Thanks for posting it.
|23 weeks 3 days ago||Me too.||
My confession is that I have broken an unspoken rule my wife and I have re: neutrality. When the wife is around, I'm all "both great schools." When it's just me and the kiddo, I say things like "in all seriouslness, Michigan is one of the top ranked schools in the country. When you're a little older, I'll take you through the dorms and show you where I lived my first year."
My kid is 6, but has already informed my inlaws (also both State grads) that she will be attending the University of Michigan.
|25 weeks 1 day ago||I heart MTG||
I posted above (or below, I'm on the app) that I'm such an addict with MTG. I play online as much as I can (limited) and continue to build EDH decks without really having many people to play with face-to-face.
|25 weeks 1 day ago||I'm still addicted to Magic||
I was hoping I'd find someone else mention it. I'm 37 and have come to grips with the fact that I love a collectible card game designed for teenagers. I play online all the time. While driving to and from work, I only listen to strategy podcasts on how to improve. My wife and daughter are very supportive of my inner nerd, just so long as I don't put it before them. I wake up at 5am on weekend mornings to play online keeping all of us happy.
|29 weeks 18 hours ago||I just found out that I||
got a sort of promotion.
|31 weeks 4 days ago||If this is true, Hackett is an absolute legend.||
In less than a year, he hired the most sought-after coach in all of football and (likely) made an apparel contract change that by many insiders will significantly effect recruiting in a positive way. He has earned years of support. So, after cleaning up some huge messes and earning all the positive support associated with those changes, he may leave the athletic department to an excellent long-term candidate? I will be disappointed if he ever has to pay for a drink in Ann Arbor again.
|36 weeks 1 day ago||I'm not in favor of Michigan||
playing a game at a race track. But I would imagine a game vs ND after a several year hiatus would sell enough tickets to fill pretty much any man-made stadium.