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|3 hours 10 min ago||Alum96 lives||
For a while, people here were speculating he had kicked the bucket. Morbid ruminations of Mgoblog.
|2 days 1 hour ago||Henne underachieved because of scheme/coaching||
Speight overachieved because of scheme/coaching. In his senior year of high school, Henne was a 5* QB with 40 offers setting state records, and Penn State desperately tried to get him to stay home. Speight was a nobody. With Henne, the talent was there, but never reached its true potential. That was the 2006 team in a nutshell.
|2 days 2 hours ago||Henne put up great numbers for a true freshman in 2004||
...then hardly improved from a statistical standpoint over the next three years. He had talent that was never developed. If you look at Lloyd's QBs, they all seemed to have an upper bound of 60%, 7.5 y/a, 145.0. Michigan had Tom freaking Brady, the greatest NFL QB of all time, as the starter for 2 years and even he never eclipsed that mark. Henne could indeed light the world on fire re: the 2008 Citrus Bowl. I'm inclined to believe Michigan's QB woes were more due to scheme and mediocre QB coaching. Yes it's just an opinion, but I think a junior Chad Henne coached by Harbaugh, throwing to Manningham/Arrington/Avant, would have incinerated the universe. I am predicting Speight goes 65%, 9.5 y/a, and 170.0 in 2017.
|2 days 5 hours ago||Henne was limited due to the run-run-pass-punt offense||
"Lloydball" is a term for a reason. Carr & Debord did not unleash Henne's true potential because they refused to acknowledge the turn of the millenium. Henne would have been Harbaugh's Andrew Luck:
Those 2010 and 2011 numbers are what Henne should have had as a sophomore and junior in 2005 and 2006. Speight has potential but is a first year starter and more along the lines of a Freshman Andrew Luck. Hopefully bodes well for 2017 and 2018.
|2 days 5 hours ago||Speight||
I predict he turns out Andrew Luck-like numbers. e.g. 250 completions, 70%, 9 y/a. In the running for the Heisman
|2 days 7 hours ago||When I say "at first glace" I mean "on the surface, right now"||
Yes, on the surface, Michigan's wins vs. those teams look impressive. But I do not believe Colorado is in the same stratosphere as the top 10 of college football, and I still think PSU's second half of the season is a mirage. They will come back down to earth against USC. If they don't, we as Michigan fans will have to concede that Penn State really is back, and James Franklin is just as big a threat to Urban Meyer as Jim Harbaugh.
|2 days 8 hours ago||By the numbers, I agree||
But from a sheer talent perspective on both sides of the bll, I think 2006 was better than 2016 AND 1997. I shudder to think what a 2006 Harbaugh/Brown team could have done to the college football world.
Also, I wouldn't call the B1G far superior to 2006. I think it will end up with 3 teams in the top 10, same as '06.
|2 days 9 hours ago||Admittedly my argument is not based on numbers||
I know that's bad form around here, but I just think the overall talent and prospective NFL success of the players from 2006 is superior to the 2016 squad. 2006 was a Carr/Debord offense. Harbaugh >>> Carr/Debord and Don Brown > Ron English. I think 2006 would have been Michigan's Team of the Century under our current coaches.
|2 days 9 hours ago||This was my point and it seems most people missed it||
A Harbaugh coached 2006 offense would have obliterated the Big Ten. The '16 defense is better than the '06 defense but Don Brown's anti-spread schemes would have gotten us comfortable wins over OSU and Florida in the NCG.
|2 days 9 hours ago||This is exactly how I feel||
There is no question that Carr/Debord would not have put up the points Harbaugh did with this year's team. My argument about the 2006 team being better is from a talent perspective.
Plus, a lot of our points this year came against overrated teams and puff balls. Michigan didn't play Rutgers and Maryland in 2006. Our blowouts against Colorado and PSU look impressive at first glance but I believe both teams are overrated and will lose their bowl games. Colorado is not a top 10 team and I honestly have no idea how PSU has gotten to where they are. If Franklin beats USC we will have to consider him a serious threat in the coming years. Franklin lost to Hoke's worst team though, so I don't see it happening. I think PSU's 2016 will be like Michigan's 2011.
|2 days 9 hours ago||Best win in 2006 was against Wisconsin, in retrospect||
Wisconsin finished 11-1 and 1 spot ahead of Michigan in the final rankings. And I'm not arguing about the end result. I think talent-wise the 2006 team was significantly better and would have been even more dominant than it was with a Harbaugh coached offense and a Don Brown defense. The 2003 defense was extremely good but not on the level of 2016.
|2 days 9 hours ago||I agree||
Given the state of the offensive line, much better to have Peppers be the anchor of an elite defense than try to fully integrate him into the offense. The way they did utilize him was absurd though.
|2 days 11 hours ago||My takes||
Team MVP: Peppers
|2 days 11 hours ago||All it takes is being competitive||
The Bo era obviously had its fair share of very painful losses but Michigan was competitive against OSU and every other team it faced. In that type of scenario you're going to win some and lose some due to sheer bad luck. In '74 and '16 U-M got jobbed by the refs (bad luck), but there's no reason to think the rest of the Harbaugh era won't play out much like the Bo era did after '74. Harbaugh doesn't even have his QB or recruits in place yet.
|2 days 11 hours ago||So I take it you're not too optimistic about Jim's chances?||
I am not asking anyone to shed a tear for me and my generation of Michigan fans, but the first OSU game I remember watching start to finish was 2001. I have watched every game since then and attended the 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, and 2016 games. U-M has gone 2-14 against over that time, including 7 straight losses. That is by far the worst stretch in program history and (God willing, now that we have a coach) as bad as it gets. This period also included three losing seasons and the most losses in program history in 2008. Anyone who grew up in the Schembechler era never went 4 years without a Big Ten Championship: we are now in the midst of a 12 year drought.
I try not to waste too much time dwelling on it (we fans don't control the games and I'm not going to cry about an outcome I don't control). But the 2000s and early 2010s will almost certainly be seen as the darkest of dark ages in Michigan history. If you think there is a lot of misery and pain to come you are pretty pessimistic. We are hopefully in year 2 of a 25+ year Harbaugh golden age (yes I can see Harbaugh coaching until he's 75).
|2 days 12 hours ago||When I hear "we are in on many top un-committed players"||
Names start going through my head. Rojo, Dee Hart, Demar Dorsey, Alex Kozan, Josh Garnett, Jordan Diamond, Deshawn Hand, Mike Weber...
|2 days 12 hours ago||My hatred of OSU has reached insane levels||
I now understand how OSU fans felt in the 90s.
For me, this year's loss to OSU felt the worst by a mile. The next closest were 2006 (before I was a student) and 2013 (my senior year at U-M). I do think it's possible to take solace in the fact that unlike those years, we have a coach with a track record for success who is in the prime of his career.
|6 days 4 hours ago||My GPS works fine in my basenment or on a crowded bus||
and it's transmitting a signal to satellites thousands of miles away. Surely some electrical engineer out there can design a transponder that would be able to send signals to 3 designated relay stations that can then triangulate the transponder's exact position relative to the field. Regardless of whether or not the player is being tackled by 3, 6, 11, or 21 linebackers.
|1 week 11 hours ago||If VT or Colorado win it's either playoff or Rose||
Colorado and OU are not jumping us.
|1 week 12 hours ago||That's brilliant||
But it presents some problems. Without Nebraska, Texas is the only historic power of the heartland conference, and they've been flirting with the Pac 10 for academic reasons for years. If they jump ship that conference would dissolve. I have a feeling Colorado might pre-empt them and strike a deal to join the Pac 10. That would put the Pac 10 at 11 teams though--I'd expect them to go after Utah shortly after due to physical proxiity and the fact that Utah has no historic ties to the Heartland anyway. They could have 6 team North/South divisions and institute a conference championship game. At 7 teams though, the Heartland would be on the ropes and might make an overture to OK and OK State with the lure of reigniting the historic Red River Rivalry and keeping the Oklahoma teams in the same conference. The SEC could retaliate by adding Mizzou, which would decrease their bball/football disparity for the short term. They could also add Vandy in a feinted move to make the SEC less of an academic shitshow.
The ACC looks okay but let's face it: Florida and Florida St aren't going to want to share a conference so it's only a matter of time before the SEC tries to lure Florida in and reignite the Tennessee/Florida rivalry of the late 90s. Georgia could come in a package deal to preserve their rivalry with Florida. And South Carolina isn't going to want to sit in the shadow of Clemson, so I'd expect them to jump to the SEC as well. Without Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina, the ACC would be on the ropes and need to act quickly to avoid dissolution. Without Penn State, the Northeast doesn't even deserve to exist so I'd imagine the ACC would try to poach Louisville, Syracuse, and Pitt with the prospect of creating a bball superpower. VA Tech and Virginia could come along to give them at least one respectable football program and top academic program (respectively) in the deal.
At that point the Northeast would be defuct. My guess is that the SEC would try to add Kentucky due to physical proximity and improved bball power. That would give the conference 14 teams and the opportunity to have two 7 team East/West divisions and a conference championship game. BC probably doesn't deserve to go anywhere but the ACC might add them just to improve their already impressive academic standing and to profit from the New England TV market. Throw in Wake Forest as a basketball school and it would give the ACC 14 teams and the chance to have a conference championship game too.
At this point, WVU and the Heartland might form a deal out of sheer desperation. The Heartland could add Iowa State to get to 10 teams and change their name to the Big 12 in a thinly veild attempt to obscure their inadequacy.
That would leave us with the perfect alignment IMHO.
|1 week 22 hours ago||Great idea in theory, but requires way too change to happen||
First off: formatting. Yeesh. Very hard to read that wall of text.
I do really like this conference alignment though.
|1 week 1 day ago||Are you joking?||
The video is embarrassingly photoshopped, in the exact same way the "overhead" shot floating around the internet is. They are all just distortions of the live shot, which is at 3:37 of the video below. It's been modified to make it look like the vantage point of the cameria is right down the 15-yard line, when in fact it is shooting from "behind" the action.
|1 week 1 day ago||The "tinfoil hat" crowd infuriates me||
Arguing that the reffing was biased does not imply there was any sort of conspiracy.
Refs have to make guesses on 50/50 calls ALL the time. The Spot and the 3 borderline pass interference penalties (2 called against Michigan in regulation, 1 not called against OSU in OT) were all 50/50 calls.
Now, the refs in question are no doubt OSU fanboys (based on the simple fact that 90% of sports fans from Ohio are OSU fanboys). And I don't care how objective you think you really are--if you're a fanboy of a school and you have to make 50/50 calls, you're going to implicitly give the benefit of the doubt to your favorite team. Not to mention that studies have shown that referees are swayed by the anticipated reaction of the crowd. No ref likes making a call that causes 100,000K fans to boo.
But the real kicker is this. Imagine if it had gone the other way, and Michigan had gotten those calls. Those refs would be receiving death threats. It'd be one thing if they were from Iowa but two of them LIVE IN OHIO and one of them has a son who plays high school football in Ohio. If it had played out such that Buckeye fans believed they were shafted by the refs, no doubt those refs would be living in terror right now and forced to move their families out of the state (like Herbie did).
You can't tell me all of this didn't go through the minds of those 2 OSU fanboys refs before they officiated this game. Even if they didn't intentionally make calls against, there is still such a thing as implicit bias.
|1 week 1 day ago||My prediction?||
Both Clemson and Washington lose, and PSU wins. Playoff is 1. Bama 2. OSU 3. PSU 4. Colorado.
I know this makes no sense. But the past 2 decades has shown that we clearly can't have nice things. This scenario would be maximum anguish for U-M fans knowing we rightfully beat 3/4 teams in the playoff.
|1 week 3 days ago||Some random guy posted a Diary saying he made it by 2 inches||
Reality is, it was a 50:50 call, much like Hill's DPI, Perry's non-call DPI, Harbaugh's unsportsmanlike penalty, countless holding calls, etc.
Problem is that the measurement tools we have (linesman's view of the play, replays from non-optimal angles) are not precise enough to truly determine whether the spot was correct. It's like trying to time a 100m dash with a sundial.
Due to reasons unknown to me, the football world refuses to construct "smart" footballs with associated tools that can triangulate the ball's position at all times to within <1 inch standard error. If a set of satellites hundreds of miles away in outerspace can pinpoint my personal location to within a few feet and send realtime updates to my smartphone, then why on earth can't we get a better system for spotting the ball on game-deciding plays?
|1 week 3 days ago||This is a brilliant idea||
HTTV raised 80K--have Brian/Ace/Seth contact U-M's AD and tell them we are raising money to pay. Then organize an anti-B1G rally at Schembechler hall and march to the AD's office and demand that U-M launch an internal investigation into the officiating including conducting personal interviews with the referees in question.
|1 week 3 days ago||Legitimate question: what happens if we refuse to pay?||
Could it actually go to court? If so, what are the downsides to that? The B1G bylaw in question refers to exhibiting "respect" to officials and opponents. In what what did Harbaugh disrespect anyone? He said he thought the calls were bad--I say take it to court and let a (neutral) judge decide whether they were.
Michigan and its fans need to start standing up for themselves. I'm tired of peoplebeing more concerned about appearing "classy" to the public than about showing strength in the face of blatant insults. Do we want to be classy or do we want to win football games? The two programs on top of the football world have perhaps the least classy fanbases in college football. Let's just face it: karma doesn't exist and the squeaky wheel gets the graese. Call a spade a spade and eventually your voice will be heard.
|1 week 4 days ago||I might be interested||
How much is he asking for the 4?
|1 week 4 days ago||PSU gets left out?||
After beating OSU and winning the B1G?
|1 week 4 days ago||No, it's the opposite||
If PSU wins there is no way they get left out if OSU is in. They'd have the title and the head to head. If Wisconsin wins it's more debatable and U-M has a minuscule chance of sneaking in.