The nutty Michigan coverage isn't so much about Harbaugh as it is a signal to the Big Ten that Fox wants to party.
- Member for
- 3 years 1 day
- View recent blog entries
|3 weeks 2 days ago||It's not sinister, but is certainly||
It's not sinister, but is certainly mischievous.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||And parents with jobs.||
And parents with jobs.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||What the hell? A one-hour||
What the hell? A one-hour "Youth Day" on a Thursday afternoon? So mom or dad can take a half day off work for an hour at the stadium with the kids? To quote a buddy, the only thing that makes sense is that they are trying to kill it. Weak. Just weak.
|33 weeks 3 hours ago||Sierra Nevada Hoppy Lager here while my wife||
Sierra Nevada Hoppy Lager here while my wife catches up on DVRed shows. She's watching The Mentalist. I'm holding the Hopslam in abeyance tonight but might unleash it if she cues up Grey's Anatomy or Downton Abbey.
|35 weeks 4 days ago||Is that GIF real time||
Is that GIF real time video?
|35 weeks 5 days ago||Schefter's comment...sigh...||
Schefter's comment...sigh... yeah...it is what it is. The NFL guys (Rapoport, La Canfora, et al) are going to spin this thing to the bitter end. It's a bad look for the NFL's brand to lose an elite coach to what they see as a lesser league. Many of their fans, those unconnected to Michigan, feel that Harbaugh to Michigan is shocking, because they just can't wrap their brains around why he would do it. The casual fans gobble up what ESPN, CBS and Fox report as gospel --forget the fact that those reports are compromised, because the networks hold huge contracts with the NFL -- and treat reports from NFL insiders as actual news instead of the orchestrated spin it is. Whatever. We won. They lost.
Cheers to a job well done, MGoBlog crew. This is a very good thing for us. I look forward to enjoying the ride with all of you.
|35 weeks 5 days ago||Twitter on my Samsung||
Twitter on my Samsung wouldn't let me log in. Said try back later. When I requested password assistance it said it was down for maintenance. Which is weird. It's working fine on my laptop. No issues.
|35 weeks 5 days ago||It's because the NFL writers||
It's because the NFL writers are paid to spin things in favor of the league. That Michigan was able to steal a coveted coach away from the almighty National Football League is not a storyline they want to run with. Their "reporters" and "insiders" have battled this all along, and the fact that major newspapers and networks have published their "reports" as actual news is as glaring an indictment of the sad state of the shoddy, rush-to-publish-first, click-based media as any I've seen, and I'm in the business. We win. They lose. ###
|37 weeks 1 day ago||Rappoport is not a reporter;||
Rappoport is not a reporter; thus, his "reports" are not actual news reports per se. It's frustrating that the accepted news organizations are treating them as such. He's an NFL spin doctor, looking to manipulate bits of information to better the brand.
The NFL is clearly meddling here. It makes me uncomfortable because, whereas in 2007 it was just Kirk Herbstreit doing the meddling during the negotiations with Miles, here it's the NFL. It's the same kind of tactics. And the NFL has a much larger arsenal of resources at its disposal: its own network, actual networks with which the league has contracts, NFL pundits on ESPN and Yahoo!, etc.
|37 weeks 1 day ago||Wasn't it a CBS station?||
Wasn't it a CBS station? They have a contract with the NFL, yes?
|37 weeks 1 day ago||NFL Network||
The NFL Network is not a news organization. That actual news organizations are treating these "reports" as news is troubling. Look at the verbage from the NFL Network hacks, saying things like Harbaugh "rebuffed" the school. This is spin to serve the NFL's agenda. I said it last night. It's like getting "news" about the Gulf oil spill from the BP Network.
|37 weeks 2 days ago||Objective "reporting?"||
Am I the only one concerned with media sources citing "reports" from the NFL Network? The NFL Network is not a news organization, and these are nothing more than orchestrated spin. The NFL has an interest in keeping Harbaugh and anything these guys "report" or leak or whatever you want to call it is being done for a purpose, for the benefit of the brand. I mean, look at the language of the Rappoport's reports. (Say that five times fast!)
It's like watching the "BP Network" for news about the Gulf oil spill. The fact that the Freep and other organizations are running with it as actual reporting is a problem for me. Let's get the MGoBlue Network rolling. Oh, wait. We don't have a marketing guy right now...
|38 weeks 3 days ago||Winter ultimate frisbee league?||
How very California of you. But seriously, the weather there is totally awesome. (How very California of me, eh?)
|38 weeks 4 days ago||No thanks.||
|38 weeks 4 days ago||Yep.||
Someone had fun editing. Was it a random goofball, or someone who thinks they know something? Would Mora be a "plan B" guy, or a fringe A-list hire?
|40 weeks 1 day ago||Like so many people here, I||
Like so many people here, I really wanted to believe Brady Hoke was the guy. I bought in, happily, especially after the Rich Rod debacle. I admitteldy bought into that whole nightmare too, and am still trying to atone for my lack of respect for the good times we had with Lloyd Carr, back in the days when wins rained down on this program like gaffes and ineptitude do today.
Harbaugh coming to Ann Arbor would be storybook at face value. It might not eventually be what we want it to be, or it could be all of our hopes and dreams come true. We don't know.
But it's not the only answer, and we need to prepare for a world where that doesn't happen. Because like some other people have alluded to in other threads, we seemingly can't have nice things anymore.
In the event we can't lock down our storybook coach, we have to prepare ourselves to accept that the next great Michigan coach might be someone we don't know. It might not be a big name. It may just be a diamond in the rough, someone out there with the ability to coach football, to talk sensibly to teenage recruits and young men, to run a ridiculously tight ship, to ignite a fire that translates into a strong work ethic throughout the program.
I thought maybe Brady was that guy. I was wrong. But if we can't get our storybook coach, I hope to God the people running this show know what they're doing, and are not afraid to pull the trigger on a lesser-known name with zero ties to Michigan.
We have the best resources in the football world at our disposal. It's time to go to work and get this thing back on track for good. Enough is enough.
|40 weeks 1 day ago||Make this happen||
Someone, please, make this Harbaugh thing happen. Throwing on the sideline before the game? Mixing it up with the players? Catching balls on the sideline? The announcers gushing about his life-long love of football? Crouched over wearing a headset? Watching the play intensely? No clapping? Um, yeah. Please, let this happen.
|42 weeks 6 days ago||Cue Yakety Sax!||
Cue Yakety Sax!
|42 weeks 6 days ago||We have a lot of problems||
We have a lot of problems, but money ain't one of 'em.
Little brother is little brother for a lot of reasons. I've been telling Sparty acquaintances that it's not just about wins and losses. They have trouble comprehending that, especially in this "modern era" that just happens to coincide with Michigan's self-induced wandering through the desert of college football, and also with the golden age of Sparty football. No, it's about more than that. For one, little brother can't carry the wallet that says "Bad Motherfucker."
That said, find a coach named Harbaugh (or someone else that's capable), dispatch the convoy of money trucks and ask him, "How would you like it?"
It's time to end this. Enough is enough. This isn't a good football team, any way you look at it. We deserve better. Enough.
|44 weeks 5 days ago||Screw that.||
I hate Dantonio. He's a smug prick, but mostly because he seems to be doing a pretty good job beating Michigan. And questioning the sportsmanship of them piling on a TD at the end is bulshit. I expect no quarter in this game, because we should offer none when we again get that chance.
|51 weeks 3 days ago||If Devin is the QB...||
...the Wolverines games could also be listed as "American Pickers."
(I'm sorry. I really am. I like Devin. But I couldn't resist.)
|1 year 5 days ago||Doh...||
|1 year 35 weeks ago||You forgot the||
You forgot the asterisk.
Actually, we aren't the winningest program in the land anymore, at least as a percentage. We handed that little record over to Notre Dame last night. At least they took care of their business by beating Rutgers in their own crappy bowl game.
Now that the 2013 Michigan football meltdown is complete, what do we have to look forward to in 2014? Trips to South Bend, East Lansing and Columbus, and App State at home, with the outcome seriously in question. And seriously, if we lose that one, don't you just fire Hoke and his staff, and David Brandon, in the first week of September? It's a fair question.
I was full of optimism when we hired Rich Rod, and I would later see the error of my ways. My heart swelled with pride when Hoke made his remarks at his first press conference and I hunkered down for the rebuilding process that, I hoped, would raise our once-proud football program from the smoldering ruins. David Brandon was saying all the right things. The future, even though it was still distant, looked bright.
But now what do we have, three full years out? A soft, confused mess of a football team. A big shiny stadium that no one can afford to go to. Our prestige in shambles. Sparty mocking us at every turn.
Youth cannot -- I repeat, cannot -- explain away what happened here this year. At least, not entirely. These are talented guys, athletic guys. What happened to this team is an outrage, and the fact that the coaches haven't stepped up to the mic to admit failure on their part is very telling. Hoke is scared. Borges is clueless. Brandon is arrogant. We are screwed.
Happy fucking New Year.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||Unless we start hosting||
Unless we start hosting Sparty after dark, I don't see a good night game candidate on the horizon now that Florida is off the table. Arkansas doesn't have the same appeal. Neither does Oregon State.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||Can we at least get the 1989||
Can we at least get the 1989 Michigan team back to go with that K-State video?
|1 year 38 weeks ago||Lordy gurl git my med'cin.||
Lordy gurl git my med'cin.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||Poll time||
Let's take a poll. Be honest with yourself, and with us. Do you believe Borges is "the guy" for Michigan? Yesses and nos only please. No maybes, no yays or nays with caveats, no long-winded explanations, no hypotheticals. What does your gut tell you?
|1 year 40 weeks ago||Chavis and Mattison's Wacky||
Chavis and Mattison's Wacky Adventures. I'd watch that show. It'd be more entertaining than some of the football we've seen around these parts this year. It'd be better than some of the other garbage shows on TV these days, as well.
Given the string of debacles this season has become, I still -- I know, I am truly hopeless -- find myself trying to conjure a way forward to victory for the Wolverines on Saturday. I think if we get six or seven pick sixes, that might do it. Apart from that, we can hope the team of which we do not speak implodes under whatever pressure might still exist for a group trying to cap its second-straight perfect season against its struggling arch rival on the road. I also want Devin to be all the Devin he can be if he's healthy. I'd like to see him audible the crap out of the game plan if Borges tries to blow this thing, which we all know he will. What does Devin have to lose? What are they going to do about it?
I'd also settle for solid offense, defense and special teams, and a perfectly-tuned game plan. But that might be asking for too much.
Finally, they must execute.
|1 year 40 weeks ago||Of course I mean wave...||
Damn, can't edit.
|1 year 40 weeks ago||I'd give anything to see Hoke||
I'd give anything to see Hoke rip Borges' heart out of his chest and kick him down the steps of the Big House next Saturday. Sadly, that won't happen. The team will be the sacrifice, while the fans clad in scarlet and gray chant and waive their arms wildly in the air to the beating drums, and we look on, like Short Round, in utter horror.