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|1 hour 16 min ago||I'm a bit younger, so the||
I'm a bit younger, so the 50's, 60's, and 70's are basically the same except I'd replace the Bee Gees with Queen because I more identify with Mercury, but that's subjective.
80s are both Michael Jackson and Madonna from a pop perspective - I can't think of either without thinking of that era. For me as a fan of rock, though, it's R.E.M. in a walk.
90s is probably Green Day, though from a pop culture standpoint you'd have to think it's some combination of boy bands/Britney/Xtina and Dre/Snoop/Tupac/Biggie.
00s is Eminem for white kids like me in the suburbs, and the early 00s was full of that nu-metal Limp Bizkit/System of a Down/Evanescence/Nickleback music that founds its way into WWF wrestling CDs like Forceable Entry. Beyonce also started to sneak in. Also, being in and out of graduated schools bands like the White Stripes, Arcade Fire, The Shins, etc. were kinda big.
10s is, I agree, Kanye, Rihanna, Katy Perry are huge names, along with Taylor Swift and Beyonce. Seems like most stars burn out quicker now than they used to, so pop artists like Arinna Grande and Justin Bieber seem almost fading out despite only being around a couple of years. Personally, the sound of this decade so far has been The Black Keys, Arcade Fire, and despite growing old, a band like fun. had a nice little run.
|1 hour 15 min ago||Rancid in the 90s was pretty||
Rancid in the 90s was pretty fun.
|1 hour 31 min ago||Nice win. I wonder if||
Nice win. I wonder if they'll pull off another run in the NCAA's like they did a couple years ago.
|1 hour 33 min ago||WD always gets auto-negged by||
WD always gets auto-negged by some, and then asking about it will get you negged as well, I guess.
What I don't get is why anyone would neg or upvote someone based on passing along information that is pretty much the definition of objective and, I don't know, available at MGoBlue or the like. But again, I've been here long enough to see some weird, inexplicable stuff.
|14 hours 10 min ago||Congrats to the team on a||
Congrats to the team on a solid effort, and it would have been great to steal the win. It remains an NIT team to me right now, but I now have a bit of optimism that the team could maybe get to a play-in game for the NCAA tourney with a strong run to end the year. And looking at the schedule, it definitely looks easier than it did even a month ago.
|14 hours 11 min ago||I think Bilas has gotten over||
I think Bilas has gotten over the Amaker situation; he has just worked for ESPN long enough that any semblance of rational or independent thought has been beaten out of him by sitting next to Dickie V for over a decade.
As for Amaker, he got screwed going to the tourney the year UM won the NIT, but otherwise he was a mediocre coach and recruiter who obviously got better when he left UM but despite all the reasons you here he and his family like staying at Harvard, I'm guessing if a better program came sniffing around he'd bolt. The fact he hasn't been on the lips of prestige programs says something.
|1 day 13 hours ago||That blows me away. Class of||
That blows me away. Class of 2003 and I got in in 1999 with a 29/31. I actually applied with a 29 but hated my science score so retook the exam. Got in with the 29. And that was Computer engineering.
|1 day 16 hours ago||8 points seems pretty generous.It's probably||
8 points seems pretty generous.
It's probably going to be a pretty bad game, but they happen. It will be good experience for the younger players.
|1 day 22 hours ago||Smith was a bad signing, and people questioned it||
Smith was a bad signing, and people questioned it immediately. Darko was the right selection based on conventional wisdom, and nobody thought Wade or Bosh would be this good at the time. Smith in a walk was the worst
|1 day 23 hours ago||The term "Wal-Mart||
The term "Wal-Mart Wolverines" occurred because a bunch of rival fans (particlarly MSU in my experience) figured out what alliteration means and had a limited number of establishments that started with 'W' from which to pull. It was basically Wal-Mart, WaWa's, and Whole Foods, and I'm guessing only one of those also sells sports apparel. So it became this dumb rally cry, along with scUM and whatever dumb animted gifs RCMB pumps out, to belittle fans of a sports team because they didn't attend said school, as if every Bucknut and Sparty graced those hallowed halls of academia.
And the term clearly comes with a bit of classism that UM fans, for years, fed into; virtually every UM alum has, at one time or another, looked at Spartan and Buckeye fans and thought, if not verbalized, the fact that Michigan is a great academic school and, well, OSU and MSU are steps back on that front. It's obviously more nuanced than this, but UM students feel they are smarter and successful than the OSU and MSU student bodies, and rankings, awards, and alumni donations bear that out. And unlike in sports, where year-to-year teams can improve or falter, academic standings are student bodies are much more static, far less prone to swings or changes. In other words, for the foreseeable future Michigan will continue to attract high-caliber students and then produce high-achieving graduates. And that isn't something other schools can really change.
But I'm sure what drives other fanbases crazy is that lots of UM fans come across as incredibly smug and condescending, and in MSU's case this is the longest sustained run of success that program has had in 50+ years. Imagine generations of kids going to that school and watching its football team get crushed on the field, hearing from former HS classmates and friends how much they suck, how MSU is a "safety" school, how admission standards at MSU are whether or not you know to push or pull the front door. It has to suck, and while people with a connection to the school are one thing, the guys who buy the hats and wear the jerseys but who basically adopted UM because they won a bunch and like to root for a winner, who act entitled and elite without the "work", are quite another. And that's where the blanket Wal-mart Wolverine part comes in, because it gives those other fans some ammo to defend against the idiots, the jerks, the same way people call MSU hanger-ons Juggalos and the like, or OSU adjacent fans Suckeyes.
But it should really only be used to combat assholes, people who rub it in other fans faces in inappropriate context - after the game, by all means celebrate, but when I lived in MI you'd hear guys talking about "ass-whoopings" weeks or months later, on both sides. It's when a UM fan walks up to an MSU fan and tells him he's dumb, this school sucks, yes I'd like fries with that, etc. And while I think all of this name-calling is stupid and reductive, I understand its usage in limited contexts.
In your care, though, it sounds like you are just a fan. That's great - you can be a fan and don't let anyone tell you that passion, that love is invalid because you didn't pay the school $42k/yr to attend. When you hear stuff like Wal-mart Wolverines, remember it is coming from a place of insecurity and annoyance, of dealing with jerks you've never met but who bothered the speaker for years. And fire back if you want, but just leave it at that. There are dozens of ways to argue with opposing sports fans without resorting to the stupidity of name-calling, and maybe if more fans showcase that ability nobody would have to worry about where they buy their favorite hat.
|2 days 17 min ago||I always thought any love||
I always thought any love directed toward Floyd was because he went from terrible to competent, and that felt like a win for a fanbase that had seen some terrible defenses under RR.
I agree Rogers was fine; as a floor that isn't bad for a late-addition recruit.
|2 days 1 hour ago||I don't usually presume the||
I don't usually presume the worst in situations, but either Saban basically told him the offer was gone if he visited UM, or...
|2 days 1 hour ago||Meh, seemed like a longshot.||
Meh, seemed like a longshot. I'm sure he'll do fine at OSU, except when he plays UM.
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|2 days 13 hours ago||Honest question - when a frat||
Honest question - when a frat gets suspended by a school, does that just mean they can't claim an affiliation with the school, or does it also mean they have to close the doors and move off campus?
|2 days 23 hours ago||I'll just leave this here.||
|3 days 39 min ago||Yeah, the only bus I see is||
Yeah, the only bus I see is the one transporting all of the NFL writers to and from the horribly hyperbolic conclusions they are making about this story and the parties involved.
It's a nothing story that won't ever die, but anyone thinking Bellicheck is throwing his QB under any moving vehicle with comments like "I don't want to comment on how my QB likes his balls inflated when he can answer those questions for you".
|3 days 1 hour ago||The one thing I don't||
The one thing I don't understand is that there is a finite range of PSI that a football can be inflated between in which it is still functional as a football. I mean, if you have a football that is 6.5 PSI or something, it so malformed and non aerodynamic that it isn't usable, and if the inflation gets too extreme the ball will basically be a hard-to-hold blimp and won't act normally in the air. So just make the acceptable range that range and then you don't have to worry so damn much about how inflated a ball is, especially since each team plays on with its own balls.
|3 days 3 hours ago||Yeah, this doesn't seem to be||
Yeah, this doesn't seem to be extreme for most HS years, though I'm guessing there are school districts that may struggle with these requirements if their demographics and resources are limited.
|3 days 4 hours ago||(No subject)||
|3 days 4 hours ago||This type of damage has been||
This type of damage has been going on for decades, both at UM and at other schools. Hell, out here in NYC a Columbia frat was busted a couple of years ago because a couple members (I believe) were selling drugs out of the chapter's house. Stuff happens everywhere.
The fact you called them homos and pussies, though, that is totally closing the gap between UM and the mouth-breathers. Apparently you now speak for the UM community, based on the same logic you used in condemning every fraternity member here.
|3 days 12 hours ago||Man, that's pretty bad. I||
Man, that's pretty bad.
I mean, they missed all those light fixtures.
|3 days 15 hours ago||Got some mutual love going||
Got some mutual love going with that self up-vote I see.
But sure, Michigan should go after everyone.
|3 days 15 hours ago||Weirdly, the video linked in||
Weirdly, the video linked in the Deadspin article is way tamer than I thought it would be. Maybe I'm just a pessimist, but I figured it would be some really weird stuff.
|3 days 15 hours ago||Great, a post with no point||
Great, a post with no point of reference or even a link to the story. And then when I Google search it, nothing comes up. So I'm ging out on a limb and say (a) there is quite a bit we don't know about this, (b) whatever the point of this post is completely lost without context, and (c) there have to be better forums than MGoBlog for whatever outrage you are looking for.
|3 days 15 hours ago||That's awesome, and congrats|
|3 days 21 hours ago||I've said it before and I'll||
I've said it before and I'll say it again - this team has 8 wins written all over it, with a variance of 2 games either direction. I don't see them missing a bowl game, but they aren't going to sweep the OOC schedule most likely, and I don't see them beating both OSU and MSU this year. It'll be interesting, but I suspect we'll have a bit of a down year followed up and uptick in 2016 and 2017 as Harbaugh gets his system better installed and the players get more comfortable with the staff.
|3 days 21 hours ago||Good luck to him, but this||
Good luck to him, but this does read a bit like Michigan is cooling on him and he's getting the drift.
|3 days 21 hours ago||Yeah, I think people are||
Yeah, I think people are giving up on the kid a bit too early. He's a true freshman who is a bit of a finesse player in a system that puts lots of pressure on young guys to figure it out quickly. Just because he's struggling now doesn't mean the lightbulb won't go on later and he'll be a very solid player. It isn't uncommon for freshmen to struggle early on, and it sounds like he's been dealing with a knee injury for a bit, so that certainly doesn't help.
He might turn out to be a bust, but passing that sentence based on ~20 games is premature.
|3 days 23 hours ago||Nice breakdown of the||
Nice breakdown of the potential move. At this point it looks like the corners are a position of strength on the defense (or at least of depth), and Peppers is really the only guy in that group would could make the move to Safety without giving up much in terms of size and/or speed. He'll probably ultimately move to corner once players ahead of him graduate, but I'm fine with him as a Safety if it means a sense of calm about the secondary.
|4 days 32 min ago||By this logic, I could create||
By this logic, I could create a post with naked pictures of Kate Upton, or some huge political rant, or any number of other things that would drive pageviews for Brian well above the damage some dumb college kids did at a rented house.
This apparently is of interest to people, but I kinda doubt Brian is going to rake in the advertising bucks from a bunch of people defending and attacking the Greek system at Michigan and what it says about society at large that drunk 21-year-olds break stuff.
|4 days 41 min ago||I saw a couple of people do||
I saw a couple of people do the math and, making a couple of presumptions about room temperature and initial pressure, it is absolutely possible that a properly-inflated ball could lose about as much pressure as these did over the course of a game. I'm sure that the Pats could have accounted for this pressure loss had they wanted to, but for everyone claiming this was some grand conspiracy that never happens anywhere else it sure feels like a lot of people just don't remember their Physics I class.
Again, I don't really care about this matter too much because, well, the Pats destroyed the Colts on both sides of the ball. Also, I have a hard time taking a league seriously that claimed it couldn't get videotape of a beating even though it was apparently provided numerous times, denied concussions as an issue until former players were shooting themselves in the chest and asking researchers to look at their brains, ignore blatant drug and performance-enhancing issues, turns a blind eye to a still-pervasive level of racism in the hiring and firing of all minorities, spousal abuse, child abuse, impaired driving, etc. But my gawd King, a ball is a little underinflated and it becomes A1 story for a week.
The Colts and Ravens couldn't beat the Patriots, but because NE was caught video-taping a couple of teams years ago everything they do is viewed through a prism of illegality when pure incompetence and the natural world provide much more appropriate explanations. it wasn't an underinflated ball that stopped Baltimore from blowing two 14-point leads, somehow being unable to stop covering ineligible receivers despite the referee announcing as much, and throwing a late INT on a ball they had no reason throwing. And those underinflated balls didn't cause Indy LBs to miss tackles, fail to convert on 3rd down, or stumble to 7 points in a game where the other team dropped 45 on you. I honestly don't like the Pats all that much, and really my rooting interests for them begin and end with Brady and former Patriot Ty Law. But this BS is insane to me, and the fact I'm going to have to read about it for the next week instead of getting psyched about Andy Dalton and Matthew Stafford playing in the Pro Bowl!
|4 days 2 hours ago||Harbaugh is going to piss a||
Harbaugh is going to piss a bunch of coaches off in the conference, and I couldn't be happier.
|4 days 2 hours ago||It's just because those Tommy||
It's just because those Tommy Bahama shirts are so damn comfortable. If it's against the rules to be that casual yet classy-looking, I don't want to be right.
|4 days 2 hours ago||I don't really see the value||
I don't really see the value of a post like this. It's a fact that has little to do with the University or sports in particular, and as we've seen just leads to fights and internet tough guys/moral police showing up. I know this isn't politics precisely, but topics like this might as well be treated as such because they never lead to anything constructive. The idiots that caused this damage don't care what people on this blog think, won't reform because of some pithy remark made by someone here, and unlike with a game or player, there isn't much room for debate except "this is terrible" vs. "what do you expect from X?".
|4 days 2 hours ago||I didn't know "what is there||
I didn't know "what is there to say" is the same thing as a full-throated defense/endorsement of the behavior.
|4 days 2 hours ago||I agree! I am shocked Greek, nay college,||
I agree! I am shocked Greek, nay college, students would do dumb things!
|4 days 2 hours ago||I don't know the chain of ownership of those balls||
I don't know the chain of ownership of those balls and when they were checked, if the refs checked the Colts balls, how often balls are checked after games generally, etc. it was quite cold and wet in NE during the game, so perhaps the ball pressure changed due to weather conditions. That's my issue with everyone just assuming this was some clear proof.
My issue isn't that the Pats broke a rule, which is true here. Only that I'm sure all teams have little rules like this broken, and nobody knows or cares.
|4 days 3 hours ago||It isn't apologizing as much as tiredness with the||
It isn't apologizing as much as tiredness with the NFL in general. It is this league full of incompetence and whining about little things that don't matter while ignoring massive issues. Also, the whole Harbaugh experience didn't help.
|4 days 3 hours ago||They lose 1-2 more games the||
They lose 1-2 more games the rest of the year and they're in, but beyond that it'll be tough.
|4 days 4 hours ago||I have no idea why this||
I have no idea why this matters. Lots of teams mess around with their gameballs a bit, making them tackier, harder/softer, etc. I find it hard to imagine this is some huge competitive advantage, and even if so Indy only scoring 7 points with their own ball makes this feel a bit moot. I'm not a Patriots fan, but it seems these past couple of weeks every team they beat comes out with some horrible tale of woe about how the Patriots are cheating the game but "that's not why they lost the game" even though they dwell on those things for days. And especially after the NFL poorly handled concussions, spousal abuse, drug abuse, pretty much everything this year, for them to rail against underinflated balls as an affront to the integrity of the game is the height of tone deafness.
And as for Rosenberg, the article he wrote was crap. It wasn't that he was right, but that he used hearsay and innuendo because his balls were too underinflated to (a) think of a better article, or (b) at least out his neck out there and say that "person X said this, and I think Y".
|4 days 3 hours ago||Good to hear. Hopefully||
Good to hear. Hopefully Michigan just keeps collecting 5* corners.
|4 days 3 hours ago||Check the balls!||
Check the balls!
|4 days 14 hours ago||5-2 is better than 2-5.||
5-2 is better than 2-5. Sure, this team isn't going to the NCAA tournament in all likelihood, but winning on the road in the conference is tough and this team deserves credit for doing so.
|4 days 20 hours ago||They will bury the MGoBlog||
They will bury the MGoBlog server with this Rosenberg ax sticking out of it.
But honestly, it's the internet, and Rosenberg is still a hack. Just because he failed "up" to a dying magazine from a dying newspaper doesn't absolve him of shittiness or being worthy of scorn.
|4 days 20 hours ago||Bills seemingly got off lucky||
Bills seemingly got off lucky with this guy.
|4 days 20 hours ago||I feel like someone changed||
I feel like someone changed the OP's keyboard mapping and he's trying to tell us that Michigan has a new recruit giving a verbal commit.
|4 days 21 hours ago||My lord Rutgers is terrible,||
My lord Rutgers is terrible, and I'd still like their chances more than Michigan's right now to win some games going forward.
I do think Irvin will have a couple of nice games along this next month or so, so maybe that will be a positive.
|4 days 23 hours ago||I'm sure most coaches think||
I'm sure most coaches think that, as their job is ultmately to win more games than losses, and I give him credit for admitting it publicly. That said, his ongoing "I deal with injuries too" coda to everything about his teams drives me crazy.
|5 days 40 min ago||Be really dour and sad,||
Be really dour and sad, obviously.
|5 days 13 hours ago||Surprised he isn't giving the||
Surprised he isn't giving the draft a shot; have to believe his stock isn't going to skyrocket going to EKU. Of course, might be a personal/culture choice, which is more understandable given his recent issues.
|5 days 13 hours ago||It's always struck me as a||
It's always struck me as a dumb rule. Yes, Seattle scored a TD, but it wasn't like GB was held in check all day by the Seahawk defense. I think the rule should be that you each get a chance with the ball until such time as one team scores over the other. Not even the college rule of starting on a particular yard line; just treat it as a sudden death-type final quarter.
|5 days 13 hours ago||Glad to see the coaches are||
Glad to see the coaches are going after the best players they can. Everyone recruits until NSD, and Harbaugh is the type of guy who is absolutely going to go after guys he wants regardless of their commitment status.
Also, this is how Harbaugh seems to be treating UCLA right now.
|5 days 18 hours ago||So they won 1 of 3 games||
So they won 1 of 3 games against Michigan? Congrats - everything worked out for them, once, and they won. I never understood this argument, because it applied to Michigan as well - UM was without Mitch McGary for both of those games, and he was an NBA first-rounder.
Izzo finally got his team up and running, and they beat Michigan once. Michigan never had a full roster and still beat MSU 2 out of 3 times, and has been taking a majority of the games the past 3-4 years.
Izzo was right in that when he won games, he could say he had the right players out there. But when he lost, it was because he was playing a bunch of unprepared, ill-equipped players who would optimally not have been out there, which is also called "being a coach".
|5 days 18 hours ago||Because the potential pro||
Because the potential pro career, being ridden from coaches, and possibly losing said scholarship if academics falter are all factors that are also disappearing?
|5 days 19 hours ago||Yeah, it was a bit weird. At||
Yeah, it was a bit weird.
At least with Russell, he did seem to take a step up in play at Wisconsin and competed for a conference title, so at least you could argue that he had some connection to the conference. But anybody from Rutgers in the Super Bowl might as well be an indenpendent as it pertains to the B1G.
|5 days 21 hours ago||I read the article, and yes||
I read the article, and yes Johnson does not come out and directly say Harbaugh took the easy way out, but if you read what was spoken it absolutely reads like Johnson is dismissing Harbaugh leaving the NFL because he couldn't handle the grind/wanted the easier way to fame and fortune.
Johnson's own words were "You're guaranteed by just showing up that you're going to win eight or nine." Well, (a) that doesn't happen at all elite programs (his own Miami Hurricanes won 6 games this year, for example), and (b) it dismisses the amount of work a person has to put in to be successful, and he follows it up by saying that doesn't happen in the pros. Which is of course funny because Johnson famously struggled to 9 wins most seasons when he was the coach with the Dolphins.
And you frame this piece as if it was some hit piece on Johnson and Harbaugh, when by all accounts it reads like a pretty free-wheeling conversation that the author tried to paint Johnson as kind of a wise sage who is also a bit of tough, no-nonsense talker who will say what is on his mind. And let's not forget that Johnson is a prominent analyst for the NFL, and the one consistent narrative everyone heard during the coaching search was that nobody leaves the NFL; the NFL leaves you. So yeah, I absolutely believe that Jimmy Johnson probably told the reporter that he thought Harbaugh should have stayed in the NFL and is making a mistake going back to college because he won't be challenged as much and doesn't want to "compete" like other coaches. Now, if you want to quibble about semantics by all means go for it.
And frankly, I don't give a crap what Johnson has to say about Harbaugh or anything else; he's barely tolerable on Fox when he's talking about actual NFL football games.
|5 days 23 hours ago||Johnson basically said any||
Johnson basically said any idiot could win in college and that Harbaugh was taking the easy way out. Sure, I guess he's positive about Harbaugh in a way, but that is one huge backhanded compliment.
|5 days 23 hours ago||It is somewhat telling that||
It is somewhat telling that once he got to the Dolphins he basically treaded water/took a slight step back compared to the Shula-led teams. He struck me as a coach who could win with talent, but what he did at Miami (and lord were there lots of violations going on that went unpunished) and with Dallas followed the same script. Harbaugh took mediocre teams and made them play better than they had before; Johnson basically won with overwhleming talent and when he lost that edge was a middling coach.
|5 days 23 hours ago||Johnson was a very good||
Johnson was a very good coach, but I don't really value his opinion too much on other matters. To think Harbaugh took the easy way out by being so desirable that both college and pro teams were clamoring for him isn't the same as guys who flame out in the pros and return to college because they like the control and the timeframes.
|5 days 23 hours ago||I look forward to Beilein||
I look forward to Beilein making excuses after every loss this year.
Oh wait, nevermind, he's not a goober who won't accept that sometimes things just don't work out for you.
|6 days 15 hours ago||Well, Rodgers led his team on||
Well, Rodgers led his team on a scoring drive to tie late after the defense and special teams crapped the bed, then never got the ball in OT. So yeah, not really sure where this is coming from.
|6 days 15 hours ago||But the poster didn't say||
But the poster didn't say there are red flags, or that people will need to look into why it didn't work out at Wiscy. What he said, I presume sight-unseen, is that this recruit is "damaged goods" because it didn't work at at Wisconsin. And frankly, given how much that team has been through in the last couple of years with now two coaches running away from the program, it isn't beyond the pale to wonder if maybe the team just screwed a kid over.
Regardless, my point is that nothing is more "the Internet" than a message board poster crapping on a kid based on the most limited of information.
|6 days 17 hours ago||Well, it gives the other kids||
Well, it gives the other kids some time to grow. Sucks for Caris, but everyone will just have to grow and deal with his absence.
|6 days 17 hours ago||This comment is the most||
This comment is the most Internet one I've seen in a long time.
|6 days 21 hours ago||Just failing up I||
Just failing up I see.
|1 week 11 hours ago||It was depressing to watch||
It was depressing to watch Michigan have no answer inside and then check out Jon Horford barely getting more than 8-9 minutes in weeks for Florida. McGary being banned for a year was stupid and one of the more idiotic decisions by the NCAA, but at least it was a rule that he should have known about and the punishment, no matter how disproportional to the crime, had some merit. But Michigan could have absolutely used Horford this year, and instead he went to a mediocre Florida team where he rides the bench for long stretches of games. That's the biggest "what-if" for this season. I honestly believe having a senior on the front line would have dramatically changed how this team defended and would have allowed Beilein to run much more of the offensive system he likes. You can see it when he tries to run pick-and-rolls with Donnal and Doyle that it would work, but so much youth up front is just killing them, along with the returning starters not being able to compensate.
|1 week 14 hours ago||Not going to lie - this is||
Not going to lie - this is pretty painful.
|1 week 14 hours ago||(No subject)||
|1 week 14 hours ago||Much like Fight Club, the||
Much like Fight Club, the first (and only meaningful) rule of being a Michigan Man is not talking about being a Michigan Man, asking others about being Michigan Men, drag it out every time you want to sound holier-than-thou, etc.
Seriously, being a "Michigan Man" basically exists because alliteration is fun. Every school has tradition, a strong sense of moral code, and an expectation of excellence. Being proud of yourself and, I don't know, letting that be enough without extolling the virtues of your person loudly to everyone else is what a Michigan fans and alums should do. And this isn't a shot at the OP, just the fact that it is 2015 and we are still talking about one of the most annoying elements of this fanbase.
|1 week 22 hours ago||I don't think anyone is||
I don't think anyone is belittling Jackson's passion, only his penchant for hyperbole while producing little actual substance to back it up, at least toward the end of his run at UM. Guy made millions as a college coach; I'm sure he can take some criticism.
|1 week 22 hours ago||I'll trust that Harbaugh and||
I'll trust that Harbaugh and the staff know what they are looking for. This class is going to be wonky anyway, and I wouldn't be surprised to see some flyers taken on kids.
|1 week 22 hours ago||It certainly won't hurt to||
It certainly won't hurt to have a national game. And yeah, it sucks it conflicts with hockey, I guess (sure seems like lots of bandwagon jumping recently with this team, given what I read in the game threads a couple months ago), but I'd like to think most people can find a way to enjoy both.
|1 week 1 day ago||Win a couple of games, then||
Win a couple of games, then let's talk. OSU, FSU, Alabama, MSU, Oregon, etc. have all won lots of games and shown they can field competitive teams. UM has great potential, but they haven't done anything yet at UM.
|1 week 1 day ago||The refs and the two coaches||
The refs and the two coaches should gave figured something out. Maybe a running clock, shorter periods, maybe even call the game. The coach shouldn't have been suspended, but I have to imagine his players were doing something a bit harder than they needed to to score over 100 points in a half.
|1 week 1 day ago||Yes and no. I don't think||
Yes and no. I don't think most fans really cared about the vacated wins because they didn't have any connection to them; they were historical footnotes and not something connected to the program on an every-day basis. It's not like they held the most wins record or something, so it wasn't even that.
Honestly, it was a horrible crime, but it was a crime that was beyond the scope of the NCAA's authority and reach in many ways. I'm not sure what the NCAA could have really done, but taking away the wins always felt really cheap.
|1 week 1 day ago||Yeah, that was my issue when||
Yeah, that was my issue when it first happened. I thought punish the staff and administration, but it didn't seem relevant to take away wins.
I do think that most logical fans won't read it is some apology or cleansing of Joe Paterno, but for the idiots of course they'll respond that way. But every fanbase has those types.
|1 week 1 day ago||I never understood vacating||
I never understood vacating wins - it never changed anything, and it felt like this petty, needless punishment by the NCAA. What happened at PSU was horrendous, but treating wins and losses like they mattered to the victims was meaningless and just highlighted how limited/weak the NCAA was in actually punishing member institutions for transgressions that didn't directly occur on the field of play. That's the difference between these sanctions and the Fab Five era - those were current athletes receiving improper benefits from a booster; while what Sandusky did was immensely more disgusting, it is harder to tie it to improper behavior on the field, which is where the NCAA seems to get caught up on.
I don't care about the wins counting or not. This was a criminal matter that was handled by the courts (itself a weird set of issues), and the NCAA did what it could, I guess, to punish a member institition. But taking away wins always felt irrelevant.
|1 week 1 day ago||Great to hear. Kid deserves||
Great to hear. Kid deserves a chance to impress.
|1 week 2 days ago||Good stuff. I do wonder if Michigan will go more||
Good stuff. I do wonder if Michigan will go more West, where Harbaugh has more recent experience.
As for Meyer, it makes sense he recruits the South. I do think that OSU seems too have a football culture that perhaps lends itself to an SEC footprint.
|1 week 2 days ago||Being a pinch hitter is consistently||
Being a pinch hitter is consistently different/harder for many baseball players than consistent time on the field. If you don't believe that trying to hit long jumpers in 3 minute stretches here and there for a guy who was an offensive star 8 months ago in college, you are fooling yourself
|1 week 2 days ago||But how are either of those going to improve in||
But how are either of those going to improve in college, where Beilein doesn't preach defense and he's already shooting incredibly well.
He is never going to be a pro star, but playing in the NBA and learning there makes way more sense than spinning his wheels in college.
|1 week 2 days ago||He'd be a nice shooter like||
He'd be a nice shooter like Meeks.
|1 week 2 days ago||Kings are pretty bad and never seemed like a good||
Kings are pretty bad and never seemed like a good fit. hopefully he'll be moved.
|1 week 2 days ago||Good luck to him. Probably||
Good luck to him. Probably best that Michigan just moves on with the guys they have on the roster.
|1 week 2 days ago||Makes sense. Will hopefully||
Makes sense. Will hopefully allow a couple of useful guys a chance to impress.
|1 week 2 days ago||I guess he didn't like his||
I guess he didn't like his preliminary NFL grade, but this really does feel a bit like an unnecessary gamble. He's unlikely to play so well in Meyer's offense to become a first-round pick, and as he's seen with the two guys ahead of him he could be hurt at any time and then he's stuck hoping someone drafts him on potential. I won't begrudge him for returning if that's his wish, but it seems like with the new structure you make way more money on your second contract, so why not try to get in the league, knock a year off that contract at his age (he's 22 I believe) and get a better chance at a second payday versus incremental improvements in your first contract. I just don't see him going much higher than the 2nd round, and Meyer is just as likely to drive him into the ground.
|1 week 2 days ago||Working your ass off and||
Working your ass off and being a "baby" are absolutely two different things. Funchess was out there playing virtually every week despite injuries and a crappy offense. He absolutely loafed around there at times, which makes him like 60% of all WRs. But my gawd, people think athletes owe them their bodies because "it's what I would do" despite never being asked to do so in their lives.
|1 week 2 days ago||Funchess not always exposing||
Funchess not always exposing his body for hits (which is part of the position, I understand) is one thing, but saying he's a "coward" for not doing so is unnecessary. Honestly, the passing game was crap this year for a variety of reasons, and some of that falls on Funchess and his effort. But at the same time, Gardner was SO off this year throwing the ball (and I'm a bigger supporter/defender of Gardner than many around here) that he'd leave WRs into dangerous spots where they'd get lit up. And while it's easy for us to sit on the sidelines and say "he should have still tried", we're not the ones getting lit up by LBs and safeties because the ball is off the mark and a 200 lb guy is about to spear me.
|1 week 2 days ago||That was the same thing I was||
That was the same thing I was going to say. You'd think when the goal of the reporting is "is car X dangerous?" and you can't create said danger without rigging it, that's a story in and of itself.
|1 week 2 days ago||Stock will never be higher,||
Stock will never be higher, and nothing about Urban Meyer's offense will make him a better pro prospect next year.
|1 week 2 days ago||So a blog (and, really,||
So a blog (and, really, mostly the posters) overreacts to a very early mock draft. Man, crazy stuff on the internet I see.
|1 week 2 days ago||I don't have a dog in||
I don't have a dog in whatever this argument is, but Stritzinger is a sophomore who started for a state champion in one of the most competitive divisions in the state. There's probably some hyperbole going on here by the OP, but saying he doesn't play "top-tier" athletes is just wrong based on the schedule. Michigan the state doesn't produce a lot of top talent most years compared to similar states like Ohio and Pennsylvania, but he's absolutely played some of the best the state had to offer.
|1 week 2 days ago||My gawd am I happy this guy||
My gawd am I happy this guy in UM's head coach!
|1 week 2 days ago||This playoff was better than||
This playoff was better than nothing. I'm sure we'll see an 8-team playoff at some point, but then you'll have two teams playing 16 games and that's an NFL season being put on college kids. Feels kinda rough.
|1 week 2 days ago||Good luck to him, but I don't||
Good luck to him, but I don't see any way he winds up at Michigan. I can't imagine there is any interest on either side.
|1 week 3 days ago||That's awesome for Cole. He||
That's awesome for Cole. He played well this year, especially for a true freshman.
|1 week 3 days ago||I was always excited when||
I was always excited when they broke out that waggle/bootleg. It was weird to see Brian mention both Tuman and Joppru, because those were my two favorite TEs in UM history.
|1 week 3 days ago||I legitimately liked Jeram||
I legitimately liked Jeram Tuman and loved having a competent TE to bail out Griese.
|1 week 3 days ago||One could argue that until Chip showed up at||
One could argue that until Chip showed up at Oregon (and Phil Knight opened up the coffers) their tradition was as a mediocre college football team.
The basketball team will get to the NIT, and then who knows. It's a young team that finally hit a wall. They'll be better, but this is the floor of a Beilein team when it can't shot consistently.
|1 week 3 days ago||Yeah, pretty much. Though I||
Yeah, pretty much.
Though I will continue to beat the drum that MSU is going to take another step down this coming year. We're still talking top-25 team, but it'll be interesting to see how they handle significant attrition and the lost of Narduzzi considering that defense clearly has a ceiling against elite teams and I don't see that offense being much better than it was this year to compensate.
|1 week 4 days ago||Oh yea, I remember these||
Oh yea, I remember these posts, where people complain about guys not going to Michigan because they live here and Michigan needs to keep everyone.
|1 week 4 days ago||And I'm guessing that they||
And I'm guessing that they would have been given a chance at whatever school their father was coaching at.
Sure, Michigan could try to get a coach with experience at the position, but at the same time you look at that coaching roster and I'm not too worried that the TE coach doesn't have experience.
|1 week 4 days ago||I think that second number||
I think that second number explains the other two (he actually had 12 TD passes, not 8, if you count the bowl game), and why people figure him getting a chance at all back there is good. That team couldn't do anything else offensively, and while I'm not buying into him being an elite QB, he and that defense still got them to 7 wins.
|1 week 4 days ago||Sounds about right. That||
Sounds about right. That Utah game is the scary one to me; BYU and Oregon St. pose threats (especially with Anderson taking over in Corvalis), but having this team play at Utah early on is going to be an immediate test of Harbaugh's coaching with the team he's basically inherting from Hoke.
|1 week 4 days ago||Home games help, but I'd love||
Home games help, but I'd love to know where the certainty comes from that UM won't lose to both top-10 teams that have whipped them for most of this decade.
|1 week 4 days ago||I've said it before, but 8-4||
I've said it before, but 8-4 seems reasonable in the regular season. 10+ wins basically requires UM to sweep Utah on the road, BYU, and Oregon St. to start the OOC season, and doing that with an unproven QB and questions across the board is tough.
I do think UM beats MSU this year, but they'll blow a game as well. So yeah, 8-4 with some positive signs, and maybe 9 wins if they get a good bowl matchup.
|1 week 4 days ago||This is based on, what, 15||
This is based on, what, 15 games of college basketball?
Jebus people, everyone pump the breaks on the hate-watching.
|1 week 4 days ago||It also helped that Oregon||
It also helped that Oregon lost hundreds pounds in missing WRs, corners, etc.
|1 week 4 days ago||Surprised they had time to||
Surprised they had time to pull the tags off before they left for school in the morning. That's dedication.
|1 week 4 days ago||They may overrate Manning a bit depending on how||
They may overrate Manning a bit depending on how you want to grade out the players that actually get on campus, but I would love to see some evidence that Jackson has been even an average RB coach this decade.
|1 week 4 days ago||They may overrate Manning a bit depending on how||
They may overrate Manning a bit depending on how you want to grade out the players that actually get on campus, but I would love to see some evidence that Jackson has been even an average RB coach this decade.
|1 week 4 days ago||Yeah, seems like Manning is out, but a guy who can||
Yeah, seems like Manning is out, but a guy who can recruit like him won't be jobless for long. And I'm guessing he's good enough at coaching LB to be an asset
|1 week 4 days ago||Very interesting stuff. I||
Very interesting stuff. I agree that with the proliferation of 3+ receiver sets, you're playing 4 on the line anyway so you might as well plan on that being your base. Also, if you do want to show under by bringing that LB down, you can also use it to fake the blitz, something Michigan didn't seem to do much of last year, for whatever reason.
That said, I'm not great a X's and O's, so I might be completely wrong. But if Michigan is going to be competitive gainst your OSU's of the world, they'll need as many athletes as possible in that front 7.
|1 week 4 days ago||QB is the obvious one, but||
QB is the obvious one, but who comes out at WR is very interesting to me. All the RBs will get some run this year, but a couple of players who can catch the ball effectively will be huge for this team.
|1 week 4 days ago||8-4 and then we'll see about||
8-4 and then we'll see about the bowl game. Going to Utah AND playing BYU and Oregon St. to start the year is about as tough an OOC schedule you could have in college football, then the usual gauntlet. Sure, OSU and MSU are coming to A2, but that just means you have two titans who can beat you in front of your fans. And they have to go to PSU and play Minny at home, which aren't easy.
My bold prediction - UM upsets MSU. OSU will be a close game, but apparently OSU could be playing a walk-on from the golf team and still score a billion points.
|1 week 4 days ago||You gotta take care of those||
You gotta take care of those babies.
|1 week 4 days ago||Super-early, but Minny and||
Super-early, but Minny and Nebraska seem too high, NW too low. But again, talk to me on the other side of the summer.
|1 week 4 days ago||How about a depreciation||
How about a depreciation thread for my 2002 Camry?
|1 week 5 days ago||Well, he figured it out sometimes. He also lost 4||
Well, he figured it out sometimes. He also lost 4 games with Heisman winning Tebow and then 5 when he left. His teams can be very good, but they can also struggle with the wrong pieces. We'll see how they look next year, but this year his team dominated once they got going
|1 week 5 days ago||Sure. Even if not, the team will be better. and||
Sure. Even if not, the team will be better. and let's be honest, OSU and FSU are about as SEC as you can get outside that conference, and they won as well. It isn't just about line play and speed, but about fielding teams that have superior talent and then doing whatever it takes to win. Michigan can get there, but I'm not sure if they'll ever be consistently able to do it just because of factors beyond their control. Hell, OSU probably won't be able to next year either.
|1 week 5 days ago||Someone is leaving, and Jones it's probably the||
Someone is leaving, and Jones it's probably the most likely because he has the best pro prospects. Miller is going to be treated like Denard, and Barrett probably doesn't have a good enough arm.
|1 week 5 days ago||Josh Smith really was a||
Josh Smith really was a horrible influence on this team, apparently.
|1 week 5 days ago||This is just OSU's year,||
This is just OSU's year, isn't it? Wide open drops, on-the-hands drops, favorable spots.
|1 week 5 days ago||This is going to be one of||
This is going to be one of those games, isn't it?
|1 week 5 days ago||You gotta catch those throws.||
You gotta catch those throws.
|1 week 5 days ago||It's still early, but I'm not||
It's still early, but I'm not sure OSU's defense is remotely equipped to handle this type of offense by Oregon. OSU will still score points, but they haven't played anything close to an offense like this all year. I know Alabama's offense was ranked highly, but that was a janky offense that could get going or go off the rails depending on how well the QB played. But Oregon is chews you up.
|1 week 5 days ago||It's funny to see OSU run||
It's funny to see OSU run their offense and it just looks "slow" compared to Oregon. These are both good teams, but it does look like Oregon has a better grip on what they want to do offensively.
|1 week 5 days ago||But even in real time he||
But even in real time he looked down. I get that argument, but not when everyone but a couple of guys in black and white thought he was down.
The point of reviews is to get the close calls right, not to use it to "fix" calls you know are probably wrong but you want to cover all the bases.
|1 week 5 days ago||When you only have one||
When you only have one semi-coherent alum, you are kinda stuck with him for every game.
|1 week 5 days ago||What a terrible call. Good||
What a terrible call. Good to see shitty refereeing isn't restricted to just the NFL.
|1 week 5 days ago||Tyner is just trucking guys||
Tyner is just trucking guys every time he he has the ball. That's usually OSU's thing.
|1 week 5 days ago||I do wonder if OSU is ready||
I do wonder if OSU is ready for this tempo. They haven't really played a team like this all year, and even OSU is relatively slow compared to what Oregon does.
|1 week 5 days ago||I wouldn't mind having Joey||
I wouldn't mind having Joey Bossa pee in a cup after this game. That mustache alone makes me think he's on something.
|1 week 5 days ago||This is probably||
This is probably inconsequential, but isn't there a rule in college about shirts having to be tucked in? I don't get the jersey rolled up to show off your abs, even though I guess saying that basically answers the question for me.
|1 week 5 days ago||It's weird rooting for a team||
It's weird rooting for a team that is basically financed by Phil Knight and has its slew of skeletons in its own closet, but go Oregon x1000!
|1 week 5 days ago||Good stuff. It isn't the||
Good stuff. It isn't the funniest takes in the world, but any time you can bring up OSU's mediocre academic standards AND old white guys looking to get paid from athletes' playing well, you'll get a chuckle out of me.
|1 week 5 days ago||This feels like the longest||
This feels like the longest pregame show in years. I'd hate to be one of those players, basically getting warmed up for 2 hours.
|1 week 5 days ago||Absolutely. That's my issue||
Absolutely. That's my issue with the rankings - it's full of subjective/quantity metrics. And again, not crapping on the schools around UM, but schools like Tufts, Wake Forest have advantages because of their size and how the rankings are constructed, and it's why Notre Dame somehow is a top-20 school here despite virtually every other ranking system putting it quite a bit farther down.
|1 week 5 days ago||By all means he might move,||
By all means he might move, but I've been hearing about guys moving their teams to LA for years. Personally, I still think the Raiders move to LA at some point, especially if they can get a nice deal on said stadium. And that doesn't even consider the fact that any move needs to be approved by 3/4 of the owners, which might be dicey if other owners like the idea of an open LA driving up their franchise/stadium prices. Just because he bought a bunch of land doesn't make it a clear move.
|1 week 5 days ago||This has seemingly been||
This has seemingly been talked about for years. Once LA has a team, then every other owner won't have that threat to goose up new stadium deals and better tax breaks. If the NFL wanted a team in LA, they'd just give them a new franchise and we'd be set. So the fact LA hasn't had a team in over a decade despite exploding value and new TV deals makes this seem even more smoke than fire.
|1 week 5 days ago||Again, people get||
Again, people get super-worked up about a 5th-tier magazine's rankings of colleges that apparently treats a private school with a total enrollment about equal to an average UM freshman class (Tufts) as being as good as Michigan because they goose a couple of acceptance criteria and *shocking* have smaller class size than a big state university like UM. I'm not picking on Tufts because it is a good school, but this isn't even apples and oranges; this is apples from Chile and beets from the middle of Iowa. UM is a great public institution, and virtually any other ranking over than USNWR has shown Michigan at least holding steady if not improving. UM hasn't "slipped" as much as other schools have caught up/figured out how to game the ranking systems.
|1 week 5 days ago||Welcome back. Excited to||
Welcome back. Excited to have a RB coach who seems able to actually coach the position, and the fact that he has a passion for UM and seems to know what he wants as a coach is great to see.
|1 week 5 days ago||Yippee! And the news||
Yippee! And the news actually beat the courier service that usually bring me such information on the rails.
|1 week 6 days ago||Only if you like to be wrong.||
Only if you like to be wrong.
|1 week 6 days ago||OSU is probably going to beat||
OSU is probably going to beat them. Nobody has really figured out how to slow down OSU once they get going, and at some point Oregon's massive number of injuries/losses will catch up to them. It'll be close, but this seems like OSU's year, and while it pains me to say it they are probably the best team in the country right now, QB injuries be damned.
My heart, though, wants Oregon to run them off the field like they did FSU. And at full strength, they probably do win comfortably. But down an AA corner, a couple of receivers, a still banged-up offensive line, it's going to be tough.
|1 week 6 days ago||I swear, looking at the title||
I swear, looking at the title of the post I thought it was going to be one of those turrible books written by some hack at the Freep about MSU winning the Rose Bowl last year.
I'm sure it is an interesting read, but Harbaugh, Harbaugh, Harbaugh at Michigan is what I care about.
|1 week 6 days ago||Great win. I swear, MSU used||
Great win. I swear, MSU used to be decent at wrestling.
|1 week 6 days ago||Yeah, I never understood||
Yeah, I never understood people's fears about him turning Michigan into more of an Ivy/D-III style school as it pertained to athletics. He wouldn't have accepted the post at UM if he didn't understand that, and nothing he's done except say that he questioned how much press was being put around the coaching search relative to its overall importance seems inconsistent with that awareness. And at least with Hoke and Beilein, you had guys who develop(ed) and recruited players to do well enough in the classroom, to try to be scholar-athletes as much as possible within the confines of high-end sports, that he won't have to deal with the rot and ugliness you see at other schools.
He seems like a good president. I honestly never had a big issue with Coleman, but again she was just coming in when I was leaving UM. But beyond a couple of people wondering if she was drunk/tired during one public appearance, I'm not sure what she did that offended most people at UM. And for all the talk about academic rankings "dropping", that seems as much the product of a 5th-rate magazine having a flawed school ranking system that UM just isn't exploiting as much as other schools. That's why when you see rankings from non-US publications, or ones that focus on specific disciplines, UM is much higher regarded.
|1 week 6 days ago||Oh no, did America's Team||
Oh no, did America's Team lose to the "Other" America's Team?
|1 week 6 days ago||What Harbaugh did was take a||
What Harbaugh did was take a penality by running onto the field and started yelling at the refs that the Pats weren't letting his team ID the ineligible receiver, and then the Pats scored and they went away from the play. I'm not sure the Ravens really compensated as the Patriots just stopped running the play because it was absolutely a gimmick one that they only pulled out on a drive.
That's what I don't understand about Harbaugh complaining - it was a couple of plays that his defense didn't respond to, but the Pats still marched down the field two more times to score and win the game. To argue this somehow violated the spirit of the game or was "deceptive" shifts the blame from his team not being able to stop the Patriots in that second half.
|1 week 6 days ago||He'll got by the 2nd round -||
He'll got by the 2nd round - guys with those skills and size are not common, and look across the NFL and you'll see LOTS of guys with way worse "personalities" than Funchess being injured and then playing uninspired football as the rest of the team crumbled.
People around here love to shit on players on the way out because, I don't know, it's easy to and because they'll never have to actually say it to the guy's face it feels safe. Funchess had a mediocre final year and he absolutely looked disinterested at times, but given how bad the QB position was, how poorly coached the team looked at times, the constant beatings and embarassments, the injuries, everything, I'm not surprised he doesn't want to come back and would rather pursue his NFL dreams.
|1 week 6 days ago||I...whatever. Might as well||
Might as well double down on the dumb statements and say Devin Gardner was a sleeper agent sent to destroy Michigan from the QB position once Lewan left.
|1 week 6 days ago||Interesting hire. He's used||
Interesting hire. He's used to working with limited QBs, so this must feel like a massive upgrade talent-wise. But at the same time, his offense isn't that similar to the one Meyer runs, so it'll be interesting if he incorporates his formations and play design into what OSU does or if he'll just tinker at the edges of what they already run.
His offenses at Nebraska were legit, and a large reason they consistently got 9 wins was because they could outscore teams in track meets.
|1 week 6 days ago||I'm a little surprised, as||
I'm a little surprised, as I'm not sure how much higher up his stock will go. At this point NFL guys have watched his development and must know his ceiling. Another year in college won't change the fact he's a good DE but not dominant, that most of his bigger plays were due to forced fumbles/INTs that are far more random than reproducable, and recent MSU linemen have underwhelmed in the NFL. I guess the thinking is he might have a breakout last year and get a bounce up the board, but I wonder if MSU's passing defense will take an even bigger step back next year when they lose Waynes and Drummond, and that could affect his sack totals even more. But again, as a Michigan fan I'm not really worried about his return having a dramatic effect on the 2015 season.
|1 week 6 days ago||Meh, on the spectrum of dumb||
Meh, on the spectrum of dumb things college football teams have done, this isn't really high up there. Heck, not too long ago they posted this around town after Wiscy went to the Rose Bowl.
|1 week 6 days ago||Absoultely I expect there to||
Absoultely I expect there to be a rule change, but as Brady said in an interview after the game, all they did was read the rulebook and play within it.
|2 weeks 1 hour ago||See, to me, that is the||
See, to me, that is the definition of being good at football. They figured out a way to move the ball against Baltimore effectively and kept doing it. And frankly, after the first 2-3 times it was called you would have expected the Ravens to compensate.
Regardless, it feels like sour grapes from a guy whose team blew two 14-point leads in the game.
|2 weeks 1 hour ago||What the Patriots did is||
What the Patriots did is kinda the exact opposite of this quote.
Harbaugh admitted he'd never seent that formation before, but he never said it was illegal. Nowhere in the rulebook does it say you can't run a formation with a RB as an ineligible receiver on the line. Just because nobody had done it before doesn't invalidate it, and the fact that Harbaugh and the Ravens didn't adjust well is the exact purpose of the play, and to win football games.
I'm sure Jim Harbaugh watched that game, laughed at the absurd effectiveness of it, and will think about incorporating it into his offense. And I'm sure John Harbaugh will do the same.
|2 weeks 21 hours ago||It's just a team with no||
It's just a team with no experience in the front court, and you can see it really hurting this team right now. Nobody rolls to the hoop properly, spacing is all off, and the guards can't do enough on both ends to compensate. Also, Irivin basically disappearing for long stretches isn't helping.
It's an NIT team right now; not unexpected given they fact they are missing three guys picking up NBA paychecks from last year.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Chesson has track speed, but||
Chesson has track speed, but in his 2+ years at UM I haven't seen him burn past a corner consistently. And he's not good enough as a possession receiver to play the underneath stuff. Sure, he can outrun a guy and delivers some great ST plays, but right now he's probably #2 on the WR depth chart, which is kinda scary.
Darboh had good offers and seemed like a nice pickup, but for whatever reason he seemed slow this year and had trouble holding onto the ball. Who knows with him. Canteen was a 4* but you look at his offers and the fact he played at an atypical school with limited competition, and he's more of a project who might turn into a good WR but who knows.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Absolutely is possible, but||
Absolutely is possible, but right now WR feels like a huge question mark on this team, and as we saw last year WRs who can't catch the ball don't help out their QBs much either.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Absolutely, but I'm just more||
Absolutely, but I'm just more down on any of the current WRs doing that. Darboh was okay this year, but throw out his games against IU and Miami (NTM) and you have guy who never cracked 4 catches, 66 yards, or a TD against anyone else he played. Canteen and Chesson seem like great 4th/5th options, but Chesson has been here for years and looks best on special teams. I do think Cole could come in and be solid, and maybe Harris bounces back from his injuries and plays well. But of the talent coming back that has played on the field, WR seems like the weakest position.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||And apparently each one you||
And apparently each one you find is better than the last. Me thinks Meyer's offense may transfer okay QBs into stat machines. Well, except John Brantley, because even Meyer isn't a miracle worker.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I agree, though as a counter||
I agree, though as a counter if/when Jones struggles (and it could well be in this game), the first response out of OSU fans will be "but we're starting our 3rd-string QB!" Jones has played as well as either of the other two QBs, while Oregon is down their two leading WRs with basically 3-4 days to compensate for the most recent loss.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||The Knicks are an||
The Knicks are an atrociously-run organization, but I'm still shocked they are this bad. There is more talent on the court than the win total shows, but I guess when Carmelo Anthony is your best player and he isn't scoring at an unsustainable clip, this is what happens.
Pistons played a really nice game last night; it was a tough loss, but Atlanta is really good and losing by 3 at the buzzer isn't bad at all.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||That extra practice time||
That extra practice time won't hurt either.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Sad to see him pass away, but||
Sad to see him pass away, but kinda amazing he lived as long given some of the things he did along the way. Condolences to his family.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Congrats! Kid looks||
Congrats! Kid looks greats!
Surprised about the downvotes. Yes, title could have been a bit more informative, but jebus people, it's a baby announcement.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Good stuff. The line was||
Good stuff. The line was coming together at the end of the year, and I can only imagine they'll take another step forward, especially as run blockers, given how the offense shouldn't deviate too much on that front with Harbaugh and Drevnos calling the shots.
I'm still more concerned about the receiving core than even the QB situation - I think between Morris, Speight, and Malzonne you can pull a decent performance out of that spot. I'm not buying the Speight hype (which seems to basically be the internet wanting anyone to work out), but he at least has potential, and Morris isn't terrible but probably wasn't ever going to be the stud people expected coming out of HS, as his accuracy issues remain.
But at WR, it really is a land of meh to me. Darboh and Chesson have yet to impress as every-down receivers who can get separation and consistently beat non-MAC corners to the ball, and Norfleet is a slot ninja but in this offense he's never going to get much run. After those three, you've got the potential, I guess, of Canteen and then a bunch of unknowns. Sure, Harris could turn out to be great, but he's also been out for over a year and who knows how he'll look when he comes back.
I suspect the offense will be even more run-heavy to start next year, with a healthy Butt being heavily involved in the passing offense. The playbook will open up a bit as the year progresses, but it's going to be a slog offensively for much of 2015.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Well, flunking school would||
Well, flunking school would make you ineligible to, you know, play a sport for the school because you would no longer be admitted to said school. But yes, the NCAA should absolutely treat punching your girlfriend/boyfriend in the face a couple of times when your angry with recreational drug usage like marijuana, which is legal in a number of states.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||It always amazes me that more||
It always amazes me that more college athletes aren't busted for drug stuff.
Not that Meyer didn't already need the help, but with Carrington and Allen both out, Oregon will have to be creative out there.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Good to hear. Would be nice||
Good to hear. Would be nice to close recruiting well.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||It is amazing to me that it||
It is amazing to me that it is even standing. Sad that nobody has done much with it.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||It's weird seeing these NFL||
It's weird seeing these NFL guys coming back to college. I've been told that never happens.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Absolutely my thoughts as||
Absolutely my thoughts as well.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I hope they give him a 2015||
I hope they give him a 2015 ring at this rate.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||To be fair, with a name like||
To be fair, with a name like yours, you are kinda courting that attention.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Nothing like poorly-designed||
Nothing like poorly-designed rules enforced illogically to highlight why those guys in blazers on the sidelines with stupid smiles on their faces deserve their 6-figure salaries.
It probably won't matter too much in the end, but yeah, this shouldn't happen.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Better him than this Baxter:||
Better him than this Baxter:
|2 weeks 3 days ago||He makes sense at WR, but man||
He makes sense at WR, but man he could absolutely have been a QB in the pros with better coaching. If Manziel can be drafted in the 1st round (I know, the Browns and all) as a QB, you have to think Gardner could at least be worth a mid-round flyer.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Haven't we all basically come||
Haven't we all basically come to the understanding this site doesn't know anything? Plus, he acted like an ass when people called him out here for his numerous missteps, so I don't understand why anyone still takes seriously regarding Michigan.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Well, except for the RB||
Well, except for the RB coach. Potentially.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Tracking Searchbits titles||
Tracking Searchbits titles with SuperBowls, I can only hope everyone found this one as exciting as the game.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I don't think people are||
I don't think people are missing the fact that Wheatley is probably coming; everyone should understand that Wheatley and Webb have a unique relationship and so Webb isn't going to be the one to "break" this story. But at the same time, I don't necessarily think the "it's a lock" talk was correct until very recently, and who knows if it is even now. Just because it turns out to be true in the end doesn't mean it was right a couple days ago, and given what happened with Turley I can see why people are a little reserved.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I would want nothing to do||
I would want nothing to do with him. He might have all the tools for the NFL, but his play this year showed more regression than many seem to be noting because "he's a winner", apparently. None of the QBs this year strike me as studs, but given his off-the-field issues I wouldn't touch him unless he dropped in the draft a bit and you could take him on as a project.
And I'd have thought after Manziel, the NFL would be gunshy about kids who put up huge college numbers but seem to have questions about their maturity as well as their ability to make NFL-style throws outside of a spread offense.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I actually like the layout a||
I actually like the layout a bit - it's like a really nice Geocities site, with fewer gifs and midi files.
But yeah, a bit of an upgrade would be nice, but not too much. You go to a bunch of sites and they are almost unusable esp. with comments *glares at Gawker*
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I think the ghost of Dave||
I think the ghost of Dave Brandon just let out an anguished cry about such a missed opportunity.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Was TGIF closed?||
Was TGIF closed?
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Sadly, I think Monroe is||
Sadly, I think Monroe is making himself lots of money this year. He's been a nice player for years, and with such weak FA classes most years a big guy who can score and rebound is going to get big money.
But yeah, if they could keep him I'd be okay with it. They couldn't work with both Monroe and Smith, but combine him with Drummond and some shooters and it could be a decent unit.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Great to see. I doubt it'll||
Great to see. I doubt it'll continue, but Josh Smith must have really messed up this team for such a quick turnaround.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I was actually able to catch||
I was actually able to catch a bit of this game after work. It wasn't ugly as much as plodding, which is what happens with mediocre teams. It was a win, though unless UM finds a way to fix Walton I'm not sure it will mean much.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||All 4 deservd it, and it was||
All 4 deservd it, and it was fun to see them all in their primes.
Bagwell and Piazza should already be in, and Raines will hopefully get in because being the second-best leadoff hitter during Henderson's era isn't bad at all. I'm ambivalent about Schilling (and I'm a Tigers fan, so no Yankee bad blood), and I guess Trammel will only get in with the writers at this point.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||The RR/Carr switch. Sorry -||
The RR/Carr switch. Sorry - should have been clearer.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I like mine. Minimalist.||
I like mine. Minimalist. Understated. Like it isn't even there...
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Good luck to him.||
Good luck to him.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||The edge of the internet also||
The edge of the internet also told me to horde gold and tobacco in my basement bunker because the Lizard People are going to remove their human skin suits and reveal themselves any day now in the various governments of the world.
I'm sure there are some truths out there about OL transferring; look at the depth chart and I'm sure there are kids realizing they won't see the field much and I don't blame them for wanting to look around. But this isn't going to be a Carr-level departure.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Glad it||
Glad it happened.
Unfortunately, now it means FootballScoop will feel vindicated for the one time this month it's been right. As I said in an earlier thread about FootballScoop, this is there reporting mantra: