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|1 year 51 weeks ago||Well, Not Really||
Fair point. But it's not that I think nobody can criticize Brandon or Hoke (full disclosure -- I was against hiring a .500 coach at the time, and said to my family room during the Minny game and the injury debacle -- "I think he might be fired for this" -- it's just the moral certainty and jumping on every single thing. People are mostly talking through their hats. But very insistently. Mobs can sometimes be good, but this really is a mob sort of thing going on.
|1 year 51 weeks ago||What I Love Most||
What I love most is everyone offering opinions on things that they literally have no idea about. It's like being able to sit a row behind that guy at games, but not leave your den.
I'm not even saying that everyone is wrong. Sometimes you sti behind a guy who says really interesting things. It's just the bloviating by a bunch of people who have never been involved in a major college sports or football program. Awesome! You guys do get the echo chamber part about all of this, right?
|2 years 43 weeks ago||Fair point.||
|2 years 43 weeks ago||Sucking||
You know what's really surprising about this game so far? How much most of you suck, based on the comments throughout. I've never seen a bigger bunch of old women.
|2 years 44 weeks ago||Tradition||
Yes, it is important to remember that no Michigan jersey was ever worn for the first time. Every Michigan jersey has always been worn, from time immemorial. Same with our helmets. They always have looked that way. Even the first time they were worn, they always looked that way.
Anyone who says different is just out to make a fast buck.
|2 years 52 weeks ago||Geographic Diversity||
Maybe CNN should hire someone from Texas -- it's a common name there, and the name of one of the bigger grocery store chains.
|5 years 27 weeks ago||I stopped reading...||
...at the "Jew tears" reference.
|5 years 28 weeks ago||Gulp||
Oops, sorry, I was comparing some still in-progress quarter final matchups with semi-final matchups. So, unfortunately I am for real but not real smart on this one.
|5 years 28 weeks ago||BTT Question||
Sorry if this has already been asked, but in the Big Ten Tournament, why does the #4 team (UM) get the #1 team (tOSU), while the lower ranked teams (e.g., MSU) get lower ranked teams. Doesn't that not make any sense?
|5 years 36 weeks ago||Former Players Need to Support||
Assuming it's true that former players didn't really support RR (I don't know that that's true, but that seems to be the consensus from reading this Board)...
I hope those same former players would make it a point to return to campus to talk to the current players and encourage them to stay. (I'm assuming that that's all consistent with NCAA rules...)
I'm also hoping that one of the many Michigan players that will be starting playoff games this weekend make a point of identifying themselves as Michigan players and give Hoke a shoutout. Don't know if the players will care about that, but it will make the Boards go wild.
|5 years 37 weeks ago||How Can You Not Love Mike Hart?||
From the ESPN article on Bill Martin's reaction:
Mike Hart isn't in Ann Arbor anymore, keeping busy as an Indianapolis Colts running back, but he has followed the once-proud program closely since his senior year coincided with Carr's last season.
"Rich Rod didn't have a chance because no one agreed with the hire from the top to the bottom of the school and all over town," Hart said. "I'm going to be 100 percent behind whoever the coach at Michigan is and I hope everybody that loves Michigan is the same way, too, even if they don't like who Dave Brandon hires."
|5 years 40 weeks ago||I Only Have Two Things to Say About These Highlights||
And neither of them are about Mallett.
(check out the end of the video, of course)
|5 years 40 weeks ago||Mallett's Freshman Year||
I don't know if it's true or not, but I always got the sense watching Mallett on the sideline that people didn't like him.
Not sure I've ever seen a quarterback throw the ball harder, though.
|5 years 42 weeks ago||Nostalgia||
This is not an original thought, but remember the good old bad old days, when the hot recruiting news was when you saw a Freshman in a Michigan uniform, which suggested that at some point the previous year he had committed?
|5 years 42 weeks ago||WTF||
Have these people never been to sports banquet nights before?
RR's speech was completely appropriate for it, and consistent with the tone at these things. I would have thought that the team ate it up (even if some of the supporters thought it juvenile (which of course is a ridiculous thing to be when you deal with 17-22 year old athletes all year)).
|5 years 42 weeks ago||Clarifying question||
|5 years 42 weeks ago||Question||
Does anyone have any speculation as to why Ohio State is spending so much more than everybody else?
(I can think of some obvious joke responses, but what's the real answer?)
|5 years 42 weeks ago||Source||
Huffington Post as the source for a breaking news story?
|5 years 43 weeks ago||Too Soon||
So, I am in no way criticizing the OP for posting this, but...
For me, this is way too early. I also don't care what we're ranked to begin the season. I'm more than a little interesting in what we're ranked to end the season.
After the last two seasons, I'm also uninterested in what we're ranked after 6 games of last season, other than to the extent it obviously impacts what we're ranked to end the season. I'll start paying attention to our record/rankings, other than as a means to an end, after about 9 games next year.
|5 years 43 weeks ago||Related||
I lived in London for six years in the late 90s, and used to get the games sent to me from some outfit in Zurich. They would arrive on a Tuesday, so I had to make it from Saturday until Tuesday without finding out what happened. Everyone in my office knew about it-- some would be sure not to tell me anything, some would be sure to taunt me by telling completely outlandish stories or pretending to give me hints, but in a way that wouldn't let me draw any conclusions from the fake hints.
But there were always people who couldn't resist saying things to me like, "I'm not going to tell you what happened, but you're going to be really, really happy." Or, and I still remember this one, after the Virginia game, telling me, "I'm not going to tell you what happened, but be sure to watch the very last play of the game, you'll be happy you did." For some reason, I was very relaxed entering the fourth quarter of that game.
|5 years 43 weeks ago||Mandich||
There's a lot to admire and emulate here, but given many of the recent posts, I found the end of the article particularly interesting.
|5 years 43 weeks ago||Think/Hope/Expect||
Let me admit that I am not a very objective or critical fan. Since I was 6 I have demonstrated the ability with UM football to ignore any and all problems and be somewhat mystified when, whatever their record, their not voted #1 or invited to the BCS championship game. Maybe I'm exaggerating a little bit.
But here's kind of what I think/hope/expect re RichRod (keeping in mind I'm unable to be too critical of the team).
I think that RichRod is an offensive genius.
I hope that the failures of the defense this year will have scared him to death, as he realizes that he could actually be fired for a bad defense.
I expect that next year, and for every year thereafter, he will not overlook the defense, or overlook the necessity of having the right defensive staff/personnel/recruiting, and our defense will never be this bad again.
|5 years 43 weeks ago||Big||
I want bigger, against a team that got to the big bowl with defense, not offense. I'd rather have our offense face a challenge than our defense face a challenge.
I also want a team that got to the big bowl even more by reputation than by talent. Beating a big name looks good, even on an off-year.
But, when push comes to shove, we're a big bowl team, not a small bowl team (or, ahem, a no bowl team).
|5 years 43 weeks ago||The Rob Lytle story made me||
The Rob Lytle story made me realize something about Michigan football, and its role in, let's face it, all of our lives.
I'm a lawyer at one of the world's largest law firms, in my mid-40s, and occupy a position of some responsibility I guess.
And yet, in a meeting about three weeks ago, while someone was droning on fairly endlessly, I listed the initials of every UM QB that I can remember seeing play (not subs, I'm talking about QBs who started at least once), and later confirmed that I did so successfully starting with Denis Franklin. I was alive for some others, but I only listed the ones that I personally remember in person.
Not sure what that really means, other than that I would not have imagined when I was a kid that this is what lawyers did during apparently important meetings. My guess is that many of you have had similar experiences, when the juxtaposition of your role as fan has come up against the "reality" of some of your other roles. And the Lytle story is that kind of thing also, where we remember them as players of a certain age, but of course all those other players age along with the rest of us. Okay, enough ridiculous maudlin thoughts..
|5 years 44 weeks ago||Voting||
Since we seem to be voting on the subject, I'm going to vote for two different things:
1. We beat OSU.
2. Penn State beats MSU.
|5 years 44 weeks ago||Actually...||
Actually, a Mike Hart was a 3-star thread is completely worth being posted, because:
1. It makes him more awesome.
2. It reminds us of his awesomeness.
3. We need to be reminded of his awesomeness more.
4. Everyone should now go re-watch a game with Hart in it. The guy just cannot be tackled on the first three contacts, no matter how hard those first three contacts are. It's absolutely ridiculous.
|5 years 44 weeks ago||A USC Comparison||
I'm probably going to get this slightly wrong, but it's basically right, and I offer it as food for thought (although I'm not entirely sure where it takes us):
Since 1983, USC has had three losing seasons and four .500 seasons -- so, this was after their arguable dominance of the 70s, but before their most recent dominance.
On the one hand, we can take the last two years as rebuilding, and not despair because there is still a chance that we're heading for a brighter future. On the other hand, I think it is correct to say that USC's losing and .500 seasons came with coaches that then got fired, and the dominance came with a new coach.
(Full disclosure -- I think RR has done more than enough to merit another year, although he has to get a new DC who he gives nearly complete independence. And it has to be the right DC (and I think GERG was OBVIOUSLY not the right DC when he was selected).)
|5 years 44 weeks ago||Deep Philosophical Debate||
Ah, the deep philosophical question that seems to torment Michigan fans (probably every other fan base too). I've heard another UM fan say it this way during the Carr years -- he wants a National Championship at least once a decade. If he gets that, he doesn't care what happens during the other nine years.
Other fans (I think I'm in this group) wants to be "competitive" every year. Not really sure what "competitive" means. For Michigan, I think it means a Big 10 Championship about every other year, a Bowl game every year, and a BCS Bowl game 2 out of every 3 years, or something like that. It probably also means one "off" year a decade, which means (I hate to say it given our current record because I don't mean it as a criticism of the current team or coaching staff), 8-5.
Isn't that about where we've been other than the last three years during my lifetime? (since 1965)? (and, again, that isn't a criticism of the last three years, or an attempt to introduce the "who's to blame" question into this thread.)
|5 years 44 weeks ago||I hate to say it, but...||
I don't agree with your conclusion, because I think the team is improving and that the ability to create an offense like this one comes very rarely. Which leads me to think that RR can potentially be the kind of coach that delivers championships. I mean, I know that it's easier said than done, and it's stupid to play "what if" games, but "what if" we can get a defense together that is the 50th best defense in the nation> Combined with this offense? How about the 75th best defense? (I'll bet someone has already memorized the stats that would predict our record with this offense and the 75th best defense...)
That said, I hate to say it because I disagree with you, but you make a good point here. Still doesn't make me agree with your conclusion for the reasons stated above, but this is a good point. I hope the coaches are thinking about how to change these results about 20 hours every day. Assuming the NCAA allows that kind of thinking, that is.
|5 years 44 weeks ago||If...||
I don't know if he's already decided, but I have to say that if he had already decided, I would have thought that he'd have announced it definitively -- that kind of announcement is nothing but good for the program, and the uncertainty is nothing but bad for the program.
So, while I have no idea what the "smart AD" move would be, I think it probably would be consistent with the paragraph above. Which leads me to think that he hasn't already decided "he's coming back," because if he had he'd have announced it. But maybe he knows that everyone knows that, so he can't announce it, because that would mean that a non-announcement next year at this time of the season if there were any uncertainty would let everyone know that he's gone. The old Romanian Pensioner scam. (I just made that up because "Spanish Prisoner" was taken.)
Outsmarted by Brandon again.