I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
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|1 day 1 hour ago||Good for him||
He's built good defenses out of two and three stars. That skill should serve him well as a head coach at a program that doesn't usually grab top-tier talent.
|4 days 4 hours ago||Credit where credit is due||
They fashioned a bad but functional offense from a post-apocalyptic wasteland and managed to improve good defense to great. That's a worthy performance.
|5 days 2 hours ago||It's closer than I would have thought||
But yes NC uber alles.
It's hard because I imprinted on Michigan football and to this day would consider a 1-11 season with a victory over OSU to be partially successful and not the nadir of the program that my head says it would be. I simply attach a lot of meaning to a victory in The Game. I don't care that it breaks OSUs winning streak or ruins their NC hopes (I don't hate the teams, just the uniforms). I just want to win The Game more than any other.
Oh, and to those who don't understand that ... I think we saw how far telling someone else how they should feel gets you earlier this week :). It's not like this is a world-changing event, where objective logic and the greatest good for the greatest number should guide your choice. It's about which outcome makes you feel happier. That's a question with one answer per person answering.
|6 days 2 hours ago||I don't see this as a downer post ...||
... and am pleased to see the returning talent, especially on D. Losing Gallon and Lewan will hurt, but the depth chart is rounding out and even guys like Peppers will only see the field by passing an at-worst-serviceable option. That is encouraging after the days of throwing bodies on the tire fire in futile attempts to smother it.
|6 days 3 hours ago||In my ideal world ...||
... Lewis realizes he's lucky that gipsy said "Too Late!" Instead of "Thinner!" and apologizes profusely, and the gipsy magnanimously removes the curse. Stribling spends the offseason at the Richards/Xavier clinic learning to control his phasing power and comes back able to phase through receivers without interfering with them to get the ball.
This leads to Countess/Taylor at CB, and Wilson/Stribling at S, with Lewis the extra DB for nickel sets.
|6 days 4 hours ago||Two reasons I'm not excited||
1. He's 39 and coming back from elbow surgery two years ago.
2. All pitchers are more volatile than all hitters as a rule. Relievers are even more volatile, and closers not named Mariano Rivera are the worst bang for the buck - they are just as flaky and command higher dollars.
As far as the Fister deal, if we sign a big bat I'll be happy. Shin-Soo Choo is my preference- he gets on base and I think he's underrated.
|1 week 1 day ago||You mean like Alabama v. Auburn yesterday?||
The best coach in college football didn't have his team prepared to stop a missed FG return, and as a result they lost the game, the division, the conference and a shot at a national championship.
And before you say that was a fluke - of course it was, but did you see the return? Only one Alabama player actually hustled to the ball (#29, the holder, I think). Everyone else took a few seconds to figure out, oh, I guess we should try to stop that guy. There were maybe three Alabama players in the picture the whole return!
|1 week 1 day ago||I thought we would do better but||
That was before no JRIII and too much Furman. Not a lot better, because we are undersized/under-talented on the line. Preseason previews said we had a solid back seven with the strength in the LB core, and the line just had to eat blockers to let the LBs slow down the run. When we met an O-line that could handle our front seven, we lost that strength. Not sure how much to read into it other than "Hyde and some lineman will be playing on Sundays" and "Get well soon Pipkins".
The one thing I question with regard to Mattison is why we started rotating safeties in the first place, but hindsight suggests that Wilson has had an injury for some time and playing through it is possible but performance-impacting. Couple that with Gordon's foot injury and here we are.
Hopefully Thomas is ready to step in next year - that punt block is still a fine introduction and I'm waiting to see the next chapter. Henry looks to be maturing nicely as well, which gives me hope the defense will improve.
|1 week 1 day ago||Yes||
It reaffirmed my feeling that the devil we know is better than random Debordian coordinator. We're not going to get a good coordinator after the bowl games - who worthwhile is coming here when his potential boss was forced to fire his predecessor? - and Borges can get the most out of these guys.
To be clear I am not saying that Borges did a good job this year. I am saying that this year was more set on fire by O-line inexperience than poor play calling, and that 90+% of coordinators would have done the same or worse.
|1 week 1 day ago||Love the username||
I have a pile of bumper stickers and letters and a t-shirt somewhere.
I agree that this is the low point of the program. We might improve next year and see the same W-L record, but I think we're on the upswing.
|1 week 1 day ago||Telling someone else how they should feel is pointless||
And irritating. Telling them that because they feel that way, they're dumb? Beyond pointless and irritating into no-further-contact territory, because they're either terminally insensitive or trolling you.
I'm sorry Brian is down about the Game and the board. I am ... Less down about the result than I thought. I will be interested to see the direction the board goes, because I think that the board has gone way downhill this year.
As long as he's not thinking of banning Space Coyote :)
|1 week 2 days ago||Nobody quit||
Not the coaches, not the players. They played hard when there were reasons to mail it in and I'm proud to be a fan of this team and program.
I am of course unhappy with the result, but not nearly as unhappy as I thought I'd be. This game turned on a bunch of things and we were in it to the end. Kudos to Hoke for getting the team ready to give their all, and for making the right call to go for two (backup kicker, gimpy QB, etc.). I'm not even unhappy with the call - the rub/triangle concept is a go-to route for M, but Devin didn't have time and they defended well.
As for coaching changes, I am against them. I feel that we wouldn't get anyone better and that the young line is the cause of most of our woes.
|1 week 4 days ago||NFL LT are a direct result of Lawrence Taylor||
Every team in the NFL has a DE or LB that can threaten the edge - they have the 30-40 best edge rushers in the world, in fact. Most college teams don't have that, so a terrific LT isn't as necessary until you get to the Clowney games.
The other thing is that salary is a poor proxy for talent, because salaries rise over time: a 1st round rookie and a just-before-free-agency veteran will have similar salaries. Years of experience doesn't quite work either, since you get worse after a certain point. Maybe by experience "bins" - 0-3, 4-6, 7-8, 9+ or something?
|1 week 4 days ago||Because we have no one else to play tackle||
One of the things this study assumes is that you run the five most competent linemen you have. At the start of the season, putting him at guard meant displacing Kalis/Glasgow, and starting Magnusen or Braden instead. That would pretty much mean we could never run right, and would likely have been even worse.
At this point, though, it's impossible to talk about this rationally. Logic and reason have left the blog, so the cause is whatever you want to believe and post about.
|1 week 6 days ago||1977 - My First "The Game"||
I thought Michigan games were intense (we had just moved to A2 that summer) but this was something else. I had a great view from the side as Leach went around the left tackle and stretched with both hands to get the ball onto the goal line - it looked like he just elongated his whole body for a second. A Greta introduction to The Game.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Wheatley's two runs in the Rose Bowl||
... partly because I was there and we needed both :)
|2 weeks 3 days ago||But for a coin flip ...||
Ryan Leaf could have gone #1 over Manning (rumor had it that the Chargers preferred him, and they were not alone).
Tony Mandarich was also second overall behind Troy Aikman.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||The Phantom Touchdown||
Incensed me. I'd want that injustice to be corrected, even if we don't win in the end (but I think we would have, even against a great USC team).
I don't remember the 73-74 games - my fandom starts in 1977.
The Crable hit and burning all our TOs before the Texas FG also rankle.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Plus $62M for Kinslers deal||
Or thereabouts. The Tigers freed up ~$80M or so over six years.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Kinsler played good defense in 2013||
And has been a solid to good 2B every year except 2012, IIRC. The thing that concerns me is the decline of his bat; I think Fielder is more likely to bounce back next year even before considering the park switch.
I don't particularly care about the dollar savings, as I believe that the Tigers have a 2-3 year window before injuries and age take their toll. I particularly don't want to use the savings to pay Scherzer - he's earned it but I can't think of a single big-dollar pitcher contract that wasn't a disaster. In my ideal world they'd add two years to Scherzers deal (but the only way he'd take that is if it was $50M), sign an OF (Shin-Soo Choo by preference, and bat him high up), and ride the core of the team until 2016 when everybody expires.
On the other hand, it's not my money and it might as well go to players as opposed to sitting in ownership's pockets.
My feeling is that I can see why they made it, and getting out from under Fielder's contract is a good deal, but I think they'll be slightly worse in 2014 now, and that's not worth trading money for when you're trying to win championships.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Thanks for this||
It's a great idea and points out what we're arguing over. Some have posted their breakdowns in the threads, but I'd love it if someone could put up a poll/survey to get a broader scope. (Not sure how different the results would be from this, but I am curious.)
It seems clear we were dealt a bad hand and have played it poorly. What's in doubt is how much difference playing it perfectly would make. (One more win to date, and more comfortable wins, I think.)
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Credit where it's due ...||
... The coaches had that FG unit ready to go and they executed that perfectly.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Didn't mean to create more work for you||
Just wanted it in one place and out of my head.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||I don't object to the content, but the tone bothers me||
Which is a shame, because the points are valid, and a writer with Brian's gifts could have made the points stand out better without the back-handed "at some totally different level" style slams.
My own opinion is that at this point, the ineptitude of the offense is a Rorshach test - everyone looks at it and sees their own biases confirmed. Anyone who thinks we should be running the Air Raid or spread-to-run will look at this and say "see - if we just never called under-center formations we'd be so much better". Anyone who thinks that up-tempo/NFL-style-K-gun-no-huddle is the future can see that reflected in our abject failure too. And so on ...
|3 weeks 6 days ago||What good situation?||
He would be looking at a team whose OL absolutely torpedoed his predecessor. That OL loses a top-ten NFL left tackle and a senior multi-year starter at RT (also at least borderline NFL talent). He is staring at a bunch of four star prospects with practically no experience. His QB is either shell-shocked or a turnover machine.
Not to mention his HC will be on a hot seat and be under enormous pressure to turn things around, and and OC candidate is looking at a situation which will is most likely to get him fired after a year unless he's a miracle worker. The only way someone steps in there and takes the bullet is if they owe Hoke a favor, or are willing to gamble on the turnaround for a big career boost - in other words, an unknown coordinator looking to skip rungs on the career ladder.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Thanks for this||
I wonder how the result skew when weighted by MGoPoints? Probably badly - we'd have to use the log or some other weighting bucket to prevent the Old Ones from dominating the results.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||I no longer look forward to reading the board||
and stay away from anything other than front page content for the most part. I think most of the user content has gone downhill since user moderation was broken.
Since our worst fears about the OLine were realized, I'm basically just reading front page content. The rest is so full of "Fire someone - anyone - to make it stop!" posts that I can't be bothered to find the sanity if it's in there. (I believe firing coaches will make things worse, and if It weren't "my" team too, I would revel in the resulting schadenfreude when our team got even worse after such a firing.)
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Thanks for the visit||
That was informative and not overly homer-tinged. I remain optimistic about a M victory, but this is one of the games I was most worried about before the season started (I predicted 9-3 with OSU, MSU/NW and Nd being the losses).
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Hard shell helmets prevent spinal injuries||
They're very good at it - the rate of deaths and paralysis has gone way down since they were adopted. This is the primary challenge with putting padding on the outside - it potentially reduces the protection against death. There's an interesting engineering problem there.
|7 weeks 23 hours ago||It is just Indiana but||
Their other opponents aren't rolling up conference, team and personal records the way we did. Nor did we play down to their level on offense. Those are good signs.
Until we can stabilize the O line we'll be inconsistent. Until then Gardner is our Savior and Destroyer, and is likely to be more effective throwing 30+ than running 20+, so we need to put the ball in his hands more often and run the backs less; our line pass blocks better than run blocks, and our receivers are looking good. To that end, this game was also a good sign.