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|2 days 6 hours ago||I think it makes perfect||
I think it makes perfect sense. Grow the game, attract recruits, allow overseas alumni a chance to reconnect. Would love to see 1 Michigan game a year in Asia, Europe, or South America.
|2 days 9 hours ago||Telluride is really nice,||
Telluride is really nice, especially this time of year.
Sent the info to my sister, who lives down the hill (the mountain, really) from Telluride. She'll be jazzed to hear about this.
|1 week 6 days ago||OTOH you can bet OSU will||
OTOH you can bet OSU will examine the Rutgers tape very carefully to find out how Michigan defends those schemes, and will have answers for those. So the chess game goes a few moves deeper.
|2 weeks 23 hours ago||Would I love an undefeated||
Would I love an undefeated season and NC? Hell yes. But I honestly don't understand the need for hyerbole and supremely high expectations. I'd expect this of Sparty or Rutgers fans or newby Walmart Wolverines who haven't been around and let a bit of success go to their head and snap at anyone who tells them they might be wise to tone it down. Anyone who has been a Michigan fan- or a college football fan- for long knows it's an uphill climb that takes a lot of skill, talent, hard work, and luck, and we're all better off taking it like the players and coaches- one game at a time. Even when Bo and Mo and Lloyd were cranking out succesful seasons, Michigan would always suffer a scare or an upset in a game or two with a far inferior team, and come out flat in a couple of others.
Harbaugh and the coaching staff are no doubt great, but last year Michigan did lay eggs at least in those four games mentioned (two losses, two fortunate wins)- in the second half of last year. That stuff happens, especially when you don't have a ton of depth, which Michigan does not have yet.
You can just about guarantee Michigan is one of the three games every opponent has circled on their calendar, and they'll have a wrinkle or two to throw in there just for Michigan.
Playing on the road is never easy, especially with first-year starting QBs, and hate them though we might, IA, MSU and OSU are no slouches, and anyone not a Michigan fan would have every reason to believe they ought to be favored.
Much better to be happy that each game on the schedule looks winnable (some more than others), and enjoy each week as it happens. Otherwise it's just going to be the pressure of being perfect, and worrying and whining all season long.
So my prediction is: I expect Michigan to make a few mistakes, get a fair number of players in the game, hopefully a look at two or three QBs, and pull away in the second half and beat Hawaii to be 1-0 and will celebrate that.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Let's keep in mind that any||
Let's keep in mind that any coach you ask on Michigan's schedule wouldn't even be coaching at this level if he didn't imagine his own team beating Michigan when they play, so that accounts for one loss already.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||No reason to get angry.||
No reason to get angry. Sounds like a fairly sober, objective analysis from outside the bubble we'd be wise to take note of. Take the Under at 10, and be happy if/when they get more. It would be stupid to take anything for granted.
Rudock upped his game just about the point in the season where the defense started to wobble, so it worked out pretty well. Sadly, the OSU game did indeed look like men vs. boys.
Rudock was a cool-headed graduate transfer. Just 'because Harbaugh' doesn't mean there won't be growing pains with whoever starts at QB.
And Michigan has to to prove that it has a consistent, dependable running game; or LBrs that can shut down multi-dimensional opponents.
Michigan does have some experienced talent, but certainly not the depth that OSU or Alabama have. To make it to the playoffs might not take a miracle. but it will take a large amount of good fortune. Three of the toughest opponents on the road in the last month of the season is not a favorable schedule, no matter how easy September's schedule looks from here.
We'll hopefully, (dare I say 'probably'?) get there someday soon, but to think Michigan a lock for a playoff run this year is foolishly optimistic at this point, and just setting ourselves up for a lot of whining and disappointment if it doesn't happen.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I remember Bo being asked||
I remember Bo being asked about Hayden Fry- he didn't care much for the pink locker rooms and Fry's other psychological ploys.
I think the attention on Harbaugh will die down eventually- but for now the media is milking it for all they can, and setting Michigan up for an eventual fall which everybody else but Michigan will enjoy watching.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||You can see them running it||
You can see them running it through their minds...they are each processing how it would be quoted, and possible ways it could be used against him.
Honest opinion? Forget it.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||"There’s always a chance. I||
"There’s always a chance. I don’t know that. I don’t know what it’s going to look like. I would be surprised if it looked like that, if it would go into the season. You’d like to have a starting quarterback before that, but again, we don’t know."
This worries me. Maybe Jedd understood the question differently than I did. The only sure things in life are death, taxes, and injuries. The depth issue really worries me about this (any) team, and while I'd like to see a starter named, I would hate to go into October and November without be sure there is a backup or two in place who has had a lot of meaningful game snaps.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||He praised the intangibles,||
He praised the intangibles, as a leader, etc. But it didn't seem he was praising much about O'Korn's execution or decisions on the field. I get the feeling from reading this that Speight is ahead at the moment.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Because that is the only||
Because that is the only thing that is entirely in your hands. And back in Bo's day, you built your team accordingly- to give it the best chance to beat the teams on your schedule. It was a goal you could set that you had pretyy much complete control over. Even now, that is not automatically the case- a lot depends on what other people think and other people do.
So it made perfect sense.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||It was also nice because||
It was also nice because every year, we had a pretty good matchup to look forward to.
While it's nice to imagine winning the NC in the playoff system (and a dozen or so schools think they have a pretty good shot at it), every team but one goes home a loser.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||I think this is another||
I think this is another thread that proves the saying that Michigan fans aren't happy unless they have something to be unhappy about.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Annoyed by amusing||
Annoyed by amusing hypotheticals? Relax, man. It's just supposed to be fun. Just like Jabrill Peppers with enhanced superpowers.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Not to be taken so seriously.||
Not to be taken so seriously. It's just to show they put some thought into it and tell you a little bit about the teams, rather than just crunching numbers. Makes it a little more fun to see how things really turn out, and how they really turn out is all that matters.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Different year. Too many||
Different year. Too many variables beyond our control. I would expect the record to be better, but it could concievably be worse. Nobody's going to roll over. I wouldn't call Iowa, MSU, OSU on the road "easier".
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Actually, that sounds||
Actually, that sounds objectively reasonable, maybe even a little optimistic, especially on the OSU score. It's also assuming no upsets, which is also kind of optimistic. New QB, still unproven LBers and running game, and that's no less than generous. We shouldn't expect Penn State or Wisconsin games to be pushovers even though they are in Ann Arbor, and Michigan ought to expect to get everybody's "A" game.
I know everybody here is full throated in their faith and confidence in Harbaugh and these coaches and we feel like we've waited so long, and we "deserve it". But that doesn't automatically translate into wins. While we moan about the MSU game last year, frankly the regular season could also easily have ended up 7-5.
I'd always rather have the press- and even Michigan fans- expecting less, not take things for granted, and then being pleasantly surprised, rather than going through the season disappointed by "underperforming".
All three of those predicted losses will not be easy, and they're on the road, which doesn't help. That said, if we don't get a win over OSU or MSU at the very least, the season will feel like a failure.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Nope. UCSD, to my knowledge,||
Nope. UCSD, to my knowledge, has never had a football team. It's part of the UC system and was founded in the 60s.
San Diego State is part of the Cal State system and has had a team since 1921. The're in the Mountain West.
Harbaugh coached the University of San Diego Toreros from 2004-2006, and are in the Pioneer League of the FCS. They do not offer scholarships, so they have to recruit like hell.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||You mean USD||
University of San Diego- the private, catholic school up on the hill.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||I honestly want to see all||
I honestly want to see all three (O'Korn, Speight and Morris) get some meaningful snaps throughout September, so that late in the season, no matter who the eventual starter is, we know that we have a reliable backup or two in there who can handle the pressure.
Don't want to have the whole season depending on the health of a single guy.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||10. Automate the strike||
10. Automate the strike zone
9. (Majors) Shorten the months of the season, but add more double-headers. Play first month of season in South America, Asia, and Africa. Finish World Series by the first week in October.
8. Trips to the mound cost 1-ball on the current or next batter.
7. Rather than eliminating instant replays, go immediately to 1 minute of TV commercials which are taken out of the 1 minute of commercials in the next half-inning. Any replays are shown after the break.
6. In extra innings, alternate the team that bats first and last. (Especially in playoffs- I hate watching games my teams play on the road in extra-innings. If they don't score, all they can do is lose).
5. (Majors) Wild-card series: best of 3 at park of team with better record.
4. a) Bringing in a relief pitcher means the team batting gets one extra out in the inning.
3. (College) play all summer in the northern climates.
2. College World Series concluding Labor Day weekend.
1 Three balls for a walk instead of four.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||"Soccer is constant end to||
"Soccer is constant end to end action."
Have to disagree. The ball is constantly rolling, but most of the players are walking or jogging into position, most of the time. Only occaisional bursts of full speed action, probably no more than baseball if you think about it..
For that matter, anyone who likes soccer should prefer hockey (ice or even field hockey), as the action is much more intense for a greater percentage of the time- the shortened length of the rink ensures that.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||How about 20 five-year scholarships per year?||
How about 20 five-year scholarships?
Theoretically you could have 100 athletes on scolarship at a time, but of course there would be attrition, probably to the 70-80 range. If you can hang on to them, and keep them in school, good for you.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Restart the clock after incomplete passes,||
Restart the clock after the ball is reset following incomplete passes, except in the last 3 minutes of the half.
One of the reasons many games (not all) run so long nowadays (besides televison commercuals) is the increased number of passes, which often means incomplete passes, which means stopping the clock. Restarting the clock would mean most regulation games could finish in under three hours, and games would be more uniform in length, which many fans and TV would love.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Eliminating scholarship limits is a bad idea||
Back before scholarship limits, schools would offer schorships to players they KNEW were never going to play, just so their rivals wouldn't get them. Who know's what they told the kids. You can imagine what a Saban would be telling them...
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Not sure if they were all on||
Not sure if they were all on scholarship, but I read somewhere that when Bear Bryant was at Texas A&M, they had 150 players- ON THE FRESHMAN TEAM. (Freshman were not eligible to play on the varsity until the early 70s).
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Sorry to say this, but I||
Sorry to say this, but I think ND (and NBC) probably values the USC series a little more than their series with Michigan, especially when it comes to ND recruiting and appealing to their "national fanbase" and alumni.
The only way we could get ND and USC to switch their series might be to offer a Michigan game at USC in some year for them play at ND two years in a row and switching from odd to even years (hopefully along with a future game at Michigan in a year they host ND).
|7 weeks 2 days ago||I'd like to see ND included||
I'd like to see ND included with other P5 conference representatives in some sort of rotation: 1 P5 opponent home, 1 P5 opponent away each season, rotated on 6 year cycles (e.g. Y1 home, Y4 away).
So every thiird year we get: a) a Big 12 team & an ACC team; b) ND & a PAC12 team; c) an SEC team & an All-America, another Indepedent, or another PAC12 team.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||See, this is why I don't like||
See, this is why I don't like the 4-team playoff. You still get schools scheming to do just enough to sqeak in.
Either no playoff at all, or a 6-8 team playoff, with P5 conference champions getting automatic berths, so they have no disincentives for scheduling more tough OOC opponents.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Do you think, perhaps, NBC||
Do you think, perhaps, NBC agreed to fork over the $2 million?