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|1 hour 30 min ago||There was a college football preview this monrning||
in the Charlotte Observer listing eight bullet points of general interest about the upcoming season. Curiously, one of the lead observatiions and a picture to illustrate it, is that of our beloved head coach. And the tease header reads, time for Harbaugh to put up or shut up. Starting his second year, and he is already on the clock.
The gist of the point of the Orlando Sentinel writer is that a year after his arrival at Michigan, Harbaugh needs to get his team to the college football playoff to actually justify all the hype that he has helped generate about the program. And this is all because he has commented publicly on twitter about other coaches and promoted satellite camps.
This is the kind of media scorn that awaits thie team and program should it stumble and fail to reach the lofty heights of preseason expectations. Not that his hasn't always been the case for this program, But now the stakes are higher.
I am not concerned about this program's trajectory, and haven't been since our new coach was hired, but certainly there are others just waiting for a misstep. And anything can happen in this game. We should all realize the whole world is watching what happens in Ann Arbor this season.
|1 day 12 min ago||Herbie got chased out of Columbus||
by overzealous Bucknuts but always sees his school through a scarlet and gray prism, even when Michigan clearly has a more experienced team with next-level guys waiting to demonstrate what Corso correctly assessed. It's not a 2017 proposition, the tide is on the brink of turning. Either Herbie doesn't want to accept that or he hasn't done his homework
|2 days 52 min ago||That image of Harbaugh in the||
principal's office with his feet propped up on the desk, his hat back on his forehead while chewing a piece of licorice, reminds me of the time as a kid Harbaugh sat behind Bo's desk and the old coach walked in to find him there, and asked him in no uncertain terms why he was there. I'm sure Harbabaugh was echcoing that moment with Harris when he repeated that move with the kid. Why? Because it resonates to his childhood and his first time really connecting with his old mentor.
Harbaugh does a lot stuff that rekindles his childhood growing up in Ann Arbor. That was an incredibly memorable time for him. And it's amazing to see him incorporate a lot of the stuff that happened to him into his Michigan coaching. The satellite camp stuff is part and parcel of that. It might be looked at as a crass recruiting tool, but Harbaugh views it far differently than his critics believe.
|2 days 1 hour ago||I think I have missed one Michigan game||
in the last two decades. The one I missed was the last night game Michigan played against Penn State due to my nephew's wedding, though we were all required to watch Miss. St. play Auburn before, during and after the weddung cerremony. The groom and groomsmen all graduated from Miss. St. This was actually a huge game for the Bulldogs who won that day.
While living in Ann Arbor, I missed watching a game back in 1994 due to a Cub Scout campout. But I did get to listen to it on the radio while doing campout stuff. The game was against Indiana, so I didn't feel too deprived.
I took special precautions to ensure I wouldn't miss a road game that Michigan played in 2003 versus Minnesota on a Friday night. We had just sold our house in Ann Arbor, and the closing was that very morning, and I was scheduled to leave for North Carolina, a 12-hour ttrip, as early as possible so I get there in time for the 8 p.m. kickoff. This was the game where Michigan fell way behind the Gophers and staged an incredible second half comeback to win.
I arrived moments before kickoff, and was able to watch that game in my new home christened by one of the best comebacks in Michigan football history.
|2 days 3 hours ago||Maybe you've uncovered his real motviation for that||
sex change operation.
|2 days 3 hours ago||Anthony Bourdain actally included a||
Waffle House visit as part of a Southern swing through exotic world eateries. Has Waffle House become so common its now transcended into foodie nirvana? Wondering outloud. Haven't been to Waffle House or IHOP in decades.
|2 days 20 hours ago||Legend of the Fall.||
There is, apparently, no pride in stealing a phrase from a legend who coached the the current team's coach, before their fall awaits.
Here's my take on this Little Brother crime of passion, Dantonio is tired of his team taking a backseat to Michigan in preseason recognition and wants to motivate his group by this challenge. My only takeaway from it is that he is running scared, knowing he got beat last year and survived on luck, and knowing luck won't save him this year. Superstition is the way.
There is Superstition. Thirteen months of maybe, seven years of bad luck, good things in the past. When you believe in things you don't understand, you suffer. We will make them suffer. Those who wait, will get their revenge in spades and then enjoy the championships that follow.
|4 days 1 hour ago||Yes but the reason why||
changes from clever to cleverly idioitc in an ironic way.
|4 days 21 hours ago||Irregardless.||
I think that non-sequitor applies. We owe them a bunch of lost weekends over the new milennium They are on the schedule. And they are therefore road kill waiting to happen.
|4 days 21 hours ago||Yes, you may retire from the field of battle||
without retiring from lifelong pursuits.
|5 days 36 min ago||Well, let's all be clear about something,||
if Ohio State were forced to appear twice in a row at Michigan, there is no way that wouldn't be just an in-home and conference issue, it would be a national one, and columnists here and abroad would be raising it to a national debate.
The fact that our former AD was forced into accepting the double scheduling with MSU, which is the rivalry game date that needs to be unhinged from the home away coupling with OSU, can occur more quickly should Michigan take care of business this season and win the East. That would mean that each school has won the division once in the past three seasons under the revised division format.
What's more, the conference might be less inclined to schedule MSU, OSU and Michigan back-to-back as recompense for that other scheduling quirk. Who knows?
But the fact is, Michigan ought to challenge that scheduling to correct the imbalance that no other in the conference has been forced to deal with. Not like Perdue has been forced to play Indiana and Notre Dame on the road in the same year unless it scheduled itself that way. No other school has been forced to play its natural rival let alone an in-state one two years consecutively on the road. Michigan did get a trophy rival, Minnesota, and Indiana as consecuitve home opponents in compensation. But again that is different from beng forced to play you in-state rival twice on the road and then compete against both it and your primary rival on the road every other year.
|5 days 1 hour ago||The most important word that we respond||
to as human beings are the sound and pronunciation of our name. That is a fundamental truth in all communication.
Michigan benefitted from a cyclone of attention when these guys first committed from the defeat of Florida in the bowl game, to spring break practice in Florida and then the satellite camp debate. All of that put Harbaugh and his program front and center in SEC land and made him the go-to guy. Now, the coach is busy with his season prep work and his recruiting staff is doing the background stuff to keep recruits contacted and informed. And when things go awry, when you misspell a recruit's name, when you fail to follow up properly, when a recruit feels less valued and is being courted closer to home and nagged about staying in state to fulfill his college football experience, those pressures weigh on a young kid.
And when that kid's parents aren't fully behind his choice of school or think he ought to reconsider, the pressure goes stronger to decommit. Everyone responds according to their nature, upbringing and personality.
All you can do is redouble your effort if the kid is just needing some breathing space, and doing so by remaining a presence not a saturating, overindulgent voice challenging his decision-making. That's what kills any romance and a recruit's desire to stay with the school that first sold him. Maybe Michigan doesn't get these guys back.
It looks bad to see this trend but it's part and parcel of the process. And you just have to roll with it and look how it can positively benefit your program down the line, perhaps altering hour methodology or finding a better replacement. What's most important is learning from the situation.
|1 week 1 hour ago||Well, every one||
of the challenge teams on Michigan's schedule as road games, the rivals and Iowa, are all ranked in the Top 20 to start. So, if that were to hold then Michigan beating them at their venue would make an even stronger case for Michigan's season-ending spot, hopefully in the Top four.
Plus there are early season challenges ahead for most of the Top 20 that Michigan will not face giving the Wolverines an early season chance to rise before they face the hardest part of their schedule in late October and November. That is a good recipe for playoff entry. Get ranked high early, stay there until it's winning time, then state your case.
|1 week 1 day ago||I mean who is looking ahead to next year.||
But imagine, just for a moment, a Dline with Mone, Owenru and Gary plus Hudson and a few other underclassmen yet to make their mark Think you can dig that front? I think so. Who's got it better than us?
|1 week 1 day ago||Well, apparently at Baylor,||
something more than football success stirs the soul on campus and gives us greater hope for salvation or at least connection with the world at large
|1 week 1 day ago||I concur. Michigan all the way or||
college football firmament be damned.
|1 week 2 days ago||Because Lochte is from Charlotte,||
there is a front page story today in the Charlotte Observer in which his dad completely backs his son's story and wonders why there is any "controversy" over the matter. He said the swimmers did nothing to provoke the situation and were robbed at gunpoint.
However, the story also notes that while Lochte was still in Rio, and told his account of the story to police and on the Today show, he declined to speak with Olympic officials about it for fear that he and the others might get in trouble. The story contains no new response from Lochte personally, but his dad mentions that he went to pick up his car and buy a new wallet upon his arrival since it was taken from him in Brazil.
"Why would anyone fabricate anything? It's totally ridiculous," Lochte's father, Steve, is quoted as saying.
There was also no new additional information from his attorney in the case who released the statement (probably written by someone his office) for news consumption.
Brazilian authorities, meantime, reportedly have failed to locate the driver of the taxi nor any witnesses.
Apparently, in the statement that Lochte and one other swimmer gave Rio police, they acknowledged being intoxicated, couldn't describe the color or type of the taxi they rode in, and couldn't isolate when their confrontation wtih the alleged robber occurred. Supposedly, the robber took the swimmers money, Lochte's wallet, but left their cell phones and credentials.
The story caused initial confusion for Olympics officials and police who then got a judge to order the passports of the remaining swimmers to be withheld until their stories could be corroborated, and they were pulled off the plane for that reason.
Lochte has not changed his account of the alleged robbery since first making it public. And no one has said how much money they were forced to rurn over at gunpoint or any other specific details other than Lochte's contention about being pulled over in the taxi and then being being robbed with a cocked gun to his forehead.
Oddly, there is no mention of any gas station stop or alledged restroom visit and alleged damage where police say a security camera caught them on tape.
|1 week 2 days ago||What we have here is failure||
to communicate. It appears as some other Mgobloggers have noted in prior threads related to this story that alements of the stories told by both sides appear to be true, that at some point the swimmers were contronted by an armed uniform guard, probably a gas station security guard, who demanded money for the damage allegedly caused by the swimmers.
Here's where to story loses focus: after the allegations by both sides that there was no robbery but there was a situaiton at the gas station. What caused it and how those people at the the sttion responded is apparntly the substance of the story as we now know it. Yes, the story is embarrassing for all concerned. But, of course, the reason why there is no understanding now is because of the complete lack of understanding as the events ocurred on the night of the incident, as things got lost in translation.
Brazilian justice apparently revolves around money. Obviously, Lochte skipped Rio to avoid further contact with police and Brazilian justice. His fellow teammates weren't so lucky. And why one guy was willing to pony up $10,800 to get his passport back while the others avoided payment may be only be because he could afford it and the others couldn't.
Why did carousing swimmers traveling in a local taxi cause damage at a gas station? The odd thing is the disconnect between the Olympic pr and police statements stemming from this. They are like night and day. The cops want to prosecute and Olympic organizers just want to let it go.
|1 week 2 days ago||I'll feel better when his team finally loses a road game||
but that shouldv've happened in Ann Arbor three years ago when the talent difference was wider than a country mile and only a failed fourth down call was the difference. Hoke's teams played OSU tough every time. I will always give him that.
|1 week 2 days ago||Why, when has MSU out-recruited Michigan?||
Quite frankly, the worst margin of losing outside the Rodriguez era between Michigan and Ohio State was last year. OSU has to play Sparty and Michigan back to back this season. I wouldn't want that schedule. I guess I just don't buy this trending view except from the standpoint of the current outlook because you don't know what either team wiil look like at any point forward. It's just speculation.
The Buckeyes will be challenged in E. Lansing just as Michigan will. But rival games are always distinct from other Big Ten matchups. It's rare, in fact, when you don't get either a close game or a blowout because of the energy and commitment involved regardless of the venue.
I just don't get the MSU-OSU mindset about their matchup, which seems to gravitate more toward mutual respect than, of course, either shows when facing Michigan. This might be true only because of Dantonio's past connection to Columbus.
I think I am less skeptical of the recruiting rankings and player separation status given the current coaching our guys get. The difference in ahtletic ability is based on looking at each guy as an individual performer in a game where success is mostly-unit based. While one athlete can make a difference on both sides of the ball, I would have to argue that Michigan currently sports the most dynamic player in college football. And having him and Rashan Gary counts for something when other players are making school choices.
Is it a lock that Peppers won't be around next year? I guess that depends on what happens this season, and the same can be said for Ohio State even with a smaller class to fill.
|1 week 2 days ago||Saw BG in pads last Saturday in their stadium||
off 75 coming back from Lake Michigan, then stopped at a gas station opposite the field. When we pulled up, a family dressed in Spartan gear got out at nearby bay and then this Honda delightlfully colored in blue with maize accents over the car's exterior parked near the front entfrance of the station.
My Sparty wife, was going into the convenience store when she noticed the car and had to comment to the female driver about her car. She said, "Wow, you must be brave driving that car around here."
The woman responded, "Not really." People get used to it," Then added, "But you know you get closer to the season starting, because you get a lot of middle fingers" when you drive by.
As Desmond used to say when he got the finger from Buckeyes, "Thank you very much. Thank you very much."
I don't care what time of year it is, when I drive through Ohio, it always feels like alien and enemy territory no matter what my license plate says. And it's always safer driving without a Michigan reference on your vehicle.
|1 week 2 days ago||The first time I saw that photo, I asked||
why is Stan Laurel being presented on a Michigan blog. Obvously, upon closer inspection, it is the great Fielding Yost. But first glance, he's a double for the comedian and pratfall partner of the Laurel and Oliver Hardy comedy team.
|1 week 2 days ago||Yes, I concur.||
Got a block M adidas for Christmas last year and still haven't worn it publicly. It now adorns my Michigan room atop a lamp. I kind of like that adornment. And never turn the lamp on. I still wear my Bo hat which precedes our last Championship season, which I am thinking will be renewed this year because it's our time again.
|1 week 3 days ago||Actually, this is this blog's||
second reference to that football period in Michigan history in two days. Yesterday the thread on top Michigan players all-time led to a link that listed MgoBlue's previous ranking of all-time Michigan athletes covering that period in time with mention of several players including Willie Heston and a defender who innovated the linebacker position at Michigan during this incredible period of the school's early football supremacy.
You may not appreciate the past in connection with today's modern version of the game, but the guys who played back then were the best athlketes of their day and played whomever they could compete against.
|1 week 3 days ago||I'm guessing this becomes||
an ugly American tale of bad behavior gone bizarrely wrong but will soon be forgotten after getting the usual wash n' dry treatment through the end of the Olympics.
Let's put it this way, Lochte, who trained for the games in Charlotte, is beyond the reach of Brazilian authorities.
But he has put his fellow swimmers in jeopardy by his actions. Depending how this turns out, there will be lots of explaining to do by both sides.
Going platinum did nothing to improve Lochte's disposition in this case. He just looks the part of an entitled American on holiday who didn't realize the impact of his behavior on Rio current events. But he was smart enough to leave town before the authorities closed in.
|1 week 3 days ago||I concur with the analysts's point that||
Jim Harbaugh entered Michigan without the need to prove himself to the media or be dogged by it. We just had to find out how it was gonna be. And, now we know. He's had plenty of opportunity to deal with all kinds of reporting for a long time, so the idea that he has to placate those who ask questions he chooses not to answer, begs the question when he last did so. Our coach rises to issues of interest and sort of enters into a placation zone when he gets questions of placating substance.
In that regard, he is no different than any other big time coach. And quite honesty, when Saban gets a question he doesn't want to answer, he takes those who press him about it to task in no uncertain terms. You just don't go there.
In SEC country, where offending folks is an old-time religion sin and where you don't talk about things you don't want to talk about, Paul Finebaum finds it easier to attack Jim Harbaugh over nothing compared to the rough and tumble media insults slathered by Saban, the Godfather of the coaching fraternity, who long ago made his bones with the media and now barely tolerates their necessary connection to the game he coaches.
Always remember where you came from and how you want to be viewed when you leave the stage.
|1 week 4 days ago||No, it's not. The original state school in Ohio is Ohio||
University, not Ohio State. Apparently, your insecure fan base and university community felt the need to distinguish your school from the one in Athens just because.
Gee, all the folks that I know who went to OU, never concerned themselves with that distinction or history lesson. It's Ohio State which felt underapprecitated and therefore pushed to have the precede its mention. I mean that the doesn'r translate when you do your O-H-I-O cheer, now deoes it? In fact, there is no mention of state in any of the fanfare and i-dotting in any of your school's traditions. So why do you all feel so insecure about your school name?
|1 week 4 days ago||I find it curious that this particular news item would generate||
insterest from Buckeye backers, enough to come here and comment on what is essentially one of those issues that coach and the media tend to battle over from time to time, greater access and more information about internal coaching decisions that frequently cause a scene.
In recent days, this is the second time I've read a national correspondent or talk show host suggest that Jim Harbaugh's shelf life in Ann Arbor will be limited because he gets on everyone's nerves and wears out his welcome and so he will soon be seeking greener pastures, possibly in the NFL. Really, based on what evidence? This conclusion is about as stupidly shortsighted as were the ongoing predictions about's Harbaugh's desicion-making during his final days as coach of the San Francisco 49ers.
The guy just got here and started on his Michigan legacy. Why would he leave? And where is the public negativity about him except from afar by people who judge his character as cartoonish and then predict how he will respond based on nothing more than overheated bullshit.
Can I offer a little insidght about the feeling for Coach Harbaugh among Michigan fans: We want this guy for as long as he wants to coach here.
He's done nothing but improve this program and reshaped the mindset of his roster and program and put it in discussion phase as a possible playoff challenger this season. What's not to like -- that he didn't beat MSU and Ohio State -- yet?
Michigan fans don't care about his media relations. If he wants to communicate, he will. That's the media headache figuring out the boundaries of dealing with him and his program. The press has a job, and I respect their curiouslty on our behalf, and I haven't actually heard any Michigan press people bitch about their treatment. It just comes from afar by someone commenting without a stake in local coverage with no responsibility about offering his opinion on the matter. And it's an opinion not highly regarded, for that matter.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||In certain respects, Chapel Hill||
is similar to Ann Arbor.
But living in NC, there seems to be a reluctance to condemn the academic fraud that has been uncovered. Locally, in the Charlotte Observer, the state's largest newspaper, the attitude toward this controversy has been muted, waiting for the last shoe to drop. Only it hasn't. So, why worry.
The focus has centered on; the school's ability to persuade anyone who will listen that its top coach, Roy Williams had no inside, separate or even much casual knowledge of the sham African American study courses, no show claases and fake papers that allowed so many members of its celebrated basketball players to remain eligible with GPA's that towered over their grades in other classes. This went on for 18 years and yet all of the coaches who spent so much time working with UNC's affected football and basketball players connected to the scandal claimed to know almost nothing about the academic shenanigans.
Here is a link ro a story written two years ago that offers an interesting perspective on the scandal's fallout for the NCAA http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/2014/10/23/7041929/how-the-unc-....
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Really, North Carolina is not relevant as a basketball||
state, not important to Nike since its owner helped lift the game and re-established its dominance every week during the 80's after Larry and Magic relit its lamp and Jumpman carried its torch.
Charlotte's city council passed an ordinance proposed by its Democratic female mayor to permit the city's lesbian and transgender population to use whatever bathrooms they identified with as their restroom of choice.
The Republican-controlled legislature in Raliegh, in knee-jerk reaction, immediately acted to overturn that ordinance by pushing through a statewide law that banned such a proposal.
Consider that. this was a local measure affecting only Charlotte and passed to help ensure the NBA would keep its all-star game in the city and the GOP-led legislature reacted by passing HB2 denying transgender residents of North Carolina the right to choose an appropriate restroom based on their defined gender.
That measure was immediately signed into law by the former Mayor of Charlotte and now governor, a puppet of the conservative movement, who while acting as a onetime high school basketball official, once officiated a game involving Michael Jordan, principal owner of the Charlotte Hornets.
In subsequent special session, in spite of widespread protest and challenge, the legislature failed to amend the law in any meaningful way forcing the NBA decision announced today. This wasn't because of the people of Charlotte. This was a conservative movement decision in the state capitol as an election year reactionary standard. Consider that Jordan will be the honorary captain for Michigan's home opener against Hawaii, and the state of North Carolina has slapped their favorite son and most decorated sports athlete ever in the face by passage of this stupid politcally-motivated law.