Hoke was top notch at this aspect of his job.
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|15 hours 54 min ago||Negged for "Spartoons"||
|15 hours 58 min ago||This why those who got season tix this year are wise imo||
Winning will bring people back in droves. Those who boiught in this year (on the 3 pack deal from last year or for $150 in April) have bought low. There will be demand. An MNC in the next 10 years and you have to be looking at 120k
|1 day 9 hours ago||That's just silly.||
Peruse the comments section during the Olympics when my fellow Canadias were *definitely* going to lose to a) the Americans; b) the Russians and c) the Swedes. The pressure on the head coach of the Canadian team is unbelievable and, unlike the American team which is an interesting anecdote on the sporting landscape, the analysis of the Canadian team (inclusions/exclusions/coaching staff etc.) is a months long media exercise.
Babcock's Canadian team won with ridiculously effective defensive play in the last Olympics. That was application of his systems. He got buy in from the best players in the world to stop their usual roles and embrace defensive hockey (see Jamie Benn, Ryan Getzlaff and Corey Perry on a 2nd line and Patrick Marleau, Jonathan Toews and Jeff Carter on the checking line). Players win games. They won at the Olympics, handily, using Babcock's system.
Canada hasn't won gold at every Olympics despite having enough talent to send an a, b, and c team. Coaching matters. Canadians respect Babcock's efforts, believe me.
|1 day 9 hours ago||IDK...||
Pat Burns owned Toronto. I don't see any reason why Babcock can't have the same sort of impact and/or relationship with the media. Burns was at turns surly and irritable yet he won games and was beloved by the fanbase.
|1 day 13 hours ago||It is a smart move.||
The guy is going to get paid a zillion dollars in Toronto. If he wins a cup in Toronto he'll be sainted, schools will be named after him and he'll get his own postage stamp.
It's hard to describe the impact that winning a cup in Toronto would have professionally for him. Babcock is, I am sure, a confident guy. He could see where winning a cup in Toronto and ending the streak of horror would place him in the hockey pantheon. If someone is going to pay you like that to try, why not?
|1 day 13 hours ago||.................||
I'm sorry I didn't clarify that Les Miles did not become our coach. The "new Carr Les Miles" meme was a constant in the 06/07 MGoEra with the feelings of many in the fanbase along the lines of "we can do better" than Carr (having of course been in the conversation for a MNC game in 06).
The meme led to joyous celebration from many (I was admittedly hopeful) about RR. New isn't always better. But good luck replacing a Stanley Cup winner with your minor league championship coach.
|1 day 15 hours ago||I'm glad he's with the Leafs.||
As a Leafs/Browns/Cavs/Tribe fan I've seen more than my share of suffering these past years. Michigan used to be...well, Michigan. I'm hopeful about Harbaugh (got season tix, how about you?) and Babcock the same way.
The bottom line is that no matter how much people here try to convince themselves that somehow their team is better with Blashill running things they are completely wrong. You don't lose a Stanley Cup winning coach, an Olympic Gold medal winning coach and hell, a CIS winning coach and not be worse for it.
As a long suffering Leafs fan, I'm happy about that.
|1 day 15 hours ago||This is well said.||
As a Leafs fan I was pretty pleased with Babcock's decision to move to the centre of the hockey universe. Like it or not, that is Toronto. I think Wings fans (current vintage) all forget the Dead Wings era from 67 to 82 or even the early Yzerman years with one star player and nothing else through the early 90's. If people are glad to see Babcock go I think they should think about a saying typed often on these boards in the middle of the last decade "We need a new Carr with Les Miles". I think we all know how that worked out.
|2 days 12 hours ago||This is true.||
I also think that the defense is going to wreck people.
|2 days 19 hours ago||I'm keeping up hope||
That she will recover.
|3 days 10 hours ago||I'm glad somebody posted about this uniform business.||
|3 days 16 hours ago||Meh.||
Michigan has been down for about 8 years (miss you Lloyd). Harbaugh, for all of his Superbowl appearances, NFL coordinators, and development of ProBowl players still has ground to make up. It is what it is.
Wins will help.
His 'Exposure U' and trolling of the entire NCAA won't hurt either.
|4 days 14 hours ago||Four? Four Posts?||
|5 days 10 hours ago||Hmmmmm....||
I'm not quite so firm on not wearing Adidas (though I do enjoy my 1993 Nike Shooting Shirt) Hackett pretty much has to close the door on an era.
This would mean either Nike or UA...probably Nike if I had to guess. That said, as a Temple alumni I would be all about the UA...quality and well designed.
|5 days 14 hours ago||This.||
He was the god damned batting champion at 20 (twenty) years old. Fifteen time all star. I'd say he's got some credentials.
|6 days 12 hours ago||Treetops Used to be Nice...||
I suspect you could get a discount.
FWIW, I'm a UP/Sault vacationer but if you're just coming up once I'd recommend Grand Hotel Mackinac Island and then take a day trip to Tahquemenon Falls.
|6 days 13 hours ago||This...||
People who want to crap on Hoke for development probably have a reasonable case based on outcomes. The players he recruited, largely, had significant national offer lists.
|1 week 5 days ago||You cannot be serious...||
The UA stuff for Temple (which I buy in volume as a alumni though not in quantites that you buy Michigan gear), Northwestern and of late ND is excellent. Good quality, fits correctly, lasts for years and is huge with the young people (except you, WD, except you).
|1 week 5 days ago||I was about to weigh in on that||
|1 week 6 days ago||Meh.||
Dantonio is going to say that because he's won recently.
That said, Dantonio has to sleep rather uneasily with the knowledtge that in just a few short months Jim Harbaugh will meet him at midfield to ask him "what's your deal"? following a Michigan victory.
When Dantonio can't sell hope and can't sell results what will be left, anyway? Sofas?
|2 weeks 11 hours ago||Heh.||
I think if you bought it when they first came out...I lined up at the then equivalent of Electronics Boutique to get a PS1 in the mid 90's
Old moment that.
|2 weeks 11 hours ago||Srsly.||
Anger? Its an 18 year old committing to play football on a scholly at a rival school.
|2 weeks 11 hours ago||Heh.||
You forgot to list the pharmacist from East Lansing.
|2 weeks 11 hours ago||Hmmmm....||
How bout we give ol Jim Harbaugh a year or two to see if your thesis works out here.
He seemed plenty competitive with the USC's of the world (when they were straight ballin' under Pete Carroll)
Perhaps he's got this thing under control
|2 weeks 12 hours ago||D. Cone||
|2 weeks 15 hours ago||heh.||
They have meetings for that.
Listen, one day you will get older (I suspect you are younger than I am) and kids/wife/job will limit you to like an hour max per day.
Then the gaming rewards come slowly and you need the counsel of the MGo gaming community like myself.
|2 weeks 16 hours ago||Surprised||
A lot of MGo Playstation players
Apprently many enjoy the grind on Destiny.
|2 weeks 17 hours ago||Hmmmmmm....||
When was the last time Coach Beilein soured on anybody?
|2 weeks 17 hours ago||Spartan teary take:||
"He did not have a commitable offer"
"Coach Izzo soured on him"
"He was overrated by the recruiting services"
|2 weeks 1 day ago||IDK...||
but in this modern era, what exactly is the problem with a 1200 page MGo.pdf