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|1 week 1 day ago||Tate||
If Tate learned to "play school" too and wasn't a headcase it would have been very interesting to see how he developed. He could throw very well on the run and was pretty darn accurate.
|1 week 2 days ago||I understand||
I understand the sentiment and do recognize the importance of history. My point was that what we do defines us rather than where we came from. Our history and ancestry is important when it comes to respecting respectable tradition and the lessons/values learned in the past, but it ought not to define us. There is an element of pride in history, and it ought to be used to motivate us to do positive things to the extent that it can motivate. When it comes to football I get the sense that history and tradition is becoming less and less of a motivator. When it comes to Michigan football it seems like there are a lot of folks who love to quote Bo and talk about the accomplishments of Yost and Crisler, but that isn’t going to bring us any victories. It could lure a couple of recruits, but if there isn’t a coaching staff or team mentality that is “win the game” then all is lost.
|1 week 3 days ago||What do you root for||
Do you root for a team or a program? The basis of fandom is not rooted in the program rather in the team. Being a fan is about the present not about the past. Sure we like to bring up the past to make our experience more exciting or to foster a greater connection to the program, but ultimately what it comes down to is the fact that the team that you are going to root for is not coached by Yost or Crisler or Bo. There is only one team you root for an that is the present team because anything else is impossible.
All that other stuff is nice, but you don't root for the 69 wolverines now because that is history. When times are tough you make tough decisions for the present and future and not hide in the past.
|1 week 6 days ago||Jim Tressel or Brian Kelly||
Seriously though, both of those coaches were hired to D1 programs from D2 or D1AA and they did fine. The key is finding a coach who knows how to win and demands nothing less than excellence from his players. If there is a coach at a lower level who has his team at the top every year and has won championships I could get behind a hire like that. If we focus too much on a few big name guys we may end up having to settle if we aren't able to reel them in.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Congrats||
Congrats. Remember there is always something that has been written or that someone has done that tells you that you are parenting incorrectly. Parents are always eager to give advice because they want to help and they may have a few things that were positives in their adventure. This can overwhelm, so remember that all kids are different, with different personalities, skill sets, talents, and react to different stimuli. What works for one may not work for another. Learn to smile and nod politely.
I got my daughter a stuffed wolverine from the M Den which we named Charles. We taught her to say "go blue". She recognizes Michigan and football so when I get excited and shout during the game she says "go blue."
Indoctrination is important from a fandom perspective, but I'm going to try to leave the academic side of it out. If my daughters go to college I want them to be able to make an objective decision. We like to joke about the poor academics at other schools, but when it comes down to it success academically and professionally is on the student and not the educator.
I hope you enjoy yourself. Kids are fun to have around.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Fun||
The ND rivalry has been fun. With some exceptions, the games have been very competative and very exciting. I can't think of another team that we've consistently played that has had a higher percentage of exciting games.
It has very much been a rivalry between two equals. Say what you will of UofM's current dominance in the series, but historically and traditionally these teams are as close to equals as any two schools in the country. This is probably why there is a lot of hatred between the schools. If UofM were a Catholic school we would be ND and vice versa. Many UofM and ND fans try so hard to rationalize fundamental differences when the reality is that there isn't much of a difference.
Both schools like to take pride in the history of the game and their influence on it, and both schools have had a big influence. Why we wouldn't want to see them play with a greater frequency is beyond me. I will miss the series because without it we don't have any non-conference rivals. We will get excited about a big name opponent, but there won't be anything deeper than excitement. There is no since of rivalry when we play Washington or UCLA or VT or Florida because those schools don't mean anything to Michigan. It's more exciting to watch a game when it means more than a win or a loss.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||This makes sense||
When it comes to Michigan's rivalries I would rank OSU as the No. 1 rival but MSU as the most hated.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||True||
That extends from western Ohio through the entire states of Indiana and Illinois.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Best Case 12-0||
From what I remember from last year the game against MSU was close until our offense ineptness coupled with their great defense wore us out. I bet that if we fielded a functional offense last year's game would have been really close. I can see us winning that gamein a best case scenario.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Arm Chair||
Things were a lot nicer when we hoped for exciting matchups but didn't play armchair athletic director.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||True||
I would bet there are a lot more blue and white shirts in closets than maize. In fact I would bet that yellow shirts outside of team colors are pretty rare in comparison.
This works well for the teams with a base color that is more prevalent like white, red and black.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Comparison||
I think a lot of this thinking is the comparison of Shane to Russell. It was pretty clear that Shane was not overwhelmed in his first real appearance whereas Russell was.
What we now optimistically believe is that Shane can follow the normal progression from backup to solid starter. While he is only a sophomore and needs to improve there is hope based on his performance. It will be a step down from Shane to Gardner, but there is hope that if Devin goes down we won't lose the rest of our games.
WRT Russell he may have gotten over his experience and could be much better now than he was at Nebraska.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Important||
Eat a pasty or twelve.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||A few places||
Sleeping Bear Dunes/NW Lower Michigan is a great place to go.
My honeymoon was on Isle Royale and I can't wait to get back there. It is the least visited NP, so there aren't many people there. There is great hiking and some great views. It is very peaceful.
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. If you camp check out Little Beaver Lake Campground. there are only about a dozen sites, but there is 1-1.5 mile path that leads to a quiet Lake Superior beach. You can hike along the shore for quite a ways without running into anybody. If you are not afraid of the dark make that hike at night with a clear sky.
Porcupine Mountains State Park.
Castle Rock is a quick stop and pretty neat.
Sea Shell City.
Depending on your interest in Catholicism/Christianity The Cross in the Woods at Indian River can be a nice stop.
Have lunch or dinner at The Turkey Roost in Kawkawlin.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Dam Site Inn||
The Dam Site Inn has great burgers. I went there once in college and came away impressed. It's not much to look at, but it was good.
|19 weeks 5 days ago||I disagree||
I actually think that the chemistry with that lineup may be pretty good. Burke, Stauskas, and McGary are all unselfish players. Webber is known as being a great passer and I don't see passing and selfishness from a big man. Maybe McGary and Webber cancel out. I'd replace McGary with Howard then. Glen Rice may be the wild card here.
|19 weeks 5 days ago||Thought||
Would 2013 be better if 2014 Stauskas replaced 2013 Stauskas coupled with 2012 Burke replacing 2013 Burke?
|19 weeks 5 days ago||Another thought||
1 - 2013 Burke
2 - 2014 Stauskas
3 - 1989 Tourney Rice
4 - 1993 Webber
5 - 2013 Tourney McGary
Coach - Beilein
This lineup features two deadly shooters not including Burke, great passing from at least four spots, and above average ball handling across the board.
|20 weeks 4 days ago||Redshirting freshmen||
I understand that line is a very difficult position, physically, for a freshman to play which is why the vast majority redshirt their first year. However, there are situations in which there is a player that may be physically ready to play as a freshman that should play immediately. This isn't just a matter of the best players have to play, but for the future.
Bosch played as a freshman and I think that will help him out considerably for this year. I feel much more comfortable with a true sophmore than a redshirt freshman simply from a game experience perspective. Kalis probably should have played as a freshman which would most likely have made the line better last year as he would have either been a returning contributer or returning starter. If Cole is ready, I'd like to see him log minutes this year for the sake of next year.
When experience and depth are established can we go back to only playing freshmen on the line when they are ready to start.
|21 weeks 4 days ago||Valid Point||
I'm not sure why this was downvoted, but you raise a valid point. Many fans point to the rigorous academic standards at UofM as a selling point that a good education can be had here. This comes with the fact that some aren't admitted. I'm thinking that grad school admittance is a bit more difficult than undergrad admittance.
|22 weeks 21 hours ago||A few thoughts||
There is clearly a problem with the stadium not filling up. It is much more recognizable in the student section. Michigan had a problem with attendance and Canham did quite a bit of interesting things to fix it while Bo certaintly helped. In the discussion of student attendence there seems to be a few sticking points, but I think everything should be on the table.
Revenue loss needs to be considered as an option to fill up the stadium. This may be some sort of combination of lowering student ticket prices or offering "_____ days" in which a certain group of people can get into the stadium at a reduced cost. I would be partial to young families or youth groups or something like that to get a younger generation more exposure. If revenue goes down in the short term to increase attendence in the long term, it needs to be considered.
Reducing student ticket allotment should be on the table. I would consider cutting by up to 50%. This may be coupled by changing how student tickets are sold. Instead of season tickets, it could be at the door tickets that are paid for at game time. Students scan an M card at the gate and pay for and are granted admission to the game. The amount of available tickets can vary on a game by game basis as the department works to market toward individual groups.
I think changing the pricing and attendence rules are a good idea, but it is not a long term solution, as it relies on pricing and incentives rather than desire to attend. The problem is that there are empty seats, and the solution is to market those empty seats to individuals who may be able to pay and maybe giving tickets away to large groups.
|22 weeks 4 days ago||That is a valid concern||
I understand that there may be multiple angles. This may require setting some cameras as official angle cameras and limiting how many angles are really reviewed.
I like replay and think that it helps out the game, but the amount of time spent seems a bit ridiculous at times.
I would prefer not to limit time with regards to flagrant fouls. That's another issue entirely where the review is for intent rather than result.
|22 weeks 4 days ago||I understand||
I am not arguing against replay. I am just saying that if a call is blatantly wrong then it won't take more than 45 seconds to determine what the correct call should have been. If a replay is taking 2+ minutes how can the evidence be that conclusive?
|22 weeks 4 days ago||Bad calls happen||
Yes, sometimes there are going to be bad calls. Some of those calls will go against your rooting interest. That's part of the game.
|22 weeks 4 days ago||Replay time bugs me||
Replay, although a good idea, is intended to fix bad calls and not turn humans into robots. Basketball and football are games played by humans and reffed by humans. We all make mistakes and that is just part of the game. I wish replay were only about removing blatantly horrible calls from the game and provide a little bit of clarity on calls that aren't so horrible, but still wrong.
I wish there was a time limit of, say, 45 seconds per replay. If nothing conclusive is found then the call stays as it is and there isn't 5 minutes of deliberation. If the call is wrong then it can't be that bad if a 45 second replay didn't clearly show otherwise.
|24 weeks 6 days ago||Headless||
Fan tip #1: never use your head. Blind optimism is best!
|25 weeks 21 hours ago||Different than Burke||
Walton will never be the same player that Burke was because he isn't. Burke was the superstar point guard because that's just who he is. Walton does not appear to fit that same mold. He has superstars that he can dish to, so he might never be the guy like Burke was because frankly the team does not need him to be.
They both play the same position, but they are two very different players. I can see Walton developing a better jump shot than Burke, and play better defense than Burke, and have a similar A/TO margin. His usage on offense will most likely not come close to what Burke's was thus he will most likely never be the NPOY, or have the accolades that Burke had.
The mark of a great player, and person really, is recognizing your gifts and talents and understanding how to make those talents improve others. This team needs Walton to fill a much different role than last years team needed out of Burke. Realizing that is what will make Walton great and the team great.
|25 weeks 1 day ago||I win my bracket||
UM over Tenn 79-65
UL over UK 69-67
UVA over MSU 65-61
ISU over CONN 72-64
That would give me 7/8 in the elite 8 in my bracket.
|27 weeks 3 days ago||TO Adjustments||
In basketball I would think that the offense has a bit more control over turnovers. However, turnovers most likely contribute to defensive efficiency. Thus on a matchup basis the efficiencies are relative. If VCU is a good defensive team due to their pressure and forcing turnovers and Michigan is very adept at mitigating that then VCU’s efficiency, on a relative basis, is much lower than the stats show. Also, zone defenses against an average shooting team are going to be much more efficient than against a great shooting team.
With regards to Michigan, I see matchup problems with teams that can man up effectively and contest shots rather than force a lot of turnovers. It would make sense if we struggle with smaller quicker teams that have athletes that can run and stay with our guys.
These general stats are nice to look at but they don’t really paint the best picture because basketball is often a game of matchups.
|28 weeks 29 min ago||Not sure what this means||
Bucks could win the lottery, so either stauskis is a top 5 pick or he drops out of the first round. Would like to see him there. I may go to my first game if that happens.