"You can't make me," Hoke said. "You're not my father."
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|3 hours 54 min ago||An analysis of yet another post full of win||
This post was awesome. Highlights, for those who didn't read it:
Brady is "not the best head coach but he is learning" - we wonder: what is he learning exactly? How to dissemble in front of the media? How to look incredibly overmatched by a job?
"Hoke is under enormous stress and its because of our own fans that this situation is being magnified" - it's our fault! If we just didn't say anything about the ineptitude of the staff, they wouldn't be under pressure, and the wins would start piling up.
"No one makes sound decisions if they are under the gun. I'll take you to the cleaners on that one." - I think the OP doesn't know what "taking someone to the cleaners" means. However, I do hope the OP doesn't take us to the cleaners, that would be bad.
"The special teams punt return was bad. You mean to tell me that ten guys cant tackle one guy? It's one less guy. Big deal." - And if you don't have ten, you have nine on the field. It's just two less guys! Come on, people. But at least here the OP admits, it was "bad".
"Put Wile back in there. ... The Iowa kicker didn't come close to him. Didn't need to." - A strong vote of confidence for Wile instead of Hagerup. A puzzling analysis about Iowa's kicker; no, he wasn't as good as Wile last year, but why doesn't he need to be? We may never know.
"Someone please tell me how it's Brady Hoke's fault that the offensive line cant handle simple techniques, play calls, schemes and fundamentals." - Blames the players, who, we learn, are football players and may be "dumb". Also, since he asks: it is Hoke's fault that players don't play well, because, you know, he is the coach.
"If these boys continue on this hike down, they just might end up some really dangerous cats with nothing to lose." - I just loved this sentence. Who isn't hoping that we end up as some "dangerous cats"?
"I'm trying to cut this short." - This didn't work out.
|13 hours 13 min ago||There is only one answer||
and it is Jim Harbaugh.
Let us hope the 49ers tank.
|13 hours 19 min ago||I'd be happy||
I'd be happy for the team, and even, I must admit, for Hoke. What a shitty week to go through for all of them; a win would feel good, and I think they all deserve that.
fwiw, I think that unless there is some miracle where everything starts "clicking" soon, Hoke should be fired.
|1 day 4 hours ago||unfortunate reality||
The unfortunate reality is that football is king, basketball queen, and all other sports* pawns (at best). The king and queen pay the bills, and make it possible for those student athletes to have their scholarships and attend the university "for free"**.
Thus, when the head of the AD is mismanaging football, it is a BIG deal, much bigger than his management (or mismanagement) of other sports. Honestly, old Dave-o could be f***ing up other sports too, we just wouldn't notice or care too much.
There is part of me that wonders why Universities support such large sports enterprises - and this entire incident has brought this strange practice onto center stage. Why do we need to have a tennis*** team to compete against other schools' tennis teams? It's not for the fans (I've seen how many show up - not many beyond parents). Who is it for? Why does it make the University a better place? Why can't students simply play intramural tennis if that's what they want to do? The entire operation is strange, and its over-professionalization seems increasingly out of place on a University campus.
* - I know, maybe hockey or some other sports warranted something better than being a "pawn". But it sounded better this way.
** - They don't really get to go to the university for free; they "pay" for it through their hard work and dedication to their sport. But you know what I mean.
*** - I don't mean to pick on tennis; pick any sport really, especially ones that few people follow.
|1 day 4 hours ago||if Brady loves Michigan so much||
if Brady loves Michigan so much, then if/when he is asked to resign, he should, and not take another penny from the institution.
|1 day 11 hours ago||pretty sure||
that no matter what party Brandon is part of, he is doing his job pretty damn poorly.
keep the politics to yourself.
|1 day 11 hours ago||this||
this was the best part:
"Dave Brandon if you read this, ..."
|1 day 13 hours ago||Reader71||
Reader71, you're so damn reasonable. I like the cut of your jib - and that's not just the beer talking.
|3 days 1 hour ago||WE NEED A NEW ANIMAL||
HENRY was for ENNUI.
We need something for the new mood: ANGER.
Here are some possibilities. An eagle:
A jaguar (?):
A cat, naturally:
Or maybe just this:
|3 days 5 hours ago||well||
at least we agree on one point:
"...and then medical'd Morris so that he could get another kid in on the recruiting class."
|3 days 5 hours ago||well||
"Having an exaggerated sense of one's own abilities" is what the dictionary says arrogance is, and to me, being willing to take on a premier job like Michigan with a Ball State/SDSU history and .500 record sounds like it fits the bill.
I don't think you can point to the first year (where he went 11-2 with someone else's players, largely by lucking into one Denard Robinson and adding a respectable defensive coordinator to a team poised for success) and somehow say "hey this guy could have been good, look!". The team has gotten worse and worse each year, and each week Hoke's explanations have remained the same: "execute", "toughness", etc. The only "dumb" thing is to think that somehow Hoke's tenure could have ended with anything other than mediocrity.
|3 days 15 hours ago||Some guy||
Has HAD ENOUGH!
|3 days 16 hours ago||Apologists...||
Gotta apologize, I guess.
|3 days 16 hours ago||Bronx||
You are coming off as a real apologist. It's some staffer's fault now. What do you think would happen to that staffer if Saban was the coach?
|3 days 16 hours ago||You're being||
Too kind. He accepted a job that was beyond him. That doesn't make him a good guy - it makes him arrogant. He will get what he deserves, maybe soon.
|3 days 21 hours ago||No||
|3 days 21 hours ago||Uh||
|3 days 21 hours ago||WHO||
WHO IS THE BEAR????
|4 days 2 hours ago||did||
did you say Sunny D?
|4 days 2 hours ago||I like||
I like the idea of DB trying his hand at coaching; it would be hilarious to see.
However, I have no idea why this would cause you to move your bowels while your pants are still on, "literally".
|4 days 2 hours ago||slight disagreement||
Well done as always - I enjoy reading this and the Boxscore piece on a weekly basis.
One quibble. You say "But I absolutely believe that he cares about Michigan football and is trying his best to make it a winner, just like everyone else involved with the program; to question the effort and desire put forth by the players and coaches is asinine."
I think you're missing the boat here. I'll just focus on the coaches part; let's leave the players out of it. I don't think anyone ever really questions the "effort" or "desire" of the coaches; they just question competence. You know how hard it is to get a job that pays you millions of dollars each year? Very few people in the world get such an opportunity; you think that the people who do would be *good* at what they do. When you get paid like that, and represent an institution like this one, you can't simply put in "effort" or have "desire", you have to get results.
In the end, no one cares whether the coaches want to win (because what coach ever hasn't wanted to win?) - we care about whether they do. Or, at least, whether they look like they could win. Or, that they look like they are getting better, so that one week they might win. This team hasn't looked like it's getting better in a long time, and that's why it's time for Hoke to go.
The other anger directed at Hoke is quite simple to understand as well: it's that he thought he could be the guy. He says he loves Michigan, but does he love it more than he loves himself? A more thoughtful guy might have realized that such a job was beyond his capabilities, and turned it down - heck, I've turned down jobs that I thought I wouldn't be good at (even if they paid more); Hoke thought he could do it and ran to Schembechler Hall. He wasn't good enough elsewhere to earn the job, except through his personal connections to Carr, etc. (no other major team would get anywhere near Hoke, even Indiana). But he was offered the job and thought he was the man for it. Sadly, he was wrong. And his hubris in thinking that it could work out is another source of our anger.
|4 days 10 hours ago||did||
did you say Schiano?
|4 days 21 hours ago||Yeah||
He even had to walk here from California to get the job!
|4 days 23 hours ago||Either way||
Dominoes or papa johns? There is only one winner then: diarrhea.
|5 days 21 hours ago||Now this made me laugh out loud||
Coincidentally I'm on the can.
|6 days 14 hours ago||trophy||
indicates that no one thought a normal football player would ever win the award.
|1 week 14 hours ago||People are so delusional||
Harbaugh would never wear an OSU hat.
|1 week 1 day ago||What I love||
about this response is the certainty: you must be Harbaugh, you know his thoughts so well.
|1 week 1 day ago||did somebody||
say Ron Zook?
Age, a cruel mistress...
|1 week 1 day ago||false choice||
you make it seem like the choice is "classy guy" or "SEC-like winner". Unfortunately, the answer has to be "both" - there are plenty of folks who play by the rules and win. The real danger is convincing ourselves otherwise...