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|13 hours 40 min ago||That's why 2011 was so much fun||
And also why I become irrationally angry every time someone calls that season nothing but "luck".
|13 hours 42 min ago||Yeah I get aggrivated at that||
The flippant way 2011 is discussed as purely "lucky", and yet while psychoanalyzing last year luck isn't brought up at all.
And it could very well be that chemistry plays into the differences. How much? Well, it's impossible to really tell, because chemistry is an "x-factor" that can't really be analyzed by stats. The 2011 team had a lot of chemistry, and it's no coincidence that it was our most senior-laden team of recent memory.
And as far as luck goes...I kind of subscribe to the Mike Babcock school of thought. Oh sure, there is luck that you can't control, but if your work ethic remains unchanged in the face of bad luck, you will eventually make your own luck. And I think chemistry plays into that. The 2011 team won teh Sugar Bowl with a ton of luck involved, but part of it was the team just believing they would win, never giving up, etc etc. How else can you beat ND like we did that year? Last year was the first time I can ever recall seeing a Hoke team flat out giving up in a game. And it's hard to believe that chemistry didn't play a role in that.
PLus think about how variable the team was last year. One week they're ripping up ND and OSu, the next they can't buy a yard to save their lives at times against Nebraska and Akron and Uconn. There are a multitude of reasons for those, but it's also possible that bad chemsitry was the feedback mechanism for why the season lows were SO BAD.
|4 days 8 hours ago||Yup||
That is exactly how football works. Case closed, everyone!
|7 weeks 4 days ago||You know nothing, DrueDown||
You know nothing, DrueDown
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Meh||
All this does is confirm what we all knew was probably happening all along. And honestly? In a weird way, this helps Michigan,because we don't want the sorts of kids who are so easily swayed by that BS to come here anyway.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Yup||
It takes a lot to make my jaw drop (especially knowing what GoT does to its characters routinely)...but hot damn, that sure did it. Awesome scene.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Dude deserves an Emmy||
He is arguably the best actor on the whole show, and that's saying a lot because there is a lot of great acting on this show.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||I really dislike this continued argument||
Did the offense cause the defense to give up a bajillion points against Indiana and Ohio State? I mean there were times that what you're saying is true...but let's not act like the defense was perfect either if only for the offense. I recall a specific 80 yard drive given up in about 30 seconds against PSU. And while we like to blame the offense mostly for that loss (which I agree with)...the D played its part too.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Me too||
I don't get the constant fretting over the worst case scenario. Yeah it could happen, but Michigan could also win the Big Ten this year. Don't see much anyone obsessing over the latter though.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||I watched it last night using HBOGO||
About 30 minutes after the TV premier. Soooo...yeah.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Nah||
Daniel Tosh is really Lane Kiffin.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||Kinda makes me sick to read||
Comments defending Sterling.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||Ok||
How about the millions of dollars he's made in settlements over accusations of racial discrimination? That is far more serious than this...disappointing that it would take a tape like this to out him publicly in the media. But it's hard to have any sympathy whatsoever for a bigot. His rights were not violated in the least. Most states are one-party tape consent states.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||I agree||
Especially since, in many cases, the kids choose a school based on the coaches. It's kind of ridiculous that a coaching staff can pack up and leave whenever they want, but the kids aren't allowed to follow them unless they sit out a year. Oh sure, it's unfair to the school that has a coach leave, but that's the way it has been anyway.
|14 weeks 14 hours ago||The rule is dumb||
But even if some disagree with that...the punishment is unbearably ridiculous.
|14 weeks 16 hours ago||Meanwhile||
Mitch will play in the NBA and no one will give a flying fuck that he smoked pot once.
|14 weeks 16 hours ago||Oh please let this not be a joke||
I would love to see this happen.
|14 weeks 16 hours ago||Man||
I am conflicted. On the one hand, I applaud Mitch and Beilein for their classy responses. On the other hand, I would love to see someone go on a rant against the NCAA.
|14 weeks 17 hours ago||Fuck the NCAA||
Anyone need more evidence at how outdated they are? Fuck sake, one year ban for pot?
|14 weeks 2 days ago||I'd add||
I HAAAATE how much everyone discredits the OSU win. Fact is, that team did not play like a .500 team when they came into Ann Arbor. Their talent was way better than that. Michigan beat them at their best. Straight up. They deserve more credit than they've been given for that game.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||Good lord.||
I can understand a level of negativity. But you are reaching very hard for some negativity here. You're actively trying to make things looks worse than they are. I'm not entirely sure you're not concern trolling. Because seriously...if it's THAT BAD, go root for someone else. Seriously.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||I disagree||
My optimisim is taking very little effort. New OC, the line has a whole year of playing experience and a simplified offense to master befroe the fall. The defense retains most of its starters and looks to be more reliable than last year's solid-but-not-great outfit that kept Michigan in some games. That took very little effort to rattle off.
And honestly, some of the pessimism here looks like it took a lot of energy to conjure up. I'm looking at TheNema, specifically.
I get the apathy. Michigan football has been swimmig in mediocrity for awhile, it's hard not to feel a little apathetic towrds it. But I don't get the outright constant stream of pessimism. That feels like it takes more effort. Because literally every piece of football news has to be spun in a way to indicate DOOM. Por ejemplo, Hoke threw his players under the bus!!! (or...he's making changes? Isn't that a good thing?)
|14 weeks 2 days ago||Then go root for Arizona||
Because if I had to choose between RR at MICHIGAN and Hoke at MICHIGAN, I would choose Hoke in a heartbeat.
RR was treated as an outsider here. It was horrible. But fact is, he didn't know how to deal with it. People suggest, with little evidence, that Hoke is in over his head. And to me it was more obvious that RR was in over his head. Not necessarily all his fault, but becuase he had to deal with a lot more shit than he probably should have. But, he still wasn't able to deal with it well. The one thing he could control - recruiting and retention - was a failure. You can blame practicegate, but then how has Hoke been able to avoid attrition despite a subpar season? Maybe he's not in over his head as is commmonly argued here?
Arizona is a better fit for RR. Clearly. But, Arizona is also not Michigan (I know...ORLY?). And let's not act like RR has been supremely successful there either. He has one win against Oregon. Besides that? Meh. Hoke has a BCS win at Michigan. No, they didn't beat an SEC or Big 12 or Pac 12 team to get it. But it's still an accomplishment worthy of praise.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||I think this is a negative view of it||
And certainly that's possible. However you look at the numbers, before and after, and you see that Nuss has overall done well. Past success isn't necessarily a predictor of future success (...cough Rich Rod cough...), but Nuss brings a record with him that is better than Borges. Shoot, better than Kiffin, the guy they just hired to replace Nuss at Bama.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||Disagree||
Who Hoke employs isn't itself evidence that he's meddling with the OCs autonomy over the offense. That's a weak argument.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||Nuss has a much better track record than Robinson||
And other than emotions and coach speak, I have yet to see any tangible evidence that Hoke makes his OCs run a specific offense.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||THEY HIRED A NEW OC||
A new, simple system...a young coach who has lots of energy and a proven track record...
|15 weeks 3 days ago||This is why||
I can't help but be optimistic. They don't need to be great...they just need to be competent, as in NOT historically awful. It's a pretty low bar, and yet I'm astounded at how many here think that things will be as bad or worse than they were last year.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||How is it an empty claim?||
We know Hoke turned those programs around. We know both schools were filled with 2 and 3 stars. Are we to expect that those teams magically got better without any significant player development from the coaches? I mean, I'm sure the discussion is nuanced when you look into those years of Hoke's coaching career and the players he coached...but it's not an empty claim to say that player development at his previous schools was pretty good.
|16 weeks 14 hours ago||Drew Carey||
He's a fine game show host, but he would be turrible in the late night setting.