this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
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|30 weeks 19 hours ago||Iowa should make a run at Stoops||
I know they're on the hook for a ton of money to Ferentz, but Stoops would be a huge hire and would raise the profile of the program tremendously. For Stoops it would be a return to his alma mater and would put him in a job that is probably less stressful than OU in a very winnable BIG west division.
|31 weeks 1 day ago||some of my favorite potent potable||
drunk out of my 1985 Fiesta Bowl Champions glass.
|38 weeks 6 days ago||No TD drive?||
Not that i want you to subject yourself to more torture, but why didn't you chart the one TD drive? Given how rare that occurance has been recently against MSU, it might be important to document it for posterity.
|38 weeks 6 days ago||Longest punt in Rose Bowl history||
and probably the best former Michigan player to come from Wyoming (thermopolis, IIRC)
RIP, Mr. Bracken, condolences to his family and friends.
|39 weeks 18 hours ago||Did you differentiate between winning percentage at FBS||
and winning percentage at FCS or lower levels? If not, what's to stop you from rating that Arkansas HS head coach who's become famous for never punting as being more capable of success than Hermann or Narduzzi?
Look Stitt might have some great ideas and be a brilliant OC someday, but there is no comparison between coaching in D II, with partial scholarships, and players who have no pro aspirations and coaching major college football. He would be the least qualified coach we've ever hired, and we would become a laughing stock if we hired him. Can you think of one coach in the past that went straight from D II to a power conference team? The only two that I can think of that are even close to comparable are Brian Kelly going from GVSU to CMU, and Kelly was FAR more successful at Grand Valley than Stitt has been at CSM, and he was local (i.e. knew the local HS coaches), and Gerry Faust going from Moeller HS in Cinncy to Notre Dame in the early 80s, and that was pretty much a disaster.
Also, why do you need to find ways to not rate Les Miles so high? If you put your finger on the scale to influence the process to get the result you want, it's not much of an objective analysis is it?
Despite my quibbles, i like the idea of trying to quantify the pluses and minuses of every candidate.
|39 weeks 2 days ago||The first top 4 will be||
Based on games so far, I think it should be:
Cmte will never pick three SEC teams, even though I think the top 4 SEC west teams would beat just about everybody else in the country on a neutral field.
|39 weeks 6 days ago||They have to get bodies in front of the BU goalie||
stay out of the penalty box, be solid ont he penalty kill, take advantage of your power play opportunities...
Oh, you meant that other game.
|42 weeks 2 days ago||At least the coaches||
didn't put him back in the game with a broken clavicle.
|43 weeks 1 day ago||And the 8th one is a doctor (Ryder Diggs)||
She might have some insight into the proper actions for the training staff. If it's true that Brandon tried to coerce the MDs on staff to alter their versions of the incident, that will hit home with her.
|43 weeks 2 days ago||Are you implying||
some sort of attempted cover-up?
|43 weeks 2 days ago||I think this might be the best thing||
that Brian has written since "Eleven Swans". Both posts almost perfectly described what many of us were feeling: Eleven Swans the sorrow at Bo's passing, this post the rage at the way the Shane Morris concussion was / is being handled. This isn't about losing football games (that sucks, but happens), it's about putting forth the extra effort to make sure your "sons" are safe. Educating your self about the signs of concussions, being aware and organized enough on the sidelines to be able to put in place what you've learned, and having the persepctive that saving a timeout just doesn't matter when it comes to the health of 19 year old boys whose parents have entrusted you to care for them. It's about not being so full of yourself that you can't admit that you, or the coach you hired, made a mistake. It's about respecting the fans, players, and players' families enough to not lie to them or think that they can't see what everyone over the age of 5 can see.
I'll vote for Brian for regent. In fact, I already have. I make it a point every election, if i don't know enough about the candidates for lower offices to write-in someone who I do know. For each of the last two elections, I've written Brian in as a candidate for regent. Happy to do it again.
|44 weeks 4 days ago||And not a minute longer||
interim coaches are very bad idea. Barring a miracle or two, keeping Hoke more than a day after this season is over would be almost as stupid.
|46 weeks 17 hours ago||There's an upside to coaching speculation??||
It's all downside. I was perfectly happy for my first 30 or so years as a Michigan fan when there was no coaching speculation whatsoever. The last 7-8 years, not so much.
|46 weeks 1 day ago||We missed the significance of the Texas loss||
that was the Longhorns way of saying they want to join the Big Ten.
|48 weeks 2 days ago||What do you get when you drive by Ohio State really slowly?||
|48 weeks 2 days ago||2008 gave you more hope than last year?!?||
I guess I don't understand that. Yes there was some hope that it would get better after 2008, but I think most of us walked into 2009 hoping, praying (i.e. not expecting) we'd get to a bowl game. Were there some of us who were really expecting a jump to 10-2?
I suppose if you view there as being no hope we will get much better than last year's seven wins, i suppose I could understand the pessimism, but given the track record of our defensive and new offensive coordinators, given the continued recruiting success, given the fact that we have just about every important piece from last year's team back and have increased depth at just about every position, I guess I see lots of hope for this year to be better than last year.
|48 weeks 2 days ago||We were ranked in the top 25 prior to the 2008 season||
I don't think many people expected us to be as bad as we ended up being. Brian in his preview predicted we would have a top 20 defense, and a better rushing offense than we had in 2007. By any statistical metric you use (wins and loses, YPP, FEI, etc) we were horrible in 2008, far worse than anything in the prior 50 years of Michigan history. If you think anyone saw that coming you engaging in revisionist history.
Last year was bad, I get it, and if you feel worse about it than 2008, that's a personal choice i guess. As for me, I'd rather be mediocre (last year) than awful (2008).
|48 weeks 2 days ago||No matter how you want to slice it||
2008 was the worst year in modern Michigan football (i.e. since 1969). Period. Worst record, worst offense, worst off the field stuff, worst everything. We won three games, and weren't really close in any of the nine losses (other than maybe Toledo or Purdue). In fact, we easily could have lost two of the three we won (IIRC Miami outgained us).
You can argue all you want about how painful last year was, or how we are playing dumb football now, but 7 is still greater than 3. Always will be. A win over Notre Dame is better than a loss to Notre Dame. Close losses are better than blowout losses. A bowl game (even one in which we get depantsed) is better than no bowl game.
|48 weeks 2 days ago||Credit||
2008 was expected to be bad, but at the time bad meant 7-5. But 3-9 with all the manufactured controversy surrouding sanctions was not expected. In the space of one season we saw the program that had been rock solid for 40+ years devolve into chaos, infighting, and lunacy (both from the coaching staff and those who were desperately trying to get rid of him from the moment he stepped on campus)
Before 2008 you didn't see the kind of open bickering and infighting at Michigan you do now. Before 2008 if you wanted to negatively recruit Michigan you had to make shit up about graduation rates or the head coach having a terminal disease. Before 2008 you didn't see members of the local media engaging in a witch hunt to find "sanctions" in order to get a coach fired. The whole tenor of the program changed. I don't blame RR for all of that, but it still happened. To say you'd rather live through that again than a 7-6 season where we narrowly lost several games and beat one of our rivals handily in UTL II is just myopic.
|48 weeks 2 days ago||Wow, Brian, you've really lost it||
You think 2008 was better than last year because of the novelty?!? That's beyond ridiculous. 2008 when we lost to Toledo, didn't come within two TDs of half of our conference opponents and were blown out by all three of our rivals? That 2008 offense was worse than 2013.
Look, I get that last year was tough because of all the close losses, and because we had some hope, which, as we learned from the Shawshenk Redemption, is a dangerous thing. But last year was basically 2005, lots of close, painful losses mixed in with a win against one of our rivals. But 2005 was followed by 2006, which despite the way it ended was a great year. 2005 was easy to recover from. It took us three years to get from 2008 to a record as good as 2013, and in some sense we're still trying to dig out from it.
Last year sucked and we're still smarting from it because it was the most recent kick in the nuts. But to say it was worse than 2008 is just recency bias. Heck "The Horror" was worse than anything in 2013 (oops, sorry to bring that up)
|48 weeks 5 days ago||How about we skip||
the offens(iv)e UFR from Iowa and the defensive UFR from OSU and just do an offensive OSU UFR?
|49 weeks 15 hours ago||Uh, 2012?||
We played both participants in the National Championship game.
|49 weeks 1 day ago||They could also look at other teams that had Hawaii||
on the schedule for 2016. The school website shows that they are playing Kansas. They would be a major conference team that won't provide much of a test. There's also all the MWC teams that would have one more open spot.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||The 98 regional against North Dakota was better||
They were a clear favorite and were pissed about being sent to Yost to play. They made us use the vistors locker rooms, and bench and wear our road jerseys. They came out blazing and took a two goal lead that easily could have been four or five they way we were getting outskated. At the end of the first period we got hit with a five minute major, and things looked pretty grim. We came out, killed off the penalty, and Matt Herr scored just as he was coming out of the penalty box. Yost went bonkers, and didn't stop rocking for the rest of the game as we went toe to toe with the best team in the country, scoring the game winner with like three or four minutes left in the game. After the game, and in years since, you talk to North Dakota players or fans, and they'll say that Michigan didn't beat them, the Yost crowd did.
What made the game extra fun for us was that the previous game was MSU vs OSU where Sparty was a heavy favorite with Ryan Miller in goal. There were some spartan fans near us talking shit, and I remember the students near us chanting at them, "too dumb to be a Michigan Wolverine" Watching the sparties slink out of there after an overtime loss with their tails between their legs was a perfect appetizer to our game.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||I'm closing in on 200 games attended at Michigan Stadium||
yet I think in terms of the depth of feeling it left me with, the 98 Rose Bowl has to top the list. The game itself was really not that exciting, but standing in the emptying bowl beneath the San Gabriel mountains as the band played the postgame show, the gravity of what I had just witnessed (over the course of the whole year) started to hit me (and my dad, brother and one of my best friends). We just stood there silently, with smiles on our faces, not really knowing what words we could add to the situation that could make it any better. The only thing I can equate it to is seeing a sign at Joe Louis after the Wings won their first cup in 40+ years in 97 that read: "Now I can die"
In terms of exciting game, I don't know if anything can top UTL I, although Braylonfest was close, and I was fortunate to watch us win two nailbitters in the Snakepit in Columbus in 88 and 90 as a UofM student. The sheer loudness of the stadium since the renovations has made a big difference.
That being said, there are probably two dozen games I could see people making a reasonable argument for. One of the things that I love the most about having season tickets for so long is that it seems to me that in almost every year, even really bad seasons, we've had games where you walk out of the stadium feeling grateful that you were able to witness the game in person. 2008 was a horrible season, the Wisconsin game that year was magical.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||Did we forget somebody?||
|1 year 14 weeks ago||He's considering Duke, Vanderbilt, NU coming from Rice?||
Maybe basketball isn't his primary criteria. No shame in saying we don't measure up academically to those schools.
|1 year 14 weeks ago||Interesting that there are no QBs on the list||
I'm assuming that we are still planning on taking one in this class.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||He beats them down so much mentally||
that they put their fists through a table when they get frustrated.
That and he doesn't actually teach them skills they'll be able to use in the NBA.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Watched this video||
all I could hear is "Dennis Bergkamp, Dennis Bergkamp, DENNIS BERGKAMP!!"