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|5 days 6 hours ago||What do you get when you drive by Ohio State really slowly?||
|5 days 15 hours 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.
|5 days 16 hours 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).
|5 days 18 hours 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.
|5 days 19 hours 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.
|5 days 19 hours 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)
|1 week 1 day 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?
|1 week 3 days ago||Uh, 2012?||
We played both participants in the National Championship game.
|1 week 4 days 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.
|7 weeks 1 day 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.
|7 weeks 1 day 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.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Did we forget somebody?||
|19 weeks 1 day 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.
|19 weeks 3 days ago||Interesting that there are no QBs on the list||
I'm assuming that we are still planning on taking one in this class.
|19 weeks 4 days 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.
|22 weeks 12 hours ago||Watched this video||
all I could hear is "Dennis Bergkamp, Dennis Bergkamp, DENNIS BERGKAMP!!"
|37 weeks 2 days ago||So if Saban leaves for Texas||
Could we offer Borges salary to doug Nussmeier the current OC at Bama, or Major Applewhite, the current OC at Texas? Or maybe we could try and get Bama's Ol coach, Cristobel.
|1 year 16 weeks ago||A few I remember||
"Hello Heisman" - Desmond's pose against Ohio
"The last time Brian Griese ran that far, his daddy was chasing him with a stick." - against PSU 97
"You know who the MVP is, well I'll tell you, I'm standing next to his proud poppa." - 98 Rose Bowl
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Well said||
As usual, Brian, you capture the moment perfectly.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||Your stuff is usually excellent, Brian||
but I think you've gone a little overboard here. Borges had a bad half calling plays with an offense of mismatched parts. But his QBs dropped the ball several times and missed passes badly on a few occasions. Yet we still only lost by five on the road to a team that is undefeated. Hardly a reason to go off the deep end and declare us to "be on the wrong side of history" That sounds a lot like the the "the same thing that just happened will always happen" analysis that you so rightly mock time after time.
Meyer's offense is good, but not devestating. Despite us handing them the ball time after time in the second half on our side of the field they never could punch it in against a defense with maybe one future pro on it, a slow secondary, and little if any pass rush. His offense might be better next year, but so will our defense, and we get them at home.
Comparing Meyer's offense to Oregon's is about as silly as comparing our defense to the Ravens because they call similar plays. And I notice that you negelected to mention the most recent Stanford/Oregon game in which the Ducks choked away their national title hopes at home by failing to score more than 14 points.
It was a painful loss, but one that was fully expected at the start of the year, and especially expected after Denard went down against Nebraska. The sky is not falling, the program is still trending in the right direction. In two years, Brady Hoke's record here (19-6) is slightly roughly the same as Harbaugh's last two years at Stanford (20-6), Meyer's last two years at Florida (21-6), and is better than Kelly's first two years at ND(16-10), Carr's first two years here(17-8), and Saban's first two years at Alabama (19-8). I think we'll be ok.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||Mildly clever||
but those songs are from the 1980s, not the 90s.
|2 years 14 weeks ago||Is this schedule before or after||
half the ACC joins the BIG?
|2 years 14 weeks ago||If the Hokies get an SEC invite||
at the same time UVA gets a BIG invite, that will go a long way towards easing the political troubles.
The Hokies are a better fit in the SEC and UVA a better fit in the BIG.
|2 years 14 weeks ago||If the Big 10 goes to 16||
We better be in the same division with OSU. Switch IU and Purdue with us and Sparty.
|2 years 26 weeks ago||I'd like to propose||
the picture of blood gushing from Zach Novak's head.
Or can't we do that without compromising his eligibility?
|2 years 44 weeks ago||Mr. Bacon||
You are a true gentleman and a scholar. If, as you suggest, the term "Michigan Man" still has any meaning left in it, it is embodied in your person and in your work. You make me proud to be a Michigan Wolverine, and that's more than I can say for Mr. Carr, Mr. Brandon, or many of the characters in your book.
|2 years 50 weeks ago||I'm not so sure I agree with Brian's conclusion||
so let's see, we scored all of our points and got most of our yards with Denard under center, but somehow the problem with the offense is that we need to run more shotgun?
I understand the concern about trying to duplicate the deep ball success of that game with a QB who has never been consistently accurate with long passes, but it seems to me you are too quickly dismissing the success we had passing the ball with Denard under center. I am by no means a football expert, but it seems to me that in the same way the spread opens up running lanes for Denard, the I formation could open up space for the wide receivers. On one of the TDs (Gallon's I believe), you mentioned that ND's reaction to the I formation resulted in one on one coverage on the outside (shouldn't that have been a RPS+1 by the way?) I have fond memories of watching Desmond destroy one on one coverage game after game because defenses lined up to stop our I formation and Ace double TE sets. Now you may be right that if we can't run the ball with our RBs out of the I, defenders will cheat to the outside, but that's true no matter what formation we use.
Bottom line, IMO, is that Denard can be successful in both formations, provided we don't ask him to throw the ball 50 times a game. We're in a very similar position to last year offensively. Last year the doubters wondered if Denard could hold up the whole year. They were right. This year doubters are wondering if the offense can be successful throwing "jump ball" passes. Let's hope the doubters are wrong, or Borges is smart enough to realize we need to give Denard some short or intermediate routes to work with.
|3 years 1 day ago||That Ben Braden quote is 100% pure columbian awesome||
Lowell is a pretty good HS football program, and for their coach to say he was worried about his kids going against Braden, well, that's a good sign for us.
|3 years 2 days ago||On Odoms||
Maybe his injuries are more significant that we've been led to believe.
I wonder how serious to take the listing of BWC at the one tech. I wonder if that's just a way to keep both QWash and him happy about their progress.
|3 years 1 week ago||A couple of "townie" places that have good food||
Several people have mentioned Casey's -- great pub food. It's small and can get kinda crowded at busy times, but service is usually top notch, and they have good daily specials.
Knight's Inn over by Vets Park feels like an old-time moose lodge in its decor, but has great prime rib, pork chops, and just about any other classic meat and potatos type of food. They have a bar in the center of the restaurant with a number of TVs always turned to sports,so its a reasonable game day alternative.