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|26 weeks 15 hours ago||Haven't logged in for some time…||
Much less made a habit of down voting when I do, but somehow felt compelled to do so this morning. Thanks?
|1 year 13 weeks ago||Thank you||
Appreciate the thorough answer. Like so many things, despite all the preparation, practice and repetition it comes down to the mental game—toughness and confidence. Hopefully they can start the season by executing well to create some positivity and build from there. After last season I can not (do not want to) fathom a way that they could be anymore demoralized.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||Thoughts on how the coaching switch…||
…will affect player development? I know nothing about coaching, but am hopeful about Nussmeier's pared down scheme and the prospect of players more quickly gaining competency and confidence with it. Which seems consistent with your view of the bowl game. But do you have any thoughts or concerns about the affect coaching consistency may play on development this year—does a coaching change at Nussmeier's level (i.e. when Funk is still there) really affect player development beyond the scheme change?
|1 year 13 weeks ago||It's a mythical beast…||
Along the lines of a unicorn or chimera, but more fantastic thus rarer.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||It's safe to come back?||
The disappointing season coupled with comments going commando kept me in lurk mode for much of the year. Thank you Brian & Co
|2 years 7 weeks ago||Grammar corrections are not an issue for me.||
Grammar corrections are not an issue for me. I do think there is a certain "standard" this site pride's itself on and is the reason I come back to it time and again. (Seriously, no matter how bad you may think some of the comments here may be, just head out to other sites and read through their comments… not pretty). The correction replies do become a problem though when they devolve into gamemanship. It's the gamemanship which seems to be the more characteristic form of replies on a lot of threads these days. Instead of adding to the dialouge, many responders (whether they are kings of the internetz or plebes) seem to be vying to one up one another in an attempt to prove wit and author the next meme. Sometimes it's hilarious and appropriate, but more often (or perhaps just more recently?) it's become tedious and way too predictable.
|2 years 9 weeks ago||Woo!! Happy JP day to us all!||
|2 years 15 weeks ago||Nice pickup for Hoke and UM sports||
Certainly helps with my ennui today as I await to hear Trey's announcement. Welcome Drake! Go Blue!
|2 years 20 weeks ago||Nope, not cheated||
But after the '89 NC, the talent amassed in '91 seemed to bode well. I'm not saying my expectations at the time were realistic (and the sebsequent years have certainly underscored that), but there was no sense of entitlement just a healthy dose of youthful naivite. I certainly don't want any money back. If anything, I wished I had more at the time to take in more especially with how fleeting the moment ended up being.
|2 years 20 weeks ago||Maybe you're right and I am sounding overly harsh||
I am not stating that two consecutive trips to the Finals was in anyway a failure and really did not mean for this tangent down memory lane to detract from Trey and this year's team. It's really more a matter of how out of whack expectations for the Fab Five seemed to get (perhaps just in my circle?) after such a wildly successful freshman campaign. It's a product of early success and an incredibly talented group of players had many (again at least my friends and me, which seemed like everyone at the time) thinking a NC was more or less a given at some point over the following three years.
That said, comparatively this year's team has much more realistic expectations for me and the larger fan base. Maybe it's my age, but I've been sketptical about the youth of this year's team and have been pleasantly surprised by the great play of so many. Trey is the man and his potential departure after this season will leave a gaping hole, but we are also stacked with a much deeper, more balanced bench of team oriented players.
I love the idea of Trey taking his place among the Michigan greats, but I selfishly hope that he pulls a Lewan and surprises everyone with another season of brilliance.
|2 years 20 weeks ago||Yeah I was (am) very aware||
As I said above I was a freshman when they were. I was a freshman at Michigan and a huge fan. After the disappointment against Duke expectations for the subsequent years weren't about a better season record or making it back to the title game. Those were taken as givens. A title was expected. Losing to Duke again and falling short against UNC and Weber leaving after getting so close again, but not quite, was a huge disappointment to me and just about every single person I knew who cared. I am not saying they weren't good. They were. But they weren't good enough with the expectations set their freshman year.
|2 years 20 weeks ago||Yeah, they were an amazing class||
Too bad they couldn't live up to the sky high expectations at that time. I was a freshman the same year they were. Losing to Duke in the finals just stoked expectations for the following years, but the class started heading for the NBA before they could top their freshman season.
|2 years 20 weeks ago||Weber wasn't around long enough||
And had to share scoring with Rose and Howard while he was here. I was surprised that Rose wasn't on the list so I checked it out and he had 19.9ppg in '93-'94 the same year Howard cracked the list. So close
|2 years 20 weeks ago||Spend more time on actual content than trite disparagements of||
Ohio. Why does this matter and more importantly why should it be a topic of discussion here?
|2 years 20 weeks ago||Yeah, I was just having a little fun||
Put on my Coach Jackson glasses and thought it was amusing to think of Wheatley Jr possessing comparable speed as his dad and playing running back at his size. Pairing that with Norfleet in the backfield would be ridiculous in every way imaginable. One could run under the table and the other through it.
|2 years 20 weeks ago||His dad was the first Michigan recruit I ever got excited about||
Helps that I'm class of '95 and all sure. But Tyrone Wheatley was an absolute stud in HS and a terror in college. His son sounds similarly gifted, just faster and bigger… Fred Jackson must be doing cartwheels at the prospect of having a 6'6" 260 lb back who's fast than Bolt.
I think others have alread said as much, but I feel old. No matter, it would be wonderful (and a bit trippy) to see his son in a Michigan uniform. Go Blue!
|2 years 20 weeks ago||If LSU is his dream school what are Michigan's chances?||
Has he shown much interest to date? I know his name keeps popping up regarding targets for Michigan and as a target into which the coaches seem to be pouring a lot of energy, but I have not seen anything attributed to Adoree' that leaves me all that hopeful. From what I have heard and in a comparison of measurables, between Adoree' and Peppers I think Michigan stands a better chance of landing Peppers (you provided Hoke waits a season to leave for the NFL)
|2 years 21 weeks ago||This assumes LSA can run a 40||
But based on the prodigious content in LSA's posts I'm thinking not much time spent on the track… congrats LSA. Hope you'll still find time to keep churning out your well considered posts.
|2 years 23 weeks ago||Agreed, but his current size is pretty well suited to LB||
If we're talking 6-2 and 220 to 240, he's the size of Ryan or Demens. I'm not familiar enough with his game to know if he has the speed and lateral movement to play LB at Michigan, but he has the size. The issue I see is if be packs on too much more weight and does not grow and lacks or loses his quickness. I'm thinking he's enough of an athlete to give it a go though and won't balloon without stretching some too.
|2 years 23 weeks ago||It's especially not relevant when considering the rule changes||
That recently went to committee. Two of the rules specifically deal with players' numbers—one requiring officials be notified of number changes occurring during a game and the other disallowing two players on the same team and at the same position from wearing the same number. To help those keeping score at home, this means its pretty common for more than one player to wear a particular number. So much so that the NCAA already has rules in place and is considering additional rules to govern the many instances where this already occurs. It's a non issue and that's the reason you are catching so much flak Decatur.
|2 years 24 weeks ago||Actually, I'm not sure where Michigan is recruiting him||
Rivals and Scout both seem to focus on his skills at RB. But if he wants to play both RB and ILB, I'd be fine with that too. Good size and speed already.
|2 years 24 weeks ago||Damn!||
Yes please. But I am a bit skeptical that Michigan can land him having just picked up Green. Not that I'd complain mind you.
|2 years 24 weeks ago||You know||
Michigan and Ohio once fought over the strip of land in which Toledo is situated. Ohio lost.
|2 years 25 weeks ago||Whaaa!?||
Working on a holiday?!?
|2 years 26 weeks ago||Bloogers are caused by the southeast's humid environment||
Bloogers are caused by the southeast's humid environment
|2 years 26 weeks ago||Fuck!||
|2 years 28 weeks ago||Hello Kate||
Hello Kate… I mean Reon. Hello Reon. Welcome!
|2 years 32 weeks ago||This test seems more appropriate…||
[Ed: Damnit. I don't know how the hell I managed to not get the reply bit right? I feel like my dad now—this new fangled computer contraption whatsit, grumble, grumble…]
|2 years 32 weeks ago||Rehashing the same debate…||
I suggest taking a look at the discussions for past week's recruiting rankings. In essence, the rankings represent a snapshot of where the classes stand relative to one another, not where they will end up at the end of the year, this Illinois' ranking relative to Ohio.
As for ND versus Michigan, it's a similar matter. Michigan has two more recruits—will ND bring in two more recruits that will sustain their average? Maybe. Maybe they'll bring in a couple long snappers and their avg will plummet? One of the recruiting sites makes a point of only evaluating the top twenty recruits for each school to equalize class size (and not let a Texas Tech size class skew things). Try that comparison with Michigan and ND and Michigan's class holds the advantage. This also "corrects" for (or compensates for?) a school taking a position of need (special teams) that typically don't receive high ratings.
Then do the same for Ohio State. Michigan has an AWESOME class.
|2 years 32 weeks ago||Liking Hoke's emphasis on building depth||
Michigan might not have the star power at RB and WR just yet, but that's less of a concern for me in the near term. Rebuilding the lines, creating depth across the board and picking up solid recuits with an emphasis on character is the answer to long term sustained excellence. When the overall talent has been replenished with kids suited to the staff's schemes, then I'll worry about the staff's ability to cherry pick the top talents. In the meantime I am going to enjoy the incredibly deep and incredibly talented bunch of kids brought in over the last two years. They're going to be great fun to watch.