I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
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|1 hour 39 min ago||He's coming here||
But the wretching and insanity on this board is fun to watch. The truth is that at Alabama you are part of the cog. I think Jabrill wants to be the next Woodson because Woodson defined a program. You will not be that guy at Alabama just a guy. I have a feeling that matters to him.
Having said that I would recommend to the Michigan fan base that you shouldn't invest your ego in the outcome. One person does not a team make and Peppers not picking us doesn't all of a sudden make us suboptimal as a destination or a team. I love Michigan football and that love has never been defined by one player.
|2 days 5 hours ago||Offering Vic||
Probably means we are having attrition at the position that the coaches maybe more privy to than us. Either way he fits the mold of an RB archetype the program likes to recruit.
|5 days 17 hours ago||The defense||
I tend to agree with Magnus that it is both an experience and talent deficit. I'm not sure if you play Henry and Washington you even get there. If we run blitz up the middle they will stretch with Miller and if we blitz the edge they put Hyde up the middle. The difference last year is we had two space eaters in the middle (Campbell and Washington and to be honest a much healthier Washington I think) and Jake Ryan was max level Jake Ryan and they just couldn't run Braxton stretch. Hyde still got a lot of yards last year - we were just able to contain Miller much better and a large part of that was max Jake Ryan.
In addition, those are some big boys in the same system for two years, and I mean most of the meat on the inside is senior level NFL caliber talent. Moving a mis positioned Black and Washington with undersized linebackers on the second level is not that much of a surprise.
I think we respected Braxton Miller's arm a little too much. He isn't going to throw seam routes and outside routes for him will also be a challenge. But unless you can stop the inside running game, all else will fail. I would have just run blitzed the middle and taken the risk at some point. Does this open us up to play action and getting gouged on the edge? Yes but at least you get to flow to the ball that way and can use players like Ryan to make tackles in space. But honestly it seemed like a damned if you do, damned if you don't scenario. There is no Kovacs back there, so guessing wrong (as evidenced by the game) has disasterous affects.
|6 days 13 hours ago||Maybe||
Or maybe we need to understand that all of this is just opinion that on occasion maybe supported by fact but is generally not. I guess I am impassioned about this because prior to that MSU game last year I had lost my father. I had always gone to Michigan games even as a student with my dad. I hadn't been on campus in a while, all my friends had left the area, my wife thought buying me tickets to the game would cheer me up but I couldn't wrestle up enough interest from people to go. It was cold, dark and over cast and I walked aimlessly to the stadium being surrounded by " fans" but not particularly invited by anyone. Until Brian let me stay at his trailer and feel like I was a part of Michigan again. To him I was just a fan, another curious oddity of an acolyte he barely knows who reads this blog and pontificates on occasion like I know something. But to me he gave me back something special - the chance to just be a fan, talk about the team and belong to something. The way my dad made me feel about being a fan until the day he died.
Brian doesn't like being deified or think he's anything special. He just loves Michigan football and has been part of a family that's been tailgating at Michigan longer than I've been alive. He was a fan like the rest of us way before it was his job and he always will be. It hurts for him to see Gardner broken or Lewan wasted or PDFT. He knows they are players and have families and read this blog and he takes that responsibility seriously. But when it's your life and you feel your life is being wasted - that the opportunity cost of time is invading the ability of that thing you love from even being meaningful, and you voice that frustration because all you have is a voice and all you get is crapped on - by friends, colleagues, nameless readers - people who think you are being glib is lacking passion or not being fan enough well shit...you snap.
Brian...take a deep breath, finish bowling, laugh at Seth's three gutter balls, quote the big Lebowski, hug your wife and take care of you. If you wake up tomorrow and still have the passion for this then you still have this faithful reader. My dad loved this blog and I think if he was alive he would say the same.
|6 days 14 hours ago||He was a fan today - part of||
He was a fan today - part of the prism that goes from fatalistic over reaction to unrealistic adulation at the drop of a hat. If you believe that he truly wanted the score to be 39-0 then you have never read this blog or really understand being a fan. He was a fan and we know what that's like. Lets cut him some slack because we have all been there and sometimes this fandom can cause the best of us to have a psychotic break. But we can go back to our lives. Being a fan of Michigan sports IS his life and more importantly his career. he cant just turn the TV off. Lets remember that perspective for a change.
|6 days 14 hours ago||I feel for Brian||
I know Brian casually as the proprietor of this blog and from the nerd circuit we called quiz bowl in high school. When I told him I was going to the MSU game last year he told me where they were tailgating and to come no matter how late. I felt so awkward as I literally knew nobody but by the time I was done hanging out with the Cooks I felt like a part of his family. I'm pretty sure I even doubled dipped a chip in a dip Seth made and nobody gave me crap for it. We went towards the stadium together discussing everything about being a Michigan fan. Then he had to head towards the press box to do this that or the other and it dawned on me. He doesn't get to be a fan all the time. This is clinical, as much a job as anything else for him now. He wants to be one of us again. Just a fan - not having to moderate our over reactions or stem the tides of lunacy or deal with vitriolic attacks from idiots. So for once, today, he decided to be a disgruntled fan. He looked in his heart and he realized what a lot of us as fans have realized - we are not entertained by these performances of late. There is no joy in Mudville for everything we were seeing before today. So he went bowling and every second he was out there it was killing him. He is fan just like the rest of us but unlike the rest of us he puts his heart and soul into putting out an absolutely phenomenal product. He gives us a forum to be irrational and he doesn't judge us for it in anyway. So why do some knuckleheads feel it's their bully pulpit to do the same.
|33 weeks 20 hours ago||this is demoralizing||
I'm a physician living in Boston and was part of the first response team on Monday. There were limbs everywhere, we literally couldn't put in enough IV's and there was nothing put smoke and haze everywhere. It was twenty minutes but it seemed like two hours and when the police cleared us because another bomb was found, was the only time I could truly process. It was horrific. I haven't slept well the last few nights and frankly I'm not sure why something like this would even happen. I keep thinking of the eight year old boy who only wanted to be there for his dad as he crossed the finish line.
Today the hospital was on lockdown as gunshots were being fired outside, and helicopters were flying around. We could see them from the cafeteria while eating breakfast. A variety of my fellow attendings and a few residents decided just to stay at home rather than take the risk. This entire time has been surreal and I'm not sure when it's going to end.
|35 weeks 5 days ago||I completely understand||
I am a father of two kids and I wonder if I am worthy of the opportunity all the time. My father was a horrible father who was genuinely never there for myself or my family. But the one thing we bonded over was sports. There were no fights, arguments or beatings that often frequented our house. He was just a dad and I was just his kid.
My boys now sit in my arms decked out in Michigan gear. They love this school that they don't know and want to go to school where "daddy" went to school. This is the life you will have and you will live. Love it, embrace it, never let it go. Because like life, great moments in sports pass pretty fast. But you will never forget the loved ones you shared these moments with.
Good luck, god bless, prayers to you and all the fathers and sons out there and go blue!!!
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Isn't zach Randolph an MSU||
Isn't zach Randolph an MSU grad, first round pick and perennial 20 and 10 guy?
|1 year 23 weeks ago||I think an easy way to||
I think an easy way to determine if this is true is to observe weight gain over springs and summers if they are truthful. It just appears to me that the dramatic size difference over two seasons for their players is just surprising.
I'm not saying it particularly matters but people like Magnus will come on and say things such as "this is normal weight gain in any off season conditioning program". But it just appears that they have had a dramatic size change of late.
It means nothing in terms of performance against us - that I concur with.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||None taken honestly||
None taken honestly
|1 year 23 weeks ago||On another topic||
Does anyone else think the Spartans maybe using? I have a buddy of mine who is an ER doc who swears he is convinced some of their players are on PEDs because of some odd lab values from ER visits. I have to say their kids are huge - middling three stars who put on a lot of weight rather quickly.
I guess time will tell but his suspicion got me thinking. Just look at game film and on the defensive side of the ball especially it will seem plausible.
Alternatively our strength and conditioning the last few years could just suck.
Magnus you might know the answer to this...
|1 year 23 weeks ago||He can now get an early jump||
He can now get an early jump on the football teams mandatory steroid use program.
Seriously good pull for them. Good kid, great talent and excellent work all around on their parts. Surprised by Spartys ability to get such good skill players. I wonder who heads up their recruiting in that segment.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||This is a team that deserves||
This is a team that deserves to go the Frozen Four. Frankly they deserve to win. Lots of struggle for that program - this could be a defining year for them....
|1 year 37 weeks ago||He's not going anywhere. He||
He's not going anywhere. He will go in the first round next year - this year he is second round at best likely not to be drafted at worst.
This is the reality of running a top flight program. You will get some great players who will want to leave early. This is life to be honest.
I know we are getting bent out of shape but would you rather Beiliein recruit players who suck. Burke won't go - they will do well next year. Smotrycz leaving on the other hand really, really hurts....
And if Burke leaves we will figure it out. This program under Beilein just has....
|1 year 38 weeks ago||Thank you for the post Dan.||
Thank you for the post Dan. I don't understand the vitreol but I guess that is what impassioned fanbases do. Many times I think Michgian fans are above it all - that we are courteous, professional and overall better. That we don't stoop to name calling or such juvenile comments. But there are the fringes of every fan base. After all, it's just a game and we aren't playing each other any more (unless we make it really far in the tournament).
This may be sacrilage for me to say, but MSU looks really good. This team has one phenomenal go to player in Draymond Green, who is playing better than almost any other player in the country right now. They are big, physical, can get to the hoop, rebound like animals - this is a very good team. You may make it to the Final Four - I think Brandon Dawson getting injured is a huge blow. But in my mind this is the deepest team since Mateen Cleaves senior year.
Having said that enjoy your time in the sun because there is only one coach as good as Izzo in the Big Ten and that is John Beilein. He has won at every level and has never had this kind of talent. This is going to get really interesting for the next five to ten years.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||We could be 11 deep next year||
We could be 11 deep next year - the competition on the squad is going to be brutal
On top of the list above you have Brundrige, Vogrich, Bielfeldt and Horford. Size, physicality, shooters - we have it all
|1 year 39 weeks ago||This is a good time - they||
This is a good time - they have size, athleticism - I'm really impressed. Remind of VCU from last year except they don't have as much offensive movement....
|1 year 39 weeks ago||I don't think there is a||
I don't think there is a leveragable situation with treadwell. Unlike the offensive line where one commit causes a snowball, I tend to find skill position players to be harder to leverage. They have a better chance of starting out of high school and they have a prime time mentality. You can't really appeal to their logic (admittedly that is true of kids in high school in general).
I think we will get a supreme vertical threat at wr and a top flight rb. I think those things will not close immediately. I also think that for a skill player Urban Meyer has a lot of pull.
|1 year 40 weeks ago||Junior ran a 4.5? It's||
Junior ran a 4.5? It's definitely possible seeing as how he had to slow down to catch most of the jump balls that came his way.
I think Junior Hemingway is actually going to have a very good pro career. He is going to be a possession number 2 reciever who will get you first downs and help your running game tremendously.
Yeah...I said it....TREMENDOUSLY!!!
Good for junior - in a numbers based game he will give you more than numbers.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||Why why why can't we rescue||
Why why why can't we rescue Soup Campbell from the disaster that is Iowa football? I miss that guy so much.
Though admittedly Soup is probably pretty comfortable with zone left,
|1 year 41 weeks ago||I don't know much about||
I don't know much about Izzo and his on court demeanor makes me less than enthused. I want the spartans to lose to Michigan every time they play. But if they win the BIg Ten conference they deserve a number one seed. They will also be a very tough out for any team that will face them. They are big, physical and have in my opinion the best "team" basketball player in the college game right now in Draymond Green.
This just feels like another final four year for them. I just get this Draymond Green won't let them lose feeling about this team. Plus their team of two front line just seems so physical and can score on occasion. They have the feel of a team that is built to do well in the NCAA tournament. That has been Izzo's signature in my opinion. Recruit guys who want rebounds, fight for every ball, get defensively in your face and have one consistent scorer you can rely on when it gets tough.
Having said all that how good a coach is JB? This is a team without a single five star recruit. They don't even have a single four star in their starting line up. Yet they are one game back of the big ten title and have beaten MSU and OSU in the same year. When he has the type of recruits Izzo has - MSU is going to be in a real dog fight.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||Well to be fair||
It's been Shurna, Cobble, Thompson, and Crawford who have all helped NW get back to being a legitimate bball team. But Shurna has probably been the biggest contributor.
The thing about Shurna that blows me away is that as unorthodox as his shot is, it gets off so quickly that it is really hard to stop. I can actually see him having a pro career as he seems to work himself open for shots and is a lights out shooter and back to the basket player even when everyone is keying on him.
Congrats to him - hope he sucks it up against us but other than that it's been a pleasure to watch him play.
For some odd reason though as much as I like Shurna, I really can't stand Drew Crawford.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Alabama will win pretty||
Alabama will win pretty easily. I suspect it's one of those games where we all think we had a chance or a play here and there but really we got manhandled.
They are bigger, faster and more physical. And Saban will scheme defensivelly to make Denard a passer and with no vertical threat will load up the box. Losing Stonum is a massive blow - we have no vertical replacement. Expecting Roundtree and Gallon to beat a very aggressive alabama secondary off the line is difficult.
The other problem is Michigan doesn't adjust offensively to what the defense throws at them. Borges is an unbelievably stubborn coach. He wants Denard to put it in the air vertically with nine in the box when the short timed passing game is wide open. V Tech had one strength - their secondary and frankly we couldn't throw over their cover zero (except to Hemingway). We wouldn't do one bubble screen to test them horizontally and open them up over the middle (or at least back them off). The back seven athletes at Alabama make V Tech look like Indiana.
I think Michigan's defense will do a great job keeping them in the game but the offense will put them at a decided disadvantage that they won't be able to overcome.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||It is a testament to Mattison||
It is a testament to Mattison that the defense performed as well as it did because I believe the speed of the back seven is sorely lacking. This disconcerting thing was V tech converting so many third downs on the ground. This appears to me to be an athleticism and strength in the back seven problem. Their wide recievers man handled our smaller cornerbacks but having said all that the number of freshman (true and redshirt) on the two deep was astounding. Honestly I am very impressed by how this defense performed and if the D Line can penetrate from the ends and push in the middle (they don't have to attack like this years line did on the interior) the back seven should be stronger and faster next year.
Magnus as always awesome work. You give a professional perspective, pull no punches and I am honestly far more knowledgeable after reading your evaluations.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||Aquaman - they super powers||
Aquaman - they super powers are to kill the dreams of anyone who would dare to dream.
And to talk to fish apparently....
|1 year 44 weeks ago||It's either Jaquay Williams||
It's either Jaquay Williams or Aaron Burbridge - same as Neo - just rumors.
If it is Burbridge...I would be beyond psyched! I absolutely think that kid is a monster - Manningham redux!
|1 year 44 weeks ago||I can't say this enough -||
I can't say this enough - John Cooper out recruited us for the span of 10 YEARS! And what was his record?
First of all there is no way Urban Meyer lasts as long as Woody Hayes. He won't even make it as long as Earl Bruce. He is a great, great recruiter and runs a very sophisticated offense and maybe, just maybe he feels the Big Ten is going to be much easier to dominate than the SEC (with Saban and Miles) but he has a history of not hanging around long and frankly his heart attack is an disingenious as it comes.
I expect two things:
1) The rivalry to be a push while he is there
2) Him not staying at OSU and either leaving for the NFL, having yet another heart attack and going to the NFL or going to the NFL because there are no more challenges left in college
3) Or him being Lane Kiffin - doing crazy shit with insane recruits and then going somewhere better
I believe in Hoke, I believe he is building a team the right way, I believe he has a great coaching staff. We will be fine because we aren't building a collection of talent - we are always building a team.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||We couldn't beat our Rutgers||
We couldn't beat our Rutgers for the kid when Schiano was coach. He wants to go to Rutgers because it is close to home - unless Michigan is magically moving to New Jersey this wasn't going to happen.
We will get some depth and hopefully Diamond to fll out the class. The grant commitment was the big shocker to me. They have real depth at TE at Oklahoma, it is insanely far away from home, and outside of Jermaine Gresham have they put a lot of tight ends in the pros? That one was the only real surprise. I'll go so far as to say shocking....
|1 year 44 weeks ago||I heard they saw him at 31||
I heard they saw him at 31 flavors and he was dying...