"Northwestern fans can be both heartened and disheartened by the loss to Minnesota just like how nineteenth-century resurrectionists were heartened when they pried a heart from a freshly-buried corpse and then disheartened it when they sold it to a disreputable anatomist."
|21 weeks 2 days ago||Start hammering us?||
We are 2-11 vs Ohio State in the past 13 years and 1-5 vs MSU the past 6 and expected to lose to both again this year. I think it's already started.
|24 weeks 6 days ago||Not desperation just smart roster building||
from a smart head coach. Beilein didn't originally anticipate this staff would start churning kids out to the league after 2 years. He doesn't want to get caught with a bare roster again. And as much as we all get caught up in the recruiting hype because we see the instant impact it has in bball, it is unrealistic to think that we are going to real in a 5 man class full of studs. Most of the elite kids aren't recruitable because one way or another they are getting something we won't offer. There will still be plenty of scholarships available but not we also have a good base of kids who should be here to fill out the roster, like spike, and possibly overlooked kids who can really blossom under this staff, like Caris. Who by the way was a May committ.
|25 weeks 6 hours ago||I love the in denial Michigan fan||
I know in response I'll just get called a clost sparty because that's how the world of tough internet guys works but the idea that the only reason they are a force on defense is because they cheat is beyond ridiculous. Coaches areamongst the most competitive people in the world. If MSU's schemes and defenders weren't elite and it was just clutching and grabbing every other school would be doing this. It's like the people that try to say Beilein and company aren't elite and we just jack 3s, Give credit to coaches who are elite at what they do. It's embarrassing to try to make excuses instead of tipping your hat.
|25 weeks 5 days ago||Show me the seniors on the o-line that can play||
like the seniors on the d-line did in 2011 and I'll believe
|26 weeks 1 day ago||I would agree if||
they hadn't weakened the starting rotation while also not upgrading the bullpen. Good news is the division is embarrassingly awful and the tigers have elite talent so they will easily win it and from there the playoffs are a crapshoot and they have verlander and scherzer to potentially ride to a ring. But they need to add some bullpen pieces and sign stephen drew after the summer draft or find a ss elsehwere for the whole defense/baserunning upgrade to really show from last season in my opinion.
|28 weeks 1 day ago||I think players should be able to benefit||
but it becomes tricky because if players can take money from boosters then recruiting becomes even messier than it already is. Sign here and we guarantee a booster will buy your autographed picture fo x dollars
|31 weeks 1 day ago||One unlucky 1 seed is going to get OK State on their 8/9 line||
Hope it's not us
|34 weeks 5 days ago||It's my fault||
I've been stocking that for good memories a lot recently. Watched sweet 16 Kansas game last night. I appreciate it man.
|38 weeks 1 day ago||I thought it was common knowledge every team in the country||
Is 100% healthy every season except Izzo's?
|39 weeks 14 hours ago||2012 Buckeye game||
|40 weeks 6 days ago||I didn't realize they hang banners for "getting nothing"||
If this is how you honestly feel about the best basketball season the program has had in 20 years I feel extremely sorry for you
|41 weeks 3 days ago||That's the equivalent of saying you can't play prevent defense||
in football when the other team has the ball at midfield with time for one play left because it isn't how you would normally defend a play. Interesting idea but I don't agree.
|50 weeks 2 days ago||No fake punt fear in the special teams section?||
I mean we gave one up to them last year in the 4th quarter when that was pretty much the only way they could come back and score
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Mods on rivals||
posted that they told campbell they were full at wr after not knowing who he was which amused him and the only interest they had in scott is at db
|1 year 17 weeks ago||They weren't there for Campbell||
Still seems weird you wouldn't know about a recruit that talented but it's not like they suddenly forgot why they were there. They wanted to see if Cole was solid or if there was still a chance.
|3 years 21 weeks ago||It says 141||
For the MSU game. But that can't be right either because there can't be 39 days in between the opener and MSU. It has to be a multiple of 7
|3 years 39 weeks ago||1999||
Good early win over ND 26-22, tough win on the road over Wisconsin, terrific comeback down 10 at Penn St in the 4th, Brady to Quise with about 5 minutes left to beat OSU, OT win over Bama for our only BCS win, not bad...
|3 years 40 weeks ago||I don't think||
anyone is on the hokey pokey bandwagon here except in a "screw you we aren't going to sink to the level of the freep and other quasi michigan fans who actively tried to get RR fired" sort of way
we all want michigan to win big, this seems like a win medium move but whatever we'll see how it goes
|3 years 42 weeks ago||Ha||
I made the same mistake because i didn't trust rodgers staying in if he got hit again. Even better i ALSO had freeman on my bench as an option and went kitna.
|3 years 45 weeks ago||Don't Forget||
|3 years 45 weeks ago||He's Not||
Going to be back. Not my personal feelings it just makes no sense for DB not to announce he is coming back while all the speculation builds and recruits jump ship. And if DB is too dumb to realize that then we have a whole new set of problems.
|3 years 46 weeks ago||I'm Not||
Rooting one way or another since at this point i am confused and can rattle off a lot off good reasons to keep RR and a lot of good reasons to bring in Harbaugh. But isn't it pretty obvious that DB wants Harbaugh? It doesn't make any sense not to say RR is staying if he wants him to stay. Either he wants Harbaugh but doesn't know if he can get him or he knows Harbaugh is coming but they didn't want to blow things up before Stanford's first big bowl in over a decade.
|3 years 46 weeks ago||National Championships||
Can we please stop using national titles as the criteria by which to determine whether you are rooting for a change or want RR to stay. We won a title in 97. That was our first in 50 years. We are not a powerhouse program that rolls of national titles left and right and we never have been. We need a coach who can consistently compete for big ten titles Whoever that is is who we need whether you think that is RR or Harbaugh but to say you don't want Harbaugh because that will condemn us to going 9-3 and 10-2 all the time but never 12-0 is just stupid. I don't know if you have been under a rock the last 3 years but i would kill for 9-3 right about now.
|3 years 47 weeks ago||I don't think||
RR doesn't emphasize the game or understand its importance. I just think he is fully aware of how outmatched we are and that it would have a negative impact on the kids and the program to go into these games shouting off about hating OSU and having to win this game and then get blasted.
|3 years 49 weeks ago||Caputo||
Is a moron. Everything he has said in the past 5-10 years I remember ever accidentally hearing him speak is stupid. I am amazed he can monkey a keyboard well enough to cobble together columns that would be embarrassing for an 8th grader to turn in. I don't think Tressell is concerned about coaching a specific way to beat us and make sure RR doesn't get fired. It's not like he was struggling before RR took over. Things like that really make me scared to live in a world where people like that are allowed to do anything that would possibly influence people. I don't think I am overstating that.
|3 years 49 weeks ago||It's based off current||
It's based off current standings and MSU hasn't had its off week yet so they have a half game on OSU and Wisc and Iowa at 5-1 compared to the 4-1 conference records of the other 3
|3 years 49 weeks ago||If OSU||
beats Iowa then Wisc and OSU will go to the BCS and sparty can enjoy their one breakthrough year landing them in the capital one bowl
|3 years 49 weeks ago||Not That Many Choices This Week||
The week of THE GAME also features Oregon-Zona and Auburn-Bama
|3 years 50 weeks ago||Wow||
It would be embarrassing to give an extension to a guy who is 13-19 in 2+ seasons at a school used to competing for conference championships. If you are saying it still leaves the out to fire him after the season then what is the point? A lot of recruits will decommit if he is fired even if the quasi 2 year extension made them feel better right now. And if you believe he can turn it around with help from a whole new d coaching staff then the move is simply to not fire him.
|3 years 50 weeks ago||Seriously?||
The defense is terrible and RR seems like he may have been a step behind in realizing that and addressing it in recruiting as he focuses on the offense. If Brandon doesn't think RR can turn the defense around he should fire him. If he does then he should keep him.
But please don't waste time trying to make the argument that RR should have tried to run an offense he is not familiar with, with 2 bad QBS, a terrible O-Line, no WRS and no healthy RBs. That 2008 offense was going to be terrible regardless, and in case you hadn't noticed, Michigan is averaging 35 points a game and 30 in Big Ten Play. Offense is not the problem.
|3 years 50 weeks ago||Big Ten||
If Iowa beats OSU doesn't MSU get the bid? 3 way tie between iowa, wisc, and msu. None of the three teams beat the other two so iowa gets eliminated by virtue of having the worst overall record because of their nonconference loss to zona which leaves wisconsin and msu and msu won the head to head matchup
|3 years 51 weeks ago||Who Is||
The other ordinator?
|3 years 51 weeks ago||Our Secondary||
Can't take a breather against anyone because Never Forget
|3 years 51 weeks ago||Neg Me||
I am not adding anything knew but just wanted to reiterate and agree with people who posted the ridiculousness of sayinh we have it better than Florida and Texas. 2 titles for florida in the last 5 years and 2 bball titles (we don't have a bball program), 1 title for texas and 10 wins every year except this one and one fun season with durant (again we don't have a bball program)
|3 years 51 weeks ago||No||
That would just reinforce the BCS supporters' claims that the BCS is great because everyone has the chance to make it. If they wanted to change they would have already changed.
|4 years 2 days ago||Does Anyone Remember||
Nick Sheridan, Injured Steven Threet and Injured Tate Forcier. I would be 100% good if Pryor had committed to Michigan.
|4 years 3 days ago||Not Indiana||
We forced them to embarrass us but lose a close game through the air. That's what I'm talking about baby.
|4 years 3 days ago||Believe It or Not||
George isn't at home please leave a message at the beep.
I must be out or I'd pick up the phone, where could I be?
Believe it or not I'm not home.
|4 years 3 days ago||You're||
|4 years 3 days ago||I'm Not Going To Say||
People shouldn't be frustrated for losing. I think what people are underestimating is the pressure having such a bad defense puts on every other play. It is hard going into a game knowing you need 40 to win. That puts a lot of additional pressure on every offensive snap that leads to penalties and turnovers because in all honesty an interception feels similar to a punt so might as well throw it up and give your guy a chance to make a play instead of throwing it away and punting.
I don't advocate giving free passes but until the defense becomes average every single play is going to feel like life or death and lead to mistakes you wouldn't otherwise see.
|4 years 4 days ago||I am really confused||
As to why losses to two top 15 teams has all of a sudden caused so many people to conclude everything is going to hell. Before the season given the youth and inexperience on defense most people were hoping for 7-5. 7-5 teams lose to top 15 teams. Otherwise they would be winning 9 or 10 games.
If they can't beat Ilinois or Purdue please feel free to freak out and immediately ask for a new coach but otherwise why not hold on for the rest of the season and see if returning a starting a loaded offense and probably more importantly experience on the d line and in the secondary can lead to some noticable improvement on the field.
Losing is not fun but unless you think there is a homerun coaching option to turn to it makes much more sense to hang on this year and see if we can start turning the corner next year. I think we are better off firing him a year too late than a year too early. Harbaugh will still be available after next year and i don't even know who else is a viable candidate that would be exciting at all.
|4 years 1 week ago||I'm way late||
And am not adding anything new so neg away but it really kills me when the losing team in any game says the winning team was not better. If that is the case they would not have won. Sure MSU didnt stuff our offense like dopey sparty fans want to believe, but you have to execute to win and we did not execute. Also they stopped trying to score in the 4th when they knew as long as they didn't turn the ball over we couldn't come back so even giving us 18 points we didn't earn still only has us up 1 needing stops the entire 4th quarter which we know our D is not ready for yet.
|4 years 2 weeks ago||Haha||
I love the poster mentioning that Denard has no chance of playing ahead of Brantley. How's that working out florida?
|4 years 2 weeks ago||I am sold||
on anything that involves less 3 man rushes, gets roh rushing the passer, and limits ezeh's exposure even though he seems to be the nicest guy in the world
|4 years 2 weeks ago||It feels that way||
Since this is right now but I would argue the 07 Ohio State game was bigger. Big Ten title on the line.
|4 years 2 weeks ago||I love||
All the effort everyone has put into researching past teams (not sarcastic) but I think given the fact that last year we all said it couldn't get worse than ND since we would gain experience and ND had a pro qb, 2 pro WRS, and a huge o-line and then it got worse or at least stayed bad i am just taking a wait and see approach and not assuming we are going to see much improvement.
Unless we start rushing 4 more consistently and try tighter coverage umass has already shown that teams can consistently hit 6 yard passes and move the sticks on us. I'm not saying those changes will do anything, I'm sure the reason we drop 3 and rush 8 is the fact that the coaches are terrified of the huge plays that wil be given up otherwise, but at a certain point you have to make the other team hit one or two over the top with increased pressure on the qb as opposed to running the same thing and expecting different results.
Praying for michigan to upset sparty saturday (don't care what the line is msu is a more complete team), then take care of business against ill and pu and have a shot at 1 out of iowa, wisc, and psu, and then get to next year with a stacked offense and hopefully more bodies on defense.
|4 years 2 weeks ago||No Way||
We landed on the moon!
|4 years 2 weeks ago||Wow||
Until this post I didn't know ESPNU wasn't available in HD. I mean who watches ESPNU?
|4 years 3 weeks ago||plus one for awesome avatar||
plus one for awesome avatar
|4 years 3 weeks ago||On OSU running up the score||
I don't have a problem with Pryor being in the game since it was still the third quarter and even though there was less than 1% chance EMU would come up back you still need to officially put a team away (see Michigan-Ball State 2006)
I also could understand needing style points if both osu and bama go undefeated and boise probably will be as well and possibly even oregon
and i can also understand trying to take pressure off pryor by letting him blow up so the talk can be about his monster game instead of his poor reads and arm punt interceptions in a season where you are expected to go to the title game
but calling a throwback pass to the qb up 25 in a non rival, non bowl game situation is uncalled for. and seems pointless unless the vest threw down a large pre season wager on pryor to win the heisman
|4 years 3 weeks ago||haha i love the grammar on||
haha i love the grammar on the blog
|4 years 3 weeks ago||Praying||
That Woolfolk can play next year, sounds like it is a pretty brutal injury to come back from
Also hoping the impending nfl lockout means mike martin is staying no matter how good a season he has
Don't see how a year more of experience for demens or fitzgerald could be worse than current ezeh
probably only real loss is mouton but at least there are options which is not something we've had recently
|4 years 3 weeks ago||That's Not True||
A facemask is a penalty regardless of whether or not the defender was able to tackle the ball carrier or not. Pass intereference is independent of whether or not the receiver catches the ball. Holiding/clipping/chop blocking is dependent on executing the action. You can't hold a guy you never touched just because you were trying to reach out to stop him from getting by you. If you don't touch him it is not a penalty.
|4 years 4 weeks ago||Impressive||
but all that list really confirms is what blog followers who believe in rr already knew and what idiots elsewhere should have known. RR knows EXACTLY what he is doing on offense.
The problem is he needs a coordinator to run the D and the fact that he even picked shafer to begin with terrifies me about as much as the GERG is scaring me now.
RR will terrorize opponents with his offensive knowledge combined with michigan level recruiting but defense is what will ultimately decide his job
|4 years 4 weeks ago||Debbie Downer||
I wouldn't bank on T Wolf being back next year. That is a brutal injury that will probably take a while to recover from just to be able to run normally.
Also with the defense I'm at the point where I need to see it to believe it. We do have athletes coming in at multiple positions which is exciting but who knows whether CC is ready as a true freshman or whether the Angry Michigan Safety hating God will ever let us progress from doom to anything above sub par at that position.
|4 years 4 weeks ago||Sorry||
meant true soph for CC
|4 years 4 weeks ago||What||
Is the point of this diary?
|4 years 5 weeks ago||Can We Relax||
On the idea that the concerns on the team (special teams, defense, options besides Denard) will only get better as the season goes on. That theory didn't work out too well last year.
One game at a time.
|4 years 5 weeks ago||Not A Touchback||
Only a touchback if the ball had gone through the end zone or if a Michigan defender had jumped on the ball. You can't challenge a loose ball and arbitarily award it to the other team, the best that could be done would be ND ball at the spot of the fumble.
|4 years 5 weeks ago||pretty confident rr won't be||
pretty confident rr won't be going for it on every 4th down for the rest of the year
|4 years 5 weeks ago||Omameh||
One play doesn't make up for getting beat consistently but to his credit he did flatten his man to the ground and in the process picked off a safety tying to get over on denard's 87 yard td.
Big Win. Go Blue!