"It's not about last year or who's here or who's isn't here," says your head coach. "It's about getting out here and competing and seeing who is here, and that's where we're gonna go."
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|19 hours 54 min ago||This thread is fantastic off-season entertainment||
I oscillate between laughing and feeling like I'm going to puke.
|20 hours 1 min ago||the guy who served teet soup for family meal||
I'm having a hard time picturing this in my mind, which is probably good.
|20 hours 13 min ago||I think this is a push but we lose to Utah & BYU||
If we start out 1-3, the entire Michigan fanbase will lose its shit. The MGoBlogosphere will be out of its mind.
|20 hours 16 min ago||Prediction for October 10, 2015: Oregon St. at Arizona||
At the end of the third quarter.
|1 day 9 hours ago||that's just damn creepy||
Something about the BK mask is scary.
|1 day 9 hours ago||My dad instinctively put his hands out and caught it...||
Your dad is a man's man—it takes balls to catch vomit barehanded. Much respect here.
|1 day 9 hours ago||These threads need to go away! Pointless!||
It's no more pointless than either of the drinking threads that were posted last night and Friday night, but for some reason you didn't see fit to post a whining comment in either one of those.
Why is that?
|1 day 9 hours ago||You've got the attitude correct||
but the guy I saw was about three times Robert Carlyle's size.
|1 day 9 hours ago||Fall term 1972||
The Necto on Liberty back then was called Chances Are, and at that time it had two or three floors above the dance floor. I was up on the third level with my GF having a beer, and on the level below us there were a couple of guys sitting at a table right up against the railing overlooking the dance floor. One of the guys was huge and thick, and looked stupid and really hammered as well. The GF and I are just minding our own business listening to the band when without any warning the big guy below us finishes his beer, and then throws the mug—it was a big heavy glass thing—at the band down below. Luckily he didn't hit anybody—a direct hit on somebody's noggin would have opened up a huge gash and probably a fractured skull to boot—but the mug crashed at the feet of the bass player and shards of glass went everywhere. The band missed a beat, and down on the floor many people realized that somebody had thrown the mug from an upper level, including the bouncers.
The bouncers were on high alert already, but then the meathand grabs his buddy's smaller beer glass and throws it down at the band. By that time the bouncers had ID'd the guy, and four of them come up ready for action. Needless to say the guy was not in the mood to go quietly, and it took all four of the bouncers to get the asshole out of there, but not before a few tables and chairs bit the dust. On my way out later I asked one of the bouncers who the guy was, and he said he was an MSU heavyweight wrestler who'd been in town for a match against UM.
|1 day 14 hours ago||Any kid who turns down an opportunity to get a UM degree||
and play for Jim Harbaugh because he thinks a locker room isn't nice enough doesn't have enough going on upstairs for anyone with a lick of sense to care about in the first place.
|2 days 12 hours ago||more likely they just really, really unintelligent.||
Plenty of people in the world are both crazy and dumb.
|2 days 15 hours ago||If you conducted a comprehensive exam of each of those idiots||
I have no doubt that the conclusion would be that they're certifiablly mentally ill.
|2 days 15 hours ago||As WD discovered in his diary on UM spring game history||
up though 1964, the spring games were held in May.
Has Michigan's academic calendar changed so much since then that a May game is impossible now?
|2 days 18 hours ago||Chicks vs chicks... Dudes vs chicks haha.. Dudes vs dudes||
Unless there were also chicks with dicks, it's not a real brawl.
|2 days 19 hours ago||Our arch rival has multiple top 5 classes & maybe Harbaugh will||
Yep, there's only one thing to do: fire Harbaugh now before things get any worse. He's been an absolute failure here at Michigan.
|3 days 13 hours ago||Wow. Sam and Ira just don't get it.||
Just don't get it about what?
|4 days 16 hours ago||Your estimation of Lloyd doesn't match my experience with him.||
Thanks for the insight, and I'm glad to have the correction, as it were.
I chatted up Lloyd at one of his car washes about a decade ago, and he was extremely personable and willing to talk to a random nobody like me. I've never understood the bile that a portion of the Michigan fanbase has expressed toward him—he might have his faults, but his record is damn good in the context of Michigan football history.
|4 days 18 hours ago||Very interesting topic||
It doesn't matter whether you're talking about a small business, non-profit institution, or a football team—if the head guy or woman is in charge long enough, their personality will suffuse and define the organization.
In college football, I think there are four distinct personality types that characterize most coaches. All coaches display mixtures of these traits, but each coach has a dominant characteristic.
A. Demanding taskmaster—aggressive, military-style, devoted to extremely rigorous work regimen, details and execution, but not necessarily innovators; frequently an asshole; doesn't give a shit if you like them, but demands that you respect them. Knows exactly who they are and what they want, and will not let anybody stand in their way; generally places supreme importance on a stout, aggressive defense; frequently hired to revive foundering program; Woody Hayes, Fielding Yost, Bear Bryant, Darrel Royal, Tom Coughlin (coached at BC), Nick Saban, Jim Harbaugh, Barry Alvarez, Mark Dantonio
B. Innovator—thinking, cerebral, or creative in developing offensive or, less-frequently, defensive schemes; doesn't give a shit if you like them, but demands that you be a thinker too. Does not tolerate dullards or the mistake-prone. Generally an outside hire; Fritz Crisler, early RR, Urban Meyer, Mike Leach, Brian Kelly, Chip Kelly, Paul Brown, early Steve Spurrier, early Bob Stoops, Bill Walsh, Emory Bellard; (maybe even Frank Beamer if you include special teams); sometimes reputation for genius is entirely undeserved (Charlie Weis) or is at best ill-suited to the college game
C. Program manager—Frequent inside hires as replacement for iconic coaches; bureaucratic stewardship; generally bland, unassuming public demeanor in contrast to predecessors; always says "the right things" in public; not generally innovators but can be very successful in the right conditions and with good instincts in choosing assistants; very attentive to program reputation and tradition; normally very loyal to assistants and players; Tom Osborne, Frank Solich, Earle Bruce, Fred Akers, Kirk Ferentz, Bret Bielema, Bob Davie, John Robinson
D. Player's coach—Prizes relationships with players and enjoys being seen as one of them; frequently inspirational, sometimes innovative, strong recruiter; occasionally tolerant if not encouraging of player misbehavior on and off the field; Barry Switzer, Jimmy Johnson, Pete Carroll, Les Miles
Bo Schembechler's legendarily fiery, aggressive and combative personality (Bo could be a real dick if you weren't on his side) was coupled with extremely high standards for production and a tremendous grasp of fundamental details, and the result was what came to define Michigan football for the vast majority of us growing up. Bo was major part A
Gary Moeller was fundamentally different in personality from Bo (at least outwardly) but he was a thinking offensive innovator who put together some high-powered offenses that were among the nation's best, and got a Heisman for one his guys in the bargain. Combination of B and C.
Lloyd Carr was thoughtful, reflective, and cautious—frequently maddeningly so—but he was extremely intense nonetheless, and when his back was to the wall, was able to throw his natural caution to the wind and let the dogs out, so to speak. That's why most of the great comebacks in Michigan football history happened under his watch, and also why he was able to break with tradition and give a significant offensive role to his best defensive player, leading to another Heisman and a national title. Extremely devoted to the tradition and reputation of Michigan. Strong part C
RR was an offensive innovator with much of the same fire and intensity as Bo, but unfortunately he almost completely lacked Bo's ability to discern and hire great assistant coaches, especially on the defensive side. That was crippling, since RR also played surprisingly little role in the defensive side of the game himself, another huge contrast to Bo. Combination of B and A
Which brings us to Hoke in terms of football personality. Fiery, aggressive, or combative demanding asshole taskmaster chewing players or assistants out either in practice or on the sidelines? Nope. Cerebral offensive or defensive innovator whose ideas and theories are copied by other coaches? Nope.
Bland, unassuming public demeanor, always saying "the right things" in public, very attentive to program reputation and tradition, very loyal to assistants and players? Bingo.
I think Hoke is a mixture of heavy C with the best elements of D. The big question is whether Hoke is able to assemble a top-notch staff. If he can, he can be very successful. If he doesn't, he won't last.
There are some MGoBloggers who have played for Michigan, and I'd be curious if my view of Bo, Mo, Lloyd, RR, and Hoke are at all accurate. I'll re-emphasize that I think most if not all coaches have a variety of traits, but the above is attempt to discern dominant ones.
|5 days 1 hour ago||This is the clincher for me||
Whatever he does wearing a winged helmet is gravy. What we're getting is somebody who's going to be in the position to make a real difference down the road.
|5 days 7 hours ago||Chewing through metal takes a tenacity unknown to mankind||
not to mention chewing through metal takes fangs unknown to mankind.
|5 days 8 hours ago||Sounds like he's going to stay, which is smart||
but the fact that he apparently still hasn't nailed down the decision yet just shows how fucking nuts the whole college/NBA situation is. That anybody could think for even five seconds that after spending most of the year hurt he should declare for the draft is insane beyond belief.
|5 days 11 hours ago||Salt is a spice, not a condiment.||
Not the way I use it.
|5 days 11 hours ago||I still am kind of ashamed at the loss of control||
I don't see why—it's not like you peed in the middle of the Brown Jug. You had the self-control to wait until you got into the alley.
You did pull your zipper down, right?
|5 days 11 hours ago||I've got several||
While Bo was coach, I bet against us in many of his Rose Bowls. Never lost a bet.
One of my closest friends is a Domer.
My girlfriend was so bored at the OSU game in 1977 that she took out a book and started reading. I still married her.
I stopped watching the 2004 game against MSU before Braylonfest happened.
And, most embarrassingly, I actually posted a comment here—before he even played a single snap for Michigan—that Sam McGuffie was going to be in solid Heisman contention by the time he was a junior. That's when I learned my lesson about watching high school highlight videos.
|5 days 11 hours ago||"It seems like this guy is being seriously stereotyped"||
Please describe exactly how a hunch that he's going to pick Kentucky is "stereotyping" him, and in what way.
As you say yourself:
"At the same time, while Kentucky does not have the same academic pedigree, they clearly have a strong track record recently of NBA draft picks."
I think this will be a major if not deciding factor, so if you're criticizing me for thinking he will pick Kentucky, aren't you criticizing yourself, too?
If I'm wrong and he picks Cal, good for him. Maybe he'll be more likely to stay in school longer there.
|5 days 13 hours ago||I believe in the basics||
Salt, followed closely by fresh ground black pepper.
|5 days 14 hours ago||In other words||
He's Lexington-bound. Not that it's surprising—I don't think Beilein's going to be very successful getting the presumptive one-and-dones out of high school. Which is OK by me if that's the way it plays out. Getting McGary was a huge recruiting coup, and I don't know if Mitch was a one-and-doner coming out of HS anyhow.
|5 days 17 hours ago||Watch these two videos of the 1957 NFL season carefully||
with particular attention to exactly how the tackling is done. The virtual absence of the head-leading "kill shots" is remarkable in contrast to today's game.
I'm not saying that it wasn't still a rough and physical game, and surely there were concussions happening with some regularity. However, the sheer violence involving the head that is celebrated today is largely absent.
|6 days 4 hours ago||No contest for me||
1965 Shelby Cobra 427
|6 days 9 hours ago||Wine-fueled escapades of mgobrewmom & myself in my hot tub||
But are you sluggish with goat meat?