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|2 hours 20 min ago||Isn't this the "robber"||
Isn't this the "robber" concept? I think I read that in Chris Brown's "Smart Football."
|2 days 21 hours ago||The charitible explanation is||
The charitible explanation is it suggests our players come to no longer fear the coach.
I'm guessing in a way it's the opposite of George C. Scott playing Patton in the movie -- "They'll lose their fear of the Germans. I hope to God they don't lose their fear of me."
I don't agree with that assessment, by the way ... I think they have their appropriate fear/respect of Hoke. I'm just saying that may be what was meant by the post by cigol above.
|4 days 6 hours ago||Adam Rittenberg of ESPN.com,||
Adam Rittenberg of ESPN.com, perhaps?
|4 days 23 hours ago||I'm with you for the most||
I'm with you for the most part ... time is needed to (a) get some seasoning under the current team, and (b) build the pipeline.
That said, I think the Hoke might benefit greatly from seeking and taking advice from some seasoned coaching veterans about big program head coaching. My sense is Hoke could be pretty good at this if he lets go of some of his smaller-program approaches to things.
One such thing is position coaches. Do we have the best the Michigan budget can buy? I know he has a special relationship with Wellman, Funk, and perhaps some others. They may be perfectly good coaches for Ball State or SDSU. But maybe not the level of Michigan.
Another is an over-reliance on seniors as leaders. Leaders are who they happen to be. Seniors or juniors or even freshmen if they step up.
The book "Smart Football" by Chris Brown speaks of Urban Meyer having several seasoned coaches as professional mentors. I wonder if Hoke has anything like that? Or is he in slightly over his head and in need of some good coaching of his own?
Michigan doesn't feel like a big-time program headed by the firm grip of a big-time coach. Not saying Hoke can't be that guy. Just not sure if he's struggling right now and could use some help getting there.
|4 days 23 hours ago||That's right ... Arizona has||
That's right ... Arizona has to get there as well. Pac12 looks good. UofA looks only so-so.
Their cause is aided by (a) UCLA QB hurt, (b) ASU QB hurt, (c) not playing Stanford.
Time will tell ... let the season unfold.
|5 days 3 hours ago||Let us collect more data||
Let us collect more data points.
It's possible we are in the dim early stages of an inflection to an upward trend line.
The Miami game did not clearly indicate that. We hoped that it would, but it did not. Nor did it confirm a downward trend. It confirmed very little.
So we gather more data. And we anxiously wait to see how the trend line plots.
|6 days 17 hours ago||Next weekend will be very||
Next weekend will be very telling.
Indeed ... as will the UFR for this game.
If the UFR shows continued improvement at the individual level, then maybe -- just maybe -- this game represents a jerky step in the right direction. But we won't really know until the next data point is registered.
So yeah ... next week will be telling.
|1 week 1 day ago||That's a cool story. I love||
That's a cool story. I love the part about half the room being full of 5th grader stuff. That's terrific. This made me smile. Thanks!
|1 week 1 day ago||Chip||
I think Michigan will come outwith a chip on their shoulder and something to prove.
I hope so. I hope they come out looking like guys focused on going to work and getting the job done.
|1 week 1 day ago||UFRs||
I am going to be really interested in the UFR for this game.
I like how the UFRs gauge the performance of the individual players at their positions.
I'm hoping the UFR shows that we're getting better at each position and player ... that despite the level of competition, each player is doing what they should do.
That will be a sign that perhaps we're turning a corner.
A UFR with lots of negatives for poor execution will make me cry.
|1 week 1 day ago||"Miami is a trainwreck, and||
"Miami is a trainwreck, and UM should roll them without breaking much a sweat."
I think so too ... but I'm worried all the same.
My worry is not about the final score ... my worry is about whether this game is going to expose problems related to team cohesion, determination and focus.
We talk of whether Hoke has control of this team ... whether there's fire in the belly of the team. Well, Saturday's game is going to be an indicator, I think.
Good sign: the players come out pretty focused ... not joking around ... but looking like a team with a job to do.
Bad sign: the players come out and seem too loose, with too much joking around. If we see little things like being slow coming on and off the field, missed arm tackles, silly penalties, or players on the sideline not paying attention to the game ... then I get worried.
After the ND game last week ... and the -- let's be frank, the embarrassment on the national stage -- this team should come out with a look in their eye like they have something to prove. Not with flashy plays and hot-dogging ... but with that cold, relentless focus on execution that mark the better teams. If I see that, then there's fire in the belly and Hoke has this team in the right direction.
That's my worry. I hope we see Michigan come out and destroy them in a way that Brian's UFR is mostly +'s with only a few -'s. But I worry that maybe we won't.
|1 week 1 day ago||Wikipedia is a remarkably||
Wikipedia is a remarkably accurate reflector of group sentiment about such things. I promise you if "Miami of Ohio" was as incorrect as suggested, then someone would have corrected that line. Pronto.
I know because I've created Wikipedia articles on various technical topics and I was always amazed at how quickly, how thoroughly, and in general how accurately corrections are made. Typically anything that smells of unsupportable opinion is scrubbed. Quickly.
|1 week 2 days ago||"Miami University"||
"They're called Miami University, not Miami of Ohio."
First, from Wikipedia: "...(also referred to as Miami U, Miami of Ohio, or simply Miami)"
Second, Google "Miami of Ohio" (with quotes) and stand back ... a lot of hits, all in reference to Miami University.
Third, all of my life (I'm 55) I've heard sports announcers and others refer to it as "Miami of Ohio," and never "Miami University." Even Bob Ufer referred to Schembechler's coaching stay there as "Miami of Ohio."
Finally ... I'm guessing you're the kind of guy a lot of people turn away from and roll their eyes.
|1 week 2 days ago||I think Michigan beats Miami||
I think Michigan beats Miami of Ohio.
I am very interested in seeing how they beat them. The final score is of less interest to me than the UFR of the game. What I would hope to see if a trend line developing where the + numbers trend up and the - numbers trend down. That is, improvement at the point of execution.
If Michigan comes out unfocused, sloppy, and treating Miami as a joke of a game ... then I get back on the ledge.
|1 week 4 days ago||This is better than Notre||
This is better than Notre Dame ... it puts us deep into talent rich Texas. A home-and-home with Florida or FSU would also be good.
|1 week 4 days ago||They probably will blow them||
They probably will blow them out. 40+ point differential.
What I'm going to be interested in is how they do it. If I'm to believe Michigan learned something from the ND game, then Michigan should slice Miami apart in a methodical, machine-like way -- no turnovers, no dumb mistakes, close down Miami's offense pretty much in total, show good push and good technique on both the O-line and D-line, etc. The score differential is not the story ... how the score differential was achieved is the story.
However, if what we see if a 35-21 slop-fest ... then I'm sorry ... like last year when I argued the Akron close-victory was a bad sign of things to come, this year I argue that Michigan's victories need to be clean, precise and with a margin of victory in proportion to the opponent's skill. Bad teams should be taken apart like a cheap suit; good teams beaten in good, well-fought contests; and the better teams fought hard even in loss.
|1 week 5 days ago||The Spurrier and Meyer years||
The Spurrier and Meyer years at Florida were relatively recent, and it's created a certain arrogance in its fans. The Muschamp experiment has been a bit humbling for them.
Florida plays Alabama next week. Some of the smugness generated by the EMU victory will get filed down, I think.
|1 week 5 days ago||Back when I lived in Ann||
Back when I lived in Ann Arbor (1989 -1992) it was these kinds of games I used to enjoy picking up tickets on the street and seeing a game on the cheap. I suspect there'll be a fair supply on the street with people seeking to get whatever cash they can get for them.
Back then there was a vendor outside the stadium sellng hot dogs for a dollar each. I'd load up on three or four and go into the stadium and just enjoy the hell out of it.
|2 weeks 3 hours ago||"In that hole that Yost dug,||
"In that hole that Yost dug, Crisler paid for, Canham carpeted, and Schembechler fills up every Saturday." -- Bob Ufer
|2 weeks 4 hours ago||Mustard is yellow, which is||
Mustard is yellow, which is close to maize! Mustard it is!!
|2 weeks 4 hours ago||I love you, Heiko. But no.||
I love you, Heiko.
But no. You're wrong. Nussmeier on the sideline keeps things settled, even if ND manages to rattle Gardner a bit.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||It's been an enjoyable game||
It's been an enjoyable game each year, mostly because my hatred of all things ND burns bright.
But my life will go on if ND is not on the schedule.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||>> Simple or not it||
>> Simple or not it works.
That 780 was against UNLV, which is hardly in the league of Oregon, USC, UCLA, or Arizona State.
>> (JT4104) "it seems like a stone age spread offense compared to what you see at Auburn/A&M."
I'm thinking something similar. This season and the next few will tell the story, but my sense is RR's offense was revolutionary in its day, but defenses have caught up. Other offenses are leading edge now. I'm not smart enough in football X's and O's to explain why, however.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||>> You two hang out? Yeah,||
>> You two hang out?
Yeah, we're "bruhs."
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I'm sitting in my Tucson||
I'm sitting in my Tucson living room watching this game. I'm no more than 5 miles from the University of Arizona. The game, of course, is in San Antonio.
UTSA better do a better job of tackling or this is going to be a long night for them.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I'm not a gambling man, but||
I'm not a gambling man, but this seems about right ... this will either be a close MSU victory or an Oregon blow-out.
Given it's (a) early in the season, and (b) in Oregon ... my spidey senses say the latter.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Yeah, I understood what you||
Yeah, I understood what you were getting at with your original post on that.
Your point about whether Ufer would be allowed to broadcast today is an interesting one.
Assuming Ufer was coming in as a new broadcaster ... that is, without all the built-up affection for him from his 40+ years of broadcasting ... would his hyper-partisan style be acceptable?
I think the notion of the impartial team broadcaster went by the wayside many years ago. Now I think home team broadcasters are expected to be supportive of "their" teams. The question is then whether Ufer's "over-the-top" style would scare broadcast producers away.
I think probably so for big outlets like WJR. But not for some local Ann Arbor station. I think if Ufer was alive today trying to crack into the business he'd find a spot, but it'd likely be a niche spot initially. Eventually I think he'd move into a bigger role. Yes, he was "over the top," but in a fairly likeable way.
>> "he was also not the world's nicest person away from the booth"
Really? I had not heard that. I was always under the assumption he was well regarded in and out of the booth.
(Ernie Harwell was, I understand, just a total class act regardless of in or out of booth.)
|2 weeks 2 days ago||If Funchess Doubled ...||
This, I think, is the most intriguing element of this game -- assuming Funchess is doubled, who then opens up and how effectively will Gardner exploit it?
I have a sense Gardner will exploit to M's advantage. I see it Michigan 35, ND 17.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||FB||
I read your title and thought, "A fullback is worth a house and a car?"
|2 weeks 2 days ago||1976 Purdue||
Ufer had a similar reaction to the 1976 Purdue game. Michigan was ranked #1 in both polls and was unbeaten. They lost to Purdue 16-14 with Michigan missing a last-second field goal. I can still hear Ufer on the car radio ... "No good. No good. No good."