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- They have Nick Saban as #14, but trending down. Really? I realize he hasn't won a NC in the last five minutes, but c'mon ... it's Nick Saban. He's practically a god there. It would take more than missing a few NCs to put him on the hot seat.
- Brett Bielema at #5 and trending up strikes me as reasonable. He'd better have a pretty decent season or he may quickly find himself in the top 2 or 3. He may be regretting his move from Wisconsin.
- Going to the bottom of the list (safest territory), they have Bob Stoops at 122 and trending safer. I know they had a good year last year, but my sense is Stoops isn't quite so safe. Middle-of-the-pack safe, yes; darn-near-the-bottom safe? No.
- I'm surprised Urban Meyer at #114 and not further (safer) on the list. He's every bit as safe as Mark Dantonio at #124.
- What does Kirk Ferentz have on the AD and the others at Iowa? How is he only at #33? Iowa hasn't been a real contender in a long time (though he seems to have Michigan's number, that's for sure). He's very well paid to produce average results.
- Players were a little intimidated having the HC coach their position?
- Mark Smith better at the nuts-and-bolts of coaching than Hoke?
|4 weeks 2 hours ago||CoachesHostSeat.com||
Interesting site. Some observations:
|4 weeks 2 hours ago||Predictions||
10-3 is my prediction as well.
I would be quite happy with this. It would be a terrific foundation on which to build for the 2015 season.
Lose all three of the "big" road games but hold serve at home and against the rest of the B1G.
I would like to win at least one of those; preferably OSU, but I think MSU and/or ND is doable.
That said, if we have to lose all three, I sure hope the manner in which they lose those games leaves no doubt they were closely-fought contests and Michigan was clearly in the game all the way to the end. I've been in many arguments on this point, but I stand firm: if a few losses are just what fate has in store for us, make those losses games where Michigan plays a great game. Some say "a loss is a loss," but I say "an embarrassing loss is far worse than a loss in a well-played game."
|7 weeks 9 hours ago||Hoke||
That was a nice article. There's a genuine sincerity about Hoke that I think appeals to the young players and recruits.
If Hoke and staff can engineer a good season this fall and re-establish an expectation of success going forward, then look out ... the combination of on-field success plus the personal appeal of Hoke and his staff will light up the recruiting trail. It's already pretty good; it will get even better.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Observations||
The writing style from that era is interesting ... the phrasing is evocative of a different era, that's for sure. The word "splendid" is rarely seen in sports journalism nowadays.
It mentions that "a bus" took the team to the grounds ... in 1879 that was surely a horse-drawn vehicle. Interesting that it was called a "bus" in those days. That must be where our use of that term came from.
"The teams fought like dogs of war"
The post-game banquet was at the Palmer House in Chicago. I've stayed there. :-)
To think that someone spent untold hours setting little pieces of lead type to print that sheet. Years ago I had the opportunity to do that on a very limited scale. In today's world we take for granted spell checking and margin justification ... back then it was all due to the guy setting the type.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Brady vs. Manning||
When I saw the title of this post I thought it was referring to Brady Hoke and Roy Manning.
September can't come quick enough for me.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Are you suggesting NU (or||
Are you suggesting NU (or other schools) would be mandated to run football to support non-revenue sports? I understand the part about proportional participation ... but I see it more likely that if the revenue sports prove more trouble than worth they'll just phase out all sports.
And if we ever get to the point where institutions of higher learning are forced to provide facilities, staff and pay to support athletics ... well, then there are bigger problems facing us all.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Responses||
I doubt very much NW would take any such immediate and drastic measures.
More likely, if the impact of any unionization begins to affect the University's ability to manage the program and its costs/benefit ratio, the University will start to isolate and starve off the program ... along with other non-revenue sports supported by football.
Even still, it would take some time to see this manifest. But, to the extent outside factors make operating a football program less and less in the University's interest, the University will respond to control what it can to balance back to its interests.
There's absolutely nothing that says a school like Northwestern must run a football program.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Laws||
>> The Nation failed to point them out and I'm curious as to why their contributing Law Attorney, Tony Paris, neglected to as well.
One has to start with the possibility that there wasn't any breaches of the labor laws. Just because the article suggests something doesn't mean it actually happened.
Articles such as these are part of a huge PR war being fought. This article is battlespace preparation based on an anticipated "no" vote.
|14 weeks 1 hour ago||Fitzgerald||
>> He is telling them that they are fundimentally deciding between a known (him as well as the current administration) and an unknown.
I agree ... I think that's his argument. It's reasonable, but not necessarily compelling.
There's an unspoken time element present on both side of that equation. The known (him) may or may not be there in the future; the unknown (the union leadership) may or may not develop into good stewards of the players' interests.
Time always enters into these things, which is why I scratch my head at those who say this is only about medical benefits and not about getting paid. That may be true ... for now.
I realize slippery-slope arguments are not always good. But that's not to say they are always bad. There are plenty of cases where the initial stated goal of some organization creeps over time to include many other things. In fact, nearly all institutional bureaucracies (a loose term meant to encompass any bureaucracy, public or private, that becomes large enough to dictate the terms of its existence) change over time to become more about self preservation and expansion of power than about original mission or representing constituency.
We'll see what happens with this Northwestern union vote. It will be interesting.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||Player Development ... and General Progress||
Just show me the trend line is up. That's pretty much what I want out of this season.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||Cannoli||
>> and a cannoli
No, leave the cannoli. Bring the gun.
|16 weeks 4 hours ago||Zerohedge||
If ever one wants to get depressed and consider survival strategies in a bunker somewhere deep in the woods ... read Zerohedge.
That said, the comments there are often quite funny.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||Golf and HD||
Oh, absolutely ... now that you mention it, golf on HD is fantastic.
One of my first experiences with true HD was a golf tournament, and I was absolutely amazed at being able to see the dimples on the ball as it approached the cup.
Still ... football is the perfect sport for HD. Nyah, nyah! :-)
Years ago I went to the second round of the TCP at the Robert Trent Jones course in Manassas, Virginia. I saw Tiger Woods walk within 20 yards of me ... which was cool ... but the real treat was meeting Arnold Palmer and shaking his hand. He's a class act.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||HDTV||
If I had to pick one thing -- just one thing -- that has reduced attendance at football games, this would be it.
I love the atmosphere of a live football game as much as the next guy, but the advent of HDTV has opened up a whole new vista of enjoyment of football for me. I love the detail and clarity and slow-motion replays.
Football is damn near the perfect sport for high-def TV to show. Basketball is a close second.
Nothing beats being at a live hockey game. The sounds, the smell of the ice and the Zamboni exhaust ... ahhhh ... heaven. :-)
|18 weeks 6 days ago||>> I'm curious how his own||
>> I'm curious how his own background affects what he does as a coach.
I would imagine it has to have some effect. But I doubt Hoke is overcompensating too much.
I don't know the details of this Glasgow case, but from the tea leaves it does look like this is a DUI incident. That's a pretty bright line over which players should know not to cross. My guess is Hoke turns a blind eye to normal college drinking and horseplay, but gets extra firm on anything that involves an arrest. And DUI is a particularly serious offense.
|20 weeks 1 day ago||Green||
Derrick Green in at 220 and "solid" by his own words.
Maybe I'm wrong, but it seems to me he realized from last year that things aren't as easy in D1 football as they were in high school. He's re-focused and has something to prove.
I hope so. Run angry, young man ... run angry. :-)
|20 weeks 6 days ago||Giant River Otters||
>> Giant river otters are not to be fucked with
I first read that about six hours ago. And my mind keeps going back to it. I had never, ever, stopped to think about giant river otters. Now I know not to fuck with them. :-)
|21 weeks 2 hours ago||Nussmeier||
From the linked article, referring to Nussmeier's process:
"transforming the elite players that a program like Michigan can recruit into a dominant machine that leverages talent into consistency."
I love that "leverages talent into consistency" phrase. It gives me hope. And after 2013 I need some hope.
|21 weeks 6 days ago||Heiko||
Watching Nussmeier made me think of something ... I miss Heiko!
|21 weeks 6 days ago||Mattison||
Mattison was terrific.
And kudos to whoever was asking the questions ... some good, pointed football questions there.
|21 weeks 6 days ago||Nussmeier||
I liked what I saw from Nussmeier in this, his first Michigan practice press conference.
>> I think creating manageable goals will help the players and help with the installation of a new system
Call it a hunch (because it's based on nothing more than that) ... I have confidence in Nussmeier creating and communicating those goals in a consumable way. Nussmeier strikes me as the kind of coach that players will respond to.
>> getting 11 players to do the same thing the right way every play
And that starts with all 11 players being on the same page, and I believe Nussmeier understands how to achieve this. Again, just a hunch.
Or perhaps merely hope, but it doesn't matter -- I like what I saw (body language) and heard (words used) in this.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||Thoughts ...||
It looks like Hoke is still keeping his fingers in the coaching stuff ... at least somewhat.
I like the sight of Nussmeier out there coaching ... it's a younger, more vital look to the program than before. Image matters, and that's some good imagery.
|22 weeks 4 days ago||40 time?||
Where would you place 40 time on the importance relative to some of the other measurements?
I can see the value of quickness ... particularly lateral quickness for an OT.
I get speed is a good thing in general. But it strikes me that other things are probably more important in the grand scheme of things.
|24 weeks 6 days ago||>> But the DL could improve||
>> But the DL could improve simply because of the players.
I almost had that as one of the bullets -- "Players one year more improved." Let's cross our fingers and hope for a healthy and improved Pipkins.
>> it will be hard to say how much, if anything, is do to this rather small shake up.
Someone needs to work up some before and after charts. :-)
Whatever the cause, I'd sure love to see some improvement on the DL interior. I'm no expert, but I've heard some say that it all starts on the inside. If the inside gets push, then the rest of the defense's job gets easier. Therefore, if we could get better on the inside due to Hoke wearing polka-dot underwear ... then I'd argue for polka-dot underwear.
|24 weeks 6 days ago||You had your Wheaties this||
You had your Wheaties this morning, did you? You seem particularly feisty today. :-)
|24 weeks 6 days ago||>> because if they improve||
>> because if they improve significantly, then what was Hoke doing trying to micromanage this part of the team.
Let's assume the D-Line play does improve. Some thoughts come to mind:
Hoke said he did the position coach thing to "stay grounded" or something like that. Maybe he's come to the realization it's just better for the team for him to step back and let others manage that level of the system.
|24 weeks 6 days ago||Interesting||
Having a HC also be a position coach is not unheard of, is it? (I think Saban is also secondary coach, if I'm not mistaken). Still, if that distracts Hoke from his broader responsibilities, then on the whole this is a good sign, I think.
|27 weeks 5 days ago||That's pretty cool. I've||
That's pretty cool.
I've always been curious about schools like Nebraska and Oklahoma ... where do they get their talent to stay relevant? Nebraska seems to get what home-grown there is in Nebraska, and then they go Texas and California for the most part, with a scattershot of other locations. Oklahoma gets its own state, plus Texas, but less scattershot elsewhere compared to Nebraska.
Texas, on the other hand, does Texas ... heavy concentration of home-grown talent. The state has it; Texas gets it. Ditto Florida.
|28 weeks 2 days ago||Any Michigan commit is #1||
Any Michigan commit is #1 with me!
|28 weeks 5 days ago||That's interesting. Beckman||
That's interesting. Beckman knows radio, and would know how a voice would carry or not. We'll see. Whoever it is, I'll get to listen to it here in Tucson in Sirius radio. (When games aren't on TV I'll get on the motorcycle and set the satellite radio to Michigan Football and ride all over Arizona listening to the game.)