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|18 hours 10 min ago||1976||
Any Michigan roster that has a "Lytle" and a "Dufek" is awesome.
I remember that year very well. Michigan looked unstoppable. Until Purdue.
|1 day 3 hours ago||PepperQB||
Peppers should have had 4-6 plays in the playbook as a RB only. Not as a PepperQB.
I will forever wonder if Peppers has much ability to throw the ball with any accuracy.
If yes, then why in the hell did we not see that during 2016? That would have messed with DC heads, big time.
|4 days 23 hours ago||Pride||
He won't ... because pride ... it's a powerful thing with guys like him.
The night of the fight, you may feel a slight sting. That's pride fucking with you. Fuck pride. Pride only hurts, it never helps. -- Marsellus Wallace, Pulp Fiction.
|4 days 23 hours ago||This is just face-saving||
This is just face-saving gesturing by Delaney. He's compensating for a small ...
$10K is nothing compared to value of the discussion that's been kicked up by this. I think the general weight of consensus is tipping in Harbaugh's favor. It won't change the outcome, but more and more people will view the results of that game as suspect.
We do not want to go to the Big 12 ... that conference is a freakin' dumpster fire. Stay in the Big 10 and win ballgames.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Jay Harbaugh||
Impressive young man. Glad he's one of our coaches.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||"It's a Palindrome!"||
No it's not ... the palindrome of Bolton is 'Notlob!' :-)
|3 weeks 5 days ago||UVa Football||
I wish for them that their football was better. It's well supported given its tepid results.
My wife attended UVa back in the very late 70's and early 80's. She said nobody had any expectations about the football team doing well. It was really more a reason to get dressed up** and attend a game as a social function.
She was also a member of the UVa "scramble band," which can barely be called a marching band. She reports it was all great fun.
** Yes, dressed up -- back then, and to some extent still today, men wear sport coats and ties to the game, and the women wear dresses. It's a southern thing, I guess.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||"Barbequey Bad"||
This is a hugely, massively, barbequey bad matchup for Maryland.
I like that phrase -- "barbquey bad" ! Nice!
|4 weeks 2 days ago||102 Defenses?||
... he [Rashan Gary] might have played in a scheme where he had two defenses the entire year, and here he might have 102.
Is Mattison being facetious here with the number 102? Or is it possible the Michigan defensive playbook has 100+ different "defenses" in it?
I find it hard to believe a high school defensive playbook would have only "two" defensive alignments. But maybe?
|4 weeks 3 days ago||balance||
Money certainly acts as a lubricant to the process ... but it still has to be done. So to the point that Harbaugh does a nice job balancing ... it's because he sets out to achieve the balance.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Goalies are weird||
Goalies are weird
First thought that came into my mind:
|4 weeks 4 days ago||PBP guy||
But I don't want a generic PBP guy
I'd rather a good generic PBP guy than a not-very-good one with sincere schtick.
This fall I'm forced to listen to the games on Sirius radio, and when Michigan is on the road I have to listen to the home announcers. Plus, I listen to other non-Michigan games. I've listened to my share of announcers. They're all miles better than Brandstatter.
A good PBP guy will make the game 'come alive' in the mind of the listener. A good PBP guy will feed the information about setting, context, and down-and-distance in a seamless way.
I have nothing against Brandstatter as a person, but he is simply not good at PBP.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Speight||
Speight is on the verge of becoming very good
There's a life-lesson in this for young people willing to take notice ...
Harbaugh gave Speight a dressing-down in the huddle in that practice that was being filmed. Condensed version: "Listen to me or go away."
Lesson #1 -- If someone in authority and with superior knowledge is trying to teach you something, take note and learn. If they didn't have some faith in you to begin with, they would not bother with you.
Speight took note and listened, apparently.
Lesson #2 -- When a highly qualified person is teaching you something, you return their investment in you with focus, attention, and hard work in response.
It's a feedback loop: the mentor directs energy to the mentee; if the mentee leans into the guidance and works hard, the mentor amps it up. It is not always pleasant, but it is nearly always beneficial.
There are some places in this world where a person can be protected from harsh realities, but they are few and far between. When a Harbaugh comes along into your life, grab hold and don't let go.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Fair point. If it was Meyer's||
If it was Meyer's objective to avoid Saban altogether he would have stayed in his broadcasting role, or taken an FCS job.
Still ... who walks away from the Florida job ... and why? It's one of the top five or so jobs in college football, and he'd won two championships there. It's in the most talent-rich areas in the country, and he was a virtual god-among-mortals there.
His reason -- he'd lost track of the importance of balance in his life, and his health and family suffered. So he stepped away. Fair enough. Good for him.
He claims he learned his lesson and is applying those lessons to his role at Ohio State. If so, then more "good for him." I don't wish hardship on anyone.
But man ... he still looks tightlly-wound. I hold to my original hypothesis that Meyer is one of those guys that sees anything less than perfection as failure. And that will eat a man up. By contrast, I see Harbaugh as hyper-competitive but able to compartmentalize.
(I think I heard somewhere that Meyer holds an opt-out clause in his OSU contract in the event the Notre Dame job opens up. Not sure if that's true or not, but if true, and if Brian Kelly flames out at ND ... then I hope Urban Meyer thinks twice before taking that pressure cooker job. I hope that for his own sake, and for Michigan's -- I think a decade or more of Meyer and Harbaugh cheerfully slugging it out at the top of the college football pile would be great for Michigan, Ohio State, the Big Ten, and college football.)
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Meyer||
At worst, he'd have to play Saban/Alabama once per season
That's right ... first Saturday in December in the SEC championship game. Lose that game, and the whole season is gone.
Look ... I started my post above freely admitting I was speculating ... so it's not like I have some locked-in knowledge of anything. I'm just sayin' that based on external appearances, Meyer is a guy wound tighter than a drum**. Hell, he admitted to that post-Florida, and he waved his arms about how he vowed to change his ways at OSU. Well, has he? Time will tell.
** And I say this as a fan who has a great deal of respect for Urban Meyer. I think he's a helluva coach, and will clearly go down at one of the greatest in the game. His record everywhere he's been speaks to this. He's just tightly wound.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Meyer ...||
I can only speculate as to what mental demon Meyer is wrestling with ... but speculation is what gives life zest, so here goes ...
... I think Meyer's objective is the victory, and anything short of winning every game just eats at him. At Florida he saw the handwriting on the wall with Saban: Alabama was going to prove a tough slog every year. The circuit breaker popped, and he left. I'm not sure he truly learned the lessons he claimed he did prior to taking the OSU job. He's a 20amp breaker dealing with 19.99 amps right now.
Contrast that with Harbaugh ... who I think strives for victories every bit as much as Meyer. The difference is, I think, that Harbaugh enjoys the process of achieving victories more than Meyer ... and, frankly, more than almost everybody. Plus, Harbaugh has this remarkable ability to put losses into a box, seal it up, and move on.
Saban is a bit of a mix of the two. He's built an absolute monster of a program with talent to burn, so for the most part it's a question of not doing dumb things and he'll win most of the time.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Consistency||
>> Mark Dantonio is a great football coach
>> What in my Dinosaur brain was I thinking
A bit of consistency issue ...
|5 weeks 1 day ago||MSU is not good this year||
MSU fans gonna claim it's because their team sucks.
This is the logical quandary they're in -- to say it's because they're not good this year implies a follow-up question: "Is this a temporary dip, or a 'new normal?'"
If the answer is "temporary dip," then there must be some evidence that a pipeline of talent exists. "Rebuilding" years happen; but it's only a "rebuilding" year if there's material on deck to do the building. It may be there ... but I doubt it.
They will never answer "this is the 'new normal'" because ... well, that's their worst nightmare. Their nightmare is, I think, reality -- with Meyer in Columbus and Harbaugh in Ann Arbor, they are going to have a very tough time getting regional talent. They don't have much of a national presence.
They have had a heck of a ride the last five or six years. For a time they had things working in their favor: Tressel at OSU allowing Dantonio to take some Ohio talent, and a coaching mess at Michigan, which gave them freedom in the state of Michigan. But things change. For MSU, change means a return to what they have historically been: an okay but not great football team.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||I was listening to West||
I was listening to West Virginia sports radio yesterday and they were talking about what's behind the Mountaineer's turnaround this season. Answer: "A 180-degree change in philosophy from up-tempo spread to more of a power running approach that controls possession and keeps your defense off the field."
I'm convinced Harbaugh was ahead of the curve at Stanford, and now he's showing the game what the "new" offensive approach looks like. It's not Woody Hayes, and hit's not Mike Leach ... it's a little of both, and a whole lot of other things thrown in as well. Dana Holgerson took note.
(Time of Possession may not correlate to victories, but it is not, itself, a bad thing. The key assumption is that points are made at the end of a possession. Thus: protect the ball, make first downs, capitalize on red zone opportunities.)
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Headset Communications||
"In the Rutgers game, I think there was a play where Jim said he wanted Wilton to take off and run but when he said ‘What’s he doing?’ you said ‘Throwing a touchdown.’"
That's a question from a reporter ... and I'm left to wonder where the reporter got the question from Harbaugh and Fisch's answer. Lip reading?
Which leads me to this -- if Michigan had a charity fundraising thing where I could listen in on a real game's headset communication, I'd pay some serious coin for that. It would be fascinating to watch the game from the pressbox and listen in on the communications.
Harbaugh has said it is a running conversation about the game ... I'd love to see how that works.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||I am looking forward to this||
I am looking forward to this game in a way I haven't for several years now.
I soooo want Michigan's defense to absolutely stomp them. I want the domination to be complete ... I want no room whatsoever to argue that the Michigan victory was for any reason other than Michigan is simply a far, far better team than MSU.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Buck68 was obviously hammered||
Buck68 was obviously hammered when he wrote that.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||"well, I've always been a||
"well, I've always been a Michigan fan, but I didn't go to Michigan because of XYZ"
Wow! It's like you know me!
I've been a huge Michigan fan since 1973, long before I went to college.
When the time came to pick a school I weighed a lot of different factors.
But at the end of the day, I couldn't ignore the importance of XYZ.
ABC and DEF were up there ... but XYZ tipped the scales.
* * *
Look, I get the broader point you're making, and I am in general agreement that being an alum creates a greater degree of attachment to the school than mere sports fandom.
Being an alum makes you ... an alum. It does not make you a better football fan.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Great minds ...||
... think alike! :-)
I'm happy to see others saw Ufer as more than a goofball homer. He truly was great at radio play-by-play. He does not get the credit he deserves.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Ufer as an announcer||
You know, aside from all his memorable quotes, Ufer was also an excellent play-by-play announcer. Back then Michigan wasn't on TV most every week like they are now. Seeing them on TV was something special ... most weeks it was via radio.
And listening to a game broadcast with Ufer was like watching a fine painting being made ... he'd describe the setting, the mood ... everything leading up to the kickoff. And then during the game he'd do an oustanding job describing the down-and-distance and play set. During the play he'd typically maintain good composure and stay right in stride, continuing to describe the play and the results. Simply outstanding radio.
He was quite a departure from the other play-by-play announcers at the time. Being such an open fan of the team wasn't considered ... right ... or something back then. So most would play it right down the middle. Ufer was unabashedly pro-Michigan, but that did not stop him from also being an excellent, excellent radio play-by-play announcer.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Ufer Poem ...||
They came to bury Michigan, all wrapped in Maize and Blue.
The words were said, the prayers were read and everybody cried.
But when they closed the coffin, there was someone else inside!
The Bucks came to bury the Wolverines, but Michigan wasn’t dead! And when the game was over, it was someone else instead!
Twenty-two Michigan Wolverines put on the gloves of grey, And as Revelli played ‘The Victors,” they laid Woody Hayes away!
|5 weeks 3 days ago||"Little Gordie Bell ... he||
"Little Gordie Bell ... he can run 15 minutes in a phone booth and never touch the sides!"
"Runs like a penguin with a hot herring in his cumberbund!"
"Fritz Crisler must look down on Chuck Heater and say, 'What a great back in the old single wing!'"
"... and they're tearing down the M-Club banner ... oh, they will meet a dastardly fate for that! But the M-men are getting the banner back up ... and here they come! ... take it away 105,000 fans!"
And what I grew up on: "Two tight ends and a balanced line ... Huckleby deep and Davis close ... Ricky Leach under center ..."
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Source of funds||
Or people grumpily say it's a sad testimony that the "highest paid state employee is the football coach," or something like that. Those people do not realize the head football coach is not paid out of state funds, but rather from athletic department funds.
Then again, a lot of people are faily unaware of basic accounting or economics.
But grumps will be grumps.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||From "Hudson tips punt" ... I||
From "Hudson tips punt" ... I like how he wiggled away from contact to avoid any hint of roughing the kicker.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||I love this picture: The sea||
I love this picture:
The sea of winged helmets ... warriors ready to do battle ... it's beautiful.