"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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|9 hours 2 min ago||Okay, I'll respond to the OP||
Okay, I'll respond to the OP ...
I don't know if there's any way to quantify what a "fan" is ... most likely not.
"Fans" fall on a spectrum of enthusiasm and commitment, from casual to ardent.
Some programs have a deep base of ardent fans. I'm thinking Nebraska here.
Other programs have a less deep base, and the attendance in the seats or enthusiasm is more a function of how the team is doing lately. I'm thinking Northwestern.
With respect to the AD's job being "sustaining the enterprise" ... that's a somewhat complex formula involving time, past success, recent failure, and competition for the fans' attention.
I would consider myself a fan of Michigan football at the above-average level of intensity. Still, my patience was sorely tested in 2014 as I saw Michigan not merely lose games, but lose games while appearing uncompetitive. I still followed every game -- TV, radio, or live-streaming -- but I was plumbing the bottom of my fan tank for some of those games.
Does this make me some "fractional fan?" Maybe. Truth is, it's not something I think about too much. I think about Michigan football and I hope for signs of a return to a team that plays every game smart and hard.
|11 hours 22 min ago||Sorry ... I had to do it.||
Sorry ... I had to do it.
|15 hours 13 min ago||I'd bet heavily on the eye||
I'd bet heavily on the eye roll.
That was my thought as well ... and I can fully appreciate Harbaugh's response to that.
If a young players is going to act like they know what's best, then they damn well better play like they are the best. One mistake and they deserve all the retribution that comes to them.
|15 hours 35 min ago||"That Look"||
"I'm just telling you the right way to do it. If you want to look at me like with that look, then go (expletive) somewhere else."
Wow. I wonder what the "look" was -- angry look, or worse ... a dismissive eye-roll look?
Either way ... not smart.
Speculation starts now on what (expletive) was. :-)
|18 hours 18 min ago||College football is the||
College football is the greatest sport of all ... and these figures show that fan enthusiasm knows no season. I can't wait for the fall!
|4 days 19 hours ago||If true, then (a) a||
If true, then (a) a disappointment, and (b) I don't really understand the administration's thinking on this.
Re: (a) -- the UTL games have been great for Michigan's image. People still talk about the UTL where Michigan beat ND on that last play. Night games make for great TV, and the vast majority of the audience for college football is TV.
Re: (b) -- the stock answer is probably "safety concerns" but I'm not sure I buy that. Somewhere deep in their thinking is cost. It's always, ultimately, about cost.
|5 days 16 hours ago||From what I understand, the||
From what I understand, the concussions are mostly from rapid deceleration of the head. The brain continues to move inside the skull. Brain meets bone.
Would soft padding on the outside of the helmets eliminate the rapid deceleration of the head and thus reduce the movement of the brain? Maybe? I think it depends on the padding. I would imagine someone has looked at this. I don't know the results.
|5 days 17 hours ago||The theory is the extra||
The theory is the extra protection gives players a false perception of safety. Reduce the padding and armor and the athletes play with a degree less intensity and a degree more caution.
This only succeeds if there are corresponding rules changes. We can't just take helmets away and play the same game as today. Certainly not with the athletes we have today, who are so much bigger and faster than in the old days of no helmets or leather helmets. Certainly not with the incentives to win and get to the NFL we have today.
The rules will need to change to reduce or eliminate a great deal of the contact.
The end result will be something resembling touch or flag football. Some contact, but not the kind of contact we see today.
I'm not arguing against player safety. I'm simply saying if player safety is truly the objective, then do what's necessary to achieve that objective.
|5 days 17 hours ago||It's called flag football.||
It's called flag football.
|1 week 3 days ago||I'm happy he's coming to||
I'm happy he's coming to Michigan, but I feel kinda sorry for him ...
... you see, Michigan will not need to punt the ball once this entire season!
|1 week 4 days ago||Agree! I'd never heard that||
Agree! I'd never heard that before. I listened to it on YouTube. It's raw ... and very, very good.
|1 week 4 days ago||That was a great podcast.||
That was a great podcast. Thanks!
|1 week 4 days ago||Numbers||
I can imagine this conversation:
Player: "Coach, I think I've earned the right to wear #77."
Harbaugh: "What difference does a number make? Will it make you play better?"
Player: "Well, some great Michigan offensive linemen have worn #77."
Harbaugh: "Are you those players?"
Player: "Well, no."
Harbaugh: "I ask again ... what difference does a number make? Are you the kind of player that needs a certain number to play your own personal best?"
Harbaugh: "Is there anything else?"
Player: "No, coach. No.
My point -- I have a hard time believing Harbaugh gives a rat's ass about who wears what number. I doubt he cares one bit about the #1 or #2 or #77. The only thing he seems to care about is each player do their very best, and to be improving every day.
|1 week 5 days ago||Microwaved tofu dogs ...||
Microwaved tofu dogs ...
|1 week 5 days ago||Participation rates||
My understanding -- I could be mistaken -- is the law has been interpreted as meaning the male/female participation rate must mirror the male/female ratio of the student population. Hence some schools with a higher percentage female population dropping some male sports as a way to align the participation rate with the population. Alternative is to encourage greater female participation, but if the interest doesn't materialize then dropping male participation makes the math work.
|1 week 5 days ago||Seriously. I like steak, but||
Seriously. I like steak, but I can tuck into a plate of pasta and be very happy.
From my childhood (1960's) list of most-hated things: frozen asparagus (now love fresh grilled), glazed carrots, those awful pickled beets, and frozen okra.
If there's a difference between frozen okra and boogers, I can't see it.
|1 week 5 days ago||If we can have only one||
If we can have only one dominant position group, I'd pick the D-line.
But yeah, better to have more than just one ...
|1 week 6 days ago||Ball hawks ... preferably||
Ball hawks ... preferably while the ball is still in the backfield. :-)
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I met my wife in May of||
I met my wife in May of 1990.
I married her on April 3rd of 1992.
That was 23 years ago today, and she's still my wonderful girl.
(I watched Michigan play in the final four game the day after our wedding, and on Monday I watched Michigan play for the championship from the hotel room in Hawaii where we had our honeymoon. I have my priorities.)
|2 weeks 3 days ago||>> Interior DL I doubt the||
>> Interior DL
I doubt the Spring game will show us much, but this is what's on my mind.
I remember a day when Michigan's DL could be a disruptive force. But it's been a while.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I did treasure the quiet buzz||
I did treasure the quiet buzz of anticipation 45 minutes before the game ...
Ah ... I remember that well. It's been over two decades since I've been in the stadium, but I do recall getting there early, and feeling the energy build as kickoff approached.
I do not like loud piped in music. Diamondback Stadium in Phoenix has that for baseball and it was loud to the point of painful. That was four years ago and I've not been back since.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Drevno sure has the||
Drevno sure has the coach-speak down pat.
That said ... I love this guy. He strikes me as the perfect complement to Harbaugh. It would not surprise me to read that Harbaugh doesn't need to give much direction to Drevno at all ... Harbaugh thinks it and Drevno does it.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||September can't come soon||
September can't come soon enough ...
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Agree...||
... I checked around and the 'official' sites seem excessively high.
I was considering going to the game (from Tucson) ... but not for those prices.
Maybe as the date draws closer and some decent Southwest fares come up ... then maybe.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||I love ice cream sandwiches!||
I love ice cream sandwiches!
|2 weeks 5 days ago||I think Villanova would like||
I think Villanova would like to be part of that conversation as well. ;-)
That Villanova v. Georgetown national championship game in 1985 was one of the most stunning things I'd ever seen. David vs. Goliath ... nobody expected Villanova to hang with Georgetown.
|3 weeks 12 hours ago||My question in return: "How||
My question in return: "How much money does the top talent at ESPN make?"
One site I found lists Cowherd's annual salary at $2M.
Now I ask ... is that "too much?"
My answer: "No ... not if the numbers show that he brings in revenue to support that salary."
Ditto college football coaches.
Kirk Ferentz is the outlier here.
|3 weeks 17 hours ago||From the article, making||
From the article, making reference to Harbaugh's first year at Stanford: "No one was given the luxury to hide, and over-achievers were singled out on every level -- until, eventually, his roster was filled with them"
"No one was given the luxury to hide ..."
That makes for a brutally transparent environment ... but I'm sure that's what it takes to win at this level of collegiate football. So good for Harbaugh.
|3 weeks 17 hours ago||Plus, 1969 was quite a||
Plus, 1969 was quite a different era from 2015 ... there was a prevailing sense of "Do your own thing, man ..." in the air. It was a time of of anti-establishment, anti-discipline ... and Bo's approach would have seemed out of place to some.
But ... those who stayed were champions.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||1-Holy||