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|3 hours 45 min ago||My introduction was Denny||
My introduction was Denny Franklin in 1973. Leach, Lytle and Bell cemented the deal. I've been a rabid Meeeeechigan fan since.
I can still recite the starting defense from 1976. :-)
|2 days 11 hours ago||On the winners in a||
On the winners in a competition having to do the extra PT:
"And then we watched the defense run, and at the end when we broke we were like, 'That didn't feel good standing there watching,' " Darboh said. "You kind of feel guilty. You lost, and we're just standing there. The next practice we made sure we came out and won."
Harbaugh is like some mad scientist Dr. Phil out there ... he's using double top-secret reverse psychology ... and it works!
|3 days 4 hours ago||Wow ... 9 replies deep and no||
Wow ... 9 replies deep and no mention of the fact B/R was part of this!
It's a new era. :-)
|3 days 6 hours ago||How about yellow jackhammers!||
How about yellow jackhammers! :-)
On a more serious note ... I'd love to see a mock-up of small, plain maize footballs. No bigger than 1/2". Put about 30 to represent a standout player and see what that looks like.
|4 days 3 hours ago||The Highlanders ...Somewhere||
The Highlanders ...
Somewhere in the deep recesses of my old and tired brain flashed a memory of my high-school days in Howell.
|5 days 1 hour ago||I love this photo!||
I love this photo!
|5 days 8 hours ago||The NFL is to Michigan like||
The NFL is to Michigan like Mt. Brighton is to Mt. Everest.
|5 days 8 hours ago||+1 for the classic Monty||
+1 for the classic Monty Python reference!!
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|1 week 2 hours ago||In my case it would be Bennie||
In my case it would be Bennie Oosterbaan ... and no, I really don't have much of a sense for what he meant during his time as coach. I know about him. That's all.
|1 week 7 hours ago||It's great that Harbaugh is||
It's great that Harbaugh is all in with Michgan athletics overall. That's great stuff.
I look at this picture and I think -- "Those student athletes weren't even born when Harbaugh played there (1984), and not even born when Bo last coached there (1989)."
To me -- a card-carrying old fart -- I remember those days. But to a younger person I wonder what goes through their mind. Yeah, "Harbaugh!" ... but I suspect Harbaugh's stature is more from the 49ers (at this point) than his 1980's playing days. And what about Bo? Do young people today** have a sense for the prominence of Bo during his tenure as coach? Or is he just a guy who has a building named after him?
** WD, you don't count ... you're a freak of nature when it comes to Michigan history.
|1 week 2 days ago||Broke my collar bone falling||
Broke my collar bone falling off my bike in college.
Broke the same damn collar bone playing softball a few years later.
We were playing softball in a farm field full of ruts and furrows. I was playing CF ... running full speed to catch a fly ball ... dove for it ... landed on the ground and started to slide ... only to have my shoulder drop into a rut. I didn't slide any further. Snap.
Collar bone breaks are a bitch because (a) they hurt, (b) they can't be set very easily, and (c) it's impossible to reach down to tie the shoes. Impossible.
|1 week 2 days ago||Yet another data point that||
Yet another data point that indicates Harbaugh isn't playing patty-cake here ... he's freakin' all in with respect to football, academics and the students' lives. What I read above is great ... Baxter sounds like a positive, enthusiastic man with a lot to teach young people.
Hell, I wish I had someone like him in my life back when I was 18 years old.
|1 week 2 days ago||I'm surprised this isn't the||
I'm surprised this isn't the norm already.
Reading that article, I'm left wondering what the heck was going on last year on special teams. Baxter seems to imply he's having to throw away everything from before and rebuild from the ground up.
Thought exercise -- if you could wave a magic wand and have Michigan specials teams be good overall, but awesome in one phase ... what would that one awesome phase be?
(It's a question designed to get at what might be considered the most critical component of special teams play within the overall special teams.)
I'm thinking defending when Michigan kicks off or punts. But I'm torn ... because nothing is as demoralizing for another team as taking a punt or kickoff back for a TD ... so maybe blocking on Michigan returns.
|1 week 2 days ago||Yeah, okay. My question is||
Yeah, okay. My question is kinda serious. I've seen that in various football practice videos over the years and I can't see what value it provides. It must have some coaching / training purpose. Just something to acclimate WR and RB to running into and through resistance?
|1 week 2 days ago||Ah ... but the video also||
Ah ... but the video also showed Harbaugh coaching up Morris, but not Speight or Malzone. So if we operate on the inverse coaching formula, it's Speight/Malzone, then Morris! :-)
|1 week 2 days ago||Can someone tell me what that||
Can someone tell me what that contraption is at the 1:39 mark in the video? It's the plastic arm thingy that receivers and running backs run through. I'm not sure what the point of that thing is. Anyone know?
Edit: Section 12R embedded a picture of it above.
|1 week 3 days ago||+1 ... and if memory serves,||
+1 ... and if memory serves, he's wearing black socks and shorts.
|1 week 4 days ago||Whose rule is it? The||
Whose rule is it? The NCAA's?
|1 week 4 days ago||I think it seems less foolish||
I think it seems less foolish when it's in the context of EMU getting to play some relatively equal competition in maybe their only chance to play in a tournament environment.
I understand that argument ... it's along the lines of what WD was suggesting about expanding NIT to include pretty much everyone not invited to the NCAA.
But more to the point ... if EMU (as an example) can't seem to ever do better than 10-20 for the season, then they're in a conference that's above their abilities. The division split idea you brought up comes into play.
What I can't align with -- and you're not saying this, but there's a thin implication of this bubbling around -- is the idea of every team, regardless of season outcome, playing in some tournament somewhere. That doesn't make any sense to me. The CBI as yet another tournament after NCAA and NIT seems to fall into that camp in my mind.
|1 week 4 days ago||I think you can't decline||
I think you can't decline NCAA bids anymore.
I can see the argument that nobody in their right mind would decine an NCAA bid.
Are you saying teams are bound by conference agreements to go if they receive a bid? That I can see ... and it's related to being in a right mind category.
I had never heard of the CBI prior to some of the discussions on this board. NIT, yeah ... but not the CBI. Frankly, I think the idea of a tournament beyond NCAA and NIT to be foolish. But there's always someone who thinks they can make such a thing fly. More often than not, they don't.
|1 week 4 days ago||The CBI is -- what? -- third||
The CBI is -- what? -- third in order ... behind NCAA and NIT?
That's a long way from the spotlight.
Heck, the NIT is essentially a consolation tournament. Given the choice of NCAA or NIT, nobody chooses NIT. But if no NCAA, then teams settle for NIT.
CBI is a further step down. If the college senior is really good, then the CBI is an insult. If the college senior has no real chance of going to the pros, then going to the CBI is just a waste of time.
|1 week 6 days ago||... never had enough players||
... never had enough players for a spring game.
I don't understand that thinking. They had enough players to field 22. My guess is either (a) they didn't have enough to do exactly the things they wanted to do, or (b) they didn't see value in a game, and used that as an excuse to do other things.
As for (b) ... I guess an argument could be made that continued work on fundamentals is more important that a "game." I'm not sure I agree with that.
|1 week 6 days ago||To that I'd add Mason Cole||
To that I'd add Mason Cole ... just a hunch, but I think he keeps taking his game up and up.
|1 week 6 days ago||Proudly so, sir ... proudly||
Proudly so, sir ... proudly so. :-)
|1 week 6 days ago||That is astonishing. I have||
That is astonishing.
I have Pi memorized out to 50 places, but for me to recite it I have clear my mind and just go without thinking too much about it. It's just a number pattern in my head.
But to do this ... wow.
|1 week 6 days ago||Clinic||
a) This is cool ... inside stuff is great.
b) With a screen name like "Boom Goes the D" along with you being at a coaching clinic like this, may I conclude you are a high school coach of some sort?
c) What does "trust their landmarks" mean in football terms?
|2 weeks 7 hours ago||Huge||
This is huge.
Everything so far has the look and feel of being all-in. It's as if this conversation took place:
Harbaugh: "If I become HC, I'm going to want to do this right."
Hacket: "Whatever you need."
Harbaugh: "No, really -- all in. Are you ready?"
Hacket: "Whatever you need."
Harbaugh: "Okay, let's do this."
And thus it is being done.
|2 weeks 10 hours ago||This was my thinking ... the||
This was my thinking ... the programs that compete at the highest level must really push the envelope about maximizing practice time.
I always liked Hoke, but I suspect he was a product of the 1990's and his experience with Ball State. Times have changed, but he did not.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||He'll also earn a||
He'll also earn a certification in sales and marketing from Michigan's Ross School of Business.
If he's looking to do direct sales, and if he has the knack for sales, then he should do well.
Depending on the industry he sells to, ex-football players have a natural opening talking point for building relationship. Back in the late 1980's I knew a guy who played for CMU. Big guy -- 6'4", 240 lbs -- and he was a natural around the guys in the auto industry where we were working. Guys like buying things from guys who played football at a high level.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||It's not quite as pretty as||
It's not quite as pretty as Forcier's was—that thing was a work of art—but it's close. I like it.
Oh for a brain to match the motion. *sigh* ... what might have been.