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|4 hours 45 sec ago||It's more a sign of how good the defense was||
It's easy to say he should've been avoided, but what else were they gonna do? Save the last two regular season games, run D was solid. Screen game was shut down by Peppers. Clark was holding his own and we regularly deployed a deep safety. Throwing at Lewis usually means an incomplete pass, but 2nd and 10 as a downside is better than 2nd and 13 as an expected result, so teams kept looking at their #1 vs. Lewis and going, "ugh, well, let's try that". It's a decision made in futility, not idiocy.
It's not like opposing offenses threw at Lewis all day because they were trying to pick on the best cover corner in college football like he's a walk-on. Whenever they had anything else to go on, they went with that.
|4 hours 32 min ago||woot!||
That made me smile (but not quite like that)
|6 hours 2 min ago||Lewis, O'Korn||
Just repeating a few points:
It wasn't a very bad idea because Jourdan Lewis was a PBU machine and therefore not a pick machine. CBs tend to phase out of reality if they're on the edge of making a play and don't make the play; Lewis knows this better than anyone and learned to play it safe. But as long as the worst case (usually) in throwing at Jourdan Lewis is a PBU, not a turnover, QBs will keep throwing at him. It's inefficient, but he's usually covering the #1 guy and it's not like Clark was giving QBs a much better look.
Also, I will continue to petition to have O'Korn's picture properly updated:
|1 week 3 days ago||Thank you Hackett||
But, and I'm very sorry to say this. . . I can't unsee your signature as "Muckers"
|1 week 3 days ago||So||
you're a Michigan State fan?
|1 week 4 days ago||Silly Huskers||
Why did they give him two offers? You'd think one would be enough. They must really really want him.
|1 week 5 days ago||Indeed||
18 years of OT. Unpaid.
|1 week 5 days ago||Pretty bad I'm guessing||
He's unable to Warde off rumors that he couldn't Hackett in Vegas. Now he's spammed daily by every casino in the country.
He will forever wear a "sucker" Brandon his forehead. Personally, I think that's pretty harsh.
|1 week 5 days ago||Another false choice?||
To reiterate, I honestly think I'm not that hard to sway on this because I really don't think it's a huge deal in the first place. It's more the arguments being made are so atrocious, and Wojo's 1984 shit set me off. Another false choice isn't progress here. Anyway:
1) I'm aware the offers were conditional. I'm 100% OK that Harbaugh didn't take them. Non-issue. We cool here?
2) There's a middle ground between "every week" and nothing for months. Has anyone here actually worked a real job?
3) I'm aware he's working really hard. But he's not working alone. I say "Harbaugh" but I mean by extension his staff, much like when anyone says "The President" they're aware there's an entire Executive Office but think it's unnecessary to point that out every time. It doesn't need to be Harbaugh himself. An update could be sent in two minutes by a grad assistant. That may seem impersonal but at least it's due diligence and the recruit can move on.
|1 week 5 days ago||I wouldn't know||
I get the invitation and accept, but when I call to get directions I don't get an answer.
|1 week 5 days ago||It was voiced as a concern then||
MGoBlog brought up this very thing about his Stanford tenure well before this recruiting cycle. Even back then it was "well I hope he doesn't do it here but this is nowhere near as bad as oversigning"
You've a right to disagree and voice your own opinion but please don't make shit up.
|1 week 5 days ago||Right||
Because if I want life advice on how to make decisions, I'm going to quote a hyperbolic fictional character from a show whose very premise is the glorification of moral compromise.
Harbaugh's getting crucified because he falls behind on his e-mail. Why are we going all Ministry of Love on this?
|1 week 5 days ago||That's what bugs me the most||
Hear, hear. It's OK -- well, I thought it was OK -- to overall support Harbaugh and not like his track record of lack of communication, since honestly it's not that big a deal. We've known about it since going through his Stanford days and I think it's in bad taste but it by itself is not a reason to reject the coach overall. But that doesn't mean I have to like it. I think he can do better because the scope of this "scandal"(which is WAY overblown by the media) is transcended only by the ease at which Harbaugh could prevent it from being a problem in the first place. We have to do this to win because there's literally no alternative like. . . oh, sending an e-mail in a timely fashion? I mean, he's doing just about everything else right and for the upside, this isn't asking for much. IMO, anyway.
It's just a communication issue, it's not even a violation, so going full SEC on it is just a wee bit alarming. It just feels weird at how the defense of Harbaugh is so much more aggressive and extreme than it even needs to be. I mean, I'm thinking I'm glad I don't share an office with any of these people.
"I think the coffee could be a bit better"
|1 week 5 days ago||Great, we're adding absolutism to the mix||
If Harbaugh crosses one too many lines I will very much NOT support a CFP run, but this ain't it. It's just inconsiderate and unnecessary.
If anything makes me less inclined to be a Michigan fan it's just how quickly and extremely everyone resorted the lowest of disingenuous arguments to paper over something that can really be summed up as, "Well, he's not breaking rules but that is kind of being a jerk." We're going to jump to "you're with us or against us" over this? We're going all absolutist facism because our HC won't pick up a damn phone?
I had no idea Michigan fans were just quivering with anticipation of an excuse to impose totalitarian fandom. I figured we'd at least save the "gotta do what it takes to win" when they start dishing out the hookers and fast cars or something.
|1 week 5 days ago||Where to start?||
Jumping to incorrect assumptions isn't a good start, that's for sure.
"You make a mistake in assuming that an offer is a binding agreement."
I'm not -- no one is for that matter, except for maybe straw men. The issue has always been clearly laid out as that of communication.
The University of Michigan doesn't guarantee admission to anyone. That's not just about scholarship athletes; it's called admissions and it's the rule everywhere. But the admissions office will send you a letter if you're rejected. Harbaugh just goes quiet. That's difficult for the recruit to manage. And again, it's not the end of the world, but it's in bad taste and it's unnecessary. Like flipping your plates upside down as you exit a restaurant. It's not robbing a bank or anything but anyone seeing you will go "what an asshole" and with good reason.
|1 week 5 days ago||Coldshouldergate is not||
It's not even 2/10 on the scandal scale. Harbaugh's not ruining lives, fine. Weaver's fine. I'm far more upset about the rhetoric Wojo gleefully resorted to, to excuse a completely unnecessary embarrassment. It's generally bad taste to hurl baseless accusations at your own readers. . . to do so over this says more about Wojo than Harbaugh.
It's also a more general point about why I'm such a lonely fan -- because it seems every sports fan has this disturbing worldview that we're all a bunch of morally compromised hypocrites who'd unconditionally root for anyone as long as they're successful. I really don't enjoy hanging out with people who have such a cynical, loathsome view of others, just so they can justify their own lack of ethics. When it gets too ugly I withdraw from a sport altogether -- sometimes for years. "We'd all do anything to win" is a desperate delusion that really need not be made for a scandal of this scale, but Wojo went there with alarming ease. There are lines Harbaugh won't cross, but the kind of compromises Wojo's making are often made to defend far more serious offenses.
TL;DR: Wojo's arguments are way, way creepier than anything Harbaugh did.
|1 week 5 days ago||False choice fallacy||
Basically he's saying "you can be Michigan or you can be winners". Amateurish sanctimonious arrogance.
And I'm dead sick and tired of the foisted-on hypocrisy that because I'm a fan my sense of ethics is actually a lie and I'd really do anything for success and whatnot. It's the first resort of an asshole and Wojo -- who gets paid to write -- busts this crap out like he's a talk radio host. STFU if you don't know me personally. I live in Boston and I stopped being a New England fan when Belichick's ways became too much for me (and no, not Cameragate or Deflategate which are complete jokes). They won the Super Bowl last year. I like to win but fuck you, Wojo.
The thing about Coldshouldergate isn't so much that it's a violation of rules (it isn't) or it's cruel (it sort of is but kids with Michigan offers will be fine), it's that it's unnecessary. For the costs to both the program and the kids, there isn't a damn reason to keep doing it. Wojo pooh-poohed Hoke's recruiting classes (because for all his preaching about hypocrisy he's willing to compromise on facts to make a disingenuous point) but quality was the one issue Hoke didn't have with recruits, overall. His problems were offensive development (good lord, AJ Williams and Jehu Chesson) and allocation (we were artificially thin at QB). Harbaugh's additions on the field basically amounted to a slot receiver and a couple transfers; otherwise he worked with what he had. Signing a bunch of recruits only to dump them later isn't something we need to play with the "big boys".
|1 week 6 days ago||I don't know about quantity||
But the volume is there, at least. At least one guy compared Coldshouldergate to PSU's sex abuse scandal in the "Rashad Weaver Decommits" thread. Such is the way of the Internet, sadly.
It may be that, as busy as they keep themselves, they're not doing this passive-aggressively and simply focus on the recruits they want. Logically, there are a bazillion recruits and only so many hours in a day so you'll only pay attention to the ones you want. That's not the worst thing in the world, but even so, Harbaugh comes off as THAT GUY that only calls when he wants something.
|1 week 6 days ago||Not quite||
Holocaust. . . with aliens. Alien Holocaust.
I think that's a B movie, but I'm not going to check.
|2 weeks 8 hours ago||That's half the equation, anyway||
Statistically, Denver has the best D in the NFL.
But New England is also a bad team built around a superstar. It's the Colts' Manning all over again -- we're doing OK, so let's get complacent because our QB can paper over it. Except the lack of a running game allowed Denver to rush 3, and they were already the #1 pass defense. Also, the NFL has had it in for the Patriots for years now, so after a certain point the obstacles become insurmountable.
|2 weeks 9 hours ago||Nah||
It's just that MGoBlog folks obsessed with recruiting have been beating the Dwumfour weeks now.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||He's the co-pilot||
I think he's the greatest, but my dad says he doesn't work hard enough on defense. And he says that lots of times, he doesn't even run downfield. And that he doesn't really try, except during the playoffs.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||?||
Who are you calling a THIF?
/ I'm a FIGHTR
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I am||
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Unfortunately||
Harbaugh deliberately injected politics into a football discussion, so Brian's gonna have to banninate him from MGoBlog or forever be labeled a hypocrite.
. . .
Yes, I enjoy making Brian's life difficult for our amusement. Don't we all?
|3 weeks 3 hours ago||Now all we gotta do||
Is make sure OSU doesn't recruit McFrodo, McGollum or McGandalf.
I actually kinda like our odds on this one.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Nah||
He took over a 1-11 squad at Stanford and upset #1-ranked USC, on the road, with his backup QB, in his first season. Granted some of that was an element of surprise, but it didn't stop there. Three years later, Stanford was a force to be reckoned with if you had any title hopes coming out of the Pac-12.
There's one guy in particular who simply would not be intimidated by history, and that guy happens to be our HC.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Good times||
I grew up in the PacNW and became a Wolverine in the mid-90s, so I only remember the latter half of the Carr-Cooper era. That's still, what, 20 years? They've had down years but nothing like Michigan's 7 years of pain. Their worst drought was three years when Cooper was on his way out.
And Cooper's teams weren't slouches. Three of Carr's victories were over then-undefeated teams (which of course made them so much sweeter). Cooper's bowl record wasn't good, but he was fired for one reason -- he couldn't beat Carr. So yeah, coaching definitely matters, but I'm talking about OSU's talent. They've almost always had plenty of it. That goes double in the Meyer era. We can at best match them on talent (since they're now consistently one of the most talented squads in the the nation); it's from there that coaching matters.
But that's fine. Michigan-OSU is the most famous college rivalry in the nation (suck it, SEC) precisely because of the history. It's Michigan that's failed to hold up its end of the bargain because of its head coaches, but we fixed that problem last year. This is when the fun begins.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||42-13||
We looked up because they had us on our backs.
The good news is, I know that ain't sitting well with Harbaugh, which means he'll do something about it. But this bluster is "little brother" butthurt and Harbaugh would probably be the first to slap some sense into you.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Correction||
Doing much worse for the talent we had.
Walk a mile in the shoes of pre-Harbaugh Stanford before you start talking about your hardships as a college football fan. (Though you get partial credit if you follow the Lions.)