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|2 days 20 hours ago||chant||
I'm not ready for the "who's got it better than us" chant. Things are moving in the right direction but we were 5-7 last season, suffered an ND-MSU-OSU sweep and many of Brandon's ideas are still lingering like a fart that just won't go away. We'll get there but at least right now, a lot of programs pretty clearly have it better than us.
|3 days 7 hours ago||(not really)||
BiSB: [BiSB is driving through South Bend and sends his regards]
|3 days 8 hours ago||I don't necessarily think||
I don't necessarily think it's a memorable saying in the poetic sense, but when I heard his rally cry during the mic'd up Orange Bowl, despite my maize & blue blood I got goose bumps. The platitudes are your standard HC fare, but dang, that delivery was riveting:
"Play for each other. Play for a championship. Play to win. . . PLAY LIKE A CARDINAL!"
He gon' get our Wolverines AMPED, yo.
|3 days 12 hours ago||You're conflating||
You're conflating the ethics of how to answer this with whether or not it's a reasonable question in the first place. I'd be more inclined to agree with you on the latter; yes, when you're coaching a team of about 100 or so players (including walk-ons I'm not sure how big these teams really get), "good" can get really subjective. While that's neither here nor there, I think we can both agree this isn't a question on a level of importance where we can argue any further without looking like idiots. :P
|3 days 12 hours ago||FWIW||
No. I said upthread I don't have a dog in this fight, but you putting it this way changed my mind. There were several other reasons, at least for me, why Hoke's refusal to answer questions about injuries was a matter of relevance.
1) They claimed Gibbons was injured when he was about to be expelled for sexual assault.
2) A pattern of fielding players who were clearly injured and hiding/denying it.
So in one case they said someone was injured when they knew he wasn't, and in others, they knew a player was injured, played him anyway and hid it. The latter is more justified (anyone who thinks targeting doesn't exist is a fool); I get it, though they took it to the level of insulting. But when reality casts doubt on your answers, people start doubting them too. I can only speak for myself, but I wanted to know if Gardner, Funchess or Peppers were going to play not because of the outcome of the game -- I do care about that, but not quite so much that I'd compromise a player's long-term health and I was concerned they were undermining that. So yeah. . . once I noticed they were fielding players who clearly shouldn't be out there, the non-answers stopped being acceptable.
As far as Harbaugh giving the same non-answers, there's a particular reason why I find it OK for now -- he hasn't earned that mistrust. At least, not here, and in that context there's little upside to injury questions. If we have no reason to doubt his management of player health, revealing injuries only helps opponents prepare. But IF Harbaugh does something to warrant scrutiny, then -- and the "hypocrisy" crowd may want to be sitting down for this -- his answers will deserve additional scrutiny. If someone has evidence he can't be trusted with the players, that could change my mind because I happen to think context matters. After all, when it was revealed Hoke WAS mismanaging his players' health it became a catalyst for Brandon's resignation. That's a greatly preferred outcome to pleasing a few people here who expect consistent behavior regardless of circumstance.
|3 days 13 hours ago||Why not?||
I've heard coaches say that before. Strangely it seems more common in basketball, but sometimes a coach wants the players to know he doesn't feel they're putting in acceptable effort. Now, I happen to think that's not an issue with Michigan's players, but that's also kind of why I didn't accept Hoke's answer anyway. That's like you're in a car crash and go, "Well, the car ran fine. . ." Um, OK, so what was the problem then?
|3 days 13 hours ago||The answers you're referring||
The answers you're referring to are more in the context of his hiring, and Hackett was asked those questions. If you've got doubts, now is a little late to be having them. Again, this is the same for every job, ever. People research your background and ask questions before you're hired, then you get a Honeymoon period to get into things, then the questions return if you're screwing things up.
But as for coaches not owing people a damn thing. . . whoa.
|3 days 14 hours ago||inane questions vs. injury questions||
People point out awful questions at EVERY presser. So in that context it's the exact opposite of hypocrisy on your terms because that's one area where MGoBlog's behavior IS consistent.
"The difference is that one was losing and the other is in the Honeymoon period. It's hypocrisy, whether you want to try to avoid being called that or not."
Hypocrisy implies that the losing didn't matter, because the definition of hypocrisy entails inconsistent behavior in similar situations. Considering it's football, I don't think a Honeymoon period and a tailspin are similar situations. I'll just have to disagree on that.
As for the injuries, I might concede a point there (not sure why his dodging Houma's injury is suddenly acceptable), but I don't have a dog in that fight. Because while that is hypocritical, I don't consider questions about injuries to be inane. Inappropriate perhaps, maybe counterproductive, but unavoidable and at least it's a question of substance.
|3 days 14 hours ago||This is not a crime!||
If Hoke went 8-0 2/3rds of the way into the season we wouldn't need answers.
And there's no crime in wanting answers in a situation where anyone who cares about the results wants answers.
What, are we supposed to be dicks to someone who's delivering good results? That usually doesn't go well.
|3 days 14 hours ago||I'm really getting sick of this||
It's not hypocrisy. The situations are different. No one's going to take a HC to task for non-answers on what's effectively his first day as a coach. Same with Hoke. We accepted non-answers when we expected non-answers. We started wanting answers when (gasp!) we needed answers.
THE EXACT SAME THING HAPPENS IN ANY JOB WHATSOEVER. If nothing's going wrong, people generally don't ask questions. (Unless you've ever worked for a Japanese company like I have, in which case I pity your miserable existence.) They start pushing for answers when there's a reason to need accountability. My manager doesn't ask me questions when my customers are all happy; that changes when one of them blows up. No one asks a security guard shit when he's just watching people enter and exit the building right up until a bunch of guys with guns show up at which point he's expected to remember every last detail. This may or may not be fair, but FFS no one here is doing anything differently than in any other circumstance that goes from good to bad. And while complacency is a dangerous game, at least ethically, they're right.
That this is called "twisting" and "hypocrisy" grinds my gears. It's completely failing to take the change in situation into account. A HUGE change in situation. What, is our conduct NOT supposed to change when everything's falling apart? Hoke's answers never changed and that, THAT was the problem. You may be able to blow off others when things are going well but if they're storming at you, society expects YOUR attitude to change. I'm OK with terse non-answers now. If Harbaugh starts losing games in bunches and getting pummeled by our rivals even after four years, yes I will stop accepting terse non-answers because I'm not Dave effin' Brandon.
|3 days 14 hours ago||MGoQuestion||
Looking forward to the first UFR-based MGoQuestion. It's not hard to predict a HC giving non-answers to inane questions right after his first practice at Michigan ever, but reactions to MGoQuestions are far more varied. Some like Mattison and Borges seem to really appreciate an actual scheme question for a change; I think Nuss gave them the ol' non-answer treatment and Hoke kinda wavered in the middle. I wanna see how the High Functioning Lunatic and his posse react.
|3 days 14 hours ago||Straw man much?||
This is definitely Harbaugh's version of Ft. Schembechler, but he has a point -- he's exactly one practice in so this is as meaningless as pressers get. I confess I watched it anyway because I'm a lunatic, but I wasn't expecting solid answers this early on.
Hoke's "they practiced well" wasn't controversial for being a non-answer. It's that he kept trotting it out even after beatdowns and the season was in a death spiral.
|4 days 12 hours ago||NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE||
But seriously, on the upside, I expect any bad weight to get corrected. The February weights are just a starting point; they can look very different in six months.
|4 days 12 hours ago||When it comes to ball carriers||
Weight =/= power. When I'm looking for a short-yardage back I want excellent balance (not going down on first contact), low form, lower body power and leg churn. From there, extra weight is a bonus. Michigan over the last way too many years had too many "bruisers" that looked the part but stopped cold at the LoS by a filling safety. Huge guys built low to the ground that can't get past the LoS because a 200-pound DB is in the way. It was frustrating to watch once and I feel like it's a bad movie played out on repeat since the departure of Hart.
His lack of speed limits his ceiling but I like Smith's second efforts and I'll be watching to see if Isaac can finally give us that combination of burst, vision and effort. I also thought Green's effort improved somewhat over last season but will he pick up from there? I'm holding my breath.
|4 days 12 hours ago||AND||
They're getting LAAAARRRRGER
|4 days 12 hours ago||Only worrisome fact||
. . . this team was without a HC for much of the offseason so it's possible a number of them took a mental vacation and got out of shape, so in this case no, I DON'T think all weight gain is good. A fair number of them gained a significant amount of weight in a time whenupon only a small fraction was under a S&C coach's eye.
|5 days 12 hours ago||Don't take it personally||
There are a few unspoken rules around here that you have to learn, that exist for no other reason than sometimes MGoBloggers -- while overall, as far as Internet communities go, ranks far above average -- are in certain conditions just as capable of being groupthink jackasses as any other.
I think it stinks and it's embarrassing, but neither can I change it so just go with the flow. I also have to periodically remind myself to not take the good for granted because again, while it's not fun when MGoBlog goes all YouTube on you, it doesn't happen nearly as often or with as much froth. But yeah, it happens.
|5 days 12 hours ago||This is dizzying||
2016 offers going out so fast I'm not sure if this is a wet spaghetti shotgun or a hail of gun-fu killshots.
|1 week 1 day ago||"Official" lyrics to "Varsity" refrain||
. . . from when I was in the MMB:
|1 week 2 days ago||Truthfact||
My respect for Brian went up today. I have a similar credo: I measure someone's kindness based on how they treat those they care about the least.
For example, I really don't care if someone is super-polite and nice and generous to me. If I see them treat someone (who doesn't deserve it) like shit, I judge them based on that. Nothing makes me more uncomfortable than being someone's favorite, and I hope at least a few student-athletes aren't quite so self-centered that they realize that how DB treated non-athletes is every bit as important.
DB's an asshole. That he had favorites means nothing to me.
|1 week 2 days ago||On revenues as a measuring stick||
IIRC someone here analyzed the revenue increase and showed that it tracked all other B1G programs over the same time period. Granted these were based on rates not dollars, but essentially his mad scramble to increase revenue only followed the historical trendline. An unwashed coffee mug would've done just as well for far less damage.
See, the thing about Michigan is that the fanbase -- on average, anyway -- is numerous, well-off and loyal, as fanbases go. So revenue is in fact the easiest job of the AD; don't fuck up and the money just rolls in. Against all odds and reason, Brandon managed to fuck up his most important and easiest possible job.
|1 week 3 days ago||This is my worry||
We love to hate him now but Michigan was dumb enough to let him in. That sort of mistake calls for an institutional overhaul, especially considering DB cleaned our house of independent thought.
|1 week 3 days ago||Have WE learned?||
Michigan maybe, but what baffles me is this -- what is it about our society that allows sociopaths to become so successful? Who the hell let this idiot get within sniffing distance of the AD position, especially given his known record for running Domino's into the ground? I mean that rhetorically. I think if I ever met the guy in person I would've sniffed him out in a heartbeat. Yes that's easy to say in hindsight, but in general, stupid megalomaniacs creep me out. And while I wouldn't pat myself on the back for my own career progression, these twits couldn't keep a coffee table from falling over yet a distressing number of them find their way to senior leadership positions at billion-dollar institutions.
Here's what I'm trying to say: The absolute worst thing about Dave Brandon is that he's not the exception. Michigan isn't the first institution to be conned by a fast-talking bullshitter. We love to hate these guys, but as a society we keep promoting them. Brandon's not done; someone's going to hire him to ruin the next centuries-old legacy. I don't care if anyone questions by loyalty at this point because I'm GTFO of any situation being run by a egomaniacal dimwit.
|1 week 3 days ago||Expectations||
I don't expect anything in the W-L or rivals department. Partly to protect my own heart, but MSU and OSU have been on the tops of their games for a while now.
The most dramatic turnaround I expect is for Michigan to compete. We're more than a few pieces shy of dominance and I have a few questions about the position coaches (who's teaching technique to the WRs?), but Harbaugh is nothing but a "high-functioning lunatic" so he won't sit on dysfunction for very long.
Since Michigan is in rather good shape from a foundation standpoint, it shouldn't take nearly as long to turn around as Stanford. I think it helps to look at their 2009 season. They went 8-5 but didn't lose a game by more than 10 points. In other words, despite the record, they were in every single game they played. They even beat Oregon. No one was safe.
So, we may not beat MSU or OSU within the next two years, but neither do I expect the humiliations we endured last season (11-35, 28-42 and while we won't be playing them, 0-31). But even if we don't win, I expect Harbaugh to scare the hell out of them. Another way of saying this is, we have a shot at winning ANY game, right from year one. What we'll lack for the next few years is consistency.
|1 week 5 days ago||5-star?||
Pluses: Projected to grow 9' tall, killer instinct (literally)
Minuses: May not be academically eligible, reduced lifespan, potential off-field issues*
*Possibly a win-win if you need a medical redshirt or untimely death to avoid oversigning
|2 weeks 1 day ago||This||
Commits are a two-way street. Michigan is a school that doesn't dick around with its scholarships so if a kid refuses to sign the LoI then Michigan can't make them, but then it's in Michigan's interest to act like the kid isn't in the fold. So the downside is that Michigan is entitled to keep recruiting your spot until you sign, and if they find someone else who DOES sign, happy trails bro.
These things really shouldn't be nearly as controversial as MGoBlog makes it out to be, because presumably a kid going to a school is of mutual interest. Schools like UCLA are blasting diarrhea all over the process with shenanigans like this because they're using the LoI as leverage before drawing the knives. At Michigan, my expectation is that the LoI will be honored with a scholarship, and in turn the LoI helps the HC manage the program.
Now IF a school like UCLA or OSU is playing games, then it's well within the student's right to refuse to sign an LoI, but what weirds me out is that at that point is that isn't the bridge burned anyway? Weber's probably a better man than I because at this point I wouldn't believe a word out of Meyer's mouth. Roquan has a legitimate motive to not sign an LoI anymore, but I just don't see this practice taking off. Instead, I think kids will still sign LoIs, but more will probably hold out until 1-2 days after NSD to see if any surprises come out. It'll be a game of chicken and the coaches will be at a disadvantage because presumably they've signed their job offers weeks in advance.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I don't know who you are. I||
I don't know who you are. I don't know what you want. If you are looking for the cheese grater, I can tell you I don't have one. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills, skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let me load the dishwasher now, that'll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don't, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will make you wash the dishes by hand.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||And now, the punchline||
Liam Neeson's character in Taken is Bryan.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Misplacing the cheese grater||
Misplacing the cheese grater is no joke. That delays the nachos, and don't get between a guy and his nachos if you value your life.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||It's one thing if O-lines||
It's one thing if O-lines were able to sell play-action better by run-blocking past the LoS. The problem is that linemen are starting to deliberately interfere with pass defense. There was a game last season where a lineman cut-blocked a guy covering a six-yard drag route and the refs didn't call it.
I sometimes think football has silly rules to discourage creativity, but this isn't one of them. O-linemen blocking downfield is downright dangerous in pass situations because when you're a 180-pound DB trying to stay in a slotback's pocket on an option route you're not going to see a 300-pound meat boulder crush you from the side like getting T-boned by an 18-wheeler.