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|20 hours 25 min ago||Expected||
We can debate the merits of Davis' case vs. Clark's, but it's all academic. I mean, I can accept, in principle, that Clark's case wasn't valid. I'm not saying that's what I think; I'm just saying that among honest people I can respect someone making that argument.
What I'm saying is that's the furthest from the case here. Harbaugh embarrassed the NCAA, so they're gonna screw him and everyone he knows. Given how they conduct themselves in, oh, literally everything, I don't see why they'd suddenly stop being the petty sociopaths they are and take a serious look at the case.
|20 hours 36 min ago||This||
They couldn't flip over on the bed fast enough for the SEC's whining about Harbaugh's camps, and people think because Davis got a 6th year means Clark would get one?
Comparing the two cases is academic. The writing was on the wall when they hastily instituted a camp ban. Harbaugh's made enemies of the NCAA for all the right reasons and I respect him for that, but it does mean they're going to screw him and everyone under his wings, every chance they get.
|1 week 5 days ago||I said I doubt it||
I didn't guarantee it wouldn't happen.
|1 week 6 days ago||The NFL is harsh||
Roster sizes are fixed. It isn't about being good; it's about making someone unemployed.
He might sign with a team, but it might mean much. Droves of late-round picks and UDFAs are cut during preseason.
|1 week 6 days ago||Pep. . .||
. . . no, wait, then it should be Jehu Ch. . . dammit, then it's Jourdan Lew. . . fuck.
|1 week 6 days ago||Good luck||
and may you not be drafted by the Browns.
|1 week 6 days ago||I think you missed the point||
Cole might stay at center, but this speculation that Cole will play center because Harbaugh owes him a bone for staying is off the mark. First off, that's not Harbaugh's style. If he plays center it's because that's where we need him most. Second, if Cole declared I doubt he'd even get signed as a UDFA. He's a good Big5 center and a decent tackle. His best asset is mobility in space, which is excellent (for a lineman), but it's something he can't make full use of at center (it's not like they can pull him every play). He lacks the strength to beat elite FBS DTs. He's more versatile at tackle, but he doesn't have the length to handle elite FBS DEs either. Well, EVERY D-lineman in the NFL is elite at the FBS level. So if you're an NFL coach, where do you put him? He's a good college player with zero NFL upside, where unfortunately to make it as a lineman you need physical assets you just can't teach.
Cole isn't staying to shore up his game at center; he's staying to play his last year of football. Harbaugh's gonna play him where we need him.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||de Mone||
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Opportunity vs. trust||
I expect the incoming WRs to be more athletic but also more erratic. This means they will be better at creating opportunities, but harder to trust in those key 3rd downs.
In the short term until they get comfortable, I don't think we'll have a Butt or a late 2015 Chesson, the kind of player that can get separation without RPS help AND has the HC's trust they'll convert a passing down. We'll probably have more of the former but less of the latter.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||(courtesy of AVGN)||
|2 weeks 4 days ago||"Killers" is stretching it||
Gary is set to blow up and we still have Hurst Burst, but Mone has been inconsistent and Winovich is vulnerable against the run. As far as D-lines go, we're coming down from an embarrassment of riches to "pretty good". Hurst and Gary will blow up some plays, Winovich will get a few sacks, and they'll also occasionally get gashed or have to be boring. And since D-line MUST rotate, we'll have the backups on for 30-40% of the snaps. That'll be fun.
Offensive line. . . oy. I think we can RPS our way to 8 wins or so, but the losses could get really ugly.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||To put it another way||
Let's assume Ruiz is "college ready". That doesn't mean he's "Harbaugh ready".
We saw how long it took Rudock to grok Harbaugh's offense and that dude wants to go to med school. The most wildly, ludicrously optimistic projection of Ruiz is that he hits the college life AND college speed grounds running and doesn't need to learn a single thing about O-line technique. . . he'd still need time to make line calls in such a complex offense.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||It's a typo||
We've only had 3.1415926536 updates. On the upside, we've come full circle.
/ try the veal
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Second.||
I don't know how kids today stay sane. I was born with a lot of stupid to get out of my system, so much that I still feel I'm not quite done yet. MGoBlog ain't getting the worst of me from when I was young and angry.
I doubt I'd be dead or in prison, but I did have a "provoke every authority figure" rebel phase, so I would've torn through every zero-tolerance tripwire out of spite. At the very least I'd be expelled, uneducated, ostracized and unemployed, probably eating shoes under a bridge with a bunch of other guys also not allowed within 500 yards of a school or residential area for offenses such as drawing a pecker in a biology textbook.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Might want to stop hallucinating||
if you're imagining things and finding them funny.
There are some folks hoping he'll recommit, and it looks like only some of them are fully serious. Otherwise there's a fair share of "nice that he apologized but time to move on". I mean, there's no stupid like HS stupid, but if he's not defending Michigan then he ain't coming here. Which means for the most part, the apology was accepted as-is with no expectation or even necessarily desire he'll suit up in maize & blue.
I don't know how you see the world, but we aren't all a bunch of hypocritical fuckheads.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Silly BiP||
Redemption is quaint in today's world.
Branded once, branded for life.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||My bet||
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Yes, but, standards||
Consider that Aubrey Saruman has access to the palantír of Orthanc, through which he gained wisdom by conferring with Nick Sauron through the Ithil-stone of Tuscaloosa. I'm sure he expects everyone to spell names correctly.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||WE'RE ALL GOING DOWN TOGETHER||
Good shit, Seth
Edit: OK, now I'm scared. That O-line is gonna be a problem.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||FWIW||
This honor brought to you by:
I mean. I'll say they made a good call so I don't feel bad about giving them a click, but as far as I can find, this may as well have come from SBNation. I wouldn't really parade this around.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||"The Wolverines actually got stingier against the best teams"||
Eh? We were nasty against good offenses but nightmarish against below-average ones. Hawaii was 1/11 on third down, UCF was 2/14, Rutgers was 0/17. They're not quite best in history (some early-season jitters and late-season injuries drag the stats down) but we may not see another defense like this for quite some time.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||So||
he's an LOL?
|2 weeks 6 days ago||You'd think,||
but Mattison's still here and Hoke's not, and while Mattison's considered a successful recruiter, suddenly we're whiffing a lot at the one consistent position of strength during Hoke's tenure. I don't expect a long-term slump; I'm just saying a downgrade in expectation is in order. Mattison's fine, but this is an area where Hoke deserves due credit and is tough to top. It's frankly unfair to expect Harbaugh/Brown to sustain Hoke's pace, considering we're better just about everywhere else.
Also, I kind of mean in particular that Hoke didn't even recruit 5-star D-linemen so much as work wonders with any recruit/player he got. Even the marginal talents were molded into "guys" and guys like Mike Martin were turned into monsters. Heininger, RVB, Martin, Clark, Roh, Wormley, Henry, Charlton, Glasgow. . . I mean, it seems nobody who spent two years with Hoke was bad; even the guys he inherited from RichRod's debacle. What he did to the D-line was a minor miracle (albeit at the cost of almost everything else). Long-term we'll be fine going foward, and this isn't a knock on Mattison, but don't expect THAT to continue.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Doubtful||
I credit Harbaugh for many things but the one thing Hoke is better at than anyone on Harbaugh's staff is recruiting and developing DTs. He was damn good at it.
Our DT expectations from here should be tempered to "just guys" but comfortable with and disciplined at Brown's anti-spread schemes. That by itself should still be very effective. If we get better guys than that, great. If we get another Glasgow I'll be more than happy. But this is the one part of the program where we'd be reasonable to expect a downgrade from the monsters we saw this season.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Peppers was injured||
Didn't play vs. Florida either.
|3 weeks 21 min ago||We got snakebit||
As Brian says, we got injuries right where we couldn't afford them -- LT, QB, TE, and of course Peppers. (Also Jeremy Clark; that particular injury we were able to paper over with depth, but he's a very good player.) The first half of the season was a lot of HAHAHAHAHA, but it got frustrating down the stretch. Fans and non-fans of various temperments pointed to the lack of offensive playmakers, injuries, bad officiating and just plain bad luck. It was everything, dammit. Michigan lost its 3 games by five points. Total.
If anything, this is a validation of Harbaugh's coaching. His LT goes down and the team keeps fighting. Then the QB gets injured; the team keeps fighting. Then the spacebacker, then the TE. . . all the while, refs are letting teams bear-hug Taco and tear off Glasgow's jersey and we keep falling just short on our game-changing drives while opponents get miracles. And the team keeps fighting.
Two years ago the team would've just rolled over and died in the fourth quarter. It really feels unfair, given all they've been through and how hard they fought, that the seniors' swan song had to end like this. But the lack of offensive playmakers, and the injuries, and the bad calls and just plain bad luck. . . at some point it becomes too much, and you fall short.
I disagree that this was a "razor's edge" thing; it took heaps and piles of bad things happening, much beyond Harbaugh's control and even the players', to turn wins into narrow losses. I don't feel disappointment at all. Frustration, because they deserved better. But what FSU faced wasn't some mismanaged juggernaut; it was the front half of a tank (the defense) propelled by a Yugo engine held together with chewing gum and duct tape, yet with just a bit more luck over the course of the season, Michigan's in the CFP. And somehow it's the coaching that's the problem?
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Yup||
Homeboys in zebra shirts really wanted them in the CFP. Problem was they weren't the better team in Columbus. So, you crooked fucks, just in case you tuned in (likely not but I'll get rhetorical n' shit). . . question for ya. Are you happy with the result? Because this is what happens when you abuse your position to put posers in the CFP.
If we had Peppers and Butt healthy, I'm pretty sure we would've given Clemson a game.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Need to think of an excuse?||
Um, how about for science?
|3 weeks 4 days ago||No, it wasn't||
That's the least surprising thing about it. If anything, I'll bet some jackass "editor" made sure the question was asked by a woman.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Who knows||
Half the time, the reporter's an idiot. Just to be clear, I'm not ruling out that scenario.
But sometimes, reporters (smart or dumb) are given strict marching orders from their bosses, who are equally capable of being extremely stupid.
In this case I don't think it's a coincidence that a woman asked the question, but the reporter wasn't necessarily stupid because she's a woman. Rather, only a woman can get away with asking such a question without coming off as creepy (in our culture anyway), which is why I suspect this was premeditated from higher up. She might be an idiot, that's entirely possible, but it could be irrelevant in this case.