I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
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|1 day 7 hours ago||I'm glad they have that||
I'm glad they have that little yellow arrow or I would wonder if that behemoth of a man ragdolling offensive linemen and then obliterating ball carriers was McDowell or not.
|1 day 17 hours ago||I hear they have purple swag.||
I hear they have purple swag.
|3 days 18 hours ago||These games are stupid. There||
These games are stupid. There oughta be a law!
|3 days 18 hours ago||This seems to be one of those||
This seems to be one of those things where none of us has nearly as much information as Brian. Like:
I confess I have fairly low standards for internet message board discourse, so things didn't seem so bad to me, relative to, say, espn.com or whatever.
As for M-Wolverine, I was always of two minds about him (I assume). He made a lot of thoughtful, well-reasoned posts, but he also was incredibly argumentative and omnipresent, so you just couldn't get away from his point of view. I don't really see that as a bannable offense (having so little of a life that you could accumulate 41,000 MGoPoints), but then see points (1) and (2) above.
Finally, and maybe this is just rose-colored hindsight, but it did seem like things were better in the "old days," in that there was less name-calling and ad hominem and more vigorous disagreement about things like whether RR should be fired or not. It's kind of odd that all of this has happened over an apparently far less controversial issue (Borges) than over the whole RR era.
I kind of feel like MGoBlog is a victim of its own success and has to some degree regressed to the espn.com, MLive mean. If the MGoPurge is one step in dragging the blog away from that mean, count me in as supportive.
|1 week 6 days ago||Now I'm imagining Geddy||
Now I'm imagining Geddy freestyling lyrics to that song while playing bass, pedals, and synthesizers and making mulled cider with ground nutmeg. For the holidays, you know.
|1 week 6 days ago||Meh. Write it to all 12 parts||
Meh. Write it to all 12 parts of La Villa Strangiato and then we'll talk.
|1 week 6 days ago||I love it when Stauskas hits||
I love it when Stauskas hits the swag button right before launch.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||At least, I hope so...||
At least, I hope so...
|2 weeks 1 day ago||At least, I hope so...||
At least, I hope so...
|2 weeks 1 day ago||And me. I felt this way when||
And me. I felt this way when RR was fired and Hoke was hired. Then I perked up when it seemed like Hoke "got it" and started pooping gold and reeling in four and five stars and such. Now I'm back to that original feeling.
Switching between the Baylor/OSU (NTOSU) and UCLA/ASU games after whatever that was at Iowa made me realize we are playing 1995 offensive football and will be for the long term while everyone else is playing 2015 football.
Yeah, yeah, Alabama and Stanford (and even Wisconsin and *gulp* MSU). Maybe we'll get there. I still have some hope, and I don't have to pay for tickets b/c I have no money to pay for tickets. But still, I feel pretty much the way MDog and you said.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||"El Demonio" is Spanish for||
"El Demonio" is Spanish for "I'm a big ungrateful fucking asshole who doesn't have any idea what I'm talking about and should probably never post on MGoBlog again or I'll make an even bigger fool of myself than I already have and also I suck."
Spanish is weird, man.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Polish hat FTW!||
Polish hat FTW!
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Totally agree. And I spent a||
Totally agree. And I spent a humiliatingly long time trying to figure out how it could be photoshopped somehow to resemble the classic Iwo Jima photo before realizing I know nothing about photoshop.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||I LOVE THIS FEATURE. Also,||
I LOVE THIS FEATURE.
Also, fuck and fire.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Henri, brave otter Lying on||
Henri, brave otter
Lying on your glist'ning back
Much like Fitz in rain
|3 weeks 5 days ago||I think it's "howls" with the||
I think it's "howls" with the Ozzie accent, but + a million for the pull.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Ooh, ooh!The Space Coyote||
The Space Coyote (of Space)...
With the ellipsis.
|4 weeks 7 hours ago||Whoa, my wise-ass numbers||
Whoa, my wise-ass numbers were pretty close.
|4 weeks 7 hours ago||How awesome would it be if||
How awesome would it be if (1) Space Coyote were our OC next year and (2) he went by "Space Coyote?" That would be bad ass.
|4 weeks 23 hours ago||Michigan 92 Michigan's RPI||
Michigan's RPI -55
|4 weeks 4 days ago||(No subject)||
|5 weeks 14 hours ago||It seems like this particular||
It seems like this particular story never got much play because it didn't make it into 3 and Out, either because Bacon didn't want to include it or because it happened or he heard about it after press time. I think probably the latter.
And to be clear, I'm not even sure it was Bacon whom I heard this from (though I think it was--in one of those long posts on MGoBlog where he answered readers' questions).
But in any event, it would only explain some of the collapse, not (1) excuse anyone for the collapse, nor (2) make the decision to fire RR any less defensible. I only ask because I think it is fair to accurately portray a Michigan football coach's demise, and not to after the fact argue that an additional bit of ammunition in support of his ouster was that "his team quit on him."
Finally, to totally fucking belabor this point, I guess what I am saying is that it seems like there's just as much (or little) evidence for the "players quit on him" narrative (in the form of players' saying "yeah, we quit on the guy") as there is for the "the players were demoralized" narrative. You discount that narrative because of lack of evidence, but I could just as easily discount the "players quit on him" narrative for lack of evidence, right? That's what I was asking Brian about.
|5 weeks 16 hours ago||As I said, I don't totally||
As I said, I don't totally agree with Mat's position. On the other hand, one could imagine a goal of loading up in 2011 (which some recruitniks will probably disavow me of), which would have softened the blow of 2010. In other words, had he not been fired, one would think he would have taken a big 2011 OL class to make up for 2009 and especially 2010. The fact that he didn't have that opportunity is not really his fault--coaching transitions mess things up, after all.
But yes, I think we would all agree that 2010 was a disaster. How much of that disaster was due to the coaching transition (i.e., some of the 2010 attrition was likely due to the transition, as was true of the exits of Arrington, Mallett, Manningham, Clemons, etc. in the Lloyd-to-RR transition) and how much was straight whiffing on RR's part is up for debate.
|5 weeks 17 hours ago||Oh God none of this matters||
Oh God none of this matters and I hate myself for asking this, but how much of Gatorgeddon do you think was open rebellion (doesn't really seem like Denard or RVB or Molk) and how much was deflation due to certain knowledge that RR was gone no matter the outcome?
I ask because there was something between a rumor and a Bacon-verified fact going around that Brandon told seniors in exit interviews that RR was gone (EDIT: prior to the bowl game, which, if true, is pretty inexcusable on DB's part and bothers me WAY more than Skywritinggate or Noodlegate or Cushiongate or any other gate). Any further substantiation of that on your end?
On the one hand, it doesn't really make sense b/c then you figure DB would have just fired RR after OSU; on the other hand, maybe just prior to the Gator Bowl he discovered that Harbaugh wasn't walking through the door but Hoke was willing to crawl on his knees on broken crack vials to coach.
|5 weeks 17 hours ago||I was as ALL IN for Rodriguez||
I was as ALL IN for Rodriguez as anyone, but I feel like I only 50-70% agree with you. I agree about 2008 and 2009, and perhaps he thought he could essentially take a year off of OL recruiting in 2010 and then 2011 is more on the transition than RR, but it seems like you should never take most of an OL year off. Yes, Pace and Miller, but it seems like what we are learning is that OL is kind of a crapshoot so it's probably best to take, what, 3-5 (?) every year to hedge your bets.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Let's play a totally forced coaching comparison game||
Frieder == Moeller (successful but spectacular flameout)
Fisher == Lloyd (1 NC, other successes, and then a slow decline (2006 football notwithstanding). Of course, the lack of control Fisher had over Ed Martin has no parallel with Lloyd, who was as clean as it is possible to be, it seems)
Ellerbe == Rodriguez (FAILFAILFAILFAIL)
Amaker == Hoke (Great guys, run clean programs, good recruiters)
Beilein == ... Bo?
THE CYCLE REPEATS!!!
|5 weeks 1 day ago||I think the common||
I think the common denominator for OSU under Tressel and Meyer is winning. Honest question--how did those John Cooper pressers go?
To use the Michigan example, Rodriguez could not have handled press conferences more differently than Hoke, and yet he was blasted on this here blog and probably other places for it. Common denominator? Losing.
So, when winning, Hoke's folksiness is comforting and confidence-inspiring. When losing, it's evasive and evidence of a none-too-bright intellect.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Man, Brian took the MSU loss||
Man, Brian took the MSU loss hard.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Actually, all kidding aside,||
Actually, all kidding aside, this kind of data mining is pretty interesting. LSA, if you have any stomach for this at all, is it possible to verify that PSU 2010 was the watershed moment for RR in terms of people calling for his firing?
I ask b/c I noticed that PSU this year seems to have engendered the most rage and MSU seems to have engendered the most firing talk, at least relative to the overall rage-ness of the threads (see normalized values chart).
It would also be interesting to compare the fan rage, controlling for number of board posts or something, directed at RR vs. Hoke et al. Though perhaps that would be somewhat tainted by the increase in MGoBlog popularity, and therefore potential heterogeneity of the posters, over time. I guess you could use a direct standardization method. Are you perchance a formal demographer?
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Is there any way Devin can be||
Is there any way Devin can be taught that running forward is never a bad thing on a passing play? Either gain yards or take a sack, who cares? It's the quadruple reverse woop woop woop plays that will be dooooom. I wouldn't mind playing a 5-8 punt game with State (as long as field position isn't destroyed by crazy running backwards sacks) but a -3 TO game is unwinnable for M.