that's unfortunate, but at least the interest is there on both sides
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- Winning both at Utah and home vs. BYU will be difficult, so I expect us to split those
- I think we will pull off one major upset (OSU or MSU) but not both.
- I expect us to drop one more road game (Minnesota seems the most likely)
|3 days 18 hours ago||Political threads||
I know moderating/administering a community of this size and diversity is a difficult and often thankless task, so take this as a friendly query:
Is it perhaps time to reassert the prohibition on political threads?
I know there are a ton of political issues centered on the University of Michigan, some of which intersect with the football program or its personnel. But I feel like there are more and more of these threads every week, and a binary us/them culture wars dynamic is asserting itself on this board. With no offense intended to the OP, I see this as part of the problem:
It's political, it's divisive, and it's only linked to Michigan sports in the most tangential way possible. I mean, if we are going to argue to the death, it should at least be over something meaningful, like what run blocking scheme our offense employs, right?
Speaking generally, one of the things I value about this site is that it's one of the few corners of the internet left that hasn't been infected by the culture wars, and I hope it stays that way.
That said, I also trust you to make the best decision for the site and community. Just wanted to let you know how I felt (and I assume I'm not alone in this).
|3 days 19 hours ago||Many of us like this blog, in||
Many of us like this blog, in part, because it's one of the few corners of the internet that hasn't yet been ruined by "culture wars" BS.
|4 days 19 hours ago||The Mets have got to be one||
The Mets have got to be one of the worst. Huge payroll, few wins.
|1 week 2 days ago||FYI||
This comment in that thread is messed up: http://mgoblog.com/mgoboard/harbaugh-american-sniper#comment-3122628
|1 week 2 days ago||That's really disturbing.||
That's really disturbing. Sorry to hear that it had happened to you :(
|1 week 2 days ago||All good points.||
All good points.
|1 week 2 days ago||I don't like Harbaugh for his||
I don't like Harbaugh for his politics. In fact I don't know what his politics are, but I suspect I wouldn't like them if I did. Regardless, I like him because he's a great coach, a true believer in the University of Michigan and seems to approach his job with a good combination of emphasis on winning and mentoring college kids (many of whom come from hard knock backgrounds). I sort of hope that he keeps his politics to himself, because that's in the best interests of keeping our big tent united in our common interests. But as long as that's true, I couldn't care less what his personal views are.
|1 week 4 days ago||A few key differences||
QB: Braxton Miller (So. RS) vs. miscellaneous question marks
RB: Jordan Hall (Sr. RS) and Carlos Hyde (Jr. beast) vs. miscellaneous question marks
WRs: Stoneburner (Sr. RS), Brown (Jr., RS), Fields (Jr. RS) vs. Darboh and miscellaneous question marks
OL: 3 returning starters (all juniors) plus Corey Lindsay (Jr.), who would go on to play in the NFL vs. a line that might gel into something good but has not been good up to now.
No comparison, as far as I can see. Urbz had a very good OL, an extremely promising QB with significant experience as a starter, and excellent, experienced skill players. We have an OL that could be good but hasn't been up to now and a junk lot of question marks.
Our defense will probably be better than OSU's in 2012, but our offense is certain to struggle in ways their 2012 offense never did.
|2 weeks 16 hours ago||Offense needs a lot of work||
Offense needs a lot of work but at least this year we have a coaching staff that knows how to do that. I expect our offense to end the year decent but not great. Early on it should be a bit rough, though.
|2 weeks 16 hours ago||My thoughts:*Morris is the||
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Still a top tier Big 10 team, but...||
...anyone and everyone (which admittedly isn't a lot in our conference) is going to test those DBs, and I think losing Langford (and most likely his replacement) is going to hurt more than you model it hurting.
Oregon and OSU look like sure-fire losses to me, and I think we (in Ann Arbor) and both Air Force and Penn State should give them *some* issues--they could win all 3 of those, but I'll guess they drop one. The rest of their games are pretty much in the bag.
So yeah...I figure it's probably a 9-3 season for them, a decent bowl game and a high draft pick for Cook afterwards.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||I would love to see PSG knock||
I would love to see PSG knock out Barcelona, but probably. It gonna happen.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||I want to see||
1. The A- defense I thought we might have had last year, but didn't (it was a B, tops).
2. The B- offense I thought we might have had last year, but didn't (it was a C-, tops).
3. The B special teams I thought we might have had last year, but didn't (it was an F).
4. A quarterback who doesn't make me panic.
5. Actual coaching.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Well there you go||
Well there you go
|4 weeks 5 days ago||A true freshman CAN work out||
A true freshman CAN work out pretty well (Henne, Anu Solomon), but it's usually not the best path. Most prospects needs a year conditioning/getting college-level coaching before they are ready.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Europa. Vents. FTW.||
Europa. Vents. FTW.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Ah right||
Though I'm not sure where said Gir Forest lions would get zebra meat from...
|5 weeks 4 days ago||That 'jungle lions' quote is amazing||
(Except for the fact that lions don't technically live in the jungle, but on the savannah.)
|6 weeks 1 day ago||May or may not be a troll|
|6 weeks 2 days ago||I'm not really sure what's so offensive about that||
He's arguing that: (a) Michigan's fortunes rise and fall with its ability to recruit Ohio; (b) we haven't gotten as many top recruits from Ohio in the past 10 years as in, say, the preceding 10 years; and (c) that this is because OSU has "locked down the state."
I'm not sure if (a) is quite true, but I'm 100% certain that (b) is. On (c), well, its partially OSU's efforts and partially the fact that we had one coaching staff that didn't make Ohio the priority most others have (while alienating a few important HS coaches) and another that recruited well there but was seeminly unable to develop offensive recruits. Seems like a Michigan coach who does hit the state hard but can develop recruits on both sides of the ball will do just fine there.
But even if Tressel's argument is a bit off, he's hardly heaping scorn on Michigan. Just stating that Harbaugh has a lot of work to do in order to get us to the level OSU is at. And, well, DUH.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Interstellar is an awful,||
Interstellar is an awful, awful film. Actually not sure how unpopular that view is. But I still feel the need to say it.
|12 weeks 12 hours ago||The article's author declines||
The article's author declines to connect the unusual rate of fumbling with ball deflation--as there is no evidence it was: a) a routine practice; or b) deliberate even in this one instance.
|12 weeks 19 hours ago||Sounds a bit like Pryor/Mallet||
In the sense that the guy already "there" feels like the coach really wants to go in a different direction, and so decides to cut out for greener pastures. In that sense it doesn't really matter if the other prospect actually ends up there.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||The term "circle jerk"||
The term "circle jerk" springs to mind. As if the NFL press didn't ready look pathetic enough...
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Bingo||
|12 weeks 5 days ago||What a crock...||
What a crock...
|13 weeks 2 days ago||That's basically all my go-to plays in Madden '99.||
That's basically all my go-to plays in Madden '99.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||I think it's more that his offenses can run speed or power||
He typically mixes super fast dudes (e.g. Percy Harvin, Devin Smith) with bruisers (e.g. Tebow, Jones). That means they have personnel mismatches designed for big lumbering defenses and also ones that allow them to run over smaller, quicker defenses.
There aren't a whole lot of defenses out there that are both big and fast, after all, so there's generally a sword on hand for most forms of shield.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||MSU||
I think there is going to be significant drop-off there. They are losing their three most reliable skill players on offense--don't forget Lippett and Mumphery, and that defense was already looking shakier than it did the two seasons prior, and now the play-caller and co-architect is gone. They'll still be good--I sincerely doubt they'll have another 5-6 loss season, a la 2012, but a tough out that ends the season with 3-4 losses seems like a good bet.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Realistically||
I think 9-3 is a pretty good, if still optimistic, bet. That breaks down thusly:
That's assuming we sort our QB situation out, of course, but I'm confident that the vast upgrade in QB coaching and offensive scheming will pay enough dividends that our QB play won't be the disaster it probably would have been had we retained the old staff. I don't expect miracles, mind you, just solid play. We'll probably run the ball a lot anyways.