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|20 hours 22 min ago||Right, but like I said,||
Right, but like I said, "solid" would be OK if their top two D pairings were still Lidstrom-Rafalski and Kronwall-Stuart. I think with the defense they now have, Howard's going to need a performance along the lines of the great ones that have knocked them off before, think Giguere '03/Kiprusoff '04/Roloson '06/Rinne '12. I've seen Howard look damn good in the playoffs, but he's never put up that kind of series-stealing performance.
|1 day 59 min ago||I'm definitely not saying he||
I'm definitely not saying he hasn't been solid, I probably should have been clearer. It is because of the shaky defense that he needs to perform so well. Solid won't cut it, game-stealing will be the requirement.
|1 day 1 hour ago||It all comes down to Howard.||
It all comes down to Howard. The Wings have the speed and youth of the type of team that used to knock them off when they were one of the Cup favorites, and even without Z they have plenty of leadership in Datsyuk, Kronwall, Alfredsson, and Legwand to keep the kids stable. However, what the teams that used to slay the Wings in their giant years also had was otherworldly, frustration meltdown-inducing goaltending. If Howard provides that, they can definitely win this series, but that is a massive question mark.
|3 days 21 hours ago||Oh, shut up. Go drink a PBR||
Oh, shut up. Go to the Riv and drink a PBR and drown your sorrow over Gary Harris leaving, brah.
|4 days 23 hours ago||I know it's crazy, but I'm||
I know it's crazy, but I'm starting to feel almost like Beilein recruits TOO well. Every year now it seems like we're in a cycle, "Well, we lost this key piece early and so we're going to be raw at this spot this year, but the year after, if everyone comes back, we'll be a Final Four favorite." But then the guys who blow up that following year of course don't stay. I feel for these coaches, it's gotta suck trying to balance excellent recruiting with having actual depth. It seems like putting a truly complete team on the floor is like winning the lottery, you have that one lucky year where a couple vets who could have gone pro decide to stay, and/or a freshman unexpectedly comes up big, and you're a contender. Tom Izzo finally had that again this year and blew it, now it looks like he's got a long way back.
|5 days 18 min ago||I love the Wings more than||
I love the Wings more than anything, even Michigan, but...against that D, generating scoring chances will be tough. And when you do, Tuuka Rask is waiting. The Wings' defense, by contrast, lacks quality depth, and you never know which Howard you're going to get. However, if Zetterberg can return sooner than later, all bets are off. He and Datsyuk still have what it takes to neutralize top scoring lines. With him the Wings can definitely pull the kind of upset they've so frequently fallen victim to in the past, where one team controls the flow of play, but the other gets the timely goal-scoring that makes the difference.
|5 days 18 hours ago||I hate to say it, but I||
I hate to say it, but I honestly don't think he is going to be the coach next year. I simply do not see a team that is going to win in Columbus or East Lansing, while South Bend, Evanston, and even Piscataway won't be cakewalks. Throw in one stupid home loss and there's simply no way he survives. Make it the first game and he doesn't even see the end of September. I know, I know, I'm going to get negged for that because this isn't the FCS Championship dynasty Appalachian State of 2007, but this team will still be less than a year removed from coming within a play of losing to Akron at home, so I don't really feel anything can be taken for granted.
I like Hoke personally and want to believe in him and see him succeed. But he has not instilled the confidence of competence in me, instead I see the confusion of a man out of his league. I know maybe that's just his persona, I know they like to play it coy, but the last two seasons, the performance on the field has too often matched the "Duhhhh derp" press conferences, so one can't help having one's preconceptions fed. Because of the murdererous road schedule (and I don't care what you say, the way this team performs on the road, yes, Rutgers can be included in murderer's row), they are going to have almost no margin for error in their home games. And unless the O-line makes leaps and bounds which haven't been remotely visible, that's simply too much to ask. I think a Utah or a Penn State or an Indiana is lurking somewhere out in the darkness, waiting to deal the Brady Hoke Era its coup de grace.
I expect the offense to improve under Nussmeier, but I don't think he'll have had time to make his needed marks by fall. I expect Gardner to be more consistent and have some solid to excellent playmakers around him, but I still expect the O-line will have him running for his life, and the RBs into a wall, too often for that to matter. I expect the defensive back seven to be near-elite, but I think that will be wasted on having to support a D-line that can't do its job consistently enough on its own. I don't see how this adds up to wins in the big games, or how it staves off embarrassment in one or two of the gimmes. I wish I could be more optimistic, but at this point I can't be.
|1 week 1 day ago||Obviously I can't say with||
Obviously I can't say with certainty, but I'm at least willing to wager that not everyone reading this discussion listens to Rush or knew about his comments. But, if they've read the whole thread, now they do!
I think that's enough clues, I'll leave you to solve the rest of the puzzle.
|1 week 1 day ago||Gosh, must be, because I||
Gosh, must be, because I can't think of any other way I'd have heard about it...
|1 week 1 day ago||Per Rush Limbaugh, this hire||
Per Rush Limbaugh, this hire is an assault on the Heartland of America. An interesting take, and in keeping with the site's rules, that's all I'll say...
|2 weeks 2 days ago||This. The "new direction"||
This. The "new direction" hire, manifested as RichRod, doesn't happen if not for the stagnation over the latter half of Carr's tenure.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||It really is at a time like||
It really is at a time like this when one can truly appreciate this community. I read the comment threads under news stories (and on the Facebook posts of some of my own idiot coworkers), it's amazing what some people allow a sport to do to them, just as spectators. It's fine to be passionate but there's no need to be so brimming with venom or live in such an alternate reality where everything that doesn't go your way must be the result of a conspiracy. I'm actually glad it's time for the annual five-month hiatus from college sports.
|3 weeks 55 min ago||I think I need to stay off||
I think I need to stay off Facebook until the Dance is over. My feed was awash with butthurt Sparty tin foil hat-wearers pissing and moaning about how it was more than a botched call - the refs/NCAA/media/Bilderbergs/Martians clearly want Michigan to win ZOMG you guys BLUE WALL scUM dslfkjdflkjdflksjdflksjdflkj.
In fact, they were so in the tank for Michigan that it was all they could think about and as a result only called two fouls on Tennessee for the first 16:07 of the second half, giving them several to burn on repeatedly fouling those late inbound plays. scUM handed ANOTHER win!!1!!!1111!!!!11!!!!
At what point does simply enjoying your own program's success become enough?
|3 weeks 20 hours ago||As to MSU fans using this||
As to MSU fans using this term, it's not that huge of a deal to me. Fans will always have things they call opposing fans, it's just part and parcel of fandom. And I can understand an MSU grad being very rightfully offended when a Michigan non-alum fan belittles their education. When it does annoy me is...
1. when it gets into socioeconomic condescension, as in my story above. That bartender said nothing to denigrate MSU, they started in on her anyway because being a bartender and a Michigan fan placed her "beneath" them.
2. when they assume it's a "bandwagon" thing. I started watching Michigan football at an age when every game existed in its own vacuum to me, winning streaks and championships did not factor into the equation. All I knew was it was Saturday and it meant a riotous afternoon with my Dad and his buddies watching the game. Sorry I happened to pick up a liking for Michigan football with my weekly exposure to that, but at age 6 I assure you it had nothing to do with win-loss records.
3. when they pretend their own fan base doesn't have its own legions of embarrassing knuckleheads with no connection to East Lansing.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||I did not attend Michigan. I||
I did not attend Michigan. I was simply raised to bleed Maize and Blue by an alumnus. I served in the Army and later attended WMU and (yes, I know) MSU. I do not call myself a "Wolverine" because I don't feel I've personally earned the right to do so, and I don't use "we" when referring to the team (I pretty consistently avoid doing that with any team I follow, be it Wolverines, Red Wings, Tigers, et. al), however I hate the elitism inherent in telling others who they can and can't be fans of and what terminology they can and can't use.
On the Friday of the B1G Tourney I was at a bar in downtown Lansing. A couple who were State fans came and sat by me. From things I overheard, the guy was definitely MSU faculty, I don't think the woman was even educated at all but who knows. They had absolutely zero to say about the Michigan game, until Illinois closed to within low single digits, and then, utterly predictably, the woman suddenly takes notice and starts loudly rooting for Illinois in the most obnoxious manner possible. The guy was also but he at least wasn't being a loudmouth annoying jackass about it. But, that's something that's going to happen when you're in a bar, so I did my best to ignore it. I did make sure to clap conspicuously loudly at the conclusion of the game, just to piss her off.
Anyhow, OSU and Nebraska were on next, and they said something about hoping OSU loses. The bartender, with whom they had been chatting enough to give me the impression they were quasi-regulars and at least kind of knew her, chimed in that she also hopes they lose, because she is a Michigan fan. I was amazed at how both patrons' tones, especially the woman's, immediately changed from how friendly they'd been up until that point. "Oh, really? A Michigan fan, huh?," she asked in a very condescending manner. The bartender then had to circle around to the other side of the bar to take care of someone, and the woman began snickering and mocking her for being a bartender as soon as she was out of earshot. "Well, you know, Michigan's the default school for the 'unaffiliated' fans of this state," the guy said in his own snobbish tone, but nowhere nearly as mean as what the woman was saying. It took everything I had to resist saying something to them, but I'm not gonna lie, I was a few heavy drafts deep and it was probably not a good time for a confrontation. So I instead just waited until they left and told the bartender what they said, since I was sure they frequented the place on something approaching a regular basis. I hope she's rude as hell to them next time they're in. Fuck people like that.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||If I sound like I'm saying||
If I sound like I'm saying "Bar fights are cool," I'm not, but man...that is truly sad *IF* he was goaded into this altercation by the OSU fans and he's the only one getting in trouble and no one is calling bullshit on their account of it. Michigan fans goading an Ohio State football player in a bar in Columbus the night Michigan beat them at the 'Shoe would be literally (as in actually literally, not figuratively literally) endangering their continued existences.
I realize if he's the only one who threw a punch it doesn't matter what the Buckeyes did, he should be charged. I'm just saying I can't believe they were unintimidated enough to try starting shit with a Michigan football player in an Ann Arbor bar.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||I have Michigan in my Final||
I have Michigan in my Final Four, but only because it's killing me to pick them to lose to Louisville again. I guess my other option is to pick them to lose to Duke, which is even less appealing...
|4 weeks 3 days ago||I can definitely see that||
I can definitely see that mindset, but I do think getting a round of Lord Stanley's Playoff in would only speed the maturation of these numerous youngsters.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||It is seriously becoming||
It is seriously becoming flat-out emotionally taxing to watch this team. Tough breaks. I'm hoping it means next year everyone's back and healthy most of the season and they can make one more run with Hank and Pav.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||This is the toxic atmosphere||
This is the toxic atmosphere Dantonio has sought and successfully created. A millionaire coach belittling the accomplishments of another school's student athletes, and not even in the sport he coaches. Classless dirtbags.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||I didn't say it was a||
I didn't say it was a certainty, I said "I feel", i.e., "It's a concern." Yes, I obviously remember last year. They got hot at the right time and played out of their minds. That's the kind of unpredictable thing that you have to rely on with youth. I just feel like the stability of guys who stay and mature and develop would bring a little more certainty. It's not like I'm trashing Beilein here.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||And also where Final Fours||
And also where Final Fours are reached at a pretty decent clip. And that's a big reason why. I'd happily take it.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Jordan Morgan is someone who||
Jordan Morgan is someone who I would say has only recently become one of this team's best players. And Horford I would consider to be of the second tier.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Not saying it's unique or||
Not saying it's unique or winning is impossible, but I just think it's best to have a balance where at least one of your best players is a junior or senior.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||I'm glad MSU was picked to||
I'm glad MSU was picked to win it all. There's no way in hell it's happening, and the overhype will just mean more irrational drunken anger and embarrassing public destruction (not to mention bitching about Izzo) when they're bounced short of the Final Four, which will be more entertaining for me.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Man, I wish this scenario||
Man, I wish this scenario would come to pass. If somehow all four came back, they'd blow the doors off the rest of the B1G and would be a legit National Championship threat. Sadly, I just don't see it happening. I feel like Beilein will never quite be able to climb to the summit, and the reason for that will be that he's always saddled with a revolving door of freshmen and sophomores.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Three straight shitty games,||
Three straight shitty games, really. Just lucky the first three had been against inferior opponents. Almost wish they'd have lost sooner, the reality check was coming and I'd have rather it come against someone else. Well, not against Ohio State, either.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Anybody remember the film||
Anybody remember the film Rookie of the Year? Crean reminds me of the guy who plays the mom's creepy, manipulative boyfriend who tries to use the kid as his cash cow. I'll bet he could play the role well.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||There was no need to worry.||
There was no need to worry. Prior to the Hawks' recent success, they didn't know hockey existed.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Not a fan of the trade.||
Not a fan of the trade. Jarnkrok could have been big. I know the Wings and affiliates have some depth at center, but even if Jarnkrok hadn't been needed, if he developed more over the next couple seasons they could have gotten a lot more out of him than Legwand. Seems like a move just for the sake of making a move.
I guess it's cool to have yet another Michigan-born/raised player on the Wings, probably gotta be just about the most local players of any US-based team (Glendening, DeKeyser, Miller, Abdelkader, now Legwand). But, like the playoff streak, that's yet another thing the Wings don't exactly get a plaque for. I don't like this trade.