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|2 weeks 1 day ago||I'm all for statistical||
I'm all for statistical analysis, and normally am one of those who get frustrated when jocks dismiss advanced metrics by claiming that us nerds can't possibly use our numbers to understand the game as well as they do, etc.
That said, anyone who has played a sport on any level knows that pressure has an effect on performance. Hell, I get the yips when I have a short putt to clinch a mini-golf win. Of course some people handle that pressure better than others. It's not that some players perform better when the game is on the line -- it's that their performance stays steady regardless of the situation. That is the real definition of clutch, and to deny its existence is to deny human nature.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Not too far fetched to||
Not too far fetched to believe the same is happening under Hoke.
Because Saban handcuffs his coordinators, Hoke must also be handcuffing his coordinators?
Because Hoke and Saban have SO much in common. Two sides of the same coin, those two. Why, just the other day I was talking about a football coach who was a total control freak perfectionist and needed to manage every single detail that took place on the football field, and everyone was like "wait, we don't know if you're talking about Nick Saban or Brady Hoke!"
|2 weeks 4 days ago||How date the athletic||
How date the athletic department try to encourage fans to attend a game.
I IZ OUTRAGED!
This is idiotic. It is the athletic departments JOB to try to maintain fan attendance. They know that attendance is going to be down, not just because of the boycott but because of the team's struggles. They are doing exactly what they are supposed to be doing, trying to get fans to turn out for a night game regardless. If you're really outraged about this you are in serious need of some perspective.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||(No subject)||
|3 weeks 3 days ago||"Now, I may be wrong about||
"Now, I may be wrong about the claim that he "inserted himself into decision making". If so, please correct me. But, it sure smells like it."
Translation: I made an affirmative claim without any factual support, but rather than try to find support for my statement I am going to put the onus on you to prove a negative.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Now this really is becoming a||
Now this really is becoming a witch hunt.
Let's not just go after Hoke and Brandon - let's go after anyone who supports them. Ve vill accept no dissension!
|3 weeks 4 days ago||The reason for a boycott is||
The reason for a boycott is to push people to take action. But a boycott should be a last resort -- before doing it, we should give the Board of Regents some time to actually, you know, take action. It is reasonable to wait two or three weeks to fire your athletic director if you are getting your ducks in a row.
It would be terrible to ruin the 100,000 attendee streak for no reason, if Brandon was already in the process of being fired regardless of the boycott.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||You're like a dog with a||
You're like a dog with a fucking bone on this. Let it go.
Obviously Magnus was wrong about where Shane got it. For you to extrapolate from that that he is a terrible person who doesn't give a shit about kids' safety makes you look like the asshole, not him.
Magnus has posted here long enough that we know he's a decent guy, even if he made a mistake here.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||"[T]o all on this blog that||
"[T]o all on this blog that are willing to promote beyond reason . . . the integrity of a Div I Head Coach . . . ."
|3 weeks 5 days ago||The "CC" was necessary back||
The "CC" was necessary back then because whether or not Rich Rod needed to be fired was a major point of contention that was dividing the blog, and a warning was necessary so that people could try to avoid the epic clusterfuck that resulted whenever the topic was broached.
There is no such controversy on the Brady Hoke issue. 98% of this board is of the same mind. Not sure if the CC tag is necessary in these circumstances.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||You're missing a bit of||
You're missing a bit of nuance. It was already a near certainty that Hoke would be fired at the end of the season because of the product on the field, and most fans were content to wait for that. The new insistence that he be fired RIGHT FUCKING NOW is because the Shane Morris Incident (TM pending) revealed that he is not just incompetent, but dangerously so.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||The negative trajectory was||
The negative trajectory was the performance of Rodriguez's defenses, which were getting worse and worse with no signs of improvement.
You write as though I am somehow defending Hoke respective to Rodriguez, when what I am actually saying is that if Rodriguez had to go, the same holds doubly true of Hoke.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Genius, if a player gets hit||
Genius, if a player gets hit like Morris did and then is "wobbly on his feet," the first thing you do is TEST him for a concussion. That was not done.
That the head coach says after the game that he "doesn't know" if his player had a concussion or not is atrocious. In those cirumcstances, he needed to be evaluated, and the coach should know the results of the evaluation before putting him back in.
But no, you're right, everyone else is wrong. We're all such pussies about this "head trauma" bullshit these days. In my day, we'd always stay on the field after having our "bell rung"! [Insert additional bullshit macho grousing here]
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Has to be someone on defense.||
Has to be someone on defense. If Mattison won't accept it give it to one of the position coaches. To give it to anyone on the offensive staff (particularly someone who has been here for half a year) makes no sense from a coaching or optics perspective.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||I'm going to steal this.||
I'm going to steal this. Great summary.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Hoke's fourth year is looking||
Hoke's fourth year is looking like it is going to match Rodiguez's first year. But everything is proceeding according to plan! He knows what he's doing! Everyone who can't see it is insane, and I'm the only sane one!
Seriously, what will it take for you to change your opinion and concede that Hoke shouldn't be Michigan's coach? Would a 2-10 season do it? Or would you just claim that is the expected result of an OC transition, and that Hoke should get at least five more years to prove himself?
|3 weeks 6 days ago||This is insane. Rodriguez was||
This is insane.
Rodriguez was rightfully run out of town because while his offense ranged from good to excellent, he had committed defensive malpractice, and because of the negative trajectory (and its concomitant effect on recruiting) there was no realistic hope that things would improve.
Hoke is the exact inverse at that (except at least Rodriguez was responsible for the offense -- Hoke is a figurehead that delegates everything. One thing that should be extremely obvious by now is that we need a coach, not a figurehead).
Youth is not a viable excuse for this tire fire of an offense. This is Holk's fourth year. It is his third year with his first major recruiting class, which was universally praised. All of those guys are now juniors or redshirt sophomores. Of course they should not be a finished product yet, but they sure shouldn't be the worst offense in the power 5 conferences, which is what we are.
Hoke chose this staff. Does anyone have any confidence in this staff's ability to identify or develop talent, particularly on the offensive side? Based on what?
Recruiting this year will be a catastrophe if Hoke stays. (Spoiler alert - he's not staying). There is no way he is going to be able to dig out of this hole. Our offense has hit rock bottom just like the defense did under Rich Rod.
The Hoke era is over. This is not a result of fickle fans. This is a result of a guy who is hitting historic lows in his fourth year in the program, with the players he recruited. When the best defense of a head coach is "well he's not really responsible for either the offense or defense so you can't really blame him," that's not a paraticularly persuasive defense.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Fair enough, but with||
Fair enough, but with Harbaugh I would have faith in his ability to establish a coaching tree to leave us in good shape even if he leaves. See Shaw, David.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||As alum96 notes, John H. has||
As alum96 notes, John H. has not had experience dealing with some of the elements unique to college football. That said, I'd be pretty damn thrilled to get him as well.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||We shouldn't insist on a||
We shouldn't insist on a coach who has Michigan ties. On the other hand, we shouldn't disregard a great coach just because he has Michigan ties.
Harbaugh may still very well be a pipe dream, but can you name one coach with a better resume who would even consider us right now?
|4 weeks 4 days ago||I would absolutely love it.||
I would absolutely love it. It would almost make the last seven years of frustration worth it if, at the end of it all, we finally wind up with the right guy to lead the program forward for the next 20 years.
I know OP is going to get slammed for posting speculation, but it does seem that the stars are aligning in a certain way. Four years ago when Harbaugh (supposedly) turned us down for the NFL, we all figured that was all she wrote -- there was no way that Michigan would be looking for a new head coach in just a few years, and if we were there was no way that Harbaugh would be disillusioned with the NFL in such a short time. Yet it looks like that may be exactly what is happening.
|5 weeks 6 hours ago||Silver linings . . .||
Enough people left the stadium early that no one was hit by lightning?
Because of blue laws, all liquor stores in Utah were closed by the time the game ended, reducing the risk of celebrating Utah fand driving drunk?
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Fair or not, when you win and||
Fair or not, when you win and you don't talk to the media, it gives the impression that you like to play your cards close to the vest.
When you lose by 31 points and get shut out and don't talk to the media, it gives the impression that you don't know what the fuck you're doing and have no idea how to fix it.
|8 weeks 8 hours ago||You mean his post joking that||
You mean his post joking that Bellomy should start because he is the only QB not to throw an incompletion? I read it. Not sure you did.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||No, the definition has not||
No, the definition has not "been changed." A few dictionaries -- the vast minority -- added a second definition to acknowledge a widespread common misuse. While it infuriates me that even a few dictionaries have included this incorrect secondary definition, the vast majority of dictionaries continue to recognize only the correct definition.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Such a good article. But||
Such a good article. But then I get to the end, and all I can think about is this:
Our offensive line is literally one giant question mark.
[To be clear, the "aaaargh" is about the misuse of the word "literally," and not the state of the offensive line, the correct reaction to which is *whimper*]
|17 weeks 5 days ago||The US is out if they lose||
The US is out if they lose 1-0 and:
Ghana wins by two goals, or
Ghana wins by one in a goal blizzard (3-2 at least)
Portugal wins by five
Unfortunately, this is incorrect. If we lose 1-0 and Ghana wins 2-1, we're out based on total goals scored (tiebreaker after goal differential).
|19 weeks 1 day ago||You have to bear in mind that||
You have to bear in mind that courts have already ruled that even professional baseball players don't have a "right of publicity" in connection with their in-game performances. This obviously doesn't mean that pro athletes don't get paid -- they get paid because they can refuse to perform at all unless they get a paycheck. That is what should really be at the heart of the issue here.
Saying that college athletes, like pro athletes, don't get to sue TV stations for broadcasting an event that took place before tens of thousands of people doesn't mean they shouldn't be paid at all. It doesn't mean that they shouldn't be able to collectively bargain with the NCAA for salaries, etc.
|19 weeks 1 day ago||Fair point. Certainly the||
Fair point. Certainly the reason that access to the stadium is valuable is because a game is going on there,
|19 weeks 1 day ago||Apples and oranges. If I||
Apples and oranges. If I control a facility that seats 100,000 people, I can refuse to admit you unless you agree not to film what goes on and sell said film. That doesn't mean that if I appear before 100,000 people I am not appearing in "public."