The nutty Michigan coverage isn't so much about Harbaugh as it is a signal to the Big Ten that Fox wants to party.
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|1 day 41 min ago||CB is weird. I mean, you'd||
CB is weird. I mean, you'd think Lyons would be the equivalent of Rudock - high floor, low ceiling guy, so if he gets beat out, that's actually a good thing. Does it mean we're worried about safety?
|1 day 4 hours ago||I mean, obviously it's||
I mean, obviously it's totally different, but with that leg - can he place kick? Can we get special dispensation to let him drop-kick field goals?
|1 day 8 hours ago||In there it's a compliment||
In there it's a compliment
|1 day 8 hours ago||Cool post, but could you add||
Cool post, but could you add the win numbers you're buying/selling against in bold? You mention it in passing in a few of the descriptions, but for the rest it's hard to tell what you're predicting.
|2 days 17 hours ago||Heck, I'd settle for ORdinary after last year||
Heck, I'd settle for ORdinary after last year
|2 days 19 hours ago||I think the fact they||
I think the fact they mirrored her face really makes it creepy. Uncanny valley and all that
|4 days 8 hours ago||I mean, if Smith was a better||
I mean, if Smith was a better QB Harbaugh might have actually won a Super Bowl. I guess that could "haunt" him. Not sure why Utah wants to celebrate that though.
|5 days 2 hours ago||Slightly less? At least golfers get a hit every time.||
Slightly less? At least golfers get a hit every time.
|1 week 1 day ago||A baby seal walks into a club...||
A baby seal walks into a club...
|1 week 1 day ago||Confucius say - "Baseball||
Confucius say - "Baseball wrong. Man with four balls cannot walk"
|1 week 3 days ago||"We needed to modernize the||
"We needed to modernize the house and spruce it up a bit, but a full demo and reconstruction wasn't necessary."
Except a full demo is what he was hired to do, and all he knows how to do. The fact that you (and the rest of us) were shocked and disillusioned says a lot of
Anyway the biggest problem with Lloyd wasn't himself, but the people who felt the need to bash RR in a misguided effort to defend Lloyd a la "Lloyd Carr's University of Michigan". A more vocal Carr could have nipped that in the bud. Don't forget that Lloyd was still on the payroll at that point, so "he just wanted to have a quiet retirement" doesn't cut it. So it's not so much that he did anything particularly bad, it's just that he failed to do anything openly positive while he was still a strong influence with a lot of followers / people acting out in his name.
If you don't think "negative vibes" around a program can effect W/L on the field, I don't think you follow recruiting.
It's obviously all water under the bridge at this point. But let's not pretend off-field support doesn't matter at all (sure, Hoke had it and still failed, but I'm pretty sure RR is a better coach...).
|1 week 3 days ago||"Winning a few more games" is||
"Winning a few more games" is all you need to go from "tire fire" to "an exciting program in a rebuilding phase".
There's nothing fundamentally wrong with a 3-3-5 defense. The whole "this scheme can't possibly work in the tough, manly Big Ten" attitude is part of what sunk RR (who wasn't MANBALL and got roasted for it) and Hoke (who was MANBALL but stunk at it). Heck, the B1G is moving more spread and we're playing a lot of nickel anyway. RR is a speed / offense first coach - his defenses just need to get enough stops to keep his offense in the game, and a well-run 3-3-5 can certainly do that.
|1 week 5 days ago||Only a probable minor idiot.||
Only a probable minor idiot.
|1 week 6 days ago||"when so many previous||
"when so many previous negative situations had arisen and burned out of control that year"
But all those situations were their own damn fault, and that's what Bacon was talking about, they'd already wasted their "benefit of the doubt" by failing to be open and honest from the beginning.
Noodles, skywriting, seat cushions, "retail activations", what have you, the department had made it clear that they were never going to give a straight, believable answer. Every time, a simple "hey we thought this might be cool, sorry you guys didn't like it, we won't do it again". Instead it was "this is no big deal, you're dumb to be bothered about it, and anyway it's not our fault". And every time, it made the situation worse.
I mean, if you care more about damage control than honesty, I guess go ahead and lie if lying actually improves your situation. But it never had in the past because they were terrible at lying. There was always going to be blowback, because they really did screw up. But they made the blowback worse by being screw-ups AND dishonest, instead of honest screw-ups.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||The Bay Harbor Golf Club||
The Bay Harbor Golf Club residents were kind of awful when I worked there. Pretentious, entitled old farts. Didn't have a lot of interaction with the Yacht Club proper, but the boaters that came through Bay Harbor were actually pretty nice for the most part, despite obviously being quite wealthy.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||#RealOrange||
|3 weeks 3 hours ago||Except that according to||
Except that according to Nike, that's "Bronze", in reference to the traditional MSU documentary film 300.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Honestly the fact that RR has||
Honestly the fact that RR has defenders 5 years later and Hoke has basically none 6 months later says just about all that must be said about the Hoke era.
|4 weeks 4 hours ago||Harbaugh gets away with his||
Harbaugh gets away with his bluster because he is competent and supremely confident in the Head Coach role. I don't know that Hoke is either of those things, thus he must stick to what's safe when he talks.
|4 weeks 4 hours ago||RR adapting better to Threet||
RR adapting better to Threet makes us maybe 6-6, at best.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Terrible running of the||
Terrible running of the Athletic Department =/= terrible for the university though. Outside hiring DB and raising a metric crapton of money with the Michigan Difference campaign, I don't know a lot of the details of her tenure but thought it was generally well received.
What's the rest of your beef with her?
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Well yes, it is exactly that,||
Well yes, it is exactly that, because Brandon surviving supposes that.
But my point, which you miss, is that MSC's reputation is surviving better than it would if the Brandon implosion occurred a year earlier, but worse than it would if Brandon had survived an extra year. Her distance from the disaster is important to the question of "why isn't she getting more heat", which was the original point.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||MSC's screwups were||
MSC's screwups were mostly related to the AD and therefore not the sort that the people who judge college presidents care about.
She had the added advantage of being out the door before the Brandon shit really hit the fan, and honestly I think that's the biggest part of it. Hoke/Brandon survive a few more years and MSC gets a glowing review for making a bold, unconventional choice.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||What's your point? RR had to||
What's your point? RR had to be fired for the reasons you list, everyone knew he was going to be fired, and Brandon sat on the decision for 6 weeks for no good reason. In doing so he made life more difficult than necessary for RR's staff (most of whom had to take the next year off), created additional turmoil around the program, possibly missed out on better replacements (or at least the opportunity to run a legitimate coaching search), and made Hoke's transition period unnecessarily short.
Even beyond all that, firing a guy is less than half the work. You need a transition plan, and Brandon's was apparently "go hire a guy after a token search with nominal ties to Michigan who I know will kiss my ass, and let the rest fall where it may".
Sending an underling of an underling to talk to Harbaugh and apparently not sending RR's staff their Gator Bowl rings are some other pointless bushleague crap that I didn't (want to) believe until I saw how Brandon handled himself in email to fans.
So yes, he did a crappy job firing RR.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||So what's the deal with point||
So what's the deal with point 3? Was it:
A) Brandon was actually a plus guy to Michigan athletes
B) Players would be similarly loyal to most ADs
C) Brandon built a cult of personality and an "us vs. them" mentality against non-athletes
If A was true, why was he so crappy dealing with fans? My worst fear about Brandon was that he was a generic corporate dude reliving his glory days by chumming it up with the football team without actually being good at running the department. Being good to players and crappy to fans / donors / students / etc seems to fit that.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||See Point 2 - he even managed||
See Point 2 - he even managed to muck that up, even if it was necessary.
|5 weeks 2 hours ago||Same here. If the worst thing||
Same here. If the worst thing about a stadium is the parking, it's a nice stadium. Chase is pretty new and nice. There's a good light rail service so there's not even a compelling reason to park downtown. Even if you do, PHX downtown is dead especially in the summer, so there's plenty of parking and cheap(ish) hotel rates.
|5 weeks 4 hours ago||A bye is too big a prize for||
A bye is too big a prize for the arbitrary distinction between 2 and 3. Make it 8 teams, first round at home sites.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||I'll echo the consensus of||
I'll echo the consensus of "good idea, poor execution". There are too many players to retire numbers permanently, and #1/#2 etc. could be great motivators/recruiting tools. My ideal solution would have been to have the seniors award open legends numbers to the best freshmen at the end of the season - that way you reward effort and talent, but do it early enough in a career that it's less confusing.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Wow, pretentious much? "I am||
Wow, pretentious much? "I am old, only I can decide what a TRUE Michigan fan believes"