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|2 days 20 hours ago||For the first time in 22||
For the first time in 22 years I am contemplating leaving a game at halftime.
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|6 days 2 hours ago||Angelique did one too||
I guess they're all picking up on the story. Her's seems short on detail but still worth a look.
and it's not the FREEP!
|1 week 3 days ago||Ya, well||
I guess that's all AP was doing, exercising his right to "teach" his kid the way he sees fit. He apparently thought he knew the line between a "spanking" and a "beating" too. Now a judge will tell him if he got it right.
|1 week 3 days ago||We're in the midst of a changing mentality||
If an adult human being were to strike another adult human being violently with an object it would be an assault under any and all circumstances. "I'm related to him" or "it's okay, I'm charged with his wellbeing" would not be a valid defense. Our sensibilities are now "adjusting" or "evolving" ...whatever you prefer... to say "wait a sec, if that's true for an adult under any and all circumstances, how is that not also true for a child?"
Under this mindset, being a child of someone else's doesn't mean you "belong" to that person in a manner which somehow circumvents the fundamental right of one human being to not be assaulted by another. It's the idea that age shouldn't be determinant as to when an assault is acceptable in society and when it is not, as there are no"degrees" of acceptance; although there are apparently degrees of outrage, judging by the Ray Rice deal.
|1 week 3 days ago||Agreed||
If the "problems" from last year were the same, carrying over to this year, per what we've seen after two games, I'd be very worried. As it is, I'm only "regularly worried." Any time you get blown out like that you're concerned, and that concern is hightened by what's gone on recently with this team... but the fact that the mistakes we're seeing now seem less "chronic," less "it's the same thing over and over!" and more "on this play THIS one thing went wrong and on THIS play THIS one thing went wrong."
Neither is good, but the latter takes less to correct. We get better at a few key positions, either by a player getting better or getting replaced, and we could be okay; especially in THIS conference.
|1 week 3 days ago||The common fan||
Your average fan is simply results based. All "Linda" sees is that we lost games last year, and have now been blown out once this year, which equates to "bad." If you asked the average fan to look at game film from last year's Akron game and this year's Notre Dame game and start to point out the similarities and the differences on the field, they couldn't do it. They'd want a box score and would only talk in vague terms about sacks and penalties and blocking. They can't do what Brian does in UFR; indeed no one does. That's why this site is invaluable.
I try to steer people here, and many come away hooked, but others go "eh... I go there but I can't understand half of what anybody's saying!" They don't just get confused by our memes and inside refrences, but also by the sheer detail MGOBLOG puts on the screen every day.
Real information comes from REAL analysis, something the UFR gives us. Brian can break down each play, look at his past data, and make specific comparisons. I read it, then re-watch the game and begin to notice the things he points out. It *almost* makes a loss somewhat tolerable because l'm learning what to look for.
The problems with this year's team are very distinct from the problems of last year's team, but that's not obvious to most folks. The only data points most people use to "compare" things are:
"Did we win?" "Should we have won by more?"
"Did we lose?" "Should we have lost by less?"
|1 week 3 days ago||Steve Shields in '98?||
Was he wearing a Michigan Jeresey while playing for the Sabres? If so, that's WAY COOL.
|1 week 6 days ago||"Coach Elston"||
... Played for Michigan.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I hope this isn't too "Debbie Downer"||
What I remember from that game is watching the first half at home and then, at half-time, heading to my wife's uncle's house. I watched the entire second half with him. He was dying of cancer and had just been released from the hospital in a "live out his final days in familiar surroundings" kind of thing. I vividly remember the clash of emotions on the drive over there. We were in complete control of that game at the half, which was exhilerating, but of course there was that "heading to a funeral" feeling of dread churning in my stomach as well.
Just before the 3rd quarter kicks off we get to Frank's house and, of course, it's his party and he can do whatever he wants. So, what does this man with the death sentence want to do?Why, watch the second half of the Michigan/Notre Dame game of course! Turns out that while most of the family are Spartan fans, and therefore took only a passing interest in our game, Frank was a HUGE Michigan fan.
While the rest of the family mingled and generally tried to pretend that we were at a party and not a funeral, I took a seat next to Frank and was soon chatting with him about the game, the rivalry and Michigan Football. The whole time we're talking I'm of course thinking "I am going to be at this man's funeral in a month." But then it eventually struck me that, at that time, he didn't seem to care about any of that. He was near the end of his time on earth but still reveling in the glory of life and Michigan Football. When it was over he looked at me and said, "well, if that's my last Michigan/Notre Dame game, it's a helluva one to go out on." His nonchalant acceptance of the situation was... I dunno, amazing, gut wrenching, and hilarious all at the same time.
He died less than three weeks afterwards, on a Monday, and was burried on a Thursday. My father-in-law, at his funeral quipped "he died on Monday so that we could get his funeral out of the way and not have to miss any college football."
The funny thing is, on the ride over to Frank's house that day I knew that Michigan was in complete control of that game and it was going to be an epic "where were you when" kind of victory. But I also knew that I would probably forever associate that game, that win, with a sense of death and mortality. But that's not how it turned out. Experiencing that game with Frank elevated the experience from a great Michigan Football memory into simply a great life memory.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||How in the WORLD did you have time||
for this? Congrats to you and Mrs. BiSB on little one #2!!
|3 weeks 6 days ago||The notion that DB||
Wouldn't fire Hoke if he ends up being only mediocre is rediculous. Hoke might get a longer leash than some others, but if he goes another 2-3 years with 7/8 wins and routine losses to MSU/OSU, Brandon will let him go. He faces the same pressures every AD before him did, and not just from the university president.
Brandon has never said Hoke will be his coach "no matter what," all he's ever said is that, essentially, firing him will never be an issue because he fully expects that Hoke will be successful... which, DUH, what else would he say.
We all know full well that "successful" at Michigan means contending for a league title virtually every year and beating your chief rivals consistently. That will generally put us in the national title picture regularly. If Hoke isn't acheiving that within the next season or two, he's gone.
|4 weeks 3 hours ago||Easy Hannity||
Thanks for the social commentary.
|4 weeks 19 hours ago||The Captains thing||
I believe Rich Rod did it this way too. It was one of the "tradition breaks" he caught a little heat for.
|4 weeks 22 hours ago||I understand the sentiment||
The OP shared what's going through his mind, I don't see why so many of you are jumping his ass for it.
Where I disagree, is I don't think Dave Brandon scheduled this game to "prove" anything. I don't think this was about "redemption" to him, or "Michigan pride," or ego or any of that other stuff. I believe he is of the school that, when it comes to generating interest in an event there is no such thing as bad press.
He knew the game would be talked about, he knew there would be all of these "reflections" and look backs and "where were you when" pieces, and to him, that's not painful, that's "buzz."
He doesn't figure we'll lose, so while the ramifications of that would be huge the chances are low and therefore worth the risk. On the flip side, Michigan vs. App. State is being talked about more than MSU's game with Jacksonville State, Ohio State's game with Navy, or Notre Dame's game with Rice. When people are glancing at sports sites, looking over the paper or walking by a TV set they're going to see the winged helmet, the words "Michigan," the stadium, etc. everywhere because this game is being covered to a much larger degree than if we were playing Tennessee State. In his mind, he's turning "the horror" into an athletic department bottom line advantage.
To DB the branding exposure that comes out of this little rematch far outweighs the negative memories it brings back. That's how he thinks and that's why, in my opinion, it was scheduled.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||I think that was a||
I think that was a "road trip" map... the order in which stadiums were visited by... someone... the article was sometimes vague on details.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Enlightening. THX!||
Now... given that, what would explain why Borgess would not have had DG making that read/call himself? Was there something he did from a philosophy stand point or scheme stand point that would have had him telling our QB to key in on other things, or, as has been suggested, leave that strictly as a line call? Seems like a a tough read for a bent over center to make; peeking to see if that safety is creeping down...
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Just like the OP said||
before we all start chiming in with the "F Borgess" stuff, lets get a real football mind to enlighten us on what this might have meant. For all we know, Magnus or someone will come in and say "It's not that unusual in some schemes for a QB to not ID the MIKE when making his pre-snap reads and instead key on the Defensive End and the safety... blah blah blah"; or *sigh* it could of course be a sign of incompetence by the departed OC.
Either way, I'd like some knowledge dropped on me from a "Smart Football" type before I knee jerk a "hur BORGESS SUX" response.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||I was at the 2001 game||
Which was a fun time, despite the outcome. There were a few times we thought the game was in the bag and then... ugh. I remember they kept spelling D-A-W-G-S... which... what?
Seattle was great. Luckily I made plans to fly out the Monday after the game and got home fine. My buddy, on the otherhand, stuck around an extra day and was supposed to fly out that Tuesday: 9/11/2001; which of course didn't happen.
Luckily he still had our rental car in his possession when all hell broke loose in NY. Getting a rental car after that was impossible. He kept ours and just drove back to Michigan.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Thomas not "breaking out" isn't too surprising||
Looking at his recruiting write up, Brian pretty much said Dymonte had all the athletic tools but would probably take some time to figure it out as a DB. He was compared to Stevie Brown in that he might not figure out the safety position until later but has the physical skills to be an NFL quality talent. His seeming "lack of development" worries me less than someone who we thought would come in and have an instant impact and we ended up not hearing about at all.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Butterfield was around 5'6"||
Another of the guys that seems to be conveniently forgotten when people start listing how "important" wearing the #1 has always been. Before Braylon, that number just got handed out to freshman just like any other number.
|5 weeks 1 hour ago||Well then||
Here's my "opinion, man." Learn some decorum.
I mean it's one thing to say "I didn't always find his posts insightful" and to just bust out with "he sucked!" People, maybe even talented people, see stuff like this and say "why bother trying to contribute if I'm just going to get railed."
Constructive criticism is fine, but just declaring that someone "sucked" is rude and unhelpful. If you thought his contributions weren't particularly up to par, maybe tell us why, maybe give an example, perhaps suggest what you'd like to see instead. But busting out with "he sucked" ...you're just making noise for the sake of making noise.
|5 weeks 16 hours ago||I would expect||
That a coach or two, maybe even Hoke himself, has reached out to a few folks to see if they can find a place for him to land. I recall that after Trevor Pryce got into some trouble back in the early 90's and it was clear that his days were going to be numbered, there were some discrete moves to find him a place to land. There are a few programs out there headed up by coaches who sort of "specialize" in taking on this kind of thing and turning it into a positive. Given what York did, he may not end up at a D-I school right away, but he'll probably end up somewhere that will work for him.
Gotta say, I was dreading clicking this link and reading the comments. After the video was released, some of the reaction comments by the community were, shall we say... less than enlightened. But pretty much every comment above is even minded and reflective. These are the times that I actually feel pride for being part of this community. There was a while there where I felt like internet discourse would always go the way of Mlive comments.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||I never would have thought||
they'd have GPS on the players before they put GPS in the ball. I still find it almost silly how we just sort of accept the fact that the ref, after unraveling 5 guys from on top of a running back who was completely obscured, placed the ball in precisely the right spot and, 'lo and behold, he got that first down by half an inch! cumong.
All the preperation it takes to play this game precisely and so often it comes down to a dude in a striped shirt going "uh, yeah, I think the ball got to... I dunno, right about, uhhhhh, like here or so."
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Maybe...||
It's really a weird thing. It's got such blatant marketing appeal, and when Nike came in for the 1995 season things really ramped up from a marketing standpoint. Prior to them, Nutmeg Mills was, well, terrible at just about everything... but that season we got just a TON of stuff, momentos, etc... NOTHING said "The Big House" on it, and plenty of it was stadium centric. Our season tickets didn't say anything and the '95 media guide doesn't say it either, although the write up on the stadium is only a few paragraphs, as compared to the '96 write up which goes on for a few pages.
Within the department, Michigan Stadium was just "The Stadium" and Schembechler Hall was just "The Building." The athletic department in general, and the football folks in particular, had been there for so long, with so little turn over, that even if "The Big House" was a term in use, those folks probably never used it because it wasn't part of their general vernacular throughout the 70's and early 80's, consequently it was never something I ever heard said by anyone.
I distinctly remember when I first started hearing the phrase widely used after the '97 championship and thinking "when did this catch on?"
|7 weeks 1 day ago||I know that...||
I was a football manager from '93-'96 and no one in the athletic department called it "The Big House" that I can recall during that time; but my 1996 media guide has a pretty comprehensive history of the stadium which references the moniker at the very end.
Seeing the reference in that surprised me, frankly, because I never heard it (again that I can recall now) during my time working for the team. It wasn't on any of the paraphenalia we got, clothes, watches, commemorative stuff, nothing. I have a trunk full of stuff I accumulated during the early 90's and none of it references "The Big House." Anything having to do with the stadium just says "Michigan Stadium."
By the 2002 media guide references to "The Big House" in the "Michigan Stadium Story" write-up go from 1 to about 8.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||What I remember most from that game||
Something that went under appreciated at the time, was Shawn Crable missing that tackle on Caulcrick right at the sideline, falling down, getting up, and as Caulcrick ran around the line to the other side of the field and shot down the opposite sideline, Crable immediately taking an angle across the field to tackle him some 40 yards later before he could score. I was amazed in the stands and kept shouting "but did you see who made the tackle?!!" while the MSU fans were celebrating. It was one of the best "effort" plays I'd ever seen.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||1995 OSU||
Being a student manager on the team, the Bucks came in high, certain that there was no way a "mediocre" Michigan team would derail their Rose Bowl hopes again (1993). Seeing Tshimanga absolutely run over, around, past and through guys, OVER and OVER and OVER... he possessed every tool.
Make 'em miss in the backfield? CHECK.
Break a tackle at the line of scrimmage? CHECK.
Split two defenders with brilliant move? CHECK.
Out run the rest of the defense? CHECK
DO ALL OF THOSE THINGS IN ONE RUN?!? CHECK.
...and then Woodson leaping over Terry Glenn to pick off a pass and seal the deal.
It was the most "cathartic" football game I was ever a witness to... with UTL I a close second.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Anyone else think||
that Devin Gardner looks and sounds like a young Sterling Sharpe?
|12 weeks 6 days ago||2 PAC baby||
"From Oakland to Sac-Town
|13 weeks 3 days ago||As I recall||
Jon Janson was originally a TE. He came in around the same time as a few other good TE recruits, Jereme Tuman and Mark Campbell, and then bulked up to a tackle.