talk to caris yo
|18 hours 18 min ago||The possibilities are||
The possibilities are endless!
Cats as pregame speakers! Bubble screens on every down! Digital visits over instant messaging with creepy avatars! How could it go wrong?
|21 hours 9 min ago||It's not a bad point. I||
It's not a bad point. I remember there were similar rape allegations at a fraternity at UM last year or two years ago, at a mixer with a sorority. I remember overhearing two other girls from that sorority complaining to one another that the girl (their sorority sister) totally fucked them over by going to the authorities and that nobody would want to mix with them going forward. It's a much bigger issue than just guys.
|1 day 4 hours ago||Well no, but a better analogy||
Well no, but a better analogy would be would you take the job as president, provided that you love America, being president is your dream job, and you are a very successful politician already? Then of course. The people around here who think Hoke should have known better than to come here for god knows what reason, or that he ought to abandon him team and just leave, really perplex me.
|3 days 35 min ago||Scores are determined||
Scores are determined objectively, but deciding what sorts of questions to put on the test is certainly subjective. Perhaps that's what he meant.
|3 days 59 min ago||Ivy League schools are not||
Ivy League schools are not hurting for money, even in today's "tough times."
|4 days 22 hours ago||^Funniest comment thread I've||
^Funniest comment thread I've seen on here in a while. Takes me back to 2010 or so when it was all jokes and photoshop threads.
|6 days 15 hours ago||Exactly what this reminded me||
Exactly what this reminded me of. Also throwback to when that was one of the biggest issues on this board...
|6 days 18 hours ago||Just playing devil's advocate||
Just playing devil's advocate here, but it's silly to say that just because Gibbons didn't come from a rough background that context didn't play a role in his decision. He was a football player, finally experiencing some noteriety around campus, hanging out with other football players who are used to getting girls in similar ways all the time, no doubt pressured by the other football players he was hanging out with to go after this girl and to not take no as an answer... context is still key. Brian said that there's no way to know if any of us would make the same decision as Clark given his situation - the same logic applies here (if you buy it).
|6 days 19 hours ago||Contrition? That could just||
Contrition? That could just as easily be the face of someone who is only upset because he knows he just lost his shot at a future in football. Clark has a much longer past of getting into trouble than Gibbons did, so I don't see how he get's the benefit of the doubt when it comes to remorse.
|6 days 19 hours ago||I agree. He went on to say||
I agree. He went on to say that he wasn't drawing any sort of equivalence from the soccer punch to Clark's assault... well then why mention it? Because that's certainly the implication of discussing both actions back to back.
|6 days 20 hours ago||I fixed up the wording of my||
I fixed up the wording of my comment just before you posted this. Basically, I'd agree with your last sentence there.
|6 days 20 hours ago||I fixed up the wording a bit||
I fixed up the wording a bit before you posted this. I agree.
|6 days 20 hours ago||Yes, upbringing and context||
Yes, upbringing and context has a huge effect on why people do things like this. Yes, it's tragic for all involved. But the line that someone can just be set up to do things like this applies in literally every single poor decision ever. Sure, Frank Clark had a very rough upbringing and never received the support that many do. There were no doubt tons of factors in Csont'e York's upbringing which led to him KO'ing a defenseless man in a club. There are tons of factors in Adrian Peterson's upbringing which led him to believe that it was perfectly ok to beat his kid. They all still did those things.
If this is going to be your line, that's fine - to be perfectly honest I sympathize with it as well. I also agree that it's silly to jump on the internet and call people scumbags for things like this, while ignoring the context. But I hope to not see you denounce any player for anything they do off the field in the future without equal consideration.
|1 week 1 day ago||
|1 week 3 days ago||Oh please. But it's just fine||
Oh please. But it's just fine to give a dance student academic credit for learning to move their body in a way that dance critics like? I get that it doesn't have the same cultural "high society" status, but outside of that what's the difference? And is that difference enough to justify sticking with the status quo of faux-student athletes?
|1 week 5 days ago||I've gotten the impression||
I've gotten the impression that a lot of his issues with the football team are not that they aren't technically graduating, it's that a solid chunk of them would have 0 chance of graduating without taking super easy classes, having tutors write papers for them, etc. If Schlissel wants an athletic department filled with athletes who can hold their own in a classroom too I'm ok with that, though I don't see how it happens. We certainly have a long way to go to get to that point.
|1 week 5 days ago||"at the time undefeated" lmao||
"at the time undefeated" lmao it was week 2, at the time 50% of the NCAA was undefeated.
|1 week 6 days ago||One was said on the record to||
One was said on the record to members of the media, the other was said to a class of Michigan students. I really don't see how they're that similar at all considering that.
|1 week 6 days ago||Well he's right. I would love||
Well he's right. I would love to have Harbaugh here but he was a dick for saying it and that hasn't changed.
I also think it's completely ridiculous that you all are taking this so seriously. It was an associate AD talking to a CLCIV class.... And honestly, it could have been a perfectly good example to bring up depending on the subject of his talk. I doubt Ablouf is crusading through the AD against hiring Harbaugh because of this comment.
|2 weeks 22 hours ago||Not to be rude,||
Not to be rude, but
|2 weeks 4 days ago||That's not.... a real place.||
That's not.... a real place.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||By today's standards, every||
By today's standards, every slave owner in the 1800's would be arrested. How crazy is that??
|3 weeks 21 hours ago||I wondered the same thing,||
I wondered the same thing, then realize they have Ace Sanders back there - really no need to try Denard there too.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Never thought I'd see "Lewan"||
Never thought I'd see "Lewan" and "D&D" in the same sentence...
I'll leave now
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Lol you're right we should||
Lol you're right we should have hired someone with more experience within an athletic department... oh wait... we're a university not just a football team.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||meh||
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Oh my god these threads||
Oh my god these threads lately......
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Dude his name is in the title||
Dude his name is in the title of the article...
|6 weeks 1 day ago||He was absolutely jamming||
He was absolutely jamming today. I feel like he genuinely appreciates the opportunity to just dance around and return kicks in front of 100k+, and he shows it. I love it.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||(No subject)||
This post is my favorite.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Bingo. I don't see how this||
Bingo. I don't see how this is so hard to get from our perspective. Attacking part of the team means attacking the entire team. Isn't that how you would want a team to operate?
And as I said before, the abuse isn't just directed towards the coaches, a lot of it is directed towards the players too believe it or not. When you're getting personally attacked by students and alumni and then someone else goes on to attack your coach, it's much more likely that you take it personally as well.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Players see the coaches as a||
Players see the coaches as a part of the team, and when you attack the coaches the players feel attacked as well. A lot of what I've heard from people close to the team right now supports this - they feel attacked. Not to mention that a lot of the time the players are the ones who are the targets of abuse, its happened a lot this year from alumni and even some current students.
Fact is, yes they cannot separate attacks on the coaches from attacks on them, but why should they? They're a team! If you can't get that it's your own fault, not theirs.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||I'm in the "given up" camp. I||
I'm in the "given up" camp. I still know way more than I should about the team, the game of football, etc, I just don't care as much when we lose. I even left a couple of games early this year.
Does this make me less of a fan? Maybe. I can't say I worry about that too much. Quite frankly I'd rather be less of a fan and maintain a healthy mental state than the alternative.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||If I was in the NBA and got a||
If I was in the NBA and got a packet full of 100's I'd snapchat all my friends for sure, we'd all think it's hilarious. I don't think this is a big deal at all.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Not So Fast My Friend...||
Not So Fast My Friend... common on college football boards, for obvious reasons.
|7 weeks 3 hours ago||Ron English?||
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Not at all. Honestly I've had||
Not at all. Honestly I've had a pretty good night.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Great event! I remember the||
Great event! I remember talking to one of the guys who organized this, great dude. Still waiting on those tickets, Cameron.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Prove it. I see this comment||
I see this comment a lot, but the fact of the matter is that winning teams still have breakdowns in communication all the time, especially with regards to their medical staffs. Please explain how coaching ability and communication with the sideline neurologist are 100% correlated. I'm not saying there's absolutely no connection, and it's certainly easy at this point to point to larger institutional dysfunction given both factors (this incident and being 2-3), but don't act like one can only happen with the other.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Call it what you want to call||
Call it what you want to call it, but this sort of thing happens all the time all over the place and people only care now because we (A) are losing, and (B) have a fan base big enough to make a national stink about it. Hell, we've had stuff like this happen at Michigan before and it hasn't been this big a deal. Remember when we had a player sexually assault a girl? And had another player help him? And had the AD try to cover it up? Nobody gave a shit because we were in the middle of a BCS run. You tell me what the difference is, because this sure as hell isn't a more serious offense. That's what Herbstreit is referring to.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||University does a lot more||
University does a lot more than hire and fire AD's. Brian is a fantastic sports blogger but I don't want him anywhere near the university in such a capacity.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Seriously. If anything,||
Seriously. If anything, boycotting Maryland over Penn State because Penn State is a really cool environment against a good team at night with all of this cool other stuff surrounding the game means Brandon wins. Penn State at night is perhaps the most "Brandon-ized" game on the schedule. Waiting for a worse game is ridiculous.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||I said previously that I have||
I said previously that I have a friend on the athletic training staff (a student) who insisted that there was no concussion, and that was the truth. He was still saying this as late as yesterday. If anything, the fact that they can't get their full training staff on the same page about an injury like this reflects even more poorly.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||I was previously on the "it's||
I was previously on the "it's not that big a deal, it was only one play" side of things, but if anything the absolute monstrosity that is our AD's handling of this situation has made me even more upset. Lying, miscommunication within the organization, patronizing fans... Brandon needs to be fired within the week.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Nor would I hire any of the||
Nor would I hire any of the dozens of counterexamples where a DII coach is pulled up to coach a DI school and fails.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||One play where he handed the||
One play where he handed the ball off. I'm with you. There are a lot of different possible narratives for this story and the only reason this one has taken hold is because we are losing a lot of games. The only reason it is a national story is that people are pissed enough about us losing games that it will sell nationally.
Morris should have come out of the game earlier, obviously. Coaches made a mistake, obviously. It's probably worth a couple of mgoblog threads and hand wringing. Nothing more. I mean, I remember when ND played Clausen (I think) after he had a cuncussion and could only see out of one eye at halftime - that didn't even make it this big, and that was worse on pretty much every level.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||I'm sure he's a great coach||
I'm sure he's a great coach for his current situation, but being HC of a DIII school and being HC of a premier DI school are very very different jobs. I just get the feeling that he will not have the track record to demand the respect of the players here, nor the experience around big ego's to keep them in check. I think it's pretty clear that our problems go far beyond X's and O's, and if we want to fix them I think we'll need a guy who's more than just an offensive innovator, we're going to need a big name, hardcore leader. If not Harbaugh, at least someone with similar experience on a DI level.
|8 weeks 1 hour ago||Agree with the other posters.||
Agree with the other posters. Choosing Maryland to boycott is half-assed and quite frankly ridiculous. If you're really fed up, the boycott starts now.
|8 weeks 2 hours ago||My thought exactly. People||
My thought exactly. People don't seem to realize that Shane was only put in for one play, on which everybody knew he was only going to go in, hand the ball off, and come back to the sideline. There was no risk of reinjury.
|8 weeks 5 hours ago||As I said in another thread,||
As I said in another thread, he was not concussed as per an athletic trainer friend of mine.
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|8 weeks 16 hours ago||Agree 100%, I was going to||
Agree 100%, I was going to say this myself but my internet was messing up.
|8 weeks 16 hours ago||For what it's worth I have a||
For what it's worth I have a friend on the athletic training staff and he says Morris wasn't concussed.
|8 weeks 19 hours ago||Not even mad||
Not even mad
|8 weeks 3 days ago||"the odds of Michigan||
I don't even know how to read this stat. This is really why I'm so confused that we're so bad on offense - it doesn't ever seem like we can't get off the ground, but every drive finds some way to fall apart before we put points up. Bizzare.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||31-10 Michigan wins||
31-10 Michigan wins
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Wow. A ticket giveaway that||
Wow. A ticket giveaway that is literally just a small icon of a torn piece of paper? I am dissapoint, Brandon.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Cosign. I hate to say it, but||
Cosign. I hate to say it, but my passion for this team has faded over the past few years. I no longer get upset when we lose. The only thing that's left is a deep sadness that these players and coaches, who I so dearly want to succeed, are failing. They work so hard, and care so much, only to fall short. It sucks.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||What I learned||
Pregames are now officially the best part of gameday.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||35-10 M||
21-3 at half. Scores for Chesson, Funch, Green (2), and Smith
|9 weeks 5 days ago||What matters is that he||
What matters is that he thinks he turned out fine. Therefore he feels justified in raising his kid the same way. Your or my character assessments don't really enter the equation.
Also, just because he "went to college" (as a star athlete I'd add) and lives "as a rich dude" doesn't mean he's ever had those beliefs challenged. In fact I'd say the opposite, that both of those things point to him living in a bubble.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Hot take||
I have what seems like an unpopular take on the issue, but I'm curious to see what people think about it. First off I'll just say that I'm personally 100% against physical discipline such as this, I was never hit as a child, and I have no interest in doing the same to my future children.
That having been said, we live in a country where the vast majority of people believe that some level of corporal punishment is ok. Peterson himself grew up in an environment where discipline with a switch was the norm, and he himself was disciplined this way. He has likely never had anybody in his life confront those beliefs. He grew up with it, turned out more than fine, and therefore sees it as an effective way of disciplining his child. It's easy for some of us to sit back and say it's a disgusting way to treat a child (and it is), but at what point is it fair to say that Peterson didn't know any better? I certainly have a lot more sympathy for his situation than I do Rice's.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Sorry, but where in the||
Sorry, but where in the article are you seeing that we are #1? I see us as #6 for overall well-being, and I don't see any mention of a happiness score.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Maryland is 122||
Maryland is 122
|10 weeks 2 hours ago||Tribal Police responded||
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Regression to the mean||
There's a reason season predictions always take into account TO margin and compensate for regression to the mean accordingly. TO's are very close to random and they are extremely high variance. We've played 2 good games and 1 bad game, with two of those having weirdly bad TO margins. If we can approach average with regards to turnovers (and we are likely to), we'll start passing the eye test a whole lot better. We look good but not great in every other metric.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||I would expect that shoulder||
I would expect that shoulder pads fit much better now than they did back then, helping to reduce injuries. I'd also expect that it's a lot easier to run through tight spaces in these, which benefits just about every position.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||59-14||
59-14 Michigan wins
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Bingo. I think I really did||
Bingo. I think I really did hit my fandom "rock bottom" last year, but that's what it took for me to realize that A) getting that upset over a football game really isn't worth it, and B) it's something I can consciouslly fix. I still love the team, still love to win, still know way too much about the team and tactics, but don't get upset when we do poorly any more. I get the feeling there will be a lot more mgobloggers on our side after an awful game like that.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Weirdly enough I felt fine||
Weirdly enough I felt fine about this game. Last year every loss would completely set me off and I would be miserable for a couple of days (you may remember me from TWIS), but I've been able to get that under control now. I watched the game with friends, we played like shit, but it was still nice to watch Michigan football even in a bad loss. I was in a good mood throughout.
Maybe I've just achieved college football nirvana. Or maybe I'm just used to us sucking. Maybe those are one and the same?
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Had previously guessed||
Had previously guessed something else, but screw it were going big!!! 38-13 Michigan
|12 weeks 2 hours ago||My $.02||
It looks like we tried 3 different runs, inside zone, outside zone, and power. Inside zone looked bad. OL getting pushed backwards, no holes, just bad. Outside zone looked very good, and power worked a couple of times too. I really like Green when we run the outside zone, for his speed and cutting ability. Smith works better when running power and inside zone for his vision and balance.
All in all, the fact that we could run any running plays successfully is a big step forward.
|12 weeks 15 hours ago||Great side by side. I gotta||
Great side by side. I gotta say, this site is a lot more fun after a win.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||"He got the most excited||
This makes me very happy
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Stanford (1 loss) Bama||
Stanford (1 loss)
|12 weeks 5 days ago||I think Roy is really the||
I think Roy is really the perfect assistant: intelligent, passionate, with a bonus of having a strong connection to the University and being young and relatable to the players. It looks like his switch to CBs has worked out well too.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Most sports fans just want to||
Most sports fans just want to hear fluff and various talking heads, mgoblog is a rare exception. Quite frankly these journalists are just giving the public what they want. It sucks but it doesn't make them useless nor hacks. My $.02.
|13 weeks 2 hours ago||Your first mistake is basing||
Your first mistake is basing your entire opinion of a position group over 1 or 2 reps you saw in 1 drill in 1 4-minute video from mgoblue.com
|13 weeks 2 days ago||I played flag football with||
I played flag football with Drake in middle school, and even then he had a spin move that dropped the opposing coaches' jaws. I'd be happy to see an A2 kid get some playing time at RB, although to be perfectly honest I still think our other options are better.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||That's goofy. I have one of||
That's goofy. I have one of these in my left calf, it's called a muscle knot and it's completely harmless. My doc said if anything it adds a half inch to my vert haha.
|15 weeks 21 hours ago||They runs tours pretty||
They runs tours pretty regularly I think.
|15 weeks 21 hours ago||Why not both? Rose bowl is a||
Why not both? Rose bowl is a semifinal game this year, correct? Not that I disagree with the general sentiment.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||Keep in mind that a lot of||
Keep in mind that a lot of people wearing Michigan gear just have some relative at the school, or just think the logo looks cool. Some of those looks might just be genuine befuddlement.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||Bolden and Morgan both really||
Bolden and Morgan both really popped off those blocks. I'm really optimistic about this LB group.
Things got pretty chippy, too. That's a football team alright.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||Weed is honestly great||
Weed is honestly great medicine. I had strep a couple of weeks ago and it was the only thing that made me comfortable enough to go to sleep.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||Also as a PSA: Stay away from||
Also as a PSA: Stay away from acetemenophine (tylenol) folks. It's surprisingly easy to overdose on it, and it has killed more than 1,500 people in the US from accidental overdoses (link). If you do take it, never take more than recommended. It doesn't actually help anyway.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||I just go with ibuprofen. Pop||
I just go with ibuprofen. Pop a couple before bed with some water, and I've never had a hangover
|15 weeks 2 days ago||Cool to see DB's practicing||
Cool to see DB's practicing getting off blocks with Roy Manning. Also good to see Nuss in action, in the videos he's put an emphasis on dropping balls in over the intermediate level, which is neat I suppose.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||Tweeting from the future,||
Tweeting from the future, woah.
Seriously though, welcome aboard! I'm at the Beilein stage with this blog where I don't really bother to look into the new hires too much because the blog has such a great track record that I'm already sure they'll be great.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||Aww yes, very exciting! Get a||
Aww yes, very exciting! Get a sneak peak of all the new guys before the year starts! Surprising that he's doing this but the fans and media will eat it up.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||(No subject)||
|17 weeks 4 days ago||As a student (free||
As a student (free admission!) absolutely. Will I remember it? Maybe not.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||Looks sick. The first Batman||
Looks sick. The first Batman game was revolutionary, though they haven't really changed the core gameplay at all from that point (not that I can really blame them for that). This game looks great, visuals are definitely a step up and that's a major component of a game like that.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||I ran into his brother Bryce||
I ran into his brother Bryce the other day and he said he was moving to Nashville with Taylor, so that's a tiny point against him holding out against the Titans.
Personally I don't think it means much one way or another. None of us know how these negotiations work, so I don't see how we can really make a judment one way or another.
|22 weeks 22 hours ago||It's a Snyder/FREEP piece, so||
It's a Snyder/FREEP piece, so here's the copy/pasted version if you don't want to give them clicks. Sorry for the size.
The Michigan football program has a split freshman class this year.
Seven players enrolled in January so they could get acclimated early and participate in spring practice. The other nine are schedule to enroll this weekend, beginning their classes — called the bridge program for incoming freshman students — and workouts with strength coach Aaron Wellman.
Michigan coach Brady Hoke and his staff have never hesitated to play freshmen, so each of these players arrives knowing there’s a chance he could make an immediate impact. And this year, after struggling the past two seasons with eight and seven wins, Hoke and his staff may be more likely to take chances on players who could help.
A few who arrived early showed in the spring that they are good candidates to see the field — including receiver Freddy Canteen and offensive lineman Mason Cole, who both spent significant time with the first team.
Many eyes will also focus on defensive back Jabrill Peppers, who arrives as the nation’s No. 2 overall prospect by some recruiting services and is expected to make a major defensive impact.
Free Press sports writer Mark Snyderrecently caught up with some of the nine newest arrivals.
Maurice Ways: WR, Birmingham Detroit Country Day
What are you looking forward to? “I haven’t played football since last November, so just getting back in the rhythm of things and prepare myself to get better. I’m looking forward to the upcoming season, but also camps, summer workouts until we get to that first game. I’m excited to be a freshman and learn more things.”
What’s your take on joining the large group of young receivers? “It’s definitely motivation. I’m close with Freddy (Canteen.) Me and Freddy talk often, and just seeing the impact he made when he was there in the spring motivates me to want to do the same thing. Even last year in recruiting, when we committed, we had goal: to come in and play right away and make an immediate impact and he held his end of the bargain.”
What was it like watching him in practices this spring? “I went to a couple. Freddy’s a hard worker. He loves the game of football, he’s a student of the game and is all about football. So when I heard he was making big (plays), I wasn’t surprised at all. When I get there in the summer, I’m going to do the same thing and make as much of an immediate impact as I can.”
What are the changes in Michigan’s offense under new coordinator Doug Nussmeier? “Just practice-wise. Coach Nussmeier, he’s a perfectionist. He’s very high-tempo, very energetic and during practice it has a faster tempo to it now. Guys are more energetic, guys are more upbeat and the offense is faster and smooth.”
What has receivers coach Jeff Hecklinski given you to work on? “Because I’m a big receiver, I’ve got to get in and out of my break pretty fast. Really footwork is the big thing for me, getting my routes down, getting them more crisp. Being young to the game, I’ve only been playing four years now, I have a lot to learn about football and being a receiver.”
What’s your hobby? “I play drums. That’s kind of my outlet. When I’m not playing football or taking a break, I’m on the drums or just chillin’ to the music. I’m not sure I can have the drums in the dorms but I’ll definitely have my earphones.”
Lawrence Marshall: DE, Southfield
What’s your motivation? “My family. I feel like I’ve got to provide for my family one day and the only way I can do that is by grinding.”
Have you gotten close with certain guys in the class? “I’m cool with Chase (Winovich), Mo Ways, Jared (Wangler), Jabrill (Peppers). I’m real close with Jabrill, me and him are going to be roommates.”
What’s that relationship like? “He’s just cool people. When I went to my all-star game in Florida, I was at my hotel, he hit me up, like ‘where you at?’ That’s my guy.”
Are you more prepared to step in now? “I feel like I could play at my highest level right now. I’m just looking forward to going in and taking a spot. I’m not trying to go in and redshirt. I want to play as soon as possible.”
Will the homesickness be an issue? “I’m only 45 minutes away so I won’t miss the family that much, but I’m excited to be on my own and starting the next segment of my life. It’s something I look forward to one day.”
Who are you closest with on the team and what are they telling you? “Probably (Devin) Funchess and Frank Clark. I was just talking to Funchess last week and he was just telling me about the conditioning. It sounds crazy, he said nobody can prepare for it. That means I’ve got to train twice as hard.
Noah Furbush: LB, Kenton (Ohio)
Did Michigan give you a workout plan to follow? “They gave us a workout manual but, unfortunately, I have not been able to do a lot of the stuff in that because I can’t lift weights a lot of the ways I used to be able to with my wrist, prohibiting me.”
What happened with your wrist? “I broke my wrist and I’m still rehabbing from surgery. … I had it in December. I played the whole season with a big club on my arm, a cast. It was an experience, for sure.”
What did the Michigan coaches think? “Coach Hoke talked about the story at the end of the year when I cut my cast off with a pair of hedge clippers.”
You did that yourself? “Yeah, after the last game. I knew I was going to have surgery so I took it off being sick of it for 15 weeks. It was broken so I was going to get it fixed in surgery anyway.”
Where will you play at U-M? “Nothing’s set in stone but right now it looks like inside linebacker.”
Were you a fan of one school growing up? “Yeah, Kenton is about one hour from Columbus and two hours from Ann Arbor. I honestly had no clue how close Ann Arbor was to Kenton until about a year ago. So that was a huge surprise. I was a huge Jim Tressel/OSU fan. The whole family was. That’s the way I grew up.”
Was it tough to listen to U-M coaches? “No, that was not the case at all. I was star-struck by Michigan. Coach (Mike) Mauk took me down the first time to see everything and I was like a kid in a candy shop. I had no idea what was two hours away from me this whole time.”
Jared Wangler: LB, Warren De La Salle
What are your expectations, given you have a different perspective? “My brother’s there, (my high school teammate) Shane (Morris’) there, they’ve been telling me, just come in, relax, don’t overthink it. It’s a smooth transition. We both went to the same trainer, I’ve been working hard. I shouldn’t be too afraid to go in. I’ve been around the program with my dad (John) playing there, so I’m just excited to go.”
Are you more appreciative because you were committed somewhere else (Penn State) and then committed to U-M later?“I’m just excited to get there. I’ve wanted to play college football my entire life and the fact that I get to play at Michigan is just a great feeling.”
What stands out about your game? “I don’t take a play off and I work my butt off every play. I could care less about individual stuff. I’m all about winning. That’s the bottom line. I want to contribute to the team however I can, whether it’s special teams or whatever. I just want to win.”
Where will you play? “They said SAM (strong-side) linebacker. … The SAMs right now are James Ross, Royce Jenkins-Stone, and Allen Gant and they’re all about 6-1, 225 and I’m 6-1, 224 right now. I’m the same weight. They’re probably a lot stronger because they’ve been in a college weight room, but I’m at about the same size.”
Are you getting better advice from your brother Jack and Shane or your dad? “Probably Jack for the most part. My dad played back when Bo (Schembechler) was the coach, they played old-school football. My dad gives me advice everyday about playing and giving 100% everyday. But Jack is also giving me advice because he’s there right now, with school, what classes to take, what to do, what not to do. ... (My dad) thinks he knows everything but he doesn’t realize he was there 100 years ago.”
Jabrill Peppers: DB, Paramus (N.J.) Catholic
This is only a 16-player class. Is it a closer group as a result?“Absolutely. Every time someone committed we started a new group chat, it would be all of us in a group chat, finding out and talking about random things. You can find out a lot about guys. When I went down for my official visit, I already knew these guys’ personalities just by talking to them all the time. I met a couple of them at the O and D All-American game and the Under Armour All-American game. I had a pretty good gist of what kind of guys they were. Michigan does a really good job of recruiting the same kind of guys. We’re all hungry, we all strive for success in every aspect of life and that’s what it’s all about.”
Who are you closest with? “All those guys are my brothers. If I had to pick, I’d say Freddy (Canteen), Lawrence (Marshall), Maurice (Ways).”
Are you promised to start? “Not necessarily. They just told me right now there’s a couple battles that are undecided and I’ve just got to come in and work if I want those spots. As far as offense goes, I don’t think that I’m going to be playing offense right away, maybe later in my career. For now, they just want me to perfect my technique, keep perfecting my craft, learn the defensive scheme and what coach (Greg) Mattison is trying to do before they start moving me around. It’s definitely going to be defensive-focused but I definitely am going to battle for a couple special team jobs.”
Any plans to run track? “As of right now my main focus and priority is football. We have to have a winning season, we have to give the fans what they want to see, we have to get back to Michigan football. I’m all football. Maybe a couple years down the road I’ll try out for the track team, but as of now, we’ve got some things to take care of and they need all my attention and focus.”
Early enrollee Freddy Canteen inspired you? “Absolutely. That just showed what they say, the best guys are going to play. No matter if you’re a junior, sophomore, freshman, if you can get the job done, you’re going to play. Freddy works extremely hard, he’s so technical with his route-running, his speed is phenomenal so they definitely saw all the same things I saw in him. I’m just excited to go up against him in practice everyday to make me better and likewise. It is really exciting. These next four years are going to be very exciting.”
Juwann Bushell-Beatty: OL, Paramus (N.J.) Catholic
What was your development like last year? “Last year I definitely took more time to try to develop myself becoming a more technically sound player. That’s what I want to use. Over the last couple weeks as I’m getting ready, I’ve been really focusing on my technique like I wanted to. At the end of the day you can be as athletic as anybody but you’re not necessarily technically sound.”
Specifics from coach (Darrell) Funk? “I have coaches out here I’ve been working with, they’re pretty experienced telling me what to work on for college. ... I’ve been taking everything, hand placement, foot speed, a little bit of everything and try to bring everything to the level where I can give myself the best opportunity to play as soon as possible.”
Nice to go with Jabrill, your high school teammate? Me and Jabrill play two different positions. It’s not even two positions on the same side but two different sides of the ball so during practice we don’t necessarily play against each other. Going with him is a cool experience. I’m glad I can go up there with a good friend.”
Any hidden talents? “I’m just a normal dude. If being big is talented, that’s what I got.”
Have you remade your body? “You could say that. ... During the All-American Game I weighed in at 350. Now I’m down to 315. Just determination and focus. I knew I had to do. The biggest thing for me was, I’m not going to go into college overweight. That’s not what I was going for. I want to go and be efficient.”
How did you lose the weight? “I dieted, I changed up my eating habits. I had to step away from food sometimes. You don’t get to that weight without eating too much. Sometimes I would focus on what I needed to do. ... Definitely I cut out a lot of junk food. Chips, soda, all that kind of stuff. All the simple stuff. I ate more protein and good carbs. I also started working out more. I started running more.”
|22 weeks 5 days ago||What do you mean, a thing||
What do you mean, a thing that people did? Bigot!
|22 weeks 5 days ago||That kid is as cocky as it||
That kid is as cocky as it gets, but he seems to have the work ethic to back it up. I don't ever remember a single recruit coming in with this much hype, but I'm excited. He could be huge for us, and I honestly just don't see him not panning out the way some others have.
|22 weeks 6 days ago||Everyone's entitled to their||
Everyone's entitled to their opinion and I know a lot of people who love the guy. Just not my type I suppose
|22 weeks 6 days ago||Well he was the cause of||
Well he was the cause of 400+pgs of reading per week for me so I may be biased, but while he is certainly passionate, he has the most obnoxious ego out of any professor I've had. He had a habit of talking down to students, and got frustrated when people didn't show a perfect understanding of the material. The only questions students asked were those meant directly to feed his ego (what is your personal opinion of x?) to win brownie points, since everyone knew he loved questions like that. He's the kind of guy who starts off an article on college sports with a paragraph like this, feeling the need to establish academic credibility/superiority by showing off a large vocabulary, which says something about his type of academic imo. All in all I did well in his class, but it was a very frustrating experience. I prefer the down-to-earth types.
|22 weeks 6 days ago||Not a single professor I've||
Not a single professor I've disliked as much as Markovits in my couple of years at UM, but I must still respect at a certain level how prolific he is and how and passionate he is about his work. This piece at least was nice. I agree with much of what he says - it is very tempting (and fun!) to apply cultural stereotypes to soccer teams, but I don't think they hold up very often beyond our confirmation biases.
|23 weeks 6 hours ago||+1 (insightful)||
|24 weeks 3 days ago||Nike's was much much better||
Nike's was much much better imo. Still cool, I really love these huge ads being put together for the WC.
|24 weeks 5 days ago||Awesome, thanks! I should be||
Awesome, thanks! I should be able to catch them on the tail end.
|24 weeks 5 days ago||Has there been any news on||
Has there been any news on where/when exactly we'll play in Europe this summer? I'm backpacking around in July and August and I think it would be awesome to pay our team a visit!
|24 weeks 6 days ago||You're free to disagree with||
You're free to disagree with this comment, but it's well reasoned and contributes to the discussion. Really worth a downvote? FFS
|25 weeks 1 day ago||I BELIEVE THAT!||
I BELIEVE THAT!
|25 weeks 4 days ago||Our football team may be in||
Oops, wrong thread.
|25 weeks 4 days ago||Our football team may be in||
Our football team may be in the dumps, but MGoBlog is still in great form, and I really appreciate everything Brian & Co does. Sure, I'll bite the bullet and get HTTV.
|26 weeks 1 day ago||I wonder who else got that||
I wonder who else got that letter? Surely it couldn't be sent to every college graduate, but at the same time it's pretty clearly a form letter. Maybe Jordan was a part of a certain program with ties to the gov or something like that.
Regardless, super cool. I want a letter like that when I graduate.
|26 weeks 1 day ago||Embed||
|26 weeks 2 days ago||Mercenary coach? Dude's lived||
Mercenary coach? Dude's lived in California for almost 2 decades now.
|28 weeks 2 days ago||Come on dude||
Come on dude. Cocaine is a plant. Opium is a plant. Plants can still be dangerous drugs.
There is a massive amount of overwhelmingly good arguments for the legalization of marijuana... but saying "it's a plant, not a drug" makes the rest of us look dumb.
|28 weeks 4 days ago||It's slang, maybe a couple of||
It's slang, maybe a couple of years old. Shortened version of "what the fuck," and means the same thing.
|30 weeks 3 days ago||I've personally never heard||
I've personally never heard of this rule being enforced before. Drug tests are random, and NCAA drug tests are especially rare. Not to mention I would guess varsity athletes are given all sorts of ways around actually taking tests.
My point being that yes this is technically a rule, but if it's never really been enforced in the however many years it's been on the books... is it still really fair to say Mitch should have taken it into consideration?
|31 weeks 3 days ago||Fun Fact: Those are google||
Fun Fact: Those are google ads which are custom tailored to you based off of your web habits.
If you really want to not see the ads you could always install adblock. I'd advise against it, as it cuts down ad revenue for Brian and staff.
|37 weeks 22 hours ago||Live and let live dude. He||
Live and let live dude. He wasn't hurting anybody, and calling him out gets nothing for anyone (except, perhaps in your case, a smug sense of superiority).
|37 weeks 1 day ago||"I just wanted to point to||
"I just wanted to point to the fact that being a great man doesn't mean he was a great owner"
It didn't need to be said.
|38 weeks 6 days ago||The guy wanted to be in the||
The guy wanted to be in the NFL back when he was at Stanford, and now he's having a lot of success there. If the only rift here is that he wants to be paid more (i.e. not that he isn't succeeding in the pros), I'm assuming he's there for good.
|42 weeks 2 days ago||Awesome if true!!!!! A shame||
Awesome if true!!!!! A shame I will likely be in Europe at the time... first world problems.
|42 weeks 3 days ago||You're probably right, I'll||
You're probably right, I'll change that. Not sure why I thought it was the other way but I'm sure it made sense at the time.
|42 weeks 3 days ago||1. You're probably in as is,||
1. You're probably in as is, but it would help to raise your ACT if possible, especially if you're looking for a scholarship.
2. Michigan likes to take out of stater's because they can charge a lot more for tuition - iirc, the percentage of out of state students is actually rising. I wouldn't worry too much about being out of state when applying, you look like you should be ok.
3. Unfortunately, for this I have no idea. I only know one person on an academic scholarship from out of state (the one that makes tuition as if it were instate), and he had a 4.0 plus a 2250 SAT or something like that. I would ask the admissions office - they don't like to answer "will I get in?" questions, but if you ask for more information on scholarships for out of state students (i.e. how many people get them, how much are they worth generally), they will be happy to answer.
|42 weeks 4 days ago||Hmm. Interesting parallels,||
Hmm. Interesting parallels, only difference is that this is a police investigation being started, not the university going back and looking at old cases (as some believe to have happened with us). Wonder why it took the police so long.
|42 weeks 4 days ago||Why not just have an NFL||
Why not just have an NFL Minor League which fields teams affiliated with Universities? A stipulation being that players can't stay in the minors for more than 4/5 yrs.
|42 weeks 4 days ago||At the turn of the 20th||
At the turn of the 20th century, it was commonplace for children in the US to work in factories, under heinous conditions with miniscule salaries, to make some money for their families. These children weren't coerced into doing so, but in fact made a choice to do so - a choice that was generally good for both their families and their employers. But just because both sides agree to something, doesn't mean it's fair.
Denard Robinson being paid the equivalent of $40,000/yr while making the university millions is not fair. Joe Kerridge being paid the same thing to smack his brain around his helmet for 4 years (while being nowhere close to a "king" on campus), without any sort of legal protection for his health, isn't fair. Just because the players buy into it doesn't mean the system is ok.
|42 weeks 4 days ago||I'm with you on the first||
I'm with you on the first part, but I think there's a compromise available that can please both a) the current anti-NCAA wave of litigation from people like Brian who see the "student-athlete" as a sham, and b) the athletic department, and all of the major corporations like ESPN that have billions of dollars staked into college sports.
I think the only way out of this is a technically independent (but affiliated) team of players, paid by their employer (Michigan's athletic department), but who don't receive scholarships or any official aid from the university. Players would be no different from any other students who have jobs on the side, and the responsibility would shift away from the University. It would mean that we would need a new athletic department which operates independently of the larger university, but I don't think that's a huge leap at this point seeing as how our AD is already fiscally self-sustaining. This would mean that players could be paid fairly, unionize, etc, and it would also keep the millions of people (and huge amount of $) invested in the system happy. It would also be ok with Title IX, which I don't think any other solution is at this point.
|43 weeks 19 hours ago||A combined 31 points in a||
A combined 31 points in a combined 32 minutes so far, split almost completely evenly. Pretty good showing!
|43 weeks 6 days ago||I'm totally fine with all of||
I'm totally fine with all of this, and actually I think it's quite refreshing. Trash talk happens all game every game, and if you don't believe that you're just fooling yourself. Even many of our favorite Wolverines talk a lot of shit. It's a part of sports. Sports aren't a big deal. Trash talking isn't a big deal.
I love what he said about not judging a person based off of what they do while playing a sport, rather what they do for their family and community. Fact is, people are much more upset about this than they have been about any serious off-field incidents of any player in a long time. You want something to be mad about? How about that! The fact that people are getting so riled up at one guy's adrenaline-fueled trash talk after sending his team to the Super Bown is ridiculous in my opinion. Players have personalities and I'm glad that Sherman isn't afraid to show it.
As for Sherman's history with Crabtree, I'm sure it goes both ways. Both players are known to talk trash and I doubt either one is any more at fault than the other. But that's a part of sports, and it's really not that big of a deal.
|44 weeks 6 days ago||Hah, nice analogy.||
Hah, nice analogy.
|44 weeks 6 days ago||We don't know everything||
We don't know everything about the guy, and Saban's evaluation of him says says a lot, so if he had been forced out that would indeed be saying something.
That's like saying "I don't care that Rivals downgraded him from a 5 star to a 3 star, and that his scholarship offers were revoked everywhere else; he's the same player."
|45 weeks 17 hours ago||Does this mean Speight will||
Does this mean Speight will switch to #87 next year?
|45 weeks 3 days ago||Previously I would have said||
Previously I would have said 7 or 8 wins, now I would think 9 is a good baseline. The line is still young, and we'll be going through at least some growing pains with a new offense. The bigger deal for me is my expectations and hope for the future, which has increased ten fold.
|45 weeks 4 days ago||(No subject)||
|45 weeks 4 days ago||Much respect for the man and||
Much respect for the man and everything he's committed into our football program - make no mistake about it, every member of our staff has sunk their entire lives into this team over the past 3 years. Unfortunately, he just wasn't much of a coach. Very excited to see where we go from here!
|46 weeks 36 min ago||Really wish Peppers was on||
Really wish Peppers was on that list. As is, I could see any of the WRs having an impact early on.
|48 weeks 2 days ago||I think he's a great coach||
I think he's a great coach and I'd love to see him here. If Hoke doesn't work out for whatever reason, or decides to retire before Harbaugh, I would love to have him as a coach - he's a great leader, teacher, and big Michigan guy.
Thinking that we should scrap Hoke in favor of another transition is ridiculous, no matter who the coach in question is.
|48 weeks 3 days ago||Would definitely be||
Would definitely be interesting. He's been around the college game a lot and I'm sure would have no trouble recruiting for Texas. Not to mention a decade as a HC in the NFL would surely go over well with current/future players. Could be a good move.
Edit: Hahahahahahaha I totally googled it too and had the same thought.
|48 weeks 3 days ago||Great gif btw||
Great gif btw
|48 weeks 3 days ago||Would love to see Peppers in||
Would love to see Peppers in this group, but I think this is actually a great group to get on campus early. I could see Canteen, Harris, Speight and possibly even Mone playing roles early because of this extra time.
|49 weeks 2 days ago||I'm of the opinion that||
I'm of the opinion that coaches are going to do what they do once they've hit this level (i.e. once they've been coaching for 30-40 years). Boarges has proven what his coaching philosophy is at this point - complex offenses that try to confuse the defense. Is that a good fit for us? I would say pretty obviously not. Is he likely to change that? At this point, I'm not optimistic.
|49 weeks 2 days ago||The answer is pretty obvious||
The answer is pretty obvious to me: good coaching. There are lots of old OLs that don't do well, and there are lots of young OLs out there that do just fine - given our status as a program and what we pay our staff I would say we have every right to expect to be in the second group.
|49 weeks 3 days ago||I have the weirdest erection||
I have the weirdest erection right now
|49 weeks 3 days ago||Dude better watch his||
Dude better watch his celebrations though. Hate to see guys do stuff like this, one day it will bite you.
|49 weeks 3 days ago||I don't think you could||
I don't think you could before but I might be wrong. At any rate they should take care of it, preferably by just making it impossible.
|49 weeks 3 days ago||META/OT||
Also, is it just me, or are people now able to upvote themselves?
|49 weeks 3 days ago||I think this works great with||
I think this works great with massive sites like reddit but for a place like mgoblog where most threads wont hold more than 50 comments I think it only really serves to stifle new discussion and add to groupthink. It's not very difficult to just scroll through a big thread looking for highly rated comments (it's what I do sometimes tbh), but something like this would actually hurt the site I think.
If it is possible, maybe a good compromise would be to enable this feature once a thread is x hours old? But I get the feeling that that's impractical.
|49 weeks 3 days ago||I might just be projecting||
I might just be projecting but I feel like the quality of the mgoboard has already started to climb once again. Posts like this and the funny comments that follow used to be hallmarks of mgoblog but I can't say I've seen them in a long time... it's good to be back.
|49 weeks 4 days ago||http://lmgtfy.com/?q=Who+is+B|
|49 weeks 4 days ago||Finally, I know what I'm||
Finally, I know what I'm supposed to like again!
/s love this stuff really though
|49 weeks 4 days ago||Keep the limits off!! But||
Keep the limits off!!
But regardless, this is a huge step up!
|50 weeks 19 hours ago||We've been calling that for||
We've been calling that for the past 5 years and it hasn't happened. The senior contributers you named were made by the great coaching staff, and are by no means irreplaceable. They'll graduate, new guys will step up, MSU will remain very very good.
|50 weeks 4 days ago||If there's one guy who has||
If there's one guy who has the right to call the team out for being soft, it's McGary. Here's hoping he can lead them going forward.
|50 weeks 4 days ago||This so hard||
This so hard
|50 weeks 6 days ago||I don't mind fucking around||
I don't mind fucking around with the finish so long as we don't get any goofy logos or anything like that. Also don't mind alternate jerseys for bowl games generally - if there's a proper time to do it, it's that. Just hope it looks good.
|51 weeks 2 hours ago||Bummer to see all of the||
Bummer to see all of the Lloyd Brady stuff finally on its way out... that was a very fun period in our mgocommunity's history.
|51 weeks 1 day ago||Very interesting analysis. It||
Very interesting analysis. It is of course disappointing that we took so many games against bad opponents down to the wire, but outside of the MSU game (which was an awful matchup for us for all sorts of reasons), we really had a great shot in every one. I remember last offseason MSU fans were talking about how they lost every game by one possession or something like that, and that they expected that with another year of coaching and some better luck they could improve vastly - they have certainly been validated in that. With another year of coaching (and hopefully better coaching - knock on wood) we could be in a similar position next year.
|51 weeks 1 day ago||Don't get me wrong as I love||
Don't get me wrong as I love this blog to death and would love to see a return of some civility so I can go back to posting more often, but as far as "It's coming" <-- I feel like I've heard that before... every offseason for 2 or 3 years. I feel like there are a lot of changes that need to be made to the board and I'd love to see any of them, but you'll have to excuse me for not holding my breath.
|51 weeks 4 days ago||Happy Hannukah! Here's hoping||
Happy Hannukah! Here's hoping that while Borges only has enough football acumen to score on one possession, we can make the gameplan last long enough to score on eight.
|51 weeks 6 days ago||I had no idea that was||
I had no idea that was tonight, I would have planned ahead but alas I'm busy. Sounds like a great thing to do in 2 years though - especially as I will be a senior about to go to my last home game. Thanks for the heads up regardless.
|51 weeks 6 days ago||Whoosh...||
|51 weeks 6 days ago||Seriously. If they said all||
Seriously. If they said all the right things (aka "they're a good team" "we have lots of respect for them" etc) and took us completely seriously, I would say we have no shot. If this sort of thing gets rampant though? The combination of them not taking us seriously and us playing mad is probably our only hope of an upset.
|52 weeks 22 hours ago||Do we have any more home||
Do we have any more home games in the tournament? If so, how many/when?
|52 weeks 22 hours ago||If you want an actual answer,||
If you want an actual answer, here it is. Press the CBs, don't hesitate to blitz LBs, and keep 2 deep safeties as against northwestern. Keeping 2 deep safeties should help us not get burned by deep passes despite our CBs' press coverage, and it will allow the playside safety to come down hard on any outside run or option. Press coverage with 2 safeties should do enough to disrupt their bubble game and any deep stuff they want to do; from there it's just up to your DL and LBs to keep down their interior running game. Much easier said than done I know, but I feel like it's the best chance you've got.
|1 year 51 min ago||You could have twice as many||
You could have twice as many kids and still send them to college!! Sounds like a good plan to me!
|1 year 1 hour ago||This... this is the perfect||
This... this is the perfect example of what makes the UM-OSU rivalry so special.
Lots of respect between the two sides, but at the end of the day, there's still that special something that makes you think.... "God am I happy I'm not one of them."
|1 year 1 hour ago||I too have checked out||
I too have checked out emotionally for the large part. I can't say I was terribly disappointed with the ending of yesterday's game, instead it was just expected. I've always been the crazy Michigan fan in my friend group and all throughout the day yesterday people tried to console me, and when they did it actually surprised me - I had already completely moved on.
That having been said, I think this is just a healthier way of being a fan. I can still become emotionally invested when I choose to - I have tickets on Saturday and you can bet your ass I'm going to get excited for that game, for better or worse. But at the end of the day we're a bad team, and if me checking out means that fact no longer makes me depressed every weekend, it's not a bad thing.
|1 year 2 hours ago||Worst part is we're clearly||
Worst part is we're clearly regressing... I looked at those numbers and thought, "Against any team we might play in the future this year, I'll take those in a heartbeat."
|1 year 2 hours ago||This is more of a general||
This is more of a general betting logistics question, but it applies here:
Vegas lines aren't designed to simply predict the score, they're designed to make money. For almost every game these will match up perfectly, but will that be true here? I'm thinking this: OSU may be likely to win by 20, but given that it's a major rivalry game against one of the biggest fanbases in the country (and therefore a lot of diehard Michigan fans will think "anything can happen" and will put money on Michigan regardless of the line), wouldn't they want to shade the line on the conservative side? As in, if they think OSU will win by 20, but they also think that a lot of people will be betting on Michigan regardless of the line, they might open up at 17 or 18. The thought process being that they want OSU to have a better chance of covering because if they don't cover Vegas would be screwed, as way more people will bet on the underdog than would normally for a -20 game. Does this make any sense at all?
|1 year 1 day ago||Interesting... gotta wonder||
Interesting... gotta wonder why Fitz is suddenly in the doghouse. If he was legitimately hurt I think we would have heard something about it before gametime (and it wouldn't last this long), and if he was just jumped by the freshmen I'd assume he'd stay on as a 3rd down back or something... I suppose with this staff we'll never know.
|1 year 3 days ago||It might be lame because it's||
It might be lame because it's a chain, but if I'm being perfectly honest, I've never had any pizza that tastes as good as NYPD. Bella Italia (local to Ann Arbor) is a close second, Pizza House probably a very distant third.
|1 year 5 days ago||This looks awesome, I'll||
This looks awesome, I'll definitely check it out!
|1 year 5 days ago||No hard feelings whatsoever,||
No hard feelings whatsoever, it shows maturity to apologize after (and I really don't mean to be rude/disrespectful here) digging yourself a hole. Hug it out, buddy.
|1 year 5 days ago||I'm sorry my post offended||
I'm sorry my post offended you Erik, it wasn't to say that this post is worthless, just that that statement had a bit of a "captain obvious" feel to it. It was a joke. Don't take it too seriously.
And for the record, I've been on this site for years, and have contributed with many board posts, diaries, and comments. I may not post 24/7, but I'd definitely consider myself a worthwhile member of this board, and back when we had voting the votes backed me up on that. I don't really care what people say about my anonymous accounts on the internet so I don't feel any motivation to take a shot back at you, but if I'm being perfectly honest your response seems to far outweigh mine in terms of flaimbaiting. I'm sorry to offend you
|1 year 5 days ago||"it none-the-less looks like||
"it none-the-less looks like being No. 2 in the country carries with it the strong likelihood of success"
you don't say...
|1 year 6 days ago||Woohoo!!!!! 6AM pregaming||
Woohoo!!!!! 6AM pregaming here I come!
|1 year 1 week ago||No, that's still due to||
No, that's still due to injury. All Hoke is saying is that while he might be 100% physically now, he missed too many reps due to his injury to be successful.
|1 year 1 week ago||Agreed. SC is currently one||
Agreed. SC is currently one of the highlights of this blog for a lot of people, disagreeing with him is one thing but this takes it too far. It may not really be the case but it certain came across to me like Brian took it a bit personally.
|1 year 1 week ago||I agree completely on the max||
I agree completely on the max protect thing. It's the same concept as running out of 2 or 3 TE sets - all you're really doing is bringing in more defenders, which equals more opportunities for a block to be messed up. Mathematically it's really best to spread the field.
That having been said, as a changeup I think max protect can work very well. If you spread the field consistently throughout the game to the point that the defense only sends 4 or 5 every play, changing things up by using 7 or 8 pass blockers can have its desired effect: keeping the QB clean long enough to hit a deep route. But when you are consistently loading the box with 2 or 3 TEs and running a lot of max protect, you're just inviting more defenders to blitz.
|1 year 1 week ago||You guys seriously want him||
You guys seriously want him to come out and say "yes, they're right, we only run certain things out of certain formations and they caught us perfectly"? ffs people, it's a press conference. Why on earth would he tell the press that we're running a predicatable offense? Or that he hated the play calling and thinks Borges is awful? There's no point in that; it's just bad PR.
If we go into next season with the same offensive staff, then and only then can we start calling Hoke stubborn. It's unfair to say that just based off of press conference answers which will always and forever only be motivated by PR concerns, not the truth.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||It could be much simpler: he||
It could be much simpler: he could just be predicting the same play, and blitzing a secondary player into where he thinks the run will be going. I doubt he's analyzing it at quite the mad-scientist level you seem to think he is.
That having been said, it's still a very good adjustment to make, and obviously it worked.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||Haha, I made a very similar||
Haha, I made a very similar post after our loss to PSU. I decided then that I wanted to back off a bit - still root for Michigan of course, but try to care a bit less about whether or not we win or lose. And here I am, having a great day despite an awful loss which I watched all the way through. You can do it too!
|1 year 3 weeks ago||17-14 MSU At least this means||
At least this means we beat OSU, amirite?
|1 year 3 weeks ago||The guy said serious answers||
The guy said serious answers guys...
Dantonio has never struck me as a prime coaching candidate. His teams have only been truly great one or two years, other than that he's relied on a great defense (at least partly attributed to Narduzzi) and mediocre overall teams. Coupled with the fact that he's getting pretty old, I don't think he's going anywhere.
Narduzzi is young and has the potential to be a HC, but I don't think he's going anywhere else until he gets a good offer. He reportedly really loves it in Lansing (imagine that), has family there, and iirc recently got a pretty big raise. I'm sure he's gotten lots of offers to be DC all over the country, but hasn't jumped on any. Until he gets a reasonably big HC offer I think he stays in Lansing. Thankfully for us, I think that happens after this year.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||Punt. They likely get the||
Punt. They likely get the ball around the 50, but if you can hold them to a field goal it's still a 1 possession game. A kickoff gives you a better shot at holding them scoreless, but you would need to in that case - a FG would lose you the game.
It's a very interesting question though, nobody would think to take the safety but the numbers might favor it.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||Came across as a pretty||
Came across as a pretty stupid article to me. As if the hit was so devistating that it caused him to completely reevaluate his life and decide to do a project like this...
Whatever it takes to raise awareness for the project, I guess.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||This title (not to mention||
This title (not to mention the post) is stupid. If the mods think it's worthy of being deleted, they'll delete it. If not, they wont. You don't need to preemtively ask for their permission.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||God BTN gives the most||
God BTN gives the most awkward interview. Still funny though!
|1 year 4 weeks ago||What's the ticket situation||
What's the ticket situation like up there? Me and a few friends plan on heading up for the game, would it be easy to scalp some tickets?
|1 year 4 weeks ago||He puts it on in certain||
He puts it on in certain situations, generally at the end of the half to better manage the clock, or if he needs to talk to one of the coaches in the box.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Bingo. The reason we're so up||
Bingo. The reason we're so up and down on Borges as a fanbase is that he makes adjustments... way too late. Spreading the field, passing on early downs, etc etc - all of those adjustments are things that should have come after halftime in the PSU game, if not much earlier in the season. The fact that he can finally make the adjustments that have been obvious to us all season in game 7 and get patted on the back for it is silly to me.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Count me in the "fire Borges"||
Count me in the "fire Borges" camp still. I obviously had no problem with the gameplan for the IU game - we mixed things up on first down, passed to set up the run, and ran out of the shotgun in spread formations to keep defenders out of the box. He called a game that fit the strengths of his team perfectly, and we reaped the rewards.
The problem is, all of that is stuff that I and other armchair quarterbacks have been calling for ALL SEASON. The fact that Borges is being paid massive amounts of money to shit the bed in most of our games and only come out with a cohesive gameplan in game 7, which is the exact gameplan fans like me have been asking for all year - THAT is the problem.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Abysmal clock management by||
Abysmal clock management by Purdue at the end of the half... 1 minute left at the 40, run (gain of 3, let 20 seconds run off), pass (loss of 4, let another 20 seconds run off and then take a timeout), pass (sack, and then take another timeout with 10 seconds left), go for it on 4th. What the fuck?
|1 year 5 weeks ago||"It seems to me that loading||
"It seems to me that loading up with big formations makes it easier to get a few yards and harder to get lots"
In what way does it make it easier to get a few yards? I've always been a major proponent of spreading the field, and as I see it so long as the individual matchups between blockers and defenders favors the defender, it makes sense to have as few of those as possible. I'm legitimately curious as to how bringing 1 blocker in and 1 more defender into the box makes short gains easier.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||I wouldn't bother burning||
I wouldn't bother burning redshirts yet, all of our OL have the same issues which leads me to believe it's a coaching problem, and I have no reason to believe any freshman would be any different.
Option 5: Ride it out until the end of the season, at which point Borges and Funk are promptly fired, and we tell any successful OC who will listen "we'll give you a raise, the ability to pick your own OL coach, and complete autonomy over what is one of the most (on paper) talented offenses in the B1G if not the country." Firing anybody midseason is bad news especially because there are no replacements out there right now, but if I'm Dave Brandon I'm starting my OC search today.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Hahaha well at least I made||
Hahaha well at least I made TWIS!
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Wow, I expected to be laughed||
Wow, I expected to be laughed at and run off with this post... looks like I'm not alone with this though. If anyone has had any successful techniques at staying happy when Michigan wins but coping better with losses, I'd love to hear them. Otherwise, I might not be too crazy for just tuning out a bit.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||At this point Hoke is an icon||
At this point Hoke is an icon of the university, a master recruiter, and a true Michigan Man... he's not going anywhere. Now, I would LOVE to scrap the entire offensive coaching staff and start over. There's got to be some OC out there who runs a pro-style offense but in a cohesive, intelligent way, that we can just throw a ton of money at. Honestly, go to some OC - Wisconsin's, or Stanfords, whatever - and say "we'll give you a raise and let you pick all of your own assistants (save Fred Jackson). I've disliked Borges for 3 years now but that was finally the nail in the coffin. He and Funk have GOT to go. Hoke is good at delegating to his assistants... now lets get him some good ones on offense, not just defense.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||42-21 Meeeeechigan||
|1 year 6 weeks ago||That's an NFL rule, not||
That's an NFL rule, not college. In college, he's straight up ineligible by his number, no ifs ands or buts. He can still catch a pass, but only behind the line - he can't go downfield for a route.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||34-21 M||
|1 year 6 weeks ago||That was an Henry-esque goal.||
That was an Henry-esque goal. Just amazing.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Generally I hate this line of||
Generally I hate this line of reasoning because I think it stifles discussion, but if there's one topic where it really works it's this one: Trust the coaches. They know how quickly their players tire out, and what happens when they do. We don't. If Mattison thinks Clark or Washington are most effective in 3/4 down chunks, I trust him on that.