"Northwestern fans can be both heartened and disheartened by the loss to Minnesota just like how nineteenth-century resurrectionists were heartened when they pried a heart from a freshly-buried corpse and then disheartened it when they sold it to a disreputable anatomist."
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|3 years 33 weeks ago||I am so thankful...||
that my parents didn't force any beliefs on me, but rather allowed me to develop my own opinions about the world, and what is right and wrong.
I am so thankful that I and my siblings did not grow up in a repressive community like Mr. Davies, being forced to believe that homosexuality and sex before marriage are sins. I am thankful that my brother was able to tell our family that he was gay at the age of 18, and we of course love him for who he is and love that he is able to communicate with us without fear of judgment. Compare that to the last generation when my relative couldn't tell her parents she was gay until she was in her 30s, or the generation before that when my relative lived in a sham marriage for 30 years before coming out.
I'm sorry for getting off topic but reading about people that are repressed and living as if it is still the 19th century within our country really gets me going.
|3 years 33 weeks ago||I see, I read you wrong...||
its option B then, you feel that religion saved your life.
I would say that many people aren't happy in high school, sometimes it takes more time growing up to discover who you are. I don't know you personally, but the people I know that have similar stories of redemption I find usually just didn't realize that they had the strength within themselves the whole time. But hey, if they feel that the religion was what made their lives better, rather than their own free will, thats their decision. At least they are happy I suppose.
|3 years 33 weeks ago||Maybe||
just maybe, I mean I'm spitballing here, but MAYBE when you are 18 years old, and you have the maturity/emotional development of a 15 year old because you've lived your whole life in the restrictive world of the LDS, MAYBE you just don't realize the ramifications of signing the Honor Code pledge. Maybe, just MAYBE you've never fallen in love with a girl(or boy) before, maybe you think you know that you don't want to have sex until you get married. Then maybe, who knows, it is college after all, and there are thousands of young enthusiastic people mingling in one small area, MAYBE you meet someone you love. But oh shit, you can't fully express that love, sorry son, remember two years ago when you signed that Honor Pledge? Yep, we've got you by the balls now, separate beds or you're outta here!
Just sayin', things aren't always so black and white. And just because the policy is clear to incoming students doesn't automatically make it right to enforce a policy so far outside our cultural and social norms.
|3 years 33 weeks ago||Wow||
I feel bad for you DC Wolverine. I hope one day you will be able to free your mind from its indoctrinated state. Hopefully while you still have time to enjoy your youth.
|3 years 42 weeks ago||MNC equivalents?||
Not really. They were deemed "mid-major champs" which doesn't mean anything, they didn't even get invited to the FCS national championship tournament.
Thats like the MAC, Sun-belt and WAC getting together, holding a championship game, and calling the winner the mythical national champion of the FBS.
Had to nit-pick that statement, as far as the rest of your argument....I'll just say that you make a lot of assumptions with no factual support and leave it at that.
|3 years 44 weeks ago||Wait....||
so the sky ISNT falling?
I just don't know what to do.
|3 years 44 weeks ago||Thank you Magnus||
I've been trying to say this for weeks, but you put it much more succinctly.
|3 years 44 weeks ago||Thats great and all...||
But the coaching uncertainty is lurking no matter what DB does. No matter how forcefully he comes out and endorses RR, you're still getting negatively recruited just based on the last 3 years of results, and the uncertainty that persists. Furthermore, this tack makes it look like you're giving him one more chance, rather than evaluating objectively based on progress. Not really a stabilizing force IMO.
Negative recruiting is gonna happen this year no matter what DB does/doesn't do. I'm sure there is a lot going on that we don't know about, I'm just going to trust that he is approaching the situation the right way. IMO the only thing that can really restore confidence is a strong showing in the bowl game with a finally healthy and rejuvenated team.
|3 years 44 weeks ago||Disagree||
Harbaugh would not have done a substantially better job recruiting if he had to deal with all of the negative press and irrational personal attacks that RRod has had to deal with.
|3 years 44 weeks ago||I said strong possibility...||
Summer was a long time ago, and the talk was mostly fluff. Didn't see any strong beliefs recently.
So yeah, I don't understand when a thread about a single player verbally committing elsewhere goes all doomsday, and I especially don't understand it when the player verbaling elsewhere was expected.
|3 years 44 weeks ago||Plus....||
How is it a positive to have your conference associated with miserable conditions like those in the Chicago game? Noone wants to play in that, and if they do have to eventually, they would still rather do it as little as possible, and not until they're being PAID to play.
|3 years 44 weeks ago||Really?||
I mean really? Why is this thread so depressing? Did anyone think Cooper was ever a strong possibility?
And how do you figure the D will be thin forever? You must think theres no talent there right now, I guess, but I don't think anyone can reach that conclusion in regards to first and second year players. Its TBD.
|3 years 44 weeks ago||I still don't know...||
what a "Big-Ten style run offense" is. The association of the Big Ten with the pound it up the gut running strategy hasn't been accurate in my lifetime, with the exception of Wisconsin.
|3 years 44 weeks ago||The point is...||
There is no "Groban moment." Who the heck cares what songs the coach is playing at an emotional team event. The fact that the media jumps on these things, and people like you accept their narrative is ridiculous.
|3 years 44 weeks ago||I disagree||
Olympic Ice feels a lot different. A lot more open space everywhere- neutral zone transitions, more important to use all the lanes, harder to play D in the D zone, a lot more room to cover.
|3 years 45 weeks ago||That position is untenable||
I believe Rodriguez deserves another year, but for the sake of argument I will take your side and say ok, we need to move on. What then does Michigan gain by firing Rodriguez right now? Absolutely nothing, and they stand to lose everything.
The only replacement that you can even make an argument for as a possible upgrade is Harbaugh. It is not believed that he would leave before their BCS bowl game, so announcing that you are firing Rodriguez now creates the most possible uncertainty and recruting turmoil of any option. No matter what, if he was fired there would be a lot of turnover, but if there was a prolonged search it would only be worse.
The fact that you are using the "Groban moment" as part of your argument is just embarrassing, and leads me to believe that you are the type of person who likes to make snap judgments relying on what the public perception is without knowing the actual facts of the situation.
|3 years 45 weeks ago||No...||
Try to keep up here, I know reading is difficult.
We just agreed that:
"Saying you are keeping RR does not stop the negative recruiting. Recruits want a coach who is here for the long term, by addressing the controversy DB would make it look like he is giving RR one more shot.
This is the situation a team is in after 3 disappointing years. It is what it is, and no press conference can mollify it."
So no, holding a press conference tomorrow doesn't do anything to save recruiting, and I think everyone on both sides agrees that there will be no "recruiting of a new coach." Its either Rodriguez or Harbaugh.
And as for "Groban moments," thats only embarrassing because of the vindictive local media that partly caused this whole situation in the first place.
|3 years 45 weeks ago||Exactly||
It doesn't matter, thank you for agreeing with me.
I can flip it around on you, name one reason he needs to announce right now, since we just agreed that it doesn't matter.
DB has a plan, and he is sticking to it. What is so hard to understand about that?
|3 years 45 weeks ago||As has been said a million times...||
Saying you are keeping RR does not stop the negative recruiting. Recruits want a coach who is here for the long term, by addressing the controversy DB would make it look like he is giving RR one more shot.
This is the situation a team is in after 3 disappointing years. It is what it is, and no press conference can mollify it.
|3 years 45 weeks ago||No Biggie...||
One more scholarship for defense.........assuming Tate doesn't transfer, they're set at QB for now.
|3 years 45 weeks ago||Auburn/USCe||
Auburn is only 5 point favorites, an upset is not that unlikely.
|3 years 46 weeks ago||LOL||
That is such horrible logic.
Whatever the best decision is on who should be the coach(I believe it is to keep RR), it is still the best decision regardless of what happens with Dee.
And stating tomorrow what the plan is doesn't stop the negative recruiting any more than waiting does, its a fact Michigan will have to deal with this recruiting season, like it or not.
|3 years 46 weeks ago||"Press Conference"||
I would like to address the theory that all DB has to do is hold a press conference and everything is hunky-dory and Michigan can go forth and haul in a top 5 recruiting class.
Unfortunately, thats not the case. Announcing a press conference just makes DB look weak by changing his course of action to pander to the mob. And stating that RRod will be back next year won't stop the negative recruiting, because it will look like he only has one more chance, and other coaches will call it a lame duck situation. Recruits want a coach that will be there for all 4-5 years.
I don't think RRod has gotten a fair shake, but unfortunately this is the situation that the program is in. DB has been upfront with the process he will employ, I think he should stick to it.
|3 years 46 weeks ago||Huh?||
Your complaint has no basis in reality. Were you unhappy with the line play this year? I don't see how you could be, they were the strength of the team, other than Denard.
Now they are graduating one starter, two backups that didn't play much, and they're going to be adding 4 freshman, how is that not enough linemen for you?
Not to mention that this whole parroting of the "Rich Rod only cares about skill players meme" is ridiculous. All college teams have lots of RBs and WRs, Michigan has a very standard distribution of scholarships.
|3 years 46 weeks ago||I disagree...||
There are 3 OL in the class, and they're planning on adding one more. Thats a solid class for OL, especially when they are only losing one starter.
Having a lot of skill position players is important as well, because
1. RBs get injured often
2. This offense utilizes the skill position players in unique ways that most other offenses do not and
3. A few will inevitably make the switch to CB or Safety...granted we've seen some shuffling of the OL and DLs lately, but skill positions switching to defense seems a lot more common.
|3 years 46 weeks ago||re: chris 1709||
But its never anything new, the OP just thinks it is.
|3 years 46 weeks ago||Thank you||
The person I was imitating with that post acts like hes 5, so I'll take that as a compliment.
|3 years 46 weeks ago||"Prevent Defense"||
Noone seems to understand that a prevent defense is designed to stop long passing gains while conceding short, underneath routes. Not exactly how Michigan has been scoring this year.
No team is going to let up against Michigan, because they have seen what the offense can do once it gets rolling. Unfortunately the comebacks inevitably came up short because unlike Auburn vs. Alabama last week, or Michigan vs. Minnesota in 2003, the defense didn't hold up.
That doesn't render the second-half TDs the offense scored suddenly meaningless.
|3 years 46 weeks ago||You missed my point...||
I'll restate: In what universe is "being in the game at halftime" only to be blown out in the second half preferable to falling behind early, mounting a furious comeback, and coming up short?
Not to mention that, IMO, the Michigan offense has been plagued by untimely penalties, untimely dropped passes and turnovers that had varying degrees of bad luck involved in these first halves. Its a small sample size issue, and though there seems to be a pattern, I don't know in reality how much of a role just plain bad luck played.
|3 years 46 weeks ago||Yeah...||
So if I understand this correctly, you believe hanging with a team for a half before utterly collapsing in the second half is superior to falling behind in the first half before battling back in the second half?
Ultimately a win is a win, and a loss is a loss, but IMO fighting back shows character, team unity and conditioning, while collapsing in the second half is a hallmark of badly coached teams.
Just my opinion.