FWIW. Michigan doesn't seem inclined to get re-involved.
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|2 days 20 hours ago||Camera Adds 1% body fat||
But honestly, 9% at 220 lbs is still 20 lbs of fat. If he lost 8 lbs he'd be around 6%, so I think his numbers are pretty accurate. Huge change from what he was. He lost over 40 lbs of fat and gained over 20 lbs of mucle. That is a monster year in the weight room. Hopefully this is combined with some good footwork and blocking and we can see some good results.
It'd be great to have a serious complete backfield. It seems like it has been since Hart/ Henne that we've had one. I still wish I could have seen Minor Rage with Denard. That backfield always seemed like it would have been killer.
|2 days 21 hours ago||Fall Wedding||
I know it is unnacceptable around here to have a fall wedding, but I had a fall wedding and it was great. My wife and I met in A2 and both loved the fall. We got married in A2 and had the reception at the union. The day was the MSU-Michigan Game, but we were able to schedule the wedding around the game (it was away) so that we could watch. It helped me during the day because I was focused on the game. Everything turned out great, walked down to the Victors with my new wife, had maize and blue pom poms, yellow and blue flowers, and pre reception donuts and cider from the dexter cider mill. I don't regret one bit of it.
In regards to kids and watching games, I just thank god that DVRs have been long established before I had kids. I am constantly pausing and fast forwarding through commercials. Kids mean my priorities have had to change, but there is still plenty of options.
|3 days 21 hours ago||I've found||
It's always best to interpret whatever someone says the worst way possible. This is the way of the internet and can never steer you or a conversation wrong.
|3 days 21 hours ago||Man John Ryan is gonna be mad||
I mean Jack?
It definitely starts with a J
Jebodiah seems wrong yet...
|4 days 20 hours ago||I think you hit it on the head||
I think the AD wants to create and control the "tradition" rather than let the fans create and own it themselves. Yost was great when I was there because I felt like the fans were a huge part of the show and the fans got to create and own this fanfare. The fans weren't told when to chear by the announcer "that's another lions FIRST DOWN". The fans knew to tell those cheating bastards c-ya, they knew that the opposing goalie was both a sieve and ugly and his mom called us a lot. The band director danced and the fans decided when this was acceptable (3rd period game in hand). And the fans thanked the announcer for informing us with 1 minute left. The only time this was recognized was on special occasions and the announcer played along and understood how sacred and special a "your welcome" could be.
Fans group think will come up with traditions a hundred times better than any MBA sitting in a group think marketing team can think of. Especially when you have as many creative students to bounce off of. The AD really needs to mainly supply the canvas and allow the fans take care of the rest (with the help of a band).
|4 days 20 hours ago||Agree as well||
I know that the band has to compete with piped in music, but I remember (98-03) when the band was totally interactive and I coule hear them. I loved when the smaller groups would head to the different sections and pump up the crowd.
I know there was a discussion by a couple band geeks (meant as respect, I played in band and jazz band in high school) who know more than I do, who spoke about other bands using more brass vs MBB using winds because in a concert setting it sounds better. I didn't much understand this. The main venue is on Hill and in the Big House. I want to be able to hear in that venue and think the band should be taylored to that atmosphere. Hopefully the band can come back strong.
|5 days 20 hours ago||Any excuse he needs||
I'm fine with. HA!
|5 days 20 hours ago||I wouldn't call him a true fan||
look at the closet doors, just a blank white.
|5 days 20 hours ago||Isn't imitation the best form of||
Isn't imitation the best form of flattery?
|1 week 5 days ago||Virtual Seat||
I will be watching from my virtual seat at home. The virtual reality machine will simulate being squeezed into an 11 inch seat. I will have people yelling "down in front" while 7 nation army blasts at me. What a future.
Oh, and If I don't have my hoverboard by then, god help me.
|1 week 6 days ago||That seems harsh||
They only used to have to run steps. I couldn't imagine running stadiums.
|1 week 6 days ago||I agree||
I never had to take a car once when I was drinking in my 5 years. A mile can go by quick when you are drunk.
Only time we needed a DD was for Windsor and that was always a short straw type situation.
|1 week 6 days ago||It's no||
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Just about to say the same||
I like but hate when Michigan is in a recruiting battle against Kentucky in basketball and Alabama in football. I get my hopes up, only to play debbie downer when I think of the past battles.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Corey Lacanaria||
He reminds me a lot of Gallon. Not very big, and not sure if elite fast, but their quick cuts and routes just get them open, and then have sure hands to make the catch. Hopefully I remember to watch him in a couple games.
I loved the rest of it. Lots of intensity where you know that they did not want to lose. I really liked seeing the different commits to schools and players competing against each other. I'm guessing they get to know and like each other in the camps, which adds to the intensity to beat each other on game day.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I really like||
Papa John's Pizza :(
|2 weeks 4 days ago||"Tried Hard"||
Gardner vs OSU - Threw for 451 yards with a 71% Completion @ 10 yards / pass attempt with 4 TDs vs 0 INTs = Tried Hard
Morris vs KSU - Threw for 196 yards with a 63% Completion @ 5.2 yards / pass attempt with 0 TDs vs 1 INTs = Made O-line look good
I truly think that Morris can be good, but don't think he's there yet, which is fine, because he hasn't even been here a year. However, I think you are selling Gardner just a little short on what he has and can do.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||This year would have been a huge upset too||
and you saw what happened.
Personally I don't see a huge increase from a junior Braxton to a senior Braxton. He is great, and I don't think that will change. I do think that the losses will be felt on their OL and in losing Hyde. I think our defense makes a jump as well, which will help to reduce their offensive output even further. I do think it will be hard to replicate last years offensive output against them, but I don't think it's unheard of that they could be very proficient by that time of the year.
I also think you overestimate State. They are going to be a very good defense, but Dennard and Lewis will be missed. A drop in defensive production from top 2 to 10 is possible and significant. They also had a lot of issues on offense last year early (like completing a pass) that they overcame as their offense gelled. I like our chances to have an offense gel by that time.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Don't discount||
the losses on OSU's Oline and Hyde. That was a recipe for disaster against our undersized defense. If we are improved on front 7 and they are slightly worse at OL and RB, that swings the game in our favor. Although Gardner had a hell of a game last year.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I'll jump on this bandwagon||
I think that we will beat MSU though and possibly lose to OSU. I think that Michigan's offense has gelled by that time and can provide enough counters to soften a slightly less good MSU defense.
The loss could also be to ND since the game is so early and Michigan will be missing a few key contributers who will be key later in the year. I'd take a ND loss and MSU and OSU wins any day for a chance at the BIG championship.
I hate that I do this to myself every year.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||It is an attribute||
but I'm arguing the point that it is not as important an attribute as some make it out to be. Is it nice to have? Yes, but there are a ton of other things that are more important. Banks (Iowa), Smith (OSU), Brees (Purdue) are just a few examples of smaller QBs that have excelled in college. I just think that if he is a legit 6'1", then his height is not that big of a drawback. The batted down passes were just one argument people have against "smaller" QBs that isn't always the case based on release point and how fast the ball gets out.
Your point about the running backs is what I am trying to make. Size and speed is a huge metric when it comes to RB. By all accounts, Carlos Brown should have been the better running back than Hart, but we know that wasn't true. If I'm looking for RBs I am still looking for fast and big, but I've learned that I should not discount a player solely based on some metric for the "ideal" player. Hart showed he was a good football player all through high school and continued in college. Malzone has shown to be a good football player in games in high school and I think this is more important than an inch or two in height.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Over my head||
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I feel the height issue is too harsh||
(not by you but in general). Plenty of "short" QBs have been very successful in a whole lot of different offenses and 6'1" (if truly a 6'1") seems more than tall enough with a high release point, which it appears he has. The most batted balls at the line I can remember came from our 6'6" QB.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I know very little||
but it appears his mechanics look good. His initial first step seems to be large, and his resulting steps seem to keep his rear foot properly spaced. I thought I remember the depth and number of steps is more dependant on the scheme than anything. RR used a quick three step throw a lot, while more prostyle use a longer drop. He also keeps the ball high and tight and appears to have a quick delivery.
You are right though, it doesn't matter how well a player throws and moves in controlled drills. QBs are made when the pocket is callapsing and keeping these mechanics under pressure. I rmember that being one of Brady's best traits when he played here. While freshman/sophmore Henson had more talent (arm strength and speed), Brady seemed to be the same no matter what the situation and was masterful in the pocket.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I call my plays||
from behind the QB when I'm on my X-box.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||I don't believe||
you are sorry at all.
And Defense, I would like to see Taco and Thomas break out as they have a lot of talent, size, and speed and could be great if they match that with tecnique and football smarts.
On offense, I do think Smith will do well, but this will be based on improvements on the line more than his developement. I would take a moderate cohesive OL over couple All Big players coupled with no chemistry.
Not sure if Butt can be considered a possible break out based on last years performance, but he will be very good and I think Bunting will be in this year as well. Look for a Funchess, Butt, Bunting, Darboh goal line package at some point.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Some of those blocks||
are almost as good as the run itself.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||I agree||
I am an engineer but started in the SNRE. I found that I did not belong and was weird for taking calc and physics classes as my electives. I decided to switch to engineering where I'd get to do the stuff I really enjoyed. I still was going to college to get a career so I could live, and was lucky enough to get a field that matched what I like.
I also think it is ok for players to enjoy football AND get paid for it. I don't think it has to be one or the other.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Wow||
That's a bold comparison, which I'd gladly take, but I also saw the same comparison in Ace's hello post by someone.
I liked that I read he keeps his feet high. If he can avoid some of the arm tackles that can tend to trip up some of the taller backs, i'd be quite happy as well. Hopefully he can block. Seems to be one of the major deficiencies the backs had the last few years outside of Vincent Smith.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||I'm guessing||
they also were planning on getting up early to go to church in their version as well.