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|2 days 21 hours ago||I would take it in a||
I would take it in a heartbeat. Absolutely no questions asked. OSU fans are enjoying their football program a lot more than we have enjoyed ours. The rules about amateurism are questionable, so I have absolutely no moral qualms about violating them, and this is definitely one situation where the saying "everybody does it" applies.
Even the premise of having to accept bowl bans and sanctions isn't a sure thing. Auburn bought Cam Newton and didn't get a slap on the wrist. Oregon bribed a scout with university funds to steer a 5* RB there, and they got barely a slap on the wrist. OSU got a one year bowl ban after ten years of massive cheating.
I have had more than enough "losing with honor" to last a lifetime. If the rules themselves had a moral basis, I would feel differently about this, but they don't. The rules of amateurism are arbitrary and based on an ideal that doesn't exist.
|2 days 23 hours ago||I don't know who will win the||
I don't know who will win the game, but I predict that this game will have the highest ratings in its history
|1 week 5 days ago||Eh -- I can appreciate that||
Eh -- I can appreciate that you don't like the direction that the forum has taken with regards to tone, but if you are going to bring back that voting system, please at least make it so that you can only downvote a certain number of posts per day or that you have to spend your points to do it. Count me as one who likes the forums better than they used to be, despite the additional vitriol, because butthurt douchebags no longer have the power to make posts disappear that they disagree with. I got really sick of seeing posts labeled "trolling" or "redundant" that obviously weren't, and were only downvoted because people didn't agree with them. I don't think that you used to have a more courteous exchange of ideas as much as you had groupthink.
|1 week 6 days ago||#7 deserves extra attention.||
#7 deserves extra attention. Sony's first party development has been way better than Microsoft's the past few years. Microsoft has really been phoning it in since around 2009, simply crapping out reptitive Halo and Gears of War iterations and doing essentially nothing to develop other new IPs. This year alone, Sony came out with a Sly Cooper game, a Ratchet and Clank game, The Last of Us, and Beyond: Two Souls. Nintendo has been pretty active with their first party titles too.
|1 week 6 days ago||Don't buy either one now.||
Don't buy either one now. Outside of maybe Dead Rising 3, all of the platform exclusives are donkey balls. I have a PS4 and it is going to collect dust until Infamous: Second Son comes out. All of the multiplatform games have been built with the XBox 360 as the lowest common denominator, so playing them on the PS4 or the XBox One doesn't get you much besides crisper graphics and faster loading times.
They will probably end up of equal value with the PS4 being cheaper. The XBox One isn't an all-encompassing entertainment system. It is essentially a gaming console combined with a voice-activated universal remote and an IR blaster. You still need your cable box/satellite receiver/DVR. An you still need to connect any other gaming system that you have directly to the TV, because the lag going through the XBone is reportedly really bad. The hoopla over the XBox's Kinect/voice commands is highly reminiscent of the hoopla over the Wii's shitty motion controls seven years ago. The XBox One will probably have a few party games that make good use of the Kinect and beyond that, it will be Halo, Gears of War, and whatever other exclusives they can get that make use of traditional controls that make it worth buying.
I can't wait until this dumb fucking gimmick era is done and gaming companies get back to just making games instead of trying to cram all of this shitty bloatware and gimmicky controls down our throats. The industry has wasted countless millions if not billions running in place ever since the original Wii came out.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||It does make you wonder when||
It does make you wonder when Mattison is finally going to lose his highly undeserved "genius" label. 393 rushing yards allowed is absolutely pathetic. Even RichRod's defenses never gave up that much. This guy is getting his ass handed to him over and over and over again, and the only reason why the team isn't statisically terrible is because they have played only two elite offenses this year, and in both games they got embarrassed RichRod style.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||It almost certainly does.||
It almost certainly does. This was the absolute worst case for Michigan -- a loss that is still a job saver for the blithering incompetents on the offensive side of the ball.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Or, maybe you are a logical||
Or, maybe you are a logical fan who can recognize poor decision making and disastrous underachievement when you see it.
Using your logic, Charlie Weis would still be at Notre Dame, Greg Robinson would still be at Syracuse, Gene Chizik would still be at Auburn, Mike Dubose would still be at Alabama, Ron Zook would still be at Florida, Bill Callahan would still be at Nebraska, etc etc.
Stop blaming the fans for the shitty state of the program and stop blaming people who see things for the way that they are and who don't live in a fantasy world where sunshine and prosperity are always around the corner.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||I wish that I knew where||
I wish that I knew where people keep getting this idea that Borges's job is safe from. Throughout college football, I don't think that I have never seen a coordinator survive the utter debacle that has been the offense this season. Hoke has replaced coordinators before. Beilien replaced assistants after the disastrous 2009-2010 basketball season. Brandon doesn't have a track record one way or the other. It's possible that Borges and Funk will both be back next year, but there's no reason for people to assume that it will happen.
|5 weeks 23 hours ago||This. The "Bama engineering"||
The "Bama engineering" thing is a pretty bad omen.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||No(?)Our 2003 offense||
Our 2003 offense dominated, and they did it with an offensive line that wasn't loaded with NFL prospects and a QB who was a borderline NFL prospect. They had Chris Perry, but we have seen time and time again that a great running back can't do crap without a good offensive line and play calling that keeps defenders off of the line of scrimmage. They also had Braylon, but people forget that Braylon was in Carr's doghouse at the beginning of the year and he wasn't much of a factor until the halfway point. They spread the ball around wonderfully and they were unpredictable in every game until they were up by 28 points. They gained 447 yards per game and scored 460 points against a pretty tough schedule that included some really good defenses. They shredded the absolute living hell out of Ohio State that year, and OSU easily had one of the country's top 5 defenses. On par with what MSU has had the past couple of years.
Without looking up all of the numbers, I'm pretty sure that is the most productive offense that we have had, points-wise, since at least the Gary Moeller era, and the second most productive offense that we have had in terms of yardage. His next two offenses were significantly less productive, but they were still very respectable when you take into account the mitigating factors (such as the fact that Chad Henne was a true freshman in 2004, and in 2005 we had Hart and Long injured for most of the year. Breaston was fighting some injuries those years too).
Anyhow, not my first choice, but if it's got to be a "Michigan man", and the other choices are Stan Parrish, Scott Loeffler, and Mike Debord, well...
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Speaking of guys with a||
Speaking of guys with a Michigan connection, I'm surprised that nobody has mentioned Terry Malone. I really liked him as an OC and he was the one guy that Carr fired that I really thought got the shaft. His passing game spread the ball around better than anyone during the Carr era. His 2003 offense was fantastic, both in terms of player talent and play calling. His '02 and '04 offenses were good, albeit unspectacular. His '05 offense was mediocre, but they had some legitimate excuses to be. He has been the Saints TE coach since then. I would welcome him back.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||He was okay, I guess. He was||
He was okay, I guess. He was kind of in his prime in the late '90s, but he has just floated around the MAC since then. I loved his work with Michigan's QBs, but he is also 67.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||All of those candidates look||
All of those candidates look pretty good.
Which means that none of them will get a phone call.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||We almost certainly can||
We almost certainly can afford to pay the guy more than Stanford can.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||I have gone back and forth on||
I have gone back and forth on Borges too. In the end, I think that he is a mediocre coordinator that won't squander great football players, but won't get more than they are worth either. I loved his game against ND, but he has had some mega turds too.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Young players get better.||
Young players get better. That's how a learning curve works.
Our young players aren't getting better. Nobody is.
And our interior line was dogshit last year with three fifth year seniors on it. Our staff can't teach people how to block. Period.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Does Borges actually dial up||
Does Borges actually dial up hot routes? If so, then this makes two QBs in a row that couldn't check down to save their lives. Comes back to Borges again.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Stan Parrish is the interim||
Stan Parrish is the interim HC at EMU and he was Hoke's OC at Ball State. If Borges gets fired...
All I am saying is -- brace yourselves, folks.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Now why would you want him||
Now why would you want him when Stan Parrish is available?
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Sort of agree. Funk has got||
Sort of agree. Funk has got to go first. I'm more undecided on Borges. His players suck at football. This is different from past years when I thought that Mike Debord was squandering away gobs of talent.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Lego Batman||
|5 weeks 3 days ago||This is a valid reason for||
This is a valid reason for OSU to be ahead of Michigan right now, but it's not a valid reason for -64 rushing yards in two weeks (with one of those games that was giving up 200 +yards to almost everyone that they faced).
Also, I don't see Hoke developing jack shit. The team isn't getting better. They are regressing badly.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Is crop dusting the same||
Is crop dusting the same thing as the pick-and-roll?
|6 weeks 23 hours ago||Lost in the discussion of||
Lost in the discussion of youth is the fact that we had three fifth year seniors last year who played somewhat poorly, two of whom were returning starters that clearly regressed from where they were before. This was written off entirely to Barnum and Omameh not being good natural pullers. It was widely if not universally accepted that the offensive line would be better this year because we had guys more naturally suited to run power plays. Specically, pulling. Hasn't happened.
You have a range of expectations with every player each year. Barnum, Miller, Omameh, Mealer, Kalis, Bryant, and Glasgow -- out of those 7 guys, the only ones whose performance the past couple of years hasn't been at the rock bottom of the range of expectations is Glasgow. Everyone else has fallen short of reasonable expectations that take into account experience, recruiting accolades, and natural fit. Every one of those guys, incidentally, has some excuse that exists on the periphery. i.e. "he's young, he was only a 3* guy, etc". Those excuses are valid to a point, but they only get you so far. -44 yards rushing against Michigan State with an endless string of sacks and QB hurries is catastrophic underachievement, no matter how many returning starts our interior line has. That's the one positive that comes out of this game -- it was so decisively terrible that you can't accept youth as anything other than a small part of the problem.
|6 weeks 23 hours ago||Here's another group for||
Never mind -- beaten.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||I feel confident that this||
I feel confident that this will be our last win of the season. I'll lay the 7 points. Nebraska's defense is the only unit that looks as poorly coached to me as our offense, and we have seen that our offense is capable of getting big plays and scoring points against bad defenses at home. Their offense is pretty inconsistent and I think that they lost a starting guard against NW as well. A loss to anyone wouldn't shock me at this point, but a repeat of the 2011 game wouldn't surprise me either. I have been looking to this game since the beginning of the season as being very favorable, matchup-wise, for us. I can say that the Nebraska fans that I know all expect us to win. If you get into a conversation with a Nebraska fan about our football teams it is like a game of one-upsmanship to see who can be more gloomy and doomy.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||A. You have nothing to watch||
A. You have nothing to watch at noon. Everything else sucks horribly. There used to be three good football slots a day. Now there are only two, unless your team is playing at noon.
B. You can't watch the SEC game of the week, the ND game (if it is worth watching), or any other good 3:30 game, unless you DVR it and bend over backwards to not find out the score of that game, which is virtually impossible nowadays, because scores are everywhere. My football watching is at an all time low, in no small part due to the fact that I have gotten to watch only 2 or 3 3:30 games all year long that weren't spoiled for me.
C. It screws up plans if you have family life. There is more stuff to do in late afternoon and early evening, and it takes a lot more marital capital to watch a 3:30 game than it does a noon game.
D. If you go to the game, it competely consumes your day unless you live really close to the stadium. After a noon game, there is still time to do a lot of stuff. But depending on where you live, you might get home from a 3:30 game at 9 PM after all is said and done. It just kind of sucks.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||God this motherfucking||
God this motherfucking sucks. Why is it that OSU gets a fucking noon kick every week and we don't? I haven't eaten a single Saturday evening dinner this season that didn't interfere with Michigan football. Not to mention, 3:30 is when half of the games worth watching are played, which means that you can't DVR them without getting them spoiled while watching the Michigan game. And, you have absolutely nothing to watch at noon, because nobody plays interesting football games at noon anymore. This just sucks in every possible way.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||I think that you overestimate||
I think that you overestimate Funk's chances of surviving until next year. I would be surprised if at least one guy from the offensive side of the ball isn't gone after this season is over. Hoke has got to see it. He has got to. And he has to have at least some instinct for self perservation. If I am wrong, then I don't see Hoke surviving until 2015. Road games against ND, MSU, and OSU next year, and the defense is nowhere close to overachieving at the level we had hoped. There is no way to look at the epic ineptitude on the offensive side of the ball and not see that a change has to be made. One more off season doing it the same way with the same guys isn't going to suddenly work. The scary thing with this offense is that there is still downside. The tackles could be much worse next year, with nobody else improving and nobody who is as good as Jeremy Gallon. Taylor Lewan might be to the 2013 offense what Brandon Graham was to the 2009 defense. When he left and nobody else developed, we ended up with the 2010 catastrophe. If there are no changes made on the offensive side of the ball, I see next year's offense doing the same thing.