Mike Lantry, 1972
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|1 week 2 days ago||We have won 9 games in a row||
We have won 9 games in a row that were decided by 10 points or less. This team has been getting all the breaks for the past two months. Last year, we got a little bit unlucky and we were better than our Big Ten record. This year I would say the opposite. I'll take it, but dang -- I have this fear that we are going to lose in the round of 32 on a buzzer beater as payback.
|1 week 5 days ago||Before I can agree, I need to||
Before I can agree, I need to see one more thing -- I need to see a game where MSU gets run the hell out of the building. I want a blowout. Then I'll say those words "Beilien owns Izzo". Beilien has righted the ship against our rivals, but the wins have been close ones. Those programs didn't have any problems embarrassing us for all of the years that we were down. It's long overdue that we return the favor.
|1 week 5 days ago||You could be right, but I'm||
You could be right, but I'm afraid to make that prediction. An Izzo team finishing below .500 in the Big Ten seems unthinkable.
But if things keep going in that direction, I want to see a bloodbath in Crisler next year. I still remember the 2000 game at Breslin with the Spartan starters jacking up threes late in the game, up by 40+ points.
|1 week 5 days ago||Holy shit Verne Lundquist got||
Holy shit Verne Lundquist got fat. I mean -- WOW! (do you see what I just did there?)
God please tell me that we get back two of McGary, Stauskas, and Robinson. We'll sweep them again next year if that's the case. Five in a row and 8 out of 10. I wanna see it.
It's so nice to be on this side of the equation for the first time in forever. Watching our dominance of OSU evaporate last decade was incredibly depressing, and I imagine that's how Sparty fans must feel right now. They are staring right now at the possibility of a pretty substantial losing streak to Michigan.
|1 week 5 days ago||If we win our last four||
If we win our last four games, then I don't care what Nebraska does. Beilien should get COY. 15-3 is as much an exceedance of expectations as 10-8 or 9-9 would be for Nebraska, and winning the Big Ten should mean something too.
|1 week 5 days ago||I'm hoping that the best is||
I'm hoping that the best is still yet to come. Izzo hasn't recruited well the past couple of years and next year they might be paying for it. If we get back two of McGary, Robinson, and Stauskas then -- damn -- watch out. Five in a row and 8 out of 10 would be lovely, yes?
|2 weeks 1 day ago||We didn't fire RichRod too||
We didn't fire RichRod too early. The program was regressing badly and in the process of turning into a smoking crater. At the very least, the Hoke hire salvaged recruiting for at least a few years.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||You are right that firing||
You are right that firing your coach doesn't guarantee anything, but at some point, you make the choice that it's worth it to try and get the best candidate available rather than stick with the guy that you've got. With Hoke, I have pretty much made up my mind that it would be worth it. I'm not very enthusiastic about it, because I have little faith in the airheaded twit who will be making the next hire. But if Hoke ends up 9-4 this year with uncompetitive losses to MSU and OSU, the rational decision is to fire him.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||My take on it is that we have||
My take on it is that we have been suffering a ridiculous amount of ACL tears, but the rest of our injuries aren't abnormal or maybe even below normal. We've had very few (almost none) of broken bones, concussions, dislocated shoulders, sprained ankles, etc.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||"Who cares"? I do.||
"Who cares"? I do. Sometimes women are the aggressors in this situation. There's a difference between punching somebody in the face because they hit you first and punching somebody in the face because she burnt the toast (which is the stereotypical understanding of domestic violence).
Anyhow, we don't know the whole story.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I would argue that it wasn't||
I would argue that it wasn't Denard that was responsible for that peak -- it was Molk. And, by extension, the previous coaching staff, with their ability to get linemen to meet or exceed their expectations.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Yeah I hope that he makes it||
Yeah I hope that he makes it all the way back from that injury. But you never know. Even with two really good receivers in Darboh and Funchess though, there is a lot of room for a third guy to make big contributions. We have a long history of freshman receivers getting lots of playing time, even with good looking depth charts.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||If Harris is as good as his||
If Harris is as good as his press clippings, then I expect him to contribute right away. Out of our returning receivers, the only guy that I would say has been productive enough to lock down a starting spot would be Funchess.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Yes we did. It's not like||
I disagree, and I watched the games. It's not like they stopped Indiana, Kansas State, and Ohio State all through the first half and then collapsed towards the end of the game. The only game all year where that really applied was the MSU game. This squad was statistically on par with the shitty 2008 unit that got Scott Shafer fired, which is saying a lot because 2013 team played probably the worst slate of offenses that a Michigan team has played in 20 years. There were tons of opportunities for a mediocre defense to pad its stats against abysmal teams like Akron, UConn, and an injury-depleted Nebraska. The only truly redeeming quality of the defense was that they were good at forcing drive kiling interceptions. Beyond that, the defense was a sieve that almost never forced three-and-outs or made tackles for loss.
Speaking of 2008, the "the defense was good but they were always tired" logic was used that year too. It was as invalid then as it is now.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Firing Borges was probably||
Firing Borges was probably the right thing to do, but I'm not optimistic. The offensive line has looked noticably worse every year since Hoke arrived. The current staff harvested the quality upperclassmen that were put in place by the previous staff. That previous staff also left some holes but there's absolutely no indication that Darrell Funk could have developed anyone had they been here. I never buy "youth" as an excuse for a team that gets worse as the season goes along, and that's what happened with Michigan last year. A young team with competent coaching has problems, but it improves. "Youth" was thrown around as an excuse for RichRod's terrible defenses, and it was bullshit then too.
Michigan's offensive line last year was a piss poorly coached unit. It's obvious from looking at it. You don't need charts or fancy stats to see it.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Male and female coworkers||
Male and female coworkers hook up constantly, even when it is forbidden by the rules or culturally frowned upon. People don't have a swtich that they can use to turn off their sexuality in a professional atmosphere. Some people are obviously more adept at maintaining that professionalism than others, but sexual attraction always exists, regardless of sexual orientation.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||If everyone comes back, the||
If everyone comes back, the team will be elite, no question, and pre-season Top 3 at least. It will be a "Final Four or Bust" type year, which I kind of hate, because it is going to make it really hard to enjoy close wins over mediocre teams or even games like last night. We will be expected to win every game and a close win over Northwestern or a loss to a good team will make us bitchy and miserable.
If two out of three come back and one of those guys is McGary, then I think that we'll still be elite.
If it's just McGary, then I think that we'll be about where we are now. Worse than 10, better than 20. Very respectable but also very flawed.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||The thread title is a bit||
The thread title is a bit misleading. Negative is not the same thing as dirty, and I think that it is a foregone conclusion that teams in the Big Ten recruit negatively. Teams recruited negatively against RichRod. There's nothing unethical about it if you aren't lying.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Even though this team is||
Even though this team is going to end up with a better conference record, I'm going with last year's guys. Last year's team dropped a lot of tough close games but also blew the living hell out of lots of opponents. I thought that until the Kansas game, we got pretty unlucky. This year's team is splitting the close ones more evenly. This year we are playing to our competition more.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||How did we end up getting||
How did we end up getting credited with only six blocks? It felt like we had about 20.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||It's a hell of a lot more||
It's a hell of a lot more than $40,000. Take $40,000. Take out taxes. It won't come close to covering out of state tuition for Michigan, plus all of your living expenses.
How much would you have to earn pre-tax to attend Michigan as an out-of-state student year round for four years? You might be up in the neighborhood of what a starting engineer makes. That doesn't even touch on the value of being allowed admission to Michigan without the grades that you need to get in if you are a non-athlete.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Jesus Christ -- no||
Jesus Christ -- no kidding
This is especially true of a private university like Northwestern, which is insanely expensive. The overwhelming majority of kids who play there would never have access to that quality of education. Financially, at least. I would reckon most of them wouldn't be able to get in academically either.
There are a small handful of ticket sellers like Denard Robinson that can reasonably argue that they aren't getting fair market value for their services. For the rest of them, it's hard to make that argument.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Except they won't be||
Except they won't be scholarships anymore. They will be salaries. Or maybe tuition reimbursement, which has a deductibility cap, if I understand it correctly.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||The truth is, it's not the||
The truth is, it's not the owners that have suffered. It's the fans who ultimately subsidize all of the players' salaries. Baseball, not-so-coindicentally, has nowhere near the cultural dominance that it once had, and it has been surpassed by football and arguably basketball too.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Be careful what you wish for,||
Be careful what you wish for, Northwestern athletes. You might just get it. You can reasonably argue that you are "employees". That means that you (or somebody else) gets to pay income taxes and social security taxes on your "wage". While we're at it, let's throw in unemployment and medicare.
Have fun paying your union dues too.
As someone who has to pay for his own kids' education, I see a side benefit of this movement being that the cost of actually enrolling, feeding, and housing athltes will finally be put on paper as compensation. What is tuition plus room and board for Northwestern running nowadays? How much money do you have to earn pre-tax to cover it all?
But realistically, the NCAA needs to put out this fire really, really fast.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||This is the first time in a||
This is the first time in a long time where I feel like we won a close, shittily officiated game where we got most of the calls. That sequence where the refs missed an obvious foul and then Lavert hit a trey was something that we were on the wrong end of repeatedly last year. And then there was the foul that rescued us from a shot clock violation. Definitely not a bad call, but that's the kind of shit that never happened to us last year against Wisky, OSU, or our other close losses.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||I'd love to believe that the||
I'd love to believe that the offense can't get worse, but it can. Without Lewan, Schofield, and Gallon, minor improvement would be at the high range of my expectations, and it would still suck. The running game has miles to go to even be considered average and this staff has shown no evidence that they can even get them to poor. And we haven't even started talking about the shitty defense that had nine upperclassman starters this year (if you count Countess). If Hoke doesn't clean some house during this off season, then I can't see him keeping his job after 2014.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Rosanne Barr singing the||
Rosanne Barr singing the national anthem?
|11 weeks 5 days 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.
|11 weeks 5 days 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