I GIVE UP ON HATING WISCONSIN
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|5 hours 23 min ago||Four ten minutes quarters --||
Four ten minutes quarters -- are they running clock or are they playing with normal clock rules? I assume that they are running clock but that seems like it would make the game awfullly short.
|7 hours 5 min ago||If they win less than 7 games||
If they win less than 7 games this year then there is no amount of sadness that would be unreasonable.
|1 week 6 days ago||How did they actually land on||
How did they actually land on solid earth? I didn't know that you could do that back in the day.
|2 weeks 4 hours ago||I think that this failure is||
I think that this failure is less freakish and more systemic than people want to think. This isn't Beilein's first shitty season at Michigan. It's his third. Hemorraging of talent has been a consistent problem, since not everyone who leaves has made a wise decision to leave. Beilein doesn't just lose guys to the NBA lottery. He loses guys to the second round of the NBA and to transfers at an alarming rate. Another systemic problem that came back to bite us this year is Beilein's overreliance on 3* overachievers and diamonds on the rough. When McGary was recruited, nobody thought he would be around for his junior year. Beilein had two years to find his replacement, and the best that he could do was Ricky Doyle. So yeah, it was shitty that McGary was forced out, but it's not the NCAA's fault that two years after McGary arrived on campus, our most effective big is Max Bielfeldt.
|2 weeks 5 hours ago||Expectations should be high||
Expectations should be high for next year. They need to be high. If a failure year caused by injuries and NBA departures is forgiveable, then we need to embrace the flipside of that equation. Getting back 10 or so quality contibutors should mean that we are in contention for the Big Ten title at least until the final weekend and we get a Sweet Sixteen seed. Since Beilein doesn't pull in many Top 50 recruits, he's going to have to win with talent recognition, development, and experience, and that means that a year like 2015-2016 is a "must win" year.
|2 weeks 6 hours ago||Without checking Rudock's||
Without checking Rudock's stats, Wilson completed about 58 percent of his passes for an average ypa of just above 7 and a 3:1 TD:INT ratio. Better, but I don't think that it was by light years. Expectations for a similar bump aren't reasonable, but just getting a guy who can complete 60% of his passes and average about 7.5 ypa with the same TD:INT ratio that he has now would make a world of difference to this team.
|2 weeks 6 hours ago||Why does this guy not have an||
Why does this guy not have an offer yet? Why is it that a QB who is proven to not suck horribly wants to come here and we aren't moving heaven and Earth to take him? This is worth about two wins to our expectations for 2015. Anything remotely resembling a roadblock should be getting hit with a sledgehammer.
|2 weeks 10 hours ago||I have this all thought||
I have this all thought out.
If I ever win the lottery and it is that size, then I am going to find somebody who is filthy rich and get his attorney on the phone. I will then offer to to sell that person the ticket at a tiny fraction of the value (one or two million). He will then get to claim it. Since the guy is already rich, the money won't attract extra attention to him, nor will it destroy his life the way that it destroys the lives of most lottery winners. I will take the proceeds and use them to pay off my house and fund my kids' college savings accounts so that they will be able to go to any 4-year college and any post graduate program that they want without incurring any student debt. Then I would keep working as if nothing ever happened. I wouldn't tell anyone besides my wife.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Bummer. He wasn't our best||
Bummer. He wasn't our best starter ever but he got a lot better and with a new signal caller, we really could have used an experienced guy there. We've got options but there goes some of our OL depth and experience.
|3 weeks 10 hours ago||The future is now. We have a||
The future is now. We have a two year window to do something until the poor recruiting results of 2014 and 2015 hit us hard in the 2017 season. I see big long term benefits to winning ten games in 2015, even if it is with a guy who will be gone next year. We need the momentum and we need confidence in the program again. If Harbaugh has a first year similar to Saban's or Pete Carroll's at USC, then the narrative is going to turn against him quickly.
|3 weeks 10 hours ago||Like where? I am not up to||
Like where? I am not up to speed on the QB situation around the country, but I can't think of any major programs off the top of my head where the situation is as dire as at Michigan. Wisconsin -- mmmaybe? But certainly no guarantee for Rudock starting there.
As an added bonus, we're not playing Iowa this year. If he still has some love for his old program, then it would probably be nice to not have to face them.
|3 weeks 10 hours ago||Please, Harbaugh, for the||
Please, Harbaugh, for the love of God. Take this guy. Take him right now.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||I wish this subject wasn't so||
I wish this subject wasn't so taboo.
A couple of years ago, everyone thought that it might just be a bad batch of senior leaders, so the theory was that after some addition by subtraction, we'd be back where we used to be. I thought at the time that we would eventually be forced to come to the conclusion that Red just doesn't have it anymore. That's basically where we are. To me the only question that remains is how much do we "owe" him for his success? How many more mediocre or bad years has he earned from his decades of success. My answer in this case is what it always has been -- "zero". I don't think that anyone earns a job for life, or the right to quit on their own terms. The program is well below expectations right now, and it's time for a change.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||An okay, trade, I guess.. We||
An okay, trade, I guess.. We traded away a couple of long shot prospects for a Bertuzzi/Franzen type who hasn't scored a playoff goal since 2002. My vigil for a stud offensive defenseman continues.
|6 weeks 7 hours ago||With Levert and Walton we||
With Levert and Walton we lost at home to NJIT and Eastern Michigan and we lost at home by 11 to SMU right after getting completely run out of the building by Arizona. The same thing happened at OSU where they combined for 58 minutes. You'll have to forgive me for not looking at that bunch and seeing anything better than a mediocre NCAA 8 seed next year.
|6 weeks 9 hours ago||Michigan basketball will be||
Michigan basketball will be back, but at what level? In Beilein's eight seasons, we have three first weekend exits from the tourney with decent teams, one Final Four, and one Elite Eight. Including this year, we also have had three teams that didn't even make the NCAA tourney. This year, we might not even make the NIT. The talent on the team right now is more reflective of the teams that either didn't make the post season or squeezed into the tourney as a 10 seed than the teams that made deep tourney runs. Next year isn't going to change that. The poor recruiting of 2014-2015 is going to cost us again.
Beilein's retention and recruiting of players is a big problem, and it will probably continue to be a problem. He's not just losing guys to the lottery. He is losing guys to other programs and he is losing guys who make mistakes by leaving. In the meantime, outside of 2012 and 2013, he has been a poor recruiter who relies on overachievement from program guys and finding diamonds in the rough. His luck finally ran out in that department as we are seeing some reversion to the mean with guys like Irvin and Chatman.
It's a down year, and it's one that really hurts since it looks like the program had turned the corner. Even if Caris comes back, I don't see a Final Four or a Big Ten championship in the near future.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Yet one more reason for||
Yet one more reason for Tennessee fans to hate our 1997 football team.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Remembering what I saw of the||
Remembering what I saw of the Sammies when I was at Michigan, I can't say that I'm even remotely surprised by this.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||I'm sure that the Alabama||
I'm sure that the Alabama boosters put a stop to it very fast.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||I'm glad that Enos won't be||
I'm glad that Enos won't be returning to MSU. He was apparently an important part of their success in the Detroit area while he was there.
|11 weeks 9 hours ago||This X 1 Million. The||
This X 1 Million. The "Beilein buids national championship contenders and NBA lottery picks out of 3* nobodies" narrative has been wildly exaggerated. The Novak/Douglass era gets looked at through some extremely rose-colored glasses in these parts. Those guys were hopelessly overmatched in lots of games and they got run off the court numerous times. They finished better than .500 in conference play only once in their four years. Now we are basically back to that level. Every coach has their hits and their misses and unfortunately it looks like we are seeing a reversion to the mean this year with guys like Irvin and Chatman not living up to their billing while other guys demonstrate why they weren't highly sought after. The pre-season predictions of being a Top 5 seed in the tourney weren't realistic. The program has peaked. It is a program that will make the NCAA tourney probably 2/3 of the time and occasionally go on a deep run. It's definitely not bad but it isn't great either.
|11 weeks 11 hours ago||Wouldn't it be nice to not||
Wouldn't it be nice to not already be looking at an assistant position as a problem that has to be mitigated?
Was there really not one eligible and proven TE coach at a lesser program looking for a pay raise and a promotion? What's the point of having a big pool of assistant money if you aren't going to go out and find proven guys?
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Wheatley was Brandon Minor||
Wheatley was Brandon Minor with Denard Robinson speed. He was insanely gifted and unbelievably good. And despite his reputation as a track guy he could pick up tough yards between the tackles.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||The Silverdome had excellent||
The Silverdome had excellent atmosphere compared to most pro stadiums though. For the '91 Playoff game it was like four Joe Louis Arenas packed together.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||So does Wheatley have much of||
So does Wheatley have much of a track record as a recruiter and a coach? Detroit will be his recruiting area and I don't remember Syracuse pulling any recruiting upsets in the area when he was there.
A nice hire, I guess, but not really a home run. I know the guy has coached in the pros but he got that job by following Doug Marrone there, and Marrone was a questionable hire for that job in the first place. I like that he will bring a passion for Michigan and that he will at least have some extra credibility for having been in the pros. I don't see much of a track record there,though, good or bad.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Unless we are the first ones||
Unless we are the first ones to get smart or interstellar travel never got invented.
Or maybe we are the aliens and we got planted here by ancient travelers from the far away planet of Zyrklwizcx.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||I don't feel like most of||
I don't feel like most of those examples are just finding excuses to bitch though. Those 8-4 Moeller seasons were really disappointing and it looked for all the world like he had the program headed in the wrong direction. Those 1993 and 1994 teams had national championship talent and they were very poorly coached. Bo's tendency to choke away two games a year with terrible game management, stubbornness, and that infuriating "bend but don't break" defense was also really frustrating in the moment. My memory of Bo starts in the early 80s, when he averaged about 3 losses per year. That was back when we played tough OOC schedules but it was also back before the 85 scholarship limit made teams like NW and Wisconsin competitive. You are right that people bitched after the losses in that era but there was good reason to do so. With that said, I think that people always maintained their perspective that Bo was a great coach that we could trust to be in the race for the Big Ten almost every year. If Harbaugh goes 12-1 next year with a close loss to OSU, I don't think people will bitch about that.
We bitched about Lloyd punting from the 36 yard line because it was a terrible decision that cost us a big win in 2005. We have since learned that 7-5 is not the bottom, but I don't think that makes the complaints about that season less valid.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||The fans were chanting||
The fans were chanting RichRod's name when he beat Western Michigan to improve his UM record to 4-9. As football fans go, we are a relatively patient, rational, and forgiving crowd.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||I think that we will see that||
I think that we will see that same level of improvement, although the one factor that Urban had going for him that we won't is a cupcake schedule. Our schedule next year might be pretty hard.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||I see 7-5 as the hard floor.||
I see 7-5 as the hard floor. Even with no coaching upgrade, the ridiculous amount of experience returning on the two-deep plus Peppers and Morgan coming back from injury is worth at least two or three more wins for a team that went 5-7. The coaching upgrade will be huge and the effects will be dramatic. I don't think that people have processed what a truly terrible job that last coaching staff did.
The one X factor that could hurt us in year 1 is the "Those Who Stay" effect. We may see some talented impact players sacrificed for the sake of the culture, and that could hurt us in year 1. I'm still thinking 8-4 for year 1. A couple of those losses will be really bad and discouraging.