"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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|1 year 26 weeks ago||...||
|1 year 29 weeks ago||We too had subs||
It was also crazy.
|2 years 14 weeks ago||Serious Michigan Fan Is Serious||
|2 years 45 weeks ago||I humbly disagree||
"That's not how sports works. Champions aren't crowned like that. They're crowned by how you perform under a set of extreme pressure circumstances. Not by how you beat a bunch of bad teams in the regular season (which is basically what we have now). No sport - other than college football - creates a champion like that."
I think the current system does just that, by making every game a performance under a set of extreme pressure circumstances. You lose just once, and you're out unless the gods conspire to let you back in.
As for the first point, yes, I find it mildly moronic that the NFL crowns teams like Green Bay as champions. Three of the last four Super Bowl winners were 10-6 and couldn't even win their divisions (of course, the division argument could be used this year, too, but at least that team hasn't lost nearly 40% of its games). Did anyone really think last year's Packers team was the best football team on the planet? How about the 2007 Giants? They are your champs, they sit atop the pile of skulls, but they are also completely undeserving of being named champions on the entire body of evidence.
|2 years 45 weeks ago||Yeah, but they're still in contention||
Losing to ISU knocked OSU completely out of the race, which I think is AAB's point. If we turn the two-team race now into a six-team race (which will eventually become 8, then 12, then 16, eventually 68, because every playoff system ever invented has done just that), we're arguing the "bubble" and Okie State's loss really doesn't have that much effect. And if the loss doesn't have that much effect, that game is less fun to watch.
A playoff will eventually turn college football into college basketball, and I'm pretty sure there's nobody who would say that the college basketball regular season is anywhere near as important as the college football regular season is. Brian's playoff system is as good as there is, but it still doesn't change that basic math. If your goal is entertainment (like the hoops tournament) I'm not sure you get there by diminshing the importance of the regular season. If your goal is to crown a deserving champion, I'm not sure you get there by allowing six teams the opportunity; this year, the mere hypothetical presence of five teams playing LSU would be five too many.
|2 years 45 weeks ago||No, MLB HAD the best system||
We had ALCS/NLCS/WS, and it was great, because every series had sufficient games to determine which team is actually superior and maintain drama. And then we got playoff creep. First it was wild cards and five-game series where having 2 good pitchers trumps actually having the best team. Now they're adding another wild card and a play-in game, as if the 162 games before it weren't enough. It's ridiculous.
|3 years 45 weeks ago||I think you got the blockquote wrong||
I never again want to hear about Michigan's vaunted academic standards.
|3 years 50 weeks ago||OOH OOH OOH CRIPPLE FIGHT||
YAY CRIPPLE FIGHT!
|3 years 50 weeks ago||Outsider Perspective||
(1) You're absolutely right on the offense, both as it currently stands and on how it would disintegrate under Harbaugh or basically anyone else. Michigan is far better off for the next 3 years on offense by keeping Rodriguez in place.
(2) This situation, with so much youth and so little production on one side of the ball, is like a half-Zook circa 2009. Change the defensive coordinator (and forget how Rodriguez has shown about as much interest in defense as Coach Taylor on FNL), splash out some money on a staff that knows the sort of bland 4-3 that's so effective in the conference (because defense is reactive; I'm not a traditionalist on offense, despite my team's leanings, but when you play half your games against pro-style, run-between-the-tackles types, a new-wavey defensive scheme built to combat speed more than power isn't going to be effective regardless of its new-waveness), and profit.
(3) Absolutely none of this is written in the hopes that you'll keep your own Bill Callahan for longer than you should. Nope, none at all.
|4 years 1 week ago||Wait, is that Freekbass?||
That man is so versatile!
|4 years 1 week ago||Although, can I say...||
that someone who "reads and enjoys [our] blog" would probably get the acronym right.
|4 years 1 week ago||GAH DIE MICHIGAN DIE||
YOU WILL NOT ATTACK OUR READERSHIP! YOU HEAR ME? YOU WILL NOT ATTACK OUR READERSHIP!
(Actually, we just didn't really feel like writing today. Carry on.)
|4 years 6 weeks ago||It's Not Plagiarism If You Link To It||
We're cool. We're cool.
|4 years 12 weeks ago||Ooh, good one||
Also, all those guys beat you last year.
|4 years 12 weeks ago||Looking forward to it||
Of course, that would involve extracting your head from your own lower intestine long enough to type in the URL.
|4 years 12 weeks ago||I've tried watching them||
They're better than Ambien. Thanks for the help with my sleep apnea, Michigan football!
|4 years 12 weeks ago||Yeah. Homecoming, bitches!||
|4 years 14 weeks ago||OMG||
Michigan diminished the Rose Bowl way back in 1992.
|4 years 37 weeks ago||That video||
Not only have I watched it approximately 147 times, but I've been walking around making a heart symbol with my hands all day. Good thing I'm as intimidating as Adrian Clayborn, or I'd get coldcocked.
|5 years 6 weeks ago||Thanks YDD||
But you don't have to make the case to Brian. He made it himself. From last year's week 1 Blogpoll rundown (http://mgoblog.com/content/blogpoll-week-1-0):
"[DocSat Resume Ranking] is supposed to bat away the preconceived notions that feature heavily in things like the coaches poll (hello, preseason ranking of Michigan) and result in a crystal-pure poll, but it just removes the assumptions to another level. Okay, Kentucky beat Louisville. Who says Louisville isn’t going 3-9? Or Pitt or—dammit—Michigan for that matter?"
Let's forget for a moment that the prediction was Nostradamus-like and get to the real point: Brian knows deep down that we're right. He acknowledged as much, not only last season but in the poll itself. The BHGPoll is a stunt in the same way that Lenin was a prankster. THE REVOLUTION IS HERE. FOLLOW ME TO FREEDOM.
(Oh no, I've turned into one of the WLA guys, haven't I?)
|5 years 6 weeks ago||Also||
If everyone could please give me a point for my reply about Oops Pow's good point about Oops Pow's good point, it would be appreciated. I feel I've earned it.
|5 years 6 weeks ago||Nicely done||
Good point about your good point. You are like a Midwestern Benjamin Disraeli.
|5 years 6 weeks ago||Good point||
Well taken, old chap.
|5 years 11 weeks ago||Question||
How is "Michael Shaw's Sports Hernia" not a blog yet?
|5 years 15 weeks ago||It's entirely up in the air||
OK, a couple points of clarification:
(1) Hampton had a sprained ACL in the spring, so we're all crossing our fingers it's just a reaggravation of that injury. Not that it wouldn't hamper him early on (or raise the red flag on a recurring problem), but it's the best possible scenario.
(2) Awesome monicker aside, PAKIBOMB will not start at tailback. You guys left out redshirt freshman Jeff Brinson, a consensus 3-star tailback who was a Rivals "Top 5 sleeper recruit" last year (whatever that means) and received late offers from Florida and FSU. There were short-lived rumors that Brinson was actually pushing Hampton for the starting spot in spring (what with Hampton injured). He's bigger than Hampton, and by all accounts might be a better fit for this line. There is also the possibility it goes to Adam Robinson or Jayme Murphy, both of whom received some spring buzz after converting from safety (and one of which, unfortunately, is named Jayme).
(3) Wegher was never going to redshirt. He was a kick returner, at least, this season, so there's no loss in giving him the two spot. There have been favorable comparisons to Tim Dwight, for whatever that might mean. However, Iowa places significant emphasis on a back's ability to pass protect (there's a reason why Greene didn't catch too many passes last year), so he could be O.J. Simpson and would still have to prove he could block the blitzing linebacker before he saw any significant time.
(4) I would say it's no big deal because I could run for 5 ypc behind that line, but they just announced LG/C Julian Vandervelde had surgery last week and will probably not be ready for the first few games. That leaves a massive hole at center, which could be filled by Rafael Eubanks (who was honorable mention all-conference and a Remington watch list candidate 2 years ago, but has apparently regressed into a pile of goo) or James "Body Shot" Ferentz in that spot. That might actually be worse news than Hampton, to be honest.
There. Now you can all go back to working with t-squares and building bridges and shit.
|5 years 17 weeks ago||Yeah!||
Damn right! Why would Michigan play a team at home that could beat them? Fuck a challenge! Schedule Toledo!
|5 years 36 weeks ago||HA! YOU SUCK!||
You can never join together to revenge us, and that is why you suck!
P.S. Yay capitalism.
|6 years 3 weeks ago||Notre Dame is in the top 25?||
Oh, wait the other team that beat you. Right.
|6 years 9 weeks ago||Your Leaders Alone Cannot Save You!||
You blindly follow Rodriguez and his vile henchman Barwis, but they are mere mortals. They will eventually fail you, because they will eventually die (Barwis, like Trotsky before him, seems ripe for an icepick to the back). The only thing that will not fail you is yourself, Mighiganders! Cast your blind faith in these false Gods aside and bow before the one true God, the almighty Ruble! You can help yourself, Michigan Man, and you will help yourself, and you will start here today by joining the league of sophisticated nations and embracing capitalism as the one true way!
|6 years 9 weeks ago||CONFIRMED: NEWSOME TO IOWA||
Ferentz to Michigan: "Suck on that, bitches."