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|11 weeks 4 days ago||Favorite 3rd down play 1985 OSU||
My favorite 3rd down play is still OSU 1985 when Harbaugh threw to Kolesar. I'm going on memory but I thought it was a 3rd down play.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||Gary Grant||
We were playing pickup Basketball one spring when Gary Grant drove up with Antonine Jobert and Sean Higgans in tow. Jobert had just completed his senior year. It was pretty clear he was not NBA. He was really slow and missed most of his outside shots even when no one was around him. He was clearly 30 pounds overweight. Sean Higgans was a complete head case and was only interested in jacking up 35 foot jumpers. .
However Grant was the real deal. My friend who is my size 5 9, crossed over on Gary Grant and thought he was really spiff. Unknown to my friend Gary Grant decided to contemplate the meaning of life. After pondering he pivoted 180 degress, reached over my friends shoulder without touching him and took over the dribble as if it were nothing.
I have seen footage of a cobra striking. The speed that Gary Grant displayed and the leisurely manner that he implented his abilities were the most impressive thing I have ever witnessed.
|25 weeks 3 days ago||The comments on firing are insane||
Last two years we have lost an NBA top 15 pick and a rotation point guard. What happens to MSU or Iowa if they lose their best player and the only remaining player on the roster who does the same thing? They are in the same boat as us. Perhaps Beilein is unable to get the recruits. But we know all of the power programs getting those recruits are shady. I would rather struggle and do everything above board than cheat & win even if I know were in an age when you will most likely get away with it.
|25 weeks 4 days ago||They would use railroads||
Costs would go up but this is no different than moving oil by trains because of inadequate pipelines. Obviously a different kind of car. But this is what our economy is moving to which is just in time solutions. The age of "well that happened were screwed for eight months is over"
|33 weeks 5 days ago||If I could be Joe Bolden I would||
When you fail on the field it comes with the package. Your failures on the field are obvious to all. But as an individual who could only dream of playing at Michigan I would rather be a starter and blasted by angry fans then critique their play. I'll take the package.
There are a ton of individuals at sports at all levels who fail despite the their best intentions, work ethic and desires. It just happens to be their failures are displayed in front of us. I would have been honored to give it all for the Michigan football program even if it meant I came up short. As long as I knew I left it all on the field and I was the best option at the time I could live with that. If only I sucked as much as Joe Bolden. What a great problem to have.
|37 weeks 4 days ago||Actually it was Hoke drinking the beer||
Hoke has a circle of folks who all attended the same tavern and drank at the same time. So maybe they were pissed off they lost their drinking buddy.
|37 weeks 4 days ago||They were not sad they were mad||
I have family in Muncie Indiana. Rabid Ball State and Butler fans. I asked them if Hoke would come back to Ball State and they said good ridance. He burned his bridges when he left the team for SDSU before the season was over. They know Ball State is a stepping stone. But they felt that Hoke was deceptive. He may be a good man but that circle of folks disagrees.
|37 weeks 6 days ago||How much are you willing to cheat?||
Recruiting in college basketball is dirtier than a toilet in the student slums. If you want the big guys what are you willing to do? Are you willing to have a hoard of boosters take care of players? Are you willing to have assistants bring in strippers? Are you willing to treate your college basketball players like pseudo professionals? Are you willing for your staff to lie, cheat, steal and for an AD apartment to do everything necessary to keep players who have no interest in college eligible? Are you willing to sell your soul to a AAU power broker and keep him happy? There are a couple exceptions of coaches doing it the right way. But those are a very few. Beilein appears to do things above the board. More often than not our team is in the tournament and doing damage. I'm not going to judge this team until March. I would rather have an outside chance of winning than cheat and be a contender every year. If you want to win every year no matter what the cost, be a UK fan.
|44 weeks 3 days ago||So are injuries 100% of the game||
I'm just pointing out another possibility. We could have all said that Verlander's problems were mental also. As we now know injuries prevented him from peak performance. So when I see someone perform at a certain level and than it goes away, I always wonder if it has to with injury. Yeah without verification could be mental also. Either way, tells us how bad the backups must be that a guy with a mental block or a bum shoulder is still the best we have.
|44 weeks 3 days ago||I think Rudock is hurt||
I had projected a mean of 8-4 presuming we had the Rudock of last year. I did not realize our defense would be so dominant. In my opinion if we had the Rudock of last year we would be undeated. When I see someone lose accuracy I begin to wonder if there is an undisclosed injury. Compare Gardner end of 2012 to Gardner of 2014. After DR's nerve injury in 2012 it made me review some of the inexplicable misses in 2010. I have no evidence that Rudock is hurt. However this "mental" argument just does not make sense. If it is discovered by the staff Rudock really is hurt, they will not want to disclose it until after the season. At least now they can retain the pretense he is just missing.
|46 weeks 2 days ago||I'm stuck with Pittsburgs defense||
I have a pretty decent team but have to play the Pittsburg defense as the Jets are on a bye. Does anyone see any hope with that defense? I don't need anything big, just not a disaster.
|51 weeks 3 days ago||More concerned with the misses than the interceptions||
It is inexplicable to me how a QB who was a game manager generates three INT's. I disagree on the second INT. If you are running a route 25 yards down the field in the middle of the field you do not run a timing route. If the QB is throwing the ball to a spot before a receiver breaks, that is on the coach.
In theory mistakes can be corrected. What is less likely to be corrected is a QB's accuracy, especially when he is in the 5th year. You are who you are. I counted only three down the field completions until garbage time.
I am of the opinion part of the problems in the run game was Utah selling out to stop the run. That was the reason why Chesson was so open. If we can't get good teams to respect the downfield passing game we will have the same struggles as Iowa did. I'm not asking for air raid. But we need something.
|51 weeks 4 days ago||I think the poor QB play is being understated||
It was not just the long throws that were an issue. I was tracking what I call down field throws and throwing out the last drive our QB had 3. My definition of downfield is anything that goes at least 8-10 yards beyond the line of scrimage. So screens, slants, flats, and dumps are not considered downfield. If the author stated that our receivers were doing a good job getting open, how come our QB had such difficulty doing anything?
|51 weeks 4 days ago||Throwing to RB's||
I think the problem is that our starting RB is not good at pass catching. The intel is that Isaac has better hands. We saw Smith drop one sure completion late. I would have liked to see Isaac get some screens. But he looked pretty slow also. In general screens and dumps to slow RB's do not work very well.
|51 weeks 5 days ago||The three missed TD's were just as bad||
What bothered me more were the 3 missed TD's. Imagine what happens to the running game if Utah is scared of us going over the top? So 3 INT's, 3 missed TD's, and a slip. I think Ferentz is having the last laugh.
|1 year 1 day ago||I'm a John Navarre Hater||
I'm too late to the conversation. But gotta get it off my chest. Good for Navarre to rise to his level of competence. Nothing against the individual. But if you take on something you are not equal to, just like Hoke you gotta take the heat. His biggest failing in my opinion is the greater the pressure the more spectacular the failure regardless of the level of difficulty.
What cannot be translated since no one did a tribute to Navarre botch tapes is the epic nature of some of his failures. What the author fails to note in those epic 4th quarter failures(example Iowa) was how obscenely open Michigan receivers were that Navarre just missed.
And that was the most frustrating thing. Because when the game was lost and the pressure off Navarre seemed to be the master of garbage time and the meaningless statistic. He had it in him to make the throws.
I believe a more telling account of Navarre's true capabilities was his only start in the NFL against the Detroit Lions. Here was another new biggest game of his career. Yet all that was Navarre was in ugly display. Missed reads, inaccurate throws, all out panic. Even that weird spitting thing he did was in overdrive. The four interceptions were spectacular.
Now kudo's to John Navarre the man for pushing himself to the limit and having the courage to step up to the job. If there was a better man to be QB at Michigan he would not have won out. But as a fan I reject this attempt to remake memory. John Navarre was ultimately a choke artist who always failed when his team needed him the most. I will always remember thoughs Michigan teams as one player away from completeness. That is part of being a athlete in the public eye. If you fail you are going to be pounded on even if we as fans understand you are the ultimate competetor.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||James verses Jordan||
It is difficult to compare players in different eras because the game changes. What I recall is Chicago gained success because Jordan changed his game. The Jordan rules worked because you hedged the jumper. Jordan adjusted such that he became a very good jump shooter. Instead of using his amazing gifts to drive to the basic he realized he could jump over smaller or slower defenders and get an uncontested shot off whenever he wanted to. The second item that helped was the evolution of the 3pt game. Chicago surrounded Jordan with good spot up shooters that when he was doubled got 3 instead of 2. This was the beginning of the era of really serious 3pt ball.
James is never going to be the precision jump shooter that MJ became. I agree the better comparison is Magic. The one area where I think James is better is that he has shown that even in this age of increased physicality he can still post. He can literally run an isolation play starting anywhere up top and back into the paint. No worry about figuring out how to post in the paint. He already has the ball.
Jordan was definitely a better scorrer because he had the more consistant jump shot. However, James has always been the better defender. Jordan especially later in his career was vulnerable to quicker cards. And we of course recall the destruction at the hands of Adrian Dantley when Jordan fouled out in a single half when he insisted he would guard Dantley. James though not a lockdown defender against a pure point guard was far more effective guarding Tony Parker then Jordan ever could be.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Kentucky is extremely boring||
I disagree. Instead of running an offense Calapari relealizes he can kill 95% of all teams by just stressing suffocating defense. There is nothing subtle or innovative. He has ten NBA bodies and just wears teams down. He just has fresh players where other teams do not. How many SEC games where a decent team hung tough and UK pulled away? Sort of what happened to Michigan this year where they just ran out of gas.
On offense there is nothing innovative other then get some open 3's with all of their NBA sized guards. None of the bigs have really developed a post game other then overpowering or going over smaller people. They can't seem to shoot, but it does not matter. I just watched the UK Arkansas game and none of the big men seemed capable of hitting a mid ranged jumper or post shot even when open. But it does not matter. Calapari just tells his guards to overplay the 3 because he has two 7 foot shot blockers. If they get in foul trouble he has two more starters sitting on the bench.
So what is so entertaining watching a bunch of NBA capable players who have modest offensive talent overwhelm smaller and slower players and win every game 70 to 45?
|1 year 33 weeks ago||Harbaugh's QB's||
You make a good point about Kaepernick. However, SF's problems are more than just a QB regressing. It is about having no receivers who can get open and a running game that has gotten old. Also recall in the NFL it is the GM making the personal decisions. Perhaps this is the reason for Harbaugh leaving because he did not agree. As a college head coach he has the ultimate say. In terms of Luck he gets kudo's for properly identifying him when no one else was giving him a good look. So even if this is part of your argument he can't develop a good QB, you can't argue regarding his eye for talent. In regards to Smith verses Kaepernick, I would always choose the later. Its just an opinion as their stats are about the same in terms of what they do. Smith had an easier schedule. Neither has great receivers. Though the running attack for KC is a bit better. Kaepernick has a lot of big scrambles. But if you look at the RB's for KC they get a yard more.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||Why R^2 matters four years later||
The reason why it is worth while to debate if R^2 should have been fired or not or whether he got a bum deal is there is a very real chance that we do not get Harbaugh and our remaining choices will be outsiders who will have no former ties to the program. It is possible that many of the individuals who ran R^2 out of town are still in positions of power. The could be former players, former coaches, current doners to the University or the Athletic Department, members of the Athletic Department, or even members of the University proper. R^2 may have learned mistakes. But it sounds like there is a very real possbility we have not.
|1 year 40 weeks ago||Coaches acting like coaches||
Sort of like when Bo took over for Elliot
|1 year 40 weeks ago||Calling Hoke Names||
When you are an entertainer that is part of the cost of failure. When you fail you are going to be the subject of derision. I would happily be paid several million dollars a if I only had to endure people insulting me and calling me virulent names. Whatever names are thrown at Hoke, first he will never know and second the terrible personal feelings of failure by a competetor is far greater. If names are worse than sticks & stones then being public figure is not for you.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Running game?||
So we had 100 yard runners verse Indiana and NW and you think we have a running game? Patrick's pet rock could put 100 on those defenses. Lets see what happens when we play a team that actually has a defensive line.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Fire Hoke if he wins out||
Hoke still needs to go. The reason is the only way that we win out is dumb luck. With a sample space of 4 games(bowl) then some strange things can happen. The one exception is if Michigan wins out against teams playing their A game. If we soundly beat NW and Maryland despite them being on top of their game, beat OSU playing their best ball, and beat a motivated team in the bowl game, then I would give Hoke a 5th year.
Otherwise he has to go. The reason we are 4-5 is because of Hoke's well documented coaching failures. If Hoke gets incredibly lucky by the ball bouncing the right way, other teams getting gutted by injury or lack of motivation, the same problems that afflicted us this year will remain next year. Luck evens out. Next year we will not be so lucky and have yet another struggling year.
The reality of us winning out without other team's help is about zero. As pointed out by others we beat arguably the worse team in the Big10 that had a QB incapable of throwing the ball down the field. The roster is littered with 5 and high 4 star recruits who are under performing or not even able to get playing time. For those who have not been paying attention the good teams in the conference have been winning like 60 to 0 against the doormats.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||Upsets generally require a home game||
Most of the big MSU upsets were a home game for MSU. Having home field advantage in a game of emotions is huge. If it was a home game for us we might have a shot. Combining it being away for us plus Hoke's road problems it makes the odds almost impossible.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||Don't forget that this was Rutgers||
How desparate can we be? We are gushing over a few good runs in the 4th quarter against a defensive front whose biggest player is 275 pounds. Did you consider that perhaps they just gassed out? Rutger's defense is probably not that good and only appears good because of whom they played. They are no different in that Michigans defense was probably overrated. When I predicted the standings in the east division I had Rutgers dead last. Until I see a solid running offense against a team with a pulse I am not going to cry out improvement. That water is the desert is just a mirage.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||I'll take 2008 over 2014 any day||
At least in 2008 there was hope. In 2008 are starting QB's were a walk on who was not the best QB in his High School Conference and a failed transfer. At least there were games we competed in. Right now we are competing in nothing despite having a 5th year QB.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||Amazing what happens when a coach is supported on day 1||
Yes it is amazing when a coach has the budget to bring in the assistants he wants, is supported by everyone and there are no fabricated distractions. Lets treat as a pure statistics problem. R^2 wins everywhere he goes except at Michigan. Is the problem in R^2 or in Michigan?
|1 year 47 weeks ago||Michigan Man Brand||
Brandon failed in hiring a football coach because brand was more important than substance. Hoke was hired for what he was saying not for what he was doing. Hoke talked about ForGoshSakesThisIsMichigan, I want to run power football with statues in the pocket throwing to receivers with fat butts, spread is for sissys, we do it the MIchigan way. This got him in good graces with our decayed royalty that hated the barbarian R^2. But with R^2 players graduating out there is no one left with real football skills.
In my opinion Brandon would be looking for the attributes to maximize propaganda and short term excitement. I want an AD who is not worried about style, but who looks to hire the best football coach. Understood that coach has to be in line with the ethics that we expect. But the first question that has to be asked is that coach a real coach, not a salesman.
|1 year 48 weeks ago||QB may NOT work itself out||
I do not take it as a given that the QB situation will work itself out. There are plenty of examples in college football of recuits, especially QB's not turning out. Shane Morris is highly regarded because of his physical ability to run and throw the ball. He was part of a power program that did not have to lean on him. Compare to Gardner whose HS career was a trial by fire. Morris may work out. I just don't see it as automatic.