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|4 days 4 hours ago||OSU in Columbus||
I would like to beat Urban Meyer in Columbus, lights out, no questions asked. It was sooo close last fall, but our broken-footed QB couldn't run and the 2pt play didn't go well. That would send a message, nationally, that you better respect Michigan again. And of course the priceless, "I just pissed in my own pants" look on Meyer's face at game end.
Michigan State is a close second. Dantonio has had a nice run, as I've posted before, courtesy of us and our broken recruiting practices for a few years. Sealing the deal in front of their sad fanbase is something I got to experience once. Taking one of two-in-a-row road games would put them on notice its going to be an away game next year, boys.
Notre Dame, of course the highlight for me is seeing Brian Kelly go purple in the face. I think their decision will backfire, to go knock off ACC creampuffs...I don't see that being good for their recruiting nor strength of schedule going forward. It would be nice to put a footnote on that but not fully necessary. The series is a nice memory in my brain going forward no matter what happens in the last game.
|1 week 5 days ago||Hoke <> Carr||
My view from those days is Carr coached (with respect to decisions) with an infuriating conservatism. Hoke has shown me that he is willing to put the team on the line in critical situations. I believe that is a key strength of a team that will eventually prove big dividends. The team is going to get used to this expectation and it will be something they handle well going forward.
I like, respect, and expect the fact that those coaches named care about their players, want to graduate them, and recruit guys with a minimum of off-field incidents. That will always be important to me and will not change.
So back to Hoke. In my mind its almost a decision of economics, like it or not. The powerful high roller super-donatin' alumni seem to like him as donations are rolling in. In my opinion they have slightly more power than the broad fanbase, who basically only have ticket purchases (and lack thereof) and their ability to vote with their feet. Unless its a complete goose-egg, the fanbase is going to keep coming, as they have done virtually uninterrupted since the 1940s. My information is that the influential alumni disliked RR for various reasons and what Michigan had become to the point where the donation faucet was about to be turned OFF and DB's ears perked up to that.
Harbaugh may be able to win more games, his track record would suggest higher average performance at high levels of the game, but I think the variance is a lot higher on what the powerful alumni would think about the coach and program going forward. My guess is they prefer more personal conservatism than a guy who lets a lot of stuff hang out. But it is yet to be seen.
While I respect Coach Dantonio, I believe the RR years were like a winning lottery ticket for him Rod seemed to hang out in South Carolina and Florida during the offseason, based on all the scholarship offers that are archived on Magnus' site....hence leaving in-state recruiting Wide Open for the other school to cherry pick. I think the work put in during those years has paid handsome dividends in east lansing, and the inertia generated will continue for quite awhile, for even as Michigan recruits nationally, that's one more guy who might have an easy default choice to play in the center of the state.
DB has shown lately, a swift axe on those coaches who aren't performing at a high level. However those are non-revenue sports, and so I believe a large bank account is Very Effective in recruiting new coaches with potentially higher upside because there's only so much opportunity nationally for coaches in those sports. Football not so much. Being the engine of the entire athletic program, it has a huge potential to sink the entire ship if things go wrong if he uses his axe too quickly and without someone to step into the void and automatically perform at a higher level.
Which would quickly mean DB would be looking for another job....
My opinion could be unpopular but I believe we will be with Hoke for a number of years extending into a second contract unless there's some kind of negative meteor strike in the W-L record. I think he does have what it takes to add to high-level coordinators to get the job done and we will see that within 2 years' time.
|1 week 5 days ago||Agreed||
In football a certain amount of luck is involved.
Consider the case of the Irish who backed into 'Bama a couple years ago. No name Penn had a victory in hand with a 30yd FG lined up in OT to seal the Irishes fate in mediocrity, but they shanked it.
Bama lost once, mid-season and was behind Oregon and KSU who both lost in the same weekend to vault Bama back on top if my grey matter flash memory is still intact.
Auburn needed an unlikely FG return for touchdown to best Bama to get to the NCG.
It would be monumental to go out and simply stonewall every opponent faced in an entire season as if Fielding Yost was raised from the dead to rework his gridiron magic but I don't see it happening to any team. There's always going to be the "bounce of the ball" phenomenon.
|1 week 5 days ago||I agree||
I think if opposing defenses can be forced to respect the possibility of a run, then Gardner will get a lot more effective passing.
And if Gardner starts to put up some film passing, then a Gardner run will be deadlier than ever.
It would sort of take a very good "storm" (trying to tap the perfect storm analogy with a little wider variance here, so bear with me) to make this happen + staying healthy which is an unknown quantity in any season for any player.
But I can totally see it happening! 8-)
Loved the animation in the OP, its a magic moment in our history. Love that we get to see him every Saturday on GameDay.
|1 week 5 days ago||Height perception strange||
There's something about the 6 foot mark. Even if you're 5'11-3/4" its like somehow you got left out of the club.
I've heard this talk here and there about how a 6' 1" QB isnt tall enough to make it as a pro, a 6' 4" guy is what's really needed. And I don't buy it at all, if you can play you can play despite a 1 or 2 inch height difference. Its a media talking point at best.
I honestly believe Peppers is *way ahead* of the typical physical development for a freshman. That's why he could dominate in high school because of the man-against-boys phenomenon. So I think that gives him an outstanding chance of picking up some playing time this fall. I also believe from his interviews that he's actually living his dream and knows that, and is smart and dedicated enough to put in the time and energy to realize his full potential. I think if he does that he will in time be recognized as a leader and bring that intangible to the game as well. I'm very proud that he decided to come to Michigan, as he could have literally picked any college in America and they would have opened the doors, I'm going to be pulling for #5 every time he sees the field.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Good start||
I think its a good start that the players get there a couple of months early. That makes a ton of sense, it would be absolute mayhem to expect them to move from home to the dorm, get setup, start classes and go thru fall camp all in some mad whirlwind of events.
I really like the mindset of these guys, that they have reached out to each other despite distances, etc, obviously technology makes this easier, but nice to hear about.
Its super that Canteen has had the impact that he has, I think it will motivate the others to give it their all. Know most of these guys will redshirt and maybe not be in the media as much for a couple of years, but its in everyone's best interest, and it speaks to the depth that has been built up.
I would expect some sort of a gentleman's agreement between the media and M, just to ask friendly bland questions with a single reporter, get to hear a few of the players own words, that's good enough. Eventually they may be exposed to a large number of more rabid reporters at a press conference, all of them jonesing for a notable quotable.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I've never||
totally understood how it works either, and probably never will. You're trying to stack the best team with guys who won't waver.
I think a lot of it may be trying to gauge interest from the player too. Geography counts. Obviously California kids don't come all the way to Michigan that often unless they're really sold. We offer guys from all over the country and I'd suspect you can draw a bullseye around Ann Arbor which corresponds orderly with the number of guys recruited from each area.
I can see its a game from both sides, especially for a solid middle talent, if you hold out for too long deciding then a coaching staff can decide to fill with someone else. Sort of like a game of musical chairs in some respects. Eventually the music stops.
I suppose for a top recruit (not sure how to quantify that, but a Peppers or Hand type recruit) a program would find a way to make room no matter what time of the year. They probably have to have an open scholarship at most times just in case "lightning strikes".
Michigan is sort of at a crossroads in my opinion. Can we return to blue chip status by being lights out against most opponents, I think the coaches jobs will get easier. If the struggles continue, I think it will continue to get harder.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||The Banner||
on the first game, after such a long offseason...to see the Team come pouring out of the tunnel...even though the opponent may not be of first world quality is one of the best moments of the whole year.
I loved seeing Tom Harmon's Heisman Trophy, 3 feet away thru the glass case...it was a moment of silence for me.
Picking one game and hosting a tailgate at the golf course, early fall of course, worth every penny to spend a day with friends.
The finish of the UTL1 game was mind-blowing. I was there with my brother who rarely attends due to his distance.
The 900th win presentation caught me totally off guard, that was a very proud moment as a fan.
So many other great wins over the years, just to name a couple, Chad Henne throwing a TD on the last play right in front of my nose, even Kordell's Hail Mary, while disappointing, was a marker play. Rod's boys making a huge comeback against Wisconsin. Desmond Howard striking the Pose.
Last year's game against Ohio, would we have gotten 2 and held on, was going right on the top of them all, given the rollercoaster year and their high single digit ranking, I was going to run screaming straight to downtown AA and drink with my buddies until the bars closed. That didn't quite happen the way I wanted, but in the moment before the play, I looked around me, to see the despair, the fear, the angst, in those red-coated faces...they had swarmed into Michigan Stadium to see their team blow a big hole in the Block M for 4 quarters....was quite a consolation prize.
and when the crowd, gets Totally Into the game, its magic in there...
|3 weeks 1 hour ago||Yes yes yes||
This is a super pickup for the MaizenBlue! Welcome to Ann Arbor, Mr. Clark!
The best TEs are good at blocking AND catching as you never know from the defense side what is going to happen (as opposed to the platoon system where its sort of a dead giveaway pass or run useage) and by all accounts that's what we have here!
Funny how recruiting can go thru these long dead periods where fans get to wringing and wronging and then the gates open up! I am suitably impressed about how this class has filled out. Love the way the commits seek to recruit other skilled players to come join them.
(Heck seems to have his finger on the pulse of the millstone other programs are trying to tie around our neck but I do truly believe Michigan will rise again).
|3 weeks 1 day ago||I hate that Brandon can't||
I hate that Brandon can't figure out a single, cheesy, thinly-veiled thing to do that would seem to be a form of widespread benevolence and not a money grab.
I hate that Michigan's downfall in football seems to have coincided perfectly with the rise of our rivals, and the overall increase in competitiveness at the D1 level. While ultimately it probably makes the game better long-term, I think a quick rebound is unlikely, and we are going to have to claw our way back.
I love that Hoke coaches an aggressive game, meaning going on 4th at times, going for 2, etc.
I am getting tired of a Hoke press conference. It seems like a mind game of the media trying to trick him into saying something quotable and him giving out pure vanilla by the truckload as a counterdefense. Its only when he's asked about a game situation that he gives a straight up knock your socks off honest answer about what was in his head.
I hate the conundrum with the legends jerseys. Someday there's going to be another actual future Legend and its going to be confounded with a legend from the past. I almost feel like those jerseys should be given to walk-ons as those guys play for the love of the game, they are paying their own way and in most cases, rarely play in games. That to me says dedication. Let them get some notoriety with the legend jersey.
I hate the fact that the troughs came out of the mens rooms. It slows things down unacceptably. I still think they could be fitted with the waterless "cartridges". I went to Wrigley Field and saw them again and was like damn, this is the way its supposed to be! The volume of mens restrooms on the middle level near the north-east end zone is way too small.
There's more I'm sure, this is just a start....
|3 weeks 2 days ago||I think most of its has already been stated||
But getting behind on the hitters (game I saw earlier in the season) leads to either walks where you have to pitch from the stretch, or hitters knowing they are going to get a fastball and don't account for/protect against that they could be getting a breaking ball or a change of pace.
When you pitch from the stretch, its a totally different motion and the pitcher has to develop a lot more power without the rhythm of a windup and basically body weight going downhill at home plate. Stretch has to be a fast less controlled motion too otherwise every team will cherry pick 2nd base.
So its sort of a rich-get-richer/poor-get-poorer proposition. Runners on base via hits or walks makes it harder to pitch with rhythm and power. Losing a bit of snappy fastball or the ability to paint up the corners makes it harder to get out of innings already going wrong.
Go for long enough with control issues and it starts to affect a pitcher's brain. Having mental toughness on the mound is 50% of the battle there. I don't know what he's feeling because of the injury, if not totally healed he could be unknowingly trying to compensate for its weakness or pain.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Respect||
A leader first has to have respect first, whether that's due to their herculean size & strength, dedication to the game, mad skills, etc. More or less someone who is on top of their game and is obvious to others.
After that its a windy road. One can lead with a carrot or a stick and neither is a 100% answer for every situation. Some athletes are "head cases" and overblame themselves for a personal failure, other people play better when they are mad, some people overthink things (prob a field goal kicker) and fail at the task. I think a team leader knows something individually about his teammates and knows how to get them off a "flat day" or to put a mistake behind them.
I recall hearing when I was in high school in Ann Arbor about one of the captains (think it was one of the Mallorys but can't recall) but the coaches setup orange cones on the goal lines in the stadium to run laps for conditioning (older school conditioning). And so rather than run the shortest route, the captain ran his laps right next to the first row of the stands, taking the longest route possible and exceeding rather than just meeting the coaches requirement, and shortly thereafter, the team observed and this became the expected standard. Myth or fact I'll never know but it impressed the heck out of me.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||You want a guy||
Who would have outed anyone and everyone in the program so he could write a book and make money to turn around and be its leader.
JU has limited material if you ask me because it centers around drama and emotional gut-type reactions. Michigan gives off a limited amount of drama, a failed coaching staff and pricing and pissing off students all fit that. The next book would almost have to be about the rise or fall of Brady Hoke and who do you think is going to let themselves be interviewed for that.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||I see||
the university having an insatiable appetite for land grabs and construction. The number of little "UM parking lots" here and there is a harbinger of the future. When you see tower cranes going up you know the entity building brick and mortar and capping with marble is flush with train cars full of cash and believes they will be in that state for a very long time.
Think of the profit margin on selling a piece of paper! I post this not to be divisive but just to think critically about what's going on, my best information is from where I went to school which happens to be UM.
When I was a student I was nearly a minority from all the foreign students. I hold no grudge against them nor their ethnicity, but I realized from reading that they were charged 5-10x as much as I was paying as an in-state student and so I felt this was a pure money grab and not as something that was benefitting the people of the state of Michigan.
Add that to the fact that I leapfrogged the salary of the lower and middle echelon of professor (forget their titles but non-tenured...assistant and associate?) in about 2 years of working and the labor costs are not very high.
You add up the above and the picture starts to tilt in the direction of being a pure business and less about an intensive educatory institute.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Great guy||
Very class act to write what he did. I think that speaks to his humility and good education. I hope he's an absolute terror on the field. Congrats and welcome to Ann Arbor, Mr. Newsome!
I like what the coaches are quietly building here despite having a few problems on the field last year. I opened this post fraught with some dismay as it wasn't a "hello" post but was very happily surprised!
|4 weeks 2 days ago||4thQ||
Nothing like a fresh-legged running back who has been itching to get into the game, all game, to turn loose on the opposition in the 4th quarter against a tired defense...
This is outside thinking, but supppose we are on the track where Isaac gets to play this season. It wouldn't be out of the question for whoever seems to be getting lesser playing time to take a RS year in the middle of their college career with the forward-thinking idea they'd be the de-facto #1 in their RS-senior campaign. That could default to Isaac because of the lack of waiver, obviously.
Having a stable of talented running backs is most excellent. I hope the stable of OL has been equally developed.
|7 weeks 16 hours ago||OT I know||
but for what they are doing there on AA saline...it seems like the project could be done in a month. Are they replacing the entire bridge or something?
They had the road near Target stripped down and a new concrete base poured the first weekend. Then it seemed like molasses set in.
It seems like about 8 people work on a road construction job. But the natural resources of 8,000 people are affected and wasted each day.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||This||
is Just Awesome!
The guy definitely meets the eyeball test! Glad he got to experience campus with his family.
Having an upper tier linebacker corps is going to pay a lot of dividends on defense. I feel like Mattison can take Darrin a long way.
Also very excited that DK is already trying to reach out and recruit other players.
We needed a little shot of good news, keep 'em coming, coaching-staff 8-)
I will remember for a long time Kenny Demens putting Tyris Jones on his back to end the 2k12 NW game on 4th down, I hope Kirkland can show us a lot of that!
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Baseball||
Like those guys who originally threw baseballs.
I think its a perfect training ground for "throwing with accuracy" and knowing for many years that you have to be willing to make changes in your throwing motion along the way.
Also love that he's solid in big games, as I anticipate some of those at the D1 level !
Its my distinct hope that Nussmeier is still in Ann Arbor to see him thru to a senior. But that is a side issue. I also hope Malzone helps "organize" his fellow recruits like Speight appeared to do. Seems like the incoming guys can help to get inside the ears of their peers pretty well, even if its just to connect with other commits and enjoy as a group, being future Wolverines.
I realize this is going to be a small class, but with each commit the coaches can concentrate harder on the ones left. I am hoping that one day soon, Harris will recommit with solidity....
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Rutgers||
I am curious did you contact the Athletic Dept or did they contact you?
I admit to being in probably the very lowest PSD tier even after 20 years of holding season tix and so I wouldn't be surprised the Ath Dept passed me over.
That said, I'm interested in attending this game, have some friends who live in the NYC area.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Yes||
Time, I think, to sign up a QB. I appreciate the earlier work done on the west coast to try to land a 5* guy...but I believe a guy with a crisp accurate throw is going to get the job done just as well. As always, a guy who really wants to come and play and is dying for an offer I think is going to make up for some of that "star differential" by being close to home, and by really being invested.
Love that we have the Nussmeier QB guru to help develop him as well (if this pans out according to conventional wisdom). I hope that Nuss will stay with us a few years to help advance and develop these guys' skills.
I just had this positive pipe dream about Nuss, suppose in 4 (or so) years we could contend for the BCS playoff...that would be possibly the best resume in college football of any non-head-coach. Won 2 NC at Bama, then brought Michigan back from the brink of the abyss....dream on...its still free 8-)
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Would be a great pickup||
I always wonder what the draws are to South Bend and Columbus. I haven't spent any time there and so is it the cities, the facilities, is it just Urban is so cuddly or what? I get that Ohio can crow about their recent W-L record and their record with their chief rival in a decade or so.
This would seem to be a wild(er) recruiting year, it could start a good domino effect to start having a nice class shape up for Michigan via having some talented players committing and this drawing in others.
Seemed like Speight and Ferns (and others) picked up the self-appointed jobs of peer-recruiting coordinators, this class doesnt seem to have that person yet...
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Its hard to know what to make of this||
Yes Oregon is probably a team that can use a faster OL. And they've had much success and are close to home.
That said, if I was guessing in 09 (? correct year) that Taylor Lewan would leave Scottsdale, AZ to come to Michigan I would not have guessed that at all...
It would be interesting for interests' sake to see if the "take all officials" actually gets out of the blocks or if the Ducks can quench that fairly quickly.
Whether guys are saying positive things about Michigan and do something else the next day, its just fine...recruiting is like that. Things can go whichever way the wind is blowing...part of it.
Putting a foot in the ground this fall and putting last year on a zag trace behind us would probably be well-received in recruits hearts and minds everywhere. I do recognize and admire the efforts that Nuss and others are putting in to make footholds into new territories, though.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||What up||
with all the negbangs on this post. It was awesome. I loved it!
Every coach has their quirks...and we get to know them well.
I hope Pelini brings that cat to every game at least for a minute or two 8-)
|10 weeks 18 hours ago||Honey Badger||
So to wear this name out one more time, from what I saw, LSU used honey badger on a wide variety of CB blitzes. The basic parallel would be the speed to get to the QB and the jukes to dust a TE or tackle trying to put him in the dirt, hopefully the RB would be otherwise occupied with play action.
I can see this as one part of a recipe for an aggressive defense, where basically at times you let the WR go and be safety covered back, blitz the CB on a mad dash and hope to blow the ball up about 5 yards in the air with the resulting hit. Game changing...
This, I would love to see at Stadium and Main, please...
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Peppers is going to blow someone UP||
Its just a matter of time. He hits very hard when he smells the ball....a lot harder than most other HS players I see on film (don't watch that many, just a few highlights, but) I think he will want to make a statement and I can't wait to be there for the next set of highlight reels! Go Blue !!
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Kinda like the way this is working||
I am seeing some touted players start to have Michigan as their lead. Like the direction we are taking with big WRs. I think that's going to prove advantageous in the future.
Also think we are going to end up with some nice OL guys too, I was sad that Sterling Jenkins got pulled into the new PSU tractor beam but I think its going to be OK. There appear to be some other guys with potential with interest as well.
This class might fill out quickly, as I posted in another post, its sort of like musical chairs. A lot of top players have a Top 11 or what have you, but as time passes, some of those options are mathematically eliminated by players making committments and those "Top - _" lists are going to get smaller and smaller and players pulled in other directions.
I actually think that starting into recruiting Southern players is also going to pay dividends as above. Eventually the SEC teams are going to fill up at certain positions and a few of these guys are going to leave the bagmen in the rear view mirror, as they explore their next best option, and we will get some guys on board.
I can understand the interest to go to college close to home (I did, heck I already lived in AA) and I can imagine a top player is going to have 25+ offers. I guess it could be roughly analagous for a middle-aged person to have a choice of any One of 25, completely free midsized cars....how the heck do you decide?? That might be a poor analogy but there are some facts (like repair and maint costs) and some emotions involved too.
I think the coaching staff can still recruit. There's a lot to be impressed about at Michigan. A few more Ws on the schedule and I think we can find another gear.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||The East Club Level||
is prime for "events" other than football. Take the stadium tour with Paul Kizer if you don't believe me.
To stand next to a real Heisman Trophy was chillingly awesome.
(and I remember the chain link fence and the grassy way next to Main too...8-)
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Rocket||
Thats Rocket Ismail territory there! (run by Holloman)
I'd love to see the RB stable get filled up with Harris and Weber, I really think its not Michigan recruiting that's broken, its just that all the (top) prospects are offered by like 20 programs and they are all taking their time...which we're not used to. Typically the class fills up early and we just coast into NSD. The yoyo effect of Campbell and Harris may have triggered this, no offense intended to either player.
So its going to be interesting, as the clock starts winding down its going to be like musical chairs...while I prefer the original no-drama class with maybe 1 or 2 stretch targets waiting until NSD, it could be a wild ride this recruiting season....
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Dont give in||
...to the negativity. Michigan Football is an awesome event, socially and typically for the game experience too. Nothing like seeing those highlight plays before your very eyes. Some amazing stuff has happened at Stadium and Main, no year has completely disappointed me enough to give them up. This is a golden opportunity to "buy low" and get on the actual season ticket holder list. As I see it from my view out here amongst the cornfields, my prediction is in 5 short years or less the fanbase will be griping incessantly about the 7 year waiting list again..
If you're young and have tix, its always a good dating opportunity to find a female companion to take with you when the weather is nice. If its raining sleet sideways better take your old hunting buddy who already owns rain gear and long underwear, is my free advice.