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|29 weeks 6 days ago||I don't recall any of the||
I don't recall any of the Starks being raped.
Tortured... not worth the semantic argument.
But not raped. Never raped.
(This is with regards to the books. I haven't seen the latest season of the TV show.)
|32 weeks 2 days ago||I see the word worst repeated||
I see the word worst repeated over and over.
But regardless, I still don't agree.
In 1991, Michigan got their asses handed to them by Duke in the basketball championship and didn't win the Big Ten. FSU humiliated Michigan on national TV in Michigan Stadium. Steven Emtman ate Michigans OL in the Rose Bowl. And I'm sure the loss in the Frozen Four was terrible also. Personally, I thought it was a pretty good year but I'm not crying about this year either.
So, in this weird view where doing well breeds heartbreak that one takes the cake because all the teams did really but lost.
I'd go with 2007 more though. Because the football team started at #3 and then the whole season sucked except the bowl what with Hart and Henne being hurt and the back to back loses to Appy State and Oregon and then the worst OSU Mchigan game on record. The basketball team was 10-22 and unwatchable. And in hockey MSU won the national championship.
2007 is my real pick but I can't answer for anyone else because my perspective is not like most on here. It feels silly discussing an arbitrary system of quantitation made up by the party that I seem to disagreeing with but if this year's OSU game is worth 15 points then Appy State, Oregon and OSU along with Henne and Hart's injuries are certainly worth a lot of points. At least in my book.
|32 weeks 2 days ago||I think the very fact that||
I think the very fact that anyone is even discussing the idea that this is the worst year ever in part because the basketball team lost the national championship game is a perfect example of the worship of negativity and self pity that has a grip on a segement of the fanbase.
That basketball season was one of the best in my lifetime. If you can't see that then I feel bad for you because you will likely always be an unhappy fan and I will probably avoid discussing sports with you. But things are looking up, I'm sure 2014 and on will be much much worse.
Having said that, I think it is clear that 2013 was just another year. There were some pretty terrific highs and some totally normal lows. Nothing terrible happened.
|32 weeks 2 days ago||Your first sentence is||
Your first sentence is clearly false.
If Gardner is at a substantially increased risk for a catastrophic injury (a possibility that we have no evidence to assume is true) then he probably shouldn't be playing regardless of the game circumstances.
Otherwise, Gardner is the QB. If he can play and help the team he should play. This game matters as much as any other random game. You can't bubble wrap Gardner and only use him when it is "important." It doesn't work that way.
There is plenty of time to heal in the off season.
|32 weeks 6 days ago||Michigan, under Lloyd Carr,||
Michigan, under Lloyd Carr, became one of the most successful programs in college football. When he retired, Mcihigan eventually hired Brady Hoke, who was the DL coach at Michigan before he left to be the head coach at Ball State, and then head coach at San Diego State. I'm sure Michigan is thrilled to have that option, b/c it is a link to their successful past, but Hoke also got good experience elsewhere.
I am much more interested in Michigan winning today than worrying about who will or won't leave and come back 10 years from now.
|33 weeks 4 hours ago||The original post says that||
The original post says that Stanford "held Arizona to 14" in the Pac 12 Championship Game.
Believe me, if Arizona had played in the Pac 12 CG, mgo would have burned down.
|33 weeks 6 days ago||In all sincerity, I think the||
In all sincerity, I think the thing that would be best for Mgoblog would be for Mr. Cook to ignore the comments and to instruct his employees, that are bothered by the comments, to do the same. Cook never really engages in the disc ussions and is very clearly bothered by them. This irritation then has a negative effect on his writing and analysis.
Let the mods handle anything that is clearly beyond the pale and ignore everything else.
|34 weeks 4 hours ago||It was the same||
It was the same formation.
You don't have any idea if it was the same play.
|34 weeks 5 hours ago||Jareth Glanda didn't have to||
Jareth Glanda didn't have to catch a pass because the holder was a WR.
He had to catch a pass because most of the unit didn't get the fake call.
But maybe you're on to something. Why not always make a WR or TE the long snapper? Can't be that hard to learn.
|34 weeks 2 days ago||I don't know which would||
I don't know which would concern me more;
The idea that I viewed the discourse at my employer's site to be so bad that I preferred my rival's site.
That I thought my arguments were better received by fans of my rivals than fans of my own team.
Although, I am quite sure that the tenor of the discussion at 11W is greatly improved by the fact that they haven't lost in 2 years (and are on a pretty impressive streak against Michigan) and Michigan. Well has and isn't. If 11W had existed in the 90s, I'm sure it would have been a pit of negativity and despair as well.
If you want to find some OSU fans that you don't want to talk about anything with, my Facebook feed is full of them.
|34 weeks 3 days ago||I would pick D and||
I would pick D and E.
Although, I would say pretty much everyone played their best offensive game so far.
I did not notice a greater reliance on shotgun passing than other weeks. Or more bubble screens or fake bubbles. There was plenty of I form. Although, this gameplan was less run-heavy than some--but Borges has done that before. The biggest difference was a larger role for Jake Butt. Since he is a true freshman that may just represent natural progression rather than a scheme or philosophic change. Using multiple TEs, Butt and Funch, in the passing game has been a goal from day one.
This was basically the same offense and production we saw agaisnt ND and Indiana.
OSU's D probably didn't play very well but Michigan has been totally incompetent against plenty of really terrible defenses this year. The offensive production seems to be defense-independent.
|34 weeks 3 days ago||When Funchess starts||
When Funchess starts consistently playing like Megatron, teams will start treating him like Megatron.
Putting aside the quibble about one particular route with regards to Funch, he has had his chances and sometimes he makes the most of them and other times he drops easy TDs and first downs.
He is young and improving. His best days, and the potential he was recruited to fulfill, are ahead of him.
|34 weeks 4 days ago||It was the most important||
It was the most important play at the end of a string of most important plays.
Aftter every game, the winning teams always claims to know exactlly what the other team was doing. If you all want to run to 11W and make yourself miserable, be my guest.
I"m sure the OSU coaches hope everyone believes this load of shit and forgets that the Michigan offense had a historic day against them.
|34 weeks 4 days ago||OSU gave up 600 yards of||
OSU gave up 600 yards of offense but knew exactly what was coming.
|34 weeks 4 days ago||Coombs didn't seem to know||
Coombs didn't seem to know what was coming for most of the game. So, he finally got one right.
And, nothing against Coombs he did a great job at Colerain but this is some kind of bullshit.
|34 weeks 5 days ago||LOL keep hatin||
|35 weeks 2 days ago||You are a very negative||
You are a very negative person that I find to be extremely unpleasant.
|35 weeks 2 days ago||Can we agree that watching on||
Can we agree that watching on TV because you don't have a ticket and selling your ticket to an OSU fan because you're afraid your team might lose are not the same thing? Because, those things aren't the same to me.
I also didn't realize that I was making up some new definition of "fair weather fan." I was under the impression that term referred to someone who only follows the team when they think they are good.
I mean. I'm not going to waste my time citing "a substantive referrence" for what I'm pretty sure is both common sense and widely understood. Someone who is only a fan during the good times.
You may note that I predicted fans would come back "if they thought Michgian might win" not when they more "liked the direction of the program" whatever the hell that means.
However, anyone that stops watching Michigan games because of the monetization and lack of ameteurship, and stays away forever, that person has made a principled stand and since they won't be returning any time soon will not be a fan at all and therefore not a fair weather fan.
But if you persist in redefining every word to your liking then there is no point in having a conversation because words have no meaning.
|35 weeks 2 days ago||Hoke will be there on||
Hoke will be there on Saturday.
He is not the one who is quitting.
|35 weeks 2 days ago||He said he'd be there. But he||
He said he'd be there. But he also advocated and defended not being there and passed the responsibility for that onto someone else.
If you don't want to be there then don't be there. But don't blame someone else for what that says about you.
If you only go to games when the team is good then you are fickle and you are a fair weather fan. It is not the end of the world. Every fanbase needs this type of fan. But at least own it. Don't be all "I'm a super Michigan Man if only Brandon and Borges weren't such buttholes!!"
You can't control how good the team is--that is Hoke's responsibility. You can only control your own actions--those are not Hoke's responsibility.
|35 weeks 2 days ago||I don't understand. Every||
I don't understand. Every time Hoke says or does something someone "imagines" or "wonders" what would have happened if RichRod did the same.
The press treated RichRod terribly. This has been exhaustively discussed. I am unaware of anyone still denying this. RichRod also sucked at dealing with the press. This also has been exhaustively discussed. Even John U. Bacon, chief RichRod apologist, acknowlegdes this.
Is it your wish that the press treat Hoke just as badly?
Why would that be good?
Yeah. It happened and it sucked. It wasn't fair and it sucked. And it was 3 years ago.
Why do you all want to keep talking about how much it sucked.
|35 weeks 2 days ago||You don't want your ticket.||
You don't want your ticket. Fine.
But don't blame someone else for it.
Take responsibility for your actions.
If you'll be back in those stands when you feel like Michigan has a better chance of winning then that is the definition of a fair weather fan. If you don't like that characterization then I don't know what to tell you. Words and actions have meaning even if you don't like them.
|35 weeks 3 days ago||JUB is an example of the||
JUB is an example of the worst PR nightmare any organization can suffer--a disillusioned ex-zealot.
Not only can the present never approach the imagined heights achieved pre-conversion but the future is the worst anything could ever be.
To wit; in his latest book Michigan is compared negatively to two programs rocked by scandal--one vacated their recent history due to cheating and lying (OSU) and another whose rotten core trascended college football and horrified society at large (PSU.) All because Michigan, along with everyone else, is chasing profits.
Thanks JUB. Love you too.
|35 weeks 3 days ago||I think trying to put a lid||
I think trying to put a lid on the never ending, soul crushing, and very boring negativity is a great idea.
I applaud this effort.
|35 weeks 4 days ago||Serious question: what do you||
Serious question: what do you hope to accomplish by booing?
Because it won't be anything positive for Michigan.
Booing Michigan during the OSU game sounds like the most serious betrayal you could contemplate.
|36 weeks 3 hours ago||A Michigan tradition like no||
A Michigan tradition like no other;
Check out the beginning of the play rather than the end.
|36 weeks 1 day ago||I think it would be more||
I think it would be more accurate to describe Devin's play as inconsistent rather than regressing.
Arguably, his best and worst games came in weeks 2 and 3 of the season. He has certainly cut down on the turnovers as the season has progressed though.
What seems consistent to me is if you rely too much on Devin's arm, he will make mistakes. Unfortunately, Michigan has no choice but to put the game on Devin's arm.
|36 weeks 2 days ago||There would be no point to||
There would be no point to bringing this up to Borges. He already knows. Anyone could have predicted this result--although having the hard numbers is nice (good work Seth.) Dileo is generally not out there in the traditional running sets (80/20 pass/run split.) Everyone knows that Michigan gets their yards through the air and goes backwards on the ground. With the exception of Hayes, who probably got most of his snaps on the last drive (sample size blah blah), Dileo is the most pass heavy on that list by a significant margin.
If you did pass splits and showed a significant increase in YPA with Dileo, that would be something different all together.
After the Nebraska debacle, I imagine Michigan will continue to move away from the run heavy gameplans for now. I'd also like to see more spread formations. I just don't think confronting Borges with this particular stat will do anything other than make you look naive.
|36 weeks 2 days ago||I imagine, all big teams do||
I imagine, all big teams do personnel play selection break downs, at least for big opponents. They certainly do it on themselves. That's what GAs and such are for.
The problem with trying to make it 50/50 is you end up running a lot of suboptimal plays with the wrong personnel. You end up asking Funchess to block too much for instance. Then it becomes a balance of putting your personnel in a position to suceed, by asking them to do what they are good at and not what they are bad at, against fooling the defense.
|36 weeks 3 days ago||For a team that is so||
For a team that is so terrible and awful and the worst at 2 minute drives, Michigan certainly seems to have some good fortune in this situations. Must be luck.