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|3 days 3 hours ago||"Only he knows for sure."||
I love how this is the last line of a long post that is chock full of speculation about what Harbaugh is thinking . . . .
|3 days 8 hours ago||Goaltending||
OK, so this doesn't explain the home-vs-road divergence, but Nagelvoort really hasn't looked so hot this year. Granted, Michigan has given up oodles of odd man rushes and, as Adam's analysis shows, the defense allows too much room for shooters to take their time and pick their spots. But Nagelvoort's allowing too many unscreened one-on-one shots to go in, and it looks like a step backward from the promise he showed last year.
|1 week 3 days ago||Time to change your username?||
I bet "Babcock Not Coming" is available.
|2 weeks 2 hours ago||See, this thread wasn't a waste after all||
I had to look up who Karen Gillan is.
|2 weeks 2 hours ago||"Not worth a forum post"||
Uh, have you BEEN on this site lately? This is good for four separate posts on the board, easy -- one for the news, one for the backlash, one for "hey, maybe there's a chance," and one to summarize the first three threads.
|2 weeks 4 hours ago||The band is getting back together!||
We still have a permanent AD spot open, so how about the M&M boys?
|2 weeks 5 hours ago||Well, that settles it . . .||
I've read countless stories about Les Miles, both here and elsewhere, over the years and during Michigan's repeated coaching searches, and NEVER have I heard it said that Miles misled a recruit.
(c'mon, do I really need to add a "/s" here?)
|2 weeks 6 hours ago||This interpretation also fits in well . . .||
with Wojo's theory that Hackett's burying of the "Michigan Man" theme at his press conference was intended in part to reassure Harbaugh that he won't have to deal with any criticism from former players that his comments about academics mean he's not a true "Michigan Man." All in all, it looks like Michigan is determined to present a unified front in going after Harbaugh. Now, whether they actually can get him is a different matter, but at least we can be reasonably sure that they are trying.
|2 weeks 7 hours ago||Maybe he would have . . .||
if you weren't yelling and using profanity. Next time try asking nicely . . . .
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Why no "Coach Hoke got a raw deal"?||
Pure speculation on my part, but maybe Hoke himself advised the players during his farewell meeting to avoid such comments, and to avoid criticizing the AD/media/fanbase for the decision to fire him? That seems like the best explanation for the uniformity of the players' comments in the aftermath. Hoke seems to have handled the situation well -- he certainly saw it coming -- so maybe he realized that the players would unnecessarily stir things up by venting about the injustice of it all.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||"This will almost certainly be you know what."||
Hmmm, let's see:
(1) Announcing groundbreaking ceremony for new $20 million underwater basketweaving facility?
(2) New yellow "band" to be placed around outside of stadium? (Don't worry, it's NOT A HALO!)
(3) 2019 neutral-site season opener against Appy State, so we can settle this once and for all?
(4) John Beilein announcing his retirement? (OK, shouldn't even kid about that)
Uh, OK, I give up -- can I get a hint, please?
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Sorry to disappoint . . .||
but if this happens, I will be surprised.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Or . . .||
to wrap up the negotiations with Hoke's successor. What are you up to today?
|2 weeks 3 days ago||And this is relevant . . .||
|2 weeks 4 days ago||"Would love to see . . .||
just how well the Rich Rod offense did against the upper echelon opponents only." That's what you asked, so that's what I provided, with a comparison to Lloyd Carr's offense for context. So now you switch to a different argument -- that Michigan lost in 2010 and its rushing yardage therefore wasn't necessarily "meaningful." Again, I note that Carr's Michigan teams lost 6 of the 8 OSU games referenced in my prior post, so I assume there was some "garbage time" yardage involved in those games as well (if there was any rushing yardage at all -- and there wasn't in 2005 or 2007). At the end of the day, Brian's claim was that Rodriguez put together a better rushing offense than Carr, and you have yet to identify any flaw in that argument, other than a vague claim that we're all engaged in some sort of "revisionist history around here." Yes, statistics can be "skewed," but if you keep looking at them from different angles and reach the same conclusion, you might be onto something.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Unaware|
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I'm a "glass half full" guy . . .||
so I'm going with tire fire.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Does OSU count as "upper echelon"?||
If so, in the 2010 game, Michigan rushed 41 times for 182 yards, or 4.4 YPC. How many times, you might ask, did Lloyd Carr's Michigan teams do better than that against OSU? Going back to 2000 (box scores pre-2000 are hard to find online), the answer would be . . . zero. In 2006 and 2003, Michigan managed 4.3 YPC (30 carries for 130 yards and 40 carries for 170 yards, respectively). But Carr's record against OSU also includes 2007 (24 rushing yards, 0.6 YPC), 2005 (32 rushing yards, 1.3 YPC), and 2000 (88 rushing yards, 2.0 YPC). By way of comparison, in 2008 (Rodriguez's first year, with no rushing threat at QB and no OL), Michigan rushed for 111 yards against OSU, good for 2.7 YPC, which beats three of Carr's eight teams between 2000-07.
Here's an insight to consider -- offenses (and defenses, for that matter) tend to do less well against "upper echelon" opponents. Rodriguez's (and Carr's) offenses are no exception.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Gosh, so sorry . . .||
We forgot the rule that you can't admire the achievements of one former Michigan player without mentioning all the other former players. OP, why do you hate Tom Brady (not to mention Charles Woodson, Larry Foote, David Harris . . .)?
|3 weeks 3 days ago||I'm pretty sure he is||
You need to more carefully review the MGoBlog bylaws.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||"No top tier guy walking through that door" . . .||
Absolutely! Look at Alabama, for example. They went through 3 coaches in ten years from 1997-2006 (not counting an interim and a guy, Mike Price, who was fired before he even coached one game), so there was no way they'd be able to make a quality hire in 2007. Instead they had to settle for Nick Saban . . . .
|3 weeks 4 days ago||I'll respond to you in just a second . . .||
right after I get my marching orders from Brian . . . .
Geez, after this season, even the trolls are too tired and beaten down to entertain us, or even come up with a halfway amusing user name.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Welcome to MGoBlog!||
It's thoughtful posts like yours that make this the preeminent college football blog in the nation. Thanks for taking the time to join us and contribute your thoughts, when you clearly have many other important things you could do with your time and talent.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||I used to think this was "just some sort of fluke"||
I don't anymore.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||But other than that . . .||
and the subpar coaching staff, how was the game/play, Brian/Mrs. Lincoln? I think you've made an airtight case for the lack of a Northwestern UFR.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||ANOTHER secret blown by mGrow?||
Please don't mention the secret club where we are free not to read the UFRs for games that made you want to claw your eyes out.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Tread carefully, son . . .||
I've already signed a retainer agreement with Jackie Chiles.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Hoke already has a stay bonus||
He got $1.5 million for staying through the first 3 years of his contract, and he'll get another $1.5 million if he stays through all 6 years of his contract. There's also various bonuses for conference championship game appearances, conference championship wins, and bowl appearances. For example, if Hoke had won the Big Ten championship game last year (like Dantonio did), he would have gotten an extra $550,000.
[Edit: Here's the contract for those who are interested.]
|4 weeks 2 days ago||He only collects those $500k stay bonuses||
at the end of his 3rd and 6th years (assuming, of course, he makes it through year 6 -- um, yeah). The contract lists them as "annual" stay bonuses, but they only are "vested and payable" at the end of each three-year segment of his six-year contract.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Facts, yes . . .||
but with zero context that might lend any support to any "point" she might be trying to make. Is she advocating that a traffic citation should count as a strike toward forfeiture of the privilege of playing football? If she's arguing Clark should have been gone before this past weekend, doesn't that suggest his past record was on par with his alleged assault, or maybe that Hoke should have seen this coming based on Clark's past record? If so, that's a ridiculous argument -- little did I know that a traffic violation and an alleged failure to pay rent (if that's what it even was -- all the article says is that Clark was "involved" in a civil suit for nonpayment of rent) are gateways to domestic violence. It's almost as though she's just filling a column quota and doesn't actually give a sh*t about college athletics or the Michigan football program -- nah, that couldn't be it.
On the other hand, I'm arguing with you about which of two Free Press columnists is worse, so it's hard to say you're wrong. When you get below a certain threshold of incompetence, it defies objective measurement.