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|1 day 7 hours ago||Or would you prefer . . .||
Are You Smarter Than Our Search Committee? Red River Shore? America's Next Top-Paid But Underacheiving Coach?
|1 day 8 hours ago||Not to burst your "only at this blog" bubble . . .||
but by my scientific count -- a/k/a rough guestimate because I couldn't be bothered to confirm this -- the tally of comments for this post is running 112 pro-DB and only 41 against this scheduling move. Folks might want to save their usual "hive-mind" complaints for posts where the majority is actually agreeing with Brian's take . . . .
|1 day 9 hours ago||Right . . .||
because the only option for 2017 was the one announced today, and there hasn't been any opportunity in the past few years for DB to explore different options for the opening game of 2017. All he can do, in your apparent view, is wait for someone to call and drop something in his lap. On the other hand, when DB is "proactive," we get things like the Appy State rematch, so maybe I should be happy that he's just sitting by the phone.
|1 day 9 hours ago||I wish I had gotten that letter . . .||
since the PSD for my seats next year has gone up, despite a schedule you correctly label "an embarrassment."
|1 week 2 days ago||I'm not at liberty to say more . . .||
but let's just say I used to have a LOT more MGoPoints before a recent trip down the Silk Road . . . .
|1 week 2 days ago||So what you're saying is . . .||
we're going to regret our up/down votes a few months down the road?
|1 week 2 days ago||Testing the new MGoBlog policy . . .||
"How Soon Is Now" is the only decent song by the Smiths. On the other hand, I like a lot of Phil Collins' work.
Also, I don't believe the return of up/down voting will make much of a difference in the quality of posts on this site.
|2 weeks 7 hours ago||The way it worked before, at least . . .||
you could set your own threshold for greyed-out comments. I liked this, because I found that a minus-one wasn't necessarily sufficient to flag a comment worth avoiding, given the tendency to neg based on mere disagreement.
|2 weeks 8 hours ago||Truly . . .||
it was like rain on your wedding day.
|2 weeks 8 hours ago||You might be on to something . . .||
Maybe we need to start an homage thread filled with off-topic images and videos.
|2 weeks 8 hours ago||Is it just me?||
Or did anyone else notice that nice, refreshing breeze blowing through the site this afternoon?
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Incapable of "playing to our strengths" - but what are they?||
You (Reader71) ascribe Michigan's "grab bag offense" to their inability to "just play to [their] strengths" due to "poor line play." But my problem with Borges is that he has a predetermined idea of what the "strengths" of his offense are (or should be), regardless of the reality. The reality, for whatever reason (dating back even to last year, as you've pointed out before), is a line that doesn't block well as a unit. The advantage of a play like a bubble screen is that it minimizes the effect of poor line play, but as Borges explained to Heiko over the summer, he doesn't like bubble screens because he'd rather block and run guys over instead. Fine, but if that's not your "strength" (and it isn't for this Michigan offense), then you'd better identify what you're good at and avoid what you're bad at.
I guess I agree with you and Space Coyote, to an extent -- I don't think the problem is with Borges' lack of understanding of contraint theory, it's his failure (whether from stubbornness or for some other reason) to appraise and work with what he's got. The game plan against OSU was an improvement because it worked better with the team's strengths -- e.g., getting the ball to Gallon and Funchess in space and relying on them to beat a man or two, jump ball to Funchess, etc.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Nice . . .||
An answer and an illustrative example all rolled into one . . . .
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I'll go with . . .||
partly (A) and partly (D) (to the extent they're not mutually exclusive, which they kinda are), with a little bit of (E) mixed in. The playcalling better catered to the strengths of the offense, and better execution on a few key plays gave Borges longer drives to work with and a better opportunity to open up more elements from his preferred playbook.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||"Giving up"||
Maybe if you point out to Brian how his failure to post his usual daily content over the Thanksgiving holiday will cause the team to lose on Saturday, he will reconsider his decision.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Your assignment for the Thanksgiving holiday . . .||
Go back and watch last year's Nebraska game -- just about as fun as re-watching this year's Iowa game, I'm sure, so you may want to keep another "skinful" handy. You'll find that you are wrong about Bellomy -- a number of his "catchable passes" were in fact caught, but unfortunately by Nebraska players.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Yep . . .||
like all of us in corporate America who spend all our time on this site while "doing our jobs."
|3 weeks 2 days ago||You're welcome||
Now, take out the trash and get us some Chinese food to tide us over until tomorrow.
Also, Happy Thanksgiving!
|3 weeks 2 days ago||You nailed it . . .||
The "fickle" crowd here is basically criticizing Michigan fans for not being like Lion fans. Sorry, but if a team has won a grand total of ONE playoff game in my lifetime (and I'm not young), insisting that team is still entitled to your loyalty is just plain dumb. One of things I like about sports is that, ideally, it's a meritocracy -- a team only wins consistently if it's good enough. The Lions have earned their pathetic record, by God, and they deserve exactly what they get. To say that I should support that steaming pile just because I live in the area would reward incompetence.
So, yes, I'm a Michigan graduate and I support the Michigan teams. I'll be there this Saturday, and I'll be cheering for the Michigan players, no matter what. But to say that Michigan football could never reach the tipping point, or that fans are fickle no matter what causes them to no-show this weekend or how much mediocrity precedes their decision to walk away, is to demand blind allegiance. That's not my idea of sports -- I actually prefer winning to losing, enjoy watching a quality team playing well, and think that Michigan enjoys enough inherent advantages that it's reasonable to expect a team that regularly competes for Big Ten championships. We're not there now, and yet I'm being hit with a PSL increase next year for a crappy home schedule. If some fans say enough's enough, who can blame them? One guy who shouldn't is the guy who hasn't delivered what he promised yet (a Big Ten championship), and whose team seems to be going in reverse.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Yes, exactly!||
but not in the way you think . . .
What your earlier post demonstrates (as well as the one here that you're agreeing with) is that you see things as black and white, with fans being either loyal or fickle and nothing in between. I see loyal and fickle as two ends of a wide spectrum. Out of the thousands of fans selling their tickets for the OSU game, there are probably thousands of reasons why they are doing so. For those who are selling simply because their preferred team likely won't win and they only want to back a winner, call them fickle. But there are others for whom the anticipated experience of this game -- in light of the whole season, the run of (largely) mediocrity that has preceded it for years, ever-increasing ticket costs, etc. -- has diminished to the point that 60 or so bucks in their pocket sounds like a better alternative than witnessing a possible beat-down by a rival. To brand every non-attending fan this weekend "fickle" is simple-minded and, in at least a lot of cases, wrong. And for Michigan's head coach to do so, when he's made a significant contribution to the problem, is tin-eared at best.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Did I say that?||
I don't want Hoke fired, and I certainly want him to have a chance -- if he'll take it -- to fix his offense. As for what might get him fired, do you really think Brandon will fire him based on "fan discontent"? I don't. This was Brandon's hire, and given how much he likes to admit mistakes -- i.e., not at all -- I don't see him getting rid of Hoke until it's blaringly obvious from the results on the field that he's not up for the job. Like you, I don't think we're anywhere near that point yet, but keeping Borges around will get him there a lot faster.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Yep, it's all the fault of the "fickle fans" . . .||
I'm sure the recruits are just reading what we're saying here on MGoBlog, and aren't capable of making judgments based on what they've seen on the field this year. If we just cheered a little louder against Nebraska or this coming Saturday, it would all be different.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||No I wouldn't . . .||
but since we're not talking about firing Hoke, I don't understand your point. In the post that I responded to, you were advising us all about acceptable "fandom," explaining (I thought) that selling a ticket two years from now would be OK but not this weekend.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||I should be more positive . . .||
like the guy who vaguely accuses someone of "quitting" but then doesn't want to tell us who that might be . . . .
|3 weeks 3 days ago||There's plenty of space between . . .||
agreeing with Brian and disagreeing with you. I'd say I reside comfortably in the middle-to-latter portion of that spectrum. I can see how it might be hard for you to determine how often I might disagree with Brian, because I don't find it necessary to express my opinion on every single one of Brian's posts.
Meanwhile, it must be nice to be in the financial position where a recovery of $60 or so (per ticket) of previously sunk costs -- not to mention saving the additional game-day costs of attendance -- could never be worthwhile, no matter what sort of experience you anticipate for a particular game. Frankly, if I can get five bucks for next year's Appy State ticket, I'll gladly take it and "miss out" on that experience. But once we've gotten to the point where we're just arguing about the magic cut-off dollar amount and anticipated experience level at which a "non-fickle" fan could justify selling his ticket to a given game, I think we've established that it's invalid for Hoke to assume that the no-shows this weekend are "fickle."
|3 weeks 3 days ago||So it's only "fickle" when you say it is?||
Two years from now, without progress that you deem sufficient, it will be OK for a fan to sell his ticket. But at this particular moment, three years into Brady Hoke's tenure, with a record-worst performance for a Michigan offense, it is not OK. Please keep us posted so we'll know how to be proper Michigan fans . . . .
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Wow, what commitment!||
You mean Hoke's going to show up to work on Saturday and earn his (extremely healthy) paycheck? What a great leader and example. Meanwhile, you're responding to a blog post about Michigan football, written by a guy who writes about Michigan sports for a living. So who, pray tell, is the "one who is quitting"?
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Even for you, this makes no sense||
Maybe you know of some magical way to get season tickets for Michigan football without buying them in advance, but I don't. Yet, absent the offense's cratering performance this year, that's the only way most folks could have expected to attend the OSU game, unless they were prepared to spend hundreds of dollars per ticket. And I don't want to tax your brain with complex economic concepts, but even if someone's selling an OSU ticket for less than face value, that's still 60 or so bucks they can put in their pocket in exchange for "missing" their team possibly get obliterated by their rival.
Mind you, I'm a season ticket holder who will be there on Saturday, but I can certainly understand the frustration that will lead many others to choose otherwise, and I would hardly call that a "fickle" response to a team that hasn't met the "expected standards." How ridiculously presumptuous that those fans should have expected that the offense would perform at something more than a record low, leading the nation in TFLs and reducing a quality QB to a smoking rubble . . . .
|3 weeks 3 days ago||"How were the results?"||
Um, how about 11-2 with a BCS bowl victory, despite being saddled with an OC who wanted in the worst way to shoehorn him and his teammates into an under-center I-formation scheme? But I guess that was "not who we are" -- thank goodness we've returned to that this year.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Sample size?||
If, as you say, you have removed all plays of "3rd/4th down and longer than 6," is there anything left to analyze from Michigan's offense this year?