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|3 hours 27 min ago||Agreed||
It's been amazing this year. I am busy with performing on Saturdays in the fall but generally keep close tabs on the game. Saturday I didn't even look untilnafter half time. You've done it Dave Brandon, you have managed to make U of M football on par with Lions football for me.
|3 days 2 hours ago||From Week 2:||
Mighty polite of you to practice abstinence in front of the home crowd at Notre Dame, Michigan offense. A classy farewell gesture if I do say so myself.
The good news is business school's only gonna look at your highest score, Michigan.
Michigan State's feeling some type of way right now. (Herpes is an emotion in East Lansing, right?)
Ease up there, Oregon. If destroying Michigan State in September was all it took to win a title, John L. Smith would be in the Hall of Fame.
|1 week 5 days ago||Not meaning to Troll||
But Notre Dame also instituted a new defensive scheme (4-3 now instead of a 3-4 like last year) with a new coach and 4 players missing from the defense for the Michigan game including a starting corner back and a defensive end who iirc was expected to play significant minutes. They relied upon 2 freshman defensive backs to play significant minutes.
Michigan's defense while new, is still utilizing the same DC, with presumably similar language, etc.
Sorry as noted below.. Clever Girl....
|1 week 5 days ago||Clever Girl||
Sorry, but I'm all in to that level of "panic" about this season. I think it was the lack of fight from the team that really got it for me. They just didn't seem to care. Or maybe it's me.
"Panic" is in quotes because of that last sentence. I question whether I care. As I noted in another post I've reached the point where I was with basketball circa Amaker. I'd go to a game or two.. shake my head at the complete lack of a cogent strategy. Laughingly shout out in the rather empty Crisler arena that Horton was open (while he was sitting on the bench) And then walk out and do something else... I don't think the program can be a success as currently ran, and I'm worried that the team will crater in a Big 10 that has 1 high quality team, 1 team that should be high quality but has some significant weakness now, and 12 teams all of middling to low quality.
So from an intellectual perspective it's Clever Girl, from my attitude it's "All major theme parks have delays. When they opened Disneyland in 1956, nothing worked!
|2 weeks 4 hours ago||Les Miles is over .500 when trailing in 4th quarter||
They showed the stats on that last week and he's 22-21 when trailing in the 4th quarter. There wasn't anyone else even close. Like him, or hate him.. he knows how to do something right.
Now don't take this as a let's hire Les vote... for I don't see him coming.. .why would he?
|2 weeks 1 day ago||It's reached the point of MMB circa Ellerbee/Amaker||
For me that's where we're at. I love my University, however my give a damn is broke. The football team sucks, the coaching staff sucks, and there doesn't seem to be any "way forward" with the current group.
So where do I go, same place I went all those years ago in basketball. I spend my time and energy someplace else. I'll cheer, and hope, but the anger is basically gone, replaced with a sad apathy, and a shake of the head.
The only thing I have left is a hope that the next coaching hire will be a good one. An energetic up and comer who has had success elsewhere. If there is anything Beilein has proven it's that success breeds success. It's not the "brand" it's not the Michiganess of the coach, it's talent and hard work. It's not even youth... it's the ability to have a cogent plan and the ability to execute that plan. What is Hoke's plan? "We're michigan fergodsakes?" Really... that's not a plan that's at best a vision statement. (And a damn poor one).
Belien's plan is simple and straight forward. To recruit players that fit into a well designed offense/defensive strategy. To change the overall strategy to fit player talents at times, to coach up players from good to great and to constantly always be working to make the program better.
That is what is needed in football. Simple and straightforward. However, I'm not sure that the current regime (Brandon, etc.) can do that.
|23 weeks 6 days ago||I always liked Omar.||
I hope he gets back soon. But son of a b*&%h poor little Omar is going to be afraid now.
|25 weeks 4 hours ago||Agree about Bo Ryan||
When he lost it about his Dad, I started tearing up as well. Loved the tories about his Dad, and I hope he can win it. He probably won't because Kentucky MAN ball won't committ a foul. However I won't be watching. No more this year.
|25 weeks 10 hours ago||I'm out||
No reason to watch the absolute joke of a game that basketball has become. When a 180 man using an elbow is deemed more harmful than a 225-250 pound man lowering the shoulder that's when it has crossed the line for me. Off to baseball.
|25 weeks 19 hours ago||At least||
I don't have to spend one more second watching the hell that is NCAA basketball with the worst announcers and the worst refs. Jeebus I'm so glad to not have to watch those morons lower shoulders and drive on in like a running back and even more glad that I don't have to listen to Greg Anthony and Charles (who knows of what he speaks when he says turrible) Barkley!
I'm out and will enjoy some baseball this weekend!
|25 weeks 1 day ago||Some viewers here have amazing powers of sight.||
The way they can tease iut enjoy touched the ball last. Wow! Let them loose on the zapruder film! /s
|32 weeks 6 days ago||Favorite Comment||
From Bryon Bullough... Why Not U of M: something to the effect of if they would have offered I would have thought about it...
What and be excommunicated from your house. Please... I totally understand why you would go to MSU, don't try and soft sell it.
|36 weeks 4 days ago||Minor Leagues||
The NFL won't spend the money and they don't need to. The NBA might... but there's too much money in the NCAA tournament.
However it is the one easy way to fix the system. There is a reason there are generally few if any major scandals in baseball, hockey. There are functioning minor leagues that allow players who want to earn money to do so as well as the fact there is relatively little money or interest in the college versions of those sports. (Which explains the lack of scandals on the women's side of college sports, no interest/money). If you were to allow players to skip college and go to minor leagues the ones looking to get paid would gravitate there and would take a lot of the evil out of college sports.
|36 weeks 5 days ago||I'm a life member spouse isn't||
Would I then have to pay annual for her, or purchase a life... (spouse isn't an alum at all) I purchased the life when it was 400... (it was going up to 700 and wife and I decided it would be awesome to do it that way, 4 monthly 100 payments and all done) So 1400 would be a big bite for this limited use.
EDIT: It would be a 200 charge. (from the website)
|41 weeks 1 hour ago||Bowl Game - Yea||
Hey I'm glad they got 15 more practices. I'm also equally glad that I have a built in excuse to not watch the game. Too late for me. I'll be happily in bed before it goes on too long. So this is all good for me.
|41 weeks 4 days ago||Hoops||
C'mon man, a national championship. You gotta go with that everytime!
|42 weeks 1 day ago||Here's what I love||
Capacity Spartan Stadium: 75,005
Attendance for the final game for one of the great MSU Teams: 71,418.
Gotta love those fans.
|42 weeks 1 day ago||No||
Because by tying you are forcing the other team to have to do something to win.. you go for the almost given PAT... outcome is that you force the other team to do something to win 98+% of the time.
Go for the point conversion: unsure of the percentages but highest outcome.. force the other team to do something to win.. or they can sit on the ball.
I get it that the Michigan Defense wasn't stopping OSU.. but then again. help me if I'm wrong here. it was a tie game and I don't think there were any Michigan Defensive Touchdowns? So isn't it fairly obvious that the OSU defense wasn't stopping Michigan?
But hey in the end it doesn't matter what I think. Only matters what Mr. Brandon thinks. Have a good evening.
|42 weeks 1 day ago||Hmmm, yet Auburn went for one at home.. to force OT||
And I guess winning is just an okay outcome. But what do they know.
Sorry I couldn't watch the game following the UMICH feed on Twitter and I swore when they said Mich was going for two. Wife asked what.. I said Hoke is going for two.. stupid ... wrong... and then I saw the result. I wish I had been wrong.
|42 weeks 1 day ago||Auburn goes for the PAT to force OT||
And by getting it forces Alabama to have to do something to win the game. Interesting. I guess that's okay.. if it works for you.
|43 weeks 1 day ago||Sorry it's been a tire fire since 2007||
The 2010 year was an exception. A lucky exception. Otherwise it's been consistently bad to completely awful over the past 6 years. Until the program decides that the future is where the focus needs to be not the past it will remain a tire fire.
No I'm not a fairweather fan, just an alum who has decided it's not worth the agony to watch this team currently. I hope you all enjoy the OSU game, I'll be driving on Saturday, might listen for a bit... might not. No big whoop.
|43 weeks 1 day ago||Line||
Opening 10, goes up to 13.5
|44 weeks 4 days ago||The Jon Falk Article||
I got to the end of it.. and I wanted to read Jon Falk's next Bo Story.
|44 weeks 5 days ago||MSU Fight Song Lyrics||
Well to be honest he should refer to the MAC fight song lyrics: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michigan_State_University_Fight_Song
Smash right through that line of blue,
|44 weeks 5 days ago||It's not one play||
Or another play.. it is the amalgamation of plays which confounds us. Agreed that if Kerridge does x, the play works.. .however we've not seen Kerridge do x. In practice one can only assume if practice is run at full speed with a competent defense on the other side that Kerridge still can't do x.
Therefore, if Kerridge never shows the ability to do x, or the offensive line never shows the ability to block in a certain manner, how in the name of footbawl (misspelling intended) can you run that play if you know it has zero chance of success. (I know if it's executed it will, I buy that in the first couple games of the season. Run it out there... ) Yet we've just finished game 9 of the season. 75% complete (regular season) Quick question to the football coaches out there: At the 75% point of the season do you know what it is your team can and can't do on a regular basis? (I think the answer is obvious, but hey I could be wrong)
If you do, how can Borges not know? Hmmm 8 guys in box.. important play... hmmm maybe I should throw scissors here? Since the defense has rolled out sheets of paper 50 ft by 50 ft..... nah let's throw rock.
Someone above noted that the team is slow, no tempo. Yet Hoke says we practice tempo. Well if one assumes they practice tempo as well as they practice inverted veer, one assumes that the tempo is turtle like in it's efficiency.
So what's the solution? Next year's offensive line will be different, more experienced in the middle, but younger on the ends. The backfield will be more experienced, but who will teach them how to block. Gardner will be more experienced, but with the way he's moving backwards will that be better? Arrggggg. This is how it felt to look at the defense of RichRod's teams. Sure they'll be more experienced but they're not better. We all knew what the solution was then, but RichRod wouldn't make it. I think the same issue faces Hoke. We know what the solution is, will he make it... If he doesn't and the offense doesn't improve, or heaven forbid regresses further... next winter we'll see The Process II, Brandon's Last Stand.
|44 weeks 5 days ago||Execution||
Just as Brian says, yes the play call may be perfect if you assume your players can execute. However that is a incredible assumption. Assuming that Fitz can pass block like Vincent Smith is basically insane. He can't.. and at this point in his career I don't see that as a strenght that is going to be developed.
The problem is that if you could use computer to mask the uniforms of the defense I'm guessing each of these plays are going to be repeated over the coming weeks. Sure no defense is as good as MSU's (right... who have they yet faced... they may be good, but really with their competition who knows), but Nebraska's was gawd-awful against the run and Michigan moved them up in the rankings. Each and every defense is going to prepare using the template provided by MSU and Nebraska. If the offense doesn't adjust, it's going to continue to look the same.
Why does Borges not do these other things? Two answers come up to my mind, He's super stubborn, or he's deathly afraid of even worse things happening. I'm hopeful it's the former, rather than the latter. If it's the latter, wee... next year should be super fun!
|44 weeks 6 days ago||I agree and also wonder how||
I agree and also wonder how much this reminds folks of the defense under RichRod? In that instance you had coaches being forced to run a 3-3-5 or defenses they weren't good at. And we see what happened. Here you see Borges not being able to run his offense. Now sometimes coaches can adjust to this and change their philosophy. How much of the bad play calling may perhaps be tied to the fact that Borges is just mentally shot.
Also, in reference to play calling versus execution. As Brian said, at what point when the players rarely execute a play right should the staff realize that this play just won't work, no matter how often it gets called.
Finally, I'm reminded of Coach John McKay's quote during the 0-14 year of the Bucs. When asked about his team's execution he supposedly replied, "I'm all for it." I'm not sure if that was said, but in this time of coaches and bloggers talking about execution it does make me laugh.
|45 weeks 4 days ago||Well now when we say that running back gave his all...||
It'll really mean something!
I know minus 1 not informative....
|45 weeks 4 days ago||We need a new meme:||
M Go Mods as Oprah: You win Bolivia, You win Bolivia... Everyone Wins Bolivia....
|45 weeks 4 days ago||Hurr hurrr||
Ace Williams article... commense PANIC!!!!!!!!! Who has the bulk discount code at Ann Arbor Torch and Pitchfork!
/s for the folks that need that.