At press time, Harbaugh had sent Michigan’s athletic department an envelope containing a heavily annotated seating chart, a list of the 63,000 seat views he had found unsatisfactory, and a glowing 70-page report on section 25, row 12, seat 9, which he claimed is “exactly what the great sport of football is all about.”
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|43 weeks 3 days ago||If we were 5-0, we probably||
If we were 5-0, we probably wouldn't have our QB getting absolutely lit up by someone from minnesota.
|43 weeks 3 days ago||He'll probably show up at 1||
He'll probably show up at 1 am after it's all over, and dismiss the concerns over his tenure as 'minor'.
|43 weeks 4 days ago||I'm not sure I buy that he's||
I'm not sure I buy that he's evil.
I think he's just somewhat incompetent and not fully firm on what his responsibilities need to be as a coach. I think he has some severely misguided views and priorities.
I think what he said was 100% accurate - that he wasn't immediately aware of the situation with Shane Morris. I think he's that incompetent and that disconnected. He doesn't realize that snap decisions like this are why a Head Coach in a major college program needs a goddamn headset. There's a quick decision process that I think is not properly established with this team, and in this instance, it reared its head in its ugliest way.
Don't get me wrong, this is still a fireable offense, I'm just not sure I buy they he's deliberately evil.
|43 weeks 5 days ago||I'm not sure you can stack up||
I'm not sure you can stack up the quality of the player development job Hoke has done with any other top program in the country. Especially Michigan State.
We simply don't get as much from our talent as top programs do.
|43 weeks 6 days ago||THERES NO SUCH THING AS||
THERES NO SUCH THING AS ENOUGH FOR THIS SHIT
WHAT THE FUCK
|43 weeks 6 days ago||Still not up to standard||
They just don't feel like dominant players. When teams have legitimately good defenses, you feel like they are threatening to maul their opponents on any given play, and I don't see that here.
In a way, this defense plays like a bunch of suboptimal players overachieving in a smart scheme. They feel like they are doing a lot of good things, but don't win many individual matchups particularly hard. I don't feel generally afraid that this team will miss tackles, either.
My uneducated opinion leans towards some smart players that arent physically dominant in their individual position. Each player does a solid job performing their role, but don't MAKE PLAYS heavily above and beyond what they are designed to make. They are stout, but not incredibly disruptive.
I feel like the teams we seem to hold up against would be absolutely mauled by a defense from someone like Michigan State. When Michigan State is beating on a bad offense, most offensive plays seem to begin to crumble as soon as the ball is snapped. O-linemen are pushed out of position, running lanes don't open, and pockets collapse quickly from multiple directions.
Overall, not dreadful but many steps away from being good and not in the same conversation as the elite.
|43 weeks 6 days ago||Agree 100%||
At least that way we aren't sending out concussed kids to get murdered.
Where did 2006 go?
|43 weeks 6 days ago||Need Dave Brandon gone first,||
Need Dave Brandon gone first, else he'd think we were asking for Lane Kiffin from the bama skywriting.
|44 weeks 4 days ago||Season's not over yet. Wins||
Season's not over yet. Wins against Ohio State, Michigan State, and the majority of the Big Ten schedule would go a long way to helping us forget a dreadful start to the season. This team doesn't look capable of that, but Hoke and crew have all season to prove us wrong and make something of this team.
|44 weeks 4 days ago||I guess Dave Brandon could||
I guess Dave Brandon could hire Lane Kiffin in a midseason deal
|46 weeks 4 days ago||Nice to see Stevie Brown||
Nice to see Stevie Brown blowing a coverage helping us for once
|1 year 34 weeks ago||Honestly I wonder if some of||
Honestly I wonder if some of the insistence on regularly running the ball and playing towards some of our weaknesses is part of what helped the offensive line develop into what they were today.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||The second read (fade) looked||
The second read (fade) looked open to me. If Devin steps up more into the pocket and pumps the first read, nobody from Ohio State is in a position to make a play on the fade.
They were facing zones, they knew they were facing zones, trying to overload the zones was not a bad plan.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||The call||
Going for it guarantees the game is decided on your most favorable matchup (M Offense vs OSU Defense) that has gone well all day.
I don't mind the play call either, the timing route is a solid choice when your QB has been playing well and you want to be able to get the ball off fast, understanding that your offensive line won't hold up that well and that OSU has been gunning for the rollout/option all day.
I think going for the jugular here was correct.
Also, overtime is a bad idea when your kicker isn't 100%.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||truth||
Well said. This so much forever.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||Absolutely||
We'll see how well the team plays with a month to prepare. The offensive line played well above what we've seen all season, and in general the offense executed well.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||In any other context, I'd be||
In any other context, I'd be agreeing with Hoke, and that you stand out there and support your team /especially/ when things are bad.
But not like this.
When Dave Brandon and the Atheletic department made this about the money with the insane ticket pricing, they undermined that undying loyalty we might have otherwise had.
We aren't new york city, we are Michigan.
We are the hard working heart of America. We are a land of people who do the jobs that aren't flashy enough for the east coast and not stylish enough for the west coast. We stood at the front lines of the economic depression that hit us harder than any other state of the union, and even as our core industry was faced with bankruptcy and bailout, the production lines still built cars even as the banks kicked our friends and families out of their houses.
We get what loyalty is. The best sports fans in America are in this state. I've never been any place more intense than a red wings playoff game. Tigers fans turn Comerica park into someplace magical, in a way the Yankees couldn't reproduce in the bronx. Lions fans file down to Ford Field every home sunday and every thanksgiving despite over 50 years of continual futility.
My first game at the big house was The Horror.
I was there in the frigid rain as we capped the 2008 home season with a loss to Northwestern.
I was there in 2009 listening to the sea of red in the big house chant O-H-I-O for hours as we fell victim yet again to a superior buckeye team.
I love this team, and hope we somehow magically win against Ohio State, but seriously would never pay face value to see this game. Jacking up the price for this game takes advantage of our fandom, while the program fails to deliver an elite caliber team. If the program wants to charge that kind of money, then maybe they need to deliver a product on the field that backs it up, else they can enjoy OSU fans subsidizing the experience.
It's not being fickle when you are talking about a significant amount of many local fans' budget on the table.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||Great Post||
I think that this play is a classic example of why the Fullback is such an important and underrated position. To approach an opposing player at full speed who is also approaching at full speed in such a manner as to land a successful block is incredibly difficult. You see heads talking about 'tackling in space' all the time, but actually, 'blocking in space' is far more difficult to do reliably.
On this play you see the FB completely whiff his block, which messes up the exchange completely. Even with the poor line play, that missed block there is probably a 3+ yard swing alone, if not more. I think you'll find that in a lot of plays where the FB is in the play, having him do his job is one of the most critical roles, and I think its our FB play over our RB play over the past few years that have held this rushing attack back, especially the further outside the running play gets.
|2 years 47 weeks ago||Same thing we do every night, Pinky.||
Try to take over the world
|2 years 47 weeks ago||1. USC - Spoiled children||
1. USC - Spoiled children look pretty legit this year and oregon/Stanford do not
2. Michigan - Homerism with added Senior Denard Robinson making every game on this (tough) schedule winnable
3. WVU - any losses they can have on their schedule will look good,
4. VA Tech, most criminal underrating of a quality football team in all of the rankings. Should breeze through their conference. Will be a top-10 team by november.
5. Boise State - still soft schedule, opening win over an overrated MSU missing every major contributor to its passing attack last year will give them an early bump to their rankings and they won't fall.
6. South Florida - Perenially overrated at midseason and may well win out on voter rankings confusion. Now actually not that bad of a team either.
|3 years 13 weeks ago||Alabama Game||
Will decide a lot of the draft future for the M seniors. If Denard torches Alabama, look out. BWC and/or Roh get first-round looks if they muck about in bama's backfield. Big games by any offensive player in that game will draw a ton of eyes, even if its a crazy yardage reciever game off of some oh noes. Omameh and Lewan especially have a great chance to look good here.
If anyone gets drafted in the first round from Michigan though, this is where the conversation about it will begin.
|3 years 24 weeks ago||For what it's worth||
Florida state is ACC - the Big East conference buyout probably doesn't cover them for losing their agreed out-of-conference game.
|3 years 25 weeks ago||Percy Harvin?||
I'm reminded of Percy Harvin when I see this guy's film
|3 years 29 weeks ago||CRAIG JAMES KILLED 5 HOOKERS WHILE AT SMU||
is such a stupid rumor. There's no way CRAIG JAMES KILLED 5 HOOKERS WHILE AT SMU. It's just not possible. He was a bigtime athelete there with a bright future, there's no reason to believe that CRAIG JAMES KILLED 5 HOOKERS WHILE AT SMU. Even if CRAIG JAMES KILLED 5 HOOKERS WHILE AT SMU, how would he have gotten away with it? It would be pretty big news that CRAIG JAMES KILLED 5 HOOKERS WHILE AT SMU if it were true that CRAIG JAMES KILLED 5 HOOKERS WHILE AT SMU. I think its only reasonable to assume that the rumor that CRAIG JAMES KILLED 5 HOOKERS WHILE AT SMU is bogus and that anyone who believes that CRAIG JAMES KILLED 5 HOOKERS WHILE AT SMU is insane.
|3 years 34 weeks ago||U MAD, LIL BRO?||
U MAD, LIL BRO?
|3 years 34 weeks ago||So the SEC is just given||
So the SEC is just given national chamiponships without actually having to play for them.
|3 years 34 weeks ago||Big Ten sees a loss triangle||
Big Ten sees a loss triangle of Michigan - Nebraska - MSU with an additional Michigan loss.
Nationally, they see two loss triangles of Michigan - Notre Dame - MSU and Michigan - Nebraska - MSU.
Notably, none of these matchups ended with the road team winning.
There are the extra losses as well: Michigan has a close loss at Iowa. Michigan State has a close loss in the title game.
I'd say that under these circumstances alone Michigan State does have the slightly better resume when it comes to loss analysis, but this likely evens out when you factor in that their loss to nebraska was a completely noncompetitive one-sided jailsexing
At the end of the day, you have three factors playing into this:
1, three-loss voter knee-jerk reaction, (unjustly against sparty)
2. Money factor, Michigan will bring it due to program name + storylines + Denard dilithium (unjustly against sparty)
3. SpartyNoo / Dantonio team in bowl game beatdown factor:
Last year both michigan and michigan state played in bowl games that weren't anywhere near competitive. Voters remember this. People write off michigan last year because the improvements from then this year are legion and the team has a completely new identity. Nobody, however, is convinced that Michigan State is a significantly different team than the one that got braincocked by Bama.
This is evidenced by how they've lost games this season:
1. Laid a complete egg at notre dame and weren't ever really in it
2. Aforementioned nebraska annhilation
3. Undisciplined play throws away an otherwise dominant chamionship game performance (Pathetic late-game 4th down punt and, seriously, why were you within 10 yards of that punter). As a result, Michigan State's situation, while unfortunate, comes across as easily avoidable with some disciplined football.
|3 years 34 weeks ago||Nobody can convince me that a||
Nobody can convince me that a defense that gives up this performance is one of the best in the country:
Unless you can point me to a top tier offense on that schedule that I missed.
|3 years 35 weeks ago||It's worth mention that||
It's worth mention that there's no way Boise State would be ranked right now if TCU and Georgia weren't ranked in the preseason. I think the preseason ranking carryover bias has helped the SEC image a good deal. You can't look at the top-to-bottom resume this year and tell me that they are a deep football conference.
|3 years 36 weeks ago||I'm not sure I agree. I||
I'm not sure I agree. I don't have much faith in Alabama's ability to complete a forward pass against a competent defense and I hear that's important in football. Who have /they/ beaten other than Arkansas and some child molesters?