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|1 week 2 days ago||winning difficult road games||
"We haven't had that since Lloyd Carr was here."
We didn't really have it then, either. He was awesome against Sparty but spotty against everyone else in the new millenium.
If my memory serves me correctly, these early season road samples were preceded by similar (that is, road) losses in 1999 (Washington), 2000 (ND), and 2001 (UCLA). In fact, losing an early season game (often to ND) was a bit of Michigan tradition going back to the Bo years.
2006 ND was, of course, a shining exception. In retrospect ND was overrated, but it was still a great win.
Anyway, I hope Harbaugh does better than that.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Adam?||
I'd be perfectly comfortable declaring this guy a TOOL based entirely on this photo. In fact, several in the collection would suffice.
You wonder about his parenting and childhood environment. Are his mom and dad Grade A narcissists, too?
|30 weeks 3 days ago||traits||
Well, at least they're *tougher* than RichRod's teams. /s
Maybe if they play that "THE TEAM" clip enough times everything will be OK.
|30 weeks 3 days ago||candidates||
MGrow, I responded to your post with an LOL. Good work. It would be very "Brandon" for Michigan to wind up with a mediocre "Michigan Man." I'm sure the clowns that supported Hoke and pi$$ed all over RichRod from day one would approve. Here's another candidate:
He had ... something to do with Tom Brady!!! It would work, wouldn't it? :)
|31 weeks 23 hours ago||hx||
Poor choice of words, but ...
Here's an example: Who tipped off the Freep in 2009? Before they blew things out of proportion, they had to find a couple of legit nuggets on which to base their big story.
|32 weeks 2 days ago||WKTA||
Which former players? Were they from the Lloyd era? If so, their allegiance to Hoke would make sense. They (and Lloyd) have a lot of investment in Brady.
|42 weeks 5 days ago||history||
".... with the momentum of the in-state gifts that RR gave to Dantonio plus a few rough/unheralded diamonds they polished into NFL players."
Riiiiiight -- it was RichRod's fault!!!
Care to list the "in-state gifts" that RR gave Dantonio? (By the way, you forgot to add "while he was chasing undersized dreadlocked Floridian thugs.") If you can do that, how many of them were difference-makers?
That was a good sentence after "plus."
|50 weeks 3 days ago||116 vs. 186||
That would be my reflexive response as well. 116 will likely have an easier curve (not to mention material).
What I don't know is how the Ross admissions types would view an A in 116 vs. a B in 186. It's possible that they're clued-in to the honors track and that they'd give you points of some type for taking a hard course. Not sure ...
|1 year 9 weeks ago||seems about right||
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Sparty recruiting||
That is a strangely enduring myth that is largely untrue. For homework if you're in the mood, look at Dantonio's famous '09 class (the one that supposedly includes hordes of local 4-stars that RichRod "ignored"). Tell me how many of them were major contributors to Sparty's rise.
Truth: Dantonio and Narduzzi have gotten it done mostly with a bunch of 3-star Midwestern run-off. Quite a few of their guys weren't even recruited by Michigan. Darqueeze Dennard (a @#$%ing 2-star from Georgia who's projected to be an NFL first-rounder) is a good example. Their DE Calhoun was a 3-star from New Jersey.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||reasons||
"... for almost all reasons that were his fault ..."
Now, *that* is some revisionist history.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Mignery||
Andy Mignery seems like a great guy and a true Michigan fan / Man, but I've yet to hear him say anything insightful on that radio show. At times, he sounds like a dim bulb.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||'13 and beyond||
I didn't have high expectations of the youthful interior O-line (or of the whole season), either.
Why the pessimism? Michigan could go 12-0 next year and, having witnessed the atrocious offensive strategy in numerous losses, I'd STILL have horrible visions of Al running into stacked lines (after having the nerve to direct the defense through his placement of Lewan et al.). I've never seen anything like it, and I can clearly remember the Mike DeBord fullback shuffles (the "WE'RE GOING TO RUN *HERE*" ones).
To put it another way, if it happened this year, it could happen again.
Sten, this isn't necessarily directed at you, but I find the people who blame this year's troubles entirely on the O-line youth to be hilariously idiotic.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||time stamp||
5:06 A.M. I like it.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||dazzling||
Creedence Tapes, you're awesome. People like you (and the associated comedy) are why I spend at least a few minutes a day on MGoBlog.
Seriously, numbnuts, I don't think more than a handful of people here really believe Brian has more football knowledge than Al. They're just wondering about the inanity of some (not all) of the play calls.
|1 year 28 weeks ago||suggestion||
|1 year 28 weeks ago||language||
"So, here I am again, starting from scratch and wasting 3 hours of my free time for all you ingrates."
+1 for that ... I'm serious. Good humor.
|1 year 29 weeks ago||path forward||
What needs to happen, IMO, in no particular order:
- We're plenty tough. That mentality was restored when Hoke took the reins and I refuse to believe otherwise. Part of practice is devoted to fighting over towels. I'll bet even Sparty doesn't do that!
- The roster needs to be completely purged of dreadlocked midgets. I'm looking at you, Dennis. (Gallon gets an exception because he had the good sense to get a respectable haircut during the offseason.)
- Related to the prior point, we need to get bigger. More bigger.
- Despite some evidence to the contrary (clocks in the locker room, etc.), I'm not sure Hoke fully understands our important rivalries (Notre Dame, which he seems to get, excepted).
- We need to do whatever it takes to establish the run. Good teams like Oregon won't respect you if you can't run the ball. If it means putting ten large young men on the line and snapping the ball directly to Gardner/Fitz, so be it.
Did I miss anything?
|1 year 29 weeks ago||summary||
I think this post is a sub-sub-snowflake. Sorry, OP, but only rarely do I see so little of use expressed over such a lengthy post.
|1 year 31 weeks ago||still, yes||
It is because, despite everything he has brought to the table, I think some people can't get past his lack of height and top-end speed. He doesn't fit their model of a UMich receiver and they're unable to process all his awesome stats. They just don't make sense.
There are probably a few others who have trouble warming to him because of his association with the era of "dreadlocked midgets." "Gimmick" receivers aren't universally loved.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||NFL manball||
That was a good read and it warmed my old belly. I'll take good Americans like the Harbaughs over Communists like Chip Kelly and RichRod. ARRRRGGHHHHH!
|1 year 41 weeks ago||programming||
What? They chose to air this instead of the 697th edition of "Braylonfest?" I can't believe it.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||UofA||
I've seen worse (Freekbass and whatever that Ice Capades-esque thing was from Notre Dame, to name just a couple). Context is important here. Tuscon != Ann Arbor and, more important, UArizona != UMichigan. I'd like to know what the Wildcat fans think of the video.
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Comparing Hoke to RichRod, I don't think the former is a highbrow type, but he has the situational awareness (I guess) that allows him to understand what will/won't work with that crowd.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||reminder||
I liked that hit, too, but all Rawls has been up to now is Kevin Grady II. Here's how he did against Grade A competition:
Like Grady, he can be expected to look good when the competition is undersized (recall Grady's awesome runs against Delaware State), tired, or just not that talented.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||data||
Interesting data (6'4", 235) and background (hurdles in track, good at wrestling). Every year, a handful of guys like that wind up contributing meaningfully.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||O||
I don't suppose that design/style would be for everyone, but it works for me. Pretty sweet.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||numbers||
I suppose you could do worse for $8M/year. How much did Charlie V. get a few years ago? Ben Gordon?
|1 year 43 weeks ago||ratings||
"I wonder if it's because of the athletes, because of expectations, or because that's where the scouts are?"
All of the above .....
There are more highly rated players in SEC country, Texas, and CA. There are more future NFLers, too (which backs up the rankings).
Expectations surely matter. If you have a 3-star from Long Beach Poly and one from Cedar Rapids, IA, you're better off giving attention to the former.
Scouts are in sunny places because they'll more likely find good players there. It's like big-company HR. Why bother going to directional schools when you can get most of what you really need at UMich? You'll miss some smart, hard-working people, but it won't hurt you that much.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||another pairing||
Statistically way short of the others, but I'd like a Floridian mountain goat pairing this morning:
Odoms and Gallon
|1 year 43 weeks ago||scores||
1. They committed early.
2. They committed to a school outside the SEC footprint.
I'm thinking that will cost them at least one star. Kidding, partly.