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|3 weeks 1 day ago||seems about right||
|15 weeks 13 hours 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.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||reasons||
"... for almost all reasons that were his fault ..."
Now, *that* is some revisionist history.
|19 weeks 15 hours 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.
|19 weeks 2 days 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.
|20 weeks 2 days ago||time stamp||
5:06 A.M. I like it.
|21 weeks 5 days 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.
|22 weeks 2 days ago||suggestion||
|23 weeks 16 hours 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.
|23 weeks 3 days 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?
|24 weeks 4 hours 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.
|25 weeks 3 days 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.
|28 weeks 1 day 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!
|35 weeks 3 days ago||programming||
What? They chose to air this instead of the 697th edition of "Braylonfest?" I can't believe it.
|35 weeks 3 days 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.
|35 weeks 4 days 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.
|37 weeks 6 hours 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.
|37 weeks 11 hours ago||O||
I don't suppose that design/style would be for everyone, but it works for me. Pretty sweet.
|37 weeks 1 day ago||numbers||
I suppose you could do worse for $8M/year. How much did Charlie V. get a few years ago? Ben Gordon?
|37 weeks 1 day 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.
|37 weeks 1 day ago||another pairing||
Statistically way short of the others, but I'd like a Floridian mountain goat pairing this morning:
Odoms and Gallon
|37 weeks 1 day 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.
|39 weeks 1 day ago||talent||
When evaluating the talent level of the '07 team, I think people fixated too much on high-profile 4-year starters (who, it should be noted, missed time with injury that year) and future NFLers (Henne, Hart, Long) and paid too little attention to weak spots (an O-line otherwise devoid of mature NFL talent and several holes on defense).
Still, if you look at the early '00s, UMich routinely had Top 5 NFL talent. No question ...
|39 weeks 2 days ago||diversity||
Oakland, yes. TV news (including Oakland)? Not so much. I think that was 1974's point.
|41 weeks 1 day ago||judgment||
"That's quite the judgment placed on someone you have never met."
Of course it is -- just my impression.
|41 weeks 1 day ago||JoePa data||
Many years ago (talking early '70s here) JoePa recruited one of my cousins (who wound up at Maryland, FWIW). This included an in-home visit. He sent my aunt and uncle a holiday card for the next ten years.
|41 weeks 1 day ago||classifying Urby||
Here's a situation in which there are, roughly, three kinds of people: Suppose you're a consultant at work on a project one day and your boss informs you that he plans to (unfairly) throw one of your underlings under the bus to appease a client. Do you:
A) Enthusiastically endorse the plan.
B) Acknowledge the plan but feel guilty to some degree about not saying anything.
C) Try to keep your underling from being chucked under the bus. Assume, for the purposes of this example, that your boss could have a signficant impact on your career path.
I think Urban is A all the way here. As others have noted, he has lots of ability of a coach, but I think he's the type to do whatever it takes as long as he keeps within the letter (if not spirit) of commonly enforced rules. I don't see a thoughtful, introspective guy there.
|42 weeks 4 days ago||brother||
Trivia: It appears that Donnal's older brother (a 4-star O-lineman) got an offer from RichRod back in '10:
Imagine the grocery bill in that house.
|43 weeks 4 days ago||alternative||
"Michigan won 8 B1G titles in 10 years ..."
... and I'll guarantee you that nationally no one cared. All they saw was Bo and Woody failing to acknowledge the existence of the forward pass (among other things). Provincialism ... it's ugly.
What would you rather have?
A. Two Big 10 titles in ten years with a strong conference, BCS championship appearances in both years, and one championship.
B. Eight Big 10 titles in ten years in a mediocre (that is, status quo) conference, a handful of non-BCS championship appearances, and a bunch of Capital One / Outback games.
I'm taking A.
|49 weeks 4 hours ago||Huskers||
Back in the day, they used to be able to feed their no-name farmboys steaks laced with 'roids. Add some weight training and they had everything they needed to slowly wear down just about any team.
Quite often, the scores of games against Iowa State, Kansas, et al. were 14-0/17-0 at halftime. Check back midway through the 4th quarter (when the other team was completely spent) and it would be 55-0/63-0.