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|1 week 6 days ago||This post will probably be||
This post will probably be buried and I'm wasting my typing but...
Right when the major criticism of Brandon started I got to hear plenty of interesting things from the Brandon camp from my friend who works with one of Brandon's best friends and was a former UM football player in the early 1970's.
Brandon blamed everything on the board of regents and said it was divided based on party lines. He was especially critical of Denise Ilitch and Mark Bernstein. Brandon said Ilitch did things to thwart the positive actions he was trying to take for the university. For example, (and forgive me that I forget the exact details now) Brandon wanted to hold some sort of fundraiser I think in the Big House and have all the profits go to something specific for the school. Instead, Ilitch changed it so that it was about selling her jewelry and took a large cut of the profits from the event.
Brandon said this was a constant problem and wished that people understood that it's not him who is doing many of the things he was criticized for.
Even better....after the famous emails were reported, President Schlissel came into Dave's office and very directly said I want your resignation letter on my desk by this afternoon.
My friend didn't want me saying anything at the time but I figured enough time has passed that it's okay now. It's at least interesting to hear how Brandon defended himself.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||The Daily Show was my||
The Daily Show was my favorite show for a good length of time. Then Steve Carell left, then Colbert left, then Ed Helms was gone, then Rob Corddry (or something similar) and while there were plenty of good correspondents after, they never got to the same level.
For me, Jon Stewart has a great delivery but to me was never really the main comedy of the show. It was harder to watch when he became more activist and preachy with his show rather than a satirist. I agreed with him a lot but it was uncomfortable when he became a flat out jerk to his guests he disagreed with which he did more and more over the years. Still, it will be tough to find someone who can replace him.
|4 weeks 21 hours ago||Great way to start the day!||
Great way to start the day! Nicely done Ty Wheatley...oh yeah and that Harbaugh guy.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||WD, the reason I have mixed||
WD, the reason I have mixed feelings about you and the reason I am guessing others seem to feel negatively towards you is your sense of self importance on this site. You're on here seemingly every minute of the day and you should know no one else does this. There are other options. It's great you apologized for your comment possibly being misinterpreted but when you say it in a post to everyone it comes off as you trying to let all of us know that you're a nice guy because you feel you are important enough for the rest of us to care.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Thanks for your excellent||
Thanks for your excellent service Coach, despite being put in an awkward spot this year. Hope to see you again in the future
|8 weeks 13 hours ago||Smart move by Gardner and he||
Smart move by Gardner and he will get a couple shots at least. Homerism aside, unless he shows something special at Michigan's pro day I doubt he gets drafted. He will get a quick call as a free agent pickup and hopefully be able to make at least a practice squad from there.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||It's so fun because there are||
It's so fun because there are so many ways to look at this.
If you look at record, followed by best losses, they should not be in. Between TCU's loss to Baylor, Baylor's loss to West Virginia, and Ohio State's loss to Virginia Tech, OSU clearly has the worst loss.
OSU's schedule though isn't actually as bad as some have argued based on winning record teams. They beat Cincinnati 9-3, Navy 6-5, Maryland 7-5, Rutgers 7-5, Michigan State 10-2, Minnesota 8-4, and Wisconsin 10-3. That's 7 (not including 6-6 Penn State) with some bonus points for the MSU and Wisconsin games since those are 10 win teams.
TCU beat Minnesota 8-4, Oklahoma 8-4, West Virginia 7-5, and Kansas State 9-3 (not including 6-6 Texas or 6-6 Oklahoma State). That's only 4.
Baylor beat TCU 11-1, Oklahoma 8-4, and Kansas State 9-3 (again not including 6-6 Texas or 6-6 Oklahoma State) That's only 3....but with a head to head win against TCU.
But then you could say...well let's eliminate non Power 5 conference teams. That would eliminate Navy and Cincinnati giving OSU only 5 wins against Power 5 winning teams. And then you could say well what about strength of conference? The Big Ten was pretty terrible in out of conference games this year meaning those Rutgers and Maryland wins (which I've heard many including Brian on here refer to as "terrible" teams) should not mean very much.
That means OSU would have 3 wins against legit opponents to TCU's 4 and Baylor's 3.
But your AP voter argument is "well ignore that early season loss against a bad team like we always do" because Ohio State is playing the best football right now and just proved it by obliterating a really good Wisconsin team. The Big 12 doesn't even have a conference championship game and Ohio State had to play 13 games instead of 12.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||Even if we had lost all the||
Even if we had lost all the same games we did this year there could still be an argument for keeping a coach if the cupboard was bare, the players were extraordinarily young, injuries prevented a bunch of stars from playing etc......but when you keep making dumb dumb coaching decisions week after week that hurt the players you gotta go.
I can't believe I actually wanted Michigan to run the ball three straight downs sometimes this week just to throw Maryland off balance. You can do that when the running game is actually working!
|14 weeks 6 days ago||Ha that's funny. My wife||
Ha that's funny. My wife actually got her master's from Dordt because it was insanely cheap and gave her an auto salary boost. I still use the lanyard she got me from there.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||So, let's see if I have this||
So, let's see if I have this right.
1. Hoke puts together a class of guys who want to play for him and his coaching staff.
2. Michigan has terrible year vs. expectations
3. Michigan fanbase puts pressure on President to fire AD to get an AD to fire Hoke
4. Commits explore other options based on the uncertainty in the program
5. Blame Hoke for poor recruiting??
Bit unfair no? I guess you could argue that #4 happened before #3 but it was not til the whole hot seat talk really got going and after the Morris concussion scandal that recruits started dropping like flies.
I'm still for firing Hoke. It just annoys me when it seems like people are clinging to any possible reason to fire him and giving him (and the team) absolutely no credit for winning games against teams like Northwestern and Penn State. Yeah they are supposed to be inferior competition, but at least we still won the games. He still should get fired for having not won a big game since year one but at least credit the man for winning some games.
|17 weeks 18 hours ago||I do not buy the argument one||
I do not buy the argument one bit that season tickets will take a drastic hit if Hoke is retained. It's the wrong argument to keep bringing up, which you have continued doing. The great thing about season ticket holders are that they tend to be loyal fans and like any fans will rekindle their sense of optimism in the offseason. "Most of those young players from last year's team are coming back!" "Hoke finally has the quarterback made for his system!" "Morris has drastically improved in practice since last year" "The wide receivers have become more explosive" "The offensive line finally has chemistry!"...and so on
Yes, I agree that a splashy new coach (like a Harbaugh) would boost optimism and likely boost demand for season ticket sales, but I do not expect it to fall off like you do if Hoke stays.
|17 weeks 5 days ago||Expect Brandon to show up in||
Expect Brandon to show up in some capacity with the Dolphins. I have been told from someone who works with one of Brandon's close friends (and a former Michigan football player) that Ross offered him a job if he resigns. According to the friend, Brandon has been resistant because he wants to be at Michigan
|19 weeks 2 days ago||I felt the same. Don't you||
I felt the same. Don't you think we might have been without broken Devin Gardner?
|20 weeks 3 days ago||I wasn't bothered at all by||
I wasn't bothered at all by the ESPN announcers talking about tangential stuff. Remember, the information we receive and constantly hear as visitors to this blog makes us in the minority. There are plenty of people out there watching that broadcast who need to hear what was being said because it was new to them.
I agree with you on Hoke's timeout at the half. The percentages of good stuff happening for Michigan are much higher than good stuff happening for PSU if you called a timeout with 7ish seconds left. Calling it with 2 seconds left is a bit different to me though.
|21 weeks 4 days ago||I was not a critic of this||
I was not a critic of this feature when both of you picked Utah. The pick made sense and you both ended up being right so extra kudos.
I was also not a critic when you both said the haters can shove it (somewhat douchily when you both brought up your professional qualifications as a doctor and lawyer, as if that mattered but oh well) because we were right but we'll appease you by both picking Michigan.
This week though, come on. Both of your stories were interesting and I enjoyed reading them but this is supposed to be a humorously written prediction column for the Rutgers game. Can't you save the stories for a diary or something?
You both still care if this team wins today or not. Yes, a loss won't affect you like a Michigan loss is supposed to and a win won't mean the program is even close to cured with anything wrong with it but it still matters.
|21 weeks 5 days ago||I don't think I'll ever like||
I don't think I'll ever like Rich Rod. I disagree with a coach yelling furiously at his players like he does after mistakes and specifically throwing them under the bus in press conferences and interviews. I saw him do that at least once in the game last night. I don't find that called for in a college coach.
I mean I fucking hate how we have gone the complete opposite way with Hoke and have a guy who seems passionless on the sidelines and gives you such generic bullshit in press conferences that you have to wonder if he even understands what's happening.
|22 weeks 3 days ago||Yeah I listened on the radio.||
Yeah I listened on the radio. Brandy said that Nussmeier tried to take him out but Morris waved him off. They didn't make a giant deal out of it though IIRC as I heard they did on the TV broadcast
|22 weeks 3 days ago||I meant this year...this is||
I meant this year...this is college and teams tend to change significantly year to year. Call me when they beat all those teams THIS year.
It's like saying you beat Florida State last year versus Florida State this year. Last year they were an elite team. This year they are good to great but not elite yet you know the second someone beats them (and they will) they are going to treat it as the biggest thing in the world.
|22 weeks 4 days ago||Oh fuck that argument before||
Oh fuck that argument before it gets going (nothing personal against you).
Arizona is a spectacular 4-0 after barely beating UTSA (3 points) who has been playing division 1 football for two years I think?, barely beating a California team (4 points) that has one of the worst defenses in the country despite playing bad competition so far, a decent Nevada team by 7, and a solid win over 1-4 UNLV who improbably has a worse defense than Cal.
Call me when Rich Rod starts beating Oregon, USC, UCLA, Utah and you'll have me convinced we made a mistake.
|23 weeks 21 hours ago||I know that this site has||
I know that this site has shown multiple times that stars matter...but man this Michigan team must be making that other side feel pretty confident that "four and five stars don't matter it's development and finding the sleepers in the class"
|23 weeks 21 hours ago||Just curious...but do you||
Just curious...but do you have a worse seat than Heiko did? It seems like you miss a question or part of a question every presser.
I'm still looking foward to Big Ten play and it seems like the players are too. It's the fun of finding out if we can get better or if we're guaranteed looking for a new coach in Decemeber.
|23 weeks 3 days ago||The fact that you even had to||
The fact that you even had to include the disclaimer of "at least 8 games left" returned me to my violent rage. We're worried about being bowl eligible. This is Michigan. :(
|23 weeks 3 days ago||This is normally cute, but||
This is normally cute, but right now I can't stand looking at it.That's why I punished myself by clicking the thread anyways. It reminds me of all the fucks and shits I would have said if I was posting....
|25 weeks 10 hours ago||Obligatory...Nothing is over||
Obligatory...Nothing is over until we decide it is! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?!
I said it last year and I'm saying it again. We get 13 Michigan games a year and then 9 painfully agonizing offseason months of waiting for the next season.
I'm not giving up on any season as painful as it can be to watch because Michigan games are too rare of a commodity
|25 weeks 1 day ago||Wow, do we need a "well"||
Wow, do we need a "well" count on Nussmeier also?
|25 weeks 2 days ago||Seriously fuck that guy. I||
Seriously fuck that guy.
I was trying to keep an open mind (since some of these accusations aren't what you first hear) when it was reported she attacked him first and she clearly forgave him quickly since she married him within a month which I thought might be admitting her guilt.
But seriously, now I see what really happened I can say with all certainty he's a lowlife piece of shit. Just losing his job is the minimal of what he deserves.
|25 weeks 2 days ago||I'm so sick of having squads||
I'm so sick of having squads that are equally as talented as the opposition and then to not just lose but to miserably fail.
That's where coaching needs to take place. This year's Notre Dame vs. Michigan game should have been around a coin flip talent wise. Instead, it looked like a massacre because one side has proven coaches and the other side seems to look clueless in big moments especially on the road.
|25 weeks 3 days ago||Nothing personal and this is||
Nothing personal and this is me just still smarting from yesterday....but who the fuck cares this year?
If I could get over that feeling....I would say our division ends up Michigan State, Michigan, then Ohio State. Michigan State beats Nebraska in the championship game.
|25 weeks 3 days ago||There's no arguing that Rich||
There's no arguing that Rich Rod teams could move the ball at will???? How do you forget so quickly? I certainly remember getting crushed by teams with sound defenses. Ohio State, Mississippi State, Michigan State etc.
Our offense crumbled against those teams and put up lots of points on weaker defensive teams. It's great to beat the weaker teams by a lot with an exciting offense, but I want a team that can compete with anyone.
I'm all for spread concepts but I don't agree that a completely spread offense is the way to succeed.
|25 weeks 4 days ago||I know how you're feeling.||
I know how you're feeling. I'm trying to convince myself that this is just one game that's historically a toss up that happened to not go our way this time and we are 1-1.
Losing to Notre Dame wouldn't have been bad...but god the way we lost just screams doom and gloom for the year. That hasn't happened yet though. Remember those old seasons of Michigan's past (think years like 2007 with the Horror and Oregon) where the sky seemed to fall in the beginning and then we ended up having a respectable year? That's why I'm still supporting our team.
The largest thing I've felt has been missing from our teams in the past five-ish seasons is improvement. We don't seem to get better as the year goes on.....if that happens this year though we may be okay!