a vitally important recap of all the dumb tweets sent during the Harbaugh coaching search
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|3 days 21 hours ago||Mods - no worries if you||
Mods - no worries if you don't see this as its several months old, but as a Columbus resident the places listed are all gay bars so the above poster is getting in a double-dose of Michigan trolling and homophobia. Might be best to just Bolivia this post.
|4 days 8 hours ago||Also, people who bitch ad||
Also, people who bitch ad nauseam about what is or isn't OT are hands down the worst parts of the MGoForum. FFS, let the mods determine this - it's why they're mods and you're not.
|4 days 20 hours ago||I don't disagree with you,||
I don't disagree with you, but by all accounts coaching Michigan was Brady Hoke's dream job. If you get a booty call text from Kate Upton are you wondering what's up with that or are you sprinting out the door to your car post-haste?
|5 days 10 hours ago||If Chris Christie drops out||
If Chris Christie drops out of the presidential race in time, he'd be a slam dunk casting choice for Hoke
|5 days 20 hours ago||Did anyone ever ask Hoke or||
Did anyone ever ask Hoke or Borges about why they did the same look on the 2-pt conversio attempt and what did they say? I mean, I know we wouldn't have gotten any kind of substantive answer but was the question at least asked?
|6 days 18 hours ago||The fact that Brandon was a||
The fact that Brandon was a player under Bo... oof. This is like if Tom Riddle had played for the Griffyndor Quidditch team and then you found out he eventually became Lord Voldemort.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||I will confess that had we||
I will confess that had we seen more of this during last football season I probably would've watched more games than I did.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||I can understand not wanting||
I can understand not wanting to see this stuff here, but we're all here because of our connection to the University. This horrific person doesn't make us guilty by association but to the extent that we care what happens within the U-M community, good or bad, this is a relevant thing to post.
|3 weeks 14 hours ago||Oh geez, yeah - I'd||
Oh geez, yeah - I'd completely forgot about that pustulent walking anal fissure
|3 weeks 6 days ago||A valid point...||
...However MSC's mistakes - cronyism, corporate incest, lack of oversight - are the kind of garden-variety malfeasances that any number of Teflon-coated CEOs make every day She also was pretty good at staying out of the limelight as opposed to burnt effigy victims like Dave Branding who actively sought it out and Brady Hoke who has no choice but to take centre stage as the most visible public employee in the state.
To make a convolutedly bad simile near and not-so-dear to Brian's heart - MSC is like a football coach who punts on 4th and short from the opponent's 45: she screwed up but she screwed up in ways that all of her peers screw up so no one bats an eye. DB's fuck-ups were like going for it on 4th and 30 from your own end zone - no one else screws up like that so everybody notices and rakes you over the coals for it.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||I mean...||
...yes, it's probably not wrong to say that the MGoShoes we collectively wore while gravedancing Dave Brandon are beyond well worn at this point. But any remotely objective appraisal of the last four years has to have him and his innumerable missteps as a central feature. We were all there for that shitshow, and Dave Brandon's hoofprints are unmistakably embedded into the turd pile. Pulling your punches on Dave Brandon in a book about the last four years of Michigan football is like writing about Little Big Horn with only incidental mentions of General Custer.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||If we're being completely||
If we're being completely dispassionate here, most marching bands are R-rated insular cultures and while I'm glad that this level of obnoxiousness didn't happen with Michigan, let's not pretend there is zero-point-zero percent chance it could've happened here or any major US university not named Brandeis.
Sincere props to you for taking an unpopular and moral stand, though - when I spew invective about Ohio State and their fans, I mean it 50% less as it applies to you. ;)
|4 weeks 4 days ago||If you don't mind me asking -||
If you don't mind me asking - were you a OSU band member yourself? I imagine that would color the reactions of your bandmate friends. It's hard to break out of that insular mentality ESPECIALLY when it's a group that has justifiably won your loyalty in all other aspects. I mean, I too am glad the internet didn't exist at the scale it does now when I was in HS/college or I might be damn nigh unemployable, but at some point - yeah - institutions have to be dragged kicking and screaming into the modern age.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||To be fair, it must be noted||
To be fair, it must be noted that our Michigan Marching Band would for their part likely have penned several extremely offensive parodies of OSU's fight song... if it wasn't such a mediocrely forgettable tune.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||And again, she's not being||
And again, she's not being hired for a HC position or anything even close to it. The fairer comparison to make would be the other intern coaches working as assistants to actual position coaches. How many times in the corporate world did someone get a leg up above candidates with ostensibly thicker resumes because they knew the right people or because a superior saw some promise and wanted to fast-track an underling they really liked? I'd venture to guess this happens all the time and they then sink or swim on their own merits. I'd further venture to guess that there have been innumerable instances where a woman or minority is shut out of opportunities for advancement because of the good-ol-boy network, so if this is a one time that not having a penis makes you a distinctively *appealing* candidate for promootion within the coaching ranks then, well, that ranks pretty low on my scale of injustices.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||"Well.... I thought we had||
"Well.... I thought we had um... a tremendous idea in terms of honoring the tremendous legacy we have here at Michigan but we just didn't execute. I thought we had a great week of practice as far as numbers on jerseys.... you know, that's on me as a coach I have to do a better job executing our players as a coach."
Like others have aptly and more eloquently said upthread - nice idea, meh implementation. I didn't have any particularly strong feeling about the program one way or another and if this is the worst thing our AD does, we are beyond blessed. I will miss having a 21 on the field against the cooler-poopers since that has historically been a good thing.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||If we're being realistic...||
There are several reasons why Waller could sink at her position (and again, people, this is a intern coaching position - stop acting like she was made the offensive coordinator as a PR stint) and one of them could very well be her gender; i.e, there are enough shitbag players who automatically tune her out b/c she's a woman, or the extra attention she gets compounds the already high difficulty of coaching at the highest level of the sport. These are factors beyond Waller's control.
There are many, many other reasons why it might not work - poor on-field results, decided schematic disadvantages, inability to teach proper technique, insufficient grasp of X's and O's, etc. All of *these* are reasons why many other coaches have flamed out. We've had front row seats for some of these cases (side-eye glance at the 2014 futbol season). That said, these are for the most part factors within Waller's control. If she isn't up to the job, it'll ultimately be because of her insufficient coaching skills - i.e., the same reason 95% of all 9,425,364 fired male coaches in sports history lost their jobs.
It's fine to acknowledge there are gender-based barriers she may have to overcome but when you retreat to those you start becoming part of said barriers. The whole 'players won't accept her' argument isn't untrue but it's a poor rationale. I'm perhaps treading into Godwin's Law violations here, but if you'd pointed out 70 years ago that a majority of MLB players and/or fans would have a lot of difficulty accepting Jackie Robinson in a Dodgers uniform you'd be correct but I think we can all agree with 20/20 hindsight that it proved a very poor argument against signing him up for the big leagues.
ETA: also no one poo-pooing this hire has yet to explain how coaches like Mike Leach or Joe Gibbs (who only won three super bowls, the scrub) succeeded despite never having played a down of college football.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||And that is a fair point. I||
And that is a fair point. I can't imagine he wasn't aware of the deus ex machina but it certainly didn't work for me - it felt unearned. Almost like (to cite a metaphor very near and not so dear to my heart) when you're struggling to learn how to take down raid boss in World of Warcraft and then they implement a patch that reduces the raid difficulty by 20% and we down the boss post-haste. Yeah, I'm glad we downed the boss but to me the 11th hour intervention cheapens the journey.
I do appreciate that RP1 is a loving homage and that does show through. And Cline wasn't wrong about the south part of OSU's campus being a trashy dystopian wasteland.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Obligatory disclaimer about opinions and assholes, but...||
...gotta disagree with you about "Armada" by Ernest Cline. I too read Ready Player One by the same author and while I enjoyed it as another nerd who came of age during the 1980's the book itself was a pandering pastiche that literally invokes deus ex machina to resolve the central conflict. In short, it's just bad writing that skates by on nostalic appeal.
Like I said, I mostly enjoyed Ready Player but I say that witl full awareness that 90% of the reasons why I mostly enjoyed it were the reasons it just wasn't a good book. I can't imagine I'll enjoy more of the same the second time around.
|6 weeks 10 hours ago||For me, Utah 2014 was when I||
For me, Utah 2014 was when I noped the f--k out of last season. In truth I might've still watched the Minnesota game next week but had a prior committment, so let's just say Utah was my breaking point. It wasn't even the worst on-field performance (the defense gave a B-plus effort) I can't really say why Utah was when I tapped out, especially on the heels of the 31-0 jailsexing we took the previous week against a team I hated much more.
But the kicker is that I have read every one else's worst moment in M football fandom and can't really disagree with any of them. Does it really matter when your exact breaking point was? When a tree is felled by a lumberjack, it is the final swing of the axe that topples the tree or the thousand blows that preceded it?
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Upvoted for honesty. Cooler||
Upvoted for honesty.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||I regret that I have but||
I regret that I have but upvote to give. It's pretty telling that they packed Feast and Dance into one season and advanced it more than GRRM did.
Finish the Book George.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||I'm rooting for the Cavs to||
I'm rooting for the Cavs to lose but there's no reason to bash LeBron for this article - he didn't ask ESPN to write it. And he's been to the finals 5 times in a row and will likely go to the finals next year - that's like 1.5 extra seasons especially when you factor in the intensity level. Yes, a lot of NBA players endure a lot during the post season but LeBron is legitimately a cut above the rest when you factor in all the minutes he's played and the burden he has to shoulder.
He may very well lose this year and go to 2-4 in the Finals. And you know what? He's still the consensus best player of this era. This just proves that he's human, but it's still on whole a pretty impressive showing for a human.
Lest we forget, Michael Jordan got bounced every year by the Pistons until Phil Jackon and Pippen come along. Magic Johnson lost in the finals 4 times and made several clutch flubs in 1984 that were probably the difference in LA losing to Boston 4-3. Larry Bird stunk up the joint in the 1985 finals after wearing Michael Cooper like a blanket (Celtic fans naturally and wrongly claim that they would've won had Bird been fully healthy)
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Strong quote from the article||
"Obviously, I know my dad was a big part of me getting the job. I am very privileged. I don't take that lightly. I owe a ton to my parents and grandparents for the opportunities they've afforded me. I want my children to benefit from my life's work in the same way."
Jay Harbaugh is my anti-Jed York. What's yours?
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Needless to say, these girls||
Needless to say, these girls will all be hugely successful some day. I look forward to getting rich off stock purchases in whatever pizza company one of them becomes the CEO of.
Whoever she is (Monte? Sweet? SiLo?), she'll be parsecs better than the last Michigan grad to CEO a pizza company.
|12 weeks 7 hours ago||Most of the Buckeye fans on||
Most of the Buckeye fans on MGo are fine and courteous enough - decent people who have shitty taste in football teams but still want to talk sports and actually have valid points to make. I'm going to say mean things about their team and school on general principle but I am totally ok with their presence here as long as they're not jagoffs like their cooler pooping bretheren and so should you.
|12 weeks 12 hours ago||While there are certainly||
While there are certainly some quality writers at 11W and fewer quality posters at the Blog Down South, so very many of their commenter hoi polloi is garden variety trailer trash as befits that state. Obviously we have way more than our fair share of asshole fans and MGoBoard members many of us wouldn't miss, but this gem of a comment:
Is rated at +7. Trans-baiting and 7th grade insults are the latest two-for-one special for Big Lots Buckeyes. That this wasn't downvoted to oblivion like an equivalent post here would be pretty much tells you all you need to know about the median quality of person that posts on 11w vs. here - hell, that even includes most of the OSU and Sparty fans that post on MGo.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||This probably is an||
This probably is an infringement on Miller's civil rights - if the right team of lawyers gets wind of this, the Broncos' internal by-laws could very well be poot to the test. Team captain Peyton Manning was quoted as saying "this could really deflatus as a team"
|12 weeks 3 days ago||What was amazing about that||
What was amazing about that Magic's debutante debut game you reference was how Jamaal Wilkes scored the quietest 37 points you'll ever witness.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||What an amazing game until||
What an amazing game until the anticlimatic overtime. While I do feel bad for Kyrie Irving and hope he heals up, fuck Dan Gilbert. Go for the throat, Dubs.