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|1 week 13 hours ago||But this is what makes it so depressing||
This is what has Michigan stuck at good and not great and has made The Game a decade and a half torture routine. Why can't Michigan make the play it needs when these huge games are on the line? This is what is undercutting the confidence I am trying to bring with me in the aftermath.
Ohio State has beaten Michigan five times in a row twice since 2000. Michigan hasn't beatn Ohio State five times in a row since the 1920s. After relative dominance in the 80s and 90s we are in a deep, deep hole. I thought this was the year to prove we were on our way out.
The inability to make the play needed to win moves from frustrating to depression and near despair.
|1 week 1 day ago||This is so true||
Living in Columbus during this decade and a half losing streak has just about broke me. The constant n your face of it all is just impossible to avoid and makes it hard to not grow bitter. I am trying to see the bright future but right now all I see is the complete inability to beat Ohio State.
|1 week 2 days ago||Feels like we will never beat OSU||
Living in Columbus has made the last 15 years absolutely brutal. I will probably get beat up for this, but this game felt like our chance to finally win a big game on the road but ended in the same depressing. A senior-laden Michigan team facing a talented but young Ohio State whose offense was clearly rattled against quality defenses. But instead we get yet another gut wrenching loss. Hard to win with three turnovers. And it felt like all the calls went against us at critical momements. But it also felt like the offense simply couldn't make a big play with the game on the line. Championship teams find a way to win games. Michigan just doesn't against Ohio State.
If this team couldn't win with a lead in the 4th when can we expect a win? OSU is going to add to this team with propbably the best recruiting class in the country while Michigan loses like 17 starters. 3-13 is what it is. We are the underdog in The Game and Harbaugh has't changed that. Maybe he will but so far it is the same old, same old.
BTW, I am a long time lurker here but haven't psoted in a long time.
|36 weeks 16 hours ago||Great post, Great Practice||
Can I just say how much fun this practice was for me? Living in Columbus I usually have to live vicariously through this blog, twitter, etc. But I took my family to the practice on Saturday as the wrap up to spring break and had a great time. It was kind of cool to read Brian's reactions to things I had seen in person. Deep behind enemy lines, it is good to get the chance to hang out with Michigan fans for a few hours and see the team coming together. I also realized what a challenge it is to makes sense of what is going on in a practice lke this and come away with useful intelligence. Not as easy as it looks. I just soaked it all in without thinking too much.
Only problem now is that I want it to be football season immediately.
|2 years 51 weeks ago||point still stands||
OK, my count was off. I will admit I didn't know what to do with the 3 ties no loss season. But Michigan stil has half as many 2 or fewer loss seasons than Ohio State. In fact, OSU has 8 one or fewer loss seasons (or 7 if you take out Tressle's vacated season) while Michigan has 2.
My point was simply that OSU found a way to win a couple of more games pretty consistently over this period. Is it some definitive statistic? No. But significantly more 1 or no loss seasons means more great seasons and it feels like Michigan just hasn't been able to consistently accomplish that.
|2 years 51 weeks ago||I wonder when the leap occurs||
(if it ever does- yes, that is depressing). Mchigan has a history at this point of losing three games or more. Since 1990 Michigan has had seasons with two or fewer loses four times. Ohio State has done it 13 times! With three or four undefeated regular seasons and a national title game. Michigan has one undefeated season and a shared title. Michigan State has won 11 games three out of four years.
This is what worries me about Michigan football. We need to get out of that rut (3-5 losses) before worrying about being a national contender. But as Brian notes above, competing for Big Ten titles more than likely means a national contender in the East.
|2 years 51 weeks ago||I chuckled outl oud more than once||
Thanks for the lunchtime entertainment. I have to laugh about college football or I might remember what happened this season and start crying.
|2 years 51 weeks ago||Long time lurker without much commenting||
means a long road to be able to post. Man, can't believe I have been reading this blog for over five years and can't manage more than 17 points ...
|3 years 4 days ago||Just a thought||
Ever thought about breaking this up into segments and posting one a day? Easier to listen to and more pageviews for the advertisers ...
|3 years 4 days ago||The past has a huge impact on my reaction||
I am totally with Brian on the emotions of this game. If we beat Penn State, Iowa and maybe Nebraska this game feels different. A great game after that season is both inexplicable and maddening. Winning was the only way that game felt good, IMO.
But the even bigger picture is what really makes me depressed and even angry. Michigan has not won a truly big game or pulled the massive upset outside of Notre Dame in a decade or more. How many close games has Ohio State won? How many times have they upset us or pulled the big road win? The 11w writer was right about this game: stealing wins on the road is huge and we just don't manage to pull it off while OSU has.
Living in Columbus makes this a nightmare for me as I have to have it thrown in my face practically every single day. But the record speaks for itself. In that context this was an opportunity of a lifetime and we blew it. Was it exciting and incredible while it lasted? Yes, but at the end of the day it is just another loss in a long series of losses. Two wins in thirteen tries!
On top of that, since 1990 Michigan has had seasons with two or fewer loses four times. Ohio State has done it 13 times! With three or four undefeated regular seasons and a national title game. Michigan has one undefeated season and a shared title. John Cooper couldn't beat Michigan but he beat everyone else with some regularity. Tressel and Meyer had added beating Michigan to that recipe.
If this does not depress you I don't know what to say.
Does that mean I have no hope for the future? No, I think the young talent on this team has a great deal of potential but you have to be naive to believe that Michigan is going to be an elite team without some consistent proof on the field. They have been a 3-5 loss team with the occasional two loss team thrown in since the early 90s.
|3 years 6 days ago||Great game, still sucks||
I don't agree with the call to go for it. At home I say you play for OT when anything can happen instead of risking everything on one play. But I understand why Hoke did it and wished we would have pulled off the upset of the ages. To come so close and lose is a bitter pill.
What is so frustrating is that it seems for the last ten years, Ohio State finds ways to win games like this and we find ways to lose. They win ugly,
When was the last time Michigan actually pulled off the big upset? Feels like forever.
|3 years 1 week ago||I get the anger but||
I get the anger I really do. It has been maddening to watch this offense implode and become a laughing stock incapable of winning a game that is practically handed to them (Iowa, Penn State) or get manhanled and not respond (MSU, Nebraska). The defense has played their hearts out even as they eventually give up the game late.
But this nuke the coaches from orbit and start over mindset is more madness. Continuity in coaching and players is critical in football. An offense has to become second nature, players have to gel, repition breeds success, etc. i am not syaing Borges is the answer on offense or I would be upset if we brought in someone new but we can't clean house.
Just a few plays and a few games can change a seson very easily. Especially when you are talking sophmores in college. This year we just haven't found a way to make those plays. Missed field goals against Penn State ruined a nice second half. Today a number of dropped passes killed drives and momentum (Funchess in particular). Things just are not clicking.
Everybody is talking about how Michigan State is in better shape than we are but have you forgotten last year? They lost a bunch of close games. Andin 2009 they lost 7 games. They have built a tought defense and found their offense. They used to have a reputation of not being able to win close games but this year they have been solid.
Yes, the offense looks lost but an inability to block, a lack of identity and critical dropped passes will do that to you.
There is no silver bullet that will magically make this team a contender. It will take time and development. Firing Hoke and starting over would be a disaster. We need to make some changes but wholesale change because the season went south is not the answer.
|3 years 2 weeks ago||"you'll all likely be angry at several points on Saturday"||
Um, yeah, bit of an understatement, no? Given past performance, etc.
Perhaps it is ridiculous optimism but it has felt like Michigan is often just a few plays short of getting on track but just can't seem to make those plays. A dropped pass, a bad read of inaccurate pass, a missed assignment, not holding a block for half a minute longer, all these things keep the team from getting first downs or splash plays and destroys an rhythm.
I wonder if the win last week and the success in OT could carry over and we could see some actually real live offense. Another ugly performance heading into The Game would be so depressing.
|3 years 2 weeks ago||Thanks, useful||
I was looking for something along these lines. Less Argh, Borges an idiot and more here is something we could do that is not a huge change but would work marginally better and that could add up to an offense that moves the ball more consistently.
I agree that this spread them out more as a way to back off the pressure could work. I remember when on one of the Steelers Super Bowl runs they couldn't run the ball until they had success with passing early on. Against both the Colts and Broncos they came out passing more agressively against stacked fronts and then were able to go to more ball control offense with a lead and the defense backed off. The Steelers have never had a great offensive line but try to find ways to make it work and hope the line can gel at some point. Obviously, Gardner isn't neccesarily Ben Roethlisberger but since I am a fan of both teams the similarities struck me.
|3 years 3 weeks ago||"why are you the dumbest dumbass in the history of dumbasses?"||
That's a clown question, bro ... [but I will admit it has crossed my mind a time or two ...]
|3 years 3 weeks ago||What can we do in the short term to win games?||
This is really what I would like to see from the X and O folks (not me). What tyype of plays do you think would work and how can Hoke/Borges keep making progress on the offense they want to run while still winning games.
My gut sense is that Brian and Space are both right to some degree. This is an execution and preparation problem but it is also play calling stubborness that is costing Michigan games this year. The eyeball test tells you that these runs have no chance of success. They are just running into bodies behind the line.
So with a o-line that can't block and has serious confidence issues, a QB that has been abused for weeks, how can we move the football. Is it West Coast style quick hitting dink and dunk with some constraint plays that offer the opportunity for chunk gains? Is it some spread elements? A hurry up pass heavy style that gets the defense off rythym?
If this has been posted elsewhere I would love to see it.
|3 years 3 weeks ago||Very useful||
if incredibly depressing post. It is hard to acknowledge that we are still digging out of a hole. Would love to see an x and O breakdown of the kind of offense we should be running give our current players.
|3 years 3 weeks ago||losing confidence||
I am not sure how you can have confidence in anyone at this point. It is one thing to get beat it is another to look absolutely clueless and lost at home for a critical conference game. I have not been on the fire Borges train but that game was attrocious. Key turnover and two runs for lost yards? That is just like giving up. And they just kept doing it over and over. Madness.
Yes, the oline is a dumpster fire but a creative coach has to find a way to use the talent he has effectively. It is not like Nebraska is Alabama. As Ace notes, one drive of creativity and then hang on and hope not to lose?
How can you possibly pick this team to win any of the game left? And then what? I am wondering just where the bottoum is at this point.
|3 years 34 weeks ago||Surprisingly less angry about this game||
I am not a big basketball fan. I grew up watch Michigan football and that is the strongest conenctionf for me. I didn't live in AA nor did any of my family go to UM. It was just a cultural aspect I picked up before I even realized it. I watch Michigan football and hated Ohio State.
By a weird twist of fate I ended up living and working in Columbus, Ohio. I have now stocked and nursed my hatred of OSU into a fine sharp point. And with all of the ups and downs of football have developed a somewhat tragic sense of life when it comes to sports.
And so I was afraid to start carrying about Mcihigan basketball again (I got caught up in the Fab Five frensy while in college and paid the psychic cost when that all unraveled). I followed the teams (mostly through this blog) and the last couple of years slowly began to increase my interest. Last year, I started to actually watch the games.
This year I got sucked in. I started watching the games from the start and found myselfing reallying caring about the team again. As I watched heartbreaking losses to Ohio State, Indiana, Wisconsin, etc. I thought "what have I gotten myself into?" It isn't like I need more sports heartbreak, right?
But I wasn't going to be one of those fans who abandones the team once they struggle and so I kept watching. And man did the tournament pay off that committment. It felt so good to see everything come together and see the players not only make big plays but seem to really have fun and play as a team. It felt like they were able to shake off the demons and bad bounces of earlier in the year and just play at a higher level.
The first half last night felt like that trajectory would continue. But then Hancock began to rain down threes and my gut began to clench and suddenly it was more like a heavyweight fight - less joy, more determination. And in the end Michigan just didn't quite have enough to get past an incredibly determined and focused Louisville team. In the end I felt not anger but frustration a sense that those players were so close to an incredible opportunity only to fall just short. I wished all that joy could have continued in one last improbable victory. As Brian notes, I wished somehow I could reduce the misery they felt.
And of course, lving in Columbus I had to deal with the jerks on FB and Twitter and everywhere else savoring the loss and the misery.
But as my duaghter (age 8) said to me this morning as we were discussing it in the car, Michigan is clearly a program to be reckoned with again. And I think that takes a little of the sting of the loss away somehow. Michigan feels back somehow.
Maybe I am a bandwagon fan compared to all of you longtime fans but it feels good to committ to a team and feel good about where they are and where they are headed.
|3 years 35 weeks ago||Thanks for the insight into your world||
Having been involved in blogging, both personally and professionally, I know how hard it can be even when you love your subject. Your unique health situation adds another wrinkle.
I appreciate what you do and the passion you bring to it. Thanks for bringing the joys, and disappontments, of this season to me through your writing. Best of luck finding the right balance moving forward.
|3 years 36 weeks ago||This thread reminds me of this|
|4 years 1 week ago||Two plays inflated offense in first half||
Take away the big Roundtree and Robinson plays and Michigan has like 137 yards in first half.
I think it is a little over-the-top to just blame Borges for loss because of poor play calling in the second half. Yes, I think running up the middle was foolish and I wish there was more creative use of Denard and Devin. But the difference to me was turnovers and Carlos Hyde. Hyde allowed Ohio State to grind out yards. Michigan had no answer.
Michigan had the opportunity to win and didn't make the plays when they needed to. The only difference between this game and Northwestern is a miracle throw.
|5 years 1 week ago||Thanks||
Sorry to have missed it. I am not an alum so probably why I didn't hear about it.
|5 years 1 week ago||Was Bacon in Columbus for a book signing?||
If so, that sucks that I missed him. Ironically, I talked with Michael Rosenberg when his book came out.
|6 years 1 week ago||Agree about long term trends||
It would be more interesting to see how Michigan compares across a longer period of time. Was there quanatative decline at the end of Carr with 2008 being destruction and now clear rebuilding back to the average UM #s and beyond?
Be interesting to see what the typical range for the team has been the last ten years. Easy to request others do more work ...
|7 years 1 week ago||Behind Enemy Lines in Columbus||
I live in Columbus and it gets old after a while. Most people are not real jerks about it but the overall assumption is that everyone is a Buckeye fan; plus you get lots of dirty looks when Michigan is doing well and lots of jokes when they are down (I have lived here during both Cooper and Sweater Vest).
You really can't get away from it as it is on TV, radio, stores, work, even at church the pastor will mention the game (Chris Spielman and John Copper both attend my church).
I will forget I have on my UM hat and when the guy at the drive-thru says he won't serve me with that hat on and starts laughing it often takes me a moment to figure it out.
My mom came to visit close to The Game one year, however, and people were giving her crap all over town so she changed. I told her you can't let them win but she didn't think it was worth the hassle.
Of course, my wife's family all went to Michigan State so I have to take crap from them now too ...
|7 years 2 weeks ago||What about Cliff Stoudt?||
What about Cliff Stoudt?
|7 years 2 weeks ago||I don't understand the complaint||
Having Michigan fans write and debate what happened and what they think it means is too much?
If this is to be a true community where fans interact - in addition to reading Brian's unique perspective - then people will have to deal with comments, diaries, and board posts.
I don't think it has descended into site destroying chaos and anger today.
|7 years 2 weeks ago||huh?||
If tl;dr means "too long didn't read" then how exactly do you know it isn't diary worthy?
Do you get extra points for using internet slang even if it is nonsensical?
Sorry it wasn't up to your obviously high standards ...
|7 years 2 weeks ago||Also keep in mind||
that Ohio State was trying not lose from the start (once we gave them a TD and missed a FG). I am not saying the D didn't play better because they did.
But if OSU has to win that game - rather than watching us lose it - I think things would have been different. Maybe we win, maybe we don't, but it wouldn't have been the same game.