frank beamer #1
|5 days 4 hours ago||correct||
That's why I just listed them all in order of position with no editorial. Anybody spending any time at all on this site and others knows who've contributed and who haven't out of that group.
|5 days 8 hours ago||This can only mean a lot of firm handshakes next spring...||
Either JH is lying, which I doubt, or he's expecting to non-renew a lot of 5th year guys next Spring, given the 20+ class he's building.
From the Depth Chart by Class, there are 15 of these coming up:
D. Johnson, Darboh, Chesson, Magnusen, Kalis, Braden, Bars, Godin, Henry, R. Glasgow (assuming scholarship), Wormley, Strobel, Gant, Richardson, Clark
(Hoke deserves credit for retention of players, but should also be dinged for failure to develop. About half of those guys won't be starters this year and probably not next year either.)
I was expecting to see omissions in the Fall Roster, but apparently not. BTW, anybody know when that roster first gets published -- Media Day maybe?
|6 days 8 hours ago||Howard/21 No!||
If you retire 21, then why not 2? I don't think either should be. Those, and maybe #1 and #77 are the modern-era legends jerseys and should be assigned to players worthy of them and appropriate to them. I tend to agree with Braylon on this distinction... and obviously, #4 should be added as well!
|1 week 1 day ago||Thank-you||
|1 week 3 days ago||Wish him the best||
I feel for the guy and the tough decision he had to make. May he score a touchdown!
|1 week 4 days ago||Lake Michigan||
The lake is very high this year so beaches tend to be a little more confined than in years past. I'll just throw out my own local knowledge of the New Buffalo area... Rent a house in Grand Beach or Union Pier/Lakeside. Prices vary based on proximity to the lake. You can get a reasonable rate 1/4 to 1/2 mile from the beach but definitely stay on the lake side of Red Arrow Hwy/12.
|1 week 6 days ago||about Forbes||
I've worked for over 30 years in Advertising Media -- Strategic Planning, Negotiation, buying, etc. and have a lot of experience with Forbes properties. (That experience includes being entertained on the Boeing 727 named "Capitalist Tool", sailing on the yacht, visiting the museum in NYC, attending parties, etc.)
Forbes Magazine and its companion website are not the most upstanding in the industry. In fact, in the early days of digital advertising when traffic monitoring was basically one-dimensional, Forbes was paying people to click on ads. That's right, using a bank of computers in some third world country, they were fraudulently representing that Forbes readers were engaging with Forbes advertisers.
Also, as a reader, I don't ever recall an article that stuck with me.
All I'm saying.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||The silverdome||
Basically a utility shed with 80,000 seats and AstroTurf. Times have changed. My dad transferred his lions season tickets from Tiger Stadium. I remember reading in the game day program, first season, that the silverdome was completed much more cost efficiently than other contemporary stadiums, most notably the Superdome. Pontiac was basically bragging about being cheap, which would not be a positive attribute now. No wonder the lions only used it for 27 years.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||"So you're saying... There's||
"So you're saying... There's a chance."
|2 weeks 5 days ago||careful...||
I have bad plantar fasciaitis and I believe it was triggered late last summer by a number of trips to the beach (New Buffalo). Yzerman, you must have good strong arches, otherwise the instability of the sand surface puts a lot of stress on the fascia. Just saying to flat-footed people like me, don't go barefooted on sand.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Hate it||
MM/Harrelson were so damn good together. This screenplay leaves me confused and bored. Watched the first episode twice, which was customary last year. Watched the second episode and just kind of gave up. Why do directors have to make it so hard to follow a plot?
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Good idea||
I didn't use a driver for the first 10 years I played and worked my way into the low teens handicap because of it. Admittedly, drivers got a lot more forgiving at some point which made the graduation easier.
Groove your irons first, then move up.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Play!||
This is something I guess I just don't appreciate about being A Head pro, that you can't play a round at least once a week. Or maybe it's that you don't want to play when the not particularly attractive opportunities arise, I..e, with an annoying club member or current student. I feel for you.
My best was a 79 at Cantigny, Wheaton, IL. Don't remember which tees.
Shoutout to the Pro that I'm currently hooked up with (golf, you perverts), Steve Dell at Whittaker Woods in New Buffalo. It's a great track, run to be respectful of golf and fun.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Actually,||
No, concussions are bad and playing a kid who may have just had one is unacceptable. hoke is certainly responsible and to blame for the post-concussion snap, but it was not a conscious decision. Not having enough adults on the sideline was why every event in that series took place and that lack was a conscious decision of a head coach putting together a program badly.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||A little harsh||
Hoke was guilty of ignorance, not bad judgment. So, I tend to forgive him for that one snap Morris took. What I don't forgive is that his staff and sideline organization was so inept that Bellomy couldn't find his fucking helmet when he was next in. That and too many or too few men on the field for special teams play -- basically the same problem.
|6 weeks 5 hours ago||Continuity||
Not posted yet on this thread. Whenever I read about an OL unit excelling, the first thing mentioned is continuity. Then, the next sentence talks about Trust. I'd love for one of our football wonks to chime in on this (looking at you Magnus). Specifically what is it that one player does to engender trust in another? And how does trusting one another make for better unit performance?
Because they've now got a fair helping of experience together, My answer to Kass would be that the state of the OL will be strong in 2015, like improving from a C to a B or better. And I'm keen on this particular post because I think it's the most important unit on any football team. I think the 2015 unit will be a big part of pulling out 9 wins. I'll hang up and listen.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Or...||
Went through the pockets of an unconscious guy at a bar.
Isn't it fun to make things readable?
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Jones, Houma||
Jones loses his number to a sure-to-redshirt freshman QB. Houma loses his to a grad transfer punter. Should we not be elevating these two on the potential attrition list?
|8 weeks 5 days ago||McGary in the stands||
Did anybody else notice the shot in the stands framing none other than Mitch McGary cheering on his alma mater? His usual big, enthusiastic grin.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Same place as The Kordell pass||
Straight away from the pass in the north end zone. The two plays are my most indelible moments of winning and losing in the stadium.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||a similiar curiosity||
I've posed this to several people and a clear answer has never been arrived at. A car is travelling behind a flat-bed tow truck that's got it's ramp all the way down to the road level. The truck is traveling at 30 MPH, the car, on cruise control, is going 31 MPH. Eventually, the cars front wheels hit the ramp.
When the drive wheels (front or rear) hit the ramp, what happens to the car? Does it lurch forward and slam into the cab of the truck?
If it's RWD, do the front wheels instantly decelerate from X # of RPMs to near zero? Is that mechanically possible?
|11 weeks 4 days ago||You forgot||
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Almost political||
The polarity of the Cutler debate is very strong. I don't get why some Bears fans DO like Cutler. Those of us dissatisfied with him aren't comparing him to former Bear QBs. We're comparing him to ten other current NFL QBs that are better and get paid about the same or less. The Bears paid way too much for a guy that thinks he can just wing it on raw talent.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||I'm with you, Don||
Norfleet's body of work as a returner didn't hold a candle to what Steve Breaston accomplished for Michigan. I don't even think I'd put him in my top 5. I loved Norfleet's enthusiasm and colorful demeanor, but I never thought of him as a big-time player.
Best wishes to him. Moving on now.
|12 weeks 10 hours ago||no argument there||
no argument there.
|12 weeks 10 hours ago||Jayru Campbell||
Hard to believe he's even showing up on a field to workout after all the trouble he's gotten himself into.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Just do it||
I was a spoiled kid. My dad got me a $8/hour job with a bar buddy who owned a fly by night construction company. I'd just finished my freshman year, so I was invincible, stupid and lazy. My coworkers were two 40-something career laborers with union cards. problem was, this wasn't a union job, so they were working for $5/hour. Those two guys taught me a lot.
We were tasked with a particularly miserable job, working down in a hole trying to scrape and shovel out mucky, thick dirt and pass it up in a bucket. I was convinced this was an illogical task that required a more clever solution. One of the guys put his hand down for me to grab and he yanked me out of the hole, and then proceeded to dress me down by simply saying, "there ain't no use in talkin about it. You need to get back in that hole and just DO THE JOB." But instead of letting me go back down, he did it himself, just to show me what a prima Donna I was being.
I think of it regularly and often.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||An idea||
I live and work in Downtown Chicago and I'm sick of the NFL draft before it's even started. So, I'm a little jaded right now about the boss of pro sports. That said, I've always thought Ohio North and Ohio South would be great names for the Browns and Bengals.
|15 weeks 5 hours ago||Thanks.||
I knew there had to be a few. I think the MSU pipeline from BR has been pretty well established over, ok, 30 years, similar to Cass Tech and Wilcher for Michigan and Glenville and Ginn for OSU. Always a few exceptions to the rule in each case, but I think the exceptions are fewest when it comes BR and the stonewalling of Michigan.
Oh, and Waggle, you didn't really just come to the board today did you?
|15 weeks 7 hours ago||Brother Rice||
Aside from getting this commitment, I think the best part of this news is that the Fracassa-to-MSU pipeline seems to have gone dry and Brother Rice is now a school in play for Michigan. It's about time! Can anybody name any player from BR to come to Michigan and have any success in the last 40 years?
|15 weeks 6 days ago||Corrected||
I stand. Thanks.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||Comcast, Trammell||
I actually think that Comcast is more important because of the sheer humanity involved. 10s of millions of customers have to overpay for services delivered by the worst effing company in America. That's important.
As for Trammell, I too spent a lot of time in consternation over a different snub: losing the MVP award to George Bell in 1984. Granted, this was before advanced metrics, so the writers can be excused for only having the basic stats. But even with basics, Tram's offensive production was close enough to Bell's that, as a shortstop vs a left fielder, he should have gotten it. If the two had been traded/flipped teams at the beginning of the season, no question Toronto, not Detroit would have won the division because the latter would have been without a great shortstop while anybody can hold down left field.
Also, the Tigers won the damn division!
|16 weeks 5 days ago||Paul Maturo||
1982 Lacrosse Club. Went on to a cup of coffee with the Detroit pro club.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||What's Plan B?||
Don't get me wrong, I love Peppers and am totally stoked to see him go at it. However, guys like Peppers or Woodson come along once every 10-15 years. No question you build your scheme around such extraordinary talent, but what happens when that one piece is removed?
Am I being an alarmist?
|16 weeks 6 days ago||Webber||
To your last point (and I don't claim to know anything about basketball) you reminded me of Chris Webber and how shockingly quickly he could get the ball from below his waist to over the rim.
|17 weeks 1 day ago||55||
|17 weeks 4 days ago||Great call!||
I forgot about that as most would, but that was clearly a missed call and if it had gone right I wouldn't have to listen to my partner, a Texas guy, remind me that Nebraska won, at the time, the mythical NC. Never mind that M got more first place votes between the coaches and writers. Nebraska won the coaches poll (UPI or USAT, can't remember) because TomOsbourne was retiring. M won the writers poll (AP). Split NC.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||Crable's helmet-to-helmet contact on Troy Smith||
|17 weeks 5 days ago||This seems to be a||
This seems to be a Muppet-worthy turn of events... to me anyway. Why you no like Muppets anymore, Brian?
|18 weeks 7 hours ago||I liked the way it was||
Before they started un-retiring jerseys. #1 goes to a great receiver. #2 goes to a great cornerback. Forget all the rest of it.
Oh, and get off my lawn.
|18 weeks 2 days ago||
I don't think the U issues Twitter accounts.
|18 weeks 3 days ago||Stribling||
Could he have named Stribling so many times to get a point across?
sounds like he's working really hard to challenge Channing. Which can only mean Channing's a big deal. Awesome to read.
|19 weeks 4 hours ago||I have not seen confirmation||
But, I saw a lot of smoke --
...His awesome mom joining the staff
...The fact that he went to Stanford which would imply he's a good student and would be accepted (also his minority status and Michigan's diversity effort)
...The fact that he was looking for an Architecture degree, a postgrad program Stanford does not have but Michigan does.
Oh, and (Edit): he's on mgoblog's Depth Chart by Class! I should have started and ended with that!
|19 weeks 8 hours ago||Except for Wayne Lyons||
Except for Wayne Lyons
|21 weeks 4 days ago||Now, that sir, is heroic,||
Now, that sir, is heroic, assuming you put yourself at risk.
|21 weeks 4 days ago||Nope.||
Helpfulness is great. Is something like this heroic? Only if you put yourself in danger. Otherwise you're just being a decent human.
|21 weeks 4 days ago||Hasn't everyone helped a crash victim on I94?||
Guys, I know this is going to sound like I'm blowing my horn, sobeit. It's just such an uncanny coincidence I thought I had to share. Back in about 1981 when I was a student I was working for the Ann Arbor Inn (no longer in business) driving flight crews to and from Metro. I was returning empty one morning and just about at the exact same place as this accident -- Westbound near State Street -- a woman wiped out right in front of me, T-boned the median and, fortunately, slid to a stop.
I pulled over to help. I ended up moving her car so that it wasn't in traffic and then I gave her a ride into town. It's wierd how you take a moment to take in the situation and decide if you should help or not.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||Double post||
|22 weeks 1 day ago||Don't get this||
Why would a fraternity have insurance for damages caused by criminal vandalism committed by its members? Why would the fraternity be liable for those individual offenses?
|22 weeks 6 days ago||I'll take it. Gimme some||
I'll take it. Gimme some Kevin Dudley, please.
|22 weeks 6 days ago||With The very low ceiling||
With The very low ceiling Pallente came in under, I don't see any position change for him as a negative. Actually, I love the move.
|22 weeks 6 days ago||Could||
|22 weeks 6 days ago||They're all there||
I was most keenly looking for Bars, Fox. They're there, as are all the others we've yet to see on the field -- JBB, Tuley-Tillman, Dawson, Kugler, Stephenson.
|24 weeks 3 days ago||Wither?||
Does wither work better?
|24 weeks 3 days ago||Richardson||
I was pretty sure he played ST. as a freshmen and the mgoblog depth chart shows him as a redshirt. I could be wrong on that.
|24 weeks 3 days ago||Right?||
That's was the reason for the post. Tom Strobel was touted as some kind of stud and, recognizing that he is probably a fine, young, very large man, what happened?
|24 weeks 3 days ago||No apologes||
Op got a good giggle out of it.
|24 weeks 4 days ago||Of course, but maybe...||
I get that the evidence is irrefutable, and of course the team was not eligilble. But maybe, if the Little League had vetted the team -- all of the teams-- in the playoff rounds then JRW wouldn't have ever qualified, and whichever team from Chicago was legit would have moved on to the playoffs and probably wouldn't have made it to the World Series.
For the Little League to have failed last summer and then wait until now to rule is atrocious.
|24 weeks 6 days ago||Motivation||
I tend to agree that "motivation" is the biggest intangible. A coach needs to get in the heads of his players in such a way that he doesn't intimidate them but does raise their fear of failure. Watch Belichick mic'd up (there are a bunch on YouTube) and you get the idea. Without that, the players are just going through the executions without being intense about it. The Welker/Wally Pipp bit was a fabulous example, in that he was able to apply the needle and find out what Wes was made of -- and know that he should probably let him go elsewhere.
Also, on a different aspect, teaching, I really liked the advice he gave a running back: "don't decide where you're going to go before the snap. Take the ball and go to daylight wherever you find it."
|25 weeks 7 hours ago||Hopeful and skeptical at the same time||
There's no doubt Michigan just hired one of the best HCs in the game today, which makes me hopeful. Skeptical, because it's hard to imagine any coach has a monopoly on Guile. I posed the question in an OP a few weeks ago: what is the secret sauce that successful coaches have. Logical, generic answer is the best combination of the highest quality ingredients. We don't know yet whether we've got those.
Great diary post, BTW.
|25 weeks 6 days ago||Architecture||
If he wants to continue to study Architecture, that's a good thing for Michigan, because Stanford does not have a post-grad Arch. program and Michigan has a good one.http://archrecord.construction.com/features/americas_best_architecture_schools/2013/Americas_Best_Architecture_Schools-2014-1.asp
|26 weeks 1 day ago||Sorry||
But this is definitely TL and I wish I hadn't read through it. The only reason I did is brcause over on TTB Magnus has him going blue. Now, all I am is bored.
|26 weeks 3 days ago||begay comment||
Just watched Notah Begay (i know, awesome name), a very close confidant of Tiger's back to their Stanford days, refer to Steve Sax disease, ie, second baseman who couldn't accurately throw to first. As a lifelong struggling golfer, I can totally relate to "the yips". That it is happening to the greatest golfer thats ever lived is... Humanizing? Terrifying? How can the human brain serve its master so cruelly?
|26 weeks 4 days ago||My rankings||
I've lived in Chicago ever since I graduated from UM in the early 80s. I know a lot of NU and ND grads and have interviewed lots of recent grads for entry level jobs. I would say the quality of students/grads from the three is roughly equal. School reputation is different though. NU and UM are neck and neck. ND isn't even close. And specifically for journalism, Medill is the gold standard.
But, let me go all subjective now:
Campus Aesthetics: UM, NU, ND
So, basically, I do'nt know why a person accepted to Northwestern and Michigan would even consider Notre Dame. (Sorry, Chris T.)
Re taking a step down from these, I have to disagree with those suggesting that. Yes, it is a lot of money, whether financed or paid upfront, but the doors that open to NU and Michigan grads aren't there for grads of lesser programs. There is a presumption, justified I think, because employers have to make bets too, that those kids have got what it takes.
Please commence flaming of my subjective tripe.
|26 weeks 5 days ago||Seriously?||
What about his ridiculously premature commitment to a staff that has since been fired would make you think he was solid?
|26 weeks 5 days ago||Wow||
MH75, that is a bombshell of a post. Were you a tutor? Do please expand. Did you work with other players? Dude, you are a treasure trove historian under wraps!
|26 weeks 5 days ago||Stop it!||
Denigrating a recruit is, i thought, bad form around these pages. I hope the young man chooses what is best for him. BYO, STFU.
|26 weeks 5 days ago||Touche||
It goes both ways, Don. Mike McCray's dad was a captain at Ohio at the same position.
|26 weeks 5 days ago||I think it goes all the way to POTUS||
I think it goes all the way to POTUS and the american people.
|27 weeks 6 days ago||heard this before||
"We're going to be tough. We're going to be physical. We're going to have an identity."
Doesn't this sound like the same spiel every new OL coach or OC gives? Not criticizing the coaches, per se, rather the gist of the article is "water is wet" kind of stuff.
|27 weeks 6 days ago||Dyin' here||
That is one hell of a funny gif. I know a lot of old people defending bird feeders in their retirement that would love it.
|28 weeks 10 hours ago||Hello, please?||
I don't ever recall being so anxious to see a Hello post on these pages. It's been too long, like since July that an actual commitment has stuck.
|31 weeks 23 hours ago||The dark side, yes||
ESPN has it out for us indeed. In fact, since they were so badly stung 7 years ago with the Herbstreit/Miles thing, now they're getting revenge by trolling us, egging us on because they know what freekin geeks we are about Harbaugh!
Makes perfect sense!
|31 weeks 1 day ago||Thank-you||
For being one of the only commenters to take a stab at an answer. I tend to agree with "fear" and can think of two other coaches that matched that description, Schembechler and Ditka. And of course, those two share Harbaugh as QB in common.
|31 weeks 1 day ago||Please share||
Regardless of whether you've met an astronaut, please share the answer.
|31 weeks 4 days ago||Not one side or the other.||
I dont see this as news on the bad side or the good. I see it as a healthy family.
|31 weeks 6 days ago||not much||
Don't follow them. Don't RT them. That's about it.
|31 weeks 6 days ago||Gtfo||
This is the shit that happens after midnight when mods are scarce.
How dare you take the name of one of my favorite Wolverines and spew that shit.
|32 weeks 2 hours ago||No names||
I've always respected PSU and USC for having no names on the jersey back. In the Mgoblog UFR era I'ive softened on this a bit for the obvious reason. Still, this program needs a reboot and i could see that being a key element.
|32 weeks 4 hours ago||Wiley||
The Wiley non-denial walkback of his original tweet on Friday.
|32 weeks 2 days ago||Your inference||
Thats exactly what I was thinking when I read his walkback. Didnt deny it, but instead simply said he'd let somebody else break the story when it was time. The walkback was what made me more optimistic.
|32 weeks 2 days ago||Agreed on Hackett||
Pure speculation here, but I believe Hackett reached out to Harbaugh's agent within a few days of being appointed AD. What I imagine he told him was, the job is yours and the money will be at the highest level and will include provision for buyout of the 49er contract. In other words, you have plenty of time to think about where you want your next job, we are giving you the best offer youre going to get and we'll wait for you until your season is over. When the season's end became clear, the official paperwork was delivered.
And, I believe what Marcellus Wiley tweeted is the truth. Wiley isn't the typical journalism major-turned sports hack looking for followers and retweets. He's a high school valedictorian, sociology major at Columbia (yes, the Columbia in the ivy league) and an NFL pro bowler. I don't see him being interested in getting a scoop.
Has the contract been signed/is that legally possible? Yes and absolutely. Harbaugh can sign a contract that is conditional on satisfying any prior contractual obligations, as in the 49er buyout. After the Wiley tweet, my confidence in Harbaugh being the next coach at Michigan went from 50% to 90%.
|32 weeks 5 days ago||Ill take five years||
|32 weeks 5 days ago||Not gonna happen||
harbaugh would not take the Bears job for one reason:
The Halas/McKaskey family ownership is second to last in competence, just ahead of the Fords. Sure, theyve won a few more titles and playoff games than the Lions, but still they're morons and they hire morons to run the team.
|35 weeks 9 hours ago||Scenario I like best||
I don't think anybody can argue that Hoke has been a man of the highest character and a great mentor, father figure to his student-athletes. At the same time, other than his wife, staff and probably most of the team, there's virtually nobody that wants or expects him to be kept on. So, for Hoke to preside over the banquet next week would be painfully awkward. And yet, it would be a shame for him not to be there with and for his team.
The way to smooth all of this over is to announce this week that he's been relieved of his coaching duties, that a search for a new coach has begun and that Brady will stay on to continue with his administrative duties until the new coach is named.
In other words, everybody knows he's finished, so make it official while at the same time not turning the banquet into a funeral. It should be more like a memorial. A lot of good things happened in the last four years, a great win-loss record not being one of them.
|37 weeks 3 days ago||thinking along the same lines...||
I'm not sure Braxton would get to the state line without being beaten to death first for treason.
|37 weeks 6 days ago||Not "lots"||
Just this past weekend, there were only 10 games kicked off at noon.
How things have changed since Bo responded to reporters asking if he could be more flexible in scheduling for the sake of TV, "We kick off at noon on Saturdays. If you want to come and take pictures, feel free."
|38 weeks 22 min ago||thanks so much||
For the explanation, although it's still a little unclear, right?
The thing reminded me of watching someone cutting vegetables and then cutting themselves -- like an accident that you're watching happen, you somehow know it's going to happen and it happens. (And then you say OHFERGODSAKES and hit fastback on your remote and watch it again, and again, and again .) IIRC, Funchess was moving FAST. The fact that he didn't have the play call and then had to catch up with it explains that; that's infuriating enough.
That it's actually a plausible idea that Gardner called the snap at exactly the wrong time -- if that's what happened I'm just dumbfounded in him.
If, OTOH, it was Miller snapping the ball spontaneously with authority to do so, I'm OK with that, but that's hard to believe too.
|38 weeks 3 hours ago||On another note||
Magnus, Brian or anybody else, I'm late to the thread about the Funchess fumble. Riddle me this:
What was Miller's cue for snapping the ball directly into DF's passing body? Did DG call for it or was Miller watching the play clock run out? If the latter, is that common practice for a center? That Funchess was late in his motion is not something that occurred to me until somebody pointed it out (and others cocurred). But still, the snap was just so stupid looking.
|38 weeks 5 days ago||Nostalgic||
Great post, btw.
9/24/94. Colorado and Kordell Stewart. My 35th Birthday.
I believe that moment created a malignancy to the morale of the whole team and maybe Mo especially. '94 turned out to be a 4-loss season, so Mo's trajectory was already trending negative. And then came The Incident. Imagine that, a 4-loss season demoralizing a team. Those were the days.
|39 weeks 5 days ago||completely agree||
With "the performance of the football team isn't the only thing... that matters to me."
Which is why I always find it comical when people criticize MSC or now Schlissel for not being engaged or for being indifferent about the football team or AD. They're running an enormous, world class educational institution and the football team is a mere pinkie finger to that.
The president of the University of Alabama, on the other hand has to view the weal of her football program as her institution's financial lifeblood. Can't find it now, but there was the WSJ piece a couple years ago that looked at Universitys' % of ALL revenue derived from football -- for Michigan, it's insignificant, IIRC less than 5% -- for Alabama it's the majority of all University revenue.
|39 weeks 5 days ago||interesting perspective||
It took me a couple re-readings of this inquiry to understand your thrust. If I understand correctly, you're categorizing UM football fans into two buckets: organics and inorganics, or put another way, stakeholders and just plain fans.
What confused me is how you referred to the latter group as "the fanbase", a term that I would not use. Actually, we're all "the fanbase", and most of us are stakeholders, regardless of your survey sample. If anything, I would refer to alums, students and employees as the Base and the rest as, I don't know, local sports fans I guess. For example, if you live in central or southern Illinois and you like baseball, you choose between the Cubs, White Sox or Cardinals. If you live in Michigan, like College Football and didn't go to a college with a football team, you choose between Wolverines, Spartans, or rarely, someone else. And you probably make that choice as a kid, before your dreams are spoiled and you find out (insert school of choice) won't accept you or is too expensive to go to.
Because I haven't lived in Michigan since I graduated 32 years ago, I don't have a lot of acquaintances who are this latter kind of Wolverine fan. In fact, I only have one of these, who falls neatly into the description above-- a guy who grew up a diehard Michigan fan, went to MSU as his second choice and has remained a diehard Michigan fan.
Finally understanding all of this, yes it makes perfect sense that the stakeholders are more concerned with maintaining a long term winning tradition and in the reputation of the U, and that Brandon is jeopardizing this. The others are right now questioning their own existence as Michigan fans, because they could easily give up on Michigan and throw their allegiance elsewhere.
I can't and have no desire to do that because Michigan is in my blood. And Brandon doesn't seem to care about me at all, and I deserve better.
|41 weeks 5 days ago||yes, it happened again||
On the return team.
|41 weeks 5 days ago||Norfleet dancing||
I would like to see game film of the punt return when Michigan only had 10 on the field. It's the return man's job to count his teammates. But if he's dancing to the music, maybe he forgot about, you know, football.
If you can't tell, I really don't have an appreciation for those antics. Sorry.
Maybe if you score a touchdown, ever....
|41 weeks 6 days ago||Why?||
Why do you make me go look at Utahs schedule to figure out what the fuck TREE is?
Thats just rude.
|42 weeks 23 hours ago||Alot of words here||
For "Gardner badly underthrew it":
As for Gardner's INT, it was a combination of him trying a bit too hard to get the screen set up to Smith and Braden failing to keep his hands on Zettel. Had Zettel been engaged with Braden (it was clear that he was reading the screen by that point), he probably wouldn't have been able to get his hands up.
|42 weeks 5 days ago||Two things||
1. Poor player development. Here are 247 composite 4+ star recruits and 2012 class:
Current Starters - Kalis, Bolden, Norfleet, Wilson, Funchess
Current 2nd stringers - Pipkens, Magnusen, Ross, Wormley, RJS, Ojemudia, Williams
Not playing much at all - Richardson, Strobel
14 players with very high upside, of whom we're getting "star" performance out of Funchess and... anyone?
2. Poor Organization. Here I point to Bellomy's missing helmet, concussion-gate and two different occasions with 10-man special teams. (There have to be numerous other examples that we don't even know about.) My point is, this seems to be across-the-board failure to dot i's and cross t's from the HC who's supposed to be acting as CEO. Say what you want about LC's last few years, but you can't say he didn't run a tight ship.
|45 weeks 4 days ago||Where does Taylor fit?||
I assume that a healthy Taylor is a top three non safety DB. I don't think it's clear though, what is the pecking order. I think Lewis and Peppers have shown high level chops and Countess was "embarrassed" against ND. Hard to believe a guy wearing #2 isn't going to see the field, but that's the way it looks.
OTOH, rewind to preseason when everyone was healthy, I was convinced that the safety opposite Wilson would be one of the above mentioned CBs, Peppers most likely. jClark seems like the weakest link in the back five. Why not move Peppers back, Countess to nickel and Taylor and Lewis play press/hassle CBs?
(I picked myself to be coach in my own little fantasy football league.)
|45 weeks 6 days ago||Learning as they go||
This is pretty much exactly the thinking from both Brian and Balas when they discussed the offense in August in Chicago. Hopefully, what we are seeing scheme wise in the first three games is what we will see all year and execution will do nothing but improve. I am encouraged by the blocking schemes and potential. It will get better. The X factor is Green (or Smith) and the light going on or not. I don't think I've ever given so much consideration to the quality of RB play before. With Hart, Chris Perry or Thomas you just figured they would do what they do. With these guys it seems like they need to execute with their brains as much as their instincts.
|45 weeks 6 days ago||Double||
Finally now know how that happens. Stupid browser.
|45 weeks 6 days ago||Coaches?||
This conversation concentrates on the coaches, which is probably as it should be. However, is it not fair to lay some of the blame for being slow to get to the line on the guy who leads the huddle? We would have to review huddle time to know for sure, something that can't be done from network game film. I've been to one game this year and had a sense the huddles were, I don't know, studious?
|45 weeks 6 days ago||Coaches?||
This conversation concentrates on the coaches, which is probably as it should be. However, is it not fair to lay some of the blame for being slow to get to the line on the guy who leads the huddle? We would have to review huddle time to know for sure, something that can't be done from network game film. I've been to one game this year and had a sense the huddles were, I don't know, studious?
|46 weeks 1 day ago||Wilson made a great, saving||
Wilson made a great, saving tackle in the second half last week on punt coverage and got up slowly, got off the field slowly. It looked like an upper body boo boo as he dove for the tackle.
The sideline reporter yesterday said Funchess hurt his OTHER leg when he joined in celebration on the field after the Lewis int. that's why he was limping.
|46 weeks 2 days ago||Where||
Oh god, oh god.
|46 weeks 4 days ago||You're not really sure citing||
You're not really sure citing Wikipedia is going to help because you're not really sure what Wikipedia is, obviously.
|47 weeks 1 day ago||My perspective||
I was fortunate enough to be sitting high over the 45 yard line, visitors side. I watched Countess line up with the widest receiver, right in front of me 15-20 times. He was five yards off the line every time and backpedaling from his first step most of those plays. Lewis on the opposite side was in his man's grill for the most part. Countess needs to move over to the slot and make way for Peppers.
|47 weeks 1 day ago||Still disagree.||
I think mistakes that Gardner and Wile made were the difference between 31-0 and a close game. Those mistakes weren't made before or after any obvious violent bashing in of heads. This was not powerhouse vs Tomato can. THAT would be curb stomping.
|47 weeks 1 day ago||Not a curbstomping||
When you out gain your opponent you have not been curbstomped.
|47 weeks 1 day ago||I'm with you||
I'm not panicked either particularly given the state of Michigan's competition going forward.
I was at the game and must have had too much pregame fun because I never noticed the loss of Taylor, even when I was aware that Hollowell and Lewis were on the field all night. If you didn't know your team was without its best DB you'd have been puzzled at the string of key 3rd down conversions ND was making. I say Taylor is best because Countess did not look comfortable playing press and hassle man.
What I do find bothersome is that Gardner is not the guy you want to bail you out of a 3 TD halftime deficit. He reverted to bad Gardner when trying to make things happen.
All of that said, the ground game was working. Funchess is terrific. The LBs are good. With Peppers back and hopefully soon Taylor and Morgan, the defense is going to prove much better than last night. The offense will stick to their knitting and get better.
And Michigan won't play Golson again. That guy had a spectacular night.
|47 weeks 6 days ago||big games and juxtaposition in life||
I can remember big games in the context of my life at the time. Kordell Stewart's hail mary happened on my 35th birthday.
That Notre Dame game came at an especially unique moment of worlds colliding. My wife organized a baby shower for our daughter on that day. Condo neighbors of ours have a huge living room and the very nice lady of the house offered us use of their unit for the shower. The man of the house, a nice guy in his own right, is a die hard domer and admits to a pompous personality. So, here I am being as nice as I can be to these generous hosts in helping to set up the party. Before I went back to our place to watch the game and leave the girls to their shower things, he says to me, verbatim, "you have the most over-rated coach in the country." This, from a guy who's team's coach just got a gargantuan raise, and had the "strategic advantage" thing being repeated by all the pundits. Meanwhile, Carr is coming off of the Season of Infinite Pain and we're already starting to hear "hot seat". So, even before the game and subsequent season transpires, this guy is soooooo wrong!
And, as we know now, he just got wronger and wronger. Oh, wide open.
|48 weeks 11 hours ago||Great idea||
You go first, DoubleD. The Offense Every Snap is up and ripe for IDing all the players, every play.
|48 weeks 3 days ago||thanks.||
Thanks to all three of you for your explanations. I now understand what it means; it's still ambiguous and I don't think very useful.
|48 weeks 3 days ago||I'll throw out a jinx:||
ASU doesn't cross the 50 until we see people like Gant, Strobel, Hollowell, Richardson, etc. on the field.
|48 weeks 3 days ago||someone help me||
I have never understood what "the right to rush four" means. As opposed to 3, or 5, or blitz?
I don't get it.
|48 weeks 3 days ago||Admiration lacking||
Let's face it, Oregon is a subsidiary of Nike. Nobody likes that.
|48 weeks 4 days ago||Forty-two weeks||
Since his last post. What could we have done better with more of THE KNOWLEDGE for the last 42 freekin weeks?
Robin Williams and a bunch of people in Mesopotamia would be alive today!
We wouldn't have had the worst winter ever!
Stillborn babies would have lived!
Graham Glasgow would have handed off the keys!
Oh, actually, thanks for stepping in and getting the regents to nix the fireworks, by the way.
|49 weeks 3 days ago||Making sure I've got this straight||
So, if I'm understanding, I should probably know how fantasy football is scored/played as a prerequisite in entering a plausible team?
|50 weeks 14 hours ago||Totally agree||
I was thinking the same thing about Drake Johnson. It doesn't seem right.
|50 weeks 4 days ago||Kugler||
I had thought that if ever there was a lineman ready to play in college, it was Kugler above all these others. I wonder what the issue is that's holding him back. He had the guru ratings, the dad who was an NFL O-line coach (and now a head coach), the size, everything.
|50 weeks 4 days ago||Fantastic job||
Thanks, that's a real treat to watch. Can you please share the trancy guitarist's name?
|1 year 4 days ago||More clarity||
I did not refer to it as awesome.
And the fare was $20 for members of the alumni association and $30 for Walk-ins and non members.
|1 year 4 days ago||Or he is here for Lolla||
Or the B1G meeting. Or a vacation.
|1 year 4 days ago||Understood||
That everybody here wants content, which is why we are here. It's also why anything said tonight was known from and already covered by the wolverine and/or mgoblog. Heads were nodding all over the room with every word from both of them.
If my notes were about the content, I would be criticized for not adding anything we don't already know.
|1 year 4 days ago||Exactly||
The same parallel drawn by Brian and Balas.
|1 year 4 days ago||I will clarify||
Brian and Balas agree that the offense we see week 12 will be look be the same scheme but better from the one we will see in week one. Not totally pessimistic.
|1 year 4 days ago||I don't remember||
I don't remember because there was nothing special about what he had to share. That's his thing. INSIDE THE FORT! Don't miss it! Pay for it!
|1 year 5 days ago||Seriously||
How does one get -100,000 points? You're clearly an asshole. I just didn't know there was so much hate on this site. What did you do?
|1 year 5 days ago||Thank-you||
SRK, for today's moment of levity.
Norfleet is totally better than Stevie B., because the hype for this Junior is totally normal, right?
|1 year 1 week ago||i'm old I guess||
And that's a creepy video.
|1 year 1 week ago||Kind of what I expected||
Not at all intending to spoil the fun, but I don't think people realize how thirsty a cabin cruiser can be. Good for you that you can afford it.
|1 year 1 week ago||Looks like fun||
But, I must say, I prefer sailboats. Just curious, did you log your distance and how much did you pay for fuel to cover it?
|1 year 2 weeks ago||Comfort in a President's indifference to Sports||
I think the most encouraging thing about that interview was the LACK of conversation regarding athletics. I'm as big a Michigan sports fan as anybody, but my pride for the University stands with or without athletics. I've got a degree from one of the greatest schools in the world and I want it to stay that way. If a president has to worry about athletics, I'm not happy with the state of the department. I was turned off by people criticizing MSC for how the RR and Hoch hirings went down, in particular, those finding fault with her lack of attentiveness and sense of urgency. Hiring a head coach for the varsity football team is pretty trivial in the context of all the other issues that she/he oversees from that office.
Should the new guy be keeping an eye on Dave Brandon's marketing circus? Absolutely. I think what he's sown is over the top and irreverent to that which makes Michigan great. Those who are Leaders and Best need not promote themselves to influence the community, state, country and world in a positive way. Nor, with an umpteen billion dollar endowment should the AD be seeking new revenue, fergodsakes. If I were president, I'd want him to put a lid on it. However, Dave Brandon can, like him or not, keep pretty good tabs on his personnel. Leave him be with that, Mr. President, and keep Michigan great.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||Great piece, Ace||
Really cool to see how they've both grown up from the first picture to the last.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||I figured dropping a neg on him was sufficient, but yeah||
I figured dropping a neg on him was sufficient, but yeah
|1 year 6 weeks ago||1997, 2011 MFB, others: greatest similarity||
I think I side more to the imperative of "team chemistry" vs. "strong leadership". That said, I think among the many intangibles of winning football games, the most important and common one among winners is...
And I have more examples than just two Michigan football teams.
* 1980 USA Gold medal hockey team
* Umpteen non-dynasty NFL champions (disqualify Patriots, Steelers Packers and pick another)
* The Ryder Cup Europeans, for god sake, pick a year.
True, it's hard to explain the Lions. I just wrote and deleted about 200 words trying, but gave up.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||With all due respect||
I'm sure Shaun Crawford is a fine young man.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||toss up||
It's between Sidney Fine's American History (20th century) and Weather.
Fine was such a UofM treasure and I felt fortunate to have had him.
Weather - I'm not even sure what department it was in but it was great because I'm now an expert at the most talked about subject in the midwest.
|1 year 12 weeks ago||What?||
What does "grandstaff being a stauskus" mean? I can't even imagine an autocorrect in that.
never mind. I googled "grandstaff".
|1 year 13 weeks ago||who are the tigers playing?||
|1 year 13 weeks ago||Norfleet||
If Peppers gets reps returning kicks Norfleet has no chance of holding him back. Peppers is bigger, faster and better at eluding tacklers and breaking tackles. Oh, and in those highlights, he caught everything thrown to him!
But seriously, I've never been a big Norfleet fan. IMO, all he has is burst. Peppers has superquick vision that prompts him to move into space the tackler can't get to in time. And if the tackler can get a hand on him, it's not going to take Peppers down. Can't say any of that about Norfleet. How many times has he gone down by the ankle? A hundred?
|1 year 14 weeks ago||Different?||
Are you saying this may be different as in Nussmeier or Hoke is going to come out and say to a reporter or at a press conference "yes, we offered Francois a scholarship to the University of Michigan beginning in 2015 and we really hope he faxes in his LOI in about 10 months and stops talking to all those other schools!" And then, looking into the cameras, adds "We love you Francois. I mean we REALLY love you!"
Different, like that?
|1 year 14 weeks ago||Michigan WON'T confirm an offer||
Much less even discuss a recruit. Doesn't everyone already know this? The only "confirmation" of an offer has to come from the kid, his coach or his parents.
|1 year 16 weeks ago||My 2 cents||
I am an avid golfer and follower of the professional game. I have been to Augusta National twice.
On with the show.
I think the masters is a top 5 annual sports event and a piece of shit all in one.
It's a classic up there with the Kentucky Derby and the MLB all star game, and it has a great field of respectful competitors.
It's a piece of shit because:
There are only about 40 players that deserve to be there
|1 year 16 weeks ago||yeah.||
I stand corrected. thanks.
|1 year 16 weeks ago||KUDOS!||
It's obvious that Dylan Moses is a fine young man and a great Student-athlete that would make all of us proud and full of admiration!
|1 year 16 weeks ago||I love your snark, MMW||
I grew up a lions fan. My dad had season tickets in Tiger Stadium and the Dullgraydome.
By the time I got to Ann Arbor, they were challenging for a playoff spot for the second time in my young life. (The first time they lost 5-2 to Dallas. Yes, that is a football playoff score.) But back to 1981, the terrible towel gang lost on the last sunday to Tampa bay at home. I gave up on them at that point.
About 11 years later the lions won their first and only playoff game in my lifetime on the back of one of the three best RBs in NFL history, who later walked away from the game and his team in his prime.
What the lions need most at this point is for fans to walk away and force the Fords to give em up.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||There are only three known||
There are only three known scores in Soccer.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||DD is my man||
Full disclosure, DD and I went to HS and a bit of college together. That said, I love listening to him and Price cover the Tigers. The difference, IMO, is there's nothing wrong with a homer covering a college football team, and DD could go a long way across the spectrum from Harwell impartiality to Ufer mania. DD did sideline work in The Stadium 15-20 years ago for radio. He's a Michigan fan. I think he would be really entertaining with Brandy.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||Thank-you||
I had no idea.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||Seasonal?||
If I'm not mistaken, Oberon is not available anywhere this time of year.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||Ever had a shortS spelled||
Ever had a shortS spelled backwards?
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Dooleys||
By "Skeeps" you are kindly giving the board a time shift translation of "Dooleys". And by "on line" you are referring to standing in front of Dooleys, as opposed to using the internet which was not available other than at a desk with a big fat CRT monitor and, if you were lucky, a T1 connection. To all you whippersnappers out there, that's kind of amazing.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Ice||
I know I'm late to this, but I had to say it. Those guys are sitting in chilled water, probably temp in the 40s. It's no fun, which is why they're not in a good mood. It's effing painful, but after you get out your legs feel awesome. Notice Walton's elbows up in the air? He's keeping them out of the ice.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Occasional Typos||
Typos happen everywhere, all the time. They, and all the malaprops and just general illiteracy of those hack sites happen in every article!
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Too bad||
I always enjoyed watching my team try to defend the other team when that other team was playing "in the shadow of their own goal line".
Brent Musberger is a dope and always has been.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Just||
|1 year 20 weeks ago||All GBW thread||
This site ought to have a wiki-type thread with nothing but GBW and GBMW gaffes.
they can be so darned cute sometimes.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Agree||
Energyblue reads eerily like Eroc. The misspelling, run on sentences, thoughts clanged together without segue... Especially the reference to coachBT and Maizeman, and sitting in between them. Wow. It's you Eroc, isn't it?
|1 year 21 weeks ago||I'm with you, maize-blue||
Maybe if they put an 'S' into their acronym, people who don't give a shit about soccer would at least have a chance to know what it stands for.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Nice!||
Love seeing the Vibe score. Thanks. Brandon, are they compiled somewhere?
|1 year 22 weeks ago||You're confused||
If you watched that segment, I'm not sure how you could have missed that it's 60 Minutes SPORTS and it's not on the old people's network, CBS, it's on SHOWTIME.
I could pull the Nielsen ratings today at the office, but I suspect the demographic profile is quite different, and I hate pulling Nielsen reports, so I won't.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Apolitical||
I'm way into "map porn".
It's a rare map of the states that doesn't line up along blue state/red state lines. I know we're not supposed to get into politics; I just had to say it.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Question for you||
So, Wolverine Chemist, since you seem to have been involved with FFLF, what specifically can you tell us about them? Their website is down at the moment, though I have been able to pull it up in the past. (And the facebook page hasn't had a post in almost 3 years.) When I have been able to look at the website, I still couldn't really tell what FFLF does other than help develop underprivileged children. The website shows very few pictures of kids or their parents (but there are a lot of pictures of Marlin.)
When there are so many NP and NFP organizations vying for dollars and attention, I like to have a better idea of what the thing is about, how it performs, how much leverage they have with the philanthropic community at large beyond their own resources, etc. Not to mention, it doesn't hurt to provide a link to their financials on their website, for instance, but it's not there.
Can you shed any light on this?
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Measure once, cut twice||
I think a big part of the problem in 2013 was the lineup shifting, not to mention the tackle-over crap. Starting Miller, trying Bryant, going with Bosch late in the season, these were coaching decisions that were akin to building a wood deck without measuring anything. The thing gets built eventually, but it takes longer and costs more to get there.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||2014 RB recruit...||
...Is Ross Douglas, and that's a good thing.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||Wyatt Shallman||
Love what I read about the kid and want to see him contribute at a high level, but where the hell will it be?
Biggest question I see in Spring.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||With you there||
25th Hour is one of my favorite movies, along with Magnolia. Can't decide which one was his best performance.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||Wow||
I'm guessing you have trouble retaining friends.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||Frustrating||
I would really like the U to come out with an official statement to shed light on this. However, they will undoubtedly and I suppose even justifiably use FERPA as a shield and say they can't comment. The whole thing will end up fuzzy and ultimately forgotten by almost everybody. Which is to say, the U of M and its AD will have this bad mark on their reputation forever, and will be powerless to erase it.
Oh, and somewhere out there is a woman with an tragic injury to her psyche.
|1 year 28 weeks ago||Add one||
A high school classmate of mine, a great guy, Bob Teninga passed away recently. Some may recognize the name. His dad played both ways in 1949 and at some point held some sort of record which I can no longer find. Anyway, Bob and I graduated from HS in 1977 and both of us were students at the U. Lovely guy who will be missed.
|1 year 29 weeks ago||Nussmeier is Brandon's plan B||
The downside of the Nussmeier hire is he's a flight risk after a couple good seasons to go take a HC job somewhere else, which is actualy OK, becuase a couple good seasons would be a couple good seasons more than we've had lately on offense!
But, if the team is still regressing -- looking at you Greg Mattison -- then Brandon can let Hoke go and make Nuss his new HC. Smooth transition. A guy with Big Ten footprint experience.
It's a win-win scenario for Brandon.
|1 year 29 weeks ago||No, thanks||
Wilton Speight is on campus and by all reports a model program guy. I think offering Town here would be shabby and not consistent with Hoke's character.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||Only in the newer Phase VII units||
Only in the newer Phase VII units
|1 year 33 weeks ago||totally agree||
Talk football with someone really into FF and you'll find he doesn't know anything about football.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||Not a problem for me||
I fully expect Kate Upton to gain about 50 lbs all of a sudden in the near future. And I would still give up five years of golf for one weekend of making love to her.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||Fresh water perch from Lake Erie?||
I call it Toxic.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||bullets||
India Pale Ale sucks.
I don't think Norfleet, even if given more opportunities, is ever going to be a difference maker for Michigan.
Tiger Woods is the best golfer in the world and the best in history, by far.
Magnus is the best non-staff poster on this board.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||Plus a million||
For the levity.
I know it's just so blasphemous, but, Jesus, The Game is also just another conference game, right?
Winning the hoops tournament. Yeah, I want that a lot more.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||THEE||
Please, Pay attention to details. THEE Ohio, state of.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||Seriously?||
Say hi to COACHBT.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||Money can filter out certain problems||
Keep the edited content free. Make commenters subscribe for a fee. A lot of trash would disappear overnight.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||That's OK||
I won't cancel my subscription to this here blog. No need for further review.
At the Notre Dame game I sat next to a guy in his sixties. He spent the whole game watching the cheerleaders with his binoculars. When they were on the bigscreen, he pointed his binoculars at it the bigscreen, better to make out the pixels one-by-one.
Maybe one of us could contribute a really great cheerleader UFR.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||it comes down to two things||
First, I was born there, as were my parents and grandparents. My family moved to Michigan when I was 4. My dad went to OSU law. He was a diehard OSU fan, and so was I until I went to college -- first Ohio Wesleyan and then Michigan -- at which point I jumped the fence. It was fun being a Michigan fan in Delaware, Ohio. Not many Michigan people at OWU so I enjoyed being an outsider.
I transferred to Michigan because it was a way-better school and cheaper and because with my mediocre grades, getting in as a transfer in January was my only shot. My dad told me to go the MSU. He said Michigan would be too hard for me.
So, reason #1, is the rebel in me: I believe people born and raised in Ohio will never do something that their parents would disapprove of. You can look it up. They're sheep and they're dull and they know it. Because of this, they resent outsiders who venture out of the box every now and then; especially those from Up North.
Reason #2, they're consumed by OSU football because it's all they've got.
Combine one and two and you get the most vapid, moronic mean-spirited assholes in the country.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||I just want to say...||
I can't think of enough nice things to say about this wonderful young man.
Go Blue! It's great to be a Michigan Wolverine.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||Weis||
I doubt this is a new thought; I can't read all the hundreds of comments on dozens of threads. But, this post reminds me of Charlie Weis and the "strategic advantage" that he thought ND would automatically enjoy the day he walked into the building. Weis, Borges and Martz are in their ways, Wonks. They have all kinds of ideas in their head but the sum of those ideas, despite what they might think, does not equal Advantage.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||Quality Control||
I'm sitting here trying to figure out what next year looks like. With or without Borges, the OL is still going to suck and no reason to believe the tight ends, tailbacks or fullbacks will be able to block anyone either. This is less on the OC than on the people whose job it is to teach how to fucking block.
Sure, inexperience is an issue this year. But, oh look! There go Lewan, Schofield and Toussaint. In come more new guys and does anyone think they'll be any better?
Something is not right with Development. These players can't be this bad unless they just don't know what they're doing.
I say this is on Hoke, but firing him is a terrible thought. He needs to fix the way players are taught.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||interesting||
On one hand, he's of the dying breed in the house -- a Moderate Republican. On the other, he's just the type to win a centrist district. If I had to guess, I would say he's sick of raising money and is reading the writing on the wall that says he's going to be primaried by a tea party guy.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||Seaholm||
They are The Maples. Hence the "heart of a maple". And the cheerleaders are called the "Maple Motion", which is nice.
Also, the school's sorta kinda near Maple road.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||Gross overstatement||
You are an idiot.
Sorry, dark pope, it's not you, it's Amazing blue, who is the idiot.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||Fall||
Did no one notice the beautiful fall colors today?
I tried to take them in. But my wife just threw the whole damn house of YOU SUCK at me because I've been surly for the last few hours, as if, DUUUAUUUH.
So, I. Missed the whole goddamn beautiful fall colors thing.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||Whu||
Omg. Seriously. You must be joking. You've got to be Kidding. I can't believe my fucking ears.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||Zero protection for Gardner||
On the play pictured, Gardner releases the ball in no more than 2 seconds post-snap. In that brief time he doesn't look to his right at all. I think that's what he was instructed to do, pick a side and stay with it, lest he die in a pocket protected only by the OL, with five players in routes.
Contrast that to a play against PSU when he was sacked. Lewan and Schofield are right, with AJ Williams in the LT position. AJ is a statue as a DE rips past him and reaches Gardner in about 2 seconds. Gardner holds the ball too long and is blindsided.
Are there not "designed", mandated quick-release situations? Shouldn't this latter play have been one of them?
EDit: sorry, I didn't see that Space Coyote actually answered this.
|1 year 40 weeks ago||Best possible||
Best possible. Those aren't possible.
|1 year 40 weeks ago||Academics||
UT and GT would be the best possible adds from an academic perspective. But I guess nobody cares about that.
|1 year 40 weeks ago||Event in Chicago||
Seth, yes an event in Chicago would be great. An event in EVANSTON on Friday night, not for me.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||End over end rotation is not||
End over end rotation is not a good pitch.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||You missed one...||
"...but I miss the days of front seven defenders named Sword, Steele, Irons, and Gold."
Sword, Steele, Irons, Gold and Swett.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||I'd be happy just to have||
I'd be happy just to have down, distance and ball placement working on the scoreboards.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||1997 State||
This was a double post, but since I can still edit, why not add... 1998 at NU. Justin Fargas carried the rock in a monsoon. Ugly, ugly day but we got the W.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||1997 State||
I was end zone looking straight down the sideline. Shitty seats, but hey. Woodson makes the ridiculous interception right down that line and I still don't understand how he did it.