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|4 days 22 hours 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.
|5 days 16 hours 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.
|6 days 4 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.
|3 weeks 6 days 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!
|4 weeks 6 hours 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.
|4 weeks 6 hours ago||Please share||
Regardless of whether you've met an astronaut, please share the answer.
|4 weeks 3 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.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||not much||
Don't follow them. Don't RT them. That's about it.
|4 weeks 5 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.
|4 weeks 5 days 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.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Wiley||
The Wiley non-denial walkback of his original tweet on Friday.
|5 weeks 1 day 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.
|5 weeks 1 day 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%.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Ill take five years||
|5 weeks 4 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.
|7 weeks 6 days 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.
|10 weeks 1 day 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.
|10 weeks 5 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."
|10 weeks 5 days 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.
|10 weeks 5 days 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.
|11 weeks 4 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.
|12 weeks 4 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.
|12 weeks 4 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.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||yes, it happened again||
On the return team.
|14 weeks 3 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....
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Why?||
Why do you make me go look at Utahs schedule to figure out what the fuck TREE is?
Thats just rude.
|14 weeks 6 days 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.
|15 weeks 4 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.
|18 weeks 3 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.)
|18 weeks 4 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.