|6 weeks 1 day ago||Why ask a question with no good answer?||
If it's anonymous, how would we know about it? Then again, I will save up $5 million dollars if I can endow the QB position. I want to hear my name every time the offense snaps the ball.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||He saved us in the 2012 ALCS||
And he was a very reliable guy out of the bullpen in 2010. But I think I'm being very kind by saying he's been inconsistent this season.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||The owner did for Joe to make a couple of those moves||
When the owner goes "playoffs or else", you have to take a high risk/high reward approach and grab Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings, and pass over a potentially solid PG in Burke.
And if you look at Ben Gordon and Charlie V, who else were they going to get? Ben was a 20PPG scorer his last year with the Bulls. And he was 26. It's easy to criticize the deal now, but at the time people thought he may be the next Rip. Joe followed the textbook to get cap space for the FA class of 2010 (Wade, LeBron, Bosh, Melo), but he knew in the summer of 2009 that those guys had no interest in coming here. He tried to improve the roster as opposed to waiting and getting shut out the next year.
I'm not excusing the bad moves and revolving door of coaches, but I can understand the difficulty of running a team with ownership issues the past 4+ years and in a less than desirable free agent destination.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Save your hate for the owner we still have||
The owner that wouldn't let Joe D amnesty Ben Gordon's contract and forced him to make that awful trade. Even though the Lions are a pain to follow, at least they make no bones about their creating a video game offense. With the Pistons, they still seem to have no direction or focus.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||KSU moved the ball at will||
Can't blame that on playing a true freshman QB. We would have a hard time winning even with a healthy DG.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Alan Webb||
Holds the American national record in the mile, with a time of 3:46.91 (min:sec). Represented the United States at the 2004 Summer Olympics in the men's 1500-meter race.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Helloooo Heisman||
I can't believe this was almost 25 years ago. Still get chills watching that play.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||I was going to post the same thing||
I think most people block out that entire weekend. I think we lost at OSU in football the next day in RR's last "The Game".
|10 weeks 4 days ago||He also had a vanilla gameplan||
He shouldn't have OL issues when he's throwing dump off passes and nothing longer than 15 yards. Even the announcers were waiting for them to let Morris loose with the arm.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||We were lucky to win those games also||
Got lucky on the final drive against MSU and OSU missed a wide open guy at the end of that game. Probably should've lost the first UTL against ND also. I would like to see us win one of those rivalry games without drama where we were clearly the better team.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||This comparison is probably awful||
But who heard of Frank Kaminsky this time last year? Maybe he just needs consistent playing time and a little bit of confidence in his game to have a breakout season. I trust JB enough to be a glass half-full type of guy when it comes to his comments.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||If he didn't know the rules...||
...then shame on the coaches or staff that's supposed to inform them of all the rules. These kids smoke weed, so there should have been some advising them on what happens if they're caught.
If he knew the rules, and the repurcussions, then shame on him. He's 21, not 17 or 18. That makes him an adult and old enough to know what a one year suspension means.
This still doesn't excuse the NCAA, who bent over backwards to allow Cam Newton to stay eligible despite his daddy getting paid. They need to get out of the enforcement business and let qualified personnel handle that.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||If that's true||
Then he should've known better than to smoke. He should've thought after the second or third time that it was not worth doing.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||I'll take that||
They have the coach we preferred and they win games. All teams have head cases and everybody murders, so we're even there.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||RR was bowl eligible his last year||
That's a pretty low bar considering this is Michigan, the nonconference schedule has been set to make 6 wins very attainable, and making a bowl game has no longer been established as a reason to bring a coach back at large schools.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Until we're reloading with deep recruiting classes||
I would like to see these guys stay at least three years. I don't think we have the depth established yet to sustain multiple early entrants. If we could have kept two of the three, we greatly increase our chances of getting past Sparty and putting some distance between us. With the way things look, we could be a Levert injury away from struggling to make the tournament next year.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||GRIII played like a first rounder in the tournament IMO||
His jumper wasn't a liability and he appeared more aggressive. He played like a guy trying to improve his draft stock. The only thing that will hurt his status is if Parker and Randle leave. It will push him and Nik down the draft order.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Sounds funny when you put it that way||
But if Beilein would have basically promised him no more time at the 4, either Levert, Stauskas or GRIII would be coming off the bench (if Nik came back). So I guess you can have too many wings but not too many bigs.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Elite teams do not underperform||
That's why they're elite. Those teams were very good though. I think the talent was there up until the 2006 team.
Who knows how the 1998 and 1999 teams would have fared if Lloyd would have gone with Brady from the start and not played the 2 QB dance. The 2000 team was three fourth quarter collapses away from an undefeated regular season. And what is Henson stays for the 2001 season? So yes, I think the talent was there.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||I'd put Erik Kramer above Scott Mitchell||
Kramer won a playoff game at least.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||It was discussed in the Fab Five documentary||
They wanted to be home. I don't think it has any relevance to the rest of the story, and it feels more like a detriment to Fish, but it's true that at least the Fab Five were not thrilled about the trip.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||We beat Tenn by mercy rule||
Up by 45 points at halftime, and advance to play L'ville the same night in the elite eight after the entire UK team mistakenly declares for the draft and hires agents.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||Wait until Sunday||
Either L'ville or KY will be glad to part with their tix after their team loses. Scalpers are going to have a field day with those fanbases this week.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||Maybe Adidas will design special uniforms||
Change up the whole color scheme so we won't be forced root for blue versus green.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||I wouldn't pull that card||
The announcers spend a lot of time with these guys leading up to games. Due to OSU's success and Craft's starting for OSU the past seven years, Raftery and other announcers have had plenty of time to build up their man crush.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||Would've preferred to see Sparty go down||
I'll take this instead I guess.
Until 4:30 hits.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||I wish they would've called the travel||
May have lost anyway, but at least that was more recoverable (sp?) than what eventually transpired.
|17 weeks 2 days ago||Do you mean Alabama?||
Do you mean Alabama?
|17 weeks 2 days ago||1997 and 2006?||
Please say no again PSU! Besides, doesn't the band have awful seats in the stadium? Far from the playing field?
|17 weeks 2 days ago||I wouldn't want an ACC band in my stadium either||
So I can't blame them. If I remember correctly, they didn't have much of a band themselves when I lived there.
|17 weeks 2 days ago||Hollis||
This is not Bert "F*@#^ing" Smith we're talking about here. I don't think he would risk the good will he's established with Brandon by screwing us intentionally. I personally hope that Lunardi's bracket today holds true. That's a knock on wood bracket because it looks very favorable for us.
|17 weeks 5 days ago||WCF was a terrible owner||
Just like the Brown family in Cincy. His employees may like him, but that doesn't mean he made the right hires. That means he's a nice person who made bad personnel decisions. That's how I will have to remember him from a football standpoint.
Under his watch, possibly the greatest running back ever walked away from the sport because he was tired of the losing atmosphere.
He allowed Matt Millen to happen...for seven season.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||Is this serious?||
He was a two-time All-American and second round draft pick. He also cherished his time in Columbus. I loved Bo and our coaching staff, but I don't think they could've made him much better than what he was.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||I'm going based on the HBO documentary||
In the doc, he said he was set to come here. I don't know all the stories, so I'm just going based on what he said.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||I thought TP's dad favored PSU||
And TP wanted OSU. I thought that was the reason for the delay and we were just happy to be part of the discussion in case PSU's head coach was forced out due to scandal and OSU's head coach was forced out due to scandal.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||Spielman wanted to come here||
His dad was having none of that. It's not always a bad thing to put your parents wishes above your own.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||Our LF situation was poor most of last year||
I can live with a platoon of Kelly and Davis if that's what we're stuck with. If they can provide solid D and hit .250 between them, that should be enough in our division. I wish Tuiasosopo was still here to be in the mix in LF.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||Trust in the coaching staff||
Pryor comes to mind when I think of someone who dragged things out like this. But he was in a situation where he could do whatever he wanted. I believe Hoke and Mattison would keep him in check or he'd transfer.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||Those Ray Jackson jumpers||
I was thinking the same thing watching the game. He really got off the hook because of the timeout. Fisher coached well that entire tournament, especially in the Final Four.
Even though Fisher's dad gets credit for the suggestion, he ultimately was the one who decided to start the Fab Five together.
People never give Fisher credit for that 1989 team, but I think Fisher did more coaching on that team than he gets credit. Frieder was known for putting the team together and letting his assistant handle much of the coaching. His substitution pattern in the Sweet 16 against UNC was masterful. He substituted regularly and used his TO's to keep the team fresh and prevent any UNC runs...something they did not do the two previous years they got bounced from the tourney by that school. End result was we had a fresher team that closed out the game.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||He had some killer teams in the 80s also||
And no Final Fours to show. I think Fisher did pretty good with two Final Fours and an Elite Eight in his first five years as HC. I don't even think it's Pot v. Kettle. Fish is a good coach. And I doubt any coach outside of Dean Smith could have handled all that talent and attitude.
|18 weeks 2 days ago||Fab Five was 2 in 1||
Basketball Team + Cultural Icon. They were great at basketball and making Ice Cube watch our games. They didn't invent basketball, but they made it more popular. They didn't invent long, baggy shorts (Illini 1989 wore them), but they made it popular.
I won't justify anyone breaking the rules because "they were being profitted off of". But I will say that the lucrative Nike deal they inked may not have been as lucrative without them.
|18 weeks 2 days ago||Who really cares if his name is on the school?||
Do you have an issue with everyone who's donated wads of cash to a school and has their name on it? Just look at our campus and you'll find buildings, schools and job titles with a living person's name on it. And they got their name there by making a sizeable donation. I'm not naive to think he's there every week or even every month for meetings, but that school does not happen without his name, cash and star power behind it.
Also, the school is in Detroit, not Southfield.
I lived too long of my life in the Virginia area around Robert E. Lee this or Stonewall Jackson that to get unnerved about a person's name on something. He got popped for a DUI, made his apology, fulfilled his obligation to society, and resumed being a very successful person.
All I need to do is look at Darren Sharper to appreciate what he's done and how he's conducted himself after his playing career concluded.
|18 weeks 3 days ago||Game is on ESPN||
So I doubt this is available on BTN 2 go.
|18 weeks 4 days ago||Jalen graduated from UMUC||
University of Maryland University College. I thought they were affiliated when I lived in DC, but they are not.
|18 weeks 4 days ago||The "Crack House" game went to OT||
I'd prefer to win this one easy.
|18 weeks 5 days ago||That pick is top 8 protected for Charlotte||
Basically, if we tank, we lose that pick to Charlotte. This draft is much deeper, so maybe Joe was banking on us being good enough to not lose that pick and dump salary at the same time.
|18 weeks 5 days ago||Your Pistons are a dumpster fire||
The one thing Joe understood is that no good FA wants to come here unless they're the last piece to getting a ring. If your choice is playing in a (A) big time city, (B) warm weather city, or (C) Auburn Hills, A or B will win out. We won a title in 2004 with players we either traded for, drafted or signed as a reclamation project, except for Billups. And if Minnesota would've traded Terrell Brandon, they would've kept Chauncey.
Zeke as coach I could live with but not as GM. I think the Knicks are still paying contracts for Steve Francis and Stephon Marbury.
|18 weeks 6 days ago||We'll be off until Friday||
No need to worry about fatigue with four days off between games. Plus I want to sweep the rest of the schedule and B1G Tourney for an outside shot at a #1 or #2 seed.
|19 weeks 2 days ago||Some of those Miami WR's from the 80s were rail thin||
We're talking 150-160lbs during the season. And they ran pro-style offenses. He may not be ready to go across the middle in B1G season, but his skill can still be utilized.
|19 weeks 2 days ago||Love him, but Lions have bigger issues||
They need a number two WR to free up Megatron. Avant could be a third or fourth receiver, depending on Broyles and whatever's left of his knees, but I'd rather see the cap space go to building up the defense.
|19 weeks 3 days ago||I'll take UM FB over MSU Hoops going forward||
MSU's recruiting class last year and this year was/is pretty thin. Plus, Izzo has never been able to recruit nationally very well. He gets the midwest All-Americans and that's it. Tom Goss has a lot to do with Izzo's repeated Final Fours. If he would have hired a competent coach from the beginning, the lost decade of M Hoops wouldn't have happened.
On the flip side, we have the players and now they should have valuable experience under their belt. If the coaching meets the talent, we'll be in great shape.
|19 weeks 3 days ago||Salary Cap||
That probably had something to do with it. Without a salary cap, we probably still have Hossa and Franzen would be on a third line where he belongs. Still, if this roster was healthy and could win some shootouts, or if OT just ended in a tie, they would be firmly in a playoff spot right now.
|19 weeks 3 days ago||Mitch got caught lying||
Said a couple former Spartans were at a game together when they actually weren't. They told him in advance that they'd be there, but they weren't. He wrote this feel good article about the encounter.
Mitch is not an idiot and I think he's a great journalist, but he pretty much skated without much reprimanding.
|19 weeks 3 days ago||Harbaugh + Brandon?||
Harbaugh wouldn't want Brandon in his office every week looking at game film and such. He was also an accomplished player in college and the pros and has a great coaching resume. I don't think he wants Brandon's input, ever.
I see that being a frosty relationship from the jump if Brandon tries to have as much input as he does now.
|19 weeks 3 days ago||Shattered||
Shattered when it comes to rivals all the time.
|21 weeks 3 days ago||I LOVE 2014!!!||
I LOVE 2014!!! I LOVE 2014!!! I LOVE 2014!!! I LOVE 2014!!! I LOVE 2014!!! I LOVE 2014!!! I LOVE 2014!!! I LOVE 2014!!! I LOVE 2014!!! I LOVE 2014!!! I LOVE 2014!!! I LOVE 2014!!! I LOVE 2014!!! I LOVE 2014!!! I LOVE 2014!!! I LOVE 2014!!! I LOVE 2014!!! I LOVE 2014!!!
|21 weeks 3 days ago||Dad still said he loved his kid||
I would probably feel the same way the father did. Especially after getting that as a text. Pretty cold and immature way to drop that on the dad. You can tell teammates and coaches to their face, but not dad? Either way, I give dad credit for being honest about his feelings and not saying anything like his son was dead to him.
|23 weeks 1 day ago||Thank you for not starting||
a Lawrence Marshall Appreciation Thread
|24 weeks 23 hours ago||OP left out the first paragraph||
M-Basketball has had stepchild status until very recently. When the Fab Five was there, sellouts were a rarity and they were the hottest thing in college basketball.
Basketball players talk to each other, so who knows what has come up when talking with Steve Smith, Shawn Respert or any of those other guys from the 80s and 90s. Maybe they know more than we do and that's why there seems to be this disconnect between us and them.
|26 weeks 23 hours ago||I think that's part of the AD's job||
Not the HC's job. Brandon will market anything, so this isn't a surprise. HC's are supposed to create excitement with the on-field result. [Case in point: Mark Dantonio]
|30 weeks 4 days ago||Jason White||
I forgot he won the Heisman.
|30 weeks 4 days ago||Robert P. Ufer Spirit Award||
I don't know if it has to go to a senior, but if he did a lot of great work off the field, that would sound like a better reward as opposed to an on-field award.
|30 weeks 4 days ago||That Sugar Bowl...||
...was painful to watch. That game made me realize how much we were going to miss Molk. That offensive performance after he left the game was enough to make me want to revote him as offensive MVP that year.
|30 weeks 4 days ago||You know who was jobbed?||
PSU in 1994. But that's a different discussion. I don't feel jobbed, especially since most people in 49 other states and however many other countries there are thought we were the true best team in college football.
|30 weeks 4 days ago||There were more conferences in 1997||
Big East (YTM, Va Tech, etc) was still around and the ACC had FSU, UNC (Dre Bly squad) and others. Now it's like five legit conferences and a bunch of mid-tiers.
|30 weeks 4 days ago||Maybe ACC as well||
Clemson, FSU, Miami is a pretty good trio. And I don't know if the bottom of their conference is as much of a tire fire as ours.
|30 weeks 4 days ago||This is not the CFL||
This is not the CFL
|30 weeks 5 days ago||Who knows||
But Nebraska did stomp Tennessee by 25 points and many coaches changed their vote after the poll. And we barely beat WSU. And the B1G sucked in the bowl games. I just don't think it was a "retirement" gift to Osborne.
|30 weeks 5 days ago||Outside of 1999 and 2006||
He's somewhat correct about being in the MNC conversation. And even in 1999 we lost back to back games in mid-October to put us out of the picture. The pattern was start the season ranked high, lose a game in September or early October, win a couple games to be on the fringe of the MNC conversation, then stumble again and completely fall out of the picture. I noticed that trend in Moeller's last year (1994).
|30 weeks 5 days ago||Same could be said for 1997||
"Their close loss to OSU looked a lot worse after the BCS championship game."
I still think the reason we only got a split MNC with Nebraska is because the B1G stunk in the bowl games. 2-5 and the only other win was Purdue, a team we didn't face. People cry about Osborne getting a going away gift, but the fact remains that our conference did us no favors that bowl season. Our wins did not look as good.
|30 weeks 5 days ago||The competition in 1994-1996||
That competition was better in comparison to what we're playing against now. The B1G was one of the top 2-3 conferences. If not for us screwing OSU's season in 1995 and 1996, the B1G may have had two MNC's. And PSU should've won at least a share of the MNC in 1994. So you're looking at 2 maybe 3 MNCs in that period. That tells you how strong the conference was.
Being B1G good doesn't equate to national success, but I think we'll probably be at least that good.
|32 weeks 3 days ago||UCLA game||
We had a 10 point lead in the 4th quarter. In believe we had double digit leads in the 4th Qtr in all those games. That team should have played for the MNC.
|32 weeks 3 days ago||Henson was from Brighton||
But to add to your point, we've been really good at recruiting nationally since I've been following them in the mid-80s. Toomer, Hayes, Todd Collins, Jarret Irons, Griese, Brady, and on and on and on. I don't think we have the success of the 80s, 90s and early 00s without those guys.
|32 weeks 3 days ago||3 out of 12 years||
And we didn't win the Rose Bowl in any of those years. We also lost to OSU in two of those seasons. This isn't Purdue or Illinois. That's not good enough.
|32 weeks 3 days ago||1996 was comparable||
In 1993, we had a couple very close losses, but were coming off a couple blowout wins. And the 1995 team lost some close games, but we knew Biakabutuka was a beast and we still had Toomer and Hayes, not to mention Jarret Irons and a pretty good defensive line.
But that 1996 game @ OSU? I stayed in my dorm room and watched it by myself. We played so horribly the week before at home against PSU, not to mention the egg we laid at Purdue. I thought the game would be over by halftime. There was little to no confidence Griese. That's probably the best comparison out of the years you mentioned.
|32 weeks 3 days ago||At least those were to good teams||
Wisconsin went to the Rose Bowl, Ohio State the Sugar. And that OSU game fell apart because of our turnovers. We were moving the ball at ease in the first half of that game and it should have been a lot closer going into halftime. The bowl game I blame on the guys playing for a lame duck coach.
This year, we're losing to mid-pack B1G teams. It makes a difference in my mind though I see your perspective.
|32 weeks 3 days ago||Would've had 12 wins||
If Borges didn't go all Borges in the Iowa game and forget that we had Denard in the backfield.
|32 weeks 4 days ago||For Hoke to get 2 more years||
He needs to do a better job from here through next season. There's only so much blaming the other guy that you can do. And there's only so much blaming the youth that you can do. The players have to show improvement and another 4-5 loss season is not good enough in this dumpster fire of a conference.
|32 weeks 4 days ago||24-17||
Yes, you may have been too drunk
I think we got the go ahead touchdown late in the game.
|32 weeks 4 days ago||What's the difference between him and RichRod?||
They're both spread guys right?
|32 weeks 4 days ago||I thought this was Cooper's best coaching job...||
|32 weeks 4 days ago||They should've beaten us||
We played like crap most of that game. But a win is a win over OSU I guess.
|32 weeks 4 days ago||I won't ask your age||
But do you know the difference between those Michigan teams and seasons and this one? We had All-Americans at skill positions and future NFLers on the lines. Biakabutuka was a first round NFL pick. We don't have any of those running out of the tunnel Saturday. Oh, we also had Woodson on that 1995 team. And Amani Toomer. And Mercury Hayes.
In 1993 you had Wheatley and Todd Collins. I'm sorry, the difference in talent is wide. Those teams would smash this team by 20-30 points. These are kids and anything is possible, but those teams that you reference for your hope had a lot going for them heading into The Game.
|32 weeks 4 days ago||OSU just needed a tie for the Rose Bowl||
Good job Coop!
|32 weeks 4 days ago||I doubt this game is over by halftime||
Our D does not suck, so they should be able to keep it respectable going into halftime. But I doubt we have many extended drives and the D finally gets gassed in the second half.
|32 weeks 4 days ago||I sorta wish they'd wait a couple weeks to visit||
Wait until December when we're not getting the doors blown off by OSU. If anything, those kids may come away more impressed with OSU.
|32 weeks 5 days ago||Are you assuming year 4 is a bounce-back year?||
If we are asking the same questions about this team next year, then Hoke is probably done. That would be three consecutive years of mediocre results. Also, isn't Hoke the DL coach? The position he coaches isn't doing that great either and needs to perform at a higher level in 2014.
I don't think any coach should be fired after three years. I thought firing RichRod was a poor move and I think this would be the case as well. You can keep a guy around just because he's winning National Signing Day.
|32 weeks 6 days ago||I still support the team||
But now I find more productive things to do on my Saturdays. I'll still buy my Michigan clothes, probably watch whatever bowl game they're in as long as it's not on NFL Network and keep a glimmer of hope that OSU forgets how to move forward with the ball on offense.
But now I'm more interested in what the offseason brings.
|32 weeks 6 days ago||Bowl games are not about fairness||
It's about taking the team who will sell tickets and get people watching on TV. Plus, Sparty probably will not qualify it they fall out of the BCS top 14 after losing the BTCG.
|32 weeks 6 days ago||B1G Schedule||
RichRod's main struggles were against Sparty, Wisconsin, PSU and OSU. Those are the four most successful programs in the B1G the past 5-10 years.
Lloyd hasn't faced Wisconsin in three years, and this year was the first year we've played PSU (Loss). Our B1G schedule has been easier the past three years. We should be better in conference.
Swapping out Wisconsin and Penn State in 2009 and 2010 probably makes us bowl eligible in the former year and an 8-9 win team in the latter year.
|32 weeks 6 days ago||Thank you for this||
I don't want Bama.
|32 weeks 6 days ago||2006 @ ND||
A dominating road win over a top-5 team. As we see, just playing well on the road isn't easy. Plus it served as a springboard to a pretty good regular season.
As great as the bowl win over Florida was, there wasn't anything on the line except pride.
|32 weeks 6 days ago||Our schedule was significantly easier in 2011||
That's helped us towards an 10-2 season regular season.
If we had Minnesota and NW on the schedule in 2010 instead of Wisconsin and Penn State, you could be looking at a 9-3 regular season instead of 7-5.
Conversely, if we had PSU and Wisconsin on the schedule in 2011, it's possible that we only split those two games at best.
|32 weeks 6 days ago||Year 4?||
I do believe that with the schedule they had, and OSU firing Tressel that Michigan at least duplicates the record with Hoke.
1. I believe he would have made the correct D-Coordinator hire and gotten out of the way.
RichRod excelled at beating bad teams and the 2010 schedule was loaded with them. I think that reasonable people felt that he just needed to hire a top defensive coordinator and get out of the way.
BTW - I don't look at that bowl game as anything more than a team realizing they were playing for a guy who wouldn't be their coach in a few days.
|32 weeks 6 days ago||Most were due to stupid 7 step drops||
that Borges continues to call. If the man had a running game to take the pressure off or a better designed passing game, you could fairly evaluate him.
|32 weeks 6 days ago||Pass rush||
Pressure on the QB is the name of the game with all these pass happy offenses. We're not doing that very well. Our front four generates little consistent pass rush and our blitzes rarely get home. I would hate to see what would happen if we got stuck in the Gator Bowl against a Mizzou or Texas A&M.
We'll find out how good our defense is against OSU. But I'm not very encouraged after giving up over 150 yards on the ground to Iowa.
|33 weeks 1 day ago||Well, Cleveland is in Ohio||
I will put that on all the truck drivers that came up from Columbus for the game.
|33 weeks 1 day ago||Remember Brien Taylor?||
He can compete with Bush for worst #1 pick ever in baseball. And he'll end up serving more time in prison than Matt Bush.
|33 weeks 1 day ago||What about the standing TE?||
I think I hated that most about those Iowa teams in the 80s and 90s. It really annoyed me.
Oh, and Hayden Fry's mustache.
|33 weeks 1 day ago||/s ?||
|33 weeks 1 day ago||Kwame Brown||
He's more of a lifetime acheivement award nominee in my book. Bennett is still 20 so I'll give him a couple years before putting him in the "worst ever" category.
|33 weeks 2 days ago||Ilitch's wallet makes Dombrowski's job a lot easier||
The same could be said for Holland since Illitch owns the Red Wings as well and he has been spending big since the early-90s.
I would give the nod to Dombrowski because he took over a dumpster fire of a franchise and rebuilt the minor leagues and the major league club. Holland took over a Cup winner and established the success over the years. Dombrowski helped change the culture while Holland maintained the status quo, thanks in large part to Illitch's money.
|33 weeks 2 days ago||Prince also played indoors||
Better weather, no crazy winds blowing in. You're right, plent of other reasons besides 'roids for the drop in power numbers.
|33 weeks 2 days ago||Fielder's offense didn't outweigh his defense this year||
That lazy ass effort he made in the ninth inning of Game 2 for Iglesias' low throw was enough for me. He looked disinterested. He did go through a divorce, so I'm sure that had an effect, but I mean he started out the season fine. Then he just because pretty average, definitely not worth the money he's making.
|33 weeks 2 days ago||Fielder was worse than meh after April||
Below average defense, not a great base runner and had an OPS barely better than Don Kelly for most of the season. This was a contract that most baseball people said would be an issue once his play starts to decline.
By offloading that big contract, they can keep their Cy Young winner, and get a better corner outfielder than Andy Dirks. Personally, I'd go after Ellsbury and stick him in left field and have him bat leadoff. Probably wishful thinking, but it's something I'd look into.
|33 weeks 2 days ago||Dierdorf and Bo called a game together once||
It was for ABC when go was calling college football. It was a blowout win at Indiana. I can't remember if they sang The Victors in the 4th Quarter or if they did some other crowing. As a Michigan fan, I thought this was suitable payback for all the years of what I thought was biased coverage against Michigan.
|33 weeks 4 days ago||Semi-decent?||
It may take us until B1G season to adapt to life after Burke, but this is still the second or third best team in the conference, and that's good enough to be a top 15 team. Iowa and Purdue may be better, but neither their returning core nor incoming recruiting classes were as good as what we have.
For all the Sparty hype, they still drop games on the road in conference that are a bit mind boggling. From what I've seen thus far, I don't see any difference. I think you're selling this team waaay too short.
|33 weeks 4 days ago||25th?||
I didn't know Drew Sharp had a vote. This will all get sorted out by March thankfully.
|33 weeks 4 days ago||I don't know much about Andre Smith||
but all those other guys that are out of school made the NFL, which is pretty good for Peppers. I think our front seven will be fine the next few years. Having Jabrill back there with Countess could bring the no fly zone to AA next year.
|33 weeks 4 days ago||A few things about the 1993 team||
We started out the season #3 and had three players who made All-American.
We clobbered Minnesota 58-7 the week before. And three of our four losses were under a touchdown.
We also had Tyrone Wheatley, Amani Toomer and Mercury Hayes on offense and Ty Law on defense. That was a very talented team that ran into a rouch patch in the middle of the season.
I like to channel 1993 to give me some hope, but I don't see that same type of talent on our sidelines right now.
|33 weeks 5 days ago||People have long resigned themselves to that L||
This is something new to get angry at.
|33 weeks 6 days ago||We should have a special teams snowflake thread||
Seriously, was the ST coach responsible for having those guys ready to get out there for the FG? Do we have an ST coach? He deserves a raise.
|33 weeks 6 days ago||"You can't assume we'd have gotten the ball back with the score"||
That's why I kick the FG. You can't assume we'd get the ball back that late and our 2-minute offense was abysmal last week, so go for the sure thing chip shot FG and trust the D that was good all game long.
Besides, NW moved the ball out to the 30 It's not as if they just ran into a stacked line three times and punted. They ran their regular offense. They moved the ball pretty well, converting two first downs, and fortunately we were able to make one big play. They were three yards short of converting one more time and being able to run out the clock. Huge gamble by the staff and the defense bailed them out.
|33 weeks 6 days ago||I wonder if NW's D was worn down||
That could be a reason why we were able to run the ball better.
Hopefully Fitz will be back next week. With all his injuries, I don't think he's the same player he was when he stepped on campus.
|33 weeks 6 days ago||I think DG just doesn't trust his protection||
Brandstatter was mentioning that on the radio in the third quarter. He's so used to being harassed, that he feels pressure even when it's not there. Any QB would feel skittish with protection like he's had the last two weeks.
|33 weeks 6 days ago||You do realize that was an awful call||
And should have been ballgame. When it's a clutch time like that, your coaches need to give you a play you can succeed with.
|33 weeks 6 days ago||Good job on end of regulation FG||
Coaches deserve props for that. Then again, that might have been the game winning FG if we kick the tying field goal five minutes earlier.
Not bad considering another monsoon game versus Northwestern.
|33 weeks 6 days ago||That playcall on 4th in goal was bizarre||
I have to believe DG ran the wrong way after the fake handoff. If he peels back and runs to the long side of the field, he has a better chance to score.
OT shows that we can be a good enough offense once the opposing defense is tired. Allowed Green to pound away more consistently.
|34 weeks 1 day ago||"Co-"Defensive Coordinator||
He was "Co-"Defensive Coordinator with Charlie Strong during that time. To ignore Charlie Strong's influence on that defense would be a disservice. That's about as good of a situation to walk in to share duties with one of the top 5-10 D-Coordinators in the country, and I'm talking about Strong, not Mattison.
Like I said, he's good, been around a long time, and very lucky to walk into some positions that were not as daunting as this current one.
|34 weeks 1 day ago||Someone needs to look at our rankings so far||
This is not some crappy class. It had the chance to go from very good to F*CK ALL YOU HATERZ good. There's a couple months left. They need to respond on the football field because most fans truly don't pay attention to the recruiting stuff. They just figure Michigan football = good. We win a couple games, take advantage of the extra practice time for the bowl game and win on hopefully New Years Day. That will calm the fanbase.
|34 weeks 1 day ago||B1G also went 2-5 in bowls that year||
I think the conference also let us down big time. I remember coming back on a bus from the Rose Bowl (Thanks Evans Scholars!!) and watching Nebraska destroy a banged up Tenn squad. I had a bad feeling that combo was going to screw us.
|34 weeks 2 days ago||Is it too soon to be compared to Saban?||
Is it too soon to be compared to Saban?
|34 weeks 2 days ago||Mattison did not build that '97 defense||
He was DC for only two seasons, promoted in the summer of 1995 after Lloyd took over the HC job. And he ditched us for ND after the 1996 season. So he only had one recruiting season as DC.
Also, that was Charlie Strong's defense that won that national title in 2007.
I'm not saying he's bad, but Lloyd was the DC when that 1997 defense was in high school. And Charlie Strong got his job at L'ville because of his work at UF.
|34 weeks 2 days ago||This is why I always schedule late visits on NCAA||
I get all my recruits to come for the OSU game or move the ND game to late November.
Those on-campus visist to a rivalry game usually seals the deal.
|34 weeks 2 days ago||BB: I'm sure Sam Webb's gut been wrong too||
It happens. You've done more than most of us when it comes to recruiting and without appearing like a balding 40 year old guy in his boxers drooling over Youtube clips.
|34 weeks 2 days ago||7-5 (at best) with a whipping from the Bucks||
we were ready to hang RichRod for that.
Nope. We weren't exactly playing great in our other B1G games. We nearly lost to Indiana twice. Probably should've lost those games. But I do believe that he was a good defensive coordinator and switch to the 4-3 away from giving us at least what we have had under Hoke's regime.
But unfortunately, he didn't have a chance with the crying about the #1 Jersey, Michigan Man, Practicegate garbage and "we can't run the spread in the B1G (but ignore OSU, NW and Indiana)." I don't mind the Hand decision, but those who ran RR out of town are getting their just desserts right now. Unfortunately, those who wanted some patience in the offseason of 2010-11 are suffering as well.
|34 weeks 2 days ago||When did we lose to PSU?||
Man, November hasn't been the worst month ever. OctoNovember has been the worst month ever.
|34 weeks 2 days ago||Shouldn't keep a coach around just for the recruiting class||
But I admit that's the only reason I want to see Hoke still here next season. I just find it interesting that our HC is also the DL coach and he lost the top DLineman on the board. I guess trotting out Glenn Steele's and Rob Renes' names were not a strong enough recruiting tactic.
|34 weeks 2 days ago||Texas can pay more||
They're more desperate than Alabama. All that money left over from the Pony Express scandal will find a new home in Saban's bank account by February.
|34 weeks 2 days ago||^^^This^^^||
If you go just outside of this 20 year window, you know what you find? Another national title for Alabama (1992). Us? Go back to the late 40s. Bo came close many years, but even he had his fair share of tough 3-4 loss seasons. We've been a consistent program, not elite. Elite for Michigan was probably the 70s and the period from the late 80s to early 90s (1988-92).
|34 weeks 2 days ago||You can't tell that to a 18 yo kid||
If he started paying attention to college football 10 years ago, at age eight, in Virginia of all places, he wouldn't care about our history. That's as much SEC territory as it is ACC or Big East. We're not an elite program anymore. We weren't elite when LC left. And we didn't close the deal in 2006. Once OSU started handing it to us on a yearly basis and we couldn't escape September without a loss, we lost elite status. We have a good brand name that kids recognize, which gets them on campus. But UCLA is a good brand name in college hoops and they haven't sniffed elite status for a long time.
Alabama has three national titles in four years, with a demolishing of Sparty in the middle of that. Every year, they're churning out first round draft picks. Best team in the most adored/hated conference in the country. And they're Alabama's professional football team. To top it off, they have Nick Saban. I don't think 1997 registers with someone who was a couple years old at the time.
|34 weeks 2 days ago||Jim Harbaugh, is that you?||
Jim Harbaugh, is that you?
|34 weeks 2 days ago||That was 2003||
We normally sign a lot of guys early and then late in the recruiting season, when the big names are ready to make a decision, there's no space for them even if there was space. I think Penn State does something similar, but a lot of southern schools seem to do the opposite. Maybe because of a larger talent pool?
But if you have to go back ten years, which I think was the year we snagged Henne and Breaston late, that makes me wonder why we seem to have our class mostly full already. That was a core for that great 2006 team. What happens if our class is full and we have no spots for Breaston or Henne?
Oh, and I consider November late because HS football seasons are ending so this is the period when a lot of kids start deciding and we're close to the end of another long recruiting period for a class.
|34 weeks 2 days ago||Newsflash: We're no longer an elite program||
We're just a name school with cool helmets and a big stadium. Since Brady/Henson left, outside of the 2006 team, we've been more a name that people recognize than anything elite. Our name can get kids on campus, which is more than Indiana, Purdue or Minnesota can say.
But our conference is mediocre and we don't appear close to dominating it. Kids see that. They don't care about message board arguments. They care about wins, championships and getting to the pros. If we beat PSU and Nebraska, we're 8-1 and still in the race for a BCS at-large bid and the B1G title game. That's at least something to hang your hat on.
Kids don't want Texas Bowl swag.
|34 weeks 2 days ago||Our DLine coach||
Our DLine coach
|34 weeks 2 days ago||Do we ever close strong in recruiting?||
We may get one or two guys in a recruiting class to commit late that we were not supposed to get (Henne, Breaston), but for the most part, we sign a bunch of guys early and miss out on the big names late.
|34 weeks 2 days ago||Maybe our DLine coach didn't impress him||
Maybe our DLine coach didn't impress him
|34 weeks 2 days ago||Maybe Saban leaves for UT and we flip him||
Payback for Dee Hart? Maybe? Where's Mike Shula when you need him?
|34 weeks 2 days ago||I never heard this kid talk until today||
I've actually tried to stay away from his committment to keep my sanity. I like this kid. I want him to be a Wolverine and then a Detroit Lion.
|34 weeks 2 days ago||Is the decision at 12:30?||
Last night, Washington Post Live said to tune in at 12:30. Or is that just post announcement coverage? So confused. Want this over so I can get back to work.
Either way, I'm drinking Ciroc tonight if anyone's interested.
|34 weeks 2 days ago||Bo wanted to be like Hayden Fry||
|34 weeks 2 days ago||Still...||
...96th in rushing offense
Those stats matter most. Hell, even Barry Sanders had tons of negative rushing plays.
|34 weeks 2 days ago||We saw the offense Bo ran before Moeller||
It changed quite a bit after Moeller updated the offense from less wishbone and option to a more pro-style offense. Instead of quick, mobile QBs, we had Grbac, Collins... So you could see his imprints on the team before he took over as HC.
With Lloyd, the change was not as apparent. We basically ran the same read-react defense for years until Mattison and then Herrmann took over and we instituted more blitzes, especially zone-blitzes.
I wouldn't say Moeller was way better than Carr. But he was definitely a favorite to some of us.
|34 weeks 2 days ago||Same lady who ran for Miss Teen America in 2007?|
|34 weeks 2 days ago||Lions fans should've known after that decision||
that Matt Millen was not going to work out.
The only knock I had against Moeller was refuted a few years after he stepped down. I blamed him for our defensive transfers, like Trevor Pryce and to an extent David Bowens. Come to find out it was our DL and DC coach at the time.
For people who thought RichRod was out of place by running a no-huddle, up-tempo offense, Moeller employed the no-huddle. Even though it wasn't a "fast-break" offense, the pace they ran did make it difficult for defenses to swap out players.
|34 weeks 2 days ago||Should I be laughing?||
There are people actually answering the OC question. Whatever, I'll dive in. Whoever designed our offense from 1990-1994, come on down. I don't care if that's Moeller, Cam Cameron or Elvis Grbac. I sure as hell know it wasn't Terry Malone. Those Michigan offenses were innovative for the time and especially the B1G.
|34 weeks 2 days ago||Love me some Blackadder||
I'll take some Rowan Atkinson with my Earl Grey any morning.
|34 weeks 2 days ago||Bo's bowl record was awful||
Not just the Rose Bowl. 5-10 is not good by any standard. And he had zero NC's. So by some standards, that's a big hole in the resume. I think they're only small marks against his coaching record.
Plus, it doesn't help when you play on 98 yard fields and get phanton clipping calls go against you.
|34 weeks 2 days ago||I think Moeller's the best coach we've had post-Bo||
So I can agree with your sentiment if you started watching in 1989 or 1990. I still wish Matt Millen would've given him the Lions head coaching job full-time. I think he would've been an excellent HC in the NFL.
|34 weeks 3 days ago||If Hand doesn't pick us||
It will not be because of the last two weeks. It will be because of the last ten years or so.
|34 weeks 3 days ago||There's an article mentioning our record...||
...and how he wouldn't let that affect his decision. Since it's on the Freep, I don't want to rile people up by posting a link to it. But it's there if you'd like to read it. The quotes are from Mike Farrell, not Hand.
|34 weeks 3 days ago||Does anyone know the time Hand is making his decision?||
I've been so out of it with a baby on the way that I forgot he was making his decision on Thursday. It is tomorrow, right?
(Edit: Nevermind, I see it's noon, Thursday)
|34 weeks 4 days ago||Ozzie Newsome = Best GM today||
Though I think he overpaid to keep Joe Flacco. Other than that, everything he does seems to work out right.
|34 weeks 4 days ago||Yep, according to his Wikipedia page...||
|34 weeks 4 days ago||If we're playing like this next year||
Hoke needs to be gone. I'm tired of the RichRod excuses. With the recruiting classes Hoke has piled up, just that talent alone puts us ahead of everybody in the conference except for OSU. It's up to the coaching staff to put that talent in position to succeed.
|34 weeks 4 days ago||Definitely OT, but since you went there||
People in glass houses should not cast stones. Especially those that represent a city with the highest murder rate in the country.
Difference between him and Artest is that Artest was a clown on the court. Brandon Marshall screwed up off the field.
|34 weeks 4 days ago||I would s%$@t on him though||
I would s%$@t on him though
|34 weeks 4 days ago||Walter Smith did the same thing in 1994||
He was more imflammatory because he said they wanted to get Cooper fired. And he hadn't played all season because of injury. Poor Walter should have known that Cooper was the gift that kept on giving.
|34 weeks 4 days ago||Nothing wrong with it||
There's nothing wrong with a some confidence and swagger. Plus they need the PR machine to work in overdrive to influence voters because their remaining schedule will not push them into the BCS title game.
|34 weeks 5 days ago||Saban was a top notch DC before he became a HC||
Maybe he's been a head coach for so long that people forget this.
|34 weeks 5 days ago||If we hold our recruits||
In 2016, we'll have Morris handing off to our thunder and lightning (Derrick Green and Damien Harris) and throwing to our big matchup nightmares (Drake Harris and George Campbell). And when they're done scoring points, Peppers and hopefully Hand will be stopping opposing offenses.
To be honest, the only reason I want Hoke around is so we don't lose these recruits that are still committed to us. Since Borges doesn't do much on the recruiting front, we should be able to replace him as long as we get a good OC that can sell his offense to kids.
|34 weeks 5 days ago||Problem with having The Game on turkey day wknd||
A lot of those kids will be gone. Same thing happened in 1995. I thought I was in Columbus with all the red in the stadium. I think a lot of the non-student season ticket holders and family of the players will be there. But when those truck drivers from Columbus show up willing to spend hundreds on tix, some folks will part with their them.
|34 weeks 5 days ago||Some Blockbuster franchises will stay open||
|34 weeks 5 days ago||Those losses in 1998 were more on the defense||
We couldn't handle Jarius Jackson or Donovan McNabb. They were mobile QBs in spread offenses. That's where you heard the "we can't defend mobile QBs" and "we can't stop the spread" start up. That's why we lost, not because of conservative offense. They were also our first two games of the season after after we replaced our starting QB and Woodson, not to mention some other key players.
In each loss that year, including the OSU game, we gave up over 30 points. And those teams were ranked at the time. There was progress made throughout the season. We beat top 10 Wisconsin and Penn State in November. In fact we outscored them 54-10. That shows progress. Now we can't score against statistically poor defenses.
|34 weeks 5 days ago||Northwestern was always going to be tough||
This was going to be a tough game even when we thought we had a good team.
Considering Michigan has been to only three Rose Bowls as B1G champion since 1993 and won only one of them, maybe there needs to be some perspective about what this program has actually accomplished since the early 90s.
|34 weeks 5 days ago||B1G kinda sucked in 2010||
They were 3-5 counting OSU's win that they vacated, or at least I think they vacated. That's kinda mediocre.
I doubt next year's game will be so bad. They will lose a lot off their defense and our O-line should be bigger, more mature and able to hold their own better.
|34 weeks 5 days ago||Where did you hear that many were anti-RR?||
I can see them being anti-losing though. Just never saw the quotes or anything from reputable sources.
If anything, I think that if we have another poor year next year, people will stay quiet on the "Michigan Man" front.
|34 weeks 5 days ago||Are you saying this would be a bad thing?||
Because of the whole "Michigan Man" meme, everyone looked at Greg Mattison's time with Michigan, completely forgetting the part where he ditched us for ND. Just because someone spent some time in A2, that doesn't make them the best person for the job. But I would say this though. I would like to see either Stan Parish or Cam Cameron as the OC next year. They run pro-style offenses, not MANBALL -- whatever that is. Stan worked with Griese, Dreisbach, Brady and Henson. And Cam Cameron worked with Grbac and Todd Collins.
|35 weeks 1 day ago||I see attendance is up||
Doesn't Sparty have to go there soon as part of their "playing at directional Michigan" recruiting plan?
|35 weeks 1 day ago||No||
He'll be back in EL after 2-3 years of that crap. Let him go to the Pac-12 so he can torment Oregon some.
|35 weeks 1 day ago||Parrish would listen||
Only if Hoke is still as hands off as he is now. Parrish got overruled in that 2000 collapse at Purdue when he still wanted to throw in the second half up 18 and LC wanted to stay on the ground. Not the only time there's been conflict.
Parrish was QB coach during the Griese, Henson, Brady years so that would be another bonus.
|35 weeks 1 day ago||Hoke is 2-1 vs N.D.||
There was that debacle last year when Denard threw 5-6 INTs and we couldn't replace him because our best backup QB was playing wide receiver. Hoke signed off on that brilliant move.
It that winning percentage came from playing in the SEC or even Pac-12, it would hold more weight. But winning % is paper thin considering the competition so these three years. We've been able to win the pillow fights, not the heavyweight bouts.
OSU hasn't lost a game with Urban Meyer. That's impressive. And Meyer is shredding the B1G with the spread, something that we went away from because of the "spread can't work in the B1G, we're Michigan fergodsakes, MANBALL" garbage.
I'll give Hoke and his staff credit for one thing. They are doing a better job in recruiting top talent and players that seem to want to stick around. I would've loved to have seen Drake Harris, George Campbell and others spread out all over the field playing catch me if you can. Now I'm just hoping the system we're running will allow them to use their talents.
|35 weeks 1 day ago||Paging 1993||
All you need Chesson stretching out a 'la Mercury Hayes. It's nice to have "somewhat" recent history to look back on.
|35 weeks 1 day ago||UM=82 Baby Seal U=58||
UM=82 Baby Seal U=58
|35 weeks 1 day ago||Sparty always knew how to beat Michigan||
Be physical and outmuscle Michigan. That's the blueprint to winning that game. There's a reason why the team that wins the rushing game has a +90% winning percentage. The problem is that they have experienced talent and solid coaching to match that physicality.
If we did not suffer losses to transfers or career ending injuries the past six years, our performance would've been better regardless of our HC. I'm not a coach, but I'm sure there's a difference between having a bunch of 21-22 year olds matched up against 18-19 year olds.
|35 weeks 2 days ago||That was on first down also||
Even if that pass is incomplete they have three more chances to advance the ball. PSU was lucky to win. If Stribling times his jump correctly, it's a pick -- game over.
But leading up to that play, it was not a well played game on our behalf.
|35 weeks 2 days ago||I fear a politics themed topic is next||
I fear a politics themed topic is next
|35 weeks 2 days ago||Ask and you shall receive||
|35 weeks 2 days ago||First time seeing the video||
Now, life is complete.
|35 weeks 2 days ago||WTF is happening here today?||
Funny link. But I'm starting to think the board is off it's meds today.
|35 weeks 2 days ago||Derrick Walton Jr. likes that news||
This may make Craft's tenth and final year on campus a long one.
|35 weeks 2 days ago||Is this the second Whitlock post?||
Whatever. Hopefully the kids are motivated by that garbage article like the Mgoblog community.
|35 weeks 2 days ago||I love fiction||
Makes me long for Borders.
|35 weeks 3 days ago||He was undrafted||
He went undrafted, but signed with Arizona. Was cut before the season, so he did not play in any games. He was back in Kinesiology for grad school by 1998.
|35 weeks 3 days ago||He still played on a team||
And when you're on that team, you're expected to do your job. He quit on them. Plain and simple.
|35 weeks 3 days ago||He quit on his team||
You mean to tell me he couldn't stay on the job a couple more months and finish the season with the rest of the team? His sociology degree would be just as useful in February as it is right now.
So he lost his love. Not everybody gets to work a job they love. Be a man and finish up the season, then go plant your flowers or clean parks. So much for the team, the team, the team.
|35 weeks 3 days ago||104-97||
I think this game was tight until the last couple of minutes. It was our first L of the season. I looked at the boxscore (http://statsheet.com/mcb/games/1999/12/11/duke-104-michigan-97). Depth was not something we had, so we would've needed everyone healthy to make a run at the tournament.
|35 weeks 3 days ago||Agreed||
I thought the Duke game in 1999 was a sign of things to come. Reminded me just a bit of the Fab Five's first game against Duke. If that team could've played the whole season together, an NCAA tournament berth would've been within reach.
|35 weeks 3 days ago||Maybe another Darren Sproles?||
I know he's a few inches taller than Sproles, but he has the explosiveness. I'd like to see him in a system where he's used all over the field, similar to what the Lions are doing with Reggie Bush and the Saints with Sproles.
|35 weeks 4 days ago||This would be a nice "get healthy" week||
A nice win over a "name" program would help the bruised feelings on the team. But sometimes the W-L record can feel hollow or overrated. I can't remember too many games this year where I felt good after a win. ND might have been it.
If I'm not mistaken, I believe Nebraska and NW have pretty soft D-lines, so maybe we can at least build up the confidence of the O-line going into the OSU game.
Maybe I'm crazy. I'm still holding on to a 5% chance that Sparty loses two more games and we win out to force a three way tie atop the standings and give us a spot in the B1G title game.
|35 weeks 4 days ago||Based on some of these comments||
I hope we average 200 ypg on the ground to end the season so he gets an extension and promptly gives a big F U to some of these people.
|35 weeks 4 days ago||Key play||
Or at least that's how it was explained to me my freshman year, in 1995. Somebody correct me if I'm wrong.
|35 weeks 4 days ago||Brandon got screwed when Harbaugh had NFL dreams||
That was our can't miss coach. Maybe SF can win the Super Bowl this year and he'll be willing to listen to Brandon this time. We could probably match whatever $$$ the 49ers could pay.
As much as Borges gets blame, what can he do with that offensive line? His #2 receiver was lost before the season began. As good as Funchess looks, he is still a true sophomore. I'm not crazy about Borges, but I don't know what else you can do with a pedestrian OL.
But Hoke is the position coach for the DL, and the results there have likewise been pedestrian. If you're going to coach a position, it should be one of the top units, not whatever it is right now.
|35 weeks 4 days ago||Considering our play this year||
I wish the OSU game was at 11PM on BTN.
|35 weeks 4 days ago||If this was 97.1||
We'd follow this topic up with a bunch of comments about "Downriver Chicks", "Funny Fart Noises" and "Why does Detroit suck so much?"
|35 weeks 4 days ago||I wouldn't bring those games up for one reason||
I think you could fairly reason we had chances in those games, but here's the problem: If we kept Gardner at QB (And remember he played well at Illinois in 2011), we may have won those games. Here's an article about Devin after the Illinois game that year: http://espn.go.com/colleges/michigan/football/story/_/id/7227064/devin-gardner-michigan-wolverines-beat-illinois-fighting-illini
What I'm saying is that we may have won those games if the coaching staff did not make the ill-advised move of moving our talented backup QB to wide receiver.
|35 weeks 5 days ago||Not sure how Iowa 2012 was a red letter game||
They were rather awful last year and once again a bottom feeder in the B1G. Fact is, we were two miracle finishes away from being 6-6 in the regular season last year. I would give Hoke next year to turn this thing around. If he can't, Brandon seriously has to consider if there is anyone out there that can get the program to the next level.
|35 weeks 5 days ago||Hoke's taken too much flack for that||
Treseel called us out the first day he was hired. OSU fans loved it. ESPN/ABC loved it. It was a great comment.
Hoke said what needed to be said at that time he was hired. Yes, it put pressure on the kids. But he remembers when Michigan was a fixture in Pasadena. That was and should always be the goal in conference.
|35 weeks 5 days ago||I don't mind the various opinions||
but I noticed that civil discourse seemed to be fading away during hoops season. It's just been enhanced since the PSU game. I'll still take this site over reading the comments on Freep or DetNews (never been an Mlive guy) because there are still more informed posters here than those other places. I just know my kids can't peek at my screen after we lose or else their language will be quite coloful in school the next week.
|35 weeks 5 days ago||Nick Saban beat UM twice||
Without needing some help from the officials. His team in 1999 was very very good. So he bought low, sold high with Sparty. Those LSU and Alabama teams were average at best when he got there.
And all he did with Miami was take a team that was 4-12 to 9-7 the next season. And they might have made the playoffs the next year if his QBs weren't a broken down Culpepper, Joey Harrington and Cleo Lemon. Those teams can in no way compare to the teams Pacells, Johnson and Bellichek had. All three of those guys won when they had great QB play. Phil Simms, Troy Aikman and Tom Brady helped those men look pretty good.
Saban's a great coach. He was a terrific d-coordinator before becoming a head coach. Argue his winning percentage over two years if you want, but I would take him coaching the Lions or Michigan any day.