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|3 days 9 hours ago||This reminds me||
So a year or two ago (can't remember exactly what year), when the Daily and the State News did their dueling columns thing on the Friday before the U-M/MSU game, the MSU guy made some kind of crack about how the women who attend U-M are ugly (not in those exact words, but that was the gist of it).
Now, I get that the idea of dueling columns is to trade barbs in good fun, but something like what that guy wrote is 1) completely unoriginal and 2) sexist. But hey, what can one expect?
|3 days 9 hours ago||It's a BS term||
I know of many MSU fans (including my older brother) who didn't attend MSU. Is there any school that has a fan base that has only people who attended the school?
|5 days 11 hours ago||Hogue Red Table Wine||
|5 days 11 hours ago||I was wondering about that||
I think that's why Nussmeier is limiting his use as a true dual threat guy, which is a bit of a shame.
I was wondering about that myself, but I figured, as you did, that Nussmeier might be trying to protect Gardner. But I don't know if that's sustainable - if Gardner's going to be the starter (and I think he still should be at this point ), the team may need to maximize use of his talents and make him more of a dual threat.
|1 week 11 hours ago||Cycles||
My hope is that one of the oldest adages regarding relative conference strength in college football is true: "It runs in cycles."
Mine, too. You look at schools like USC and Alabama and you can point to years in which they were really down.
That said, these cycles don't run of their own accord. They change because of decisions made by people in a position to influence the situation (and yes, some good or bad luck, too).
As an aside, it it just me or has "conference consciousness" really grown in the past 10-15 years? Before that, I don't recall it being so strong. You might compare conferences somewhat during bowl season, because they had specific ties to conferences (that have weakened since then), but I don't recall this consciousness being so strong throughout the season until relatively recently.
|1 week 4 days ago||Also||
That Patriots team was only two seasons removed from winning a Super Bowl. And they went on to win the next one.
By itself, U-M's loss to ND last night looks like one bad game. But when you put it in the context of the past couple of seasons, it's hard not to see that there are some real problems with this team. That's not panicking. It doesn't mean we're not going to cheer for the team or that we assume that the season is lost. But there's a lot of work to be done and the plain fact of the matter is that U-M is not a nationally relevant team and may not even truly compete in the conference. Considering how down the Big 10 is (and has been for a while), that's troubling.
|1 week 5 days ago||Ah, I get it||
Sorry 'bout that.
|1 week 5 days ago||I have a hard time believing that||
Say what you will about Hoke - and a lot of folks are going to be saying a lot about him in the coming days - I can't believe that Hoke would not care about his most important player getting hurt.
|1 week 5 days ago||We'll just be venting for now||
It's hard for people not to vent after what we all saw tonight. Then we (at least most of us) will be back to cheering for Michigan. But we can't ignore the very real challenges this team has.
|1 week 5 days ago||Thing is||
The fact that one can name several losses over the past several years that could be as bad or worse than this one isn't very comforting.
|1 week 5 days ago||I turned off the game||
...so I didn't see the hit. What happened?
|1 week 5 days ago||Permanent decline||
The Big Ten is in a long-term, possibly irreversible decline. That's been apparent for years now. Big Ten teams can't win marquee matchups during the regular season or in the bowl season with any regularity. They've had too many tire-fire Saturdays like this one. When the conference's best game looks like it's going to be a last-minute win over McNeese St., that tells you something.
The Big Ten will have a team that makes it to the elite level for a season, maybe every ten years or so. But that's it.
|1 week 5 days ago||Uh....||
Don't be so sure.
|1 week 5 days ago||OSU||
|1 week 5 days ago||Quarter system||
I did my MA at Oregon State and my Ph.D. at Washington and both are also on the quarter system. It took some getting used to the late fall start and 10-week quarters instead of 13 or 15 week semesters.
|20 weeks 6 days ago||Yep||
Pot is legal here in Washington, but if I smoked it and my employer found out, I could still be fired for it.
|24 weeks 4 days ago||You just may be right||
Hard to replace a shooter like like Stauskas, though. I mean, I know they're out there, and there are other guys on the team who can hit a long jumper, but with Stauskas, you had a little more confidence that he'd make it.
|37 weeks 1 day ago||Thinking the same thing||
Develop talent and it doesn't matter.
Yeah, recruiting matters, but sometimes even top recruits don't pan out the way you hoped they would. And when you don't get the top recruit, you do better with the recruits you did get.
|37 weeks 5 days ago||Could be a long term change||
It's easy to be overly pessimistic in the wake of such a bad loss, but we might be seeing a long term shift to a consistently mediocre team that will show an occasional recrudesence of past greatness some seasons when conditions are just right. I hope I'm wrong.
|44 weeks 5 days ago||A bottle of Chardonnay||
Total U-M stereotype, I know.
|44 weeks 5 days ago||Good point||
I try remind myself that even programs like Alabama and USC had their lean years, too.
|44 weeks 5 days ago||Paradigm shift?||
Maybe that term doesn't fit, but it's the best one I could think of right now. Maybe what we're seeing now is an episode in a longer story of U-M's relative decline in football. Times have changed, the game has changed, and Michigan hasn't yet found a way to adapt. Programs rise and fall. There's a possibility Michigan's entering an epoch/period/era in which the only consistent characteristic is mediocrity with an occasional irruption of talent + coaching that produces a team that's competitive for a Big 10 championship/BCS bowl for a year or two and then returns to a baseline of mediocrity.
I really want to be wrong about this, but even our most beloved institutions are not immune to larger trends/forces coupled with key decisions that didn't go the right way.
|45 weeks 5 days ago||I don't know where to start with this team||
It's hard for me to see what the cause of this team's problems is, aside from the obvious operational aspect: an offensive line that cannot run block or even protect the quarterback all that well. But is it poor coaching, or maybe the talent isn't what we thought it was? Or some of both?
|45 weeks 5 days ago||I feel confident about maybe one win||
I don't expect any more than that, but I very much hope to be wrong.
|48 weeks 5 days ago||Really a total team loss||
Lots of times, you can point to the cause of a loss as being a deficiency in one facet of the game: poor execution, turnovers, a bad play call or other coaching decision. Sometimes it's a bad break and the other team takes advantage.
But there's plenty of causes here: holes in the offensive line, mental mistakes at crucial points in the game, turnovers, overly conservative play calling, players not executing when they need to, e.g., Gibbons, to name a few there. In the end, I have to put most of the responsibility on the coaching, particularly in OT. There were multiple instances where it looked like U-M was just wasting downs. I understand the need for ball security - you don't want to give up a big turnover during OT - but we kept running Fitz when it was clear he wasn't going anywhere. At all. Get the yards - even if you want to kick, make it as easy as possible for your kicker. And who knows? Maybe another opportunity to get a TD will open up.
We'll have to reset some expectations for this team this year. The games against Akron and UConn were maybe more indicative of U-M's problems than we wanted to think. Michigan has been playing with fire all season and now they got burned.
|51 weeks 5 days ago||A win's a win||
But there's some work to be done with this team. Can't turnover the ball like that and expect to keep winning.
|1 year 4 days ago||I was at that game||
Stayed for the entire game. But boy, was I an iceblock by the time I got home. Couldn't feel my feet or the back of my neck. Had to thaw in the shower.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||All heart, no shame||
I was so glad to be more than pleasantly surprised at how deep in the tournament this team went. They played the #1 seed as tough or tougher than any other team did and just came up short. Very proud of the boys in Blue tonight.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Love that turnaround jumper||
McGary's offense is just getting better.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Didn't think we'd pull this one out||
Glad to be wrong.