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- Appreciating where we are compared to last year. At the start of this season, the grounded/realistic projection for a very good season was anywhere from 7-5 to 9-3. Worst case now we are going to hit the middle of that projection, and we've got a solid shot of hitting the upper range or even exceeding that projection. At this point I don't care if we squeak into the final 4 playoffs or not. We've already secured ourselves a respectable bowl game, and if things shake out--even w/ a snub from the committee--we may get a NYE 6 bowl game. Outstanding by any measure.
- Appreciating the long-term prognosis of the team. Harbaugh pulled this off with basically the same players that Hoke had. Once he gets 1-2 more years of "his" players in, and also installs the rest of "his" playbook, the sky's the limit. Last year we were losing high ranked recruits mid season due to our poor performance. Now we're in a position to potentially cherry pick great recruits from floudering programs mid-season ourselves.
- Even though he's injury prone, there is a massive up side.
- It gives one more year for Harbaugh to more fully develop "his" own QB recruits.
- As others have said, we are bound to get 1-2 QBs leaving the squad. Folks who have been unable to prove themselves as starters over the course of 2-3 years had their shot and may see the writing on the wall.
- Tranfserring in another 5th year grad transfer hopefully won't happen EVERY year, but it is a good roster management/treading water move for a year or two.
- Just becasue we are looking at bringing in Hill, it doesn't mean we are DOOMED for all the other options at QB. It's been a long time since we had a game-breaker type of QB with accurate passing skills. It's entirely possible that Harbaugh's approach is "guilty until proven innocent" until he is 100% sure he can identify a solid 2 QBs that will be his guys over the next 2-4 years. He's had 1 spring session & 1 summer camp to evaluate his players and all of them have only had his playbook for less than a year. It's possible he's *almost* there, but just wants to make sure. That is, his normal QB scholarship players may eventually dwindle down to about 5-6 per roster, but until he finds the next 2 solid guys in the pipeline, he's going to stack the deck a bit extra until he knows that the needs of the next 3-4 years can be addressed with the 5-6 guys he does have.
|3 days 12 hours ago||Pretty sure the answer to #1||
Pretty sure the answer to #1 is likely no. If Hack could roll out to buy himself a few more seconds due to his terrible line they may have a shot, but from what I saw yesterday he doesn't have the ability to mitigate a broken line very well.
|3 days 15 hours ago||No kidding. On one hand it||
No kidding. On one hand it shows locker room dysfunction. On the other it says to RB recruits that the depth chart just improved for playing time.
|4 days 7 hours ago||So just to clarify--if we||
So just to clarify--if we beat OSU and if Penn State beats MSU are we in? Or did MSU have to lose to OSU specifically?
|4 days 10 hours ago||Feeling good. Successful||
Feeling good. Successful season no matter what happens from here on out. Pulling out close games and road wins are also major points of improvement as a team with almost the same personnel. Hail Harbaugh!
|4 days 10 hours ago||Agree. My wife is a doctor||
Agree. My wife is a doctor and has worked the sidelines before during her medical residency. She said the same thing RE Hack.
|1 week 10 hours ago||That's true but in the same||
That's true but in the same token, the DL will be hurting by 2017 if we don't start rotate in our top underclassmen in the 2016 season to get them live game action. Even with a stacked 2016 DL I wold expect Gary to get his fair share of snaps so long as he learns the system and keeps his motor running.
|1 week 16 hours ago||At this point I'm just taking||
At this point I'm just taking a step back and:
Some time soon my expectation will be to win the Big Ten & to make the final 4 playoffs, and if we don't we will have fallen short of our goals. But not this year. This year I wanted relevance and a clear upward trajectory in terms of the "eye test." And no matter what happens from here on out, we've already accomplished that.
For me, the 2015-2016 season was all about raising our "floor" back to what a traditional power's "floor" should be, and we've already accomplished that. Anything beyond that is gravy in my mind.
|1 week 4 days ago||Not a typo. There was an||
Not a typo. There was an article before the season--forgot the publication--but it was pretty in depth about his lifestyle. Personal trainer, his very restrictive diet, etc. Basically how Brady is looking for every edge possible to squeeze out the extra 3-5 years at the end of his career.
|2 weeks 12 hours ago||Definitely some of success||
Definitely some of success comes down to circumstances and a bit of luck. But even when that happens, at some point a normal person would hit coast mode and spend more time living a more balanced life. The addictive personality would likely double down if they are the ambitious type (rather than getting hooked on booze or drugs). For example, my understanding is that Bill Gates' dad was a wealth prominent attorney in the Seattle area. A multi millionaire I believe. Most normal kids would be tempted to get a decent paying job using daddy's connections, and then perhaps draw some extra money from the family trust to go skiing in Aspen a few times per year. Addictive types who don't channel their energy in a positive way become the Trustifarian types hooked into a partying lifestyle burning through all the family's money. Gates though is the addictive yet purpose driven type, and maximizes the resources he had to the hilt and is now the richest man in the world. Same with Elon Musk, Richard Branson, etc. even if you attributed their early successes to luck or timing (which it wasn't), most normally wired folks would've called it a day at the first $10M, taken their poker chips off the table, and gone home.
|2 weeks 14 hours ago||Good Article||
Good read. I've been a greateful recovering alcoholic for almost 9 years now, and a lot of the story resonated with me.
It's true that everybody has "demons," but some slice of the population just has a lot bigger ones. There's a sliding scale, but the folks who have addictive personalities are on the upper end. Sometimes it's driven by enviornmental/life events (abuse, abandonment, some childhood trauma), sometimes I think it's just genetics that produces more fear/anxiety in people (i.e. neurotransmitter levels)--or some type of mixture.
Just speaking from my own observations, folks w/ the addictive personality actually tend to be very intelligent & full of potential. The problem is, they get paralysis by analysis and are more prone to fear future theoretical problems and/or over-analyze things that happened in the past.
My personal theory is that pretty much every single highly accomplished person in the world (athletics, business, creative arts, politics, scientific inventors, etc.), are folks with this addictive personality. Why?
They've got an internal drive (fear? anxiety? insecurity?) that pushes them to the extreme. Very passionate individuals. These are black & white thinkers--folks who say either they want to be the #1 champion or don't want to bother trying at all. Perfectionists. At any rate, my theory is these folks focus on something to occupy their mind & time to avoid that internal fear/anxiety/insecurity. Like a drug, they keep pushing themselves to higher and higher limits, whereas normal people would feel satisified & accomplished at a far earlier point. Most normal people that make $500K or $1M per year, or become a successful local politician would call it good and spend more time with their friends and family. The obsessive/addictive doesn't and so pushes to become the multi-millionaire or congressman or governor. Of course there are exceptions where people could just luck into $50M with one simple invention or somehow fall into a congressional seat, but usualy that stuff takes a ton of time & sacrifice. Most folks hit a point where the marginal value of the dollar they earn (or the fame or power they acquire) starts to dwindle, and they'd just rather do a BBQ with friends or chill & Netflix w/ family.
I'm not talking about normal sized-ambition. Hopefully most people have that. I'm talking about the types that have so much of it that it becomes radically imbalanced and other things (finances, relationships, health, etc.) start to suffer becasue of it. High achieving people have alot of admirable qualities--talent, focus, drive. But being "well balanced" isn't typically one of them. Something's gotta give.
At any rate, when I see these stories about very talented people at the peak of their professions crash & burn, I'm not surprised at all--especially when people are nearing the end of their careers. People have a certain outlet & self-identity, and then (especially in sports) when it suddenly ends, things go badly. I call that Track A. An addictive personality, plus fame/money, plus sudden availability of a ton of free time without direction & a plan/goal can turn out very badly.
People who can replace that old oultlet with something new and healthy can be fine--child actors or retired athletes who have a new "thing" to focus on---busness, foundation, develop a sense of spirituality or community, etc. usually do better. That's Track B. The folks who just have hours of free time with no direction & a ton of money usually don't.
Anyway, I liked the article. From my personal perspective it's clear that Phelphs was headed towards Track A and at least so far it's clear he's at least discovered there is a Track B. He may have one more Olympics left in him, but hopefully his brush with Track A taught him that he's gotta put in a "post-Olympics plan" together for how to add some structure and focus in his post-swimming life.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Plus, how does the Rutgers||
Plus, how does the Rutgers line (both offensive & defensive) compare to Michigan State? If we can get our running game going, we keep Caroo off the field if it turns out he does in fact play.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Exactly. I'm not shouting||
Exactly. I'm not shouting for Speight over Rudock, but I AM relieved that if Speight need to come in and maintain a lead and/or even maybe get some points, he can do it. In short--perhaps our back-up situation isn't "Starter or Abyss." We may have an actual 2nd stringer that isn't an immediate tire fire.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||We need a TD||
We need a TD
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Speaking of TWJ I doubt he'd||
Speaking of TWJ I doubt he'd actually be 5th on the depth chart. Once he's healthy you'd think he'd be a fairly regular contributor as 2nd or 3rd.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Seriously did anybody see the||
Seriously did anybody see the Dr. Pepper ad that was directly mocking a Michigan fan after the crazy loss from last week? Or was I just imagining that?
|4 weeks 4 days ago||So....anybody just see that||
So....anybody just see that ad? Looks like I'm boycotting Dr. Pepper now.....
|4 weeks 4 days ago||I think we literally pulled||
I think we literally pulled into the parking lot the same time as you. You backed into a spot & had 3 kids in your SUV. Harbaugh was definitely gracious with his time with the fans. Great to see so many Michigan fans in the stands. You've got to know that word got out to the recruits how many Michigan folks were there watching. However, I've got to assume that for a school like IMG Academy, this type of thing happens at least 1-2 times per year whenever a big time program head coach comes to a game....
|4 weeks 5 days ago||That's a good point. Flip||
That's a good point. Flip 15-20lbs of bad weight over to good weight and he's in business.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||He seems like he started taking plays off.||
He seems like he started taking plays off.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Agreed. My wife and I are at||
Agreed. My wife and I are at the game and she just said the same thing.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||I think there's one in the same model out in California.||
I think there's one in the same model out in California.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||FWIW the program they're||
FWIW the program they're handing out here in the stadium lists Gary at 295lbs not 310lbs.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||I just wanted to report that||
I just wanted to report that there's a good solid contingent of Michigan fans at the game. I'd estimate at least 50. A good gaggle of us met with the coach immediately prior to the game. He was great with photos, autographs & the like. Mark of Harbaugh-Saved-By-The-Bell Tatoo fame is also here with his lovely wife & kids. Beautiful night, GREAT vacation for me on a personal note. It's great to be a Michigan Wolverine!
|4 weeks 5 days ago||We decided to go. Picking up||
We decided to go. Picking up a sharpie for a possible autograph right now and then the 10minute drive to IMG Academy Stadium. If we get a pic I'll post on the board but won't have the know how. Only have a tablet on vacation and I'll need some help.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||As I type this my wife and I||
As I type this my wife and I happen to be on vacation about 25 minute away from this game. What are the pros & cons (if any) of me going to this game, assuming I convince my MGoWife that this is a good idea? Note: we've got Michigan gear we can wear but we won't be dumb enough to approach and of the kids. Might be bold enough to try and get a photo with Harbaugh.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Agreed||
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Expertly timed mini-vacation||
Expertly timed mini-vacation to Anna Maria Island, Florida Wednesday-Sunday with just my wife and me. First time away from our 1 year old daughter as grandma & grandpa watch her for a few days.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||My two rationalization/silver||
My two rationalization/silver lining thoughts: 1) I'm glad we have a bye week. One week to get the ennui out of our system & the other to prepare for away on Halloween night at Minnesota. 2) This squad is still meeting or even exceeding expectations this year. Ahead of schedule in my opinion. We certainly didn't have the offense to make the playoff anyway, so if we are going to suffer a once in a decade fluke last second loss, I'd much rather get it out of the way now on a probable 8-4 or 9-3 season than in 2017 or 2019 when Harbaugh has this team primed for a run at the national championship and we have both Sparty and OSU at home again.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||My sobriety date is February||
My sobriety date is February 1, 2007. Grateful I have no hangover and have the opportunity to hang out with my 1year old daughter while my wife works her shift at the hospital today. Looking forward to a likely worst case 8-4 season (possibly as good as 10-2) with a respectable bowl game in Year One of Harbaugh--something I told myself in September that I'd be very content with. Looking at it the right way, the team has already raised the floor on my expectations back to what a "normal" Michigan team should look like. Year Two and Year Three will be about shifting that window of expectations up by another 1-2 games.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Smith came out early and a bit gimpy. Any update for next week?||
Smith came out early and a bit gimpy. Any update for next week?