Mason NEEDS this, Pistons, after all you've put him through
|3 days 8 hours ago||meh||
i have to disagree with you here. i thought the defender slowed down for the ball after he pushed bale out of bounds. and pinto is a backup goalie for a reason. he let an easy goal in early in the game and comes out with his legs wayyy to open. there was no way he wasn't getting nutmegged.
bale, to his credit, didnt stop, but this is more of a case of poor defense and goal keeping versus an "insane" goal. to put it another way, sometimes a guy just makes the shot - nothing can be done about that (a la harrison's three over levert). other times, it feels like you've given the shot up. as a barca fan, this was way more the latter.
|1 week 2 days ago||working from home today...||
which means working in the backyard under the umbrella.
will avoid golf all weekend -- my hatred of that sport is probably what many of you feel for soccer. i just dont get it. "lets watch people hit a tiny ball and then walk"
|1 week 3 days ago||of course||
no one is shocked, but the article is a pretty good read and i am sure that some of it (most of it?) can apply to every big-time school (including here).
aside from the scandelous nature of the article, i thought this was an interesting tidbit of recruiting information:
Some coaches encourage players to visit other campuses to recruit other players.
maybe that should make us think twice when heavy ohio-lean so-and-so comes to visit (or vice versa).
|3 weeks 4 days ago||But||
Why is this the straw that broke the camels back? Why not the conference expansion, B1G shameless expansion of Rutgers and Maryland, espn's billion dollar deal with the sec, the longhorn network, the AT&T rose bowl presented by Visio and chick fil a, etc etc?
This was the naturally progression when the money got out of hand disproportionatly to benefit a handful of athletic departments. If you say college athletics are now ruined I would say it was heading down that path for a long time...
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Confused||
By the uproar over this. There was a story like two days ago that ohio state ad gene smith got a 20k raise for an ohio state wrestler winning some title. Athletic departments literally have money coming out of their ears at some of these big schools. It's time that students get a bit more of the pie than what they have been offered.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Damn||
That block if called correctly could have given us a national title. Thanks for the reminder...
|4 weeks 3 days ago||has anyone||
gotten more mileage out of a 12 point game than della valla did after nebraska? the way every announcer has talked about him since that game you would think hes destined for the an NBA lottery pick at the end of the year....
|4 weeks 6 days ago||why does||
louisville to me seem like a paper tiger? i have them going to the final four right now but i think im falling for the hype. why cant a senior-laden saint louis team knock them out?
|6 weeks 19 hours ago||Not sure if serious||
I did my undergrad during the tommy a years and they couldn't give those tickets away. I remember a game against Miami where the tickets were like 5$ upper bowl and it was still 3/4 empty....
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Do you live in Ann Arbor?||
Or are close enough to travel easily to games?
I only ask because I used to have the same sentiments that you are expressing when I lived on the east coast: "What's wrong for you people complaining about going to Michigan Stadium. I WISH I could be there for a game..."
Then I moved back to Ann Arbor - close enough where I can conceivably go to every game I want - and I get what they were bitching about.
To me, the RAWK music and ads don't really turn me off; it's the money and lack of compelling games. But for one or two games a year (MSU, OSU, ND, Nebraska), I don't really feel the need to spend hundreds of bucks to watch Michigan clobber some MAC cupcake or (hopefully) win easily against Rutgers. Not when I can still expereince the tailgate atmosphere and watch the game on my couch with some nice beers and good chicken wings
|11 weeks 3 hours ago||Levert||
Thinks he's kevin Durant out there.
|11 weeks 3 hours ago||Levert||
Is beyond frustrating.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Excellent||
Summary. This should probably be posted in the OPs thread as well...
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Sherman||
Went to Stanford? I thought they had higher standards for their football team.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||Ambivalent||
About this. I don't think Borges was entirely to blame, but hard to argue with the disaster this past second half of the year.
Mgrowold -- what are your thoughts??
|15 weeks 3 days ago||Win or lose I am definitely||
Win or lose I am definitely impressed with state --- which disgusts me to say. I am a hoke "homer" and even I can see they are playing on an entirely different level than us. I am actually impressed we kept it close for as long as we did...
|15 weeks 4 days ago||Don't||
Usually say this but the msm has a great article about the potential politics behind his departure:
|15 weeks 4 days ago||Okay||
Well we have nothing to discuss if you don't think the head coach of a football team is not responsible for his record. You can't argue with stupid.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||this thread is fun.||
and alot of you people are revisionist idiots, sadomasochists, or both.
the worst development of the year has been the constant comparisons between michigan and RR. this place was 95% more pro-rr than anything else on the internet, and the only one upset over the firising was His Dudeness, or whatever ... everyone else saw it coming - even brian.
by the way, he was fired because he had the worst defense in the history of michigan football, was blown out by rivals, and let wisconsin run the ball 40 straight times. (seriously, does anyone remember that wisconsin game or are you all living in bizarro-world, where rr was a successful coach at michigan but somehow got ran out of town...?)
he is doing mediocre at arizona, but so what? he failed at michigan, for almost all reasons that were his fault; whatever he does at arizona will not affect that fact one way or the other.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||Yikes||
Hard to imagine our line is actually getting younger, which doesn't exactly inspire confidence ....
|16 weeks 3 days ago||these are the type of stories||
that go right into michigan lore.
sucks we didnt win, but this is the kind of thing that 30 years from now people tell their kids "i remember watching DG throw for 400 yards against ohio on a broken foot..."
heal up DG and bring us back to the promiseland next year...
|17 weeks 3 days ago||100% agree||
only at this blog could the news of an opening game versus florida descend into 150+ comments on Dave Brandon's ineffectual marketing skills
|17 weeks 5 days ago||Exactly||
If you fire Schwartz who do you hire to replace him? Gruden? Nick Saban? Mack brown??
At least they are in the hunt in week 16...-as a lions fan that should be a successful season no?? Sigh.
|17 weeks 5 days ago||Go||
Steelers. Go eagles.
Who didn't see this one coming?
|17 weeks 5 days ago||These are the games that||
These are the games that lions always lose.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||re the timeouts||
i was at the arizona game, but i havent been to a college bball game since my undergrad days. every other posession there was a break - there didnt seem to be any rythm in the game, the crowd never could get into it. there were just breaks, and breaks, and breaks.
was the amount of timeouts in this game an anomaly - or is it becoming standard in the college game? the timeouts had never seemed so pronounced watching on tv...
|18 weeks 20 hours ago||I guess||
We will agree to disagree - I just don't see it going back to the so called "big boys" and the rest of them.
Texas tech, Baylor, Texas A&m, and tcu have all had better seasons than Texas in the last five years - and that's just in Texas alone. The landscape is changing, and if I'm an up and coming coach what's the incentive to leave a comfortable situation when I am making a boat load of money and winning?
Anyways I guess we all will wait and see but I think the hiring will be underwhelming and Texas may strike out on their top choices.
|18 weeks 21 hours ago||Meh||
Call me crazy, but I think who ever Texas hires will NOT be a big time hire (ie not Meyer, harbaugh, Saban, etc). College football is a crazy world these days - not only with inflated coaching salaries but teams like Baylor, Michigan state, Ucf, Louisville, etc can play in bcs bowl games - there's more parity than ever meaning people can win at "smaller" programs with out the additionally stress. And when coaches like sumlin are getting five million a year for winning zero conference titles or bcs games, why would a coach leave to a big time program?
I mean michigan found this out the hard way and I think Texas will too. Whoever they get I bet the collective reaction will be "that guy?!"
|18 weeks 2 days ago||am i||
the only one that thinks the thomas gordon - nebraska safety swap could have been more of a doghouse-type situation? as in, thomas gordon might have broken some amorphous team rule and was thus delegated to special teams duty?
it just doesnt make sense otherwise to take out a multi-year starter at safety for one game.
|18 weeks 5 days ago||i was thinking||
the same thing. there are some schools that wouldn't take saban with open arms. im not sure if texas is one of those schools, but judging from mack brown and their academic reputation, i am guessing they may not be a win-at-all-cost school. put it another way, would michigan take saban? i doubt it.
|18 weeks 6 days ago||This is||
Best case scenario for michigan, no? A big time program without their senior starting quarterback. I'll take it.
As an aside, is mark richt the most like able coach in the sec- or do I just not know much about him? He seems to be one of the few guys that does things the right way (not over signing?), but I'll also admit a certain level of ignorance if one wants to correct me...
|19 weeks 21 hours ago||Well||
Let's not forget that last year msu was 7-6.
They have done really well, no doubt about, but they will fluctuate between good/great to mediocre. Ostensibly, michigan will eventually fluctuate between good/great to elite (assuming this isn't a notre dame type situation)
|19 weeks 21 hours ago||Kinda bizarre to say||
But I was thinking the same thing. Elite defense with an offense that uses a lot of dinky misdirection, power, frustrating three yard runs, with the occasional connected long ball.
We don't have to necessarily emulate Stanford when the paradigm is right in our own conference...
|19 weeks 2 days ago||is anyone||
going to be there?
attending a world cup is a bucket list item of mine, but im not exactly chomping at the bit to head out to qatar in the summer or russia after that....
|19 weeks 5 days ago||ace||
was very cryptic about peppers on this podcast, which was less than confident inspiring.
|19 weeks 6 days ago||As Brian says: Football is ridiculous.||
And I would go one step further and say: College football is even more ridiculous. It may be the only sport where past performance does not necessarily predict future results. A look at some of the teams currently playing for conference titles:
Az St 8-5 last season
Auburn / Mizzou total combined record of 2-14 in SEC play last season
Baylor 8-5 last season
Duke – pre-season pick to finish last in ACC Coastal
MSU 7-6 last season
So, for those who believe our record this season proves we’re going to be mired in mediocrity for the foreseeable future, remember that the past isn’t necessarily prologue when it comes to college football…
|19 weeks 6 days ago||re your last sentence||
Felt the exact same way. Those three yards really changed the whole dynamic of the Urban vs Hoke meme. If we convert, Hoke is 2-1 against ohio, 1-1 against Urban. As it stands, he is now 1-2 against Ohio and, most importantly, 0-2 against Urban.
That sets up a must-win at the Shoe next year, otherwise the whispers that say Hoke can't beat Urban would become shouts.
|20 weeks 1 day ago||They are||
A young team. And young teams will lose some games they shouldn't lose, but they will also win some games they shouldn't win. They came up three yards short which sucks but there was enough to build on today to be excited moving forward.
Definitely next year though the leash gets shorter and there won't be any good feelings for moral victories.....
|20 weeks 1 day ago||Agreed||
Go blue! Disappointed as hell but what heart - proud to be a michigan fan and glad I never turned my back on the team. There's a lot to build off of for next year.
|20 weeks 1 day ago||4 lineman||
And the best back in the big ten is nothing to scoff at on offense.
|20 weeks 1 day ago||Hated||
That last minute like everyone else... Ah they are playing well but you get the feeling the offense is sputtering a bit and the defense is.... Pourous.
Al has to keep his foot on the gas to borrow a bad cliche. We're definitely not done yet- when this team shows up they are still good.
|20 weeks 1 day ago||He's got to be||
Hurt or at least in the dog house right?? Can't believe he wouldn't be out there....?
|20 weeks 1 day ago||I think||
The most frustrating part of the season is that Brian has become Drew Sharp. If he, and everyone else, hates this team, why not find a new team to support? I hear there is some great coach in the desert that runs a spread offense AND just beat Oregon last week.
|20 weeks 5 days ago||let me see if understand this...||
brady hoke has a comment at a presser yesterday and refers to fans as "fickle."
there are 117 comments about said presser already on the frontpage, none of which even reference the fickle comment.
there are no board postings about the fickle comment.
AND YET, brian posts this rant, at which point a majority of the 140+ comments have agreed this is the most egregious betrayal, a slap to the face of all michigan fans everywhere.
does anyone think for themselves anymore on this board, or do we always have to wait for brian to tell us how we should feel?
|20 weeks 6 days ago||I'm not||
saying florida isn't good, but i think you may be conflating recent florida success for urban meyer success.
since spurrier left (2001), they have had 5+ losing seasons six times, out of twelve years. this spans zook, muschamp, and yes, even meyer himself.
urban won big with tebow, but given the rest of the decade i don't know if you can guarantee a coaching change will bring success.
|20 weeks 6 days ago||pining||
was an exaggeration, but this isn't the first time that brian, and others, have compared this season to a 3-9 outfit and came away saying "3-9 was awful but had an element of fun in it"
|20 weeks 6 days ago||well,||
and with that, the rest of the blog will follow like lemmings off the cliff.
if you're reminiscing about a 3-9 season, then you've either completly re-written history or are utterly delusional. at the very least, you're demonstrating the brain capacity of a child - "this is the WORST thing to EVER happen to me." apart from everything else that happened in that season - the broken bowl streak, toledo, the northwestern snowstorm - we also lost to this guy. yes, if you're pining for 3-9 then you've completely gone through the looking glass, where sanity no longer applies.
the team is bad, sure. it happens. and they may get embarassed on saturday, but that happens too. there is some water bottle story, i think, that brian wrote somewhere back in the day that applies here, and i am taking those lessons and sticking with the team. you all can live in a 2008 fantasy world where nick sheridan has just beaten minnesota and everything is going to be a-okay.
go blue. beat the bucks.
|21 weeks 45 min ago||Thank you||
For your continued ability to read into the future while also droning on and on about the same inane points. It's as if you're the deformed child of The_Knowledge and Section1 , but without the humor or lengthy tomes.
|21 weeks 23 hours ago||God you're insufferable||
Yes Hoke loves losing And we're going 0-13 next year. If you hate this team, do us all a favor and stop watching now.
|24 weeks 2 days ago||I agree||
And I am slowly coming more towards your way of thinking. I have not seen so much pessimism regarding a non-rich rod coached Michigan team since.....ever? Even when we played Alabama there was more confidence on the board, and last I checked we're not playing bama again Saturday.
I think the underdog role helps this team, Gardner comes out slinging, and our team plays up to the competition. We win by 10 - not comfortable enough though to prevent me from having multiple heart attacks
|24 weeks 5 days ago||well||
only 23 points were allowed by the defense in the notre dame game...but i think your point is still valid
|25 weeks 1 hour ago||Seth||
Was also one of those people...
|25 weeks 4 days ago||I agree with you as well||
The Norfleet hype has been around since he committed and Brian called him his favorite recruit in the class. Since then it's been a lot of confirmation bias (seeing what you want to see) and extrapolated hype from the mgoechochamber. I think he's good - and can be great - but the way people talk about him despite all the evidence to the contrary is just another example of the masses parroting Brian.
|25 weeks 6 days ago||Well||
you appear to be wrong, as Rod Beard from Detnews tweeted out 35 minutes ago that Leyland is taking an as-of-now unnamed position within the Tigers organization. He wants to retire a Tiger.
|26 weeks 4 days ago||Well||
as we all know the transitive property of college football is infallible. Which is good, I guess, because that means we’ll beat MSU (since they lost to notre dame)…
…but wait, MSU beat Indiana, who I’ve been assured we’re going to lose to next week. So if we beat notre dame, and notre dame beat MSU, but we lost to Penn State, who lost to Indiana, who lost to MSU, then we…tie MSU?
But facetiousness aside, you naysayers out there saying we’re going to lose every game are so myopic that you just parrot “Durrr AKRON durr” and ignore the million other data points from the season. We’re favored in three of the remaining games, I believe, and a pick-em in the fourth. By objective standards we should still be looking at a 9-3 season, or at worst 8-4.
|26 weeks 4 days ago||Why?||
Go ahead. Tell me how we would be "lucky" to beat both Iowa and Indiana. Explain to me how Nebraska is an automatic loss. Or tell me how Northwestern would have to "forget how to play" inorder for us to stand a chance.
|26 weeks 6 days ago||The headphone||
debate is a red herring. Aside from the point the poster above makes, Hoke has a guy next to him who keeps him informed about the playcalls. He's mentioned this before in press conferences and you can even see him on the sidelines. Hoke knows the plays and knows what is going on, both on offense and defense. He doesn't need a headset to keep his hand on the pulse.
|26 weeks 6 days ago||I am||
worried about the same thing...
|26 weeks 6 days ago||this||
The assumption here is that Borges is free to call any plays he wants but chooses to still run the ball into the line over and over again. I am not sure that's the case. We'll never know for sure, but my guess is that Hoke is dictating what he wants to see. I think we may be seeing the 3-3-5 all over again, but on offense...
|27 weeks 2 hours ago||I'm worried||
That what we've just seen is effectively the 2009 Illinois game where the collective feeling of the fan base went from "it's not a matter of if but when" we'll win a championship to "I don't know anymore....."
And like it was in 2009, the game became a microcosm of all the problems of the previous few years: uninspiring road performance, no run game, stubborn and questionable play calls.
It just seems like we haven't seen much improvement, even against the bad teams. None of this started last night; it's been a pattern that's repeated itself for all of Hokes tenure. I mean when was the last time we had a solid non quarterback running game?
So to answer the op's question, I am not going to advocate firing any coaches, though I wouldn't shed any tears if Borges left either. But what I do know is that we may be looking back at the game last night at the beginning of an end....
|27 weeks 3 days ago||question||
Is the defensive line performing far enough below expectations that it appears the Heininger Certainty Theory may not be so certain after all? Or are we comfortable enough chalking this up to youth/inexperience?
|27 weeks 3 days ago||would i be||
crazy to think that a potential play would be TE lewan flaring out in the flat for a goaline pass? defense thinking run run run, i could see him sneaking out unmarked.
|28 weeks 1 day ago||I wish||
The extreme panic can wait till we are actually you know...losing
|30 weeks 21 hours ago||I'm||
Not going to debate the fire hoke crowd but wow he is bad on the road....
|30 weeks 4 days ago||wow||
Hmm…3 days ago it was funk’s o-line that was root of all our problems and after today’s UFR everyone has shifted their angst towards fitz. I’m no savant when it comes to the nuances of football – which is why I devour brains’ UFR – but I find it particularly baffling that the same people now calling out Fitz were calling out the o-line only 72 hours ago.
I’d like to get Magnus’ take on this, as one of the football gurus here he called Fitz the MVP of the game on his blog:
MVP of the game . . . Fitzgerald Toussaint. Gardner put up 248 passing yards and 103 rushing yards, but he also turned over the ball four times. Toussaint looked like the running back of old on his way to 19 carries for 71 yards and 1 touchdown, along with 1 reception for 27 yards. His numbers would have been better if a couple runs wouldn't have been called back for holding (probably closer to 21 carries for 120 yards). One thing I have also noticed with Toussaint is an improvement in pass protection. He did noticeably whiff on a blitzing linebacker, but he's much more physical than he used to be.
|30 weeks 6 days ago||thoughts||
I think the biggest letdown so far this season has been the defensive play. We knew the interior o-line was going to be…a work in progress…but the defense was supposed to be great, trending towards elite. Instead, it seems as if we’ve regressed to an average unit without any true playmakers. As Brian mentioned, it’s one thing to play bend-but-don’t-break defense against Notre Dame, but seeing Akron bleed their way down the field with short hitches and quick throws was very distressing. Is everything revolving around protecting the safeties, or is there another reason why we’re 10 yards off Akron receivers and/or not bringing a blitz?
I still think Akron was more a fluke than the start of a pattern, mainly because of what we were able to do to Notre Dame, who I think is a pretty good team despite their game against Purdue (after all, they probably were in let-down mode as well). I still believe in the Henninger principle theory and think the defense can still improve; however, the running game (namely the offensive line) remains a huge concern. Nothing yesterday changes the fact that I still think we’re undefeated going into November…
|32 weeks 2 days ago||im||
irrationally optimistic about this game and i think we win big a la 2006.
|33 weeks 2 days ago||love||
all this content on a slow friday before a three-day weekend.
i predict a 9-3, with an unfortunate loss to sparty (hoke hasn't won a big road game yet, but is now the time...?)
|33 weeks 2 days ago||i would agree||
with most all this, but i dont believe justice hayes == vincent smith, unless, of course, borges continually slams hayes into the offensive line on third and short. but i do think smith's third down blocking was above-average to pretty good, and hayes wont be at the same level due to inexperience. not sure how much it matters on the grand scheme of things...
|33 weeks 3 days ago||nice video!||
That requiem for a dream soundtrack might be the most overplayed-yet-still-awesome compilation to pump one up.
I know this has been coming for 4 years now, but it will be really weird not to see denard out there.
Cant wait till Saturday – go blue!
|33 weeks 4 days ago||good information||
i am a firsttimer planning on making the trip up from DC. has anyone had experience scalping tickets in the past? or is stubhub the best route?
|34 weeks 5 days ago||the original article||
was published august 08, nearly two weeks ago. this is an obvious attempt to by Douglas Smith to drum up some page views and it reeks of the ol Ace Williams. i am in the camp that believes a discussion could be warranted (i, for one, knew about some sexual assault story but never knew these allegiations involved gibbons), but let's please elimenate the link to the "washtenaw watch blog."
|34 weeks 6 days ago||wondering||
why you consider a "ponderous" green to be panic inducing? i for one can sleep comfortably knowing we still have a former 1000 yard RB returning.
as to the O-line, im in the boat that thinks it can't be any worse than last year.
and finally, to the secondary (particularly safeties), let's not forget what the staff has done in the past. until we see otherwise, we have no reason to assume the defense will be anything less than very good.
overall, i see mild room for concern at some positions, but what teams DONT have that; there is nothing close to a sheridan/threet battle of doom versus gloom.
|35 weeks 3 days ago||we've seen||
about 25 minutes of aron in a US uniform, so i think it is very premature to slot him in the top 11...right now. (same with john brooks)
klinsmann loves him some Jermaine Jones (not sure why), so i think he's in there starting, for now.
id be dissapointed if shea and EJ see meaningful time, especially shea - the guy looks like an ostrich out there.
i think beasley is in the mix, but it's hard to say what he's going to look like in 10 months. bedoya, zusi, and corona will get some play too.
|39 weeks 2 days ago||because||
people are not illegal. its a term that criminalizes the person, when it is the action that is illegal, not the person.
|39 weeks 2 days ago||and||
bigots are still bigots, i guess.
|40 weeks 2 days ago||I would||
Double post, but I would still pay top dollar
|40 weeks 2 days ago||I would||
Pay top dollar for that sweater Lloyd is wearing
|42 weeks 6 days ago||Do you grill?||
Make a homemade rub and barbeque sauce, light up that grill, throw some wood chips on the fire and spend the next 8 hours smoking some ribs. if you're that averse to drinking alone, make some iced tea to sip on while you occasionally check the temperature. its an activity thats easy but enough to keep you busy, and wife will enjoy having dinner made when she gets home.
|47 weeks 4 days ago||meh||
i wonder how many people here who are lambasting the kid for "chasing his dreams" are doing so from a windowless office staring at a computer screen working on the same monotonous and inane work day after day after day.
people have different career paths, or different desires, and are more inclined to take more risks to try to reach what they want. lets not forget that the proprietor of this site quit a "real" job to work on something called a "blog" about michigan football.
to each his own i guess.
|48 weeks 1 day ago||Absolutely||
Agree. Also lost in the shuffle was the bad shot trey took right after. He knew he had to press, took a bad shot, missed, and that was the game.
You could also see it on his face when Peyton was shooting those free throws - he wanted so bad to make it up.
|48 weeks 3 days ago||if we||
are being honest with ourselves, that 100k streak looked a bit...tenuous... after the 2008 NW game...
|1 year 3 days ago||speaking of leadership||
who are the leaders next year? Morgan and......?
|1 year 3 days ago||re brian's third point:||
Yes. We all get frustrated when the refs swallow their whistle during the muggings under the basket. I am all for tightening that up. However, I don’t want to see every nudge, every little touch, every finger on a guy turn into free throws. It’s the reason why I stopped watching the NBA and find college basketball more enjoyable: if aaron craft shoots 25 free throws a game because a foul is called on him for every drive, what fun is that? Hows that improving anything?
|1 year 1 week ago||not sure||
i understand the vitriol directed at mark may. i mean, i get it, i guess - espn talking head and all - but this seems more like "enemy of my enemy is my friend." anyone who uses a loud pulpit to bash ohio is OK in my book.
|1 year 1 week ago||Charge||
Block doesn't matter -- it was called charge a d Jordan Morgan came up with the play of the game. Lets let that settle in for a second - love the kid and all he has done, never complained a out being benched and came up HUGE tonight. HAIL and go blue see you all Monday!
|1 year 4 weeks ago||But||
We haven't faced a team that pressed like this all game. Watching VCU they play fast - very fast. I am a bit more nervous than I was reading Brian's assessment...
|1 year 4 weeks ago||is jaime dixon out at pitt?||
Chronic tournament underachiever. Another painful loss for them, even earlier than usual. With a move to the ACC and the fact that Pitt has invested heavily in their basketball program (leveling their football field for the basketball arena), I wonder if Jamie Dixon is out? At the very least, he must be on the very hot seat, right?
|1 year 4 weeks ago||Who does||
everyone have coming out of the South? Can someone assuage my fears re Florida - or convince me to put someone else there? Would love to go Michigan - but I just don't see them playing well that consistently to get to the Final Four...
|1 year 4 weeks ago||And||
So is Gonzaga/ Mark Few...
|1 year 4 weeks ago||Yes -||
It's like the old adage from high school - if you're unsure about an answer, go with your original choice. I, on the other hand, am in full-blown tweak mode and probably will wind up doing more damage. Oh well.
This seems to me to be the most wide-open bracket that I can remember, and I feel like some frenetic addict anxiously awaiting tip-off.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||also||
went through a rough draft and came up with three big ten teams (and florida...). big ten is good - but not that good.
unfortunately, i think both ohio and indiana are as close to locks as you can get - but im not sure about the other two teams.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||mehh||
That about sums it up for me. This team peaked at the end of January finishing 6-6 in the big ten. It’s hard to be upset, or even surprised, by this game, as its been a microcosm of the whole season.
If we’re looking for positives – I guess it’s nice to have a week off (though they didn’t do much after their last week). Also, everyone is already picking against them so maybe they will play looser being a 3/4 seed.
Mehh. Disappointing today, but not exactly unanticipated.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||meh||
Coming into this, everything about the game screamed “slow start.” I’d be a bit worried if it remained close, but we were able to pull away convincingly which is all that really matters, especially because most of our early problems could be attributed to Morgan (for better or worse).
They do have to learn though that starting that slow in the NCAA tournament means your season is over.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||everyone||
needs to chill a bit. they were literally one inch away from another big ten championship. they certainly did not "peak" too early, the brutal big 10 is what drained them (and every other team).
|1 year 5 weeks ago||fantastic||
writing. re-opens the wounds a bit but with a hint of optimism. great work BISB.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||olidapo||
on burke seemed to really slow us down. what adjustments do you make with that?
|1 year 8 weeks ago||jealous||
of all this backpacking talk, as I stare outside my office window in the middle a city.
love backpacking, but unfortunately, I am more of a car camper these days. lame, i know. but what are you going to do? this is what happens when modern(ish) comforts like good food become more appealing than cans of tuna. i want to do a trip around the UP this summer - anyone have suggestions?
|1 year 9 weeks ago||Makes you||
Wonder how Chris Peterson at Boise kept the guy in check... Unless of course he didn't and nothing was reported because .... It's Boise Idaho.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||Didn't||
Brian rip vitale while extolling dakich? I was admittedly okay with vitale ( before the Ohio game) but Dakich???!? He's creeping on Pam ward territory
|1 year 9 weeks ago||They||
also had an article a few weeks back about the new fade amongst young people that involves "hooking up" instead of "dating." It was something that Herm would have written: "in my day we used to only hold hands until marriage..."
|1 year 9 weeks ago||very apropos||
considering this is the 68th anniversary of the dresden fire bombing...
|1 year 9 weeks ago||Agreed||
Look at our last three games versus states:
Ten days, three ranked opponents, two on the road. State: Zero ranked opponents, two games at home over the same time.
Tough, ugly loss for sure but we are definitely closer to the team that played well against Indiana and osu versus the team that got crushed tonight.
We're not the #1 team but were no slouch either...
|1 year 9 weeks ago||The Wisconsin||
Game KILLED this team. I think they let Wisconsin beat them twice.
What a brutal stretch though - four ranked teams in a row, three of them on the road.
Have to question where the leadership is going to come from now...?
I thought Morgan was supposed to be our defensive rock? How many times did he get outhustled?
First basketball or football game I turned off early in a couple years...just seems like one of those nights. State couldn't miss - we couldn't hit anything (even layups).
|1 year 10 weeks ago||i dont know||
If I agree with your statement here:
That is like saying because Miami, or Ohio, or USC all got caught cheating, other top-level NCAA teams are cracking down – this almost assuredly isn’t the case. People are going to do anything for more money - lie, cheat, hell, maybe even make up fake girlfriends.
In fact, the story about Juventus I think proves the contrary and more ominous point – if one of the biggest teams in one of the biggest countries for the most popular sport in the world fixes matches, then anyone and everyone could potentially be doing it, not just those obscure Turkish teams.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||i dont||
hate vitale (maybe because i dont watch enough duke games to form an opinion), though i found his incessant Oladipo slurping this game to be very annoying...
|1 year 13 weeks ago||this||
Exactly – if you read the Pete Thamel transcript from SI yesterday, Teo was en route to his home in Hawaii when he found out that the girlfriend’s family was going to “pull the plug on her.” He was probably taking off from a plane in Southern California, talking to his girlfriend, while she was literally on her death bed in Southern California.
The fact that this is one of many bizarre stories of this whole scandal just gives more credence to the whole “when there is smoke…” argument. I might be able to believe he didn’t know anything…for a while…but don’t tell me he believed up until December 6th his girlfriend was real – if he didn’t see her on her death bed.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||Wish||
This story would have broken say, five hours ago, so I could have been on tr company dime while reading these updates....
|1 year 13 weeks ago||Tough loss||
For sure but this game hasn't changed ANYthing. So many factors against us today - geez if stauskas just hits ONE three we win this game. Anyways we won't be #1 - yet - but that was never the goal.
I will second the poster whose sick of losing to those "inbreds".
As always, f Ohio but well get them at home.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||Tough loss||
For sure but this game hasn't changed ANYthing. So many factors against us today - geez if stauskas just hits ONE three we win this game. Anyways we won't be #1 - yet - but that was never the goal.
I will second the poster whose sick of losing to those "inbreds".
As always, f Ohio but well get them at home.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||which is exactly||
why i dont think a switch to nike will change the uniform carousal as long as dave brandon is the AD.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||even though it seems||
like we're watching the demise of college football - with superconferences breaking up traditional rivalries, the shameless money-grabs, etc – i’ll always love this game because of players like denard. Electrifying talent, humble, class, and sometimes even maddening – denard robinson is what makes college football great.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||Probably||
Could have used JT Floyd today- dont you think Magnus?
Overall 8-5 is a disappointing year- sad to see denard walk off the field for the last time...
Thought there were still enough positives to have optimism about next year. Obviously biggest question mark is the OL .
With that game, I can't believe Lewan wouldn't be gone.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||Saw||
Demens on the sideline without pads - must be hurt. Tough break for the senior...
|1 year 18 weeks ago||gallon||
was our punt returner - not norfleet. and your point is that norfleet would have had better stats if he had better players around him? uh, yah. so would everyone...
|1 year 18 weeks ago||Perspective||
I'll admit I am a bit puzzled by this move but I think a bit of perspective is necessary...stats showed that he was an average kick returner and he couldn't garner meaningful playtime, even with our atrocious running game. The way people are acting seems like we just moved denard to safety...
|1 year 19 weeks ago||i dont care what anyone says||
bo pelini is my favorite coach in the bigten.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||yup -||
exactly...so how many straight big10 championships will ohio be playing in?
|1 year 20 weeks ago||pitt||
would have been a great addition:
-academically they are right there with ohio, in front of purdue, minnesota, msu, indiana, etc
-good grad programs too. UPMC is internationally recognized.
-pitt is a great city and would have been a fun road trip. Only 4 hours from ann arbor.
The problem is they cant even get on local tv – they don’t bring eyes. No one cares about pitt– it’s a professional sports town. also, I’ve never been to Rutgers, but pitt would immediately come in as the worst stadium in the big ten (professional stadium, tailgate under a highway).
|1 year 20 weeks ago||.||
happens to me as well. i have an iphone 5 and i cant listen to it on my phone.
same thing happens for the wtka app, too. additionally, anyone able to stream wtka online? they just changed their website and i cant get any of the podcasts...
|1 year 20 weeks ago||re devin||
I will be waiting for Brian’s UFR but it seemed to me he had an efficient game…until the point it became clear the offense was sputtering and he started to press. I thought he played well in the first half, at least well enough to feel confident moving into the second half. After halftime though, he never seemed to get back into rhythm – which I blame on playcalls. It seems like he would complete a pass on first down and get pulled out; or a run would lose yards on first down, and Devin would have to come in in a passing situation. By the time he got extended play it was that last drive where he seemed to really be pressing and totally out of synch…
…unrelated but something worth mentioned was the 10 yard holding penalty on Schofield on the last drive, which I believe negated a Devin first down (on the OSU side of the field…). That’s a huge call that went against us, as we had just put together two first downs. That might have been the call that cost us the game.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||It’s hard to believe that||
for all the goodwill Hoke has generated, he has gone 3-3 against our biggest rivals (0-3 on the road) and 1-1 in our showcase games (Alabama, VT). The problem hasn’t been our defense – and I think we can all agree that Hoke/Mattison will churn out elite defenses in the future – but there is a …. worrying…trend developing with the offense. Even though Borges has been working with offensive skill players that are not necessarily suited to his prior experiences, we do have some alarming data points from the past two years that transcend personnel. Including:
- Conservatism in biggest games: Outside of OSU last year we’ve come out mainly flat and predictable in our biggest tests. In Minnesota last year and Iowa this year we showed an unpredictable, unique, and explosive offense in the weeks leading up to a big game. But the play calls in MSU last year and OSU this year were largely more conservative than what we had been seeing. (And let’s not forget – we grinded out the victory against MSU this year, but Borges’ gamplan still left much to be desired). I see that Hoke just came out and said that he saw no problems with the gameplan – which leads me to believe that this is Hoke’s philosophy - keep it close and win it at the end with defense and field position. It is no coincidence, then, that our 3 wins against rivals come at home, where homecrowd is a field-goal advantage… and the three losses come on the road, where the margin for error in a close, conservative game is much thinner.
- Inability to run a two-minute offense: Off the top of my head, I can think of Iowa, MSU, and OSU where we looked completely disheveled in our two-minute offense. Like Brian says, Denard bailed us out in OSU – but that doesn’t absolve the fact that we were content to run off the clock with 90 seconds. Conversely, OSU gets the ball with 40 seconds left, keeps their foot on the pedal and drives down the field for a field goal. It wound up not mattering, but those are points that can kill you in a close game.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Greg Davis approves of that||
Greg Davis approves of that play call
|1 year 21 weeks ago||OH||
and let's not forget - we ARE adding tradition. rutgers beat princeton in the first college football game every played.
so we have that going for the B1G.
can we start calling it B$G or is that still too lowbrow for the blog?
|1 year 21 weeks ago||cant wait for the installment of||
big ten's greatest coaches - ralph friedgen
|1 year 21 weeks ago||gah||
on saturday morning, i tried explaining to my NFL-loving girlfriend that college is better because of people like denard, fanbase passion, tradition, rivalries, etc etc etc.
and then four hours later i read that we're adding maryland and rutgers.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||re the gardner redshirt||
i saw this pop up on twitter too and was hoping this would be brought up on the board ---
but does anyone know why we wouldnt have already applied for his redshirt? seems odd that, instead of doing it immediately after his first year, we would wait for a capricious time years later, no?
|1 year 24 weeks ago||So||
Where are all the Michigan fans that can't wait for denard to graduate so we can get a "real qb"
|1 year 25 weeks ago||lets not forget||
that floyd made probably the unheralded play of the day by holding the edge on state's last 3rd and goal. he forced bell back inside, otherwise, that may have gone for a touchdown and probably ended the game.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||Gibbons for heisman||
Gibbons for heisman
|1 year 27 weeks ago||to be fair||
bob beat spain in s. africa. and, i know a wins a win, but the mexico victory was...fluky.
anyways, i support JK but its hard to deny the fact that he has looked...underwhelming. theres a pretty good article here about his tenure so far.
with some of these questionable call-ups i think most of us would be lying if we said that we were not nervous for the remaining WCQs.
|1 year 29 weeks ago||i for one||
think it is refreshing to see that Section 1's War on Journalists extends beyond the greater Detroit/Free Press market.
If nothing else, the man is consistent.
|1 year 29 weeks ago||But yes... I think so. It||
But yes... I think so. It should be 10-10 or something close to that
|1 year 29 weeks ago||5 ints right||
5 ints right
|1 year 30 weeks ago||im generally||
more homer-ish in my predictions (i thought we would beat alabama.....) but im not scared of ND. navy isnt good, they almost lost to purdue, and i dont think their performance against MSU warrants the fear about the front-7 (as MSU's offensive line is...not very good).
i may be crazy, but i think we win...comfortably.
|1 year 31 weeks ago||well||
at the very least, magnus will finally get to see mike cox at running back.
|1 year 31 weeks ago||i was||
being facetious, hence the " "
i suppose i need to add the "/s" tag in order to be more obvious.
|1 year 31 weeks ago||surprised||
to see kalis on the potential redshirt list...
/starts speculating on what this "means"
|1 year 31 weeks ago||Don’t really understand||
All the bemoaning still going on over the neutral site dallas game. It seems to me that there are two arguments trotted out each time this conversation comes up:
1) We made a few thousand less than another home gome
who really cares? Neither you, nor brian, nor myself will feel that “hit”. Michigan athletic department will still be significantly in the black; the football and basketball programs will still maintain a nearly unlimited fountain of resources; and the non-revenue sports will still get proportionally their slice of the pie. The lamenting that we “could have made more money” seems almost superficial (especially for those complaining about new jerseys that increase revenues) – unless of course, one constantly makes it a point to criticize mega-corporations in which they have no financial affiliation.
2) Its not a home and home
there seems to be a feeling of “what could have been” by travelling to tuscaloosca for an away game. But I ask – if you complain that you cant experience an Alabama home game, have you travelled to every school in the big 10? For the vast majority, my guess would be no. If your complaint is that you couldn’t experience a major college town atmosphere – I am sure you could still do so by visiting Penn state, Wisconsin, Nebraska, iowa, or even OSU.
(And its not like lodging, ticket cost, and travel expenses to Alabama will be significantly cheaper than going to dallas - if at all)
|1 year 32 weeks ago||im just sayin....||
i wonder if norfleet would get this kind of attention if brian didn't hype him up at every opportunity.
with that said, i was at the game and what excited me the most about norfleet wasnt so much his returns, but rather his...demeanor. i know this blog generally scoffs at unquantifiable qualities like "intangibles” but norfleet was the only one on that sideline who seemed pissed. I think he might have been one of the few players who generally wanted to get out there and…hit somebody. i wish he had an opportunity to get in some plays at RB.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||felt||
the same way. watching live (and drunk) it seemed much, much worse.
the first denard INT after that long touchdown seemed to deflate the defense alot. having to defend bama against that short field seemed to really put the nail in the coffin. it was demoralizing.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||my two cents||
flew in to dallas and just got home today. thought the whole experience was great (except the actual score). i was actually fine with this game being scheduled, and will enjoy it more in 2-3 years when michigan is back on top. we were top billing all summer long - something that doesnt happen when we open the season with WMU.
thought jerryworld was fantastic. before the kickoff was like one giant party - had not experienced something like that before, not even the big house. everyone was having a great time and the atmosphere was jovial between all fans, more or less. bama fans were generally nice, but "ROLL TIDE" got to be very annoying.
the whole weekend had a "bowl game" atmosphere, minus the bittersweet feeling that the season is done. maybe thats what made it so fun - a bowl game atmosphere AND 11+ more games left.
we lost and got embarssed on national tv, but like has already been said, all our goals are still within reach. the season still hinges on MSU, at NEB, and at OSU. saturday night changes nothing.
for those pining for a home and home - it would be nice to play BAMA at home (though for many of us - like myself - the big house is still a plane ride away), but how many would have gone to tuscaloosca? i would say the crowd was about 55-45 bama/mich fans - we would not have anywhere near those numbers in tuscaloosca. this game gave us a nice travel opportunity and made us prime billing. i have no problem with either of these things.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||re devin||
i really hope i am wrong on this one, but i just cant get on the hype train.
our basis for projecting him as a threat includes one highlight video from high school and practice hype. thats it.
on the other side, those who attended the fall scrimmage said he didnt necessarily impress and - of course - he has never played reciever....
|1 year 34 weeks ago||is||
g-man an ace williams clone? or does he really just love chat sports? article was posted at 9:01 and g-man brings it up on mgoblog 13 minutes later?
|1 year 35 weeks ago||we all laugh||
but the first thing i thought was: if they can do this at notre dame, why cant they do something similiar here?
|1 year 38 weeks ago||i know im in the minority but,||
watching these late 90 clips, i miss the naked bootleg.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||agree||
completely with the detroit spartans comment - watching this defense last year melt down time and time again made me feel like a spartan fan. it felt....dirty. i love the lions but this team is hard to root for sometimes.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||neither||
you get nice rolled up wad of toilet paper if you leave it off the wall altogether...hold it in your other hand - makes for more efficient wiping.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||i mentioned this in||
another thread, but dempsey dives way too much...he has to stop doing that. .
also, nearly half way in, it seems like guatamela's strategy is having the goalie punt kick it the entire way down the field. its like elementary school playground soccer. unfortunately, US hasnt done much better...
|1 year 44 weeks ago||mike cox||
did he transfer? i know that he was the twinkle of magnus' eyes, but i think he finished his career with michigan but didnt renew his fifth year.
and elliot mealer was being talked up in spring practice.
but otherwise i agree - 2008 was not our best recruiting year...
|1 year 44 weeks ago||i agree||
with most everything you say, but i would argue that dempsey is our biggest flopper, and jozy is right behind him. dempsey, specifically, is our most sucessful player abroad - has he learned to dive because it helps him get the calls? its hard to say - but you see significantly more flopping from international players/leagues.
with all that being said, some inernational players (messi comes to mind) dont dive at all....
|1 year 46 weeks ago||seth||
where in the canadian wilderness where you? ive camped in northern quebec which was alot of fun and would love to explore more. also, id be curious to hear more about this bear you speak of...
|1 year 48 weeks ago||your||
constant battle against the free press and uncanny ability to hold grudges - even if you yourself, as far as i can tell, have never been personally slighted - is really amazing. im way past the point of being annoyed - now im just thoroughly impressed.
|1 year 48 weeks ago||what were the cut-offs||
for the dates? surpirsed braylon isnt in the list, if only for the touchdown bomb against msu in 04.
|1 year 49 weeks ago||throwing my hat in the ring||
i support this, but dont have any witty comments to add
|1 year 50 weeks ago||i thought||
this thread would devolve into reading about a buncha college students freshly done with school hanging out with scantly clad women on their porches drinking beer...then i would have to punch myself in the face for being stuck in front of this computer for 2.5 more hours.
i mentally checked out around noon but have a phone call with a client at three and then its going to be hiding daily show episodes in the corner of screen until i leave. question - how many people really actually LIKE their job?
|1 year 51 weeks ago||mundane story||
when i was living in spain i befriended a northern irish man who , because of his thick accent, kept saying his favorite team was "serie". not wanting to show ignorance (and not having a clue what team he was referring to) i went along with his favorite team as "serie" for weeks until i realized he meant "city" as in manchester city.
so long story short, i will be rooting for city, as well as barcelona.
does anyone have a barca link that i could watch at work? dont know if its on epsn3 but our internet here has that channel blocked anyway.
|2 years 3 days ago||probably||
no longer the first to mention this at this point, but:
that is all.
|2 years 1 week ago||we all knew||
no suspension was coming because it wasnt syndey crosby who got hit.
|2 years 5 weeks ago||and, oh yeah,||
the difference is sullinger right now. if he picks up a quick foul to start the half, the whole dynamic changes.
|2 years 5 weeks ago||and i thought football game threads were bad...||
hi guys, its not like this HASNT happened before. yesterday we scored 20 pts at half. lets all chill out a bit - this team is going to make a run and pull it below 10. they may not win, but they're not going to get run off the court.
|2 years 7 weeks ago||meh||
i came away thinking that piece had a very pro-pacer slant and was written in a way that made detroit look bad.
the way they describe "20,000 fans throwing chairs and ready to fight" really seems a bit exaggerated to me. at one point, one of the pacers comments that he was afraid for his life beause he was worried the "thugs" from the upper decks were making their way towards the stands, as if they were some maurading gang of mongols.
i would hardly call that situation life-threatening for the players.
|2 years 8 weeks ago||re the fumbled punt||
has one coach ever gotten so much positive attention from one play? how many times have the recruits, media, etc brought up how they really respected hoke and how he handled the situation after that incident? it seems like ive heard that repeated countless times.
now, compare that with brian kelly.....
|2 years 10 weeks ago||re basketball||
I don’t understand the angst and trepidation after the state game. take a look at who the mens bball team has played versus who they have left. Their remaining schedule looks like this:
Home vs illini
Home vs ohio
Home vrs purdue
At penn state
At worst, I think, they will finish 5-2, with a slim chance to go 7-0 (more likely 6-1 with that one loss being ohio). That’s anywhere from 22 wins – 24 wins overall, before the big ten tourney, and maybe a top three finish in the big 10.
|2 years 11 weeks ago||to echo what||
ace is saying on twitter, gotta remind ourselves that we're still going to have a top 10 class. but man, we sure have stumbled down the stretch. looking where we were in the summer, and where we are now, its hard not to feel a bit dissapointed.
|2 years 12 weeks ago||satire||
does not have to be funny, to all those complaning this wasnt "funny" enough. without a doubt this, along with brian's piece, was one of the best things ive read on joepa's passing.
|2 years 13 weeks ago||the||
ohio goon in the back left of the picture under "Calm, Easy Breathing Bullets" looks like a legitimate zombie.
|2 years 14 weeks ago||well,||
I was hoping bill o brien could develop into an under-the-radar coaching prospect that would hire good assistants and keep penn state competitive. With this hire, not sure if that’s a possibility now. As Michigan fans, we want a strong PSU because outside of Wisconsin there is no one in that division to compete with ohio. But if PSU goes the way its looking like its going… who fills in the competitive balance? Illinois? Indiana? Purdue? Ugh. Not exactly the gauntlet, the leaders division.
|2 years 14 weeks ago||as of now||
i wont be watching either. not only do i despise the idea of the rematch - especially since alabama lost at home - but i dont feel like listening to three hours of an SEC slurpfest. im sick of the national media's love affair for the sec, always pointing out how good of a conference it is while completely ignoring the reason it is such a good conference - oversigning.
|2 years 15 weeks ago||since there is only||
one post about GIBBONS, ill make another one:
last year he could barely make an extra point and now he just kicked the game winning fg in the sugar bowl, after kicking the go-ahead field goal in regulation. not to mention the long kick he made at the end of the osu game. mad probs to a redshirt soph whose battled back.
|2 years 17 weeks ago||.||
edsbs twitter account sums it up perfectly:
not bad all and all for osu, but this is like catching chlymadia - its curable, but it still burns.
|2 years 17 weeks ago||meh||
not exactly the nuclear holocaust we all wanted, but it isnt the slap on the wrist either. this wont hurt that much but its probably the best we all could have hoped for.
|2 years 18 weeks ago||I thought this exact same||
I thought this exact same thing. Assuming meyer isn’t lying and he knows whats coming, how the hell could the ncaa even pretend to do its job anymore? If this were the case, osu would be so clearly in the ncaa’s pocket that they know ahead of time the consequences they are going to face. That screams collusion. On the other hand, if meyer is just flat out lying to the recruits, and he has no idea what the punishments will be, that just makes him look like an utter dirtbag.
I don’t know. But this whole situation with osu vis a vis the ncaa is very upsetting.
|2 years 18 weeks ago||agree on the Shafer||
I would also like to hear more about the Robinson hire – why did RR wait a month get Robinson? What was the dynamic like between Robinson and the other defensive coordinators (who were all RR guys)? Ive asked bacon this before on one of his chats and I think he copped out of the issue, saying something like “his focus on the time was with other players, coaches, etc.” I think it may or may not be BS – seeing as how close Bacon was with the entire team and all the coaches, I am sure he gleaned a lot of knowledge that went unpublished about Shafer/Robinson and the defensive fiasco.
|2 years 19 weeks ago||.||
That negated touchdown still bothers me. What was that ref thinking? Seriously. What was he looking at? Did he just utterly neglect the one camera angle? There is no way that call should have been overturned. The worst part is listening to all these osu mouthbreathers: “they couldn’t even beat the spread against our worst team in a decade derp derp.” But uhm we kinda did beat the spread.
Also, there is no doubt in mind we beat msu if we played them today. The improvement from week 1 – when brian literally lol’ed a poster for suggesting we win 10 – to now is unfathomable.
|2 years 19 weeks ago||"I don't share the idea that||
"I don't share the idea that they will be able to create talent. "
No one can create talent but if anyone can coach it outta kids, its this staff. Look at the secondary last year compared to this year. It is incredible what this staff was able to do with a freshmen starter and jt Floyd, the latter of which was on course to win the “obi ezeh poor performance punching bag award” before the start of the season. There is going to be a drop off sure, but there is still talent for our three defensive coaches to work with.
|2 years 19 weeks ago||the||
notre dame game was fun and all, but without a doubt the play of the year is the avery interception against ohio. that was pure euphoria and football bliss that we havent seen since lloyd's last game.
|2 years 20 weeks ago||this is||
the first i read he was playing DB? that true? if so wow. kid really wanted to be a running back didnt he, and saban switched him to DB his first year?
|2 years 20 weeks ago||that was||
a disheartening loss, especially to a virginia team that may or may not be good (they lost to TCU afterall).
so far this team has been wildly bi-polar: uninspiring in their first few OOC games, beat up memphis and ucla, fought hard with duke, then came out flat against UVA. what do we have here? i dont know but im chalking this one up to post-maui hangover...i still think expectations are high for the team. lets not jump off the cliff yet.
|2 years 20 weeks ago||not to mention||
how often he brought up the "leadership" qualities of fickel. honestly, at times it sounded like i was watching a psa for the luke fickel head coach hiring commitee, and thats coming from someone who generally doesnt get annoyed by these sorts of things.
if espn is going to allow spielman to call THE GAME then they should at least have brian griese right along there with him.
|2 years 20 weeks ago||agreed||
im not scared of urban at all - bring him on - but the fact that ohio can blatantly cheat for a decade, get their "legendary" coach fired, and then (at least on paper) find a coaching upgrade is...annoying. ohio is the poster child now for the benefits of not playing by the rules - huge upside, no risk. what a joke.
|2 years 21 weeks ago||you posted the score to one||
you posted the score to one bcs game to prove....what? that the big east has legit defenses? that the sec does not? im not really sure what the point was that you were discrediting. but, yes, i am saying one game on the grand scheme of things is fairly meaningless. boise state has beaten oklahoma, utah has beaten alabama, toledo beat michigan. what does that say about the respective conferences? next to nothing.
so yes, forgive me for missing the point of your post.
|2 years 21 weeks ago||small sample size?||
small sample size?
|2 years 21 weeks ago||ugg||
this team plays like MSU....undisciplined and borderline dirty. hard to watch. they have a lot of growing up to do before they can be elite.
|2 years 22 weeks ago||I actually think||
I actually think Gordon/woolfolk is advantage Gordon, especially with the injuries woolfolk has been experiencing.
There is no sugar-coating losing RVB and MM, but man, we return everyone else and add a year of maturity & of mattison. I cant help but to think next year we may have – not just a good defense – an elite defense.
|2 years 22 weeks ago||yikes||
This place is way more readable after wins. Last week it was doom and gloom, the wheels are falling off, bouje is predicting 4 straight epic losses etc etc. This week its BCS talk and sunshine. Let this be a lesson we should all try to remain even-keel even if we go 1-1 in the next two games.
|2 years 23 weeks ago||I think its exactly because||
I think its exactly because iowa ruined gopherquest that we lost to them. We all know iowa is not as bad as that Minnesota team but because they lost against minny their season was on the line – they were going to give everything they had against us (as evidenced by ferentz’s riverboatgambler impression). Iowa losing to minny made me more nervous for that game.
Anyways, I think this team will bounce back. We still have a lot to play for, even if it wont be a b1g championship. This game will be something like san diego state – ie comfortable score but it feels close. We will win by +/- 13 pts.
|2 years 23 weeks ago||so||
we cant play out of conference SEC games because they all over-recruit, we cant play mac cupcakes because its a waste of ticket holders' money, and we cant play a good team because we might lose. oh yeah, we are also sick of playing notre dame.
so an OOC game that we can all be happy about is...........
it just seems like people want to complain about all things dave brandon, when in reality we were all pretty excted when he scheduled the game a year ago.
|2 years 23 weeks ago||and...||
To respond to my own post. Brian complains about the Alabama game next year? I don’t get it, we’re mad about scheduling a mac cupcake or we're mad about scheduling a real opponent?
anyways I dug up what he said originally about the game, and the only hesitation he had then was that the game was in dallas, and not a home and home:
This comes with a set of crazy conflicting emotions. Hurray awesome nonconference game, boo that it's in fricking Dallas in a corporate death star of an NFL stadium and not a home-and-home in Ann Arbor and Tuscaloosa. I guess that's what it takes for a lot of actual nonconference games to get done these days, but awesomeness of trip to Dallas to see M play 'Bama <<<<<< awesomeness of M-Bama home-and-home. On the other hand, awesomeness of M-Bama Dallas >>>>>>> awesomeness of M-BGSU anywhere.
WHY ALL THIS COMPLAINING NOW?
|2 years 23 weeks ago||man||
Sometimes brian confuses me. When talking about what borges can do about creating downfield passing for denard he argues that borges should construct the passing to create people downfield who are “witheringly wide-open”… moments after saying that denard missing a witheringly wide-open roundtree downfield is just because “denard doesn’t have that in the wheelhouse.”
|2 years 23 weeks ago||okay||
But we haven’t collapsed yet. That’s the point I was making. We have one very winnable game IME at Illinois, and two games at home against flawed opponents. to say that the “avoiding a second half collapse” meme is “isn't looking so hot” after one game that came down to the final 2 seconds on the road in a hostile environment is completely jumping the gun and totally reactionary.
|2 years 23 weeks ago||to answer your question...||
I never was on the illini bandwagon. They’ve beaten Arizona state at home and…that’s about it. I watched them scrape by western, and if I remember correctly, had to have some furious rally to stave off northwestern. (and of course, lost to purdue). Their offense looked worse than ours against psu and osu, and memorial stadium to me isn’t as intimidating as kinnick. Then there is always the ron zook factor. So yes, I thought we had a better chance against Illinois then against iowa.
|2 years 23 weeks ago||"Good thing we avoided that||
"Good thing we avoided that second-half collapse thanks to the toughy tough toughness instilled by Brady Hoke. Like the second-half adjustments, that meme isn't looking so hot. At least the second-half thing had something more than a win over Purdue arguing for it."
Jesus, this is as reactionary as the MGoBoard – one loss and now we’ve collapsed again? Tell me, what is a guaranteed loss remaining on our schedule? A ron zook Illinois team who lost to purdue? A Nebraska team who just lost to northwestern at home? Or an osu team who eeked out the perennial powerhouse that is Indiana, also at home, who will bring a freshmen quarterback to the big house?
before iowa lost to Minnesota I thought this was going to be the hardest of our remaining four games because of kinnick stadium and the fact that very few big ten teams have played well on the road. Iowa losing to Minnesota made this game that much tougher because iowa was playing for their big10 lives – we were going to get their best kamikaze impression, as we saw when ferentz went all river boat gambler on us.
There were a lot of factors working against us on Saturday – some of which were external and some of which were internal (the offense) – but to say we’re on a sinking boat like the last two years after one game is so fickle I would expect it from randommgoblog user who types in CAPS and argues for DEVIN GARDNERRER!)@!)###!
I still think there are at least two wins left on the schedule and 9-3 to me does not equal “second half collapse”.
|2 years 24 weeks ago||anyone know what this is||
anyone know what this is from:
"I call them Lithuania and Estonia. Latvia? That's for a special someone."
|2 years 24 weeks ago||Re Hoke’s injury report:||
Re Hoke’s injury report: chengelis tweeted that Hoke said in his presser that Lewan’s ankle/knee is “fine.” Which probably means Lewan’s whole leg is about to fall off, if it hasn’t already.
|2 years 25 weeks ago||Before Shaffer is fired, RR||
Before Shaffer is fired, RR says he is going to evaluate all the defensive coaches and if I remember correctly, one or two were in very hot water. Later he says that Shaffer was the only one that he, RR, did not meet before he was hired. (I think it paints the picture that defensive problems were on Shaffer.) And then he is fired and GERG comes in without a single mention (I believe) of the month long coaching search or GERG’s previous crater at Syracuse. As the book progresses (I’m not done yet) there is talk about a growing friction between GERG and RR (notably in personnel decisions) and how bad the defense is but there is no real analysis as to how it got that bad.
|2 years 25 weeks ago||Completely Agree. And as I||
Completely Agree. And as I mentioned in another thread, the book seems so focused on a narrative that shady dealings brought down RR that it neglects most of RR’s poor football decisions. Bacon does address the blundered press conferences but only to the extent that it brought on more heap from the outside. What he does not address, however, is what I thought was the biggest mistake in the RR era: firing Shaffer and bringing in GERG. All of a sudden in the book,Schaffer kind of disappears and GERG is in his place – without any mention of what that caused. The bottom line is this: if RR could have cobbled together a semblance of a defensive staff, he would have been here today, regardless of the muffed coaching search, the WVU drama, the negative press, the “cockroaches.” He couldn’t do that because he brought in Shaffer, fired him, brought in GERG, and eventually forced him into 3-3-5 with defensive coaching assistants that were inept at best. This latter part is hardly mentioned in Bacon’s book, which to me seems like a glaring omission.
|2 years 25 weeks ago||I would agree with this||
I would agree with this assessment in that the book seems like its slanted towards RR (I am about 250 pages and 1.5 seasons in). Up to this point, Bacon glances over the defensive incompetence and doesn’t attribute any of that to RR. He merely talks about Shaffer being fired as if it was his fault and his fault alone (and leaves out anything regarding the Purdue 08 switch to the 3-3-5, other than some offhanded comment that it “didn’t work.”) And he also fails to mention the other muffed coaching search – the one that turned up GERG (if you remember, we were without a defensive coordinator for over a month during the thick of recruiting which resulted in Syracuses’ trash). I read beforehand that RR and his people were very upset about the book, thus far, I don’t see why they would be…
EDIT: I bring up the Shaffer bit in that it seems to me, as an outsider, this was the biggest fatal decision in RR’s tenure. Firing Shaffer, who turned out to be a decent to good coach, and bringing in GERG, set in motion the events which caused the worst defense in Michigan history. If we just had a semblance of competency from the defensive staff, no doubt RR would be here. And in the book, there isn’t as much as a mention of the events behind it – Schaffer kind of leaves and GERG just sort of appears.
|2 years 25 weeks ago||this||
to me was the funniest part of the book, especially because, if my memory serves me, it was initiated and led by mgoblog viewers (of course). i seem to recall a particularly funny comment: "rosenberg's war as they knew it gave me herpes."
|2 years 25 weeks ago||i have only finished||
about half the book. regardless of that, my guess is that when the time comes to honor lloyd at the big house he's still going to get the loudest standing ovation to date.