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|1 day 13 hours ago||Email Brian. Throw some cat||
Throw some cat .gifs in there too.
|1 day 16 hours ago||The Solid Verbal is - and||
The Solid Verbal is - and I've been saying it for years - one of the best podcasts on the internet. The guys are very knowledgable but come at it from a fan's perspective as opposed to a "seasoned, objective insider" slant. It makes for a very honest and entertaining listen, and they update twice a week even during the offseason.
|2 days 18 hours ago||I understand this position||
I understand this position and I agree. But on the other hand, Jim has done NOTHING to even implicate "stringing us along" - he refuses to address this topic.
I think that the answer is unsatisfying and scary - duder doesn't know what he wants to do yet. I do think that if he decides that he'd prefer an NFL future, he'll be fair and notify Michigan promptly. But that's all he owes the school.
|2 days 19 hours ago||/thread||
|2 days 20 hours ago||You guys do remember that -||
You guys do remember that - within the past decade - we literally lost a coach because we couldn't stifle rumormongering, right?
We need to chill. Hard.
|1 week 1 day ago||Guys, the Villanova and||
Guys, the Villanova and Syracuse games still happened. That's our ceiling. The NJIT and EMU games also happened. That's our floor.
It's a young team. It sucks that it's still a young team because we keep having players leave, but it's the truth.
You can't take on youth, inexperience, roster turnover and rookie breakdowns and come out unbruised every year. The last two seasons were aberrational in that we had lots of questions to answer and they all came back with positive answers.
Last comment in a disjointed post: If Beilien loses every single game for the rest of the year he still might not have blown through the goodwill he's earned over the past three. If you're doubting Beilein at this moment, you're insane. End of discussion.
|1 week 2 days ago||I don't understand how||
I don't understand how Cutcliffe is suddenly a "hot name." Before Florida and Nebraska's job vacancies were filled some of the national guys were saying that he might be a good fit there.
Cutcliffe is on the wrong side of 60 and has substantial health problems. This is not a guy who will be coaching, in all likelihood, even within six years. He's not a long-term solution anywhere. There is also no evidence of him being anything more than a middling recruiter, and, in Michigan's case, he has no regional ties that might give him an edge.
And that would be fine if he was a bona fide turnaround artist, but he has a long-established track record demonstrating that he's a pretty okay coach and nothing more. Winning in the SEC West at the turn of the 21st century was not as hard as it is today, and winning at Ole Miss is easier than winning at Mississippi State. This is not a Dan Mullen resume. It's a Brady Hoke resume.
And THAT would be fine if his teams had some sort of bombastic signature strength that you could fortify by giving him better resources to get in coordinators so as to shore up his weaknesses. But that's not the case either. He's a guy who assembles okay offenses and okay defenses and produces generally okay teams.
I have nothing against Cutcliffe whatsoever, and I agree that Duke being good is fun. But this is not a "hot name" and in my opinion he shouldn't be a candidate at any "big" job, Michigan included.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||...this is really bad news.||
...this is really bad news.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||This passage of the book||
This passage of the book causes me actual, tangible physical pain every time I read it.
It's... this dull ache of grief. Or loss.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Well, when you play||
Well, when you play "I-wanna-go-home" ball by punting from the OSU 38 yard line, you get what you deserve.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Brother, we are very, very||
Brother, we are very, very broken.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||All CEOs are not bad news.||
All CEOs are not bad news. Do you guys even know who Hackett is?
Hackett is a dude who moved up the ranks in a massively conservative, change-resistant institution with a "brand" that was squarely on the wrong side of history. He led the push to return the business towards profitability not by doing the old thing better but by doing new and modern things in an innovative way.
I'm not saying this will or will not work out, and I'd prefer proprietary AD experience too. But U of M Athletics is, actually, at least superficially like 1980s Steelcase, and I think this blog's audience would very much appreciate if Hackett tried to fix the football program by getting fresh instead of getting back to basics.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||It's truly disturbing when||
It's truly disturbing when someone expresses an opinion and you can't tell if it's ironic or genuine.
If you actually believe what you wrote here and you're happy about it, you're not a good conservative - you're a nihilist. And this comes from someone who leans right.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||That game totally owned||
That game totally owned
|3 weeks 3 days ago||I see what brian is talking||
I see what brian is talking about. I'm not a basketball savant but Doyle is, to my eyes, obviously the best center
|4 weeks 14 hours ago||While it's of course||
While it's of course completely obscessive and bizarre, it's a pretty cool idea and I wouldn't mind throwing a hundo at it. It would be a pretty good barometer for how much fan support he'd get on day one, and the money goes to a good cause at the end of the day. It's gotta take off, of course, first.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||/NOISE FROM SNOWBLOWER FILLS||
/NOISE FROM SNOWBLOWER FILLS THE ROOM
|4 weeks 2 days ago||I HAVE GREAT NEWS!!! Various||
I HAVE GREAT NEWS!!! Various social institutions will begin "fuck[ing] him, background and all" forthwith. First: the team - a proper penalty for a proper violation; he is no longer a Wolverine. I think that's good. Second: the courts - he might be charged with a crime, which is a good thing if he did it. Third: the University - he might be expelled, which might be warranted if that's what the University decides it wants to do.
The issue, bro, is this post you just made right here. Why must completely unilateral condemnation be part of the pile? It doesn't help us in any way, and doing the opposite (that is, thinking of reasons why this might have happened) does help us better understand other humans, which, in turn, minimally decreases the chance that bad things will happen to others.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||You're mad at people who||
You're mad at people who don't want to take responsibility for their actions.
That anger is misdirected here. Nobody on this board is advocating that Clark (1) should remain on the team, (2) that Clark should not be subjected to the legal system, or (3) that Clark should not be subjected to the University's student disciplinary procedures. Clark will either choose to take responsibility for what he did or social institutions will obligate him to do so.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||You're the one missing the||
You're the one missing the point.
You are correct. I would not provide these explanations (again, not excuses) to "the face of the woman he hit" because that would not be kind to do and because that person deserves an ameliorative wave of kindness coming at her right now. She deserves to be left alone and to heal and to not lectured at by me or Brian or anybody.
I would, however, provide those explanations to a group of divested observers without personal stake in the matter like the commenters on a message board. I would do that because discussion of the products that led to a lamentable outcome are worthy of investigation.
An explanation is not an excuse.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||We've all had this||
We've all had this conversation before.
"[PERSON X] did something horrible?"
I love this post because it makes it clear that explanations aren't excuses. An explanation seeks to EXPLAIN why something did or did not happen, or why it happened in the way it did. An excuse seeks to morally or legally immunize conduct.
After this terrible thing happened, I am searching frantically for explanations. Why would Frank have done what they said he did? What went wrong? What can we do better next time?
Asking those questions doesn't constitute an attempt to excuse him. And I'm tired of people acting like it does.
Thank you for writing this, Brian.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||I harshly criticized you when||
I harshly criticized you when you initially posted the material and I would like to apologize. I am sorry.
|8 weeks 13 hours ago||Yikes.||
|8 weeks 2 days ago||I agree with all this. But I||
I agree with all this. But I still want to believe.
|9 weeks 13 hours ago||I actually think this is||
I actually think this is about right. The Big Ten is Wisconsin followed by three teams with questions to be answered, in my opinion. I'm confident OSU and Michigan will find answers to those questions and I think it's possible that MSU will as well.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||DAVE DAVE DAVE DAVE DAVE DAVE||
DAVE DAVE DAVE DAVE DAVE DAVE DAVE
IT'S ALL YOUR FAULT
IT'S ALL YOUR FAULT
IT'S ALL YOUR FAULT
IT'S ALL YOUR FAULT
|9 weeks 2 days ago||I like creative suggestions.||
I like creative suggestions. I don't like this suggestion.
Do some research into the decision-making process that lead to the hiring of current football coach Matt Mitchell. That would be one of those situations where "even if it's a good idea, it's a bad idea."
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Pretty sure it ends with "SO||
Pretty sure it ends with "SO IF YOU WANT IT, COME WITH ME."
|9 weeks 4 days ago||If you are both a "boycotts||
If you are both a "boycotts bad support the team" guy and a "no dancing what an idiot" guy, I recommend thinking long and hard about this paradox while idling your car in a closed garage
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Good fact, did not know||
Good fact, did not know this.
This post, by the way, is an example of why the institutional memory of Group One is so important.