this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
|1 year 32 weeks ago||Winning is a hell of a lot||
Winning is a hell of a lot easier when your best recruits aren't wondering if their prospective head coach's job is in jeopardy.
Which, in the case of Hoke, it is not. We know this be irrefutably true.
Although one might get the idea that it is when one sees speculative user-generated posts on fan sites masquerading as serious discourse. Wins are not the sole criteria for success in college football, especially when you are in the third-year of a program reset.
Seriously, we need to stop doing this before we turn into Notre Dame.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Brady Hoke||
never said that
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Everything dies||
and that's a fact
|1 year 43 weeks ago||I want you all to know||
I was recently in Chicagotown and I spoke with our Dear Friend and can report that rumors of his demise are greatly exaggerated. Here he is explaining to Miguel Cabrera why Mike Trout is the real MVP
|1 year 43 weeks ago||This is the subject of the||
This is the subject of the next John U Bacon book
|1 year 43 weeks ago||(No subject)||
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Banana pudding||
|1 year 43 weeks ago||He should wear a headset||
He should wear a headset though
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Agreed||
I think turnovers are killer for any football team. You don't have to be the one Brady Hoke to understand that.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||Needs more snark||
Needs more snark
|2 years 35 weeks ago||Getting Dave Brandon wrong is||
Getting Dave Brandon wrong is fast becoming your legacy. You continually overstate or misrepresent Brandon's influence on the changing superstructure of collegiate athletics, and fail to recognize that his responsibility (and really, the only thing he can tangibly direct) is to ensure Michigan's continued success within that environment. In this regard we could not ask for a better athletic director in this current context.
|2 years 47 weeks ago||This is||
some navel-gazing crap
|2 years 47 weeks ago||Brian, you have done a useful||
Brian, you have done a useful public service. Thank you, long live Punt-Counterpunt
|3 years 6 weeks ago||Bob||
Chappuis: Think Harmon, Oosterbaan, Kramer, Leach, Carter, Howard, Woodson. RIP
|3 years 7 weeks ago||What I mean is||
he loves himself and hates everyone else
|3 years 7 weeks ago||I've never thought Morrissey||
I've never thought Morrissey was self-loathing. Quite the opposite, actually.
|3 years 10 weeks ago||Very interesting||
Woodson gives some very candid remarks about his post-football life. Good article. Thanks for sharing #GoBlue #freep
|3 years 14 weeks ago||This isn't a Dave Brandon thing||
This costs a lot of money.
Ohio sent their band to Austin thanks to a massive private donation. So it's not feasible for the Athletic Department.
So we are you so mad at Dave Brandon? The band will be at Notre Dame and Columbus. Get back on the meds.
|3 years 20 weeks ago||We'll take 2 LBs||
unless we take 3, and even then, still 2 plus another.
|3 years 21 weeks ago||Where is he||
|3 years 22 weeks ago||The purpose||
is to see who wins
|3 years 22 weeks ago||This Is Michigan||
|3 years 26 weeks ago||The beautiful thing is||
we don't have to pick Trey Burke, Trey Burke picked us.
|3 years 28 weeks ago||DarBOh is a tremendous||
DarBOh is a tremendous michigan name
|3 years 28 weeks ago||I like||
|3 years 32 weeks ago||Probably||
wanted to rap about last night's 'Glee'. Christmas special and all that
|3 years 39 weeks ago||This is a pointless debate.||
This is a pointless debate. Rich Rod was fired, there was no lame duck period.
|3 years 39 weeks ago||Completely agree||
It is almost certain that as a recruiter Carr sold elite prospects such as Ryan Mallett and Justin Boren on Michigan being a vehicle for them to realize their NFL ambitions. They were signing up for a pro-style program, one which was dismantled with the hiring of Rodriguez and the implementation of the spread offense. This is not what those kids signed up for-- so why is such an unforgivable crime that Carr would not impede their departure?
And as I recall, no one transferred before January 2nd, when Carr officially stepped down and thereby relinquished the authority to sign transfer papers.
So his sin in this matter is... giving reasonable career advice?
One further note: can we not invoke Bo? Bo is dead, and what a worthless exercise it is to assert how he would have responded to the transition (besides, we all know if Bo were alive Miles would have ended up the coach after Bo forced he and Carr to reconcile).
Lest we forget, Bo and Lloyd had a decades-spanning working relationship which evolved into a deep, personal friendship. To speculate on their contrasting office-politics is really reckless, and probably offensive to each man.
|3 years 44 weeks ago||Agreed||
on all three. Tremendous post, no question.
|3 years 47 weeks ago||The expectation is to win the||
The expectation is to win the Big Ten Championship.
If we fail, if we don't do that, then we need to get it right.
We need to reload. We need to work harder. We need to compete harder. We need to get after it with a sense of urgency.
|3 years 48 weeks ago||This meme is the most played||
This meme is the most played out meme in the history of memes. It's like Rick Roll and Dramatic Chipmunk, but more ubiquitous.
|3 years 49 weeks ago||I give it||
5 out of 5 FAKES
|3 years 49 weeks ago||Something to consider||
Coordinating the offense or defense is not a prerequisite for becoming a successful head coach. Perhaps that will be my myth.
Jim Tressel, Urban Meyer and Pat Fitzgerald are three examples off the top of my head of head coaches with no prior coordinating experience.
I must point out Hoke was the Associate Head Coach at Michigan in 2002. That's invaluable administrative experience, and being a head coach is just as much about being Program CEO as it is being an Xs and Os guy. It was also a big vote of confidence from Carr, an acknowledgment that Hoke had the makings of a good future head coach (few would have envisioned Michigan back then, but funny how things work out).
I posit there are even some benefits of being a career position coach that I think override a lack of coordinating experience. First off, position coaches have a more personal and direct relationship with players; coordinators are slightly removed. When Hoke talks about "touching kids" on the recruiting trail, I see the old D Line coach. Hoke's general affability is rooted in his days coaching a small group within a team. It's also why I think he is inclined to emphasize fundamentals and technique more than scheme. Those, after all, are the priorities of any position coach.
Anyway, a summation: there is no one prescribed path to becoming a head coach. A head coach succeeds or fails based not upon where he has been before, but what he does once he arrives.
|3 years 50 weeks ago||What can I tell you about||
What can I tell you about myself that you have not already heard from Coach Hoke who does not lie?
|3 years 50 weeks ago||If we lose this game||
I am blaming Coach Hoke
|3 years 51 weeks ago||I like the Wolverine, I'm a||
I like the Wolverine, I'm a subscriber, but these always feel fabricated. The responses basically pander to Michigan fans' suspicions/preconceived notions. I give them 3 fakes out of 5.
|3 years 51 weeks ago||Oxford||
Never could stand those tossers from Cambridge
|4 years 2 days ago||Go get next year's top||
Go get next year's top prospect, lock him in the basement at Yost
|4 years 2 days ago||Well||
At least we have Hunwick for one more year
|4 years 1 week ago||The BBQ is all fun and games||
but I hope Hoke lets them know there's no place for hot dogging on the field
|4 years 1 week ago||What's the point||
of watching that on BTN when we got the Wolverine Historian. I start every morning with a Wolverine Historian video and I expect you do as well.
|4 years 3 weeks ago||Rich Rod||
is a poor administrator.
Just an unsolicited internet opinion here, of course, but I think he'd be best served by swallowing some pride and seeking an offensive coordinator rather than a head coach position next year. Seems to me the surest way to rebuild his reputation.
|4 years 3 weeks ago||It's indoors||
Frank Erwin Center
|4 years 3 weeks ago||One thing||
Nadal is taking time off and will not be playing for Spain this time around
|4 years 4 weeks ago||We're getting a goddamn||
We're getting a goddamn viking is what
|4 years 4 weeks ago||MICHIGAN STATE HAS A MED||
MICHIGAN STATE HAS A MED SCHOOL?????
|4 years 5 weeks ago||Michigan Fans||
Do not dismiss the so-called aesthetics (or "asthetics" as our diarist spells out) of Michigan
It is ok to harbor an irrational love for Michigan in the deepest depths of your heart. Hoke does. Many of us do. It's not a con or an act, or something superficial. It's true.
Our traditions and our pageantry are our identity. And our identity is unique.
In fact, it is even ok to have a rational, emotional belief that Michigan is indeed the best school in the world.
Stop overthinking things. Embrace your inner Hoke. Let him touch you.
|4 years 6 weeks ago||I am||
the bastard son of Horace G. Prettyman
|4 years 7 weeks ago||15 Years of Hoke||
What could possibly be worse than that?
|4 years 7 weeks ago||A defensive struggle, as I recall||
That is to say, the defenses really struggled.
|4 years 9 weeks ago||Isner is a rad dude and a||
Isner is a rad dude and a True American Hero but, let's be honest here, for the good of the tournament Nadal needed to win this match. Gots to have that Nadal/Djokovic final, just gotsta!
Here's hoping Big John makes a run at Wimbledon.
|4 years 10 weeks ago||I personally do not see||
I personally do not see Washington State ever making the BCS championship game
|4 years 10 weeks ago||Few more hockey names for honorable mention consideration||
Kevin Porter, Marty Turco, and of course Red Berenson (the player)
And yeah Des should be top 10. Good list though, some tough calls to be made for sure
|4 years 10 weeks ago||You can appreciate and||
You can appreciate and embrace prior success and still consider ways of improving on it. It would be neglectful to do otherwise.
|4 years 10 weeks ago||I would surmise Pearson left||
I would surmise Pearson left for precisely that reason. He could still land the position, but he'll have to enhance his case elsewhere
|4 years 10 weeks ago||The only logical successor||
The only logical successor for Red Berenson is Mike Babcock. And also yes please stop using that photoshopped picture to make points.
|4 years 11 weeks ago||Or maybe because||
he's an awesome dude and kids want to play for him
|4 years 11 weeks ago||Tyrone Butterfingers Chris||
Chris "Brick" Graham
|4 years 11 weeks ago||1902 Captain Harrison "Boss"||
1902 Captain Harrison "Boss" Weeks
Ricky The Peach Leach (although Guts and Glue gets my vote for best MICH name)
|4 years 11 weeks ago||Oh man. + 1 billion mgopoints||
Oh man. + 1 billion mgopoints for Shane Morris
|4 years 11 weeks ago||The Wistert Brothers||
Albert aka "Ox"
Alvin aka "Moose"
Francis aka "Whitey"
|4 years 11 weeks ago||"McCartney's Monsters" for||
"McCartney's Monsters" for late 70's defense
"Herrmann's Hermits" never caught on
|4 years 11 weeks ago||Jesse "the House Cat"||
Jesse "the House Cat" Johnson
"Steady" Eddie Davis
Desmond "Magic Man" Howard
Craig "Death" Roh
"President" Gerald R. Ford
|4 years 12 weeks ago||That fucking Irish band?||
That fucking Irish band?
|4 years 14 weeks ago||I'm not saying this is why||
I'm not saying this is why Rodriguez didn't win at Michigan; I'm not even saying Rodriguez shouldn't have been hired.
I'm trying to explain why so many Michigan players and alumni may were wary of the hire, and how Rodriguez did little to dispel the notion that to him, Michigan was just another job. Saying that Michigan Men don't like outsiders is an oversimplification.
|4 years 14 weeks ago||From Bo's book||
There's the famous story of Bo and his father visiting Ann Arbor and watching practice in the 1940s.
"I can even remember exactly what I was thinking when I looked at all those players out there: Someday, that's going to be me! ... the rest of the way home I went on and on in the back seat about the great Michigan tradition... I was in heaven.
I always wanted to go to Michigan... but I wasn't good enough to play for the Wolverines, and I knew it. I guess they knew it too!"
and later, memories from his first season at Michigan:
"I got to know the tradition that is Michigan. I studied it, I followed it. I got to know the people that created it, young and old."
Sure, Michigan was a better job than Miami. But it wasn't just another job. More relevant passages here:
|4 years 14 weeks ago||My problem with how Rodriguez||
My problem with how Rodriguez left Michigan is that he refused to take any responsibility for the team's performance. It was always someone else's fault. Consider the Dennis Dodd piece from January:
- "What I am going to do to make sure the next job I get, we win the national championship and everybody is pulling in the right direction. Dave's been on the job -- what? -- nine months? He knows the business world. I did the best I could to tell him or show him what was going on in the football program. I tried to show him as best I could. He wasn't involved in athletics [before getting to Michigan]. I've been a head coach in Division I for 10 years and coaching for 25. I know college football."
This just rubbed me the wrong way, especially throwing Brandon- the AD who went to war for you with the NCAA- under the bus.
- ""We've been in the top 10, played in Sugar Bowls [as a coach], but it seemed like some of the other drama that occurred at Michigan was almost a nonstop thing."
True enough, you had to deal with difficult circumstance. That doesn't exonerate you from poor performance
|4 years 14 weeks ago||"I believe he came here||
"I believe he came here because 1) there was an opening 2) he was unhappy at WVU 3) it's a big deal kind of job and 4) he really did like Michigan, above other programs he had had an opportunity to coach."
I agree with you here. What I'm saying is, that to many former players and alums, these priorities are out of order. They want a coach who wants to coach Michigan because he thinks winged helmets are the bee's knees, that the Victors is a better song than Beethoven's 5th, that Charles White's phantom TD was a fumble then and a fumble forever. They want a coach who feels about Michigan the way Brady Hoke does, the way Bo and Mo and Lloyd did. If Rodriguez ever felt that way, he did a poor job communicating it. And that's just one reason why so many former players were wary of the Rodriguez hire.
Back to '07 for a sec: Had the Alabama job (or any other comparably elite job) been open in 2007, I believe Rodriguez would have pursued it just as ardently as he went for Michigan. The timing wasn't right in '06; RR had a top 5 team at WVU and Garrison was not yet the president.
|4 years 14 weeks ago||Perhaps most damning (also from that article)||
Rodriguez "didn't think the place was necessarily any more special than anyplace else," Garrison testified, "and I was angry about that."
If that's how he felt about his alma mater, how did he feel about Michigan? Can we dismiss Garrison's sentiments after seeing the manner in which Rodriguez left Michigan, where he was reportedly flirting with the Maryland job before he had even been fired? Where he went on CBS and moaned about how unfairly he had been treated, how Dave Brandon doesn't know football like he does?
To be clear, I was an ardent supporter of Rodriguez at Michigan. While 'mercenary' probably isn't the right word (since I think if he'd been successful here he would have stayed for a very long time) I can't shake the perception, after three years of being on his side, that Rich Rodriguez is, above all things, about Rich Rodriguez.
|4 years 14 weeks ago||"All of the WVU people he||
"All of the WVU people he wanted to get away from were there at that time, too. The same issues he was not content with were there for a long time...these issues weren't new in 2007."
Michael Garrison became WVU president in October 2007. He and Rodriguez did not get along and their frayed relationship was the final straw for Rodriguez at WVU.
From this article: http://www.nj.com/rutgersfootball/index.ssf/2008/06/wvu_president_mike_garrison_ad.html
- "Garrison also revealed he had a testy exchange with sports agent Mike Brown in the summer, before he'd assumed the presidency, in which Brown vowed to "shop, as he put it, Product Rodriguez on the open market.""
- "Rodriguez had unresolved demands involving assistant coaches, a personal Web site, free passes for high school coaches and other matters. He says Garrison unequivocally refused to meet them."
|4 years 14 weeks ago||I in no way blame Rich Rod||
I in no way blame Rich Rod for leaving West Virginia. The politics at the school are beyond weird. To address some points:
"You're saying you wouldn't take the Alabama job over WVU if you were a college football coach and were given the chance?"
I would absolutely take the Bama job but then again I didn't go to WVU. Rich Rod didn't end up in Tuscaloosa because he was still at that time torn by his loyalty to his alma mater. It's when things didn't get better over the next year that he made the final decision to leave. Again, no problem with Rodriguez leaving WVU. The problem from our standpoint, as Michigan fans, is that he ended up at Michigan because by that point he was ready to leave for any job that was better than the one he had.
"How many college coaches do have an "affinity" toward a program"
Brady Hoke, Michigan. Among others.
As far as Saban, Alabama and its fans were so desperate after a decade of failure for a winning program they willingly signed up for a mercenary coach and made no apologies for doing so. They were willing to make a deal with the devil.
|4 years 14 weeks ago||I think the burden of proof is on your side||
Prove to me that Rodriguez wanted to be the Head Coach of Michigan, rather than the Head Coach at Michigan that he sought it for reasons beyond it was simply a better job than the one he had. According to wikipedia,
"Some insight into the discontent between Rodriguez and WVU is evidenced in a compendium of emails that were released to the Associated Press on January 23, 2008. An Associated Press story indicated that Rodriguez's agent Mike Brown was threatening to take his client elsewhere early in the 2007 season."
And yes, while WVU came close to a national championship appearance (once), for a Big East team to reach the national championship game, they not only have to go undefeated, but hope that teams from stronger conferences (the Big Ten among them) falter. Michigan offered Rodriguez better recruiting capabilities, better facilities and resources (in a word, money). It was simply, like Alabama the year before, a better job.
|4 years 14 weeks ago||Since we're rehashing old arguments...||
Here's mine. This was the problem with Rodriguez at Michigan:
Rodriguez wanted out of West Virginia and understandably so. His stated desire was to go to a national program where he would have the resources and support to win national championships without the inherent limitations of WVU. Thing is, though, he was happy to go to any program that offered him this; in '06 he came thisclose to Alabama before a last-minute change of heart. The next year, once relations with his WVU superiors had irrevocably broken down, he was ready to capitalize on his blue-chip status as the hot up-and-coming coach in college football, and the biggest job available just happened to be Michigan, and Michigan just happened to be in desperate need of a new head coach after Bill Martin's bungled search. It was, and I think I am paraphrasing Doctor Saturday here, like two drunks meeting at a wedding and deciding to get married themselves.
Rich Rodriguez didn't pursue the Michigan job because he dreamed of leading the winged helmets out of the tunnel and under the banner to play Ohio State or MSU or Notre Dame, of singing The Victors in the locker room after clinching a Big Ten Championship; Rodriguez took the Michigan job because it fit his own personal criteria. It could've been any other elite job; it just so happened to be Michigan. This, I think, is the subtext of what many of our former players (and alumni and fans) mean when they say things like "he doesn't get our tradition." Maybe the sentiment could have been articulated better, but there was truth in it. The perception among many was that Rodriguez was something of a mercenary hire--and it's not that he was an outsider, it's that he was an outsider with no particular affinity with Michigan. And when he got here, he was very much the lone wolf. Once the shit started hitting the fan with the Freep investigation, it became him against the world, no matter how hard the Brandon-led Athletic Department fought to clear his name. Rodriguez gave himself no margin for error at Michigan. It was always going to be win or get out.
Identity matters in athletics, and yes it matters more at a places like Michigan. It's what Bo called upon to resurrect the program in 1969, it's what Hoke is doing in 2011.
|4 years 17 weeks ago||Why not this year? Go||
Why not this year?
|4 years 21 weeks ago||It were big, bro. Big. Huyge.||
It were big, bro. Big. Huyge.
|4 years 22 weeks ago||you read it||
the whole thing. yes you did
|4 years 23 weeks ago||It was all worth it||
|4 years 32 weeks ago||Chris Osgood||
refers to his body as The Temple, and aspires to a post-hockey career doing Bowflex infomercials
|4 years 32 weeks ago||What's the problem||
with a golden bathroom?
What is your deal?
|4 years 32 weeks ago||All things considered||
the Fab Five was still worth it.
|4 years 33 weeks ago||(No subject)||
|4 years 35 weeks ago||Bo also||
didn't have to worry about scholarship limits. Attrition is a bigger deal when you have to manage an 85 man roster
|4 years 40 weeks ago||I always suspected this to be true||
but now it's confirmed: the internet's primary purpose is to provide an outlet for Lennon vs. McCartney arguments and spontaneous, unprovoked Yoko Ono bashing
|4 years 40 weeks ago||We need to upgrade||
our defensive talent from Pete Best to Ringo
|4 years 43 weeks ago||I think||
Troy just wanted to let the twitterworld know he shows up on google images. Can't say I blame him
|4 years 43 weeks ago||I'm not sure about this||
Isn't the purpose of a driver's license not only to affirm your identity but also to verify that, you know, you're allowed to drive? So how does google image rectify the situation? I don't get it, so the cop says, "Oh you're Troy/T-Wolf Woolfork, you are free to go"? Shamone! Color me skeptical about this, sorry 29
|4 years 43 weeks ago||Off the deep end, eh?||
|4 years 43 weeks ago||Agreed||
Just keep the focus on Shirvell's douchebaggery and the thread shall live forevermore
|4 years 43 weeks ago||Shamone dude||
you can't possibly lump Rosenberg with this idiot. I mean I hated that Freep thing too, but shamone
|4 years 43 weeks ago||My guess is||
the Columbus media focus on covering Ohio State
|4 years 44 weeks ago||He tore his ACL||
in 2008. Still the raddest dude to ever lace 'em up for Meeeeeeeeeshigan
|4 years 45 weeks ago||Finally||
someone who can tackle Denard
|4 years 45 weeks ago||Clijsters did beat one of the Williams sisters||
Venus, in the semis. And Serena last year in the final.
|4 years 52 weeks ago||It is indeed||
Mr. G. Harden. I'm stunned Brian doesn't know him! He's the guru of sports psychology at MICH and has been for quite some time. He's like Yoda to our Jedis, the Maharishi to our Beatles, the Tom Hagen to our Vito Corleones. And so forth
|4 years 52 weeks ago||What||
the hail are you talking about?
|5 years 1 week ago||Michigan's best sports program||
is the softball team
|5 years 2 weeks ago||pretty bad||
pretttttayyyyyyy prettttayyyyyyyyyy prettay bad
|5 years 3 weeks ago||It wasn't Lebron's finest moment||
but that letter sucked. I don't think Gilbert believes all that; I think he's just pandering to his base. There's a lot of unsubstantiated bravado there, ya know? Which is decidedly unrad. And so, I hope Lebron wins infinity championships now and rips a massive fart on all of Cleveland
|5 years 3 weeks ago||I know, I know, but let me||
I know, I know, but let me say in the Mathlete's defense, he does not wander outside the white lines of the field of play in his analyses, and his assertions, to me anyway, are more open-ended and leave greater room for interpretation. Sometimes I think the Mathlete is on to something, and sometimes not so much, but he makes me think about how I watch the game, and that has value.
I think Mr. Cook and Mr. Philips are criticizing those who seek to connect outside factors (like dictatorships, GDP, etc) to what happens in the sporting world. And there probably is a place for that, to a degree. But theses like "dictatorships = good soccer" are over-thinking things. Or not thinking enough. 50/50
|5 years 4 weeks ago||Brazil, Netherlands, Spain,||
Brazil, Netherlands, Spain, Argentina, Germany are in the quarters...
|5 years 4 weeks ago||I believe the correct term||
is wank, i.e. Brodie wanks to the Union Jack. Which would make him a tosser, as well.
|5 years 4 weeks ago||R.||
Incapable of appreciating sport for the sake of sport; need team to whose results self-esteem/worth can be irrevocably attached; not sure where "Manchester" and "Liverpool" are located; DERP
|5 years 6 weeks ago||I hope||
your dog gets the runs
|5 years 6 weeks ago||The plural form||
of an adult female person is actually women
The more you know
|5 years 6 weeks ago||With a new staff in place,||
With a new staff in place, the last of the Amaker recruits departed, and facilities renovations underway, it appears Phase II of the Beilein Era is officially underway. (I suppose it's also worth making mention of the possible benefits arising from a certain coach at a certain school departing to a certain league...)
Either way, here's wishing the best for Coach Beezer and the Crisler Gang.
|5 years 7 weeks ago||Sorta feels reminiscent of||
the whole Bo-to-Texas A&M episode. I still don't see it happening. And Izzo, like Bo, will get to have the requisite tearful "I just couldn't do it" press conference wherein his legacy will be even further cemented. Or something
|5 years 10 weeks ago||Dear Tom||
Do you know what food will be served at the BBQ? Rivals says burgers and brats, but Scout is saying there will also be ribs and steak. Also, there's a rumor going around that it's BYOBB; can you confirm or deny? Thanx
|5 years 10 weeks ago||I don't see anyone||
on the current roster living up to the lofty standard set by Tyrone Butterfield
|5 years 12 weeks ago||has to be this guy||
|5 years 12 weeks ago||obviously||
the answer is gene hackman
|5 years 13 weeks ago||rad, dude||
|5 years 13 weeks ago||Mr. Larkin||
Don't you think Ned Flanders is a big jerk?
|5 years 18 weeks ago||(No subject)||
|5 years 18 weeks ago||Rad, dude||
|5 years 18 weeks ago||(No subject)||
|5 years 18 weeks ago||(No subject)||
|5 years 18 weeks ago||(No subject)||
|5 years 18 weeks ago||Etc||
|5 years 22 weeks ago||Some Michigan fans||
are too hung up on Michigan State. Yeah, Miller went to State. He was awesome there and he was awesome last night and he is a rad dude. eh kills aleins and doesn't afraid of anything...
|5 years 22 weeks ago||The Early Commit: A Tragedy in Three Acts||
Act I, Scene 1
A Michigan fan sings the praises of Rich Rodriguez's strong track record of recruiting successes to skeptical Michigan fans and non-Michigan fans alike:
"Richard Rodriguez has a remarkable history of unearthing hidden talent. At West Virginia he took recruiting classes ranked in the 40's nationally and turned them into a BCS machine. This knack for appreciating overlooked talent has continued in Ann Arbor, where Martavious Odoms, Vincent Smith and Patrick Omameh all appear to be burgeoning stars."
Act II, Scene 1
Michigan has secured a commitment from a sleeper in-state prospect.
The same Michigan fan reacts: "OH WHAT THE FUCK????!!!!!???????!!!!!!!"
Act III, Scene 1
A Greek Chorus (WLA?): facepalm.
|5 years 27 weeks ago||The Rivals||
star system debuted in 2002, IIRC, and has proven to be more accurate than not, as far as projecting future NFL draft selections.
Interesting analysis though.
|5 years 27 weeks ago||Exactly which circle in Hell||
Exactly which circle in Hell are you aiming for?
|5 years 27 weeks ago||Probably||
the same reasons why Lavell Blanchard signed up to play Michigan Basketball. Sometimes, there's a school... Sometimes there's a school.
|5 years 27 weeks ago||So Lane Kiffin is minding his||
So Lane Kiffin is minding his own business, out for an unassuming drink or two with the wife at the end of an undoubtedly stressful week, is gracious enough to speak with you, a stranger who unwarrantedly intrudes, and you return home and proceed to post on an internet messageboard that you "fully expect him to implode" and then vaguely hints that he's... what? Somehow irresponsible for "hitting the town", even though, as far as I can tell from your post, he was merely enjoying a quiet drink? I don't get it.
|5 years 27 weeks ago||I'm sure he does||
I just think it also makes him fair game for criticism. That's all I'm saying
|5 years 27 weeks ago||He has every right to||
He has every right to publicly live out his faith. But missionary or evangelical religions tend to turn lots of non-believers off, and he'll have to face that reality if this is indeed the path he wants to go down. Sports and religion make for strange bedfellows
|5 years 27 weeks ago||Tebow was a great, great||
Tebow was a great, great college quarterback and seems like a genuine, nice kid. It's very true that the media is largely to blame for his overexposure. However, I am one of many college football fans who found it grating when, throughout his career, his faith became intertwined with his football successes. He was often referred to in overly reverential, borderline messianic terms--see Brennaman, Thom; see also a plaque erected outside The Swamp. Again, that's not entirely his fault, but on the other hand I never got the impression he ever shied away from that attention, nor ever missed an opportunity to promote his religion. Which, whatever, fine.
His religion is of course his own business, but when he affiliates himself with a political organization like Focus on the Family, then he opens himself up to some valid criticisms. And doing an ad during the Super Bowl places him in the public arena in a way simply being the Gators quarterback does not.
|5 years 28 weeks ago||USC is Baxter's dream school.||
USC is Baxter's dream school. He's from San Diego. He's been committed since he was a Freshman. It's where he obviously wanted to be all along. Yes he was dismayed by Carroll's departure, and sure he had a nice visit to Michigan, but there was very little indication he was ever going to end up in Ann Arbor. Get over it
|5 years 28 weeks ago||It's not so much the losing||
It's not so much the losing that hurts recruiting as the uncertainty that surrounds the coaching staff, and the perception that Rich Rod and co. are doing a poor job. And the best way to fight back against that is, duhr, to win.
I think most would agree that Michigan is still a very attractive place to play. With the stadium and facilities renovations completed this year, I think it's safe to say Michigan remains an elite national program (top 10-15), in spite of recent on-field struggles. Michigan is a great school that invests a lot into fielding a winning team. Recruits recognize that.
But I agree (how can you not?), this class is not as highly rated as a typical Michigan recruiting class, and we can take that for whatever it's worth. However it is safely in the top 20 so I don't think anyone can complain too much.
It is kind of funny, though, to think that, say, 18 months ago, most Michigan fans would have identified Devin Gardner, Marvin Robinson, Jeremy Jackson and Ricardo Miller as the most important 2010 recruits. When it turned out some of those guys weren't as highly rated as we had anticipated they would be, I think people were disappointed. But I think it's a credit to Rodriguez and his staff that they were able to secure those commitments with zero drama.
On another note, there is no Rivals 5 star prospect (yet) from the 2010 class that is Big Ten bound.
|5 years 29 weeks ago||Dude||
we got Ash and Talbott, who are higher/similarly rated players whom the staff obviously preferred over Hankins. So what
|5 years 29 weeks ago||Not||
|5 years 29 weeks ago||People still write||
People still write letters?
Good to know!
|5 years 29 weeks ago||HARRIS||
YOU JUST MADE THE LIST PAL. THE ENEMIES LIST. A LIST I KEEP. OF MY ENEMIES.
|5 years 29 weeks ago||Let's say Braylon is dissing Rich Rod||
well, so what? Why do you care? Do you think this will have any tangible effect on Rodriguez's tenure as Michigan's head coach? Do you know Braylon? Does he call you at home? DO YOU HAVE A DORSEL FIN?
|5 years 29 weeks ago||oh dammit||
|5 years 29 weeks ago||Artist's Rendition:||
|5 years 29 weeks ago||Also||
Adrian Arrington to Iowa
|5 years 29 weeks ago||Wait so Braylons||
two second shout-out to his college coach and alma mater that no one besides Michigan obsessives noticed will keep us from beating Ohio State how? AHHHHH 244 DAYS TILL UCONN WOO
|5 years 34 weeks ago||It's official||
Michigan is now Job.
|5 years 34 weeks ago||Don't forget||
Ireland's entry as the 33rd team and Thierry Henry's impending exile to Elba
|5 years 36 weeks ago||Does Brandon Jennings have anything to do with U-M Basketball?||
Um, er, wut no.
|5 years 36 weeks ago||Oh my God||
Look at all the junk food. You actually eat this?
|5 years 36 weeks ago||HUZZAH!||
I FIND THAT IN GENERAL IT IS EASIER TO COURT FEMALES WHO ARE ENROLLED AT THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY THAN THOSE WHO ATTEND THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN IN ANN ARBOR, HOWEVER I ALSO FEEL THAT THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY FEMALES ARE LESS ATTRACTIVE IN A SEXUAL SENSE THAN THOSE AT MICHIGAN.
|5 years 36 weeks ago||The first 7 Springsteen albums||
from 1972-84, beginning with Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. and up to Born in the USA, are as flawless a run of albums as you will find in rock n' roll history. I agree that while Springsteen has been hit or miss since then, I would argue that's more a consequence of leaving the prime years of artistic inspiration behind rather than a reflection of his underlying mediocrity. Still, every once in a while Bruce has managed to put out something worthy of those earlier canonical releases (1995's "Streets of Philadelphia", 2005's Seeger Sessions album, last year's song from "The Wrestler" etc). There's usually been at least a few songs of merit even on weakest albums.
Anyway I can't speak for others but when I am opining on the brilliance of Springsteen, what I'm specifically referring to are those seven albums (Greetings, The Wild, the Innocent..., Born to Run, Darkness, The River, Nebraska, USA). I will fight you to the death if you find fault with any of those works. A decade + of sheer awesomeness, not to mention the legendary live performances.
|5 years 36 weeks ago||Hey||
Tip of the cap. Nice effort. Well done
|5 years 36 weeks ago||I could go through the litany||
I could go through the litany of reasons why we're not a good second half team but really the only thing you need to know about this team is that the offense is very young, moderately productive but inconsistent, while the defense lacks depth and talent. And one week from now it will all mercifully end. What else is there to say?
|5 years 36 weeks ago||Our schedule||
|5 years 38 weeks ago||YMRMFSPA (I think I got that right)||
Brandent Englemon? Let's hope. That would mean a moderately talented but competent safety. Which, as I'm sure I need not say aloud, would be an upgrade. Right now we need football players, Carvin Johnson is a football player, I am happy as a parrot. Go Blue
|5 years 38 weeks ago||You're not right about this||
it's Brian's (and Tim and Paul's) blog, he can do what he wants. This "exchange of ideas" meme is bullshit. This will at least allow for some measure of sanity, rather than debasing the site into a forum for panic and haste
|5 years 38 weeks ago||Cheap whiskey||
or top shelf?
|5 years 38 weeks ago||They're not missing the playoffs||
|5 years 39 weeks ago||YOU WENT TO THE ALAMO BOWL?||
AND YOU ARE A FREQUENT CALLER ON LOCAL SPORTS TALK RADIO?
I bow down to your superior fandom! I am truly in awe of your dedication
|5 years 39 weeks ago||You do know there's an opening for AD now, right?||
Pleeeaazzzzz get your CV in order. We are in dire need of your prescient wisdom
|5 years 39 weeks ago||YEAH||
Dreisbach, that guy had mad skillzzzzzzz
|5 years 39 weeks ago||Yes||
The difference in yesterday's game came down to music, piped-in or otherwise. Kevin Koger makes those grabs if he'd had some AC/DC to fire him up. Gerg Robinson brings the corners up closer to the line if he'd had Eminem for inspiration. Martavious Odoms doesn't twist his knee if he'd had some Journey to loosen up to. I salute you, good sir, for saying what needs to be said.
My god, 125 years of Michigan football without piped-in music. Ask anyone, they'll tell you how pathetic we were.
|5 years 39 weeks ago||I'm happy as a parrot||
that MSU lost, but let's not kid ourselves: if Donovan Warren makes the same hit on Golden Tate and gets flagged for a helmet to helmet, this board would have a meltdown.
Besides, after yesterday's performance, and where our program is at at this point in time, all schadenfreude should be enjoyed quietly. We have a ways to go before I will feel comfortable gloating over the misery of our rivals.
|5 years 39 weeks ago||Pretty sure||
Miller said that in jest. You're the one taking it literally.
|5 years 39 weeks ago||Blah blah blah||
FAIL for lazy, outmoded NBA criticism
A basketball team has five players on the court at a time-- why shouldn't a team be built around the strength of one player, especially when that player is as awesome as Kobe or Lebron? It certainly allows for more individuality than a league of robots like the NFL, where with the exception of a handful of players, anyone is replaceable. As for Orlando being "Team Howard", Dwight was probably the third best player on his team in the playoffs, behind Turkoglu and Rashard Lewis.
There has in fact been a renaissance of NBA talent this decade. Chris Paul, Carmelo, Dwayne Wade, etc. To say those guys 'don't care' is to completely ignore the desire and drive to win championships that possesses the Kevin Garnett, Tim Duncan, Kobe, Lebron, Wade, Steve Nash.
|5 years 41 weeks ago||Adrian Arrington||
is headed to Iowa
|5 years 41 weeks ago||Dammit||
I like Charlie Davies and I hope he's alright. From a soccer standpoint, he and Jozy Altidore possess the kind of talent that, when working together, has the potential to raise the US national team to a higher level. But as we all know, that's secondary right now. The pics from the accident are horrific, it's amazing he's even alive.
|5 years 41 weeks ago||Tate should have been in||
but Denard is awesome and if you don't love him after his reaction, and if you don't love Moose for his consolation, then you suck
|5 years 41 weeks ago||hard to win||
in alaska. even if it's beatdown time
|5 years 41 weeks ago||Adrian Arrington||
to Iowa. An announcement is imminent, according to my moles
|5 years 43 weeks ago||The harsh truth||
no one outside of the state of Michigan cares about this rivalry. And that's ok. How much do you care about Texas/Texas A & M, Oregon/Oregon State, Cal/USC? There are only a select few rivalries that resonate on a national level. In-state rivalries are big, well, in-state, but matter little outside the border.
Upon re-reading that article, I will concede that Dantonio saying he prefers to Midwestern players seems pandering (gotta give MD one thing- he knows his fan base and what things to say to get on their good side); it is a certainly moronic sentiment, and possibly a veiled shot at Michigan. As we all know, State doesn't recruit outside the Midwest because they can't, not because they hold some noble preference for Midwesterners.
|5 years 43 weeks ago||I don't care much for Dantonio, obviously||
but that is in no way a shot, veiled or otherwise, at Michigan's recent practice "scandal." He's saying they, Michigan State, put in a lot of work to prepare for this one game, which, like, yeah.
|5 years 43 weeks ago||There's a difference||
between self-loathing and unbiased, IME. My experience with Spartan friends and family indicates that this Valenti fellow probably tilts toward the former.
|5 years 45 weeks ago||He was indeed red with rage||
Someone in the press box trashed Cinderella Man, Russell Crowe, Rudyard Kipling and Into Thin Air
|5 years 45 weeks ago||I'm glad you put some of this on the band||
First, let me say that I love the band and vehemently oppose any piped-in music played after pre-game warmups. The other day, I did what I normally do when I get bored at work, namely, I was perusing the venerable Wolverine Historian's youtube page, when I came upon the following gem:
What struck me watching the video, beyond the awesomeness of Michigan football in the 70s, is the band. They sound downright militant. The drums pound, the horns roar, and the tempo pulsates with a Barwis-like urgency. This is the sound of a marching band, i.e., a band that is marching into battle. Listening to the music, it's clear this recording did not come from the Big House; the reverberating wall of sound and crowd participation has the pep-band feel of a Crisler or Yost. But this illustrates what Nix may have had in mind-- a band that strives to meet the challenge of its environment.
Also, note the white pants at 2:32. Sweet.
|5 years 45 weeks ago||I am with you, brother||
I hate the piped in music. It is just completely annoying and unnecessary. I will also compose an email, and while I expect to receive the same response, enough of this kind of response will compel the Athletic Dept. to pull the plug on this terrible idea. The Halo is a good comparison
|5 years 45 weeks ago||A quick outline||
Dear Mr. Madej, greetings and pleasantries etc. Whaddup BRUUUUUUUUCE
- I love the Michigan Stadium experience, always have
- I have been to other stadiums around the country; few compare to a Saturday in AA. One thing that makes a Michigan home game special is its timeless aura-- With no advertising, and limited extraneous elements in the presentation, the focus is entirely on Michigan and the football game. That makes for a uniquely collegiate experience.
- Another aspect that separates Michigan is our music tradition, and our band
- The Victors says Michigan. Let's Go Blue says Michigan. Temptation, the Blues Bros., etc. all say Michigan. Journey, Eminem, et al, says generic Stadium RAWK.
- Then I'd give my whole "The Game Is The Thing" meme stated above. A truly amazing crowd experience is not manufactured, but is organic, yo. When the game is big, the crowd delivers. If you require Rawk music to get fired up before a big third down, you are a retard (I won't say it thusly, but something along those lines).
I will sprinkle in some Albom-esque one-line paragraphs for dramatic effect. I expect this will drive Mr. Madej to tears and inspire him to distribute my memo to the highest offices of the university.
Sincerely, Mad Magician
|5 years 45 weeks ago||To paraphrase Shakespeare, the Game is the Thing.||
I actually like Eminem in small doses. But that's besides the point.
I find the piped in music not only incredibly cheesy but also unnecessary. I have been at Michigan games that were just as loud as yesterday-- anyone who was at 97 or 2003 Ohio State games will tell you the Big House is loud when the circumstances have dictated it. When the team plays well, and the matchup is a big one, the crowd follows suit. And now with the boxes I think the stadium is legitimately loud. I dismiss any notion that piped in music manufactures extra crowd excitement. If I had been in attendance yesterday, believe me, I would have been screaming my lungs out. And not because Journey is blasting through the speakers.
I love the game presentation at Michigan Stadium. I have been to most other Big Ten stadiums and always thought the reason they piped in music was because their band wasn't as good as ours, in that they didn't have the song catalogue we do. A big part of the Michigan Stadium experience is our incredible musical tradition. You know what fires me up? "Let's Go Blue." "Temptation." "The Hawaiian War Chant." And of course "The Victors." Even the Rocky and Bullwinkle theme. I could go on, but I think Brian has spelled out the argument against piped in music pretty well. I can't believe I'm going to be one of these people, but I am going to write a polite email to the AD regarding this matter. At a crucial moment of the game, I think maybe at the end of the second half, Journey was played. I winced.
|5 years 45 weeks ago||I think||
it sucks. I hate it. Journey is a shit band- they were in the 70s, they are still. And I don't want to hear Eminem. Neg away, you impish minions, but before you judge me as a blue hair, know that I have only been on this cotton pickin' earth for a mere 25 revolutions around the solar star.
|5 years 46 weeks ago||The original isn't ruined||
Nobody touched the White Album; no one 'killed' Glass Onion. It's still the same track 3 on the White Album. This isn't a replacement entry into the sacred canon. Not saying you have to like the mashup, but who cares? I'm a huge Beatles fan, and I quite enjoyed the Grey Album, just as I enjoyed the mashups on the (Beatles-approved) Love album. Don't see what's so horrible with music being a tangible, living thing. And isn't that the point of the new Beatles Rock Band? That's something that's cool with recorded music, you have the originals to play around with, and in the right hands something interesting might happen. Bob Dylan didn't flinch over Mark Ronson's remix of 'Most Likely You Go Your Way and I'll Go Mine.' Also, as was mentioned earlier, the creation Grey Album had absolutely nothing to do with Michael Jackson or JayZ. It had purely underground origins. In fact legal action was taken to cease its distribution, thus making it something of a digital rarity.
|5 years 46 weeks ago||Nice of Robin||
to show up this evening! I think Fed needs to keep mixing in those slices, seems to keep Soderling a bit off balance and prevents him from loading up on that monster forehand. Just my epinion, of course
|5 years 46 weeks ago||Bagel in the first set||
|5 years 46 weeks ago||The Jay-Z/Beatles mix||
is from The Grey Album by Danger Mouse, which blended Jay-Z's Black Album and Beatles' White Album. A veritable sound collage with pleasing results. Worth downloading if you can still find it
|5 years 46 weeks ago||I have a feeling||
that Soderling is about to give Roger all he can handle. Fed in 4
|5 years 46 weeks ago||Game||
Set. Match. BRING ON THE MEN
|5 years 46 weeks ago||Favorite part of the video||
besides everything, was #7 for Penn State
|5 years 46 weeks ago||Check out this article, tell||
Check out this article, tell me Ernie Harwell isn't about the coolest guy on the planet
|5 years 47 weeks ago||Wear sunscreen everyone||
I hear the reflected glow from Tate Forcier's halo is quite potent
|5 years 47 weeks ago||Well said||
Our coach should come from the English Dept., not West Virginia! We need a literary man at the helm, and so I would like to propose a new head coach, someone we can all be proud of, Mr. John Updike
|5 years 47 weeks ago||I will be saying||
|5 years 47 weeks ago||Stop trying to make this about Carr||
He walked away from that interview not because he hates Rodriguez but because it was a dumb fucking interview, conducted at a charity event, no less, where the reporter persisted on her terrible line of questioning on a subject he was obviously not wanting to get into and OH YEAH DID YOU FORGET LLOYD CARR HATES THE MEDIA. If you think
Lloyd Carr is eager to insert himself in a media frenzy, then you have, in a mere 18 months, forgotten everything you once knew about the man. Congrats
|5 years 47 weeks ago||I'm racking my brain here||
and I'm not coming up with how Chelios inspired you to support the Oilers. What am I missing here?
|5 years 47 weeks ago||Um||
John Bacon was on NPR this morning openly criticizing Rosenberg's article and methods
|5 years 47 weeks ago||The longest play will also be the shortest||
As Denard Robinson goes 99 yards in just 1.3 seconds
|5 years 47 weeks ago||Hey let's all make wild speculations||
based on a phone call to sports talk radio! Then we'll just start throwing out random names as possible turncoats out working clandestinely to bring down the entire program! I say it was Soup Campbell! No wait it was Jimmmmm Hermmmannnn! WEEEEEEEEEE
|5 years 47 weeks ago||All together now||
clap, clap, clap-clap-clap and repeat
|5 years 47 weeks ago||It's definitely||
Lloyd Carr. That guy was way too friendly with the media during his tenure
|5 years 47 weeks ago||please don't feed their delusions||
of Watergate type journalism
|5 years 47 weeks ago||I'm keeping silent vigil on this thread||
until our fearless leader graces us with his epinion
|5 years 47 weeks ago||Dude they worked hard||
To say they didn't is a discredit to the players from those teams
|5 years 47 weeks ago||It was a stupid interview||
He doesn't want to make projections about this year's team, and after it became clear that's all the reporter wanted to ask him he ended the interview.
'No love lost.' Bullshit. Just because the local sports anchor says it doesn't mean it's true. I don't read anything into that clip
|5 years 47 weeks ago||Sweet Jebus man||
|5 years 47 weeks ago||If the Free Press||
had done an investigation of Michigan under Carr, they would have found the players putting in the same kind of hours as they do under Rodriguez. I refer you to Chad Henne on this matter.
This notion that Michigan football players didn't work hard under Lloyd is misguided. Ture, Barwis changed Michigan's entire approach to conditioning, giving it a much needed update. But it's not like Jake Long or Braylon Edwards and the rest didn't bust their asses to become All American players and top NFL draft picks.
This current episode has little to do with Lloyd Carr. My guess is he's very sympathetic to what Rodriguez is going through right now-- if anyone has empathy for a college coach having trouble with the media, it's Carr. I am sure he has weighed the consequences of speaking out on the matter. But, like Chitown said, if you think he wants to insert himself in this story, you don't know Lloyd Carr.
|5 years 47 weeks ago||have we traveled back to||
have we traveled back to 1996? is there a dreisbach/griese thread?
|5 years 47 weeks ago||That's it Sherlock||
You solved it. Case closed
|5 years 47 weeks ago||insert||
Sun Belt referees joke here.
Congrats to Coach Rosen and the squad for a strong start. Anyone who is in Ann Arbor needs to go to some of their Friday and Saturday night matches-- the most underrated sporting event on campus.
|5 years 47 weeks ago||Actually||
I might be wrong, but I think Jefferson was devoted to his wife, and she died quite young. It was only after he was a widower TJ sowed his wild oats. E-history