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|4 days 14 hours ago||Interesting and Lovingly Crafted||
I upvoted you for the effort you spent creating interesting content during a slow time for college football news. Thank you, there is much in here worth discussing.
As a proposal for a playoff system, it is lacking in some areas and extremely unlikely to be adopted:
- Inviting 10 teams to a 4 round playoff? You give me that many slots and that many rounds, and I can satisfy a lot of agendas and interests. However, most people think a playoff system that big is not feasible, and have curtailed their proposals.
- Despite having that many slots, this playoff system still only invites one team each from the “Power Conferences.” They are likely to have teams that don’t win their conferences, but are clearly superior to other Champions. A Champion like Boise State would be a deserving participant in many years, but I don’t think the Champion of the Mountain West will be deserving in every year. The runner up of the B1G, SEC or PAC10 may have some heartburn with that. With 4 rounds, why not go to 16 teams and add some wildcards?
- Even for the top seeded teams, you are asking its fan base to show up for an unscheduled home game, in the middle of the holidays, and then travel twice to two different Bowl locations if they play in the National Championships. The lowest seeded teams may have to bring their fans to 4 consecutive playoff sites during the most expensive traveling season of the year. I don’t see turnout for the playoff games being as bullish as you think it will be.
- Blowing up current conference memberships like you are doing is extraordinarily unlikely. I doubt Nebraska would be OK with going back to the Heartland, or Notre Dame being assigned to the B1G. Similarly, your assumptions about who is independent are uninformed. BYU is an independent and Notre Dame is semi-independent. In contrast, Navy is a member of the American Athletic Conference (along with several other teams you place in the American Conference). Also, why are Army and Navy being treated differently from Air Force?
- I also doubt the Conferences would be OK with scrambling their current memberships, and everyone is going to have a problem with tearing up existing broadcast and other media contracts and payouts for various schools.
Thanks for giving us a bone for chewing during a slow time.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Dear Mr. Battle,||
Best of luck in your athletic and academic careers. Thank you for considering the Universtity of Michigan.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Dear Mr. Battle,||
Best of luck in your ahtletic and academic careers. Thank you for considering the Universtity of Michigan.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Planes, Trains and Automobiles||
"We'd have better luck trying to play pick-up-sticks with our butt cheeks."
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Will & Grace||
"Do I have to explain, again, why you can't have a skylight in an 8th floor apartment in a 14 story building?!"
|5 weeks 1 day ago||From the Live of Brian||
"Centuwion, thwow him to the gwound, vewy woughly!" This line is best used as a come back to someone else's joke. Both parties will find it satisfying amusing. It becomes sublime as a come back when you're the boss, and one of your employees has a quip mildly poking fun at you.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Welcome Devery!||
In a few seasons, Michigan might actually have an OL that will be able to maul people they way we like to see it. Hello 1990s! Nice to see you again.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||SEC||
= Dough Re Me. Also, does JayBaugh realize he is turning into a parody of himself? He should feel free to STFU on Twitter at any time.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||And...||
Yet another reason why Dantonio is a classless jerk. I was thinking mostly of wanting Jay to STFU, but I felt the recruit's former high school coach was a particularly egregious abuse of his insider status. Please understand that I agree this practice is totally within the rules. I just think it puts more pressure on recruits only so that a bunch of us fans can engage in a circle jerk. And, I'll cop to my old guy tendencies, I really hate Twitter.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||A Curmudgeon Says||
I would really prefer that Athletic Dept employees STFU about potential commitments. I realize it's the off season and we are all thirsting for any football news, especially if it tends to show our decade long slog through the football wilderness is ending. However, I am uncomfortable with University employees who are actually working with the recruits (who are adolescents making what is for many the most important decision of their young lives) teasing us in public with information they may (or may not) have about the recruits' decision process. They're kids! Lay off! Public scrutiny from a bunch of people who they have never met and who know nothing is bad enough. The adults who are working with them have no business putting these kids on the spot in public. This is not helpful. And no, I don't think it is cute to imply something intending to cause a stir, just to have a laugh at everyone else's expense when you announce something totally different a few days later. Mr. Partridge could be talking about the menu for the BBQ, but he has to know his tweet will cause rampant speculation about the kid he used to coach in high school. He's not doing anyone any favors here. (Curmudegeon alert) This just more evidence, as if we needed any, that twitter is a fabulous way to get yourself in trouble with little, if any, benefit to anyone.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||At the Risk of Sounding like a Jerk||
"How Syracuse remains appealing after Jim Boeheim got blasted by t he NCAA remains a bit of a mystery." Ever since reading the Bagman article in SI, I find myself wondering if the real reason behind these abrupt changes in recruiting might be a little dough-re-me. I'm not saying that is what happened because, obviously, I know less the jack-____ about Mr. Battle's circumstances. I wish him the best of luck in picking whatever school is best for him, whether it's Syracuse, Michigan or whoever, and hope he is happy and successful wherever he lands. But, to use a historical analogy, does everyone remember when Leonard Fournette, out of the blue, was going to show up for the BBQ on his own nickel? We all wondered what we were doing right to get a kid to pay his own way from deep in the heart of the SEC to visit Ann Arbor. After a lot of hemming and hawing and not showing-up when he said he would, Mr. Fournette never did visit Michigan, and subsequently signed with LSU. Just sayin' ... that matches perfectly the description in the SI article of how a recruit strong-arms a payment out of one school's booster to not go on a recruiting trip to another school. Call me a low-minded individual, but I can't help wondering even as I hope it's not true.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Because||
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Or||
The War of Southern Sedition on behalf of an Immoral Slave Labor System
|8 weeks 1 day ago||In No Particular Order||
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Am I the Only One||
Who thinks these forums are being taken over by spelling/grammar jerks? C'mon man! We're all Michigan fans here (except for the trolling trolls every once in a while). Can't we save the hate for the usual suspects? (I know, I know: "the Judean People's Front!" Let's get the obvious quips out of the way right now.)
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Short Toys R Us Stock||
Brando is about to do for them what he did of Univ of Michigan and Dominos.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Reading that Just Makes My Blood Boil||
The top to bottom professional malpractice--recruiting to scheming to coaching--is just astounding.
Rich Rodriguez is a good coach, as we've seen at West Virginia and Arizona, but he was inexplicably terrible in every facet of his job while he was here.
I won'r rehash Brady Hoke's limitations--a dead horse.
I'm as excited as anyone to have Jim Harbaugh as the head coach. But good gracious, if he and his staff are minimally competent in all areas of their jobs it will still be a marked improvement from the last decade of debacle.
|13 weeks 5 hours ago||Player Development||
I love Brady Home as a man and how he tried to do things the right way. I wish it had worked out differently. . . BUT, name one significant contributor on his teams who showed substantial improvement the last season he played for Hoke as compared to the first season he played for Hoke.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||Hey Max,||
Have we mentioned the many fine graduate programs at the University of Michigan?
|15 weeks 4 days ago||The Program Is Toast||
There will never be another varsity swimming and diving team at WKU. Five years? No way the University brings it back. Note that the current coaches weren't just fired; their positions were eliminated. Div 1 schools have dropped swimming and diving programs for less than this. I'm guessing the "suspension" is about current scholarship athletes keeping the schollies long enough to graduate.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||Blasphemer!||
Get thee behind me, jinxer of the baseball season.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||Why Not Offer Him a Transfer?||
Don't we need some DBs? Wouldn't it be great just for trolling purposes alone? Even if the kid turns us down, the contrast might make an impression on some people.
|17 weeks 1 day ago||Unconventional Nomination||
Lots of good choices--I'd go with the fake punt play in Bo's last game. There's a chance he gets the "lifetime achievement" National Championship if he wins that game.
But, let me offer a play not yet mentioned. The almost TD against Illinois in 2009, Rich Rod’s second season; hear me out. Rich Rod’s first season was a tire fire, but everyone knew Michigan was short of talent in general, and the talent to run the new offense in particular. He got a mulligan for that season. In his second season, he had a great win over ND. The season was on the knife’s edge.
Moving on to Champaign that year, Michigan dominated early and was on the verge of putting the game away. In the early 3rd quarter, Michigan was up 13-7 (and uncharacteristically, gave up less than 100 yards of total offense to the Illini in the first half) when Roy Roundtree got loose on a deep pass and appeared to have a clear path to the end zone. 20-7 at that point, and it’s game over. Terry Hawthorne caught him right around the goal line, and it took replay before the officials decided Roundtree was down before he scored. I thought at the time, no biggie, first and goal at the 1, surely… But NOOOOOO!!!!!!! Michigan failed in four tries. Again, I thought that Illinois having the ball with 99 yards to the end zone wasn’t too terrible. So of course, in one drive Illinois went the 99 yards, exceeding their entire offensive output for the first half. Which was naturally the first of 31 unanswered points the Illini scored in the second half. (For the true maschist: http://scores.espn.go.com/ncf/recap?gameId=293040356)
The impact reverberated past that one game. That game was the difference between a winning record and a bowl game, or not. If Roundtree gets one more foot forward on that play, Michigan would have won the game, and qualified for a bowl. Rich Rod gets another 4 weeks of practice to install his system, and the tone of his second season is different. Instead of a second bowl-less season, we see signs of progress.
Maybe with his seat a little less warm starting the third season, and his returning starters knowing his system better, the team plays better. (Or at minimum, he musters the intestinal fortitude to realize GERG can’t run his 3-3-5 defense, and he hires someone who can before the season.) Another win, a better performance in the bowl game, and maybe we are all spared the Brady Hoke experience.
Yup, we Michigan fans really do like to relive the agony. Like the t-shirt says, “I love to hate the team I love.”
|20 weeks 6 days ago||Congratulations Belmont||
And ain't it a statement about the season that Michigan's basketball program is envious of Belmont?
|22 weeks 1 day ago||1990 Rose Bowl||
Read through all the posts. I vote for the phantom holding call in Bo's last game. For some reason, that one just infuriates me no matter how much time passes. The fact that it was USC in the Rose Bowl, and we had a long history of playing like the other team had 12 men on the field, made it significant. The fact that is was Bo's last game made it historic. The fact the BO FRICKIN' SCHEMBECHLER called a fake punt play (for what, the first time in his coaching career?!) made it unique. The fact that Michigan made the first down on the play made it glorious. And then, the terrible, terrible call that not even the guys in the box with all the TV replay tools (of the time) at their disposal could even find an arguable, maybe, perhaps open to interpretation ghost of a play was just...I don't know man. I'd even forgotten about the insult to injury "unsportsmanlike" penalty they tacked on. I guess what gets me is I've never seen a legendary coach more comprehensively disrespected in his last game, when the norm is to send someone out with a big, wet kiss.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||I HATE A cuts and B cuts!||
Sorry for the inside swimming post, but I can't stand how the NCAA does qualifying times. "A cut"; yeah right, if you swim faster that the guy who made the finals in the Olympic Games, we'll guarantee you a spot at college national championships. A cuts are ludicrously, unrealistically fast. In addition to the example above (the B1G Champion's time in Conference finals is "too slow" to be an A cut), let me give you another. In 2012, the A cut for NCAA Division THREE (I say again, Div 3!) in the 200 backstroke was approximately the same as the U.S. Olympic Trial qualifying time. Division 3 = Olympic Trials. They are unattainable by anyone who does not expect to make the finals at NCAA championships. In contrast, B cuts are utterly meaningless. You may make a B cut, but it means nothing as far as getting to NCAAs. The NCAA will send all the swimmers who make an A cut, and then add in the swimmers with the next fastest times until they get a field that is approximately the size that they want. (Usually, there are more swimmers who didn't make the A cut than there are swimmers who do.) B cuts have nothing to do with it. Worse, once you're in the meet, you can swim any three events you want, regardless of qualifying time. As long as you swim the one event that got you to the meet, you can swim anything, regardless of whether you have a B cut or not. So, you have the absurd situation of swimming going faster than the meaningless B cut, not being invited to the meet, and watching other swimmers do their events at NCAAs, and going SLOWER than the time that wasn't good enough to get to the meet. A cuts need to be slower; B cuts need to be faster, and having a B cut in the event you enter has to be an absolute requirement to swim it at NCAAs. End of rant.
|22 weeks 3 days ago||It will all end badly||
Two of those three guys were fired--one for slugging an opposing player, the other for covering up NCAA violations and lying about it. The third is their current coach. Do I detect a trend?
|22 weeks 5 days ago||Bravo!||
Thanks for that trip to glories past. Your best & worst captures the 90s as well as the '97 season. If I could, I'd like to add a few of my own:
Best: the Game of Thrones Defense. In the mid-90s Michigan had three starters on defense named Sword, Steele and Irons. Maybe not the ’97 season, but yowsers, talk about appropriate names. It remains a lost opportunity that the Steelers never got those three guys on their roster at the same time.
Best: Jackson and Griese: You marveled at how little attention was paid to their rooting interests and how professional they were during the game. That is what made them the best on air team of an era, and it was intentional. Keith Jackson was late in his career, and he was interviewed about his approach to play by play. He stated his goal was to be as unobtrusive as possible and let the action on the field provide the drama; “just call the dag-gum game.” What a breath of fresh air compared to all the TV personalities who have to call attention to themselves.
Best: Shared National Championships (hear me out): In the pre-BCS era, when you could have two major conference champions end the Bowl season at 12-0, splitting the National Title is the right way to handle it. It was right in ’91 when Miami and Washington were undefeated, and I have no problem sharing a National Championship with 12-0 Nebraska. The team that has a beef is ’94 Penn State. They were 12-0 Rose Bowl Champions, but ended up #2 in both polls to Nebraska. Yeah, the hypocrisy of Nebraska insisting they were the only #1 in ’94, but wanting a share of #1 in ’97 is rich, but the pollsters got it right in ’97.
Somewhat OT, but I can’t stress this enough: the most optimistic but still reasonable expectation for Harbaugh’s first regular season is 8-4, and if we get that, we should be happy and grateful. I’ll take real progress over a lucky 11-2 every single time.
|24 weeks 1 day ago||Yes, and that's why he was better the Hoke or Rodriguez||
However, that senior class included Hart, Henne, Long, etc. Prior to beating Florida in the Outback Bowl, that senior class had a record of 0-9 against Ohio State and in Bowl games. Moreover, the streak of 0 fer your two most important games stretched even farther back. Winning 9-10 games a year pales a bit when you consistently lose the last two games of the season. Also, he had Tom frickin’ Brady as his QB, and never won a Rose Bowl with him. His use of a future slam-dunk first ballot Hall of Famer was so suboptimal, the guy was still undrafted in the 6thround.
If you have a clue, you think that Lloyd Carr is a fine gentleman who won with integrity. He’s got one more National Championship that Bo Schembechler. But, you can acknowledge that and at the same time admit there were parts of his body of work that were disappointing. The disappointing parts were starting to pile up late in his career. I love Lloyd Carr as part of Michigan’s heritage, but I also thought it was time for him to retire during that last season. Nothing has changed my mind in the time since.
|24 weeks 1 day ago||Cannonized without Words||