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|1 day 5 hours ago||Mea Culpa, but Three Things||
I was in the 9.5 wins camp. But, in our defense, we've seen three things this season that even the most ardent Brandon/Hoke haters hesitated to predict:
|1 week 17 hours ago||Upvoted you twice||
To get you closer. Welcome to the club. BTW, when you get right around 100, the old timers will up vote you and down vote to have you going under and then back over, and under and over a couple times more. Don't take it personally; they're just having a little fun with you.
|1 week 2 days ago||One Wish for MSU||
I just want to see our boys feed buckwheat to those smirking a-holes in E. Lansing. Hoke has talked about "toughness" at length, but that has only shown up in our offensive skill players taking excessive punishment and staying in the game. I'm not saying I want our boys to try to hurt anyone or play dirty. I just want to see them fight back when the "60 minutes of unnecessary roughness" Spartans think that the officials can't/won't call every personal foul. How about someone going after the jerk who tries to concuss our QB with a late hit?
|1 week 2 days ago||The Only Photo of DB I Want to See||
Is him with a pink slip in one hand, and a box to clean out of his office all the awards he received for Dominoes making such delicious pizza while he was there. It'll be a very small box.
|1 week 2 days ago||Who Cares?!||
With apologies to the rodent community, I don't give a rat's rear end one way or the other. This Department's obsession with meaningless crap like this in the laughable idea that "building the brand" helps, well anything, is what's making me hate Michigan football. Field a team that will put 11 ding-dang players on the field before punting the ball! Competent football operations, not uniformz, will make me happy.
|1 week 2 days ago||Really?||
The rest of the world is noticing college football players risking life & limb (especially the limb attached to their neck) for room and board while everyone else associated with the sport who is allowed to get paid is making 6-7 figures. The conversation is about offering 4 year scholarships and full cost of attendance as the least we can do. And you think the way to fix things is to tilt the system even more in the favor of the suits getting rich already?! (Insert colorful expression here.)
|1 week 2 days ago||Happy/Proud of Devin||
Glad for him; glad for the players they can find some passion and get rewarded. However, this team will continue to suck as long as it gets nothing resembling coaching or skill development from this aneurysm of a coaching staff. Devin is no better prepared to play QB for a Div 1 program than he was when he stepped in for an injured Denard Robinson in 2012. He's one of many players who are no better in their last game for Michigan than their first.
|1 week 2 days ago||It felt numb.||
I'm happy for Devin and the other players. But, I didn't feel much of anything after Funchess' TD. I listened to the radio call on MGOBLUE.COM and even our play by play guys didn't pretend it was anything other than an incompetency contest. Bring in Henri Ennui.
|1 week 3 days ago||Character Issues||
He'll flame out in the NFL, where he won't be faster than the defensive ends chasing him, and the defensive backs are smarter than he is. The inability to wise-up, as evidenced by his inability to stay out of trouble, will doom his career.
|1 week 4 days ago||Score:||
Beverly Hills 9-0-2-1-0
|1 week 6 days ago||Oh dear,||
The Rich Rod loyalists are out in force. Hey, I liked the guy. I thought hiring him was exactly what all of us complaining about Mike DeBord's predictable (if talented) offense wanted to see. I wanted him to succeed, and he clearly has done so before and after Michigan, but scoreboard please.
He was an epic failure at Michigan by every imaginable measure. The defense was historically atrocious (and regardless of scheme or coordinator, fixing that is on the head coach, especially at a program with such lavish resources available to fix issues). The offense was exciting in September, but unable to move the ball inside the 25 or against competent FBS teams in November. Geez, just look at the scores for his last three games, when everyone thought he was coaching for his job: vs. Wisconsin 28-48, at Ohio State 7-37, vs Miss State at Gator Bowl 14-52. All three teams pulled their first string by the end of the third quarter, or those scores would have been worse. Even more telling, he landed the Michigan football program on probation with the NCAA for the ONLY TIME EVER! Attrition in his program was so bad that the graduation rate landed Michigan on probation with the NCAA for a second reason, and if you look at the players he tried to recruit to Michigan who didn't make it, you can see why. (Yes, I know he also recruited the quitessential Michigan Man and the guy every father wants his daughter to bring home for a family dinner, Devin Gardner. He's only one guy.) Back to W&Ls, even with Brady Hoke's troubles, Rich Rod is still the only guy EVER to be the head coach of Michigan football for more than one season, and have a career losing record.
As I've said, I like Rich Rod; he's been a winner everywhere else he's gone, and I wish him every success at Arizona. But, PLEASE. Dude got fired for a reason.
|1 week 6 days ago||Next Kickstarter Campaign||
Maybe his next move is to use Kickstarter to cover the roll of cash Laquon Treadwell flashed on Twitter.
|2 weeks 5 hours ago||Uhh||
Improvement while replacing two senior tackles who were drafted isn't bad. The O-line is not exceptional, but that's a non-trivial improvement.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Fierce Pragmatist||
There are a lot of ways to win with integrity. I'm OK with any of them. I'm not OK with ethically challenged coaches (have you people actually read the SI piece on how Miles ran OSU?!)
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I'd prefer||
That a healthy Peppers play corner/nickel back, thank you very much.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Uh no.||
The 3 points for being at home are factored in. So if we were playing on a neutral field, we'd be 5 point dogs.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||How appropriate||
Most 2014 Detroit Tigers way to end a ball game ever. The whole effing season in one at bat!
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Our fate, dear Brutus||
Is not in our stars, but in ourselves.
(BTW, F--- You! Brutus, and all your Buckeye ways!)
|2 weeks 2 days ago||No us, but someone else||
At first I thought this was about the only way left to us to f--- with State, and worthwhile for that reason alone. Then, the other posters convinced me it would be a bad idea.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough||
"But there's a danger in loving somebody too much,
|3 weeks 4 days ago||A Conversation||
Gardner: My options? Sir.
Hoke: Simple. First you've acquired enough [playing time] to show up tomorrow and [start] with your [teammates], or you can quit. There'd be no disgrace. [Last years' O-line] was hell, it would've shook me up.
Gardner: So you think I should quit?
Hoke: I didn't say that. The simple fact is you feel responsible for [all those interceptions] and you have a confidence problem. Now I'm not gonna sit here and blow sunshine up your ass, [son]. A good [quarterback] is compelled to evaluate what's happened, so he can apply what he's learned. Up there, we gotta push it. That's our job. It's your option, [Devin]. All yours.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Trail Early; Win Late||
I expect the Irish will show quite early that they are not Ap State. Given our historic weakness defending mobile QBs, and the fact our LBs are still finding their way in the new defense, I expect ND to burn us a couple of times in the first half. On the other side of the ball, I expect that ND watched the Ap State tape, and will do what is necessary to shut down Funchess. Since I also expect ND's front 7 to pose more of a challenge, I'm guessing our Wolverines will need an offense series or two or three to figure out where the weaknesses are in ND's defense. Big plays/lucky breaks will dictate who has the edge at the half, but I'm guessing the Irish have a 3-7 point lead at halftime.
I have way more confidence in our new and improved coaching staff (i.e. Nuss vs. Borges) to make the correct adjustments at halftime. As many have pointed out, ND is short-handed in the secondary, who have to guard our most talented and our deepest unit, the pass receivers. With all of that and a 5th year Sr playing QB, I expect the offense to find the receivers who will make ND pay for taking Funchess away. I also expect the Michigan D to slow down the Irish O enough for Michigan to overtake in the 4th quarter. Again, a big edge in special teams or turnovers will decide the game, but assuming neither side has a clear advantage, I think Michigan wins by 7 or less.
I do not know if it will be low-scoring or high-scoring. It's too early in the season to predict the factors that determine the level of scoring, but I do expect it to be close.
What would make it a blow-out? For Michigan, a quick 7+ lead in the first quarter. If Michigan can put the ND defense on roller skates early, ND does not have the talent or depth to do the total shut-down job the Irish offense would need to catch-up. For Notre Dame, exploit Michigan's green offensive line such that the rest of the offense has no opportunity to show-off its talents. Regardless of the score, if the ND defense owns the line of scrimmage early and often, Michigan has a problem.
BTW, Michigan an underdog by more than 3 points?! Do they have whiskey rather than water running in the taps at Vegas? ND as shorthanded as they are favored by more than the usual 3 points for being at home? That's just crazy!
|7 weeks 13 hours ago||Then ASU must have excellent team speed...||
What I recall from all three long runs is Green & Smith being behind several ASU defenders (as in closer to the goal line), and not out-running ANY of them to the end zone. Perhaps Denard spoiled us all, because all he needed was one crease, and no one from any part of the field was going to catch him. In fact I turned to a fellow Wolverine fan at my side during Green's second long run, and observed that he is no Denard Robinson. I was wondering why Smith and Green were running side to side looking for blocks, because it appeared to me they had a couple yards or more lead on all the defenders, and all they had to do was sprint at full speed to prevent anyone from catching them.
Suffice it to say, what I remember was neither back being able to out run any of several ASU defenders. That's not a tragedy, but it is a fact that needs to be balanced against all the great things Green and Smith can do carrying the ball.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||OK||
Stanford, LSU, Texas, Florida State
|8 weeks 6 hours ago||Regression to the Mean||
Is our friend. Last year was, well, that in large part because no one on the interior played up to his promise and the unit failed to gel at all. It's college football; some years are like that. However, when things work the way they usually do, the younger guys play better as the season wears on. Guess what, by the OSU game they have just about one season's worth of starting experience. (Math is a wonderful thing; it couldn't care less about momentum or who has the hot hand.) Also, as a unit plays together more, they somehow manage to know better what the guy next to them is going to do. Only in a completely unlikely debacle (like last season) do neither of those things happen. Not always, but usualy, highly skilled recruits progressively figure it out, individually and as a team, as they play more. I expect that to happen this season.
And when you look at the "HOLY CRAP! DID YOU SEE THAT!!" level of talent we have at the offensive skill positions, I'm likin' where I think Michigan's O will be when we get well into the B1G schedule. Add to that a defense that changed scheme because the guy who built the BALTIMORE FREAKIN' RAVENS' defense is now comfortable enough with the talent and experience to take some risks to utterly shut people down, and I'm hearing "fe fi fo fum" when I think about what playing Michigan will be like this year.
I am totally comfortable with expecting 9 wins (including the Bowl game) this season, and I think 10+ wins is substantially more likely than 8 or less.
|8 weeks 9 hours ago||Actually, I see several routes to 10 wins.||
Note: I'm including the Bowl Game, but not including a B1G Championship Game.
If Michigan wins all the other games (including ND at South Bend), they can go 0-3 against MSU, OSU and in the Bowl Game. (It would leave a bad aftertaste, but it's still 10 wins).
If Michigan wins even one of the three games against MSU, OSU or in the Bowl, they can lose to either the Irish, Penn State, or another goodish team (Utah, Northwestern or Minnesota), and still get to 10 wins. OR, they can loose a DOH! game to anyone on their schedule, and get to 10 wins.
As a subset of the last paragraph, I think a win against either MSU or OSU means a realistic shot at the B1G Championship Game, and then we are talking TWO chances to get to 10 wins, or more likely, 11 wins are part of the conversation.
If Michigan wins two of the three games against MSU, OSU and in the Bowl, they can have TWO DOH! losses, and still get to 10 wins.
Summary, I think 10-3 is substantially more likely that 8-5. The latter record presumes none of the promising youngsters pan out and the team does not gel at all as the season progresses. It assumes Michigan does not win a single game against an evenly matched opponent, and has a couple of DOH! losses. It assumes the vast majority of the lucky breaks go against the Wolverines. All of those things have happened consistently in the past 10 years (2011 excepted), but regression to the mean is our friend.
|8 weeks 10 hours ago||If He's not a Member of the Northwestern Booster Club...||
He's cheating them out of his dues.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Oh for the Love of Pete!||
I like you and your writing generally, but this column sucks on so many levels, I hardly know where to begin!
First, stop acting like a 13 year old Michigan State fan who can't remember past the mid-point of last season! What makes Michigan Michigan is an alumni and fan community who remembers that we are a world class University, and a world class athletics program (not just a football team) with a decades long legacy of consistent distinction. Yes, the last decade has been epically bad for football, by our standards, and there were cracks in the foundation even before then. We've weathered periods just as bad and returned to succeed the way we expect. We are MICHIGAN G-D it! We have a football All-American who went on to be President of the United States. Present and former Michigan students comprised 2 out of the 6 pairs who skated in the finals of the 2014 Olympic Ice Dancing competition. When I was a student, a visiting international law professor told me that the international law section of the Michigan law school library was third in the world (behing Heidleburg and Harvard) in his opinion. While other schools are dropping wrestling and men's gymnastics as varsity sports, Michigan is winning national championships in them. A Michigan student who was a volunteer, assistant coach for the swim team just became the most decorated athlete and most prolific Olympic champion in history during the 2012 Games. Current Spartans and Buckeyes, you want to know who your boss is going to be in 10 years? You might want to get familiar with the current student body in the Michigan Law, Business, Engineering, or Medical Schools. That may be arrogance, but it is also THE TRUTH!
Second, you write an article LIKE THIS less than a week before the season opener? We know precisely jack-____ about how the football team will play during the season, and we're about to get some actual information within days if not hours, but you're already making the "Wait til Next Year!" signs? Let me remind you, college football is one of the least predictable sports. The sample size, 11-14 games, is tiny. Kids whose average age is under 20, and many are away from home for the first time, are major contributors. You want to know a reason why our team's performance has been so lack-luster? Here's a big one that no one wants to acknowledge; we've been extraordinarily unlucky (except for 2011, which explains why it stands apart from the seasons before or after). There are a million reasons why our O-line was a dumpster fire last year, while still having two seniors who got drafted at the tackle positions. He's a big one; we were extraordinarily unlucky that the 4 and 5 star athletes recruited to play the interior line positions all failed so spectacularly. This year we've lost our two senior tackles, true, but all the other guys are a year older, and each season is a new roll of the dice. Which leads me to my next point, Michigan men and women DON'T PANIC, especially in the absence of relevant information.
Finally, to the extent I can make heads or tails out of your "memory of butter" meme, I profoundly disagree. No, one does not have to recently taste butter to believe your organization can produce some dang fine butter, even though its recent efforts have been lackluster. Michigan women and men are courageous and confident. We are courageous enough to look at the past, both recent and distant, and own up to how it really was, warts and all, and not some sentimentalized, factually false horse crap. At the same time, we are confident enough to know we can, and will, be really good; we just need to keep doing the right things the right way, and we will overcome the obstacles in our path, using Edison's formula of 5% inspiration and 95% perspiration.
So, buck up! Get your...self back on the firing line, and stop worrying the other troopers!
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Let's See. . .||
His new top five is four SEC teams (including one that offered him only yesterday) and one other school with a head coach who is steeped in SEC recruiting practices. What could po$$ibly be the common factor?
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Oh, he is playing rush DE||
I was about to ask why a dude who weighs less than 280 and allegedly runs a 4.5 forty is buried at nose tackle and eating a steady diet of double teams. But, I see he is listed as the rush DE. It seems to me Mr. Clark is due for his break out season, just as Michigan is way overdue for its hideously bad luck to regress to the mean. C'mon 2014!