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|5 weeks 4 days ago||You Mean Like...||
A fifth year senior QB being this bad, a red shirt freshman QB being this good, and a first team All B1G cornerback wearing Charles Woodson's number being so bad at man-press coverage that he can't get on the field for more than a couple of plays a game? You are a hopeless optimist.
I would like to think that thye're considering of one of those Pac-10, 10 pm EST kickoffs, so that no one will be watching, but somehow I don't think so.
|7 weeks 13 hours ago||And on Halloween||
How appropriate. This whole season has felt like some bizarre mash-up of the Twilight Zone and a Friday the Thirteenth movie.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Speaking as an experienced trial attorney||
"My Cousin Vinnie"
It's a rollicking farce, and also the most accurate court room movie/TV show I've seen other that the original Law & Order. Morissa Tormei's character was hysterical as an expert witness, and the way she was qualified as an expert witness was straight out of the text book.
The reason for the unreliability of the "confession" was also spot on accurate to real life.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Hey Refs||
Nice to see you following the rule book for one drive.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Dear Pres S||
Can we fire Brandon and Hoke now, please?
|8 weeks 6 hours ago||One Metric||
I can see one way only Michigan wins this game. It's rather obvious, but we all have such PTSD about having nice things, I missed it. Turnover margin. Look at the infamous white board photo. Michigan has lost the turnover battle in EACH AND EVERY GAME THIS SEASON, except for one. We broke even against Penn State, and won. This is the fourth frickin' consecutive year of this for us, and we wonder why we never seem to have answers for what the other guys are doing.
|8 weeks 12 hours ago||I Upvoted You for Optimism||
But please forgive me for pointing out the one flaw in your argument:
Hoke = Beilein.
LolLolLolLolLolLolLolLolLol...(you get the picture.)
|8 weeks 4 days 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:
|9 weeks 3 days 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.
|9 weeks 5 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?
|9 weeks 5 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.
|9 weeks 5 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.
|9 weeks 5 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.)
|9 weeks 5 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.
|9 weeks 5 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.
|9 weeks 6 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.
|10 weeks 8 hours ago||Score:||
Beverly Hills 9-0-2-1-0
|10 weeks 2 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.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Next Kickstarter Campaign||
Maybe his next move is to use Kickstarter to cover the roll of cash Laquon Treadwell flashed on Twitter.
|10 weeks 3 days 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.
|10 weeks 4 days 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?!)
|10 weeks 4 days ago||I'd prefer||
That a healthy Peppers play corner/nickel back, thank you very much.
|10 weeks 5 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.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||How appropriate||
Most 2014 Detroit Tigers way to end a ball game ever. The whole effing season in one at bat!
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Our fate, dear Brutus||
Is not in our stars, but in ourselves.
(BTW, F--- You! Brutus, and all your Buckeye ways!)
|10 weeks 5 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.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough||
"But there's a danger in loving somebody too much,
|12 weeks 10 hours 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.
|15 weeks 1 day 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!
|15 weeks 3 days 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.