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|3 days 20 hours 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.
|4 days 3 hours 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.
|6 days 2 hours 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?
|1 week 1 day 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.
|2 weeks 3 days 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.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Cannonized without Words||
|2 weeks 4 days ago||My name is||
Maximus Julius Harbaugh, commander of the armies of the North, General of the Wolverine Legion, loyal servant to the true Head Coach, Bo Schembechler, and I will have my redemption in this season or the next.
However, I still think the most optimistic while remaining reasonable expectation for next season is 8-4, and we should be happy and grateful if we get it.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Sniff, sniff...||
I smell a "Worst Person in the World!" cameo coming.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Eric Namesnik & Tom Dolan||
In 1996 it was harder to be the #2 IM swimmer at the University of Michigan than it was to medal in the 400 IM in the Atlanta Olympic Games.
|4 weeks 14 hours ago||Hopefully,||
None of us will have to be committed before Wednesday.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Approximate Translation||
In the game thread someone asked what the State fans were chanting late in overtime. I did not catch their exact words, but I think the gist was:
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Some Day||
We'll actually play State in Ann Arbor. (Sigh)
|4 weeks 1 day ago||MAAR!||
Because 40 minutes isn't enough.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Kissing Spartie's Butt||
Could we put the CBS play by play guys in State cheer leader uniforms?
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Dear Mr. DeWeaver,||
Wishing you all the best in your academic and athletic careers. Thank you for considering the University of Michigan, and thank you for waiting to see who the next head coach will be and meeting with Coach Harbaugh before making any decisions. Sincerely,
|5 weeks 22 hours ago||Dear Mr. Lockett,||
Wishing you the best in your athletic and academic careers. Thank you for considering the University of Michigan.Sincerely,
|7 weeks 1 hour ago||8-4 Regular Season||
And we should be happy and appreciative if we get that.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Dear Mr Bosch,||
We'd like to wish you every success in your academic and athletic career at West Virginia. Thank you for all your hard work at Michigan. We will think of you as a Wolverine
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Renaming This Thread||
Henceforth, it shall be called "Lions radio scream."
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Same Ole' Lions||
Stafford coming up small, sudden, blithering incompetence in the clutch, and a terrible no call. The Curse of Bobby Lane lives.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Just Sayin...||
People have been underestimating OSU since before the B1G Championship Game. I agree with the earlier posters; keep your money in your wallet and just enjoy the game.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||I am...||
I am Maximus Julius Harbaugh, commander of the armies of the north, General of the Wolverine Legion, loyal servant to the true Head Coach Bo Schembechler, and I will have my redemption in this season or the next.
|16 weeks 13 hours 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.
|17 weeks 3 days 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.
|17 weeks 4 days 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.
|18 weeks 2 days ago||Hey Refs||
Nice to see you following the rule book for one drive.
|18 weeks 2 days ago||Dear Pres S||
Can we fire Brandon and Hoke now, please?
|18 weeks 3 days 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.
|18 weeks 3 days 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.)
|19 weeks 15 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: