I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
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|3 hours 46 min ago||Git after it, Brady!||
Git after it, Brady!
|11 hours 17 min ago||Duke bags||
|22 hours 52 min ago||Everyone stay positive||
Everyone stay positive please! We started the season ranked in the top 10, but we've just had a couple setbacks and should be right back up in that range after a few more weeks. Young team is still finding their chemistry. Go Blue!
|1 day 3 hours ago||Everybody remember to stay||
Everybody remember to stay positive! If things don't go well, just remembert that next year we'll be in national championship contention! Or 2016!
|1 day 7 hours ago||I guess I"m just paranoid||
I guess I"m just paranoid after this season and never want to have to play a RS freshman or RS sophomore on the OL again.
|1 day 9 hours ago||After the OL debacle this||
After the OL debacle this year, will we take another OL in the 2014 recruiting class? Only two right now (Mason and Bushell-Beatty). Could really, really use a legimate pass-rusher, too <sigh>.
|1 day 15 hours ago||Ugh, why am I responding to||
Ugh, why am I responding to this? Two things:
|2 days 4 hours ago||Vocal minority?||
Dude, a poll of thousands of fans here resulted in 90% wanting Borges gone. What data are you relying on for your cocksure assertion?
|2 days 15 hours ago||Don't know the answers to||
Don't know the answers to your questions, but I think your assessment of our approach this year is spot on. Although I would say that part of the reason for "doubling down" was a fear of throwing interceptions. Another thing that Hoke hung his hat on when he came in was a low turnover rate, and they overcompensated badly to reduce turnover risk after DG's shaky start. Overall, just a total failure in assessing team strengths and weaknesses and putting players in position to succeed.
|2 days 23 hours ago||Graspiest of grasping||
UConn finished by
winning two straight. Akron three.
That's good for us. Right?
|3 days 5 hours ago||The Profundity of Marcus Hall||
Double bird salute
Nary a word is spoken
Yet so much is said
|3 days 7 hours ago||I don't think I'm nuts. My||
I don't think I'm nuts. My point is that at the end of LAST SEASON most people either thought it might be a loss, the odds would be 50/50, or that we would win.
Nobody, before the Akron game this year, predicted we'd get crushed by OSU. Those predictions and expectations came after we self-destructed. Which was mostly our staff's doing, in my opinion.
|3 days 10 hours ago||A little. It reminded me that||
A little. It reminded me that there is a good team in there somewhere that should get better with maturity. I don't know what the hell happened this year, but yesterday showed that it's variable and correctable. Why it took the staff 11 games to play to their team's strengths on offense I will never know, but I hope that lesson is remembered next year, whoever the OC may be.
|3 days 12 hours ago||I mostly agree with you. I||
I mostly agree with you. I was on the board for two years before I even knew who the "mods" were (or what that term meant). I guess Formerly Anonymous was one, not sure who else. Ever since the RR firing, the newly instated mods have taken on a much more public persona, which I personally think is unnecessary.
|3 days 14 hours ago||That's the University of||
That's the University of Michigan Athletics Department company line?
|4 days 35 min ago||You're in my top three||
You're in my top three favorite posters.
|4 days 43 min ago||What happened to you?||
What happened to you?
|4 days 1 hour ago||Dann O'Neill||
|4 days 2 hours ago||I really enjoy that site.||
I really enjoy that site. It's rough writing, to be sure, but there is some really good information and analysis if you sift through the typos and grammatical mistakes and random Go Blue! posts.
|4 days 2 hours ago||I don't blame Brian at all||
I don't blame Brian at all for being fed up with people who assail him with accusations of not knowing anything about football and/or not being a true fan in response to nearly everything he posts. The UFRs are just great reading for a fan, and every week somebody inevitably chimes in with "LOLgineer hasn't ever played footballs."
This has been an incredibly disappointing and frustrating football season, cast against the backdrop of an incredibly disappointing and frustrating decade of Michigan football. It sucks for people who are passionate about U-M football. This is a sports blog. People bitch about their team on sports blogs when the team is disappointing and frustrating. People celebrate their team amidst the bitching when the team is good.
There is a cadre of posters here who fancy themselves the attitude police, as if they have some sort of special protector role for the public image of the program. I encourage these people to spend more time at the offical U-M sports website blog (http://www.mgoblue.com/blog/), a thrilling virtual space with a broad range of ideas and humor, to wit. You're not a better fan for towing the company line. It's okay to be critical. It's okay to be dissatisfied. It okay to have your sports soul crushed and come write about it on MGoBlog.
|4 days 3 hours ago||I think everything hinges on||
I think everything hinges on the OL's development. They're the biggest question mark, and this season has taught us how much a bad OL can undo a whole team.
|4 days 3 hours ago||Yeah, Wormley was held badly||
Yeah, Wormley was held badly allowing Miller to get the edge on his second TD run.
|4 days 4 hours ago||We were missing Ross, but I||
We were missing Ross, but I honestly feel like the defense today was pretty representative of how they've played all year. I think the defense is average to good this year. We haven't really been tested by a good offense (except for Indiana) until today. Our safeties have been shaky all year. Our tackling has been between mediocre and good. Pass rush was okay, but generally not there. We haven't seen any back like Hyde before today--destroyed arm tackles that we usually get by with--nor QBs like Miller. They're a tough, tough team to defend.
There aren't a whole lot of offenses like OSU's out there. Our defense should do okay against a middle-of-the-road bowl team.
|4 days 5 hours ago||I acknowledge that Gardner||
I acknowledge that Gardner made some bad decisions at points this season and kind of went into a psychological shell for most of October and November, but I still believe that he's a special talent who's capable of extraordinary things. I really hope, for his sake and his future's sake, that we can roll out a decent OL next season. It's really fun watching him operate with a little bit of protection.
I also noticed him take a little bit more of assertive role with his teammates today, which I think is necessary for his development as a leader. I don't pretend to know what's happening behind the scenes with these guys, but there are little hints that Devin doesn't have the biggest leader image amongst his teammates.
|4 days 5 hours ago||Sure. There are question||
Sure. There are question marks before every season, though. I see those question marks as the areas that are most affected by coaching--those are the areas where coaches really earn their (considerable) paychecks. Any schmuck OC can run Ronnie Brown and Cadillac Williams 40 times a game (just for example). What do you do with the uncertainties?
For the record, I thought we would beat OSU preseason, too, because we should be able to beat our rival at home most years with a respectable team. We ended up not having a respectable team, and I put that mostly on the staff, partly for scheme, partly for teaching, and partly for motivation.
|4 days 5 hours ago||There are some insidery bitz||
There are some insidery bitz on this. I don't know how I'd feel about Heck being promoted, but it would probably help maintain a sense of stability with the team.
|4 days 5 hours ago||Like I said, insidery message||
Like I said, insidery message board chatter and just a sense from how players comport themselves and little snippets from press conferences. Just my sense of things. Got the same sense about RR and GERG by season three. Doesn't really come out until after the coach has moved on.
|4 days 6 hours ago||Yes, it's really hard to take||
Yes, it's really hard to take the ten-year perspective right now. It just is.
I recommend following recruiting and getting really into basketball. At least we got a little positive momentum for the short-term future today with the way we played.
|4 days 6 hours ago||If the team that took the||
If the team that took the field today shows up for our bowl game, we will crush whichever middling team we play.
If the team that took the field for the two months prior to today shows up for the bowl game, we will lose to whichever middling team we play.
|4 days 6 hours ago||Taking a step back, I guess||
Taking a step back, I guess this is good for the program relative to what we expected going in. It might help Hoke reclaim the narrative of progress and return to glory. Still seems like kind of a desperate angle after a season like this, but a bludgeoning today would have pretty much killed that narrative (it might already be dead after the last two and a half months). II think it helps the program to be in a nationally televised, good game like this one.