Mason NEEDS this, Pistons, after all you've put him through
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|1 week 4 days ago||Spring practices v spring games||
About your comment about an actual game... First of all, I don't think the Michigan administration is trying to "alienate the fan base". Some schools don't even have a spring game/practice this year. The overwhelming sentiment on the spring game I've picked up on is that because they're usually free (or stupidly inexpensive if there is a price), it's an opportunity for, say, a family of 4 or 5 to come to the stadium and get a light gameday experience. The other thing is that the team gets more out of a well-run practice than a disorganized game against each other just for show. The spring game does count as a spring practice, too, so teams are becoming more leery of using a spring game as one of their practices.
As for Wormley, I think he was there, just not there.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||BYU, UCF, Cincinnati||
in 2015, 2016, and 2017, if you go by who M plays in the second game of the season (traditionally Notre Dame's spot). I don't have a problem with any of those. All three teams' stock is rising but should still be wins over decent-to-good teams.
|19 weeks 13 hours ago||I personally prefer manball and strong defense||
But I also appreciate what the spread can do for you. It's a common misnomer that spread = pass happy and finesse. But Auburn runs the spread...and runs out of it, and is quite good at it. Manball is not for everybody, and the spread is not for everybody. I personally think that the spread is not for Michigan, and manball plays to their strengths better. But that's just me. That doesn't mean I don't think Michigan shouldn't EVER line up in a spread formation, but I don't think it should be their philosophy or identity.
|19 weeks 14 hours ago||Coming from a longtime ghost and recent poster incarnate||
One of my best friends in Ann Arbor is good friends with Brian, so either through the actual site itself or through him, I have been aware of what's going on here for 3-4 years now. I never actively perused the comments or even visited the site on my own until the past year or so. I would either get interesting links to articles here or I would discuss them with my buddy. Of course over time I became curious, and started lurking here around the summer of 2012 on my own every other day or so. Then I started to also reading the comments. It was pretty great. In the past I have been part of too many discussion threads in various locations (other college boards, Facebook, etc.) that were simply giant trash cans that I was wasting my time in. But as I continued lurking here, I found that the primary difference here is that 90% of the comments are meaningful. There are very few, if any, people that misspell words or have poor grammar, or generally provide useless one-liners ("yah michigan go win :D:D everyone else SUX!"). Also, I never felt like comments get "swallowed up" here. Too many places, (and y'all know where I'm talking about), your comment will get engulfed in 20 seconds without anyone being able to digest it, after you probably spent 15-20 minutes on it. So after seeing how insightful and how much great back-and-forth banter there was that was relatively peaceful, I took the plunge and signed in. I try to use the rule of thumb of "if I can't contribute anything good/useful, don't contribute at all" (which is why I didn't come on until just recently), but I have tried to be useful and insightful whenever I do post. But like many others have observed here, the condition of the comments section seemed to deteriorate over time. I feel like I can disagree with you all day without letting it ruin my whole day and being sullen about it, but most people are not like this. They want you to just think what they think, and anyone who doesn't is flat out messed up, and they will utilize every ounce of strength they have to try to convince you to think what they think. That seemed to be happening more often here in the past year or so than ever. I happened to log in here tonight and saw Brian's post, which I read in its entirety, and I just found myself doing fist pumps and mouthing "yes" the entire time. This is too good of a place to resemble a YouTube comment thread. Good move, Brian. Let's all move on and talk some M.
|20 weeks 4 days ago||Not sure if I have family in Seattle||
But yeah, it's a great school after you get out, haha.
|20 weeks 4 days ago||Gundy's been at OK State||
longer than 2 years.
How big has UCLA improved? They were 6-6, 7-5 under Neuheisel and now are 8-3? BIG improvement there!
Arizona is at 7-4. Same record as Michigan.
|20 weeks 5 days ago||Perspective||
Michigan is starting 13 true freshmen, which is unheard of for a power program. It's damn near impossible to win 10-11 games with that.
Devin has taken a beating this year, but it just amuses me to see people still wanting to blame Al Borges for everything, when in the first quarter we saw a quick example of just how amusing it is that everyone thinks that. On 1st and 10, Gardner threw down the right sideline for Funchess, who ran a simple fly route. Funchess flat out drops the ball. On 2nd and 10, Michigan ran what looked like a screen (which for some reason people think here is the problem-solver) and Gardner one-hopped it. On 3rd and 10, the call is a screen, which is a reasonable call on 3rd and long. The back Toussaint is obliterated as he catches the ball because no linemen are willing to look around to, you know, block someone. Please explain to me how that series was Al's fault.
I've seen pretty much nothing about anyone complaining about the defense. The powers that run this blog have tried to brainwash us that Iowa is average/not good. They were definitely not good last season, but if I recall, haven't they beaten our ass 4 out of the past 5 seasons? Talk about not respecting your opponent. On Saturday they picked up 21 first downs. Twenty-one first downs. That's on Al Borges, right? 407 total offensive yards, 19-30 passing for a whopping 8 yards per pass. That's on Al Borges. 44 rushing attempts for 168 yards, which is 3.8 yards a clip, which is above average yards per carry to get a first down every 3 carries. I know, I know, that's on Al Borges.
I know why the offense is easier to critique. The camera follows the ball, so when there's an incomplete pass, or a sack, or run for loss, everyone can freely exclaim "WHY DID WE RUN THAT, THAT DIDN'T WORK DERRPP". But when the D gives up 400, it's not as infuriating, since far fewer viewers will watch which way the coverage rolls or the man-to-man matchups.
I know everybody's nice and pissed off and clearly didn't exercise the 24-hour rule, and put on Arizona-Oregon to see Rich Rodriguez match Michigan's record at 7-4, and then imitate the Israelites by saying we were better and improving under Rich Rod. Sure, record-wise, he was improving. But he alienated key people from the beginning, and sucked on top of that. There was no way he could NOT improve. Also bringing in guys like Ray Vinopal to play safety would just about keep Michigan at 7-5 forever. This is the worst season under Brady Hoke, and at worst it could finish 7-6. That's the best RR ever got to.
So let's just calm down. I think the HC, OC, and DC stay intact for one more season. I could see some position coaches go (that happens every year everywhere pretty much anyway, though), and see what 2014 brings. If it's 7-5 again and a whitewashing from Ohio, then yeah, let's revisit this.
|21 weeks 2 days ago||For sure||
It looked like his knee hit in bounds before he fell out. Northern Illinois called their 2nd timeout anyway with 9 seconds left, so not sure it mattered that much anyway.
|21 weeks 2 days ago||NC State hired Dave Doeren||
who was Northern Illinois' coach last year. I'll venture to say the reason for N Illinois' success is J Lynch, not Dave Doeren.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||The 7:36 start time||
was meant to honor the fallen as that was the time of the plane crash in 1970.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||Boyd||
|22 weeks 1 day ago||41-24||
To be honest, Clemson's done this to basically everyone they've played.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||I was at that game||
Not many more things miserable than that. Watching Michigan lose an 8th game in 34 degree weather in snow, sleet, hail, and rain.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||For some reason whenever we||
For some reason whenever we give it to Robbie they can't stop it
|22 weeks 1 day ago||Tech gets 2nd half kick||
If GT can get even a field goal to start the 2nd half...could keep it a game
|22 weeks 1 day ago||annnnnd we just gave it||
we just gave it right back
|22 weeks 1 day ago||D has actually played well||
D has actually played well considering they've been out on the field the whole game. That long conversion on 3rd and 18 hurt but Boyd dropped in a perfect pass over Jemea Thomas' perfect coverage. PJ called a creative wheel route for the A-Back Robbie Godhigh out of the backfield and the pitch to Robbie got us down in scoring range. That was big to stem the tide.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||I might be||
I might be the person on this board most interested in the proceedings in Clemson, SC.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||You're probably just smarter||
You're probably just smarter than I am, in that case.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||I'm going to have to disagree||
I'm going to have to disagree with you. I got my CE degree at a Top 3 institution for such a major. I had no job, and took only 12 hours for my final 5-6 semesters. I barely passed through. Not all engineering majors are considered equal. Sure, Bama has CE, too, but I imagine it's not as intensive or material-engulfing as Michigan's.
|22 weeks 2 days ago||Before Michigan State, max||
Before Michigan State, max protect was the answer.
Now, nobody likes it.
No matter what you do, football is blocking and tackling.
|23 weeks 1 day ago||They just got||
a replica of Bama.
|23 weeks 1 day ago||Al Borges||
Must be Oregon's OC tonight, right?
|23 weeks 1 day ago||Also||
This is what Hoke wants to build Michigan into, guys.
|23 weeks 3 days ago||well hello||
|23 weeks 3 days ago||Yeesh||
Narduzzi and Dantonio must be on something good. It's obvious State has built up a nasty D but when you analyze it like this it almost rises to the level of mad scientist guru.
|23 weeks 3 days ago||Michigan at home is a scary animal||
I remember traveling up for Nebraska 2011 to see two Top 20 teams thinking "I have no idea how this game will unfold", and Michigan putting the hammer down 45-17. I have a hunch this game will proceed similarly, although by not the same wide margin. 38-24 Michigan, I say.
|23 weeks 3 days ago||Y'all know that||
Oregon State plays in the Big House in 2015, right?
|23 weeks 3 days ago||Auburn scored||
20 points in that game. In all honesty they should have rolled out the red carpet to their defense for winning that game. It helped that Auburn was +1 in the turnover department, too. Ironically, Will Muschamp was the defensive coordinator.
|23 weeks 3 days ago||Usually||
The coaches that try to win the press conferences don't win as many games. See: Bill Belichick.