no wonder we hired Hunter Lochmann
|15 hours 4 min ago||Seems like Big Ten Network using every resource||
at their disposal to identify the most talented announcers in the business.....and not hire them.
|3 days 22 hours ago||I foresee a great many TD passes in 2015||
And a helmet covered in snarling wolverine awards.
|3 days 23 hours ago||Goddammit. It's all Jim Kelly's fault|
|3 days 23 hours ago||Rudock likes to pump his feet alot. Happy feet.||
Reminds me of Peyton Manning a little.
|4 days 18 hours ago||Probably the best comment||
I've read in a long time on mgoblog. Thank you.
As for teaching quarterbacks the reads on option plays (whether out of shotgun spread option, wishbone, Option I, split back veer), it takes time and a lot of repping to get it right, and even longer to run it fast and smooth. But it can be done. As you correctly stated, Denard was not coached properly how to make the reads except perhaps by Rod Smith/Calvin Magee, and then Denard was a true freshman. Defending option offenses is a freaking nightmare when the QB knows what he's doing. A lot of Denard's biggest gains were amazingly simple: QB delays off tackle or QB draws with really no option reads at all. This was not a true zone-read offense as many had come to expect from the amazing Pat White show at WV. Still Denard was lethal as a RB in a QB number, but I often wonder what would have happened if Denard had been coached properly on zone read option reads, decisions and mastered it all? Tommy Frazier, Jamielle Holloway, Turner Gill, Pat White.. Ineffable is a great word to describe what would have happened. Michigan would have had more production out of it's RBs and probably less yards for Denard. But as a whole the offense would probably have been unstoppable.
|4 days 22 hours ago||Number 1: Keep an eye on your shoes||
I don't mean look or stare at them, because you'll fall over.
I'm saying make sure your asshole buddies don't tape the words "HELP ME!" on the bottom of your soles so that the whole congregation sees it when you kneel down during the ceremony. This still happens and hilarity and sometimes rage ensues.
2. Never go to bed angry.
Reconcile your differences decisively and immediately. For men, this means repeatedly surrending being correct and being rational, no longer behaving like an alpha.
3. Stay healthy
Being married makes men complacent, and gets them fat, leading to health problems (diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke).
3. Stay connected to friends and family
I'm hoping it all works out. I'm sure you're smart. She's smart. I'm sure it will be ok. But don't take it all on yourself if it does'nt. 50%+ of all marriages fail and two-thirds of all divorces are filed no fault by the lady (a.k.a. "I'm just not happy anymore"). A lot of my male friends married smart, educated, pretty and nice girls too, but were devastated whenshe pulled the plug years later.
Sorry to be Debbie Downer. Good luck to you and lots of happiness.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Reminder: Wisconsin plays Alabama Sept 5||
@ Jerry World.
Would be nice to see the Badgers win that game.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||When I was a little kid I||
When I was a little kid I thought these were fish scales on the helmet....
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Spoiled rich kids for the win!||
Spoiled rich kids for the win!
|4 weeks 3 days ago||But the real question: is the||
But the real question: is the Joker a psychopath or a sociopath?
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Bier nach Wein, lass das||
Bier nach Wein, lass das sein....I'm drinking Coronas for a change of pace.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||We've all had those disappointed moments...||
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Different picture here||
Seems to be more satisfied.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||He sure the hell is||
|5 weeks 6 days ago||And now for a dream sequence......awww goddammit!||
|6 weeks 30 min ago||Butch||
His name is Butch
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Brian Banks story also comes||
Brian Banks story also comes to mind. http://youtu.be/qhWJttp_T6c
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Filling the talent gaps.||
is critical to on-field success. Please to hear Harbaugh doing this when Hoke, Rodriguez and Carr either didn't want to or didn't know how.
In the real world, the bringing in of new faces and talent happens at companies all of the time. When the newcomers are high-performing asskickers at their previous stops this can have the effect of demoralizing certain personalities (give up) while motivating others to fight even harder and become angry asskicking sonofabitches themselves. The result can be a stronger and deeper team.
So who has it better than us?
|6 weeks 3 days ago||And our reputations are not in fact owned by us||
Good luck to Frank Clark.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Now the important question:||
Now the important question: Does he wear Denard's number 16? It'll be weird sans dilithium, captain.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Yeah, it's like they knew something was really wrong||
but didn't believe they could do anything substantial to address it.
Bear in mind like 90% of college football at that time was trying to gain yards running the veer or wishbone, so their 5'11", 180 lbs quarterbacks and tailbacks were getting annihilated on the option by 6'5"240 - 260 lbs defensive ends lineman (big for that time) and hard hitting safeties like Dennis Thurman, Dwight Hicks and Ronnie Lott. Tons of fun. The remark that No. 1 ranked Texas was operating the wishbone in 1977 with like their 4th or 5th string QB Randy McEachern comes to mind. It's a nothing short of a freaking miracle that Rick Leach even managed to start 48 games in a Michigan uniform.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Also interesting that Rick Leach may have suffered a concussion||
in the 1976 Orange Bowl loss to Oklahoma according to reporter Bill Dwyre:
UM team physician at the time, Dr. Gerald O'Connor said this to the press:
|6 weeks 6 days ago||I could be mistaken||
but this 1977 Rose Bowl game might be the first football game where the Michigan football players had their surnames printed on the back of the jersey.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Lack of science, but not lack of lawsuits||
This 1977 article in SI sort of blew things open the next year.
Pretty effed up that it took decades before rules changes were made to address concussion issues (miss plays when helmet comes off, extra med attention in cases of helmet trauma, game ejection for helmet first/spearing tackling).
Interesting point about high schools and liability issues, as well as the lack of ambulances to attend weekend football games. I've not attended a high school football without an ambulance being present.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||I'm surprised no one noticed this but...||
Michigan football appears to be returning to white socks as standard team apparel again.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Face it Walter||
|7 weeks 19 hours ago||"Of course....but maybe!"||
Of course.......Michigan football has been on a downward trends since 2011, which turned out to be an exceptionally "lucky" season for Michigan, so there's that.
Harbaugh is tasked with not only reversing the downward trend, but also to gain 2+ or 3+ wins in very short order (year 1?). Then there's the crazy as hell, Randy Marsh crowd saying: "we'll be at 10+ wins year one! Yeeeiaaahhh!".
I'm sure a lot of nice gains will be made during the off-season and for fall practice, and people will be overjoyed about those.
As Louis CK illustrated quite well, "but MAYBE"......it doesn't hurt to consider the Michigan 2015 season as the reclamation project that it very probably and most likely is.
Buddy Teevens and Walt Harris drove Stanford football into a deep ditch (16-40 over 5 years). It took Jim Harbaugh until a year 3 before the cardinal could hit > .500 in wins. Brady Hoke wasn't quite as bad as Teevens. And Walt Harris wasn't horrible (ask Pitt fans).
While it shouldn't take Harbaugh quite as long at Michigan, I for one am struggling to envision a year 1 turnaround right now.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Willkommen Moritz!!||
|7 weeks 2 days ago||And now on to the business||
of destroying our enemies. Revenge? Why not. That's actually a very good word for it.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||That's freaking awesome.||
That's freaking awesome. Michigan has just about enough quarterbacks now to feature an all quarterbacks offensive unit.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||I'm expecting a TE and FB love fest||
With a few speed option plays sprinkled in out of the I formation:
And blood on uniforms....he he....well, maybe not.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||That Michigan secondary reads like a sonnet||
It's beautiful. Wolverines are loaded with some nice talent this year.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Without a doubt, Mike Lantry field goal in Columbus 1974||
Michigan wins outright Big Ten title. Ohio finishes 9-2 (lost earlier to MSU) and stays home.
No. 1 Oklahoma is on probation in 1974 because Switzer = cheater, so no bowl game for the Sooners.
New Year's Day January 1, 2 1975
No. 2 ranked Alabama loses to Notre Dame 11-13. Irish lost earlier to USC (e.g. infamous Anthony Davis and Trojan comeback-to-blowout game 55-24).
No. 3 Michigan vs. No. 5 9-1-1 USC
Tight game, but Michigan wins 20-18 for national title led by Sr. QB Dennis Franklin and a great defense.
Michigan>USC>Notre Dame>Alabama. Michigan is only undefeated team besides Oklahoma and Miami (OH). Michigan wins first national title since 1948.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Judge Smails||
I always thought "jibe" was a sailing term.
And its one most people don't forget, since it will knock you head clean off your shoulders if you're not paying attention.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Whoever the UM equipment and apparel provider is||
it would be nice if UM administrators would stop greenlighting every proposed design idea that comes across the desk from Adidas marketing & design dolts. Probably too much to ask.
I agree though that Underarmour is now the most badass of the three.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Yes.||
I kind of wish they would standardize on a helmet brand and style as well - preferrably Schutt Air. But Michigan uses a lot of different helmet brands and probably lets the players choose which style they prefer. The different brands are of course inconsistent in their neck label style, size, etc. Anyway, asthetics are one thing. Top priority needs to be player protection and safety from injury.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Every little thing is gonna be alright.||
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Off screen to the lower left would be the SE||
This is from 2010 (Harbaugh, Shaw). Stanford lost this game 31-52 to Oregon FWIW
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Looks familiar -"Diamond formation" with QB Luck & TB Taylor||
Plus a FB and TE type left and right. Ironically, they passed out of this a lot.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||What a doofus||
Why don't we just tell them not play defense too, Geno, just like the NBA.
It's really exciting watching highly paid NBA stars walking/jogging across the court to feign defense after slamming it down.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Rudock is a good runner too||
I really like that part about him. We'll probably see some of this....
Followed by some of this:
So prepare accordingly.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Well Indiana sure is a mess||
IU, Purdue, Notre Dame. Geographically sandwiched between the big whigs Michigan, Ohio, Illinois and Kentucky.
And there is basketball......
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Obligatory - Drevno OL||
|7 weeks 6 days ago||I did not see that coming...||
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Poor Darth Vader||
|8 weeks 4 days ago||And the Dockers? Goddammit they forgot the Dad pants!|
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Obligatory||
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Shoelaces still untied like old times||
I miss that kid and 80 yard TD runs in 7 seconds.
Great photo. Awesome to see these guys come back, hanging out and having some fun.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||I'm in favor of returning to 1996 away jerseys||
|8 weeks 6 days ago||I don't think it's quite sunk in what Michigan has with Harbaugh||
He's unstable and crazy and a fantastically diabolically successful football coach. We're not talking about leading Ball State to one year of relevance with cursory connections to a national title team, or about a lifelong Bo assistant, or a lifelong Bo assistant who failed as an HC elsewhere. Harbaugh is none of that. He's a former player at college AND NFL level, and a coach of college and NFL level. Bo never did that. Moeller never did that. Carr never did that. There are plenty of examples of NFL coaches who came to college level and sucked. Harbaugh is not that either. He's weird. Harbaugh is going to win a lot of football games.
Ohio State has thoroughly enjoyed dining on surf and turf for some time. They now have a great coach, have had very little bad luck, while Michigan's program has been flailing around in turmoil, uncertainty and dysfunction for several years.
With an unproven QB, I too expect Michigan to play like average Joe's in year 1. Nobody expects Michigan to win the Spanish Inquisition this year. Or do they?
I do believe that Harbaugh's Wolverines are going to be competent, and at least good enough to pulverize with extreme prejudice the opponents they're supposed to, and perhaps may pull down the trousers of a few other opponents who think nothing bad ever happens to them anymore.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||LOL - Facepalm Guy||
From a distance will look remarkably like Duke's Grim Reaper awards:
|8 weeks 6 days ago||I remember having a 3.8 GPA Pre-Law and being happy||
then my Pre-Law (Poli Sci) academic advisor's retort after looking at my report card:
"You should do something else."
So I did.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||The clean and pressed look....||