chance of bowl: 13.6%
|2 days 7 hours ago||1983||
Those were the days:
|2 days 7 hours ago||C'mong. We know the answer.||
This is the part where we say "Beat Sparty" repeatedly all fucking week, watch the game on Saturday for about twelve minutes, and then get horribly, shit-faced, sloppy drunk and decide it wise mow the lawn in the dark with a mild head injury.
My prediction: MSU is going to roger Michigan all afternoon. This is not because of superior talent. Michigan has more 4 and 5 star players than MSU has, and this has been true dating back to 2008 and well before.
The difference is that MSU has had football coaches who actually coach and develop football players better. They're not imaginitive, but they're strong in coaching fundamentals. If you think this fact is going to be overcome by Michigan over a by week period, thenforget it. That's delusional.
Sure, okay, yeah.... I expect a few Sparty fuck ups on Saturday. They haven't played one game this year without some really dumb mistakes, but nothing to cost them a game. At least I'm not pretending those errors equal a Michigan upset. That'd be horseshit.
There is not one matchup of player or team that favors Michigan this Saturday. This is why I'm expecting the worst loss of the year, and quite possibly another shutout. Expect a lot of "Hold Me" posts, while UM fan visits to puppy and kitty cat webpages skyrocket on Saturday afternoon and Sunday. I'll be there with you, or maybe the emergency room. I haven't decided.
|2 days 8 hours ago||This is the fundamental problem with college football||
the referees are by and large terrible, inconsistent and incompetent. Refs at the high school level are the same, and ironically maybe a little better. I don't know about the NFL, as NFL football is virtually unwatchable, so I don't really care. At all. I just know that NFL refs are paid more, which tells us all something right there about how fucked up the ref profession has become. Do they do a better job at the NFL level? Is it more challenging. We know the answer to that question.
The refereeing at college football games has become so bad, it's going to take a few more blown calls like ND at FSU for someone to decide to something about it. But whatever that something is, as long as you have human intervention, you can expect a heaping helping of human error along with a super-sized order of bias.
People are talking about FSU vs. ND this week. For the last time, Notre Dame is IN NO POSITION WHATSOEVER TO BE COMPLAINING ABOUT THE REFS!!! They were undefeated beneficiaries of some of the worst refing in the nation. Ignoring that fact is just disingenuous.
When I was a little kid, it was Charles White diving into the endzone from 3 years out for 6 pts without the fucking football for the game-winning touchdown. I've grown up with that vision in my brain.
It's all shit thanks to ref fuckups. Expect more, not less.
|4 days 5 hours ago||My advice on Wife Day||
RUN!!! And for the love of God, warn all the others!!!
|4 days 5 hours ago||I deal with enough douchebags all week at work||
Why do this to us on the fucking weekend? Maybe you hate everyone.
|4 days 18 hours ago||Michigan started a true fresh against 10-0 Ohio||
That year. Rich Hewlett. Michigan should have won that game.
|6 days 5 hours ago||There's always humiliation and degradation||
Play a game of Dodgeball.
|6 days 5 hours ago||AHA!! The square root of 9.872 (MSU Fear Level) is pi 3.14, etc!||
So You pi'ed us!!!!
Why did you pi us?
Or well, you pretty close to pi'ed us anyway.
|1 week 4 hours ago||Dave will cook the termination letter real crispy for ya...||
|1 week 1 day ago||Michigan is one separated shoulder or tweaked ankle||
from the same level of mushroom cloud disaster, except we have no Tevin Colman and no legitimate OL to speak of.
Could matters be worse for UM? Sure. But what's worse? "Worse" is officially moving in after "just hanging out" with you since oh about January 2007.
|1 week 2 days ago||Exactly||
My response to this is "wait for it.....waaiiiit for it......
|1 week 3 days ago||p-Fence||
Msg to punt!
|1 week 3 days ago||All blue!||
|1 week 3 days ago||Touchdown Baylor||
Baylor 36, TCU 44
|1 week 3 days ago||Hey guys. Don't be down y'all||
We've got AJ Williams at tight e......aw holy FUCK!
|1 week 4 days ago||Welp....||
|1 week 4 days ago||Ahhhh...the old Seth-Rogen-Pepper-Spray-Mace-Trick....||
Ain't fallin' for that shit.
|1 week 5 days ago||Penn State 16 Michigan 13||
It's gonna suck you guyz.....
Thanks for the great preview Brian.
|1 week 5 days ago||I don't think this much matters.||
The boycott is happening anyway and there will be a shit ton of empty student section seats Saturday night. More comic relief at Michigan's expense. And the press knows all about this boycott, so announcers are going to call attention and play it up during the fucking broadcast.
So they've already lost the argument before it even started. The only ones who can help the troops are the generals who have been nestled comfortably in their plush little bunkers since the Minnesota game fiasco. Nobody is questioning the fortitude of the players. They are going to play hard as they do - whether home or away - in front of 110K or 3K fans.
|1 week 5 days ago||Welp....||
|1 week 6 days ago||Welp||
|1 week 6 days ago||MGOQuestion: Flanksteak = Aracherra, right?||
Or are these different cuts?
Knuckle-dragging caveman everywhere may want to know.
|1 week 6 days ago||If Michigan's defense can make Gary Nova look like||
John Elway, then WTF chance does Michigan have against Hackenberg?
This is the worst OL that Michigan has faced since App State, but I think I can safely bet my "Yes, I'm a douchebag!" fedora that the Nittany Lions roll out 400 yards of "ooohhhhh ffffffuuuu...." offense on Saturday night.
|2 weeks 2 min ago||Hurray||
We suck again!!!!
|2 weeks 16 min ago||I wish I had bacon in my name too||
It'd be awesome.
|2 weeks 5 hours ago||And endless train of people. All pointing and laughing at UM.||
And they're right....
You just knew a "feel good" story about Rodriguez was coming the minute they hired him at Arizona. It was only a matter of time. It's happened too because he's a brilliant football coach. People hate him with a passion. No fucking shit. People hated Bo with a passion too. Except they were our competitors, not colleagues.
|2 weeks 16 hours ago||Duke vs. Ga Tech and Cincy vs. Miami||
Should be quite good games as well.
Cincy has Munchie Legaux at starting QB so that'll be fun to watch.
|2 weeks 16 hours ago||Hmmm||
Last time Michigan was 2-4 (1967) they didn't fill Michigan Stadium either.
This is not a surprise.
Also, Penn State beat Rutgers on the road, so there's that.
Plus MIchigan football fans are fed up and pissed off at David Brandon. Can you fault them for wanting to tell Dave and his marketing dolts loud and clear to fuck off?
But he's not going to give a shit about 4,000 tickets, since the PA system will announce a lie anyway.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Thanks for posting||
These were some great plays. I'm proud of the players. Khalid Hill really blasted that corner on his block.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||If there's any doubt that Michigan footbal cursed....||
So did we get the Florida 2005, 2006 or 2007 defense?
Or the 2008-2010 Baltimore Ravens defense?
No, we got the 1999 and 2001 Notre Dame defense. Lots of potential, but dammit.
When Hoke is told to hit the road at seasons end, I assume that GMatt will be gone with him.
And so it was written that Michigan football must, forever and ever, not have nice things.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||What I don't understand is if||
David Brandon is such a marketing guru, then why would he fail to understand the UM value proposition? the message? the market? And why not perform some independent market research to prove or disprove his convictions about the future he wants to "create"?
It doesn't make any sense, unless he's an pretentious, swaggering douchebag who thinks that research, data and statistical trends is for nerds.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Prepare for The Brandoning||
and comments like "you've been Brandoned" or "I got Brandoned".
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Somehow||
I don't think even that creates panic in the community anymore, because by now we understand how that would be a thoroughly appropriate and probable outcome for Michigan football.
You see, we were made to suffer. It's our lot in life.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||If you all really want to cheer yourself up||
listen to David Foley (KITH) describe the outcome of his divorce and the Canadian family court decision.
After doing so, you'll feel 1000% better about Michigan football's almost certain 2-10 record in 2014.
All good things must be destroyed. Thoroughly destroyed.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Dude, "Panic" was so September||
UM is fucking 2-4. Didn't that thing you called "Panic" happen weeks ago after a 0-31 drubbing to Notre Dame. Yeah, that's what I thought.
All this means is Justice Hayes and DeVeon Smith and D. Gardner will get more carries. Not a big deal.
In fact, I don't know what consitutes the proper use of "panic" anymore on mgoblog. Does anyone else know?
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Really? 2-10?||
I mean, What was the first clue? 31-0 at Notre Dame, or the ass-ramming vs Minnesota?
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Opponents scoring frequently on Michigan||
Has the effect of exploding the number of kickoffs fielded. Anthony Carter would have blown Norfleets doors off, had it not been for Bill McCartney and Gary Moeller. Those were the days.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Yeah because 8-4 and 9-4||
Are both reasonable and likely outcomes based on observations of Michigan football thus far.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Please stop with the Harbaugh fantasies||
It's beyond pathetic. Do you even know what "long shot" means? There is no way in hell Harbaugh is uprooting his family from Palo Alto and moving to Michigan. Make that exponentially unlikely if Brandon is still around and stalking around Schembechler Hall and the UM film room with Doritos, cokes and Domino's. If I'm wrong I will eat a raw kitten.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Uh no.||
If you think recruiting and talent acquisition is Michigan's problem then you are delusional. Michigan buries Miami, Utah, Minny and Rutgers in recruiting. For decades. Name another college football team with two 5 star quarterbacks. Go ahead. Exactly. Michigan's challenges lie in frequent coaching turnover, poor talent development and substandard coaching.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Bon Jovi||
Was there too. Goddammit. That's horrible.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Stop going to games||
Of course, Brandon will just bring in Domino's and Coca Cola advertising banners, and possibly Monster Truck Ads to make up for your lack of patronage..
|2 weeks 3 days ago||What a spectacular choke job||
On the road. Against Rutgers. Same Rutgers that was beat by decimated Penn State. Don't look back and compare Michigan's recruiting the last 5 years vs Rutgers. If you do, you will shit your pants.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Well, that's just.....you know....like||
Your opinion, man!
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Player development *sigh*||
But also, Maryland.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Get mike DeBored on the line||
And tell him he is the new OC but that he may be fired imminently. You'll. have your offense.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||It's their defense that is more impressive||
ATM needs to adjust
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Agreed! Let's Go Blue!||
Will be cheering hard for Devin! I have a feeling we will miss hero ball one day.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Absolutely||
I was debt free when I graduated college. Can't say the same for current grads. Holy shit, some have 6 figure student debt...
|2 weeks 4 days ago||1978||
That was a badass UM team.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Rutgers 31 Michigan 13||
It's going to suck you guyz.
By now our role in this play is quite clear: to make shitty teams like Miami, Utah, Rutgers and Minnesota look like freaks of nature and conference champions. It happens every time. Saturday at Rutgahs will be no different.
Last one to stock up on booze is a rotten egg......
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Who is more vested? Players or Fans?||
Brian Cleary is saying that the football players are more courageous and loyal than Michigan fans.
Is he wrong? I don't thinks so.
Yes, UM fans are making an emotional and financial commitment, no doubt. But players are making an emotional, financial and physical commitment to Michigan football too.
I don't like what David Brandon is doing, and I have disliked the decision by Michigan to select a 47-50 head football coach in the first place. But I think it's rather silly to suggest that UM players aren't entitled to their opinion about the recent controversies, even if those opinions are skewed to one side and defending an incompetent head coach and a money-grubbing, Scrooge McDuck AD. Should we be surprised or mad about their support of coach Hoke? No. The perspective of events is no doubt very different from within the ivory tower of Schembechler Hall.
Regardless of the pubic embarrassment and angry mobs, the players are not going to quit on their program or on their coach. I think the football team sure be commended for being loyal and not quitting.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||This is the part where we start feeling optimistic, and then....||
|3 weeks 10 min ago||Bo wasn't a Thespian either||
and off camera, he had a penchant for swearing like an I-94 trucker pounding one out in a Joliet gas station bathroom.
Hoke is definitely in over his head and the team is 2-3. He's not an eloquent man. He's not a politician. He's incompetent. He's all these things, so what more do you want from him? Michigan hired a former DL line coach and thought someone of his caliber could play HC. I think that reflects more negatively on the University of Michigan Athletic Department than it does on the remnants of Hoke's Ball State undergrad education from the late 1970s.
|3 weeks 8 hours ago||Bad idea||
Let donors donate and opine as they wish. It's a free country. You are not going to tell Denard Robinson he is wrong either. We can disagree without being complete douchbags. So no, we can stfu about Ross. We don't need a fucking play by play or color analysis for Mr. Ross's unparalleled generosity. Stand down.
|3 weeks 18 hours ago||Somehow I think things are just going to get worse||
with all of this from here on out for Michigan. I'm reading comments with people arguing that "it's not that bad" and "it's being blown way out of proportion".
Let's face it. Brandon and Hoke aren't going anywhere for the next 2 months.
Meanwhile, the national media is going to be feasting on this festering carcass of a program & laundry list of fiascos (D. Brandon miscalculations and obfuscations, Brady Hoke incompetence, Michigan football losses and general opponent Schadenfreude) for another eight or 10 weeks. The president, regents and certain alumns still have their heads way up their asses about why its happening. This is not going to blow over or crawl away to die quietly. I just foresee an endless freight train of negative shit coming down the tracks with no fucking brakes.
I fear that varied perceptions are gonna tear the community apart some more:
I just read this tweet by Denard Robinson:
|3 weeks 23 hours ago||No. They'll probably go 2-10 or 3-9||
The next several weeks are gonna suck.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||LOL my takeaways are:||
1. David Brandon isn't going anywhere.
2. Brady Hoke is Michigan's coach until the final second in Ohio Stadium November 29.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Way to go Daaave!||
|3 weeks 1 day ago||It's funny that Brandon thinks this crisis||
Can be contained and controlled as within a corporation, such as a faulty product or liability issue. That's not going to work here. The motivations and environment are different. Good luck with all that Dave over the next few weeks. You are going to need it.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Good point||
However we must also understand why donors give. Recognition, influence, impact, mission and even impulse. Even wealthy athletic dept donors dislike the seemingly endless parade of negative and embarrassing press about Michigan. They will like an empty football stadium even less. Influence is only one driver.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||It's true||
He's either a fucking idiot or a liar.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||You shouldn't post here Johnny||
My mother posted here once.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Most Michigan fans won't watch the games||
Because it's a miserable experience. They are not boycotting, but choosing other preferred activities, such as intentionally cutting their toenails too short and then dipping their toes in a bath of turpentine, or dropping cinder blocks on their heads.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||I feel badly for Brian||
That he had to be the one to most honestly chronicle this pathetic shit show probably sucked a lot ordinary happiness out of him. I'm so grateful for this blog though which he created for all of us.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Welp||
Welp to the billionth power.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||So Rutgers beats Michigan by 20 pts?||
Sounds about right.
I actually believe Rutgers is a better football team than Minnesota as well, to which holy shit.
( Rutgers>WSU by 3>Utah by 1>Michigan by 16 )
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Dave Brandon: Winner of Marcus Hall Double-Bird of the Week||
Brandon and Hoke both seem to believe that this will all just blow over and that they should be defiant.
This is not going to fucking blow over.
Also, fuck you David Brandon and Brady Hoke, for publicly blaming UM athletic trainers and medical staff and for considering yourself unaccountable.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Gee, lemme think||
The last two Michigan road wins:
Rutgers football genuinely sucks, but by now we all know how Michigan plays and how Saturday night's movie ends.
The only thing we will get to observe now until the Ohio game in Columbus is theater. BTN is broadcasting the game vs. Rutgers unfortunately. I'm sure they'll play up and revel in Hoke's broiling chair and the significance of "Rutgers' victory over mighty Michigan in their first attempt!", etc.
Like the Minny game, it's gonna suck.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||UM athletic trainers and team physicians are officially||
under the bus after being thrown down there by Dave Brandon and the University of Michigan's lawyers in an effort to cover asses and deny, deny, deny.
Gee Dave, can the trainers crawl out now?
What a fucking disingenous dipshit.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||What is amazing to me is how||
fast things have turned completely and utterly upside down on Brady Hoke.
The kind of person he is, I can imagine him asking himself right now: "just what the fuck is happening?!"
A few years ago he was considered the perfect "Michigan Man" to turn the ship around.
Now, only a few years later, people are pissed off, want to have him drawn and quartered.
There's a lesson there for all of us. No matter how popular or well-liked you might once have been, how quickly one's stock can crash in value.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Congratulations to the Tigers||
Well deserved. They fought hard and never gave up.
I'm still depressed about Michigan football though, and our dipshit coaching situation.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||That is a lucid, intelligent, well-thought out objection.....||
|3 weeks 3 days ago||David Brand-on||
Michigan really hired a man with "brand" as his middle name.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||He looks like a complete incoherent doofus||
We should therefore read his posts and genuinely care about what he says.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||No way is Hoke fired on Monday||
The second Hoke is fired Mattison is gone too. They are a package deal. The team will implode if they leave. It's best to keep going. Keep calm and play dead.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||That game vs MSU||
Is gonna be so much fun. I can hardly fucking wait.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||That is fucking unbelievably crazy and.....||
...it just might work.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Yeah, but what kind of a dipshit||
Sees his quarterback hurt and stumbling and then lets him go back in? In college and pro football, players play hurt. I get that. But wtf. The QB go hit pretty damn hard. Bellamy should have gone in if need be.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||I'm confused. For some reason||
You skipped right over 2-10 and went to 4-8.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Things will get much worse||
Until they get better. The show must go on.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||But My iPad MGOBLOG App||
Still reads: HOKE SPRINGS ETERNAL
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Yeah but he headbutts his kids||
|3 weeks 6 days ago||On the waggle||
I hate that slow-developing sack festival of a play as much as the next guy, but back in 1997 things were completely different.
I mean, just look at UM's starting OL:
C: Zach Adami , All Big Ten Sr.
LG: Steve Hutchinson, All Big Ten, + many other honors So.
RG: Chris Ziemann, Jr.
LT: Jeff Backus, All Big Ten So.
RT: Jon Jansen, All Big Ten, Sr.
TE Jerame Tuman, All Big Ten Sr.
The play can be run, just not by the 2014 OL right now. They are too young and are not talented enough or ready. Also our QBs have been mental cases under pressure so it's a loser playcall 80%+ of the time, but especially on 2nd or 3rd and forever.
Also, it might be somewhat different if Michigan actually ran the fucking ball off this play, you know, to make the play action fake even remotely credible. But, gee, they never do.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||This is just so damning...||
What the fuck man? What. The. Fuck.
Greg Mattison successfully exorcised the demons left behind by GERG and stuffed beavers to field a Top 10 defense. Yet Michigan remains haunted all the more by Oh Spirits of Offensive Ineptitude, Debord and Borges.
What's next? Hoke is toast. The next coach won't be Harbaugh, it'll be a Carr-era retread like Cam Cameron signaling another cornucopia of mediocrity.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Sometimes I think we have it all backward...||
The first mistake is asserting that the media is the media, and that corporations and other orgs would be at odds with them. This is an illusion. What we used to know as the "media" simply doesn't exist anymore. It is ALL corporations with partnerships/joint ventures/tied capital/sponsorships, etc.
They are all measured in their approach. But this is why online media and independent media sites and blogs have been so successful. There is no journalistic integrity anymore. It's one big nutty brown pile of bullshit being shoveled by these "official news sources".
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Believe me. It's going to get worse before it gets better||
Gardner may be in bad shape (injury, decision issues), but Brian is right. Morris is playing like he missed his senior H.S. season and has been carrying a clipboard around for 2 years. Now all of the sudden he's getting coached.
You know what that means. Look for some OMG fucking wonderful things to happen, and for plenty more Oh Why Lawd! goddawful things to happen.
That's the way it is. It's our lot in life. We Michigan fans were made to suffer.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Agreed||
UC's defense has been really bad, especially the tackling. Ohio will be able to move and score with impunity probably.
But contend that Ohio's defense is way overrated this year despite their star-studded DL. They've played some quality opponents, but have struggled to stop good offenses. UC is another good offensive team. Tuberville is not a guy who lavishes praise on teams or players much, but he's already stated that the WRs on this UC team are the best he's ever coached and that he's pleased with the explosiveness on offense. I think UC is going to score some points and quiet down the Horseshoe. And as we know all too well, it only takes a few collossal fuck ups on special teams and QB play to put your team in a deep hole - even with a great defense.
Ohio should win, but UC beating Ohio would not surprise me either.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||McNeese State....||
|3 weeks 6 days ago||About Michigan's quarterback situation, I just wanna say that...||
|3 weeks 6 days ago||AaaahhhhhHHHH! GERG!||
I wasn't ready for that image, man.
Don't do that again. Please.
His hair is still magnificent though. I mean, how else could it be anything but?
|3 weeks 6 days ago||B...b...buh, but does that mean you're not coming, Jim?||
I feel like a 15 year old girl who just got dumped.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||This is gonna suck||
|4 weeks 3 hours ago||Michigan players (Mike Hart) insulted him first||
and he's been using it as his "Tackling Fuel" ever since.
Dantonio hates Michigan and always has. The feeling is mucho and mutual.
|4 weeks 3 hours ago||This doesn't matter at all||
Michigan is the only college football team in the nation that consistently achieves less with more in terms of recruited football talent. This is a fact, and has remain a fact since 1998, when Michigan landed the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation.
Has anyone comparatively analyzed the recruiting rankings of teams like Wisconsin and Michigan State and Iowa over the last 10 to 15 years. Just look at the talent they recruit to that of Michigan. Now why not ask the question just how in the fuck Michigan football can consistently lose football games to these teams over the last several years after kicking the shit out of them so decisively on the recruiting trail?
1. There is simply too much deviation and bias in recruit rankings. MSU, Wiscy, Iowa are getting short schrift for their recruiting achievements, while Michigan is getting way too much press and credit.
2. Michigan has always recruited quite well overall, and will continue to do so because it's academics and facilities are kick ass, and many others are far from that.
3. The biggest difference has been in football coaching staff consistency over the last 10 years, and achievements in player development. Michigan doesn't develop talent like it used too. Other teams are better at it.
|4 weeks 3 hours ago||Just like the good ole days of Tom Brady or Drew Henson||
minus a shit ton of fumbles and interceptions of course.
|4 weeks 3 hours ago||That looks about right. Hey Michigan, you're = Iowa!||
This idea must now dissolve and permeate through the pores of our soul.
|4 weeks 23 hours ago||Wait, what did Brian instruct us about radio info reports again?||
Let me check.....
Regard any other sports talk radio information-type substance with extreme dubiousness. Outside of the friendly confines of WTKA, radio is worthless for news. That goes triple for some yob in East Lansing asserting that Greg Schiano is the next guy. Because he's the dude who will get the news first. Okay buddy.
Trust me because I don't ask you to trust me, and trust Sam because he's connected, and ignore all radio reports.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Based on team performance thus far||
Michigan won't have to wait long. The 7-1 and 9-3 goal will be answered by mid-October, two weeks before kickoff in East Lansing.
I can see visualize a over Minnesota. But at Rutgers? Even Penn State looks iffy in the Big House.
Even if Michigan clears the decks of these three and plays well vs. MSU, Indiana and Maryland are big, big games for Michigan this fall.
It's ironic, but if the writing is on the wall for Hoke before November 29, I could see Michigan kicking the shit out of Ohio in Columbus.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Bacon's comments on watching film (AD + HC)||
Was pretty off-putting. That was out earlier, but it's going to go down like a fart in church with prospective replacements.
Also, I found it interesting that Bacon said Hoke could keep his job if Michigan
It's like Bacon is freaking quoting Brian's mgoblog post from this today. Or did Brian get this from another source and Bacon is corroborating that?
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Yeah, let's reject out of hand||
the idea that Brandon, A Michigan Man, undermined himself and the university publicly with his actions.
It's always someone else's fault. Like some writer or university professor.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||This assumes that in the huddle||
The OL are getting blocking assignments at all. They are not. They learn which play(s) they will run, and then discern from that what their standard blocking assignment will likely be, but the final executed blocks greatly depend on the defensive alignment they will face, signaled stunts, coverages, etc. which happen at the line. If anything, getting to the line quicker on temp/no huddle would probably HELP an OL, not confuse them.
I agree that the OL is not ready.
But surely there are equally or even less experienced OL's in college football than Michigan right now who are running a more complex offense at a much faster tempo either with huddle or no huddle. Such offense may suck for a while, until they grow accustomed to the pace.
I'm not even against huddling 100%, as long as huddling:
a.) is done fast. Subs are sprinting in. Playcall is done fast. Allowing 15+ sec to line up before snap. Not this 5 to 10 secs to go bullshit that Michigan has now. How can that possibly help an OL to make their comms?
b.) serves a purpose.
This is why huddling is outdated. You can send in the next play with either baseball hand signals or hysterical Punnet Square graphic boards like Oregon does.
Unless you've been asked to re-film Waterboy or The Longest Yard and you are mandated to include a ground-to-sky shot of all the football player heads huddled in the scene, huddling should be tossed on the college football scrap pile of bad ideas, right next to leather helmets, single bar facemasks and kicking tees.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Maybe we should issue a cease & desist letter to David Brandon||
so that he can just incinerate it in a Pizza oven on national TV?
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Maybe he means vicarious embarrassment?||
You know, when a guy wearing your colors gets pepper sprayed/tasered by cops for being a total douche.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Because The Horror wasn't Rock Bottom||
Neither was 2008 Toledo.
Neither was 2014 Notre Dame nor 2014 Utah.
There's probably another Top 5 "hits" yet to come on this how-low-can-you-go shit show of a football season.
I just name the next three opponents in my head, and I can somehow visualize some really horrible outcomes that no longer seem impossible, like losses.
vs Penn State
Michigan is more talented than all three of these opponents. Yet by now we know how OL consistency issues will crop up and put us behind the stcks, just in time for the H.S. Hero Ball and Weekend Interception Festival that we've been watching in recent games.
Things are circling the drain, and all we can do is suffer through it together.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Way overblown because Coke Springs Eternal||
Also, Have A Hoke and A Smile!
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Very cool name but||
TLDW (too long didn't watch)
The other team was about to win, but his team finally woke up, found their pride, changed their attitude and won the game. The end.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||I like Coach Nussmeier||
It's not hard to comprehend how bad this steam can be at times.
Consistency in play is correct.
Inconsistency in coaching staffs has a knock on effect. We're seeing it now.
Gardner has been thrown around from QB to WR to QB. Only now, as a 5th Yr Senior, for the first time in his entire life, does he have a QB coach in Nussmeier - someone who actually played the position in both college and the NFL.
Rod Smith, Calvin Magee and Al Borges did not advance the QB skills (reads,decisions, technique) very much. He's probably better than he was as a RS Fr. But very bad habits were never coached out of him thoroughly, so it's more a struggle than it would otherwise be for both player and coach.
The sad thing is that Nussmeier came on the Michigan scene too freaking late.
Michigan is not finishing 9-3 this year, so the idea of Nussmeier being an unfortunate casualty in a future coaching change makes this whole situation suck that much more.
In the middle of this storm of ineptitude and youth, Mattison and Nussmeir actually know what the fuck they're doing.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Beau Baldwin (E. Washington)OR Chuck Martin GVSU, NDame,Miami?||
Beau Baldwin, Eastern Washington HC? (66-25, .725)
Chuck Martin (74-11, .870), former GVSU HC, former ND OC and current Miami (OH) HC?
|4 weeks 1 day ago||I still can't believe Nussmeir is OK with the snail pace on O||
But I also can't believe Hoke is insisting on "HUDDLE UP!". Of all the things a cursory coach like Hoke would be nosy about and insist upon on offense, why would "huddle up!" be so goddammned critical for him?
Makes zero sense.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||I'm all Joel Godard||
|4 weeks 1 day ago||But he's an upgrade over Nussmeier.....||
because he took Nussmeier's job.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||I watch for a few minutes||
But if it turns into another shit show, then I typically turn it off, find other things to do to make the pain go away or to get my mind off the suck. Then I circle back to reminisce with you guys. Pattern behavior.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||That's not a beard.||
That's a "yeard". It's prolific. We need more of those. But I guess just cookie-duster mustache like Dan Dierdorf's is a close second best.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||So can someone explain to me why||
Michigan's offense is huddling still?
Is this Nussmeier or is this Hoke?
Do we seriously believe Brady Hoke is standing right behind Nussmeier going "Hey new guy, where's my fucking huddle? I specifically told you we must huddle!"
I can't believe it's Hoke, who uses such generic terms like "power play" to describe like 40 derivatives of a 34/36 belly or 34/36 dive off guard play.
Isn't Nussmeier driving them UM offense? If so, then WTF?
I can't believe Michigan doesn't have a 2 minute drill offensively at the very least.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Spurrier has always been this way.||
The difference now is that he's fielded three straight 11-2 football teams in the SEC. He's usually sarcastic as fuck and just tells-it-like-it-is, but he seems genuinely pissed off that the team is loafing and lazy. He's got a point. aTm burried the Gamecocks easily. The USC schedule is pretty friendly this year with only at Auburn and at Clemson to really worry about now.
Spurrier: "We'll probably finished 9-3 or 10-3, sumpin' like 'at"
|4 weeks 2 days ago||What do you call a team No. 1 in total offense||
and No. 3 in total defense? Baylor
NCAA Total Offense Rankings as of 9/22:
NCAA Total Defense as of 9/22
Things could be a lot worse you guyz....
In the age old "defense wins championships" theory, Michigan should win the fucking Big Ten this year.
Entropy's response to "defense wins championships" is ironically rather predictable: "Fuck you! Not when you're turning the ball over 4 times a game!"
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Because||
For example - no one had and still doesn't have much of a clue why Funchess, Raymon Tayor, Peppers, Morgan and others have had limited or no time. If they aren't going to play anyway, why not disclose the injury?
Because Minnesota should be forced to prepare for a Michigan team at full strength and distribute their practice time to cover all eventualities: Funchess, Peppers, etc..
Most teams do this anyway unless a major, critical injury leads to a strategic vulnerability that can be exploited with a new game plan.
This is a college football game, not a legal board of inquiry.
If Minnesota knows for certain that key Michigan players are out, then they in theory would be afforded greater competitive advantage to hone their practice time and/or modify their strategic focus on Michigan's vulnerabilities.
There is of course the reverse psychology about injuries that Hayden Fry was famous for at Iowa (besides the pink-painted opponent dressing rooms). He would hold a "pity party" press conference with the media during game week about how "we're just decimated with injuries" and thenby kickoff miraculously his best players are all healed. Man, Bo really hated that shit.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Does this really matter? The information is out there anyway.||
This was easy to find by the way:
It doesn't matter one iota whether Brady Hoke decides to disclose injury to Player X or Player F in press conference. As I recall, previous UM coaches were equally reluctant to share a lot of detail about player injuries lest it tip the scales of competitive advantage for next game preparation. Bo, Mo and Lloyd didn't willingly share a lot of that info. Rodriguez was the most open about it.
In my view, it doesn't serve any purpose except to provide napalm fuel to those who want to second-guess every fucking decision the Michigan coaching staff makes from here on out (ex.: "When will Shane Morris be dubbed the starter?"). I understand this want, but it doesn't make the request any less pointless.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Great write up. Now let's go back to January 2011||
And how people were convinced that Brady Hoke was such a great hire.
I don't really care anymore about the alternatives listed here. This is what struck me:
Profile: Led two long-dormant programs to success at Ball State and San Diego State. Michigan’s defensive line coach from 1995 to 2002.
Why he might be a good fit: At Ball State, he came in and cleaned up a program beset by NCAA sanctions. He’s tied to Lloyd Carr and the Schembechler legacy at Michigan. A defensive-minded guy.
Why he might not fit: Michigan football is a totally different animal than the smaller programs Hoke has coached. In eight years as a head coach in smaller conferences, he’s won one conference title. Career record of 47-50 as a head coach.
Odds: 3 to 1.
This is amazing. The weakest candidate got the job at Michigan. Michigan got in Hoke it's legacy "Michigan-Man" box checked to appease those standing around Ann Arbor and the world with pitchforks and torches because of Rodriguez. Except what Michigan desperately needed at that time was the full package at HC:
1. Proven, winning track record.
2. High football intelligence
3. Recruiting prowess.
4. Proven track record developing talent
5. Integrity (desire to do things the right way and represent UofM).
This is a quite a laundry list of deliverables for any candidate. But these are minimum requirements. Not just anyone can waltz in and be the HC at a Michigan, Ohio State, Alabama, Auburn or Oregon, because of the importance of winning.
Clearly Brady Hoke had nailed down 3 and 5, though his recruiting prowess was noticed later.
But Hoke was either an unknown quantity or a known poor quantity at 1, 2 and 4.
Sort of like the huddling offense, by January 2011 it's not like Brandon had a lot of time left to do something else.
Michigan and David Brandon made a very bad bet here with Hoke, weighting their decision so heavily on these No. 5 due to "Rodriguez bias".
|4 weeks 2 days ago||This will cheer you guys up|
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Tackle for loss||
2nd down and 13
|4 weeks 2 days ago||This is the Sunday||
Say anything, including ri-goddamn-diculous ideas, to make the pain go away-thread.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Ok||
I don't care anymore. An interception or fumble by Gardner or an interception or fumble by Morris. It's still a turnover. Both QBs have played horribly thus far. They are both poster children of michigan coaching and lack of development. 5 star quarterback talent that is being squandered.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Ahahahahahahahahaha||
Harbaugh is never ever coming to Ann Arbor. Put that delusional thought right out of you head. Bo Schembechler is more likely to be the next UM coach than Jim Harbaugh.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||You guys should listen to the song||
Rainbow Connection by Kermit the Frog. I feel so much better now. Do it.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||That's insulting||
But there is iron in your words for all men to see.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Ferdogsakes||
You forgot that part.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Might as well hire||
Jim Bollman if you hate Michigan football that much.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||The defense did good things||
Stop gifting the goddamn football 4x a football game and surprisingly good things begin to happen.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Yes I have felt worse||
2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Can't wait to be on TWIS again||
We are apparently well on track to beat 2005, 2007 and 2008 records for "fuck"s on mgoblog.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||The world needs more people||
With your attitude Seth. I'm sorry about the loss of your father. I do hope things move forward and get better for you and your family. I've been in similar circumstances. It is very hard for a while. Conversely much good can come to you on a dime as well. All we can do is be ready.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||I said it earlier||
Like it or not, this is all Michigan has to work with right now: Two 5-star quarterbacks, a 5th year senior and a sophomore.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Just what the hell are you suggesting?||
Bench Gardner, and then what?
Start Shane Morris? Wilton Speight?
Does Devin Gardner get a clipboard and a headset in your little fantasy world too?
Both QBs played like shit today and pretty much lost the game. I got it.
But for better or for worse, this is all that Michigan has to work with: Two 5 star QBs.
Hey, that last sentence is funny when you say it out loud.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Wrong||
Gardner is on his 3rd OC since arriving at UM, as well as the third playbook since arriving here. He's been jostled around at QB, WR, then QB again. He performed heroically last year with a broken foot, while the bones in his rib cage were pounded into an oatmeal-like substance despite two NFL draft picks on the line. He's never had a QB coach (someone who really played the position in college AND NFL) until this fucking year.
I agree that the turnovers and Gardner's mental fortitude are a major problem. But that can be corrected. Both quarterbacks played poorly today, but one of the INTs was a perfect throw, but the fault of Funchess, who was clearly in pain and not 100%.
Take out the turnovers and give Utah their TD punt return, there's no fucking way Michigan loses so much momentum and loses the game.
Defense played extremely well today (again) I thought.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Alright, but Michigan could have beaten Utah today||
The coaches didn't cause fucking 4 turnovers. Remove the turnovers and this game does not end 10-26 in a fucking rainstorm.
Utah is a decent football team, but Michigan handed them the game.
MIchigan outgained them, rushed for 100+ yards (3.3 ypc) and held Utah to 286 total yards and only 81 yards rushing total. The D knocked out the starting QB and held star WR Dres Anderson to 57 yards receiving. Michigan's defense is playing extremely well, and they're probably only going to get better as the season goes along.
The major problem is the turnovers, which can be fixed.
Yes, and clock management and special teams, I know, but fuck!
Eliminate the turnovers and watch the wins pile up. Just keep the ball and you suck out the momentum swings in the game. Michigan allowed Utah into this football game, and the Utes were good enough to capitalize on Michigan's fucking mistakes.
4 turnovers to ND.
4 turnovers to Utah.
Gardner is candy or poison and not much in between.
Every 10the pass is either a fucking TD or devasating INT. But he's hitting on 68% of his throws. 6 sacks in 4 games though- I expected a lot worse.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Nothing to do with desserts||
Michigan is 2-2. They got laid out by Notre Dame, and imploded against Utah today.
The coaches will stay on until year end regardless. There's no payoff in firing the HC mid year.
The thing is, if you get rid of the turnovers (mental mistakes), Michigan probably wins this football game.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||5. Acceptance||
It is what it is. Michigan should have won this game. But you can't expect to win any football game while committing 4 turnovers. That's just asking for an ass-kicking.
I thought the defense played really well and held them to 286 total yards. Their star WR Dres Anderson had only 57 yards receiving. Utes had 81 total rushing yards.
We outgained them slightly, and rushed for 118 yards.
Utah is not a great team, but they were good enough to capitalize on mistakes.
I feel badly for the players. They're going to have to pull together and stop making stupid mistakes (blown assignments and turnovers).
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Please....just make it stop||
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Please....just make it stop||
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Summamabitch||
That's a lot of water.
Now why is it not going down the drains like Brady Hoke's career?
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Also, obligatory because, Utah||
|4 weeks 5 days ago||LOL reminded me of my Latina piano teacher||
She phrased the command like a question..."eeeee.....teeeeeeempo?????"
Of course I practiced like this because I wanted out of there. She had very bad breath.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Great preview.||
But I just can't see it. Wilson and Anderson are the real deal. Also, Whittingham and his coaches watch film. 3 step drop and boom.
I think Utah makes a lot of big pass plays like ND and Miami did, and wins this game. Also, turnovers continue to a major problem placing a good UM defense into bad situations and then we're playing from behind.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||I agree.||
There may be some young, talented football coaches out there. But they are far away long shots and have little to zero Michigan or Michigan coaching tree connections.
The Michigan Coaching Tree has aged very quickly and their doesn't seem to be many new sprouts.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||My comment got downvoted by someone.||
I rest my case.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Great that we declared war on breast cancer||
There are 200K new cases of breast cancer every year. 32K women and men will die from it - 15%. Breast cancer gets abuot $873 million in funding.
There are 215K new cases of prostate cancer every year. 39K men (and no women) will die from it - 19%. $400 million in funding.
Don't hate pink and don't hate the ladies, I'm just saying, WTF man.
We can applaud all the efforts, but it just seems that death from prostate cancer is way more acceptable than death from breast cancer.
So when that organ down south becomes football-sized, you're on your own boys.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Do you have footage of 1976 michigan vs Minnesota?||
And can u post to YouTube?
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Utah 38 Michigan 24||
Not even close
|4 weeks 6 days ago||The emphasis in Psychology||
Probably helped big time with his boss Bill Bellichick.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Urban has bigger problems, namely Tuberville & Cincy||
I think the Bearcats are stronger than expected. Tuberville says these are the most talented receivers he's ever coached. Cincy is going to do some damage and fill their fair share of Buckeye fan shorts this weekend.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||To the OP, yes it's sensitive around here.||
It's ok, man. Don't let all the teenage sarcasm bother you.
Mgoblog has had bare nerves now for weeks, so it's one grumpy place (to the eleventy billionth power). I mean, Michigan football was headlining TWIS only two weeks ago Ferdogsakes.
So don't be hurt by the lack of appreciation for your Captain Obvious post (sorry, but true) that reminds us of all about the colossal and comparative suck of the football program.
I'm not too worried about losing to this Utah team so much. I think Michigan's main goal is win its division and then the BIG10 title for now. That's plenty. Also, the Big Ten is awful all around except maybe MSU.
I AM worried about Michigan losing badly to Utah however. That would not be good.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||LOL @ "30-0 in the third quarter before calling off the frogs."||
|5 weeks 2 hours ago||By that time (2027)||
there will be no more head coaches and no more offensive coordinators.
Those roles will be consolidated to the QB position entirely (at age 18-22). The college football quarterback will have a micro-chip implant into his brain, vastly improving processing power and speed. He will be able to make-in-game decisions, perform in-game stratistical regression analysis to maximize results and play calling effectiveness in real time, communicating it to his teamatest instantaneously, thereby eliminating all outliers and maximizing yards gained, points scored as well as turnover ration and opponent errors/resource misallocations.
Except both teams have the same capabilities, therefore
Perpetual Overtime result.
|5 weeks 4 hours ago||Ugh||
Let it die guys, or just hug it out like on Starsky and Hutch.
|5 weeks 5 hours ago||Until we start to declare war on bad ideas||
There is a ton of scientific evidence published that pretty much proves how corporal punishment is an complte and abject failure for disciplining children. It is not only ineffective, but counter-productive for that very purpose. Further, it can cause irreparable mental and emotional harm in children, which is typically carried on into adulthood, where violence is then turned to as the first tactic of choice to address questions or insubordination and disputes of authority.
Hence, the popular refrain "it's a perpetual cycle".
The information has been around for several years. Some of the best studies were actually done over 10 years ago.
I agree that Adrian Peterson probably "didn't know any better". Unfortunately too many parents are ignorant, and shouldn't be rearing children at all. Many are in their own little world on the subject of child discipline, and are convinced that their situation with their child is completely unique. So they don't want to hear any intereference from the state or other parents on what should be done, unless it's their own parents (grandparents) who probably were raised by another generation too where a good child-beating right after dinner was essentially par for the course.
The evidence is why, in a growing number of states, corporal punishment is now considered assault and battery.
|5 weeks 5 hours ago||RAT FARTS!!!!||
|5 weeks 5 hours ago||Wait a minute, I thought you worked for the "Copious Beverages||
Has that like...ever occured to you, man,....sir???....
|5 weeks 5 hours ago||Agreed||
I never thought about using the words "Ped State" before, but in the context of these ongoing pro-Paterno rallies and blatant excuse-making, I can see that, in the parlance of our times, this phrase becoming quite useful and description.
On one level I also think what's happening is dangerous. Excuse-making is indicative of future outcomes. It is simply a promise to not to change, correct or improve.
|5 weeks 5 hours ago||They really are in a Nittany valley||
with all vulnerabilities and reactionary behavior that come with it.
Somehow despite the interwebs and reams of damning evidence, they are still unable to understand matters from the more complex and sensitive vantage point. How can one repeatedly dismisses out of hand the victims and their families?
It's as if they really are in a Nittany valley, with it's own cultural micro-climate and all the ignorance that comes with not understanding your place in the larger picture. With any other stupid beliefs and fanatic partiality, this kind ignorance is probably not a problem, as it hurts no one. But in the context of Joe Paterno, Penn State and the sociopathic exploits of Jerry Sandusky over decades with dozens of *known* children victims, these decisions are obscene.
|5 weeks 22 hours ago||Utah is probably better at football right now.||
They've had two back-to-back 5-7 seasons in the PAC-12. Whittingham has to be under increased pressure now to turn things around this fall and get them back to a bowl game at least. They are in a tough division to ever win the PAC-12 now with USC, ASU, UCLA and Arizona. Tough row to hoe.
Everyone expected Utah to beat Idaho State and Fresno State, but I don't think anyone predicted the manner in which they did it. Utah thoroughly pulverized these opponents, and probably left another 14 or 17 pts on the field in each game. They did not commit many errors.
Michigan's football team is young and still learning. They're making a lot of costly mistakes, and allowing inferior teams to hang around, make big plays, and gain from momentum swings.
Utah is very similar to Notre Dame in their offensive style and weaponry. Golson is better than Wilson, but not by that much. And I think Utah is way better on defense right now than the Irish are.
I have always had a bad feeling about this game vs. Utah.
It's only Tuesday, but unlike some here, I haven't entirely forgotten the Notre Dame and Miami game performances. Utah has a stout defense. And by now I think we know how Michigan's offense responds against stout defenses. Typically not well.
|5 weeks 22 hours ago||Yes, And then.||
"Penalty Offense. No. 84. Manslaughter - Karate Kick-Curb Stomp combo to the kicker's larynx.
15 yards from the spot of the foul.
|5 weeks 23 hours ago||AJ Williams needs to at least cut block that guy goddammit||
slow him down, even if just a little bit. Get low and just blast through.
Every play has the potential to go for 6!
This is Meeechigan Ferdogsakes!
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Aaahahahahahahahahahahahahaha||
You said the word "endearing" on a college football blog.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||I don't think it's quite registering with you guys....||
Travis Wilson = Gulliver among the Lilliputians
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Agreed. I fully expect a ton of this happening this Saturday||
for both teams:
"Holding, Number xx offense! 10 yard penalty. 4th down!"
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Make that "9am Drew sharp".||
"David Brandon resigns. Film at eleven."
|5 weeks 1 day ago||You're absolutely right||
But "integrity" doesn't score touchdowns nor win football games. It also doesn't win championships.
Look at Ohio, Alabama, Florida State, Oregon and Auburn football. I rest my case.
College football and the media have exactly what they wants. It's the perfect recipe. The above mentioned products create a massive dose of arrogance, hatred and controversy that keeps the interwebs broiling for years, and the media machines all rolling in a Scrooge McDuck vault of gold and cash. Michigan's integrity would ruin this. Wolverine Athletics is obviously clueless and way late to the game on this fact: In college football, Integrity is for chumps.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||About the Piped In Music||
I don't understand.
Why don't we have a ticket holder vote or a fan poll with a huge sample size, or something and then show the statistical inferences to David Brandon and his Domino's toadies with a simple plea and recommendation, including:
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Scott Mitchell, No. 19 at Utah....and Detroit||
|5 weeks 2 days ago||I think Ga. Southern runs a spread offense||
with some flexbone/wishbone too. They run a lot. Don't know much more about them, other than they look like a blue and white version of Alabama, and that Georgia Tech fans are still trying to scrub out the stains in their underwear after their butt hair win over the weekend.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Utah is 1-1 vs. Michigan||
They'll be ready.
Michigan will need to play its best football of the season to win that game.
I predicted a blowout today. I was wrong.
Michigan is still years away from dominance.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||And Chuck Martin is a fine coach||
He and Beau Baldwin (EWU) are two coaches who have been ridiculously successful over a short span.
Martin did a good job at GVSU:
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Michigan 59 - Miami 13||
|5 weeks 6 days ago||I read it, and I liked what he wrote||
I liked how he took steps backward and forward in time again, zooming in an out of each, to view the crisis for what it is, and from different perspectives.
Some other takeaways:
Hinton summarized things for the outside masses. I thought he did a nice job here.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||About Ferentz||
The last 4 years have kind of sucked.
But it seems like every 4-5 years Captain Kirt achieves something improbable.
I'm going to watch them lose to Iowa State by a butthair this weekend and then finish the season at 10-2.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||OK. I guess I'll be that guy.||
What I don't understand is why anyone anywhere on the planet is even remotely shocked by this chain of events.
The sports media is playing really dumb here, and viewers are just playing along with the gag like "OMG, here it is....here it is.... this is the part where I pretend that I'm shocked and outraged! I really can't believe this is happening".
You have a massively corrupt organization like the NFL overcharged with incompetence and nepotism, and for which the national level of contempt could not be higher. It has dominated the landscape for 50 years and have been doing everything in their power to preserve their monopoly. Their only rivals are in the most hated things of America. Things like the NCAA, Justin Bieber and Donald Sterling. There are decades of examples of organizational unreasonable heavy-handedness, ridiculous leniency and faux moral grand-standing.
So now a leader of this organization does something incompetent, and then does something incompetent again, and people are like "OMG! WTF!"
If tomorrow the NFL and all of its products exploded into a million quark particles followed by an all-consuming conflagration, it would be none too soon.
As for NFL fans, I just don't understand them. The NFL product has been horrible for years, and the weekly media circus around it is unwatchable.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Ughh||
I remember that one: http://mgoblog.com/content/perverse-joy-abject-stupidity
"If you were there, and stayed there, and did not move from your seat until Nick Sheridan's final pass sailed out of bounds, you have completed the final challenge. This is the worst it can ever be: an awful team that does things specifically intended to hurt you playing a meaningless game against Northwestern in weather not fit for man nor beast. With multiple infuriating million-year-long media timeouts in the fourth quarter. That they lose.
If you put up with it (and far, far fewer than the announced 107,000 did), you are hardcore. You have a black belt in fandom. You get the Fandom Endurance III merit badge. If anyone ever questions your Michigan allegiance, you can just say "I was at the 2008 Northwestern game" and they will have to step off. If they fail to do so with sufficient obsequiousness I'm pretty sure you can cave their skull in with your finger.*
So I salute you man.
Personally I don't consider these "awful events" anymore. "Awful events" and Michigan football chronicles are officially one and the same now.
It's 2014. Somehow the distance between today and the awful events like "Northwestern 2008" and MSU 2011 still seems too short. The frequency of shitty football is still too high.
And I can't get this damn score out of my head: Notre Dame 0, Michigan 31.
So cheerlead away, if it helps you cope. I'm too busy wallowing in the reality that is called right now.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||I bet Kyle Wittingham is estatic with Golson's success vs UM||
and with having a nice bye week to game plan against the Wolverines.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Actually you were on to something here||
It was not a shut out, but in terms of the category of "Michigan's worst defeats", the 1976 lost to unranked Purdue 14-16 in West Lafayette has to be one of the worst ever in Michigan history.
Michigan was ranked No. 1 and also had a Top 10 ranked total defense and the no. 1 rushing attack and scoring attack in the country (Leach, Lytle, Huckleby and no. 1 RB recruit in the land, Russell Davis, WB Jim Smith). Michigan was loaded.
That 1976 Purdue team was a no-name group, and not very talented at all. Their best player was a gritty tailback named Scott Dierking, who became a 1,000 yrd rusher for the NY Jets. Purdue finished 4-4 in league and 5-6 overall, and was among four (4) other BIG10 teams that finished with the same overall record.
Bo Schembechler told reporters, "It hurts a lot. We don't accept it. . . . We shouldn't accept it . . . because we should have won. No defeat is good. we got down there at the end and we should have scored. But when you depend on winning on a forward pass or a field goal, you're in trouble."
A year later NCAA football blocking rules for the forward pass changed, and college football (and Woody and Bo's 3yrds+cloud of dust offensive philosophy) would never be the same.
|6 weeks 1 hour ago||Great analysis Brian!||
Question: How long is Desmond Morgan going to be out?
|6 weeks 6 hours ago||That Gooher team finished 3rd in big ten and want to bowl game||
Lost to Maryland 7-17.
|6 weeks 23 hours ago||Good job Dave||
Now get your ass to work on home-home series vs. Clemson, LSU and Georgia for crying out loud.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Is this really so bad?||
My favorite football team just got rogered 0-31 to a prime-time national TV audience by Notre Dame - of all teams- in the final game the two will play in probably forever, simultaneously ruining my weekend and making me grumpy ever since. It's Tuesday and I'm still trying to make sense of it all. And UM playing "Winston here" (Miami of the Ohio) this Saturday isn't going to make things better.
Hey, you know, maybe these trolls you speak of are actually little angels or fairies trying to help?
|6 weeks 1 day ago||I can see it now - The 2024 "Despondency Bowl"...||
Michigan vs. Texas.
Brought you by Depends(R) and the makers of Zoloft (R).
If playing Texas is considered by Michigan as an "upgrade" over Notre Dame, then what does playing Notre Dame mean to Texas? I ask because the Longhorns scheduled the Fig Things 4 times over the next several years.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||I remember the press conference||
"I would have walked to the University of Michigan...."
Brandon had someone in Hoke who was very familiar with the Michigan football tradition, was aware of the high standards at UM, and someone who genuinely wanted the job.
When I think of the fact that more may be calling for Hoke's head by the end of the season, especially if Michigan loses to MSU and Ohio, it is sort of sad. This is not like the RR situation, which was a slam dunk. This had to be Hoke's lifetime achievement and dream job, and he had so many inside and outside supporters it was ridiculous and pretty much from day one. Getting Mattison to join was a huge coup as well. Hoke is paid very well and would get another job quite easily, but it would be a very sad day to break it off with him. Football coaches come to Michigan to coach and retire. They don't come to Ann Arbor to coach and be fired.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||I think the trash talk is 100% completely deserved.||
I get the whole "but they're all gonna laugh at you!" meme.
I think it should be embraced. They're not wrong. All college football programs wind up in the toilet eventually (see Alabama, Notre Dame, USC, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Miami, Texas, Penn State and Michigan). No one is immune. It's just that Michigan football has been circling the drain a little longer than others. It should not surprise that nobody outside our UM circle of trust understands why. The fact that the University of Michigan is comparatively so goddamned well off makes this even more confusing to people.
If the University of Michigan is serious about this college football business, and genuinely cares about championships in college football, then adjustments WILL be made to achieve that objective. Right now, there's just not enough pain or pressure on UM management to change anything at all, because people have been so busy praising the image in the program's rear view mirror to care about the present, and for fear about what more change will do, "what if change fails?", etc., etc.
Somehow the decision to hire a 47-50 MAC coach one winning season, no coordinating experience, and prior ties as a former UM position coach was considered wise. Even Bo "Bo who?" Schembechler arrived at Michigan with a 40-17-3 record.
Michigan hasn't won a Big Ten title in 10 years (2004 shared) and no outright title for 11 (2003).
This doesn't make sense to us, and it makes no sense to anyone else outside.
I think Mgoblog is more real and not as conformist as most college sports fan communities. There's plenty of self-flagellation and critique to be found here over the last 9 years as we've tried to contemplate the meaning of life and just what the fuck is wrong with our football program.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||With all due respect to coach Mattison, and I know||
he's been at some mighty low pointswhen coaching college football:
L vs Alabama, 3-31 in 2005
L vs Oregon State 9-41 in 2000
I looked at the teams he DCed in colllege from Michigan, Notre Dame to Florida, I don't think he's ever been part of a shut-out loss until now.
This just seems more than just a "bump in the road", but what can you do? Gotta move forward and play football. Ten more games to play.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Beau Baldwin (42), HC at Eastern Washington||
Young guy, former QB. Nobody talks about him much for some reason, but he has an impressive resume thus far. I would not be surprised to see his name come up next year for job openings at other schools.
His EWU team basicaly filled the drawers of every Washington Huskies fan last weekend, bt lost only 52-59.
The other thing that strikes me is that, of the potentially available or interested coaches, almost none have any kind of Michigan connection or relation to the Michigan Coaching Tree:
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Media collects reactions from the PSU victims in 4, 3, 2, 1....||
Yeah, this thing has now officially blown over.
Oh, wait a minute:
|6 weeks 2 days ago||I do see value in asking questions.||
Maybe people on this blog unfortunately have had experience with that kind of shit? What if people care and want to learn about what really happened (chronology of events), or want to better understand domestic violence, warning signs, etc.? How is that over the line?
This same woman who was brutalized by Ray Rice decided to MARRIED HIM one day after he was formally indicted by a grand jury on third-degree aggravated assault for striking her unconscious. Not unusual for victims of domestic violence perhaps, but it's still way fucked up. Nothing to see here?
Look, call the NFL management the bunch of incompetent, hippocrite fuckwits that they are. Call Ray Rice a violent, knuckle-dragging monster with anger control issues, or a misogynist, if that fits better. But I don't agree that questions can't be asked about the victim(s) in this case, or that nothing can possibly be learned from the chain of events leading up to it. That's horseshit.
I fully understand that for some, they don't want to know any more. Guy hits girl and they're done. OK, well, that's up to them.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||It's so damn hot. Milk was a bad choice.||
|6 weeks 2 days ago||"Brady, you're out of your element."||
Full disclosure: I'm outside. I don't know. I'm speculating here like most dolts. All of this could be completely wrong. This is an internet comment, and I should probably just read like the other 90% and not write anything as Brian suggests.
I view Hoke as a rare breed of HC. I don't think there are any others like him left in the BIG10 anymore. I can't remember an HC quite like him except maybe Tim Brewster at Minnesota. I don't say that to be intentionally contentious.
We have to remember that Hoke has never been a coordinator level football coach. This is Brady Hoke: He is a DL coach (and a damn good one), a great recruiter, and a team figurehead/cheerleader/HC. That's pretty much it. There's not a massive remainder of cerebral stuff that he brings to the table, in my view. This is not his fault nor necessarily a bad thing in all situations, except for perhaps the game management consequences which we've been observing since his arrival at UM (clock management, time outs, etc.).
I'm just saying he's not the kind of coach who brings a ton of proficiency and skill about the football game plan and strategy himself. He probably brings a ton of expertise to the defensive line element of the game plan, which I'm sure Mattison loves the most about working with Hoke. It seems to me that the game plan and strategy has been delegated (with confidence) to the coordinators (Nussmeier and Mattison) by Hoke, much like it was to Stan Parrish at Ball State (a good OC, but a horrible HC) and Borges at SDSU and Michigan.
I do believe Hoke APPROVES the final product (the game plan) after it is drawn up and prepared by his highly skilled, proficient and detail oriented coordinators, but I don't think he's part of nuts and bolts strategy formulation process. Because its not his forte. So intervening on things like offensive snap tempo, a tactic of an offensive strategy, seems out of place and out of character for Hoke. I could be wrong.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Unlikely Michigan wins 8 games||
I could be wrong. But I just can't visualize 8 wins anymore.
At 1-1, Michigan has 4 more away games to play this fall:
The only slam dunk win left is Miami (Ohio) this coming weekend.
While all other UM home games seem like potential wins, but it's not like home losses would shock anyone anymore following the 0-31 road shellacking to a undermanned ND squad. Suddenly what we liked to call an "undermanned" Indiana squad with 4 of 5 returning OL and TB Tevin Coleman looks pretty godammned terrifying yet again. Same for Utah, PSU and Maryland. I can visualize Michigan losing these football games.
I thought 8-4 was reasonable and likely before last weekend.
7-5 looks more and more like best case for Hoke in 2014. I'm aware that another 7-5 or 7-6 would go down like a fart in church.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||I'm not saying at all that Devin Gardner can't be a "pocket QB"||
He definitely can be. He has a Howitzer arm, can make all the throws on a line, and is genuinely terrifying when he's on.
But his mental game is still severely lacking. For a 5th year senior quarterback, it still seems remarkably easy for defenses to rattle him into the wrong behaviors that have been no doubt screamed and cussed about in the film room.
He's just not been coached well/correctly about what to do when protections break down.
Hours of 2012 and 2013 game film should have made these tendencies obvious to Nussmeier, who is a true QB coach in every sense. It may take time to undo what Gardner "learned" incorrectly, and teach him correct courses of action without extinguishing his positive improvisation skills completely.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||I cannot believe that Hoke||
leaves the game playcalling, strategy and tactics to his OC and then steps over to Nussmeier and says "Hey, make sure the guys huddle up nicely presnap on this next series (ore else)".
I mean, it could be true. I'm not saying it's not. But it would be the dumbest and least-value meddling contribution for a head coach of Brady Hoke's limited offensive proficiency to be making. So I refuse to believe that is what's happening.
I believe the reason the offense is getting slowly to the line is because:
a. the center is not rallying the rest of the line to the LOS immediately,
b. the QB is not leading this urgency to the LOS
c. the OC coach is not kicking asses in for failing to get to the LOS quickly,
d. the Offensive players still have road-game, deer-in-the-headlights about what is going on,
e. all of the above.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Wait a minute, I don't understand this at all.||
Previous play is over.
You got knocked down to the ground.
You pick yourself up.
You jog over to the new spot of the ball and line up.
What is so goddamn complicated about that?
This was not happening in the ND game, or it was happening too slowly.
Why would this error not have been addressed by the coaches between series? At quarter ends? At half-time?
I don't understand why the Michigan offensive players need a whole freaking season or half even half a season to figure out that they need to move their asses. "Gee guys, we really should be getting to the line of scrimmage quicker and speed things up, so our QB and coordinators can make pre-snap reads!".
Why would it take a group of players weeks to comprehend something like this, that H.S. football players do straight out of the freaking gate? It makes zero sense, especially after months of spring and fall practice with the new OC and new playbook.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||The point about "pressure relief valves" is a good one.||
Nussmeier should already know Gardner's tendencies and weaknesses/errors from 2 years of QB film. Nuss can help him out here. Devin Gardner is fragile, man. Very fragile.
Gardner is a like a race horse that gets easily spooked and instinctually starts bolting and spinning around. Most of the time this behavior results in a sack, a fumble, an INT or a blocking penalty by some OL desperately trying to help. It's fucking disasterous.
The kid, bless his maize and blue fedora, is trying to do too much and too frequently holds on to the ball too damn long. Period.
"One-two-three-THROW! or RUN IT FORWARD!"
It would be nice if at "THROW" he could dump it off to a tiny speed merchant like Norfleet.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||If Jim Harbaugh song bombed Michigan, it would be:||