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|3 hours 26 min ago||About Harbaugh and MSU||
History is not on Harbaugh's side here.
October 17th in Michigan Stadium should be interesting.
You have to go back to the 1948 Michigan national championship team - That's the last time a first year Michigan head football coach beat Michigan State:
1948: Bennie Osterbaan: Michigan 13, MSU 7
1959: Bump Elliott: Michigan 8, MSU 34
1969: Bo Schembechler: Michigan 12, MSU 23
1990: Gary Moeller: Michigan 27, MSU 28 (Clock-gate)
1995: Lloyd Carr: Michigan 25, MSU 28
2008: Rich Rodriguez: Michigan 21, MSU 35
2011: Brady Hoke: Michigan 14, MSU 28
2015: Jim Harbaugh: Michigan ?, MSU ?
|6 hours 33 min ago||Don't know, but I'm going to thoroughly enjoy||
the long list of indictments and arrests coming in over the next 30 to 60 days. This is going to be a blood-bath once these overpaid simpletons start singing. I'm not sure whether it will destroy FIFA or not, but that Qatar deal is going to be belly interrrrestink.
|6 hours 39 min ago||'78 Rose Bowl: Michael Jackson rips Michigan's heart out||
There's no video or photos online. Even the recordings of the football game do not show the video for this play.
All I remember was being a young kid, my parents screaming for Michigan to tie the game or win it on last drive.
Rick Leach's surefire game tying TD pass to true freshman TB Stanley Edwards bounces off his helmet and into the loving arms of.....Michael Jackson?
Look at him smiling, mocking....He's still mocking us. Michigan should have been 11-1 and ranked No.1 in the nation.
But no, Paul Rogind, Warren Moon and Michael Jackson had to happen.
That game was Washington football's Phoenix to this day.
|6 hours 54 min ago||You are so toast SEC||
|7 hours 22 min ago||That's really interesting||
At the time, I remember the press regarding Steve Smith as Michigan's "extra tailback". Statistically he was on par with Rick Leach as a runner. Smith had a better YPC rushing 5.28 vs. Leach's 4.47, but Leach had a ton more attempts from Option I/wishbone set for Bo '75 through '78. I think Michigan was more multiple from 1980 onward.
Under Smith, I suppose more downs were used to give the ball to 1k rushers like Butch Woolfolk, Lawrence Ricks and Rick Rogers. Or to throw it to WR Anthony Carter.
Lots of trade-offs for Jerry Hanlon, but no real bad decisions.
I still can't get over Steve Smith's 5.28 YPC. His passing improved as a junior and senior, and he was fast enough to be lethal on QB draws.
|23 hours 44 min ago||1984: Bo's fault? Failure to redshirt No. 1 ranked QB||
My theory: 6-6 in 1984 probably wouldn't have happened if Bo had decided to redshirt true freshman and No. 1 ranked QB recruit in the nation, Steve Smith, back during 1980 season, (Big Ten title, Rose Bowl win, 10-2).
In 1980 the starting QB was John Wangler (5), and 2nd string was Sophomore Rich Hewlett (2). Steve Smith's redshirt-burning downs back in 1980 should have been given to experienced and capable Rich Hewlett.
Redshirting Steve Smith in 1980 would have allowed him to be RS Sr. going into 1984 season with Harbaugh at 2nd string and Zurbrugg as No. 3. Russ Rein would have been No. 4 on depth chart.
Even if Michigan faltered to 7-4 or 6-5 (unlikely), then a healthy RS Sr. QB Steve Smith would have probably destroyed BYU's bogus MNC in the Holiday bowl that year. BYU was fortunate to beat Air Force's option offense earlier.
|1 day 9 min ago||Gerry Faust: 30-26-1 at ND. Goddamn that 1981 season.||
Gerry Faust was a long time high school head coach (Moeller H.S., Cincy, Ohio) for 19 years, with 5! Ohio AAA state championships over his last 6 years.
I believe he is one of the few coaches ever hired from H.S. level straight to NCAA Div 1 HC level. The fact that this occurred at a place like Notre Dame, coming off some decent consecutive football seasons in 1977 (MNC), 1978 (Cotton Bowl win) and 1980 (Sugar Bowl loss vs. No. 1 Georgia) seems inconceivable today.
The first two games of Faust's tenure at Notre Dame were perfect. For manic depressives.
In 1981 preseason Notre Dame was ranked No.4 in the nation (understandable after 9-2-1 and 7 pt Sugar Bowl loss with lots of talent returning).
First, on September 12 the Irish shellacked LSU 27-9 in South Bend.
Next, on September 19 ND was ranked No. 1 in the nation. Their opponent, Michigan, was No.1 the week before, but lost to Wisconsin in Madison 14-21. Michigan then annihilated the Fighting Irish 25-7 on national TV in Ann Arbor.
I believe this still stands as one of Michigan football's few victories over No. 1 ranked college football teams.
Michigan has almost exclusively been on the receiving end of that goddamned stat ('76 vs. Purdue, '77 vs. Minnesota, '81 vs. Wisconsin, '90 vs MSU, etc.)
|1 day 8 hours ago||"Harbaugh unleashes spread option with Jabril Peppers at QB"||
Hey, that's pretty cool. I didn't know about that one.
|1 day 22 hours ago||If ever two personalities could resuscitate that zombie of a||
college football rivalry, then it would be Pat Narduzzi and James Franklin.
I'm dating myself, but growing up, this was one of the November games I looked forward to:
Pitt-Penn State, Nebraska-Oklahoma, Ohio State-Michigan, Auburn-Alabama, Texas-aTm, UCLA-USC
Kind of sad how all the oxygen gets sucked out of these great games.
I don't even know the last time Pitt and Penn State were both ranked in the Top 10.
|2 days 22 hours 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.
|6 days 5 hours ago||I foresee a great many TD passes in 2015||
And a helmet covered in snarling wolverine awards.
|6 days 6 hours ago||Goddammit. It's all Jim Kelly's fault|
|6 days 6 hours ago||Rudock likes to pump his feet alot. Happy feet.||
Reminds me of Peyton Manning a little.
|1 week 1 hour 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.
|1 week 6 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 4 days ago||Reminder: Wisconsin plays Alabama Sept 5||
@ Jerry World.
Would be nice to see the Badgers win that game.
|4 weeks 5 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 5 days ago||Spoiled rich kids for the win!||
Spoiled rich kids for the win!
|4 weeks 5 days ago||But the real question: is the||
But the real question: is the Joker a psychopath or a sociopath?
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Bier nach Wein, lass das||
Bier nach Wein, lass das sein....I'm drinking Coronas for a change of pace.
|5 weeks 7 hours ago||We've all had those disappointed moments...||
|5 weeks 7 hours ago||Different picture here||
Seems to be more satisfied.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||He sure the hell is||
|6 weeks 1 day ago||And now for a dream sequence......awww goddammit!||
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Butch||
His name is Butch
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Brian Banks story also comes||
Brian Banks story also comes to mind. http://youtu.be/qhWJttp_T6c
|6 weeks 6 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 6 days ago||And our reputations are not in fact owned by us||
Good luck to Frank Clark.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Now the important question:||
Now the important question: Does he wear Denard's number 16? It'll be weird sans dilithium, captain.
|7 weeks 1 day 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.