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|1 day 15 hours ago||Be nice if you mentioned what position each of these guys||
plans to play, for those of us who are less assiduous in following them. Would also love to see some speculation about whether these guys contribute or how much next year.
|1 week 1 day ago||Favorite line: "Don't listen to him--he's been||
baking too long!"
It terrifies me that I love this.
|2 weeks 3 hours ago||My god some of you people are sillypants noodles. The same||
tweezers who were declaring the game over and MSU the new masters of the universe at the end of the first quarter are now declaring OSU the victor at the end of the third. Some of you have slit your wrists three times already! Just watch the game!
|3 weeks 5 days ago||I am now going to start playing with my daughter on Saturdays||
like I should have all along. This year and this board has cured me. So thanks and a smile, especially to Brian and the crew here, who helped get me through my dissertation.
I think that this about says it all:
"This is worse, six years on. It's lost its novelty, and now staring at the Armageddon that is the last week of the season is just Promethean fate. . . I don't see a way in which Michigan gets on Ohio State's level in the near future, and even plotting out Michigan State's level is pretty murky.
. . .We're staring down a 20-year period in which Michigan beats Ohio State like 4 or 5 times. Memories of when Michigan could claim equality are as fresh as Jim Delany's letter about how the SEC was a bunch of stupid poopy pants, and as relevant. This feels like a new order, right now. Inescapable."
Fit enough, as a parting rationale goes. Gonna keep on loving Michigan, less through the prism/prison of football.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||was gonna say; I go away for ten days||
and the board is now officially in full-on cannibal/autophagy. I'm thinking we're done here for good and all. Thanks for the ride, fellas.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||I'm willing to believe this||
if you show me that we're throwing more than the average number of plays and wrinklels at the team, or if you can show that Borges was unsuccessful or did the same at other stops on the way.
If you can--and I say this with little knowledge of strategy--I also wonder whether trying to work with both spread and West Coast/other principles might not be putting too much on the kids' plates. In that case, although a failure, the attempt to move toward the system they want this year--repping that--would make some sense.
I think that the simplest explanation of all the running plays (given that we didn't try it much against ND) is that in game after game this season they have convinced themselves that they would finally have at least some success with it. And been completely astonished that they couldn't.
Since everyone who speaks of him, including Wojo, says he's super bright, and since he's the best spoken of the three coaches by far, I just don't buy that brain farts, stupidity, or even cussed stubbornness as very adequate explanations for what's happening.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||You have become a guiding light||
of this board, SC. Right now, amid the negativity, you're the only reason I'm finding to come here.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||You noodles already had this guy||
and you ran him out of here because he wasn't a Michigan man. Decades from now we will look back and think that the last nail in the coffin was DB not getting Casteel for RR.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Lynch mobs are not||
interested in facts, SC. They just aren't. You can do this until you're blue in the face.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Except that it's not||
a crime, either. Which is why this will go no further.
I think you could plausibly assume that there was no alcohol involved but a tired, blowsily/blithely relaxed lady garbling an impromptu speech. Whether you cut her some slack probably depends on whether you liked her in the first place.
I thought I liked her. But then I heard her talking about how great DB was. . . :)
|5 weeks 5 days ago||No way is he "furious with the playcalling;" this comment||
suggests he's much farther from the action than he is. He understands it, he's part of it, and he has signed off--every week--on the general approach. I think that Nebraska has/had a shitty D, and as with many of these games they have gone in believing that they could establish the run, at least a little. It hasn't worked, and that's on them--on everyone--but I'm convinced it's that simple. This is Hoke's team. Borges may well get shitcanned if the public uproar is great enough. But putting it all on him is blindness.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||I'm probably being dumb but||
isn't saying it's on me to coach better--ad nauseum--exactly that?
|5 weeks 6 days ago||It's an obligatory||
|5 weeks 6 days ago||It's curious, however, that everyone HERE knows more than||
Hoke, and that everyone here knows more than Borges, who has worked at a pile of U's, makes huge bucks, and overachieved--by most knowledgeable people's reckoning--the first few years.
Borges MAY be not up to the job, and Hoke may not--managerially, etc. But I think it's safe to assume that Hoke knows enough about the offensive side of the game to run rings around all but a small handfull of people here.
I also think that it's extremely hard to judge anything, including game plans, given how awfully the O line has played.
|6 weeks 6 hours ago||So||
you said. The Exxon Valdez of college football is, however, very, very apt. We may well be that whether Bluto remains at the helm or not.
|6 weeks 7 hours ago||I'm with you, and don't get||
why Hoke gets a pass here.
|7 weeks 4 hours ago||This,||
|7 weeks 14 hours ago||that's where if you get halfway||
each time you can never get there? Not with Big Ten refs, at least where PSU is concerned.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||I think we surprise everybody and bust a couple of long runs||
out of the power running game-- a couple of times in the early part of the game to keep the MSU D tentative and support the pass--and later, to salt away the game at the end.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Nice job of setting the table and||
your prediction sucks. Michigan, 24-13.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||The one by Cook, the Daily guy, was||
well-played and well-mannered, anecdotal. The one from the MSU editor just recycled all the cliches.
Win or lose, we're not going to tell you to suck our d*cks. If that's arrogant, so be it.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||my favorite response||
in the bullying thread came from SFBlue:
I think this is all terribly overblown.
1. Has everyone forgotten that Michigan beat State 13-10 last year in a physical game that is exactly the type that now it is widely believed Michigan cannot play, yet alone win?
2. What happened in the 2011 game was not bullying, but Sparty, Gholston especially, engaged in Buckeye-level cheapshots that would make George Perles blush.
3. The best team, not the toughest team, or by extension the team that takes the most cheap shots, usually wins this game. I think it's great that Sparty's head is swelling right now. See, Sparty has never lacked for confidence. Stupid and cocky is the mark of a true Sparty. The truth is that this is an evenly matched game, as Michigan has the playmakers to offset what Sparty does on defense, and as a team Michigan has a higher ceiling. Anyone who is confident in winning a close game is a fool. (See Jeff Seidel's article where he is "98.2%" certain that State will win by 3.)
4. There is more upside than downside risk for Michigan in this game, so let's relax. Losing this game is not going to ruin the season. Sparty is favored, and if Michigan loses a close game so be it. After the UCONN game it was clear to me this was a Gator Bowl team. If you want to talk about frustration due to the lack of progress the program has made this year, your case is already made with the Akron, UCONN, and Penn State games. But it is likely central Florida for the Holidays either way.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||That's interesting, given that||
I'm accusing M fans of feeling superior when they no longer really have that right. That's just a little too easy, and kinda primes you for a fall.
I get that most people just want to come on here, go hurhur, tell you what brand of beer they're drinking, and proclaim their allegiance to Meeshigan. But the OP actually asked for some thinking; you used to get a lot of that around here.
Enjoy the game, btw. I know we all want Michigan to kick their asses. Four generations of my family UM grads and some cousins who all went to MSU. Tomorrow is for all the family marbles.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Maybe so;||
I didn't read it that way at first.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Made repeated attempts to fix it,||
but could not.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||drop the little brother bullshit now, I say;||
Obviously, the article touches a nerve. Herd response here, so far. Maybe someone thoughtful will yet chime in. Sometimes I don't think there's a lot of thoughtful left in this place.
One interestingly ambiguous item toward the bottom of the piece:
"What’s happened over the last few years has made this rivalry interesting, its given a voice to the voiceless Spartan fan. It’s forced the Wolverines to realize past dominance has an expiration date.
But this is still the makings of one terrific coaching hire by MSU and one mistake by Michigan."
A suggestion that we may have erred in hiring Hoke? I'd say the jury remains out. The demonizing of Borges, in some ways, has been about everyone looking for a way to express their fear while remaining in lockstep with Hoke and program. The human herd sometimes works that way.
MSU has become our equal* on the gridiron and basketball court, and calling them little brother. . . rings increasingly hollow. It may not stay that way--we've certainly got more resources for the long haul. But you have to admire their achievement.
*We'll know they believe it themselves when they stop burning down EL after every big loss.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Don't miss||
the game! (In the meantime, you may be missing a chunk of your life. . . )
|7 weeks 2 days ago||There were a lot of discussions about it HERE||
in the good old days. I remember starting out objecting to it, maybe for somewhat snobby reasons, coming to think that to the degree it suggested people felt part of something it was great.
The Walmart Woverine trope is fascinating when MSU fans are always accusing Ann Arborites of being snobs. The fact that working people tend to go for Michigan over State certainly suggests Michigan is doing something right. Pisses MSY fans off so much that they go out and make fun of workign people; you'd think they would see the contradiction.
If the sale of sports gear is an indication, MSU has almost no national reach whatsoever.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Keys for me:||
not letting MSU get confident at home on O. Some early scares for Cook or a turnover are essential. I worry about our bend-don't-break approach as much or more here than I do about Borges.
Devin getting time to throw. And tucking and running judiciously. To me--and I suspect the offense--having your QB get rocked two or three times in a row on obvious runs is a morale-killer.
Note to Borges-haters: He could have the best game plan in the world. But if the o line isn't up to the task. . .
Early success by Michigan wild-critical.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Tremendous write-up, but I still||
don't get why everyone is conceding just yet. And I think we need Mattison to come up with some superior play-calling every bit as much as we need Borges to do so. With regard to MSU dinking and dunking:
"In short, Mattison might just let MSU do what it kinda wants to do. We'll see."
If our offense tends to strike fast this could also play into their hands, with our D on the field for a long, teeth-grinding day. We will need some demoralizing early stops to jar them from their game plan.