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|4 hours 48 min ago||Not me. Maybe it's because I'm from NJ, and Rutgers||
is the state school there like Michigan is here. But as I've posted several times, everyone will disdain the new kids until the upsets start to occur, and--of course--they will occur. Being in the B1G is going to lift Rutgers. (Saw a lot more red Rs on cars during my trip there in August than I have in the past.) Let's hope we're not among the first to receive an ignominious thumping.
Rutgers was, btw, one of the first schools in the country to PLAY football. So there's a certain tradition there. And NJ has turned out some players through the years. One now works for us. May not be so easy to lure them away in future.
|4 hours 53 min ago||Unfortunately, without getting political, the situation||
mirrors the way things work in most societies--the guy at the bottom goes to prison for stealing a candybar while the people and institutions that organize the serious extraction of wealth from your pocket, well, they run the show. The organization never WAS going to be able to police itself real well. . .
|16 hours 56 min ago||Looked great on SC's last||
possession of the half, shortly after I tuned in.
|18 hours 18 min ago||and Funchess||
|20 hours 36 min ago||We?||
. . .
|1 day 42 min ago||This is definitely a far more reactionary place||
than it used to be. Reminds me of the WSJ, where the readership is very conservative but the staff is often quite progressive.
The level of humor--what people THINK is humor--descends accordingly.
|1 day 15 hours ago||While we're gloating (and not reading the Freep),||
it's probably worth remembering that MSU has been decimated by budget cuts during the course of the recession. That recession has not helped most of the people in this country. I personally am not invested in seeing MSU decline.
|1 day 22 hours ago||Post of the day. I am retiring and actually gonna||
get some work done in honor of your contribution. Welcome to the board, Frenchie.
|1 day 22 hours ago||Not gonna happen.||
Gardner finds no one open, runs it in himself.
|1 day 22 hours ago||But y'see,||
that's what THEY will think, too. But we are sly dogs!!!
|1 day 22 hours ago||Since he'll be wearing whatever new crap||
the team has on, no one will realize he's not a player until he catapults into the stands.
|1 day 22 hours ago||My most thrilling Michigan football moment,||
by far. But bittersweet, man, bittersweet. . . [chokes up, quits keyboard].
|2 days 28 min ago||signed in to say||
the latter--a four, five yard Gardner scamper on the seventh play of Michigan's first offensive series.
|2 days 15 hours ago||Eight||
and four. We lose to OSU, MSU, and ND, and also drop one to the likes of PSU. The season is a bitter lesson in the importance of fielding a decent offensive line. Devin Gardner is our second brilliant QB in a row to graduate with his potential unrealized.
|2 days 15 hours ago||Plenty of upside if he uses his eligibility||
behind a competent and mature line.
|2 days 16 hours ago||Seems like your line of reasoning points to||
recruiting, where I'm sure he would bear some responsibility, but it would also go wider? I suppose there's that perfect storm in which a whole lot of highly ranked recruits fizzle during the same period. . .
|3 days 4 hours ago||Yeah, that's plain||
wierd. My wife had one though. One of her grad students went there. They have kind of a big soccer thing going there, so there must be a few interesting people in Columbus. I wasn't taken with the place the two times I had to go there, though. (Course when you have to go, you're looking at things from a different angle. Bwahahahahaha.)
|3 days 4 hours ago||Never was hip. Always thought||
the design in general could be loads better. These guys have concentrated on getting us marvelous content, but at some point it could be time to forgo the mgoblue look. (Well, that's execrably bad, but I don't find the surroundings here inspired. Easy for me to say!)
|3 days 15 hours ago||Brian is characterologically disposed to view his team||
from a negative, even miserable viewpoint. But no one doubts his devotion. And he's a necessary tonic for the derpy homerism that sometimes, in the last few years, has completely pervaded this board.
|3 days 15 hours ago||Crikey, did you even read my post?||
"But that doesn't excuse him from any criticism in hindsight." Please freaking read it, at least.
And do you really think that the fans of ANY good program don't go into the season wondering which games they'll come up short in? Dose of reality, puh-leaze.
EDIT: meant to post this as reply to Ferris Buehler
|3 days 22 hours ago||The thing that Brian forgets about Lloydball||
is that over the entirety of his tenure he was the second-winningest coach in college ball. When he left and people complained about 9-3 seasons I said that people would end up wishing for 9-3 seasons once more.* It may or may not be possible to do too much better than that over the course of a career that also carries the kind of stability that Michigan the institution wants and probably needs. If it goes with good academics I am totally for it.
Nine and three seasons mean ten and two seasons and eight and four seasons as well. In the new playoff configuration. . . well, you probably have to add a game, anyway. But losing a game or two during the season and one or two in a playoff is going to come with the territory. Not only can't sane people not let the perfect be the enemy of the good, they can't get perfect, anyway, and likely not--over the life of a coach who is a real human being (C ya Nick, C ya Les, C ya Urban, C ya plenty of people), willing to punish criminal behavior or not recruit it/perform it in the first place, get closer than a few steps from it averaged on an annual basis.
We know that Brady Hoke is a good guy. We know he can recruit. The lurking fear--and I can't be the only one feeling it--is that a mediocre year gets him another year and that year gets us to decent and then we have a long, very long stretch of uninspired ahead of us.
The people who wasted so much oxygen complaining about 9 and 3. . .
Many of us looked at this year's schedule and said that this team might be better but still not improve much winwise. Things are setting up to make Hoke and the team's road a little easier. Get to 9 and 3 and I, for one, will be very happy.
*Yes, the thing had grown stale. Yes, Lloyd could drive you crazy going to the run after gaining a lead. Yes, he did turn out to have something of a petulant carrot up it. I was a strong RR backer, btw, so it had nothing to do with antagonism toward him.
|4 days 16 hours ago||The same goes for me and Einstein, Superman,||
and George Clooney.
|5 days 20 hours ago||It's worn out, boring, threadbare.||
Everything about this little brother thing is long past its sell-by date.
|1 week 21 hours ago||Not out of the realm of possibility if||
the o line develops. I could see us winning the B1G and creeping up.
|1 week 22 hours ago||That's an inspired film--cheesy, but great fun.||
My ten-year-old and I both love it.
|1 week 22 hours ago||Good piece. If you're not going to read it because the devil||
wrote it, consider doing it anyway--Rosenberg goes hard at the biggest questions a lot of us have: did Hoke cover up/screw up with Gibbons? Does loyalty to the team sometimes prevent him from doing the right thing where discipline is concerned? Did he fire Borges or did Brandon?
EDIT: Just to add: I think the Freep did UM double dog dirty and can roast in hell for it, even while I'm one of those guys that insists on academic integrity. I've also been very down on Hoke. This article makes me like him better. I also don't think that Hoke gets fired at the end of this year if they don't do well, as I once asserted. Fall right into the toilet--maybe. But otherwise, he's got another year.
|1 week 1 day ago||Is this a t-shirt yet?||
Or can someone place the image at the head of this post with those words and print me off ten of them?
|1 week 1 day ago||Stop making sense and let us proceed||
with the lynching, would ya. The law is obviously going to look the other way. . .
|1 week 1 day ago||I for one||
am already holding my breath. In fact, I'm turning Maize and Blue.
|1 week 1 day ago||Good!||
It's settled then. Now we can get down to business.