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- Maryland has the financial backing of the owner of Under Armour, Kevin Plank (obvious parallels to Oregon there)
- Extra $ due to joining the B1G
- Great natural recuriting area (much better than Oregon)
|11 hours 36 min ago||Correct me if I'm wrong||
I thought a rugby-style punter cannot be "roughed" once he starts running? This has happened to us already this season, and that's why Harbaugh has lost his mind both times roughing was called against us. You can't 'rough' a punter who is outside the tackle box - he is considered a runner.
|1 week 2 days ago||*||
We know ESPN has never been wrong about their Les Miles news...
|2 weeks 5 days ago||"Best of Michigan" Tourney||
There should be a "Best of Michigan" Tourney in basketball. Stupid idea for football, great for bball. Get WMU, CMU, EMU, Oakland, UDM, us and State together (or leave State out of it, whatever) and go at it.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Great Job Adam||
This is a great feature, thanks Adam & Mgoblog team.
|5 weeks 12 hours ago||Motion||
I move to officially change the abbreviation, from tOSU to Tosu.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||*||
This is also why the coaches poll is absolutely meaningless.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||*||
The funny thing is that even his hindsight is bad. Go for it, in that position? You've gotta be kidding me.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||*||
First of all, no reason for ad hominem pointed at coach Hoke. Yeah, he's just doing his job and there's probably some sour grapes here as well (as well as a stupid comment), but there's no need to get personal.
That being said, the irony of Hoke retroactively giving out some Special Teams advice is rich indeed.
|6 weeks 10 hours ago||Another Example||
Another example proving Brian's point that "little brother" is the perfect descriptor for MSU's program. If you want to be the big brother, act like the big brother, not a petulent child.
|6 weeks 10 hours ago||Agreed, But...||
Agreed, but I think the Dave Brandon method of handling public relations (ignore them till they blow up in your face) is still fresh in the AD's collective mind, and once the "trash sites" had started playing up the death threats angle, a statement from the AD was appropriate. Maybe not necessary, but appropriate. Make your public display of support, get it out of the way, move on.
|6 weeks 15 hours ago||Happens all the time||
Happens all the time but rarely called. Here's one instance where it was actually called last year, the ND long snapper talks about it happening all the time, he seems shocked they actually called it.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Kevin Grady||
Kevin Grady. Would've been ideal in Harbaugh's offense, and I have a feeling a lack of motivation would've never been a problem either.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Ok, maybe 20 years ago,||
Ok, maybe 20 years ago, still, the point stands. Maryland won 33 games in the first 3 years of the Ralph Friedgen era, for crying out loud ('01-'03).
Also, it's 500+ miles from Eugene to the Bay Area and nearly 1000 miles to SoCal. Maryland's campus is within 500 miles of most of OH, Pittsburgh, NYC & all of Jersey, Philly, Baltimore/DC area, etc. There's no comparison.
However the one thing I will say that Maryland needs to do to approach Oregon's level is to continue upgrading their facilities (already in progress, LINK)....
Again, I know it sounds far-fetched on the face of it, but with the right coach Maryland could really go places. I'm not if he would do it considering he'd have to face his mentor once a year, but if I'm Maryland I'm going all-out for Tom Herman.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||I know we like to make fun of Maryland||
I know we like to make fun of Maryland, but he has a point. Consider:
Obviously they don't have any great football tradition and the fanbase isn't exactly rabid, but you could've said the same things about Oregon 10-15 years ago. The other problem Maryland faces is that the B1G East is extremely competitive.
However, if they hire the right coach (big if), I could see them seriously competing with MSU and PSU for third in our division on a consistant basis.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Defense First Drive||
To expand on the "why does the D allow more on the first couple drives" Question -
Don't forget, many teams script their first 10-20 plays, or at least have a very good idea of what they want to run right off the bat. This is usually a combination of:
1) New plays that haven't been put on film and the defense won't be prepared for (as Brian mentioned),
2) Plays specifically designed to exploit weaknesses the defense appears to have, and
3) Plays the offense has practiced enough for the coaches to feel confident they will be executed extremely well.
This combination of factors usually results in the opening drives being more successful... I bet if Brian got his hands on that data you would see this pretty clearly. It seems to me that this trend is espically noticeable in the NFL, where teams have more time to practice/prepare during the week. It seems every Sunday one or both teams score on the first drive, and then are lucky to end up with 20 points by the end of the game as the defenses make adjustments and settle in.
|7 weeks 8 hours ago||*||
Not a laughing matter, dude. If even half the reports coming out about him are true, Sark needs some serious help.
|7 weeks 14 hours ago||*||
Making signs all about OSU still has my vote as the best idea.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Interesting Comparison||
Michigan under Lloyd Carr = Post-Pete Carrol USC
Think about it. Both programs running vanilla pro-style Offense/Defense, both programs burning up the recruiting trail, both programs winning on sheer talent but typically underperforming relative to said talent.
The only reason Carr had more success than Kiffin/Sark have had is due to 1) he didn't face NCAA sanctions, and 2) there were less high-caliber college coaches in the late 90s/early 00s...
|10 weeks 4 days ago||*||
So bad they had to say it twice.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Sam||
Sam and Tyrone Wheatley are BFFs. So... I'd take Sam's word as pretty reliable when it comes to that position group.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Zero sacks||
I think that has much to do with Rudock as the OL. He was getting rid of the ball quick when under duress (to the detriment of his accuracy, unfortunately).
I think we're all so used to Gardner holding onto the ball as long as possible trying to make a play with his legs and ending up getting sacked we forgot what it looks like to have a QB get rid of the ball when pressure's coming.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Great job Brian||
Nice preview Brian. T-minus 5 hours!
|12 weeks 6 days ago||28-27||
Michigan 28 - 27 Utah
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Swamp Knowledge||
"Swamp Knowledge" is my new favorite thing on the blog. Thanks Brian.
|18 weeks 6 days ago||Too Many||
I don't have the opportunity to attend many M games, but it seems like I have been in attendance for all the most heartbreaking ones of the past 10 years. Among them:
2005 Notre Dame, Minnesota and OSU
2007 App St.
2013 Outback Bowl - South Carolina
2013 Penn State @ Happy Valley
And of course, the one time I had tickets to a game that turned out wonderfully, I gave them up (2005 Penn State).
So I'm screwed either way I guess.
|20 weeks 4 days ago||Haven't drank enough water >||
Haven't drank enough water > recently took my multivitamin
|27 weeks 9 hours ago||Say what you will about Millen||
Say what you will about Millen (Lord knows I have), but I've actually enjoyed his calls of some of our games. UCONN 2010 in partiuclar comes to mind.
|27 weeks 5 days ago||Miss you big guy||
|27 weeks 5 days ago||...||
"If his opinion is going to offend people, he shouldn't say it."
So he should have no opinions, then? Because that's what you're saying.
|28 weeks 3 days ago||Sigh.||
Forgive me fellow mgobloggers, for I have sinned.
That was my freshmen year and due to the school over-selling season tickets to students, they made the overflow seats directly behind that endzone (same area you were). So my freshman year I had 5th row season tickets.
Of course, that year was (in retrospect, ironically) dubbed 'the year of infinite pain' due to how poorly we played. I am that pessimistic fan you know that always prepares for the worst, so at that point in the season disappointment had set in to the degree I didn't care to see us get thrashed by #3 PSU. So... I sold my ticket to a buddy so I could spend the day with my gf.
In summary... my buddies were five rows up in the endzone witnessing one of the better moments in M football history while I was watching on the couch with my gf after dragging her back to the apartment when I saw the 4th quarter score while we were out shopping.
The biggest fan-related regret of my life.