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|1 day 17 hours ago||Useful information.||
Thanks for the update.
|1 day 17 hours ago||Am I supposed to feel excited?||
If so, then #87 < #1, which is an insult to Ron Kramer's jersey. If not, then Funchess is getting downgraded.
I guess... I'm glad that he's wearing a WR number. But what's wrong with giving him #21, the WR number that's actually honored at Michigan?
|1 day 19 hours ago||Wait a minute...||
Last year's season had 3 conference wins, which was also 3 wins fewer than the 2012 season.
HALF-LIFE 3 CONFIRMED!!!!
|4 days 13 hours ago||The Big Chill||
was a Michigan game played in the Big House. It was sponsored by Arby's.
It also included this guy on the field during the game:
|6 days 13 hours ago||The scheduling of App State wasn't the problem.||
The problem was scheduling App State 3 years beforehand despite openings in 2012 and 2013. Had Brandon simply scheduled them as a last-minute filler sometime within this past year, I'd have thought the move was ingenius since he gets the most intrigue possible out of a body bag game. Instead, the game gets marketed as a grudge match when it is in fact a body bag game. In a true grudge match, App State is the home team.
Still, that ship sailed 3 years ago, and is small potatoes compared to other problems I have with Dave Brandon's athletic department.
|6 days 15 hours ago||Brian predicted 6-6 preseason in 2008.||
It's true that few people knew exactly what it meant to lose as many starters on offense that Michigan did; after all, they're good enough to play at Michigan right? However, it took about a half of watching the Utah game to figure out the team was going to be bad, and 6-6 would be essentially their ceiling. The fact they couldn't even reach that metric was definitely bad, but it wasn't surprising.
Meanwhile, last year's team appeared to contend for the division on paper; my prediction was 9-3 with 10-2 very likely. After the Notre Dame game, I thought Michigan was contending with OSU for the Big Ten title. Falling from there to 7-5 due to offense felt like a huge plunge. At the time, I felt like the OSU game was the worst of two worlds, where we lose to them while granting Borges and Funk job security.
In the end, I think most people that take exception with Brian's "2013 was worse to experience than 2008" do so with Big Ten titles in mind; 2008 Michigan was no doubt farther away from winning a Big Ten title than 2013. Those that nod in agreement are doing so with team expectations in mind. We expected semi-adequate offense in more than 5 games this year with this roster, and didn't get it.
|6 days 16 hours ago||^^This^^||
is precisely why I hate using win-loss record as the be-all, end-all metric that defines performance. Win-loss record is a blanket that covers up the process through which that win-loss record was obtained. For it to be useful as a metric, it needs to be weighed against expectation given what we know about how good this team is and how good the opponents are.
2008 was expected to be bad and they were terrible due to horrible offensive personnel and only okay defense; 2013 was expected to be good and they ended up bad due to bad OLine play and horrible adjustments made by Borges.
Brian thinks the dropoff in 2013 was worse than the dropoff in 2008; I tend to agree. If you don't that's fine too. But don't insist that 2008 HAS to be worse just because of the win-loss record.
|6 days 17 hours ago||This isn't exactly true.||
RR's recruiting classes at Michigan were considerably better than his classes at WVU; even his best WVU class only ranked 23rd on Rivals. Meanwhile, his worst class was ranked 20th at Michigan in 2010, and the hybrid 2011 class ranked 21st. His attrition rates were bad at Michigan, but the players he brought in (read as: tried to bring in) were definitely an upgrade over WVU.
|1 week 1 day ago||(No subject)||
|1 week 1 day ago||Great to see||
the Michigan athletic department getting in on the ALS donations.
|1 week 3 days ago||I didn't neg it persay,||
but if a thread links to a site or author that is frowned upon at MGoBlog, it's best if the thread title says so. The last thing I want to do is validate Rosenberg aside from the flaming bag of poo on his doorstep.
|1 week 3 days ago||I also found this review helpful:||
Well played, runawapiano.
|1 week 5 days ago||Definitely the lion with the sword.||
Even if the handgun was powerful enough to kill each bear with one shot, I would need to be trained sufficiently to not miss as two bears are approaching me. I've at least fired a 45-caliber, but I'm certain a more powerful firearm would throw me off. Given that I've at least learned to use an epee, using a sword would be more intuitive, particularly against only one enemy.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||IT'S ARRIVED!!!|
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I challenge you to prove it.||
Write a diary that explains just what Dave Brandon is doing for the university that exceeds the likes of Canham, Yost, and others. As an anti-Brandon zealot, I hope to learn more from those that back him so strongly as to make the bold claim "...Dave Brandon is doing more for the University than any Athletic Director before him.".
While you're at it, prove that we would be happy with Brandon if the football team is winning. My anti-expert opinion is that lack of winning is not at all the heart of the problem with Dave Brandon. As of right now, we're both just random dudes on the internet, and our opinions weigh just as heavily.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Not yet.||
Live on the Ypsilanti side of Ann Arbor. Trying to wait on reading it until I get my physical copy, but I feel I am running out of time.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||No thanks||
Wouldn't touch tickets to that game with a 39-and-a-half foot pole.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Can't wait to hear||
the announcement next summer: Michigan/Ohio State 2015 to be played in MetLife Stadium.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Same here.||
If it hasn't been mailed out yet, I could just stop by and pick up my copy anytime. Let me know if this is possible; living in Ann Arbor has its perks.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||You can check for yourself.||
There's a list of revisions included with the Hall-of-Fame if you are a trusted user.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||First rule about MGoPoints:||
Don't talk about MGoPoints.
|4 weeks 14 hours ago||He should be in my opinion.||
Part of why I don't mind retaining Funk this year is because Nussmeier is a zone-blocking guy. Apparently Funk's specialty is teaching zone blocking to O-Linemen. That means my baseline is a young line that struggles early but improves over the course of the season. Anything less than that and I want Funk replaced.
|4 weeks 18 hours ago||Agree wholeheartedly.||
Michigan has a stadium with a lot of seats. It's an excellent venue to host events. Go for it.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||I wish I had caught this post sooner,||
because I'd actually have a meaningful response to give it. Instead I'll leave you with a "You're missing the point," and hope to continue this discussion when you next decide to dance on Rich Rod's grave.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Don't tell me what to do.||
Don't tell me what to do.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Win-loss record was not why||
Win-loss record was not why Rodriguez was let go. How do I know this? Simple; if past record was the primary determining factor, Rodriguez would not have been around to coach the 2010 season. This requires no further explanation except to those that believe Dave Brandon in January 2010 and Dave Brandon in January 2011 are not the same person.
There is only one type of argument in either direction that mattered, and those involve future projections of how good Rodriguez's teams would be later, when Rodriguez is graduating players he recruited in a continuous system. Arguments for typically cite the awesome offense in 2010, showing how far it had come since 2008 and how much better it could have become given that the team had essentially zero seniors. Arguments against usually point towards the okay recruiting rankings, poor player retention, and the defense/special teams performance. In the end, the latter arguments won out according to Brandon, though I still don't know why he needed to wait til after the bowl game to decide.
This also means that Hoke's 11-2 season gives information to the large improvement in defensive performance, establishing the expectation that Hoke's staff can coach defense, and... nothing else. However, his recruiting and player retention have been very strong thus far, which bodes promising for the future.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Has anyone received||
their HTTV copy in the mail? I'm still waiting on mine.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Has anyone said anything||
about paying nonrevenue sports teams more? Has anyone taken said comments seriously? They don't make money for their university; they don't deserve higher compensation.
Manziel and Denard are not players playing for nonrevenue sports teams.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||But they can change, they can change!||
Just because they were douchebags for a while doesn't mean they are incapable of learning their lesson and being better in the future.
(On a side note, if anyone can edit Dave Brandon's head over Saddam for this song, I may just ask them to marry me.)
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Your depiction of our complaints||
The Process = The Process of firing and hiring a new coach, or deciding to retain the current coach. To ensure recruiting (and thus the continued success of the program), Brandon needed to get behind RR or let RR go sooner. Instead it took Brandon over a month to pull the trigger, killing the 2011 recruiting class for Michigan. There was one reason to wait that long, and that was for Harbaugh. Harbaugh isn't the coach. The Process was a failure. It's funny that, for a guy that feels firing RR had to be done, you still support The Process.
Scheduling App State in a vacuum is fine; last time Michigan scheduled App State was in March/April 2007 to fill a hole in the schedule. This time around, Michigan scheduled App State 3 years in advance when there were additional slots in 2012 and 2013 to fill up. Rather than being a fill-in game like in 2007, the 2014 game is a grudge match. That is petty and goes against the Michigan brand of being leaders and best.
Crappy 2014 schedule: LOL at Utah being a good game; Maryland is a marginal game at best. Please find a marquis school like Michigan that had a home slate in the last decade that's anywhere near as bad as Michigan.
Prices increasing at Michigan would be fine if people are willing to pay for the higher prices, but the experience of attending Michigan games is getting worse WHILE prices are increasing. Now outside food and water can't be brought from home. Hydration stations are removed. UNIFORMZ. Advertising sold through Michigan stadium concourse. People being forced to pay more for seats they've kept for decades. Student seating changed to general admission that isn't actually general admission, screwing over those with built-up priority seating. All commercial timeouts are filled with advertisements for other Michigan-related events that most people attending the game don't care about. Rock music > MMB. Band not going to Dallas until donor ponies up funds for trip. Seat cushions are given away during spring game, then banned from the stadium 2 months later until fan backlash. All of these take away from the fan experience (some more than others), and night games are the only good change Brandon has made to the football experience.
But don't worry about any issues I have, for I have already made the decision to no longer attend games. Me, along with 1/3 of the students that attended last year, and enough season ticket holders to both make the wait list disappear and compel the athletic department to advertise more in an attempt to sell out the stadium.