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Team MVP: Peppers (for his seeming sparks in momentum as much as anything)
Offensive MVP: Speight (but the Iowa game makes this a small margin)
Defensive MVP: Peppers (based on plays he took away from opposing offenses, allowing his teammates to shine against more predictable looks)
Special Teams MVP: Peppers (hidden safe catch yardage especially important)
Best Offensive Player: Darboh (big catches despite late drops, great blocking)
Best Defensive Player: Glasgow (we may miss him even more than Peppers on defense next year - Winovich/Gary will hold down the ends, but not sure Mone will be as reliable as Glasgow)
Most Improved Player: Gedeon (went from concern to strength in an offseason!)
Freshman of the Year: Gary (Evans was great, but I think Gary's production wasn't far behind and showed more potential)
Coordinator/Position Coach of the Year: Partridge/Zordich (Partridge's group exceeded expectations with new starters; Zordich mentored a new staff member and raised expectations for an already great secondary)
Most Underrated Player of 2016: Stribling (despite issues in run support, the ability to trust even the second corner on man coverage is huge)
Favorite Offensive Player of 2016: Speight (love his poise as a first-year starter)
Favorite Defensive Player of 2016: Wormley/Glasgow (mature perspective in press conferences and solid, attacking play)
Play/Highlight of the Year: Speight to Darboh for the game winner against Wisconsin (great way to take command of an incredibly well played game; showed the offense had enough spark to keep the season special)
Game of the Year: Wisconsin (U-M took UW's absolute best shot and matched it in a non-rivarly game (I can't say The Game due to frustration with officiating))
- Favorite Moment of the Year: Seeing evidence that Don Brown's defense can check Urban Meyer's offense...disappointing result this year, but bodes well for the future
|2 days 7 hours ago||You're right! He needs||
You're right! He needs re-education! Send him to a re-education camp so that he can condition himself not to make mistakes even under pressure!
|3 weeks 6 days ago||To be fair, I think Brian||
To be fair, I think Brian trends libertarian, if his opinions on sports issues are any indication. Ace and Seth, left all the way, sure. But mostly on Twitter, not much in main posts or the board.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Yes, evaluating the fanbase||
Yes, evaluating the fanbase on the basis of what one (or a dozen, or whatever) folks will post online anonymously is definitely a reasonable foundation for your soapbox.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||I get that you're mocking||
I get that you're mocking what seems like an over-simplified analysis, but I suggest it's not easy to explain why the same group of guys could play so well and so poorly.
Playing "hard" or not isn't the same thing as caring about the result or not (just anticipating a common rebuttal). No one doubts the players care about every game, but they may occasionally know how to light their internal fire and occasionally not find that same flame while caring just as much. I don't think there's much wrong with describing it as playing "hard," other than it's a little too simple to be a useful coaching point. But this is commenting, not coaching.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Just watch out for those||
Just watch out for those reveries...
|8 weeks 3 days ago||bruh none of the bones were||
none of the bones were broken
that was part of the point
|9 weeks 6 days ago||If only there were an example||
If only there were an example of a first-round draft pick playing for a moribund team that would finish, say, 3-9... I wonder what that kind of player would do.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Ohio and Michigan had a war||
Ohio and Michigan had a war and Wisconsin lost...just like this season!
Great line, btw.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||MGoBlog and chill?||
MGoBlog and chill?
|11 weeks 4 days ago||I was with you until the||
I was with you until the personal attack that featured an error (intangible where you meant tangible).
|11 weeks 4 days ago||ColeisCorky is talking about||
ColeisCorky is talking about Texas, I think. The proven coach is Smart, and he expects the team to improve enough to be deserving of an NCAA bid.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||"Wow, another pointless list||
"Wow, another pointless list that has no explanation of the criteria," says the erudite man.
"Wow, a listicle that will attract clicks from anyone who is a fan of anything - that's some good work, intern!" says the sleazy internet editor.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Team MVP: Peppers (for his||
...can't believe I didn't have Butt anywhere!
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Two thoughts. 1) The Iowa||
1) The Iowa loss stings more than ever. Beat Iowa and lose to OSU, and OSU plays for and likely wins the Big 10 championship, and then Michigan's only loss is a ridiculously close game against the #2 team, a conference champion. Then I think it is easy to defend U-M at #4.
2) I think PSU beating Wisconsin is best for U-M, because then Alvarez has no way to lobby UW in, and U-M's win over PSU was impressive enough to justify keeping U-M ahead of PSU. If UW wins, then I don't think it's so wrong to argue that UW only lost by a single TD (yardage margin notwithstanding) on the road against U-M, so it's easier for UW to jump U-M.
Rooting for PSU will make me sick, but I think it's best for Michigan.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Except it's not that simple,||
Except it's not that simple, right? Because no one thinks Iowa is a better team than Michigan.
So there must be some qualifiers, which means it's not such an easy answer.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||I understand hating several||
I understand hating several aspects of the committee's deliberations, but don't you think their delay in releasing initial rankings (after week 8 or so, I think) directly alleviates the concern about BS pre-season rankings?
I thought that was an odd choice of a topic to be angry about.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||Ace: thanks sincerely for not||
Ace: thanks sincerely for not mailing this one in. I really appreciate reading a reasonable (if impassioned) summary after tough games. You're a pro.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||To the extent that you're||
To the extent that you're saying complaints about this site are illegitimate because there is no price to access all content, I disagree.
If you don't pay for a service, usually *you* are the product. The ad revenue on this site is non-trivial; it funds multiple salaries based on our eyeballs.
"Complaining" in this sense is only annoying because the platform doesn't give us another way to provide feedback, so all feedback gets funneled into the same place non-feedback goes (the board + comments).
1) If mods want these posts to end, they should create a way to gather user feedback.
2) Posts like this provide non-negligible feedback. Brian et al. can take it into account with their other metrics to decide whether better hosting is worth the expense to the business.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||A player from Bo's first team||
A player from Bo's first team brought copies of a song he wrote the day Bo died to honor Bo and the U-M legacy. We sang it.
I would guess there were around a hundred in the crowd that started at Burton, maybe more.
A fellow who is doing a documentary on Ufer had interviewed Tom Ufer that day and had the chance to bring along Ufer's horn (originally from Patton's WW2 Jeep!). Many, many people gave it the three honks for a TD.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||In that case, sign me up for||
In that case, sign me up for 91-19!
|14 weeks 16 hours ago||Thanks for the correction -||
Thanks for the correction - OP is now updated!
|14 weeks 3 days ago||King of Belch||
King of Belch
|14 weeks 3 days ago||Form != function. I think||
Form != function. I think this is among the most usable of websites I visit.
Sure it's far from the most elegant, but it works well and loads quickly.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||Check out izuded.com...you||
Check out izuded.com...you could probably set it up to make a post here!
|14 weeks 3 days ago||In Bo's Lasting Lessons,||
In Bo's Lasting Lessons, Bacon asked him to write a "if I had one more week" brief chapter. Bo described how there were a lot of great options, but his ultimate choice would be a week of game prep against a Woody Hayes-led Ohio State team. He said he didn't even need the game - just the week of practice to figure out how to beat a mind he respected and put his men in position to succeed.
I think of that description by Bo almost as "calling his shot" regarding the timing of his death. Pretty amazing that he died (at the end of a prep week for The Game) just as he said he would want to live.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||I appreciate the direct||
I appreciate the direct segment links. I am always annoyed by how they upload the content opposite of the order in which Audioboom will play each track. Organizing the content from oldest-->newest (at least within each day) or changing Audioboom's play order (or giving this control to the user) would be really nice.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Apparently even more than I||
Apparently even more than I have in seven years, based on the metrics we don't discuss...
edit: I guess actually have a slim lead. probably won't last
|17 weeks 2 days ago||Agreed that Randy's antics as||
Agreed that Randy's antics as a player were dumb.
However, I highly recommend the "Rand U." documentary on his upbringing (I think it's one of the many 30-for-30 spinoffs, and it's on Netflix).
I have lived in WV for two years and worked with schools across the state - definitely gives one a sense of perspective when judging the actions of a guy like Moss.
|17 weeks 2 days ago||Wait, because they're too||
Wait, because they're too Catholic, or not Catholic enough? There are actually two totally opposing views on this...
|43 weeks 5 days ago||As a current 25-year-old who||
As a current 25-year-old who just set up my 401(k), I feel seven years behind. Trust the old advice - "pay yourself first."