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|2 hours 50 min ago||crootin||
I am usually really into these 'crootin posts. After the travesty of last weekend, and now with our playoff hopes apparently still somewhat alive, I am just less interested. I am actually scouring the nets for good previews of tonight's Colordo / Washington game.
|3 hours 5 min ago||Starzz||
One thing that I have noticed is that Ace tends to include the stars, whereas Brian almost never does. Interesting.
|1 day 14 min ago||rooting interest||
Have we figured out what outcome of this game - short of a sink-hole - best benefits our chances in the event of a Washington loss? I can't decide. We beat both, but murderated PSU, so you would figure that we want PSU to win. At the same time, Wisconsin lost to both us and OSU, so they don't have much of a claim if they are left out, whereas PSU beat OSU, and it just doesn;t seem right to allow OSU to go while leaving them home. Root Wisconsin?
|1 day 16 min ago||suffering||
You are a horrible person. Why would you ever subject those poor, innocent kids to having to watch Wisconsin / PSU. Blech. Those kids deserve some happiness, not torture! Enjoy your tax deduction, while these kids bleed from the eyes! :)
|1 day 19 min ago||ratings||
NittanyFan, I totally agree with you IN CONCEPT - the ratings and viewership should have zero relevance whatsoever to the selection of who gets into the CFP. You are 100% correct, and it is bullshit that this would influence the committee.
HOWEVA, the reality is that this likely will be something that every person in that room - or at least those in the room that are business-minded - at least take into consideration, even if just slightly. Will it sway any votes? Who knows - as a Michigan fan, I sure as hell hope so, as it could get my team in.
|1 day 39 min ago||I wish||
That I could give this more than 1 upvote. So well done!
|1 day 41 min ago||totally agree||
This is the thing that I think is really keeping us alive after losing 2 of 3 to end the season. The Game was the single highest rated game of the year, both on TV and streaming, by a massive amount. I live in NY and I can't tell you how many people who have no relationship to either team (and aren't big college football fans) came up to me and told me that the watched The Game from beginning to end. By contrast, I bet that the only thing propping up the Big Championship Game will be Michigan fans watching to see how the game impacts us!
The thought of Alabama beating Wisconsin by 63 points in the semi-finals CANNOT be something that anybody wants. By contrast, think about the hype of Michigan / Alabama. The winningest program of all time, with its deap midwest tradition, against the southern team that has completely dominated the past decade; two true bluebloods in the football world; and, most of all, Harbaugh vs. Saban! After the summer camp spat between the two, the hype on this game would be pretty close to off the charts. PLaying this out a bit more, knowing that the winner goes on to likely face OSU in the finals - a Michigan / Bama semi-final game could shatter viewership records, only to be beaten by a Michigan / OSU rematch in the finals. This HAS to weigh in our favor, no?
|1 day 47 min ago||activist fans||
Here is a rare chance for us fans to make even a sliver of a difference for our team:
If Washington loses tomorrow night, I think that we all agree that we have a real chance of getting into the top 4, but that the biggest obstacle would be the winner of the B1G Championship Game. So, if Washington loses - big if - its us vs. the participants in that game for the final spot.
If you are going: Bring a big-ass sign saying something along the lines of: "These teams suck, Michigan is Better" or "Both Lost to Michigan (PSU by 40+)". Please try to be more creative than I am. You know that ESPN would show a bunch of those signs.
If you are on social media (I am not): Tweet, facebook (is that a verb?), instagram, whatever throughout the game that this game sucks and that neither of these teams belong in the Top 4. Let's get: "#Mich/OSURematch" trending during the game!
I know, many on here will think that this is all sillyness, but if the difference between us going and us staying home is really razer thin, then every little bit helps. Hell, WD single-handedly took out Dave Brandon by posting on this blog!
|4 days 22 min ago||F the Big Ten||
I would absolutely LOVE it if Harbaugh actually held a presser to respond to this fine, called the Big Ten for what it is - a corrupt, incompetent conference that does little more than prop up OSU in every way possible - dropped a check for $100k made out to the Big Ten on the table and said "once you figure out how much to fine me for this conference, you know where to send the change."
Seriously, Fuck Jim Delaney, his incompetent / biased refs and the whole conference. If Delaney had a shred of class, he would concede that the refs were not up to par for the biggest camge of the year, apologize to Michigan, lobby like hell for us to be in the playoffs and apologize.
|4 days 26 min ago||Better use of time||
I applaud the effort of so many here who want to express their rage to the Big Ten. At the end of the day, we got screwed by a terrible officiating crew that, in addition to being incompetent, may have actually been biased.
But there is already media coverage of the issue, and I expect that this coverage alone - including our coach calling it out in his post-game presser - will largely rectify the issue. I also expect that Harbaugh is going to have Warde Manuel make improving the B10 refs priority #1 going into the Big Ten meetings.
So, while I get wanting to express rage against the perpetrator of this injustice, you are likely wasting your time, and all letters to Delaney will be viewed as sour grapes from the fans of the losing team. If you are inclined to do something, I recommend using every platform available to you on social media to get momentum behind Michigan being selected for the Playoffs in the event of a Washington loss to Colorado. Like I said in one of the many other threads on this topic, let's come up with a catchy hashtag - sometling like #TheGameRematch or #MichOSURematch - and get it trending on all of the Twitters.
|4 days 6 hours ago||Lobbying||
I do think that we as a fanbase have some ability to move the needle here, even if only a bit, by getting the conversation going - and keeping it going - on all of the various interwebs. I am not really on social media, but for those who are, we really need to get something catchly like #TheGameRematch trending bigtime. We have one of the largest and most fervent alumni fanbases in the country - let's make this happen!
|4 days 6 hours ago||playoffs||
Long shot, but I really do believe that we have a chance.
Alabama and OSU are locks. After that, it gets fuzzy. If Washington and Clemson lose, I think we would be in. We would have beaten BOTH teams playing in the B1G Championship game (one of which we beat badly). We would have also beaten the PAC Champion. And, our loss to OSU - the concensus #2 in the country - was in double overtime. In that scenerio, I could see the playoffs being Bama, OSU, Michigan and either the Big Ten winner, Colorado or even Oklahoma.
Things get a bit harder assuming that Clemson wins. They would lock in a third spot, and it would be between us, Colorado (PAC champ), Oklahoma, and the B10 Champ. I could see us not getting chosen there.
What is going in our favor is potential ratings. The NCAA is amongst the most blatant batch of $$ whores ever. The Game this year - played at NOON!!! - was the highest rated CFB game of the season, and it wasn't even close. A rematch, after all of the controversy about "the spot" might just be too much to pass up.
|1 week 2 days ago||awesome||
Such a well done piece! I look forward to this column every single week (except the one you skipped that obviously caused us to lose the Iowa game!!) for the jokes and light-hearted mocking of our opponents. This completely different take for The Game was absolutely perfect, and perfectly captures how every one of us feels about this week.
|1 week 5 days ago||Double post||
Doube post - sorry, its way too early on a Sunday morning for my brain to engage.
Beat Ohio State!
|1 week 5 days ago||Blame the announcers||
I totally agree - the Miles interview was a completeness distraction and detracted from the portion of the game during which it took place. But, I blame the announcers. I have seen many games where they have an interview "in the booth" and it is well integrated into the broadcast. Here, it was as if the announcers forgot that there was a game going on and just focused on Les.
At one point during the interview, the refs called a 3rd down unsportsmanlike penalty on Taco and the announcers didn't even acknowledge it or go back to replay to show what caused the penalty. Terrible.
Also, for a guy known for exciting pressers, Les was a total snoozer and didn't contribute a shred of quality insight game actually being played.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||possible||
I know that you were being sarcastic, but that loss may actually pay off in two weeks.
For the first 6-7 games of the season, we were cruising to relatively easy wins. Even Wisconsin, while somewhat close, was a game that we were in mostly control of from beginning to end.
I have noticed that over the past 2-3 weeks, the team looked less sharp in various areas of the game. While dominant against Maryland - a crap defense - our offense was sluggish against Sparty and Iowa. Similarly, over the past three games, our defense - while not letting up a ton of points - has been a bit less dominant. Missed tackles, poor reads, coverage busts, etc. Again, we have still been REALLY GOOD, but not the world beaters of the first 6-7 games. Even special teams have come down a bit in terms of our return games and our coverage.
None of this is to say that we were bad (except the offense against Iowa - that was really bad), but we have just looked less sharp and sloppier.
This can happen during a long season, and sometimes a wake up call in the form of a bad loss can restore everyone's hunger. Look at OSU. They won a few closer-than-expected games, and then lost to PSU. Since that loss, they have returned to their prior dominance. . They just look sharper, hungrier and better. If the Iowa win has the same impact on us, then in the long run, it would actually be a positive.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Users of the past||
I remember back during the RR / Hoke transition years, profitgoblue and Section1 were real regulars. WHat ever happened to those two?
As for features, Wolverines in the NFL and "where are they now" about former Wolverines not in the NFL would be pretty cool semi-regular columns.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||WHo knows||
While it certainly sounds implausable, this is Harbaugh we are talking about. I wouldn't put anything past him if it would give the team a competitive advantage.
Just going down this road, I could see him starting JOK, but having Wilton dress for the Indiana game. If the defense goes backto doing its thing, and JOK has the offense working, then Speight stays on the sideline. If JOK struggles, then Speight can come in and try to win the game.
This would actually be a nice advantage, as it would really give OSU a lot to prepare for.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||no politics||
I am a huge supporter of the "no politics" rule here - I love that this is one of the only spaces that I can escape the constant political discussion.
With that backgrop, I will try to defend his analogy in a non-political way. During the election, the email story was something that really hindered Clinton, and when it came back to the forefront shortly before the election, whether rightly or wrongly, it may have impacted just enough people's votes to swing the election to DJT.
Similarly, here, unless this story is conclusively disproven in the next week, whether accurate or not, the stink has the potential to sway members of the CFP Committee against Louisville.
Again, I am making no comment on (1) whether the email scandal was or was not accurate / fair; (2) whether it actually did swing the election, or (3) whether Louisville is actually guilty. My only point is that the analogy isn't that bizarre from the perspective of how perception of a scandal could impact a voting process.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||maybe not||
I agree with you that a collar bone break means that he is definitely out and that an ac sprain (in a non-throwing arm) is less definitive. But, even if Speight has an AC sprain, I still want him resting against Indiana, for a few reasons:
1. The sprain is likely to impact his performance. Even if his throwing mechanics are ok, he will be "aware" of the injury, overprotective and will likely need to avoid contact more than usual.
2. Let's say he can play, but takes a hit late in the 3rd that further injures him. Now JOK comes into the game and gets a single quarter of game reps before OSU. I would rather JOK get the whole game as starter, as he will almost certainly be called upon to lead us against OSU.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||disagree||
I get what you are saying from the perspective of "the good of the team." But keep in mind that Brian is running a business with this blog, and that business model depends entirely on web traffic coming to (and obsessively refreshing) the blog. We come here not just for the game write-ups, analysis, etc., but also largely to be kept up to date on all things Michigan. The ability to timely report news is a huge aspect of this blog.
That said, I think that even given his business model, Brian really does strike a good balance on reporting "news," often giving up the ability to break a story until he has thoroughly vetted his sources and obtained permission from those sources to post. One could argue that he is skews on the side of not reporting.
In this instance, it is irrelevant, since the information that Brian reported was already being reported on several other fairly credible outlets.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Staff||
Yup. This staff sucks. We should totally Fire Harbaugh and whole staff. Time for a change. This staff just doesn't have what it takes to compete.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Minimal drop||
As the only undefeated team, Alabama is the consensus #1.
After that, there are 5 legit 1-loss teams:
We are not falling behind a 2-loss team for losing on the road at night on a last second field goal. This is especially true since we beat the top two ranked 2-loss teams (Wisconsin and PSU). Note that auburn and Texas A&M lost so they are out of the discussion.
So, our worst case is 6. But, I think that our loss on the road isn't as bad as Clemson's home loss. Also, Washington lost handily at home. So, I think we are 4:
Even if we are 5, we still play OSU, so win and we are in.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Disagree||
During our last coaching search, I signed up for Twitter and Facebook just so that I could keep up with every tidbit of breaking news as soon as it occurred. I closed both accounts a week after we hired Harbaugh. I am still trying to recover the lost time and IQ points that I suffered from being on both.
|4 weeks 2 hours ago||uniformzz||
Brian, what the hell were you thinking with that uniformz picture?? You could have given WD a heart attack. Serious, please delete that picture from existence before Nike gets ahold of it.
|4 weeks 6 hours ago||funny||
"James Franklin tips his cap. He then panickedly calls timeout. He is not wearing pants."
Dude, you need to give some warning if you are going to break that level of funny. Some of us like to read these things while drinking coffee / soda / water.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Purdue||
I know that this will probably be a common joke response in this thread, but I could see Les going to a school like Purdue, and the moving working out for both Les and the school. Why?
1. Purdue is a VERY stale program, that hasn't been nationally-relevant on the CFB landscape in ages. Hiring Les would bring instant attention, or dare I say hype, and would at least breathe some life into the program;
2. Les is not an offensive genius like Harbaugh or Meyer, or a defensive genius like Don Brown. But, he is still a very competent to well-above-average head coach. He has a proven record of success in the most dominant conference (at the time). He is 2-3 steps up from whomever else would be looking to go to Purdue.
3. Recruiting. Purdue can't recruit for shit and hasn't been able to for quite some time. Now, do I believe that Les is going to start pulling 5* from the south into Purdue? No. But, I expect that he would be able to bring in a class consisting largely of mid-high 3* with a handful of 4* thrown in based purely off of his connections and his brand name. As recruiting is the lifeblood of any program, this is an important aspect if Purdue wants to ever compete with the Wisconsin / Nebraskas of their division.
At his age, I figure that Les has 4-5 years left at most, but for a school like Purdue, that could be enough to get the program to a better place. And by a better place, I don't mean that I expect them to win the conference or even their half of it - I mean routine 7-8 win seasons. Which would be a homerun for Purdue.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Serious thought||
What if the trick play for OSU - which is clearly what this is aimed towards - is that there is no trick play. The blindingly obvious expectation is that we are setting us some tendency for OSU to overplay and that we will burn them with a variant (likely a throw). Knowing harbaugh, he could be using double, triple, super-reverse psychology on this and when OSU inevitably sniffs out the variation on the play and protects against the pass, guess what, the variation is that there is no variation and Morris just blocks as usual.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||same thought||
I also think that Chesson's inability to run until July is part of the problem, but not for the reason that you mentioned. I don't think that he is rusty. I think that the problem is that Chesson and Speight look like they have yet to develop any real chemistry. Late Spring and early Summer is when QBs and receivers tend to work together to develop their timing and chesistry. If Chesson couldn't run until July, then they likely missed those pivotal months together.
This was the same issue with Rudock last year. For the first half of the season, it just seemed like when Rudock targered Chesson, his passes were "off" on timing. As the season went on, the chemistry developed to the point where by season-end, Chesson was Rudock's favorite target. Remember that because he was a transfer, Rudock didn't start working with the team until fall camp. Could be that, much like last year, Chesson and our QB just need some time to develop chemistry. Here's hoping that I am right, as our already good offense would be that much better if we brought another All American level receiver online.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||#buttzone||
Pretty sure that there is no better way to word that sentence.