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|3 days 3 hours ago||Speight||
I know that everything said in press conferences should be almost completely disregarded, but one thing that really seems to come through in reading all of these is that the offensive coaches (Harbaugh, Drevno and Fisch) all seem to think really highly of Wilton. There is a real level of confidence that comes through.
I know that Speight did not have his best game - or even a good game - this weekend, but perhaps all of the hand-wringing about him being the starting QB is overblown. Clearly, the coaches see something in him. And, competition adjustments aside, he made some pretty damn good throws in the first two games.
Hoping that this isn't entirely Maize-colored classes, but I am confident in Speight going forward.
|5 days 2 hours ago||totally agree||
I agree that Harbaugh likes to keep his players uncomfortable and off balances (he has said in the past that this makes them best prepared to handle a game when the game plan goes awry and on the fly adjustments are needed). While it seeems crazy, I could see him running these plays for the reasons that you listed - he is, after all, crazy.
My only reason for questioning this is that we were getting our asses kicked in the first quarter, and there was a real concern that the game would get out of reach. Would he risk that just to run these types of plays as a means of toughening up his players?
|5 days 2 hours ago||Peppers||
On a somewhat related point - but certainly not worthy of its own thread - I was wondering if, going forward, Harbaugh would attempt to work in plays designed to pad Peppers' stats on offense. I know that Harbaugh as 100% dedicated to The Team, The Team, The Team, and I don't see him ever doing this if he thought that the plays wouldn't help the team, but at the same time, I could see Harbaugh doing whatever he can to help Peppers get into the Heisman discussion. Harbaugh is pretty open about his love of Peppers - he gushes about him unprompted in pressers, and is VERY open to Peppers being a three-way player.
While individual awards initially seem to run counter to the concept of the Team, on a long term basis, this is not necessarily so. Winning helps recruiting, but there are lots of teams that consistently win. Having a guy like Peppers in the Heisman race only increases the already rapidly-growing cool factor of Michigan. More than most, Harbaugh gets the importance of a high profile and good publicity in recruiting (see all of his off season stuff).
Again, I don't see him designing a game plan focused on padding Pepper's stats on offense, but I could see some plays designed to get him some touchdowns, especially if we are up comfortably, or if there is a mismatch that Peppers' speed can exploit.
|5 days 3 hours ago||game plans||
I think that you may be mis-reading the OP. He isn't saying that the game plans for the first three games weren't good enough, or that they weren't the right plan for those games - we won, we scored a ton of points and we were able to hide the playbook.
What he is asking is whether, now that we are in the conference portion of our schedule, and approaching our more important games, Harbaugh is going to show some more exotic plays to (1) make other teams prepare for them, and (2) achieve an element of surprise.
It's an interesting question.
My view is that while PSU is "in conference," they are probably not much better than Colorado, so I don't expect us to open up the playbook by much. We match up well with them and should be able to win based upon talent and decent execution.
|1 week 3 hours ago||Heisman||
I had this exaqct conversation with a few people yesterday. Our conclusion was that for Peppers to win the Heisman, he needs to keep racking up stats on defense as he has been doing, and:
1. 3-4 offensive touchdowns, one of which comes in a big spot in a big game;
2. 3-4 return touchdown (kick or punt, doesn't matter which);
3. 2 picks;
4. 250+ rushing yards (averaging 7+); and
5. 250+ receiving yards.
If he does that, while continuing to mix in devastating hits that make the highlight reel and racking up sacks, tackles and TFL, I don't see how he doesn't have a case to be top 3, or to even win the whole thing.
|1 week 4 days ago||Gym||
Why the hell are you eating Taco Bell on the way to the gym? If you are trying to burn fat, you want to work out on a close to empty stomach. If you are trying to build muscle, you can have some protein and carbs an hour before. But a burrito?
|1 week 5 days ago||disagree||
Under normal conditions, the team with vastly superior talent and coaching usually wins. Weather, is not "normal conditions" and odd things can happen in the rain - a ball slips through a receiver's hands for a pick, fumbles, muffed punts, bad snaps, etc. Sure, these things can happen to either team, but they are a complete wildcard, and can drastically alter a game. Weahter can often negate a talent advantage.
As the team with vastly superior talent and coaching, I am hoping for good weather.
|1 week 5 days ago||weather||
I am certainly not a weatherman, but I did stay in a Holiday Inn Express, so I am pretty sure I know what I am talking about.
The two common weather cites are weather.com and accuweather.
If you look at weather.com, while it shows a very high chance of rain on Saturday, the percentage likelihood of percipitation for the 2 days before and after are around 10%. That means that it is not a huge storm that is expected to blanker the region for days, but rather a smaller storn that should move through. The question really is when. This far out, these things change a ton - the storm could come Friday, Saturday, Sunday, or not at all. Not saying that it won't rain at gametime, but I wouldn't put too much stock into this.
Now let's look at accuweather: Friday is forecast to be "partly sunny and delightful" with a very low chance of percipitation. Sunday is showing partly sunny and partly cloudy with "a morning shower in spots." Even Saturday is listed at "mostly cloudy . . . with a shower or thunderstorn around" and only around a 50% percipitation rate.
So, taken together, while there is certainly a chance of some rain, there is an equally good chance that it is just an overcast and humid day.
|1 week 5 days ago||Cool stuff||
I know of like the light-hearted banter. This is not remotely a rivalry game, and at least Vegas seems to think that this is likely a mismatch (in favor of the good guys). So, why not have some fun on the twitters. It's not remotely disrespectful (or even DISRESPEKTful), and adds some distraction during the eternity that is the period between Michigan games.
|1 week 6 days ago||Colorado 1994||
That game was my freshman year. I still remember being in the crowd when they caught that damn pass. The Big House was completely silent, but for a few Buff fans. My friends and I walked home without saying a word. Worse feeling I have ever experienced at a game. I expect that those who attended the MSU debacle last year must have experienced something similar.
(Of course the flip side of having that game my freshman year is that my senior year was pretty damn good, what with the whole National Championship, College National Championship, Charlie Heisman thing)
|1 week 6 days ago||Urban||
I really don't like Urban Meyer. I find him to be a slimy and generally sketchy individual. If I were to rank my least favorite people in college football, he would almost certainly be #1 or #2.
Even with that dislike as a backdrop, I found this article to be a great read on an important issue. Mental health issues are so underdiagnosed and even worse, largely ignored. They can be every bit as disabling as a physical ailment. I have to give credit to Meyer for taking the time at a busy point in his schedule (the lead up to the season) to discuss this uncomfortable issue.
For those dismissing this as raising awareness but doing nothing else, for mental health issues, raising awareness IS doing something that is VERY constructive. As a parent of a child with severe ADHD and anxiety, I can't tell you how much my son loves knowing that some of the most accomplished sports icons - Michael Jordan and Phelps to name two - also were diagnosed with ADHD. Hope that seeing this article bring a similar feeling to some who suffer with issues akin to what Meyer dealt with.
|1 week 6 days ago||Ticket prices||
Who needs to inflate prices. The mere existence of Jim Harbaugh and the enthusiasm unknown to mankind that he has instilled in the fan base does that on its own.
|1 week 6 days ago||Question||
Not remotely worthy of its own thread, but this seems to fit here:
The week after PSU is Michigan / Wisconsin. If both teams enter the game unbeaten, it might be a match-up of two teams in the top 5 (or a top 5 vs. a 6-8 range team). That is a huge game.
I know that Manuel said that we wouldn't be hosting a night game this season, but is there any chance that the league / networks pressure him to revisit that decision? It would seem like a completely wasted opportunity to host a game like that at noon or even 3:30 - having a game like that at night gets us more exposure and is a nice recruiting boost. Thoughts?
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Noon||
Line up around 9ish. Players start coming out around 9:15-9:30. It's cool for the kids to see the players up close.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Quick question||
In past years, the games that I took my lids to were always noon. One of the things that my young kids like is lining up outside of the Campus Inn and watching the players leave from their morning meetings to board the team bus. There are usually a hundred or so fans lined up to cheer on the team, and the young kids all get tons of high fives from the players.
Now that the Campus Inn has been taken over by new management (and renamed the graduate), does the team still leave from there?
If yes, what time for a 4:30 game? We are coming out for the Colorado game, and I would really like to give my younger son (5) a chance to see the players up close, since he was way too young last time we were out.
|3 weeks 4 hours ago||f him||
I was a senior that year and I remember that story. The fact is, we would have destroyed Nebraska that year. Our defense would have held them under.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||local fanbases||
I see the discussion upthread about the size of the population. My perspective:
The population numbers are pretty bad for LV: From what I can tell, metro Detroit has between 4-6 million people (depending on how you define metro Detroit) whereas metro LV has just over 2 million. While that sounds bad, it is actually worse since even outside of the metro Detroit area, there are reasonably large towns. Outside of metro LV, there is pretty much desert.
But, LV has a much younger populace, and one that might be more inclined to spend a day at a game. Also, unlike Detroit, LV is a major touries spot, and in particular a hub for events such a bachelor parties. I could see plenty of tourists taking in a game - certainly enough to fill up the 8 home games that they get.
In short, I think that a team in LV has a strong chance of success, even with the low surrounding population.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Close Competition||
I am somewhat pulling for O'Korn, if I am being honest. He has 1 full season (as a freshman) of starting experience under his belt, as well as a lot of snaps during his second season. He also has the reputedly stronger arm, better legs and greater upside. To make the playoffs, you really need to have great QB play. Given O'Korn's freshman year, the potential is there.
I am not slighting Speight, but I am not sure whether he has as much potential. My view is that has the potential to turn into a solidly-average, workman-like QB, but will that be enough (especially in 2017, when we lose so much talent)?
Just my admittedly uninformed view.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Oakland||
So does that mean that Oakland is in play in 20-25 years, or does Oakland have to first best MSU and OSU?
|4 weeks 4 days ago||panic||
Who is panicing? Of course he is replaceable, but this is still a bad thing. We recruited this kid because the coaches thought that he was good at football and that he would help us win. By all accounts, the kid has a lot of potential in that regard. Now he is not on the team. That is bad.
On your point about removing bad apples and excising a cancer. I do not disagree - of course you want to get rid of potential problem players. The part that I find bad is that Mitchell turned out to be a problem in the first place. Like many, I was hoping that he would be a productive player who would eventually play and help us win. Maybe I wasn't clear in my post as to what I found to be bad.
But, I still think that my (mostly joking) point still holds that this has not been a great week for all of the reasons listed.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||nope||
You cannot kill this meme, you can only hope to contain it.
And, of course, you cannot contain it until we beat MSU and OSU.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||damn||
That answer about high-risk, high-reward was SERIOUSLY awesome. This is a man (like much of the staff) that just exudes competence and inspires confidence.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||dammit||
Did somebody forget to pay the gypse this week???
We lose 3 recruits, 2 of them highly touted, our biggest rival picks up 2 5* recruits in the same day (to cap off what might be one of the highest rated classes in history if it continues), and now this shit. Can someone please bubble wrap Harbaugh, Gary and Peppers for the remainder of the month, just to be safe.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||pretty funny stuff||
Wait, so this kid - without any apparent provocation - picks a fight with J. Lewis on twitter and tries to sound like a tough guy in the process, and then when Lewis calls him out on it (in a very respectfully and classy manner befitting of a Michigan player, I might add), he responds that he doesn "handle business on Twitter?"
Love it. I hope that when we beat these guys by 40, we target whichever of Darboh or Jehu this moron is covering early and often for many touchdowns.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Poor kid||
That sucks. Always hate to hear about a kid putting in all of the work only to miss the entire season.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Denard||
I have no computer skills, but someone really should insert denard about 2 yards ahead of Bolt in that pic.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||I don't disagree||
I am with you that FIFA and IOC are WAY worse. No comparison. My only point was just that being led by a corrupt organization isn't going to deter me from enjoying the sporting event itself.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||IOC||
I agree that they are terribly corrupt, but no more so than FIFA and even our own NCAA. While I hate the governing bodies, it doesn't stop me from watching soccer or college football.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||nice||
I am one of the most get-off-my-lawn people on this blog, but I have to say, those helmers are really nice. The matte is subtle, and the overall helmet looks really nice. Honestly, i am not sure I would have even noticed that this was matte if it wasn't pointed out.
On a broader note, I think that the whole uniform from Jumpman looks really sharp.
|8 weeks 3 hours ago||awesome||
Those are some really awesome shoes. Does anyone know if they will be released in kids sizes, as well. I am in need of a new pair of training sneakers, so I am buying an adult pair, but I would love to get my 9-year-old a pair as well.