Coaches' timeouts are worse. Basketball teams should get one, full stop.
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|4 days 23 hours ago||How about an appreciation thread for Cazzie Russell instead||
Jalen Rose and the rest of the Fab Five cared nothing about UofM. They were all about themselves. UofM just happened to be a convenient means of showing off. They have never demonstrated any appreciation for the UofM and deserve the same in kind.
|1 week 2 days ago||31-6||
Whatever happened after baseball, his legacy will always be 31-6 and I doubt it will ever be repeated.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||These changes signal desperate times for Brady Hoke||
What does every organization do when they're in trouble and don't know why? They reorganize. That's what this is; a reorganization. This move basically indicates there is recognition that problems exist, but management doesn't really know how to fix them.
Blaming the results of the last two years on thing like "it's RR's fault, it because of a "transition" from one coach to another, "the cupboard was bare", the players are "young", "wait until Hoke has his own players", etc. have grown old and are no longer acceptable to most people.
I guess my biggest concern is that I believe in the old axiom that a boss doesn't hire someone to work for them who is smarter than they are and I don't see Hoke as being at the head of the current class of head coaches.
Personally, I think Brandon is behind the moves to fire Borges and to hire Nussmeier, and I think Nussmeier has a much better track record than Hoke at a similar point in his career.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Here's how you get 100% student attendance||
Reserve the first 20 rows between the 30 yard lines and behind the visiting team's bench to upperclassmen who have a 100 % perfect attendance record in their underlassmen seats Put those underclassmen seats anywhere. I guarantee those tudents will be make sure they attend every game, no matter what. Wouldn't you love to be within shouting distance of the MSU and OSU benches?
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Here's one solution||
Eliminate all of the TV time outs so that the fans in attendance can enjoy the game without those interruptions. The TV networks can time-delay the play-by-play for 3-4 minutes each time they want to do a series of commercials. In the end, the TV audience will see the end of the game maybe 30 minutes after its actual conclusion. This modification would ensure the paying customers get to see a superior product without penalizing the non-paying tv audience to any significant extent. In the end, it's a win-win. The schools get to keep their fan base and reward them by allowing them to see a commercial-free product. The tv audience gets to see the entire game in almost real time without destroying the game-day experience for those that attend and make the game more enjoyable by their cheering and shouting. The tv networks, including the Big 10, have to do something for the fans that actually attend the game. I think this could be it.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||I object to supporting Belema and Saban and their style of play||
I like the fast-paced game. Slowing it down only supports teams that field big, unathletic, defensive lines and oversized linebackers. It especially helps those teams with nose tackles weighing 325 lbs or more who can't play more than half a dozen downs without a timeout to catch their breath. Alabama and Wisconsin have traditionally fielded overly large offensive and defensive linemen who are not in shape to play a game that requires them to be conditioned to run sideline to sideline during consecutive plays that are run with short intervals. Let's not make it easier for them.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Honest Questions||
Several commentors have said the NBA drafts players based on their "potential" and that statement seems to be accepted without challenge. How do we know it's correct? If it is, how much time is acceptable for players to reach their "potential"? How close do players have to be to their "potential" before being considered "draft ready"? What metrics are used to predict a player's "potential"? What metrics are used to determine a player's current level? To me, grading a player seems to be pretty subjective and changeable (witness the players being discussed on this blog). I would also think that it would be better for a player to develop to their "potential" in college rather than getting paid by a pro team to do so,
|4 weeks 2 days ago||I'm not saying change the starting line up, Snarling Wolverine||
They may be 9-2, but they are also 1-2 during the last three games as their opponents have made adjustments (namely how Stauskas is guarded) after UofM's 8-0 start. UofM has looked very flat and lost during those two losses.
I'm advocating a line-up change when during play when the team is without energy and listless.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Change||
If no changes are made, then you ahve to expect the outcomes to be the same. We don't like the IU and UI results so,,,
...when UofM is not playing hard, I'd like to see Beilein insert Bielfeldt and Albrecht in the lineup as subs, asking them to be super aggressive on the boards (Bielfeldt) and overplay on defense (both). Maybe that would spark a positive change in their teammates. At least it is a change of pace that makes the opposing team alter their play.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||UofM vs. MSU outcomes||
It would be interesting to know the status of graduates, or ex-players who did not graduate, who were on football scholarships at the two schools but did not go on to pro football. By "status", I mean solid, hard, data on their current situation, not just anecdotal evidence.
If those outcomes really mattered to schools, those schools should have that information and be able to make it available to recruits.
I graduated from UofM and it was a big deal in securing one particular position, but with time, it's what have you accomplished in your career that matters most to prospective employers.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Will the BIG 10 review the officiating in this game?||
Will UofM make a specific request that they do so?
There appears to be a lot of evidence that the officiating was not very good and that it was biased in favor of MSU. If so, this crew should be informed of that conclusion and told that if it is repeated, they may get fewer BIG 10 games or possibly none.
I would argue that, based on the game play, it would seem that, much like in football, the MSU players are coached to purposely foul, expecting to get away with it 75% of the time.
Hopefully, this apparent tactic is recognized and addressed by the BIG 10. Referees could be asked to look for that type of purposeful fouling and give the player a two-shot penalty, as a "point of emphasis".
If other schools in the BIG 10 make similar requests for specific reviews, it would be help ensure that some real progress is made in bettering the officiating and decreasing the number of deliberate fouls.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||This win basically guarantees we'll be in the NCAA tourney||
That outcome was very much in question earlier in the season when UofM was 6-4, McGary was out for the regular season, and the new starters were struggling. I think that positive reversal is a very fine accomplishment by Beilein and his staff. Hope the UofM football staff can do the same.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Like IndianaBlue, I remember those 1963-1966 games at Yost||
when the Big 10 was clearly the best conference in the country and UofM was its best team. I'll add a couple of Yost Memories: black-colored, cinder floors (because it was the indoor track field, too), 2x12s mounted on cinder blocks in the areas behind the baskets to seat the overflow crowds, unbelievable fan nosie that seemed to be amplified by the closeness of the venu. I don't think it's possible to match the atmosphere that existed then.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Cooked carrots are awful, or is it just me?||
This comment has about the same value as the one about Dakich. It's just a matter of personal taste.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||I don't feel one bit sorry for Borges||
He was paid a huge salary to succeed, but he failed miserably and never took responsibility for the results. The sappy feelings expressed by so many on this board are juvenile.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||No, Hoke has only had two really good seasons as a HC,||
... 12-1 at San Diego State in 2008 and 11-2 at UofM in 2011. During the other 9 seasons , he was 50-59. Another 7-5 season is more likely, unless some major coaching changes are made.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Mangino & Borges||
Does anyone have a side-by-side photo of the two?
|9 weeks 5 days ago||It's not the MSU players that make their defense great,||
it's Narduzzi and their DB coach. They would get the same results with UofM's DBs, given some time to coach them up and teach them the basics of their defensive scheme.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||I could see Dantonio leaving IF||
MSU agreed to make Narduzzi the HC at MSU when he does so. It would be a way for Dantonio to ensure that the program he has developed is continued and forms the basis of his legacy there.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Hoke||
Bo Schembechler was a demanding hard ass. Unlike Hoke, I don't ever recall hearing that Bo was a "player's coach". Bo had the fire and never lost that emotion. He was volatile and unabashed about it. I don't think it's something you can turn off and on. I don't see those same qualities with Hoke. I hear him being called a nice guy and I think that's probably correct, but you know how those guys finish.
|10 weeks 35 min ago||bighouse22 nailed it..||
...when he said "RR was undermined at every turn while at Michigan by Carr, Media, Alumni and the new Administration. " That's one reason why I hope RR is successful at Arizona.
I also have to agree with his thought that "RR brought a hard nose attitude about preparation and ruffled a bunch of pampered players" and wonder if that may be a root cause of the current problems with the UofM program -- adathe UofM program is seeing -- i.e. the players are pampered.
It was certainly a problem at UofM until Bo Schembechler took over for Bump Elliott.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||My guess is Enwere goes to MSU or Minnesota...||
...because they've had a much better record/tradition of developing RBs over the past several years and there are OL issues at UofM. Aside from Mike Hart, UofM hasn't had any noteworthy RBs in the last 10 years. And I'm not sure how much UofM had to do with Hart's development. As I recall, he hit the ground running as a freshman and never let up. Hope Derrick Green and Deveon Smith change that.
|14 weeks 5 hours ago||Stupid generalizations about "The South"||
We lived in Baton Rouge for 6.5 years. Overall, it was a very good experience. Can't really say anything bad about it, except for the weather. Our three sons attended an excellent grade school that had great academics. When we returned to Michigan, we found our kids were a year ahead of the local curriculum.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Great game||
I always preached that you if you play hard and play smart, that's all that anyone can ask of you. That's what I saw for almost all of the game from both the players and coaches. So, I applaud a very well played game.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||This site is my favorite "Favorite"||
|14 weeks 3 days ago||Loved the decision to go for it||
Not so sure about the actual play call. Everyone played a really good game today. No shame in losing that one. It might have cost OSU a shot at a national title.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||Does anyone recall what changes Bo made after finishing 6-6...||
...in 1984? I don't remember if there were any mitigating factors behind the worst season in Bo's career at UofM or what the press and fans were saying/doing, if anything other than it was an anomal because he'd already had 15 years of success. In the following year, I believe they finished ranked #2 with a 10-1-1 record.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||Thank you, PurpleStuff||
My sentiments exactly. Brandon is trying to rewrite history to justify his firing of RR and hiring of Brady Hoke. RR was a truly innovative coach whose spread offense rivals the changes brought to football by Fielding H. Yost and Fritz Crisler. RR was immediately crucified and vilified by LC supporters for no good reason. Prior to joining UofM, Hoke was a 0.500 HC whose track record paled in comparison to RR's. Despite having everyone support him from the get go, he has really accomplished very little. Two good recruiting classes, bringing in Mattison, and a lucky 11-2 season with another coaches players are plusses, but certainly not nearly enough to justify the lofty praise and vote of confidence received from Brandon. 2013 has been an offensive debacle. I still say they fired the wrong guy and hired the wrong person.
|15 weeks 2 hours ago||Using your definition, I would say Lloyd Carr was the epitome..||
...of fickleness when he chose to turn his back on Michigan football after RR was hired. What say you?
|15 weeks 1 day ago||Given your definition,wasn't Lloyd Carr a "fair weather fan"?||
In fact, he was probably worse, because he not only stopped supporting the football team and program, he undercut it.