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|13 weeks 22 hours ago||I'm an assistant football||
I'm an assistant football coach at a small school in Arizona (8 man football) and, bizarrely enough, we have this exact formation in our playbook. We call it "Domino".
|1 year 5 weeks ago||YouTube link||
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|1 year 43 weeks ago||FWIW - Jon's Sister on Twitter||
Anna Horford (@AnnaHorford) Few know all that my brother has been through & how much he's truly contributed at UM. All I can say is there's good reason for him leaving.
Anna Horford (@AnnaHorford) Jon WILL be going to a great school next year. Many colleges know how good he is even though he didn't get much opportunity to prove it @ UM
|1 year 48 weeks ago||Well, the undefeated movement||
Well, the undefeated movement is certainly aided by the fact that we only wear white at home against teams we should beat anyway.
I have no inside info, but I wouldn't be surprised to see us wear white in the first BTT game and in the first two rounds of the NCAAs. I don't think these new 'Wolverine' threads are mandatory; the blue one probably won't even see the light of day.
Along those lines, it's worth noting that last year's 'Made in March' uniform only appeared in one game (Wisconsin BTT). If I had to guess, we'll wear the maize 'Wolverine' jerseys when we (presumably) play Iowa or Nebraska in the BTT semifinals and that will be that.
|2 years 4 weeks ago||BTW, out of 351 teams, we are||
BTW, out of 351 teams, we are 32nd in Team FT% (.745). This news surprised me, but there you go.
|2 years 4 weeks ago||The team needs to improve in||
The team needs to improve in all areas, no doubt. As of now, they're probably an 8 seed in March. But it makes me laugh when there's this common assertion that poor FT shooting equals death in the tournament, or that shoddy D in January spells doom for the future.
They couldn't shoot FTs when it counted last year, either (remember Indiana? Hell, remember Syracuse?) and they almost won the title. Their defense was mediocre all year, too, not far from where it is now (and that's with 2 NBA players on the roster). The defensive collapses of 2012-2013 at the hands of CMU, PSUx3, and Wisconsin faded from memory pretty quickly once the tournament rolled around.
Like I said, the team definitely needs work. However, these minor issues don't necessarily portend to any future failings. A win is a win, and everyone will forget how sloppy it was within a week or two. Getting lit up by Nebraska in January isn't great, but it isn't a death sentence, either.
|2 years 10 weeks ago||Let me preface this by||
Let me preface this by explaining my background: huge Michigan fan my entire life (like all of you), got into Michigan a few years ago, decided to go to Michigan-Dearborn to save myself from a mountain of debt. I've had season tickets for football and basketball every year until now. I'm not sure if my opinions on this matter are lesser because of it. You can decide, I guess.
I understand why so many of you have such strong loyalties to the football program. It's a tangible thing to root for if you love the university (you can't really root for Michigan medicine, Michigan law, etc.), and much more prominent than most other university sports (it's in our face all the time, so it becomes important). As such, wins or losses are irrelevant to the big picture: you pay your money and support the team because you love it. Similarly, entertaining football is irrelevant, because everyone is trying hard and, really, what more can you ask?
But why do we love something that openly doesn't care about us and also isn't entertaining? The athletic department doesn't care who you are as long as you have gobs of money. The coaches don't know most of us and wouldn't blink an eye if we didn't show up. The players serve as fellow students and future alumni, yes, but a large majority of them wouldn't be in the school if they weren't good at playing a sport. Oh, and they don't know most of us and wouldn't blink an eye if we didn't show up, either. As an added bonus, the football itself sucks and isn't much fun to watch.
Sports are a convenient avenue to pour money, time, and emotions into. I know that as well as anyone. I guess the "this is your team, your school, etc." rhetoric has lost its luster for me when the quality of the product has decreased and the money needed has increased.
I guess my biggest takeaway is that the product that costs a decent amount of money isn't entertaining anymore and, even worse, I'm a faceless and essentially meaningless entity in this consumer-product relationship. I'll watch from home as a result.
|2 years 12 weeks ago||I find the notion that wins =||
I find the notion that wins = happy with product and losses = upset with product to be interesting. It makes sense; wins are usually well-played games and fun to attend, and vice versa.
But say Nebraska fumbles that 3rd and goal touchdown, Michigan recovers, and M holds on to win 13-10. Was the day suddenly an enjoyable experience and worth the exorbiant price? Are the boos persona non grata since, well, they delivered a victory (however meaningless and shallow it might be)?
I'm not sure. I can only speak for myself, and I can confidently say that the booing would have still been justified because it's not even about the scoreboard. It's about the inane coaching and generally terrible football that's been going on all year, regardless of whether or not Michigan happened to squeak past Nebraska in a game neither really played well enough to win.
|2 years 12 weeks ago||Anybody who wishes physical||
Anybody who wishes physical harm on a player, especially one in college, is a low life. With that being said, I have no problem with the boos. I know the kids are trying - I know - but sports are supposed to be a form of entertainment and whatever that was this afternoon certainly wasn't the least bit entertaining (at least to me).
Throw in the fact that Michigan's ticket prices are among the highest in the country and that a sizable portion of the home games this year have been poorly played and I don't blame those booing one bit.
Missed tackles, abysmal blocking, dropped passes, and, most importantly, horrible playcalling do not make for a fun Saturday. Two of the game's most exciting moments were the opposition flubbing a punt and a banked in field goal. It's inevitable that some boos were meant for the players, which sucks, but for those booing the coaching, the playcalling, or the wasted Saturday watching mediocre, boring football - I'm with you.
|2 years 44 weeks ago||Here you go|
|3 years 7 weeks ago||JV makes $20 million a year||
JV makes $20 million a year and Anibal will now be making $16 million so ... advantage JV.
|3 years 38 weeks ago||Don't know if this has been||
Don't know if this has been mentioned yet, but aren't we the "home" team against Alabama? If so I really doubt we'd even wear white jerseys (regardless of whether they were bumblebees or the normal ones).
|4 years 32 weeks ago||.||
|5 years 11 weeks ago||Apologize for nothing. Those||
Apologize for nothing. Those who stay will be champions. Ohio State blows. Go Blue.
|5 years 11 weeks ago||This is a thread of||
This is a thread of champions.
|5 years 12 weeks ago||You're right, the offense||
You're right, the offense folds against any good Big Ten defense. That's why they slapped up 67 on Illinois and 522 yards on Iowa.
|5 years 13 weeks ago||You're right, Pat. A real||
You're right, Pat. A real Michigan team would've won 2-0. There's no room for "Fun Ball" in Ann Arbor.
Also, in the middle of the Lloyd Carr era:
|5 years 13 weeks ago||North end zone: The defensive||
North end zone: The defensive 2-point stop that changed the Rich Rod era.
|5 years 16 weeks ago||I believe we're going to beat||
I believe we're going to beat OSU every year.
|5 years 16 weeks ago||We kicked off with 6:55 left||
We kicked off with 6:55 left and all 3 timeouts.
Doing it at any other time is more of a surprise gamble than anything else and not something you can really analyze.
|5 years 20 weeks ago||I guess I consider awful as||
I guess I consider awful as bad enough to lose the game. 535 yards is pretty absurd, but the defense kept us in the game when the offense couldn't move the ball in the 2nd half. Points allowed are more simply important than yards, even if they don't indicate a team's true performance.
We all know Michigan's defense is not good. I feel that this is a talent/inexperience issue more than anything else and there's really nothing that will fix it but more time. I also don't think they're totally horrendous. Different strokes for different folks, I suppose. Go Blue.
|5 years 20 weeks ago||Well, Herron's healthy return||
Well, Herron's healthy return for Big Ten play certainly factors into my conclusion. Also, UMass does have a good offense. FCS or not, they looked a hell of a lot more impressive than Connecticut/Crist-less Notre Dame.
I'm basically trying to express the notion that we're not heading for a total implosion because of one bad game. Michigan's defense wasn't awful through 2 games with Jones/Herron and was in one game without them. Maybe it isn't a coincidence.
|5 years 20 weeks ago||If we go 5-7 Rich Rod is||
If we go 5-7 Rich Rod is probably gone regardless.
But do you really think we'll somehow manage to lose 45-42 seven times?
|5 years 20 weeks ago||I'm not necessarily implying||
I'm not necessarily implying that Herron >>> Banks. What I'm implying is that the drop-off from Herron to Kevin Leach is significant enough that Roh cannot play defensive end. Our pass rush suffers drastically as a result.
This also isn't the only reason the defense struggled; just one that I don't think many people recognized.
|5 years 22 weeks ago||Not||
|5 years 29 weeks ago||PSN = mscharbs Team =||
PSN = mscharbs
Team = Michigan
|5 years 31 weeks ago||Even though Novak was a||
Even though Novak was a starter and major contributor on one of the 32 best teams in 2008 as a freshman?
|6 years 1 week ago||I'd flip Knight and Parker in||
I'd flip Knight and Parker in your original post and give Dorsey a 30% chance.
|6 years 1 week ago||I miss the late 90s.||
I miss the late 90s.
|6 years 3 weeks ago||A lot of kids previously||
A lot of kids previously apply to and have the early enrollment option for their top 2-3 choices, so something drastic doesn't prevent them from getting a head start on their career.
This isn't slimy at all.