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|8 hours 44 min ago||Kelly will be stealing this||
Kelly will be stealing this idea for sure. He's been very open since Day 1 about the need for the school to get out into all the corners of the country where they'll need to recruit. That's wny the Shamrock Series and all that. He just never thought of it or it would have happened already.
|5 days 10 hours ago||Excellence. I love these updates||
Fans should be proud of Michigan's traditionally high finish in he Director's Cup. Invariably much higher than our top football and basketball competition. It's a sign of across the board committment to excellence and systemic health. It's way harder and more impressive to do than snag a once in a lifetime basketball coach who hangs around for two decades and simply ride his coat tails. More than a few of the programs outside of the big 2 at OSU and MSU are embarrassingly bad. They actually should be ashamed. But they aren't. Which is another reason being a Michigan fan is special.
|6 days 2 hours ago||Always looked at games||
Always looked at games against MSU the same except in rare circumstances. Beating them isn't about any sort of bragging rights. It's pain avoidance and relief. I feel like that's what Michigan is supposed to do. Not like how I see beating Notre Dame or Ohio State. Given that feeling, MSU is not a rival from my perspective as a Michigan fan. I wouldn't pay five seconds of attention to them if they weren't playing Michigan. So I don't get the mentality of their fans regarding Michgan.
|1 week 1 hour ago||Everybody bagging their||
Everybody bagging their success during Haden's time forgets to mention they were gutted to the tune of 10 scholarships a year for three seasons. Very hard to not only recruit but run proper practices with that little roster depth. I can't think of another program that would have come through everything as well as they did. Kiffin won ten games including at Oregon his first year. Pre-season number 1 the next year. The program averaged 8 wins a year the entire run of the sanctions, won the PAC 12 South twice, beat ND twice, UCLA, and Stanford twice. Yeah not great results, but you run those sanctions on a UCLA they'd spend a decade digging out. Plus it looks like he nailed it with this basketball coach. As a USC fan, I am glad he's leaving, but it wasn't all bad.
|1 week 19 hours ago||Greatest team in NFL History.||
Greatest team in NFL History. They would chewed up Miami in any Super Bowl rematch. I believe they played game 1 with Steve Fuller at quarterback in the Orange Bowl. Bad start and couldn't recover. It happens. It wouldn't have happened twice and not on the biggest stage for all the marbles.
|2 weeks 23 hours ago||The Federal government should||
The Federal government should get together with these note holders and come up with a plan and then simply hire all the people who are deeply in debt to work x amount of time per week for x amount of time to satisfy all or a portion of the debt. Things that need to be done in the community. There are so many cash strapped cities who are crying out for workers to do upteen different things that aren't getting done. Check out Cleveland, Detroit, Chicago, and Flint as examples.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I love your post. It's always||
I love your post. It's always worth pointing out that there are countless ways to learn all the great lessons guys learn playing football without the very real threat of serious injury to the brain. We're going to have to evolve as a society beyond the sport at some point. At least the sport as it's played now.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||The way many parents love the||
The way many parents love the sport as fans and refuse to read and give weight to the emerging science about the sport, I don't think they should be allowed to make the choice for their kids. Just like they legally can't make the choice to allow their kids to consume alcohol. Outlaw it until a player reaches X age.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Harbaugh lets them take||
Harbaugh lets them take visits to whereever and size up their choices. He is doing the same on his end. On that level, I am fine with what he is doing. Risk assumption on both sides. Plus, as has been pointed out many, many times, we have no idea the communications along the line between the coaches and the player. There could be, and likely are things he is telling these kids the moment they accept an offer. They just might not hear it. So jumping to negative conclusions is foolish. Didn't we learn that lesson in the Swenson deal? And wasn't that way "worse" on the initial surface?
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Sam Webb's comments this morning||
There maybe will be a separate thread started about this. Basically Sam said the timing is worthy of criticism. But the way that it's being portrayed that Michigan wasn't in communication with this player and suddenly pulled the rug, is incorrect. It was not an "abrupt circumstance" in Sam's words. There was contact about where the player stood earlier on. And odds are they won't add a replacement in the class at the player's position.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||MSU should be getting at||
MSU should be getting at least the level of recruits they are getting. 50 wins over five seasons, two major bowl wins, an established program and head coach, and an appearance in the playoff. If I followed them, I'd be wondering why they aren't doing way better actually. If Michigan strings together a half-decade like that their classes will be insane.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||The eye test tells me he is||
The eye test tells me he is going to be a special player. But the eye test and Jim's past history tells me there aren't many schools with the promising trajectory and upside of Michigan. A battle for one recruit here or there doesn't alter the short or long-term course one bit.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||ESPN should have had it||
ESPN should have had it written in their contract with the college football PTB that they pick the date for the games. I guarantee they didn't, because the future playoff dates on the contract are mostly NYE. ESPN's fault for letting these conference commissioners continue their long-running love affair with the traditional bowls and dictate that NYD was off limits. Love the Rose Bowl, but the Semi's would have trounced everything in their path on NYD.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||From what I read she was key||
From what I read she was key in throwing her support behind him returning to college. She was very disappointed about the lack of security in a pro job. Seeing her husband win seventy percent plus and go to a Super Bowl with a dead-end franchise and yet get treated that way. Michigan fans thank her for sure and are glad they like it back in Michigan.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||This organization is a mess.||
This organization is a mess. It's going to be Sheldon White because that's the way they've always done things: hiring people from within who couldn't draw interest from other teams for that same job. That's always the test. The thing they have always needed: a true football czar who will change everything from the scouting down to the support staff, will elude the organization again. Life under the Fords.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Concern for any of these bowl||
Concern for any of these bowl games is the real problem. Have the semis on campus and pick whereever for the National title game every year and play it whenever you want but not New Years.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||If you'd take Rich Rod over||
If you'd take Rich Rod over Kelly, you must like doing not as well as you could have by choosing Kelly.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Yup. Definitely the harder||
Yup. Definitely the harder rocking of the two. Good call. WIthout regard to order: Yesterdays, Civil War, You Could be Mine, November Rain, Don't Cry, Knockin' On Heaven's Door, Live and Let Die, Dead Horse, Coma, Estranged, Pretty Tied up, Bad Obsession. Even if you took out the two covers, you'd have an amazing 10 song album. Really not much can touch Appetite. It was so unique. I think you take guys who have tons of drive and haven't made the money yet and you have Appetite. After that, the inspiration isn't the same.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||You are. With honorable||
You are. With honorable mentions for "My Michelle" and "I Think About You"
|6 weeks 2 days ago||"Slave to the Grind" is||
"Slave to the Grind" is a killer album from the early 90s that almost no one talks about . Mostly because grunge had burst on the scene and all those 80's bands got sort of black balled.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Hit an all-time home run right out of the gate||
Appetite for Destruction is still one of the great albums front-to-back in history. It blew the doors off basically all the 80s hair metal going on at the time. To me it always seemed to be the rare combo of raw and radio ready. If they would have stuck to one album in the Illusion thing, they could have maybe topped it. It was an amazing first five years. Some things that hot aren't meant to be long-term I guess.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||If you are very hungry, this place is awesome||
http://bubbasdallas.com/ across the street from the northwest corner of SMU's campus. Ten minute walk to Moody at the most.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Heat of the moment and he||
Heat of the moment and he apologized. We've all heard enough about the kind of guy he is. He'll grow out of it or he won't. What would have been really interesting is if ND had held on last week at Stanford. I am not sold after this type of low scoring brawl type game, that MSU would have went over a one loss ND.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Withhold judgment and see on Helton||
I've seen each of their games start to finish. They have absolutely been a different, much more physical team offensively since Sark left. Noticeable even to non-sophisticated eyes like mine. Their rushing yards have shot way up and they're blocking with much greater effectiveness. Defensively they'll have to get a new coordinator most likely. But games where they've played man to man and attacked the line of scrimmage they've looked a lot better. It's senseless to play soft coverages with the level of athletes they stock on that roster. I think this guy gets it and has a very good reputation with quarterbacks at the school. It's still a program with ground to make up from the sanctions. So they are going to get slapped around a little by really good teams. Don't assume this guy is some boob is all I am saying.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Obviously Harbaugh isn't||
Obviously Harbaugh isn't saying it's cool and laughing it off. Get real. That's not how he's wired and that's not what Michigan is about. But whether or not we as fans accept the reality of where our talent is versus OSU doesn't matter in Michigan's results. We're fans. But facts are facts in terms of where everything is. You could have played that thing yesterday ten times, have Harbaugh and company coach a perfect game (which they clearly fell short of ) and I don't think Michigan wins one time. That was a veteran elite team that belongs in the playoff but screwed themselves with a bad game the week before. Michigan has to get better players and put them through Jim's program for multiple seasons to consistently beat teams like we played yesterday. It might even be way diferent next year. But right now two totally different planets.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||shrug the shoulders and move on||
That stuff can happen when you play a truly elite college offense with basically everyone back from a National Championship run. Ask MSU at home playing them last year. That was an equivalent blood bath perpetrated on their defense. And that MSU team was considered Playoff material with an elite defese from the beginning of the season by the pundits. We came to the party on that discussion very late and even then it was pretty ambitious. Reality: we have maybe 2 NFL ready guys and none on either line. Bottom line is if OSU shows up, interested, and their coach calls an aggressive intelligent game, no one in our conference is stopping them currently. They'd like to have last week back and I'll bet our coaches would like to have some aspects of yesterday back too. But it probably wouldn't have mattered either way. That's where Michigan is at. Won two we probably shouldn't have and lost one we probably shouldn't have. So 8-4 or 9-3, with a bowl to play is a nice foundation. My thinking is take our medicine with grace, accept MSU fans yapping about their success (the world knows how lucky they got against us), and watch with patience because Harbaugh and his people will get us there. If you doubt at all he will, you're ignoring over a decade of history at three different coachin stops. Stanford being the most miraculous. That was the ultimate crater rebuild to end all rebuilds. What you see there now is all his early foundational work.
|16 weeks 3 days ago||There has always been a part||
There has always been a part of me that thinks Michigan is an easy mark for bad calls. Michigan's less chippy style of play coupled with generally being above making a big deal about poor officiating gives a license to officials to not work hard to get the calls right. I was glad Harbaugh said what he said in the press conference. Can't think of any other coach who would have stayed quiet.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Call it what it was||
As a time saver, I took this approach first thing this morning. Any Sparty who won't acknowledge the ending was anything but luck for an otherwise beaten team, won't get me to participate in a game discussion. If they will be intellectually honest about what happened, no problem at all talking about it in depth. And congratulating them on honest, fair competition and coming out on top.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Having lived in other States,||
Having lived in other States, I can say that's true. Very good comparison with Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. The only place the cries of OSU fans about parity or "dominance" of the rivalry is taken seriously is inside the state itself. Fans outside of the state don't give bluster like that any weight. Creating the sense that one program has become as important or prominent as the long term successful one is a a tool for local media to pump up ratings and page views. It's manufactured reality. It's a favorite trick of many in the Michigan media. Two in particular have turned baiting Michigan fans with made-up opinions into their ticket to an early retirement.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||This thread may or may not be||
This thread may or may not be based on a thin premise, but it's one of the best ones on here since approximately 7:22 last night. There is great big picture thinking happening among the posters. I feel a ton better reading through this. I think that feeling will be ratcheted up even more after reading Brian's monday recap. That's my hope.