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|1 week 2 days ago||Michigan.||
Frankly, the rest mean very little to me.
|1 week 4 days ago||I know this is just from 2002 to the current day, but||
prior to that, Drew Henson (1998), Charles Woodson (1995) and Tyrone Wheatley (1991) were all highly prized recruits. Call me crazy, but I'd rather have Wheatley, Jr. than Chris Clark.
|1 week 4 days ago||Mike Trgovac||
Knows defense. Coached as an assistant at ND, I believe. Played for UM and sacked Joe Montana a few times in the first game between UM and ND in many moons. Had that happened in a scoreless road game at Northwesterrn, I'd say it was many MOONs.
OK. I'll go now.
|1 week 4 days ago||This||
That's the truth. The only thing stopping Michigan is Michigan.
|1 week 6 days ago||Wear black shoes. The blue pants, I don't mind.||
Other than that, I'd have to say I'd like to see Michigan stick with the traditional uniform. other teams, too. OSU with its traditionals, Sparty, ND, USC, Rutgers, etc. Too many different uniforms, and then with players wearing different color shoes, it contradicts the very term "uniform" when it comes to the team, i.e., they should all wear the same thing. Period, amen.
And yes, the shoes should never be anything other than black.
|1 week 6 days ago||That's just it. At least gauge his interest.||
Stoops has won big, and has done so without reasonably good conduct exhibited by those involved with his program. He has recruiting ties to the midwest, and to Texas and Oklahoma. This one is a no-brainer: Offer him, and see what it will take to get him here. As BlueCheesehead from Wingedhelmet would say, he'll unite the fan base, and we can forget about the various factions and clans of Michigan supporters.
Go Blue and Get Stoops!
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Personally, I'd be fine with Kyle Whittingham||
He's shown that he can win, and his players always seem prepared. Not to beat a dead horse, but he's completed a perfect season, beaten 'Bama in a bowl game...I'll take him. Then again, if Bob Stoops were available, I think I'd prefer Bob. Ability to recruit the midwest through his Ohio high school contacts, and high school contacts in Texas and Oklahoma...yeah, sign me up for Stoops.
But yes, I'd welcome Mr. Whittingham with open arms.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||I agree with that last sentence.||
Granted, it's an educational institution, first and foremost, but many people enjoy the "big-time college football" experience at Michigan. Admittedly, that's just my opinion, but it would be a shame to see the university take a radically different approach to such a hallowed tradition.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Michigan already has a quidditch team||
tOSU and Sparty have teams, as well.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||I would expect maybe 2-3,000 fans from UM.||
Not many. Rutgers fans are OK, but they do seem very enthusiastic about this rivalry. It could be that they smell blood in the water. That's one reason we should support our guys heartily.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Bill Parcells||
He's rested and ready.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Better idea: Fly the UM flag upside down.||
For centuries, flying your flag upside down has been a signal of distress. Granted, that's not in the stadium, but that would do it.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||You, sir, should receive knight hood! I'll take Sumlin now!||
While A&M isn't the academic equivalent of UM, I'm very confident that Sumlin would restore us to double digit wins pretty quickly. As you said, he's a Big Ten guy (frankly, we've actually had pretty cordial relations with Purdue; see Griese, Bob). He can recruit both the midwest and Texas. He'll provide stability, yet he'll be open to more modern approaches to offense.
A&M made Bo an offer back in the day. We should, at the very, very least, gauge the man's interest in the UM job. Couldn't hurt.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Who needs John Harbaugh? Doesn't have a Super Bowl ring. Wait..||
Yeah, maybe we could use him, after all. Dominant defenses, a balanced offense, solid special teams, good blocking, tackling, and ball security. Maybe some of those things would benefit a team.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Kenn even fared pretty well against Lawrence Taylor.||
That's saying something. Here's a comment by Elliott Harrison on NFL.com last May:
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Fair point, BlueLikeJazz.||
Once they start leaving, that would remove the last obstacle.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||At the very least, it's as bad as 2010.||
On the one hand, I'm worried about losing kids who Hoke brought to A2, but on the other hand, it clearly seems as though this team isn't improving.
Before anyone accuses me of being disloyal, I will always root for Michigan. I am worried about the direction, though. The shame is that our facilities are updated, they've made some inroads into getting some speed players from the south, and they've tried to address some of the areas we've had difficulty with in the past.
At the end of the day, it's not about uniformz, or "Michigan Men" or the various factions that exist among the alums and the fan base, it's about supporting the team and producing a team that wins with integrity and consistency. I think we can all agree on that.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||At this point, every ensuing game is his biggest||
I think there may have been some bigger games in the past three-plus seasons than Utah, but at this point, every game ahead of him is his biggest game at that point. Utah will be substantially bigger than, say, Iowa or Penn State last season, but they'll continue to increase in importance week by week. If he survives this season and next, both he and the program should be OK.
Will it be easy? No.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||ChicagoB1GRed, I'd agree with you wholeheartedly.||
I think there are a lot of reasonable, respectful fans of many different teams in college football, and I welcome the opportunity to converse with fans of other teams, whether on "their" boards or one of Michigan's boards.
To some degree, I think any loss of decorum is the result of the fact that we're on computers. Fewer people would behave poorly or disrespectfully face to face.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||I'll respectfully disagree||
First, i think the current use of the word "troll" is specific to a very young audience. I'm 51, and I wouldn't think anything of going to a rival board and posting, "Hey, good game, guys." I've always presented myself with decorum and respect, and it's usually returned in kind, even on boards and blogs for rivals like Ohio State and Notre Dame.
Now, if they're coming over here and starting unnecessary problems, that's an entirely different situation. I've never been one to "talk trash," and it seems pointless to do so, particularly since we're just fans and/or alums, and we're not making blocks and tackles.
Again, just my opinion, for what it's worth.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||NFL.com has some different numbers||
Sorry to be a killjoy; I love Charles as much as anyone here, but nfl.com indicates that he has 57 interceptions and 27 forced fumbles.
Still, assuming he plays at least this season, it would not be out of the question to pass Rod Woodson. If he plays this season and next, and at the same level he's playing now, he'll easily surpass Rod.
Clearly one of the greatest players of all time, in all of football.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Question re: John Harbaugh||
I've heard his name mentioned several times now, but unlike his father and his brother, he has no ties to the university that I'm aware of. Does anyone know if he has any affinity for MIchigan? Would he seriously consider coming here? I've always thought he was the more level-headed brother, and I think he'd make UM tough almost immediately.
|11 weeks 2 hours ago||To some degree, yes, Martin was correct.||
Here's the most important point he was correct about: Michigan needs to divorce itself from this ludicrous obsession with hiring a "Michigan Man." Simply put, this nepotistic approach limits the amount of new thought in a footbal program, or in any venture. The people in the progam use the same concepts ad infinitum, but the rest of the world adapts. Eventually, a group that does not adapt is less with stale concepts and complacent personnel. That's what happened with UM.
Frankly, if Art Briles were younger, I'd consider him in a heartbeat. I wouldl have loved to see UM hire Charlie Strong, who seems to embody many of the values that both young blues and old blues hold dear to their hearts. I mentioned Bob Stoops in another thread, but I don't realistically think he would come to A2. Gus Malzahn? Maybe Jon Gruden?
And yet, there is something to be said for an old school approach. Part of me would love to see them approach Bill Parcells. Bill would find a way to be successful, and would figure out how to adapt their S&C program to maximize its talent.
|11 weeks 12 hours ago||I hope you're right.||
But we haven't beaten OSU in Columbus since 2000. Losing to ND isn't the end of the world -- heck, they opted out of the series, leaving us with a 24-17-1 lead. At this point, Hoke's tenure has reached a crossroads: Improve and salvage some wins and recruits, or maintain the status quo. Frankly, the latter is depressing.
|11 weeks 12 hours ago||Six bad years? The last time the team was right was 2000.||
Tressel owned us. Sure, there was a B1G title in '04, but it was hollow since we lost to OSU. Serious improvement is necessary.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Despite my bias in favor of UM, Mowins & Joey were awful||
I had the game on, and my wife said, "That woman is terrible." I responded, "She has to keep talking, because Joey Galloway sits there for minutes at a time without saying anything."
And when Galloway did say something, it was frequently anti-UM. And yes, arguing the facemask late hit call was a bit much. I find Spielman to be very fair to UM, pretty much the same for Kirk and Smith. Joey has to go.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Hysterical!||
Elliott Mealer, for the win!
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Agree with Aplatypus. That's the only possible reason.||
Basically, you're keeping guys on their toes all year, and the post-season naming of captains is really just an honor to recognize those guys who were team leaders all year long.
Hopefully, it works.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||The greatest memory in my Michigan fandom.||
I was already 34 by the time that game had rolled around, and I'd pretty much given up ever being able to experience the perfect season/national championship combo (a trifecta if you consider Woodson's Heisman).
My mother-in-law held an annual party on New Year's Day, and she didn't follow football at all, particularly college football. There I was, with a bunch of people, and only my wife could relate to the pins and needles in my stomach. Finally, around 2:30 p.m., I said, "I'm sorry, I have to go home and watch this by myself." Her cousin's husband looked at me and said, "Dude, where ya goin?" I responded as politely as I could that this game, which could mean a national championship, was one I had to watch by myself. It would have been different if I were surrounded by a ton of Michigan fans who knew the team's history, but there's no way that casual football observers could possibly relate.
Initially, when Wazzu took the lead, I thought, "here we go, again." But then Charles picked off that pass in the end zone, and I thought we might have a shot. Then Lloyd let Brian Griese air it out to Tai Streets, not once, but twice. The defense did its usual stellar job, and when Griese connected with Jerame Tuman in tne end zone, it was clear the good guys were in the driver's seat.
Still miffed that the refs didn't call offensive pass interference when the receiver pushed Charles down on that final defensive stand, and it sure looked like he picked off the pass on the play before that, but no matter. That was a once in a lifetime experience. I remember seeing Ian Gold lead the fans in chanting, "It's great to be a Michigan Wolverine."
One mild complaint: My wife and I attended our first home game the next season at the home opener vs. Syracuse, and being the NY/NJ people that we are, we expected to see a ceremony where they raised the national championship banner, possibly with some players from the 1948 national championship team joining the captains from the '97 squad. Why didn't they put up the banner? It's a once-in-a-lifetime experience; it should be commemorated.
Anyway, GO BLUE! and thanks to the OP for putting this topic up there! I've been an avid Michigan fan since 1973, and that 1997 season was the high point.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||Charcoal gray and burnt orange? Not even school colors.||