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|13 hours 15 min ago||The positives: You can see the beginnings of that '97 season||
Sure, Lloyd could have managed the clock better, but we should note several points. First, the team went on the road, and "gutted out" a win in a tough spot. That would bode well for them the next season. Next, the defense held a lead. Yes, I know that Rae Carruth could have come down with the ball on that last play, but he didn't, and the defense only gave up 13 points. Not bad.
The '96 team had Jarrett Irons, David Bowens and Chuck Winters, all of whom were gone by '97, yet, the cupboard was anything but bare. By '97, there were plenty of rumblings about the block M standing for mediocrity, but few of us really recognized just how talented and tough that '97 team was, until the season was over, and much of the team's mental toughness can be traced to this '96 game against Colorado.
Just an opinion, i know, but that '96 Colorado game was a sign of things to come.
|2 days 12 hours ago||Actually, I don't mind that this series is ending at all.||
Few teams face the relentless pressure of having as many rivals as Michigan does. With ND departing on its own, UM will maintain the series lead while being able to focus on improvement without having to be obsessively concerned about ND. A win-win.
|2 days 15 hours ago||Now I know I'm one of the oldest people on this board||
When I saw the headline, I thought, "Someone put a video clip to a Frank Sinatra song?"
|5 days 14 hours ago||Make it stop!||
I know UM didn't really recruit him, but this is ridiculous. Over the past 10 years, in-state kids have wound up playing for USC, LSU, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Penn State. Just too much.
Brady Hoke, please deliver this year. Please.
|1 week 1 day ago||Not a UM road game, but Army (West Point) is a great venue||
I don't know if anyone on the board has ever been to a game at Michie Stadium at West Point, but it's well worth the trip. Pick a game in October, when the leaves are turning. The stadium has an upper deck on the west sideline only, so patrons in the upper deck get arguably the best view in the nation (lauded by Sports Illustrated and The Sporting News). The fans are EXTREMELY polite, which is probably because West Point is about service to the country, not about being a football factory. Tickets are inexpesnive, and plentiful, and the atmosphere is enhanced by Cadets skydiving into the stadium with the game ball, a tradition that originated at West Point, which has now become commonplace at many venues.
I know a lot of people will poo-poo the fact that it's not big-time college football, and that it's so close to New York City, but here's the thing. 1. The fact that it's not big-time gives the game a 1950s feel, something the ESPN generation should actually experience. 2. Despite West Point's proximity to NYC, the environment there is remarkably bucolic, and you'd never imagine that a major city was less than 50 miles away.
True, the stadium rarely fills up, but it's a wonderful experience nonetheless.
|1 week 3 days ago||I'm a diehard UM fan and 35-year Jets season ticket holder||
I knew Harris was underrated on that '06 UM defense; even moreso in the NFL. Reads his keys better than anyone since Mike Singletary (yes, I'd say better than Ray Lewis), always puts himself in position to make plays, wraps up very well when he tackles, and delivers a wallop. Can drop into coverage, will occasionally make the big interception and return (Remember the 2010 playoffs, Tom Brady) and run with tight ends. Lacks top end speed, but that's not too big a factor at ILB.
|1 week 6 days ago||Guys, I'm 51. What's a posbang?||
Sorry, to me it's still 1973. And for our football team, that might not be such a bad thing.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Go and have a great time!||
Yes, Buckeye fans can be a little intense, but keep your cool and you'll enjoy yourself. Once you're in the building, it's different. You'll have a blast. Posters such as TIMMAY are correct; there are many Buckeye fans who are very nice people, and a few who can be rude, and the same can be said for our fan base, as well. Don't get drawn into any trash talk, show respect for their tradition, and you'll be amazed how far that will go -- in almost any American sports situation.
And yes, GO BLUE! The day will come when we finally achieve VIC -- Victory in Columbus. It may occur this year, and it may not, but it will happen some day.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||What does this mean for Tyrone Wheatley, Jr's recruitment?||
Is the staff still pursuing him? If so, do they see him at tight end or defensive end?
|8 weeks 10 hours ago||Fargas for Isaac? WE'LL TAKE IT!||
Fourteen years later, Michigan finally gets the player-to-be-named-later in the Justin Fargas trade. It's about time Ty Isaac went blue! Welcome aboard, Ty!
|8 weeks 11 hours ago||Isaac is the player-to-be-named-later in the Justin Fargas trade||
Seriously, he's a different type of back than Green or Smith, and should give UM an additional weapon in its arsenal. Good stuff.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||People. nations and teams get knocked down. And they get back up||
Didn't mean to paraphrase Billy Taylor, but it's appropriate. So the team we root for has lost a few. Keep on rooting. Things turn around, and people turn around. Remember, not everything follows a script.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Tough, but I'll take a stab at it.||
1997 at Penn State. As one pundit put it later, "After that game, the national championship was Michigan's to lose." Arguably the most dominant performance against a national championship contender I've ever seen from Michigan. On that day, all the old comments about Michigan being too slow and not tough enough were put to rest. The Daydrion Taylor hit on Bob Christensen caught the attention of the entire football world.
1997 vs Ohio State. The team weathered a tough start, and then held off a fierce rally by Ohio. The last quarter was nerve-wracking, but that one was sooooo memorable.
1998 Rose Bowl vs Washington State. Started off like so many other disappointing bowl performances, but in one play, Charles Woodson gave our guys a reprieve. FINALLY, A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP! FINALLY, A PERFECT SEASON!
Favorite game I've been to: 1999 vs Ohio State. My wife was 7 months pregnant, and I flew out and attended the game on a press pass. Walked up to a security guard at the tunnel and asked, "Could I just look down into the tunnel?" His response: "You've got the pass, you can go wherever you like." Walked down the tunnel about two and a half hours before game time, and a couple of Ohio State players were in sweats tossing a ball around. The Big House was mostly empty, with a chilly mist in the air. After the game, I went into the postgame press conference, which was held in the Crisler Arena back then (not called Crisler Center at the time). I was standing right next to Tom Brady while he was being interviewed, and Steve Hutchinson walked up right next to me and asked Bruce Madej how the Michigan State-Penn State game turned out. Great comeback win by our guys. I still maintain that if Brady had played the entire game against Michigan State, UM would win that one, and then the bizarre defeat the following game against Illinois would have been a win -- and yes, if UM had won those two games, I'm certain they would have won the national championship. Can you imagine 2 in 3 years?
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Question about tight end||
With Chris Clark trending blue, what impact, if any, does that have on the recruitment of Tyrone Wheatley, Jr? Is UM still in good shape for him? I always thought that legacies would be automatic blue (Troy Woolfollk, Jon Runyan, Jr.), but Tyriq Thompson and Justin Boren have given me reason to doubt that.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Great work as always, Brandon.||
One of the great things about getting Roseboro would be the chance to build a North Carolina-to-Michigan pipeline. BTW, any word on Jalen Dalton? Are they still recruiting him?
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Great collection. 3 more I'd like to see||
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Here's my list||
Yes, the loss to Illinois boggles the mind. If Brady had played the entire game against Sparty, UM wins that one. If that team had played its cards right, they should have had their second perfect season/national championship in three years. What might have been.
One or two different moves in Columbus would have been huge. Win that one, and play the bowl game (BCS title tilt) the way they played against the Urban/Tebow Florida crew the following year, and yes, that '06 team might have run the table and won a national title as well.
Yup, the best all-around offense of the BCS era, no doubt. We can only wonder what 2001 would have been like had Henson stayed.
Even though ohio won the national ttile the previous year, it was very easy to feel good about the state of UM football with the '03 team, even give the losses against Oregon and USC.
Honestly, I'm torn on this one. I'm inclined to thnk this team was a little on the overrated side, and was very fortunate in more than a few occasions. Still, 11 wins is an impressive feat, no matter how you slice it.
After that, it's not so clear. What is clear is that UM usually needs a better pass rush. The overall criticism of team speed hasn't always been accurate, but there have been teams at other schools with a better pass rush. Accomplish that and you'd see a significant improvement.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||umbig11, I totally agree.||
Let's see some new games, new opponents. Pump some needed new blood into our program!
|10 weeks 6 days ago||You beat me to it.||
There are a lot of options -- a whole lot -- but Tom Harmon is probably the best one.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Please, let's let the rivalry die||
I love rivalries, but no school has more rivals than Michigan, and to be brutally honest, that many rivalry games can drain a program. OSU, MSU, ND, Wisky, Penn State, even Minnesota (well, only for the true old timers) can all be considered rivals. Let's simplify things, and give ourselves a better chance for success.
Heck, they walked away from the rivalry -- with us in the lead. Please, let's leave it at that.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||I'll go one better: It's been rough since the 2001 season.||
I am hopeful, particularly because of Jabrill Peppers. But make no mistake, since that fateful November day when ohio shocked us in '01, things haven't been the same.
The frustrating thing is that it seems as though some strides are being made, at times. Other times, it seems like it's getting worse. Even when UM didn't win the National Championship in '99, still, it seemed as though the program was headed in the right direction. I remember thinking when Anthony Thomas and Steve Hutchinson were done that they went 32-5 for their careers; at least I think so, off the top of my head. That's pretty good. Barring the minor hiccup that was the '98 season, they had the perfect season in '97, and two solid campaigns in '99 and 2000. It really seemed as if everything was hitting on all cylinders back there.
In 2006, i thought they figured things out for much of the season. In the Rose Bowl, it was apparent that just wasn't true.
At this point, I think they need to pull themselves up by their own boostraps. Schemes, scheduling, wi-fi in the stadium...it's all just window dressing.
Let's get back to basics: Win some games. Make plays in every facet of the game. Beat ohio in ohio, and watch how quickly the mojo comes back to lfe.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||Not sure what that means.||
I don't follow any players on twitter. Frankly, I'm almost at the point where I wish we had old-fashioned recruiting, where alums and fans knew next to nothing about recruiting and we just said, "We're gonna have a heck of a team in September."
|15 weeks 4 days ago||Interesting.||
Pipkins, Charlton and Wormley aren't starters. C'est la vie.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||In a perfect world...||
I'd like to see a perfect season and a national championship. I realize those goals are very difficult to achieve, so I think the following would be more reasonable:
For this season, let's beat our two primary rivals, OSU and ND. A win against OSU on the road would do wonders to boost the esteem of this program nationwide. Why ND over MSU? Simple. ND is a nationally recognized program, MSU a regional power, 13-1 notwithstanding. The last time MSU won a national championship Lyndon Johnson was president. Simply put, Michigan needs to beat ND. Then MSU will be the second rival.
Beat Penn State and Nebraska. Again, they're programs that have won national championships within the last three decades, so Michigan needs need to beat them.
More than that, make legitimate progress toward winning a national championship. We didn't win one in the 1999 season, but the team was so strong that it seemed as if a national championship was realistically within striking distance. I'll take that.
|26 weeks 1 day ago||Good stuff, Brandon.||
I have to say, I've been very impressed with your take and your research on these recruiting matters. And you're right, i think when a recruit fails to respond to your texts (or those of any other recruiting reporter), that's usually a pretty good indication that he won't be donning a maize & blue winged helmet in the fall. Call it the body language of modern day high tech communications, if you will.
|26 weeks 3 days ago||Expectations||
1 National Championship, but I'll readiy admit that's not easy to accomplish; 11 wins over Ohio, 14 wins over Sparty, 6 B1G titles, and frankly, I put a lot more emphasis on national championships; 20 wins over Minnesota, and 7 B1G top-ranked recruiting classes. I'd love to say 2 National Championships, but I don't think that's realistic. Six B1G titles are very realistic, if we get the right players, coach them properly, and play with the resolve that UM teams displayed in 1997, 1999, 2000 and 2003.
|1 year 29 weeks ago||I won't mince any words||
The B1G titie is more of an afterthought to me. When you say "the leaders and the best," you're forcing a comparison with, well, pretty much everyone.
With that in mind, I'd say the goal should be to have a perfect season and win the national championship. Win the B1G, but lose to Notre Dame? No thanks, not good enough for me. You have to beat the primary rival, which will always be Ohio (Yes, that Ohio), not Sparty. After the Ohio State game, beating Notre Dame is the next most important game on the sked, regardless of the fact that it doesn't impact the B1G.
What's the definition of an ideal season in our lifetimes? '97 was obviously the best. After that, I'm really tempted to say '99, even though we lost to Sparty. Comeback wins over Ohio, Notre Dame, Penn State and Alabama, with our team nationally recognized. In '96, the college football world was howling with cries that "the Block M stands for mediocrity." By '99, those claims had been silenced. A 3-season record of 32-5, highlighted by a national title, three bowl victories and winning 3-season records against all major rivals will tend to do that for you.
|1 year 31 weeks ago||National Championship is much bigger. Don't kid yourselves.||
I'm 49, old enough to have a fairly large storehouse of Michigan memories, and as time goes by, "winning the big one" means more than merely hovering around the top. I follow football a lot more than I follow hoops, but I can still remember where I was when Rumeal Robinson hit those two free throws. Going to the dance is nice, but winning it is much more enjoyable.
|1 year 31 weeks ago||Good for Nick. He deserves it.||
He suffered through some down times at UM, but he's a good kid who knows the game. Those who stay, after all.
|1 year 31 weeks ago||Line looks great, but Green would be very nice.||
Treadwell? *Sigh* Life goes like that sometimes.