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|2 weeks 5 days ago||I care more about the dark blue and the black shoes||
Maize? Pick a maize, even if it's a mustard. If it's the price one has to pay to get old-school black football shoes and a 1969 era dark blue jersey, then sure, I'll go along with whatever shade of maize would swing things toward that goal.
Heck, I've always chanted "Let's go, Blue" not "Let's go, Maize."
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Brings up the issue of seat allocations||
During the 1998 renovation, the athletic department stumbled upon the fact that some tickets were held by corporations that had long since gone out of business. If memory serves, they found a block of 29 season tickets that was owned by a company that went out of business in 1970. For some reason, people were up in arms, and the policy was changed to prvent that sort of thing.
Personally, I think the drop in season tickets points out one thing: If someone is willing to pay for 29 season tickets, don't stop them. Who cares if they're using a corporate name, and the company went out of business? The only thing that matters is that somewhere there is a person who is willing to shell out that kind of money. That's some serious support of the football program. Frankly, that should be appreciated. For all we know, that person gave tickets away to people who couldn't afford to buy tickets on their own. I'm not saying that is the case, but it is possible. At the very worst, the tickets are sold. How is that an affront to the university?
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Spell it out. MICHIGAN.||
Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't the Block M on the bumper a Dave B idea?
For that matter, I always liked the Split M, and I still do. It involves both colors; while Dave's Block M was only maize.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Let's not think small in terms of expansion||
· Expand Michigan Stadium so that an upper deck encircles the entire stadium.
· End Zone upper decks could rise to the same height as the existing top of the stadium. In other words, put seating in the end zone to make the end zone match the height of the suites, and then put another, more massive seating tier, above it, which would go around the entire stadium.
· Make sure the university controls/acquires the properties across Main Street, so that Main Street can be slightly re-directed if necessary.
If you watched Michigan on ABC in the ‘70s, you might remember hearing that the stadium was designed to have an upper deck built on it. This isn’t anything new. It should be done. The question isn’t if, it’s when.
Of course, it is acceptable to take time. Such an expansion wouldn't have to be done all at once.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Just my thoughts on rooting||
1. Try to be loud, in general. This doesn't mean being disrespectful toward opposing fans, but it does mean being VERY loud in support of our team, particularly when they're on defense, which is the perfect segue to...
2. The "DEE-FENSE" chant. It was always religion at Shea Stadium when the Jets had the New York Sack Exchange going, and it's much more effective than jiggling keys, which brings us to
3. Stop jiggling the keys. Doesn't help the team in any way, shape or form. Yes, it's a key play, so make some noise on D -- or not, if the team is on offense.
4. The traditional "Let's Go, Blue" chant, when started spontaneously by the crowd, is very effective. The key, after all, is to generate some momentum for the home team.
Bottom line, be loud, know the game, and support the team. Go Blue!
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Conference's best team? Heck, I want to be the nation's best.||
The B1G is nice, but let's be frank. Around the country, people really only care about who won the national championship. The conference title is a valid reward, but wouldn't it be great to see Michigan go 15-0 and win the national championship?
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Since '08?||
The decline started when UM lost to OSU in 2001. The last decade and a half have largely been very rough times.
That having been said, I think JH and his staff can right the ship. It won't be easy, but they've got the right idea: do it with hard work. They're also right about their obsession with competition. Too many times we've seen highly rated recruits come in and be hailed as saviors, only to fall flat. Competition prevents that.
Let's stay humble, work hard (or root hard as fans) and support the team.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Michie Stadium at West Point||
MUCH smaller than The Big House (40,000), but very stylish. Two decks on the west side (home sideline, just like Michigan Stadium), but one deck around the rest of the stadium. The best place to sit is actually the upper deck, becuase you see tremendous fall foliage across from the eastern side of the stadium. The Black Knights of the Hudson haven't been good in years, but the ambiance of a West Point football Saturday has to be experienced to be fully appreciated.
Great, smaller stadium with a lot of atmosphere, and fans who are very nice and respectful to all. If you have kids, it's great.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Is Daelin Hayes still committed to USC?||
Somehow, I thought the fact that Hayes was moving back to Michigan might signal a change in his recruitment.
Ultimately, I think we have to trust the coaches. I know that hasn't always been wise counsel, but in Harbaugh's case, I think we have to give him time to do things his way. It worked at Stanford. Granted, that's in California, but it can still work here.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Three choices...make that five||
1. Jerame Tuman. Solid possession receiver who could make critical yardage after the catch; great inline blocking skills as a tight end, and above all, a very clutch player, particularly against Iowa and Washington State in the 1997-98 season.
2. Chris Floyd. So glad that someone mentioned him earlier. Fullbacks rarely get their due in the modern day, but Floyd was certainly deserving of it. Punishing blocker (Andy Katzenmoyer could attest to that), surprisingly clutch ballcarrier (timely touchdown carries and that 16-yard gain on the first scoring drive vs. Ohio State in '97), and a ballcarrier who punished tacklers (again, see that 16-yard carry in '97 vs. Ohio State). All in all, a very good player, and a good Michigan Man.
3. Dennis Franklin. Yes, I know, QBs always get the glamour, and I'm the first one to recite the traditional "Defense wins championships" mantra, but Franklin was truly an asset, and yes, that undefeated 1973 team isn't remembered anywhere near as much as it should be. Frankly, if Bo turned Franklin loose vs. Ohio State in 1973, our guys would have won that game, and for once, we had the type of roster to make Southern Cal pay, with matchup nightmare Paul Seal and speedy/shifty Gil Chapman.
4. Maybe not underrated in the true sense, but I always thought that MLB Jarrett Irons was a true money player. Similar to Mike Singletary in many ways.
5. Tight end Paul Seal. Too tall for most linebackers to cover effectively, very tough for smaller DBs to tackle, presented a real matchup problem for 1970s defenses.
|21 weeks 6 days ago||Black shoes, please.||
Personally, I want the team's traditional uniform, right down to the shoes. For that matter, I don't even want the Nike, Adidas, or any other kind of logo on the uniform. The uniform should signify Michigan, and nothing else.
As far as the shoes go, old school. Basic black.
|24 weeks 2 hours ago||Question: Play him at safety or corner?||
From what I gather, he has experience at both. Would it come down to a quesiton of where he's needed more?
|24 weeks 2 hours ago||But by the same token, it spent a lot of time on Yost.||
Frankly, with that brief an amount of time to devote to the documentary, it could well be a choice of picking between Yost and Lloyd. We reveled in Lloyd's perfect season/national championship, but from a historial perspective, Yost had four perfect seasons in a row. That's not something that happens too frequently.
|24 weeks 4 hours ago||I checked the parts devoted to each team||
Believe it or not, in terms of time allotted to each team, it's about as even as you can possibly get.
I've heard from numerous Michigan fans that the documentary favors OSU, but I've heard from just as many OSU fans that the documentary favors Michigan. Fact is, it's right down the middle.
If there is one thing I think that should be changed, it would be the length. I think that topic probably deserves two hours, not just one hour. Then again, I'm sure there are those who would claim that's too long.
|24 weeks 1 day ago||If you believe wikipedia, Pipp didn't graduate from Michigan||
He grew up in Michigan, but graduated from Catholic University. Maybe he went to grad school at UM, but it doesn't indicate that on wikipedia, and in fairness, wikipedia isn't always the most relliable source around.
|29 weeks 6 hours ago||Personally, I'm not a fan of the "key play" thing.||
It doesn't help the home field advantage at all. Chanting "Dee-fense" on big defensive plays does help.
|29 weeks 6 hours ago||Black shoes, please. And perfect seasons.||
What a coincidence, the last perfect season came while the team was wearing black shoes!
|34 weeks 1 day ago||I will always root for Michigan to win.||
But believe me, I understand the frustration.
Sadly, I sense a coming showdown between football supporters and those who feel that football detracts from the university's mission. I hope I'm wrong about this.
I do hope we land Harbaugh, but I'd be OK with someone named Stoops (Bob or Mark, I'm not picky) or even Les Miles. My fear is that Harbaugh is still obsessed with the NFL, and that Les Miles is using us as contract leverage. (No, he'd never do that.)
As always, Go Blue! Better times are ahead.
|34 weeks 2 days ago||Mattison's daughter played softball at ND. That's why he went.||
He always loved UM, and yes, he has family in Michigan. He took the ND job to be near his daughter. I have a daughter, and let me tell you, if she moves to Lower Slobovia, I'd consider moving, just to be near her.
|34 weeks 2 days ago||As Bill Parcells said, "You are what your record says you are."||
Michigan won 5 and lost 7. Forget that they showed flashes against Rutgers, Maryland, Ohio State, etc. 5 wins, 7 losses. That has to improve.
At this point I wouldn't worry about recruiting. I think a lot of recruits will bail if Hoke is fired, and a lot of recruits will bail if Hoke is retained. This wasn't a good year, and it won't help things.
That having been said, there is talent on the roster, and it's perfectly conceivable that the right coach could turn things around pretty quickly.
All we can do is keep rooting, and wish the seniors well.
|34 weeks 2 days ago||Jansen is definitely a Hoke supporter.||
That said, I think Hoke is gone.
I'd love Harbaugh, but if he won't take it, please contact Bob Stoops. He's won a national champonship, and without a lot of controversy. Has recruiting ties in the midwest and Texas.
As for recruits, of course they'll de-commit if Hoke is fired. They'll also de-commit if Hoke stays. We're not going to keep many, so let's do what's best for the program at this point.
|34 weeks 4 days ago||OSU will strategically avoid putting 50 points on us.||
They remember what happened when they did that in '68. Got us too fired up for their liking.
|36 weeks 4 days ago||Michigan.||
Frankly, the rest mean very little to me.
|36 weeks 6 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.
|36 weeks 6 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.
|36 weeks 6 days ago||This||
That's the truth. The only thing stopping Michigan is Michigan.
|37 weeks 1 day 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.
|37 weeks 1 day 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!
|37 weeks 3 days 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.
|38 weeks 7 hours 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.