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|1 day 16 hours ago||It's just so hard to||
It's just so hard to predict. You look at a team like Texas and many assumed they'd make a leap because 'obviously they have so much talent and Mack Brown just fostered a country club culture' (sound familiar?) but they struggled to go 6-6 this year under a new energetic coach in Charlie Strong.
I'm trying to keep my expectations tempered, if he can get Morris or Speight to be an average game-manager type QB and the team goes 8-4 next year I'll consider that a success.
|1 week 2 days ago||I don't know that he's set up||
I don't know that he's set up for failure but I do worry that people are expecting him to turn Michigan into Alabama 2.0 and he won't be able to get the program to that level.
I think Jim is a good coach, but other than Toby Gerhart and Andrew Luck I couldn't name a single other player he developed or coached in college and Kapernick has regressed in his time with Harbaugh. How much of those (positive or negative) are attributable to Harbaugh and how much are attributable to the indivual players we can never know. That said, I still hope he ends up here so we can find out if he's as good as we've built him up to be in our minds.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Is anyone else a little||
Is anyone else a little worried that even if we do land Harbaugh, it'll only be for a few years before he flees to the pros again? This doesn't seem like a Saban situation where he decides he's not cut out for the NFL, it sounds like Harbaugh still has quite a bit of interest in the leage.
Now if he comes here and puts Michigan back on top in two years before leaving I'll gladly enjoy the ride and the wins, but I can't help but thinking he's going to end up in the pros again at some point.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||As we've seen this year, so||
As we've seen this year, so much depends on QB play and I haven't seen anything out of Shane yet to think that he's capable of leading the team to a quick turn around. Of course he's also been getting the same coaching that's caused Gardner to regress so maybe a new coach would provide what he needs to be a decent-to-good starter next year.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Obligatory link to the story||
Obligatory link to the story of a Wolverine that climbed 5,000 vertical feet in 90 minutes and a picture of the route he took.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Of course they signed it,||
Of course they signed it, they don't want to get fired.
Not to mention it's Brandon's gouging of football fans that is allowing all these other sports to have their shiny new gold plated practice facilities and
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Optimistic me: Hoping we get||
Optimistic me: Hoping we get the Devin Gardner "If the first read isn't open take off!" offense we saw on his TD drive last week. 38-31 good guys.
Realistic me: We get maybe one or two drives like that, but team crumples. 31-13 bad guys.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||No kidding they support him.||
No kidding they support him. His short-term focus on profits by gouging of football fans is what allows them to have shiny new multi-million dollar facilities.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Eh, there are plenty of kids||
Eh, there are plenty of kids in non-revenue sports who work harder than anyone on the football team at their chosen sport, study more difficult majors and yet don't expect 110,000 people to show up every weekend and clap for the hard work they've put in.
It's apparent the entitlement mentality that so many claim Michigan fans had is not limited to the fans.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||As Timmmay stated, this||
As Timmmay stated, this wasn't about whehter the FOIA was a fishing expedition or not, this was pointing out that the University of Michigan charges significantly more for the exact same request than many other Universities do.
This is something UM has repeatedly done. Here's a Daily article about a similar situation from several years ago. http://www.michigandaily.com/news/special-report-university-michigan-cha...
|14 weeks 5 days ago||I'm assuming here that they||
I'm assuming here that they sent the same FOIA request to all the other schools on this list, many of which provided the information for free. If they sent a huge broad request to Michigan and a specific tiny one to the other schools that might justify the price discrepancy, but I doubt that was "likely" what happened.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||Hard to get too upset about||
Hard to get too upset about this. The reality is that it's typically an exciting game.... followed by both teams stumbling their way to mediocre records.
Sure there have been some outlier seasons here and there but recently this game has meant the difference between 8-4 or 7-5 for the winner, not the difference between having a national title shot or otherwise. I think between Kelly & Hoke they can build programs that will be able to compete for national championships, but over the last decade or so this rivalry hasn't meant much in the national picture.
|17 weeks 5 days ago||The UM Club of Central||
The UM Club of Central Florida is now meeting at the following location (previous locations were Gator's Dockside and Whirlydome)
|28 weeks 4 days ago||My parents (both age 61 now)||
My parents (both age 61 now) were able to completely pay for bachelors degrees at MSU just from their summer jobs (waitres and farm hand) and there's no way students today can do that.
I don't know the solution but it's clear that the equivalent inflation adjusted college degree was much more affordable 30-40 years ago than it is today and that's putting many young people in a difficult situation when they try to start out their lives. I've been fortunate enough to find a good career and have all my student loans paid off now but I know classmates who are still struggling.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||Childfree and I was alright||
Childfree and I was alright with the loss.
I think it has more to do with age/experience than kids/no kids however. I don't have kids now and obviously didn't have kids 15-20 years ago but back then I would have taken the loss much harder than I do today.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||I don't like our chances.||
I don't like our chances. Iowa isn't going to drop four gift-wrapped interceptions and they've got a stronger front-7 to contain our glimmer of a running game we had with Green at RB.
As an aside, what did Northwestern do in a past-life to deserve the kind of heartbreaking losses they've had lately? Nebraska two weeks ago, us this week, us the year before.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Yuck, I remember being at||
Yuck, I remember being at that 1998 Fargas game and the 2008 game at Michigan Stadium, soaked, cold and miserable for both.
If it makes you feel any better it's only supposed to be 76 here in Florida on Saturday so I might have to wear long sleeves.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||I should say I have no idea||
I should say I have no idea if those reports are true, just that I've seen it repeated often enough that I thought it worth mentioning. Hand may have made his decision purely on a football basis for all we know.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Can't blame him. Their||
Can't blame him. Their program is winning NCs and developing players for the NFL.
In addition, if the reports that he was told he couldn't major in engineering and play football at UM are true (or even if it was just heavily hinted at to him) then it's even more of a no-brainer.
|1 year 12 weeks ago||Agreed SDW. I'm sick of the||
Agreed SDW. I'm sick of the 'holier than thou' attitude of fellow Michigan fans. How quickly we forget there was a good amount of smoke surrounding our beloved Charles Woodson and involvement with an agent during the 1997 season. I doubt anyone here thinks the '97 national championship is tainted, but we just assume that everyone else who wins one somehow cheated to get it. This stuff is going on everywhere, even in Ann Arbor.
|1 year 14 weeks ago||I'm with Seth, we'd be 1-2||
I'm with Seth, we'd be 1-2 right now if it weren't for Devin's legs and running ability.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||You can take the girl out of||
You can take the girl out of the country..... and she could probably start at quarterback for Michigan State.
You can't teach an old dog new tricks...... but it could probably start at quarterback for Michigan State.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||That's what I keep thinking||
That's what I keep thinking with the Denver, Denver, Denver!!! wishes.
Football teams include a huge proportion of black kids from poor backgrounds meaning they've probably never been skiing, their family members have probably never been skiing and the coaches aren't going to let them go skiing leading up to a bowl game. WTH are the players going to do in cold locations for two weeks? At least in warm places they get a day at the beach, usually a day at a theme park, some time outside in the sun, they like it, their families like it and get to come see them. They're not getting paid, at least give them a trip somewhere they want to be.
I agree the Big Ten is probably too concentrated in Florida, but NYC/Denver/Toronto sure don't seem like the answer to me.
|1 year 49 weeks ago||I know you've pined for it||
I know you've pined for it before Brian, but sending a football team full of 18-22 year olds to Denver instead of somewhere warm with a beach just seems like more of the 'using poor black kids to fund rich white people activities' that you're typically against.
You'll have a bunch of 18-22 year old kids from generally poor backgrounds who have never been skiing, their families have never been skiing and their coach won't dare let them go skiing during a bowl trip on the chance that someone blows out a knee. At least in Florida the kids can go to the beach or go ride roller coasters at the theme parks. It's not much but it's at least some sort of reward for the players.
(and yes I realize most 18-22 year olds would prefer drinking on Bourbon St to any of those alternatives but I don't think I'm going too far out on a limb to say most players in CFB would rather go somewhere in Florida, get a half day at the beach, a half day at a theme park and some warm weather than they would a trip to Denver where they can look at the mtns 30 miles away but won't be allowed to go skiing).
The bowl system certainly needs reforming, but I'm not sure that putting bowl games in places that overwhelmingly draw upper middle class or rich white people is the answer to that.
|2 years 10 weeks ago||Thanks for sharing! My||
Thanks for sharing! My parents saw two this past summer in Glacier Nat'l Park. I've just missed seeing one out there the past few springs.
|2 years 10 weeks ago||We'll have to wait for the||
We'll have to wait for the bowl games to see how things stack up but this is probably the worst that I've ever seen the B1G top to bottom in my 20+ years of following the sport.
|2 years 18 weeks ago||Vincent Smith had a block||
Vincent Smith had a block against Ohio State (I think it was in '10), where he took on a bigger guy that was blitzing at him with a full head of steam and absolutely stood him up. Did a quick search and couldn't find a video of it, but if anyone else remembers that I'd love to see it again.
|2 years 18 weeks ago||I think we've all seen that||
I think we've all seen that Brandon is not above using a little double-speak when it serves his interests.
That said I'm sure there's some blame and mis-understanding that should go towards both sides here. DB is just trying to get in the final word. The important thing now is that the band will be there, I hope they have a great trip and represent the University very well.
|2 years 19 weeks ago||If we could get Fred Jackson||
If we could get Fred Jackson quotes everyday between now and kickoff we'd all be predicting a 63-0 win over Alabama.
|2 years 20 weeks ago||That's a good question||
That's a good question because I had always been told by guys on the team that coach Carr was there at 6 AM to make sure the person in the doghouse showed up and ran stairs. Take it FWIW, that just came from two guys but they definitely said coach Carr was there to handle the enforcement.