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|8 weeks 1 hour ago||Awful||
Thoughts and prayers to the wounded and all affected
|11 weeks 6 days ago||A middle ground||
It seems like Brian (and Sam & Ira) are taking a reasonable position -- that no one should be disappointed with a two score win over a rival -- and expanding that point to say that anyone who was nervous about the outcome when it got to 30-17, or is concerned about how we played in the 4th quarter is deluded.
Yes, there was poor officiating. Yes, we were in a good position. That said, we gained one first down in the 4th qtr and gave up 3 long drives. The game may have been in hand probabilitywise but it didn't feel like we were putting them away. Had MSU scored its last touchdown with 30 seconds to go instead of 1 second (and not gone for 2) the offside kick would have been terrifying.
I remember when Wisconsin beat us 48-28 in 2010, and Brian made the reasonable point that even though most of our yards/scoring was in the 2nd half that those yards/points weren't meaningless just because they came after Wisconsin had built a big lead. Wisconsin was still trying to stop us, and what worked for us was still instructive for the future.
This is a great team. MSU will always plays us tough. I don't care about the spread. I also think there are some things that need to be looked at, and I have no doubt that Harbaugh and the staff are doing that.
|12 weeks 6 hours ago||4th Quarter||
I understand that getting first downs when both teams know you're going to run is challenging, but a 4th qtr featuring two 3 plays possessions, one 6 play possession and one first down is dissapointing. I'm glad we won, and don't really care about the margin per se, but I'm also curious to see Brian's UFR the offensive line play as it seemed like we struggled to establish a conventional run game all game but particularly in the final quarter.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||56||
That's just too young. Prayers and thoughts to his friends & loved ones.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||Bo||
I had never heard that Albom didn't write "Bo". Was there an uncredited co-author?
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Georgia/Michigan||
I think that the Georgia Michigan analogy is a good one, and that it especially applies to the Mark Richt/Lloyd Carr eras of the early 2000s. While Lloyd did make it over the hump in 1997, during the years they overlapped both teams always had lots of talent, won a lot of games, but always seemed destined to come one or two games away from being great. I suspect as a result that both Richt and Carr weren't appreciated by their schools' fans until they were gone.
I agree that the fan culture and campus towns seem to have some overlap as well. In my experience Bulldog fans are, like Michigan fans, intense but not over the top. I haven't been to Athens but with its musical heritage my guess is the comparison to Ann Arbor works in this sense there's a lot going on there beyond college football Saturdays.
I realize playing home and homes in the nonconference is going to get more and more rare but I do hope someday the Bulldogs make it onto Michigan's schedule.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||Vertical axis||
This is probably something everyone who follows stats more than me knows but what does "1D stop" on the vertical axis of the mathletes chart mean. I was thinking "stops" for less than some amount of yards (3?) but less is better.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||what I'm looking for early||
One thing I'll be looking for early on is how we fare defensively against the decent teams in the early part of the schedule (Texas, UCLA, SMU etc.). Watching us get dominated by Xavier early on last year raised concerns for the whole season.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Funny||
One of WSJ Wolverines he's referring to Deputy Editor in Chief Becky Blumenstein (who was the Daily's editor when I was on staff). Thanks for posting.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||Charles Bolden||
Cool story - thanks for posting. When i was in high school in the early 80s I had a chance to meet Charles Bolden. He was (I believe) the first African-American astronaut, and was speaking both on campus and at my high school in connection with Black History Month. I asked to do a quick interview for the high school paper, and instead was invited to shadow him all day both on campus and my school. As a kid who grew in the 70s fascinated by astronauts this was exciting (plus I got to miss school). Anyway, Bolden was a great guy back then and obviously knows how to appoint the right people at NASA. Congrats to Prof Zurbuchen.
|17 weeks 3 days ago||Flint||
I don't have any first-hand knowledge about the program but I want to second the observations above Flint being a better city than is commonly perceived. Downtown is on the upswing with new bars and restaurants, a new farmer's market and a burgeoning arts scene. The cultural center has outstanding art museum and performance center. Housing is less expensive than in many other collegiate communities both in the city and in the surrounding suburbs.
|21 weeks 4 days ago||Beckman||
The video is hilarious, and what he is accused of at Illinois is reprehensible. That said, I have to say that going from a Big Ten head coach to essentially a grad assistant breaking down film is a big fall, and I'm surprised a bit at the articles that suggest that Beckman is not being made to pay a price b/c he is back in football after just one year as if his position at UNC is even close to analogous to what he was before..
|22 weeks 6 days ago||The game||
I'm not sugar-coating the outcome, but some 42-13 beatdowns feel like they could have been 56-13 or whatever if the other team had put their foot on the gas. This game felt competitive for a long time I think because the offense was moving the ball early on. We had 3 drives (2 over 50) over 40 yards that resulted in 2 field goals.
Again, I'm not saying that winning was in the cards, but just that long drives with little to show for them plus the loss of Rudock meant that a 10ish point loss became a 28 point loss.
|23 weeks 5 days ago||Terrible||
I know John Bacon recently wrote (or was writing) a book with him. It seems like he has been with ESPN my whole adult life. RIP.
|27 weeks 5 days ago||McCartney||
Re the McCartney clip: I became a Michigan football fan as a kid in the 1970s, and have fond memories of Bo and the players I grew up idolizing (I spotted Ron Simpkins out for dinner at Ponderosa one night as a 10-year-old and basically sprinted over to his table for an autograph).
That said, I think in some ways it hurt us in bowl games in those days that we were so dominant. When you win by 20-30 points (or more) 7-8 times a season I suspect your ability to adjust mid-game or a run a 2-minute offense gets a bit rusty. In the 80s the Big Ten had become more competitive and we began playing Notre Dame and teams like Miami and Florida State in the
|42 weeks 5 days ago||Mixed feelings||
I assume that this decision was mutual with coaches hinting at or straight up telling Doyle he was behind Donnal and Wagner, but I still have mixed feelings An acquiantance much closer to the program than me told me Doyle was one of the hardest workers on the team. He had more of a physical presence than Donnal or Wagner. Anyway, I hope it works out for us and him, and wish him well.
|44 weeks 5 days ago||Depends on the evidence||
I know prosecutors and defense lawyers in Flint -- juries there convict defendants regularly when the evidence is present.
|46 weeks 1 day ago||Jesse Eisenberg||
Anyone know why he is here?
|46 weeks 5 days ago||A couple of thoughts||
I don't have a sophisticated understanding of how to play defense, and recognize that changing strategies can only do so much with limited talent, but that said I do have a few thoughts.
Assuming that a 2-3 zone is designed to limited inside points and drives to the paint why not try it? I realize that to become Syracuse requires more that a few practices, but at the very least it would force teams to make their shots.
Also, I think we're overly concerned about fouls. There's only one player that really can't do without -- Walton (possibly Irvin if he's playing well). Dawkins, Chatman, & Doyle may not be as good as the starters but the way the starters are playing the drop off isn't huge
|46 weeks 6 days ago||This team||
I'm a Beilein fan, and think that the progress he made from 2008-2014 was impressive, but agree with Brian that this team can be hard to watch sometimes. Last year, at least, was so low on talent after losing Walton and Levert that even moral victories like staying close with Wisconin in the Big Ten tournament seemed like huge achivements. My two observations on this team is that I don't see any visible leadership outside of Walton and, perhaps this is related, we lose focus at the worst possible times.
I do think that Spike was a hug loss. He isn't as talented as Levert, obviously, and has limitations on defense, but can handle the ball, pass and shoot, and could give Walton a needed break now and then. Walton looks exhausted at the end of games.
I agree that something needs to change. I'll be curious if Beilein shakes up his staff. For the rest of this year, I'd like to see some juggling of the lineup. Let Dawkins start ahead of Robinson perhaps. Give Chatman some minutes. Maybe let Doyle in earlier and for longer streches. I 'm not saying these guys are better than the starters, but I feel like at this point a little random experimentation can't hurt.
|49 weeks 6 days ago||History||
I enjoyed the history. I was in school during Frieder's last year and don't remember the calls for his head but don't doubt it. A coworker remembers a student government political party called "Fire Johnny Orr" back in the 1970s.
Regarding Beilein, this has been said below but I think that people ignore how difficult it is to recruit against more heralded program in the same state. While the analogy isn't exact, Nick Saban said, when leaving MSU, that the Spartans would never be the leading football program in Michigan, and that made impossible to succeed consistently from a recruiting standpoint (yes, I realize that recent years have called that into question but Michigan has continued to recruit well in football despite struggles under RichRod and Hoke).
MSU's basketball profile is not a complete excuse. Michigan is a national university, and I'm concerned that no one in the huge class a year ago (Donnal, Wilson, Chatman, Dawkins, Rahk) has broken out though we had high hopes for Donnal earlier in the B10 season and perhaps he'll get back on track.
|51 weeks 2 hours ago||The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan||
My office donated to the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan. It's based on Flint, and I believe does good work. Here is a link:
|51 weeks 15 hours ago||All great additions||
Though I'm pretty sure it's Robert Frost Ufer
|51 weeks 1 day ago||Tickets question||
|51 weeks 1 day ago||Tickets?||
I was hoping to go but it was never clear as to how that worked. A few days ago I saw in a post that some mgobloggers were giving away extra tickets. Does anyone how they were distributed? Just to student ticket holders? Season ticket holders with higher priority? The website simply says that it is by invitation only:
Any informaiton about the process and if there is any way to still go would be appreciated
|51 weeks 4 days ago||Irvin||
Maybe this was answered above and I missed it but what happened after the one and one that Rutgers didn't realize was a one and one? Did Rutgers get the ball out of bounds? DId it come back to us? I've never seen that before, and though I was at the game by that point I wasn't really paying much attention.
|1 year 3 days ago||Depression Center||
I wonder the depression center (where the funds are going) has any connection with Will Heininger? He's been very public (interviewed by Brandstatter, NPR etc) about advocating for athletes with depression issues
|1 year 1 week ago||Cause for hope||
Last year's team had Dawkins & Rahkman seeing starters' minutes with loss of Walton and Levert, and by the end of the year the team was competitive. I have faith that Beilein can continue to coach them up throughout the season.
My biggest frustration is Doyle. I've heard that he works his butt off in practice and on his own time so it's not lack of effort, but he simply needs to get better. I don't expect him to become dominant but even if he was average and Donnal's progress continued this would be a pretty good team.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||Isn't that the point?||
Stanford's band exists to be offensive. If they came to Michigan I'd be offended if they didn't mock something (call us their safety school, the internal combustion engine or whatever). They had a 1/2 time show against Army called "A Salute to Communism" so it's not like anyone should be surprised
|1 year 3 weeks ago||Hope you're right||
I'm down here looking forward to the game tomorrow. I think if we see the Indiana/Penn State/Ohio State Rudock there's good reason for confidence