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|5 days 9 hours ago||+1 for PV=nRT||
I do like the quantum state reference and think Michigan football should make the leap, particularly if the observed state is a win!
|5 days 12 hours ago||Okay||
I'll bite because this is getting idiotic.
1. There is no evidence that the Patriots were systematically deflating footballs. This was one game and just one half of one game. In the half without the deflated ball, the Patriots outscored their opponent 28-0.
2. There is no evidence that deflating a ball 2 psi reduces fumbles.
3. In the chart from the article, the Falcons have been better over the past 5 years at fumbles/play than the Patriots. And the Saints are right behind the Patriots.
4. The article is fast and loose between "fumbles lost" and "fumbles". To the point where it is not at all clear what is being reported.
Ultimately, the end game here is a statistic that says that a successful team has been turning over the ball infrequently. That's it. Can we please stop? I find it much more likely that the Patriots are a good team and are well-coached than that the entire secret to their success is a deflated ball. And the proof I have is stated in point #1 above.
|1 week 4 days ago||Helluva assumption||
The "stem cells" could not possibly have had any effect on his neural system within 8 hours. He's better, no doubt, but don't think it's the treatment given. Lots of people go down to Mexico for experimental treatments; most of them don't come back and you don't get to hear their stories.
Doesn't really matter why he's better in the end, just glad he is recovering.
|1 week 4 days ago||I understand their frustration||
They were led down a path and then left high and dry. The kid will end up in college, though, and will be fine. Sometimes you don't end up at your first choice, but it's what you do with the opportunity that matters.
I wish them well (unless he's playing against Michigan).
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Counterpoint||
While what you are saying is certainly true, I was surprised Friday night. That 5-minute major would have sunk most recent Michigan teams, especially after giving up the lead. But they fought back and looked like they had the stronger legs at the end.
Hopefully they keep getting better!
|2 weeks 4 days ago||The dumb thing||
is that it came loose because he was reaching for the touchdown having control of the ball. If he tucks it then it's a catch.
I was cheering for the Pack anyway and can't stand Bryant, so whatever...
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Exactly||
Will never fault someone for saying "Please", "Thank you" or "Sorry". In fact, I wish to thank the management of the San Francisco 49ers once again.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||It already was - you're||
According to my wife, it already was - you're forgetting that there are way more players than staff.....
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Michigan Replay instead||
I hope Coach goes back to Michigan Replay like it was done in the old days. If not that then the radio show is fine. But honestly, as long as we win games then I won't care.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Groupthink||
While I agree that the site has become a bit too insular in its handling of contrarian opinions, your comments come across like you have an axe to grind. Maybe you know something the rest don't but even so, what you know is about a kid in high school. People can grow up and change. We'll see what the coaching staff does with him, but in the meantime he just enrolled and it would seem appropriate to wish him success.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Spring Game and Michigan Replay||
Should be a real football game like it used to be. None of this garbage practice-like BS like we've seen over the past few years. And Michigan Replay on Sunday morning to assess everything and next week's game should be reinstated.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Respectfully disagree||
We need linemen who block, receivers that catch the ball, and running backs that find and hit the hole with speed (and aren't taken down by the first guy who touches them). Yes, having a speed guy would be great but what killed Michigan this year (and previous years) was bad decision making and poor execution by the players.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||This was going to be a small class||
So this class is not going to be highly rated. And it doesn't need to be. We all know that the kids need to be developed better and this is what we're all hoping changes with our future coach.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Who is this Jim Harbaugh you speak of?||
And what exactly is happening?
|4 weeks 6 days ago||At that time||
The saying was that U of M never produced NFL quarterbacks. Jim Harbaugh was the first in a line of quarterbacks from Michigan over the next couple decades that were/are decent to exceptional.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Maybe||
He's never gotten a Michigan bed spread for Christmas?
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Starting?||
Starting? I think you are behind the times. We started weeks ago.
|9 weeks 15 hours ago||Michigan didn't run a surplus by accident||
If DB gets the blame for all the BS stuff from the athletic department then he also gets to share in the credit (being the surplus). Yep, he bled the football goers a bit too much, but there was a plan behind all of this money raising and that was to develop more than Men's football, basketball and hockey. You can see that in the facilities spending/building and constant promotion of non-revenue sports.
|9 weeks 18 hours ago||You hire what you are trying to cultivate||
First, to your point, it would be advisable to list the job duties and expected performance/achievments from the Athletic Director. Assuming that this is the same to all parties involved (e.g. President, Regents, Faculty/Staff, Alumni, Students, Athletes, Fans) is problematic.
For example, this board is potentially overrepresented by the #IHateBrandon and #DaveBrandonSucks crowd. I'm not going to dissect Brandon's performance or defend some of the glaring errors, but in reading many of the posts his contributions to the athletic department have been ignored. These include improvements in facilities, a vision for the future of the athletic campus, improvements in non-revenue sports, hiring and retaining good coaches, continued self-sufficiency and profitability of the athletic department, etc.
But putting all of this aside, it's seems fairly obvious that the one thing (and maybe the only thing) that matters is a winning football program. Michigan's athletic identity (right or wrong) is tied to its football program in the eyes of many. Moreover, this is what pays the bills. Brandon failed in that regard because the "experience" has not involved winning lately and no amount of flyovers, eagles, or rocket men could overcome that failure.
tldr summary: Win, baby, win.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Friend of a friend||
who knows Funchess says he's gone after this season. Hearsay, mind you, but the friend is very reliable. And given that Funchess hasn't played his heart out, to say the least, I think it's pretty obvious that he's mentally checked out.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Looked bad when it happened||
He's a great running back. Hopefully he recovers quickly.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Whah happened||
So, as described above, ND is NW territory with a minute and a half to go and NW has no timeouts. ND had just received a huge gift of a pass interference call where Golson basically threw the ball away and a ND receiver 5 yards away did a prat fall that fooled the sideline ref.
ND decides to run the ball and the runner fumbles. NW recovers. ND then inexplicably goes incredibly conservative on defense rushing only 3 or 4 when NW only needs a field goal to tie. On cue, NW ties the game up with a field goal. In OT, ND gets the ball first and misses a field goal attempt. NW makes its field goal.
Game over. And what made it all possible was BK going for two points earlier in the game when ND was already up by 11.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||You're right, Golson||
Is who has helped Kelly more than anyone keep his job... How good is ND without Golson? We saw that last year and two years prior. Mediocre at best.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||It was...||
a glorious collapse by ND.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Take the knee, Brian||
Take the knee... Game would've been over.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||I'll bite||
1. The metrics by which a coach should be judged should be more than a win/loss record, whether he punts at the 35-yard-line, or whether a fickle fanbase is agitated. Is the coach carrying himself and his team respectably and honorably? Is the coach building men of character and good reputation? Are the students graduating and becoming successes off the field? Hoke exceeds his predecessor in these regards and I doubt many would impugn his character.
2. Firing someone is an emotional response and generally pointless unless there is a competent plan for what will be done differently the next time. Are there specific candidates who are available who have a better articulated plan for moving the team forward in all measured areas? I am unaware that such a candidate is present and, if not, firing Hoke is the equivalent of changing lanes on a logjammed highway.
3. The team has failed by Hoke's own stated metrics: Beat State, Beat Ohio, Win B1G. While this failure could call for his firing, I would give credit that these are the good metrics for on-field performance.
4. I like Hoke and do not believe him unredeemable. Mattison's defense is an improvement over the RR years and the latter part of the Carr years (and should get even better in 1-2 years). The offensive line is improving as is the running back situation with next year having Green, Smith, Isaac and Johnson. Gardner is a head case and Morris isn't ready. Having a sucky QB situation sucks - ask ND about that.
5. The M00N game was a pure unadulterated P00P of a game. There have been many similar games played inside and out of Michigan stadium over the last four decades. Crappy wins are still wins.
With that said, the odds are that this year will show a clear regression over the duration of Hoke's tenure. That is not consistent with retaining a multi-million dollar/year job. If an outstanding coach of proven pedigree is not available then Mattison should be promoted to HC.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||^ This||
Love Jake Ryan but the crazy thing is he'd be even better if he were in his proper position. Brian alluded to this, but JMFR has been out of place in the middle and chooses wrong gaps and blows coverages. He's gotten better over the season, but a lot has been asked of him to move to the middle.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Sorry, missed that||
did a site search and everything...
|14 weeks 2 days ago||And this thread||
is exactly why politics aren't a good idea here.
It's Brian's blog, but I think he will look back on this with regret. If Mr. Behm wins, Brian will be forced to endure future candidate's entreaties for support. If Mr. Behm wins, he is also now "Brian's guy" and the decisions he makes will reflect on Brian. It's a no-win situation.
This is a sports blog, not a forum for politics. I put this comment at the end of the post as I'm pretty sure no one will make it this far save the mods and Brian. Just take the mulligan on this one and close the thread. While I'd prefer this thread deleted (no offense to Mr. Behm), the alternative is to link it as the first and last time politics are ever discussed with impugnity on MGoBlog.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||Okay, I'll bite||
ND without Golson is a mediocre team. Without him, they lose to UNC, Stanford and maybe Purdue and are sitting at 4-3 or 3-4. We've won 3 out of the last 5 and 6 out of the last 10 against them.
So, I'd say Michigan and ND are roughly at parity (over the longer term, because this year is a black hole) except that every once in a while a difference-maker comes along in the series that gives one team the edge. ND has that in Golson.