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|36 weeks 13 hours ago||The real winner in the deal||
The real winner in the deal is Nike. They're basically the bookie. They get the exclusive jersey rights to both schools for over a decade. It's the equivalent of an arms dealer selling to 2 countries at war with one another. Well played, Nike.
|38 weeks 1 day ago||That was the impression I got||
That was the impression I got as well. There was a lot of talk about Tomsula cozying up to York and angling for the HC job last year. I think Jim felt stabbed in the back by him, and now that Tomsula has gotten the axe, he feels a sense of justice (or Schaudenfreude depending on how you look at it).
|38 weeks 2 days ago||Right. And they also said||
Right. And they also said that there was no way Jim Harbaugh would leave the NFL to come to Michigan. ESPN's "journalists" have a dubious track record to say the least.
|38 weeks 2 days ago||Why on Earth would you bring||
Why on Earth would you bring in Jack Harbaugh as a consultant?! Because his sons have had NFL coaching success? He has never coached or held any NFL job in his career. That move would make absolutely no sense at all. And trading Stafford would be a horrible decision. Thank God they aren't "handing you the job tomorrow."
|38 weeks 2 days ago||Great win to finish the||
Great win to finish the season. The defense made huge plays in critical situations, and Stafford was smart with the football and put up huge numbers again. Megatron was a stud today, and really only missed one ball and was under tight coverage at the time. I hope they figure out his contract in the offseason.
All things considered, I'm happy that they finished the season strong. 7-9 should have been 9-7 of course, had the refs not stolen 2 games from them, but crap happens. Heck, had the refs not stolen the Seahawks game, they'd have the wildcard tiebreaker over them now. Shoulda, woulda, coulda, sigh.
I hope Caldwell gets to stay. I don't necessarily think he's a great coach, but the players like him, and they have been playing hard for him. And that is important. Stability in the coaching ranks is underrated in the NFL. So many teams shuffle through coaches, but the teams that have kept the same HC for many seasons have had success. Caldwell deserves a chance. 2 seasons is a lousy barometer, and his overall record is a winning one (18-14, 0-1 playoffs). Bringing in a 3rd coach in 4 years would be an unnecessary gamble at this time.
|38 weeks 4 days ago||I wish we could play Florida||
I wish we could play Florida in every bowl game. The 08 Citrus (Capitol One at the time) and the 03 Outback were nice wins, but this year's is a beatdown.
|38 weeks 4 days ago||Doug Nussmeier offense +||
Doug Nussmeier offense + SEC's best defense = Total Michigan domination
|39 weeks 2 days ago||It's all right, no one will||
It's all right, no one will have to worry about that anymore because it looks like it will be a long time before I make it back to 100 points, hahaha. Hey, at least my concerns about Mattison's future have largely been put to rest by many of the posters here. What can I say? I got a bit worried when I saw there was a new DC hire after Mattison had the green light to interim DC the bowl game. Idk, I just got a bit panicky.
|39 weeks 2 days ago||I adjusted the title of the||
I adjusted the title of the thread. I'm not trying to ruffle any feathers, fellas. I'm legitimately curious about Mattison and his intentions. I was hoping someone with knowledge of the new hire could shed some light on what that means for Mattison's future.
|39 weeks 2 days ago||Aside from a new shirt,||
Aside from a new shirt, someone gave me John U. Bacon's latest book 'Endzone.' I'm really looking forward to reading it.
|39 weeks 2 days ago||Local affiliates of networks||
Local affiliates of networks make the deals with cable providers, not the national network. In West Michigan, our ABC affiliate just renegotiated a deal with Dish last year. I'm not sure where the OP is from, but his local ABC affiliate is negotiating with dish, not the entire network as a whole, so most of you have nothing to worry about.
|41 weeks 15 hours ago||Salmon P. Chase School of Law||
Salmon P. Chase School of Law at NKU was my safety after undergrad.
|41 weeks 4 days ago||I got this one as a kid for||
I got this one as a kid for Christmas back in '91 shortly after the game. My uncle was a photographer for the Toledo Blade, and he got me the photo and my cousin was a UM student who happened to have a class with Desmond, and he had him personalize it for me. I've kept it with me ever since, and it now has a prominent place on my man cave wall.
|41 weeks 4 days ago||OP, when you live in||
OP, when you live in Michigan, the Sparty rivalry is a year-round thing that is always around you no matter what. The state is divided, so to speak. Perhaps other parts of the state are different, but I live in the GR area, and in my neighborhood there are multiple UM flags and multiple State flags flying each gameday. The week of the big game, it's not uncommon to hear sporadic chants break out in public. For instance, at Meijer last year (which is always busy) the Friday before the game, various "go green go white" chants would break out in the store only for the inevitable "can't read can't write" chants to follow.
It's just a more intense rivalry in the state of Michigan as there are equal numbers of UM and State fans in close quarters all the time. Traffic at the Big House for that game is always 10 times worse than any other game during the season as well.
The Ohio game is certainly a big rivalry game, but Ohio fans don't live here, so it's not like we have to deal with them all the time. That's why that game is not as big of a deal to many of us. Don't get me wrong, Ohio is a hated rival and that game is a big deal to us, but the State rivalry is just a year-round hate that we residents (at least in West Michigan) deal with all the time.
|41 weeks 4 days ago||He shouldn't have been||
He shouldn't have been standing there!
|41 weeks 4 days ago||Jimmy crack corn and I don't||
Jimmy crack corn and I don't care.
|43 weeks 11 hours ago||I wondered how Stanford got||
I wondered how Stanford got ahead of Northwestern. The committee said that head to head matchups were going to be key to their rankings. But I think they just look at the AP and Coach's poll and go from there.
|43 weeks 11 hours ago||I'm confident that Harbaugh's||
I'm confident that Harbaugh's next few seasons will surpass those of Hoke's, and I hope that he will stay for a while. I just don't like how quickly everyone has forgotten about how great of a first season Hoke had (you can paint it however you'd like, but it was easily our best season since 03). And who's to say that the team wouldn't have improved over the long term under him. Harbaugh is certainly a more accomplished coach than Hoke, but I just don't like how quickly UM went through their last two coaches. Neither Rodriguez nor Hoke really had a fair shake to prove what they could do. And this negative thread piling on him is in poor taste.
|43 weeks 12 hours ago||Brady Hoke's First Season at||
Brady Hoke's First Season at UM > Jim Harbaugh's First Season at UM
|44 weeks 1 day ago||State and it's not close.||
State and it's not close.
|44 weeks 1 day ago||He had some academic issues,||
He had some academic issues, and I don't think his old high school coach was a very good influence on him. They were still very much in touch and the coach was saying a lot of negative things about the university in the media. I don't remember the details, it's been a while, but a google search should satisfy any curiosity you have.
|44 weeks 1 day ago||Michigan - 112 Ohio - 3 After||
Michigan - 112
After the game, Urb feigns heart problems and says something about missing his family and steps aside as HC only to miraculously change his mind on the following Monday after a "spirited practice" with a future murderer.
I can see it now, and it looks glorious.
|44 weeks 3 days ago||I didn't know Jared Lorenzen||
I didn't know Jared Lorenzen still had eligibility left. Looks like he's kicking for Penn St.
|44 weeks 3 days ago||I predict a dominant 2nd||
I predict a dominant 2nd half. No more screwing around.
|44 weeks 3 days ago||Big Jake Butt!||
Big Jake Butt!
|44 weeks 5 days ago||U of M - 23 Penn St - 13||
U of M - 23
|47 weeks 5 days ago||Nepotism is so rampant in the||
Nepotism is so rampant in the coaching profession.
|49 weeks 4 days ago||Seth, in your OP you mention||
Seth, in your OP you mention that you don't want to shell out the donation to get priority from the University for season tickets. That's totally understandable. I actually stopped doing that a few years ago, and now I buy my season tix off of ebay or craigslist before each season begins. It's a great way to save a lot of money as well as time and worry about finding tickets every week. Just my two cents.
|49 weeks 4 days ago||If Ruddock isn't a game||
If Ruddock isn't a game manager then I don't know what that term means. "He's a good leader and he completes a lot of passes." Yeah, bubble screens and 10 yard outs and slants. He can't complete anything deeper than that with any consistency at all. I'd like to see the exact numbers, but his accuracy beyond the 10 yard range has to be abysmal. Fortunately, he seems to have stymied the turnover problem at this point, so with Rudock managing the games and not doing anything stupid, we have been able to rely on the defense to win games. The formula has been working great so far. God help us if we need Rudock's arm to win a game though.
|50 weeks 22 hours ago||While it was nice of||
While it was nice of Northwestern to send their field hockey team to the Big House last Saturday, State will surely pose a more serious threat this weekend. However, they're a run first team with an ailing offensive line which tips the scales into our favor.
Agreed that getting the run game going will be important for success, but also, the fact that there are 3 legit tight ends (Butt, Bunting and now Williams) who can catch the ball is a huge boon for the offense considering Ruddock's painful limitation when it comes to throwing the ball further than 10 yards with any semblance of accuracy. Those big TEs should prove essential in opening up the intermediate passing game this Saturday. I feel confident about our chances, cautious, but confident.