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|3 days 7 hours ago||Grad school||
I would guess some sort of advanced degree in education would help your career (I know public school teachers in many places get bonus pay for having them). Not sure it would be worth the time or the money career-wise, but if you want a two year vacation from real life there are worse things you could do with your time.
EDIT: Noticed you said you already have a master's degree, so I would just recommend a fake birth certificate and living in the dorms. Might as well go all in.
|3 days 8 hours ago||Where it comes from||
For most of history, Michigan has been really good at football. It you decided to root for the team 50 years ago, your fan experience has been much more pleasant than someone who roots for Illinois or Northwestern or Minnesota.
If you went to a Tigers game (or whatever local team you choose) and some guy was dancing around in a Yankees jersey, you might ask if he was from New York. If you found out he grew up two towns over from you and just happened to prefer the team with all the World Series titles, you'd maybe think the guy was a bit of an asshole.
For whatever reason, there is a perception that fans have to in some way earn the good times. We admire the guy who keeps going to Lions games more than the guy who decided to root for the Packers instead.
The term doesn't come from jealousy, it comes because a guy who went to Purdue and has sat through years of hard times doesn't want to hear some guy crowing because he decided to root for the team that wins all the time. Just like the guy from Bolton doesn't want to chat with some American in a Manchester United jersey.
I don't know why this is so hard to understand or why folks get defensive about it.
|4 days 9 hours ago||SC matchups||
I wouldn't say SC can't stop the run, but rather they can't stop teams with multiple threats that get them going side to side. They've shut down Stanford two years in a row and shut down BC last year when they had the Doak Walker winner. The ND game last year was basically a slugfest with little room on the ground.
On the flip side, teams like Arizona, ASU, UCLA, and Oregon two years ago have killed them. And the lack of numbers becomes very apparent in the second half if an opposing team can get Woods and Williams running sideline to sideline with no breather. BC didn't get much until they started attacking the edge and then hit that big reverse and the floodgates opened with the read/option/misdirection game.
If ASU and UCLA don't have their quarterbacks, I think it makes a huge difference in those matchups, since those guys are built to tear up SC's defensive weaknesses.
|4 days 9 hours ago||It switches||
Rose Bowl is playoff only every third year, including this year. Orange, Fiesta, Sugar, Cotton, and Peach are the others in the rotation. Then national title game is in random city chosen in advance, a'la the Super Bowl.
|4 days 9 hours ago||Asses and eyeballs||
The B1G has good bowl tie-ins because the fans will travel, there are alums in just about every market (if you hit various sports bars in LA, for example, you'll see big groups of Iowa, Wisconsin, UM, OSU, Nebraska, PSU, etc. fans and the same is probably true in NY or Chicago), and they watch on TV. The Pac-12 and ACC don't because they can't sell out their championship games and certainly can't get people to get on a plane to attend the BW3 Bowl.
|4 days 10 hours ago||The Lodge is nice||
And their lunch specials are affordable, even on a student budget.
|4 days 10 hours ago||One takeaway||
It's a shame they moved the bowl game in San Francisco out of the city. The Giants ballpark was more than big enough for the crowd that game will draw. Much nicer to walk out of the game and be right in the city rather than across the street from an amusement park.
|4 days 10 hours ago||Seriously||
Somebody needs to teach this kid how to parlay that easy access to student loan money into some nice vacations before it's too late.
|4 days 15 hours ago||What is so hard to get?||
You probably thought we'd beat all the other mediocre west coast teams we've played over the years. We didn't beat any of them unless we got lucky and they kind of sucked at football.
Pac-12 >>>>>>> B1G and has been going back to Bo's time (Do we need a reminder of his Rose Bowl record?)
You're assuming because they look like a 7-8 win team in that league and we look like a 7-8 win team in the B1G that we're even. I'm pointing out that given those assumptions, we still are not close to being even.
Unless we are somehow a lot better than we've looked the last 11 games or Utah is actually somehow terrible, then they are the better team and we'll see the evidence of that on Saturday.
|4 days 16 hours ago||Past performance||
I think Utah is a lot better than they have been the last two years. They've been playing a young QB and dealing with the move up to the Pac-12. Their roster is in better shape now and their staff has a track record of being pretty good when the pieces are in place (beat Bama in a BCS bowl not too long ago).
So I think they are at least a decent Pac-12 team, which takes us to our recent track record against that conference:
In 2000 we lost to a UCLA team that went 6-6. In 2001 we lost to a Washington team that finished 8-4. In 2002 we needed a crazy dumb penalty and a last second FG to beat a Washington team that went 7-6. That same year we played a Utah team that went 5-6 and edged past them by a score of 10-7. In 2003 we lost to an Oregon team that went 8-5 and got beaten soundly by USC in the Rose Bowl. In 2004 we played another west coast team and beat San Diego State 24-21. In 2006 we lost to USC again in the Rose Bowl. In 2007 we got smoked at home by Oregon. In 2008 we lost to Utah (again, pre-Pac-12 move).
So basically, since I enrolled in college, we've never once played well against a Pac-12 team. Throw in the current state of the team/program, and that is why I think Utah is going to beat us.
|5 days 10 hours ago||Closest it comes||
If we lose 2-3 games between now and then, I imagine it will be tough to fill the place for November games against Indiana and Maryland.
|5 days 10 hours ago||Rest easy||
When a winner is crowned in Piscataway, and the victors celebrate with the bejeweled Gavone Goblet high in the air, you'll remember what B1G football is all about.
|5 days 14 hours ago||Again||
You're saying he is more polished and has better WR skills, but his actual production has been virtually non-existent. Being a nice blocker and being in the right spot is meaningless if you don't catch passes and your team doesn't score any points. Running shitty routes and basically not knowing what he was doing, Gardner forced defenses to account for him and made plays. The current crop (outside of Funchess) is not doing that now, and has no track record of doing it in the past.
|5 days 14 hours ago||26 ypg||
No TD. How is that "doing fairly well in yardage"?
We just got shutout for the first time in decades, and a big reason why is that outside of Funchess the WR corps is extremely underwhelming. Yes, Chesson is a good blocker, but he hasn't shown any sign that he can consistently make plays in the passing game or scare defenses. To illustrate that point, I noted how much more productive Devin Gardner was making a short-lived cameo at the position.
I'm basically saying our current talent at that position is nowhere near what an elite team should be or where past good Michigan teams were. Do you really disagree with that? This group doesn't offer what Avant/Breaston did in 2003, or Arrington/Breaston in 2006, or Gallon/Roundtree in 2011. When you add in the lack of a running game in comparison to those teams (Perry, Hart, and Denard/Fitz) you see a huge gap in offensive production. The kind that results in games where you don't score any points.
|5 days 15 hours ago||Cherry picking||
You're judging our #2 wide receiver by his blocking ability. That would be rad if we were Navy, but programs with good football teams tend to look at other factors at that position.
|5 days 16 hours ago||Not saying the experiment was good||
Obviously he should have stayed at QB, especially with Gallon/Roundtree/Funchess on the roster. And I certainly don't think he should move now. But even with his limitations, he caught a 44 yard TD against Bama in his first game. He had 5 catches and a TD in his second game.
Norfleet/Chesson/Darboh have never done anything like that, and they are at the same stage in their careers that Gardner was when he moved to WR. Chesson has 273 career yards and 1 TD. Darboh has 49 yards. Norfleet 92. Gardner had 268 and 4 TD in half a season. In his first two games at the position (6 catches, 107 yards, 2 TD) Gardner did more than Darboh/Norfleet have in their careers, or than any of the three did in the first two games this year.
Saying the other guys are better is a hope rather than a thing that has been evidenced by their play.
|5 days 17 hours ago||Numbers||
Devin Gardner has 4 career TD catches, in just a few games "experimenting" at the position. Darboh, Chesson, and Norfleet are each in their third year at Michigan and have one TD of any kind between them.
So, yeah, I think he is a better receiver than those guys. Doesn't mean he should move, but acting like we are loaded at the position is erroneous.
|5 days 17 hours ago||Ha!||
You called the reefers "doobies". You're out of touch, old man!
|5 days 17 hours ago||Lame||
They should come out butt naked and intimidate the opposition. This program apparently has gotten soft.
|6 days 7 hours ago||David Molk was a sophomore||
The team wasn't good but the pieces were in place for the team that went 11-2 a couple of years later.
Do you think we are going 11-2 this year? Or next year? Or the year after that?
If you do I would like to make a number of $1 wagers against you.
|6 days 7 hours ago||Then don't take him off the field||
Pretty sure Ryan could replace Beyer in a nickle defense if we wanted to go that route. Or the coaches could find another role where he is close to the line of scrimmage and attacking the QB instead of reacting.
At this point we really don't know how this experiment is going to go, but acting like there is no reason for trepidation is just as silly as condemning the move. At the end of the year if we look back and this is a bad pass rushing team there is going to be room to 2nd guess things.
|6 days 10 hours ago||11-2, Sugar Bowl champs||
If that is a train wreck, where are we now?
|6 days 10 hours ago||The video is great||
Just felt the need to point out that the real Rick Ross is not a rapper.
|6 days 10 hours ago||Wow||
We just got shutout for the first time in decades and lost 31(38)-0 to a rival we've owned recently. A team that, in addition to being undermanned, probably loses at least 4 games this year. Not to mention that in year 4 things should be rocking and rolling, we shouldn't be grasping at straws to prove we're slightly better than 7-6.
Who is "determined" to see something again?
|6 days 10 hours ago||Too easy||
(Insert joke about Dave Brandon changing the measurement rules to get up to six inches here)
|6 days 10 hours ago||Utah is big||
My pessimism has also been shaped by the last few years. I've gotten my hopes up when the staff hinted guys like Omameh/Barnum/Mealer/Schofield/Fitz/Roundtree just weren't talented enough or that guys like Kalis/Pipkins/Thomas/Green were going to be immediate upgrades and difference makers, only to be disappointed and frankly a little disgusted every time.
I also think Nussmeier is an upgrade, but I don't think he has much to work with (unlike Borges who bitched about not having "pro-style" talents that keep ending up with NFL teams).
I'd be a lot more optimistic if we beat the Utes, but at this point I see that game going very poorly. Part of that is almost certainly shaped by Carr-era experiences with Pac-12 teams, but holy shit does that team frighten me. A bad loss there and even 6-2 in the conference would have to be attributed to "LULZ B1G" and we'd still be very far away from being an elite team, which I think is what we should expect by year 4 and beyond.
|6 days 11 hours ago||Why the question||
While I agree another switcheroo is probably not too feasible or advisable after spending the entire offseason making the move, but Ryan had 11 TFL as a freshman (close 2nd on the team to RVB) and 16 as a sophomore (Clark was 2nd with 9).
The pass rush would almost certainly be helped with Ryan in that role as opposed to playing MLB. If guys like Ross and Gedeon are on the bench (and Morgan as well, though obviously due to injury) but Ryan is at MLB and our only pass rush is coming from Frank Clark, then there is plenty of room to question the move, even if Ryan plays well at MLB.
|6 days 11 hours ago||Timeless tradition||
Remember when it was Devin Gardner who should be starting ahead of Denard? I can't wait to see how long it takes for the "Give Speight a shot!" crowd to emerge next year.
|6 days 11 hours ago||Where are we better?||
Even assuming Funchess is the lead dog (and I think he certainly is), who is as good as Funchess was last year? We had Funchess AND Gallon and went 7-6. Unless a guy like Canteen emerges or one of the backs really turns it on going forward, this looks like a very pedestrian team at the skill positions (especially if Gardner is no longer an effective threat with his legs).
On defense I think we'll be a good deal better on the interior of the d-line (especially compared to late last season sans Q-Wash), but everywhere else? Guys like Countess, Taylor, Ryan, Morgan, Bolden/Ross, Wilson, Clark/Beyer, all have multiple years of significant playing experience (they pretty much all saw the field as freshmen and started after that). They are all good players, but they were good players last year too. I don't see anybody from that group suddenly being ridiculously better than they've been.
I see a very solid, if unspectacular in terms of pass rush, D and a very easy to defend offense. In the modern game that looks like a recipe for 8-4, at best, to me. And that assumes a pretty horrific B1G. As for last year, if we had had two really good RS freshmen emerge on the offensive line (a guy like Baas/Long/Molk/Lewan at that age and another solid future starter) I think that team wins 10 games and we aren't speculating about new coaches.
|6 days 11 hours ago||Part of the punishment||
And when Grandma is really pissed, you have to go fetch your own.