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|3 days 18 hours ago||When this all went down||
I remember people defending Brandon when UM and OSU ended up in different divisions on the grounds that there were a lot of parties at the negotiating table and we couldn't just expect to get everything we wanted when entering into negotiations with Northwestern and Purdue.
I remember saying Brandon either sucked at his job or didn't actually want what we wanted (and what made sense for preserving the importance of the rivalry). Apparently both were true.
Fuck Dave Brandon.
|5 days 14 hours ago||Seen very little||
Never got into the masked stuff, really. Was always more of an NWA fan in the old days, started to dip my toe in the ECW waters through Terry Funk (his '89 feud with Flair is still probably my favorite thing as a fan) and around the same time bailed on WCW when they basically killed off the Horsemen and put everybody and his mother in the NWO (then had to split the NWO because it was too big, then had Russo bury the company).
So every once in a while I try to see if there is a viable alternative/rival to WWE. I've got my eggs in the NXT basket for now, and hopefully Vince is listening and can make it into a legit competitor. Can't imagine it would be bad for business if he could create something like the Monday Night Wars under one roof.
|5 days 15 hours ago||Doubt it would take much push||
I was mildly intrigued by the idea of Global Force but when they immediately partnered up with Dixie I knew that shit was going nowhere. Can't imagine it would take much to sign those guys. WWE could probably scoop up the Wolves pretty easily as well.
They just don't seem to prioritize the division at all anymore. They had to bring the New Age Outlaws back from the scrap heap just to hold a title match a while back. The Rhodes brothers thing was an okay pairing but Dustin is too old and I think basically retiring. They had a quiet Swiss dude posing as a xenophobic American just to create something approximating a team identity not long ago. Compare that to a time when you had The Rockers, British Bulldogs, Hart Foundation, Orient Express, Demolition, Nasty Boys, Bolsheviks, Bushwhackers, etc. all active at pretty much the same time. NWA had Road Warriors, Steiners, Midnight, Rock&Roll, Doom, etc. as well.
Now it just seems like the corny ethnic pairings division. No personality, no real storylines, and just one match per card for the title, often with 3 or 4 teams thrown together at once because nobody gives a shit about the outcome.
You could have teamed up, say, Neville and Balor, given them a persona or maybe a manager, and done something interesting. Instead one guy is down in NXT and the other is stuck in limbo as a mid-card stuntman who will eventually fade away like Kofi Kingston.
|5 days 15 hours ago||Cole ruins Ambrose for me||
The guy justs twists his face up a little and Michael Cole starts wetting himself talking about "the lunatic fringe". Just gives the guys entire persona a weak feeling to me, even though I know logically he's a quality performer. Fuck Michael Cole.
|5 days 15 hours ago||Agree on golden era||
First off, Michael Cole sucks balls. And it makes a huge difference in the product when compared to JR (especially in his NWA days) or Monsoon/Ventura.
Second, personality is lacking compared to the good old days. Wyatt has it. Rollins has it. Brock/Heyman have it in spades between the two of them. Most of the other guys come off as lame and scripted. Any mention of "the WWE universe" in a promo just fucking kills the tension.
I'd like to see NXT elevated to an actual rival/competitor. Replace the B-level stories/matches on Smackdown with their own show. Move some of the better workers who aren't getting a big push (Ziggler, Cesaro, and maybe the Miz if you are short on heels) and raid TNA's best guys to kill them off completely (Wolves, Magnus, EC3, maybe Bobby Roode). Add a harder edge since you don't have to appeal to the Cena/kids crowd as much and you might have something really big (two solid but distinct national promotions under one umbrella).
Also, they need to go back to using managers (look at the pop Heyman gets and he's the only one really on the roster) and seriously upgrade and use the tag team division. Sad when a couple of mustachioed douches on unicycles winning the NXT title is actually more compelling than a four team title match at SummerSlam (which is basically just two teams with zero personality, the Dancing Black Guys vs. the Masked Mexicans).
|5 days 16 hours ago||Not everything|
|5 days 18 hours ago||Not true||
The other died of cancer in the snowy woods, but before he passed away we were treated to an extended revenge-fantasy dream sequence to appease the sentimentalists in the audience.
|6 days 14 hours ago||Interesting||
If true, I would hope those rumors are coupled with ones about Dymonte Thomas getting a shot on offense. Would hate to see him go the way of guys like Marvin Robinson and Josh Furman, fantastic athletes that never got put in a spot to really succeed and stay on the field here at UM.
|6 days 14 hours ago||Still mad about that second one||
Was crushing an NCAA tourney pool that year through five rounds but the championship game was worth a ton of points. I had the Illini and the guy in (a very distant) second had UNC.
I was young and dumb at the time, so I would have wasted the cash prize on cocaine and strippers. I'm still pretty peeved about it.
|6 days 14 hours ago||USC||
Went to law school there and love the Trojans. I'll be the drunk guy on the South Lawn in a Roddy Piper t-shirt in two weeks time, though I attend way more SC baseball games than anything else.
|6 days 15 hours ago||Answers||
1. Fiction. Rudock never hit that mark at UI and I think both QB will probably play whether via competition or injury
2. Fiction. Even if the running game is good I think carries will be split too much to reach 1,000 yards.
3. Fiction. Nobody that good, and even if the passing game is successful the ball will be spread around too much. Harbaugh never had a 1,000 yard receiver at Stanford and they haven't had one since he left either.
4. Fact. Not a lot of snaps and I think at least by mid-year we'll be looking for a spark from him.
5. Fiction. Cole is probably the best guy and it is hard to get there as a true sophomore and as a LT even if you are that good. If someone gets it I could see Glasgow at center.
6. Fact. Not sure we'll be top-2 in quality, but we'll play in more tight, low scoring games than OSU or MSU. Look for us and PSU to finish 1-2.
7. Fact. Taco had 3.5 last year and he should get more PT this year.
8. Fiction. Morgan and the reemergence of Ross will cut into his tackle numbers too much.
9. Fact. AA teams are slightly based on hype, and Peppers has it. He'll be the subject of discussion whenever the D takes the field and if he plays well he'll get votes. Making a play or ten in the return game will only help.
10. Hope so.
|1 week 16 hours ago||Short memory||
In Gardner's first 17 games starting at QB for Michigan he accounted for 50 TD and threw just 16 INT. Penn State in 2013 is the only game against a B1G opponent or ND or in a bowl game during that time period where he threw more than 1 INT (he threw 2 in that game).
He threw for 300+ yards against Iowa with 3 TD and 1 INT, and he ran for 3 TD. He threw for 294 with 4 TD and 1 INT against Notre Dame and rushed for 82 and a TD. He put up 240 in the air and 121 on the ground at Penn State. He threw for over 500 yards against Indiana while running for 81 and 3 TD. He threw for 451 against OSU with 4 TD and 0 INT, and added another TD on the ground.
The guy shouldn't be tarnished because he played on a terrible team as a senior and battled through injuries all year long.
|1 week 1 day ago||Long time away||
He can't sign for another 18 months, and has flipped his commitment once already. There are guys who will end up better players than him who haven't even played a game of high school football yet. Recruiting has gotten to be fairly nuts.
|1 week 1 day ago||More important question||
Do they still bleach their hair like ladies, though?
|1 week 1 day ago||Eagles suck!||
It's actually 3 in 4 years. Martell is in the 2017 class (just going into his junior year of high school) but Kyle Allen who won the job last year as a true freshman was a 5-star in the 2014 class.
But Kenny Hill is going to make them all pay because Carroll rules!
|1 week 1 day ago||Town didn't decommit||
He bolted in the middle of camp (after enrolling early) because the other QB in his recruiting class (Sam Darnold) is significantly better so far and he didn't want to be on a depth chart behind him and a sophomore who was the #1 QB in his class (Max Browne).
No one at SC is upset about him leaving.
|1 week 1 day ago||Tate Football||
Martell is a dual-threat QB under 6' tall. A&M successfully pitched him on being the rich man's Manziel.
|1 week 2 days ago||Not accurate||
Harbaugh's 2010 team had Doug Baldwin (leading receiver for the Seahawks last year) and Chris Owusu (ran a 4.36 at the NFL combine, second fastest time that year) as its two best receivers, and TE Coby Fleener who ran a 4.5 at the combine and went early in the 2nd round.
That team had plenty of talented fast guys on it, they didn't just suddenly start tricking teams.
|1 week 2 days ago||Corso||
His record is actually pretty solid, especially by IU standards. He had success at Louisville (28-11-3) and once he got the ball rolling in Bloomington he won 3 to 5 conference games just about every year, lasted 10 seasons, and won a bowl game.
|1 week 2 days ago||Perspective||
Gerry had 7 straight losing seasons at Vandy and Indiana. At LSU he had some initial success, but in year 4 went 4-7 and starterd year 5 at 2-8 (with wins over SJSU and North Texas) before getting fired.
It's quite possible he just doesn't know what he's talking about.
|1 week 3 days ago||How did he win 11?||
Brady Hoke had a fantastic season and won a major bowl game here at UM (something college hall of famer Lloyd Carr did just twice in 13 years and a feat it took Bo 10 tries to accomplish over a couple of decades).
If our current team (that went 5-7 last year and lost all the guys you mention who I think will be missed quite a bit) has good talent, people should be pissed about 2011, because that team should have won the fucking Super Bowl if the same coach went 11-2 with those guys.
|1 week 3 days ago||Absolute fucking nonsense||
I will bet you a gazillion dollars that Harbaugh doesn't win more than 11 games this year.
Funny how people forget facts when they have silly opinions they want to keep.
|1 week 3 days ago||Not true||
If this team wins double digit games I will give the lion's share of the credit to Hoke, minus whatever contribution guys like Rudock or Higdon make who are here because of Harbaugh.
Coaching can swing you a game or two at most. It doesn't make a team good or bad (SEE Brady Hoke's varying records at Michigan, or if you prefer Rich Rodriguez's varying records at WVU, UM and UA, or if you insist, Jim Harbaugh's varying records at Stanford and the continued success they had after his departure).
|1 week 3 days ago||Forgetting Funchess||
Darboh (the man whose stat line you quote) getting better doesn't necessarily make us better. He would have to hit 62/733/4 and someone else would have to match his production just for us to tread water.
QB is a question mark where a guy with zero career TD is competing against a guy Iowa benched and was fine with seeing walk out the door.
O-Line is still a question, as no one has established himself as an all-conference type player and our big hope may be a guy (Cole) who is just advanced for his age rather than truly great.
RB is still a question across the board.
DE is a huge question (lost our two starters).
LB is a question after losing the insane production of Jake Ryan (we may be okay, but have to improve a lot across the board to tread water).
2nd CB is a question with Taylor and Countess gone.
And that is from a team that went 5-7 last year.
TE should be better with Hill and Butt healthy. Peppers will probably help somewhere. O-Line will probably improve. Coaching will be better (but its impact is always overstated by fans).
And expectations are already that this team is 2.5 or so games better, just based on the betting lines.
Frankly, I just don't see it. Especially since so many of the positive arguments were being made last year as well and resulted in a major disappointment of a season.
|1 week 3 days ago||Not you||
Well aware that you have things in perspective, old top. I'm just getting a kick out of all the "Hoke was soft" talk four years after he supposedly brought the masculine toughness we so desperately needed to win the Sugar Bowl into the program.
The same guy David Molk and Mike Martin (no softies) admired probably wasn't the total candyass he's being portrayed as now that his program went into the toilet. He just never found the next Molk or Martin in any of his supposedly awesome recruiting classes.
|1 week 3 days ago||5-star cuisine||
I'm guessing someone just really likes chicken broccoli bake and the dorm switch messed up the timing on when it gets served.
There is zero chance the coach who bragged about guys chugging clam chowder was out there personally whipping up custom crepes for his pampered princesses and that his culinary culture caused Michigan's misfortunes.
|1 week 3 days ago||Every coaching change ever||
I remember the good old days when Rich Rod was making guys puke and running off the pussies and The Hokester finally had them hitting a blocking sled and eating red meat for the first time in their lives.
Talent always trumps the talking points.
|1 week 3 days ago||Apples to apples||
I do think there is a little more talent in the latter Hoke classes than in the first ones, but I'm giving him a fair comparison with other coaches who actually recruited well. Those classes are also small though (basically one full class between 2014 and 2015) and will come back to bite us down the road. The guys we think of as the best in the game brought in elite talent in their first full recruiting class (2012 for Hoke) and that talent had produced on the field well before the coach completed his fourth season on the job.
And I'm not villifying, just explaining. Plenty of people are saying he doesn't know how to coach or develop players or that his staff were less than competent. This is provably false. Jeremy Gallon set the single season receiving record under Hoke. Molk won the Rimington Award. Lewan was 2-time B1G lineman of the year. Denard and Fitz both ran for 1,000+ yards.
The problem is that Brady Hoke didn't recruit players who are/were as good as those guys and the team got worse and worse as they departed. So yeah, when you don't really know how to build a team in the way Harbaugh, Rodriguez, Meyer, Tressel, Carroll, Saban, et. al do, then you probably think it is a lot harder and takes a lot longer than it does.
|1 week 3 days ago||How is that a hole?||
Turns out, finding a few tight ends who may very well turn into good players five years into your tenure (and I do like both Butt and Hill a lot as players), isn't how you build an elite program, or even a decent one.
If you're comparing those guys to the elite offensive talent, especially when I didn't even really look at offensive linemen or TE at most of those schools I mentioned (Saban also signed Barrett Jones in that first class) and didn't look at places like Oregon or FSU or anywhere else that has had recent success at top notch programs, then my point is pretty much made.
This is the same argument I was forced to make the last year and a half, but it still holds. When you don't have anything like the kind of players top programs have, expecting to be as good or better than them is not smart and bound to end in disappointment.
|1 week 3 days ago||For the last time||
Brady Hoke did not recruit well, especially on offense. That is why his team got worse every year. His additions to the 2011 class produced two guys who started (Clark and Taylor) and a punter. At QB he picked up Russell Bellomy (left the program after one disastrous appearance) in 2011 and then didn't sign a QB in 2012. At RB he added Rawls (left program) and then picked up Drake Johnson (370 career yards after three years) and Norfleeet (left program). At WR he didn't add anyone in 2011 (to a class that had zero WR) then spent half of Devin Funchess' career trying to make him play TE. At TE (a position Hoke claimed was of utmost importance) he picked up Chris Barnett in 2011 (left program pretty much the moment he arrived) and AJ Williams in 2012 (5 catches for 35 yards in three years in addition to some oft-suspect blocking). Chris Bryant was the only OL added in 2011 (left program) and the 2012 class has yet to produce an elite player/prospect. The 2013 class failed to produce an impact player in years 1 or 2.
Hoke walked into a team that was good out of the gate. Harbaugh won in year four because in his first recruiting class he signed Andrew Luck (much better than no one) and OL like Martin and DeCastro (who were all-conference honorees as RS freshmen and total studs in year four). Tressel signed Maurice Clarett in his first class. Carroll signed Mike Williams in his first class and added Reggie Bush and LenDale White in his second. Saban brought in Julio Jones and Mark Ingram (who won the Heisman as a true sophomore). Meyer brought in Tebow and Harvin at UF and JT Barrett, Ezekiel Elliott, and Joey Bosa at OSU. Rodriguez brought in Denard, Lewan, Fitz, and Gallon. Hoke brought in Funchess and a bunch of guys we're hoping may be okay as upperclassmen, while Harbaugh scrambles to bring in transfers and clear enough roster space to bring in a big class.
Building a program takes a lot longer when you drop the ball coming out of the starting blocks like Hoke did.