"Jim's a tough guy and you can see his personality is all over this football team," Fitzgerald said.
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|2 days 3 hours ago||Losing By 38||
I was thinking about this the other day. RR / 'Zona lost to Stanford by 38 points this past weekend. They also lost to Oregon by 38 points in the PAC 12 Championship Game last year. Coincidentally (or maybe not), RR lost his last game at Michigan by 38 points to Mississippi State.
I think (but am not sure) that the 38 point loss to the Mississippi State was the largest deficit in the Bo / Post-Bo Era. So RR has at lost three games in the past handful of years by more points than a non-RR coached Michigan team has lost by in at least two generations. I don't know what this means.....but it's got to say something about the difference in football styles (win big / lose big?).
On a more positive note, Michigan beat Notre Dame by 38 points in 2007....one of my favorite games of all time!
|3 days 7 hours ago||Not So Sure||
I think that there are some differences between 2002 and 2015. The biggest one being the gap between Craig Krenzel and Jones/Barrett/Miller. Any of the current QB's seems very capable of winning the Heisman under the right circumstances. Based on intangibles, Jones is expected to be a first round draft pick. Krenzel was never in that league. On top of all that, this version of OSU is the returning National Championship team. The 2001 Buckeyes were a little less impressive.
I totally understand the game-to-game results look similar to 2002. It's just that we know this team could explode at any minute.....like they did in the playoff run last year.
|3 days 8 hours ago||Bottom Feeders||
It's nice (and not unexpected) to see Rutgers and Maryland at 12 and 13. Thanks, Delany!
|1 week 22 hours ago||2015 Prediction||
I predicted 9-3 (pre-bowl game) with splits of Utah/BYU, Minnesota/PSU and MSU/OSU. I'm sticking with it.....but the Minnesota/PSU sweep looks for likely.
|1 week 4 days ago||Concede.||
By "concede", I mean that I think OSU is the best team in the conference. However, that doesn't necessarily mean that I think they'll win any particular game. We've seen what OSU did in the playoffs last year.......and most of them returned.
On the flip side, I don't think that any other team in the B1G has shown that they have the ability to be better than this Michigan squad. We still have a lot to learn about MSU, Iowa and Wisconsin.....maybe even Minnesota and Nebraska. I really like where Michigan is positioned because we're physically seeing them get better from week-to-week.
|1 week 4 days ago||The B1G||
I think that the whole B1G took a step back and said "Oh, shit" this weekend. Michigan has given up one TD in the past 175 minutes of football. Think about that.
I'll conceded that OSU is the best team in the B1G.......but # 2 is VERY much in doubt at this point.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||State & Eisenhower||
I'm not exactly sure, but I thought that it was near the corner of State & Eisenhower (across from Briarwood). I haven't lived in A2 in a loooong time but I think there used to be a Damon's in that area, too.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Call Me Crazy||
......but I'm much more interested in a 5th year grad transfer from a prominent program not getting on the field than I am about a RS Freshman. Marshall will have plenty of time to have an impact on the program. Lyons only has 13 (now 11) games.
On the bright side, if Lyons isn't seeing the field, it's most likely because the players in front of him have more of an upside. It's sort of nice that a 5th year grad transfer from a prominent program is having trouble getting on the field. He'll get his chance....probably this weekend.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Turned The Game Off||
I actually turned the Minnesota game off after the first three series of the 3rd quarter. i think that included when Morris fumbled in the endzone for a near safety (and he was also visibly hurt and limping), a near interception and finally a pick six.
The fact that Morris was still in the game at that point made it clear that Michigan wasn't putting the best team on the field and trying to win the game. If Hoke wasn't trying to win, I wasn't going to watch.
I missed the whole concussion debacle that came up in the 4th quarter. Luckily, after an exhaustive search, I was able to find some news stories about it.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Mason, OH||
I used to work (remotely) for a large medical device company in Blue Ash, OH. It's a nice area and I had a chance to move there but I just couldn't get myself to do it (because it's in Ohio). I truly couldn't imagine putting Ohio license plates on my car. I considered trying to live in Kentucky but that was just a little too far.
|7 weeks 52 min ago||Mary Sue Coleman?||
I'm not sure that Mary Sue Colemen (MSC) will be able to help Sparty with this.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Depends On How You Read It||
I think that there's a difference between "best college football coach" (Saban or Meyer) and "best coach in college football". Harbaugh has "coached" successfully at all levels. Not many others can say this.
Think of it this way......if Bill Belichick became a college coach tomorrow, he could probably make a claim to being a Top 5 coach in college even before he ever coaches a game. That would be based on his success as a coach (not as a college coach).
Anyway, I don't care where people rank Harbaugh now. He'll rise and fall based on the results on the field. My guess is that he'll be successful.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||NC State||
As someone who used to live about a mile from Carter-Finley stadium, I can tell you that NC State is desperate for any kind of recognition. A few years ago, they celebrated the 23rd anniversary of the 1989 Basketball Team (the last one to win the ACC). Not the 20th, or 25th....they celebrated the 23rd (or something along those lines). Of course, I think that this was soon after Chris Corchiani got thrown out of the game as a spectator for yelling at the ref. They wanted to make a statement against the conference.
They hang banners FOR MAKING THE NCAA TOURNAMENT. That's right, not for winning it, or winning a regional, or even for going to the Sweet 16. They hang banners just for making the tournament.
They retired Philip Rivers jersey WHILE HE WAS STILL AN ACTIVE PLAYER. It was retired at his final home game as a senior. Meanwhile, in Ann Arbor, Charles Woodson's jersey hasn't been retired and he won a Heisman and National Championship. His day will come....and it will be awesome!
The point is that NC State will do anything to draw attention to itself. It's tough living in the shadow of UNC and Duke.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Mallett TD||
EVERYBODY remembers the Mallett TD in the Southeast corner. He was showboating and Jake Long told him something along the lines of "that's not how we do it at Michigan". I'm 50 years old......and that's the most hungover I ever remember being watching a game (party at my house the night before).
|8 weeks 1 day ago||I Was There....||
.....worst game ever.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Jack Miller||
Jack Miller was the starting center last year......he's not coming back. I get your point though. There's a lot to be (reasonably) excited about on the offensive line.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Ohio State||
Didn't Michigan lead most of (or much of) the OSU game that year? I actually walked from our house down Stadium Drive and just walked thru the gates after halftime thinking that Michigan was going to win. All that I remember was the disappointment from the loss.....and it was really cold that day.
MSU and Indiana were actually good that year. Crazy, I know.
|9 weeks 15 min ago||Winning Two More Games?||
If you're asking if I'd rather have two more wins or establish an offense for a QB that won't even by on my roster until next year......I'll take the two more wins. Every time.
|9 weeks 19 min ago||Who?||
I don't know who dahblue is.....but I'm here all the time.
I'm sorry if you're offended by facts (relating to the 2008 roster). I'll try to keep them to a minimum.
|9 weeks 5 hours ago||O-Line||
Justin Boren (2nd Team All B1G in 2007), Stephen Schilling (NFL), Jeremy Ciulla, Alex Mitchell, Perry Dorrenstein, Mark Huyge, David Molk (NFL), David Moosman, Mark Ortmann and Cory Zirbel were all available to RR in 2008. Not all of them stayed....but all were available when he took over the roster. Surely a middle of the road B1G OL could have been formed out that group.
Michael Cox (NFL), Carlos Brown and Brandon Minor were at least average B1G RB's.
Junior Hemingway (NFL), Greg Mathews were reasonable WR's and you can throw Roundtree and Stonum into the mix as true freshman.
QB is where the issue arises. Obviously, Ryan Mallett (NFL) was on the roster when RR took over. Does anyone know the true reasons he left? Some say it was a "done deal", but do you really think he's jumping ship if Les Miles had been named HC? Steven Threet was a four star RS-Freshman who went on the start at ASU before injuries cut his career short. So yeah, I'm saying that Threet could have been more effective in a pro-style offense than his slow-footed self was in running the zone read.
Michigan hadn't had a losing season since the 1960's! Going 3-9 in 2008 was not inevitable. Michigan could have (should have) beaten Utah, Toledo (that's right, Toledo) Purdue and Northwestern that year. Going 7-5 would have gone a long way in helping RR in the long run.
|9 weeks 6 hours ago||Disagree||
"You play to win the game". RR has no business worrying about 2009 in 2008. He had plenty of horsepower on the defensive side of the ball (Brandon Graham, Terrance Taylor, Will Johnson, Tim Jamison, Jonas Mouton, Stevie Brown, John Thompson, Troy Woolfolk...). All he needed to do was put together a workable offensive system (from a roster that had more talent than 50% of the B1G) and he could have managed a winning season. He chose not to.
|9 weeks 9 hours ago||Add Bolden To The List....||
I would add Bolden to the list of guys that I thought should have red-shirted under Hoke. He saw the field as a true freshman, but nothing really impactful. I guess that they were a little short at LB (but had Ryan, Demens, Morgan.....).
I would have thought that at least SOMEBODY out of the Bolden, Ross, Stone class should have red-shirted.....they are all seniors now. Time flies!
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Ohio||
Well, since OSU marches a script "Ohio", they spell out OH-IO and wear an "O" on their hats, mabye calling them Ohio isn't the "dumbest thing" since they already do it themselves all of the time.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||On the Michigan side....||
Jabrill Peppers (probably the best prospect on either team), Mason Cole, Jourdan Lewis, Willie Henry, Jake Butt, Bryan Mone.......they are all legit NFL prospects on Michigan's side of the field. They might not be coming out this year but they all have a realistic shot at playing in the League.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Too Far Behind||
Just curious, why do you think that Michigan is too far behind MSU? In what aspect? My guess is that Michigan is ahead of (or a push) with MSU on all phases of defense. Michigan stacks up with just about anybody except the truly elite at DL, LB and DB. Yes, the Sparty D was truly elite two years ago. I don't think that still applies. I'll call the defense 52/48 to Michigan's advantage.
Turning to offense, I think that MSU has a slight edge at QB (we've seen the Rudock v. Cook comparisons). I REALLY think that one of Michigan's RB's will emerge to match Sparty's output. I mean, Smith, Isaac and Green were all Top 15 backs coming out in 2013. They can't ALL be misses, right? With improved coaching (sorry Fred) and improved OL play, they have all of the tools to be successful. I think that Sparty again has the edge on OL......but WHY??? The Michigan guys were all highly recruited and have all been in the program for 3-4 years. They've had time to mature physically. Again, I'm expecting Drevno to have an immediate impact (he started two true freshman and a RS freshman at USC last year.....he can work with raw talent). That leaves WR. This is probably Michigan's most "iffy" position but I don't think that Sparty has a tremendous advantage. I'll call the offense 54/46 to MSU's advantage.
I'll admit that I don't know enough about Special Teams to comment. Norfleet, Wile and Hagerup are going. Reinforcements are available and coaching has improved. 55/45 Sparty.
This brings us to coaching. I think that Michigan will have the edge here in the long run. Right now, Dantonio has his scheme and players in place.....but I'm not betting against Harbaugh. 50/50 push.
When you add it all up, Sparty has a slight lead. That's primarily due to the unknown......how much (and quickly) will players improve under Harbaugh. We know Sparty's ceiling (yeah, they've finished in the Top 5 twice....don't let that fool you.....competition is improving). We don't know Michigan's ceiling yet. MSU is ranked # 6 now and Michigan is around # 50. I think the only way that Michigan finishes lower that Sparty in the polls this year is if they stumble twice in OOC games (Utah and BYU). Sparty will lose to Oregon, Michigan and Ohio State. They'll finish 9-3. Michigan's record will be at least that good (losses to OSU and a B1G road game)....unless they stumble in early games.
|11 weeks 5 hours ago||Shoes||
I was going to buy a pair of those Michigan adidas shoes before the season starts (to go along with my game day khakis). Thanks to the new Nike contract, I don't really need to anymore. Maybe I can get a good pair on sale?
|11 weeks 5 days ago||This||
"Born To Run" is the best rock song of all time (not just the 70's) for my money. It's just the perfect song (message, music, pace....). Not my favorite Springsteen song....but still the best rock song.
Springsteen was my first concert. October 3, 1980 at Crisler Arena. It was the first night of "The River" tour. He opened with "Born To Run".....and forgot the words. I was 15 years old (couldn't drive) and my mom picked me up from the concert at 11:30. Springsteen played until well past midnight back in the day. I missed Bob Seger coming on stage to sing "Thunder Road"!
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Half Case?||
Half case? Must be a Canadian thing. Is that the same as a 12 pack? Is a six pack called a quarter case?
|12 weeks 6 hours ago||Fox Sports = Under Armor||
I can't help but think of Fox Sports as Under Armor (or Reebok!). They're willing to pay for relevance, but everyone would rather be associated with the top dog (ESPN = Nike).
Has Erin Andrews' sports related profile gotten higher or lower since joining Fox?
|12 weeks 1 day ago||The Harbaugh Effect||
Does anybody think this deal gets done if Harbaugh isn't the HC? Personally, I don't think there's any way that Michigan could have pulled in this kind of money under Brady Hoke (or Dan Mullen).
I'd guess that it's primarily about Harbaugh and his "brand" (for lack of a better word). Nike knows that Michigan and Harbaugh will be in the spotlight over the next several years. Now.....let's actually play a game!