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|5 hours 48 min 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.
|5 hours 53 min 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.
|20 hours 10 min 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.
|1 week 1 day 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?
|1 week 6 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"!
|2 weeks 17 hours 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?
|2 weeks 1 day 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?
|2 weeks 2 days 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!
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Top Three Plays||
The pass to Kolesar was definitely one of the biggest plays in Michigan Stadium history. It sort of gets forgotten in the midst of other great plays (punt returns by Desmond and Woodson, jump balls by Braylon, AC splitting the IU defenders....).
My personal Top 3 (seen in person):
3. Forcier to Mathews to beat ND in 2009. Tate's jab step draw play for a TD earlier in the game was pretty awesome, too.
2. Almost any play in Q4 against ND in 20011....but I'll go with Denard to Gallon to set up the winning TD. The actual TD pass was just gravy.
1. Henne to Manningham to beat PSU in 2005
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Minnesota In 1985||
My most vivid memory of the Minnesota game in 1985 was that of Mike Hammerstein sacking Rickey Foggie while he was still dropping back into the pocket. He had absolutely no time to set up before he was crushed. Hammerstein and Messner were an awesome duo!
|7 weeks 1 day ago||My First Thought||
That was exactly my first thought. I'll trust that Mattison handled it tactfully and his message probably misinterpreted. It's not Mattison's first rodeo and he knows what he's doing.
I don't think that there was any reason for Kelly to say that "maybe one or two" of his players would typically qualify to get into ND. It serves no purpose. Just say that "we provide all of the resources necessary for them to succeed" and leave it at that.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Jack Harbaugh||
When I first read your post I thought, "Wait a minute, shouldn't Jack have been coaching at WMU that day?" I checked the internets and apparently the Broncos had a bye on 09/21.
That was my Junior year at Western and I surprisingly do not remember this game. I remember the Minnesota game, Iowa game, Illinois game.......but not the South Carolina game. It must have been on TV, right? Strange.
Joani Harbaugh was actually in my tennis class the next fall. Her first year, and Jack's last year, at WMU.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Florida||
Five of the Top 10 Performers are from Florida. Yeah, I think that Summer Swarm was well worth the investment.
Michael Onwenu reminds me of David Dawson (and not just because of the Cass Connection). I really hope that Dawson and Kugler are able to play their way onto the field this year.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Agree||
I'm a little surprised with the rationale for sliding head first. I don't think that it's any faster and as a runner, you pose a greater threat to the defense with your feet (it's also easier to "pop up" after an overthrow).
I watched a fair amount of softball over the weekend (not Michigan) and saw a couple of slides where the runner tried to slide past the defender and grab the base with her hands. Each one ended poorly. In the first one (a steal of second), the runner ended up sliding past the bag and was tagged out. She would have been safe if she had gone feet first into the bag.
In the second one, the runner tried to slide past the catcher to avoid a tag at the plate. She ended up getting tagged way up high (in the face). If she had gone directly to the plate, her feet would have beaten the throw.
I'm sure that these coaches know more than I do......but it seems like some fundamentals are lacking.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||# 98 In Turnovers||
When I first saw that Michigan was # 98 in turnovers.....I thought that it was a potshot at Devin Gardner. Then I realized that it was just a strange coincidence.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||SEC Story||
This might not have been a national story, but it was definitely an SEC story. I live in Jacksonville, FL and this was the first story that I heard on sports talk radio when I got in the car this afternoon. The primary focus was on Michigan's satellite camps. FWIW, one host was in favor of them (competition) the other host was not (too one sided, SEC coaches would never camp in Michigan looking for players).
Anyway, it looks like Malzahn came to his senses. He would look REALLY bad if he made a student athlete's career hinge on pettiness.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Charlotte||
Personally, I'd love to see the game played in Charlotte. A "real" downtown with a lot of hotels and restaurants.....all of which are walkable to the stadium. It has an airline hub so you can probably get direct flights from most cities.
I think that the biggest draw is that it's not really Northern (10ish hour drive from A2) or Southern (6ish hour drive from Tuscaloosa). The high temp would probably be in the high 40's in early January....colder for a night game. While it's technically in the South, the weather and conditions would be pretty neutral.
I currently live in Jacksonville and I'm pretty sure that the city will be bidding on the NCG. The director of the Gator Bowl is often on the radio talking about it. JAX isn't nearly as nice as Charlotte in terms of downtown and convenience......but the weather would be a little better.
|13 weeks 22 hours ago||Pilot Mountain?||
Your Avator is Pilot Mountain, right? I get up to Winston-Salem (Rural Hall) for work on a fairly regular basis. Love Foothills Brewery! Hiked at Hanging Rock last fall.
I currently live in Jacksonville, FL......but lived in Raleigh, NC for 17 years before that.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Free Beer At Fraser's||
I knew a few waitresses at Fraser's back in the early 90's......they were usually good for a few free beers when we were in there (which was often).
|19 weeks 2 days ago||Going For Two||
I always thought (and still think) that Morris should have dished to a wide open Stu Douglass to take the three pointer and try to win the game in regulation. I guess that Michigan had the momentum so OT was a viable option. However, Duke was the better (higher ranked) team and they essentially had a home game. I'd go for three and try to win it in regulation.
For what it's worth, I would have done the same thing against MSU in East Lansing this year. I think that Michigan put the game into OT by making a two pointer on their final possession (about :20 to go). On the road, without LaVert, I'd be trying to hit a three pointer to take the lead before Sparty's final possession.
|27 weeks 4 days ago||Jack Conklin||
Jack Conklin was unranked before going to MSU. He was 2nd team All B1G at OT this season as a redshirt sophomore. Rankings aren't everything.
|29 weeks 2 days ago||Don't Think That ESPN Would Have Asked Hoke||
Harbaugh is probably a Top 5 "name" in college football (even though he's been out of the game for four years). Hoke was never really near that level.
|29 weeks 5 days ago||Harbaugh At Game||
I heard somebody on TV (Tirico?) mention that Harbaugh was talking to Ozzie Newsome today. Ozzie is the GM of the Ravens and an NFL Hall of Famer (Tight End). That's got to have some recruiting influence if your college coach is friends with NFL GM's, right? I hope that Chris Clark was watching the game. I predict that he'll be back on board this week.
|29 weeks 6 days ago||Not A Graduate Transfer||
Isaac was not a Graduate Transfer. He just transferred and had to sit out a season. That wouldn't apply for a graduate who would be eligible this fall.
|30 weeks 1 day ago||Offensive Line||
I'm very optimistic (maybe overly) regarding the O-Line next year. They seemed to get better this year and the rushing game was a bright spot at times. The top 6 linemen from 2014 return and that's before we're start looking at the 2013 class......all 4* or better via Scout (Samuelson, Bosch, Dawson, LTT, Fox and Kugler). Lots of depth. Lots of competition.
Michigan also has three Top 11 RB's from 2013 (Green, Smith and Isaac) who provide a combination of youth and experience (all have played extensively....all have at least two years of eligibility remaining).
The defensive returns just about everybody. Yes, Clark and JMFR were the two best defensive players but there's enought depth to fill those voids.
I've already bet a buddy that Michigan will finish with a better B1G record than MSU in 2015. That's partly because I believe in Harbaugh and partly because MSU magic can't last forever.
I think that Michigan might stumble in a couple of early games but goes 6-2 (at worst) in the B1G with at least one win over MSU or OSU. 8-4 is the floor. 11-1 is the ceiling.
Let Harbaugh begin!
|30 weeks 1 day ago||Heisman Runner-up||
Long was the Heisman runner-up in 1985. He also QB'd the Iowa team that gave Michigan its only loss that year. I wouldn't say that Long sucked.
|30 weeks 3 days ago||Beat Ohio!||
I don't mind the use of "Ohio". Maybe not for JH, but I think that's it's good for the fan base. The "beat Ohio" chant at the 2011 game was awesome.
BBQ at The Big House is a great event and I hope that it stays.
I'm OK if JH brings back the helmet stickers but I don't think that he will.
People will probably disagree with this but I hope that the OSU and MSU clocks come down. I think that the OSU game speaks for itself (the importance will NOT be lost under JH) and the clocks seem to be a little obsessive (at least I view MSU and OSU as obsessed with Michigan). Bo used to dedicate a portion of practice each week to beating OSU. I like that.
|32 weeks 1 day ago||No.......Don't Let Her Visit In December!||
I'm a little concerned about a December house hunting trip. That might not leave the best impression on a Northern California girl.
20 minutes north of Ann Arbor sounds like Brighton (where I grew up). It seems a little hard to believe that he'd live that far away. All other Michigan coaches (going back to Bo) have been in Ann Arbor/Saline.
|32 weeks 3 days ago||Wondering The Same Thing||
Is LT Cole's natural (or previously projected) position? Is there a reasonable scenario where we see him move inside and be more of a "grinder"?
At some point, we should see progress by the others who were projected at tackle (Mags, LTT, Fox....) and I think that it's entirely possible that we see Cole move. Either way, I'd expect to see him on the field next year.
|33 weeks 5 days ago||It's a rule now....||
.....but always subject to change.
I live in Jacksonville and the Director of the Gator Bowl has a radio segment every week. He's convinced the we'll move to four 16 team Power Conferences very soon (maybe within two years). He expects a merger of the ACC and Big 12. Not sure what would happen to the "leftovers".