"He's a hard worker, and he watched me and Tim (Hardaway Jr.) and Nik (Stauksas) put work in to become (first-round picks), and I'm just happy he's getting better," Burke said. "It's great for the program, too. It shows what type of program the University of Michigan is and the direction it continues to go in."
|5 hours 6 min ago||I used to do a trip to||
I used to do a trip to Colorado every year. We'd climb a few 14ers, mountain bike, fish, and hang out with people we met at the hostel. Leadville Hostel is at the intersection of several crazy endurance events and backpacking thru-hikes like Leadville 100, Colorado Trail and Continental Divide Trail, etc, so there was no shortage of interesting folks staying there every year.
|17 hours 7 min ago||Insanity is doing the same||
Insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting different results.
|1 day 2 hours ago||I think VanGarderen just had||
I think VanGarderen just had the classic bad day after a rest day. Valverde's team pushed the pace hard to see if they could catch someone not feeling good and they did. Once Bardet got dropped too, it was full gas all the way to the finish for Pinot, Peraud, and Valverde looking to gain as much time as possible. If you look at the guys TJVG finished with it's pretty clear he wasn't really himself today. He easily dropped the likes of Van Den Brock and Rolland before, but couldn't even keep up with them today. Hopefully, it's just one bad day and not a sign of a bigger problem or illness.
|1 day 11 hours ago||Just to play devil's||
Just to play devil's advocate, there's a fine line between maintaining tradition and being left behind. The blue hairs and alums love the traditional college football atmosphere of their youth, but the younger generation (including recruits) may leave the same experience underwhelmed. Now, Dave Brandon may be pretty tone-deaf in some of his moves, sure, but it's hard to argue that just continuing to do the same thing because that's what makes us different is a viable long term strategy in and of itself. We, as fans, need to give constant feed back on what works (UTL) and what doesn't (Bumblebeez unis), but IMO ludditism isn't the right answer either.
|1 day 11 hours ago||Yeah, the winner being||
Yeah, the winner being decided isn't that big of a deal. The nice thing about cycling is there's always lots of prizes up for grabs and therefore multiple interesting side battles going on. The KOM jersey and Young Riders jersey competitions are still hotly contested. There's quite a logjam of riders trying to break into the podium spots right now, including three french riders for the first time in forever. The last two flat stages should have really exciting finishes. The top American VanGarderen seems to have lost his podium spot, but it'll be an interesting fight back into the top 5. Still lots and lots of rooting interests and catalysts for attacks and tactics to animate the race.
|1 day 13 hours ago||Thanks! Yeah, I'll probably||
Thanks! Yeah, I'll probably do one more recap. Not sure if I'll do a stage by stage wrap up or just a complete recap of the whole race.
|5 days 12 hours ago||Levert looks like he skipped||
Levert looks like he skipped leg day though. Still, can't believe the transformation, even from last year, let alone his freshmen year.
|5 days 12 hours ago||I sort of do the same thing.||
I sort of do the same thing. I'll watch the opening segments while I get ready for work. They usually cover overnight developments, any post race inteviews from the day before, pre stage interviews from the current stage, etc... and also give the lay of the land as far as breakaways, time gaps, etc. Then I'll follow the live feeds until the either the last 15km for a flat stage, or the last climb in a mountain stage. When I get home (and occasionally during my lunch break) I'll fast forward through most of the stage, looking for the interesting bits I know happened from the live feed ticker, along with any other interesting segments and interviews. Then watch the last bit where I left off in the live feed normally. It's about 1-2 hours worth of entertainment which is about perfect, you get all the best parts without having to invest your entire evening and being innundated by the same commercials over and over.
|5 days 16 hours ago||Mike Leach... if only for||
Mike Leach... if only for this
|6 days 10 hours ago||There have been half a dozen||
There have been half a dozen Ukrainian military planes shot down over the last weeks. While it's possible it was all done with the same captured battery, it's more likely this is a more concerted effort to arm rebels by Russia. Also, there's the matter of where they learned to operate the weapons. It's not like these are RPGs, they're state of the art radar equipped AA stations, I doubt your average angry local separatist can just figure out how to operate these without some training.
|6 days 11 hours ago||I would assume they "got a||
I would assume they "got a hold of" it like they got a hold of a lot of their weapons and gear... i.e. they were supplied by Russia to forment unrest.
|6 days 13 hours ago||I can't wait for the great||
I can't wait for The Great MGoPurge of 2014....
|6 days 16 hours ago||There's a big difference||
There's a big difference between calling guys out by name and saying the team didn't execute. Read, the article... Meyer is saying the coaches are publicly blaming individual players by name, which couldn't be farther from the truth.
Would I liked to see Borges take more responsibility for whacky schemes? Absolutely, but that doesn't mean that the players also didn't execute the plan they were given either. That's completely fair game to say "we didn't execute" and it's something that every coach has said at one point or another.
|6 days 16 hours ago||circle of trust?||
circle of trust?
|6 days 17 hours ago||Also, who's more likely to||
Also, who's more likely to throw their players under the bus? the guy that spends most of his recruiting pitch talking shit about someone else, or the guy that focuses on their own positives?
|6 days 17 hours ago||Urban Meyer's recruiting||
Urban Meyer's recruiting style gets the kind of player that recruiting style gets. Hoke's recruiting style gets the kind of player that recruiting style gets. And I'm OK with that.
|1 week 12 hours ago||* And the Tour de||
* And the Tour de France
Yeah, I know what you're thinking... why do I want to watch a bunch of lycra clad dudes ride around on bikes? It's seriously a very compelling sporting event filled with human drama and surprises though, even if you haven't ridden a bike since you were a kid. And the timing is perfect... it nicely fills in the summer doldrums between when hockey/basketball end, and when football camps/preseason starts back up.
|1 week 1 day ago||How I feel about fireworks,||
How I feel about fireworks, the WOW experience, uniformz, etc
|1 week 5 days ago||I don't know if you can ever||
I don't know if you can ever say it's 100% clean, but I think we can say pretty confidently the systemic doping of the LA era is long gone. Testing protocols are much better and more consistent and thorough. In addition to testing for banned substances they also track key biological markers/parameters so even if the athlete manages to mask the substance, any anomalous deviations from an established historical baseline can also get them into trouble. The risk of getting caught has gone way up and conversely, because it is actually possible to win and be clean again, the motivation to dope has also gone down somewhat.
|1 week 5 days ago||Watching the live feed of the||
Watching the live feed of the TdF until the final climb, then going home at lunch to catch the finish from my DVR. *sigh* Work is slow as shit this week.
|1 week 6 days ago||Leave the click bait titles||
Leave the click bait titles to the pros at Bleacher Report
|2 weeks 4 hours ago||(No subject)||
|2 weeks 9 hours ago||2013 Ritchie Porte had a||
2013 Ritchie Porte had a great chance to podium, but he's been pretty spotty this year. He seems to always have one bad day in the mountains, usually the first day. Hopefully being relieved of domestique duty will save him some energy and help him avoid that this year now that he's "the guy."
|2 weeks 11 hours ago||Lieuwe Westra is a pretty||
Lieuwe Westra is a pretty strong rider. I'm not sure if he's done well in cobbles before, but he's got some good results and stage wins. He's a time trialist, which tends to carry over well to cobbles since it's more about having a lot of power and being a bigger rider that doesn't get bounced as badly.
Fuglsang is maybe a little more of a surprise, but also a somewhat larger, stronger rider.Edit, he has a mountain biking background, so at least he brings the bike handing aspect.
I think today was more about fighting to stay at the front and to not let gaps develop. It seemed like most teams managed to stay together until the very end, but many had to wait for their GC men who for one reason or another fell behind a gap.
|2 weeks 11 hours ago||Contador looked great in the||
Contador looked great in the Dauphine though. Even when he wasn't at his best last year, he was right there before getting dropped on the last couple climbs. I'm not going to take a guess at whether PEDs were responsible for his past wins, but he is still just a naturally gifted climber and can still put in a good TT. Getting dropped in the last 5km today wasn't a good sign and his team has looked terrible, but I think his tour campaign won't start in earnest until we get to Stage 10.
|2 weeks 12 hours ago||They did 100 miles in 3:18,||
They did 100 miles in 3:18, at a average of ~29mph, despite the rain and cobbles. That's insane, faster than they rode the last couple flat stages. Some mega risks were taken trying to get positioning for the cobbles, which led to all the carnage in the corners.
Absolutely amazing ride for Astana and Nibali. They definitely seem like the strongest team right now. Even with several riders going down in crashes, they still managed to keep a guy or two with Nibali until the end.
Nibali has done absolutely nothing all year, but his track record says if he's found his form just in time for the tour, he can be very dangerous. I still think Contador is the guy to beat now that Froome is out, but he lost two and a half minutes today and his team has looked in total disarray thus far. It should be an epic battle in the mountains and will probably come down to the final TT on stage 21.
Lars Boom had a great ride too, kept at the front and stayed out of trouble before finding a natural alliance with the Astana boys (Astana wanted time, Boom wanted the stage) to work together with to gap Sagan and Cancellara off.
American Andrew Talansky had a decent day, staying out of trouble for the most part and gaining time on a lot of rivals, although losing some time to others. If not for a moment of inattention and a crash on a corner on the cobbles, he would have been right at the front to the end I think. Still, he's in great position for a top 5.
As much as it pains me to see a Tour favorite crash out and some of the other carnage out on the road today, I have to say, that stage is an instant classic.
|2 weeks 12 hours ago||I think Wiggo should have||
I think Wiggo should have been there just as an extra helper for Froome. Realistically though for SKY, once Froome went out, I really don't think having WIggins makes that much difference for them as another GC option. The went from pole position to hoping for a top 10 or top 5 either way.
|2 weeks 12 hours ago||The thing is winning grand||
The thing is winning grand tours have become so formulaic. You need a great climber that can do a decent TT. Other than that, they just sit behind their teammates snug as a bug for 90% of the tour.
The cobbles throw that script out the window. How often do you seen GC guys dirtied and isolated prying open gaps on their own over their rivals individually at the end of a flat stage? Cobbles do introduce an element of luck, but it also forces GC guys bring more to the table than just amazing power:weight ratio and a TT position tuned with hours and hours in a wind tunnel. They now have to be strong, tough riders that can handle a bike and think on their feet.
Also, the story of the day wasn't so much the cobbles as the weather. GC guys getting knocked out on wet roads is nothing new.
|2 weeks 12 hours ago||"Wider" is relative though.||
"Wider" is relative though. Guys are going away from the 21mm and going the other way to 25mm but you generally won't see anything above that on normal stages. For the cobbles, they'll go up to ~30mm max, but still mostly in the 28mm range. The lower pressures and wider tires tend to "squirm" a little bit more in turns and may have contributed to some of the crashing in the corners
|2 weeks 12 hours ago||If you want to avoid||
If you want to avoid spoilers, the thread discussing the current stage is probably the first place to not click on.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Re: TdF Selfies and Amatuer Photographers||
|2 weeks 1 day ago||The thing is Borges seemed to||
The thing is Borges seemed to have the handcuffs on completely for Denard and only gave Devin a very short leash (run left vs run right). I'd love to see us get out of some of the obvious disadvantageious situations for once (or taking advantage of the beneficial situations). If Nuss can teach Devin how to do that in one offseason, I'm all for it, but if not I'd love to see him screaming in plays from the sidelines, even if it's not really part of the system necessarily.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Defense: Willie Henry is||
Willie Henry is going to be a beast. He almost doesn't qualify since he was pretty good last year, but I think he'll step it up again.
Taco Charlton is just too athletic to keep off the field. After a year to learn system and earn the trust of the coaches, I think he'll see much more time... hopefully a big part of that being a terror in the backfield
Jourdan Lewis likely be a starter in nickel package and has a chance to supplant one of the upperclassmen as a full time corner. I really liked the aggression he showed in the Spring Game in disrupting routes, something that's been missing the last couple years.
Patrick Kugler will be a huge key to the OL if he can win the center starting job. That frees up Graham Glasgow to fill in elsewhere on the line. We'll be in a lot better place depth wise and based on what I saw in Spring, I think he's got a good shot at winning the job
Derrick Green finally showed some shimmy to compliment his bowling ball running style. I think an improved line and better conditioning will allow him to take a huge step up. Deveon Smith also looked good in the Spring Game, so I'm hopeful we'll have a two headed monster here.
Freddy Cateen is riding a wave of hype already, and I think he will have a big impact, but my darkhorse out of the WR corp is Amara Darboh. I think he has the size and speed to be a big weapon opposite Funchess. It's a little concerning he was still held out of spring since his foot injury didn't initially sound that serious, but assuming he's healthy, I think he's got a good chance to reclaim the hype he was carrying out of Fall camp last year.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Phil is getting on a bit in||
Phil is getting on a bit in years and they seem to be offloading some of the commentating to the Bobkie led staff for parts of the race to give Paul and Phil a break.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I wonder if this means we'll||
I wonder if this means we'll "audible" from the sidelines after getting up to the LOS and seeing how defenses line up.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||The American announcing team||
The American announcing team is terrible though, with the exception of Bobkie. Christian Vandevelde has a chance to be ok with some practice, but struggles to get a complete sentence out right now. The "anchor" guy they have with them in the studio (name escapes me at the moment) is a huge douche that knows nothing about cycling. If they're going for a layman's perspective, they've definitely succeeded. The whole "Inside the Race" with Steve Perrino bit is so forced and unnecessary. I guess the post race interviewers (Steve Schlanger and Carolyn Manno) are pretty good. I'm really dreading the day when Phil and/or Paul retire, which is sadly probably sooner rather than later.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Should be a good tour this||
Should be a good tour this year for the GC (I agree some of the previous years turned out pretty boring). Contador and Froome will be going toe to toe and there are a lot of guys just a step down that will battle hard for a podium spot and may even take a shot at the top spot if either of the top guys falter. 5 uphill finishes and a lone, grueling TT on the last day should make for a very interesting final 2 weeks.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||In the Malzone vine, I like||
In the Malzone vine, I like how the tall guy standing in the middle's only job is to be tall and stand in the way of the throw.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Nice to see Jens come out on||
Nice to see Jens come out on stage one and announce he's still riding strong by taking the mountains jersey with his signature lone breakaway. He did an interview yesterday where he said Tommy Vockler and he were making fun of the other two in the early breakaway with him for not seeing it coming. Brilliant move by opening his attack at the intermediate sprint. By the time the other two realized he wasn't just going for the sprint, it was already too late.
Sad to see Cav crash out in his mom's home town, but really he's got no one to blame but himself. That was a totally hare brained move on his part, and unnecessary too. I was hoping he'd stay in the race, but that fall looked really bad. I'm glad Gerrans wasn't seriously hurt though.
Stage 2 looked absolutely insane with 9(!) categorized climbs and probably another dozen smaller uncategorized climbs. I was really pulling for Sagan to win it, it's pretty amazing to see a "sprinter" keep up with the best climbers in the world over that last climb (for reference other sprinters like Kittel and Griepel came in 20minutes behind). Too bad none of his teammates were able to make it over together with him. In the end he had to shut down attacks singlehandedly for 4k, and in the end Nibali's attack finally stuck. Still, getting the green jersey is a pretty good consolation prize.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Read Public Ivy's posts||
Read Public Ivy's posts history. Monocle Smile is spot on, if a bit abrasive.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||By "true blue" do you mean||
By "true blue" do you mean people like yourself? Because if so, good fucking riddance.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Credit Jeff Jones too. He||
Credit Jeff Jones too. He seems pretty good at identifying problems and making the right tweaks to get guys back to being at least serviceable quickly.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Yeah, I feel the same way.||
Yeah, I feel the same way. You can't really say it was the wrong call since he won the Giro, and has a solid shot at the Vuelta as well, but this Tour course seems tailor made for him. He may not be quite ready to win but man, he would be a huge catalyst in the mountains and really animate the race. He seems like that guy that comes in with no fucks to give and blows up everyone's best laid plans to smithereens.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Have you heard of this||
Have you heard of this Japanese phenom, Hishutsi, the Red Wings just signed? Apparently he's a hell of a goal scorer.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Unfortunately yes, which is||
Unfortunately yes, which is ridiculous. They'll have to stuff a 5lb weight in the seat tube (or some combination of weights and gadgets).
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I think Talansky can pull a||
I think Talansky can pull a top 10, maybe even top 5. As well as he did in the Dalphine, even he admitted the TdF is a different kind of race. He likely would not get the leash to pull off a move like that again in the Tour.
No prologue time trial is going to make the opening sprint very interesting. The yellow jersey may be a bit of a mixed blessing as that team may end up with too much pressure and responsibilities to have enough left for a lead out at the end in the subsequent stages.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Tour de France, starts||
Tour de France, starts Saturday.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Beer and BBQ on Friday,||
Beer and BBQ on Friday, followed by watching the Tour de France Saturday and Sunday. Just offset the unAmericaness of watching a French cycling event on 4th of July weekend, I will likely find some time to light off fireworks and shoot some guns as well. 'Murica, fuck yeah!
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Edit : ignore||
Nothing see here
|3 weeks 10 hours ago||That's one way of looking at||
That's one way of looking at it. The other is RR's best year is worse than Hoke's worst.
|3 weeks 10 hours ago||The Nebraska fanbase suffers||
The Nebraska fanbase suffers from delusions of grandeur and holdover expections from glory days past perhaps more than even we do, maybe even more than ND.
|3 weeks 10 hours ago||I don't think Countess lost a||
I don't think Countess lost a step as much as the novelty and shock of having a DB running with a WR instead of away from him has worn off.
|3 weeks 10 hours ago||Plus getting rained on by||
Plus getting rained on by spittle from a purple faced leprechaun probably gets old pretty quick too.
|3 weeks 10 hours ago||"There is a 100 more||
"There is a 100 more qualified coaches in America than Brady Hoke"
Implying Hoke is the literally the worst coach in Div 1A football, and that's assuming Michigan can convince any coach to leave their gig and come work for Michigan....
I'm going to go ahead and disagree with you on that one.
|3 weeks 10 hours ago||"That should be a lineup that||
"That should be a lineup that is at least competent"
I agree with that statement, but I suspect we will differ on how we define competent. I expect less negative plays and the free for all on hits to our QB to normalize. I don't expect we'll be a 4+YPC team. We'll probably be middling in rushing, TFL, and sacks department... that to me is competence.
Looking at our schedule, I just don't see how a "competent" OL is good enough to do 10+ games like many have called for, not unless we are bordering elite just about everywhere else.
|3 weeks 11 hours ago||That's just it though, some||
That's just it though, some people still have the same expectations as they had 20 years ago (or worse, 15 years ago right after the NC). It's like the Carr dulldrums of the 2000's, the RichRod experiment, and the susequent recruiting fall out after that never happened. It doesn't make any sense to hold Hoke to the same standard that was Michigan football at it's prime just because we want it to be. Maybe in 2015 and beyond, after the ripple effects of the transition have passed through, it might make sense to have those expectations again. I'm afraid we'll never get a chance to see that though if we pull the eject lever too soon.
|3 weeks 11 hours ago||Bolden, Pipkins, Glasgow,||
Bolden, Pipkins, Glasgow, Butt, Lewan, Henry, Beyer, Dileo, Clark... at least with respect to their potential per recruiting rankings/offers. You can probably lump Campbell and most of the 2011 defense into the list if you consider how much of a year to year turn around they had under Hoke and Co.
|3 weeks 11 hours ago||Fair enough. You have your||
Fair enough. You have your vote, I have mine.
|3 weeks 11 hours ago||"it's win now or bust"Why?||
"it's win now or bust"
Why? That's a complete arbitrary and self imposed limitation. Why "pull the ripcord" and dig another hole if we can all just be patient and relax for an extra season or two? What's the big rush? What mythical program savior do you think is chomping at the bit to walk through that door if we could just kick out the guy we have to make room for him? Shouldn't we let our current knight in shining armor OC have a decent chance turn things around before we write him off?
|3 weeks 11 hours ago||For OL it is. Glasgow will be||
For OL it is. Glasgow will be the only guy with a season's worth of starts, most of the guys have anywhere from 3-6 under their belts. RT will likely be manned by someone completely new. It's not quite as dire as last year, but we trade a complete lack of experience on the inside for a distributed, slightly less severe, lack of experience along the whole line. I expect improvement, but expecting these guys to do a 180 in one year is fairly unrealistic, especially considering a new blocking scheme with the new OC.
|3 weeks 11 hours ago||I negged because the horse is||
I negged because the horse is dead, a puddle of puree in fact. Until the season starts and we actually see if there's improvement or not, another thread filled with idle speculation and arbitrary win-lose ultimatums is a waste of time.
|3 weeks 11 hours ago||Yeah, that's the "close to"||
Yeah, that's the "close to" part. I think guys like Pipkins and Henry have the ability and potential to be the guys, they just need to show it.
|3 weeks 11 hours ago||Edge rushing doesn't exist in||
Edge rushing doesn't exist in a vacuum. You need interior guys to get push so the QB can't simply step up in the pocket while the OTs kick the edge guys upfield. You need defensive backs that can disrupt routes and hold coverage so the QB can't just dump off the ball if he feels pressure.
I think we'll get a step up in both depts, and with the shift to Over, I think we'll have some better sack numbers this year.
|3 weeks 11 hours ago||I agree he needs to show||
I agree he needs to show improvement. The trouble is a lot of people seem to think improvement is living up to some idealistic notion of a This Is Michigan record of 10+ wins. Nevermind that we have real issues to deal with, never mind that our rivals are at their peaks right now (ugh), nevermind that Michigan hasn't exactly lived up to that ideal for a long time before Hoke showed up.... no, to those people, all these are just "excuses" and nothing short of what personally satisfies them will be good enough for Hoke to keep his job.
|3 weeks 11 hours ago||No excuses? None at all? Not||
No excuses? None at all? Not even the would be RS senior recruiting class evaporating into thin air or the would be senior recruiting class being a mad scramble hodgepodge thanks to The Process (which, by the way, is also at about 50% attrition)?
|3 weeks 12 hours ago||Agreed. Defense tends to be a||
Agreed. Defense tends to be a weakest link situation and a little improvement in a few areas of weakness can really make a big difference as guys that were doing their jobs last year but not seeing great production will start making plays because teams can't just go away from them anymore. I'm cautiously optimistic that the defense will be good enough to steal a couple games for us if the offense is just competent. The coaches on the defensive side showed they can put together a great product if they have the right pieces in 2011, and they finally getting close to having the right pieces again.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Just got done watching the||
Just got done watching the game on delay. Man what a finish! Everytime Doolittle tucks his glove under his chin I just want to slap the shit out his fruity hipster face. Glad Davis and company was able to hit him where it hurts for us all.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Officially Li$censed Crocs||
Officially Li$censed Crocs
|3 weeks 4 days ago||His first full class were SO||
His first full class were SO and RS FR last year. Even if he was the best talent developer in the history of football, they still wouldn't be enough to make up for the disasterous 2010 class, who should be the heart of our team right now. It's not that people that support Hoke think the last two years have been sunshine and rainbows, it hasn't. It's just that we feel people need to be realistic about the time it takes to turn a program around, especially when we're climbing out of a crater as deep the one we were in when Hoke got here.
Also, I don't think people give Hoke and Co enough credit for developing players and tend to cherry pick the worst "busts" and ignore guys like Funchess, Ryan, Countess, Butt, etc. We had basically one position group, OL, underperform their expectations... if you can even call it that given their experience and age. Unfortunately, that was a fatal weakness the last couple years.
Finally, our OC wasn't exactly very good at scheming around weaknesses, so it's probably wise to give the new guy a couple seasons to full install his system and see if we can get a Mattisonesque turn around in the offense.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Hockey has probably the||
Hockey has probably the easiest path to a NC.
POY probably is most likely from basketball
|3 weeks 4 days ago||You're not being downvoted||
You're not being downvoted for being wrong, you're being downvoted for being a douche canoe.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Peppers looks shorter because||
Peppers looks shorter because of perspective since he's farther back. Also, as others have pointed out, he's also barefoot. Being as highly scrutinized and scouted as he was, I'd be surprised if his reported height is significantly off.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||They didn't call it the group||
They didn't call it the group of death for no reason. Lots of tough close games and beating up on each other throughout.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Great to see the competitive||
Great to see the competitive integrity shown by playing hard to the end even when it didn't really matter anymore. We almost squeaked out the tying goal there at the end, twice!
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Renaldo.. to be specific||
Ronaldo.. to be specific
|4 weeks 1 day ago||They need to nickname this||
They need to nickname this guy La Chupacabra.
First time's a mistake, second is a coincidence, third is a pattern.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||"Throw in another card for||
"Throw in another card for diving too"
A pink card
|4 weeks 2 days ago||His mannerisms are a perfect||
His mannerisms are a perfect fit for his on field route running. Crisp, quick, smooth, with just a hint of mischief. I have a feeling he's going to quickly become a fan favorite.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Silver lining, not blessing in disguise||
I believe the idiom you are looking for is "silver lining."
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Exactly, I'm sure "fastest||
Exactly, I'm sure "fastest guy on the team" is a title athletes tend to take pretty seriously and the guy that holds it probably gets challenged to race all the time.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Everyone is missing the||
Everyone is missing the point.
4.33 doesn't matter, hand timed doesn't matter.
The fact that he's faster than everyone else on the team despite 6'4 235lbs is the point. In other words, he is a match-up nightmare for defensive backs and linebackers alike.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Being fast and big isn't||
Being fast and big isn't everything either, Funchess dropped a bunch of really important passes.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||If Peppers works himself into||
If Peppers works himself into a role on offense or special teams, changing numbers is easy. That would be the absolute last thing stopping him from getting on the field.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Punting's worse as far as||
Punting's worse as far as becoming less and less important with the advent of the spread punt coverage. You get fair catches most of the time and when you don't the returner gets swarmed right away.
Kicking off from closer didn't seem to have as much impact in college as in the NFL. Most teams seemed like they were kicking with more loft to get better coverage vs trying to knock it out of the back of the endzone every time since the opposing team gets it on the 25 now.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Commits come in||
Commits come in pairs...
Remember that the next time you unbuckle after one.
|5 weeks 11 hours ago||(No subject)||
|5 weeks 14 hours ago||It accurately answers the||
It accurately answers the question "How did we lose." That one fumble literally cost us the game.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||A talented player going to a||
A talented player going to a team on the schedule is never a good thing.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||You're violating the first two rules of MGoBlog||
Rule #1: Dave Brandon is wrong.
Rule #2: See Rule #1
|5 weeks 2 days ago||One bad decision doesn't||
One bad decision doesn't define a person.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||The coaches only have so many||
The coaches only have so many hours to interact with the players, per NCAA rules. So much of the teaching and preparation is led by the captains and other upperclassmen players. This is especially true during the summer and offseason. A lack of leadership could mean the team isn't working as hard in S&C, or the young guys aren't being taught the things they need to transition to college football, or they aren't watching film on their opponents, or they aren't getting it done academically, etc. When Hoke says "this is the Seniors' team," it's not just coach speak. They really are the ones that have the biggest role in shaping the team's identity.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||It's chicken and egg. It's||
It's chicken and egg. It's easy to be positive when things are going well, just about anyone can be a good leader when the situation is easy. All you have to do is not rock the boat. When things start going south, that's when bad leaders start showing their lack of leadership skills, which manifests in things like yelling at other people, embarrassing teammates, playing the blame game, etc.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||#2 isn't just Woodson, it's||
#2 isn't just Woodson, it's the best defensive back, similar to #1 for the receivers.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||I like that he isn't going in||
I like that he isn't going in expecting his HS dominance to just carry over. He seems to understand that he won't be 5* super recruit Jabrill Peppers anymore when he gets to campus, he'll be just another Freshman (ok, maybe not just another, but a Freshman nonetheless). I like that he realizes how hard he has to continue to work to still make the next step and that he's hardly accomplished anything yet. There's really no guarantee he'll live up to the hype, but that kind of attitude and maturity is a big step towards avoiding a let down as he starts his Michigan career.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||I think his stamina is going||
I think his stamina is going downhill fast, I think it really starts from there. It seems like he's alternating between trying to take a little bit off pitches to be economical and, like last night, pitching hard but running out of steam early (He actually pitched a decent game up until the 6th). His mechanics kinda seem out of sync too, maybe that's a result of pitching at different intensities all the time. A lot of pitches were obvious balls before they even left his hand because of how off balance he was, his body seemed to be ahead of his arm and vice versa a lot. He also doesn't seem to have his full repertoire of pitches to keep people off balance.
|6 weeks 10 hours ago||Ben Bredeson comes in at #14||
Ben Bredeson comes in at #14 too, he'd be a very big get.
|6 weeks 11 hours ago||If the football and history||
If the football and history thing doesn't work out, he's got a future in PR coaching for sure. Very impressive statement, from someone of any age, let alone a HS Junior.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||I'm coming around to the idea||
I'm coming around to the idea of Isaac not getting the waiver. A year's seperation is good, but I have a feeling whoever wins the starting job out of those three guys is going to have the NFL pullng them away before they run out of eligibility.
I also think Isaac brings something different to the table (namely a receiving threat out of the backfield) that could be very useful this year, even if he doesn't earn the starting RB spot. If we can't get an elite RB in the '15 or '16 class, we're in trouble anyway.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Fun, until you get to 2010.||
Fun, until you get to 2010.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||The thing that's most||
The thing that's most tantalizing to me is how naturally he catches the ball. He catches the pass with soft hands away from his body and pivots effortlessly to turn and run downfield. If he doesn't win the starting spot for whatever reason, he'll still have a big role as catching passes, either as a slot or H back.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Less likely? Sure. Punching||
Less likely? Sure. Punching someone in the face is still pretty damn risky though, especially for someone of Lewan's size and strength. I mean, the Phillip Nelson victim was likely going to be hurt pretty bad just from hitting the pavement after the initial punch, according to witnesses.
I do take your point that punching someone (allegedly) that was fighting your brother is less despicable than kicking someone that's down.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Apparently he ran 4.36 at the||
Apparently he ran 4.36 at the Army AA game, but not sure how it was timed.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Seems like Kevin Grady is the||
Seems like Kevin Grady is the only true bust on that list and even then there were extenuating circumstances (Mike Hart blowing up, injury, and off field alcohol issues).
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Same here. They really need||
Same here. They really need to speed up the process to get into your section and to your seats. The lines out there are ridiculous. I bring this up most times when the issue of empty seats comes up and usually get met with a chorus of "you should show up earlier." Yeah, that's true, but you can't complain about the erosion of the Michigan Stadium Experience and give the logisitcs people a total pass for what's become a big game day headache in some sections.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Also, I feel conflicted by||
Also, I feel conflicted by the Lewan thing. On one hand, it seems much ado about nothing and the sort of thing that happens regularly on a college campus as Brian says. On the other hand, Phillip Nelson. I want to say these are different, but all I can really come up with fundamentally is the difference really came down to luck that the other guy got seriously hurt and the ohio fan didn't.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||I don't get it, if being able||
I don't get it, if being able to sit next to your friends is top priority, isn't general admission a good thing then? There seems to be a healthy dose of have your cake and eat it too where students want to have both guaranteed good seats and the flexibility to show up whenever and sit next to whomever.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Who cares, it's not like he||
Who cares, it's not like he smoked weed or something
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Dude, one word:||
Dude, one word: Freshman
Patience, sometimes it takes a little time for guys to break through at the next level.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Glasgow is fine at center. I||
Glasgow is fine at center. I liked what I saw from Kugler for the most part during the Spring Game too. Kalis and Bosch seem to have locked up the Guard spots so it's not like Glasgow's needed there like he was last year. RT is the place that scares me. Braden is the obvious choice here, and I thought he looked decent in the Spring Game as well, but the way the coaches seem to see him (i.e. the inexplicable disappearance after last year's fall camp, constantly trying different people other than him out at RT) makes me a little leery that he might not be the most consistent player. Depth all around is razor thin right now, I didn't really like much of what I saw from the back up options at all.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||These are great. Brian should||
These are great. Brian should pay you for these to go into HTTV.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Didn't Green run a sub 4.4,||
Didn't Green run a sub 4.4, laser timed 40? That's pretty good breakaway speed there.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||I liked what I saw in the||
I liked what I saw in the Spring Game, I know others will disagree. It seemed like there was a heavy shift in focus from releasing to second level players to blocking the DLine first and foremost. That resulted in a lot of short gains as LBs came free to meet the RB in the hole, but they were much much better about not giving up losses and zero gain plays. I think that's the right approach when you have bruising backs like we do. Give the guy the ball and have him truck the LB and fall forward.
Add in a whole summer and fall camp for Nuss to install more elements in his offense, more time for the OL to get stronger from a S&C standpoint and gel as a unit, and actual play-calls with wrinkles in them instead of the vanilla stuff for the Spring Game and I think we could see a unit capable of picking up 3 yards consistently with a few long ones sprinkled in. That may not be all that flashy, but it'll have an incredible effect in wearing down defenses and keeping the pressure of off Devin and the passing game.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||A bird in hand.....||
A bird in hand.....
|7 weeks 4 hours ago||I don't see how any of this||
I don't see how any of this is A) new and B) reflects badly on Lewan.
It's a he said she said thing whether he punched the guy or not, the police statements and surveillance footage are both inconclusive. It's clear he didn't start the fight and was coming to the aid of his brother (who probably comes off looking the wost out of anyone).
Also, a falling-down-drunk ohio fan with a megaphone taunting UM fans after a game? Let's just say I don't really feel too bad about him making a trip to the hospital.
|7 weeks 9 hours ago||I've known quite a few high||
I've known quite a few high functioning drunks in my time. You'd be surprised how well some people can hold it together up to a point.
|7 weeks 12 hours ago||Just to play devil's||
Just to play devil's advocate, maybe she didn't know how drunk he was when getting into the car with him. All the other stuff isn't the exactly flattering, but being a captain/leader doesn't necessarily mean studying in the dorms on Saturday nights.
|7 weeks 12 hours ago||Keep in mind it's a college||
Keep in mind it's a college town. Assuming he wasn't driving visibly drunk and swerving, I don't think any of that is particularly abnormal. Dumb, yes... unsafe, yes.... unusual, no.
|7 weeks 14 hours ago||This "committed" thing is||
This "committed" thing is getting more and more laughable by the day
|7 weeks 15 hours ago||I wouldn't say Isaac is the||
I wouldn't say Isaac is the same type of back as Green or Smith at all. To me, he seems like a guy that you'd like to get out in space vs running between the tackles (although he can certainly do that). There was even some talk about him playing receiver in college IIRC, so I think he'd make a great threat to catch passes out of the backfield or even split out to the slot.
|7 weeks 15 hours ago||(No subject)||
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Yes, and beyond that I think||
Yes, and beyond that I think we were pretty good already before Pipkins went down. Pipkins getting hurt caused a collapse of the DL and the start of increasingly desperate personnel shuffles, which led to all sorts of other problems. The other problem was our secondary just wasn't very good last year. I think that'll be much improved this year with some of the promising FR from last year getting more experience.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||I was a 360 owner, switched||
I was a 360 owner, switched sides this time around. PS4 seemed the better system spec wise, focused on games instead of an all of the above approach, didn't come out of the gates with a bunch of DRM BS, seemed a better designed system in terms of size and aestetics, and I wanted to try some of the PS exclusives this time around.
If you end up going XBOne, at least wait until the version without Kinect comes out and save yourself $100 bucks.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Assuming this is true, I have||
Assuming this is true, I have no problem with him pointing out that we're 7-5 or whatever troubles we had on the field. For him to question the Michigan coaches' trust in the players is completely out of line though. He has no fucking clue what goes on inside our lockerroom and he should really keep his fucking mouth shut about it.
|8 weeks 11 hours ago||Not according to the rules,||
Not according to the rules, no. There's always an outside chance at a case by case appeal, but I doubt it.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Football Over (9 wins) Under||
Over (9 wins)
Under (Think it'll be split up too much)
Under (All three on the road, we'll likely be underdogs in all. I think we'll take one in a close game)
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Another vote for all mountain||
Another vote for all mountain skis. Something in the 90mm underfoot size should still be pretty good on groomers (let's face it, it's more like ice here most of the time), without totally bogging down in powder too much. The biggest advantage of fat skis is that them make 8" of powder feel bottomless, while your all mountain skis would bottom out and not give you that "floating" feeling. If you're planning out heading out in the really deep stuff, just rent for fat skis for the day.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||A little outside, no?||
A little outside, no?
|8 weeks 5 days ago||So O-Line Purgatory?||
So O-Line Purgatory?
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Great googly moogly||
Great googly moogly
|9 weeks 6 days ago||This is as good as a place to||
This is as good as a place to say this: "Don't get too caught up in the decision making process of 16-18 year olds."
|10 weeks 10 hours ago||Poor Damn Fitz Toussaint. :(||
Poor Damn Fitz Toussaint. :(
|10 weeks 17 hours ago||I'm sure most people have||
I'm sure most people have seen this by now, but the guy hits all over the strike zone (and beyond) with equal ease. It's just incredible.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Wow, I didn't realize how bad||
Wow, I didn't realize how bad the other guy was injured, or that Nelson kicked him in the head after he was already down from someone else attacking him. What a coward.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Al Borges was Harris's||
Al Borges was Harris's primary recruiter, so the OC change was definitely a big reason for his decommit, if not the primary reason.
I don't doubt that on the field performance is part of the problem, but I think people do underestimate the impact of the OC change. Yeah, Al might not have been many players' primary recruiting contact, but it's silly to think a change in OC isn't going to have a big negative on offensive recruiting until players know what kind of system the new guy is going to run and what it looks like on the field.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||My first thought when he||
My first thought when he didn't get an offer after throwing for Nuss was "Do you want a Sparty? Because that's how you get Spartys." Glad he finally got his offer and is part of the Michigan Family now.
Best of luck to the kid, may he have a healthy, productive career.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Anything Spring or Summer||
Anything Spring or Summer Term. Smaller classes, more laid back atmosphere but at the same time an accelerated syllabus, nicer weather and the eye candy that comes with it. If I had to pick one, it'd probably be an intro painting class... kind of a nice change of pace for an engineering student for sure. A close second was a math class in cryptography.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Why don't you just clip the||
Why don't you just clip the belt into the buckle behind the dog?
EDIT: Also, if you look in your manual or google, there's a series of actions you can do (usually involving locking and unlocking a certain number of times, then switching the key on and off) that disables the reminder.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Welp.....||
|10 weeks 5 days ago||The Cubs||
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Yeah, I love his show and a||
Yeah, I love his show and a lot of what WDET does. The only crappy part about Craig's show is he really likes to have Drew Sharp on quite a bit for the sports segments.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Craig Fahle said on his show||
Craig Fahle said on his show this morning that he'd do the Benny Hill theme for his, I thought that was pretty funny.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Truck drivers and mobile home||
Truck drivers and mobile home dwellers being mobile? Shocking.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Unless you're a pretentious||
Unless you're a pretentious British car company, it's "Jag-wahr"
|11 weeks 1 day ago||You do remember when we||
You do remember when we signed the 3rd highest rated player in the country like, 2 1/2 months ago, right?
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Wow, I forgot how brutal this||
Wow, I forgot how brutal this season was.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Yes there are cases of 2nd||
Yes there are cases of 2nd and 3rd year OL being good. We have had them here (Lewan being the latest example). However that's the exception, not the rule. It's one thing to say that it's possible we'll be good this year with our 2nd and 3rd year OL because so and so did it, it's quite another to say we should be good. That's like saying X millionaire didn't go to college, so going to college is a waste of time.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Morris got rid of the ball||
Morris got rid of the ball because he was spoon fed short throws and easy reads so as to not overwhelm him in his first game. Blame Borges for designing routes that took too long to develop if you must, but Gardner didn't cause many sacks by being indecisive. Given a porous OL, I would take the guy that's got enough atleticism to play WR in the NFL over a pocket passer with better than average mobility any day.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||So far, the only productive||
So far, the only productive Hoke recruit on the offensive side of the ball is Funchess.
Mostly true (Butt being the other one), but at the same time who can you say honestly say should have been productive but wasn't because of lack of development?
You have still on the team on offense:
Hayes - Positional vagabond that never really found a place to shine
Miller - Redshirted. Low ceiling guy that started out of necessity and wasn't very good.
Norfleet - Locked down KO returner job, I'd call that productive
Houma - FB, people only notice you if you screw up
Darboh - Never targeted as FR (seemly by design as he was a pretty reliable run key), Injured SO
Chesson - Redshirted, contributed as RS FR with limited productivity
AJ Williams - Valid critique here of lack of player development
Kalis, Magnuson, Bars, Braden - all redshirted and started before OL are expected to reach potential or are developmental projects.
Morris - Stuck behind entrenched starter. Played a full game in the bowl and looked good, especially for true, non early enrollee freshman
Green - Came in overweight, OL issues dampened any late season improvement (still think he improved dramatically over 2013)
Dawson, Bosch, Kugler, LTT, Fox, Samuelson, Sypniewski - either redshirted or got thrown in during the great OL panic of 2013. No reasonable expectations to contribute by this point in their careers.
Jake Butt - Was productive, especially after Funchess at TE experiment ended
Dukes - redshirted
Smith - OL issues obsure evaluation. Still wrestled starting position from senior encumbent.
Hill - Redshirted
Jones - Redshirted
York - Redshirted
Out of that whole list, you can reasonably be disappointed in maybe Green, Williams and maybe that one solid OL hasn't emerged from the bunch.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||I agree with you the OL||
I agree with you the OL looked better in the bowl game I remember talking about it at least for a little while. I disagree it had anything to do with who was at QB and everything to do with the bowl practice time and finally being able to work on one scheme for more than a few days without changing to something else.
Bosch seems to be behind the curve still as far as picking up the system and assignments (judging by the Spring Game), but it's sitll pretty early into Nuss's system for him. Cole certainly has tantalizing ability and moves like a Michigan LT should, but he lacks both the strength to stand up to bull rushes and the experience to react to things like stunts and delayed blitzs (really our entire OL has the problem). He'll be a good one in the future. Logan Tuley-Tillman falls into that category too, flashed ability but is still very raw.
I'm actually surprised how little buzz there has been about Kugler. I really thought he impressed the most out of the OL in waiting. He got overpowered at times too, but as far as picking up assignments, he seems to be more advanced than some of the guys that played last year. If he could lock up the center position, that would free up Glasgow to move to guard or even RT if needed, and that would be a huge positive.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||I agree with you, but let's||
I agree with you, but let's also not forget how completely out of his control the program had gotten at that point. He was besieged on all sides with a trail of scandal (ultimately fake or not) following him and historically bad seasons, with losses coming in embarrassing blow out fashion. There were very very few bright spots of hope to point to. In hindsight, we probably didn't think through the change and the resulting impact, but in the moment it was very hard to believe he could turn it all around. Hoke on the other hand seems to be doing everything well except for the win loss record, and even then his worst season was better than RR's best.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Jeebus, I never thought of it||
Jeebus, I never thought of it like that... but yeah, that's totally the case.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||More Hoke 2014 excuses /s||
More Hoke 2014 excuses
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Stomping your feet and||
Stomping your feet and screaming "this is Michigan" doesn't change the fact that the roster hasn't fully recovered yet. Firing someone isn't going to change that, in fact it will likely make things worse. Championship level teams don't just grow on trees, it's a 5+ year process that begins with recruiting and then developing and retaining those players so they have comfort and experience with the system and have the physical and mental strength to compete at their full potential. Hoke's classes are 2.5 years or less into that process. That's not an excuse. That's just the situation as it exists.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||I really hope 10-2 or bust||
I really hope 10-2 or bust folks keep this in mind. We are still very much climbing out of a smoldering crater. (edit to add) The class that should be the heart of this team right now just plain isn't here anymore.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Most coaches are more focused||
Most coaches are more focused on side of the ball at the expense of the other. Hoke does take it a little further than most, and that's a problem if he doesn't have a good OC. But, short of firing Hoke, we've already taken the biggest step possible to addres that problem, i.e. a new OC. In my mind, that gives him a reset of sorts on the offensive struggles, I'm at least going to see how that change affects things before I'm even going to think about firing him. Half the people here seem to already have made up their mind, short of a great season (10-2 or better) changing things. That's just delusional. In the 15 seasons since 1997, we've won 10 games or more in the regular season just 3 times (2002, 2006 and 2011) and one of them was under Hoke.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||I'm not picking on you but||
I'm not picking on you but can you please flesh out your complaints a little more instead of just not good enough? For example, back during the great Borges debate, the case for firing him was that he A) didn't adapt his system to his personnel, B) didn't adapt plays to the defense, and C) lacked a coherent system.
In the interest of fairness, I'll answer my own question.
Given our talent level based on recruiting ratings (good, although 2010 and 2011 still loom) offset against our inexperience on offense (bad), IMO, puts our expectations on par with State (worse recruiting but better maturity, both program and player), and one notch behind Ohio and ND. That gives us two likely losses and a toss up, especially given they're all on the road.. Inexperience, in particular tends to rear it's ugly head at inopportune times and it wouldn't be that difficult for a bad showing to drop one game that we should win. That puts us at a 10-2 to a 8-4 team. Obviously great coaching can steal a game or two, and bad coaching can cost us the same. But, there are many many other factors at play. If I were to pick a do or die number right now, I think 7-5 would be as high as I would go and that's pushing it. That's not to say we could go 8-4 or even 9-3 and I would automatically support Hoke. It would totally depend on how we looked in the wins and losses though.
As far as things Hoke is doing to keeping the team from playing to their potential, the biggest thing is being hands off and not a X's and O's guy, especially on offense. He has to rely on his coordinators to be great. This works for Mattison, didn't work so much for Borges. His inability to recognize bad play calling and intervene probably cost us a game (Penn State) or two. Whether that will be necessary with Nuss remains to be seen.
His game theory and decision making is generally good to great, with the exception of maybe clock management. As a motivator and program manager, he seems to be good to excellent, I never got any impression his teams ever quit on him or lost faith in him. The program has avoided scandal for the most part (Gibbons thing aside, not really in his control) and there have been few embarrassing things coming out of the Fort these days (like, say the Groben thing). Recruiting has been excellent.
The other open issue is if he and his staff can develop players. This year will be a big big year to prove that. His first two classes will be at the age where they should be showing flashes of greatness, if not just outright good. Still, I think people need to keep expectations in check for what will be RS SO and JR or younger.
IMO, whatever shortcomings Hoke has, compared to a marquee top name coach, it probably costs us less than one game a season, especially if going forward Nuss pans out. Given the uncertainty and potential for disaster coaching changes bring, I think it would be folly to fire him without some clear and tangible reasons, and not just some general feeling of "this is Michigan" that we're not living up to.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||He definitely flashed||
He definitely flashed brillance on a few occasions. Like I said, he's got loads of potential athletically, moving well and having tons of range laterally. But, he was both physically overmatched (bull rushes) and didn't grasp his assignments (blitz pick-up, downfield blocking). Incomplete is probably a more fair grade, but as far as game ready right now, I think he has to get an F at this point.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Serious question for the Hoke||
Serious question for the Hoke need to get fired if he doesn't win X games folks....
What make you think the team should more than X games and what is Hoke doing to prevent that from happening?
I'm trying to understand if people think he's doing something specifically wrong or if it's just that the team isn't the Michigan team of our hope and dreams and we just want to try something else.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||*sigh* Why the hell would we||
Why the hell would we arbitrarily set a number cutoff before a single game is played? You really don't think losing close games while showing improvement across the board is no different than getting blown out in losses and scraping by in the wins? It doesn't make any sense.
Your criteria is arbitrary. Rich Rod didn't just have 4 loss season, he had 3, 5 and 7 wins. Harry Kipke had only 1, 4 1, 4 wins. Not to mention this was 1934-7, how the hell is that relevant? College football is just a little bit different today. And according to wikipedia he made it 4 seasons, so even by your arbitrary criteria, it doesn't mean Hoke needs to be necessarily fired.
Coaching changes are nothing to sneeze at. We need to really think this through because there will be a transition cost. There's no way to do that without playing the games and seeing what happens. Firing people just because we're angry and feel like someone needs to pay is a terrible idea. We got rid of what unnanimously was considered the biggest problem after last season, why don't we relax and give the new guy a chance before rushing to set meanless ultimatums for our head coach.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Only one I have planned for||
Only one I have planned for sure is Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros in Chicago. Unfortunately they're playing with fucking Jack Johnson, who will probably get the longer set.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||C+ OL is attainable IMO||
For seemingly reasons of self flagellation, I went back and re-watched the spring game this weekend. Zeroing on just OL play, I felt.... actually ok. Most of the argh inducing negative plays were either from guys that probably won't start (Cole, LTT, all the 3rd stringers) or RB/TEs. The latter will probably continue to be an issue come fall, but here's to hoping our new shiny OC will be able to scheme around it a bit.
I'm sure I'll get accused of sunshine blowing here as per usual, but honestly the 5 guys that were actual linemen did pretty well. Granted it was vanilla offense against vanilla defense, but there were surprisingly few mental mistakes that I picked up. They even managed to pass off pass rushers on the fly without losing anyone and pick up a blitz or two (and also blow a couple, but back-ups and RB/TE caveats apply here as well). Brian was right, they focused on blocking the line well at the expense of downfield blocks. This led to RBs having to make someone miss in the hole and/or falling forward, but hey, it's better than getting swarmed in the backfield.
Kalis was flat out good. I don't recall him really busting a play, I'd give him a B+ (because he didn't blow anyone off the line either). Miller, Kugler, Glasgow, Braden all grade out in the C range. Miller got pushed around a bit and also seemed to not hold his doubles leaving the guy next to him in tough shape a couple times. But he was solid the majority of time. Kugler got pushed around a bit but was the most technically sound of the OL; watching him snap, execute a combo and release downfield was very refreshing. A summer of conditioning may solve the strength issues. Glasgow and Braden both did well at RT, with their biggest problems being a speed rush (Clark ran around both guys once or twice). Braden particularly, seemed to get good push on runs and held his ground on pass pro if he could keep his guy in front of him.
Bosch had probably the most bi-polar day, getting great seal blocks one play only to get way out of position on the next. Give him a D+ but with obvious potential to improve. Cole looked good athletically but was clearly overmatched physically. Probably an F is deserved, but he's a true freshman and is (hopefully) only keeping the spot warm for Magnuson.
Overall, I'm encouraged at the back to basics approach as opposed to the try everything routine we did last year. If these guys continue to build a solid foundation on a couple of base plays and add a few wrinkles in fall camp, I honestly think there's reason to be hopeful that they'll be serviceable, if not competent.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||I always thought Max's issues||
I always thought Max's issues this year had to do with being lost on defense. Another year in the system under Beilein and Co knowing it's his turn to step up, I wouldn't be surprised if the kid does make "The Jump."
|13 weeks 10 hours ago||How is this bad news? It's||
How is this bad news? It's not even news at all. We've known about this for over a month. He has already served his practice suspension and will miss the opener (again, old news).
|13 weeks 1 day ago||Why don't we see what||
Why don't we see what Nussmeier's offense looks like on the field before we hit the eject button?
|13 weeks 2 days ago||I think it should be noted||
I think it should be noted that team chemistry and performance are somewhat chicken and egg. Was the bad team chemistry the cause for losing, or the consequence from losing? Conversely, it's easy to attribute success to good chemistry, but good chemistry is easy when you're successful.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||Looking forward to it Paris||
Looking forward to it Paris Roubaix too, not only the race, but it usually marks the beginning of my own personal cycling season. Seems to be around this time every year that the weather gets better and the trails dry out enough to ride (edit, although with all the snow this winter, we're a little behind ATM). I usually start bike commuting around this time too.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||Any reactions from Lindsay||
Any reactions from Lindsay (the former AL center?). Also, what's his timeline to make a decision, both in terms of his personal timeline and general timeline for grad transfers(i.e. is there a NSD equivalent)?
|15 weeks 2 days ago||I don't think this was the||
I don't think this was the author's starting line up based on performance as much as the actual depth chart based on who took what snaps during the Spring Game.
If I were doing starters based on Spring Game performance alone, on offense it would be
QB - Morris
FB - ??? (Did we even use a FB?)
RB - D Smith
TE - Heitzman
WR1 - Funchess
WR2 - Canteen
RT - Braden
RG - Kalis
C - Kugler
LG - Glasgow (I thought Bosch had a pretty rough day out there)
LT - Magnuson
|15 weeks 3 days ago||Anyone know if any of the||
Anyone know if any of the scrimmage after BTN cut out will be available anywhere? That was such BS that they showed 1:15 of drills and then cut out before the scrimmage part was over.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||DL looked great, even with OL||
DL looked great, even with OL caveats. I thought we had a good mix of slashing quick guys in Strobel, Wormley, Godin, etc and some planetoid beasts in Mone, Henry and Hurst. I think Mattison will have the tools he needs to sub in the right guys in the right situations unlike last year. If Pipkins makes a full recovery, we should be pretty set here.
LB were ok. Filled holes and made reads. I like JMFR at Mike. If he can make the reads correctly, he'll be a nightmare to deal with for opposing teams.
Backfield: Hard to tell with the camera angles, but the corners seem to be a lot less passive. Lewis is going to be pretty damn good. Despite the penalties (one deserved, one kind of ticky tacky) he was step for step with his guy most plays. Stribling looked tight in coverage as well, but again had terrible luck. Wilson was in position the couple times they needed him to be and read and came up for that nice PBU. He had a nice blitz "sack" IIRC too.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||Kalis was fine. I didn't see||
Kalis was fine. I didn't see a bust by him all day. Remember, this is a different blocking scheme. They're not going to be blowing guys off the line anymore for the most part. We'll see a lot of lateral blocks that create creases. That stuff isn't going to be as visually impressive as pancaking a guy 5 yards down field, but it doesn't mean he's not doing his job.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||Spring's when you want to||
Spring's when you want to dick around with different combinations and get guys reps with the 1s that might not otherwise, just to see what they can do and if nothing else keep everyone motivated and engaged. If they don't pencil in a starting line-up fairly early in fall camp, then I'll be worried. I hope we don't get any more last minute swaps like the last two years, certainly.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||Don't forget Devin was on||
Don't forget Devin was on crutches for months after the OSU game, it's not too surprising his timing and accuracy seem off. What I am encouraged by is he looks physically back to 100%. I almost forgot how dynamic he was at the beginning of last season before the hits started piling up and taking their toll. Shane looks very good, but doesn't have the pocket presence yet. He got happy feet a few times. No doubt about his arm though, kid can get away with forcing it in places most guys can't.
RBs looked good. Smith was a complete beast out there. Green looks like a totally different player, showing the acceleration that made him a 5 star and some shake and bake too. Hayes adds a speed and shiftiness dimension that'll be a nice change of pace too. All 3 need to keep working on blitz pick-up, there were some attrocious attempts to shoulder check rushers.
WR: Hard to tell from the camera angles, but I think we'll be just fine here. Funchess looked smooth and fast, more like a pure WR now. He dropped a couple he shouldn't have though. Canteen hype is real, the guy isn't just quick, he's plain fast too. Really excited to see him run circles around LBs trying to cover him in the slot.
FB/TE.. meh, Didn't seem to play much of a factor today.
OL: *sigh* I actually didn't think it was too bad. Not sure I see the Cole hype, he's got talent sure, but definitely looked like a freshman and physically overmatched. I thought Kalis, Braden, Bosch, and Kugler did pretty well considering it's spring and it's a new system. I see improvement in blocking assignments and getting push in the run game over what I saw last year (at least they weren't going backwards). Pass pro was a little better too when all starter type guys were out together. Not too many busts from what I could see. Kugler especially impressed me, he was comboing downfield and picking up blocks on LBs consistently. G Glasgow looked pretty bad at RT, not sure if that's part of his punishment or what, but I don't think that's a good spot for him, He doesn't have the quickness. The projects (Bars, Dawson, LTT, Samuelson) all looked pretty raw still.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||Honestly, the starters and||
Honestly, the starters and first off the bench type guys looked ok. Not ready, but standard 15 practices in type issues. Actually Glasgow actually looked the worst of the starters, but he spent most of the day at RT, so not too surprising. No one got put on skates like last year, everyone looked like they knew where to go. There were a couple pass offs in protection that got screwed up, and slants were still tripping up combo blocks but those sort of things fall firmly under "gelling" which takes time for any team.
Back ups were just awful, not sure what they see in Cole but he was clearly not ready . Really no one that wasn't one of the 6 or 7 guys we already knew about really emerged. LTT, Dawson, Bars all looked very raw. EDIT: I forgot about Kugler. He actually looked very good, better than Miller in fact.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||I'd love to have him come in,||
I'd love to have him come in, but I have to say I was pretty impressed with Kugler for most of the scrimmage.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||BTN, step into my office||
BTN, step into my office 'cause you're fucking fired.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||First rule of MGoBlog:never||
First rule of MGoBlog:never miss an opportunity to bitch.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||Smith's got a little Mike||
Smith's got a little Mike Hart YAC in him.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||The guys that are penciled in||
The guys that are penciled in as starters actually look ok. The 3rd stringers and back-ups are, predictably, getting owned.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||Jake Ryan knifed into the||
Jake Ryan knifed into the backfield like a laser beam. I can see why they moved him. If he can make the reads, he'll be a nightmare to contend with for opposing teams.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||Not all that surprising, he||
Not all that surprising, he was on crutches for a couple months.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||Beyer TFL is vintage OL play||
Beyer TFL is vintage OL play from last year. Ugh. They had a few plays before that that actually looked pretty good.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||G Glasgow as RT, interesting.||
G Glasgow as RT, interesting.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||Gardner looks not very good,||
Gardner looks not very good, but everyone else on offense is better than I expected (yay, lowered expectations). I know the defense is pretty vanilla, but the O Line seem to be getting their assignments way more than I remember them doing last year.
Our secondary is impressing me, I think a few of the young guys are going to be pretty good. They're playing a lot tighter coverage for sure.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||Speight just looks like a||
Speight just looks like a Michigan quarterback.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||I really hope they re-mix the||
I really hope they re-mix the coverage for the 8pm broadcast. Whoever is directing the program is doing a terrible job. Why would you switch away just before a snap to show someone standing on the sidelines?
|15 weeks 4 days ago||So, did they cut in late?||
So, did they cut in late? Looked like it was the tale end of actual 11 v 11 scrimmaging right when they cut in.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||Hoke's response to the||
Hoke's response to the coloring book jab "we try to stay inside the lines" is.... actually pretty awesome. Witty, not too serious, and maybe even a subtle jab at at Urban's history of fast and loose discipline style.
|16 weeks 15 hours ago||Repost, Freep link||
Repost, Freep link
|16 weeks 6 days ago||Hey! What's all this laying||
Hey! What's all this laying around shit? Why are you all still laying around here for? What? Over? Did you say "over"? Nothing is over until we decide it is! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no! Cause when the going gets tough, the tough get going. Who's with me?
What the fuck happened to the <MGoBlog> I used to know? Where's the spirit? Where's the guts, huh? This could be the greatest <season> of our lives, but you're gonna let it be the worst. "Ooh, we're afraid to go with you, we might get <our hearts broken>" Well just kiss my ass from now on! Not me! I'm not gonna take this. <Notre Dame>, he's a dead man! <State>, dead! <Ohio> DEAD!
|17 weeks 1 day ago||that's THE Oiho State||
that's THE Oiho State University to you.
|17 weeks 3 days ago||That was a charge.||
That was a charge.
|17 weeks 3 days ago||I wish someone would overseed||
I wish someone would overseed my lawn.
|17 weeks 3 days ago||http://mgoblog.com/content/un||
It became the site banner shortly after until the football season last year
|17 weeks 3 days ago||I hope Gardner develops the||
I hope Gardner develops the same mind meld with Funchess as he had with Gallon last year. With Funchess's size and athleticism, if they get the timing routes down, he will be damn near undefendable.
|17 weeks 3 days ago||This guy has one year of||
This guy has one year of eligibility left. I think most of the recruits understand that they need a little more time to develop. I'm sure it'll be a fair competition as well, I don't see these coaches playing favorites.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||Wow, was that a punch?||
Wow, was that a punch?
|17 weeks 4 days ago||For 35 minutes, it was a||
For 35 minutes, it was a clinic. We dismantled them. Gotta clean up those 5 minutes though, can't be letting teams back into it.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||Getting a little too cute,||
Getting a little too cute, passing up some good looks.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||Defense is starting to slip a||
Defense is starting to slip a little.