I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
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|1 week 2 days ago||First of all, calling him the||
First of all, calling him the Tracy McGrady of OCs was brilliant...
Second, I'd like to see an offensive line that is less clueless - I felt for Lewan and Schofield trying to hand off the stunting defensive end only to watch the guard follow his man and lose the hand-off, resulting in Gardner eating another shot to the ribs...
Third, I'd like to see Green and Smith become a dynamite pair of runners, Norfleet be used as a legitimate slot threat, and Gardern continue to improve as a quarterback.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I second this one. It was my||
I second this one. It was my junior year, last home game versus Ohio State, and I remember being in awe watching all those points being put on the board, thinking that maybe Bo had gone soft...
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Thanks - that's the sort of||
Thanks - that's the sort of name I was looking for.
In my mind the Borges offense is the football equivalent of hero ball in basketball - desperately hope that your playmakers are better than their playmakers. Brian and Ace and Seth have noted it all year - where are the very obvious counters that the offense can run to take advantage of what the defense is doing? Mattison talks about being unable to take away everything, and yet defenses look like that's exactly what they're doing against the Michigan offense.
I also get frustrated with the 'execution' meme. The former coach at the place I teach was big on that - it's a 70's/80's mentality in my mind, and resulted in the other defense often calling the play based on formation. I had players in my class (we're a very small school), and they talked about how frustrating it was to hear that (and with no audible options, but that's another conversation).
I heard Dana Holgorsen talk about this at halftime of the WVU- Texas game. The announcer asked what they had to do in the second half - he said "they have an extra man in the box. We have to get him out of there. That's on the coaches." Notice no mention of execution...and no hero ball, assuming your player can somehow by sheer triumph of will (or something) run through three defenders.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||So, who's the new Malzahn?||
So, who's the new Malzahn? Rather than around the standard names (flightracker says GRUDENCOWHERPARCELLS) who is the cool new OC that Michigan can hire in order to experience a Malzahn-like effect?
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Enjoy the cold oblivion of||
Enjoy the cold oblivion of space.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Why has no mentioned throw||
Why has no mentioned throw bubble screens?
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I hear you in some ways, but||
I hear you in some ways, but I still watch because I feel for the players. I couldn't get the first half of the game on the radio as I was driving home from a conference, but the ESPN announcers kept talking about the physical courage that Devin Gardner was showing (for instance). They're right - he is. In my mind the least I can do is root for him to succeed even when the coaching he receives is ridiculously bad. He might be a horrible person - I've never met him or any of the other players. But they're playing for my school, representing as best they can, and I won't give up on them, even if I only listen on the radio while I do other work because watching on the teevee is too painful...
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Hmmmm...I'm not the sharpest||
Hmmmm...I'm not the sharpest tool in the shed, but is the implication here that Borges is not running Borges's offense? Instead, Hoke is forcing Borges into an offense that he hasn't exactly run, and that if Borges had his choice Michigan would be running something much more wide open?
Recalculating "Fire Borges" meme...
|4 weeks 13 hours ago||The Singularity FTW!||
The Singularity FTW!
|4 weeks 2 days ago||General William Tecumseh||
General William Tecumseh Sherman.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||All you coaches, and||
All you coaches, and especially SpaceCoyote -
A huge thank you for taking so much time and educating this line play moron. This has been incredibly enlightening and part of what makes me keep reading MGoBlog.
Your point about the teaching methods and techniques used hits home. It's a complex blend of confidence in the larger scheme, confidence in themselves, and confidence in their teammates' abilities to understand what they need to do that has to condemn the current coaching staff. Watching Lewan come over after the second series, point the young ones to the bench, and scream WTF is happening at them was brutal.
I'm just wanting to put back on my rose-colored glasses...
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Absolutely. They seem to be||
Absolutely. They seem to be anticipating that they will screw up. It's tough to watch, because we want them to do well and succeed.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Are there still Borges||
Are there still Borges apologists?
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Anyone who doesn't value||
Anyone who doesn't value their ego more than they value putting the ball in their best player's hands in position to make plays...
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Agreed (about Meyer running||
Agreed (about Meyer running up the score). tOSU fans also find themselves in the unusual position of having to root for both Michigan and MSU to win out in order to boost their own resume (assuming they win both those games, of course)...
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Hah - I just finished (I||
Hah - I just finished (I guess) another post asking this question...
Thanks for the optimism, OP - here's hoping you're right...
|5 weeks 4 days ago||I haven't yet seen someone||
I haven't yet seen someone bring in Brian's comparison between Beilein and Hoke. In my mind, Hoke is similar to Cooper, in that he coaches the coaches (except, of course, that he gets the rivalries). He thus depends upon having great assistants, and unlike in previous years it seems that Brandon will pay well to make sure that that happens. In that case, will Hoke do what Beilein did after year 3 and bring in new assistants? Or will he stay loyal to Bourges (in particular - I'm not ready to get rid of someone who has made UM's defense relevant again)?
I'm also not ready to throw Funk under the bus. As much as I think Bourges has called a couple of brilliant games, his mind-set is so old-school (use this to set up that, depend upon great athletes making great plays rather than schemes) that I'm not sure any OL can succeed. I'm old, but I love the Art Briles, we-try-to-score-on-every-play mentality, and I think that the OC can create an environment that makes everyone successful.
In my mind, the PSU game was a huge out-coaching - they were ready for the extra tackle, for instance, and UM kept trying to run it. This game wasn't being out-coached - MSU has gotten better all year, and they have found a quarterback who's not horrible.
If Hoke agrees to let Gorgeous Al Bourges retire, then we definitely know something about him - he wants to take this program to that proverbial, long-sought-after, perhaps-mythical next level.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||On the announcers...||
...agreed. They pick up a storyline from the coaches during the week ("We're worried about his accuracy") and then pound that storyline, no matter what is really happening...
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Hah - thanks - I was looking||
Hah - thanks - I was looking this one up on Wikipedia - my first Michigan game as well...if it wasn't for the patented Northwestern fumble play that game would have been a tie...
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Option isn't always about||
Option isn't always about super speedy folks like Denard and Devin. Harbaugh ran occasional option plays for Bo...
|21 weeks 2 days ago||Depends upon who you consider||
Depends upon who you consider major - Ambrose Bierce wrote some of the most powerful war fiction I've ever read after his service in the Union army.
|21 weeks 2 days ago||This was always my||
This was always my understanding, but Bateman in the article sets up another possibility - I'm paraphrasing Bateman, but according to this theory American troops were so paranoid of Lee's army getting behind them *because* of his success at doing just that at Chancellorsville that Lee hoped that the sight of burning baggage behind the American lines at Seminary Ridge would make them panic again...
|23 weeks 6 days ago||I don't know what their||
I don't know what their relationship was, but please don't disparage Ted Ginn. This is a man who couldn't get any major universities to look at his kids, and so he drove them to places in his own beat-to-hell vehicle on his own dime (and time). He didn't start out with some blue-blood program and simply keep the ball rolling...
I'm not naive enough to think that college football is clean, but Ted Ginn Sr. is a legend in Cleveland for what he's done to help his kids find the best opportunities possible, so dissing him for creating funnels (and as much as you may dislike Tressel, he knew how to build relationships with high school coaches) feels offensive...
|23 weeks 6 days ago||I hear this from Michigan||
I hear this from Michigan fans a lot, and while I'd agree that perhaps his sophomore year wasn't all that, last year there were times that I felt he flat-out rescued the team, either with defense or being aggressive going to the basket and making things happen for himself or others.
That was the joy of that team last year, I thought, having two folks capable of doing that in Burke and Hardaway.
|26 weeks 3 days ago||I second the Randall Field||
I second the Randall Field comment - went there twice, and both times the fans were having so much fun they sort of forgot the game. That was back when the Badgers were not good, so maybe thinks have changed now...
I'd also put in a vote for Mountaineer Stadium - the fans were very funny (back in the Nehlen days), the tailgate out of this world, and if the team is getting beat the view on an autumn day with the leaves changing in the surrounding mountains is incredible. I actually sang "Country Road" at the end, a tradition which should bother my arrogant indie-music loving self but which I instead loved...
|38 weeks 5 days ago||The third step is to blame||
The third step is to blame the officials...
|41 weeks 5 days ago||It's 1979, I'm an idiotic,||
It's 1979, I'm an idiotic, countrified 18 year old, and I had just taken a tour of NTM. I take the tour of UM, and the tour guide is this hipsterish punk rock woman who proceeds to tell us about how much everything sucks here. This is the library - it's jampacked and you can never get a seat. This is Markley Hall - the only thing worse than the food are the cattle stall showers. This is...you get the point.
Needless to say, that was not my experience at NTM.
Finally, I'm just too intrigued to stand it. I ask her why she goes there then, expecting another smart ass answer. Instead, she looks at all of us and says, "Why the hell would you go anywhere else? This is the University of Michigan..."
I was sold...
|44 weeks 5 hours ago||I ignored this on the earlier||
I ignored this on the earlier post, but I'll say it here - I grew up in Ohio, was steeped in the rivalry, couldn't wait for the Buckeyes to beat that team up North, until I went to Ann Arbor (for the academics, duh), sat through some games, felt my feelings change, and rooted hard for the maize and blue in that first game. After that, I'm all Blue...down here, though (we had to move back for work), it's hard not to be indoctrinated...give the kid a break...
|1 year 2 weeks ago||Yes, they have studs||
Yes, they have studs outside...and yes, the OL got manhandled in the middle. Hoke's strategy for recruiting thus becomes obvious - get the talent to take the game to them. For all the complaining about coaching, having OLine talent to match tOSU's defensive talent will be part of what makes watching this game fun again...
|1 year 10 weeks ago||I understand the cynicism,||
I understand the cynicism, but West Virginians have adopted that song (done by a skinny little hippie), and I've found myself far too late at night closing a bar singing it with a bunch of former strangers...