needs moar usage
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Not as close as you might think||
Sure, Jacksonville has the least fans in the NFL, and has been terrible in the last couple of years, but people forget just how truly awful the Lions are/have been: there is no comparsion - the Jaguars have a much more relevant recent history.
Lions: 1 playoff win since 1957
Jaguars: 5 playoff wins since 1996 (last one was in 2007).
Never forget -- the Lions have the worst on-field perfomance of any US team in the four big team sports over the last 50+ years. It's not a fun team to be "your" team, as any Lions fan will tell you.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Vandy is WAY more appealing than Rutgers||
- Academically: not even close. Vandy is one of the tops in the nation; Rutgers is a fine school, but it will be in the lower half of the B1G (which has many good to great schools).
- Research dollars: Vandy gets about $100 million more a year
- Sports: Vanderbilt traditionally was the dregs of the SEC in football, but has been coming on with James Franklin and has been better than Rutgers the last couple of years. In basketball, Vandy, while not great, has at least made same NCAA tourney about every other year for the past 15 years; Rutgers hasn't made it since 1991 (not mention the Mike Rice scandal).
- Cites: Nashville is, outside of Atlanta, the city you'd want to be in the south (Florida's a world of its own). Rutgers is central NJ - it has no more claim to the NYC market than UM does.
If the B1G HAD to expand, we definitely should gotten Vanderbilt over Rutgers (if that was an option). It's not even close.
|6 weeks 10 min ago||What in the hell...||
How have I missed this Keanu super clip all my life?
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Here's "proof" he is covering for a player||
Right after the game (but before the press conference where he blamed himself), Beilein talked to Tracey Wolfson from CBS about the game.
Her first question was "at the end of the game...you let 21 seconds off the clock. Why not foul quicker?"
Beielin: "Well, we were trying to..we were trying to foul the right guy as quickly as we could, but we probably could have fouled a little quicker, yes."
Nothing about 'we didn't realize it we had a foul to give' or anything. Just "quickly as we could"
Now, perhaps he misunderstood the question (after all, both of the first two times Michigan had to foul they took too long - the first one was just especially long) or perhaps he confused his team by having them focus on fouling a particular player, but I think he's covering for his team, specifically his freshmen guards.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Based on these comments, some||
Based on these comments, some people are going to need the pharmacy keys from the 'Nurse Who Loved Me' to calm down.
FWIW, one of my favorite albums of all time as well. Terrible name for a band though. But that's another thread, another blog.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||There's other fish in the sea||
Thanks for that lovely image of Brandon and Phil Knight, but there's more options than Nike: we could go to Russell or Under Armour.
Now, Under Armour created those Maryland football uni monstrosities, but it seems weird that a humungous school like UM couldn't afford a graphic designer on staff (we have the coin) that can make sure all images put forth by the ath dept promotes whatever image Michigan's wants to promote. I'm sure we could veto dumb uniforms if we wanted to.
Whatever the case, leave Adidas - it's one thing to look bad (which we now do with alarming frequency, which is the AD's fault as much as Adidas). It's another for the jerseys to not even freakin' WORK!
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Because they are a pox on||
Because they are a pox on college basketball.
I root for the B1G, generally speaking, to do well in post-season tourneys. But I never root for Wisky b-ball. Their style of play is completely unappealing to watch and one reason it isn't emulated more is their lack of NCAA tourney success. Thus, them losing in the 1st round is a good thing - more proof that their clutch & grab, bleed the clock style of play may work to get you top 5 finishes in league play (which is a credit to Bo Ryan's coaching skill), but it's too falliable in one & done scenarios. There is too little margin for error.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Agreed: he is so full of it.||
He better alert Northwestern now that they shouldn't be spending $220 million and Michigan not to spend $250 million on non-revenue sports, etc. Also: he should inform Maryland that all that money they thought they had coming: no go.
Ask David Brandon, Mark Hollis, Gordon Gee, etc how that will all work out with a D-III model.
Man, I hope O'Bannon wins. It's time for hypocrites & blowhards like Delany to be taken down.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||When you wear these to your||
When you wear these to your gym to go workout, will you be listening to Technotronic, Young MC or C&C Music Factory on your Sony Walkman?
|9 weeks 5 days ago||How did Michigan sports go||
How did Michigan sports go from having the coolest uniforms/gear on the planet to our fans regularly having to say, as compliments, "Well, I've seen worse", "It's not terrible", "The blue hides the camo design well" or "If the sun's not out, they actually are pretty good"?
Oh, how the mighty have fallen.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Love the very mlive headline for Manning||
"Cincinnati players give former Roy Manning standing ovation after introduction."
Is Roy Manning an alias? Is he an imposter?
Perhaps the headline writers don't have an edit button.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||"Freshmen can't and won't learn good defense overnight"||
Anthony Davis would disagree with you.
Also, no one is asking them to be the 2nd coming Scottie Pippen, Kevin Garnett or even Aaron Craft.
But with all the constant "Game Stauskas" chatter and thrill over GRIII's sweet dunks, it can't go unremarked that they are bad (not just needing some work - Stauskas is legimately bad) at defense. Still glad they're both on the team and hope they both improve at D, but there's no use sweeping it under the rug. It's part of their game along with the 3pt bombs and 360 dunks.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Why hasn't there been a burn off?||
If MSU and WVU got together for some massive blaze off to see, once and for all, which school is the best at couch burning, I think you would be able to see the amount of smoke from space.
Vince McMahon, Donald Trump or someone needs to make this happen.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||Those journalism circles have changed, and so has WSJ||
I have been reading the WSJ for close to 20 years (ever since I got a sweet student subscription deal as a UM BBA student), so I hvae some experience with it. I would say over the past ~3 years, the separation of the editorial side and new side is not nearly as clear as it once was.
I'll leave it to you to decide if that's good or bad, but in my opinion, it has definitely changed since Murdoch bought it.
To illustrate this point, see this link with some good "headlines" examples from James Fallows:
(Key quote: "As with two previous examples, here and here, bear in mind that these are news headlines, not the editorial page. Also as in the previous two cases, the play and billing of the WSJ stories (and opposed to the details in the stories themselves) are more "Republican" than in the other two papers (Post and NYT).")
|19 weeks 6 days ago||Excellent point||
Updated OP to note that.
Also I'll say, with the Cap One bowl switching from ESPN to ABC this year, its jump up in ratings was not just b/c of the networks, but b/c it had two national opponents (UGA/Neb) in a competitive, high-scoring game.
So in short, both teams and network matters. It's good to know we can draw as well, if not better, than Georgia, which is what I would suspect.
|19 weeks 6 days ago||A few things for an individual season||
- Jan 1 (or later) bowl game
- 10 or more wins
- At least 2 wins against OSU, ND (or top-tier schedule replacement, when there), MSU
- In control of our own destiny for B1G div title when we play OSU
- Competitive in bowl game
- A minimum of major off-field incidents (such as drunk driving, assaults)
- Doing well in the classroom in terms of graduation
|19 weeks 6 days ago||Hell no||
I think it will be close, as Alabama's strength on offense (running) plays into ND's strength on D, but I definitely will not be rooting for ND, even though I also dislike Saban.
To help solve this, I likely won't even watch the game except perhaps the end if it is close. I object to the BCS anyway (I'm an 8-team playoff guy), and don't think it will be a particularly exciting game, so why torture myself with two teams I dislike to boot? Life is too short.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||These uniforms make a statement.||
And that statement is...WHO wants some free PIZZA-AAAAAAA?!
Seriously, these look like uniforms you'd shoot out of T-Shirt cannon at a San Jose SabreCats game.
|22 weeks 2 days ago||Glad you enjoy it||
Beyond loving the show, I'm keeping this avatar with Bearded Jack until we win a Big 10 title. Hopefully, I can change it to Happy Jack sometime in the next season or two.
|22 weeks 3 days ago||Absolutely||
Three strikes (that we know of) and you should be out.
|23 weeks 5 days ago||The expansion hasn't even taken effect yet!||
I'm sorry your already tired of it, but it's going to be a topic of conversation until it happens and we see the effects. Your logic is "Hey, we'll get more money" so B1G programs can compete in terms of salaries, but why is that a slam dunk, medium/long term, with this reckless expansion?
It's all based on TV, right? Well, look at the ratings of the most recent championship games outside of the SEC. They were bad to terrible (e.g., B1G down 42%).
These championships games are the result of expansion. Why, in the future, will sports networks pay big money for games that draw 3.3's and 1.4's ratings? Why will cable customers pay for channels for games they don't care about?
You seem to think every conference will expand to 14 or 16 and that will be the end of it. I forsee there being a collapse, as these unwieldy conglomerations of institutions that have nothing to do with each other realize that not many more people attend or watch a Maryland-Purdue football game than they do a Maryland-MEAC basketball game. College football is not the NFL - people won't watch just any old teams play each other. People care about rivals and nurse grudges from decades ago (heck see Bielema complaining about a long-ago Michigan loss this week. He still hasn't gotten over it!)
Winter is coming for the sports media landscape. It's like the housing market in 2003 right now, but you can see a bubble forming that will pop. And in the meantime, Michigan fans will end up with more games against teams we don't care about (or at least I don't care about; I'd much rather play Wisconsin, Minnesota or Purdue than Rutgers or Maryland). And for what? More money for Brett Bielema, that Wisconsin could have afforded anyway, pre-expansion?
|23 weeks 6 days ago||Because a university is more than having a good football program||
At Petrino's previous job at Arkansas, he didn't just cheat on his wife, get in motorcycle accident with his mistress (an Arkansas staffer), and then initally lie to the media (and I believe his AD) about the fact he was alone when he crashed.
More importantly, he recommended his mistress be hired for her Arkansas job (the Arkansas folks didn't know they had a relationship) giving her preferential treatment for a state job. That's a huge no-no.
In short, he's not just a scum bag in his private life (which you can argue, is his own private business between him, his wife, and his girlfriend), but in his public life & with his employers as well. If I was regent of the University of Tennessee, I would think long & hard about putting such a guy in charge of one of the most important visible parts of my public institution.
|24 weeks 4 hours ago||Generally agree, but 2013 needs to be fixed||
I generally agree with your points, but I think you are being too flip about 2013. If it's easy to find someone to organize and put this race on, than why didn't Brandon already make the announcement that U of M (or some other organization that are apparently easy to find that runs these kinds of things) will be running the event for April 2013? That way, the 100+ charities, who have probably already put in the budgets for 2013 the $1.5 million+ they were planning to raise, could know what the situation was? Why make their lives more difficult?
Again, if Brandon & co had a problem with CFC and were sure Uof M could do a better job, fine - just say so, and more importantly, than do it and set up the alternate event. Stop having your assistant prattle on about the fact U of M now has "private events" (i.e., weddings) and that it was so difficult hosting the Big House run.
I hope sometime in December there will be an announcement of a U of M-sponsored replacement event for spring/summer 2013.
|24 weeks 5 hours ago||What do you mean, "It now comes out"?||
Brandon and U of M should have spoken up earlier. They literally have people whose job it is to comment to media and various outlets.
In the original story, and in theircommunication to CFC, if Brandon and U of M had a problem with how CFC ran things, then say so. It's not hard. They can say "CFC is a fine organization, but we were not given enough clarity about how funds raised were utilized by CFC and thus we would like to organize the event ourselves to ensure the maximum amount of funds raised go to charities." Done.
Instead, Brandon sent hist asst Ablauf out there with goobledygook words that just said they'd go in another direction and that it was "a very challenging event...to fit into our stadium" This goes again to the tone deafness of Brandon (like the band incident). U of M didn't show any caring from the 100+ charities (some of which are U of M-based charities) that were counting on this event, which was less than 5 months away.
If he had an alternate plan, than state that when the CFC-run event was canceleed. More to the point, they just generally have a plan - there is nothing specific, so until something official is announced, he just cancelled a huge charity event for 2013 and didn't put anything meanginful in its place.
|24 weeks 5 hours ago||That's not quite right; the race raised $1.5 million last year||
CFC had about $500k in entry fees last year (15000 runners times $33), so if they gave 25% to charity, that's $125k.
However, 10 times that amount, $1.5 million, went to 175 charities because of the race, in addition to that $125k.
Thus, I'm not sure the ~25% is a fair figure (honestly, I don't know - I can't tell how other charitable fund-raising organizations/evaluators handle this accounting). If CFC takes $375k out of the $2 million generated for the race, that means 82% of the funds raised for the race went to charities; the other 18% went to CHC for T-shirts, water, permits, rental fees, salaries, etc.
If Brandon really can run a more efficient race, that's great. But since he has not formally proposed one with a specific date (he's just talked about it generally), I can't evaluate whether U of M can do a better job or not.
One thing is for sure: those 175 charities counting on the $1 million plus for this year are scrambling because this wasn't communicated earlier by U of M.
|24 weeks 3 days ago||Agreed, but glad NIU made it||
I've always hated how bowl games went from exhibitions (e.g., before ~2005, stats didn't count towards all-time records) to now supposedly being the be-all, end-all for how good a team/conference is ("See? Our conference went 6-2 in bowl games - that means we're awesome!").
I doubt NIU is one of the ~10 best teams in the country, which is sort of what the BCS is for, but there aren't any great teams this year, so why not them getting in over, say, Oklahoma, who hasn't looked that impressive themselves?
The bowls can't go back to the backroom deals of old (under which NIU would have never gotten in) because they would be exposed for being the cartel that they are and face congressional action. So they're stuck in this current version where non-BCS schools get crumbs and sometimes it blows up in the bowls (and in this case, ESPN's) face. Fine by me.
I won't be happy until there is an eight-team playoff, with the first round at home campuses, and the big bowls (and their enablers) stand in the way. I could not care less what happens to the big bowls - they're fake "nonprofits" that are a pox on the college game.
|24 weeks 6 days ago||Hmmm..since they are hard up for money.||
Are they interested in becoming a member of the Big Ten?
I'm sure the BTN is not on Comcast Hattiesberg's basic package, so it's a win-win.
|25 weeks 7 hours ago||Louisville is MUCH bigger in bball than UMD||
Louisville has been a much more successful bball program than Marlyand. It's not even that close. Louisville is in the Top 10, all-time, in terms of NCAA tourneys, wins, final fours and winning percentage.
I mean Louisville has 9 Final Fours; Maryland has 2.
In terms of football, it's a wash. They are both very coach-dependent (well, all schools are coach-dependent, but them more than others).
You can certainly get more excited about watching UM play the Terps than Louisville; whatever floats your boat. But Louisville in basketball coming to the B1G would have been humongous in that sport (not that it would have ever happened due to academics and not being a big market). In terms of history, along with the present & near future, adding UMD is adding a second-tier player in basketball (behind MSU, UM, OSU and IU, at least).
|25 weeks 7 hours ago||ACC is not quite the same as Big 10 - look at AAU||
As far as I can tell, AAU membership is REALLY important to the B1G. Clemson, NC State, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Florida State and soon-to-be member Syracuse might be fine universities (certainly better than Louisville), but they are not AAU members. I think the only one of the B1G 14 not in there is Nebraska, which was a recent removal.
I do agree $ > than academics, but the $ portion for Louisville would not be that great. It doesn't add a big TV market for the all-important BTN. It DOES add an excellent b-ball program and a good football team (certainly both better than UMD and Rutgers), but the B1G has shown they really don't care about that, no matter what they say, with their recent expansion. Which is why the B1G expansion is stupid to me, but they don't care about what their fans/alums want, so it doesn't matter.
|25 weeks 9 hours ago||It's funny because it's true||
It also makes me sad. But I realize we'd never, ever add Louisville, as they are not nearly strong enough academically.
|25 weeks 9 hours ago||I was thinking...||
...of music more like Yakety Sax, but either one works.
|25 weeks 1 day ago||True, but you're looking at the present, not the near future||
The whole reason for Delaney (in my mind, misguided in terms of the schools) overreach is that the B1G isn't where the population, and thus the money, is growing fastest.
Also, TV contracts being the biggest is a matter of timing. Once someone's comes up, there's is the biggest for the next year or three, than when the rights come up for another conference, that competitor jumps into the lead.
Look at this story for an example:
To summarize it: for much of last 5 years, the ACC actually had bigger TV money than the SEC. In 2009, the SEC went ahead. Then, just recently, the ACC moved back up, but now the SEC is renogtiating due to Texas A&M being added, so they'll jump back in front, likely even in ahead of the B1G. But of course, the B1G will likely jump back in front in 2016 (or whenever) for the next contract. And so on.
I love academics, but this expansion has nothing to do with that - as long as the schools are pretty good, we're bringing them on board.
So, with the money essentially being sky high for everyone, it comes down to results on the field. And as much as I hate the SEC, they've won a bunch of titles in a row, and they're going to have another team in the title game again. I sure hope it gets turned around on the field for the B1G soon, but I'll believe it when I see it.
|25 weeks 1 day ago||True, but that would require coordination btw B1G and SEC||
I agree that if, somehow, UVA got an offer from the B1G and at essentially the same time VA Tech got an offer from the SEC, that would be fine with the VA legislature. I mean, the SEC is the most powerful football conference (and thus the most powerful conference, period). But the SEC is already at 14 and has bigger fish to fry, such as trying to get FSU, so the timing of that UVA/VA Tech dispersal would be really tough.
More to the point, though, is that now that B1G has the Terps, the B1G doesn't need either of the Virginia schools as much - the DC market is now claimed. Since this expansion was just about money, as opposed to academics or sports-skills, that means future expansions would also be about money & claiming new markets, such as Atlanta or Miami.
In short, I would be shocked if we added UVA.. Then again, I was shocked we added Rutgers, so what do I know.
|25 weeks 1 day ago||Yes - UVA is not going w/o VA Tech||
In one of the earlier rounds of confernece-realignment roulette, the government of the state of Virginia got involved to make sure VA Tech got in the same conference as Virginia. Plus, with UVA recently going through a VERY messy, poltically-charged breakup (then makeup) with its president (a former provost from U of M, coincidentally), I'm sure UVA wants to keep upheaval to a minimum.
If the B1G goes to 16, the more likely targets are GA Tech and someone else not in the ACC. I can't see UNC - as good a 'fit' as they might be for the B1G - going away from Duke, NC State and Wake Forest unless there really is no other option, which might be the case if the ACC completely implodes. But we're a long ways from that - they have Pitt, Syracuse, Uconn coming in soon. It's the Big East that has caved in, not the ACC (regardless of Maryland and its poorly run athletic dept leaving it)
|25 weeks 3 days ago||So this team couldn't be expected to beat a good team?||
I think 9-3 was a very reasonable expectation. I agree we lost significant players from 2011, but we also gained quite a bit (Jake Ryan, Frank Clark et al with more experience; a large % of the offense, including the QB, coming back in their 2nd year in the same system).
We literally beat everyone who we were "supposed" to beat, lost to who we were "supposed" to lose to, and then lost the "toss-up" game to Nebraska. If we had won any one of the 4 games we lost, it would have been a good season (and all except Alabama were definitely in the realm of possibility with better plays/playcalling). But I watched Nebraska against OSU, MSU and Iowa - they are a good team, but nothing remotely special. Whether Nebraska or Wisconsin wins, it will be the worst Big 10 champion in our lifetime.
Ultimately, blowing that game, and our coaches being caught with their pants down, was what made it an underachieving season for me.
|25 weeks 3 days ago||This was not a "good" season - we underachieved||
Michigan played six games against pretty good to great opponents. We went 2-4 against them.
Alabama was a blowout; it made us look like high-ranked frauds. We went 1-2 against our biggest rivals, and while beating very good ND and OSU teams on the road is certainly difficult, if we don't expect Michigan to win some difficult games, what are we? We really never came that close in the end of either of those games. Also, the Nebraska loss (w/ its QB follies in the 2nd half) was a debacle.
On the flip side, we needed a miracle bomb to get in position to beat Northwestern and a last-second FG (not to mention a great scramble, throw & catch by Denard/Dileo right before it) to beat MSU. We were much closer to going 6-6 than we were 10-2.
But we went 8-4 and I am glad we didn't blow a game against a decent team like Air Force (which Michigan has done in the past) and blew out the bad teams we should (e.g., Iowa, Illinois). But this team had the talent/experience to go at least 9-3 and they didn't get it done. In particular the OL play was MUCH worse than I had hoped (I was only worried about our lack depth; our lack of production/skill with the starters was the problem); same with the RBs. Denard also regressed and while Devin was awesome his first 3 games, he frankly (If understandably) didn't play well against OSU.
It's not a terrible season and this team gave strong effort all year, and they should be proud of it. But don't tell me 8-4, in a year the Big 10 is just horrendous, is a "good" season. This 12-0 OSU team would get beat soundly by their 1995 or 1996 teams that were undefeated until we beat them.
|26 weeks 3 hours ago||Sure I can control what happens||
I can control me. There is no law I have to watch, or care about, college football as much as I currently do. I happen to enjoy doing so, but it's a big world out there, and I can spend my time on other things. This expansion will create less games that I care about, so it is thus disappointing.
My life will go on. But "the game I love" is not "Rutgers vs Indiana" or "Maryland vs Ohio State"; the teams matter. Even the negative impact to Michigan's schedule aside, I liked "MSU vs Wisconsin" and "Iowa vs Ohio State" much better (all the type of games we'll be seeing less of).
|26 weeks 1 day ago||That was top notch||
Granted I've nearly really listend to an assistant coach's press conferences, but is this type of repor and back & forth typical at UM or other places?
I guess I am used to either the fortress mentality of quick, generic sound bites (Bill Belichek, Jim Harbaugh and pretty much any other NFL coach) or the wacky southern team college coach (e.g., Steve Spurrier, Les Miles), but Borges seems so relaxed and that he actually enjoys the back & forth. Good for him.
|26 weeks 1 day ago||Because 3 games against crappy D is all we have to go on...||
...and isn't (or shouldn't) be enough. Ohio State's team, overall, last year was thoroughly mediocre, but not their defense. It was at Top 20/25 defense; it was their offense which was terrible (except, unfortunately, until they played us). Plus, playing great against OSU, with a BCS game on the line and UM trying to snap a 7-game streak is a lot more pressure than playing against either Northwestern or Air Force (or anybody, really). The performance was unbelieveably huge.
And Denard didn't just play "very well" against OSU -- he was lights out awesome. Again, find me a better performance by Henne, Brady, Henson, Navarre, Leach, Smith, Franklin, etc against OSU. It doesn't exist.
Finally, the difference against Air Force was without Denard, we literally had less than zero offense. And, unlike Iowa, Air Force gave our D fits and it was a close game, so we needed every one of those yards. Against Iowa, Devin was fantastic and it was exciting to see, but he at least had some help.
For the record, I think Devin should start against OSU. I'm no doctor, but I've seen nothing that indicates Denard is healthy enough to realistically be in top form, which is what is needed against OSU. I'm just tired of this idea (like I heard on WDET yesterday by one of their host) that "Man, Michigan should have went to Devin as QB last year and Denard as RB." I think that is just foolish and overlooks some awesome QB performances (e.g., ND, Neb, OSU, Air Force).
|26 weeks 1 day ago||Just confirms: "national" folks really don't know what's up||
One thing I finally realized a 2-3 years ago was how little, at a deep level, ESPN et al folks know about local issues. I don't fault them - it's impossible to know the details of 30+ teams in a particular sport. If you cover just one sport (a la Mandel at SI), it's definitely better, though not perfect, but there's only so much time in the day. Thus, while I like shows like PTI and the BS Report, I realize they are just for entertainment purposes - there is no real analysis most of the time. An example:
- About 3 years ago, when Detroit was in the midst of the recession meltdown, Simmons was on his podcast ruminating over the "fact" the Red Sox had a real shot at Miguel Cabrera b/c (paraphrasing) a) Detroit fans won't possibly support the Tigers in big numbers during a recession and b) the owner will have to trade Cabrera in a salary dump.
On the surface, that sounds reasonable. However, if you know anything about the situation, you realize that is idiotic. a) Detroit fans are as passionate as they come (the Tigers have continued to sell 3 million tix a season) and b) more importantly, Mike Illitch is not only truly rich (i.e., he's no Frank McCourt), he grew up in Detroit AND played minor league ball in the Tigers organization. There was a zero percent chance someone with that background would dump Cabrera.
Same thing with Devin/Denard. Devin has looked really good, particularly last week, but what was the competition? More importantly, in 2011, Denard literally had the best game in the last 50 years of UM vs OSU football at the QB position (seriously - find a better QB performance in The Game). But if you don't really follow the program, how would you know? However, you do know, based on numerous highlights, he runs really fast and doesn't wear shoelaces. That, you know.
|26 weeks 1 day ago||Some explain to me, slowly, why the B1G added Rutgers...||
...if it's not a cable TV play? I'm serious. I've seen all these posts about "$100 million" and "YES Network" and "Delany knows how to get cable companies on board" and NOW he freakin' "emphasizes how difficult it will be" to get BTN added, i.e., he has no guarantee, not even a good likelihood, that these copious fees will happen?
Why are we bailing out Rutgers? Why do I care if Maryland now has a "local" rival to play in the new B1G that "enhances" them?
|26 weeks 1 day ago||Existed to whom?||
If Maryland and Rutgers football didn't exist before yesterday (i.e., didn't have D1A college football - they were effectively like the Univ of Chicago), would it have mattered to the typical B1G viewer/fan? I would gather for the large majority, while they may have casually watched them for a Thursday night game or something, if the last 20 years of Maryland and Rutgers football were wiped off the planet, it wouldn't have materially mattered -- the B1G/Michigan fans still would have enjoyed college football just as much. We would have gone to the same Rose Bowls, won the same Heismans, had the same UTL, etc.
Now, with them in our conference, they exist when they didn't before. They now matter to me, when I really didn't give them a second thought before. They are effectively the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Nashville Predators, and now my Detroit Red Wings will have to play these two new teams more often, in place of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins.
So in essence, Delany has "created" these teams for Michigan fans. The games we schedule (and don't schedule) and the chances of us winning the conference, etc have changed b/c of this expansion.
|26 weeks 1 day ago||There's plenty of reason to believe it won't be true||
I assume you are reffering to this article.
I agree it's possible that since Fox now owns most of YES (which is very valuable in NYC) they will have leverage to get their other channels e.g., BTN, carried. However, it's a HUGE leap to think they're going to be able to force Time Warner and Cablevision to pay $1.25 per subscriber for BTN, in order for those cable companies to have YES. It will be ugly if they try that - politicians will get involved and everything.
Cable companies can't just keep allowing their prices to skyrocket. Their growth has maxed out and people will just (continue to) leave if you force them to pay more for stuff they don't want. They'll just cut the cord. BTN, a network I would guess literally 99% of NYC residents could do without, is not going to get added to basic cable w/o a fight. Look at how hard they battled over the NFL Network, which is product NYC residents actually care about.
|26 weeks 1 day ago||But if that's what people mean, say it||
As noted in many of these posts, the OP, and Delany & co, the talk is all about NYC, not NJ. They are not the same thing. If Rutgers is only supposed to bring central NJ, they are not nearly valuable enough to add.
|26 weeks 1 day ago||That's correct - revenues HAVE to grow substantially||
If revenues don't grow by the figure you listed BECAUSE of this addition (not an increase that would have happened anyway), Michigan (and the other 11) gave up money.
Based on recent sports TV/media deals, it seems like an easy target. However, it would be interesting to see how much BTN would have gotten with the current 12 vs. the new setup. The incremental amount is what matters - otherwise this addition causes a dilution in earnings. You'd need Delany break out how much they got from DC, Baltmore, North NJ, NYC, etc cable systems to start to figure that out, but my guess is that won't happen. BTN will just announce a deal in a few years that is 50% larger than the previous one and credit Delany's genius of those two additions as being a big part of the reason, with little evidence to back it up.
In short, I can see it being accretive for UMD (I don't think this is the slam dunk others do, but it certainly is possible, perhaps even likely they will be "worth it" financially); for Rutgers, I think Delany looks like a rube starstruck by the lights of the big city of NYC, of which Rutgers has hardly any claim (certainly not enough for the dilution in earnings that adding them will cause).
|26 weeks 1 day ago||You've argued for UMD; not for Rutgers||
I agree that UMD will likely get BTN added to a basic package for Comcast (or whomever) in DC. That may certainly bring bucks, but I'm curious to see how much hardball those systems play - if Maryland continues to stink, Delany may not get as much per subscriber as he hopes. Cable systems are getting fed up with programming costs and have to hold the line as much as possible, otherwise people will just cut the cord on cable.
However, I completely disagree with a couple of your points:
- As shown by the leaked divisions, Michigan & MSU will likely play in College Park literally once a decade. And while adding Penn State and Ohio State will help, is the net difference that much more than Clemson, Virginia Tech or FSU? Is it perhaps 1-5,000 more people? That's not a big revenue gain. As said by MD's President Loh, this move is not about people attending games.
- Delany, and others, have talked about Rutgers bring NYC, not NJ. NYC is where the big money is, and there is very little chance (approaching zero) BTN will get added to the basic package there, in my opinion. As I noted, those cable systems fought long and hard about adding, even to sports tiers, packages that affected the Giants and the Rangers -- they are not going to be swayed by Jim Delany and Rutgers.
|26 weeks 1 day ago||Rutgers doesn't bring New York - I need proof of this||
You, and the OP, seem to think NYC is "locked up" now that B1G has Rutgers? Can someone show any evidence of this?
Why would a huge NYC cable system require ALL of its millions of subscribers -- the vast majority of which could not care less about college football -- to pay each & every month for the BTN? I can't see it. Rutgers is not to NY as Nebraska is to Omaha.
Michigan and MSU (to pick an example) are big enough draws that BTN is Channel 65 on Comcast, which means EVERY Comcast subscriber in Metro Detroit, whether they watch BTN or not (and most don't), pay for the channel as part of their basic package. That's where the real money is; not in separate tiers.
In NYC, Cablevision and Time Warner (the two biggest cable systems in NY) will keep things as-is -- you have to pay $6.95/month (Cablevision's Optimum Sports Pak) or $8.99/month (TW's Sports Pass) in order to get the "tier" of extra sports channels that includes BTN. That's why BTN is channel 413 (Cablevision) and channel 472 (TW).
So far, no one has shown me evidence that getting the chance to watch Rutgers-Maryland, Rutgers-Indiana, or even Rutgers-PSU will force these big systems to add the channel to its basic lineup (which again, is where the money is; not in sports tier, where the BTN is already at - Delany wants 5 million people to pay BTN 60 cents a month, not 20,000 people (or however many passionate Rutgers fans there are in NYC) to pay BTN $6.95 a month).
|26 weeks 1 day ago||When & how will Maryland & Rutgers "upgrade", exactly?||
I don't get this line of thinking at all. You take two historically (and I mean historically -- like, for decades) programs and just by mixing them with the Big 10, they are supposed to get magically better? As bad as the B1G is this year in football, it's still not as bad as the Big East, and that's the only reason Rutgers is 9-1 this year. By playing OSU, Michigan, Nebraska, Penn State, Wisconsin, etc on a regular/semi-regular basis, Rutgers (and UMD) are supposed to have a better record and thus get more fans for their overbuilt stadiums?
Instead, the far more likely option is they will be Purdue or Minnesota - occasionally have 8 or 9 win seasons, but most years putter along with 4-7 wins (with a good portion of those wins coming from the nonconf).
With that recipe, I have no idea why Time Warner in NYC, or any other cable system in that NYC area or Philly area, will add the BTN on anything more than a "sports tier" (i.e., pay $7.99 and get these channels); it won't be basic cable, which is what he needs.
I hope for Delany's sake he has some inside info on the cable systems in NYC and Philly (who have historically been very combative about adding sports - they've fought adding channels that effect the Giants and the Rangers -- you think they're going to care about the Scarlet Knights?). Because otherwise, he is suffering from delusions of grandeur.
|26 weeks 2 days ago||Great||
Yet another reason to hate this expansion move. It's great we'll get to go to Camp Randall and Happy Valley once a decade or so.
|26 weeks 2 days ago||Can we get Heiko to this press conference?||
Beyond trying to get through Delany's BS, I'm sure Heiko can get his thoughts on the bubble screen.
|26 weeks 2 days ago||The future is unknowable, but this is a panic move||
If it wasn't a panic move, why wouldn't we be hearing about it until the last minute (at least in UMD's case)?
Read this article where Tom McMillen (former UMD bball player and now a regent) notes he voted against it b/c it was a rushed process.
Loh (UMD president) says that with a new generation not wanting to attend games (student sections around the world, unite!) it's about getting "eyeyballs." Well, how many "eyeballs" are they going to get for the bevy of crappy matchups that UMD and Rutgers will bring in football (and it's basically all about football - the BTN adds subscribers based on that primarily)?
More importantly, who says those "eyeballs" will pay, in sufficient amounts or at all? "The future" include a cord-cutting generation that increasingly says "Well, I've got my iPhone and Hulu Plus - I'm good." They are not going to pay extra for UMD-Purdue, Rutgers-Indiana or UNC-Minnesota.
You're going to see in media what you are now seeing in tickets (e.g., less season tix, more StubHub) - pay as you go (i.e., instead of paying $100 for cable each month, I'll pay $5 or $10 a game to watch OSU-Nebraska or Michigan-MSU). For that you need quality, not quantity. They are going the wrong way.
One of the big selling points college sports has is tradition - for Delaney, Brandon & co sakes, I hope they are right that throwing a big part of that away makes sense.
|26 weeks 2 days ago||Not Sure If Serious||
If so, why would we like it? Why should I get excited about the fact we'll play fewer games against Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota and some other schools I care about? Or even worse, that some school will sneak into a championship game not having played a couple of the 3-4 schools that are actually good in the B1G that year b/c schedules will be so unbalanced? Or in bball, potentially playing IU, MSU, Illinois, etc only once a year so we can play in Piscataway, NJ?
Think of it this way: when Arkansas was announced as our first big non-conf "get" in the post-ND era, if it had been Maryland instead, how excited would the fan base be? Just replicate that feeling every year, and we're there.
|26 weeks 2 days ago||If you think getting students to the game is a problem now...||
...wait until they have to get up for a noon game against Rutgers or Maryland.
And if Maryland is having a hard time coming close to filling their stadium now, wait till everyone gets jacked up for Minnesota, Purdue, Iowa, Indiana, Northwestern and Illinois coming town.
While I don't see it, I'm sure Delany & co have worked their abacuses and done the number sand somehow, due to cable TV revenue, there are few extra bucks for everyone involved.
But from a sports standpoint, it gives me one more reason I'm glad I gave up my season tickets. I'll just scalp a few games I year that I care about and pocket the rest.
What a joke - UMD fans hate the move and B1G hate the move. Result: Do it anyway.
|26 weeks 3 days ago||Hopefully you won't get hurt...||
...when the ban hammer drops on you.
Truly, an awful sentiment. And if you were trying to be funny about Denard and/or Fitz - you failed.
|26 weeks 5 days ago||Nice idea, but can't be true/big reason||
As noted in the article, it is happening all over the country, not just places that didn't have success in 2008. I mean, at MSU, their group of freshman has seen their best run of success in almost 40 years at that school in football. Yet, they have even worse problems than UM does in terms of students showing up.
Like others, it is more of a generational/technology thing - you now can watch the game on 60" flat screen (or your phone, or your computer - whatever) and not have to go through the "difficulty" of actually getting off your butt, shaking off your sleepiness/hangover, getting dressed, watiing in line, etc. Combine that with Michigan's student section being huge, so that pretty much any student who (at least in theory) that is somewhat interested can get a ticket, along with no real penalty/benefit at UM if you show up on time (if at all) -- you're going to have a lot no-shows.
|27 weeks 1 day ago||Further proof the B1G football is awful this year||
That BHGP link had the following stat: "The Wolverines are ranked in the latest polls. They will be the first ranked team Iowa will face this season."
Iowa had to get 7 games into its B1G schedule to play a single ranked team (and at that, one that's only #23)? That's pathetic.
I hope OSU and MSU fall into pits of despair, but overall, this conference has got to get it together. We're like the Big East (West side version).
|27 weeks 2 days ago||Left the '94 Colorado game early||
I left the Colorado game with about 5 minutes left in 1994 b/c I had to go to work. I thought the game was in hand and, more importantly, my boss was a stickler for not being late (and it was an internship I really need on my resume), so I thought I was safe. Ooops.
Since this was before cell phones, I walked in the door to see people huddling around a TV and I just saw the very end of the Hail Mary to Westbrook. I haven't decided if it was better for me not to be there in person and be scarred for life or if it was worse to miss one of the most (in)famous plays in the history of Michigan Stadium. In the end, I just pretend it didn't happen.
|28 weeks 1 day ago||Well, Arkansas is interesting||
While there were others I would have liked to have chosen instead, I give credit that it is a program that has had some high-level success, over a fairly long period, and also that it is a home & home against "S-E-C."
Really surprised it is not a more obvious place for alums to gather (e.g., NYC, LA, DC). Fayetteville, and Arkansas in general, is not exactly a destination, nor a place where we get a lot students. Perhaps Wal-mart Wolverines was taken too literally by Brandon? :)
|28 weeks 1 day ago||Also, that 2016 home schedule is really bad||
The top 3 games for that year are:
3) Northwestern or maybe Colorado? (if the Buffs somehow get back to respectability, instead of their current run of epic terribleness).
The leftovers are Hawaii, Miami (OH), Ball State and Illinois. Oof.
Regardless of ranking, that will definitely be another StubHub/scalping year.
|28 weeks 5 days ago||Kudos to BTN||
While I didn't have the live point of view Woodson had, I too remember that hit very easily from watching it live on TV. That short preview you embedded (which has clear, new camera angles, which is awesome) doesn't even show the most common view of the hit, which made it look even harder as you didn't see Taylor coming into the picture until the last split second. That view made the hit look incredibly violent (which as noted by Hoke and others, it was).
Thanks for posting this story - I will definitely watch this piece tomorrow.
|29 weeks 1 day ago||Do you really not see the huge difference?||
"Yet someone we like does something very similar, maybe worse, and most here are defending him."
- The discussion about Gholston was because he was clearly knocked out. His actions on the field (laying on top of Miller for half a minute; not moving) were given no other plausible explanation beyond he was knocked out. You don't lay on top of the opposing team's QB for that long, with your hand on his belly, if you are "winded."
- Thus if Gholston was knocked out, he had a concussion. Knocked out = concussion. End of story. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000799.htm
- Scott was not knocked out in the Arizona game. He still could have had a concussion. He vomited once and then a timeout was called before any more plays occurred. At that time, he was evaluated by Arizona's medical staff. Based on that, RR put him back in the game.
- After a three more plays, the drive ended and apparently something changed where they decided to keep him on the bench the rest of the game. Scott (according to himself and RR) was "naseuous" all day b/c he was running the ball more than normal and it was hot (his words); they kept him out at the end because they were being "cautious."
If someone has evidence that a) Scott wasn't evaluated for a consussion or b) he had one and RR still put him in, RR is in the wrong and worse than Dantonio. Since I have seen exactly zero of that, your statement off-base.
|29 weeks 6 days ago||Watch Dhani Jones on this play||
Woodson's play was insane, and obviously all eyes are on him to see how he caught the ball and stayed in bounds, but in rewatching, look at #55 (which I think was Dhani Jones) behind Woodson at both the 46 sec and 53 sec marks. He absolutely body slams the MSU receiver who the pass was inteded for into the artificial turf. Never noticed that until just now.
He does this a split second after Woodson touches the ball, so I don't think it was pass inteference (not that any ref would have been looking), but that player from MSU must have been shocked by both the catch and the body slam.
|31 weeks 1 day ago||Thanks for posting this||
I always considered Beano Cook one of the odd birds of CFB, which is fine - CFB should have plenty of wacky guys who are prone to overstatement, as CFB is defined by passion. As long as he didn't get TOO much exposure, I was fine with him and his predicting Ron Powlus would win multiple Heisman's and the like.
Also - I did not see the ending coming. A real surprise.
|31 weeks 2 days ago||This.||
It wasn't even close to full.
The top part (e.g., which is maybe 15-20 rows?) of the entire student section was barely 10% full from the start of the game and it was downhilll from there.
|31 weeks 2 days ago||Doesn't the BTN get to choose some games?||
I may be remembering incorrectly, but I thought the BTN could choose certain games throughout the year, so they made sure each team was on its network a certain number of times.
If you look at the slate this week, it's not a very appealing week, even for the weak Big 10. Ohio State, the top ranked team, is playing Purdue (who has gotten crushed its last two games) and other contenders (e.g, Nebraska and Wisconsin) play Northwestern and Minnesota, two low profile teams.
So UM-MSU is the "big" game, and maybe BTN picked it and the networks were like, "Eh, neither team is in the Top 20 -- you can have them."
|32 weeks 2 days ago||An underappreciated Denard gem||
This is a small quibble, but it's interesting when Denard runs for the 7th most rushing yards in the long history of Michigan football, against a team that was a (mildly) sexy upset pick by certain media types (and even those who picked Michigan, usually did by a only a TD or so), it seems that the reaction to Denard's game was, "Nice job being basically the whole offense in a huge blowout. Ho hum."
Denard made it look simple on Saturday, esp. compared to Fitz's completely horrible game. Denard broke multiple huge runs to set up easy scores AND got the tough yards on the 3rd and 2 type plays, as mentioned above. He also did a solid job in the passing game.
I agree Jake Ryan and the rest of the defense played very well, but Denard was awesome yesterday. I think he's being damned with faint praise and deserved the Hoke "double point."
|33 weeks 1 day ago||Let what go? There are plenty of questions not answered.||
It is 100% reasonable that someone watching that video would think Gholston was knocked out. In fact, it is by far the most likely interpretation.
But maybe we're are all wrong. Fine. Let's have the MSU coaches and doctors explain, exactly, how they determined Gholston only "had the wind knocked out" and didn't also have a concussion.
- Why did Gholston not move when the ref tapped him on the back?
- Why did Bullough (I think that was the MSU player) have to climb his way out, instead of Gholston (who after all, was conscious according to MSU) rolling off him?
- Why did Gholston force Miller to lie there with his Gholston's hand on Miller's belly for close to a minute if all he needed was to literally catch his breath?
- Did the doctors observe a video of the play clearly showing a helmet-to-helmet hit, resulting in Gholston going limp, before they put him back in?
- What tests, exactly, did they perform to determine he was not concussed?
- What are their qualifications for doing neurological testing?
Head injuries are THE story of football in this decade. Nothing has changed how the game is played more than this and we are well beyond "Trust me, he was fine." Players are suffering long-term injuries and early death because football still hasn't gotten a handle on this. MSU should provide reasonable answers to reasonable questions (i.e, no "Next Question!")
|33 weeks 2 days ago||Impossible||
1) As noted many places earlier, if you are knocked out due to a hit to the head, by definition, you have a concussion.
2) Team sports doctors are notorious for having dual loyalties - to their profession and to their team. I am not suggesting MSU is better or worse at this than any program in the country, but it is not at all shocking that a team doctor wouldn't properly do their job. It seems extremely unlikely, based on the fact he literally didn't move for a long period, that Gholston had "the wind knocked out."
At a bare minimum, this Gholston event should require a persistent investigation by the media. One interesting fact - the word "neurology" is not mentioned on the entire MSU team physician page. Perhaps there is a good explanation for this (seriously, maybe there is), but I'd love to hear it. Who sets their concussion protocols? How do they make sure they are followed? Did they see the video that showed a) Gholston received a hit to the head, not the chest and b) didn't move when the ref tapped him on the back. Etc.
I have zero love for Gholston, but it is common knowledge now that the absolute worse thing that a player can do after receiving a concussion is go out and play right away, b/c if they receive a second one, they literally could be killed. It made me sad, for him, to see him out there later that same day.
|34 weeks 12 hours ago||Agreed - it's not recruiting for the one-offs, it's the alums||
The reason I think the game (if at all possible) will be in CA, NYC, the DC area, etc is those are areas where Michigan has a) many alums and b) many high-rolling alums ("Ah, Stephen Ross! I didn't realize you lived on Manhattan. Would you like to join us in our suite?").
That's much more important for Brandon (or pretty much any big-time AD) - the only reason he'd go somewhere not alum-friendly is if he can get an "event" (see the Thursday night opening game vs Utah).
|34 weeks 22 hours ago||My prediction: Syracuse||
Not the sexiest pick (or the one I'd want), but they only have one non-conf scheduled in 2015 (at ND, coincidentally) and Brandon could easily talk them into "hosting" UM in 2015 at MetLife Stadium outside NYC (which means it is an EVENT) and then come to Big House in 2016.
Syracuse is trying to brand itself as New York City's team, and they are playing a game every year at MetLife Stadium, but don't have one in 2015. It's going to be us as soon as Brandon realizes how many NY/NJ/CT alums we have.
Let's just hope Donovan McNabb doesn't have any more eligibility.
|34 weeks 1 day ago||Not sure if serious||
Bad grammar on my part. I was speaking about GA Tech not being a big name (in football outside their region), and thus Georgia might be willing to schedule a big national name, such as Michigan.
Georgia, while not in the tippy-top echelon (e.g. Alabama, USC, Florida), they are right below that. Georgia is certainly a big name program.
|34 weeks 1 day ago||Who are the available options? Gators, Bulldogs & Bruins?||
I saw Florida mentioned and while I would like that, they already play FSU each year OOC. I'm not sure if Florida wants to have two potentially very tough games be on their non-conf schedule.
Georgia might be a possible. They play GA Tech (and Southern and LA Tech), and while they are a decent program, they are not a big name.
UCLA could work - they have Virginia/Rutgers, Nevada and UNLV in 2015/2016 so they might want a big name. We have a lot of S CA alums, and CA is a potentially big recruiting state.
Alabama is likely not an option. They already play MSU in 2016/2017, so they won't want to come to the state two years in a row.
Oklahoma, Texas, USC, Miami and LSU are not options (e.g., full non-conf schedules and/or already have too many big opponents.)
|34 weeks 2 days ago||Excellent points, but that's also probably b/c||
...you wathced other B1G games earlier in the day. I mean, MSU could not have looked much worse , OSU wasn't much better, and Iowa is in a downward spiral. I didn't see the Illinois game, but that had to be ugly, losing to LA Tech by 4 TDs.
Michigan needs to be able to go at least 6-2 against this motley collection, whatever the problems the team currently has. It's as low as I've seen the Big 10 in decades.
|34 weeks 2 days ago||It was a "debacle", b/c the playcalling wasn't really the reason||
I mean, off the top of my head, 200+ of those yards were:
a) the pass where Denard was being ankle-tackled, yet still completeing a throw to Hemingway with the kind of "MAKE PLAYS" throw that worked great in 2011 and poorly in 2012 ,
b) the throw to a double-covered Heminway when he just went up & got it (another "MAKE PLAYS" throw) and
c) the bomb to Gallon which was an inexplicable breakdown by ND with less than 30 secs left.
A "debacle" is probably too strong, b/c there were some nice play calls/designs (e.g., the throwback screen to Vincent Smith for the TD), but particularly the 1st half of that game was terrible.
Also, small point, but we had about 450 yards that game, not 500+.
|34 weeks 2 days ago||Good points, but Borges did not "do fine"||
Throwing 24 passes (not incl sacks), when that passer seems to be having a bad day throwing, is not the right mix. Denard dropped box to throw about 15 times (counting the sacks) in the first half of a close game. That is crazy.
Denard should run & throw the ball about 15 times a game TOTAl, +/-5, with changes depending upon how things are going (both how he's playing and what the defense is giving). MSU could not pass against ND, but they certainly ran decently. Why did we think we should throw the ball about 30 times (which was the pace we were on) in a game against a team that we knew could bring a lot of pressure, esp. against our underperforming OL, which Denard has trouble handling? And why have many of those passes be 10+ yards down the field?
Also, that interception on the Gardner slant was definitely not an "Oh Noes" play. Not a single person thought Denard was running, as he doesn't take a single step (nor even a fake one) toward the line of scrimmage, which is how I understand it being defined. A faked handoff isn't the same thing.
All that said, Denard did not execute on certain plays, particularly the first two INTs and the fumble. Whatever game plan he is given, he needs to do better within its confines.
|34 weeks 2 days ago||What skill set...||
...did freshman Steven Threet or did Nick Sheridan have that weren't exploited? What diamond it that rough was waiting to be shined?
|34 weeks 2 days ago||Different Smith throws - it was an inexplicable call||
Re the Smith part of your post, four things:
1) Minnesota does not have ND's defense. While I don't think ND's defense is great, one thing it does have is a good front 7 that bring pressure (as shown in their last two games). Vincent Smith is also short. So you are asking a RB, who very rarely throws, to throw the ball in the face of likely pressure. Not a recipe for good decision or execution.
2) It is always harder to complete a pass in the red zone, and in particular, within the last 10 yards as there is less space for the defense to cover. Smith's pass last year was actually thrown last year from about the 23 yard line, about 10 yards further out than the pass against ND.
3) Last year, Dileo was completely wide open. If you look at Smith's pass, http://youtu.be/Q_1249Nr75I?t=8s, he just nicely lolli-popped it to him, which was doable b/c there was no one within 10 yards of Dileo (or within 5 yards of Smith). Against ND, while the WR was open, it would have taken a nice throw that actually led the player and had the proper amount of arc over a defender - not too much, not too little. Again, a tough throw for an RB.
4) Minnesota was Smith's first ever pass. Doubtful Minnesota would have been looking for it. However, he also threw a pass against Purdue later. So ND, if they did some scouting, would likely not have been as fooled by a Smith pass.
In short, it was very dumb playcall. All trick plays are risks, but that had too many factors working against it.
|34 weeks 2 days ago||No - I think they are demonstrably worse||
Taking an extra 1-2 minutes, 5-10 times a game in order to sort out ball placement, who did what, etc is a BIG deal. It makes the game much less watchable. Pro football is already (with the real refs) a s-l-o-w game. I mean, there's nothing on TV that I hate more than, 1) team scores (commerical), 2) team kicks-off (another commerical). That's about 10 minutes with one actual play. Having these replacement refs grinds the gears even more.
Beyond the slowness, the amount of "Hey, are they allowed to do that?" plays is ridiculous. I don't think I've seen more one/two hand shivers to the face, not called as personal fouls, than in the last three weeks. Also, I don't think I've seen as nearly many bad pass interference calls. I'm not talking "Well, I probably wouldn't have called it" but actual "He didn't even touch him - why did they call that?" If you haven't seen a number of those, I'm sure you could readily google them up. It's pathetic.
These refs are WAY over their heads. It's tough to watch.
|34 weeks 5 days ago||I have no idea the %, but I've seen it first-hand||
One of the most uncomfortable and disappointing experiences in my long history of MIchigan fandom was watching the ND-UM game in 2010 at a house party in the Ann Arbor Twp/Saline area. A friend had invited me over, as he had recently moved into the neighrborhood and he was having a TV watching/house warming party, so there were ~100 people there in this huge house, mostly on the middle-aged side (30-50 years old). I didn't know the vast majority of these folks, but judging by the apparel, almost all were UM fans.
This was before Denard was "DENARD" and, of course, his performance in that game was unbelievably awesome. But instead of people being happy we have this guy as our QB for the next 3 years, the amount of complaining & racial code words being tossed around about him was infuriating. It really turned me off of a portion of the Michigan fan base, as I've occasionally heard similar talk from a similar "class" of people in tailgating situations over the past few years.
As stated in the title, I have no idea the % of people who harbor these racist feelings (it is assuredly a minority), and it can be easy to conflate Michigan's unholy love of "traditional" football with many fans problem with a QB who wears long braided hair and runs for almost as many yards as he passes.
Complaining about Denard is, as pointed out, completely understandable. He's far from perfect (e.g., way too many INTs) and other QBs (esp. Navarre) were complained about just as much. But the WAY some people (particularly, in my experience, the older, high-roller crowd) complain about Denard does not make me feel happy thoughts about society.
|35 weeks 1 day ago||I miss Wheatley, and Keith Jackson||
This video, especially the run against Washington (about the :35 mark), not only fondly reminds me of Wheatley's awesome talents but also the wonderfulness of Keith Jackson announcing.
He had the perfect voice for college football on TV and his word choice was great with the proper amount of enthusiasm for a nat'l announcer.
I mean, on TV, I can see what's going on, so I don't need a lot of verbiage during the play.
|36 weeks 1 day ago||?||
|36 weeks 1 day ago||For what it's worth, here's where mgoblue says it started||
The video posted at mgoblue starts with Borges saying, " other than not getting the ball to Fitz..."
Now, that doesn't mean the great bubble screen back&forth of 2012 didn't occur; perhaps it just wasn't posted. I'm just saying we don't have video evidence (which is too bad, b/c that part was hilarious).
|36 weeks 1 day ago||That's too bad about Ferry Field||
Ferry Field is where Jesse Owes had the greatest hour in sports history.
Boy, I'm sure all these new places (and there are a LOT) will be nice and I know the athletic department is self-funded, but man, that's quite an empire at a public university. Again, I know they'll get donors and season ticket holders to pony up, but it's quite stunning. I have no idea how other Div 1A schools, outside a group of 20 or so (Texas, OSU, Stanford, etc) will ever remotely keep up. Which is the idea, I suppose.
|36 weeks 1 day ago||It's true, there are many maizes||
...but we seem to be inventing the future with our own particular, day-glo version. Even the image you have above is noticeably softer than our new "maize."
But as you said, as long we keep it somewhere on the yellow/orange spectrum and don't get totally ridiculous, we can Lewis Carroll/Humpty Dumpy that thing and have it mean whatever we want, I suppose.
|36 weeks 1 day ago||Regarding #2, you are missing the point||
While I have only been to a few road games (and they were fun), I have seen every team in the Big 10 play Michigan, multiple times, in person. Why? Because they came to Ann Arbor. That's the point. For most Michgian fans, getting tix to home games is the easiest way for us to see our team and their oppenents. Playing one-offs in remote, NFL locations doesn't give us that opportunity.
Also, on the secondary point, it's true I very likely wouldn't have gone to Tuscaloosa, but I have to imagine for those who could, it would be a better college atmosphere than Jerry world.
|36 weeks 1 day ago||It's why people love the NFL draft and recruiting||
Morris is all about possibilities. Until he gets here and gets on the field, he's a 5-star and his road to awesomeness is free & clear, paved with bricks made of gold (or maize, as the case may be). That's just the way it is.
Of course, sometimes five-stars hit the field and the turn out to be Will Campbell (who I'm still rooting for, but he obviously hasn't nearly lived up to expectations). But man, we sure loved when it was all about possibilities.
I hope Morris turns out to be as great, all-time player, but playing QB, no matter your talent, as a true freshman is really hard. Thus my hope is Devin is the QB next year, as I know that starting a freshman usually means significant growing pains, even in the best of circumstances (Henne as a freshman is about as good as you can hope for, but I don't see a Braylon on our roster, even if Devin stays at WR).
|36 weeks 1 day ago||I actually had forgotten that.||
Seriously, I had.
Thank you for reminding me. Now I will go somewhere to drink a few to forget again.
|36 weeks 1 day ago||There's different colors for corn||
Lots of corn is also white. So when we wear our white jersey, are we also wearing maize jerseys? ;)
I personally don't really mind the brighter yellow (except when it's over used, like it was against Alabama - that was blinding). As mentioned elsewhere, what I really care about colorwise is the same color be used throughout, e.g., helmet matches the jersey.
However, maize (generally speaking - it's a color outside of its use by Michigan) is typically not bright, highlighter yellow. It definitely has an orange tinge to it
See below examples (even the UM example shows the color can be lighter, like the new football unis, or darker, like it used to be. It's just the baseline is typically not bright yellow):
Ultimately, we can make "maize" be whatever we want. I mean, UM's blue has changed over time as well (it's gotten darker). So I suppose "reality" is whatever we want it to be.
|36 weeks 1 day ago||Death to neutral site games||
Also while tailgating, I bemoaned the fact we wouldn't get a chance to see a big time non-conf program in the foreseeable future like Alabama in the Big House (or go to Bryant-Denny stadium for those who live in the region or travel). My only thought is Brandon things those type of "regular" games are too pedestrian.
I mean, I hate MSU, but I am envious they get to play Oregon, Alabama and Miami (YTM) over the next 8 years in home & homes. We, on the other hand, get Utah. Yipee.
|36 weeks 1 day ago||Absolutely - what a mess||
While tailgating, I watched as people trundled up Main Street and saw a small # of folks in those MSU game monstrosities, along with the UTL ones (which, while not great, were decidely better than MSU) and thought, "Wow - how do we continue to screw up such a great uniform? Wha' happen?"
Granted, some of the time said uniform is being worn by a fat person on whom only a Homer-esque mumu would be appropriate, but still.
The Alabama game jerseys (of which I haven't seen outside of on TV) do really show Michigan's new "highlighter" yellow approach. I'm guessing they, too, look worse on the average fan. On TV, it looked like someone was trying to emphasize how important the shoulder pad area was while preparing for their Kinesiology exam.
|37 weeks 21 hours ago||Overwhelmed was the world against Washington||
As someone who attended the FSU game and only watched the Washington game on TV, it's not exactly comparable, but I thought Washington was definitely the superior team (thought both were obviously excellent teams).
At least again FSU, Michigan could score. It was 25-23 at one point and it was a crazy game with scores happenening all sorts of ways. Against Washington, it seemed like our offense (which was/is the best UM offense in the last 40 years) could not do ANYTHING. Desmond Howard, who had been awesome all year, even against FSU, looked like he didn't deserve to be starting WR, let alone the Heisman winner.
It's one thing to lose, decisevely in the end, a shootout to FSU -- at least you can foolishly dream that if you didn't do a couple stupid things (e.g., 2 pick sixes) things might have gone your way. Against Washington, I had no illusions - they were just better. A lot better.
|37 weeks 1 day ago||No kidding||
I was responding to the post that said "This exact play..." Of course Michigan ran other plays. It's just too many of them were hand offs to Vincent Smith.
If you're Borges, and Saban has supposedly taken away your "Denard as a runner" play, if your response is "Denard as pinpoint pocket passer" & "Smith into the line", well I'd look real hard and see if there are other options you could have chosen. If the choice is btw Denard making a play and Smith making a play (against numbers, assuming you can't scheme to get an advantage), I'll take Denard.
Last year, to be brief, we went 11-2 b/c a) Denard went off against ND, b) the offense was awesome against OSU and Neb and c) most importantly, the defense was greatly improved the whole year (except OSU). Except for "b", that's not due to Borges, which is what we're discussing.
And if you think we're going 11-2 again this year, good luck. I hope you're right, but with our schedule, the team's roster and the way the team looked on Saturday (leaving aside we won't play a team remotely as good as Alabama again this season), I would say you're dreaming.
|37 weeks 1 day ago||We didn't have that RB and weren't playing OSU...||
...so shouldn't Borges have adjusted? Don't we have more than that "exact play"? Vincent Smith is not remotely as good as Fitz as a runner, so feeding Smith the ball doesn't seem like a great plan.
And as far as what Borges "knows", he may "know" in general, but I would like to be very good now, with our senior QB and our 1st Rd pick LT. In our biggest games last year/this year, the offense was poor for ND (Denard pulled that game out of his a**), MSU, Iowa, Va Tech and Alabama. Against Nebraska and OSU, it was v good/great.
That's not a great ratio. I thought after the improvement UM showed toward the end of 2011, we could count on Borges realizing he needed to work with what he had and maximize our current team's talents, but the regression against Va Tech and now Alabama may indicate Neb and OSU were the exception, not the rule, against good to great teams.
I understand Alabama's D is awesome, so I was not expecting 500 yards and 30+ points, and we may just have to accept the mismatch between coordinator and the talent he has, but I think we can be frustrated (or at least concerned) that our offense may not be quite as good as we hoped this year, in large part due to the deficiencies our OC.
|41 weeks 2 days ago||Sure - they're definitely trying to be "traditional"||
I think their uniforms below from 50 years ago are pretty ugly as well, but that's clearly the inspiration (at least in part) for these uniforms. I was just pointing out that the "W" on the uniform doesn't really match the "W" on the logo you posted.
As an aside, many institutions have logo incongruity. The famous "Old English D" for the Detroit Tigers actually has two forms - which I didn't even realize until a couple years ago, so even font "experts" don't realize stuff staring them in the face sometimes. It happens.
|41 weeks 2 days ago||Similar in that...||
they are both W's?
These are two different types of fonts. The uniform is a sans-serif font; the University font you showed above is a serif font (i.e., it has those little decorative lines, in this case at the top of the letter).
An example for those MS Word users out there is Arial (sans serif) vs Times New Roman (serif).
I'm guessing the uniform designers went with the sans-serif b/c it was "cleaner" but man, do they manage to look basic, yet ridiculous.
These uniforms (and the Nebraska ones) are ugly. Not sure if they're worse than the bumble-bee's, but they are bad.
|42 weeks 1 day ago||I do not agree with your order at all||
Steve Breaston has 9 TDs, total, in his NFL career. Braylon had almost twice that in one NFL season (2007). Hell, Braylon had 7 TDs in 2010 alone, not to mention some clutch catches in the playoffs (there is no way the Jets get in position to kick the winning FG against Indy w/o Braylon bailing out Sanchez with a great catch).
Jason Avant has been a serviceable #3 WR - he's good for 40-50 catches, 600 or so yards and 2-3 TDs.
Granted, as you said, Braylon has (had?) the most skill of those guys, so in theory he should have done more, but at least he was a #1 receiver at some point in his NFL career. Breaston and Avant haven't approached that.
|49 weeks 9 hours ago||Double agreed||
I haven't broken down Utah's roster and how it will play out in 2014, but based on the past decade, it seems likely they'll be a 7 to 8 win team, i.e., a team Michigan could easily lose to if we don't have play a good game.
It's just too bad we couldn't play someone with more history - that's one of the reasons I love Michigan, and really like about college football in general. Even Boise State, because they have been consistently excellent for about a decade now would have been "sexier" (I'm not saying they were necc. an option, just pointing out we don't have to restrict ourselves to teams that we awesome in the 1960s.)
|49 weeks 1 day ago||Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.......||
Color me unexcited. The only worse option would have been Oregon State or Washington State.
Utah is a fine program, but its last three bowls have been the Poinsettia, Maaco, and Sun Bowl. Plus, beyond their impressive performance in 2005-2009, there really isn't much history there (a la USC, UCLA or Colorado).
Glad for any Wolverines living out in Utah - I'm sure you'll enjoy going to see the away game.
|49 weeks 2 days ago||Chad Smith went to Lahser High in Bloomfield Hills||
He loves the state of Michigan and always talks about it when he gets the opportunity.
For example, Here's a video interview where he talks about learning the drums, growing up in Detroit, etc. It's conducted at Hunter House (great burger place in Birmingham).
|49 weeks 5 days ago||I resemble that remark||
As a person who fits that to a tee, I agree. I wouldn't move to Canton if I was single and in my 20s (unless I was planning on getting married in the next 2-3 years). That said, it's a great location, as I can get to AA in under 30 minutes and to Detroit in under 45 minutes, which allows me to attend a lot of fun activities, relatively quickly (key when you have family responsibilites).
If you're looking for a bit more fun place, similarly located, go a 10 minute drive north to Plymouth. It has an actual downtown with character. It's not Royal Oak or Ferndale in terms of youth, but it has a good number of bars and restaurants that aren't Applebee's or TGIF's.
|49 weeks 5 days ago||To each their own, I suppose||
I've had it three times, b/c each time I thought, 'Man, this will be awesome' based on all the hype. It was not awesome. Better than McDonald's or Burger King, sure, but nothing special.
|49 weeks 6 days ago||There's a difference between accurate and true||
I don't think it is OK for our AD to state some number, which while mathematically accurate, has nothing to do (meaningfully) with what football prices "should" be.
Money quote to explain what I mean: ""An accurate statement is factually correct; a true statement, besides being accurate, should mean what it seems to mean.""
DB is making it seem like UM football's ticket prices are too low, compared to what its main competitors are. And not just a bit low, "woefully under-market." If you look at what fans actually pay to attend a game (and not some ratio that "doesn't matter at all", that fans wouldn't be able to calculate without a TI-83), that is untrue. I don't call that marketing - I call that lying.
|1 year 2 hours ago||...and?||
Is a promsing head coach for the 1st-place Cardinals?
What are you saying - he'll leave a job literally at the top of his profession (defending World Series champs) that he just got, for a school that's part of league that can't even decide how to compete with the southern schools with better weather?
|1 year 5 weeks ago||For me, it's the passing||
I've watched the NHL longer than college hockey, but when I started getting back into watching college in the last ~5 years, the biggest different I noticed was the passing. When you watch the NHL (the Red Wings, in particular), there is much more tape-to-tape passing and everything is much more crisp. In college, the kids, while skilled, fumble around with the puck a LOT more, which makes it seem like markedly lower quality to me.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||Reminds me of the 2007 Penn State incident||
Pre-Sandusky, this was a low point in the Paterno era: "Six Penn State football players, including stars Anthony Scirrotto and Justin King, turned themselves in Friday to face charges that they barged into a party and started a violent fight at an off-campus apartment earlier this month."
That one involved less women punching, but did include a PSU's players girlfriend and also bring your "boys" to back you up.
As I recall, most of those charges were dismissed or reduced. Have no idea what will happen in the Arizona case,.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||Maybe not THAT big a sandwich||
He's listed elsewhere at 185 or 195 lbs, which is reasonable for someone his height (if he were a normal, everday guy). That said, your larger point is correct - I see him bellying up to the training table for the next few years, if he hopes to get on the field.
Good luck to him. Hopefully, I will never hear his name again b/c the only time you hear about long-snappers is if they goof up.
|1 year 16 weeks ago||I've never liked THJ shooting so many threes||
THJ has one of the prettiest 12-18 foot jump shots around and I have no idea why he is so enamored with the three. Well, actually I do have an idea, in that Michigan's offense is in large part built around 3's, but I've always thought he shot too many.
Consider: last year in games against ranked opponents and MSU (i.e., big games), here are his #s:
While there are certainly some decent performances in there, he tended to save his few "lights out performances (e.g., 4-6 and 5-7's) for last year's dregs of the B1G (e.g., Iowa, IU). When we were matched against top opponents (who presumbably can play more defense and there was more pressure for the shots to go down), he did pretty well occasionally, but usually was pretty bad.
My hunch is now that he's "the man" he's feeling more pressure that he's got to score in bunches (which certainly makes some sense; UM does not have a great deal of offensive firepower) and that's causing at least some of this consistently bad, while still voluminous, 3 point shooting. I wish he would focus on driving to the hoop and pull up 12-18 foot J's (if those are in the offense), and leave most of the three pointers to the other guards and Smotz.
|1 year 16 weeks ago||Two things: 1) actions / consequences and 2) future prevention||
Of course firing him doesn't change what happened. But I think, if I'm hired by a media/news organization, it is a reasonable expectation that my work on the job have consequences. If I do a great job (e.g., broke a legit story on a scandal), I'm sure they would take that work (which after all, is obviously in the past) and perhaps give me a bonus or better job title or something. On the flip, if I commit about as big an error as one can in sports news, it's reasonable to expect being fired - his poor work hurt not just him, but his employer's reputation.
Second, don't think some future cbssports.com writer won't think twice if he finds himself in a similar situation where he has a hot tip. He'll remember that Jacobi lost his job, and perhaps that cbs writer will do some extra due diligence before going with the story (which ultimately will make both him and his employer better off).
I don't have anything against Jacobi and hopefully he can find work elsewhere. It just shouldn't (and won't) be at CBS.
|1 year 16 weeks ago||In color commentary, Dakich is good||
I have no idea what he does (or doesn't do) on his radio show in Indy, so I can't comment on that.
I will say I agree with Brian on him as a color commentator. He didn't get EVERYTHING (none do), but he knows his stuff. For example, his breakdown of how Michigan was using the High Pick & Roll and how Purdue should (and wasn't) defending it was pretty spot on. I mean, during one sequence he pointed out that for Purdue to stop the layups they were going to have to live with leaving Stu open for corner 3's and boom, next possession Purdue stopped the rolling big man to the basket, leaving Stu open for a three.
As far as critcizing the refs, it is very rare for a color commentator (unless they're a long-time network star, like Bilas) to make comments about refereeing unless it is multiple and egregious. Remember, ESPN and the B1G are "partners" and if you criticize the refs heavily, you're de facto criticizing your corporate partner. It stinks, b/c that means commentators are less than forthcoming, but it's a fact of life in college sports.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Watch out for JP Tokoto||
He's an NC recruit and his dunk (in the video you posted) right before GRIII's was equally impressive, a spin move followed by a two hand slam.
It's going to be fun having GRIII's athleticism on the team next year.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||He means threads like this||
A good portion of the comments are "No big deal" (e.g., Mr. Rager, amongst many others). Certainly not all, but quite a bit.
I think now that's he going to jail for ten days, people have finally opened their eyes ("oh no, we can't have a jail bird on the team!"), but that shouldn't matter - whether they would have decided to send him to jail or not, he should have been on the zero tolerance plan*. Blatantly violating your probation and then lying about it at this point should result in gonzo.
*He may have been, for all I know, but it doesn't seem likely.. Hoke may have been waiting for confirmation of the charges, but I would have liked him to say yesterday "If these allegations are true, there will be a change in Stonum's status." Instead he punted with the "no change in status" statement.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||I know - I was expecting a Hulk-like rip down...||
...of a sign by a Spartan fan.
Too bad it wasn't that - I'm glad I missed this sign during the broadcast. Why M fans would want to focus, even in jest, on a team that we're not even playing is small-time to me.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||To answer your question...||
Richt completely screwed this game late in the 4th quarter and in OT.
Beyond what you mentioned, I can't believe the playcalling on the last series where one more first down would have sealed the deal. MSU had been dominating (to say the least) the line of scrimmage with something like 17 TFLs, and yet GA called three straight running plays (which of course, resulted in 4 total yards). While this got the clock down to about 2 minutes with no TOs, that's plenty of time for any offense, particularly MSU that has some playmakers, to throw the ball down the field.
I don't understand coaches who turtle up when the game is on the line. If Georgia's QB throws an incomplete on 2nd and/or 3rd down, MSU gets to keep a TO - so what? It's rare that with 2 minutes left a team is going to run out of time - either they will score (which MSU did w/ easily enough time left) or they will get stopped on downs, which makes whether they had 1 or 0 timeouts meaningless when you kneel on it 2 or 3 times. At least by throwing it, GA would have given themselves another chance or two to win the game, instead of completely relying on your D.
It's good the Big 10 won one game, but man, what an ugly slate of games this afternoon. As a football fan, I don't know why anyone would watch the Big 10 unless your from that set of schools.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Great comparison - this is our "white Coke" phase||
The Coke thing is currently being written up as Harvard Case Study as we speak, I'm sure. I spoke to some relatives this weekend about the white Coke debacle (they're all big Coke-heads) and a couple commented, "Well, it just goes to show no one can read anymore" and I pointed out, that's not it all. When you are a 100+ year brand like Coke, or UM football, people have a deep visceral connection with how the "brand" looks. The red of Coke and its script letters convey something without having even to think about it - virtually any consumer can just look at it and in an instant say, "That's Coke." They don't have to wonder, "Is that regular? Or is it Diet? Or something else?"
Michigan football, b/c of its long-term success on the field and unique (in D1-A) helmets paired with a fairly conservative uniform, has a similar broad appeal. Why Brandon would want to make someone glancing at a TV say, "Wait, is that Michigan or some other team -- Delaware maybe?" is beyond me. It dilutes the brand, all for a few bucks from M-Den.
Please someone create a Tony Montana montage with David Brandon to complete the (other kind of) white coke imagery.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||There's a point btw "established" & "change every 2 games"||
I would understand if Brandon & co decided to update the away uniform every ~two years if it was found necessary, for whatever reason, b/c it is not as established. But to have a different uniform basically every other game (remember, we have a grand total of 5 away games this year, counting the Sugar Bowl) is ridiculous.
It doesn't make it a uniform; it makes it a kid's playtime costume -- "today I'm a bumblebee!", "look, now I'm an airline pilot!"
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Not lately they don't - VA Tech doesn't travel well||
I've read in numerous places and seen it on this board that "VA Tech travels well." No they don't.
1) Here's info from last year's Orange Bowl:
Key fact: For that game, as of Dec 14 2010, VA Tech had only sold 6,500 tickets. So they are actually doing BETTER this year.
2) If you're every on EDSBS, you'll sometime see a picture of a 1/3 full ACC championship game featuring VA Tech and BC (link here). While Jacksonville is a poor location for an ACC championship game, and ticket sales have been much betterr for VA Tech now that it's in Charlotte, going from VA to North Carolina doesn't prove you "travel well."
In short, this is reason # 383 that the bowls are a travesty. Even when they cravenly try to set up a matchup based (supposedly) on ticket sales, they screw that up. This game should have KSU or Baylor (for ticket sales) or Boise (for TV ratings) if that was how they were going to make the matchup.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Seriously with point #2?||
I agree with #1 - that's a very valid assessment and quite possible.
But if you seriously think, with #2, that RR, who worked himself up from a student assistant job 30 years ago and has been in football ever since, got a multimillion dollar job, puts his reputation (which was seriously damaged at Michigan) on the line and moves his family across the country just so he can "hang out with his buddies" and not really "do the work" that's just weird.
All evidence from stories that have been written (see that one in SI this week for just one example) say that he wants to win badly at AZ. You can certainly criticize his coaching choices, offensive philosophy, etc, but I would need hard evidence to say he doesn't really care and he's just "milking it." You don't have any shred of that.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Other transfer...||
...is Daxx Garman. His backstory makes Tate Forcier seems stable, so it's not a surprise he's gone. He was declared ineligible in OK and TX in HS b/c of his between school movements.
Not saying he's a bad kid - just seems to have very involved parents and a desire to move around a lot.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Eh...so what? Those guys are movers.||
- I just looked up that Garman kid. He was declared ineligible twice in HS, once in OK and once in TX b/c his family moved him 4 times in 4 years. This now makes it 5 schools in 5 years.
- Savage said he transferred for his family. I have no idea if that's true, but he was already a transfer from Rutgers, so he seems to be on the move a lot as well.
When new coaches get hired, people transfer. Happens everywhere, including to Hoke this year (we lost something like 8 players?). The imporant thing for Rich Rod is unlike 2008, he already has a QB with experience who fits his offense in place, Matt Scott. RR will have to get freshman QBs for depth, but that's fine - he can point to Denard/Forcier in 2009 and get himself some talented newbie.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Evidence on Gibson: some good, some bad||
- First, he stunk at Michigan. I'm not going to even bother looking up the stats.
- At WVU, here's the passing defense rank of WVU for the last 4 years he was there. He had been coaching there a couple years by 2004, so he should have had "his guys" in place, so no excuses. Big East isn't the greatest conference (obviously) but did have some good passing attacks (e.g., Louisville under Petrino, Pitt with L Fitzgerald). Last, I realize the DB coach is not the only one in control of passing D (e.g., a great DL help passing defense greatly), but it's a good proxy:
2004: WVU is 32nd
In short, WVU was good for two years, terrible for one, and very good for another.
I have no idea why he sucked bad here, but I'm guessing Rich Rod is going on his longer time of work at WVU under Casteel. If Gibson can put up similar to most of those years above in Arizona, they'll be fine.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||This can not be overstated - Skip Holtz stinks||
I only watched the 4th quarter, but what a debacle. A fumble on first down by BJ Daniels when USF was in position to run out the clock for a winning field goal. Then, on the ensuing WVU last drive, a personal foul (basically after the play) on what would have been a 4th down for WVU, an offsides, and two(!) illegal substitution penalties.
WVU didn't so much march down the field as the ambled down it as a confused USF looked on. I will give WVU credit for that last play before the FG (a really nice catch), but that was it.
I'm glad I don't have to watch USF football on a regular basis.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Citrus is sometimes higher rated than many BCS bowls||
Because of its timing (mid-afternoon on New Year's), the Citrus Bowl usually has high ratings. For instance:
Michigan-Florida (2008): 9.1
That compares to last year's Sugar Bowl (which had OSU-Arkansas, 8.2) or the year before (which had Florida-Cincinnati, 8.6). Last year's Fiesta Bowl was a 6.2 (OK-Connecticut)
An even better chart is here: if people think a bowl a) has marquee teams and b) will be competitive, they'll watch. Otherwise they won't (see Alabama-MSU in last year's game, which everyone knew would be a blowout and they don't care about MSU):
In short, if Michigan would play a more marquee opponent in the Citrus (e.g., Georgia or Arkansas), that would likely deliver higher ratings (or at least equivalent) than Michigan vs. Houston.
Either way, I'll be happy. But if I had to pick, I choose the SEC opponent for the prestige factor.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||Here's what I don't see||
...an actual source for this "quote" beyond an edited WIkipedia page or a team message board like tigerdroppings.com. Until that proven source exists, anything that "could've happened" doesn't matter - there is zero proof it did, and this quote remains extremely suspect.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||The date matters||
Why would the date "be off by just a bit"? He either said it or he didn't. In any case, the reason a coach would say stuff in the media (again, using 2006 as an example) is you need the media's help in getting the human voters to switch your position - as worked when Florida went from #4 to #2, leapfrogging Michigan. Meyer was working the media all week leading up to the SEC championship game and voters bought his argument about there not needing to be a rematch with OSU against a non-conference champion.
Why would Saban on Dec 8th (or 7th, for that matter) come out with a quote disparaging Oklahoma when the human polls were not LSU's problem? The human polls (which came out on Dec 7th) had LSU at #2. Is Saban trying to use mind control over the computers?
It's much more likely Pete Carrol (who was at #1 in the AP and Coaches poll) would have said this quote - his team is the one that got screwed.
It's always possible anybody said anything, but until someone links to a reputable source, it's BS.
Link to Dec 7th poll:
|1 year 25 weeks ago||That Saban quote is clearly made up||
Beyond it being pointed out no one could source it, why would he have said it? On Dec 7, 2003 (i.e., the day before this supposed quote), Saban's team (LSU) moved up to #2 in the BCS rankings - the final rankings before the bowl games. His team was already in the championship! He didn't need to lobby in the press, a la Urban Meyer in 2006.
Knowing how much Saban hates talking to the media, why would he provide HUGE locker room material for his opponent in the upcoming BCS game, Oklahoma (who was #1 even though it lost the BIg 12 title game the week prior), by badmouthing them?
I really don't like Saban, but that's a complete BS quote.
Link for BCS rankings in 2003 (go to page 8, to see the last rankings, on Dec 7, 2003):
|1 year 26 weeks ago||So tired of this "esteem" junk||
Did Lloyd Carr go 1-5 against OSU (under Tressel) b/c he didn't "position Michigan as Ohio State's challenger" or didn't run a "program with a purpose"? Did he not sufficiently recruit the state of Ohio? Did he not "get" the rivalry?
This type of garbage like "Hoke's given each opponent the appropriate focus and esteem" has little to do with whether Michigan will beat OSU this weekend. You know what will - something else mentioned in the article - that outside the crazy win over Wisconsin, OSU has beat five teams with a grand total of 12 wins. They are not a good football team w/o Tressel and Pryor.
Contrast all this Ramzy verbiage with our loss this year to MSU - did Hoke not properly focus on MSU, want to give up primacy in the state of Michigan etc and that's why we lost 28-14? Or was it maybe Michigan simply got outplayed by a team that was better prepared, at home, and executed at key moments (both in terms of coaches and players)?
The UM-OSU rivalry is very important. It is true an OSU win would, in many ways, validate OSU's season and cast a cloud over Michigan's. Ramzy's words do a good job of at least expressing that.
But Michigan will want to win this Saturday just as much as they wanted to win last year and the 10 years before that. But they SHOULD win this Saturday b/c we have a significantly better team than them and are playing at home -- not b/c Hoke refers to them as "Ohio", has a countdown clock or anything like that. That should be "understood."
|1 year 26 weeks ago||It's less than 24 hours after the hire||
His hire has not even had its official press conference yet. People like discussing things when it is new - this is new, so it is natural that there will be a few board posts on it. Plus, it's completely appropriate that people want to discuss a huge event (finding a BCS HC job) for the most recent ex-coach at Michigan. If we get deep into the 2012 season and there are daily posts about the WR depth chart at Arizona or where to go out to eat after a game in Tucscon (i.e., not huge events) on mgoblog, I'll be very surprised.
So in short, don't worry about it.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||The best place for him this year||
Out of the open jobs (UCLA, Arizona, Tulane, Ole Miss, a few others) outside the Big 10, this is the best fit and the program with the highest ceiling. UCLA doesn't even have an on-campus facility (the Rose Bowl is like 30 minutes away) and doesn't seem to have admin support, while Arizona is expanding their stadium (including, apparently a huge video board) but not ridiculously so. Plus, they have a spread QB already on the roster (Matt Scott).
All that said, we'll see whom he hires as a Def Coordinator.
I think he'll do well, though if you look, it's not like the roster is currently littered with 4 stars and above. It will take a little time, but here's hoping it works out and we eventually beat him in the Rose Bowl.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||Ahhh||
Shenanigans. That explains it.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||Awesome about Brady - I'm also impressed||
by the picking records of the Daily staff against the spread. All of them are 30 to 40 games over .500, which is really difficult.
Probably just luck of the draw, but the odds against that have to be pretty high.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||A good, short article on the science behind it||
This article gives a good overview of why McQueary (or anyone else who sees a mentor/authority figure performing a crime) doesn't automatically immediately become a "hero" and put a quick end to any (real or perceived) criminal act, even heinous ones.
Some key quotes:
In short, as you noted, it takes real active effort to shake yourself out your pre-conceived notions/natural caution and DO something, especially immediately. That's why you always hear cops/soliders/first responders say "The training kicked in" when the respond have some disaster/crime - without that training building up their mind, they would likely not have any idea what to do, so would most likely do nothing.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||Two things:||
1) Hoke's answer on the removing Paterno's name for th B1G trophy was perfect: addressed the question in a Michigan specifc way without remotely getting into the whole PSU debacle. Good job by him.
2) It wasn't Heiko who said, "Desmond Gordon did good" in a question was it? If so, please deduct him minus 10 grammar points!
|1 year 27 weeks ago||Little know fact about the 85 & 86 Bears||
This isn't important, but the mention in the press conference reminded me: the 1986 Bears (258.1 Yards/Game, 11.7 PTS/Game) actually had a slightly better defense statistically than the 1985 Bears (258.4 Yards/Game, 12.4 PTS/Game) during the regular season.
Of course, everyone remembers the 1985 Bears becuase a) they won the Super Bowl and b) did the Super Bowl shuffle. The 1986 Bears lost in the first round of the playoffs.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||He said he thought they'd be "exponentially" better...||
I'll agree with others that he answers this about as well as he can and there is no perfect way to answer it. He is now a CFB commentator; it is literally his job to talk about college football.
All that said, I hope he is right and at the end of this season we are 10-2 or 9-3. If we only win zero or one of these next three games (esp. if we lose to a depleted OSU at home), this season will not be much better at all.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||Here's some stats - it's fumbles recovered that's random||
...not the fumbles themselves. This link describes it well (and agrees with what your football players said, w/o the 'nerd-hurt' sentiment): http://www.footballoutsiders.com/info/FO-basics
"Stripping the ball is a skill. Holding onto the ball is a skill. Pouncing on the ball as it is bouncing all over the place is not a skill. There is no correlation whatsoever between the percentage of fumbles recovered by a team in one year and the percentage they recover in the next year."
In other words, being a ball hawk like C Woodson or L Taylor is a skill; recovering the fumbles they cause is luck. Same goes on the offensive side (e.g., Mike Hart rarely fumbling as a great skill).
Now, let's look at our offense's stats (all from http://www.teamrankings.com/college-football/stat/fumbles-per-game):
2010: Michigan average 2.0 fumbles a game and lost 1.3 of them (i.e., lost 65% of fumbles)
If Michigan had as bad of luck, like last year, we would have already lost 5 or so more fumbles this season. Think of the Denrad scoop and score against ND as your touchstone for the good fortune we've (thankfully) had this year in this regard.
I would guess a big reason Michigan is averaging lower fumbles this year in the first place is Denard is going out of bounds much more easily, but perhaps there are other reasons (e.g., Fitz is getting more carries, and he has a better handle than Smith or Hopkins).
Hopefully our luck will continue this season. Or perhaps better yet, let's hope we don't even need it.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||I'm not sure if this reply was to me...||
...as I wasn't freaking out about this year's offense, just replying about last year's offense , but since your reply is attached to my post, I'll give a quick comment:
If we average 30+ points a game against Illinois, Nebraska and OSU, I'll be ecstatic. More likely, we'll average around 17-24 pts. That, also, won't cause me to freak out. I don't expect even very good offenses to light up good defenses every single time (unfortunately, I think this year's offense is just pretty good, based on its "meh" performances against ND, MSU and Iowa).
Plus, this year, we actually have some field goal kicking - not great, but competent. Last year's FG kicking was (for whatever reason) absymal - with decent FG kicking, last year would have had probably 2pts more per game.
In any case, I don't want to get to much into all the possible permutations. You get the idea - last year's offense had definite room for improvement (see FG kicking, red zone turnovers) but it was pretty d*mn good historically, esp. accounting for its youth.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||Last year's offense compared to previous 20 years||
Year: YdPG, PtsPG
2010: 488.7, 32.8
So, if last year's offense wasn't that good, Michigan has had maybe only 2 or 3 good offenses in the past twenty years (2003, 2001 and 1992).
...and if your response is "that was all against UMass!" - the reason we lost to Iowa (31 pts), PSU (31 pts), Wisconsin (28 pts) and barely beat Illinois (67 pts) wasn't b/c of the offense -- it was b/c the defense was absolutely terrible.
BTW - we fell behind by multiple scores against ND this year. I will now remove that from the win column, as coming from down 2 or 3 scores when you are losing is not allowed.
|1 year 28 weeks ago||Before I clicked...||
...I thought, "I wonder how big the shamrock will be?" but I was not prepared for the gold glitter ball color underneath.
Truly a shamockery.
|1 year 28 weeks ago||This would be a tough gig||
Why would he want to go play Alabama and LSU every year in the SEC West? I know every program has their up's & down's, but it seems real likely that those 2 teams will be elite for at least the next five years, barring a Tressel-like scandal. Those would v likely be two automatic losses every year.
Beyond them, Arkansas (a team that does well in the SEC sans-defense) is probably the third best team in the whole conference. Oh, and the defending National champion, Auburn, also is in that division.
I think RR would be better for Arizona (out of the likely BCS jobs opening up if he HAD to take a job and he was offered all of them, hypothetically). He got Lewan and Roh from there, and the competition, while tough, wouldn't be literally the toughest in college football.
|1 year 28 weeks ago||Three of the Top 10 indiv. total offense games in UM History...||
.. were during that slide period.
Denard racked up 381 yards (PSU), 367 yards (Illinois) and 360 yards (Wisconsin). Those are #4, #6, and #7 in the history of Michigan football (going into this year; I think Denards' ND 2011 game moves these down a peg).
Against PSU, Denard had 4 TDs (1 passing) and 0 INTs
Denard had some games with huge success in the 2nd half of last year. Also, logically, some of the better opponents (e.g., OSU and MSU) also limited his game. But if we expect any QB to get 300 plus total yards + multiple TDs in EVERY game he plays, regardless of competition, we're deluded. No QB in Michigan history has done that.
And to anticipate a possible reply, if you think Wisky or PSU was "letting" Michigan score in the 3rd quarter/early 4 quarters of that game, I guess I would like either evidence or sound reasoning to that effect. For example Bielema saying "Well, I thought I'd let them score 21 points in the 3rd quarter, even though we blew a 19-0 lead the last time we were here to the worst team in M history. I like to keep it interesting. Plus, I never like to just destroy opponent; I don't want to embarrass anybody and run up the score - I never do that."
*Also, as far as I can tell, he lost zero fumbles in those games, but box scores don't provide quick details
|1 year 30 weeks ago||You're giving DB credit for things he hasn't done||
"Renovated stadium, the envy of the conference, check." The stadium renovation was approved by the regents in June 2007; DB started in January 2010. He had nothing to do with it.
"Good coaching hire who made good coaching hires, check." Wow - I didn't realize seven games in it's been confirmed Brady Hoke was a good hire. I certainly hope he is a good hire, but we won't know that for at least 3 years, probably longer.
Also, are you giving DB credit for our 2012 recruiting class? The vast majority of those players committed before the night game and last Saturday's white-out bumble bee explosion, so my guess is they are committing b/c they think Michigan, and themselves personally, will be successful under Mattison and Hoke as football players. The rest of the stuff is small potatoes.
The venom against Brandon is it seems like he would stamp "CURLY FRIES - 2 for $1" on the back of a jersey if he thought he could get away with it. He has some good ideas (Big Chill, UTL), but he's far too slick and dollar-dollar-bill for my liking.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||Not much, really (since you asked)||
I really just draft the team and let it go. I think I've made one drop/add all season.
I needed a starter this week as my normal QB (Brady) is on a bye, and I wanted to see if Palmer was starting this week. Supposedly he is, so I figured, "What the hell."
|1 year 30 weeks ago||Wonder when they started doing head scans?||
I wonder if it was only in the last 2-3 years (when concussions have become a huge issues) that NFL teams did head scans as part of a physical. My guess is they didn't - they probably just made sure your legs, arms, neck and conditioning were all in good working order and if so, you were good to go.
So, not only is he lucky he was traded, but traded during this new era of "brain health" in sports.
Best wishes to Jerome.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||Different situation and different players||
The '91 play was great (beyond it working b/c) it put your best player, Desmond, one-on-one to make a play. Also, Grbac was freakin' 20-22 that day! Passing the ball makes a bit more sense in that situation. In other words, you take a red-hot QB and tell him to put the best player in America in position to make a play - that's a reasonable, if risky, call.
Also, as pointed out, Michigan was leading at the time by 3. If it doesn't work, ND still has to go the length of field against a very good defense.
As opposed to last Saturday, you have a QB completing 35% of his passes, throwing in a gale force wind, against a pass rush which is caving in your offense line (moreso on passing downs than on rushing downs). You take Denard almost unsurpassed ability to make people miss out of the equation and instead have him sit there in the pocket. Also, you are down by 7 points, so if you don't score, you are really up against it.
In sum, it wasn't a "dice roll" either way - Denard is GREAT at picking up short yardage. I'd say it was 75%+ getting the first down (or more) against 33% getting the first down (or perhaps a TD). You go with what works. Use your best player's skills. Borges and Hoke screwed up.
|1 year 31 weeks ago||On the 4th and 1, was anyone coming open?||
I see Hoke has double-down on the "it was a good call, we (i.e., Brandon Moore) just screwed up." Fine. Let's say Moore blocked the blitzer. Was anyone coming open? I honestly don't know, but perhaps there was someone at the game who saw a WR or someone who was just breaking into the clear and if there were 2 more seconds, he would have been easily open, but I couldn't tell.
I'll still think it's a bad call b/c you're making things more complicated when all you need is 6 inches, but I will understand it more.
|1 year 31 weeks ago||It's absolutely on Hoke||
You laid it out correctly. There is really no major downside. Hoke blew it on that one, and I don't think we need to say "Hindsight is 20/20" - this was something, as noted elsewhere, many Michigan fans were thinking AT THE TIME. Challenge the freakin' spot!
|1 year 31 weeks ago||Not really - it was surprisingly accurate||
If you watch the replay, you see that a) Dileo had the ball close to his head (not where you usually would expect it) and b) his legs/lower half were on an MSU defender, meaning he wasn't down quite as early as you might have thought.
When I saw it live, I was less than sure we got it, but surprisingly (to me), the replay showed the spot was accurate (which, to give both sets of refs credit, is what they called).
|1 year 31 weeks ago||Chris Leak =/= Denard||
Perhaps the difference is Chris Leak, while a good QB, was not nearly the explosive player that Denard is. Leak ran for a grand total of 30 yards his entire senior year and while Leak was a good passer, he was prone to INT (his TD/INT ratio his senior year was 23/13). Plus, Tebow was literally one of the top recruits in the past decade and I assume even more talented than Devin (I think Devin will be quite good, but Tebow turned into a Heisman winner, beyond all that "leader of men" stuff we've all heard ad nauseum).
Thus, I would assume Meyer would say, "Denard is better than Leak, and Tebow is better than Devin" which is why the two situations, while having some similarities, should not have the same result, i.e., keep Denard in the game and utilize his strengths.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||Whoa, big fella||
"Any team in college football"? I definitely think we should be currently ranked Top 12 b/c, as has been pointed out, we deserve it based on resume, but have you seen Alabama/Stanford/Oklahoma/LSU? I think Alabama would literally beat Northwestern 50-7, if not by more. They have seven players on their D (all experienced) who are currently projected to be first or second round NFL picks. They have signed 73 players in the last four years who are 4 or 5 stars. I think Saban is a low-life, but the guy can recruit and coach.
You can find the other frightening stats here (e.g., one coach compared them to an NFC South team). http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1191036/1/ind...
Let's enjoy our (hopeful? likely?) march to 10 wins this season, but not get carried away - while Michigan definitely should be ranked #10 right now, there's a much larger gap btw the #1-5 teams and us, than there is btw us and the #25 team.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||True, but what unrepresented group likes ITBH?||
I completely agree this is not a scientific survey so too big of conclusions should not be drawn. However, it is likely that the group who would like Pop Evil is the group that took this survey: males, 18-40. Thus, it is quite likely the anti-ITBH drum can be beat with authority.
I mean, do we think the over 50 year old crowd sitting in the suites/club seats were saying to Brandon, "You know Dave, I could really go over for some warmed over Nickelback. Any way you can put that over the speakers? Particularly when the team is getting ready to come onto the field? Thanks."
The only group not in the survey that potentially would like ITBH are young women, and again, that's very likely not Pop Evil's core constituency (though, to be fair w/ their type of music, I'm sure they have some women in their fan base - it's not like they are Rush or Slayer*)
* Trust me on the Rush and Slayer. I like those bands and I've been to their concerts and they are generally dude-fests.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||Ticket prices: Ever onward and upward||
Michigan football tickets are now so expenisve, it's unbelievable. I mean that literally - I can't believe it. I know we have a large and passionate fan-base, but the amount of people who have this kind of coin seems like it would be limited compared to our huge capacity, but I assume they've done the analysis that there is a market there for the 30-40% of our seats that require this fee.
The wonderful thing is these donations are 80% tax-exempt. In these trying budgetary times, I can't believe some budget hawk politician hasn't brought up this fact that hundreds of universities are doing this. Probably b/c their well-off/rich constituents (who are the ones buying these tickets) come from both the left & right and would scream bloody murder. A true bi-partisan cause.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||Might be a good kid, but he did a bad thing||
I don't wish anything on Sam McGuffie, Cullen Christian, Dann O'Neill, etc (insert many, many names here). I hope those guys have success.
I specifically don't think Toney Clemons deserves "wish him well" b/c he DID do "outrageous behavior" - his ginning up controversy with the Free Press. That's far more than just leaving a program (which happens all the time, understandably) and not liking the regime change (which is why they leave in the first place).
There's a way to leave and a way not to leave - Toney chose the latter and Michigan was worse off for it. And now, unfortunately for him, so is he b/c he chose Colorado.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||Ah, Toney Clemons||
It probably should be bigger than me to think this way about a college athlete, but it makes me feel good he's now a receiver with only 11 catches on a 1-4 Colorado team that is currently 29 point underdogs to their next opponent, Stanford. Too bad for you, Toney.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||Here's an idea beyond more "more" breaks||
Since the site operators welcome feedback and are working on managing the amount & presentation of content, I have suggestion: add something like http://www.autoblog.com/ which has a "Quick Scan View"
Autoblog posts much more content (perhaps 20-30 posts a day) than mgoblog, so it's more necessary, but this "Quick Scan" feature they added this year has made their site much more manageable: it saves me time and I can directly go to the stories I'm interested in and, with minimal scrolling, easily skip the ones I don't care to read.
I have no idea how hard that is to implement, but I believe those folks are located in metro Detroit, so maybe they're willing to help a brother out.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||You're right - meltdown city. Or maybe...||
... the immediate reaction would have been like the one in the stadium - stunned silence. I know I couldn't have approached a keyboard for at least a couple days after a loss like that.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||It is brutal; maybe1994 was tougher||
Pre-12th game (aka the baby seal add-on, which will be U Mass in 2012), there were tougher schedules. Along with 1991, look at Michigan in 1994:
- BC (against a team that went 9-3 in previous year & 7-4-1 in 1994)
That's a tough schedule. The only breather was Purdue and Minnesota at the very end (though Iowa was mediocre at best that year).
We went 7-4 with this schedule with a talented team (e.g., Wheatley, Collins, Law, Morrison, Hamilton), so to answer your last question: I'm not sure if the board can handle a situation like that now. If we go 8-4 against the 2012 schedule, it will be a nice achievement. Hopefully, more will be possible, but it will take a lot of skill, hard work and luck.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||SDSU will be harder to beat than ND? So then...||
...we'll score the winning touchdown on them with only one second left on the clock, instead of two?
|1 year 34 weeks ago||Love me some Michael Caine & Caine impressions||
"Your're only supposed to the blow the bloody DOORS off!"
|1 year 36 weeks ago||Pictures...||
...or it didn't happen.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||or Oregon||
Why they put gold on MSU uniforms, I don't know. They look like Oregon cast-offs, though perhaps they are too understated for Oregon.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||Visuals were awesome ; who knows if it was loudest ever||
1) I completely agree on the visuals. There was a shot ESPN kept using that looked up (I assume into the student section) at the vast sea of maize which had the pom poms moving back & forth that looked incredible. I literally think more than 1 recruit will see that and say, "I want to be go there and be part of events like that."
2) Regarding loudness, the stadium has clearly gotten louder since the renovation, so it's hard to compare it to MSU 2004 (for instance). ND-Michigan in 2009 was deafening at many points. I would say it seemed ND in 2009 had to burn more timeouts b/c of the crowd noise than in 2011 (I think there was only 1 this year and perhaps 3 in 2009), but that could just be maybe they were better prepared this year.
Also, Seven Nation Army (which is one of my favorite songs of all-time) while loud, is not as loud as people screaming "Ahhhhhhh!", in my opinion. Perhaps this is b/c it has a natural lower voice register part (the end "Oh oh oh ohhhhhhh oh" part). The beginning of each stanza(?) is loud, but the end not as much b/c of that. I noticed it while watching that it could have been a bit louder at the critical point where the QB approaches the line and makes his checks if people were just yelling.
That's a small thing, really. If since Seven Nation gets people into the game, that's the key thing (i.e., no key jangling).
|1 year 36 weeks ago||I think that's a different play - this was a 1st half play||
This play was when Denard threw a ball towards the right sideline and he threw it behind Hemingway a good 2-3 yards. It wasn't the play where Hemingway and another receiver (I think Roundtree) ran across each other.
I thought the same thing as the original poster, as it looked like the most "open" place for Hemingway was where Denard threw the ball, but Hemingway kept going towards the sideline (which was a bit more difficult spot, b/c a defender was more in the way).
It could certainly have been Denard's fault, as I'm no expert, but watching it live and then on replay, I thought, "Hmm...that looks like a good place to put the ball."
Might have to wait for the video, and even then, I'm not sure if we'll know.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||Good memory by you||
I was at that game and I'd forgotten that - he had a monster game. 38 carries, 164 yards and a TD.
That's a hell of performance that I bet 1% of Michigan fans remember (and it sounds like Lou doesn't remember it either). Desmond deserves the Heisman and all the accolades but its too bad Ricky doesn't get his props.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||Grammar nerd rant - "schizophrenic" is the wrong word||
I'll be brief, b/c it's my pet peeve and not THAT important, but schizophrenic does not mean having multiple personalities (e.g., Dr Jekyl and Mr Hyde). It's a disease which means a person is detached from reality (e.g., they hear voices, become excessively paranoid).
More info here: http://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/schiz.html
So unless the defense's "Schizophrenic day" was them hearing GERG's voice, which caused them to make some really good plays and some really bad one's, perhaps use "Spilt personality" or something similar.
With that now said, I will now go back to worrying about the DL.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||I agree, people often conflate athleticism w talent||
You make good points - people conflate "athleticism" with "talent" all the time, when athleticism is just a subset of overall talent. As you pointed out, Kovacs is good at football, which is more than running a 4.3 40 yard dash or benching 225 lbs 30 times (though those things can help).
Kovacs isn't particularly fast or strong, so he can get outrun by RBs (e.g., Indiana) or plowed over by TEs. That prevents him from being great (or even very good). However, he is a GREAT form tackler, seems to know the play book, and is increasingly getting better at timing/angles. Those are all talents that are hugely important and make him a quality player in the Big 10, a great result for player who walked-on. We're lucky to have him on the defense.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||Oh I'm not mad, just trying to be realistic||
It doesn't make me mad Nathan Brink is starting - I just take the fact that a walk-on RS Sophomore, who's undersized, has apparently beat out BWC as not a good thing, overall.
I know not every 5-star will be a true "5-star" (e.g., Kevin Grady), but we've already had our share of underperformers with that class (see Donovan Warren) and I was really hoping Mattison/Hoke could work some magic with Will and our "luck" would turn. BWC is (was?) a talented player for a position group of much need, and it decreases Michigan's margin of error this year if he's not good enough to grab a starting position. That's all I'm sayng - I don't see these DL developments as a positive (e.g., "Hey, it must mean we have depth!")
It's not doom & gloom, b/c as you pointed out, hopefully Roh will get back on track this year, Demens will build on his strong finish to the year, Martin will stay healthy and dominate like he did in the first half, etc, but I'm just talking about Brink/Campbell.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||I love the positivity, but it isn't likely a good sign||
I'm glad a number of folks have decided to worry about Brink, but it's unequivocally a bad sign that our highest rated recruit (a legit 5 star) from three years ago can't crack the starting lineup now that he's an upper classman. I know "Mike Hart was 3 star, so was David Harris, etc" but to get Michigan back into the top tier of the Big 10 (let alone all of college football) you need to a) recruit your share of studs and b) have them perform like said studs, a la Woodley and Graham. It's pretty depressing the BWC doesn't look like he's really going make much of an impact at U of M unless things dramatically, and unexpectedly, change.
Campbell is only one player and I'm hopeful that pleasant surprises elsewhere (such as the DBs) can make up for the lack of depth/raw talent in other areas, but I'll believe Brink isn't the best of some poor/mediocre options when I see it. I will be rooting for him and hope he impresses us all - at a minimum, it's a great that his hard work seems to be paying off in getting some PT at Michigan.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||Yep - definitely not absurd||
Ty Wheatley had as much ability (power and speed) as any RB I've seen outside of Bo Jackson and Adrian Peterson. He was a complete stud at Michigan and pretty good (though injury prone) as a pro.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Denard threw for over 2500 yards!||
Denard, a person who I worried if he would ever remotely be an accurate passer during his freshman year, somehow by just doing a "QB lead draw or QB sweep relying on his speed" threw for 2570 yards last year. That's b/c the RR spread got people wide-freaking open more times than I can ever recall, including teams that had superstar talent at receiver (e.g., Howard, Alexander, Toomer, Edwards). By comparison, Chad Henne threw for 2526 yards his sophomore year.
Even in games where Michigan underperformed (e.g., the 1st half of Wisconsin) the plays were there. For example, I think we all remember on the first play of one the early drives, Stonum breaking wide-open (b/c the D bit on the play-action) for a likely touchdown and Denard airmailing it about 5 yards over his head.
Denard was a 1st-year starter who was still improving his decision making and accuracy. It's extremely likely he would have been more efficient this year in an RR offense precisely b/c his skills fit it so well - that's why U of M got him instead of, say, Florida (to Urban Meyer's chagrin). Hopefully, we'll somehow get lucky and Denard will continue to throw for 2000+ yards, with less INTs and only have to run for about 750 yards b/c Stephen Hopkins (or Fitz or Cox or whomever) turns into Ty Wheatley Jr - but that's not likely, just b/c a new offense takes time.
|1 year 48 weeks ago||Isner's better than Mahut and this is no coincidence||
I take the point they are not the greatest players in the world (it's not exactly Nadal-Federer or Borg-McEnroe, but then again, those matches are very rare), but Isner's recently been in the Top 20 and if he would stop getting draw's like his 1RD match in the French against Nadal (whom he took to 5 sets), he might have a better chance to move up. Since American tennis is really in the dumper, I hope Isner wins, does well overall, and can finally get a lower seed (e.g., #28 or whatever) in the grand slams so he can do better than the 3RD or so he usually does.
Also, I'm of the opinion that this is not a coincidence, unless someone shows me otherwise (i.e., was there a public drawing, like the Daily 4 Lottery, to ensure there were no shenanigans?). To have one of the most famous matches in recent history paired up again the very next year seems too planned to be an accident.
|1 year 48 weeks ago||The rent is too damn high||
$70 for EMU and WMU individual tickets (and for not great seats) is just ridiculous. Honestly - how pumped up would a casual fan be for those games where the only outcome that would make a UM fan happy (a blowout) is also one that would make it hard to justify spending $$$ from a, "Boy, am I glad I'm here" standpoint? I mean, paying $140 for tickets (assuming you are going with someone), additional fees, parking, food - it's easily $200 total for what will likely be a bad game.
When you have a 110,000 seat stadium, if you want to fill it up, you have to rely a lot, esp for non-Big 10 games, on casual fans who want to go as much for the experience and atmosphere, as much for the football. They are being priced out.
I really hope Hoke & co do well this year, b/c otherwise, at these pumped up prices, we're going to see some legitimate non-sellouts in the near future.
|1 year 49 weeks ago||What parking tickets do you get near Ann & Division at 9am?||
Parking ticket enforcement starts at 8am in Ann Arbor. So are we to believe Stonum waited until an hour after enforcement began? And then, in the process of moving his car less than a mile, managed to get pulled over?
Is he just an incredibly reckless driver (did he do a donut pulling his car into traffic)? How do you get noticed by a cop, assuming his attorney's story is correct, in such a short time?
I call BS. Unfortunately for all involved, Stonum has to be off the team. How can you get pulled over by the cops, when you shouldn't even be in the car in the first place, the day before your court date for a DWI? He shows a serious continued lack of judgement.
|1 year 50 weeks ago||What's with all the excuses?||
Why do we have some people doing their variation of Terrelle Pryor - "Everybody drinks & drives, texts & drives" - going on?
Who cares what "everybody" does (which I don't agree is remotely the case, but let's go with it)? Drunk driving is against the law. It's against the law because literally ten thousand people die every year in drunk driving accidents, not to mention the tens of thousands more injured.
Avoiding getting pulled over for drunk driving is incredibly easy to do. It should be even more easy once you've got a DUI on your record - a person with a good head on his shoulders would avoid even the slightest chance of it happening by NEVER driving after drinking, knowing that a second conviction likely would result in some jail time.
Like I assume all of you, I don't know Stonum personally. In interviews, he seems like an engaging, bright person. He's also probably our #1 receiver (if not, he's close). But for some reason, he has continually gotten in trouble witht the law, and not for minor offenses. He's lucky he hasn't killed or hurt himself or someone else.
I don't know why he deserves a fourth chance. If Hoke wants to re-consider him in a year, I can slightly see that, but he's going to look Dantonio-esque if Stonum gets arrested yet again while driving impaired/intoxicated and unfortunately, based on Stonum's past, as a coach I would be pretty nervous about putting myself in that position.
|1 year 50 weeks ago||Compassion is good, but how many chances?||
First of all, I hate using the phrase "kids" when talking about seniors. He's 21 years old. I know that's not the same as being 30 and he has still has a lot to learn, but it's also a long ways from being 17 or 18 years old. He's literally an adult and should know how to make adult choices.
Second, why does he get four chances? He got a DUI, broke his probabtion (spending 3 days in jail), and got another DUI.
If RR was still the coach, would you still be willing to give him another chance in 2012? I may be wrong, but I'm getting that impression from some commenters that he gets another chance b/c he has a new coach. I don't understand why that makes a difference. He plays Michigan football, not RR football or Hoke football. He's not breaking a coach's policy - he's breaking the law.
|1 year 50 weeks ago||He should be off the team||
I agree with this. As you note, he got a DUI, then went to freakin' jail for three days for violating his probation, and all of that apparently affected him so much, he's now got a second DUI.
Three strikes, he is out. I could have a small (very small) bit of understanding if he doesn't play in 2011 and then has a chance for re-instatement for 2012, but let's (hypothetically, but a real possibility based on past performance) say he gets another DUI in 2012. What then? Hoke would like Dantonio-level foolish.
Stonum has used up his chances for football. He has had multiple ones. I hope he gets his life together and can do something else productive.
|1 year 50 weeks ago||Michigan will make the decision||
To answer the last part of your post, radio broadcasts are done through the "Michigan Sports Network" which is run by Michigan IMG Sports Marketing.
IMG is a humongous sports agency that does all sorts of deals in all sorts of sports. U of M partnered with a division of IMG called IMG College to create the network, which then hooks up with "affiliates" across the region (104.3 is the Detroit area affiliate ; it used to be WJR).
In short, Frank works for Michigan. The same is true for most team broadcasters (e.g., Mario and Rod for the Tigers). That's why it's very rare for a broadcaster to be critical of the team - the team is paying their salary.
|1 year 51 weeks ago||Dohrmann does not equal Roseberg: different roles||
Rosenberg was an opinion columnist who had previously staked out an anti-RR stance, and then dabbled in investigative reporting to which - shocker - uncovered a "scandal" that backed his opinion.
Dohrmann is an investigative reporter. That is what he does. He won a Pulitzer (really hard to do coming from the sports world) busting Clem Haskins and Minny basketball and his primary role at SI is investigative reporting.
Investigative reporting is not pretty. You better have your sh*t and sources together to back it up. But anyone who spends time doing it, they are going to be passionate about it, as they typically have to spend months, if not years, doing the work. Just because he has a torch doesn't, simply b/c of that, mean what he is doing "is not right."
|1 year 51 weeks ago||How much are you looking to spend?||
All three of your choices have advantages and disadvantages: Dexter is a nice small town, but the emphasis is on small. Brighton is a little bigger, but it's even more vanilla and even further out. Ypsi has more flavor, but decidedly worse schools (note: there is a big diff btw Ypsilanti (older, funkier, more fun, less safe) than Ypsilanti Twp (newer, more cookie cutter, more safe).
If you're primarily interested in schools, you should be strongly consider at either Saline or Ann Arbor (be aware the Ann Arbor school district is bigger than the city of Ann Arbor - it includes some of Pittsfield Twp and Superior Twp) but those two are definitely more pricey (esp. in Ann Arbor's case if you want to be near the action; Saline has a litte, nice downtown but nothing like Ann Arbor; Saline's high school is nicer than some colleges).
|1 year 51 weeks ago||You're giving Moeller too much of a pass||
I agree that it is completely logical for someone who was "impacted in a positive way" by Tressel to have positive feelings about him. That's human nature.
But he takes that natural inclination and turns it into, "...your basketball bench riding career is over and you have to talk about this stuff to keep to veiwers. I totally understand that keeping the drama alive..." and uses the word "persecution", i.e., haters gonna hate. Nothing to see here.
As noted by you and others, Jim Tressel can easily be a) a coach who's helped hundreds of young men have successful careers in & out of football and b) a huge cheater. Moeller completely discounts "b" and that why I think it's incorrect to state, "I don't think there's anything wrong with Moeller's defense."
|1 year 51 weeks ago||If you think...||
... a current U of M coach is going to say anything remotely bad about a Michigan legend like Desmond, you are crazy. The "context" is all there. At best, he could have used a better example or more precise wording.
|1 year 51 weeks ago||What is wrong with our football alums?||
Is there some law has that been passed that our former stars have to run their mouth and (intentionally or not) denigrate either current or former coaches or players at U of M in the media and speeches?
Desmond couldn't have made his larger point and used Cam Newton or the Tat 5 ("me" players clearly involved in shady stuff) instead of Denard Robinson (who has handled stardom far better and more humbly than most 19 year olds)?
|1 year 51 weeks ago||We're not discussing "better than RR"||
We're discussing whether Michigan in Carr's later years was on the decline, i.e., not winning Big 10 championships on at least a semi-regular basis and usually being considered a Top 10 team. If you think a 7-5 season wouldn't have been a decline, I don't know what to tell you.
|1 year 51 weeks ago||We haven't beaten OSU since 2003!||
I don't know how you can't see it. In 2004-2007:
There were certainly some highlights (2005 PSU, 2008 Cap One Bowl vs Florida, to name a few), but we were, unfortunately, below the top tier and sometimes (2005 & 2007) well below it. In 2008, if Carr had stayed, what would we have gone - 6-6? 5-7? 7-5? Do you really think we would have competed for a Big Ten title? It's hard to argue much different than that. He gets a lot of "credit" for that year.
We weren't atop the Big 10 in Carr's later years - we had, unfortunately, been clearly passed by OSU. That wasn't the case in Carr's first few years, 1996-2003 (or the Mo years, or the Bo years). That's a decline.
|1 year 52 weeks ago||A heartfelt article ; here's a baseball article on Randy||
Yes, that was right in Simmons' wheelhouse and he pretty much nailed it. I enjoyed his depth of feeling on the topic and the good writing.
For a more "reported" take on Randy Poffo, here's a nice article on SI.com which talks about what a freak of nature athlete he was and how much he loved baseball (playing in the minor leagues for a few years, incl with Larry Herndon).
|2 years 1 week ago||Knocking the ball out the park? It's too early - who knows?||
Were you excited when Cullen Christian committed? How about when we got Ricardo Miller*? What did you think of Patrick Omameh? And so on.
I'm happy recruiting has been good so far, and that we've gotten a bunch of three to four stars, many of whom also seem to be solid citizens, with no likely clunkers in the bunch. It seems like it should be a lower-reaches of the Top 10 class. But it's WAY early to even say "the precincts have reported in and it's a landslide" about recruiting before they have even played a down.
I will not know if Hoke is a good hire until at least three years from now, if not more, unless he does incredibly well (e.g., wins a Rose Bowl this year or next) or incredibly bad (e.g., Denard regresses markedly and D is not much improved). There was a funny post on EDSBS the other day about "Your coach makes a terrible book cover" which had an image of Ty Willingham for the book "Return to Glory." Willingham was a man of integrity who had some initial success, but ultimately was not a success. It's good to be excited, but let's play some football before we decide someone is or isn't good at being the HC of Michigan.
*(BTW: I'm not writing off R Miller; I just remember how excited we were when we initially got him ("one of the best in Florida!"), and he hasn't had an impact yet and looks not to be the world-beater we'd hoped).
|2 years 3 weeks ago||Not really - your school's career office||
The Alumni Association has InCircle (http://alumni.umich.edu/networking-tools/social-networking/inCircle) but you may need to be an alum to use it, and I have no idea how well-populated it is.
Each school (e.g., Business, Law, Engineering, LS&A) has a career office, and that's who you should contact (depending on your degree). See if they have a list of alumni, whether it's in a database you can search, a program they conduct or if not, a less formal list that still has some names, who have expressed interest in mentoring or giving informational interviews.
|2 years 3 weeks ago||Can't say enough - use your alumni||
I'm an alum of U of M, and I can unfortunately count on one hand the amount of times current students have contacted me even though I'm part of the Alumni Association and more importantly, put myself in an alumni database at the schools I graduated from as person to contact if they're looking for some career advice. Trust me, there are more people like me who are willing to help, if it all possible. I'm sure UW-M is the same way; contact your career services.
I think students feel embarrased or like they are bothering alums, but if someone specifically put themselves in a career services database to be contacted, that's why they're in there: to be contacted. If they are too busy or can't help, they'll let you know, but that small, small "rejection" is worth the minimal effort it takes to thoughtfully contact them with your situation.
I'm not in accounting (I took ACC 312 and decided figuring out how to properly amortize a lease was not my cup of tea), so can't help you there - good luck with your search.
|2 years 4 weeks ago||I would say it doesn't matter - RR was HC at the time||
I get your point that we'll never know for certain if RR came up with the idea or if someone in the Ath Dept did and RR just OK'd it. Likely, it was a team effort. The important point is for a football programs, if a head coach doesn't want to do something, generally it doesn't happen.
When RR was the head coach, that's when the alumni game started. There wasn't a new AD at the time (this was pre-Brandon), so it's likely this change in having an alumni game occured b/c the change occured at the head coach. Additionally, all his public comments, like in the Daily story above, indicate he was all aboard on the idea. It seems appropriate to give him credit for reaching out to alums by starting the alumni game.
|2 years 4 weeks ago||Miles is different than Harbaugh and Braylon||
Let me try and answer your question: both Braylon and Harbaugh did things such as drunk driving, punching other people in the face, and speaking poorly about your alma mater to undercut the people currently there which makes me "down" on them. Braylon has put the cherry on top by acting like an entitled diva, on and off the field. I completely respect what they did at the school as players (both All-Americans), both have had success in their professional lives, and both have done great amounts of charity work - that still doesn't excuse their behavior and makes me 1) have Brandon return BE's money and say, "Thanks, we'll make the decisions on who gets the #1 jersey and what we think of the coaching staff" and 2) not thrilled at the prospect of Harbaugh as the UM head coach, even though he's obviously a good coach.
Miles is a different category: as far as I know, he's never done the DUI/punching/bad-mouthing the other guys did. His faults (as I understand them) are his general craziness as a HC (weird clock management; eating grass) and his shabby treatment of a few players through grey shirting. I don't care if he did or did not sleep with some other coach's wife 20+ years ago.
In short, if forced to make a choice, I would have taken Miles over Harbaugh, as I don't consider his faults (while crappy, and I would never want a UM coach to do that) as bad as Harbaugh (who I thought, even if took the UM job, would go to the NFL soon anyway). That said, it doesn't matter. We'll never have either of them as a coach. As for Braylon, I'd be fine not hearing from him for a year or two - go concentrate on the Jets.
|2 years 4 weeks ago||Agreed - it's a shocking statement||
Walker didn't say he didn't read whole books just for school. He said, "It is the first book I've ever read." That's it. Not much wiggle room there.
And it's not like he's a math major or engineering where narrative doesn't matter and you skip around to get to problem sets, etc. He's a freaking sociology major! Books about race, culture, history, etc. have got to be part of the core curriculum.
I know he's an athlete and he's going to get paid millions of dollars, but it's pretty patheic on UConn's part, at a minimum.
|2 years 4 weeks ago||Here it is - Michigan Daily||
"To prepare for his first open-to-the-public spring game, Rodriguez has worked with the Athletic Department to make the festivities more fan friendly. Part of that is the first annual alumni flag football game, slated to take place before the 100-play intrasquad scrimmage."
|2 years 5 weeks ago||Cool article about guy who bought Silverdome||
I read this a little less than a year ago, but it's a good article about the guy who bought the Silverdome for $583,000 and his plans (soccer, etc). He bought it sight unseen!
|2 years 5 weeks ago||More evidence Mike Cox isn't using his head||
Hoke at April 13 presser: Mike Cox hasn't practiced as much because he has a class during Tuesday practice time "so that doesn't help him."
After acting like an a** on Twitter (or maybe it was Facebook) after RR left, repeated reports from practice he doesn't know the plays, and now not being smart enoug to schedule his classes at a time other than practice time, I don't have much faith in Mike Cox's maturity and judgment.
It's disappointing, b/c he seems to have some real physical skills and we really need a stud RB, but he looks destined to be a non-contributor.
|2 years 7 weeks ago||Injuries||
While I generally agree with this post, it does glide over the injuries ("Never Forget" quilt not excepted) a bit much.
Imagine how well Beilein would have done this year with a significant injury to Morris, Hardaway or Morgan. It didn't get much discussion, but we were amazingly healthy all year in basketball - even Jordan Morgan, who I worried might become an injury concern after his freshman year, played every game.
Good coaching and good hiring decisions are important, but luck is a big part as well - JB had it this year, and RR didn't.
|2 years 7 weeks ago||You may have wrong info; baby seems to be white||
I clicked on your link, which led to another link, which stated, "Steve Nash Black Baby Revealed: It’s White all Right" with a picture of a white baby.
This contains rumors it was Nash cheating on his wife, not the other way around. I'm sure it will turn out to be Grant Hill's baby, and Jalen Rose will then somehow be involved.
I have no idea what is true, but I do know I am now sorry I spent 5 minutes on this.
|2 years 10 weeks ago||I'm a minority...||
...but I won't pay that to see EMU or WMU, and probably not Purdue or Minn. That's crazy. It's far more likely I'll be able to scalp tickets for less than that.
Michigan has as loyal a fanbase as there is, which is obvious considering how many 100,000+ attendance games there have been in a row, but demand is not completely inelastic.
If Michigan gets off to a poor start (i.e., loses to Notre Dame, particularly in a bad way), there will be immediate grumbling, such as "Hell, at least RR got off to 5-0 starts and beat ND!" "Yeah, well Hoke has to coach all these mighty mite players!" "Yeah, well, blah blah". Suddenly, spending $70 on Purdue is not an essential purchase.
I really hope that doesn't happen, and we'll still be 100,000+ next season unless (football) armageddon hits, but this pricing is aggressive to say the lesat.
|2 years 10 weeks ago||They used to be; it has changed||
Sometime between the late '90s and early '00s, the description changed. Historically, it was TAs (and that seems to be what most other universities use).
My guess it was changed because teaching "assistants" sounds too much like someone helping someone else who is teaching, as opposed to what GSIs really are - the ones who teach a huge chunk of the 100 and 200 level classes for undergrads.
|2 years 12 weeks ago||Untrue - RR tried to keep Mallet; Mallet is lying||
I posted some of this before, but we need to kill this nonsense. RR talked about this 3 years ago.
(go about 2/3 of the way in on the radio interview playback).
He specifcally said he didn't talk to him before/during the Capital One Bowl, b/c he didn't want to get in the way. This is completely correct - people would have blown up if he started "coaching" the team about getting ready for next year while a) they still HAD a head coach (Carr) and b) they still had a game to play.
"I talked to him about how our system could adapt to the quarterback, b/c we've had throwing quarterbacks in this system that have had great careers and gone on to the NFL and all that...I recruited him once, I recruited him twice, and after the third call, I'm thinking "Three times is enough for me. It's a great institution and if someone doesn't want to be here, I wish them well and move on."
Pair this info w/ his new, b*llsh*t quote about that RR "had Denard" (when Denard didn't commit to U of M until February 2009, a freaking YEAR after Mallet left), Mallet just doesn't want to talk about the off-the-field stuff that happened during his year at Michigan.
People do dumb stuff they'd later regret all the time when they are freshman, so I don't really care about that. That said, he shouldn't lie about other people. It shows he hasn't grown up.
|2 years 12 weeks ago||I wonder how much Drew Stanton will make next year?||
(Yes, I'm still bitter about Millen taking Stanton in the 2nd round of the 2007 draft instead of Woodley or Harris, who went three and four picks later, respectively)
|2 years 14 weeks ago||Goodness||
That is awesome (and frightening).