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|1 hour 32 min ago||Yes, it's not automatic he gets much better||
Brandy is not young -- he has literally decades of habits as a color guy that he has to discard. Pair that with the fact he will still be doing color 16 times a year for the Lions, it makes it twice as hard to "flip the switch."
Here's hoping, but we'll see.
|16 hours 42 min ago||Good point -- it was minor league quality||
Brandy was late, wrong, and not descriptive on multiple occasions during the quarter or so I listened. For instance, he blew the id on Smith's TD run (he thought it was Green).
On commercial breaks, I turned over to 1130 to listen to Purdue-WMU. I have no idea who the announcers were, and I'm going to guess they were WAY down the totem pole to be doing a game for two struggling programs. Still, the play-by-play guy for that sixth-tier game sounded much more prepared and competent than Brandy.
Hopefully Brandy improves quickly, b/c I like the idea of two former college teammates announcing games for their alma mater. But I was not impressed by game 1.
|1 day 23 hours ago||Yep, he's had scheme issues||
He's technically an LB, and there were issues b/c there were 4 coordinators in 4 years, and he mentioned being "lost" occasionally, which is never good. But now that it's the same coordinator two years in a row, BG has to just do it. I read an interview a week or so ago where he recognized that, and sounded fired up, so hopefully he'll stay healthy and be productive.
|1 day 23 hours ago||It's either 3 years or 7 years of "injuries"||
I think the difference in counting is b/c Brady missed the entire 2008 season, but yes, Brady has had multiple years long streaks of being listed on the injury report. He was always "probable" -- it's ridiculous.
For whatever reason, Belichek stopped doing that (consistently) in 2011 -- I wonder if the NFL told him to knock it off?
|1 day 23 hours ago||Also, Brandon Graham was on the bubble||
He's been affected by injuries, and then (to be frank) so-so performance ever since he was a #1 Eagles pick, and there were reports he might get cut. Thankfully, he made the 53-man roster.
Hopefully, he'll be able to have a good year and make a real impact.
|1 day 23 hours ago||Remember, this is the Patriots||
They're infamous for NHL-like "upper body injury" and listing basically half the team on the injury report week to week.
So, there's no real info on what Gallon's injury (injuries?) are. However, there is a feeling that they want him on the 10-man practice squad, so my guess/hope is they're not too bad.
|2 days 20 hours ago||Brandy has a LOT of room to improve||
I think you guys are letting your hearts (as Brandy seems like a great guy and bleeds maize & blue) get ahead of your ears.
I listened to a little more than one quarter, so perhaps he was lights out the rest of the game, but in that short time I heard him misidentify names, numbers, and yardage, and he was hesitant more than once. Additionally, on the highlights after the game, he pulled "He could go all the way!" for both Smith and Green's long runs (which is not a huge deal, but since they both got tackled well before the 10 yard line, they really weren't that close) and more importantly, he called Smith's TD (after the long run) for Green.
I like the rapport with Dierdorf, but I hope Brandy will get a lot better (which he certainly should, but you never know). I mean, on commercials I switched over to the WMU-Purdue game and their broadcast team sounded more prepared/professional.
|1 week 4 days ago||Thank god that professor||
Thank god that professor didn't come from the SEC. That domer REALLY would have had it out for him.
|1 week 5 days ago||No it's not "huge", but it's good enough||
"Huge" would have been USC, Georgia, FSU, Auburn, Texas, etc. Scheduling an opponent that has not been very good, let alone great*, at any point since 2000 is not "huge."
That said, they are a program from the Pac-12, in a growing city/state that surely has a good amount of UM alums, and they have a good football tradition (e.g., the 1980s and 1990s). So I'll take it.
Who knows how good they will be in 2020, but there is a decent chance. And if not, it is still a good game from an exposure perspective and from SOS.
* Seriously, UW football has been pretty sad for about 15 years. Their high point in that period is 9 wins last year, and 8 wins in 2001. That's ugly.
|1 week 6 days ago||Reminded me of Pitt||
Either way, why you'd want to re-design your classic uniforms--even for one game--to end up looking like two teams you regularly play is beyond me.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||A better question||
In light of today's board brew-ha-ha, how are the prices for hockey season tickets? ;)
|3 weeks 1 hour ago||It's the bait & switch - that's the problem||
As someone who has lived in Chicago and attended the Big Chill, I am completely fine with the idea of an MSU/UM game in Chicago. I am sure it will be well-attended, by many Chicagoland alums. That works for me.
But if I purchase something, and then sometime later, that person says:
And if you're saying people shouldn't be outraged (or even, at less passionate level, care) about this switch, that doesn't make sense to me from the AD perspective -- UM fans shouldn't care if they get to go see a big rival game or not? If they feel someone put something over on them? If that's what the AD is relying on, he seems to be relying on an indifferent fan base, who just cares about "events" not about Michigan. Not a recipe for long-term success. It is "clueless."
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Twin Peaks would break the internet today||
Can you imagine a show that weird in today's world with Twitter, reddit, etc? People would flip out.
Back on topic: these uniformz don't make me sing a pretty song. At least they're not the worst we've ever done, so that is something.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||How dare you speak that way...||
...about the 5th leading shot blocker in UM history!
Besides, Asselin is/was 6ft 11; so that's pretty near 7 feet. Smits, Bradley and Moore easily cleared it.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Josh Asselin||
...now we're back on track.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Gob may not be on board, but I am|
|8 weeks 6 days ago||I guess, but is the USMNT perpetual underdogs?||
I think your analysis is right, but it seems like there is no time limit on this status, which I find interesting. The US has had (some) World Cup success pretty regularly since 1994, yet the US is always the team of the future, it seems. It's a nice status to have with your fans.
I mean, Costa Rica (our CONCACAF brethren) just won a group featuring England, Italy and Uruguay (i.e., as hard as our "Group of Death"), and then beat Greece in the knockout round. Yet I haven't heard one article saying, "How come they do that and we can't? When will it be our year to shine?"
I don't have a problem with it. It's kind of nice to have a fan base that treats their team like a favorite puppy or something (not sure if it's the right analogy, but it's what came to mind).
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Are US fans the only ones like this?||
I don't mean passionate -- that's a given for pretty much every World Cup squad. I mean that they don't seem to really get angry about their team.
I mean, I don't follow Mexican soccer blogs, but when they lost (again) in the knockout round, where they like, "Man, this is disappointing and I'm sad, but it's still wonderful -- can't wait 'til next year!"? My sense is they would be pissed off, but maybe I'm wrong. Same with other countries.
For an example of this outside of mgoblog (and there are many), there's the NY Times game story. There are 400 comments, and while I didn't read every one, it's a mix of "Wow, what a team! I had a fun! Too bad, and I'm sad we lost, but we'll get 'em next time!" and fans from other teams around the world saying, "Nice match, US! Good job, good effort!" It's the most positive comment thread in the history of humanity.
I can't think of another sport, college or pro, where this happens. High school, maybe?
|9 weeks 17 hours ago||Not everyone has the money bags in your avatar's hands||
Obviously $500 is on the lower end, but if you're willing to a) share an apt with someone else (students still do that, don't they?) or b) live outside the actual city Ann Arbor (which many grad students do, e.g., in one of the adjoining townships or in Ypsi), you can find lots of stuff for rent of $1000/mth total, which equals out to $500 a month. And this stuff is not in the 'hood.
If you want to live in the city itself, by yourself, it's easily double (or triple) that, but as a grad student, maybe you don't care as much about being close to the night life and restaurants.
|9 weeks 23 hours ago||Key question - what is the budget?||
If your budget is essentially unlimited, so are the options. If they don't want to spend, say, more than $500/month, that pares things down. So knowing (approximately) what they want to spend is key.
Also important -- do they have a car or will they be relying on bus/walk?
|10 weeks 21 hours ago||No they didn't -- OSU was not good (D-wise) last year||
You're remembering past OSU teams, perhaps. Last year, OSU got lit up on numerous occasions.
Against Clemson, Tajh Boyd threw for 378 yards (5 TDs) and ran for 127 more yards. Clemson had an RB who ran for 69 more yards (on 12 carries).
That's almost 600 yards of total offense. Heck, Cal had 500 yards in offense against them.
They weren't terrible, certainly, but they also weren't good. The OSU offense last year is what carried that team (as shown by Carlos Hyde running through our d-line at will, along with them being able to pass for copious yards).
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Have a fun time and be prepared for 101 questions||
I took my 6-year old and it was a nice time, even though the Tigers lost. And that 101 questions is not an exaggeration -- everything from "Who's pitching?", "Is he any good?", "How fast did he throw it?" "Can you throw it that fast?", "How fast will he throw the next pitch?", "How can you tell it was a curve ball?", "Can you throw a curve ball?", and so on. Thankfully it was a not constant, just machine gun-like every 5-10 minutes or so when something new caught his interest and/or he was following up on one of my comments to my friend (e.g., "Boy, Verlander is struggling!")
And, of course, be ready to spend the usual excessive amount of money at the concession stands.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Looks good to me||
I stopped getting the U of M plates from the state of MI (which are "fundraising plates") b/c I couldn't stand they had a blue M on a yellow field. It looked dumb.
I just Googled it and see they finally switched it so it looks exactly like the Texas plate (in terms of the block M; the whole MI plate is not maize & blue). A point to the Michigan marketers who made sure our trademark was finally correctly being displayed.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||He's only 31 and he's making his own bad luck||
I was at the game last night, so I got to see his latest debacle first-hand.
- He's only 31. He still should be in his prime (not the middle of it, but def a couple more years). Plenty of pitchers (Halladay, Sabathia, Shields, Lee, Wainright, etc) have done very well/excelled at that age. Now perhaps JV is different, but if so, whoo boy -- the Tigers are in trouble.
- He did have bad luck last night , such as the sawed off, broken bat "hit" that loaded the bases. But Infante's homer was a no-doubter, and he's not exactly Babe Ruth. Plus, JV had plenty of good luck (e.g., guy leaving 2nd base early to get double off on a fly out to center field; Davis throwing a guy out at the plate).
So it's not really bad luck, but bad pitching. His control has been poor and he hasn't been stirking nearly enough people out.
If he doesn't fix it within the next couple of starts, I'd be all for the Tigers sitting him out for 2-3 weeks so he can rest / work on mechanics / whatever. Right now, he's really hurting the team (which is shocking thing to say for someone so talented).
|12 weeks 4 hours ago||Fair point, but it's still a problem||
The NFL's tax evasion is nothing compared to, say, Apple's or Pfizer's, but it still terrible that the "NFL League Office" is a non-profit which saves ~$10 million a year in taxes and pays its "non-profit" CEO (Roger Goodell) $35 million a year.
With that in mind, I'm fine if people get upset about it. Just like I'm fine that people are finally realizing the "non-profit" bowls, which pay their chairman $1 million+, are also a joke and a scam. I'll take whatever might lead to little victories we can get.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||I will yell that out loud||
I will yell that out loud this year/next year any time Ty Isaac has a run/catch of 25 yards+ (even if it is straight up the middle of the field).
|12 weeks 4 days ago||If these clips are any||
If these clips are any indication, I look forward to many productive runs by Ty when we are up 48-14 on teams midway through the 3rd quarter.
Seriously though, the Fresno State catch & run was quite nice. Hopefully we'll see a lot that in the future, as that would help Devin out a ton against pressure.
|13 weeks 3 hours ago||Wow, the Elite 11 stunk Devin's year||
First, congrats to Alex. Seems like a good kid who's on the rise.
Second, have you looked at previous Elite 11's? Usually, a good portion are truly "elite", but 2009 was a tire fire.
Hopefully Alex can be the best in his class, like Devin was, but have a better, more experience OL to lead us to some more W's and championships.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||It's not your fault...it's not your fault||
I'd embed the Good Will Hunting Clip here, but I realized that came out the same year as Austin Powers, so I'll refrain to prevent a continued lack of hipness.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||Exactly - why analyze what you're not looking forward to?||
By this, I don't mean Michigan football (exactly). I mean the fact that it is EXTREMELY likely we will go 8-4 or 9-3 this year. Against an unexciting schedule. Which will likely put us behind two, if not three, of our big rivals. Which sucks.
Hopefully the team will surprise like it did in 2011 and go 11-2 (or better). But that's just it -- that would be a real surprise, and and any honest preview would treat it as such.
So I don't think--when we're 1,000 short--that it's "Meta" Blog stuff. It's UM football and it's performance (and lack thereof).
I just hope to enjoy the watching the games (and not overanalyze it), hope Hoke wins enough (pick your number; I know I have mine) to readily keep his job and thus we won't have to spend next off-season discussing whether Brandon should offer Jim Harbaugh $10 mil/year. That's my big-time goals for this year. Which is not exactly exciting when it's been 10 years since we've won a B1G title.
FWIW, I did support the Kickstarter to support the blog/content and I want to learn more about Nuss. But to find out if our 3rd string TE will contribute and how the LB rotation will develop, etc? Not something I can get fired up for to delve into this year.