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|1 day 3 hours ago||No - but he had a very likely late hit, later||
- For this particular play, I get a bit worried about people saying a defender has "plenty of time" to do something; things happen fast out there. Taco hits Hackenberg backwards at essentially the same time as Henry drives forward to make the tackle. If Hackenberg stays upright (which he was until the very last split second), Henry hits Hackenberg in the mid-section/upper thigh.
- However, on Penn State's last drive, Henry should have been called for a personal foul / late hit when he took a couple steps and then lifted Hackenberg up and drove him into the ground. Again, I have sympathy for the defender who is trying to make a play, but the QB definitely didn't have the ball, Henry came clear (e.g., wasn't being blocked) and he should have laid off.
Regardless, Henry needs to be more careful. His personal foul against MSU was legit (in my opinion) ; he could have had another one against Indiana (when he jumped, late, on the QB after a fumble) ; and he definitely could have had one against Penn State.
He's a big dude -- if he gets on someone late, they are going to notice.
|2 days 1 hour ago||Not just Twitter, everything sports-related||
Can you imagine First Take after the banner incident? Stephen A and Skip would get days of shouting. Colin Cowherd would go nuclear. There would be thought pieces from the New York Times about the coarsening of the culture. ESPN would have special correspondants on it. It would be huge.
It's one of those things I think of when people talk about "Athletes these days" -- back in the day, things were often worse in terms of sportsmanship.
|6 days 22 hours ago||Welp, this confirms that game went how I thought||
|6 days 22 hours ago||Test||
|1 week 19 hours ago||Blowing the tackle on a punt||
Blowing the tackle on a punt return for a TD doesn't help, either.
|1 week 1 day ago||Correct-a-mundo||
"During his sophomore year, Perry had wanted to transfer from Michigan after coach Lloyd Carr accused him of being selfish. Perry's mom wouldn't let him leave."
We can only hope Ty Isaac turns into something approaching Chris Perry, esp his senior year. That would be nice
|1 week 1 day ago||Saw one at EMU today, on||
Saw one at EMU today, on campus. He was not dressed as Darth Vader, unfortunately.
|1 week 2 days ago||Even "Wang, Dang, Sweet||
Even "Wang, Dang, Sweet Poontang"?
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Hmmm...you're right on those two games||
Granted it was Indiana and a Bobby Williams-era MSU, but they still were shut outs.
I just remember, off the top of my head for that team, the near-loss to Illinois (where Henson and timely bad call from the refs bailed us out), the loss to Purdue, and the wins over OSU and Auburn. All of those were high scoring games.
Plus, the NU game was *so* bad. I just remember Larry Foote running around, trying to pump everyone up, and that defense not being able to stop a darn thing.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Well, he's the best we've had at least since Grbac||
Not only were his stats impressive, but as noted, he just looked the part. He threw tight spirals, had a good arm, could run with speed if he had to, and was accurate.
He also took part in the craziest game (in terms of offense) I've ever seen UM play against a good opponent -- the 51-54 loss to Northwestern (which I was at --- just go down Anthony Thomas! You already have the 1st down! Ugh...fumble. Flashback.) Yeah, the defense wasn't very good that year.
I'm glad for this video. Thanks for putting it together. He led us to victories over OSU and a bowl win, so while I'm disappointed he didn't come back for his senior year, he definitely made a big contribution to UM.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||This is a crazy story||
I've followed the move to Flint, as I went and saw the (formerly) Plymouth Whalers a few times. All the stories were about how they were fixing up the arena, hoping it would be a small, but meaningful, catalyst in helping turn around Flint.
This story will have all sorts of local politicians and local mucky-mucks commenting. Should get real interesting.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Those are some embarrassing tweets||
I can understand being upset...but "excepting all resumes"? "All you girls"? "Deliberately cheating"?
Maybe I missed it -- did Braylon Edwards or Anthony Carter go on a stupid twitter rant like this after the MSU game? I hope not.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Oh my||
I see what you're saying, but I hope you are wrong. It will tough enough against PSU and OSU with Rudock, an experienced senior who you can at least reasonably hope can manage us to a relatively low-scoring win. If Speight has to go against those teams? Whoo boy.
|3 weeks 19 hours ago||That's b/c there wasn't any||
I upvoted you, as your point seems logical, but then I decided to do some checking myself. The Googles show five or six Duke blogs/school newspapers/ESPN sites. Absolutely none of them had any internet commenter spleen. In fact, on the ESPN site, there were 20 comments, and almost all of them were from Miami fans complaining about the 23 penalty calls.
So Duke wasn't there b/c Duke football fans apparently do not exist -- at least not on the Internet.
|3 weeks 21 hours ago||You know who's more important than on-site sponsors?||
TV and the schools (all of them).
1) These are essentially made for TV events. This is not like the bowls, started in southern locales to get people to travel by horse and by train to visit Pasadena, New Orleans and Miami.
Look at bowl attendance now -- with certain exceptions, even the big bowls have tens of thousands of empty seats. And many people from the Midwest can't be bothered to travel all the way to Orlando, Phoenix etc to see a game unless it is for a top-tier bowl.
So ABC does not care where it is -- they will pony up the same amount, just the same. And they are the ones literally paying for this.
2) Beyond all of that, the schools in the north should give a rip about this. Their fans are the ones who are required to shell out for airplane tickets (instead of short car rides), take longer away from work, and are put at a disadvantage. And now they have to potentially do it twice in 15 days.
If having a game in Minny or Detroit makes it so all these conference commisioners have to dive into a 95-foot vat of ABC cash, instead of one that is 96-foot, b/c a few less sponsors want to host off-site events, I think they can spare the money.
|3 weeks 22 hours ago||You son of a...||
One of the all-time great sketches.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Like the Jon Falk photo except for one thing||
It slightly depresses me to be reminded that you know has to have been around the program a *long* time b/c he can actually wear his UM apparel that has a Rose Bowl icon on it.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||That's not the product you are buying||
If you think spending hundreds of dollars on games gives you the right to know about internal disciplinary matters, you're going to have a tough time with sports. The most succesful American pro sports franchise of the last 15 years, the Patriots, say less than nothing and many, many teams in college and pro emulate them.
They are under no obligation to tell us anything unless, as a public university, they need to follow the law to release something (e.g., for FOIA). It's literally not our business, as much as we might be interested.
Our business is evaluating the product on the field (e.g., do I think this game is worth my time and money?) and how the players and coaches comport themselves off it (e.g., do I agree with how the team disciplines law-breakers?). If someone has a bad attitude or poor grades or has fumbling problems or something else, we have to realize we're on the outside of the team.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||And I was worried about our LBs in two years||
That was depressing, seing seniors getting played on play-action and missing straight-forward tackles on 3rd down.
Hopefully they all can bounce back next week.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Didn't see anything but this||
Didn't see anything but this last play, but Miami had a program-record 23 penalties for 194 yards in that game. Who knows how many of those were good calls, but based on college football refs, I'm going to guess they blew at least a couple of them. So I'm not going to get to worked up over a block in the back (or not) on this last play -- Duke had a good 10-15 seconds to attach the ball, but the hung back like they were just hoping Miami would fall over. Go get the ball carrier -- it's the last play!
|4 weeks 2 hours ago||It shouldn't make a difference||
They have a freshman center and a sophomore guard. Only their tackles are returning starters. If Henry & co aren't regularly caving in the middle of the defense, I will be shocked. In terms of skill players, Maxxxx Williams etc are no longer there.
UM's defense should be aiming for another shutout. I know that will be difficult, on the road, during a night game against a potentially fired up team. But UM has a serious experience *and* talent edge on defense against this offense.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Nothing to be sorry for||
I just saw many, many people mention "Wow, I bet Minnesota is going to be fired up for the game now ; It's going to be a trap game ; etc" and wanted to point out a similar situation happened just two years ago and it didn't seem to impact the game. In short, who knows how it will affect the game? The game will be what it was before this -- a game.
I don't need to go to a sports blog to know who wins or loses a particular football game, in the big scheme of things, are not that important.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Happening this fast seems unique||
I don't track recruiting nationwide, so I'm sure I missed something, but I can't recall having someone on campus (who you had previous discussions with earlier in their recruitment, so you know him at least somewhat), giving them an offer, which he then verbally accepts, and then the school pulling it within ten days. All with no reports of anything the player did during that time period (e.g., no arrest report).
I have no idea what happened and who is "at fault", but this is certainly unusual in terms of the speed. It suggests a bureaucratic screwup by Syracuse...but who knows?
|4 weeks 1 day ago||This seems unfair to Clark||
While the young man seems (to put it mildly) like he has some growing up to do, Syracuse has put him in a bad spot. By publically accepting----ooops, no wait, rejecting---him, and then "not being able to comment due to NCAA rules, they've opened him up to worse rumors than him just being immature and indecisive.
If Syracuse didn't want him, they shouldn't have offered him. They should have done their due diligence beforehand, not after the fact.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||As reference, we beat them 42-13 (at home) in 2013||
That was the first game Kill missed as coach. Minn won the next four games with Kill in the booth, and then lost their last three games.
So purerly from a football perspective, FWIW, there is no guarantee this will help them. I am sure in 2013 they wanted to win the Brown Jug for Kill and it didn't come close to happening.
Minny will be fired up, but there should be no way they are more fired up than a Jim Harbaugh-coached team coming off a gut-wrenching loss. We just need to play our game, and we should beat them handily.
All that said, it's been a tough week for coaches from the state of Minnesota. I really, really hope this doesn't turn south quickly as it did for Flip Saunders and that Kill can live a long, productive life outside of football.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Ah, a young lad from the||
Ah, a young lad from the McDoom's of County Cork, I am sure.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||It was a fantastic play design/call||
As noted by Brian, that play was going to work pretty much no matter what. The screw up was making a 30 yard gain into a (essentially) a one-play TD.
While Hill was watching the fake end around (which is logical, given how much we were focusing on the run), the FB (who, if I recall correctly, had *never* had a ball thrown to him this season) leaks out the back; he's in Hill's blind spot. Hill should have been further back, but that play was going for 20-yards plus.
I hate the end of that game, and get angry if I think of many aspects of the game in total (e.g., Bolden's egregious ejection), but this one is different: it was the only real RPS "dammit!" of the day. They got us on that one.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Millions of people read it||
I'm not going to respond to all of these uninformed comments, but tens of millions of people read the NYT. Every day around the world. They are one of the very, very few media organizations that has made a plausible transition from the solely print world to the multimedia world of today.
Your life will be just fine if you don't read the NYT; it's far from perfect (e.g., employing a few dopey columinsts, like Easterbrook) and there are some other good news organizations out there. But if you're going to comment about it, you should know something about it.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||It wasn't the "NYT" that slams Harbaugh...||
...it was one of their (many, many) columnists, the ever-pompous Gregg Easterbrook. It was just one opinion, amongst many.
The New York Times isn't like mgoblog or edsbs, where if Brian or Spencer said something about Harbaugh you could plausibly say "mgoblog slams..." or "EDSBS slams..."
Perhaps if the NYT reported something, and it was wrong, then you could slam the organization, as reporting is supposed to be factual and thus goes through a layer of editing and proofing from the organization. But opinions by one columinst aren't the same thing, as long as its not libel or 100% wrong (and my opinion is that Easterbrook is mostly wrong -- but again, that's just my opinion).
|4 weeks 2 days ago||For what it is worth...||
...if being a Rhodes Scholar was his goal, it seems going to U of M would have been a good choice: U of M has had 25 Rhodes Scholars; Florida State has had 5.