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|1 day 1 hour ago||Thx, but I'm waiting for a better deal||
I'm going to this game, and I've been watching StubHub. I think it's quite possible I can get ~20 Yd line tix for $50 (definitely for $60) a piece.
I don't even want to think what prices will be if we, God forbid, lose this weekend.
|1 day 4 hours ago||There is a big difference btw Hoke and Ferentz||
While there are definite similarities, the reason Ferentz is going anywhere is he has--at key junctures--won, and won, big at Iowa.
In Year 4, he won the B1G and went to the Orange Bowl, the first of three straight Top 10 finishes (capped off by a Year 6 Cap One Bowl win and another B1G title).
Then some mediocrity followed, along with some grumbling, and just when it started to get a bit hot, he had another uptick, winning the Orange Bowl in Year 11. That's when NFL teams came calling (2009) and he got his ridiculous contract (through 2020).
So Ferentz can't (readily) be fired is b/c he parlayed very good seasons into Iowa panicking and offering him a huge contract. Hoke can DEFINITELY be fired as a) he doesn't have Ferentz record of success (though, who knows, hopefully we can win the B1G this year), b) he doesn't have a huge, lengthy contract and c) UM has infinitely more money than Iowa.
|1 day 4 hours ago||I totally back this coach||
I understand coaches of UM, Alabama, ND, etc can't do these type of plays, but I appreciate the fact the coach did it just b/c it was fun AND did not hurt the actual football play in any way (the alternative was for the guy to just stand there).
Besides, it's fun to learn there is a football technique called "The Fainting Goat."
|6 days 6 hours ago||Hey, they beat the Fighting Camels 66-0 last week!||
Seriously, I just looked that up -- App State beat the Campbell Fighting Camels 66-0 last weekend. I had never heard of Campbell University (apparently it is a Baptist-school in NC) and their nickname is quite interesting. The women's basketball team is the "Lady Camels".
Back on point -- App State and Miami are both equally bad in 2014. Thus, if we don't beat Miami (NTM) in similar fashion to how we beat App State ~10 days ago, we've got even bigger problems than we thought.
|6 days 8 hours ago||Yea, I'm not going to care what James Harrison has to say||
"Harrison was arrested in March 2008 and was charged with simple assault and criminal mischief stemming from a domestic altercation with his girlfriend, Beth Tibbott."
|1 week 2 days ago||Oh, "that" MSU(!) ;) As I||
Oh, "that" MSU(!) ;)
As I said, not a big difference. We collapsed at the end of the year, giving up copious amounts of points (which we'd done all year) and that was that. Could have been to FSU (Florida State, Fresno State or Ferris State) and it wouldn't have mattered.
|1 week 2 days ago||I know why we lost; 31-0 was another matter||
Oh I know the missed FGs and our relative lack of production on 3rd/4th down was key. But still losing by more than 4 TDs, with that box score, takes some doing.
|1 week 2 days ago||Those are all recruiting rich areas||
As has been shown by numerous recent articles (and our wonderful expansion of the B1G on to the Atlantic coast), UM's traditional recruiting ground of MI, OH and Chicago are nothing compared to, say, Texas, Florida or Louisiana. All those other schools you mention have huge pipelines into those areas.
Players are key. Those schools have ready access to better players than UM does. Winning big at UM (or MSU or OSU, for that matter) is far from impossible, but you have less margin for error b/c the top recruits are typically not in your backyard.
|1 week 2 days ago||Who knows? UM does not inspire a lot of confidence||
While I thought the ND game was 50/50, I am shocked that it ended up 31-0. Even when I look at the box score, I don't know how that happened. So I have no certainity that we won't find a way to lose to one (or more) of the mediocrities that litter our schedule.
The only game I'm taking for granted is next week (I'll be at a street party and, by choice, won't spend one minute looking in on the game). The rest of the games, who knows?
|1 week 2 days ago||It will be "forced" upon him||
" I think Hoke keeps his job even with 7 wins this season again..." I can not see that happening. At all.
That would likely mean losses to ND (a historic blowout), to MSU (likely a blowout), OSU (who knows) and two other teams from the worst "major" conference in America (or Utah, which isn't much better). All the people who matter -- fans, donors, alum players, recruits -- will not be OK with that.
A change would be made, even if we don't have assurance who the replacement would be. Because the sentiment (quite understanably, I think, if we go 7-5 again) would be, "I don't know who the next coach of UM will be, But he can't be worse than Hoke."
|1 week 2 days ago||Not that it matters much, but MSU was well before that||
For that 7-3 going into Wisky, one of those losses was to MSU. And people were quite surly even before kick-off (I was at the game); one of the worst moods at a home game I can remember.
Getting blown out did not help, but even if we lost 48-42 (instead of 48-28), it wouldn't have made much of a difference for RR's tenure at UM. UM's defense was horrible, we were losing games, and that was all that mattered. The margin of defeat was just a cherry on top.
|1 week 2 days ago||But that's not how it works -- change will be demanded||
I hear you that it would be nice to keep Hoke unless, say, John Harbaugh become available (highly unlikely). But if the team doesn't win enough--and even 9 wins might not be "enough" as everyone, including fans, realize how bad the B1G is--it will become shoot first and ask questions later. Big-time donors, player alums, and fans in general will be PO'd.
"Brinks trucks" and "backing them up" will be referenced, and we'll be forced to spend December wondering if Jim Harbaugh will leave for UM in the middle of a 49ers playoff run (pro tip: no, he won't). It will then be "Process II: The Reckoning".
Not looking forward to that at all. So let's hope you're right and we're on our way (somehow) to 9-10 wins, with one of them over OSU, and it all can be avoided.
|1 week 2 days ago||Neither does any of our opinions, I guess||
I realize I'm not the AD. But I can still recognize the reality of the situation. If you think Brandon keeps Hoke in any situation beyond what I mentioned above (e.g., 8-4 with losses to ND, MSU, and let's say Penn State and Utah), well then I guess we'll just have to wait a couple months and find out.
Hopefully, we'll go 10-2 and this will all be moot. But my guess is that's not the case.
|1 week 2 days ago||The downvotes suggest people still aren't facing reality||
We went through this a bit over the spring/summer, with many, many posters asserting Hoke was not on the "hot seat" or merely had to have a decent season to surivive ("the OL is young!" "2015 is the year"). That might be "fair", but in today's college football, that couldn't be more wrong. You can't be below average (and well below "elite"), typically losing to your main rivals (often badly) 3 years in a row. And never sniffing a B1G title or Rose Bowl in 4 years. I think it's pretty simple for the regular season:
- 7 wins or less: fired
That's it. I don't think it gets more complicated than that.
|1 week 2 days ago||Wishful thinking, but at least the chance is above zero||
- Jim Harbaugh is an NFL guy and he has not demonstrated any recent real love for Michigan. He loves Bo, but UM...?
He hasn't won a Super Bowl, and all accounts make it seem like he is burning to win one. If he leaves SF (real possibility), he'll have his pick of top NFL jobs -- Dallas, New York (Giants or Jets), Bengals, etc -- whatever team has an opening at the end of this year (and at least two of those teams will very likely have an opening for him). NFL teams will fire coaches just to get Jim; he's been that successful.
- Meanwhile, John Harbaugh has already won a Super Bowl, and he now will be dealing with the continual Ray Rice situation all year. Back that up with the fact he actually went to HS in Ann Arbor and seems more attached to UM than Jim (weird, b/c Jim went to UM and John didn't), I say if we need a new coach, back up the brinks truck for John.
I still give it a less than 10% shot, but that's higher than our prospects with Jim.
|1 week 5 days ago||Yes, it's factually incorrect||
- ND is as "national" as any team in the nation. Their relevance (in terms of fan interest) far exceeds their on-field performance (though obviously their many mediocre seasons has hurt that).
- The writer mentions secondary market tickets only being expensive b/c the series is ending. It would take 10 seconds to see last year's game also had tix that were $250 and above (http://michigan.247sports.com/Board/59424/Contents/UTL-2-Ticket-Question...) and that has been true throughout the series.
- Finally, UM-ND is annually one of the top rated TV games. So the interest is there.
|1 week 5 days ago||Yep, people are forgetting it was RS Fr QB||
...making his first ever start on the road (and 2nd start overall). He was having a mediocre to poor game (e.g., he missed some wide open guys earlier with bad reads), and you want to limit the chances of mistakes by him.
Having the QB do a pooch punt, which surely is not something he practices often, is not ideal. There are multiple ways that could go bad (e.g., poor shotgun snap that zooms by the QB; QB mishandles snap b/c he's not used to the footwork and gets it blocked).
I didn't love the call of plunging into the line as it seems too "blah", but it was the right call when you have a raw QB who might panic if (say) UTSA blitzed and his "just heave it to the end zone" play went wildly awry. The RB was great all night, and knows what he's doing, so let him have the shot.
|1 week 6 days ago||Good job by Manning, but man, that's a lot of talking||
Sounds like Manning is doing his usual good work, but it takes a certain kind of mind-set to say, "OK, today I'm going to shoot the breeze for possibly up to 90 minutes with a 16-year old. And that work very well might not lead to anything in terms of a committment."
I knew this already, but recruiting is crazy. Grown men basically begging for teenagers to make up their (understandably) fickle mind that they like you and your school.
|1 week 6 days ago||The b-school has changed, but definitely has undergrads||
First, the B-school has had a BBA program for at least 70 years. It's not like Northwestern, which just has a grad program.
Second, about 10-15 years ago, the BBA program went to a 3-year program (from 2-years). Additionally, you can now apply directly out of high school ("preferred admsion for exceptional high school students"), though most come "transfer" from LS&A, etc after their freshman year.
State Fan, either you really screwed up not knowing that or someone at UM really dropped the ball.
|2 weeks 3 hours ago||Steve Blass is the OG in this "disease"||
For those who haven't heard of this mysterious issue, the most prominent early example of this was Steve Blass, an all-star pitcher with the world champ Pirates.
He had five or six good/great seasons from 1966-1972, and then dropped completely off a cliff, his ERA going from 2.49 to 9.85. And there was nothing physically wrong with him.
|2 weeks 1 day 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.
|2 weeks 1 day 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.
|2 weeks 3 days 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.
|2 weeks 3 days 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?
|2 weeks 3 days 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.
|2 weeks 3 days 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 weeks 4 days 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.
|3 weeks 6 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.
|4 weeks 1 hour 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.
|4 weeks 1 day 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.