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Rufus Xavier Sarsparilla
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|2 weeks 4 days ago||Mike Leach||
Somehow I love this man and hate him at the same time.
Secondarily - You got a poet laureate for UM Commencement? I got a cartoonist, and not even a good one...Cathy Guisewite.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||I know as much about web hosting as I do about astrophysics...||
But I am in agreement, with the requisite qualifier "I love the site, but..."
It seems to me that this fine website being on such an unreliable infrastructure is like Al Borges putting Denard Robinson under center despite ovewhelming evidence to it's ineffectiveness.
And no, I don't even know if "unreliable infrastructure" is the correct syntax, but you get my point.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||There is only one Spinellis!||
If there were more than one, we'd have to call them Spinellises, which is just silly.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||Bo Idolized Yost||
Any questions on Bo's moral authority when it comes to running a football program?
|14 weeks 3 days ago||This is starting to resemble the Joe Bolden re-posts.||
This is starting to resemble the Joe Bolden re-posts.
This is starting to resemble the Joe Bolden re-posts.
This is starting to resemble the Joe Bolden re-posts.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||*scratches head*||
Seriously? That is your moral argument in favor of pulling a committed scholarship 3 weeks from NSD? Because my avatar was a racist?
|14 weeks 3 days ago||We all want to win.||
Most of us are not willing to sacrifice the integrity of the program to get there. On behalf of the rest of the fanbase, you might want to go look around for another football team to root for. We just don't think you will have much of a role here as a Michigan fan. Good riddance.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||Glass houses||
I was willing to play "wait and see" until I read the mLive article. In it Swenson says that the scholarship offer was pulled. This is in excusable, assuming it's true. We should have kept our committment to this (what appears to be) fine young man and accepted the fact that someone else on our list would not be in the fold. That's what the word "committment" means.
I seem to be in the minority when I say that I will NOT be pleased with a national champtionship if we have to lower our standards of integrity to get it, regardless of who our coach is. I will perfectly happy with 10-2 seasons every year if that is as good as we can be while still being "Michigan". But I believe we can win a National Chapionship withour selling our soul to Nick Saban.
I look forward to the massive negging that I am about to receive. The Chris Webber era should never ever be celebrated just because of the results on the court.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||You can't have it both ways||
"if we do this stuff, we better win big". Total garbage attitude. Either the actions of the staff are right or wrong. The resultant winning or losing doesn't have a thing to do with it.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||Jay Riemersma||
The move from QB to TE worked out just fine for another tall athletic UM signal caller... 9 NFL seasons, 23 TDs, 2500+ yards. And his TE coach at UM not Jim Harbaugh, it was... wait for it... Mike Debord.
|43 weeks 4 days ago||ESPN and "Journalism" LOL||
Quote from ESPN NBA suck-up-in-chief Chriss Broussard's "insider take" on rumors of John Calipari going to Sacramento: "It's not a stretch that they may have talked about it to some degree." Wow, that's journalism. No word yet on if he has figured out a way to add a syllable to Coach Cal's name, as so eloquently has for "Duh-wayne Wade" or "Duh-wight Howard"
|1 year 4 weeks ago||Adidas School? *sigh||
I am repulsed by the idea that a kid would choose a school based on it's apparel contract. Even if it helps us in this case, it pisses me off. And while you're at it, GET OFF MY LAWN!
|1 year 8 weeks ago||Damage to WHICH brand?||
The only "brand" they damaged was that of the University, their fraternity, and their families. But of course the resort is padding the numbers, just like every plaintiff in a civil suit seeking damages case ever has. I say pound these losers for every penny, whether theirs or their parents'. Welcome to grown-up world, kids. Time to pay the piper.
|1 year 14 weeks ago||"Happy"?!?||
That's where you're wrong, Tom. As a "fan" of my teams, I'm never "happy as hell" about an opposing star player's injury. It might make me like my team's chances more, but that's not the same as being "happy as hell".
I wasn't "happy as hell" when Barrett or Miller went down with season ending injuries - I actually felt bad for them - injuries suck. But I WAS "happy as hell" when Golson was suspended for academic fraud, because the kid was still intact, physically.
What a loser.
|1 year 16 weeks ago||RichRod's Pic||
I happened to be looking at Richrod's wikipedia page and they still have a Michigan picture of him on there. Weird.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Wisconsin as "elite program"||
I have no idea where this idea got started. I don't get the logic that somehow good coaches leaving Madison is some sign of the apocalypse for the B1G.
Check the record - They have had a couple of two- or three-year really good stretches over the past 30 years, where they have had 1 or 2 losses and finished in the top 10. They generally finish ranked 15-ish most years, with lots of "receiving votes" rankings sprinkled in throughout. They have really good OL and RBs year in and year out (yipee)
Barry Alvarez has somehow been elevated into some college football god status despite a LOT of mediocre seasons when he was at the reigns. Yes, he brought them up from years of northwestern/purdue status up a couple notches, but they are no more elite than Georgia or Kansas State or Tennessee - they've had some really good teams in small bursts, but historically not in the top ten nationally. I wasn't shocked when Bielema or Anderson left, and I won't be shocked when the next guy leaves to go to North Carolina or Boston College.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Great work||
I loved his take on "Michigan Man" and only slightly less loved him bitch-slapping Drew Sharp's stupid question. And the swinging pendulum physics analogy was great because I am a nerd engineer.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Sad day...||
It’s really a sad day. For the program, for Brady, and for the seniors.
Brady fell victim to the Peter Principle – promoted beyond his skill set. I don’t think there is a better example of it than this – outside of 7 of the past 8 Lions head coaches.
We can all have a sense of relief, but I won’t celebrate. Brady is a really good guy - this was truly his dream job, and he just wasn’t up to the task. I felt the same about Rodriguez the day he was fired; good guy, didn’t get the job done, and it was just time to go – I didn’t celebrate that day either.
And man – those seniors – they have put up with a whole lot of crap over the time they’ve been here. I really feel for those guys. They didn’t come to Michigan thinking they’d have to watch two guys they love get fired like this…
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Peter principle||
Outside of the 7 out of the last 8 Detroit Lions HC's, you'll be hard pressed to find a more perfect example of the peter principle at work. Great guy, great position coach, adequate mid major HC, promoted beyond his skillset. Best of luck, Mr. Hoke. Sorry your dream job didn't work out.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||I'm no IT guy||
But it might be time to update the host server to something, um, adequate. Just a suggestion.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Soo....||
All you need to have a good Defense is an expensive DC? Does that rule apply to Offenses too? Because Al Borges would disagree with you.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||By your logic, then||
We should have kept Rodriguez areound, allowed him use his really good offense as a springboard, allow him time to learn from his mistake of having a nonexistent defense, until he figured it out and then we'd be really good?
So by that logic we should keep Brady around, allow him to use his really good defense as a springboard, allow him time to learn from his mistake of having a terrible offense and zero player development, until he figures it out and then we'll be really good?
No thank you.
I actually agree that we would be better of if we had kept Rodriguez, but it just wasn't possible. It was time for him to go, just like it is with Brady. Neither one worked, for different reasons. Revising history to paint Rodriguez as a tragic victim is just that - revisionist.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||I could have scripted your response||
"Rich Rodriguez blew it here, and he learned." That's reductivism from our esteemed leader. Take it up with him.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Thank you...||
No one ever said Rodriquez' offense didn't work - of course it did. Any moron can see that. Hoke has been a failure. There can be no doubt of that. Yet when I say Rodriquez failed here, I get berated for being a Manball Michigan Man Moron. But to all the MGoDesciples that keep saying "we should have kept Rodriquez" over and over and over again, your prophet just summed it up:
" Rich Rodriguez blew it here, and he learned. He dumped his defensive staff, got Jeff Casteel back, and is headed to the Pac-12 championship game with a freshman QB after having beaten Oregon in back-to-back years."
Thank you, now can we please STOP pointing to Rodriguez' current success as evidence that we should have kept him? He ignored the defensive side of the ball the entire time he was here, got fired because of it, learned his lesson, and now figured out that when you have a great offense, a pretty good defense is good enough.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||"one more game this season"||
That question goes without comment from the coach... Not exactly oozing with optimism, are we coach?
|1 year 22 weeks ago||Statistical definitions||
Could someone kindly direct me to the explanation of the stats are discussed for hoops (eFG%, TO%, OR%, etc.)? Thanks!
|1 year 22 weeks ago||This is so dumb||
We all have contributed to the Jim Harbaugh salary. It's called ticket prices. Does anyone really think we won't open the checkbook to get Harbaugh? Salary is the lowest hurdle we have in getting him. His trophy No-Cal wife and Jim's ego are what will stop him from (a) leaving the bay area and (b) leaving the NFL to return to college without a superbowl ring, respectively.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||I think we agree||
Succession planning was part of his job, and he failed. But he still won a lot. In your analogy, the company was immensly profitable during the CEO's tenure. He did everything right except the succession plan. He was still a very good CEO. The fact that the board hired a buffoon to replace him isn't his fault.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||The "we hate running the ball" crew||
I totally agree and don't understand the DeBord hate. They complain that DeBord would run the football the whole game and then FINALLY throw to our awesome wide receivers. Of course it COULD be that running the football gets LB's crashing and allows for man coverage at the corners freeing Braylon up for 4th quarter drama. Crazy talk, I know... but Mr. Saban and the guy in EL that looks like Doofenschmirtz might agree with me.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Head coach's #1 Job is to win||
This is a fantastic history lesson - I've been thinking about this a lot.
Lloyd did, for the most part, do his job of winning games the right way. I get that you can point to the lack of a successor as a critique, but who gives a damn if you're winning? What is so wrong with picking guys who aspire only to be assistants, and by the way they happen to be pretty good at it.
But remember, Lloyd didn't happen in a vacuum. Moeller's implosion also chased the two coaches that were in the coaching tree (albiet not Lloyd's) - Miles and Cameron, who were fantastic assistants by any measure. Moeller was a direct succession to Bo, as was Lloyd, but with Lloyd, Mo, Cam, and Les no longer assistants, that left a gaping hole in the succession tree that was filled with the guys who were left - Debord and Parrish/Malone. And don't forget that Bo was still alive and adored during those times, and had an office three doors down from the HC's office. Don't think he wasn't consulted REGULARLY on those kinds of decisions, and the default was to keep the assitant jobs in-house.
Whatever unsubstantiated rumor you might attribute the Moeller/Les/Cam exit, it had a huge impact.
Lloyd wasn't perfect, but he did a fantastic job of balancing winning and representing the University as a whole, and if his only flaw was that he didn't have a successor, then I'll take it. The blame for the successors after that lies solidly in the lap of the men who hired them - Lay off of Lloyd