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|10 hours 42 min ago||It was not so much||
It was not so much excruciating as it was just this bizarre theater of the absurd. I remember making my way back to the El with my buddy and we just were laughing in disbelief that we scored 51 points and lost....to Northwestern.
Excuciating was sitting in a cold, drizzle in Iowa City watching Michigan slog it out with Iowa 12-9. Excruciating was freezing your ass off in West Lafayette while losing to Purdue 9-3 when Michigan had the ball on the goal line and Lloyd Carr decides to try and have Will Carr do his best Refrigerator Perry impression and barrel in for the go-ahead score only to fumble.
|10 hours 56 min ago||I don't know, I think I also||
I don't know, I think I also read somewhere that koalas aren't to be trusted....especially the mean ones, so yeah, still thinking you're poisonous.
|12 hours 57 min ago||Need To Get Back On The Road||
Notre Dame - 1994 (W) & 2004 (L)
UCLA - 2000 (L)
Syracuse - 1999 (W)
Boston College - 1995 (W)
Michigan State - 1989 (W), 1991 (W), 1995 (L), 2003 (W)
Ohio State - 1994 (L) & 2006 (L)
Penn State - 1995 (L)
Purdue - 1996 (L)
Wisconsin - 1997 (W)
Iowa - 1998 (W)
Northwestern - 1996 (L), 2000 (L), 2007 (W)
Indiana - 1995 (W)
Illinois - 1995 (W) & 2007 (W)
Minnesota - 1998 (W)
|14 hours 27 min ago||But he's been a pretty good||
But he's been a pretty good to excellent coach at every other program he's worked for. It was just the 3 years he was here at Michigan where he forgot how to coach and teach football. Got it.
Sorry, that explanation is a little too succinct and doesn''t work for me. We'll have to agree to disagree.
|14 hours 51 min ago||Kicking||
Kicking is the one thing that really worries me about this season. In a year where it looks like we'll be locked in a bunch of tight games because our defense is good and our offense may struggle a bit, whether you win or lose could come down to, "did you make your field goals?"
|18 hours 24 min ago||Eh, that's no problem||
You're fine as long as you don't say, "I'll be right back"....
|18 hours 31 min ago||It's Brutal||
Watching college football replays on BTN. It's like a monatge of MIchigan futility over the past 3 or 4 seasons. 2014 Minnesota at Michigan. 2014 Michigan at Rutgers. 2014 Maryland at Michigan. 2013 Michigan at Penn State. 2014 Michigan at Ohio State. Dear god, please make it stop!!!!
|18 hours 46 min ago||You are focusing on all of||
I'm not suggesting that it was a slam dunk that Rodriguez would've been successful absent any of the soft issues you mention, but pretending like those issues had no impact on his overall performance as head coach is disingenuous.
How much preparation time was Rich Rodriguez denied because he had to attend press conferences to address Stretchgate or his buyout or shredded documents at WVU? How much of these stupid distractions affected his attention and focus to his team and recruiting? It's certainly nothing that could ever be quantified or proven, but it probably matters. If you have distractions in your personal life are you at your best at your job everyday?
Rich Rodriguez may never have built Michigan back into the program we expect and it eventually may have been necessary to show him the door, but I don't think we had enough evidence to say that definitively after just 3 seasons when the team was getting progressively better. You can cite numerous bad coaching decisions that he made as justification and I can cite dozens more bad coaching decisions by Lloyd Carr, or Gary Moeller, or even Bo Schembechler that cost Michigan games. Still those coaches won more games than Rodriguez, so they get more leeway.
Now there will be those who want us to stop beating this dead horse because, you know, Harbaugh and this is the past now and moot. But we need to remind ourselves how completely fucking fortunate we are to have a coach the caliber of Jim Harbaugh with ties to our school to come riding in on a white horse to save the day. There's probably no other college program in the country that could've lured Harbaugh away from the pro coaching ranks except us.
If we didn't have Harbaugh in the wings available to woo, we could've been in for a rough ride in the last coaching search, and that is completely an indictment of the culture we've fostered in recent years and could potentially be a problem for us in the future post-Harbaugh.
This is the big issue I have with those who shrug off Rodriguez's lack of success here while succeeding everywhere else as just, "well Rich Rod was a bad fit at Michigan". We shouldn't be a bad "fit" for any coach who is willing to come here and run a clean and ethical program. Michigan as a culture should be willing to bend a little too, and we clearly weren't when it came to Rich Rodriguez and that has tarnished us a bit in the ranks of job attractiveness.
|19 hours 56 min ago||AJ Williams. I'm just as||
AJ Williams. I'm just as shocked as the rest of you.
|19 hours 59 min ago||Best of luck to Blake on||
Best of luck to Blake on his final college football season. Still, Channing Stribling is going to make us all forget about him, right? Right!????
|20 hours 1 min ago||I imagine it was the same||
I imagine it was the same fever dream that convinced him that Darrell Funk was getting good development out of his offensive line personnel...
|1 day 11 hours ago||It's also entirely possible||
It's also entirely possible that Rich Rodriguez being terrible at Michigan is more an indictment of Michigan than it is of Rich Rodriguez.
|1 day 12 hours ago||Why? Could it be because||
Why? Could it be because Rodriguez taking a perenially lower tier Power 5 conference team and making them relevant in a conference that is a arguably better than the B1G blows a hole through your narrative that he was a bad head coach?
I won't argue that Michigan is in the best possible position today with Jim Harbaugh as coach, but it's still disappointing to see a small faction of the fanbase so entrenched in their position that Rodriguez is a bad football coach that they want to see him fail at Arizona just to validate their belief. People like you represent the worst of our fanbase.
|1 day 15 hours ago||Oh yeah!||
|1 day 20 hours ago||Ha!||
I know Obama having the name of Mt. McKinley changed back to Mt. Denali had nothing to do with giving the finger to Ohio, but I still like to imagine that it did.
|2 days 11 hours ago||Why exactly would the BTN||
Why exactly would the BTN pundits have to apologize to us on Thursday night? Picking Michigan to lose this game is reasonable, and none of them have us getting crushed by the Utes. Surprised that nobody is willing to take a chance on us, but whatever, it's not the worst insult ever visited upon Michigan in the history of college football. Relax.
|2 days 14 hours ago||Wow||
If he thought "Three and Out" was bullshit, I can't imagine what he thinks of Bacon's latest tome.
|2 days 18 hours ago||Drew doesn't need to ask||
Drew doesn't need to ask questions because he always writes the same formulaic column. Take adversarial position. Preface adversarial position by stating anyone who would dispute his opinion is a homer and a fanboy. Rake in page after page of angry comments, which is used to show your editor that people read your column. Profit.
|2 days 18 hours ago||There's a lot of payback to||
There's a lot of payback to dole out for this team. Hard to see us getting satisfaction for all of it this season. The reality is that we'll have to wait at least 2 or 3 seasons before we fully get our swagger back.
...unless Harbaugh has a bunch of tricks up his sleeve to deliver losses to Minny, MSU, and OSU and prove me wrong. Please prove me wrong.
|2 days 18 hours ago||Worse than Michigan's minus||
Worse than Michigan's minus David Molk in 2009? That offensive line was pretty bad. Still, your point is well taken. Regardless, bad as their offense is, that team was still able to make a bowl game and win it, which I thought was extraordinary. I'm just saying that simply saying Harbaugh >> Franklin will be the difference this season in Happy Valley is over-simplifying things. I think we're in for a tough, defensive game.
|2 days 18 hours ago||It's Understandable||
Football teams coming off losing records while adjusting to a new head coach do not typically do well. Pessimism is warranted based on the historical data and the fact that we have no proven playmakers on offense. Now if there is one coach capable of hurdling these obstacles, it's probably Jim Harbaugh.
Personally, I'm expecting to be pleasantly surprised with how much better the team performs this season.
|2 days 18 hours ago||Penn State's defense is for||
Penn State's defense is for real. They are going to be an exceedingly tough road game.
|5 days 12 hours ago||Midst of fall camp? Jesus,||
Midst of fall camp? Jesus, Illinois is about to break fall camp. This is unbelievable.
|5 days 12 hours ago||Because Michigan has better||
Because Michigan has better talent than Utah and coaches that know how to exploit that advantage.
|5 days 14 hours ago||The one caveat to remember||
The one caveat to remember about that defensive unit was that it benefited tremendously by Michigan's insanely positive recovered fumble ratio that season. Not to suggest that Mattison didn't do an outstanding job taking them from godawful to good, but it's important to remember that 2011 was that one season when the turnover margin greatly favored us for once.
|5 days 15 hours ago||Also||
How about just seeing us improve throughout the course of the season instead of just gettng progressively worse? When was the last time you could honestly say that Michigan was better at the end of their season than at the beginning?
|5 days 16 hours ago||And...||
It's spelled "eBook"....dummies.
|5 days 16 hours ago||During his appearance on Drew||
During his appearance on Drew and Marc the other day, Bacon confirmed that he talks about all the silly marketing gaffes. The sky-writing. The noodle. Free tickets with the purchase of two Cokes. It's all in there.
|5 days 16 hours ago||So What I'm Taking From This Is...||
So what I'm taking from Kalis' comment is, Darrell Funk minus all of the points. Right?
|5 days 20 hours ago||They don't have refrigerators||
They don't have refrigerators and freezers in Utah? Actually not surprised by that....