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|4 hours 41 min ago||Given that this is a Michigan||
Given that this is a Michigan blog and many of us are alums, a pretty high percentage of MGoPosters had an ACT above 30. Which means that unless the scale has changed since I took the ACT in 1978, then it's a score that will get you into UM under normal circumstances. Therefore, pretty darn good.
|1 week 4 days ago||I have wondered if location||
I have wondered if location had something to do with it too -- Michigan trying to deepen a foothold in Maryland-DC-Virginia? If so, it seems to be paying off. Still, Wilton needs to be a good enough quarterback.
|2 weeks 14 hours ago||The other thing about Hoke||
The other thing about Hoke vs. Meyer is that his personal life seems much more synched to the demands of coaching than has been the case with Urban. (I say that without any malice.) In the long run, these things matter an awful lot. I personally hope Urb has a long run at Ohio, in large part because I think it will be fun to see Brady beat him regularly and in any case the competition will be good. I saw an article by Urb's daughter in USA Today that is encouraging: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaaf/2012/11/17/urban-meyer-daughter-grades-dad/1711047/. But still this is a real question mark for Meyer.
|2 weeks 15 hours ago||Ah, I see that. And I||
Ah, I see that. And I acknowledge that the chances of Hoke recruiting Denard to play QB are zero. Thanks for the correction.
|2 weeks 15 hours ago||This seems a little||
This seems a little downplayed. Brian doesn't even give a mention to Hoke recruiting in a manner that he would not have believed possible three years ago. (And should he be so sure that Hoke wouldn't have recuited Gardner?) Admittedly, this year's performance will be pretty telling, although the Mathlete is right about the roster still being a year away from full-strength. I also appreach BiSB's analogies -- probably pretty close. I would still offer the following as a slightly different take
1) The recruiting data is building a case for extraordinary talent coming to Ann Arbor. Hoke & Co's recruiting performance alone should cause everyone to raise expectations a notch. Together with Ohio, this is likely to create a massive talent gap in conference.
2) One key will be player development in producing a 2-deep that overwhelms all but the better teams week in and week out. This is how I remember the Bo years. One tail whipping after another until the deciding games at the end of the season. I think the intensity of competition that Hoke & his staff are creating in this program is likely to create a steam-roller that will pretty easily win 9 games or so each season.
3) Hoke still has to deal with the road record. If he can shore up this current blight on his UM record, there is every reason to believe that we will be in the national championship race late in the season most years.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||All of us students loved||
All of us students loved Wangler when he was playing, but it is hard to list him among the real greats. We loved him because he was a cool guy (in contrast to his predecessor #7) and he could throw the ball (in contrast to his predecessor #7), and we were tired of three yards and a cloud of dust. And, yes, I still love Johnny Wang.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||He was certainly known as a||
He was certainly known as a tool during the years he was on campus, and that's a very polite way to put it. He also was the greatest Michigan quarterback during my lifetime. So Leach is #1.
May Devin soon be considered #1!
|3 weeks 5 days ago||I agree completely about||
I agree completely about MGoBlog being the best site. I am just subscribing to the idea that more is better. My thought is actually prompted by Father's Day coming up. I thought maybe I would ask for a 247 subscription as being better than a necktie or another Joe Banks gift card. And it's really not recruting info that I need, since I am so well supplied here (I also am an ESPN insider by virtue of a magazine subscription I haven't paid for in five years.) I more have in mind quality articles about the team during summer camp and the actual (much anticipated) season.
And if you supply wildly premature speculation here, I will happily read it -- anything to make the football season seem closer.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Especially in my case, since||
Especially in my case, since I am happily married!
|4 weeks 3 hours ago||I wonder if we should just||
I wonder if we should just say that Borges didn't do his best that day and move on. I am also still frustrated by it, and it doesn't help me for Borges to basically describe the second half of Ohio State as one failed constraint play after another that never got to bear fruit. But surely the interview reveals him as an intelligent, thoughtful, and diligent strategist. I am hopeful that second half may just be the low point of his tenure here and that we will end up being glad to accept it as a small part of an ultimately successful regime.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||This is true. Plus,||
This is true. Plus, Philadelphians have no affinity for central/western Pennsylvania. They are far more culturally bound to the other east coast cities, like DC and New York. The thought of going out to the countryside in central PA is something of a nightmare for inner city Philly kids.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Being from a West Point||
Being from a West Point family who went to UM on an ROTC scholarship and then served for several years in the Army, I would say the biggest benefit of the academy is that all of your college friends go into the same line of work. Wherever you are stationed, you will always have a good number of close friends from school nearby. This especially helps with the terrible post-college adjustment to real life. Now, the longer you stay in the service, the more friends you have from guys you served with. But probably the only regret I had from turning down my appointment to USMA was that I missed out on that social network in my career field. (The great upswing was that I got to go to Michigan!) As a multi-generational Army brat, it wasn't so big a deal to me, but I did miss all my college friends, who I virtually never saw in over ten years of constant deployments.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||This. Except that, while I||
This. Except that, while I loved Kovacs like everyone else, his lack of speed did hurt in pass defense. I'm not at all sure that our safety play will be worse. Run support and blitzing could hardly be better than Kovacs. But pass defense definitely could be. Add Countess back in, plug in Jake by mid-season (fingers crossed), Ross is very likely to be a stud linebacker, and then replace average players (Campbell and Roh), then give everyone more experience -- and our defense will be better. Good luck running against us next year, is my prediction.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||That was pretty awesome. And||
That was pretty awesome. And it's great to know that we are going to roll out a considerably better team in '13.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||This was all started by Big||
This was all started by Big Papi...
|9 weeks 1 day ago||I'm with you||
For instance, the Kovacks number change for the bowl game was uncomfortable to me. The guy made his mark as #32, then he is wearing some former player's number. Likewise, now for Gallon. He has made his mark here as #10. Years from now when people are watching video of his UTL catch, will they be confused by the number he is wearing because he had to change it his senior year? At least Jake Ryan changed early enough in his career, and to a linebacker number, that we can identify with him as 47.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Just like THJ's dad may well||
Just like THJ's dad may well be advising him that now is the time to take the NBA plunge, I would think the GR3's dad will urge him to stay one more year in college. It just seems that GR3 is young and needs just a bit more maturing -- the kind of things dads tend to be thinking about.
I was of course hoping that THJ would stay, but if I was his father I might well urge him to go now, too.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||But do we value grace?||
It really is great that the UM community stands up for character, honesty and integrity. The character of what is going on in football and basketball programs is what really makes things special as we return to our former glory. But without grace, all of these things just become ugly and self-righteous. Am I happy about C Webb and the selfish actions he took and which, if I am not mistaken, he has never apologized for? No, I am not. But if he was a family member I would still invite him for Thanksgiving dinner. I would still pray for him and try to encourage him. I can also have sympathy on what it was like for him at the time. I don't justify what he did at all, but I can extend some grace in my attitude towards him.
Furthermore, unless I am mistaken, alot of the ethics problems at UM basketball took place in the years after the Fab Five, but everything gets lumped onto the Fab Five. Not only are we being ungracious towards them, then, we are being substantially unfair.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Is this guy living large or||
Is this guy living large or what? A year ago he was... not a heavily recruited point guard. Today, he is getting real minutes on a final-four Michigan team . Good stuff! I love how undaunted he is by it all. I have a feeling we are going to remember Spike's years at UM.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||UTL More Dramatic||
While the setting of the Sweet Sixteen is more significant, the UTL win was more dramatic. Teams occasionally come back from being 5 down with 20 seconds left in basketball. But 20 seconds on your own 20? UTL was the craziest and in that sense most glorious win ever. Plus, UTL was a win over a hated rival rather than a respected foe. Still, what a game last night! Even the comparison with UTL makes it glorious.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||I give Beilein huge amounts||
I give Beilein huge amounts of credit for not crippling our offense in an attempt to shore up our defense. He believed that if they turned up the intensity and made corrections, the starting five could be effective. And when they turned it up with 2 minutes left they started getting the stops. But if Beilein had reacted to the problem we would have lost the game. He knows that we are a scoring team and he relied on us to score enough.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||I'm amazed that Glen Rice||
I'm amazed that Glen Rice isn't on that list
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Well, maybe Kentucky's '14 class||
You are probably right culturally speaking. But have you seen Kentucky's incoming freshman class next year? They have, what, six 5 star players so far? Not that they are C Webb, Jalen, Juwan, and co, but that is a sick recruiting class.
|13 weeks 11 hours ago||Jake probably would not want||
Jake probably would not want a redshirt anyway, since he no doubt has his eyes set on the League. Six years in college is too long for an NFL prospect. Or, at least, it will likely feel that way to him.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||Yes, it's a pretty decent||
Yes, it's a pretty decent breakdown for us. And as you say, Sparty can forget about the Rose Bowl. Bwahaha.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||These are fair criticisms, so||
These are fair criticisms, so let me adjust. Historically, New Jersey has been PSU country. Not the best state for recruits, but not terrible either. And while Pennsylvania is not Ohio, it's pretty good, too. I was not predicting that PSU would be at OSU's level, but that they will bounce back better and quicker than people think.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||Change is a bummer||
Change is hard and we all feel this. But since change is here, this is not a bad scenario for us. Can I see us having a real rivalry with Rutgers? It feels odd, but the answer may be yes. Recruiting wise this is a massive boon for us: New Jersey, Virginia, and North Carolina. This will help us be a national championship contending team.
I still wish the change didn't have to happen. But evidently it does. If we look to the future rather than the past, though, it's pretty bright for the block M.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||I agree with all this. Plus,||
I agree with all this. Plus, Penn State has a recruiting situation in PA much like OSU's situation in OH. Only big time program in a football rich state. Then throw in New Jersey, which also belongs to them. Then throw in massive regional sympathy. Penn State will be back sooner than people think. That will be good for the Big Ten. And we will still beat them virtualy every year. So that will be fun.
I also agree that the brutal portion of our conference is mainly composed of teams we were playing anyway. This is good stuff.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||Wow, what a scumbag. I had||
Wow, what a scumbag. I had no idea what a jerk this guy is. Bielein was pretty clear about his feelings.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||I You Tubed Akroyd's||
I You Tubed Akroyd's Bass-o-Matic skit for my teenage kids and they just about fell to the floor laughing. Dudes, those were the days.