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|5 hours 9 min ago||Harbaugh is never going to||
Harbaugh is never going to Michigan. From what I have heard, his wife is not leaving California. (I know from experience how hard it is to get a California girl to leave California--and a Michigan girl to come to California, for that matter.)
The Niners have been arguably more frustrating to watch than Michigan. They cannot finish games. Teams make adjustments and stuff Kap in the second half. And he got outplayed today by Drew Fucking Stanton. Their defense was aging last year and the year before; now they are downright rickety. The Niners missed their window.
|7 hours 43 min ago||Gardner starts, but Morris||
Gardner starts, but Morris plays sooner if and/or when Gardner struggles going forward. Having Morris get some reps with the first team may help receivers get in sync with him. But Morris throws a tough ball. Reminds me of Steve Bellisari.
|8 hours 29 min ago||Most criticisms I have heard||
Most criticisms I have heard are related to using the Michigan Man litmus test in conducting a coaching search. Those are fair, I think, insofar as Michigan's best coaches (Bo, Yost) were by no strech of the imagination Michigan Men, and the most notable disappointments (Bump, Hoke) were. Having said that, all else being equal (and this being the critical condition), I would rather have a Michigan Man Coach Michigan.
|8 hours 40 min ago||Yes, but that's no update||
Yes, but that's no update from AT&T Park, which is IMO the most beautiful ballpark in any sport. Sweeping vistas of the Bay and walkable to some amazing bars and restaurants. Still (for me at least) the best-case-scenario for any non-New Years bowl.
|8 hours 55 min ago||This is very similar to last||
This is very similar to last week's. Only now these bowl projections seem optimistic to me. I suppose Michigan may very well beat Northwestern, Maryland, Rutgers, Indiana, and maybe even Minnesota, to get to 7-5. And if they do, that has meaning, and while I won't be bragging about it, exactly, I will appreciate the effort it took to pull it off. It just seems so out of reach, at the moment.
|9 hours 3 min ago||So here's to.... a winning||
So here's to.... a winning season? This is a bad start, but the season is not unsalvageable. Coaches need to keep coaching, players need to keep playing, regardless of whether this is Hoke's last year.
|10 hours 23 min ago||Even if firing Hoke now was justified, and maybe it is...||
It would be hard to justify Nuss as Interim HC after the team has not had an offensive TD in two games against power conference teams. That's not to say that Nuss as Interim HC, at some point, is a bad idea in theory.
|10 hours 35 min ago||Yeah, an ironic charge, as||
Yeah, an ironic charge, as Gardner has been very much a victim of the coaching changes, and other struggles, of the last five years. He has had three different OCs and systems. The reality, I think, is that the problems at Michigan run deeper than one player, or even one coach, or perhaps even one head coach. What has transpired here is something like instutional arrogance, or a spiritual malaise, and I think the responsiblitity lies ultimately with the program itself. That is not to say that actual persons should not be held accountable, or won't be held responsible, but all I am saying is that Devin Gardner is not that person.
|10 hours 47 min ago||I see him as a metaphor for||
I see him as a metaphor for this team: he is very talented, appears to be a good leader on the field, has a good attitude, and is one of the few Michigan QBs in Michigan history who has four years of experience. Yet his performance has been less than the sum of those impressive parts.
|10 hours 57 min ago||Woodson is having a game in||
Woodson is having a game in New England. Several PBUs. I am afraid something is deeply wrong with the Patriots. The team has been steadily drained of playmakers over the last five or six years.
|10 hours 59 min ago||The truth of the matter is||
The truth of the matter is that watching Michigan is an unhealthy outlet right now, at my historical level of committment, and it's been that way for at least the last two falls. Here's what I have been doing to mitigate the present reality:
1. Staying sober during games. This is critical, because remaining sober modulates my reactions, emotions, & etc., and then after the game I am in shape to do any healthy activity (yoga, basketball, math) that my mind and body need.
2. Watching the games with the sound off, and a record on. Listening to the likes of Spielman gets under my skin, even though his critcisms are generally correct and fair. I usually play metal when Michigan is winning, and some kind of moody music when they are losing. I find it allows for detachment.
3. Watching the game at home, and not a bar. Obviously related to (1), but separately important because I can mix productive activities (doing the dishes, situps, work) into watching the game. Fifteen minutes of productivity here and there makes for a different feeling after a loss. I am sure that this is something functioning (and married) adults have known for some time, but I am just now discovering it. I generally watched even the most dreadful moments of 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013 at sports bars (Purdue 2008, 2011 Gator Bowl being the dregs), and I am not sure it helped at all.
|11 hours 21 min ago||Jourdan Lewis and Devin||
Jourdan Lewis and Devin Funchess both had very good games. None of them deserve to get booed at home, which has happened now two weeks straight.
I feel bad for the staff too, though. The defense has played pretty well and the offensive line has made some improvement. Like the team, the staff seems to be less than the sum of its parts.
The coaches and the team know they are backed up against a wall, and know that every move will be scrutinized (even more so than usual). How hard it must be to go through 9 more weeks like this.
|11 hours 40 min ago||True a historically bad 2010||
True a historically bad 2010 D and a historically good 2010 O, versus an inept offensive and solid defense for the 2014 team. The way I see it playing out is that the 2014 team has difficulty sustaining drives and keeping the ball. Fittingly, maybe the 2014 team out gains the 2010 team....
|12 hours 53 min ago||I think the 2010 team would||
I think the 2010 team would beat this team by two TDs. The 2014 team has a solid defense, but Michigan with Denard was historically good. And the key would be that the 2014 offense is turnover prone, and short on playmakers. I would say 2010 Michigan 27, 2014 Michigan 13.
|1 day 1 hour ago||They have a coach. They will||
They have a coach. They will win ten games this year and went 12-1 two years ago. ND has turned the corner. We are ND ca 2008 or so.
|1 day 7 hours ago||I will take any form of good||
I will take any form of good news at this point, and Detroit beat KC's ace. The Tigers are a thoroughly better team.
|5 days 6 hours ago||It really is one or the other||
It really is one or the other at this point for Hoke. If he is going to turn it around there is little room for error.
|6 days 9 hours ago||The predictions are a kind of||
The predictions are a kind of a black box. Any idea on what is guiding this metric? Michigan's strong-ish offensive run stastics, solid run defensive stats, and that Fresno moved the ball through the air against them?
|6 days 10 hours ago||I will be there if this||
I will be there if this transpires, to support Interim Head Coach Nussmeier
|1 week 6 days ago||Here's hoping that you||
Here's hoping that you continue to improve. And I think MGoCharity is a good way to rinse out the bad taste from the ND game, and refocus mental energy on a positive outlet.
|3 weeks 9 hours ago||ND looked very good||
ND looked very good offensively against Rice. I mean, historically good, as in I have not seen ND with a quarterback this good in 25 years. You would have to go back to 1988, 1989. I do not know how much of that was due to, perhaps, Rice being down from last year, and in any event not very good. Golston looked to be much-improved. He made several jaw-dropping throws, and showed terrific quickness in turning up the field and running. He has a higher ceiling than Gardner, and I think that is worth about a touchdown in the outcome, even with ND short-handed on defense.
To me, +5.5 sounds about right whereas the Sparty line seems unduly deferential to Oregon.
|3 weeks 9 hours ago||The team calling Saturday's||
The team calling Saturday's Michigan game was weak. Not so much biased, as flat-out bad. Some examples include fucking up names of Michigan landmarks and players ("Union Hall," what?); sarcastic banter where the lead announcer was calling out Galloway's down-field blocking ability (you have to have some credibility to take swipes like that); total lack of knowledge of Michigan personnel, or context for who was playing where; trying to make Peppers' injury into a storyline.
I would rather suffer Galloway than either Robert Smith or Spielman. Those two, but especially Smith, are glib, smug, and engage in subtle passive-aggressive Buckeye promotion. Herbstreit is very, very good. He knows what he is talking about and can call a game.
|5 weeks 3 hours ago||Agreed re Bloomington,||
Agreed re Bloomington, Indiana. Wayyyy underrated, especially when you consider Bloomington (Illinois) is 38.
|5 weeks 3 hours ago||The top 3 on this list could||
The top 3 on this list could be in any order. I would put Madison at 1, followed by Ann Arbor, and then Boulder, but the one area that Boulder excels (skiing/outdoors) is not my thing.
Ames (5) versus Iowa City (9) is fairly amazing to me, but I admit I have never been to Ames. Iowa City is a blast.
Where this list breaks down entirely is the California analysis. Neither Santa Cruz nor Santa Barbara makes this list, but Claremont does. I have spent a bit of time in all three of these towns, particularly Claremont, and it is not even close. For a three block stretch, Claremont resembles a college town. But that is all you can say. It is the jewel of the Inland Empire, and the colleges are pretty, but it has a serious town/gown divide, and lacks both vitality and liveliness. But what is really just unconscionable is that Palo Alto does not crack the list. It is sterile, compared to places like Berkeley and Ann Arbor, but are there really 50 better college towns?
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Yoga||
Good call. I would skip the optional vinyasa and stay in downward-facing dog.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||I suggest the Whataburger||
I suggest the Whataburger Bowl. Three Phoenix locations, per google. A sly, and ironic nod to the late, great DFW, who presaged this era of corporate sponsorship run amok.
|25 weeks 3 days ago||When the author does not||
When the author does not frame the issue without imflammatory rhetoric, or drawing questionable analogies, that is when you know you have encountered flamebait (which is really clickbait).
|25 weeks 5 days ago||This is easily my favoirte||
This is easily my favoirte thread in quite some time.
|27 weeks 2 days ago||This is 100% a rumor planted||
This is 100% a rumor planted by Woodson's agent.
|27 weeks 2 days ago||That is a harder shot that it||
That is a harder shot that it looked like in real time. A runner in the middle of the paint, with all momentum carrying forward. Watch that replay again, just watching the shooter's feet, and how he twists his body. Sure, if you are living or dying by allowing those shots, it will be a short Tourament run, but that is a lower percentage shot than a pull-up, under control, jumper, or allowing him to go all the way to the rim.