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|4 days 19 hours ago||Rent A Car||
Perhaps the rental car didn't have a spare or a jack. Or maybe he has a physical ailment that prevents him from changing the tire.
|1 week 13 hours ago||Expansion||
The ACC has an exit fee of $50 million right now and as somebody mentioned the TV rights are tied to the conference, not to the school, making it very, very unlikely that it makes financial sense for any ACC school to leave the conference (outside of maybe ND because of the NBC money).
The Big 10 has its TV deal coming up in a year or two and is expected to see a significant increase with both ESPN and FOX expected to make major bids (as reported on this very site I believe). I find it highly unlikely that Nebraska will leave millions of dollars on the table simpy because they used to have a rivalry with Oklahoma.
The Big 12 is really the key here. Do the remaining schools have options? I bet you Oklahoma and Oklahoma State (a package deal) are looking long and hard at the SEC and the PAC-12 as an option if the money makes sense. OU would at least offer a mid-size media market and more eyeballs in Texas (at least for the SEC). Iowa State is basically screwed since they bring nothing to the table. Ditto Kansas State, but at least they are tied to KU. I'm sure the numbers guys at the Big 10 have run the scenarios if they add KU and K-State and whether it makes sense from a financial perspective. My guess is that it doesn't.
If I had to guess, best bet would be that Oklahoma and Oklahoma State jump to either the SEC or the Pac-12 and Kansas/K-State try like hell to get into the Big 10 shortly after that. If they make it, I bet you see Texas kick the tires on starting up the old Southwest Conference again with the Longhorn Network as the "conference" channel. A Texas, Texas Tech, Baylor, Houston, SMU, TCU, Iowa State, West Virginia and some combo of Kansas, K-State, UTEP, Rice, and maybe Texas State/UTSA would probably be the outcome.
|1 week 6 days ago||Jesus||
As the owner of a pretty decent collection, if I had to name just one series or graphic novel, I'd probably go with...
Born Again by Frank Miller.
It's the perfect Daredevil story and although I'm not a huge fan of the way it ends, the beginning and middle is so damn good that it's impossible not to love it.
The Killing Joke
Ed Brubaker's Captain American run (#1-#25)
Matt Fraction's Hawkeye run
Chris Claremont's X-Men run
Invincible by Robert Kirkman
Geoff John's Green Lantern run
Ex Machina by Brian K. Vaughn
|5 weeks 1 day ago||1 Question||
Listen, the only two questions that need to be asked when wondering if X State University will join Conference Y are will X State make money being in Conference Y than Conference Z and does X State sit in a media market that could result in more dollars in Conference Y's pockets.
If the answer to both is 'yes', then you have something.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Breathe||
Taking this story and turning it into a referendum on let's see who wants to win and who wants to do what's best for the kids is not the way to go.
We have no idea what actually happened. Pipkins is claiming the staff told him to retire for some nefarious purpose, but it's not like he was a Sophomore and we needed the scholarship for next year. He would've been gone regardless. There seems to be some disconnect between what Harbaugh is getting from the medical staff and what Pipkins is hearing as well.
Best guess is that Harbaugh had no plans on using Pipkins at all and rather than just keep him on the roster and let him sit on the sidelines, he told the kid to medical and focus on getting his degree. Not the best look for JH, but since this all happened after recruiting was over, this doesn't appear to be a Saban situation either.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Kings?||
Yea, you're right. If only there was another dominant team in the West that had won Cups in 2012 and 2014.
Thank God the Blackhawks have been able to cake walk through the conference the last couple of years.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Troll||
To be fair to our troll friend, that's because most books didn't even list The Horror.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||1. Breaking Bad An experience||
1. Breaking Bad
An experience that played out more like a visual novel penned by a Great American Writer rather than something we'd traditionally associate with television.
The first show that probably caused an unhealthy level of devotion for me. Some of the iconic scenes still stick with me after all these years.
3. The Simpsons
Is there anything funnier than Seasons 3-10 of The Simpsons. The quality has become subpar since then, but it's probably the pinnacle of comedy for me.
4. Game of Thrones
Not a book reader, but the scope of the world has me reading wikia articles about Joramun and Harrenhal.
5. Friday Night Lights
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Wow||
Bra-vo. It's like I just read a Phillip K. Dick short story combined with Bacon's next book about the Brandon/Hoke years. And it was glorious.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Wording||
By "left that post", I assume they meant "run out of town".
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Second This||
You don't want to live anywhere west of the 101 if you have to make it out to Chino every day, but that Los Feliz/Eagle Rock area is nice for the most part and pretty cool neighborhood.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Wow||
So half the people think Money cruises to an easy decision and the other half think this fight isn't worth watching because it wasn't 5 years ago. Most pound-for-pound lists have Mayweather-Pacquiao as #1 and #2. The two best fighters in the world (still) facing off? Nah, you're right, not worth it because it's not when they were #1 and #2 five years ago.
Second, I think the fight itself won't be some kind of all-action slugfest, but it will be good. A slower, but more powerful Marcos Maidana gave seriously trouble last year in their first fight. Mayweather has struggled against quick southpaws in the past (Zab Judah knocked him down, but it wasn't called) while counter-punchers have had the best success against Pacquiao. I largely agree with the sentiment that if it goes to the judges that Mayweather will win, unless Pacquiao just unloads on him round after round after round.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Q&A||
Listen, I've lived in both DC (where Five Guys started) and California (In-N-Out) and the correct answer to this question is DELICIOUS!
|13 weeks 5 days ago||SHOCKER||
The real shocker is that a list of teams who have gone the longest without winning a championship didn't include the Cubs for once.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||Animated Movies||
Animated movies, yes. And, I don't dispute that The Flash and Arrow are doing really well. But don't knock Agents of Shield. That show got really good starting with the 2nd half of last season.
And if you haven't seen Daredevil, it blows either of the CW shows out of the water.
I'm just disappointed that rather than do their own thing, DC chose to just copy Marvel's plan (and poorly, if the DOJ trailer and this picture are anything to go by).
DISCLAIMER: No DC movie has come out yet, therefore all these judgments are based on the tidbits of information and the aforementioned trailer/picture that has been released.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||No Good||
This looks like the super gritty & grim tone that DC is extending to their entire movie universe. Superman straight up murders a dude. Batman and Superman fight because they're angry ARGH. Joker has damaged tattooed across his forehead.
I have as many DC comics as Marvel comics (well maybe not as many, but I have some good representation), so I say this not as one of those (Marvel pwns DC fanboys), but Marvel is killing DC when it comes to movies/television.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Yep||
This board has gotten really sarcastic as of late. I think we desperately need some news or something to get us back on track.
Or, we just keep making fun of each other and cracking jokes.
I'm honestly okay with either.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||Here We Go||
So, here's the thing, Marvel changed the game when it came to superhero movies by creating a cohesive universe spread across multiple films (and now television shows). It was and still is a brilliant strategy. Because companies tend to follow rather than lead, DC says, "hey, we should do that too."
But, there's a problem. Rather than build off an insanely popular movie featuring a great actor in an unforgettable (and perfect) role, they decide to build off an awful film (I could list the myriad of issues with Man of Steel, but I won't). Oh, and after an entire generation spent billions of dollars fawning over a trilogy featuring their most popular character, they decide to recast said character with a polarizing actor/celebrity.
And, they hired Zack Snyder who has now made 1 okay movie and 2 really, really bad movies.
Still, that's not their biggest problem. Guardians of the Galaxy was a huge success. Iron Man was a huge success. You know why, outside of the MCU connection? They were fun movies. You enjoyed watching them.
This trailer makes me want to gouge my own eyes out with a fork. Everything is bleak and deadly and mopey. That's fine for a Batman movie. It's not okay for a Superman movie or a Justice League movie.
DC is trying to copy Marvel, but doing a piss poor job of it.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||Maryland||
Lived blocks from the campus for a year and my wife graduated from there. Definitely NOT a commuter school unless you mean most people live off campus. Because a lot do, but most live within walking distance.
|20 weeks 2 hours ago||Hockey Bear||
The Harbaugh head flying from SF to Michigan was definitely the top of the most recent.
I TOTALLY forgot about Hockey Bear. That was amazing.
|22 weeks 5 days ago||ACC/BYU||
I think the Big XII will probably look towards BYU and Cincy when they move to expand. The lack of a conf. title game in football could seriously hurt them as bad as it did this year. They could've had a really good haul 2-3 years ago and grabbed Cincy/Louisville to pair with West Virginia.
As far as the ACC, when the whole realignment thing happened, I thought I read the ACC schools signed a pretty restrictive agreement with harsh financial penalities if they left the conference over the next 10-15 years.
|23 weeks 3 days ago||Ignorance||
The boxing ignorance in this thread is outstanding.
First, yes, in 2010, Manny and Floyd were younger and presumably better, more athletic fighters. They were also P4P #1 and #2 in the world. Guess what? In 2015, on most respected P4P lists, Floyd is #1 and Manny is #2. Floyd's movement isn't what it once was (which is why Maidana was able to get on him in their first fight) and Manny's hand speed isn't as crazy as it was 5 years ago, but they are still the two best fighters in the world.
Second, the idea that Manny is somehow faded is ridiculous. He lost one of the worst decisions in boxing history to Tim Bradley, then got caught with an uppercut by Juan Manuel Marquez (who rather than being an "old Mexican dude" is still in many people's Top 10 P4P and a first ballot hall of famer. He then crushed Brandon Rios, easily outpointed Bradley in their rematch, and made a mockery of Chris Algieri.
Third, styles make a fight. Manny is a southpaw (Floyd struggled with Corley and Judah) who throws punches at absurd angles and never stops coming (see Maidana, Marcos). He's not considerably different as far as size/speed goes as Floyd (see Alvarez and Marquez). Floyd is the best defensive fighter in the world. This is going to be a really damn good fight with Pacquiao doing his best to corner Floyd or cut off the ring with his footwork so he can unload with combinations while Floyd waits for his time to counter.
|24 weeks 5 days ago||College||
I didn't go to Michigan. I probably dressed and made mysef look just as bad in college. That said, when I saw the article, I figured Brian had just googled 'Douchebag stock photo'.
|25 weeks 3 days ago||Misquote||
You're misconstruing what I said. If a source (let's say the SID for a school) says that they are telling you something off the record, you don't report it because then you won't have sources for very long and you can't do your job.
It's not about whether it's beneficial to the organization you're covering, it's about not burning peope who could potentially tell you things on the record at some point.
It's not a black and white situation, either. Maybe a coach says something like, "yea, can't believe this guy might be leaving" and you go with "sources say coach x is going to the NFL" and then the deal falls through, then half of this board rips said reporter apart for the dreaded "sources say" tag.
I don't know the back story so I can't say whether this was common knowledge and this guy is a huge Ohio State fan and wanted Weber to commit and so he didn't report it or it was just unconfirmed rumblings.
What I do know is that unless you are 100% certain about something, don't say anything.
|25 weeks 3 days ago||Journalism||
To be fair, even the best journalists will hold a story depending on the requests of the source. If somebody in Ohio State or UCLA's sports department, said, "hey, off the record, coach X is leaving in two weeks" and said journalist reported that fact then they wouldn't be a journalist for very long.
As for the coaches recruiting these kids, that's a different story.
|26 weeks 4 days ago||2 Games||
The thing that really, really, really sucks is that those two losses to NJIT and EMU are probably what's going to keep us out of the tourney.
15-6 (6-3) with losses at Arizona, at Ohio State, vs Wisconsin, neutral to Villanova, at Purdue, and home vs SMU would probably have us just outside the Top 25 and a solid 9/10 seed
5-4 or even 4-5 with a win in the Big 10 Tourney would've put us as 10/11 seed.
I can't see the committee taking an 18-12 team with home losses to the two aforementioned cupcakes unless they make a run to the BTT final. Even then, it might be a stretch.
|27 weeks 3 days ago||R.I.P.||
Great man and great Cub who I really, really wished had the opportunity to see the Cubs win one.
Rest in peace, Ernie.
|28 weeks 3 days ago||Drevno||
Outside of the advanced metrics, most knowledgeable NFL commentators (specifically Mays and Barnwell at Grantland) considered San Francisco's OLine to be the best in the league over the past 2-3 years and then not so great this year.
|29 weeks 3 days ago||Hahahaha||
Promote that man.
|30 weeks 4 days ago||Corners||
Is it just me or are Alabama's corners (Jones and Jackson) really bad. Like shocked that Saban hasn't had them put on a bus to Panama by now bad.
|31 weeks 1 day ago||Happening||
It wasn't going to happen, then it's happening, now it happened. HARBAUGH!!!!!!!!! Seriously, I can't put too many exclamation points.
|32 weeks 6 days ago||Fans||
I can echo that sentiment. Obviously you'll have fans who like the Bears more than Michigan, but all things being equal, a great coach matters so much more at the college level than in the NFL (and that's with a personal belief that success in the NFL is largely dependent on your Head Coach and QB).
Yes, I just made the argument that college football and college basketball coaches should probably be paid more than their professional counterparts, especially NBA coaches.
|33 weeks 1 hour ago||One Hour||
One hour in real time equals INFINITY TIME in MGoBlog time. So much has happened. I feel like Captain America waking up from his ice-related coma.
|33 weeks 4 days ago||Bravo||
I have nothing to add other than to say BRAVO folks for a thread that's made me laugh multiple times.
|33 weeks 6 days ago||Just Put This Here||
I kind of mentioned this in reply to an earlier comment, but I'll just leave this here:
|33 weeks 6 days ago||NIT||
Like the year they went to the NIT and lost to Robert Morris? Yea, I'm with you on this.
|33 weeks 6 days ago||Talent||
When you lose 5 Top 40 draft picks in two years and can't recruit like Kentucky, there's going to be years when you're not as good as you've been previously. John Beilein has made back to back Elite 8s and a Nat'l Champ. game with a school that hadn't made the tournament in the decade before he arrived.
We'll be fine. Just not this year.
|34 weeks 1 day ago||Jesus||
Didn't anybody learn anything from the recent conference expansion. BYU and Boise State have the best football programs, but I guarantee you the other schools and the higher-ups in the conference don't give a crap about who's won 10 games every once in a while over the past couple of years.
The only thing that matters is "brand visibility", "television market share", and "program resources". The Big 10 added Rutgers and Maryland to get the BTN into New York and DC. That's it.
If you're looking for programs in major to decent television markets, plentiful resources, and some success in either basketball/football, then the two obvious choices are Cincinnati and Memphis. The geographic proximity to WVU is a bonus so the Big XII can say they're the conference of Texas, the Plains, and the Ohio Valley. Ohio and Tennessee are fertile recruiting grounds.
Not one of those schools will want to make the trip to Boise, ID once every couple of years.
|34 weeks 3 days ago||I'm Skeptical||
I mean, this would be awesome if true. No other college coach can flash his Super Bowl ring at potential recruits or basically built the NFL's best offense for a couple of years with similar-ish pieces to what we have now.
|34 weeks 4 days ago||I'm Just...||
Stanford's all-time winning %: .555%
Jim Harbaugh's winning % while HC at Stanford: .580% with one season over 10 wins (his last)
Miss. St's all-time winning %: .506%
Dan Mullen's winning % while HC at Miss. St.: .605% with one season over 10 wins (his last)
Obviously, Harbaugh has spent 4 years succeeding at the NFL level in an extremely high pressure environment so it's not entirely the same, but if we're using their FBS stops as a barometer, um, there's not much of a difference.
|34 weeks 5 days ago||Addazio||
I'm not thrilled about Steve-o at all, but the winning percentage argument holds only a little weight.
Saban had a .576 % at Michigan State before LSU hired him.
Mack Brown had a .595 % at UNC before Texas hired him.
That said, Addazio is probably closer to Hoke in terms of coaching ability than Saban or Mack.
|35 weeks 1 hour ago||You know...the things.||
You know...the things.
|35 weeks 1 day ago||Miles||
Forget the Michigan man stuff. If a head coach who has been at one of the top 15 programs in the country for 10 years has won 10 or more games in 7 of those 10 years and finished in the Top 10 5 times wants to leave said school to coach Michigan, you take it.
Harbaugh and Miles are so head and shoulders above the rest of the field it isn't funny.
|35 weeks 1 day ago||Pelini||
I get why they fired Pelini, but they better be careful with their next choice. Pelini was probably their John Cooper, but he still won 9-10 games regularly. Bill Callahan won 6-7 games a season. We've seen what consecutive bad coaching hires have done here and at Tennessee.
Weird that they fired him after beating Iowa, as well.
|35 weeks 2 days ago||Defense||
Defense is great until the 2nd half.
|35 weeks 2 days ago||Crazy||
I thought I was crazy because no one else had mentioned it. But the entire left side of the line moved early.
|35 weeks 3 days ago||Name Game||
What's up with all the dudes holding high ranking jobs with the 49ers who have consecutive "a"s in their last name.
I'm thinking they want to hire Jim Harbaugh's evil twin brother... Jim Haarbaaugh.
Sorry Jimbo, you lack vowels.
|35 weeks 3 days ago||Defense||
I'm happy for Rich Rod, he seems like a generally good guy and great offensive mind who made one fatal mistake: not bringing Jeff Casteel along for the ride.
FEI ranks in D:
Outside of the 2012 Arizona defense, every single one of Rich Rod's D (and I'd wager his WVU defenses before 2007 were in the Top 40 as well) beat his best Michigan unit. Nobody made him run the 3-3-5 with guys who didn't know the scheme.
|38 weeks 2 days ago||Yup!||
Even though I know you're being facetious...of course! It's one of the most brilliant decisions ever. Cartoon Network realized they have a bunch of programming time after 11 p.m. Who is normally watching cartoons after 11? Stoners, of course. Let's cater to them!
|38 weeks 3 days ago||West Coast||
I'm on the West Coast. Do I get a bang for a 10P Friday from work?
|39 weeks 3 days ago||Gods & Monsters||
502? 504? Numbers are the best! Especially, one. As in ONE less incompetent Athletic Director.
|39 weeks 6 days ago||So?||
I can't believe Brian didn't bust out his "Some people are in charge of things are just in charge of them for no reason" thing.
This is literally the best example ever of that.
|40 weeks 2 days ago||PI?||
How is that not PI?
|40 weeks 2 days ago||Spielman||
Spielman with an excellent point right there and I think it's the cause of a lot of issues.
Sparty sitting down on outs and slants and other quick hitters because Michigan's O-Line is so terrible, they know Devin won't have time to hit a double move. Same reason we can't run the ball.
The O-Line is the cause of so many issues.
|40 weeks 2 days ago||Who Cares?||
This offense will blow it.
|40 weeks 2 days ago||Better?||
Outside of the record (which is mediocre, not awful), the biggest condemnation of Hoke is that I'll be shocked if somebody can name one player on offense, defense, or special teams that got better over the course of time. Some players have actually gotten worse.
|40 weeks 2 days ago||Haha||
Braden just super owned.
|40 weeks 2 days ago||Redd's||
That Redd's commerical is so terrible. Does anybody actually drink that stuff?
|40 weeks 2 days ago||Clap||
|40 weeks 2 days ago||Coach, we've been watching||
Coach, we've been watching Dominos commercials for 3 hours straight. When do we get to watch actual film?
When Dave says so.
|40 weeks 2 days ago||Challenging Us||
Seriously, Sparty is just challenging us at the LOS. Our guys are stronger and tougher than yours. You can't stop us. Same thing on defense.
|40 weeks 2 days ago||Kalis||
2nd and 18. Hayes with a huge hole. Kalis -2. Doesn't even attempt to block his guy. Blood on the field, my ass.
|40 weeks 2 days ago||Drederick Tatum||
Ah, the old Homer Simpson strategy, eh?
Too bad Sparty is Drederick Tatum.
|40 weeks 2 days ago||Nuss||
Listen, I know Nuss is taking some heat, but we've seen two different offensive coordinators with solid track records run some of the ugliest offenses ever seen in college football.
I'm going out on a limb and saying it wasn't Borges and it isn't Nuss. It's the QB and the HC.
|40 weeks 2 days ago||Offense?||
I didn't think it could get worse than last year. It is. It's much worse. Our best chance at scoring is on defense.
|40 weeks 2 days ago||Who Cares?||
It's not like we're going to score.
|40 weeks 2 days ago||Why?||
Why am I watching this game? We are poorly coached, have no brains, and have no heart. Our 4 and 5 star players are making silly mistakes and getting outplayed by 2 and 3 star players. It's really depressing to watch a team that is this ridiculous.
|40 weeks 2 days ago||Wow||
This is a fucking Benny Hill sketch.
|40 weeks 2 days ago||Targeting||
Defenseless. Head-to-head hit. Easy.
|40 weeks 2 days ago||Stopped||
He was stopped. Broke free right after the whistle blew. Have more of a problem with a ref watch Cook get up yapping and then call a penalty on Hill for a shove.
|40 weeks 2 days ago||Talent||
Sometimes it is talent. Darboh should've caught that.
|44 weeks 59 min ago||Point||
Just to make a point that I don't think deserves its own thread.
Nearly every one of the "blue bloods" of college football has had a pretty long period of awfulness only to bounce back.
Alabama had the DuBose/Shula years before Saban saved them...
Texas had the late 80s/Mackovic years.
Notre Dame had the Willingham/Weis two-fer.
Oklahoma suffered through a solid decade of mediocrity of worse before Stoops.
Tennessee's pain is ongoing.
|45 weeks 2 days ago||47-50||
This is what happens when you hire a guy who was 47-50 in the MAC and Mountain West.
|46 weeks 2 days ago||Clark||
Whomever said Frank Clark sucked is dumb as all get out.
|46 weeks 2 days ago||Terrible||
As terrible as this is, it's totally accurate.
|46 weeks 2 days ago||Booze||
Is there free booze? Can I come?
|46 weeks 2 days ago||Probably||
I'm going to probably not watch that game.
|46 weeks 2 days ago||Darboh?||
A threat? To what? Fumble? Almost cost the team a first down?
|46 weeks 2 days ago||Plus||
On the plus side, the defense is okay. Against Miami (NTM). So...
|46 weeks 2 days ago||Kraft||
Go Kraft Macaroni & Cheese. Fuck Chef Boyardee.
|46 weeks 2 days ago||Mental Errors||
Beautiful summation by B10 Network sideline reporter.
Hoke paraphrased: "We had a lot of mental errors."
Who is responsible for those mental errors?
I know a lot of people here hate Bill Simmons.
In one of his gambling columns he mentions he bet against Buffalo against Miami because Jimmy Johnson looked like a real coach and Wade Phillips looked like a doofus.
You can parse out the rest.
|46 weeks 2 days ago||Wow||
That was inexcusable. Seriously. The Shallman/Hayes thing you can't coach against. Same with the Darboh fumble.
Delay of game after a timeout on 4th and inches?
|46 weeks 2 days ago||Gardner = Cutler||
As a Bears fan, I feel like Devin Gardner is Jay Cutler. All the physical gifts in the world, but has two very different personalities.
Good Gardner is Ohio State last year. He's a great runner, makes good decisions with the ball, keeps plays alive, and leads the offense.
Bad Gardner is this game. He looks hesitant. His reads are a second slow. He makes bad decisions that leads to turnovers.
|46 weeks 2 days ago||Order||
Hoke: Is this Dominos?
Brandon: Sure is.
Hoke: I'd like two large pepperoni pizzas and a cheesy bread.
Brandon: That's actually 2 large pepperoni pizzas sponsored by Lexus and the AT&T Cheesy Bread.
Hoke: Whatever. How fast can you get here?
Brandon: I've got to try and boost revenues ever so slightly, so it might take a little while.
Hoke: That's fine. I've got nothing important going on.
|46 weeks 2 days ago||So Far||
- Front 7 is really good
- Derrick Green seems to be better this week
- Delonte Hollowell
- Gardner's decision making
|46 weeks 2 days ago||Green||
Derrick Green looks good at the very least.
|46 weeks 2 days ago||Bo||
Since Bo died, this program has just had one soul dong punch after another...
- Lose #1 vs #2 to Ohio State
- The Horror and Oregon
- 7 straight Ls to Ohio State
- First loss to MAC team ever
- lost 5 of 6 to Michigan State
- bowl streak snapped
- shutout against ND for first time ever and first time period since 1984
- bowl game destructions against Mississippi State and Kansas State
- JT Floyd against Penn State
We hired Rich Rod and ran him out of town after 3 years when it became clear he couldn't put a functional defense on the field
We hired a coach that had a losing record as a HC in the MAC and Mountain West
This program is in shambles and needs to be overhauled from top to bottom.
|47 weeks 2 days ago||Stop||
Stop with the Nuss comments. We've been fine on offense. Defense is getting torched.
|47 weeks 2 days ago||Worst Call||
There has been a lot of awful calls over the years. That chop block call ranks Top 5 easily.
|47 weeks 5 days ago||Talent vs Staff||
Again, just speaking from experience here but it's extremely common for a select few "talent" to have six figures salaries in that range at mid-market stations. There are many, many more people that work for a local television station. Behind the scenes. Sales. Creative. Most of us don't make $400k. Budget issues are very, very real at local television stations despite the salaries of the on-air folks.
|47 weeks 5 days ago||As someone who works for a||
As someone who works for a local television station and recently went through a similar issue with a cable company, telling the individual television station to "suck a bag of dicks" is misplacing your anger.
Cable and satellite providers often lowball television stations, hoping the threat of declining viewership entices them to take a substandard deal. The station claims DirecTV is lowballing them compared to other providers. DirecTV says they are trying to keep costs down for consumers. Considering WTHR is not a part of a giant media conglomerate and DirecTV is a large, multi-national corporation, I'm going out on a limb and saying DirecTV can probably afford it more than the station.
Especially since most local television stations operate on a very tight budget and the loss of substantial revenue from a cable provider could result in layoffs, cutbacks, etc.
|48 weeks 4 hours ago||IIRC, a good chunk of that||
IIRC, a good chunk of that 242 was Devin Garnder doing Devin Gardner things and making the best of a bad situation or a designed QB run rather than Toussaint (or whomever) running through gaping holes.
|48 weeks 2 days ago||So, the opposite of Michigan?||
So, the opposite of Michigan?
|48 weeks 2 days ago||Spielman||
For the record, I was bashing Spielman's ability to be a college professor, not an announcer. That said, I stand by my statement that f Chris Spielman was teaching a college course, it would probably not go well. Unless it was something related to football. He could probably do that okay.
McShay's grades were probably in relation to the NFL, then, which makes more sense.
|48 weeks 2 days ago||Thank God Spielman isn't a||
Thank God Spielman isn't a college professor. He thinks Melvin Gordon is one of the best RB in NCAA, but gave him a bunch of Bs and Cs.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Not His Finest Hour||
The funny thing is outside of those two plays, Cameron was really solid in the back. But, he made two crucial errors and it might have cost us a spot in the Round of 16. Now, as Mr. Yost has pointed out, the U.S. is still in a very good position.
They advance with a win or a draw (Germany also advances with a draw, and there is a precedent for this sort of thing as has been pointed out).
Portugal would have to win 3-0 and the U.S. would have to lose 2-0 to get knocked out. If Portugal wins 4-0 and the U.S. loses 3-1, then lots would be drawn I believe.
Ghana has a better chance as they can win 2-0 and the U.S. can lose 1-0 and Ghana would advance.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Pass Completion||
Bradley has been awful today. Looks totally flustered. They need to close down that right side. Nobody looks on the same page. I have zero idea how it's still 1-0.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||Response||
With Howard and Guzan (both World Class keepers), would you trade Howard for one of Brazil's field players? Howard for Dani Alves? For Hulk? For Ramires?
|1 year 9 weeks ago||Left Mid?||
Left mid, you say, is our biggest problem? Hmmm, if only we had a viable, experienced option who could play out there.
Honestly, I wasn't up in arms like many people about the exclusion of Donovan from the squad, but it's become clear that the U.S. lacks playmakers (as you noted above). We weren't privy to the practices so I'm not sure how good/bad Donovan looked, but if you asked any USMNT fan who they were more comfortable with on the left, Donovan or Bedoya, 100% would say Lando. Especially, when Germany, Portugal, and Ghana are staring us down.
What is commendable is that it appears the U.S. has found a back line that is not just average, but good. With Fabian and either Beasley/Chandler on the flanks and then 2 of Besler/Cameron/Gonzo in the middle, they have speed, size, and the ability to cause problems going forward. With Howard in net, I see the potential for scraping out a 1-0 upset along the line.
Unless Jozy turns into JOZY! and Dempsey plays like he did in the Premier a few years back, it's going to be hard for this squad to score goals.
|1 year 14 weeks ago||Boliva||
Ah, Boliva, how many nights I spent gazing up at your cloudless skies from the safety of my canopy bed nestled high in the treetops. I had been sent there on assignment by one of the old papers, before any malcontent with a keyboard could call himself a journalist. Situated in the southwest corner of Bolivia (who stole who's name is still a matter for debate), the region is largely autonomous. Sure, troops dispatched by the ruthless Presidente Dominosa stop in from time to time. They sample the local cuisine, stuffed beaver mostly, and chat up the local women, but cause no trouble unless you count the occasional bar fight. Very few men wish to trudge across the unforgiving South American desert surrounding Boliva's lush tropical jungle.
The Presidente calls the residents terrorists. The Bolivans call themselves freedom fighters. The truth lies somewhere in between those two extremes. While the Bolivians attempt to rankle the surrounding countries with veiled threats and hasty conclusions, the separatists pay homage to the old gods, including Ricardo Rodriguez, a Buddha-like figure, whom the Bolivans believe to be both the ultimate representation of chaos and order. They reject the modern notion that Bradorio is the one true God of the country, pointing to the Bolivians constant changing notions on whether to build a golden statue of the man or burn him in the capital's salt mines.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||Kentucky||
I want Kentucky. Don't think they're disciplined defensively enough to hang with us. That said, if we do get Kentucky, it'd be awesome if Julius Randle goes pro right before the game. That kid is a monster.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||NCAA||
I blame the NCAA and their backwards policies that punish athletes who attempt to make money outside of the traditional framework.
I understand that a lot of the rules are to minimize the impact of boosters on a program. How is that working out so far? From Cam Newton's father getting a mysterious payment for upgrades to his church to Tattoogate, the NCAA policies have failed to provide a deterrent against this kind of behavior. Instead of cutting a check to those athletes in programs that bring in countless dollars to universities (the primary argument against athletes being treated as regular students), the NCAA forced the action underground, almost encouraging the involvement of shady third-parties.
This whole thing would have been a lot easier if players received a cut of jersey sales (Denard would make more than Brian Cleary), video game licenses (Ed O'Bannon says hello), and television deals (revenue sports benefit the most from this).
Greed killed college athletics as we know it. Super conferences. Corporate sponsorships. Denying athletes to make money through a sport that brings in millions to schools across the country. All of it is part of the same deal.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Gottfried||
Remind me to never pick a Mark Gottfried team to win a game in the NCAA Tournament again. His Alabama teams were the kings of underachieving, shooting themselves in the foot, dumb mistakes, you name it.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Best ones I have are UNC||
Best ones I have are UNC making it to the Final 4 (Point Guards are super important this time of year and Marcus Paige might be the best one in the country), Stephen F. Austin and Nebraska making it to the Sweet 16 (I had toyed with Duke losing to Tennessee and Michigan losing to Arizona State [never trust RICK BARNES in the tournament] and Tennessee going to the Elite 8 but couldn't pull the trigger), and Kentucky beating Wichita State.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Wichita State/Iowa||
Um, the committee just rammed Wichita State. Kentucky as the 8? Louisville as their 4? Duke/Michigan on the other side of the bracket.
Also, Iowa. *shakes head*. They almost missed the tournament.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Margin||
Not saying this is absolutely true, but margin of victory is not supposed to be a factor for the committee.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Trolling Refs||
Of course, the refs call a shit hand check on Appling instead of the numerous pushes and shoves during the rest of the game.
EDIT: DAMNIT LEVERT!
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Shooting||
Can't make a damn shot.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Kerr||
Btw I usually like Kerr but he's been deep throating State all game.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Louisville||
I would be absolutely shocked if Louisville ends up a 4/5 seed. Agreed on OK State though. Lunardi (disclaimer) has them facing Wichita in a perfect "let's see how good you really are" game
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Worst Play?||
Was that last basket by Illinois the worst play of the season? Literally waltzed through all five defenders for an uncontested layup.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Louisville Kentucky UConn||
The last three champs either won or made it to their conference tournament championship.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||DAKICH||
WOOOOOOOOO!!!!! Bang this thread. Bang the other thread. Who cares? It's love, baby.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||So Many Bangs||
So many POSBANG threads. I chose this one. I wanted to bang you and only you because this thread is sweet like that banner.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||Morgan||
Seriously, Morgan has rocks for hands. He's basically a Rock 'Em Sock 'Em robot.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||Yea||
Didn't we just basically as fans will Al Borges to get fired because he refused to react to changing defenses and adapt?
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Stauskas||
Anybody wish Stauskas would steal the old Mick Foley finger guns thing.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Fiancé||
Fiancé is at her bridal shower across the country so I'm drinking a 12er of Shock Top and playing FIFA.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Smiths||
I just picture Brian pouring over these records while blasting Meat is Murder over the loudspeakers over and over while embracing a life-sized cutout of Hoke and saying "it's not your fault" like Robin Williams in Good Will Hunting.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Tourney||
I will say this that a strong conference tourney run could help this team go up a seed line perhaps which is important. So don't hate on the conference tournaments.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Sync||
Just look out of sync on both ends. Offense is stagnant. Defense is switching well, but Wisconsin has been making shots and isolating when they have a matchup advantage. Rebounding has been poor as well.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Craft||
While I was rorried about a Ross to those Crafty losers from Ohio, especially after we were down Amir 10 points in the first half, Ohio's poor shooting let us off Scott free. At the end, Michigan fans were Loving the Treys by GR3 and Walton. Amadeo is ugly.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Irvin's Foul||
I thought Irvin's foul was about the dumbest I've seen.
Amir Williams totally just topped it.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Good call. Morgan shoved him||
Good call. Morgan shoved him in the back.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Travel||
If I was at that game I would've yelled travel at the top of my lungs.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Craft||
God-child Aaron Craft runs straight into a backpedaling Horford. WHISTLE.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Morford||
Not Morford's finest outing so far.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Big Irv||
Irvin has been feeling it. I'm calling him Big Irv from now on. DONT CARE WHAT YOU GUYS SAY.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||gr3||
Robinson is single-handedly costing us this game. He's missed a dunk and a layup that's turned into 2 Ohio threes.
That's an 11 POINT SWING.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Don't be stupid. Walton got||
Don't be stupid. Walton got body-checked to the floor. Clearly, not a foul. Stauskas, meanwhile, waved his hand in the direction of the Ohio player. That is a foul.
Also, GR3 is not playing well.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Wow||
This team is so perplexingly dumb sometimes.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Jesus||
Kids need to get their head in the game. They have a serious problem on the road. How did we win at Breslin?
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Nothing||
Can't buy a shot right now either. Ohio can't shoot, so how about we stop letting them getting easy layups and dunks?
|1 year 24 weeks ago||I think that's why this post||
I think that's why this post should remain up and serve as a salient lesson to the rest of the board. One week, Iowa State can look great. The next, they lose by 30-something to a mediocre West Virginia team. It's college basketball, sometimes teams don't play well.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Analysis||
My analysis is thus: sometimes you come out flat. It just happens over the grind of the season. It isn't easy to watch, but it happens.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||Missed||
Work took precedence and missed the game POSBANG. open thread FTW.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||PSH's||
Don't be crazy.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||Yea||
Yea, it seems like we've reached a general consensus which is that Incognito certainly doesn't seem like a villain here and unless something happened offline, it appears that Martin (or Martin's agent, which Incognito suggests as a possibility) basically threw Incognito under the bus. I know I've sent worst texts and said worse things to my buddies. I saw nothing that crossed the line.
And, how bad does this make the NFL look? They better spin this as an isolated case because what I took from the exchanges was:
1. Two separate NFL players checked themselves into mental institutions (Incognito mentioned he'd done this in the past) like it was no big thing.
2. The NFL might have an alcohol/substance abuse problem.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||THERE WE GO||
Now, that was a damn stretch of dominant basketball on both ends of the court.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||Aside||
As an aside, let's go CORNHUSKERS!
(I have no particular rooting interest in Nebraska other than enjoying the fearsome whatever Nebraska's arena is called becoming an impossible place to win. It also makes Northwestern's win in the Trohl Center more hilarious).
|1 year 26 weeks ago||Walton||
Man, Derrick Walton looks a ton better than he did even two weeks ago. Confident, aggressive, making plays without being out of control.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||To Be Fair||
Listen guys to be fair, it's not easy to shut down this juggernaut of a Purdue offense. Wait, what's that? They aren't a juggernaut? Hm.
Also, do we need some stickum or something?
|1 year 26 weeks ago||Smotherman||
To be fair Ace, it's not exactly shocking that a player with the last name Smotherman is a defensive specialist.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||Hey||
Whoa I used that line like weeks ago dude. I demand royalties!
|1 year 26 weeks ago||Solution||
Isn't the solution a glaringly obvious one? Cut players in on merchandising deals and television rights. I don't think it even has to be a large percentage, but if Michigan is raking in amount X through its tv deals and jersey sales and video game licenses then players who appear on tv, have their jerseys sold, and appear in video games get a cut.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||McGary||
Can McGary stick around forever???
|1 year 27 weeks ago||Spike for Walton||
Can we get Spike in for Walton? Not a knock against Walton, Spike just safer with the ball.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||Trice||
Trice basically slashed Levert only he didn't have a stick.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||Booing?||
Why are those idiots booing both players being injured?
|1 year 27 weeks ago||That Ginger Fuck||
That no-talent ginger fuck has the never to talk shit? After what, fouling Robinson?
|1 year 27 weeks ago||That's Crazy||
Which ref was that on the Spike TO no-call? That goes beyond bias to outright riggery.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||W or L||
Win or lose, I won't have a different opinion of this team than I did before the game started. The two teams are allowed to play completely differently.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||Timeout||
I'll take a timeout from being amazed by the refs to say Gary Harris is really good.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||Shulman||
Shulman just seemed legitimately shocked the refs called a foul on Michigan State.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||Fouls/FTs||
Fouls: Michigan (11) / State (4)
FTAs: Michigan (3) / State (15)
|1 year 27 weeks ago||Yup||
Dickie V: State is awesome BABY! Izzo is AWESOME BABY!
Shulman: Michigan scores.
Dickie V: HARRIS DRIBBLES, THAT'S AWESOME BABY!
Refs: Foul on scUM, I mean, Michigan #23.
Levert: I'm not even in the game.
Refs: Technical foul!
Dickie V: That WAS ALL IZZO BABY!
|1 year 27 weeks ago||Amazing||
That takes some kind of balls to make calls that blatant.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||Yes||
You'd think, but since we're playing 5-on-8, it negates the difference.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||Foul?||
How was that not a fucking foul? He shoved Walton to the ground.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||Refs||
Stauskas just got mugged on the last possession, but go ahead by all means call 2 50/50 fouls on us.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||Pistons||
Not a Pistons fan (Bulls), but Dumars has been pretty bad over the past 6-7 years. Big contracts to one-dimensional players like Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva. Taking KCP over Burke (two games is not a small sample size, it's a barely registered blip on the radar). Signing Josh Smith to a big deal, then expecting him to play the 3 which is basically daring him to shoot from outside (which he is terrible at). Trading for Brandon Jennings. The list goes on and on.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||Bang||
While the win at Kohl was more of a hardcore porn bang, this feels more like a sweet, tender, loving bang.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||Summation||
For those who want the TL;DR...
Side #1: This is the worst recruiting class EVA! Fire Hoak!
Side #2: This class is fine, you're dumb!
Side #1: You're dumb!
Side #2: Nuh-uh. I'm outta here!
|1 year 27 weeks ago||Lincoln||
Listen everyone we're being too hard on Ohio. Not everyone goes into Lincoln and comes away with the W.
|1 year 28 weeks ago||2014||
2014 is Kate Upton. I think the analogy speaks for itself.
|1 year 28 weeks ago||Doves||
Not gonna lie I was anticipating another terrible loss in the most absurd way possible. Like a battalion of doves catching a full court heave and dropping the ball in. Nik Stauskas says no thank you doves were good here.
|1 year 28 weeks ago||BLOUSES||
|1 year 28 weeks ago||Correction||
Make that scoreless over last 5 minutes. 10-0 run. 0-4 FG.
|1 year 28 weeks ago||Last 4 Minutes||
7-0 run over last 4 minuts. 0-3 FG, 2 Turnovers.
|1 year 28 weeks ago||Wisky||
Wisconsin is the most unlikeable basketball team ever.
|1 year 28 weeks ago||Washington||
Great job Seth. Really interesting stuff. That said, anybody else think Nuss may scheme closer to his 2010/2011 Washington offenses (Locker/Price, both mobile QBs) while incorporating stuff from the past two seasons. Seems like designing a gameplan with an accurate pocket passer like McCarron is very different than a gameplan with a kid who glides like a deer, but isn't exactly a caretaker?
I know it's heresy to compare white players to black players, but doesn't anybody else see a little Locker in Gardner?
|1 year 29 weeks ago||2013||
If this game was played on December 9th, 2013, that shot totally drops. New year equals new luck!
|1 year 29 weeks ago||Yo||
I NUSS ask a question of all of you...
How awesome is this?
|1 year 29 weeks ago||For Reference||
Here are the FEI #s for Nussmeier...
2009 - Washington - 41st
2010 - Washington - 63rd
2011 - Washington - 24th
2012 - Alabama - 5th
2013 - Alabama - 9th
Now, I'm curious whether Nussmeier is a product of the outstanding talent levels at Alabama as when not blessed with 4 and 5 star athletes at virtually every position, his offenses have been between average and good. Now, FEI isn't gospel when it comes to evaluating success, but it does bear mentioning. (It also bears mentioning that Michigan has been recruiting on a level similar to Alabama in the past two years).
2009 - San Diego St. - 97th
2010 - San Diego St. - 13th
2011 - Michigan - 9th
2012 - Michigan - 25th
2013 - Michigan - 42nd
|1 year 30 weeks ago||Flair||
As the great Ric Flair once said, "To be the man, WHOOOO, you have to beat the man."
|1 year 33 weeks ago||Fellas||
Fellas, fellas, let's all settle down. There's enough points here for everybody!
|1 year 34 weeks ago||Thank You||
Glad to see the folks here are more analytical as opposed to the media jumping on the "GROUP O' DEATH" bandwagon.
Group B with Spain, Netherlands, and Chile (tournament is in South America, people).
Group D with Uruguay, Italy, and England is also crazy hard.
Frankly, getting three against Ghana is almost a must.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||Yea||
Listen, the post was awesome and all, but is this really a choice? You only get some many shots to win a national championship in any sport (minus Alabama in football), but especially in the clusterf*** that is the NCAA Tournament. In the past ten years, only Connecticut, Kansas, UNC, Florida, and Butler have gotten two shots at a title. Calipari's Kentucky teams have made it once. Pitino's Louisville teams have made it once. Izzo has been coaching at State for almost 20 years. His teams have played in the National Championship game twice (yes, they've made six Final Fours).
Since Michael Jordan retired (15 years ago), my teams have played in the following Finals...
Bears in 2006 Super Bowl
Blackhawks in 2010, 2013 Stanley Cup Finals
Michigan BB last year.
That's 4 times in 15 years! Always, always take the championship.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||Duke||
God, I hate Duke so much. Between the dives and the blatant homer officials, it's unbearable.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||As An Aside||
Stating the obvious, but out of some sick sense of interest in the macabre, I clicked the 'henri' tag.
I implore any of you thinking about doing this, DON'T.
'Course, I have to work all week so perhaps I want to wallow in our collective misery.
Happy Thanksgiving, all.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||Half & Half||
Not to be that guy who refuses to take a side (the Swiss of MGoBlog if you will), but I find myself in the middle of the great Brian vs Space Coyote or the Anti vs Pro Borges groups. Is the offensive line a tire fire of missed blocks, lack of experience, lack of basic comprehension of high school blocking schemes? Yes, yes it is. Is our QB's confidence to the point where I'm seriously concerned he may begin to bawl uncontrollably after his 7th INT against OSU? Yes. Did we continue running the same damn plays over and over even though it was proven we couldn't run those plays? Yes. Are we seemingly incapable of adapting to a new wrinkle thrown at us by a defense? Yes.
In summation, we have a beaten-down QB, an inexperienced and untalented offensive line with an offensive coordinator who was unable to adjust to overcome those problems and now appears to be throwing whatever he can at the wall and hoping it sticks.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||Fickle?||
A lot of prominent sports writers have compared being a fan of a particular team to being in a bad relationship. That tether, that link to something we have spent so long loving, only for that love to fade into ambivalence or hatred or fury or sadness is present in both those scenarios. Fickle? I don't consider it to be fickle for a person to want to express their displeasure with a largely parasitic relationship (the university takes money, time, etc. away from the host while supplying little tangible benefit in return) by refusing to take part in said relationship for a brief period. How are fans supposed to be display their fury if not by refusing to provide the team / university money? I didn't go to Michigan. If any alum out there sold their seat to an Ohio State fan, and took that cash and donated it to an underfunded sport or a non-athletic program, I'd say that would be a damn good way to express the general sentiment of a Michigan football game.
Sports, above all, are supposed to provide entertainment. We become attached to teams based on a variety of different aspects from living vicariously through athletes to participation in a brotherhood based on a shared culture. When a team is no longer entertaining, why continue with any measure of support? To declare yourself a "true" fan. Are people who stay in abusive relationships, "true" wives or husbands? (not trying to ignore the difference between domestic violence and a team losing a few games, one is much more serious than the other, obviously).
Brian is fickle, but being fickle in this case is not a sign of weakness, but of strength. Of not simply idling while something you love treats you like an ATM. There have been good moments, sure, but I wish the good outweighed the bad over the past six plus years. I will watch the game from the comfort of my own home (not that I had plans to attend, anyways) and will not spite anyone who wishes to avoid being a cash cow for a program that has failed to provide them anything but a few frustrating weekends this fall.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||Man||
If only there was somebody like that...
|1 year 35 weeks ago||Urban vs Hoke||
I think I've pointed this out once, but I wanted to re-post it because I strongly believe in the validity of the point.
Ohio State needed a coach and went out and got a guy who was 104-23 at MAC, Mountain West, and SEC schools, had 4 conference championships, 4 BCS bowl wins including 2 national championships, and another season where his team went 13-1.
Michigan needed a coach and went out and got a guy who was 47-50 at a MAC and Mountain West school with 1 MAC division title.
Since those hires, Ohio State is 23-0 and on the verge of a BIG 10 title and possibly a national title. The only reason they don't have more accolades is because, well, they were cheaters. Michigan is 26-11 without a BIG 10 division championship and 1 BCS bowl win.
This is not a coincidence.
As I get older (29 now), I find myself being unwilling and unable to muster up all the negative emotions that come with following a bad team. I'll share in the joy and elation when a team I support wins something meaningful. Hell, this weekend was basically one long stomach punch as a Chicago/Michigan fan. I loved last year's Bulls team after winning a playoff series against the Nets and beating Miami in Game 1. When they bowed out in 5, I wasn't mad or numb, because I enjoyed watching the team.
This Michigan team is just there. The fact they have not imploded, erasing all record of their existence is the highest compliment I can give.
Will Hoke turn it around? I don't know. I want him to. I want to feel something besides existential dread or nothing at all. I want Derrick Rose to be special again. I want the Bears to beat the Packers in the NFC Championship Game. I want Mitch McGary to seal a title with a dunk. I want to watch Jabrill Peppers streak up the sideline after picking off a pass in the 2016 College Football Semifinals, myself giddy with excitement like a little kid opening birthday presents. I want to see the Cubs win a World Series. Or I want to believe it's possible and to have it cruelly ripped away. I want to feel like I did in June, when the Blackhawks scored twice in 15 seconds to win a second Stanley Cup in four years.
I want to be a human watching sports instead of a robot.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||It's Not||
It's a great comparison, actually. To avoid putting too much stress on an entirely new group of OL, two of whom are rookies, the Bears throw a lot of quick slants, deploy Forte on drag routes out of the backfield, and run a lot of misdirection (reverses and counters and such). It's actually worked pretty well.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||Counter||
My counter to that is something that has already been mentioned. Because the LB doesn't have to account for Funchess, you are basically asking Kerridge to adjust his blocking angle in a split second to account for the crash versus what he's expecting to be a contain arc.
It's not that idea isn't basic. Kerridge is supposed to block guy X. Simple, right? I mean, I don't know what you do for a living (nor is it really applicable), but let's say you were a decent enough mechanic. Nothing special, but serviceable. And I asked you to change the oil on a car. You could do it without issue most of the time. Let's say I then asked you to do it while blindfolded while I set the auto shop place on fire. Not as easy.
My issue with the coaching isn't that Borges is a moron incapable of putting together a coherent offense (you don't end up being an OC for 20 years like that). This year, Borges failed to identify the personnel issues and come up with a way to minimize those issues. The idea that other teams out there don't have youth along the offensive line or kids who miss blocks is ludicrous. They all do. Even Alabama.
I'm fed up because every game we run plays that haven't worked all year, still don't work, and will continue not to work. Then, we run variations of those plays. Then, the coaches blame the execution.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||Point||
I don't think the point of this is that the playcall is necessarily bad (Brian mentions as much and I'm sure this is what Hoke sees) or that the players are doing their jobs and we've got Greg Davis up in the booth.
What I've seen is that Borges (and Hoke to some extent) have done a terrible job of recognizing what personnel can and can't do and adjusting accordingly. For example, on the other side of the ball...
Mattison sees a defense lacking in big-time playmakers and concerns about the man coverage skills of at least one of his corners in addition to a young safety that could be prone to big mistakes. He could dial up blitz after blitz, trying to bring pressure, and force turnovers (which is Mattison's MO), but recognizes that could lead to disaster. Instead, we get a more cover 2 scheme where the safeties and corners are protected, the linebackers are reponsible for the medium stuff and Mattison hopes the offense can't sustain a long drive down the field or shoots themselves in the foot.
That's why Michigan's D is in the solid B-to-B+ range and the O has gotten an F. Mattison adjusted to highlight strengths and compensate for weaknesses. Borges never came up with a counter.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||Point||
I'm just going to point out that when Ohio State went looking for a coach they found a guy with...
2 National Championships and 4 BCS Bowl Wins at Utah and Florida with a career record of 104-23
When Michigan went looking for a coach they found a guy with...
1 Poinsettia Bowl victory and 1 MAC West Title and a career record of 47-50 at Ball State and San Diego State.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||THANK YOU||
Thank you so much for pointing this out! There's still a small subset (including Hoke) that believe talent and execution are the problems. Which, to an extent, they are. But good coaches figure out a way to minimize the impact of weak areas of the team (see Mattison, Greg). Bad coaches go "let's run power even though none of our linemen can block it".
If you have a QB that can glide like a damn horse, a mismatch on the level of Funchess, then maybe you know, run plays that cater to those strengths.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||Basketball||
So are we a basketball school now?
|1 year 39 weeks ago||Road||
Once again this team is unprepared, crappy, etc. on the road. I foresee 7-5 maybe. 8-4.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||Total||
If you remove two plays we basically have 0 total yards.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||So...||
Any high school or college, then?
I kid, I kid. I know next to nothing about Sparty's academics.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||Stupid||
As a non-alum who has never even lived in the state of Michigan I find this reasoning adorably stupid. Is every Dallas Cowboys fan from Dallas? There's all sorts of fans of pro/college teams, some good and some bad. What matters is that you stick with the team through thick and thin.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||Fear||
And isn't that the big fear for this week. Under Hoke, they haven't won a road game against a team that could be described as above average (maybe NW 2011). Those 6 road losses are a combo of bad game plans (2011 Iowa and '13 Penn State), bad turnovers ('11 Sparty and '12 ND) and bad luck ('12 Nebraska and Ohio). We've had problems with 2 of the 3 again this year.
|1 year 40 weeks ago||Nebraska||
Wow, Nebraska's D is just terrible.
Also, Miami (YTM) currently choking at home, down 14-10 to Wake Forest going into the half.
|1 year 40 weeks ago||Implied?||
I don't know if I implied that it is. Just saying a title (although after our B10 tourney problems, I'd love if they won that too) would be awesome. My point was more that the unpredictability of the tournament makes it hard to make that a measure of the season's success.
|1 year 40 weeks ago||Freshmen||
Lots of questions from how well do Irvin and Walton blend in with the returning guys, does Beilein go big and play GR3, McGary, and Morgan/Horford up front, and who replaces the freaking national player of the year?
|1 year 40 weeks ago||State||
At this point I'd believe any score for State. 52-0 loss with Fitz running 52 times for -52 yards. 56-2 win with Gardner throwing for 600 yards and the safety coming when Frank Clark runs into his own end zone after Connor Cook hands him the ball when he's temporarily blinded by a cloud of dust.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||Banana||
Let's field an entire lineup of talking produce! At this point, a stack of watermelons and pumpkins might be a better guard combo than any human being Michigan has on its roster. Banana at QB, apple at RB, cucumbers at WR (they're long, you see), pumpkins and watermelons on the OL (with actual person Taylor Lewan at LT).
Of course, you run the risk of the other team eating your entire offense.