|2 days 23 hours ago||On a side note, anybody else||
On a side note, anybody else feel like this team lacks fire. There is no Darius Morris "get the F off my court" no Zack Novak aneurysm of leadership, no Mitch McGary "win the game", no Jordan Morgan, no Stauskas taunting the Illini fans.
|3 days 40 min ago||Self Plug||
As much as I hate to do this (well, not really), I'm just gonna go ahead and self plug my diary which went up last night.
|3 days 1 hour ago||FB||
I'd wonder if there's anybody who can provide some insight onto what kinds of players Harbaugh fills all his blocky/catchy types with. Just off observation, it seems like Poggi/Hill/Asiasi are way too tall for the FB position and not good enough carrying it to fill the role vacated by Houma/Kerridge. I look at it like:
Poggi: H-Back. Lines up in the backfield. Motions across formation to hit people. Can leak out in the flat once in a while.
Hill/Asiasi: U-Back. More of a receiving threat than the H-Back or FB. Lines up on the end of the line, offset from the FLEX or an inline TE. Useful speed to set the edge or come back on DEs.
Wheatley: Inline TE. More of a blocker who can catch than a receiver who can block. Larger than the U-Back and more of a "would this guy play OL if we needed him to?" Plays with hand in the dirt most of the time. This was the A.J. Williams role.
Butt/Bunting: FLEX. You know what Butt can do.
FB?: Lines up in the backfield. Can take quick handoffs and burst through the line. Solid at targeting LBs and blowing them up. Short and stout with good leverage.
Again, might be way off, and I'm sure somebody will correct me if I am.
|3 days 3 hours ago||Et Al||
Quick note. I meant to add a line in the Mick Cronin section that Cronin is essentially JB's opposite. Same coin, different sides. Cronin makes the tournament semi-regularly, but his teams can never score. Beilein's teams can score, but have below average defenses on the regular.
Just to respond to some of the various comments:
I'm not advocating to accept mediocrity. Before Jim Calhoun, UConn wasn't a program that could be mentioned alongside UNC or Kansas or UCLA. Same for Boeheim and Syracuse. I'm sure there are more examples, but those are the first two that spring to mind. Hell, Coach K is largely responsible for turning Duke into DUKE. The issue is that Beilein is already in his 60s. He's not going to be at Michigan for another 20-30 years which means it'll be tough to get Michigan onto the UNC level. And, even once at that level, it's not a guarantee that there will be eternal success.
Look at Tom Crean's #s above. He was put in a similar situation and has had far less success than Beilein at a historically better program. Making the NCAA Tournament can cool that hot seat a bit for any coach.
Interesting tidbit about Izzo. I'm not going to unfairly bash the coach of our biggest basketball rival, but a lot of his perceived value comes from unlikely runs in the NCAA Tournament. I can think of at least 2-3 times in the past decade where a State team in the 5-7 seed range has made the Final Four. Good for Izzo, but in a single elimination format, a lot of it boils down to luck. Could Beilein have made 3 Final Fours? What if Aaron Harrison (or was it the other one) misses that 3 in the Elite 8? What if Darius Morris hits the pull-up against Duke and Michigan wins the game in OT? What if Michigan doesn't draw the worst possible matchup in Ohio in 2012? It's called March Madness for a reason.
Doing the math just now, Beilein would place basically even with Weber and behind Izzo, Matta, and Ryan if you use pts/year as a measurement. The methodology is probably too simple. Adding a data point of "Sweet 16 Seeds" would be useful. That would give extra points to coaches who consistently have their teams in the Top 15 in the country. It raises another interesting question. Michigan was a #4 seed in 2012 and lost in the First Round. If they get in as a #10 seed this year and make a run to the Elite 8, the methodology considers both those seasons as equal. Maybe it balances out. The run in the tournament is nice, but the 2012 team had a better overall year.
I won't argue with you if you put Freider above Beilein. It's hard to measure the unique situation of a coach being fired before the NCAA Tournament and then his successor winning a National Championship. Had that ever happened before? Has it happened since? Will it happen again?
|6 days 15 hours ago||Scary||
Absolutely scary. I keep thinking. They're 17-6 (7-3) right now. Same record as the 05-06 team. 4 more wins and they'll be in for sure, which would put them at 21-10 (11-7). Welp, the 05-06 team only won one more game the rest of the season and lost in the NIT Championship. There's also the "John Beilein/Tommy Amaker can't recruit" thing.
I can envision a scenario where they only beat NW/Minnesota and finish 19-12 (9-9) and lose in the first round in the BTT and end up a #3 seed in the NIT.
|1 week 3 days ago||Joking||
It was a joke since so many people in this thread are also joking about Little or Mecole Hardman or whoever.
|1 week 3 days ago||Here We Go||
It's hard man, but maybe if I was fuller of optimism, I could believe that this was in reference to a big time recruit we haven't heard of, but I see little chance of anything that will break the internet.
|1 week 3 days ago||Breakdown||
I actually did this for kicks a while back using CFB's W-L % and National Championships as a barometer.
Came up with the following:
Florida State/Miami/Michigan/Ohio State/Penn State/Nebraska/USC/Texas/Oklahoma/Notre Dame/Alabama/Auburn/LSU/Georgia/Florida/Tennessee
These 16 teams have won every title since 1992, and 70 of the 90 poll era titles. They have the 16 highest win %s of all-time. They have won the majority of their conference's championships. They have the history, the prestige, etc.
West Virginia/Clemson/Georgia Tech/Virginia Tech/Pittsburgh/Syracuse/Michigan State/Wisconsin/Arizona State/UCLA/Washington/Colorado/Texas A&M/Arkansas
These teams are on the cusp, but don't have the pedigree of the Tier 1 teams. They will be in contention for a NC once every 20-25 years and with the right coach and a downturn for one of the blue bloods can find a sustained period of success. For some reason, the 1980s and early 1990s saw a run of national titles for these teams.
Boston College/UNC/NC State/Virginia/Minnesota/Iowa/Purdue/Maryland/Illinois/Rutgers/Texas Tech/Oklahoma State/Baylor/Ole Miss/Missouri/South Carolina/Missisippi State/Cal/Stanford/Oregon/Arizona
This is the large morass of teams that aren't quite the dregs of the traditional power conferences, but they don't have a history of being great or even good. The right coach can turn this program into a power (see Harbaugh/Shaw at Stanford, the Oregon death machine), but more of than not a couple seasons of 10 wins will give way to the usual 7-5/8-4 season. Bad coaches send these teams into those 3-9 and 4-8 seasons.
Duke/Wake Forest/Northwestern/Indiana/Vanderbilt/Kentucky/Kansas/Iowa State/Kansas State/Washington State/Oregon State
Woof. These are the bottom of the barrel programs. A winning season at one of these programs is an achievement. Consecutive winning seasons or a conference championship will get you a statue and the field named after you.
Now, outside of these 4 tiers you have the mid-major kings like Boise State, Toledo and then former mid-major teams that have spent time in a power conference. Some (Utah) are stronger than others (Temple).
|1 week 5 days ago||Let's put it this way. If a||
Let's put it this way. If a coach who is the father of a current player on the team and a guy who just committed didn't tell Harbaugh that this was a strong possibility I'd be very shocked.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Congrats||
Congrats man. I look forward to being 55 years old and reading Denard Cook's UFR of the Ohio State game, Harbaugh's 20th consecutive victory over the Buckeyes.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I hate hate hate the TD,||
I hate hate hate the TD, commercial, kickoff, commercial sequence in NFL games.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||That's a stupid fucking foul Irvin.||
That's a stupid fucking foul Irvin.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Irvin hits two shots creates||
Irvin hits two shots creates two others and Michigan goes up 18. Beilein takes him out and Nebraska goes on a 10-0 run. For a good coach, his rotations are baffling.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Terrible end of half defense.||
Terrible end of half defense.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Weak ass Donnal is back.||
Weak ass Donnal is back.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Beilein is so weird. Why put||
Beilein is so weird. Why put Chatman back in? Why not call a TO when they cut it to 6? I'm just confused because I think he's a good coach, but then the auto bench and the rotations and the team seems to not have any fire and I'm wondering what's going on.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Atrocious so far.||
Atrocious so far.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Um how is the guy crashing||
Um how is the guy crashing into Walton as he's shooting not a foul?
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Kam Chatman has zero||
Kam Chatman has zero confidence. He dropped a pass and almost threw another ball away and then made a bad rotation.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Josh Jackson||
I must've missed this, but are we not in on Josh Jackson? Just realized he's from Michigan so curious why we wouldn't have a shot. Just eliminated us early on?
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Let's be honest, you don't||
Let's be honest, you don't climb trees, attend classes, and sleepover at recruits houses if you are the least bit concerned about your image as it pertains to the media and general public.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Watch||
I could watch this on a loop for hours.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||5th||
I think I was the 5th and to be fair, I was just making sure everything was factually correct and there were no errors in my post. Have to use the right tags too.
So, yeah, that's why I was last because I'm a legitimate journalist damn it, and we're concerned with being right, not first.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Being awesome in practice was never Joe Bolden's problem.||
Being awesome in practice was never Joe Bolden's problem.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Meltdown||
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|3 weeks 3 days ago||Losses||
Somebody mentioned it above, but Michigan's 5 losses are to teams ranked 5, 8, 9, 22, and UConn. 3 of those are on the road.
They also took down the #7 team in the country at home.
Basically, they've lost to the teams they should've lost to (minus UConn) and beat the teams they should've beaten (with the addition of Maryland).
If you look at Kenpom it's even better. They lost to 4, 8, 11, and 12 and beat #14 Maryland. They aren't one of the best 10 teams in the country, but they are a tournament team.
|4 weeks 17 hours ago||Henry||
Loved watching Willie Henry play. Good luck in the big show!
|4 weeks 23 hours ago||Best Guess||
Here's my best guess at the remaining games:
@ Iowa - L (road games are tough and we've lost in Iowa when we've had better teams)
vs Minnesota - W (routine home win)
@ Nebraska - W (they'll slip up on the road, but it shouldn't be here)
vs Rutgers - W (come on)
vs Penn State in NYC - W (already took care of business against the Nittany Lions and should do so again)
vs Indiana - W (Indiana has gotten better on D and if it was in Assembly Hall, I'd like the Hoosiers, but I think Michigan pulls out a close one)
vs State - W (I'll take the leap and say that Michigan pulls off the upset against Sparty)
@ Minnesota - L (let down after the State game)
vs Purdue - L (terrible matchup)
@ Ohio State - W (I can see the concern for this game, but I don't think the Buckeyes can score with Michigan)
@ Maryland - L (revenge game)
vs Northwestern - W (the Wildcats are good this year, but again it's really tough to win on the road in conference play)
@ Wisconsin - L (the Kohl strikes again)
vs Iowa - W (they close out the regular season with a W)
That would put us at 22-9 (12-6). A run to the BTT Semifinals would put us at a 5-6 seed I think.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Got ya. Always nice to meet a||
Got ya. Always nice to meet a fellow newsman.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||2014||
The Sweet 16 win against Tennessee was pretty exciting.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Both||
Having lived in SD for 6 years and L.A. for almost 2 now, it's possible given the little bro/big bro dynamic between the two cities that the city outright rejects the Chargers.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Curious||
They would've had to switch divisions. Chargers to the NFC w/ Cardinals to the AFC most likely.
As an aside, where do you work? I work in a newsroom as well.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Saban||
Saban you diabolical...
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Good for Wilson. Getting||
Good for Wilson. Getting Indiana to a bowl game is an accomplishment. And guess what for those that want to be a perennial power, who cares if Indiana stays okay?
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Love me some Tank 7.||
Love me some Tank 7.
|5 weeks 19 hours ago||Agreed||
I think people are overlooking exactly how important the FB is in Harbaugh's offense. Poggi and Khalid Hill are more H-Backs than the FBs Harbaugh likes to use. You ned a burly guy, low to the ground, who is a good blocker. Michigan has currently none of those on the roster. I'm guessing that's why Brian brings up Smith as a possibility to see some FB snaps. Wouldn't be shocked to see Shallman get moved there too.
|5 weeks 19 hours ago||Best Guess||
B1G: Michigan, Mich. State, Ohio St., Indiana, Illinois, Northwestern, Purdue, Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota
Pac-10: Wash., WSU, Oregon, Oregon St., Cal, Stanford, UCLA, USC, Ariz., ASU
SEC: Florida, UGA, Kent., Tenn., Vandy, Bama, Auburn, Ole Miss, Miss St., LSU
ACC: UVa, UNC, Duke, Wake, NC St, Clemson, S. Carolina, GTech, Miami, FSU
Big East: BC, UConn, Syracuse, Pitt, W. Va, Penn St., Virginia Tech, Notre Dame, Cincy, Louisville
Big State: Iowa St., Kansas, KSU, Nebraska, Colorado, Mizzou, BYU, Utah, Boise St., Air Force (?, open for suggestions on the 10th team here).
Southwest: Texas, A&M, Texas Tech, Baylor, TCU, Houston, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Okie St, SMU
American: Army, Navy, Temple, UCF, USF, Memphis, East Carolina, Marshall, Western Kentucky, Southern Miss
My only issue is leaving out a lot of the decent Mountain West teams like San Diego St., Fresno St, Nevada, and Utah State and that the American is obviously weaker than the other conferences. I'd suggest maybe going to 7 conferences and 1 bid to the highest ranked team in the American/MAC/Mountain West/Sun Belt who could have as many teams as they want, stage a conference championship game, etc. and still have a shot at the playoff.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Some Reason?||
|5 weeks 1 day ago||TV Rights||
Again, the important things to remember are the following:
1) The B1G won't expand unless they feel like said school actively adds money to the conference. So, forget any school that isn't a "brand name" or in a major television market. Football, not basketball is the key sport.
2) I believe the AAU thing is a real concern and not something to be tossed aside, which means you can eliminate any school that doesn't fit the academic requirements of the conference.
3) You can pretty much forget any school in the ACC as an option.
I can't imagine the conference wants to engage in a protracted legal battle to get any school besides UNC and/or Duke. Is Charlotte a big enough media market to make flipping those two schools worth it? And, will any school cough up the cash necessary to leave the ACC for the B1G.
The East Coast schools are locked into the ACC. The only possible option that I can possibly consider is that the B1G is trying to flip Texas and Texas A&M. That would give them two legitimate schools and bolster the West Division while flipping Purdue back to the East. If they can ignore the AAU thing, I wouldn't be shocked if they want Oklahoma, Okie St, Texas, and A&M. That would put those four, Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Illinois in the West and the current 7 plus Purdue and Northwestern.
That said, I think this is a crock of shit.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||It is. He's actually been||
It is. He's actually been okay for us. More of a useful depth piece as he's not good enough to be a full time starter.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Basketball||
More than any other sport, basketbal is predicated so much on confidence. Perhaps, in that Ilinois game he finally realized there was a reason he was on a scholarship to play ball at Michigan. His issue was always that he seemed timid. Would rather meekly foul a guy than go for a block. He'd get stuffed at the rim or miss a layup because he went up soft.
Hopefully, it continues. If they can get 40 solid minutes out of the Donnal/Doyle/Wagner trifecta every night, this team is dangerous.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Game||
I like his game. Lots of herky-jerky, hesitation stuff that keeps people off balance. That pump fake was sick to get an open layup.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||3s||
When Michigan is on fire from 3, just gonna go ahead and say switching to zone might not be a good idea.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||PEDs||
Feel like the PEDs suspension probably contributed to that transfer.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||That was Gedeon and Ross and Bolden.||
That was Gedeon and Ross and Bolden.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Linebackers are shit.||
Linebackers are shit.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Haha bullshit. Nice call refs.||
Haha bullshit. Nice call refs.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||WTF||
Where was this a month ago????
|5 weeks 6 days ago||ESPN||
For those complaining about the ESPN graphic mishap (and I did), I can guarantee you that it was accidental. Technical Director probably hit the wrong button.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Announcer||
Things I didn't expect to hear Mike Patrick say:
"Nice cut by Smith"
|5 weeks 6 days ago||ESPN||
Way to go ESPN TD. Might have mispunched that.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Holy Crap||
Smith just waited for his blocks and made a great cut. What madness is this?
|5 weeks 6 days ago||MSU||
State rushing tonight: 26 for 29.
1 more run for a loss of 2 yards and we could've had 27 for 27 Part Deux.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Targeting?||
Good to know that State can get away with helmet-to-helmet hits on the QB.
|6 weeks 2 hours ago||They haven't really. Closest||
They haven't really. Closest was the Earle Bruce/early John Cooper years where they went 9-3 every year and then Cooper had a couple of mediocre teams.
|6 weeks 18 hours ago||Thread||
This thread is amazing because of the select few who are immediately writing off a player who has thrown 87 career passes at Michigan.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Point||
I guess my problem comes with the idea that an appearance in the postseason should be a reward for success in the regular season. It's also been my argument against expanding the NCAA Basketball Tournament to 128 teams or something ridiculous.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Doubt it||
I don't think the Pac-12 thing will be an issue. He wasn't an Oregon lifer. Came from New Hampshire.
I'd bet he either takes another NFL job (Tennessee the favorite) or waits a year, does some TV, and waits for a prime NCAA job like Texas to open up. Could also go some place like Cal where there is a solid recruiting base, but not the prestige of a Texas or Penn State.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Kaep||
Pretty sure Kaep is gone from SF considering they benched him for Blaine Gabbert.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Nah Harbaugh is working on||
Nah Harbaugh is working on exorcising the evil god that AMHG. Sure that bastard got some shots in this year, but he knows his time is nearly up.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Not entirely true, but more||
Not entirely true, but more to the point. The company that owns the affiliate would make the deal. For example, Sinclair Broadcasting or something along those lines.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||I feel like this comment was written in 1975.||
I feel like this comment was written in 1975.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||And this is the problem. I||
And this is the problem. I can't guarantee people will care about Western Kentucky vs. Arkansas State but they won their conference and deserve to play in the postseason
|6 weeks 6 days ago||You said it. For example,||
You said it. For example, Alabama could beat Sparty and lose to Oklahoma by 1 in the Championship. They'd be 13-2. Or an 86% winning pct. But, yea, that's a B season. Totally the same as Northwestern's 11-2 year.
|7 weeks 3 hours ago||Grades||
Depends on the Citrus Bowl (which it shouldn't, honestly, because the Citrus and 37 other bowls are just exhibitions, but there's some meaning to it given Michigan's circumstances).
9-3 was basically on the high end of the expectations as expressed here on MGoBlog. But, they lost to both MSU and OSU (even if the former was a 1 in 10,000 occurence). A win against Florida would give them a 10 win season and they'd finish in the Top 15. That woud garner an A- from me.
Lose to Florida and they finish 9-4, losing 4 out of 5 games against ranked opponents, and probably finish in the lower end of the Top 25. I'd say that would deserve a B.
|7 weeks 3 hours ago||Non-Conference||
I mean, they didn't have the best non-conference slate, but it wasn't the worst outcome either. They picked up a quality neutral site win against Texas and a road win against a potentially okay ACC outfit (or avoided a bad loss to a bad ACC team), lost games to three tournament teams (1 at home, 1 on the road, 1 on a neutral court) and didn't have any bad losses.
10-8 in the Big 10 with a 1-1 record in the Big 10 tourney gets this team in in the 8-11 range.
12-6 puts them in a 5-7 seed range.
14-4 gets them a Sweet 16 seed.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||I support this idea.||
I support this idea.
|8 weeks 15 hours ago||Hmmm||
Kelly - ND (had them in the playoff hunt until the end, 2nd time in 4 years)
Stoops - Oklahoma (seat's not warm anymore)
Jimmy Mac - Florida (did anybody expect this in Year 1?)
Dabo - Clemson (can't argue w/ #1)
Narduzzi - Pitt
Fedora - UNC (has anybody done more for their stock in the past 12 mos.?)
Ferentz - Iowa (contract extension still bad, but Iowa fans not complaining)
Gundy - Okie State (keeps churning out strong teams)
Strong - Texas (lookin' like their RR hire)
Franklin - Penn St. (another mediocre year)
Les - LSU (another 9-4 year and he'll be gone)
Malzahn - Auburn (crazy how much has changed in 2 years)
Graham - Ariz. St. (sinking into a weird territory between not great and not bad)
Sumlin - A&M (another 9-4 or 8-5 year plus all the transfers)
Johnson - GT (woof!)
Hologorsen - WVU (has been occupying the middle realm of the Big 12 for a while, not maintaining pace set by Nehlen/Rich Rod/Stewart)
BERT - Arkansas (better pick up the pace big man)
And then you have the Group of 5 coaches that either got better jobs or put their names on short lists like Campbell, Fuente, Hermann, Rhule, and some others I'm surely forgetting.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Not necessarily a bad thing||
Not necessarily a bad thing as long as they stay healthy from here on out. Rotation gets finalized.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Eh||
It's only a disaster if you don't think about how bad it could be. A&M hasn't always been a fringe Top 25 program. I think Sumlin actually has the 2nd highest win % for an A&M coach in the modern era. R.C. Slocum lasted almost 20 years there and had a similar record over multiple seasons.
They have to compete with Alabama, Auburn, and LSU every year. Not to mention the suddenly resurgent Mississippi schools and BERT down at Arkansas.
8-4 could easily turn to 4-8 with the wrong coach.
|9 weeks 14 hours ago||Team A is Duke I think.Team||
Team A is Duke I think.
Team B is Michigan
Team C is State
And that's kind of the point I was trying to make above. Michigan is not Indiana football or Northwestern basketball. They had success in the 60s and 70s and 80s and the early 90s.
Missing the NCAA Tournament 5 times in 9 years should not be the standard for the program.
|9 weeks 15 hours ago||Last Night||
Said this in last night's thread that got deleted, but here it goes again.
Michigan is on a 2nd tier of schools in basketball which runs the gamut from Syracuse and Villanova to Utah and NC State based on historical regular season and tournament performance. Other B1G teams on this level are Michigan St., Ohio St., Illinois, and Wisconsin (Indiana is a step above given their historical pedigree).
The fact that Beilein could miss the tournament for the 4th time in 9 years puts him below people like Rick Barnes (who missed the tourney once in 16 years) and he's getting into Bruce Weber territory (missed it 3 times in 9 years). Oh, Weber was fired after missing the tourney 3 times in his last 5 years. He also made a Sweet 16 and lost the Nat'l Championship game.
It's not about comparing Beilein to other Michigan coaches, but other B1G coaches.
Izzo has made the tourney for two straight decades. Multiple Final Fours.
Matta has missed it twice in his tenure. Also lost a Nat'l Champ Game.
Maryland is on the rise under Turgeon and was basically a Preseason #1, but who knows how they end up.
Crean is struggling at traditional power Indiana and may get fired if they have a down year again.
Rutgers is Rutgers. Penn State is Penn State
Ryan hasn't missed the tourney in 10 years and just made the Nat'l Champ Game.
Matt Painter has taken Purdue to the tourney in 7 of the last 10 years, though usually as a lower-ish seed.
Richard Pitino/Tubby Smith and Fran McCaffrey have made sproadic tournament appearances over the past 10 years.
John Groce might be in over his head at Illinois.
Nebrasketball was fun for that one season.
Northwestern is the sad face emoji.
Michigan basketball is below Michigan State, Wisconsin, and Ohio State and a notch above Purdue in the pecking order.
That success is largely based on the Burke/Stauskas teams. If Beilein misses the tournament this year AND next year, you have to consider moving on to somebody else.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Again||
I posted this in the aftermath of the UConn game, but I feel it bears repeating:
The most important part of success in college football and basketball is the prestige of the school and the Head Coach. Prestige is not easily attained. Michigan, the Florida schools, USC, etc. have an inside track on the best recruits and the best available coaches.
The same holds true for basketball.
8 schools have won about 60% of the NCAA Division 1 Men's Basketball Championships (44 out of 77). They are: Duke, UNC, Louisville, Indiana, Kansas, UCLA, Kentucky, and Connecticut. Of the other schools that have won multiple titles, each have done it back-to-back with a specific group (Florida w/Horford and Noah or San Francisco w/Bill Russell for example) or are Michigan State and NC State. 7 of those 8 schools have made the tournament the most number of times (UConn is 12th).
These are basketball's blue bloods like Michigan or Alabama in football. Below that, there is a second tier. Michigan is on that 2nd tier. They have made 7 Final Fours, good for 10th all-time. They sit in the mid-30s to mid-40s in winning % and total # of NCAA tournament appearances.
For reference here are the other teams in my 2nd tier:
Villanova, Syracuse, Texas, Marquette, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgetown, Illinois, Michigan State, Cincinnati, Oklahoma, Kansas State, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, NC State, Wisconsin, Florida, LSU, and Michigan
This excludes very successful mid-majors (Group of Five + BBall-only conferences) like UNLV, BYU, Utah, Western Kentucky, Houston, San Francisco, the Princeton/Penn Ivy duopoly, Xavier, and some others who I'm absolutely forgetting.
So how does Beilein compares to other coaches in that 2ND TIER that were around for a similar amount of time:
Villanova: Jay Wright (10 for 14) *1 Final Four, 2 Elite Eights*
Marquette: Tom Crean (5 for 9) *1 Final Four*
Arizona: Sean Miller (4 for 6) *3 Elite Eights*
Georgetown: John Thompson III (8 for 11) *1 Final Four*
Illinois: Bruce Weber (6 for 9) *1 Nat'l Champ Game Loss*
Cincinnati: Mick Cronin (5 for 9, 5 straight)
Ohio State: Thad Matta (9 for 11) *1 NC Game Loss, 2 Final Fours, 3 Elite Eights*
OK State: Travis Ford (5 for 7)
MICHIGAN: John Beilein (5 for 8) *1 NC Game Loss, 2 Elite Eights*
What about his Big 10 contemporaries:
Izzo hasn't missed the tournament in 20 years and has multiple Final Fours. Matt Painter took Purdue to the tournament in 7 out of the past 10 years. Wisconsin has made the tournament every year Bo Ryan has been the coach. Crean has taken Indiana to the tourney 3 of the past 4 (after digging them out of a Kelvin Sampson-shaped hole for 3 years).
John Beilein basically brought Michigan back to respectability after they spent the post-scandal years as a NIT team. Over the past decade, he hasn't been able to duplicate the same success of Izzo, Ryan, and Matta, but has basically gotten the program above the Iowa/Minnesota level of sproadic tournament appearances. Right now, Michigan is on the same level as Purdue. They'll make the tournament a little over half the time (on pace for 5 or 6 of 9) with the potential to make a run at the Final Four every 5 years or so if they nail their recruiting over a two year period. That said, if they fail to make the tournament this year AND next year, Beilein begins to look a little too much like Bruce Weber and they should consider moving on.
TL;DR: Beilein brought the program back to just below its rightful level given the historical track record and his success in back-to-back years gives him some slack, but he hasn't lived up to the standards set by Izzo, Bo Ryan, and Thad Matta. If Michigan misses the NCAA Tournament this year AND next year, I'd strongly consider giving Beilein the axe.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Can't believe those lucky||
Can't believe those lucky assholes are going to the playoffs. I hope Clemson or Bama beats them by 50. Should've lost 3-4 this year.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Ah got it.||
Ah got it.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||How did Iowa kick 2 FGs yet never cross the 50?||
How did Iowa kick 2 FGs yet never cross the 50?
|9 weeks 4 days ago||So if that's not targeting...?||
So if that's not targeting...?
|9 weeks 4 days ago||I laughed at that comment||
I laughed at that comment too. Sometimes juvenile humor is the best humor.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||They've won 10 games one||
They've won 10 games one time. Ever. Maybe Bronco is the guy to turn it around but a lot of others have failed.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||UVa||
Excellent hire by Virginia given Mendenhall's track record at BYU over the past decade+. He must've felt really constrained by the finances/other stuff (you know what I mean) at BYU since it's been a substantially better program than Virginia.
The ACC got a lot more interesting with Fuente, Mendenhall, Richt, Fedora doing things at UNC. Maybe Syracuse will get a good coach too.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Objective?||
Objective, you say?
Funny use of that word coming from somebody with that particular user name.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||I'd add Miami and maybe Nebraska to that list||
I'd add Miami and maybe Nebraska to that list
|10 weeks 1 day ago||This x100||
It's very rare for coaches with Richt's track record to be available. He may not be Bobby Bowden, Tom Osborne, Bo, or Woody, but he had Georgia as a Top 15 program for a decade. I'd absolutely offer him the job if I was Miami. At the very least he gets them back to a solid Top 20 team and then hope the next coach can turn them back into a machine of death.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Depth Chart||
I look at it this way. Which contributors won't be back next year and who will be replacing them:
Rudock - O'Korn
Kerridge - Poggi (?)
Houma - Shallman (maybe Smith)
A.J. Williams - Wheatley
Glasgow - Kugler or Cole & Newsome
Ojemudia - Charlton
Charlton (because of the move) - Rashan Gary (plz)
RJS - Marshall or Reuben Jones
Ross - ?
Morgan - Gedeon
Bolden - ?
Wilson - Kinnel (with Thomas and Hill moving up a spot each)
I actually think FB is just as much a concern as LB given Harbaugh's propensity to use them in the offense.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Georgia is now the 2nd best||
Georgia is now the 2nd best job available behind USC. I think Richt was in that Lloyd Carr/Phil Fulmer position of being good but not good enough and after 15 years it was just time.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||As a Bears fan I can say that||
As a Bears fan I can say that I will be very upset if Mel Tucker is hired.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||The committee only chooses||
The committee only chooses the NY6 Bowls. After that it's based on all the other things.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||On a serious note. Unless||
On a serious note. Unless Michigan State loses to Penn State today, them, OSU, and Iowa will all land in NY6 bowls. We will prolly get the Citrus against either Florida, Ole Miss, or Miss St.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Embarrassing effort.||
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Disgusting effort. No heart.||
Disgusting effort. No heart.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Game. Defense is helpless.||
Game. Defense is helpless.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Weak. Just weak right now.||
Weak. Just weak right now.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Defense is done.||
Defense is done.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Nice block Braden.||
Nice block Braden.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Defense getting run over right now.||
Defense getting run over right now.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Come on Clark||
Come on Clark
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Harbaugh screaming for a hold and with good reason.||
Harbaugh screaming for a hold and with good reason.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Joe Bolden fucking sucks||
Joe Bolden fucking sucks
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Another special teams mistake!||
Another special teams mistake!
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Well this game is going south quickly.||
Well this game is going south quickly.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||How is that not a hold?||
How is that not a hold?
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Um how is that not holding?||
Um how is that not holding?
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Yes it's the coaches haha.||
Yes it's the coaches haha.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Baxter needs to tell those||
Baxter needs to tell those guys to only go for the block if it's 100%. The special teams gaffes are gonna be the story of the season.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Before the long run they had like 1 yard per carry.||
Before the long run they had like 1 yard per carry.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Fucking Bolden!||
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Correct. Not sure why it was roughing.||
Correct. Not sure why it was roughing.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Weird Bolden can't make a play.||
Weird Bolden can't make a play.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Dymonte!||
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Ugh had that dead and Ross blew it.||
Ugh had that dead and Ross blew it.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Solid W||
This is a solid W. An important one. Gotta pick up a road W at either NC State or SMU and not lose to any of the cupcakes and it won't be an ideal OOC schedule result, but acceptable and leave us on the track to a tourney bid.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Fouls||
17-7 in fouls right now. I call erroneous.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Iowa||
Nebraska is not good at football. 3rd-and-1 in Iowa territory. Let's run it into 11 guys! 4th-and-1. Let's throw a fade into the endzone. Go ahead and ignore your dual threat QB.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||
I posted a case to keep Les on Reddit's CFB page 2 nights ago and LSU fans basically lost it on me. How he's barely above .500 in the SEC the last 3 years and his game management sucks. I guess I can see their side, but usually when programs fire a super successful coach who has had a couple of down years, they don't replace said coach with an even better coach.
If they somehow manage to convince Jimbo to leave the relative cakewalk that is the ACC to go to the bloodbath that is the SEC West then good for them. I'm not optimistic that'll happen though.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||If they end up with Jimbo||
If they end up with Jimbo Fisher, then great. But history has not been kind to programs that see successful coaches canned after a couple of bad seasons in a row.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Oh My||
Michigan up 53. Charlotte is bad. I didn't know they were this bad.
|11 weeks 3 hours ago||DL||
It is absurd to think that this DL is this good despite losing 3 rotation pieces in Glasgow, Mone, and Ojemudia.
I know he graded out positive, but I don't think I've been more frustrated by a player in recent memory than Joe Bolden. It seems like every time the opponent has a big play, I'm muttering "Damn it Bolden" to myself. Wish Ross would've played more this year, but maybe it's a coverage thing when they only have 2 LBs on the field.
Happy to see Dymonte playing and playing well. He's one of the kids we were all worried about being permanetly tainted by Hoke.
Also, thanks for posting this today Brian. As somebody who actually has to go to work today, it's the little things that keep me sane.
|11 weeks 13 hours ago||Game Thread||
Posted this in the game thread, but it bears repeating:
If this continues this year and Michigan misses the NCAA Tournament, Michigan will have missed the tourney in 4 of Beilein's 9 years.
Here's his Big 10 contemporaries:
Minnesota - Tubby was 3-6, Pitino is 0-2 (projected 0-3)
Indiana - Crean is 3-7 (projected 4-8) (2 Sweet 16 appearances)
Illinois - Weber was 6-9, Groce is 1-3 (projected 1-4) (1 Nat'l Champ Game Loss)
Purdue - Painter is 7-10 (projected 8-11) (2 Sweet 16 appearances)
Ohio State - Matta is 9-11 (projected 9-12) (1 Nat'l Champ Game Loss, 2 Final Fours, 3 Elite 8s)
Iowa - McCaffrey is 2-5 (projected 3-6)
Wisconsin - Bo Ryan is 14-14 (projected 15-15) (1 Nat'l Champ Game Loss, 2 Final 4s, 3 Elite 8s)
Michigan State - Izzo is 18 for his last 18 (missed first 2 years) (1 Nat'l Champ, 1 Nat'l Champ Game Loss, 7 Final 4s, 9 Elite 8s)
I'm going to ignore Northwestern, Penn State, Nebraska, Maryland, and Rutgers.
So, obviously Izzo (ugh) has been the gold standard for nearly 2 decades and I'd put State in that second tier right behind Kansas/UCLA/Duke/UNC as far as programs go. Indiana is a traditional blue blood that took Crean his first 3 years to build back to respectability (on track to make the tourney 4 of the past 5). Ohio State has been consistently good. We all know about Bo Ryan in these parts. Even Matt Painter at Purdue has been better on average than Michigan under Beilein.
What I'm saying is that Beilein might be a good coach (previous stops are proof enough of that) who caught fire with the Burke, Stauskas, G-Rob crew and made the most of it. Whether he's the guy who can put us on that level where we are pretty much a guaranteed tournament team remains to be seen.
The early returns this year, though, aren't positive.
|11 weeks 16 hours ago||Beilein||
I hate to say it. I mean, I really hate to say it. They've played 4 games this year, 2 against Top 20-ish teams and have looked average to poor so far in both. But, wasn't this the complaint against the football team year after year after year? If you have talent, but that talent isn't performing up to standards, it means:
a) the coach can't recruit
b) the coach can't coach
c) the coach can't motivate.
Either one of those three is very bad news.
Beilein has done enough to rebuild this program from the mediocrity (or worse) it sunk to in the Ellerbe/Amaker years to garner a chance to turn this around.
But if he misses the tourney again, that's 4 times in nearly 9 years they'll have missed it. Izzo hasn't missed it in 18 years. Thad Matta is 9 for 11 so far. Bruce Weber made it in 6 of the 9 years he was coach at Illinois. Matt Painter is 7 for 10.
5 for 9 is a bad ratio to have when you are basically a top 3-4 program in the Big 10 (or should be).
|11 weeks 17 hours ago||Not Good||
This is pretty awful. Michigan can't make a shot to save their lives. And UConn can't miss.
Sweet 16 seed isn't happening.
Hell, we might be looking at the NIT again.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Hokies||
Virginia Tech is a way better job than Maryland. He could win ACC titles and make playoff appearances at VT. Maryland is slightly better than Miss. St. because there is no Indiana/Rutgers at the bottom of the SEC West. If State drops to their usual level and Penn State takes another 2-3 to rebound and you catch OSU and/or us, maybe you can win the B1G.
At VT, you have to contend with Miami (if they get their crap together) and maybe Georgia Tech/UNC/Pitt (on good years).
|11 weeks 1 day ago||
Here you go:
|11 weeks 1 day ago||ND||
ND falls from #4 to #6. Wow.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Committee||
It's not like the committee isn't susceptible to the week to week bias of the other major polls.
3. Notre Dame
5. Michigan State
8. Ohio State
9. Oklahoma State
As much as we'd like Michigan to jump into the Top 10, the committee would really have to drop Okie State for losing to #10 Baylor and kill Florida for needing OT to beat FAU. Michigan could still theoretically get in if:
a) beat Ohio State (just do this anyways, please)
b) ND loses to Stanford, Stanford loses to USC/UCLA
c) Iowa beats Nebraksa, Michigan State loses to Penn State
d) Baylor loses to TCU, Oklahoma loses to Oklahoma State
e) Florida loses to Florida State
f) beat Iowa
At that point, the committee would have undefeated Clemson and 1-loss Alabama as guaranteed playoff teams.
The other contenders would be:
- a 2-loss (Clemson/Stanford) Notre Dame team with one victory (Navy) over a Top 25 team
- a 1-loss OK State team (with wins over TCU/Oklahoma)
- a 1-loss Iowa team (who would've just lost to Michigan)
- a 2-loss Florida team
In that scenario, I'd imagine the 4 teams would be:
1. Clemson (ACC Champ)
2. Alabama (SEC Champ)
3. Oklahoma State (Big 12 Champ)
4. Michigan (Big 10 Champ)
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Disagree. They are a blue||
Disagree. They are a blue blood. Between their NC and history of success they definitely are on the same level as an Auburn or Penn State. But, they definitely shouldn't fire Miles either. He's been basically the best coach in LSU history.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Not necessarily. The idea||
Not necessarily. The idea like the person above mentioned is to entice equal betting on both sides. If bets are flooded in for Michigan at +2.5, then the line will move and move and move. It's less of a prediction of a score and more a reaction to the tendencies of gamblers.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||One Michigan DL just got held||
One Michigan DL just got held and thrown to the ground. No call.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Stop fucking jumping.||
Stop fucking jumping.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Of all the shit calls that might be the worst.||
Of all the shit calls that might be the worst.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Penn State literally has||
Penn State literally has Barkley's first run, the blocked punt, Rudock's fumble, and two great Hack throws. That's been their whole offense. Absurd.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Dymonte has the worst hands.||
Dymonte has the worst hands.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||The one thing that couldn't happen just happened. Fuck.||
The one thing that couldn't happen just happened. Fuck.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||On the app otherwise it'd be a +1||
On the app otherwise it'd be a +1
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Um not only the push off but||
Um not only the push off but he stuck his hand in Peppers facemask.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Holy shit these refs are bad.||
Holy shit these refs are bad.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Sure there was no penalty there you striped fucks.||
Sure there was no penalty there you striped fucks.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Yep. Entire play based on Perry's block.||
Yep. Entire play based on Perry's block.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Thanks special teams.||
Thanks special teams.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Nice vision Smith. Oh wait.||
Nice vision Smith. Oh wait.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Fuck you Huard. That's a terrible call.||
Fuck you Huard. That's a terrible call.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||6 penalties for 35 yards is ridiculous.||
6 penalties for 35 yards is ridiculous.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Remember This||
Was just thinking about that. I was a senior in college watching the game in my dorm (didn't go to Michigan). I freaked out after Manningham's catch and ran across the hall to my buddy's room who was a massive ND fan. Got there just in time to see Jarrett's catch on 4th-and-17 and then the Bush Push.
We both got drunk that night. For very different reasons.
|12 weeks 16 hours ago||Hofstra||
I went to Hofstra University and they were called the Flying Dutchmen until I got there and they changed to the stupid "Pride" which is supposed to be a group of lions.
It was dumb and I hated it.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Give IU a round of applause.||
Give IU a round of applause. Seriously. Kevin Wilsoj is a heck of a coach.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Defense should be ashamed of themselves||
Defense should be ashamed of themselves
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Team looks weak today. Mentally and physically weak.||
Team looks weak today. Mentally and physically weak.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||WAKE THE FUCK UP TEAM!||
WAKE THE FUCK UP TEAM!
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Fucking lucky. Wake the fuck up.||
Fucking lucky. Wake the fuck up.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Clark and Stribling blow something fierce.||
Clark and Stribling blow something fierce.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||I don't know if you can even||
I don't know if you can even blame Baxter. Can't tackle for Stribling. Can't snap for that guy.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||IU||
Michigan - 32
Indiana - 24
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Thank You||
Thank you so much for sharing this. It's literally the most amazing thing I've seen in quite some time.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Hofstra||
I am Hofstra alum. They've had decent teams before. In fact, we stormed the court after beating then #25 George Mason at home in 2006. We also beat them in the Semifinals of the CAA Tournament when one of their players punched our best player in the nuts and got suspended.
We all got together and watched the Selection Show because there was a chance they'd get the at-large bid.
They didn't. George Mason did. And then went to the Final Four.
So it's not like they haven't had good teams in the past and most projections I've seen have them winning the CAA. Obviously, mid-major tournaments are a crap shoot so who knows.
|13 weeks 3 hours ago||Tagline||
They locked him away for years. They thought he was broken. They were wrong.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||And where in football you can||
And where in football you can discern what units might be good, but not necessarily the quality of the entire team, basketball is far more reliant on individual talent. That makes the team breakdown much more important here.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||Bold strategy Joey! You mean||
Bold strategy Joey! You mean that the 3 teams mathematically eliminated and a basically eliminated Penn State won't make the B1G Champ.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||I mean they won by 33 and||
I mean they won by 33 and would have been 43 if not for the asinine intent to deceive penalty. Outside of one big Rutgers run and the KO return, they basically decimated an overmatched Rutgers team.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Score||
Michigan - 29
Rutgers - 10
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Join Date||
Look at the join date. He doesn't remember Hockey Bear. And once the CCHA died, a piece of Hockey Bear died too.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Group of 5||
Also, this basically shows that if you are in a Group of 5 conference, you'll need to go undefeated a crazy good OOC to make the Top 4. Memphis is at #15 having one of the best wins of any team (vs. Ole Miss). Even if they go undefeated (winning against AP Top 25 Temple, #25 Houston, and fringe Top 25 team Navy), they still probably won't be able to make it.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Opportunity||
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Have you thought about a sponsor that isn't Ann Arbor real estate?
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What about MGoBlog merchandise? I know a handful kids of who would love to play with Talkin' Brian Cook. Hear him break down the difference between power and zone!
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Had the same reaction. Also||
Had the same reaction. Also best USC and a 1-loss Navy team that are both on the fringes of the Top 25.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Timeline||
Saw it pop up on my Twitter feed and figured I'd open up a new thread to discuss Michigan's ranking rather than the overall rankings.
Picked 'diary' by mistake (since I'm at work and all).
My magnum opus is resigned to be cast into the sands of time, forgotten by all except you Comrade Putin.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Resume||
Handed Stanford it's only loss.
Dropped games to #9 Iowa and #17 Michigan as well.
Can see why they might be ranked.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Wow||
That is um interesting to have Alabama in the Top 4 and Baylor/TCU at #6/#8. Who has Notre Dame beaten this year again?
|14 weeks 2 days ago||Indiana?||
Just so I'm clear, we're all a little worried about Indiana. The same Indiana that lost to Rutgers 55-52? And, yes, I know we lost to Rutgers last year, but this Rutgers team isn't that Rutgers team.
The Penn State game, in Happy Valley, at night, is definitely a potential L with The Game looming in the background.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||When you look at these job||
When you look at these job openings I think there's a clear tier system.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Okay||
I'm not on the start Speight over Rudock train yet, but he did look competent I suppose. Don't think Rutgers and Indiana is a bad place to maybe give him a look.
Rushing game was hit and miss.
It was just a weird game.
Didn't feel like there was a flow.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Karma?||
So basically we won a game we should've lost and lost a game we should've won.
The universe works in mysterious ways.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Wow||
I don't even.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Wow||
Great job defense.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Leidner||
Leidner hitting NFL windows because of course.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Defense||
Hey, remember when this defense was lights out?
Minnesota is marching for a fucking game tying drive right now.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Morgan||
God damn it Desmond Morgan.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||SPEIGHT||
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Break||
Awesome that our breaks are the refs picking up flags that never should've been thrown in the first place.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Stupid Punt||
That one stupid play has destroyed Michigan's season.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Morgan||
Morgan has been really awful tonight as well.
Anybody else feel like they just don't want to be there tonight?
Was the loss to State not only soul-crushing for us, but them as well?
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Over||
If Michigan comes back and wins this game, I'll be shocked.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Mental||
They are not mentally in this game tonight.
Mistakes. Missed reads. Defense looking half-speed.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||DBs||
We really need to have our DBs work on catching the fucking ball.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Good Call||
That's a good call.
Let's be honest. From what we've seen, they don't deserve even a chance to win this game. Minnesota has whupped their ass.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Thomas||
Dymonte Thomas is having a terrible game.
Missed INT. Punt Interference. Missing that last punt.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||FLAG?||
HOW IS THAT NOT A FUCKING FLAG FOR TARGETING????????????????????????
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Defense?||
Again, what the fuck is going on defense?
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Durkin||
Might want to hold off on that Durkin HC worry.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Rudock||
Arm strength is not Rudock's strength.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||2nd Half||
I hope everyone saying the 2nd half will be better realizes that pissing away an entire half of football is not optimal.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Fuck This||
Fuck this game. Rudock looks like trash. Defense is playing like shit.
Minnesota wants to be here. Michigan is playing like they don't give a fuck.
That dropped punt might have ruined their season.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Drake||
Difference between Drake and other backs is his patience and vision.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Minnesota||
Dude pushed Peppers to the ground. Not sure what the issue is.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Leidner||
Does Connor Cook hate Michigan so much, he's pretending to be Mitch Leidner?
Minnesota has had 4 possessions.
2 FGs, 1 TD, and 1 other possession that ended in Michigan territory.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Defense||
Defense looks uninterested in tonight's proceedings.
Morgan just biffed that last long run.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Yep||
Was just about to post the same thing.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Defense||
I'm confused. Wasn't this supposed to be a rock fight.
Oh, Ross, come on.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Rudock||
Wow that was an awful pass. Butt couldn't have been more wide open in the endzone.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||Test Drives||
What that guy doesn't realize is that most dealerships probably require you to not be drunk when test driving their cars.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||Comments||
I'll go with:
Michigan - 22
Minnesota - 6
TD for Smith on the ground and one for Butt in the air. 2 field goals by Allen and a safety for good measure when Blake pins the Gophers on the 1 foot line.
Minnesota ekes out two field goals, one off a Rudock INT in Michigan territory.
|15 weeks 17 hours ago||WRs||
Not really understanding the hate for the WRs. There isn't a Burbridge or Carroo, but you have a chain mover in Darboh who has shown the ability to make tough catches and a burner in Chesson who has torched safeties a couple times now only to come up empty. The depth isn't great, but with those two plus Butt and A.J. Williams (which, wow, can't believe I typed that), should be enough.
The issue has been and will continue to be Rudock.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||Refs||
Good to see the D basically grade out how I expected them to. Minus a couple of huge busts (which are huge minuses) and Cook/Burbridge being an NFL QB/WR combo, Michigan State had nothing.
As for the refs. Listen, I can't get behind the idea that these referees are purposely going out of their way to call the game for a certain team. I'm sure they exist, but this isn't a home plate umpire or one of 2-3 refs in basketball which have an inordinate amount of power. It wasn't one member of the crew that seemed crooked. HOWEVER, they should be required to issue a public explanation of their most egregious calls in the event of a particularly disputed game.
And that replay official, my God, that man should be fired and I never want anybody to lose their jobs.