that is nice bonus change
|1 day 3 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.
|3 days 3 hours ago||So, the opposite of Michigan?||
So, the opposite of Michigan?
|3 days 3 hours 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.
|3 days 3 hours 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.
|10 weeks 1 day 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.
|11 weeks 1 day 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.
|12 weeks 1 day 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?
|13 weeks 6 days 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.
|18 weeks 6 days 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.
|22 weeks 4 days 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.
|22 weeks 6 days 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.
|23 weeks 5 days 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.
|23 weeks 6 days 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.
|24 weeks 2 days 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.
|24 weeks 2 days ago||Margin||
Not saying this is absolutely true, but margin of victory is not supposed to be a factor for the committee.
|24 weeks 2 days 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!
|24 weeks 2 days ago||Shooting||
Can't make a damn shot.
|24 weeks 2 days ago||Kerr||
Btw I usually like Kerr but he's been deep throating State all game.
|24 weeks 3 days 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
|24 weeks 4 days 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.
|25 weeks 5 days ago||Louisville Kentucky UConn||
The last three champs either won or made it to their conference tournament championship.
|26 weeks 3 hours ago||DAKICH||
WOOOOOOOOO!!!!! Bang this thread. Bang the other thread. Who cares? It's love, baby.
|26 weeks 3 days 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.
|26 weeks 3 days ago||Morgan||
Seriously, Morgan has rocks for hands. He's basically a Rock 'Em Sock 'Em robot.
|27 weeks 2 hours 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?
|27 weeks 2 days ago||Stauskas||
Anybody wish Stauskas would steal the old Mick Foley finger guns thing.
|27 weeks 3 days ago||Fiancé||
Fiancé is at her bridal shower across the country so I'm drinking a 12er of Shock Top and playing FIFA.
|28 weeks 11 hours 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.
|28 weeks 2 days 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.
|28 weeks 2 days 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.
|29 weeks 1 hour 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.
|29 weeks 1 hour ago||Irvin's Foul||
I thought Irvin's foul was about the dumbest I've seen.
Amir Williams totally just topped it.
|29 weeks 1 hour ago||Good call. Morgan shoved him||
Good call. Morgan shoved him in the back.
|29 weeks 2 hours ago||Travel||
If I was at that game I would've yelled travel at the top of my lungs.
|29 weeks 2 hours ago||Craft||
God-child Aaron Craft runs straight into a backpedaling Horford. WHISTLE.
|29 weeks 2 hours ago||Morford||
Not Morford's finest outing so far.
|29 weeks 2 hours ago||Big Irv||
Irvin has been feeling it. I'm calling him Big Irv from now on. DONT CARE WHAT YOU GUYS SAY.
|29 weeks 2 hours 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.
|29 weeks 2 hours 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.
|29 weeks 2 hours ago||Wow||
This team is so perplexingly dumb sometimes.
|29 weeks 3 hours 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?
|29 weeks 3 hours 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?
|29 weeks 1 day 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.
|29 weeks 1 day 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.
|29 weeks 6 days ago||Missed||
Work took precedence and missed the game POSBANG. open thread FTW.
|29 weeks 6 days ago||PSH's||
Don't be crazy.
|30 weeks 12 hours 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.
|30 weeks 5 days ago||THERE WE GO||
Now, that was a damn stretch of dominant basketball on both ends of the court.
|30 weeks 5 days 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).
|30 weeks 5 days 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.
|30 weeks 5 days 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?
|30 weeks 5 days ago||Smotherman||
To be fair Ace, it's not exactly shocking that a player with the last name Smotherman is a defensive specialist.
|30 weeks 5 days ago||Hey||
Whoa I used that line like weeks ago dude. I demand royalties!
|30 weeks 6 days 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.
|31 weeks 3 days ago||McGary||
Can McGary stick around forever???
|31 weeks 3 days ago||Spike for Walton||
Can we get Spike in for Walton? Not a knock against Walton, Spike just safer with the ball.
|31 weeks 3 days ago||Trice||
Trice basically slashed Levert only he didn't have a stick.
|31 weeks 3 days ago||Booing?||
Why are those idiots booing both players being injured?
|31 weeks 3 days ago||That Ginger Fuck||
That no-talent ginger fuck has the never to talk shit? After what, fouling Robinson?
|31 weeks 3 days ago||That's Crazy||
Which ref was that on the Spike TO no-call? That goes beyond bias to outright riggery.
|31 weeks 3 days 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.
|31 weeks 3 days ago||Timeout||
I'll take a timeout from being amazed by the refs to say Gary Harris is really good.
|31 weeks 3 days ago||Shulman||
Shulman just seemed legitimately shocked the refs called a foul on Michigan State.
|31 weeks 3 days ago||Fouls/FTs||
Fouls: Michigan (11) / State (4)
FTAs: Michigan (3) / State (15)
|31 weeks 3 days 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!
|31 weeks 3 days ago||Amazing||
That takes some kind of balls to make calls that blatant.
|31 weeks 3 days ago||Yes||
You'd think, but since we're playing 5-on-8, it negates the difference.
|31 weeks 3 days ago||Foul?||
How was that not a fucking foul? He shoved Walton to the ground.
|31 weeks 3 days ago||Refs||
Stauskas just got mugged on the last possession, but go ahead by all means call 2 50/50 fouls on us.
|31 weeks 5 days 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.
|31 weeks 6 days ago||Bang||
While the win at Kohl was more of a hardcore porn bang, this feels more like a sweet, tender, loving bang.
|32 weeks 3 hours 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!
|32 weeks 1 day ago||Lincoln||
Listen everyone we're being too hard on Ohio. Not everyone goes into Lincoln and comes away with the W.
|32 weeks 3 days ago||2014||
2014 is Kate Upton. I think the analogy speaks for itself.
|32 weeks 3 days 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.
|32 weeks 3 days ago||BLOUSES||
|32 weeks 3 days ago||Correction||
Make that scoreless over last 5 minutes. 10-0 run. 0-4 FG.
|32 weeks 3 days ago||Last 4 Minutes||
7-0 run over last 4 minuts. 0-3 FG, 2 Turnovers.
|32 weeks 3 days ago||Wisky||
Wisconsin is the most unlikeable basketball team ever.
|32 weeks 6 days 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?
|33 weeks 5 days ago||2013||
If this game was played on December 9th, 2013, that shot totally drops. New year equals new luck!
|33 weeks 6 days ago||Yo||
I NUSS ask a question of all of you...
How awesome is this?
|33 weeks 6 days 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
|34 weeks 6 days ago||Flair||
As the great Ric Flair once said, "To be the man, WHOOOO, you have to beat the man."
|37 weeks 6 days ago||Fellas||
Fellas, fellas, let's all settle down. There's enough points here for everybody!
|38 weeks 4 days 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.
|38 weeks 6 days 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.
|39 weeks 2 hours ago||Duke||
God, I hate Duke so much. Between the dives and the blatant homer officials, it's unbearable.
|39 weeks 6 days 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.
|39 weeks 6 days 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.
|40 weeks 4 hours 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.
|40 weeks 23 hours ago||Man||
If only there was somebody like that...
|40 weeks 1 day 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.
|41 weeks 6 days 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.
|42 weeks 9 hours 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.
|42 weeks 11 hours 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.
|42 weeks 1 day 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.
|42 weeks 1 day 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.
|43 weeks 3 days ago||Basketball||
So are we a basketball school now?
|43 weeks 3 days ago||Road||
Once again this team is unprepared, crappy, etc. on the road. I foresee 7-5 maybe. 8-4.
|43 weeks 3 days ago||Total||
If you remove two plays we basically have 0 total yards.
|43 weeks 5 days ago||So...||
Any high school or college, then?
I kid, I kid. I know next to nothing about Sparty's academics.
|43 weeks 5 days 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.
|43 weeks 6 days 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.
|44 weeks 3 days 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.
|45 weeks 9 hours 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.
|45 weeks 12 hours 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?
|45 weeks 1 day 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.
|45 weeks 4 days 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.
|45 weeks 5 days ago||Response||
The PBP certainly bears this out. In the 2nd half, Fitz ran the ball 4 times total outside of the clock-killing drive. My main gripe has been Borges inability to draw up a sequence of plays that take advantage of the previous series, play, etc. He runs his gameplan, adjusts slightly at halftime, and goes from there.
That was my previous point. It's not that Borges didn't counter, he did, but we were already down 11 by that point and could've been down more if not for the defense. If Al sees that stacked box on the first run play, he needs to adjust immediately, not 29 minutes later after wasting a half.
I think the OL play, the turnover bug biting Gardner, and Borges' way of thinking (by drive instead of by play) limits the offense big time. Not that I'm accusing you of trying to absolve Borges of all criticism.
|45 weeks 5 days ago||Fair Enough||
Thanks for being overly dismissive because that's the way to get a point across. I did read the post and believed the conclusions about the OT playcalling were mostly accurate. My point was that throughout the game, we repeatedly ran a play that hadn't worked multiple times before that thanks to Penn State's alignment.
What counters did Borges run to get Penn State to back off from stacked boxes? Considering they were running the same scheme throughout, at no point did the DC think "uh-oh, I better stop throwing 9 guys towards the LOS on every play". That screams of a predictable gameplan we failed to deviate from until it was absolutely necessary.
Or did you forget we were down 21-10 at half with 3 of those points thanks to a short field and the other 7 from a busted coverage? (we can debate whether that was the playcall that led to the bust or Penn State's inexperienced secondary all day).
|45 weeks 5 days ago||For Posterity||
Here's a comparison of coaches since Bo over their first 32 games
Total W-L / Big 10 W-L (Titles) / Bowls (BCS Bowl Wins) / vs Ohio / vs Sparty / vs ND
Hoke: 24-8 / 13-5 (0) / 1-1 (1) / 1-1 / 1-1 / 2-1
Rich Rod: 13-19 / 4-16 (0) / 0-0 / 0-2 / 0-3 / 2-1
Carr: 23-9 / 13-7 (0) / 0-2 / 2-0 / 2-1 / 1-0
Moeller: 26-5-1 / 18-2 (2) / 1-1 / 2-0 / 2-1 / 1-1-1
Bo: 28-4 / 20-2 (2) / 0-1 / 2-1 / 2-1 / NA
|45 weeks 5 days ago||Conclusions||
30 carries. 28 yards. It's been repeated ad nauseum this week, but that doesn't make it any less significant. We ran multiple times into stacked boxes when corners were playing 10 yards off of our WRs. I understand Borges and Hoke's thinking in the OTs that due to our unfortunate habit of turning the ball over, they wanted to minimize the risk and trust Gibbons could make his FG attempt.
My problem: if Borges had developed any kind of counter to Penn State's overloaded D during regulation, the game would've never made it to OT.
|45 weeks 6 days ago||Identity||
Not to pull something from a writer talking about another sport, but during this year's NBA Draft, our favorite Grantlander Bill Simmons made an excellent point when the Pelicans drafted Nerlens Noel (only to trade him).
Great schools / teams / franchises have an IDENTITY. With the drafting of Noel, the Pelicans were going to play defense like nobody's business (see Thibs' Chicago Bulls teams recently). Oregon Football has an identity. The Patriots have an identity.
Right now, we don't have an identity, especially on offense.
The spread-to-pro transition is the cause for a lot of these ills. Borges/Hoke have spread personnel, but want to establish a POWER MANBALL identity. But, we're more successful with spread concepts. So, the brain trust wants to do A, but is forced to do B in order to have short-term success. Sometimes, you get 2011 Ohio State. Sometimes, you get 2013 Penn State.
The important thing is to believe in establishing that IDENTITY, come hell or high water. Hoke wants to turn this team into Alabama/Stanford. I'm not against that. Right now, we're caught between two worlds. Growing pains, friends, growing pains.
|46 weeks 4 hours ago||I Mean||
Dude, that's not fair, it's not like there was another QB on the roster that could've stepped up in a pinch and given us what Denard gave us (and possibly more through the air).
Yea, let's chalk that one up to Borges too.
|46 weeks 6 hours ago||Borges||
A couple of other posters have touched on this, but Borges' problem doesn't seem to be crafting a gameplan, but rather adjusting that gameplan throughout the game. We ran the ball down Minnesota's throats all day. Borges figured we'd do the same against Penn State. When that didn't work, there was no *counter*, because the gameplan was power run, power run, play action pass.
When the power run didn't work, there was nothing in Borges' bag of tricks because he has no bag of tricks. It's Option A, over and over and over again.
We all saw the same thing during the 2011 Iowa game.
For the record, Hoke's lost 8 games and I think you can attribute them like so...
BORGES' LACK OF ADJUSTMENTS
2013 Penn State
BORGES' BAD GAMEPLAN
2011 Sparty (trash tornado, let's throw the ball a bunch)
2012 Ohio (2nd half only)
2013 Notre Dame
GOOD GAME, ULTIMATELY A TOSS-UP
2012 S. Carolina
SABAN IS THE DEVIL
I've got Borges down as being directly responsible for 4 losses, Denard for one, cruel fate for another, and the foul-stenched demon that is Saban for another.
|48 weeks 1 day ago||Mr. Chips||
Gilligan's pitch line of "Mr. Chips to Scarface" is pretty well known at this point, but after the finale, I think the more apt comparison is The Godfather II. In the end, Michael settles all "family business". Walt settles all his business. Both men were initially morally ambiguous (even good), but suffered through a long, slow turn to the dark side out of lust for money and power.
Perfect finale. Best television show I've ever had the pleasure of watching.
|48 weeks 5 days ago||Basically||
What the UFR and Ron's chart seems to be telling me is that we basically Iowa 2011'd ourselves the last two weeks. Borges and Hoke want to MANBALL it up but we still don't have the personnel to do it.
|48 weeks 6 days ago||Wow||
Between the recruit thread, the multiple bans, the we're here thread, and this one, I feel like I'm standing in an office building watching a city burn to the ground right in front of me. I'm a nobody, a drone, a regular internet schmuck without a schtick.
But, I'm entertained.
|49 weeks 1 hour ago||Popcorn?||
Can I post the popcorn gif? Or is that bad form?
We are a community. Sometimes, people in communities fight amongst each other whether over money or pride or another point entirely. This community has had a rough couple of weeks and tensions are high.
Brian, like it or not, runs this site. It is how he pays his bills (I'm assuming), unless you know he's got a side job like Walter White. For those of us with regular jobs, guess what happens if the man in charge doesn't like a comment you make during a meeting. You get your ass chewed out. Potentially fired. Opinions, contrarian opinions, have been voiced in this thread. They haven't been deleted or removed. I don't agree with everything this site posts or says or does. I've voiced that stance before. I haven't been banned.
Let's all relax, take a deep breath. Grab a smoke. Grab a bottle of whiskey. Tomorrow will be better.
|49 weeks 4 hours ago||Honestly||
Honestly, I read the exchange he posted to Twitter (the impetus for this whole thing) and I saw nothing malicious in your comment. It seems to me that even the kid might not have been crazy bothered (based on his tweet), but Brian felt it appropriate to take action for a variety of reasons.
|49 weeks 3 days ago||Birthday Party||
Me and a bunch of friends and my fiancé are going out for my birthday. Should be a good time.
|49 weeks 3 days ago||So...||
So we're not good?
|49 weeks 3 days ago||Bahahaha||
Tressel's curse continues
|49 weeks 3 days ago||Trash||
I thought last week was an aberration. I thought wrong.
|49 weeks 3 days ago||Wow||
It won't happen against says Lewan. I'm embarrassed says Devin. Talk is cheap fellas. Everyone adjust their expectations. They lost whatever it was that made them THEM after the ND game.
|49 weeks 3 days ago||Confidence||
Our confidence is shot. We didn't lose a lot from last year. Beat a decent Notre Dame pretty well. And then collapse.
|49 weeks 3 days ago||Again||
We put up 41 against ND TWO WEEKS AGO! What the fuck happened?
|49 weeks 3 days ago||Out of it||
It's not just me right? Something's just off with this team from top to bottom. No energy at all. It's like they all have the flu or something.
|49 weeks 3 days ago||Kerridge||
That might have been the worst block of the year by Kerridge and that's saying something.
|49 weeks 3 days ago||ROCK FIGHTS||
Tennessee-Florida drive summary
Florida-Turnover on Downs
And... Florida gets another TD on the board.
Meanwhile in South Bend...
Michigan State is averaging 3.1 yards per pass and 3.2 yards per rush. Notre Dame is averaging 5.2 yards per pass and 2.5 yards per rush.
|49 weeks 4 days ago||And...||
Bears fans on the board, you'll be happy to see that the coach of the team that pulls off that chicanery is none other than our own Marc Trestman. Clearly, the man's a genius.
|49 weeks 5 days ago||Nice Location||
That's a good location. I live in PB. I got an Apple TV and it appears the game will be on Watch ESPN so I'll catch it at home, but you're a champ for offering up your house.
|50 weeks 3 days ago||No Show||
As other people have echoed, this 'win' doesn't negate the win last week. Did this team go from 'awesome' to 'crap' in one week? Of course not. Was it a pathetic display of football today? Absolutely. Is the continued problems on the interior OL (Schofield to an extent today as well) and DL worrying? Yes.
|50 weeks 3 days ago||No Show||
I mean where does this rank on the all-time list of no shows. Akron hasn't beaten and FBS team in 3 years. Hasn't won a road game in 5. Michigan undefeated at home under Hoke.
|1 year 5 days ago||Very Good||
Is it safe to say that Mattison thinks Zurlon Tipton is a very good running back?
|1 year 1 week ago||Who Am I?||
Born and raised in Chicago, HS in D.C.
Graduated from Hofstra
Currently living in sunny San Diego.
Assignment Manager for a local news station.
Engaged with no kids, but an awesome Cairn Terrier dog.
Why am I a Michigan fan?
8-year-old me thought the Fab Five were the coolest.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||Am I Wrong||
But, this doesn't even say 5-7, it says 4-8 (2-6 in the Big 10). Basically, they are predicting us to beat cupcakes and the dregs of the Big 10 while losing every other game. This is why math is helpful to better understand sports, but it's not wise to make it the be all and end all.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||Context||
To be fair the Knicks had Willis Reed, Walt Frazier, Dave DeBusschere and Bill Bradley. Not sure abt the Pistons at that time.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||'Sota||
So Burke probably isn't going to Minny if they do select him. Who traded for him?
|1 year 10 weeks ago||84||
Plus-one'd for the 1984 reference.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||Subotic||
Subotic is the big loss as he was probably in the First XI across the Premier this year. But, like others have said, we've benefitted just as much as we've lost over the years.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||Lawsuit||
Ed O'Bannon just high-fived himself after this comment.
|1 year 12 weeks ago||Not Hard||
I haven't attended too many sporting events at different stadiums, but...
1. Wrigley Field - I was there for the first ever night game (even tho I was younger) and still remember the buzz when the lights came on and the sky went black and it was just this scene out of time. Been a bunch of times and even though the stadium foundation is shit, the overall feel of the place can't be duplicated.
2. Michigan Stadium - Went for the first time a couple of years ago and I've never had chills like I had walking down the train tracks towards the tailgate and then going into the stadium and seeing this awesome mass of people all waiting for the same thing.
3. Madison Square Garden - Great place to see a hockey/basketball game and the way it just opens up into the middle of New York is fantastic. The amenities aren't there, but otherwise it doesn't feel like a crumbling structure.
HONORABLE MENTION: Comcast Center at University of Maryland. Beautiful facility for college basketball. Petco Park. Great location, nice stadium. Nobody gives a crap about the team though.
1. Qualcomm Stadium - Old, decrepit, there's nothing around there within walking distance and it's impossible to get to. The sight lines are awful if you aren't at field level and the extras simply don't exist. Just awful.
2. FedEx Field - If you are in the second or third level be prepared to duck your head to see anything like you're looking under a car for spare change or something. Why they built it all the way out in the burbs is beyond me, but I want my stadiums to be SOMEWHERE, if that makes sense. Considering they ditched RFK (another dump) for this place is at best, a mild upgrade.
3. The Meadowlands - Ugh. New Jersey. Haven't been there since the renovation, but it was always cramped and drafty and there was nowhere to use the bathroom or get a beer. I only went twice, and both times I had zero fun.
Would love to check out AT&T Park, PNC Park, some of the SEC stadiums, and
|1 year 14 weeks ago||Blackhawks||
I can't speak for all Blackhawks fans, but since this is a MICHIGAN board, populated by RED WINGS fans for the most part, I sometimes check in on the pulse of Wings fans, but mostly stay the hell away from NHL posts on here.
Why? For the same reason, I'd expect a Wings fan brought along to a bar in Chicago to stay quiet too. I'm not going to hide who I'm rooting for, but I'm not going to be that idiot going "YEA! TOLD YA LOSERS! WINGS SUCK!"
Just know that the city of Chicago has lots of Hawks fans slowly coming back after being driven off during the mid-90s, 2000s. And lots of has to do with the fact that anybody between the ages of 18-35 right now wasn't able to see Blackhawks games for 15 years on local television. That kind of puts a damper on building a fanbase.
So, yes, I'm extremely happy the Hawks won tonight. And, yes, I'm hoping they win in Game 7. Good luck to you guys as well.
This will be my last post on the series/subject.
|1 year 16 weeks ago||Wow||
This thread is an epic bitch fest.
I've seen complaints about the Bulls playing rough, David Stern, the NBA's quality of play, LeBron, people who hate LeBron, the city of Chicago, the referees, and several other topics.
I'll refrain from weighing in as I have a horse in the race (from Chicago) and love the NBA (considering I grew up in Chicago in the 90s, I don't think anyone should be surprised).
What I will say is this. Pistons fans, let it go. Our teams are no longer rivals. Don't be Illini fans.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Minutes...||
Quick minutes breakdown going under the assumption that the breakdown is similar to last year (i.e. 9 guys averaged more than 8 minutes a game).
PG-Derrick Walton (28) / Spike Albrecht (12)
SG-Nik Stauskas (30) / Zak Irvin (6) / Spike Albrecht (2) / Caris LeVert (2)
SF-Glenn Robinson III (20) / Zak Irvin (10) / Caris LeVert (6)
PF-Mitch McGary (24) / Glenn Robinson III (15) / Jon Horford (1)
C-Jordan Morgan (20) / Mitch McGary (10) / Jon Horford (10)
Robinson - 35 mpg
McGary - 34 mpg
Stauskas - 30 mpg
Walton - 28 mpg
Morgan - 20 mpg
Irvin - 16 mpg
Albrecht - 14 mpg
Horford - 11 mpg
LeVert - 8 mpg
Deep Bench rounded out with Biefeldt, Donnal, a scholarship guard (3* probably), and a walk-on wing type.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Good Points||
Lowering the shot clock seems to be a wise move and '30' seems like the best bet. It gives teams time to set up their offense and execute, but penalizes teams that want to bleed every possession out of a game, leading to ugly, unwatchable 49-47 games. I know a 5 second cut doesn't seem like a lot, but theoretically you'd be adding about 12 possessions a game (40 min * 60 sec = 2400 sec, divided by 35 is 68, divided by 30 is 80), probably more, given that more teams would try and speed up their offense to accomodate. Faster basketball (but not too fast) is better basketball, and would also better prepare kids for the NBA.
The problem I have with Point 2 is it contradicts Point 1. The game needs to be sped up, but more fouls equals more foul shots which leads to a more drawn-out contest. I get what you'd like the rule to do (prevent teams like Wisconsin, Georgetown, etc. from turning the game into a brawl), but I'm concerned that referees would be averse towards getting Wisky in the bonus with 16 minutes left in the first half. Biggest issues for me would be drastically reducing the number of charge calls and calling more hand checks (which you mention, granted). Too often I see defenders slide underneath an already airborne player and get a charge call. The spirit of the charge is to prevent out of control offensive players from barreling through defenders to get to the rim. If Adrien Payne gets the ball on the wing and runs straight through Caris LeVert, who is in "good defensive position", that's a charge. Very simple instruction to referees. If an offensive player's knee or elbow or chest hits a defender in the chest and the defensive player has made no forward or side-to-side motion since the player took off in the air, that's a charge. Anything else is a block.
Love the idea of high schoolers getting drafted for the NCAA, not so much for the NBA. The problem being, college tends to "weed out" high school frauds who dominated inferior competition. However, I'd like to increase attention towards the college game by having NBA prospects on college teams. For example...
The New Orleans Hornets take Trey Burke with the #5 pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. The Hornets can either begin paying Burke immediately or delay the contract and Burke could return to school. While this is unlikely for teams with lottery picks (as in the example above), what about this example.
With the 28th pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, the San Antonio Spurs select Mitch McGary from the University of Michigan. Now, McGary would be a 12th man on the Spurs next year. So, why not let him return to Michigan (not being paid by San Antonio) and play. Not only are Spurs fan suddenly invested in Michigan basketball, but McGary benefits as well. Oh, and let's say McGary leads Michigan to the title next year. Season ends April 7th. The Spurs say, "Mitch, we could use some more size and young legs off the bench for the playoffs".
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Caris||
If Irvin is starting, no way Caris is averaging 25 mpg. Tick Irvin up to 30, Stauskas up to 35 and drop Caris to 5 at the 2 and 10 at the 3 and I think that's probably about right.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Uh Huh||
I absolutely see what you're saying and I think in those cases it's because you feel both the team and the player will eventually suffer (which is true in most of these cases). The system has agents, managers, and the like telling fringe prospects "you're definitely going 1st round", they declare and go in the 2nd or undrafted and all those suits disappear as quickly as they arrived.
Not only has the player's school and college team suffered a loss, the player himself was hoodwinked into making a poor decision for his future.
As far as Carter-Williams, it's pretty unanimous he'll be a 1st round pick at the very least, and more than likely a lottery pick.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Opinion||
My opinion is that if a kids wants to go the NBA, he shouldn't face any backlash from the fanbase. Most guys who stay either want to move up to a higher salary slot (see Trey's rise from mid-low 1st round to potential Top 10 pick this year) or really love college (hopefully see Mitch McGary).
|1 year 21 weeks ago||I Don't||
This is amazing. I love this blog. I love this team. Just over two hours to go until tipoff. Win or lose, it has been an amazing year.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Confirmed||
Since I was hanging with SoCal I can confirm it was pretty nuts on Saturday, but a damn good time.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Diet Coke||
For now a Diet Coke, until I head out to the bar and then whatever suits my fancy. I hope they have Hennepin.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||GR3||
I'd argue that if Burke and Timmay were to leave (I can't imagine Burke staying at all, but I thought Lewan was gone too), that we'd be more likely to weather the storm than if GR3 departs. Why?
While Derrick Walton has big shoes (and I mean big) to fill, he's a highly touted recruit in college basketball where more than enough freshmen make an immediate impact. Plus, Spike is there to help the adjustment period and we know Spike can play 15-20 minutes a game if need be.
Timmay has an obvious replacement in Caris Levert, who has put in meaningful minutes this year. Caris also has a replacement in the freakin' Mr. Basketball of Indiana, Zak Irvin.
But, GR3 brings a unique skill set to the table. A bigger body who can bang with 4s down low and hold his own (mostly) while being able to shoot it from the outside. Right now, there isn't an obvious replacement who brings a similar game to the table.
...looks perfectly fine. Not nearly as good as our team this year, but all our chief rivals will lose guys to the pros/graduation too.
That doesn't look nearly as good.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Haha||
The fact you put the NBA ahead of boxing shows that while you do have a grasp on the level of riggedness (is that a word?) in pro sports, you really need to watch more boxing.
Boxing decisions are routinely called outrageous and if you are fighting a guy in his home country/city, be prepared to knock his ass out or lose. I used to love boxing before a series of terrible decisions (culminating in the Pacquiao-Bradley fight) turned me off the sport for good.
Now, the NBA certainly, um, has delved into some questionable tactics in the past (that Kings-Lakers game is certainly Exhibit A), but it's not outwardly fixed like boxing.
Some series off the top of my head...
'94 Eastern Conf. Semis (Hue Hollins calls phantom foul on Scottie Pippen, handing Knicks the series over MJ-less Bulls)
'93 Western Conf. Finals (Barkley's Suns shoot three times as many free throws as less "sexy" Sonics team to win series in 7)
'02 Western Conf. Finals (as seen earlier)
'06 NBA Finals (enough fans swore off the NBA because of Wade's reckless drives to the basket being called fouls on Dallas)
'07 Western Conf. Semifinals (Horry hipchecks Steve Nash into scorer's table, Suns bench reacts, two starters suspended for crucial Game 5)
'99 Eastern Conf. Finals (phantom 4 point play for Larry Johnson, every game has at least 2-3 calls go against Pacers so Knicks can make the Finals)
I'd say the '00 Blazers got screwed (without looking it up, Lakers shot 40 free throws in Game 7, Blazers shot like 10), but they also turned the ball over a zillion times and looked lost throughout the 4th quarter.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||BANG BANG||
This is the best thing since the 1997 version of The Game.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||Awesome||
Did something happen today? Did we win? Is this the Best Easter ever?
|1 year 22 weeks ago||Because||
Yea, but Wichita State is. It's the tournament. Shit happens with matchups and such.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||JerryWorld||
Can we just stay the fuck out of JerryWorld in the future? Nothing but bad memories at that accursed temple to American capitalism.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||Closer||
Every time we gets this down to 4 or 6, we shoot ourselves in the foot and it goes back to 8 or 10. Biggest issues so far: Burke forcing too much, Horford playing like Charmin
|1 year 22 weeks ago||Besler||
Jesus, Besler is getting worked like a speed bag so far. Maybe giving a guy with 1 cap in a friendly a spot in the First XI against Mexico in Azteca wasn't so brilliant a ploy Jurgen?
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Accurate||
This is the most accurate post in the entire discussion. MGoBlog provides analysis of Michigan sports (primarily football, basketball, and hockey). Analysis is meant to be completely objective and without emotion. But, Brian and other contributors are diehard fans of Michigan sports teams. How do you balance those two things while refraining from backsliding into "WHY U SUCK SO BAD BURKE" territory?
The answer is, you don't.
You break down what you see through the lens of someone who cares passionately for Michigan sports and realize an immensely talented team probably mailed in over half the season only to turn it on towards the end in an effort to salvage what they had wasted. You try and find other, more satisfying explanations beyond "a bunch of 18-23 year old kids didn't give a shit", you can't, and you do the best you can to excuse them for that while lamenting one of the prouder athletic accomplishments the school has, vanished.
Hell, now that I think about, following one of the more painful basketball losses this year I posted something to the effect of:
"It hurts ten times more when potential doesn't equal performance because WE like to think that WE would've done more if given the same opportunity"
Nobody could lay waste to losses at Indiana or a home loss to Purdue the last few years, because let's face it, the Novak teams had their ceiling, we all knew what it was, and they for the most part reached that ceiling. This hockey team had the potential to be a 1 seed in the tournament and wasted it.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||What I do||
|1 year 24 weeks ago||ESPN||
Everybody at the WWL is talking like we're going to lose.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||It's WeOn! with no space||
It's WeOn! with no space between "we" and "on".
|1 year 24 weeks ago||3 seed||
On Bracket Matrix (which I tend to put more stock in than one single bracket), we are still a 3 seed, in fact, ahead of Ohio on the S-curve. We're currently the last 3 seed on Crashing the Dance as well.
Basically, we are rooting hard for Kansas, Louisville, and UNLV today with a Sparty win doing a little more good than an Ohio win. All those things line up and Wisky DOESN'T win the Big 10 tournament and we should be a 3 seed.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||NCAA||
The best part about the NCAA Tournament is anything can happen.
Two years ago all the talking heads and fans were wondering why the hell VCU got into the field over better, more qualified teams. They made the Final Four. This team could lose another 4-13 game or 3-14 game or win the whole thing. You just don't know.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Potential||
Today, I was reading the Chris Webber section in the Bill Simmons Book of Basketball. At the time, it was just something to skim through as I waited for the game to start. But it became more and more relevant as the game went on. The crux of Simmons argument is Webber had the potential to be one of the top 30 players but ended up in the 70s. An acomplishment to be sure, but his career ultimately was about unfulfilled potential and bad breaks. That "waste" ends up being perplexing and infuriating because we feel like we would've worked harder.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Ugh Spike||
We do such a piss poor job of seeing the ball at all times.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Perplexing||
I think what is ultimately so frustrating is they can't seem to put anything together and there's a startling lack of intensity on this team. Like everybody is getting high as balls before the game.
Whether it's the missed FTs or the lack of hustle/smarts on the defensive end, Morgan unable to catch the ball or make a layup, there's just something missing.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Wisky||
Have hit 9 of their last 10 shots. Poor post defense by Robinson. Poor perimeter defense by everybody else. Trey Burke heroball time going about as well as you'd expect. Game not over by any stretch, but not looking good.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Trey Burke||
HEROBALL TIME! Keep jackin' those shots up Trey. I'm sure one will go in eventually.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Wow||
I mean, we just lack the ability to finish anything. From Morgan's stone hands to GR3's inability to hit FTs.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Rock||
This is like two one-armed guys having a rock fight and they're both drunk and there's only like one rock between them and it's really dark outside.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Bo||
Bo Ryan is an evil sorcerer bent on killing the game of basketball and turning it into rugby.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||No Defense||
Again, a lack of effort/fundamentals on D turns what should be a double digit lead into a one possession lead.
Q: Coach Beilein, what do you have to do on defense to make sure the worst team in the conference doesn't shoot 60% from the field?
A: What's defense? Is it like reverse shooting?
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Pathetic||
Seriously, this is fucking pathetic so far. Do we care every other game? No defense, no rebounding, nothing.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Excellent Start||
Morgan gets blocked, misses a bunny, gets stripped going up. Penn State has 3 layups and an offensie rebound.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||Glad||
Was going to post something like this either last night or this morning. Glad somebody beat me to it.
Despite three crushing losses*, one understandable loss, and two really bad losses, this is still the best Michigan basketball team I've seen since a 9-year-old me held back tears after watching Chris Webber call a timeout from the small television in the kitchen. We were ranked #1, Trey Burke might win NPOY and has already won B1G Player of the Year, and will be the highest seed in the NCAA Tournament since '98 (with the possibility of getting a 2 seed and making that since 1993).
*Damn you Ben Brust, ummm whatever caused us to lose that Penn State game, and missed free throws*
|1 year 25 weeks ago||Just||
I don't even know anymore three missed FTs in the final minute and a tip that was inches from winning the game.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||Oh bullshit||
Seriously, when does Bo Ryan's deal with Satan expire. God, I hate Wisconsin. Lucky bastards.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||Wisconsin couldn't overcome a||
Wisconsin couldn't overcome a 23 point deficit if there was 600 minutes left in this game.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||So...||
What that chart is telling me is this...
Beat Indiana - 2 or 3 seed
- Quarterfinal vs Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa, or Purdue
- Semifinal vs Ohio (if Ohio beats Illinois) or Sparty (if Illinois beats Ohio) *most likely, barring upset*
Lose to Indiana, Penn State beats Wisconsin - 4 seed
- Quarterfinal against Wisconsin or Penn State
- Semifinal against Indiana
Lose to Indiana, Wisconsin beats Penn State - 5 seed
- First Round Game against Penn State
- Quarterfinal against Wisconsin
- Semifinal vs Indiana
I much prefer path #1 please.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||Upvoting||
I'm upvoting the most recent comments since it appears some douche is going through and downvoting everything for no reason at all. Yes, including my (quick) analysis. So don't worry about (fellow) Cali Wolverine.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||Seeding||
If we beat Indiana, I think a 1 seed comes down to who wins the tournament from us, Indiana, or Sparty. If its Ohio, then It's a tossup.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||Big Ten vs NCAA||
Here's my list of priorities...
|1 year 26 weeks ago||Argue||
I'd argue Blackhawks fans hate those shit boxes from the Canucks more than your Wings right now. Not that the Wings-Blackhawks rivalry isn't still #1, but fuck Vancouver.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||Man||
If you had asked me Monday I would've said Michigan by 6-8. But, Penn State carved us up and it wasn't end of shot clock heaves somehow dropping.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||I've got||
A name for the old Big East...
|1 year 26 weeks ago||Baylor, fine, do what you||
Baylor, fine, do what you want.
Kansas and UCLA have basketball tradition equal to Michigan's football tradition. Their uniforms are iconic, beautiful designs.
I'm predicting each of these six teams lose their first game in the NCAAs so God spares us the horror of having to see these more than once.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||Okay...||
So, after stealthily trying to watch the game while at work and succeeding, only to watch us lose to Penn State, I almost lost my shit. At work. I literally had to go outside and calm the fuck down.
This probably isn't the place, but I think I'm gonna relax about my sports teams for a while. The wins don't feel as great and the losses feel worse. I'll still get my MGoBlog fix every day, but if I've got something else to do and a game is on, I'll check the score when I can. If I'm not doing anything and the game is on television, I'll watch.
Can't live and die with every shot, pass, pitch for eight damn teams (Michigan FB, Michigan BB, Michigan Hockey, Bulls, Blackhawks, Cubs, Bears, USA Soccer) anymore.
I just can't.
Good luck guys.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||Hardaway's Tweet||
Remember, Timmy's tweet after the Michigan State game.
"It won't happen again."
Well, it did.
Now, these are just kids, so whatever. Just a sickening loss. At least I won't have to not bail during my ski trip this weekend to go watch the game.
We don't have a fucking prayer.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||Disgusting||
I am seriously disgusted.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||Same||
Same way we're about to lose this fucking game.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||Despair||
I'm not even sure what's happening right now besides the fact our defense is so atrociously bad that it defies description. I'm not sure if you know your NCAA history, but high seeds with shit defenses traditionally don't do well.
Our perimeter players can't stay in front of their men on defense. It's pick-and-roll, followed by a kick to a wide open shooter. Or a wing pass, followed by a blow-by and then either a foul or kick for another open 3.
This team doesn't deserve to win this game.
Refs have been bad, but come on, they haven't coughed up that 15 point lead.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||Summation||
Summation of reffing last 4 possessions...
1. Morgan block call - Good
2. Robinson no call - Bad
3. White guy "shooting" a 3 - Bad
Hey, that's .333, that ain't bad.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||Beilein||
I blame Beilein. He's such a kind, thoughtful guy with the utmost respect for the kids on the opposing team, he wants to at least give them a half of competitive basketball.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||Depressing||
This is depressing. We don't have a chance against State or Indiana with the way we've played the last month.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||WTF||
Unforced turnovers, yay!