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|7 weeks 1 day ago||Well said Bill! I was just||
Well said Bill!
I was just getting ready to respond to Boston and say pretty much exactly what you said. I love(d) Denard, but as a pure QB, a guy able to exploit the naunces of offensive football, Denard seemed to leave a great deal to be desired. His talent, passion, and flat out speed kept him on the field, but there is no doubt in my mind that Borges was very reluctant to give him the wheel completely.
It was pretty obvious to everyone once DG came in that he was a more of a pure QB than Denard, and it shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone that Borges' comfort level with DG's command is rapidly rising.
I am very excited to see what DG and Borges can create in the upcoming season, and even more so in the 2014 season.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Blowing a 15 point lead||
Blowing a 15 point lead requires two things to occur: 1) the leading team has to go cold; 2) the trailing team has to get hot. It's one thing if those two factors happen on their own, that is sports. IMO, Burke's comment indicates that BOTH #'s 1 and 2 above were influenced heavily by the officiating.
This is why I really dislike basketball -- the refs have an inordinate ability (and seeming willingness) to take dictate a game. It's like the "catch up logic" programmed into video games. Every "tough play" you try to pull off is punished, while the opposition gets away with everything. It makes a team, especially a young team, gun shy on defense AND offense. Did y'all see when Coach screamed at Nick? He screamed at him because Nick started to help, but then pulled away. Why? Because he KNEW that he'd get called for the foul and would give the PSU guy a three point opp. Not smart, but what happens to a freshman whose team is on tilt. Conversely, very little PSU did drew similar treatment.
No doubt, Michigan crapped the bed. But, level officiating leaves Michigan in the lead at the final buzzer unequivocally, IMO.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||I am not much of a basketball||
I am not much of a basketball analyst, but from what I have seen, Michigan has an elite back court but a woefully subpar front court. Any team with even a decent inside presence gives Michigan difficulty on either side of the floor.
When the opposition sends the ball inside, it's almost an assured basket, or offensive rebound/put back. Conversely, on the rare occasions where Michigan sends the ball inside, they miss close in shots, get out rebounded, and blocked with alarming regularity.
Early in the season, it seemed that Morgan and GRIII had enough of an inside presence -- epecially on the boards, to make Michigan very difficult to beat. Well, Morgan is out, and GRIII has lost his swagger.
As to GRIII, I think the first OSU game really did a number on his psyche. He struggled to get shots and the shots that he got were off. Add to that the intimidating environment, getting schooled repeatedly by OSU offensive, and out muscled, and he seems to have gone into a shell.
Much like having a one-dimensional offense in football, a great back court cannot carry a team without an inside presence.
Again, I am no basketball guru, but it seems to me that teams have figured out if you harrass Burke and THJ, there is nobody else that will pick up the slack.
|18 weeks 5 days ago||Can't believe just how close||
Can't believe just how close Burke's 3 pointer was -- how does that NOT go in?!?
|19 weeks 1 day ago||I don't care how it gets done||
I don't care how it gets done nor by whom, just control the LOS and run the freakin' ball to set up the play action. This year was so painful to watch at times as the OL couldn't move anyone off the ball with any consistency.
|19 weeks 1 day ago||Lay off the hyperbole, huh?I||
ShockFX, lay off the hyperbole, huh?
I would agree with you if the lightening fast teams were winning NC's every year -- but, they're not. Teams went to that offense, historically, because they couldn't compete with the huge ball control teams, so they tried to dance around them. It's worked, to an extent. But, look at the drives that Bama rolled off against ND -- 80+ after 80+. When those drives end in TD's, the other defense is sucking wind and totally demoralized. Now, the same can be said for the lightening teams. But, the fast teams have a hard time playing field position, and if their offense stalls, they can actually gas their own defense.
Yes it's nice to score quickly. But, there is nothing like a run dominated 12 play 80 yard drive for a TD for asserting your will on an opponent. I am not saying the lightening offense isn't valid or good. I am saying your point is, ironically, the one that is asinine -- sorry to say.
|19 weeks 1 day ago||I've never understood how||
I've never understood how oversigning isn't discussed regularly by the media or coaches when talking about SEC success. It's like there is an unwritten rule that an entire conference is allowed a significant leg up, yet nobody can talk about it as a factor in its dominance. I think Bama would still be a an elite team without oversigning, but the obvious gap would be reduced significantly.
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State Street = Debbie Downer
|20 weeks 3 days ago||So true! However, the||
So true! However, the clutter that you spew forth exceeds that of all other in terms of clutterousness.
Words like "unacceptable," "should/shouldn't,"excuses," etc. are indicative of an irrational and overly judgmental state of mind. There is no "should" only what is. That is the beauty of sports -- no matter how certain the outcome appears, the actual result can only be attained by action. Nobody is "happy" with 8-5, least of all Brady Hoke. But, rational fans have a handle on their expectations and are able to see mitigating factors as they arise throughout the season. You, by contrast, seem to assume that ANY explanation that describes a factor in the outcome is nothing but an excuse -- nothing could be farther from the truth. By your rules, nothing but winning every game is sufficient, whether the team as a whole is out matched or not. Further, a coach of Michigan must have near a miraculous ability to a) call a perfect game despite the highly paid and experienced foe on the other sidelines trying his hardest to thwart his efforts; and b) turn EVERY player into a world beater, regardless of age and talent level.
You're delusional dude. But, to make matters worse, your delusion has spilled over into thinking that anyone that doesn't also share your delusion is an apologist, or making excuses. There is not one player, former player, coach, AD, nor media pundit in the nation that would say, even candidly, that Hoke "sucks." Not one. Yet you, despite all the evidence to the contrary, have discerned this fact. How? Because he didn't live up to your expectations. That my friend is childish and just downright sad!
|20 weeks 3 days ago||The Great Oz has spoken!||
The Great Oz has spoken!
Move along nothing to see here, just you're standard GofY displaying his grossly overinflated expectations for Michigan football. Everything sucks, the players are all small, slow, and poorly coached.
You must be a real joy to live/work around.
|20 weeks 3 days ago||What look aide? If you're||
What kool aide? If you're implying that Greg Mattison isn't one of the best DC's in the game, you're insane. Michigan's inexperienced defensive backfield got exposed by a very good passing team. Other than "big plays" SC didn't move the ball all that well. The defense held them scoreless in the 3rd qtr. and had several chances to potentially end the game with sack on the last SC drive.
So, I'm not sure what you're implying by your pants shitting comment.
If you couldn't see the discrepancy in talent between SC's WR's and Michigan's DB, you can add blindness next to idiocy on your résumé.
|20 weeks 3 days ago||Fine. Sorry for the ad||
Fine. Sorry for the ad hominem attack. But, read through his posts, they are almost all whiney complaints. Nothing is ever good enough for him, and it's annoying as hell. I'll try to ignore him, but he contributes to nearly every thread with his snarky little jabs at players, coaches, and the program as a whole. It's a disgrace that he uses F.H. Yost's name as his handle in here. Yost was a great man, and contributed to building the greatest college football program in the nation. This jack wagon whines and complains about everything and has contributed FUCK ALL!
I really dislike people that claim to be fans, claim to love something, then do nothing but belittle it and those that are trying their hardest to again make it great. He's obviously entitled to his opinion, but I just don't suffer negative snarky people who just sit and shit on everyone as if they're the fucking bomb. I'd rather he go root for MSU, or ND, or his neighbor's softball team -- anything but the
|20 weeks 3 days ago||Honestly dude, you're such a||
Honestly dude, you're such a little bitch I wish you go root for another team.
|20 weeks 3 days ago||You're an idiot.||
You're an idiot.
|20 weeks 3 days ago||South Carolina is a better||
South Carolina is a better team across the board. One sack and it could have been over. They tried to have Denard pass, and it didn't work out so well. I
I'm pissed, but only because it was right there in the grasp. But, that is the way that this year has been.
Thanks Denard, thanks Senior...on to team 134!
|23 weeks 2 hours ago||I like it -- get the dynamic||
I like it -- get the dynamic kids on the field. He played CB in HS, he'll still return kicks, and they'll probably work him into packages on offense in time. Nothing to fret about -- oh wait, this is a Michigan board...so in that case, PANIC!!!!
|23 weeks 4 days ago||So THAT is what a Hilltopper||
So THAT is what a Hilltopper looks like. I've always wondered. Looks like it might be a cousin of the Orangemen.
|25 weeks 4 days ago||We all knew coming into the||
We all knew coming into the game that Michigan was weak up front, on both sides of the ball. Not surprisingly, in the biggest game of the year, the OL couldn't block, and the DL couldn't stop Hyde on the power run.
The defense was lead by Jake Ryan and the LB's, with little spurts of good play by the DL. When they played a good OL the DL were ineffective, for the most part. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the OL. Even against weaker teams they struggled to control the LoS.
My question is how the Borges haters in here think an OC can call a effective game when the OL cannot block?
|26 weeks 4 days ago||How typical. I start a||
How typical. I start a thread talking about exactly what we saw against Iowa, and are likely to see against Ohio, and I get docked, chastized, and torn apart. Now, after it is clear that Denard is likely not going to heal enough to throw, and Devin has emerged in a big way, board members show no sign of contrition towards others who saw this coming, and are jumping on the bandwagon as if they were supporters all along.
Interestingly, is the fact that Borges said that he had been working on this for 18 months. Obviously, circumstances and depth issues kept the Denard Hybrid offense from becoming a reality -- until the injury that is.
This is what I was talking about when I said, "this could be a blessing in disguise." We're seeing that blessing unfold right before our eyes. Denard is getting to do what he does best, and is forcing the opposition to account for one of the best runners in CFB history. Devin has emerged as an accurate and efficient passer, and a capable runner.
I know I won't get back to my previous point level, but I think that whomever docked me should at least appologize because I was 100% correct!
Go Blue, Beat Ohio!
|26 weeks 6 days ago||Ahem.....Aside from KR/PR,||
|26 weeks 6 days ago||Ahem..... Can I have my||
Can I have my points back?
Aside from KR/PR, this is what I was speaking about.
Hail Hail Denard!
|27 weeks 5 days ago||Seriously though - did||
Seriously though - did anybody see the rise of A & M coming when the announced the move to the SEC?
I live in Austin, my brother-in-law is an A&M Alum and booster, and my dad is a VP of the University, so I am a bit of an adopted Aggie now.
The dynamic, and recruiting competition, between A&M and UT is interesting. A&M really needed to get out from under the large shadow cast by UT, and going to the SEC was a great way to do just that. Recently, A&M was sort of stuck getting players that were already Aggie fans, and/or those guys that didn't get UT offers. Remember too, A&M is not only competing for recruits with UT, but also OU whose roster is almost entirely made up of Texas players. Add to that the in-state fights with teams like TTech, Baylor, and TCU, and you have a rich, but tough environment. Other schools really played up the A&M cultural thing against the Aggies. Further, if you've ever been to College Station and Austin, there is really no comparison. All that added up to UT getting the lion's share of top talent in the state.
But, now that the Aggies are in the SEC, they've added a HUGE recruiting selling point to top in-state recruits. Add to that the magnetic personality and coaching ability of Sumlin, and I think the move was the best thing to happen to A&M since splitting from UT -- which they STILL sing about. I've been saying for a while that I think Sumlin is going to win the Coach of the Year in the SEC, and maybe even the nation. He's a great recruiter -- he was the guy that came down to Austin and recruited Drew Briese to Purdue, he's got guts, and like Hoke, his players never quit.
I would LOVE to play the Aggies in a bowl game this year, although I think they'd be a hard team to beat. They're a great fanbase, they show up, cheer hard, and treat the opposition with the utmost respect. On a side note, if you've never been to Kyle Field for a game, you really need to try to make it there sometime. The Big House is awesome in its size, but Kyle Field is amazing in its intensity and tradition.
|27 weeks 5 days ago||Not a MICHIGAN football game,||
Not a MICHIGAN football game, that is for sure.
|27 weeks 5 days ago||I've listened to every Hoke||
I've listened to every Hoke interview that I can find, and I've NEVER once heard him say, "Go Blue..." after an interview. By contrast, EVERY time I see Fitz or Bielama do an interview, they say their schools tag line.
|27 weeks 5 days ago||Section 1, Pat Fitz is a||
Section 1, Pat Fitz is a jackass. Any coach that says, "Go Cats..." or the like, after an interview, is a jackass. Bret B from Wisconsin says, "On Wisconsin..." after his interviews too. Could you imagine Hoke saying, "Go Blue..." after being interviewed? It's fucking lame, and Fitz is an overly emotional douche bag. He was good LB, and is a very good coach, but he's a douche bag. As to his response to the flag against Beyer, he looked like a fool. It is one thing to clap, or even to pump your fist, but the jackass jumped in the air a la Phil Mickelson after winning the Master. Not only did he do it once, but several times.
I realize that Bo gestulated, but Bo never did fairy jumps like that, and if he did jump in the air, it was ONLY in response to a play by his team, not to a flag. Fitz thought his team was going to win because of that flag, and I think that is why his team lost. Not because of Karma or something, but because he lost control of his emotions and got ahead of himself. Ever notice how Hoke remains calm and stoic in heat of battle. Well, the players feed of that. When the coach freaks out, the players freak out. Fitz is a clown, and I've lost all respect for him.
|27 weeks 6 days ago||I know, it was a good call, I||
I know, it was a good call, I just don't like Fitz. He was a very good player, and is a great coach -- but he's a d bag, and I wanted to emphasize his douche baggery.
Beyer was stupid, and I hope the coaches got all over him as he nearly cost his team the game due to a lack of discipline.
|27 weeks 6 days ago||That was one of the most||
That was one of the most inappropriate and obnoxious things I've ever seen a CFB coach do on the sidelines. He jumped like Phil Mickleson did when he rolled in the winning putt at the Masters, not because NW won, or even scored, but because Michigan got called for a weak ass penalty.
Act your age Pat.
|27 weeks 6 days ago||(No subject)|
|27 weeks 6 days ago||Who cares, it was so great to||
Who cares, it was so great to see someone work over that vaunted Alabama defense like that. So many people here in Austin were acting like the Aggies were going to become an SEC whipping boy, and that leaving the Big 12 was the dumbest thing they could have done. Well, not so much.
I'll bet Sumlin wins the SEC Coach of the Year, and will be in the running for National Coach of the Year.