|21 min 49 sec ago||Hope so, because that means||
Hope so, because that means they win a title.
We need some more guys recruited this year to get there.
|22 min 55 sec ago||We probably are burning a few||
We probably are burning a few that we'd rather not. But doesn't this fit with Harbaugh's competition philosophy? If you're good enough, you'll play.
Of course with an experienced 2-deep on OL guys won't be good enough yet. I hope. Soon.
|25 min 3 sec ago||I'll bet some of those guys||
I'll bet some of those guys do be ST snaps, but I would guess that if they're good enough for that they can also make a 2-deep on O or D. Guys like Evans, Long, the slot guys.
|1 hour 7 min ago||Perhaps. Write something||
Perhaps. Write something better.
|17 hours 37 min ago||That's really impressive,||
That's really impressive, since the win actually occurred in 1991.
The 1994 playoff loss was that terrible game at Lambeau where they gained roughly 150 yards and Barry only rushed for -1. Better than the next year's playoff loss, though.
|19 hours 22 min ago||I think that's malarky.||
I think that's malarky. There's a much stronger correlation between athleticism and on-field success.
It's not to say that academic skills can be useful in football preparation, but many of the skills that produce a good academic achiever and a good football player are different.
And while preparation matters, especially for QB, there are certain physical/reflex characteristics whose absence cannot be overcome by hard work. Peyton Manning and Tom Brady work really hard, yeah, but there are plenty of guys who have worked that hard and not been nearly that good, because they just weren't equipped for it.
|19 hours 25 min ago||I appreciate that playoff win||
I appreciate that playoff win chart in the OP. Something notable that doesn't get talked about much: Yeah, there are a couple of other teams that have never made the Super bowl--the Browns, Jaguars, and Texans.
What do those other teams have in common? They are expansion franchises. Yep, even the Browns, whose original franchise of course moved to Baltimore and won two Super Bowls. Their current franchise has only been incompetent since 1999.
That's right, the Lions are the only team that has existed for every year of the Super Bowl era and not played in it.
I'm not sure what's sadder: That statistic, or the fact that I know and kinda sorta guiltily enjoy the Lions fight song.
|19 hours 30 min ago||I checked PFF ratings for||
I checked PFF ratings for something unrelated a couple of months ago, and was surprised that the year Darrell Revis dominated the world for the Jets (before he left) and was PFF's top scoring defender, the second best defender according to PFF was... David Harris.
That's pretty good.
BTW the Bears look wretched, also.
|19 hours 39 min ago||They can't even sell out||
They can't even sell out their own stadium.
And MIS as constructed would be a foolish place to host a football game for anybody. The grandstands extend more than a half mile along the front stretch, pointed at the larger track. There are fewer usable seats than at a home stadium.
|19 hours 53 min ago||Are you going to do a||
Are you going to do a specific questions about the team thread again? I enjoyed that last year.
EDIT: You did, July 24, an 2016/2017 Over/Under thread. I just missed it.
And like a fool I put my piece in anyway, just so I can review it later.
Pardon my while I go clean up the koolaid I spilled all over my shirt.
|19 hours 56 min ago||Crud. I missed this when it||
Crud. I missed this when it was posted; now it's a month later, and I want predictions in for the record so I can review them later, like I sorta did last season.
1. 3,000 yards passing for the starting Michigan QB
2. .5 starts for Shane Morris
3. 1,000 yards rushing for De'Veon Smith
4. 1,000 yards receiving for Jehu Chesson
5. 39.5 sacks for the team (last year was 32 sacks)
6. 15.5 interceptions for the team (last year was 13)
7. 2.5 kick or punt return TDs
8. 408 total team points (last year was 408)
9. 15.5 penalty yards called on Jim Harbaugh
10. 11.5 wins for Michigan Football including postseason
That's a tough assignment, I don't care who they lose.
But I think our defense will be amazing. Our offense will be good.
I'm drinking the koolaid. Over, baby!
|20 hours 43 min ago||Hypothetical: Would a||
Hypothetical: Would a one-loss conference champion with a pitiful non-conference schedule get leaped by a team that at least played a legit non-conference opponent in 2014?
|20 hours 45 min ago||Whoa, major troll alert.||
Whoa, major troll alert. I'm not sure the train will stop at Bolivia for this one.
Edit: Expurgated. This is now a response to nothing, unless you're using the app.
|20 hours 49 min ago||(*I flip between describing||
(*I flip between describing the modern construction of NFL behemoths and observing the characteristics of much older, but expanded, college stadiums. I know what I mean, but I understand if people get a bit confused here. I will say that the top row seats at a place like New Mile High are further than the top seats at Michigan, to the point I was making.)
|20 hours 51 min ago||I don't think this is||
I don't think this is accurate. Yes, the lower portions of the bowl are a bit shallow, and that means that it's a bit harder to see over the person in front of you. But the design of the stadium, using closely-packed bleachers, means that most fans are quite close, especially given the rows they are sitting in.
Modern Stadiums are huge physical structures that are quite a bit larger than Michigan Stadium in terms of actual occupied space. And rather than using overlapping decks that jut in toward the field, the deck structures tend to exist to give space to luxury boxes, which means that the upper deck seats are waaaaay away from the field. The upper deck seats at LSU, for example, are much further than the equivalent seats in Michigan Stadium.
What Michigan Stadium could use a bit more of is steepness. A lot of SEC stadiums, which were little more than high school grandstands when Michigan Stadium was hosting 100,000, started steep and continue to be steep. Neyland Stadium, for one example, is much steeper than Michigan Stadium and the sightlines do benefit from that.
But Michigan Stadium isn't bad at all. And the seats that suffer from the shallowness, honestly, are the rows lower down. By row 60 or 70 the steepness has picked up, and the view is fine.
|20 hours 57 min ago||That's... a good||
That's... a good question.
He'll probably say the same thing. Pretty sure, for example, that Howard King still said that during the 2001 Illinois game, even though its 9/11 reschedule meant that quite a few thousand tickets were returned and unsold, while Tennessee had a rather big sellout against LSU that evening.
One could even defend it, since it's arguable if anyone in the Bristol end zones can actually watch the football game ata ll.
|20 hours 59 min ago||Dave Brandon would schedule a||
Dave Brandon would schedule a neutral site game in the golf course portion of the infield of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway against Indiana to set the attendance record without ever realizing that none of the main stretch grandstands that make up over half the seating capacity can see the back stretch or golf course at all.
|21 hours 1 min ago||You say that as if it's not a||
You say that as if it's not a sure thing.
|21 hours 30 min ago||Be honest: If Michigan||
Be honest: If Michigan Speedway had that many seats that close to the field (Bristol, at barely over a half mile long, is quite a bit smaller than MIS and uniquely suited to this event) and Michigan and Notre Dame held a one-off game there, wouldn't our fans turn out en masse for the experience?
|21 hours 35 min ago||User Youcrytoomuch just||
User Youcrytoomuch just joined and just suggested that Desmond Howard speaks "ebonlish" in the Lee Corso thread. I'm not big on yelling out certain buzzwords, but his post seems, uh...
|21 hours 49 min ago||It's a one-off. I'm not going||
It's a one-off. I'm not going to worry that much about it. We still have most of the top ten.
|21 hours 50 min ago||This is going to set the||
This is going to set the attendance record and that record may never be broken, except with another stunt like this.
As a one-off thing, eh, go for it. Yeah, it's really far away. You'll still be able to follow a fair amount of the action, though seeing which players are which will be impossible. Binoculars will be nice. People will get to say they were there.
I honestly don't think this is that different from playing a hockey game in a baseball stadium, and we're kind of use to that. Yeah, the hockey game is still closer, but you can follow a football a lot easier than a puck.
But it's a stunt and the fans who go will appreciate their own, rather more intimate venues.
|1 day 2 hours ago||Elite... Where? Youve already||
Elite... Where? Youve already been given Tebow and Rivers. Do you mean elite in college, like Kevin Hogan or Vince Young? Or can you only be satisfied with an NFL hall-of-famer?
|1 day 2 hours ago||You'll pardon me if I don't||
You'll pardon me if I don't put much weight in a sample size of 2.
|1 day 4 hours ago||The thread title is "Speight||
The thread title is "Speight is our QB." Not sure how much more straightforward he could be. You way, way overreacted. You haven't admitted that it was an overreaction. You decided not to walk.
It was pretty epic. Or is. I don't know. I haven't even negged you for any of this.
|1 day 4 hours ago||And boy did that 2-point||
And boy did that 2-point conversion turn out to be huge...
|1 day 5 hours ago||Maybe it is because I am||
Maybe it is because I am still a little singed from seeing backup QB meltdowns and road collapses from the Carr, RR, and Hoke eras, but that TD absolutely shocked me. I was in the Stadium and when Rudock went down I honestly thought it was over. What a gutty series.
|1 day 5 hours ago||Perhaps you should post a||
Perhaps you should post a "Breaking News from Amateur Insiders MGoblog Style Guide" thread so that other people with 50k points on the board will know when and when not to use conventional idioms in their otherwise unassuming and straightforward board posts.
|1 day 5 hours ago||That depends upon what else||
That depends upon what else is out there. The losers of the Bama-LSU and Clemson-FSU games, if they lack any other losses, will have powerful arguments as well. Non-conference schedules will be key, especially if the rest of the B1G fares poorly.
|1 day 5 hours ago||Given Herbstreit's track||
Given Herbstreit's track record of fairness, maybe because he believes it?
Our non-conference schedule is pitifully weak this season. We all know it. The playoff has thus far prompted teams to schedule tougher opponents, resulting in great matchups and weekends like this coming one that are absolutely loaded with huge games. That's good for football. If a team with a weak schedule leaps a team with a strong schedule but the same basic record, teams will have an incentive to schedule weaker teams to protect their record.
That's bad for football. And in the future it will be bad for us.
If Michigan goes undefeated, we are ok. But if we lose a game, our resume is pretty dodgy. Between this weekend and the 17th, every team ranked ahead of us plays a much tougher non-conference opponent than we do. Some of those guys are going to wind up with one loss but a great resume. Michigan can't afford a loss in the same way.
|1 day 17 hours ago||This is a message board.||
This is a message board. Message boards contain rumors. They also contain inside information. Major news organizations such as newspapers and ESPN have rather stricter standards for what gets published, so they often aren't on top of this. That's just the way these things work. But don't mistake that deliberately slower pace for ignorance... I guarantee you guys like Stewart Mandel hear tons of stuff like this all the time that they can't blab about.
Brian was giving daily, detailed blow-by-blows of the coaching search a month after breaking the email story that so embarrassed the University that it fired the Athletic Director in mid season. Yet Ace and Adam still have their press passes. That's how these things work.
This, by comparison, is a small potatoes message board post. No major publication will run with it until they source it independently. This is not going to embarrass anybody.
|1 day 17 hours ago||Only if you have talent||
Only if you have talent everywhere else on the field, a killer defense, and a road-grading OL...
Well, we know we have 2/3. The OL is TBD.
|1 day 18 hours ago||Brian has not stated that||
Brian has not stated that Speight is the starter; he has verified that the poster is reliable, not a crank.
|1 day 18 hours ago||Btw I dug a bit for some||
Btw I dug a bit for some other stuff and came across you discussing the Ahmir Mitchell situation. You were way ahead of it and exactly correct, despite getting flack for it. Good call.
|1 day 18 hours ago||Brian is usually pretty coy||
Brian is usually pretty coy about verifying stuff unless he knows it's reliable. It's part of why this site is as good as it is. He's basically given this the nod. You think Brian is wrong? What's your basis?
|1 day 18 hours ago||Big news if true. My||
Big news if true. My impression of the poster is that there is inside info that seems to ring true but that it isn't flaunted in a "look at me" sort of way.
Also we're not talking about an egg here. This poster has 50k points and has been on here since '10. If he's full of it someone would have called him and hounded him on it, and he wouldn't blow all of that to call a starting QB that we'll learn soon enough anyway.
Its possible that O'Korn just hasn't been able to get the consistency and the ball safety under control. But I suspect that Speight has grown in large measures in the offseason, and I doubt he's the same guy that terrified and delighted me at TCF last fall. How good he is remains to be seen, and I agree that the ceiling of our QB play is probably lower.
|2 days 5 hours ago||I don't think we can talk||
I don't think we can talk about Hoke changing the tide in the rivalry until we outsell MSU and OSU in jerseys.
|2 days 22 hours ago||If this indeed comes to pass,||
If this indeed comes to pass, it seems like a situation where the coaches would use the weak non-conference schedule as a resource to further battle-test their QBs than a real necessity. That is, they could make the call earlier (like now, for example) but as long as the really tough stuff hasn't come yet they might as well get both guys in.
|2 days 22 hours ago||Who is advocating censorship?||
Who is advocating censorship? The Mahmood is the one who got fired from the Daily.
|2 days 23 hours ago||Omar Mahmood wasn't kicked||
Omar Mahmood wasn't kicked out of school. You're ok with how he was treated?
|3 days 21 min ago||That's kind of you to say,||
That's kind of you to say, thank you.
Let's beat OSU and MSU.
|3 days 53 min ago||Read the OSU UFR. Harbaugh||
Read the OSU UFR. Harbaugh did everything he could to paper over OL weakness, and it wasn't nearly enough.
If our ceiling is winning the B1G, missing the playoff, and winning the Rose Bowl, we might get away with a flawed OL and never really see the elite talent that could expose it.
But if the ceiling is winning a national title (which we all want it to be) our OL will face a DL that is stocked with NFL athletes. It had better be ready, or we will be toast.
|3 days 56 min ago||He's not being absurd. He's||
He's not being absurd. He's talking about a low-scoring game where the O just isn't moving the football and a reasonably competent opponent is keeping it close. Maybe it's a strip sack, or a deflected screen pass that turns into a pick six, or something like that.
It's not Madden. We've lost small-margin games because of freakish plays like that. MSU last year, for example. OSU basically did all of the stuff he's worried about to us last year, but our D wasn't keeping us close.
A game we are leading 17-13 late could easily turn on a biffed block by an LT that turns into a defensive TD. Easily.
|3 days 1 hour ago||Is there space between||
Is there space between "social cost" as in some people politely disagreeing with you, and "expulsion?" I think there is.
To pick just one example, let's suppose someone was fired from the Daily for writing an opinion piece in another publication that disagreed with the political views of the majority of the campus. That's not expulsion. Is it just a social cost?
Is being publicly branded as a racist for political views that are not mainstream in Ann Arbor but are held by nearly 50% of the nation's population just a social cost? Losing networking privileges in a career field in which that is important, just a social cost?
Justine Sacco made a poor joke. She incurred a social cost, right? That's really all it was.
You're totally cool with the same treatment if you're in that situation?
|3 days 1 hour ago||Guardedly disagree. This||
Guardedly disagree. This debate works because people restrain themselves from expressing certain things they know might be challenging, but it's not always a fair debate--what is considered acceptable can be inconsistent. For example, I do not feel it would be appropriate to post a link to an article that takes an opposing viewpoint to the one Bando posted, because it would be extremely "political."
I'm ok with this thread, but I don't think that loosening the rules would be wise.
And I say this as a guy who made the mistake of crossing the line once.
|3 days 2 hours ago||Man, that is pitiful.||
Man, that is pitiful.
|3 days 3 hours ago||I don't think there's a||
I don't think there's a competitive advantage to delaying the QB announcement at all. And I doubt Harbaugh thinks it's a serious upside, either. But process is process, and if a QB competition is generally not announced until late, that's how they do it. We all pretty much knew Rudock would get the nod last season; they still waited.
And an advantage to this (and, perhaps, a reason they do it) is that there may be a season where it does make a difference. Next year we open with Florida, for example. What if the competition is between O'Korn, who it turns out we run a lot of pistol zone reads with, or Peters? A regular practice of keeping the cards close to the vest might not help every year, but it might help occasionally.
One thing it does do: Keeps the QBs in competition mode, while keeping outside pressure low.
|3 days 4 hours ago||I don't think it's a bias; I||
I don't think it's a bias; I think the word on O'Korn throughout last season was very promising. Great arm, played well in practice, etc.
People are open-minded about this. My guess, based on the "splitting atoms" paragraph, is that the ceiling for O'Korn is thought to be higher due to his ability to run and his ability to throw the deep ball, and they're giving him every chance to upgrade the rest of his game to match and beat Speight. Which would suggest Speight has a slight lead, as per insider chatter.
But that's only a guess. We'll know a lot more when we see people on the field. I think the ability to throw downfield will be huge, especially with our receivers, and I suspect O'Korn is better suited for that. But consistently moving the ball is Harbaugh's biggest priority, and if there's a clear difference there, that might make the decision.
|3 days 4 hours ago||I'd be interested in Noid's||
I'd be interested in Noid's response as well, because in my experience terms like "Rape Apologist" and "Fascist" have been used in places like Universities to smear people of differing political views whose actual position was nothing of the sort. Perhaps that's not what Noid means, but perhaps it is.
|3 days 4 hours ago||"Free speech" means different||
"Free speech" means different things to different people. And, specifically, this is an issue that has cropped up at Michigan -- one example being the kerfuffle with Harbaugh taking the team to see American Sniper. If it is an open issue at Michigan, I believe it is safe to say that it is an issue where even issues of superficial consensus will find deep social and political divisions lurking just beneath the surface.
|3 days 4 hours ago||The internet permits a||
The internet permits a greater freedom to exchange ideas, a freedom which is left mostly unused. In practice, it has increased the polarized insularity in our culture, as people are now free to source information and opinion from content-producers that agree with their suppositions. And geographically many people rarely encounter individuals who are substantially different from them in background or opinion. What is called a "free exchange of ideas" is in most cases just an echo chamber of enthusiastic agreement.
This is by no means limited to one group of people or another.
|3 days 4 hours ago||SRK, I saw the same thing you||
SRK, I saw the same thing you saw. I understand why it piques your interest. However, I don't believe there is any way for this not to become political. This is an open issue at a number of universities, such as Michigan, and has been tied into some pretty heavy-duty political issues nationwide in the past year.
I don't think there is any way to take a position on this issue without necessarily denigrating the position that is held by others. This board has the rules it has for a reason.
|3 days 4 hours ago||Don't know if I agree with||
Don't know if I agree with your calculus there but one thing is very clear from all the chatter: Speight has grown a great deal in the offseason. He may or may not be a gamebreaker, but he is going to be a different guy from the one that played last year.
|3 days 4 hours ago||I kind of lean toward your||
I kind of lean toward your paradigm. It means the critiques are a bit harsher, as in, things that we pick apart won't keep Michigan from winning 10 games this season. It's the other three or four or five that matter.
I do care about the LBs; nobody is really eliciting gushes, and I think that's unsettling, but on the flip side there hasn't been any real bad news, either. My general feeling is that defensively Michigan will be terrific unless we have serious injury problems.
Offense is more the issue, as you say. I disagree slightly about Bredeson--I think he has a higher ceiling, given a year's development, if he starts. But I think the fact that it's a tight race between Bredeson and Newsome lowers the floor, and there's a possibility that we'll be doing a lot of hand-wringing about LT for most of the season.
And you are correct, at some point we are going to face an elite DL if we want to win big this year. The OL needs to be better than it was last season, both at LT and the other spots. OSU's dominance at the LOS absolutely killed our offense, and you'll recall that we had a tough time against MSU as well. That's on all of the guys this season.
|3 days 16 hours ago||I like standing during big||
I like standing during big moments. I like standing in excitement as a big moment takes place. I like seeing better from a higher level.
But there are 110,000 people in close proximity. Not everybody feels the same way. I think people should be considerate of those around them. I can respect rival fans, older fans who want to sit, young fans who want to jump around and make noise.
But I have a hard time respecting people who are so selfish that they refuse to give the least bit of consideration to the wellbeing of other people at a game. My least pleasant memories of going to games are, without exception, times where I have encountered (usually with a family member) people who are obnoxiously selfish and rude. Some drunk guys crowding my daughters (8 and 10, one of them at her first ever Michigan Football game) last year in Minneapolis, for example. The boor who spilled beer on my wife at the Joe in 2004 and spent the whole game loudly whining, no apology considered. That kind of thing.
Stand up for the good stuff. But if people around you want to sit, be considerate. Sit down when you can. Give up standing for the occasional play. Be polite, and you might even encourage others to stand at those crucial moments a bit more.
Be considerate. Michigan is a family. Try to get along.
|4 days 1 hour ago||Takes two minutes to produce||
Takes two minutes to produce one of those posts. You're the one expressing anger at people for not giving you the inside dirt on the mistakes of a kid who just graduated from high school.
|4 days 2 hours ago||This is stupid. You don't||
This is stupid. You don't know why he was suspended. You don't know what was going on. There has been speculation about weed; there have also been serious hints that what has occurred is more than just a little weed. You're rendering judgments with no evidence.
|4 days 2 hours ago||I think you're making too big||
I think you're making too big of a deal about this. There have been a couple of speculations that have been shut down (ie "it's weed" or "it's partying") because there is an understanding that whatever Mitchell did was a lot more serious than some excessive partying or because he hit a joint once or twice over the summer. Those ideas are getting shot down because the hints from Brian are rather stronger than that and because it's generally understood that those kinds of infractions aren't enough to get someone shipped on their own.
You started this subsection of the thread basically by asking people to spill all the dirt on Mitchell. It sounds to me like it bothers you that there's stuff you don't know and apparently stuff a few people do know. But that's life--we don't know everything and it's not appropriate for us to know everything. Unless there is a legal charge in court, we probably never will. That's how it goes.
|4 days 3 hours ago||They're shutting down wrong||
They're shutting down wrong speculation, like "he's just been suspended because he is partying too much."
Some average guy off the street pretending to know something and not, that's pretty obnoxious, yes. Brian is not some average guy off the street. He's heard stuff. Some or most of it is stuff he can't repeat. Magnus, who follows things pretty closely, either has information himself or is verifying that what people are hearing from people like Brian is reliable based on his understanding of the accuracy of those people.
A lot of people are just backing Brian up here because we *know* he has credibility and he is not going to waste it on the disciplinary status of a guy who hasn't played a down at Michigan. When Brian drops smoke hints, the fire is down there somewhere.
And through several recruit profiles, Brian was dropping smoke bombs on Mitchell.
The reason we don't hear more is because the information is communicated to people in confidence. Which is to say, the only way they get that information at all is by being someone that can be trusted not to reveal its specifics publicly.
The alternative to this isn't specific details; the alternative is no information at all. Be happy for what you get.
|4 days 4 hours ago||Yikes. Mgostaff sure did||
Mgostaff sure did seem to see this coming. First there was the rumor thread that was left to stand, and Brian's washout potential comment. But I just checked that post and Brian was actively answering direct questions about what would happen to eligibility if an EE transferred out.
Which... Answers the question I was going to ask here.
A pity. Physically speaking there was a lot of potential. Disappointing that it turns out this way. We need athletes.
|4 days 5 hours ago||Good stuff, thanks.||
Good stuff, thanks.
|4 days 5 hours ago||Sweet. The MPPs were, along||
Sweet. The MPPs were, along with BlueSeoul's Game Wraps, the best user content on the board.
|4 days 6 hours ago||I love content like this. A||
I love content like this. A couple of questions:
1. Are reach blocks a product of play design, or are they the result of a pre-snap read that a lineman makes when the play calls to attack a certain gap?
2. In that situation with the Indiana lineman getting smoked by Glasgow, isn't the proper response by the OL to pivot and wall off the DL in the other direction?
3. There's a brief note on a DL slant scenario. In that instance, does the OL chase in futility or transfer to the player filling the gap just vacated by the man in front of him?
Good stuff. One caution about posts that you intend to link to for years: find videos that aren't going to disappea. Dead video links are the bane of old posts.
|4 days 16 hours ago||He had an incredible game. It||
He had an incredible game. It is worth noting that his yardage totals were helped by returning kickoffs; Fresno State scored 42 points, so there were a lot of kicks.
But he was incredible all game long.
|4 days 23 hours ago||Great point in the last||
Great point in the last paragraph.
|5 days 3 min ago||Third down backs exist||
Third down backs exist because third down scenarios depend upon a variety of skills that aren't necessarily included in other situations. Running is good, but so is pass receiving, and blocking is absolutely vital.
It so happens that Smith is very good at all of these things. He is a reliable backfield receiver, and his ability to fight for extra yards after catching the ball has on several occasions been the difference between a punt and a first down. And he is a fantastic pass blocker.
So he is a perfect Harbaugh third-down back. The ability to be elusive on flare routes, screens, and checkdowns is not by any means the only or even the primary criteria for a third-down back. It's nice, but unless Evans proves he can stand up a 275-lb defensive end the way Smith has, he will not be the regular guy back there in distance situations.
I think he might actually feature in a lot of other places first.
|5 days 13 min ago||I thought of this, too. It||
I thought of this, too. It sounds like Cole will be good at center, but this would add a lot of depth to the line. If just a best-five situation, though, Lewan is probably the clearer upgrade at left tackle.
This is kind of tough to call, because the weakness in the current team are in areas that weren't strengths during the Hoke and RR era. Guard, for example, or LB. Ryan is the default pick at LB, but his ideal position has been usurped by the Peppers HSP role. He was fine in the middle, but not dominant the way he was on the edge. Still the best addition, though.
|5 days 18 min ago||He was one play away from the||
He was one play away from the Heisman. Texas was backed up in its own end zone late. A Suh sack for a safety would have won the game and the trophy.
That close. He was a monster.
|5 days 19 min ago||Three categories: Michigan,||
Three categories: Michigan, non-Michigan seen in person, non-Michigan not seen in person.
Michigan: Charles Woodson
Seen in person: Reggie Bush (against Fresno State in 2005, an incredible game).
Not seen in person: Barry Sanders was the perfect storm in 1988. There've been a few truly defining players elsewhere, but I guess I have to give the edge to Vince Young, whose second Rose Bowl was the highest moment the sport has ever achieved.
That whole 2005 season, man. The Manningham TD happened at almost the same moment as the Bush Push, with two other all-time games on the same day. The Heisman's vacancy that year is a cruel joke, because the Bush-Young race may have been the best two-man contest in the history of the award. And the championship game... perfection.
|5 days 29 min ago||There's a lot of headwinds||
There's a lot of headwinds for people that travel. I watch games on tv by default--Ann Arbor is 12 hours of solid driving for me, and I have important things to do on Sundays. For you, it is manageable, but it's a headache. For someone who lifes at Seventh and Pauline, it's a short walk and $15 for a spare single that someone is selling at the gate. Completely different situations.
I suspect, but do not know, that for many who decide season tickets are too expensive, one or two games a year are still a reality. That was the case for me as a kid, and I believe I went to at least one game every season from the mid-eighties onward. Some years it would be two. Usually minor games, but there's still the crowd and the band and banner and the mass of winged helmets.
That would be my guess. If I lived four hours away that would probably be my strategy.
|5 days 34 min ago||There should be, of course,||
There should be, of course, too many Michigan fans for all to get into the Stadium. The fanbase is stronger if there are a lot of fans watching on tv. And ratings suggest that this is the case.
I think the larger concern for Michigan and for college football in general is to find the correct balance between experience and hassle to keep that desire to see the game in person strong. There's been some serious signs of a bubble in the last few years. Of course, the big games still sell out, but even places with large and rabid fanbases like Florida are having trouble drawing fans to their less important games. Tennessee used to sell out every game, and then went years without ever doing so.
Fans are leaving due to expense and hassle, watching on television, enjoying the extra time, and realizing that they aren't really missing that much.
That's a danger. And Michigan was perilously close to a real cliff there in 2014. And I suspect that while ticket sales are strong now, another dip in quality will not meet with as much patience from ticket-buyers as previous ones have. The spell may have been broken.
|5 days 51 min ago||Your argument is persuasive||
Your argument is persuasive from a schadenfreude perspective. But it is somewhat flawed, since it focuses on the emotions of our rival fans.
Sport is a subjective experience, and I only care about my own feelings regarding the teams. What is best for me as a fan. I don't care what is good or bad for MSU fans. And it's a touch sparty-like to invest in what they feel when they're not playing us. So, while you are correct about what inflicts the most pain, I don't really care about their pain. Let them lose to us and respond however they feel, so long as I get to enjoy the W.
|5 days 1 hour ago||MSU still can't sell out||
MSU still can't sell out non-Michigan games to save its life. Even when they're on championship runs. It's actually kind of sad.
|5 days 1 hour ago||I think it's possible to||
I think it's possible to understand the reasoning and also disagree. This only becomes a problem if someone decides that their opinion is prescriptive for everybody.
I love attending games. I used to attend every single one. The band, the atmosphere, the crowd, the field, the experience... it was great. I haven't been in a while and I long to go back, and I have attended both trips Michigan has made to Minnesota since I've lived here.
But not everybody has the same calculus. Yes, the in-game experience is fun, but for some people the discomfort really does become a factor. As does the money, which is not trivial. And the food. And the restrooms. And the home experience is much, much better now than it used to be with high definition and massive televisions (you can get a tv that's 40" or larger for $200 -- when I was going to games regularly a 40" tv was a dim projection monstrosity that could run into four figures. Now, for the cost of season tickets, someone can buy a 65" 4K television outright) that are in most homes.
My mother fits into the comfort camp. She can enjoy attending a football game, but comfort matters for her, and she likes being able to pause the DVR to answer the phone or use the restroom. She sells most of her season tickets now.
Someone can still care and still love the game and not attend. Not everybody can be satisfied with it, but it can happen. Michigan fandom is a big tent.
|5 days 1 hour ago||A bit redundant, yes, but any||
A bit redundant, yes, but any thread with a plausible purpose that pushes all of the bad news threads off the FP has my support right now.
|5 days 1 hour ago||Respect vs. Contempt||
In general, I put rivalries into two categories: Respect rivalries and Contempt rivalries.
I realized this distinction existed when I spent some time pondering the Wings-Avalanche rivalry in the late-90s / early 00s. I hated the Avalanche passionately. I wanted to beat them badly. the 2002 series was epic.
But I disliked them so much that I didn't (and still don't) care if they ever won another game. My second-favorite NHL team was whoever was playing against Colorado. When the Wild took them on and won in OT of Game 7, I was delirious. And, oddly, when the Wild faced them again in the 2015 playoffs, with Patrick Waaahhhh behind the Av bench, I became a huge Wild fan again.
I have contempt for them. I wouldn't shed a tear if the franchise were scoured from the face of the Earth.
That has become what I think of MSU. When I was a kid, they were a local team, nice if they did well, etc. Now, though, I would delight in every miserable sob if they lost every game this season. I don't care how well they do. It is a contempt rivalry.
OSU is different. I dislike them more than any other team. I think a lot of their fans are obnoxious jerks. It sickens me to see them succeed.
But I also respect them as a worthy opponent. I believe our rivalry with OSU deserves to be placed at the pinnacle of American Sport. And, in fact, it has in the past; I want it back. I want the games to be huge. I want people to flippantly dismiss other major rivalry games that weekend to focus on ours. I want Gameday there. And, of course, I want to win, often.
And when we win, I want OSU to be heartbroken, shocked, dismayed. I want a great season derailed. By us.
Another Ten Year War. I want that. We will both be better for it.
|5 days 1 hour ago||Bredeson is getting a lot of||
Bredeson is getting a lot of talk, but he's getting a lot of questions. I would read more into one offhand unprompted comment about Chris Evans than a bunch of answers to questions focusing on Bredeson by name. Though obviously Bredeson is pushing for the job.
I would be interested in Drevno's response to a direct question about whether or not Evans is pushing for Smith's starting role. Someone just posted that Evans might get the third down back position. Well, for one, Smith is a good receiver and an excellent blocker, so I don't think he's vulnerable there; for two, it sounds like Evans is going to be on the field a lot more than that. Maybe Smith is going to be the third down guy?
Also, after his hot spring, Wheatley isn't getting a lot of mention. We'll see if that means anything.
|5 days 1 hour ago||Guys like Bredeson are||
Guys like Bredeson are getting mentioned a lot because they're being asked about.
Evans tumbled off of his lips unprompted in an answer to a question about Deveon Smith, known quality starter.
That's... this is as notable as you can get with camp chatter. People can't stop talking about him. And we're not talking about some bottom-rung B1G team that never sees athleticism. This is a team that has Jabrill Peppers and Jourdain Lewis and Rashan Gary on the field and nobody can stop talking about Chris Evans.
Dude gonna be lit.
|5 days 2 hours ago||Not sure what this means. My||
Not sure what this means. My understanding is that season tickets are up considerably from two years ago.
|5 days 3 hours ago||I know what you mean. Most of||
I know what you mean. Most of the stuff I pound out here is quick and rough, so I am vulnerable to the same problems.
|5 days 3 hours ago||Your Rutgers/Maryland premise||
Your Rutgers/Maryland premise makes sense, and it's good for us as well because we can guarantee an east coast trip every year to recruits. Not sure that the logic follows with how they determined the rest of the division rotation, though. At best, they were deliberately obtuse about the MSU/OSU rotation issue. PSU's traditional strength aside, I don't think any Michigan person minds PSU and MSU on the road at the same time with a home game against Ohio State.
|5 days 3 hours ago||Blue highlights aside, I||
Blue highlights aside, I agree and endorse.
There are logical objections remaining, though. Indiana doesn't have much to say, but theoretically MSU may argue against changing the schedule that early if they do not have a good replacement anchor game on their schedule in 2018. Yeah, they host OSU, but Michigan, being the most important game of their season, is hard to replace. And if they have a zero non-conference schedule they have a bit of a point.
Not enough of a point, but it is an issue.
|5 days 3 hours ago||Double the post||
Double the irrelevance
|5 days 3 hours ago||I think a baseline argument||
I think a baseline argument of this is that Harbaugh is interested in putting his players in situations in which they can excel, and that he will adust his schemes to do so. Contrast with, say, the leadership of
Writing style note: Using bold or italic text in your player listings is fine, though it helps to explain the meaning earlier on. The writing of this post relies a bit too heavily on italics for emphasis, though. It's just a nagging writing habit, which many of us have; one of mine is an overuse of semicolons.
|5 days 3 hours ago||This exercise is best||
This exercise is best discharged by posting a roster on your wall and throwing darts.
I think Brian's inclination to select a linebacker is wise. That position group is kind of important, even with Michigan's talent and scheme, and so it stands to reason that LBs are going to be a significant subject of discussion despite zero preseason hype.
The problem is that there is at least a 50% chance that balance of the discussion they receive will be negative. We'll see.
|5 days 5 hours ago||Crossing my fingers that||
Crossing my fingers that we'll get another legit content post up before something else bad happens so I can check in without seeing death and destruction. It's just crootin, but a four-player flip on the scale with OSU is a bad, bad 24 hours.
|6 days 2 hours ago||I assume he will be eligible||
I assume he will be eligible to play in 2017 with three years left? Tough development for the guy, but it sounds like he has a good place to go, and I wish him the best.
|6 days 3 hours ago||I think if Kugler were up to||
I think if Kugler were up to the task we would have heard this already. Cole's solid position at center seems to suggest that Kugler is just not there.
|6 days 3 hours ago||Let's not forget that Newsome||
Let's not forget that Newsome himself is just a sophomore with a lot of growth left. If he is getting pushed by Bredeson, he might be struggling. Bredeson might be great. Maybe both.
There are some starters on our line this season who were totally overmatched as sophomores. If Newsome gets edged, I think we still have good signs for depth and I would expect Newsome to start somewhere on the line next year.
If Bredeson is competent right now that is a good, good sign for our depth.
|6 days 3 hours ago||The entire northern third. I||
The entire northern third. I can drive straight from Duluth/Superior to the southern reaches of the UP and never be out of the woods for 250 miles. Beautiful up here.
|6 days 7 hours ago||To be honest, I'm glad things||
To be honest, I'm glad things have moved the way they did. I'm just not that excited about recruit interviews and I think that's better left to other sites. And the game recaps, while brief, are a nice bit of content to tide readers over until Monday. Better this way.
|6 days 7 hours ago||Let's credit the very careful||
Let's credit the very careful wording here: Lewis won two golds, but he did not finish first twice. He finished behind Ben Johnson in 1988, receiving gold after Johnson was DQ'd for steroid use.
|6 days 18 hours ago||Season can't get here soon||
Season can't get here soon enough.
|6 days 18 hours ago||Both excellent athletes.||
Both excellent athletes. There's a lot of discussion about Farah's place in distance running; he's not particularly fast by measure of absolute times, which matters, and the field is less impressive now because a lot of the best distance runners now focus on marathon due to the money available. But he's not a clear-cut case even in his own sport, much less overall.
Eaton is also great, but what he is doing is not unprecedented. Alas, Decathlon does not have the same cachet it once did.
|6 days 18 hours ago||Hard to draw comparisons that||
Hard to draw comparisons that far across eras. The sports landscape is completely different now.
|6 days 18 hours ago||They really don't. Swimmers||
They really don't. Swimmers competing in three Olympiads are exceptions, not a common event. 4-5 is bananas. Of course it's not unheard of for track athletes to go to three or four, either. In neither case do athletes hold dominant form for that long.
Except with these two.
|6 days 20 hours ago||All of the arguments noting||
All of the arguments noting that swimming has more opportunities to win medals are correct to a point. Yes, there are multiple strokes and multiple relays available (no 4 x 200 track relay, for example).
But despite all of these opportunities, no swimmer has even approached the accomplishments of Phelps. It's not like he has 23 Golds and there are a couple of guys in the high teens that he has passed; nobody else even has 10. He has achieved gold more than twice as much as the next person in his own discipline. He had lapped the field.
Bolt is the greatest sprinter of all time, but he hasn't lapped the field. Carl Lewis also won 9 Golds, for example. I believe Bolt is greater than Lewis, but you at least have to break down the accomplishments to analyze this.
Nobody is even close to Phelps.
In terms of dominance in their own sport, there is no comparison. One can argue about how popular that sport is (you need a pool and specialized training to compete in swimming, while literally everyone has run a "first-to-the-door-wins" race at one time or another) and try to adjust in that way. But Phelps has crushed the field.
I think Bolt is the bigger worldwide star. Again, due in part to the ubiquity of running--everyone gets it. But it's close.
Frankly, we are fortunate to have been able to witness not just one but two lifetime talents at the same time. The next Olympics will feel empty for their absence. This is not even a generational talent situation, both have done things that are unprecedented and may never been seen again.
|1 week 19 hours ago||You've been reading my stuff||
You've been reading my stuff making those arguments, then. Part of the problem, I think, is that the Carr staffs were not equipped to coach styles other than what they played. They could have been more adventurous, but that would play to weaknesses in their coaching technique.
It's a theory, not a proven fact. But there is some evidence, such as the disastrous attempt to use a spread punt in 2003. Special teams cost us two losses that year.
|1 week 20 hours ago||Obviously a full move isn't||
Obviously a full move isn't happening. And even this idea has become unlikely with Harbaugh's certainty that Smith is the #1 guy.
But Smith is a really good blocker. And Michigan's FB position does run quite a bit. And we don't know if any of our current FB candidates can do that. And there are a lot of other guys to give snaps to at TB.
And frankly I just like the idea of this kind of dual threat package.
|1 week 1 day ago||Playing time is a nice||
Playing time is a nice feature but that alone does not make a recruiting pitch. Guys who go to Alabama know they will be behind a bunch of five-stars, whereas they could go to a place like Mississippi State or Vanderbilt and be a star right away. They still go to Alabama, because they will
Michigan needs to prove that it is a place where recruits will win. They know they will win at Bama and at OSU. Is Michigan the same kind of place? If so, that's when the playing time and the facilities and the coaches really give Michigan an edge. If not, we've given our rivals a serious head start.
|1 week 1 day ago||Can't get into this further||
Can't get into this further without touching on politics but... you are not exactly accurate.
|1 week 1 day ago||Nice||
Nice try, WD.
|1 week 1 day ago||There are a lot of things||
There are a lot of things that are scary next year. Which is why succeeding this year is important, to demonstrate that next year is just a rebuilding blip for a championship team.
|1 week 1 day ago||I don't think things in those||
I don't think things in those European nations are going as well as you think they are.
|1 week 1 day ago||I keep waffling on Smith. His||
I keep waffling on Smith. His season-end surge was great, and if he runs like he did against Florida in every game he could hit 1,500 yards this season.
At the same time, there are a lot of talented guys behind him, and the FB position is kind of an unknown from a running standpoint... part of me still wants to see Smith get some play at fullback. But as a way to get more carries to more people, because we know that Harbaugh likes fullback runs.
Can you imagine a package with Smith, Peppers, Butt, Wheatley, and Chesson on the field? You could go heavy with Peppers behind Smith, Wheatley at HB, and Chesson the lone wideout... or you could go four-wide with Smith in the backfield (though realistically Wheatley would be tight in this scenario). With the same personnel. The opposing DC would have to field personnel that can handle 4 verticals or a massive power run.
|1 week 1 day ago||Evans may well be the guy and||
Evans may well be the guy and would fit my theory. We'll see what happens with Walker, but if he's not ready to go until week 6 your scenario makes sense.
|1 week 1 day ago||Pancakes is usually an OL||
Pancakes is usually an OL stat, indicating that the lineman has blocked his defender all the way into the ground.
I expect Gary to experience very few of those. He may, however, pancake a large number of opposing quarterbacks.
|1 week 1 day ago||I find it hard to believe we||
I find it hard to believe we won't see at least one freshman running back get some play. Depending upon development, maybe even a RS for a guy like Higdon if he can't leap over the top guys.
Is JBB pushing because he's good, or are we in a place of worry at LT? If you have three left tackles, I wonder if we have one.
|1 week 1 day ago||This is true. Whether they||
This is true. Whether they address that or not is unclear; there are certainly a number of paradigms in which the word "Rebel" does not have such a negative connontation.
|1 week 1 day ago||I guess we're disagreeing on||
I guess we're disagreeing on matters of scale here. I am personally quite offended when I see confederate flags no matter who is flying them, but I grant that it is a much more serious issue when an institution promotes it rather than one individual that can be ignored.
One amusing story: I don't like to point out things to make fun of, but I was driving a busload of kids and saw a pickup with a full-window confederate flag window cling. So I waved everybody on the bus forward so they could see what such a person would keep in their truck bed. The answer?
At least 30 old Mcdonald's bags filled with their old food garbage.
|1 week 1 day ago||Really? If people make||
Really? If people make disparaging comments about people who live in Detroit, how will that be perceived?
Prejudice is prejudice no matter who it is directed against. What makes Mississippi a "racist" place? How is it, say, more quantifiably racist than Chicago? I have acknowledged that it is *possible* that a disproportinate number of people in MS are racist. But we have no evidence of this, just theories based on history and based on our own... prejudices.
It is very easy and comforting to look down on states or regions as inferior to our own. Many do. But the way you are doing so is merely a more socially acceptable version of the same prejudice you attribute to those in Mississippi.
|1 week 1 day ago||And yet frustratingly||
And yet frustratingly conservative. In the Rose Bowl, heartbreakingly so.
|1 week 1 day ago||You are right that many can||
You are right that many can become political. But even a basic value judgment on this is political. If someone says, "This is a bad move," how is that interpreted politically? How can anyone elaborate against or in favor of such a position without touching on political issues? I just don't see it.
The response to the hidden (suspended) first comment is an example of this. There's no way that response is not political. No way at all.
|1 week 1 day ago||Not legally. But just because||
Not legally. But just because something is legal doesn't mean it is either wise or morally defensible. There is no law that would prevent the University of Michigan from, say, hanging the Canadian Flag upside down at Michigan Stadium to insult Canada. But it would be very, very stupid to do so.
|1 week 1 day ago||If you were discussing||
If you were discussing African Americans using those logical qualifiers you would be excoriated as a racist.
I don't know many people from Mississippi. I've heard enough accounts from people to know that there is still racism in the South, but also that there are a lot of good people in the South that don't fit the cultural stereotype many from educated or coastal backgrounds have of them. I also know that I have had to work hard to overcome a natural prejudice against the South and against accents of that origin that comes from growing up in Ann Arbor, where ripping on that region and the people who live there was a popular passtime.
Like any area, there are bad people in the South. But there are also good people. Many of them. Statements that cast aspersions on all of them as a group are foolish. There's a good chance that, given its history, there is a disproportionate number of people in Mississippi who are racist. The term "many of them" is unprovable but at least not categorical, the same way that saying there are "many" Michigan State fans in Michigan is a lot different from saying that all people in Michigan are Michigan State fans.
|1 week 1 day ago||They did get rid of the Rebel||
They did get rid of the Rebel mascot, a few years ago now.
|1 week 1 day ago||Isn't that in itself kind of||
Isn't that in itself kind of a bigoted position? How many people do you know who live in Mississippi?
|1 week 1 day ago||C'mon, there is no way to||
C'mon, there is no way to comment on this without being political. It doesn't reflect poorly on the mgouserbase that an issue like this can't be discussed extensively on a board that has a no-politics policy. Politics are unavoidable here if you want to have any opinion at all.
|1 week 1 day ago||BTW, if Bredeson wins the job||
BTW, if Bredeson wins the job as a true frosh and holds his own and the team doesn't crash, that's a pretty solid recruiting pitch to sell to guys: You can start anywhere on the field if you're good enough.
It's one thing to say it. It's another to do it. Pete Carroll was really good at this, and look what he built at USC.
|1 week 1 day ago||Any chatter evidence to this||
Any chatter evidence to this other than the vid of Bredeson kinda holding his own against Gary?
LT is going to be a worry spot no matter who starts, not sure how to process this if its true. Other than, hey, Bredeson has potential to be really good. The upside here is that if he is close to Newsome in August, we have half a season before we get into the meat of our schedule, so he would have time to grow. If he has a considerably higher ceiling, that is promising.
They might not talk about this, but I know *I* am concerned with fielding the best possible 5 on the Oline in late November on a certain 3-hour road trip. If that means running right for a few weeks against non-conference minnows, so be it.
|1 week 1 day ago||Yeah, I'll wait to conclude||
Yeah, I'll wait to conclude that the OL is indeed holding its own until we hear a serious upgrade in the chatter.
There is no way our DL is going to be bad this year. No way at all. I believe I remember Brian mentioning that news of the OL doing well against the DL would have to be good news given that the DL is one of the two position groups we are dead certain about coming into this season.
So if, in fact, it is true that the OL is holding its own... that is extremely good news. Like, check plane tickets for playoff games good news. A clear takeaway from the offense vs OSU UFR is that our OL was totally outmatched against an elite DL. OSU may have lost some serious talent from that DL, but they still have blue-chips, and MSU has McDowell, and if we have serious national aspirations teams like Alabama are totally loaded at that position. So the OL needs to grow up in a big way for us to have any chance of being competitive. Holding up against the elite DL we have is a good sign.
But the occasional paywalled message board thread that I can't read isn't enough to make me believe that this is actually the case yet.
|1 week 1 day ago||1997 against OSU was my first||
1997 against OSU was my first UM-OSU game and my first time in the student section and the best sporting event of my life. While I've had some other incredible sports experiences, it's really not even close.
|1 week 2 days ago||Are there still Wiard's||
Are there still Wiard's Orchard stands? For years I got a bag of donuts and a jug of cider from them, every game. Cheap, delicious, filling.
Only downside was that there would occasionally be a sugar crash around the fourth quarter, and if the game was not an easy win it added to the nerves. "Enhanced" excitement, you might say.
|1 week 2 days ago||No. The idea of "possible||
No. The idea of "possible successor" seems silly. There's no sign yet that there will be anything in this regime that Nebraska will want to continue with after Riley is gone.
|1 week 2 days ago||So his careless driving was||
So his careless driving was just a coincidence, then? Two other events, just bad luck, right?
|1 week 2 days ago||There is no way this can be||
There is no way this can be discussed without violating politics, because this is a raging political issue. I don't even want to link articles I've read about the issue because they all necessarily have positions. Google it. There are reasons for what you are observing. What they mean? Draw conclusions for yourself.
|1 week 2 days ago||Never happened before. You||
Never happened before. You can never say never, but it's pretty unlikely.
I really like that he cares about how fast he ran. He's excited to win but he wanted to do well. Cares about his craft. I'm not big on his "showmanship" stuff but when he is seriously talking about the meat of what he does, it's good stuff.
|1 week 2 days ago||You can check my posting||
You can check my posting history for more thoughts on that if you like (some discussion of this in my thread about the 100 meter), but not very likely at all.
But I think doping is much more widespread in most sports than people want to believe.
|1 week 2 days ago||Bolt again. Amazing. Very||
Bolt again. Amazing. Very slow time for him, yet he had the field crushed with 100 to go and was never challenged. He kinda ran out of gas at the end. Given the field, it seems like it was just a slow track/race. I don't know enough about track to understand how or why, though.
Winning anything three times in a row is amazing. Bolt owns it. Just remarkable.
|1 week 2 days ago||How likely do you think it is||
How likely do you think it is that a guy cheats, wins a gold medal, gets caught cheating, comes back... and runs faster than he ever has at an age when most runners are in decline?
|1 week 2 days ago||4.25 would put Bolt in Randy||
4.25 would put Bolt in Randy Moss territory, and I wouldn't be surprised by a 4.1. That's not what I'm talking about, though. If Bolt can run that fast, so can a dozen other sprinters--his true advantage is in the last 60 meters when his long stride distances the competition. Those last 60 meters are almost never a factor in football.
All of this is separate from the question about whether he is tough or agile enough to make good use of the speed. My point is that Bolt is, as a sprinter, not uniquely better suited to football than, say, Justin Gatlin.
|1 week 2 days ago||Credit where due: Most of||
Credit where due: Most of Burger's information yesterday is now playing out today, based on tweets I'm reading. His attitude still reads poorly, but he was certain about things that are proving to be accurate.
|1 week 3 days ago||I haven't payed that close||
I haven't payed that close attention but they've been giving it coverage, even in prime time. What I saw last night was a bit of a gloss on Lochte, but Lauer did thoroughly recount a conversation with Lochte and identified some inconsistencies.
Re: Bolt - I can't remember another situation in an Olympics contest where a foreign athlete was such a popular figure in the United States. Just gauging from what I've seen, including social media, he is enormously popular, and it seems that most people prefer him to American athletes. Gatlin is kind of an obvious villain, but he's still American... but nobody is really getting behind other Americans, either. We are fascinated by Bolt.
And it's kind of cool. I'm not the type to get the willies at American jingoism as some are, but I still think it's enjoyable that Bolt is an international star, a citizen-of-the-world type that everybody can enjoy. I think his citizenship helps in places that aren't the US, and in the US our appreciation for talent and showmanship allow him to do just fine as well. Just look at how other athletes in mainstream sports respond to him.
|1 week 3 days ago||We need to land some more||
We need to land some more good athletes to keep up with them.
And yes, it may not be fair that a lot is riding on this season, but it is. Demonstrate that Michigan is on a championship trajectory and the recruits will come; fall short, and then suffer through a rebuilding year next season, and it's a lot harder to tell guys that we are as good a destination as Columbus for winning.
|1 week 3 days ago||He can lose. Anyone can lose.||
He can lose. Anyone can lose. And he had to run the semifinal harder than he wanted thanks to De Grasse, which he was apparently annoyed about.
But he is obviously a prohibitive favorite. Everyone is watching to see if he can do it again.
|1 week 3 days ago||Denard, of course, is not as||
Denard, of course, is not as fast as Bolt. Ironically, though, Bolt is not particularly fast in distances that matter in football relative to other sprinters. He often trails at 35-40 meters before his massive stride length devours the last half of the 100. People speculate that he could be a great receiver (just heart Tirico and Michaels talking about it) but he really is born for this particular sport.
I have wondered how fast Randy Moss could have been if he had become a sprinter instead of a football player. Tall, lanky, fast? Sounds familiar. He's got millions of reasons to be fine with the path he chose, though.
|1 week 3 days ago||Won't be one. 13 years right||
Won't be one.
13 years right now and we are delightfully happy. And we will continue to be so--it just keeps getting better.
|1 week 3 days ago||NFL games can be fun, but||
NFL games can be fun, but they aren't nearly the same thing as a good college game.
Michigan's open date is October 15. Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, and LSU all host games that weekend. Worth noting: LSU is hosting Southern Miss, which means they won't be wearing white and unless Southern Miss is surprisingly good, the crowd won't be as live as it will be for a good SEC tilt. The Tennessee game is the aformentioned Alabama date; tickets will be through the roof.
A really intrepid (and wealthy and insane) fan would go to the Duke-Louisville game in Kentucky that Friday, stay at a hotel in central Kentucky, and then drive to Knoxville Saturday morning.
|1 week 3 days ago||I suppose if you live and||
I suppose if you live and work in that area (on Wilshire?) you aren't likely to be worried about above-face prices for tickets, so there's that.
Game times will be the big tip for you if not missing a Michigan game is a priority. UCLA-USC seems like one of the likeliest games to be played in the afternoon and conflict, to be honest. But it's also a big deal. YMMV. UCLA-Stanford probably won't sell out but it could be one of the biggest games of the year in the Pac 12.
|1 week 3 days ago||Just yesterday you were||
Just yesterday you were stating, with certainty and authority, that Lochte was covering up a visit to a brothel. Now it looks like he was covering up some rowdiness and property damage at a gas station. Still looks bad for Lochte, but your certainty yesterday has not yielded an accurate picture of the facts as we have them today.
And you're getting needlessly upset that people are questioning the details you are reporting.
|1 week 3 days ago||For the hat only, the Bo M.||
For the hat only, the Bo M. There's something sharp and well-proportioned about it, and I think it looks better as an embroidered logo.
|1 week 3 days ago||That would actually be a lot||
That would actually be a lot of fun. Wear Michigan stuff and cheering with the home fans, for a team that has a good chance of beating OSU? Might be a great experience.
I haven't gotten to do that often. I did attend a Wisconsin-MSU hockey game in Madison once; joining their "sieve" chant was a blast.
|1 week 3 days ago||USC will be the only game||
USC will be the only game UCLA will host that will be hard to get tickets to. It would be fun, but if you're worried about the investment, have you looked at UCLA's schedule for other possible games to attend? Of course you can't tell yet, but there will probably be a couple of weeks where Michigan plays during the day and UCLA does not play until the late-late time slot, hours after a Michigan game would conclude.
|1 week 3 days ago||Are you going to Michigan's||
Are you going to Michigan's game there?
|1 week 3 days ago||I only went to one USC home||
I only went to one USC home game while I lived in CA, but if I were reasonably close to a college football venue I would definitely try to attend a fair amount. College football is an awesome sport. I don't blame him at all.
I don't attend Minnesota games frequently because I live 2.5 hours from Minneapolis; if i were in town I would catch at least one game a year just to enjoy being there.
|1 week 3 days ago||He's quite a bit taller and a||
He's quite a bit taller and a bit less rotund. However, unlike Lovitz, he is not particularly funny--his sense of humor was surgically removed some years ago. And he's never been interested in anonymous handles or vague, humorous avis.
It's not easy to get him to write in the third person, but prompt him in just the right way you and you can get a snippet of it.
|1 week 3 days ago||As others have said, Lochte||
As others have said, Lochte is famous.
And I think his story was the one that started all of this, while the others were just along for the ride.
|1 week 3 days ago||I'll catch a UMD football||
I'll catch a UMD football game. Minnesota opens with a Thursday game, I believe, which is mildly tempting, but I probably won't invest the money if Michigan isn't involved.
Most of my traveling days are over. I've been to most of the places you've listed and they were great, but I am an older man with a family and "responsibilities" and things like that. And, frankly, I don't regret that one bit.
|1 week 3 days ago||Like it or not, it is a||
Like it or not, it is a crossover story that has moved from sports (which, uh, we follow here on this blog) to pop culture. It's getting a lot of chatter on the social media channels I follow. Don't worry, we'll go back to fretting about OSU's recruiting class and the ability of our RBs to pick the right holes and Kyle Kalis and our shallow LB situation soon enough.
|1 week 3 days ago||Lochte didn't lie to police;||
Lochte didn't lie to police; no police report was filed.
|1 week 3 days ago||This headline is poor.||
This headline is poor. Reports have emerged of video that shows swimmers breaking down a door and fighting with a security guard. That would suggest that they are actually guilty of low-level crimes apart from lying about what happened.
I strongly suggested in the previous thread that Brazilian authorities were overplaying their hand and risking a serious publicity backlash in holding the two remaining swimmers in the country. If this is true, my statements are probably incorrect. Citizens of Brazil may have actually been wronged beyond their reputation.
There's still stuff that we don't know, like why Lochte needed to cancel his credit cards (edit: did he? Or was he just explaining why he lost a watch?). And this is, ultimately, a relatively minor event (consider that Brian Griese committed crimes that were worse in Ann Arbor prior to leading Michigan to a national title) that has been blown up in publicity. But right now Lochte and friends don't look like sympathetic figures.
|1 week 3 days ago||Now this is a point worth||
Now this is a point worth exploring. We don't know the whole story, but it seems telling that the larger American authorities have declined to make significant public statements thus far. They don't know either.
|1 week 3 days ago||False reports are bad;||
False reports are bad; prosecuting them is very, very rare. It's hard to say this without touching on politics, but let's just say that in the past year or two there have been a couple of serious, public controversies in the US that cast strong aspersions on certain groups and caused significantly more damage that were prompted by false reports to police and were not prosecuted.
|1 week 3 days ago||Hilarious. Of course it's a||
Hilarious. Of course it's a big deal, and they're proving it by taking a big risk that they will be perceived as overreacting. These are significantly more resources than they are perceived to invest in other crimes. Because they are embarrassed. It's not a good look publicly. And the impression given is that the publicity is the entire reason they are making this a deal.
|1 week 3 days ago||Not sure what you're||
Not sure what you're objecting to here. Have you read my posts in this thread?
|1 week 3 days ago||Agreed. If they were accused||
Agreed. If they were accused of assault or some other victim crime, nobody would raise an eyebrow.
|1 week 3 days ago||I have done none of those||
I have done none of those things.
And I live in the real world, where people can recognize that guys are idiots and still observe that s country that is extremely concerned about its public image can make a serious public relations error by overreacting. My observation of international publicity should not be considered an endorsement of any alleged foolish or immoral behavior by the swimmers and I have in no way asserted their innocence.
This is a question of public image and of scale. You seem unable to grasp that.
|1 week 3 days ago||So link to their reporting.||
So link to their reporting. If there isn't published reporting, you are making certainties out of rumors.
Look, I think it's quite possible that the rumors you are relaying are true. Maybe even likely. And people here know I have strong opinions about both lying and the behavior allegedly covered up. I think the truth is important.
But this also appears, to me, to be a disproportionate response by authorities, a reaction prompted by wounded pride rather than the seriousness of the alleged crime. It has a chance to draw a lot of publicity, much of which won't look good. I think it's a mistake for them to do this, and if they actually try to prosecute, a much larger mistake.
If they just ask a bunch of questions to get the story straight and let the guys go home tomorrow with a critical public statement, this blows over. But if they keep them there, this becomes daily news. And then the rumors come out and the seedy underbelly of Rio is exposed to the world and Brazil's corrupt law enforcement gets a serious look and they wind up much worse off than if some idiot swimmers lied about the circumstances in which they were robbed.
|1 week 3 days ago||For false police reports?||
For false police reports?
|1 week 3 days ago||Here, anyway. We have no idea||
Here, anyway. We have no idea how they are handled in Brazil.
But if the impression is given that these guys are getting extra prosecutorial attention because they got publicity, well... that could look ugly.
|1 week 3 days ago||Yeah, the worldwide community||
Yeah, the worldwide community would have no problem with the US holding and prosecuting someone who was robbed for altering details of the crime because we got our feelings hurt. No problem at all. /s
False accusations of actual individuals and groups are rarely prosecuted here, much less altered accusations of actual crimes in which no particular person or group of people is held in lower repute. Think of the UVA rape scandal, for example--have there been prosecutions there? No.
If the alleged victims lied, authorities have every right to investigate and clear their name. But they are now holding US citizens against their will. That's quite serious, and quite potentially a huuuuge overplay of their hand.
|1 week 3 days ago||You have proof? You seem to||
You have proof? You seem to be assuming that the worst rumors and speculation are true. I realize you're in Rio, but how do you know this is true?
If the worst they did is make something up, well, that's bad. But bad enough to keep them from leaving a country they came to for the Olympics? That's a pretty harsh response. It's not going to go over well anywhere.
|1 week 3 days ago||Brazil was worried about the||
Brazil was worried about the impression people would get about them.
This is not a good way to do that. They haven't committed a crime. Nobody is in danger of having their own rights violated, because no alleged perps have been identified.
Honestly this would worry me if I were an athlete. What if something happens to me? Do I report it? Do I hide it?
This could just be a sideshow, an extra day's delay. But if Brazil presses its luck and American athletes perceive oppressive treatment... there could be real publicity trouble.
If Brazil hassles the athletes too much, the US might consider pulling out of the closing ceremonies. Send athletes home for safety. That would not look good.
This is all very improbable, of course. But who would have seen athletes being refused a chance to get home?
|1 week 4 days ago||Sure, but for various good||
Sure, but for various good reasons (for example, I've only "owned" my home for three years) I am not in a position to refi right now.
|1 week 4 days ago||Your imagination is limited||
Your imagination is limited here. All it takes is four teams with the same record and a superior level of play and/or SOS. The first year of the playoff demonstrates this pretty clearly: Baylor missed out as a one-loss "conference champion" because OSU looked better and had a better schedule.
A conference championship game win by Michigan over an Iowa team they've already beaten or some other West division minnow is not going to tip the scales against, say, a once-beaten Stanford team that beat a two-loss Notre Dame on the road.
|1 week 4 days ago||I completely agree that a||
I completely agree that a 13-0 Michigan team should and will make it in.
However, your post went a lot further than that: It questioned the fandom of people who recognize that football teams occasionally lose games, even ones they aren't expected to. And, while you don't care if MSU or OSU ever win another game, you deny the possibility that legiitimate, good fans of Michigan may think it is better for Michigan long-term if OSU (at least) is a good team when they beat them for the purposes of perpetuating what has been called the best rivalry in American sports.
Your certainty about a berth at 12-1 is also poorly grounded. It is possible that the Pac 12 champion has 2 losses; it is also possible that they are undefeated. In fact, it is entirely plausible that the champions of each of the five conferences have at most one loss; in that circumstance, Michigan absolutely needs to have a good strength of schedule. One of those "everybody in the B1G stinks" years like we've seen recently can absolutely cost a team a playoff berth if there are other good candidates.
I found your post absurd and foolish not because it matters whether or not someone takes a positive interest in the affairs of other B1G teams in the non-conference (after all, we don't have actual influence on the outcomes, and there's no way to know what will happen this season) but because you assumed the authority to evaluate the quality of the fandom of others based on an irrelevant, poorly-reasoned criterion.
|1 week 4 days ago||I feel kinda bad, since||
I feel kinda bad, since sponsorship is an important source of Mgoblog revenue and I am attached to the site, but I just don't live close enough to make regular use of the sponsors.
But if I lived in the area and I was looking to refi my house (might need to do that in a few years, as it happens) I would probably look Matt up first.
|1 week 4 days ago||Homesure lending. HTTV. Uh,||
Homesure lending. HTTV. Uh, various personalized banner ads. This thread reminded me of easy-to-think of relationships with UGP and Moe's--my memory of Moe's sponsorship of the radio hour is still fresh.
I'm a poor subject, since I visit Ann Arbor maybe once a year for two days at a time.
Also remember the sponsorships of the "party house" or whatever it was across Main from the Stadium. Couldn't name it right now but I would know where to look for it.
IME the highest quality advertising has been posts with a brief sponsor blurb, especially if recurring. For example, I miss Brian's regular picture pages posts (even if they do overlap a bit with neck sharpies) and I would love it if a sponsor paid something to bring them back. You could also sponsor the preview and Monday columns, which are of course must-reads.
|1 week 4 days ago||This actually seems like a||
This actually seems like a perfect name for a bowl game. You know exactly what you're getting in a Dollar General and in its namesake bowl game--it's not great football (or product), but it's cheap and it gets the job done.
|1 week 4 days ago||You want cold? Bring them up||
You want cold? Bring them up here to Duluth. We get the real stuff up here. Plus, UMD's stadium can fit about 5,000 people, which is coincidently how much you could expect to attend a cold-weather bowl game between two also-ran southern teams.
I'd go. It would be awesome. And really, really cold.
|1 week 4 days ago||That's a boss with his head||
That's a boss with his head on straight.
|1 week 4 days ago||If you are putting artificial||
If you are putting artificial rules on what fans can and cannot root for, leave your maize and blue clothing at the door on your way out to... You get the idea.
This is a stupid categorical statement. You know what's fun? Beating Ohio State when they are good enough that it costs them something. You know what else is fun? Going to the playoff even if we have dropped a tough road game (Iowa or MSU are both dangerous) because our schedule isn't totally garbage.
A 13-0 Michigan team almost certainly makes the playoff, yes. But 12-1 is also a legit possibility, and if the B1G chokes on the 17th our SOS is shot. There is a real possibility that a 12-1 Michigan team whose best win is a road victory over a 2 or 3 loss OSU team with no other tough games gets left in favor of an 11-1 Clemson whose only blemish is a road loss to an undefeated FSU.
"They'd never do that," you say. Why not? It's a crowded field.
I have no problem at all with someone wishing nothing but carnage and destruction for our rivals, but to dismiss those who either enjoy the possibility of a huge Michigan-OSU game or recognize the nuance in playoff scenarios as people unworthy of Michigan fandom is an mindset that is simple-minded.
|1 week 4 days ago||This is very plausible.||
This is very plausible. Especially since Clemson plays at FSU this year. In fact, I think this is a worry for any one-loss conference champion not in the SEC.
|1 week 4 days ago||What is Alabama's record||
What is Alabama's record here? 11-1 with a loss to LSU? They would have the same argument that OSU would. In that situation Oklahoma gets in almost by default. What about the SEC East champ?
This scenario is just too vague.
|1 week 4 days ago||I continue to be astonished||
I continue to be astonished at people who firmly assert that Michigan was a sure win at Nebraska had Denard only stayed healthy. Obviously, Bellomy was a disaster, and the game was over the moment Denard stepped off of the field.
But since when do we have such confidence in the Hoke-Borges regime to credit them with a probable win on the road in a game that had already been going badly? Home teams were absolutely abominable on the road, and when games started tough they almost never got going, and never against good teams. Remember the Borges visits to MSU? Iowa? Unmitigated disasters. And the Nebraska game looked just like them. And then Denard got hurt.
Now, Michigan wasn't out of the game yet. But do you really see Hoke rallying the troops and Borges making the key adjustments to overcome a good Nebraska team, on the road, at night?
|1 week 4 days ago||The title was cropped in my||
The title was cropped in my browser. So, that was not what I expected at all.
|1 week 4 days ago||Lunging is currently an||
Lunging is currently an oddity, a rarity. However, if it can be demonstrated that a properly timed lunge can provide an advantage, runners will begin training to do it, and it will become common. Just as soccer-style kicking in football, the Fosbury flop, and so on. And, if that happens, I can see the logic. Because if lunging becomes a regular occurrence, that means that runners need to use a technique to win that is inherently dangerous, and that is a situation that needs to be addressed in the rules.
I'm skeptical that this is actually faster, since I suspect that the leg motion required to launch the torso forward will break the running stride in such a way to decelerate the runner and remove any benefit. But who knows? If something like that emerges, safety precautions will have to be incorporated.
|1 week 4 days ago||I actually wonder if we will||
I actually wonder if we will see people begin to lunge for the line in major sprint events. At the very least, the physics of it will get tested out--does it cost too much to put oneself in a lunging position, etc.
I don't think it's sustainable in baseball because over time you will get injured. But in big-time sprinting a runner may only enter a handful of important events a year. If it can gain a fraction of a second...
Well, if it gains time, people will start doing it. Once Olympic berths and medals start changing regularly, it will be something many or most do. At least, in close finishes. Unless they change the rules.
|1 week 5 days ago||That was a bizarre day. I||
That was a bizarre day. I remember first hearing the chatter from some people who were listening to the radio in pregame, I think, around the end of our tailgate. We had been expecting Guttierez for a solid year, so it was quite a surprise.
We never really saw Gutierez play, ever, so I have no idea what his ceiling was. I suppose a different QB could have won the Notre Dame game that year, but otherwise I don't think anyone else could have produced anything that Henne did not that year. I actually think that was one of Lloyd's better seasons of performance relative to the experience level and talent on the team.
|1 week 5 days ago||My position in the spring was||
My position in the spring was that O'Korn has the higher ceiling and that if Speight won the job it said more about O'Korn's development and likely put a hard cap on what Michigan could achieve this season.
I may need to reconsider. It sounds like both have taken the competition seriously all summer, and the murmurs suggest that Speight is showing well in a positive way, rather than just a "Runs the offense without messing up and checks down to avoid INTs" way. If so, it could be that Speight is really growing here...
(Trigger warning: Gratuitous 1997 analogy)
...Which reminds me of how so-so Brian Griese surprisingly emerged as a starter in 1997 and was quite good, after several years of decided second-string mediocrity.
Speight will have to be better than Griese was to win us a national title. Recall that 1997 Michigan's offense was one of the dullest Lloyd Carr ever featured. But if he is impressing with positive decisions and throws, that is a very good sign if he wins the position.
|1 week 5 days ago||Other famous examples are||
Other famous examples are Brian Griese/Charles Woodson at Wisconsin in '97 and Tom Brady's fake injury to bring on Drew Henson to use the play in the '99 Penn State game. Those are just the ones that come to mind right now.
Being a "focal point" of the offense isn't the issue. The play worked because the defense reacted to the initial backward pass, zeroing in on the target, leaving the QB open on the sideline with blockers and space. A couple of plays could easily have set that up for DG and Denard; the only question was whether or not Denard had the ability to throw it--he might not have.
|1 week 5 days ago||Best game of that season by a||
Best game of that season by a wide margin. Note: that game was actually moved as a result of the September 11 attacks.
|1 week 5 days ago||My favorite trick play is the||
My favorite trick play is the literary masterpiece executed by the Greatest Show on Turf era Rams.
Background: Mike Martz was the original mad genius, developing and installing dozens or even over a hundred new plays every single week. This, along with and excellent scheme and incredible players, made the Greatest Show Rams almost impossible to stop.
But it also caused confusion. Not infrequent were timeouts burned because QB Kurt Warner or the offense couldn't get the play right. Warner would frequently rip off his chin strap in frustration and walk disheartened to the sideline.
So, in one road game, the offense lined up. There were signals and there was yelling, but nobody was in the right place. Warner turns to the sideline, tears off his chin strap, and walks in a disgusted saunter toward the coach to figure things out.
And the center snaps the ball directly to a ball carrier (my memory here is vague, probably Faulk, could have been Hakim) and they run for a first down. Defense was totally off guard.
Irony. Self-satire. Brilliance.
|1 week 5 days ago||We thought we would be good||
We thought we would be good because: 1. The OL couldn't possibly stay bad (yes it could). 2. Recruiting had been good and those recruits were going to step up (and they did... under Harbaugh). 3. Devin Gardner was not always consistent but he had real promise as a playmaking QB and a terrific QB wins games (unless he is totally destroyed by bad coaching and line play). 4. Al Borges was the scapegoat for everything that was wrong with the team and he got fired; in his place was a guy that was coordinating teams that made national championship runs (that the team was happy to see leave and that could not correct years of bad coaching, particularly on the OL). 5. Just on talent alone Michigan was better equipped than every other team in the B1G and should have been good enough to win most of those games (and they were a year later, once they got a real coach).
The simple fact that Hoke was there meant that the expectations were for improvement that season. The failure to gain that improvement demonstrated that Hoke was not capable of succeeding in the job.
Brandon would have had to fire Hoke after the 5-7 season, no question. But 5-7 was not a visible possibility after the Utah loss. The Shane Morris tinkering showed that there was panic in the upper reached, but it also showed that Brandon was flexing his muscle and that there was at least a hope on the part of him and Hoke that Hoke would survive the season, maybe finishing 7-5 or 8-4 with a surprise rivalry victory. (Seriously, flip Rutgers or Maryland, insert an upset against OSU, and imagine a secure Dave Brandon still in his position... an OSU win probably saves Hoke's job and ruins the football program forever).
|1 week 5 days ago||I don't think "trick play" is||
I don't think "trick play" is an easy category to define anymore. Michigan under Harbaugh does not run a majority of its plays from a "base offense" with a couple of wrinkles thrown in. As mentioned in articles highlighting other coaches views of Michigan, up to 75% of the plays that Michigan runs are new every week.
Now, this "mad genius" principle has costs--Al Borges installed a lot of new stuff each week and the team couldn't execute any of it--but the result is that a bunch of stuff a defense sees every week is brand new.
And, while there are some week-to-week tendencies that are deliberately established, some stuff just never gets re-used. Michigan deployed an honest-to-goodness full-house T formation against Maryland and that formation was never seen again, for example.
So, what's a trick play? Is that really cool pitch-around to Jabrill against OSU that Brian highlighted in the UFR a trick play, or just a slightly exotic play designed to mess with the keys of the defense? How about the double-fake TE screen that came up twice last year?
They're tricky. But they aren't exactly bizarre. If you define trick plays one way, Michigan's offense uses a dozen of them every game; if you limit the definition to traditional things like halfback passes, well, there will be a lot fewer.
But a halfback pass or a double pass seems downright conventional compared to some of the stuff Harbaugh cooks up.
|1 week 5 days ago||Knowing what we know in||
Knowing what we know in retrospect, I don't think Hoke's fate was sealed until the Minnesota game at the earliest. Part of this is the power of "what could be." We know now that Michigan was a horrible team in 2014. But, going into the season, we thought they'd be decent, and even going into the B1G schedule the possibility technically existed for Michigan to win the conference title, or at least compete for it.
So even the Utah loss, while clearly a sign of trouble, was not actually bad enough to close the door. After all, hadn't Michigan recovered from a disastrous non-conference season to look pretty good in 2007?
Of course, it was never going to happen. But we didn't know that.
And, much more importantly, Dave Brandon didn't know that. Hoke was DB's guy. And it seems apparent now that much of the appeal to DB was the ability for DB to meddle in the operation of the football team, something he would be unlikely to be willing to give up even if it meant the team had a chance to improve on its coach.
It's possible that had Brandon handled the Morris situation well enough to hold onto his job he would still have fired Hoke. But that would have been a reluctant, sacrificial firing at the end of a disastrous losing season. A 7-5 or 8-4 Hoke with DB probably (shamefully) keeps his job.
And firing Brandon was no sure thing. Athletic Directors are not generally held accountable for the poor records of a single sports program.
Were we done with Hoke after Notre Dame or Utah? Yeah. But Dave Brandon wasn't.
Hoke's fate was sealed when Brandon bungled the Morris injury, and then WD and Brian teamed up to demonstrate that he was an absolute jerk in emails. Not before.
|1 week 5 days ago||I feel like the "submarine"||
I feel like the "submarine" is overrated. Harbaugh is pretty tight-lipped, but there's a different feeling than I got from Hoke stammering through stuff. Less info from coordinators, I guess, but we still get good details.
There were, what, at least three public practices in the spring? And didn't we get a public practice in camp last season? Seems reasonable to assume it will happen again. Maybe guys more plugged in than I can refute this (and I would welcome better info) but it seems like there is still plenty of information available for those who want it.
|1 week 5 days ago||I'll have what he's having.||
I'll have what he's having.
|1 week 5 days ago||We are a little more than||
We are a little more than halfway through the decade, assuming that this sort of list is evaluated after 2019.
My hope, and a reasonable expectation, is that these next four seasons will be, by far, the best seasons of Michigan's decade.
As a consequence, it is reasonable to believe (or at least cross our fingers and hope) that 8 or 9 of the "worst of" slots have been filled, while a majority of the "best" slots are still awaiting fulfillment.
If this is true, there are at most four "best" slots to fill from events as of 2010.
So my list so far would look something like this:
Denard's Bergkamp run against ND in 2010.
The Final drive of UTL.
"Defense" chant against Northwestern last year. (Small edge over the Minnesota goal line stand, which I prefer since I was there but won't stand the test of time the way "Defense" will).
Jehu Chesson and Jake Rudock combining to immolate Vernon Hargreaves in a demolition of a good Florida team.
In the last four years, hoping for:
A defining, unforgettable Jabrill Peppers highlight.
A key play in a playoff game win.
Rashan Gary killing some guy.
A last-minute comeback play in a huge game.
A highlight from a dominant win against one of our two rivals.
A national championship moment.
C'mon we can do this.
|1 week 5 days ago||The Defense Chant||
The Defense Chant encapsulates the consecutive shutouts and is a unique, special moment in Michigan's football history. Way overshadows anything else in that game, IMO, though those were still exciting moments.
|1 week 5 days ago||Was 2013 PSU the low point of||
Was 2013 PSU the low point of Michigan football, and of this blog? 2014 was actually a worse season, of course, but the meltdown of the Minnesota game that year actually produced tangible results. Yes, there was outrage, but the various outrages were so clear that there was a definable path to change.
2013 was a mess with no tangible signs of hope--we were stuck with Borges, we were stuck with Hoke, we were stuck with DB, and all we could do was rage about it on the board. It was a dark, dark week.
I think that was when voting was broken, too.
|1 week 5 days ago||I feel like comments about||
I feel like comments about players that aren't prompted by direct questions (i.e. "How's Rashan Gary doing?" "He's a great player") are more reliable, because they come naturally to his mind. A question about competition at positions that prompts him to rattle off a bunch of freshmen he's impressed with? Maybe he just thought it was time for a "I love all my players" news dump, or maybe he's really impressed with a bunch of those guys.
I favor the latter interpretation. Because that would be awesome.
|1 week 5 days ago||It's their job. I'm glad||
It's their job. I'm glad they're doing it. They're supposed to ask those questions, they're supposed to try to dig for information, they're supposed to follow up. And Harbaugh is supposed to furrow his brow and act like they're speaking an obscure dialect of Cantonese.
We eventually got the information. I doubt we hear a clear answer about Mitchell and Johnson if that reporter doesn't ferret it out.
|1 week 6 days ago||Not his fastest race. But he||
Not his fastest race. But he was behind Gatlin at full gallop, and just... Goes plaid. It's like he has a different set of physics.
Exciting race. Great payoff. Still can't believe Bolt has won three golds in a row.
|2 weeks 2 hours ago||The questions are||
The questions are inextricable from the sport. Here, for example: http://www.si.com/vault/2009/08/31/105851688/bolt-strikes-twice
|2 weeks 2 hours ago||Man that backfield was||
Man that backfield was ridiculous.
|2 weeks 2 hours ago||Best two on one roster, yes.||
Best two on one roster, yes. But they weren't really played as a tandem the way other pairings were, I don't believe.
|2 weeks 2 hours ago||Because I'm a doping realist;||
Because I'm a doping realist; I suspect many of the athletes I cheer for are doping. And if Bolt is doping, I don't think he's a doper amongst clean athletes.
High level athletes are people who put incredible focus and investment into improvement and winning. Their whole lives are bent on it. If there is a way to gain a few percentage points of performance without getting caught, many will be willing to do it.
I would be naive to think that my preferred athletes are somehow morally superior because they're the ones I like. Some of them probably juice.
My conclusion about Bolt is really a conclusion about Track. I find it implausible that a majority of the best track athletes are clean. Therefore, I find it implausible that one clean guy could be that much better than a large number of cheaters.
|2 weeks 2 hours ago||Eh, sort of. Doping tests are||
Eh, sort of. Doping tests are better than they used to be, but they're still reasonably predictable and very beatable. For example, as of a couple of years ago the testosterone level needed to register a positive test was four times the normal human amount, meaning that athletes were generally free to dope to 3.5x without ever triggering a test failure.
Thus my opinion that the only people who fail tests are ones that make a mistake.
In cycling, they use a biological passport that is quite thorough in checking blood levels progressively through the year. It limits extremes, but there are still methods known to game it.
|2 weeks 3 hours ago||I say this as a cycling fan||
I say this as a cycling fan who got into the sport because of Lance and who still likes seeing replays of his wins:
Everybody cheated. But only Lance aggressively tried to destroy people who dared question him on it. He brought every piece of blowback on himself.