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|3 hours 33 min ago||This escalated quickly.||
This escalated quickly.
|3 hours 37 min ago||You don't go to Bolivia for||
You don't go to Bolivia for being wrong. You go to Bolivia for violating explicit rules of the board, for abuse, for spam, and other such.
Expressing an unpopular opinion (assuming that opinion is not one that has been declared off-limits in this format, such as politics or religion) has never been cause for a trip to Bolivia.
The OP is, in my view, misguided. Whatever. We all say things that bomb. Tomorrow or the next day or next week the author will comment on something else or post a new thread and all of this will be irrelevant, as it should be.
|5 hours 30 min ago||Agree with everybody that||
Agree with everybody that Hurst is a mistake to leave off. He was elite even in terms of our DL last year, so he has the performance to justify inclusion on a list like this (which weighs quite a bit on previous performance, thus fewer guys who will "emerge" as such next season).
But, as the OP says, there's not a lot else to argue with here. Cole was quite average last season, we've lost almost everyone else on defense (and McCray, while fine, didn't light the world on fire).
The guys on this list are already guys who are well established, including Speight. Michigan will doubtless have other guys emerge this season, but the point of this list isn't to predict break-out stars. It's just kind of a survey of what proven talent is coming back, and ranking it to get a rise out of people.
And not much to argue with the #1 guy they list, either.
|6 hours 19 min ago||Should Michigan consider||
Should Michigan consider taking the wings off the helmets?
Should we build a new, fancy, domed stadium to replace an aging Big House?
Should we change the school colors to Teal and Orange?
Should college football "evolve" into a 7-on-7 no-contact flag skill player drill?
I don't care about a hypothetical, small competitive advantage. It is important to win in college football, but college football is so much more than that.
If all I wanted was to root for a winner, I would just give up on college football and root for the Patriots or something. Move to Oakland and become a Warriors fan. Why not? Winning is all that matters?
But college football is about the stadium and the colors and the bands and the fight songs and the timeless uniforms and the chants and the intensity and the anticipation for a game all week and the thrill of the play at the moment and the tension that comes from watching a game that really does matter.
We are incalculably blessed to be fans of a program that has such a rich tradition, such great "extra" features, such a long history, and such wonderful moments through a season. I have friends who root for Louisville, for Kentucky, for Minnesota, for Boise State, and so on. None of them come close to having what we have.
And the crown jewel of the entire sport, not just in our program or in our conference, but in the entire nation, takes place on the last Saturday in November:
There is nothing like it in sports. The bands. The colors. The noise. The tension. The three months of anticipation, the cathartic moments of joy, the crushing moments of disappointment. The fact that the Game matters more than any other.
It is gutting to lose, yes. I hate this losing streak. I want Michigan to beat Ohio State more than I want anything else in sports put together.
To sacrifice the pageantry and the wonder and the glory of that Game, of that moment, of the rivalry ESPN rightly called the best in sports in the 20th century (here's to another 83 years of being the best), so that the committee might be a bit more sympathetic about it, would be an absolute crime against everything that matters in sports.
It belongs at the end of the season.
And the solution to the impression of the committee is very simple: Win The Game.
|9 hours 47 min ago||The jerseys debuted at that||
The jerseys debuted at that game where they honored the 1996 championship team, the game with that incredible Score-O intermission, a game that Michigan miraculously won by the skin of their teeth.
I suggested at the time that that whole evening would probably be the highlight of the season. Nothing has since occurred to shake my belief in that statement.
Where's the bleach
|1 day 14 min ago||I really haven't followed the||
I really haven't followed the Pistons well this year, but don't they wind up with the same spacing issues that we used to have with all the bigs? Rubio can't shoot, Drummond's under the basket... seems problematic.
|1 day 5 hours ago||Double post||
|1 day 5 hours ago||Is that leaning tower of||
Is that leaning tower of Pizza building model still standing on the grounds of Domino's Farms?
|2 days 4 hours ago||Since the NCAA is voluntary||
Since the NCAA is voluntary and not bound by guarantees in the Bill of Rights, it seems to me that a logical option would be to simply declare the school responsible for all infractions after one year if they are unable to complete the investigation. And, if the school is unhappy, let them file an appeal in which they can bring forward the evidence the NCAA did not have time to evaluate.
I'm sure that would satisfy everybody, right?
|2 days 4 hours ago||It's interesting in threads||
It's interesting in threads like this to observe which groups of people are and are not ok to insult and dehumanize.
|2 days 5 hours ago||I'm a bit anxious about||
I'm a bit anxious about recruiting these days, since top title contenders are killing it and we need to keep up. But, man, the recruiting coverage on this post is ledge-worthy stuff, especially since we all know how long Mallett stuck around.
This quote is presciently brutal:
"There will be a lot of pressure on the Michigan staff to put together a 2008 class on a par with the 2006 group -- one bad recruiting class won't kill you but two in a row will cause problems."
You don't say.
|2 days 12 hours ago||The OP can't remember much...||
The OP can't remember much... hockey content on the site?
Yeah, hasn't been a lot to talk about. But Brian did write a game/weekend column on Monday (tldr: this team stinks). And there are the game stories by Nasternak in the diary section.
Booing the team is a really, really bad idea.
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|3 days 6 hours ago||This doesn't make any sense||
This doesn't make any sense to me. If Harbaugh wanted to zero in on one back, Michigan would have zeroed in on one back. As it was, Harbaugh said publicly that rotating backs is the NFL way and that it better saves the guys for later. The guys that played did not significantly underperform, certainly not in comparison to the line in front of them.
And, again, Harbaugh was not yelling at Wheatley to leave guys in. I think the philosophy they used regarding the RB rotation was agreed by everyone with a say.
The stuff Harbaugh would be dissatisfied with, were there to be any, would be stuff behind the scenes. Practice reps, development, etc. We really can't know any of this.
|3 days 6 hours ago||Nothing in recruiting is a||
Nothing in recruiting is a sure enough thing for any reasonable person to make the decision of a player (who hasn't actually committed yet!) the criteria by which a job is lost or kept.
I can't dog everything Henson does, and maybe he's heard some stuff, but I find it difficult to believe that Fisch would prefer to remain as an anonymous second guy at Michigan when a Power 5 coordinator position with a highly-touted QB is available. And while Wheatley's move isn't as obvious a step up, the theories that he got canned because one guy flipped and another one might flip are absurd. Perhaps Harbaugh wasn't anxious to have him back, but there's no way that the Wilson flip had anything to do with it.
|3 days 7 hours ago||In my memory (which is pretty||
In my memory (which is pretty thorough for that time period, except for some lapses in 2005) Jason Ryznar played hockey for Michigan for four years and had three notable games.
One of them was his debut, the Cold War game at Spartan Stadium, in which he somehow netted two goals in the tie.
The other two, my pick for his "unicorn" games, were back-to-back games in the 2003 NCAA tournament.
At Yost, against Colorado College, Ryznar (back then he shared a reasonably effective line with Milan Gajic and David Moss) was a revelation. Chatting with friends after the first intermission, I remarked how astonished I was by his play.
And it was real. Colorado College was the high-flying team in the nation that year, featuring Hobey winner and 80+ scorer Peter Sejna, his linemate Noah Clarke, and a handful of other offensive savants. They were terrifyingly good. Michigan's strategy was to hit hard and to grind them down on the boards.
And Ryznar was the key. He absolutely dominated the boards all game long. He manhandled opposing defenders and controlled the puck everywhere. He was a crucial factor in MIchigan's second goal, imperiously scored the game-winner unassisted in the third.
It was astonishing.
He was basically the same guy in the FF against Minnesota, too, and only Paul Martin's desperation glove deflected what would have been the game-winner off of Ryznar's stick in the third.
Unfortunately, Ryznar was hurt too frequently to really put things together. But, for two games, he was the best player on the ice.
|4 days 22 hours ago||Maybe it wasn't easy being||
Maybe it wasn't easy being coach and dad at the same time, even if he was in a different position group. Some sons play for their dads, but some deliberately go somewhere else instead. (Locally, the son of UMD's hockey coach, who is a legit D-1 player, committed to play several hours away). It's possible that Wheatley and/or Wheatley Jr found the combination difficult.
Or he may just be moving around. Five years in one spot as a small position coach is kind of a stall on the career.
|5 days 8 hours ago||No firm word on it but Mel is||
No firm word on it but Mel is probably an option. He may be the guy. College hockey doesn't exactly have a robust underground rumor mill culture, though, so it's hard to say.
|5 days 8 hours ago||"Mailing it in" because a||
"Mailing it in" because a program legend has continued to coach for a year when Manuel came in a couple of months before he had to decide to re-up?
The Manuel hate is absolutely absurd at this point. He's been on the job for a year and people are expecting him to set the world on fire. Most of the stuff he has continued to do has been the stuff that Hackett did.
Wait for him to actually do something that's bad.
|5 days 9 hours ago||Nobody could have expected||
Nobody could have expected Connor and Werenski to stay (Connor's performance regretably overshadowed Werenski, who from the World Juniors was scorching hot and who was not infrequently Michigan's best player on the ice, keying Michigan's offense with his incredible puck control). Compher and Motte, however, were surprising.
And they add to the list of guys that have left in the last few years that one wouldn't think really needed to. Copp was the stunner, to me. He seemed like a Jed Ortmeyer type from the moment he came to Michigan, a guts-and-glue type that would lead the team and contribute in a dozen different areas. He grew up in Ann Arbor, loved Michigan, and played like it mattered.
When he departed (also leaving, the more understandable Dylan Larkin) it was the siren telling anyone that paid attention that something wasn't right in the locker room. Compher and Motte getting out of dodge is more confirmation, to me. Either Michigan wasn't that pleasant to play for, or they just knew that without the top end talent around them they couldn't maintain their terrific production the way the team was coached. Either way, they knew it was time to go.
And Berenson wasn't prepared for it, and he's left with a team that is short on talent and short on coaching, who at three games below .500 is incredibly fortunate to even have the record that it does.
|5 days 9 hours ago||Ugh. I think it's worth||
I think it's worth pointing out that despite shot disparities the 2011 run to the final featured much more responsible defensive play and a team that maximized what it had on the roster.
And, importantly, that Mel Pearson was on the staff of that team.
A young team that lost almost all of its offensive talent should adjust its style of play, slow down the game, avoid mistakes, and try to pounce on its occasional advantages. This team appears to be playing as if Brendan Morrison and Kyle Connor are still on the roster.
It's interesting that the Hunwick run began with an injury to Bryan Hogan that many thought was the end of Michigan's tournament streak. After all, Hogan was often peppered with good shots and Hunwick was just a guy we signed to be a career backup. Instead, Michigan transformed its play style in front of Hunwick, won the CCHA tourney, and went on a solid 2.25 year run.
I wonder if Hogan's injury gave Mel the ability to tell Red that they needed to adapt.
|6 days 20 hours ago||To what position? And that||
To what position?
And that may be why Wheatley is looking around. It's never been a secret that he wants to work his way up. If we take off the Michigan-man blinders, it's pretty normal for coaches to bounce around from team to team, learning and coaching and gaining new responsibilities as they move around. A position coach moving to a place of more responsibility, if that is what Wheatley is doing, isn't remarkable at all.
It feels different because Wheatley is a Michigan Man, but he is also a guy who is pursuing a career. Coaching is a vocation, and one that often requires people to change jobs to move up.
Michigan just doesn't have the space to do that.
It's not that weird, really. Jim Harbaugh's entire coaching career existed without attachment to Michigan until last year. Most of the staff has bounced all over the country. It's a job for them.
|6 days 23 hours ago||I'm just guessing that you're||
I'm just guessing that you're arguing with someone on mobile.
|6 days 23 hours ago||Those are all valid||
Those are all valid possibilities. I said "if both he and Michigan" because I have no insight into why he appears to be shopping around, but the evidence pretty strongly suggests that he is shopping around. Whether that's because he just wants to move up (reasonable and commendable) or because Michigan is getting cold feet is not knowable. But one of the sides clearly isn't completely sold.
|6 days 23 hours ago||That 10th coach is not an||
That 10th coach is not an offensive coordinator, which was what the remark you are responding to was about. I will give you the benefit of the doubt and guess that you didn't realize he was referencing a suggestion that someone make Wheatley an OC just for his recruiting prowess.
Because putting someone in a coordinator position just because they can recruit would be monumentally stupid. Now, if Wheatley is ready to move up, fine, but you need a coordinator to first and foremost know what they are doing.
|6 days 23 hours ago||Well, one of them has||
Well, one of them has apparently talked with Jacksonville about its RB coach position...
I'm pushing back against the "bad OLs don't matter for great RBs" meme a bit because people are getting a bit carried away. Yeah, Cook was great and got some big plays. However, one of those was on a third-and-forever draw play that Michigan was not in position for (hello, wide open holes--we used lesser guys to accomplish basically the same thing a number of times this year) and another big play was a pass in which he was lined up against Mike McCray. He spent a lot of time plunging into the line for little or no gain.
He has also had games where he was frustrated the entire game (including against Don Brown's BC defense last year) as have other great RBs. We ourselves saw Saquon Barkley get throttled in Michigan Stadium this year, and any Lions fan of any advanced age knows that Barry was stoned in his fair share of games, and there was no one better at running without space than him.
|6 days 23 hours ago||Nobody can blame you for||
Nobody can blame you for pizza at all.
|6 days 23 hours ago||And the last two times Bama||
And the last two times Bama has played LSU we've also seen that great RBs can get shut down if they have nowhere to go.
|6 days 23 hours ago||Where there's smoke, there's||
Where there's smoke, there's fire. Sam is not denying that Wheatley is looking around or getting contacted, or even that there's serious discussion with Jacksonville.
If he and Michigan both wanted him to stay, I don't think we'd be hearing all of this.
|1 week 10 hours ago||By the way I agree that's an||
By the way I agree that's an incredible pic.
|1 week 10 hours ago||It's a service for all of us.||
It's a service for all of us. This is the weblog of record, after all.