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|3 hours 2 min ago||Why not? It looks like a||
Why not? It looks like a serious weakness. There was some discussion of this on yesterday's LB thread, but that was buried amidst 200+ responses. I think this is a legit topic.
Your post sounds like someone who likes the sound of their own writing.
|21 hours 44 min ago||Alum96, you've done a||
Alum96, you've done a write-up on the next class. My casual reading of it suggests that Michigan isn't even in on any particularly great LBs for this year. Honestly, given the situation we're in right now, that seems like a mistake. Is there anyone that Michigan has a shot at that could be legit starting material if they get on campus? Can you give us a rundown on the position?
|21 hours 51 min ago||They're pursuing one. There's||
They're pursuing one. There's almost zero chance that he gets it.
|22 hours 1 sec ago||Interesting idea, one of the||
Interesting idea, one of the better ones on the thread. I would expect Dymonte to be needed at safety, though. We lose Wilson, and we're going to need him in the back.
|22 hours 1 min ago||This is dead on. And I think||
This is dead on.
And I think you might be on to something, with perhaps our best hope being a great recruit that can start right away.
The upside is that the staff can legitimately promise a good shot at playing time. I'm surprised we're not in on more top LBs.
|22 hours 3 min ago||It's a real worry. LBs were a||
It's a real worry. LBs were a weakness this season and we lose both (well, all three for those rare occasions that we're not in nickel) after this season. The DL looks like it will be monstrous, especially with real and potential recruits coming in for depth, but Gedeon is the only guy who could even see the field this year. It's reasonable to think that he'll grow in the offseason, but it is not reasonable to think that another guy will just emerge out of thin air and be a plus player.
And that could be a problem.
|22 hours 6 min ago||That's what we said about the||
That's what we said about the OL going into 2013, and boy were we wrong. Just wishing things to be automatically better in the next season does not make it so.
And Morgan, while not an All-American or anything, was a plus player. Right now we're looking at playing guys who could not push Bolden off of the field this season. And that's a real worry for me.
|23 hours 35 min ago||Good pics. They totally||
They totally destroy your assertion. There are the usual visiting fan sections, which of course are almost entirely OSU fans. And there's the occasional red-clad fan scattered throughout the rest of the Stadium. It looks visible, because red is a loud color. But it's just a scattering. Nothing close to 20%, even remotely. Nothing like the last couple of seasons. And absolutely nothing that won't happen at every stadium for every team in America.
I appreciate you posting your own pics, and I respect you sticking around the thread to continue discussion. Shows some integrity. But, from your pics, your assertion about visiting fans is 100% wrong.
|1 day 7 min ago||Have you been to OSU or||
Have you been to OSU or Nebraska? A surprisingly high volume of fans of teams whose primary color is red have red coats.
|1 day 13 min ago||No. I was there in 2000.||
I was there in 2000. When they had lost to Michigan a lot, when they had John Cooper as coach. When Michigan twisted the knife they were beaten down by life. It was a tomb.
That's how it is almost everywhere.
|1 day 17 min ago||How many people own maize||
How many people own maize coats? It's winter, people wear winter clothes. It's hard to use t-shirts in this weather. A maize out would look embarrassing because most people can dress properly for it.
|1 day 26 min ago||Dude, our defense got||
Dude, our defense got pulverized in the second half. Of course it was quiet. And of course there were some OSU fans there. Thanks to the color contrast, they're impossible to miss. You claim to have attended a big game in the SEC, so surely you noticed that there were thousands upon thousands of visiting fans? Pretty standard down there. I know it was true in every SEC game I went to.
Look, the fans got punched in the mouth. That is not the time to evaluate whether or not it's a "first-class" fanbase, particularly in contrast with a team that is the defending national champion.
This is just someone angry about a loss looking to turn the anger on any available target. Since nothing on the field is available, he has turned to the stands. As have others. I mean, I understand the frustration, but this is lame.
|2 days 3 hours ago||Holy Cow. Go Blue. Beat||
|2 days 6 hours ago||24 HOURS AAAAAHHHHHHHH||
24 HOURS AAAAAHHHHHHHH
|2 days 8 hours ago||Yes.||
|3 days 5 hours ago||This is written poorly enough||
This is written poorly enough that it's hard to get the point, but it sounds like you are criticizing the OP for focusing only on the negative and not looking at the "whole picture."
Which suggests that you haven't actually read the whole post, or the other UFRs posted on this site. Like, at all. Because Brian pretty explicitly writes in this post that Peppers blew the TD pretty badly but that otherwise he was terrific and that removing him from the defense would be a horrible idea. He has actual charts that literally compile ratings from the entire game. You know, the whole picture.
It's possible that I am completely misreading your post, because I have a hard time understanding how you could have misread the OP on this scale.
|3 days 6 hours ago||This. Happy Thanksgiving.||
This. Happy Thanksgiving. Beat Ohio.
|3 days 6 hours ago||"Free safeties ought to be||
"Free safeties ought to be boring" becomes much easier to understand if, like me, you've spent some time on Sundays watching the Raiders play defense just to see Charles Woodson. And noticed that Woodson is rarely involved except to clean up the messes of other people, occasionally poaching a brilliant interception here and there.
There are times where chasing down a run near the endzone seems like a fruitless excersize that delays the inevitable; Michigan has had teams in the recent past where that is the case. What's great about Wilson's early rundown, plus his sideline pushout at the 2 later on, is that with this defense preventing a touchdown on one play often means that no touchdown occurs at all. This has been explicitly true both on those plays and in game like Minnesota.
|4 days 6 hours ago||Kalis still has a lot of||
Kalis still has a lot of time. I think we'll remember him fondly before he's gone.
I really am disappointed that Green hasn't worked it out. He still has a year to find a way to be productive, and he's shown flashes of impressive physical attributes... But with two staffs and three years it hasn't happened yet. And, yeah, at some point it's not the coaching. Some guys just don't emerge the way we expect them to.
That's one of the things that is so delightful about Jabrill Peppers, who has been absolutely everything we could have hoped.
|4 days 6 hours ago||I don't like them. Kinda||
I don't like them. Kinda plain, and maize letters/numbers/logos don't look as good.
But they are way, way, way better than the normal uniforms we have this year.
|4 days 7 hours ago||Jim Harbaugh's humility.||
Jim Harbaugh's humility. We've long known that he has been a loose cannon in the past. He has at least two legendary not-so-polite postgame handshakes. He has, in the past, taken shots at Michigan's academics. He has, in the past, gotten under people's skin.
And I was fine with that, because he's a winner and everything he does is about winning. So if that means he instantly becomes the most hated man in the Big Ten, so be it.
But from his opening press conference and Chrisler appearance, he has refused to engage in trash talk (EDIT: and the shoutout to Zuniga was outstanding). To bad-mouth other programs. To make guarantees. To take subtext shots at other coaches.
And, rather than just establish a football empire, he has embraced his role as a community figure. Selfies with fans, visits with Chad Carr, get-togethers with non-revenue sports teams, sneaking into the Grave Walk... all of it awesome. And he has, from all appearances, been a great guy, too. He took a vacation with his wife. He supports his coaches' families. He has never to this point chewed out a player and embarrassed him publicly, despite his fearsome reputation.
I thought we'd get a brilliant coach that made us roll our eyes in loving exasperation once a month. Instead, Jim Harbaugh hasn't put a foot wrong in the last year.
And we're winning football games all the same.
|4 days 8 hours ago||If Durkin wants to get a||
If Durkin wants to get a head-coaching job this year, he'll leave. There's no getting around it; the market is wide-open, and good programs are going to be desperate for coaches. Durkin is a rising star, so he will get looks.
If MD wants him, they'll make an offer. If he declines, it's because he thinks he can get a better job. Perhaps this year, perhaps (we can hope) an even better job next year. But he's going to go.
|5 days 2 hours ago||I agree with this.||
I agree with this.
|5 days 4 hours ago||Because LSU is completely||
Because LSU is completely behind the football program. You will never lack for effort to win. They went all-in with Nick Saban and have not backed off. They will invest in facilities, in staff, in support, and in anything else a coach needs (possibly including things that the NCAA wouldn't approve of) to succeed.
They have a much better fanbase than FSU, and I believe a bigger one than Clemson as well.
If Herman is offered LSU or Georgia he would be absolutely insane not to take it.
|5 days 4 hours ago||That's definitely true||
That's definitely true (though Booty was post-Saban and post-Josh Booty) and LA is now LSU territory.
The subtext to my comment, which appears to be a bit too "sub," is that I believe LSU is as dirty as it gets in recruiting. If the Money believes they can do better than Les, I think it's because the Money already knows exactly what is involved in landing those incredible classes. Thus, getting a new coach isn't going to hurt the pipeline.
|5 days 5 hours ago||RE: the hockey issue: This||
RE: the hockey issue:
This looks kind of ugly. Yes, I understand that there are age difference concerns, but that has been a part of the game for years. The fact that the B1G appears to be doing an end-around on the rest of the sport is a very bad look. This could have been handled better.
The NCAA tourney issue is completely separate, and Walt Kyle is being ridiculous about it. Especially in the last few years, where home ice rounds would feature B1G schools traveling to face rabid local fanbases of smaller schools. I think a school like Ferris that has a great season deserves to host a game, instead of traveling for 5 or 10 hours to attend a regional that is either empty or packed with fans of a lower-seeded team.
|5 days 5 hours ago||Some commentators have||
Some commentators have suggested that LSU is insane, and use the Hat's recruiting (including the currently #1-ranked class) as a big piece of evidence.
I'm a cynic here, but I think LSU believes it will be able to recruit well no matter who the coach is. Because I think they know that the reason they recruit well is not just the Hat's charming personality. I think they have a reasonable expectation that their recruiting "advantages" will be unchanged with a new coach.
And if that is true, then this is probably a rational move. LSU has seen gobs of talent cycle through its goalposts since Saban has taken over, and it has fielded some genuinely impressive defenses. But the mediocre offense that Les produces year after year is a problem. The fact that he is mediocre with the kind of talent he has had (OBJ has an easier time producing in the NFL than he did in college. How is this even possible?) is scandalous.
And his in-game management is ineffective. And he whitewashes serious legal and ethical problems in his players like no other coach in football.
And LSU has become a destination program. If they fire Les they know they'll be able to get someone worthwhile to replace him.
|5 days 6 hours ago||So this seems to back up what||
So this seems to back up what a couple of other people suggested, that Harbaugh isn't doing a lot in Ohio this year because he wasn't in on the talent. That he's not going to invest in causes that are out of reach, but just go with what he knows and what is achievable.
There's a good indicator that this may be the case--Harbaugh's recruiting record in our own home town of Ann Arbor. I'm not a total recruiting hound like some, so I could be off here, but my impression is that there are two or three Michigan-level recruits in Ann Arbor and Saline, and Harbaugh hasn't invested a lot of effort in them. He's offered the player from Pioneer, who is literally across the street, but I don't think the guy from Skyline is even on the board.
And my impression is that this is because Michigan knows they're not likely candidates. Either because they're late to the game or because a guy wants/needs to get some distance, or something else, they're not a top choice.
And so, like Ohio, the staff goes to where the interested prospects are.
|1 week 21 hours ago||There's one good team left on||
There's one good team left on OSU's schedule. Let's see what it does.
|1 week 22 hours ago||Can't remember the last time||
Can't remember the last time I saw a college player go nuclear on coaches like Zeke did today. Also said flat-out that he's not coming back next year.
They might still get focused this week... But right now OSU players are acting like their season is over.
Just win. Beat Ohio.