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|6 hours 56 min ago||That was true every year of||
That was true every year of the Lloyd Carr era. They still had much more impressive running attacks in other years. And Thomas was good, but not great that year, as you would expect from a freshman playing behind a polished senior.
|6 hours 58 min ago||McMurtry and Chris Calloway.||
McMurtry and Chris Calloway. Yeah, great players. I checked their stats today, they were... less impressive than I remember.
Which is not a knock on them. It is entirely a function of the changing state of the game, especially the contrast between Bo and the modern era. Their stats don't look impressive because we are used to seeing stats from teams that pass 40 times a game. In their era, they were very good.
|9 hours 41 min ago||Agree 100%.||
|9 hours 43 min ago||What do you mean by "less||
What do you mean by "less functional?" I love its features and functions and will continue to use it for the forseeable future. If you're just referring to software that runs on it, well, yes, there are compromises there, but also certain applications available that don't have good Windows alternatives.
The computers themselves cost a lot, yes, but for those who value the hardware and OS it is worthwile to them. I am just plain more comfortable and more productive on a Mac laptop than on a Windows laptop.
I have, however, gone the PC route for a "power" computer, since upgrading the hardware of a Mac can only occur at the time you order and is ridiculously expensive. And Windows 10 is fine on it.
EDIT: And because I can't stop talking, some further elaboration on this: Technology has advanced so much that consumer hardware is just ridiculously juiced right now. Incredible hard drive space, solid state drives, RAM at prices that used to be unthinkable. A computer with 16+ gigs of RAM, a decent SSD for OS and key apps, and a big honking regular hard drive with incredible space can run incredibly smoothly and near-instantaneously fast and is a joy to use on any current OS.
The problem is that these features all cost tons of money on a Mac, and you need to choose it up front because the hardware is not upgradeable. This has always been an issue, but IMO with the accessibility of SSDs and other features the upside for better hardware is now much higher. My Windows PC loads in seconds, and the difference in starting up Word on my work Mac and my home PC is shocking.
And Windows is catching up to Mac in usability. Yay competition.
|10 hours 2 min ago||Would have been interesting,||
Would have been interesting, since we tied three times. That was the year that Alabama shocked a heavily favored Miami in the Sugar Bowl. Bama had the best defense in the country that season.
Also very good that season was FSU, which lost in Miami due to Wide Right II (would have tied the game had the field goal made it) and Notre Dame, which of course we tied early in the season.
|10 hours 20 min ago||True. I tend to think of||
True. I tend to think of Terrell maturing sooner, while Walker really didn't emerge as a top threat until 2001 when he was the entire offense.
But a quick check of the stats reveals that both Knight and Walker cleared 30 catches that season, while Terrell had 61. So Terrell was indeed the alpha dog, but Walker was a bigger contributor than my memory recalls. Burnishes the reputation of the group as a whole.
|10 hours 24 min ago||"What happened against||
"What happened against Illinois" was turnovers. Double digit fumbles, if you can believe that. Someone else was just discussing that game, and it came up.
|10 hours 31 min ago||Nevermind, found the page||
Nevermind, found the page myself. (link)
36 points a game, #1 in the nation that year. 345 yards rushing a game at 5.9 per carry.
Hard to argue with that.
|10 hours 35 min ago||Before my time, obviously. Do||
Before my time, obviously. Do you have access to more stats from that season? I would be interested.
|10 hours 35 min ago||Secret: The OL wasn't that||
Secret: The OL wasn't that good that year. For the season they averaged 3.2 yards per carry, 118 rushing yards per game. That's not great. They weren't able to run particularly well against Alabama, either, but certain other members of the team managed to come back and make up for it.
|10 hours 38 min ago||Averaged 43 carries for 171||
Averaged 43 carries for 171 yards per game, 4 yards per carry. Good, not great. The line was better in later years.
Our memory tends to overrate that offense because it won a title; it was not one of Lloyd's better offenses. Other phases of the game obviously made the difference.
|10 hours 41 min ago||That was a good corps, as was||
That was a good corps, as was the '06 group.
In 1990 we had Desmond Howard and Derrick Alexander. In 1992 Alexander was joined by young Amani Toomer. 1999 had David Terrell, Marcus Knight, and young Marquise Walker.
Lots to pick from. I would probably take '04 or '06, with Breaston as an excellent third option putting a good crew over the top.
|10 hours 45 min ago||That 90 OL won the MVP award||
That 90 OL won the MVP award of the Gator Bowl as a group. That's a pretty strong vote there.
|12 hours 44 min ago||Good to see you again.||
Good to see you again.
|13 hours 59 min ago||Mac guy here, built a PC with||
Mac guy here, built a PC with Windows 10. It's great for me so far.
|14 hours 55 sec ago||I'm using a non-Samsung m2 in||
I'm using a non-Samsung m2 in my newer PC build and it's great.
|1 day 3 hours ago||(The last title was 19 years||
(The last title was 19 years ago, but if you want a list of the heartbreaking near misses since then, I can write one up for you. It's really, really, really long. St. Paul wasn't that long ago. Last season was probably a mild underachievement, too, but it wasn't a bad team at all and healthily made the tournament and won the conference tournament).
|1 day 3 hours ago||There's good discussion here,||
There's good discussion here, and that's a legit question. I have no inside info, but here's some supposition:
I think Red's had his finger on the trigger for several years. I think he would have retired if Michigan had beaten UMD in St. Paul, and in fact I was prepared for him to announce it on the ice. I think he enjoys coaching but he knows that he has been in a position to retire soon for a while.
Still, he's had unfinished business to come back to. Michigan went to OT in the national title game, reasonable to think the team is so close. A flukey OT tournament loss the next season in a tourney Michigan could easily have won, reasonable to think the team is close. Then there were missed tourneys, which isn't how you want to finish, and good recruits coming in. And a return to success isn't unprecedented--Jack Parker managed to pull his team out of a long slump and win a national title before he retired. Red might have been hoping for the same thing.
Always a reason to come back. I thought he should have retired after 14-15 when a very talented team failed to make the tournament, and Larkin and Copp both surprised us and left.
But he stubbornly came back, and was kind of proven right by how well the team played last year.
However, I think the Compher and Motte departures really took him off guard. Those guys come back and you have, at least on paper, a talent base to work with. Connor was gone, of course, but those guys seemed like good shots to stay. At least, I assume that's what he was thinking, because there's no way he wants to go out like this, and after everybody left this was pretty much a sure thing.
So this is it. A bad team, hopefully at the end of his career.
I have no way of verifying your report of what the assistant said, but if that's true is does not surprise me in the least. I think Pearson was the real engine before he left and the results kind of speak for themselves now. Too many talented teams have come through with poor player development, too many teams with questionable locker rooms, too many red flags.
Andrew Copp was the bellweather. His freshman year he was asserting leadership and playing hard and scoring key goals on an otherwise listless team. An Ann Arbor kid, playing at his dream school, a guy with slim pro prospects, the next great captain of the team.
I was absolutely stunned that he left early. Larkin was disappointing, but you could at least understand him taking the check. Same with Trouba and, later, Connor. But Copp had everything to play for in college.
And he wanted to leave.
That tells me that things are very unpleasant. I don't know if it's just an out of touch coach or something else, but Copp didn't want to be at Michigan anymore.
When I say that Red has earned the right to call his shot, that doesn't mean I think he should keep coaching. It means that I will live with it if he doesn't. But I think he should have retired two years ago.
|1 day 3 hours ago||This is an interesting||
This is an interesting theory. And it's easy to dump everything on DB, who is both an incompetent villain and a convenient scapegoat.
I would say this: Mel Pearson was not anxious to leave when Tech offered him the job. He waffled on it quite a bit. He was settled in the Ann Arbor area, his family was here, and I believe he actually initially declined.
I believe he was encouraged to go. How much of that encouragement was Red saying "I'm not retiring for a while" and how much of it was "if you want this job you need some head coaching experience," I don't know. But at the time I thought he was going to get head coaching experience to be a better candidate to replace Red. He certainly seems to be there now.
FWIW Brian has heard whispers and the feelings I've seen from around the outside of the program suggest that Mel is probably the guy. And he's good, so it's not a bad move. The downturn of the program and his departure is not coincidental.
|1 day 7 hours ago||No need to lose your cool.||
No need to lose your cool. Red appears to have lost his fastball, yes. And the team is underperforming, yes.
The players that are there are playing hard.
And, while this season stinks, Red has earned the right to stay on too long. I am probably not a significant fan of the sport of college hockey if not for Red. The vast majority of the current Michgian Hockey fanbase does not exist in its current state if not for Red. The expectations you are putting on the team are not reasonable if not for Red.
He was a great player for this program. He went to the NHL, he coached in the NHL, and, like Harbaugh, he came back home to rebuild a program in tatters.
He succeeded, emphatically. A peerless tournament streak. The Yost experience. The Winged helmets. All-time greats like Turco and Morrison. An incredible run of Frozen Fours. Two national titles.
The end here is a bit ugly, but this program will rise quickly. And hanging on in decline is a privilege Red earned with his incredible success to this point.
|1 day 7 hours ago||I didn't. They are||
I didn't. They are undeserved, the result of a technical issue.
|1 day 7 hours ago||This is the least talented||
This is the least talented team Michigan has put on the ice since the streak started, in my opinion.
The issue of depatures is nothing new. Programs that recruit top players deal with it. Michigan has dealt with it for years.
The missed the tourney three years in a row with solid NHL talent on the roster. They were good last season; this season's team is not as good as its record.
I have a strong suspicion that some of the early depatures have been the result of a not-so-great situation off the ice. As Brian pointed out on twitter, Cooper Marody's suspension is a big red flag here. So was the departure of Andrew Copp, who was the ideal four-year Michigan guy who grew up in Ann Arbor. Motte and Compher departures, too.
I don't think Michigan is a great place to play hockey right now.
|1 day 7 hours ago||At least someone is winning||
At least someone is winning this week.
|1 day 8 hours ago||Michigan is not good. And||
Michigan is not good. And Penn State is.
Really not complicated, unfortunately.
|1 day 10 hours ago||So, question to you (though I||
So, question to you (though I think a lot of us have various preferences about what is and is not acceptably polite driving): Does it affect your perception of such actions as rude that the individuals doing these things are not necessarily visible as people, but as vehicles?
I tend to think of driving as a solitary activity. I listen to a radio station of my choice, I can hold a phone conversation, etc. So meeting someone at an intersection isn't really a "social" meeting.
In contrast, if I were navigating a busy lobby or hallway, I don't feel like I'm doing something on my own. I am passing through a large number of people. I don't feel like I'm in my own space in nearly the same way. It's much more anonymous in a car, in my experience anyway.
|1 day 11 hours ago||If Wilson was potentially||
If Wilson was potentially endangering players, but it wasn't a situation corrupting the entire staff, I guess this makes sense. I would like to think that B1G teams can hire better coaches than they often do, but then again this is Indiana we are talking about.
Indiana is never going to be elite. But they were scary competitive in the best division in college football. They've been consistently competitive for years. So, if Allen is clean with regards to the alleged Wilson problems, this might be a realistic choice to continue the existing plan. No need to disrupt the program to hire some unknown coordinator or mid-level MAC coach when you can continue a program that has grown impressively on the field.
And the defense has certainly shown real improvement, so it seems that the guy knows how to coordinate. Why not move him up?
|1 day 11 hours ago||Road Rage and Internet Anger||
Road rage is a strange concept on the surface. Why is there a type of emotional action that is specifically associated with driving, a practice that has only existed since the beginning of the 20th century?
For most people who experience driving-related anger, I believe that the feelings one experiences are similar to those experienced in a forum like this, or like Twitter or Reddit. That is, these are contexts in which the perceived offense against our person that prompts anger is divorced from the humanity of the person causing that offense.
You weren't cut off in traffic by Angela Merit, 34-year-old mother of two who has a baby screaming in the backseat because naptime was half an hour ago but she was stuck in line at the grocery store. What you see is that you were cut off by a blue Toyota Siena, the driver of which is only slightly visible if at all.
In the same way, you aren't angry at Darren Holland, a 38-year old divorcee who is constantly discouraged at his job because younger guys seem to get better opportunities, who doesn't get to see his kids as much as he should but doesn't know how to connect with them when he does, and who happens to write in a way that makes him sound short-tempered when discussing a football team he uses as an escape; you are angry at a screen name (such as "FantasyHero868") and an avatar of a bodybuilder flexing his muscles that Darren pulled off of Google images.
It is easier to be angry at people we don't know at all than people we at least understand as real humans. A lot of online and road-based anger stems from this dehumanization, I think.
And it's a bit different than a guy pulling out a guy and shooting someone. I would guess that most people on this forum have overreacted in the contexts described above; I know I occasionally see a car or a twitter avi instead of a person. The assailant was acting in a manner that was much more out of control.
|1 day 11 hours ago||I think this is what you||
I think this is what you mean, but according to the witness McKnight was apologizing, and his killer pulled out a gun and murdered him anyway. Just to clarify the pronouns here.
|1 day 11 hours ago||Aggression, you mean,||
Aggression, you mean, uncontrolled anger?
You're right, it doesn't get enough attention. But it's not just an illness or something people are born with, either. Uncontrolled emotive behavior is a learned habit. It's not easy, but that behavior can change.
Sorry, I've seen too many people excuse destructive levels of anger by saying "that's just who I am" when it is not the case.
|1 day 12 hours ago||Earlier, I think. He was||
Earlier, I think. He was supposed to be the next Reggie Bush when he came to USC. Obviously, things didn't work out that way. Had nothing to do with today, though, and the description from an eye-witness is terrible.