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|11 hours 55 min ago||Holy Cow. Go Blue. Beat||
|15 hours 21 min ago||24 HOURS AAAAAHHHHHHHH||
24 HOURS AAAAAHHHHHHHH
|16 hours 56 min ago||Yes.||
|1 day 14 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.
|1 day 14 hours ago||This. Happy Thanksgiving.||
This. Happy Thanksgiving. Beat Ohio.
|1 day 14 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.
|2 days 15 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.
|2 days 15 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.
|2 days 15 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.
|2 days 17 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.
|3 days 11 hours ago||I agree with this.||
I agree with this.
|3 days 13 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.
|3 days 13 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.
|3 days 13 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.
|3 days 14 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.
|3 days 15 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.
|6 days 6 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.
|6 days 7 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.
|6 days 11 hours ago||Agree, looked awful, but he||
Agree, looked awful, but he apparently told the radio guys he's ok, and he covered the ensuing kickoff. Great signs.
|6 days 11 hours ago||I legit feel bad for Cook. I||
I legit feel bad for Cook. I want them to lose, but to get knocked out of maybe the biggest game of your career (or it should be if you aren't excessively obsessed with a certain rival) after such a good career, with so much at stake, is terrible.
Kinda similar to Henne in 07.
|1 week 11 hours ago||It's one thing to make a kind||
It's one thing to make a kind gesture for someone associated with an opponent when you play them.
It's quite another for our two arch-rivals to make a public gesture like this in a huge game in which Michigan is not even involved. I'm astonished by them. What class. Both teams deserve major credit for this.
|1 week 15 hours ago||Not everybody is cut out to||
Not everybody is cut out to be a long-term NFL starter. A fair number of NFL starters aren't even cut out for it. Henne started for several years, produced some decent seasons, outlasted Blaine Gabbert, and kept the seat from being a disaster. He is now a quality, long-term backup quarterback, which isn't the biggest glamor job but is a fine achievement.
Solid backup QBs are guys who know the game, practice, work with the starter, and can jump up in a pinch and win a couple of games for a contending team if the starter goes down for a month. Henne is one of those guys. If you don't think the backup QB matters, just remember how rough it has been for the Cowboys without a competent backup. If Henne was playing in Dallas, they'd be within a game of first place right now.
|1 week 15 hours ago||Context: I haven't listened||
Context: I haven't listened to Michigan radio regularly since I left in 2005.
My impression is that the Clear Channel blootletting that axed Stoney and Wojo was a huge mistake in many areas, and the Stoney/Wojo firing was a big one. Their show had become an institution locally; I don't know what the ratings were, but I was under the impression that they crushed the competition. And Clear Channel flushed it.
It's hard to develop high chemistry, well-liked, well-listened-to shows. Some radio management groups seem to think that they can just replace hosts and the listeners won't jump ship, but given how many of those moves get walked back I'd say that they are dead wrong. It happened in LA when I lived out there; I enjoyed the Mason and Ireland show on the ESPN radio flagship, and they dropped the show on a whim. Mason and Ireland were quickly brought back in the earlier pm time slot, and when the guy they originally put in their slot bombed, the station was stuck. They had nuked a good product.
I'm not local, but when I visit town I find Metro Detroit area difficult to listen to. Part of it is familiarity, but part of it is the subjective impression that it's not as good as it was when I left.
|1 week 16 hours ago||I'd have to see the actual||
I'd have to see the actual facts before I believed that the station that just lost the Lions lost them simply over editorial content. It is certainly in their interest to present that image, but it is quite possible that the Lions just decided that WJR was better business.
Certainly is weird to think of them on WJR, but I'm pleased with this; I can pick up WJR at night in Duluth, so I will be able to hear the occasional broadcast.
I realize that the rights fees are a huge part of the equation but in my opinion it has been a mistake for entities like the Tigers and Michigan sports to ditch WJR, and a mistake for WJR to let them go. WJR is of course a clear channel, so the whole state can listen to the broadcasts after dark, and the the combination of a team loved by the whole state and a flagship station heard by the whole state was powerful.
Now, I have no idea how the money has worked. Obviously, selling programming to a whole network of local stations is profitable for teams. But I grew up with live sports on WJR and it was a big deal. The Tigers have a huge, lasting fanbase in part because millions of people grew up listening to Ernie Harwell on WJR. I became a Red Wings and hockey fan (a major influence in my entire sports experience) listening to them at night on my radio on WJR. And I miss listening to Michigan on WJR.
The Lions stink this year, so it's smaller news. And today's media landscape is radically different than it was 10, 20, 30 years ago. But I think this is a good move.
|1 week 1 day ago||I don't see why that can't||
I don't see why that can't work. Doesn't even have to be one game, use a few for both. It's the road uniform, so a little variety will not damage tradition.
I love the white pants. I want them to remain in the rotation. However, there are times that maize pants make sense. This Saturday is probably the best example, with blue and white Penn State playing against, basically, white and blue Michigan. The Maize pants would add some nice contrast this weekend.
|1 week 1 day ago||I'm right with you on this. I||
I'm right with you on this. I don't think this stops him from looking at other jobs; he hasn't verbally said that he is in for the long haul, and there are some huuuuuuge jobs potentially coming open. What this raise does is narrow the field--no way Herman looks at a middling job like Illinois or even South Carolina now. He can hold out for a top job, and if one does not offer him after this season, he can build a dynasty at Houston until the right spot is available.
He would be a fool not to go to a place like Georgia or Texas if they ask him to come; he doesn't need to settle for anything less, now.
|1 week 1 day ago||People thought highly of him||
People thought highly of him when he went to Houston; I thought he would have been a great backup plan if Harbaugh hadn't come here. He has responded by winning everything so far, including some reasonably big games.
There's money to spend here for Houston, and a guy like Herman could trigger a Boise-like glory period for the program. Perhaps (as someone like Smartfootball or Stew Mandel, I forget which, speculated on twitter) even a move to a power conference like TCU. Get a few good years out of Herman and this contract pays for itself.
|1 week 1 day ago||Our defense's structure has||
Our defense's structure has been seriously weakened. OSU is going to move the ball, and I think they're primed to hit their offensive stride just when we don't need them too.
I have one reason for cautious optimism: Jake Rudock might be Getting It.
|1 week 1 day ago||I think you're being silly||
I think you're being silly and overly optimistic, but if these things happen I want to see an "I told you so" thread with this in it so I can upvote it and publicly proclaim the folly of my doubt.
|1 week 1 day ago||Yes, they had an off day. But||
Yes, they had an off day. But it was an off day largely driven by very specific, repeatable reasons. Maybe Brian is being a bit dramatic about our chances against OSU being halved, but maybe not. The DL's dominance has been, along with Jabrill Peppers, the crucial factor to the success of the entire team all season long.
And, without Glasgow, they were exposed in ways that our opponent in the biggest game of the year is DESIGNED to exploit.
Hard not to be dispirited by that.