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- Rudock needs to stay healthy, not only not lose games, but win some.
- OL needs to stay healthy, and start creating a running game.
- Someone at RB needs to step up. Ty is the only full unknown for me.
- Peppers needs to stay healthy.
- DL should be good, but is thin with loss of Mone, needs to stay healthy.
- Turnover margin needs to improve vastly. But you can't really predict.
- Return game (and ST) needs a significant improvement.
- One is that I am MOSTLY a traditionalist. All the gimmcry and patches and foo fah is too much for my eyes.
- However, I think I see where I can deal with innovation. I really personally like a clean, sparse look, with a few subtle enhancements or decorations. What this means is that I don't mind modern fabrics, and modern fonts for names and numbers. What I don't like is when a uniform is too busy, too cluttered, too jarring. A simple, classic, yet modern streamlined look is what I will almost always gravitate towards.
- He needs to decisively show that he doesn't lock onto a primary receiver in a way that the opposing defense is able to easily intercept the ball.
- Is he going through all his progressions, or does he panic too soon?
- Does Morris have clear command of the offense in a way that Michigan runs the ball, passes the ball, and is not ridiculously predictable?
- Does Morris have better touch, and not rifle short screens and dumps in a way that is extremely difficult to catch?
|1 day 7 hours ago||Those dadgummed "or" lines||
Those dadgummed "or" lines threw me for a loop. Panicked when I didn't see Rudock listed anywhere. Panicked again when I didn't see Drake Harris listed anywhere. Stupid "ors."
Looks great . . . mostly what I expected.
|1 day 15 hours ago||I'd disagree||
I'd disagree. The best teams, OSU and Alabama and Michigan in the past, you were bringing in guys who were almost as good, but they were stuck behind someone who was just a smidge better. Look at the QB situation at OSU last year. They didn't have a huge fall off from number 1 to number 2 to number 3. And if anything, 2 & 3 were better than 1, but 1 started because of seniority, etc.
|1 day 15 hours ago||Yeah, I noticed that||
The thing is, "next man up" works better when you have more depth. If Glasgow goes down, we're going to hurt at Center. If Rudock goes down, is Morris going to get his interceptions and locking on receivers better? If Peppers goes down, who replaces him? If the DL has a significant injury, do they have the depth to still rotate?
Yes, injuries hit every team. But on some teams, the fall off between the starter and the guy behind him isn't severe. Drevno was talking about this the other day: he wants a solid 8 guys on the OL, so that if there's an injury, you're ok with guys 6, 7, 8. At QB, you want your number two guy to be solid and ready to play. On the DL and LB corps, you want solid guys who can rotate in and the level of play is pretty close. I don't think we're there yet.
|1 day 16 hours ago||This blog is what has burned me||
This blog is what has burned me. Every year, I drink the Koolaid here, and then want to dig my eyes out at the reality of the season. I can't blame Angelique . . . before you predict more wins, show me something on the field!
Here's the thing for me. Right now, as the team is constituted, I could see 8 - 9 wins. But there are too many things that all have to break right.
IF all those things happened, Michigan would probably surprise, and end up with 9 wins or more. But that's a lot to ask. We still don't have quality depth across the spectrum. A few more season injuries would be much more devastating for Michigan than say, for OSU.
Personally, I think that between Utah, Minn, and PSU, Michigan wins one more. As much as I want to see Michigan beat MSU and OSU, I'll believe that when I see it. Honestly, I'd take take an 8 - 4 record with two of those wins against MSU & OSU rather than a 10 - 2 record with those two being losses.
|1 day 16 hours ago||Was in local papers 2 wks ago||
Swieca's great adventure was covered by the News and I suspect the Freep a couple weeks ago.
Angelique had THIS ARTICLE (LINK) back on August 15. Apparently no one thought it was worth creating an mgopost, although I'm sure a lot of readers saw it. (I myself try to limit the posts I create, so as not to further clutter the front page. And it also allows mgoreaders trolling for mgopoints to post it and accumulate more). Personally, I like the articles written by Chengelis, and also by Wojo. Angelique has a fair amount of history with the program. I don't know what the coaches and players think of her, but she seems to be well received.
|4 days 14 hours ago||8 - 4? I'm ok with that||
As we come to the brink of the season, I realize I'd be happy with 8 - 4. And yes, 9 - 3 would be better, but I want Michigan to head in the right direction, for the long haul.
|4 days 15 hours ago||I don't know why I read uniform threads||
I don't know why I read uniform threads. Just painful. But reading the ESPN piece helps me see several things.
|6 days 7 hours ago||Great Post!!||
This was a great post, with some great stories. Thanks for sharing.
And for the record: THIS IS NOT OFF TOPIC!!!! You aren't writing about interior decorating, or fishing, or stupid uniforms, or cars, or dogs, or what you're drinking, You're writing about a personal experience with a former Michigan football player, who shared stories about one of Michigan's most storied coaches. And beyond that, you're sharing something unique, that hasn't been shared before.
Even some of the clearly current "on topic" forum posts are repetitive, and often can be found posted a day or two earlier. I hope you will ALWAYS post something like this, and that others won't overstress about whether or not something is Off Topic.
EDIT: I painfully remember watching that game. Yes, it was awesome and great that Bo believed in his team, and didn't back down from anyone, but you have to avoid kicking to someone like Rocket.
|6 days 10 hours ago||I have a family||
Between following one son's football team, my daughter in the Navy, another daughter in soccer, having a cottage with stuff to do, reading MGoBlog, spending time with my better half, reading a few books and catching a movie, or going out on occasion, and leading several meetings at night, the schedule fills up nicely, thank you very much.
|6 days 10 hours ago||Guess I'd like to know what constitutes a violation||
I guess I'd like to know what constitutes a violation, particularly of minor in possession. And how rigorously will this be enforced? Probably that depends to some degree on the level of jerkitude among both students and security. It cuts both ways: there are obnoxious drunks, and happy social drinkers who aren't bothering anyone. There are obnoxious police, and wise officers who know when to overlook a technical violation. (Think of cops at the hash bash.)
Back in the late 70's, things were quite a bit different. The drinking age was still 18. Kegs were still common in dorms. A vast cloud of sweet smelling marijuana haze was still common over the student section of the stadium. iirc, Markley used student fees to buy a couple pounds of weed for a dorm party. The bars and fraternities were crowded with students of all ages. I was never a heavy duty partier, and never got in trouble, but at the same time, there weren't a ton of rules, and you were expected to use common sense.
|6 days 12 hours ago||Usually avoid drinking threads||
Usually I avoid the drinking threads, but if I click on them, I'm drinking a strong cup of coffee
As regards alcohol, I wouldn't have too much to contribute . . . typically I would have been drinking a simple beer or glass of wine, maybe a merlot, or Liebfraumilch, or whatever was on hand. I remember when I was backpacking in Mexico enjoying a beer called Bohemia. And in Austria, right around this time of year, they had something called "Sturm," or Federweisser. It was newly fermented sweet grapes, and was nice with a fresh schnitzel. In Korea, they had fermented rice called Makoli that was not bad with chop chae and maelchi. That's all I know for interesting/uncommon alcohol.
|1 week 6 days ago||Rooting for Michigan||
I'm a Michigan fan. I want whoever gives us the best chance to win to play. I don't care if they platoon Morris and Rudock, and play whoever has the hot hand.
Regarding Morris, however, there are several things that need to happen for him to play.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||What's the correlation between engineers and sports bloggers?||
It'd be interesting to see the correlation between engineers and sports bloggers. And for another angle, it'd be interesting to see more demographics on the readership of mgoblog . . . how many are engineers, how many are lawyers, how many are students, etc., etc.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Too many unknowns yet||
There are too many unknowns yet to make much of a prediction. Still, if Special Teams moves toward being good, if Peppers has a breakout season, if we are slightly in the positive with turnovers, if a WR and a RB really step forward, and if Rudock has a good and healthy season, I could see Michigan even having a 10 - 2 record. But an awful lot would have to break Michigan's way for that to happen.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||What a title||
That is way up there in terms of titles. Good job, there. You deserve an attaboy. Or,
|4 weeks 1 hour ago||I look forward to ND being back on the schedule||
I blame Brandon for mishandling ND, and iirc, Bacon has something to say about that. I loved the home and away with ND, and would like to see that happen again. If the schedule regularly has ND, a MAC snack or the like, and an OOC game rotating between the other major conferences, I'd be thrilled.
|4 weeks 6 hours ago||Applaud you for your honesty||
I applaud and plus one you for your honesty. Interestingly, my son plays football and my daughter is an ACNT in the Navy. It is nice that your circumstances and the attendant prospects allow your children to avoid both.
|4 weeks 7 hours ago||Why do I care?||
I care because I love football, and love Michigan football in particular. I care because I want to see football continue. I care because I think the hypocrisy will damage football. Frankly, as I've said clearly, everyone needs to make an informed decision on the well-being of their kids. But yeah, if the number of those who choose against participation in football continues to grow, that could be the end of football. And yeah, I care, because I wouldn't be happy about that.
|4 weeks 8 hours ago||My two cents||
I've enjoyed reading all the different responses, from different perspectives. I posed the question, now I'll share a few of my own thoughts. These are my own personal thoughts, which I well realize might not be particularly relevant to you. Still, here are my two cents.
First, I completely agree with those who say to let your kids tell you what they're interested in. Our son has played soccer, baseball, football, ran track, been on the park district swim team, and wrestled. He would have played hockey, but that wasn't in our budget . . . it costs way too much for me. He definitely wanted to let go of swimming. Of the rest, he gravitated especially to baseball and football. I never pushed him to be in any sport . . . except after he registered and joined the team. Once you're on a team, I think you owe it to the team and to yourself to finish what you started.
One thing I really disagree with is the whole "my kid is too skinny/small/uncoordinated," etc., etc. I feel pretty strongly that the number of kids who make it to High School teams, and to Div. 1 College teams, and to NFL teams, is irrelevant. Just because you're kid isn't going to be playing for Michigan doesn't mean he shouldn't play. The other thing I keep on hearing about is having the "right body type." And just what is the right body type? Obviously, not many have the right body to play OL. And not many have the right speed and hands to play WR. But that's ok! Let your kid play for the fun of the game, not because he will make a career of it. Oh, and IIRC, Tom Brady didn't have the right body type. And we know how that turned out.
It happens that our son is a natural left hander, with a strong arm. As such, his potential really is in baseball, and he knows it. But he will keep on playing football as long as he loves and enjoys it, and as long as he makes the team.
I have seen firsthand the huge benefit of football as a team sport. it is something where the entire team has to work well together. Play the game because you enjoy it, not because it will be a career. I really regret never having the opportunity to play a team sport as a kid. It is a valuable experience. I strongly agree with Jim Harbaugh on this, and am surprised that more of you don't agree with our coach and support him, at least indirectly, by allowing your sons to play.
As regards football this Fall, we made clear that as kids are getting bigger and stronger and faster, there definitely is the risk of injury. I guess even with the risk of concussions and leg injuries, and CTE, the benefits outweigh the costs. I have nephews who played and starred in HS football in Ohio, one at St. Ignatius outside of Cleveland, winning a state championship and scoring touchdowns. They both eventually quit the game because of injuries, which makes sense. But neither regrets their experience: one is a lawyer, the other a coach.
My last comment. Everyone needs to make their own decision, and do what is right for themselves, and for their family. We've done what works for our family. You do what works for yours. But yeah, it does make me shake my head to see fans here on the blog want a "mean streak" on the OL and DL, and want Michigan to ring OSU's bell, but be completely closed minded to their own son playing ball.
|4 weeks 8 hours ago||Your post is very realistic||
Your post is very realistic. Some dads (and moms, and coaches,) need to get a grip. Play hard, play right, play for fun, but you're not out to injure someone. Insightful comment on NFL, and your experience on injuries is mine too: in five years of youth football, I think I saw a single serious injury. Not common.
|4 weeks 8 hours ago||Couldn't agree more||
I couldn't agree more. Well put. Tackle has been a wonderful experience for our son. His last team was terrible, for reasons out of his control, and they didn't win a game. But you know, the experience of sticking with it even when the team was losing was also very valuable.
|4 weeks 8 hours ago||Youth football classed by weight||
FYI, they do not allow a huge weight disparity in youth football. This is why many large linemen don't begin playing til they're in the highest weight class. From 3rd up through 7th grade, you had to be in a pretty narrow weight band. If you were light, you played down a class. If you were heavy, you played up a class (or two, or three.) It wasn't until 8th grade that you started to see more variation in the weight of players, and even that pales compared to HS (which pales compared to college and pro football.)
|4 weeks 4 days ago||IB4D||
Why can't people scroll down the posts at least for a day back? Get off my lawn.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Think it depends on personal connection||
I think it depends on personal connection. Sometimes, it is fine to contact a kid if you have a reason to, and a personal relationship. (friends of your own kids, or on a team you coach, or kids of your own friends, etc.) But even when you know someone, you need to be careful. When my kids were in middle school I learned that the teachers had pretty strict internal guidelines about how an in what forum they communicated with kids. IIRC, it was considered inappropriate to use social media (FB, etc.) for a teacher to contact ANY of their students, sometimes especially those with home they had a good relationship.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||70's domes||
I never liked the 70's style domes. Have been in Tropicana, Silverdome, Superdome, Astrodome, and Georgia Dome, none of which I liked. But I think the worst was going to an Expos game in the Olympic Stadium in Montreal in 78.
For a different experience, I have avoided Wrigley Field like the plague. However, with recent renovations, might consider going for the first time in my life.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||9 - 3||
Obv. I'd like better, but really, 9 - 3 is a reach which would be a huge improvement. I think we are too far behind MSU and OSU right now, and there are several other games we could easily lose. If I had to predict, I'd say we lose one non-conference game, lose to OSU, and lose one other Big 10 game. Again, from my perspective, that's a huge success.
EDIT: And FTR, I'd gladly take 8 - 4 if we won against MSU & OSU. That raises a sub-question: which game is it more important to win this year: MSU or OSU? I'm really torn on that one, but I'd have to say OSU. Long term, I believe we'll dominate MSU again. But we have to stop the bleeding against OSU.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||To dragonchild: agreed||
Dragonchild, I mostly agree with you. That's why I had the qualifier "prior personal connection" in the OP. It happens that beyond relatives, I have a reason to relate to quite a few teenagers and college students. Some are friends of my kids, some are kids of my friends, some I teach, some attend my church, some I see in yet another context. The point is, they're not strangers on the Internet. There are good reasons for me to be in contact, so it is reasonable to be in connection with them via social media, texting, in person, etc. My issue is contacting someone out of the blue for recruiting purposes. That's where I have a problem.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Not sure what you mean||
I'm not quite sure what you mean, Monkey House. I thought you had to have a twitter account to "follow" someone on twitter. The extent of my seeing any tweet is to read a link that is posted on mgoblog (or in this case, 11W.) Reading information that is publicly posted I guess I can live with. But contacting anyone via twitter, especially recruits, or contacting anyone via twitter, for that matter, isn't something I have any interest in doing. Let alone joining twitter, so I can follow someone.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Agree completely||
I couldn't agree more. But Ramzy says it best:
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Great idea||
Alas, I'll be in Chicago. And I look nothing like my avatar.
Speaking of Chicago, I'm disappointed there aren't any events here in the area, whether with Brian or the coaches. Not sure if I missed them, or if they didn't happen this year.