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- Hatch's faith in God is very important to him. He could have said, "curse God and die" but he didn't. He could have been angry with God at the loss of his family, but he wasn't. Having said that, Hatch finds the perfect balance in expressing his faith. On the one hand, he doesn't hide his faith in God, but is open in acknowledging it when asked about it by Shriver. On the other hand, Hatch is not aggressive, obnoxious, or in your face with his faith (as some have accused Tebow of doing.)
- The second thing is that I wish the piece had been able to talk about the bond between Beilein and Hatch. The story of Beilein taking the time to be at Hatch's bedside after the accident is incredible. You can tell that he is partly a surrogate father. For Beilein to do this, it is obvious that he also is a man with faith in God. Beilein is not the only one: assistant coach Jeff Meyer is a strong Christian, as was former player Morgan, as was former MVP Trey Burke, as are some on the current team. Like Hatch, none of them, not Beilein, nor Meyer, nor Morgan, nor Burke, are aggressive and obnoxious about their faith in God. But neither do they deny that God is in their lives, and is a guiding principle. There are many athletes and coaches on Michigan's teams who come from this perspective. There is a somewhat hidden spiritual foundation that is significant in the kind of players being recruited, and the kind of atmosphere the coaches have developed. As is appropriate, their faith life is not typically a matter for public discussion, which I believe is wise. I would simply say that this dynamic is a bit out of step with the wider culture at U of M, and yet, it is a healthy dynamic that bodes well for the future.
- OLB Osa Masina
- OLB Keisean Lucier-South
- OLB Asmar Bilal
- CB Iman Marshall
- CB Marcus Lewis
- DT Darian Roseboro
- DE Tyrone Wheatley
- DE Jalen Bates
- Michigan Football:
- 910 wins
- 42 titles
- 131 seasons (however many)
- est. 1879
- Starting safeties will be Jarrod Wilson & Jeremy Clark.
- Green/Smith 1 & 1a at RB, while Hayes & Johnson are 3rd down RB.
- Funchess is catching more consistently (thank goodness.)
- Mo Ways won't crack depth chart, but contribute on spec. teams.
- Gardner is clearly the starter (like we didn't know) because of "intangibles."
- (as noted above) Peppers stays at Nickel, not starting as boundary corner yet.
- The first has to do with Bo's passing. That was bad enough. But I actually fell love with this here blog as a result of a piece by Brian entitled Eleven Swans. You really should read it . . . this will give you a glimpse into Brian's history, and that of the blog. I still get misty when I hear the song Brian linked called Seven Swans. (The link is broken in the piece Brian originally wrote.) Listen to the song as you read the post, and remember a cold grey November. Some of you will understand why we love Brian, and his identity with MIchigan, and his heart for this blog, and why we'll always give him a pass.
- The second for me has to do with passing on the torch. My adopted son is 13 and in 8th grade. He is now in his pre-season, practicing football every day, and getting ready as strongside linebacker for his team. Unlike some on this board who own endless shirts and Michigan stuff, I can't afford to pay full freight for multiple jerseys. In fact, I've never owned one. But last summer, I was in Ann Arbor with my family for the first time in years. Kyle and I went to MDen on State Street, and in the sale section were racks of Denard jerseys. Buying Kyle his first jersey, and seeing him wear it proudly on sports days, brings a tear to my eye. As we watch Michigan games on TV, and hopefully go to our first game in Ann Arbor this year, as he plays xbox and chooses Michigan as his team, I smile. This is something good I share with my son, and I'm thankful.
- Everything with Brock and Elliot Mealer and the accident tears me up. ESPN did a companion E60 piece on the Mealer brothers.I'd encourage you to watch it. It still chokes me up to see Brock come walking out on the field to touch the banner in the Big House.
- A last one for me is a cancelled Michigan football game. Some of you are too young to remember, but on September 15, 2001, Michigan's game vs. Western Michigan was cancelled in the wake of the 9-11 World Trade Center bombing disaster. I remember feeling numb that week, and it was right that there was no football that Saturday. We all as a nation put things into perspective. It also was the beginning of radical change in all sports venues, with heightened security and bag checks from that point forward. I felt old, and something in me died.
|13 hours 25 min ago||I've been to Zimmerman's||
I've been to Zimmerman's . . . are there other deli's in AA that are as good or better, but cheaper?
|14 hours 50 min ago||Mrs. StephenRKass||
Cause obviously. How can I love anyone else as much? Sometimes she is out of line, but hey, that goes with the territory. My sweetheart, my avatar, and my downfall at mgoblog one fateful Saturday night several years ago.
Other than my namesake, well, I like so many for different reasons. the mods, the football knowledge guys (magnus, space coyote, steve sharik,) mgrowold (same generation,) Burtontower, WD (but really, you will need to get a life. I fondly remember the days of yore when I could be as obsessed as you.) There are many guys who have left the blog who I miss. Even some of the meltdown guys.
|22 hours 44 min ago||It depends||
It depends . . .
I frankly don't care . . . it will not impact me either way. I'll merely observe that anyone who has been against advertising and upset with Dave Brandon and what he has done to maximize profit and the loss of time honored traditions would be ridiculously inconsistent and hypocritical to support beer sales at Michigan in the stadium.
|1 day 2 hours ago||Wonderful, Inspiring Story||
I love stories like this. Cannot. get. enough. So happy for Austin, so glad he is on the team, don't believe his story is finished by a long shot.
Just two additional comments.
|1 day 3 hours ago||Michigan will end up with a record of 12 - 1||
Michigan will beat Ohio State, but lose their Big 10 game to MSU and not play for the Big 10 Championship.
Michigan will win their Bowl game.
The OL will be end up much better than expected, and Magnuson will do a great job.
Hoke will get a contract extension.
Michigan will have the highest average star rating for incoming recruits in 2015.
Canteen will be Freshman of the year in the Big 10.
Clark, Ryan, Funchess, Peppers, Canteen, and Gardner will be all Big-Ten.
(I suppose these predictions aren't specific enough . . . c'est la vie.)
|1 day 6 hours ago||It's the most wonderful time of the year||
There's something about this time of year that is just . . . good. Every season has it's place, but I'm really looking forward to this season.
|1 day 20 hours ago||Thanks for update!||
I always love reading the recruiting updates. So right now, I'm curious which of the following recruits are a strong possibility for coming to Michigan:
Are there any of these who aren't realistically considering Michigan? (for instance, I haven't heard much about Masina, am doubtful about Marshall really leaving CA or Bates leaving LA. I also don't know what to think about Bilal.) Are there any of the above who have provisional, non-commitable offers? Ace just mentioned an offer went out to OT Robertson, but I won't believe there's real interest until he comes for an OV.
We already have 10 commitments. My understanding is that we might have room for another 5, with standard attrition rates. If we received a commitment from KLS, Lewis, Roseboro, and Wheatley, would we fill our needs and be done?
|1 day 21 hours ago||I'm sold out for Hoke||
It isn't that I dislike Harbaugh exactly. But knowing what I know now about both Hoke and Harbaugh, I would choose Hoke 10 times out of 10. Hoke's character, his concern for his players, his goals as a coach, make him the perfect coach as far as I'm concerned. There may be a few better coaches out there in terms of X's and O's. But I don't care. Hoke is here for the long haul. He has surrounded himself with a great staff. He knows the game well enough to coach aggressively.
Here's where I believe Hoke strongly trumps Harbaugh, and where Hoke is better suited to the college game than Harbaugh. I strongly believe Hoke will do much better than Harbaugh with stellar recruiting. Look on the front page: Iman Marshall wants to take an official to Michigan. Our biggest problem in recruiting this year is that we won't have enough room for all the 4 & 5 star players who want to commit here! Maybe in the NFL, it is only about winning, but not in college. I actually believe that over time, Hoke's methodology is going to work to perfection.
My son will never play Div. 1 football. But from his time in football over the last 5 years, I have seen good coaches and bad. I would much, much rather my son play for Hoke than for Meyer, or Saban, or Brian Kelly, or Harbaugh.
|2 days 59 min ago||Have to partially agree with all who responded||
I'm replying to myself (HA!) but this is really a response to all who have a problem with Rosenberg. I would agree that there seems to be no ownership on his part for his reporting. Taking responsibility for your mistakes and errors in judgement is critical. Interestingly, in the very article Rosenberg wrote, Hoke took ownership: he blamed problems from last season on his own poor leadership, and not on the (lack of) senior leadership.
For there to be real reconciliation between Michigan and Rosenberg, he has to take responsibility for what he did, or at the least, what he did poorly. (He may actually still think on some level that he did the right thing.) I don't know Rosenberg, so I don't have the least idea whether he has the ability to do this or not.
This is the same kind of problem many people have with Chris Webber. His failure to own up to anything is the main reason there have been problems in his relationship with Michigan.
Because I don't IN ANY WAY want to rehash what Rosenberg did and wrote, and what happened under RR, it really is pointless for me to go down the road of what Rosenberg was culpable for in "stretching" and "countable hours," etc., etc., etc. However, it is my general observation that there are usually two sides to a story.
Lastly, I think that one of the major benefits of forgiveness is for the person offering it. In other words, people who hold grudges and refuse to forgive usually end up in a place that isn't that good. I guess I would say that it is worth letting go of this whole thing, with two caveats. First, I don't know how much I would trust Rosenberg in the future. Second, for him to be reconciled (slightly different than forgiveness) he really needs to man up and take ownership for his own wrong doing. Mea culpa, mea maxima culpa.
|2 days 1 hour ago||Here's the quote from Gardner||
For those of you who don't want to click through, here's the money quote:
|2 days 2 hours ago||Great Article||
I understand why many readers won't click on anything Rosenberg writes. But I really liked the article. It underscores the atmosphere that Hoke has brought back to Michigan.
For those of you who can hold your nose, it is worth reading. For those of you who refuse, I'm block-quoting chunks of the article.
Here is a key quote near the end of the article (part of which was referenced above.)
Some comments on how Hoke views last season:
Hoke on character, and why he coaches:
On who Hoke is, and how he runs the program:
There also is a fascinating section where he talks a bit about what happened with Gibbons. Bottom line: this article expresses very well many of the reasons I believe Hoke is the right man for Michigan. I believe he will succeed, and that under him, Michigan will be the right kind of program.
EDIT: Some mgobloggers need to learn to let go of grudges, to forgive, and to move on. You know, Rosenberg may never be your favorite writer or columnist. But for crying out loud, we all do things we regret. I wouldn't be surprised if Rosenberg has regrets. In the same way that York needs a second chance somewhere else, I'm glad Rosenberg got a second chance somewhere else.
|2 days 9 hours ago||Where's the copyright rules?||
As regards t-shirts, I assume there are basic copyright infringement rules that don't allow you to use a bunch of things, i.e., the words "Michigan," "University of Michigan," U of M," "Michigan Football," "Go Blue," etc. Can you link to what is allowed and what isn't allowed? There is no point in coming up with ideas only to find out that you can't use them.
I guess the one shirt I'd wear is a Navy shirt with a Maize "Mgoblog" emblem on the chest. (The block "M" with the script banner across the base of the M.)
I'm just personally not going to wear many of the t-shirts. My wife is from Cleveland, and I'm not going to wear a bunch of the Ohio centric shirts. Shirts that are about Bo or about Carr don't work for me, nor am I going to wear a Woodson shirt or a photobomb Brian shirt. (even though thrown in with HTTV.) Is "Leaders and Best" copyrighted? "Hail?" "Victors Valiant?" "Champions of the West?" "Maize and Blue?"
This shirt would be instantly dated, but I could live with that, especially as an HTTV add in.
|2 days 15 hours ago||Be nice||
Be nice. As it is, most of our plans are settled: she takes two to 6 Flags tomorrow, back in time for football practice the next two nights, pep rally Saturday, then on Sunday church, football pictures, brunch, scrimmage, bonfire, games, to bed for her first day back to work and kid's first day of school Monday. Full weekend.
|2 days 18 hours ago||Thanks for PSA||
Thanks for PSA. Most of this is common sense. I'm so thankful that negbangs and posbangs came back, because they make things work better all around.
There is one kind of on-topic off-limits post that comes up every now and then. It happens when an off-limits topic (politics, religion, personal life, as mentioned above) intersects with a Michigan athlete or coach. Obvious examples that have occurred in the past would be discussions about Gibbons and his situation, or Lewan and the charges against him, or most recently, the situation with York. How do the mods define what is "personal" and when the personal becomes public? As an example from our opponent, when do the actions of former OSU QB Pryor (in tattoo parlors, with Corvettes, etc.) become legitimate for public discussion? If photos are taken of athletes in questionable activities, are these in the public domain?
Most of the time, the private, personal lives of athletes stay that way, as they should. But especially with social media, the lines between personal and public have become more blurred.
Only one suggestion: I think that wherever the mods choose to draw the lines, they should be consistent for both our opponents and for Michigan athletes. In other words, if we're digging for dirt on the guys at Ohio, we should be open to the same for our own players. (and my thoughts on the lines are that we should be generous in not disclosing information that we wouldn't want disclosed about ourselves.) Just my two cents.
|2 days 20 hours ago||Few other notes||
Most of the comments above have to do with the OL, understandably so given the problem there. Here are a few other notes:
Can't wait for season to begin. Would also like to hear pressers from Mattison begin.
|2 days 21 hours ago||What a game||
That was fun to watch, although I hope that Michigan is more in control of games this coming season.
|2 days 22 hours ago||Reading, swimming, last weekend before school||
Since it is the last weekend before our kids go back to school, we'll try to do something as a family . . . maybe go to the beach, maybe 6 Flags again, maybe the pool, maybe a bonfire Sunday night. Kyle has football practice every day this week from 6 - 8:30pm, plus scrimmage on Saturday, so between chores, football, church, and life, I don't know we'll be able to do much else.
|2 days 22 hours ago||Hmmm||
Free advice isn't worth much, and since I don't know your fiance, I'd be hard pressed to give any. I'll just say that I'm glad you're getting married, and I think that marriage is a great decision and marker of growing up. Congratulations! Also, statistically, married people have way more sex than singles, so you've got that to look forward to.
One last thing: try to avoid getting married on a Saturday any time from Labor Day weekend through the end of November. Just sayin'.
EDIT: So, I read through the other advice, and it sounds good. I don't know that area, but if there is a restaurant where the two of you can be together as the sun is going down on the Lake, that would really please some women. Also, if there is some element of surprise, that could be good. Lastly, it is worth considering the old tradition of asking her father. This honors her family and their input, and can get things started on the right foot with new in-laws.
|3 days 44 min ago||70 plus points||
I would love to see Michigan hang more than 70 points on them. This is really hard to do in today's age because of the ways the clock has changed. Having said that, there are two ways this can happen: defensive scores and special teams scores. If our defensive line is as good as is projected, and our secondary and linebackers are sure handed, interceptions are there for the taking. And I'd have to see Peppers take a punt return to the house, let alone Norfleet finally busting one.
Normally, there is a significant drop off in ability once the starters are pulled. However, I think our defense is so deep it won't matter. I also think that with the RB & WR competition, we're going very deep in this game. The only place I see starters playing deep into the game is on the OL, and even there, I wouldn't be surprised to see the 2nd team get lots of playing time once the margin is well over 4 TDs.
|3 days 7 hours ago||I think you're wrong||
Notre Dame was scheduled to play Purdue on 9/15/01. Michigan was originally scheduled to play WMU on 9/15/01. (check the link.) Here's another LINK explaining the rescheduling of games for the following week, 9/22/01. Regardless of the exact schedule, those who were around then can remember the mood and the numbness for the week after 9/11.
|3 days 8 hours ago||Interesting Post||
This is an interesting post. The first thing is, I don't exactly cry. Well, my eyes get a bit moist at the corner, and I blink a bit, and I don't talk because I don't want my voice to crack, and a few people who know me well know what is going on, especially my wife and my daughter. But I don't cry. I don't cry. Here are some for me.
|3 days 16 hours ago||Brian can obv. do what he wants||
But I have to say I agree . . . time for a new tag line. And I've never really gotten into the Draftageddon. Maybe it floats someone's boat, but it has never done anything for me. I just assume that there must be some readers who really love it, or the site owners, so they do it. Since I don't do fantasy, and don't follow other teams extensively, a lot of it is lost on me.
|3 days 16 hours ago||Ha!||
Not to worry. She's good.
|3 days 20 hours ago||Loved this Story||
I love this story, and others I've read about Clark. What a challenging environment to come from. Thanks so much for providing the link.
There is something else that is worth mentioning. Clark (and Henry) both played for Ted Ginn. I would bet $1,000 that Ginn and Hoke really get along, and get each other. They care for their players deeply. I can't speak to RR, or Carr, or Urban Meyer, or Dantonio. But I have no doubt about Hoke, and about Mattison, and about the atmosphere at Michigan. Every team talks about being a family. And you know, I think that every team out will function somewhat as a family. Some more, some less. But I do think that Hoke really gets it, and has the respect of Ginn and many other coaches and of the players. More than just being on a winning team, more than being at a great institution academically, more than being close to home, Hoke and crew are putting together a culture that welcomes and helps and encourages players like Frank Clark and Willie Henry. As I think of Mone, Darboh, Chesson, Bushell-Beatty, Tuley-Tillman, Hurst, Gedeon, Ojemudia, Ways, sadly York, I see kids (and coaches and families behind them) who yearn for the kind of environment that is at Michigan. I'm proud of Hoke and the culture he has been building. This, I believe, is a big part of the reason for the tremendous recruiting we've seen at Michigan.
|3 days 23 hours ago||For crying out loud||
Hate that uniform. What were they smoking?
I almost never go into threads about uniformz, but man, what are people thinking? I get that times change, and we move forward, but this just seems . . . ridiculous. The uniform companies, all of them (UA, Adidas, Nike, et al) seem to have designers who have to justify their existence by coming up with something more and more outlandish. A pox on all of them.
"Get off my lawn."
|4 days 1 hour ago||Great ideas||
I really loved the Michigan Daily stories on Pahokee and Denard, and love when there are links to stories like those. If we were able to have some of those more regularly, that would be awesome. Looking at 85 players, and 4 - 5 years to cover them, that would mean you could have 2 - 3 player profiles a month from January through August and cover all the seniors. Great idea. (EDIT: and I'd love to hear more about guys than just football.)
I wouldn't mind some of the six zero type user profiles too.
And yeah, to hear more from Brian (and some from Seth) on the State of the Site would be good, whether now or in January. All good ideas (I'm chiming in here especially for BISB.)
|4 days 2 hours ago||Your avatar||
Your avatar somehow matches perfectly with your sentiment. Flames, death skull, banished!
|4 days 2 hours ago||Got it - Thanks||
Got it, and thank you.
|4 days 3 hours ago||Was not aware||
But then, I'm clueless often enough. What's the name of the app? mgoblog?
|4 days 16 hours ago||Eleven Warriors has melted down||
I saw the heading at 11W, with more than 150 comments. When I clicked through, the site melted down. Can't get on. I don't think he'll be able to come back . . . what are you going to do? Tell opposing defenses to take it easy and not hit him hard? He's a marked man.