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- If Michigan loses to OSU, I really don't want them in the playoff. Prove you belong by destroying OSU.
- If Michigan wins, I'd love for OSU to just have to go home. But if they got in to the playoff, I'd love for Michigan to put an even worse beatdown on them the second time. 'Cause that would tamp down all their endless blather about how great a coach Urban Meyer is. Plus it would mean that Harbaugh would be 2 - 1 against OSU and Urban Meyer.
- I'm curious on the scouting of talent, and how that happens. How involved are Harbaugh, Drevno, and Brown? Is that position coaches? Is it GA guys? Are there scouts who regularly head out around the country to ID talent? Is this something the recruiting coordinator heads up?
- Who makes the decision on who to offer? And what kind of offer is given? (Commitable, non-commitable.) My sense is that some guys they would take a commitment from any of the week and twice on Sunday. Others, they slow play. The only way fans get a sense of this is from how highly ranked a player is.
- In past years, I remember Brian talking a lot about the "floor" and "ceiling" of a player. The sense of the floor was that if a player was polished, and ready to go, he had a pretty high floor. The sense of the ceilling was that if a player had very strong physical attributes (size, speed, strength, etc.), but was lacking in coaching, he had a higher ceiling, but wasn't ready to start. Do you have any feel for how the floor and ceiling of a player affect their recruitment.
- I think Clemson will lose to FSU, but even without the loss, they fall behind us.
- MSU and ND have already been terrible. Wanting more just is piling on to me.
- Put Houston and Ole Miss in a similar category.
- Tennessee has been exposed.
- It knocks them out of the playoff picture
- It puts us in the playoff
- We have a senior laden team, and could struggle more next year.
- It evens the record between JH and Meyer.
- OSU will have a lot of experience next year, and be harder to beat.
- Tufele. DT's are hard to find. Losing Solomon hurt, and we're not getting him back.
- Ambry Thomas. Very strong talent, and need to clean up in the state of Michigan.
- Darnay Holmes. He is a stretch, but is an elite quality CB. With Lewis and Stribling done this year, it is critical to bring in someone solid at that position.
- Can you comment on mgoblog's recruitment board? Obviously, it is a good starting point and place to try to keep things straight. Are there any obvious edits, adds, deletions you would make?
- Michigan did a great job of working through the entire cycle all the way to NSD last year. And there were several surprises out there at the end. Are there highly ranked recruits out there who we are in on, yet have managed to stay off the radar. (These might be guys who have committed elsewhere, but Michigan has reached out to.)
- In the recruitment dance, it seems like the school does all the asking and seeking and offering. Are there situations where recruits reach out to a school to let the school know they would like to be considered? Maybe tell a story or two of how this happened in past cycles, here or elsewhere.
- There has been lots of debate over the years about how recruits are ranked. It seems to me that when a coach can uncover someone who is a 2 or 3 star guy in the middle of nowhere, they aren't competing with everyone else, and may have a "diamond in the rough" who really improves the class substantially, although not in star ranking. Are there any guys out there who fall in that category for you?
- The OL needs to improve significantly
- Speight (or O'Korn) really need to develop.
- We need to fix the safety problem.
- Lewis, Mone, and Charlton need to come back healthy.
- We need to stay healthy. We just don't have the depth.
- Something needs to fall apart at OSU. On the one hand, you never wish bad on your opponent. On the other hand, we need some luck here. If OSU were to lose a starter at NT or DT, that would help tremendously.
- RB, Najee Harris
- WR, DPJ, Nico Collins
- OL, Isaiah Wilson, T. Slaton, C. Ruiz
- DT, J. Tufele
- LB, Drew Singleton
- CB, Ambry Thomas, Darnay Holmes
|1 day 13 hours ago||Arts question||
Well, as regards the art world, how much time and what do you want to do and what are you going to do with your 4 yr old boy? I mean, you've been to galleries, right? My other sister works for the Art institute, so I'm there often enough. But I just didn't think you had the time or the interest to go to galleries or museums. If that's what you want to do, I'll round up some suggestions for you. My other sister often has art on her walls from local artists (she and her husband have transformed their place in Skevanston into an arts incubator, where they host concerts every couple weeks or month or so.)
EDIT: And regards the Signature Room at the John Hancock, rethinking it, I'd probably go to Sunday brunch there. As much as I love Lou Malnati's, I think being on the top of the John Hancock on a sunny day is a more memorable experience. It isn't just the food, it is the ambiance. I mean, a window seat looking out at the Lake or the city is pretty cool.
|1 day 14 hours ago||Congratulations on your daughter||
Congrats. Borderline humble brag, but congrats.
Regarding advice on what to do, I could give some, but not sure what you really want. For South Bend, the campus is pretty, but it really isn't that old. If that's what she is in to, I'd definitely look at Cambridge, Oxford, or Harvard, Princeton, Yale.
It depends where you're coming from, but I kind of like a brief visit in Amish Country (Shipshewana or Goshen). Decent food and something some folks have never experienced.
As for Evanston, my sisters both live there, and I can give advice if you really want it. One of my sisters is in the foodie and arts world, so if there is a kind of cuisine or experience you're looking for, let me know.
One simple thing to do in Chicago is go to the Signature Room on the 95th floor of the John Hancock Building. On Saturday, they have a lunch buffet that won't kill your pocketbook (the way dinner might). Really, the views are the best you'll ever get, especially on a sunny day. It is an experience for your kids. North Michigan avenue has lots and lots of shopping options. Water tower place is right there. I just don't think you have lots of tourist time for museums, etc., but this is a memorable family experience that might fit your time frame.
On the other hand, if you are on campus Saturday, you probably would have to reserve the latest possible lunch you could.
Back to Evanston, there are a few decent enough deli options there (not that you need that, with several good choices in AA).
|3 days 10 hours ago||I want to see Michigan kill OSU in Columbus||
I want to see Michigan demolish OSU in Columbus. I rarely want to see a player hurt, but let's just say I'd like to see the DL absolutely punish Barrett for running aggressively. He has run with impunity for 3 years. He needs to be tackled and brought down hard. I'd also like to see him force passes and have both Stribling and Lewis get interceptions. And I want to see Peppers go wild with both punt and kickoff returns, making it to the endzone twice out of special teams.
What happens after that, doesn't matter much to me. But two other scenarios:
|3 days 13 hours ago||Speculation is fun||
Speculation is fun, but I don't see how Michigan could take 9 on the OL. I'm sure if there's a way it will happen. Still, more guys are going to have to leave early with a firm handshake, and that is going to thin the number of guys we can take at other positions. It is a nice problem to have. But I will wait to see how a third of our incoming class is dedicated to an area with less than a quarter of the players on the field. Eight would be pushing it, but ok for Leatherwood or Slaton or maybe Ruiz. Seven would be realistic.
|4 days 56 min ago||Wow||
Wow. Just wow. Thanks a ton for posting. As far as I'm concerned, you and your entourage should have rock star seating in E. Lansing for what looks to be a colossal beat down. You will be there, right?
|4 days 9 hours ago||Still many questions||
There are still a bunch of questions I have.
Thanks much, as always, for what you are doing for the fanbase.
|5 days 16 hours ago||OSU vulnerable||
Seeing how vulnerable OSU is was the highlight for me. I really don't mind that they won. But I have to believe that JH et al are going to look at the tape of that game and it is going to help them. Both in offensive play calling, and in what the defense does (against OSU).
At this point,
No matter what happens, Michigan controls their own destiny. The crummy thing about looking at other teams and counting on them to lose or win or do something is that you aren't looking at yourself and what you need to do yourself. If Michigan loses to OSU, than UM isn't there yet, and SHOULDN'T be in the playoffs.
In going back to my main point, I really hope that Michigan is very judicious in what they reveal to OSU over the next 5 games. Only reveal what you have to, and what you need to in order to sow doubt in their minds. I also hope that for the rest of the season, a significant amount of time, and some in practice each week, is given to prepping for OSU. I know all about coach speak. But cumong, look at the next 5 games. Are you really concerned about MSU? Iowa? Indiana? Maryland? (forget about Illinois. That's a foregone conclusion.) Yes, you have to throttle those teams, and can't overlook them or look past them. But IIRC, Bo was preparing for OSU every single week. I'm sure Harbaugh hasn't forgotten that. This is the critical year to beat OSU.
|1 week 1 day ago||OPSEC very important||
OPSEC is very important. Her name has never been put up anywhere. We never discuss ship location or movement, particularly current or future. We don't discuss when and whether she will be in a port of call until after the fact. We never discuss strategy or missile payloads. (That's far above her paygrade, and she wouldn't know anyway). I have been very careful only to cite information that is from public, searchable news media sources. The fact that the Mason was attacked, the fact that 3 radar sites in Yemen were fired on by US Naval forces yesterday, the fact that no one on the Mason was injured, all of these facts come from news stories. Oh, and even when we communicate, and FTR communicate about things stateside at home, or how she's doing, it is always private and not for public dissemination. You have to take OPSEC seriously.
|1 week 1 day ago||Complicated question||
This is a complicated question. Our daughter joined, as I alluded to in the thread somewhere, partially for the educational benefits. That is to say, the GI Bill would allow her to go to college mostly debt free. She also can take classes while in the Navy for free (albeit online classes.)
However, what I came to realize is that in the enlisted forces in the Navy, there are a few areas where there are highly technical skills that need years of training. Those working with nuclear reactors, in avionics, as computer network technicians, in some language areas, have abilities and skill sets far beyond many enlisted sailors. The Navy pays out significant bonuses for those who reenlist in these areas, because they can't find and retain enough sailors. This won't apply to her because it is unlikely she will reenlist. Her compensation, so to speak, is having the "free" training which enables her to do her job, and the experience which will open doors to certain jobs when finished with the Navy. I'm glad my daughter joined, but I wouldn't really say she is "well compensated." She certainly isn't dumb as a brick.
|1 week 1 day ago||You are correct||
You are correct. Sometimes, in the interest of shorthand, you use a word that isn't really correct. In communicating with my daughter, there are an absolute ton of Navy acronyms that briefly and succinctly describe an area or a weapon or a strategy, etc. I tried to communicate simply and intelligibly without an overlong post.
|1 week 1 day ago||Ok||
Ok, we can dispense with the argument that anything our military does overseas necessarily has anything to do with our freedom here in the US. If I hear you correctly, what you're saying that we should stop believing that what the military does abroad has anything to do with our freedom or safety at home. I understand what you're saying.
The most we can definitely say is that those who serve in the military do so at the pleasure of the President, the Pentagon, and Congress, and have chosen to potentially put themselves at perrsonal risk in the service of our government.
While there is a difference of opinion, that kind of debate and argument doesn't belong here. It is good for me to avoid any kind of overall statements about freedom and the purpose or need or utility of the military.
|1 week 1 day ago||Extremely aware of OPSEC||
I'm extremely aware of OPSEC. All information posted came from public media sources. Sorry I didn't provide links to articles. If you do a simple Google News Search on "USS Mason," you can find all the links yourself. The exception as to info shared by my daughter was what it felt like for her personally when they knew they were under attack. I never ask and don't want to know of ship movements yesterday, today, or tomorrow. I don't know and I don't want to know the ship's missile payload. I don't want her to ever put up any classified info. And FTR, even when we chat, it is never in a public forum. I appreciate and agree with OPSEC concerns.
|1 week 2 days ago||Thanks||
FTR, I was fully aware of what you posted on the Saudi jets. Obviously, I've been following the story closely. I simply chose not to comment, so as to try to stay away from political commentary as much as possible. Still, it certainly gives the context.
|1 week 2 days ago||Definitely agree with OPSEC||
I definitely agree fully with OPSEC concerns. I don't want her to put anything out there that compromises her, or the ship, in any way. We never talk about ship movements, future actions, etc. etc. Anything posted comes from articles easily found via a Google News search. Nothing (other than what it felt like personally when under attack) was revealed by her, which is as it should be.
|1 week 2 days ago||I'll grant your position||
I'll grant your position as having some validity. I still would strongly argue that our freedoms are indeed provided and protected by our military. But when you bring in global politics rather than national politics, it muddies the water quite a bit.
|1 week 2 days ago||None were injured||
None were injured in any way in either attack. This is confirmed. Obviously, the adrenaline is running higher than most of us have ever experienced, and the high stress and lack of sleep continues at the current time.
|1 week 2 days ago||Thank you very much||
Thank you, Mad Hatter. We may disagree on some things, but we can be thankful together for those who serve.
The nice thing for me: she never could have afforded to go to UofM on my salary, but with the GI Bill, she may end up applying to Michigan when her contract is over, and pursuing either an environmental or electrical engineering degree. A good amount of her Navy training is relevant to the latter.
|1 week 4 days ago||Maybe||
Maybe. But I mailed it in too. After the first half, I quit watching and went on to other things. I mean, I love Michigan football, but watching more was just watching cruel and unusual punishment. Not enjoyable for me.
|1 week 6 days ago||Good question||
Good question. It isn't just a question of starters vs.2nd string. It is the play calling. If Michigan had passed a lot more, to Butt, Darboh, Chesson, Perry, and maybe McDoom, the score would have been a lot worse. I know over at 11W they are crabby. It was good that Speight was pulled early. Other JH would get even more crap for the win.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Glad he is going||
Jim Harbaugh isn't afraid of anyone, including OSU. Every recruit considering both schools should visit both schools, compare side by side, and choose what is best for them. I think that JH is going to win plenty of those battles. He is going to lose some too. But I want anyone who comes to Michigan to be sure this is where they belong, and not to be living with lots of doubt about whether or not they made the right choice.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Great list||
That's a great list. I'd add the following 3:
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Very cool||
That's very cool. My nephew is currently the coach at Benedictine, and was a starting RB at St. Ignatius several years back. They have an awesome team at Ignatius, but you are completely right: it doesn't make sense for them to play a school like Brush who they would just demolish. It is a lot more fun for the kids when schools are evenly matched. And as I think about it, part of it isn't the size of players. Obviously, linemen can be huge, and double the size of a CB or WR. But when a team dominates at every position, and just kills a smaller team, what is the point of it all?
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I understand||
I completely understand. My son is currently playing TE and DE on his sophomore team. He isn't small, but he isn't big, weighing in around 160. Of course, he'll gain weight with strength training, and be bigger the next couple years. But he has said it isn't fun playing against the Varsity team (in practice, etc.,) and going against guys that are well over 300 pounds. We all love aggressive, dominant pancake blocks from the OL. But most of this board has never played ball. We've never experienced being buried by a guy with aggression who is that much bigger than us. There's something out of kilter with some of the highest ranked private Catholic teams, here in Illinois and elsewhere. I fully support the forfeit.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Outstanding||
It isn't just the grades. You can get great marks, and still be a jerk.
Spanellis is a high character guy who does things apart from and beyond the football field and the academic classroom. Those are the kind of guys you want on the team.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Several questions||
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Don't care about Cowherd||
I don't care in the least about Cowherd and his opinions.
Having said that, I really believe Michigan will destroy everyone up until OSU.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Thank goodness!||
Yep, there's only one of me.
I'm glad someone else put up the link. And the OP was right. Michigan did well, but wow, was PSU awful. Not much of a tuneup is right, and not a whole lot you can tell from this last Saturday. (Other than how sad we all are for Jeremy Clark, and our secondary depth).
I am really looking forward to being in Ann Arbor at Michigan Stadium this coming Saturday. Should be the best game of the year so far.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Lefty||
I'm a lefty, ginger, preacher. No hope for me.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||OSU is very, very good||
OSU is very, very good. I currently predict a loss to them, as much as I want Michigan to win. For Michigan to win:
That's an awful lot of things that need to line up right. Could it happen? Sure. Will it happen? Unlikely.
Regarding recruiting, I really hope Harbaugh has some mojo. Here are some guys who would really help:
Of course you can't predict who will come. But if these guys come in, we have some recruits who should be able to compete with OSU.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Good as usual||
Pretty good as usual. Thanks for the link.