I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
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- Those who were whacked (mwolverine, etc.)
- Those who committed suicide (removed their own account. Is this possible?)
- Those who went quiet into the long night and just faded away. Maybe technically still there, but just gone, and haven't visited the site forever.
- Cole, Saginaw, ATH, #90.
- Hilliard, Cincinnati, LB, #45
- Settle, Virginia, DE, #52
- Cornell, Minnesota, LB, #74
- Ohio's 24 game streak needs to be stopped.
- Ohio fans are just as insufferable.
- Dantonio is a grouch, but I'm more tired of hearing about Meyer.
- Michigan's recruiting has already surpassed MSU.
- I completely Michigan will begin beating MSU regularly, soon.
- This is a one year blip . . . MSU hasn't been to the Rose Bowl since 1988.
- (Compliment) Borges had an excellent game plan against ND & OSU.
- (Criticism) However, his play-calling for a large part of the season was an uncreative failure, and blame for at least a couple of losses are at his feet.
- (Compliment) Thankfully, the interior of the offensive line gained much needed experience this season, and we can expect much better from them next year.
- (Criticism) If line play doesn't improve significantly in 2014, there will be plenty of blame to go around, from Funk to Borges to Hoke.
- (Closing) We'll have a much clearer evaluation of the coaches at this time next year.
- Next year, we have much better interior OL experience, and we have depth. This means
- Better pass protection
- Better blocking for the RBs.
- We have better WR corps: losing Gallon & Dileo is offset by adding Darboh, Drake Harris, Mo Ways, along with the development of at least one other WR in the depth chart.
- We have better TE depth and skill. Bunting, Funchess & Butt are all great at catching passes. Williams and Butt at blocking.
- Gardner returns, and we finally have adequate depth behind him (Bellomy, Morris, & Speight.)
- The DL gets stronger, with Pipkins returning, losing only Black (undersized) and Washington.
- The DB's get stronger, especially with adding Peppers.
- The affirmation by Brian that the loss of points has been disastrous (for board self-moderation.)
- The statement by Ace that "it's about time" (to ban or remove or cut back on old entitled users, of which I am one.)
- The realization that I'm not alone in how I feel about the overall tone and tenor of the blog.
- My sadness in hearing Ace say that it has gotten so bad here, he has better discussions at 11W.
- The statement that Brian can live with contrary views (i.e., Magnus, Space Coyote,) so long as their comments and posts are reasoned and thought out. This is great, because I love their contributions, and the point - counterpoint they can bring to some posts.
- How much of a "fan" you are has to play in (how invested are you? Do you have season tickets? How much do you follow football?)
- Number of children.
- Whether children were involved in sports.
- Whether you were involved in sports.
- Your "personality type."
|15 hours 16 min ago||Do you have a list of those who have died?||
Do you have a list of those who have died?
I suppose the list could be subdivided:
|15 hours 27 min ago||That's great||
Now, a fun post or diary topic would be "Cautionary tales: a collection of stories on how various users got sent to Boliva." It was enjoyable reading interviews with rock star mgousers. It would be a different kind of enjoyable read to have someone collect in one place the reason people were sent to Bolivia. The collection would also ideally include those who had gone, but were released from Bolivia.
Speaking of this topic, there's another kind of user who just vanishes, collapses, is vaporized, is no more. How does that happen? Can all mods do this? Or just the proprieters? Is there a secret meeting of the minds before collapsing an account? Can a user choose to delete his own account?
When I think of the ban, the following comes to mind:
|15 hours 40 min ago||Don't forget Festivus||
Don't forget Festivus for the rest of us. Or rather, for the Festivus partisans among us. Have to be inclusive, after all, be board pc and make everyone happy.
|17 hours 43 min ago||I agree with True Blue Grit||
I don't think Dave Brandon is trying to make a quick buck. I believe that he is doing what he can to bring Michigan to a competitive level, across the board. It was well known that the infrastructure for Football and Basketball was substandard. Michigan got by on the cachet and reputation it had of success, but that only lasts so long. I remember the wars about the Football stadium, and the luxury boxes. I also remember how dingy Crisler was, and that was more than 25 years ago. Changes for those venues just had to happen, as much as there were complaints about it.
This also goes for the cost of coaching. If Michigan wants to compete with Alabama and USC and Ohio and all the rest of the Big Boys, they need to pay competitive salaries. Mattison doesn't come to Michigan for chump change.
The reality is that if you want a cheap ticket, you can go to an EMU game, or a high school game. I myself actually went to a bunch of local high school games this Fall, which was cheap, entertaining, and a way to keep my eye on my 12 year old twins.
You know, DB is going to strike out some of the time. I am probably least enamored with some of the changes at Yost. Having said that, he strikes out partially because he is swinging for the fences.
As for the nickel and diming complaints, DB isn't alone. I hate the world we live in, but I can't think of too many venues anymore where you can bring in your own food and beverages. And you know what? I bring in an emptied water bottle and fill it; I bring in some peanuts and sandwiches in coat pockets, and I'm never stopped. If you really want to be cheap, it still is possible.
This just strikes me as a hatchet job on DB, and some will eat it up, and others see the reality of the situation.
|1 day 10 hours ago||Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior||
Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior.
Of course, from my perspective, this is more than a mere opinion.
|1 day 10 hours ago||Thank you, Brian||
Thank you, thank you, thank you, sincere thanks, great appreciation, heartfelt gratitude, all of this, and more. Maybe this will help the site and remove gratuitous snark, stupidity, and trolling.
|1 day 20 hours ago||Interesting Analysis||
Interesting Analysis. I don't care for throwing RR under the bus, even though I prefer Hoke to RR.
Regarding the number of wins for Hoke to keep his job, I think you overstate things.
Regarding the prediction of 10 wins each of the next two season, I think 9 wins in the 2014 regular season and 11 wins in 2015 is more likely. The OL is still developing, along with depth everywhere. By 2015, it should be there, and Michigan should be firing on all cylinders.
|1 day 20 hours ago||This is not real||
You start an account today, just to post this? And it is to bring Tressel in? Has to be sarcasm. But that's a lot of effort (new account, new facebook group, painted Michigan vest,) for sarcasm. To each his own.
|2 days 16 hours ago||You might be able to win every argument||
You might be able to win every argument. But winning arguments never convinces anyone of anything. It just irritates them.
Need proof? When your mom and dad argued, and your dad "won," was it worth it? Did it change your mom's mind?
Arguing about religion is usually a waste of time, imhe.
|3 days 18 hours ago||Thanks!||
Looking at the list, there are at least 4 more I'd like to see commit to Michigan:
It is incredible to already have 3 on the list. Were we able to add two of the above, having 5 commitments in the top 100, I don't know how you can do much better than that. Fill in the class with another solid 10 - 15 commitments, and Michigan continues to have top 10 recruiting for 4 straight years.
EDIT: Was too slow in posting (see above post.) Definitely think Sterling Jenkins is another one to add to the list, especially to keep him away from Ohio.
|5 days 3 hours ago||Hope MSU kills Stanford||
I hope MSU kills Stanford. And I hope Michigan kills MSU the next 10 years. These are not mutually exclusive statements.
|5 days 5 hours ago||I for one would congratulate MSU||
I don't love MSU. I ALWAYS want Michigan to beat them. But man, they did a great job. Without a bunch of 4 stars, they've built a great defense. Connor Cook has done a good job in his first year starting. They adjusted during the game, and really took it to Ohio. They deserve to be congratulated. Give credit where it is due. Mattison, Lewan, Hoke, would all do the same thing.
I really don't understand the jerks who are such sore losers they can't congratulate the winner in a clean, hard fought battle. You play hard, you do your best, and sometimes you win, and sometimes you lose. I'm glad for MSU, even though I don't like them. You remind me of the brats and bullies who storm off when they don't win a game. Life lesson: no one wants to play with you or be around you when that's who you are. It is that attitude, whether at Ohio, or MSU, or ND, or Michigan, or the SEC, that I absolutely can't stand. Don't be that guy.
One other thing about MSU, I think they'll represent well in the Rose Bowl. I don't think their going to roll over for Stanford. I'm tired of sending Big10 teams to bowls to see them whipped. I'd like to see MSU's defense put the hurt on Stanford. And I agree with readers who want to see every Big10 team win their bowl game.
|5 days 6 hours ago||Meta: may you be banned||
EDIT: In ref to Waterford (jerk) Woverline.
You represent exactly why I can't wait for the negbang to come back. You've been a user all of 2 weeks, have something asinine to say, then repeat it. You are fortunate there is still no negbang, because your kind will be destroyed by sane users. Your day of reckoning, and those like you, can't come too soon for me.
|5 days 8 hours ago||Love seeing MSU stick it to Ohio||
Love seeing MSU stick it to Ohio, who is terribly overrated. They're melting down at 11W. Here's a good quote from one of their threads:
How will us OSU fans get over this. This is the only game on our schedule that let us prove that we belonged. Everyone (all the SEC fans) are gonna eat this shit up
If Ohio wins, I think Auburn passes them up after today. But even if I was guaranteed Auburn would pass them, I still want to see Ohio lose.
I also think this game goes a long way to show the power of a dominant defense, and that Michigan has a long way to get there.
|5 days 9 hours ago||I love defense||
Of course, a balanced defense and offense is best. But I love defense, and believe that Mattison will have Michigan there soon enough. You know, neither Mattison nor Hoke have been very effusive in praise of Michigan's defense. They both know we have a long way to go. We're heading in the right direction, but aren't there yet. Every year we're getting closer.
I also completely agree with Salvatore: patience is a virtue and it took MSU time to get to where they are today. Giving Mattison (and Borges, for that matter,) time to get their players in place and have the right depth and the right players for what you want to do is critical.
|5 days 9 hours ago||I don't understand the MSU hate||
The hatred of MSU is irrational and disproportionate to who they are.
I don't "love" MSU. But I despise Ohio, and would easily rather they lose.
The only reason I can see some of you hating MSU more is because you live in the State of Michigan. For the rest of the world, Ohio is our rival.
|5 days 15 hours ago||Want Ohio & SEC to lose||
Want Ohio & SEC to lose. If that means that Sparty wins, fine. And I have no problem with FSU winning.
|6 days 14 hours ago||Thank you, Brian||
Brian, I'm thankful for your job, and your fandom, and for this welcome diversion. I'm looking forward to the return of both positive and negative user moderation.
The focus has largely been on the "negbang." But the "posbang" was a wonderful way to affirm and encourage great posts. I fondly remember some of those posbangs (iirc, "Raback" and "BKfinest" it, as regards a recruit commiting to Michigan?) Anyway, it was great to give a positive bump to those who really contributed to the conversation.
Conversely, there was something kind of crazy about the meltdowns, where jerks would continue to post, and in the span of one thread with 10 of their own idiot responses lose hundreds and hundreds of points. Guys would go through the threads just to negbang them on everything they posted.
My personal preference was to leave the negative posts up to read, because sometimes there were good insights. The negative vote was just a red flag letting you know that the content might be worth skipping. For me, the benefit of the negbang wasn't so much to hide threads, but to slow down the negativity and insults, and secondarily, to make it easier for mods to bring down the hammer.
It is too bad you have to go back to the neg/pos bang, but I don't think you have a choice. Users won't be civil and respectful to those they disagree with otherwise.
Regardless, I'm looking forward to mgoblog becoming a more hospitable and readable blog going forward.
EDIT: And I'm keeping my username, and my avatar, even if it gets me banned. And if I ever get banned, it just means that I need to become a lurker with no account and no posting privileges.
EDIT 2: Mods or Brian, is there an ETA on this point system returning? End of the year? 6 months? Next August? I've gathered for some time that it was coming back, but I don't recall any sense of when that's going to happen.
|1 week 1 day ago||Interesting thought||
Your suggestion has some merit.
However, fatuous, supercilious compliments aren't really necessary. All that is needed is for criticisms to be well thought out, and not crass, crude, ad hominem attacks. The rude, mean-spirited, mindless barbs, often delivered with a sense of entitlement, are what need to be cut out. Valid criticism, however harsh, will always have it's place, and often will stand well alone.
Compliments are welcomed only when there are legitimate positives to be made.
So, to use an example:
Now, to really fill a post like this out, it would be helpful to have two things. First, some stats (both on excellent game plans, and bad game plans.) Second, some examples (good play calls, bad play calls.) The statistical backup with some illustrations is what is really lacking. Without that, we just have more of this:
|1 week 1 day ago||Basketball||
Basketball championship for me. I remember the dark years of basketball. They were many, and I don't want them to come back, ever. The team earned the right to be there, and it is close to impossible to get to, let alone win, a National Championship. I hate OSU, and want the win, but I am willing to wait another year, and see Michigan football begin to compete regularly and win half the time (against OSU.)
|1 week 1 day ago||MSU all the way||
I want Ohio's 24 game win streak snapped, and I want a Big 10 Team to beat OSU. I'm sick and tired of hearing OSU crow about their success, and how they're the only real team in the Big 10. Their hubris in planning for the National Championship is annoying. From my perspective, Michigan has already passed MSU in recruiting, and I'd much rather have MSU win now rather than later, when Michigan will be winning. Plus, I don't have any problem with them going to a BCS game, and they haven't been to the Rose Bowl for a long time.
I shouldn't have to say that I don't care for MSU, but they're the lesser of two evils, in my opinion. Ohio is the slimier, sleezier team, and I want to see Urban Meyer cut down to size. Ohio is lucky they won last week, and I want their offense to feel some real pain.
|1 week 3 days ago||This is great news to me||
I have drunk the koolaid, and anticipate 9-3 next year, 10-2 or better in 2015, staying there or doing even better from that point forward.
I am thrilled that Borges and Funk are returning, and look forward greatly to next near.
|1 week 3 days ago||Hmmm||
I suppose Loeffler isn't available. In a way, it might be good if a coach decides to retire or move on, opening a spot for a QB coach. Not sure what to think.
|1 week 3 days ago||First time I've listened to a podcast||
I have always skipped the podcasts, but listened today for the first time, largely because of interest in the meta issues. I am greatly encouraged by a number of things.
The reality is, I personally am not a great contributor to the blog. I'm not close to the program, and I'm not a great football mind. However, I come here for enjoyment, as a fan, for fun, for escape. When it becomes a chore to wade through comments, when it isn't fun anymore, when it leaves a bad taste in my mouth, I'd rather clean out files and rake leaves and wash the dishes than come to mgoblog. I'm hoping that in the next few months, the blog will return to some approximation of what it was, and what I want it to be.
|1 week 3 days ago||Your comments make sense . . . but not for Michigan||
Let me explain why I think the spread isn't the best option for Michigan.
. If we were most teams in the Big 10 (i.e., Purdue, Indiana, Northwestern, Minnesota, Nebraska, Maryland, Rutgers, even Iowa, maybe even Penn State, MSU and Wisconsin) I think the spread is the way to go. This is what RR tried to do at Michigan.
However, I believe that there are a handful of teams in the country, of which Michigan is one, which don't have to resort fully to the spread. USC, Alabama, LSU, Florida, Ohio State, Texas, Auburn, Georgia, Stanford, ND, and Michigan have the history, the facilities, the cachet, to be able to try and recruit for "Big Boy Football." If this is done right, on average, I believe those teams will beat a good spread team.
If Michigan had recruited another spread coach, the transition would have been easier from RR. Conversely, if Michigan had recruited a "big boy" type coach after Carr, the transition would have been easier. Our problem was in transitioning first from big boy to spread, and then second, from spread back to "big boy." In a sense, this has largely meant a loss of six years. (2008 through 2013.)
I believe the number of QB's who can run a pro style offense is limited, but not that limited. More than that, Michigan has historically had success in putting QB's in the pros (Brady, Henne, Grbac, Collins, Harbaugh, and Griese all saw significant time in the NFL.) USC, ND, Washington, UCLA, Stanford, Miami, and Michigan have all produced a significant number of pro QB's. This in itself makes these schools, and Michigan, attractive to the Andrew Luck's coming out of HS.
|1 week 3 days ago||Great News!||
Great News! Of course, I consistently expected this, from everything I've heard from both Hoke and Brandon. From my perspective, this is far more than mere "loyalty" or going back to DeBord. This is football minds assessing the situation, and seeing that the offensive line was too young and inexperienced, and that they needed the year of seasoning.
I find it interesting that Brian noted Funk's intelligence in coaching seminars. I also believe that Borges is very creative, and with a full team, they will do very well.
At the very least, terminating Borges or Funk prior to the 2014 season would be premature. By next season, Borges & Funk (& Hoke, & Mattison) will be able to be fairly assessed, for good or for bad.
What has not often been noted is how very close the entire coaching staff is with each other. The chemistry and cameraderie among coaches and wives permeates the entire program, and adds to the "family" atmosphere so many recruits and players have noted. To remove Borges and Funk would severely disrupt this strong atmosphere, to the detriment of the team.
I also debated whether or not to post my epinion, because the group think around here seems so strongly aligned against Borges. What tipped the scales is not being contrarian. Rather, from my perspective, this is 100% the right decision. And I am willing to go on record with that, even though it seems to make the majority of mgousers very unhappy.
I'd be more than happy to make a wager with any of the anti-Borges crowd: I'll bet every last point of mine against yours (point for point) that Michigan is at least 9-3 next year, at least 10-2 in 2015, and consistently at that level or better from that point forward. In fact, I'm confident enough in my prediction that I'd be willing to go negative, towards Bolivia, if we had less than 9 wins next year. I'm very happy for the future, and thrilled that Borges and Funk (et al) are staying on board.
|1 week 3 days ago||Completely Agree||
I completely agree with your comments on the OL being the main problem. The experience they gained this year was huge. Next year, the OL will still be mostly redshirt sophomores, with two more years of eligibility in 2015 & 2016! Going forward, we should have more depth, more upper classmen, and more experience on the line. These will all make a huge difference.
Beyond the OL, the RB's have more experience, and some are bigger (i.e., Green.) The receiver depth and experience increases (Funchess, Chesson, & Darboh all have experience, with 4 more on the roster, headlined by incoming freshman Drake Harris.) The tight ends finally have depth and experience, with 2 - 3 solid receivers, and more ability in blocking. Gardner has been through the wars, is a senior QB, and we finally have real depth, with two guys having been in the system a long time (Bellomy & Morris) allowing the incoming freshman (Speight) to redshirt and acclimate.
Without going over the defense, I fully believe they are getting stronger, bigger, faster, and the overall quality of each player is getting higher by the year.
It would be a terrible mistake to make a coaching change right now, anywhere at all. Team 135 will be one very hungry, focused, and mean bunch. Other teams won't know what hit them. And fans will be shocked at what's going to happen next year.
|1 week 3 days ago||I'm a parent||
I'm a parent (of a 20 year old and 12 year old twins.) The twins in particular are in a number of competitive sports (football, basketball, baseball, soccer, wrestling.) I did indeed think it was a great game. Of course I wanted to win, but I'm not heart-broken at the loss. However, I think you can't clearly tie being a parent to your view on the game.
Somehow, I think that the loss bothers certain personalities more than in bothers others. I think Brown Bear was onto something a couple days ago in talking about perspective. Some people have a lot more balanced perspective on life and what's important than others. I am completely happy with being considered a terrible fan by some, because I am happy with doing things the right way, and winning the right way, and winning not be the most important thing. You play your best, you strive to win, you seek to be excellent. But when you give it your all, and you fall short, as happened to Michigan, you're saddened, but you're not crushed and broken. You leave the field proud, with some tears, and look forward to another day.
|1 week 5 days ago||In response to Yeoman - this is Brian's blog||
In response to Yeoman, this is Brian's blog. He can do what he wants with it. He can ban people. Chop off heads. Give them negative millions of points. He can authorize the mods to do the same. I actually don't have any particular users in mind, because I try not to remember the idiocy and lunacy and negativity, and who spews it. But I will say that I'm tired of the negative spewing. I like news, and I like coverage, and I like most of the front page pieces. But the comments and some of the posts just aren't fun any more. In particular, I hate personal attacks . . . on Brian, on mods, on bloggers, on athletes, on coaches. I want more discussion about football and basketball and hockey and less of the stuff about firing staff and "changes need to be made now" stuff.
|1 week 5 days ago||I'm looking forward to seeing heads roll||
I don't agree with Brian on everything, but I've had it with the coarse, negative, anonymous, so-called Michigan fans who have made this a much more unpleasant place to be. I absolutely don't mind or care if the blog espouses a different direction than I would choose. Having said that, I do mind when somehow, bloggers make this place unlivable. As Brown Bear said, there needs to be perspective on what's important.