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- 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.
- With everything happening at ND, and the loss of 3 key starters, we are going to win that game.
- With the way we choked away the game against PSU, it isn't going to happen again. UTL will be electric, and we'll win that game.
- With all the crap Michigan has taken, they won't take any games for granted, and will be hungry to win every game.
- we have a bye week before MSU. In previous years, MSU was "just another game." I think it is now more personal, and Michigan will be scheming and working toward that game. In some ways, beating MSU in East Lansing may be our most important game this year.
- Depth. I am so excited for quality depth and competition. It is incredible to see the possibility that a number of starters on the defense last year might not start. (Morgan, Countess, Taylor.) But even if they don't, last year's starters are still solid. To have a highly skilled two deep on defense with little to know dropoff in ability is pretty incredible. We're not as deep on offense, but it is getting there. The depth means more and better competition in practice. They can practice much harder when the coaches aren't afraid of knocking out a starter. And the depth means the offense and defense can push each other much more in practice.
- Special teams. For the first time in many years, I see the possibility that special teams will be a strength. Hagerup booming punts, solid returns, solid coverage. Special teams gets too little attention, but is a third of the game, and is very important.
- OL Development. I am one of those guys who is frosted with the negativity and the trolling by so many so called Michigan fans. If there ever was a time when I wanted a unit to prove naysayers wrong, this is it. Maybe the only silver lining is that I could see these guys playing very angry and really coming out with a controlled, vicious, mean streak. I'm particularly tired of all the trash that Glasgow gets.
- Manball. I am ready for smash mouth football. I am ready for the DL & LB and Peppers and the OL to take no prisoners and to inflict pain. I am especially ready for Michigan to inflict some serious pain on MSU and OSU.
- Man, there are some whiney, crabby posters. Some patience, man.
- sUTL is an interesting acronym. Doesn't roll off the tongue quite right.
- Are we ready for some football?
- This defense is going to be scary. If they can actually score some points, they could single-handedly win some games. I think they will have a massive chip on their shoulder against several teams, including MSU & OSU.
- Back to the patience theme. I still remember something Brian wrote 3 or 4 years ago. Because the OL recruiting had cratered out under RR and Hoke had very little time to recruit in Jan. 2011, Brian was of the opinion that we really wouldn't have a solid OL until 2015. (If one of you mods or someone with advanced search capabilities can find this, I'd be much obliged.) I completely agree with this sentiment. The OL is coming along. They will probably only be mediocre this year. But that's an improvement over 2013. By 2015, the OL should be good, and by 2016, the depth and experience and repetitions by the OL will be such that they return to being a strength. This just takes lots of time, and it isn't something that you can force to happen quickly.
- In the statement "these fucking bigots," you seem to class all who hold a different position in the same group: "fucking bigots" May I suggest that there is more nuance? That not all who take a different position are fucking bigots? You just can't class all who you don't like together. There are many very offensive examples of this. To put all people into one class is overly simplistic and very rarely accurate.
- In the statement, "these fucking bigots," the use of the word "fucking" immediately insults and marginalizes those in the group you oppose. Put the shoe on the other foot. If someone put a post about a group you supported beginning "These fucking . . . (fill in the blank)," how would you feel? How would you respond? Would that be appropriate?
- In the statement "these fucking bigots," your assumption is that all who take a different position are bigots. Merriam-Webster defines bigot as a person who strongly and unfairly dislikes other people. Ummh, I've gone to pains in other posts to state that I don't dislike gay people at all. Let alone strongly or unfairly. I support gay marriage in society, support equal pay and equal opportunity regardless of sexual preference, made clear that I don't hate homosexuals, despise them, or feel the need to change them, and I've been clear that I have gay friends, and gays who attend my church. Some gays I like, some I don't. Some straight people I like, some I don't. Liking or disliking someone on the basis of their sexual preferences doesn't work very well. It is true that I believe that homosexuality is morally wrong. However, these are my own personal beliefs, which are irrelevant to you, and which I don't want to impose on homosexuals. I don't feel I am better or superior or more holy than someone who is gay. When you decide to label anyone who disagrees with you as a "fucking bigot," you are acting in a narrow-minded, closed minded, judgemental way. I can deal with that, Kapitan Howard. But is that really what you want to do?
|23 min 59 sec 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.
|1 hour 7 min ago||What a game||
That was fun to watch, although I hope that Michigan is more in control of games this coming season.
|2 hours 19 min 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 hours 24 min 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.
|4 hours 50 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.
|11 hours 11 min 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.
|12 hours 49 min 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.
|20 hours 37 min 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.
|20 hours 44 min ago||Ha!||
Not to worry. She's good.
|1 day 32 min 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.
|1 day 3 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."
|1 day 5 hours 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.)
|1 day 6 hours ago||Your avatar||
Your avatar somehow matches perfectly with your sentiment. Flames, death skull, banished!
|1 day 7 hours ago||Got it - Thanks||
Got it, and thank you.
|1 day 7 hours ago||Was not aware||
But then, I'm clueless often enough. What's the name of the app? mgoblog?
|1 day 20 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.
|1 day 21 hours ago||Even for me this is wierd||
Even for me this is wierd. But hey, such is life. And FTW, there hasn't been smut here for ages. Magnus has the corner on that.
|1 day 21 hours ago||Nope||
Nope, not same side sitters. Even when we're out with the kids, we're on opposite sides of the booth.
|1 day 22 hours ago||You may be right . . .||
You may be right . . . but remember, mgoblog is pretty much a Drew free zone (something like Bleacher Report, only they're more professional than Drew.)
|1 day 22 hours ago||Spousal Disagreement||
Dear, I think you are being far too harsh. Yes, it was right for York to be dismissed. He made a poor decision, and is now suffering the consequences. But "good riddance?" No, this isn't a good thing, but a sad thing. Sweetheart, how many times do I need to tell you, kindness, charity, generosity, and a spirit of forgiveness are a much better way to go. Honey, I hated to do it, but I had to downvote you. Keep this up, and I'll have to ask the mods for special dispensation to monitor you, so I can keep you on a short leash. I still love you, but you're out of line.
Your one and only,
|2 days 20 min ago||I agree - 7 - 0 start||
I agree, and also see a 7 - 0 start. I actually think that we could well go all the way to Columbus without a loss.
If all the above is true, the OL will have a full season to gel, along with every other unit. That will make the OSU game winnable, although that's the game I see Michigan losing, being in Columbus.
|2 days 1 hour ago||Not one specific thing||
Just happy the season is here, happy for so many things. Can't pick just one but I'll try to pick a few.
|2 days 5 hours ago||I've drank the koolaid||
I realize that Michigan is not going to win all it's games. Well, is unlikely to win out this season. But the gloom and doom around here sometimes is suffocating. The lack of patience with the OL is mind-boggling. I definitely am in the camp that it takes time to set up an OL the right way, and we're heading in the right direction.
At this point, I believe the OL will be mediocre, and the DL will be great. I have never heard Greg Mattison as positive as he has been. The depth throughout the defense is astounding. I already thought the LB corps would do well, and the secondary, but with the DL really coming together, you have three solid position groups. The weakest area seems to be safety, but we have so much strength and depth at corner, it is possible that we might be able to shift someone from corner to safety in order to have the best 4 - 5 on the field in the secondary.
There hasn't been a whole lot on special teams, other than noting that the kicking game is solid. If special teams is good, Hagerup will be able to pin the opposing offense way deep when our offense has stalled. I really think that when we have the opponent pinned back deep, our defense will be able to get a safety here and there, and we will have some INT's taken back for a score. I also think we will see improvement in our return game.
As regards the offense, I still think it will be much better than many think. First, while the OL isn't opening holes for the RB's, I think they will do much better at giving pass protection this year. Giving Devin more time, plus Devin having more receivers, plus Devin making better decisions on throwing it away, should lead to much greater production in the passing game. As the passing game gouges other teams, this will open things up a lot more for the running game.
As regards the much maligned OL, I do think it will probably end up being Cole, Mags, Glasgow, Kalis, and Braden. I think they will indeed learn from playing together for lots of downs. I also believe they have a very good opportunity to be 6 - 0 to start the season. If they get that far, they should be gelling together, and they will have a chance in every remaining game. Probably the biggest challenge from being 6 - 0 is that people will think Michigan is better than it really is. They aren't there yet, but they will be.
I believe that Michigan will end the season with two losses, but will come away from MSU and OSU with at least one win.
|2 days 9 hours ago||Got mine in Chicago||
I lived in Florida several years . . . everything is slower there. Did you ever get caught behind a LIncoln Continental going 5 - 10 below the speed limit, on the way to the 4pm dinner special? Just sayin.
|3 days 11 hours ago||Thanks to all who attended!||
Thanks to all who attended! It is great to hear so much about the team. Since I didn't attend and there was no stream, this was extremely helpful. A few crumbs as we wait for the season to begin. Just a few observations about the thread:
|4 days 56 min ago||I'm in the Android crowd||
I'm in the Android crowd. Hope an app for that will come soon, perhaps from another developer?
|4 days 22 hours ago||Nope||
Not here in Chicago area yet. Anticipation is a beautiful thing.
|4 days 22 hours ago||When you're open to dialogue, I"m game||
Kapitan Howard, when you're open to real dialogue, I"m game. But when your post begins, These fucking bigots, well, it is a challenge to respond. Nonetheless, I'll go down this road a bit.
As for my post regarding whether or not homosexuality is a choice, it was ill-advised on my part to open that can of worms. What I was trying to say is that it is pretty complicated, and that it isn't clearly the case that there is a gene determining whether or not someone is gay. Between environment, number of older brothers, dynamics in the home, genetics, there are tons of factors involved in why someone is gay, and someone else is not. I suspect that in some cases, choice is involved. In other cases, not so much. I'm not a scientist, nor have I studied homosexuality, so I'm not competent and my opinion doesn't matter much.
What's clear is that you're really passionate about this topic, and that I've deeply angered and offended you. I'm sorry that is the case, and really, I should have known better . . . this is a bad forum to address deep topics like this. I take a lot of the blame, because I know my beliefs are very offensive to some, and as such, I really should just keep my mouth shut.
|6 days 1 hour ago||Google Search on Choice||
MGoBender, I was curious about your assertion. (IT'S NOT A CHOICE.) If you google search, "Is homosexuality genetic" you will get more than 3,000,000 hits.
The first link about a gay gene is from the Telegraph in London. The money quote:
What does wikipedia, the friend of today's college students everywhere, have to say about biology and sexual orientation? Here's the key sentence:
I could go through more of the links, but here's the thing. The scientific research is inconclusive. If anything, it indicates that less than 50% of "homosexuality" is genetically predetermined. MGoBender, you undercut your own position when you state your position so strongly, as if it were "fact."
There are some in the gay community who actually are concerned about the idea that there is a clear and indisputable gene marker for homosexuality. If there was a so-called "gay gene," women could choose to be tested for it and to abort, just as they do for a variety of reasons, from gender to Down Syndrome, Cystic Fibrosis, Spina Bifida, and Muscular Distrophy.
Obviously, you very strongly believe in the position that homosexuality is not a choice. I would simply ask that you honor scientific studies, and the fact that your belief is not clearly conclusive.
|6 days 3 hours ago||Thanks for your response||
At this point, I will self-moderate myself, and cease comments on homosexuality and morality, other than to say that I'm glad ASU football player felt able to express himself publicly.
Also, I'm glad that the season is about to begin, when all off topic discussions will be curtailed, and we can be united in our love of Michigan football.