"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
|4 years 1 week ago||Another telling Kovacs quote:||
Just to follow up, from “Beat Ohio State” to “Beat Ohio” -- is that something you immediate adopted because of your head coach? Is “Ohio State” forbidden?
Kovacs: “That’s what he calls them, so that’s what we call them.”
Couldn't help to notice he said "We". And Jordan is telling the truth. Hoke is a true leader and this team is gonna follow him to greatness.
|4 years 3 weeks ago||I noticed||
Temple fans wearing "We Aren't" shirts. The most concise message I've seen in awhile.
|4 years 3 weeks ago||Stats are great but||
I'm actually happy that goals against are down this year. Sure, we have looked flat at times during the winless sreak, but we have also gotten so many bad breaks that tend to even out over the season. Defense has been stable which is huge and also necessary if we plan on more that just a Division title.
I'm also encouraged that the last streaks of this magnitude (which obviously is over) happened in '02 and '08 and they were longer and we raised the Cup both years. There is no way I doubt my Wings.
|4 years 13 weeks ago||We opened with 1998 ND. I was there.||
Were shocked by the Irish coming in there ranked #2 in the nation then we went home and got run over by McNabb.
|4 years 20 weeks ago||Seven Nation Army- White||
Seven Nation Army- White Stripes. Great slow/fast tempo and a Baltimore reference. The "that ain't what you want to hear , but that's what I'll do" line is a perfect spot for a finger-point.
|4 years 26 weeks ago||What Desmond was saying||
was that if Denard put up those numbers all year and beat OSU and MSU and won a BCS Bowl game and the Heisman and maybe struck a pose, THEN he would be able to be feel "entitled"? Desmond contradicted himself. I don't think Bo qualified the statement "no one is bigger than the Michigan program" with any performance exemptions.
In fact if anyone is acting the big-shot, it's Desmond Howard. It just blows my mind he can throw out Denard Robinson's name as an example of what's wrong with college football. Denard is all about what is RIGHT with college football.
|4 years 28 weeks ago||
Or Rico Blasi
|4 years 29 weeks ago||That game 7 was one of mine||
That game 7 was one of mine too. Roy got pulled in the game. It was over in the first period.
I have to say 1997 tho, when we finally beat the Avs in a series.... game 6 at home. I drove 300 miles on the spur of the moment and gladly paid $300 bucks to see it. It was sweet. During warmups Offsprings' Gone Away blared. They played "what a night" by Frankie Valley on the speakers afterward. Even today when I hear those songs it takes me back..Fedorov had a huge game and Vernon stoned em. It was so huge to finally beat the Av's and we swept the finals.
|4 years 31 weeks ago||Not to get too deep but||
I buy into the theory that difficult times doesn't build character in those who don't live by principles- it reveals their character. This is true for Tressel and the Buckeye fans that don't see the truth in all this. I wouldn't expect them to react any different. It's just cool the whole country can now see what I've known for a long time because I live in Ohio and have seen them in action for awhile now.
|4 years 32 weeks ago||I love Helm||
I love Helm
|4 years 33 weeks ago||Jerseys?||
We are the higher seed so we are either maize or white. I'm hoping for maize. Has to be the most spectacular uniform in all of sports. Besides our home football unis anyway.
|4 years 33 weeks ago||I agree totally||
.......and Melrose says "clearly" an elbow, "easy" call. I'm like wtf??
|4 years 34 weeks ago||I really doubt that Denard||
I really doubt that Denard even notices, much less feeds off any negativity.
|4 years 34 weeks ago||Won't solve pay for play scandals||
Some players will have a deeper sense of entitlement than they already have. I think it's human nature, the NCAA legitimizes it and it will be easier to take extra. It's not for lack of money that the rules are broken , it's lack of morals.
|4 years 35 weeks ago||My dog in the last year||
My dog in the last year developed an allergy that we tried different thigs on and it turned out to be food. Have to buy the $40 dollar a bag stuff but allergies are gone. Has to be grain-free. Wish I would have tried that first because it would have saved some trips to the vet. Good-luck.
|4 years 35 weeks ago||I live in Ohio. Children only||
I live in Ohio. Children only understand one thing.The OSU fans in this state need to be put in time-out. Not so much to punish the program or the Institution, but the fans. I'm telling you it's out of control. Any Michigan fan living in this state knows what I mean.
|4 years 35 weeks ago||I hope Tressel stays until||
I hope Tressel stays until the day he lies his way into getting OSU the death penalty. Once a liar, always a liar. Tressel will be good for OSU football.
And to those who say we need OSU in order to keep our rivalry with them I say Michigan football is much bigger than that rivalry. Screw Ohio State, they get what they deserve and obviously want.
|4 years 35 weeks ago||Yesssss||
A Buckeye fan who sees the truth. Sarniak is your Ed Martin hopefully. The difference between us and you tho is that we were ashamed by what happened and fired Fisher without proof. You sad people even have the smoking emails and are denying there is a problem.
|4 years 35 weeks ago||Since being under center is||
Since being under center is something Denard hasn't done in awhile,it makes sense he would practice there.Initially, I had the same reaction as Brian with the power play manball comments by Hoke, but that will just be one facet of our offense and one that I believe is key in redzone situations and late in a game with a lead. It's basic. Hoke is concentrating on teaching the basics first, what's wrong with that.
Personally, I think getting Denard away from taking a pounding with 25+ carries is a good thing and will make him even more dangerous late in games and keep him on the field entire games. The pounding he took was taking a toll on his passing game IME, something RR would never admit.
I'm gonna venture to guess that his 6.3 ypc goes up this year.
|4 years 36 weeks ago||Last year, dropping back to||
Last year, dropping back to pass was like Denard getting to rest from all his carries which I think explains his hesitation to take off. I can't remember how many times there was open field ahead of him and he tried to thread the needle. That won't be happening this year.
|4 years 36 weeks ago||Greg Harden > Dr. Billi||
Greg Harden > Dr. Billi
|4 years 36 weeks ago||Blasphemy!||
So Dantonio might be Gerald Ford?
|4 years 36 weeks ago||Ohio U's mascot makes me||
Ohio U's mascot makes me think of Brady Hoke for some reason
|4 years 36 weeks ago||We'll see||
Kelly could pull out the Buckeye rule and defer it a game.
|4 years 36 weeks ago||I never believed in moral victories||
The end of the game was so strange with 30 seconds left , within 1 and I KNEW we we were gonna win. Then when we didn't win it sorta kinda felt like we didnt lose. I have never felt the pride for a team that has lost (well put Brian: numerically) a game before. Maybe somewhere in my subconcious I knew the moral victory was in the bag in that last minute of the game.
I've got to say, Brian's post today has to be my all-time favorite. You nailed it Brian- well done.
|4 years 36 weeks ago||I have a feeling we are gonna||
I have a feeling we are gonna win this game
|4 years 36 weeks ago||Coach K is getting schooled||
Coach K is getting schooled by JB. I love it
|4 years 36 weeks ago||Coach K is getting schooled||
Coach K is getting schooled by JB. I love it
|4 years 36 weeks ago||woooohoooooooooo||
|4 years 36 weeks ago||Lets just start raining 3's||
Lets just start raining 3's and see what happens
|4 years 36 weeks ago||I LOVE this team. It's only||
I LOVE this team. It's only the beginning
|4 years 36 weeks ago||this game isnt over. We have||
this game isnt over. We have a run in us
|4 years 36 weeks ago||Whaaaatttttttttt?????????????||
|4 years 36 weeks ago||We need a patented Michigan||
We need a patented Michigan run
|4 years 36 weeks ago||Refs only allow tight D on||
Refs only allow tight D on one end
|4 years 36 weeks ago||Without Morris to break down||
Without Morris to break down the D with penetration we are in deep trouble
|4 years 36 weeks ago||goooaaaaaaallllllll!!! x2||
|4 years 36 weeks ago||Timing||
There's no way we slide under the radar on Sunday. We have got Duke's full attention thanks to all this crap and they would love to pummel us, not that they will but they are entirely capable. Thanks again Fab Five.
The Doc was good and I understand what Jalen was getting at that it was all in the past, but Jimmy King's "99 problems...." tweet seems like it was antagonistic . Please Fab's.... let it rest for the sake of this current M anti-Fab team that has a huge order on Sunday. It's gonna be hard enough.
|4 years 37 weeks ago||I'm not here for your||
I'm not here for your "original thoughts"- your little slants on human nature. I want facts. Wading through your "original" thoughts is much more irritating than a double post to a link. And at least the OP here doesnt spew the resentment and divisiveness that you do.
I find good-faith mistakes much less damaging on here than a calculated attack on someone who may being trying to lend some moral support to a fellow fan of Michigan athletics who provided a link and not his thesis on life.
|4 years 37 weeks ago||Wow. Kerr said it...||
Wow. Kerr said it... Sullinger "bulls" his way to the basket. No shit.
|4 years 37 weeks ago||How is it possible for||
How is it possible for Sullinger to play this whole game as physical as he is and only commit 1 foul? He's good but this is just complete bullshit.
|4 years 37 weeks ago||That Lauderdale dude looks||
That Lauderdale dude looks like he's about 35
|4 years 37 weeks ago||The refs took over the game.||
The refs took over the game.
|4 years 37 weeks ago||It's great to be a Michigan Wolverine||
Beat that school in ohio!!
|4 years 38 weeks ago||Or...||
"get the fuck off my field"
|4 years 38 weeks ago||The lid could blow off this thing||
Speaking of Ed Martin, if that Riffe character gets a lawyer (not local) to file charges on Cicero then we will really see some fireworks as the subpeonas will fly and we will maybe find out what Gee meant when he said this:
Gee said he asked Tressel, "questions none of you (reporters) would dare ask ... to make sure there was no kind of smoking gun."
|4 years 38 weeks ago||Hoke is a smart man||
|4 years 38 weeks ago||Gee's "smoking gun" comment||
Right now its just a coach coverng up for his boyz. This comment by Gee makes me think it involves more.....Gee said he asked Tressel, "questions none of you (reporters) would dare ask ... to make sure there was no kind of smoking gun."
The truth is, they were questions the reporters weren't allowed to ask. Like the forwarding question.
I think the strategy is to lie and let the chips fall where they may because OSU can keep it in-house and the NCAA will not dig too deep. The only risk is that tOSU may have underestimated the fact that the NCAA does not have subpeona power but they adversely have latitude in burden of proof. They can assume things. Like... these dudes are trying to play us.
|4 years 39 weeks ago||Horrribly written story||
Examine yourself Mr. Lacy, one sentence paragraphs make for a tough read. Should have put a bullet in front of each sentence. These rag writers are hacks. Having said that, I hope the kid (Legion) turns his life around.
|4 years 39 weeks ago||NBA fans||
NBA fans seem to be fans of players, not teams. Guess we can thank MJ for that. That's more like WWE and Nascar and a very unstable foundation. The NHL is the greatest sport because of team loyalties and not to get off topic but the way the league tries to force Crosby and Ovi down fans throats ( just go to NHL.com to see it) makes me sick and is very NBAish. Go Wings.
|4 years 42 weeks ago||He understands the tradition?||
He thinks he understands. If he really understood, then he would at some point say he can't blame DB one bit for not giving him another year and just say it was time to move on. He obviously doesn't understand now. So did he ever? Not really.
He tried to understand, but when he talked of Pitt-WVU when saying how he understood rivalries.... come on. He never understood getting destroyed every year by OSU is just flat-out unacceptable. I would think he would now since it got him fired. And even when DB gave him one more look, we get pounded in the Gator Bowl.
Just the fact that he thinks he deserves another year proves he doesn't understand. And maybe those people on this board who thinks he deserved another year don't understand Michigan Tradition either. They just think they do.
|4 years 42 weeks ago||Bring him on||
Anything that has the potential to come back and make Tressel and OSU look bad , I'm all for. Seems this would be a very risky move bringing him on the team tho, but it may be fun to watch.
|4 years 45 weeks ago||The key to it all will be can||
The key to it all will be can this offense be disciplined and efficiient against good defenses. Thats the area that wasn't addressed in the OP's analysis.
We have the talent and coupled with a better D that lets Denard and Co relax a little bit and not feel they have to score on every possesion will help, but it remains to be seen if Borges (and Hoke) can instill a confidence and a discipline to not self-destruct at key points in games whether it be penalties, turnovers, dropped passes yada, yada that plagued us last year.
We were very undisciplined on both sides of the ball last year and I'm confident that can get a lot better but would have liked to see Borges stats on turnovers, penalties and 3rd downs. But comparing a frosh brought in at game 2 to Denard is useless to me.
The above observation is nuts. Burns was a true frosh-OFF THE BENCH in game 2. I don't think Bill Walsh could have done much there. OP says thats not encouraging for us in regards to Denard. I say its irrelevant.
|4 years 46 weeks ago||here you go...||
Because if we can't beat them then we can't win the Big10. Don't you realize that? Thats why the OSU game was so big , because it was worth all the marbles. That is just so simple to me yet why people dont understand that is unreal.
Win the B10 and maybe we are in position for NC. Impossible to do if we don't. Now do you get it?
Plus I hate the Buckeyes and Spartans a lot.
|4 years 46 weeks ago||Welcome Coach Hoke||
This board is unbelievable and Brian just feeds it. I think there's actually more thought-thru commentary (and thats all any of this is until we get some results) on the Detroit media sites, dare I mention their name.
What we have is a lifer as a head coach now. He is tough, defensive minded and he TURNS PROGRAMS AROUND. And he LOVES MICHIGAN. For God sake give him some time. I am 100% behind him and am confident. PLayers absolutely love him and I am certain he hates MSU and OSU as much as us. I love the guy and have never wanted to see a coach succeed as much as Hoke and when he does I will give HIM the credit and be block quoting from this thread when the bandwagon fills back up. No I won't because I really don't care that much what you people think.
|4 years 46 weeks ago||Staying patient||
On the contrary, Im somewhat ok with the fact we don't have a coach yet because it means we don't have a less than ideal coach. I'd rather this take a little time now, since it's already late as it is,rather than to just take anybody. The longer it goes the less chance of Hoke IME.
|4 years 46 weeks ago||ahem||
.... and if I cut you for no apparent reason you'll know why
|4 years 46 weeks ago||I'll trump the "what would Bo do "card||
As we all know, Bo conducted a national search and determined Gary Moeller to be the best available. Michigan ties meant nothing. And he had no input into talking Lloyd into not bolting for big bucks because he could have gone anywhere.
|4 years 46 weeks ago||Im with ya||
Dude, Ive spent an hour before trying to push that caliper in only to realize it was a screw-in type. And once i forgot to pump them up before driving car and hit a tree. As much as brakes are a pain it's nothing compared to ..... thats right , different thread.
|4 years 46 weeks ago||nothing makes sense anymore||
Ever wonder why
they are called
|4 years 46 weeks ago||ode to what was||
Where are they
The sane ones on Saturdays
Who peer at the Winged Helmet
alas they live
ne'r sane of mind
huddled in masses leagues apart
consoling, conjoling, rocking
|4 years 46 weeks ago||Haha||
But Gee's argument is the same one SEC people have for the reason OSU gets into the title game and smoked every few years.
On a CC note, I'd like to see some of that pissed-off-ness carry over with Patterson into Ann Arbor next year
|4 years 46 weeks ago||If only DB had half your||
If only DB had half your zeal, or is your period key broke?
|4 years 46 weeks ago||large purchase at Home Depot reported||
And there's rumors the guest room just had the bathroom remodeled.
|4 years 46 weeks ago||Huge upside at Stanford||
Im not sure how orchestrated all this is by Harbaugh, can't imagine he could forsee all these events falling in place to give him such leverage but I'm wondering if he sees that Stanford has the potential to be the Duke of major college football. Luck staying proves that potential. He can get the smart, high-end 4 year type guys and build a dynasty out there with a wealthy alumni base. Coach K does pretty well money-wise also.
|4 years 46 weeks ago||I agree||
DB shouldnt even waste precious time if he gets the vibe JH won't come here. It will keep egg off his face and the university's and he can focus his time to go after someone who wants to come here. This whole JH circus could go on awhile. DB has obviously moved on, wisely.
|4 years 47 weeks ago||Im behind Brandon so far||
What if DB had hired one of Brian's short-listers in December? Everyone would have gone freakin nuts. WE WANTED JH!!!! So he waits, can you imagine if DB had tried a poach job on Harbaugh and failed which he would have. The carnage from that would have been horrible. Its the same reason RR got strung up early in his tenure.... some bad breaks. Be reasonable. I think DB appraised the situation late in the year and saw how dicey it was and went with this plan and stuck to it and now the emotional side of the fanbase is freaking out.
My main point is this... If Harbaugh is the main target but it's not known if he's available, you either poach or move on early or wait. DB waited till he could find out. He would have been vilified if he moved on and it would have made us out to be douches if we tried to poach and lost out- which we would have. Im gonna try and be reasonable. DB is in a very tight spot here... we will see what he's made of but so far I can't see where he's blown it.
|4 years 47 weeks ago||Agreed:Michigan man+top tier money=||
Harbaugh or Miles. And Harbaugh seems highly unlikely.
|4 years 47 weeks ago||Doesn't exist||
There's no such thing as karma in college football. I mean, did you see the Sugar Bowl last night?
|4 years 47 weeks ago||wins=united fan base||
wins=united fan base
|4 years 47 weeks ago||DB looked a bit rattled||
If he has a plan , a good one anyway, he sure looked uneasy about it at the press conference. Didn't exude his usual confidence.
I'm not saying he can't pull this out tho. We'll see. The hope I have is so far he's shown he does things big. Let's hope he pulls someone out of his hat. A plan tho?...I think he's scrambling.
|4 years 47 weeks ago||Urban Meyer?||
He lost his competitive drive, but would the thought of Denard and Co. bring that back in any way? And 5M. Just a thought, but damn I could envision great things.
|4 years 47 weeks ago||please go||
You weren't so skeptical about the D when you had JH penciled in at HC the last couple months. Guess you were wrong. You are the wishy washy flip flopping dumb ass Michigan -so-called-fans I wish would just disappear. You know how many points I have given up by negging you?.... and come to think of it I think this is the first time I haven't.
|4 years 47 weeks ago||You're telling him what to||
You're telling him what to do. Just sayin.
|4 years 47 weeks ago||If he brings Diaz||
But then would we have the money to pay his DC... which as we all know is vital
|4 years 47 weeks ago||Not ready to jump yet, but.....||
The deer in the headlights look that DB was sporting does not breed confidence
|4 years 47 weeks ago||We are talking snake-oiling?||
We are talking snake-oiling? Now? Some of you people are nuts
|4 years 47 weeks ago||shaky source||
Sounds like someone with insde knowledge is speculating on what JH's thinking process may be. This may be one of those "all things being equal" scenarios which $4M would blow apart. Of course I'm just speculating.
|4 years 47 weeks ago||The shit has indeed hit the||
The shit has indeed hit the fan
|4 years 47 weeks ago||Same Drew||
You can't throw someone under the bus who isn't on the bus with said person. Sharp's bus is the short bus, not the M-Bus. He's nothing but consistent.
|4 years 47 weeks ago||rumor||
Report out of Cincinnati says Niners have an interest in Marvin Lewis should he step away as Bengals HC, which is likely. Any Niners rumors that don't mention JH are fine by me.
|4 years 47 weeks ago||for what its worth||
I thought he said Hoke is better option than RR
|4 years 47 weeks ago||Our D set a Gator Bowl||
Our D set a Gator Bowl record. yyay
|4 years 47 weeks ago||Hey... we put up 14||
Hey... we put up 14
|4 years 47 weeks ago||Im trying||
|4 years 47 weeks ago||On the bright side||
At least he didn't say he only will talk about guys that play for Michigan
|4 years 47 weeks ago||Nice title but.....||
I saw that Dave Brandon isn't the OP and decided not to read it
|4 years 49 weeks ago||Hey TP||
You just won the MGoAward for most MGoPoints in first 2 hours of membership. Wanna sell it?
|4 years 49 weeks ago||I agree. wow.||
Herbie says losing Pryor next year would be "addition by subtraction". He's a bit pissed. Some adversity in C-bus, this is awesome.
|4 years 49 weeks ago||NO||
Maybe when the giddy-ness wears off I will be able to see this situation in a logical way. Right now I only see justice, fairness and am further convinced there is a God.
|4 years 49 weeks ago||OSU is in trouble next year either way||
I hope he stays. He will be such a distraction being he can't keep his mouth shut. I think OSU would be better off if he just left and let Braxton Miller take over and take his lumps without TP to "mentor" him. Should be fun to watch regardless though.
|4 years 49 weeks ago||Some adversity shows true character||
Good point. And the fact that tOSU has announced they will appeal the ncaa's ruling shows what kind of accountability they are displaying. None. Have fun rebuilding on offense as well as D next year Tressel. Braxton Miller is good, but he'll still be a true frosh.
|4 years 49 weeks ago||Can't wait for interview||
Man...... everybody sells stuff. Should be classic.
|4 years 49 weeks ago||It all makes sense now.||
The lack of tolerance for anyone who wants to discuss CC on here, the name profit, and now the suck-up email from RR. Profit IS Dave Brandon.
|4 years 49 weeks ago||ahhhhh||
Thanks, it does. It would be funny if he wasn't a U-M fan or whatever he is.
|4 years 49 weeks ago||Get real dude||
You must be a hybrid super-troll. You couldn't really be this stupid can you?
Please promise to go away after RR is retained or at least choose a new persona. I want your name un-burned from my brain. You cause me to hate some of my fellow Michigan fans for no reason other than they may agree with you and all the people I've ever met named Nate which I realize isn't right.
This may seem harsh but I have been reading your posts for awhile now and I just snapped. I would neg you till all my points were gone if I could just so I'd feel better.
Actually I feel better now, thanks.
|4 years 49 weeks ago||A bunch will bolt after next season then||
So they all stay and 2012 is the rebuilding or reloading year. Thats cool too, I want to beat Bama so damn bad.
|4 years 49 weeks ago||Wings and all||
Tate was waiting in line for his turn right after DG. Im sure his reps just didnt make the cut for the video.
|4 years 49 weeks ago||Do that....||
and then we have decommits after the bowl game. Plus a bunch of pissed off players.
|4 years 50 weeks ago||per Rivals||
This delays the decision of a stellar group of Montana wolverines that were a heavy lean to Oregon
|4 years 50 weeks ago||If he had used chimps in||
If he had used chimps in rocket capsules in his analogy I would have agreed with him.
|4 years 50 weeks ago||wow||
Press conference is great insight into lax attitude toward poor chararacter within the program. Iowa program is in deep trouble down the road if thats the case. Clayborne's comment that the team quit on the way to Minny makes sense now. I see the Iowa program in trouble unless they clean house which looks unlikely
|4 years 50 weeks ago||I said No!!||
Maybe if we guess what it is, mommy-- I mean DB- will let us open the presents early.
|4 years 50 weeks ago||Only hope||
The "Legends" is already taken- by the Lpga Senior Tour. No kidding, please sue the Big Ten now.
|4 years 50 weeks ago||Body painted dudes-just a tip||
I'm fine with the maize uniforms, however what bugged me the whole game was the maize rage body-painted students. They were painted a light -blue- something that just looked so bad right behind the bench. I give the students credit for trying but please get the colors right.
|4 years 50 weeks ago||usual negative spin||
Hey Rosenberg- DB is doing what he said he would do. RR understands that. Trust me this is harder on RR than anyone and he's holding up pretty well considering. For a columnist to assume this will cast a wedge even if he stays is insane. It also shows the thinking-process of this dope. He thinks that way so he assumes RR would pout too. RR is thus far showing character. DB is showing character too which is something Rosenberg knows nothing about. Emotional decisions are quick. They are also frequently wrong. Thanks for thinking this thru Dave and looking at the big picture.
Integrity is something some people can't see as a factor in a decision making process. MR appears to be one of them.
|4 years 50 weeks ago||You're wrong||
I beg to differ. The only real bright spot of the last couple years is the Michigan players refusal to whine, pout, point fingers etc. Having to stomach Pryor's idiocy and selfishness would have made losing unbearable. And trust me, he wouldn't have made an impact on the field either. His me,me, me attitude would have hurt this team.
|4 years 51 weeks ago||Thank you for some facts||
Thank you very much for posting this. I'm just speaking for myself, but this month long waiting period has provided me time to take the emotion of the w/l record out of the equation and be able to see this whole situation clearly.
This culture being formed by RR will undoubtedly translate into success on the field. The building of a strong foundation does take more time than the sand castle in E. Lansng. I can be patient. And it's information that the OP gave that confirms these observations.
Dave Brandon is a calculating man that I believe gave us this month to just chill a bit and look at the whole picture. That's what he's doing.
|4 years 51 weeks ago||Its night and day dude.||
Nobody had to coach Pryor to skip out of bounds to avoid a hit. That's his nature. Denard on the other hand has to be coached to do that after getting rung-up a time or 2. Everyone wants to win. Denard HATES to lose and he will be a champion. But, in the meantime, he never ever pouts or calls out a coach or puts himself before the program. These are things Pryor does and doesnt even know he's doing because he is self-consumed.
Thank God Denard is a Wolverine and Pryor is a Buckeye. Perfect.
|4 years 51 weeks ago||Just ask Dave Brandon||
We value men at Michigan with 2 first names.
Sincerely- Rich Rod
|4 years 51 weeks ago||Meyer's passiion left with Tebow||
Can't fake passion, or hide the fact he lost it. Our coach on the other hand gets skewered for displaying his. I'll take our coach.
|4 years 51 weeks ago||Game now a pick 'em||
Their major distraction cancels out our major distraction
|4 years 51 weeks ago||So-so class at best||
A great recruiting class looks unlikely being we are #28 according to Rivals. A late surge might get us in the top 20.
|4 years 51 weeks ago||this is the best soccer game||
this is the best soccer game I have ever seen
|4 years 51 weeks ago||Can Soony play in next game||
Can Soony play in next game since he got carded?
|4 years 51 weeks ago||goooooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaa||
|4 years 51 weeks ago||Shut out streak... GONE. Lets||
Shut out streak... GONE. Lets get another boys
|4 years 51 weeks ago||True Blue||
Justice Hayes will fit in well with his soon- to- be teammates.
|4 years 51 weeks ago||I don't know||
I'd say Denard probably wants to play for him. And about 90 others. And given the negativity, his assembled incoming class isn't too bad. Rome is a douche and just piling on an easy target. Lazy journalism at its finest
|4 years 51 weeks ago||Rome on RR||
Jim Rome just piled on to our coach on his show taking this thing nationwide. But if our own fans do it, then how can I bitch about Rome. Man, this is getting ugly beyond belief but it's really a disgrace the Michigan fans started the pile.
For what it's worth, Rome said.. "what top recruit worth his salt would want to play for him?" When is the fanbase gonna say ENOUGH? The display by Michigan fans is disgraceful. Good thing his players show more loyalty than on here.
|4 years 51 weeks ago||Bigger issues than Dee Hart||
Losing Dee Hart is tough to deal with, but after thinking about it I believe it's clear that one player is not program-changing. Especially if that player has never gained a yard outside of high school. I am not so pessimistic about the future of the Michigan program to hang my hopes and dreams on Dee Hart. I think DB has more vision than that too and doing things right-as he is- can't be compromised by how a particular potential future football player may feel about the coaching situation..... and we don't even know if that's why Dee changed his mind anyway.
Recruiting hits goes with the territory when a coaching change is imminent. Collateral damage. I see this as nothing compared to if we were to lose some key Michigan men that are on the roster altready., but that may happen too.
These are tough times for our beloved football program, and we better all get behind someone. It's clear not everyone can get behind our head coach. How about everyone get behind our AD. He just may be bringing in guy who has a top ten recruiting class at Stanford. Who would be more important, that guy or a high school kid? Get real.
We have an AD who is trying to do what he feels is best for Michigan- long haul- and do it in a classy way. What the hell more could anyone want?
|4 years 52 weeks ago||No||
Why can't people at least consider the fact that DB may have already made up his mind. He is an astute business man. To lay out the fact RR is gonna be gone before he has a new HC in place would greatly damage recruiting and possibly the guy coming in (JH?).
That was part of the problem when LC retired. The period of time when Michigan was head coach-less was horrible on recruiting. But DB can't explain all this to all of us. He's doing his best just to reassure us that he's handling things just fine.
|4 years 52 weeks ago||DB and the Michigan "brand"||
DB is gonna (rightfully so) put the interests of Michigan ahead of RR. I think by waiting he is avoiding all the fallout that Martin created by "poaching" RR from WVU. Whatever he does, it will be in the best interest of Michigan. RR's future is not a factor.
Having said that, he may already have some behind the scenes agreements ready to go and RR may already know his future and it may include a non-disclosure. WHO KNOWS??
And is he hurting recruiting by waiting? I don't think so. The closer to signing date it is, the less time a recruit has to mull over decommitting without a new HC (JH?) able to try to talk to him. And maybe he'd bring some of "his" guys over. WHO KNOWS?
But I do know this- To fire RR now without a HC in place would really be a disaster.
|5 years 5 hours ago||Michigan football=pizza||
Michigan basketball=hoagie. You can cut the dude making the hoagies a bit more slack than the guy making the pies, when you run a pizza joint.
|5 years 6 hours ago||We didn't quit||
What???? But we fought till the end. Youth, injuries and all.
I will attribute the heart this team has, which I flat-out love, to our coach.
|5 years 1 day ago||It is fairly obvious||
DB just rying to get a deal done with JH, hell maybe it's already done. The consolation prize is if it can't get done then RR comes back for another year which he probably deserves anyway. DB has put himself in a win-win situation.
The only drawback is this: If RR returns, then my God, what person in his right mind takes over this defense? Whoever that shall be would have to snuggle next to RR on the hot-seat. And getting a top-notch guy to do that would truly be unbelievable.
|5 years 3 days ago||One word: youth||
This offense implodes at times. It's a sophomore-centered offense. That's why rebuilding is called rebuilding and quick fix is a fantasy some are apparently still in. The key mistakes: fumbles, drops, penalties, ints, poor throws will dwindle the next 2 years. Then when there is senior leadership that leaves, there will be upperclassmen ready to step in.
An underclassmen based team is a work in progress. Who doesn't understand this? tosu (and Auburn too I believe) has 24 seniors. Next year they will have a bunch too. That's called reloading. Thats where RR wants to be when he talks about building the best program in the nation. I'm gonna try and be patient, as hard as it is to watch this, and try to be sensible here.
|5 years 3 days ago||No matter the coach, I love||
No matter the coach, I love this team
|5 years 3 days ago||I'll feel better after a bowl||
I'll feel better after a bowl win.
|5 years 3 days ago||I'll feel better after a bowl||
I'll feel better after a bowl win.
|5 years 3 days ago||We will rise again||
Our 18 and 19 yr olds gave a good fight. tOSU has 24 seniors. This went just as I expected. The future still looks bright.
|5 years 1 week ago||1 point loss||
There goes my weekend.
|5 years 1 week ago||Good feeling||
I think "intangibles" will figure in big time in this game. Our D took notice to Wisc puttin up 83 and will play best game of the year for us. Adversely, I think 83 may get their offense a bit complacent- plus, no offense can click like that every week. Sometimes, if a game is too easy then it's not good.
This is all just a gut feeling I have, nothing near the time and effort the OP put into his entry. I have been watching sports a long time though, and just have a good feeling. We are in "fight for everything we get mode". Wisconsin is not. It's hard to just flip a switch, usually takes a wake-up call. We got ours with MSU, Iowa, PSU.
|5 years 1 week ago||On the other hand, does good||
On the other hand, does good field position for our opponents limit their yardage? Length of drive is only limited by starting point at times with our D. I just think to say we are approaching average is nuts and am looking for a reason other than being an eye witness to explain it.
|5 years 2 weeks ago||Cherry-picker||
What a cherry-picker. We are decided underdogs in both games. So if we don't win one then Drew thinks he proves his point. What a lazy, shallow and dishonest journalist he is. He's sad really. Dude has no credibility.
|5 years 2 weeks ago||Dee has intangibles||
Intangibles like attitude, good grades, good family and dreads should get him that last star.
|5 years 2 weeks ago||The season's not over||
DB has stated for quite some time now that he will address the coaching situation when the season is over, Strong leaders keep their word. He's a strong leader.
|5 years 2 weeks ago||Win the game and I'm Ok with||
Win the game and I'm Ok with the jersey. Just this one time tho.
|5 years 2 weeks ago||ESPN reports||
FBI now involved for possible extortion. Funny, when Robert Smithsaid he would still have Cam on his Heisman ballot, Desmond Howard was laughing and said- " Robert Smith has a Heisman ballot??? haha Since when did Robert Smith have a heisman ballot. ??" He was calling him out.
Also, Auburn is "no comment" on whether Cam will play.
|5 years 2 weeks ago||Welcome Dallas!!||
First team all-state as an Athlete.... in Florida, as a junior. And ......
|5 years 2 weeks ago||Hopefully this is an accurate report||
Welcome to the family, Dallas! We need you. Congrats on a great decision.
|5 years 2 weeks ago||Great post||
And with Denard's work ethic and desire to win and be his best, this problem being rectified is pretty much a done deal.
|5 years 2 weeks ago||TP- reflection of Tressel||
I love and appreciate Denard, Tate and Devin more and more all the time. We have such a classy group of QB's. This speaks well of RR and our coaches . Tate had a bit of a "me" attitude and that was corrected rather quickly and RR is responsible for that. I really like the direction of our program, even more when TP speaks.
On the other hand , Tressel has shown no leadership in helping rid TP of his self-centered nature which will not serve him well in the NFL and in life.
|5 years 2 weeks ago||One of the things that makes||
One of the things that makes us Michigan is that everyone wants to beat us because we are Michigan and we just flat-out want to win every game. RR gets this and then is accused of not "getting it". He gets it. I get it. Sparty doesn't get it, but that's ok.
Sparty is like little brother with a learning disability. Just walk him to his special-needs class and pat him on the head for encouragement. No need to get upset.
|5 years 2 weeks ago||Instate guy||
In addition to the OP's points, I believe we must get this guy because he is in-state. We have to turn the tide of not getting who we want in our own backyard. Can't get them all for sure but we need to get the defensive studs that give us a good look. The fact he could very well end up at MSU if he doesn't go Blue makes it even more important. Plus, the fact we have been atop his list for so long would make this a huge bummer if he went elsewhere.
|5 years 2 weeks ago||We're still talkin' bout practice?|
|5 years 2 weeks ago||Thought that topic was in the past||
We all know RR has been a favorite whipping-boy for the media. He has been losing. The media is lazy and gutless. I think the religious slant may be holding them back with Newtons...not even gonna bring up what else
|5 years 2 weeks ago||Can't wait||
RR is gonna introduce Denard to Danny Hope. I see a monster-type game for Shoelace. Thats the best payback.
|5 years 3 weeks ago||Didn't know Ochocinco had a||
Didn't know Ochocinco had a kid
|5 years 3 weeks ago||Thanks||
I second that.
|5 years 3 weeks ago||What we know about RR||
If that #1 jersey comment is true, I'd say there's no way RR makes that promise to a kid when he hasn't earned it yet. Sounds like a Kiffin move. We have kids busting their asses and trying to win for last couple years and you think a hs kid gets promised that jersey? No way. Especially when Roy just said he wants it, but knows he has to earn it.
|5 years 3 weeks ago||classic response||
Roy Roundtree: When you woke up this morning what did you think?
|5 years 3 weeks ago||That was a live link.||
That was a live link. Sweeeeeeet
|5 years 3 weeks ago||I agree with him||
"we've gotta hope they make a few mistakes". One thing RR is, and that's honest.
|5 years 3 weeks ago||We are due some luck... yay||
I hold out hope that a Big 10 offense will not execute like a well-oiled machine at least one game this year.Surely we are due some luck aren't we. I know falling on loose balls isn't luck, but seems Penn St fumbled out of bounds a few times. Maybe some gift-wrapped passes to our wide open db's or something.
We are so bad on D tho that we must fill an offense with supreme confidence, which makes offensive implosions by our opponents highly unlikely. I would be shocked if we win this game but it is possible which is why I'll be watching.
|5 years 3 weeks ago||Rename this thread||
This thread could have been titled- Fire RR, The Historical Perspective.
Such fervor for this late in the week.. Bet you're really pissed on Saturday nights. Isn't Friday the day for unrealistic optimism and hope before being jolted back to reality on Saturday? We all know it's bad, but these fire RR dudes crack me up, because if I was pissed all week I'd have to seriously take a close look at my life.
Changes are coming. We will be better. I believe that. In the meantime I am gonna try and enjoy watching these kids play their best. Maybe even win a few the rest of the way.
|5 years 3 weeks ago||Instant classic||
Didn't think it was possible for me to laugh at anything related to M football, but good God that was hilarious.
Yeah, and Barwis gives a gratuitous lol and DB throws him out.... truly brilliant
|5 years 3 weeks ago||There'd be more touche's than||
There'd be more touche's than a Zorro movie. It'd be epic. Put it behind a paywall even. The OP's a genius.
|5 years 3 weeks ago||Poach TCU?||
Dick Bumpas of TCU has the #1 defense in nation- in total defense. Been there since '05 I believe. Mostly a southern guy, but he did coach1 year at Western. He's the type of guy we need. He goes way back with the head coach at TCU, but we just need to make someone an offer they can't refuse.... if not him, someone with a similar resume.
|5 years 3 weeks ago||Did the OP hear DB's presser||
Did the OP hear DB's presser today? AFTER the season. If we lose all 4 it doesn't look good for RR. Unless DB consults THE KNOWLEDGE now, there's no way of knowing and we all know TK is done for the year. One thing for certain, Harbaugh's relatively small buyout will play no factor whatsoever.
|5 years 3 weeks ago||Perspective||
Wow. And I thought it's been tough being a fan of Michigan football. I'm to the point of feeling bad for those supporters of the Irish. This horrible event has to be like a nightmare, what with the death and on top of that the further ramifications on the football program. We are going thru a walk in the park over here. My heart goes out to them all, just a sad deal.
|5 years 3 weeks ago||http://www.mgoblue.com/allacc||
Brandon press conference on MGoBlue
|5 years 3 weeks ago||Whats next?||
We have a primary problem, GERG and his incompetance as a instructor of fundamentals and his inability to teach young players. Hell, I'll even leave his crazy schemes out of the equation. It's very obvious, as emphasized by Brian and others and backed up once again by this UFR. We are getting WORSE. He can't coach guys up.
I draw 2 conclusions of my own. Number 1- It's good the problem has been identified so clearly. Even RR can see it, right. DB? I would think so. This doesn't bode well at all for the rest of the season, but there is hope in cleaning house on D and being good next year. Just average would be fantastic. Thats all our offense needs Number 2- What if RR doesn't see things as they are and DB doesn't pull the plug on RR?. That's death to this team's future in my eyes. But I get hope when RR says this problem can't be fixed overnight that means he does know the GERG era is over and he can swallow some humble pie and let a strong ,proven DC coach our defense next year.
|5 years 3 weeks ago||Practice tackling. We are a||
Practice tackling. We are a horrible tackling defense. This is why it is no coincidence a bad defense has a bad 3rd down conversion rate. Factor in inexperience with poor technique and the only thing we can hope for is that the opposing offense doesn't execute, which hasn't happened in awhile.
|5 years 4 weeks ago||And don't forget we needed||
And don't forget we needed some flukey plays right before half to get back in the UMass (!) game. Very well could have lost ND and Indiana too. Get real people. This is a horrible , horrible defense which our offense carries like a eleven billion pound gorilla on its back. We could be 6-2 or 7-1 but we could also be 2-6. We are a bad, bad team. I thought that much was settled.
|5 years 4 weeks ago||We just got shredded||
We just got shredded by a walk-on starting his first game. Evan Royster ran wild on us. We lost. I'm not happy about that. Was so rude to my wife that night she wouldn't speak to me on Sunday. I hate to lose. But if we are gonna lose, and it's pretty clear we did and will probably lose a few more, then I'm just gonna look at the big picture and hope that this is the impetus for something better next year and 2012
|5 years 4 weeks ago||Trent rant on WLW||
Trent absolutely assassinated Rich Rodriguez's character on Bengals Line last night on 700WLW. Tried to find a link to no avail. Anybody else hear it?
I knew he didn't like RR, but damn. Seems to have thrown the whole program under the bus because of that. Among other things he said RR doesn't play by the rules. It was about a 15 minute rant. When asked if he made the change from WR to corner because of respect for Carr he said, and I paraphrase- Yeah, but I wouldn't do it for that guy up there now.
He just went on and on. Really shed UM and Rodriguez in a bad light which I hate to see. Obviously Trent is not All In.
|5 years 4 weeks ago||Hope you're right||
Just wish Brian would analyze Michigan Run vs. PSU D last to remove that huge knot I get in my gut when our secondary is scrutinized.
Brian's fear/paranoia of 4 seems a bit low, of course my baseline is 10 these days.
|5 years 4 weeks ago||Nice touch||
Signing it sloppily, Dr. STeve at the bottom was very doctor-ish.
|5 years 5 weeks ago||These Joe Pa putdowns on this||
These Joe Pa putdowns on this thread are just flat out not funny and they are very disrespectful of a great coach who represents the Big 10 conference pretty well with the class he always shows. I love the guy. Keep trying to be funny people, you might want to pick a tougher target tho- we know, he's old. So what. He's also a great man. Our culture is messed up when being old is a bad thing. I know that's the state of our sad country, but seems it would be kept off of here.
|5 years 5 weeks ago||Would be nice to face a qb in||
Would be nice to face a qb in Big10 play this year who actually makes some errors.
|5 years 6 weeks ago||This JUCO talk is crazy.||
This JUCO talk is crazy. People don't even know what the problem is I guess. It's fundamentals on D, which goes back to coaching. Every freaking time. We are LAST in the B10, almost in FBS and thats not a place a good coach would be in even with sub-par personnel.
OK. Lets just say everyone agrees our coaches aren't, let's say, good. Let's say average, which is a stretch. They are gonna bring in JUCOs who aren't gonna be in the upper percentile and they are gonna fast track them to start next year? And succeed? Not gonna happen. I'm not gonna even go into character issues of JUCOs.
We have good, young, dedicated , success-starved kids on our defensive roster. They are not being coached up to their potential. Their potential is much better than last in the FBS. This is an outrage. GERG has got to go. Bring in a PROVEN colege DC and pay him whatever it takes. We have enough young kids on D that would soak up good coaching like a sponge.
Look at GERGs track record. His defenses never really got better the longer he was there. If anything they got worse. I raised this point before season started and was laughed at- - Super Bowl rings, yada yada, Texas blah, blah. It's not working. Never really has for him. His defenses didn't get better. They got worse. We are in that same pattern here right now. IHow long does it need to play out?
|5 years 6 weeks ago||Great athlete. Fast. Im||
Great athlete. Fast. Im thinking corner. But's that what some people said about Denard. For those wondering , Fitch is Div I. Big school. Good competition.
|5 years 6 weeks ago||I couldn't stop watching the||
I couldn't stop watching the BGSU video. Therapy.
|5 years 6 weeks ago||All Dantonio has to do is||
All Dantonio has to do is beat Michigan and win a few more games and he's set for life in E.Lansing. RR's task is much greater. Right now I guarantee that beating Sparty is not the main goal, as opposed to Dantonio's main goal. RR knows he must get Michigan back to a perrenial top-5 team or he won't stay. Rightfully so, RR isn't gonna stand in front of people and lie and say his goals for his team are what Dantonio's are for his. Beating Sparty will hopefully come as second-natured as it used to as soon as RR achieves his bigger goals- taking us to the top again. And I'm behind him.
|5 years 7 weeks ago||My fear is that recruits see||
My fear is that recruits see this horrible Michigan defense and wonder if they will get the coaching and competition in practice to be their best. Because thats what the best of the best want- to be challenged. Or if the coaches will put them in a position (schemes) to succeed.
I would think there's lots of negative recruiting going on- I can see coaches on other teams pointing out our last in FBS, or near it, defense and saying something like- you want to be a part of that??
So there is a down-side, regarding recruiting, to having a thin and weak depth-chart IME, in addition to what Tom spoke of yesterday. I'd be crazy to think this situation can be turned around quickly. It won't. I just hope Denard's next 2 years aren't wasted by this incompetance of our defensive staff. RR hopes so too, because he knows he won't be here when the dust settles. That urgency gives me hope we will bring in a proven DC next year who CAN turn this around. Some improvement is all thats needed. We keep getting worse.
|5 years 7 weeks ago||Anyone who doesn't think that||
Anyone who doesn't think that RR knows this defensive problem may cost him his job is naive. RR knows. Now if it doesn't get fixed by next season, which I believe means replacing GERG who has no track record of building a strong D, then we do not challenge for B10 and RR gets fired. RR knows this and Brandon knows this. Because as stacked as we will be on offense next year, if we don't challenge for a B10 title then we never will under RR.
As to GERG's track record... it's not good. I think we all know that. Shaffers success is just more evidence.The facts have been laid out on several occasions, and he just flat-out didn't work out here as well. It's pretty obvious. Brandon needs to hire a PROVEN top-notch DC and make him the highest paid assistant in college football. Start the search now.
|5 years 7 weeks ago||Thought this was gonna be-||
Thought this was gonna be- following-MIchigan-football-the last-three-years- related brain damage. Because as painful as it is to watch each week, I look forward to Saturday more each week.
|5 years 7 weeks ago||I can see how offensive||
I can see how offensive recruits see our team and say- wow, I want to be a part of that. I hope these young men know the M tradition on D and can consider our past and envision greatness and want to be a part of that. We need them.
|5 years 7 weeks ago||That blocked FG was low but||
That blocked FG was low but looked pretty straight
|5 years 7 weeks ago||At least we eliminated the||
At least we eliminated the ridiculous "Michigan offense is scoring too quick and not giving the D any rest" problem as a potential cause of defensive woes against Sparty.
|5 years 7 weeks ago||Sounds like a humble, good||
Sounds like a humble, good hearted young man. Gods-speed to you young man. Best wishes on your trip
|5 years 7 weeks ago||The swarming defense usually||
The swarming defense usually comes because several players are in position to make a play. Usually it's necessary for one player to slow down or even make contact with ball carrier. This doesn't happen with Michigan's D. I'm no "master-mind", but repeated failure of our D and not being able to trust a teammate to be in his position and do his job just breeds uncertainty. And that breeds failure. These kids do try hard, I give them that.
The only hope I see this year is for the opposing offense to not execute. Otherwise, it means Denard and Co. needs a near perfect game in order for us to win.
|5 years 7 weeks ago||I agree with the statement.||
I agree with the statement. It's just part of this humbling rebuilding process to have to take these defeats from our rivals and just have to accept them as the way it is now. It's a loss. I see it as a subtle way for Brandon to have RR's back.
If RR had said this same thing he'd be demonized not cannonized, Why can't he be treated with the same respect Brandon is? I don't get it. I can see why even some of the players are speaking out on the dissing of their coach. With all the love Dantonio gets, local and national media, why can't every Michigan fan just shut the hell up in their open criticism of RR. Where's the loyalty. I agree with Grady who said you all need to find another team to cheer for.
|5 years 7 weeks ago||Let's recruit their defensive||
Let's recruit their defensive studs heavily- maybe they will bring their defensive coordinator with them
|5 years 7 weeks ago||Agreed: Frustrating game||
First of all, we got outplayed. But the game was a perfect storm of MSU good fortune and lack of for Michigan. I can't remember a single good break we got the whole game. That's football tho and those things even out over the course of a season assuming we give the effort, which I believe the team will. With all that went wrong, we were still in the game til middle of 4th qtr. Sucks this all went down vs. Sparty but thats the way it is.
|5 years 7 weeks ago||The offense is not the problem||
We have a defense that can't get the opponent off the field, which totally hurts OUR offense, yet the OP wants to lay our offensive performances as basis for RR keeping his job. Our offense is not the problem. Play some D and we'll see even better offensive numbers, and wins. If RR doesn't make it at UM it will be because of the defense. I think that much is clear.
|5 years 7 weeks ago||Pick-sixes||
Pick-sixes by opposing D would also help TOP, but there are drawbacks there too. If anyone needs onside kicks, it will be Sparty
|5 years 7 weeks ago||Spartans have at least 4||
Spartans have at least 4 false starts due to crowd noise, which puts them off schedule on running downs and we pick Cousins 3 times. Defense more than does their job, stuffing the run early and after Denard leads Michigan to a 21 nothing lead we trade touchdowns for a 42-21 win. No late heroics needed, thank God, my heart needs a rest.
|5 years 7 weeks ago||Cousins is gonna hand-off as||
Cousins is gonna hand-off as long as it works. If we can stop the run early we will force Cousins to go toe-to-toe with Denard and he loses everytime. If however we get gashed by the run we may be in trouble because we are talking about 7+ minute drives and we don't get the ball nearly as much as against Ind. So this SpartanMag dude is assuming they can run the ball when he says Cousins won't have to win the game. I thiink Martin and the boys on DLine can limit running game which would bode well.
|5 years 7 weeks ago||Stopping the MSU running game||
Stopping the MSU running game is the key. They will want to control clock with the run which keeps the clock moving more so than passing, and limit our possessions. I think they know if we get 10 or 11 possessions they are screwed. They will try to pound the ball, so getting up early on them is the key to negating that strategy.
|5 years 8 weeks ago||This drama comes at a perfect||
This drama comes at a perfect time to distract my mind from the game Saturday, which stresses me out. Thank you Dee. And Tom, for your judgement on when to give us that little bit of relief when you see us suffering a bit, I thank you too. You are a true humanitarian .
|5 years 8 weeks ago||Great observation||
That's why this season is the most nerve-racking in recent memory. Will we be the same team as last year? The OP didn't quell those fears at all, just identified a few. One thing I rely on heavily to feel a bit more at ease is an intangible such as payback. Desire to set right what has happened the last 2 years. Its obvious we have more character than talent on D and those with character are motivated by pride to write history of their own. We are talking about a bunch of very close, hard fought games coming up and if we win our share we will be on track for great things next year.
There is no explaining those 4th qtr defensive stands last week except pride, guts and heart. Time and time again our offense couldn't score and our D inexplicably held on the ensuing possession. There is no metric for that. Then our defense cracks with just enough time for Denard to finish it off. And ND was similar. These are the type of young men who will use adversity and lack of respect shown them by media- on D- to propel them to greatness. They will get better. It's virtually guaranteed in my experience.
|5 years 8 weeks ago||Our bend but don't break||
Our bend but don't break scheme gets teams in no-man's land in our territory where punting gains little net yds. Plus teams know they cannot give the ball back to us without scoring TD's and expect to win. They know we don't kick field goals and have to match us TD for TD. And we simply give them good odds of converting based on our weak D. Nothing to do with circling us on the schedule. But since thats been brought up, we are the ones doing the circling the rest of the year. Payback time now.
|5 years 8 weeks ago||Great post by the OP. I||
Great post by the OP. I agree. Our boys showed great heart today. Effort will only get better considering the payback portion of schedule begins with Sparty.
|5 years 8 weeks ago||How bout the defense getting||
How bout the defense getting a few 3 and outs in the first half. Game over. Add a couple more possesions early and we put up 28 or more by halftime. How bout the D helping out the offense. I'm sick of people saying the quick strike aspect hurts our D. Our D needs to get THEMSELVES off the field. I am confident that in time it will happen, maybe next year. Our defense does nothing to help the offense, or themselves. I give them credit tho for not quitting which is why we won today but man do they make it hard for this team.
|5 years 8 weeks ago||It means we are gonna need to||
It means we are gonna need to score lots of points in order to win.
|5 years 8 weeks ago||Oh yeah, we learned what was||
Oh yeah, we learned what was suspected. This team has balls, never quits and the heart of a champion.
|5 years 8 weeks ago||I think it's insane to grade||
I think it's insane to grade his performance based on 2 plays. Is Denard spoiling us or what? I'm gonna at least try to be reasonable here. Tate is a team man right now and I commend him for that.
|5 years 8 weeks ago||We can be Big 10 champs this||
We can be Big 10 champs this year. As bad as D has played , we are 5-0. There is no great team in the conference this year, with a potent offense AND a defense capable of slowing down the machine that is the Michigan offense. Our D, as bad as it has been, showed glimpses in the 2nd half of being average. That may well be the best offense we face the rest of the way. We are in for more gutwrenching games, due to defensive play, but can you imagine when our defense actually helps our offense by getting off the field on 3rd down. Our offense will break the opposing teams' will week in and week out. The future is so damn bright.