I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
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|14 hours 46 min ago||Gee||
A National Championship, which has happened once, or a victory over Ohio, which has happened 58 times: what a difficult choice.
|19 hours 11 min ago||Support?||
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|19 hours 21 min ago||Ugh||
This is like choosing between a root canal and a full colo-rectal exam. I'll take Sparty because I don't want Ohio playing for the national "championship."
|1 day 13 hours ago||Sure, I'll bite...||
If David Brandon stops insisting on influencing playcalling, Al Borges will call more games like this one and Michigan will be a lot better next year. Michigan does not have the personnel that Ohio does this year and still came within a point. While I am tired of the mediocre results, I am willing to wait until year 5 to see what this team can truly do.
|1 day 16 hours ago||Glad||
I am glad to have grown up in an era when I saw over 100 games and never paid more than $35 to get in. I am also glad that I no longer live near Ann Arbor so that I wouldn't be tempted to overpay for David's "Brand."
|2 days 6 hours ago||Sure||
"Caldwell-Pope proponents?" I certainly wasn't one of them.
|2 days 6 hours ago||Hmmm...||
It's definitely interesting to see a college, even one near "Tobacco Road," promote smoking with their logo. I guess they didn't get the memo from the Surgeon General in the 1960's. News travels slow there.
|2 days 16 hours ago||I like Borges||
Borges will do fine as long as he is allowed to call the kind of plays he called against Ohio. I hope the MANBALL mandate gets flushed down the crapper and we see more of the wide-open style that Borges is capable of calling.
|2 days 18 hours ago||MANBALL||
I think the MANBALL mandate has hurt this team and will ultimately result in Al Borges being sacrificed at its altar. Fire David Brandon.
|2 days 18 hours ago||Ugh||
I felt Sark was the right choice for USC all along, which is exactly why I was hoping Pat Haden would have a brain cramp and hire someone else. If this is true, USC will be back on top within three years: possibly two.
|3 days 14 hours ago||Trauma||
I am traumatized by this season, so I just want an easy opponent, no matter what bowl.
|3 days 14 hours ago||The good side||
What we saw yesterday was a lot closer to an Al Borges offense than what we had seen previously. What's sad is that I still think he will be the sacrificial lamb this off-season. When the MANBALL shackles are taken off, this team looks pretty good on offense, even with most of the OL being a year too young to play elite football.
|4 days 9 hours ago||Opinions||
I just wish the trustees were half as pissed as Brian is. When Ohio State needed a new coach, they went out and got the best. Then, they made sure that nobody would undermine his position. Everyone pulled together behind their new spread coach, and now they might actually make the national "championship" game if they get by Sparty.
Meanwhile, what do we get at Michigan?
David Brandon is Lane Kiffin's "brother from another mother;" he has botched everything he has tried to do concerning the football team, and has done it in the most belligerent manner possible. He talks a great game, and unlike Kiffin," he doesn't have a W-L record to be judged by.
The trustees need to look at David Brandon's mandate that the Wolverines play 20th century football while everyone who is any good is playing 21st century football. The outlier is Bama, but even they just lost to an inferior team with a very nice 21st century offense, and Michigan can't buy the kind of personnel Bama does.
If David Brandon is going to insist that Michigan run an outdated system, he needs to take the blame for it. Ironically enough, his first catchphrase was "downhill running." That is exactly what Ohio did out of Rich Rod's offense via Urban Meyer during their last drive today.
Brian is right to be pissed at Michigan "giving back" what they gained in the series during the John Cooper era, and is right to be pissed at personal attacks by people who abuse his hospitality.
Most of all, every Michigan fan should be pissed that Ohio State is about to win a National Championship, Sparty is playing them in the Big Ten Championship game, and we have just sat through yet another disappointing season.
The game has changed. Michigan stopped playing MANBALL for most of today and scored 41 against Ohio State. This was much closer to the real Al Borges than we have seen during his tenure in Ann Arbor.
There are two things that are going to work. Either David Brandon has to let Al Borges do more of what he did today or replace Borges with a spread guy. Playing 1990's football isn't going to win the Big Ten anymore, especially when there are no more co-champions.
As for Brian, I hope he writes some of the most stinging commentary about the state of the program that he has ever written. He would be fully justified.
|4 days 11 hours ago||Depends||
Even though today wasn't close to being Al Borges' "fault," he will still be this year's sacrificial lamb. So, next year will be dependent upon who gets brought in as OC. If David Brandon wants to see a great example of "downhill running," maybe he should look at Ohio's last drive out of the spread and say, "why can't we get one of those here at Michigan?"
|4 days 12 hours ago||Ugh||
I never thought I'd say this, but "Go, Sparty."
|4 days 14 hours ago||Agreed||
Gallon should get plenty of yards, because Michigan will be slotted fairly low in the bowls and should play a very beatable opponent.
|4 days 15 hours ago||A loss is a loss||
It's still a loss, Montucky Yooper. One point or 28, it's still a loss.
|4 days 15 hours ago||Sparty wins||
Sparty is going to get the benefit that they usually got against Notre Dame: playing them the week after they gave every ounce of effort in their bodies against Michigan. I am not so sure that Ohio is going to beat Sparty. I really wish both teams could lose, but I won't be too upset if Sparty wins this week.
Then again, if Ohio wins it all, it might wake up the trustees in Ann Arbor and make them realize what a dolt David Brandon is and what a farce he has made of the football team.
|5 days 21 hours ago||OK||
Michigan didn't play a lot of spread teams when Carr was averaging three losses a year and keeping games within ten points. The spread changed everything. And our "fanbase" and AD were stupid enough to drive the person who created the fucking spread out of town.
Carr's most devastating losses were to spread teams: Oregon and Appy State.
In addition, during the first half of the 2006 Ohio game, Tressel came out in a pro-set version of the spread with "trips" the entire first half, thus ruining Michigan's chance to play for a national "championship."
Ohio State is kicking our asses and we deserve it. I just hope that the meddling idiot in the AD's chair decides that the next OC is a spread guy after Al Borges is sacrificed at the altar of MANBALL.
|5 days 21 hours ago||Ugh||
I have less optimism for this game than for any. Urban Meyer is going to win by 3 TD's..using Rich Rod's offense that "won't work here."
When the FIRE RICH ROD crowd was at their peak and their torches were burning their brightest, I posted that Michigan's nightmare scenario was a return to "Michigan football" while Urban Meyer ended up at Ohio State.
It's even worse than I thought. Michigan doesn't even have the personnel to make this game a spread vs MANBALL referendum.
|1 week 1 hour ago||So what?||
If this is a "19-11 year," I guarantee you that Michigan is going to be THE 19-11 team that everyone least wants to face in the tournament. It is taking time for new players to fit in and old players to adjust to new roles. This is almost like an entirely new team compared to last year.
Players who are new now will have a season of experience by tournament time. As long as they get in and avoid the dreaded 7 or 8 seed, this team should at least make the second weekend again.
|1 week 1 hour ago||Sadly...||
Sadly, a sizeable portion of the UM fanbase, not to mention the tool AD, have given Michigan the reputation of an unstable program where coaches don't get enough time to do their jobs.
If Brady Hoke has proven anything, it's that he is a wonderful recruiter when he is given the full resources of an elite program. David Brandon botched the RR era by making it obvious that he wasn't going to be retained past year three, but keeping him the entire season, which fucked up RR's last class and Hoke's first.
Brandon needs to stop being a loose cannon and somehow stop giving the impression that he is a poobah who wants to throw his weight around and meddle in playcalling.
It is the AD's job to make a lot of money for the program, and Brandon has proven that he is an expert at making money. But it is also the AD's job to protect the flagship program, which is obviously football, John Beilein's success notwithstanding.
If David Brandon continues to undermine the football team by combining meddling with a gross lack of understanding of modren football, he should be fired.
|1 week 9 hours ago||As predicted||
As predicted by many here, Borges will be THE sacrificial lamb for this season. David Brandon will continue to gouge season ticket-holders and demand that the next OC coaches MANBALL.
|1 week 9 hours ago||Mailing it in, indeed||
I agree with "mailing it in" if Michigan loses. I don't think a UFR is really necessary for a painful loss. Considering that this season is beginning to look a lot like Sparty under JLS or Bobby Williams, I can't imagine many people wanting to pick over this season's corpse.
I am hoping for a bowl game against a shitty opponent to make it easier to be optimistic about next year.
|1 week 20 hours ago||The roof...||
David Brandon has raised ticket prices in an attempt to maximize revenue. Now he has raised the prices to a point where many people are dissatisfied. Then he decided to "make his mark" on the progam by combining bumbling incompetence with meddling and arrogance.
The W-L record reflects that incompetence, meddling and arrogance.
I don't blame season ticket holders for telling David Brandon to take a flying "leap" through a rolling doughnut. I wish the trustees would do the same before he irreparably damages the "Brand."
|1 week 1 day ago||That stagecoach already left town||
The beginning of MGOEMO was set into motion when Lloyd Carr encouraged as many players as possible to transfer and then sabotaged recruiting on Michigan's dollar from his comfy office in Schembechler Hall.
If Carr had as much class as Bo, Michigan would be a legitmate rival to Ohio State with Rich Rod as coach, and this game would be the most highly-anticipated of the weekend. And Denard Robinson would have won the Heisman instead of Manziel.
Most of all, David Brandon never would have had the chance to prove his incompetence and meddle in playcalling by making the MANBALL mandate.
|1 week 1 day ago||The root||
FIRE RICH ROD!
How did that work out? Hopefully, David Brandon won't make the mistake of firing yet another head coach after three years, screwing up yet another recruiting class and sacrificing yet another three to five years of Michigan football.
|1 week 2 days ago||Lots of Class here...||
Hoke deserves his five years. Brandon is the real problem with the MANBALL mandate. But Borges will be the sacrificial lamb. After all, somebody is going to have to be let go to sate the bloodlust of "Michigan fans."
Fans who want Hoke fired have no class. I am sure many of you are the same people who screamed "FIRE RICH ROD" and were excited for a return to "Michigan Football."
You got exactly what you wanted; give Brady Hoke the time he deserves.
|1 week 2 days ago||Winners get to brag||
Unless Michigan pulls off their biggest upset in this series since the Cooper era, Shazier will be able to say, "I told you so." What makes rivalry games so great is that winners can brag all they want. Unfortunately, Sparty and Brutus have earned the right to say whatever they want until someone, anyone stops the bleeding.
And trust me: just writing this makes me want to vomit.
|1 week 3 days ago||Isn't happening||
This season has gone south. Even the most conservative of game plans won't keep the score down this week. This team will be lucky to stay within four TD's of Ohio.
What's really sad is that I remember going to games in the Cooper era and was almost sad that Ohio State wasn't able to hold up their end of the rivalry any more. At least I still have the memory of the Heisman Pose game and watching a stream of scarlet and gray leaving the stadium after the third quarter ended.