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|1 year 9 weeks ago||I love...||
...optimism! But, you're assuming too much improvement. I also think you are undervaluing experience, especially on defense. Don't get me wrong, I hope you're right, but I see it this way.
Big Will - Pipkins: Tie with upside
Roh - Beyer: Downgrade. I'm not at all sure Beyer is Roh's replacement, but if he is that is almost certainly a downgrade. If it is Wormley or another man-childish young lineman, we still downgrade due to a lack of experience. Roh was better than people give him credit for.
Floyd - Countess: Upgrade...agree. Although they have played different positions, the CB corps should improve overall.
Demens - Bolden: Tie with upside. Remember when Ezeh taught us how important it was for a linebacker to do his job? I hope Bolden can be assignment sound as well as Demens. He might not be able to do that.
Kovacs - Wilson/Other: Downgrade. Again, we can't underestimate the importance of a player, especially a safety, being in the right place almost all the time. Also, Kovacs, while not an athletic freak, is as sure a tackler as we've had in a long long time. That is critical for a safety.
Overview for the Defense: Tie with some upside. In reality, we'd do well to be just as good defensively next year. Mattison and the boys were tough this year, and thank God he coaches at UM. A great deal of our success next year on D is attributable to him.
Denard - Devin: Tie with upside. That depends on our new line's run-blocking.
Roundtree - Other: Upgrade. Whoever replaces him will likely be faster and a better downfield threat. But, we will miss Tree's penchant for the awesome.
Lewan - Schofield: Duh!
Barnum - Kalis: Upgrade...especially in run blocking.
Mealer - Miller: Upgrade with downside.
Omameh - Bryant/Other: Downgrade with upside. There are some reasons for optimism, but I believe new starters all over the line will hurt...especially here.
Schofield - Braden: Downgrade
Offensive Overview: I'm hoping we have a 1st Team All-Big-Ten RB come December. Short of that, we'll struggle. That is a tall order for a brand new OL.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||I'm not worried about the procedure....||
...I am worried about the reason he needed the procedure...whatever that is.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||It worries me that...||
...Roy had to have his knee scoped. Any word on what that is all about? Sometimes that is nothing, but sometimes it is related to a nagging injury. I don't want to sound an alarm, but I do wonder if anyone has more info regarding Roy's knee.
|2 years 31 weeks ago||I also...||
...noticed that Smith looked electric. He also seemed to get a ton of first team reps. With such a small practice sample, that could be coincidence. He is similarly sized to the guy SDSU started last year. hmm...
|2 years 31 weeks ago||No ND derp...||
...but, I do desire a little "rabble rabble MSU rabble rabble Rucker rabble". Comparing Stonum to Chris L. Rucker seems a lot like apples to apples. Is this just another example why UM is better than MSU. I applaud Hoke and his willingness to enforce tough discipline. Huzzah!
|2 years 33 weeks ago||American Suburbia...||
I believe it was HIS 365. It was History of American Suburbia, and the class, professor, discussions, and ideas were awesome.
|2 years 33 weeks ago||I disagree...||
...the Sox BP is not more desirable than the Tigers. I'd take the Tigers 10 times out of 10. Perhaps if we ignore the 7, 8, 9 inning guys, the Sox would look more enticing. But in each of these scenarios who would you rather have...
Thornton or Sale /Albuquerque
The Tigers are stronger where it counts most. Sometimes middle relief makes a difference, but usually when they're pitching their team trails big anyway. Benoit had a rough start, but he's lights out right now...I'll take the Tigers.
|2 years 44 weeks ago||The implication...||
The implication is that it has something to do with breaking laws or probation. In the ESPN article Quotes Hoke as saying that Stonum will have to "fulfill all his commitments he has to the legal system and our program."
No guessing game from me, but I'm confident it has nothing to do with failing a class.
|2 years 47 weeks ago||He plays...||
...football, and you insult his ability to do so. You write on a message board, and you do so with piss-poor sentence structure. Nicely done!
|2 years 47 weeks ago||I saw...||
...Gallon throw a block early in the "game". He was out there with the #2 offense and the play ran left. He had a strong block on that play, but that's my only memory of him.
|2 years 47 weeks ago||Please send...||
Don't know if they're gone, but if you could send them my way, that'd be tremendous. firstname.lastname@example.org
|2 years 48 weeks ago||I am also...||
...anything but objective, but I really think we'll roll MSU this year. But, I think I said that last year too.
|2 years 50 weeks ago||Yes...||
...it is true. Edible Arrangements are delicious, and frankly I think she deserves one. In all seriousness, I applaud Coach Mattison for his being a family man. It is an example that I hope the young men under his tutelage will learn.
|2 years 50 weeks ago||I just learned...||
...that it wasn't Hoke, but Mattison's daughter responsible for his return to Ann Arbor. I'd like to send her a fruit basket or perhaps an Edible Arrangement.
|2 years 50 weeks ago||Taylor Lewan...||
...looked right at the camera and told us that Denard is doing great in the new offense, and we can relax. I like how well he knows us. He's hillarious.
|2 years 50 weeks ago||Originally...||
...I was uncomfortable with the grammar nazi tendencies of the board. The egalitarian nature of the whole thing seemed mean and unnecessary. I no longer feel that way. This garbage is becoming too common. Posts like this are the reason I don't care what any poster on Rivals or MLive has to say. I don't read that crap because it is nearly impossible to take seriously. If that is mean, so what. I love this place, and I really really do not want it to erode into a world where punctuation, capitalization, spelling have no rules.
|3 years 3 weeks ago||knock it off...||
...You're not sending a text message. You are posting on a blog full of people who aren't 13 year-olds. Use punctuation where appropriate. Capitalize where appropriate. STFU when appropriate, or please stay away.
iz dat kewl?!?!
|3 years 4 weeks ago||hmmm...||
...I love me some Marvin Robinson. I can't wait to see him tear heads off this season. That guy looks like a manimal.
|3 years 8 weeks ago||seven...||
"In the first case, seven regular starters and 11 of the top 15 tacklers return in the fall,..."
Roh, Martin, VanBergen, Demens, C. Gordon, Floyd, C. Johnson, Vinopal, Kovacs
That's 9...not counting TWoolf.
I think the wealth of returning players...yeah, I said "wealth"...will pay off in 2011. I do think we'll see some changes to the starting lineup, but for next year, we should actually have pretty good personnel.
|3 years 8 weeks ago||Depends...||
...one the MTTC you're taking. The Basic Skills Test is so easy it's silly. The subject tests can be a little harder. You mentioned PoliSci, and I think that is only a teaching minor. Would that mean you're taking the Social Studies test?
I've taken the Basic Skills, Economics, History (major), and Social Studies (RX). I did fine, and you seem to be quicker and wittier than me. Plus, you're Hunter S. Thompson...I'm suprised they haven't exempted you.
Seriously...the history test was flush with world history questions, the economics was full of common sense (high school econ BS) questions, and the social studies was super general. Let us know how you fare.
|3 years 8 weeks ago||This is...||
...exactly the guy I was thinking about. I couldn't recall the name until I saw it. History of American Suburbia was a great class, and I actually reference it regularly. I occasionally reference some of the 7 books we needed for the class. He was a phenomenal professor and would be very easy for a anyone to follow along with...no background knowledge required. In my mind, you couldn't do any better than Lassiter.
|3 years 8 weeks ago||not surprised...||
...by the poor turnout in this draft. I do think Mouton will get drafted, and I wouldn't be surprised to see him go a little earlier. His measurables at the combine are likely to be strong. That said, this class was bound to struggle in the draft.
Check out Magnus' blog and see how well we should fare in next year's draft.
Hemingway, Molk, VanBergen, Woolfolk, Martin, Koger, Stonum and perhaps others could all very well be drafted.
|3 years 8 weeks ago||as much...||
...as you and I are addicted to UM Football and athletics, I'd like the think the psychology department has other work to do. However, if they are bored...I know a couple kids named Seth and Brendan who could use some tutoring.
|3 years 8 weeks ago||This was...||
...a very insightful post. I appreciate it, and I think you're onto something. Also, this sort of post coupled with you avatar, makes it even better.
|3 years 8 weeks ago||Well, yeah...||
...recruiting will be more important next year, but that is because two years of poor classes in a row is devastating. A weak class this year, is a big deal. We are one good recruiting class away from having real quality depth and a team full of scholarshipped athletes.
I do not believe RR would have had nearly the "decommitting" difficulties we are seeing. That said, the situation is not Hoke's fault, and there is no use complaining about this reality. It is Brandon's mess and Hoke is responsible to clean it up. I trust that he is doing everything in his power to do just that. But, I'd like to see some results very very soon.
...and, thanks for the avatar.
|3 years 8 weeks ago||Right on...||
...Nothing good has ever come from prayer and/or quiet reflection. You nailed it! Man, isn't insulting the faiths of others AWESOME!?!
|3 years 9 weeks ago||It is possible...||
...that the smile only indicates the quality of food. I know that good food makes me happy.
|3 years 9 weeks ago||forward...||
...this quote directly to Hoke. He should say this verbatim. It perfectly conveys what he needs to convey...c'mon Hoke...read the damn cue card!
(no sarcasm whatsoever)
|3 years 10 weeks ago||Hi, Matt...||
My name is Brian, and I'm an MGoBlogolcoholic. I've been addicted for 3 years, but it has getten considerably worse in the past 6 months. It has been 4.5 minutes since my last MGoBlog visit.
|3 years 10 weeks ago||what the hell...||
...happened to you? Have you lost your mind?!?
We should strive for intelligent discussion around here. We should write intelligently so we remain the last bastion of thoughtful discussion on the interwebs (and YES spelling does count). We should support the University of Michigan...that doesn't mean we always have to agree with what is going on or with who is in charge. However, you are acting like an Asshat. That should be beneath this blog, and I hope it's beneath you.