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|4 hours 50 min ago||I'm intrigued...||
|5 hours 13 min ago||Laugh now, 814, but won't you||
Laugh now, 814, but won't you feel like an ass when cyberterrorists take down the internet and you're dying to know who led Michigan in forced fumbles in 1974.
|13 hours 15 min ago||So if I'm looking at this||
So if I'm looking at this right, the Big Ten games we don't play:
HOME: Indiana, Maryland*, Penn State, Purdue
And the teams we play twice: Illinois, MSU, Northwestern, OSU, Rutgers
We avoid some of the tougher road games (and venues), which is nice.
*The 2/28 Maryland game is actually @ Maryland.
|13 hours 36 min ago||Big rematch of the 2004 NIT||
Big rematch of the 2004 NIT title game. In fact, the only reason Rutgers wanted to join the Big Ten is to avenge that loss.
|14 hours 38 min ago||I think I remember a rumor||
I think I remember a rumor that Michigan might stop (or slow down with) pursuing KLS. I'm having trouble remembering where I saw that, but maybe Sam Webb wrote something about it?
Does anyone know if there was any truth to that rumor?
|15 hours 4 min ago||And aren't these women||
And aren't these women married (Kim Kardashian & Beyonce)? Maybe I'm being prude, but that makes this stuff even weirder to me.
|15 hours 20 min ago||This information is||
This information is incomplete. He could go 12-0 every season for the rest of his career starting in 2015, but I need to know:
(1) Will he wear a headset?
(2) Will he keep from saying anything that could be interpreted as reflecting an inner-resentment of fans ("fickle," "true fans," etc.)?
(3) Will he answer every question about injuries thoroughly and honestly?
(4) Will he answer every question about underperformance by stating that he, and only he, sucks in every possible way, thus avoiding blaming the players or anyone/anything else?
(5) Will he stop saying "Well" so damn often?
(6) Will he stop being father-like and loving toward his players?
If the answer to any of those questions is "no," then I want him fired no matter what happens on the field.
|15 hours 46 min ago||I think that puts him||
I think that puts him squarely on the fence, which is where the quality of the alternatives is most relevant. If that's how the season plays out and someone like Harbaugh wants to come, I think that scenario sees Hoke canned; if that's how the season plays out and the other coaching options are all uninspiring, I think he's brought back. Anything better than that and I think he most likely stays; anything worse than that and I think he's most likely gone.
|15 hours 50 min ago||So which games this season||
So which games this season would you call less important than this one?
Sports fans do this all the time. Every other NCAA tournament is labeled the "best tournament ever," every other Michigan season is labeled the "most painful ever," and on and on. People focus on what's happening right now and have a hard time putting it in the context of the past and the likely future.
Yes, this game is really important. Every game is really important. It's almost certain that 2013 MSU, 2013 OSU, 2014 Notre Dame, and many other past games (ranging from 2012 MSU to 2014 App State, which would have been a disastrous loss) will more profoundly affect Hoke's trajectory than this Utah game, and the same is true of many games yet to be played this season.
|17 hours 15 min ago||No, not even close. In fact,||
No, not even close. In fact, you could argue that this is the least important game of the season. It's not a conference game, and of the four non-conference games, ND was a rivalry game and the other two would have been truly catastrophic if we had lost.
|18 hours 38 min ago||I really enjoy your posts,||
I really enjoy your posts, too, and find myself agreeing with most of them. Can you tell us which coach you played for?
|18 hours 48 min ago||He's still an NFL prospect,||
He's still an NFL prospect, so the reps should be good for him.
I have a hard time getting too riled up about drug crimes, so I'm fine with what OSU is doing here. It's probably good for Spence both professionally and personally, and his wrongdoings so far don't seem of the "lost his privilege to be part of the program" variety.
|1 day 9 hours ago||And sometimes to harm the||
And sometimes to harm the player. I've heard a number of former Michigan players talk about how MSU guys would go at their knees, ankles, and injured parts.
|1 day 15 hours ago||This has become a Band-Aid||
This has become a Band-Aid that we're pulling off one hair at a time for a couple of decades. Maybe this Webber book and its aftermath can be what finally buries all of this. I don't even really care what the resolution is... I'm just sick of the whole damn thing.
|1 day 16 hours ago||I think people around here||
I think people around here underestimate how valuable Isaac could be right now. If the scouting report on him was accurate, he has outstanding vision, burst, and ability to make that first cut. That's probably exactly the kind of RB who would do well in this offense. Hopefully Green and Smith are now the decisive, smart backs we saw on Saturday rather than the ones we saw against ND, but I'm much less concerned about our running game 2-3 years from now than I am about our running game right now.
|1 day 16 hours ago||I don't know. A national||
I don't know. A national title contender holding out its Heisman winner QB for half of maybe its most difficult game* of the regular season is a pretty serious response to this. I'm sure they feel public pressure because of the pathetic way they've handled him so far, but if you just focus on this incident in particular, this isn't exactly a weak punishment.
(*ND, maybe? Both of those games are in Tallahassee.)
|1 day 16 hours ago||Prompt work and excellent||
Prompt work and excellent timing, NCAA. Thank you. Have they ruled on whether Gardner will be eligible for the 2014 season yet (because of that medical redshirt)?
|1 day 16 hours ago||Ask and thou shall||
Ask and thou shall receive.
From Harris Interactive last September, 81% of Americans believe that spanking is sometimes appropriate and 67% of parents say that they've spanked their kids. Those numbers are down (from 87% and 80%, respectively) since Harris last asked in 1995.
|1 day 18 hours ago||I'm really interested to see||
I'm really interested to see how this story plays out and what the public response is. I'm personally of the mindset that it's neither okay nor smart to strike a child - and I'll never even spank a kid myself - but that's a minority opinion in the U.S. right now, some form of corporal punishment is legal in all 50 states, and there are clear cultural differences on the subject.
What Peterson did looks like it was way over the top, but I bet that he and a lot of others are shocked by the response to this, and I suspect we're about to get a pretty interesting public discussion about where the line is between acceptable punishment and child abuse. I wouldn't be surprised at all if the Peterson story leads to a tightening of some state corporal punishment laws. This feels like one of those issues that no one really think about until there's a public incident, and I think we're about to see how much people's beliefs about this vary.
|1 day 18 hours ago||I think there's some truth to||
I think there's some truth to that. In all honesty, though, I'm back to "wait and see" mode with Funk. I was in the "fire that guy*" camp last year, with my asterisk being that I wanted to know why Sean Kugler, the Steelers OL coach, apparently thought so highly of Funk. I've been impressed with our OL through three games - or at least pleasantly surprised - so I'm curious to see whether last year's problems might have been a bit of a fluke (because of interior OL depth issues, chemistry issues, or whatever else). Time will tell, hopefully.
|1 day 18 hours ago||If Rutgers students start||
If Rutgers students start caring about football, I think we're going to get really sick of them really quickly. I'm already there with PSU students.
And that's the only answer to that question that makes sense for Dantonio to give. Now, if he runs up the score he can say that it wasn't his intention and they're just that good, but if a game is tighter than expected he can just say that he doesn't run up the score. On the other hand, if he said that he's going to do it, (1) he'd look like even more of a jerk and (2) he'd look terrible if he then had a close game against EMU on Saturday.
|1 day 22 hours ago||Well, I have 8 one-inch-long||
Well, I have 8 one-inch-long penises, so if my math is right that's one more inch of penis than you. Take that Sten, you sorry excuse for a man.
|2 days 10 hours ago||Setting aside that it's||
Setting aside that it's Winston (who's probably not a very good person right now), I love this kind of thing. I love it because it doesn't hurt anyone and it makes it possible that we'll get to see a serious, somber ESPN reporter in a dark room asking an athlete, "Now let's turn to an incident that was reported earlier this year. Reports said that you stood on a table and said, and I'm quoting here, 'F her right in the P.' I want to give you an opportunity to clarify that statement and tell our audience about your thoughts on this situation."
|2 days 18 hours ago||I think this is exactly||
I think this is exactly right. Some people here get way too riled up about the particular language used in pressers. Those are off-the-cuff responses to reporters' questions - with context that doesn't show up in an excerpted quote (both spoken context and unspoken context) - with no opportunity for the coaches to correct their spoken missteps. And it's not like these guys are press secretaries. They're football coaches.
|2 days 18 hours ago||I loved Nuss's response to||
I loved Nuss's response to this. Basically, out loud, "Damn, I'm glad that you don't coach here."
|2 days 18 hours ago||I still think the Hoke CEO||
I still think the Hoke CEO thing can work. I know that everyone is in "show me results" mode, and that's fair, but I also like to step back and look at whether the plan seems coherent and strong. Right now we have a head coach who is an excellent recruiter, a willing delegator to his very well qualified coordinators, and a good guy who will keep the program clean and keep us from feeling gross about our football program. That feels like a good setup to me.
I basically think that Hoke has made two huge mistakes since getting here (and they're related to one another). The first was hiring Borges. I don't know who else was available, but Borges was a bad fit for a young team, a less-than-eager recruiter, and a terrible developer of QBs. That problem hopefully has been corrected. Hoke's second huge mistake IMO has been not being more careful about bringing in and developing QBs. We took only Bellomy in the 2011 class, no one in the 2012 class, and an under-the-radar guy in the 2014 class (Speight). In 2012, Gardner lost a year of development - despite being the clear QB of the future - when he was moved to WR (and really didn't contribute much at WR). We've had no QB coach, which I'm fine with now under Nussmeier but wasn't fine with at all under Borges.
Those are mistakes. I'm not one who has a zero tolerance mentality with mistakes, and I think they've been corrected. Still, I think the leadership structure and people we have filling those roles make a lot of sense right now, at least on paper. Now it's time to win some games.
|2 days 19 hours ago||Was that second "question"||
Was that second "question" from Drew Sharp? The one that basically goes, "Are you frustrated? Please admit that you suck."
|3 days 13 hours ago||I just think Hoke is who he||
I just think Hoke is who he is. Articulate, he is not, and he's obviously not precise and careful with his words. That will get him into trouble sometimes, especially when people are frustrated and looking for more things to be pissed about. At the same time, by all accounts Hoke's a good, genuine guy, and I think it's safe to assume that his missteps really are missteps and not a sign of antipathy toward fans, players, etc.
I'm probably in the minority, but I liked Carr's style -- crotchety, but smart and decent, and crotchety about things worth being crotchety about. I don't think many coaches pull off the Carr style well, and in the context of all of the types of coaching personalities out there, Hoke's is not one that bothers me.
|3 days 19 hours ago||But over time they still||
But over time they still should win out - or at worst go about even - if they're better than the betting public at picking games. I'm sure they are. Can Vegas really not sustain one bad day? I don't know how casinos manage money, but I'd imagine that they'd happily accept an occasional beating if they were right quite a bit more often than they were wrong.
|3 days 19 hours ago||No||