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|3 hours 36 min ago||That's too bad about Bilal.||
That's too bad about Bilal. Do we know what prompted all of those Michigan predictions?
|3 hours 41 min ago||I came on to mention the same||
I came on to mention the same game (and I didn't attend it). That was the App State year and many teams would have collapsed, but this was one of the gutsiest wins I remember and maybe the one I felt most proud about afterward. Hart was out, Henne was banged up, and Illinois was fired up (night game) and good. Really fun win.
|21 hours 41 min ago||I agree. I really like the||
I agree. I really like the year-long suspension approach that we've seen for Stonum and Hagerup. That punishment would hurt from the players' perspective, because they go a year without football (and probably feel embarrassed and guilty), but if they use the time to get their lives together, it gives them an opportunity to still take advantage of the opportunities they have like a possible NFL career, Michigan degree, etc. It also gives players time to reassess their decision-making and life trajectories.
|1 day 26 min ago||I think this raises an||
I think this raises an interesting issue, which Nick Saban touched on during the SEC media days. Clark could have been dismissed from the team after his laptop thing, and a lot of people claimed that keeping Clark was evidence that Hoke wasn't serious about discipline. (Granted, many of those voices are the geniuses among our rivals' fan bases.) But it's really hard to imagine that dumping him then would have been better for Clark - or for most of the guys in his position. Maybe it would have deterred other guys from doing similarly stupid things, but it's not like we've had loads of similar behaviors since then.
I'll paste Saban's line below. It's Saban, so there's way more asshole here than there needs to be, but I think it's an intriguing point:
"There's not one player, not one player, since I've been a head coach that I kicked off the team that ever went anywhere and amounted to anything and accomplished anything, playing or academically"
|1 day 3 hours ago||Sorry, I don't hug||
Sorry, I don't hug racists.
No, just kidding. (I mean, I don't think I do, but anyway...) I read Chengelis's piece as an article about all of the active team- and culture-building they're doing this year without any serious between-the-lines suggestion of racial division last year. We've heard that chemistry wasn't ideal last year - and guys naturally segregate themselves at least a bit - but I don't think this story is getting at some intense racial lines that emerged last season.
This just feels like the kind of story that gets twisted easily, and I thought that Chengelis was deliberate about trying to prevent that. Your post definitely could have been a lot worse, but I think there's a much more charitable interpretation of the article (namely, the article as it was written).
|1 day 3 hours ago||(No subject)||
|1 day 3 hours ago||Oh, STFU, GoWings2008. All||
Oh, STFU, GoWings2008. All of your political views are wrong and stupid, probably because you're such an awful, stupid person.
|1 day 3 hours ago||I no longer understand what's||
I no longer understand what's happening here.
|1 day 3 hours ago||No, you're missing the point.||
No, you're missing the point. Gallon was invited by Gardner only because Gallon's black and plays offense. All of our other receivers - Funchess, Darboh, Chesson, Jackson, York, Dukes, Jones - never had a shot.
|1 day 3 hours ago||Wait, are you kidding? My||
Wait, are you kidding? My sarcasm radar is bad.
If not, you went from "I have trouble seeing this resulting in a heated [political] discussion" to starting a potentially heated political discussion in just two posts.
|1 day 3 hours ago||I think you're interpreting||
I think you're interpreting this in the most controversial, least charitable way possible. Your post suggests that there were bad offense-defense and black-white divisions last season. The article explicitly says that there weren't (e.g., "Not that the Wolverines needed a message attitude change last season. That hasn't been it at all. It's been about getting to know each other and bonding and sharing mutual respect."). I'm not sure why you're just writing that off as Chengelis being gracious. She could have just not said anything about last year if she sensed issues. She went out of her way to say there weren't.
Good organizations keep an eye on these things, and to me this is an article about keeping an eye on them as part of the natural cycle of team-building with a new group of guys. (And trying to make sure that everything is as ideal as possible this year after last season sucked.) I think you're reaching a bit for nasty subtext.
Personally, the news here is that I've hit the point where I think Aaron Wellman is f-ing awesome.
|1 day 3 hours ago||For the record, my position||
For the record, my positions on the national deficit, immigration reform, et al are absolutely correct, whatever they are, and anyone who disagrees can kiss my ass.
|1 day 21 hours ago||Well, that got weird quickly.||
Well, that got weird quickly.
|2 days 2 hours ago||It's pretty funny that||
It's pretty funny that Indiana has 3 of the country's top 6 ILBs this year and then no one else who's remotely close to 4-star status.
|2 days 2 hours ago||Very nicely done.This is||
Very nicely done.
This is tangential, but I still can't believe we went 3-9 a few years ago. That chart kind of highlights the awfulness of that record.
|2 days 2 hours ago||It'd be amazing if Billy||
It'd be amazing if Billy Crystal's balls are great at predicting the colleges that top football prospects attend. I hope someone checks on that just to be sure.
|3 days 25 min ago||After what happened a few||
After what happened a few years ago, the Michigan AD doesn't schedule Appalachian State because it's the best program available that day. That's an active decision to schedule them. I'm sure there are many schools of similar profile that we could have scheduled.
The logic, I think, is that the game has a hook -- a way to sell a few more tickets. Finding nonconference games with a hook isn't necessarily a bad thing... e.g., I like the idea of service academy games, which have more appeal than, say, Bowling Green. I just really dislike this particular hook (Appalachian State). Complete tone deafness from our AD on that one.
|3 days 3 hours ago||I'm so sick of the "Hoke||
I'm so sick of the "Hoke needs to be on the hot seat" stuff. He's in the middle of a massive rebuilding project. He's had one excellent season, one so-so season, and one shitty season. He's been an excellent representative of the university, he's recruiting really good players and kids, and he seems as clean as big-time college football coaches get. If one shitty season gets our coach on the hot seat - even when he's doing everything else right - we're in for a long era of wandering around looking for the perfect coach who will probably never come.
I also don't understand the group of people that says (1) we should have been patient with Rodriguez and therefore (2) we should not be patient with Hoke. That's such a frustrating, petty position.
|3 days 3 hours ago||I thought Brandon's most||
I thought Brandon's most insightful point was followed by his most frustrating response. He said that the biggest competition for college football and basketball is flat-screen television sets, which I think is exactly right. His response to that is basically this (which comes a little later):
"Whoever is in this job, you have to stay current with the world changing around us, the world of entertainment. The easiest thing we could do is come up with a cookie-cutter approach for a football game."
To me, copying the gimmicks that you see from the rest of the sports and entertainment world is the cookie-cutter approach. I completely understand the need to differentiate and offer an experience superior to the awesome resolution, replays, TV angles, and climate control of living room television-watching. But in my mind what differentiate(d/s) Michigan football is the resistance to all of the stuff that everyone else does. Michigan Stadium can offer a unique, special sports experience rooted in history and dripping with charm. I think that plus winning is the formula. I'm fine with some experimentation and modernity, but what defines the Michigan Stadium experience should be its uniqueness and tradition.
|3 days 23 hours ago||I understand the sentiment,||
I understand the sentiment, but I'm not sure we know how much of an awareness drop-off there is from Peppers to the other guys on our roster who could play the position. It's not like we have a bunch of less athletic but super-dependable seniors there. They're young. I think the coaches just have to test Peppers' (and the other guys') instincts in camp and see what looks like the best move. If his football IQ is anywhere near as elite as his athleticism, he might be as dependable as any of our other options.
|4 days 1 hour ago||I just looked directly at||
I just looked directly at Lewis, and even though it's a photograph, I'm pretty sure he saw my soul.
|4 days 1 hour ago||KBLOW's right about what's a||
KBLOW's right about what's a good attitude to have in general, and you're right that I was being a little more specific to Thompson with this. I don't know about the legacy thing. I obviously won't be suicidal if Roseboro goes to NC State, but that would feel like a recruiting loss to me in a way that missing on Thompson might not.
Again, though, I'll be pleased if Thompson chooses Michigan, so this really isn't me saying that I don't want him.
|4 days 1 hour ago||If most of these guys||
If most of these guys progress as they should, I think our secondary goes from so-so in 2013 to good in 2014 to great in 2015. With only Taylor and Hollowell(?) scheduled to leave, the 2015 DB group looks so promising: Countess (SR), Wilson (SR), Peppers (SO), Lewis (JR), Stribling (JR), Thomas (JR), Hill (JR), Clark (JR), Watson (SO / RS FR), Richardson (JR), Dawson (SO), Kinnel (FR), Taylor (FR), and hopefully another freshman. There should be top-end talent, depth, a ton of playing experience, and hopefully their fifth year under the same defensive coordinator.
I really hope we come out of 2014 with some momentum and coaching stability. I want to see these coaches have a chance with the roster they've built once it's all grown up.
|4 days 1 hour ago||Not that I know anything, but||
Not that I know anything, but my best guess is along these lines. The story with him has been that he prefers MSU but his dad wants him to wait on making a decision. Now we hear that his dad is letting him commit earlier than expected and he's suddenly ready to announce. That sounds to me like a tell Hoke no in person / give Michigan one last chance kind of deal, but I could be wrong.
Honestly, he's one of those guys that I'd be happy if we get him and fine if we don't.
|4 days 1 hour ago||Oops...||
Sorry, I somehow posted this comment in the wrong thread.
Go Blue. OSU sucks.
|4 days 16 hours ago||I'm guessing one more. I||
I'm guessing one more.
I think Thompson is MSU-bound, just because the story on him has been that he wants to go to MSU and his dad wants him to wait, and now that his dad is letting him commit earlier than expected he's going to commit.
I'll guess either Lewis or Roseboro commits to UM tomorrow. I'd be thrilled with either of them.
|4 days 17 hours ago||I'd love to see Lewis commit.||
I'd love to see Lewis commit. A Lewis-Taylor-Kinnel secondary class would be outstanding. All heavily pursued, top 200 guys for an already loaded, awesome secondary.
|4 days 22 hours ago||This is a sneaky good class.||
This is a sneaky good class. It's 5th right now in average player rating according to the 247 composite and would be 2nd behind Alabama if we didn't have a kicker in the class (though I'm sure other schools have kickers, too).
Granted, it'll be hard to keep this average quality up as the quantity increases, but I'm definitely not seeing a big recruiting drop-off.
|6 days 2 hours ago||It took me a minute but I||
It took me a minute but I finally get this. +1
If I'm being honest with myself, I looked more like the Hair Club for Men guy than like Peppers.
|6 days 3 hours ago||IT'S FRIDAY ASSHOLE STOP||
IT'S FRIDAY ASSHOLE STOP RAINING ON OUR PARADE