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|6 hours 28 min 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.
|12 hours 4 min 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.
|12 hours 24 min ago||No||
|12 hours 31 min ago||Welcome to the board!!||
Welcome to the board!!
|13 hours 44 min ago||I still don't really get||
I still don't really get this. It seems weirdly conservative for Vegas to try to get the money even on the two sides. Couldn't they exploit some irrational tendencies by gamblers to make it more likely that Vegas wins (e.g., by drawing money to a side that's unlikely to cover)? Sure, they'll lose occasionally, but with what they can know and pay, I'd imagine that they could do quite a bit better than 50% in the long run.
|15 hours 17 min ago||Utah's normal "away uniforms"...||
|19 hours 58 min ago||True story||
I saw the Lions wearing their WCF patches, spaced out for a second, and thought to myself, (1) Wayne Fontes died??? and (2) Wayne Fontes dying warrants a uniform patch???
|20 hours 34 min ago||Our defense, and our only||
Our defense, and our only defense, should wear all white, too, to confuse the shit out of them.
|1 day 2 hours ago||I'd imagine that our||
I'd imagine that our defense's rushing yards allowed has a loftier ranking, especially if you remove sacks (since we have relatively few). It doesn't look like ESPN has updated the defensive team stats yet, though.
|1 day 6 hours ago||It's Darko Milicic||
It's Darko Milicic retribution day. We owe Serbia basketball a nice, hard kick to the nuts.
|1 day 7 hours ago||Weirdly, it looks like he got||
Weirdly, it looks like he got here one day before you did.
|1 day 7 hours ago||Thanks for this. For true||
Thanks for this. For true freshmen with redshirts burned, does anyone know if we're still at Cole, Canteen, Peppers, and Mone? They're the only ones I see.
|1 day 7 hours ago||The good news is that the||
The good news is that the injuries have been concentrated in our secondary, which has been the weak spot in an otherwise very stout defense. If this defense gets healthy I think it could be really good.
|1 day 7 hours ago||I agree. If I were coaching,||
I agree. If I were coaching, I'd answer every injury question with "Sorry, guys, but we don't talk about injuries." I don't like lying to the media about injuries - even if there's a strategic reason to do that, I think it crosses the line - but I want to see Michigan's coaches being completely silent about injuries. The upside to sharing honest information publicly is what exactly? That fans get to enjoy a little more information earlier in the week? That reporters don't have to work as hard to write their columns?
|1 day 8 hours ago||I seriously doubt that "the||
I seriously doubt that "the players don't read MGoBlog." It's awfully hard for anyone to resist reading what people are writing about them, let alone 18-22 year olds who have people publicly evaluating them for the first time in their lives. This is probably the first place that most of them look for those public critiques.
|3 days 7 hours ago||I've been reading and coming||
I've been reading and coming up empty, too. Everyone seems to be referring to this ESPN report that didn't really say anything.
Also... apparently not many people around here follow basketball recruiting. I'm a little surprised that no one seems to remember this guy.
|3 days 7 hours ago||I read the story and I still||
I read the story and I still don't get why he's ineligible. Here's what ESPN said:
Why would that disqualify him?
|4 days 4 hours ago||question||
With UFR, you aren't more generous with the scoring when a guy has a tough assignment (e.g., has to deal with Sheldon Day), right? In other words, the awesomeness of Day isn't already baked into someone's scores through some kind of subjective opponent adjustment, right?
I'm pretty sure the answer to that is no. Just want to make sure I'm interpreting these correctly.
I always look forward to these things.
|4 days 5 hours ago||I think that Ty Isaac not||
I think that Ty Isaac not getting his waiver hurt much more than people realize. The scouting report on him was that he has excellent vision, burst, and ability to make a first cut (even if he runs a little upright and goes down too easily). It seems like that's what this offense needs from its RB.
|4 days 6 hours ago||That's interesting and makes||
That's interesting and makes sense. That suggests that when you're recruiting you should place a lot of value in athleticism and explosiveness (since there's not much you'll be able to do to improve that once guys get on campus), but you shouldn't worry as much about sheer strength. That's probably why a guy like KLS is so highly desired despite questions about his current strength.
|4 days 10 hours ago||Here's a long-term bet:||
Here's a long-term bet:
I'll send $1000 to a charity of the other guy's choosing if Michigan doesn't win more than half (6+) of its next 10 games against MSU. Does anyone want to take MSU to win 5 or more?
The bet's in trouble if one of us dies, MGoBlog dissolves, football is outlawed, or the world explodes in the next nine years.
|4 days 21 hours ago||Pretty close, it seems. I'm||
Pretty close, it seems. I'm not sure if these are the best or most updated rankings, but the NCAA website has Michigan #1 and MSU #6 as of 8/26.
|4 days 22 hours ago||to paraphrase...||
NO, YOU SUCK
|4 days 22 hours ago||Okay, fair. The "asshole"||
Okay, fair. The "asshole" thing was over the top.
What's frustrating - on the MGoBlog side - is that two weeks into the season it already feels like it's going to be impossible to have any real conversation about Michigan football here. Any thought that isn't plainly negative gets smothered by a bunch of "fire Hoke" or "Michigan football is dead" posts, which then leads to bickering like this. I just want to let this season play out and watch, think about, and talk about what's happening. I'm not an "everything's perfect" guy, and while I'm cheering for Hoke, there are a lot of conclusions to this season that will have me joining the call for a new coach.
It's just shitty that, with so much season left, it feels like the best / only real message board to talk about Michigan football is not going to allow for any conversation except for "Hoke sucks" - "no, you suck" - "fuck you" - "you're not a real fan" garbage. The season started 11 days ago and we're about to get a lot of new information about this team and whether our coaches know what they're doing. I hope that people who want to take in that information, talk about it, and use it to update their beliefs about our football program will be able to do so without having those conversations suffocated by the bickering and unrelenting negativity that we've seen over the past few days.
|4 days 22 hours ago||I agree with everything here.||
I agree with everything here. I do think there's third non-apathetic group (in addition to the "sunshine" and "emo" groups), which is the "needs more information" group. That's where I am right now. This is a put up or shut up year for the coaches, in my opinion, but I'm very willing to let the season play out a bit before really judging what we have in Hoke/Nussmeier/Mattison.
|4 days 23 hours ago||Witnessing that in person||
Witnessing that in person sounds miserable, and I think my mood would be in a different place if I had to deal with that.
More generally, I have no problem with complaining, venting, questioning the coaches, etc. I just don't get the relentless and dickishness with which some people here do it.
|4 days 23 hours ago||Damn. An explanation of how||
Damn. An explanation of how I'm destroying Michigan football would mean so much to me, especially coming from you.
|4 days 23 hours ago||"Wait and see" is fair, but||
"Wait and see" is fair, but even if Taylor and Peppers aren't better than Countess and Lewis (and I'm not saying they are), they're obviously valuable for depth. It's clear that the staff sees those guys as its top four CBs. Losing two of them hurts even if that's only because it puts other guys (like Hollowell) in position to play more/differently than the coaches had hoped.
|5 days 4 min ago||Wow. Assuming no sarcasm,||
Wow. Assuming no sarcasm, I'm humbled and a little stunned by how classy and thoughtful this response is, even after I (probably unnecessarily) dropped an "asshole" charge. Thank you. No offense intended, obviously, and thanks for this comment.
|5 days 14 min ago||Do you guys who are||
Do you guys who are miserable, bitter assholes have to respond to every positive post with something miserable, bitter, and assholey? We get it. Coach Hoke is a terrible coach (and probably a terrible man), Michigan will never get to another meaningful bowl game, the only history that's relevant is the X years since we last beat OSU or MSU, and all of this is the fault of our fans who like and support their school even when its football team isn't winning games.
There are people around, believe it or not, who enjoy Michigan football because they're proud of their school and they like football, they don't take watching sports so seriously that it can ruin their lives, and they don't shit their pants every time a game doesn't go as they'd like. You don't need to remind us that we should hate, fire, and kill everyone every time that you see the slightest glimmer of positivity or optimism. Believe me, we all know how you feel by now.