I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
- Member for
- 3 years 51 weeks
- View recent blog entries
- Karma value
- Michigan-Texas in the 2005 Rose Bowl
- Michigan-Florida in 2008 Capital One Bowl
- Michigan-Illinois in 2007. (This is a personal favorite. It was a night game in Champaign against a good Illinois team that we played without Mike Hart and with an obviously injured Chad Henne.)
|4 days 10 hours ago||I think you're right, and I||
I think you're right, and I think people with kids are less likely to see sports as the most important aspect (or one of the most important aspects) of their lives. I have a friend who talks about how much less stressed out she got when she had kids because she gained perspective on what's deserving of serious stress and anger and what isn't.
|4 days 11 hours ago||Ah, thanks. Best definition||
Ah, thanks. Best definition I've seen.
|4 days 11 hours ago||My sense is that she's||
My sense is that she's thinking non-parents are more bottom line oriented (win/loss) and less forgiving of a hard fought loss. My guess is that there's some truth to that, though who knows whether people are forgiving because they have kids or because the types of people who have kids are more forgiving.
Even if the observation is correct, I'm sure there are many, many exceptions here (in each direction).
|4 days 11 hours ago||Thank you, but I understand||
Thank you, but I understand trolling. Just not concern trolling.
|4 days 18 hours ago||Seriously. WTF is going on||
Seriously. WTF is going on here? I can't tell whether everyone knows but it's a pain to explain, no one knows, or no one is reading these threads anymore. I feel like Herm. The world stopped making sense, dammit.
|4 days 20 hours ago||I mentioned it below (as an||
I mentioned it below (as an inspired performance) not having seen this here. Gutsy win. No Mike Hart, a badly banged up Chad Henne, a tough, nationally televised night game against a good team.... all while we were still recovering from Appalachian State and the Oregon annihilation. The 2007 season had plenty of ups and downs, and this was a definite up.
|4 days 21 hours ago||If you're talking about most||
If you're talking about most inspired performance from a Michigan team, a few others come to mind for me from the past decade.
The comebacks in the 2003 Minnesota game and 2004 MSU game are in that discussion for me, too.
|4 days 22 hours ago||Can someone briefly explain||
Can someone briefly explain concern trolling to me? I looked it up last night, but I'm old and dumb and I still don't get it.
|5 days 5 hours ago||So were you entirely content||
So were you entirely content with the Akron game, since "a win is a win" (the flip side of "moral victories are worth zero").
I'd take an actual victory over a moral victory any day, but not all losses are created equal. Losing by 50 yesterday would have produced a much uglier offseason than this one will (with respect to recruiting, media coverage, etc.). Maybe you'd prefer that because it might have triggered bigger changes, but it's definitely not true that a loss is a loss and the details don't matter.
|5 days 5 hours ago||Yeah, realistically, I would||
Yeah, realistically, I would have loved the call if it had worked and hate the call now that it didn't. (I loved Hoke's call to go for two.) I haven't watched it closely since seeing it live, but my biggest gripe at the time was the lack of spacing. Then again, that spacing might have come if the line had held up for another second or two.
The bottom line is that crappy call or not, the offense did more than enough to win yesterday. I'm more tempted to crap on the defense than the offense. Even there, OSU's offense is damn good and we were missing a bunch of guys up the middle who really could have helped (Pipkins, Ross, Wilson).
Plus, I haven't seen much discussion of this, but I would NOT have felt comfortable with a one-point lead and 30 seconds left. In that situation, I think there's at least a 25-30% chance that OSU drives for the win. Even a 75-yard TD pass wouldn't have surprised me.
|5 days 19 hours ago||Can someone help me||
Can someone help me understand "concern trolling"? I just looked it up and I still don't get it.
Please note that I'm old and dumb if you're up to the challenge of defining this.
|6 days 3 hours ago||I just noticed that I||
I just noticed that I accidentally spelled Funk "F-u-c-k." I wonder how often he gets that. My fingers are very used to typing "fuck." Not so much with "funk."
|6 days 3 hours ago||For some reason when people||
For some reason when people hear "execution" they lose it, but that was obviously the difference. You can't develop talent in a week, and while I preferred our play-calling this week, it wasn't as different as some people are implying. For whatever reason, our offense executed much better this week than in recent weeks. That's true of Gardner, the O line, the non-OL blocking, and on and on.
To me, what to think about Borges (and Fuck, Jackson, etc.) depends on how you attribute the very uneven offensive execution throughout the season. In general, I think getting guys to execute is a big part of coaches' jobs. I also think that young players play like young players at times, and that's really hard to avoid.
I'm genuinely undecided at this point. With the talent that we have growing up and coming in, I don't have any doubt that our offense will improve markedly if we keep the same coaches. I also think there are better coaches out there than some of the guys we have. I'm interested to see what happens in the bowl game, and I don't think I'll be too upset no matter what happens.
|6 days 4 hours ago||I can't tell what here is||
I can't tell what here is about this game and what is about the season more generally. I'm talking about this game. I can't defend the offense earlier in the season.
|6 days 5 hours ago||This is a ridiculous comment.||
This is a ridiculous comment. Too many wasted downs? That was an outstanding game offensively. Every team in every game has a few bad/nothing plays. And Borges gets dinged because we lost despite the outstanding offensive performance?
|6 days 7 hours ago||relax. personally, i see a||
relax. personally, i see a 500-post thread and think, "eh, screw it."
|6 days 7 hours ago||i vote for deleting this||
i vote for deleting this thread.
|6 days 19 hours ago||Would these be rumblings||
Would these be rumblings originating from the other Ace (the 12 year old one)? If so, definitely believe them, and thanks for sharing that here.
|1 week 1 day ago||Interesting that this list is||
Interesting that this list is so dominated by defensive coordinators. I wonder why that is.
|1 week 3 days ago||[First line removed because I||
[First line removed because I was being a hypocritical dick.]
Many of us (including me) would like a new offensive coordinator. That isn't a license to be a complete dick to a guy who's probably working his ass off and probably as upset and embarrassed about this as anyone. And no, the fact that he makes a lot of money doesn't excuse being a dick, either.
In my opinion, complaining about the offense is fine, calling for a firing is fine, expressing frustration about play-calling and talent development is fine, etc. A lot of the Borges stuff has crossed the line into really mean-spirited and personal. I get that it's the internet and places like this are a shit-show for humanity. Still, at the end of the day, Al Borges is probably a really good guy who is doing his best for Michigan and feeling really bad about what's happening. A little restraint from some people here might be nice.
|1 week 3 days ago||Awesome post. Thanks. Some||
Awesome post. Thanks.
|1 week 5 days ago||This guy gets it. I was going||
This guy gets it. I was going to make a similar point.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I'd be fine if we gave that||
I'd be fine if we gave that kid two scholarships. Very happy to hear that he'll be part of the program.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||My avatar is an actual||
My avatar is an actual photograph of me. What more do you want from me?
|3 weeks 2 days ago||SHUT UP.No, my original||
No, my original prediction here was Alabama. And I'm really not an "everything's horrible / we're doomed" guy.
My honest answer, though, is that I have no idea where he's going. He surprised everyone with his final three of Michigan, Alabama, and Florida, and he's been quoted saying it's funny to him that everyone thinks he has a leader. The Michigan in front stuff, as far as I can tell, is mostly based on him saying that we have his favorite staff. But he has used superlatives for other schools too (e.g., Bud Foster being his favorite coach). Yes, he has visited here a few times and loved it, but he has also visited other places a few times and loved it. This just feels to me like a case of the blind leading the blind with those expert predictions. My clueless probabilities would probably be something like 45% Alabama, 40% Michigan, and 15% Florida.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Poopy Ferguson Prediction:||
This isn't just based on our struggles this season. I probably would have predicted Alabama a month or two ago. I just don't get where the "Hand to Michigan" conventional wisdom comes from.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Remember this||
Remember this thread?
Sam's predictions for final five guys in this class: Da'Shawn Hand, Artavis Scott, Malik McDowell, Jamarco Jones, and Adoree Jackson.
Making those kinds of predictions is really hard, so I'm not dumping on the guy, but unless someone seems to have first-hand knowledge of what a kid's doing (no pun intended), I generally take these predictions with a grain of salt. I've been saying for awhile that I'm skeptical of the "Michigan's the clear leader" stuff on Hand. He surprised everyone with his final list of three and has said that he doesn't know why everyone thinks he has a favorite. Sometimes I think one "expert" comes up with a prediction and then the echo chamber starts going, making it look like there's consensus when it's really not based on anything.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Actually, we should be good||
Actually, we should be good for awhile now. When the Big Ten expands to 96 schools, we'll only play them once or twice per century, so this should carry us at least into the 2300s.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||I think the main reason is||
I think the main reason is sample size. In football recruiting, with 20-25 kids per class, the classes even out quite a bit. In basketball recruiting, with <5 kids per class, getting lucky/unlucky with one or two kids can make the difference between a great class and a lousy class.
To me, if we're looking for trends, look for whether Michigan is involved with top recruits and whether this staff has shown some ability to finish with them. I think the answer to both questions is yes. It sucks that we missed on Blackmon, Booker, etc., but if we're using this to predict our long-term recruiting potential, I'd be much more worried if we weren't getting serious looks from those types of prospects. Plus, we're just one class removed from the McGary, Robinson, etc. powerhouse class.
I also think that the Final Four run (and pretty play) will pay off later and that even if we never reach Kentucky-level recruiting we have coaches who can win with other kinds of talent. So I'm not worried.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Yes, and Jehuu Caulcrick's||
Yes, and Jehuu Caulcrick's Twitter account was totally hacked when he said that he and his teammates took money at MSU.