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- 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.)
|18 hours 15 min ago||I'm not crazy about that rule||
I'm not crazy about that rule of thumb ("We want X players on the roster at this position every year, so let's recruit to that number"). It completely ignores the distribution of those players across classes. For example, if I were losing no one at a position this year and a ton of guys at that position next year, I'd probably try to replace them with roughly equal numbers across the next two classes rather than skipping the position this year and then loading up next year.
To me, recruiting is about building for a few years down the road, not just building depth for the upcoming year. There's only so much you can expect from true freshmen anyway.
|18 hours 36 min ago||Personally, I wouldn't mind||
Personally, I wouldn't mind seeing another offensive lineman. If my memory is right, I think we're only taking two O-linemen in the 2014 class (Mason Cole and JBB) and only currently planning to take two in the 2015 class (Runyan and another guy). Probability says that not all of those guys will stick around for 4-5 years and not all of them will pan out as hoped. We could find ourselves with a familiar problem if we end up with, say, 0-2 productive linemen from those two consecutive classes.
|19 hours 26 min ago||Yes, exceptions >>> rules.||
Yes, exceptions >>> rules. Since Auburn has a good, young offensive line, then youth clearly isn't a major hindrance to offensive line play despite all evidence and logic to the contrary.
|1 day 19 hours ago||Agreed, and I'm happy to see||
Agreed, and I'm happy to see that Michigan's embracing lacrosse these days. There isn't really any such thing as "negative awards" in this business, though. A polarizing AD like Brandon probably will get more than his share of positive accolades without those accolades being balanced out on the other side by something that conveys that he is, in fact, polarizing.
Maybe I should start the "Turd of the Year" award or something to help solve this problem.
|2 days 6 hours ago||Haha, yeah, he and I had a||
Haha, yeah, he and I had a weird, funny exchange or two. I usually enjoyed his shtick and kind of miss him now that I realize he's been away for awhile.
|3 days 10 hours ago||No, I'm only a turd||
No, I'm only a turd here.
|3 days 11 hours ago||Just from a fan perspective,||
Just from a fan perspective, these kinds of stories suck, because it's so hard tell whether to root for him (if he's had to deal with false accusations) or against him (if he raped someone). Either way, I'd have strong feelings about him, but I can't know in which direction they should go.
|4 days 18 hours ago||There's also a short run /||
There's also a short run / long run question. Realistically, Brandon's incentives are to make a big splash in the short run in order to have some immediate success (during and just after his watch). That's how we tend to evaluate ADs and other leaders. That's unfortunate, in my opinion, since I think good management typically means setting up your organization for success in the more distant future.
I wrote out some thoughts about how well Brandon's setting us up for the future, but I just deleted them, since I was basically talking out of my ass. I guess I just think we have to keep an eye on whether he's setting us up well for the decades to come. He's not one who I'm immediately and automatically inclined to trust to do the "right" thing even when it's not in his incentives to do so.
|4 days 18 hours ago||I feel fortunate that I could||
I feel fortunate that I could use my first +1 for this.
Fuck you, cancer.
|4 days 19 hours ago||Wow, I love that quote from||
Wow, I love that quote from MSU's Paul Schager. Ten years ago I probably would have expected that from anyone working in that kind of role (he's their associate AD). Now it seems like we're asked to believe that you undermine your own programs if you don't organize all decisions around getting your hands on the most immediately available dollar. Kudos to MSU on that one.
|1 week 1 day ago||Why does it seem like every||
Why does it seem like every thread over the past several weeks has to start with such a relentlessly negative comment? This season didn't go well. I get it. That doesn't mean that you have to be negative at every imaginable opportunity, even when the news is good.
As far as I know, there's little/no reason to believe that either of these guys will decommit. Campbell is very close with Mason Cole, who I think is an early enrollee, and Harris has given no indication that I know of that he's looking around.
|2 weeks 1 day 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.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Ah, thanks. Best definition||
Ah, thanks. Best definition I've seen.
|2 weeks 1 day 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).
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Thank you, but I understand||
Thank you, but I understand trolling. Just not concern trolling.
|2 weeks 2 days 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.
|2 weeks 2 days 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.
|2 weeks 2 days 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.
|2 weeks 2 days 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.
|2 weeks 2 days 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.
|2 weeks 2 days 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.
|2 weeks 3 days 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.
|2 weeks 3 days 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."
|2 weeks 3 days 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.
|2 weeks 3 days 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.
|2 weeks 3 days 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?
|2 weeks 3 days ago||relax. personally, i see a||
relax. personally, i see a 500-post thread and think, "eh, screw it."
|2 weeks 3 days ago||i vote for deleting this||
i vote for deleting this thread.
|2 weeks 4 days 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.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Interesting that this list is||
Interesting that this list is so dominated by defensive coordinators. I wonder why that is.