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|16 weeks 5 days ago||We get so good that when||
We get so good that when other teams start improving they say things like "Their starting to become the Michigan of the SEC" ... that is my outlandish expectation.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||"There Can Be Only One"|
|16 weeks 5 days ago||The Program of Outlandish Expectations||
We have become in year two of Harbaugh a program in which every season is national championship or bust. There is only one acceptable outcome from this day forward in Harbaugh's tenure here. It is not a matter of when, but of how many will he win. "There can be only one." The Kurgan must be slain.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||Its Definitely Not 2006||
You cannot compare where the program is now to 2006. At that time a malaise was already beginning to settle into the program and we were on the long downward side of Carr's tenure as coach from the 1997 peak. Today the program is ascendant with Harbaugh at the helm. The feel is completely different.
|24 weeks 5 days ago||Michigan 41 Indiana 6||
Michigan 41 Indiana 6
|24 weeks 5 days ago||Old Timer Perspective||
As someone whose university years were in the late 1990's and can still remember clearly what it was like to win a national championship, clearly remember what it was like when it was our birthright to win at least nine or ten games and play on New Year's Day, this season is the first time in a long time where everything feels right again. It is wonderful to blow out a bad B10 team and then nitpick the ways in which we were not perfect. The only thing that is different is that rather than feeding off the ghosts of the past, Harbaugh is trully injecting a new life and spirit into this program.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||Moderately||
Moderately interesting...nothing truly predictive, though. It seems that would require you to compare the average star rating of all your starters and how experienced they are with all the other teams and where those teams finished in terms of end of season rankings. This would give you an expectation of where you should finish and if you under or over perform your ranking.
|1 year 16 weeks ago||Those were the days...Dex||
Those were the days...Dex could slap down just about anyone...When there was still intelligent conversation on this board...
|1 year 16 weeks ago||Was never a big deal...wrote||
Was never a big deal...wrote a few diaries back in the day...got cranky one day and had all my precious points taken from me...so now I just lurch these days...I remember Haloscan, the old site, the neg bang, the grammar police...all of it...I have a "day one" account too...
|2 years 29 weeks ago||Yes. A couple of years ago I||
Yes. A couple of years ago I came to the realization that too much emotional investment in any team or any sport was just not healthy. If you cannot watch a game and move on with your life win or lose within...say...15 minutes after a game is done, you are in too deep.
|2 years 47 weeks ago||This thread reminds me why I||
This thread reminds me why I stopped swimming in the sewage that is now the MGBoard. Its good to get a reminder every once and a while. I am off to take a shower and clean off the stench.
|3 years 4 days ago||No. It is a Greek||
No. It is a Greek preposition that is sometimes used as a prefix.
|3 years 4 days ago||I hate to be a stickler, but||
I hate to be a stickler, but the OP is not a meta discussion. A meta discussion would have entered into a dailectic about the use of acronyms, their value and purpose. Why do we use them? Do they enhance communication? Are they meant to create the impression that there is an inner circle of people who understand all the acronyms and the rest are left on the outside looking in? Is having a discussion like this in fact a revolutionary act to break open the hegemony of the long time posters who understand all? Is this the act of a defiant nooB who does not know his place?
Those are meta topics.
|3 years 4 days ago||Meta is a Greek preposition||
Meta is a Greek preposition meaning "above", "beyond", "along with" and has come to be used in internet parlance to mean a discussion about the "situation" (German sitz im leben) within which a discussion is taking place. Instead of simply discussing football, or recruiting or some such, a person starts to get reflective on the nature of football blogs or about blogging itself or about the nature of online interactions. Meta discussions are a discussion of the things "beyond" or "along with" the discussion we are actually having. Generally they are to be avoided like the plague. People here just want to talk football and have little interest in what all of their football talk means or how it is situated within our social historical landscape.
|3 years 4 days ago||I remember fondly the days of||
I remember fondly the days of the negbang...when being a cranky poster actually carried some "risk."
|3 years 25 weeks ago||Just watched that little girl||
Just watched that little girl playing football...when is going to get her first D-1 offer??? Not only could she take and give a hit, but she had great patience as a runner, but had a nice stutter step and juke move...all together fun to watch!
|3 years 32 weeks ago||I hate to be the nudge, but||
I hate to be the nudge, but it is five words: "What (1) is (2) up (3) with (4) Avery (5)?" :-)
|3 years 33 weeks ago||The two Devins? Do like they||
The two Devins? Do like they do in grade school: Devin G. and Devin F. If six year olds can figure it out on their own, you would think the MSM could manage it. Perhaps it is too much to ask.
|3 years 40 weeks ago||You are right, making a||
You are right, making a public release such as you are suggesting is not something I would do, nor do I expect Hoke and company to do it either. I would wait for the athlete to initiate, but make sure that he had an open door, even if just for advice.
|3 years 40 weeks ago||I hear what you are saying,||
I hear what you are saying, but the difference in my mind is pursuing them, recruiting them leave PSU and come here, that is "poaching" their players; and giving a player who choses to leave a new home where they can maximize their skills. Poaching = same set of values that gave birth to JoPa. Welcoming disillisioned PSU athletes is a way of making sure the players do not suffer because of JoPa. I think we are not so far apart as we first thought.
|3 years 40 weeks ago||I respectfully disagree.||
I respectfully disagree. While a relentless competitive drive is a good thing on the football field, and on the recruiting trail, there should be situations and moments that transcend or interupt that relentless desire to compete. This is one of those moments where it is ok to step back and give the space needed for everything to transpire at its own pace without the vultures decending to pick over the bones of the program in the name of competitiveness. If there is one thing this whole PSU situation should engender in all of us is a renewed sense of persepective.
It was the loss of persepctive that created the context within which these events transpired. The relentless ego of JoPa and his drive to become the winningest coach ever beyond all reason, when it was clear he could no longer coach in the normal sense of D1 head coaches in combination of a desire to protect the reputation of the university and his "grand experiment" that allowed an abuser to abuse at least 10 young boys.
For us to now say that "this is what happens as the fallout to penalties" is to turn a blind eye to the attitudes that made this happen. These are not recruiting or improper benefits types cases. This is a case where personal and institutional hubris allowed horrible things to be done to boys. This is a case where winning was put ahead of their safety.
This is a situation that requires us to curtail our competitive drive, or drive to win, to aquire the best athletes, to put one over on a conference competitor, and just step back and for one moment not focus on winning. That same healthy focus on winning is on a scale that can metastasize into what happened at PSU if we are not vigilent in maintaining our perspective of things like football, coaches, and star athletes. Sometimes it is more important to get mud on your face and not reach a record if it means doing the right thing.
The act of immediately wanting to chase after the players on PSU's roster shows hints of the same lack of perspective that fueled the events at PSU. Sometimes it is good to turn the lizard brain off for a bit.
|3 years 40 weeks ago||I am of the mind that it||
I am of the mind that it unseemly at best to talk about "going after" PSU players. That this is major thrust of this blog's first respose to the NCAA penalties handed down is dismaying. It would have been far better to say that we are not going to discuss the topic of poaching PSU players on the main page out of a sense of gravitas for the moment. The desire to profit from the destruction of the PSU program is part of the culture that allowed these events to happen in the first place. The person who sits on the sideline rubbing their hands with glee looking to poach PSU players is looking to profit from the sins of the PSU program, is looking to profit from the abuse of boys.
I would think that the right thing to do would be to say that we are not looking to benfit from the misery inflicted on those boys; nor are we going to look to profit from the misery this has now inflicted on PSU and its football program. We might add that if any of the young men involved in the program approach us, we will discuss with them whether or we are the best fit, and if they decide to come here, we will do our best to make this their football home.
The OP is in poor taste and does not fit the gravity of the moment.
|3 years 49 weeks ago||I know few here will like the||
I know few here will like the comparison, but it has always struck me that there was a lot more similarities between RR and Weiss than most people care to admit. This similarity is all the more apparent in the contrast between RR and Hoke. We all remember the hubris of Weiss and his "decided schematic advantage." It seems to me that RR was first and foremost a "scheme" guy.
I remember the early days of RR how we salivated over the system. We were going to finally have a modern offence here and with the calibre of athletes who will just line up to play at Michigan because its Michigan and we will destory all. But one thing that became apparent over time, especially as the team faltered is that scheme came ahead of fundamentals. In the RR era the teams were fundamentally bad. To me the similarities between him and Weiss have always amused me, except that Weiss may be a better recruiter. Neither man really teaches fundamentals. Its all about "installing their offence." Both men think their scheme and offensive genius will eventually win the day. Both have yet to prove themselves on the biggest stages of college football as head coaches.
The funny thing is that both Hoke and RR are "aww shucks" kind of guys. But the biggest thing that stands out with Hoke and especially the defensive staff is how they preach and teach fundamentals. Also, they seem to sell the school ahead of themselves or the scheme.
|3 years 49 weeks ago||Now there is something I can||
Now there is something I can agree whole heartedly with, although I believe you are kind in your estimates. But if the OP's stuff is simply MGoClutter at best, what does that say about the 60%+ of the rest of the stuff it eclipses? At least when they clutter up the MGoBoard, they don't promise us 101 piece series. It is the scope of his ambitions, I believe, that garners the protests. One louse post or two can be endured. But when he promises to dominate the sidebar for 101 days, it crosses a line somewhere.
|3 years 49 weeks ago||Please, just stop.||
|3 years 49 weeks ago||(No subject)||
|3 years 49 weeks ago||Why? For one, his account||
Why? For one, his account says he has been here since April 7 of this year. Before one starts such an ambitious project, it might be wise to cool one's jets a bit, soak in the blog and its ethos first and see if this is the sort of thing users of this site would welcome. He did not do that. The scope of the project indicates that it is really all about the poster and his desire to post; rather than content that genuinely adds something to the discussion of Michigan football, or at the least college football. His material is poorly researched and not well written. It is content for content's sake. One post of this type, we could tolerate, two perhaps, but when you indicate that you plan 101 days of this...that moves you into a different category: a nuisance
This is why he is being down voted. In the neg bang days, he could have been negged to the point where he could no longer post. But alas, these are kinder, gentler days.
|3 years 49 weeks ago||Oh, I used to post. Then, I||
Oh, I used to post, and make a comment or two, back in the days when you could still neg bang, and lost about 2000 or so points in one flame war and some auto moderator penalizer or some such. I have been kicking around here since the way back days, have a love/hate relationship with the blog, but in the end, imperfect as it may be, this is still the best place for UM Football news. I even did the same thing, once, long ago, in a burst of enthusiasm, that the OP did; got chastized for it, saw the truth of what I was doing and stopped. I used to post and interact more with the board, but it usually takes a bout of extreme boredom or procrastination to get me to even read, let alone comment on anything written in the side bar.
Always a sucker for expanding my X's and O's knoweldge, I clicked on College Football 101 expecting some sort of look into, you know, actual football. Being the cranky sort, well, I reacted. Now I just have burr stuck in my craw about the whole project the OP has started.
Why not just ignore it? I have work to do, work I don't want to do, and so being irritated at some Diary posting is what is filling my time untill deadline crunch motivates me to do said work...
|3 years 49 weeks ago||Awesome song. Haunting.||
Awesome song. Haunting. Soulful. Great commercial. The Tori Amos thing would have had my ears bleading before it was done. Still, just enough, perhaps one or two other songs that I could actually listen to...if you want to clear the Big House you need but one song, play it over and over and over and people will beg you for the MMB:
|3 years 49 weeks ago||While the OP's enthusiasm is||
While the OP's enthusiasm is laudable, the diaries have always been a place for well researched, well written, thoughtful pieces of some length and substance that required some real effort or special skill to produce. Over the years a few select participants in this web site have generated consistently solid material and are worth the time to read and the space they take up on the Diary section for a day or three. If he plans on writing 101 pieces, one a day, what he is communicating is that his content is more important than any of the other diaries. Right now his two diaries, somewhat thin on content and research and somewhat off topic, occupy two slots of five on the front page diaries list. Its selfish and rude. If he wants to write a column a day on miscelaneous college football topics, he can toss them onto the MGoBoard which is a much more ephemeral place and better suited to this sort of material, or he can start his own blog and write to his heart's content.
That said there are many other pieces that waste space in the Diaries, but they are one off works whose front page presence can be endured for a few days befor they are gone. What raised my ire was the threat or promise of 101 of these pieces of fluff, one a day, every day, until the start of football season. It brings to mind a scene from the digital cartoon, "Megamind":