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|4 days 9 hours ago||This||
is why I love Michigan football. Smart, classy, talented kids like this.
Thank you Chris for reaffirming my belief that Michigan football is special.
He made the most of his opportunity, and is gracious and grateful for it - that's just the best!
Best of luck to you, sir - your future is bright!
|1 week 5 days ago||Not much hope for fan interest||
Arena league at least tries to be a watchable product, and yet gets very little attention.
This sounds a lot like NBA D-league to me. Hoops players go there in hopes of making it to the big show, not to win fans at that level. Same with minor league baseball.
|1 week 5 days ago||Agree and disagree Chiwolve||
Chiwolve, I totally agree that what works for some does not work for all. That's why I love the idea of this new league - to give kids a real, reasonable choice.
Where I disagree is your comment that for some kids there is "little value in pursuing a college degree". Yes, absolutely some kids feel that way, but that doesn't make it true.
I'm sorry, but any degree from Michigan is enormously valuable, and greatly enhances the future prospects of the degree holder. Football players get the added benefit of an alumni network filled with businessmen who would love to hire a former Wolverine player.
Furthermore, the opportunity to be part of a university community, to be exposed to the resources, ideas, and achievements of other students has to have real value, especially to kids who might otherwise never get the chance.
You're right that some kids are behind academically, and frankly some shouldn't be enrolled at major universities - I'm pleased that Michigan does a pretty damn good job of choosing kids who are up to the challenge and that resources (tutors, mentors, academic counselors, etc.) are given to help those who need extra assistance.
If this league takes off, just maybe some of the "I didn't come here to play school" types - won't.
|1 week 5 days ago||Thank you evenyoubrutus!||
I couldn't agree more. It amazes me how little value some people place on the opportunity to get a degree from a major university - especially one like Michigan. That, combined with the alumni network and notoriety that comes from playing for a school that's on national TV every week is hugely valuable.
Personally, I love the idea of this league, and hope it works. It's encouraging that making money is not a goal, because I think minor-league football has limited potential fan interest. I've wondered for years why the NFL didn't subsidize a minor league (obviously they didn't feel the need since college football provided it gratis).
Giving kids a living wage to pursue their NFL dream makes a ton of sense, and might just restore a tiny bit of sanity to college football. Kids that have no interest in school or just can't handle the academics now have a legitimate path to the NFL.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Academics matter||
It really bothers me when SEC practices are held up as an example for anything other than how NOT to do college sports. Fuck them.
We should be better than that ("we" being Michigan, the B1G, every other conference, and college football in general).
IMO, APR and holding schools accountable is essential. Ensuring real progress toward a degree is the biggest, most tangible benefit we give these kids. It separates college sports from a minor league.
Keeping that structure in place and THEN offering free tuition for athletes who want to return and pursue any level/degree they wish? Sounds good to me.
Quick note - my guess is this would have to be available for all SA's per Title IX.
A tiny % of college athletes go on to play pro. All SA's benefit from a degree. I'm thrilled JH emphasizes academics, and uses a Michigan degree (and alum connections) as a selling point.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Hooray academics!||
I'm one of those dinosaurs who believe in the student-athlete concept.
The very best thing a scholarship should give a kid isn't the remote possibility of playing pro ball, it's the very real opportunity to get a great education that will benefit the rest of their life.
Congratulations to these kids (not just UM's either, but any kid who works his/her butt off to excel in academics and sports), and thanks to all the folks who work hard to help them achieve their goals.
Further congratulations to JH for emphasizing academic success. I would love if this gets mentioned along with his quirks and envelope-pushing.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||For shame, people who bad-mouth him today||
How petty and childish for people to criticize him, now that he's making a difficult decision to leave his chosen and beloved school for a chance to play.
This kid, as far as I've ever heard, accepted his role and contribution with grace and class.
He soldiered through his whole concussion debacle without bad-mouthing anyone (when he would have been perfectly justified to speak his mind).
He's graduating from the University of Michigan, after honoring the school and program for four years.
Thanks for giving your all to U of M, Shane. Congratulations on graduating, and best of luck with your new school and team!
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Everybody loves the backup QB||
Everybody loves the backup - at least until he plays.
Speight is our QB unless Peters is amazing. With our young OL next year we're gonna need Speight's pocket presence and size.
Remember how many sacks he avoided this year, either with nifty little moves or by sheer strength and size.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Did a quick check||
Both 'bama and OSU have very young OLs this year.
According to Ourlads.com (have no idea if it's 100% accurate, but looked correct for OSU), between them, their 2 deeps include only 2 seniors (out of 20 spots - wow!), and half their linemen are underclassmen.
Of course, it's mainly because so many of their linemen went pro, and OSU's line was definitely not a strength.
At least it's good to show that top teams can succeed with young OL.
Alabama 2nd team:
OSU 2nd team:
note: I did this pretty quickly; may not be 100% accurate.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Don't forget blocking, Scruffy||
Crawford threw some hellacious blocks. McDoom is pretty skinny. I think Crawford will get a lot of run.
Regarding the line, specifically LT, it will help to have Wheatley, Asiasi or even Hill to help out. Whoever wins the job is gonna need all the help we can provide.
On defense, our young talent at LB and secondary is exciting. I'm optimistic our back end could be pretty damn good by the time we reach the meat of our schedule. In years to come, it's gonna be lights out.
Florida's offense stinks - ranked #114. We may need only 10 points to beat them.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||If Peters beats out Speight||
If Peters beats out Speight, he's really, really good. Very difficult to beat out an experienced starter, especially one who played as well as Wilton did this year.
Kaepernick beat out Smith, so Harbaugh is definitely willing to make a bold move. This circumstance is totally different though - Speight and Peters are nothing like Smith and Kaep.
No matter what happens, QB is a position of strength next year, and probably will be as long as JH is at the helm.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Number of thoughts||
1. This thread is fun! How great is it to have such optimism for the future?
2. I like the thought that somehow we needed to experience the pain of MSU last year to put those demons behind us; hopefully this year's painful loss will finally exorcise the OSU demons. We'll be out for blood next year.
3. Similarly, Florida is probably itching to play us; we absolutely humiliated them last year. The good news is desire for revenge shouldn't be enough; they were lousy this year.
4. JH will uncover and develop a whole new bunch of surprise gems. It's fun to imagine who next year's Hill(s), Evans, McCray, Bredeson, Winovich, pre-injury Newsome, etc. will be. We'll need even more new guys to step up with all our seniors.
5. The schedule does look pretty favorable. Fortunately, PSU, Wisconsin and OSU are all later in the season. Our young guys are gonna need time to develop.
6. Speed! We're gonna have a very fast team, especially if we get most of the recruits we're counting on.
7. The future is so bright. The B1G is having a great year and seems to be improving, but the talent gap between UM/OSU and the rest of the conference is growing. WIth elite talent and coaching we should have some fun years!
|7 weeks 6 days ago||good points mgoO||
I really liked the optimism in Michigan Man's post, but I think he's a bit off when he says our team speed will improve without losing size. Speed yes, but size?
We're graduating a whole ranch full of beef on both sides of the ball, especially on the D-Line. Glasgow, Taco, Godin and Wormley are all big; if we lose Hurst too we're gonna be lacking in both depth and size.
As you said, moving Onwenu to NT would immediately bring a massive body to plug the middle of the line. I think Kemp could be a pleasant surprise, and Mone should be fitter and better conditioned another year post-injury.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Officiating||
Obviously, the officiating in this game was terrible. However, I don't agree with your assessment that it's getting worse, or has declined over time, with one exception - replay.
I believe replay has impacted games in two major ways:
1. Super slo-mo, high-def replay changes the perception of both replay officials and fans. Bang-bang plays are parsed frame-by-frame, and calls are altered because of it.
2. Refs are trained (or self-taught) to call things differently now, knowing that replay will make a final determination. Rather than making a judgment and standing by it, refs will call things in a way that allows for replay to overturn.
IMO, replay just doesn't seem to make watching games more satisfying. It slows things down, and so often doesn't "fix" things. Yesterday's game was a perfect example.
That said - I still have nightmares about Charles White's phantom touchdown...sigh.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||They didn't work Bursley, but c'mon||
Putting the ball in the hands of your most dynamic player, or trying a play that worked all season (train) but failed in this game - that's simply calling a few plays that didn't work. Sure, you could say they were poor calls. None cost us the game.
OTOH, attempting a fake punt from deep in your own territory with long yardage to go - that's monumentally stupid - and could have cost them the game.
Huge, huge difference.
Want another example? On the 3rd to last play, Meyer called basically his version of Pepcat - give the ball to his most dynamic player and hope he will find a way.
Samuel got the ball and everyone in the stadium knew it was going to happen (just like Pepcat). Unfortunately for us, he somehow escaped, despite the fact the entire defense was keyed to stop him. Sometimes a guy simply cannot be tackled.
Peppers is the same kind of athlete. Didn't work for us; worked for them. Was that a dumb call by Meyer? No, because it worked, even though we had the play completely sniffed out.
As for big games...
What games has Harbaugh coached for us that you would consider "big"? I'll go with 2xMSU, 2xOSU, Wisconsin, and the bowl game vs. Florida. So far, he's 3-3, with 2 absolutely heart-wrenching losses. Could very easily be 5-1.
Harbaugh is our best coach since Schembechler.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Tough game to lose||
I am proud of the way our guys battled, and disagree with many complaints.
IMO we were the better team today - not dominant, but better. Speight showed guts and composure throughout the game. He made some wonderful plays; he also made some critical mistakes. It's very, very difficult to overcome 3 turnovers.
Speaking of "crunch time" - his TD pass on 4th down in OT was the most clutch play of the entire game.
A tense, rivalry road game against #2 was decided in 2 OT by a bad call.
Jim Harbaugh and Don Brown are great coaches. It was an all-timer that sadly went the wrong way.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Harbaugh's coaching was fine||
Michigan threw the ball 36 times and ran 43. That's pretty balanced.
His quarterback courageously played while almost certainly not 100%, and threw two bad picks. It's entirely reasonable to play conservatively with the lead.
I don't understand the claim that Meyer outcoached Harbaugh - double overtime, stats almost dead even (except for TO's and penalties), decided by a controversial call.
Meyer, on the other hand, made the one absolutely dumb call in the game. He also allowed his qb to get sacked 8 times.
OSU's offense is tough to stop, and Barrett and Samuel are dangerous. Between them they had one big gainer the entire day. Meyer's "wizardry" was getting a bunch of calls in his favor and a great spot.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||What game did you watch Unicycle?||
I understand being disappointed, but what are you talking about?
Meyer made the blunder of the game with his monumentally stupid fake punt. On that basis alone, Harbaugh outcoached him.
Michigan outplayed OSU pretty much the entire game. They lost because of 3 turnovers and very poor officiating.
Speight played a courageous game, but also committed 3 turnovers. How can you blame Harbaugh for being risk-averse?
Michigan's defense dominated a very good offense playing a system that gives us fits. Barrett had exactly one big gainer the entire game, and Samuel was held in check as well. OSU's longest TD drives were both in OT, and we probably win if we can tackle Samuel when we had him bottled up, or if the refs spot the ball properly.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Meyer was outcoached||
You, sir, are an idiot.
Meyer made a horrible, stupid decision on the fake punt. That should have cost him the game.
Every other decision by either coach is debatable; none were game-changing IMO. We missed some opportunities, as did they.
It was a classic defensive battle. Michigan's defense played their asses off. So did OSU's.
Michigan was probably the better team, but OSU did miss 2 chip shot FG's.
Wilton Speight was courageous as hell, and made some great plays. He also turned the ball over 3 times.
An incredibly evenly played game was decided by officiating. That hurts.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Our coaching and ST's were better||
Meyer made a terrible blunder out of desperation. That fake punt was monumentally stupid.
I didn't love all of Harbaugh's play calling, but he showed guts at the end of the half, and later the TD pass to Hill was a fantastic call.
Defense played an incredible game. Taco was simply unblockable.
Had they been able to tackle Samuel when they had him in their sights it's very possible they win that game. Giving Barrett the first down was a terrible call by refs.
Really hard to win on the road with 3 turnovers.
Allen was great, Peppers return was huge. Our ST's dominated theirs, despite the dumb play by Perry.
Summary - coaching and ST's were both in Michigan's favor today.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||32 free throws||
Michigan scored more than half our points from the line, and had 32 attempts.
Our defense was far better than previous Beilein teams, and we had 4 fewer rebounds than one of the best O-rebounding teams in the country.
We lost today because we couldn't shoot at all, passed poorly and didn't move well away from the ball.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Poor offensive sets||
2 assists. That stat says it all.
Tbone, you're right about forced shots late in the clock. Our movement without the ball was really weak, as was passing. We seemed to do a lot of standing around and dribbling.
Of course, it's hard to get assists when making only 10 shots from the field. Wow.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Hockey||
Michigan is 7-4-1 in hockey.
Sorry if 4-1 isn't "acceptable" to you, but your comment makes no sense.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Different year, different team||
Maynard, I agree about the toughness. It's frustrating to see Michigan get pushed around, especially our bigs.
However, we gave up only 61 points, and SC shot 43%. It wasn't our defense that cost us this game. We drew fouls and shot a ton of FT, and were only outrebounded by 4.
Last year when we lost we got destroyed on the boards, and teams scored at will. That didn't happen today.
We shot 19%. That's why we lost, and lost badly.
What was alarming to me was the horrible shooting and only 2 assists. Michigan looked sloppy and passive offensively; the poor shooting seemed to sap their offensive energy.
At MSG, we saw a team that used a bigger lineup and more defensive intensity without sacrificing offensive flow. Today, our offense was abysmal.
We're still 4-1 with only 2 home games played. The season is young, and there's time and opportunity to improve.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Poor performance||
My gosh, people are negative here. It's game 5 of a long season. SC is one of the best O-rebounding teams in the country, and Thornwell is playing out of his mind.
Michigan's shooting is absolutely awful today - that's the main problem. SC has 55 points with 5 mins. left. That's not the issue - it's Michigan's 40.
Sure, it would be great to see tougher play down low and better rebounding, but offensive execution and 20% shooting is the main issue.
We're never going to win shooting 20%. We've missed a TON of good looks. Let's hope this is just a poor shooting afternoon.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Respectfully disagree stepenrjking||
MSU had the momentum and were playing at home (admittedly with about 1/2 OSU fans).
Barrett was misfiring and Scott was running pretty successfully. I'd take the tie and OT.
Easy to say in hindsight, but I felt it at the time. Guess we'll never know for sure.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Will never forget||
Smith's run against BYU last year - absolutely epic. All-time great effort!
His game today was a fitting last home game.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Wisconsin will have a nice trip||
'Cause we're going to the Playoff!
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Agree with CGordini||
Spectacular photo - well done Mr. Upchurch!
|9 weeks 2 days ago||We are back||
and it feels so good!
Thank you, JH.
Now beat the bucks!