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|1 week 3 days ago||No sport is played in a vacuum||
But I stand by my comment. Michigan is a program that, when it has its shit together, can hire top coaching and recruit well enough to compete with any program in college football. It has done so for over a hundred years and will conintue to do so going forward.
I'm not interested in arguing the merits of the "leather helmet days" because I don't need to. Any program that has been around as long and historically as visibly competitive as Michigan, must by definition suffer through down periods. I was a fan during the previous one which ended with Bo's hire. I can tell you that the period from 2008-2014 ended with Harbaugh's hiring for the same reason. Coaching is KEY.
Whether or not Meyer is at Ohio State, they will, over the long haul, always be a worthy challenge. They have before and will again, fall off and not be a challenge for a few or several years, but large universities with deep resources will eventually always rally by investing the required resources.
I don't want to open the can of worms about whether or not RichRod was a mistake. The major consequence of hiring RichRod was that it dramatically disrupted the stability of the program. One cost of firing him was that the program had to shift away from a running spread which made the disruption longer.
Despite the many mistakes that Brandon made, and I have no doubt that his involvement with the coaching made it more difficult for the program to recover, one thing he did do was make it quite clear that Michigan would expend WHATEVER resources would be required to rebuild a dominant football program.
So now we have Harbaugh. An amazing and dynamic coach who, despite the folks who want to separate his pro coaching record from his college coaching record, has demonstrated the ability to turn programs in trouble into top performers at every level of football. Who in his first year at Michigan assembled a staff that was the equal of any in college football and arguably the best. Period.
This is why I say that Meyer is largely irrelevant. I'd say the same thing about Saban, Dantonio, or any other coach and staff in college football. Michigan has the resources to excel in any venue, and has for over more than 130 years demonstrated that it can do so in football. The giant is awakened. The instrument of its coming success was forged over more than four decades by one of its greatest coaches. All is in place for its return, but lets be honest, if there was no Harbaugh, Michigan would find that coach, just as it found Bo and just as it found his predecessors.
When the greatest public university in the world finally decides to commit to accomplishing something, its path may be unclear the end is never in doubt. At this point it's only a matter of time.
|1 week 3 days ago||No in a strong sense Meyer is irrelevant.||
"One hope is that Meyer can make pretty bad coaching hires and his coaching style leads to a player first, NFL primadonna "I need my stats" culture."
We do NOT need Meyer to make hiring mistakes. Nor do we need him to recruit poorly or create a toxic culture. While Meyer making mistakes would certainly make beating Ohio easier, MIchigan's long term path to success has nothing to do with Meyer, or Dantonio for that matter.
Michigan has always held its success in its hands. In times past the program has lost its way, when administration failed to fully understand the importance of stabilty and excellence in sports and that consistent dominance can be as fragile as one bad hire.
Harbaugh's performance in all aspects of his role as head coach has demonstrated that he has all the skils and the drive to lead Michigan back to dominance. We need Harbaugh and the program to continue to achieve consistent and greater success, and for him and his staff to continue to gather the recruits they believe they need to succeed. If that happens, soon, perhaps not this season or 2017, but soon Michigan will again beat Ohio at least as often as Ohio beats Michigan.
I love beating Ohio. Nothing, absolutely nothing, in sports, including winning a national championship, gives me as much pleasure as beating Ohio. But I want to beat Ohio when they are at their absolute zenith. I want them to have no excuses. I want to crush their dreams and dance on them and bring their season to an ignominious end.
Screw Meyer. Go Blue.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Hey I loved Ann Arbor as much as anyone||
but it's far from the "best" place to live in the state. The towns on the lakes are far superior. Ann Arbor is a great college town and I can't think of a better one, but the quality of life along Michigan's great lakes put any inland town in second place.
|3 weeks 14 hours ago||I think many of you fail to see the ND series as Harbaugh||
and Ward do. They lived through the great years of that rivalry. They lived through the period where that game was a national focus in every aspect of the media. If both teams look strong going into the season, the ND game will get massive coverage and the whole "resumption of one of football's oldest rivalries" will be non-stop. Far more coverage than MIchigan playing a 2nd-3rd tier SEC team.
Since only beating tOSU gives me more pleasure than pounding the crap out of ND, I'm pleased to see the series resume (2 on - 2 off works fine for me).
|3 weeks 3 days ago||So many intangibles||
Unless your program has recruited in the top 3 (not 5) for a number of consecutive years, your team is, by definition, vulnerable to injury. Last year we thought we had plenty of depth, but injuries that disproportionately hit the defensive line took our team out.
If Michigan tiptoes through the injuries and Harbaugh works his QB magic, then a shot at the national championship is in the cards. That's all there is and little more.
This team has the talent and potential to, with a lot of luck, win it all. At the same time that outcome is perched on an banana peal. No way to forecast it at this point.
Hope for the best, and accept that this will be another season where a bad break can reset the season.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||I'm fairly sure that back when||
dinosuars roamed the earth and I was accepted to UofM algebra was required. My memory is foggy and I had taken AP Calculus anyway so wasn't worried about math requirements.
I think that math aversion is unfortunate, because people don't accurately perceive how, at least a modest level of comfort with math, affects the way you see the world and solve even casual problems. Straight math was difficult for me throughout my formal education, although I probably internalized as much math in physics as I did in my math classes. (I had excellent professors in physics and truly hopeless ones in math, so that may have been the cause). When I graduated I was determined to gain greater comfort with math, and was lucky enough to be working with someone who was a genius (literally) at math and well enough grounded to actually explain math in more applied terms. With his help I, fairly easily, integrated my clumsy theoretical knowledge with the real world.
I find that I often use that knowledge to analyze or sanity check various real world claims that seem "unlikely".
When I was studiing computer science at UofM one of my professors made this comment to all of us. "We're not here to teach you to program. We're here to teach you how to think. You'll learn to program as a side effect." Math is very similar, as I suppose are the basics of physics.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Having personal experience with adopting 2||
different "Common Core Compliant" K-8 math cirriculua in four years (each replacing its predecessor) it was my experience that most of these programs are less about teaching math to students than buying the latest shiniest apples from the best salesman.
Despte vast amounts of money spent over the last decade math performance on standardized tests, depending on grade level, either either stays flat or shows a statisitcally meaningless decline. What is more troubling is that the school system in question regularly ranks in the top five in the state, including student performace in math and literacy.
This does not bode well.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||I pulled a number of 40+ hour||
I pulled a number of 40+ hour sessions in college, mostly pushing projects over the line. Not due to time mismanagement, but because I was taking an overload of courses. At work there were 3-4 occasions where troubleshooting and restoring a disaster required 50+ hours the longest was 56.
Oh to be young again, no possible way I could do that today, in fact much over 24 hours and I'm a basket case and require two or three days to recover.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||A comment here pretty much says it all||
Roughly 32,000 deaths in 3,000,000,000,000 miles driven per year. So more roughly 1 death per 100 million miles driven. Humans, for all the absurd things we see them do behind the wheel are actually pretty good drivers. This all in real world situations that involve all the exception conditions noted above and in all weather and road conditions.
Just how many sigmas of reilablity are going to be required to match that let alone exceed it? Especially when you have to consider operating with degraded systems caused by problems like sensor failure or other issues. Now consider the COST of building a vehicle to those standards. Then consider the likelihood that tax payers will allow the governemt to ban their non-autonomous cars from the roads paid for by their taxes.
Fifty years from now, if there are effective autonomous cars, they will still be sharing the roadways with human operated vehicles.
|9 weeks 11 hours ago||Other than beating tOSU||
nothing feels better than Michigan beating Notre Dame. I really despise ND for so many reasons. Any given Saturday were they lose and Michigan wins fills my heart with joy and it's just so much better when they lose to Michigan. Playing them every year woudl be fine with me, but I can see it would probably not be ideal in the playoff era. So a regular series of a home and home then a two year gap would be pretty good.
Michigan vs ND is a true rivalry which, despite the long gaps over the decades, really does reach back to the dawn of college football. Both programs and college football as a whole benefit from some schedule of regular meetings.
|9 weeks 11 hours ago||Even during the long gaps during which the teams didn't||
meet, there was a strong desire among college football fans to see them play. Prior to the resumption of play under Bo, there was the drumbeat among the pundits asking "why aren't these two great programs playing?". If either team was on television and they flashed the other's score in an update, you hear them ask that question. This meant that if ND was playing a west coast team or Navy or whomever that fan base heard the question. It's part of what made the desire for Michigan vs ND a national thing.
Then there is the rather angry history between the schools with regard to keeping ND out of the Big Ten, and the charges of ND being a dirty program in the very early days which resulted in Michigan refusing to play them. Bad blood on both sides, especially historic bad blood, contributes to the rivalry.
My view of MIchigan's relationship with both ND and MSU is shaped by 50+ years of watching MIchigan football. For me MSU has failed to be a rival over most of that period, while ND whether we were playing them or not remained a program I wanted to see Michigan beat and preferably humiliate.
|9 weeks 11 hours ago||A few years of a good run do not make a rivalry||
when the programs in question have played 109 games and one program has won 62% of those games vs 32% for the other. Be honest if MSU was not in MIchigan, would you consider them a rival?
Don't get me wrong, I'm tired of losing to them too, but they have a long way to go before I'll consider them a rival.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Very interesting||
Alabama allows open carry by adults but requires a permit to openly carry in a vehicle. I ASSume that is the reason for the charge on the two firearms that were in the open.
The stolen firearm was under the seat, and if I read the report correctly, on the driver's side. I wonder who owns the car. What does the state have to prove to show that Robinson actually possessed the firearm? Assuming it's his car, is that sufficient for possession? Must the state show that he knew or should have been expected to know that the firearm in question was stolen? What if he has a receipt for the firearm in question and the seller can demonstrate that neither Robinson nor the seller knew it was stolen? Are there laws concerning the private sale of firearms in Alabama that if followed would have identified the firearm as stolen? If not is there a mechanism in the state by which either the seller or the buyer could have determined this either before, at, or shortly after the sale?
Unlike some folks I don't presume that possessing firearms is necessarily a bad thing or the sign of thuggish behavior. That said, they were stupid to have firearms in the car in the open and accessible without the proper permits. If Robinson knew the firearm was stolen then he's probably gone and deservedly so.
|13 weeks 5 hours ago||I love the smell of the NCAA crapping their pants||
It smells like VICTORY!!!!!
Hail to the victors valiant!
Go Harbaugh Go Blue!
Damn I love this so
|16 weeks 3 days ago||Much to my great regret I find I don't have the will to||
leave this alone.
As an old guy, who watched the Fab Five only to find out they cheated, I never want those banners hung. Period. I could not care less about ANY other school, or the lack of consistancy of the NCAA, or pretty much any other narrative brought up here.
The University from which I graduated set its own standards of accountability. The basketball program broke the rules. It, so very sadly, cheated. The team cheated and so it didn't win.
Just let it go. Are there innocent players who were harmed? Perhaps. Maybe even probably. Pretty much none of us will ever know exactly what those players knew about what was going on. Odds are they knew something was up and looked the other way. Even if the rest of the team was completely unaware of the cheating, they are unfortunate collateral damage.
I understand that many of you identified with those players. Hell, I loved watching them play. It broke my heart when the facts came out. Bury your ghosts. The team cheated, which means the "wins" were illegitimate.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||If the teams that played there had not been exceptional||
for well over 100 years, the stadium would not have been built nor expanded.
The stadium is a monument to the on going excellence of Michigan football. I've never liked the label "the big house" it's always been Michigan Stadium to me.
It ain't broke, so let us not look to "fix" it.
|17 weeks 2 days ago||Or perhaps there is not really a problem at all||
As a premise lets agree that at the professional level brain trama is a serious risk, and if you play long enough perhaps an unavoidable consequnce of playing. I submit that the long term risk of playing professional football is very different that the risk of playing in college, and virtually unrelated to the risk of playing in high school.
The number of games played in a professional football career is far more than in four seasons of college ball, and the impact and violence in the pros is higher. The number of games played in college is significantly more than in high school and the level of violence in college exceeds that in high school.
Extrapolating the risks of brain trama detected from the pros to college and then to high school seems quite a leap. Especially since soccer has generally higher risk at all levels.
Professional football is played by grown men. Adults who are capable of weighing the trade offs and making an informed decision about the risks. There is an argument to be made that some of that information was not appropriately shared, but in the end it's their bodies and their choice, as to if and how long they play.
While at times it is popular to refer to college athletes as "kids" the simple truth is they are legally adults. No one forces any student to accept a scholarship to play football or any other sport. As adults they to are free to weigh the risks and decide whether or not to play.
When we come to high school, things are different. Parents have an obligation to determine the level of risk in high school football and decide if they want their sons to play. However at this point knowledge to truly assess the risk in high school is far from complete.
Life is not without risk. I fully support the ongoing research into the nature of brain trama in sports generally and football in specific. I have no doubt that protective equipment will continue to advance and, as the nature of brain trama is better understood, will evolve to provide better protection against all injury mechanisms. In the meantime, while it's useful to be aware of the issues, perhaps we should all not rush to "fix" a situation about which we have at best a very marginal understanding.
|18 weeks 2 days ago||What is the definition of a "national power"?||
I submit that despite the football team's difficulties from 2008-2014 Michigan never ceased to be a national power. Over more than 13 decades, having a down decade here and there does not remove that distinction.
I fully expect that Michigan has returned to regular top ten status, with irregular shots a the play off and will contend with OSU for the top of the big ten more seasons that not. By any reasonable definition that reflects a "national power". One 10-3 season does not a national power back, but a decades long continual presence in the top 5%-10% of all college programs does.
That said I'm glad to see Michigan take a strong step tp reassert itself in the championship conversation. I didn't like the drought any more than any of you.
|22 weeks 2 hours ago||Time to let RichRod and Hoke go||
I'll freely admit that I was no fan of RichRod, for many reasons that at this point are utterly unimportant. I'll freely admit that I liked Hoke quite a lot, that i think despite his record he was good for the program, and Michigan is much better off with Harbaugh.
It's been a long haul to get here, and the program still has some steep hills to climb to get to where we all want it to be.
The 2011 team was somewhat flukey. It never quite felt like a Michigan team. But they did win 11 games. Change 10 seconds in one game and the 2015 team would have had 11 wins. But you can't rewrite history. Hoke left Harbaugh a lot of talent, and Harbaugh and his staff maximized their potential.
For Christ's sake. The past is the past, and the future is bright. Let 2008-2014 go. Harbaugh is mending the program much more quickly than any of us had any right to expect. Enjoy the ride.
|23 weeks 1 hour ago||When my 8 year old flip phone finally died||
I bought an iPhone specifically because it was by far the most secure. In terms of security androids are basically barefoot. You can add additional protections, but it just ain't as good.
That aside, lets look at what is really going on. The feds did not go to Apple, hand them a single phone and say "national securiity get the data for us and no one needs be the wiser". Instead now we have a court case about when the goverment can force a company to compromise customer's confidentiality. This is far less about finding out about the specific terrorist and much more about establishing a precedent to allow the feds to get access to an individual's data.
|24 weeks 2 days ago||Either you fight to the end or you don't||
He didn't. Says a great deal about him as a person as a competitor as a leader. There was no guarantee that he'd get hurt. Injuries are part of football. They were still in that game. He quit. To be fair he, as far as I know, had never faced a defense of that intensity. Still in the end you chose to fight to the end or you don't.
|24 weeks 4 days ago||I think you need to watch it again||
Great ad by far the best tonight.
|25 weeks 6 days ago||Listening to this||
and I don't mean this in any sense negatively, I had exactly the same thought. Hell I'd trade UConn for Rutgers in a heartbeat.
|25 weeks 6 days ago||But we in it shall be remembered-||
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
And so things come full circle, men who exemplify the very best aspect of Michigan return to join together and lead it forward to new levels of greatness.
Things are in the best possible hands. What a long strange trip it's been.
Welcome back Warde.
|26 weeks 2 days ago||this profoundly sucks||
If we ingore the very real possibility that Weaver and Swenson would still have a slot if someone the coaches liked better hadn't come along, there is still the undeniable issue of ending comminications with a high school athlete who believes his commitment to Michigan has been accepted by the coaches. No amount of spin can make this behavior into that reasonably expected of a professional coaching staff at an athletic program at a top university. Period.
On Touch the Banner Lanknows quite rightly refers to this behavior as spineless, and he is 100% correct.
I deeply respect Harbaugh and I am damn glad he's here. I struggle to understand, assuming the lack of communication described by Weaver is true, how Harbaugh trained by Bo could be so tone deaf.
There is a lot to grind through here, much of which we are unlikely every to fully know, but in a sense it doesn't matter. Michigan has never, at least openly, played fast and loose with recruits and this is no time to start.
Other than the communication vacuum, which, if it occurred must never happen again, this staff needs to be much more careful about what commitments they accept or appear to accept. For those of you who say "well the coaches can't comment" you're right, but if a recruit claims to have committed when the coaches said no, the school should pull the offer. Harbaugh doesn't have to comment on any recruit, it can be policy "if a recruit commits early against the advice of the coaching staff their offer will be pulled". It's not rocket science.
|27 weeks 52 min ago||Welcome Mr. Long||
May your years at Michigan on and off the field be among the very best of your life.
|27 weeks 2 days ago||I'm withholding judgement in the (vain?) hope for more info||
so I'm not going to allow myself to get worked up one way or the other right now.
That said, I expect Harbaugh and his staff to act honorably in all matters dealing with students whether those already at Michigan or high school students with Michigan offers. Period.
One reason I like and respect Harbaugh is that, as wild and crazy as he can be, I have always believed he'd never dishonor Michigan. It is my hope this proves to be a tempest in a blog pot and everyone involved acted above board at all times. If this devolves to a discussion about the number of days before NSD it's okay to pull an offer, Michigan football will have lost something that has always set it apart from the vast majority of programs.
Honor is a strange thing. It's easy to lose and once lost extraordinarily difficult to regain. The dishonorable can not be champions, no matter how many titles they might attain.
|27 weeks 2 days ago||It was February 1974 in Ann Arbor||
I was a struggling student. I was sharing a house with a bunch of students one of whom was a gear head who restored german and italian cars on the side. We went to visit a doctor who for a variety of family reasons (wife thought he had too many cars) had to sacrifice his 1963 356 Super 90 Cabriolet for $2400.00. Mechanically perfect, the paint was rough in a few places and the top required a full replacement., all in all a solid car. My friend was tapped, but I could, with extreme difficulty, have scraped up the money. Ultimately I passed, but to this day I occasionally think about that car. What a beauty. It is the one that "got away".
|27 weeks 3 days ago||Good luck Brady||
Things didn't work out for you at Michigan, but you gave it your very best. You recruited very well. You and Mattison built one hell of a defensive foundation and, based on the performance and growth of the offensive line, apparently you recruited pretty well there as well.
Best of luck and, except when Oregon plays Michigan, I hope your defenses kick ass and, should you want it, I hope this leads you back to a head coach position at a quality P5 program.
Thank you for your service to Michigan.
|27 weeks 4 days ago||Congratulations on your early degree Mr. Green!||
Thank you for your contributions to Michigan on and off the field. Football is probably the most "team" sport in America. I wish the dynamics at Michigan had worked out better for you and the team, but I respect your efforts and sacrifices.
The very best luck where ever you land in college, the NFL, and your life after sports.