At press time, Harbaugh had sent Michigan’s athletic department an envelope containing a heavily annotated seating chart, a list of the 63,000 seat views he had found unsatisfactory, and a glowing 70-page report on section 25, row 12, seat 9, which he claimed is “exactly what the great sport of football is all about.”
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|32 weeks 6 days ago||Most likely won't make the tournament||
Have you seen Wisconsin? Maryland? Ohio State? Iowa? Even Minnesota? How about Illinois? They all have big, athletic, skilled front court players. We won't beat any of them. Can't see it happening. Not unless Michigan has a lights-out shooting night. We will not be making the tourney this year and that's fine. It should hopefuly light a fire into this coaching staff to get better frontcourt players. It will mean Levert, Walton and probably everyone else will return, so we'll be more experienced.
Overall, next season is shaping up to be a good one. Sucks to say it, but it's true. This ain't the year. Lost too much. Beilein didn't recruit well enough to fill holes in the frontcourt. He also didn't bring in raw talent to develop in past classes like he should have. Donnal was always a "4" in this sytem. Definitely not a "5".
|32 weeks 6 days ago||Great points||
Front court bigs who have skills and great athleticism out of the gate are hard to come by, hence the high demand for them. But to your points you're spot on. Beilein just has not been getting even true "projects" at the 4 and 5. Blake McLimans? Donnal? This just isn't good enough. There are plenty of athletic, raw big men that will come to Michigan. I see them all the time at other schools. Time to recruit them John. We need rebounding. We need junkyard dogs. Not at every position, just one.
|32 weeks 6 days ago||Beilein's System & What It Needs||
Beilein's system is both amazing at times and enraging at times. It is amazing because it spreads the floor, forces you to defend 30-40 feet at all times, and can really give shooters open looks when it is hitting on all cylinders. But it is enraging because it seems like they rarely bring the ball into the post on O (outside the base pick and roll), and it seems like Coach B has an allergic reaction to playing two legit 4s and 5s (two bigs) at the same time. Even for 10 minutes. I remember when Michigan was ranked #1 overall (for all of one week) in the magical 2012-2013 year. We could've had McGary, Horford, Morgan, on the floor at the same time (again, for just 10 minutes) and we never used it. Never.
This three game skid is understandable, but no less embarassing. Michigan will most likely not make the tourney this year and that should force Beilein to step up his recruiting game. It is time to make moves and get real athletes at the "5" in his system. Like someone said before: we need a legit 6'10 banger at this position, always. Or at the very least, a Jordan Morgan type. That guy was amazing and is sorely missed. In this system, DJ is going to be a good "4" because he's tall and rangy, but he's 1-2 years away and that's why they want to redshirt him.
Beilein is going to get his pass on this year because he nearly took U-M basketball to the mountaintop in 2013. But, what's happening right now is still embarassing and makes us look like a fail school that can't do anything right in the two main sports. There is too much talent coming out of Michigan / Ohio / Indiana and Chicago for this to be the norm of Michigan's recruiting classes. We must do better in the future.
|39 weeks 6 days ago||We aren't big ten worthy right now||
Seriously. We're not. Our offense is led by a receiver. Our top receiver can't catch. Our line is average at best. Indiana and Perdue put up better fights against MSU.
Maryland got boat raced by Wisconsin today but I think they'll win at Michigan vs. this offense.
|39 weeks 6 days ago||The assignment of legends jerseys||
Should only happen at the end of the season, like before the OSU game. And it should just be for "the game"... that way we can truly evaluate a "great player" prior to that game to see if he is worthy.
No way in hell that Funchess should be wearing "1" right now. And as I type this, Devin Gardner commits another turnover.
|39 weeks 6 days ago||We've been reduced||
to rooting for a TD. That's how pathetic we've become. We need to fire Hoke and begin the healing process. We've gotten progressively worse. Our rivals mock us and laugh at us.
|44 weeks 6 days ago||Are you kidding me?||
LOL what a joke. Shut the hell up right now. We're a shell of Michigan football. If we were competitve in either the ND game or this one, I'd agree with you. We aren't. We won't 8 games this year. Joke.
Were we EVER competitive past the half time? Ask yourself that. The answer is: NO! We weren't competitive past half time in either game (ND and Utah). That, my hilariously homer friend, is coaching.
See, if we lost this game 27-24 I'd be pissed and second-guessing, but I'd be more inclined for some patience due to injuries, youth, etc.
NO. We were embarassed, we were a joke and our offense can't score against mediocre defenses. If we played Alabama today, we'd lose 56-7. IS THAT WHAT WE"RE HAPPY WITH?
I'm not. Dave Brandon doesn't get a penny of mine until he's gone or his coach is gone. I won't pay for such a joke of a product. I'm not planning to watch any of the games, not even MSU. MSU is going to cover whatever spread is present. TAKE the SPREAD!! LOL it is guaranteed money.
|44 weeks 6 days ago||We are a shell...||
...of everything I grew up rooting for. i didn't even go to Michigan but I grew up loving them, like thousands do. So embarassing. Hoke is a complete joke and should be fired ASAP. What a dumbass hire. All these Hoke apologists are delusional.
Ask yourself: why / how does MSU become what they are? COACHING.
Michigan has no identity. We aren't Alabama... we aren't going to over-power teams. Sorry Hoke. Gardner was recruited to be a spread-option QB. That's it. Rich Rod had his faults, but he had ideas and new schemes and fresh thinking. What does Hoke have? I saw an offense that looked out of place in the 21st century today. So embarassing. Everybody in Michigan Stadium should get refunded.
As I type this... FSU survives and retains #1 ranking. If they can do it with the right coaches, so can Blue. It is disgraceful what is going on. Our recruiiting isn't that far out from FSU. Truly isn't. We might not win 19 in a row but we can at least win 10 games a year. We should be going 10-2 on the regular. That will not happen with Hoke.
|44 weeks 6 days ago||I'll Save My Insults for Dave Brandon||
Let's not get confused: Dave Brandon deserves the personal insults, not Hoke.
Dave Brandon has taken a brand, a machine, a great franchise, and made it into a joke with HIS hire. This used to be MICHIGAN football. It used to mean something. Used to be something. Yes, we went 9-3 or 10-2 or whatever... but we didn't lose to ND 31-0 or to middling Utah 26-10. This is pathetic. Point blank pathetic.
We used to dominate State. We used to break their hearts. Even if the game was close, we knew WE had the upper hand. We had Braylon EDWARDS. We had great teams. Yes, we experienced the HORROR but we balled afterward. We beat Urban Meyer and Florida and Timmy Tebow that same year. We had talent and that talent actually got better as the year progressed.
What we are now is embarrassing and I want no part of it. I will always love Michigan but I will not support Dave Brandon in any monetary way. That means TV as well. I will not watch this crap. I will not partake in his schemes. I was planning to come up for the UMD-Mich game, but probably not anymore.
What a joke.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||I don't deny it||
And I take absolutely nothing away from Morgan. What a high-effort senior leader he was all year. Great player and person, it sounds like.
I just don't understand the reliance on 1 big. All game. I can understand it for stretches while your offense is in a flow or you're running up and down the court.
But when you need to scrap for a bit, you play 2 legit bigs. Not Glenn. He's not a big. You play Morgan and Horford and let the chips fall where they may. Wouldn't JMo and Horford or JMo and Beifeldt be better then whatever I saw for the last 5 minutes of the half?
Anyway, hats off and great season. Love the effort and Michigan's fight all season. Until next time.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Calipari's probably sharing his gifting techniques||
With kentucky foosball.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||The coaches breed "soft" on D||
We are soft on D. There is no question. But it ISN'T the players. They aren't "soft" they are Michigan men who play like greek warriors besieged by 1 million persians.
Its the coaches and the defensive system. Look, I love and respect B's offense but this D system is a joke. Guarding Julian Randle with Zach Irving at times??? Are you kidding? Having Glenn on a player 6-10 and hoping he can hang tough?
Glenn Robinson will be a fine NBA player - because he'll be put in the right situation on D!! He won't be asked to guard 4's who outweight him by 50 pounds or something. That is the problem here... the coaches aren't good a masking their size deficiency on D and they don't even try. What happened to using the 1-3-1 trap more? And when you play the 1-3-1, wouldn't you want your PG on the top and your Big man down low? Why on earth would Morgan be in the middle of the lane while Spike has to step in on the wing and potentially put a body on Randle?
I'm sorry - this is just poor strategy. Coach B needs to shore all of that up or get the players he needs to make it happen. You can't win Division 1 basketball with this kind of small ball on D. You will lose when your shooting starts to go south.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Could not agree more||
See my earlier post. It is a travesty to play GR at the 4. It is sad to watch. He gets abused inside by players HE WILL LITERALLY NEVER GUARD again in his career.
Whatever happened to a 3-2 zone? Or a 2-3? And why is there such reluctance to at least play Horford and Morgan 5 minutes a game together. 5 MINUTES! Would it really disrupt our rhythm? For the last 5 minutes of the half, Kentucky outscored us basically 12-5 or something. Would it really be so bad to play BOTH BIGS on the floor at the same time and mitigate their rebounding a bit?
I just don't get it. And while I love the offensive system and the shooting and cutting and screen and rolls, the defense is just a pudding-soft unit because our coaches think they can mask a 6-7 dude as a 4 or they can get away with guarding Julian Randle with Spike Albrecht. I just don't see how we win a National Championship with no size on the floor, ever. Its proven we can win and advance in the tourney without it... but can we win it all with literally no size? I just don't know.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||I love the coaches but...||
But I do have several defensive issues, and they are glaring:
Why can't we play two legit 4's or a 4 and a 5 at the same time on the floor? I'm not even talking about all game - but for like 5 minute stretches. Does it really hinder us that much?
Why do we play a 1-3-1 and put our PG basically on the wing of the 1-3-1? So that we have Spike trying to guard Julian Randle? It makes no sense. Absolutely none.
Coach B sets us up for success on the offensive side of the ball. But on D? He's our worst enemy. I've never seen a coaching staff literally try and have 5-11 guys guard bigs or Glenn Robinson (6-7 and a legit wing) guarding a 6-10 behemoth. It literally makes no sense. Glenn Robinson and Morgan are warriors but the coaching staff gives them zip help on D and we get abused. It's like watching a Community College versus an NBA team at times. I'm sorry, it doesn't make any sense.
Our margin for error is low other teams can play a crap game and win because they rebound and dunk all over us while we're on defense. It is a bit sickening to watch. It has to be addressed.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||He has an unorthodox shot||
A bit of a set shot - needs a quicker release. But there is no question he has the talent to be a top-end player next year. If he makes similar gains as Levert, then we're looking at a very good player next year.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Proud of the Effort and Michigan Basketball||
This team overachieved - no question about it. Winning like they did, fighting through expectations and then falling out of the Top 25 and then roaring back. Great season. Awesome future ahead.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||Desperate times||
Cleveland seems to always be desperate with their pro teams. What a wreck of a pro sports city it has become. I guess the Indians were a bit better last year? But what happened to the Browns and Cavs. Well, I guess Lebron happened to the Cavs... but geez the Browns are just a joke.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||I agree on the hard assets!||
(plugs gold company here)...
|1 year 22 weeks ago||Actually, it's not that complicated...||
People who say things are "complicated" when it comes to the intersection of good governance and sound government finance are usually just afraid to tell the hard truth.
Detroit's socio-economic past might be complicated, and the way these accountants lay everything out in their bankruptcy plan certainly is complicated... but the corruption, greed and flat-out dishonesty of politicians is really quite a simple thing to grasp. Politicians deal in power, and rarely do they want to shrink their own or give up their grasp on it. This goes for people in both current political parties.
This isn't to excuse bond holders either. If you trust a municipal bond salesman or insurer without doing your own homework, that is your fault. Live with those consequences. I live kinda near Baltimore, MD and if you promised me tax-free income on 30 year B-more bonds (and even a discount on the bond sale price), I'd say "thanks but no thanks." I have zero confidence in municipal government up there to manage public money or a debt to me. Zero. I hope that changes, I really do. Frankly I have US treasuries and I'm not super confident in those anymore either.
Sound money that actually has value. Sound finances. Little to no debt. We got away from all that as a country and we need to get back to it.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Then let's be consistent||
We need to ban the "Fighting Irish", "Cleveland Browns" and the "Washington Nationals". Nationals, to me, implies that undocumented people aren't invited. In Washington DC we give undocumented immigrants driver's licenses. So we need to ban the name - it isn't inclusive enough. It makes a select group of people feel uncomfortable.
Cleveland Browns, to me, implies a brown population of Cleveland. Never mind the history of it. To me it is offensive. And Fighting Irish - where do we begin? It is some immoral and disgusting to equate the Irish with fighting. It has its roots in racism, right? We need to ban and change these names immediately.
Do you agree?
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Maybe a few are ignorant||
But most (not the Browns lol) are creating a product that they want to see win and fill up stadiums. If the media descends on Michael Sam, creates a huge firestorm and then causes division in the franchise, the team and the fan community -- is that worth the pick? I don't know. And don't act like it couldn't happen. It has happened.
Witness Atlanta and Michael Vick. AND PLEASE NOTE - I am not equating the two in terms of behavior. Michael Sam is a human being and Michael Vick aided criminal and inhumane activity. But I am equating the two in terms of the potential (yes - POTENTIAL) media firestorm. The season Michael Vick's dog-running came up - ATL's season went down the tubes.
You can't dismiss that so easily. And I sincerely hope it doesn't happen this way because it will bring out the worst in all sides of the issue.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Not much||
Want to accuse me of going to infowars? How about brietbart? Better yet - I'll save you the trouble. I view and read all of them -- even Mother Jones and Daily Kooks (whoops, I meant Kos), which I am guessing you frequent.
But instead of questioning me - why don't you address my positions? Why don't you make a salient argument? Can you really deny that the media destroys reputations and forments demagogues (on all sides)?
And why do you think the Redskins are being pushed to change their name now? What about 5 years ago? There were crickets 5 years ago. Even 10 years there was NADA on this issue. They have success for one season with RG3 and then the PCs come out of the woodwork.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||LOL PC Rants?||
I guess you must equate rants with what the sportscaster did in his monotone voice on the video that started this thread. I mentioned PC in exactly one sentence.
Look - the PC crowd is out to "ban" certain words. But what they fail to recognize is that you can NEVER ban words. You might make them socially unacceptable in settings, but you can never ban them. And most of the time when you ban them in what you think are "social settings" you just make them that much more powerful and give people reasons to demagogue the issue.
The Washington Redskins aren't changing the name anytime soon.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||The WNBA is watched by NOBODY||
The NFL is a media juggernaut. Where do you think activists (on both sides of the issue) are going to go to be seen and create a scene?
I see your point - but again, the WNBA is literally a subsidized league that not a lot of people are die-hard fans of.
But - I sincerely hope you are right about Michael Sam and the media. I think it would be awesome if they DIDN'T make a scene.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||New York would be very interesting||
There is no question the cultural and social diversity in NYC and surrounding would be very open to having Michael Sams, and they would celebrate him - at least on draft day. But come week one of the preseason and Michael Sam doesn't play until 2 minutes in the 4th qtr?
And then imagine the media in New York!!! They love their rumors and page-six stuff worse then other places too. I can see the New York Daily publishing all kinds of decrepit stuff. They love to dig into player's personal lives. They love to have coaches engage in warfare and they love to create controversy where there is none.
Maybe I am wrong - in fact I hope I am wrong. And maybe Michael Sam can meet up with Derrick Jeter and get some tips on avoiding their cameras. But I just don't see NY or DC as great places for him. Somewhere like Buffalo (which is basically an international franchise lol) or even New England would work.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||I don't think "adapt" is the right word||
And neither do I think people have to accept something they've never accepted before. But I do think that we should all accept each other's rights to equal opportunity in the marketplace and each other's privacy and private property.
And what I find offensive in my private dwelling may be something you do routinely, in the privacy of your home. And as long as you aren't harming others or destroying the general air, food and water and we share on planet earth, then I shouldn't be allowed to restrict what you do in the privacy of your home or dwelling.
So in that sense, I agree, we need to join the 21st century of liberty and privacy rights. And public spaces we should promote free ideas and free people, along with equal opportunity.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||He's a risky pick-up for most big-market teams, plain and simple||
And you can blame the media more then anything - more then "bigots" and more then "ignorance" and more then "tolerant owners". Look at the "bullying" last year on the Dolphins. Now imagine a firestorm 4 times worse with Michael Sam and rumors of disgusting jokes directed at him or bullying or hazing or whatever.
Let's say the Washington Redskins draft Michael Sam (Oh - wouldn't that piss off the PC liberal crowd! The awful, racist Redskins with the first gay NFL player!) . I can promise you the local and national media will descend on their training camp like few have seen. The pressure will be immense to play Michael Sam. The activists will be out in force at Preseason events. The harcore right will be out in force. You'll see an absolute crap show at some of their events.
Then the rumors start (Washington DC media loves to float rumors). Such and such said this. Michael Sam did this. Michael Sam was spotted in Dupont Circle with a man. Michael Sam isn't starting. He's not playing. Why is the coach a bigot? What are the coaches doing?
Look - I want this guy, like all rookies to succeed. He seems like a solid citizen who came from a tough life. And he's gay. So what? But the disgusting, idiotic media/political establishment of this country won't give his team peace and that is why he won't get drafted until later. The best option for him, I think, is a small-market squad up North or even the Patriots. They figure out ways to beat the media at their own game.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||Jim Caldwell would be interesting choice||
I like the man - he seems like a solid, steady leader.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||I agree on the Mike Hart comments||
It has backfired on UM and in a big way. A huge, huge sea change has occurred and we're on the deserted island - watching all the ships sails away. Sparty is going to be ranked in the top 5... probably #3 to end the season! LOL #3! And meanwhile Michigan is 7-6, still arguing about "proper tempo" and "toughness" and "the team the team the team".
It is getting stupid. Michigan State gets athletic, intelligent, undersized scrappers and then puts 'em into new positions. That tackle by their linebacker on OSU's Miller in the B10 title game said it all. Remember the 4th and 1? Kid grabs Braxton's legs and doesn't let go. Scraps to the end. Turnover on downs. Ball game. When was the last time you saw a "Michigan man" do that? Make an all out gut-check tackle to stop an opponent on fourth down?
I am finished with the hype on recruiting. It means nothing. Correction - it means something when it comes to the big boys up front (OL, DL) but for the back 7? Means very little to me until I see the kid strap on pads and make plays in the B10. Is it awesome to have someone like Jabrill Peppers commit to your school? Of course. But wouldn't you take Sparty's "No Fly Zone" from this season over one man? Pretty sure we would.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||Our destiny||
Seems to be 4-4 or 3-5 in conference, perpetually looking up to Michigan St, OSU, Wiscy and even Iowa and Nebraska. That is what is seems like right now. I agree that could change - but the past 5 years shows that it hasn't.
I agree a stronger Big Ten is important, but by no means does that mean Michigan will raise its level of play to keep up. In fact, the opposite seemed to happen this year.