I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
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|1 day 1 hour ago||I am over recruiting news||
Look - I get hyped when a well-known kid picks Michigan. And I love Pepper's swag, his confidence and his almost-NFL physique.
But as has been stated and shown over and over - rivals and other teams do MORE with LESS. At the end of the day, I would take MSU's awesome D, vanilla O and 10-1 record over a team with 15 "4-stars" according the geniuses at rivals. The do so much more with supposedly so much "less."
Bottom line: we need guys who fight, tooth and nail, to win for Michigan. We need guys who come in unheralded (but have that potential) and then fight like hell to both get better and to improve themselves. Think Trey Burkes of football.
|3 days 14 hours ago||I agree||
At the least, we have to split that series. Then hope for more in B10 play. But there is no question we've lost some big OOC games and are not looking great overall.
And I think, to your points, that GRIII and McGary are playing a bit too much "mind games"... they are over-thinking this. They are reactive not pro-active... as if they are thinking a ton about how their draft stock will go up or down based on a play. If they just play with reckless abandon, good things will happen.
This is why the run-and-gun is our identity. Yes, we may turn it over a bit more. Yes, there will be some shootouts - even shoot out losses. But overall - how are we going to win??? Through a run and gun, grab and go offense. Our half court is pathetic usually.
|3 days 14 hours ago||When did UM become gutless on the road?||
Both basketball and football have become gutless on the road. When did this happen? No, I don't mean "on the road" as in basketball tourneys in Puerto Rico. I mean on the road as in @ Michigan State, or @ Duke or even @ Iowa.
Look - there is no question that road games are difficult, anywhere. But when did we become gutless? I mean literally gutless - as in, no fight, no swag, no passion? When it comes to football, we are absolutely putrid on the road. Have been now for basically 6 years. And basketball? Yes, we're a bit better, I guess. But witness last year's punishment @MSU. Or our heartbreaker @Wisconsin. Or the loss @Ohio State (which was close, granted). When did we become so gutless? I don't mind the close losses as much... as long as the team looks like it is grinding and fighting for everything, they can walk away proud.
But when did UM lose its swag on the road? When Chris and Jalen and them left? Geez...
|3 days 14 hours ago||We are a run-and-gun||
We should have been fast breaking at nearly every opportunity yesterday night. And at times, we did. But then Coach B decided to try some different lineups and we had no chemistry.
Michigan is a run-and-gun finesse team. That is what they are. And they are great at it and fun to watch when they do it. Mitch is a runner and loves to do it, Glenn is great in the fast break, and we have shooters. But our half-court is usually embarrasing, our bigs aren't skilled at the big man game, and teams that key in on Stauskas will shut us down. Witness last night.
We can beat a lot of good teams through run-and-gun. Coach B needs to unleash this... or be happy with an 18 win year in which we win every game we're probably supposed to and lose the rest. And on the road, this team often resembles Michigan football.
|6 days 22 hours ago||I tend to agree||
For all the "youth youth youth" talk - we stll don't seem to have a ton of depth at key positions. It is still light years ahead of the Rich Rod teams though. Remember having a converted WR playing at CB?? LOL.
On the DL - I understand they want to sub-in fresh bodies every few plays, which is good, but why is Heitzman playing so regularly? It just seems like certain guys play and play and play because they are consistently... unspectacular.
|6 days 22 hours ago||Avery was playing out of position||
I am not defending Avery's overall performance as a safety - but in 2011 he WAS a decent nickel corner who came up big in key situations. Doesn't that count for something? Maybe as a safety he is out of position, and not physically suited to play it - but then who makes the decision to throw him out there? Um, coaches? Why is a 5-10 corner our best option at back-up safety? What the heck is going on there? Why do we always seem to have questions about safety depth?
I am not sure if losing RJS hurt us - hence my "?". Because the announcers said it would hurt us - which didn't seem right - so I was checking. We were out what, 2 LBs though right? So it could have conceivably hurt us had we lost another in the game due to injury.
|6 days 22 hours ago||LOL that is hilarious||
Good for Drew! OSU isn't that good! We proved it yesterday! What is their biggest win? Over Wisconsin? Wisconsin is a 3-loss team in a weak conference! We'll see, truly, how good OSU is next weekend vs Sparty.
|6 days 23 hours ago||Yeah, this||
has to be one of the worst B10 season's in my memory (in terms of how well it has played out for our archrivals). Ridiculous. Anyone who "roots" for OSU in either this game or National Championship can cut up their UM gear. That is not something I will ever, ever do.
I would MUCH rather the B10 title be Wiscy-Nebraska with just a shot at the Rose Bowl for the winner then this noise. OSU vs MSU and the winner may go to National Championship? LOL this is horrible. And you just know that the game next weekend is going to feature all kinds of promos / praise for these two shmuck coaches and how awesome they are.
I guess I want MSU to win... then I want them both destroyed in the bowl. And Stanford - MSU in the ROSE BOWL? Wow. What a boring game. Don't get me wrong - the defense will be great. But there is no way that tops 35-36 points total.
|6 days 23 hours ago||Let's refrain from "they suck" talk||
Avery sealed our win 2 years ago with INT. He is a solid nickel corner playing our of position. Furman hasn't seen much time at all and looked lost. Is that his fault or coaching? Maybe both. I don't think these guys "suck" at all.
I do think the inability / unwillingness to play 7-8 in box or throw some run blitzes hurt. And I am not sure but I think Jenkins-Stone getting ejected hurt too - though I hadn't heard him in game prior?
|6 days 23 hours ago||I just don't understand why no 7-8 man box?||
And why wouldn't we basically have Jake Ryan shadowing Hyde? Realize he isn't a middle LB but I would think he could try and shadow him, on one side.
In some ways, it is more embarrassing to get dominated like this on the ground. A passing attack over the top of our D might have scored the points too - but it also might have left Miller injured! Instead, we seemed to play a soft zone, and 6 man fronts and this became a dominant effort by OSU.
I remember one 4-play drive they literally scored in 1:16 - on 4 runs! LOL. Embarrassing.
|6 days 23 hours ago||IF UM in Jacksonville||
Does that mean we can give Shoelace one more start? I mean, he isn't playing too much for Jags anway...
|6 days 23 hours ago||Ugh... MSU in Rose Bowl||
Aside from disappointment in where Michigan falls, the prediction of OSU in the national championship and MSU in the Rose Bowl is disheartening. Meh. What another junk year for teams i cheer for in college football. Feels like it never ends.
On the plus - UMD got 7 wins! LOL. Military bowl bound.
|6 days 23 hours ago||Refs were awful||
I agree ford, the refs were pathetic and gutless. I saw uncalled holding several times on OSU's front 7. Realize this happens every game, yada yada yada but
1. Frank Clark gets an "unsportsmanlike" penalty of 15 yards for getting in Miller's face, briefly, after a tackle. DID ANYONE NOTICE THAT MILLER'S HAND made contact with Clark's face mask? What the heck was that call? Because you want to "calm down" the game post-fight?
2. Multiple times, Hyde gets big gainers up the middle and he clearly gets up and hovers over our guys after the play and talks smack. Where is the call there??? Clearly unsportsmanlike conduct if we're going by the precedent set by a 15-yarder on Clark.
3. Late hits on Gardner, resulting in no flag: there is just one that really sticks out, in my mind. Third quarter (I believe) Gardner had released it right before the lineman crashes into his mid-section. Now, I realize physics etc etc but if you watch the play, the lineman clearly pauses, then proceeds to send Gardner harder to the turf. This pause by the lineman makes it more then likely it should have been a penalty.
|1 week 1 day ago||The sad thing||
is that 2011's victory, while epic to us, represented the low point for OSU the past 10 years. Think about that. Their one loss in 10 years, a loss by 6 points, is the low point for them in this "rivalry". They aren't fixated on it because they have memories going back 10 years about their wins.
We are now the 4th or 5th best in the Big Ten. I was watching Iowa today and thought about how much better they looked, as a team and as a program. Their losses were to teams a combined 41-3. They lost to undefeated Northern Iowa by 3. Northern Iowa would CRUSH Michigan in its current form. Northen. Iowa. They lost to Michigan State by 12 and Ohio State by 10. They were actually IN both of those games! I would feel so much better about UM football if we won/lost like Iowa did... and yet we haven't. We barely beat UConn. Barely beat Akron. Sorry - but that is the craw in my stew.
|1 week 1 day ago||The issue to me isn't twitter||
The issue to me is that Michigan basketball seems to be at least semi-interested in modernization and using modern marketing tools, a modern offense, etc. to produce and sell a competitive product, while football does not. But as far as blaming Brando - seems a bit unfair. I am pretty sure they planned this a few months in advance.
As far a Borges and football - it all seems stuck in the 80s (offensively). The offense has looked old, predictable. I was watching Iowa today and thought "man, if Michigan blocked and played even 2/3 as good as the vanilla offense, we'd have 1-2 more wins." That is a sad thought. That IOWA has a better coached offense.
|1 week 3 days ago||I'm Thankful My Grandad is Still Alive, and||
that I've gotten to visit the Big House several times, with my own father, even though we live outside Washington, DC.
I am thankful for the memories M football has given me and thankful for the great year in UM basketball - including a Final Four and runner-up appearance! I honestly didn't think I would see that last year. What a great memory.
|1 week 3 days ago||Interesting Post by Brandon||
I commend him for it. But how does this solve the offensive problem long-term? I don't think getting a new coordinator for offense solves problems unless the scheme and tempo is changed. We cannot be this all-huddle, all the time plodding, i-form team anymore. Doesn't work. Too predictable and only ensures wins against maybe Perdue. I know there are some who will say "well, Wisconsin does it and does it well" but we're not them. We're not Alabama and we don't have their offensive line. We may never have it.
Even Ohio State goes up-tempo. Nearly every successful team goes up-tempo, has a dual-threat QB, and uses the width of the field. Obviously the QB is such a huge part of this and unfortunately, Gardner has gotten worse and gotten injured. That is, of course, on the O coordinator. But it is also on the overall scheme and this fundamental view that "three yards and a cloud of dust" will cut it nowdays. I guess if we want to beat Michigan State 12-10 every 4 years, it does.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Kid is warrior||
I hope he finds fulfillment in whatever he goes after. I think it is also pretty unlikely he will ever suit up - but that's fine. He can contribute in a ton of other ways most likely.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Saw Darius in the Wizards Home Opener||
He looked really solid. I am surprised by this move. He still can't hit the outside shot unfortunately - but he is a legit 6-4 PG in a league obsessed with tall PGs. I wonder where he will end up?
Come on down to the Wizards D-Mo!
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Watching it online....||
Trey made a pretty pass off the pick and roll for the assist. He looks solid so far. Looks like they aren't playing him too much though - bringing him along slowly.
|3 weeks 20 hours ago||I wish Michigan had Cutcliffe||
I'll say it now... I wish we had Cutcliffe. A proven winner. DUKE is better at football this year! How is that possible? We need a change.
|3 weeks 20 hours ago||Doesn't watching these games make you wish||
Doesn't it make you wish Michigan was even semi-competent? I mean, honestly - I would rather have Vandy's coach, or Duke's coach, or hell, even Temple's coach right now. I am sorry. We barely beat Akron. We barely beat UConn. There are so many who do so much with less - clearly less. We have to look elsewhere.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Maryland was Broke, Needed $$$||
That is all. Carry on.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||I agree. Michigan just isn't||
I agree. Michigan just isn't BCS worthy. Some might say we haven't been in, gulp, 7-8 years. Pretty shocking really. It is a lost decade. Everyone has 'em. Question is whether we learn our lessons and innovate and catch-up with the rest of college football. Hire a new O-coordinator (at the least) and get smarter about this.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Good points - and I would||
Good points - and I would love to see a match-up vs KSU. I have a bunch of co-workers who are die-hard Kansas St. grads - would be entertaining to trash talk to them in the run up.
I disagree that Team 135 will be 6-6. Hoke does win at home. He is awful on the road but he does win at home. Therefore, I do think 8-4 is realistic, or 7-5. Unfortunately, I am just not confident in anything on the road anymore. Stinks. But - we did win @ Northwestern two years ago so it is possible we sneak that out again.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Come on down to MD Big John||
We need more Repub Congressmen down here.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||Partially Agree...||
I agree on some of the things you've posted - Michigan has morals. Michigan does require some "student" in the contract still.
But then why schedule this game? For the money? For the brand? So... we're willing to get beaten by a team we know has an unfair advantage just for a paycheck? What does that make Dave Brandon - a willingly abused performer?
WE NEED TO EITHER TAKE THE HIGH ROAD OR NO ROAD. No more gray stuff. You want to have some academic standards, then that is fine - but then don't schedule stupid Alabama in the opener for a few million dollars. Win games, get into a top bowl or the National Championship and then get exploded on national TV. At least us, the fan base, will be happy with the come-up and the National Championship appearance.
I'm sick of being happy with second-tier status. Not interested in that or rather, not interested in pretending to be first class then and not going all out to be first class. You don't want to be like SEC cheats and football factories? Fine - but then don't schedule them until the bowl or playoff season. Schedule pansies, win the four non-conference match-ups, and then go through the season and win the B10. Then have a party when we go to the National Championship.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||No, there is NOTHING wrong||
No, there is NOTHING wrong with pointing out the obvious - the refs blew open the game with terrible, travesty non-calls.
We needed the perfect game to win or have a chance - everyone agrees on that. And you know what? We still had a small, 10% probability of being in the contest until the refs DID NOT CALL a face mask on Alabama and consequently put Denard in a 3rd and 20 - a bad circumstance that led to an interception.
I am sick of people on here saying "don't whine" and "we wouldn't have won anyway" and so on... you know what? Dirty Saban and his football factory have NO STANDARDS so we dang well should fight for every thing that puts UM in an even more unfair circumstance. It isn't whining to point out an obvious non-call that led to an INT and another HUGE swing in momentum to Alabama.
Stop whining about "not whining" and let's be united on this fact - a terrible, non-call changed the course of the game, for the worst, for UM. We needed a perfect game and the refs ensured that did not happen. They share some blame for this and the NCAA should look into why that didn't happen in their "kickoff classic".
|1 year 13 weeks ago||Skip to 40 minute mark in first half...||
You will see the two blatant NON CALLS that changed this game for the worst.
1. There is a CLEAR face mask penalty that should at least off-set the holding call on Lewan. Michigan is then not in a 2nd and 20 and conversely, not in a 3rd and 20 when Denard throws a pick off his back foot to a spot he thought Roundtree would be at.
2. On the INT - there has been debate about this and whether it is a call or not. HERE IS THE FOOTAGE. Roundtree is off balance... but the ball is clearly in the air. Roundtree's eyes and head are up, watching the ball and he is running to a spot. The defender pushes him down, clearly impeding his ability to get to the ball. HUGE, huge non-call.
It isn't "whining" to point these things out. Call a fair game and then make sense of the pounding that UM took. But it wasn't a fair game in the least - and small non-calls like these change outcomes. They really do.
|2 years 1 week ago||Allow a UMD Grad to Chime In...||
MaizeandBlueWahoo, you're exactly right.
UMD is indeed in a bad position in sports, in their athletics budget, and in facilities -- and as a graduate of their vaunted (I kid) social sciences program, I can tell you exactly why it got to be so.
The real cause behind all of this, if you peak behind the curtains, is Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank. Forgive me for a second for going on a diatribe about the state I was born and raised in (consider Michigan my second home) but MARYLAND IS AS CORRUPT A DEMOCRAT MACHINE STATE AS IT GETS. AND CONNECTIONS MATTER.
Money talks and Kevin Plank is big business for UMD. He is the guy they point to as an "entreprenuer" and valued alum, he is the guy they beg when they need a new addition to the business school (which is actually a good eduation...), he is the guy that politicians hail as bringing major jobs to the state (BS). KEVIN PLANK MADE KEVIN ANDERSON the new AD last year and in so doing, ensured Friedgen wouldn't be around.
Now, say what you will about the "Fridge" and yes, he had lost his luster -- but the bottom line is you don't remove a guy who goes 9-4 in FOOTBALL at UMD. You may think he's over-payed and you may not renew his contract, but you don't get rid of him. But, Kevin Plank had other ideas and thus, so did Kevin Anderson. They wanted a "splash" hire -- a sexy hire... so they settled on, um, Randy Edsall.
Now the cupboard is bare and will be bare for some time. I listen to the post-game call-ins on local radio here in Terpville and it is hilarious. One side are people, like me, who see this train wreck and the other side are people saying "wait until next year or 2013." 2013? Are you kidding me? It is over by then... next year is a lost cause with probably 12-15 transfers. 2013 is a lost cause as well. They need to get out and they need to get out fast.
This is a team that got SLAUGHTERED by Temple University this season. I don't mean Michigan-Umass, where the game is close, too close. I mean SLAUGHTERED as in, not competitive at halftime.