here's one vote for "John Beilein's head in a Futurama jar"
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|15 weeks 10 hours 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.
|15 weeks 10 hours ago||Calipari's probably sharing his gifting techniques||
With kentucky foosball.
|15 weeks 10 hours 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.
|15 weeks 10 hours 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.
|15 weeks 10 hours 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.
|15 weeks 10 hours 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.
|15 weeks 10 hours 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.
|20 weeks 2 days 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.
|20 weeks 2 days ago||I agree on the hard assets!||
(plugs gold company here)...
|20 weeks 2 days 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.
|21 weeks 3 days 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?
|21 weeks 3 days 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.
|21 weeks 3 days 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.
|21 weeks 3 days 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.
|21 weeks 3 days 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.
|21 weeks 3 days 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.
|21 weeks 3 days 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.
|21 weeks 3 days 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.
|27 weeks 4 days ago||Jim Caldwell would be interesting choice||
I like the man - he seems like a solid, steady leader.
|27 weeks 4 days 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.
|27 weeks 4 days 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.
|27 weeks 4 days ago||Things change quickly||
Things change quickly in NCAA sports. Last year, Michigan had the best player in college basketball and Sparty was on the outs looking at us playing in the National Championship and Final Four. This year, we are on the outs watching their football team win a Rose Bowl.
Things change quickly. Goat to hero to goat. But at the same time, they have had some sustained success and Wolverine fan patience is wearing thin.
|31 weeks 1 day 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.
|31 weeks 4 days 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.
|31 weeks 4 days 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...
|31 weeks 4 days 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.
|32 weeks 16 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.
|32 weeks 16 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.
|32 weeks 16 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.
|32 weeks 16 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.