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|11 weeks 2 days ago||Completely agree||
Big Ten divisions are a joke. Big Ten West will never field a competitive winner. Iowa of last season was a paper tiger, then badly exposed by Stanford.
Big Ten West will always be a Wisconsin sideshow. Look at this results / participants table for the B10 championship. Michigan shut out in 6 years! Makes one sick!
4 Appearances - Wisconsin
3 Appearances - MSU
and on and on it goes...
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Big Ten Conference is the problem here||
Unbalanced divisions, scheduling that seems corrupt, poor refereeing (not just OSU, overall), lack of transparency, a commissioner who just appears... creepy. Like someone I wouldn't want over for dinner.
This conference is a sham. Grabbing Maryland and Rutgers for... what? It is a pathetic joke.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Worse, they are OSU's crony||
Big Ten is run by OSU it seems. Why does OSU get the home-and-away with UM and MSU but both UM and MSU have complete "AWAY" and "HOME" years in these series? It is garbage. They don't even pretend to be impartial. There is no way that should be happening. Those are the two biggest rivals for each team. The fact that Michigan and Michigan State have to travel every other year for both rivalry games isn't right. There is nothing equitable about this.
If "The Game" was in Ann Arbor this season, it is a completely different ending IMO.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Big Ten is a Sham||
The Big Ten West will literally never be good or playoff worthy. Iowa plays the ugliest, crappiest brand of football out there. It is basically an hour of rugby scrum. They weren't good last year and they were mediocre this year. The Big Ten West will perpetually be represented by Wisconsin, with a weak Nebraska thrown in from time to time. It is a sham. And the fact that Michigan has to play @MSU and @OSU time after time right now when OSU gets the more manageable home-and-home each season is another example of Big Ten favoritism and cronyism.
This league needs a total makeover. Will not be supporting anything Big Ten related from here on out. Really sucks because I love Michigan but the Big Ten conference and commissioner have soured me on college football.
|12 weeks 23 hours ago||Agree, great article, great videos||
Didn't even realize that blatant hold on JLewis happened during Samuel's "miracle" cut back run. Makes sense now. Blatant, unmistakable hold. No penalty. A travesty. Makes my hatred of the Big Ten deepen even more! Need to leave this pathetic conference!
|12 weeks 23 hours ago||Completely in favor!||
I'd love to leave the Big Ten. We can still keep certain rivalries. But Michigan is a major, major, international and national institution! Why not leave? Go independent? Why the hell not? I'd gladly pay for a UM sports channel over Big Ten Network. I've never liked Big Ten Network actually. Very poor game day broadcasts and terrible "analysts" and programming in general.
Canceling my subscription to it shortly! So happy!
|12 weeks 23 hours ago||Lol! The Refs face is creepy!||
Honestly I don't know if I've ever seen a pic like this... where the ref is literally smiling and in awe of the play he just allowed. Insane! This is a fanboy look if I've ever seen it! These fanboy refs made a mockery of the game of football and the Big Ten. Pathetic!
|12 weeks 23 hours ago||Crazy to be agreeing with Jason Whitlock||
But sports can make you strangely agree with people you may otherwise not like or agree with!
Tons of national pundits see this game for what it was: a one-sided affair with questionable, poor officiating - officiating that tilted the game and resulted in one side having an advantage over the other. Despite this advantage, OSU squeaked by.
If the "committee" values conference champions as much as everyone clamors on and on about, let's see what occurs with a Clemson and Washington win on Saturday. If those two win, there is no way OSU is #2. They have to be seeded #4 at the highest, meaning a first-round matchup with Alabama... meaning a delicious destruction of the OSU line and potentially 10 sacks on Barrett as Alabama stunts and blitzes their way to a 31-3 pounding.
|12 weeks 23 hours ago||Unbelievable!||
That Michigan Rivals article is wonderfully put together. I love that they asked the B10 about why the sudden change in this policy (both in the re-hired ref from 2002 and the ref who wasn't deemed "objective enough" in 2006) and how they got no answer. Typical B10 arrogance.
I am planning to personally boycott the B10 until this is all resolved or at least commented on. Absolute travesty - and I will feel a whole lot better when they don't soak up a dime of my money in the meantime.
Luckily the Verizon contract for my house is coming due, so this is an easy fix. Buh-bye B10! See ya!
|2 years 10 weeks 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".
|2 years 10 weeks 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.
|2 years 10 weeks 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.
|2 years 17 weeks 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.
|2 years 17 weeks 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.
|2 years 17 weeks 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.
|2 years 22 weeks 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.
|2 years 22 weeks 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.
|2 years 22 weeks 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.
|2 years 47 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.
|2 years 47 weeks ago||Calipari's probably sharing his gifting techniques||
With kentucky foosball.
|2 years 47 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.
|2 years 47 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.
|2 years 47 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.
|2 years 47 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.
|2 years 47 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.
|3 years 1 day 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.
|3 years 1 day ago||I agree on the hard assets!||
(plugs gold company here)...
|3 years 1 day 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.
|3 years 1 week 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?
|3 years 1 week 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.