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|3 years 51 weeks ago||I thought Fickell seemed like a poor game manager||
But then I remembered just jow bad Zooker is.
He truly is terrible.
|3 years 51 weeks ago||Yes, you are 100 percent right.||
You learn a lot about someone when things don't go well, and it is gratifying to see what a class act Hoke is.
MSU was penalized for their personal fouls and they could have cost them the game. I like how Hoke worries about Michigan, period, and doesn't whine.
I'm sick of fans who always whine after every loss, football, basketball and hockey, moaning about bad ref calls and dirty opponent players and plays.
Michigan needs to suck it up, get back to winning and hope Michigan State loses two conference games.
|4 years 3 weeks ago||Math||
Brian, you noted that 7 out of 9 plays were well defensed, but then wrote that was an 88 percent success rate.
Seven out of nine is 77.7 percent, and 88.8 percent is eight out of nine. I'm not so sure that 77.7 percent is all that great.
Second, maybe the one PI call was bogus, but were any of the non-PI incompletions possible PI calls? If you're going to throw out the bad call that was called against the DBs maybe you should evaluate whether there was illegal contact on the incompletions and throw those plays away too (if there was illegal contact).
|4 years 5 weeks ago||Would be really sweet||
It would be excellent to start the Irish off 0-2. Like seeing Kelly stressing out.
|4 years 5 weeks ago||Evenhanded and fun to watch||
Some people would find bias in a blind nun's coin flip.
|4 years 5 weeks ago||8-4||
8-4 plus bowl loss in Gator against Georgia.
|4 years 5 weeks ago||What has happened to Michigan fans?||
Back in Bo's day Michigan may have hated OSU but Bo and fans respected Woody after he was fired. I've seen the videos of Bo and Woody and -- once their competition was over after Woody was fired -- they resumed their friendship. Bo acknowledged Woody's greatness (and winning record against UM) and Woody acknowledged Bo's winning record against OSU and against Woody himself.
Tressel's gone, he was 8-1 (or 9-1) against Michigan and he deserves respect.
I'm not sure why folks are behaving so bitterly. It's on Michigan to beat OSU and Yressel shouldn't be blamed for his incredible success. I respect him. It is good for Michigan that he's gone.
I'm sick of all the negativity. Why can't people focus on football -- Michigan football -- and not be so caught up in sour grapes?
|4 years 5 weeks ago||Minnesota should be 95 percent||
Until Michigan has proven it is back, there are no sure things in the Big Ten. Both teams have new coaches.
And NW is at least even money, right now.
|4 years 5 weeks ago||Where's the evidence they did this?||
Yes, Tressel broke the rules and so did some of their players. The players violated the rules but didn't gain some edge that helped them on the field. They made mistakes and Tressel made a huge mistake. But if Tressel had done what he should have done and reported the lawyer's email to compliance, they still would have beaten Michigan for the seventh year in a row and nine out of 10.
But there is no evidence they used the tattoo parlor as a recruiting advantage. Have any OSU recruits who signed at Michigan or elsewhere said that OSU tried to sell them on tattoos or anything else?
I haven't heard a single OSU player or non-OSU player who was recruited by the Buckeyes say that.
Claiming they did without any evidence is ridiculous.
|4 years 5 weeks ago||The scandal is...||
That Michigan let them all have winning records against the Wolverines.
I wish people would just let it go. The season is here, let's do our talking on the field.
|4 years 5 weeks ago||And now...||
"I guess cheaters win, some of the time."
The Buckeyes certainly won against Michigan, seven in a row so far. (One will be wiped out.)
Now Michigan needs to end the streak ON THE FIELD and quit worrying about OSU's free tattoos, which had nothing to do with the streak.
|4 years 5 weeks ago||But not nearly as old as||
|4 years 5 weeks ago||Even if Bauserman starts||
(which he probably will) Miller will get more than a quarter of playing time, I'd bet. If he does very well he might get even more the next week vs. a much better team, Toledo.
|4 years 5 weeks ago||The big difference||
is that Miller appears to be more injury prone.
As we know all too well there is a risk sending QBs a lot smaller than Pryor running through Big Ten defenses. Miller is thought to be a better pure passer than Pryor and a more elusive runner, but Pryor knew the OSU offense better and hit gliding speed quickly.
If Miller can stay healthy he'll eventually (when he learns the offense and calms down) be quite a weapon.
|4 years 6 weeks ago||They're friends||
Why wouldn't he support Tressel?
|4 years 6 weeks ago||That quoted coach is a pussy||
And so is the writer. Couldn't he find at least ONE coach to say that and give his name?
The coach didn't need to be anonymous. Have some balls. Tressel's no longer a coach; what's he going to do? If there really is a coach who said that he should have the courage of his convictions.
Anonymous sources are sometimes necessary to break news but this is the kind of story where the reporter is either too lazy to find someone who'd go on the record or NO ONE would go on the record, and that says something.
I didn't respect the use of anonymous sources in the Freep's story on Michigan and don't respect the use of them in ESPN's Tressel story.
|4 years 6 weeks ago||What about Miami's opener...||
|4 years 6 weeks ago||The OSU games against non-conference powers||
The OSU games against non-conference powers like USC, Texas and Miami are win-win for Michigan fans.
1. OSU loses and its fans are unhappy, pleasing Michigan fans. Or...
2. OSU wins and that helps the Big Ten's national perception and sets up Michigan to get more credit for defeating a higher-ranked team.
The glass is half-full.
This year I think OSU will beat Miami, with or without Miami's suspended players.
|4 years 7 weeks ago||Why should we be worried?||
Let the NCAA do its job.
Michigan should do its job and prepare to beat ND, MSU and OSU (and everyone else on the schedule).
Too many people too hung up on the OSU investigation. Let it go, and start concentrating on Michigan football. That's what really matters.
|4 years 7 weeks ago||Carr was sincere||
He does feel bad for Tressel.
Unlike many folks on this board most people who know and/or have worked with or competed against Tressel admire him and feel bad that he made an admittedly major mistake.
He was an exceptionally successful coach -- as we know all too well -- a brilliant strategist and master motivator. It says something when Carr and Hoke both say Tressel is a good man. The guy screwed up and paid a terrible price: The loss of the job he loved. That fact is good for Michigan football and the fan base should be satisfied with that fact instead of trying to rationalize how he somehow cheated Michigan into a 1-9 record against him.
|4 years 7 weeks ago||Sarniak||
He was considered by Pryor -- and maybe by OSU and the NCAA -- to be a longtime benefactor of Pryor's, almost a parental figure. Or a generous "uncle." If he's not an OSU booster and is considered a family friend then he is allowed to give Pryor gifts.
The NCAA knew about the gifts and, to allay any concerns, OSU apparently asked Sarniak not to continue giving Pryor money.
This seems like a non-issue to me. The signature-selling, if it took place -- was way more serious.
|4 years 8 weeks ago||next there will be||
maize, blue and white tiger stripes
|4 years 8 weeks ago||Come on.||
"I feel like Michigan fans could never get to the point of OSU fans. We have too many deep thinkers among our fan base."
|4 years 9 weeks ago||There's a lot of wishful thinking going on around here||
If Fickell wins the Big Ten or has an 11-win season he's keeping the job at OSU. Otherwise, if Meyer wants the OSU job, it's his. He's an Ohio native and I think he'd take it.
Then folks around here should get ready to hear even more of the "he plays criminals" stuff already widely used against Dantonio.
Because if we lose the opponents are evil and we are victims. It's never bad coaching and bad players on our part.
|4 years 9 weeks ago||Whatever. Too many question marks for certainty.||
I am not very confident that MSU is overrated and will have a disappointing year.
I also don't know why Rivals wouldn't respect Dantonio and his staff, considering their record of year-to-year improvement.
Maybe Hoke and his coordinators will coach our team to an overachieving season and maybe they will be a good staff, but they certainly haven't proven it yet. I'll wait and see.
|4 years 9 weeks ago||Not surprising||
Most Ohio State fans and probably almost all of their players and recruits loved Tressel and many of those folks still do.
It isn't surprising that people are willing to forgive their coach who went 5-2 in BCS games, won a national championship, seven Big Ten titles or co-titles and beat their rival nine out of 10 times. High school coaches loved Tressel, his competitors mostly liked him -- heck, even Brady Hoke says he likes and respects Tressel.
So why does everyone act surprised that Buckeye fans and players still like him. He screwed up. He paid for it with the job he loved.
You'd think that would be enough for Michigan fans. I don't care if Buckeyes still admire Tressel. I know that I always felt he was a better coach than Michigan's coach was, that he knew how to run a game plan and handle game strategy better than Carr and Rodriguez, and that he was a better recruiter than the M coaches too.
He's gone, and that's good for Michigan. He owned Michigan, but now he can't beat us anymore. Forget him and worry about whether we can beat Fickell.
|4 years 9 weeks ago||it's accurate||
it WAS all or nothing.
|4 years 9 weeks ago||They're thin at WR||
Especially until Game 6 when Posey comes back from suspension.
If true (and doesn't look like it's a done deal) this is a positive, although it may make them more attractive to WR recruits.
|4 years 9 weeks ago||Ding ding ding||
This is the ONLY correct answer.
The Michigan fan base needs to adjust to the divisional format.
M fans should be rooting for all of the Legends teams to lose when they play OSU and the other Leaders teams. Maybe toward the end of the season when some Legends team is hopelessly behind Michigan would it make sense to root for them to beat OSU. As long as Legends team have a chance to tie or top Michigan in the division standings it is in Michigan's interest for OSU to beat our divisional rivals. Period.
|4 years 9 weeks ago||Lame||
Probably was meant as a joke, but lame if serious.
None of the young men on every team deserve injury and I always hate to see someone hurt, even star players on teams playing our team.