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|1 week 1 day ago||I would prefer if he hadn't||
I would prefer if he hadn't said it.
However, how come there was never any blowback for Caulcrick and Ringer that talked trash on the "Little Brother" topic the Friday before the game in the State News, that precipitated Hart's trash talk?
|1 week 4 days ago||When watching the NFL, it||
When watching the NFL, it seems like elite QBs like Tom Brady and Peyton Manning call out who the Mike is, or where the pressure might come from at the line of scrimmage.
If this is a problem that Gardner wasn't doing this, doesn't it ultimately reflect on Hoke for not forcing Borges to change it?
|1 week 4 days ago||I'd be shocked if he were||
I'd be shocked if he were fired going 8-4.
In 2013, we had 9 upperclasmen with 4 or 5 stars - most teams in the B1G had more than us. This year we will have 14, and next year with no attrition we will have 30 - the 2nd most in the BigTen with home games against MSU and OSU.
Transitions can be rough, we are set to peak in 2015, why potentially damage that with a transition?
|2 weeks 5 days ago||I believe that they lost 7||
I believe that they lost 7 starters on defense. I think they will still be a formidable team and defense, but I do predict them losing 3 regular season games.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||FWIW ESPN's FPI preseason||
FWIW ESPN's FPI preseason rankings is predicting Michigan to have the best defense in the B1G.
Predicted Defensive Ranking Nationally for 2014:
They also predict Michigan as the 2nd best team overall in conference.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||The best thing is, on paper||
The best thing is, on paper the defense should be even better in 2015. We have recruited the talent and it is being developed. If our Oline can find a way to be average, we may have a great season.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||All your points are fair and||
All your points are fair and I believe accurate.
Just to illustrate the "fact" that this wasn't the biggest upset of all time. Sagarin had App State finish the prior year (2006) essentially equal to Iowa and better than MSU, Purdue, Northwestern, Indiana and Illinois. App State would have been projected to finish in the middle of the BigTen per the computers - for all 3 of their national title years. A similar rated team in any major conference beating Michigan would not have even been news other than a scoreline with the mild use of the word upset.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Is that a realistic||
Is that a realistic perception though?
The computer rankings before the game had App State ranked above a few Big Ten teams including Northwestern. If Northwestern had beat us, would it have been Earth shattering? No. I think the loss is worse due to the perception that ALL FCS teams are worse than FBS teams, even FCS teams in the middle of back to back to back national titles.
Yes, it was a bad upset, worst college football upset ever? Probably not.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||The game that really never||
The game that really never should have been scheduled was App State in 2007. There was nothing advantageous for Michigan in that game, except a home game pay day. If we won big people say you are suppose to beat them big and forget about it quickly. If you win, but struggle, you look bad. If you actually lose.......
Now that App State is in our FBS Division and has been asking for a 2nd game it isn't as bad to play them again as it was the first time. I imagine we don't want to dodge their request. But yes, this is another nothing to gain game except another home game pay day. Nothing good can come from this game.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||What about the other angle:||
What about the other angle: Even good recruits need to be coached up properly from the high school level to the college level.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||"...it's just something that||
"...it's just something that happens on the pitch" and went on to say something along the lines of incedental contact."
"InceDENTAL" contact is right!
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Laurie Carr, use to be||
Laurie Carr, use to be married to Bill McCartney's brother. Laurie was not Bill's wife, but rather sister-in-law.
"If" Lloyd was cheating with Laurie while she was still married, she wasn't married to an assitant coach, but rather an assitant coach's brother.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||More info on the charge for||
More info on the charge at Gettysburg for history buffs:
|17 weeks 6 days ago||Here is why: -Failing a||
Here is why:
-Failing a Michigan pot test = 3 game suspension and the NCAA is fine with that. Some schools give out less and the NCAA says okay.
-Failing an NCAA pot test = 1 calendar year (~30 games).
-Several crimes far worse than smoking pot = a punishment without suspension or certainly less than a year.
Shouldn't the punishments be comensurate for the same crime and in perspective with other crimes?
|25 weeks 10 hours ago||Just listened to the whole||
Just listened to the whole interview - does anyone know if Izzo had any players on the bench due to foul trouble?!?!?!
|25 weeks 10 hours ago||I think "Little Hitler" is||
I think "Little Hitler" is extreme...but it looks like the fan he got into an altercation with was a girl?!?!?!
"Tom Izzo on the OSU fan: "She was a jerk ... You want the truth or you want me to lie?"" From the same link above.
|25 weeks 16 hours ago||Sad, we owe that generation||
Sad, we owe that generation so much.
|26 weeks 10 hours ago||It wasn't the value of silver||
It wasn't the value of silver itself that he cared about. He wanted to break the banks hold on gold, cause some inflation, and have more money flowing through the economy - all of which he thought would help the little guy.
|26 weeks 1 day ago||Isn't there a big difference||
Isn't there a big difference between picking against a spread and picking straight up?
|28 weeks 1 day ago||Yes, we really went. Several||
Yes, we really went. Several other countries have since photographed the landing sites. We left a reflective mirror on the moon that scientists use all over the world. The Soviets kept track of the mission too and would have blown the lid off on a hoax.
|29 weeks 4 days ago||On the way home for work,||
On the way home for work, Lawrence Marshall said on the radio that this morning McDowell told him he was leaning Blue before he went on stage and said he was Green.
|32 weeks 1 day ago||Actually, you are mistaken.||
Actually, you are mistaken. Michigan fairs very well. Michigan will have more upperclassmen recruits graded at 80+ by ESPN than every team on their schedule except OSU and ND.,.
Michigan will have 12 (Gardner 2010) and MSU will have 2 upperclassmen on their rosters graded 80+ by ESPN.
|32 weeks 1 day ago||I know that recruiting||
I know that recruiting rankings are not perfect and all - but they do generally indidcate if you have talent or not.
Hoke needs to win some games this year is bottom line. We have the 2nd most recruited talent in this conference.
# of ESPN recruits from 2011 to 2014 with a grade of 80+
Ohio State 54
I like Hoke, but he can't afford to go 3-5 in the conference again like he did in 2013 with the amount of talent that he has...
Teams we play in bold.
|33 weeks 5 days ago||FWIW - all of the comments on||
FWIW - all of the comments on there are saying inside sources say Petrino has the Louisville job as a done deal.
|33 weeks 5 days ago||I am surprised that a program||
I am surprised that a program hasn't thrown money at him a long time ago to be a HC.
|34 weeks 2 days ago||Actually, a good point.||
Actually, a good point.
|34 weeks 5 days ago||True, only an 11 game regular||
True, only an 11 game regular season. I realized my mistake!
+1 to you.
|34 weeks 5 days ago||As to your question... The||
As to your question...
The defense will be better. We return 9 starters and 21 of 24 on the 2 deep. Throw in a lot of young players that didn't see any action due to redshirting and hopefully a true freshman named Peppers.
There wasn't a younger defense in the BigTen this year, we will be better on defense next year period.
On offense, we return 7 starters. Lose our best WR, but return Darboh from injury and Funchess. We also have some other young WRs. The RB position will not be hurt losing Toussaint. This position cannot get worse, it can only improve. QB situation will be the same or improve.
The offense completely boils down to the offensive line. Can they pass block? Can they run block? We lose our 2 best linemen, but we have a lot of highly regarded young talent. I do not have faith in Funk to get them ready.
It wouldn't surprise me if the offense regressed a bit.
|34 weeks 5 days ago||You forgot the 1999 team||
You forgot the 1999 team -
The 1999 team went 11-2 with a win over the SEC champion...
Finished in the AP Poll #5
The Final AP Poll had us beating 5 teams in it: #4 (Wisconsin Rose Bowl Champion), #8 (Alabama SEC Champion), #11 Penn State (Alamo Bowl Champion), #25 Purdue (Lost ot Georgia in Outback Bowl in the final minute).
Our two losses were to: #7 MSU (beat SEC runner up in Citrus Bowl) and #24 Illinois (won their scrub bowl). Both losses by less than a TD.
The 1999 team was a legitimate national title contender.
|38 weeks 4 days ago||Well...I don't think it is as||
Well...I don't think it is as easy as "turning down a national title for us just so another school can't win one in a different sport."
It really depends on what sports you value.
Hypothetical: Would you rather have the Men's Cross Country team win the 2014 National Championship OR Michigan Football go into Columbus in 2014 and thump an undefeated Buckeye team?
No offense to cross country, but would this not be a no-brainer for 99% of our fanbase preferring a football win in Columbus next year?
If you truly value Michigan Football over Basketball by a wide enough margin, it makes perfect sense to want to beat your rival in a big game with national implications.