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|1 day 4 hours ago||FWIW couldn't you do this||
FWIW couldn't you do this just as well with home-and-homes instead of neutral site games, with the added benefit of not being in a soulless NFL stadium? I'm OK with this one game because DB got hosed by ND backing out and he has a lot of home-and-homes scheduled in the future, so hopefully games like this are the exception, but I don't see anything this game provides that wouldn't have been improved if it had been part of a home-and-home.
|1 day 6 hours ago||This. I'd prefer a quatlity||
This. I'd prefer a quatlity home-and-home, but that was supposed to be ND (a series Brian never wanted to end) and they bailed and now Brandon has to scramble to fill in a quality opponent. Pretty much anything besides The Horror Part III gets a pass from me.
|1 week 29 min ago||Yeah, I'm sure they would be||
Yeah, I'm sure they would be acceptable to the Michigan Man segment. One other person I had in my head was Jerry Montgomery. The problem with all these names though is that they are all young and several years away from being qualified head coaching candidates, assuming they even reach that point. As long Hoke is here for a long time one of them (or another unnamed assistant or player) should break through and earn the job for reasons other than Michigan Man-ness. But if another hire is needed in the near future, it could get icky.
|1 week 58 min ago||FWIW I don't think hiring||
FWIW I don't think hiring ex-coaches is necessarily bad - all other things being equal, it would probably be better to have someone familiar with the program. The problem is when you combine a reluctance to hire anyone but ex-coaches with coaching trees sparse on anyone qualified to coach the program. Which is where we are going to be sooner or later unless Hoke starts making his own coaching tree, and not being able to start that with either Borges or Mattison makes it more difficult.
|1 week 3 hours ago||I think it matters at||
I think it matters at Michigan because for some reason we have a significant chunk of the fanbase and leadership stuck on having a "Michigan Man" as a head coach. Time will tell how much it matters, but it was pretty much the only reason Brady Hoke got the job when he did. Sometime (hopefully far down the road) he's going to need a successor, and it would be nice to have a nice to have a large list of qualified options that wouldn't be actively undermined by the "Michigan Man" subset.
|1 week 2 days ago||Crap, I got Fargo and Grand||
Crap, I got Fargo and Grand Forks switched. But REA has hosted since the last Yost one. And is much nicer than Yost as well.
|1 week 2 days ago||Home sites have hosted since,||
Home sites have hosted since, I'm pretty sure I remember REA and Mariucci getting some, and Colorado College too. I always thought the official strike against Yost was capacity, which is why I specifically mentioned South Bend getting to host a regional. Their capacity is less than Yost.
|1 week 2 days ago||I think he might leave||
I think he might leave eventually, but he needs to
|1 week 2 days ago||Does Michigan even bother||
Does Michigan even bother submitting Yost for regionals anymore? Is there any good reason for Yost to not be able to host it as long as places like South Bend and Fargo get regionals? Outside of Michigan always winning Yost regionals, of course.
|1 week 3 days ago||Also: goofy kangaroo kick vs.||
Also: goofy kangaroo kick vs. Florida in Lloyd's last game. That one worked too. (Or at least the one after halftime did. Did they try that a few times that game?)
|1 week 3 days ago||(No subject)||
|1 week 6 days ago||I didn't say the moderation||
I didn't say the moderation system was perfect, but it's still better than the alternative.
|1 week 6 days ago||You aren't wrong, which is||
You aren't wrong, which is why making a good moderation system is hard. But the downsides of a moderation system are still minor compared to the downsides of leaving any decently popular message board unmoderated.
|1 week 6 days ago||No||
In theory, the free exchange of ideas is great, because who doesn't like free speech? That sentiment is what led to these posters going so long without being banned. But in practice, a whole lot of people are idiots or assholes or both, and they have internet connections too. And if they are not discouraged from making irrational, offtopic, or dickish posts, they'll continue to do so and drive off all of the people making worthwhile posts. So some sort of moderation is needed to keep the singal from being drowned out by the noise.
|2 weeks 2 hours ago||One suggestion for the "How||
One suggestion for the "How not to get banned" list: don't be "I think the coaches know more than you" guy. Prior to the start of MGoBlog, most "analysis" from newspapers was extremely superficial and usually consisted of grabbing a couple press-conference quotes that fit a pre-formed narrative. So one of the big draws to this site was that Brian went through *every* *single* *play*, explained what he thought happened, and then drew conclusions based off of that. Which didn't make him always right, but he showed his work and made it easy for critics to show where he was wrong and say why he was wrong. So when posters skip right past this and go right to the appeal to authority, it's extremely annoying. Especially since it's usually followed by the same group of concern trolls telling the poster how awesome he is for slamming Brian, encouraging those types of posts in the future, and then the whole comment section gets derailed by people arguing about whether Brian should be allowed to criticize the coaches.
The coaches do know more than Brian, but that does not mean Brian is wrong. Using an appeal to authority like that is fallicious, useless, and annoying.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||While a panic mistake would||
While a panic mistake would be killer, they weren't *that* short on time. Even if it took them 15 more seconds to call a play and line up instead of just spiking it, that would have still left plenty of time for three more plays. And the elevated risk going that quickly is going to be less than wasting a down becuase it shouldn't take you more than three plays to get in the endzone.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||The problem is that you||
The problem is that you should be able to call one quick, safe play that gives you a chance at a TD and still leave enough time on the clock to settle down for three plays. It shouldn't take more than three plays to get in from two yards away (it didn't), but why intentionally handicap yourself when you don't need to?
|2 weeks 5 days ago||YES. I was thinking of that||
YES. I was thinking of that Capital One Bowl as this was happening. Pulling out all the stops and moving up and down the field was great, but the season would have been a lot less painful if they didn't wait until they had nothing to lose to do it.
|3 weeks 2 hours ago||It's more than just that. As||
It's more than just that. As much as this coaching staff preaches power running, the OSU running game behind Carlos Hyde is more manball than this team could dream to be. And they are doing it from a spread, with a consistent scheme of constraints that punishes anyone that needs to bring people into the box to stop the manball. Which is everyone, because their power running is better than we could ever dream to be.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||The quote you copied seems||
The quote you copied seems like non-news - as the athletic director, I would assume one of his standard duties is to meet with coaches and go over the season and what they can do to improve. It only becomes newsworthy when one of those coaches is on the hot seat and news sites are looking for hits on possible coaching changes. This one seemed more useful to me:
Translation: Firing multiple coaches after only three years is a good way to end up with a program that's always in transition.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||I was unaware that everyone||
I was unaware that everyone in corporate America continues to work as usual on Thanksgiving. Or that the rules of your imaginary corporate America applied to someone that is self employed.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||FWIW not always, but usually.||
FWIW not always, but usually. I specifically remember the 2001 game being after Thanksgiving when I was in college and had to come back from break early for it, but I don't remember if that had to do with all the games getting canceled and rescheduled after 9/11 or if it was always that way. Also it appears the 1995 game was after Thanksgiving.
But these were the exception, not the rule. It'll be the rule going forward.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||While I don't think he should||
While I don't think he should say that exactly, this is a coach who repeatedly says that anything short of of a Big Ten championship is a failure of a season at Michigan. I don't think it's too hard to acknowledge the poorly coached team playing a role in the fan apathy in terms that sound worse than that.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||There's a difference between||
There's a difference between a coach calling out fans that are writing awful things about his players online and a coach calling out fans not wanting to attend a game that is likely to be a miserable experience. Especially since the coach is the one most responsible for the game being a miserable experience.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||While the ticket prices||
While the ticket prices aren't Hoke's fault, they still are more a factor in the sea of red that's about to happen than fans being fickle. It's an awful lot of money to pay to watch a poor product (and that part is Hoke's fault). So instead of just blaming the fans for not showing up, it might be nice if he mentioned his part in why fans don't want to pay the exhorbitant prices his boss set.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Did you even read the post?||
Did you even read the post? He's going to be there, but only out of duty to not be a fair weather fan, even though the team is not likely to put up a performance worth the hassle and cost of attending a game in person. But it would be nice if the games were worth the hassle and cost of attending. And it's annoying when the person most responsible for the poor product blames the customers for not wanting to pay for the crap he's putting out there. It's not Brian's fault this team is no fun to watch, no matter how much responsibility you want him to take. Take responsibility for what?
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Why bother imagining?|
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Sadly, I think Rodriguez's||
Sadly, I think Rodriguez's fate was sealed even earlier when he undermined Shafer and had him install the 3-3-5 for the Purdue game. I think Shafer was a quality defensive coordinator that got ran out of town because RR's buddies didn't get along with him. Even GERG has shored up Texas's defense when allowed to run the defense he wants. That side of the ball was completely mismanaged the whole time he was here, and it's sad because because now we have to watch the other guys run off a huge win streak by pairing a talented spread offense with a competent defense.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Every coach has some losses||
Every coach has some losses to supposedly inferior teams after catching a lot of bad breaks, shit happens sometimes. After going to the Final Four last year and winning the Big Ten the year before, this coaching staff has earned the benefit of the doubt, and it would be nice if all the posters on here realized that. Instead, some "fans" feel the need to complain about this staff after a very understandable loss. Just stop posting please.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Not saying it's credible in||
Not saying it's credible in the least, but might as well bring Vince Lombardi back from the dead and make him coach as long as we're making up ridiculous shit that won't happen.