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|4 days 10 hours ago||"Maybe we shouldn't annoy our||
"Maybe we shouldn't annoy our paying customers at every possible opportunity?"
|4 days 10 hours ago||I'd bet a dollar the open||
I'd bet a dollar the open scrimmage this fall was a "maybe we should do something nice for fans for once" thing mandated from on high. Too bad it took masses of unsold tickets for the AD to do it, and then any good will bought by the event was undone by all the blunders afterward.
|1 week 9 hours ago||Verizon FiOS is listed on the||
Verizon FiOS is listed on the login page, so that's probably the reason you don't have to log in.
|1 week 9 hours ago||Who is your ISP? ESPN3 isn't||
Who is your ISP? ESPN3 isn't free, it's "free" if your ISP pays a per-subscriber fee to ESPN (and then of course those fees get passed on to the subscribers). Those ISPs then get directly into ESPN3. Some cable companies also pay the fees, so if your ISP doesn't pay you can use your cable login to get access. DirecTV doesn't pay that, but IIRC Comast does.
|1 week 1 day ago||While there was a certain||
While there was a certain amount of "getting it done" involved, no amount of "getting it done" would have made it happen if Meyer was still coaching at Florida. Who knows if Michigan could get it done right now if Meyer was available given the general chaos of the past few years, but it doesn't help that there isn't a multiple national championship winning coach available and looking for work.
|1 week 2 days ago||The thing about EECS 100 is||
The thing about EECS 100 is that they weren't trying to teach you C++. They were trying to teach you how a computer works, and the best way to do that is to start by programming the 1s and 0s (don't miss you, LC2) and then show how that evolved into C++.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||If you ever wanted to see||
If you ever wanted to see what it was like to have MSU take over Michigan Stadium, by all means bring Hoke back. They'll be the only people looking forward to that game, and chomping at the bit to kick us while we're down. At least we won't have to worry about being unable to give away tickets for that one.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||What about a power-based||
What about a power-based scheme makes you think the offense would have been any better? As I said up thread, we hadn't been running one the previous couple years under Carr - those last couple offenses were all zone-based schemes, and Carr had been recruiting Molk-type linemen more suited for zone blocking than man blocking. The line woul dhave been even more inexperienced in a power-based scheme than a zone-based scheme. Why do you think this would have improved anything?
|2 weeks 3 days ago||What offense did you think he||
What offense did you think he should run?
People with this complaint act like Michigan had been running a man-blocking scheme under center forever, when in fact Michgan had switched to a zone-based run scheme for the last two years under Carr. In 2007, damn near every game started with a zone stretch behind Jake Long because that was the base play of the offense. Switching to a man scheme and running isos would have been an even further departure from what we had been running under Carr. In fact, as far as the O-line was concerned, it was pretty much the exact same thing. Only real difference in the run game was that the quarterback was always in the shotgun and occasionally kep the ball to keep to keep the defense honest.
As far as the quarterbacks go, you act like no QB available could do what RR asked of him, but do you really think they would have been ok sitting in the pocket, surverying the field, reading coverages, and making accurate throws? Threet couldn't do this at ASU after he had a few more years experience. An old school pro-style offense relies even more on the QB than the spread, and the options available for that didn't look promising.
The problem for the offense that year was that the line was incredibly inexperienced and couldn't block anyone, and the quarterbacks were young and sub-par and couldn't overcome the line. They weren't going anywhere that year, especially if they switched to some half-ass pro-style that they hadn't even been running the previous couple years. The 'refused to adjust his offense" meme needs to die.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||This is hindsight bias. At||
This is hindsight bias. At the time of his hire, he was most known for tanking at Iowa St., and I think that was his only head coaching experience at the D-IA level. Auburn fans were so unhappy with the hire they literally had fans show up to the airport to to boo him! Hindsight says it worked out ok, but at the time of the hire it was a stretch.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Well, none of the schools we||
Well, none of the schools we traveled to in October were having breast cancer awareness day, so we couldn't do it on the road. And our only home game this month was UTLIII, and sales of uniformz obviously trumps breast cancer awareness. So November it is.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Some of one of those things -||
Some of one of those things - highly motivated - has to do with them being more intense. But the rest of that, and the other things - better prepared, competent gameplan - goes right back to better coaching.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||I think these tweets have||
I think these tweets have quite a bit of hindsight revisionism. Newspapers need to assign a narrative to the game, and MSU is obsessed with Michigan, so when MSU wins it was because of the obsession.
The real reason MSU has dominated this rivalry recently is because they've had better teams. MSU lived for this game before Dantonio was their coach, but they ususally lost anyway because Michigan was the better team. However, since Lloyd retired, MSU has usually had the better team over the whole season. And (suprise!) they usually ended up winning this game too. I think very little of the outcome Saturday will have to do with intensity of mid-week presser quotes and a lot more to do with which team has better coaching.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||You got tickets after it||
You got tickets after it changed to a donation based system. Prior to that, it was a list that you actual had to wait on until your turn until your turn came up after enough people died/stopped renewing their tickets. It was supposedly like 20 years long in the early '00s, and I remember signing up after graduating even though I was moving to the other side of the country just in case I was back in the area when my name finally came up - if I waited until I actually moved back to sign up, I might never get tickets.
But then Martin switched to the priority points based system, and he and especially Brandon jacked up prices and PSLs until they burned though any waiting list people who might pay more than exisiting customers, and now there is no wait as long as you have enough priority points. It was great for next quarter's revenue while things were going well, but it killed fan loyalty for times times like right now. Why renew tickets during bad seasons when you can just save your money and buy your way back on when things are going well? It's not like the athletic department will care about your loyalty if they think someone else might pay more once things are going well again.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Walton turned the clutch and-one into something of a signature||
I think this one needs to get included too
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Because you're looking in the||
Because you're looking in the wrong spot: http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2014/10/10/michigan-matters-focus-ficano-on-his-countys-scandal-ilitch-on-dave-brandon-and-u-m-football-controversy/
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Your signature breaks page||
Your signature breaks page formatting everywhere you post. Fix it plz
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Actually if you RTFA, WWJ CBS||
Actually if you RTFA, WWJ CBS TV had it first and ESPN is "scooping" it from there. And "it" is a statement from Denise Ilitch, a regent. From the article:
So this isn't just some random rumor made up on a message board, regents are saying things to media outlets.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||(No subject)|
|5 weeks 4 days ago||While Stauskas led the team||
While Stauskas led the team in 3PT% last year, we still are getting back three other guys who shot over 40% (Irvin, Walton, and LeVert), along with Spike at 38%. I think three point shooting will be the least of our problems this year.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||As someone that was watching||
As someone that was watching on TV, I think camera angle has something to do with it. When the camera pans over, you get a couple seconds of the safety camping out for an easy INT with Funchess seemingly too far behind to make a difference. But just when you start groaning LOL TD OUT OF NOWHERE
|6 weeks 2 days ago||While it's totally||
While it's totally understandable that the offensive line wouldn't be good, it still shouldn't be this bad. And it was bad last year too, even when we had two tackles that went on to get drafted by the third round. It wasn't particularly good the year before either. And it's not like the offensive line is the only problem - none of the skill position players are distinguishing themselves (and Devin Gardner seems to be getting worse), and the defense seems to be getting worse every year.
Expectations for the O-line should be lowered because of the issues you mentioned. But all the vitriol on the blog is due to the many, many issues the team has beyond the O-line. If the only issue was the offensive line being subpar, people on this blog would be a lot happier.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||If a businessman takes over||
If a businessman takes over running a football team and does a poor job, and then the fans successfully have him ousted, other fanbases of teams being poorly run by businessmen might get ideas.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||People who need rawk music||
People who need rawk music during every break in play can get that at a minor league baseball game, and they can take the whole family for less than face value of a Michigan ticket. In the mean time, Michigan Stadium is still the only place to hear the Michigan Marching Band play during the game, but that's slowly getting phased out. Somehow this athletic department thinks killing what makes you unique to chase the lowest common denominator will increase demand, but why would it when you can get the same experience elsewhere for much cheaper?
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|6 weeks 3 days ago||While the main reason for the||
While the main reason for the problems is bad coaching hires, a big part of the reason they were bad coaching hires (or good coaching hires that went bad here) is instituational vanity. I really wonder how RichRod would have done if he would have received the same instituational, financial, and fan support that Hoke received on day one. But alas, he wasn't a Michigan Man, and the AD assumed we didn't need to pay much for coordinators because it was an honor to coach at Michigan. And as to Hoke, the entire reason behind hiring a coach with a 47-50 career record was institutional vanity - no other blue blood program have even considered him. But he was the best Michigan Man available, and apparently that was all that mattered to us.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||In his defense, the title||
In his defense, the title would be hard to find in a search. it was "OT: Sparty student section vacant". Why would the OP ever look for a title like that?
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Ugh, this means winning a few||
Ugh, this means winning a few more games is bad news. If Hoke manages sneak into a bowl at 6-6, we're going to be going through The Process in January again.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||While it's the medical||
While it's the medical staff's job to quickly diagnose the injury, it's the coach staff's job to make sure they get diagnosed when they need help to stand up straight after taking a hit to the head and not let them play until they are diagnosed. Which leads back to Hoke again.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Ah, the old Gish Gallop||
Ah, the old Gish Gallop