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|1 week 3 days ago||That beats the hell out of what we experience in Mexico at times||
I've tried to watch game when they've had feeds in both English and Spanish running simultaneously. Of course the only way to watch then is w/o audio. But seeing you're in TX if this happens again, just tune into a radio station and mute the T.V.
|1 week 6 days ago||Actually the Greater Muskegon Area||
has been good to UM. As mentioned, perhaps the greatest all around athlete in UM history as to all sports. But just at the NT position, we've had TT along with Mike Teeter from Fruitport and Mike Reinhold from MCC but is actually a product of Fruitport as well and only transfered to Catholic due to voters not passing taxes and cutting the program for a year. I agree, Muskegon is fun to watch this year. Not sure about Fairfeild's allegiance but do know Tony tried his damndest to steer anyone we wanted from the Big Reds to AA.
Was a time when MSU picked up the lesser rated talent from the area along w/the MAC schools but that could be changing as the green and white train seems to be gathering steam in the area as of late.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||You kind of lost me on that||
Take away that Harbaugh is basically guaranteed to be a fixture here until he decides he doesn't want to be, has reeled in a top 10 recruiting season in his first full off season, something he never did at Stanford, has won wherever he's been, including coaching up a team that was very very bad all the way to a game even bigger than the BCS Championship Game, then yes, hope is all we're seeling. Nothing in his resume or what he's done since he's been here to suggest the future is bright.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||I don't think it's murky at all||
As pointed out, it's a system JH has perfected, i.e., alloting only a certain amount of time for imput but certainly listening with an open mind to those he hired w/the ability to coach in this manner. Example is having an OL completely dominate a defender. This is reported and stored for use. TE not being able to hanlde a responsibility on a play you would otherwise call and opposite thereof applies as well. That's why you hired the coaches you did because you understand they have bought into your coaching method and it's not meant as an avoidance of responsibility because regardless of why you ran a certain play at a given time the responsibility for Ws and Ls ultimately will fall on the HMFIC. Prmie example is the 4th and short against UT that was given to Smith but prior to the snap I thought and probably many others on this site agree, should have been a bootleg with a heavy fake to the rb. The fact that we came up short doesn't mean I would have been right. We are certainly going to have plays that work and plays that do not. But who other than JIm, and I ask this sincerly, would you rather have in charge of your offense given all the HCs in the league. I can take one as a plausible consideration but even there you have a completely different offensive philosophy so it's difficult to compare.
There is no doubt, absolutely none, that JH and his offensive stategy will work w/in a three year time period that will lead to his method. Long, sustatined, time eating drives, thereby keeping your defense off the field as much as possilbe to ensure their effectiveness when they are in the game while also keeping the opposition's offense off the field.
The fact that he coaches using this method should not even be questioned unless it actually proves to be unsuccessful in the normal time frame associated with turning a program around.
|3 weeks 20 hours ago||I have looked into this and||
will release my findings at a later date.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Wonder what Beilema is thinking about poll now?||
As far as I could determine the two teams that took the biggest hit Saturday were the Razorbacks and ND. Actually thought this was a much ND squad than the one that lucked into the NC game. But show me a school not named OSU that can lose their top RB and QB in successive weeks and not have it hurt them. AUB took a major hit as to credibility as well. Polls are good after about Week 6 or 7 but even then are defective if a team is either front or read loaded as to scheduling top opposition.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Have to disagree with you there||
I think it will look a lot better. What that qb has grasped in three weeks is quite impressive. He is only going to get better. Show me the other 4 teams that OR will lose to and I might start buying.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||You are obviously a young man||
Truth is ND tried to join our conference on three different occasions. The fact that UM was the deciding factor in a couple of these is one of the reasons the teams leave it on the field when they do play. It has actually worked out beter for both schools, imo.
We have a long history of playin ND, taking a hiatus then resuming the series. I think we'll be seeing them soon, but it will be an a major bowl game w/in the next 4 to 5 years.
If, however, due to the way they extricated themselves from our last verbal agreement, i would definitely demand concessions on their part because we do not need to play them as much as they will need to play us once we are back on track. The power that lies w/in the BIG now and is only going to get better, allows us to dictate terms. Instead of being an early season game, or even an opener, I would like to see the game played on about Week 7 or Week 8 in the future when there is a very real chance both teams will be undefeated, rated highly and the winner will be catapulted even higher in the standinds, possibly ensuring their spot in the final four if they win out the remainder of their respective schedule. This can be a very good thing.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Simple truth is||
Our RBs, as a whole have a glaring weakness and that is lack of vision. De'veon runs hard no doubt about it. He is one tough customer and that is why he is the starter because all three lack vision and obviosuly, after watching the other two, as a coach, it would be a non brainer for me also to have selected him. As to Ty, I didnt see anything suggesting to me he was a track guy. When he hit the edge, especially given hi size, he did so tentatively and I saw nothing that suggests other than mediocre fast twitch muscles.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||One of these days we'll get a 5* RB||
that will actually start for us. Going back to Huggy Bear Jr, through Grady and now with the two we have, i can't recall a 5* RB that has become the man. Of course, I guess that can be offset a little knowing that Wheatley and Woodson both, if he had come in as a RB, would have no doubt been 5* at that position. With the exception of Hart, i can't think of a RB who has taken the reins in his first season and retained it for his entire UM career. Am I missing anyone?
|5 weeks 1 day ago||I don't think I was alone||
in wanting him after we fired RR. Does an excellent job with players not in the top 3, possibly 400.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||I like that||
how do you copy and repost that? I am technologically challenged being a child of the 50s. Any help will be appreciated.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||OSU has beaten us twice in the past 15 years||
without breaking the rules. From the day Tressel was hired, they were a program that was on par with the OU teams under Switzer, until the day he was let go. Not much to brag about as far as I'm concerned. If you recall, the AD that was dumb enough to actually brag about his team's dominance by proclaiming, "There is not a team in the country that wouldn't trade places with us," even though it was done with the attitude that there isn't a rule we won't break, was let go almost immediately and replaced by Pat Haden who has some problems of his own right now with his HC pulling a Gary Moeller.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||I do not know the man responsible for making Brady believe||
"I am a hell of a coach," but that man speaketh with forked toungue, if only to himself.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Little trick I picked up in Mexico from mi amigoa||
Get a nice Tequila. In the states that will run you around $30.00. If you can find Centenario, grab it. Put you ice in cocktail glass, pour about two shots in and then add mineral water until about the 3/4 mark. Top it off with coke, pepsi, your choice and you will have a smooth cocktail and you won't become any more inebriated than those around you. Very good drink. My sister now uses it with her rum, vodka, whatever.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||it's quite simple really||
under RR we won more games in each of three years. As low as the bar was it still existed. Under BH we went into a tailspin, no matter how lucky he was his first season with a well coached offensive lines and one of the most productive offensive players of the past decade, we lost more games each season. That is a downward trajectory and something most people grasp when they learn our number system.
I am actually happy RR has a place he likes and that likes him. Was he a good fit here? Oh Hell no. Was BH, on Hell no with more emphasis. We did allow him though for however brief it might be should he luck into another job, to raise his lifetime winning pct. to over .500. It should take him two years at his next stop to fall under that again.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||This young man will be good||
at some point during his career. I remembered watching his h.s. film and loved his intensity and his knack at reading the blocking scheme of his opponent and knowing where he would meet the path of least resistance and then acting on it. It resulted in numerous offensive plays by the opposition just being blown up before they had a chance to materialize.
I do not question JH in any matter related to football. There is a very real chance that he can take this ability to find the soft spot in opposing secondaries as well. I love his attitude about learning by just watching those w/more experience at the position. It also speaks well in regard to Butt and why he was able to separate from the others vying for the same position. This kid is a winner.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||I do agree w/Ray, but I think bronxblue has a solid handle on it||
Peppers, if have had wanted it, would have been welcomed as a RB to almost any school in the country. Hell, even with Fournette, Les would have welcomed him on offense just to ensure depth.
bronx is correct in his statement that having a solid offensive line usually guarantees a RB with D1 talent will achieve a certain level of success and the offense will be able to move the ball on the ground effectively. We have been blessed to have had many great RBs here, but we would not have known it if our coaching staffs had not placed emphasis where it belonged, bringing in and properly developing offensive linemen. Bo was well known for turning track stars into All BIG RBs because they had nothing more to do than run through the assigned hole because it would almost always provide an avenue to the end zone.
With Ruddock's reputation of taking care of the ball I think this will alleviate a ton of pressure from the current 3 to 4 deep, depending on how Drake heals. He will be able to effectively move the ball through the air on intermediate routes, thereby causing the defense to play honest. This wasn't the case the past couple of years because if Devin wasnt having an All NFL day, he was having a youth football league day, often times handing the ball to the defense instead of being forced into a turnover. He didn;t enjoy too many,normal, efficient days at the office when he was our trigger man.
I think Ty is our Ace in the hole. I think his mere presence on the roster, along with Jim's demand for daily improvement will ignite the fire under the ass of both our blockers and our backs. I look for us to be greatly improved in this area and allow us to do a number of things on second down instead of having to throw almost constanly because of being shut down on our first down run attempts.
With that said, there is still little doubt, based only on h.s. film, that Peppers would be our starting TB if that were his desire coming out of h.s. i am just hoping for a two year All BIG type of career from him on the defensive side of the ball. i do, however, look forward to seeing how Jim uses him on the other side of the ball. Should be an exciting time for us.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||I have to go with the younger Ross||
while hoping it's the big receiver.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||In sticking with receivers, I think there are a couple on roster||
that could have big seasons. Drake, if fully healed would be a tremendous deep threat and I would like to include Freddie. Although he dropped a few last season, he was coached so well in high school that he was about the only receiver that showed the ability to separate from defenders last season. Hoping his hands become less Braylon like and his precision in route running remains the same.
I am hoping, along with everyone else, that Peppers remains healthy due mostly to the fact that his ceiling seems Woodson like, although playing at different positions I think he'll be around the ball and deliver hits from the back seven in a manner we haven't seen since Harris.
Season is getting close guys. Excitement grows likewise.
If the question had been who would I like to see breakout I would have answered one of our 5 star running backs.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Dantonio does not give me the urge to strike a wall||
He gives me an urge to strike Mark Dantonio. However, when we start kicking their asses again will give me far greater pleasure.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Similar to what Okie Johnson did||
He is the h.s hall of fame from Muskegon Heights from back in the 50s and 60s. That's when Heights was one of the Big Three in Muskegon, along with Muskegon and CC, all of them being Class A at that time. He won a ton on mythical state championships and sent a lot of kids to D1, including my bro-in- law to UM.
He came out of retirement to take over a Baldwin team that couldn't afford to pay a head coach in the early 80s. Tremendous man and a great coach.
As to the poster that stated he couldn't take the approach he did at UM, he probably skipped over the part that mentioned he had coached neighboring S. Joes, another h.s. team.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||I was going to say it was probably something by CCR||
but, damn, being a teenager in the 60s there were just so damn many. Have to tip my hat to a lot of the Motown sounds, especially the Temps and Janis and Grand Funk were kicking it high then too. Probably Piece of My Heart by Janet or Get Back, maybe even Hey Jude. Then there were the Animals and they did a great take on Bring it On Home. Shit Fuck Man, I could go on and on.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Sir, Drop your hands and step||
Sir, Drop your hands and step away from my balls.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Oh It is A.C||
w/o a doubt. You must remember he is perhaps the reason we were able to recruit so many outstanding receivers when we began throwing the ball. He averaged a TD ever 4th catch, not unlike Des but Des played when it was actually a part of our arsenal, normally featuring two other wrs at the same time. So he was the only one being targeted and had no one to share the label "deep threat" with him.
Additionally, his return yards are almost identical to DH's. He was just a phenomenal receiver and return man. I'd rank Woodson, Dufek and Messner right behind him.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||I would expect Jake to be as good as Navarre||
Although he doesn't have the arm strength that Big John had, I don't think he is notorious for having the ball slapped back in his face quite as often and undoubtedly is better at avoiding would be tacklers. I mean who isn't ? However, a lot will be determined on whether or not he has a solid line and RB support in addition to our not yet answered wide receiver problems.
He won't be hampered, like Big John by our "we'll run it down your throat" mentality that was prevalent then, even when we gained a yard on the first two rushes in the early series by failing to use a balanced attack. This allowed the DL to really Tee off on JN on third and long, making his job a hell of a lot tougher than it should have been.
I believe the quality of coaching will go up overall, but I can't complain about the OL during the Carr tenure except for occasional lapses of being able to overpower the DL. Our receivers were normally good so I'd say a lot will depend on just how much these young men will improve from what we saw in the Spring Game. If they are able to make a reasonable leap forward, I'd expect Rudock to be as effiecient as the Big Guy but as stated, still a lot of unanswered questions. He was a good get, no matter how you look at it, be it an ignition for Shane's evolution or doing the job himself, the later being the scenario I believe will play out.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Yeah we were pretty good||
At one time no. 7 in the nation in all time wins and that was during a downward trajectory. We are no 1 in the great state of MI in all time wins. I'm guessing you can guess which school that would be: also produced one of the Big Ten's Icons, maybe two.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||You may be right, he might be crazy||
but it just might be a lunatic you're looking for. Nowhere near the talent left by Bump for Bo to coach into AAs, howeva, there are a lot of good players on the roster that haven't even began to receive real coaching until this season. Remember Bo lost three games his first season but he did produce not only three AAs on the OL, but all three ended up in the NFL Hall of Fame and all on one side of the ball. Could be deja vu all over again.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||By all means, forget about what he has done in the past||
to make him our "must get" coach. He's only done it from USD to Stanford to the Super Bowl. Cat knows how to get talent to gel. Simple as that. These kids are being offered for a number of reasons. Let's not forget about how Bo built modern day UM football by going hard after kids like the Mallorys, Cannovinos, Hammersteins, Rienholds, et. al. Somehow he was able to field some rather decent teams w/o chasing those going to OU, AL, USC, ND, etc. Wonder how he did that?
|16 weeks 3 days ago||****||
What you say Willis?