I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
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|3 days 9 hours ago||Amen||
Recently, I have turned away from some of the comment sections because the commentary was so demeaning or insulting to people. It is possible to disagree without trashing the person you disagree with, and that is the standard we should hold ourselves to.
|4 days 13 hours ago||Injuries||
If Green or Smith goes down with an injury for the season, we have no backup for the other guy unless Drake turns into a good option. Lots of RB's get hurt. Ask Fitz. Better yet, ask Iowa.
|5 days 6 hours ago||Better question||
Would you rather change the outcome of the Louisville game and win the NC, or the outcome of the OSU 1 vs. 2 game a few years ago and have a chance to play Florida (presumably) instead of OSU playing them for the football NC? While I prefer football to basketball, I still think I would opt for the NCAA title, but it is a closer call.
|5 days 10 hours ago||But they say Florida||
|5 days 13 hours ago||Agreed||
I live in Ohio also. Any Michigan fan who lives here has to be rooting fo rthe Spartans. Dealing with Buckeye jerks in a normal season is bad enough; if they get to the NC game (and especially if they win it), they would be more insufferable. Plus, we recruit against Ohio--don't want Urbs showing recruits his NC ring if they win it.
|1 week 6 days ago||one more thing||
I think people expected this to be a really good year since it was year three of the Hoke regime, some top notch recruits were coming on line, and the first two games were pretty awesome. Instead, the team has been outplayed by teams with theoretically inferior talent, and most disturbingly has seemed to regress rather than improve as the year has gone forward. Bo's teams always got better late in the year. Just a really depressing year.
|1 week 6 days ago||Woody Hayes started the hate, IMO||
This was always an intense rivalry. When Hayes was hired at OSU, he noted that a couple fairly recent predecessors had been fired for losing to Michigan. He became obsessed with not losing the game. He started calling Michigan "the team up north," refusing to buy fuel in Michigan and generally stoking the passions. He then ran up the score in 1968, and got his team and a second straight national championship shoved up his ass by Bo in 1969. This enraged the local populace even more. Woody certainly never got over it, based on things Bo wrote in his book. Another thing is jealousy. I work with a bunch of OSU law grads, and they clearly resent being seen as coming from a second-rate school compared to Michigan--which is how pretty much everyone who did not attend OSU perceives it.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Nor should he||
His job is to win football games, graduate kids, and run a clean program. He knows better how to do those things than we do. No sane coach would give a damn what fans thought about his strategy or philosophy.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||best of all||
He was one of the guys who stayed when Bo showed up and got to be a part of the beat down of a supposedly invincible Ohio team that was riding a long winning streak. Can we get a replay this year for Taylor Lewan's sake?
|3 weeks 7 hours ago||Scarlet, silver, white and black||
They seem to have phased over from gray to more of a silver look over the last 10 years or so. Then again, maize ain't what it used to be either.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Next year||
Sadly, the number for our OL next year will be even lower, despite the experience the interior linemen are getting this year, when we swap out Lewan and Schofield for (likely) Braden and Magnuson. It isn't very realistic to expect a plus O-line until 2015.
|5 weeks 9 hours ago||I count five||
Without looking at rosters, I believe Odoms, Terrence Robinson, Roundtree, Dileo and Gallon were all recruited in three years as slot receivers. How many OL were recruited in those three years? Five for each position would mean 25 were signed. Was it even half that number? It is nice that Roundtree was able to play outside (although his production suffered) and Gallon has been great. Odoms and Dileo have been serviceable players. But that's a lot of guys for one spot, and not many guys for five spots.
And you can add Marvin Robinson and Josh Furman as guys who were recruited to play positions that do not exist in a conventional defense.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Additionally||
it seems to me that Hoke inherited a roster overstuffed with 5' 8" slot receivers and guys who could play "spur" or whatever in the 3-3-5, and woefully short on underclass OL and DL. So not only were the players not as high caliber as those Urbs inherited, there was a real dearth of guys at positions you need to be strong at to win in the Big Ten. I have felt all along that it will be 2015 before we are back to where we want to be. It is hard to be patient.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Yep, it's the QBs||
If Gardner plays his best, we win; if it's a Gardner turnover fest, we lose. If Cook actually makes plays, they win; if he looks lost as he did earlier, they lose. Now, if both play badly or both play well, it gets really interesting and turns into a close, low scoring game or close, high scoring game. This will be interesting to watch, no idea how it will actually unfold.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Root for whomever you please||
The only thing that bugs me is the front runners who latch onto a team because it wins big, but abandon it when it struggles. If you want to be a fan through thick and thin, as if you were an alum, go for it. Not everyone gets to attend college, why can't those people pick a team to support?
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Calipari puts kids in the NBA?||
I don't really buy that. The NBA drafts his kids based on their potential much of the time. Beilein puts kids in the NBA by developing their abilities--e.g., Burke, Morris and Hardaway. If you are so special that the NBA would grab you out of high school, and you want to hang around somewhere for a year and turn pro, Kentucky makes sense. If you are somewhat below that level player, and could use a couple years to work on your game--McGary, maybe, or maybe even Robinson?--you can turn yourself into a more desirable commodity at a place like Michigan where there is not an annual influx of 4 five star players elbowing you out of the way. Where Booker fits, I don't know. But it's still a free country, and if he wants to be at KY, so be it.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Excellent write up||
But I will be surprised if MSU scores 24--unless we are turning the ball over repeatedly. I am not buying the idea that the MSU offense is very good overall; their recent offensive success seems to be owing to the competition. Michigan will present a greater defensive challenge than Indiana or Illinois.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Urbs channels Woody?||
I did not watch the Ohio State-Penn State game, but I read afterwards that Meyer challenged a spot on a PSU first down late in the game when Ohio was leading by a huge margin already. OK, I suppose he had the right to do that, but it reminded me of Woody going for two against Michigan in 1968 when he was up 5 TDs. That came back to bite him in the ass the next year. I certainly hope Penn State remembers Urbs running up the score and making chickenshit challenges when the Bucks mosey into Happy Valley next year. It would be a fitting example of those who do not learn from history having to repeat it.
|7 weeks 13 hours ago||Yeah, the bullpen||
It is way harder to develop a good rotation and assemble the hitters the Tigers have. A bullpen isn't that hard to put together. I just don't get how the Tigers have failed to do that over the last few years. And it is killing them.
|7 weeks 13 hours ago||This really sucks||
More for Joey than the team. Guy walks on, works hard, sniffs starting last year and this year both, but never quite gets there, finally gets his shot after the tire fire the OL has been all year, plays a little and goes down with an ACL. He may not have the size and talent of some of the other guys, but you really have to feel for a guy in his situation who has it snatched away in a few moments after he finally gets his shot.
|9 weeks 7 hours ago||How did Wile feel when the punt was downed on the one?||
"I think he was happy." Ask a stupid question . . .
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Angels, maybe?||
Nah, nobody is dumb enough to do it three times in three seasons.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||It is cheesy||
It is also a good way to assure you never get any more business from someone when you talk to the media about your client's affairs.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||amen, amen, amen!||
No political hacks, from either party, please.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Last year's OL||
Last year, we did not have a "very veteran line" that had "done well in the past." We had two really good tackles, same as this year, and we had three guys in their last year of eligibility, two of whom had barely played before then, and the third of whom had a career that tracked Obi Ezeh's in that he seemed to get worse the last couple of years (in fairness, perhaps because he was not suited to what the team was doing). It had not played together and had not "done well" before. And it was "veteran" only in that the guys were old, not that they had played a lot of football.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Schizoid?||
You know, I don't think that will be the case. I think Akron will turn out to have been a wake-up call and make the team more focused. We may lose a game we shouldn't lose, but I do not expect the wild swings we saw in the last two weeks. Put yourself in the position of the players--that game is the sort of thing that would really focus your mind.
|12 weeks 12 hours ago||This stuff is over the top||
Everyone needs to relax. We are lots better than we showed last week. But Hoke started by building the OL, and it takes a few years for those guys to mature. We have recruits who should be far better players than Glasgow and Miller, but they are freshmen or redshirt freshmen. It is going to take another year or likely two before that OL matures and can dominate a game. The defense is overall quite young, and it will take them a while to develop cohesion. But they are swarming to the ball, and playing the way Michigan used to play football. We are not a great team yet, but we can play a great game. And despite all the issues people have gotten excited about, all we have to do is convince Gardner to take care of the football and we will beat the UCONN's and the Minnesota's and Indiana's of the world easily, and will have a chance in all of our games. This team will win 9 games, maybe more.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Absolutely||
How about adding "if Jim Harbaugh doesn't go down for the season in the fifth game in 1984?" That cost us a few losses.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||One of the dumbest questions ever posed||
It's rhetoric/hyperbole. No one thinks it is literally true. It is not actionable. Even a ND judge sitting in South Bend would agree with that.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Limos in NY||
Limos in NY are ubiquitous, and not what you may be thinking of. They can be older Lincolns that have seen better days, or maybe fancy SUV's. They don't cost a whole lot more than cabs cost, and the drivers are typically sane, which is worth the extra money. Now, I suppose he could be driving around in something really fancy, but if he is taking the kind of limo typically seen on the streets, this is not a big deal.