April 6th, 2018 at 6:48 PM ^

If there was a Michigan alum behind this at Amazon and/or the production company, they need to be reprimanded. Completely unacceptable to exploit the university for personal benefit.

I don’t want to hear any of the incompetent touchy feely nonsense that this will help Michigan in the long run. This is not beneficial to the university or the football program

Perkis-Size Me

April 5th, 2018 at 9:43 PM ^

Imagine how good it’ll be when we have good seasons.

But in all seriousness I’m still watching. I imagine it’s about far more than football, and that’s what this program will always be about.


April 5th, 2018 at 10:23 PM ^

Watched the first 2 episodes and so far it’s pretty awesome. Really well done. I didn’t think it came out until tomorrow but looked it up and started watching a few hours ago.


April 6th, 2018 at 3:14 AM ^

My thoughts through 4:

- This is awesome. 

- Rashan Gary is so sensitive. Love him and his mom. 

- Speight is irritating but its hard to pinpoint why

- Pep Hamilton is clearly calling the plays. I like how he talks to the players. It's not clear at all wtf Drevno is doing during the games. 

- Don motherfucking Brown!

- Winovich is a beast

- Loved Mo Hurst driving the Uber, but he needs to put his phone away while driving

- Also, Don motherfucking Brown!



April 7th, 2018 at 9:05 PM ^

Much of the editing on this would've been happening during the late season, but revisions they've had the last 4 months to finish to focus the narrative of the story they are telling.  If they decided to cut down on Drev & remove Frey completely it seems like a conscience decision, whatever the reasoning. It's a delicate balance.  The producers of the show have to balance the drama that creates 'compelling TV'  vs. pure documentary while also considering the fact that if they presented U of M in a disfunctional or otherwise poor light, no other team is going to let them on campus to try the same thing again.  Also, depending on the contract, U of M may have had some amount of oversight or final say as to what is being shown.

I'd guess Frey was left out because U of M abandoned zone blocking early in the season and Amazon didn't want to bog down the show in too-technical football schemes that would detract from the story of the players, and that's what this series really nails.  Probably similar for Drev, when he was shown outside of the booth it was one scene in the film room and the other was the dinner he hosted for the o-line.  At some level this is a bit of a fluff piece on U of M because they could've shown a much nastier or mean-spirited version of the team on the sidelines/practice/film room.  I think they could've put the screws to the coaches much more so (since they are paid adults) without throwing players under the bus.

In the end, the first audience for this series is U of M fans, so instead of focusing on disfunction & drama they focused on positives like team building, player/coach lives & relationships.  The disfucntion angle would work great editorially for every other team not U of M, but again, amazon has to consider their relationship with U of M, and their access to other schools.


April 6th, 2018 at 9:31 AM ^

all accounts, and Speight is irritating because he is fucking clueless. His main problem is he isn't willing to accept any blame or take any responsibilty for his play. He actuall thinks he is playing well, and doing what is expected of him. I believe his girlfriend thinks he is clueless also. 

Waldorf Wolverine

April 6th, 2018 at 12:10 PM ^

Wilton comes off as insecure.  He's constantly talking about what fans are saying online about him.  Also, I can't believe Pep Hamilton has to tell him how to talk to his own team.  He must be really deficient in leadership ability not to have an instinct about it (contrast with Baker Mayfield, for example).  Chase is the breakout star so far.


April 5th, 2018 at 10:34 PM ^

I watched the first episode which covers the Rome trip, preseason camp, and the 1st half of the Florida game. A lot of insider stuff you would never see or hear normally.

Good stuff so far. A lot of Harbaugh, The QB race, Gary, and Don Brown bitching at 2 players who fell asleep in his meeting.


April 5th, 2018 at 11:08 PM ^

Watching the first 3 episodes and harbaugh does not come off as a great motivator.

Don brown is crazy pissed off during the halftime of Florida game and it gets you pumped up..

Speight seems more concerned with what people were writing about him than focusing on football. He also ignores the coaches on several playcalls and it fucked up the offense clearly.


April 6th, 2018 at 8:55 AM ^

I've also found him kind of annoying and am trying to pinpoint why. It may be due to his preoccupation with others' perceptions of his play, but more likely is due to his complete dismissal of coaching and valid critiques. I was amazed that he thought he was running an efficient offense, despite (despeight?) having -1 yard passing in the RZ after 3 games.

Also, he seems detached, unenthusiastic and doesn't seem to inspire team mates. I found it oddly disturbing that Hamilton was phoning down motivational things for him to relay to the offense. I guess that's why they call him Pep.


April 6th, 2018 at 9:03 PM ^

who are supposed to be the team leaders don't seem to be able to sort themselves out, you got problems. What we were seeing on the field that looked discombobulated from the QB position, WAS discombobulated! Because the QB's head isn't screwed all the way on...
Watching the first bit, I was wondering if maybe part of the problem was in not picking a QB starter, setting one of them up as the leader, letting them be the guy, to grow confidence, maybe the offense could grow more confident through him. But neither JOK, not Speight appear to be good leaders...from what I saw, I'd be concerned about picking either one. So maybe it wasn't a matter of separation that took so long for them to choose, maybe it was more like, 'Jeebus, we're kind of screwed here no matter what' and they just weren't comfortable putting the offense in the hands of either guy.
And I agree and am concerned about the point about motivation, too. What we're seeing from Harbaugh as a motivator here is somewhat disappointing. Maybe it's the editing, or he acts different when he knows he's on camera? I was just expecting something more.