Tuebor

March 13th, 2015 at 4:43 PM ^

Worst retraction ever. 

 

"I admit that the way I presented my argument was wrong and uninformed."

 

No.  Your argument was just plain wrong.  One of the things I hate most about my generation is the inability to admit that one was wrong. 

 

EastCoast

March 13th, 2015 at 4:17 PM ^

I love that DeVeon Smith was frustrated about the defense running gassers.

The idea of EVERYTHING being a competition really appeals to me, especially after Funchess' comments about wins-losses only being a stat. I know it is beating a dead horse, but to go from that to there-is-nothing-except-winning-and-losing is a welcome change.

Also, I would NEVER want to be in one of Harbaugh's practices.

jmblue

March 13th, 2015 at 4:29 PM ^

That's not a winner's attitude.

Seriously, his practices would probably be a shock to our systems at first.  But after awhile they might be fun.  Having a "winner" and "loser" in every drill gives you a concrete incentive - you want that little moment in the sun.   

Turning the gassers on their head and making them a reward is pretty fascinating from a psychological standpoint.  The guys probably run them harder and faster when they perceive them as a payoff.

Yostbound and Down

March 13th, 2015 at 4:33 PM ^

I'm kinda hoping the winning team in the Spring Game run some gassers. It sounds corny, but can you imagine the whole stadium cheering those guys on in a running drill? 

Also it wouldn't surprise me if Harbaugh does a few of those gassers with the team.

MainStreetMagic

March 13th, 2015 at 4:23 PM ^

Interesting little nugget at the end about Glasgow getting most of Jack Miller's center reps.  I don't know if that's terribly surprising, and there is a long way to go, but he appears to be ahead of Kugler out of the gate. 

Mr. Yost

March 13th, 2015 at 6:06 PM ^

Next one of these articles, I'm running through a brick wall. I don't even care anymore...I know hype is hype, but this stuff is awesome. Or "pure gold" as some still say.

I was never really on the hype train when the coaches would talk...it was cool and all, but it's all coachspeak. Now that they're getting player reactions, I don't know what it is...but it gets me all warm and fuzzy inside. I know 100%, without a doubt we're in the best hands and we're getting better.

Those who know me on here, know I'm usually always trying to be the voice of reason. The one bringing people off cloud 9 and back to reality.

I'm sorry, that's going to have to be someone else...because my maize and blue glasses are on, we're back to competing for B1G championships, etc.

I love it all, the "winners get to run and get better"...the fact that it pisses the losers off that the winners get to run and not them. I love the connections, the Suh's, the John Harbaugh's, etc. coming to practice. I love that every single thing about this team says "elite college team with NFL tendencies"...just like Bama, USC, Oregon, OSU, FSU (now UCLA).

Hail Harbaugh.

Mr. Yost

March 13th, 2015 at 6:08 PM ^

Michigan Daily fluff articles >>>> ESPN & Freep* fluff articles

*fuck the Freep, I'd never read that mess, but by default...Daily has to be better.

In all seriousness, there stuff has been a ton better than 247 and the recruiting sites, everyone. It's not just a full article based off of one quote or idea that no one cares about.

alum96

March 13th, 2015 at 8:48 PM ^

Funchess.mind.blown.

The winning unit, not the losing one, is tasked with running gassers for about 10 minutes after the day’s activities. It’s not meant as a punishment. In Harbaugh’s world, only the winners deserve the opportunity to get better. The losing side sits down to watch the winners run.

Junior running back De’Veon Smith was one of the many players who originally thought running was a punishment for not succeeding in practice. It took fewer than five spring practices to reverse Smith’s mentality. The offense’s losses weigh on Smith when he watches his teammates run.

He had never previously entertained the idea that he would have a desire to run gassers.

“No, not at all,” Smith said. “There’s not a chance, ever. Last summer, we had a gasser test and that was the worst thing, I hated gassers. Seeing your teammates run the gassers instead of you because you lost is kind of frustrating.”

The competition is even more magnified on special teams. Each rep is viewed as a one-on-one battle between two players, resulting in the declaration of a winner and loser. Like on offense and defense, the winners of many drills run.

The coaches make sure the final results are distinct. Middle ground is nonexistent.

“We know who won and we know who lost,” said redshirt junior wide receiver Jehu Chesson.