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06/13/2018 - 11:30am I got a question mark for…

I got a question mark for orders today. Didn’t know what to do so I attacked Ohio. Hope I didn’t screw something up.

06/07/2018 - 7:52am Thank you Coach.

Thank you Coach.

03/17/2017 - 4:10pm Never been to a posbang before

Never been to a posbang before-- heck of a game, Go Blue!

 

04/26/2016 - 10:45pm Eat a Peach

Eat a Peach

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03/23/2016 - 9:41am Last.

Last.

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02/04/2016 - 5:25pm Check this out

http://verticalharvesthydroponics.com/

We're getting one of these units for our school garden. Fresh vegetables all winter.

01/19/2016 - 5:25pm Maybe it's about motivation

"I'LL TELL YOU SOMETHING YOU LITTLE SON OF A BITCH! YOU COCKY SON OF A BITCH COMING INTO MY MEETING 10 MINUTES LATE! YOU WILL NEVER PLAY A DOWN OF FOOTBALL AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN, NOT WHILE I'M HERE. YOU GOT IT?"

Bo Schembechler to Jim Harbough

10/17/2015 - 12:24am Go Blue!

Go Blue!

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07/01/2015 - 11:59am Different planets

Harbaugh is about football. Cowherd is about promoting a product-- most notably himself.

I read the comments and reaction before listening and like others expected to hear Harbuagh tanking the interview... he didn't. Harbuagh was not very engaging but I would not characterize him as aloof-- he actually did the work to clarify the the question about bye vs. buy. The interview was shut down when Jim asked what he could do to make the interview better-- I'm sure this set off Cowherd's defenses as it triggered a rant and an end to the interview with no attempt at recovery. Cowherd was trying to talk to a hype machiine and that's not Harbaugh's style. If he wanted passion, he might have considered the things that Harbuahg is passionate about.

I particularly loved Jim's response to the questions about exectations for the year... to be better today than we were yesterday and better tomorrow than we are today.

02/08/2015 - 12:35pm 21st Century Schools are worth a look
12/24/2014 - 6:29pm Mike Barwis!

Mike Barwis!

10/15/2014 - 7:06pm Get back to winning

Keeping one's integrity does not keep them from winning or getting back to winning. It's a "win" in and of itself.  Losing one's integrity for the sake of winning devalues the win and the person.

09/25/2014 - 9:29am Michigan 1980
Opponent Rank Date Site Result Attend.
Preseason 12
Northwestern 11/- 09/13 H W 17-10 100,824
Notre Dame 14/8 09/20 A L 27-29 59,075
South Carolina 17/- 09/27 H L 14-17 104,213
California   -/- 10/04 H W 38-13 104,621
Michigan State   -/- 10/11 H W 27-23 105,263
Minnesota   -/- 10/18 A W 37-14 56,297
Illinois (HC)   -/- 10/25 H W 45-14 105,109
Indiana 18/- 11/01 A W 35-0 52,071
Wisconsin 12/- 11/08 A W 24-0 69,560
Purdue 11/16 11/15 H W 26-0 105,831
Ohio State 10/5 11/22 A W 9-3 88,827
Washington  5/16 01/01 1 W 23-6 104,863
Totals: 322-129 1,056,443

 

09/07/2014 - 9:58pm Why is a growth mindset confused with denial?

I love the attitude of the OP. Why not look for the positive?

Whether you agree with the OP or not, it's not a matter of denial-- denial would be refusing to believe that we really lost the game.

I'd say this is more of a growth mindset vs. a fixed mindset scenario. The growth mindset operates under the idea that you  can always grow and improve. That your current circumstances are not the end, they are a positional reality from which you can make choices and improve.

The fixed mindset believes that you are what you are and that's it. The current circumstances are largely based on the limitations of the parts and there is nothing you can do about it.

Both views have value and probably provide a level of perspective that can help any organization make critical decisions. 

09/07/2014 - 10:51am The sky was falling

I see that in your case, the sky was falling. Glad your safe and thanks for the perspective.

 

08/16/2014 - 12:14pm The problem with marketing

The problem with looking at this through the marketing lens is that it de-personalizes what Michigan is to most of the faithful. Marketers see us as consumers, we're not, we're fans. Fans as in fanatical, fans as in fantastic. We don't consume Michigan football we assimilate it. The marketing aspect reduces the role of the fan to a piece of data. I'd add that the hyper analysis afforded by the internet doesn't help the situation. Breaking down every element of the program to a point of judgement is devisive by nature.

United we stand divide we fall.

The beauty of Canhamland is that it is united.

This all reminds me of the ESPN model, Colin Cowherd specifically paints fans as stupid for following their hearts, according to the marketing model we should all be fans of the National Champion every year, otherwise we picked wrong-- we're losers. The reality is that following a football program is not about an annual result. It's the past present and future. Today's "product" is more than what comes out on the score board on any given day-- it includes hopes and dreams. Granted winning helps. At Michigan, fans have never had the opportunity to learn how to lose for long stretches, our tradition is winning. Other teams-- look at the Lions, are able to survive even with a legacy as losers. The pre- 1970 Pittsburgh Steelers. The New Orleans Saints. Those teams survived because the core fans viewed the team as something to root for, becuase of their hope for success. The TEAM (not the product) becomes a part of one's identity.

 

02/26/2014 - 8:38pm 6 pack for the game

I used to bring a 6 pack to the game every week in the early 80's. I never hid a thing. Seems like then people would talk about the good old days when you could bring a keg to the game.

 

01/08/2014 - 5:01pm From the mgoblue.com

From the mgoblue.com

01/03/2014 - 2:51pm Logged on to up vote

Logged on to up vote. It really does appear that we have a loser's mentality in our fanbase. Critical thinking is one thing, but bashing for the sake of bashing does no good in my view. There is something to be said for the abundance frame of mind-- bringing a positive outlook to any situation allows one to see the resources that are available and exploit them for maximum gain. If you continue to focus on the negative, you end up hamstringing resources for fear of losing what you have. It's soffocating.

12/17/2013 - 8:42pm Farm to School

Have you been in touch with the Farm to School people. They have a lot of resources and grant opportunities that might help you sustain this. We run a school garden at my elementary school and it's been a great community builder for us too.

Here's a link to the Florida Farm to School site.

http://www.farmtoschool.org/state-home.php?id=23

11/27/2013 - 11:26am That's awesome.

Thank you magnus.

11/27/2013 - 10:11am Completely agree

Like it or not, he just keeps doing his job.

11/26/2013 - 9:55am Returning to relevance for 30 years

How many coaching changes has ND gone through as they tried to return to relevance? The carousel does not make for consistency in building a strong program.

If we're looking for a national image to present for the future of the program, it make make sense to start with stability. I think our coaching staff is working in the present, but is also focused on the long term value of the program. The cut and run mentality will do nothing but perpetuate an image of desparation. Can we really afford to continue our "transition" for another three years?

Short term challenges build to long term success. The problems that this team and coaching staff are working through are invaluable to the long term knowledge and success of a program. There's no magic, as the media portrays it. If Hoke gets it, the issues we see this year will not be repeated. Consistency will be built into the program and "bad years" will be limited in frequency and the level of "badness."

I recall many comments about Hoke's first year being "the worst thing that could happen to him as a coach." The schedule was easy. People projected 10-11 wins with our without a coaching change. Expectations for a "return to glory" were fast forwarded and now we see a backlash because people think that we should already be "there."

Losing is the pits. Nobody likes it. But its not the end. With all of the criticism this team has endured this year, they have been in a position to win every game but one-- that says something about the coaching and the game planning.

If you are looking for a team to represent you in the media and stand up to the talking heads (or blog empowered fans) of the sports world then it might make sense to gamble on a quick fix in coaching changes. If you are looking for a team to represent the values and educaiton standards of an academic institution like Michigan, you need to delay short term success for long term strength in character and values. The wins will come.

11/24/2013 - 11:13pm I'm with your 9 year old

Really? You want to give me a hard time for being optimistic?

 

11/24/2013 - 9:52pm More delusional than psychic

More delusional than psychic, but I'd rather think positively than give up on the game before the first practice,

11/24/2013 - 8:40pm Adversity

This is the kind of adversity that builds character. Devin appears to have heart and an unmatched accountiability to his teammates.

He'll go far in life.

After we put a beat down on the Bucks, I expect him to have a phenominal season next year.

11/24/2013 - 8:26pm Just sayin...

We're goiing to beat OSU.

11/18/2013 - 7:05pm Amen.

Amen.

11/17/2013 - 11:31am Take a long term view

If the Michigan AD pays any attention to reactionary fan base we're screwed. Not saying that all the fans are wrong, just that you can cherry pick any opinion you want. Do you go with the loudest voice? The complimentary voice? The optimistic view? The negative nancy? the voice of reason?

In the end, I'm sure that the AD has measurables in place to review goals, progress and expectations. While these three games are a part of the whole, they are not the end. College football has programiatic and cyclical issues to contend with, the view going forward will need to take the short term data (game to game) and be able to appy it to a long term vision for the program.

11/16/2013 - 8:16pm Happy about the win

The team (including the coaches) never quit. They deserve to enjoy this.

 

09/26/2013 - 9:55am And in the end

And in the end

 

The love you take

 

Is equal

 

to

 

the

 

Love

 

You make.

07/30/2013 - 10:27pm Who's Next

07/16/2013 - 2:13pm 5 years on MGBog, 5 decades

5 years on MGBog, 5 decades bleeding blue.

11/09/2011 - 9:17am No religion or politics on this blog?

I see a lot of posts getting a pass on this "rule."

Your suggestion that the Church gets a pass is absurd. These are crimes and sins committed by people. The consequences for unrepentant sin, as the Church believes, is eternal damnation-- that's not getting a pass. It's hell.

10/09/2011 - 11:35am Amen

Amen!

10/09/2011 - 11:32am Agreed

The only thing I would add is that we do this for many, many years in a row. 

Predicting losses seems like opening the door to failure.

08/06/2011 - 3:05pm That's pretty awesome

I used to be a on scoreboard security back in the early 80's... the boards were so small that we had to post a guard to keep people from standing up and blocking the board.

Bring on the games!

08/06/2011 - 2:57pm Awesome

Logged in to say thanks for the video.

03/11/2011 - 5:03pm Does anyone know how that happened?

“This is Michigan, for God’s sakes!”

03/10/2011 - 4:19pm I feel dirty

Just going to the site from that school down south makes me feel dirty.

02/10/2011 - 9:55am With regards to the defense

Where did we stand the last few years?

http://homepage.mac.com/asmgw/quadrant.jpg

02/09/2011 - 9:21am Carr / RR Difference

I seem to recall that a big difference between Carr and RR was that Lloyd made a lot of offers through the camp process, while RR was working the out of state pipelines, beating the bushes and workig a lot of recruits. This points to a difference in recruting strategy. Note that Sparty numbers look a lot like OSU-- Dantonio recruited with Tressel and likely built his strategy on the OSU model.

Seems likely that Hoke will be more like Carr. He can "touch" more kids and their coaches by developing a strong camp model. This helps in a number of ways-- provides an evaluation opportunity, helps develop local talent, improves network among coaches, provides young players with an awesome experience at Michigan. All of these factors should point to a lower offer/acceptance ratio and a more consistent talent base.

The piece that will put us over the top in my view will still be the abiility to recruit nationally and fill in some elite talent. I like the model of building your foundation first-- much like buiding your team from the line. Without the program consistency, there will be no big draw from elite players.

02/08/2011 - 9:23am No nonsense

Here's a guy that learned from his mistakes and takes the example of his teachers to heart. His schtick is pretty basic-- toughness, teaching, developing kids-- It's not that complicated, and that's what makes it doable. I love that we hear Bo in his voice, but I don't think he's trying to be Bo, I think he's resigned to the legacy that Bo has created... not a bad place to start.

02/07/2011 - 10:56pm Waiters gonna wait

02/05/2011 - 10:16am Impressive

He looks like a man among boys.

01/30/2011 - 12:58am Tom Waits

+1 for Tom Waits ref

17 and clear in Anchorage, Alaska

01/29/2011 - 12:50pm reading into things

I think that in several cases the Hello Posts were drafted before the CC. (Granted that is likely not the case for some of the "new" prospects.)

Hard to say he's not being objective, it's a pretty straight forward outline.

01/29/2011 - 12:40pm All of the above: a lot of drama

It's funny that RR's biggest complaint about this is still the order of the day-- too much drama. We've got diiferent factions with powerful voices acting as if it's their opinion that is what's important in all of this.

Is it the team, the team, the team or the the talk, the talk, the talk (i.e. the blog, talk radio, scout, rivals... and on and on). I'm no better than anyone, I'm drinking it all in because I'm obsessed with Michigan Football.

RR worked his tail off, he made some great choices and some poor one's. The team faltered. We're looking for the best shot at team success. We move on.

Hoke has got support that RR never had-- good for the TEAM. (I feel bad for RR, he seemed to me to be a good guy and a good coach-- but my feelings don't mean shit in this.) We're talking about student athletes, the University of Michigan, and the pursuit of excellence.

I look at this blog as an outlet for my passion. I think Brian has it difficult, when you make your hobby your job, you tend to compromise in ways that you don't expect. He's a fan that is trying to be objective, that can be hard. I don't have that problem, I'm just a fan. I look for all the positives I can, I expect Michigan to win every game, and I am completely untrustworthy in terms of objectivity about the team.

The drama can be fun for some in a soap opera kind of way, but I agree that the real fun is in talking about the sports-- the S & C coach building mental toughness, Hoke realing in last minute recuits, NFL winners coming to coach Michigan because it's Michigan.

We've got a lot of good things going on that are going to help the young men on this team succeed, and I can have a small chunk of my brain live vicariously through them. And we just beat Sprty in hoops. Life is good. Drama is a sideshow.

01/29/2011 - 11:58am Better to wait

Better to wait and get the right guy than hire on the fly and then spend a year or two undoing the possible damage.

01/28/2011 - 9:58am Mental Toughness

I love the emphasis on mental toughness. We've talked a lot about 4th quarter strength with Barwis-- add in 4th quarter focus to that strength and we're moving forward. I think this guy will build on what Barwis started.