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01/01/2011 - 3:59pm I agree...

I know I have a lot to be happy about.

And, Michigan should recruit that penguin as a linebacker.

01/01/2011 - 3:19pm I think...

the Diaries and MGoBoard should be shut down permanently as they have simply become forums for Michigan fan infighting. Much stupidity goes on here and almost nothing of any redeeming value is posted. Who needs Buckeyes when there are neg-banging MGoBoard posters and commenters around.

The worst--absolute worst--aspect of the Rich Rodriguez era is not the downward spiral on defense, not the abysmal special teams, not the repeated mistakes with penalties and turnovers but that I now must accept that a significant portion of the Michigan fan base consists of irrational troglodytes.

11/26/2010 - 1:44pm Because...

A) It's the Big East
B) Rich Rodriguez is no longer there to screw it up
C) They've recruited appropriately
D) Their athletes haven't been R-U-N-N-O-F-T

11/26/2010 - 7:40am I Feel You Man...

Writing anything critical about Rich Rodriguez around here is like stating out loud that one does NOT love Big Brother in Oceania. I'm not quite into negative points yet, but a few more comments that maybe the overall poor team performance is reflective of an overall poor head coach performance will get me that badge of honor soon enough.

11/25/2010 - 5:09pm Maybe...

If all the Roch Rodriguez fanboys here can neg-bang him enough, he won't be allowed to contribute to the Detroit News anymore. Just a thought. Or you can just neg-bang me.

11/25/2010 - 5:04pm It was nice...

To see Jeff Backus and Tom Brady talking at the end of the game. After all these years.

11/21/2010 - 10:05am I Respectfully Disagree

100%. Do the players have an obligation to follow their coach unconditionally? Absolutely. Do I? Nope, as a fan I am part of the system of checks and balances that may ultimately lead to the removal of a bad hire. Michigan as an institution and it's football program are bigger than Rich Rodriguez or any of us. We owe it to that timeless program to be honest about Rich Rodriguez instead blindly supporting every failure.

Did Nebraska fans owe such blind loyalty to Bill Callahan? Do you think Alabama fans are sorry they missed out on Rich Rodriguez?

11/20/2010 - 3:14pm You beat us to it.

You beat us to it.

11/13/2010 - 6:33pm That's Awesome

"And I can smell that liquor in your breath!"

"'Cause I been drinkin', bitch!"

10/31/2010 - 2:22pm I don't know...

...if I would use Air Force to support your argument since they are more of an example of what good coaching can accomplish with guys who are simply playing football as a diversion from studying engineering while waiting to become fighter pilots. They basically have four Air Force cadet versions of Jordan Kovacs on the field. The fact that a service academy--in this day and age--can do what a traditional football powerhouse like Michigan cannot, just makes the situation all the more sad. Michigan doesn't have to have the best pass defense in college football but it sure would be nice if they were near the absolute worse.

08/13/2010 - 3:15pm Michigan Heroes

Even without his later, uh, failures, Custer makes a questionable choice for a Michigan connection to the Civil War (his casualty rate--which was for the sporadically engaged cavalry--was horrendous and was a foreshadowing of the recklessness at Little Bighorn.

For some serious Michigan inspiration, look no further than the 24th Michigan Volunteer Infantry Regiment which was part of the legendary Iron Brigade. They, as much as any other unit, were responsible for the victory at Gettysburg. Custer was a sideshow.

12/08/2009 - 10:00am RE: CMU

Aren't they also the de facto state champions this year?

12/04/2009 - 10:06am Do We Really Need a Study...

to tell us that games that provide drama and excitement are ultimately more enjoyable then games that provide neither? The whole point of sports is that the outcome is in question. Winning doesn't mean a whole lot unless there was a very real chance of losing.

I know we all love statistics and the scientific method and things that are quantifiable but this should be obvious. I also like food that's delicious more than food that tastes terrible. I don't need a study to tell me that one either.

11/21/2009 - 3:16pm Not bad...

overall for a game with 5 turnovers.

11/19/2009 - 11:29am Truth Sometimes Hurts

She definitely hits close to home on that. Can't say the state of things is her fault, though, or that anything is inaccurate. If anything, she gives the Michigan-Ohio State rivalry the benefit of the doubt since she's turning a blind eye to the lopsided Tressel-Carr record.

Besides, she not saying the significance is gone forever, merely that this year, Ohio State goes to the Rose Bowl regardless of the outcome and that Michigan is fighting to not be dead last in the Big Ten. Not exactly and inspiring backstory for a game.

11/13/2009 - 4:00pm The minor rule violation....

was raising the hopes of the Michigan fanbase--anyone remember when Forcier was going win the Heisman and we were all going to Pasadena?--before they were crushed on the cruel, jagged rocks of the reality of having a freshman quarterback. Not to mention a soul-destroying defensive secondary.

He may have to sit out an entire half for that.

11/10/2009 - 2:19pm To me, it's still troubling right now...

For one thing, Tate Forcier and Denard Robinson surrounded by guys with at least a year of experience should be able to contribute to a more favorable turnover margin than Steven Threet and Nick Sheridan surrounded by mostly freshman and a newly installed offense.

Also troubling is that in the last six games, Michigan's turnover margin has been a staggeringly bad -1.67 in spite of the fact that its opponents in this stretch included the following: an Illinois team that was imploding; a Delaware State team that technically recorded two losses that gameday; a Purdue team with the same awful turnover margin as Michigan; and a team quarterbacked by the usually generous Ricky Stanzi.

Freshman or not, Michigan should have done better on the turnovers.

11/10/2009 - 1:02pm Easy there, big guy...

I'm not pointing fingers at any sophomores--or any of the atheletes--I'm simply pointing out that the turnover problem of last year was considered to be less likely to be duplicated this year since nearly everyone had an extra year of experience.

As it turned out, two guys with that extra year of experience just so happen to be the quarterbacks who've accounted for most of the turnovers.

My point was simply that one of the bad things--turnover margin--about last year's team that one would have thought could not have gotten any worse, did--in fact--get worse.

11/10/2009 - 12:52pm Excellent point

Consider my assertion that the turnover margin is worse because of more experienced atheletes handling the ball retracted. With two freshman handling the ball on virtually every play, turnovers are to be expected.

It's still troubling that the turnover margin this year--with an admittedly improved offense--is worse than last year's which was with the worst offense ever.

11/10/2009 - 11:34am Yes, really

In 2008, Michigan ranked 104th--out 0f 119 teams, yes, I wrote it--with a turnover margin of -.83. I think we can all agree that this is not good and at least one of the reasons Michigan did so poorly last year.

In the first four games of the 2009 season--against opponents from near the bottom of the MAC, Notre Dame, and Indiana--Michigan was able to acheive a turnover margin of +.25. Sweet, a positive turnover margin that represents progress, that's a good thing. Had Michigan continued at that pace, Michigan would be ranked at approximately 52nd.

Sadly, that did not happen and--in spite of such a good start statistically--Michigan now sits at 106th with a turnover margin of -.9. So, yeah, that's regression. And not just a simple regression to the "less perfect" state of last year, but--in several ways--a regression beyond it.

First, the turnover margin is now statistically worse than last year's. Second, last year had inexperienced freshman who were being coached by an unfamiliar coaching staff committing turnovers. This year, we have sophomores who have been in the system for a year with the coaching staff commiting turnovers. Third,the coaches knew it was a problem last year and should have addressed it in the offseason.

So, the bottom line is that this year's team has fewer "excuses" for an unfavorable turnover margin and yet has a worse turnover margin than the 2008 team.

And, no, I do not hate Rich Rodriguez.

09/25/2009 - 12:57pm Not Strange at All

I have a number 33, home jersey, circa 1996, that I used to put on for big games that Michigan invariably lost. If you go back over the last decade, any time Michigan lost to Notre Dame, Ohio State, UCLA, Oregon, etc, I was wearing that jersey. It took me a long time to accept it and even after I figured it out I would still wear it sometimes with bad results. Back in 2006, when Michigan should have throttled Ball State but the game was close, that was because I wore my cursed jersey even though I knew better. Now I do, and I do not wear that jersey under any circumstances.

If you’re interested on the history of my cursed jersey you can read about it here.

09/23/2009 - 5:07pm Bend Don't Break

If you want to load up against it and grind down the field you'll have success doing it, though I wonder if teams will manage to score a lot of touchdowns with that sort of approach. Michigan's going to bend a lot; hopefully they won't break.

This has been my impression of Michigan’s defense as well. Considering the offense’s ability to move the ball and score and that fact that several sustained drives by opposing teams have resulted in no points for them, Michigan will generally come out ahead in this.

Although, some of the defensive play calling has seemed too passive for my taste, I think that Greg Robinson is indeed trying to mitigate his squad’s lack of depth and experience.

09/23/2009 - 4:15pm Yep...In the Rose Bowl

If people knew then what they know now it would have been Florida v. USC in the (Mythical) National Championship Game and Michigan v. Ohio State in a rematch in the Rose Bowl.

Think about how cool would that be? (sarcasm)

09/23/2009 - 10:58am Not All Conditioning is Stamina Related

How many football players look like marathon runners? None. How many football players look like sprinters? Quite a few. Different type of conditioning dealing with different types of muscles.

The statistical analysis appears to show the complete opposite of what we've generally expected from a Mike Barwis conditioned team, the margin between points scored and points given up is greatest when the teams are the freshest (the 1st and 3rd quarters).

Perhaps the Barwis Regimen doesn't develop the stamina and endurance to outlast opponents but an explosive speed to strike hard and fast and first. Perhaps--despite our expectations to the contrary--this explosive speed advantage actually deteriorates as the game wears on. The Barwis/Rodriguez Advantage is greatest in the first quarter but appears to taper off in the second. It rebounds somewhat after halftime and then tapers off even more in the fourth quarter.

Personally, I've run with a few body builder/sprinter types and they generally die at about one mile. They can blow me away in a 100 yard dash, however. Our bodies are simply conditioned differently.

09/23/2009 - 9:59am But They Needed Nine

The game is tied. They're play at home. Against a team with a freshman quarterback who has been stymied most of the game. They're in the opposing teams territory. Their quarterback is a 6'6", 235 pound marvel of nature. Their entire season hinges on this game.

And Tressel doesn't think his offense can gain a single yard?

If you can't do that, you deserve to lose. At least going for it keeps the possibility of winning alive.

09/22/2009 - 3:46pm Oh yes

Tressel is fixed in his ways and has not been challenged sufficiently to re-evaluate his philosophy.

Additionally, I feel this is an instance where early and big success—Mythical National Championship in year two—makes reevaluating his philosophy even less likely. Bob Stoops—although he does not seem to have a philosophy as distinct as Jim Tressel—looks as though he’s also in the same boat (great early success followed by years of repeated and similar failures). He’s also very likely glad that Ohio State gets all the attention for losing BCS Championships games.

It’s as though that initial success has blinded them to their own flaws and not even repeated exposure can convince them to make changes. One could even argue that Pete Carroll has been infected with this ailment (hence the inexplicable losses to unranked PAC-10 teams each year).

And--of course--our beloved Lloyd Carr may have had it, too.

09/22/2009 - 2:51pm The Curse

It all goes back to Red Grange scoring four touchdowns in one quarter against Michigan. Doing that to such a high prestige team--even if Michigan hadn't yet adopted the legendary winged helmet--has doomed Illinois to hover between failure and mediocrity.
You reap what you sow.
Not even Dick Butkus could save them.

09/18/2009 - 5:09pm ????

That's a jab at Michigan? If anything it read like multiple jabs at Michigan State and Notre Dame. Hell, I'm not even ready to suggest Michigan is Rose Bowl bound just yet.

The Detroit News generally has a more favorable attitude towards Michigan than some other papers and Bob Wojnowski and Angelique Chengelis are fair. Plus, Wojo is pretty funny sometimes.

09/18/2009 - 4:53pm Still am, for about one more

Still am, for about one more year.

09/18/2009 - 4:51pm LOL!

I always laugh when he says that because the rest of the movie disproves his point.

09/18/2009 - 2:25pm Stormtroopers

But Stormtroopers have serious accuracy issues. And they're easily fooled.

Cool outfits but they are some of the worst soldeirs ever.

09/18/2009 - 11:22am Schematic Advantage

That is a decided schematic advantage.

Yes, yes, and yes! Michigan now has one of those "intangible" edges over other teams (actually, I think there are more than one). It’s nice to root for a team that overachieves. When the game was over I thought the exact same thing, that Rich Rodriguez’s play calling and adjustments give Michigan that so-called “schematic advantage” and then smiled at how it had been displayed against Notre Dame.

Oh, the irony.

09/18/2009 - 11:13am Brandon Minor exploding

Brandon Minor exploding through the line is a thing of beauty.

09/17/2009 - 11:09am RE: Gregg Easterbrook and TMC

Shouldn't he be pointing out how Michigan will ultimately FAIL for hiring a disloyal mercenary like Rich Rodriguez? He was quick to point to this last year as an example of all that is wrong with college football and using the 3-9 record as an example of Michigan reaping what it had sown.

Apparently, a few wins and some highlights featuring really talented freshman will change that assessment.

09/16/2009 - 3:44pm Getting Creepy

I'm kind of glad Michigan plays Eastern Michigan this Saturday so at least some of the attention will be turned elsewhere (come on Lane Kiffin, please say something). It's great to be getting positive attention--and about actual on-field football stuff no less--but I don't want stories of Michigan's resurrection to oversaturate college football reporting or have people developing a case of Tate-lash.

Yay, we're not as inept as last year. Yay, the stadiums louder. Yay, we've got moxie. I love it and am enjoying it but surely don't want ESPN to screw it up for us or the team (USC, 2005 anyone?).

09/16/2009 - 2:41pm Mr. Pryor, Meet Sophomore Slump

Mr. Pryor, Meet [Sophomore Slump]

YMRMFSPA Chad Henne circa 2005, the Year of Infinite Pain.

It happens. Especially when the supporting cast is diminished while the expectations increase. Pryor is basically trying to morph into an NFL style passer while shouldering the burden of Ohio State's offense. Personally, I doubt he--or anyone--can do both simultaneously; either he gets help from guys around him to grow (think Braylon Edwards catching Chad Henne's freshman throws into his general vicinity) or he carries the load playing the way he's always played (think--if you dare--Vince Young avoiding tackles like he was made of plutonium). To me, it's either/or not both.

Add into that the extra pressure and criticism he's getting and he may end up with a John Navarre Complex which further degrades his performance.

Or he could just be a bust.

09/15/2009 - 2:57pm I'm with the Band

I can only comment on the sound based on watching the games on television but the crowd is much louder now and the band quieter. In past seasons, "The Victors" came across loud and clear while the crowd sounded like polite background conversation at a cocktail party. Now that the crowd is finally as loud as it should be the band barely audible.

I can't help but wonder if the band's position in the stands fails to give them the full acoustical benefit of the suites. Perhaps they could be moved closer to midfield? Surely, there is a way to give the band the same acoustical advantage the crowd is getting.

As excited as I am about the team and the direction they are going I’m also excited that Michigan finally has a loud stadium that gives the team a real home field advantage. It is, however, disappointing to lose the band (or at least the ability to hear them).

09/15/2009 - 12:15pm :)

I had to smile when I read that. Personally, I think it's a good sign that he doesn't see anything that's happened in the last year--or coming from behind against a favored Notre Dame--as "any obstacles."

I also think the change in attitude is very visible from the outside. I'm sure this team will lose a game this season, they're too inexperienced and thin in some areas not to, but it won't be because of lack of effort and I'm also sure that they'll be fighting tooth, fang, and claw until the clock runs out.

09/15/2009 - 9:56am Paradoxically

I also have more respect for Notre Dame after the game than I did before it (at least as far as the athletes on the field go). They were not overrated and were possibly even a little better than advertised. I think Michigan's play calling, adjustments, and clock management (in other words gameday coaching) was one of Michigan's strengths. The other--for the first time I've ever seen--was the noise from the home crowd (which exacerbated the problem of the offensive plays getting to Clausen late). After that, Michigan flat out played their asses off and never gave up.

I actually think Notre Dame has a shot at beating USC this year.

I’ll have a difficult time actually rooting for them against anyone other than USC (hate them, too). It’d be an injustice for them to win out and make a BCS bowl while Michigan does not. I suppose the best thing for Michigan would be for Notre Dame to lose to Michigan State or Purdue—or both--since Michigan also plays them and they pretty much cancel each other out.

09/14/2009 - 3:23pm Yes, Yes, and Yes!

I'm glad I'm not to only one to see that. As much as I love his running, blocking like that--something Mike Hart also excelled at--makes me love him even more.

08/18/2009 - 3:03pm Sadly, I've missed many games over the years...

5. 2003- at Minnesota: Three quarters of misery watching Michigan’s offense flounder while Michigan’s defense was pummeled by Minnesota’s tandem rushing attack of Marion Barber and Lawrence Mulroney. I couldn’t understand how they couldn’t stop the run when they knew Minnesota was going got run on every play. Then Michigan got it and it turned into the biggest comeback in Michigan history. Oh, and Steve Breaston completed a touchdown pass to John Navarre.

4. 2006-at Notre Dame: Hardly completive but oh-so-entertaining. Notre Dame was actually ranked #2 and there were so many questions about Michigan after the previous 7-5 season. Michigan didn’t show much offense in the previous two games against Vanderbilt and Central Michigan and didn’t in the first two offensive series against the Irish. Then, the passing attack was unleashed and I can still hear the announcer’s voice saying “Oh, he’s wide open” as Chad Henne launched the 69 yard touchdown pass to Mario Manningham. After that, the game became a cornucopia of offensive and defensive highlights. This is the college football equivalent of comfort food, a thorough dismantling—while an underdog, no less—of a haughty rival that just warms the soul.

3. 1997-at Penn State: 8 November 1997 was Judgment Day and Michigan stepped up in a big way. I was stationed in Korea at the time and watched the game live at about 2am on a Sunday morning after spending most of that Saturday playing football and drinking. Hence, the hazy memories of this but this is the one that got Michigan its #1 rankings. This—to me—is the game that demonstrated how truly great the 1997 Michigan Wolverines were, how critical Charles Woodson was, and how that team could beat anyone anywhere.

2. 2000-Alabama Orange Bowl: Might be my number one if not for Alabama’s missed extra point deciding the game. A classic Tom Brady performance with a comeback and then overtime.

1. 2008-Florida Capital One Bowl: In these lean times we’ve got to embrace what we can and defeating Florida on the year in between their mythical national championships is something to hang on to (along with the name Tim Biakabutuka, go ahead, say it out loud “Biakabutuka” you feel better, don’t you?) Marred only by Mike Hart’s trash talking and fumbling (2/3 of his career fumbles lost!) this was the game nobody thought Michigan had even the slightest chance in. And yet, Percy Harvin was chased down, Tim Tebow contained, and Michigan’s wideouts ran rampant through Florida’s secondary making one-handed grabs. A wonderful farewell for Lloyd Carr and, on a personal, the first Michigan game my then six day old son saw which makes it extra special to me.

08/13/2009 - 1:42pm San Antonio

If anyone has a reason to be biased against San Antonio, it is I. I actually went to that Alamo Bowl. Yes, THAT Alamo bowl. Furthermore, I drove across west Texas--for what had to be something like 83 straight hours--to get there. It was like being in the last of the V8 interceptors.

Still, San Antonio is the lovely town--the Riverwalk and Alamo are very groovy--and the Alamodome itself is a nice stadium. I think it's a fine place for a bowl game and in spite of the horrible memories--"GO BIG RED!!" & Please lateral to Steve Breaston, Please lateral to Steve Breaston--I can't help not liking the place.

08/11/2009 - 4:15pm Please tell me the striped

Please tell me the striped jerseys are for practice only.