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03/31/2018 - 10:37pm Pappy

If they win Monday night, I'm going to find a bottle of Pappy vanWinkle to celebrate!

03/31/2018 - 10:35pm Single Malt Scotch

Oban Little Bay 14 year!  Neat!

02/25/2018 - 9:39pm Isle of Jura

^ Isle of Jura is another good one for the money!

02/25/2018 - 9:35pm Single Malts

Generally speaking single malts will be smoother than blends.  My favorite is Oban 14 yr, but it will set you back about $80-$90.  As others have mentioned for the money Macallan 12 yr is pretty good too.

There are also peaty scotches out there too that will have a smoky flavor.  Laphroig or Lagavulan, if you are looking for something different.

02/25/2018 - 9:31pm Blends

JW Black is good for a blend, I would also give Dewars a try if a blend is the choice.  Good with ice or a little water and ice. 

01/01/2018 - 10:02pm Agree

This game was about youth, lack of focus and inexperience.  Not saying they couldn't win with those issues.  They were up by a large margin and should have won, but the unravelling came down to mental errors.

01/01/2018 - 9:57pm S&C in the SEC

I can't help but notice how much bigger both Georgia and Alabama look than the teams they are playing.  Even their RBs look bigger than the LBs.  Georgia did not look that way under Richt.  We need to look at what they are doing for S&C.  Obviously Georgia's coach came from Saban's coaching tree so I don't think it is a coincidence that they have a similar approach.

If I remember correctly there was some rumblings that Najee Harris's trainer prefered Bama too!

01/01/2018 - 9:33pm Patterson

Saying taking Patterson was a mistake may be one of the most ridiculous takes I have ever heard.  He was the #1 HS QB coming out.  You just don't pass up on that if he wants to be here. 

Your QB has to have mobility to be successful.

01/01/2018 - 9:16pm Eason and Fromm

Both Eason and Fromm were top ranked QBs coming out of HS.  They literally don't need to be developed, that's why they started as true freshman.  Not a good example, no one on Michigan's roster was the level of either QB coming in.

01/01/2018 - 7:12pm Lack of Focus

This loss and season has a lot to do with a lack of focus by a young team at key moments.  Muffed punts, bungled handoffs, throwing across your body and getting picked off in the endzone, etc.

01/01/2018 - 7:08pm Don Brown D

I agree with your take.  An occasional breakdown at the end of a game I can understand, but this is now becoming a trend the last two years against OSU, against Wisconsin, against FSU and now an awful South Carolina team.  When the team needs a stop the most, the D has not stepped up in big games.  Not sure if it is youth or scheme, but starting to see it to often.

The D needs to pick up the team, when a bad play happens on offense.  They seem to have a letdown when needed the most.

01/01/2018 - 6:38pm Disappointing Yes

This was definitely disappointing yes, but does not merit losing all hope.  Losing to Maryland, Rutgers, Toledo and App State are faith shattering losses!

01/01/2018 - 6:34pm Continuity

You don't fire Harbaugh, there needs to be continuity in the coaching.  The destabliliztion of the program was started by Carr.  Carr let recruiting slip before he was done.  He was supposedly opposed to Les Miles, so much so he encourage RR to pursue the job. He then supposedly told players they should transfer (i.e. Mallet) before even talking with Rodriguez.  The lack of support for RR when he was interim AD through his silence was deafening! 

The different camps that formed because of the Miles debacle were the start of the cancer that is here today.  If results are not National Championships after 3 years the fanbase becomes ridiculously divided.  Nothing will change if the coaching situation is unstable every 3 years.  Kids are committing asuming they will be with their coaches for the 3-5 years they remain at the school. 

Time for the fanbase to stand down and let the process play out.  Last year the entire MSU fanbase wanted Dantonio to fire his staff and questioned if his time was over?  Not looking at it that way this year after a great turnaround.

Take a look at the OSU boards, they have fans there that think Urban needs to go.  Think about that!   Emotion is great, but it can be irrational.  The fans think they

01/01/2018 - 6:09pm Baker

I am watching Baker Mayfield and the difference between his sideline demeanor and Peters is striking.  Geogia just ran for a 75 yard TD and Baker is standing there with a look that says - ok it's on!

01/01/2018 - 6:02pm Peters

I'm sorry but if he couldn't handle the competition with Patterson, then how would he be able to handle hostle away games at ND, MSU and OSU.  He is just not up to the challenge.  He showed no leadership ability when the chips were down. 

He had no game awareness or defensive awareness. Just totally spaced out.

01/01/2018 - 5:28pm 4th Place Team

Let's face it, Michigan played like the 4th place team in the B1G East today.  They played like their standing.  On top of that they were probably the 5th best team in the B1G overall.  Next year should be better as a young team gets better.  MSU will also be improving and next year will tell a lot.  Expecting Michigan to sweep through the B1G is probably setting us up for disappointment, but we should also expect them to be in the hunt.

01/01/2018 - 5:17pm Young Players Will Improve

This team has a lot of young receivers and they will get better.  Chesson and Darboh did nothing as Freshmen or Sophmores.  They improved their Junior seasons and were not really good until they were seniors.  This is typical for most receivers transitioning from HS to College.  Even Calvin Johnson was not good during his first year in the Pro's.  It's just how it goes unless you have a once in a decade type talent.

Patterson will help at QB and the line should be better on the interior.  Question mark is Tackle.

01/01/2018 - 4:50pm Season's Over

Season's over, you are not going to hear anything for a while.  Time to forget this season and move on!

01/01/2018 - 4:47pm This is Lloyd Redux!

He is correct this is Lloyd Redux, but without the loss to App State yet!  The play calling is not to lose and way to conservative, which was a staple of Lloyd's teams.  In fact the National Championship was in an era when you didn't have to play the #2 team so we don't really know what Michigan won other than an undefeated season.  That undefeated season occurred because of a dominant Defense.  It wasn't the offense! 

Also, the B1G was bad when Lloyd was winning.  The only other decent team was OSU and once they got a good coach (Tressel), Michigan couldn't beat them.  Now the B1G is one of the best conferences in the country, Lloyd would lose big in this version of the B1G!

01/01/2018 - 4:03pm Troubling

Peters looked totally clueless out there late in the game.  It is inexplicable that he slid short of the first, which would have stopped the clock.  Then he got up and had no urgrency.  He looks like he was on another planet. 

Need a short throw and he is out there throwing bombs.  Need a long conversion and he is dumping it off. 

I just don't it.

11/19/2017 - 9:43am Development

It will get better each year as the program builds.  The backups will not be freshmen, they will be sophmores, juniors, or seniors that already understand and have experience in the system.  I think they need to stay consistent and keep building the entire program. 

I am not happy with saying wait until next year, but it will get better.  I don't expect them to be world beaters next year either, but they should win a few none expected. 

2019 will be the season that it all will be apparent.  Clemson under Dabo Sweeney took time to build as well and we are in the same position.

11/19/2017 - 9:37am First year WRs

First year receivers are rarely productive in college or the pro's.  Even Calvin Johnson had a poor first year with the Lions.  It takes time to develop.  They will get better moving forward and Michigan will reap the dividends. 

Pro style does work in college, but takes a little more time to develop than the spread.  Once the personnel (first time starters and backups) are firmly established, you will see consistently winning teams moving forward.

I will admit I wish that they had a more creative offensive staff, but understand what they are trying to build. 

I have wanted a defensive coordinator like Don Brown forever.  A defense that is aggressive on every down.  I can handle getting beat once and a while playing that way.  Now I am looking for the same mentality on offense.

11/19/2017 - 9:29am MSU

MSU has two factors in it's favor over UM.  They have a power running backfield that can grind out tough yards.  I like Evans and Isaac, but they go down quite easy on first contact.  Our best back is Higdon, who keeps his legs going  on contact.  The other factor in their favor is a better QB in Lewerke.  He is mobile and gritty.  The combination helps them extend drives.

It comes down to a couple of critical positions as the difference.  Deveon Smith was a big factor in UMs success last year.  The pounding style wears down a defense the way that UW did yesterday to Michigan's defense.

11/19/2017 - 8:52am No Comparison to Hoke or RR

I am disappointed by how the year has gone, but there is no comparison between Harbaugh and Hoke or RR. 

RR and Hoke were beaten handily by bottom dwealers in the B1G.  Although Harbaugh hasn't had many signature wins against top teams, the team has not lost to teams that they shouldn't.  MSU is much improved and will be even better next year. 

Wisconsin's QB hit the passes he needed to hit.  The passing windows were inches and he made big time throws.  Give it up to them.  The coverage was good, just perfect throws. 

Next year they will improve, but we may be starting a new QB.  Need to see how it plays out.  I like Peters, but he needs to recognize the rush and get rid of the ball quicker.  It's not HS anymore.

10/22/2017 - 9:47am Lol

As much as they run on 3rd or 4th and long they probably thought play action would really fool PSU.  It was either going to be that or a draw.

10/22/2017 - 9:32am The Trap

RR's time was limited no matter what.  The trap was that he ignored the defense and tried to out score everyone on offense.

The trap for Harbaugh is that he fixed the defense by hiring the best Def. Coordinator in the country, but will he do the same on offense.

As much as I don't care for Franklin, he is similar in his approach to Meyer.  They hire top notch innovative minds for offense and defense.  If Harbaugh goes down the same path and fixes the offense he will be a legend.  If not, he will be just like Carr, close but no cigar!  Teams that compete occasionally but come up short against more innovative minds.

The trick is finding a coach that has both sides of the ball operating at the top of the profession, not one side at the expense of the other.  Hopefully JH is that guy. 

I would think that they guy who watched a traffic cop to observe what made him so good at what he did is doing the same with his peers in the profession and learning from their success.

I believe JH is that person and he will adapt.  He is too competitive to stand pat and accept the status quo. 

 

10/22/2017 - 9:17am Pro Style Teams

The problem is most HS now run the spread.  Pro style players can win like Bama, but you need top recruiting classes with 5* players at every position or a consistent staff that develops those players for years in college (like MSU). 

We are getting 5* on defense, but need the same on offense on the lines and at RB.  Otherwise it will take more time like it did for MSU.

I personally would prefer that similar to the defensive staff, that Harbaugh would make a similar move to a power spread approach.  Or better yet, I wish we would have gotten a Kevin Wilson to run the offense.  That coupled with Don Brown would be lights out. 

I have never understood why it is so hard to have a top offense and top defense at the same time.

Harbaugh makes staff changes every year to attempt to make the team better.  Let's see what next year looks like, but I think Drevno has a 5 year deal so I think continuity is the name of the game.

10/22/2017 - 9:06am Continuity

Continuity is the key.  As more recruiting classes come in the team will improve.  This team is an 8 win squad consistent with the Vegas line early in the year.  We were all encouraged by the Florida win and the start, but the team is the youngest in the country and they are not up to the level of PSU or even OSU. 

8 wins with a team as young as this one, probably means good things to come. 

Key position questions moving forward are QB, RB and Oline.  If that gets sorted out, the future is bright.

10/22/2017 - 8:52am The Oline

It's an amazing thing to watch, but the RR years and total change in offensive strategy really set the oline back.  This is the 3rd staff struggling to get the line where it needs to be.  The issue with this staff is finding good tackles.  I think the interior line will be fine. 

With Frey added to the staff, it's going to take time for the young offensive tackles to develop.  That's just how it is with tackles unless you get top notch 5* Alabama level tackles. 

If there is a recruiting failure this is it.  Let's hope Filliaga starts at one of the tackle positions next year.

10/22/2017 - 8:44am Let's be fair to the staff

Let's be fair to the staff and players.  This is a young team and just like Hoke the poor recruiting at key positions at the end of the RR years played out in year 3.  This team is in a similar situation and Harbaugh will need 4 full recruiting classes before we see what this turns into.  I can't say if this will be a National Championship Caliber team in year 4 or 5, but it does say something about the state of the program that it is taking longer than planned.

This is not a sky is falling scenario.  We will not lose to Maryland and Rutgers or send an obviously concussed QB back in the game.  People will not be calling for the AD to lose his job.  This will be a down year 8-5 team, but we will see improvement in years to come. 

Disappointing after the start of the year, but not necessarily a surprise.  Hoke's last 2 years of recruiting including the transition to Harbaugh were quite poor.  Harbaugh and staff have only had 2 full recruiting classes. 

It will get better.  Just going to take more time than we hoped.

10/22/2017 - 8:27am Peters

I agree that you can't put this on O'Korn.  I thought he played smart considering.  That being said it's now time to prep Peters for next year.  O'Korn playing from this point forward does nothing to improve the team for next year.  He is a 5th year senior and has no eligibility next year.

Time to give Peters some game time action and get him in position to compete next year with Speight and McCafferty for the starting positon. 

10/22/2017 - 8:21am Penalties

It's not why they lost but there were blatent holding plays on every McSorley run.  The jersey grab variety right in front of officials.  1 penalty all game for PSU is crazy, but you have to play through it. 

No excuses, even with the calls PSU was the better team.

07/16/2015 - 11:07pm Down

I think down to the point of their best Division the SEC West going 2-5 in bowl games suggests they were not the best conference.  It also exposed the extent of the media bias because we heard all year that the SEC West was really an NFL Division.  It was supposedly that good.

I would argue the B1G or PAC 12 were better.

OSU over SEC West and SEC Overall Champ Alabama. 

OSU NC

Indiana over SEC East Champion Missouri on the road.

MSU over Big 12 Champion Baylor

Wisconsin over prior year SEC Champion Auburn.

Looks pretty good for the B1G to me.  Not sure what your grading scale is, but I think you are still living with a flawed perspective.

07/16/2015 - 10:59pm Wrong

OSU was fortunate to make it into the playoff.  If they had not blown the doors off of Wisconsin in the Conference Championship they had no chance.  Even doing that, they still needed the Big 12 to decide not to name a clear cut Champion.  If the Big12 has a clear champion or championship game, OSU never gets in.  I think you have forgotten the outrage that OSU leapfrogged TCU.  it was generally accepted that either Baylor or TCU would be the 4th playoff team before the committee made their decision.

07/16/2015 - 10:50pm 2014

2014 is a great example of the flawed evaluation of the B1G. It was perceived as a weak conference (5th best) and yet they accomplished the following:

OSU beat SEC West and SEC Overall Champion Alabama and won NC.

MSU beat Big12 Champion Baylor in the bowl

Wisconsin beat prior year SEC Champion Auburn in the bowl game.

Indiana beat SEC East Champion Missouri.

The low rank appears to be driven by the poor perception of the conference, but was clearly not reinforced by the reality.  The perception of the B1G as being a poor conference almost cost OSU a chance at the playoff.  If they had not blown the doors off of Wisconsin in the Conference Championship and the Big 12 wouldn't have named co-Champions, the evential NC would have been on the outside looking in for the playoff.

Perception does matter! and it almost cost the B1G a National Championship.

07/16/2015 - 10:38pm Not so fast

The SEC has lived off an inflated perception for quite some time.  The conference has benefitted for years by lesser teams being overrated.  SEC teams do not drop as far in the ratings after a loss to other SEC teams because of this perception.  It all became a self fulfilling prophecy.

Let's review last year:

SEC West (Considered an NFL Division by the pundits) - Bowl Record 2-5.

Middle of the pack Big 12 teams have come in and immediately competed for the Conference and Division Titles.

B1G -

OSU beat Alabama (SEC West Champion in 2014) in the College Football Playoff.

Indiana (poor B1G team) beat Missouri (SEC East Champion) during the season.

MSU beat Big 12 Champion Baylor in Bowl Game

Wisconsin beat Auburn (SEC West Champion in 2013) in their bowl game.

All of the B1G teams that won above were significant underdogs.  I think you are overrating the SEC and underrating the B1G.  The beauty of the new playoff system is that it will be decided on the field not by system with flawed biases. 

02/04/2015 - 11:29pm This ^

You are spot on with this comment.  The kid did not want to own his decision with so many around him telling him to go to Michigan.  Based on his comments he is clearly being fed a line of BS by Meyer.  He will see soon enough!  If a 3* intimidated him, then he is in for a rude awakening at OSU with Elliott next season and then the #1 RB in 2016 coming in.  The backup to Elliott is likely better than Weber.

Good Luck, but bad decision!  Harbaugh needed Weber because of the need.  Meyer wants Weber to ensure Michigan doesn't get him.  He will have an uphill battle at OSU.  

Best of Luck to him!

02/04/2015 - 11:01pm Not so fast...

I have not seen anything yet out of Morris that would suggest he is remotely ready to take over at QB.  He has a strong arm, but he locks in on his primary receiver.  

I personally don't think Harbaugh cares whether the kid is a true Freshman or not.  They are all in the same boat with regard to the offensive system that will be implemented and the coaches will likely select the QB that looks the most capable.

I think too many on this board are doubting Malzone because of his slow rise.  He is a very accurate passer and can extend plays with his legs.  He keeps his eyes downfield and will not lock in on the primary receiver.  If he can master the playbook early he has as good a shot as the others.  We are not talking experienced 5th year seniors here, they are all young. 

Paraphrasing, I have heard Sam Webb also comment that he thinks Malzone will be competing late for the starter position.  The kid is a winner.  

01/02/2015 - 12:37am Not so fast!

OSU coaches are fools.  Why throw there?

01/02/2015 - 12:01am OSU Unravelling!

Totally had this game in hand and they are unravelling.

01/01/2015 - 11:59pm Skill Position Speed!

What we need most is skill position speed!  Cole will help as well as Ty, but we have to get more speed at the skill postions and we are right there.

01/01/2015 - 11:56pm B1G

Well sure looks like the B1G was not as down as everyone thought this year!  If OSU wins tonight I could live with it if they lose in the Championship Game.

12/28/2014 - 11:32am Latest Schefter Tweet!

Latest Schefter Tweet:

'Michigan has been telling incoming recruits it plans to have a new HC by middle of this week.  Michigan is confident'

(still trying to figure out how to imbed the tweet).

12/28/2014 - 11:30am NFL Guys!

Well I just saw a tweet from Ian Rappaport stating:

"#Raiders owner Mark Davis told me last night that GM Reggie McKenzie will be involved with him in head coach interviews that start Monday."

If true, it means that they are not contemplating giving Harbaugh full control of anything in Oakland!  

I don't think an offer is forthcoming!  

 

12/28/2014 - 11:15am Already a Thread!

I think this was already a thread a couple of days ago.

12/28/2014 - 11:14am Latest Schefter!

In his latest report on ESPN Countdown, I'm paraphrasing - he mentioned that a lot of sources believe Harbaugh is going to wind up at Michigan.  He may wind up at Michigan, but the NFL will have its say.

12/28/2014 - 10:22am Cautious Optimism!

I still have cautious optimism it is happening, but there has been enough chatter about a supposed agreement last time it gives me pause.  I can't imagine there is any turning back now.

This has to be the reason a verbal agreement wouldn't be good enough, unless they are not getting the feedback that there is a verbal.

What makes me wonder is who is feeding the NFL guys that Harbaugh will be listening to offers?  Hope it is not Harbaugh's people.

 

12/27/2014 - 12:03am Foolish

I don't like to resort to name calling, but Rappaport is a fool!

12/27/2014 - 12:00am Same Community!

They are in the same community, which is even worse.  If he goes to Oakland and succeeds, it's the same fanbase and press.  The criticism would be deafening for either side based on his success or failure.

I don't think it goes down that way.  Doubt Oakland wants to give up 1st or 2nd round picks.  Doubt JH wants to go to a bad team which doesn't have those high picks.  

SF probably wants him to go to Michigan, which reduces the criticism to some extent.  Can argue he went back to his Alma Matter to fix it.  Mich throws in some cash for the buyout and it would be a wrap.

12/26/2014 - 11:48pm Was this a live feed?

Was this a live feed or did someone let this get out?  I can't believe that someone that likes him would allow this to go public.