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01/17/2019 - 6:49pm Or maybe the "five years"…

Or maybe the "five years" wasn't purely accidental and is a clue to what Brian actually meant. Just a thought.

01/17/2019 - 6:47pm It's definitely that,…

It's definitely that, because it bookends Brian's observation that the recent hires were youthful.  Any other meaning would lack context.

01/16/2019 - 10:35am Gattis seems like exactly…

Gattis seems like exactly what the team needs.  Let's hope Harbaugh actually gives him the space to run his vision of our offense.  After all, freeing up the pass game helps the run game as well -- it's not like that only works in reverse.

I also very much like the idea of Gattis speaking with Don Brown about how Gattis could exploit a man defense with good players.

01/11/2019 - 1:01pm I'd love to see him coach…

I'd love to see him coach our safeties.  That sounds like a great combination and one that addresses one of our biggest issues on the defensive side of the ball.

01/10/2019 - 6:43pm I like this.  His name…

I like this.  His name literally means bell tower.

01/10/2019 - 2:44pm Mattison because the bastard…

Mattison because the bastard defected to the enemy after years at Michigan. There are some things you really shouldn't do in coaching and this was one of them. Fuck him.

12/03/2018 - 10:18am The kid had to make a hard…

The kid had to make a hard decision with serious implications for him and his family. In that sense, our view as fans is of very low importance -- few (or none) of us have been in the position he finds himself in. So I think any personal animus directed at Gary is wrong.

That said, there's obvious tension between this type of thing and "The Team, The Team, The Team."  Something has clearly changed in college football, and it has detracted from the team-first mentality that made this such a great sport.  I think there are several parts to this, including the CFP system that undercut the importance of traditional bowls (I am old enough to remember that the Rose Bowl was incredibly important to everyone), the proliferation of bowl games such that every non-terrible team plays in one, the increased importance of transfers (i.e., the "Team" is a more fluid concept than it once was), the bizarro world of recruiting, and the fact that coaches themselves are sometimes disloyal (to be clear, I'm not referring to anyone on our current coaching staff).  Beyond all those things, which all have to do with money, the potential for serious injury seems much higher than once was the case, although I don't have numbers to back that up.  We should look critically at the way college football is run -- not at the decisions made by players like Gary -- if we want this to change.

Finally, take note of the perverse incentives here.  We presume that Gary would have played had Michigan made the playoffs.  In other words, while playoffs increase the injury potential (possibly two post-season games instead of one), they increase the perceived obligation to play even more.  This means that a player in Gary's situation now has reason to hope on some level that his team does not make the playoffs.  After all, Gary's NFL payday is now assured.  If we were in the playoffs and he were participating, that wouldn't be the case.  Because of this issue, it's not hard to imagine a player in Gary's position giving something less than his best effort in late-season games.  (IMPORTANT:  I'm in no way suggesting this was true of Gary.  I'm simply pointing out a bad incentive that exists in the current system.)

 

 

12/02/2018 - 1:07pm And I'm sure Harbaugh knew…

And I'm sure Harbaugh knew that and supported him in that effort.  Michigan was a soft landing for McElwain and he did a great job with his unit, but this was never going to be a long-term destination for McElwain.

11/20/2018 - 9:08pm A friend of mine started her…

A friend of mine started her teaching career at OSU, because one has to start someplace. Her car had a Michigan alumni sticker on it and was vandalized her first week there. The campus police told her she deserved it because of the sticker.

11/20/2018 - 9:50am But that's exactly the issue…

But that's exactly the issue.  There's no grammatical reason for the "The;" it's just self-aggrandizement. And it's petty, like crossing out "M" all over their own campus this week.  No reason for us to offer an assist to what amounts to a self-own.

11/13/2018 - 4:44pm That's about my take as well…

That's about my take as well.  We really need Alabama to beat Georgia.  And if they don't do that, we need them to suffer the most feckless, humiliating loss in the history of football.

11/11/2018 - 11:41pm Conventional wisdom says…

Conventional wisdom says Rutgers was added to expand B1G market share in NYC. The problem with that, though, is that by the time Rutgers was added, the Big Ten Network was already widely available on the most popular cable tiers and services in NYC (mostly because of Michigan, which enjoys a far larger and more loyal fan contingency in NYC than any other B1G school).  Given that, it’s hard to say how the Rutgers addition added anything at all. 

11/07/2018 - 3:18pm Exactly, and we don't even…

Exactly, and we don't even need all of those things to happen to have a potential issue.  Just imagine that Georgia beats Alabama in a nail biter and that Michigan has a close call between now and the end of the B1G season.  That would be enough to force a difficult decision.  Add to that some of the people on the selection committee, and it's pretty clear which way the bias would run.

We therefore do want Alabama to win (or, alternatively, to get shellacked, which is unlikely) and our wins need to be unassailable.

11/07/2018 - 10:02am I experienced big-time…

I experienced big-time paranoia once after smoking and never did it again.  That said, this is about legalization, not my own bad experience, so good for those who will benefit.

11/07/2018 - 9:57am That's what it is.  He uses…

That's what it is.  He uses it on Twitter now, too.  I think he's breaking it in for future profit!

10/30/2018 - 12:57pm I think this is exactly what…

I think this is exactly what we'll see this week.  Harbaugh has been showing different sides of his offense from game to game this season.  Each new wrinkle gives opposing coaches more to worry about.  A deep threat would somewhat lessen pressure on the run game, which would help support a run-first offense in the OSU game.  Plus, I think Harbaugh fully trusts Patterson now, which will give him the confidence to allow Patterson to air it out.

10/30/2018 - 11:13am I had to read this twice to…

I had to read this twice to understand that you meant that MSU's "little sister" comments didn't make sense (rather than saying Winovich's comments didn't make sense), but you're right.  They not only employed a juvenile trope as an attempted burn, but they did it incorrectly.  It's like having a tantrum at not being able to sit at the big kids' table, and reminding everyone in the process why they don't deserve to be there.

10/30/2018 - 11:06am As others have said, this…

As others have said, this was common among athletes of his age, and it's not an easy habit to break.  And sure, it's noticeable and gross, but it's also not our habit or our business.  Maybe he'll give it up for his own reasons at some point, but I imagine that wouldn't happen during football season.

10/27/2018 - 11:03am I once briefly considered a…

I once briefly considered a faculty position there.  It's a college town, I thought, how bad could it be?  Answer: pretty bad.

10/24/2018 - 12:20am Little Brother is in full…

Little Brother is in full victim mode.

10/23/2018 - 11:11am There are at least a few…

There are at least a few things we do know:

-- Gary is not Bosa.

-- Gary has demonstrated character and leadership on and off the field.

-- Gary's mom is a quality person who will give him good advice.

-- Gary was actually injured, has been battling back from that, and has been practicing with the team.

-- Only a limited number of players can travel to an away game, meaning that if he could not play his presence on the sideline might deny someone else's opportunity to play, possibly at the detriment of the team.

-- Draftable college football players are sometimes faced with very difficult decisions notwithstanding their love of their school and what we as fans might want. Teams that recruit five-star players know that going in.

IMO, Gary has earned our respect and the space to do whatever he needs to do here. 

09/28/2018 - 4:01pm There are other nice places,…

There are other nice places, but I'm not willing to concede "best" to anyone.  Michigan has the best campus.

09/18/2018 - 11:16pm WVU doesn't feel like a Big…

WVU doesn't feel like a Big Ten school but Pitt certainly does.  I'm a big believer in keeping conferences geographically connected, and Pitt would do that.  Plus, it's a very good school academically and a beautiful place in a really fun city.  Beyond that, it has the tools to compete.  Pitt should have been added instead of Rutgers/Maryland and should replace one or both of them now.

08/30/2018 - 11:51am Brian Kelly is a Nervous…

Brian Kelly is a Nervous Bird.

08/29/2018 - 1:14pm My issues with HomePod are: …

My issues with HomePod are: (1) it's very limited (more ecosystem-locked-in than is typical, even for Apple), and (2) as good as it is, and it's very good, you could get better "dumb" speakers for this price and could hook them up to something else as a source (for example, the AirPort Express) if your goal is quality sound.

08/29/2018 - 1:11pm That sounds pretty cool.  I…

That sounds pretty cool.  I have some Google Home Minis but have never thought about using them as an audio source, largely because my music system sounds much better (obviously).

I wish Apple would open up Apple Music so I could use it as my default music provider through a Google Home, though.  

08/29/2018 - 10:23am The really cool thing about…

The really cool thing about this move is that Apple added this capability to the AirPort Express, a device it discontinued long ago.  That's a very customer-friendly move in an industry not known for that sort of thing.

OTOH, I'd really like Apple to release an updated version of the AirPort Express since there is no current Apple device that can do this (other than, arguably, the Apple TV, which requires a screen, etc.).

08/29/2018 - 10:20am Does the Google Home even…

Does the Google Home even have an audio out?  The GH Mini certainly doesn't, so it definitely can't do what the OP is talking about.  The Apple AirPort express can output both analog or optical audio signals to the receiver/amplifier or powered speakers of your choice.

08/29/2018 - 9:58am White symbolizes youth.

White symbolizes youth.

08/28/2018 - 10:50am That's what kills me when…

That's what kills me when people say Harbaugh didn't have a "game plan" for this game.  He obviously did.  

Note also the role strength and conditioning played in this game -- on both sides of the ball.  By the end, many of our players appeared to be running out of steam.  That we've apparently gotten a major upgrade on that front should help, too.

08/28/2018 - 10:29am Love these.  MMB all the way!

Love these.  MMB all the way!

08/28/2018 - 10:24am What would that statement…

What would that statement say, though? Because his answer was a categorical "no," it wouldn't be that he sometimes observed this behavior.  Do you want a "no, he was a saint of a man" answer or a "no, I never saw anything that would have led me to expect this, but the guy was an asshole" answer?  The former seems unrealistic and the latter would pointlessly inject Harbaugh and Michigan into a story about what another school's head coach did at that other school.

08/28/2018 - 10:01am I didn't see that from his…

I didn't see that from his body language, but then again I'm no dentist.

08/28/2018 - 10:00am Dude, you're destroying my…

Dude, you're destroying my entire worldview of Michigan State fans.  Maybe it's time for you to start rooting for the good guys.

08/28/2018 - 9:57am "Bully coaching" is subject…

"Bully coaching" is subject to interpretation, but Peppers clearly didn't mean that every coach was a bully.  He meant exactly the opposite -- that Durkin's behavior was different from what he sees with other coaches, and he used "bully" to summarize this distinction.  

But you're correct that he never said he observed or even suspected player abuse while at Michigan.  If anything, that may speak to the quality of the program Harbaugh runs: even when Michigan employed an assistant coach who we now know would have crossed critical lines of decency and player safety if he could have, no one to date has ever said they observed behavior of that sort at Michigan.  It's highly probable that Durkin had to keep his worst instincts hidden while at Michigan.

I also agree that Harbaugh's "no" answer is sufficient at this point in time.  As you point out, any elaboration would inject Michigan into a crisis that, based on what we know right now, has nothing to do with Harbaugh or Michigan.

08/28/2018 - 9:42am No complaints here about…

No complaints here about what you're saying.  We'd be the worst sort of hypocrites if we were to take the position that Durkin's role at Michigan is somehow immune to scrutiny or critical analysis.  The fact that Peppers views Durkin as a bully coach based on his time with the man is something we should take seriously.  You also seem to recognize that Peppers' view is only one data point among many and that the nature of Durkin's role at Michigan wouldn't necessarily have revealed the behavior for which he is now accused.  

If we -- the collective we, as college football fans -- are going to effect change in the collegiate football culture, it will be by our willingness to turn a critical gaze on our own beloved schools and, where necessary, speaking out and ending our support for programs that cross the line.  

I genuinely believe Michigan is different -- that if we were to find ourselves with a coach that has done what Joe Paterno or Urban Meyer did (to name two examples), the University would fire him and most alumni/students/fans would support the decision.  I also believe Harbaugh is a good guy who runs a clean program.  But Michigan won't be different and better, as we aspire to be, if we don't sometimes ask hard questions and listen to the answers.

08/22/2018 - 11:28pm It's rather fascinating how…

It's rather fascinating how many unsupported assumptions you've drawn from a post that simply asked a question.  Here are some:

-- You suggested that the poster doesn't truly care about Ms. Smith ("If you truly cared about Courtney Smith and her kids . . . .")

-- You assume bias driven by nothing more than a football rivalry ("you choose to believe Courtney because you want something bad to happen to OSU")

-- You assume hypocrisy ("when it's a Michigan player accused of something, the response here is 'let the legal process work before we rush to judgment'")

-- You engage in ad hominem ("All because the football team you root for has mostly lost to its rival for the past two decades.")

-- You conflate this poster's question with the opinions of a "fanbase," which at least in Ann Arbor consists of people with very different and often independent views.

I could go on, but you really should re-read the question to which you responded.  It's not the only question that should be asked here, but it is a fair one, and it doesn't suggest any of the conclusions to which you have jumped.  As to bias, it would be far easier to assume that from your post, which absurdly suggests that perhaps Zach Smith didn't abuse his wife. Even the OSU wrist-slap committee isn't making that assumption.

These are serious issues.  They would be equally serious if they happened at Michigan, and you'd be right to call us out if we failed to address them.  But that's not the case here.  This is OSU's issue and its reaction should be subject to scrutiny.

08/21/2018 - 6:58pm Please don't. Signs shouldn…

Please don't. Signs shouldn't be self-owns.

08/20/2018 - 4:38pm People often don't leave…

People often don't leave abusive situations. They don't have the best perspective on whether what they are experiencing is normal; they may buy into the charisma or power of the abuser; they may assume it will end or they will overcome; they may cling to the dream that put them where they are or think they are traitors for wanting out; they may fear repercussions (including social ones); they may believe they are stronger than they are. It's not surprising that players stayed around.

08/20/2018 - 4:10pm Shea is a stud QB, or so we…

Shea is a stud QB, or so we hope.  Even though he's a transfer, he was recruited by Harbaugh just as Dylan and Brandon were.  The message this sends is exactly what Harbaugh has always said: it's a meritocracy and the QB who wins will start. 

Besides, as last year proves, a backup QB may start games and may be critical to Michigan's performance.

08/04/2018 - 10:28pm By "his crimes," you seem to…

By "his crimes," you seem to assume Perry would have been convicted of fourth-degree sexual misconduct absent the plea deal.  You're entitled to that assumption, but you shouldn't also assume that anyone who disagrees is in denial.  

Beyond that, his situation was completely different from the OSU situation -- so much so that your use of it here strikes me as bald whataboutism.  While Perry's drunken grab-ass (which is what witnesses said they saw) was plainly inappropriate and did constitute assault, it wasn't a violent assault and was of a type that (unfortunately) is extremely common.  In that situation, I think a coach can reasonably consider whether a punishment short of throwing him off the team might be best for all concerned.  

You seem to equate proportionality with hypocrisy, at least where Michigan is concerned.  While we all should look inward to make sure we aren't guilty of tribalism when it comes to things like this, I don't think this example comes close to proving what you are accusing us of.

 

08/02/2018 - 10:04am I will admit to having the…

I will admit to having the same thought.  From a pure fan perspective, I'd much prefer this all come to light after after Michigan beats down a Meyer-coached OSU in the 'shoe.  But the real-world concerns obviously trump that.

That said, OSU isn't going to can the guy if they can avoid it, even if they clearly should.

07/20/2018 - 2:02pm They are just coaches. …

They are just coaches.  Everyone calls Harbaugh the head football coach, which he is.  That someone was willing to pay a lot of money to endow this position is a good thing.  

05/23/2018 - 2:14pm This is terrible in every way

This is terrible in every way and no one should buy or wear it.  

In fact, so far, all of the Nike M stuff I've seen for the 2018 season is extremely weak.  

04/15/2018 - 12:25pm And don't forget the new

And don't forget the new strength and conditioning regime.  Last year was a perfect storm in several ways, but I think a largely unheralded factor was player fatigue late in the game. You can see it on both sides of the ball.

04/11/2018 - 2:11pm Always.

Always.

03/31/2018 - 11:08pm Yes, but Patterson's petition

Yes, but Patterson's petition apparently turns on what he was told by Ole Miss about the sanctions -- that is an issue distinct from the findings that led to the sanctions. The NCAA therefore could maintain its stance on the underlying cheating while nevertheless finding that Michigan did not carry its burden of proof with respect to what Patterson was told.

To be clear, I'm not suggesting that this scenario is likely.  It's certainly possible, though.

03/31/2018 - 11:02pm As a litigator, I agree this

As a litigator, I agree this is concerning. Without knowing the details of Michigan's submission or OM's response, I can only speculate as to the strategy, but I think these are the most likely possibilities:

First, Michigan's lawyers may have disagreed with Patterson's lawyers over the quality of the evidence.  While Patterson's lawyer is motivated only by getting eligibility for Patterson, Michigan has to also consider its reputation with the NCAA (or later, possibly a court).  If a particular piece of evidence was very compelling but impossible to verify (for example), Patterson's lawyer may have rightly pushed it while Michigan's lawyers may have rightly rejected it.

Second, Michigan's lawyers may have miscalculated by assuming a common world view between Michigan and OM -- e.g., that both institutions value the well-being of the student athlete above all else.  Here, Michigan's lawyers may have assumed OM had nothing to gain by responding and that they would value a nonresponse because of a desire not to harm Patterson. In fact, while the choice to respond was non-obvious, OM may have been motivated by a desire to hurt Patterson or Michigan, or may have placed no value on Patterson while believing a response would have some value in OM's NCAA sanctions appeal.

Third, Michigan may have miscalculated by deciding not to open a new line of attack against OM, beliving that would encourage a nonresponse.  While the NCAA penalties are directed at particular institutional violations, Michigan's allegations go beyond that by alleging Patterson was told things about the penalties that were untrue.  Michigan's reasoning may have been that  supporting these allegations with particularly damning evidence may have necessitated a response by OM, while holding its fire may encourage a nonresponse.

Regardless, this is bad news, and it may suggest that a severe miscalculation was made.

03/20/2018 - 11:28pm We can only speculate what

We can only speculate what effect this may have had on Harbaugh or the players, but I too am glad it's done and the players can focus solely on football.  That said, the trailer speaks volumes about the integrity of Harbaugh and the program.  If the rest of the show is anything like this, it's going to be both captivating and a great explanation of what Michigan football is all about. 

12/19/2017 - 1:15am Weird -- opposite reaction

Weird -- opposite reaction here on his speed.  Guess we'll find out.