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10/14/2018 - 10:50pm My hawt take of the decade:…

My hawt take of the decade: Beat State, beat the other State, and rest Shea until The Game. All I want is for a healthy UM starting QB to enter the game with OSU. 

10/14/2018 - 10:30pm Yikes. Way to take a pretty…

Yikes. Way to take a pretty reasonable observation and blow it into something entirely unnecessary. It’s okay to question the coaches AND recognize the coaches know way more than I do.

I also wondered why the starters were still playing late in the 4th. That doesn’t mean I don’t trust Don Brown. It means I am curious about his risk calculus.

10/13/2018 - 11:01pm I think the second to last…

I think the second to last play of the game showed why it may have been a good idea, at least on paper. Overall, it was the best game plan I’ve see. Since 2016 OSU. Count me impressed and irrationally excited about the remainder of the year!

10/02/2018 - 1:45am For me it’s confirmed by…

For me it’s confirmed by pretty crappy all-around play in the first quarter / half in big games. I’m not trying to entertain some scientific study; rather, I encourage people to open their eyes and use common sense. I don’t know what “metric” qualifies for common sense, but if you are still attempting to justify last week (and the myriad important games since Harbaugh took over), I don’t know what to tell you. Outside of a few OSU games that we lost, we looke completely lost and unprepared. 

10/01/2018 - 12:26pm I fully expect the refs to…

I fully expect the refs to account for this anomaly and make amends...against Rutgers and Indiana.

09/30/2018 - 1:08pm The OSU game plans for the…

The OSU game plans for the past two years really have nothing to do with yesterday's performance nor the consistent dumpster fire that UM displays in big games in the first quarter (and half, occasionally). This has been an ongoing trend that Harbaugh's teams do look mentally unprepared at the start of the game. Without getting into specifics, I think we've all had some head-scratching moments watching the team against FSU, Iowa, MSU, ND, and others.

If you genuinely believe this team appeared fired up and ready to play at the start of the game yesterday, I think we just have fundamentally different opinions for how the team should look in the first quarter of games. 

09/29/2018 - 10:34pm Give me a break. A coach -…

Give me a break. A coach - or, in this case, a group of coaches - can be shitty and not be fired. It’s okay to say two things: 1) They coached a shit game; and, 2) They’re the best coaches we can get. Those are mutually exclusive. Learn that, my friend, and this board will be kind.

09/29/2018 - 8:14pm Not that I’m not a fan of a…

Not that I’m not a fan of a good dick every now and again, but why should the haters “fuck off”?? That game was atrocious. The team looked like shit. The coaches looked like shit. That win was an embarrassment.

09/18/2018 - 1:40pm Ya know...Once upon a time,…

Ya know...Once upon a time, on a blog far, far away from here, people would engage in sophisticated, well-informed discussions about the status, prospects, and future of Michigan sports. It was a magical time where posters literally took on iconic status; content was rich with insight; and, a community of user-governed participants laughed together, cried together, and got “e-drunk” together. 

I wonder whatever happened to that place?

09/16/2018 - 8:41pm Which is..?

Which is..?

09/11/2018 - 11:52pm I am of the belief there are…

I am of the belief there are three pivotal moments in UM football over the last 30 years that I will always look back on and ask “what if”: 1) Moeller’s resignation; 2) Why couldn’t the program take a leap forward after 1997 (and solidify national dominance for years to come); and 3) Why can’t we win big games since Bo died...

there are obviously other questions too, but those are the ones that keep me at night...

09/06/2018 - 1:48pm These videos are really…

These videos are really fantastic. Thank you for your hard work on them. I learned a ton!

on the same token, from the mistakes we made, how “easy” is it to address our problems? Are we doing 101 stuff here, or in our PhD?!?! I have no sense for the “lift” required to go from where we are today to serviceable.

09/06/2018 - 1:33pm 35-13

i can see a close…

35-13

i can see a close first half that opens up in the second half. People will see moments of brilliance and moments of “WTF?!” 

At the end of the game, we will all still be wondering how good the team can / could be because we are playing WMU. 

09/05/2018 - 4:48pm It's been a while since I…

It's been a while since I took Stats. So I am not entirely sure what is - and is not - an appropriate sample size anymore. Moreover, I realize there's a lot of data missing here to make sort of insightful conclusion.

With that in mind, what strikes me as "interesting" is that nearly a whole season of Jim Harbaugh's short tenure here has involved one-score games. And - IMO - we have looked absolutely lost for whole chunks of those one-score games.

A few doozies that come to mind are 2016 Iowa, 2016 FSU, 2017 MSU, 2017 South Carolina, and 2018 ND. Interestingly, since the Iowa game, I just feel like something mentally snapped with this team. It's like we have lost our swagger...

In those games I identified above (which are really the "bright light" games), we looked unprepared and played like it.  

09/04/2018 - 11:32pm I'm less concerned about 0…

I'm less concerned about 0-17 because it's not entirely relevant to Coach Harbaugh's tenure. What is more worrying to me is Coach Harbaugh's 1-6 record against primary rivals: OSU, MSU, and ND.

Moreover, in games where the "stakes are high," he's been less than stellar. There have been games - like the 2016 night game at Iowa, the Orange Bowl against FSU, "Under the Lights" against MSU in 2017, and this past weekend against ND - where it looks like the team is unaware the game even started until halftime. And that's really the strangest part of all of this for me. A Jim Harbaugh coached team looks mentally lost on the field for large chunks of the game.

Unfortunately, for me, the most "program defining" game to date under his watch has been 2016 Iowa. I don't know what the hell snapped in the team's collective "mind" after that game, but they just haven't seemed to recover. Since then, anytime we get punched in the face, we struggle to recover. 

I genuinely hope that narrative changes soon.

09/03/2018 - 5:22pm AFC: Patriots, Jags,…

AFC: Patriots, Jags, Chargers, and Steeers (Ravens and Texans in Wild Card)

 

NFC: Eagles, Rams, Vikings, and Saints (Niners and Falcons and Falcons in Wild Card)

09/03/2018 - 5:15pm This is worse than the hot…

This is worse than the hot takes on soccer threads.

09/01/2018 - 9:46pm Worst fucking offense play…

Worst fucking offense play calling of the Harbaugh era...embarrassing 

09/01/2018 - 9:10pm GET A FUCKING NATIVE APP AND…

GET A FUCKING NATIVE APP AND STOP WITH THIS IDIOTIC RESPONSIVE WEBSITE

08/31/2018 - 12:17pm If we play like shit and win…

If we play like shit and win, I’ll be happy but it won’t change my outlook on the season too much. I’ll celebrate and drink heavily.

If we play well and win, I’ll irrationally assume we are a playoff-bound team, and I’ll probably share that opinion on this here blog (and drink heavily).

If we lose but play well, I’ll be bummed but will probably rationalize a lot of positives about the game. I’ll check out MGo to read the perspectives and drink heavily.

if we play like shit and lose, yeesh. I’ll definitely take a few weeks off, hang with the Mrs., and focus on the NFL (and drink heavily)

08/29/2018 - 4:31pm I think you’re missing the…

I think you’re missing the joke...

08/17/2018 - 9:49pm Never even thought about it…

Never even thought about it this way...dare we suggest the stars are aligning??

08/14/2018 - 11:37pm The trajectory of the entire…

The trajectory of the entire UM program changed the day Bo died. UM is bigger than players on a field and fans in stands and alums in boxes. UM was Bo for ~30 years and has never recovered since his death. We have not been the same - nor performed the same - since that week.

08/09/2018 - 11:07pm Between this and that…

Between this and that coaching article saying UM could be “scary good,” my impatience for football season has officially kicked in! This year could be special!

08/02/2018 - 1:09am An autocorrect option would…

An autocorrect option would be great...pls excuse my grammar!

08/02/2018 - 12:52am I gotta be honest: I thought…

I gotta be honest: I thought this article was stupid. That’s all. That’s my opinion.

08/02/2018 - 12:47am Give it a rest man. The guy…

Give it a rest man. The guy is a great poster and contributed a fantastic comment. Given the context, maybe just chill out a bit and don’t be “that guy.”

07/31/2018 - 10:40pm Yeah...I haven’t seen much…

Yeah...I haven’t seen much in the past 10 years to suggest we can win an important road game. If we do actually beat ND, my excitement level for this season will rise exponentially. If we play at ND like we have played at every other venue, zoinks...

07/31/2018 - 10:08pm I mentioned this in another…

I mentioned this in another thread, but I hate the “location” of Wisconsin on the schedule. I really wish we played any other team before MSU.

From being friends with a few football players back in college to hearing various interviews, Wisconsin always seems to be the most physical B1G team. I’ve heard guys say they simply don’t heal after Wisconsin, and I hate the idea of playing an incredibly physical game against MSU the following week. 

I think we are more talented than MSU, but I also think our players’ bodies might be more beat up heading into that game. It really sucks to admit, but I think we drop it...and just hope not too many guys are dinged up for PSU the following week.

07/31/2018 - 10:01pm I really wish that guy would…

I really wish that guy would resurrect his account just for shits and giggles. He would shut down the servers.

07/31/2018 - 9:48pm I can get behind 9-3...sadly…

I can get behind 9-3...sadly, I think two of those losses are on the road (MSU and OSU) and prob a standard B1G loss that UM seems to chalk up every year to an inferior opponent.

For clarification about MSU, I actually think UM is the better team (not by much). The reason I think we drop MSU is solely and entirely because we play Wisconsin the week prior.

From everything I’ve read over the years: news reports, player interviews, etc, Wisconsin tends to be the most physical team in the B1G. I’ve read and heard many reports that players simply don’t recover between weeks after playing Wisconsin.

To go from Wisconsin into another very physical grudge match against MSU is an opportunity for disaster. We could play any other B1G team the week before MSU and I think we’d win...it really sucks to play them that week though. Blah.

07/27/2018 - 2:01pm Huh? This comment is…

Huh? This comment is confusing, considering Atlanta is no stranger to hosting a number of major sporting / entertainment events (as you say, "smack-dab in the middle of the city).

 

07/23/2018 - 1:16am Again - it’s not just a…

Again - it’s not just a single play or even a single possession. Check the game log and review all the drive summaries from the 4th quarter. Lloyd Ball in all its glory.

07/22/2018 - 7:16pm Michigan doesn’t play “Lloyd…

Michigan doesn’t play “Lloyd Ball” at the end of the game and instead gets a first down. No punting necessary. 

The blame game is fun, especially when the football game is four quarters and includes 22 players on the field for every single play.

07/11/2018 - 10:59pm Woof...As someone whose wife…

Woof...As someone whose wife has cancer, I don't know if I would go that far...

But - yeah - I had to log into the site on my laptop just to post my frustration about the mobile experience with this page. A couple of immediate pieces of feedback:

  • The entire UI for me - whether vertical or landscape would not optimize the videos. They dragged way "off the edge" and were non-responsive
  • The videos wouldn't close out. Meaning, if and when I would close a video window, it would re-open at least 1x or 2x (and - in some cases - displayed previous videos that I had already closed out)
  • The scrolling for a page this long was just a bad UX
  • When I would watch a video, and close the frame successfully, I was taken back to the top of the article (rather than being taken back to the same position I had been on the page...more scrolling)
  • Since I am on an iPhone X, each time I closed a video out, I would be re-prompted for my Face ID...kinda annoying
  • A few others but those were the main ones. I love this site, and I love the hard work you guys put into the content, but these types of posts (which are great on desktop) are truly brutal on a mobile device
07/11/2018 - 10:59pm Long time member of the site…

Long time member of the site and love the work you guys do. But - with today's "Best plays at each position" post, I had to log into the site on my laptop just to post my frustration about the mobile experience with this page. A couple of immediate pieces of feedback:

  • The entire UI for me - whether vertical or landscape would not optimize the videos. They dragged way "off the edge" and were non-responsive
  • The videos wouldn't close out. Meaning, if and when I would close a video window, it would re-open at least 1x or 2x (and - in some cases - displayed previous videos that I had already closed out)
  • The scrolling for a page this long was just a bad UX
  • When I would watch a video, and close the frame successfully, I was taken back to the top of the article (rather than being taken back to the same position I had been on the page...more scrolling)
  • Since I am on an iPhone X, each time I closed a video out, I would be re-prompted for my Face ID...kinda annoying
  • A few others but those were the main ones. I love this site, and I love the hard work you guys put into the content, but these types of posts (which are great on desktop) are truly brutal on a mobile device
07/02/2018 - 7:45pm I just don't know. I have…

I just don't know. I have made seemingly "educated" record predictions each year for the past ~15 years, and - welp - I've not been very successful.

This year is a total tossup to me. Is the team better? I certainly hope so! Is out schedule harder? Yep! Have we shown that we can win a meaningful game on the road? Nope.

Even with shedding the maize-colored glasses, this year's schedule is brutal. And - even more than the schedule - most of our "meaningful" games (aka. rivalries) occur on the road where UM has had virtually no success in recent memory. 

I just don't know. I'm excited for the season, and I think Week #1 will tell us a lot. A win at ND will create a great narrative to start the season; a loss will cause some SERIOUS heartburn among the fans, alums, etc.

My biggest concern is UM teams have not shown any sense of mental toughness the past several years. A loss at a hostile stadium on the road to an arch enemy will really challenge the mental fortitude of this team, and every prognosticator is going to question Harbaugh's coaching ability as a result. 

06/20/2018 - 12:54pm Ah...so they were just being…

Ah...so they were just being assholes. Got it.

06/15/2018 - 2:51pm The games have ben really…

The games have ben really good so far today. I can't imagine what will happen if Spain - after the controversy of firing their coach - if they lose this match to Portugal! I'd giggle.

Unrelated, I am LOVING the Adidas and Nike ads so far. Those must have been really fun to make.

06/15/2018 - 1:05am Kind of amazed so many…

Kind of amazed so many people are picking the over. While I want to believe 9 is a low bar, I think it’s accurate (or even high). The optics of beginning the season at ND are not good. Playing UW, MSU, and PSU in back-to-back-to- back weeks is rough. Ending the year at OSU sucks. Moreover, our road record has been brutal against teams with a pulse. That NW game scares me...IDK...maybe the past 15 years has got me down, but I’m not gonna get my hopes up. Admittedly, my fan hood for UM football had attained Costanza levels of shrinkage. Maybe that changes this year...

06/07/2018 - 6:20pm I’m so confused...where…

I’m so confused...where would this have even been posted to?! The Board was shut down to a Geo page for a day, and yesterday was spent “reacting” to the new design.

chill out buddy. The new site is only 24 hours old and you’re already being an asshole.

06/06/2018 - 8:41pm First, I love the overall…

First, I love the overall site redesign. Thank you so much for the time, energy, and effort you've invested to make this place an even better experience and forum for us! I greatly appreciate it!

For the sake of argument, I am going to assume you guys are in the initial phases of a more comprehensive rollout. As someone who does this for a living, I am sure you are working out a number of "kinks" at the moment, which makes a ton of sense.

I would be curious to hear / learn / know what you plan to do to improve the user experience for mobile. I admittedly logged into my desktop version of the site to post this message because the mobile "experience" is - honestly - pretty unpleasant. 

If the goal is to go with "mobile response," that's totally cool. You may want to check out sites like Reddit, however, which makes their mobile version of the desktop site pretty optimal to use. My humble $.02...and - again - thank you very much!

05/21/2018 - 11:51pm Ha! As a pretty new grad, I

Ha! As a pretty new grad, I accidentally hit “Reply All,” making a not-so-funny comment regarding the sender’s internal politics (read: corporate politics...not- ya know).... Needless to say, it did not go well!

Since then, I learned a very valuable lesson! Sadly - though - I reverted back to my “new-grad” days tonight. :-/

05/21/2018 - 11:29pm Crap...this was supposed to

Crap...this was supposed to be a response to WD

05/21/2018 - 11:28pm Nebraska has THREE

Nebraska has THREE championships in this time frame! We haven’t had three championships since my grandpa stormed Normandy.

I would gladly accept a few years of mediocrity - like Nebraska, USC, Auburn, etc. - to at least compete for years at a time. Granted, Nebraska’s championships were a while ago...but that’s legit and something to be very proud of...

03/29/2018 - 6:24pm I'll bite...


Major

I'll bite...

  • Major restrictions on training and solicitation of coaching
  • Comparably smaller playing season and fewer opportunities to practice
  • G-League and Europe has better overall competition than the NCAAs
  • Required to go to class, which is a "trade off" from your professional objectives
  • Not being paid - - - or not legally, anyway
  • This may not relate to the G-League, but - from an experience standpoint - the European league is in Europe. That's an amazing opportunity for a young athlete to get exposure to, particularly at such an impressionable age of life.

I don't really agree with many of your points, TBH...But - I imagine you probably don't agree with mine either. So, I suppose we agree to disagree.

 

03/29/2018 - 4:08pm I'm kind of surprised more

I'm kind of surprised more top-flight recruits don't do this (or go to Europe) instead of college. If you know your future is basketball, I struggle to see the benefit of college vs. the G-League or Europe. Seems like the cons of college for these caliber of players for outweigh whatever pros there may be.

03/29/2018 - 2:48pm Many of my immediate and

Many of my immediate and extended family members attended KU, and I have been fortunate to meet Coach Self a few times. He is genuinely a very cool guy to meet: super funny, can drink like a fish, and has a pretty charismatic personality. In Brown parlance, he's a dude.

Not because of Self, but I also hope we play Kansas. I think we matchup against KU much better than Nova. Fingers crossed we can escape the halo of Sister Jean...

03/27/2018 - 2:05pm Wow...What a cool quote. I

Wow...What a cool quote. I hadn't seen that before, and it speaks volumes of Beilein's mastery!

03/26/2018 - 1:15pm I don't really dabble in this

I don't really dabble in this area of financial management, but my guess is their endowment - like most funds - has restrictions. Very simply, their endowmnent is (probably) contractually structured to pay for [Program / Budget / General / etc.] over [XX] many years. Most funds like an endowment are not legally structured to cover a wholesale check, like $500M.

In fact, I could imagine the interest from their endowment - in addition to regular principal withdraws - is central to MSU's long-range financial stability. The university likely has 30 / 40 / 50 year bonds worth hundreds of millions that the endowment is helping to pay down. As such, in that respect, a $500M hit to their endowment's principle absolutely could "bankrupt" them depending on their loans' interest rates, etc.

I won't pretend to guess how their endownment is structured, but the idea that they may be able to write a $500M check from their endowmne to cover these lawsuits is terrifying. I don't live in Michigan, but I would be very concerned that - at some point - I may have to help pick up the tab for this.