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12/01/2018 - 7:44pm Who is even comparable to…

Who is even comparable to Saban? Outside of Meyer and to a lesser degree, Dabo, Saban is in a class of his own. The guy owns college football the way Wooden owned college basketball. Absurd.

11/19/2018 - 11:55pm This is epic...two amazing…

This is epic...two amazing QBs! 

11/17/2018 - 8:55pm  No reason to be a complete…

 No reason to be a complete douche...pass his posts if you don’t want to read them...or - maybe, just maybe - you could understand information about things like player injuries and game status are fluid. They change with time. UMBig provides fantastic information, and those of us who have been here long enough understand that. If you don’t, I suggest finding a new blog.

11/14/2018 - 2:17am Honestly, it seems like a…

Honestly, it seems like a down year overall for conferences. There really doesn’t seem to be a single dominant conference. Instead, there are some dominant teams, and conference performances feel like “talk track.”

If I had to choose the “best” conference, is probably give it to the SEC. and it’s not because they are good; rather, i just think every other conference sucks!

11/04/2018 - 7:59pm Facts:

Michigan looked like…

Facts:

  • Michigan looked like shit to close out last season
  • There was a ton of hype all offseason about this team, and then...
  • Michigan looked like shit to start the season
  • Not sure what happened at halftime in Chicago, but UM has been a different team since the second half of NW
  • Michigan is 2-1 in “Buddha’s” big games for this season so far (ND, MSU, and PSU)
  • Michigan still hasn’t played “Buddha’s” biggest game: OSU; and, a lot of my conclusion about this season hinges on our performance in Columbus 
  • Enjoy our success to date and realize the season (and revenge tour) is not complete 
11/04/2018 - 7:17pm Beat Ohio State and then…

Beat Ohio State and then make this thread.

10/30/2018 - 11:05am Your response to this fair…

Your response to this fair post sucks. You should feel bad.

Next time you "do not care," don't post.

10/29/2018 - 8:03pm I'm really digging these…

I'm really digging these. Admittedly, I cannot comment much about the mathematics / modeling side of things, but I do like their analysis and commentary. I was also intrigued the model predicted a 1-point PSU lead sans home-field advantage. I haven't seen PSU play this year, but that feels too close for comfort!

10/29/2018 - 7:24pm Michigan doesn't "need"…

Michigan doesn't "need" anything from Chris. The event was more than two decades ago. There's not a single undergrad currently enrolled at Michigan that was even alive when the Ed Martin scandal went down (unless - of course - they are enrolled in the Van Wilder program).

If you "need" clarity, good luck. My guess is you aren't going to get it though because everyone else has let bygones be bygones. 

10/28/2018 - 11:33pm Yep...makes sense. I’m…

Yep...makes sense. I’m pretty sure we would all do the exact same thing.

10/26/2018 - 10:27pm I’m from Barry’s home town,…

I’m from Barry’s home town, Wichita, KS. He was / is an icon in the city. I grew up shopping at his parents grocery store; and, he sponsored our entire youth league.

I’ve had the chance to meet him a few times as both a child and an adult. I’ve probably told him a dozen times, “I met you last years. I’m the kid from Wichita that was a Mustang...”

he graciously says, “cool...” and in his mind he’s saying, “who the fuck is this guy?”

i love Barry. A great player and a better man.

10/20/2018 - 12:16pm The call was great…

The call was great. Patterson made the wrong decision. If he keeps the ball, it’s a first. 

10/20/2018 - 11:23am Meh...We are sooooooo holier…

Meh...We are sooooooo holier than thou. It's weak to call those things "classless."

Classless is eye gouging a defenseless player. Classless is ripping a players helmet when he's already on the ground. Classless is the constant cheap shots designed to injure players.

I agree it's not a great look... But - this isn't 19th century England - let's tone down the "classless" comments and apply them to things that truly fit that definition. 

In my book, Devin Bush has earned the right to be a little dumb...and if this is the stuff our team needs to gain some mental edge in this game - since we haven't had one very often in the past decade - it works for me. 

10/18/2018 - 10:04am Wow...the hyperbole is…

Wow...the hyperbole is strong this week!

10/17/2018 - 11:42pm If we are giving up garbage…

If we are giving up garbage yards up 11 with 6 minutes to go, then I will have to make a few poorly worded, alcohol fueled comments about the coaching in the appropriate snowflakes thread. Up 11 with 6 minutes to go does not qualify as "garbage," given Coach D's track record against opponents and UM, specifically. Garbage time happens up 30 with 6 minutes to go, not two possessions,

10/17/2018 - 11:30pm If you do not believe this…

If you do not believe this is the most important game to date (read: to date), then you have blinders on. I appreciate the platitudes and recognition that every game is important. I also appreciate UM could still theoretically win the BIG East if they lost tomorrow (and a number of other things happen to help UM out).

But - while those things are measurable - the most important piece of this game is the immeasurable, psychological impact on the team, coach, and fanbase if UM loses. It effectively validates the entire offseason of pain; it validates that Coach D is simply a better coach than Coach H; it validates UM can't win against a rivals; it validates UM can't win against a ranked team on the road; blah, blah, blah, blah. It's not pretty, especially between the ears (and on the liver).

 

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.