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03/19/2019 - 12:49pm Yeah, although really it was…

Yeah, although really it was just this last season where it was a complete collapse. But I do feel like coaches in the Big 10 "figure out" our defense by the end of the season. We fix it in the off-season only to repeat the cycle. I don't understand why we can't adjust better during the season, but we do not.

I don't have as many issues with the offense the rest of you all do. It needs tweaking, but mostly I think the offense just gets satisfied at times and stops evolving. Never stop improving does apply to the coaches too. I am going to miss the fullback! 

03/18/2019 - 11:06pm Dude, no one doubts his arm…

Dude, no one doubts his arm. He can make all the throws. What I don't like is his body language. Watch him for 5 minutes and you can feel the attitude roll off him. Maybe he's a fabulous dude cursed with bad body language. I don't know and it doesn't matter.

A quarterback has to be a leader and help the team be more than just the sum of its parts. He can't do that. It's obvious to me, and I'll bet it is obvious to Harbaugh.

He got his shot when there was no one else in the bowl game, and he couldn't overcome it. I was hoping he might outgrow it, but it appears not to be the case. Or perhaps the team wouldn't give him another chance.

I wish him well elsewhere, but he's done here.

03/13/2019 - 2:35pm It has been a little more…

It has been a little more difficult to negotiate with AT&T, but basically I've done the same. I sign up for what I need September 1st or so, and take the best no-contract rate I can get. Once football is done, I call and get their best Internet only (or Basic Cable + Internet right now, as it's cheaper and no caps) contract rate for a year. They don't mind me upgrading in 9 months, so no worries there.

Overall you save good money this way $60/mo 9 months, $100/3 months. I have no other options as Spectrum hasn't realized they finished our subdivision yet. I mean, it's only been 2 years now.

The streaming services TV services are just too unreliable so far, and price-wise it's been about the same.

03/12/2019 - 3:10pm I wouldn't touch a Tesla,…

I wouldn't touch a Tesla, but if the Bolt was 15k cheaper I would have bought one instead of my Cruze. If just to avoid the gas lines at Sam's.

It's always about the money. If electric cars ever get to price parity with gas cars it'll revolutionize the car industry. With location and travel based exceptions it would then almost be illogical to own a gas powered car then.

The only people who buy electrics now have enough money to de-prioritize the economics of the purchase for others things they find of value in their transportation purchasing equation.

03/07/2019 - 1:49pm I agree, and that's all I…

I agree, and that's all I ask of any of the teams I pay attention to. I'd love it they all won championships every year, but that's not realistic. I want my teams to play hard, be competitive or be working towards it, and do it 'the right way'.

All the Detroit and Michigan teams tend to fulfill those requirements most of the time.

03/07/2019 - 1:46pm This is great. I've just…

This is great. I've just been calling it The Joe, for the same reason I still call the other places  Stadium Arena, Tiger Stadium and the 'Dome, but Dough Joe is too good to pass up.

03/06/2019 - 2:03pm Whatever the kids think of…

Whatever the kids think of the Penn State addition now, given the scandal there last decade, that addition was a slam dunk at the time. Prestigious program, probably no other like it in the country without an affiliation, with a living legend coach, added to the conference when no one else was even thinking of doing such things.

Then, when all the cool conferences were going to 12 just to justify the conference championship game and the cash that brought in, Delaney and the conference pretty much said they weren't interested in expanding just to expand. Other prestigious programs need only apply. (Notre Dame was the unspoken assumption).

I still put Delaney in the management equivalent of not-Venezuela, which in no way should inspire such hatred.

03/05/2019 - 3:18pm I'd like to see this…

I'd like to see this. Problem would be, what about the teams that don't huddle, but stand at the line for 25 seconds playing charades.

I don't imagine game time will be addressed until TV ratings start to decline, or level off in aggregate.

03/05/2019 - 12:45pm Not saying Delaney is some…

Not saying Delaney is some genius, but it is quite possible to screw up sitting on top of a bunch of oil. See Venezuela, Iraq, Iran just off the top of my head.

There is value is just not screwing up the cards you are dealt, and I think Delaney did a good job of that.

Complaints about commercials are as old as commercial TV, that's just a non-issue. It doesn't seem any worse today than 30 years ago. A TD near a quarter end has always been a parade of commercials breaks, pro or college. At least now DVRs exist.

03/05/2019 - 9:57am So, you still have to beat…

So, you still have to beat all the teams. Or not. Basketball polls have always seemed superfluous to me. It's not football where finishing in that coveted top 4 means something. 

02/21/2019 - 5:44pm That's irritating. I doubt I…

That's irritating. I doubt I would fly off the handle, but I would certainly politely tell you to take your dog somewhere else to do his business. Like maybe your lawn. Not so politely a second time if you take being civil as not actually being pissed off.

It doesn't take a village to raise your dog.

02/12/2019 - 1:39pm But how many would have paid…

But how many would have paid them what Ohio State is going to pay him too?

02/12/2019 - 1:39pm I would be very curious to…

I would be very curious to know how much of Mattison's input was in the last two defensive game plans. Mattison may have left because his input was being disregarded, and we got shredded, or maybe he was already on the way out and simply didn't give much input, contributing to the catastrophe.

For that matter, Washington too. I know he was viewed mostly as a recruiter, but we don't know that was entirely the case. What about our analysts, did they all quit after November 1st?

I do know it appeared to me the last game plan anyone actually spent time on was Penn State, everything else looked the same, the results differed only based on the caliber of our opponent.

 

02/05/2019 - 6:15pm Yeah, I'm a little curious…

Yeah, I'm a little curious how good they can be with Patterson. Good arm, great spirit and leadership, but he ain't Peyton Manning back there.

Maybe this will actually be easier than what Harbaugh/Pep were trying to do. I don't know enough about the game. But if it involves more reading of defenses Patterson is going to look like a lost little puppy.

02/04/2019 - 12:22pm Reading the Freep article it…

Reading the Freep article it sounds like the kid and his family knew the offer had a lot of strings. Maybe the coaches weren't exactly clear on all the possible contingencies, but it was known the offer was conditional. The revoked scholarship offer also appears to have been communicated to APH almost two weeks ago, not two days before signing day.

Also sounds like the kid has interviews at Kansas and K-State already. If he ends up in the Big 12 somewhere then his time as a Michigan commit worked out pretty well. Better than Missouri State.

01/17/2019 - 6:30pm Not going to read the…

Not going to read the article, but if that's the deal, where he just didn't tell anyone until the contract is signed, that just smart business there. Deal isn't done until the ink is dry.

You don't owe your company anything but honest work for honest pay. Loyalty doesn't apply in business, and you are delusional if you think your loyalty up the food chain will be reciprocated down the food chain, on anything but a person to person level.

01/16/2019 - 10:58am Honestly, it's worth paying…

Honestly, it's worth paying to watch them play this year. They aren't good by any stretch, but the kids can play, and are fun to watch.

Fill out one more line and pairing with quality youth, coach up a couple guys, get some experience, and these guys will be decent in a couple years.

01/13/2019 - 5:13pm That's not really the way to…

That's not really the way to look at it. Is the free content enough for your needs, is the question.

If it is, why pay for anything?

01/09/2019 - 7:30pm Yes sir. Couldn't agree more…

Yes sir. Couldn't agree more.

Worst thing about the Internet is not being able to tune out all the negative nancies we have tuned out in real life be simply not associating with them.

12/21/2018 - 2:36pm In our defense, those had to…

In our defense, those had to be a total surprise to us. It's not like Indiana had basically the same game plan the week before, just with much lesser athletes we were able to overwhelm.

Or wait, what?

12/20/2018 - 3:11pm I hear you Burger-man. You…

I hear you Burger-man. You would think after enough celebrity/politicians/corporate folks lose their jobs and possibly everything over something posted, probably in fun, on the internet 5-20 years ago people would stop posting anything even slightly off-color anywhere.

Context is everything. Imagine if 15 years from now lemons are the sign of a some new age death cult that you are retroactively accused of being a member of.

12/20/2018 - 9:35am I agree. That all important…

I agree. That all important networking we all take for granted in the corporate world exists in the football world as well, one would assume.

12/19/2018 - 2:19pm Yes sir. This is exactly how…

Yes sir. This is exactly how I have felt, but this is better stated. I don't know why it isn't blindingly obvious that the only reason our O-line appeared competent pass blocking is because they became competent run blocking, and had an offense that would literally run it every down if you let them.

That doesn't excuse the game plan against Ohio State however.

12/16/2018 - 4:27pm Lol. Out of all the other…

Lol. Out of all the other condescending crap in that post, the accent is what bothers you?

12/11/2018 - 3:31pm Your friend needs help. I'm…

Your friend needs help. I'm a fan, but being a fan who gets emotionally invested in the Lions would be like being a college football fan emotionally invested in Illinois or Vanderbilt going to the CFP. 

You KNOW they aren't going to win it all, so why get bent? And if they do win it all some day, I'm  burning down half the state.

12/11/2018 - 12:18pm There is this too. Plenty of…

There is this too. Plenty of young men are far from being adult sized when they are 18. I knew people in the service who grew a couple inches in height after joining as well. I know I added a full inch in height between when I joined and my ETS. Never know

12/11/2018 - 12:00pm I'm pretty sure the hallmark…

I'm pretty sure the hallmark of a real Lions fan is concocting the fantasy, hoping enough that it'll happen to pay attention, and once they are eliminated going back to flatline emotionally

I've been a fan my whole life (and I'm 50), and this piqued my interest enough to pay attention this weekend. Key is not to invest too much emotion in the Lions, because the inevitable fail IS coming.

Good thing is the Wings are interesting enough this year that I've been getting a head start on switching from football to hockey season.

11/20/2018 - 4:47pm I tend to think we have lost…

I tend to think we have lost the perspective of people being complicated creatures. Woody was both the raving lunatic and beloved. It's very possible to be both. JoePa can be both. People who like Ohio State can be both, barely.

11/14/2018 - 6:03pm It's also 9 months away…

It's also 9 months away. These guys have a lot of practice and training to go before they play meaningful starter snaps next year.

I'm not worried about next year at all. We've got the guys we've seen, it seems like 20 backups that have got scattered snaps this year, half a redshirt class that we've never seen in uniform and 25-30 Freshmen who will arrive between now and next fall. Worrying about any starter right now is pointless. Even corners (I keep saying to myself if both Long and Hill leave early).

11/14/2018 - 2:20pm This is college football,…

This is college football, not the NFL. I definitely do not not want your diktat regulations in the NCAA. The differences between the conferences are part of what makes it better sport than the NFL.

 

11/05/2018 - 5:39pm I agree with the spirit of…

I agree with the spirit of your comment, but I think they are staying just on this side of the line. Just barely. Celebrating using the same excessive celebrations your opponents do I'm cool with though.

The whole Hold this L thing is juvenile though. It was on Twitter though, which is pretty much the playground for juvenile.

11/05/2018 - 3:19pm lol, nice man.

This will be…

lol, nice man.

This will be the first time in a long time I feel confident instead of hopeful in the Game(assuming the next two games go the way I expect for both teams).

I honestly want us going for two at 48 though, civility aside.

11/04/2018 - 7:07pm I said we would win the next…

I said we would win the next 10 and be playing for a BIG 10 title in Columbus after that game. But I'd be lying if I didn't admit that wasn't mostly hope and wishes. No way did I see these 3 beatdowns coming. 2 more to go then get the Buckeyes and it'll be the happiest anniversary ever.

10/30/2018 - 1:30pm Must suck to believe the…

Must suck to believe the only way people can grow up to be good citizens is to have all the potential father/mother figures also be good and perfect citizens.

 

10/30/2018 - 10:51am Yeah, I don't get the stupid…

Yeah, I don't get the stupid comments from the supposedly enlightened and educated people from Ann Arbor. I've lived all over this country, the south quite frequently, and the only overtly racist/prejudiced thing I can recall occurred when I lived in the Seattle area.

This to my wife, who has a very southern accent, and was the her peers assumption was she would not get along with black people.

10/29/2018 - 4:11pm Yeah, I don't get the 1 loss…

Yeah, I don't get the 1 loss Alabama angst. I get last year. I'm still pissed at the LSU-Alabama rematch a few years ago that was complete horseshit; but even I had no issue the committee picked Alabama over 2 loss Ohio State and 2 loss USC. 2 losses each, and none of those 4 losses were particularly competitive games.

Lots of games to play yet, and more than likely half the teams we are talking about will self-disqualify themselves.

10/28/2018 - 7:06pm They also seem to forget…

They also seem to forget Bama got in over 2 2 loss Conference champs. 2, not 1. 2 loss champs who both got beat badly in both losses.

Too much listening to talk radio, not enough utilization of grey matter.

10/26/2018 - 3:13pm I have a theory. It's worth…

I have a theory. It's worth exactly what you are paying for it, but it's logical. The first couple of recruiting classes were somewhat based off the recruiting sites evals, given the bulk of Harbaugh's coaches, and Harbaugh himself were just fresh from the NFL. Some evaluations were being done, sure, Bush for instance, but not enough. This explains the current attrition, as some of the evaluations of the services just aren't panning out in the real world.

Fast forward to now, and the coaches and staff talent evaluators have had time to do their own research, so they are relying less on the recruiting services, and thus "star power" has decreased, but the quality and hit rate may actually increase. Not all the evaluations by the services are wrong of course, so we still get some 4 and 5 star players, but the star distribution trends downward.

10/23/2018 - 3:46pm A 1 loss Alabama that is not…

A 1 loss Alabama that is not SEC champs is NOT getting in over a 1 loss Michigan. Or for that matter probably not over a 1 loss Oklahoma. Maybe not even over 1 loss Wazzu.

The only reason Alabama got in over 2 loss conference champs last year is that USC and OSU had been blown out, and relatively recently at that.

10/23/2018 - 12:18pm Yep, I fully expect OSU to…

Yep, I fully expect OSU to blow the doors off a demoralized State this week. Give their coaching and on field talent a few weeks to revert back to pre-Purdue levels I hope.

Good time for them to lose.

 

10/22/2018 - 9:29pm Is it? Is he still attending…

Is it? Is he still attending classes? What was the last day to drop without a grade this semester?

No idea.

10/20/2018 - 10:24pm Funny who the people are who…

Funny who the people are who hear the dog whistles.

From watching him at Purdue he and Shae both seem to have similar issues. All the talent in the world, not sure either see 2-3 seconds in the future like the best QBs do.

10/14/2018 - 11:09am Yeah, I have no idea why…

Yeah, I have no idea why people aren't willing to give Dantonio his due. Respecting opponents doesn't hurt, honest. You can make an argument he is the best coach in the BIG, given the talent disparaties.

I hope we thrash them like Wisconsin. We should beat them easily. I have zero belief next week will be anything but a dogfight until I see it with my own eyes.

10/09/2018 - 5:22pm I had not bought Center Ice…

I had not bought Center Ice the last few years because the team wasn't interesting to me. Old players, slow team. Not built to go anywhere once the regular season ended.

This year they may be bad, but it's fun watching the kids play. It's like the 1980s all over again. I don't know if these guys will make the playoffs this year, but it's fun watching them grow up.

$110 for NHL.TV to get a chance to see the next generation is worth it.

10/07/2018 - 4:29pm Me too. I'm pretty sure they…

Me too. I'm pretty sure they survived the comparison. You let me know how your family members turn out.

If both are unscathed I think we can conclude that calling people who think they are not mentally challenged mentally challenged causes no harm.

10/07/2018 - 3:34pm Yep, I think his pro…

Yep, I think his pro prospects get determined by the tough games we have left. If he leaves early it probably means we've won those games

I'll take that, and best of luck to Mr. Patterson in the NFL.

10/06/2018 - 4:39pm You are missing the problem…

You are missing the problem. They have no problem selling the seats, they have a problem with those who "bought" them showing up.

Bought is in quotes, because you know the students aren't actually buying these seats. 

10/03/2018 - 8:26pm I said in the off-season…

I said in the off-season Ross would be the starter. I guess I was partly wrong, but he should be the starter. My guess is Gil is one of those smart coachable gritty guys who does everything the coaches want everyone else to do, so he knows the defense. Just doesn't have the raw talent to pull it off.

Little concerned neither Anthony or Singleton are getting snaps. Bush wont be here next year.

Edit: Ross would be starter and Bush is a Junior, so he gone.

10/03/2018 - 12:50pm I thought so too. And he was…

I thought so too. And he was absent his normal astute football observations during the game too. Which is the only reason I still like him after what he did to the Lions.

I watched parts of every one of those 16 games, and I can never forgive him for that travesty of a team.

10/02/2018 - 1:02pm I tend to believe it is true…

I tend to believe it is true, moreso earlier in games. My Don Brown game plan against State would be to come out in the most Charmin soft zone Don Brown can get his guys to play for the whole first quarter, disguised at the snap as man.

Once State has exhausted the 37 trick plays they have been practicing since January, loose the hounds.