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01/18/2018 - 4:45pm I have an idea...…

01/09/2018 - 6:05pm Rita

Was anybody getting into her famous nacho dip?

08/01/2011 - 3:45pm That's true...

That's true, however I think we should always adjust our memes to fit the guys we have in place right now. If you force a meme into a situation where you don't have the right players, you're really going to struggle. I suggest that perhaps we use some type of hybrid system in this case until we have a few recruiting classes completed.

07/20/2011 - 3:32pm Denard! Hands down!

06/29/2011 - 7:22pm Denard!

99 acceleration is too low for dilithium! All kidding aside I'm glad because that is truly where he belongs

06/16/2011 - 3:30pm Needs

Needs Moar Denard

06/11/2011 - 8:43pm Are you suggesting

Are you suggesting what I think you are suggesting? Are you saying Denard and a Steve Slaton wouldn't be effective against our opponents? 28 points or more we scored vs. 10 teams in 2010 with the youngest offense in the Big Ten. I don't care where you stand with the RR...but last year's offensive system/coaching with a Junior Denard Robinson carrying 15 times instead of 20 and a Steve Slaton caliber back would melt every Big Ten DCs head next year. OSU wouldn't even stop us in the Big House. FWIW not a RR debate just a talent and system debate.

06/04/2011 - 9:08pm I just spit my water out

then my water got up, looked at the screen and did a spit take.. lmao!!!

05/29/2011 - 3:05am Good teams stuffed him?


Drob had 121 rushing vs. Wisconsin (5.5 per),  191 vs. Penn State (7.1) and 105 (5.8 per) against both Iowa and tOSU and barely played half the game in both contests. These are 4 of the B1G's best defenses and he combined for 522 yards rushing against them. Even Miss. State didn't really stuff him running he just didn't run much because they didn't want him hurt, and didn't wanna burn Devin's redshirt potential (I'm guessing). Sparty is the only team that contained his running without paying horribly in the passing game for it. His red zone passing wasn't always good though.

04/23/2011 - 9:47pm Idk

The most unusual place I've ever met a Buckeye fan was in church

04/20/2011 - 7:20pm This comment

Should be getting more posbangs lmao

04/16/2011 - 8:49pm I watched it

I'm pretty sure he was the RB in a pistol set on the TD

04/16/2011 - 6:16pm My friend

My friend /no s intended... RR didn't get it done here (fast enough) but I don't think thats the point truss is making. He is simply saying given more time with a spread type coach and our recruiting base... 3 wins turns to 5 then to 7 then to 9 and then maybe more wins on a regular basis, and suddenly you forget the past and are thankful for what you have...a coach like Chip Kelly who does insanely innovative/exciting things offensively & can use his system to even the playing field against the elite. If folks think RR had topped out at 7 wins their batty, Mattison however is doing much better things on D hence the frustration some have is that it's a catch 22 of waiting on something exciting that takes time and maybe has too many bumps and unknowns, or going with something that has been proven to work but may not be as exciting nor have the upside that a RR type might have once things are in place. Regardless of  anyone's opinion it is hard to win with the lack of experience and depth we've had the past few years.

Also, Michigan is an elite program if your definition of elite includes history, academics, having a top 15 recruiting base and a great campus. Unfortunately, tradtion alone doesn't cut it in this day and age. I'm not sure we are a truly elite program right now, nor am I sure we have been in a decade. Hopefully, we get back.

04/16/2011 - 3:17pm Is that why Auburn

and Oregon ran that man on man stuff all the way to the national title game??

What about Florida and the Tim Tebow era or the 2008 Oklahoma Sooners they beat in the national title game...Texas and Vince Young ring a bell? Pat White Dennis Dixon etc....4 out of the last 6 NCs ran the TRUE spread and LSU was multiple...Bama FYI is a one back zone team. There haven't been a lot of great I form teams either but the trend may reverse

Anyway, there have been tons of really good spread teams so please cut the crap.

04/14/2011 - 3:48pm My dad went to tOSU

I'm a Michigan Fan

04/12/2011 - 7:32pm Big 12? OU/ Texas

I think you mean Big 10 for OU/ Texas...oh man now I'm confused on what to call it

04/08/2011 - 5:48pm Fact: ND

Notre Dame is where the 'nooner' was invented

04/04/2011 - 7:01pm If RR...

ends up at Clemson ( I think he will by 2012) he will win.

1. It's the ACC, they suck overall and they don't have the defenses that the Big Ten does...2. RR would get a Denard /Pat White/ Shaun King type quickly and already has Spread players, so no major transition. 3. Clemson has a fantastic recruting base, and especially fantastic for hitting Florida and speed. 4. Considering the style vs. competition/weather/recruiting base/acedemic standards/expectations on the field etc. RR would be a perfect fit there and they want him BAD. My prediction is: Rich Rod goes to Clemson after Swinney gets fired this year and competes for ACC championships regularly with some very 'sexy', exciting teams that don't play very good defense.

03/27/2011 - 4:03pm DPF

Delusional Projection Fantasy...he should write BDSM novels lmao

03/25/2011 - 2:36pm Is he as bad ass as this Kip?

03/24/2011 - 1:30pm Meyer

won't succeed at OSU because the spread won't work in the B1G TEN derp X D

03/22/2011 - 2:03pm I hope all these

motherfuckers get their asses canned

03/20/2011 - 8:01am And you can use

the interwebs? Well dagnabbit consarnit

03/15/2011 - 12:39pm DB used his pimp hand

Accidentally or "accidentally"? Never lean on DBs Prius!

03/08/2011 - 5:10pm Yeah but..

We don't have press passes.

Poole1dan? Nah you ain't from "Grandma's basement in Oakland", MI.

03/04/2011 - 4:59pm I agree with the OP (sorta)

They are also in a different tax bracket each year. They lose about half their money to Uncle Sam. I'm sure there are tons of guys in the league who don't net anywhere near $3 million. I wouldn't say they all have my sympathy..but it is a mixed bag in any form of pro sports or entertainment. You can be "rich" and lose it all. Just take entertainment/music for example, when you are promoted you are promoted in a way to make you look like you have a certain lifestyle to appeal to the masses (by necessity). The image that is projected to the people is often not the reality. Do they have my sympathy? No, and they probably don't want it. But some of their situations certainly don't make me as overly envious as it does to other people looking at the same person(s).

03/01/2011 - 8:37pm I wanna play as

Chris Webber

02/26/2011 - 2:03pm 2300+1600?

I think you mean 2600+1700, and yes good bye to him. Hello 3300+1200 Denard! Probably was happening either way

02/16/2011 - 12:07pm No ShamWow

Sham Wow

02/01/2011 - 9:04pm The funny part

about this Mallet argument is that it really doesn't matter when it comes to on the field results. DRob will be the QB in 2011. Mallet wasn't a Wolverine in 2008. Period. Doesn't matter that "Rich Rod ran him off" as some ppl like to say. Hoke will have better talent on the offensive side of the ball than RR had in 2008 regardless of any other arguments people would like to propose. 

2008-Threetidan, Freshman Concussion machine McGuffie/Minor with a broken wing, all 1st or 2nd year guys at WR with the exception of Matthews, and virtually no experience on the O line learning a radically different system than alot of them were recruited to.. after a coaching change that is usually difficult for any team in it's first year under said coach.


2011-Robinson/ Gardner, WRs "galore", a large group of RBs who just got a year older, and a very experienced Oline. Everyone is back. Oh and did I mention Threetidan? 

But anyway Mallet wasn't here and I guarantee RR didn't go after him with a stick. At this point I just want to see our current staff succeed with the players Rich Rod brought in even though I liked Rich a lot.

02/01/2011 - 8:40pm I kind of disagree with this statement

"but we were not going to win 9-11 games with epically bad defense and no special teams. "

I disagree for the same reason that I felt our offense would have to improve immensely in 2010 to win 7-8 games. Looking at our depth chart on defense I never thought we were going to see massive improvements this year on D from the previous years, and I don't think we would've or will see major improvements on D this upcoming season. I know I'm pulling my crystal ball out here and also being very hypothetical...but let's dig in to my take of 2011 under Rich Rod.

Even if we hired a new DC and ran more 4 man fronts, and our freshmen turned into sophomores (this is usually what happens /s) I think there would still be some holes and issues on defense that would make it difficult to make any serious strides. To be even more blunt our defense isn't very talented right now and the solution is 1) Continuity 2) Better recruiting that generally follows more success on the field (thus eliminating the high amounts of negative recruiting/ bad press).

I think our defense would have been middling at best in the Big Ten under Rich Rod next year, and probably far below average and our ST is a work in progress in terms of the kicking game. Our offense, however, was and still is going to be dynamic 2011. We still have A LOT of work in this are though and the offense itself would've (and still can) win us at least 9 games in 2011. Denard is absolutely fantastic as a college QB and Devin is better than Tate. Dee Hart would have been an immediate impact guy who would've complimented DRob perfectly IMHO. WRs galore and an experienced line+almost everyone back meant 9 wins to me regardless. Beating the elite is still going to be a challenge for Hoke and probably would've been for RR next year. 2010? Who knows with that murderous schedule. 

01/31/2011 - 6:11pm Again

I'll take function over form. The fact that Malzahn has had to adapt his playbook and playcalling to such a gifted young man means that perhaps he would have some hands-on experience and useful advice he could lend to Borges. I'm not necessarilty suggesting running a spread or a wildcat as our base offense the way Malzahn does, or using Malzahn's playbook as our entire offense but that we could learn how to more effectively use Denard by meeting with Malzahn. I think at this point we all realize there is going to be I formation and a multiple sets. I just think it could be helpful to exchange ideas with Malzahn, and also was curious if anyone had heard any news on this front.

01/31/2011 - 5:45pm @ Purple Stuff

You bring up some good points about the design of Malzahn's offense as it has been very pass heavy at other places...but I also think this is a case of form vs. function. The formations aren't as key as the proven function of using an elite running QB such as Newton that Malzahn has shown the capability of doing, and the hands on ability to do. I'm not sure when Borges has proven that he can do this. I am NOT saying Borges can't do it, I'm saying it certainly wouldn't hurt and would actually in all probability be beneficial to meet with Malzahn should such an opportunity arise. As far as McNown, his college career rushing stats point to him not being the runner that Robinson is  (even by a longshot). Here are his career stats

01/31/2011 - 5:34pm Do you think the two are so different that...

Robinson couldn't play in a Gus Malzahn system? I'm not sure I do. I don't think they are super similar in size or even running style, but they are both elite runners that happen to play QB. My stance is that Denard would be fantastic in Malzahn's system. Newton is way superior to Denard if we are just looking at size, but I truly believe Denard is going to end up being a better college QB in maybe every other regard if he is used properly. His combo passing and running ability (speed and burst etc.) is outstanding for a true sophomore and will get better. I think Malzahn might be a great connection for us to have.

01/28/2011 - 12:58am You really enjoy reading

your own comments don't you

01/27/2011 - 8:27pm Let's not be naive

Simply reading the OP's edit...we can see some great points. I myself am not a lawyer but took some pre-law. I have always said the Freep verged on libel and RR took the high ground.

01/27/2011 - 8:26pm Let's not be naive

Simply reading the OP's edit...we can see some great points. I myself am not a lawyer but took some pre-law. I have always said the Freep verged on libel and RR took the high ground.

01/27/2011 - 2:35pm I think the OP

is referring to the fact that "on purpose" is in the quote, the implication being that Rich Rod might have intentionally damaged relationships which is a hefty charge. I think the OP has a point but it's more the paper's doing than Luginbill and it really isn't important at this point. The local media in particular has often portrayed RR as a guy fucking up all things Michigan. According to them Rich Rod 1) lost embarrassingly on the field, 2) He DELIBERATELY broke MAJOR rules, (check number one)

Also, 3) He shit on his beloved West Virginia, 4) He shit on Michigan and it's traditions (he doesn't "get it"), 5) He is stealing money/ shredding papers/involved in Ponzi schemes and failed real estate deals..

6) He has damaged the university, current players that he didn't "run off" and relationships with other coaches in the state and the Big Ten (a conference in which his gimmicky systems won't work). 7) Ummm let's see he beats his wife and sells her body (no bullshit this was actually a rumor) 8) He is a neo-nazi and sings Josh Groban songs in times that are just weird because everything he does is weird beyond belief.

9) He is also responsible for Global Warming, Jersey Shore, Sarah McLaughlin, blue balls, crabs and the seven year itch, R. Lee Ermey and is so Shady they suspect he is Marshall Mather's real father.

All kidding aside I think we need to stop paying attention to the piling on intentional or "on purpose." RR is gone, hopefully the media will stop this stuff soon and give him some dignity which he deserves.

PS...Drew Sharp is gonna release an investigative piece on whether or not some of the former staff might have been listed as sex offenders...I guess Drew gets lonely at all those rest stop bathrooms.

01/27/2011 - 12:44am Yeah I think

people forget that coaches don't let talent sit the bench, Rich Rod didn't and Hoke won't. These types of statements are usually big overstatements, 2008 was merely a case of not having talent as much as not having the right guys. 2011 we have plenty of talent and my guess is that it will be used fairly well.

01/24/2011 - 4:38pm Josh Furman

also will be a stud LB! He will be a starter and end up like a more speedy Jonas Mouton (according to Fred Jackson)!

01/24/2011 - 4:36pm Marvin is a FS

Marvin Robinson is a doubt in my mind. MRob is fast and can cover the pass and run . Hawthorne is a LB by necessity. He really isn't a safety because he can't cover well, and he can't play every down yet. Cam idk...prolly an OLB but I'm not sure. He looked better up close to the line for sure. I'll say Marvin will end his career as a starting all-conference FS..Cam will always be a situational OLB/ blitzer who still plays a lot and gets some NFL looks. Hawthorne will be a career backup who will be a special teams demon, but play sparingly for almost all of his career on defense, and we will see those things become evident in 2011.

01/23/2011 - 9:31am RB Play

1. Better production from RBs in terms of stats.

2. A Dynamic Running Back to emerge, and to not only be consistent but dynamic at RB.

3. More motion a la Auburn and Oregon.

4. I don't care about how often we go to I formation/ under center, but it needs to be more effective when we go to it (see 1&2).

5. An upperclassmen starting at QB (check).

....and really a QB who is a little slower, I mean Denard's ridiculous speed is interfering with my desire to watch conservative MANBALL next fall : D

01/19/2011 - 7:55pm I call bullshit

I call bullshit on you calling bullshit on tater calling bullshit. tOSU uses a TON of spread concepts offensively which is definitely what the OP was implying doesn't work. This idea of MANBALL stuff is overrated  in college. Certainly being physical is important ..and 3-3-5 defense wasn't getting it done (also having a ton of freshmen didn't help) on D, but our offense was headed toward something special under RR and hopefully it still is under Hoke. However, Tressel has repeatedly called his offense a spread offense even if they are kinda multiple, and USC hasn't done much the last few years. Alabama isn't old-school at all, they are a one back zone blocking team that goes shotgun and pistol frequently and they'd be an exception to the rule if they were indeed the "physical I formation team having success" they get painted as. P.S. Saban will absolutely use read-option if his Star Jackson type lives up to the hype. Basically "Pro" and "Spread" offenses are always evolving and both work will the right players. Imagine Denard as a senior and Dee Hart next to him in the backfield along with Hopkins/ would remind us of WVU in 2007 only with better receivers, bigger linemen and a more well-rounded, sophisticated scheme. I'm not knocking MANBALL..I'm just giving the spread props.

01/15/2011 - 9:55pm Excuses

Reasons aren't necessarily excuses. There's a difference.

01/15/2011 - 2:44pm Fierce Pragmatist

right hur

01/13/2011 - 5:29pm Look

Ted Williams got an Mgoblog account to go along with voiceover work

01/10/2011 - 1:24pm Ah! Exclamation points!

01/07/2011 - 2:42pm Hey Les Miles


01/06/2011 - 8:26pm I agree

Not to mention that the resources there are better. They already run a similar offense, and he'll be able to get the speed a little quicker than it was taking him here. I hope he goes to Clemson and I wouldn't be surprised to see him there in 2011.

01/04/2011 - 5:08am Thats the sound...

Ya mother made last night Trebek