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07/21/2018 - 4:06pm I think overall record and…

I think overall record and multiple BCS bowl wins at a historically crappy program where it is difficult to recruit makes him elite. He's not winning those games at OSU, Alabama, Georgia, USC, or LSU. He's doing it at what is typically a second tier program in a state with mediocre  talent. I suppose we have differing definitions of elite.

07/21/2018 - 12:48pm Yeah, no kidding. Once he…

Yeah, no kidding. Once he got his program rolling and had his players as upperclassmen, here's what his win totals look like:

11

11

7

13

11

12

3 (LOLwut)

10

This is at a program that has been awful historically and that has traditionally had the second pick of in-state recruits in a state that isn't even all that great when it comes to high school talent.

07/21/2018 - 12:15pm I have an Anvil 5.5 gallon…

I have an Anvil 5.5 gallon brew kettle for lautering and sparging, a turkey fryer and generic pot that came with it for boiling, a 30L Spiedel fermenter for primary, and a glass carboy for secondary. I use Beersmith to make my recipes and I can't say enough how great that's been. It lets you pick your recipe then make tweaks to specific features and it automatically adjusts your ingredients. Want something a tiny bit more bitter? Drag the slider and it will automatically adjust your ingredients. For example, last Christmas my brewing partner and I wanted a Great Lakes Christmas Ale clone with lower ABV so we could drink it while doing work and not be knocked on our asses. All we had to do was drag the ABV to the desired level and it automatically adjusted our ingredients. Unfortunately, I haven't made anything for a while because my friend had a baby and I'm getting ready for my doctoral candidacy exam. 

07/21/2018 - 12:22am While I agree that MSU wasn…

While I agree that MSU wasn't as good as their record indicated last year, they return more starters than anyone in the NCAA. They'll definitely be formidable. 

07/21/2018 - 12:17am It's not crazy by any means…

It's not crazy by any means. MSU won more games than us last year and returns the most starters in the NCAA according to Phil Steele. We're in the top 10 there, but OSU will be ranked above us 9 times out of 10 simply because they're Ohio State and win 10+ games every year while pulling in top-5 classes. Penn State, however, is an interesting one to watch. They lost maybe the best player in the country and the best OC in the country, and return fewer starters than almost anyone in the NCAA. They also return the fewest starters in the conference. 

07/19/2018 - 1:04pm No. Speight was a very…

No. Speight was a very effective quarterback for much of the 2016 season. If he never got injured we probably would have beaten OSU and would have gone to the playoffs in 2016. 

07/17/2018 - 6:27pm Yup. The site is really ugly…

Yup. The site is really ugly and the mobile version is crap on an Android when compared to the previous site's app. 

07/05/2018 - 5:09pm Didn't we have two junior…

Didn't we have two junior WRs and a junior TE who all got drafted after the next year? I like the potential of our receivers, but claiming we have more now than we had then seems like a stretch considering the fact that we had fewer TD passes than Navy last year. 

06/29/2018 - 11:26am I'm so close on my Hannity…

I'm so close on my Hannity bingo card. Can you say something about George Soros or Hillary Clinton please? 

06/29/2018 - 11:17am Ace is someone in a…

Ace is someone in a situation where insane healthcare costs directly affect his life. Can you blame him for being passionate (and angry) about healthcare? 

06/28/2018 - 9:39pm Good people don't exist on…

Good people don't exist on both sides of every argument. There are some really, really bad arguments out there. 

06/28/2018 - 6:16pm So it's not screaming then?…

So it's not screaming then? Or it is screaming because it doesn't discuss the particular set of issues that you personally view as most important? 

06/28/2018 - 6:02pm Could you, by chance, not…

Could you, by chance, not listen to the podcast? Does seeing a caption that says, "Hey we interviewed a gubernatorial candidate" constitute as screaming? 

06/25/2018 - 12:31am I was about to post…

I was about to post basically the same thing. I also think last year's MSU and PSU games were more of evidence that we just weren't very good than they were evidence that we weren't good at night. 

06/20/2018 - 10:04pm Right, but the point of this…

Right, but the point of this thread is that people don't want to have to prioritize one or the other. I love Michigan football, but the opportunity to get the whole family together is a rare one. Additionally, not everyone in the extended family appreciates it when you spend most of the day in front of a television instead of, you know, talking to your family. 

06/20/2018 - 8:09pm Agree 100%. I live out of…

Agree 100%. I live out of state now (Ohio specifically) and I like to see my family on holidays. Unfortunately, this means I can't ever attend The Game unless I want to skip out of my family. 

06/06/2018 - 1:18pm (No subject)

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06/06/2018 - 1:15pm John BEEFLein will not be…

John BEEFLein will not be denied. BEEFlein.jpg

06/06/2018 - 12:57pm Oh man, since I posted the…

Oh man, since I posted the first photo he got even bigger!!!!

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Seriously though, the first photo is real.

06/06/2018 - 12:39pm Just an angle thing. His…

Just an angle thing. His right knee is facing the camera. 

06/06/2018 - 11:23am The new site gave an error…

The new site gave an error message when I tried to externally link an image. Is there a way to edit a post currently? MAX BEEF HIGDON is posted below. 

06/06/2018 - 11:22am Welp, looks like only…

Welp, looks like only locally-hosted images can be posted. Here's the picture. Higdon.jpg_large.jpgs the 

06/04/2018 - 11:39am We actually had a decent

We actually had a decent running game despite having a passing game that threw fewer TD passes than Air Force. With even an average passing game the running game could have even been elite. 

06/03/2018 - 11:07pm What if I told you OSU was a

What if I told you OSU was a much more talented team than Michigan last year. Would you believe it? Is it possible that or coach and players were highly motivated and still lost to a superior team?  

06/03/2018 - 8:40pm Lewerke wasn't a freshman, so

Lewerke wasn't a freshman, so I'm not sure of the point of that comparison. It was also his second year with some starting experience. 

Tua was really solid with the best team in the nation supporting him after the other team had prepped for someone else. Jake Fromm was really solid with the second best team in the nation supporting him, but I'll somewhat give you that one. 

Haskins balled out on the national stage in our game. We didn't prep for a passer like him, but I'll give you that one.

What exactly is the point here though? A handful of exemplary recruits on elite teams were good so that must always be true or the coaching is bad? 99% of freshman QBs stink. Peters was a freshman who played like a freshman and nobody else who played QB the last three years would have been offered a scholarship by Bama, Georgia, or OSU.  

06/03/2018 - 7:34pm Which two years? 
In year one

Which two years? 

In year one Harbaugh brought in a transfer student because there were no viable B1G starting quarterbacks on the roster. 

In year two we started Wilton Speight by necessity because it was either him or...Malzone? Last year was on Harbaugh somewhat, but Brady Hoke's QB recruiting was beyond hideous and the injury situation made things worse.  

06/03/2018 - 6:33pm I think people are gaga about

I think people are gaga about it because it should have netted much more than 20 points. There were huge chunk plays that were wide open all game that were blatantly missed. O'Korn was given golden opportunities consistently and he consistently whiffed. 

06/03/2018 - 6:10pm Did you see the gameplan for

Did you see the gameplan for the OSU game? 

06/03/2018 - 6:08pm Anyone who saw the gameplan

Anyone who saw the gameplan this year knows that it was heavily emphasized. The scheme was a thing of beauty that required a sub-Sheridan performance from our third-best quarterback in order for us to lose to a much better OSU team. 

05/30/2018 - 1:26am Jeremy Gallon had more

Jeremy Gallon had more receiving yards in a single game in 2013 than our leading receiving had all year in 2017. 

05/20/2018 - 12:10am It seemed like we took it pretty seriously last

It seemed like we took it pretty seriously last year when our mediocre team outplayed them for the most part. The only thing that kept our inferior team from winning last year was dreadful play from our third best QB.

05/17/2018 - 12:27pm Urban Meyer is the best coach

Urban Meyer is the best coach in the B1G and the second best coach in the NCAA. 

Because of their superior local talent and their head coach, Michigan fans shouldn't expect to win half of the games against OSU.

If I was a recruit I would pick a school that didn't have Michigan winters. 

05/17/2018 - 12:11pm Ooh, I really like this one.

Ooh, I really like this one. Whenever someone insinuates some kind of conspiracy against Michigan regarding officials, I immediately think that person is a moron. 

05/13/2018 - 1:45pm I'm still skeptical of

I'm still skeptical of complaints about the consistent quarterback problem considering:

  • Rudock was lighting the world on fire at the end of 2015
  • Wilton Speight was a middling recruit who didn't have any meaningful offers other than Michigan as a recruit. He basically started by default in 2016 because the previous staff didn't recruit good QBs, yet he was a VERY efficient starting B1G quarterback until he was injured, even though the line was kind of bad. 

We had one bad year with our backup quarterbacks playing behind a dreadful line. We still haven't seen a Harbaugh team with an ideal quarterback situation. We've had a season with Iowa's backup, a season with a middling 3*, and a season with three different starting QBs. 

05/10/2018 - 12:25pm I think adult men complaining

I think adult men complaining about not having time to take pictures with college kids is really weird. 

04/24/2018 - 10:18am Huh, for some reason I had it

Huh, for some reason I had it in my head that they made a dumpy rugby game. Maybe that was another Kickstarter that tried to do a CFB game. 

04/23/2018 - 2:37pm Hasn't this studio only made

Hasn't this studio only made crappy games in the past?

04/16/2018 - 2:07pm Why do people like you watch

Why do people like you watch sports? Serious question. It seems to make you absolutely miserable. 

People are acting like we went 3-9 last year or something. It was an ugly 8-4, but the level of outrage suggests how quickly Harbaugh has raised the standards of the program. 

04/03/2018 - 9:49am When Wagner was on he was on,

When Wagner was on he was on, but I was really digging the team when Teske was on the court for much of the end of the season. He was great on defense and will only get better. He also improved on offense. 

Regarding Zavier, I don't think it's crazy to think that Beilein can get him to improve on offense. If he does, we can't forget the graveyard of outstanding point guards he buried throughout the second half of the year. 

03/09/2018 - 8:39am ...and the other

...and the other three?

02/24/2018 - 1:18pm This game: 

This game: 

02/20/2018 - 1:03am Ah, I guess I never knew

Ah, I guess I never knew about the "stay there" aspect of the Peter Principle. Nevertheless, the argument I was trying to make is still valid. McElwain and Drevno were both good at lesser jobs and won't be doing the jobs at which they failed. Instead, they'll be doing things they did well in the past. 

02/19/2018 - 11:42pm Fisch did a pretty good job

Fisch did a pretty good job when he was here, but that offense wasn't elite by any means. He also had the benefit of having a healthy quarterback throwing to three NFL pass-catchers with an offensive line that included three redshirt seniors. 

02/19/2018 - 11:38pm Let's hope McElwain and

Let's hope McElwain and Drevno are just perfect examples of the Peter Principle. McElwain was an excellent coordinator and coach at a small school before he failed as a head coach at a major program. Drevno was an excellent offensive line coach before he was a failure as an OC. Hopefully going back to their roots will help them. 

02/17/2018 - 8:57pm McElwain coordinated great

McElwain coordinated great offenses at Bama before Bama was Bama. When he took over as OC, their talent level was very good, but not like it is today. He also did really well as a head coach at Colorado State, where his team ran a spread. Maybe the guy just isn't cut out to be a head coach at an elite program. The Peter principle is a very reall thing. Here were the recruiting classes he was dealing with at Bama:

2004: #15

2005: #18

2006: #11

2007: #10  - Saban hired

2008: #1 - McElwain hired 

 

Regarding his OC ability, here's what we have:

Bama Pre-McElwain:

#56 total OFEI not available

#67 OFEI --> Saban year 1

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Bama McElwain

#14 OFEI

#6 OFEI

#6 OFEI

#7 OFEI

 

As a head coach at CSU with a spread offense:

CSU Pre-McElwain:

#103 OFEI

#112 OFEI

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CSU McElwain:

#120 OFEI

#68 OFEI

#11 OFEI

 

As a head coach at Florida:

Ass. Just lots of ass.

02/16/2018 - 2:58pm Coaching ranks are filled with guys who were

Coaching ranks are filled with guys who were excellent coordinators and failed head coaches.

02/16/2018 - 12:25pm Pretty solid considering the nonexistent passing

Pretty solid considering the nonexistent passing threat.

02/16/2018 - 12:24am Also worth noting that it was

Also worth noting that it was a spread offense unless my eyes were mistaking me when I was looking at highlights. Over 300 passing yards/game. 

02/15/2018 - 5:51pm Small caveat: His offenses at

Small caveat: His offenses at Alabama were outstanding before they were a team full of five stars. Bama had solid recruiting classes before Saban, but nothing like today. 

Bama recruiting classes:

2004: #15

2005: #18

2006: #11

2007: #10  - Saban hired

2008: #1 - McElwain hired 

02/15/2018 - 5:17pm Just looking at the total

Just looking at the total offense numbers don't take pacing and opposition into account. McElwain looks even more impressive when you use the fancystats:

Bama Pre-McElwain:

#56 total OFEI not available

#67 OFEI --> Saban year 1

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Bama McElwain

#14 OFEI

#6 OFEI

#6 OFEI

#7 OFEI

 

CSU Pre-McElwain:

#103 OFEI

#112 OFEI

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CSU McElwain:

#120 OFEI

#68 OFEI

#11 OFEI