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10/16/2018 - 12:42am Totally agree with this.  I…

Totally agree with this.  I really don't care how MSU looks on paper, how their injury report reads, or what their record is.  Dantonio is a disciple of Tressel and has taken his mentor's ability to win games he shouldn't to a new level.  He can level the playing field with a combination of cojones (fake field goals in OT, 60-yard bombs on 3rd and inches, etc), over-preparation (see: losing games he really shouldn't when he sacrifices focus on an opponent he underestimates), killing clock, QB draws, etc.  Lots of tricks that seem almost outside the unspoken rules of the game; guerrilla football, if you will.  While we can match the preparation, I'm not sure that many coaches can match his risk tolerance - and that gives him an advantage. 

I'm not ballsy enough to make any predictions.  This game always feels like a coin flip to me regardless of context.  If Brian tempts fate by predicting some crazy-ass UM blowout victory, I'm going be upset.

 

10/07/2018 - 2:07pm Well, nice to see the self…

Well, nice to see the self awareness.  I'd be lying if I didn't mutter some stuff to myself in the privacy of my living room.  But I think people are way too quick to hit the send button on some of that stuff like they're in a private chat room; not really thinking about the fact that kids/parents/recruits are reading this stuff.  You can bet your ass they're reading it and being influenced by it.

I'll reiterate again that I feel that game threads should be nuked at 0:00 on the game clock so that content like the OP collected is not persisted.  

 

 

10/07/2018 - 12:21pm Game threads really, really…

Game threads really, really should be nuked the second a game ends.  I really hope management considers this idea.  90% of game thread content is just embarrassing, win or lose.  So many cockroaches come out in those threads.  Even "regulars" are in their worst form.

09/30/2018 - 6:11pm We are getting MUCH better…

We are getting MUCH better at the read option.  It's moved beyond what felt like something practiced for only a few reps last year into something we're actually decent at.  I think this could provide a major wrinkle if teams are worried enough about a QB keep that they can't just crash the fullback.   Awesome development there.

09/18/2018 - 5:52pm This jibes with the sideline…

This jibes with the sideline reporter who claimed that the OL players were complaining about the over-aggressive play from SMU linebackers blowing up the blocking schemes.  Ed Warriner's response to the players was, paraphrased, "you need to learn how to deal with that." 

09/18/2018 - 4:47pm You and your big words...

You and your big words...

09/11/2018 - 2:06pm Perles forced Ludwig to…

Perles forced Ludwig to return the video, resign and sign a non-disclosure agreement, according to the lawsuit.

Wow.  Not only did Perles bury the charges, he buried the coach trying to defend her player.  What a dirtbag.

09/09/2018 - 12:11am uh.. they're not exactly…

uh.. they're not exactly tearing it up tonight.

09/05/2018 - 12:17pm Isn't it a fair assumption…

Isn't it a fair assumption that JH will perpetually be high on list of people to call when any NFL HC seat is warm?  Regardless of how you perceive his performance at UM, his NFL tenure speaks for itself.  And in a league full of mediocre retreads and teams desperate for immediate success, he is a golden god.  

 

You know, we can probably create a template for these posts so that you only need to fill in the team's name to make things easier.  Make it a sticky.

09/05/2018 - 12:56am Wow.  Good stuff.

Wow.  Good stuff.

09/05/2018 - 12:51am 13.  Mix it up with a little…

13.  Mix it up with a little *razzle dazzle* to keep 'em off balance.  

14.  Unless that doesn't work - why would you waste reps on that nonsense, duh?

09/05/2018 - 12:40am It's very simple, really. …

It's very simple, really.  We need to bring the toughness back, like Bo's early-70's teams.  Grit.  Toughness.  Those coaches knew the secret to toughness:  no water breaks.  Drinking too much water makes you weak.  Gives you cramps.  Eat these salt tablets instead, son.

Also, the flying wedge.  We need to bring that back.  

09/04/2018 - 5:08pm I'm very confused.  Are you…

I'm very confused.  Are you talking about our game?... the one where we were down by a touchdown with possession of the ball with 2 minutes on the clock?  You honestly were "relieved" when we lost that fumble (not interception) with all the momentum on our side?  You honestly think JH really had no intention of trying to win the game at that point, he was just happy that he got out of there with an offensive touchdown?  Seriously??

09/04/2018 - 2:50pm Do frat boys drink IPAs?  I…

Do frat boys drink IPAs?  I only remember Natural Light.

09/04/2018 - 1:40pm There were definitely some…

There were definitely some very strange play designs; cases where the most dangerous defender is left unblocked - dependent on that player following the play action I guess?  I'm not sure if these were RPS issues, busts on someone's part, underestimating athleticism of the ND front, or just baaaad schemes.

09/04/2018 - 1:22pm Eh, not so fast.  We saw a…

Eh, not so fast.  We saw a lot of success on Saturday with those quick pop passes that mitigated OL protection issues and/or neutralized the blitz.  In fact, Shea was so effective that that stuff (combined with the rollouts) that ND was forced to counter with some more conservative schemes that only rushed 4 - thankfully, we handled the non-stunting DL rush pretty well.

If we establish that competency, opponents will be forced to respect it.

09/04/2018 - 12:33pm The more I watch these every…

The more I watch these every snap videos, the more encouraged I get about the rest of the year.  Outside of a couple plays, Shea is a MAJOR upgrade at QB.  He is going to win us a game or two, and he is the perfect antidote for a lot of the OL issues we have.  Speaking of,  I predict that the OL issues will get A LOT better over the course of the season.  The breakdowns that I see after watching this several times are the types of issues that a guy like Warriner can mitigate.

09/03/2018 - 7:50pm This is bullshit... Someone…

This is bullshit... Someone please point me to the specific points in one of the "every snap" videos where 3 sacks are all Runyan's fault.  I don't know nor do I care who the fuck Zach Shaw is.

09/03/2018 - 7:45pm Thank you... ND ran that…

Thank you... ND ran that same stunt several times in this game with similar results.  That's why I think it's a knee-jerk reaction to blame Runyan for those since the sack is coming around from his side.  But I really have no idea what he's supposed to do in those situations (nor do I know how to defend it... no way Ruiz is chasing him through the muck).

 

Regardless of crap that's been dumped on Runyan, I predict that he's going to grade out much better than people expect (that is, not good, but not much worse than everyone else).

09/03/2018 - 7:30pm Suit yourself.  Don't let…

Suit yourself.  Don't let the door hit your ass on the way out.

09/03/2018 - 7:28pm Could someone please delete…

Could someone please delete this?  It's just embarrassing.

09/03/2018 - 4:59pm The over-the-top criticism…

The over-the-top criticism of Runyan is unwarranted.  He wasn't great, but he seemed no worse than anyone else on that line - especially JBB and Ruiz.  Our entire line seemed to be moving at 3/4 the speed of ND defensive line, but Runyan sticks out since a lot of stunts looped around his side.  It seems like a narrative of "Runyan sucks!" has snowballed to the point where everyone is jumping on that bandwagon, and folks need to CHILL 'cause it's doing no good at all.

09/03/2018 - 4:09pm Sad that UM can't produce…

Sad that UM can't produce someone as witty and articulate as Joey Galloway, huh.... your Buckeye poster boy.

09/02/2018 - 3:58pm All good points, although…

All good points, although the point about being outcoached when the margin was only a single score is a bit much.  

Upon rewatching the game, a couple of things stood out:

 - I'm certainly not going to blame the refs for the loss, but boy did they miss Lavert Hill being virtually tackled when he was in great position to stop ND's last touchdown.  A 10 yard penalty there instead of a touchdown would have been huge.  Mike Tirico made a point of it, and he was absolutely correct.  It was as blatant as holding gets.

- A large chunk of ND's success at rushing the QB was due to a stunt where that 6' 7" nose guard would take a step forward and then loop around the end of the line after our tackles were already engaged with the DEs (in fact, this same stunt was the nail in the coffin of the last play).  Ruiz was essentially taken out of the play that way (sometimes he looked around frantically for someone to block up the middle and other times he would help out Onwneu or Bredeson).  ND did it multiple times, and we never had an answer... a QB draw would have punished them dearly.  I'm not sure if we're going to see another nose guard with that athleticism.  If we do, I imagine that we'll have a strategy to defend it.

09/02/2018 - 12:35pm I'm with you, man.  The line…

I'm with you, man.  The line play is definitely a cause for concern, but we have one of the best in the OL coaches in the business and I'm confident he'll figure out a way to shore that up.  What I saw in Patterson and DCaf last night was very encouraging.

I guess I keep forgetting my personal rule to avoid MGoBlog for at least 48 hours after ANY loss.

09/02/2018 - 10:42am Cosigned.

Cosigned.

08/30/2018 - 12:37pm Give it up, man.  Maybe…

Give it up, man.  Maybe start again with a new account but try not to make it so obvious next time.

08/28/2018 - 1:42pm Isaac was around for a long…

Isaac was around for a long time, but 548 years might be a stretch.

08/28/2018 - 1:28pm I just don't understand the…

I just don't understand the departure of Crawford and McDoom.  Even with Black in the picture, it seems like they filled a dimension that would be needed from time to time.  I get that it would be difficult to swallow your pride and assume a supporting role as the younger guys develop, but it seems better than starting over as upperclassmen somewhere else.  Maybe there was more to it than just playing time.

08/27/2018 - 11:26pm Wrong.  Good coach, bad…

Wrong.  Good coach, bad person.

08/27/2018 - 10:46pm I'm buying Tarik Black stock…

I'm buying Tarik Black stock with both fists.  He has no more feet to break!

08/27/2018 - 10:39pm Gotcha... You're on here to…

Gotcha... You're on here to have civilized debate on important topics.  It is not your intention to troll the board at all.  Well, then my apologies... by all means carry on and keep fighting the good fight my brother.

08/27/2018 - 10:31pm I don't follow.  So, does…

I don't follow.  So, does every coach who Durkin ever worked for need to craft a statement?  I mean, this isn't a good look for Meyer at all... his silence on Durkin is deafening. 

Muschamp was Durkin's boss longer than Harbaugh.  What's his take?  I can't imagine that Will Muschamp could call ANYONE a bigger "bully coach" than Will F'ing Muschamp.

Notre Dame had him in 2003-2004, what do they think?

Durkin failed because something very bad happened on his watch, due, in part, to a culture of machismo he fostered, and he handled the situation in the worst way.  He clearly lacked the moral fiber/leadership/judge-of-character to be a head coach. But Jim Harbaugh did not make him the head coach of Maryland. 

It's a BIG leap from coordinator to head coach;  COO to CEO; platoon leader to company commander.  I cannot understand what an "acceptable" statement from any former boss might be in this case. 

 

08/27/2018 - 7:20pm Peppers said what happened,…

Peppers said what happened, exactly?  He described Durkin's coaching style as bully coaching.  He also said he's as shocked as everyone else at what happened at Maryland.  He also mentioned not liking how "it went down" when Durkin left UofM before the end of the season.

Durkin did not establish culture at UM - he didn't have the authority, nor even the tenure to do so.  He created the culture at Maryland, and this culture led to his downfall.

As as Spartan, you have zero moral high ground, even if a mole hill of one existed in this case.

 

08/20/2018 - 10:53am Urban clearly has some…

Urban clearly has some faults, but underachieving isn't on that list.  Finebaum remains a penis head.

07/03/2018 - 4:30pm Yikes, this one hits a…

Yikes, this one hits a little too close to home.  One of the guys mentioned as a victim was a high school wrestling teammate of mine.  

06/28/2018 - 11:01pm That was a good listen.  I…

That was a good listen.  I learned stuff.  Thank you.

06/08/2018 - 12:37pm I live in Highlands Ranch,…

I live in Highlands Ranch, and it's a very convenient place to live if you have a family.  But if I didn't have kids, I would probably want to be somewhere closer to downtown.  It's hard to recommend areas if we don't know what you're looking for.  You mentioned that Parker was promising, which makes me assume that you favor space and value over someplace like Wash Park.  Can you provide a bit more info on your wants or needs and maybe a ballpark budget?

06/08/2018 - 12:27pm A daily commute from Boulder…

A daily commute from Boulder to DTC and back would get old very quickly.  I cannot co-sign.

04/03/2018 - 12:21pm He is clearly dancing to Baba

He is clearly dancing to Baba O Reily synth part at the end.

04/03/2018 - 12:43am Maybe you should take the

Maybe you should take the rest of the night off, pal.  Just set the mic down and walk away.

04/03/2018 - 12:39am Despite the outcome,

I still can't believe we were there.  It still feels like a dream.  Anyone too upset over this loss is just being greedy.

03/08/2018 - 11:50am I'm of the opinion that

I'm of the opinion that Dantonio (as a head coach) works best with the under-the-radar types than the high profile guys.  I might be extrapolating too much from a small sample size, but I'd wager that he wouldn't have a whole lot more success with an upgraded roster.

03/07/2018 - 1:17pm That hike starts from a

That hike starts from a trailhead in the parking lot and is pretty leisurely until you get to the base of that big mesa.  There is really only one section where everyone climbs to get to the top (and would certainly be the only place that I'd imagine a 70-year old would attempt).  That is probably where he fell.  If he fell off the top, that would be a lot more than the 20-ft drop they are reporting... It would be 50 ft minimum.

So I'm guessing that he fell when climbing up that section to get to the top.  It's no joke, man.  I'm surprised that there aren't a lot more falls there.  It's not a rope climb, but it's a genuine free climb.  Great view from the top.

03/07/2018 - 10:30am Yikes.  My parents live in

Yikes.  My parents live in Castle Rock and I've climed that rock quite a few times with the kids.  I have a pretty good idea of where he probably fell.  That would NOT have been pretty.

 

 

It's the mesa in the foreground.  That would be about an 80 ft fall.

02/26/2018 - 3:48pm Same.

Same.  I'm now a little sad that there is no younger Hurst.

02/21/2018 - 2:39pm Ahhh, but they CAN fly!

02/20/2018 - 12:05pm That's some amazing insight

That's some amazing insight right there.  Thanks for sharing.

02/17/2018 - 12:29pm I'm going to go out on a limb

I'm going to go out on a limb and assume that she could beat any man in a combined Alpine/Snowboard GS competition. 

02/17/2018 - 12:11pm That part of the story seems

That part of the story seems most surreal to me.  I mean, this is the Olympics, not some NASTAR coarse where you can pay $10 to drop in after lunch.  She didn't say "SCREW IT... Let me give this GS thing a try... Put me on the list!... Anyone have some skis they aren't using?"  She had to qualify just like everyone else, and you don't ski at that level on a pair of rentals or loaners.  The margins are fractions of a second, where little details like the right composition of wax make the difference between the podium and last place.  So she definitely had her own skis and a qualified tech.  New skis always take some getting used to... why experiment with some demos during a medal round?  It just doesn't compute.  There has to be more to this story.