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11/18/2018 - 2:09pm Personally I think the…

Personally I think the complaints are WAY overblown. They marched down field in the blink of an eye, and I think part of the run calls was to burn the clock so that IU had no chance of getting the ball back.  The plan to get the first down and have a play ready right away was a smart coaching move. The actual play call, not having routes go to the end zone...fine, criticize that. But they were in position to at least get 3 there regardless of that tackle, and the refs fucked it up.

11/18/2018 - 12:44pm Oklahoma technically has s…

Oklahoma technically has s lot of talent on D too.

But they’re a tire fire who just gave up 40 to KANSAS.

11/18/2018 - 10:04am Good lord, so many chicken…

Good lord, so many chicken littles in this fan base.

We won yesterday, closer than expected but still without too much drama at the end. Weird games happen...ask West Virginia who just lost to a .500 Okie State. It’s survive and advance this time of year. At least we didn’t give up 50 and require a bad QB throw on a 2-point conversion to win the game.

and for those worried about OSU’s offense next week? Look at what MSU did to them. Michigan is a wee bit better than Maryland on D. 

Stop fanning scared and embrace it. Michigan ain’t losing Saturday.

11/17/2018 - 8:18pm Better than feeling like all…

Better than feeling like all we got is a yippy Nordin. They replayed a pregame kick and all you can say is just...yeesh. I don't know if we win today with Nordin kicking.

11/17/2018 - 8:15pm Good but just could not…

Good but just could not finish drives. No idea why...I think partly was playcalling, and partly just one of those things.

But I also wanted to take the time to say THANK GOD FOR JAKE MOODY. Player of the game. We absolutely needed a kicker today, and even missing one of those kicks would have made it more nerve wracking at the end than it already was.

11/16/2018 - 5:19pm "Fail miserably" is the…

"Fail miserably" is the status quo at Kansas, so really they have nothing to lose. Les is getting up there in age though.

I don't think it will work...but it might. Les has that right amount of crazy in him to get his teams inspired to win some games. He had some success at Okie State too, so it's not crazy to think he might get Kansas to a respectable record at some point (respectable meaning 6-6). 

IMO, his success at KU will hinge on who he hires for assistants, and how the offense is managed. He cannot run anything resembling the dinosaur offense he ran at LSU which, despite its talent, was never particularly great...

11/14/2018 - 3:11pm It's not a poor complaint.

It's not a poor complaint.

November is the time of year that teams are being judged and ranked based on their resumes. If you schedule an inferior opponent on purpose (and FCS teams to boot!), then you cannot be fairly judged against all the other teams who are playing conference opponents. 

You are saying "but Rutgers!" as if it's a legit counterpoint, but every conference has a doormat. Purdue was our doormat for awhile, yet look at this year what they did to OSU and actually having a chance to get to the conference championship. Kansas has been far worse for longer than Rutgers. Oregon State has been trash in the Pac 12 for awhile too. The SEC usually has Kentucky and Vanderbilt at the bottom, though this year it's Vanderbilt and Arkansas. You forget that Rutgers actually beat Michigan in 2014...they've been a doormat ever since, but they're not completely  incapable of being at least a decent opponent. The point is they are in the conference though. And I bet a penny that Rutgers could beat teams like The Citadel, Liberty, and Rice.

11/14/2018 - 3:00pm They have the "sometimes we…

They have the "sometimes we also play ND" excuse right now. It's better than the SEC, but not my much...because gee what a coincidence that ND and Clemson are solidly in the top 4 and they haven't played each other this year.

11/14/2018 - 2:50pm WTF are you talking about…

WTF are you talking about. It is not unique thoughts from our fanbase...it's pretty universally the opinion outside the SEC that it's absurd they get away with scheduling cupcakes in week 12. The SEC prides itself on being the best in the nation...yet not only are they one of two P5 conferences yet to move to 9 games (that gives them an advantage), they also schedule late-season cupcakes as virtual byes (another advantageG. Additionally, having only 8 games with a 7-team division means they play two cross-division opponents, and one of them is a protected opponent, so they other 6 teams they play twice over TWELVE YEARS! This means Alabama and georgia almost never play each other in conference play, unless they meet in the championship and you get the "what if?" scenario of Georgia beating Alabama. 

Their degree of difficulty is so far lower as a result of these things. People complain about it because it is not fair. I mean, we do partly have to give props to the SEC for gaming the system, because it very clearly is working. But at the same time...what the actual fuck, man. This shit needs to change. It's not just because it's unfair to the system, it makes a mockery of the damn sport and its entertainment value.

What happens when Bama loses the SEC championship, still gets in the playoffs, and wins the National Championship (against Georgia)? That taints the national championship AND the conference championships. Either the games matter at the end or they don't....right now it's both, and that works solely to the SEC's advantage.

 

11/10/2018 - 5:07pm Sloppy poor play, mental…

Sloppy poor play, mental errors, bad execution...feels like the proverbial letdown after all the big games Michigan has had the last month.

 But it's 21-7.

Against anyone but Rutgers I'd be more worried. 

11/08/2018 - 2:23pm With Wimbush in, this is…

With Wimbush in, this is closer to the ND that had one-score wins over BALL STATE and VANDERBILT (...sigh and Michigan sigh...).  FSU is hot garbage, so it probably won't matter. But if FSU can keep it close with their defense containing Wimbush...stranger things have happened, man.

 

11/06/2018 - 6:32pm I don't know if you knew…

I don't know if you knew this, but good news! Jordan Howard is no longer on IU's roster! 

(/s in case that wasn't obvious)

11/05/2018 - 3:35pm Regardless of not hitting…

Regardless of not hitting the head, that DPJ hit is the exact kind of dangerous hit that football should be trying to eliminate. In fact I'm pretty sure it would garner a flag in the NFL for unnecessary roughness - excessive contact to a defenseless receiver. 

So while it technically may not have been targeting, it very much was a reckless play by it's very nature - the defender launched up into the air towards the receiver so that he could initiate contact near the upper torso/head area of a receiver also in the air (defenseless at the time) trying to catch the ball. If it were hockey you'd call it a charging penalty.  

 

11/05/2018 - 3:10pm "He's so predictable" - that…

"He's so predictable" - that made me LOL the most. He's brought out new wrinkles each of the last three games, and still - STILL - it feels like there's a lot more to the offense that is being held back for OSU because they just don't need it yet (like more of the RPO stuff)

Yet dumb people look at the fact that he runs a "pro style offense" and think Harbaugh is a dinosaur who is so predictable.

The best part of Harbaugh is he's both - he has strong desires to out-tough AND out-wit his opponents, because doing both helps you win consistently. 

And anyway, I hope opponents keep thinking Harbaugh is so predictable. Because that only helps Michigan. I mean...how many zone read keepers does Shea have to run before opposing D's catch on and actually try to account for it? 

11/04/2018 - 7:53pm I just could not fathom the…

I just could not fathom the gd negativity. Doubters had some extreme selective amnesia. Harbaugh proved it everywhere he went...it was only a matter of time before he did the same thing here. People too quickly forgot how terrible the program was when he inherited it (at least on offense). He came in with basically no QB and managed to salvage two seasons  with an Iowa castoff and a 3 Star Borges recruit. Last year’s sucky sucky season was 8-5, and was still demonstrably better than either of the previous two coaches’ worst seasons.

this year feels like the first time we have a true Harbaugh team. 2016 was close, but not quite there. This program is now fully his, and the results on the field speak for themselves.

One last stop on the revenge tour. OSU, we comin.

11/03/2018 - 8:35pm There is no chance in hell…

There is no chance in hell Rutgers is a trap game. Rutgers is terrible at football.

Indiana though has trap written on it. I’m glad that’s a home game.

11/03/2018 - 8:31pm The sad TD drive was them…

The sad TD drive was them saying “King me” after we had already checkmated them.

11/03/2018 - 8:03pm Another sad touchdown drive…

Another sad touchdown drive given up. Really wish they got the shutout...but hey GOOD FOR YOU Penn state *pats head*

11/03/2018 - 7:55pm Great throw and catch,…

Great throw and catch, regardless of penalty it was great to see Black catch it.

penalty was legit though, so no complaints about the flag (without the hold Shea gets sacked).

11/02/2018 - 5:12pm This feels like a…

This feels like a comfortable win. Am I crazy? I feel like I need to knock on wood from now until tomorrow. 

Michigan has the clearly better team and coaches who will probably have some stuff up their sleeve after the bye. Penn State might be able to keep it close because they're not a bad team...but M will pull away in the 2nd half because our offense will hold onto the ball for stretches of time and our defense will be able to keep most of PSU's drives short....which has happened in pretty much every single game this year, M is just grinding opponents down. I have a very hard time believing that changes with Frames Janklin and the Amazing 4th Quarter Disappearing Act coming into town.

11/01/2018 - 4:30pm Fuck off for thinking like…

Fuck off for thinking like this. People who are in charge of things need to be held responsible when bad things happen, especially when they are tragic (death of a player) and VERY EASILY PREVENTABLE. This constant need to "blame everyone else but me" is what is destroying this country. Durkin not physically being at that practice means fuck all about whether he is innocent or not. If you don't think a leader's tone matters, then you are part of the fucking problem.  

 

10/31/2018 - 7:31pm Thank you for a rational…

Thank you for a rational take. I feel like I'm taking crazy pills reading people talking about how it's somehow better if ND wins out, or how a 1-loss Bama team gets in regardless of anything else.

I mean just look at the damn standings. Undefeated ND #4, 1-loss Michigan #5. You generally never keep an opponent the same rank after a loss. If ND loses they will drop down in the rankings. They just will. That's how rankings are supposed to work. 

10/31/2018 - 7:25pm This must be the…

This must be the HAWWWWTTTTTESSSSTT of HAWT TAKES out there.

 You can't use head-to-head as a auto-tiebreaker in a format that is the furthest thing imaginable from a round-robin season of everybody-plays-everybody. That only incentivizes teams to schedule crap opponents.

But forget that argument, I'll just point at the standings. Look at them! ND #4, Michigan #5. In what universe does a loss not drop your ranking? 

10/31/2018 - 6:53pm Head to head is not nearly…

Head to head is not nearly as strong as you make it out to be. This isn't like a Big Ten Championship division rule where ties go to head-to-head winners. That's a round robin tournament, so it makes sense to break the tie that way. But playoff selection is based on a wide variety of factors. I'm sure in some way they will take head-to-head into account, but there are so many other factors (timing/situation of the loss being week 1 on the road at night by just 7 points, strength of schedule, the "eye test", playing and winning an extra game against a decent opponent) that very clearly would favor Michigan.  

10/31/2018 - 6:45pm That's not how it works…

That's not how it works though, in a system like this H2H cannot be an automatic tie breaker because it punishes Michigan unfairly for playing a better opponent in week 1. Look at the rankings anyway - the CFP put LSU over ND already. Remember, ND hasn't lost a damn game yet, and LSU has. So  if ND loses a game they will drop down precipitously, because their strength of schedule is simply not good and they haven't looked all that great on the "eye test" either (too many way too close games against inferior opponents like Ball State).

 

10/30/2018 - 3:09pm Well, their "improved"…

Well, their "improved" defense was against TCU and Kansas State, not exactly top-caliber Big 12 offenses they are used to seeing (I mean TCU lost to KANSAS people...KANSAS. Also TCU hasn't put up more than 28 points since their first two weeks of the season against tomato cans.) 

I'm more interested to see if their defense can hold up against Texas Tech or West Virginia. I think they will come crashing back to earth in one of those games, if not both. 

10/30/2018 - 2:54pm Very easy to convince…

Very easy to convince yourself: Conference championship games should be de-facto "play in" games for a playoff birth. Has there ever been a team to make the playoffs after losing the conference championship? Who wants to see a rematch of a championship game anyway? If Bama loses to UGA for the SEC title but then beats UGA in the playoff championship that completely invalides the whole concept of a "national champion". I personally believe the committee will practically go out of their way to put another team  in before they ever put in a conference championship loser. It's in my mind way different from choosing a 1-loss non-championship-game Bama over a 2-loss Big Ten champion (in that there at least is a plausible argument to make for Bama in that case)

10/30/2018 - 2:49pm No, they aren't. A 1-loss…

No, they aren't. A 1-loss non-conference champ is not getting in over a 1-loss conference champ who has played one more game (against a decent opponent), full stop.

If that happens the whole system needs to be blown up and conference championship games stopped immediately.

10/29/2018 - 5:29pm Well now I know who to blame…

Well now I know who to blame if Michigan loses. 

(/s if that wasn't clear)

10/29/2018 - 2:21pm An 11-1 Bama will absolutely…

An 11-1 Bama will absolutely not be put in over a 12-1 conference champion. Full stop.

If they do though, there will be hell to pay. Things would change very quickly.

10/29/2018 - 2:17pm This just in: we haven't…

This just in: we haven't learned anything about the thing we want to know more about.

More at 11.

10/29/2018 - 1:03pm They are an “almost”…

They are an “almost” football team, and I think the coach has been holding them back from getting over the hump. They should have more than 2 wins really.

Also how hard is it to find a kicker???? Geez.

10/27/2018 - 2:03pm So predictable.

Do us all a…

So predictable.

Do us all a favor and leave the Big Ten. I could not care less if we never played MSU again. Your program is trash and it all starts with the behavior of your “leaders” from the top.

The M-MSU rivalry is not healthy anymore. I wish we could just not play them anymore. But I’ll settle with kicking their butts every year if this is how they want to behave.

10/26/2018 - 4:02pm FFS are you serious? We're…

FFS are you serious? We're talking about 3 stars here, not the sisters of the poor. Of f*&*ing course they are going to generate interest from other schools. He's not out grabbing Joe 0-star McGee and turning him into a 5-star player.

The fact that he went out of his way to get some of these 3 stars to flip, and these flips are having big impacts on the team, shows how good Harbaugh and the staff are at identifying the right talent and developing them.

10/26/2018 - 3:52pm There have been 8 games…

There have been 8 games played. That's 2/3rds of the season. I think by now we have a pretty good idea of what this team is...why can't folks like you see that? I'm not saying they get to the playoff, but there is a nonzero chance that it happens and that's because the team is good enough (right now) to be favored against possibly all of our remaining opponents. That's not "wild optimism". 

We won't know until we know. But it's ok to embrace the fun. Don't be the fun police.

10/25/2018 - 3:00pm Yeah that frustrates me…

Yeah that frustrates me. These teams are not perfect, and it's ultimately a game. Sometimes good teams come out flat and bad teams can do no wrong and punch them in the face very quickly. Sometimes a team that loses to Eastern Michigan can come out and absolutely destroy a top 4 opponent. Sometimes a team loses to NW at home and then beats PSU on the road the next week (and then can't muster 100 yards of offense the week after that :P ).

Northwestern is a very strange team anyway...they have a maybe(?)-NFL-caliber QB with a well-established coach who has won 10 games in multiple seasons there. On the other hand they also only beat Rutgers by 3 points and lost to Akron, so who the heck knows with them. Clearly Michigan got the good version of Northwestern, at least for a quarter or so. It happens. It doesn't mean Harbaugh is a bad coach. 

10/25/2018 - 12:59pm GET HYPE YO.

I'm amped up…

GET HYPE YO.

I'm amped up for the rest of this season! I don't know why folks want to calm it all down and say "focus on PSU". Screw that. This team feels special, in a way that not even 2016 felt. For once I'm not nervous to see them play a big opponent, I'm excited. I was anxious before the Wisconsin and MSU games, because we all know how the team looked last year. Well the results are in, this year ain't last year. Penn State is not the same without Moorehead and Barkley...they rely far too much on McSorely, and that is a recipe for disaster against this Michigan defense. The best part? Even if Don Brown doesn't completely shut down PSU (and honestly that's a big "if" lol), our offense has demonstrated the ability to control large chunks of games, and if Shea can put it all together they can go from pretty good to downright dangerous.

ALL ABOARD THE HYPE TRAIN WOOT WOOT!

10/24/2018 - 11:36pm They probably don’t want…

They probably don’t want coaches calling other coaches in their conference “bush league”. Don’t get me wrong, Harbaugh absolutely told the truth. But I can understand the reprimand. It basically doesn’t mean anything anyway.

10/24/2018 - 11:38am The whole "only 2 minutes…

The whole "only 2 minutes late" thing is such a bad take. So what that it was "only" 2 minutes? M players were on the field, which they had a right to. I doubt the players even knew beforehand that MSU does that cheesy walk pregame on the field. And by all accounts noone told them to get off the field...so why would they? The altercation is totally MSU's fault for initiating, and for people like Spielman to say otherwise just shows their true anti-Michigan colors.

10/24/2018 - 10:28am I soaked it all in last two…

I soaked it all in last two days. Dantonio showed us his true colors when he said “thats BS”, and Harbaugh doubled down and called him out again. 

But that’s enough of that, I’m done with him. Dantonio isn’t going to ever apologize about anything - especially Michigan-related - so let’s just move on and ignore the cranky old bastard. We got bigger things to focus on anyway.

10/23/2018 - 2:18pm Quite frankly I was never…

Quite frankly I was never not a believer...the anti-Harbaugh narratives were ridiculous to begin with. We were approximately 1 game underperforming expectations last year, and considering we had 3 different starting QBs and some very young OL and WRs, it's not hard to see why.

Then there's the whole "we didn't beat a team with a winning record besides 7-6 Purdue!" bullcrap. It's not Michigan's fault most of their opponents were losers. Because that literally means that there were only 5 other teams that fit that criteria...and guess what guys? Three of them were top 10 opponents, and MSU (the fourth) also got to 10 wins and was #12 when we played them (and needed 5 turnovers and a monsoon to beat us by 4 points)  The worst loss was against South Carolina in a meaningless bowl game.  So yeah, the team wasn't good enough to beat top-15 teams last year. But somehow it got stretched to the "winning record" thing as if Harbaugh was suddenly incompetent when all it meant was the schedule turned out a bit easier than originally anticipated.

Same thing with the rivalry crap. Of course Harbaugh needed to turn things around...but I hope we see now that he CLEARLY has the superior program to MSU. 2-2 with an asterisk on one loss and an unlikely 5-turnover debacle with JOK as the starter in the other. Same thing with OSU...0-3 looks bad, but he made a competitive game with our 3rd stringer QB and basically beat them in 2016 if not for some reffing malpractice. 2-5 don't look so bad when it's some incredibly bad luck and inches away from 4-3.  

So yea, it's time to believe. But it never was time to stop believing in him.

10/23/2018 - 1:22pm He can go the way of Art…

He can go the way of Art Briles - time to coach football in Italy 

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaaf/2018/08/02/ex-baylor-coach-art-briles-coach-football-italy-report/889615002/

10/23/2018 - 11:41am Auburn is not firing Gus…

Auburn is not firing Gus. Unless they are incompetent. So I guess anything is possible.

You don't fire a coach that you just extended on contract. His buyout is $32 million. It's not like Auburn is massively underperforming....they're not THAT bad to justify that buyout.

10/23/2018 - 11:34am If anyone hasn't listened to…

If anyone hasn't listened to Sam Webb from WTKA yesterday, give it a listen. It was pure gold, worth every minute. 

10/23/2018 - 11:32am AS long as he's not…

AS long as he's not silencing Harbaugh or contradicting him - which he's clearly not - I'm not that concerned about Warde's response. I expect responses from the ADs and higher-ups to be above that sort of BS. The MSU statement yesterday was a joke.

Don't get me wrong. Part of me wished Warde would have said more...but the fact that he didn't doesn't register all that much to me. Considering the last AD we had couldn't help but stay in the spotlight, I'm fine with one that prefers - almost to a fault - to keep himself out of it. That's much closer to how it should be anyway.

10/22/2018 - 7:49pm Porque no los dos?

Porque no los dos?

10/22/2018 - 7:29pm 10:02 is after 10am. That's…

10:02 is after 10am. That's how time works. That's how numbers work. If you showed up at 9:59 and were still walking across the field at 10am, I sincerely doubt anything happens. The moment that clock hits 10:00 and M players hit the field, and you haven't started your walk, you are late. Everything that happens after that is at least partially your fault for not preventing. Because it is not your field at that moment. I don't care that you do it before every game. Do that on your own damn time. Don't show up late and expect your arch-nemesis to just politely step aside when it's their time. Michigan is done being polite with your trash program. 

Bush league confirmed.

EDIT: In the spirit of Sam Webb, congrats again for poking the bear, MSU. You ain't the bear no more in this rivalry...on paper it's even but anyone with eyes knows that those 2 losses are a mirage. Jim Harbaugh has your number, and you have given them more ammunition to beat your butts again next year in the Big House. Not that they need it but...uh, clearly it didn't help you guys two days ago to piss Michigan off like that. 

10/22/2018 - 7:21pm HAd they done that and Bush…

HAd they done that and Bush attacked a Spartan, we'd all be rightfully calling him out. 

Had they done that and Bush then scuffed the turf, I'd be a bit more upset at what Bush did.

Had they done that and absolutely NOTHING happened, then nobody would be talking about it right now. 

But that's not what happened. MSU is very clearly in the wrong even by their own (clearly hedged) words.

10/22/2018 - 5:13pm It sounds so silly compared…

What Bush did sounds so silly compared to what they did. 

MSU locked arms, walked down the field, in helmets, withe their head coach there (smiling), and clotheslined a UM player and ripped the headphones off. And this occured late, so even in the most positive light - they were "accidentally" late - this is terrible mismanagement by MSU (it's not "your field", man. There are rules. We all have to abide by them.)

In response an M player scuffed up a bit of their field. OH MY GOSH I MUST CLUTCH MY PEARLS!!!

In a vacuum I do not endorse Bush's actions...but these things never happen in vacuums. 

In the MSU fans' minds, their players playing a "little dirty" is "justified" because of Bush. 

It's all so dumb. And I mean, rivalry shit happens. But it's usually not so blatantly premeditated by the coaches. You're supposed to be the ADULT, Mork.

10/22/2018 - 3:46pm It's a moot point anyway. HE…

It's a moot point anyway. HE WAS THERE. You're the goddamned coach...if you see your players getting into it YOU STOP THAT NOISE IMMEDIATELY.

Like Harbuagh when he said "Play smart", and that was after all Onwenu did was stand up for his teammate who was dangerously close to being injured by a Spartan playing dirty.

And anyway there's video fucking evidence of smiling.