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02/21/2019 - 7:55pm RIP Peter Tork 

Monkees "I…

RIP Peter Tork 

Monkees "I'm a Believer" written by Neil Diamond is one of the best pop dance songs of all time.

02/21/2019 - 7:49pm I don't think of it as an…

I don't think of it as an old man moment but Tide Pods or the teaspoon of cinnamon challenge tell me times have changed.

02/21/2019 - 7:43pm Super Dave has passed? RIP…

Super Dave has passed? RIP Super Dave.  I gave that guy a lot of credit for chasing the dream doing what it takes to get in the show.  I thought his ego was as big as they get.   He did make me laugh when he was spring boarded through a basketball backboard.

02/21/2019 - 7:38pm Groan

Groan

02/21/2019 - 7:34pm Hoke didn't correct the…

Hoke didn't correct the situation that Rich Rod left him with zero quarterbacks after Denard Robinson. Brian Kelly said the year before that he overestimated Michigan's offense (as in there was no QB) which set the table to not worry about the passing game and thus the shutout.

02/14/2019 - 6:12am Many good lines but this is…

Many good lines but this is most JB.

02/14/2019 - 6:11am Keith Jackson died?

Keith Jackson died?

02/12/2019 - 1:11pm Mattison said it was good to…

Mattison said it was good to be back in Ann Arbor and with family.  He never said he would stay forever (although he did imply it).  He certainly didn't say he would stay forever after being replaced by an inferior DC.  I suspect that Mattison wasn't allowed to bring in his recruits or as many of them as he wanted.  He may have also wanted to do something different against OSU, you know, something that might have worked.  It was Mattison that brought in many of the players that were drafted 2 years ago.

Mattison worked wonders while the offense faltered in epic ways.  Durkin did slightly better with an offense that actually ate some clock and gave him time to coach the defense in between times of possession.  Mattison had to send guys back onto the field before he had a chance to tell them what plays were probably coming at them next.

That said, I am annoyed at the departure for ND as well OSU.

02/10/2019 - 6:51pm Wolverines to win out

Maybe…

Wolverines to win out

Maybe I would have preferred IU to win but they did not

I suppose we want Iowa to win but then if Michigan keeps winning who cares and maybe we beat  Iowa in the either the Big 10 or NCAA tournies to even things up.

WIN THE GAME

02/10/2019 - 7:17am Still feels good the next…

Still feels good the next day.

02/09/2019 - 9:40pm Cleveland State likely to…

Cleveland State likely to also get hammered, per Bobby Knight.

02/09/2019 - 9:35pm Yes.  BANGIN'

Yes.  BANGIN'

02/09/2019 - 5:20pm Great win.  The schedule is…

Great win.  The schedule is both interesting and ridiculous. I like heat and pressure but it seems out of touch with reason.

02/09/2019 - 2:15pm Wiscy was pesky.  Good win. …

Wiscy was pesky.  Good win.  All is right with the world.

02/07/2019 - 2:57pm I love the Hillsdale story. …

I love the Hillsdale story.  I read it whenever posted or referenced.

02/06/2019 - 6:58pm Rocky didn't notice that…

Rocky didn't notice that Rich Rod left Hoke zero quarterbacks after Denard Robinson.  Apparentlyl, Hoke didn't notice either until it was too late.

02/06/2019 - 6:56pm Apparently, never in danger,…

Apparently, never in danger, per statements made by the Morris family and the team neurologist that attended to Morris during the game who is on record as saying that he wouldn't allow any player (no naming names, privacy) to play if they appeared to have a concussion. (If you rewatch the ESPN broadcast you will see in the background that Morris is talking to the training staff after the hit.)  The next day, the hospital with more time to review and more equipment said that Morris had a slight concussion.  While the whole episode looked like the keystone cops, it appears that no one was in danger more than anyone else in any football game.

02/06/2019 - 10:01am I agree.  The man loves…

I agree.  The man loves coaching and I bet he is having more fun and getting more satisfaction than many others.

02/05/2019 - 8:27pm Um, I seem to recall a lot…

Um, I seem to recall a lot of three and outs and too many to start the game.  I also remember an embarassing delay of game penalty.  I expect even the best defense to give up an occasional score on a short field because the offense failed to get a first down and the punt was less than desired.  Defense isn't the problem when the offense can't sustain a long drive.  

Florida tells me little about our defense because 7 starters were missing or injured. Kind of like last year's bowl when we were playing our third string QB and without 4 of our offensive linemen.  Maybe we can blame the coach for lack of depth.

02/01/2019 - 4:42pm I recall that Michigan’s…

I recall that Michigan’s right guard was called twice for holding when he pancaked the D-lineman.  The forced punts that followed kept Arkansas in the game.  I was bitter until Michigan pulled out the win.

Apparently, I never forget a bad call.

01/27/2019 - 10:25am Sunday morning

Rams just to…

Sunday morning

Rams just to be different.  (Pulling for Patriots)   There will be more punts than last year.  Maybe 4 more than last year.

Goulash in the slow cooker.  Will serve over noodles tonight. (My comfort food.  Wife happy to step back and let me do it.)  Coffee in my cup.  Put Anchor Steam Ale in my fridge.

It will be a cold week after about a half foot of snow.  Go to work early or work from home if the snow starts early.  Shovel and bundle up for cold week.  Heading to FLA in a few weeks.

01/27/2019 - 7:56am Bowl game is 3 plus weeks of…

Bowl game is 3 plus weeks of film, weights, and practice to play Florida and do it the Harbaugh way (which may be excellent for most people.)  If you are banged up, then you can rest and prepare for the pro scouts if you think your trajectory is different that that required by the Michigan football program.  It is more than one game, it is a month or so. (That said, I would play.)

Or maybe his agent gave him advance in time for Christmas. It is much more than one game.

01/26/2019 - 4:32pm Agree.   Friday is a ritual…

Agree.   Friday is a ritual wind down for me and the game was nice but now I didn't get the benefit of the Friday decompress.

 

01/22/2019 - 6:49pm I thought the consensus was…

I thought the consensus was that while the o-line system has improved of late that Michigan had better pass blocking under Jedd.

That last delay of game pentalty was painful so I hope for rapid improvement and some ability to go up-tempo.

01/21/2019 - 6:44pm Understood but no one has a…

Understood but no one has a top 10 defense when the offense can't hold onto the ball.   I saw no improvement under Durkin that couldn't be attributed to the offense generating first downs. While the offense is gaining first downs, the defensive coaches can actually coach, as in tell the players what to look for on the next set of downs.  

2014 S&P Defense #13  Offense #89

2015 S&P Defense #3  Offense #38

While #1 is a nice goal, I would stand with the system that got me #13 given the deficient offense.

I stand with my observation, Mattison appears better than Durkin.

01/21/2019 - 6:18pm Understood but no one has a…

Understood but no one has a top 10 defense when the offense can't hold onto the ball.   I saw no improvement under Durkin that couldn't be attributed to the offense generating first downs. While the offense is gaining first downs, the defensive coaches can actually coach, as in tell the players what to look for on the next set of downs.  

2014 S&P Defense #13  Offense #89

2015 S&P Defense #3  Offense #38

While #1 is a nice goal, I would stand with the system that got me #13 given the deficient offense.

I stand with my observation, Mattison appears better than Durkin.

01/21/2019 - 1:58pm This is one excellent post. 

This is one excellent post. 

01/19/2019 - 1:31pm Maybe Wisconsin deserves to…

Maybe Wisconsin deserves to win.  It has been my experience so far the Michigan never deserves to lose.  Positive terminology is better received even if negative form is true.

01/19/2019 - 1:22pm Gut ache.  Nail biter. Steal…

Gut ache.  Nail biter. Steal, yes, no, wait.  oh my

 

01/19/2019 - 8:51am I like the new/current staff…

I like the new/current staff and I have faith in Coach Harbaugh however . . .

how do you justify replacing Mattison with Durkin as DC?  Mattison's defenses were some of the best in the country.  Those embarassing big plays the defense gave up almost always came after consecutive (quadruple in one case) 3-and-outs by the QB less Hoke offenses.  Defensive stats also suffered from multiple 3-and-outs by the offense.  

I cannot explain and will not support the move to OSU but maybe Mattison predicted the year-end collapses based on recruiting, talent development (lack there of in the blowouts), scheme and play calling.  The previous move to ND was also a disappointment.

I am asking because I have no inside information.  Mattison is rational.  Something happened.

01/18/2019 - 1:05pm Inspirational read.

iirc,…

Inspirational read.

iirc, Law held Galloway to one catch in two games against OSU.  Something about not wanting to see Galloway’s smile on TV.

01/18/2019 - 12:09pm I find that the word “best”…

I find that the word “best” is ineffectual and requires parameters.  I regularly say that U of M is ARGUABLY the BEST university in the world.  No need to specify  US or public as we are better on one dimension or another somewhere.  I think best is a feel good word and need not be debated.

01/11/2019 - 7:17pm While noting that Hemingway…

While noting that Hemingway wrote a short story called the Big Two Hearted River so to that I will drink

01/06/2019 - 7:26pm You forgot the ALL CAPS…

You forgot the ALL CAPS requirement???  This has been a good day.

01/06/2019 - 7:12pm Spartans spanked OSU at OSU…

Spartans spanked OSU at OSU.  It would have been a total blowout had not the Spartans fallen asleep to end the first half and gave up a 10 point run.  I know Sparty lost two games but maybe some think they are improving rapidly.

01/06/2019 - 6:35pm Friday, 1/25 in Bloomington…

Friday, 1/25 in Bloomington may be a tough game.   I think Indiana wants a rematch.

This was a good game for Michigan, obviously.

01/06/2019 - 5:00pm I like this thread.  It puts…

I like this thread.  It puts a smile on my face to know that Campbell and Jansen from the '97 team are both from Clawson, Michigan.  I am open to knowing that others have a reason to smile.  And I find it hard to over-emphasize the 0-line story.

 

01/05/2019 - 12:39pm Offense was held up most of…

Offense was held up most of season as Henne had shoulder injury

01/03/2019 - 12:55pm Maybe but opposing teams can…

Maybe but opposing teams can’t score if Michigan has the ball.  If the opposition is playing from behind then Brown is especiallly tough.  Michigan’s loses have been when they can’t run the ball, so if they score more  . . .

01/03/2019 - 12:34pm Funniest thread of the year…

Funniest thread of the year.  (Too early?)  Oh wait, I did that wrong.

However, I am looking forward to the next sharpie so I can learn some more football.

01/01/2019 - 3:52pm I agree with the above (and…

I agree with the above (and I don't know much about offensive play calling) but I rarely cringed when I saw the formation but all too often I was screaming NOOOOO!!! with the hand-off to run behind the right tackle.  Two years ago is was the toss sweep to the left.  Too often the opponent is stacking the box and we run right into it.  I wouldn't remember these plays if we didn't lose the game.

01/01/2019 - 9:19am Yeah, what he said . . .  

Yeah, what he said . . .  

I am often annoyed by the word "unacceptable" as if one had a choice to accept it or not accept it.

As for me, I would rather lose every game than cheat although the definition of cheating is fluid as Bo admitted (after he retired) he cheated (technically) to get more walk-ons at the team training table.

I enjoy walking in the footsteps of Oosterbaan, Ford, Frost, Jones, Kennedy, McCracken,  Prahalad, Irwin, Scott, Worden, McDivitt, White way too much to worry about a football season. (ttomuch)  The undergrad program was number 2 and graduate program was number 1 when I was there so I think Michigan is more that a football team.

Happy New Year one and all.  God bless us everyone including those that shall not be named

12/30/2018 - 8:59pm We were playing with a third…

We were playing with a third string QB and our #2,3,5,7,9 offensive linemen so once they figured out what we could do it got a lot harder.  Fumbles didn't help and one of the fumbles appears to have been on Harbaugh for calling  a play with the wrong people on the field.

12/30/2018 - 8:46am Are we grading on a curve? …

Are we grading on a curve?  Did 80 other coaches get D's and F's?

I suspect that 10 wins is a B+ and all conference is an A-..  Do you have to be undefeated or a conscensus All-American to get an A?  We do have very high standards on this board.

I like what UofM626 has but I think the WRs did in an excellent job of blocking in the games I watched.  I also didn't see a dropped pass from someone not an RB or TE so I think the WRs get an A for skill and excecution and recognize the fact that Shea didn't have time to throw to them when Michigan wasn't emphaziing the run.

12/29/2018 - 10:53pm MIchigan beat three good…

MIchigan beat three good teams that are supposed to be deep enough to cover their injuries.  When Michigan was hit with injuries, they weren't deep enough to beat OSU at home or Florida in a bowl game. In conclusion, lots of teams would love to have had Michigan's season.

12/29/2018 - 10:34pm I very much agree.

I very much agree.

Negativity is a choice.  I choose to be positive.  (Last two games are facts, not attitudes.)

Occassionally, a QB has "all day" to make a throw, unless it's Shea Patterson this year.  If the first read isn't there, he has had little time to make a second read or go back to the first.   When the play is to go deep, it is throw it or safety valve or run and take the sack.

I would love to see what this team could do if it passed on first down about half the time went big-play instead of time-of-possession.

12/29/2018 - 10:10pm He looked good on the kick…

He looked good on the kick-off return against Notre Dame.

12/29/2018 - 6:43pm Yeah, Don Brown is the…

Yeah, Don Brown is the reason we lost all those close games.  Oh wait, the offense couldn't score in the second half when the game was on the line.  Damn, Don Brown can't stop the pick sixes.

12/29/2018 - 6:30pm Defense and Don Brown is not…

Defense and Don Brown is not responsible for pick sixes and 3 and outs and offenses that can't get a score with the game on the line ( or not drop 3 passes in a game).  We have one OSU game with Haskins on fire and one PSU game where our offense couldn't  hold the ball.  Somehow, I don't think anyone has figured out how to beat Brown other than have a future first round draft pick at QB and have a defense that gets a few turnovers.

So if Michigan's offense could score or at least not have turnovers on a short field then Don Brown looks unbeatable.  Good offenses put up at least 28 points a game.  Have  you seen a Don Brown defense lose a shoot out?

Michigan hasn't been strong in the trenches and that is the problem.

12/29/2018 - 4:52pm The o-line has not given…

The o-line has not given Shea time to throw in any competitive game this season.  Shea is not accurate on the short throws when a dart is required and Harbaugh knows if he calls a play for the long pass that Shea will be sacked.  That has been true all season.  No real good pass protecting o-line.