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07/28/2018 - 4:31pm Brian, as someone who loves…

Brian, as someone who loves both Ann Arbor and San Francisco, when you say the future for Ann Arbor is either a lot of growth or becoming San Francisco, are you offering the SF option as an apocalyptic warning, or are you suggesting that would be a good thing?

12/06/2017 - 5:19pm Me, too.  So I can finally

Me, too.  So I can finally say:  Brian, I thought your post after the Game was excellent in all respects.  

10/24/2017 - 12:33pm Thank you and amen

And as for "there are teams out there doing more than less," there are over 100 teams out there, and so you will always find some doing more with less.  You might even find two (Wisconsin and MSU) who consistently do more with less.  If you would really take the next ten years of Wisconsin or MSU over the next ten years of Harbaugh, then I wish you all the best with that.

06/15/2017 - 1:46pm in no particular order

Bruce Springsteen, Leo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, George HW Bush, Chief Justice John Roberts, Stuttering John, Chris Farley, Kirsten Davis, Sen. Mark Warner, Preet Bharara, Jon "Hit 'Em in the" Hein, Jon Glaser, Michelle Phillips, George Newbern, Joshua Malina, Cindy Crawford.

12/22/2016 - 6:58pm On the subject of what the

On the subject of what the coaching staff knew when, it's also worth mentioning that, as per the statute, the charge might be...

that the woman was physically helpless or mentally incapable (by reason of intoxication), and yet, Perry's story to the coaching staff was that she was not that drunk.  And the police/prosecution did not release evidence pertaining to her state of intoxication, and were investigating further to see what they came up with. 

If that is the case, the suspension timeline might make sense.

Or the charge might be that Perry used "the element of surprise" and Perry might have sworn to the coaching staff that this was completely false.  What should the staff do under those circumstances?  Same if the charge was that he used the threat of force and he completely denied that?  So it is a he-said/she-said and the prosecution indicates that the woman has not yet pressed charges?  What should the staff do then? 

Could be that the facts are that he truly "overcame" her physically and groped her, and it could be something far different.  We really ought to withhold judgment until we know more.

12/22/2016 - 6:35pm Before we go on condemning

Before we go on condemning our fellow MgoBloggers for being a-holes and worse, take a look at the CSC statute (quoted further down, in comment #74).  What is impermissible according to the law of the State of Michigan appears much narrower in scope than what you suggest, CCW.  Specifically, check out section (b) in which the statute identifies examples of what might be taken to constitute "force or coercion."  Kevin13's example is arguably not prohibited by this statute because arguably it doesn't meet the standard of "force or coercion." 

12/21/2016 - 4:51pm my daughter got in!!!

After years of lurking, just created a login and password to say that we didn't think we'd hear until Saturday, then saw this thread, texted daughter, and SHE'S IN!!!!!!!!!

Also:  very happy with Harbaugh.

12/06/2013 - 6:14pm I just logged on to say something similar

So first I'll say, I mostly agree with this Gorgonstar guy, even though, by all accounts, he has been a real douche in ATL.  /s

I think it is fine to ban trolls, and to call out gratuitous vitriole, and when it is your house, you are entitled to kick out rude guests, but...

As much as I like this site (and I truly think it is a treasure, think the TFLs are fantastic, think Brian is witty, and love the up to date recruiting news), this year has been very disappointing for me bcause I feel that Brian has displayed an unflattering level of narcissism. 

Let me put it in context.  We beat ND and Brian raves about the inventiveness of Borges's offensive play-calling.  Gardner plays like a Heisman hopeful.  Fast-forward to the Penn State debacle, and suddenly Gardner has (IMO) completely hamstrung the offense through his poor decisionmaking, which led to more conservative playcalling, which led to the MSU sackfest, which led to an injured Gardner who lacks burst, all a vicious spiral.  This was painful for all of us fans to watch.  

But what made matters worse IMO was coming to this site and seeing (a) the relentless vitriole against Borges, and (b) Brian's commentary dissolving into self-absorbed negativity.  It started to feel more and more like it was about Brian, Brian, Brian, and not so much about the team, the team, the team.  I even had the fleeting feeling of resentment toward Brian during the first half of the OSU game, when we (and Borges and Gardner) were clicking on all cylinders.  Why was I resentful?  Not because I am any particular afficianado of manball, not because somehow Brian's advocacy of spread concepts had hurt my feelings, not because I felt Brian's criticism of Borges had been disloyal...but because Brian had really, I felt, indulged himself, his biases and his moods to an unseemly extent.  

I think I'd feel better about the State of the Site if Brian would own a bit of the blame for the site's deterioration this year and pledge to be a bit less self-absorbed in 2014.

11/15/2013 - 11:21am I'm too new to understand how to create a new OP, but

...a friend last night told me that Rivals is running a story that Jabrill may decommit and go to Alabama.  I just checked the website and see the story linked but I am not a premium subscriber so have not read it past the headline.  Anyone know anything more about this potentially unspeakable situation?

11/11/2013 - 1:12pm not to say it is all Graham Glasgow's fault but

I'm not clairvoyant, and yet I, and apparently Randy Gregory, both know that precisely one beat after Graham's second head bob in the shotgun, he will snap the ball.  I can't speak for Nebraska's defense, but I know it helped me time my blitzes to perfection.

11/04/2013 - 1:49pm I'll reserve judgment until I see the UFRs, but

I'm not ready to jump to the conclusion that an OC with two weeks with an inexperienced OL ought to be expected to have success against the nation's top defense.  I don't see how two weeks plus sketchy offense is expected to be better than best defense at home with only one week to prepare.  

11/04/2013 - 10:50am meta

Back in 1987, a group of U of M students who were cast members and writers of the campus sketch comedy group, the Comedy Company, were hanging out in a house on South Division, watching TV and brainstorming comedy bits, when one of them observed that you always know the "yeoman first class" characters on Star Trek wearing the red uniforms were going to be the first ones down on the new planet and the first ones to die there.  This led to a discussion of other TV patterns, which led to a discussion of when you knew a TV show was headed downhill, which led to the consensus that the classic TV show-going-downhill moment was the Happy Days episode when Fonzie jumped the shark, which led to a sketch on this general premise, which led to the group using the jump the shark phrase as a running joke, which led to one of the group members later creating a Jump the Shark website, once the Internets were born, which led to the phrase going viral.  Which led to message boards full of hysterical, irrational, throw-out-the-baby-with-the-bathwater negativity. 

11/03/2013 - 7:16pm (My comment was sarcastic.

(My comment was sarcastic.  I'm on your side, Sten Carlson.)

11/03/2013 - 6:40pm if you have two weeks to prepare for the nation's best defense

then you will devise a game plan to defeat them, unless you are fail.  Inexperienced OL + two weeks + our game plan + on the road is always better than experienced top-ranked defense + one week + their game plan + at home.  Funk has had three years to develop in-game chemistry among Bosch, Magnuson, Glasgow, Bryant, Kalis, not to mention all of his previous years on the planet, and still can't dominate MSU.  He must go.  

10/30/2013 - 11:06am Here to appreciate Space

Here to appreciate Space Coyote.  Extremely smart, thoughtful, diplomatic, wise, not an alarmist, not out to take unfair potshots at our authority figures just to make clear how smart he is.

The PSU aftermath was a very ugly time on this site.  I come here to get intelligent insights and also a positive Michigan football vibe.  I feel like Brian got too down and once he was down, too petulant and even narcissistic, and then an army of posters turned hysterical and dumbly decided Al B was the problem.  Space Coyote was the thing that kept this site from turning into an ugly mob of simpletons, and kept me coming back.  

10/29/2013 - 5:54pm Let's not pretend Gardner is

Let's not pretend Gardner is an 18 yr old frosh...but let's also not pretend his 87 turnovers didn't happen.  Last year, a quarterback who didn't turn the ball over three times a game won the Heisman.  This year, a qb like that is the front-runner.  In fact, in the history of the Heisman Trophy, with very few exceptions, the award has ALWAYS gone to a qb...who didn't turn the ball over three times a game.  Maybe it's not DG's age that is the most relevant consideration here.  

10/29/2013 - 11:26am Answer to the OP: No

So, far Hoke has shown he can recruit at an elite level.  

The rebuild began in the Bowl game in January, and really during Spring football.  The Notre Dame game sent all of our expectations through the roof.  

I think we can learn some things about Hoke's game management this year, and player development this time next year, but you really won't be able to judge Hoke as a worthy UM coach until Jabrill Peppers is a Junior.  

10/29/2013 - 11:15am You go, Space Coyote.  Tell

You go, Space Coyote.  Tell it.  

10/28/2013 - 7:11pm Smartest thing I've read in a

Smartest thing I've read in a long time.

10/25/2013 - 4:11pm That makes sense.  Lewis

That makes sense.  Lewis looks pretty promising to me, and I would have been surprised if Brian was trashing him.  

10/25/2013 - 4:03pm Are the comments about

Are the comments about Jourdan Lewis positive or negative?  I can't tell.  

10/20/2013 - 6:13pm Exactly right.

We've said all along that Borges should be fired unless he was able to get his inexperienced OL to move the ball against the nation's number one ranked defense.  

...Oh, wait, we didn't say that.  Never mind.  Second try:

I greatly enjoyed bashing Al last week because it made me feel like an offensive wizard.  I miss that feeling, and so I am re-setting the bar artificially high so that if Al fails to meet it, I can have that feeling once more.

10/16/2013 - 3:01pm If you look back at Akron and

If you look back at Akron and UConn, and evaluate which player was most valuable to their chances of almost knocking off Michigan, that player was Devin Gardner, and it isn't even close.  When they had to go back to playing with their own players the following week, both teams were blown out.

Lesson learned, Hoke and Borges were in a desperate situation, and the best of a couple of bad choices was to play ultra-conservative.  A virtue of this approach is that helps you in the long-term.  If we scrap man-ball for the rest of the season, then we start in Spring with a bunch of guys with no man-ball blocking experience.  We might all agree that ugly wins with man-ball experience is probably the best strategy this season.  Well, if our reliable kicker hits a chippy, that's what we get in Happy Valley.  If our defense does what it had done all game, and doesn't let the freshman QB march 80 yards, that's what we get in Happy Valley.

Separate note:  The no-huddle argument has a lot of appeal to me.  However, I think we can get a bit carried away with its benefits, and by this, I mean, the difference isn't exactly between letting the defense prepare for your next play while you give yourself no time to adjust.  It's really about giving the defense no time to prepare for your play until you come to the LOS, with seven seconds to snap it, and then giving both units seven seconds to size up the opposition, and with both possibly showing a false formation to begin with.  

You come out of a no-huddle, and yes, you have more time to look to your sidelines, but how many more seconds does a team really need to review a defensive formation, look to the sideline and make a check.  Some plays it seems like we don't have enough time to accomplish this, but I think the answer is just simply to get the offense better trained to get out of the huddle a few seconds quicker, not change your philosophy completely.  

10/16/2013 - 2:33pm You, sir, are the voice of

You, sir, are the voice of reason.  Thank you. 

10/15/2013 - 5:03pm talk to a Notre Dame fan for a bit of a different take

They will tell you Michigan is very talented, and Borges is a good OC.  I think it is hard to overstate just how much Gardner's picks explode our offensive playcalling.  

While I do find the arguments in favor of the no-huddle, and in favor of using screens and perimeter passing as a counter, to be compelling, IMO the single most important thing that could happen to team 134 is DG regaining his confidence.

10/14/2013 - 11:24pm And while Lewan played OL as

And while Lewan played OL as a RS freshman, my vague recollection is that he did not start immediately, and that when he did play, he was somewhat disappointing considering the recruiting hype.  

And he wasn't starting next to two other newbies, one of them a walk-on.

10/14/2013 - 11:13am Totally with you, Leif

Totally with you, Leif Garrett's sister.