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12/06/2018 - 8:08pm Dude, no offense, but have…

Dude, no offense, but have you been there?  I spent 10 days there, living as richly as possible, and it was an absolute shithole.  I grew up in China back when it wasn't the modern marvel it is today...  I mean fresh off real communist shit China.  Cuba was like that but only worse.

While I do think literal starvation may be an exaggeration, it was an highly unpleasant place.

11/29/2018 - 8:20am APR scores is such a…

APR scores is such a horrendous argument.  OSU as a school is easier than Michigan, so why would it be surprising that OSU has a good APR score?  It doesn't say anything about whether or not any given player could handle Michigan's workload.

11/26/2018 - 10:06pm We recruit some players that…

We recruit some players that have offers at these other schools, the ones that we think can handle the workload.  We obviously don't recruit the other ones even though the other schools recruit them.

11/26/2018 - 7:42pm Nowhere did I express that I…

Nowhere did I express that I thought our game plan for OSU was good.  It was not.  It was atrocious.  If we had a better plan, we would have been more competitive.  I even mentioned I didn't think the gap was 39 - 62.  I just think that even if we played as optimally as possible, we aren't winning this game 40 times out of 100 when OSU has game planned AND executed up to their players' talent level.

Your point on d-line being degraded is exactly it.  Solomon out, no elite DT's this year...  that's my point.  Meanwhile when Nick Bosa goes out for the year, Chase Young steps right in and crushes.

I'm with you that we didn't game plan well and we didn't play well.  I just don't think that even if we did, we would come out on top most years with the talent deficiency.  I have my opinion, you have yours, and we might not be able to change each others' mind which is fine.

11/26/2018 - 7:12pm I like your post a lot and…

I like your post a lot and respect the differences of opinion.  Well thought out and argued and made me consider some stuff.  There's a couple points I would make:

Notre Dame plays an easier schedule than Michigan.  I'm not saying anything about intentions - they put some traditionally good teams on there - but those teams haven't been very good for most of Notre Dame's run under Kelly.  And I posted Kelly's record in another post here - it's really not very good.  They have made it to the championship twice, yes, but they got blown out by Bama and probably will get blown out again.  They also do not have to play OSU which is at an all time best in its history every year to make it there.  In my opinion, ND is not an elite team.  It is capable of occasional flashes - similar to Michigan.  The difference is Michigan has to play OSU every year which has been absolutely elite under Meyer.

Harbaugh's run at Stanford has been over glorified in my opinion.  He did not come all that close to making it to the championship and neither did Shaw (though I do remember they were only off by one game one year, I think).  But the program as a whole has never been anywhere close to a current Bama / OSU / Clemson level.

I like your Beilein example.  For me though, the difference is Beilein is the guy winning by innovating and out-scheming his opponents even with inferior talent (e.g., emphasis on the 3-point shooting).  In football terms, it's like he invented the spread / RPOs / etc. and was the first to do it while everyone else was playing boring manball.  Our football team is doing the opposite, as you point out.  Furthermore, unlike Beilein and basketball it seems that all the elite teams are already running the innovative and superior schemes (e.g., the spread) and so its not as if we can get a schematic advantage that outweighs our talent deficiency.

Great post though, and I sincerely hope that I'm wrong in that we cannot become elite due to institutional limitations.  Nothing would make me happier.

11/26/2018 - 6:56pm I didn't say paying players…

I didn't say paying players was the only thing that mattered.  It's in combination with lower academic and lower character requirements.

Obviously there is not any single shred of public evidence this is happening, as that would force an actual investigation (I would think).

We know Clemson attempted to pay Rashan (he and his mom basically said that).

We know Isaiah Wilson was paid by Georgia (staff thought they had him in the bag, mysterious last moment flip, Sam Webb basically confirmed payment without saying exact words, UMBig11 implied the same thing I believe).

We know Ole Miss paid Laquon Treadwell to go there instead of Michigan.  He literally took a picture of himself with stacks of hundreds while in Ole Miss gear.

The above was just the instances related to Michigan targets that I can recall off the top of my head.  I obviously don't know other instances for every recruit for other teams I don't follow.

I don't have direct inklings of Bama / OSU but plenty of pics of players with brand new luxury cars out there.

Not really sure if you are being purposely dense.  There is plenty of pretty reasonably obvious evidence out there.  Obviously there is no hard proof that I personally would have access to.

11/26/2018 - 6:49pm I was replying to you so I…

I was replying to you so I meant no. 1 roster vs. no. 8 roster.

I agree with you that there are many factors that combine in complex ways.  I disagree that roster talent disparity is not the top reason for the loss to OSU.  My view is that our roster on defense was simply too inferior to their roster on offense.

We gave up 567 yards to their offense (and I don't think that includes penalty yards).  This screams talent deficiency to me.

11/26/2018 - 5:41pm Two points:

First, I think…

Two points:

First, I think it's an incredible set of blinders to think that we aren't at a significant disadvantage in terms of recruiting compared to Alabama, OSU, Georgia, Clemson, etc.  I don't see why it's that crazy to say that if you pay players, have lower academic standards, and are more relaxed about player behavior then you have a recruiting advantage.  Yeah it doesn't explain every single recruit, but it explains enough.

Second, recruiting is all a numbers game.  Let's say there's 10 players in a class that are 4-stars who are really good and want to go to Michigan.  They all go no matter what.  Let's say there's another 10 4-star players that would go to Michigan if they got payed, didn't have to "play school" (in Cardale Jone's words), and had more reign to do whatever they wanted.  They don't get these things, so they go elsewhere.  These spots are now filled with 10 3-star players who could still be really good but have a lower likelihood of panning out.  Your depth and chances at an All-Conference or All-American type player are diminished.

Why don't those 10 4-stars just get replaced by another 10 4-stars?  There aren't really that many of them to go around in the first place.

11/26/2018 - 5:36pm No. 8 beating No. 1 roster…

No. 8 beating No. 1 roster when coaching / scheme are equal is rare.  It's when No. 1 roster has inferior coaching that No. 8 can beat No. 1.  And I think OSU's staff is at least equal to Michigan's staff, if not better.

Again I never said that coaching, scheme, injuries, etc. don't matter at all and it's all about roster.  Rather, my argument is that any elite team is going to have relatively equivalent quality of coaching / scheme / player development that the other elite teams have.  I think we have a pretty good - maybe elite - coaching staff.  Assuming these things are equal, the quality of players are going to make the difference.  This was evidenced by our defense simply not being able to play with OSU's offense consistently.

FSU and USC are not currently elite teams, obviously.  This is precisely because they don't have the coaching / scheme / development.  Remember in my post I said there are two ways to win - need both scheme and players.

 

11/26/2018 - 5:30pm I totally agree with you.  I…

I totally agree with you.  I don't think we should compromise our standards either, ultimately.  I look forward to the occasional elite seasons as well.

On the Dabo / Clemson point, I would again remind us that yeah it took Dabo some time to build to an elite program but we also know that he is paying players (from Rashan and his mom who basically implied it).  

11/26/2018 - 5:27pm @ JamesBondHerpesMeds

I don…

@ JamesBondHerpesMeds

I don't want to suggest that every program does it.  I don't think ND does it, for example.  But they are not elite.  I think the three programs I consistently mentioned (Alabama, Clemson, OSU) to be elite have lower standards and/or pay players, and I'm not sure why that's not simply objective to say.

I also don't see how Stanford, Northwestern, and ND debunk my points at all.  These are not elite programs.

Stanford under Harbaugh and Shaw is literally what we have now under Harbaugh.  A good team that falls short of elite.  That's exactly where we are.

Northwestern is 8 - 4 and not a particularly good football team.  Just cause they are playing for the Big10 title from winning the West does not make them elite.  Think this is pretty obvious.

Notre Dame is legitimately good this year.  They have definitely not been an elite program whatsoever under Kelly.  They are aided on their journey to the CFP because they don't play anyone who is elite this year, and in fact do not have to play an extra game at all.  Under Kelly, they have been 8-5, 8-5, 12-1, 9-4, 8-5, 10-3, 4-8, 10-3, and now 12-0.  That's not an elite program, that's a good program with occasional flashes.  Michigan has occasional flashes too...  doesn't make us an elite program.  ND is going to be destroyed by Alabama or Clemson in the playoff.

11/15/2018 - 8:52am "Indiana's pretty damn good,…

"Indiana's pretty damn good, so we better be engaged.  The Rutgers game, I was more concerned about not the opponent, about us..."

Epic disrespekt?  

11/11/2018 - 8:27am Respekt = disrespekt??? …

Respekt = disrespekt???  Epic.

11/07/2018 - 10:23pm I wish there were upvotes so…

I wish there were upvotes so I could upvote you.

10/20/2018 - 5:19pm fuck em

fuck em

10/14/2018 - 12:38pm Just Google Youtube video…

Just Google Youtube video download...  just a matter of putting the URL into a text box on the right site.

10/14/2018 - 11:46am Thanks for sharing - I…

Thanks for sharing - I always try to save these...

10/08/2018 - 8:33pm Thanks for everything Ace. …

Thanks for everything Ace.  I wish you well.

09/24/2018 - 1:08am Nope, I did not.  But I did…

Nope, I did not.  But I did think it was funny.

09/22/2018 - 10:43am Maybe I'm in the minority…

Maybe I'm in the minority here, and I think the OP has done a good analysis, but I guess I don't really get the point of these threads.  I hate to be "that guy" who bitches about why we have threads, but it seems that there's a lot of people that get some satisfaction / vindication that previous coaches who didn't succeed here are also not succeeding in their new stops.

I'm not sure why we necessarily bear them any ill-will (I can see a bit for Durkin given the timing of his departure).  In general, I think the majority of our previous coaches were probably good men who tried hard to do a good job 1) to win, and 2) to make sure the team / kids are successful.  I don't think any of them really had any malicious intentions.

So I guess it always strikes me as a bit odd when we have people who track their performance at their new destinations and report back if they are really bad.  Personally, I think it's best if we just acknowledge that they didn't succeed at Michigan for whatever reason, they probably did their best for the kids, and just move on.  No need to follow them to prove how bad they were.  Not sure what it helps.  Just my opinion, of course.

Edit: also just want to fully acknowledge that Drevno probably bears very little responsibility on how bad USC is given that he is merely the runningbacks coach, which I don't even believe he's ever coached before.

09/03/2018 - 7:51pm Life.

Life.

09/02/2018 - 12:58pm I was absolutely furious…

I was absolutely furious during the game, lots of yelling and swearing till my voice was hoarse.  But in retrospect, I really don't think it was as bad as I thought.  Don't get me wrong - it's still bad - but I really think there is hope.  The defense performance first half was shockingly bad, and the offensive line was abysmal, but I still think we can build from this. 

I think people also have to keep in mind that ND is a pretty good and veteran team coming off a very successful year last year.  It's also on the road, at night, which is difficult for any team to go and play in for the first game.  I think it was unreasonable to expect some sort of blowout win.  Do I wish we played better?  Definitely.  Do I wish we had better game management / less mental mistakes, which killed us as much as anything?  Definitely.  But there were some positives.

+ QB.  Shea is a much better QB, actually accurate, actually has some moxy.  I was also extremely impressed with Dylan McCaffrey - put 20 lbs of muscle on this kid and turn him loose.  I think he already has outstanding poise, game sense, and command of the offense.  Kid is a leader and just has that "it" or "gamer" or whatever intangible moniker is in fashion.  I actually saw him step-up in the pocket in face of pressure and then make a throw or at least run to take what was available.  By contrast, Shea hasn't seemed to mastered stepping-up at all - he just runs backwards / plays backyard football (high-risk, high-reward).  Sidenote: I was super impressed with Wimbush - gotta give that kid respect, he was getting hit and hit hard on lots of plays and still had the game sense to know exactly when to step-up and exactly when to take off.

+ Defensive pressure.  I completely disagree that our defense wasn't getting pressure.  We got an incredible amount of pressure on Wimbush all night and hit him as much as I've seen a QB get hit in my ~10 years or so of seriously watching college football.  The thing is 1) he didn't get rattled, and 2) he was able to step-up in the pocket when our ends were too aggressive in getting upfield.  If we just contain a bit better (ends breakdown more, linebackers fill the rushing lanes better) then we do much better on defense than we did.  

+ Ambry Thomas.  Magnus posted on his blog that Michigan is lacking the big-time offensive playmaker.  I think it can be Ambry.  If anyone watched the PSU game yesterday (in which they were pretty fucking awful as well, FYI - probably worse than us) you will see the damage they did with KJ Hamler (a kid that we didn't recruit but probably would have come here, if I recall).  I think Ambry is just as good - if not better - of an athlete / playmaker than Hamler and he has the added benefit of being bigger and stronger as well.  We should be getting him the ball more.

+ Young talent.  The ND game - again, on the road, at night, in an utterly hostile environment, against a very experienced team with a very good defensive front seven especially - is over.  It's done, it's in the past, it's history.  Now we can move on.  I believe we've seen all we've needed to see unfortunately from Jon Runyon and its now time to get some of the young guys involved.  Hudson, Mayfield, time to step-up and cement your legacy as the next great Michigan tackle and lock down a 4-year starting position.  The schedule allows us to break these guys in.  Are they going to have perfect strength / perfect mastery of the offense?  Not right away.  But in the 2nd half of the year and in the coming years, this is going to payoff greatly.

Overall I would say that I'm surprised at how calm I am after this loss.  I hate ND with a passion, more than OSU, but I mean we still had a chance in the game even late, which was miraculous given how shitty we played.  That says something about this team - the ability is there.  If we can stop doing some of the dumb shit we did - missed opportunities for clear interceptions, a ton of penalties that kept enemy drives alive, and poor clock management / lack of urgency - we can still go far.  I don't think those things are impossible to fix.  I didn't think the refs were that bad, I think we actually committed most of those penalties.  If we clean that up alone, we are right in the game the entire time within probably one score.

The sky is not falling, and the season is not over.  This team can still be something, the ceiling is still a Big Ten contender and the floor is a good setup for next year, at the very least.  I, for one, will keep watching and try to evaluate objectively without pre-season homerism expectations.  We aren't the only program out there trying to get better every day - other teams have good players and coaches too.  But we can still come out of this season fairly well.

 

09/02/2017 - 9:02pm Score and great performance

Score and great performance aside, I absolutely hated the uniforms.  HOWEVER, I am completely of the camp that my opinion matters somewhere around zero and if the players and recruits - first and foremost (fans who buy them secondarily) - like them, then I am fully in favor of them.  Whatever helps the program since ultimately changing uniforms once in awhile isn't going to hurt tradition or anything.

But yeah...  not nearly as pleasant to look at as our normal uniforms.

 

EDIT: first double post waaaahhhhhh.  Also, I'm 28 so there are "younger" fans who aren't in favor of the uniformz.

09/02/2017 - 9:01pm Score and great performance

Score and great performance aside, I absolutely hated the uniforms.  HOWEVER, I am completely of the camp that my opinion matters somewhere around zero and if the players and recruits - first and foremost (fans who buy them secondarily) - like them, then I am fully in favor of them.  Whatever helps the program since ultimately changing uniforms once in awhile isn't going to hurt tradition or anything.

But yeah...  not nearly as pleasant to look at as our normal uniforms.

08/24/2017 - 12:31pm This was a good critique of

This was a good critique of the show at this point:

http://theweek.com/articles/719732/game-thrones-become-terrible-show

It really seems like they are just trying to wrap up loose ends and don't really care how they do it.  Everything is pretty absurd.  The end of season 6 was awesome as the massive Targaryen invasion fleet sails with Dornish and Highgarden ships in it.  Then basically Dorne and Highbarden are completely wiped out within like two episodes of season 7...  Where are all their men and ships lol?  Like how does that happen?

I will still watch because it's still enjoyable, but this season has basically killed the show's chance at immortality in terms of being an all-time great show.

08/21/2017 - 12:52pm LOL

Logged in just to upvote, got a good laugh.

08/06/2017 - 8:37pm He did kill daddy though.

He did kill daddy though.

08/03/2017 - 10:05am A man can be destroyed but

A man can be destroyed but not defeated.

07/26/2017 - 5:28pm Not trying to bash you or

Not trying to bash you or anything (I certainly don't have a dog in this fight since I left awhile ago and local politics in AA really have zero effect on my life), but care to present the counterarguments to his points?  

Generally it's hard to just say "you are wrong" without giving any reasons.  And I do think it could be an interesting discussion.

06/16/2017 - 12:35am I ran a 4.5 40 in high school

I ran a 4.5 40 in high school (hand timed, so prob like high 4.6 electronic timed). I have no doubt that with a little training I could still get below 4.7. I'm 28.

What you have to realize is a lot of these players you are talking about are very large people. Someone like a Devin Funchess is 6'5" and like what, 240 lbs? For them to run a 4.7 or 4.8 40 is insane.

For a small guy like me to do it (5'9" 175 lb) is really not a huge deal. Small fast guys are not super rare in the grand scheme of things.

What's difficult is to be a large fast guy who is also super strong - can block - and super coordinated - can catch the ball / evade tacklers / etc. That's what is rare and special for pro athletes. Many random guys can be really good at one thing, whether it be speed strength or coordination. Elite athletes are elite because they are good at them all.

09/05/2016 - 9:33am Oink.  Scott Frost is a piggy

Oink.  Scott Frost is a piggy pig.  Oink.

10/03/2015 - 4:14pm UNYIELDING.

UNYIELDING.

07/24/2015 - 12:51am Can't really hate JT Barrett

Can't really hate JT Barrett either, both kids seem to have good heads on their shoulders unlike some other represensatives of that team...  I'm quite impressed with both actually, seem pretty mature.  

06/26/2015 - 9:51pm Dumbass Thing to Say

I would rather not win national championships / Big Ten championships than hurt these kids' lives.  At the end of the day, football is just a fucking game.  It doesn't really matter in the sense it doesn't really affect anyone's individual (realistic) standard of living.  Kicking kids off the team / off scholarships / forcing them to transfer purely for competiveness' sake is a real and terrible thing to do.

06/20/2015 - 4:20am Man I'm Old

Class of 2017, huh?  I was a class of 2011 BBA and graduation still seems like yesterday at times...

Anyway, congratulations to the OP.  As others have said, it's not all rosy in the Bschool.  Specifically, there's a lot of arrogance and a lot of tools in there who think that somehow Ross is better than the rest of Michigan.  I've always loved the school as a whole (and MGoBlog and football helps there, of course) so I didn't have that mentatliy, but watch out for falling into that trap.

Classes shouldn't be too tough (although Year 1 is a little more challenging) due to the massive grade-inflation.  You should definitely keep your GPA in the 3.8 range and above for jobs, which shouldn't be that hard with strategic class selection if you don't want to work that hard.

Make sure you join and actively lead / participate in clubs in the career fields you are interested in.  I didn't do anything there, which looks terrible haha.

Networking is absolutely crucial to getting jobs, so start early and learn how to do it right (e.g., without being annoying).  Learn from older classmates who were successful at getting good jobs.  I was always terrible at networking and though I ended up in pretty good spots, it would have helped a lot more if I knew what I was doing.

Anwyay, that's my unsolicited advice which is hopefully helpful for a freshly-minted BBA.  Unlike the other schools (which are and should be focused on more theoretical academic knowledge, say philosophy or something), the purpose of Bschool is to get you a job.  Use the school for its intended purpose without getting sucked in to a dbag mentality and you'll do well.

06/13/2015 - 8:16pm I think the ending was pretty

I think the ending was pretty hilarious as well...  Harbaugh just answers these questions like they are so blindingly obvious.  Great shit.

05/12/2015 - 1:25pm Troubling

I think it's worrying that King's former high school coach is speaking so much to the media about this - it seems that indicates relations have further soured between King and our coaching staff, boding poorly for us to pull recruits from there.

Obviously a high school coach would stickup for his former player, but the tone of his statements almost seems like a mistrust of Harbaugh's reasoning, whatever it might be.

05/08/2015 - 10:56pm Definitely - if you see this

Definitely - if you see this haha.  Hit me up over email or Facebook at jcorqian for either (I use gmail).

05/08/2015 - 10:52pm Thanks for compiling -

Thanks for compiling - interesting data.  Maybe Michigan isn't unique in this regard, but it seems to me at first glance that these lists are rather... short.  I guess I would have thought we would have had way more fumble returns for a touchdown in our school history, for example.  Same with kickoff returns for a touchdown.

05/06/2015 - 8:33pm Go Blue

Age: 26

Occupation: corporate grinder (going into asset management post school)

Schools: UM '11 (BBA), Wharton '17 (Expected MBA)

Location: worked 4 years in NYC, going to school in Philly

Most Michigan Moment: brough in a full-sized, authentic Michigan football helmet my first day of work and plopped it down in the middle of my desk for everyone to see in an extremely corporate environment.  Been there ever since - I'm not gonna be a soft bitch, gonna flaunt that Michigan pride.

05/04/2015 - 11:10am STARTUPS

STARTUPS

03/25/2015 - 10:47am +1 for Infinite Grover.  Pure

+1 for Infinite Grover.  Pure genius.

02/16/2015 - 12:43pm Some Advice From a Fall 2015 Admit

OP, it seems we are the exact same age and are looking at a similar type of situation, so hopefully my advice is useful.  Just for background, I graduated Michigan undergrad b-school in 2011 and will have worked for about four years before starting business school in the fall.  I applied Round 1 to Harvard, Stanford, Wharton, and Columbia and got denied by Stanford, waitlisted at Harvard, and accepted in Wharton and Columbia.  I will most likely be attending Wharton in the fall.

A couple things standout to me:

  • You seem in a rush to go to MBA because you hate your current job
  • Your GMAT is low
  • You have not stated what you want to do coming out of MBA
  • You are considering MBA programs lower-tier than Ross

Given these things, here's my advice to you, in order of priorities:

  1. Figure out what you want to do, at least directionally.  You seem to just want a career change but don't really know what your goal is.  This will get you slaughtered both in the admissions process and while at school, because your admissions story won't be all that cogent and even if you get in, you will have a hard time prioritizing what to do / how to spend time etc. and could very well potentially end up in a job you don't actually like (or can't find a job because you aren't focused enough).  I think this is extremely important and I am a firm believer that no one should go to MBA just to get away from their current job and without knowing themselves enough to know what they want (not that it can't change later).
  2. Get your GMAT score at least to 700.  This will make you at least competitive at top schools - you want the GMAT at least to be a reason not to go against you (even if it doesn't directly help you).  I firmly believe the GMAT is not a test of intelligence, it is a test of memorizing random tricks and applying them under time pressure.  If you study enough, you absolutely CAN get a score of over 700.  When I first started studying I got a 670 - through concentrated studying, I raised it 100 points.  This is possible if you put in the effort.
  3. Narrow down your schools based on a few criteria - I think the two most important are what kind of career you want coming out and if the right people recruit at that school (notice that figuring out what you want is the number one priority), and the location that you want to be in post-graduation.  Now the top schools will allow you to largely go anywhere (e.g., if you go to Stanford you can still get jobs in NYC), but if you are planning to look at lower schools then choosing a school based on where you eventually want to live is more critical because they don't have national reputations.
  4. I would rule out schools ranked lower than Ross.  I think Ross is a good option because basically most of the good companies who would recruit at a Harvard still come to Ross, and the power of the Ross alumni network is still decent nationally.  Now, once you go lower than that, you are losing these two pieces - you mentioned UW - Foster but I really think that's burning money and would just simply focus my efforts on getting a job / changing careers without MBA.  In business and law schools, the level of "prestige" matters incredibly (in contrast to, say, medical school - you can still be a doctor going to any medical school).

Given these things and just how hard it is to get into anywhere decent during Round 3, I would absolutely urge you to suck it up at the job and wait it out and apply Round 1 this fall.  First of all, you won't have the time to figure out what I stated above before Round 3.  Second of all, I think you should consider the longer-term implications of your decision rather than just running away from something.  I know the current job sucks (I'm in one I hate as well) but the risk of going back to school, doing something just as bad, and burning money at the same time is too high to not make an informed decision.

Sorry this isn't all rosy, but the real world is a cold place and I want to give as real of advice as possible.  Good luck with everything from a fellow die-hard Michigan fan.

12/18/2014 - 8:30pm I don't know if you can

I don't know if you can comprehend this, but the starting quarterback at the University of Michigan posting pictures at the hospital probably does a lot of good in of itself to raise awareness for the hospital and the sick patients.  In fact, there's a valid argument to be made that all the other athletes should post pictures too as it will raise even more awareness.

Go ahead, think about it.  I'll wait.

12/02/2014 - 10:24pm Me either, glad we were both

Me either, glad we were both able to.

12/02/2014 - 7:28pm My guess is maybe the search

My guess is maybe the search firm could help unearth some potentially viable and interested candidates through established relationships with agents and advisors in the event that obvious options A, B, and C somehow fall through.

11/26/2014 - 10:42am Confusion

So I'm a bit confused because I thought I had read right here on MGoBlog (perhaps in one of Brian's Searchbits posts) that Hackett was very reluctant to even take the interim AD job?  And that he was content in his retirement and definitely didn't want the permanent position but was just filling in because he is a huge Michigan supporter and former player with fairly good leadership experience?

Since then, I haven't heard anything along these lines and it seems more and more like his term is getting longer.  Just wondering if anyone had a perspective on this - doesn't seem like these two positions really reconcile.  Did he simply change his mind and decide he likes being AD?

11/15/2014 - 3:22pm Hopslam

To be honest, I don't really love Two Hearted.  I'm a huge Bells fan (and general small brewery / craft beer fan), but I don't think Two Hearted really differentiates itself significantly from many other pale ales out there.  Don't get me wrong, it's great, but not something I'd go out of my way for.  The Michigan ties and the good times I had while drinking it obviously make a difference, but it's not enough to make it outstanding.

Now Bell's Hopslam is a ridiculously distinctive and noteworthy beer that is much harder to find outside of Michigan (I live in NYC and have seen a few times, but nowhere near how much Two Hearted is distributed).  The stories I could tell about getting hammered on the deliciously enjoyable beer...

11/08/2014 - 5:41pm Life is life.

Life is life.

10/11/2014 - 6:02pm This is kind of a weird point

This is kind of a weird point to me.  I have no reason to doubt what you are saying (empirically it seems true), but who cares?  I am a fan of Michigan football and so long as a coach can help the Michigan Wolverines be successful, I honestly don't care if the players he develops are amazing in the NFL or not.  Would it be nice?  Of course.  Is it a priority / does it really matter to me?  Nope.

I'd be pretty happy with a Tebow, with a Prescott, or with a Gardner being used correctly.