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10/30/2016 - 11:35am Not a good enough explanation

We had poor gap discipline. There were a bunch of plays where half our team was screaming in the backfield only for the running play to be following a pulling guard away from the blitz. Aside from that there were a number of plays where guys failed to make tackles, often leading to the MSU back ripping off a 10-20 yard gain. Delano Hill was a real hero yesterday as he cleaned up a lot of the crap from the front seven.

I think Dantonio didn't sleep for a week and studied Don Brown's defense to no end, trying to make his runs go to where the blitzes and aggressiveness would naturally create gaps. This is what happens in rivalry games. It takes something extra to win.

Edit: also as someone said below, the holding was ridiculous.

10/11/2016 - 12:06pm Can someone please correct

Can someone please correct the grammar in the title? This is painful.

04/09/2016 - 10:46am Cardio/Weights

I try to do cardio 5 times a week and weights twice a week. My peak cardio was running about 50-60 miles a week last November, but then I hurt one of my tendons (hallucis longus flexor? the big toe tendon), so now I cycle. It's been annoying lately with the weather, though. Weights is just the Starting Strength routine (same as StrongLifts but with 3 sets instead of 5) split into two days, which is plenty for me. I ballooned when I first came to Michigan before dropping about 20 pounds over the last year. My goal is to drop 10 more - hopefully get there this summer!

02/24/2016 - 6:26pm The irony is strong with this

The irony is strong with this one...

10/08/2014 - 9:24am Bleh

Too much dedication to getting a guy fired. I'll just show up and cheer on the team. They're wearing Michigan uniforms; that's all I need.

10/03/2014 - 8:09am He's busy

Oh come on guys, he has a billion things to take care of. You should be happy he's paying attention to this issue. The guy's not sitting at his computer all day long waiting to reply to fans.

12/14/2013 - 5:36pm You misread me

I never said I thought they had tons of money. It just bugs me that they're pining for charity off their name and nostalgia.

And the comparison isn't ludicrous at all when you consider the fact that both systems are set up to leech the customers and fans that are the only ones propping it up in the first place.

I don't claim to know anything about Blimpy Burger's finances. Maybe they are in a tough spot, but this stuff bothers me regardless.

12/14/2013 - 11:06am They should go away

At first I was sad about the whole thing, but each time this progresses I feel like Blimpy Burger is just milking every ounce of nostalgia and good will that they can to get more money. Kind of like Dave Brandon and the athletic department.

12/05/2013 - 6:33pm 2. Purdue has Spring Fest and

2. Purdue has Spring Fest and even more importantly the Grand Prix. Grand Prix morning is Breakfast Club, where all the students out on costumes and hit the bars at 7 am. IU has something called the Little 500, which is a bike race that's also accompanied by lots of drinking.

12/04/2013 - 7:54am Football is hard

Football is hard. But I think Brian's biggest beef with Borges isn't so much that Borges didn't call bubble screens, but that he dedicated two weeks of practice time to developing another constraint (Tackle Over) that had no logical basis to succeed. If Michigan had dedicated that time to developing the current bubble offense, then maybe we're talking about 9-3.

12/01/2013 - 11:14pm Disagree on career vs. life

I would always pick life. Life is too short. Family members won't always be there. My great grandmother just passed away on the 23rd and I laid her to rest on the 30th, having to give away my student ticket to The Game. When I was an undergrad and I had an exam the same night as a big basketball game, I did the exam twice as fast and didn't check my answers so I could make it to the game.

I got into all the grad schools I wanted to get into, including Michigan, and my graduate student research career is going all right so far. Everyone in my lab thinks I'm going to graduate ahead of schedule, although that remains to be seen. But you know what? If I got fired and had to find something else that I didn't love as much, I'd be okay with that if that's what it takes to make sure I give enough time to life. Life is important. Don't ever neglect it.

I applaud Brian for getting away from the stupid world of sports and just spending time with his family. Sports are a way to get away from the pressures of the world for most of us, but Brian can't have that. He does have his family, though, and he should take advantage of that.

11/02/2013 - 7:17pm Stop blaming the players

Anyone here think Michigan has worse players than Purdue? Because Purdue's offense performed better against this team than Michigan did. Purdue's offense actually gave their defense some time to rest, didn't go three-and-out every time, and didn't set a school record for rushing ineptitude.

It goes beyond play-calling with Borges. It goes to player development. Denard Robinson got worse from 2011 to 2012. Devin Gardner has gotten worse from 2012 to 2013, and he's gotten worse within 2013. What does it say when the longer a QB is with your staff, the worse he gets?

And then the offensive line. Lewan had one of his worst games today. The receivers do look good and seem to be trending in a positive direction, but from a player development point of view that's the only thing on the offense that I'm happy about. As an offensive coordinator you have to do your player development work before the season. That's part of the job, and these guys clearly aren't getting there.

And then the plays. Why are you passing MSU's best defensive lineman from Lewan to a running back in an obvious passing situation? Why are you taking snaps under center when they average about -3 yards per play? Why do you run under center, when your best running plays come from the shotgun? Why are you trying to pass downfield every play and taking tons of sacks? Why was Gardner able to time his scrambles well in 2012, but has gotten worse at it in 2013? Why did we suck against UConn? There's a myriad of data points that Borges and the guys he picked are not good at their jobs.

10/06/2013 - 5:33pm Brilliant

Make it so only the rich students can attend. I'm sure they're the ones arriving on time. You do realize most students just ask their parents for money and thus aren't that attached to it?

10/03/2013 - 12:11am Shouldn't have worn yellow

This is why I don't bother with wearing away team jerseys. There's too much bullshit to justify some silly notion of "fandom." With away game fans getting killed out in California and the constant heckling you get otherwise, I don't see the point when I'm really just interested in watching a good football game.

09/17/2013 - 8:09am Bench Clark

Bench Clark, move Beyer to WDE, put Cam Gordon at SAM. That puts a better front 7 on the field. Right now Clark is a dud and appears worse at every facet of the game than Beyer, while Gordon has shown to be an adept SAM so far this year.

09/08/2013 - 11:11am Bathroom

The bathroom thing is nothing new at Michigan Stadium; it always takes awhile.

As for late arriving friends, you should plan ahead to walk in together. You're in college, you can do it!

09/08/2013 - 11:04am Wasn't that bad

I got there two hours before the game and got in the 21st row. No waiting outside throughout the day or anything. This is really great for me since I was one of the early arrivers the last couple of years but always had to sit at the top while I watched drunk seniors fill in during the second quarter. As a student I think the general admission system is nothing but a success.

09/01/2013 - 10:15am Meh

Me telling my girlfriend she can't have a margarita comes back to haunt me later. Hoke will be fine with his comment.

07/12/2013 - 8:13am Not at all

In fact I have more respect for them that they don't religiously follow a sport in its offseason.

06/28/2013 - 10:02am Drafting home state players is tough

When you draft a player from a big in-state school the pressure to start that player is high regardless of talent. It creates a big headache for the coaching staff, kind of like powerful parents with children that are high school football players.

06/10/2013 - 10:41am Meh

I'm actually more disappointed in the fan that would pay $18k for such a stupid decoration than Pryor for selling it.

05/28/2013 - 12:36am Wow, guys

The hissy fits that get thrown around here when MSU is pegged to do well are ridiculous. And then the excessive schadenfreude when bad stuff happens to them. They have an easy schedule. The people that make these odds are smart and are paid a lot of money to do so. Believe me, they've taken most of your 2-second analyses on offensive losses into account when they say they're just as likely to win the conference as we are.

05/18/2013 - 8:38pm Scotch

Yeah, I love all the scotch I can afford. Just can't afford much at the moment.

05/18/2013 - 5:00pm Scotch

Rolling with a Speyburn 10  year single malt. I'm poor and new to whisky, so this is all I have.

04/30/2013 - 8:44am Basketball

Get him a Michigan themed basketball. It will keep him from staying inside and playing video games all the time like I did at that age.

04/20/2013 - 7:09pm Eugh, sometimes I feel like

Eugh, sometimes I feel like we're little brother...

04/11/2013 - 9:05am Agree completely. Let's stop!

Agree completely. Let's stop!

04/10/2013 - 8:35am Mass Effect 3 Ending

Can someone explain why you all hate the Mass Effect 3 ending? Is it because you have to play online to get the best one, or is it because of what happens at the literal end? I thought it was okay.

04/02/2013 - 6:50pm Unfortunate, but expected.

Unfortunate, but expected. Hopefully Trouba decides to... wait a sec...

03/31/2013 - 6:50pm Really?

Come on, man. No one cares about Sparty.

03/30/2013 - 3:51pm Wow

Saban is going to smear Bielema's ass all over the turf. What a dumb comment.

03/30/2013 - 10:15am UTL more exciting

I thought UTL was more exciting, but a Sweet 16 tournament win with the season on the line seems more important.

03/27/2013 - 10:15am This is lacking in

This is lacking in statistical optimality, but seems consistent with common assumptions on the underlying models. Projection of Michigan hockey success parameters into 2013-2014 would likely improve if Trouba continues pursuing a college education.

03/25/2013 - 11:13am Meh

It's a shame that out of all the great beers from Bell's that Oberon is the most famous.

03/24/2013 - 12:16pm Anyone wanna make a .gif out of this?

Something like this comes to mind:

03/09/2013 - 1:03pm Mostly freshmen

I'd say the only key senior is DJ Byrd, and to be honest I think Purdue might get more production out of a different starter at that spot (such as Donnie Hale, or either of incoming freshmen Bryson Scott or Kendall Stephens) next year than they're getting out of Byrd this year. The best player on the team is Terone Johnson (a junior), but the next four after him are probably Ronnie Johnson (freshman), AJ Hammons (freshman), Sandi Marcius (junior), and Rapheal Davis (freshman).

03/09/2013 - 12:59pm Trey Burke

You mean Trey Burke's close road win? :)

Yeah I dunno about Michigan in the tournament. That defense means anyone can beat them, but Trey Burke means they can beat anyone else.

03/09/2013 - 12:50pm Purdue

So far they're up a decent amount on Minnesota. With the road win over Wisconsin and staying competitive against Michigan, I think they're a different team now. Watching Ronnie Johnson today vs. against Eastern Michigan is night and day. Rapheal Davis has really come along as well. Hammons may have snapped out of his slump.

03/08/2013 - 12:00pm Ouch

Football coaches talking like football coaches? Whodathunkit?

03/08/2013 - 11:25am EA statement

They're saying only legitimate votes will be counted. Perhaps they have a way to throw out all the fan page votes.

03/07/2013 - 4:54pm Meijer

Did anyone else start following the Meijer Twitter handle after this?

03/07/2013 - 2:04pm The Bigs

The disappointment in the big guys is out of context, in a way. They played bad over the course of the night because Sandi Marcius owned whoever was on him for the first half and early second half. After Marcius went out, the pendulum swung in Michigan's favor and McGary was able to handle Hammons and Carroll for the most part. Marcius's injury was critical for Michigan to defend Purdue; without that Purdue could have very well scored enough to keep the game out of reach, given how well he was playing against Michigan's interior earlier.

03/06/2013 - 6:37pm Eh

Among academic circles research on concussions in football players isn't treated with the same respect as other endeavors. I think these groups get a lot more attention from the main stream media than academics.

03/06/2013 - 6:33pm It's real

Purdue researchers published a similar study in high schoolers prior to this one. Most of the brain damage could actually be caused by accumulation of sub concussive blows rather than concussions.

03/05/2013 - 6:21am Er, what?

I'm in grad school here and have several friends from MIT, Stanford, Cornell, Columbia, etc. in the grad program and we're all on the same level (I went to a Big Ten school for undergrad). I don't know what the hell you're talking about. People take mostly the same courses at all schools. There are slight differences, but the number one factor in what you know at time of graduation is what you put into it.

03/04/2013 - 5:57pm Depends on the school

Michigan is a research university, so how well they educate undergraduates is definitely not he top priority despite their status as a public school. Although the classroom experience probably suffers as a result, as a student at a research university you have the opportunity to participate in projects that students at other universities don't have access to, and these can be very valuable experiences.

Also I think the big lecture hall thing declines in usage as you get to the later years. There's also significant effort at the moment to get away from such teaching formats, but it's difficult when you have so few faculty and so many students to educate.

03/04/2013 - 5:37pm Engineering

Illinois's engineering is badass. They're also really good in the sciences (physics and chemistry). It's not all about law and medicine.

02/16/2013 - 11:51am Yeah

I went to Purdue and Purdue is the little brother of IU in basketball and a bit of a little brother to Notre Dame in football. But even still, Purdue isn't even close to as bad as Sparty. MSU sets the standard.

02/16/2013 - 10:39am Little brother

Biggest reason Sparty keeps the characterization "little brother" is because they work so hard to earn it.

02/03/2013 - 8:57am Hunh?

Hunh?