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04/18/2018 - 1:04pm I'm not sure how these quaify

I disagree.  The majority of them seem to look down on journalists asking football related questions, as if the information they're asking about is above their paygrade.

Don Brown, Mattison, some others will go into some detail, but most do not.

 

I'm not sure how these quaify as "bad questions:"

 

http://mgoblog.com/content/wednesday-presser-9-6-17-jay-harbaugh

A couple of the running backs said this week that you take a really interactive approach to coaching: a lot of dialogue, a lot of back and forth, the Socratic method, if you will. How does that help you as a first-year coach? How does that help your players?

“Well, it sounds like you asked them how it would help already. For me, they’re an extension of me on the field so it’s invaluable to hear what they’re seeing and what they feel and then try and use that to make corrections or adjustments over the course of a practice or the course of a game. So, good information from veteran guys that you can trust is really, really crucial.”

 

Distribution of carries: is that determined on a week to week basis?

“Yeah, we’ll see.”

 

Didn’t see Kareem Walker against Florida. Is that someone we could see this week?

“Uh, we’ll see.”

 

And these from MgoBlog itself:

http://mgoblog.com/category/tags/tyrone-wheatley-0

 

WelpThisWasGoingToBeMyMGoQuestion: What’s a realistic expectation for the two freshmen?

“Expectation? They’re true freshmen.”

 

So how much would that be?

“They’re freshmen! We won’t know. Right now it’s too hard to put anything on it. I’ll just put it to you this way: it’s freshmen. They’re freshmen. I mean, they’re good freshmen, but the fact of the matter is they’re freshmen. So to put an expectation on it is really unfair right now.”

 

 

 

There are so many examples of this staff giving vapid, off-putting answers to football questions that it's not worth time to look for them since they're in basically every interview.

 

 

04/18/2018 - 1:00pm Are you asking me if I have

Are you asking me if I have been interviewed, or if I have been the interviewee?  Because the first sentence is a question asking if I've been interviewed, and then second sentence is a question asking my opinions on interviewing etiquette?

 

 

04/18/2018 - 8:37am More than a few members of

More than a few members of this staff have a history of being... rather unpleasant to talk to about football-based topics. If I was a journalist required to interview staff members on this team, I too would try to get to know the newer staff members as a first order of business. Jay, Jim, Zordich, (Wheatley in the past) etc. have all been over-the-top sarcastic towards reporters who have asked football questions, and essentially give non-answers.

I don't blame them. If anything it shows they're learning and paying attention.

04/06/2018 - 1:25pm To some extent, yes.  The

To some extent, yes.  The dfference is this thread is about a guy leaving a ton of money on the table in an act of kindness, and you still have reprehensible comments and posters belittling his charity on something he didn't even bring up himself.  This isn't a typical football thread.  

04/06/2018 - 12:13pm Some of the replies to this

Some of the replies to this post are highlighting how venomous our fanbase can be.

04/06/2018 - 12:11pm Tossing $400k into the wind

Tossing $400k into the wind in an act of kindness is not a small sacrifice.

02/21/2018 - 4:09pm Tom Beaver would be proud. 

Tom Beaver would be proud.  This place really is 'the naysayer's Bible' now.

02/20/2018 - 11:49am Agreed on all counts.  The

Doubled up for sadness?

02/20/2018 - 11:49am Agreed on all counts.  The

Agreed on all counts.  The grudge held against McElwain is at least as bizarre as the grudge he held against the shark pics.  Perhaps the grudge against a new coach moreso since Jim is not affecting anyone here personally.  There's no evidence that he made up the death threat stuff, and given Michigan fans' reactions to his hiring, it might not be as far fetched as some think.

 

Internet bloggers are not shaman who forsee all.  This blog actually thought O'Korn's anomalistic performance against Purdue would hold up (see the Purdue post-game post and the Michigan State preview for some good laughs), despite 90% of the "plays" being serendipitous luck with some spin moves thrown in.

 

This blog has gone downhill.  Hopefully it rises back up to being one of the best college sports blogs.  It's not there anymore.  Parody accounts, racist parody posters, constant shark jokes, references to sharks and other snickery rule now.  I keep checking in to see how it's going, but...

02/16/2018 - 9:56am No.  Not anymore.  They were

No.  Not anymore.  They were funny a couple days after the drama transpired.  Now they're dumb and vapid.  If your doppleganger was photographed naked on a shark and a large segment of your field shoved it down your throat for a few months you'd care.  If it affected how people perceived you at your subsequent job... you'd care.  May will be a calendar year.

 

The worst part is that he alluded to the fact that it upset him that net jockeys would keep bringing it up and hounding him with it, affecting him personally.  Which is basically what this blog has done, moreso than any other websites I frequent.  For the most part, everyone has let it go... except this blog.

 

Why do fans and readers of this blog have to tell you how stupid your shark vigil is?

02/15/2018 - 12:32pm I agree that Brian's (and

I agree that Brian's (and even Ace - with his vitriole towards fans and tweeting) attitude is offputting.  Personally it will take a long time for the stench of that "Whatever" post and the constant complaints about the very fans who support his site to wear off.  I generally think of Brian as insightful, but he and Ace seem oblivious that Twitter brings out the idiots.  I'm not a Twitter user, and even I am picking up on how much it affects those two.  If you're going to take Twittering seriously it's probably best to not have Twitter.

 

The page views have to have taken a hit with longtime Michigan fans.  I don't check this site nearly as often as I used to, nor do others that I speak with personally.  There are other sites that have been filling in with football-based news lately, and if this new-look continues then more will keep cropping up.

01/10/2018 - 1:38pm Exactly.  I can't really

Exactly.  I can't really blame the kid.  He looks at the teams, sees a good team vs. a mediocre team (that the good team beat by 11 points).  Picks the better team.

 

If you want the better players, you have to win the games.

01/10/2018 - 1:35pm The punch is that that's a

The punch is that that's a bad comparison.  2016 Georgia ended their year beating TCU in their bowl game, losing their rivalry game with GT by one point, but beat No. 8 Auburn and Kentucky.  They also beat South Carolina by two touchdowns. 

 

The same South Carolina we had held to under 100 yards of offense for almost three full quarters then melted down against.

 

There is a big difference between how they carried out and finished their 2016 season and Michigan finished theirs.  ...And that's not figuring in how much our QB's regressed this year vs. how Georgia's players fared.

01/10/2018 - 11:00am I completely disagree with

I completely disagree with you.  It was a daily slog for years.  Practice multiple times a day, weights, nutrition, etc.   Focusing on sleeping/recovery every single day and night.  Vitamin schedules, icing, compression.

 

This team will be hard pressed to win all of their games next year.  I'd say they should be reminded to try their hardest every day, let alone at every game.

01/10/2018 - 10:35am I may appreciate it if I knew

I may appreciate it if I knew what the joke referred to.

01/10/2018 - 10:33am He probably does deserve it. 

He probably does deserve it.  He has led decent-to good teams every year he's been here.

01/10/2018 - 10:25am I don't know what you're

I don't know what you're referring to, or who for that matter.  I'm not a grandfather.

01/10/2018 - 10:20am Your point is correct in

Your point is correct in theory, but in a way is also incorrect.  Two years ago I won an individual National Championship in a sport at a higher level than college.  I can assure you that you don't get to that level in one year from the depth that Michigan's football team is currently at, and that's just on an individual basis.  It may be more difficult for a team due to many more "parts" involved.

 

You don't simply set a goal as "National Championship."  I guess you could, but the chances of hitting that in one year are slim.  You set smaller goals that ramp you towards a National Championship.

 

There are other factors involved as well.  I watched the 2017 team in person many times and went to the Bowl game.  I didn't go to every home game, but most of them.  They don't currently have the mental strength/ability/toughness/makeup to win a National Championship.  You can see that when adversity hits them.  When the team is down with 7 minutes left against a truly crappy South carolina team and you think to yourself "this game is over - we won't score again because these guys can't win the tough games" - and you're right - that's not a team close to competing for a National Championship.  Michigan is mentally weak, and has been for a while.

 

In a way, those guys do have a lot of smaller victories to focus on first, precluding them from focusing on a National Championship.  If you haven't done it, you don't know.  I didn't know either. 

10/11/2017 - 4:53pm I agree with the others

I agree with the others here.  There are ebbs and flows.  These are what I remember looking back.

 

Desmond's catch against Notre Dame, and Steve breaking his jaw at mid field in the same game.  I watched Terrell Buckley beat up Desmond in the FSU game, then Howard's punt return against Ohio State, his Heisman ceremony, then losing to Washington.

 

Wheatley jumping the pile.

 

Biakabatuka's 300 yard game and the destruction of Eddie George and Cooper.

 

When I was a kid, a man named Charles Woodson came into my hometown and literally broke our high school quarterback's neck on a sack (fractured vertebrae).  Then he committed to Michigan and tore a swath down the middle of everything I hated and became my childhood hero.  His freshman year INT, sophomore year campaign.

 

He went into Happy Valley, kicked the hell out of Penn State.  Daydrian Taylor laid it on the line, Woodson crossed it.  Woodson continued his reign against all comers, destroying David Boston, making their special teams look like amateurs on the punt return.  The Heisman ceremoney, then finishing the one thing Des didn't do - win it all in the Bowl.

 

Brady shutting the door on Alabama.  Terrell's catch against Virginia, Braylon, Chris Perry, John Navarre getting his Ohio State win.  Chad Henne's name getting announced on opening day.  Manningham was "OH. Wide open."

 

The horror.  Oregon was even worse.  On the way out a busker was playing funeral music next to the Natatorium.  Henne, Hart and Mallet doing what they could against OSU in just one game worse than this past Saturday's.

 

Manningham's catch against Penn State, destroying Florida in the gator Bowl.  Jamar Adams upending Tebow.

 

Brandon Graham ending  the MSU running back.  Minor against PSU.

 

Denard's first play from scrimmage and tate's run-in against ND.  Denard and Gallon bringing them back under the lights.  Gardner's will against ND.  Gardner fighting on one foot against Ohio State, and nearly closing it out.

 

Rudock ripping Florida, Chesson's kickoff return against Northwestern.  The crowd chanting DEFENSE after the Northwestern shutout.  Jabrill's punt return against Colorado.

 

This year so far it's been the evisceration of Florida, the defense stomping anything in it's path.  Rashan Gary's QB hit, Devin Bush destroyer of moving objects.

 

If you can't get up for some of these insane moments then I don't know what to tell you.  This season will endow you with a lifetime of unforgettable memories.  Trust me.  Worse Michigan teams than this one have beaten Ohio State and left an imprint on me forever.

 

 

 

 

10/05/2017 - 4:18pm We all know this - Dantonio

We all know this - Dantonio treats this game as Tressel did.  Expect their offense to do a complete 180 based on what they've shown thus far in the season.  They are a team that will actually hold back a ton of stuff for Michigan.  A lot of fans speculate that teams do that, but Dantonio actually does it.

 

Brian made a great point last week about how Michigan probably wished they'd saved the Evans touchdown run for another game - Dantonio would have never ran that against Purdue.

09/20/2017 - 2:44pm Not worth arguing with these

Not worth arguing with these guys over.  You're responding to one of the kids in this video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12VeNY-QoYA

09/20/2017 - 1:48pm Well no offense, but he's the

Well no offense, but he's the one who has been through a court room for tax evasion, not me.

09/20/2017 - 1:12pm No kidding.  Please take your

No kidding.  Please take your accountants' advice and be content with your substantial tax benefits at the state and fed level.

09/09/2017 - 2:21pm Wow.

Wow.

09/09/2017 - 12:16pm That third down conversion

That third down conversion throw was roughly 6" behind Crawford's center mass.

09/07/2017 - 9:51am Not starting an argument, but

Not starting an argument, but beyond personal stories not directly related to the team, I've yet to see Jim or Jay actually respond in depth to a football related question.  They may throw out some jargon on technique, but actual deep thought?  I can't recall.  Does anyone have an example?

 

To me Jay really comes off as abrasive in some of his interviews.  His father can be the same way, but it also seems as if he occasionally has playful banter in a mysterious and guarded way.  Jay often just comes off like you offended his sensibilities.  It's got to be tough to interview him in particular.  Most questions seem to get a snide comment.

 

"Jay - How was your birthday the other day?"

"Well gee, seems like you already heard about my birthday so why don't you write about what my parents thought about it."

05/16/2017 - 4:06pm This exact behavior is

Doubled up.

05/16/2017 - 4:06pm This exact behavior is

This exact behavior is probably my biggest "pet peeve" - if I'm to answer the OP's exact question.

 

It's fascinating to hear someone actually speak on their reasoning for continuously driving in the left lane despite a clear opening in the right lane.  I do love how this thread brought out some of the drivers that most of us can't stand!  Funny how that works.

04/14/2017 - 5:45pm As a professional designer,

As a professional designer, those look like shit.

03/22/2017 - 3:29pm Your opinions of coaches

Your opinions of coaches around here has taken a bit of a hit lately.  You were perhaps the most out-spoken opponent of Beilein this season.  I personally would say the most outspoken.. but others may disagree.

01/07/2017 - 9:06am Is it this

Is it this one?

https://www.mden.com/product/Jordan_University_of_Michigan_Football_Cap…

It's absolutely awesome.  I got it back in September, and haven't seen it around much except on the coaching staff and players.  It has a built-in balaclava for your lower face in extreme weather.  It's extremely warm and waterproof.  It's my favorite Michigan clothing item I've ever bought because it's so functionally warm and easy to wear.

Caveats:  It's a very athletic build, as in it fits slim and tight.  Order a size up if that's a concern.  Also note that in all of the images the balaclava piece and the thumb hole/hand liners in the sleeves are shown in characoal grey, but they're Navy blue on the actual hoodie.

09/06/2016 - 3:00pm I have a prescription for

I have a prescription for equal measures of eye rolling when I see someone use "to be fair," but I suppose I don't care enough to downvote.

08/27/2014 - 8:22am I find your Dad to be rude

I find your Dad to be rude and unfair.

..But my name is actually Dustin.

05/12/2014 - 12:56pm Congratulations Alex.  It's

Congratulations Alex.  It's nice to hear this kid is on his way to attaining a dream.

03/10/2014 - 6:59pm All hail.

All hail.

02/05/2014 - 1:09pm What a mess.

What a mess.

12/08/2013 - 1:26pm Gnarly face seems to be David

Gnarly face seems to be David from Wyoming. Both accounts are consistently bitchy and menopausal.

11/24/2013 - 9:47am I always love people like

I always love people like you. Instead of simply explaining your opposing view and data models you insist on being crass and hard-nosed about it. It really makes others want to listen to you.

Here's where you respond with something like: "Whatever. I don't care and it doesn't matter to me how other users want to interpret my posts."

Keep it up man, GREAT work.

11/17/2013 - 10:14pm I'm always curious when I see

I'm always curious when I see a poster deriding a popular board opinion.

Do you seriously think Borges should keep his job, or are you just "David from Wyoming 2.0" and simply perpetually insufferable? I don't understand how anyone can actually justify Funk or Borges keeping their jobs with a straight face.

Back to our regularly scheduled basketball programming (where points are put on the board in a competitive fashion).

11/17/2013 - 1:51pm Which element of my post was

Which element of my post was "stupid" exactly?

11/17/2013 - 1:51pm You're right. It is actually

You're right. It is actually a blessing in disguise.

11/17/2013 - 1:49pm Wrong. I said "more glaring."

Wrong. I said "more glaring." Where did I say better or worse? Quit putting words in people's mouths and then jumping to assumptions about how much Michigan football different posters watch.

It doesn't really matter anyway. The fact that they're comparable means we have a shitty offense.

11/17/2013 - 10:30am I really wish I didn't know

I really wish I didn't know this. His offense is more glaring than RR's defenses. If Hoke doesn't fire him at season's end, he'll be on the hot seat all of next season.

11/17/2013 - 10:24am Borges and Funk are let go.

Borges and Funk are let go. Both of their charges have significantly regressed and showed little improvement whatsoever. Funk is a no-brainer. His line is statistically one of the worst in Michigan history, and the worst in FBS this year. Yesterday I was mulching leaves and found myself apprehensive about stopping the yard work and switching the game on because of how disgusting the line is. That pains me to my core.

Devin needs to show improvement over final two games with decision-making. He needs to learn to throw it away faster rather than scramble straight backwards 10 yards first. He's obviously playing hurt. He's started wearing a knee brace and rib protection so they're hide g an injury from us. I suppose they'll unveil it at seasons end to make us feel as though he gutted through something.

Brady needs to reevaluate defensive play. Not seeing as much progression there as we expected either. Linebackers haven't made strides (in most cases they've regressed - Bolden, even Ross hasn't made any quantifiable leap).

The list of noteworthy aspects of this team is so long I can't type it all out on my phone.

11/11/2013 - 1:53pm Alright SC.  I just have to

Alright SC.  I just have to know - and don't think I'm chastising you in any way because I'm just genuinely curious.  What do you think of the coordinating and the line coaching now?

This team's offense has easily surpassed the ineptitude of RR's defenses (last in TFL's, -48 yards rushing, etc. etc. etc. ad nauseum).  We look absolutely awful.  I feel horrible for the seniors on this team.

10/01/2013 - 9:34am What?  Taken literally, we've

What?  Taken literally, we've been playing like a 5-8 team the last few weeks.  In almost any remaining game on the schedule we won't win if we play like we did against Akron and UConn.  How this escapes other users/fans mystifies me.

 

This blows my mind:  Michigan needed a final-seconds-of-the-game goal-line stand to beat Akron.  This team has looked pathetic the last two weeks, and we've seen that Notre Dame isn't close to as good as we thought they were.  They look bad too.

 

 

09/28/2013 - 9:18pm I've watched over 200

I've watched over 200 Michigan home games. They're not very good this year. Not sure how that's trolling.

09/28/2013 - 9:16pm You're overreacting much more

You're overreacting much more than I am. I'm not overreacting at all. These teams are significantly better than Michigan. If you can't see that you haven't watched our games this year.

09/28/2013 - 9:14pm Well... Both Wisconsin and

Well... Both Wisconsin and Ohio look much, much better than us. Its pretty obvious. Couple that with the known commodity of a few Gardner-wrapped gifts to the opposing team and it'll probably be a long afternoon.

"Rationale" that's fact-based says we have played horribly the past two games, and beat a had NotreDame team. We scraped by two losing teams by our fingernails. That's not good.

09/28/2013 - 8:53pm Watching this Ohio-Wisconsin

Watching this Ohio-Wisconsin game I can't help but think Michigan is going to get rolled pretty hard at home again this year. Depressing. Both of these teams are leaps ahead of Michigan.