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09/21/2018 - 11:54pm Now the real Illini team is…

Now the real Illini team is showing up. PSU is still not that good. 

09/21/2018 - 11:45pm Just took another shot …

Just took another shot (McSorley) and came up shaking his head like he was shaking out some cob webs...,

09/21/2018 - 11:26pm Let’s see if I can make it…

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09/21/2018 - 11:21pm Sorry. Got too excited after…

Sorry. Got too excited after watching that “celebration” from those 2 young ladies....

09/21/2018 - 11:19pm Seriously. PSU defense is…

Seriously. PSU defense is terrible. Run D gets gashed. Soft coverage in pass D. 

They are not good at all

09/21/2018 - 11:16pm I’m a little fired up now…

I’m a little fired up now.....

09/21/2018 - 11:15pm Did anyone else see the 2…

Did anyone else see the 2 hot Illini chicks kiss on TV. 

WOW. 

 

Oh Yeah. Illini TD

09/21/2018 - 10:52pm How bad is the officiating?…

How bad is the officiating? In the SC game. The SC corner had a fist full of the WR jersey AND YANKS it back. No call. 

Yet in the PSU game. The Illini swipes at the PSU WR arm misses and the ball lands 6 yards beyond. PI call....

so damn inconsistent.....

09/21/2018 - 10:43pm This is interesting. Could…

This is interesting. Could PSU be over rated?????

hmmmmmm could be.....

09/21/2018 - 10:32pm PSU Run defense is trash. …

PSU Run defense is trash.  If Illini can tear them up .....

09/21/2018 - 10:08pm Pending on ones point of…

Pending on ones point of view. I think OSU blasts Penn State next week but PSU will score some points. It’ll be something like 49-31. 

09/21/2018 - 10:03pm Just saw another complete BS…

Just saw another complete BS Defensive PI called on Illini. If refs are going to start getting ticky tacky on PI. This will be a long season

09/19/2018 - 9:11pm I have a bad feeling that as…

I have a bad feeling that as this season wears on that ND game is going to piss me off more and more. I can see that by the end of the season I am going to be saying to myself “How in the F*** did we lose to those guys!”

09/17/2018 - 12:49pm Do you mean something like…

Do you mean something like this?

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09/13/2018 - 12:18pm One factor that is not…

One factor that is not really being stated and has been noted in the 2 games.  JH is rolling Patterson out on most throws.  Being that Patterson is a right handed thrower, rolling to his right is easier for him to complete the passes (which he has shown quite the talent for that).

Given that situation, you would move your preferred OT to the Right side as he will be the primary tackle to set the edge for pass pro.

On the flip side, the pressure and stress of Pass Pro is reduced for the LT.  

Its a trade off for your blind side protection.  Given what I see, none of the tackles are at a level of Pass Pro where Patterson can just drop back every time.  And JBB is at least better at Pass Pro then Runyan, so you flip him to the front side and roll out on several throws....

Just more game planning to work with the talent you have and put them in the best situation to succeed.

09/12/2018 - 11:23am Grew up in the area. Norman…

Grew up in the area. Norman Rockwell for sure. Also for the wine lovers on the board. Paw Paw is also known for its vineyards. 

As for the competition, yes that is D4 or D5 (think low Class B upper Class C Michigan HS football). So he is a ‘Man among boys’ there. Actually the fact that he went up against a 6’3” 270 DLine would be unusual. So yes it’s important to see that he clearly dominates the competition. It becomes important to understand his character as he will take a huge leap in competition when he shows up on campus where he is no longer the overmatched ‘gaint’, just another D1 athlete. 

Dont want this to be preceivwd as a down note. I love the fact that he is athletic enough to split out and play a flex TE as well. That’s a great sign of his mobility and athleticism. 

Excited to see what he can do when he gets here. 

09/10/2018 - 10:14pm No, they are going to make a…

No, they are going to make a serious run at the #1 overall pick.  There is NO WAY Stafford survives this season and even then 2-3 wins max............

09/10/2018 - 11:53am Son of a B****, I picked up…

Son of a B****, I picked up tickets for this game believing it was a night game, but with the noon start I can not make it as my son has his football game in the afternoon.  Now I have to scramble.....

Plus I really wanted to go see Michigan "out hit" and blow out Frost and the Huskers in person....

09/07/2018 - 1:22pm Well stated. 

I had put…

Well stated. 

I had put together this same chart and posted it yesterday in another thread. 

With respect to the OLine, my main take away is the EVERY SINGLE STARTING linemen has been in their system for 3 YEARS minimum. Same coaching, same training regiments, same offensive philosophy. They have been doing it for 20+ years from now. You can’t ‘out talent’ the OLine. It’s the most developmental position in college football. And yes JH has a huge gap in bodies to fill up that pipeline. 2 more years of recruiting OL just to fill the pipeline. 

Same can be said for QB. JH arrived on campus and most likely had a minor heart attack when he looked at the QB position. Peters is his first pick and he is stocking the pipeline with McCaffery and Milton. Again the benefits of the stocking the roster will show up in a year or so but for today and the past 2 years he band aided it with transfers. Hit pay dirt with Rudock, missed on O’Korn and I believe struck gold with Patterson (FWIW - I think Patterson played well against ND. Certainly better than anyone last year and better than what Rudock did in his first game)

So to wrap this up, all things are relative. To a Michigan fan 8-5 sucks. I agree there. But I have an issues with the Chicken Little’s in this fan base that cant maintain for vision or patience. 

09/05/2018 - 3:38pm We look at Wisconsin as the…

We look at Wisconsin as the Oline factory and we are impressed how they are able to produce annually NFL level O Linemen.

So I went back and took a look at Wisconsin's recruiting history, here is what I found (current starters in BOLD (Which is suppose to be one of the best lines in CFB this year).....

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My take observations from this chart:

1) Wisconsin has their system set up, Linemen are recruited and put into their workshop for a minimum of 3 years before they see the field...

2) Consistent recruiting of linemen each year, no gaps, no fallout, no crazy injuries, just consistent pipeline of ~18 OL spread out over 5 years

3) No star gazing here (with the noted exception of Logan Brown..... :(.  They go out (mainly in the Midwest) pick out their ~6'6" athletes, feed them, train them, and are patient with them to develop into linemen.  The starting Center for Wisconsin was recruited at a DT, Edwards was a non de-script TE converted. 

How does this tie into Michigan....

1) 2019 - 5 OL

2018 - 2 OL

2017 - 5 OL

2016 - 3 OL 

This tells me that at minimum, 2020 AND 2021 need 3-4 OL.  This just fills the pipeline with able bodies, now onto the development....

2) No bad injuries or Bonehead decisions, ie no fallout...

3) 3 of the Linemen are from the pipeline noted above (Bredeson, Onwenu, and Ruiz) - Which BTW, are considered the strength of our OLine

4) As for the OT in particular, 5 are on campus (3 - '17 and 2 - '18) with 2 more coming in for '19 so far.  If this was Wisconsin none of these guys would be sniffing the field until at least 2020, more likely 2021.

So to me, there is your answer....2021 to have an OLine that rivals our memories of the 70's and 80's.  Of course there are just under 3 full seasons left to be played so things have to be done to mitigate it.  Ideally, 2020 "could be" solid, but that would require 2 young tackles to beat the development curve....  Maybe as 'higher' recruits, they can accelerate the process but I would not 'expect' them to do it, just be thrilled if they could.

Until then.....

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09/04/2018 - 10:54am I’m still in the camp that…

I’m still in the camp that JH’s game plan is still hamstrung by the lack of confidence in the line play. 

Sure they say the right things in the press conferences. But to me the proof is in the action. 

Minimal strech plays (watched the replay both JBB and Runyan could not beat the DE)

Minimal downfield passing to minimize the time the ball is in Patterson’s hand. 

Remember how the all the Linemen stated how Ed simplified the calls. Well you can see they are still in elementary mode. Discouraging to say the least. We’ll see about the learning curve....

09/03/2018 - 2:42pm Here are some pics that NBC…

Here are some pics that NBC left out in the replay....

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Left his feet.... contact to the helmet.... helmet to helmet....

No call....

Trash dancing by ND player (wont add the photo, too disgusting).....

Welcome to South Bend.....

 

09/02/2018 - 12:21pm Exactly. This is the 1 play…

Exactly. This is the 1 play that stands out. I’ll check the plays but I’m pretty sure Michigan had pounded the ball up the middle for positive yardage each of the last 3-4 plays. Why go away from it when your only 2 yards away?

EDIT: They had 5 runs that drive, all up the middle, all for positive gains.

09/02/2018 - 12:05pm Sorry. Hawkins was not in…

Sorry. Hawkins was not in good position. Rule #1 in playing Safety:

Dont let ANYONE behind you...

Rule #2:

See Rule #1

Hawkins allowed the ND get behind him and this isn’t basketball. Going over the back is most certainly allowed. Hawkins was a step too short so he couldn’t high point the ball. It’s not a coincidence that ND called that play shortly after Mettilus was ejected. They tested the back up Safety and took full advantage in Spades..... 7 easy points. 

09/01/2018 - 11:53pm It’s all about the tackles. …

It’s all about the tackles. 

The play calling:

Inside runs => Cause the tackles can’t block stretch plays

Short passes => Cause the tackles pass block long enough for anything down field

Roll out Patterson => Only if you want to get him killed cause defenses will strat blitzing to the outside cause the tackles can’t block

Sounds terrible to day but the Achilles of this team will be the tackles. So until that can get mitigated. It’s going to be a rough ride. 

09/01/2018 - 10:16pm Running backs that STILL can…

Running backs that STILL can’t pass block. WTF!!!

09/01/2018 - 9:58pm Houston we have a problem…

Houston we have a problem. Runyan is not playing well at all

09/01/2018 - 7:37pm LETS F’ING GO!!!!!!!

 

LETS F’ING GO!!!!!!!

 

Just WIN THE DAMN GAME!!

08/30/2018 - 10:09am Right person getting the…

Right person getting the ball but I’m going with pistol formation. Off set I to the right. Power to the right. If we get at least 3 yards then same play but Power left. 2 body blows to get an early gage on the running game. 

08/28/2018 - 10:18pm Looking at the forecast…

Looking at the forecast. Rain is to stop by 1PM.

Looking forward to introducing Michigan’s improved offense along with its dominate defense. 

08/27/2018 - 2:26pm (No subject)

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08/27/2018 - 1:24pm And so it begins.  

Yes,…

And so it begins.  

Yes, there are many evils in the world (College Football as well).  While I do not ignore those aspects, I choose to focus aspect of a Sheldon High QB who dreams of playing someday at Iowa....  Or more locally, a Hale High School QB that dreams of someday playing for Michigan....

Dreams are the starting point for the impossible to become the possible.....

Let the dream begin.......

08/25/2018 - 9:22pm Just stop. This has to be a…

Just stop. This has to be a bad nightmare. Wake me up please

08/25/2018 - 9:20pm Not the only one?

what the…

Not the only one?

what the heck. I know injuries happen but we can’t have multiple. 

Please Rivals, your just glamour reporting now, right?  Yeah that’s it...

08/25/2018 - 6:43pm Oldie but good

 

Captain n…

Oldie but good

 

Captain n Coke......

So glad football is back. My Son has played 2 games already (6th grade). Sink have had a good tune up....,

08/24/2018 - 2:53pm For those that are local in…

For those that are local in Michigan, yes Rocco is in fact Marc Spindler's son.....

 

Genetics.....Genetics....Genetics.....

 

Old article (4 years ago), but just for fun comment......

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08/24/2018 - 1:03pm You are correct.......

 

You are correct.......

 

Fixed.....

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08/24/2018 - 12:55pm Embedded for you.....

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08/24/2018 - 12:51pm Or this one........

Or this one........

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08/24/2018 - 12:50pm Lets see if I can help.......

Lets see if I can help.......

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08/23/2018 - 12:15am Urban (and OSU) is actually…

Urban (and OSU) is actually getting roasted on BTN right now....

Gerry came on and grilled Urban and OSU and now Nicole Auerbach from The All-American is on and she is absolutely roasting Urban and OSU calling all this a joke and embarassing.

Yeah, this is not going away for Urban nor OSU anytime soon....

 

08/17/2018 - 7:51am BLUUUUUUUUEEEEEE!!!!!!

BLUUUUUUUUEEEEEE!!!!!!

08/17/2018 - 7:51am My job is driving me nuts,…

My job is driving me nuts, but...

1)  I am taking my son to Central Michigan tomorrow, so Fall is fast approaching.  That only means one thing.....

2) College Football is almost here!!!!

Bang me for parenting my first child into college and bang me for the pending domination of Michigan over Purple Face and the Dommers...............

08/16/2018 - 11:16am The interesting scenario…

The interesting scenario that I see coming is that DJ will be let go because someone he hired error in judgement. Yet Meyer is most likely going to be reinstated because the guy he hired errored in judgement yet no one died. So only death can bring about termination?

 

FYI - My opinion is ALL of the should be terminated (DJ, Meyer, Smith, and the S&C coach). They exhibited poor judgement and character that endangers other people and at some point there needs to be a level accountability. 

08/15/2018 - 3:11pm In a Leadership Conference…

In a Leadership Conference this week and the Lead Speaker talked about Shackleton. Truly an amazing story.....

Ya know football is near when Oppenent Watch starts up!  Only 10 days til game week 16 Days till we smack ND around. 

08/12/2018 - 12:03pm Wisconsin does not (usually)…

Wisconsin does not (usually) play opening games on the road against ranked opponents.  Nor does it face a Top 5 Defense with a Top 5 DL in its first game either.......

ND recruits, but it still takes time, and the first night game scenario goes both ways.

 

 As Marc Spindler use to say, "This is the type of game where I sent the Limo Driver to the OL's house to make sure they showed up......"

 

08/12/2018 - 1:04am For me, this is the best…

For me, this is the best news yet......

JH running the offense is exactly what I want to hear.  His game plans work, he knows what he wants done on the field, he is able to breakdown opposing defenses.....

Now the team just needs to execute the game plans.....

08/09/2018 - 10:20pm you do realize that…

you do realize that restraining orders are served to the actual people?  It would kind of hard to not know that you have a restraining order.....

But certainly cherry pick the items your wife beating coach (and his Mommy) states as pure factual gold.....

08/09/2018 - 10:14pm Seriously....

1) It's Tina,…

Seriously....

1) It's Tina, not Lina.  If you are going to attempt to state a fact make sure you have it correct.

2) The writer repeatedly states that TINA and Courtney are estranged particularly over this topic.  It does not take a genius that TINA's take is pure SPECULATION.  Nothing of any factual substance.  Bottom line, a poorly done smear campaign

3) What kind of Basement Dwelling Living in your Parents House Pooping in Cooler actually comes to a rivals blog site to make a futile attempt to "defend" a wife beater?

08/06/2018 - 2:44pm Unless it is specifically…

Unless it is specifically written within a contract.  Which in Meyers case, it is.

Look, as OSU wants it, the longer this drags out the more muddle the story gets.

Urbs contact is pretty clear that he is obligated to report any such DV.

 

So of course the original news break is that Smith was arrested, now there is question on what is the real police report.  This is the wiggle room Meyer is searching for so that he can "move past this situation"; take his suspension and get back to coaching.

They are moving methodically to white wash this whole situation, but that won't change that Urban is a POS and as I noted early, has no morals, no ethics, and simply no character.

Its a sad statement on how some communities will sacrifice anything in the name of winning a football game.....

It will only make it sweeter when we beat them this year....