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01/23/2019 - 8:39pm This is a huge issue that I…

This is a huge issue that I've come to realize is central to college ball--confident teams ring it up. Unconfident teams wait that nanosecond and pass it away or put up clunkers. I'll bet they get their mojo back, but the poster above is also right--the pecking order has continued to shift all season long, and that may be hindering everyone just a bit now. 

01/23/2019 - 7:04pm Brad wants you to know that…

Brad wants you to know that you've broken his noogies with your meanness and a foul will be assessed against Michigan at the opening of their game on the ninth. 

01/23/2019 - 11:03am Michigan fans are such a…

Michigan fans are such a bunch of emotional yoyos. There, I fixed it for ya.

01/23/2019 - 1:08am No, some players are still…

No, some players are still doing this 'my family and my future are more important than this bowl game' crap. And while some fans may not like it--while this fan may personally regret it--it is what it is. Sitting around complaining about it on message boards won't move the dial even a little. 

01/20/2019 - 11:04pm I'd second that. Would be…

I'd second that. Would be nice if the other sports got more play here.

01/20/2019 - 5:53pm Well, they'll always have a…

Well, they'll always have a couple of football and basketball wins; hope they were worth it. The harder road would have been the slow, patient work of building up the university attached to the sports factory, but hey. . .

01/20/2019 - 3:17pm Do you think this is legally…

Do you think this is legally crooked, or just good old fashioned crooked people crooked? I'm interested in the fact that Perles continues to have his name attached to the plaza or whatever it is.

Also glad that the Free finally appears to have got one right--that is, found something of real note to investigate and uncovered the story. Sometimes the sense of proportion over there has been sorely lacking.  

01/20/2019 - 7:49am This is one of the most…

This is one of the most blithely ignorant posts I have seen on mgoblog, and that is saying something.

01/18/2019 - 6:55pm If I'm his editor I remove…

If I'm his editor I remove every third 'bro,' but otherwise I love it.

01/17/2019 - 7:47pm Would there be any parallels…

EDIT: Thought better of a political comment regarding Fox. 

SECOND EDIT: Unless I'm missing something, this place has finally reached the cranky asshole saturation level and the collective IQ has dropped another ten points. Oh well, we did have us some times.

01/17/2019 - 5:44pm Oh, I'd imagine there's…

Oh, I'd imagine there's enough sh*t to go around at his last whistle stop. 

This old New Yorker piece, which tries to figure out what makes the guy tick, is worth a (re)read. It notes that when Saban left MSU LSU sent a plane to bring his assistants back to Baton Rouge; none of them wanted to follow Saban. 

"College football is understood to hinge on the personality of the head coach, who must charm older (mostly white) men into trusting him with their millions, younger (often black) men into trusting him with their bodies, and sideline reporters of all kinds into trusting him with their airtime. And yet success in this field has accrued to a man with the public image of Satan’s dentist."

https://www.newyorker.com/news/benjamin-wallace-wells/nick-saban-college-footballs-uncharismatic-conservative

01/17/2019 - 11:15am Great post; makes me feel…

Great post; makes me feel better about everyone concerned. I appreciate that she gets it. I also think that if they had been willing to fight for Faehn--starting with preparing the ground for the hire by taking pains to make clear that Faehn had done nothing wrong--that would have been their right. The fact that some key people among the victims were not cool with the hire suggests, at the very least, there was some serious grey area there. 

I don't agree that Faehn was some kind of sacrificial victim to a PC lynch mob (etcetera) as some are alleging--the actual victims are the victims, and needed to take precedence. But I do think that to the degree she was placed in an unfortunate position, the people who hired her were the ones in error, especially given the predictability of the response. 

Makes me feel much better about Warde that his initial instincts ran against it. 

01/17/2019 - 11:08am I said "slightly." I just…

I said "slightly." I just have never really felt his presence much. And--maybe I am a little different than some people--I do not want my AD to be a lap dog for the high paid coaches. Hackett got it very right. 

01/17/2019 - 8:27am OSU was egregious, and…

OSU was egregious, and needed addressing. The handling of the Faehn thing was a debacle, but he apologized right away, and I admire that. The rest looks pretty positive to me. I'd give him a B, but look to see a slightly higher profile from him.

01/16/2019 - 7:58pm Coaching for the UM instead…

Coaching for the UM instead of ASU should send him rocketing up the charts.

01/16/2019 - 7:51pm Rats. Needed to be thrown. 

Rats. Needed to be thrown. 

01/16/2019 - 7:50pm Teske is so valuable on both…

Teske is so valuable on both ends that I might be inclined to give him a bit of an edge. Don't know quite how to factor it, but because of fouls M may be slightly more likely to lose him for part of a game than Simpson too so that--though it's a slightly different proposition--I'd say that M is more vulnerable without him. OTOH, Livers can replace Teske under some conditions whereas we've seen a bit of fall off when Brooks replaces Simpson lately. Would love to see Brooks get some of this mojo back, and soon. 

01/16/2019 - 7:47pm That's pretty cool. 

That's pretty cool. 

01/16/2019 - 3:59pm This is one line of thought…

This is one line of thought that I have seen out there, but I'm not convinced. First, I'm not sure the pissed-off people are persuaded. And second, the damage to MSU's prestige, already vast, is now enormous. Especially with various news sources editorializing that he has not fixed the internal problems. They've got a couple more personnel embroiled in sex controversies in recent weeks.

I do think that he probably helped save Izzo and Dantonio's jobs, though.

01/16/2019 - 3:41pm You may or may not care to…

You may or may not care to offer it, but would kill for your assessment of Shea's likely ability to make this happen next year or even--if appropriate--whether McCaffrey does indeed have any greater implicit ability to make those short passes (C by their A, for sure) happen. Could be wrong--Shea had a lot on his plate--but it does seem a bit of an indictment (or something we have heard from other critics) that he does not analyze so well or get to his second or third reads.

If I'm reading correctly there is also at least an implicit acceptance of one element of the general criticism: that the offense was indeed a run-first operation. 

At any rate, it seems likely that the offense is more fun, and more successful, next year. 

01/16/2019 - 3:34pm If I'm reading you correctly…

If I'm reading you correctly, then, Shea most definitely did NOT yet have command of Harbaugh's offense this year. Was it your sense that he was growing in his mastery or struggling?  

01/16/2019 - 3:32pm Yes. Just to piggyback here:…

Yes. Just to piggyback here: I think this is one of the most constructive things anyone could have brought to this board. Have always appreciated your posts, Coyote.

01/16/2019 - 2:49pm In-game or halftime analysis…

In-game or halftime analysis from Brian et al during big games. I would definitely fire up the net to see what they had to say at halftime of a UM-OSU or UM-MSU game. . . 

01/16/2019 - 12:52pm And a lot of them seem to…

And a lot of them seem to think Engler was telling the truth about the victims and their desire for the spotlight, just that he shouldn't have said it. It may be hard to accept for MSU backers that some women have been empowered by having spoken up; the whole affair has to be a painful pill to swallow. 

01/16/2019 - 11:44am I firmly believe that when…

I firmly believe that when all is said and done competing with the UM--envy and hatred of the arrogant intellectuals down the road--will be seen as the driver of this entire fiasco. They couldn't compete in the classroom, but they thought they could do it on the playing field. And let's be honest, they succeeded for a time. The university's women--and ultimately the university--will be paying a miserable price. 

Under Engler--yes--they have settled some legal issues. But I doubt many faculty or students think the university itself has gained. At least making it look like MSU was facing the truth honorably, making changes, trying to do right by the victims. . . these were the crucial considerations. 

Politics or no politics, it is my understanding that one interest group in the legislature threatened the university with lost funding if it didn't hire Engler. If so, they too should pay the price. 

01/16/2019 - 10:43am Didn't even know that jar…

Didn't even know that jar gravy was a thing. If you're making the meat you've got the gravy. 

01/16/2019 - 7:49am NE is New England. NB is…

NE is New England. NB is Nebraska. Don't know if joking.

01/16/2019 - 7:46am Would love it if we got…

Would love it if we got someone from Pago Pago on staff.

01/16/2019 - 7:39am This one is likely to become…

This one is likely to become sticky. Cooler heads will probably want to wait and see what really was going on a Georgia, especially on the baseball team, and whether the kid has a real case. You're right that a finding for Fields would not cast a kind light on Georgia.

01/16/2019 - 7:24am There certainly aren't…

There certainly aren't enough for the NCAA. 

01/15/2019 - 7:34pm That was a new one for me. 

That was a new one for me. 

01/15/2019 - 6:54pm But. . . the fact that the…

But. . . the fact that the people of the great state of Michigan elected this guy twice? Terrifying. You don't have to be that intelligent to have some idea a comment like that is going to bring widespread condemnation. 

01/15/2019 - 6:06pm Anyone got any ideas how to…

Anyone got any ideas how to bring our disgust to bear in the most powerful way possible against this dinosaur? 

His email address: 

 [email protected]

Phone: (517) 355-6560
Fax: (517) 355-4670

01/15/2019 - 5:27pm All the twelve-year olds are…

All the twelve-year olds are dying with laughter. Honestly, when did this place become so full of insufferable snoozeheads?

01/15/2019 - 3:02pm Because you're brilliant and…

Because you're brilliant and other people are just really, really slow. And pointing up your brilliance on message boards gives you a chubby. :)

The reason it was a problem for me is because there's an icon on the right that says "Source" that looks like it should be what one uses to link. 

Thanks, however, for your enlightening observation. 

01/15/2019 - 2:22pm This has become pretty…

This has become pretty cliche'd, too. 

01/15/2019 - 2:21pm True, but also--by now--a…

True, but also--by now--a complete cliche. And the guy behind often does emerge, especially among the brightest coaches and at the most successful programs.

01/15/2019 - 2:18pm You don't get brownie points…

You don't get brownie points for repeating cliches. In fact, your own intelligence becomes suspect. . . 

01/15/2019 - 2:05pm My guess is it's Patterson's…

My guess is it's Patterson's job to lose. But I liked what I saw from McCaffrey. Not the most vaunted source, for sure, but I did think it ran against the general assumption here that Shea was going to be at the helm.

01/15/2019 - 2:02pm I placed the link in the…

I placed the link in the source quotes; dunno why it has not appeared. . . trying again here 

https://www.theoaklandpress.com/sports/pat-caputo---shea-patterson-or-dylan-mccaffrey-it/article_e8ad76f2-181b-11e9-b891-63b928c60875.html

01/15/2019 - 1:21pm Fair comment, and good…

Fair comment, and good context. It's when you pass and what pass plays you call, though, as you know much better than I, BB. I think that moving toward something like what AL developed is very much in keeping with what Harbaugh and Warriner were getting toward anyway--Jimmy is not just riffing.  

Again, it should all be very much in Shea's wheelhouse. . .

01/15/2019 - 11:57am Great insight about Simpson…

Great insight about Simpson's four yearnessness, anticipated continuity. 

With Harbaugh I feel that fans' biggest demand (or one of the big two)--for more dynamism on offense--is likely being met; it's hard not to be optimistic. I don't read the Gattis comment on running quite so cynically as Brian--I think Gattis is referencing what 'Bama had, the ability to run through people this year as well as throw the ball.

We've got some nice backs in the pipeline, so eventually the offense should be able to have its cake and eat it. But the fact that the backs will need to develop (like the young guys on defense) may secretly help Gattis: Harbs will have no choice but let him orchestrate that passing game early on.

Now we're waiting for some hints that Don Brown is going to develop a few zone concepts. Brilliant guy who no doubt sees the handwriting and (surprise!) wants to succeed--I am not losing sleep. 

EDIT: Gattis steps into a situation that is likely to yield success, too, especially since Shane has so much of the playbook under him, familiarity with his receivers. Tailor-made for a big step forward.

01/15/2019 - 11:10am This could mean he knew he…

This could mean he knew he had a pretty good thing in Gattis. 

01/15/2019 - 11:09am Yeah, is he pretty religious…

Yeah, is he pretty religious? I did not know that. I do think that he also faces severe budgetary constraints, especially in the present climate at MSU. Now is really an opportunity for Michigan to put some distance between the two programs.

01/15/2019 - 11:07am Things are looking up. I…

Things are looking up; Gattis is a solid citizen. There may be some hiccups--nothing in this world is guaranteed, but these are clearly promising developments. 

01/14/2019 - 9:25pm who laid, what, 95 points on…

who laid, what, 95 points on them

01/14/2019 - 8:07pm Which as we all know is in…

Which as we all know is in fact the complaint of the common man against the general unfairness of existence. Or at least of the myth of meritocracy. 

01/14/2019 - 8:02pm Just a common garden variety…

Just a common garden variety teleporter joke. But to rehabilitate my street cred I'm linking this article about German scientists and work they're doing on a real transporter unit.

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/jan/23/german-scientists-teleporter-transporter-3d-printing-star-trek

Apparently, they've got dematerialization pretty much down but are stuck there. (Somewhere out there a lot of pigs and goats are floating through the ether; the govt has placed a moratorium on further experiment until they find them). 

Just theorizing, but I'll bet it has something to do with leftover salts. Maybe they need to use deionized water. 

01/14/2019 - 7:09pm I hope he has realized by…

I hope he has realized by now that his title bends the laws of space and time.

01/14/2019 - 6:51pm Am I the only one who's…

Am I the only one who's getting hints of black cherry and a noticeable waft of Star Trek every time I see the phrase 'transfer portal'? At least they'll be able to move around quickly to check out other schools.