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11/29/2015 - 11:37am worst:

fans leaving allowing the stadium to be taken over by osu. heading the O H I O change on TV was very disappointing.

10/14/2015 - 6:01pm Markus Rush

I thought he was one of the best DEs that MSU put on the feild recently played pretty disciplined and didn't see any dirty play from him. 

10/14/2015 - 5:57pm I loved Respert

When I was a kid my family would go to all of the MSU basketball games and I loved Respert. 

02/25/2015 - 2:04pm crazy

the fact that they have not even written a song is the only thing that really bugs me about this. Music should start a music campaign and then be marketed because it is good, and people enjoy it. Starting with marketing a product that doesn't even exist is really stupid. it doesn't take funding to write a song. maybe to produce one but not wrote one.

02/23/2015 - 10:31am very much this

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01/09/2015 - 12:11pm Disagree

I think their bowl record over the last few years is pretty impressive. they managed to beat Stanford and Baylor as underdogs. yeah they were close game but the won. I don't think you should ignore the wins by saying the other team sucked in the second half.

09/23/2014 - 9:10pm Gibbons - 10

Gibbons - 10

03/17/2013 - 8:09pm oops

this was supposed to be in reply to ISMELLSEXY's post

03/17/2013 - 8:08pm This makes my eyes water.

This makes my eyes water.

03/06/2013 - 8:10pm haha me too!

haha me too.  I found myself smiling and then being a bit embarassed when my fiance asked what i was smiling about.

02/08/2013 - 7:39pm he didn't recieve an offer from OSU but that wasn't really

he didn't recieve an offer from OSU but that wasn't really the point.  I am not condoning what he said or that it is the right thing to do.  I am not even saying that everyone from Michigan should like the kid or even not be upset by his comments.  My only problem has been the increasing trend for fans to publicly insult, berate, or otherwise make comments on twitter that aren't necessary or warrented. 

I still care about michigan-manness (i like that term) but even if someone doesn't live up to my expectations, or hopes it is not my place to scold him.  He has coaches and parents and if something is severe enough even cops.

02/08/2013 - 5:45pm Great to hear and not just because of football

Great to hear that he is doing well and not just because of football.  Traumatic injuries and the resultant sugery like what he went though can have increadible impacts on a person's life.  Hope he recovers and gets back to 100% and never has any complications down the road.

02/08/2013 - 5:36pm Are you serious?

I honestly can't tell if you are serious or being sarcastic. 

I hope you are being sarcastic a high school kid shouldn't have to defend an innocuous statement such as "I like Ohio" even once let alone twice.  Especially when that kid is already committed to Michigan.

02/08/2013 - 5:32pm Social Media has been getting way too carried away this year

Before this year i naively thought that our fanbase was above the juvenille responses that we mocked so vigerously when they were coming from ohio fans and were directed at Kalis. 

Unfortunately I have been embarassed by some of the crazies in our fanbase and by sportsfans in general this year.  Between the backlash from this and even worse what was directed at Dawson after his decomitment I really have come to hate twitter.

He should absolutely not have needed to respond or apologize for saying that he liked ohio.  Obviously even if he meant OSU he still likes Michigan better considering he committed here.  My god people need to get some perspective on life and stop this crazyness.   

02/07/2013 - 11:25am A lot of NFL teams use both

A lot of NFL teams use both man and zone blocking schemes.  In an ideal world you would utilize both concepts depending on situation, goal, defense, ect.  Unfortunately, in college it is difficult because you only have players for a limited time and OL is a very complex position to learn.

02/07/2013 - 11:11am Didn't know that Borges used it before...

Didn't know Borges used the pistol at SDSU, but then again I don't really know much about any of what Borges used before here other than what I have heard second hand. 

I know you don't need a running QB to utilize the pistol offense the benifit is really in the balance between the pass and the run.  The RB is able to start moving downhill a little before getting the ball in the power game and doesn't tip strength to one side.  At the same time the QB gains some of the benifits of the shotgun in that drops are less and they have improved vision of the feild compared to under center.  I think it's this combination that intrigues me, hopefully we can effectively use that balance to greatly improve our play action passing game.

 

02/07/2013 - 10:32am last year Borges was still trying to learn

last year Borges was still trying to learn how to run a spread offense, and how to utilize Denard effectively.  It would be a bit much to incorporate even more new offensive strategies/formations/plays.  There is only so much that you can implement as a coordinator and teach to the players in a given time.  I imagine the focus of the offense will be shifting towards something Borges is more comfortable running and that allows him to add some different things to his playbook this year. 

It would have been a lot to ask of him to learn two new systems in a year.  It is not going to be suddenly finding the light but I think Borges will gradually incorporate new things. 

02/07/2013 - 10:25am Always though the pistol offense was kinda cool

It would be interesting to see some pistol formations mixed into the offense.  I know how much Borges loves to mix up formations.  I am thinking some pistol double stacks.

02/06/2013 - 9:44am signing day feels like christmas

if after you opened all of your presents you had to wait until spring to play with them.  I can't wait to see these kids develop and to watch them start playing some football, even if it is just springball.

01/27/2013 - 5:08pm Easy for me it's stonum

He was so promising early and we never really got to see what he could have been.

01/09/2013 - 9:03pm he also looks like an angry leprechaun

he also looks like an angry leprechaun 

01/08/2013 - 8:04am Early season losses cause bigger swings

Early season losses cause bigger swings in the rankings. We played them first game of the year so of course we fell farther. At the end of the day ND is still a one loss team.

12/07/2012 - 10:51am My mistake

My mistake don't know what I was thinking. None the less it is a very rare and impressive feat

12/07/2012 - 5:22am Number 1 overall in the draft

It is tough to compare to Jake Long as he still stands as the only offensive lineman in history to go number 1 overall in the draft.  I am not sure that Lewan can live up to that, but then again who can?  I will say that Lewan is one of the best offensive lineman we have ever had and that is a very presitgious group of people coming from Michigan.  He is now the second person in a row to wear 77 and earn first team all American honors.

11/30/2012 - 2:24pm I hope not

I wish less people would change their jersey numbers

11/30/2012 - 2:22pm i could watch this all day

I could watch this all day

11/30/2012 - 2:17pm You may be gettin a bit ahead of yourself

I think you may be getting a little bit ahead of yourself.  I agree the potential for the future looks especially bright, but I don't know that recruiting rankings are enough for us to go calling for a national champion contender.

11/27/2012 - 11:49am Pursuing might be a bit strong

From what I saw there is that the Michigan coaches are in cotact with him and the only way we even know that is because the kids inserted Michigan in a list of schools that he is talking to off of the top of his head.  To me this is similar to freaking out with speculations based off of tweets from high school recruits.

11/27/2012 - 8:41am Beating Northwestern that way is the natural way of things

For some reason comback wins against northwestern are just feel like they are supposed to happen.

11/27/2012 - 6:41am He didnt seem worried last year

When Alabama didn't win their division and still was able to go to the BCS National Championship

11/26/2012 - 7:49pm Extremely touching writing

I really appreciate you posting this diary.  I think it is important to realize there is more to life than sports and to keep in mind that all of our actions, even those that seem trivial at the time can have profound impacts.

11/25/2012 - 11:37pm That is terrifying

That is terrifying.  Texas A&M is not a team I would want to see us play right about now.  I am not sure our "number 1 pass defense" would hold up.

11/25/2012 - 11:33pm Agreed

The biggest difference from last year is definitely Molk.  However, I really think that it is not his blocking that we are missing most but rather his recognition and communication skills.  Communication and intelligence are two of the most important aspects of OL play.  With Molk gone there really isn't anyone on the interior who provides that kind of leadership.

11/25/2012 - 11:27pm True there was concers

but on the other hand we also have several returning starters including an estimated first round draft pick in Lewan at LT.  In addition to that we have a 4 year veteran in Omameh, Scholfield who preformed at a fairly high level at LG last year and looks the part of a tackle and Barnum who was started several games throughout his time here at Michigan despite constant nagging injuries.  Our Lack of experience concerned me at the begining of the year but honestly I was more worried about our depth and not the ability of our starters.  I was only really worried about center and the absense of Molk initially. 

Question marks asside many people projected our OL to be one of our strengths before the beginning of the season, including a great many people on this blog.  Although I was not quite so optomistic the point I was trying to make is that the potential was there.  I am of the opinion that the potential seen at the beginning of the season never really went away but rather this unit has continiously had trouble with the mental aspect of OL play.

11/25/2012 - 8:45pm I am not sure this is completely correct

I agree that people may be over reacting about O-Line coaching, but OL was supposed to be one of our strengths this year.  I think our line does have talent besides Lewan, what has been missing is not the ability to block people once engaged.  While OSU's DL is very good and probably the best we have seen all year blocking has been a consistant problem.  I think that the key problem facing this unit is lack of leadership and experience.  Molk was an invaluable part of our offense in his role at center.  Not only was he an exceptional blocker but more importantly he was extremely intellegent and was good at recognizing pressure and communicating blocking assignments.  This year the problem has been the OL knowing who to block.  The most common problems have been strait up misses by the OL.  Center is one of the most difficult positions to replace because if its demands regarding communication and blocking calls.  We will see how our line comes together in the next few years, much of how that turns out will be on coach Funk.

11/25/2012 - 4:44pm you keep using that word...

11/24/2012 - 9:23pm For sure, I want a gif of it

For sure, I want a gif of that hit and if it is possible I want to put that gif as my desktop wallpaper so that I can watch it 100x a day.

11/22/2012 - 1:39pm Agreed

I am a Lions fan and I hate watching Suh.  Too much dirty play, it's terrible.

11/19/2012 - 5:54pm Based on what?

Do you know the guy personally? How do you know that he only cares about himself. Seems a but premature to state that. Why don't we just reserve judgment until later. Oh yeah and maybe pay less attention to the kids twitter.

11/18/2012 - 1:00pm Man I hope I get fired like that someday

Man I hope I get fired like that someday. You suck, here's 5 million bucks.

11/17/2012 - 11:40am That could also explain the NW game

He had a worse than usual performance I wonder if that may have also been injury related.  An injury could explain the unusually high PT for Ross that game and some of Morgan's performance.  

Hope he rests up and comes back healthy for OSU.  I am really excited for our LB core over the next few years.  Doesn't seem like Morgan is only a sophmore.

11/17/2012 - 10:42am I agree

Great content it is awesome to have a meteorologists pissing on mgoblog keep it up!

11/15/2012 - 12:57pm I agree with Hoke

People know how much Denard has meant to this program.  He has been an outstanding person and teammate while remaining dedicated to Michigan.  The last three years have shown that to be true over and over.  I don't really think he needs a "symbolic play" for people to remember him or for his career to be meaningful.  Don't get me wrong, I would love nothing more than to see him trot out onto that feild healthy and lead his team to victory over Iowa, but that being said I would not want to jeprodize his health or risk any adverse consequenses of sending him in to a game if he is not in fact fit to play.  Nerve injuries are difficult things to judge and if he doesn't take it easy until it is fully healed it could have long lasting reprocussions.  I love denard too much to have him lose it all on a symbolic but ultimately meaningless gesture.

11/15/2012 - 12:40pm Agree. I think it really depends on the system and coaches

"Maximizing reps" is inherently a good thing.  I would assume that every coach would want to maximize the number of quality reps their atheletes are able to take.  That being said the way each coach does this will be influence by a huge number of things such as: offensive and defensive system, coaching philosiphy, team experience, and pripary practice goals. 

In the case of Kelly his practice style makes sense.  He runs a no huddle offense that is predicated on speed, and tempo.  Running practice with loud music, at high pace, with little verbal communication is a good idea.  He is managing to acheive high number of reps as well as physically condition his players and make no huddle communication effective.  Clearly this system works for him.  It may be helpful that Kelly's offense is not extremely complex.

On the other hand, coach Hoke has a different phylosophy.  He instead focuses on physicality and fundementals.  To this end he runs a slower paced practice with hard hitting drills and teaches technique often.  He is still "maximizing reps" but in a different way.  I think that Hoke and co. have been quite succesful as well.

 

11/15/2012 - 12:24pm This

Kovacs this year is the guy who I would really like to see coach someday.  I am not sure that he has a future in the NFL due to his athleticism.  What has made him such a great player has been his ability to play extremely smart and maximize his potential.

Last year I would have loved to see RVB stay on as a grad assistant for similar reasons.  He was also very football smart and I think he would have made a great DL coach in the future.  Heck, Mattison even let RVB call stunts on the line; one such call was apparently the reason for the Purdue sack last year.

11/15/2012 - 12:18pm It is interesting to see his season totals for 2011

I think a lot of people have the impression that Denard took a step back in 2011 compared to 2010 due to the transition from RRs offense to Borges's but his totals for both running and passing are higher.  Although in 2010 Tate probably accounts for the difference between the two years as he was subbed in frequently.

11/12/2012 - 5:13pm I wonder if this guy posed for Worthy

I wonder if this guy posed, standing on a golpher in a Mizzu helmate for Worthy's tattoo

11/12/2012 - 5:07pm This

I thought it was a little odd and somewhat anoying but then I moved on.  It is not a big deal and it had literally no impact on the game whatsoever, for better or worse.

11/12/2012 - 9:41am Nope, but I have never left a game early

Nope, but then again I have never left a game early.  I always feel like I owe it to the players to stick it out with them, fan support can have a huge impact in a close game at the end.  In fact I think people leaving early from MSU when they were playing Nebraska was played a role in them losing that game.

When watching on TV though I have probably shut off a game early, although I can't remember any specific game that I regretted.  I almost turned stopped watching the ND game last year and I am SO glad that I stuck it out.

11/12/2012 - 9:36am It almost looks like Hoke is going to punch him

The intensity on Hoke's face makes it almost look like Hoke is going to punch the cop.