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09/18/2018 - 10:28pm Welcome, Mr. Hill! You've…

Welcome, Mr. Hill! You've made a great choice.

09/18/2018 - 10:25pm 1e had both multi-class and…

1e had both multi-class and dual-class characters. :)

09/18/2018 - 10:22pm Whoa, very cool about…

Whoa, very cool about Jarrett Irons. Did not know that.

And yeah, tons of sports guys go into ortho. Eric Heiden's an orthopedic surgeon now, and a very good one according to my neighbors and others around here.

Also, about the corruption: yep. In my opinion, with some experience on the basketball side of things, most people who aren't involved with it have almost no idea of the level of corruption. It's staggering - except that it's everywhere, so it's actually not at all staggering, it's just business as usual.

09/18/2018 - 10:14pm Kids finally asleep, wife…

Kids finally asleep, wife finally home from Yom Kippur/Kol Nidre services, heading downstairs to have that Diet Coke and Subway dinner that I haven't had a chance to get to yet.

But dammmmmmn is it going to taste good now.

09/18/2018 - 10:06pm Welcome, Mr. Hill! You have…

Welcome, Mr. Hill! You have made an excellent choice. 

09/18/2018 - 3:17pm Re: the last line. True.

Re: the last line. True.

But on the other hand, maybe if your team is more suited to being a wizard instead of a ninja, then you should be practicing wizard things instead of ninja things.

09/18/2018 - 3:01pm I agree that the athletes…

I agree that the athletes should be able to make money off their likenesses, capitalize on their fame with TV and radio shows, etc. I disagree that paying them wouldn't work; I think it would.

As far as the "how many teams are competitive right now" question: If by 'competitive' we mean has a greater than 20% chance of winning any particular game, then I can agree with the "40ish" number of competitive teams. But if we mean 'in the running for a national championship,' I'd say it's more like 10 or 15 preseason and 5 or 10 once the season starts.

09/18/2018 - 10:32am I mostly agree with your…

I mostly agree with your ranking, but I disagree with your final record prediction. I would rank them as follows and have us with a most likely final record of 8-4, second most likely final record of 9-3.

1. At OSU

2. At MSU

3. PSU

4. Wisconsin

5t. Nebraska

5t. Indiana

7. At Northwestern

8. Maryland

9. Rutgers 

09/18/2018 - 10:23am I completely agree about…

I completely agree about deleting this thread. 

Any thread about politics, religion, or a specific user should be deleted without question.

09/16/2018 - 11:04pm Damn good engineering school.

Damn good engineering school.

09/16/2018 - 9:28pm I actually do root for the…

I actually do root for the B1G as long as we're stuck here just for strength of schedule etc. reasons.

But philosophically, I agree. Fuck 'em. Let's start our own athletic association and our own conference where we pay the players, or at least let them sell their likenesses, autographs, and so forth. Leave out the dregs of the Big Ten (that's most of it) and form a group of the leaders and best.

1. Michigan

2. Notre Dame

3. Wisconsin

4. Vanderbilt

5. Northwestern

6. Cal

7. Texas

8. Virginia

9. Georgia Tech

10. Stanford

11. Illinois first off the bench.

09/16/2018 - 9:18pm Something about this thread…

Something about this thread is making me think of all the people who were saying yesterday in another thread that going 8-4 year-in, year-out was easy.

09/16/2018 - 3:29pm Yep. Good point TIMMMAAY.

Yep. Good point TIMMMAAY.

09/15/2018 - 10:00pm Agreed. There's a reason the…

Agreed. There's a reason the crystal ball count is what it is. 

It would take a miracle.

09/15/2018 - 9:58pm It absolutely is a tall task…

It absolutely is a tall task. Ask Rich Rodriguez. Or look what's going on at Florida State. Or Florida. Or Texas. Or Tennessee. Hell, look at Alabama before Saban got there. Complete foolishness to think that it's easy to go 8-4 at any school in Division I.

09/15/2018 - 9:25pm A. It's possible that going…

A. It's possible that going 8-4 consistently without playing dirty does, in fact, make him one of the top coaches in the country.

Remember the NCAA has, at the behest of the SEC and others, gone out of its way to sabotage his satellite camps, etc. He's battling uphill here - and not just against the other teams.

B. What else would you rather have the university spend its money on? I might say the physics department, others would say the dental school, etc. It seems more than likely that the football program is a single unifying element that people love. It's about school spirit, too.

C. Very significant chance, in my opinion, that if you pay someone else say 50% of Harbaugh's salary, you end up with a much worse football program. Not worth it to me subjectively. And it may not be worth it objectively either given the revenue losses that may follow.

09/15/2018 - 8:59pm The schedule is shaping up?…

The schedule is shaping up? Uh...

Seems to me any reasonable person would give OSU by far the greatest chance of winning the division and the conference. 

That's the shape that I see.

Same shape as it has been, really. No surprises here.

09/15/2018 - 8:55pm Maybe this could be its own…

Maybe this could be its own thread but I'll put it here.

As disappointing as this is in Harbaugh year 4, we should not fire him. The truth is that a) unless you want to get real dirty, you're playing at a disadvantage in the NCAA, and b) he's still pretty good. 8-4 with the occasional lucky 11-1 is way, way better than it could be.

Thanks to the NCAA's abdication of its enforcement duties, in my opinion, college football has separated into two groups: the super-elite who pay their players six figures and get away with it, and everyone else. We're not in the first group. We don't want to be in the first group. So until we break away and start our own conference and athletic association - which we should do - this is where we are. Got to appreciate the sport for what it is instead of expecting to compete with the Untouchables, in my opinion.

09/15/2018 - 8:46pm I kind of feel like they do,…

I kind of feel like they do, though.

09/15/2018 - 7:27pm This is about as negative as…

This is about as negative as I've seen you be... and I agree. I expected more out of the offense.

Although with Wisconsin losing, maybe our schedule isn't quite as tough as we thought. So maybe 9-3?

09/15/2018 - 7:25pm Seriously though, nutrition …

Seriously though, nutrition (at the least) should be looked at in the wake of this. Maybe it's luck, but it's very possible that there's something that can be done.

09/14/2018 - 8:55pm Proud to call him a fellow…

Proud to call him a fellow alum - or soon-to-be alum. It's great to be a Michigan Wolverine.

09/14/2018 - 8:53pm Big fan of Kal-il, aka…

Big fan of Kal-il, aka SuperBran. Love his work ethic and character in addition to his game. Can't wait.

09/12/2018 - 8:24pm Obviously choice 1.

But I…

Obviously choice 1.

But I thought the question was going to be something like:

1. 22 personnel, ALL THE FULLBACKS, goal-line from our own 30-style offense vs.

2. Spread/RPO/fancy stuff that will make Pat Fitzgerald apoplectic.

Then I would vote 2. #1 hasn't worked for us. You kind of need tackles for that.

09/12/2018 - 8:18pm I agree, plug away. The more…

I agree, plug away. The more the better.

09/12/2018 - 7:36pm I think it's pretty obvious…

I think it's pretty obvious. I believe he's even said as much. Not saying that's a bad thing, either. Just that it's clearly going on.

I also think it's obvious that Sam Webb and others only say what the program wants them to say. Which only makes sense; why bite the hand that feeds you insider information?

 

09/12/2018 - 3:34pm Yeah. I mean, in this case,…

Yeah. I mean, in this case, the play is so egregiously bad that I think it's ok for the coaches to acknowledge it. I'd actually be kind of pissed if they didn't. Respect for Warinner: incremented.

09/12/2018 - 3:31pm I don't know how anyone can…

I don't know how anyone can be a fan of these places. If Michigan did this, I wouldn't be a fan anymore. No questions. Just done. I'd probably root for Syracuse or my wife's school or something. These people who are somehow still out there supporting these athletic departments... I don't know, man. I just don't know.

09/10/2018 - 7:06pm I think you have a…

I think you have a significant chance of being right. I sure hope that you are! I would love to see Shea, DPJ, Nico, Oliver, et al. lighting up the scoreboard there. 

09/10/2018 - 7:03pm While I have a strong…

While I have a strong opinion on this, I don't think this topic belongs on this board. Mods, if you're listening, please keep contentious subject matter off the board.

09/10/2018 - 5:46pm Shred the gnar, my friend.

Shred the gnar, my friend.

09/10/2018 - 3:11pm Welcome, Giles! You have…

Welcome, Giles! You have made a great choice!

09/10/2018 - 3:03pm I put the number higher than…

I put the number higher than 0, but I still think our win percentage @MSU is significantly less than 50%. If Hudson and Mayfield start SMU and are showing us lights out work all the way up to MSU, then Ill start to believe. But as it is, unfortunately I'm more to Bambi's side than not. I don't see us favored in that game.

I will say that the 21 points vs. ND in the first half is a bit misleading because of that semi-Hail Mary TD - I think there was some luck in that - and missing Metellus, etc. Second half seems more indicative, even though ND played more conservatively.

09/10/2018 - 2:58pm Exactly. When MSU struggled…

Exactly. When MSU struggled against Wofford or whoever it was a few years ago, I thought they were done. Too many times they look terrible early season, then play great against us. Sometimes they look terrible against everyone else but great against only us. The hate is strong in them.

09/10/2018 - 12:41pm Agree re: MSU. It will be a…

Agree re: MSU. It will be a war. I still lean to MSU, but I hope I'm wrong.

Honestly it's still looking like MSU, Wisconsin, OSU lean toward a loss, in my opinion. MSU might be the easiest of those three, although at least we get Wisconsin in Ann Arbor. You can say that to shut down Wisconsin all you have to do is shut down Taylor, but really what you need to do is shut down that offensive line. With our D-line injuries... we'll see. We could win, and I hope we do.

09/10/2018 - 12:25pm That guy that every team…

That guy that every team seems to have except for Harbaugh's Michigan... I thought that was a tackle?

 

(too soon?)

09/09/2018 - 10:41am And 2018 Nebraska doesn't…

And 2018 Nebraska doesn't have a W to compare to 2017 Maryland's win at Texas - if I am remembering correctly.

09/09/2018 - 10:30am I didn't stay up to watch…

I didn't stay up to watch. How good is N'Keal Harry? Was it a case of him just tearing up the D, or is the D just that bad? Some of both, I'm sure. 

09/09/2018 - 10:28am I agree about the pass…

I agree about the pass blocking. That's why I predicted a rough season (rough by our standards/hopes). See nothing that has changed, and it will cripple us again, unfortunately. In today's football, pass blocking is more important than run blocking.

08/31/2018 - 11:56pm I will be rooting for the…

I will be rooting for the spatio-temporal anomaly.

May this be the season that we are all co-soarers with THE_KNOWLEDGE.

08/30/2018 - 4:36pm At least there is one guy…

At least there is one guy with integrity at OSU.

Oh wait no, he just quit in disgust.

08/30/2018 - 4:33pm Get well soon, Shaun.

Get well soon, Shaun.

08/29/2018 - 5:19pm I agree. IF our OL comes…

I agree. IF our OL comes together and is anywhere better than average, and IF Shea is as advertised, it's going to be far worse for ND than their Georgia game last year. 

08/29/2018 - 2:00pm Aaaand my season…

Aaaand my season expectations are back down to (a sad, mopey) Earth again.

08/28/2018 - 10:26pm If it does rain, that tends…

If it does rain, that tends to equalize things. Since I unfortunately, sadly, painfully predict an ND win, that means the rain helps us by equalizing things.

But I'd say there are points in each team's favor.

1) Rain, especially a lightning delay, may take their crowd out of it. That'd be huge for us.

2) Rain favors a running game. If Williams is back and Wimbush is better at running anyway, taking away the passing game could hurt their offense less than it hurts ours. On the other hand, we all saw our passing game last year, so... who knows.

3) Rain makes the kicking game harder, kicks are more likely to suck, and coaches are more likely to avoid kicking. Since our kicking game is our biggest concern according to umbig11, weather essentially eliminating the kicking game helps us more. Or it makes us much more likely to make more mistakes. Either way, I guess, but I'm inclined to think it helps us by eliminating their advantage.

4) Rain equalizes, making their offense closer to our defense. The disparity between those two units is probably the best thing we have going for us, so diminishing it hurts us.

 

08/28/2018 - 10:15pm I think there's a good…

I think there's a good argument to be made for almost never punting.

08/28/2018 - 10:17am I had a colleague named Dick…

I had a colleague named Dick Cummings. He went by Dick, not Richard. 

08/28/2018 - 10:09am No problem. :) Just stay out…

No problem. :) Just stay out of 31 Flavors and you'll be fine.

08/28/2018 - 9:58am I think you (OP) covered it…

I think you (OP) covered it in the "outside of the obvious" parenthetical comment of your post. If those three things happen, we're in great shape. Although we still may lose a couple thanks to our brutal schedule.

After that, for improvement over last year, I guess the punting game, punts and returns.

Oh, and a huge one for improvement over last year: recruiting.

08/27/2018 - 10:35pm Re: McElwain, as a coach, I…

Re: McElwain, as a coach, I agree. It kills me when I see guys standing around in practice. At this level, it should never happen. Granted, I've never seen big-time D1 football teams practice (that is, a normal non-public practice), but when big-time D1 basketball teams practice they never waste an instant. The good ones look like clockwork (except Steve Fisher's practices, actually...).