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10/12/2014 - 8:28pm Our players are rattled by their own fans ... not opponents

This is Michigan... Where your Coach doesn't want you to limp in a game versus OSU but does expect you to be so thin-skinned as to be rattled by your own fans...


This is Michigan.. Where fans' anger was manipulated by media and Brandon to be actually directed at players... Who have "feelings"


This is Michigan... Where ex-players have to pump up current players because of feelings... Not a pump up to play MSU or OSU.. but simply to get through feelings....


This is Michigan... Where our players must have 100k+ fans in the stands at kick-off... because... feelings...


This is Michigan.. we have feelings ... and boo-boos....

10/12/2014 - 7:46pm Indeed we are all Michigan Men by choice...

We came from different paths and chose Michigan because of what the institution, through policy and practice, sought to instill in the "Leaders and Best".


Bo's personal ethos as AD was to have the same "Michigan Ideal" in his coaches. Much like a Harvard Man presents Harvard's ideals a Michigan Man presents Michigan's ideals.


There are a number of youngsters here, and in M fandom, who don't get the impact of Bo. While he may loom large, and certainly wasn't perfect, he put in place a system that held for his entire career.

Where else, apart from FSU, can one say that a HC has had such resounding long-term success sans scandal?


Bo was Michigan football and his ideals need to be carried on by the next man who chooses to be a Michigan Man.

10/12/2014 - 7:33pm Don't worry, it's not your capital and it would be...


10/12/2014 - 7:31pm "Stop paying attention to fans and media"

That is one of the most important pieces of the note.


No ex-player, no fan, no Coach, no friend, can light a fire internally in these guys.


They either have the desire to go out, defeat the guy on the opposite side of the line or they don't. It's that simple. And if that sounds like crazy Jim Harbaugh talk, well, I'll talk that any day of the week. .

10/12/2014 - 7:22pm Hoke's use of term "boo boo"...

I would Paypal a reporter 1k to deadpan look at Brady and say "really? you still call them "boo boos"? ... We use children's terminology with children... You have 18 to 22 year old men in that locker room and you want to use the term "boo boo". Do you want to clarify or should I use a pre-school term in my report?"





10/12/2014 - 6:52pm #StandbyDevinsAnkle

Seriously, since we have to support the team or else their feelings are hurt and we aren't true fans I suspect that Dave Brandon will unleash some sort of hashtag campaign Monday...


Football is about loving and supporting your team and making sure their feelings are nurtured.

10/10/2014 - 5:55pm Deleted Double Post.

Deleted double post.

10/10/2014 - 5:54pm "Courage of Convictions" ... Is in the post.

Sorry, the post is not a clear "I think [content]"

but rather the post is meant to be.....

Here is a situation of a significant player injury and here's how Bo handled it.


I won't get into arguments about personal discernments of Bo right/wrong, but I want to present an actual situation with direct quotes -- draw from it what you will.


10/10/2014 - 5:24pm "SEC Cash n Ass Advantage"

Dig... Too bad we don't have the complete "Ann Arbor Grass n Ass" Advantage....

10/09/2014 - 11:06pm "hard edge"... Was that supposed to be a ...

... a RR reference? Cause if you read the articles re the RR renaissnce in the desert, it's all about setting the "hard edge".


Either way, agree with your point.

10/09/2014 - 8:37pm Where was "support the team" when RR was being attacked???

For all the "support the team" posters....


Go ahead and Google "Fire Rich Rod" and one thing you'll notice in the first half dozen articles is that NOT ONE article makes the impassioned plea to "support the players".


This tactic of trying to cast the narrative as "true fans support players and the program" is a complete fabrication of the Brandon-led Athletic Dept.


This narrative NEVER reared its head once when Rich Rod was under fire.


What a joke of a narrative created by a self-aggrandizing AD.

10/07/2014 - 2:33am Frankly, while I have other, more important things to do...

Frankly I would have to agree with you Swang... The likelihood of beating MSU and OSU on the road would be so eye-catching as to draw scrutiny.

10/05/2014 - 1:53am Hayden Epstein or Remy Hamilton

were solid PK's

10/04/2014 - 4:18am Stand By Your [Michigan] Man! apologies to Tammy Wynette

... Sir David Brandon, Michigan Gentleman, gives a pip less about the peons...

To satisfy the Michigan Men Stand By their Michigan Men cohort, I suggest that we, the Michigan Men Don't Leave Men on the Field crowd, take up the proposition of judging Hoke on his W-L record at year end.

Post-OSU, when Hoke is judged, and subsequently relieved, all the Hoke supporters can follow Hoke out the door.... After all, if Hoke is their man and is a "great coach, great man" then surely they have no use for a Michigan institution which believes Hoke isn't fit to coach the UMich football team.

10/04/2014 - 12:54am Fine let's look at Hoke through a W-L record only ...Happy to...

So those saying ... "folks are only angry at Hoke solely for injury issue(s) as a cover for their anger about the W-L record"?


Are actually the true hypocrites who WANT us to see Hoke on his W-L record.


So let's go there, let's examine Hoke's W-L record.


And when Hoke's W-L record is examined at the end of the year, I want those same folks who say "stay with Hoke" to truly stay with Hoke, shoulder to shoulder, as Hoke leaves the program with those same "stay with Hoke" fans.


I am happy to let the "Stay with Hoke" crowd stand and be numbered. Let's us know who can exit with Brady.

10/03/2014 - 4:45pm Enjoyed the emails but Dave is not Yankee, boarding school type

Two points:

1. Too many emails portrayed Dave as a boarding school "lad"..... I see Dave as a self-manufactured, dangerously delusional monkey. He only tries to wear the landed gentry mantle.


2. This "Kids, the fans hate you and aren't respectful of how hard you sweat" is very, very dangerous.

Fortunately, at the team level, institutional memory cleans house c. every 3 years due to graduation, attrition, etc. so Dave's attempts won't be a long-term issue.

10/03/2014 - 3:04pm Interestig proffer but we see Fan approval every Saturday....

... And Fan approval is diminishing. All those folks staying home are NOT members of MGoBlog, either.

Also, Brandon likely wanted to keep external fans away and do the Victors walk as it creates more continuity internally -- Brandon likely knows an external PR campaign would be messy but Brandon can control an internal PR campaign as he makes the decisions as to how much support each and every one of those folks clapping will receive.


Clap! Smile! Clap! Smile! Brandon is watching....


10/03/2014 - 2:17am Know what he does? Beat a Top 10 team each year at AZ

Hoke has NEVER beaten 3 Top  10 teams his ENTIRE career. ... RR did that in 3 - with lower ranked recruits. 

10/03/2014 - 2:15am Given that Brandon has such close supervision of Footbaw...

... And that he never offered Harbs or Miles...

1. Brandon wanted a HC he could monitor

2. Brandon wanted such HC because, He, Brandon, was of the belief that he was smarter than most HCs and could provide valuable insights and strategies and now is his chance

3. He tells Hoke "Don't worry, we'll get you bullet-proof OC/DC, if anything happens we fire them, keep you, get a new Coordinator.

4. Profit (Literally, as Dave sucks every penny he can find from every wallet within the continental US)

5. Losses? "Frankly, I haven't had the time to consider this as I have been doing, frankly, more important things"

10/03/2014 - 1:59am Michigan is classic generational devolution of IQ

The old adage "shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves in 3 generations"

Bo built it.

Lloyd maintained it.

Hoke destroyed it.


The problem is that the weird cousin Dave thought he was smart enough as the Grandpa Bo's kids, Gary and Lloyd, to take the helm. But when Dave was deeded the business, he hired an idiot friend, lost market share, saw competitors make better products.


Eventually, Dave had to give up and realize the business failed. Creditors would still lend money because they were "loan to own" vultures, but the equity was tired of meager returns.


Good-bye Dave.

10/03/2014 - 1:52am RR beat a Top 10 team each year at AZ

Hoke hasn't done that in HIS ENTIRE CAREER!

10/03/2014 - 1:47am Man this RR guy beat #2 on the road on a Thursday game

Where the hell has he coached?

10/03/2014 - 1:44am Man the RR haters are out tonight.. As are the RR fans

Let's clap it out....

10/03/2014 - 1:42am It's all in the clapping.

If RR would just be clapping... It'd really show he cares.

10/03/2014 - 1:37am BTFD!

I don't think Oregon can march it back down if RR's score given the overall troubles...

10/03/2014 - 1:34am He "Humbled Himself" ???

How do you get that from this game?

He doesn't have Brandon looking over his shoulder

10/03/2014 - 1:32am BUT HE HAS NO FULLBACK!!!


10/03/2014 - 1:30am Gee - results with a FR DB and RB

... so RR doesn't have to wait for results or "his guys" for success..

10/03/2014 - 1:28am at the end of this season 2008 wins > or = 2014 wins

.. Or perhaps a donward trajectory is cool with you.

10/03/2014 - 1:26am Would RR outscored his own defense by more than 7 pts?

Don't tease us at 2am. ain't fair.

10/03/2014 - 1:22am Because the Intent matter more than Outcome.

You appear to be doing something. That counts more than outcome.


#BringBackourGirls -- ring a bell?

10/03/2014 - 1:21am Why aren't the coaches clapping? Don't they love their sons?

I am outraged over the absolute lack of respect for the great game that we all love -- not one coach is clapping.


The young men, great students, prepare all week, good preparation, compete hard, and no clapping.

10/03/2014 - 1:16am No Longer Leaders and Best ... The "Frankly" Mediocres

As I see it, Brandon may be at Michigan for awhile as much as I am frightened to say that.


Michigan is now run like a corporation rather than an institution expecting the best.


Given Brandon's fetish for "Frankly" ... I would say we're the "Frankly Mediocres" rather than Leaders and Best.


We have a political manipulator here with Brandon. The war of attrition is what it is now.

10/01/2014 - 6:03pm I would agree that we can assume Hoke/BD gone & shift to game...

BUT... Hoke is gonna be Hoke so count on another brain-dead coaching decision to remind us why this is the season of Fan Fury '14:

10/01/2014 - 4:26pm I listen regularly to Dan's show, you can't support your claim

You can't support your claim that the guy who would

1. put up billboards in Akron to mock LeBron,

2. allow his Baseball Hall of Fame vote to be detemined by a Deadspin poll,

Not drop a hint re: Hoke to get attention. Your proffer makes no sense.

10/01/2014 - 8:54am Lebatard specifically said his contract held up by Hoke's

I know it's the comments are a long read, but Lebatard said his agent, who is Hoke's agent, couldn't negotiate Lebatard's contract with ESPN (employment) until Hoke's business was finished first.

Agree that certain agents handle certain items, but this is about employment not PR.

10/01/2014 - 4:50am Click this and

Click this and read.

10/01/2014 - 4:45am Lebatard's says Hoke's agent is working on Hoke's "calamity" now

Check my post re "Hoke and ESPN Personality share Agent"


In sum, Lebatard said that his agent, who is Brady Hoke's agent, can't work on Dan's currently expired contract till the agent fixes Hoke's contract. Listen to 12:30 of Part 1 of 30 September podcast, the local hour.

Very interesting tid-bit released today and just confirms what we all know- Change is coming, a matter of when.

10/01/2014 - 4:36am Dan Lebatard defended Brady in the segment

In his 4 hour show Dan devoted c. 5 mins to the Brady matter and defended Hoke and called the matter "overblown", fyi. 


Re the pros/cons of revealing info... I'll leave that to the reader. I was just shocked at Dan revealing such machinations ... I would not be pleased if I was the agent nor would I be pleased if I was Hoke or Michigan.

10/01/2014 - 3:27am ... Like giving your Hall vote to Deadspin

well played sir.

10/01/2014 - 3:05am I'll strike "solid" and replace with "interesting" ....

Otherwise I find it of note that Lebatard would reveal this data.


Doesn't benefit Lebatard to reveal such info re Hoke, other than to, if we take his word, confirm that some contract adjustments are taking place.

09/30/2014 - 9:12am Substantive Donor Growth Attributable to Brandon is Identifiable

.... Brandon can rightfully point to substantive donor growth in his tenure caused by his activity.

Moreover he can point to Ross' public vote of confidence.

Let's be careful to look at facts of the matter before dismissing Brandon.

09/30/2014 - 2:17am Rationale of an over night release

Brandon knows in this digital world Twitter must be fed as must Deadspin, etc... So he likley issued 1am to give himself time to prep.


A mid-day release just ups the ante with stories all day and all night - at least this gives the story a full day to cycle through and, in Brandon's puny mind, end.

09/30/2014 - 1:29am Really? "We didn't see the hit" is also "we don't watch our QB"

So we have a consistent pattern of behavior here... lies and obfuscation concerning the health of student-athlete.

But we also have Hoke setting "Toug guy" environment that led to frost bite at Ball State.

Not to mention

1. The Funchess issue -- leaving Funchess in at ND on a gimpy ankle in garbage time

2. Leaving an obviously immobile Gardner in against OSU in 2013

3. Shane Morris injury

... "we didn't see the hit" is also equal to admiting "we don't watch our QB" ...


Get the lawyers drawing up the docs... This one's good as over.

09/29/2014 - 2:13pm Urban Meyer will eat the recruiting trail alive now

Urban and Dantonio licking their chops...

09/29/2014 - 8:48am Pattern of player safety Issues with Hoke

Very concerning.

Hoke has established that

1. Given his comments that he didn't want to see Devin limping on a BROKEN FOOT in the Ohio State game

2. Issues with playing Funchess hurt

3. Morris-gate

There are signs of an unfit Head Coach.

09/29/2014 - 8:42am Issue of "Should have checked him first" vs. "was he injured"

Some folks say ... "Morris was injured"

Some folks say ... "Issue is Morris should have been checked we can't assume status"


Both of these views stem from same vicious hit TO THE HEAD that we all saw that produced an UNSTABLE player.


Regardless of where you fall you on the spectrum, TAPE OF HIT & AFTERMATH SHOWS THE PROOF.

09/29/2014 - 8:36am I can prove a head inury by Morris' limp body

If you can't see with your eyes Morris' limp body that he didn't sustain damage after being hit then I can't engage in a discussion with you or the others who will claim "You can't prove it, I can't prove it"


All the Morris Head Injury Truthers LOVE Bart Simpson.... "you didn't see me do anything you can't prove anything.... nah nah nah".



Cmon now you're being pedantic to question if there was a head injury.

1. Minny hit Morris almost face mask to face mask

2. Morris was decked, writhing in pain

3. Morris clearly was woozy and balancing his head on linemen shoulder


If you want to claim there was no head injury is like Hellen Keller claiming sky isnt blue because she can't see it and prove it.


Morris Head Inury Deniers on this post.... Smh... Defending Hoke despite the obvius.

09/28/2014 - 11:26pm It's not the age its the tenacity

Hoke fans keep pointing out "age" of our offensive line.

Age has nothing to do with our O-lines' lack of desire to engage the opponent and knock him on his butt. It's not age, it's physical desire - it's lacking. Can desire be coached? No, but it is sure recruited. Are we getting the right recruits after 4 years?

A light switch doesn't come on when you're a Junior and you say "Well I'm a junior now so I can start knocking that LB or DT on his butt all game long"... No, you have a desire to knock heads day 1... For whatever reason we have offensive linemen with zero nasty streak in them.

MSU may recruit 2 or 3 stars, but Narduzzi gets them in the mind-set to rip your head off.