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12/05/2018 - 12:59am Poole looked like he had…

Poole looked like he had some problems on defense tonight.

Pardon's extra r seemed to confuse defenders as well.

11/29/2018 - 1:15am I agree with your larger…

I agree with your larger point, but it's really not a modernity thing. People were saying the same thing about the need to modernize during the Bo years (the early 1980s weren't so good). Really, you're saying let your best players decide the game as much as possible. Don't depend on the nice, but limited, 5th year seniors. There have to be some YouTube videos of Frank Broyles adding a "u" to ath-u-letes.

I understand why the hot takes came when they did, but really the State game was a bigger mess than the tOSU game, at least for the offense. I do wonder how much of that kind of game planning was dictated by the offensive line, which was pretty fucking awful last year.

11/28/2018 - 12:20am Michigan isn't that elite of…

Michigan isn't that elite of a football school that you can expect a guy to drop down the coaching pyramid so he can wait five, maybe ten, years until Harbaugh departs.

11/24/2018 - 10:47pm I wish I could give you…

I wish I could give you points.

OTOH Notre Dame does OK, I think, and South Bend is even more rust belt than Ann Arbor.

11/24/2018 - 10:35pm Yeah, the expectations for…

Yeah, the expectations for Harbaugh when he was hired were ridiculously high. In part people simply haven't digested how rare the Urban Meyers are. I mean, this program hasn't had a coach as good as Meyer since Fielding Yost took the AD position about 100 years ago.

11/24/2018 - 1:41pm I guess that's house money,…

I guess that's house money, but going for two in the first half is a fool's errand.

11/24/2018 - 1:24pm That Campbell run was an…

That Campbell run was an embarrassing effort.

11/18/2018 - 5:26pm Teske hitting threes off…

Teske hitting threes off pick-and-pops is bad-ass.

11/17/2018 - 11:06pm Yeah, that's the one thing…

Yeah, that's the one thing with the coaching I want to complain about. The clock management thing was at least partially an officiating screw-up. The red zone thing was mainly some bad execution. But the second half looks different if the 8 point lead is a 9 point lead instead. That's stuff you only do at the end of games or when you have a trick up your sleeve.

11/17/2018 - 9:23pm Yeah, this thought occurred…

Yeah, this thought occurred to me too. I hope this is wrong, but it's going to be hard to feel good about Winovich until we see him on the field.

11/14/2018 - 10:12pm I don't know if it's Beilein…

I don't know if it's Beilein or Yaklich or freaking Maverick Morgan, but something amazing happened to this program's defense two years ago.

11/14/2018 - 10:08pm Wish I could give points for…

Wish I could give points for this.

11/14/2018 - 10:07pm Um, you should be secure…

Um, you should be secure enough with Beilein to recognize that was a joke.

And rc stands for Residential College, but that's OK.

11/14/2018 - 9:49pm Nice first half, but a…

Nice first half, but a mediocre second half. Michigan will need a full game if it's going to beat top ten opponents on the road.

10/17/2018 - 12:10am Sometimes they yell "it's a…

Sometimes they yell "it's a trap" though.

10/14/2018 - 7:13am The oline looked good. Not…

The oline looked good. Not just decent, not adequate, not acceptable, yadda yadda yadda. They looked good. I'm not technically savvy enough to know exactly what they're doing different, but the blocking is an obvious upgrade on my little 24" TV. Keep doing that, and the QBs and the RBs will be fine.

10/14/2018 - 7:13am The oline looked good. Not…

The oline looked good. Not just decent, not adequate, not acceptable, yadda yadda yadda. They looked good. I'm not technically savvy enough to know exactly what they're doing different, but the blocking is an obvious upgrade on my little 24" TV. Keep doing that, and the QBs and the RBs will be fine.

09/29/2018 - 8:52pm Don't know if it's the worst…

Don't know if it's the worst call, but to borrow your term, it's most incomprehensible call I've ever seen. It's so bizarre that the natural response is to assume (a) the ref called the wrong jersey number or (b) it was an explicit make-up call for the uncalled defensive holding on the previous NW possession. On its own this call just makes no sense.

09/08/2018 - 12:19pm That... that's a perfect…

That... that's a perfect idea.

08/11/2018 - 6:09pm Well, what happened with…

Well, what happened with Jordan McNair is just a bunch of innuendo. Until the anonymous staffer goes on the record, we can't know for sure that McNair actually died.

04/14/2018 - 11:53am Viel Glück

The silver lining is that this news means I don't have to think how The Victors sounds in German any more. Weil es nicht gut klingt.

04/03/2018 - 12:20am Aspirations

I want a team like Villanova. That was impressive.

04/03/2018 - 12:13am Last Game

Based on the 2013 precedent, maybe he thinks tonight's game won't count, so he just put up the last game instead.

04/02/2018 - 12:55am UCLA

Grant's comment right after he left, that if he had it to do all over again, he'd have gone to UCLA kinda cemented that deal. It didn't help that his teams were generally viewed as underachievers.

03/31/2018 - 10:10pm Loyola

Beilein did some coaching this game, looking for the right combination against their switching defense. That said, from my couch it sure looked like much of Loyola's problems starting at the mid-point of the second half were self-induced. I'll take it, and hope they get another Texas A&M game on Monday.

03/31/2018 - 9:44pm Shouldn't Have Been Tired

Moser got enough minutes from his bench that they shouldn't have been tired. I agree that's how it looked, particularly during that stretch when they had five straight turnovers. I guess you say the defense wore them down.

03/25/2018 - 1:40am Weird

Basketball school, not a football school (banner finally reflects that).

Defensive team, not an offensive team.

I don't know who we are any more.

03/22/2018 - 11:34pm X

Zavier SImpson has become so good at this game. He has put on a defensive clinic the last month. Geez, the game is so different when your point guard is a fucking wall.

03/18/2018 - 11:36pm And

April 1989 was good too. Beating Illinois on Hash Bash Day when the Grateful Dead were in town... sigh...

03/11/2018 - 7:36pm 1989

Yeah, I missed that Seton Hall will be in Wichita too.

I'm sure Kansas fans will love seeing Michigan there.

03/11/2018 - 7:05pm Party Like it's 1989

Michigan a #3 seed, UNC a #2 seed, Steve Fisher presumably in the house, and Xavier somewhere in the bracket.

03/03/2018 - 4:24pm Hail

Hall to the victors, bitches.

02/17/2018 - 7:34pm Disappointed

Disappointed that there was no reference to Jess Settles getting a 19th year of eligibility.

11/25/2017 - 5:05pm This Year

This year stung because my team is up 14 at home, at which point the defensive back drops an easy interception, and I think "Shit, Michigan is going to lose to the Ohio State University aagain, aren't they?" And that turns out to be correct.

I hope you guys saying rosey things about Harbaugh are right. But what I saw from the offensive line and from the other quarterbacks was not encouraging. I suspect some assistants will be shuffled around, and if that's the case, I hope the corporate spin is ignored.

11/25/2017 - 4:02pm Moot

Yeah, but O'Korn missing wide open receivers isn't a new thing. You got to call your plays based on the personnel you have.

10/28/2017 - 4:24pm Yeah

The redshirt freshman is more likely to improve than the redshirt senior, but yeah it's a little early to be declaring Peters the savior.

10/28/2017 - 4:09pm TIming

Timing looked about right to me, maybe one series sooner. And that's for the whole year.

There's a gray area between patient and stubborn, and I think Harbaugh managed the difference well. Next year will be interesting again.

10/22/2017 - 12:43am Feelings

> I don't have any feelings even remotely close to what I felt during Hoke and RichRod.  Not even close.

 

Generally speaking, I agree with this, but a play action pass from an I formation on 4th and 11 brought back some bad, bad memories.

 

10/22/2017 - 12:09am Penn State

It's amazing to me how quickly all the snark about James Franklin has dried up. That team is really good.

10/14/2017 - 4:30pm I would refine this by saying

I would refine this by saying the QB is definitely a problem, but I'm not sure how much it will help if they drop the freshman into this mess. And I could see where it hurts Peters' development.

Yes, I'm still scarred by what happened to Devin Gardner.

10/14/2017 - 4:26pm Don't Forget the OLine

There's a lot of bad stuff to unwind with the offense. I'm not sure who gets all the blame, but this isn't what I expected from Harbaugh.

10/14/2017 - 4:04pm Yeah

The defense looked exhausted at the end. Rashan Gary's breathing was so labored at the end that I wonder if that's the reason Harbaugh called the timeout.

10/08/2017 - 12:02am Ghosts of Hoke

This felt like a Hoke game. Except with Hoke you had that feeling of "Well, what do you expect from Hoke?" He wasn't the first choice of anyone in the fanbase or the administration. Harbaugh was supposed to be the savior on the other hand, the quarterback guru. It's not easy to square that reputation with the o-line this season. I'm too old to get angry about this stuff any more, but this isn't as much fun as I'd hoped it would be.

10/07/2017 - 11:26pm Split

Offense: They chose.... poorly.

Defense: They chose wisely.

07/29/2017 - 8:42pm Trinity

I grew up Catholic in Louisville. So it's weird to me that a 4/5 star recruit from Trinity didn't get an offer from Notre Dame.

03/12/2017 - 9:55pm 1989

I don't think folks realize just how messed up March 1989 was. That Michigan team had a ton of talent, but finished third in the league behind a smoke-and-mirrors team in Indiana and another obscenely talented team (more athletic, less eFG) in Illinois. Illinois dismanted Michigan in the regular season finale, back in the dark days before there was a BTT, and it looked for all the world like this was another Frieder under-achiever.

Presumably Frieder saw the same thing. Because even though he had all that talent, and he was Michigan alum, and he had been with the program since the early 1970s, Frieder went on a job interview right before the tournament and accepted the Arizona State positions. So Bo fired him.

This was a complete cluster. The cheerleaders didn't bother going to Atlanta, maybe because they were still upset their midseason in-game protest hadn't worked. The band didn't go either, so Bo got the bright idea of renting the Georgia State band, handing them all winged helmet baseball caps, and letting them play the worst renditions of The Victors that I've ever heard. Because of that, somebody I knew got into an argument with the band, calling them a fake band. The Georgia State guys responded by saying we had a fake coach.

Two weeks later Michigan was in the Final Four.

02/21/2017 - 10:13pm NCAA

I remember him playing about one minute in one of the 1989 NCAA tournament games in Atlanta, guessing the Xavier game, when there is a bit of foul trouble. It's been almost 30 years, but I have a vivd memory of Pelinka having no interest in having the ball in his hands.

Interesting that Magic would make a three-time Michigan guy his GM. I'm wondering if Magic even knows Pelinka is a Michigan guy.

06/30/2016 - 11:42pm It's Both

I think the NBA is trying to enforce a baseball-style model where busts can be weeded out better on the one hand, but also for your generic good prospect, they aren't paying $2 million per year for a mediocre 18-yo to become a very good 21-yo basketball player.

That said, NBA development is light years ahead of NCAA development, partially because of practice time limitations, partially because the competition is so much better, and partially because the coaching is light years ahead.

06/19/2016 - 1:13pm Email

"The man didn't even use e-mail...come on. "

 

IME kids today hate email. I think you're showing your age!

04/09/2016 - 2:10pm Age 25

Back when I used to follow this, most analysts claimed that age 25 was when pitchers, particularly starting pitchers, reached maturity.

I'd be cautious with the older studies. I also remember Nolan Ryan being the poster boy for careful use early in his career. That's true for the majors, but he did throw 200 innings as an 19-year-old in A-ball. He also got 31 starts that year, which is almost impossible for a minor leaguer in this day and age. Anyway, I doubt the earlier studies had access to minor league data, which can change the picture.