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11/15/2018 - 2:39pm Yeah, he had a late growth…

Yeah, he had a late growth spurt - one reason for his late rise in the rankings.  He will probably add some pounds before he gets to Michigan.

With his big jump in height, he could be a real gem with size and ball skills.

11/15/2018 - 2:22pm Poole seems to have lost the…

Poole seems to have lost the confidence or swagger he had last year.  He just doesn't seem to want to take a shot and then when he does, it seems forced.  I wonder why.  Maybe he's trying to rein his game to play within the offense - at the urging of the coaches?  I really hope he gets his swag back - he should be our best perimeter threat and one of best three offensive weapons if he does. 

11/07/2018 - 12:55pm Two SEC teams in the Final…

Two SEC teams in the Final Four would be corrupt and invalidate the entire process. It would invalidate any championship.  They might still do it though.  A couple recent Bama championships are least partially due to SEC bias. So, yeah, it's best if Bama wins out and removes all doubt.

11/07/2018 - 9:21am The free throw shooting is a…

The free throw shooting is a baffling, ongoing headache.  13-29 is not good, lol.  0-5, is really not good.  I really hope they're working hard with Matthews and others on this problem.  I firmly believe that this could improve significantly with the appropriate emphasis and approach.  At this level, 60% should be the floor for any individual player.

11/02/2018 - 3:39pm Yes, booing would be…

Yes, booing would be absolutely horrible for the athletic program.  If you boo him at the stadium, you are not a Michigan fan.

As for Webber, it's a very complicated situation.   A lot of people were making money off his talents while he was at Michigan, a lot more than he legally took as a gift from a booster.  It's a corrupt system.  Since his actions indirectly hurt fellow players, I don't think it was right for him to take the money.  But the real villain is the corrupt system he and others are forced into in order to become the best at their profession.

11/01/2018 - 4:04pm I don't know all the facts…

I don't know all the facts but what I've heard sounds like an abusive environment that contributed to (likely caused but can't be sure until/unless autopsy results are known) a young man's death.  That's unforgivable.  I am astonished that Maryland initially considered retaining him.  In fact, I'm astonished that such an abusive environment was considered acceptable before this tragedy.  They should clean house.  The AD and anybody else culpable should be fired.  And anybody responsible for the original decision to keep Durkin should be removed from their position.  It should be made clear that this type of environment is unacceptable in athletics or elsewhere. 

10/25/2018 - 11:57am I made this logical argument…

I made this logical argument on an earlier thread but it was not well received.  It doesn't really matter at this point - unless Michigan takes care of business and is passed over by the CFP committee for two one loss SEC teams.  These are two huge ifs.  We need to focus on one game at a time, namely Penn State right now.

10/24/2018 - 12:05am Zeb is an elite prospect,…

Zeb is an elite prospect, rising in the rankings but still underrated.  He has immense potential and I predict a great career here.  Based on his commitment video - he seems to have his priorities straight (thanking his parents) and seems to be a solid Michigan commit.

10/23/2018 - 11:45pm Zeb seems like a complete…

Zeb seems like a complete player offensively and I feel confident he will develop defensively as well.  Beilein's recruiting seems to be staying at a very high level for several classes now.  And he's a perfect fit for Michigan - likely a pro talent who will stay at least a couple years.

I see him as combination of Levert and Burke, lol.

Sky's the limit for Zeb!  Very exciting!

10/23/2018 - 12:22am Michigan players were on the…

Michigan players were on the field warming up AT THE TIME AGREED ON beforehand.  If they decide not to leave the field, it is not appropriate for MSU to stage a walk through causing a confrontation or altercation.  This could have caused an even uglier incident and is a major infraction.  The NCAA and/or Big Ten should levy sanctions against MSU, maybe at least a one game suspension of Dantonio without pay.  MSU should act preemptively.  Unfortunately, none of these organizations have any principles or backbone so this will not happen.

10/22/2018 - 10:34pm Yes, perhaps this is just a…

Yes, perhaps this is just a symptom of an overall change in college sports.  I am curious if our number of player defections is unusual compared to other top programs.  I assume that the young man is making the best decision for him and wish him all the best.  From a Michigan program perspective, however, I am just concerned about our depth going forward.

10/22/2018 - 8:16pm I always hate losing…

I always hate losing talented players.  It seems we are losing quite a few lately.  I am concerned about our depth going forward.  Is this type of attrition unusual or par for the course?

10/21/2018 - 7:44pm There's always room for…

There's always room for improvement but any game will have its ups and downs.  As for penalties, that was a strength until that last drive. And at least some of those penalties were not legit, specifically roughing the passer.

Overall, it was a dominating disciplined performance.  With breaks evening out, it's 24-0 at the end.

10/21/2018 - 3:41pm That's simply ludicrous.

That's simply ludicrous.

10/21/2018 - 3:30pm This board is really strange…

This board is really strange sometimes.  I'm getting down voted for making the logical argument that Michigan should be ranked ahead of a team with a clearly worse record.  The counter argument will leave a deserving non-SEC team out of the playoffs.

Even if you disagree, it's a sensible argument based on the facts.  How could any Michigan fan down vote that?

It's bizarre.  Did some here drink the SEC kool aid?  Are there Michigan haters here?  Lol.

 

10/21/2018 - 3:20pm This is a reasonable opinion…

This is a reasonable opinion but still affected by SEC bias.  Georgia had looked impressive before LSU while playing nobody with a pulse.  They were clearly overrated.  Mississippi State is mediocre at best with a 28-7 loss to Kentucky.  I know Kentucky is ranked but seriously, it's Kentucky. Kentucky is not a football school, period.  Kentucky hasn't really played anybody either.  They also lost to the same crappy Florida team.  They are ranked highly due to SEC bias.

They have a much worse loss and their wins are not more impressive - when you take away the SEC bias.

On paper, without SEC bias, Michigan should be ranked higher.

As long as SEC bias doesn't put two SEC teams in the playoffs, it doesn't matter.  If they do, it will likely unfairly leave out a one loss non-SEC school. Hopefully, Bama destroys LSU and it likely won't matter.

10/21/2018 - 2:55pm Michigan should be ranked…

Michigan should be ranked ahead of LSU. Michigan clearly has the better loss (by one score, on the road, first game of the season, against the #3 team) .  But that's SEC bias for you.  But whatever, Michigan just has to win out, regardless of the rankings.  Then it would be a crime to put them anywhere but the top 4.

10/19/2018 - 3:51am Actually, it's the opposite…

Actually, it's the opposite.  In college basketball, they play defense and more than one on one offense.  It's far better.

10/16/2018 - 12:25pm This will probably not end…

This will probably not end well.

10/14/2018 - 1:47pm They didn't just lose but…

They didn't just lose but were demolished.  They should have dropped lower than Michigan whose only loss was by one touchdown to undefeated #4 Notre Dame in the first week.

It's SEC bias.

10/03/2018 - 11:57am I think it was the last TD…

I think it was the last TD drive. I know there were several 1 or 2 yard runs into the line in a row on first down.  We were able to overcome these plays but it wasn't easy.  And they burned a lot of clock while time was dwindling.  Facing 2nd and 8-10 yards almost every time lowers our chances for success.  Maybe it just worked out that way.  Or maybe it wasn't the best strategy.  Maybe it was.

And  somebody down voting a reasonable post on play calling in a diary about play calling is just ridiculous.

10/02/2018 - 12:22pm Yes, the Hidgon first down…

Yes, the Hidgon first down runs into the line for one yard several times in a row on that last drive were incredibly frustrating to watch.  Can't we get a little more creative on first down on that drive?  We were literally burning first downs and the clock over and over.

09/29/2018 - 7:47pm Finally!

Higdon running…

Finally!

Higdon running into the line on every first down was getting a little annoying, lol.

09/25/2018 - 11:45am While it's disappointing…

While it's disappointing when we fail to land a top player, it's unlikely that we will get 5 star players.  We have a program that is best suited for high 4 stars who might stay at least a couple years not one and dones.

09/21/2018 - 1:19pm I still recall how unfair it…

I still recall how unfair it was for Nebraska to vault Michigan in one poll at the end.  Nebraska really wasn't an undefeated team that year since it took a miracle last second illegal play to prevent a loss to Missouri.  And it was obvious purposeful kick by the Nebraska player.  It still annoys me.

09/21/2018 - 1:15pm Yes, I was at the game. …

Yes, I was at the game.  That was an amazingly bad call, possibly the most blatant PI non-call I've ever seen.  That's was the only way they were going to complete that pass against Woodson, by cheating.  I remember being fearful that might cost us the game.  And it should have been salted away before that but Carr played conservative Lloyd ball with the lead, giving them extra chances and keeping the game close.

09/08/2018 - 2:33pm It's probably time to get…

It's probably time to get McCaffrey some snaps.

09/04/2018 - 1:11pm It wasn't good.  The problem…

It wasn't good.  The problem with college football is that too much hinges on a game or two.  These players aren't professionals and it's a game - there's random chance and iffy officiating calls.  It's only "bad" because there's only 2-3 games each year which make or break a season.

Alabama is probably the only team which has such a huge talent advantage both in starters and depth that chance becomes much less important.

09/02/2018 - 10:32am They haven't changed at all…

They haven't changed at all. I thought this game and OSU were likely losses and they would be favored in all the rest but might drop one more.  They played a top 10-15 team essentially even on the road in their first game but lost a close one.  It was not smart to schedule this type of game if you want to run the table.  And in a better system, it wouldn't count against you when determining playoff teams.

That being said, I was disappointed in the bad penalties, defensive lapses on key plays and our passive and unimaginative offensive game plan.  I expect better from this highly paid coaching staff.  At the same time, I think its completely nuts to give up on them.

09/02/2018 - 12:40am Of course they aren't,…

Of course they aren't, especially as the first game of the season on the road.

Despite a lot of expected first game mistakes, we basically played a top 10 team even on the road.  Yet the loss will drop us in the rankings and severely damaged our chances of making the CFP and winning a national championship.

The irrational overreaction of Michigan's fanbase (Harbaugh's the problem!  Fire Harbaugh!) on MGoBlog to this loss is the same irrational reaction of the playoff committee.  So we just shouldn't schedule games like these - unless the system changes and we have a real playoff with 8 teams.

09/01/2018 - 7:52pm Missing the entire game…

Missing the entire game because of a thunderstorm warning!  Holy #%#}!

08/30/2018 - 12:33pm While I'm counting on…

While I'm counting on Patterson to be the man this year, it's very good to hear some encouraging news regarding those behind him.  I'm still very hopeful Peters and McCaffrey will be good or better QB's in the short term and also optimistic about Milton longer term.   We really need solid depth at QB due to the risk of injury and also for the future.

08/29/2018 - 7:47am I think this a question of…

I think this a question of someone's overall philosophy about life.  Is it a philosophy of forgiveness and tolerance or the opposite?  In my humble opinion, we have become an increasingly intolerant and unforgiving society.  Any human failing or mistake, even simply by association, is seen as a grounds for the most extreme condemnation including the ending of one's livelihood or future prospects.   Why can't we continue the good work to stop these bad behaviors while also showing greater forgiveness and humanity towards those involved?

Personally, I will continue to enjoy life including sports and other entertainment, while realizing those involved may be imperfect or even deeply flawed human beings at times. 

08/24/2018 - 2:27pm The latest on Poole is not…

The latest on Poole is not surprising.  I had him pegged as a future NBA player after seeing him in a high school all star game.  If he gets a lot of minutes and good looks at the basket this year, watch out.

08/21/2018 - 12:25pm The turnovers are concerning…

The turnovers are concerning but I am confident that a Beilein team will have that sorted out by the time the season starts.  As for the 3 point shooting, it's a small sample size and I believe the 3 point line there is farther from the basket than NCAA regulations.  And defensively, I don't think we can expect perfection just minimizing lapses, especially from players who add so much offensively.

08/10/2018 - 2:39pm No surprise.  Cole Bajema…

No surprise.  Cole Bajema took his spot and looks like the better recruit anyway.

 

08/02/2018 - 1:33pm This is one of the most…

This is one of the most rational and fair-minded statements I've ever read on the Gibbons situation.  There are too many people here, and elsewhere, who assume "guilty until proven innocent." 

05/27/2018 - 9:42am Harden's an overrated...

Whiny little bitch. He pushes off on almost every play and it's rarely called, travels on every other play and then the defender is called for a foul if he's within 3 miles of Harden.

And if it doesn't go this way, he cries like a little bitch.

05/23/2018 - 12:16pm This...

is an absolutely horrible post.  Absolutely horrible.  The plaintiff may have a legitimate case and has a right to a fair hearing.  And this has nothing to do with Michigan sports.

05/14/2018 - 12:32pm Iggy...

Will be a beast. Can't wait to see him in a Michigan uniform.

05/11/2018 - 12:45am Innocent...

until proven guilty.  Why is this basic concept so hard for many people to understand?  The case didn't even go to trial!  It's sickening to think this is even brought up so many years later.  The accuser remains anonymous while the accused gets dragged through the mud.  In the name of justice and decency, everybody should respect his innocence under the law and let him live his life. 

04/19/2018 - 2:25pm I would bet all of these players will prove to be underrated..

Iggy is probably a top 25 or better player, Castleston and Johns top 50, DeJulius top 100 and Nunez top 150 or better.  And I wouldn't be surprised if 2-3 of these players end up in the NBA so I'm probably still not putting them high enough.

04/11/2018 - 2:04am I agree with you, Ace...

I've been predicting JP would be a star since he committed and I watched him in a high school all star game.

03/25/2018 - 10:44am Quick words of advice....

Learn how to read. And grow up. Don't tell others what to do.

03/25/2018 - 10:34am I'm sorry but you're wrong...

There are merits to your argument. But you fail to see its flaws and the merits of an opposing argument. Zero shots from arguably your best shooter when the team is having an epically bad 3 point shooting night and can't hit a free throw to close out a win is questionable, to put it very mildly. Fortunately, it didn't end differently. And thankfully, we gave the ball to our best shooter at the end of the game in the second round. Hopefully, our shooting woes don't cost us in the Final Four. As for "letting it die," I don't see the point of this board if it's unacceptable to raise relevant questions and debate them.

By the way, I absolutely love Duncan but Poole is just as good a pure shooter and much better at creating his shot.

While I'm puzzled by the above scenario, I'm even more puzzled by the open hostility to intelligent debate on this board.

03/25/2018 - 9:30am A very good point..

I don't claim to be dispassionate though, lol.

03/25/2018 - 9:26am I shouldn't have sounded so negative..

in my original post.  That wasn't my intent.  I did have a few beers in me and did greatly enjoy the victory.  I stand by my original thoughts but should have credited our incredible defense - that probably made FSU look bad.  And I should have mentioned that I am one of coach Beilein's biggest fans and supporters.   He has done an amazing job this year and did an amazing job yesterday as well.  Just because I question some decisions doesn't change that.

I love this team and our coaches, win or lose.

Go Blue!

I wish others here would be more polite.  That's all.

03/25/2018 - 9:19am I appreciate your civil reply..

The lack of civility here is a constant theme.  But I disagree with you. It's perfectly normal and appropriate to ask questions and express opinions about coaching decisions on a sports blog.  It's not appropriate to call somebody names or downvote them for doing so.  It's childish.  And treating a fellow Michigan fan that way is reprehensible.  I'm one of Beilein's biggest fans, always have been, always supported him, unlike others here.  But even the best coaches make questionable decisions.  Zero shots for probably your best shooter when the team is having a historically bad night shooting 3 pointers is questionable.  Zero.  And then there's the free throw problem.  Maybe it was best to keep our best defenders in the game and not try to get Poole a chance to shoot a 3 or even a free throw.  But I have my doubts.  And that doesn't mean I think I can outcoach Beilein, lol.

Once again, I'm disappointed by the jerks on this blog.  But I think most Michigan fans are better than that.  You seem to be one of them.  

Go Blue!

03/25/2018 - 8:56am So I guess you and the rest of the downvoters would...

have been thrilled with losing a game because we made less than 20% of our 3 pointers and missed most of our free throws at the end of the game?

I guess I should have given more credit to our incredible defense.  That certainly may have been the reason FSU looked so bad.  If we lost though, I think most people here would have posed the same questions I did.  Zero shots for probably our best shooter while we are shooting 4-22 from the 3?  And leaving our two worst free throw shooters on the floor when you know they will intentionally foul?  That seems strange, doesn't it?  Why is it unacceptable to ask these questions?  Unlike others here, I have always supported coach Beilein - and the players.  He's a Hall of Fame coach.  Questioning certain decisions doesn't change that.

I am disheartened by the general lack of civility on this board.  I did enjoy the victory - I guess you missed the first sentence saying "I'm thrilled we won,' lol.  Try to enjoy the win yourself and be more polite to fellow posters.

03/25/2018 - 8:42am I greatly appreciate your...

intelligent and polite reply.  It stands out from the others here, lol.  You make some great points.  I thought we were getting great open looks from the 3 and missing them, looks that I don't see Poole missing.  I understand why Poole wouldn't play a ton of minutes given his flaws on defense compared to those ahead of him.  He's not all bad on that end though and has shown an ability to make key steals. But zero shots in the game for probably our best shooter?  When we have our worst shooting night in recent memory?  That's very strange.   Why not a couple plays to get him some looks?  And then there's the free throw issue.  Anyway, I didn't mean to sound negative, just trying to stir up some intelligent debate.  I appreciate the incredible defense and maybe that's a good enough reason to keep Poole on the bench.  And usually other players step up and hit shots.  They just weren't doing that much yesterday.  Beilein has done an amazing job this year and is probably the best coach in the country.   I am one of the few here who has literally always supported him.  My questioning of certain decisions doesn't change that.

Go Blue!