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01/20/2019 - 5:56pm Yeah, I think that might…

Yeah, I think that might have been the best move based on the percentages.  

01/20/2019 - 7:13am I am very excited about Zeb…

I am very excited about Zeb.  He looks like the next great Michigan PG.

01/19/2019 - 2:41pm Poole was their only offense…

Poole was their only offense today but couldn't do it all.  He had to take some lower percentage shots since nobody else could shoot and Wisconsin started keying on him.

01/19/2019 - 1:58pm Well, this seemed like the…

Well, this seemed like the most likely first loss.  Usually, you can't win them all.

Brazdeikis didn't show up.  Matthews barely showed up.  Poole showed up but couldn't do it all by himself.   Poor free throw shooting.  Too many turnovers.  Some poor offensive decision making - Simpson and Teske should not be shooting threes at the end of a game like this.

01/19/2019 - 1:40pm No, Poole was the only one…

No, Poole was the only one who showed up on offense today.

01/15/2019 - 2:24pm Of course, the QB position…

Of course, the QB position should be up for grabs.  Both Bama and Clemson won national championships recently based on this simple proposition.  All those here who say otherwise obviously haven't been paying attention.

01/14/2019 - 9:53am While Matt D's assessment…

While Matt D's assessment doesn't overly excite me, I would trust Beilein's assessment the most.  I would guess that his shooting and ballhandling skills are superior and that he has a high ceiling. He's at the sweet spot for a Beilein recruit, highly rated with elite potential but not quite rated elite at this point.

01/04/2019 - 12:58pm This is typical of college…

This is typical of college basketball at the Big Ten level, not weird at all.  Even a lower tier team like PSU has some decent players and decent coaching.  It is difficult to blow them out.  They will put up a fight and make some shots.  A comfortable double digit win is perfectly fine.

As an early huge fan of Poole who saw great things in his future, I am not surprised by his progress.  He has an extra gear or level to his game which shows up on both sides of the ball.  I am still disappointed he didn't see more minutes last year but it was probably understandable given his freshman flaws and talent in front of him. 

12/31/2018 - 3:48pm Yes, this seems to violate…

Yes, this seems to violate the politically correct narrative that men and women are the same.

12/03/2018 - 12:43pm Hmm, seems to be the same…

Hmm, seems to be the same deal as most CEO's.

12/02/2018 - 10:49pm Yes, an expanded playoff to…

Yes, an expanded playoff to 6 or 8 teams makes the regular season much more relevant and makes the champion a truly deserving one. When there were only 2 teams in the "playoff," much of the regular season was meaningless because undefeated teams were left out.  Their entire season was meaningless from a championship standpoint and we had no idea whether the "champion" was deserving.  The current 4 team format leaves out at least 1 power conference every year, sometimes 2, and again sometimes a deserving team may be left out.  There's really no discernible difference between Oklahoma and OSU but one is left out.  I hate to say it but OSU may be the best team at the current time based on recent performance.  There is just not enough interconference play to say, for certain, that one conference is clearly superior.  The SEC is probably best (at the top) but has benefited from bias which has likely resulted in additional championships recently - the bias is reinforcing.  Heck, one "championship" was an all SEC affair - it was ridiculous and a bogus championship, in my opinion.  An 8 team playoff does dilute the field a bit much but it does allow adequate representation of all conferences - a 6 team playoff is probably enough and independents would just have to join a conference.

11/30/2018 - 11:55am It's trash.

It's trash.

11/27/2018 - 12:11am You present an interesting…

You present an interesting perspective but an incomplete one.  There are risks and benefits to absolutely everything in life.  These athletes are adults and capable of making their own decision regarding the matter.  As for CTE, the scientific picture is still murky and evolving.  Of course, it exists but the exact nature and extent of the risks are still not fully determined.  Unfortunately, the popular hysteria crushes any dissenting opinion or skepticism on the subject.  And lawyers will exploit this hysteria before all the facts are known.  I will probably even be down voted for even questioning this hysteria.  But that's beside the point.  People should be free to make their own decisions in life, to weigh risks and benefits and choose accordingly.  Nothing, absolutely nothing, is risk free.  Your paternalistic attitude, so common today, destroys this freedom.  And without freedom, life is without joy.

11/26/2018 - 12:59pm A very informative and…

A very informative and interesting writeup.

I don't entirely agree with some of the conclusions.  The offense isn't "just fine."  It was decent and would have been adequate if the defense and special teams did their part.  But it needs to be much more explosive to keep up with the opponent on a day like Saturday.  We have the talent but don't utilize it well.  Like any defense, our Don Brown defense has some weaknesses which can be exploited - but I don't think it's prudent to try changing that drastically given the overall success.  21 of OSU's points were gifted to them due to INT's and a blocked kick and a couple late scores were probably due to an emotional letdown, fatigue and injuries.

We do need to make some improvements to address these issues.  A new OC would probably be a great start.  Continuing to recruit for greater overall depth as well as speed in the secondary on defense would be the next area of focus.

But I agree that it is not appropriate to draw too many conclusions from a single bad game, really less than one bad half.  We have the talent and ability to beat OSU.   Except for some bad breaks and an incredibly inept QB performance, we had them beaten the last two years.  OSU was destroyed by one team with lesser talent this year (and last year) and should have lost a couple more to others with much lesser talent.

So our recent futility against OSU is bizarre. It's like a curse.  It's combination of bad luck and likely something else.  It may be preparation.  Maybe OSU prepares better for this game, making it a major focus.

11/25/2018 - 10:44pm Yes, people have a right to…

Yes, people have a right to be whiny bitches, lol.

11/25/2018 - 5:15pm It’s good to hear a…

It’s good to hear a reasonable take after reading all the whiny crap on the board.  Bottom line, it was one game - really less than one bad half against a very talented team.  As bad as it looked, the difference was a handful of plays.  Do we judge OSU based purely on its debacles (arguably much worse) against Iowa last year and Purdue this year?  Of course not.  We have become a very good program again under JH.  We are just a few plays from being 6-2 against our main rivals. I don’t know if JH can get us to the next level but he’s our best shot. If he’s flexible (replacing our OC and opening up the offense for instance), I think he just might.

11/21/2018 - 1:51pm It's a team game.

It's a team game.

11/18/2018 - 2:48pm Nice rebound and assist by…

Nice rebound and assist by Poole.  He had an earlier assist after a steal that isn't in the box score.  Good to see him working on all parts of his game.

11/17/2018 - 1:17pm Poole Party!!!

Poole Party!!!

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 #%#}!