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07/10/2018 - 1:09pm I think my original point…

I think my original point stands.  Dayne won the Heisman in 1999, which was Vick's freshman year.  Vick won some other "player of the year" awards, but Dayne won the Heisman.

07/10/2018 - 1:07pm He average 6.0 yards per…

He average 6.0 yards per carry that year.

07/10/2018 - 9:19am Have to take issue with your…

Have to take issue with your Ron Dayne comment.  Dude ran for 2,034 yards and 20 TD's to cap off his career as the Division 1-A all-time leading rusher.  He deserved a Heisman.

06/16/2018 - 10:08pm That would actually be the…

That would actually be the easy way out for him.  Do you think he really wants to go out there tomorrow and play 18 totally meaningless holes?  Withdrawing would be doing himself a favor.

06/16/2018 - 10:05pm Have to disagree about it…

Have to disagree about it being a huge advantage not to play his next shot from well off the green.  He took a two stroke penalty plus the stroke for the putt.  Give Phil three shots from off the green and he will get it within four feet every time.

06/07/2018 - 2:51pm You misread the thread title…

You misread the thread title - it said "unpopular opinions."  Not "opinions everyone agrees with."

04/04/2018 - 11:45am Michigan can do this

If we played like we did in the Regionals, I think we take down Notre Dame.  OSU is better than Minnesota Duluth and I expect them to win.  That sets up an epic rival final.  It's really tough to beat a good team every time you play them, especially 6 times.  It reminds me of the 1993-94 season.  One of the best hockey teams Michigan has had beat Lake Superior all 5 times they played in the season and CCHA Championship.  But, LSSU took out Michigan in overtime, in the Regional Final, on their way to a National Championship.  It was really frustrating to be better than your rival all season, but lose the one game that counts most.  Let's hope that's the feeling OSU has Saturday night. 

02/23/2018 - 8:26am Good to see Drevno's family posts here

Everything you said is true, but you left out some important information.  Like the fact that Drevno coaches the OL, which was responsible for the 3 QB thing.  Also, and this was the final straw to me - we had a month to practice for the bowl game and yet the offense looked like a bad JV team in the bowl.  It's time to try someone else.

12/05/2017 - 12:06am Good teams make their own luck

You're right to an extent, but it wasn't all luck.  Ohio St. outhustled Michigan in the second half, that's "wanting it more."  And most importantly, Beilein did a terrible job with his personnel decisions in the second half.  The offense clearly looks better when Brooks is playing point guard.  So what does Beilein do when the team is struggling offensively, he plays Simpson 14 minutes and Brooks for only 6.  Robinson is a clear liability defensively and can't throw the ball in the ocean this year, so let's give him 30 minutes.  If he can't shoot, there is no reason to play him.  And why not give Poole more minutes when Matthews was clearly struggling?  That is "getting outcoached," not luck. 

11/14/2017 - 8:18am Neighborhood Parking

We've been there twice and both times we drove around the neighborhoods a couple blocks from Camp Randall.  Found some small apartment complexes that make residents move their cars on game days.  Good tailgating and only a few blocks away.

10/06/2017 - 9:22pm Nice win to start the Mel Pearson era.

Good win on the road.

10/06/2017 - 9:18pm 1:23 left, still 3-1 Michigan.

The team isn't going to be an offensive juggernaut, but better effort in the defensive end compared to last year.  Hughes might be only 17, but he looks like the real deal.

08/10/2017 - 3:14pm Shegos was the man

He and Piotrowski were clearly the best referees in the CCHA and thankfully were usually assigned to Michigan's big games because of that.  Was glad to see Brian correct Megaphone about Piotrowski. 

04/11/2017 - 1:36pm Thank You Red

Good testimonial by Brian.  Not only did Red build the Michigan program into a national powerhouse, he did it playing the most exciting brand of hockey.  Freewheeling, offensive and exciting, with a little more defense built in come tournament time.

Great memories of all the games my wife and I went to at Yost and Joe Louis.  Road trips to MSU, Western, Ferris, Bowling Green, Omaha, Notre Dame, Illinois-Chicago (and some suburban rink the year they couldn't play in the Pavillion).  All the Regionals at Yost, the Joe, Munn, Fort Wayne and Dane County.  The Frozen Four trips to Albany, Milwaukee, Providence, Cincinnati, Boston and Buffalo.  It was a great time and we have Red to thank for it.

For the future, Mel Pearson might not be the absolute best coach available, but he is the best coach for this particular job.  He was instrumental in building the Michigan program with Red and his importance was made obvious by the program's slide since he left.  He deserves the job if he wants it and I really hope he does. 


04/07/2017 - 9:08am You nailed it

Do all the things to honor him, but tell him that it's over.  The recruiting classes have really dropped off the last two years and we can't afford to waste another class.  Let's face it, it's hard for a coach to recruit when the kids know he could be gone anytime.  And the in-game coaching has fallen off since Mel left.  Bring back Mel and have him say all the right things about Red in a joint press conference.

01/20/2017 - 8:42am Yes Please

I wouild be very happy with either of them.  I'd prefer Mel, because to me he would be the returning hero coming back to fix things.  Gadowsky has done an unbelievable job at Penn St., but I'm not sure he would leave.  One of those two and I'm happy.

I think there's also a non-zero chance that Red wants to come back next year.  If Warde doesn't do the right thing and tell him no, I could live with that on one condition - he has to get rid of Wiseman.  It's obvious he's letting Wiseman run the team and it's obvious Wiseman isn't coaching a system very well.

01/19/2017 - 10:26am Can't get behind that

You lost me at "Yes, I know he's a Sparty."  If we were a lower level program that had to take a risk or if someone like Mel isn't interested, maybe I could get past the Sparty thing.  We can attract candidates on the same level as Cole, so being a Sparty is a disqualifier for me.

01/13/2017 - 10:57pm Crazy talent and great coaching in the 90's

6 Frozen Fours in 7 years - 2 championships and 4 semi-final losses.  And the year we didn't make it, we got screwed by the NCAA by getting paired in the Regionals with a very good Lake Superior St. team that we had went 4-0 against during the season.  They beat us in overrtime at a very hostile Munn Arena and went on to win it all.  The talent was incredible and the coaching was great.  

The 00's was more of a normal decade for what was still one of the best programs in the country every year.  

The 10's is very simple - Mel Pearson left to become head coach at Michigan Tech.   

01/10/2017 - 10:10am Thank You

The OP asks a valid football question and gets about two actual responses, along with about 15 others thinking they're cute or deeming it non-thread worthy.  Thanks for the valid response.

12/06/2016 - 8:43am Talent only goes so far

His work ethic is awful, which even when paired with great talent, doesn't usually work out very well in the NFL (see Jadeveon Clowney).  It's also a bad sign that most of the energy he expends during games is when he's rolling around on the ground acting like he's injured. 

BTW, most MSU players don't get bigger when they enter the NFL.  Wonder why that is?

11/14/2016 - 1:03pm OSU would have went

Penn State would have been eliminated due to a worse overall record, then OSU would go due to the head-to-head result with us.

10/15/2016 - 1:52am Have to disagree

I think calling Strong the Texas version of Rich Rod is a great comparison.  But, I can't believe many people would agree that Louisville to Texas and West Virginia to Michigan are lateral moves.  They're all power 5 schools, but that's about where the comparisons end.

10/13/2016 - 9:21am A second for the Airliner

They had great pizza.  I was going to add that following the Iowa Beer Band was fantastic, but I see they stopped the practice last year.

08/28/2016 - 11:36pm One glaring omission

I'm going to assume he's not in the top 4, and have to give some props to a hockey player that should be included in Michigan's top 25.  Brendan Morrison is Michigan's all time leading scorer.  He was 1st team All-CCHA 3 years. 2 time CCHA Player of the Year and CCHA Rookie of the Year in his freshmen year.  He won the Hobey Baker award as the NCAA's most outstanding player in his senior season.  And most importantly to us Michigan hockey fans, in 1996 he scored the overtime goal to give Michigan it's first national championship in 32 years.  He belongs in any Michigan top 25 list.

08/13/2016 - 3:18pm Lock the thread

Those maize jerseys are perfect.  The blue ones are also much better than the new NIke version.  But, geez that guy needs a haircut...

08/12/2016 - 1:06pm Most annoying

Checking out this thread to see how the game is going and seeing nothing but comments about everything other than the game.

07/26/2016 - 8:37am Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday WD!  Nikes and beer for everyone.

07/24/2016 - 2:22pm Yes

Maybe it's just "get off my lawn" syndrome, but I really don't care for the Jumpman logo on the football apparel.  It makes sense on basketball stuff, but...

07/15/2016 - 10:52am No, you shouldn't

You're not a bigot, you're right.  This line from the article is ridiculous "Finn, who just finished her junior year, was angry when she found out that at one time women weren't awarded the same jackets, and wanted justice."

The word "justice" has no place in this discussion.  It applies to much bigger issues than whether mens and womens jackets look the same.

05/15/2016 - 2:20am A lot of coaching opportunities from that game

We'll still be the #2 seed for the NCAA tourney and Hutch has plenty to coach about this week - errors, no timely hitting, awful pitching accuracy.  That all needs to improve greatly to have any chance in the tourney.

05/14/2016 - 3:35pm Hopefully our next coach

He was an assistant coach at Michigan from 1988-2011, including being the Associate Head Coach from 1999 on.  He turned down other head coaching opportunities until taking the head job at his alma mater, Michigan Tech, in 2011.  Tech was awful, going 4-30-4 the season before.  Mel has turned the program around with winning seasons the last two years.

Some of us consider him to be almost as important as Red in turning Michigan into a hockey power.  The program has clearly falling off since Mel left.  I'm eager for Red to retire and Mel to return as the head coach.

05/11/2016 - 2:24pm Of course, but...

2016 Betsa > 2015 Betsa

04/29/2016 - 10:25pm Think it would hurt UNO's attendance

It's only an hour from Lincoln to Omaha and it seems like a number of their fans make the trip down for games.  We've been to 4 games there and it was funny that more fans wore Nebraska football jerseys than UNO hockey ones.

04/29/2016 - 10:06pm That was great

Loved when you could just wander around the stadium.  I proposed to my wife in the endzone.  We parked on the Main St side of the stadium for a basketball game and walked through the stadium to get to Crisler.  

04/21/2016 - 11:57pm Lighten Up Francis

The self appointed board police is probably the worst thing about this board.  It's the offseason and you're going to complain about about people talking about an MSU QB and the NFL draft?  Don't click on the link, but 147 replies so far shows you're in the minority.

04/18/2016 - 9:50am But,

Abdelkader kind of had the chicken taunt coming.  He pounded the guy that was down on the ice last game, but then wouldn't go straight up against Boyle.  Typical Sparty.

04/06/2016 - 8:07am From 1997

Michigan Replay used "Push" by 3 Doors Down with a montage/tribute to the 97' defense.  It was great.   

04/03/2016 - 11:01pm I'll admit to being oldish

We were there.  Great card with Ricky Steamboat vs. the Macho Man being the best match.

03/26/2016 - 12:59am Maybe not game of their lives, but close

I'd love to think we should win tomorrow, but you're right that this is the best team Michigan's played this year.  Probably the best team in the country.  But all it takes is one game and there's some history here.  The last time Michigan played North Dakota in the tourney, that Michigan team played the game of their lives against the best team in the country that year.  

It's going to take a much better effort than today, but this team can do it.  Go Blue!

03/25/2016 - 11:14am Nice

Great post and I agree on all counts.  We started following Michigan hockey during the Felsner years.  He, Roberts and Shields are the players most responsible for Michigan making the jump to an elite program.  Felsner was great at taking a defensman one-on-one and scoring. 

Then Morrison showed up.  When people talk about how some athletes see the game better than others, Morrison is a perfect example.  Always poised, always in control and fantastic to watch over 4 years.  I still remember sitting there in Cincy hoping he could get to that puck in time to end the torture the NCAA tournament had been the previous 4 years.

Connor is the best player I've seen at Michigan since Morrison.  He's got the same vision and poise that Morrison had and he's probably the best shooter Michigan has had.  Whether it's a one timer or a wrist shot, he always hits a corner.  If he played at Michigan for 4 years, he would probably surpass Morrison.  But since he's only going to play one, I have to give the honor to Morrison.

03/17/2016 - 10:19pm Nah, too small

If both Michigan and MSU are good, 7-8,000 is way too small.  I've been to many UM/MSU games at Joe Louis with crowds over 15,000.  

I'm sure the same is true for Minnesota/Wisconsin games in the Twin Cities when both teams are good.  The problem is as you said, the conference is too spread out geographically to have the tournament anywhere where fans from all 6 schools can reasonably travel to attend.

03/09/2016 - 11:42am What do you do at goalie?

Racine has clearly been the better goalie this season, but he's been awful the last 3 games.  And that OT goal was atrocious.  I think I'd go with Nagelvoort on Friday.

03/09/2016 - 7:29am Good

It will be great to have the game 2 analysis since nobody could be bothered to put the game on TV.  Thanks for all the great work you do on these.

03/07/2016 - 2:51pm This is such a no-brainer hiring process

Step 1 - Make Mel Pearson an offer he can't refuse.  End process.

It was pretty clear when Mel was here that he was more involved than your typical assistant coach.  That's become even more clear since Wiseman replaced him.  We just don't look like a well coached team anymore.  The team makes the same mistakes over and over and the lousy effort against the bottom teams in the B10 has killed us for 3 years now.  Meanwhile, Tech is at a different level than they have been in forever. 

Red's a legend.  He took a terrible hockey program and built it to the best program in the country.  But it's time to turn that program over to the person that most helped him build it.   

03/06/2016 - 11:22am It's a non-issue

SB Nation has an article from July 2015 that says "Michigan Tech has some protection from Pearson leaving in the form of a hefty buyout. His current buyout is $300,000 until May of next year, then decreases in $50,000 increments each remaining year of the contract."

That's a drop in the bucket to get the coach you want.

03/05/2016 - 1:46am Bravo

From a serious Michigan hockey fan for over 25 years, your post deserves more than an upvote. You weren't melting down about one game.  It's the frustration of seeing the same thing for 4 years now.  Having more talent that almost every team in college hockey, yet losing to really bad teams every year.  It's looking great at times, then losing every big game.  Seeing a lack of effort cost us multiple games every year.  After watching them be the best program in college hockey for a long stretch of time, it's been hard to watch them the past four years.      

02/29/2016 - 8:41am Valid points on both sides

The B10 hockey conference is here to stay, but that doesn't mean it's always going to be what it is now.  The timing of starting the conference just coincided with Wisconsin and Michigan State performing at historical lows.  Neither of them is going to stay at that level.  If they're at their "normal" level, this conference is a beast.  The other problem is that there needs to be two more teams in the league.  The B10 needs to be in discussions with the schools that have good club teams//and or new arenas locally.  And if that isn't going to happen, consider Arizona St or Notre Dame.  It is boring playing the same 5 teams for 4 months.

Finally, as a hockey season ticket holder for 20 years before we moved, I do miss the CCHA.  It was fun having rivalries against the smaller schools and the in-state schools.  But even there, things changed.  For a long time, Lake Superior was the biggest games of the year.  But when they couldn't maintain their level, we rotated through other rivalries like Notre Dame, Ferris and Miami (OH).  It the B10 can add a couple teams, the conference can get back to that level.

02/26/2016 - 11:30pm Awful

There's no excuse that this team isn't going to win the season title.  We're easily the most talented team in the league but make just enough mistakes to give games away.  Minnesota has been better than us the past couple years, but not this year.  We're a better team but yet they're going to win the league.

02/26/2016 - 10:42pm One period for a banner

C'mon guys - give it everything you have for one period.  Our first Big Ten regular season title is that close.

02/25/2016 - 10:48pm Great win, but...

Excellent performance and a great win tonight.  Anything less than a tie tomorrow and it doesn't matter though.  Win tomorrow and they can start printing the banner.