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11/18/2018 - 4:47pm Yep, one game is just one…

Yep, one game is just one game and no November game is season defining. But North Carolina is a potential final four team and arguably the best team on our schedule all season so it will be a good test of where we're at. 

11/18/2018 - 4:37pm Defense is killing it and Z…

Defense is killing it and Z continues to control everything smoothly. Nice days for Teske and Livers. It was encouraging to see that the offensive performance didn't completely grind to a halt with Matthews having a very quiet day, partly due to the early 2nd and 3rd fouls. Seemed like we gave up a fair amount of OReb and had some odd box out fouls but Providence looked long too so probably not a real concern at this point. Still want to see a bit more out of Poole on offense if we're going to improve there. The 7 man rotation seems set as we didn't expand that even with a back to back but they will have to avoid foul trouble as that limits lineup flexibility. Overall, a pretty comfortable win over a team that figures to be a potential tournament team and obviously we killed Villanova and GW too so this was a fantastic week. Can't wait to see how they stack up against North Carolina. 

11/16/2018 - 1:36am Samantha and Sword?

 

Samantha and Sword?

 

Could also go Courtney and Morgan if you're into generic Carr era OLineman.

 

Morgan and Trent?

 

Terrance and Taylor? That's actually a good one.

 

Or just go with the obvious and name the girl McGuffie and the boy Fuck Lion. 

10/27/2018 - 12:18pm Not sure that data point…

Not sure that data point truly supports your point. Andrew Luck was a #1 draft pick who completed 71% of his passes, topped 3500 yards by a mere 17 yards, and played 8 games in California, 2 in Arizona, one at Oregon State, and one at Duke in September. No way he gets to 3500 yards playing in B1G weather and against a B1G East schedule + Notre Dame + Wisconsin + Iowa defenses which is what Patterson will face next year. 

10/27/2018 - 12:04pm It seems like the people who…

It seems like the people who cover M football in the media have all been operating under the assumption Patterson is gone after this year since he arrived on campus. Have to figure that there is a good reason for that even if he looks more like a mid-round guy. 

Runyon seems likely to retain his job as a starter. 

We'll see about Charbonnet but I'd but Wilson ahead of Turner on any depth chart given the way current playing time has been doled out. 

Will Brad Robbins take his career in a different direction, given how Hart has seized that job?

The talent is there on defense but they'd be much less experienced. Losing a lot with Winovich, Gary, Bush, maybe Long, maybe Hill, Watson, Kinnel plus depth with Marshall, Mone, Furbush. Might need some time and seasoning and could be a modest step back next year. Obviously depends on who declares. 

10/21/2018 - 1:09am Yes. The whole group…

Yes. The whole group correctly thinks your title sucks. 

10/21/2018 - 1:05am Or, it could just be a bad…

Or, it could just be a bad title since numerous people had the same exact reaction. Hello is reserved for commitments. Pretty simple. 

10/21/2018 - 12:57am Even with the question mark,…

Even with the question mark, title is very misleading. Could have just done it without the word Hello. I'd suggest you edit it, except...

10/20/2018 - 5:46pm Some of the timing on the…

Some of the timing on the play action calls makes it less than optimally effective. 

 

Wouldn't mind seeing a few more of the RPOs and fewer jet sweeps. The call and the personnel are too synchronized too, e.g. when you see Bell go in motion you know which is a bit DeBordian. 

10/20/2018 - 5:30pm 2016 Rutgers game might have…

2016 Rutgers game might have been bigger domination statistically but yeah, best of at least Harbaugh era if you adjust for the competition. And one of the best in the 35 years I've been watching M football. 

10/20/2018 - 5:14pm Pretty amazing domination. I…

Pretty amazing domination. I don't think they had a drive of 25 yards if you back out penalty yards from a few drives. Rutgers level domination in the passing game. Very impressive accomplishment.  

10/20/2018 - 5:04pm Fuck Sparty and fuck…

Fuck Sparty and fuck Dantonio. 

10/14/2018 - 8:02pm 3 star combo guard…

3 star combo guard. Borderline top 200 composite per 247. One of the few 2019 BB recruits with a Michigan offer. 

10/14/2018 - 2:13pm The only scenario is if LSU…

The only scenario is if LSU beats Alabama and goes on to the SECCG. There's no way Alabama gets left out given their decade of dominance and how they've steamrolled the rest of the their scenario because everyone believes they are the best team. In that case, you have a one loss LSU/Georgia as SEC champ and the SEC gets two teams. Then Clemson and ND and you have a problem. Not a likely scenario, but it's the most obvious problem I see. 

I know some people wouldn't agree with picking a non-conference champ Alabama over a BIG champ but that would happen, for better or worse.

09/30/2018 - 10:30am They're similar except that…

They're similar except that one had a program that rapidly deteriorated and the other built his program up to a top 10 NYD bowl level? Hoke lost more games each year than the previous one and by years 3 & 4 our program under Hoke was falling apart and we were going 5-7 and 7-6. Meanwhile Franklin took a program in worse condition and built it up to 11-2 in years 3 and 4 with Rose/Fiesta appearances. 

Better comparison is Mack Brown, "he's just a CEO with talent" while he was going 10-2 every year. 

09/23/2018 - 2:01pm True. But you can just use…

True. But you can just use end of season ranking though to come up for some numbers that are then adjusted for how good your opponent was thought to be once a full season of info was available instead of while incomplete info is available earlier in season. 

09/23/2018 - 1:59pm Is it really a road issue or…

Is it really a road issue or just the fact that we haven't been good enough to beat good teams? Since we crushed Maryland in 2016 we're 12-9. We've had losses @Iowa, @OSU, vs FSU, MSU, @PSU, @WI, OSU, vs SC, @ND. The wins are Indiana, vs Florida, Cincinnati, Air Force, @Purdue, @Indiana, Rutgers, Minnesota, @Maryland, WMU, SMU, Nebraska. We're not losing road games to meh teams and we're not winning home games against good teams so it seems like quality of opponent than venue. Last year we lost to both MSU and OSU at home and probably the best wins we've had in those 21 games are last year on the road @Purdue, and @Indiana. Basically, with FL and NE being shit teams, we've beaten every weak team we played and lost to every top 25ish team. 

We're scoring about 17 ppg in those 9 losses, even with the benefit of turnovers, defensive and special team generated scoring. And the 21 points the offense (11 from D/ST) put up against FSU is the only team we've even gone above 17 points in regulation in those 9 games. So really until we see the offense move the ball effectively against a good defense it's all TBD despite the positive signs yesterday. 

09/16/2018 - 11:33am Why do people always talk…

Why do people always talk about improvement as if we are going to improve but other teams won't? It is possible for other teams to improve too, perhaps even more than we do. This isn't a particularly young team with experience on the defense, 4th/5th year guys at OT, and outside of WR/Ruiz almost everyone who is starting is in their 3rd, 4th, or 5th years. We also don't exactly have a stellar record of finishing the season strong lately going 5-7 in the last 4 games of each of Harbaugh's years. Opponent quality is a big factor there but aside from Rudock's improvement there really hasn't been a strong in season improving trend under Harbaugh like you see with say PSU 2016 etc. I guess we'll see but you're counting on something to help us that may just as well work against us. 

09/09/2018 - 11:02am It's not trolling, it's just…

It's not trolling, it's just another data point that indicates no one should be optimistic against how this offense will fare against good competition. Ball State had about as much success against Notre Dame as we did. Syracuse also put up more points and yards than we did against WMU, who clearly has a really bad defense. They accomplished the goal of winning today but having production comparable to a Ball State or Syracuse won't cut it in the B1G. 

04/21/2018 - 9:35am As a person living in one of

As a person living in one of the now 9 states with legalized recreational weed, this is actually kind of a thing. But in the end, growing weed is just ag, distribution is just distribution, and retailing really isn't much different so aside from the barriers to entry on the regulatory side it's too easy for competitors to move in. Definitely a lot of money to be made but not a gold rush. 

04/01/2018 - 1:30pm I can see the similarity but

I can see the similarity but I think that fundamentally those were different circumstances. That was a team with vastly more athleticism playing down to the level of the competition. They didn't even show up for that first half against UCLA in the round of 32 I think it was. Lack of intensity is a bit easier to turn on. Whereas this team is prone to cold shooting streaks. Anything can happen in one game, but I don't know that you can step up your perimeter shooting TAMU levels, which may be what is required to win, in the same way the 93 team was able to up their game. 

04/01/2018 - 1:20pm As long as we don't try to

As long as we don't try to start a land war in Asia we should be good. 

04/01/2018 - 12:56pm Nor 1997 either. Though some

Nor 1997 either. Though some bureaucrats claim that never happened. 

04/01/2018 - 12:54pm Remember the roof getting

Remember the roof getting torn off of...China Gate was it? Old memories. 

03/25/2018 - 11:54am TT and KU for sure. Won't

TT and KU for sure. Won't happen though. I could stomach a loss to Villanova in the NCG better than another one to Duke, even though I think Villanova is probably the best team and thus a tougher opponent. Although that's probably offset by matchup issues against Duke. So I guess in summary, Fuck Duke!

03/25/2018 - 11:46am Play fast? They're 315th in

Play fast? They're 315th in tempo. Unless you mean their players are quick etc, which relative to the quickness you can typically expect in a final four game isn't really the case. 

03/24/2018 - 11:20pm Amazing. To go 4 for 22 from

Amazing. To go 4 for 22 from 3 and win is a testament to how awesome the defense is. Woot woot. 

03/24/2018 - 11:17pm Final Four!!!

Final Four!!!

02/22/2018 - 2:53pm What's wrong with that? Seems

What's wrong with that? Seems like good coaching and classic up tempo ball handling. Quickly penetrate and get your shot off before the 30 second shot clock expires. 

01/28/2018 - 10:00am I don't know if I would say

I don't know if I would say Izzo is fine. Even if you think his accountability for this scandal won't get him fired (not sure I agree but that's been discussed in depth elsewhere), he is about to have a gigantic comprehensive high profile investigation into the program. An investigation backed by law enforcement/subpoena powers. While Izzo isn't particularly dirty by most accounts, the nature of college basketball recruiting puts him on very shaky ground. 

01/28/2018 - 9:50am I dunno about that. Briles

I dunno about that. Briles couldn't even get a job as a CFL assistant without an uproar.

They are both in their 60s as Dantonio is only a year younger than Izzo. Neither is young enough to go through the requisite cooling off period and lower level job success necessary to get another high level job.

Decent chance they could get NFL/NBA assistant jobs but given their age, past career success, and lifetime earnings that probably doesn't have much appeal. 

01/21/2018 - 6:01pm I dunno about that. You're

I dunno about that. You're right about playing time for next year, but in terms of overall roster construction and opportunity cost we would not be taking a flier on a fifth year guy at a position that isn't a huge depth need if we had other great options to get tot 85 with freshmen that we truly wanted long-term. We mostly missed on those guys. 

01/14/2018 - 10:17am Looks like he has a website

Looks like he has a website with several videos:

https://sam-mcguffie.com

01/12/2018 - 7:37am Hard to say. I've heard the

Hard to say. I've heard the same thing in regards to Denver which anyone who has walked 16th Street lately can attest too. But it's hard to seperate out some of the other factors that play into homelessness like the increasing lack of affordable housing for LMI individuals and the opiod crisis. 

 

Personally, I think it is a net positive. Weed was available before and there hasn't been substantial increase in consumption. Tax revenue is generated. I'd rather people pay a licensed business operating in compliance with our state regulations rather than support street criminals who will ultimately funnel those profits back to the extraordinarily violent and destructive cartels. 

01/10/2018 - 8:12pm I'd say 2008 was probably

I'd say 2008 was probably worse, but that's a distinction without a difference as this year was horrible either way. 

01/09/2018 - 9:29am But they have good players

But they have good players across the board. Their freshman are playing because usually they are really good (5 star talent galore) and those guys beat out solid experienced players to see the field. Some of our young guys have played because there is no other solid option. I mean, pretty clearly Harbaugh did not want to play Peters at that point and resisted until he had no choice with Speight's injury and O'Korn's struggles. DPJ needed some grooming but had to play because our experienced wideouts are so thin. Ruiz would probably have redshirted at AL or OSU because he was a functional piece, but only that at this point (which is still pretty good for a 1st year OL). Without taking a stance on Metellus's play, his competition was a true freshman and a walk-on so he basically had to play. We need better depth of talent and competition.

01/06/2018 - 5:10pm Wait, how far did the punt

Wait, how far did his punting ass kick it? Because the team the team the team could use another punter. 

01/05/2018 - 2:52pm It's 2018 and he's not even

It's 2018 and he's not even practicing for an injury that occured in 2016. Best of luck to him on his recovery and maybe he can make it back to at least play again but hard to see how he's a starter ever again. 

01/05/2018 - 2:27pm Petit-Frere, Friday and Reese

Petit-Frere, Friday and Reese would certainly be a very good end to the class. That said, we're 14th now in the rankings and that includes Reese who may well bail. Plus we aren't in on many other players at this point so this may be more of a top 20 rather than a top 10 class once it all shakes out. It's thin on top talent, I wouldn't call it excellent but it can be a solid class. 

01/05/2018 - 1:50pm You can get away with one

You can get away with one mediocre recruiting class especially when the 2 prior classes had lots of quantity. You just can't have two in a row. Will probably be a smaller class anyway in 2019 too. 

01/05/2018 - 1:38pm Could see Furbush getting the

Could see Furbush getting the firm handshake, or jetting of his own accord. Normally a contributer who plays doesn't get that treatment but there is a ton of young LB talent underneath and if some of those redshirts or younger guys project to pass him by autumn then it wouldn't be suprising if he is out. 

01/05/2018 - 1:35pm Yep 11 seniors, good

Yep 11 seniors, good catch.

 

Also commits is 5 not 4 though that may be intentional with Reese. But then obviously if he does stick, it bumps the freshmen from 32 to 33 while commits would remain at 4. 

01/05/2018 - 1:25pm Agree on Watson, Bunting and

Agree on Watson, Bunting and Marshall.

 

I know JBB is...well, yeah. But he was still at least enough in the mix to start this year. Given the paucity of proven OTs it seems like the one spot where you least want to kick someone to the curb is the position where you are most desperate for any serviceable solution. I mean I get what you're saying, but he's probably still at least in the two deep as one of our 4 best OTs with Cole gone. 

01/05/2018 - 1:21pm Seems pretty optimistic but

Seems pretty optimistic but I'm admittedly a pessimist. To me, you're taking a 5 loss team and swapping out a game against an atrocious Florida team with a road game @Notre Dame and swap out @Purdue for @NW. You get PSU and WI at home but have OSU and MSU on the road. This is still a young roster with a new QB (maybe) and coaching staff turnover that may wind up being half the staff. I expect we'll be a significantly better team but we've got a lot of improvement to do to be a CFP contender. So much depends on Patterson obviously who is new to the program and isn't even officially eligible yet. Then, even if you have no upsets, and you assume Nebraska still sucks and we beat them, you still have to win 6 out of 7 out of @ND, WI, PSU, @MSU, @NW, @OSU and a probable rematch with WI in B1G championship to come up with the 1 loss record and conference championship that is usually necessary to get to the CFP. Yep, it could happen but that's an extremely favorable outcome. Also probably necessitates winning in Columbus since a loss to them makes any tiebreaker path pretty challenging. 

 

And even then, are we talking about just making the CFP and being MSU 2015 CFP good, or Washington/OSU 2016 good, or are we talking about being able to beat Alabama? Because those are two different levels of quality. 

01/05/2018 - 10:39am You're setting yourself up

You're setting yourself up for disappointment. The offense next year may be something like solid or respectable or top 30. But there is no way the dysfunctional offense we saw on Monday loses Cole and in one offseason becomes "pumping on all cylinders" at the start of the 2018 season. Especially given the virtual certainty of a first year new offensive staff. And what is still a relatively young roster on both sides of the ball with basically 2 to 4 seniors on offense. It'll get fixed but it's highly unlikely to happen that fast.

 

I know people are really fucking tired of kicking the can down the road but the roster plus the schedules do point towards 2019 as the year when pumping on all cylinders may happen. 

01/04/2018 - 5:17pm On paper it might make sense

On paper it might make sense but it's just not a good idea. Having Hoke as a coach would be like being friends with your ex-, or trying to move back to your hometown where you grew up. Thomas Wolfe was right. 

 

Also, there's the whole Morris/player safety thing which is also a disqualifer. 

 

 

01/04/2018 - 9:19am Sarkisian was another one

Sarkisian was another one that came to mind although hard to imagine he'd make that move unless he is not retained as OC by the Falcons. 

01/03/2018 - 10:02pm Wofford or North Carolina are

Wofford or North Carolina are the two that come to mind as most similar. 

01/03/2018 - 3:10pm Yep, pretty sure about that.

Yep, pretty sure about that. If you want to re-visit RR, start with about 87 defensive issues, Greg Robinson, recruiting, culture etc. Lack of appreciation for rivalries wasnt the issue. His 15-22 record and shitty football was. 

 

The problem is that we needed more David Long (CA), Rashan Gary (NJ), Jabrill Peppers (NJ), Mo Hurst (MA) guys and fewer Reon Dawson (Ohio), Jaron Dukes (Ohio), AJ Williams (Ohio), Allen Gant (OH), Kaleb Ringer (OH) types over the last dozen years. It's not a rivalry problem, it's a mediocre football problem. I'll take great players no matter where they come from as our best strategy for winning more of those games in the future. 

 

If we were going 10-2 every year and losing to OSU and MSU your argument would have more merit but we all know the last decade was characterized by a lot of meh football at Michigan. The rivalry games have minimal impact on the overall season's record for each program. MSU has won 10 games 6 of the last 8 years because they are a good program under Dantonio. OSU has won 11 games in each of the Meyer years because they are a top 5 national program. We haven't been.

 

Again, we don't have a problem with rivalry games; we have a problem that our rivals are better at football than we are for the last decade. Correlation is not causation and the Ohio recruiting situation is as much an effect of OSU surpassing us on the field as it is a cause of our problems. Do you think it is by coincidence that our shitty decade coincides with Ohio hiring two very good (but sketchy obviously) coaches in Tressell and Meyer, MSU having Dantonio while we hired RichRod and Brady Hoke plus had the late Carr recruiting malaise for the 2005-2007 classes? Ohio kids are fine and we've had plenty of great ones but there is nothing magical about them. We just need to be better at football and the rivalry stuff will sort itself out. 

01/03/2018 - 1:22pm Meh. Players are players

Meh. Players are players whether they are from Ohio or not. If Enos is a good recruitier, great. But we're not losing to OSU because their players having some deeper level of understanding of the rivalry but because they've had much better talent. And on the whole they've had better coaching too for the last dozen years. Let's just get more talent from anywhere.