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11/18/2018 - 1:35am You think they kept…

You think they kept offensive stuff in their pockets, but allowed Patterson to run and take hits? I did not like seeing the runs in traffic, but they saved our butts a couple times.

11/18/2018 - 1:27am I really don't know, but I'd…

I really don't know, but I'd guess it's like free-throw shooting where mind and muscle are all out of whack. If it's not some sort of injury, he's going to need some down time during the off season to get it sorted out. If he hasn't blown coach's confidence: unfortunately for him, he left the door open and the competition just walked in.

11/18/2018 - 1:21am Perhaps, but it sure would…

Perhaps, but it sure would've been a lot more difficult.

11/18/2018 - 12:39am "We got to see a competent…

"We got to see a competent kicking game as well."

This is a pretty big deal. Knowing you've got 3 points in your back pocket changes what you can call once you get near the red zone. And you know opposing defenses were aware of those struggles, too, and what they mean you're likely to try to do to compensate.

11/18/2018 - 12:29am I think you're right; at the…

I think you're right; at the same time, it was another one of those wins that felt too much like a loss. Foolishly, I was expecting it to be a lot easier. Besides the injuries, it was most deflating when Shea had to start pulling to get the first down - it meant the coaches knew that the risk to Shae was less than the risk we'd lose. I hate that it was necessary pre-OSU.

11/18/2018 - 12:03am I was thinking exactly this…

I was thinking exactly this. That Stepaniak dude needs to be taken to the woodshed.

11/14/2018 - 10:44pm But who else does the hoops…

But who else does the hoops team need revenge against? UNC? Beat everyone who beat us in a title game? Took out Louisville during the tourney ...

1965 - UCLA

1976 - Indiana

1992* - Duke

1993* - UNC

2013 - Louisville* X

2018 - Villanova X

11/14/2018 - 10:24pm The hoops team just had a …

The hoops team just had a "Revenge Tour"(TM) of it's own tonight.

11/07/2018 - 10:47pm I am glad we're having this…

I am glad we're having this discussion.

11/04/2018 - 5:24pm Joe Pa? Harbaugh? HELL no!

Joe Pa? Harbaugh? HELL no!

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11/03/2018 - 11:03pm Shit, that's SEC recruiting,…

Shit, that's SEC recruiting, alright. I wonder how much the bag men paid for that walk?

11/03/2018 - 10:48pm What if Georgia catches…

What if Georgia catches Alabama napping in the SEC Championship game? Would beating 'Bama versus us beating a 3 or 4 loss B1G team be enough for them to vault us? I would suspect so.

11/03/2018 - 10:25pm Not sure how important he'd…

Not sure how important he'd be for the games themselves, but I hate that he'll miss development time for his future.

11/03/2018 - 10:20pm "...I think Michigan has…

"...I think Michigan has that gear available if it needs it."

I feel you, and I sure hope needing it becomes a problem! But we still have 4 games to win before that hope becomes a real possibility.

11/03/2018 - 10:00pm It looks to me like they…

It looks to me like they pretty much do the same thing all game. But the defense being so damn good forces their defense out on the field so much that the grind turns them to dust by the 3rd/4th quarter.

Then, our drives don't stall as much because we're getting larger chunks per play. They have to respond to this, making stuff available that maybe wasn't there in the first half. It builds on itself because the opponent's offense also has to start taking risks, which leads to pick sixes, and such.

I like it.

11/03/2018 - 9:40pm Yes. You make that luck by…

Yes. You make that luck by smothering the run plays, locking down receivers and just generally chasing and knocking the quarterback out of his comfort zone all day. If he only has two, maybe three, chances in a game to make a big play, he's more likely to screw it up because it's completely unexpected when it happens.

11/03/2018 - 9:34pm No one we've played has been…

No one we've played has been big enough to consistently run right at us, which is what you have to do. 'Bama is, LSU is. I really want the opportunity to worry about this.

11/03/2018 - 9:29pm It's not that he had bad…

It's not that he had bad form on the throw to Watson; it's that he telegraphed it. I mean he totally stared him down. It could have easily been picked off by his own guy.

11/03/2018 - 9:20pm I'd really like to see this…

I'd really like to see this get fixed. It feels like it's going to be important at some point.

10/27/2018 - 1:34am They both tried to marry…

They both tried to marry Michigan grads, but their proposals couldn't get accepted.

10/27/2018 - 12:37am Well, one of the most…

Well, one of the most enduring things Bo left us is that it's about the team. The team is 'Michigan.' Not Bo's Michigan, or Lloyd's, or Beilein's, or Yost's, and not just the sports. National Champion and All-American, or not, you forfeit all your good will in a hurry when you show the world you've forgotten that.

10/27/2018 - 12:23am Yup. Quit listening to him a…

Yup. Quit listening to him a couple years ago during his 'Rays Of Light' segments with Sam and Ira. He always came off negative towards the program and very know-it-all-y. Then he started sounding like my MSU-alum brother; as in going out of his way to find and point out wrong stuff about Michigan. This bothered me, but at first I thought maybe, as someone who'd been around the game a lot more I was, he knew something I didn't. But when he started criticizing Don Brown and down-playing his success with the defense, I knew he was full of shit and maybe bitter or something. So I simply tuned him out.

10/26/2018 - 9:09pm Nah, it was mitigated - we…

Nah, it was mitigated - we eventually got Harbaugh.

10/21/2018 - 2:26pm Yes, it's a matter of…

Yes, it's a matter of perspective - they see themselves as/desire to be equals to Alabama and should therefore be blowing out the Purdues of the world by 40 - 50 points each week. Given that expectation, their reaction could be seen as somewhat understandable.

10/21/2018 - 1:50pm “That's what we tried to do,…

“That's what we tried to do, 60 minutes of unnecessary roughness."

Lest anyone should forget: http://www.annarbor.com/sports/um-football/michigan-state-plays-dirty-but-its-michigans-lack-of-physicality-that-does-it-in/

 

10/21/2018 - 1:33pm He hitched on his approach…

He hitched on his approach on at least one of them. That could be on the snap and hold or his timing. It's really hard to say, but he didn't look settled and it just didn't look good from pre-snap all the way through. If it isn't an injury thing, you can be sure they'll be putting in tons of reps over the next couple weeks. Really hoping it gets sorted out soon; if it does, with his range, he goes from liability to potential game-changing weapon.

10/21/2018 - 1:09pm With what Warriner is doing…

With what Warriner is doing with this line, maybe we really don't have to be all doom and gloom when someone goes down (besides obviously feeling bad for the kid, of course). You have to figure he could be working up all the guys like he has JBB/Runyan.

10/20/2018 - 11:08pm I admit it. I came out of my…

I admit it. I came out of my dungeon at the close of the game today and told the wife the final score. She said "I'm sorry."

I was like "No, we won!"

"Really?!? Well it sure didn't sound like it!"

10/20/2018 - 11:03pm I'll take it, because it…

I'll take it, because it could be a lot worse; we all must know this by now.

10/20/2018 - 10:58pm I'm really hoping I just don…

I'm really hoping I just don't know crap about play calling (which is true) and a lot of what I thought was head scratching was merely setting the stage for later success.

10/20/2018 - 10:44pm Instead, we covered the…

Instead, we covered the spread. It was Michigan by 7.5, I believe.

10/20/2018 - 9:45pm Maybe Uche is really, really…

Maybe Uche is really, really good in his own right and the rest of the team stepped up some when they lost Gary. Or the defense is just playing at a higher level because they're improving as they play. And it's a coincidence that Gary happens to be out while it's happening.

10/20/2018 - 9:19pm I know! What the hell?!? I…

I know! What the hell?!? I was waiting for the chuckle after that; I thought surely he had to be kidding.

10/20/2018 - 9:14pm Well, I love how we've…

Well, I love how we've learned to play the carom. The one to Gentry was a key play we needed to get field position back.

10/20/2018 - 9:06pm Yeah, it irritated me more…

Yeah, it irritated me more than it should have when the announcer was going on as if MSU's backup QB had somehow ignited that drive! 4 straight penalties. I was like, "Put that idiot on his back and end this thing!"  And what do you know? They were listening! They can hear us!

10/20/2018 - 12:32am Dammit! I live in Winston…

Dammit! I live in Winston-Salem area and just figured this out (DirecTv). No Antenna Network...if I can't figure out a good stream of for this I'm going to be pretty hard to be around tomorrow.

Edit: it looks like it's available to stream through DirecTv app and web site. . .I've lived here for 20 years and this is the first time I've had this problem since before the BTN started. This Fox deal sucks.

10/14/2018 - 5:47pm Except for App St., PSU did…

Except for App St., PSU did not beat up on them. Instead of being one of those 'down' games, maybe it was actually telling?

10/13/2018 - 8:27pm Up the middle, Up the middle…

Up the middle, Up the middle, Up the middle, Up the middle, Load the box, end around...6 points.

10/09/2018 - 12:16am Well, I find it difficult to…

Well, I find it difficult to believe he won't completely change his tune if they beat us in a couple weeks.

10/07/2018 - 2:39pm Form may be it; I don't…

Form may be it; I don't really see them playing to strip the ball much. Guess what they're doing seems to be working just fine, so I'm not going to worry about it.

09/30/2018 - 2:55pm So this means that the way…

So this means that the way to beat OSU is to pressure Haskins, blanket the receivers, stay at home/sniff out the screens.

My nightmare:  We overcome a trash tornado. We take advantage of James Franklin to win a game we probably shouldn't. We get all the way to The Game with ND as our only blemish. A win over OSU away from our first B1G title game and a shot at the CFP.

We face egregious holding, dubious pass interference, one inexplicable break down on D that gives up a long run. Yet we're still right there at the end. In fact, we lead by 2. All we need is the ability to run out the clock, pick up a first down on 3rd and short and it's our game . . .

09/30/2018 - 1:25pm Should have read further…

Should have read further before I posted. I think making them available to the media could very well be the most effective thing you could do. Officials are almost anonymous to most fans. If there's press conferences, there will be audio and video of you. You're not 'the officiating sucked' you're 'Teddy Valentine, you sucked tonight. Explain to us why.'

09/30/2018 - 1:19pm I agree that it needs to be…

I agree that it needs to be a media-driven thing. Complaining about officials always carries a whining taint when it comes from the team or fans.

I agree with something Sam Webb has called for - making officials available to the media post game. "That holding call against the Michigan running back -- what did you see there?" "On that targeting call -- is it the rule that you call targeting even if the offensive player shoves the defensive player into the quarterback?"

Nothing like the prospect of having to explain yourself publicly to help you improve.

09/30/2018 - 1:01pm I concur. People with big…

I concur. People with big egos of their own will take offense at being called out in public. Often, it has the opposite effect to what you're hoping for. I am with others here in suspecting there may have been a reaction to Harbaugh somewhat like this that is costing him: 'basketball' rules, sideline warnings, and whatnot.

09/30/2018 - 12:52pm Was thinking same. It was…

Was thinking same. It was definitely a hold or interference or whatever that should have been called against us. I thought it was going to get called and was pissed when he grabbed that guy. He was 5 - 6 yards short of the first down and was one of those plays where you just tackle him as soon as he makes the catch.

But if the holding on Higdon was a makeup call, it was a horrible one. That simply isn't how it's done! You let NW get away with interference that might or might not have prevented a catch for a 5 yard gain. You don't manufacture a nonsense holding call that costs us 32 yards of field position.

These refs are so bad they can't even get make up calls right!

09/30/2018 - 12:38pm Same here. I was calmly (!)…

Same here. I was calmly (!) telling the team to:

'OK, sweet, you forced a punt; please don't run into the kicker...'

'Alright, you didn't get the first down. Please just catch this snap and get this kick off cleanly.'

'Nice kick, but long. C'mon coverage get downfield.'

'Please tackle this guy, no breakdowns in coverage.'

'Now sack this guy and end this game, don't even let him get a throw off.'

And they did all these things! Expert coaching on my part, if you ask me.

09/30/2018 - 11:30am Absolutely right it had an…

Absolutely right it had an impact:  it not only cost us that play and a first down, it resulted in -32 yards!  Huge in a game as tight as that one. Most bad calls I get why it was called, even f I disagree. That one I will never understand. 

09/29/2018 - 9:07pm There was a false start on…

There was a false start on NW's first TD. Not called, of course.

Dear Michigan defense: kickoff was at 4:30, not 5:00.

Dear Michigan offense: just because the defense only plays 3 out of 4 quarters, doesn't mean you have to throw away 1 out of every 4 downs.

09/28/2018 - 8:50pm Can't believe I have to do…

Can't believe I have to do this. He HAS to be a throw god; he's Thor's son and he's a QB. It doesn't mean he's a good throw god, he just is. These NFL prognosticator guys just got all caught up in the 'Thor's a god so his son must be really special, or something' hype train.

09/15/2018 - 8:35pm Exactly. This is a stupid…

Exactly. This is a stupid rule. Also, I hate replay.