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06/01/2018 - 8:50pm Never mind, too old

Came to UM in 87

06/01/2018 - 8:48pm Skrepenak?

Was he not a 5*?

03/31/2018 - 8:49pm you gotta post that

C'mon Xtra!

03/29/2018 - 7:39pm 2 words: Jordan. Kovacs.

Thank you, good bye.

03/10/2018 - 6:04pm The samurai UH has

at point had an awesome game. Good result, despite the presence of Kelvin Sampson on their bench.

03/04/2018 - 9:34am Inspiration to humanity

Rest In Peace, Sir Roger.

02/24/2018 - 2:34pm prolly confused with

the amaretto infused onion rings

02/07/2018 - 11:53am Bulletin board material for our signees

At the very least, Harbs and staff could post all the enumerous comments on this and other boards to motivate the incoming class. Probably enough there to wallpaper over the pink lockerroom in Iowa City.

01/25/2018 - 6:34pm NC State 83 post defense

I'd employ what the Pack did to Hakeem in the 83 championship game: do you work trying to get him as far off his spot as possible, then stay grounded with arms straight up once he goes up for his shot, and finally box the hell out. Moe especially really doesn't have a chance to stop him, so it's not worth getting into foul trouble--need his offensive presence to be competitive.

01/09/2018 - 11:35pm fuck you

bitch

01/04/2018 - 12:06pm I'm psyched!

The impact this will have on the program cannot be overstated. And, as an alum of the program, we get to "test drive" the track later this month!

GO BLUE!!

01/02/2018 - 11:22am Hang in there, Brian (and everyone)

I understand where you're at.

As for me, I am letting the (relative) shit that was this season decay and fertilize what will be next year and beyond. Sure, there's a possibilty that all of the bright-side references people are making (UM 79, 95-96, 2005; Georgia 2016, etc.) don't turn out to be the case for us in 2018. But I trust that you will remain on the UM side forever, that you desire excellence, and therefore that forward is the only direction to go.

12/31/2017 - 10:22am Excellent work, sir

I doff my proverbial cap to you.

12/26/2017 - 8:49am beautiful!

nfc

12/23/2017 - 5:14pm ^^^Ignore this^^^

No offense, but this is like answering "Motel 6" if the OP had asked for the best luxury hotel

12/23/2017 - 5:12pm Enthusiastic second

nfc

12/03/2017 - 6:26pm If the betting line is real

between that and what I'm sure will be about 1,000 runs by ESPN of that Clowney hit, I think our players will be plenty motivated.

also, Vegas will receive some serious action from UM fans

11/24/2017 - 10:37pm 35-6 OSU

Note I predicted 23-10 Wisconsin over us

11/17/2017 - 3:50pm 23-10 Wisconsin

poop sandwich

10/27/2017 - 3:19pm I love the commentary

Both from the ref in explaining the ruling, and then from Nessler, saying he's seen this before (!) and then that he'll retire if he sees it again...hilarious.

10/27/2017 - 3:15pm Push, but if you force me

I will say over.

Push because we will be comfortably, but not too comfortably, ahead. Both teams are pretty slow-paced. And finally, O'Korn needs many reps himself to get where we need him for Wisconsin and Ohio State, and we will probably need to run it a lot to get to that comfortable spot I mentioned at the top. So, I see two 4th quarter possessions for Brandon.

I would like to see more of Peters, so I probably should've predicted under.

10/26/2017 - 4:54pm I was a 9-year old kid

in 1979, up from Virginia to go to the homecoming game against Indiana. Of course we all expected a Michigan domination. Went to the pep rally on the diag with the car smash and the Bob Ufer pep rally, then the mud bowl the next morning, followed by the game. We sat in row 11 in the south end zone, and A.C. ran right at us. You bet I tear up every time I hear Ufer's call of that play, with or without the video to accompany it.

10/25/2017 - 5:44pm In a weird way, I feel better

I can now watch our games stress-free, with an eye on long-term development from the guys who will be back in 2018-20. And I can just chuckle every (other) play when Mo Hurst destroys someone(s).

10/24/2017 - 9:23pm I think you will notice

When Sparty plays Ohio State and Penn State.

10/24/2017 - 2:51pm tough choice for you, Brian

Ignore these things, or address with a post? I'm guessing you tried the former, then resorted to the latter. Sorry it had to come to that.

Anyway, I'm with you. I was projecting 10-3 (losses to Fla, PSU, OSU). Not hard to see where something below that happens with the contributing factors you cited. Harbaugh is who I want and the guy I think we need. Now just hoping we don't get to 5 losses and someone in an important position somewhere in the power structure starts to listen to all the fan constituency outrage as some degree of relevant. At some point that scale gets tipped (e.g. the Brandon protests), which is where my concern is.

10/18/2017 - 11:26am God, if we win Saturday

Penn State Nation is going to be carpet bombed by Michigan fans with that clip FOR-E-VER.

10/18/2017 - 11:22am somewhat apples and oranges

I agree our formula should be to run, run, run, mix in some selective passing that doesn't have to be sensational. However...

  • 5.6 yds per att is a huge improvement over 2.9. And I would agree with Brian that O'Korn's performance is the outlier, i.e. I'm not expecting him to hit 5.6 ypa.
  • Going into last year's game, we were a balanced offense, which Penn State knew, so they had to respect our passing game. Of course I'm not in their lockerroom, but I'm going to go out on a limb and guess they don't this year.
  • Speight threw 34 passes in last year's game. If we throw 34 passes this year, something is horribly wrong.
  • On those 34 passes, he was 60% complete for 189 yds with a TD and no interceptions. I will go further out on that limb and say if you were to poll the board if they would take a performance like that out of O'Korn Saturday, response would be 98% yes, 2% why did you even bother with this poll.

Penn State is going to triple dog dare O'Korn to beat them throwing the ball. We do need an average quarterback to win this game.

10/18/2017 - 11:02am Common opponent comparison

PSU has played some awful offenses this year. (Doubt that? We are the 2nd best offense, statistically, they will have faced this year!)  And those teams' defenses don't exactly light the world on fire, either (although IU and Iowa are statistically good).

I'm sure many will look to the one team both UM and PSU have played this year: Indiana. And I'm sure many won't look too past the scores: PSU won 45-14 and UM...well, you know. BUT, if you look even slightly below the surface, you see that:

  • IU lost the turnover battle 4-1
  • Yardage was nearly even, total PSU 370 IU 352; per play PSU 5.0 IU 4.6
  • First downs also nearly even, PSU 20 IU 19
  • PSU scoring drives:
  1. 98-yd kickoff ret TD
  2. 6-play, 39-yd TD drive after an IU fumble
  3. 14-yd fumble return TD on an IU punt return
  4. 9-play, 73-yd TD drive
  5. 8-play, 40-yd FG drive
  6. 4-play, 52-yd TD drive
  7. 5-play, 73-yd TD drive (capped by the trick play Barkley 16-yd TD pass)

In other words, the final score is not really indicative of a dominant performance. 

10/13/2017 - 10:43am Nomination for new NCAA president

Joe Clark

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10/12/2017 - 6:31pm Odds that we see the Transcontinental?

I sure won't be surprised if it comes out.

10/12/2017 - 4:42pm So, by that logic

if a playcall is good, every route on it must be open.

The play we're talking about got two guys open, including Gentry at the endzone 1-on-1 with a guy 8 inches shorter than him playing behind him. The QB threw to the wrong guy.

10/12/2017 - 4:21pm Would've been great to be at practice this week

To see how personally involved Harbaugh got with O'Korn. Maybe he didn't spend much time during improvement week(s) because he was confident after Purdue. That obviously wouldn't be the case after MSU. And maybe I'm wishful thinking here.

My hope for Harbaugh's QB coaching this week...

 

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10/11/2017 - 2:04pm Time for Tressellball

Seriously, 2002 style. Go ultra conservative, play field position, and our defense and special teams will win the games. Go back to different formations to run and pass out of, but drill it into the offense's head: do not fumble, no need to fight for the extra yard. If the throw's not blitheringly wide open in 2.5 seconds, run if you have space or chuck it out of bounds. Either way, our special teams will net us field position and our D will get us the ball back in, oh, about 3 plays. No need to be heroic. Like chinese water torture, eventually we will get enough points on the board for the W.

10/11/2017 - 8:10am Time for Tressellball

Seriously, 2002 style. Go ultra conservative, play field position, and our defense and special teams will win the games. Go back to different formations to run and pass out of, but drill it into the offense's head: do not fumble, no need to fight for the extra yard. If the throw's not blitheringly wide open in 2.5 seconds, run if you have space or chuck it out of bounds. Either way, our special teams will net us field position and our D will get us the ball back in, oh, about 3 plays. No need to be heroic. Like chinese water torture, eventually we will get enough points on the board for the W.

09/26/2017 - 11:56am Trust in targets?

The biggest difference I've seen between Speight and O'Korn this year has been throwing on time. So, were the guys not getting open for Speight, or has he just not been trusting them. And given what I've watched and what's been covered in UFR, I see a combination. Perry and the TEs are getting open but the WRs aren't. For whatever reason, Speight is thinking that these guys have to be blitheringly wide open, as designed in the play, before he can throw it to them. And maybe he knows it's not Darboh, Chesson, and Butt out there, but mostly a bunch of rookies. Who knows, but he's been way too hesitant.

09/23/2017 - 9:53pm Actually an OSHA violation

nfc

09/16/2017 - 11:26am deal

post it when you're here and I'll show up

09/16/2017 - 9:40am guess I wasn't clear, I meant

a bar that is considered a UM fans' bar, vs a bar that will be showing the game

09/16/2017 - 9:07am Help: UM bar in Royal Oak?

looking for a place to watch today. if anyone knows a Michigan bar in/near Royal Oak I'd appreciate it.

03/16/2016 - 11:46pm Let 'er rip

I'd also like to hear your ideas, coach. What about a soft headgear like in amateur boxing? That way the head can't be used as a weapon, but the wearer still has some protection. Heck you could even be allowed to grease the outside to prevent the spinal injuries one other poster mentioned. Keep the targeting penalties and enforce better. I think this will get better with time--clinics and conferences will be held, etc. Remember the disaster instant replay was when it first started? Over time it's gotten much better. Still not perfect, but pretty darn good and think of the alternative.

12/23/2015 - 12:41am What's the takeaway?

OK, we shouldn't generalize the problem as "concussions". So what? It seems pretty conclusive to me that CTE is caused by severe and/or repeated (sub-) concussive blows to the head. Yes, maybe Sony is over-simplifying for the sake of marketing, which can be dangerous. But at the end of the day--whether caused by concussions, MTBI, etc., the root cause you always arrive at is blows to the head. Yes, the statistical analysis may, on its face, only show correlation between CTE and age of entry and duration of participation in the sport. But if these factors were causal, we'd see the same incident rate of CTE in all sports, yes? I think we can take it as a given that people enter most if not all team sports at ages as young/old as football (and one might hypothesize that it is trending younger than football, given many youth football programs are going away from pads/tackle to flag), and play as long as football (and one might hypothesize longer, given the wear and tear football seems to impose on the body). And then you state that incidents of CTE are "very rare outside football players, boxers and hockey players." This seems at odds with your earlier points about correlation? And you state AoF is seasonal...where's the data on that?

When you point out Sony's conflation, and use the phrase "Attack on Football", it comes across to me as a covert play on emotion and deflects people away from the real issue: how to make the game safer. If anything, eliminating this conflation only increases the "attack", because the frequency of sub- and/or concussive blows is higher than just "concussions". If you see evidence that people are overreacting or missing the mark in terms of potential solutions, then show data on that and make that argument.

12/05/2015 - 6:19pm Slammer!

woops

12/05/2015 - 6:18pm The Velvet Hammer!

The Alabama

03/20/2011 - 7:12pm ugh, vikings

Brian, I have to assume you watched the game on regular TV.  Because if you're like me and you watched the streaming online version--"Visigod TV"or whatever it's called--sponsored by Capital One, you'd be so sick of Vikings you would've HAD to choose some other visual.

Also, I hope the denouement features some type of warning to the team not to let their heads swell upon hearing the prognostications that have already hit the internet, which say they're going to challenge for the Big Ten title next year.  Seems that sort of hybris afflicted the '09-'10 team.

03/20/2011 - 11:19am one observation

Your seedings/pairings make sense to me, all except the positions of Miami and BC.  Why would the committee make a 3-5, 4-6 set up, sending BC to St. Louis and Miami to Manchester, when they could have the natural, 3-6, 4-5 set up and keep BC (Manchester) and Miami (St. Louis) in their home regions and increase fan attendance?  Moreover, if you're one of the top 4 seeds, wouldn't you get preference to stay in your home region over lower seeds?  And this just so we don't have any intraconference matchups?  That seems like a worse trade-off to me.  So you get two (potential) intraconference matchups in the second round in Michigan-Miami and BC-Merrimack--who cares?  And it's really only net one more (potential) intraconference matchup, as Miami-ND goes away.

12/31/2010 - 6:11pm This still saves RR's job

So instead of 12-0 we would've been 9-3?  I'm guessing those 3 losses would've been the three co-Big 10 champions, MSU, Wisconsin and OSU.  If that had actually been the case, NO WAY does RichRod get replaced.  All this talk on the internet and talk radio and TV isn't even happening.  I'd say that's significant.

12/24/2010 - 11:58am p.s. on Roh

He had HALF A SACK this year.  I know we all love him but you have to stare that stat in the mirror.  I'm sure no one's more disappointed in it than he.

12/24/2010 - 11:50am Huh?

This team gives up the most yards in the history of Michigan football and every position save FS and PR get passing grades?  I guess one could give them some benefit of the doubt if these grades are somewhat foreward-looking, but I think you gotta drop more than one of these groups down.  DE...what plays did these guys make even with Roh as a true edge guy?  Not nearly enough IMO.  LB...OK Demens looking like a pretty good player but after that, what have we got?  Oh and Cam, WRAP YOUR DAMN ARMS FOR ONCE.  SS...I can't give Kovacs too much credit, I mean, unless your team gives up a TD every play, someone is going to rack up a bunch of tackles when the other team averages 73.5 plays a game and your D-line is mostly just occupying blockers.

11/16/2010 - 3:48pm not apples to apples, though

While I do agree the 85 D was better, it didn't have to face a Heisman winning QB with a 1st rounder at RB (Beanie Wells) and WR (Tedd Ginn) in an offense that could and did run pro or spread.

11/16/2010 - 2:31pm how sad of a panda?

Less sad than if we had none of that stuff and were 5-7 every year, I'm guessing.  Of course I'm exaggerating a bit for effect, but look at the correlation between size of athletic department budget and on-field success.  It's sobering but it's reality.  As long as we don't get to the point of thinking, "this national championship for UM was brought to you by Ford Motor Co.," I'll be OK.