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08/16/2018 - 10:16pm Honestly I think it’s the…

Honestly I think it’s the flip.  Based on reading the comments I think people here are misinterpreting what I’m saying.  Oh well.

Harbaugh has said this a number of times in the last few weeks.  I’m not contesting if it is a normal part of the process, but I don’t like emphasizing it.  To me, it is an extension of asking the players before the games if they are nervous.  Hell, some of them probably are.  But asking only instills nervousness.  Talking to the media about players being unsure if they can compete only instills the players asking themselves the question again.

If this is a topic he wants to address, id rather have him express it positively “the Freshman have really demonstrated in practice that they belong here and will be a valuable addition to the team.”

To me, the tone here matters.  And even if he is talking to the media, whenever he speaks, the players are listening.

08/16/2018 - 9:28pm No, I don’t.  I said in my…

No, I don’t.  I said in my initial post this is literally the only thing I disagree with in his entire tenure here.  Sometimes it’s the hypersensitive posters on here that need to relax and not overreact to a simple statement.  Nothing about my post is me saying I know more about coaching football than he does.  Don’t be silly.

But I don’t like Harbaugh’s take on this.  I’m allowed to disagree with .005% of the guy’s approach and still think he is an awesome coach.  But this is consistent with his pregame speeches for the Florida game and first home game last year.  The ones where he asked the players if they are nervous, and then said don’t be nervous.  I’ve always heard if you kept telling yourself “don’t do X” that you are more likely to subconsciously do X.  So I’m not in love with that approach.

As I alluded to in my initial post, I fully support 99.995% of Harbaugh’s coaching.  So seriously guys, just relax.

08/16/2018 - 7:43pm I wish Harbaugh would stop…

I wish Harbaugh would stop with the “am I good enough” stuff. We need players with a chip on their shoulder who are here to prove they are good enough - not ask.

This is pretty much the only thing he has said in 3.5 years that I don’t like, so I guess it’s a net win.

08/16/2018 - 3:43pm Did anybody blink an eye…

Did anybody blink an eye when Michigan played at Yankee Stadium?

Well, yes, they did, because Michigan literally invented the platoon system of having different players play on offense and defense that day, but it wasn't really because of the distance from Ann Arbor to the Bronx.

edit: this was in reply to Sam love Sword - not sure what happened there.

08/16/2018 - 1:18pm Carl Grapentine.  

Carl Grapentine.  

08/16/2018 - 10:42am They should just solve this…

They should just solve this Dantonio-style and have the team vote on it.


08/15/2018 - 6:02pm Inexplicably he didn’t pick…

Inexplicably he didn’t pick the Detroit Lions.

08/15/2018 - 9:49am LOL, right after I post this…

LOL, right after I post this I see there is an entire thread on the article on the board, next post down.  I guess I had a different take than the OP in that thread!

08/15/2018 - 9:44am I'm not up for shopping for…

I'm not up for shopping for cars I'm not going to buy - but at the risk of a hijack - there was a great article today in the Dow Jones Newswire (paywalled) about Jim Hackett's leadership style at Ford.  It talked about him ditching PowerPoint presentations in favor of white boards, drastically cutting his number of direct reports, enabling his team to make some of the big decisions (i.e. pulling out of the sedan market), etc.  Great read if you have access.

“We tend to place a lot of emphasis on detailed historical data as a proxy for the future,” he said. “[Mr. Hackett] is saying that approach works well if the future is going to be identical to the past.”

The shift is evident on the headquarters’ 11th floor, where several months after Mr. Hackett’s arrival, a plaque dedicated to Mr. Mulally’s One Ford plan was removed from the executive’s main conference room to clear the wall for use as a workspace to map out a new strategy.

While Ford still uses parts of the One Ford plan to steer its business, Mr. Hackett said he didn’t feel the language “fit what we were trying to get across.”

The plaque has been reappointed in a common area on the same floor, a Ford spokeswoman said.

On the same floor, Ford executives have set up a series of strategy rooms, many in offices that once belonged to the company’s corporate officers.

Rather than sit through PowerPoint presentations, executives meet surrounded by walls packed with charts, diagrams and other materials outlining the strategy for various models and business units. The goal is to allow everyone to view different parts of a plan, from manufacturing to marketing, in one place and make decisions quickly, executives say.

08/14/2018 - 8:08pm I think that as a special …

I think that as a special “CAPTCHA”, all new user accounts created should be required to type the lyrics to The Victors as a validation step.

Then, when it is an opposing fan acting as a troll, we can at least make fun of them for e-singing our fight song.

08/14/2018 - 5:37pm I got it, it looked…

I got it, it looked spamesque, so I deleted.

08/14/2018 - 2:34pm So, basically, Durkin ain't…

So, basically, Durkin ain't goin anywhere.

08/14/2018 - 2:07pm…

For stream

08/14/2018 - 1:00pm Truer words have never been…

Truer words have never been spoken. I regret that Hold the L regrets the thread.  He shouldn't blame himself for others' mob mentality.  I agree that posbangs are usually when something positive happens, but the reality is if this was a "Shea Patterson is going to kick ass this season POSBANG" post it would have ended much differently, because it is consistent with the majority opinion.  

We need more people to not be hypersensitive to opposing points of view.

Also need more people to realize their words are read by players.  If you are Brandon Peters, and you read this thread, does it motivate you to try harder at practice?  To learn that if you win the job, the fanbase will consider it a "total disappointment"?  It might, but at minimum it probably makes you angry and ultimately serves as a distraction.

08/14/2018 - 10:19am The one thing that seems to…

The one thing that seems to be lost in these quarterback comparisons are turnovers. 

Shea had 9 interceptions in 260 attempts which averaged out to over 1 INT per game. That rate needs to come down.

Peters had 2 interceptions in 108 attempts in 5 games.

All I hope for coming out of fall camp is that 1 QB is selected as "the QB" (giving the backup garbage time is fine, splitting halves never seems to work out well) and that the QB selected takes care of the football.

08/14/2018 - 7:47am Agree it’s snowflakesque. …

Agree it’s snowflakesque.  It’s also OT season where we don’t have a defined mechanism for snowflake postings.  Perhaps we should. In fact, I wouldn’t mind splitting into three boards that run year-round: On Topic, Off Topic, and Snowflake. I digress.

I’ve been reading MGoBlog since 2006.  The culture changed under RichRod and it hasn’t come back.  A lot of unnescessary infighting, IMO. I guess when I read these posts I either say “hooray for Brandon Peters and all of our QB crew” or move on.  Others have taken this opportunity to take shots at Brandon Peters and/or the OP.  It just feels unnecessary.

08/14/2018 - 6:42am You realize the sentence you…

You realize the sentence you quoted is literally saying the same thing as point #1 in my follow up post, right? Somehow saying the same thing twice is mutually exclusive?

Me rooting for OSU to retain Meyer means that I think the three conditions in my follow up post will ultimately be satisfied.  Me mentioning point #1 in my initial post was trying to give credence to the fact that there are complexities in the point of view while remaining brief and concise.  Nobody wants to read a 1000 word essay on the topic.


08/14/2018 - 6:17am Great post - thanks for the…

Great post - thanks for the transcript!

08/14/2018 - 6:11am These kinds of posts and the…

These kinds of posts and the board’s reaction reminds of of MGoBlog back in the early RichRod days. Michigan went 3-9, and some folks started to question if he really was going to bring us to better times than Lloyd.  Those people were crucified because it wasn’t the majority opinion of the board.  Eventually, as RichRod kept losing, the board flipped and anybody still supporting RichRod was crucified.

For the life of me I don’t understand why so many posters could be negative in response to somebody posting their positive thoughts about one of our players. As we learned in the All or Nothing series, these players see this stuff.  

As for the topic at hand, I trust that Harbaugh will give all players an even shot, and will support whomever is selected.  To the OP, don’t worry, if it is Peters the fan base will be 100% behind him by the time he walks off the field at Notre Dame.


08/13/2018 - 9:43pm You know, I’ve never thought…

You know, I’ve never thought of doing that. Probably means we need to put up a taller fence to keep that submarine submerged.


Glad to hear the team looks good though!

08/13/2018 - 9:37pm Me hoping Urban keeps his…

Me hoping Urban keeps his job and caring about the points raised in my second post aren’t mutually exclusive. How peculiar it is that you would accuse somebody you don’t know of being disengenious. 

You are welcome to your opinion. I’m not contesting it, I understand your thought process.  But your reaction is over the top.  You assumed the worst, without knowing me personally, based on a short post on a complicated topic.  If you want to discuss my thought process - I’m happy to, and I posted more background behind where my head is at to give context.  But that wasn’t the point of my initial post, the point of my initial post was to ask and understand where others were at.

I use this message board to learn - information about the team, and what others are saying. I’m not a soap box tell others what to think on the internet kind of guy. I’ve never seen value in attacking other posters, or their points of view, as we are a part of the same community after all.


08/13/2018 - 7:59pm Bacon I’m right there with…

Bacon I’m right there with you; the right thing takes precedent.  But in this case, I’m not sure it’s clear cut.  It is definitely best for Urban Meyer to be fired if one of these three conditions are true:

  1. The victim has pain in seeing Urban Meyer keep his job.  This does not appear to be the case, as she is friends with Urban and Shelley and I haven’t heard her advocate for his firing.
  2. Retaining Meyer increases the likelihood of new cases of domestic violence/assault being squashed under his oversight.  You can easily argue this is true - completely fair to reach that conclusion.  I guess I’m not sold yet.  I’m not aware of any other domestic violence issues occurring under Urban Meyer at Ohio State that would suggest a trend.  By all means let me know if I’m wrong. His statement suggested he reported what he was aware of and we are waiting for the investigation to clearly detail what he did in doing so.  We will see.
  3. Retaining Meyer sends messages to others that domestic violence is okay.  Again, reasonable to conclude this.  Depending on where the investigation ends up, retaining Urban Meyer might suggest that lying is okay instead.  I guess I’ll enjoy watching journalists swarm him for the rest of his career wherever he ends up.  Liars get what they deserve.

I get it’s a delicate subject and I think everybody here is against domestic violence.  There is no doubt it is best for Ohio State’s reputation to not hide behind shades of gray and just cut the ties.  If this happened at Michigan, that is what I would advocate for. But if the investigation ultimately clarifies some things, I could be at peace with Urban Meyer staying on board.  And if he stays on, I’ll greatly enjoy watching Harbaugh kick his ass.


08/13/2018 - 6:39pm Am I the only one routing…

Am I the only one rooting for Ohio State to retain Meyer?

The sonofabitch has a 3-0 record against Harbaugh despite being outcoached 2 of those years.  I’d love to see Harbaugh settle that score.

Generally I’d be concerned about the welfare of the victim, but in this case she is friends with both Shelly and Urban Meyer so I don’t get the feeling she is campaigning for his firing.  Perhaps I’m wrong - if so I would probably change my tune.

But strictly speaking sports, I want Harbaugh to kick his ass on the field.  And I think Harbaugh will, if afforded the opportunity with his players, now that his program has had some time to get established.

08/12/2018 - 3:45pm I love football season but I…

I love football season but I always miss the humorous OT posts.  

08/12/2018 - 1:41pm WH, how many of those…

WH, how many of those occurred before they changed the officiating, and had Big Ten refs in South Bend (and ACC refs in Ann Arbor)?

08/12/2018 - 10:43am But does that game count if…

But does that game count if I’ve removed it from my memory?

08/12/2018 - 7:06am Wow, these videos served as…

Wow, these videos served as a reminder of just how bad our QB and OL play have been lately.  Here is to hoping they are fixed this year.  Watching Hart and Henne  tear State up was delicious.

08/11/2018 - 6:35pm I agree wholeheartedly…

I agree wholeheartedly because it is the right thing to do, but the NCAA has demonstrated that the next best action is to deflect, deny, and change the news cycle.

08/10/2018 - 6:21am And 7 days until my first…

And 7 days until my first born’s due date!

Go blue!

08/09/2018 - 6:08pm Or let the engineers that be…

Or let the engineers that be design a machine learning algorithm to predict when a thread is duplicative and block it.

08/07/2018 - 3:06pm Blimpy burger is a helluva…

Blimpy burger is a helluva drug.

08/07/2018 - 7:35am I had a dream last night…

I had a dream last night that we lost 63-3.  Ouch.

08/06/2018 - 12:38pm Sorry the light-hearted…

Sorry the light-hearted analogy offended you dude.

I'll summarize: I cut the cord cold turkey 18 months ago, and have enjoyed every second of it. For those frustrated with cable and considering cutting the cord, I recommend considering going all in and cutting off pay-for-TV-services altogether. In my experience, I've found it personally rewarding.

08/06/2018 - 11:30am Cutting the c(h)ord just to…

Cutting the c(h)ord just to replace it with a streaming service is kind of like going to the gym for social hour.  Sure, you can say you went to the gym, but you aren't quite getting all the benefits for doing so.

Quit cold turkey.  Dump cable.  We have an over the air antenna that gets the local channels.  That will get you a few decent football games a week.  If others are that important, you'll go to a bar - but you'll still come out ahead money-wise.

Meanwhile, hopefully, you'll replace channel-surfing with "nothing on" with more meaningful activities. Go for a walk; find a new hobby; spend some time making things from scratch in the kitchen.

Source:  I cut the cord in January 2017 and sued AT&T in court.  Haven't had cable since.  Haven't cared.

08/05/2018 - 7:11pm Had to log in to co-sign. …

Had to log in to co-sign.  Host created Michigan Football’s legacy that lives through to today.  Winningest program?  Started with Yost.  Largest Stadium?  Started with Yost.  Want to have some linebackers on the field?  They were invented by Yost.  Having a conviction that nowhere is better than this Michigan of ours?  Yeah, Yost.

08/01/2018 - 6:18pm Gone or not, this is sure…

Gone or not, this is sure going to create some distractions during fall camp.

07/27/2018 - 12:13pm Yes, I do expect the BoT to…

Yes, I do expect the BoT to put the MSU Community first and do their jobs. I don't think that conflicts with attending football games. If they don't, they should be fired.

Yes, I do think the BoT should be fired for not doing their jobs.



07/27/2018 - 10:39am I kind of felt like this was…

I kind of felt like this was much to do about nothing.  Members of the MSU community are fans of MSU athletics teams.  Groundbreaking shit.

Partying with Phil Knight during the Nassar thing, probably a bad look.  But generally I'd be fine if our regents attended athletics events, and as part of their compensation package, did so with expenses covered.

The winning at all costs thing is real - but the best example of that are the football players that went straight from jail to the football field, Glenn Winston, etc. - not a free flight and some tickets to a game.

07/27/2018 - 10:34am It's Friday, today I turn 30…

It's Friday, today I turn 30, in 3 weeks we expect the arrival of our first born, and in 5 weeks, FOOTBALL!

Good shit, Jedd!

07/26/2018 - 11:10am Going to have to go with the…

Going to have to go with the Jason Avant/Braylon Edwards combo here.

07/21/2018 - 7:09am For anybody that thought…

For anybody that thought Harbaugh didn’t have the same passion towards the game last year, because of his changed demeanor on the sideline- just listen to that podcast.  Guy is wired to try to win at everything that can be won in life.

07/20/2018 - 3:29pm Here's a vote for dining…

Here's a vote for dining wherever you first dined with her.  Awwwww how sentimental.  Brownie Points: earned.

07/20/2018 - 3:27pm Only if Chicken Broccoli…

Only if Chicken Broccoli Bake is on the menu!

07/16/2018 - 7:15pm Probably one of Mark…

Probably one of Mark Dantonio’s assistant coaches.  He will probably need a fall guy as the investigations continue.

07/16/2018 - 3:04pm And there were two…

And there were two preparations of the world famous CBB:

1.  Rice cooked separately.  The CBB is then served over rice.

2. The rice is cooked inside the CBB.

Option #2 was the hands down winner.  

07/15/2018 - 6:23am Every girl and every…

Every girl and every relationship is different. Take the advice that you see hear that fits with what you know about her.

Personally, I think straight up asking her what she wants can be a bit lazy. Chances are, she is/was ready for engagement before you were, and accordingly, if she wanted to provide direct input on the ring, she would have on her own! I agree with the other poster; leverage one of her close friends or family members that can also keep their trap shut. In my case, I felt like I knew her well enough to pick it out in my own.

I worry about online retailers.  I’m sure their pricing is better, but the reality is there can be a lot of variability in the diamond for a given certification level. Being the analytical nut job that I am, I worked with the jeweler and a microscope to learn how to grade the diamonds myself.  I got pretty good at it.  In that way, I could try to make sure I was getting a stone that was very close to the next grade up.

One of my favorite things I did early on was I asked the jewelry to bring our the worst and best diamonds they had of the same carat size.  It really put into perspective how much the quality of the diamonds can range.  

On price; I paid cash and agree with others to be careful in incurring debt for this purchase.  That said; I probably took a larger chunk out of my savings then I initially planned. I haven’t regretted it.  The only piece of advice I’d give is keep in mind the more expensive the rock, the more expensive the insurance policy.

I think the general attitude today is to weigh carat size more heavily than the other C’s.  I disagreed.  I like knowing my wife has a quality piece of jewelry on her hand that her and I know wasn’t cheap, but isn’t some 3 carat monstrosity that feels like an unnecessary statement of wealth towards others.

I went with platinum.  Frankly the upcharge wasn’t much because my wife has such a tiny finger.  Haven’t regretted it- white gold needs to get dipped (perhaps once a year) and is a combination of a bunch of metals.  Platinum or yellow gold are much more pure.

Oh; lastly, I designed the setting myself.  It is relatively simple but I can say she is the only girl in the world who has this setting; which got me plenty of brownie points.

Congratulations on your upcoming engagement!



07/13/2018 - 8:35pm Kraftmaid*

waiting on that…


waiting on that edit button...

07/13/2018 - 8:34pm Ask your Kitchen rep at Lowe…

Ask your Kitchen rep at Lowe’s for the contact info for the rep from KitchenAid/Masco.

I wasn’t impressed with their quality either... but the squeaky wheel got the grease in this case.  I was the squeaky wheel until they caved in.

07/13/2018 - 1:13pm Victory!!!


07/12/2018 - 9:46am Alright, got it, we are…

Alright, got it, we are always going to have a 2 party system.  If that is the case, can we have one party that completely aligns with my beliefs, and another party that doesn't (call that party the bad party).  

Then I would feel better.

In the meantime these known sacrifices while voting suck.