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01/19/2019 - 1:31pm Maybe Wisconsin deserves to…

Maybe Wisconsin deserves to win.  It has been my experience so far the Michigan never deserves to lose.  Positive terminology is better received even if negative form is true.

01/19/2019 - 1:22pm Gut ache.  Nail biter. Steal…

Gut ache.  Nail biter. Steal, yes, no, wait.  oh my

 

01/19/2019 - 8:51am I like the new/current staff…

I like the new/current staff and I have faith in Coach Harbaugh however . . .

how do you justify replacing Mattison with Durkin as DC?  Mattison's defenses were some of the best in the country.  Those embarassing big plays the defense gave up almost always came after consecutive (quadruple in one case) 3-and-outs by the QB less Hoke offenses.  Defensive stats also suffered from multiple 3-and-outs by the offense.  

I cannot explain and will not support the move to OSU but maybe Mattison predicted the year-end collapses based on recruiting, talent development (lack there of in the blowouts), scheme and play calling.  The previous move to ND was also a disappointment.

I am asking because I have no inside information.  Mattison is rational.  Something happened.

01/18/2019 - 1:05pm Inspirational read.

iirc,…

Inspirational read.

iirc, Law held Galloway to one catch in two games against OSU.  Something about not wanting to see Galloway’s smile on TV.

01/18/2019 - 12:09pm I find that the word “best”…

I find that the word “best” is ineffectual and requires parameters.  I regularly say that U of M is ARGUABLY the BEST university in the world.  No need to specify  US or public as we are better on one dimension or another somewhere.  I think best is a feel good word and need not be debated.

01/11/2019 - 7:17pm While noting that Hemingway…

While noting that Hemingway wrote a short story called the Big Two Hearted River so to that I will drink

01/06/2019 - 7:26pm You forgot the ALL CAPS…

You forgot the ALL CAPS requirement???  This has been a good day.

01/06/2019 - 7:12pm Spartans spanked OSU at OSU…

Spartans spanked OSU at OSU.  It would have been a total blowout had not the Spartans fallen asleep to end the first half and gave up a 10 point run.  I know Sparty lost two games but maybe some think they are improving rapidly.

01/06/2019 - 6:35pm Friday, 1/25 in Bloomington…

Friday, 1/25 in Bloomington may be a tough game.   I think Indiana wants a rematch.

This was a good game for Michigan, obviously.

01/06/2019 - 5:00pm I like this thread.  It puts…

I like this thread.  It puts a smile on my face to know that Campbell and Jansen from the '97 team are both from Clawson, Michigan.  I am open to knowing that others have a reason to smile.  And I find it hard to over-emphasize the 0-line story.

 

01/05/2019 - 12:39pm Offense was held up most of…

Offense was held up most of season as Henne had shoulder injury

01/03/2019 - 12:55pm Maybe but opposing teams can…

Maybe but opposing teams can’t score if Michigan has the ball.  If the opposition is playing from behind then Brown is especiallly tough.  Michigan’s loses have been when they can’t run the ball, so if they score more  . . .

01/03/2019 - 12:34pm Funniest thread of the year…

Funniest thread of the year.  (Too early?)  Oh wait, I did that wrong.

However, I am looking forward to the next sharpie so I can learn some more football.

01/01/2019 - 3:52pm I agree with the above (and…

I agree with the above (and I don't know much about offensive play calling) but I rarely cringed when I saw the formation but all too often I was screaming NOOOOO!!! with the hand-off to run behind the right tackle.  Two years ago is was the toss sweep to the left.  Too often the opponent is stacking the box and we run right into it.  I wouldn't remember these plays if we didn't lose the game.

01/01/2019 - 9:19am Yeah, what he said . . .  

Yeah, what he said . . .  

I am often annoyed by the word "unacceptable" as if one had a choice to accept it or not accept it.

As for me, I would rather lose every game than cheat although the definition of cheating is fluid as Bo admitted (after he retired) he cheated (technically) to get more walk-ons at the team training table.

I enjoy walking in the footsteps of Oosterbaan, Ford, Frost, Jones, Kennedy, McCracken,  Prahalad, Irwin, Scott, Worden, McDivitt, White way too much to worry about a football season. (ttomuch)  The undergrad program was number 2 and graduate program was number 1 when I was there so I think Michigan is more that a football team.

Happy New Year one and all.  God bless us everyone including those that shall not be named

12/30/2018 - 8:59pm We were playing with a third…

We were playing with a third string QB and our #2,3,5,7,9 offensive linemen so once they figured out what we could do it got a lot harder.  Fumbles didn't help and one of the fumbles appears to have been on Harbaugh for calling  a play with the wrong people on the field.

12/30/2018 - 8:46am Are we grading on a curve? …

Are we grading on a curve?  Did 80 other coaches get D's and F's?

I suspect that 10 wins is a B+ and all conference is an A-..  Do you have to be undefeated or a conscensus All-American to get an A?  We do have very high standards on this board.

I like what UofM626 has but I think the WRs did in an excellent job of blocking in the games I watched.  I also didn't see a dropped pass from someone not an RB or TE so I think the WRs get an A for skill and excecution and recognize the fact that Shea didn't have time to throw to them when Michigan wasn't emphaziing the run.

12/29/2018 - 10:53pm MIchigan beat three good…

MIchigan beat three good teams that are supposed to be deep enough to cover their injuries.  When Michigan was hit with injuries, they weren't deep enough to beat OSU at home or Florida in a bowl game. In conclusion, lots of teams would love to have had Michigan's season.

12/29/2018 - 10:34pm I very much agree.

I very much agree.

Negativity is a choice.  I choose to be positive.  (Last two games are facts, not attitudes.)

Occassionally, a QB has "all day" to make a throw, unless it's Shea Patterson this year.  If the first read isn't there, he has had little time to make a second read or go back to the first.   When the play is to go deep, it is throw it or safety valve or run and take the sack.

I would love to see what this team could do if it passed on first down about half the time went big-play instead of time-of-possession.

12/29/2018 - 10:10pm He looked good on the kick…

He looked good on the kick-off return against Notre Dame.

12/29/2018 - 6:43pm Yeah, Don Brown is the…

Yeah, Don Brown is the reason we lost all those close games.  Oh wait, the offense couldn't score in the second half when the game was on the line.  Damn, Don Brown can't stop the pick sixes.

12/29/2018 - 6:30pm Defense and Don Brown is not…

Defense and Don Brown is not responsible for pick sixes and 3 and outs and offenses that can't get a score with the game on the line ( or not drop 3 passes in a game).  We have one OSU game with Haskins on fire and one PSU game where our offense couldn't  hold the ball.  Somehow, I don't think anyone has figured out how to beat Brown other than have a future first round draft pick at QB and have a defense that gets a few turnovers.

So if Michigan's offense could score or at least not have turnovers on a short field then Don Brown looks unbeatable.  Good offenses put up at least 28 points a game.  Have  you seen a Don Brown defense lose a shoot out?

Michigan hasn't been strong in the trenches and that is the problem.

12/29/2018 - 4:52pm The o-line has not given…

The o-line has not given Shea time to throw in any competitive game this season.  Shea is not accurate on the short throws when a dart is required and Harbaugh knows if he calls a play for the long pass that Shea will be sacked.  That has been true all season.  No real good pass protecting o-line.

12/29/2018 - 4:30pm Well . . . Harbaugh and …

Well . . . Harbaugh and  Brown will tell you that the aggressive defense works well enough.  If it gives up two touchdowns a game then shouldn't the offense be able to get 3 touchdowns?  If the offense could catch a pass (no drops) then OSU is a game.  Maybe the D looks better today our the Michigan offense could  run  some clock;

12/29/2018 - 4:19pm I agree with the above but I…

I agree with the above but I wonder if Perry isn't much better than we know but Harbaugh has some problem calling plays his way.  Where are all the slants?  We don't  seem to have that in the arsenal. (or did I miss something?)

12/29/2018 - 4:16pm I agree. For gosh sakes,…

I agree. For gosh sakes, does every play have to take so long call and get out to Shea?  I don't know if Shea has the savvy to digest the play call in time to execute.  Yes, please speed something up somewhere. The delay of game penalty near the end was as embarassing as it gets.

12/29/2018 - 3:51pm Um, athletes?  Bush and Gary…

Um, athletes?  Bush and Gary aren't even on the team anymore.  Winovich is a dude but he is injured.  Is anyone elsee considered an "athlete".  O-line mixed.  We weren't even close to having an advantage in the trenches.  No stud running back to make use of the middle of the line and Florida was coached to expect it.  So . . . you want to blame this on coaching? 

Maybe play calling could have been better.  I would love to see Harbaugh engineer a comeback (Northwestern?) in the fourth quarter some day and maybe in a big game.  Mullen is good.  Michigan was relatively healthy when Wisconsin, MSU, and PSU were not and then  Michigan was unhealthy with OSU and Florida were recovering.    Why was Shea Patterson just standing there as the play clock expired?  I wish Harbaugh would  speed up play.

12/28/2018 - 4:37pm 3 of the 4 players are…

3 of the 4 players are actually injured as well as sitting out so I don’t see A difference from them showing up but not getting many reps.  Bush and JBB couldn’t practice.  Higdon is the only healthy scratch.

12/28/2018 - 3:17pm I really believe that Auburn…

I really believe that Auburn is still steaming mad and tired of hearing about Central Florida’s win streak.  Auburn forgot to show up last year and coach may have pummeled the team all week to remind them.

12/27/2018 - 8:48pm Pinstripe bowl has a…

Pinstripe bowl has a challenging track record if I recall correctly.  Lots of cold weather, too much snow, lower ranked teams so it is mostly an excuse to go to Manhatten and hang out and maybe offer two striving teams an ability to practice for three more weeks.  I might go one day but primarily because it is in NY.

12/27/2018 - 4:47pm I suspect Jim is taking…

I suspect Jim is taking responsibility for everything. Jim Harbaugh is the head coach and he is responsible for the recruiting for depth, 2-deep roster, development of the players, practices, strategy, and in-gam playcalling.  So yes, the win (or the loss) goes on  Harbaugh's record. I doubt he sees it otherwise.  I am pretty sure that Florida players can skip the game if they so desire and there may be few that are injured too.  It is what Harbaugh loves so get ready to play football and note that nobody has it better than us.

12/27/2018 - 7:13am It is sad that the dates and…

It is sad that the dates and times and match-ups move around so much.  Tradition has been thrown out the window.  It is hard to care when you had no expectation other than making the CFP games which at some point evaporates.  

Any conference left out of the CFP has a favorable set of match-ups as they are not playing 1-4.  Yet somehow the Big 10 is the underdog in half the games.

5-4

12/23/2018 - 6:25pm We play football for fun. …

Go blue

12/23/2018 - 5:36pm We play football for fun. …

We play football for fun.  Losing isn't fun.

Not quite as significant as what V.L. said but each game counts one.

12/23/2018 - 5:27pm Now that is a nice piece of…

Now that is a nice piece of merchandise.

12/23/2018 - 5:25pm When Vought got the…

When Vought got the defensive rebound to protect the 4-2 lead the fine Wolverine next to said, "We're kicking their asses!" Given how poorly we played the two regular season games, I knew he was right.

I also liked Higgins out of control spin move from outside the arc to get layup in the second half.  Fantastic!

12/23/2018 - 5:14pm Blue Moon Belgian White next…

Blue Moon Belgian White next to me.  Sierra Nevada vatiety pack and Founder's Centennial in the fridge for variety.

12/23/2018 - 10:47am Airing of grievances -

a)…

Airing of grievances -

a) The trendy term of "meaningless bowl game."  Aren't all bowl games meaningless (and mostly by design)?  Sure, there have been a few that designated the national champion but in the grand scheme of life and sports, every game is just another contest in our relatively short lives.  Few people (not visitors to this blog) can name the winner or MVP in the championship bowl four years ago.  I don't recall anyone skipping the Music City Bowl or the Outback Bowl in previous years.  Every contest and every bowl game is meaningful or you don't understand people, life, and/or even free market economics.

b) expanding the playoff will NOT  decrease number of players sitting out the bowls.  Many of these players have been playing with an injury, have already graduated if they haven't already left school, and have a choice to skip three weeks of grueling practice where athletes frequently get injured, hours of film study for one opponent (perhaps for the 61st time) or have have an opportunity to spend more time with their friends and family over the holidays.

I think most people enjoy the contest and the comaraderie and would always choose to play but the day will come when a sure first rounder will skip the playoffs rather than play with an injury that can be made worse.  (Yes, I  could play but I don't think the shoulder can take one more hit this year.)

12/23/2018 - 7:04am "The Man Who Invented…

"The Man Who Invented Christmas" based on Charles Dickens efforts to write "A Christmas Carol"  subtitled A Ghost Story of Christmas is my new favorite. 

Bacon for breakfast  Bacon, waffles, french toast, and more bacon.

12/18/2018 - 9:39pm His last season was good so…

His last season was good so he ended up with one win over .500.  He did leave a great team with Bobby Williams.

12/18/2018 - 9:21pm Bo had to go to the airport…

Bo had to go to the airport to intercept Anthony Carter's exit from Michigan back to Florida.  It seems most teams lose a player to homesickness here and there but not enough to stop recruiting the best talent from any distance.

12/15/2018 - 3:22pm ah, much better

ah, much better score but bogus foul on Simpson.

12/15/2018 - 3:21pm Good read.  Thanks.  I have…

Good read.  Thanks.  I have high regard for Charles and his clarity.  His refusal to settle garbage assault  charges (3?) out of court was always entertaining and of interest.

12/10/2018 - 9:02pm Dude, I suspect you have a…

Dude, I suspect you have a looonnnnggggg way to go.

12/10/2018 - 8:58pm I agree with your point.  I…

I agree with your point.  I find it valid.  However, Don Brown has indicated an awareness of this concept and feels he is actively coaching through it.  I really don't understand it but I trust Don Brown.

12/09/2018 - 1:55pm Agree.  I will always be a…

Agree.  I will always be a shade bitter that TCU gets the death penalty and Alabama is next and then magically, the death penalty goes away.  I have read a few biographies of coaches and players and the common story is that Alabama and SEC have ALWAYS cheated around NCAA rules with the justification being that they just want to play football without outside interference.  I will throw USC in there as a continual cheater.  Bo said he passed on A&M for a variety of reasons and one of the stated reasons is that they cheat down there.

12/06/2018 - 8:27pm No, but I would like to win…

No, but I would like to win the championship in both please.  (As long as we are being hypothetical.)

I can name most of the past national football champions but not too many of the past basketball champions. 

11/29/2018 - 3:00pm Bo talked about boosters…

Bo talked about boosters paying athletes behind his back.  He asked them not to.  He also said he would play who he wanted so don’t call and demand that your man gets more playing time.  He also said he would NOT go to Texas A&M because they cheat down there.

11/28/2018 - 1:49pm BYU and the Holiday Bowl…

BYU and the Holiday Bowl might disagree.  So for all the Rose, Orange, Sugar, and Cotton Bowls that did NOT decide a National Champion, that game was meaningless?

11/27/2018 - 7:58pm There are exceptions allowed…

There are exceptions allowed for the athletic department but those are typically the ones that leave in the first two years (see Rich Rodriguez recruiting track record.)  Most athletes meet the same requirements as the rest of us.