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02/15/2019 - 6:14pm Cade, Zach and Trente...for…

Cade, Zach and Trente...for starters!!! I seem to be higher on Cade than most...he's got "IT"...and a QB with "IT" is critical.

They say a picture paints a thousand words...any questions about Zach Charbonnet running with authority??? Has Michigan ever had a comparable back? They have been faster. They have been more powerful. They have been more elusive. But they have not put this combination of athleticism together in a single package. This kid is one helluva running back.

02/15/2019 - 4:40pm Looks like the perfect…

Looks like the perfect opportunity for Michigan to go big. They may need to some time anyway-no time like the present.

02/15/2019 - 2:33pm Football.

Football.

02/15/2019 - 7:15am Clearly there needs to be a …

Clearly there needs to be a "Fire Beilein" contingent that needs to get fired up. Five in a row would put the men in a very good place.

02/14/2019 - 8:06pm Per my many years of playing…

Per my many years of playing, coaching, pediatric nursing, parenting, grandparenting and living in general I was very pleased with what I heard-on the WTKA segment. It has long been apparent to me that Cade is a young man of very high character and an exceptional leader...I am thrilled that Zach is evidently equally impressive. This is one helluva a way to get this class on the ground and running-and should bode very well on into the future. Physically the ceiling of this class is very high...when character is high as well the possibilities are boundless. This is what I love about interscholastic sports!

02/14/2019 - 11:20am OT: Go pick the WTKA podcast…

OT: Go pick the WTKA podcast with Zach Charbonnet's dad...if you have not heard-from the Harbaugh podcast. Good/interesting stuff...a lot to like all the way around...including about how the 8 early enrollees are doing.

02/14/2019 - 7:56am Very well done!!! Really…

Very well done!!! Really-this is a most factual descriptor for at least 95% of this board. Thanks for the belly laugh!!!

02/13/2019 - 6:59pm Simpson has been and remains…

Simpson has been and remains the elephant in the room on the offensive end. When the ball is not in his hands you pretty much do not need to guard him. Furthermore, when the ball is in his hands there is no off-ball help required-possibly from Matthew's defender...which allows the off-ball defense to stay in position to make life difficult for, especially, Poole and Iggy. Teams know if you let Poole catch and shoot he can bury you. They also know that if you give Iggy a seam he will bury you. They are willing to take their chances of playing Simpson, Teske and Matthews straight up-because neither of those 3 will bury you. 

This is not rocket science at this point in the season-for the opposition...lots of film out there to scheme from. Simpson has the ball you play him soft and strong right and just let him dribble until he has no place to go-you let him shoot anything but layups-all night long. If Simpson does not have the ball his defender is sagging back in, clogging up the driving lanes and helping out wherever needed. The other defenders can be in their guy's shirt-because Simpson's defender is available to help. 

This is fact and reality from here on out...and it is going to get worse-not better. So, the possibilities/options??? 1) Simpson has to shoot at least 35% from deep, 2) Simpson has to shoot 50% from inside the arc or 3) Simpson goes to the bench...and it looks right now as though Poole is your best option at "point"...Livers time increases significantly...you could try putting Nunez out there to snipe away. 

What we have seen recently is very much what happened in the NCAA tourney last year...the reality is that, here, Michigan got lucky. " 'Reality' strikes deep...into your life it will creep". Whether you like it or not.

I would be interested in hearing your thoughts...Matt D (if you are afforded the latitude :) 

 

02/13/2019 - 6:24am I did not see the game. I…

I did not see the game. I will assume there is, at least, some validity to the officiating complaints. I am reminded of what a great coach I played for advised us of "There is one thing there is no rule against-bad officiating." 

This is not the most physically gifted team around...they need to play close to their potential to win. 

02/12/2019 - 8:15am Beilein, Hutchins, Harbaugh,…

Beilein, Hutchins, Harbaugh, Bakich...we can bitch and moan all we want-but it's pretty mindless and silly. We Michigan fans should be most thankful. The fact that Michigan athletics is being led by coaches like this group is what I appreciate the most. These outstanding coaches are the pillars that Michigan athletics are built upon...this is what interscholastic athletics is about.

02/11/2019 - 10:10pm Charbonnet and Hart are…

Charbonnet and Hart are about as dissimilar as two back can be. How about we hope that Charbonnet plays to his potential-that means he would be better than Hart and makes a nice splash in the league.

02/11/2019 - 9:09pm UVA is an outstanding team…

UVA is an outstanding team...they have a legitimate chance of being a #1 seed. This really is pretty nonconsequential-whether you're a 1 or a 2...or a 3 for that matter. Michigan needs to continue to stay mentally tough and steadily improve their play. 

02/11/2019 - 6:53pm Kinda like that piece of…

Kinda like that piece of trash Edelman thinkin he can play in the NFL. Give these kids credit for their skill and effort!

02/11/2019 - 6:47pm I fully support your…

I fully support your position-and more. I am under the assumption that some version of a power spread is going to be implemented...the analyst from Ferris is not being added to be a wall-flower. Charbonnet, Turner and Wilson are on campus and, as has been noted, you have Haskins and Barrett. And, in all seriousness, the 2019 class is loaded with kids who can be very dynamic in such a scheme-including kids like Castleberry as a PWO. This position is not a position of concern for me...and neither is QB-that room is loaded. 

02/11/2019 - 6:23pm This is my take as well. And…

This is my take as well. And to add insult to injury (and here I feel badly for the kid because I believe the adults are at great fault here) I fear that Zach is damaged goods (psychologically) after all that drama. 

My biggest reservation of this 2019 class, per the tape, is All-at TE. 

02/11/2019 - 12:44pm They, appropriately fit…

They, appropriately, fit there-plus or minus a couple...nothing worth quibbling about. 

02/11/2019 - 10:14am Crappy canned stuff or do…

Crappy canned stuff or do you know how to cook :) 

We have this really cute little camper-two, actually, come to think of it...a trailer and a 9 year old :)

02/10/2019 - 4:47pm Just wait a minute...we…

Just wait a minute...we lived in Indy when Eric was in high school...and you're saying he is more explosive than Eric!!!???!!! And he can light it up from deep like Eric??? 

02/10/2019 - 10:06am I know basketball inside out…

I know basketball inside out, backwards and forwards. I love the components of this roster. But I must say/admit that, at times. this team leaves me shaking my head in bewilderment. Who plays poorly and who plays well seems to rotate rather randomly...it's like "Who are these guys???"...and yesterday it was Matthews and Teske who stepped up and doggedly dragged the team to a very hard-fought win.  Despite my bewilderment, all indications are that this team's ceiling is high enough to win an NC-without it being a fluke...and their floor is high enough to keep them in serious consideration. That this team knows how to win in the face of mediocre play from (random/crucial) elements of the team is a very hopeful sign-though exasperating too. The good news remains that when this team puts it all together they can run any team off the court.

02/09/2019 - 4:46pm This is a mentally tough…

This is a mentally tough bunch. As the target on Michigan's back continues to grow, these final regular season games are going to be grueling events. With few exception, someone always seizes the opportunity and pulls this team through.

02/09/2019 - 2:08pm Whoa! That was survival of…

Whoa! That was survival of the fittest, win or go home tournament basketball.

02/08/2019 - 10:54pm Whoever down-voted me here…

Whoever down-voted me here doesn't know a damn thing about assessing talent or playing the game-just so you know. Neg away-but it simply represents pure ignorance. 

02/08/2019 - 8:41pm It is tough having to…

It is tough having to practice inside then head south and begin your season against a couple teams who have been outside a lot...it is very different in every way.  

02/08/2019 - 11:09am He certainly met the "skinny…

He certainly met the "skinny as a rail" descriptor. He was much quicker off his feet than his counter-parts. He was your prototypically quick, under-sized Orr player. 

02/07/2019 - 8:59pm Here in Kansas the local…

Here in Kansas the local colleges have home games scheduled this week...and postponed. But often, we can play here pretty much year-round. Since it has not been above freezing for a few days and the ground is very saturated, so when it does thaw, it is going to be a real mess. They are going to have a tough time getting their regularly scheduled games in this Spring. 

02/07/2019 - 8:59pm Here in Kansas the local…

Here in Kansas the local colleges have home games scheduled this week...and postponed. But often, we can play here pretty much year-round. Since it has not been above freezing for a few days and the ground is very saturated, so when it does thaw, it is going to be a real mess. They are going to have a tough time getting their regularly scheduled games in this Spring. 

02/07/2019 - 8:49pm Basketball is the best sport…

Basketball is the best sport to play-not necessarily to watch. It is a highly nuanced game that few truly understand and appreciate. But to play the game and to play it well is pure joy. 

02/07/2019 - 8:42pm Basketball is by far the…

Basketball is by far the best sport to play for many, many reasons. Baseball is a very nice leisurely sport...plenty of time to pick your butt or your boogers and adjust yourself-and not miss a thing...you can even incorporate those "activities" into signs and make them part of the game...so, whatever floats your boat.

02/07/2019 - 8:23pm The kid is a player. There…

The kid is a player. There are good reasons why his offensive efficiency is down. He will likely be a better pro player than a college one. 

02/07/2019 - 10:58am Perhaps I skimmed too…

Perhaps I skimmed too quickly :) The deprivation from encountering the natural world that our children are experiencing is pathological...physically and psychologically.

02/07/2019 - 10:14am This retired pediatric nurse…

This retired pediatric nurse, my Pediatric Nurse Practitioner spouse and Pediatrician brother give you a standing ovation!!!

02/07/2019 - 8:33am Here in South-Central Kansas…

Here in South-Central Kansas the area schools are closed for the second consecutive day. They are always looking for excuses to use the built-in weather days. Yesterday the closings were ridiculous...I will give them some slack today. Single digit temps with 30-40 mph winds do pose dangers that are reasonable to be avoided-out here on the barren prairie.

02/07/2019 - 7:19am Matt D...what say ye???

Matt D...what say ye???

02/07/2019 - 7:12am An outstanding class...all…

An outstanding class...all the way around!!!

02/06/2019 - 11:33am It would be interesting to…

It would be interesting to see Charles Matthews at QB-he is very athletic!

02/06/2019 - 9:53am The last 6 games of this…

The last 6 games of this regular season is surely going to challenge this premise. 

02/06/2019 - 9:31am Iggy is the man. He will,…

Iggy is the man. He will, increasingly get schemed against. He will usually stay ahead of the curve. Here, his teammates need to take up the slack they will be afforded...if they do so this team will roll on quite smoothly. 

02/06/2019 - 9:02am Hopefully only until late…

Hopefully only until late November.

02/06/2019 - 8:48am No, here, Izzo is the king…

No, here, Izzo is the king of the "head-cases". If his players are head-cases he is the one most responsible for this. Ten games ago this team was playing lights-out...certainly among the best in the nation. This last week is on the coach!!!

02/06/2019 - 8:42am No, no, no...it's part of…

No, no, no...it's part of the healing process!!!

 

02/05/2019 - 8:03pm Beilein finally caught up…

Beilein finally caught up with Belichick and me...we 66 year olds rock!!!

02/05/2019 - 7:52pm Well, maybe Keilan Robinson…

Well, maybe Keilan Robinson is still in play.

02/05/2019 - 7:38pm He may well have been 4th on…

He may well have been 4th on the depth chart if he was on the team in the Fall. Being away from football for a year will not be helpful...but stranger things have happened.

02/05/2019 - 4:45pm While your point is…

While your point is certainly valid, the offense design and QB play added great insult to injury. Gattis will install an RPO system that has a very hot pass read at the snap-then the run option-then a medium crossing and deep shot option. This puts the defensive front 6-7 in proverbial hell...and much easier to block. This is actually not that difficult for the QB to execute as the reads in general will be more clearly defined. Here, Mahomes is the Exhibit A magician.

02/05/2019 - 12:31pm If Virginia as a top seed…

If Virginia as a top seed astounds you then you are very easily astounded...or something much worse. I have not seen them play very often but to say that they do not have the elements to compete for an NC is just plain silly. When Michigan is playing well they have a very high ceiling. However, when Michigan plays poorly, their floor is very low. Here, VA's ceiling is at least as high but their floor is much higher than Michigan's.

02/05/2019 - 8:22am I guess if the shoe fits…

I guess if the shoe fits-wear it. If the truth hurts-don't be a whiner-listen and learn. Basketball is an incredibly nuanced game. I do not fault those who do not know but they should not hold sway in the conversation. I am just surprised when a player who is not a highlight reel and does not have an over-the-top stat sheet gets recognition for all the little things he brings to the game. Iggy gets very little recognition on this board-I believe my comment was most valid-whether you like it or not.

02/05/2019 - 8:01am It remains that two of the…

It remains that two of the humans' greatest faults are the inability to self-assess and the ability to rationalize. Here, 17 and 18 year olds will surely epitomize this reality. It is too bad the adults in the room further exacerbate this reality. 

02/05/2019 - 7:29am I agree with Iggy being on…

I agree with Iggy being on such a list. That he does not get much of this kind of an assessment from the local media and fan base is very telling-they don't know the game. This kid is really good. 

02/05/2019 - 7:12am I have always liked the…

I have always liked the Castleberry kid. He would seem to be a great fit for a "speed in space" attack.

02/04/2019 - 7:30pm There is plenty I do not…

There is plenty I do not know-including nothing about what really happened here. But I have recruited enough to know that these kids are all over this recruiting deal and it is very unlikely that  this young man was not very aware of what was in play here...that you can be sure of. He may not be happy about it but one could confidently bet that he knew about these options-for a while.