Ooooohhh, sick burn Urban! In all seriousness I liked the coloring book joke better. Was funnier, more original and added a little heat to the Rivalry. Meyer's comments at the luncheon were pretty tame.
I'm pretty sure that Hoke's near-term future hinges much more on the performance of his 2014 offensive line than on the Gibbons thing. The only thing he's guilty of on Gibbons is being misleading with the public as to why he didn't accompany the team to its shitty bowl game. That won't get him fired. Overseeing a team with an offensive line that leads the nation in negative plays/tackles for loss again will probably get him fired.
Congrats to Kentucky. They played a hell of a game.
You should swing by my office where you can see me do so on a daily basis.
I agree that Michigan won't make it back to the title game as this region is loaded. My prediction is either Sweet 16 or Elite 8 and I'll be happy with either outcome. Michigan outperformed how I thought they'd do this year after McGary went down. Remember that at one point in December they were 6-4 and simply making the NCAA tournament as any seed was very much in question. One thing I do believe is that Beilein's style works better in the NCAA tournament format than in the Big 10 season. The NCAA tournament refs don't favor the physical teams as much as the Big 10 refs, Beilein's offensive sets are difficult to defend against if you don't regularly face Michigan and have to scout them on short notice (see Florida in last year's Elite 8 round) and while the 1-3-1 zone they sometimes use is a crutch to help mask their significant defensive liabilities, it's another thing teams have to prepare for in an already compressed schedule.
Of course, now that I've said all this Michigan will make me look like an idiot by losing in the first round.
Congrats on a hard fought game folks. I always thought UM would bring parity back to The Rivalry in football before they did in basketball, but I'll take what I can get. Whenever I watch these two play, I think how ridiculous either team would be if OSU added Stauskas or if UM added Craft. That's what each roster is missing and what's keeping both from being legit Top 5 teams.
Looking forward to the game tomorrow. It sucked that we only were able to play you guys once during the regular season this year so glad to see there will be a sequel in 2014. Should be an interesting matchup as always. OSU can't shoot and Michigan can't play D. The moveable force meets the resistable object!
Something tells me if there was real money on the line that some of those predictions would look a little different. I think most of the predictions further below look more realistic by comparison.
Fido - you'd better throw in a score prediction for the championship game because you and I have the exact same picks for every game in the tournament. Either we both share a similar level of brilliance or we simply have no faith in MSU or OSU making a run this year. I'm in the latter camp, especially with respect to MSU. They're a disaster at the moment, and I still can't figure out why. One of the 2 biggest disappointments in college basketball this year (Kentucky being the other).
8 Indiana vs #9 Illinois - Illinois
#5 Ohio State vs #12 Purdue - Ohio State
#7 Minnesota vs #10 Penn State - Minnesota
#6 Iowa vs #11 Northwestern - Iowa
#1 Michigan vs #9 Illinois - Michigan
#4 Nebraska vs #5 Ohio State - Ohio State
#2 Wisconsin vs #7 Minnesota - Wisconsin
#3 Michigan State vs #6 Iowa - Iowa
#1 Michigan vs #5 Ohio State - Michigan
#6 Iowa vs #2 Wisconsin - Wisconsin
#1 Michigan vs #2 Wisconsin - Wisconsin (final score: Wisc 68 - Mich 61)
Can I ask a stupid question here? There is nothing on the record regarding Lewan's alleged statement, yet you are readily accepting it as fact. Maybe he said it, maybe he didn't. But you wouldn't know that any more than MMan would, so why are you breaking his balls over this point? I'll be the first to admit that if he legitimately did say it then yes, he's a complete douchebag. But since it's still in question exactly what (if anything) was said by Lewan, why would you continually chastise someone for not automatically agreeing with your point?
It's a valid question and I'm kind of curious about the ultimate answers to this myself.
One Michigan fan's guess who is not nearly as intellectually invested in this matter as MMan: The one thing you need to understand culturally about the University of Michigan and its Administration is that they are always working to convey an image that they're the "good guys" who always comply with rules and laws. This influences their behavior to a point where they come across at times as being complete idiots, most notably in the way that they handled the response to the Detroit Free Press's "Practice-Gate" accusations against RichRod and the subsequent NCAA investigation in 2009/2010.
My guess is that in this instance, even though Gibbons was cleared from a law enforcement perspective, because the issue kept lingering, because a new complaint was filed and because more media sources were picking up the story, the University said "F it, we're not taking any chances - we're going to show that we at least did something here, even if it was 4 years after the fact." That's one of the reasons I don't think this is a coverup. I honestly don't believe that anybody was hiding anything, I just think that the Administration officials got antsy about the issue and got rid of Gibbons as a CYA which has only served to make them look stupid. The would have been better off not doing anything from a PR perspective, because doing something so many years after the original incident took place only raises questions and eyebrows.
Nice. I'm sure that's winning you a lot of brownie points over there. Does your avatar include a bow tie?
Totally sucks. It's like that old saying - if it wasn't for bad luck, Michigan's football team wouldn't have any luck at all right now.
What's going on with the program right now is starting to remind me a little bit of RR's final year. Increasing negative publicity around the program, more internal bickering among the fans as to whether the right guy is the HC of the program and before we have a chance to let the season unfold a serious injury bug hits. In 2010, the entire secondary was pretty much wiped out before the season even started (either due to injuries or transfers).
Heading into 2014, there are still key injuries healing from last year (Pipkins ACL, Darboh foot, Gardner "turf toe") and now this injury to Butt. The reason this one is so significant isn't just because of Butt's skills (heh heh, I said "butt skills") but because of the fact that Funchess is a liability to the team when he's line up at TE. He's great as a receiver, but atrocious as a blocker.
The emergence of Butt last year as an all-around TE allowed Michigan to split Funchess wide to compensate for the lack of depth at WR after Darboh got hurt. But more importantly, it also kept opponents from immediately knowing whether Michigan would be throwing or passing based on its TE alignment. Previously, if Funchess was in at TE, everyone was thinking "pass" because he couldn't block for shit. Conversely, if AJ Williams was in, everyone was thinking "run" because Williams couldn't catch for shit (unfrotunately he couldn't block for shit either - he just wasn't quite as bad at it as Funchess). This issue went away once Butt got more playing time because he was a reasonable blocker (for a true freshman) and a very legitimate receiving threat.