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RMichaelS


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Comment 19 Jan 2015

None Taken.  In 1985, our Law School was ranked 12-15th in the Country.  we

we've been down since some of our noteworthy proffs retired.  We have not pulled in proffs of equal stature in the time since.  Right now, our law school is about 6th in the B1G (US News, etc) & about 40th nationally(may be off a bit on the last).

Comment 04 Jul 2014

To be Fair, MSU has played great against the Buckeyes for quite some time.  They get up for the game & Dantonio works harder.  I'm glad they beat Stanford!  & frankly, I'm glad they continued the expose of our secondary.  Imagine the ESPN ranting if we had gone against Florida St. in the NC game & had our heads handed to us.  This year we'll get there if we're good enough & only if we get solid (positive) answers to the Oh so many questions on both offense and defense. 

Comment 01 Jun 2014

couple of observations: it takes time to build a complete team.  UM's in his 3rd year here & is still building.  It is seldom true that a great new coach meshes with existing superbly talented players & voila! - a NC!  Most of the time, it really takes time.  We saw the 2012 team, & even then, knew we had problems on defense.  The better the opposition, the more glaring the defects, although I do remember a certain 11W analyst spotting the defensive identity issue halfway thru the 2012 season. His observations now have the flavor of the prophetic. I also remember such analysis ran counter to all the hype. One of my greatest fears is that we would, prematurely, find a way into a NC game unprepared to battle a great team.  Thankfully Michigan State kept that from happening. We got a great bowl game against a really good bowl opponent & we almost beat em!  Sparty won their bowl game! 

So now its year 3:  the hype machine is cranking! (although much less as June starts out)  Lots of really good players are being highlighted (deservedly so).  But there are, frankly obvious, questions that must be truly resolved:  Will the offensive line come together well enough to score in tough games?  Will Braxton's passing Accuracy and target choice improve to the point that he can strike in tight coverage?   Will we find a genuine plow horse for running back?  & that's just on offense!  Aside from a dependable D-line, the team has fundamental issues on defense, requiring conceptual re-tooling.  So we really are a long way from an NC caliber team at the present.  The team may build into one, but it's not there yet.  It takes time, and convincing wins against good teams, to get there.

Comment 01 Jun 2014

couple of observations: it takes time to build a complete team.  UM's in his 3rd year here & is still building.  It is seldom true that a great new coach meshes with existing superbly talented players & voila! - a NC!  Most of the time, it really takes time.  We saw the 2012 team, & even then, knew we had problems on defense.  The better the opposition, the more glaring the defects, although I do remember a certain 11W analyst spotting the defensive identity issue halfway thru the 2012 season. His observations now have the flavor of the prophetic. I also remember such analysis ran counter to all the hype. One of my greatest fears is that we would, prematurely, find a way into a NC game unprepared to battle a great team.  Thankfully Michigan State kept that from happening. We got a great bowl game against a really good bowl opponent & we almost beat em!  Sparty won their bowl game! 

So now its year 3:  the hype machine is cranking! (although much less as June starts out)  Lots of really good players are being highlighted (deservedly so).  But there are, frankly obvious, questions that must be truly resolved:  Will the offensive line come together well enough to score in tough games?  Will Braxton's passing Accuracy and target choice improve to the point that he can strike in tight coverage?   Will we find a genuine plow horse for running back?  & that's just on offense!  Aside from a dependable D-line, the team has fundamental issues on defense, requiring conceptual re-tooling.  So we really are a long way from an NC caliber team at the present.  The team may build into one, but it's not there yet.  It takes time, and convincing wins against good teams, to get there.

Comment 01 Jun 2014

couple of observations: it takes time to build a complete team.  UM's in his 3rd year here & is still building.  It is seldom true that a great new coach meshes with existing superbly talented players & voila! - a NC!  Most of the time, it really takes time.  We saw the 2012 team, & even then, knew we had problems on defense.  The better the opposition, the more glaring the defects, although I do remember a certain 11W analyst spotting the defensive identity issue halfway thru the 2012 season. His observations now have the flavor of the prophetic. I also remember such analysis ran counter to all the hype. One of my greatest fears is that we would, prematurely, find a way into a NC game unprepared to battle a great team.  Thankfully Michigan State kept that from happening. We got a great bowl game against a really good bowl opponent & we almost beat em!  Sparty won their bowl game! 

So now its year 3:  the hype machine is cranking! (although much less as June starts out)  Lots of really good players are being highlighted (deservedly so).  But there are, frankly obvious, questions that must be truly resolved:  Will the offensive line come together well enough to score in tough games?  Will Braxton's passing Accuracy and target choice improve to the point that he can strike in tight coverage?   Will we find a genuine plow horse for running back?  & that's just on offense!  Aside from a dependable D-line, the team has fundamental issues on defense, requiring conceptual re-tooling.  So we really are a long way from an NC caliber team at the present.  The team may build into one, but it's not there yet.  It takes time, and convincing wins against good teams, to get there.

Comment 04 May 2014

I had the pleasure recently of watching a speeded up version of our offense against Northwestern and Michigan state;  I focused on the passing.  Clumped altogether, the pattern was disturbing.  Accuracy was really inconsistent in games against decent defensive backfields. The key to anyone having a good receiving year will be Braxton's improvement.  He does not pass well against tight coverage-to anybody.  Michigan state was able to cover tightly & Braxton mostly could not thread the needle.  The down-field passes to Devon were rainbows & frankly, the defender has as much a chance to catch the ball as the receiver.   Thus, Wilson, if covered up by anyone over his height will not catch much; Thomas has a real chance because he is taller & can go up for the ball .  Ditto our tight-ends & the same for Spencer.   I hope for the best, but with a developing line and the analysis being widespread (no pun), it will be tough.  Fast release & intermediate routes will be crucial.