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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

MICHIGAN FOOTBALL FLOPS OUT IN 2014


Fred Flintsone Unable to Save The Day for Michigan


Michigan wrapped-up a "dream-season" in football nearly two months ago, and the final team rankings are now recorded. UM doesn't appear in any official lists, as none of them go low enough for the Wolverines to show up. So we dug around to find out what the various computer rankings showed for Mighty Meechugin as the 2014 season is finally complete.


UM #60 IN "SAGARIN RATING"

FINAL 2014 SAGARIN COLLEGE FOOTBALL COMPUTER RANKINGS






Why call it a "dream season"? For some, it was a like a good dream, for others, a bad dream. Pretty simple. On the bright side, how bad can it be if your team is nearly as good as, say, Central Florida and Cincinnati? (see above) Those both seem like pretty nice places.



UM #49 IN "TEAM RANKINGS"


FINAL 2014 COLLEGE FOOTBALL COMPUTER RANKINGS
(by teamrankings.com)

The Blue Men cracked the Top 50 according to a service nobody every heard about before just now. So bully for them as they put Rice in their place. Good luck chasing Air Force.




UM #70 IN BLEACHER REPORT


FINAL 2014 COLLEGE FOOTBALL COMPUTER RANKINGS
(FROM BLEACHER REPORT)

Ever wonder what would have happened if Michigan had played Illinois in 2014? Nope, neither did I. But according to Bleacher Report, the game would have been a doozy, as they placed both teams side by side in their final rankings. A clash like that would probably come down to whether the kicker was booted for sexual assault, or whether the left tackle was left out due to non-sexual assault, or maybe whether some of the players were drinking before the game.

Personally, I would take the Illini if the wind was southwesterly and kickoff was after 2:00 p.m. local time. I would take the Wolverines if Brady Hoke would put on a headset and shout out "Yabba Dabba Doo" every time an opponent scores a touchdown.



So anyway, the real point of this article
is to let you all see the former legend
making the most preposterous statement,
mocking himself and his whole charade,
without seeming to have a clue what was
going on around him. As usual, right?


Here's the video:



video


Fred Flintstone Comments on Comparisons to Brady Hoke






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Thursday, January 8, 2015

ONE FINAL BIT OF STUFF ABOUT JIM HARBAUGH







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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

EVEN MORE STUFF ABOUT JIM HARBAUGH








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SOME MORE STUFF ABOUT JIM HARBAUGH






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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

DID YOU HEAR THIS STUFF ABOUT JIM HARBAUGH?





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Monday, January 5, 2015

DID YOU KNOW THIS STUFF ABOUT JIM HARBAUGH?










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HERE IS SOME STUFF ABOUT JIM HARBAUGH








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THIS IS STUFF ABOUT JIM HARBAUGH






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MORE STUFF ABOUT JIM HARBAUGH






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Sunday, January 4, 2015

STUFF ABOUT JIM HARBAUGH




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SPARTAN WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM LIKELY TO FALL IN ANN ARBOR TODAY

Looks like the Michigan Women's Basketball team has caught Michigan State at the right time and the right place for a rare victory. The teams play today at 2:00 p.m. at the Crisler Center.

MSU has enjoyed remarkable dominance over UM in women's basketball, winning 23 of the last 25 games in the series. That span includes five coaches, two for the Spartans and three for the Wolverines. The latest Wolverine Coach has pepped up the recruiting process, making her team a bit tougher than the historical record has led us to expect. She has a very nice class coming in next year.

The Spartan roster is riddled with injuries, leaving a seven-player rotation for their last game (including three freshmen) and that led to a double-digit loss to Indiana on New Year's Eve. Unless the Wolverines miss a great opportunity, they will get the win today in Ann Arbor.

If so, it does not mark any major change in the balance of power between the schools in women's basketball. The Spartan program has been hit with a series of career-ending injuries and player departures due to transfer or dismissal. That left the team a little shallow when Brandy Agee, a projected starter, tore her ACL last summer, creating a scholarship-athlete rotation of nine (maximum) players for this season. Two of those nine missed the last game, creating the super-short (and young) rotation. That lineup is not viable to compete in the B1G Conference, much less win rivalry games on the road.

Suzy Merchant has signed six (6) players to join her program next year, five of whom are listed as ESPN Top 100 players. She has a super-sized class for next year that fills all position needs with quality players. She will lose two seniors, add the six freshmen, and return Agee from her injury.

Things will be fine next year, and there's still a chance to pull this season out of the fire and even beat Michigan in February.

But if you've been looking for a good chance to see what the Spartans look like this season, I would not recommend this particular game. Michigan by 17 points.




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Saturday, January 3, 2015

HARBAUGH WAS BORN IN OHIO





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THE DETROIT SPORTS MEDIA "BLUE WALL"

Joe Rexrode is the best sports reporter in the Detroit market, let's get that out of the way right here at the top. We are not criticizing the work of Rexrode, nor are we saying he is part of a pro-Michigan conspiracy at the Detroit Free Press. But he works in a blue-biased-bubble at the Freep (though that publication is not necessarily the worst offender in yellow-and-blue journalism).

So it wasn't surprising to see a very unflattering picture of Spartan Football Head Coach Mark Dantonio topping an article that claimed he was somehow inadequate because he wanted to talk about the Cotton Bowl at a Cotton Bowl press conference. You may recall only a few short days ago how the sports media was trying to hijack every interview with every sports figure and turn it into a Jim Harbaugh Retrospective. Dantonio was the only one to put a lid on such attempts, closing off the impulse to distort every American sporting event into a showcase for the University of Michigan.

He was right to do so. Dantonio knew that he wasn't a guest on the Jim Rome Show in Dallas, he was coaching a team to play in the Cotton Bowl.

Dantonio wanted questions about his team and/or
his coaches, and maybe a few about Baylor as well.
Not another episode of "All About Michigan".

Shawn Windsor of the Freep attacked Dantonio the next day, claiming he was deficient for not playing along with the sports media bias in favor of UM. Windsor essentially was saying that the MSU Head Coach should have bowed down, bent over, and taken it with a smile. When Dantonio didn't play along, Windsor slapped him around in a nasty article with an even nastier picture of the Spartan leader who was obviously squinting in the sunlight when the photo was taken.

Nobody seems to have a picture of Harbaugh with his player's blood smeared all over his own face, so such a photo would be a rarity. The Freep, however, has hundreds (if not thousands) of photos of Dantonio in which he's not squinting in the direct sunlight. For "SOME REASON", they chose a bad photo of Dantonio to publish the day after Harbaugh's hiring and the day before MSU's bowl game.

So I logged in to the Rexrode weekly chat to ask about it. We bring you the text exchange for your review.


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JOE REXRODE WEEKLY CHAT - DECEMBER 31, 2014

  • Michigan folks have behaved disgracefully on a regular basis towards Michigan State, both formally and informally, officially and non-officially, for decades. Mark Dantonio is repeatedly criticized for standing up LIKE A MAN against such nonsense. In your professional opinion, what is he supposed to do under these circumstances? It was a Cotton Bowl press conference, not an end-of-year summary with all topics on the table.
    by SpartanMan82 2:25 PM yesterday
  • First of all, some folks on both sides of this rivalry act disgracefully. And again on Harbaugh questions -- the news was official yesterday, an hour before Dantonio spoke. How in the world would anyone think that doesn't get asked? Urban Meyer got asked. Rich Rod got asked, etc., etc. Come on. It's news.
    by Joe Rexrode 2:26 PM yesterday
    • You deny the "Blue Wall" at the Freep because YOU'RE NOT PART OF IT. You obviously do a great job and everybody knows it. But how can you ignore the snarky article by Shawn Windsor, and especially the incredibly unflattering picture of Mark Dantonio along with it? That's a bad picture, man, one that should not be used in a professional publication. He is obviously squinting from the sunlight, not a good shot. This was a "smear-article" concocted only to hurt the image of MSU. Was Harbaugh also asked to comment on every other conference team that has played in, or will play in, a bowl game? Of course not, he's treated with kid gloves. NOT YOUR FAULT, JOE, BUT YOU ARE WORKING IN A "BLUE WALL WORLD".
      by SpartanMan82 2:26 PM yesterday
      • See, you're wrong there. I was in the top-secret Free Press meeting in which we talked about the best way to put out this "smear article" to help continue aiding Michigan and undercutting MSU. I have now been promoted to Blue Wall Lieutenant from Blue Wall Private.
        by Joe Rexrode 2:27 PM yesterday
        • THAT'S FINE, WE CAN GO THERE ALL DAY.
          by Joe Rexrode 2:27 PM yesterday
          • (Sorry, sometimes I think I'm having a mid-life crisis. This Reese's Cup should help).
            by Joe Rexrode 2:28 PM yesterday
            • If you don't answer questions about Michigan during this chat, why should Mark Dantonio answer questions about Michigan during his COTTON BOWL PRESS CONFERENCE???
              by SpartanMan82 2:28 PM yesterday
              • YEAH, GREAT LOGIC.
                by Joe Rexrode 2:28 PM yesterday
              • Could not agree more of SpartanMan82 take on Shawnie's article. That is not even close. Glad to see Coach Dantonio put an end to the "bright shinny object" adoration going on on the Eastern side of the State.
                by USMCSPARTAN(Ret.) December 31, 2014 at 2:41 PM


              • Final attempt on the Shawn Windsor smear article. I understand that the question was asked and I accept that reality. I also understand the answer that was given, and I appreciate that reality. My objection is to the feature article that was written and published, condemning Dantonio for being real, and especially THAT AWFUL PICTURE. The picture is the giveaway to the media (bias) agenda.
                by SpartanMan82 December 31, 2014 at 2:45 PM
                • Oh, absolutely. That was a key part of our #BlueWall meeting.

                  • Thanks for participating in the New Year's Eve chat, everyone. Enjoy the holiday, please -- please -- be safe tonight. And next week I'll bring the minutes from the #BlueWall meeting so you can see what we have planned next! But seriously, thanks and take care.

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                  Rexrode did a stand-up job defending his colleague while dodging the main point. I made it absolutely clear that I wasn't charging him with complicity, but he just laughed-off the whole idea. That's okay, as we can count on him to continue to produce outstanding work on a regular basis. But it remains quite possible that one reason the Freep (finally) hired/promoted him was to establish an easy and convenient counter-strike to claims of media-bias in favor of their beloved University of Michigan.

                  Joe Rexrode provides excellent professional coverage of MSU Football and Men's Basketball, and we can all appreciate that very much. His employers, however, have not consistently shaken the habit of bowing down to the Blue Gods in Ann Arbor, almost always at the expense of Michigan State.

                  Keep up the great work, Joe Rexrode!




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