this may be of some local interest
March 1 – Wednesday
Unverified Voracity: Nothing to Hear Here. Sport Illustrated poll says Graham Brown is the dirtiest player in the Big Ten. Paul Davis is the most overrated. I think he still qualifies ten years later.
MI QBs Justin Siller and Steven Threet and California CB Michael Williams added to the Recruiting Board.
March 2 – Thursday
An article about APR numbers and how the NCAA isn’t going after those who fall under 925. This was before the “yikes our APR is in terrible condition” era.
March 3 – Friday
Brian gives an analysis of his football season preview of defense and special teams from the previous August. A few highlights:
Jamison is the official Ron English canary in a coalmine: if he starts over steady, lumbering Biggs and Van Alstyne, the defense is shedding the bellbottoms and buying itself an iPod.
The good bit: David Harris was a revelation at middle linebacker. He was one of the few players to receive less credit than he deserved:
Harris pushing him [McClintock] to the bench means that the coaching staff is willing to give a player who has little experience the nod over a senior who would normally have an unholy death grip on the position, which is not a vote of confidence in McClintock. The fact that neither player has asserted himself has to be a concern, especially since Harris is dinged up again. Average production from this spot would be great.
The instant Harris shook off that minor injury, he stapled McClintock to the bench and started thumping people far and wide. Though he faded somewhat late, Harris was a solid tackler who had surprising range for such a big dude. He was consistent and intelligent. He made plays in zone coverage. He was the best player on the defense not named "Branch" or "Woodley." Not bad for an in-state sleeper recruit.
March 6 – Monday
Unverified Voracity: Mostly APR Bitching is true to its name, following the arguments of a couple more articles about APR numbers and graduation rates.
A post about Reader Interaction Day. I can’t quite figure out what this was, but it mostly centered on the decision to bring DeBord back as OC. It’s interesting to see different perspectives about his first tenure.
In sum: On the surface, DeBord is a ridiculous choice for offensive coordinator. He was unimpressive during his first three years; he failed at CMU; he is not particularly exciting. But there are extenuating circumstances that provide hope that the second time will be better. Loeffler is more heavily involved with the game planning ever year. Lloyd Carr is adapting to college football's offensive renaissance -- with painful slowness at times, granted. The defense is not a rock to fall back upon. DeBord's made some noises in interviews the echo these sentiments, but we won't have a clear idea how meaningful those noises are until the Notre Dame game.
March 7 – Tuesday
Brian considers the recent football staff hires in light of a proposition that when in doubt you hire the fat, bald guy.
The chances of someone who looks like Stripling doing something other than plumbing or lounging around auto factories, destroying the Big Three one three-hour lunchbreak at a time, are astronomical. Bonus points for the Captain Picard-style 'do, which--unlike the shave-everything technique--emphasizes the lack of hair atop Stripling's grizzled pate. The overall impression: this man is probably killing polar bears with his bare hands right now.
Unverified Voracity: Must Play. The basketball team is still being talked about as a tournament team, but at this point that is looking doubtful.
March 8 – Wednesday
PA WR Toney Clemons and MI TE Martell Webb added to the recruiting board. Also, Mike Williams puts ‘M’ in a top two, probably with USC.
March 9 – Thursday
Brian gives a short tutorial on how to use a blog; he also talks about desiring to move to Wordpress.
A liveblog of the Michigan/Minnesota basketball game. A liveblog of the radio feed. Of the Minnesota radio feed? Not sure why this had to happen, but I guess that was life before BTN. Oh, and turnovers doomed this game and effectively move ‘M’ out of the tournament.
PBP: A ton of action with little significance.
Color: Sounds like my life.
March 10 – Friday
Are they in or not, no one is sure.
The overall impression is that Michigan is the bubbliest of bubble teams
March 13 – Monday
Posting/vacation update from Brian.
February 14 – Tuesday
Unverified Voracity: John Kerry breaks the news that ‘M’ will not be in the tournament. Also, there’s rumblings that Alex Legion might be transferring to a high school out of state.
Recruiting board update. Ryan Mallet is looking like more of a possibility with Texas picking up a commitment from John Chiles, plus with the situation in Texas…
Mallet would already be trying to unseat a sophomore with a year's worth of starting experience (either Colt McCoy or Jevan Snead); now he (likely) faces another highly regarded quarterback in his class.
March 15 – Wednesday
An obituary for Faz Husain.
Unverified Voracity: Not It shares some NIT coverage from Maize ‘n’ Brew talking about how important signing Patrick Beverly is to Amaker’s future.
March 16 – Thursday
A hockey tournament preview and a look at possible destinations for ‘M’.
March 17 – Friday
Actual football news! I’m as excited about this happening 10 years ago as I am now. Some highlights:
· Antonio Bass hurt his knee and is out for the year
· Mike Hart is healthy
I will sacrifice most of the population of Laos if this remains true for the duration of the season
· Jake Long is switching to the left side
· Carlos Brown is working at RB and DB
· Chris Singletary has been hired as recruiting coordinator
· Lots of praise for Kevin Grady
· Antonio Bass was supposed play more QB in the spring, but that’s not happening now
March 19 – Sunday
‘M’ did not get a good hockey tournament bracket.
March 20 – Monday
Unverified Voracity: Worst Blog in Scotland. Neither the Big 10 nor the CCHA are faring well in their respective tournaments. Also, it’s such a bad year for ‘M’ sports that a wrestler was robbed of a national title.
March 21 – Tuesday
The basketball team advances in the NIT in a double OT win.
Unverified Voracity: Yes Yes Oh Yes. NCAA issues seem about the same in 2006 as they do now. This comes from a glowing interview with Myles Brand by Dennis Dodd:
I've advised patience re: APR enforcement before and still think that it is a step in the right direction, but it's hard to not abandon that position in favor of radical fire-breathing when confronted with the torrent of corporate-speak that comes from the NCAA at all hours of the night and day. Such nonstop doublespeak is reminscent (sic) of campus activist groups who were incoherent but very, very angry and very, very noisy. Sensing that any cross-examination of their position would result in the swift and permanent loss of credibility and an awful lot of stammering, the bullhorn types flooded the zone with so much noise that actual thought was impossible. (Yes, sort of like the White House -- now I have bashed both Republicans and campus lefties and may continue unmolested, si?)
March 22 – Wednesday
Video of a Dion Harris buzzer beater from the previous night. I can’t believe there is content that still exists.
Announcement about a memorial service for Faz Husain.
March 23 – Thursday
A hockey bracket preview. Michigan is going into a bracket that included Jonathan Toews and Phil Kessel.
Colin Cowherd steals material from The M Zone. Sounds about right.
March 24 – Friday
Recruiting Board Update doesn’t add any familiar names. However, there is a discussion about John Clay making favorable comments, but that might be hampered by a Brandon Saine (a lifelong ‘M’ fan) commitment. Also, it’s not surprising that Chris Forcier won’t be pursued because of Ryan Mallet.
Unverified Voracity: NIT Perspective with football pro day stats. Also, more articles about blogosphere vs. mainstream media, with Bill Simmons saying bloggers just sit back and attack people, but then complaining that he gets in trouble if he tries to attack anyone with ESPN. Ironic.
March 27 – Monday
The hockey team did indeed lose to North Dakota.
Unverified Voracity: Yip Yip Yip. Buena Vista High School basketball star and Notre Dame recruit Tory Jackson is not happy about not being Mr. Basketball (David Kool was the winner that year) and not signing with Michigan. Speculation on Jack Johnson’s future has begun.
March 28 – Tuesday
Things are not looking positive for Johnson returning.
Courtney Viney has been removed from the Recruiting Board. Ironic since he was reportedly just considered for a coaching job 10 years later. Also highlights of an article on Ronald Johnson and discussion on whether Chris Rucker and Ryan Van Bergen would receive offers.
March 29 – Wednesday
Have no fear. Jack Johnson is coming back!
Unverified Voracity: Ministry of Silly Analysis. Patrick Beverly is still looking like a strong possibility. Growing opposition to luxury boxes. And an updated roster!
A favorite pastime of the deranged is to read far too much into listed positions, heights, and weights, as getting information out of Fort Schembechler is harder than a contrived similie that references hilarious pop culture.
(Brian, it’s normal ten years later; read this Jimmystats post.) Highlights:
· Any worry that Michigan would senselessly put Alan Branch at DE should be put to bed: he's listed at 330 pounds. It should then be awoken: his position is listed as DE/DT.
· Redshirt freshmen James McKinney (279 lbs.) and Eugene Germany (ditto) are both bulking up to the point where DT may be a possiblity.
· McKinney, Tim Jamison, and Chris McLaurin are all listed at the anachronistic RLB position... as is Lamarr Woodley. Hopefully that does not imply those three guys get to watch Biggs and Van Alstyne play unsexy librarian at DE. Quiero dual headhunters. Also of note: both Jamison and McLaurin are up to that 240-250 range at which you're leery about every additional pound robbing them of explosiveness.
· Grady's down to 216. No word on whether he's gotten contacts.
· Wasn't Brandon Harrison listed at 5'10" last year? I seem to remember many jokes about lifts and such coming from OSU fans. Apparently that fanciful notion has been discarded: he's back down to a Bob Sanders-esque 5'8". Now if he could only play like Sanders.
· Marques Walton's problem was supposed to be mondo-overweightness, but he's listed at a (relatively) svelte 291.
Finally, Braylon Edwards is endowing a scholarship for the #1 jersey. In case you didn’t know.
‘M’ basketball beats Old Dominion to advance to the NIT final. Brian isn’t sure if this is a good thing or not.
Another Recruiting Board update with discussion on Mallet and John Clay.
March 30 – Thursday
Unverified Voracity: Clash of the Titans readies for the NIT final. Also some things never change:
A note: yes, I saw the Sharp article, and yes, it is beneath comment. If you subscribe to the Free Press, you support this man's salary. You should stop.
CA QB Lee Mondol commits. Likely as a walk on, also class of 2006.
Brian’s portion of a Blogpoll roundtable. I have no idea who else contributed, but only Brian’s answer to the questions are included here anyway, so I guess it doesn’t matter. In response to the question: what things about your team are causing you anxiety during spring practice, Brian gives this response -
2. The offensive line
...was repulsive. Jake Long's moved to left tackle, which makes me nervous about
both tackles spots instead of just one.
A video of Mike Legg’s goal, for no reason particular.
March 31 – Friday
Someone decided to write a book about Bobby Williams.
Where to even begin? This can only be a book that attempts to convince the reader that Bobby Williams' tumultuous career as Michigan State's head coach was ended prematurely by insidious racism instead of
· losing your starting quarterback to cocaine or alcohol or weed or all of the above, depending on who you talk to,
· having your captain drag a cop down the street during what was, until then, a routine traffic stop,
· having two other contributors quit the team,
· taking a team thought to be a Big Ten contender and turning in a 3-8 record
· losing to your main rival 49-3,
· responding to the question "have you lost control of this team?" with a thrilling rhetorical gambit: "I don't know*," aaaaand
· looking likely to burst into tears at any moment.
Unverified Voracity: Redirect. The hockey team might manage to not lose anyone to the pros this off season; however:
Spath says '07 prospect Pat Kane -- the NTDP U17 team's leading scorer last year -- is leaning towards the OHL over Michigan.
(Also, Brian doesn’t mention it directly, but ‘M’ lost to South Carolina in the NIT the previous night.
We begin on National Signing Day for football, changes are expected on the football coaching staff (but no one is quite sure what they’re going to be), the Basketball team is 15-3 and ranked for the first time since 1998, and the hockey team, well their season hasn’t been too exciting.
February 1 – Wednesday
The day starts off with a Jonas Mouton commitment.
Corey Peters is going to Kentucky. Looks like he went on to be 2nd team all SEC as a senior and drafted in the 3rd round in 2010.
LOIs are in. Obi Ezeh was listed at RB.
A closer look at DT commit Jason Kates. Lots of varied opinions. Brian goes with Gabe Watson.
February 2 – Thursday
Here is an overview of the 2006 recruits on offense. I will list their name, their YMRMFSPA, and my opinion on how they lived up to that comparison (as well as any other nuggets in this post). This was done by user WolverineKeith. Keith, are you still around?
QB: David Cone = John Navarre – nope
RB: Carlos Brown = Tyrone Wheatley – nooooo
RB: Brandon Minor = Leroy Hoard – going to go with no, though I’m too young to remember Hoard. I believe he at least had consistency at Fullback. Through injuries and scheme, Minor never had that consistency.
WR: Greg Mathews = Marquise Walker – Mathews had a few good moments (2009 Notre Dame), but no
OT: Perry Dorrestein = Adam Stenavich – maybe, I guess
C: Justin Boren = David Baas – nope
Son of former UM linebacker Mike Boren. Potential UM/OSU recruiting battle that never was - committed to UM early on.[Though not before his brother Zack paid a visit to the Rivals premium board and posted something along the lines of "Michigan better get on Boren!!! He's slipping away!!! This can't happen!!!" Yes, exclamation points and all. Little Boren is true blue... and not little at all. You can probably consider him Michigan's first 2009 recruit.]
G/T: Steve Schilling = Steve Hutchinson – no
Bullets on basketball win over Penn State. Dion Harris was 7/11 from three?!?!
Unverified Voracity: Um, No. The Chicago Bears are going to interview Ron English for their DB position. RCMB is obsessed with Brent Petway, very odd.
February 3 – Friday
DT: Jason Kates = Gabe Watson – no
DT: John Ferrara = Norman Heuer – I don’t entirely remember the effectiveness of Heuer, but I believe he was a quality starter so I’m going with no. Didn’t Ferrara end up at OG?
DE: Adam Patterson = Lamar Woodley – not at all
DE: Quintin Wood = Shawn Crable – nope
DE: Greg Banks = Rondell Biggs – Eh, sure. It’s hard to really evaluate these guys who went through GERG and all.
LB: Brandon Graham = Victor Hobson – I don’t think the positions are a good comparison, but I will go with yes, even better.
LB: Quintin Patilla (two Qunitins in one class) = Larry Foote – not a bit.
LB: Cobrani Mixon = Sam Sword – no
LB: Obi Ezeh = Obi Oluigbo – ah yeah I guess so, and even better, though don’t you have to feel for Obi Ezeh? He had a rough career.
S: Jonas Mouton = Prescott Burgess – no, I don’t think so
S: Steve Brown = none listed
K: Bryan Wright = Hayden Epstein – no
This might be too insensitive to say, but I don’t think it would have been terrible if some of these had decommitted before signing day.
Unverified Voracity: MGoBlog is gonna Blog is much more worried about losing Ron English.
English is expected to accept the offer.
This, of course, has turned the Michigan message boards into radioactive waste. Funny: a year ago everyone was wondering what the big deal about this English guy was. A year of half-competent safety play and way, way too conservative playcalling (not English's fault) and the idea of losing him to the NFL is the cause of more garment-rending than any position coach departure I can remember... ever.
Biggest rumor is Malone to the Saints, English to the Bears, DeBoard to OC, and Loeffler is interviewing with the Patriots. Not what people wanted to have happen.
February 4 – Saturday
More speculation and concern. English was offered by the Bears, but first he wanted to gauge his chances as ‘M’ DC. The response he got was “how about CO-DC?”
As Yoda might say: either do, or do not. There is no "co-."
February 6 – Monday
Apparently basketball lost to Iowa and the coaching news still isn’t good, so here is a META post about common phrases that need to die. It’s still true today, though dated. Most notably, the inclusion of “gut”. Sam most not yet have been using that word to signal great things to the fanbase.
February 7 – Tuesday
A look at the rest of the basketball season. Making the tournament shouldn’t be a problem.
Barring total collapse, Michigan is in. They probably need three more wins the rest of the season (Big Ten tournament included) to be assured of a bid.
Unverified Voracity: Duck Duck Goose. English looks to be gone, most likely. Also, the opening of Terry Malone’s recent job is posted.
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MGoBlog's Guide To Being Hired As An Assistant Coach:
· Try to be good friends with Lloyd Carr.
· When asked what to do on fourth and medium with the game in the balance, say "punt."
· When asked what to do on first and ten from the opponent's 16, say "punt."
· When given the brain teaser about the missionaries and the cannibals, say "punt."
· In fact, you might just want to say "punt" as frequently as possible. Changing your name to "Punty McPunterson" might be a good idea.
· When asked what a blitz is, scream "don't mention the war!"
· Remember: silly mustache == job security.
February 8 – Wednesday
Another coaching rumors post. English is gone, but Hermann sounds gone too. Possible replacements? Mike Trgovac, Teryl Austin, and Jon Tenuta.
Unverified Voracity: What Part of " Un" (not sure that’s the correct title). Brian creates rampant internet speculation with previous post mentioning Jon Tenuta. Also Jonas Mouton wasn’t too happy about English leaving right after signing day.
February 9 – Thursday
‘M’ hockey down the stretch. The team is likely to get a #2 seed in the tournament, but the team is just ok, not exactly inspired.
Official Ethics of MGoBlog. Fascinating post. Kind of the Magna Carta of MGoBlog. If you are skimming this post: READ THIS (sorry, I had to draw attention to it).
And just like that, Ron English is the new DC. Interestingly, this is the first mention I’ve seen of eventual MGoBlog merger partner The Victors.
February 10 – Friday
Michigan loses to OSU in basketball. The post ends on this ominous note:
Amaker's recruited two types of players: guys who would come to Michigan even if Hitler was coach and guys no one else wanted.
Unverified Voracity: Gazongas (!). Jim Hermann might not be gone. Might move to ST coordinator.
February 13 – Monday
Nevermind, Jim Hermann joins the Jets.
All the excitement over Ron English will evaporate right quick if Carr glares at his new defensive coordinator every time a cornerback lines up within spitting distance of a wide receiver. The proof, as they say, will be in the pudding. We need aggressive, clever pudding. Or something. This metaphor died.
Unverified Voracity: I AM THE LAW. The 2007 recruiting class looks to be a very good one for the state of Michigan.
February 14 – Tuesday
Part 1 of Brian’s third down research project. It’s a tough read without the graphs he’s referencing.
Unverified Voracity: Vrooooom. Mike Davis is likely out as IU basketball coach (helpful to ‘M’ in the Patrick Beverly recruitment). Steve Szabo is the rumored name to be added to the defensive coaching staff.
February 15 – Wednesday
Part 2 of the third down conversion graphs, specifically looking at FSU, spread teams, and OSU. But still no graphs survive.
Overall, I'm pleased. We retained Loeffler, got rid of Herrmann, and found a young, charistmatic defensive coordinator who was pursued by three NFL teams and hired by Lovie Smith. Neither new coach has any connection to the Michigan program--thus they are likely to be the best candidates available. We have a linebackers coach with eons of experience.
Minivoracity with a curling link.
February 16 – Thursday
Another post on the third down conversion stats. Another post that time has ravaged.
February 17 – Friday
And how to improve the third down data and graphs for next season.
Unverified Voracity: Rain Weddin Etc. The blogosphere analyzes Brian’s third down data. Also:
You could probably start referring to the "Michigan Basketball is Michigan State Football and Vice Versa" thing as "eerie" if Michigan were to beat MSU tomorrow, officially kicking off a Spartan season of infinite pain, sending the RCMB into a conniption fit, and causing Brent Petway to chang his IM screenname.
February 18 – Saturday
February 20 – Monday
‘M’ did not beat MSU in basketball. Brian tries to remain rational. He says: don’t fire Amaker, but Amaker is struggling to recruit.
February 21 – Tuesday
2007 Michigan Football Recruiting Board. Lots of information here. Some interesting tidbits:
I'd think Michigan will attempt to pick up a second player for insurance purposes -- Stephen Threet?
Two instate blue-chippahs, Ron Johnson and Dionte Allen, have received offers and are expected to end up in the Maize and Blue sooner or later.
Unverified Voracity: Sweep (!). Lloyd knocks Charlie Weis out of the EDSBS Coaches’ Death Match.
February 22 – Wednesday
It appears that the basketball team beat Illinois, though the score isn’t given. Tourney hopes still alive.
February 23 – Thursday
Brian answers questions from readers. These center on both coordinators.
Unverified Voracity: Seeya. K’len Morris is looking good in high school, but Leter Abram’s ankle is not.
February 27 – Monday
Recruiting board update. QB Mike Paulus added (remember when he almost came to play for Rodriguez?), also WR Leonard Hankerson, and TE Ryan Van Bergen.
Unverified Voracity: Mean Team. Jerome Jackson is rapping, and
The hockey team is a vast disappointment. There's no other way to put it. The latest indignity: a 3-0 third period lead turning into a 4-3 overtime loss in a game that the beautiful woodland creatures of Ann Arbor were fortunate I missed.
February 28 – Tuesday
Brian reviews his football offense preview.
So. I am a Michigan fan from birth. I have two degrees from the school. In 1997 I wandered around the field after the OSU game, dumbstruck, childlike. If anyone I know gets married during the fall I will not only avoid the wedding, I will deliberately sabotage the marriage by any means necessary. Take what follows for what it's worth. Feel free to look upon this preview with a jaundiced eye. I have this pattern: "This is the year, man, 2003! AAAAARGH THE PAIN THE PAIN AAAAARGH. Ok. This is the year, man, 2004! It's the year! AAAAAAAARGH MY EYES ARE BLEEDING. This. Is. The Year. 2005."
But... this could be the year.)
January 3 – Tuesday
What went right during the year of infinite pain? Among other things: Steve Stribling, Ross Ryan, Antonio Bass, and Shawn Crable.
In this hockey update, Brian talks about ‘M’ coming in third at the GLI, Jack Johnson and Andrew Cogliano getting in a public dispute, and a commitment from Trevor Lewis. It looks like Lewis ended up playing for Owen Sound instead.
January 4 – Wednesday
Unverified Voracity: Putting it to Bed gives various blogs’ opinions on the Alamo Bowl loss. Everyone is sympathetic; no, it doesn’t make anyone feel better.
Perhaps this is an overreaction to an abberrantly bad game, but let's be serious: if you were to pick any game from the Amaker era against reasonable competition and peg the under/over on turnovers, 20 would not be a totally implausible estimate. 16 would probably get you even money.
January 5 – Thursday
Bullets on Texas’ national championship over USC. This is interesting with the perspective of ten years:
Can we shut up about Mack Brown now? Blah blah blah never win big game blah blah blah never beat OU blah blah blah never does anything with all his talent... totally bleeding ridiculous given the state the program had fallen to under Mackovic and the powerhouse Sooner teams that kept Texas down for so long.
And this is as true now as it was then:
Also can we learn our lesson? All talk about "greatest ever" anything should be banned after that ESPN fiasco. Who knows? No one. Who can prove anything about anything? No one. So can we stop the inane assertions of the finest performance, best quarterback, best game ever?
A repost from the previous August showing Brian’s feelings while watching Vince Young play.
January 6 – Friday
Rumors of change are coming out of Fort Schembechler. Here is a list:
· QB coach, uber-recruiter, and all-around Boy Genius Scot Loeffler is being promoted to offensive coordinator. Or co-offensive coordinator. Or being given more responsibility in the offense. Or pissed off and about to leave.
· Former offensive coordinator Mike DeBord, who went splat at Central Michigan, is going to retake the post or co-retake the post and is being set up by Carr as his designated successor.
· Terry Malone is ceding some responsibility, or all responsibility, or has been shot.
· Jim Herrmann has a silly mustache.
· Also he may be relieved of his linebacker coaching duties, or his defensive coordinator duties, or just left to stand because that's how we roll. The mustache remains intact.
· Defensive backs coach Ron English is either about to leave for the NFL, about to be defensive coordinator, or about to undergo a strange procedure that leaves him crippled but able to deflect passes with his mind, like that cat.
· '07 uber-recruit QB Ryan Mallet of Texas has been told that Scot Loeffler will be offensive coordinator/mayor by the time he arrives and is polishing up for an unprecedented run of twelve Heismans.
· Former coach Gary Moeller is coming back to be defensive coordinator or something. Yeah, far out, dude.
· Ohio State is about to get hammered by the NCAA.
· Bobby Petrino is about to be the new coach.
· None of this will matter because Carr is still the coach and OMG LLLLLoyd is a LLLLLoser. oneoneone. two.
January 7 – Saturday
Jai Eugene is wearing a ‘M’ hat. This is cause for great excitement. It sounds like he might have even committed.
January 9 – Monday
Unverified Voracity: This Time I Really Mean It has more rumors about coordinators. Strong signs pointing to Jim Hermann finally being replaced, and maybe Terry Malone too. One possibility is replacing them with Ron English and Scot
Lafloer (as spelled by an RCMB poster) Loeffler. Also, Matt Gutierrez and Max Martin are likely transferring. Finally, the NCAA authorized a 12th game which means that 1-AA games are on the horizon. No one knew the disaster that this news meant at the time.
Unverified Voracity: Unfathomable Idahoe. A number of feared opponents are going pro which is good news. These include: Santonio Holmes, Ashton Youboty, Laurence Maroney, and…
Notre Dame TE Anthony Fasano has left early. No doubt Weis E. Coyote will construct a new tight end from the mighty sinews of his frontal buttocks.
January 10 – Tuesday
No 1-AA opponents yet. The 2006 schedule will see the addition of Vanderbilt, but it’s ok because they “will not have that Cutler guy who beat Tennessee and scared the jean shorts off of Florida.”
January 11 – Wednesday
Recruiting board update. Adam Patterson visits and is impressed. Brandon Minor isn’t worried about having Carlos Brown in the same class.
Unverified Voracity: Go Away Creepy Man deals with moral matters of the day.
January 12 – Thursday
A comparison from last year’s offense to the coming year. It should be improved; however, if things don’t go well, here is why:
· Evil Henne. This is obvious: he has to play better. He should have more opportunities to actually do something right with a (please, God) better offensive line and the threat of an actual running game, but even accounting for the myriad problems he had to deal with this year he was an average Big Ten quarterback at best, which doesn't cut it.
· Hey, offensive line, it's your mom! She says you still suck? Yoda says if the OL does not improve, the skill position talent matters not.
· Proving message board retards right. This is not a place where lamentations about Carr's utter unsuitability for anything other than janitor at a meat packing plant are offered up constantly, but Michigan has shown a tendency to fritter away offensive talent on a regular basis. This usually happens when Michigan has found itself in a "comfortable" lead (like, say, 3-0 in the first quarter) and decides to pack away the scoring offense for another day. Stay aggressive.
January 13 – Friday
Brian recaps half of his Big Ten team previews from the beginning of the season. Here is an interesting note from Wisconsin:
Stocco threw seven more passes in 2005 than he did in 2004 but had 32 additional completions, 12 additional touchdowns, and 921 additional yards. Wisconsin went from 99th to 11th in the country in passing efficiency. Sweet Fancy Moses.
What happened? Paul Chryst returned from pass-nutty Oregon State to become offensive coordinator and lived up to the ridiculous preseason message board hype--a titanic accomplishment. To put it in terms Michigan fans can understand, if Steve Stripling had the impact Chryst did, Lamarr Woodley would have beaten six quarterbacks to death this year with only his right pinky toe.
January 14 – Saturday
Basketball game versus Illinois open tread. Unfortunately, no comments exist.
January 16 – Monday
That Illinois game didn’t go so well. But hey, there was a moral victory.
You can say what you want about moral victories not existing--fair warning if you do: you're parroting dull sports press conferences and are therefore being very boring--but when you're Michigan on the road against #6 Illinois and your eleven point halftime deficit turns into a tight game you literally have a shot at winning instead of a 30 point blowout, eh... moral victories here we come.
Also, Anthony Wright committed. With not the most encouraging headline: "Michigan, Wofford watch Wright."
Recruit board update. ‘M’ started looking around at other QBs (in addition to Cone), these include Nick Stephens who they offered and Greg McElroy. Stephens went to Tennessee and later transferred to Tarleton State.
January 17 – Tuesday
Unverified Voracity: Blog Bowl. Interesting speculation about Purdue DC Brock Spack being an option to replace Hermann. That didn’t look great then, but he took over Illinois State in 2008 and has had success in the last couple years. Obviously, ‘M’ went a different direction.
Hockey game versus MSU liveblog/open thread. Doesn’t look like the game was going well, and then Brian’s cable died after the 2nd period.
January 18 – Wednesday
Yep, the game from the previous night did not go well.
Recruiting board update. Quintin Woods has committed. Interesting guy, he didn’t attend any camps and there are no substantive articles about his football skills.
January 19 – Thursday
Unverified Voracity: Actually Relevant. Idaho State is excited about Matt Gutierrez.
January 20 – Friday
Brian opines about the changes he has experienced in how he reads sports: from mainline news sources to blogs. He compares it to the comeliness of women in the north vs. the south.
I guess I grew up at 15,000 feet. I'm used to walking into a bar and having my mental girl filing go something like "no, no, yeesh, no, if I'm drunk, no, maybe, no, no, yes."
Brandon Minor commits! Concerns exist about a lack of speed, but he is a “guy who can smash face.”
January 23 – Monday
Game recap from basketball win over Minnesota. Brian took notes during the game and then commented on them in the column. Sort of a precursor to Twitter.
Unverified Voracity: Ginorbous. Jim Hermann continues to look for a new job (Cowboys LB coach is the latest rumor), and hockey splits with Bowling Green.
Recruiting board update. Thad Gibson has committed to OSU, and Sam Young has committed to ND.
January 24 – Tuesday
Part 2 of the season preview review. The worst prediction was Purdue going 10-1 with BCS bid. They went 5-6.
Recruiting board update. Jason Kates is added. This is seen a bad sign for the progression of Marques Slocum’s test scores.
January 25 – Wednesday
‘M’ is going to play MSU in basketball. It’s been a long time since they’ve had a victory over the Spartans. Can they win this time? They could.
Unverified Voracity: Doctor 90210 gives bad news about Hermann to the Cowboys and Jack Johnson possibly leaving during his freshman year. Looks like Johnson will stay for the rest of the year.
January 26 – Thursday
Horton was the Making Things Happen Guy Who Takes Over and Makes Things Happen Player Of The Game
It's no exagerration to say that [Chris Hunter] was the best big man on the floor, as Sims provided a valuable service by transmitting his acute vaginitis to Paul Davis, turning the much-ballyhooed beast of board into a nonfactor.
Brent Petway's collision with Ager didn't appear intentional to me, but I think once it was clear the two were going to bump into each other Petway decided to get his money's worth. Ager's response: hunch over and allow teammates and medical staff to swarm over him. Bill Laimbeer he's not. Ager then went 0-4 for the rest of the game, though he did have 4 FTs.
Was it unethical/wrong/evidence of the moral decay inherent in the Michigan program? Um... ask someone who doesn't regard that Laimbeer guy as something of a father figure. IMO: he didn't intentionally clock the guy, so play on.
January 27 – Friday
‘M’ gets a big 5-star OL commit in Steve Schilling.
Unverified Voracity: Just Like Life with recaps of the blogosphere rejoicing over the basketball victory. There is a basketball recruit out of Illinois who ‘M’ is recruiting who Brian keeps referring to as Eric Beverly. I don’t think he’s talking about former Lions Tight End, but rather the once Arkansas Razorback and current Houston Rocket, Patrick Beverly.
Recruiting board update including several good reports on Brandon Graham and Steve Schilling, and Jonas Mouton is looking good.
January 28 – Saturday
Open thread for hockey game v. MSU and basketball game vs. Wisconsin. Again, sadly no comments still exist.
January 30 – Monday
The basketball team beat Wisconsin, they’re 15-3, and expectations are running very high.
Unverified Voracity: Unusual Pigment. ‘M’ Basketball is ranked for the first time since April 11…1998.
Basketball gets a commitment from Kelvin Grady.
Now a source of confusion in the Grady household can be shared by the entire Michigan family... awwwww.
Also, there was a Grady cousin named Demarcus. Looks like he ended up at Northern Illinois.
January 31 – Tuesday
Recruiting Board Updated: Aaargh Edition. Jai Eugene decommitted to go to LSU. Here is the list of top remaining targets heading into signing day:
· OL Daron Rose: Dropped us, unsurprisingly.
· DT Corey Peters: Visited OSU and M recently; those two with UK and Auburn are the final four. I think the late visits to Big Ten schools that had not offered indicate serious interest.
· S Jonas Mouton: Down to USC, Michigan, and Texas, though USC has about four guys of the exact same size and build as Mouton--I doubt he ends up there.
· DE Adam Patterson: Down to Michigan and South Carolina, as the article above notes.
· DE McKenzie Matthews: Haven't heard much about Matthews as of late. He still maintains a nominal top four of Michigan, Pitt, BC, and Syracuse. With things looking good for Peters, Kates, and Patterson he may get slow-played to one of the other schools, though with the Eugene decommit we do have room.
Unverified Voracity: Don’t Tread on D. Sportswriters are coming to Detroit for the Super Bowl, and writing not so nice things about the city.
Unfortunately, no one coming into town has the ability to see past the blindingly obvious. That's why they're sportswriters--every time you set the bar for them they manage to snake under it.
Bonus Voracity: It’s Gettin’ Stale with a weird story about Jeb Bush and Myron Rolle and more good news on Jonas Mouton.
December 1 - Thursday
A guest post from Jon Chait about the state of the defense. TL;DR The Carr/Herrmann plan to play a defense that just limits big plays has failed and will continue to fail.
Unverified Voracity Yay University College with speculation on bowl games and lamentations about hockey players recruiting others, but never playing with them (Cammalleri to Tambellini to Cogliano). Also, I never realized that Brian was a big Pistons fan.
December 2 – Friday
A look at what the football team would lose on offense because of graduation. The biggest concern is from losing Avant and Stenavich, but overall, there shouldn’t be a lot of damage going into 2006.
December 4 – Sunday
The bowl game has been announced. ‘M’ will face perennial Big XII power Nebraska (that already looks weird) in the Alamo Bowl.
December 5 – Monday
Michigan basketball beats Notre Dame. Graham Brown is very important to this team.
Unverified Voracity Red Raider on the Black Sea with a spectacularly terrible rendering of Lloyd Carr in wood. Also, Mike Leach likes pirates.
Football Recruiting Board update. Demarco Murray drops ‘M’. Ricky Stanzi added to the board. Perry Dorrestein commits.
December 6 – Tuesday
A look at how graduation will damage the defense. Conclusion? Not much. Cornerback depth was a concern. Maybe Johnny Sears and Chris Richards will be the answer! (Also, Brian went to Sunday School for 10 years. Who knew?)
Unverified Voracity Sarcastic Hurray discusses hockey players being pulled away during the GLI, and Nick Mangold and A.J. Hawk having normal, everyday college student stuff stolen from their apartment.
UFR: Offense vs. Ohio St. Yikes, up 21-12 with 8 minutes left in the 4th. Poor interior play and a desire to punt doomed this game.
December 7 – Wednesday
December 8 – Thursday
Unverified Voracity No Rebounds for You (!) recounting bad plays on Courtney Sims name. I guess that’s something that happens when you have a good game against Delaware St. Also, Louie Caporusso commits.
UFR: Defense vs. Ohio St. This is an interesting take going into a very good 2006:
What does it mean for next year?
I don't know. Watson is the only player who we'll miss, but if Michigan doesn't take advantage of an experienced secondary with two fast corners by playing a more aggressive brand of defense it won't matter. Other than the outside linebackers, everyone on the team executed what they were supposed to do.
The caveat: their tasks were designed to minimize their shortcomings instead of take advantage of their talents. It's obvious that the Michigan coaches did not trust their team to play both aggressively and responsibly, so they went with the responsible, cut off the big plays, and superficially improved the defense by slowing the game down. The truth is somewhat murkier (and something I hope to explore in the offseason).
The good news is that Michigan does seem to swing towards more aggressive play when they have veterans at their disposal, something which will be true of both the offense and defense next year.
December 10 – Saturday
MGoBlog turns 1. What have we learned?
The colon and its bastard cousin the semicolon are useful for breaking up the monotony of "clause, yay more sentence, but what if not sentence?"
When you're down on your luck, kitten idolatry is a pick-me-up and how. Especially when one of 'em's got a rifle.
Brian accurately predicts where the next 10 years would lead…
In short, hurray football! Hurray blog! I hope you thought this enterprise was worthwhile and useful... at least parts of it, anyway. The future holds many things, probably tables and ALL CAPS EXCLAMATIONS!!! and zone-bemoaning. I hope you'll, you know, read it and stuff.
December 12 – Monday
Unverified Voracity: I Feel Much Better. The basketball team beat South Florida, and it’s possible they might have a good year. Can they muster the defense they need?
December 13 – Tuesday
Brian rants about the problems with analyzing NCAA football data.
An update on how the hockey team has progressed thus far.
And for whatever reason, a picture of Tim Tebow, slightly shirtless.
December 14 – Wednesday
Recruiting update. ‘M’ might have a great shot with Ryan Mallet in the ’07 class. Also of interest is that Brandon Minor was listed as the #1 Fullback in the country.
December 15 – Thursday
Unverified Voracity: Stop Being Nice To Us. National optimism continues to grow about the basketball team’s 7-0 start.
December 16 – Friday
A Pistons post about how much they changed since Larry Brown left. Not sure what it has to do with Clinton Portis in the title; I think there is a picture that has been lost that would help explain it.
Unverified Voracity: Disappointment is Tennessee. The title comes from a Pierre Woods quote referring to Tennessee missing the playoffs for the first time in many, many years. If only everyone knew what was to come in three short years… Also, Lloyd Carr advocates for a 16 team playoff.
December 19 – Monday
Ha, Brian didn’t check the tip time of the Michigan-UCLA basketball game and missed it. He didn’t miss much though.
Brian continues his work on an analysis of every play from the college football season. Unfortunately, the pictures are not available, so there’s not much relevant info left.
Unverified Voracity: THEY ARE FIRE NOW!!!! talks about how ‘M’ wouldn’t be playing Minnesota or Northwestern in 2009 and 2010, and how because of that, those two would probably be the worst teams in the conference. Again, little did anyone know what was to come.
To the surprise of everyone, “uber-recruit” Carlos Brown commits.
Recruiting board update. What will Jonas Mouton do? Will Aaron Gant commit? (spoiler, he goes to OSU) If he does, it will likely mean Dionte Allen is coming in ’07.
December 21 – Wednesday
Unverified Voracity: Madness, Baby. What do to without college football? Also, bowl game gift allotments are bumped up to $500.
College football as characters from South Park. I can’t say I’ve ever watched the show, so I leave it here without comment.
December 22 – Thursday
Game preview, Alamo Bowl vs. Nebraska. NU came in ranked 110th in rushing yards, but…
Michigan is not exactly Ohio State in the rush defense department, however, finishing the year a thoroughly meh 43rd nationally. Undoubtedly you've heard this before: Massey, weak tackling secondary, outside linebackers who think outside the box but run inside of it, etc, etc.
December 25 – Sunday
December 30 – Friday
The Alamo Bowl did not go well. The refs were a big reason why:
I'm at a loss as to why the Alamo Bowl couldn't have found some illegal immigrants from Botswana who thought they were watching a bizarre form of rugby to officiate. Or a pack of ravenous hyenas prone to consuming wounded participants. Or people who enjoy "Everybody Loves Raymond." I don't want to go too far: none of these three groups of totally incompetent, unqualified people would have been an improvement. But they wouldn't have been any worse, and they would have come cheaper.
The bigger deal here though is just how awful 2005 was, but in comparison to what 2008 would bring, it seems pretty ok. Now it just looks like an off-year, a reset. We have come through so much since then that when I read the following, I partly feel like scoffing at it, but I also want to go back and plead with 2005 ‘M’ fans to not take it for granted. Mostly I want to curl up in a ball and not think about what was soon to follow.
Here's your UFR: screw 2005
So: here lies 2005, killed by its own incompetence and that of others. Its gift to future generations is the phrase "well, at least it wasn't 2005." Try it: "well, we may have lost to MSU, but at least it wasn't 2005." "Well, I may have inoperable pancreatic cancer, but at least it isn't 2005." "Well, that rapture thing happened, my bet on Hinduism came up craps, and now I'm faced with hell on earth during Armageddon, but at least it isn't 2005."
December 31 – Saturday
After that, it seems the appropriate way to end the year is a post about possible nicknames for a Tulsa player named Germany.
I thought it might be fun to go back and take a look at the blog's history. This probably should have been started a year ago because it looks like the blog began at the beginning of December, 2004. I would like to keep this up once a month, but this took awhile to put together, so we'll see.
November 1 - Tuesday
The first post from this month was week 10 BlogPoll Ballot Box. I had forgotten about this feature of the blog. It seems to have disappeared; I’m not sure when.
Unverified Voracity with the boring title of “11/1”. I didn’t bother to look back to find out when UV started, but I noticed that earlier in the year Brian posted a lot, like several times a day with a link or an update to a story. Sometime in 2005 he must have had enough with that and decided to collect everything in one post. UV here complete with Uniformz concerns. Also, an addendum.
November 2 – Wednesday
Brian goes after Jason Witlock for comments on a 10-year extension for Charlie Weis. I think at this point we can agree that the contract was a terrible idea, racial issues aside.
Follow up to the Witlock stuff. I’m confused about the connections between Witlock and Elvis Grbac in 1992. Anyone know that story?
A brief Unverified Voracity.
November 3 – Thursday
More about the Witlock issue with an entire Unverified Voracity dedicated to it.
Northwestern game offensive UFR. Henne could only throw screens and Matt Lentz was not living up the hype of a three-year starter/5th year senior. Also, Mike Hart needed to come back from injury.
November 4 – Friday
An aptly named post, And Now Something Completely Different, wherein Brian talks about what CFB coaches he would like to drink with and…hooking up with Kirk Ferentz’ daughter.
In this UV, Brian talks about how ridiculous it is to say one conference is better than another, mainly because you can’t compare when there are so few non-conference games. He includes a quote about how the SEC is going to win lots of games, but not dominate national powers like Michigan. Ten years later it’s strange to think of anyone saying that. Also a reference to Harbaugh getting a DUI.
Northwestern game defensive UFR. The highlights were a +7 from Tim Jamison and a +6 from Shawn Crable.
Also: welcome to Michigan football, Shawn Crable. I don't know if he'll ever find a role against teams like Wisconsin, but he's been a really effective pass rusher.’
November 5 – Sunday
Early equivalent to a bye week open thread.
November 7 – Monday
Unverified Voracity with a link to a blog post that Brian spawned with a more in depth discussion of coaches’ daughters.
November 8 – Tuesday
Unverified Voracity: Totally Bats Edition. Great quote:
Amaker's main problem seems to be that he's a really nice guy who often seems less like a coach and more like an interested observer on the receiving end of questionable advice re: turtlenecks and their relation to sportcoats.
November 9 – Wednesday
I must admit I’m not too up on ‘M’ hockey, either now or 10 years ago, but here’s an early season update.
November 10 – Thursday
Unverified Voracity: Penis==Ratings (!). Nice quote included from Jeremy Van Alstyne in reference to upcoming opponent Indiana:
"You know, they have some really good skill players,'' the redshirt junior said with a serious expression. "They're able to make big plays and stuff like that."
And who, exactly, are those skill players?
"I don't know," Van Alstyne said, admitting he hadn't watched much film yet.
I’m not sure I remember any off-topic front page posts, but here’s one about Sony and computer related issues. Has this had much effect on life as we know it in the last 10 years?
November 11 – Friday
Unverified Voracity: The Nirvana Topic which is primarily about game theory and attacking older ways of thinking about said theories, hence the nirvana topic.
Ah, Indiana, how I love you. Whereas other members of the Big Ten get uppity and attempt to win games, go to bowls, and even claim championships, you continue to send out crippled ferrets at defensive back.
The kittens are enjoying some much needed R&R and installing a new offensive package heavily featuring the black kitten who was an option quarterback in high school.
November 12 – Saturday
November 14 – Monday
The first Ohio State week for the blog, and Brian does a tale of the tape series. First up is a comparison of the states. Too good not to include here.
"The one with all the lakes?"
Reaction of Snobby Coastal People When Informed You Come From Said State
"Are you applying for asylum?"
Embarassing Current or Former Mayor
"If you seek a pleasant penninsula, look around you."
"Probably not Indiana."
Magnificent fall foliage
Notable Local Features
Rock And Roll "Hall of Fame"
Spoils From Battle Of Toledo
Blow by people going 90
Ticket Big Wheels for speeding
Linchpin of Local Economy
Relentless work ethic, afros.
NBA Teams Known For
Losing Lebron James to Free Agency... soon.
NFL Teams Known For
Moving out of the state like any logical person would; sucking.
NHL Teams Known For
Unverified Voracity: Briefly and Moving on serves as the Indiana game column, including calming fears that Johnny Sears redshirt was not burned.
November 15 – Tuesday
Brian relates a story from attending The Game in 2002 at the Horseshoe. Hard to believe this is true, but then again it isn’t.
Oh look, Alex Legion has committed. I’m guessing this isn’t the last we hear of the recruitment.
November 16 – Wednesday
Unverified Voracity: Kazakh Solidarity about rivalry week ramping up.
Brian does an interview with Tom Orr, author of Michigan Monday at the Ozone. Here is part 1.
November 17 – Thursday
An updated injury report, with the names of Hart, Manningham, Long, and Woodley appearing on this list, things were looking pretty bleak heading into the OSU game.
Part 2 of the interview with Tom Orr. How good is Troy Smith anyway?
Indiana gave offensive UFR. Brian is worrying about all the trickish plays used against Indiana and how that really does nothing to set them up for success against OSU.
November 18 – Friday
Unverified Voracity: The Game. Several notes about the next day’s game and thoughts on basketball team members from a recent open practice.
Loss will cause me to... have nightmares where John Cooper and Lloyd Carr turn out to be my parents.
I assume this was a reciprocal interview that Brian did at the Ozone, but alas, the link is now dead.
November 19 – Saturday
November 21 – Monday
The entire year had led up to this futile point when the coaching staff consciously decided to use the same strategy that failed every time it was pressed into service to date, including the most recent Ohio State drive.
I think that’s all that needs to be said about that…
Unverified Voracity: The Sudden Appeal of Basketball where Brian tries to forget The Game by talking about a basketball win over CMU, but football comes back in as he includes quotes from several other blogs about the loss.
Here is an offensive recruiting update. To me, the most interesting part of going back 10 years is to look at the names involved in recruiting back then. For instance, at this point ‘M’ was still pursuing Tim Tebow, though it looked likely that David Cone would be the only QB in the class. Also, Brian said that commit Greg Mathews speed “speed does seem almost caucasian in its paucity”. I think that was borne out.
November 22 – Tuesday
Unverified Voracity: Be! Be! Excited (!) eeh, not excited for Eugene Germany getting arrested.
November 23 – Wednesday
Basketball beats Boston U. but it doesn’t look great doing it.
I could see Amaker in a Care Bearsepisode as Friendly Mr. Coachy.
Here is the defensive half of the recruiting update. Lots of little nuggets here, such as will they land Jonas Mouton? When will Obi Ezeh commit?
November 28 – Monday
Back from the break. The basketball team barely beating Butler was an ok thing, even before Butler became Butler.
November 29 – Tuesday
Unverified Voracity: Dodging a Bulldog with speculation about ‘M’ playing South Carolina in the Outback Bowl, this is a better possibility than playing Georgia.
This is a follow up to an EDSBS post with 32 more reasons that ESPN/ABC/Disney is the devil.
November 30 – Wednesday
Here is a live blog of the ‘M’ vs. Miami (YTM) basketball game, not a live blog like we’re used to now, but it’s actually Brian’s running commentary throughout. Interesting reference to one of Miami’s players:
Miami's starting center just got his third foul on a Sims runout. His name is Jimmy Graham. Just sayin'. Miami's coach gives them a slap folowed by a "come on." Good advice.
Unverified Voracity: Is Scoop Jackson the Girl I Dated in High School with more thoughts on ESPN.
What streak am I talking about?
Hint #1: One of these is not like the others (pay attention to year):
- Bennie Oosterbann (1948)
- Bump Elliot (1959)
- Bo (1969)
- Moeller (1990)
- Lloyd Carr (1995)
- Rich Rod (2008)
- Hoke (2011)
Bennie Oosterbann did something none of the other coaches did in their first year. He was the only one of the group to beat Michigan State in his first year of head coach.
Oosterban beat both MSU and OSU in his first year (9-0 record in 1st year).
Bump beat OSU, but lost to MSU 34-8 (4-5 record in 1st year).
Bo, well, I think we all know he beat OSU, but lost to MSU 23-12 (8-3 in 1st year).
Moeller beat OSU, but lost to MSU 28-27 (9-3 in 1st year).
Lloyd beat OSU, but lost to MSU 28-25 (9-4 in 1st year).
Rich Rod lost to OSU, and lost to MSU 35-21 (3-9 in 1st year).
Hoke beat OSU, but lost to MSU 28-14 (11-2 in 1st year).
So, my question is, does this knowledge impact your answer to the question we've seen floating around this board about 1000x the past couple weeks:
Who would you rather Michigan beat this year, MSU or OSU? The obvious answer is both, but I think I'll have to stick to my gut and say I'd rather see us beat Urban. He's a wildfire that nobody can contain. Of course, if Michigan beating OSU puts MSU in the B1G Championship game, with a shot at the playoff, well.....then I give up!