I came for the recruiting news and stayed for the football UFRs.
this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
I came for the recruiting news and stayed for the football UFRs.
I honestly cant remember how I ended up here but it was the beginnings of my obsession with Michigan football and having my own income to spend on it. I lurked for a good 6 months before I finally created an account and from there I've become the "guy" who all my friends text with about questions. I also email my dad daily recruiting updates which guys at his work ask him about so I guess I'm responsible for that too. Thanks Brian, Tim, TomVH, Ace, and Tremendous for making me feel loved!
PS for what its worth I signed up for 3 years of ESPN Insider just to get a TomVH fix and yea..that site blows balls compaired to here.
...er, not really. I was jonesing for some Michigan news (not much here in MN) so I googled. After visiting a few times, I realized I like the pretty pictures, alot.
(please, please let this happen...)
But I was actually here before that mind numbing video. I enjoy the UFR's, and the HELLO posts a lot, but to be perfectly honest, I probably enjoy the comments by readers most of all. This site has a good collection of intelligent posters who are also funny as hell.
....undeniably the best site for U of M fans to discuss topics that we are passionate about. Prior to finding MGoBlog, I spent a lot of time on MLive, which most can agree is a terrible site to try to have any type of rational discussion.
When I first came here, I immediately despised the point system. My first opinion of it was that is squelched the uncommon viewpoint. While this was true, it had more to do with the delivery than the opinion itself, and I learned to respect that some of my opinions were not the opinion of the majority. It didn't mean that I didn't share opinions that I felt strongly about. It just mean that I needed to choose my words carefully. I came to realize that the point system was necessary. Now that they are gone, I think it apparent more than ever.
Brian had mentioned that he intends on improving the point system. I anxiously await that day. People should have the right to have an alternate view point, but they should always think twice about clicking that send button.
I found the blog by googling best michigan football blog. I could never get enough of M Football and quickly realized the Freep was crap and living out of state couldn't catch anything on the radio. I quickly found out there was a place just for me that had, actally too much information for me. I have been addicted since summer of 2008.
Anyone remember the cowbell commander blog!? I just thought of that now. He had awesome crappy photoshop goin' on back then.
In the early days, Brian would offer delicious cookies ("Thin Mint-caliber") to people who visited his site. However, the cookie tasted more like a Samoa.
I thought Tim had a great site, and I then was introduced to this site via that avenue. I gradually started visiting this site more and more. When Varsity Blue closed with the migration of Tim to this site, the choice was obvious. This is the most comprehensive site for those enthusiastic about Michigan Football, Hockey, and Basketball. There is nothing else like it on the web. Period.
back when MVN was a thing, their M site was somehow the first result for "Michigan football blog". that was like June 2005? mgo was in that dude's blogroll. i went back and read everything i'd missed up til then (dec '04 iirc was blogstart), so i'm pretty sure there isn't an mgopost i haven't read.
I got hooked during the first days of the Freep Jihad. I was a big journalism nerd in high school, and my newspaper advisor loved the site. So I came hoping to figure out what the f*** was going on, and found Brian's approach to finding truth to be the best of any news media I had seen.
My cool story bro: I was walking by Crisler with my buddy on the day of UTL when I spotted TomVH standing by himself. We introduced ourselves and kind of gave him a razzing for his then-recent departure for ESPN but congratulated him on making the move he thought was best for his family.
Also, I met Brock briefly in the fall of '09.
TomVH's story is incredible. Wasn't he just a random poster at first who decided to be bold and send friend requests to recruits on Facebook?
He started facebook chatting with teenage boys and it got him all the way to ESPN. Some people try the same thing and they end up having a sit down with Chris Hansen.
Yea, he was talking with Ricardo Miller on Facebook. He did an interview with him and then Miller gave him the numbers for some other recruits. He started doing more interviews, got more numbers, and eventually grew into the recruiting guru that he is now.
I was trying to find the latest news on the coaching search after Carr's retirement. I ended up here and got hooked.
I read MGoBlog since Fall '07, my senior year, right around the time it sounded like Lloyd was going to retire. Early November maybe. I didn't really understand blogs at the time. I pretty much looked at blogs as long-form versions of twitter - basically a public journal - and I don't give a shit about what you ate today and how you felt about it. Obviously, my thoughts about blogs have changed.
I finally joined in Spring of '10 because my job got slow for a while and I could actually follow the board and other site-specific themes/memes (that and there was too much funny shit to not comment, especially when trolling the RR debate threads). I wish I had a June '08 membership date so I could brag about my e-peen, but alas, I'm only working with a '10er.
I joined back when it was on the .org site. I stumbled across it when I was on another michigan website that no longer exists. I have had the opportunity to experience the good and the bad: the horror, the jyhad, two coaching searches, and the crash that about ended it all. I still do not post much, but I check the blog every single day. I can honestly say that I earned a fandom endurance patch from the 2008 northwestern game. I moved to st louis six years ago and still make it to the majority of the games, home and away. I'm 29 years old and I will be checking this blog as long as Brian Cook continues to do it.
When Comcast and BTN were holding a contest to see whose penis was larger based on radio advertising budget, Michigan-Northwestern 2007 was put on BTN and I had to find a bar with the game. I ran into an old fraternity brother at the bar, and he told me about MGoBlog and how Brian called App State "The Horror" and had made the site go completely pink and put up kittens. I spent that night reading UFRs and discovering why I hated DeBord (not Ciulla) and was hooked.
And found this: http://mgoblog.com/content/spring-sprang-sprung
Loved the writing style and wasted a whole day at work reading through older articles. Got hooked. Lurked around for a few months before finally creating an account in order to make fun of someone's grammar.
It was a dark and stormy night and I was tired of cruising the Infobahn and needed a place to crash for the night. Mzone was booked full that night so I had to go down the street a bit to this place called MiGoBlog. It seemed like a nice place with quite a few cars parked in the lot. So I checked in....
Seriously, I think it was when I found one of my pictures from the UConn game posted here and I've been hooked since.
I think my brother-in-low (Sgt. Wolverine) may have recommended it. What kept me was the content, and the (generally) more intelligent commenters.
made me come to the site...
I used to get all my Mich info from Freep, AA.com, etc...
The day Devin Gardner was to announce where he was heading to college the above sites had nothing posted. I googled Devin's name to see if he had annouced yet and this site popped up as one of the choices. I clicked and have been hooked ever since. My work now suffers. It is a risk I must take.
I got tired of pressing the "Reply All" button.
I first came upon MGoBlog back in the good ole days when it was a blogspot site. It had to be in like 05 or 06 when some of the first rumblings of getting rid of Lloyd Carr started to pick up (I think ridiculous ideas like getting Lou Holtz were even being thrown around at the time). Desperate to find some info, I stumbled upon Mgoblog.blogspot.com to get my fix of Michigan news.
However, it wasn't until the much maligned coaching search that got us "he who shall not be named" that I became a dedicated, full time reader (but part time contributor). My life has never been the same since.
I ended up here by accident while looking for the official UM football site. I was a lurker starting toward the end of the '07 season, and was here for Brian's lengthy dispute of the Harbaugh allegations and the impressive (un-moderated?) thread of comments that followed. I finally signed up shortly after the '09 season to comment on a thread about historic uniforms.
Like a few people, I came to this site looking initially for information on the most recent coaching search last January, and not only did I find that right down to arrival and departure information on various flights, I found myself so engrossed in the discussions that I set up an account and volunteered to drive down to Willow Run Airport and personally greet the plane.
Since then, I have found this site to be far and away the best source for anything related to Michigan athletics, not to mention a host of other things which are intelligently discussed here. Arguably it is the single most comprehensive site of its type, and I am proud to be part of this community.
Mgoblog kinda saved me from going a little bit nuts.
By mid-way through the 2010 season, I was seeing so many things with the football team that I had never seen before. A complete disinterest in defense and special teams, a litany of mental mistakes on the field, extremely poor fundamentals, and a weekly article on U of M football that had nothing to do with anything actually on the field...
It looked to me like the team should have been improving more than they had been, as RRod himself said, they should've been further along. Of course, that's subjective, but I love football, love Meeechigan football, and it seemed like there were still a lot of things missing form RRod's 3rd team; some off-the-field stuff, some on-the-field, some coaching, some players...
I think it was after the Iowa game that I woke up at 6am on Sunday morning, hungover and depressed, and I went to the Internet in a desperate search for answers. I probably didn't google "What's wrong with Michigan football?" but my search term wasn't too far from that. And eventually, I came across MGoBlog, and realized that I HAD FOUND MY PEOPLE!
People speaking passionately and intelligently about Meeechigan football...honestly, it probably stopped me from throwing in the towel and just giving up on one of the biggest passions in my life. It was good seeing people talk about the pros and cons of what was happening, but for me, I saw that I wasn't alone in my maddening confusion and frustration!
Thanks, MGoBlog. You may have saved me from waking up, alone in ditch in a Bosnian ghetto with my face bleeding off my head with my last conscious thought before walking into the light being "Why would anyone think a 3-3-5 with a depleted, inexperienced defensive secondary would work in the Big Ten? ...Nanna...is that you...?"
has really come along since 1997...
I must be remembering it through the haze of the '98 Rose Bowl.
The Hub must've been down that day..
I also came here to escape the fact that my girlfriend is an MSU slappy and her entire family is too.. I can't tell you how annoying that is..
I couldn't stand MLive anymore. It was so painful going there, I would rather NOT have Michigan info than to wade through their threads. I think (like someone above in the thread,) I came here because of Carty. I loved it from the start, and never looked back. I used to read Johnny's site, and still will go every now and then over to Detnews & the Freep. Oh, and of course, to umhoops. But nothing beats mgoblog for information about Michigan sports.
I will say, while people can be pretty snarky and rude here sometimes, the mods and Brian keep things from an utter descent into anarchy. And who can complain about tasteful pictures of Scarlett Johansson?
I continue to come to this site for sports news, and because the mods help the site largely self-regulate. (or, they're busier than I realize in deleting posts I don't want to read or see anyway.)
I've got to say, the rudeness/snark is one of my favorite things about this site. On other non-sports sites it's sometimes hard not to start attacking other users like we can here
Some posts simply beg for a snarky or rude response. I have been guilty of more than a few such posts.
OTOH . . .
Like I said, Brian and the mods do a great job of moderating this. Deserved snark is allowed to ride. And if a thread is turning into a flamewar, well, they rein it in. I think, following Brian's own pattern of sarcasm yet restraint, the mods do a wonderful job of balancing this. They get rid of the mlive juvenile insult and troll type stuff, but allow fools to be skewered as deserved.
"And who can complain about tasteful pictures of Scarlett Johansson?"
I actuallly found this website(ironically enough) through a Freep link about the backlash they had taken during the days immediately following the beginning of "Stretchgate". I soon discovered there were actually other people as obsessed with Michigan sports as I was and thus this became my most visited site since.
I found it about a year ago. I'm going to Michigan next year, going to be a freshman, and my dad went to Michigan, so I've always been a huge Michigan fan.
Last year during basketball season I was always trying to find a good place to get some basketball info. After the disappointing football season, when Michigan's basketball team started to exceed expectations, I became even more obsessed than I was. I didn't really know where to find info though so I just relied on ESPN posting things every once in a while.
Then when Michigan was about to play MSU in Ann Arbor last year, I went hunting for some better analysis than what ESPN gave me. I went to the B1G blog and looked at the side links and found MGoBlog. I went here, and have bene addicted since.
I heard about the site during the stretchgate shenanigans. I even think it may have been mentioned by the freep at some point. Anyway I am glad I discovered the site and I visit multiple times a day. I am glad to see there are many people that are as obsessed with Michigan sports as I am. I am constantly surprised by the great content generated by Brain, Ace, Heiko, and especially the users of the site. I usually laugh out loud at least once or twice a day at replies I see on the blog. There are some very clever and informed users on the blog. I visit for the comments as much as the general content.
To find out who Tacopants was/is.
I don't remember if I read about it somewhere, if someone told me about it, if it was the sound of heads asploding, or the inevitability of its gravitational pull, but it really doesn't matter. This was where I was meant to be.
Hail and well met, MGoBlog.
The Michigan Recruits and Recruiting classes and I asked him: "Where the heck are you getting all this information?" BOOM!
I don't remember how I got here, but I think it was googling a recruits name. I haven't left since, but I did make did a trip to Bolivia for a bit.
coach replacement search brought me here. It was easier tracking Brandon's flights here than using the FAA flight plans and tail numbers. Actually, a frat brother of mine talked about Mgoblog quite often, so this had to be the best place for Michigan sports chat. I have not been disappointed. I thought I knew a fair amount about football. This site proved me wrong and has expanded my knowledge with a dose of snark thrown in at times.
Google took me to Maizenbrew before the season started. After noticing that the content on that site was a little sparse, I clicked on one of the links on the side, which brought me here. Saw a post about someone with a Tacopants jersey, and being curious, searched the archives to figure out who in the heck Tacopants was. From there, I ran across the UFR of the uConn game 2010, which had the "Denard Robinson killed Tacopants" tag. The UFRs hooked me instantly. I lurked for a few months before actually joining.
I found this site in the summer of 2006 as the hype was building for that season, when 2005 was labeled by Brian "the year of infinite pain," and remember fondly that we ran a lot of 3-3-5 on defence and Brian was making crazy arguments that some spread team from West Virginia was nothing more than an over rated gimick offence and had advanced stats that placed them no better than 13th and there was no way they should be rated higher than Michigan. Those were the days. The board was fun and intelligent and this place felt like a small insiders club. That was before accounts and upvotes and negbangs and almost all the content was about football.
I set up my original user account back in the blogspot / haloscan days. But I became a daily regular during the coaching search. (The first one.)
I waste entirely too much time on this site to have a normal life, checking it several times a day and posting several times a day.
I have ~4000 points for my obsession. How in the name of all that is holy and good do you people with 10,000+ points even function?
I found MGo the week before the Horror, but from surfing for M hockey info. After the Horror and the Oregon game, I checked out for the season in utter disgust (unacceptable!) and came back sometime before the bowl game. Been largely lurking ever since.
A previous poster mentioned something about this being an intimidating place for the first-time poster, which I both agree with and am profoundly thankful - keeps the content quality high.
After a Google search result the day Bo died. Didn't join until WAAY after, though.
I was curious to learn what Michigan fans were writing about OSU/UM the week before the 2006 game. Google sent me here.