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|2 days 22 hours ago||Sauce Castillo||
|5 days 21 hours ago||Not Writing Off 2017; Hoping for Pleasant Surprises Like . . .||
Grant Newsome fully recovers from his injury and is even stronger and more mobile.
Maurice Hurst, Jr. returns for another season, and is even stronger and more mobile than he was this season.
Mason Cole, Ben Bredeson and Michael Onwenu all become stronger and more mobile, find their best spots on the offensive line and are rewarded with the same post-season, all-conference honors that Erik Magnuson, Ben Braden and Kyle Kalis received in 2016.
If Grant Newsome’s career is over or he’s unavailable before 2018, then a light goes on for Patrick Kugler in his fifth year and he becomes better as a starting offensive lineman in one season for Michigan than his brother Robert was as a four-year starter at center for Purdue.
One of the incoming offensive linemen plays at least as well as a starter as Mason Cole and Ben Bredeson did as first-year players.
Both Jeremy Clark and Drake Johnson fully recover from their injuries, become stronger and more mobile AND are granted an extra year of eligibility.
Najee Harris flips from Alabama, enrolls early and performs at least as well in 2017 for Michigan as Mike Weber performed for Ohio State in 2016.
Chris Evans becomes for Michigan in 2017 what Curtis Samuel was for Ohio State in 2017.
Among Devin Asiasi, Ian Bunting, Tyrone Wheatley, Jr. and Sean McKeon there’s enough consistently good play to offset the loss of Jake Butt at tight end.
Either Wilton Speight’s second year as a starter is equal to or better then J.T. Barrett’s second full year as a starter for Ohio State or Brandon Peters’ first year as a starter is equal to or better then J.T. Barrett’s first full year as a starter for Ohio State.
Rashan Gary has a season that surpasses anything that Jadeveon Clowney and Robert Nkemdiche ever did when they were in college.
Devin Bush, Jr., Khaleke Hudson, Josh Metellus, Lavert Hill, Brandon Watson, and Noah Furbush all become good enough, so that they offset the losses on defense from those they replace.
Four defensive linemen develop well enough to join the rotation in place of Taco Charlton, Chris Wormley, Ryan Glasgow and Matt Godin.
Quinn Nordin lives up to his hype and becomes one of the top placekickers in the nation and either Will Hart or an Australian to be named later becomes at least as reliable as Kenny Allen was as a punter in 2016.
There are no serious injuries.
|1 week 11 hours ago||Michigan's Doomsday Scenario: Cotton Bowl vs. WMU Broncos||
Keep in mind that of all the top nine teams in the CFP rankings, the only team that has lost to an unranked team is Michigan. This probably is highly unlikely to happen, but . . .
IF Clemson wins easily over Virginia Tech, AND Penn State beats Wisconsin in a close, well-played game AND Colorado beats Washington in a blowout, then there’s a “doomsday scenario” for Michigan.
Colorado (having lost only to Michigan on the road and to 11th ranked USC in a very close road game) could move into the playoffs as the Pac-12 champion with Alabama, Ohio State and Clemson.
Big Ten champion Penn State could play Pac-12 runner-up Washington in the Rose Bowl. In the Sugar Bowl, Auburn, as the second-highest ranked SEC team probably would play the winner of the game between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.
Then here’s where the ‘doomsday scenario” for Michigan occurs. If Florida State, despite having been trounced by Louisville early in the year is chosen as the ACC representative in the Orange Bowl, with a guaranteed large draw, then the Big Ten representative could be Wisconsin, a team that never has been to the Orange Bowl (Michigan has a 1-1 Orange Bowl record), but whose fans travel well and whose only losses would have been against Ohio State, Michigan and Penn State, all presumably ranked in the top ten of the final CFP rankings. (In a worst case scenario, Michigan would finish ninth, despite beating both Wisconsin and Penn State, and mainly due to the late-season loss to Iowa, but with a better overall record than both 10th ranked Oklahoma State and USC.)
IF Western Michigan wins the MAC championship to remain undefeated and goes to the Cotton Bowl, AND Wisconsin is picked for the Orange Bowl, then the CFP Committee would have an interesting decision to make for the last of the New Years Six Bowl slots. The obvious and most intriguing matchup, and maybe the only draw for that game other than Louisville with possible Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson would be The Battle for Michigan Bragging Rights.
|1 week 2 days ago||Hate to Think of This, But . . .||
Wisconsin never has played in the Orange Bowl. Michigan has been there twice and won one (35-34 in overtime over Alabama in 2000 – thank you, Hayden Epstein and Bama's Ryan Pflugner for those overtime extra point attempts) and lost one (14-6 to Oklahoma in 1976.)
If the CFP Committee really wanted to screw with Jim Harbaugh, AND if Florida State were to be the opponent and an automatic draw in the Orange Bowl, AND if Western Michigan were to win the MAC Championship, then they (a) could put the loser of the Big Ten Championship Game in the Orange Bowl and (b) send the Wolverines to the Cotton Bowl in what would be the Battle for Michigan supremacy against an undefeated 13-0 Western Michigan team.
|1 week 2 days ago||May Need Help from Dr. Pepper's Larry Culpepper||
The Wolverines have had a great, but ultimately dissatisfying season. It may take a lot of chaos and some divine intervention from Dr. Pepper’s Larry Culpepper for Michigan to be entered in the College Football Playoffs, but, hey, considering all the . . . RIGHT, NO POLITICS
The problem with figuring out a way for 10-2 Michigan to sneak into the playoffs is that (a) 11-1 Ohio State won the head-to-head meeting a few days ago, (b) the Buckeyes’ only loss was on the road to a 10-2 Penn State team that will be playing in the Big Ten Championship Game for having won its division and (c) Michigan not only lost to Ohio State, but also lost on the road to an 8-4 Iowa team that finished second in its division. Plus, Ohio State has won five straight games; Michigan lost two of its last three games.
Also, despite have been crushed by Michigan, Penn State hasn’t lost since that game on September 24. If the Nittany Lions win the Big Ten Championship Game, they will have finished the season 11-2 with nine straight wins, including wins over the two teams that beat Michigan (41-14 over Iowa and 24-21 over Ohio State.) Their only other loss was at Pitt 42-39 in the second game of the season. (Pitt finished 8-4 with an upset over Clemson in Death Valley.) It would not surprise me if Big Ten Champ Penn State on a nine-game winning streak were ranked ahead of Michigan in the final CFP rankings.
Then there’s 10-2 Wisconsin, playing in the Big Ten Championship Game, and with its only losses having been on the road by seven points, 14-7 to Michigan and at home 30-23 in overtime the following week to Ohio State. The Badgers are riding a six-game winning streak. They won at Iowa 17-9. If Wisconsin wins the Big Ten Championship, then they’d also have a decent case to be ranked ahead of Michigan in the final CFP rankings.
Michigan needed to find a total of only six more points to finish with a perfect season. It didn’t happen. Someone once said about college football, “They only remember how you played in November.”
|1 week 6 days ago||Dewey's Pub NYC -- Links|
|1 week 6 days ago||Here, Try This||
It'll lower the bar on MSG. LINK
|1 week 6 days ago||It's in China . . .||
But it's a long wok away from NYC. . . . And please remember to tip your server.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||So, Big Ten Network Revenue Isn't Relevant for Big Ten Schools?||
Tell that to the Big Ten Schools that benefit from that revenue. LINK
And what's that you say about Penn State not being targeted by the ACC? LINK
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Could The Last Question Be Answered by Theodoric of York?||
|2 weeks 4 days ago||OT: Different Perspectives on Rutgers & Maryland in the B1G||
Are we missing something if we only view the admission of Rutgers and Maryland to the Big Ten Conference from the perspective of how poorly their respective football teams are performing?
Was there anything to be gained by adding two large, east-coast, flagship, state universities to the Big Ten Conference? Was there any advantage to having the Big Ten Conference expand its footprint to the New York City and Washington, D. C. media markets?
Was the addition of Rutgers and Maryland more of a pre-emptive move to prevent the ACC from picking off Penn State and adding Rutgers in order to broaden that conference’s northern footprint and give the ACC links to all the major media markets on the east coast?
Are student-athletes from those east-coast media markets giving greater consideration to Big Ten Conference schools now that those media markets have an incentive to cover the Big Ten and Big Ten schools have road games at Rutgers and Maryland?
Has the Big Ten Network gained anything from entering the New York City and Washington, D. C. media markets? Before the additions of Rutgers and Maryland to the Big Ten Conference, how much attention was the conference receiving in those media markets? Has there been more attention given to the conference in those media markets since Rutgers and Maryland were added?
In the end, could it be that, for all the criticism heaped on him, Jim Delany mght've made a wise move in adding Rutgers and Maryland?
|2 weeks 4 days ago||What's In YOUR Wallet?|
|4 weeks 57 min ago||Honoring Military Veterans Today!||
Honoring Military Veterans Today!
And respecting and wishing for the safety and security of all those still serving in the military.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||WARNING: This Could Be Very Expensive||
WARNING: This Could Be Very Expensive
Beige Warm-Up Suit, Socks, Running Shoes, Face Paint
Optional: Beige Bucket Bag Filled with Sand
For Men: It's the "Son of a Beach" Costume
For Women, Add the Following:
It's the "Sand Witch" Costume
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Remember Michigan's 2015 "Northwest Expedition" Defense?||
Lewis and Clark and Sack, Ojemudia!
|8 weeks 3 days ago||And THIS Is John Lee Hooker Singing The Blues, Brothers!||
John Lee Hooker, peforming live, outside the Soul Food Cafe with Jake and Elwood Blues in attendance. Go Blue(s)!
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Maybe It’s the MICHIGAN (MATTISON) Difference?||
Not sure that I'm "piling on" or taking a "cheap shot" at Brady Hoke, but I accept your analysis, and apologize for causing that impression.
To be fair to Brady Hoke, in his first year as Michigan’s head football coach, he and his staff (with Greg Mattison as defensive coordinator) deserved great credit for taking Michigan’s Gergian defense that, according to the NCAA’s statistics, had been ranked 110th in total defense in 2010 and turning several of those same players into the nation’s 17th ranked total defense in 2011.
In his first-ever job as a defensive coordinator, this year Hoke has taken Oregon’s 116th ranked total defense from 2015 and made it the nation’s 126th ranked total defense. Granted, Oregon has six games left to show improvement (Cal, Arizona State, USC, Stanford, Utah and Oregon State), so there’s still time to turn it around.
Considering the miracle turnaround for Michigan's defense in 2011, maybe it’s not the players as much as it’s that, at Oregon, Hoke is missing the special ingredient that makes college football defenses much better – Greg Mattison!
Most people say that Brady Hoke is a good man and a very good recruiter, and there's ample evidence around that justifies those feelings. Despite the circumstances surrounding his departure from Michigan's football program, I suspect that he still holds a special place in his heart for the University of Michigan and Ann Arbor. I hope that he'll survive and thrive somewhere else, and that he'd always be warmly welcomed back at Michigan.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Let's Not Forget to "Beam Up" T. J. Hooker|
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Perfect Call for Increasing T-Shirt Sales||
|8 weeks 4 days ago||There's A Day for John Lee Hooker?|
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Somewhat OT: Compare and Contrast Michigan and Oregon||
Michigan has scored 300 points and given up 62 points in six games. The Wolverines are 6-0, and they’re ranked first in total defense among FBS teams. LINK
Oregon’s high-powered offense has scored 221 points, but they’ve given up 251 points in six games, including 70 points in their recent loss to Washington, and they’re ranked 126th in total defense among FBS teams. The Ducks are 2-4. LINK
Let Oregon’s first-year Defensive Coordinator explain it for you.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Is Kyle Seychel Still Around?||
A year ago, during his pre-season write-ups, Magnus predicted that Kyle Seychel would be Michigan’s placekicker and that he was among the top 25 important players on the roster. LINK I don’t know whether he ever got into a game in 2015, but he still might be enrolled at Michigan. Couldn’t they call out to him to see if he’d be interested in trying out again?
In hindsight, unless Andrew David was completely underwhelming as a placekicker, I wonder whether the Michigan coaching staff might have benefitted from giving David the chance to also play baseball (apparently his better sport) while also working on his placekicking. Having David available as a backup this season might have been pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty good.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Before That, There Was "Tate for Heisman?"||
|11 weeks 4 days ago||I Hate When Baxter's Kicked||
When that happens, I find myself in a glass case of emotion.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Why? Is Quinn Nordin A Witch?|
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Information Embargo||
It's fair to protect the privacy of these students, so it's reasonable for Michigan's coaches to shelter the media and the public from details that the students don't want disclosed.
During fall camp, Drake Johnson was interviewed, and I believe he said that he was feeling fine after that forklift injury. However, he has yet to see any action, and I don't know whether he has dressed for any game.
Has there been any further mention of Noah Furbush and Wyatt Shallman since before the Hawaii game?
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Some Forgotten Men -- "Wha Happened" to Them?||
This was the first game where you could see the impact of Michigan’s missing Jourdan Lewis, Taco Charlton and Bryan Mone on defense. But there are others who might’ve been contributing to the team depth this season, and while they’re missing in action, they seem to have been forgotten.
In his pre-forklift-injury life, fifth-year senior Drake Johnson seemed to be in line for regular work at running back this season. During fall camp, future aerospace engineer Noah Furbush, a junior, had received some positive reviews for his work at linebacker. Redshirt junior Wyatt Shallman also might’ve been used at linebacker this season, but he has yet to play this season, and I don’t recall reading about his being injured. In the words of Mike LaFontaine, owner and founder of High Class Management, “Wha happened?”
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Two Blocks North of You That Morning||
In a client meeting after working through the night in my office. When I heard that the bridges and tunnels to and from NYC were closed and that vehicular traffic was bumper to bumper throughout Manhattan, I had no choice but to stay in the office, rather than trying to walk over 30 miles home.
By the time I closed my office a little after 5:00 PM, the other 150 or so people in my firm's offices had left hours before then. Walking east from Lexington Avenue towards the 59th Street Bridge, to the garage where my car was parked, at what should have been rush hour in midtown Manhattan, the only other people I saw on the streets were police officers and military personnel, and almost all of the vehicles on the roads were from police and fire departments, the military and medical first responders.
It brought back sad memories of sitting in a high school biology class on a Friday in November 1963 when a public address announcement was made that President Kennedy had been shot in Dallas.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||I Think That It's A U-24 Team from the USA and Canada||
LINK to Team North America's roster. It seems like Team North America and Team Europe were added to the World Cup in order to have two eight-team groups. Team North America is in Group B with Russia, Sweden and Finland. USA and Canada are in Group A with the Czech Republic and Team Europe. Top teams in each group go to cross-over games the semi-finals (A1 vs. B-2 and B-1 vs. A-2.)
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Did You Stay at A Holiday Inn Express Last Night?||
If so, you're qualified to provide "the same uninformed speculation that has already flooded this thread."