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- Opportunity for as many as 15 extra practices for players who will be part of Michigan Football Team 136
- No expenses for housing and modest expenses for transportation for Michigan’s team and the marching band
- Opportunity to play one more game this season in front of a hometown crowd
- All of the departing players will be able to say that they were part of a Michigan team that played in a bowl game during each season when they were at Michigan
- Nice parting gift for the graduating and possibly transferring players
- Assuming that expectations are true, it would be a nice parting gift for the coaching staff and the strength and conditioning staff
|2 hours 33 min ago||A Lando Calrissian Descendant/Rebel Spy - ?||
Without knowing anything about the Star Wars universe beyond the six films, could the storm trooper in that opening scene of the teaser trailer be a descendant of Lando Calrissian who might have infiltrated the storm troopers while working for the rebels?
|3 hours 10 min ago||His Fatal Mistake: Michigan-Syracuse Defensive Coordinator Trade||
There may have been other reasons why Rich Rodriguez couldn't succeed as Michigan's head football coach, but I believe that his most egregious mistake (or e-"GERG"-ious mistake, if you like) was in trading a reasonably good defensive coordinator who went on to do fairly well as a defensive coordinator (at a school where football's importance now pales in comparison to basketball and lacrosse) for a re-“GERG”-itated incompetent who had been the worst head coach/co-defensive coordinator in Syracuse football history. Bringing “Gerg The Program Killer” to Michigan hastened Rich Rodriguez's exit from Michigan.
The graduation rate for Rich Rodriguez’s players might not have been very good when compared to his successor, and he apparently alienated former players and influential alumni. He also had a volatile temper that might have rubbed many of his players the wrong way. But he knew how to channel that volatile temper into an explosive offense.
If (a) he’d never brought about the “Gergian Error” at Michigan, (b) he’d been able to find a reasonably competent defensive coordinator for 2009 and 2010, and (c) he’d also discovered that academics are more important at Michigan than at West Virginia (ranked by US News as the 168th best national university*), so that he needed to get additional help to make sure that ALL of his athletes would be able to graduate, Rich Rodriguez still might be coaching in Ann Arbor.
* In the latest US News rankings, Arizona is rated the 121st best national university. Michigan is currently ranked 29th, and that might be why President Schlissel wants to focus on bringing Michigan’s US News ranking closer to where the Michigan's gymnastics, swimming and diving, softball and men’s basketball teams have been ranked in recent seasons.
|16 hours 46 min ago||When Black Friday Comes . . .||
Whether you plan to "stake your claim" or "change your name" to "Steely Dan" or any other name, here's hoping that all MGoBloggers, whether recovering from tryptophan hangovers or not, will remember to upvote early and often. Go Blue!
|3 days 9 hours ago||Remember Last Year?||
Sometimes I can't remember where I parked my car. . . . And you want me to remember last year?
There are some things I'd like to remember . . . and there are some things I'd like to forget. Here's hoping that the ending to this year's Michigan-Ohio State game will be more like the ending to THIS Michigan-Ohio State game.
|3 days 9 hours ago||Embed for "V For Vendetta' Fans|
|3 days 9 hours ago||TRANSCRIPTION ERROR: He Meant "PEEKING Too Early"||
|3 days 9 hours ago||Just Bring Out Your Dead|
|3 days 10 hours ago||If That's Really Supposed To Be "O-I-H-I", Then It Might Be O-K||
The second and fourth people in the photo appear to be making the pointed symbol for the "I" in that ridiculous O-H-I-O gesture. If it's supposed to be showing "O-I-H-I," or "Oi Hawaii" (because "HI" is the usual abbreviation for Hawaii), then it might mean "Hawaii's The Best!" . . . I believe that in the Hawaiian language, "no ka 'oi" means "the best" or "number one."
Despite the claims of Donald Trump's high-paid investigators and the Birther Brigade, Barack Obama was born in Hawaii and often vacations there with his family. So, maybe that's not really President Obama's "Dan Quayle Moment." Maybe he posed those Ohio State students in that formation just to get the last laugh on them . . . and maybe Barack Obama umderstands that punking Ohio State students is The Michigan Difference!
|5 days 2 hours ago||Another Special Catch For The Giants' Collection||
This one by Mario Manningham made The Michigan Difference in a Super Bowl victory
|5 days 2 hours ago||And So Can WOODSON!||
|5 days 3 hours ago||These "CC" Threads Are Making Me Thirsty|
|5 days 3 hours ago||Not Exactly (Eight Out Of 32)||
Involvement in sports might be helpful, but it doesn't appear to be "one of the primary components of a successful Rhodes' application." For those of us who remember watching Bill Bradley play for Princeton, it might be easy to think that sports counts a lot; but when it comes to awarding to those scholarships, it seems like there have been more people like Bill Clinton, journalists E. J. Dionne and Nicholas Kristof, ABC-TV's George Stephanopolous, and MSNBC-TV hosts Rachel Maddow and Ronan Farrow than USC quarterback Pat Haden, Stanford receiver Cory Booker, Florida State defensive back Myron Rolle and Michigan swimmer David Moore.
Here’s the LINK to the list of American Rhodes Scholars for 2015. Of the 32 on the list, only the eight listed below are varsity athletes. Athletes or not, they've all got very impessive qualifications.
Matthew Townsend - Yale Basketball
Ridwan Y. Hassen - Dartmouth Endurance Racing
Alexander Coccia - Notre Dame Fencing
Rebecca Esselstein - Air Force Track and Cross Country
David S. Moore - Michigan Swimming
Tayo O. Sanders II - Wisconsin-Eau Claire Triathlon
Elliot H. Akama-Garren - M. I. T. Ice Hockey
Rachel Skokowski - Princeton - Track and Cross Country
|5 days 8 hours ago||The Devilish Pessimist Would Say, "Of Course It Could"||
I'd prefer to take the optimist's position amd believe that things could get better for Michigan football, but then that pesky little pessimist devil floats into the picture and argues that it could get worse.
The Headset-wearing, player-castigating previous head coach may not have been a great fit for Michigan; but he had Michigan football’s trajectory rising. In hindsight, perhaps if he’d been given a fourth season without being weighed down by the burden of carrying “Gerg The Program Killer” on his staff, he still might be at Michigan . . . AND he might have been able to help make Devin Gardner a decent, if not great, quarterback.
But that never happened, and now Michigan football’s trajectory is sinking while Arizona football’s trajectory is rising.
There is no guarantee that Michigan football’s head coach in 2015 will be any better than its current head coach; and if the current head coach were going to be the head coach in 2015, then it could get much worse.
With no decision on a head coach for 2015 before January 1, some current players might decide to seek immediate transfers to FCS schools where they might be able to find success and playing time next year, or to some other FBS schools where they might be able to just find success.
Consider the recruiting prospects if there’s no new head coach at Michigan before February 1. Mike Weber gave the middle-finger salute to Michigan on Saturday with his de-commitment, and Chris Clark was right behind him with his “Michigan has officially hit rock bottom” tweet. Brian Cole seems to be wavering, and there’s no reason why Michigan State or Ohio State wouldn’t want him as an early enrollee, if he’s anxious to begin his college studies in January.
With more recruits departing than arriving, if the current head coach remains at the helm in early February, then the 2015 recruiting class might be filled with a kicker, a legacy, a long-time Michigan football fan who blossomed in his senior season as a slightly undersized quarterback, and a bunch of two-star, National Honor Society students whose best offers came from William & Mary, Dartmouth, Georgetown, Vanderbilt, Rice and Boston University (a school that plays decent football, but only the kind that involves goalkeepers, strikers, red cards and corner kicks.)
|5 days 13 hours ago||And If That Doesn't Get His Attention, This Might||
|5 days 13 hours ago||Dear J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Head Football Coach Hoke,||
Hello. My name is . . .
|6 days 3 hours ago||Ask JV Point Guard Lily Adams|
|1 week 2 hours ago||Sort Of Like Asking . . .||
Who leaves a country packed with ponies to come to a non-pony country?
|1 week 4 hours ago||Other Boston Option For Michigan vs. Maryland Football Viewing||
Tomorrow’s events at McGreevy’s also include the Oklahoma-Kansas game, because Oklahoma’s Alumni Club of Boston also uses McGreevy’s as their go-to bar. It might be a little tight at McGreevy’s between noon and 3:30 tomorrow, but if you want to be with Michigan alumni and fans, then McGreevy's is the place to be.
Even if you decide not to use McGreevy’s for your Michigan-Maryland game viewing, go early to McGreevy’s, just so you can say that you’ve been there, because it’s considered to be America’s oldest sports bar. If you’re also a fan of The Dropkick Murphys and you'd like to be "Going Out In Style" in Beantown tomorrow, then McGreevy's should be a mandatory destination.
If you’d prefer what might be a less crowded venue for the game AND if you’re also a baseball fan (or just would like to visit one of America’s great sports landmarks), consider heading west from McGreevy’s on Boylston Street to the end at Charlesgate East (across from the Massachusetts Historical Society building) and turn right at Charlesgate East. Go left at the end of Charlesgate East onto Ipswich Street. The road curves around and you’ll turn right on Landsdowne Street and walk towards The Green Monster.
Take in a 60-minute tour of Fenway Park (costs $17) and then head to Cask ‘n Flagon at the corner of Landsdowne Street and Brookline Avenue to watch the game.
|1 week 16 hours ago||Happy Friday Posbang Birthday Greetings To . . .||
Troy Aikman, Ken Griffey, Jr., Björk Guðmundsdóttir (a. k. a. Björk), Goldie Hawn, Carly Rae Jepsen, Cherry Jones, Lorna Luft, Jena Malone, Juliet Mills, Earl Monroe, Jesus Navas, Olden Polynice, Nicolette Sheridan, Michael Strahan, Marlo Thomas, Justin Tucker and . . .
The late François-Marie Arouet (a. k. a. Voltaire), Coleman Hawkins, René François Ghislain Magritte, Stan Musial, Harold Ramis and Isaac Bashevis Singer
In honor of Magritte’s birthday, “Let’s play ball, MGoBloggers!”
|1 week 1 day ago||Before Tony Stark Became Iron Man, He Was . . . Derek Lutz|
|1 week 1 day ago||Speaking of Football and War|
|1 week 3 days ago||What Also Makes That Skit Memorable, Besides The Absurdity||
AND the unbelievable torture that Frankie and Willie describe . . . is that we also get to see Miracle Max and Count Tyrone Rugen (The Six-Fingered Man) from The Princess Bride cracking each other up near the end of the skit.
|1 week 3 days ago||Other Quick Lane Bowl Projections||
ESPN - Mark Schlabach - North Carolina vs. Michigan
ESPN - Brett McMurphy - North Carolina State vs. Michigan
Sporting News - Bill Bender - Michigan vs. North Carolina State
Sports Illustrated - Virginia Tech vs. Kentucky
CBS Sports - Jerry Palm - North Carolina State vs. Ohio University
SB Nation - Jason Kirk - Boston College vs. Western Michigan
Phil Steele - North Carolina State vs. Penn State
College Football News (Scout) - North Carolina State vs. Northwestern
Orlando Sentinel - Brant Parsons - North Carolina State vs. Penn State
Any advantages for Michigan to play in the Detroit Lions' Quick Lane Bowl?
OT: With the Detroit Lions sponsoring the bowl game, is the name of the game really intended to honor the memory of this guy -- Dick 'Night Train" Lane?
|1 week 4 days ago||Paper Cut On Your Tongue From Licking An Envelope?||
(Sorry; no embedding available -- just the link.)
|1 week 6 days ago||Analogy||
An Allergy . . . If not properly managed, living with it might make you feel progressively worse.
|1 week 6 days ago||And If You Have Even More Time Today . . .||
Enjoy the extended live performance of "Wade In The Water" plus "People Get Ready" and another extended performance of "Time Has Come Today"
For those of us who were in college radio in the late 60s and early 70s, if you weren't playing the second side of Abbey Road, The Chambers Brothers were the go-to band for extended cuts that allowed us to pull news stories and sports scores off the old UPI Teletype . . . or to just get a bathroom break during a four-hour show.
|1 week 6 days ago||Wade . . .||
In The Water!
|1 week 6 days ago||Answer Codes||
|2 weeks 11 hours ago||Guy Asked For Directions To The Nearest Thrift Shop||
He was Goodwill Hunting
|2 weeks 12 hours ago||Happy Almost National Philanthropy Day!||
Saturday will be National Philanthropy Day, so it's a good time for all MGoBloggers to be charitable. So, I'm wishing all MGoDeerHunters "a million bucks!" And upvotes for all!