that is nice bonus change
|1 hour 34 min ago||"You make a mountain out of a molehill."||
Truer words were never spoken.
|1 hour 35 min ago||"So why do you care about this?"||
I just posted a comment saying that I don't care what Hoke says or doesn't say about injuries, and you immediately ask me why I care.
|3 hours 44 min ago||I'm voting for Fleetwood.||
Mick Fleetwood is one ugly dude. Do not want.
|3 hours 45 min ago||The new banner should feature a lemon wearing a winged helmet||
about to be bitten by Brian. Microsoft Paint would be the appropriate program to use.
|3 hours 48 min ago||It appears as though he doesn't know what the hell he wants||
Hardly unusual for kids his age, but he's jeopardizing his place in the class with this blue waffling.
|5 hours 57 min ago||Information is power.||
I completely agree. If you were discussing matters of government, public policy, and other things that truly impact our lives in meaningful ways, I'd be upset along with you about the withholding of information.
College football is entertainment, not fiscal policy, or fracking, or what to do about ISIS. Therefore I don't really give a shit what Hoke says at a presser. It doesn't affect my life one way or the other in any tangible way, either as a fan or as an alumnus.
|6 hours 41 min ago||This is why coaches deserve mean tweets, and fans question them,||
Of all the reasons I can think of to criticize Brady Hoke, the very last one of them is his refusal to disclose player injuries to beat reporters or fans before he's ready to do so.
|7 hours 50 min ago||"Why they did that, I don’t know..."||
Satterfield doesn't sound like the sharpest knife in the drawer.
|7 hours 52 min ago||If Nuss thought that Funk was a terrible coach||
and yet still took the job as OC, then he'd be directly tying his own success to a coach he thought was terrible. Since Nussmeier doesn't strike me as an idiot, I think it's safe to conclude he thinks Funk is OK as offensive line coach.
|12 hours 46 min ago||The first game of the modern rivalry: 1978 at South Bend||
Thanks to Wolverine Historian:
Notre Dame was defending National Champs, and a guy named Montana was leading the Irish against Michigan.
|12 hours 53 min ago||one of the most hypnotizingly dull stretches of road ever||
I drove down to the AF Museum at Wright-Pat earlier this year, and agree 100%. Thank God I was with a friend so I had someone to talk to.
|18 hours 37 min ago||Ufer was fantastic in many ways and I loved him||
but if you listen to his PBP, it's eye (or ear-) opening how little hard information he gets into the calls.
|18 hours 43 min ago||"...and to ward off scurvy."||
Excellent framing: eating lemons is a vital weapon in public health.
|18 hours 51 min ago||pesky canker sore?||
Are you sure it's not a chancre sore?
|1 day 2 hours ago||Das racis'?||
Nyet, das Putin.
|1 day 2 hours ago||I'll donate $25 to Mott or whatever charity he selects||
if Brian eats the lemon and posts the video.
|1 day 2 hours ago||the only one on the planet that doesn't hate Brent Musberger.||
I actually sort of like Musberger, as long as it's in small doses.
|1 day 2 hours ago||Was able to catch just about a quarter's worth of the game||
Brandy sounded a bit hyper and forced at times, but he was OK. Dierdorf was smooth but entertaining.
I was pleasantly surprised at what I didn't hear—I thought there was a danger that they could spend too much time on their Bo anecdotes and stories, but that wasn't the case at all.
|1 day 3 hours ago||Zoauntarious Brunt has a brother||
name of Zoroaster. Does some magical things on the field.
|1 day 3 hours ago||I suggest letting Brian precede the lemon||
with some salt and a shot of tequila.
|1 day 13 hours ago||Some damn fool is right now contemplating||
doing some highly inadvisable photoshopping and posting it. La Paz awaits him. Permanently.
|2 days 1 hour ago||OSU and MSU will have a tough time there.||
That doesn't do us any good this year.
|2 days 2 hours ago||Is it true that the number of tickets allotted for students||
has been decreased? How much was the decrease?
|2 days 2 hours ago||:30 segments about the SPCA||
I don't recall ever hearing a spot for the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. You're probably thinking of the promos for the Humane Society of Huron Valley; they do a variety of cross-promotional stuff during the year.
And why would you have a problem with an SPCA ad anyhow?
|2 days 2 hours ago||Sam and his wife had a baby a few months ago||
and with a teenager and three dogs to boot, his hands are full. He needs at least one day off.
|2 days 22 hours ago||It's great marketing to identify yourself with an industry||
that has shed thousands of jobs in SE Michigan in the last 25 years.
|2 days 22 hours ago||Evaluating after an opponent like Appy St is way premature.||
Let's see what they do against better competition before one or the other is anointed.
|2 days 22 hours ago||when it comes to the run game the OLine is extremely relevant.||
When it comes to cooking meat a source of heat is extremely relevant.
|2 days 22 hours ago||The curse of youth at all your skill positions||
not to mention the curse of Cam Cameron.
|3 days 6 min ago||Don't understand||
Wisconsin and LSU are playing down in Texas and they're not wearing clowniforms- just their normal unis. How can they recruit like that? After all, the kids love the uniformz.
|3 days 3 hours ago||He got handled easily?||
That's unpossible. He's a technician.
|3 days 12 hours ago||Voltron is a troll who hates your daughter, hates the AF,||
and hates everything connected to Michigan, including Denard.
|3 days 14 hours ago||someone this hyped this early and for me to be barely functional||
It's the OP who's barely functional, not you.
|4 days 4 hours ago||Blue81 is unhappy||
apparently he was hoping Roseboro would stay in N.C.
|4 days 8 hours ago||has been wrong a bit more in the past couple of recruiting class||
This isn't really correct. As others have already said below, Sam's "gut feelings" are very different from just his normal optimism. The only "gut feeling" that I can recall that went the other way was Sean Parker. I've listened to Sam since he first came on WTKA, and in every instance after a "gut feeling" recruit did commit to Michigan, it's turned out that the commit essentially told Sam beforehand that he was going to come to Michigan, and the whole "gut feeling" thing is just Sam's way of communicating this without coming right out and pre-empting the kid's own announcement.
Webb never had a "gut feeling" about Hand, and I don't believe he ever had one about McDowell, either. His reluctance to issue one was confirmed by events. Obviously we're all hoping that Sam's gut is accurate this time as well.
|4 days 8 hours ago||Being asked who was more exciting to watch||
between Carter, Howard, Woodson, or Denard, to pick just the most obvious examples, is like being asked which of your children do you love the most. I love 'em all.
|5 days 13 hours ago||looks like he is really showing love to NC State on twitter.||
If this is accurate, then it's not a good sign. It's common for fans to disregard what recruits are tweeting; it was a constant refrain during Damien Harris's saga that what he was saying or showing on twitter was irrelevant, but it appears as though it was an indication of his frame of mind.
I think Sam might have pulled the trigger on the gut feeling prematurely on Roseboro. Which will suck.
|5 days 23 hours ago||should be reserved for people who either coached or played||
That's not the reason behind my preference. Bob Ufer and Frank Beckmann didn't coach or play the game, and they were great announcers. There are players and ex-coaches who I can't stand to listen to.
It's the particular character—the pitch, the tenor, the sound, the delivery—of a female voice announcing a football game that doesn't do it for me, at least none of those I've heard. Perhaps it's just that I haven't heard the right one yet. I have no problem with female announcers for other sports, such as Olympic competitions, figure skating, or pro biking, for example, since for me those sports don't demand the kind of ridiculous bombast that I instinctively associate with football.
Women should have every opportunity in broadcast journalism, including sports play-by-play. That doesn't mean that everybody will enjoy listening to them.
|6 days 21 sec ago||Would you ever start a sentence,||
It's a fair point you're making. My answer to your question is no, but it's not easy formulating a reason why one is acceptable and the other is not.
|6 days 58 min ago||Now that there's no three-second delay in the local radio feed||
there's no reason not to listen to Dan and Brandy on WTKA while the game is on the tube.
I admit this is pure unadulterated sexism, but I really can't stand listening to female football announcers. It just seems wrong to my ears.
*Edit: a look at the other thread about this implies the delay will still be in place for listeners not in the stadium. Dang.
|6 days 1 hour ago||Looks like it's time for me||
to ditch my skepticism about Glasgow and trust the coaches.
I'm more interested and excited about the DL than any other unit on the team.
|6 days 8 hours ago||Is there any chance this kid doesn't play DT?||
FWIW, Sam Webb has been saying for a number of weeks now that Roseboro doesn't move or look like he's carrying 283, and that he's quick enough for DE, which is supposedly how UM is looking at him.
|6 days 22 hours ago||Some even think it is the best.||
Show us the sources.
|6 days 22 hours ago||Omg what is the marmot's name??||
When I was a kid my dad would take me hiking in Colorado. Up on the mountain trails he'd fart and blame it on the marmots.
|1 week 4 hours ago||for a Fieger Bowl.||
They should host the Kevorkian Bowl for two programs on the skids.
|1 week 10 hours ago||It sucks but it doesn't make them useless nor hacks.||
If any journalist thinks his or her job consists of "giving the public what they want," that's the very definition of a hack.
|1 week 10 hours ago||Have faith people.||
To quote the first President Bush: "Trust, but verify."
|1 week 11 hours ago||The questions are absolutely awful though.||
The vast majority of today's American "journalists" are useless hacks, and it's especially the case with those who cover sports.
|1 week 17 hours ago||I've heard info myself that strongly suggests DR will choose UM||
Webb issued one of his famous "gut feelings" about Roseboro a couple of weeks ago, but he did mention yesterday morning the rumors about NC State. He didn't change his prediction, but it was clear that it wasn't as confident as his original gut feeling.
It's my understanding that Sam's gut feelings are essentially the result of a recruit making it clear privately to him that he's going to choose Michigan. The problem is that kids can and do change their minds as the decision day gets closer. I'm always a little bit skeptical when it comes to kids from the South, but Webb's "gut feelings" have been very reliable. While there were plenty of people who were confidently predicting Hand would end up here, Webb never came close to a gut feeling for Hand, and during the last 2-3 weeks of the recruiting process for him he was saying that Alabama was going to be the choice if Hand's decision was determined by pure football reasons.
|1 week 17 hours ago||hoping they can make some of those players eat those words||
Don't use the word "eat" around one of our RBs.
|1 week 18 hours ago||A Sparty, a Domer, and a Buckeye were playing golf||
They were commenting on how their bodies were having problems as they grew older.
The Sparty says, "I haven't taken a good leak in years...it burns, no steady stream. It sucks."
The Domer says, "I know what you're saying...I haven't had a good shit in over a year. Nothing is more satisfying nowadays, wish I could take a good shit just once."
The Buckeye chimes in... "I don't have any of those problems. Every morning at 7am, I have a nice piss... steady stream, no problems. And then every morning at 7:30, I take a good shit, no problems."
The Sparty and the Domer blurt out at the same time, "Well, you MUST have at least one problem to deal with...?"
The Buckeye says, "Yeah dang it, I do. I just wish I could wake up before 8am."
|1 week 1 day ago||Good thing you're here to beat that horse.||
There's no horse so dead that it doesn't deserve a few additional whacks. You can never be too sure.
|1 week 1 day ago||Where is the loyal MGoBlog commenter who opines||
that he doesn't care if we wear pink tu-tus as long as we win? Man, people are getting lazy around here and taking their jobs for granted.
|1 week 1 day ago||the Glasgows|
|1 week 1 day ago||other than it makes you happy?||
It's mainly because my suspicion is that if you have sixteen captains, you really don't have any, and that college football is a sport in which having strong designated leaders is a good thing.
Is this something I'm going to be harping on? Nope.
|1 week 1 day ago||If his technique is better/more consistent I bet he will be||
This assumes there's a direct correlation between sound technique and on-field production. In cases where the talent level is approximately equal, I can easily see how the technique would be the difference-maker. What if the physical talent levels are not?
I heard an anecdote several years ago on the radio that involved Bo Schembechler and Alex Agase. While both were primarily OL during their college years, Agase was a far more talented lineman than Bo was, and was a three-time All American guard and had a short career in the pros.
Both Bo and Agase were young assistants under Ara Parseghian at Northwestern during the '56 and '57 seasons, and at some point they got into an argument about the importance of physical talent versus technique and execution when it came to line play. Eventually they decided to conduct their own version of the Michigan drill, going mano a mano to see who could get the better of whom, with Bo declaring that superior technique would defeat raw physical talent. As the story goes, despite repeated attempts, Bo and his superior technique was no match for the physical talent of Agase, and Alex basically cleaned Bo's clock.
|1 week 1 day ago||I hope everyone hates this as much now as they did under RR||
I do. The solution to having bad captains isn't to do away with them—it's getting better captains.
|1 week 1 day ago||I'm sure Glasgow is a better DT than Pipkins.||
Based on what, exactly?
Last year, Pipkins appeared in five games, had 7 tackles and half a sack.
Glasgow appeared in eleven games, and had 2 tackles.
|1 week 1 day ago||more goes into the evaluation than the Michigan drill.||
Well sure, I would hope and expect that. That being said, if Glasgow participated in the MIchigan drill and was blowing people up, he would have appeared in it.
Since they're probably going to rotate frequently it may not really matter who the designated starters are, but I'll be a bit surprised if RG is the starter by the time conference play rolls around.
|1 week 1 day ago||WTF?||
If you can't figure out who the captains should be at the beginning of the season, naming them after the fact at the end of the season is silly.
|1 week 1 day ago||I can't get that mad at a season containing the 2010 ND game||
Last year was frustrating and disappointing and worrying, but at least our defensive coordinator didn't rub a fucking stuffed animal in the face of one of our linebackers during an ass-pounding embarrassment in our own stadium.
|1 week 1 day ago||But to say it was worse than 2008 is just recency bias.||
A proof of that would be to ask 109,000 Michigan fans in the stands if they would exchange last year's record for 2008's record.
Among other things, it would reveal just how many sado-masochists sit in Michigan Stadium each Saturday.
|1 week 1 day ago||The ironic thing about Kalis on that play||
is that the only guy he really hits is his own teammate at the end of the play. Runs right into Kerridge like he wanted to. Bizarre.
|1 week 2 days ago||Okay then.||
As Magnus pointed out, Ryan Glasgow had two tackles last year, and a quick look at the season stats at MGoBlue indicates that he appeared in 11 games.
Nathan Brink appeared in all of 4 games in his final season in 2012, and he also had two tackles, plus 1.5 sacks. In Brink's junior season, he played in 11 games, and started one. He had one tackle, and one sack.
Glasgow is only a RS Sophomore, while Brink was a senior in 2012, so the comparison isn't apples-to-apples. However, as of right now, they're similar in that they are walkons who've displayed great determination and work ethic, and have received open accolades from Hoke out of proportion to their actual in-game production. If Glasgow does start and can be a disruptive force, that's obviously a tremendous plus for the DL.
|1 week 2 days ago||If he's under contract but can't be bothered to stay in shape||
or attend the offseason program, his days in the NFL are probably over. Nobody's going to want an old DL who can't keep his shit together.
|1 week 2 days ago||who is this year's Nathan Brink?||
|1 week 3 days ago||Curious about everyone's opinion while they're drinking/thinking||
Did Suh deserve a penalty for this hit on Henne? If so, why? If not, why not?
|1 week 3 days ago||It was a non issue and Suh didn't do anything even remotely bad.||
Suh cheapshots Henne well after he gets off the pass and you say he didn't do anything remotely bad?
|1 week 3 days ago||wrestler Mike Martin/Rob Renes type||
Renes is somebody I've been thinking about re: Glasgow. Was Ryan a wrestler in HS?
|1 week 3 days ago||Phil Steele's mag is the best raw information source on CFB||
the data he assembles on each team is really great to have in one place. As for his predictions, he's not nearly as accurate as he claims he is, and his predictions are the least worthwhile reason to pay attention to him.
|1 week 3 days ago||Normally I'm in favor of redshirts if all they do||
is get spot duty on special teams, like the way Will Campbell did in his totally wasted freshman year. In Mone's case, I bet he gets significant playing time since Mattison likes to rotate DLs, and I think he's talented enough to be productive.
|1 week 3 days ago||I want to earn enough MGoPoints I can get away from everyone.||
I tried to buy a vacation home in Colorado with my MGoPoints, but the mortgage banker just laughed at me for some reason.
|1 week 3 days ago||I'd like to never hear the term "little brother" again||
but it was Mark Dantonio who used the term first. Hart's comment was made in response to Dantonio's.
|1 week 3 days ago||Would you report her to the DOT?||
Yes, because every time she parks in a handicap spot she's taking a spot away from somebody who is truly disabled. I'd be tempted shoot a minute of video to document the situation.
|1 week 3 days ago||Ron Swanson speaks|
|1 week 3 days ago||annual (or even every home game) mgotailgate gig or bbq||
This would be awesome.
|1 week 3 days ago||A three-way tie between||
Chunks the Hobo, King of Belch, and Herm.
|1 week 3 days ago||Ryan Glasgow starting over Pipkins?||
Still scratching my head over this. If we'll be rotating lots of guys who starts may not be all that important, but Pip was featured several times in the Michigan Drill video, and I didn't see Glasgow once.
|1 week 4 days ago||no more room in Michigan Stadium 40 years ago than there is now||
Yes and no. Up until late in 1975, the only games on the Michigan schedule that reliably filled the stadium were the MSU and OSU games.
I came to school here in '71, and the OSU game that season was the only game filled to capacity. At every other home game, there were many thousands of empty seats; Indiana was homecoming that year, and the attendance was around 75K. The home opener in '74 was Iowa, and there were only 76K at that game. The Northwestern game in '75 drew 86K.
So, for non-MSU or OSU games, there was generally enough extra room to fit in a cooler. There were plenty of fans around me in the student section who were bringing them in.
That didn't keep some of them from getting shitfaced, falling on their asses, and puking all over the people next to them. Good times.
|1 week 4 days ago||adding beer isn't going to magically create more drunk assholes||
There's nothing magic about it—it's the predictable result of increasing alcohol availability.
Do you really want fans who've already been pounding down the beer for two hours at their tailgate buying more beer inside?
I would only support it if there were rigid controls put in place on the amount that could be sold to individuals, and if the drinkers were confined to a certain part of the stands.
I'm not some anti-booze abstainer, either, as my friends and family can attest. Like most people I can enjoy my booze without becoming a disruptive asshole, but there is a small but reliable percentage of the population that is simply unable to accomplish that feat. And they can make the sporting experience miserable for those around them.
|1 week 4 days ago||every major league sport sells acohol and gets along just fine.||
I don't know what country you live in, but in this country there are significant alcohol-related problems at every sports venue selling beer at virtually every game. Things have gotten so out-of-hand with booze that some stadiums have started segregating their booze drinkers from families because the drunken assholes started driving away fans who wanted to take their families to the games.
At every Michigan home game there are fans, students and non-students alike, who are booted from the stadium for being drunken assholes, and some have to be treated by medical personnel either for overconsumption or for injuries they sustain from falling on their faces or fighting, or both. And all that's without selling booze on stadium grounds. Start selling it inside, and you are assured that the problems will only intensify in magnitude.
|1 week 4 days ago||10-2 reg season, with bowl win over high-level program||
Agonizingly close losses to ND and PSU, but tight road victories against MSU and OSU. Wrap up season with convincing win in bowl game over a quality opponent.
Offense sputters mcuh of the season, but defense is very solid to start and frequently dominant. Pipkins, Henry, Hurst, and Mone are difference makers. Mediocre special teams play is key element in losses.
Norfleet doesn't come close to returning a kick for a TD, but come spring 2015 people will be rhapsodizing about his kick returning ability once again.
*Edit: I originally predicted 8-4 with losses to MSU and OSU, but after watching the Michigan drill my logic has been overtaken by my emotion.
|1 week 4 days ago||"I like to hit people really fucking hard."||
One of the greatest quotes by a Michigan player in history. Give me a team full of guys with that attitude and it would be fun to watch.
|1 week 4 days ago||Wolverine Historian should handle the programming for Michigan||
this x million percent
The programming people at BTN are morons.
|1 week 5 days ago||Brandt (also a RS FR) started over Ziemann.||
According to the UM football stats at the Bentley site, Ziemann started 9 games to Brandt's 2, so that's why I listed Ziemann. Whether the info on that site is dead accurate, I can't say.
You're right that Hutch and Backus in terms of playing experience were RS freshmen; depending on the source, academic year is listed (as here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1997_Michigan_Wolverines_football_team), or playing experience is.
There are probably other similar corrections that could be made to my list, so have at it.
|1 week 5 days ago||I suspect that BB recruiting hasn't landed as many of the||
"blue chippers" that are the glaringly obvious one-and-dones as we'd like because they know Beilein and his staff will make sure they go to class and do their homework. I truly believe that the large majority of the top targeted recruits all plan on staying no more than two years at the very most, and just don't give a shit about the education part of school because they're completely focused on the NBA.
I believe this also applies to many of the top hockey recruits, too; playing college hockey is just a very temporary way station on their way to the NHL... or riding a bus in the AHL.
|1 week 5 days ago||I wouldn't piss on him||
if he was on fire.
|1 week 5 days ago||Don Johnson||
That would make my wife happy.
|1 week 5 days ago||If anything was riveting, it didn't have to do with me||
I posted this in another thread a few days ago, but this info gleaned from the UM roster stats archive at the Bentley site, and a bit from Wikipedia. I wouldn't be surprised if there are some inaccuracies in a few instances, but I think in the main this is good info.
Whether all of this is truly determinative is a good question, as I've admittedly cherry-picked the years. It's possible that the less-successful Michigan seasons since 1969 also featured a significant upperclassmen presence in the OL.
Regardless, it seems to be an especially good thing to have experienced interior OL, particularly at center
LT Jim Coode Junior
LG Reggie McKenzie Senior
C Guy Murdock Senior
RG Tom Coyle Junior
RT Jim Brandstatter Senior
|1 week 5 days ago||The last time we beat a PAC-8/10/12 team in its own stadium||
was at UCLA in 1989. That's a quarter-century ago.
I wonder how many MGoBloggers hadn't been born yet.
|1 week 6 days ago||"Dogs anal glands are off topic."||
I'm contacting the ACLU because this is an outrageous restriction of discussion on an important topic.
|1 week 6 days ago||Agree that it's exactly the kind of game we should be scheduling||
and kudos to DB and Hoke for getting it done. We've played UW often enough during reg. season and in the RB that it doesn't interest me much more than most conference games do, but it'll be a good game nonetheless.
|1 week 6 days ago||you'd care a lot more about their wedding day||
I'm pretty cynical about the whole wedding-industrial complex anyhow. My in-laws eloped, and they were married for 49 years until my MIL passed. My wife and I eloped, and we've been together for 35 years. Meanwhile, I can't count how many expensive weddings involving people I've known ended up in the divorce rubbish bin, and the thousands of $$ spent went into the bin as well.
|1 week 6 days ago||Hoke has a penchant for using guys early in career on ST||
RR did this too—Will Campbell's first year was spent in spot ST play. We sure as hell could have used him last year, and it would have potentially been far more valuable than what little he did in 2009.
|1 week 6 days ago||Sometimes you just have to suck it up, it's someone else's day.||
I can just as easily say that the Saturday wedding people just have to suck it up and accept the fact that other people have other priorities.
|1 week 6 days ago||"my wife made me paint the house" is not an excuse.||
Frankly, it's a better excuse than "having" to be in a wedding for somebody who isn't your best friend, or your former GF, or a family member, but just a roommate for a couple of years.
|1 week 6 days ago||I'll always remember the 2009 ND game||
since my mom passed away that day. It's strange, since I couldn't watch the game and only saw replays later, but it's still stuck in my memory anyhow.
|1 week 6 days ago||Losing Miller is a big blow, but OSU has all season||
to work out the kinks with Barnett before we go up there. Putting this in the win column for us simply and only because Miller won't be playing assumes that OSU doesn't have the talent and the coaching to make up for it, and that's not the case.
|1 week 6 days ago||I know it's satire||
but I think that the wide-open nature of the CFL might be a perfect fit for Tebow and other college QBs like him.
|2 weeks 31 min ago||Denard is a human litmus test||
If you don't like him, it's proof your soul is rancid and diseased.
|2 weeks 40 min ago||Yep, they're breaking out the alternate hydrants||
for the Penn State game. All yellow, with blue wings and helmet stripes, with reflective strips around the plugs. The old fogeys bitch and moan, but the kids and recruits love 'em. They can paint 'em pink and put tu-tus on them for all I care as long as they spew water at the appropriate rate.
|2 weeks 5 hours ago||What is up with the endless premature speculation threads?||
So speculation about a replacement for a future opponent that's in dire financial straits and considering dropping their football program is bad, but repetitive "what are you drinking" threads filled with arguments about the virtues of Yeti Imperial Stout or Heady Topper or Dogsquat Rye Ale are just fine.
|2 weeks 6 hours ago||That undershirt is perfect for||
a particular form of Catholic interrogation
|2 weeks 6 hours ago||It makes sense... if you're wearing work boots||
you might as well have angled strips of duct tape on your pants.
|2 weeks 7 hours ago||Hello Frank Solich||
There's no way any program from a Power 5 conference comes here for a one-off; they'd all demand a home-and-home, which gets much more complicated. For that reason, the only likely candidates are schools at the level of Ohio, Marshall, Utah St., Troy, UAB, etc.. I agree with the others here that Ohio is the most logical short-notice candidate.
Good stuff, WD
|2 weeks 8 hours ago||I thought Gil Brandt was dead||
he's been around forever.
|2 weeks 9 hours ago||Flames||
I've wanted to animate the flames for a long time, but I'm not sure whether an animated GIF would work as an avatar here.
|2 weeks 9 hours ago||A head coach is only as good as his assistants||
The fact that Brady had Al with him as long as he did is not 100% reassuring, but at least the change was made eventually.
|2 weeks 9 hours ago||Your avatar?||
Avatar nothin', that's my photo.
|2 weeks 10 hours ago||More active, swift, and above all draconian moderation||
One-way trips to La Paz should be more frequent.
|2 weeks 10 hours ago||you get a terrifying force under center like Drew Henson||
Which is rather ironic, since Mr. Terrifying Force jumped the UM ship for a crappy MLB career.
Come to think of it, the other notable Mr. Badass Cannon Arm Ryan Mallett also booted, albeit for very different reasons.
As far as having "the brains to match" goes, Henson would probably have been no worse than a top 5 pick in the NFL draft, and very possibly #1. I bet his first NFL contract would have far exceeded what he got from Steinbrenner.
|2 weeks 11 hours ago||The obsession with having a cannon for an arm is weird||
There's a guy who won a NC for Notre Dame and three Super Bowls for the 49ers who didn't have anything resembling a cannon for an arm. There's a former Michigan QB who's won some SBs with an arm that's never been described as being a "cannon." Michigan won its last NC with a QB who nobody would say had a "cannon."
What's far more important is having the ability to make quick, good decisions and then getting the ball off accurately to the right receiver. Speight seems to have displayed that ability, at least at the HS level.
If Speight doesn't become a notable QB at Michigan, it won't be because he doesn't have a "cannon"—it will be because he makes poor decisions under pressure and isn't accurate enough in key situations.
|2 weeks 11 hours ago||All my interactions with my Korean in-laws are extremely boring||
That's all well and good, but how are their anal scent glands?
|2 weeks 22 hours ago||The Stevie "Wonder Blunder" fiasco||
LOL Their first mistake was thinking that Stevie Wonder had any juice as a fund-raising act in 2013 to begin with. His best creative days are long, long behind him.
|2 weeks 22 hours ago||If you're gonna wear clowniforms||
you gotta have the clown shoes.
|2 weeks 22 hours ago||Don't matter what attire they do it in.||
Don't forget to say they can wear pink tu-tus for all you care.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||It just seems like a marketing cash grab.||
If all these schools were unable to sell new jerseys with all this new shit on them, nobody would even be thinking of doing it.
New packaging = increased sales of the same pizza.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||"With an improved line..."||
That's a mighty big assumption he's making.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Bring back Sparky to the helmets||
It was sacrilege to get rid of him.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||there are no plans for any announcements at this time.||
So in other words, it was all just an idiot rumor started by the CBS affiliate.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Michigan fans aren't happy unless they're miserable.||
John Bacon has been saying exactly that for years.
He's often said (paraphrasing) "To Michigan fans, a victory is merely a loss delayed until a later date."
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Pipkins, Mone, Hurst, and Henry||
caving in the interior of the line, allowing Clark and the other ends to clean up.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Is the S&C regimen for offensive linemen the same as it is||
for defensive linemen? Or would they be doing different things based on their positional needs?
|2 weeks 1 day ago||They're trying to find a more accurate adjective than "huge"||
for Iowa State and Vanderbilt.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||He is again exactly the type of QB who gives UM fits.||
And lesser talents than McNabb or Smith have done so. There is no more frustrating thing to watch than a mobile QB repeatedly escaping contain against us, and I've watched that happen at least once per season almost every year since 1971. The only exception I can think of is '97.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I admit I haven't studied either team||
but I'm skeptical that Rice and Syracuse really have a shot in South Bend just from a recruited talent standpoint. If the Domers lost either one of those games, plenty of ND fans will start calling for Kelly's head.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Bolivia awaits...|
|2 weeks 1 day ago||USC has five upperclassmen in their OL roster||
including junior Max Tuerk who will be the center, who has 20 career starts on the OL. UCLA has five upperclassmen listed in their OL roster.
I won't contest that Funk has yet to prove beyond doubt he's up to the task, but injuries, attrition, and "the process" are not his fault.
If, God forbid, the OL is still a hot mess by season's end and injuries aren't the main factor, then I would agree that it would be time for Hoke to make a change.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I'm a frequent critic of Brandon||
but this event is a great idea. If I had young kids and season tix, I would have been there.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Love the Pogo-related avatar||
Walt Kelly is great stuff.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||two of three upperclassmen on the OL are walkons.||
I'd be surprised if any other program in the Super 5 conferences has only three upperclassmen OL, and in the unlikely event there is, I'd bet good money that none of them has two walk-ons out of the three.
I think Funk deserves the chance to coach an OL unit that's half-upperclassmen.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Not really trying to be an ass||
Which is why you began your comment with the derisive, dismissive "Yawn," right?
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Is Burzynski a walk-on?||
I can't find him in the lists of recruited scholarship players on Rivals.
This isn't news, but It's nonetheless instructive to read the OL list and see the upperclassmen—who should be the heart of any offensive line—consist solely of one RS Senior and two RS Juniors, one of which is also a walk-on.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Glasgow being the starting NG and Peppers the starting CB||
I agree with your points, but I think Peppers starting at CB, however unlikely it might be, is still much more likely than Glasgow being an eventual starter on the DL.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I use the freep for toilet paper after ordering a burrito.||
I concur with your inclinations about the Freep, but your butthole wishes you'd use something softer and less crinkly and smudgy.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I'm not buying Ryan Glasgow will be the starter at NT||
I don't remember seeing any comments supporting that notion here at MGoBlog last night.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||"I will be sobbing crocodile tears on these forums..."||
So that would mean you don't really care if Michigan loses?
|2 weeks 2 days ago||remember wanting Lloyd Carr fired immediately after the loss||
Were you a U-M student at the time?
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Did it work? no.||
That's because the chip wasn't big enough and stinky enough. It has to be about 50 pounds and made from a mixture of rotting carrion, dog shit, and skunk spray.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Call it a matter of personal pride when our program is known||
Does your sense of personal pride suffer when we lose?
|2 weeks 2 days ago||OL lineups of some notable past UM squads||
This stuff is gleaned from the UM football info archives and from wikipedia. It's not clear in some cases whether a listed senior is actually a RS Junior in playing experience, such as Everitt in '91.
What stands out to me is how all of the centers are seniors or juniors.
Having an upperclassman-laden OL is not a guarantee, though; the 1984 team which went 6-6 had all seniors on the OL. Seems it's nice to have an experienced, talented QB too.
The other relevant metric is how much actual playing experience all these seniors and juniors had amassed before these seasons, and that would require more time to research than I have.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Banging your wife on the green?|
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I always hear Madison in the same breath as AA||
My daughter went to Wisconsin so I got to spend bits of time in Madison over her time there. It's a fun town and campus, but IMHO it's very different from A2. It's a much bigger city, and is the state capitol to boot.
Madison has 240,000 people and encompasses over 76 sq. miles of land, 94 including water.
Ann Arbor has 113,000 people and is just over 27 sq. miles in land.
It's always seemed to me that all you have to do is drive 10 minutes to the north, south, or west out of AA (assuming no road construction tie-ups) and you're in the country. Not so with Madtown.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Relax, this is all a master psychological ploy by Hoke||
Hoke knows that it's very typical for defenses to be ahead of offenses at this time of the year, and with a still-young OL learning a new offense, it was guaranteed that the OL would look a bit impotent again, especially against the talented and relatively deep DL that Mattison has at his disposal.
The result will be our opposition completely discounting our abilities on offense, and this over-confidence will be the key to several of our big wins this season.
That's my story and I'm sticking to it. For now...
|2 weeks 2 days ago||M began the season with only 1 OL who'd started a game||
While I frequently refer to Wikipedia, it's wildly wrong in this case.
According to the UM football stats archive, senior center Zach Adami entered the '97 season with 24 starts under his belt from the '95 and '96 season.
On top of that, the notion that Backus was "weakened" by the appendix problem is a bit ridiculous, since Backus started started all 12 games in '97.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||received most of their coaching/development prior to Funk||
I agree that overall Funk has yet to produce a solid entire OL unit, but to assert that the success of Lewan and Schofield is entirely attributable to two years under Frey and had nothing to do with three years under Funk is illogical.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Just checked Alabama's roster for OL||
they have 3 seniors and 5 juniors. I don't how many of these, if any, are walk-ons, and which of them are just practice cannon fodder. Knowing Saban, I would guess he doesn't keep much of the latter around very long.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||for things that UM is certainly guilty of violating right now||
So you're saying that multiple Michigan players are having sex with tutors who are doing their course work for them.
Do you have any evidence of this, or are you just pulling it out of your ass?
|2 weeks 3 days ago||are all of your posts 500 word essays?||
Yep, getting through 76 words is a real chore, since moving your lips that much gets tiring.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||"is comparable to the highly publicized case at UNC."||
Yowch. If this turns out to be accurate, the voiding of the victories in 2012 sounds a bit more plausible.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Wow, that's just what it was like||
the first time I had sex.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||no announcement with the ND scandal sucking up all the oxygen||
either that, or it really is something like Iowa St. and Vandy and it's going out with the 5pm Friday "let's hope nobody notices" news dump.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Uh, you might want some lube for that finger||
it's gonna get chafed pretty quickly. Just sayin....
|2 weeks 4 days ago||A. What I want B. What I predict||
A. Georgia and Texas
B. Iowa State and Vanderbilt
|2 weeks 4 days ago||sex with their tutor in exchange for her during their homework||
Now that's a new twist on things: they were having sex with her while she was doing their homework?
That's really boning up on your studies.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||This is deja vu all over again||
"the main one involved the actions of a booster, Kimberly Dunbar, who lavished gifts on football players with money she later pleaded guilty to embezzling." In the second series of events, a football player was accused of trying to sell several complimentary game tickets and of using others as repayment of a loan. The player was also said "to have been romantically involved with a woman (not Dunbar), a part-time tutor at the university, who wrote a term paper for another player for a small fee and provided players with meals, lodging and gifts."
The Dunbar violation began while Lou Holtz was head coach: "According to the NCAA committee report, Dunbar, the woman at the center of the more serious violations, had become romantically involved with several Notre Dame football players from June 1995 to January 1998 and had a child with one, Jarvis Edison." Notre Dame was placed on probation for two years and lost one of its 85 football scholarships each year in what the Times termed "minor" penalties.
In this case, "romantically involved" = the aforementioned "penising."
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I thought Karsch was already bald though.||
I know all about being bald, and Karsch ain't bald by a long shot. Yet.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||That way you know how much staff you need to bring in.||
I agree that's a logical explanation. Would you have expected more than 26K, or do you think that's what was about what was likely?
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Heard this morning on WTKA this morning||
that fans can now attend the scrimmage without having to register online, and that 26,000+ had registered for tickets. I think the two are directly related. 26K seems a rather paltry amount to me.
The fact that they're no longer requiring pre-registration calls into question why they forced fans to register in the first place.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I'm always competing for that G spot.||
Maybe you'd have more success if you didn't look at it as a competition.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||back to the old pattern of fighting with one arm tied behind our||
So you're saying that Nussmeier won't be any different from Borges. What are you basing that on?
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Huge?||
I'm guessing four games with Arizona. Muaahahahahahahahahahaaaaa
|2 weeks 6 days ago||/s||
Yeah, the legs of the one in the background don't have enough calf definition. Booo.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Count me among those puzzled why York is "part of the program."||
If ever there was a situation that warranted booting somebody before the legal/criminal process took its sweet damn time, it's this. It wasn't a Photoshop punch.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Jasper the wolverine||
|2 weeks 6 days ago||used to be frequent sightings of Wolverines in the Arroyo Seco||
|2 weeks 6 days ago||soccer being a much more intricate game than football.||
Like I said, I'm basically ignorant about soccer, but from what little I've watched and played, I can't see that at all.
Just out of curiosity, any idea why talent level doesn't affect your enjoyment of college football whereas it does in soccer?
|2 weeks 6 days ago||2 hrs in and Voltron is Handsome hasn't negged this thread yet||
Give him time. He'll come through.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Maybe they should try a bubble screen.||
They're built pretty low to the ground, so I doubt pad level is a problem.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Compared to every major Euro league, the MLS is severely lacking||
I don't watch any soccer at all, so my question is not snark but rather coming from my ignorance about the fine points of soccer play:
If you'd agree that the level of play in college football is generally severely lacking compared to that of the NFL, does that mean that it's difficult for you to watch college football? If not, why the difference between watching college football and MLS?
|2 weeks 6 days ago||B O R I N G Lloyd type football.||
Just exactly how do you know that's what it will be?
|2 weeks 6 days ago||as opposed to having the tickets just sit there...||
And that gets to the heart of the problem for me. It wasn't too long ago that the idea we'd struggle to sell every season ticket was literally inconceivable.
The introduction of the PSLs, relentless price increases on top of that, a few down years, and terrible home schedules have apparently done what was once thought impossible.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I love the enthusiasm about our defense from Mattison & others||
but I'm going to quote President George H.W. Bush:
"Trust, but verify."
|2 weeks 6 days ago||If Darboh is Popeye, who is Bluto? Olive Oyl? Wimpy?||
Bluto: Mark Dantonio
Olive Oyl: Erin Andrews
Wimpy: Br— naw, I can't do it...
|2 weeks 6 days ago||If these are tickets being offered by UM directly||
and the price is below the "official" price available through the UM ticket office, doesn't that mean that the athletic department is taking a financial hit by selling them for less on Stubhub?
|3 weeks 8 hours ago||no Michigan fan ever liked whomever was starting at quarterback||
Speaking strictly for myself, this is complete unadulterated 100% pure pesticide-and GMO-free hydroponically-grown bullshit.
|3 weeks 11 hours ago||ethics of what's being taught to the business students at UM||
I don't think you can fairly lay any of this on the business school here. According to his wikipedia profile, Brandon's UM degree was in speech communication, not business.
I'd guess what's been far more influential is his experience as a corporate exec with Valassis (junk mail and printing) and Domino's (cheap delivery pizza).
|3 weeks 13 hours ago||It's remarkable how good Brandon's athletic department is||
at pissing off season ticket holders. I don't know whether it's because they don't care, or they actively want to get rid of long-time ticket holders for some reason, or are just cluelessly incompetent.
What's more than a little ironic is that for a guy who talks about the importance of branding so often, David Brandon has irreparably damaged his own brand—and by extension that of the athletic department—here in Ann Arbor, and among alumni across the country.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||our impressive DL is going against our OL||
That's a very logical point—how can so many here be simultaneously petrified by our OL yet enthusiastic about our DL while still in fall camp?
The fact is we won't really know anything until the first game. And since it's against Appy St, we still may not really know anything until we visit South Bend.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Crumbling from the stress about Money||
You don't know that his depression concerned money, and clinical depression isn't "about" everyday stresses and strains anyhow.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||His publicist said he'd been battling severe depression||
Unfortunately, suicide is not an uncommon ending to that illness.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Did he not also completely shit the bed?||
Thanks for pointing out that glaring omission. Yes, he shat the bed, and he also pissed his pants, screwed the pooch, and augured in.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||When Gerry Dinardo speaks, I smell...||
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Ouch||
"what would you say is the biggest difference between ... Al Borges last year and ... Coach Nuss this year?
All I can say is Coach Nussmeier is a great dude."
I almost feel sorry for Al. The comparisons are pretty stark.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Well now, he just poisoned his well.||
Not only that, he shit where he eats, he shot himself in the foot, and he stepped on his dick, and he did it all at the same time, which is a real achievement.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||so we KNOW this is part of their experimentation.||
Aw c'mon, you're getting in the way of a good ol'-fashioned panic. They're cathartic, dontcha know.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Molk started 41 games at center, starting all 12 as a freshman||
I'm curious how many other Michigan centers, if any, have more career starts.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||though inconceivable, Green was overrated.||
Why is it inconceivable? There are 5-star players every year in every conference whose actual on-field performance never matches their recruiting reputation.
But it's ridiculously too early to form any real judgements about any of our RBs anyhow.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||this user is in Bolivia||
Looks like I missed all the fun, but there are others who deserve a nice long vacation in La Paz too.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Obvious troll is obvious.||
Yep, Voltron negged Denard again. Garden-variety internet troll—somebody with a desperate need for attention but whose intellectual and emotional maturity is so stunted that they're only able to do the digital equivalent of reaching into their diapers and smearing their poop on the walls.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||We're just like the other schools now.||
Michigan football is now a disposable consumer commodity, whose packaging can be changed on a whim to suit transitory promo needs and sales projections.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||I'm fairly certain you'd see a much less jubilant reaction.||
Well obviously, since if they had standard unis, there would have been no reason for anybody to parade around in front in the first place.
All of this is simply change for change's sake in order to amp up jersey sales. That's all. If it wasn't possible to sell the alternates, nobody —including David Brandon—would be fucking around with this, and the argument "it's what the kids want" would be laughed at as irrelevant nonsense.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||The guy who hardly reacted at all was Jake Ryan||
So you're saying that Jake was the only guy sitting in those rows? The guys around him are stonefaced.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Don't try to imply the reaction was unanimously positive||
The big guys in the seats at front right were basically face-palming.
Our normal uniforms were not broken, but as David Brandon says:
"If it ain't broke, fix it anyhow!"
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Eventually, field turf will be acknowledged as dangerous to ACLs|
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Denard TD posbang?||
Voltron will still neg it, because he hates Denard and hates Michigan football.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Now it's mostly grumpy old men with their thong on backwards.||
Phew... thanks for the tip. I was starting to wonder what was wrong.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||I understand the concern about progress on the OL||
There might have been extenuating circumstances, but the last three seasons have not proven that Funk can put together the kind of line Michigan needs. Based solely on the results on the field, it's not unreasonable to question whether he can.
However, all the angst and hand-wringing about the OL lineup in one early camp practice session seems more than a bit over the top to me.
"Today, (the first-team group) was (true freshman) Mason Cole at left tackle, Jack (Miller) was at the center position, (Erik) Magnuson was at the left guard position for a little bit, Ben Braden was at right tackle and the right guard was Graham (Glasgow) and David Dawson," Hoke said after practice Friday.
"I'm sure it will change from a morning practice to an afternoon until we really feel 'this is it' with these guys. The competition has been really good for us there."
With reference to Kalis in particular, it's not like he's shown on the field that he's the reincarnation of Steve Hutchinson, so why are so many here apoplectic that he's not with the first unit during one practice? It certainly would be disappointing for a highly-regarded 5-star recruit to be a bust at a position of need, but it would hardly be the first time in college football history for this to happen. It occurs everywhere each season. And it's far too early to call him a bust anyhow.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Voltron and Thad_Castle hate Denard Robinson||
and therefore hate Michigan football.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Packaging for cheap delivery pizza is changed for special promos||
Why should Michigan football be any different? It's just a product, a commodity to be sold, to be monetized at every opportunity. The best way to goose sales is to change the product packaging frequently.