|5 hours 58 min ago||Denard is a human litmus test||
If you don't like him, it's proof your soul is rancid and diseased.
|6 hours 7 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.
|11 hours 14 min 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.
|11 hours 44 min ago||That undershirt is perfect for||
a particular form of Catholic interrogation
|12 hours 39 sec ago||It makes sense... if you're wearing work boots||
you might as well have angled strips of duct tape on your pants.
|12 hours 53 min 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
|14 hours 24 min ago||I thought Gil Brandt was dead||
he's been around forever.
|14 hours 47 min 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.
|14 hours 55 min 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.
|15 hours 1 min ago||Your avatar?||
Avatar nothin', that's my photo.
|15 hours 28 min ago||More active, swift, and above all draconian moderation||
One-way trips to La Paz should be more frequent.
|15 hours 53 min 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.
|16 hours 30 min 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.
|17 hours 5 min 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?
|1 day 4 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.
|1 day 4 hours ago||If you're gonna wear clowniforms||
you gotta have the clown shoes.
|1 day 4 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.
|1 day 8 hours 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.
|1 day 9 hours ago||"With an improved line..."||
That's a mighty big assumption he's making.
|1 day 9 hours ago||Bring back Sparky to the helmets||
It was sacrilege to get rid of him.
|1 day 9 hours 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.
|1 day 12 hours 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."
|1 day 13 hours ago||Pipkins, Mone, Hurst, and Henry||
caving in the interior of the line, allowing Clark and the other ends to clean up.
|1 day 14 hours 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?
|1 day 14 hours ago||They're trying to find a more accurate adjective than "huge"||
for Iowa State and Vanderbilt.
|1 day 16 hours 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.
|1 day 16 hours 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 days 3 hours ago||Bolivia awaits...|
|2 days 3 hours 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 days 4 hours 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 days 6 hours ago||Love the Pogo-related avatar||
Walt Kelly is great stuff.
|2 days 8 hours 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 days 8 hours ago||Not really trying to be an ass||
Which is why you began your comment with the derisive, dismissive "Yawn," right?
|2 days 9 hours 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 days 9 hours 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 days 9 hours 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 days 9 hours 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 days 9 hours ago||"I will be sobbing crocodile tears on these forums..."||
So that would mean you don't really care if Michigan loses?
|2 days 10 hours ago||remember wanting Lloyd Carr fired immediately after the loss||
Were you a U-M student at the time?
|2 days 11 hours 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 days 11 hours ago||Call it a matter of personal pride when our program is known||
Does your sense of personal pride suffer when we lose?
|2 days 12 hours 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 days 13 hours ago||Banging your wife on the green?|
|2 days 13 hours 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 days 13 hours 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 days 14 hours 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 days 17 hours 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 days 17 hours 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.
|4 days 1 hour 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?
|4 days 1 hour 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.
|4 days 12 hours 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.
|4 days 12 hours ago||Wow, that's just what it was like||
the first time I had sex.
|4 days 12 hours 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.
|4 days 12 hours ago||Uh, you might want some lube for that finger||
it's gonna get chafed pretty quickly. Just sayin....
|4 days 13 hours ago||A. What I want B. What I predict||
A. Georgia and Texas
B. Iowa State and Vanderbilt
|4 days 14 hours 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.
|4 days 14 hours 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."
|4 days 16 hours ago||I thought Karsch was already bald though.||
I know all about being bald, and Karsch ain't bald by a long shot. Yet.
|4 days 18 hours 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?
|4 days 18 hours 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.
|4 days 19 hours 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.
|6 days 5 hours 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?
|6 days 10 hours ago||Huge?||
I'm guessing four games with Arizona. Muaahahahahahahahahahaaaaa
|6 days 10 hours ago||/s||
Yeah, the legs of the one in the background don't have enough calf definition. Booo.
|6 days 10 hours 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.
|6 days 13 hours ago||Jasper the wolverine||
|6 days 13 hours ago||used to be frequent sightings of Wolverines in the Arroyo Seco||
|6 days 13 hours 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?
|6 days 13 hours ago||2 hrs in and Voltron is Handsome hasn't negged this thread yet||
Give him time. He'll come through.
|6 days 15 hours ago||Maybe they should try a bubble screen.||
They're built pretty low to the ground, so I doubt pad level is a problem.
|6 days 15 hours 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?
|6 days 16 hours ago||B O R I N G Lloyd type football.||
Just exactly how do you know that's what it will be?
|6 days 16 hours 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.
|6 days 16 hours 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."
|6 days 16 hours 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...
|6 days 18 hours 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?
|1 week 13 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.
|1 week 17 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).
|1 week 18 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.
|1 week 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.
|1 week 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.
|1 week 1 day ago||His publicist said he'd been battling severe depression||
Unfortunately, suicide is not an uncommon ending to that illness.
|1 week 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.
|1 week 1 day ago||When Gerry Dinardo speaks, I smell...||
|1 week 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.
|1 week 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.
|1 week 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.
|1 week 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.
|1 week 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.
|1 week 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.
|1 week 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.
|1 week 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.
|1 week 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.
|1 week 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.
|1 week 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!"
|1 week 3 days ago||Eventually, field turf will be acknowledged as dangerous to ACLs|
|1 week 3 days ago||Denard TD posbang?||
Voltron will still neg it, because he hates Denard and hates Michigan football.
|1 week 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.
|1 week 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.
|1 week 3 days ago||Voltron and Thad_Castle hate Denard Robinson||
and therefore hate Michigan football.
|1 week 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.
|1 week 4 days ago||Why are you so sure they will be wearing pants?||
I'm betting on striped assless chaps.
|1 week 4 days ago||I don't know why people are complaining||
It's entirely normal to periodically change the packaging of cheap delivery pizza. Why should Michigan football be any different? After all, kids love both things.
|1 week 4 days ago||I will still get goose bumps... if they are wearing pink...||
TUTUS! If you want to traffic in ridiculous hyperbole, you have to go all the way. It's pinking fucking TUTUS.
|1 week 4 days ago||hypothetically,||
Thanks for the clarification.
Hypothetically, I think they should only play Power 5 teams and still have to win at least 7 games for bowl eligibility.
|1 week 4 days ago||they did away with the requirement that you have to win 6 games||
Assuming I'm understanding this correctly, if Michigan goes 5-7 (not that I'm expecting it...), we can still go to a bowl game?
If this is one of the first decisions out of the gate by the Big 5, it's not an auspicious beginning.
|1 week 4 days ago||Sore anus. Right here.||
If somebody posted photos of Mattison's grandkids, somebody else would neg it. It's just the way it is around here.
|1 week 5 days ago||he gets his ass kissed way too much on this board||
You can spell it out. We won't faint.
|1 week 5 days ago||Why would Wisconsin be the most hated school in Wisconsin?||
There isn't another major school there to equal UW in numbers.
Nice to see that Missouri and KU still have their rivalry.
|1 week 5 days ago||2, maybe more incorrect "gut feelings" already recently.||
I agree with Miggle: Parker is the only actual "gut feeling" miss recently. Sam has been confident about other recruits who have gone elsewhere, but his "gut feelings" have essentially been guarantees.
|1 week 5 days ago||What a shame because I loved college being different than pros||
Yet you were saying just a couple of days ago that Michigan needs to start paying their players under the table.
Make up your mind.
|1 week 5 days ago||If Sam has a gut feeling||
it generally means the recruit has given solid indications in private to Sam that he's committing to Michigan.
Roseboro is a huge get.
|1 week 5 days ago||I think the open practice is great||
Nobody should be bitching about it, but I do have a suggestion: Brandon should set himself up in a dunk tank outside the stands, charge $5 per ball, and donate the proceeds to Mott Children's Hospital.
|1 week 5 days ago||Who cares if nothing "important" happens during this?||
It's a chance to spend some time inside football's Valhalla watching athletes many of us have eagerly followed since their high school days at night, and all for free.
Plus I get the opportunity to run steps inside the stadium again.
|1 week 5 days ago||considering geography/demography and recent disappointments||
Hoke (and his staff) has done as good a job in recruiting as anybody in the country, and has done so pretty much from the beginning here.
|2 weeks 9 hours ago||you clicked not knowing that it was going to be about.||
Where in the flying fuck did you get the idea that I didn't know what the thread was about?
As for "negative nancying" about recruiting, I've made plenty of comments since Hoke has arrived to the effect that his recruiting has been tremendous, which is what I believe.
Some of you don't know the goddamn difference between weather and climate. Looking at whether or not we get one recruit is weather. Looking at entire recruiting classes is climate. Guess which one is more important.
|2 weeks 10 hours ago||give the impression you don't care about recruiting||
There's a vast difference between being very interested in recruiting—which I am—and getting all sweaty and celebratory over random comments by 17-year olds we're pursuing, which is the norm around here. It wasn't too long ago that more than a few were jubilantly putting Hand in a Michigan uniform based on early favorable comments he made about Michigan.
What comes to mind right away is all the high-fiving around here about "Professor Needs-a-Raise" because of comments that Hand himself made about the presentation Needs-a-Raise made to him. Plenty of people around here were convinced Hand was more or less in the bag because of it. Alabama engineering? LOL.... we've got Sports Management!
Fast forward a few weeks after that and people were ready to jump off ledges, fire Hoke, and roast Sam Webb on a spit for good measure.
Having KLS say nice things about us now is certainly a good thing, but if I had a fiver for every highly-ranked recruit over the last 20 years who has said nice things about U-M only to sign with another school on NSD, I could have nice dinner at the Chop House with dessert, brandy and a cigar afterwards.
If you want to subject yourself to the roller-coaster of putting a lot of stock in the words and emotions of teenagers who are trying to figure out where they want to go to school and play football 13 months from now, go ahead.
|2 weeks 12 hours ago||If he says the same thing after an official visit||
then I'll get excited.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||unless you have a deep sense of inferiority no wins can fix||
I'm heartily sick of the whole little brother crap, but it's almost like that schtick is all they've got.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Yep, Ol' Sparty's certainly being disrespected||
It's terrible being ranked #8 in a pre-season ESPN poll.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||We can't beat them regularly until we do.||
So, just to be clear, you're advocating the idea that Michigan should employ bagmen to pay our players under the table.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||It doesn't sound like this is the full OSU Alumni association,||
Thanks for the correction; I changed the title accordingly
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Whew||
For a second I thought it read "McGary Drunk"
|2 weeks 1 day ago||High Point Solutions Stadium||
I think Tony Soprano is buried in the concrete in the south endzone.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Don has spoken||
I have no special insight or inside information; I'm just old enough to have observed what goes on for a long time. Plenty of fans of my ancient vintage will attest to the same observations.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||So they're still going with Jabrill being 6-1||
C'mon... it's obvious he's more like 5'-8".
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Alas, I think we're slowly building a monster.||
|2 weeks 2 days ago||That's Dan Dierdorf||
He looks about 50 years old in that pic.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||scared that Bo would pinch their heads off if they reported||
Well, that too.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I'm OK with it||
Bring back helmet stickers and we're all set.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||If any of you think this represents something new in UM football||
you're sadly misinformed. Football players have been getting into fights of all varieties on campus and off-campus forever. It certainly happened while Schembechler was coach; the main difference being that the local media was far more solicitous of the football program's PR needs back then than it is now.
That doesn't change the fact that if York really did cold-cock some guy at a bar with no provocation, then I'm 100% in favor of booting him off the team for at least a year.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Sounds like my prom night.||
Wait, what? You went to the prom with your high school coach?
|2 weeks 3 days ago||so you could go run the stairs||
Cosign. I used to run the stairs inside during the summer, but now I'm forced to run the steps outside the east entrance. Running 30 steps three times is not nearly the same workout as running 90 steps once is.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Behind The Green Door?||
Man, you're showing your age. Don't forget Deep Throat and the Devil in Miss Jones for the '70s porn trifecta.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Those aren't countries on that t-shirt||
It's two tumor-ridden kidneys, a severely-inflamed pancreas, and an appendix that's about to burst.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||The NCAA doesn't really give a shit about academics||
If it did, UNC would have already been put on massive probation by now.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Prediction||
in about 25 years there will be a very large donation to the University of Michigan by some bioengineering CEO named Burzynski.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||The remaining recruit I care the most about is Roseboro||
Even though most of the analysts are optimistic he's coming to UM, I'm always a bit skeptical when it comes to southern kids.
I know that KLS is also a primary target, but I think it's a longer shot to pull him out of CA.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Battle of Hastings reenactment in the Big House?||
Now that is something the Regents should approve. It could be co-sponsored by the UM Department of History and the History Channel. The local medieval enthusiasts who attend the Renaissance Festival every year would descend on Michigan Stadium in vast hordes of plastic sword-wielding geekery.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Sorry, I didn't realize this would be autoplay||
Mods, please delete my comment with the video ASAP. Mea culpa x 1000
|2 weeks 5 days ago||So Sparty is ranked #8 in the country||
but that doesn't keep them from whining about a lack of respect:
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Success has a thousand fathers, but failure is an orphan||
When a shitty season occurs in any sport for any team, the human reaction is to look for a single scapegoat. It seems to be how humans are wired—we instinctively want simple answers.
The reality is that there's no one single reason for losing. TL might have had some shortcomings as a team captain, but I believe they just exacerbated serious problems that were already present. Transplanting Denard's (Or Brady's or Harbaugh's or Hutchinson's...) personality into Lewan wouldn't turn us into Big Ten Champions by itself.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||the amount of time we will be at the lime this year.||
If we struggle badly offensively, I will be seeing plenty of limes in the gin-and-tonics I will be drinking.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Haven't spent any time in Ft. Collins||
but I've spent a great deal of time in Colorado since I was a small kid, and it's an awesome state. Still kills me I'm not living out there.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||1994 Penn State||
The offense of that '94 PSU team was as potent as I've ever seen on a college football team, before or since.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||"get the hell off my lawn?"||
You were the one who called the Amazing Race "cheesy"—which is never a compliment in any context. If you're going to offer that kind of opinion, then develop a thicker hide. MGoBlog isn't Quaker Sunday School.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||There's nothing irrational about memories of Michigan victories||
1984 vs. #1 Miami of Florida
In an otherwise forgettable year, Michigan opened its season by beating defending national champs Miami 22-14. First-year Hurricanes coach Jimmy Johnson saw his QB Bernie Kosar fumble once, get sacked three times, and throw six interceptions in the loss.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||stayed clear of off-field trouble after being disciplined||
OK, makes sense now. Since so much was excerpted above, I thought it was everything.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||"Nearly as important, he has stayed clear of off-field trouble."||
What? Is there another Frank Clark on the team? I mean he's got an interesting life story and he seems to be doing fine now, but this is blatant fudging of the truth.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Didn't read the article, but not because of the article itself||
Have no tolerance any more for the goddamn interstitial web ads plopped right in the middle of "content," in this case "3 veggies keeping you fat" and "BuckNaked underwear."
If, God forbid, Brian resorted to this ad scheme, my time at MGoBlog would decline by 90%.
(Maybe that would be a good thing...)
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Heard this morning on the radio that not only did DG||
play with broken bones in his foot during the OSU game, he also had torn ligaments.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||may have lost some of its sting over the years.||
I first heard the term in the late '60s or early '70s, a time when there was less mixing of different ethnic/racial groups than there is today.
There are so many more bi-racial/bi-ethnic kids these days (my daughter being one of them) that making derogatory comments about their racial or ethnic identity just doesn't resonate with as many people as it did back then.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||When did I advocate beating the crap or tasing these kid invader||
I never said you did. I'm the one advocating those measures.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||a lot of these 'invaders' were kids||
Big fucking deal. Tasing the little punks builds character and is hilarious on youtube.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Give the drunken, brain-dead louts a taste of the Three Ts||
Truncheons,Teargas, and Tasers
|2 weeks 6 days ago||"i wore a button down over the t-shirt"||
"a black T with Michigan-something printed on it and a sweat shirt."
This is why eyewitness reports are so unreliable in criminal proceedings. An observer who was there sees somebody wearing a sweatshirt, but the guy who he was observing says he was wearing a button-down.
|3 weeks 9 hours ago||Roy Manning drives a Bentley.||
A freaking Bentley? I s'pose coaches can drive whatever the fuck they want, but that screams way too much conspicuous bling to me. I'd expect that out at USC.
|3 weeks 12 hours ago||they blitz a lot.||
I'll defer to everybody else's MSU knowledge, but in general the effectiveness of outside blitzes is greatly impacted by whether the DL has gotten any penetration inside. If it hasn't, then a good QB has time to step up into the pocket and get the pass off.
I've seen this a million times over the years with Michigan on defense, with our outside blitzers continually getting to the QB only after he's been able to step up and deliver the ball because the inside push from our DL isn't doing anything to collapse the pocket.
|3 weeks 14 hours ago||He looks dangerous but seldom is dangerous.||
I don't know if I've ever seen so much MGoBlog hype lathered on a Michigan player who has done so little to justify it. The main competitor in that category IMHO is McGuffie, and his injury issues were part of the problem.
|3 weeks 14 hours ago||We need to work our our issues with the DL,||
IMHO the key to our defensive success this year will be the defensive line. If it doesn't generate more pressure on its own—especially in key 3rd- and 4th situations—we're going to struggle.
|3 weeks 16 hours ago||Dyslexic pseudojournalist||
I prefer not to think about Billy Crystal's balls.
|3 weeks 17 hours ago||5'8" pasty skinny slow twitch balding mid-20s patchy facial hair||
What the hell—did you hide a camera in my house somewhere?
|3 weeks 1 day ago||There are some stupid motherfuckers in this world.||
Some nights it seems as though half of them are on MGoBlog.
And tonight they've proven yet again that the most popular player in any town is the backup quarterback.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||"Smile Committee????"||
I know how to get season ticket purchases up into the stratosphere—all new season ticket holders get a different Successories® poster for each game signed by David Brandon.
Here's the one for Appy State:
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Peppers is going to be huge||
If King is 6'-6" then Peppers isn't going to be huge—he's about 5'-7". What is Wellman doing to him? He's shrinking.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||just say the narrow confines of the event itself I'll say just 1||
Looks like your guess—if the rumblings about Lewis are indicative—will be the correct one.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Looks so far like the answer is zero||
WOTS is that the potato salad wasn't good enough.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||"It has important human qualities..."||
So Jordan isn't human but plays one on TV.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||our deal with Adidas has cost us more than a few top recruits||
And just what recruits might those be?
|3 weeks 3 days ago||In old school Vegas it does|
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Based on zero inside information||
I say one.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||I give this scouting report on Cole 4 fakes out of 5||
It doesn't say his pad level is too low.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Oregon kicked our asses twice.||
The game in 2007 was definitely an ass-kicking, but the 31-27 loss at Autzen wasn't. Oregon scored 21 pts directly as a result of our craptastic special teams, which also cost us the game at Iowa that year.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||What the hell indeed||
This will take your mind off it.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Pad level idiocy||
Wouldn't it make more sense to just assume every goddamn high school player needs to improve his pad level and just mention those incredibly rare kids who don't?
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Who is this, um, nice girl?||
This inquiring mind would like to know as well.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||I had to chop it off after six years||
Wow... that seems a little extreme, but I'm curious: did you use a straight razor or a butcher's cleaver?
|3 weeks 4 days ago||www.texsasports.com.||
And I thought Jeff Ryan was bad...
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Too bad there's no automatic relationship between photos||
and performance on the field.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||We better have something to carol about around Christmas||
or it will be hard times for Michigan football.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Picture on the left:||
genetics + pizza, pop, potato chips, and ice cream.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||If he's not going to sign with Michigan||
I'd rather see him in a USC uniform than one of our conference rivals.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||who go out of their way to neg any soccer related threads||
It's the internet equivalent of egging a house, keying a car, or soaping windows. It's petty, gutless, and juvenile, but that's how those with middle-school levels of maturity roll.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||What in the Dickens are you talking about?||
I had Great Expectations for McMillon, but now it's just a Bleak House.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||"More PC to appease the lunatic fringe."|
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Webb has (or maybe "had") been sending extremely positive vibes||
Yeah, and I'm gonna ask him about that. I think Sam covers UM recruiting as well or better than anybody, but he isn't perfect, and it seems to me that real optimism was hardly warranted here, especially since an official hasn't happened.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Given multiple visits to Alabama, incl. w/parents, it's puzzling||
why McMillon got so much attention from Michigan recruiting experts to begin with. His own description of his visit here is like a barely stifled yawn.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Here's the link at TTB|
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Coming soon to a stadium near you..maybe sooner than we think||
I've come across rumors that ticket sales for the Appy St. game were 20-30K below capacity not too long ago. I'm assuming it's just typical internet exaggeration—that's a large hole to climb out of ticket-sales-wise, unless you start essentially giving them away.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||"would rather have World Cup than UM football NC"||
Maybe it's because I went to school at U-M, but this is simply incomprehensible to me. Nothing takes precedence over Michigan football. Ever.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Woodson gets most of the publicity—justifiably—||
for the defense in 1997, but what made him especially effective was the fact that our defensive line had three guys who were talented enough to play in the NFL—Josh Williams, James Hall, and Glen Steele—and a fourth—Rob Renes—who was All-American his senior year. They were regularly crushing the pocket up the middle, which made bltizes from the outside particularly devastating. If they weren't sacking the QB outright, they were hurrying the throw, and Woodson (and the other DBs and LBs) were there to pick off or knock down anything that wasn't perfectly placed.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||simply could not form a coherent sentence in this entire video||
You're being sarcastic, right?
|3 weeks 6 days ago||I just bought a package XL condoms.||
If you don't have any balloons on which to experiment with a straight razor, condoms will be a perfectly fine substitute.
Pro tip: experts recommend shaving the condom while wearing it—it helps with concentration.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||I recommend Martin Scorsese's approach|
|4 weeks 11 hours ago||Also saw Shallman w/ the TEs.||
I was saying a year ago that I thought TE offered more potential playing time for him at this level than RB.
|4 weeks 12 hours ago||Amazing sounds?||
For a sec I thought this was the audio aftermath of Ferrigno's burrito from Chipotle.
|4 weeks 16 hours ago||A good friend and I have chewed this topic over||
Here are his ideas. I think some are great, others aren't feasible, and #10 is a must-have.
1. Abolish the NCAA and CFA and replace with a new governing institution, run by a strong board of directors selected to better represent the educational interests of the universities, which are the interests that should be held paramount in the process of reform. It is held that the ethical principles that should guide the operation of universities are being undermined by the way big time college football is run and by the people running it.
2. Create a select committee to undertake a comprehensive review of the rules, equipment and practices of college football with the goal of making the sport much safer for the physical and mental well being of the players. Rule changes could include such things as limiting weight of players, restrictions on certain kinds of plays and hitting.
3. Limit the season to ten games. Games to be played on Saturdays, with each school given the option to play one game per season on a different day.
4. Set-up a playoff system involving at least 8 teams.
5. Eliminate freshman eligibility.
6. Limit salaries of head coaches to a formula relating to pay of teachers. For example the coach could be paid no more than the average of the ten highest paid faculty members. Dictate that 75% of a coach’s outside earnings relating to football revert to institution.
7. Give all athletes a stipend - based on working 20-30 hours a week at a typical student job on campus. Limit scholarships to about 50% of players on teams. Require teams to have about 50% non-scholarship athletes.
8. Set up a trust fund to assist athletes with future health problems.
9. Create a system in which the punishment for rules infractions falls most heavily on individuals actually involved and the coaches. Allow for “clawback” of coaches salary if they are involved in wrong doing; place bans on individuals proven at fault. Relating to rules enforcement: create more transparent and objective investigatory and enforcement system.
10. Make Nick Saban dress up in women’s underwear bought at a Salvation Army thrift store, and require him to pose for pictures near trash cans in a dismal back alley in Tuscalooa. Worst looking picture will be on the cover of next year’s Alabama football programs.
|4 weeks 16 hours ago||can't get past the idea that he decommitted because Al got fired||
What we don't know is what Borges might have said to his HS coach after he got canned. If he painted a picture of dysfunction on the staff and bad-mouthed Hoke to boot, it would certainly carry some weight. Some here have doubted that Borges would do any such thing, but human nature says different, at least to me.
|4 weeks 19 hours ago||your implication that the AD purposely moves athletes away from||
I made no such implication in my comments, nor do I think that's what happened. All I said was that apparently Michigan's presentation to Hand was for sports management, not engineering.
I think what happened was as you suggest, that Hand didn't have the academic qualifications to get into Michigan's engineering program as an incoming freshman. That's nothing to be ashamed about, since there are plenty of kids with great academic records who don't get into UM Engine either.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Maybe they need to find a different caterer||
Perhaps chicken wings from Meijer's isn't the best choice after all.
Too bad Delong's ain't around anymore.