Hockey pet peeve: "when a teammate tips a puck in on you, which is exactly how my first collegiate goal against happened. Thanks, Copper."
|14 hours 47 min 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.
|15 hours 37 min 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.
|17 hours 23 min 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.
|17 hours 25 min ago||Prediction||
in about 25 years there will be a very large donation to the University of Michigan by some bioengineering CEO named Burzynski.
|19 hours 35 min 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.
|20 hours 46 min 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.
|1 day 15 hours ago||Sorry, I didn't realize this would be autoplay||
Mods, please delete my comment with the video ASAP. Mea culpa x 1000
|1 day 15 hours ago||So Sparty is ranked #8 in the country||
but that doesn't keep them from whining about a lack of respect:
|1 day 16 hours 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.
|1 day 16 hours 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.
|1 day 19 hours 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.
|1 day 19 hours 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.
|1 day 19 hours 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.
|1 day 19 hours 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.
|1 day 22 hours 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 days 11 hours 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 days 16 hours 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 days 16 hours 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 days 17 hours 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 days 18 hours 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 days 18 hours ago||a lot of these 'invaders' were kids||
Big fucking deal. Tasing the little punks builds character and is hilarious on youtube.
|2 days 19 hours ago||Give the drunken, brain-dead louts a taste of the Three Ts||
Truncheons,Teargas, and Tasers
|2 days 20 hours 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 days 11 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 days 14 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 days 16 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 days 16 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 days 18 hours ago||Dyslexic pseudojournalist||
I prefer not to think about Billy Crystal's balls.
|3 days 19 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?
|4 days 3 hours 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.
|4 days 16 hours 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:
|5 days 9 hours 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.
|5 days 10 hours 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.
|5 days 12 hours ago||Looks so far like the answer is zero||
WOTS is that the potato salad wasn't good enough.
|5 days 15 hours ago||"It has important human qualities..."||
So Jordan isn't human but plays one on TV.
|5 days 15 hours ago||our deal with Adidas has cost us more than a few top recruits||
And just what recruits might those be?
|6 days 10 hours ago||In old school Vegas it does|
|6 days 10 hours ago||Based on zero inside information||
I say one.
|6 days 13 hours ago||I give this scouting report on Cole 4 fakes out of 5||
It doesn't say his pad level is too low.
|6 days 18 hours 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.
|1 week 10 hours ago||What the hell indeed||
This will take your mind off it.
|1 week 14 hours 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?
|1 week 15 hours ago||Who is this, um, nice girl?||
This inquiring mind would like to know as well.
|1 week 16 hours 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?
|1 week 16 hours ago||www.texsasports.com.||
And I thought Jeff Ryan was bad...
|1 week 1 day ago||Too bad there's no automatic relationship between photos||
and performance on the field.
|1 week 1 day ago||We better have something to carol about around Christmas||
or it will be hard times for Michigan football.
|1 week 1 day ago||Picture on the left:||
genetics + pizza, pop, potato chips, and ice cream.
|1 week 1 day 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.
|1 week 1 day 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.
|1 week 1 day ago||What in the Dickens are you talking about?||
I had Great Expectations for McMillon, but now it's just a Bleak House.
|1 week 1 day ago||"More PC to appease the lunatic fringe."|
|1 week 1 day 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.
|1 week 1 day 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.
|1 week 1 day ago||Here's the link at TTB|
|1 week 2 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.
|1 week 2 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.
|1 week 2 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.
|1 week 2 days ago||simply could not form a coherent sentence in this entire video||
You're being sarcastic, right?
|1 week 2 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.
|1 week 2 days ago||I recommend Martin Scorsese's approach|
|1 week 3 days 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.
|1 week 3 days ago||Amazing sounds?||
For a sec I thought this was the audio aftermath of Ferrigno's burrito from Chipotle.
|1 week 3 days 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.
|1 week 3 days 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.
|1 week 3 days 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.
|1 week 4 days 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.
|1 week 4 days ago||SEC and SEC Network slurping.||
There's a simple cure for that—kick SEC asses regularly when the opportunity presents itself. Until that happens—regularly—the SEC will continue to get slurped.
|1 week 4 days ago||As per Brian's post on 6-12-2013||
"Well, let's go back to
"[Hand] said the reason Virginia Tech is out is because of academics … at Michigan, when he came on the visit, he said he was blown away by his interaction with the sports marketing [ed: think that's actually supposed to be management] professor. He raved about it, went on and on about it… and he said it again in an interview I just did with him. He said it was the best academic presentation he's been around, said it made a profound impact on him. … Now, at Alabama he's looking at potentially engineering. … He said the thing that sticks out to him about Alabama is the engineering professor is a football guy. …"
I strongly disagree that Alabama treated Hand like a kid, but it seems clear that engineering at Michigan was not part of the presentation to Hand, since all he mentioned was sports management and this Professor Rosentraub.
It's naive to think that football-specific concerns weren't key to Hand's decision, but if his original goal was to major in engineering, and Alabama was going to make that possible, then it's an advantage to Alabama.
As far as the academic quality of their engine program goes, nobody's saying that it's a top-shelf program, but that doesn't mean that Alabama engine grads cannot become competent, qualified professional engineers.
Who knows whether how much of this stuff, if any, applies to McMillon. He might be just thinking that if he attends Alabama, he'll be in the NFL soon enough making McMillions.
|1 week 4 days ago||Alabama engineering strikes again||
If Alabama makes it possible for their recruits to be in the engineering program while we try to convince them to go into sports marketing, I don't blame a kid who's seriously interested in engineering to choose Tuscaloosa.
|1 week 4 days ago||And Sam Webb himself reported the transportation issues||
From the MLive article:
"Scout.com's Sam Webb reported last week that McMillon's parents were not going to be able to make the drive with him to Ann Arbor on Sunday, which meant that if he was going to attend at all, he'd need to catch a ride with another recruit. Apparently, that's not happening."
The distance from Memphis to Ann Arbor: 738 miles, over 10 hours driving time
The distance from Memphis to Tuscaloosa: 231 miles, 3 1/2 hours driving time
Not every family has the dough to hop on a plane and fly someplace to watch their kid play football.
|1 week 4 days ago||Cake sucks without icing.||
Cake sucks with icing. Pies rule.
|1 week 4 days ago||people like what they feel is in their best interests.||
The responses on concussions is one outlier on that.
|1 week 4 days ago||Nice table cloth||
Holy moly, my mom had a tablecloth like that in 1973. Or was it curtains...
|1 week 5 days ago||I swear Jon06 isn't my alter ego.||
Well of course he isn't. Anybody can see that he's your dog.
A very talented dog.
|1 week 6 days ago||Yep, Chobani is wonderful stuff|
|1 week 6 days ago||it signaled that things were going to be very difficult||
You state that it's not a zero-sum game from a budgetary standpoint, and you're right. Given the financial independence of the Michigan Athletic Department—it's one of the few in the country of its size that doesn't receive significant subsidies from the university's general fund—you appear to fear that Schlissel is going to start slashing coaching salaries. I doubt that Schlissel has much power to directly affect the financial assets of the department.
While he stated that Brandon "works for me," he doesn't have the power to fire Brandon—only the Regents can do that. I don't believe he can personally slash athletic department expenditures on coaches or infrastructure; all he can do is lobby for or against with the Regents, who are the collective body that approves such major expenditures.
Your "it's not a zero-sum game" metaphor can also apply more broadly than just in a budgetary sense—there's no reason that emphasizing the importance of academics automatically means that athletics is denigrated. The question is just what Schlissel intends to do, and his statements are general and vague enough that it's impossible to draw any specific, concrete conclusions.
Out of all the statements Schlissel made that are quoted in that article, the only one that indicates to me any potential trouble for the athletic programs is this one:
"I also feel strongly that the students who come here to be athletes – are students and that they have all the opportunities for education and to take advantage of everything that goes on here at the university, as well as pursue the sport that they love."
Does this mean that Schlissel is going to try to impose the same admission standards for athletes as apply to the general student population? Is he intending to signal that academic performance of athletes after they've been admitted will be more rigorously examined? Or is he simply wanting to make sure that athletes are given all the opportunities for learning and academic advancement that the general student population has? There are very different implications for each.
The academic corruption that was going on within the athletic department at UNC is a perfect example of a serious imbalance between athletics and academics, and I would bet that for lifelong academic-oriented administrators like Schlissel, that debacle is instructive and horrifying. Any university President worth his or her salt would naturally want to avoid even the tiniest chance that the same thing could be going on at the university they lead.
A smart incoming President has to be aware of the different power bases within the institution, and how those power bases are regarded. His statement about appropriate balance could be a reaction to the earfuls he's undoubtedly gotten from academic department deans and chairs about the predatory fund-raising tactics of the Athletic Department. Surely he's heard plenty of criticism of the current AD—Brandon is not exactly the most popular man on campus right now—and his statements about balance could be reflecting that.
Schlissel's comments about the importance of athletics at U-M seem almost anthropological to me, like he's describing a foreign culture that he's just started studying. However, he's also already acknowledged how important athletics are to the broader U-M community, and he'll need to be very careful in choosing his battles. I believe that if he tried to seriously weaken the athletic department, he would encounter immediate and serious resistance from major donors, a solid majority of the Regents, and plenty of students, staff, and faculty. As you and others have correctly pointed out, there is a pretty direct tie between major sport success and fundraising, and he'd be taking a huge financial gamble if he tried in any major way to go against that dynamic.
|1 week 6 days ago||Without them there is no society.||
I'd agree that firefighters, cops, farmers, and manual builders are important in any civilized society, but if you're excluding educators from your list, you're leaving out the people who help teach your kids and your neighbor's kids. Or do you think that all educators are lazy, overpaid whiners who should be paid half of what they get and like it?
Your implied assertion that no "women's studies or history or literature or any liberal arts professor" is giving something more valuable than what a coach can give is an interesting tell on what you value. Would you add business, engineering, medicine, law, or architecture professors to the "liberal arts professors" you denigrate?
And how the hell do you know what that "liberal arts professor's" students are getting out of working with the professor?
|1 week 6 days ago||Athletics isn't part of the mission statement of the university.||
I'm curious—is there an actual "mission statement" for U-M? I can't find any mention of such a thing on U-M's website.
|1 week 6 days ago||I think Mone lost a lot,||
How can you tell? Mone hasn't played a single down for U-M yet.
|1 week 6 days ago||He played during the Bo years -||
Bowens played for Carr, not Bo. His two years were in '95 and '96. The U-M football database lists Bowens at 6'-3''/228 as a soph.
|2 weeks 6 hours ago||Standard Friday martini||
Absolut Peppar with my blue cheese-stuffed olives.
|2 weeks 6 hours ago||hay is cut||
where is your farm (approximately)?
|2 weeks 6 hours ago||Dude, take the quote in context.||
OK, I'll acknowledge that I might be putting too much emphasis on the turn of a phrase. Perhaps "seems to be" is the typical way a research-oriented academic describes something that he hasn't experienced himself—"if I don't have first-hand, quantifiable knowledge of something, then I can't really make definitive statements about it."
Here's the broader context:
"Athletics seems to be part of the culture here at the university in a historical sense. Generations of students, and now alums, say part of their link to the university was the shared excitement of attending sporting events, and sharing in the joys and disappointments, and the spectacle of intercollegiate athletics," he said.
"I think the alums I've spoken to, as well as the students I've spoken to, uniformly speak fondly and it's part of what they remember and part of what they value as part of the university experience. It's a great part of the culture."
Re-reading that statement, it still appears to me as though he really doesn't get the love for college athletics. He's trying to understand, but it's not there yet.
|2 weeks 7 hours ago||actually there's two shit tons to an ass ton||
but since there's ten ass tons to a crap ton, there are twenty shit tons to a crap ton.
This is a different unit of measure from an Alberta Craphammer, which pours down from Canada in early January.
|2 weeks 7 hours ago||Don't have an opinion on Schlissel one way or the other yet||
But this statement strikes me as somewhat strange:
"Athletics seems to be part of the culture here at the university in a historical sense."
Seems to be? Seems to be?
I don't know how you could go through the interview process at an institution like the University of Michigan without knowing basically immediately that athletics has been a core element of the institution's identity for well over a century.
And it's not just part of the of culture here in a historical sense—it's part of the culture NOW. Schlissel has to realize that while David Brandon has irritated a lot of people during his tenure, it's not because U-M fans are unhappy with the importance placed on athletics here. People are irritated with Brandon because they see him—rightfully or not—as tossing aside a good part of the U-M athletic tradition, which they love.
Being a successful university president at a place like Michigan requires a balanced view of things. I've criticized Brandon and his department for not recognizing limits—I hope that Schlissel doesn't fall into the same habit, just from the opposite end of the spectrum.
|2 weeks 7 hours ago||coaches get paid so much more than professors etc.||
I'd complain about it too if I were in his position. What big-time college coaches get paid is ridiculous in the big scheme of things. It's a question of balance, proportion, and priorities.
|2 weeks 7 hours ago||This is a very bad sign. Make me depressed.||
So..... you claim to be a teacher, yet you're depressed about a university president who wants to make sure that academics don't take a back seat to athletics.
Oh, you're a Phys Ed teacher.
|2 weeks 7 hours ago||he's going to do an ass ton of shots with me.||
Something tells me he's more of a claret or port guy.
|2 weeks 14 hours ago||when did you all turn into grumpy old men?||
So you're in favor of fireworks after touchdowns?
|2 weeks 14 hours ago||but Wynn Duffy would come out just fine.||
I gotta believe eventually Raylan is going to fill Duffy full of holes. I'm looking forward to it.
|2 weeks 14 hours ago||Pretty sure it was Lawrence Reed||
Yep, but it's Reid.
|2 weeks 15 hours ago||I've always been a fan of Gary Pinkel.||
Pinkel's an example of how being patient can benefit a program. After his first five years there were plenty of Missouri fans who were wanting to run him out of town, and called him "Gary Pickle" because of his sometimes prickly or dour demeanor. Now he's the winningest coach in MIzzou history and is fresh off an appearance in the SEC title game.
|2 weeks 15 hours ago||Marty Mourning-wig||
How can you not like a guy who chooses the wind instead of the ball to start OT?
|2 weeks 16 hours ago||Never forget look on his face after Lions 5-0 playoff loss to Da||
That wasn't Wayne Fontes—it was Joe Schmidt who was coaching the Lions that season (1970).
Fontes actually was the coach for the last Lions playoff victory, the 38-6 thrashing of the Cowboys in 1991.
At the time, there were plenty of people who thought the Lions were the team of the future, not the Cowboys, who were coached by Jimmy Johnson and were returning to the playoffs for the first time after several years.
|2 weeks 17 hours ago||Bum Phillips: the greatest post-loss statement in history|
|2 weeks 17 hours ago||gave a big middle finger to NEB and they gave him a new contract||
A certain local athletic director could take some pointers from Mr. Pelini on how to be prickly yet get away with it.
|2 weeks 17 hours ago||For some reason I have a weak spot for||
Bo Pelini. I can't explain it. Maybe it's because he can tell the fans to go fuck themselves and get away with it. Coming out with the cat during the Nebraska spring game was hilarious, and shows he's got a sense of humor and doesn't take himself so seriously.
Richt and Peterson. And yes, I root for RR. Tucson is a much better place for him than Ann Arbor.
I don't enough about him to know if I like the guy—he might be a colossal prick for all I know—but Bill Snyder has to be one of the best coaches in the country during the last couple of decades.
|2 weeks 20 hours ago||it's my belief that people should STFU and go to games||
If you pay my PSL, I'll ante up for season tix.
|2 weeks 20 hours ago||it apparently violated an implied "hands off" agreement||
same as I've been told. A common view of Brandon is that he apparently just doesn't give a shit about relations with the rest of the U-M campus.
|2 weeks 20 hours ago||Seriously, Dave? Post-touchdown fireworks?||
David Brandon effectively just shot himself in both feet in front of people who have the power to fire him.
That's never a good career move, no matter how secure you might feel in your job.
And it's all so needless—there was no rational reason to propose fireworks during the game, after touchdowns. There were no fans clamoring for it. It's like Brandon or Hunter Lochmann or whoever have no ability to discern what UM fans actually want, and just sit around dreaming up half-baked ideas by themselves with no input from somebody outside the athletic department.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I thought the water bottle ban occured during the Martin era.||
I had to check to make sure, but the water bottle decision came down after DB assumed the AD position.
"David A. Brandon began his tenure as Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at the University of Michigan in March 2010."
"Posted on Sat, Jul 31, 2010 : 1:45 p.m. Football fans angry over bottled water ban at Michigan Stadium this fall"
I suppose it's possible the decision was in the works prior to March 2010, but Brandon had the final authority to approve the decision.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I'm thinking it would be more like...||
That youtube of Captain America captures perfectly how the fireworks proposal was handled by the athletic department. These people couldn't sell meth to a rich tweaker in Harlan County without blowing themselves up in the process.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||It's about Dave Brandon.||
I think that at least a couple of the regents made it clear that they think fireworks before, during, or after are a step too far, and I suspect they'd feel that way if it was Bill Martin's idea.
However, I'm sure you're right it's also a pointed rebuke to Brandon as well. A twofer.
What's revealing is that yet again, Brandon doesn't seem to recognize where the limits are. He's the bull in the marketing and PR china shop.
Banning water from being brought in the stadium and making people buy bottled water was bad enough; attempting to charge people for cushions was a giant step too far.
The worst home schedule in forever—including Appy St.—was bad enough, but increasing season ticket prices on top of it was insult upon injury.
Re-working seating priority for the students was serious enough a change, but then forcing them to wait for long periods of time in line just to get into the stadium was too much.
My bet is that if the fireworks idea had been strictly limited to post-game, it would have been passed by the Regents, with some grumbling by Dietch and Bernstein. No, that wasn't enough—the "If it ain't broke, break it!" mentality rules in the athletic department, which meant they weren't content with anything less than fireworks during the game as well. A half-wit could have predicted the negative reaction to that brainstorm.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||the AD's reputed targeting of donors to academic programs||
One of my contacts in the U-M community told me that one of the huge recent donations to the athletic dept. was originally earmarked for one of the academic units or departments, but at the last minute was switched to the athletic department, supposedly after some buttonholing and campaigning by the athletic department bigwigs. Whether this reflects actual fact or not about how things went down I don't know, but regardless, this account or narrative has generated a great deal of hostility and resentment among academic departments towards the AD. I'd bet that the dislike of DB by the student body is easily matched, if not exceeded, by the academics on campus.
Schlissel has made it very clear that he's an academic first and foremost, so what lies ahead may be very interesting.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||While I agree that fireworks after TDs is excessive,||
It's not just excessive. It's idiotic and contrary to the fundamental character of the MIchigan football tradition.
What's really ironic is that David Brandon fired a football coach who allegedly wasn't a "Michigan Man," a guy who supposedly didn't uphold Michigan "tradition" in the right ways, yet it's Brandon himself who says "if it ain't broke, break it anyhow!"
There is smoke rising from Bo's grave at the very suggestion of fireworks after fucking touchdowns.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||a big red herring...wondering what Dave will slip by us||
I knew it... a big, soft, fuzzy, loveable Willy the Wolverine is coming! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
|2 weeks 1 day ago||"and after touchdowns..."||
I honestly didn't think David Brandon was really that clueless.
I just negged my own comment above expressing confidence that DB wasn't that crazy to actually propose in-game fireworks.
I was naive.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I think alleged "journalist" Jesse got his facts wrong||
or the Regents didn't understand what was being proposed. I can't believe that the athletic department would be so stupid as to suggest fireworks be set off during the game... surely they were proposing to do it after the game is over.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I see your five reasons for Borges and raise you one for GERG||
As far as I know, Al Borges never rubbed a stuffed animal in the face of any UM player.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Borges was the worst coordinator in Michigan history||
Al may have had his faults, but nobody can touch GERG for all-time badness.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Now a 5-star RB previously committed to UM may be going to OSU.||
Which, if it occurs, happened precisely because Al Borges—a friend of Harris's HS coach—was fired.
That would be the same Al Borges you proceeded to slam downthread for "throwing the players under the bus" who undoubtedly contributed to the "toxic aura" you allege surrounds the program.
So make up your mind—do you want Al Borges to remain on the staff so Damien Harris doesn't decommit, or do you want Al Borges fired because he sucked?
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Charge $5 a head for the general public||
and before the movie starts, select random ticket holders out of the public audience and give them the chance to make a 30-yard field goal, with those who kick one through winning a pair of season tickets. Then put the video of the attempts on MGoBlue with "Yakety Sax" playing in the background.
And have the athletic department donate the proceeds of all ticket and concession sales to Mott Children's Hospital or the University's general scholarship fund.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Me thinks you misunderstood.||
My bad, and your point is well-taken on Ngata.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I'm not a season ticket holder so I've got no skin in this||
but on its own I don't think this is anything to get outraged about.
But it would be hilarious if DB wanted to charge for seat cushions.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||It's an easy choice||
|2 weeks 2 days ago||"12 Angry Men",||
Flagged for too many men on the field.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Even if you're not getting to bed before 5am||
5 hours of sleep is more than enough before a noon kickoff. This nutty mania for sleep confuses me. You can catch up on sleep when you're dead.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||wanting the Lions to take Ngata.||
LOL. Typical Lions... they picked ninth, and instead of picking Ngata (who was available) they picked FSU LB Ernie Sims. Sims proved so valuable to the Lions that they traded him before his contract was up for TE Tony Scheffler, who's now out of the NFL.
Meanwhile Ngata is All-Pro/Pro Bowl five times and helped the Ravens win a Super Bowl.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||West Wacker or Big Beaver?||
Be thankful you don't live in Dildo, Newfoundland.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Believe it is pronounced mon-AY|
|2 weeks 2 days ago||that dude was pretty much a track star at 300 lbs at 17||
Not sure where you're getting your information about a HS track career for Ngata...the only HS sport listed on his wiki profile other than football is rugby.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||she is in no way objectively anything but amazingly good looking||
That's just like your opinion, man.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Meh||
It's pretty bland. Doesn't have much graphic punch.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||What's pathetic is that nobody owned their neg||
The derps who sneered at the very notion of Devin/Devin = Benny/Bennie don't have the balls to come out and explain their reasoning, if "reason" is even part of the equation.
Cluck, cluck, cluck.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Let's hope Devin-to-Devin can be that of Benny-to-Bennie.||
OK, who's the asshole who disagrees with this idea?
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I hear Coach Hanlon is a total blast to have a beer with||
Several years ago I met Jerry at the bar at Scorekeepers after a radio event he took part in there. Helluva nice guy and treated me like a friend instead of the complete stranger I was.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Best OL coach in Michigan and BIG history||
and one of the greatest ever in college football. Still should be an active consultant with this team IMHO.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Dude. It's just fireworks.||
Fireworks don't actually bother me that much by themselves. And I have no sympathy for people living near the stadium who complain about football-related activities. They knew what they were getting into when they bought their houses, or should have.
I'm serious about the mascot, though. It's coming eventually, like it or not.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||The minor league WOW Factor!||
It's just a matter of time before a guy wearing a fuzzy Wolverine mascot costume is roaming the concourses right outside the stadium, posing for pictures with little Michigan fans, who then implore Mom & Dad to buy them the stuffed and plush Willy Wolverine® at the M-Den for $29.95.
By the time Oklahoma comes to town, the mascot will be down on the field and nobody except old fans will give a shit.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||And I already don't feel so good!||
Don't feel bad... my avatar ain't an avatar, it's the real me.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||It's an great addition to the schedule||
but I'll either be dead or have Alzheimers and won't care.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||it's part vag *AND* part penis.||
Think of it as outreach—there's no reason to exclude hermaphrodites from the joys of the gridiron.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||The laces on the football shape make it look like||
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Possibility for Fireworks after Miami (OH) and PSU Games||
At first, I thought this meant that Brandon was going up into the student section after the games to answer questions.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Don't need to watch a video to get pumped up for football||
I'm pumped 24/7/365 anyhow.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Voltron apparently hates Nik Stauskas and UM basketball too||
but that's what trolls do.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||For a program with the length and breadth of our history||
Cutting the "best" down to four or five is ridiculous. It's more clickbait by Rivals than anything else.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Cornell's body is really morphing into a sterotypical DT||
That's exactly the point that Webb has made on numerous occasions when talking about Cornell: the staff apparently feels that he's destined to be an interior DL, and they don't need any more DLs in this class, while they do need DEs.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Of all the guys we're still in contention for, at any position||
Roseboro is the one I want the most.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Biakubatuka that's what we're missing here lately fellas.||
I think what we're missing is what made Biakabatuka possible: our OL making holes to run through.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Eh you kids||
1. 1971 OSU Michigan completes undefeated season, Billy Taylor, Woody going nuts, F-4s flying missing man directly over stadium at halftime
2. 1979 Indiana.
3. 1984 Defending national champs Miami of Florida- we pick off Bernie Kosar 4 times and make it look easy 22-14
4. 2010 UConn- watching Eliot Mealer walk unassisted out to the M banner
5. 1981 Notre Dame #1 ND comes into town led by ex-high school coach Gerry Faust and leaves with tails between legs. 25-7
|3 weeks 6 hours ago||If you have to tell people to respect you with a t-shirt||
you don't deserve any respect.
|3 weeks 16 hours ago||Murder ball||
Unless the OL improves dramatically, the only people getting murdered are our own RBs and QBs.
|3 weeks 16 hours ago||What does Jerry HANLON know about offensive line coaching?||
At one point during the season last year, I heard a radio interview with Hanlon, and he was asked why the OL was having such a hard time protecting Devin.
Without any hesitation, hemming, hawing, or issuing meaningless generalities about playing tougher or executing better, Hanlon immediately got specific and said that our OLs (he didn't name names) were not getting back in their pass-protection stance quickly enough after the snap, which naturally allowed the DLs to penetrate right away.
Now it's certainly possible that the coaching staff also recognized this and were unable to get our OLs to make the necessary adjustments, but it seems to me that getting quicker movement at the snap ought to be one of the easiest things for a lineman to change.
|3 weeks 16 hours ago||Still wondering what this comment by Nuss meant||
"Nussmeier did have some changes he wanted to see out of the weight training and they have incorporated those changes (we didn’t get specifics on that)."
Since he's the OC I doubt that the changes he had in mind were for defensive players. If I had to place a bet, the changes were not in reference to RBs and WRs either, but were specifically for the OL. Given how our linemen were frequently knocked backwards at the snap by DLs who were in many instances smaller and lighter, I can easily envision Nussmeier wanting to remedy that immediately.
|3 weeks 17 hours ago||Did you watch any of our games?||
|3 weeks 17 hours ago||brilliant at imprinting the fire and discipline|
|3 weeks 17 hours ago||Why doesn't Hoke give Jerry Hanlon a call||
I've been asking this question for two years. If I was Funk, I would have made the call myself, just from the standpoint of job preservation.
|3 weeks 18 hours ago||and the OL will be average, which will also exceed expectations.||
Bo is rolling over in his grave at this fact.
|3 weeks 19 hours ago||I think Weber is waaay better than Harris.||
I know looking at HS highlights is really subjective and can be misleading (McGuffie, cough cough), but from what I've seen Harris looks faster, bigger, and more elusive than Webber. What are you basing your opinion on?
|3 weeks 21 hours ago||"Weber and Harris a package deal?"||
I think Sam is engaging in a little speculation... I can't see Weber and Harris ending up at the same school. These package deals rarely happen, especially for kids playing the same position.
It'll be Weber to UM and Harris to OSU. Based on the bits of videos I've seen of both RBs, Weber is a tough little guy but Harris is on another level.
Anybody know why we didn't offer Scott?
|3 weeks 1 day ago||got my wisdom teeth taken out by former Michigan TE Norm Betts||
Next time you see him, tell him I'm still ticked he dropped what would have been the winning TD pass in the end zone down in West Lafayette in 1979. I was sitting in the visiting section at one of the end zones and had a clear view of him as he initially caught Dickey or Wangler's pass, and then coughed up the ball when a Purdue DB popped him.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||but the guys with Hall of Fame busts||
Wait... weren't you talking about DDs the other day? Did you go down to Mexico after all?
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Seeing Harris in a Buckeye helmet will suck||
especially when we play OSU. It's ironic that one of the staff changes so many people were clamoring for led to his decommitment.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Given that it's Arizona||
It should be the Crazy Retired People From The Midwest Bowl.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||a bunch of yes men and brown nosers.||
In my experience, the CEOs with the large egos (male and female) will, over time, surround themselves with the yes people and brown nosers because they can't abide anybody disagreeing with them on anything. It's a rare leader who has subordinates with the confidence to tell them when they're wrong about something and not get their asses thrown out the door at 5pm on Friday.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||It seems to be coming from every corner.||
If the football team had been more successful the last three seasons—say a conference championship or two with more victories over OSU and MSU—do you think these folks would be as pissed off?
|3 weeks 2 days ago||if he was on the team & practiced he played for Bo||
To be honest I agree with you. I'm not a huge fan of DB in some ways, but I don't see any justification for demeaning his standing as a player, any more than any other guy who rode the pines. If nothing else, DB was at practice every day getting his brains beat in and yelled at by Bo just like any other guy.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||that's where he gets into trouble||
For a guy with his experience in marketing and PR, Brandon has sometimes displayed a remarkable lack of understanding of his own customer base. Anybody in his position should have known that:
• Not taking the band to an away game he was selling as sort of a "bowl game" was going to piss Michigan fans off bigtime, especially given the fact that many of those fans have been clamoring for home-and-homes with teams like Alabama. The fact that the band eventually went didn't eliminate the bad taste left in the mouth.
• Charging for water was bad enough; trying to extort money for seat cushions was a PR disaster of the first order, and completely unnecessary to the financial health of the department.
• Skywriting and the Noodle might be relatively insignificant by themselves, but on top of the first two items, they were further irritants that were unnecessary to the health of the Athletic Department.
• The student seating disaster of 2013 was a dumb response to a simple problem: too many tickets were being sold to too many students who didn't care enough to show up on time, or at all. The simplest and most direct response to this lack of demand should have been a reduction in the size of the student section, without screwing around with the seating priority system that had been in place.
• A continuing escalation of ticket prices in the face of arguably the worst home schedule in many years while the department is millions of dollars in the black is never going to sit well with any fan base, especially when the team is struggling. A more prudent action for the long term would have been to hold the line on ticket prices for 2014.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Strong coffee||
Working late tonight dammit. Or trying to when I'm not looking up fucking etymologies.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||A lecture on the word||
and still more:
and yet more:
|3 weeks 2 days ago||WHY was Brandon hired to be athletic director in the first place||
Maybe it was a Machiavellian ploy by the Democrats on the Board of Regents to keep him from running for statewide office.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||big-time donors who are major-league pissed||
I'm not asking for names, but just out of curiosity, how do you know this? Through your folks?
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Brandon did not technically "play" for Bo||
DB was on the team from '70 through '73... did he not see any game action at all? If he did, he played for Bo.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||amount of money beyond which you're just gilding the lily||
If Brandon isn't careful, he'll end up gelding the lily.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||We do not have "much stronger" guys than MSU.||
I'd still like to know what Nussmeier was referring to when he said at the Women's Football Academy that he "...did have some changes he wanted to see out of the weight training and they have incorporated those changes (we didn’t get specifics on that)." (maizemama's diary)
It's possible that the changes Nuss was referring to were real minor, but then why would he mention them at all? I've wondered all along if our issues on offense, particularly the OL, were partially due to S&C stuff, and the fact that Nussmeier saw the need for some changes would support that.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||IF, God forbid, things go so badly over the next 2 seasons||
that Hoke is let go, Brandon is going to be roundly criticized for hiring a coach many opined from the outset as not qualified. In that scenario, I doubt that Brandon would hire a guy like Narduzzi with zero head coaching experience to replace Hoke.
Narduzzi's first head coaching job will either be at MSU or some lesser program to get his feet wet.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Just why I can't stand a good portion of our "fans" at times.||
If my depressing DD scenario plays out, the yammering about headsets is going to be painful to endure.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||10-3||
Losses @ ND, MSU, and OSU. Win a mid-level bowl game. Team demonstrably better than in 2013, but fan base still very unhappy and "hot seat" stories about Hoke during offseason increase by several orders of magnitude.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||FWIW, ESPN's BIG blog talks about run D as key to championship|
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Pat Massey had 5 pass breakups in his career.||
For a guy with his size and wingspan who lettered all four years and started 32 games on the DL, a total of five pass breakups seems pretty paltry to me, especially considering the number of passes thrown during his career.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||most batted balls I can remember came from our 6-6 QB||
What was even more frustrating was that one of Navarre's teammates was 6'-8" DE Pat Massey, and I swear I cannot remember him ever batting down one pass himself. He never seemed to be able to even get his arms up in the air.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||How does an article get published with a headline misspelled||
AA.com or whatever the hell it is has horrible editing/proofing, if it has any editing/proofing at all.
They're not the only ones, though—I see obvious typos and grammatical errors everywhere on the internet. It's like they just don't give a shit, or the writers and editors working online simply don't know any better.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||He can coach from a freaking toilet stall on gameday,||
Yes but what if he wears a pink tu-tu?
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Ondre Pipkens||
We need interior DLs to assert themselves.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Your father did a great job raising a son||
and no doubt he was proud as hell that his values were getting passed on to his grandchildren. He'll live on through them, and through you. Condolences.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||MGoBlog exists largely because of UFR,||
I agree that Brian's UFRs and all the other data-heavy analytics are the intellectual core of MGoBlog, but if they were literally the only content available, MGoBlog wouldn't be half as popular a website as it is. This popularity is due in no small measure to the reader-generated board posts covering such cerebellum-busting topics as "What are you drinking tonight?" or "Damien Harris will visit for BBQ" or "The definitive Nik Stauskas compilation" or "Rank order of prospective victory goodness 2014 against MSU, ND, OSU." or "Am I Complicit" or "2014 Women's Football Academy."
This is in addition to all of the recruiting updates regularly posted by MGoBlog staff writers, which normally generate a great deal of commentary. I love following recruiting as much as most Michigan fans, but you can't call it intellectually demanding.
I am not criticizing any of these posts; they're simply representative of much of what's posted here every day, much of which attracts a good deal of attention, whether it be negative or positive.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||This is trolling? Give me a fucking break.||
If it's trolling, then every sports bar, man cave, and neighborhood saloon in the world is a hot bed of trolling. The type of questions posed by the OP have been a staple of sports discussions and arguments since organized sports developed in human culture. If nobody cared enough to get into heated arguments about who is better and why, websites like MGoBlog wouldn't exist and media titans like ESPN wouldn't either.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Jeebus. Recruiting is hard.||
Isn't this the postscript to "Waiting for Godot?"
|3 weeks 4 days ago||It's not just a "coordinator leaving" that upset things||
Borges is apparently friends with Damien's HS coach. Who knows what stuff Al might have told this HS coach after he was let go?
You keep recruiting until the bell in early February, but I'd be real surprised if Harris doesn't commit to OSU well before then. If he signs with UM, that would be a significant recruiting achievement for Hoke & Nussmeier.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Roseboro is tabbed as an SDE already.||
Thanks... I wondered after I posted whether this was the difference.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Sorry this is off-topic, but a link on that page caught my eye||
"Self-serve beer stations make debut"
"The machine allows a customer to use the card to pour up to 48 ounces of beer every 15 minutes."
Nope, nothing can go wrong here at all.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||the top option there remains 5-star CA prospect KL-S||
From what I've gathered, Darian Roseboro is just as high on their list as Lucier-South.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Can people just STFU about gawdammed headset already?||
I sympathize with your frustration, but unless we beat both OSU and MSU this year the constant yammering about headsets will continue, if not get worse. I've even heard idiot callers on the radio say he should wear a headset even if it's not connected to anything.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||"Sorry some of you are so thin skinned."||
An excellent display of playing the victim. Kudos.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||I'd love a #1 right now||
Corned beef with chopped liver, lettuce, Russian dressing on Jewish rye
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Nice work Don.||
Think of this as a Sunday morning croissant. Light, airy, fluffy, completely devoid of any inherent nutrition or substance, and made interesting only with the slathering on of the butter of satisfaction, the orange marmalade of outrage, or the margarine of disdainful indifference.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||I can't wait to see people try to overanalyze||
whether they're wearing Adidas, Nike, UA, or old-school Champion with block lettering.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Coaches were not pleased with him after Spring ball.||
According to who? What source?
|4 weeks 17 hours ago||"how much I've invested in their gear."||
I recognize I'm being dickish, but you didn't "invest" in Adidas—you spent money on it. None of it will ever appreciate in value.
Given what this stuff looks like, it's a depreciating asset even before it's sold. Fugly.
|4 weeks 18 hours ago||I don't always buy Michigan gear, but when I do||
I buy Champion at Moe's with simple block lettering. Unpretentious, solid, no-nonsense, unadorned, classic, traditional, timeless.
If you think it's boring, fine, but it doesn't look like it came from a Meijer gas station.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||because young men who have issues (likely due to being adopted)||
His issues are far more likely to stem from having no father and a drug addict mother than from being adopted by his HS football coach and his caring and welcoming family that took him in.
Considering what they did for him, he's basically spit in their faces with his actions and behavior since he went to college. Sort of reminds me of Rumeal Robinson in some ways.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Be careful when you shoot your gun|
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Webb has been talking today about an interview with Mattison||
during which Mattison apparently stated to Sam that secondary coverage is going to be much tighter, even if it results in more interference penalties. (Yes, I guess there is also the assertion that the overall defensive approach will be more aggressive. Now drink...)
The interview is behind the Scout.com paywall.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||William Carr, Josh Williams, Glen Steele, and James Hall,||
William Carr was not on the '97 team; he graduated after the '96 season.
Josh Williams played six seasons with the Colts from 2000-2005, when they went a cumulative 64-32 and made the playoffs every season except '01.
Glen Steele was an All-American in '97, and played six seasons with the Bengals, and retired due to back problems.
Rob Renes was NT in '97, and he was All-American in '99.
As you mentioned, James Hall had a long NFL career, playing 12 seasons for the Lions and the St. Louis Rams.
Charles Woodson justifiably was the star of that '97 defense, but the fact is that the defensive line was tremendously talented in its own right, and any DB who's being honest will tell you that a standout DL makes his job significantly easier.
While the spotlight in 2014 is going to be on our offense, I think the key to our season will be our defense, and the key to our defense will be the DL. If we can put consistent pressure on QBs up the middle in key situations, it will be a huge help to our DEs and our back seven, including a certain heralded freshman from New Jersey.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||DB is definitely gonna push back||
Schlissel has already indicated his belief that when googling "University of Michigan" the links you get at the top should be academic and not athletic in orientation. Whether that translates into conflict with the athletic department is another thing entirely.
I agree that Schlissel would be taking a risk if he tries to take on Brandon right away, but from what my various contacts in the University have told me, there is a thoroughgoing and active dislike of Brandon in the academic community. I suspect that Schlissel would have a great deal of support if it came down to academics vs athletics, but I doubt such a confrontation is going to happen.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||if we go 9-3/10-2? Does Brandon raise prices?||
Inside sources are telling me that if we win the BIG championship this year, Brandon will install pay toilets in the men's restrooms for 2015.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||This won't impact ND much beyond depth||
His offer sheet was underwhelming, with Missouri being the most notable offer besides ND.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||egbanged Clark Griswold from about +200 points to about -300||
Dang, I missed out on the fun.