alternate headline: man does job
|9 hours 58 min ago||You forgot one||
Step 3: If no wind, stick finger up butt.
|10 hours 5 min ago||He's just letting Harbaugh twist in the wind||
Jim Harbaugh doesn't allow the wind to twist anything.
|13 hours 22 min ago||If I'm not mistaken||
There are pix of Upton, Fox, and Kardashian.
|13 hours 33 min ago||For those who need to avoid those awful nekkid pix|
|13 hours 41 min ago||The heaviest guy in either year was OL Paul Parker in '79||
went all of 280. Times have changed.
|15 hours 44 min ago||twitter.com/Obey?||
|16 hours 50 min ago||Edwards took office as LA governor on January 11, 2016||
and inherited this budget clusterfuck.
It's not going to be easy to keep politics out of this thread.
|1 day 8 hours ago||to comfort a grown man because who was bawling||
The only appropriate "comfort" for a grown man actually weeping over the depiction of a cartoon character is a hard kick in the nutsack.
|1 day 16 hours ago||That dimwit reporter is lucky that was an inner tube||
If he'd been hit by somebody on a hard-edged sled, he'd have both legs done Theismann-style.
|2 days 8 hours ago||IF we play remotely close to how we're capable||
we should win comfortably. If we stink up the joint like we did against IU and MSU, any kind of clusterfuck is possible.
|2 days 12 hours ago||By 2040||
football will be played by huge animatronic cyborg avatars controlled remotely by their handlers—tiny, pale, eyeless sluglike creatures with gigantic heads, floating in vats.
|2 days 18 hours ago||And that, my friends, is how I got the name "Two Dogs Fucking"||
Count your blessings... it could have been "Dead Possum on Highway"
|2 days 19 hours ago||Looks like we can count on McCaffrey being in the class||
Sam Webb said everything just short of "gut feeingl" for Dylan McCaffrey this morning. He made it pretty clear without saying directly that DM is going to commit to us.
|3 days 17 hours ago||Just wait, folks||
If Gary doesn't set the single-season Michigan record for sacks and TFLs there will be asshats on MGoBlog calling him "overrated."
|3 days 17 hours ago||I'll watch a Harbaugh-era hype video||
after we've beaten MSU and OSU.
|3 days 21 hours ago||I honestly thought that Mays died years ago||
so I guess the next thing up is to visit Sir Edmund Hillary.
|4 days 9 hours ago||He may have been an idiot, but he was diligent.||
That goes a long way in politics.
|4 days 9 hours ago||It's like a team of 3 point shooting robots.||
Too bad they're not robotic in making the threes.
|4 days 12 hours ago||"Dump Johnny Orr"||
My first year at UM was 1971, and people were riled up about Orr even then. It wasn't too long after that that anti-Orr fans were standing on State St. and along Hoover with big "Dump Johnny Orr" signs during the pre- and post-game trek to and from Crisler.
|4 days 13 hours ago||This thread seems like wasted space on the Internet.||
One man's "wasted space" is another man's valuable content. Last time I looked, pixels are free.
|4 days 14 hours ago||Donovan Peoples-Jones||
is far more important for us.
|4 days 16 hours ago||Not sure it's astute||
I'm not really knowledgeable about BB beyond a surface level and I'd guess that those who are could poke large holes in my statement, but the parallels seem to be there to my unsophisticated eyes.
Part of my frustration is that when I was in school during the '70s, those Michigan teams with Grote, Staton, Britt, Baxter, Hubbard, and even Ricky Green played hellacious, in-your-face defense all game long. There was no such thing as opposing shooters getting uncontested open looks all day. I know it's a different era and every coach has his own system, but it's a rare team that gets very far in the post-season if it can't play fundamentally strong defense, and the few teams that do generally have lights-out offenses. We're far from that.
|4 days 18 hours ago||Michigan BB the last two years reminds me of football under RR||
Focus almost entirely on offensive part of the game utilizing soft finesse players; defense appearing to be a complete afterthought; inexplicable coaching decisions in-game regarding personnel, strategy, use of TOs, etc; team is competitive against mid-level-to-bad opponents, but completely outmatched in talent and even some intangibles when playing good teams.
|5 days 10 hours ago||Rooting for Denver||
But Carolina 41-17
|1 week 14 hours ago||Since MGrowOld once worked in FB recruiting for UM||
I want to hear the inside stories, the dirt, the laughable instances of drunken debauchery in Super 8s in Topeka with hookers with names like donuts. Names need to be named, and photos provided.
|1 week 14 hours ago||the way that old Schembechler Hall didn't look cool after 1994||
I thought the original Schembechler Hall was a pig-ugly monstrosity the day it opened. Its architect Gunnar Birkerts designed some very notable buildings in his career, but that weird thing on State St. was an embarrassment.
|1 week 16 hours ago||Saw them at Crisler Arena in 1977||
The performance started with them being lowered to the stage inside cylindrical, sci-fi-like capsules. Pretty over the top entrance, but it was an entertaining show anyhow.
The November 9, 1977 issue of the Daily has a review of the concert (scroll right to the third page:
|1 week 1 day ago||This thread may have set an all-time MGoBlog record||
84 comments, and the upvotes-to-downvotes margin is 223-0
|1 week 1 day ago||Kids, stop all that back-seat bickering right now||
or I'm turning the car around and canceling our post-NSD vacation.
|1 week 1 day ago||Ironic that the last jersey name visible at the end||
is a guy who just left the program to play for another school.
was that Richard Dreyfuss doing the voiceover?
|1 week 2 days ago||but it sounds like Michigan finished #2||
Hell, we're the national champions for finishing second for 12 straight years.
|1 week 2 days ago||something gone with your fell pecker or your voice to Texas app.||
Truer words were never spoken.
|1 week 2 days ago||Best MST ever||
|1 week 2 days ago||The site has been essentially non-functional all day for me||
It's only been during the last 15 minutes that I've managed to get on without getting kicked off into another 502. I've gotten some 521s too, whatever those mean.
Problems the same on laptop and mobile.
|1 week 2 days ago||And when I hit the "save" button on my previous comment||
I got kicked into another 502. I'm surprised to see the comment posted.
|1 week 2 days ago||If it's points #2 and #3||
why would we have even contacted him again, let alone extend a provisional offer? And if he was a "silent commit" was it strictly one-way? Was it a conditional offer, based on whether we'd have space? None of this makes sense to me on the surface, but I suppose there's a back story that explains things.
Regardless, we didn't need another QB, and converting him to a full-time safety or LB would be an experiment. I'm disappointed he didn't sign with AZ, but that's recruiting. He'll get a good degree at Cal.
|1 week 2 days ago||??? Site has been non-functional all day for till now for me||
This is the first I've been able to get on and stay on all day, whether laptop or mobile. All I've gotten is constant 502s with occasional access that then drops off to another 502. I must have tried 30 times and gotten through maybe 5. I eventually gave up and visited Scout, TTB, and M&B for updates.
The lack of access meant I got a lot more actual work done, though.
|1 week 3 days ago||we're in a day and age of bball where teams who don't and can't||
I'm no expert, but I'm pretty sure playing good defense has always been necessary to win championships in basketball.
|1 week 3 days ago||He's got to drive traffic and this is an easy way to do it||
If that's his goal, Rashan's mother is certainly cooperating since much of Sam's reasoning is a result of comments she made just a couple of days ago.
Trying to get concrete information about where a recruit is headed from random tweets and comments to recruiting analysts by parents is just slightly more reliable than looking at tea leaves and goat entrails for hints about the weather.
Regardless, all the drama will be done one way or another by this time tomorrow.
|1 week 3 days ago||This is obviously feaux drama to drive anticipation for tomorrow||
FWIW, that wasn't Sam Webb's take on things this morning by a long shot. He's been saying for at least a couple of weeks that Clemson would be the most serious competition, and he said the notion that Gary was a lock to UM was very mistaken. I'm not a member over at Scout so I don't what Webb might have said later in the day today, though.
The fact that CBs are now coming in for Gary isn't reassuring. I've seen recruitments go south at the last minute for us too many times over the past 20 years to take anything for granted.
One thing this has done is deepen my skepticism about the whole "academics are very important to me" routine. When they hear those words, Michigan football fans automatically assume that Michigan is the sure destination, since it's rarely the case that we're going up against Stanford or some other school with equivalent academic reputation. The problem is that those words may well mean something very different to the recruit and his family.
|1 week 3 days ago||We're deleting that Rashan Gary thread?||
Relax... it was just one of Crystal's Ballz to Clemson, and by a Domer at that. Nothing to see here, move along....
|1 week 3 days ago||but because we're going to be in crisis mode with access issues||
If the Big Two choose Michigan, "access issues" will seem a passing inconvenience.
If Onwenu and Gary go elsewhere, "crisis mode" won't begin to describe the mayhem that will occur here.
|1 week 3 days ago||Wilcher allowing a last minute flip from UM's class is absurd||
If Thomas Wilcher had the power to "allow" or "disallow" recruiting decisions his players made, Mike Weber would be in Ann Arbor.
|1 week 3 days ago||If Gary goes to Clemson, it would break my soul||
Never base your happiness on the whims of 18-year olds you aren't related to.
|1 week 3 days ago||"...just metal skulls sitting in a pit of fire."||
Well, if we don't land Gary and Onwenu, that will be an entirely accurate description of MGoBlog.
|1 week 3 days ago||"and confuse the shit out of everyone."||
"I'm humbled and blessed to announce that I will be attending the University of Moscow. Go Red Bears!"
|1 week 3 days ago||Expansion of members?||
I'd think that BYU would object to Viagra or Cialis.
|1 week 3 days ago||Remind me to never create one again.||
MGoBlog ain't for the faint of heart. Up until NSD it's a pack of wild dogs just itching to tear itself apart at the slightest provocation. It's a pile of scorpions stinging each other for no reason at all. It's a murderous motorcycle gang breaking the skulls of somebody trying to muscle in on their meth business. It's a vicious drug cartel sawing its competitors in half while they're still alive.
Then after the dust settles and Gary, Onwenu, and Hill are wearing Michigan hats it's hugs and kisses all around.
|1 week 3 days ago||What did he say about Onwenu?||
I'd have to listen to the podcast to get the exact words, but the meat of what I heard was that he hadn't heard anything specific to give him the impression that Onwenu was trending away from Michigan.
Going by his words alone, there's no concrete reason to be concerned. It was his delivery that was unusually free of his normal enthusiastic optimism when he feels really solid about somebody. Maybe it's because he hasn't gotten much sleep... if I'm completely misinterpreting what he's saying and how he's saying, mea culpa. we'll know soon enough.
|1 week 3 days ago||wait, so he lied to us?||
Not at all. It's entirely reasonable that he dreamed of playing and coaching at UM since he spent important formative years here while Jack was an assistant under Bo. It's also entirely reasonable that he wanted to play QB for Stanford since he played two years in high school in Palo Alto, and his dad had been DC at Stanford for two years in 81-82.
He's just smart enough to make use of these things in his introductory speeches to UM and to Stanford. He gave the distinct impression to both fanbases that he had loved them the most all along.
That's a smart marketer, and a smart politician.
|1 week 3 days ago||"he's a marketing genius too"||
Don't know if he's in the genius category yet—I'm going to wait to see what happens with Onwenu and Gary—but like all very talented marketers he knows what his audience wants to hear.
At his introductory press conference in Ann Arbor, he emphasized how Michigan has always been in his heart:
"Then in 1982, I was recruited to Michigan as a student-athlete to play for the legendary Bo Schembechler... I have to tell you that I have thought about that, dreamed about that since the time I was a young lad, nine, 10 years old, and throughout my adult life, dreamed about coaching at Michigan, and now it's time to live that."
Of course, the Michigan faithful had tears in their eyes. He came home to the place that was always number one for him.
However, at another introductory press conference in 2006, Harbaugh emphasized how another school had always been in his heart:
"I used to stare down at that field as I was stenciling those numbers," Harbaugh told reporters, athletes and others who crowded into the Arrillaga Family Sports Center's Kissick Auditorium. "I so very badly wanted to go to Stanford and play for the Cardinal. … This was my number-one choice all along."
To be clear, I don't think Harbaugh is doing anything wrong at all. He's simply smart enough to know what his audience wants to hear, and he's smart enough to give it to them in a way that they'll love. If he ever decided he wanted another career, he'd be a formidable politician.
|1 week 3 days ago||Webb just ended his show with words about Gary||
The way he's putting it now is that Michigan fans should be "cautiously optimistic" and that he hasn't heard anything yet to indicate that the pendulum has swung away from Michigan. He did reiterate how much Gary's mom liked Clemson, that she has a brother close to Clemson's campus, and that Clemson is a real threat to get Gary. He specifically said that nobody should be thinking that Michigan has Gary locked down, that it's over and Michigan has won, or anything like that. It is a real dogfight with Clemson.
I've been listening to Webb for a long time, and without exception when he's personally very optimistic about Michigan's chances, it shines through in his voice, in his delivery, in the way he phrases things. To say that he was not brimming over with optimism about Gary would be an understatement, and earlier in the show he spoke about Onwenu in much the same fashion. I don't think this is just a head fake to get people to visit Scout.com, either.
|1 week 3 days ago||Webb not very reassuring this morning about Gary||
All he could say is that he hasn't yet heard anything specific that would indicate Gary has chosen Clemson. He specifically mentioned that Clemson has made a real surge, that he has family close to Clemson, and that his Mom liked Clemson quite a bit.
It might be because Sam's short on sleep, but he didn't sound particularly optimistic.
|1 week 4 days ago||Not looking good||
If he's gone to MSU, on top of Devery de-committing, that's a big black eye for Harbaugh, Drevno, and Partridge.
|1 week 4 days ago||There's no bigger waste of time||
than watching hype videos.
|1 week 4 days ago||An ace kicker can mean the difference between 9-3 and a NC||
So this new USC kicker is that good?
|1 week 4 days ago||Doesn't hurt to offer a kid from Detroit, either||
considering the sniping that's been going on about Harbaugh not being interested in recruiting Detroit schools.
|1 week 4 days ago||I still think it will be Michigan||
but considering the relationship that Partridge has with Gary it would be a massive disappointment if he couldn't bring him into the fold. It seemed clear to me from the beginning that getting Gary was the primary reason Harbaugh brought Partridge to Ann Arbor in the first place.
|1 week 4 days ago||I tried watching the Sklar brothers when they had their TV show||
I wanted to like them because of their UM connection, but they never even got a smile out of me. Different strokes I guess.
|1 week 4 days ago||I think my computer geek neighbour may be stealing my signal||
Careful... don't let this be you.
A guy texts his neighbor:
"Bob, I'm sorry. I've been riddled with guilt and I have to confess. I have been helping myself to your wife when you're not around, probably more than you. I know it's no excuse, but I don't get it at home. I can't live with the guilt any longer. I hope you'll accept my sincerest apology. It won't happen again."
The neighbor, feeling outraged and betrayed, grabs his gun, goes into the bedroom and without a word shoots his wife.
Moments later the neighbor gets a second text:
"Damn, Sorry Bob, that should be “wifi”… Sorry! I really should use spell check!"
|1 week 4 days ago||Nothing surprises me when it comes to recruiting||
Gary made it clear numerous times in a recent interview how close he was to Dwumfour.
Rashan and his mom have been insistent all along about how important academics are.
Therefore, the obvious choice is Clemson.
|1 week 4 days ago||Dude is simply playing fuck fuck games with us.||
Well, he knows that a large percentage of his audience is easily manipulated into a state of mindless hysteria at this time of year. He's trolling for page views, and plenty of gullible saps will "stay tuned."
|1 week 4 days ago||Y'all got played||
"We'll be releasing something I believe just about every Michigan recruiting fan with thoroughly enjoy."
So it's no longer going to break the internet then?
This is the most overblown crock of shit since New Coke.
|1 week 4 days ago||"it's not about an individual recruit"||
For some reason Fish thinks that bringing in another 137 PWOs is going to break the internet.
|1 week 4 days ago||Maybe just his internet, then.||
He's on AOL dial-up, so pretty much anything breaks his internet.
|1 week 4 days ago||comedian & UofM grad Randy Sklar||
Sklar might be a UM grad, but he ain't no comedian, if by comedian you mean somebody who is funny.
|1 week 4 days ago||If it smells like fish...||
it's probably a yeast infection. I'd stay the hell away myself, but maybe your dad has odd tastes.
|1 week 4 days ago||Gary a close second?||
I bet you ate paste in grade school.
|1 week 4 days ago||you just don't see anything like racial slurs||
I've never seen the n-word here, but there have been a few comments with references or language that was specifically intended to be derogatory to black athletes. Fortunately that stuff gets dumped by the mods very quickly. I agree it's not remotely anything close to common or frequent.
|1 week 4 days ago||Not betting on the CA kids just yet||
Just this morning Webb was being very cautious about Boss and Asiasi, and specifically mentioned how the parents of both players want them to stay much closer to home.
Knowing Sam is an extremely optimistic guy by nature, I'm listening between the lines and concluding the chances of UM landing them are decreasing. That's only my interpretation of what Sam said, though. Maybe others would come to a different take if they listened to the podcast.
|1 week 4 days ago||I'm amazed that Alabama, Texas, and Oklahoma||
are as far down the list as they are. Equally amazed at Cal and Colorado's high positions.
USC and UCLA's spots, along with Stanford and Cal, are confirmation of how much talent there is in California all by itself.
|1 week 5 days ago||5'-9", 164, with a 4.9, no stars (according to Rivals)||
I know that PWOs are a step above pure walk-ons, but this seems like a special teams/scout teamer who's primarily focused on his education. Every team needs guys like this, and if he's good enough to see playing time on offense that's a bonus.
|1 week 5 days ago||Harbaugh told his staff not to combat negative recruiting||
I'm not sure I agree with this strategy. There's a difference between engaging in it yourself and setting the record straight.
|1 week 5 days ago||Technically, a bachelor degree from any other big time D1 school||
would carry similar value as to that of one from Michigan."
Technically, this is nonsense.
|1 week 6 days ago||Why is VV supposedly the supposed silent commit?||
Especially since the supposed crystal balls on him supposedly went cloudy?
|1 week 6 days ago||Schools can have 58 football recruits on scholarship.||
So, back to everybody playing two ways? It would certainly make the Heisman a more meaningful award...
|1 week 6 days ago||"bag men" keep a long arm's distance from the coaching staffs||
It's like a mob boss who lets it be known verbally to his underlings that a certain "problem" needs to be "taken care of." He puts nothing in writing, is careful not to name names, and generally makes sure he's got plausible deniablity when "the problem" is found slumped over in his Cadillac with a large bloody hole in his head.
|2 weeks 6 hours ago||Once we find out who it is||
it will nauta be a surprise after all.
|2 weeks 15 hours ago||I won a spelling bee in elementary and middle school||
Just a couple of years ago then?
|2 weeks 15 hours ago||Let's give credit where it's due||
It was Mark Schlissel who brought Hackett on board to right the ship. Considering how new Schlissel was to UM at the time, that was one hell of a decision.
Or to put it another way, it was Manager Schlissel who looked into his dugout and decided the quiet guy on the end of the bench deserved an at-bat in the bottom of the ninth.
*Mgocue beat me to it.
|2 weeks 17 hours ago||I would have sent half the board to Bolivia just for typos.||
Do us a favor and have another kid and become a Mod. This place could use a heavy hand.
|2 weeks 17 hours ago||buy their baby blankets from the same supplier?||
My daughter was born in 1984, and I still carry the first hospital birth photo of her in my wallet. I just checked, and the blanket looks exactly the same as the one that Biakabutuka McDoom Cook is swaddled in.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Boom, Baraka'd||
His timing was off...If he'd been a 2016 recruit he could have been introduced at the Signing of the Stars mega-spectacular with confetti, spotlights, headlocks, and thunderous anticipatory applause for gridiron exploits that were never actually going to happen.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Williams is dead||
So are Tiny Tim, John C. Holmes, and Totie Fields, but if we're bringing in a clown like Ric Flair I don't see why decomposing dead people are off-limits.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Flavor Flav, John C. Holmes, Tiny Tim, Kim Kardashian,||
Michael Bolton, Yanni, Peewee Herman, Totie Fields, Topo Gigio, Robin Williams, Gary Busey
|2 weeks 1 day ago||might as well bring in the monster trucks and dwarf tossing||
and cap it off with a Harbaugh vs Flair tree-climbing contest with play-by-play by Holtz. It's the Michigan Differensh!
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Turning from a media circus||
into a ridiculous freak show.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Our daughter didn't sleep through the night once||
during her first six months. Our cat and dog would sit there during all the commotion at 2am with big WTF expressions on their mugs.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Really disappointed||
that he's not really Denard Robinson Cook, but congratulations anyhow.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||"I am 100% committed to the university Of Michigan"||
Uh oh, he must not be getting the hints from the coaching staff.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Elbela if a girl||
You might as well name her Ebola, since that's exactly what every one of her classmates is going to call her.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||that would be a hard sell.||
I understand... save it for your next dog.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||One that is instantly memorable||
|2 weeks 2 days ago||super secret important matter = first ultrasound||
This is exactly what I was thinking as well... a little Brain Cook. Or Brainette.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||lost track of the amount of verys he said after about 5||
I just listened to the podcast, and counted 10 "very goods" in there. It's the closest I've ever heard Sam get to a "gut feeling" without actually going there.
Hudson's in the fold.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||He did tell them exactly that.||
In January. He didn't tell them that in December or November or October.
Weaver stated specifically that Harbaugh told him that even if he were injured, Michigan would honor the scholarship offer. That's not an offer with conditions. That's not a non-commitable offer.
Now is Weaver lying? Did he misinterpret what Harbaugh said? That's possible. However, as Webb and Cook and apparently Lorenz have all said, neither Swenson or Weaver were told clearly and unequivocally before January by the staff what the staff already knew: that they weren't going to be part of the class. That's not underhanded or dirty like the SEC; it's the mistake of not making their decision final and making it known to the recruits when they could have.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||There were a couple of assertions here yesterday||
that Wheatley was pissed off at supposed recruiting disorganization and that some HS coach down south said our recruiting efforts were disorganized, and I asked Webb directly about those rumors. He's heard nothing whatsoever about the Wheatley thing, and stated that the vast majority of responses from the HS coaches during the satellite camps was that they were very well organized, as were our overall recruiting efforts.
Sounds like it's the typical message board bunk that only has legs when there's other criticism already happening.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||hated sanctimonious UM fans bitching and moaning about morality||
You should send a letter to Jim Hackett, President Schlissel, and the Regents expressing those exact thoughts. I'm sure they'll be in complete agreement with you and sneer at sanctimonious discussions of morality in intercollegiate athletics, but it would be interesting to get their responses anyhow.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Sam Webb has already reported that what you describe||
Webb has specifically and repeatedly stated that although there were definite signs that these kids weren't going to end up in the class, neither Swenson or Weaver were clearly and definitively told by Harbaugh or anybody else on the staff until January that their spots in the class were no longer available. He's specifically and repeatedly said that the problem was one of not communicating to Swenson and Weaver what the real deal was earlier. He'd repeatedly described the communications timing issues as "regrettable."
He wouldn't be saying this if the staff had in fact been clear and unequivocal with the players about what their status was.
And, as Brian stated, this issue of communication to recruits has been a topic of private conversations he's had with Webb and Lorenz—who are as knowledgeable about what's going on behind the scenes as anybody—going back several months.
There's quite a bit of extremist thinking going on here at MGoBlog. One pole is hysterically saying that Harbaugh is engaging in underhanded or dirty recruiting tactics that aren't much different from SEC, and the other is hysterically saying those who utter even the mildest criticism of the staff secretly yearn for the good ol' days of 5-7 seasons because we'd rather be primly right than win games.
There's a yawning chasm of space between these poles.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||So what does Harbaugh's revered head coach have to say?||
"Not making a decision is the worst thing you can do. So long as you feel you made the right decision based on the information you had at that time, there's no need to fret about it. If it fails, you'll know what to do next time.” — Bo's Lasting Lessons
From everything that's known, JH and his staff put off making a final clear, unequivocal decision on both Swenson and Weaver until very late in the recruiting process. Refusing to return phone calls from recruits is not a clear, unequivocal decision—it's delaying a decision that could have been made many weeks earlier.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Considering how strident RG was in saying Dwumfour||
was his guy, it would be a really weird thing for Gary to then choose to play someplace else.
Anything can happen in recruiting, but even as pessimistic as I normally am, I think it would be a huge surprise if he didn't commit to us.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||preferred walk ons do not get a scholarship.||
That's what I thought.
Which means criticizing a kid for not spending $50K that his parents may not have is just plain nuts.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||This may go down as the oddest event in history||
Nope, that honor still goes to David Bowie appearing on Bing Crosby's Christmas Special.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||they should have taken the PWO||
Do preferred walk-ons get a scholarship?
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I said this back in October||
"If I were Oregon or Arizona I'd be all over Viramontes as a QB."
He'd be a great fit at QB for RR's offense. He's a Wildcat—book it.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||It's the price of admission to the Harbaugh circus||
This circus sometimes has the trappings of manic behavior.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||the Harbaugh staff's recruiting was "totally disorganized."||
Who was recruiting coordinator during this time? Was it Partridge?
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Take this down now||
Jesus H. Christ
|2 weeks 3 days ago||This is the flip side of the media circus that is Jim Harbaugh.||
Bingo. Once you turn yourself into an attention-chasing, tree-climbing, constantly-tweeting, sleeping-over goofball as Michigan's head coach, nothing you do is going to be under the radar any longer, especially in this age of instantaneous social media.
Either you manage the communications, or the communications will inevitably end up managing you.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Why you choose to believe jilted 17yr old kids so blindly||
So you're saying that Steve Lorenz, Sam Webb, and Brian Cook are just flat out lying then?
|2 weeks 3 days ago||If Webb were to a write a "these kids got screwed piece"||
Webb has been pretty blunt in saying that both the Swenson and Weaver situations were "regrettable" and that they could have been avoided with more timely and direct communication from Harbaugh and his staff.
That's not saying "these kids got screwed"—and Webb has made it clear he doesn't think that's the case anyhow—but he's made it evident he thinks there's no practical reason to let these situations develop like they have.
It's a matter of communications, and the PR/optics problems they lead to.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Jim told Weaver in Nov that he might not have a spot in the clas||
There's no proof at this time that actually happened. I asked Sam Webb specifically this morning when Weaver got a definitive word on his status from Harbaugh, and he confirmed it wasn't until January.
Weaver said he had very little contact with the staff for several months, and nothing Webb or any other recruting analyst I've heard has contradicted that.
The real question to me is whether or not Weaver was told at the time of his offer that it was conditional, that a spot wasn't guaranteed, and he might not find out for certain until late in the process. If he was, then the staff didn't do anything remotely wrong.
If the offer was given to him with no strings attached—that it appeared to be fully committable to Weaver—and he didn't get confirmation it wasn't until January, that's handling it poorly. The notion that the staff didn't know months ago that he wasn't a priority is not believable.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Or do you want them to stand for something?||
It's been obvious for a long time—long before all this current recruiting hoo-ha—that a significant portion of MGoBloggers sneer at the notion that Michigan should stand for something above and beyond what's merely permissible.
Sure, they beat the chests continually about how we're so superior to those loser institutions up in EL or down in Columbus, except when it comes to the question of winning on the field. Then all that brash talk about "The Michigan Difference" goes in the dumper, and it's "Just win by any means necessary, and you're a pussy if you think Harbaugh isn't infallible."
An indication of how prevalent this attitude is: merely suggesting that the staff could improve its communications with some recruits is downvoted.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||This suggests that he was told to make sure he has a backup plan||
Maybe, or maybe Weaver might have decided to take visits because of the lack of contact from the staff over the course of several months, rather than as a result of being told something specific by the staff. It's pretty evident, judging from what Webb has said this morning, that Weaver didn't get a clear confirmation of his recruit status until Harbaugh talked with him in January.
The fact that there were apparently questions about his really having a viable spot in the class from the beginning leads to more questions.
• Why did the staff offer him in the first place?
• If the staff didn't regard him as a must-have recruit from the beginning, why did they simply not wait to offer him until it was clear that a roster spot was going to be available to him?
To suggest that a staff as professionally competent as Harbaugh's didn't conclude months ago that Weaver wasn't good enough to warrant a spot stretches the bounds of believability.
I doubt if one of Bo's Lasting Lessons was "don't talk directly with somebody to let them know what the real deal is until as late as possible in the process."
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Sam Webb just said that Florida recruiting analysts||
were saying at the time of Weaver's commitment that there was likely not going to be any room in the class for him, which suggests that there were open questions about the solidity of the offer from the very beginning.
• Did the staff make it clear to Weaver from the beginning that the offer was conditional? If they did, then there's no problem with what the staff did.
• If the staff did NOT make it clear from the beginning that the offer was conditional, and Weaver did not get confirmation of that fact until January, then the staff handled it very poorly IMHO.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Yes, but will it lead to a committable offer?||
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I was in Turks & Caicos last week||
and some guy was wearing a hoodie with "I Decommitted from Michigan" on it.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Enjoy the debouchery||
but go easy on the douchebaggery.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||if you black out try where you will not wake up with a face tat||
Your more serious concern would be to not wake up in a bathtub of ice with a long, poorly-sutured incision where your left kidney used to be.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Behold the marketing genius of EMU coach Chris Creighton||
"It is unclear exactly what made Eastern Michigan think entering the field through a brick wall would be a good idea. However, it’s possible the move was an homage to the Eagles’ new concrete gray turf.
“Having gray turf, that’s something that no else in the nation has,” said Eastern Michigan offensive lineman Lincoln Hansen, one of the guys trying to break the concrete wall in the video. “It’s unique, and it’s something that puts us on people’s minds.”
“The wrench, the field, the concrete wall, we know people will have comments, but they all have real meaning for us,” Creighton said. “It all goes back to the idea of investing, and working for something. It is about putting on those steel-toed boots, and going to work.”
|2 weeks 4 days ago||"The Yellow and Blue". I heard it was Bo||
"The Yellow and Blue" is the official alma mater song of Michigan, which is why it would have been on some printed material you received.
Maize became one of the official colors back in 1867, a full century before Bo got here:
"Meanwhile, Scott’s friend, Charles Mills Gayley, 27, was in a more contemplative mood. As he wrote the lyrics of his own entry, he was thinking of the school colors—”azure blue and maize,” chosen by a committee of students in 1867—and the look of farmers’ fields around Ann Arbor at harvest time."
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Sam as much as said that McDoom is in the fold||
I can't recall whether he referred to his gut this morning about McDoom or Dwumfour, but he did say that we're in "really, really, really good shape" for McDoom. The podcast ought to be up pretty soon this morning.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||So all those times when Bob Ufer was broadcasting UM football||
and he referred to Rick Leach, he actually said "the guts and glue of the gold and blue."
|2 weeks 5 days ago||The orig X-Files was a true creative pathbreaker||
This looks like a tepid rehash to me...no real drama or mystery in the way the writers re-introduced the characters and story line.
Anderson looks awful.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||What in hell is an "esthetician"||
and why would anyone in Utah give a shit?
|2 weeks 5 days ago||C'mon, this is football, not feeding the multitudes||
|2 weeks 6 days ago||MLK was a republican?||
“I don’t think the Republican party is a party full of the almighty God nor is the Democratic party. They both have weaknesses … And I’m not inextricably bound to either party.” —MLK, 1958
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Under Beilein, Michigan is 49-0||
when we score 80 or more. So the way forward is clear.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Are you saying that||
catching a pass and getting a shot off with a defender in one's face is something that happens so rarely in a game that it's "amazing?"
If Teske had done the same exact thing in the first half nobody would be saying it's "amazing." That he did it at crunch time is a testament to his ability to make the shot in that situation, but it's not like he hit it from half-court or was buried in the corner. He was well inside the FT line.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||There's nothing amazing about Teske's shot||
other than the fact that it came right before the buzzer—it was well within the arc and he got the pass in perfect position. It's a shot that players make numerous times every game.
The only amazing part of the play was the inbounds pass.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Northwestern played Western Michigan in 2013||
That was PJ Fleck's first season as Broncos head coach. I wonder if Greenstein wrote an article about this:
"One of Fleck's first actions as head coach was to rescind scholarship offers to incoming players who had verbally committed to Western Michigan. The withdraws occurred weeks before the national signing day, and left players unable to arrange other Division I scholarships as slots were already filled at other schools. "I know if it was me, I would be ticked," Fleck said of the players who had scholarship offers pulled. "I also know if it was me, I would have showed up in the office of the head football coach, telling him I was dying to still be here." Fleck started his position during a dead period when recruits are not allowed to have face-to-face contact with coaches."
|3 weeks 11 hours ago||While we made great progress in 2015||
not sure we're back to the point where winning is "easy" just yet.
|3 weeks 13 hours ago||I am going to do something unspeakable||
Don't tell us you're going to post that bikini pic of Melissa McCarthy...
|3 weeks 15 hours ago||Hmmmm... it's all clicking together||
I started listening to WTKA back in the mid-1990s when Doug Karsch was the afternoon guy, and for a few years there was a regular caller who Karsch called "Crazy Jay." This caller had a very distinctive voice with a nasal New England delivery, and was a complete nut on Michigan football and recruiting, and sometimes his on-air moniker did seem pretty accurate.
Fast forward 20 years, and now I'm hearing some guy referring to himself "the Beav" calling into WTKA in the mornings, and the voice sounds exactly the same as old Crazy Jay's.
Now it comes out that the name of "the Beav" is Jay, and he's from New England.
Coincidence? You decide.
|3 weeks 15 hours ago||The ironic thing from Swenson's perspective||
is that if he'd never said anything in the wake of his decommitment, then the whole world wouldn't know about his apparent refusal to camp at UM, or his refusal to work out for Harbaugh and staff, or about his disappointing performance during his senior season. It certainly isn't going to help him find another good program.
In other words, be careful before you whack that hornet's nest with the stick.
All that said, Harbaugh & Co. still screwed up in not making their decision much sooner. Assuming that the story about the refusal to camp and work out is accurate, JH would have been perfectly justified in yanking the offer at that point, and they should have. Instead, it looks like very mixed signals were being sent out by the staff even after Swenson's season was over.
|3 weeks 15 hours ago||Dr. Richard Tapper||
Too bad that Dick Trickle ended up in NASCAR... he would have been a natural in urology.
|3 weeks 16 hours ago||Nice commercial||
but what in hell is "Aurum"
|3 weeks 20 hours ago||"Anna Nicole married for love"||
Nobody I know thought for one second that she married that old rich coot for love.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||this site will not be operational on NSD||
Doesn't matter—none of us are going to be operational either.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||I think Harbaugh ought to decommit all our commits||
and then start over. That would be really exciting.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||It's the new normal||
for every program, not just Michigan.
The term "verbal commitment" should just be retired from the lexicon.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Why is granny sour?||
Because grandpa is soft and tasteless.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||I guess wank pheasants look like this||
|3 weeks 2 days ago||A dumpsterfuck||
also known as a Cleveland Steamer.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||"Harbaugh didn't talk to me. I asked for him, but never came in||
Well, sleeping over at recruits's houses and climbing trees is pretty demanding, schedule-wise.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Fair enough||
If the staff had internally decided last July that this Swenson kid was destined to be a bench warmer and nothing more but didn't let him know until January 10, that was a much-less-than-optimum way to handle it IMHO, since now he has about two weeks to land a spot at another program at a university he wants to attend. Maybe that won't be a problem for Swenson, but you'd certainly rather have an earlier notification. I know I'd feel that way if I was Swenson's father.
Whether reality is anything like this scenario we may never know.
Having said all that, it's good to keep in mind that Harbaugh learned at the knee of this guy:
"I did have some attrition, but the real football players stayed. I was harder on that Michigan team than I ever was on any other group... I killed them. I ran them into the ground....I was prepared for some attrition when I became Michigan's coach. I can honestly say we did not lose a guy who really could have helped us. I didn't lose any sleep over anyone who quit that spring..."
There must have been more than a few kids on scholarship who'd had a dream of playing for Michigan who felt like they'd been intentionally run out of the program by Schembechler. I don't think there's any question that if social media was around in 1969, Bo would have gotten roasted for this approach to his roster.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||I just don't like the slight shade you are throwing at Harbaugh||
Jim Harbaugh is not beyond criticism. He's not Gandhi or Mother Theresa, or any other saint. He's an aggressive, hard-driving individual with the same self-serving attributes that virtually all highly successful executives possess. He will say, and do, anything that he believes will help him be victorious over his competitors, even if what he says at one job seems to be at odds with things he's said at other jobs.
FWIW, Sam Webb addressed the Swenson situation this morning. While he stated openly that he is not privy to what communications there were between the staff and Swenson, he did say that the situation was "regrettable" and that he didn't think it would become standard practice here. Coming from somebody who's been an extremely enthusiastic and supportive fan of everything Harbaugh's done so far, that's as close to an open criticism of whatever happened as we're likely to hear from Webb.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||They list offers from Iowa, BC,||
Considering who BC's DC was until not too long ago, I'd bet that Don Brown had something to say about Dwumfour to Harbaugh.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Maybe Nordin thought the whole sleepover thing was really creepy||
and thinks USC is more sane.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||It's cheesy as hell, but so damn good.||
Verhoeven completely butchered the original book by Heinlein. Boooo
|3 weeks 3 days ago||democrats voted against and/or filibustered every single civil||
The historic and entirely lamentable role of the old Democratic Party in the South in opposing civll rights and perpetuating Jim Crow is well-documented, but It's a bit more complex than simple party affiliation.
Focusing on the role of southern Democrats who actively opposed the legislation shouldn't obscure the fact that 46 Democratic Senators and 153 Democratic Representatives did vote for the legislation.
What was by far the greatest determinant in the voting for the Civil Rights legislation was the geographical home of the Senators and Representatives; the vast majority of Senators and Representatives from the south, regardless of party, voted against the legislation.
However, Democrats from the states of the Union voted for the legislation in greater percentage than Republicans from the Union; Democrats from the states of the Confederacy also voted for the civil rights legislation in greater percentages than Republicans from the Confederacy states.
Regardless, it's the case that in spite of the fact that Republican votes were crucial in passing the legislation, once the acts were passed and signed into law by LBJ, the southern states immediately started voting Republican, starting in 1964 for Goldwater. They then voted heavily for Wallace, who ran as an Independent, not as a Democrat, in 1968. With only occasional incursions by southern Democratic candidates like Carter and Clinton, the south of the old Confederacy has turned increasingly Republican, especially at the state legislature level. Today, the Democratic Party across the South is as feeble as the Republican Party was in the south prior to the civil rights acts.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||The Professional is fucking awesome||
Jean Reno and Gary Oldman rip it up.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||A completely ridiculous and quintessential 80s movie||
Jennifer Beals was so hot, which made up for the ridiculousness.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Starship Troopers?||
Now that is indeed a piece of crap.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Nobody should ever be embarrassed about The Ref||
Denis Leary is hilarious. It's one of our must-watch Christmas movies every year.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||but it was well in evidence before then||
Yep. After my folks got divorced my mom, sister, and I lived on the east side of Detroit from summer of '65 to spring of '66. During that time the elections for Detroit Common Council (what city council was called then) were held and all the talk was about crime and people leaving the city. It was sort of depressing, and a relief when we moved back to the insular quietude of Grosse Pointe.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||The interstate system had its negatives and positives||
but its construction frequently ripped the guts out of declining but otherwise viable black neighborhoods in central cities, including Detroit, where the Chrysler Freeway and Lafayette Park replaced Black Bottom and Paradise Valley.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||I'm no expert, but||
that Hudson kid looks like he might be pretty decent at football.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||That's also known as||
Jehovah's Stiffness : An unwelcome erection which arrives at the most inconvenient times and then refuses to leave.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||You forgot something, MGrow||
Ages 70 and up: When you look fondly back on Ages 15 through 30
|3 weeks 4 days ago||At one point, Cavanagh was being mentioned||
as a guy with a future in national politics, and some were even saying he should run for President some day. The '67 riots destroyed his political career.
It was strange to grow up in Grosse Pointe and then drive along I-94 through Detroit and look up at the decrepit housing stock and other buildings that were easily visible from the freeway. In some ways it might as well have been another country entirely, and I guess it was.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||on the importance of labor unions||
My memory of his exact words that night is hazy, but I'd be surprised if he didn't mention that. However, I do know a good deal of his speech had to with the war in Vietnam, which he had become a vocal critic of.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||care to expand on that a bit for the board with a story?||
If I do, it'll be a diary.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||I was lucky enough||
to see Dr. King speak in person a few months before he was assassinated.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Cut The Fugitive some slack||
It's hard to stay current with the news when you're on the run after killing your wife.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||the result of an effort to get publicity for the region,||
Bingo. It's a very short-lived PR gambit. Sounds like it's already paid off, at least in the short term.
A friend of mine owned a Shell station in Ypsi a bunch of years ago, and one time he dropped his gas prices to below cost as a marketing ploy, and very quickly he was contacted by the Shell corporate people telling him they'd cut him off if he didn't raise his prices back to where they'd been.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||I'm not contesting that refs chronically don't do their job||
until shit gets out of hand, as it did tonight. That's the problem with taking fighting out of the game—if you're going to do that, then it's mandatory for the refs to do their fucking jobs from the get-go. When they don't, then you're just about assured that something out of line is going to happen.
Martin should have kept his wits about him once they went down, but now they'll just have to cope with whatever suspension he gets.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||A lot of you are wimps. Wussfication of America.||
Yeah, Michigan fans should shut the hell up and stop whining about what Gholston did to Denard Robinson when he was on the ground.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Always entertaining when UM fans make excuses for cheap shots||
that they'd be screaming about in spittle-flecked rage if it was done to a Michigan player.
Taking the cheap shot with the ref holding him was particularly stupid. Martin deserves a suspension, regardless of what was done to him while he was standing up.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Poor damn Toussaint||
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Since the OP won't take the obvious step||
|3 weeks 5 days ago||"He could definitely go to USC... the visit was a game-changer."||
Well that's reassuring.
I still think Michigan is in a very good position, but nothing would surprise me.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||I'm happy for Hoke and hope it works for him||
Unless and until we ever play Oregon, that is...
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Here's where Jim learned about khakis||
Marchibroda played his college ball at University of Detroit.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||NEVER EVER bring it into your bed at any age||
Our daughter slept in our bed a great deal during her first 12 months and suffered not the slightest ill effect. She's now a healthy and happy 31-year old and would say the "never let your child sleep in your bed EVER because doom" is silly, alarmist claptrap.
It's up to each mother and father to work out what's best for them and their child; for some couples it doesn't work to have the infant in bed with them, and for others it's no problem.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Rodman, but only in his Pistons incarnation||
Once he left the Pistons he became progressively nuts.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||don't forget that Lloyd refused to fight for us in 2006.||
LC had his shortcomings as a HC, but there was nothing he could have done or said that was going to get us into a rematch with OSU for the NC game.
|4 weeks 13 hours ago||OK, I don't get this||
"they have told certain players not to commit whereupon those players commit anyway"
Why in hell are they offering kids who they don't want to commit? Is there no due diligence at all before offers go out, or is this a case of some kids screwing up academically or behaviorally after they get the offers?
|4 weeks 15 hours ago||Rashan Gary is second most important||
First is Don Brown.
|4 weeks 15 hours ago||I'm skeptical about Caldwell||
but he's the first full-time Lions coach since George Wilson in '57-'58 to have a winning record overall in his first two seasons. So there's that.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Harbaugh + cyborg = Harborg||
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Why would you think Field is a possible replacement?||
What's the connection?
|4 weeks 1 day ago||I think that is where I used to go to hear bluegrass, isn't it?||
Yep, you probably listened to the RFD Boys
|4 weeks 1 day ago||The image at top states "Assistant Special Teams coach"||
but the actual press release just says "special teams coach." We'll see which is the accurate version...
|4 weeks 1 day ago||It's impossible to pronounce his name phonetically||
and not sound like Elmer Fudd.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||The Dry Line|
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Onwuzurike is still an option but seems unlikely ATM.||
Well then let's set up the damn ATM and give him the debit card. Stat.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||My thoughts and prayers again||
Doesn't hurt to do it twice.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||That's not the official Block M||
Someone alert the Logo Police at U-M.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Glad I'm not alone||
It's nice to have a fellow middle-schooler with you, innit?
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Is that scene as disgusting and unsightly as it's explained?!||
Yes it is, but other scenes with chickens were just as disturbing.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Maybe he was borderline and was close enough||
Seems like the logical explanation. Win some, lose some I guess.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Why did we offer him to begin with?||
Hard to believe that academic issues wouldn't have been apparent enough to save both parties the trouble. I feel bad for the kid but it seems like the diligence wasn't due enough on our end.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||It might help loosen scare tissue.||
I accumulated a huge amount of scare tissue in 2008 through 2014. You think hurdling might help?
|4 weeks 2 days ago||I don't watch any news on TV so I never saw these guys||
but strictly and solely from a marketing/branding standpoint, their name could not have been more poorly suited to their goals in the American news media market.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||So LL Cool J is coaching in the NFL now||
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Suspected suicide|
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Huh||
I thought the French-to-English translation of "spoom" was "splooge."
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Where's the evidence||
they actually hooked up?
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Thanks for the info||
An AD's job at the Michigan level is very complex, but as Bo said many years ago, ultimately success or failure for any Michigan AD is going to come down to who they hire for head football coach. That Miami track record is not particularly encouraging.