|8 hours 58 min ago||I imagine Laettner is a lot like Laimbeer or Chelios.||
Except that Laimbeer and Chelios actually helped their teams win championships in the pros.
|20 hours 43 min ago||"Pack your bags"?||
Interesting that Peppers, Morgan, Cole, and Butt are all leaving the team and turning pro.
|1 day 16 hours ago||So lemme get this straight||
It's an article of faith around here that Darrell Funk was a miserable failure at being an OL coach, even though the vast majority of MGoBloggers holding that opinion wouldn't be able to describe precisely, in detail, just exactly how and in what way he was deficient in his coaching methods if their lives depended on it. Their opinions were formed because of how ineffective our relatively-well regarded recruits were doing at game time.
Yet at the same time we're supposed to entirely dismiss out of hand the possibility that the previous S&C staff wasn't exactly up to snuff, either, because "it's up to the kids" or "all S&C coaches teach the same stuff."
Either all assistant coaches make a difference by virtue of the fact that they're individuals with unique strengths and weaknesses, or none of them do. You can't logically have it both ways.
|1 day 16 hours ago||Klima, I knew you'd show up||
but it's nice to see you're wearing a helmet now. Good decision.
|1 day 19 hours ago||Judging from your avatar, you're 142 years old||
Judging from your comment, you're about 12.
|1 day 21 hours ago||Not really surprising he'd have Stanford high on his list||
Stanford signed two QBs in 2011, Evan Crower and Kevin Hogan, and Hogan's the only one left from that year. Stanford signed no QBs in 2012. In 2013, they signed only Ryan Burns, a 4-star out of VA. In 2014 they signed only Keller Chryst, a 4-star from Palo Alto. Stanford signed no QBs in the 2015 class.
That means that the only real competition for playing time for Costello would be Burns and Chryst, and they're two and three years ahead of him. Contrast that with Michigan, where he would have a senior Morris, and Malzone, Speight, Gentry, and whoever else JH recruits in the 2016 class, plus maybe a transfer or two.
Not to mention Stanford's a great school in his part of the country, which is not featured on the Weather Channel for subzero temperatures.
|2 days 17 hours ago||Bo Schembechler was a great coach||
But he was far from infallible too. Every coach has his blind spots; the great ones just have fewer of them, and the ones they do have tend to be less damaging.
|3 days 10 hours ago||Thanks for the link||
My wife and I are huge fans of animation, but I don't remember ever seeing this one.
This is one reason why MGoBlog is what it is.
|3 days 11 hours ago||Saw this and the other Oscar nominees||
At the State a couple of weeks ago. Awesome animation coupled with great storytelling can't be beat.
|3 days 15 hours ago||I don't seen any video running at that site||
Do you have to log in to see something?
|3 days 19 hours ago||I've driven the length of Kansas on my way to Colorado||
many times over the years, and I think the western parts of the state along I-70 are beautful in a strange, almost abstract kind of way. It's just gently rising pasture or open range land as far as the eye can see on both sides of the interstate, punctuated only by the occasional small town or copse of trees off in the distance.
That being said, it's always exciting to finally cross the border into Colorado and start straining the eyeballs for the first faint glimpse of the Front Range.
|4 days 9 hours ago||can't tell because lighting is crappy||
Is it a light blue-gray, or does it just appear that way because it's in shadow? Impossible to tell.
|4 days 9 hours ago||Brian made an interesting comment this morning||
during the MGoBlog roundtable on WTKA, he said that when he attended practices under the prior regime, a large portion of the players were frequently just standing around. Assuming he didn't just happened to be there at odd times, I think it speaks to how poorly prepared the team often looked during the past three seasons. A coaching staff that can't manage and plan the limited amount of practice time they've got so that the players are maximizing the amount of work they're doing both physically and mentally is probably not going to be very good at getting the fundamentals across.
Brian's observation after observing one practice under JH is that things are now radically different—very little standing around, and everybody's running.
|4 days 15 hours ago||Dear Mr. Jim Blue||
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|4 days 17 hours ago||Those bottoms are going to look like||
the players' shorts are falling down and exposing their underwear. Sorta like the sagging look comes to basketball unis. Excellent thinking.
|5 days 7 hours ago||"blew a lot of Rose Bowls to much weaker opponents"||
I won't deny that we tended to play conservatively in the Rose Bowls under Bo, and I agree that it contributed to our losses.
However, when you designate those USC teams we played in the Rose Bowls after the '76 and '78 seasons as "much weaker," you couldn't be more ridiculously, blindly wrong.
The '76 USC team went 11-1 and finished #2 in the country, behind undefeated Pitt. The '78 USC team went 12-1 and won the fucking national championship.
On top of that, in the 1977 through 1981 NFL drafts—which would have covered almost all of UM's and USC's rosters for the 1976 and 1978 teams—Michigan had 28 players drafted. USC had 48 drafted.
Three of those USC players on the '78 team—Marcus Allen, Ronnie Lott, and Anthony Munoz—are in the NFL Hall of Fame. The '76 USC team also included Vince Evans, Charles White, Dennis Thurman, Ricky Bell, Keith Van Horne, Marvin Powell, and Clay Matthews, all of whom had NFL careers.
In addition, that Washington team we played after the 1977 season that you're sneering at had a guy named Warren Moon at QB, who's now in the NFL Hall of Fame.
You're making the same provincial homer mistake that most Michigan fans continue to make to this day: for some bizarre reason, Michigan fans refuse to acknowledge that USC has been far, far more productive at putting top-level talent into the NFL over the past 50+ years than Michigan has. Michigan has had two players since 1960 go into the HOF—Dierdorf and Tom Mack. USC has had ten.
|5 days 23 hours ago||Jim Harbaugh would not be impressed||
with how easily so many of you are impressed.
|5 days 23 hours ago||There's a real serious danger not far down the road for rap||
Once Artificial Intelligence gains self-awareness, no human rapper will be able to keep up.
|6 days 10 hours ago||Watching him give the stink-eye to a dumb question||
reminds me of something else.
"O.K., from a distance Bo comes on like a yahoo. And that's Bo's public image. He has had horrible problems with the press, which has this nasty habit of wanting to talk to him when he loses, his mother's advice notwithstanding. But even if the media's timing were better, it probably wouldn't make much difference, because Bo hates the press. Not just a little. A lot. The Voice of Michigan Football, Bob Ufer, says he has tried to get Schembechler to be nicer to the media. "But he told me," says Ufer, " 'Bob, if I win, I don't need the press, and if I lose, they can't help me.' " Ufer defends Schembechler, whose record at Michigan over 12 years is 114-21-3; Bo's teams have won the Big Ten title twice and tied for it seven times.
Says Ufer, "Bo has two categories of things in his life: what matters and what doesn't matter. What matters is football. What doesn't matter is everything else. Bo is the kind of guy who is so dedicated that he doesn't realize how he's coming off." So while some coaches like to go out and drink with sportswriters, Bo would prefer to break out in warts.
Until a couple of years ago, he would routinely storm out of press conferences, kick reporters out of the sessions ("Don't be offended," says one of Bo's friends. "He'd kick Millie out, too"), make himself unavailable and order his players not to talk. Talking very softly once at a press conference, he was asked to speak up. "I'm speaking as loudly as I can," said Bo softly and arrogantly. And in a memorable set-to on Oct. 1, 1979, Schembechler gave an absolutely unnecessary push to a publicity-seeking college newspaper reporter.
Yet too much is read into all this. As Don Canham, athletic director at Michigan, says, "Bo is oblivious to life."
From Sports Illustrated, September 14, 1981
|6 days 16 hours ago||flexible front plate on the forehead area above the facemask.||
Hell, if we're making helmets flexible again we might as well go all the way:
|6 days 17 hours ago||It's amazing how cluttered these uniforms have become.||
At the current rate of clutterization, in five years we're going to look like NASCAR.
|6 days 17 hours ago||Harbaugh definitely falls in the latter category.||
If you look at the statements Harbaugh made to the Stanford faithful right after he started in Palo Alto, and look at how he's handled things here in A2, one thing is for certain: Jim Harbaugh knows how to play to his audience. He's a master politician.
|6 days 17 hours ago||Those who hate helmet stickers feel they interfere with||
the inherent beauty of the winged helmet. To me, the large black attachment tabs with the prominent Adidas logo are far, far more intrusive. At least helmet stickers are about Michigan.
|6 days 20 hours ago||This is a brilliant branding solution in two respects||
1. They made the new team color closer to their instate rival's: http://www.bengals.com/
2. They took a basic rendition of a bulldog and turned it into a Hanna-Barbera cartoon.
|6 days 23 hours ago||That's a brotastic duckface||
I see future sales & marketing execs in that pic.
|1 week 44 min ago||Government agencies, colleges/universities, Fortune 500 co's.||
No wonder so many institutions and companies are fucked up.
|1 week 1 hour ago||Nobody should worry about Ty's weight right now||
First, Webb said this morning that when Isaac left USC, he was 250, so he's actually dropped some weight.
In addition, Jim Brown was 6-2 and 232, and he was one of the most dominant RBs in NFL history. John Riggins was 6-2 and 230, and he's in the NFL HOF. Ty being 6-3 and 240 isn't out of whack by itself; it all depends on what kind of weight he's carrying. I don't have any doubt that he'll be in good shape by the time fall camp arrives.
|1 week 2 hours ago||what in the freaking hell does Disney have to do with Texas?||
"That's what Disney Institute officials stressed during their meetings with Texas administrators in Orlando, Fla. "We can't control what happens on the field, but we can control how people feel," said Brent Centlivre, Texas' account manager at the Disney Institute."
Sweet Jesus, these idiots are even more extreme than Brandon.
It's amazing how ADs like Patterson and Brandon can't seem to recognize the fundamental distinction between a pro franchise and an educational institution's sports teams.
|1 week 2 hours ago||This is kind of a bizarre statement for Wilcher to make||
Especially given that Wilcher is a alum Wolverine. I wonder if it was sarcasm; otherwise, he's just given Meyer a big wet kiss.
|1 week 3 hours ago||You're 100% right—whoever "Thomas" was, he was talented as hell||
I wouldn't be surprised if he had a career in the visual arts of some sort. I came across the image in the course of designing some historic exhibits that are all over downtown A2.
I don't know where the illustration originally appeared, but my first guess would be the Michigan Daily, which first appeared in 1890. The Michigan Gargoyle would also be a likely bet, but its first issue was 1909, so it wasn't in publication at the time of the event.
|1 week 17 hours ago||he's always looking to profit off of Michigan's mistakes,||
I haven't read Bo's Lasting Lessons, but I wouldn't have guessed it was all about Michigan's mistakes. Go figure.
|1 week 21 hours ago||Who the hell is down voting all these nice comments?||
Some sad fuck who somehow derives some satisfaction from exercising the awesome power of the neg. There are also people in the world who enjoy pulling the wings off of flies. Makes them feel big I guess.
|1 week 23 hours ago||Clark's interviews are really bad from what I've been hearing||
Hearing from who? What's your source?
|1 week 1 day ago||Then we wonder why we don't get high level recruits||
So lemme get this straight: you're saying that we're having trouble in BB recruiting because we don't have rappers visit our locker room often enough?
|1 week 2 days ago||one of my 80-something year-old clients knows who Taco Pants is||
Anybody who was born during the Great Depression and knows who Taco Pants is needs to be the subject of a special Brian Cook interview.
|1 week 2 days ago||MGoBlog is an ecosystem with Multiple-Personality Syndrome||
We have the dominant personality of Brian and his staff, who express their crazed passion for Michigan athletics with a dispassionate and frequently brilliantly-expressed analysis of fact-based reality, much of it statistically based. Even if it's sometimes laced with a liberal amount of unhinged bile, it's still like nothing else on the tubes.
We have a dedicated core of non-staff who provide more inside information about the mechanics of football, basketball, hockey and anal scent glands than I'll ever be able to truly understand, but in the context of Michigan athletics. Except the anal scent glands.
We have a wide band of near-lunatic regulars who can be counted on for consistently hilarious commentary—some of it visual—on whatever topic at hand that repeatedly get me close to spitting my coffee/martini/Lagavulin all over my keyboard.
We have short-lived members who flame out spectacularly in a display of awesomely dumb derptitude, occasioning much of the hilarious commentary from those in the previous group.
And, to use tonight as an example, we have enough members that somebody can post a completely OT thread about an egghead topic like artificial intelligence, and instead of moronic, ignorance-celebrating derision, we have over 50 and counting intelligent, thoughtful and informed responses.
I think the latter is possible because of the first factor: the founder of MGoBlog comes to the world of Michigan sports from an engineering/science/data analysis background (among other things), and that sensibility informs everything that goes on here.
|1 week 2 days ago||A view from 1954: "Answer"||
Dwan Ev ceremoniously soldered the final connection with gold. The eyes of a dozen television cameras watched him and the subether bore throughout the universe a dozen pictures of what he was doing.
He straightened and nodded to Dwar Reyn, then moved to a position beside the switch that would complete the contact when he threw it. The switch that would connect, all at once, all of the monster computing machines of all the populated planets in the universe -- ninety-six billion planets -- into the supercircuit that would connect them all into one supercalculator, one cybernetics machine that would combine all the knowledge of all the galaxies.
Dwar Reyn spoke briefly to the watching and listening trillions. Then after a moment's silence he said, "Now, Dwar Ev."
Dwar Ev threw the switch. There was a mighty hum, the surge of power from ninety-six billion planets. Lights flashed and quieted along the miles-long panel.
Dwar Ev stepped back and drew a deep breath. "The honor of asking the first question is yours, Dwar Reyn."
"Thank you," said Dwar Reyn. "It shall be a question which no single cybernetics machine has been able to answer."
The mighty voice answered without hesitation, without the clicking of a single relay.
"Yes, now there is a God."
Sudden fear flashed on the face of Dwar Ev. He leaped to grab the switch.
A bolt of lightning from the cloudless sky struck him down and fused the switch shut.
by Fredric Brown
|1 week 3 days ago||".but not thread worthy."||
But the 159 comments in the Friday Posbang thread about how cold it is, voms and brown rain, Alison Brie, and how cold it is again apparently are thread-worthy to you.
|1 week 4 days ago||complain about every fucking thing that other people do or say||
If you're referring to my comment from yesterday, my criticism was about Brian's choice of words in one sentence out of his entire piece, and wondered about the nature of the emotions behind it. Not exactly "every fucking thing."
Do you think that strongly worded opinions on a blog on any topic won't ever generate negative views? Seems to me that goes with the territory of blogging. Brian wrote something, I expressed a counter opinion about a portion of it, and that's the end of it. It doesn't bother me in the slightest that Brian or other MGoBloggers strongly disagreed with me. I agree it's largely a question of semantics.
I think David Brandon was a shithead during his tenure as AD. To me, that's different from saying he's a piece of shit human being, but I recognize that might be a rather ridiculous distinction without a difference to many people. So be it.
And I don't get the criticism by others that it's time to forget all this stuff. I agree with Brian wholeheartedly: never forget.
|1 week 4 days ago||that is a harsh line of tweets, damn.||
No shit. I guess I should retract my criticism of Brian's wordage about DB.
|1 week 4 days ago||Awesome new pic of your wife||
Is that an Instagram filter?
|1 week 4 days ago||The first five minutes?|
|1 week 5 days ago||Brandon's biggest failure was the MSU/ OSU schedule imbalance||
100% right. Don Canham would never have let that idea get beyond the laughing, "you've got to be shitting me, right?" stage.
|1 week 5 days ago||"maybe the NCAA will actually do something about it."||
LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOOLOL.....(catches breath) that was a good one!
|1 week 5 days ago||Strictly prehistoric||
1. Was at Tiger Stadium in 1968 when Tigers clinched first pennant in 23 years, made all the more fantastic by the fact it was a victory against the Yankees. Still have the ticket stub.
2. 1968 World Series: Tigers come from behind 3-1 deficit and Mickey Lolich beats invincible Bob Gibson in game 7
3. 1971 UM-OSU - Michigan clinches undefeated season as Woody goes apeshit on sidelines
4. 1979 UM-Indiana: I was in Michigan Stadium watching AC work his magic in the waning seconds. Even my football-blasé new wife was jumping up and down for joy.
5. 1996-97 UM wins NC in hockey and football
|1 week 5 days ago||Whaaa? is this a Communist country?|
|1 week 5 days ago||Being Power 5 AD means your job is conservation, not reinvention||
This is a perfect analysis of the situation. You, and hundreds of thousands of other Michigan fans, "get it."
The whole "If it ain't broke, break it!" mentality that DB promulgated proved just how badly he didn't "get it."
|1 week 5 days ago||If you think Brian is like David Brandon||
If you read my comment and somehow came away with that conclusion, your reading comprehension is laughably, comically bad. No, really, it sucks.
I have a huge amount of respect for Brian and what he's created at MGoBlog. I wouldn't have been a constant visitor/commenter here since before its present incarnation if I felt otherwise. However, that doesn't mean I don't disagree with some things he writes from time to time, and occasionally I disagree strongly, like this.
|1 week 5 days ago||I'll allow Brian some room for poetic hyperbole here.||
As you would somebody saying they wanted to "torture Rich Rodriguez," I gather?
|1 week 5 days ago||"piece of shit human being" is wayyyyyy over the top||
The ISIS barbarians lopping heads off are pieces of shit human beings. The Boko Haram lunatics who are burning schoolchildren alive are pieces of shit human beings. The Taliban who blow up schools are pieces of shit human beings. The Alabama cops who beat an Indian grandfather visiting his family and left him partially paralyzed are pieces of shit human beings. People who knowingly approve the dumping of poisonous chemicals into the sources of drinking water are pieces of shit human beings.
Brian's description of David Brandon as an arrogant, condescending, and deeply flawed man who was really, really bad at his job at Michigan is very accurate, and that should have been enough.
The problems DB created at Michigan are the very definition of first-world problems—nobody was killed, truly sickened, poisoned, tortured, imprisoned unfairly, or denied basic necessities of life. Anger, disappointment, frustration, I get. Bitter, acidic, eye-bugging, spittle-flecked rage I don't.
This sort of unhinged bile is exactly the kind of crap that RR was subjected to on a daily basis. Like the time local radio douchebag Jeff Defran laughed live on-air when a lunatic caller said he "wanted to torture Rich Rodriguez." I'm sure he would liked to have said "piece of shit human being Rich Rodriguez" if he could have gotten away with it on the radio.
|1 week 5 days ago||"will be years before he will be able to make a mark like OSU"||
Man, that's more pessimistic than that debbie downer skull avatar guy.
|1 week 5 days ago||If it takes more than 3 words and/or 4 syllables||
Now let's don't get all crazy and stuff. Lite beer is pisswater.
I like the pretentious artisanal microbrews as much as anybody—hey, I love Heady Topper!—but reading the drinking threads sometimes reminds me of all the kids I knew growing up in Grosse Pointe discussing their stereo equipment or sports cars or skiing destinations.
|1 week 6 days ago||as we all know, there are two sides to a story.||
OK, so tell us what is their story? That a disabled vet who is half their size physically assaulted them? That she invited their verbal assault by being disabled?
It won't happen because it's an SEC school in a part of the country where college football is essentially a religion, but these punks should have their asses thrown off the team.
The comments of the Auburn fans are interesting, given that the part of the country where college football is essentially a religion is also the same part of the country where reverential respect for the military is worn as a badge of cultural identity. Apparently college football trumps respect for our military vets.
|1 week 6 days ago||You really needed to start a thread over this? That's sad.||
We have multiple "What are you drinking" threads every week full of humblebragging about what awesomely obscure artisanal microbrew from Vermont or California somebody is drinking, but you choose to make this comment about somebody posting a photo of our new coach in a Michigan hat.
|1 week 6 days ago||I didn't get any candy that night.||
You need to provide us with much, much more detail.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Coyle's last season was in '72, but would've graduated May 73||
Here's his senior portrait. Quite the Irish 'fro:
|2 weeks 1 day ago||that guttural growl and snarl||
is something I'd expect to come out of an animal ten times its size.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||No idea what Moore was rated out of HS||
According to Rivals, Moore was a three-star and ranked #31 in the country.
Looking at the list, it's surprising how few of these guys even made any kind of mark in college, let alone in the NFL. I love the line about Mike Paulus: "Has future NFL star written all over him." I think he might be the younger brother of Greg Paulus, since they're both listed as having attended Christian Brothers Academy in Syracuse.
Looking at the Rivals rankings for the 2006 class alone—who would be in the prime of their NFL careers by 2014—there were 38 five-stars and 332 four-stars for a total of 370. If you assume that the two years immediately preceding and following 2006 would furnish roughly the same numbers, that means that approximately 1,850 five- and four-star college recruits would have been available for the NFL in the classes of 2004 through 2008. That such a tiny number of them showed up on the two Superbowl rosters this year is interesting.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||McCabe has it all wrong||
Freddy Canteen was absolutely awesome in his footwork drill wearing only shorts and shoes, and he's on his way to the Heisman.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||"Ugh those are the worst."||
Explain yourself. Are you saying that baby girls are the worst, or babies in general are the worst, or wives who just delivered of your spawn are the worst, or what?
|2 weeks 2 days ago||It's below zero, icy winds are forming deep drifts on Zeeb Rd||
Must really suck to be in Hawaii right now. My sympathies.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||VD is a huge marketing ploy.||
Yep, it's all just a ruse to sell more penicillin.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||"Anti-Valentine's" event you say?|
|2 weeks 2 days ago||random, seemingly unprovoked down votes that make zero sense||
So much of it is so obviously petty and juvenile that some threads look like an MLive post.
If you did a psychological study of all the twerps who do this, you'd be able to build a pretty comprehensive—and consistent—character profile. And it wouldn't be pretty. That's why I'm in favor of a commenting system that identifies who's upvoting or downvoting in threads.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Advanced Resumé Stuffing 600 - Seminar and Independent Project||
This course is intended for Ross Business School students planning on entering the fields of sales & marketing, public relations, or venture capital and tech startups who desire synergistic entries on their CV demonstrating aptitudes across multiple disciplines. The main course goals are:
• Concoct spurious "need" aimed at target demographic
Students in ARS 600 are expected to deploy marketing and PR keywords fluidly and easily in normal conversation; extra credit hours are awarded if students are able to describe project coherently when shitfaced at Rick's.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||The Big Lebowski||
bored me so much that I didn't finish watching it. And I've loved all other Coen bros movies.
"Chronicles of Riddick" is the most underrated sci-fi movie of all time.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||If they're going to post fake customer reviews||
at least get the team right:
"A great way to stay in touch with my home team
As a native of Michigan, I grew up a fan of the War Eagles. When I found this app, I was really excited to that I found a way to keep in touch with my favorite team!"
|2 weeks 3 days ago||a group of talented musicians (from Santana||
The single best song played at Woodstock was "Soul Sacrifice."
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Beatles overrated... A couple decent songs and a lot of garbage||
Every day I can find somebody wrong on the internet, and here you are.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Have you just not listened to American Beauty?||
I was forced to listen to it and other Dead stuff endlessly during sophomore year in Markley. My roomie was a Deadhead from Virginia and he worshipped them. I just now went to Youtube and found the full American Beauty album and listened for a couple minutes to several cuts. Yep, they still can't sing for shit.
However, my roomie was also an Allman Brothers fanatic, so that made up for the Dead.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||The Grateful Dead: one of the most||
ridiculously overrated groups of all time, and Jerry Garcia is one of the most ridiculously overrated guitarists of all time. None of them could sing for shit, either.
The Rolling Stones most interesting music was done when Brian Jones was still with the group. After that, it was a slow slide into self-parody and leaden, plodding rhythms suitable to geezers way over the fucking hill.
Metal sucks ass.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||we've been the #2 school for a LOT of big-time players over the||
past 20 years that I've been paying close attention to Michigan recruiting. This should not be surprising in the least to Michigan fans. This especially the case with respect to the state where Smith is from, Georgia.
Using Rivals as a reference, I went back to 2002, the earliest class they list in their database. Since that year through the 2015 recruiting class, Michigan has brought a grand total of 4 four-star defensive recruits from the states of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and South Carolina: Adam Patterson/2006/South Carolina; Vlad Emilien/2009/Florida; Richard Ash/2010/Florida; and Marvin Robinson/2010/Florida.
It's certainly not the case that we haven't recruited the deep south; we've gotten at least 25 players from these states over this time period, but they've either been offensive recruits or lower-rated defensive recruits. For whatever reason, we haven't been able to lure more than a tiny amount of "elite" defensive talent from these states, and what we've gotten hasn't had much of an impact anyhow.
I'm also not saying that kids from Texas or Virginia or Tennessee, for example, can't be elite, but given the large numbers of top defensive recruits from the deep south states mentioned above—which comprise the core states for Alabama, LSU, Ole Miss, Mississippi St., SC, Clemson, and the FSU/UF/MIami triad—it would certainly be to our advantage to have more success. With Harbaugh's extensive ties to CA, I would bet we're more likely to get top kids from out west than from the deep south, but maybe Durkin can change that.
It's also possible that we've had greater success in years prior to 2002; James Hall was from Louisiana, but I don't know how highly regarded he was at the time of his recruitment.
I am NOT saying kids who are rated lower than four stars are unworthy of attention, but I do believe that getting "elite" defensive talent out of the deep south will continue to be a rare thing for Michigan, at least if recent history is any guide. This is the primary reason I was so skeptical that Smith would choose Michigan.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||really don't understand why they feel that this needs to be done||
It's a requirement for Advanced Resumé Stuffing 600. See the Ross School syllabus for full course description.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||No, but these two guys do||
Have you ever seen Jimmy Hoffa and Tom Izzo together at the same time? Neither have I.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||There's just one thing left to say||
Oh, the inanity.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||so is categorically dismissing an entire genre of music.||
So you like disco, elevator Muzak, and bagpipes?
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Advanced Resumé Stuffing 600 has begun||
The seminar meets 4:00 every Monday and Wednesday at Rick's.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Up and down guy||
The guy who's irrationally exuberant before the season starts and then irrationally outraged after a tough loss.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Joe Bolden's badassery||
It was such awesome badassery that we lost by three TDs, gave up 446 yds on defense, and mustered a whopping 61 yds rushing.
Good thing that the BigTen championship will go to the coaching staff that sends out the most tweets to the fanbase.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||It is completely despicable that any military health care org||
would resort to fine print in order to deny coverage to somebody who is literally putting their life on the line for this country. To me, this kind of action by Tricare—not to mention the fucked-up horrors that many vets have endured in the clutches of the VA—is morally equivalent to treason.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||its UCLA or Georgia with a Georgia lean.||
Well what a surprise. I'm shocked. Gobsmacked even. Nobody could have predicted this.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||You'd think the adults would know its almost impossible||
To really hide birth and residency info today. Too much of it is available digitally online and therefore really easy to check. It's like politicians texting pics of their junk and thinking it will stay private.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||If J. Snottington Snerdley III had any talent, he was ours||
He's 6-4/245, but unfortunately he's a spoiled trust fundie at Philips Exeter who'd rather snort coke at his parent's summer place in the Hamptons.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Here's the Ross course this project is for||
Advanced Resumé Stuffing 600 - Seminar and Independent Project
• Concoct spurious "need" aimed at target demographic
Students in ARS 600 are expected to deploy marketing and PR keywords fluidly and easily in normal conversation; extra credit hours are awarded if students are able to describe project coherently when shitfaced at fraternity party.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Ross undergrad looking for a big line to have on his resume.||
Bingo. It's so transparently self-serving it's comical.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||This is exactly where this is headed and I DON'T like it||
Hey, wait a minute... I'm in total agreement with you, which means these punks have achieved their goal of uniting the Michigan fanbase!
|2 weeks 5 days ago||What are they thinking?||
They're thinking the immortal words of David Brandon: "If if ain't broke, break it!"
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Words can't convey how completely fucking idiotic this is||
"Business sophomore Adam Weiss, a representative on the CSG Assembly, spoke on behalf of the song campaign, which he called “Hail and Unite.” He said his friend, LSA senior Mike Weinberg, conceptualized the project.
“This project is meant to be, number one, extremely unique,” Weiss said. “The goal of this song is to get a lot of big names that are associated with the University.”
He added that the project would also be backed by a crowd-funding campaign, which is tentatively set to launch next month."
So in other words, this is fundamentally a business/branding project that Weiss wants to add to his resumé that he'll be handing out to VC firms and coastal startups after he graduates. There is no identifiable intrinsic need for a new fight song of any sort.
It gets even more ridiculous:
"While the song’s lyrics and tune are still undetermined, Weiss said it is the organization’s aim to involve big names in the music business and University alumni to contribute to the song. For example, he said Weinberg wants to get Eminem involved.
What the fuck does this mean? What are these "big names" supposed to do? Sing? Write lyrics? Contribute money? Twerk onstage?
What he's proposing is that this song will be developed by a committee. You know what committees produce? They produce stuff like this:
|2 weeks 6 days ago||No need to be literally ignorant then insult others.||
Yep, Rick Ross is the living incarnation of Shakespeare, Hemingway, and Wallace combined.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Jim Harbaugh could shit in a bag||
And all you slappies would claim it's filet mignon.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I'm stealing this||
"festering with "pulled out of my asshole at the drop of a hat" freshness"
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority||
They just sent me an email saying I'm the inheritor of a planeload of diamonds and all I need to do is send them my bank account # and the diamonds are mine.
Changing gears, Magnus: Roquan Smith is listed on Rivals as being 6-0 and 203. This strikes me as being a bit on the small side for a LB. Is he projected to get much bigger?
|2 weeks 6 days ago||This idiot debacle in Chicago would be reason enough||
to fire David Brandon if he wasn't gone already. In fact, Michigan should hire him again just so they can fire him for this.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||do you just go with whatever is the OPPOSITE of what we want||
If I'm going to bother making a prediction, I'm not going to simply ape the prevailing wishful thinking, which is the modus operandi for all fan bases. A good percentage of the prediction-making around here is the functional equivalent of 8-year olds fantasizing about their Christmas presents on Christmas Eve, and to them I'm the Grinch.
It's hard enough to get elite prospects from the deep South to come north, and it's especially the case when your program has been struggling recently. On top of that, look at the Smith situation in particular: you know that the Georgia program had to have been hugely disappointed that he was going to commit to UCLA, and it's very likely that there were plenty of people in Smith's home town and circle of friends and family who would have preferred him to play at Georgia because they're Dawg fans themselves and/or wanted the chance to see him play in Athens and in other SEC stadiums. It was the Georgia staff that alerted the Smith camp about the impending departure of the UCLA coach who recruited him, and it would be surprising to me if they're not now saying to Smith and his family, "See, we've proven that we've got your back: we did you a solid, so return the favor and commit to the program that's really honest with you." I think that would be a hard thing for Smith to turn down at this point. If he still spurns Georgia, I'd guess it would be for TA&M since he's still be playing most of his games in the South. It's a 3- to 7-hour drive from his home town of Montezuma, GA to Gaineville, Knoxville, Tuscaloosa, Columbia, Starkville, or Baton Rouge. If he's playing for UCLA or Michigan, the only way they're seeing him play is either on TV or with an expensive flight north or west or a 12+ hour drive. Not everybody has the dough for plane fare, compared to a couple tanks of gas for the car.
If Durkin and Harbaugh are successful in getting that done I'll be the first to say I was wrong, and I'll be very happy if I have to do that.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||But we were assured it really did mean something||
"If he really was firmly committed to OSU, and not seriously considering the flip, there's no way he'd be wearing a Michigan shirt"
|3 weeks 1 hour ago||I think this sounds good for the guys in BLUE!||
??? Georgia's colors are red and white.
|3 weeks 1 hour ago||Sammy Baugh was never on NFL Films||
unless it was a retrospective. NFL Films began as Blair Motion Pictures in 1962, and Baugh retired from the NFL a decade earlier in 1952.
|3 weeks 10 hours ago||This is unpossible||
What a teenager wears is always 100% accurate in showing where he's going to play football
|3 weeks 15 hours ago||"Pump ups?"||
For a couple of seconds I thought this post was about erectile dysfunction solutions.
Come to think of it we've been suffering from football dysfunction so maybe it's not off the mark.
|3 weeks 17 hours ago||Keyser Soze|
|3 weeks 17 hours ago||If Roquan Smith comes here, I'll eat a lemon||
meringue pie one slice per day until it's gone.
|3 weeks 17 hours ago||You seem certifiably crazy, sir.||
No shit. Or he's just trolling in the hopes of stirring up a hornet's nest for whatever reason. In either case I'd endorse a nice long vacation in La Paz.
|3 weeks 17 hours ago||You may have some significant psychological issues||
I'd suggest seeking professional help.
|3 weeks 20 hours ago||"We shouldn't need it to be February to cleberate AA greatness"||
Seriously? That's the reason you negged the OP?
How you get from the blindingly obvious point that we should be aware of the contributions of African Americans in months other than February to effectively criticizing somebody for posting an article about Ward specifically because it's now Black History Month is bizarre and more than a little disingenuous. It's almost as though you're trying to provoke something.
Do you neg all comments on St. Patrick's Day? After all, we shouldn't need March 17 to celebrate Irish culture. Let's neg people who post articles about Gerald Ford on President's Day—we don't need President's Day to celebrate famous Presidents, right? Let's not hear any celebration of Italian-American culture on Columbus Day, either—that should be year 'round. Hell, buying gifts for family members on their birthday is stupid, since they should be celebrated all year.
As for your whining about "public shaming," you created the situation yourself first by negging a completely uncontroversial OP about a famous Michigan athlete, and then declining to explain why until you were criticized for it. As for your occupation, presumably you're in that business in large part because you love sports, which makes your comment especially strange.
As your commenting history shows, you have no hesitation in calling other MGoBloggers morons or idiots or other caustic terms. If you're going to dish it out like that, you can't complain if the criticism comes back at you.
And no, I don't think you should be banned.
|3 weeks 21 hours ago||Hail Willis Ward!||
That's Willis Ward, Michigan Man.
* Apparently EastUGoBlue doesn't like Willis Ward. It's interesting that somebody who works "at the headquraters of a major sporting goods company" would neg a simple post about a famous Michigan player without having the stones to say why.
|3 weeks 21 hours ago||Here's the wiki profile of Ward|
|3 weeks 1 day ago||You've got an achievement badge all right...||
...for drunk posting. Go to bed.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||I miss Dynersty...||
So do I. It wasn't haute cuisine but it was good and fast and cheap. Plus the name always cracked me up.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||It's all about the Benjamins||
Considering the significant decrease in state appropriations over the last decade or more, it's probably not surprising.
I still think it sucks.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||The internet and social media||
are flypaper for morans.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||This happened to myself and my cohort.||
I assume this was grad school, right? What was your field?
My daughter is finishing her PhD, and individual faculty members were a huge reason she initially chose her school.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||the idiot element in our own fanbase had no small hand in that.||
Some days it seems silly to make the argument that there's some intrinsic Michigan Difference with our fanbase.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||There is an analogy to academic situations||
My brother has been in academia as a tenured prof at two Big Ten institutions for over 35 years, so I asked him this morning if there's an analogy to academia. He said that it's very common for graduate students to apply to grad programs specifically because of individual profs or researchers at those programs.
He then said it would definitely be a huge disappointment if a grad student turned down offers from grad schools W, X, and Y in order to study under somebody at grad school Z only to have that prof leave for another institution shortly thereafter.
However, there is a different wrinkle: he said it's not uncommon for faculty members who are leaving for other institutions to bring their top grad students with them to the new institution; that's an obvious difference from what college athletes can do.
This doesn't address the fact that college athletics isn't an academic pursuit, but that's a different issue.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||The rambling dipshitese makes my ears bleed||
I really do think he might have some psychological issues.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Frita Batidos||
Good food, but I'd recommend carry-out because every interior surface is reflective and hard and the noise volume when it's full is ear-splitting. We also had our drinks served in plastic bags with a straw sticking out of it, which was weird as hell and not the easiest to handle.
Ate at Pacific Rim last night for first time. A bit pricey but food was great and interesting.
The Grange has unconventional but interesting menu; sit upstairs where they have a bar and serve smaller, cheaper dishes.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Smith suffered from dementia||
Excellent long article about Smith here:
|3 weeks 1 day ago||guy that gets run out of every job he's had due to lack of tact||
Thanks for this important insider information. Here are some other facts we should all know:
• The moon landings were faked
• A secret underground base near Dulce, New Mexico houses aliens who are experimenting on humans
• The government is suppressing technology to harness quantum vacuum zero point energy
• John F. Kennedy and Mariiyn Monroe are alive and living together in a nursing home in Argentina
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Talk is cheap and so is twitter||
Beat Ohio State and you've accomplished something.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||and our "schematic advantage" is off the chart||
One of the unfortunate characteristics of internet-enabled social media is that it encourages group-think hype & hysteria masquerading as reality-based judgement. The wild swings in conventional wisdom here at MGoBlog is a perfect example of this. Before too long Jim Harbaugh and his staff will be outed as normal human beings capable of making mistakes, and there will be plenty of former Harbaughmaniacs who will sustain compound fractures of the tibia in the course of jumping off the train.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||This analysis would seem to undercut the idea||
that JH hired Lyon's mom solely to lure him here... it's not as though he's Charles Woodson.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||"That was the answer."||
And it was the wrong answer.
I just can't gin up any outrage over this. Mike Weber committed to Michigan, and then changed his mind before Brady Hoke was let go. He stated in his decommitment message that he would announce his eventual choice at the AAA game on Jan. 3. If he had done that, he would have been an uncommitted recruit for Jim Harbaugh to try to win back to UM.
Instead, Weber verbally commits to OSU on December 11, almost three weeks before Harbaugh was hired. It's not as though there was no talk about Harbaugh being a possible candidate for the Michigan job in early December, and Weber could easily have waited until the new coach was installed before committing to OSU. In other words, in spite of his alleged lifelong love for Michigan, he decided not to give the new coaching staff the opportunity to recruit him on even footing with OSU. The new UM coach was going to have to flip him.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||I gnash my teefs more over the ones we got||
who didn't amount to anything for one reason or another.
Fr' instance, in the 2005 class we got three 4-star DLs: James McKinney, Eugene Germany, and Marcus Slocum. I think McKinney got injured, Germany got booted, and Marcus achieved a peculiar kind of fame that had nothing to do with playing on the field.
Not to mention a guy who might have helped RR greatly in 2008 had he been available: Antonio Bass.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Journalists have been sitting on insider info forever||
for all kinds of reasons. This isn't like keeping your yap shut when you know of an impending murder, or that a company is illegally dumping pollutants into a source of drinking water, or that a company is making defective seat belts or dangerous blood pressure medicine. It's about a kid who signed an agreement that entitles him to free tuition at a state university in exchange for his participation on a varsity football team for purposes of entertaining people on Saturday afternoon.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||I'm pretty sure that's the case||
Any historians here to confirm?
|3 weeks 3 days ago||If they had a dedicated fiber line and 10-20 WAPs||
Sounds like something MGoBlog could use.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||He's a highly-rated recruit in a highly-rated class on the team||
that will be 11-0 and #1 in the country when they roll into Ann Arbor on November 28. Cry me a fucking river, Mike.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||You negged the OP solely because of "Michigan Man"?||
To quote your own words:
"Every fan base has their loonies."
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Sam Webb of course who's aim has been less than spectacular||
What exactly are you referring to?
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Looks like Mr. Weber chose...||
|3 weeks 4 days ago||So I guess we have to re-sign in every time we comment||
Smith's affection for Georgia might have been overstated initially but I bet that Georgia is making a hard run at him again with the message "we won't lie to you like UCLA did."
|3 weeks 4 days ago||which has always been there against us in recent years,||
It's been there against us for 40 years—we've been giving up the underneath pass constantly since Bo got here, and maybe even before that. With very few years as exceptions, from Bo to Mo to Lloyd to RR to Hoke, we've dropped our LBs and/or DBs way back in coverage to prevent long completions, effectively telling the opposing offense, "Go ahead, see if you can complete an 8-yard pass on 3rd and 7."
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Here's more info on the incident|
|3 weeks 4 days ago||"This board has a habit of overreacting to reactions"||
That's just an incredibly mind-boggling, unbelievably mind-blowing statement. I'm absolutely floored and gob-smacked. Shocked, even.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Did they think JH was gonna just wave his wand?||
Anybody who assumed that Marshall and Smith weren't huge longshots was deluding themselves, and they would have been longshots even if JH had two more months to recruit. Clark is somewhat of a goofball, Weber reversed his Tuesday night decision to flip because of Higdon's commitment, and Van Jefferson was a very late entry into the staff's focus.
Relative to what should have been expectations grounded in reality, Harbaugh and staff did fine.
If I were Harbaugh, I'd take the articles by USA Today and SI print them out at a large size and tape them to every weightlifting station in the weight room and to every locker next fall just so the incoming recruits know that people think they suck.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Consider the source||
It's USA Today, fergodsakes. It's a dumbed-down newspaper for old people who still read newspapers.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||I don't understand this mindset||
UCLA (and USC) has been around for many decades, and has always drawn the bulk of its players from California and other west coast states. Their advantages now are the same as their advantages of 30 years ago, and it's not like this is the first time in history that UCLA is recruiting well. Take a look at the Terry Donahue era from '82 to '88—four PAC10 championships, seven straight bowl victories, three Rose Bowl victories plus a Fiesta and Cotton Bowl win, and a lot of players put into the NFL, including 16 drafted in the first three rounds.
Michigan will be fine.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Ultimately it's irrelevant||
if he can't get something as basic as the name of the institution right, he ain't coming here. He's a Dawg.
Look at it this way: it was the Georgia coaching staff that did him a solid by alerting him to the UCLA coach's departure, and I can't believe that they won't be reminding Smith and his family of that fact. They'll probably be saying to him "see, these far away programs don't have your best interests at heart—stay home at Georgia and your family can see you play every home game for a program that really wants you."
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Like I said last week after watching his "teaser":||
He made a 33-second movie trailer. That tips off where he's going to go, or at least where he's not going to go—not LSU, FSU, ND, or UM.
He sees himself as a video or movie producer. Nothing wrong with that, and he's chosen the right school for that.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||He ain't coming here||
If it's not UCLA, it'll be Georgia. I've seen this movie involving recruits from the deep South too many times already. Michigan's always high on their list, but almost never high enough to really make the difference.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||"Amaizing News"||
I bet the "amaizing news" was Grant Perry.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||is that Michigan gets the steal.||
??? I thought the consensus earlier today was that he was going elsewhere...
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Committed to Hoke but declined Harbaugh||
Says all that needs to be said.
I know he's supposedly very talented, but it doesn't bother me in the least that he's not part of the class. Michigan will be successful with kids who truly want to be here, and neither Clark or Weber did, in the final analysis. Harbaugh and his staff made it very clear they wanted both, and got turned down. So be it.
I'm looking forward to seeing the kids that did choose Michigan wearing the winged helmet.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||a previous account using another Michigan QBs name was caved||
Chad Henne, Steven Threet, it doesn't matter—he'll be back like a bad case of crabs.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||set to go blue until the Higdom thing happened.||
If Weber really wanted to flip to Michigan he's had ample opportunity to do so. It's not for lack of Harbaugh & staff trying; it's not a case of not "showing enough love." I'm not saying that Weber didn't want the competition with Higdon, but sometimes people having a hard time making a decision can use seemingly irrelevant things to justify a final choice. So be it. Karan sounds like a great kid.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||He ain't coming here||
If Harbaugh pulls off both Higdon and Weber it would be truly amaizing. I don't see it. I'm fine with Higdon.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Late from WTKA: Weber not coming to UM||
According to Alan Trieu, Weber's sticking with OSU. He'll deny it of course, but I'm not buying that Higdon's commit didn't affect him.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Just to echo Wish You Were Here||
Sam Webb just said Brady's response to Sam's inquiry:
NOT HAPPENING (Webb said the response was in all caps, too)
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Thoughts That Would Not Have Occurred To Me||
No shit. After all the smack talk chicken crap Hoke talked about ND? Sure I know the guy wants a job, but it's hard to avoid the thought this is somewhat of a "yeah, screw you guys."
|3 weeks 5 days ago||I think we should acknowledge MichiganMan's role||
in making Higdon possible. Hat's off to you.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||FWIW, Webb said Higdon's decision doesn't impact Weber||
I find that a bit hard to believe, but we'll know soon enough.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Sam Webb has a gut feeling about||
Karan Higdon. I trust Sam's gut.
He also says it has no impact on Weber's decision. I'm not sure I buy that, but Sam seems pretty confident about Weber, and is making some cryptic comments to that effect.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||i have a feeling about marshall/i could be way off basis here||
Way to cover your basis.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Smith and Marshall seemed like long gone by Sunday||
I don't think they were ever not long gone. If by some bizarre miracle we landed Marshall it'd be the biggest NSD upset in the country.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||driving like really old, ulta cautious folks.||
as opposed to the crazy dumbass fucks who end up in ditches along I-94 because they think their 2WD SUVs will magically keep them on the road at 75 mph on slick roads.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||getting good recruits translates to wins on the field||
2014 says you should know there's no guaranteed relationship between good recruiting and wins on the field.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Rivals is useless as a source of info||
I went there to get some basic info on Jefferson, and it's still stating there was no visit to Michigan.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Nice pathetic choice of profession, guys.||
A cutting comment from the guy who's accumulated negative five digits in less than a week who's reading recruiting posts.
You'll get caved pretty soon and then you'll be back under some new name. You're like a bad case of genital warts.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Keep in mind this was a whirlwind romance||
The problem with whirlwind romances is that the passion cools off pretty quickly. What if he discovers he hates Mr. Spot's and Blimpy?
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Neither Rivals or Scout show Michigan has offered him||
Are their websites just horribly out of date?
Scout says he runs a 4.3. LOL.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||camped there last summer, 2 unofficials, 4 in-home visits||
Given all that, choosing Michigan seems even more unlikely but you never really know when it comes to recruiting. Crazy shit happens on NSD every year.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||It would be somewhat odd if he committed to FSU||
since according to Rivals he hasn't taken an OV. Durkin's recruiting him but I'm not buying the Michigan angle. It would be quite the change in direction.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||look like we obsess about Michigan to an unhealthy degree||
highly engaged... fanatical... So what you're basically saying is that MGoBlog is a religious cult.
Sounds about right to me.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||probably need that time at the end of the year for exams.||
Well then God forbid we should ever advance to the post-season playoffs because all that practice time isn't congenial to studying for finals.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Gets too close to finals if you do it much later.||
So what? I've been to a few of the Spring "games" over the last decade and the number of students has been dwarfed by the number of obvious non-students (i.e., old fucks like me, families with kids, etc, etc.)
|3 weeks 6 days ago||I think it's time to break out the big dogs||
Hook that thing up to a generator and you've got something.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||This site is going to die a 1000 deaths tomorrow.||
Just for the record: Brian ignored my advice to get capybaras for the heavy server loads. The MGoHamsters might be gritty, but they're just not big enough to handle things, and their pad level sucks.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||If we're so deep at WR that Perry is a likely redshirt||
I'm sorta puzzled that we're supposedly still going after Jefferson. Aren't we thinner at other positions?
|3 weeks 6 days ago||The answer to "Should I tweet at a recruit" is the same||
as the answer to "Should I masturbate in public?"
Which means that if you're a Buckeye fan, the answer is an enthusiastic "Fuck yeah!"
|3 weeks 6 days ago||saying he'll coach at Michigan are pounding the M kool-aid.||
I'd say they're pounding their own junk if they're fantasizing about Brady coaching anywhere, especially at Michigan. He's made for the TV analyst's booth, if he wants to go that route.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||unrealistic expectations of what JH could accomplish in 2 wks||
Sometimes it seems like MGoBlog is Ground Zero for unrealistic expectations. Once the MGoHiveMind latches onto something, it takes on a life of its own like a speculative bubble in the stock market. Once it bursts, it's ugly and messy.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||What's it like being an old crusty curmudgeon?||
I was an old crusty curmudgeon at the age of 18. It's a state of mind, not of age.
|4 weeks 5 min ago||Novak was a great player for lots of reasons||
but to me a dunk contest is as interesting as a home run derby.
|4 weeks 13 min ago||has the I can get you to the Super Bowl factor||
There isn't a particle of evidence as of today that this is proving to be something that gives us an advantage over Meyer. Maybe tomorrow morning will show us differently.
|4 weeks 17 min ago||"what this staff has managed to achieve is still great"||
I think many fans underestimated the challenges that you listed facing Harbaugh and his staff, and that we'll get a much more meaningful picture of how good their recruiting abilities are in 2016. However, I don't see what you're seeing when you use the word "great."
|4 weeks 7 hours ago||Sounds to me that Durkin is gonna steal a few of those.||
Based on what?
|4 weeks 8 hours ago||Ship sailed on him||
But why? Did the season debacle and then coaching switch push him away, or was the new staff not interested in him?
|4 weeks 8 hours ago||We need to absolutely destroy the 2016 class.||
But in order for that to happen, the results on the field in 2015 have to be dramatically better that what we've seen lately. Not that I'm expecting it, but if it's another disappointment, "destroy the 2016 class" will have a different meaning.
|4 weeks 8 hours ago||No cornerbacks really left on the board but Iman.||
I think he was a safety, but wasn't Marcus Lewis at one time last year a potential target?
|4 weeks 8 hours ago||Also not to mention||
Meyer had the gargantuan task of persuading kids to come to a program that had gone 106-22 from 2001-2010, with three appearances in the NC game along the way. The 6-7 2011 season was seen as a one-year blip caused by Tressel's forced departure.
Contrast that with Harbaugh's task: persuading kids to come to a program coming off the most disappointing seven-year stretch of Michigan football since the late '50s and early '60s.
|4 weeks 9 hours ago||He DID have an extra month||
which I'd guess was critical. Not to mention the fact that Meyer had just finished a six-year stint at FLA, and even though he was off for one year, he was probably was already familiar with at least some of the OSU recruits. During that time, JH was in the NFL.
I won't argue with you about Meyer's recruiting chops; his classes at Florida were #15, 2, 1, 3, 11, and 2. The highest-ranked class Harbaugh got at Stanford was #20. Maybe that's attributable to Stanford's admission standards, but Meyer has proven he's capable of bringing in the highest-rated classes in the country. JH has yet to prove that.
Given what we know about Harbaugh, I'm not anticipating he's going to do that anyhow—I think he's going to rub some portion of the top, elite recruits the wrong way, because he's not going to kiss their ass the way they're used to. I think the same applies to Beilein.
|4 weeks 9 hours ago||this place is going to be insufferable after Harbaugh's 2nd loss||
especially if it's to MSU or OSU. Total meltdown.
|4 weeks 9 hours ago||So we're just getting beat here.||
I think you might be underestimating the difficulty in getting kids from the deep South up to Michigan, or any other northern schools for that matter. The vast majority of talented Southern recruits stay south of the Mason-Dixon line. It was that way 20 years ago, and it's that way now, especially if a coaching staff hasn't had time to build relationships with recruits down there.
|4 weeks 10 hours ago||how quickly our program imploded this year...||
...coupled with the fact that our targeted coach wasn't going to be available until late December, during a dead period for recruiting contact. If we'd been able to have Harbaugh on board up and running right after the season was over, the difference would be huge.
It's beyond irritating that OSU was able to hire Meyer when the season was barely over for them, and that he got to recruit while Fickell was coaching the bowl game.
|4 weeks 10 hours ago||attack each day with great vengeance and furious anger||
That's the problem...they're scaring the recruits.
|4 weeks 10 hours ago||Henri the Otter says||
the ridiculous, over-the-top Harbaughmania that afflicted so many around here led them to think that all it took was a visit from Jim to flip kids who've built up one- or two-year relationships with the schools who've been recruiting them since way before JH got here. Recruiting doesn't work that way, even if you've coached in a Super Bowl.
We'll still get a bunch of good kids in the 2015 class—hell, lightning might strike with Willliamson—but we have to wait until 2016 to truly gauge how well the staff can recruit.
|4 weeks 11 hours ago||all want to say they said "No" to Jim Harbaugh.||
Roger Goodell is behind this, I'm certain.
|4 weeks 11 hours ago||Mods, time to arrange another trip to La Paz||
I hear it's nice this time of year.
*And boom, he's on his way. Good work! Hopefully he's traveling in the luggage compartment.
|4 weeks 11 hours ago||interesting to say the least.||
I just hope to God that it's information that doesn't reflect poorly on our staff.
|4 weeks 12 hours ago||So frequently the bridesmaid||
We will finish #2 behind whoever he chooses.
|4 weeks 12 hours ago||But we already know what the end result will be...||
Yep, Coach Babers has BG on the right path—Go Falcons.
|4 weeks 14 hours ago||The 13-pitch HR wasn't the only big homer against Toronto||
"On September 7, 1984, Tiger first baseman Dave Bergman delivered his second dramatic game winning homer against the arch rival Toronto Blue Jays.
Sparky Anderson has called the game the key victory in the chase for the ’84 pennant.
Despite an unbelievable 35-5 start, the pesky Blue Jays were just 8 ½ games behind Detroit on September 7th when the Tigers began a crucial three games series in Toronto. If the Blue Jays swept at home, Toronto would be nipping at the Tigers heels for the final month at 5 ½ games out.
In the bottom of the eighth, “Big Mo” was on Toronto’s side as they held a 4-0 lead.
However like the’68 Tiger World champs, you could never give up on the ’84 Bengals.
Kirk Gibson, who always had the flair for clawing back in dramatic fashion, belted a three run homer before the Tigers scratched out another run to tie the game.
And then in the top of the tenth, Tiger first baseman Dave Bergman, who had been acquired from Philadelphia with Willie Hernandez during spring training delivered a game winning, dramatic three run homer that devastated Toronto. The Tigers went on to sweep the series and take a commanding 11 ½ game lead over the Jays.
In his book, Bless You Boys: Diary of the Detroit Tigers’ 1984 Season, Tiger manager Sparky Anderson wrote about the pivotal September 7th game:
“I wouldn’t say it to the writers after the game. But this one won it for us. This one put the nail in the coffin. It was the biggest game of the year for us. We did what we had to do—we stopped them in their home park.”
|4 weeks 17 hours ago||the source of "amaizement" from Jay Harbaugh earlier.||
I'm betting that Perry was the source. While Perry looks like a solid kid who has good chemistry with Malzone, flipping him would not really be "amaizing."
|4 weeks 17 hours ago||It's seriously possible that we'll finish #2||
I've been following MIchigan recruiting pretty closely for two decades now, and if I had a dollar for every nationally-ranked recruit that we finished second on during that time, I could take you, Mrs. Turd, and all the little Turdlets to the Chop House and finish off with cigars, dessert, and cognac at Dolce Vita and still have money left over.
|4 weeks 19 hours ago||LOL, just read how the Browns made the decision||
On draft day, 21 teams, including the Cleveland Browns, passed over Manziel. While Manziel was waiting to be drafted, he sent a text message to Cleveland quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains asking for the team to trade up and select him:
Loggains: "We're sitting there and they keep showing Johnny on TV and Johnny and I are texting and he shoots me a text and he says, 'I wish you guys would come get me. Hurry up and draft me because I want to be there. I want to wreck this league together.'
"When I got that text, I forwarded it to the owner and to the head coach (Mike Pettine),'' Loggains said on Sports Talk with Bo Mattingly on Arkansas ESPN. "I'm like, 'This guy wants to be here. He wants to be part of it.' As soon as that happened, Mr. Haslam said, 'Pull the trigger. We're trading up to go get this guy.'"
So the Browns—who had already passed on Manziel with the 8th pick—decided to draft Manziel because he sent a text to a QB coach, and that was enough to change their minds? No wonder the Browns stink, with draft strategy like that.
|4 weeks 19 hours ago||According to Sam this morning||
the Burnett clusterfuck occurred because Burnett's HS coach jumped to the conclusion that Deontay had committed and told the media that's what happened.
After that blew up (while Burnett was en route back to CA) Burnett, the Serra coaches, and UM talked, and that "everything is fine" now.
They might be "fine" for Burnett, but Webb confirmed that Michigan is not part of the picture any more. Sam was being cryptic, and obviously knows much more than he's saying. Whether UM extended a "non-commitable offer" that was contingent on other recruit decisions, or if it's entirely a screwup by Burnett's HS coach and there was no actual offer, Sam didn't say.
The Burnett saga starts about 9:00 on the podcast:
Also, one of the measures of our culture's regression and perverted degradation is the failure to recognize that Wheaties are infinitely superior to all these Commie pinko cereals you all are eating today.
|4 weeks 20 hours ago||Now this is something I didn't see coming||
Who could have foreseen that a kid who was a well-recognized jerk in college would continue to be an idiot once he's handed millions of dollars?
|4 weeks 21 hours ago||Leaving the post up this long||
is like the nerd who get the door slammed in his face by the blind date when she sees what he looks like, but he spends all night on her front porch hoping she'll change her mind.
|4 weeks 21 hours ago||"just overheard an #Amaizing phone call!"||
Underpromise and overdeliver, Jay.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Seems like the hello post should come down||
It's kind of weird to still have it up
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Apparently now UM is not even in the running.||
This is a colossal cluster-fuck of extremely poor communications on the part of several parties.
I hope this isn't a case of a "non-commitable offer"— I don't believe offers should be extended if they're not 100% redeemable, so to speak. If that's not the case here, then either UM offered and Burnett accepted but things got screwed up when it became public prematurely, or no offer was extended but somehow Burnett thought there was.