national champs baby
|12 hours 1 min ago||Tyrone Noble||
I somehow have no memory of Tyrone Noble, even though I was at M when he played. But the other day I was watching Wolverine Historian's Youtube of the 1994 ND game, and remember seeing Noble a couple times after making tackles. Thing is, from just seeing him I thought he was a LB! Different game back then.
|12 hours 18 min ago||Recruiting||
Is there any real evidence that playing a road game someplace really improves your chances of pulling recruits from there? I know this is something coaches talk about, but to me it just seems like a relic of the old days when most games were only regionally-televised (if at all) and it was hard to really get exposure to teams outside your area.
|15 hours 58 min ago||Urban Meyer||
Hey now. There is nothing wrong with being an ass man.
|17 hours 31 min ago||Commodore 64||
LOAD "*", 8, 1
|17 hours 56 min ago||Freshmen corners||
Woodson started as a freshman in 1995, even though he played RB in high school and was recruited as a WR. I don't know specifically who else was on the roster that year for corners, but I'm pretty sure he had to beat out at least one or two decent veterans--though, probably not multi-year starters (as Countess & Taylor will be in 2014).
|19 hours 2 min ago||DMs||
Oh, that's right. My bad. Sorry, Polska.
|19 hours 4 min ago||Showboating||
I don't have a problem with the "showboating" or whatever you want to call it, but then again, I do come from the "if you don't like it, stop them" camp.
|19 hours 12 min ago||Peppers||
Well, this may be nit-picking, but Peppers hasn't yet proven that he can shapeshift into a bear, eagle, or other North American fauna.
|19 hours 19 min ago||Odd spellings||
I don't think he's Canadian. Look at the way he spelled "pieces." He's clearly a Namibian spy.
|19 hours 25 min ago||Paladins||
Wait--aren't you the guy who doesn't know what a dungeonmaster is? You can't truly appreciate a name like "Paladins" if you don't know what a dungeonmaster is.
|19 hours 52 min ago||Reggie Bush||
Wow; add me to the "I watched the video and he reminded me of Reggie Bush" contingent. Maybe Peppers actually is Reggie Bush and he's doing a Leon Sandcastle thing?
|1 day 12 hours ago||Borges Interview||
Part I was awesome. Part II was awesomer. So there really does need to be a Part III.
|1 day 19 hours ago||Nebraska recruiting||
Huh. From about 18 to about 24 does seem like a pretty significant drop to me, but it might be a lot smaller than I realize. I imagine the margins between recruiting classes tend to get smaller as you go further down the rankings, so, the difference between the #18 class and the #24 class is probably a lot smaller than, say, the difference between the #3 class and the #9 class.
|1 day 19 hours ago||Socks||
I fully agree. I live in Seattle, and can get good wool socks up here. And you can get decent, not great, dress socks at most department stores. But I usually have to travel to LA if I want to get a good caual sock for the warm weather months.
|2 days 5 hours ago||Lee Bollinger||
1997. And it rained.
|2 days 6 hours ago||CW||
Because he's Charles fucking Woodson, that's why Lions fans want him.
|2 days 10 hours ago||Bin Laden||
I think he would throw the bomb.
|2 days 10 hours ago||Kayfabe||
I have to +1 you for enhancing my vocabulary. I had literally never heard of the term "kayfabe" until your post. But I looked it up, and it makes perfect sense.
|2 days 10 hours ago||Sports||
I kind of like all the teams.
|2 days 20 hours ago||Nebraska||
Did Nebraska recruit more successfully in the pre-Solich-firing era, or did their recruiting linger around the #25 mark even then? I know Nebraska has always been famous for its great walk-ons, but those teams also featured lots of elite talent--especially on defense and in the offensive backfield.
|3 days 12 hours ago||Shaw||
Well, he did land Josh Garnett, so presumably he would take it in stride.
|3 days 12 hours ago||Virginia||
This does seem like an exceptional year for talent in Virginia, though. Hand, Brown, Blanding--plus Green last year, and those are just the guys I know off the top of my head. I know UVA is an up-and-coming program, but I still doubt they would be in on so many guys like this if they were from, say, Kansas.
|3 days 15 hours ago||Browns||
Just as long as it's not "Doo-Doo Brown."
|3 days 18 hours ago||Brown||
I hear he is now going by Andrew "JuJu" Brown.
|3 days 19 hours ago||Great Diary||
What stands out to me are how the lines for Ohio St. and Michigan track each other almost perfectly since 2006, with us unfortunately just a step behind. Stupid fluke personal foul penalty. EDIT: actually, I looked again and it's 2008 when the M and OSU lines start to track each other, after M's preciptous dip in the 2007 recruiting class. Stupid late Carr-era recruiting woes.
I also find it noteworthy that Nebraska posted its best recruiting average in 2011--the year they joined the B1G--and have two consecutive declining years with another slow start in 2014. I wonder if their historical norm will start looking more like Iowa's or Wisconsin's?
Holy fluctuation, Penn State.
|5 days 5 hours ago||IM Reffing||
I also was an IM ref at Michigan in the '90s. It was interesting, because I had played two or three years of IM sports and constantly complained about the bad officiating--and then I became an IM ref myself and understood it from the other side. But I was a pretty damn awful referree. A couple of my favorite memories:
|5 days 6 hours ago||Nebraska||
Hey, come on now. Most first graders know that "knowledge" starts with a K.
|6 days 8 hours ago||Shallman||
In other words, he's Aaron Shea (and could play defense).
|6 days 8 hours ago||Latin American Futbol Stars||
Unless you are Cuahtemoc Blanco. Then the Maradona way is an improvement.
|6 days 14 hours ago||ND schedule||
Yeah, I guess when you look more closely, it isn't as hard as I first thought. There are a lot of big names but some of those teams are not going to be up to their usual quality.--Arizona St., BYU, Purdue, probably Staee and Pitt--and then, as you said, all their really difficult opponents are in South Bend. But hopefully they go 5-7 anyway.
|6 days 15 hours ago||Linebackers||
Three-star linebackers? Meh. Once we get all the 5-star DEs and DBs, we'll just be rollin' with the 5-0-6.
|6 days 17 hours ago||Northwestern||
Before 1993, Wisconsin was a perennial Big Ten doormat. But Alvarez came in and turned things around, and they were able to sustain success under Bielema. Now, most people view Wisconsin as a legitimate contender most every season.
Northwestern has been reasonably good for a number of years now. They were very good under Gary Barnett, they were pretty good under Randy Walker, and now they are having success under Fitzgerald. Now they are pulling in higher quality recruits, and they will be in the eminently winnable B1G West. Northwestern probably hasn't reached Wisconsin's level of establishment yet, but it's worth noticing and discussing how close they are getting and what more they need to do.
|6 days 19 hours ago||Notre Dame Schedule||
Wow, I just looked at ND's 2013 schedule, and it's about as difficult a schedule as I've ever seen:
Aug. 31 Temple
Sep. 07 @ Michigan
Sep. 14 @ Purdue
Sep. 21 Michigan State
Sep. 28 Oklahoma
Oct. 09 Arizona State - Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, TX
Oct. 19 Southern Cal
Oct. 26 @ Air Force
Nov. 02 Navy
Nov. 09 @ Pittsburgh
Nov. 23 Brigham Young
Nov. 30 @ Stanford
|6 days 20 hours ago||Last-minute deal||
Most programs lose money on bowl trips. I wouldn't be surprised if you had some 6-6 team someplace whose athletic department was really struggling financially, and they decide to let ND take their spot in the Summer's Eve Bowl for a big payoff. It would be sad to see something like that happen, as it wouldn't be fair to the players or fans of the displaced team, but big programs usually get their way in these sorts of matters.
|6 days 20 hours ago||Bowls||
Well, according to the article, all of the bowls do have tie-ins. Are you aware of any specific bowls that don't have tie-ins?
It still seems unlikely that a bowl-eligible ND team would be left out, because it's pretty unlikely that every single conference would fill every single one of its tie-ins. But as the article explains, it is at least possible that could happen.
|1 week 4 hours ago||Nice.||
Cannn youuuu dig it???
|1 week 9 hours ago||Warriors||
Warriors, come out and play-ay...
|1 week 19 hours ago||247 Composite Ranking||
It's like the FICO score of football recruiting; from the 247 website:
The 247Composite Rating is a proprietary algorithm that compiles prospect "rankings" and "ratings" listed in the public domain by the major media recruiting services. It converts average industry ranks and ratings into a linear composite index capping at 1.0000, which indicates a consensus No. 1 prospect across all services.
The 247Composite Rating is the industry's most comprehensive and unbiased prospect ranking and is also used to generate 247Sports Team Recruiting Rankings.
All major media services share an equal percentage in the 247Composite Rating.
The composite index equally weights this percentage among the services that participate in a ranking for that specific prospect.
A composite strength meter, indicated by red bars, illustrates the total number of industry services that have ranked the prospect. A full strength meter indicates the prospect has been ranked by all industry services participating in the composite.
All industry services have a different philosophy on number of "stars" distributed with each class. The 247Composite Rating assigns stars based on an approximate average distribution of stars from the industry."
|1 week 1 day ago||Arkansas||
Oh, I forgot about Arkansas. I was just using the "future schedules" page under the "Useful Stuff" tab. That probably hasn't been updated in a while. I'll have to add Arkansas' info; thanks for the reminder.
Edit: evidently we play Arkansas in 2018 and 2019. A 2014 recruit who redshirts would play in the 2018 game as a senior.
|1 week 1 day ago||VT||
I thought about that, but we don't play VT until 2020. Even if they redshirt, 2014 players will be long gone by then.
|1 week 1 day ago||New Jersey||
I don't agree with this. While other Big Ten schools may not have deep roots in New Jersey or historical success recruiting NJ kids, the same cannot be said of Rutgers itself. Penn State has also traditionally drawn from New Jersey. I realize this is an adjustment, but starting in 2014 we are going to have Rutgers and Penn State on the schedule every year for the foreseeable future. That means from now on, there is a good chance that Michigan will wind up playing against most of the good New Jersey prospects who don't sign with Michigan. Same goes for Maryland--though maybe not to the same extent, due to the presence of other major non-B1G powers in the area.
|1 week 1 day ago||Woodson||
In fact, the main reason Woodson played CB at Michigan is because he saw that as his best chance of getting on the field early. If we hadn't already had established stars at RB (Biakabatuka) and WR (Toomer, Hayes) when Woodson showed up, he might have been an offensive player after all.
|1 week 1 day ago||Peppers||
I think it comes down to Michigan vs. rap.
|1 week 1 day ago||Mr. Rager||
I guess he was living up to his name.
|1 week 1 day ago||Ferns||
I don't disagree with you. It's just that a few days ago, when it still looked like the staff was after Kyron Watson, the consensus seemed to be that if Winovich didn't go Blue, then we would take Watson as an MLB and Ferns would come in as a SAM. Though, it could be that was never the case, or if it was, the coaches may have reconsidered.
|1 week 1 day ago||SLBs||
We do have McCray coming in 2013, plus evidently Ferns can play SAM. So it seems unlikely that would take two SLBs in 2014 plus Ferns. Maybe one SLB (Winovich or Swain), plus another MLB/WLB prospect?
|1 week 2 days ago||Caps Lock||
Did Nix forget to turn off CAPS LOCK before he created his Twitter account?
|1 week 2 days ago||Height||
The most likely reason appears to be that Watson doesn't project to SAM. The reason he doesn't project to SAM seems largely to be his lack of the requisite length. So it may not have been Watson's height per se that led the staff to stop recruiting him, but it nonetheless appears to have been a precipitating factor.
|1 week 2 days ago||Linebackers||
According to a new post on The M Block, the coaches basically told Winovich they will still have a spot for him even if Watson commits:
"This was a little bit ago but they told me that they would probably only take one more...but then said, 'Dang, we should take two.'" You know, because of how the linebacker situation is, so take two more, as in three total. But they never said one word to me like, 'If you don't come here now that spot's not going to be open.' So I assume that I'd still have that spot whether he (Kyron Watson) commits or not. You know, if I'm not important enough to them where they're willing to wait for me, then I don't want to go there. I can't control what other people do. I can only control what I can control. From what I understand they want him more as an inside guy so that wouldn't really make a difference."
|1 week 3 days ago||Offense||
Speaking of moving to offense, that seems like an idea worth considering for Peppers if (a) none of our other WR prospects turn out to be spectacular and (b) Peppers actually, you know, signs with M.
|1 week 3 days ago||Special Teams Demon||
Legit 4.4 speed and a great tackler? If nothing else he should contend for the Steve Tasker award.
|1 week 3 days ago||Snaps||
"Honestly, it's a good thing because he will no longer be taking up valuable practice snaps, as he has since arriving."
|1 week 4 days ago||Recruits||
They do come in pairs.
Cool .gif BTW
|1 week 5 days ago||Michigan offers||
In recent years, if a player has an Alabama offer, that to me signals he's a legitimate big-timer. Before that, a USC offer meant the same.
When Hoke first came in, the staff was putting out a lot of offers early in the recruiting cycle--presumably because we didn't have much depth and a lot of the players we did have didn't fit with their approach. Now, with much depth restored and major prospects showing serious interest or signing with UM, the staff has become much more selective. I still don't see a a M offer as being quite to the level of an Alabama of USC-heyday offer, but it's got to be getting close.
|1 week 5 days ago||Peppers||
I don't know; have you seen his highlight reel? I'm not so sure he can't play all four secondary positions at once.
|1 week 5 days ago||Schadenfreude||
You're right. Perhaps this contribution then, from Respert for Three:
"Find this girl and kick her ass out of school. How hard is it to be a whore for christ sakes!?!? Send her ass to Eastern with myself and the rest of the riff raff.....I wana smash. Good times!
|1 week 5 days ago||More schadenfreude||
I also like "He only comes here to bang our girls...he goes there to play football" by tVargMan Prime.
I don't usually look at RCMB but it's irresistable today.
|1 week 5 days ago||MSU||
The nice thing about Sparty is, they don't just toss your salad--they can grow all the ingredients for it too.
|1 week 5 days ago||Full boar||
Yes, but being "available to play" is not the same thing as actually playing in unforced situations.
More importantly, "full boar" is seriously funny. I think it needs to become the next mgomeme.
|1 week 6 days ago||Morris||
But back to the original point, you only need Morris to play if DG does get hurt. Chances are he won't. If he gets dinged for a play here or a series there, you can send in Cleary to hand off the ball while DG rubs some dirt on it. If there's a significant injury and you need to put Morris in, then you do it -- but why cross that bridge unless you have to?
|1 week 6 days ago||MSU field||
I just feel that there are too few misspellings for Hollis to ever approve this design. Also, the turf should be alternating lines of black & white.
|2 weeks 20 hours ago||State||
2013 will probably be Dantonio's last chance at a division title before the realignment and recruiting disparities bury him. But I do think State has a legitimate shot at it. They will need to find replacements for Bell and their two outstanding corners and their WRs will have to stop dropping so many throws. But they should have a good front 7 on defense and they have at least one offensive playmaker in Burbridge.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Madisons||
Maybe he was referring to Madison from the John Barleycorn's in Lincoln Park?
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Washington||
I agree there is something to that. It may not go all the way back to the Don James scandals, but UW has definitely not been the same since Neuheisel was forced out.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||1993 UM-Penn State||
I remember in 1993, Michigan had lost a couple tough games and had to go on the road to face Penn State in their first-ever Big Ten meeting. The media was expecting Penn State to dominate, but at one point Michigan started taking control of the game, and Jackson says something to the effect of, "A lot of people thought Penn State would win this game going away, but Michigan is Michigan. They'll hunker down with you." I loved that.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Desmond||
I think the full quote was "Goodbye Buckeyes, hello Heisman." That was awesome.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||West Coast recruiting||
Yeah, there's not much between Eugene and Sacramento on I-5. Still, it seems like most of the players on any Pac-12 team are going to be from California.
Here is Oregon's 2012 roster. There are a lot of California players but it does appear that they pull from all over.--though I am not familiar enough with Oregon's players to know which of these guys are walk-ons with no realistic hope of playing.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Oregon||
Oregon doesn't have much of an in-state recruiting base, but it does border on California.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Nebraska||
I kind of feel like Nebraska will never really recover from firing Frank Solich. Nebraska does have a lot of the problems identified above--not near a major urban area, little football talent in-state or even in surrounding states, difficult or impossible for recruits to reach for unofficial visits, etc. But during their long run of sustained success under Devany-Osborne-Solich, they had two things working for them: (1) established winning tradition, and (2) they ran an option offense that, at least by the 1990s, did not require massive amounts of 4- and 5-star talent to run. Nebraska kind of gave up those advantages when they fired Solich.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Choices||
I would actually go further down your path, F.M.H.; I think both systems are flawed.
Attending college these days is not so much a "choice" as a prerequisite for access to any kind of decent employment opportunties. Yes, there are still some decent-paying jobs you can get without a college degree, and you hear the occasional story about some person who skipped college and went off to fantastic success in some field or another. But for the most part, if you don't want to be flipping burgers at McDonald's then you need a credential. And I don't feel it is either fair or socially sustainable for that credential to cost $20K, $40K, $60K and up wherever you go. The massive amounts of student borrowing and the resulting debt traps are sharply limiting the opportunties of our young people and impairing social mobility. This is a serious problem that we, as a society, will need to address.
Because the basic higher education model that exists in this country is so deeply flawed to begin with, I don't think it makes an effective counterpoint to the situation facing student athletes. Student-athletes (at least, the ones who play major college football or hoops) don't have an acceptable set of choices IMO--but comparing their dliemma to the supposedly "rational choice" confronting most ordinary college students probably makes student-athletes' situation appear less unfair, not more so. Is it objectively unfair to Trey Burke that he can't cash his skills in for beaucoup $$ while he's till in college? Sure. But that's a first world problem next to the ordinary student borrowing $40Ka year and deciding between some entry-level job someplace or plunking down even more borrowed cash for grad school.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Chen Woodice||
Greatest 2-sport athlete in the history of collegiate athletics.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Mascots||
The only acceptable mascot for UM would be a live wolverine. We would keep it in a cage, and before every home game, the wolverine would be released onto the field to chase down and devour a live version of whatever the opposing team's mascot is.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Kidnappings||
This is just one more reason Ohio ought to be turned into a desert for real.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Churchill Downs||
I went to law school at Louisville and so I felt compelled to do the infield thing at least once. I finally made it my third year, and thus easily relate to your experience.
However, I also went to Churchill Downs one random Saturday after the Derby, and formed a newfound respect for the place. Instead of the infield, we were admitted to the actual grandstands for $2 a head. There were no lines to place bets. Concessions were cheap and accessible. Perhaps my memory of that day is buoyed by having hit two exacta bets and walking out $150 richer than I entered (even after paying for food & drinks galore), but even if I'd lost it would have cost me under $50 for a full day of watching some of the best thoroughbred racing in the world.
That's why I always highly recommend Churchill Downs to anyone passing through Louisville during the horse racing season. Just avoid the big events like Derby, Oaks, or Breeders Cup, and you'll have a terrific time.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||ESPN||
Many of us signed up for access to Tom VH's material after he went there.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Moderation||
Well, I read through your exchange with WolveinLA2 earlier today and thought it was a good example of this board at its best. You both made good points and argued your positions without coming off as douches. Then, evidently some unfortunate person came along, straight from RCMB or mlive most likely, and moderated your comments as flamebait because he or she presumably didn't agree with you.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Rankings||
Ace, by not issuing a B1G recruiting rankings post for many weeks, created a void in the recruiting website-blogosphere continuum that 247 Sports rushed into and filled with its composite rankings. Therefore, my statement that Ace ranked the classes was true--from a certain point of view.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Willie Mitchell||
See, for years I would always complain to my buddies that none of the great prospects out of Detroit Pershing would ever sign with Michigan, and inevitably somebody would say, "but we got Willie Mitchell!" So now I have this name association thing going on between Detroit Pershing and Willie Mitchell.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Rankings||
MSU has four commits with a 4-star rating from at least one service, plus a pair of 3-star guys. I think that is superior to Wisconsin's bare four 4-star commits.
Rutgers I think is a close call with Wisconsin; they have eight 3-star commits vs. Wisconsin's four 4-stars. I guess Ace is giving the nod to Rutgers' quantity over Wisconsin's quality. I happen to agree with Ace on that, but I think there is a pretty strong argument for the opposite as well--especially early in the cycle.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Detroit Pershing||
I keep waiting for that school to change its name to "Detroit Willie Mitchell."
|3 weeks 2 days ago||#15||
It's some random guy who stole a jersey out of Steve Breaston's locker.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Spring scrimmages||
It seems like you would have reach pretty far down in the barrel of Div. I-AA teams to find a suitable opponent for a spring scrimmage. Even thinking about the possibility of having The Horror II for a spring game gives me the willies.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Rachwal||
Yes, evidently. I just looked Rachwal up on Scout and was surprised that his only offer is from EMU. I suppose I had assumed he was a bit more highly-sought-after.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||BJK||
I didn't know the answer. But according to her Wikipedia page, she came out in 1981. Her last Grand Slam title was in 1975, but she continued to play singles until 1983 and doubles until 1990. So, it looks like she was definitely past her prime when she came out.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Class size||
I assume you mean 2014. It may get above 16 but it's not going to be a large, 25+ member class like we've had the past couple years.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Billie Jean King||
Billie Jean King was probably the first high-profile athlete to come out. But this is big nonetheless.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Rachwal||
Any chance the staff offers Rachwal as a grayshirt? He seems to really want to be at Michigan, and I get the sense that the coaches like him but not quite enough for a spot in a 16-member class.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||GGS||
Guns, Germs & Steel. Terrific book. I've read that and every other book by Jered Diamond, except his new one which is on my list. It's interesting you bring him up, because he articulately defends indigenous cultures against ignorant modern encroachmments all the time.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Tebow||
I don't like Tebow because of his involvement in trying to convert tribal Pacific islanders to Christianity. I have no idea whether he's a good quarterback or not.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Jets||
If the Jets really had acquired Tebow just for the purpose of screwing him over, then the Jets would be my favorite NFL team ever.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||JimBobTressel||
It's kind of ironic that the post which brought him back to zero was moderated as flamebait and scored a -1.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||ND recruiting||
It seems like ND gets all the players with the last name of "Wood." Cierre Wood, Lo Wood, etc. I am concerned that now they are also moving in on the Hoods. Somebody needs to draw a line in the sand.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||IU-Purdue||
They do have that cool trophy though, with all the metal Ps chained to a bucket.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||JT Floyd||
I think that just goes to show why it's important for athletes to take the educational piece seriously. Besides, JT does have a Sugar Bowl ring, and thousands of people like me across the country who, should we happen to randomly encounter him anywhere, will happily buy him a beer with only the words "Illinois, 2011."
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Texas||
Texas kind of pisses me off. Except Austin. I like Austin.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Logos||
Well, I actually like the compass rose design the best (though I agree, none of the four choices are particularly compelling). I therefore refrained from voting, so instead of being inflated by 50,000 votes its total is now only inflated by 49,999.
|4 weeks 19 hours ago||Stanford vs. UM||
"That being said, I think that if you do well at UM you would succeed anywhere and get in anywhere."
So what's the difference? Isn't that what it's all about?
|4 weeks 20 hours ago||Peach Bowl||
I predict that the 2014 Chik-fil-A Peach Bowl National Semifinal will give a multi-million dollar contract to a consulting firm to come up with an appropriate name, and the firm's recommendation will be: 2014 Chik-fil-A Peach Bowl National Semifinal.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Stanford||
I guess I've sort of been waiting for the bottom to drop out from Stanford now that Harbaugh and Luck are both gone. But they had another good season in 2012, and their recruiting has been far better than what they are used to, so I may be waiting longer than I thought.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Stanford||
Stanford has been good at football for what, maybe six or seven years now? Since they have been recruiting well I presume they will remain good for some time yet, but I still can't quite believe Stanford will sustain its recent levels of success for very long.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||GA Seating Petitions||
I don't have a strong opinion either way on GA seating. But I do feel strongly that the OP should not post a petition and ask people either to sign it or quietly ignore it, as though this was his personal Facebook page.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||MSU Intergalactic Recruiting Meme||
In typical Sparty fashion, it will have to do its crushing from behind bars because the bad meme police arrested that one a long time ago.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||points||
I thought all those points under the old system expired?
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Spartan Offense||
Burbridge looked pretty good last year, and DeAnthony Arnett has talent.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Cole Trickell||
He'll need to get Bobby Bowden to come out of retirement and be his crew chief.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||TTB||
Wow, another day without girlie pics on TTB. If this continues, I may eventually be willing to check the site at my office.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Va Tech||
I can't tell if you are serious or not.
Pitt is not exactly the Alabama Crimson Tide. Even if they were, I don't see why that would deter top recruits from going to other schools in the same conference. Players like Peppers want to compete against the best.
As for Bud Foster, I tend to think that if he was going to leave VT for a head coaching position somewhere, he would have already left a long time ago.
If you were joking, congrats--you got me.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||M-Rob||
I'm glad to hear that Marvin Robinson is in the mix for a job. He's definitely paid his dues.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||questions||
I've been wondering the same thing about the degage. Is that a real move or just a poorly-executed tendu?
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Sweet||
all the other parents are wondering why I just pumped my fist at the five year-old girls doing "demi, and rise..."
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Spike||
You have to give the man credit. As your Google Images search reveals, his name is well on its way to becoming permanently associated with Kate Upton. It's like the postive version of a Craig James/hooker killing thing.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Updates||
Thanks Yost. This will hopefully make sitting though my daughter's ballet practice more palatable.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Bad News||
And then Kate Upton announced she is pregnant with the spawn of Andy Katzenmoyer.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Marshall||
I am hoping he commits to the Buckeyes again today, and then withdraws his committment again on Monday morning.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Game format||
Devin as all-time QB and a 5-apple rush count?
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Marshall||
I read on ESPN last nght that he's attending the Ohio spring game.
Here's a link to the article. It is paywalled so I won't cut & paste the relevant text, but the gist of it is that since the Michigan and OSU games are at the same time, he had to choose--and chose unwisely.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Couches in A2||
From about 2001-2004 I was living in a small house on John Street between S. Division and Fingerle Lumber. Every few weeks I would walk out the front door in the morning and see the charred remains of some old couch sitting next to the curb.
I distinctly recall one particular stretch in which there were couch-burnings on nine consecutive evenings. I didn't know who was doing it, because almost every other house on the block was occupied by large groups of hard-drinking undergraduates. At fist, my thought was, "okay, at some point they have to run out of couches to burn, right?" But after five or six straight nights of couch burnings, I decided to do a little poking around.
I forget what steps led me to it, but I shortly came upon a suspcious house at the corner of John & South Division. There, from the street I spotted a couple pieces of upholstered furniture in the back yard. I snuck around the house for a better look, and whoah: when I reached a vantage point where I could see the entire back yard, it looked like a full-blown couch graveyard. There must have been at least 20 couches there, all grubby and various states of decay. I felt kind of like being Indiana Jones looking out over the Nazi excavation of Tanis.
I thought briefly about confronting the occupants to say, "hey, I know it's you -- stop burning couches or I'll call the cops." But I knew I would never have actually called the police on them, so I decided to just let it go.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Tate Forcier||
I don't know where he is or what he is doing, but he would theoretically have a year of eligibility left, right?
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Depleted rosters||
The depleted rosters with which Michigan was saddled in recent years, both football and hoops, do not appear to have diminished the satisfaction other teams' fans have derived from defeating us.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||'98||
I was also part of the peaceful celebration on South U after the 1998 hockey championship. I don't recall seeing any overturned cars, though I suppose it's possible something could have happened later in the evening.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Thatcher||
Among other things, Thatcher deregulated the British economy, made massive cuts on domestic social spending, and crushed organized labor in the UK. She was their Reagan.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||KJ Williams||
I just looked at his Rivals page, and Williams has some pretty solid facial hair for a 2014 kid.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Fanta||
Did you know that the Coca-Cola company created the Fanta brand so they could market a soda in Nazi Germany? That's why I've never tasted that shit.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||names||
I guess that joke really is (mildly) funny in mo ways than one.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Alma maters||
I have degrees from both M and Louisville, so I will hopefully have both my alma maters in the final. No question who I will root for, though. Go Blue.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Karma||
It has to be called Karma. From the Elijah Johnson thing to seemingly every 50/50 ball bouncing straight to a Jayhawk to the miracle finish--I am not a religious man but there were forces at work that man does not comprehend.
|10 weeks 18 hours ago||Green||
See, all the colors belong to Michigan. It's just that we usually don't need green, so we let our little brother borrow it 364 days out of the year. But when St. Patrick's Day rolls around, then we take it from him.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Shirt rules||
Okay, but a rule like "everybody must wear yellow" is not content-neutral. Imagine, in a different context, a rule that "everybody must pray to Jehova" or "everybody must hate the Russians."
"It just doesn't happen" is a very persuasive argument in a constitutional free speech context if the record shows that, indeed, the problem that the government is suppressing speech in order to prevent is not, in fact, a realistic concern.
I actually litigated a case like this once. i was representing an organization of public housing tenants who had been told by the housing authority that they would no longer be permitted to post anything whatsoever on the exterior surfaces of their doors. The main reason the housing authority gave was a concern that tenants would post inflammatory material that would lead to arguments and disputes--and potentially violence--between neighbors. But, tenants had been posting things on their doors in this particular housing authority for decades, and there was no record of there ever being a violent incident prompted by a door posting. That was a very helpful fact in winning the case. FYI, the case went to our state supreme court and was decided 5-4, so you can see how close of a question this is.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Speech rules||
The fact is, M students don't knife opposing fans just for wearing their gear. So if M's justification for the rule is safety, it fails because it's unnecessary.
Regarding who is in the audience, keep in mind that a M student could, theoretically anyway, buy a student section ticket and show up wearing an IU shirt. Now, I am pretty sure the IU fan in this example was not a M student. But you need to have the same rule for everybody.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Rules||
I don't think the safety issue is legit. You can do plenty of other things to assure safety that don't involve restricting speech. For instance, you can post security guards and have rules against assault. I think there would need to be a pretty convincing record of M students beating up opposing fans before you could justify a rule like this on safety grounds, and I don't think you could establish that record.
Presumably, the state dinner example you gave would occur in a "non-public forum," where speech restrictions can be imposed so long as they are "content-neutral and reasonable in light of the forum." Requiring formal dress at a fancy dinner meets this requirement.
I don't think the policy is unconstitutional either, but someone who feels strongly that it is could probably make a reasonably convincing argument.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Unconstitutional?||
UM is a public university. Crisler Arena is probably what would be considered a "limited public forum" for purposes of expression--meaning as long as it's open, speech restrictions imposed there would be subject to "strict scrutiny." Strict scrutiny requires the M's rule be "narrowly-tailored" to achieve a "compelling state interest."
Speech restrictions almost never survive strict scrutiny, but I think there would be a reasonable chance of that here. Is creating a uniformly pro-Michigan "Maize Rage" area a compelling interest? In the college hoops context, maybe it is. Is requiring the IU fan to wear a M shirt or move to a different part of the arena "narrowly-tailored?" I think so, but maybe someone could come up with something even more narrowly-tailored.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Switching over||
Not on the west coast, evidently
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Hoops||
I think the title should be changed to the "Creighton-Wichita State Open Thread."
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Fab Five shirt||
As soon as I got that issue in the mail, I went through the mgoblog store hoping to find that shirt. I came up empty, so evidently it has other origins. Anyone know where it's from?
|11 weeks 12 hours ago||Fishbowl||
Huh. Well, thanks for clearing it up.
I actually used to be a writing tutor for the English Composition Board. I don't know if it's still there, but we had a walk-in clinic adjacent to that computer lab, and I worked there for two years. It paid well, but was only the second-best job I had at UM. The first-best was when I refereed IM flag football games (which didn't pay squat, but was super fun).
|11 weeks 12 hours ago||Fishbowl||
Perhaps I am mistaken, but I always thought the "Fishbowl" referred to the glassed-in area where Mason Hall connects to Angell Hall, which you can view from the Diag--not the computer lab.
Also, I have to disagree with the Rick's slide. I stopped going there altogether once I didn't have to use my fake ID anymore.
|11 weeks 17 hours ago||Left tackle||
I don't think left tackle will be a problem in 2013.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Rivals||
On Rivals.com, Ohio's 2012 class was worth 2,382 points. Pittman had a 5.9 rating and was the #95 overall player, good for 154 total points. Thus, deducting Pittman from that class would leave OSU with 2,228 points. Michigan's 2012 class was scored at 2,132. So Ohio would still come out slightly ahead.
I'd still rather have our class though.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||30 lbs. muscle gain||
I suspect the tweet was worded imprecisely. It was presumably in camp that Roh praised Wormley for adding the 30 lbs. of muscle, not that the entire 30 lbs. was added in camp.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||2011||
Though I agree with your overall message, Sparty actually did play Ohio in 2011, and defeated them in Columbus. I remember because it was a brutal 10-7 game--which, if I am not mistaken, was the game that spawned the incredible Joe Bauserman passing chart. Notably, Ohio was without the entire Tat 5 for that game.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Frustration||
Perhaps he was fed up with constantly having to use a cooler instead of modern plumbing fixtures.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||future of B1G||
If you have a conference where two teams are consistently signing top-10 recruiting classes, while no team in the rest of the conference consistently finishes in the top 20, then it's a pretty good bet that, over time, the two teams that recruit well will come to dominate.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||DG||
It would have to be one hell of a season for Gardner to go pro "early." It's pretty uncommon for QBs not to use up all their eligibility, and he would be going pro after just one full season of starting.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Sweet!||
Great news for the team and for DG. Finally the NCAA gets something right.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Herm||
Perhaps his health plan now covers Cialis?
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Congrats LSAclassof2000||
I have just eaten a super-spicy ghost pepper in honor of your elevation to mod status.
(Technically, it was just a jalapeno, not a ghost pepper. And to be perectly honest, another reason I ate it was to kind of give my carne asada some kick. But it's all good).
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Big Ten Tournament||
I'm okay with any seed, just as long as we don't have to play Penn State again.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||#6 Jersey||
Embarrassingly, I still own my #6 jersey that I purchased as a M freshman in 1993. I usually break it out once or twice per season. I guess if Wheatley Jr. commits, I can feel good about getting a new one.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||To crush the Spartans||
See them driven before you, hear the lamentations of their women, yada yada...
|11 weeks 3 days ago||MLive||
MLive should probably just stop.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Antoine Joubert||
I don't know if you would classify Joubert as a PG or a 2-guard, but I thought he was pretty awesome when I was eleven years old. Great nickname too (The Judge).
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Brandon Graham||
Although we wound up not winning the game, Brandon Graham's annihilating goal line hit in the 2009 game was an unforgettable play.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Harris||
I'm not so sure about that. Harris committed early to MSU, then reconsidered when he decided not to play hoops. If he was really an attention whore, he probably wouldn't have committed to MSU in the first place.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Still Life with an Old Pal||
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Bastogne reference||
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Ferns||
Ferns should send Saban a custom t-shirt that says "Hells" on the front and "No" on the back.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Roy Manning||
Being also from Saginaw, I am strongly in favor of a potential Roy Manning hire. Saginaw is basically Tatooine, but colder and with only one sun.
|12 weeks 8 hours ago||Split M||
So what you are saying is, the Split M is kind of like having your avatar being a photo of a kid with an angry expression wearing a Michigan shirt while giving the finger, and the words "F__K Ohio" at the top and bottom?
|12 weeks 8 hours ago||Wolverine||
I must have seen that thing a thousand times but never looked closely at it until now. What is that on his forehead, a Dutch oven? I don't get it. I like it, but I don't get it.
|12 weeks 8 hours ago||Zubazz Hat||
You can order one with four proofs-of-purchase for Wonka Bars.
|12 weeks 8 hours ago||License Plates||
Have to hand it to Sparty, he got you pretty good. Awful devious of him using the unacceptable "Split M" like that.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Saban||
It doesn't really require backbone to dismiss players for crime when you are 9 spots over the scholarship limit.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Henson||
Henson was pretty damn good his junior year. The three losses included two of the biggest defensive meltdowns (54-51 at Northwestern and 31-28 at Purdue) in Michigan's pre-RR history and a close loss @ UCLA in which Henson did not play due to injury (and which Michigan would have won if not for a bad call that robbed Jeremy Le Suer of a game-sealing pick in the 4th Qtr). About the only loss you can arguably put on Henson from that 2000 season was the Purdue game, in which M led 28-10 at halftime and failed to score in the second half.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Henson vs. Gardner||
If I had to choose between Henson and Gardner, I'd take Gardner every day. Gardner is faster, more athletic, an inch taller, and leagues more mature. Henson might have had a bit more arm strength, but accuracy-wise I think they are comparable, and Henson didn't really demonstrate the advanced decision-making skills until his third season. I don't mean this as a criticism of Henson, who was a terrific college QB. Rather, I think there are plenty of legitimate reasons to be excited about what Gardner's going to do.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Brady||
Yeah, I thought it was kind of ironic that Brady's is probably the least-impressive stat line up there.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Michigan records||
John Navarre holds the Michigan record for passing yards in a season with 3,331 in 2003. The Michigan record for TD passes in a season is 25, shared by Grbac ('91) and Henne ('04). So if Gardner matches your prediction, he will break the yardage record and obliterate the TD pass record.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Michigan junior QBs||
If you look at what Michigan QBs have done in recent years during their junior seasons (I am looking at DG as a junior, I realize he might not be), there is good reason for optimism:
Elvis Grbac (1991): 165/254 (65.0%) 2,085 yds 25 TD 6 INT 161.7 Eff
Todd Collins (1993): 189/296 (63.9%) 2,509 yds 17 TD 7 INT 149.3 Eff
Tom Brady (1998): 214/350 (61.1%) 2,636 yds 15 TD 12 INT 131.7 Eff
Drew Henson (2000): 131/217 (60.4%) 1,852 yds 16 TD 4 INT 152.7 Eff
John Navarre (2002): 248/448 (55.4%) 2,905 yds 21 TD 7 INT 122.2 Eff
Chad Henne (2006) 203/328 (61.9%) 2,508 yds 22 TD 8 INT 143.4 Eff
Denard Robinson (2011) 142/258 (55%) 2,173 yds 20 TD 15 INT 139.7 Eff, 1,173 rushing yds, 16 rushing TD
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Written?||
How do we know that someone wrote that? Isn't it possible that the snowflakes just spontaneoulsy spelled "Go Blue" according to how they naturally landed?
|12 weeks 4 days ago||TWIT||
I love it. Keep it coming.
I post some stuff from time-to-time that I think is humorous, and there are always people who don't get the jokes/take things too seriously/are never satisfied, etc. Don't let the [out-of-wedlock children] grind you down.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Jim Herrmann||
No. As much as I hate to admit it, Mattison will eventually have to retire and I don't want Jim Herrmann around when that happens.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Campbell||
I think the bigger barrier to bringing back Soup is, then what do you do with Hecklinski? You can't move him to running backs, obviously. O-Line has Funk. Hecklinski has been a QB coach in the past, but I don't get the sense that Borges would be interested in letting someone else coach his QBs. Otherwise you could put Hecklinski on Tight Ends and make Ferrigno special teams only, which might be a good way to go,
Still, it seems preferable to just hire another defensive coach.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Glen Steele||
I knew Glen Steele in college. He was a terrific player and would probably make an effective coach, but he doesn't have the personality of a born recruiter. Plus, I don't really know what he's up to these days. So, whether he is a plausible candidate kind of depends on what you want out of a new hire.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||tour guide||
There are a lot of great stories on this thread, but I think this is my favorite one so far. Thanks for sharing it.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Schwag||
Well, there may not be postcards but there are various posters and canvas prints of VS's artwork to choose from. I went for the two 11 x 17 prints, myself. That is a bit larger than I would have liked, but I am sure I can find a place for them.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||M wives||
But wait a second--my wife is also a UM alum and ridiculously hot. Are you telling me we have the same wife!?
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Regrets||
I am glad you included that second paragraph. I too feel like I could have gotten even more out of my UM experience, had I been a little more serious and a lot more mature at the time. Things have worked out alright for me regardless, but I do kind of kick myself for basically investing a disproportionate share of my college years on drinking and partying rather than focusing on my education. C'est la vie, I guess.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Girls||
There is an old joke that goes, "Nine out of ten girls in the Big Ten are gorgeus. The tenth one goes to..."
I put that one up there with the joke about MSU grads putting their diplomas in their car windows to get handicap parking, or the "N" on Nebraska's helmets standing for knowledge.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||M-UVa Game||
Yeah, that game was brutally hot. I remember going to some restaurant immediately after the game and downing about nine Cokes. Plus for the first 52 minutes or so it didn't look like there was any way on Earth that M was going to come back. But I stayed, fortunately.
|13 weeks 16 hours ago||Blanding||
Better UVA than you-know-who.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Recruiting strategy||
This is a good point.
As of now, M only has 16 spots for the 2014 class. With normal attrition, we are still looking at a class no larger than 20. Perhaps if M had another half-dozen scholarships to give out, Pallante would have gotten a normal offer. But with only 16-19 spots, the staff is presumably saving them for higher-priority recruits.
We might be able to just wait until 2015 and sign another player of comparable ability to Pallante. But if we did that, then the player redshirts the '15 season and isn't available until 2016. By taking Pallante as a grayshirt in 2014, maybe we have him available and ready to contribute a year earlier.
Personally, though, I think M's history of turning wrestlers into effective defensive linemen suggests Pallante is going to be a good player.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Pallante||
Space Cowboy did a nice job of that above.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Hoke||
I highly doubt Pallatine is going to wind up as a zero star recruit. There are lots of players who Scout and Rivals don't get around to rating until pretty late in the cycle.
That said, Hoke's defensive staff has gotten production out of walk-ons (Heininger, Brink, arguably Kovacs depending on how you define him and how much credit you give to Rich Rod's staff), a guy recruited to play offensive line (QWash), and several players who came in with underwhelming recruiting profiles (Desmond Morgan, Raymon Taylor, Keith Heitzman).
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Big Ten recruiting||
I don't think middling Big Ten schools have been turning away 4-star recruits due to inadequate scholarship allotments, so increasing the per-year limit probably wouldn't make a difference.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||
Maybe you could Google "anger management classes."
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Grayshirting||
Here is an article describing some shady grayshirting practices by Nick Saban: http://www.foxsportssouth.com/pages/landing?blockID=663062
The players involved were promised spots in Alabama's 2012 recruiting class and had been committed for months, but just before signing day their offers were downgraded to grayshirts. This is completely different than telling a recruit up-front that he is being offered a grayshirt.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||DTs||
PA Baller, since you are new here, you probably are not familiar with something called the "Heininger Certainty Principle." To enhance your mgoblog experience, please check out the following: http://mgoblog.com/content/upon-further-review-2012-defense-vs-illinois
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Wrestling champions||
Rob Renes was also a wrestling champion.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Rogers||
Well, I didn't realize Rogers had a 4.46 forty time. I still don't think he had the kind of athleticism and change-of-direction ability that you need to play CB. . I always viewed Rogers, though, as a WR who got pressed into service due to necessity--not as a player whose natural abilities made him a good fit for the position. For that reason I've always respected Rogers for being a team player. As you say, Rogers could probably have done a lot better with superior coaching; I still find it hard to believe he would have been an effective corner no matter who his coach was, but who knows?
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Rich Rod DBs||
Not all of the DBs that Rich Rod signed were small. Cullen Christian wasn't small. Demar Dorsey wasn't small. Justin Turner wasn't small. Carvin Johnson wasn't small. Thomas Gordon isn't small.
In fact, of all the problems we have had in our secondary, I really don't think a lack of size has been one. Floyd was a decent-sized corner, and so is Countess. Even a guy like James Rogers, who was not nearly fast enough or athletic enough to play the CB position effectively and was inserted basically out of desperation, was actually pretty tall for the position.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||En Vogue||
I'm getting ready to go see a live performance by En Vogue. It will be hilariawesome.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||Hand||
We must sign Hand so that our fan base can get credit for making "Spicoli" into a verb. Like, in describing a bone-jarring hit on an opposing QB, we can say "Mr. Hand spicolied him."
|13 weeks 5 days ago||Roushar||
Lloyd would usually "fire" coordinators by finidng NFL position coach gigs for them. I suspect that's what Dantonio did here. If and when Narduzzi leaves, it will probably either be for a HC position or a DC job at a more prestigious school.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||B Angie B||
|14 weeks 18 hours ago||Ohio jokes||
That is classic. Great find, thanks for sharing it.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Marshall||
Because he's sixteen years old.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Ohio recruits||
Marshall and Webb should remain committed to Ohio, then flip to M on national signing day 2014.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||save a time-out?||
Teams shouldn't have to save time-outs to protect against being screwed by arbitrary rules.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Clock rule||
I have difficulty envisioning how that will work in practice.
Say a team makes a first down, and then the runner is tackled in-bounds. Under NCAA rules, the clock must stop, and then re-start once the chains are moved. Now if the clock re-starts at :02, the offense must run a play--they cannot spike the ball (thus preventing the opportunity to run the FG team on, for instance)? I don't like that, but I could live with that change.
Now, let's say a team completes a pass with the clock running. They begin lining up and decide to spike the ball. Say the clock is approaching 3 seconds when the team snaps the ball. Does this mean that if they did not get the snap off with at least 3 seconds remaining, then the game is automatically over if the QB spikes the ball? That's how I interpret it. That seems like an injustice waiting to happen.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||Dead white dudes||
They have phased him out in favor of Andrew Jackon and Ben Franklin.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||Loved it||
My favorite part was Braylon's messages to Jerry Kill. And Rutgers guy.