also duty-free guys falling over and grabbing their shins
|36 weeks 3 days ago||I always got the sense that||
I always got the sense that M-Wolverine worked for the Athletic Department or was somehow affiliated with the program. He implied insider knowledge and was definitely a pro-Lloyd, pro-Hoke, "Michigan Man" (in the bad sense) kind of guy. He reminded me of an AD employee who personally called me after I had a letter published in the Daily critical of Lloyd Carr to tell me I was a jerk and didn't know what I was talking about. I rarely comment, and have only commented twice in ANGAR, but one of those posts was in response to M-W's flaming dickishness. The only negative I can see in banning him is we won't get to enjoy the irony of him making the same defenses of Borges and Hoke that he criticized when offered up for Rich Rod.
|48 weeks 2 days ago||This is so true. Was there||
This is so true. Was there some exchange program?
|1 year 9 weeks ago||Those fumbles were the only||
Those fumbles were the only reason the game was so close. We really blew them away.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||Question(s) for Magnus||
If I recall, you were not particularly high on Dawson. Am I wrong? If not, have you changed your mind? If you are still not high on him, can you elaborate on your difference of opinion with the recruiting services?
|1 year 19 weeks ago||I was also a freshman during||
I was also a freshman during the 1993 Final Four and watched the Kentucky and UNC games at Crisler. To this day, those are two of the best sporting events I ever attended -- even though I was just watching the events on a ginormous TV. It was great to be surrounded by so many fans who were so passionately into the games (even more so than some of the regular season games actually played at Crisler). The Kentucky win was 1000 times better having shared it with all the Maize and Blue Faithful, and the UNC loss was somehow much more tolerable because we all shared in the disappointment; it was like group therapy. I'm too far away to join in this time, but everyone who can should.
|1 year 40 weeks ago||Colorado||
Kordell put the ball in the right vicinity (unlike Devin and the Roundtree catch), and it was the actual game winner (same comment), but maybe, just maybe, that tip was karmic payback for Chuck Winters setting up that jump ball for Michael Westbrook. Damn, that still hurts.
|1 year 40 weeks ago||Almost exactly the same||
I had never left a game early, but I was burnt to a crisp and feeling pretty dehydrated (not enough Absopure), and Michigan had never overcome that large of a 4th quarter deficit. The worst part is that I convinced my then-girlfriend and best friend to leave with me. Pretty sure they both still hate me for that.
(To a poster above, I skipped that 5-0 Purdue game because I was sick as a dog and convinced I would get pneumonia if I went. Only game I missed in 4 years, but I think I made the right call that time.)
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Borges vs. DeBord||
Brian, serious question: In your e-pinion, how does Borges compare to DeBord in terms of predictability? The criticisms you level at Borges seem to be very similar to your criticisms of DeBord (though it's hard for me to believe that anyone can be as predictable as DeBord).
|1 year 51 weeks ago||WWF||
You must not have watched much professional wrestling in the 1980s, from which I learned that Polynesians have the hardest heads and the hardest feet in the world. Their feet were so hard, in fact, that a barefoot kick from a Polynesian was infinitely more devastating than a kick from a shod white guy. Also, Polynesians may excel at jumping off the top rope.Therefore, we should expect that Houma will play with no helmet and no shoes (take that Denard!), and may or may not specialize in going over the top on the goal line.
|2 years 15 weeks ago||So does Tshimanga Biakabatuka||
So does Tshimanga Biakabatuka
|2 years 28 weeks ago||Michigan might not be moving||
Michigan might not be moving to NJ, but NJ pretty much moves to Michigan every fall.
|2 years 29 weeks ago||I am an alumnus who goes to||
I am an alumnus who goes to one game a year. One year we went to the Packard Pub and the waitresses were all half naked and pretty good looking; we thought it was a pretty good bar. The next year we went back expecting the same, but it was totally different; the waitresses were not good looking and pretty inattentive to boot, even though the place was dead.
|2 years 31 weeks ago||Hero||
My hero growing up--my grandfather--went to Michigan (BBA and MBA) after his discharge from the Army Air Corps as a Lt. Col. after WW2. If the greatest man I ever knew went to Michigan, then there was no question where my loyalties would lie. He's gone now, but I taught my son, who is named after him, "The Victors" while he was in utero (it works! highly recommended). I hope he has something similar to say about me when he is asked 20 years from now how he became a Wolverine.
|2 years 32 weeks ago||This.||
"If you look back on our history, you'll notice that many, many times, we were in VaTech's position where we dominated everywhere but the scoreboard. I can think of at least a dozen off the top of my head. It's nice to be on the other end for once."
I was thinking the exact same thing this morning. For example, I was at the Colorado "The Catch" game....
|2 years 32 weeks ago||Even she appears to be||
Even she appears to be staring at her assets.
|2 years 34 weeks ago||You talk to your in-laws||
You talk to your in-laws about testicles?
|2 years 38 weeks ago||Whenever I read a column in||
Whenever I read a column in which Lloyd is criticized, my first reaction is to duck because I know some of the readers are going to go on a tirade. My second reaction is to say, "thank you for speaking truth." Lloyd's over-conservative, turtle approach to game calling is why I was never fully a fan.
|2 years 41 weeks ago||Neiman||
Doesn't Zingerman's get their corned beef from Neiman Ranch?
I love Zingerman's and went there the Sunday after the Purdue game. But I also tried Frita Batidos (on this site's recommendation) right after the game. To the OP, if you want to add a new and amazing food stop to your trip, you should definitely try FB. My buddy, also a Zingerman's devotee, and I could not stop talking about the chorizo fritas and coconut cream batidos with a splash of rum that we had after the game. Also, I lived in Miami for 5 years, and this blows the Cuban restaurants I went to there out of the water. Incredible.
|2 years 41 weeks ago||Caption||
"I'm telling ya, chicks love neckbeards."
|2 years 42 weeks ago||General tenor of the RR-Lover||
General tenor of the RR-Lover accusations is that RR-Lovers hate all things not RR, which would include Hoke. Brian's need to constantly invoke "Hoke uber alles" = response to Hoke-hating charge. I didn't listen to the podcast, I was just commenting on Brian's description of it. Lloyd did deserve a lot of criticism for certain things; but criticism =/= hatred, which is what a lot of commenters seem to think.
|2 years 42 weeks ago||Confused||
In this post you say you defended Lloyd Carr and love something Brady Hoke said. I'm confused. According to what I've learned from recent comments sections, you -- and most everyone else on this site -- is a Lloyd-Hater, a Hoke-Hater, and an unabashed RR-Lover and -Apologist. Could people's opinions actually be more complex and nuanced than the commenters suggest? So confused...
|2 years 42 weeks ago||Gracias||
If anyone knows more, I think it would be very interesting to hear it. IIRC, the media story was that KF turned M down, which was kind of embarrassing.
|2 years 42 weeks ago||Ferentz||
Brian, you have now referenced this twice (the first time in a column about Crisler!): "the president of the university will stab him if he hires Ferentz." Can you (or someone else) please explain. I thought MSC loved KF. I'm buying this book Friday, but I need to know what this means now!
|2 years 43 weeks ago||Score more than Purdue.||
Score more than Purdue.
|2 years 43 weeks ago||Existential angst||
But if "I" am not part of the "we" then why do "I" feel so bad when Michigan loses?
|2 years 48 weeks ago||"We have had to just outscore||
"We have had to just outscore the opponent to win games." Pretty sure that's how we've always won games. But I know what you mean.
|2 years 51 weeks ago||Seriously?||
The Appy State rematch has now been a topic on EDSBS, Doc Saturday, etc. They universally think it's a bad idea. Doesn't that suggest that maybe Brian isn't being a whiner and kinda sorta, I don't know, has a point? What has happened to this place....?
(P.S. I do have issues when it comes to Michigan football, and I acknowledge them.)
|2 years 51 weeks ago||So frustrating||
1. The level of discourse here has really gone downhill. In the first thread about this rematch, MGoShoe, who used to be pretty good, called everyone complaining about this game pussies. I guess EDSBS, Doc Saturday, et al. -- you know, the really good bloggers who aren't affiliated with U of M -- are pussies, too. That's sarcasm. Neutral observers think this is dumb, too. It's reasonable to be against this game. It doesn't mean you are a pussy.
2. The Horror messed me up. I slept fitfully for a month afterwards. "Hot Hot Hot" kept running through my head. SEC and Miami fans (I was living in Miami) brought it up constantly. It was miserable. Why would I want there to be anything that reminded me of that? I'm not a pussy; I'm rationally interested in my mental health (insofar as someone whose mental health is affected by a game can be rational).
3. Hoke better f--king prepare for that game, unlike his predecessor. (No ad hominem attacks just because I wasn't a Lloyd fan. I felt something like the Horror was bound to happen because of Lloyd's philosophies. He had a lot of good qualities, but his bad ones led to the Horror.)
|3 years 12 weeks ago||bronxblue, you are on fire||
I have agreed 100% with what you have written the last few days re: Lloyd & RR, and now you took the thoughts right out of my head re: the Heisman pose. (No /s)
|3 years 12 weeks ago||Grammar nazis pay attention||
A couple months ago, I got involved in an MGoBoard discussion about whether the word that follows "than" is an object or a subject. Behold:
"The rush line of Chicago was very evidently too strong for the Ann Arbor men, and Peters was as large and more tricky than he."
All of you who think this should be "him" should take note.
(I am also of the "Michigander," not the "Michiganian," camp, another reason to like this article. Not to mention the sudden outbreak of violence.)
|3 years 13 weeks ago||I thought it was a really||
I thought it was a really good, fair article. But I'm kind of surprised you liked it. I could be misremembering some of your other posts, but I did not think you were the type who would say that most Michigan fans would agree with an article that criticized Coach Carr in the slightest.
|3 years 14 weeks ago||No Big Nook?||
This thread has been going for hours with no Fab 5 nicknames?
|3 years 14 weeks ago||MSU||
I remember when Traylor committed to Michigan and my MSU friend rationalized that this was actually a good thing for MSU because he would only stay at U of M for 2 years, then go pro. I then had to explain to my MSU friend that 2>0, so it was not a good thing for MSU. It's hard to understand the mental processes of MSU fans.
|3 years 14 weeks ago||choices||
if middle name, then milton emerald.
if pet, then desiree emerald.
#2 definitely better, but i'm a dude, so.....confused.
|3 years 14 weeks ago||Are you Fletch? "I am a||
Are you Fletch? "I am a billboard salesman" sounds like something Fletch would say.
|3 years 14 weeks ago||Careful||
You are coming close to committing Hoke-era heresy. Hoke and G-Mat are the best recruiters ever. The correct response is Rivals sux.
|3 years 15 weeks ago||That is a great story||
His character came through in the interview with TomVH, too. I suppose there is no shame in being beaten out by Tyrone Wheatley.
|3 years 16 weeks ago||UF = Defense||
Not so ironic. Urban Meyer was a spread guy on offense, but he also fielded some punishing defenses. The latter seems to fit pretty well with OSU, and the Troy Smith team ran some spread.
|3 years 16 weeks ago||I agree with ReadYourGuard||
I think a lot of us are guilty of wishful thinking.
|3 years 16 weeks ago||"The Michigan Difference"||
Well, our school's marketing campaign is "The Michigan Difference." And I do think there is something that separates Michigan--as a university and as a football program--from every other school. But I agree it shouldn't be mere "shibboleths." And it shouldn't be running the ball up the middle on every play. Let's hope Hoke doesn't respect that tradition.
|3 years 16 weeks ago||Explanation||
No justice in this world.
|3 years 17 weeks ago||So confused||
But his comment was a response to your comment, about Michigan football, that you presumably typed on a keyboard, while looking at a monitor.
|3 years 17 weeks ago||Quick, add /s||
I almost wrote something like your first sentence -- but followed by "/s".
|3 years 17 weeks ago||I like Hoke and I think||
I like Hoke and I think positive media (or at least lack of negative media) is a good thing, but I agree with you. That is exactly what would have been written about RR and will not be written about Hoke. I can see an impending article from the Freep criticizing RR for CC's departure -- "another piece of evidence that he recruited the wrong type of guy for Michigan, etc., etc." [Edit: While I was typing this, Mackbru wrote something just like this.]
Relatedly, given the past 3 years, I think it's remarkable that Hoke is getting a "pass" for losing out on high profile recruits like Pike. I understand that you win some and you lose some. But a lot of people around here and the Freep seem to have just now realized that. More amazing to me is that people seem to think that Hoke has proven himself to be an uberrecruiter. I hope that proves to be true, but stealing some kids from Ohio who had committed to Minny and Vandy that OSU didn't want and losing some kids to Auburn and Alabama isn't great evidence that it is (jury is definitely out; but that's kinda the point). For RR, this would have generated "3 star mafia, can't compete against OSU, etc., etc."
|3 years 20 weeks ago||But what about TOUGHNESS?||
But what about TOUGHNESS?
|3 years 21 weeks ago||I don't know that the Duke||
I don't know that the Duke controversy is solely about class. Class and race are often interrelated. More importantly, the media narrative at the time was pretty racist. It wasn't overt -- they didn't expressly say Duke is good because they are like white people and the Fab 5 is bad because they are black people -- but that was pretty clearly the subtext and the message. I generally think people view the world through race-tinted glasses more often than is warranted, but the racism here was hard to ignore. It's one of the reasons I hate Duke.
|3 years 22 weeks ago||Fantastic||
That was my freshman year. I watched the Kentucky game and the UNC game at Crisler. The crowd was so electric, it was almost as if we were actually there.
|3 years 22 weeks ago||Go Blue (dress)!||
Go Blue (dress)!
|3 years 22 weeks ago||Still poorly executed||
I don't necessarily agree with you, but you raise a fair point. Even assuming a reaction was justified, his reaction was poorly executed.
|3 years 22 weeks ago||True dat||
I think even Dukies hate themselves, at least a little, deep down.
|3 years 22 weeks ago||I agree with LandonC||
You can't talk about Jalen and company without talking about their polar opposites, Grant Hill and Christian Laetner, any more than you can talk about Super Man without talking about Lex Luthor; it's just not as interesting to tell one side of the story. It also bears emphasis that this was the narrative at the time: ghetto thugs of Michigan, epitomized by Jalen, vs. Coach K's boy scouts, epitomized by Hill & Laettner. It was pretty overtly racist (and I am not one who throws the race card very often), and there was a pretty stark contrast drawn between the actual players at the time.
Man, I still hate that Duke team....
|3 years 22 weeks ago||You are wrong||
99.5% of America hates Duke.
|3 years 22 weeks ago||Everybody wins!|
|3 years 22 weeks ago||Possible rose-colored glasses||
I'll admit that maybe I'm looking at this through slightly rose-colored glasses. I just talked to my co-worker, who was an HLS classmate (and a ND grad; we talk a lot of smack; I also learned for the first time that he, too, chose HLS over Stanford), for a reality check. He didn't necessarily disagree with me, but he doesn't feel quite as strongly as I do. But I stand by my point. You are always going to get immediate respect because you went to HLS (or Yale, or Stanford, or Michigan), but I don't think the "rivalry" matters as much once your resume fills up with other things. Speaking of which, I should probably get back to the task of filling my resume with work accomplishments. Go Blue and good luck!
|3 years 22 weeks ago||1999||
I have worked with a ton of YLS grads during the last 6 years as a government attorney, and I can honestly say that the "rivalry" has rarely, if ever, come up. For the most part, everyone is just focused on the mission. Once you've been out a few years, the importance of where you went to law school diminishes while the importance of other factors -- experience, ability to work with others, ability to deliver an effective closing argument, etc. -- increases. I can see this being more of an issue while you're in school, e.g., when you're competing with YLS students for summer jobs and clerkships, because your education is usually the centerpiece of your resume.
Now, I can't say this is true when it comes to football schools. There is always a lot of trash-talking between graduates of football schools. Usually, it's pretty good natured, even when it's heated. However, I did work at a private law firm dominated by ND grads. They seemed to take it seriously, and I think it affected their hiring decisions. That was weird to me.
|3 years 22 weeks ago||This is stupid||
I chose Harvard Law over Stanford Law. I was waitlisted by Yale Law. Neither I nor anyone I know from HLS hates Yale or Stanford. I work for the US Government, with a lot of HLS and YLS grads; I have never seen or heard any anymosity expressed between the two alumni bases; it just doesn't matter. I haven't worked with many Stanford Law grads, but the few I have known do seem to have an overinflated sense of what other people think of Stanford. Stanford Law students are the law school equivalent of Duke undergrads. ( (That
|3 years 22 weeks ago||No.||
It's not an object here. It sounds strange, but if you follow through with these types of sentence, it makes sense. (My grandmother drilled this into me). Example: "He is taller than I am tall." vs. "He is taller than me am tall." Hence, "He is taller than I" is correct.
And for the record, I am a graduate of U of M (LSA) and Harvard Law. I agree with the above: Michigan, always Michigan.
|3 years 23 weeks ago||313||
That was my senior year Ohio State game and, until the birth of my son 11 years later, the greatest day of my life. Even though we were flat broke at the time, my buddy and I bought a brick outside Michigan Stadium to commemorate that day. TD Tim was unstoppable. The best parts were that Eddie George was left in the dust -- just over 100 yards, IIRC; a pretty good day, but he won the Heisman and got only a third (!) of what Timmy had -- and that we were OSU's only loss that year. The weather was also crazy nice, more like spring than late fall.
|3 years 23 weeks ago||Tripp and Vada||
I would put Tripp and Vada in there. I also remember how often they blocked kicks -- it always seemed like a possibility when they were in the game. (And they clearly make first team for first names.) But I may be a little biased because they were the starting safeties around the same time that I really started being aware of individual players. For the same reason, I also think of Greg McMurtry (from Brockton, MA, as Keith Jackson would always add) and Chip Calloway as the best pair of receivers we've had (maybe not best individually, but best pair).
Speaking of Tripp Welbourne's knee, I feared the Minnesota game in the late 80s. That game claimed not only Tripp Welbourne's knee but also Tony Boles' knee.
|3 years 23 weeks ago||Grbac||
I agree with your comments on Tom Brady. My ND friends accuse me of SuperBowl-caused revisionism, but I really did love him when he was playing for us. What I liked best about him is how he would routinely hit 7-8 different receivers each game, which he continues to do in the NFL.
But I do disagree with your opinion on Grbac, especially when you consider who he replaced and who replaced him. On the front end, we were so much better when Grbac replaced Michael Taylor and so much worse, on the back end, when Todd Collins replaced Grbac. Collins put up gaudy numbers, but he was the architect of those 8-4 seasons (you know, the ones that used to be considered a "losing" season for us). He always seemed to dump off for 3 yards when we needed 5, 5 yards when we needed 7, etc.
Which brings me full circle: Brady always seemed to get 6 yards when we needed 5, 8 yards when we needed 7.
|3 years 24 weeks ago||Bi-Winner||
Yes! Then Michigan will be a bi-winner: we win here, we win there.
|3 years 24 weeks ago||I call this "being a Michigan||
I call this "being a Michigan fan."
"Maybe it's just one of those 'must protect myself from getting my hopes up, lest they be dashed upon so many cruel stones of fate' things."
|3 years 25 weeks ago||8808 Huber||
I lived in 8808 Huber during the 1993-94 academic year, the year after Tyrone Wheatley lived in that room. Do you remember how the phone numbers used to stay with the rooms? We would get calls for Ty every now and then. My roommate might have signed him up for a few events....
|3 years 26 weeks ago||Al Smorgas Borges?||
Al Smorgas Borges?
|3 years 27 weeks ago||I don't understand this kind||
I don't understand this kind of logic, which seems to have proliferated after the Hoke hiring. Sending out offers to kids in MI does not mean that we own the state of MI. The kids have to, you know, accept the offers before we can declare victory over Dantonio.
|3 years 29 weeks ago||Hoke took 2 DBs right away||
But then didn't Hoke exacerbate this problem by taking Tamani Carter (and maybe Raymon Taylor)? Not saying that those guys won't be good; just saying that it seems that the same criticism could be made about Hoke.
|3 years 30 weeks ago||Free rider, no?||
Free rider, no?
|3 years 30 weeks ago||New Meme?||
Do we have to now start complaining that Hoke only recruits 3*s?
|3 years 30 weeks ago||How's that Kool-Aid taste?||
How's that Kool-Aid taste?
|3 years 30 weeks ago||No, he would have waited for the Pitt(sburgh) game||
All coaches wanting to leave their current team and come to Michigan must throw a game against a team from Pittsburgh. Fact.
|3 years 31 weeks ago||Dantonio media bukkake||
|3 years 31 weeks ago||Dude||
Calm down. For your own sanity, you should stop reading this blog and confine yourself to the Freep or whatever other source better conforms to your own overblown views.
EDIT: Did Blue in NY get the ban hammer? 'Cause that's who I was telling to calm down.
|3 years 31 weeks ago||Exactly||
Charles Woodson:Lloyd Carr as Glen Rice:Steve Fisher. Two guys who played out of their minds and won their good, but not great, coaches national championships.
|3 years 31 weeks ago||No, it was Lloydball||
Lloyd Carr curled up in the fetal position west of the Mississippi. When he settled for a FG to go up by 10 on Texas, I told my wife, "It's over, we're going to lose." And lose we did. For some reason, Lloyd only opened up the offense in Florida. (And don't talk to me about the 1997 Rose Bowl. Did you notice any difference in the offense in the 1st and 2d halves? 1st half = Lloyd Ball = losing. 2d half = throwing = winning.)
|3 years 31 weeks ago||Replace "Miles" with "Stoops"||
Replace "Miles" with "Stoops" and you are a ND fan.
|3 years 31 weeks ago||"every time there's an opening at UM"||
Please (angry Michigan coach hating) God, not again for a long time.
|3 years 32 weeks ago||Jon Gruden is our Jon Gruden||
Crazy internet ND fans always mentioned Gruden as a possibility for their new head coach. Along with the crazy Urban Meyer talk a few days ago, I feel like we have already become ND.
|3 years 32 weeks ago||Lloyd||
Biggest problem I had with the article was the assertion that we ran Lloyd out. Lloyd left on his own terms.
And, truthfully, I wasn't all that sad to see him go. The diarist the other day said it best when he described Lloyd as a good coach and a good man -- but not a great coach.
I was never a big Lloyd fan (admittedly had to eat some major crow in 1997) because I hate Lloyd Ball. I thought it cost us far more games than it won us (Brian once did an analysis that supported that feeling), allowed for the possibility of an Appy State, and guaranteed that, other than a miracle like 1997 (Lloyd Ball would have cost us a few games but for the fact that we had a Football God on the roster), Lloyd's ceiling was always going to be 2 losses, with a mean of 4 losses. It frustrated me to no end that we seemed to have the ability to open it whenever we wanted to -- we had a great bowl record against the SEC -- but instead chose to curl into the fetal position against the Pac 10 and even the preseason MAC cakes (we can't let ND know we can do more than run up the middle, run up the middle, run up the middle...).
I was really excited about RR because I thought his aggressiveness would put the ceiling at 0 losses but understood that the tradeoff was the potential for more than 4 losses. I was willing to accept the bigger swing because I'd rather win a national championship more than once in 60 years, even if some seasons would be ugy.
I kind of have the feeling that, after the wild ride of the last 3 years, the fan base (maybe even me, I reluctantly admit) is willing to go back to the play-it-safe-but-never-win-big mentality. And that's why Hoke seems like a likely candidate.
|3 years 32 weeks ago||Agree||
Sometimes it takes an outsider's view to see things clearly. But I agree. This article is mostly an Iowa fan's wishful thinking. True, they have been better than us the last 3 years. And true it has been unexpectedly difficult to lure a big name coach to Michigan. But they are still Iowa.
|3 years 32 weeks ago||"LSA wishy washy crap"||
Really? 14.5 years later and you're still talking like this? I hope this was at least somewhat sarcastic but, since that's all I heard from engineers for four years (BA Pol Sci '96), forgive me if my detector is off. It's this kind of infighting that annoys me about my alma mater. We have arguably the best public university in the country (if not the world) and arguably the best football tradition in the country, yet all we seem to do is take shots at each other. May the pro- and anti-RR crowds--and the engineers and liberal artists--be reunited under the Pax Harbaugh-a.
|3 years 32 weeks ago||Good plan||
Wake me up when you find out.
|3 years 32 weeks ago||I would co-sign,||
but it would be unfair to try to take credit for your work. Excellent post. As others have commented, this pretty much sums up what a large portion of the M fanbase -- including me -- thinks.
I just don't get it. Bo wasn't a "Michigan Man" when he came to Michigan. He was born and raised in Ohio; played for Woody Hayes at Miami and assisted him at Ohio State -- Ohio State for god's sake! Woody Hayes for god's sake!; and coached Miami before he came to Michigan. Sounds like an "Ohio Man" to me, maybe even an "Ohio State Man." Yet he became the prototype of the "Michigan Man." I don't see why someone born and raised in West Virginia, who played football -- for a Bo protege -- and coached at WVU, was disqualified from the beginning from becoming a "Michigan Man." If there were any justice in the world (apart from Justice Hayes), there would be a special circle of hell for the Mike Rosenbergs of the world; it would be a room painted scarlet and gray, Dantonio would continually gives lectures about "zero tolerance" and how to mold young men, and there would be no Zingerman's or Bell's, just Natty Light and whatever else passes for good culture in E. Lansing and Columbus. Maybe RichRod wasn't the right guy, but a big F-U to all those who prevented us from legitimately finding out.
I sure hope that, if RichRod is fired, we have an actual succession plan in place, not a crapshoot like last time. Did no one expect Lloyd to ever retire? Seems like it.
I gotta stop now. I'm losing my zen. Can't break the New Year's resolution so early.
|3 years 35 weeks ago||My guess||
I think it's because of the possibility of parole. By contrast, in the federal system, you get a definite sentence with no possibility of parole.
|3 years 35 weeks ago||Aaaarghhhhh||
This is the type of thing that seems to happen all too often to elite Michigan players. They get banged up in the NFL -- Biakabatuka, Wheatley, Woodson in Oakland -- and then all the ESS EEE CEE fans claim that their lack of production in the NFL proves that Big 10 players suck. Sure, some elite M players flame out in the NFL, but how can you say that the others suck just because they weren't impervious to injury?
|3 years 36 weeks ago||Go Raiders!||
I took a class at GRCC the summer after my freshman year at U of M. All 5 credits transferred over, though the grade didn't. Best of luck to Mr. Conway!
|3 years 37 weeks ago||Tears of unfathomable sadness||
Tears of unfathomable sadness.
EDIT: That was at work. Now it's 21st Amendment Brewery's Be Free! or Die IPA. (Bell's is the best, but this is not bad. And it's in a can.) With a tears of unfathomable sadness chaser.
|3 years 37 weeks ago||Agree||
The D was also supposed to be the strength of the team when he arrived. My guess is that RR felt that he could afford to focus almost exclusively on the O, which was going to require a lot of work to rebuild, while the D took care of itself.
|3 years 39 weeks ago||Don't bag on Woodson||
A-Train, you're wrong about Woodson not being productive before Green Bay: "In his first season with Oakland, Woodson was selected as the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year by the Associated Press. He was named to the Pro Bowl and earned All-Pro recognition three consecutive times (1999-2001). " (Wikipedia) It's true that he battled injuries over the next couple years, but he was good in Oakland, too.
|3 years 39 weeks ago||Mike Peplowski||
He played at MSU for 22 years. When he finally went pro, he ended up saving the life of Bobby Hurley, who is the runner-up for this title because he played at Duke for 21 years. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bobby_Hurley)
|3 years 39 weeks ago||Watching with kid actually good||
My son is 4 and has been able to sing the Victors (literally) since he has been able to talk. He loves watching M football with me, though he doesn't quite get what's going on. Watching it with him has actually been good for me. I am forced to not swear and not go crazy every time something bad happens. As I'm sure my wife would be all to happy to tell you, I'm not always successful, but, overall, it's had a positive effect on me, and I think I might now be 50% less likely to die of a heart attack during an M game. And, here's the best part: when something good happens, there's nothing as great as sharing it with mini-me. Point: have the kids and watch Michigan football with them.
|3 years 39 weeks ago||That game produced one of the||
That game produced one of the best quotes ever. Unfortunately, I can't find it exactly, but, when asked about his performance, Fargas said, "I run for the Lord, and I run for Michigan." Word.
|3 years 40 weeks ago||Hey!||
I think I saw you there! Were you the guy wearing the dark green raincoat?
|3 years 40 weeks ago||Drowned rat||
Did wolverines look like drowned rats in the late 40s?
|3 years 41 weeks ago||What I don't get||
Good points. What I don't get though is why, if these are the same assistants that helped put together a good defense at WVU, can't they do the same here? You would think that, if they could help Casteel succeed, they could also help GERG succeed. Is it that Casteel is a stronger personality who could whip these guys into shape but, with a weaker manager, they run roughshod over everything?
Or is it possible that defense just isn't as important in the Big East? If we assume that the Big East is a weaker conference, maybe WVU's defenses were weaker than they appeared; in other words, they looked better than they actually were because they were the one-eyed man in the land of the blind. (If so, then Casteel wouldn't help us; though it certainly seems that his defenses executed better, so I dunno.) This might also explain why RR was able to focus so exclusively on offense in the Big East, which has been a seemingly disastrous habit in the B10.
|3 years 41 weeks ago||Dave B, are you our Athletic Director?||
If so, you pursued a reasonable course of conduct.
|3 years 41 weeks ago||Nothing to be scared of||
I guess our defense could give up more points to Wisconsin than they did to PSU, but so what? Even if Wisconsin hangs a bazillion points on our D--possible--the result--an embarrassing loss--can't be any worse. Unless Wisconsin comes off the field and starts punching fans in the face, there's nothing to be scared of. We have scraped the bottom of the barrel. There's no more barrel left to scrape.
|3 years 41 weeks ago||Compliance Guy||
Agree wholeheartedly that Brian & the MGoCrew deserve credit for their excellent work. Let's also hear it for the late Compliance blog that helped them out.
|3 years 41 weeks ago||You forgot about the kitties||
You forgot about the kitties that Rivals and Scout said were lions and tigers but ended up being Bill the Cat. Ack.
|3 years 44 weeks ago||Maybe YouTube is doing you a favor?||
Like a parent putting his/her hand over a child's eyes during a scary moment of a movie.
|3 years 44 weeks ago||Very Sad||
I met Rumeal Robinson about 1.5 years ago. He is a high school friend of a professional acquaintance, who arranged for the three of us to have lunch. Rumeal was very well spoken, spoke highly of U of M, and signed my SIs from the 1989 championship run and a photograph of the game winning FT for my then 2 year old son. He didn't ask for anything from me, but of course I bought his lunch. While we were at lunch, he received a phone call and explained to the caller that he was having lunch with me because I was a big Michigan fan. I came away pretty impressed in many ways. However, there was an undercurrent of the stories he told, consistent with some statements he made to the Detroit papers in connection with the 20th anniversary of the national championship, that suggested he might have received some sort of unsanctioned benefits while playing at M. Shortly thereafter, I learned about the federal indictment against him, and it made that undercurrent stand out more for me. This is all very sad, for Rumeal, his victims, and us fans.
|3 years 45 weeks ago||So bad||
What's more embarrassing: the quality of the MSU column or the fact that no one at MSU will understand how bad it is? The OP got it right: it's like this every year. Warm up the tractors.
|3 years 46 weeks ago||Generic is good||
I thought Griese was pretty good (even before I realized it was Griese). Even if he was only "generic," that's a huge step up from the typical color commentator these days. He did, however, have an annoying tendency to describe everything as a "staple" of a team's offense/defense. But that's a nit; overall, I think he added to the game and, at worst, did not detract from it like many others.
|3 years 46 weeks ago||She was in my Psych 111||
She was in my Psych 111 class!
|3 years 47 weeks ago||I sat in a pile of||
I sat in a pile of marshmallowy goo at the end of a game my freshman year. It was pretty gross, but just a minor inconvenience of an otherwise great tradition. I remember people discussing various theories about how to make the marshmallows easier to throw (open the package and let it sit out on the porch overnight) and when the cameramen had to put that protective bubble around themselves because the students kept bombing them. Good times. Definitely sad to see that tradition pass.
|3 years 47 weeks ago||It Was Windy Out There||
Thank you for talking me in off the ledge.
|3 years 47 weeks ago||Les Miles||
I would think LSU fans have some good feelings about U of M since their coach played there (unless they have turned against him recently). Also, never hurts to remind them that James Hall was from NOLA and A-Train was from Winnfield (northern part of the state, but still LA).
|3 years 47 weeks ago||Not Me||
I lived in Miami for 5 years. According to UF fans (and other SEC myopics), the UF team that lost the 2008 Capital One Bowl was the bad Tebow team that utterly lacked a defense. Even though Tebow won the Heisman that year. And even though the defense was pretty awesome the year before and the year after. I would say you usually can't talk sense to SEC fans.
|3 years 48 weeks ago||Seriously. How many players would leave after a loss?||
Or is this some weird reverse psychology thing and we'll actually gain players if we lose? And if we go undefeated, will we end up with 30 additional available scholarships for next year? And what will happen after the Oct. 23 BYE? My mind is blown.
|3 years 48 weeks ago||Lloyd Ball||
To me, the lesson of that game was don't settle for 3. Especially when your defense has NEVER been able to contain a running QB. Nice to be on the other side of that equation for once....
|3 years 49 weeks ago||Notre Lame?||
Did THE_KNOWLEDGE really call them "Notre Lame"?
|3 years 49 weeks ago||Vlad?||
Did Emilien not play, or did he only play during the uncharted drive? If the latter, how did he look? Does any of this help explain the transfer?
|3 years 50 weeks ago||*Sigh*||
Miss you, little guy. xoxo.
Desmond must love Best Buy. A friend of mine ran into him at a Best Buy near Dadeland Mall in Miami around the time of the Rich Rod hiring. My friend got the impression that Desmond was not a huge fan of the hire. But maybe he had to be publically noncommital. I think it would be fun to watch Desmond play in the spread and shred.
|3 years 50 weeks ago||Which came first?||
Was he all over Purdue's jock before or after he put Iowa's dick in his mouth? Humpty, do you know?
|3 years 50 weeks ago||His Bad||
I scheduled my wedding (in A2) around football. If you are from Michigan -- regardless of whether you are a State fan or a fan of truth, justice & the American way -- you know how these fall events go down. If it takes place on a football Saturday, a good portion of the crowd will constantly be checking the score. I explained this to my wife (who is neither from MI nor a football fan), and even she understood and agreed to get married the week before football season started. It's his bad. You should go, but you should feel free to take any means necessary to check the score.
|3 years 51 weeks ago||Herman Moore||
I couldn't find a link, but I seem to recall that, after a disappointing year in which he had a serious case of the dropsies, the Lions' Herman Moore also got contact lenses. Obviously that worked out for him. Here's hoping for Stonum.
|4 years 3 days ago||Seconded||
That's why I was so excited when we hired Rich Rod. Big Least, blah blah blah. WVU was a team that I would stop to watch.
|4 years 1 week ago||Snap the damn ball!||
Snap the damn ball!
|4 years 1 week ago||I guess his knee . . .||
. . . did not have a decided schematic advantage over other people's joints.
|4 years 2 weeks ago||This has got to be the worst, right? I mean, it has clams in it||
|4 years 2 weeks ago||It won the blue ribbon||
It has to be good to finish in first place.
|4 years 2 weeks ago||Colorado = 1st Dong Punch on Record||
Having been at the Colorado game, that's what immediately came to my mind, too. That game hurt. We all stood there silently for what seemed like 30 minutes. "That didn't just happen, did it? No one ever completes a 64-yard hail mary to win a game. No one. There was a flag, right? Why do things like this always happen to us?" That game was a dong punch before there were such things as dong punches.
|4 years 2 weeks ago||2 quotes I liked||
1. Good example of arguing from circumstantial evidence: "The toe was gone," said Douthett. "He ate it. I mean, he must have eaten it, because we couldn't find it anywhere else in the house. I look down, there's blood all over, and my toe is gone."
2. Love the use of the word "normal": "A normal person, even consuming that much alcohol, probably would have awakened much earlier," Lampen said.
|4 years 3 weeks ago||How . . .||
. . . did that reporter maintain a straight face?
|4 years 7 weeks ago||Seconded||
I lived in NOLA 1999-2001 and have been hungry ever since I left. The best part about NOLA is that the cheap food is every bit as good as the expensive food (and the expensive food isn't that expensive relative to NYC, CHI, DC, etc.). If I had one meal left, it would be the smoked soft shell crab at Clancy's.
|4 years 8 weeks ago||Brady||
I mean, I love Drew Henson's potential, but I just think Tom Brady can get it done this year.
|4 years 8 weeks ago||Greg McMurtry . . .||
. . . from Brockton, Mass. Maybe not my favorite ever, but my favorite when Keith Jackson said his name. He and Chris Calloway were pretty sweet, though.
|4 years 8 weeks ago||Grandfather||
Taught me how to be a man. Went to Michigan. Ergo, I am a Michigan man. Named my son after him. Taught him the Victors in utero (seriously, the kid practically came out shouting, "Hail!").
|4 years 9 weeks ago||Biakabutuka 313 yards||
Against #2 OSU and eventual Heisman winner Eddie George, Nov. 24, 1995. My buddy and I have a brick at Michigan Stadium commemorating that lovely fall day of our senior year.
|4 years 14 weeks ago||Gold, Jerry, Gold.||
"while our worst player was the best that could be drawn from L.S.A."
Fantastic line. We should recruit from Kinesiology instead.
|4 years 17 weeks ago||Rumeal autograph||
I had lunch with Rumeal Robinson about 1 year ago and he signed this cover for me, as well as the cover for the SI from the previous week, when M won its Final 4 game. He asked why I didn't also have the 1990 SI Basketball preview issue, which featured him on the cover. He also signed a color photo of him hitting the winning free throw for my 3 year old son.
|4 years 44 weeks ago||Michigan Love||
Did you notice how much love Gladwell gives Michigan in Outliers? In almost every chapter he talks about someone awesome who went to or works at Michigan. Good book.
|4 years 44 weeks ago||DC Alumni Club Website||
There are actually several different options in the DC area. Check out the DC Alumni Club website:
|4 years 45 weeks ago||Tuck Rule Game||
For my money, it would be the Tuck Rule Game -- in which Charles Woodson either did or did not cause Tom Brady to fumble. Given my man crush for both of them, I don't think I was ever so ambivalent about the outcome of a single call.
"The name 'Tuck rule game' originates from the controversial game-changing play. In the play, Raiders' cornerback Charles Woodson sacked Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady, which in turn, seemingly caused a fumble that was eventually recovered by Raiders' linebacker Greg Biekert. Officials reviewed the play, and determined that Brady's arm was moving forward, thus making it an incomplete pass."