|1 year 18 weeks ago||Interesting post, but the||
Interesting post, but the instances of holding you pointed out in the various plays were really, really weak and I can't imagine almost any of them being called. In the videos labeled Earn the Right 1, 5 and 4, the blocks you cite as flag-worthy are holding only in the most general sense of the word and I've never seen those penalized in college football.
Edit: This was intended as a comment to the post, not a reply to the comments above.
|2 years 10 weeks ago||Will there be TV coverage or||
Will there be TV coverage or an online stream for the Niagara game at all?
|2 years 10 weeks ago||Somewhere out there, Tae||
Somewhere out there, Tae Odoms is shaking his head sadly.
|2 years 10 weeks ago||I think it will be relatively||
I think it will be relatively close until midway through the second half, then Michigan pulls away for a 14 point win.
GRIII cools off from 3 point range and only gets about 12, but Trey cleans up the turonvers, Stauskas shoots the lights out (15+ pts) and McGary announces his presence with a breakout game.
|3 years 9 weeks ago||Have they said when it will||
Have they said when it will tip off? I'm trying to watch it on my phone while traveling.
|3 years 16 weeks ago||Soft Goals?||
I watched the highlights this morning and it looked to me like Niagara's goalie let in some soft goals, but it was pretty tough to tell on my work computer. Could someone who made it to the game comment on that? As another person who was concerned about the offense coming into the season, I'd like to know whether MIchigan has a little more firepower than I thought or whether they just had some puck luck and a sieve to shoot at. Thanks.
|3 years 29 weeks ago||BBQ||
I'm laying in my hammock, I have a pork shoulder in my homemade smoker and plenty of good cold beer to keep me hydrated while I wait for some delicious pulled pork. It's going to be a good day.
|3 years 35 weeks ago||Hockey||
On a somewhat-related note, does anyone know when the hockey team's schedule is generally announced? I ask because I would like to get back to Ann Arbor for a weekend where I can catch a football game and two hockey games at Yost. The past few years there was at least one weekend like that. From looking at the football schedule, the weekends which could potentially have home games for both sports are the Minnesota, Purdue, Nebraska and Ohio State football weekends.
|3 years 46 weeks ago||Is the feed working for you?||
Is the feed working for you? All I see is a picture of a college basketball game. Is that just because the game hasn't started yet?
|3 years 46 weeks ago||Damn, I'm in NYC and won't be||
Damn, I'm in NYC and won't be getting the game on CBS. Is there any other way to get the game on TV? Does anyone know whether the UM Club will be organizing a watching party or is there someplace else people will be going that has the game?
For anyone looking, here is the link of the coverage map: http://the506.com/sports/?p=1975
|4 years 7 weeks ago||Lacrosse has grown||
Lacrosse has grown exponentially in the midwest, including Michigan. I coached in the area, and I think that Michigan could do well with the midwest as a recruiting base.
Additionally, many of the best players in the northeast are comfortable going to school away from home - UNC and Duke recruit a large part of their class from Long Island and nearby areas. I think Michigan could recruit from the midwest and pluck a few players from other areas (Maryland, Long Island) each year without too much problem.
|4 years 7 weeks ago||Cost||
I agree that the cost of the teams would probably be relatively low, but I would be incredibly surprised if lacrosse ended up being break-even at any point. That's not to say I don't want to see lacrosse added. I played div.1 lacrosse elsewhere before coming to Michigan for grad school, and I probably would've come to Michigan for undergrad if they had a program when I was deciding on schools. I love the sport and would even donate to the lax program at Michigan. That said, I don't believe many of the lacrosse programs in the country are in the black. Hockey gets unbelievable attendance and I would be shocked (but pleased) if the lacrosse team got a similar amount of support.
|4 years 7 weeks ago||Highlights?||
Damn, I thought this game was tomorrow. Anyone know where I could find some highlights? I tried the NCAA website and there weren't any posted yet.
|4 years 27 weeks ago||Fair point.||
|4 years 27 weeks ago||I saw Hart, Patti, and Miller||
I saw Hart, Patti, and Miller in the Union yesterday. I wasn't going to post about it until this topic came up, but I will chime in and mention that Nick is not 5'11". I'm around 5'9" and he wasn't taller than me.
That said, he could well put on 3 or more inches still, and I've always thought that height was not nearly as important for college quarterbacks as it is for pro quarterbacks. I hope Nick chooses Michigan, his highlights are impressive.
|4 years 27 weeks ago||I don't mean to be debbie||
I don't mean to be debbie downer, but it's a highlight tape. Of course he made all the right decisions.
|4 years 28 weeks ago||I just finished booking a BBQ||
I just finished booking a BBQ and college football roadtrip for September. Three friends and I are going to 3 football games: Cincy @ NC State (Thurs night), Florida @ Tennessee, UCLA @ Texas. On the way we have planned stops at about a dozen of the most famous BBQ places in the south. I think it will be amazing.
|4 years 44 weeks ago||It would be awesome if we||
It would be awesome if we could figure out a bar to meet at pregame and take over. Anyone from Fort Wayne want to suggest one near the arena?
|4 years 45 weeks ago||Sorry. I've been online all||
Sorry. I've been online all day and missed it somehow. Neg away.
|4 years 45 weeks ago||I don't think Summers will be||
I don't think Summers will be playing. I was sitting close to our bench, and noticed he had a knee brace of some kind under his suit pants and was not moving well at all.
|4 years 45 weeks ago||Thanks for all the||
Thanks for all the suggestions. Crunchy's and Menna's both look good.
|4 years 45 weeks ago||While $10/hr is obviously not||
While $10/hr is obviously not much pay, I think they will get a fair number of law grads applying. A lot of recent law school grads have been deferred by the firms who offered them jobs, meaning they have a job in theory, but will not start working for awhile and are looking for something to do in the interim. Other law grads don't have a job at all because of this economy. For example, I graduated in December 09, but won't start work until October 2010 - others have been deferred significantly longer. I recently found something to do in the interim, but I would've seriously considered this job otherwise, if for no other reason but I think it would be a cool experience.
|4 years 47 weeks ago||I've decided to nickname||
I've decided to nickname Shawn Hunwick "Yoda" due to stature and his apparent ability last night to use his jedi powers to convince the other team that they don't want to shoot the puck on net.
|4 years 48 weeks ago||I think the iPhone does have||
I think the iPhone does have this capability, but it is disabled in the US b/c of AT&T. I think the feature does work on other networks in other countries with the current version of the phone and software. I could be wrong though.
|4 years 51 weeks ago||I agree, Michigan was very||
I agree, Michigan was very impressive. I didn't mean to slight them at all with my comments about their intensity and use of the ten-man ride. From a pure talent standpoint, it certainly appeared Michigan was the better team. It's unbelievable that a club team can take down a d.1 team with scholarships.
There is a big gap between the lower d.1 teams like Bellarmine, Detroit, etc. and the big boys like UNC, UVA, Syracuse, etc. I think that Michigan would be able to be competitive right away but would take some time to compete for tournament berths, but I think the time is definitely right to make the jump to division 1.
|4 years 51 weeks ago||Disagree. Just because there||
Disagree. Just because there are only two options doesn't mean that there is a 50% chance we sign any one of them. By that logic we have a 50% chance of signing Seantrel Henderson.
|4 years 51 weeks ago||I made it out to the||
I made it out to the scrimmage tonight and came away very impressed. Michigan was very talented and played hard, and when they made mistakes they were saved by outstanding goaltending. They lead the whole game and gave Bellarmine fits with their ten-man ride. I think Bellarmine didn't bring nearly the same level of intensity because for Michigan this was a chance for the Wolverines lacrosse team to make a statement, but regardless Michigan clearly showed they belonged on the same field as a division 1 team.
|5 years 1 week ago||As a Jets fan and Wolverine,||
As a Jets fan and Wolverine, I see both sides of this. I was excited for Charles Woodson winning, because he is one of my favorite players all time. That said, Revis has been unbelievable and I thought objectively had the better season. I knew there was a good chance Woodson would get the award though, and I don't have a problem with it.
I know Rex Ryan's comments will rub a lot of people the wrong way, and I'm sure he knew that at the time too. I dont think it bothers him if fans of other teams get annoyed and feel as though he is disrespecting their players. Rex wants the players to know he has their back, and I'm sure Revis loves the support form his coach.
|5 years 1 week ago||I don't mind you being angry||
I don't mind you being angry with the Wings play, but there's no reason to go making fun of my poor Islanders. They have a hard enough time without getting called out on college football message boards.
In all seriousness, the Islanders can be tough to play against. They come at you hard and can make life difficult. Their biggest problem has been play 60 minutes. They have been able to jump all over a lot of good teams.
|5 years 2 weeks ago||Manny Harris has not looked||
Manny Harris has not looked like an NBA player this season, definitely not a first round pick anyway. That said, he looks like he has already checked out, so I'll be interested to see whether he decides to stay or declare for the draft.
|5 years 3 weeks ago||The game tonight was||
The game tonight was excruciating. I wanted to punch a small child the entire game. Having season tickets to basketball and hockey is torture. Our teams are so frustrating it's unreal. The hockey team looked lifeless and played sloppy. RPI was not in any way a good team. They were slow, less talented, and gave up a ton of chances.
I know this post adds no value, I just need to vent.
|5 years 3 weeks ago||"I just want to thank the||
"I just want to thank the guys in compliance for finding this loophole, and I want to thank Coach Rodriguez for welcoming me back to the team for another season."
-Brandon Graham, upon finding out that because of a little known rule change, he has a year of eligibility left and will return to Michigan for his super-senior season.
|5 years 4 weeks ago||Yeah, we've been in to||
Yeah, we've been in to Detroit probably about ten times now between Michigan hockey games, Tigers games, and shows. We've found several good places to eat and have never had any problems. It's a real shame that people are so closed-minded about going out in Detroit.
If we left Ann Arbor just before 4:30, do you think that would be enough time to get into the city and eat at Slow's and still get to the Joe for puck drop?
|5 years 4 weeks ago||I was thinking about going to||
I was thinking about going to Buddys - Alan Richman (GQ) rated it as one of the 25 best pizzas in the country.
|5 years 4 weeks ago||Im sure you're right that I||
Im sure you're right that I could get burgers anywhere in Greektown, but I'm trying to figure out where the best burgers and pizza are.
Free parking sounds good though.
|5 years 4 weeks ago||I do love BBQ. Thanks for||
I do love BBQ. Thanks for the suggestion.
|5 years 5 weeks ago||I have to think it is Pitt or||
I have to think it is Pitt or Iowa St. Syracuse is really a basketball school. It wouldn't make sense for the school to leave the Big East where it already has basketball rivalries. Louisville might make sense, but I don't think they are a good fit academically. Pitt is the best fit, but adding a strong football school to the hypothetical East division or a weak one to the hypothetical west (ISU) is trouble in terms of competitive balance.
|5 years 6 weeks ago||Thanks very much. How does||
Thanks very much.
How does the team look?
|5 years 6 weeks ago||They're not streaming the TV||
They're not streaming the TV broadcast on MGoBlue.com. There is only radio and gametracker, and the gametracker doesn't even seem to be working (unless the game actually has been stopped with 3:56 left in the 1st for about 20 minutes. Can anyone give some updates?
|5 years 6 weeks ago||Nobody puts Witty in the||
Nobody puts Witty in the corner.
But seriously, I was under the impression he was a safety too. It will be interesting to see what DBs see the field. We have high hopes for a lot of these guys, but its tough for freshmen to get on (See Turner).
|5 years 6 weeks ago||Hearsay? Or heresy? Just||
Hearsay? Or heresy?
|5 years 6 weeks ago||This has been the issue of||
This has been the issue of expansion that I've really been thinking hard about. How do we set up the two divisons? I think they pretty much have to be geographic. If the B10 adds a 12th team, it MUST be a western (relatively) school with a strong football program. UM, OSU, and PSU - the historical power programs - all have to be in the eastern division. If you have ND, Wisconsin, and Iowa in the west, then its probably ok. But if you add another strong eastern school like pitt, there is no balance between the divisons. I think these divisions keep the major rivalries intact, and are (relatively) comparable in football, though there is potential for it to be uneven like the Big 12 divisions have been recently.
I'm very interested to see other people's possible divisions and explanations considering other potential additions. I think this is a pretty important consideration. If it isn't ND joining... UM and OSU need to be in the same division and play every year. MSU has to be in that division also. If you were thinking only of parity, Wisconsin, PSU, and Iowa would have to be in the other division, like Northern Fan says, but does that really make sense?
One last thing worth noting... if you add ND, then a B10 hockey conference becomes a reality: UM, MSU, OSU, Wiscy, Minn, ND. Sound fun? That is a whole other discussion though.
|5 years 6 weeks ago||I am more than happy to||
I am more than happy to donate to Mott if a link is posted, I think that's a great idea.
But lets not ask Brian to shift the beveled guilt to them as well. Brian works incredibly hard on this blog for relatively little reward, and asking him to give one of his sources of income to this cause is somewhat unfair. I would guess that he'd be willing to donate some himself and post a link, but lets not put an unfair burden on him by taking away a revenue stream.
|5 years 6 weeks ago||This is complete speculation,||
This is complete speculation, but I think Carvin Johnson might be a softer commitment than we realize, and part of the reason we seem to be over-recruiting. Check out the Friday Night Lights post: "LSU is starting to show interest... more on that situation tomorrow..."
|5 years 6 weeks ago||Interesting post, and I'd||
Interesting post, and I'd love to see it, but I disagree. I believe you are parsing his words too closely.
I think the frustration of going undefeated at Cincinnati and not even getting to sniff the national title game will motivate him to take the ND job. You mention better opportunities next year, and I agree that ND is not as good of a job as their fans make it out to be, but what better job is coming open next year? (Don't say it...)
Also, even with Clausen and Kelly leaving, the offensive cupboard is still fully stocked at ND. Their QB, Crist, was a huge recruit and I think will be able to step up nicely. They still have Michael Floyd who is an absolute beast, and they can fill the other WR spot with Shaq Evans. Kelly wants to be in the big-time. The Big East is not on par with the other BCS conferences and is becoming a stepping stone to bigger jobs like the MAC or the Mountain West.
Edit: Sorry, by the time I got my thoughts down Magnus had already beaten me to the punch on most of them.
|5 years 7 weeks ago||He committed to WV, but it's||
He committed to WV, but it's a very soft commit and is still visiting UM.
|5 years 7 weeks ago||I certainly hope so. During||
I certainly hope so. During the Wisconsin and OSU games, he really struggled throwing the ball down the field. There has been a general assumption on this board that Michigan has no deep threats, but Stonum and other receivers were able to get behind the db's several times in those games. Tate's passes were underthrown or floated so that a safety had enough time to get there.
I don't know how much of that was because of his size and strength, and how much was caused by the shoulder injury. I seem to remember him throwing the deep ball much better early in the season and in the spring game. Hopefully with a healthy shoulder and some added muscle, he can throw the ball down the field more effectively, which would open up the field. Obviously, Forcier's strength and that of the passing game will almost assuredly still be the underneath throws, but it would be beneficial to at least maintain the threat of the deep ball.
|5 years 7 weeks ago||When Turner was getting||
When Turner was getting recruited, there were a lot of questions about whether he would play corner or safety in college. I wouldnt be shocked to see him on the field this year at safety if the coaches decide they have other good options to play corner. I don't know if Cullen Christian will be good enough to see the field as a true freshman, but he also could compete at corner or safety. Mike Williams and Kovacs could improve and hold onto their spots, or be replaced by one of the guys already on the roster (Vlad) or one of the guys coming in.
Basically what I'm saying that the backfield is anybody's guess and we probably won't know what it is going to look like until the day of the UConn game. Woolfolk, Turner, and Christian all could play either position depending on what combination gives Michigan the best chance to win.
|5 years 7 weeks ago||I'm not a doctor either, but||
I'm not a doctor either, but unlike shoulders and elbows, I dont think knees generally dislocate and then pop back into place (though kneecaps can). What you're describing sounds like the feeling you get from torn meniscus (cartilage) in your knee. The torn meniscus will flip over or slide out of place making it difficult to put weight on it or straighten it, then often slide back into place and feel normal, giving the feeling you're referring to.
This may or may not be what hampered Furman. If it is, then it can usually be fixed with arthroscopic surgery that simply cleans out the torn cartilage. The recovery time for that is about a month, but often less. On the other hand, he may have torn his MCL, but I am unsure about the recovery time for that as compared to an ACL.
|5 years 7 weeks ago||I agree, this year has been||
I agree, this year has been painful. One disappointment after another since the ND football game. I keep hoping we've hit rock bottom. Its especially crappy when you have season tickets to all three teams.
|5 years 7 weeks ago||If its Vinopal, I'll admit||
If its Vinopal, I'll admit I'm a little surprised. We have very few if any spots left and a lot of higher rated names on the board. I know, I know... ratings aren't everything, but I think we'd rather wait on Beachum, Parker, Hankins, etc.
|5 years 7 weeks ago||This sounds like as good of a||
This sounds like as good of a draw as the US could get without being drawn to be with South Africa.
|5 years 7 weeks ago||In general I don't like to||
In general I don't like to boo. I think it sounds somewhat silly, and I hate it when fans boo their own team, regardless of the reason. However, I don't really have a problem with a Michigan fan wanting to boo Czarnik. He left his team midseason, which I think is a cardinal sin.
I probably still wouldn't boo him as he's just a young kid and as you said, he did not disparage the school after leaving, but I don't have a gripe with other people who want to. A side thought though - his younger cousin Austin Czarnik decommitted from MSU and was reportedly thining about coming to Michigan, probably don't want to engender bad spirits.
Also, I don't think Robbie is technically alumni since he didn't graduate.
|5 years 7 weeks ago||I think that it could||
I think that it could possibly be a combination of a few factors - but it is not necessarily that Carroll intends to take a class that is heavy one way or the other in alternate years. I am starting from the assumption that Carroll will take the best players available.
If a lot of players are graduating from the defense in a given year, then the blue chip recruits will be more interested in signing. The commenters above assume that players are looking at the class immediately preceding them to determine whether the depth chart is attractive, but I would argue that if you're a 5* free safety, you just want to know if there is an incumbent starter. If the starter is graduating, you assume you can step in and play - or at least thats what the coaches tell you. So even if the previous class is balanced, you will have a heavy defense class if you are graduating your whole defense because you will be able to sign more blue chip players on that side of the ball. If the choice is an unbalanced class with all 5* defensive players, or a balanced class with lower ranked offensive players, then Carroll will take the unbalanced class.
I apologize if this is what someone was getting at above, but I didn't think it was exactly the same.
|5 years 7 weeks ago||Not to be negative, but it's||
Not to be negative, but it's still a long way from signing day. If I remember, he was a heavy Notre Dame lean. If they hire a good coach who comes back after him hard, I wouldn't be surprised if he still ended up there.
That said, still great that he's visiting. Hopefully we can get him here, we certainly need him and playing time can be a good selling point.
|5 years 7 weeks ago||I watched part of the game||
I watched part of the game and saw Conor Kruse. He was over 300 pounds, but very, very soft. He didn't move well at all, and wasn't nearly as good of a blocker as his size would indicate. Basically, you don't become a d-1 recruit just by being huge and on a good team. I dont mean that in a dickish way, I'm just responding with my observations on why he has no offers.
|5 years 7 weeks ago||I think he means it's not a||
I think he means it's not a lateral move because even if the money and facilities are equal, OU is a winning program right now while ND is not. Hence it would be a downward move.
|5 years 8 weeks ago||I don't think this is||
I don't think that the possibility of putting Cronin on medical scholarship like Bass is completely crazy. It seems pretty unlikely that Cronin's career would be judged over soon given Cronin's and Beilein's statements regarding his ability to play after the surgery. In fact, I believe I remember reading that he was running sub-7 minute miles in the conditioning test. However, to my eyes Cronin looks incredibly uncomfortable simply walking. There is still a noticeable limp. Perhaps it looks worse than it is, but he does not look sufficiently mobile to play, especially in a motion offense. I'm not saying we should throw him off to open a scholarship, but I wouldn't be completely shocked if he decided in consultation with Coach Beilein that he is unable to continue.
|5 years 8 weeks ago||I got each of my groomsmen a||
I got each of my groomsmen a small bottle of Johnny Walker Blue Label in a pack that came with a little golf set - a nice divot tool, ball mark, and little case. If I had a little more money, I would've just bought them each a full size bottle. I figured nice whiskey is a manly gift.
|5 years 8 weeks ago||OTT (Off thread topic?)||
Can someone clarify this for me? Where do we actually stand with Baxter? I thought we were still assumed to be a long shot for his signature.
I realize either way that we shouldn't be penciling him in to the depth chart. I'm just wondering.
|5 years 8 weeks ago||Shaw had a couple impressive||
Shaw had a couple impressive runs early in the season. He is fast and pretty elusive. If he can consistently run north and south and be decisive, I wouldn't be surprised if he and V. Smith split the carries relatively evenly.
|5 years 8 weeks ago||I think you are asking||
I think you are asking whether RichRod will try to induce some decommits to open up scholarship spots for higher rated recruits.
The recruiting roundup and Brian's post immediately preceding it made it sounds as if Michigan is not in as strong of a position for Baxter or Beachum (or Shaw or Jefferson) as some thought might be the case right after their visit. I'm hoping we can get Furman but I still think he's probably about 50/50, maybe a bit better.
So as of now, we have 3 spots left with Murphy and Grimes hopefully taking up two of them. I don't see RichRod "losing the number" to any of our current commits right now. Some guys might decommit without prompting, and right now I think with the guys left on the recruiting board, Michigan doesn't have a good reason to kick anyone out of this class.
|5 years 8 weeks ago||Weird indeed. Charges||
Weird indeed. Charges pending? Something is off here.
|5 years 9 weeks ago||I'm not sure I believe he||
I'm not sure I believe he actually will be doing that. I'm not sure it's even possible.
But if that is his plan, it would have to be a problem with Red that is causing this split. Obviously that was the logical inference anyway, but I am still pretty surprised that is the issue rather than grades or something like that.
|5 years 9 weeks ago||No, that would be too easy.||
No, that would be too easy. The way things have gone for Michigan, we will have multiple top players trying to commit, but no room for them, none of the others will de-commit, and all will qualify.
(Yes, I realize something will give, but right now I am in full Michigan-Sports-hating-god mentality).
|5 years 9 weeks ago||This fall has been horrible||
This fall has been horrible for Michigan. I'm turning off the computer and going to drink whiskey until the Michigan basketball game on Thursday. God help me if we lose that one.
|5 years 9 weeks ago||Thanks for the info. I was||
Thanks for the info. I was about to look it up. I was at the basketball game friday and wasn't sure. This doesn't look good.
|5 years 9 weeks ago||I am completely shocked.||
I am completely shocked. Campbell had sounded completely on board for Michigan and very excited. I wonder what changed his mind.
|5 years 9 weeks ago||Wow. Horrible, horrible||
Wow. Horrible, horrible news. I wonder what is going on there.
|5 years 9 weeks ago||I noticed this in the tail||
I noticed this in the tail end of the article about the signees. Seems very odd. I wonder what is going on there.
He got a lot of ice time as a freshman. I know there had been line shuffling and different forwards dressing the past couple weeks. Did he get scratched in the past couple games?
|5 years 9 weeks ago||I believe this was the case||
I believe this was the case in the past, but the rule has been changed and early enrolees no longer may be counted against previous classes. I'll try to find a link to confirm.
|5 years 9 weeks ago||I thought Vinopal was an '09?||
I thought Vinopal was an '09?
|5 years 9 weeks ago||I like Vincent Smith a lot.||
I like Vincent Smith a lot. He is fun to watch and runs hard despite his size. That said, I think some people on this board need a little perspective, and to stop reading recruiting press clippings. Right now we don't have a big time, every down type of back. As good as Smith was today, Shaw was very unimpressive. Could Shaw develop as an upperclassman like Chris Perry did? Sure. But I think there is some room for concern with our RBs. I was excited about Toussaint when we recruited him, but we have no idea how he will be, and Michigan very well could be taking a big step back at this position next year. I realize this will be unpopular, but I don't think we can assume that every guy we recruit will be a stud when he hits the field without any real evidence.
|5 years 9 weeks ago||Agree completely. If showing||
Agree completely. If showing up for this game is too much trouble, don't buy tickets. This goes double for the sorority girls and other students who show up after the first quarter, pay no attention to the game, and leave before the end, then sell their tickets to the big games. You don't deserve your tickets.
I realize this is too much of a generalization, and it is out of anger from today's game, but I'm tired of the students who are fair weather fans, dont know anything about the team, and spend the game complaining about things they don't understand.
|5 years 9 weeks ago||I grew up a an absolutely||
I grew up a an absolutely huge Michigan fan - before 1997. My first game in the big house was against Appalachian State. Today was my last. I don't really know what else to say.
|5 years 9 weeks ago||Posts like this one are what||
Posts like this one are what sets MGoBlog apart from other sports blogs with good analysis. Great work.
|5 years 10 weeks ago||The Great Dane looks insanely||
The Great Dane looks insanely good. Nice call.
|5 years 10 weeks ago||scary||
I was about 1 second away from posting the exact same question:
So I'm going with some friends to Madison for the game this weekend (seemed like a much better idea when we planned the trip in August) and was just wondering if anyone on the blog could make recommendations for places to eat, bars, or anything else that I should see/do while in Wisconsin. Are there landmarks similar to our Blimpie Burger, Zingerman's, etc.? Thanks for the help.
Look forward to hearing the answers.
|5 years 13 weeks ago||I'm not sure your reply make||
I'm not sure your reply makes sense. If we had a better alternative than Ezeh, Williams, or Moosman, I would say that yes, we should bench them. If you have a better player on your bench, you play them and I think that is the case with Forcier/Robinson right now. You only let people make learning mistakes on the field if you don't have someone better.
In response to the main thread - I don't think you necessarily need to completely bench Robinson, but we are not using him effectively right now. I don't think that going drive by drive is our best option. When it's third and long, Robinson needs to come off the field. That's not to say we shouldn't let Robinson pass - he needs to develop his throwing skills - but let him pass off of play action or in situations where the defense if coming up to defend his run. To be honest, I don't know what the down and distance was on his interception yesterday, but it's obvious that he has struggled when teams know he is going to pass. I believe this is how Florida used Tebow as a freshman - situationally, not for full drives. For anyone who watched the Jets-Fins two weeks ago, the Dolphins used wildcat on first and second down on several drives, but then they went back to Henne if they were in an obvious passing down. We need to put Robinson in the best situation to succeed.
|5 years 13 weeks ago||I dont question whether his||
I dont question whether his shoulder has affected his throwing, but the last play is probably not a good example. It was fourth and goal from outside the 15. Penn State had like 7 guys in the end zone and Forcier had zero choice but to force it in there. They were just staring it down.
|5 years 13 weeks ago||Really helpful response.||
Really helpful response. Thanks very much. +1.
|5 years 13 weeks ago||Thanks for the input. So you||
Thanks for the input. So you wait in the car for two hours to get a spot on the fairway? Others have the same opinion? Do cars block the right lane? Or what?
|5 years 13 weeks ago||An update for anyone||
An update for anyone interested: Akron is up 3-0. The Zips have really dominated the play, controlling possession and getting the vast majority of scoring chances. Not looking good thus far.
|5 years 13 weeks ago||Is it that easy to get a||
Is it that easy to get a medical redshirt? I was under the impression you had to have a legitimate medical excuse.
|5 years 14 weeks ago||I think Michigan had a strong||
I think Michigan had a strong lead, but once CB committed things started to turn in MSU's favor.
|5 years 14 weeks ago||I have used stub hub||
I have used stub hub extensively the past few years and I find it to be very legit. I've never had any problems with the tickets at all. I believe the FanProtect Guarantee is that if you do have any problems with a ticket you purchase off the site, stub hub basically gives you a ticket to the game from the unsold ones or something. That could be a hassle if you only find out 5 min before game time, but as I said it's never been a problem for me.
|5 years 15 weeks ago||Let me preface this by saying||
Let me preface this by saying I'm a uniform nerd. I'm pretty interested to see what they're wearing tonight. One thing I've been wondering about is whether they'll wear the same away jersey if they go to white pants. The white pants from the 70s had stripes down the side. That wouldnt match up with our current away jerseys at all. If they're plain white pants similar to our Maize pants, I don't think it will be a good look. I think if you paired up jerseys similar to the '97 away jerseys with white pants like the ones Michigan wore in the seventies, it would be a good look. They could wear white pants with funky stripes, etc. to match our current away jerseys, but I think a lot of people would be unhappy with that. Sorry, I realize nobody probably cares about anything in this post.
|5 years 15 weeks ago||The hockey team had this||
The hockey team had this problem several times last year. They'd play inferior teams and if they couldnt score early they'd start grip the sticks too tight and never break through. I guess that's just hockey though.
I hate losing the opener. It seemed like a bad idea to open the season in Alaska. It's a tough roadtrip and really difficult to get a sweep. I hope they can bounce back tonight. The nanooks were supposed to be the weaker of the two Alaskan teams.
|5 years 16 weeks ago||On that note, any idea on||
On that note, any idea on what RS juniors wont be asked back? Bryan Wright is probably a good candidate.
|5 years 16 weeks ago||Can't wait to get to Yost!||
Can't wait to get to Yost! The UM exhibitions are on Saturday and Sunday this weekend though.
Edit: Damn! Beat to the punch yet again.
|5 years 16 weeks ago||I don't think anyone is||
I don't think anyone is trashing Mandel simply for picking against Michigan. Everyone here realizes that this weekend's game could go either way. People are mocking Mandel for calling this his upset pick when MSU is actually favored. Also, this dislike for Mandel is not simply the result of this article. People have criticized him a good amount in the past, particularly for his fawning articles regarding ND, though he was working his way back into Michigan god graces with that Pryor article.
Edit: There is just so much traffic on this board that any time you try to reply to anything there are 5 or 6 other people posting quicker. Apologies again for the repetitiveness.
|5 years 16 weeks ago||I don't know if it's a||
I don't know if it's a positive or negative reflection of this board's recent activity that I could not tell whether this is sarcasm or not.
|5 years 16 weeks ago||That sounds awesome. I have||
That sounds awesome. I have been to a few of the CCHA venues, but not BG. I am definitely going to make the trip this year after hearing this. Great info!
|5 years 16 weeks ago||While we are on the subject,||
While we are on the subject, can anyone tell me where we stand with Eduardo Clements, and more importantly Brandon Gainer? I saw their names on the board, and I know we are in good standing with both, but we are close to set at running back I would think. I realize that we will always take good players though. I remember hearing a lot about Clements a little bit ago, but I don't recall hearing anything recently. I haven't heard much about Gainer's recruitment at all. Is he keeping it close to the vest? Are these guys visiting soon?
Obviously it would be wild speculation, but any thoughts on who Michigan might make a run at with the snake oil close to signing day? I heard the name Chris Martin a few weeks ago.
Lastly, any more info out there on Darius Winston transferring?
Before anyone negs me for the questions, I realize some things might be available on other message boards or sources, but I can only monitor so much Michigan info and just wanted to see if I had missed something.
|5 years 16 weeks ago||It looks like a strong||
It looks like a strong possibility that Cullen Christian and Aramide Olaniyan (sp?) could both be in this class. Both are solid 4-star guys who would be great pickups for our defense.
I'm not sure Michigan has a very good chance with Floyd or Barr.
Edit: Sorry about the repetition, looks like we replied very close together.
|5 years 16 weeks ago||Mark Dantonio||
66: Mark Dantonio
He's classless and has an inferiority complex. He said he would root for OSU over Michigan even though it would cost the Spartans a chance at the Big Ten Title.
I can't believe he hasn't been mentioned yet.
|5 years 16 weeks ago||I can't speak for everyone,||
I can't speak for everyone, but I can definitely get behind the things you're talking about here. I've made it to a couple away games, but I would definitely go to more if there were a group organizing the trips like this. The pre-game tailgates sound like a good idea too. I understand everyone's concern about getting the AD involved in the student section, but there are definitely positive things that you guys can do here. Most importantly, you guys deserve a lot of respect just for trying to do something positive and taking on this much work. Good luck!
|5 years 16 weeks ago||I was going to make the exact||
I was going to make the exact same argument. Well said.
And while I love Minor, Brown, Shaw, and Smith, I think USC would probably like to make the argument that they have a pretty strong group of backs as well.
Edit: I just saw that someone made this point below. My apologies.
|5 years 16 weeks ago||I imagine this break resulted||
I imagine this break resulted in some sort of super punting power (similar to the movie Rookie of the Year).
|5 years 16 weeks ago||I actually don't mind this||
I actually don't mind this quote at all. I think this player has it on the head. It's not that I don't respect the team or the rivalry, I just don't respect people who go to Michigan State.
If you can't get into college...
|5 years 16 weeks ago||I misread this post as||
I misread this post as "Nobody puts a baby in Coner!". WHOA! I read this blog way, way too much.
|5 years 16 weeks ago||Great, great post. I have||
Great, great post. I have been tired of the growing negativity and aloofness from some posters on this board as well, but couldn't articulate my thoughts nearly as well.
Edit: Maybe at times people's tone is misconstrued via text on a message board, but I think the point remains.
|5 years 16 weeks ago||Tim and Paul were at the||
Tim and Paul were at the game, so I have to give them the benefit of the doubt in their evaluation of DG, but on the video it looked like he was regressing with his mechanics. He threw the ball off his back foot a lot, especially when he was going to his second or third read. Admittedly, it could be seen as a positive that he was even progressing through his reads that much. His throws on the bubble screens looked like shot-puts also. It's pretty common that over the course of a long season, you will start to regress in your mechanics as you spend less time concentrating on them than in the offseason, and more time on gameplan, etc.
The runs were very impressive though; Often in past tapes he looks like he is jogging around people like TP did in high school. His runs on the video were more impressive to me.
|5 years 16 weeks ago||I don't think Finch actually||
I don't think Finch actually started at UF. I searched a little, and he was injured on a punt return in mid September (http://thequad.blogs.nytimes.com/tag/jerimy-finch/) and I believe he missed the rest of the season. Additionally, although he played on special teams, I think he was buried on the depth chart at safety - but I'm not sure if I'm recalling that correctly.
He sat out last year as his transfer year and did play Saturday against UM. But I had the same thought as UM Indy: I didn't hear his name called at all and didn't notice his play. However, I was somewhat hindered by forgetting my glasses in my car, so I wasn't able to notice details as much as I normally do. Anyone notice his play at all? You'd think he would stand out on that team.
|5 years 17 weeks ago||I understand what you're||
JG - I understand what you're saying about just enjoying the fact that the team is 4-0 and people looking for stuff to complain about, but I think some people are pointing out flaws because there is another side to the fanbase that says "wooo! we're 4-0! We should be ranked higher... We can win the Big ten..." This team is very lucky to be 4-0 and is still probably heading for a difficult Big Ten season. I don't think there's anything wrong with pointing out the flaws on this team that are evident. Some of the people on this board attempt to keep some objectivity even though they're huge Michigan fans.
I sense I might be heading for a neg-bang, but I just think there is a counter-argument to those who think we should all just blind ourselves to the team's problems because they're 4-0. I am still enjoying this team and this season a great deal.
On the main issue of this board post, BooBoo has been frustrating, but I still think he can come back and have a strong season. He is still adjusting to being the starter.
|5 years 17 weeks ago||I believe those were his||
I believe those were his stats for the Indiana game, not the season.
|5 years 17 weeks ago||Michigan may move up a couple||
Michigan may move up a couple spots, but to be honest I think we're a little overrated right now. Not to be negative (and please don't neg-bomb me), but our defense is very weak. I'm glad to be 4-0 and I'm excited about this team and today's win, but we are very lucky to be undefeated. Hopefully Gerg can work some magic and get that group in order. The way they have looked the past 3 games has been pretty scary as we head into the tougher part of the big ten.
|5 years 17 weeks ago||You're right. Most of my||
You're right. Most of my questions are answered in the comments. Generally there aren't a ton of commenters on UMHoops.com, especially in the offseason, so I don't always pay as much attention to them as I should. It will be interesting to see whether Kearney really does get put on the backburner as Dylan suggests. Telling a top 100 player "no, thanks"? Tough to imagine at Michigan.
Dylan really does a nice job with that site though. Michigan fans are really lucky to have him and Brian (and the VB guys) devoting so much time to our teams.
|5 years 17 weeks ago||Harris/Wright||
Unless I'm missing it, the article doesn't seem to specifically describe the space left in the next two classes. Dylan probably assumes we can read the chart - I'm not completely convinced I can. If Manny Harris does not leave early (a lot can happen between now and April), would Beilein still have enough scholarships for both Prather AND Zeigler? UMHoops' scholarship breakdown seems to indicate no. Do you think there is any chance that Beilein would not extend a fifth year to Anthony Wright in that case? If they did get both, it seems that there would be no room at all for a big man in the 2011 class regardless of what happens with Wright or Harris. Obviously it is quite possible that there could be some attrition, but it's not guaranteed by any means in a sport with such small teams.
As a closing comment, It seems a little unfortunate that Michigan has relatively few scholarships available at a time when there seems to be a lot of in-state talent AND Michigan is getting a ton of positive publicity. For example, Brandon Kearney is a highly rated player with significant Michigan interest who we likely have no room for (though admittedly, we might not have room for him regardless of the scholarship situation since he plays the same position as Prather and Zeigler). Hopefully Michigan keeps the ball rolling and Beilein can pull in a huge 2012 class (yes, I'm talking about high school sophomores). This past basketball season was an absolute blast - I can't wait to see what Beilein has in store for this year.
|5 years 17 weeks ago||This is a really interesting||
This is a really interesting thought (plus 1 to you). Slanting would (seemingly) take advantage of the the speed of Michigan's d-line (Roh and Van Bergen in particular) rather than forcing them to take on lineman straight-up. Also, I would think if the line is slanting, the linebackers are doing less read-and-react and instead they would be filling the gaps not covered by the slanting lineman. Ezeh tends to react slowly, but is a physical beast so this would probably play to his strength as well. I'm sure if slanting was the cure-all I'm making it out to be, Gerg would've been using it already. I would like to hear someone with a better grasp of x's and o's talk about this.
|5 years 17 weeks ago||I think Michigan is in a||
I think Michigan is in a somewhat tough position with the official visitors. They probably want to bring a good number of guys on to campus early in the season, especially the recruits from Florida, before it gets cold. However, the only early season game that brings a lot of energy to the stadium is the Notre Dame game. Any players who couldn't make it to that game have to come to a game like Indiana, or wait until PSU and OSU by which time the weather may be significantly less friendly.
Before I get neg-bombed, I see the argument that we only want guys who are willing to live in the cold, etc. However, we still want people to see the campus in the most positive light possible. I submit that the campus is not as inviting in mid-November.
|5 years 17 weeks ago||Ok, so we've cleared up the||
Ok, so we've cleared up the Hun school question, but what about the main issue? Do we have a shot here? I would think objectively Michigan would be a team which could be turning his head. Michigan is winning games, and had a desperate need for a DE. Additionally, he is obviously a guy who doesn't mind the midwest as evidenced by his ND commitment. However, I have no idea whether he is actually getting and/or reciprocating attention from the Michigan coaches.
Edit: I just saw Irish's comment regarding his commitment to Weis. I personally think the Irish will win double digit games this year and save Weis' job, but what about if Weis is fired? Any chance for us or are we out of the running?
|5 years 17 weeks ago||I agree with your take on the||
I agree with your take on the MSU/ND game. I thought the Spartans actually played Notre Dame better than Michigan did, and they were on the road. Michigan got a lot of breaks, and Michigan State got a collosal brain-fart from their quarterback. I think that game in EL could go either way.
|5 years 17 weeks ago||This sounds like garbage to||
This sounds like garbage to me. I assume it would be pretty easy to figure out who you are referring to, but I think this is just another conspiracy theory.
|5 years 17 weeks ago||While I'm incredibly excited||
While I'm incredibly excited about the upcoming hockey season, I think everyone might be putting Michigan at the top of the CCHA and into the frozen four a bit too quickly. Our defense should be very, very strong, but I am afraid our scoring will be very inconsistent.
Carl Hagelin is probably my favorite current Michigan player (despite being a Rangers draft pick), but I am not sure we can expect him to score much more than he did last year. His game centers on hustle, back-checking, and speed. I don't think he'll turn into a prolific goal scorer. I think it is more likely that Wohlberg or Czarnik step up to add some scoring punch. Chris Brown could help out, but, like Max Pacioretty two years ago, it will probably take him until the second half of the season to really hit his stride.
Miami is going to be very good this season and our games with them will be a battle. It will be another fun season at Yost.
|5 years 18 weeks ago||It is becoming overused, but||
It is becoming overused, but I think that's just a reflection of the excitement around the program this year. Hopefully, if MIchigan wins this weekend we can do without the cheer, but it will be right back out if we (knock on wood) come out on top in EL.
That said, I love this cheer. It may not be original, but it's true. It IS great to be a Michigan Wolverine and I like the simplicity of it.
|5 years 18 weeks ago||UM/Indiana is on ESPN or||
UM/Indiana is on ESPN2.
Edit: Looks like I was beaten to the punch.
|5 years 18 weeks ago||Thank you.||
|5 years 18 weeks ago||On a related note, any idea||
On a related note, any idea what the game time will be for MSU? It's still TBA on MGoBlue website. I'm heading up there for the game. I assumed it will be 3:30... Since MSU will be unranked, I can't imagine it will be a night game.
Please don't neg-bomb me for posting a separate question in this post, I just didn't want to clutter the board with a relatively unimportant question.
|5 years 18 weeks ago||Barnum||
I'm surprised there is no mention of Barnum filling in anywhere. I know he's had injury problems, but I also heard positive things about him when he's on the field.
|5 years 18 weeks ago||Exactly... are high school||
Exactly... are high school seniors not seeing our lack of depth at linebacker?
|5 years 18 weeks ago||Beilein||
I have to admit, while I was very happy to have John Beilein as a coach when Bill Martin hired him away from WV, I doubted whether he would be able to recruit big time talent to UM. I assumed he would make Michigan respectable, but would have a relatively low ceiling. He has really proven me wrong and is drawing in some serious talent. I think he has been particularly impressive in recruiting in-state talent. I am very excited to see where he can take this team. He is obviously a great x's and o's coach, and with the talent he is recruiting, Michigan could really take off.
|5 years 18 weeks ago||I am very superstitious.||
I am very superstitious. First of all, I grew my mustache for Michigan. When Michigan won, I decided to keep it until we lost. It looks terrible, but I do this for my team. Additionally, I wear the same thing to every game as long as we keep winning - my good luck Michigan hockey shirt. Lastly, I have not picked up my student football t-shirt. I wore the student shirt to the first game each of the past two years with poor results (I haven't worn either shirt since), so this year I didn't even pick mine up.
I realize none of this actually affects the games in anyway, but I'm crazy.
|5 years 18 weeks ago||I could not agree more,||
I could not agree more, particularly regarding the defense. They have looked very shaky the past two games. They looked good against Western, but Hiller was having a putrid game and they didn't have any running offense to speak of. Notre Dame moved the ball basically at will, and even EMU had a good amount of success. It would be great to hear from someone with better knowledge of X's and O's about how much of our struggles against the run are the result of a small dline (RVB and Roh) as opposed to our linebackers. I tend to blame Ezeh, but it could be that our lineman are getting blown back and giving free releases to opposing o lines.
On the issue of our DTs, I noticed both Sagesse and Campbell get on the field relatively early in the game and have some success on Saturday. Both were fighting into the EMU backfield and making plays. It would be very nice if both can establish themselves as viable options and allow Michigan to use RVB less at DT, and this weekend they get a bigger challenge than they did against the EMU line.
I would also like to hear an informed opinion about the play of our safeties so far. To my untrained eye, they have looked pretty good. Woolfolk has come up and made some strong tackles, and there have been relatively few big passing plays down the middle.
|5 years 18 weeks ago||On the one hand, I trust the||
On the one hand, I trust the coaches to determine which of the linebackers give Michigan the best chance to win. Smith moved from safety and it wouldnt suprise me if it takes him some time to adjust and fill out so he can take on lineman.
However, there is a voice in the back of my head that keeps wondering whether Fitzgerald could actually do much worse than Obi. I hate to keep ripping on Obi because he seems like a good kid who works hard, but he is just a complete non-entity in the middle and ends up making tackles 10 yards downfield.
|5 years 18 weeks ago||Those are completely||
Those are completely different fom the Oregon jerseys. They are very simple. I'd rather simple instead of overdone (Oregon) any day.
|5 years 18 weeks ago||That was among the most||
That was among the most classic "Sparty, NOOOO!!" moments of all time. Absolutely unbelievable. Already in FG range, Cousins misses Capers wide open in the end zone, then throws an incredibly ill-advised pick. Wow.
|5 years 18 weeks ago||Fitzgerald||
It will be interesting to see how Fitzgerald plays. Fitzgerald is a sophomore who was a relatively well-regarded linebacker recruit (as opposed to the safeties-turned-LB's). Mouton has not been particularly impressive thus far, so it could be an opportunity for Fitzgerald to get himself into the lineup. On the other hand, I assume that if Fitzgerald was even remotely ready he probably would've gotten in before now given our LB struggles.
|5 years 18 weeks ago||Stonum||
I can't speak to Stonum's responsibilities on this play specifically, but I have noticed he is not a particularly willing blocker. I don't mean to be negative, but I have noticed repeatedly that he does not give a real strong effort in this area.
It is particularly noticeable on kickoff returns - if Odoms receives the kick, Stonum jogs towards the wedge but never makes an effort to engage with anyone. I realize that blocking is not his primary responsibility on the return team, but when you compare his effort to what Odom does in the same situation, it's pretty disappointing. RR really emphasizes blocking skills for his receivers, so I suspect this is one of the reasons that the coaching staff has at times moved Savoy or Roundtree ahead of him on the depth chart - looking for a way to light a fire under him.
|5 years 18 weeks ago||Hopson||
It's tough to tell whether Hopson really has been doing a poor job coaching or whether it is more of a reflection of the talent at the position. I agree Ezeh has been terrible, but he's one of the few true linebackers on the team. Most of the other guys are converted safeties who I would imagine take significantly longer to develop and are a bigger challenge to coach.
Either way, I also remember hearing the rumors about Hopson wanting to leave last year, so I wouldn't be surprised in the least if he departed at the end of this season.
|5 years 18 weeks ago||I believe you mean Mauro||
I believe you mean Mauro Fuzetti. But yes, he is very talented. It will be interesting to see if this team can come close to the success of last year's squad.
|5 years 18 weeks ago||Too much Talent||
I'll start by saying that I agree with your assessment of Charlie Weis. He is a distasteful human being. He is a whiny egotistical coach who costs his team games. The decision to throw the ball on second down this past weekend wasn't a bad one as a first down ends the game, but he made a terrible decision to throw the bomb. He called that solely to stick it to Michigan. I hate everything about him and everything else being equal I would root for him to lose every game the rest of his career.
That said, Notre Dame has a TON of talent right now. Floyd and Tate are outstanding, and their first receiver off the bench when Floyd was hurt was a 5-star recruit. With a senior qb next year, experienced line, and a halfway-decent coach, they will be a force. Having Charlie Weis there helps Michigan get to one more win each year, and really that is what I care about.
|5 years 18 weeks ago||Overvaluing Wins?||
I think having a resume ballot is tough this early in the year. Houston seems way too high to me based on one win against OK St. The cowboys had a let down and Houston got all the bounces. I expect TTU to beat them next weekend.
The only two other tweaks I'd make is Cal should be a bit higher (~7), and I think Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are better than teams ahead of them.
That said, the ballot looks pretty consistent.
|5 years 18 weeks ago||Ole Miss||
I know oversigning has already been discussed at length, but this is crazy:
"The SEC's new rule about oversigning applies especially with Ole Miss going into the future. The Rebels signed 37 players, 12 of which never made it to Oxford for one reason or another. The biggest loss in the 12 was defensive back Jamar Hornsby, who was one of the top junior college players in the nation last year. Hornsby ran into some off-the-field issues and won't be playing for Mississippi this season. The Rebels are also grayshirting two of the players in that group, so both will be with the team in the spring."
So 1 guy lost his scholarship because of off-the-field issues, 2 players are grayshirting, what about the other 9 guys? It doesn't mention how many were non-qualifiers. A school can pull an offer from someone who is a verbal commit, but If the players signed a LOI, then the school can't later pull their money, can they? Did they really sign 9 guys who didn't qualify academically?
|5 years 18 weeks ago||DG||
I remember that Gardner played WR at several camp stops over the summer and acquitted himself quite well. What was the reason for that? I assume he will play quarterback exclusively here to develop there, but if he redshirts then still has two years to sit behind Forcier, could we see him out wide?
|5 years 18 weeks ago||Gallon / Thomas||
I'm moderately surprised that Gallon is heading towards a redshirt. I know we have better depth than last year at slot, but he got a lot of publicity after the Army All-American game last year. Has there been any chatter about him in practice? I know he played qb in high school - is he having trouble catching the ball?
Also, I think Thomas Gordon and Isaiah Bell can be added to the "dark ink" list. Thomas Gordon was a relatively lower ranked recruit than the other safeties recruited, only played defense for one year in high school (IIRC), and was injured during fall camp. Bell is switching positions and I believe that most people felt he had to add considerable size to his frame before he would see the field.