|1 week 6 days ago||I think many are being overly optimistic||
The stats look pretty good, and the team is definitely making improvements. But there are so many mistakes throughout each of the last three games. It seemed like a step backwards compared to OSU (perhaps to be expected), but all accounts indicated that this should be more of a walkover than it was. That two of the four TDs came off of big plays that likely won't be there against anyone not named Indiana, Rutgers, or Maryland makes me very concerned about the offense. Put another way, it would have been better to see more than two sustained scoring drives against the UNLV defense. Or another way: Doesn't five punts seem like a lot against UNLV, especially with a turnover on top of that?
Next week will tell us a lot more, of course. Can't wait!
|2 weeks 4 days ago||One I would have liked as well||
(Sorry to be late to the party, Ace)
Peppers chasing down the RB on OSU's first TD drive. Right near the beginning of the game with 14:28 on the clock. Not a good Michigan play, and obviously not a fun part of the game. But man does this kid have wheels!
|2 weeks 5 days ago||"He snapped it real hard."||
Hilarious line that cracked me up, Ace.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||On the shoe or the shirt?||
That is the quesiton. I can see the Jordan logo working on the shoe. If they put it on the jersey it's going to be weird.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Love it||
Best part is seeing Woodson in his Michigan jersey.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Tres bien||
OK, so we should take this off the threa (but I'm not keen on publishing my e-mail address here). If you click the link in my signature, it'll take you to my old blog where you can see the e-mail near the top right.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Also Geneva||
Been here four years and not leaving any time soon. We should grab a beer and also watch one of these upcoming games.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Two thoughts||
1) Brian usually links to a bit torrent of the game in his post-game posting, but that won't work with your social media blackout.
2) If you can find a friend who has a slingbox, you should be able to have them DVR it and watch the next day. Or even watch live. I believe anyone who has Dish network has this feature automatically.
I'm in Switzerland and have similar problems, but #2 has worked for me the last two seasons. (Can I say regrettably? Regrettably: it's no fun watching us blow a dumb game to PSU on an ipad at 2:30am...)
I'm sure some other denizens 'round these parts have better intel.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Sad yes, but||
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Kudos to you BronxBlue||
I too have a 21-month-old daughter and barely have time to read your output. Impressive work!
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Clemson vs Miami||
OK, I get that there is important hsitory vs Miami, but anyone who would prefer a home-and-home in Coral Gables is likely waaayyyy too into dance clubs or overrated beaches.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Lasting lessons indeed||
Anyone managing anything can look at this and very quickly learn a lot about what not to do.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Bummer||
Sorry to hear this, though it was expected. We'll always have Atomic Dog and sadly not much else.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Whining Sparty||
The MSU fans in the comment section of the article are hilarious.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Ace||
Ace has really stepped up his Andy Richter game. Perfect compliment to Brian and either guest on this podcast.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Harbaugh's on it||
All I know is we won't have to worry about a bad seat at the big house this year:
|9 weeks 5 days ago||The whole season is about||
Beating Ohio State. If M beats Ohio State, it will be a tremendous success regardless of record. If not, then it will be a "stepping stone" season as long as the record is 7-5 or better.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Floyd||
I was watching the 1997 Colorado game yesterday and realized though it would be unorthodox, and maybe I would be the only one interested, I would love to see a WH Chris Floyd video. I realize it would be 65% blocks, but they would be kickass blocks.
Thank you for all your wonderful work.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Bongo Man||
...actually cheered me up ever so slightly after Colorado '94. Should have been impossible. Good dude that Bongo Man.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Here goes||
1) Michigan Football
2) Big Red Ultimate (Argentina)
3) Chicago Bulls
4) Argentina National Team
5) Club Atletico Independiente (Argentina)
7) Michigan Basketball
8) Clemson Football
9) Chicago Blackhawks
10) Chicago Bears*
*When not playing against Charles Woodson
11) Whoever is playing Brazil
|10 weeks 5 days ago||The sad thing is...||
...it probably could have been any of the weeks. Hence the horrible blur of crap.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Most painful||
Most painful loss I've had as a Michigan fan. Still not over it. Can't really watch it. If only we'd had better cleats...
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Disagree on NU||
An "amazing" game due to the high number of points, but that was driven by the comedy of errors by both defenses. Even the ending was brutal - Michigan in position for a long FG try from Epstein and the ball goes through Navarre's hands on the hold. Plus, in addition to Thoms' fumble, Damien Anderson dropped an easy TD pass right before. Just a mess all around.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Pretty much yeah||
And seeing Hoke "coaching" from the sidelines won't bring with it any warm fuzzies.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||1994 ND should be near the top of your list||
Amazing game. The 1994 Penn State game was also amazing, but unfortunately we lost. 1994 was a crazy year. Others:
1996 OSU - not a "great" game, but the good guys won.
1997 ND - Just to appreciate how that defense saved the season almost before it began.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Interesting||
...that they were trying to ban it in '89, but the practice continued through at least 1995 or so.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Had a similar thought, but||
"Mon dieu! Je suis tellement défoncé juste maintenant... Ce monsieur ressemble beaucoup à Jim Harbaugh! Allez bleu!"
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Tickets||
It's silly that Sherman connects the antics to ticket sales. The reputation of a winning coach and favorite son coming in is accounting for 99% of that.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Yes, but||
Yes, but had the inflatable Pepsi cans imply bought two cokes it could have gotten into the stadium
|12 weeks 4 days ago||On DB's negotiating skills||
Is he also to blame for games in East Lansing in consecutive years (and now MSU and OSU either both at home or on the road in the same year for the foreseeable future)?
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Driving to Italy||
Ya heard me.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Bottom Line||
All parties agree that Michigan was going to honor Pipkins' scholarship. The only remotely reasonable "debate" is the level of pressure applied. Harbaugh could have said "OK, keep at it, buddy" and kept him sidelined. He's been more direct with the player, and as recently noted on a completely unrelated story, it's a free country. If anyone is lying here, it is about minutiae anyway.
Sad to see him leave. Sadder that such a young man has gone through the injuries he has. Not much more need be said.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||Dangerfield was the best||
A new one I just heard:
I haven't talked to my wife in years. I didn't want to interrupt her.
(OK, so maybe that's two lines, but come on - gold)
|16 weeks 2 days ago||Fantastic news!*||
*I live in Europe.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||You had me at Outrageous Afro||
Just like always.
|19 weeks 3 days ago||I had a fall wedding||
But it was in Argentina, so that meant it took place in April. Worked out great as we got a lot more for our money. Drawback was that many friends couldn't make the very long trip.
My advice: Focus on the three things most important to you and only worry about those. Something will go wrong, so don't worry if it's not perfect.
Oh, and start as early as possible. You don't want to be running around those last few weeks.
|19 weeks 3 days ago||Michigan||
But both are pretty good.
|21 weeks 2 days ago||Of the others I've been to, I'd rank 'em:||
(And counting the overall experience, tailgating, etc.)
3) Rose Bowl
4) Notre Dame
5 (tied) Wisconsin, Tennessee, Cotton Bowl (OU/Texas)
9) Stagg Bowl (D3 championship)
12) Ohio State (stadium is great, but people - not so friendly)
18) Cocktail Party (UF/UGA in Jacksonville)
Looked in on Georgia's stadium from the outside, and it looks superb. Same with MSU and Iowa, but not the superb part.
Just my two cents...
|21 weeks 6 days ago||Meyer Grayshirting?||
I'm obviously not up to speed, but what is Meyer doing that has crossed the line?
|26 weeks 3 days ago||Oh goodness||
That list is horrible. Lebron #2? Kobe above all the people they put him above? Messi all the way down at #12? More jokey nonsense from the WWL...
|26 weeks 5 days ago||Oh and Bill Hicks, too||
He was before his time...
|26 weeks 5 days ago||Greg Giraldo||
Not a month goes by that I don't get pissed off all over again that he's gone. Dude was the best.
|26 weeks 6 days ago||My silly list||
1. The Big Lebowski
2. Trading Places
3. Dr. Strangelove
4. This is Spinal Tap
That was harder than I expected - had to cut: Caddyshack, The Blues Brothers, Annie Hall, Groundhog Day, Rushmore, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Coming to America, Borat, and Clerks.
|27 weeks 6 days ago||Ah||
I guess that's MGoK.
Am I doing this right?
|27 weeks 6 days ago||Clarification question||
Isn't the MGoWife just Brian's wife?
|28 weeks 5 days ago||Don't get it||
I will never understand the Hoke apologists. Yes, he recruited good kids, and yes in many cases they seemed to play with effort. But his coaching was simply unpardonable. That he never should have been Michigan's head coach is not his fault.
Hoke had one very lucky season, but after that he embarrassed Michigan week after week. He did so via poor team preparation, coaching, in-game decisions, and press conferences. And for those rallying to the "good guy" argument, very few of us really know any public figures. Seeing quotes from colleagues who know him personally is not powerful data. He had his fair share of "not-so-good-guy" moments, whether it was leaving Shane Morris in the game or leaving Gibbons on the team. One can chalk this up to foolishness, but then I don't see the reason to defend a fool.
As far as negativity on this blog, Brandon received far more, and at least we don't see too many Brandon apologists. Because what the hell would they even say?
Appreciate the heartfelt post, but it's one part strawman, one part blinders.
|28 weeks 6 days ago||Made me think of...||
...a This American Life episode:
|33 weeks 2 days ago||Well done, Seth||
|33 weeks 2 days ago||We got 'em, Dirk||
|34 weeks 3 days ago||Ranking||
Michigan has the 49th rated class on rivals. But just going by average rating without regard to total number of recruits, Michigan is 21st. sure, 21st isn't anything to crow about, but given the timing, I don't think anyone should be complaining. Nobody's actually complaining, right?
Next step: Win some football games. It's all schrodinger's cat until then...
|34 weeks 3 days ago||Wow||
Seems like a fantastic kid. He carries himself through an interview better than 95% of pro athletes!
|34 weeks 5 days ago||UCLA fan base||
Haha. Good one!
|34 weeks 5 days ago||Hmmm||
Only thing showing up on a google news search is this one:
...which says he's staying put. The main point of that moment (uh, a couple weeks ago) was that he wasn't entering the draft. But it still seems like a commitment unless something surprising happened.
And on Jan 26th, Shaw said he's staying:
|34 weeks 5 days ago||Yep||
Just looking for rays of sunshine in an otherwise bleak forecast.
|34 weeks 5 days ago||Clark as early bird||
8:30 Am is 5:30 in Los Angeles. That's really freaking early over by there. Just sayin'.
|34 weeks 6 days ago||It's Dierdorf's fault||
Check out this article:
"As Bo was sitting in Mirer's living room, Dan Dierdorf, a Michigan man, points out on the air that no Michigan quarterback has thrown an NFL touchdown pass," Jim Harbaugh's father, Jack, recalled. "Bo was taken aback at the time, and didn't really know what to say."
|34 weeks 6 days ago||Does not seem correct||
This from Benny Friedman's Wikipedia profile:
In 1927, Friedman joined his hometown Cleveland Bulldogs in the National Football League. After a successful rookie season in Cleveland, he had a spectacular second year playing for the Detroit Wolverines. In 1928, Friedman led the NFL in passing touchdowns, rushing touchdowns and scoring as well as extra points (He may have led in other categories, too, but the NFL did not record yardage stats in those days.)
|36 weeks 3 days ago||No||
|37 weeks 3 days ago||Not that uncommon||
Might I introduce you to a Chicago Bears fan?
|37 weeks 3 days ago||ND||
Tommy saved the whole season with that pick. Incredible moment.
|37 weeks 3 days ago||Fargas||
This just reminded me of the injury against Wisconsin. That sucked a whole lot of suck.
|37 weeks 3 days ago||It was Chris Floyd, but then||
I was fascinated by the way Chris Floyd would simply destroy any oncoming rushers and snowplow open paths for Howard, Williams, and Thomas. And every so often he'd take a screen pass 40 yards. I would happily watch a Wolverine Historian treatment of his career which would mostly consist of obliterated defenders. By the way, he scored Michigan's first points of the season with a TD against Colorado.
But in the aftermath of the Ohio State game, I accidentally ran into a new favorite. You surely recall that the game-winning points came not on Woodson's punt return, but on Andre Weathers' interception. After the players emerged from the locker room and returned to the field, crowded with fans. I randomly bumped into Weathers and, hoarse as hell, started yelling at him something along the lines of "You won the game! You won the game!" He looked at me like I was insane, which I was, and smiled politely.
|43 weeks 3 days ago||Well done||
Hell of a collection you've put together.
However I think the true downward slide began against Penn State in 2013. Here's that post:
This was the point where we had reason to believe that the coaching staff was not competent. This was what led directly to:
That was the moment when it all started going to hell. And we kind of knew it right away.
|43 weeks 3 days ago||That's a bit reductive||
Most Deserving is a function of many things including SoS. It's also arbitrary to a degree, in that eveyrone could apply their own criterai about what makes a team deserving. However, the absence of hypotheical debate means it is not totally so like "best."
|43 weeks 5 days ago||Not trying to be a contrarian, but||
It wasn't fair then, and it's not fair now.
If FSU beats Georgia Tech in convincing fashion, but Winston is injured in the second half, should they be eliminated? We have no idea if the backup can play, but this is the trouble the committee has made for themselves. It should always have been "most deserving" rather than "best" because best is totally arbitrary. Once people start pointing to Vegas spreads, the argument is moot, and that is usually the first step.
If Ohio State wins on Saturday, and does so in convincing fashion, they should not be penalized due to injury. Their case is not the the strongest to begin with so there is a ton of gray area here.
That said, of course, we will all be rooting for Wisconsin regardless. I hope they win 50-0.
|44 weeks 14 hours ago||Don't worry||
OSU is going to send Melvin Gordon to NYC with a chance to beat Mariotta, and Wisconsin will represent the B1G in the Not Rose Bowl.
|44 weeks 14 hours ago||Good post||
Thanks for sharing. My only quibble is that the current coaches are merely unexceptional. Perhaps the pressure has gotten to Hoke and co, but ever since last year's Penn State game, they have made a surprising number of errors. The most glaring was leaving Shane Morris in the Minnesota game after halftime. But we could sit here and make a long list. This puts them below unexecptional, and in fact even below mediocre. I'd call it hopeless.
But overall I love the sentiment you've put here.
|44 weeks 2 days ago||Or maybe he resigns||
For some reason Florida and Muschamp have gotten excessive kudos for how they've handled things. We know Hoke is stubborn, OK and also not brilliant, but he also sees the writing on the wall. After The Game, he could just say "for the good of the program blah blah blah I'm stepping down as head coach."
|44 weeks 2 days ago||A legend||
Remember how when he was entering the NFL, so many people said "Yes, a great college player, but he'll never compare to Deion Sanders"?
14 seasons, 53 INT, 9 INTTD, 1 Sack, 0 FF, ?? Tackles (stats not available)
Charles "Please let's not call him CWood" Woodson:
17th season, 58 INT, 11INTTD, 20 Sacks, 27(!) FF, 723 Tackles
Sanders has the return game over Woodson by a healthy margin, but as a corner, Woodson is without question the more complete player.
Thanks for sharing the article. We gotta live in the past these days, but as long as Woodson is still suiting up, it feels more present.
|44 weeks 6 days ago||Is Ditka driving?||
I gotta go with da Bears bus on this one, Bob.
It will all depend on who is hired and when he arrives. Yes, the team can be pretty good, but any optimism should be tempered by recent performance. And this is assuming nobody transfers...
|44 weeks 6 days ago||No||
|46 weeks 5 days ago||OK, so how about a much tougher question?||
What was the least ridiculous game of the Hoke era? 2011 Nebraska? Even that one still had a goofy Denard pick on a screen pass attempt, but I think that the Nebraska D just made a good play.
|46 weeks 6 days ago||After further thought||
This was definitely a mild case of blue balls eventually staved off by simply going to sleep.
|46 weeks 6 days ago||Not sure about that||
It seemed to me that they were blitzing more on that last drive, and NU was running quicker plays. I don't think it was a prevent D issue, but I guess the UFR will tell.
|46 weeks 6 days ago||Illinois game||
I think I said that the Illinois game was "like good sex with a bad person." It was thrilling even though there was every reason to feel awful about it. I don't know what the hell to call this.
|47 weeks 16 hours ago||M-0-0-N spells B1G|
|47 weeks 5 days ago||Nope||
Hoke will never be a great coach. Will never regularly compete for B1G titles. Will never sniff the national playoff. He's simply not capable. The wrorst thing that could happen to Michigan football would be to keep Hoke around for one more year, see him go 8-4 and then continue the mediocrity.
If Harbaugh is not available, someone else is. Someone who is a much better football coach than Brady Hoke.
|47 weeks 5 days ago||Thank you||
Brian, thanks for asking Ace to cool it with the Pioneer stuff. He's almost got me wanting The Drake to fail now.
|48 weeks 2 days ago||Best Moment of Zen ever?||
Sorry, Seth. Looks like nobody's gonna read Dear Diary today...
|48 weeks 5 days ago||Canham's lesson...||
Can't wait to see how DB DB turns this one into a multi-day story.
|48 weeks 5 days ago||Brilliant||
Excellent work as always, Brian. You've captured the moment effectively.
I can't wait for the season to be over so that we can end this embarrassment and proceed with new ones next year. Anything different would be better than this.
|48 weeks 6 days ago||Hoke's favorite explanation||
It seems whenever there is a problem, Hoke plays dumb and says he didn't know. This happened with the tent stake. It happened with the Morris concussion. He doesn't seem to realize that ignorance is not a viable defense for a head coach.
The man is in over his head, and instead of finding a way to deal with that, he keeps digging his hole deeper.
|48 weeks 6 days ago||Totally fine with you cutting it short||
In fact, this is pretty much how I'm feeling about anything Michigan-related this season:
|49 weeks 8 hours ago||Oh, oh, I know!||
I thnk we all have a pretty good idea what the author thinks about Hoke now. He thinks pretty much the same thing he thought when he wrote this, only with a lot more evidence to back it up.
|51 weeks 6 days ago||Oh you did it||
I had forgotten about the Pat Massey Vince Young tango. Now I do indeed feel worse.
|1 year 6 days ago||Not Hubris||
I get your point, but I don't see Hoke displaying Hubris. He's not "putting himself at the level of the gods in defiance." I see him as a buffoon who knows he's not that bright. I mean, we now know he's not that bright (time out at the end of the half, 10 men on the field in last week's punt return, etc.). He covers up his self-consciousness with stubbornness, but I don't see it as arrogance per se. In sum, I think it's a relatively humble guy who has dug himself a hole and is down there with only a shovel, so maybe if he keeps digging something good will happen. He doesn't see another option because he doesn't have the capacity for abstract thought.
And RichRod never struck me as displaying hubris at Michigan. "I want to be a Michigan Man" near the end of his tenure shows how beaten down he felt.
Brandon is a typical arrogant CEO, and there I see your label applying. He is also a buffoon, but unfortunately is completely unaware of this fact. That makes him all the more dangerous.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||Weird coincidence||
This cartoon aired on the New Yorker's website, like two hours ago:
|2 years 4 weeks ago||Gambeta||
The google translate first option is not great on that one, Ace. "Pura Gambeta" in Latin America would mean more "at full dodge" which is obviously a pretty shaky translation as well.
I was gonna recommend the comments. They are indeed hilarious. My favorite is from justinianofrias: "Don't bullshit me. He's covered in soap."
|2 years 22 weeks ago||Spiky||
Anyone else see a major ripoff of the Dead Kennedy's logo in #4?
|2 years 25 weeks ago||The Spot?||
They used to focus on whether someone "beat the guy to the spot." In this case there is no question using that criteria. Did we stop using that criteria because of some other technicalities? (Obviously beating someone to the spot by beating them about the face with your elbow would never have counted.)
|2 years 33 weeks ago||That place you describe||
Brian, I believe that place you describe is Venezuela. Not a political comment at all. But if you have ever played any sport against Venezuelans, you know they are fiercly "caradura" competitors, and will work any angle to their advantage.
|3 years 17 weeks ago||Gracias||
I was thinking the other day that the internet is not funny anymore, and nobody's really making anybody laugh nowadays. I am wrong.
|3 years 20 weeks ago||Hope this is the start of a long legacy||
...with seats reserved at the table for Kovacs and Denard if all goes well.
|3 years 21 weeks ago||Stooges||
As some have said above, Stooges are necessary (TV Eye, Loose, Now I Wanna be Your Dog all more than viable). And MC5's Kick out the Jams is the most obvious and winning choice ever.
If you need something cheesier, Detroit acts like Von Bondies ("C'mon C'mon") a few tracks from Detroit Cobras, and work. Hell, even Alice Cooper was born in Detroit.
And no Kid Rock, please. We've been tortured enough.
|3 years 21 weeks ago||Forgiveness please||
I swear this was funnier in my head. Need moar sleep.
|3 years 21 weeks ago||In that picture||
Which one is the sex offender? I mean, there's no captiion or anything. Oh, he's the one that's too tubby to pick up shoulder pads off the floor? Ah, ok, got it.
|3 years 23 weeks ago||What kills me||
...is the media simply printing this shit without even the slightest fisking. I mean, I know I shoudln't be surprised after everything that's gone down the last 10+ years, but what the hell??
|3 years 43 weeks ago||NCAA's main issue seems to be control||
In college football they have hardly any (when compared to the other sports). They maintain the archaic rules in part to control what they can. If that is one of the major goals of their system, then #s 1 and 3 above should be amenable to the NCAA.
Following #3, about a year ago I came up with an idea similar to that, but addressing the TV revenues. It is basically that if the networks are using the images of the players to promote games, they should get paid based on a fixed scale determined by the NCAA. This lets them keep all that control, but fairly gives the money to the players who are actually bringing it in. Nobody's paying to see Will Hagerup (gifs are free, yo). But Denard puts butts in sofas and viewing lots of Coors Light ads.
The long version is here for those willing to indulge.
The worst part about this time of year is all the "outraged interlopers" who think they need to comment on playoffs and every other issue about the sport, yet they don't understand how it's different from the NFL. But whatever. Good post, Brian.
|3 years 44 weeks ago||Exacto||
I was going to say this exact thing. It is so blindingly obvious to have this game in Chicago, even if you have to do it at the Rosemont Horizon on an arenaball field. OK, not quite, but why not have the Midwest's major conference host its crowning event at the Mecca of the Midwest? These aren't the teams with the biggest fan bases in the conference, but they've gotta be #s 5 an 7 at worst. This is pathetic.
|3 years 44 weeks ago||That's what stood out most for me, too||
This seven-straight thing just, I mean, it doesn't seem real, does it? It doesn't seem that long ago that we considered this game a holiday because we almost always won. But it has been an eternity. The "seeming" is wrong and probably just nostalgia more than anything. I can't bring myself to think about failure in this game. And I am afriad to think about victory. Kickoff can't come soon enough.
|3 years 45 weeks ago||Anyone else notice...||
...that Brian is remarkably unemotional today? Just content, you know? Satisfied. I feel the same. With so much looming this Saturday, it's not a time to be joyful. Just content. Win next week and emotions can soar. Lose, and it's all... discontent. Disatisfied. Pissed, even.
I'm happy with the win, but I want elation. T-minus five days. (Fingers crossed.)
|3 years 47 weeks ago||Shotgun||
I keep thinking about the 2007 team whose offense did just enough to get through the Big Ten season alive before unveiling a spread out attack for the bowl game against Florida. Obviously the various injuries may have made that impossible earlier in the year, but at some point during between the OSU game and the bowl, the coaches realized it would work. Will Borges take a look at this game and realize anything? Will Hoke? How much more do we have to see?
Maybe my comparision is not perfectly direct, but the concept is still a worthwhile one.
|4 years 2 days ago||It's in there||
I came away from this game feeling that it somehow meant something. It shouldn't, right? Minnesota is horrendous, and while it's not Baby Seal U, nobody should get ahead of themselves. I think you've put it in the right perspective, Brian, and found the words for my jumbled mix of thoughts. I simply can't wait for these next two weeks to find out what we're really made of..,.
|4 years 2 weeks ago||When did he know?||
Clearly there must have been some moment where RR realized he couldn't win. That whatever steps he had needed to take were already missed opportunities. When did RR realize that he was doomed, and did he openly express any regrets?
Also, how did Bacon find time for both this and playing Rickety Cricket?
|4 years 4 weeks ago||I always look forward to this column||
Because it means it's finally time for Michigan Football! Woooh!
Rock solid analysis as always, Brian. Have to say I agree. Going to be some more frustrating games this year, but hopefully continuing to trend in the right direction.
|4 years 16 weeks ago||That's the most fake smile||
That's the most fake smile I've ever seen on Denard's face.
|4 years 19 weeks ago||Is the problem...||
...that people assume we are talking about a ton of money? If Delany's going to actually make a proposal, he should make more clear how much dough it's going to be. He mentioned 15 bucks for laundry. What's he hoping to have covered?
It would be nice if the commissioner would have some sort of plan in mind before he opens his mouthor writes open letters to other conferences... or names his divisions or messes with the most important game his conference has or whatever comes next from the mind of the Dude's landlord...
|4 years 20 weeks ago||Bowl Guarantees||
Seems to me that the big problem is that this stuff is set up ahead of time. The school doesn't get to negotiate with the bowl in particular. Doesn't seem like a very sensible way to do business. They have the schools over a barrel, because what are they going to do, NOT go to a bowl game? If you're Northern Illinois, you only get so many opportunities to get that bowl bid. Well, I guess with so many bowls forced to take eligible teams, the "smaller" schools could indeed negotiate this. Why don't they? Are they overly optimistic about how many fans are going to show up?
|4 years 20 weeks ago||12% = nothing||
I can't imagine that a 12% correlation is stastically significant, even with a sample size from here to the moon (which analysis didn't have anyway). Fair to just say that they are not at all correlated year to year.
Additionally, when talking about an overall trend, this kind of correlation analysis makes sense. But when you're talking about just one team and just one pair of seasons, it is irrelevant. Any team could be an outlier at any point. And the reasons Brian mentions are far more powerful data than any look at the overall landscape of college football.
|4 years 26 weeks ago||Cogent as hell, Brian||
Look forward to seeing your thoughts congeal into a proposed solution. Seems like they tend to do that...
|4 years 28 weeks ago||Two random thoughts||
Wait, first of all, much wooooh.
Thought one: These are not the Albert White, Robert Traylor Wolverines. I know this is not news to anyone, but what a phenomenal display of team basketball.
Thought two: What were Illini fans thinking during this one? They despise Pearl for getting them in trouble with the NCAA over the recruitment of Deon Thomas. Yet they believe Michigan is their top rival. I'm guessing they enjoyed the bloodbath, but had to think about it a bit.
|4 years 29 weeks ago||We'll take it, right?||
Double the muppets, double the fun for a 2nd round Big Ten Tourney win over Illinois? What the hell, let's dance!
|4 years 29 weeks ago||Doubt it||
They're already in a ton of trouble for covering up and witholding information. You think they're going to compound that now? If they haven't come totally clean now, they're seriously flirting with the death penalty.
|4 years 29 weeks ago||Is Tressel a junkie?||
How can someone with his experience level actually think he was going to get away with this? This is such an unconscionable error, one that he had plenty of time to think about during the offseason before pressing onward. It doesn't matter if these were his two best players. He had to know this was a bill that had an awfully high probability of coming due.
Which leads to my question: is Tressel a junkie? "Successful" junkies (of any kind - drugs, gambling, alcohol, sex addiction) tend to be able to hide their junkiness for a while. They get away with it and do more and eventually things get so out of control that they're snorting coke off the towel rod in the bathroom when their teenage kid walks in on them. As compiled by Brian earlier and referenced above, this is not the first smoke emanating from potential fire on Tressel's watch. It just happens that with those e-mails this smoke comes straight from the gun itself. And Tressel left his prints all over it.
He really was on top of the world. Leading the only significant program in the third most talent-rich state. Big Ten titles and BCS bowls and top recruiting classes. He evidently even had the president of the university in his back pocket. Tressel is now college football's Tiger Woods. He pushed this thing as far as he could while still getting away with it. He should have blown his own whistle as soon as that e-mail came through. Any resonable person would have seen the inevitability of the situation. But he obviously thought he could get away with it. Are we to believe that getting out of jeopardy scot-free in the past is not a factor in his decision to ignore the obvious?
They say never trust a junkie. That's hard to do if you don't know they're a junkie in the first place. Sometimes you need proof to stop enabling. I can't imagine the NCAA will try to do anything less than a harsh intervention. Not anymore at least. Dude hasn't even accepted that he has a problem yet. Someone needs to sit him down and tell him what's what. It's clear that the peopel close to him aren't going to do it.
|4 years 34 weeks ago||Gunner Kiel||
Tom Harmon's grandson is named Gunnar. He looks just like his twin brother:
Clearly Kiel should be a lock.
|4 years 35 weeks ago||Kudos||
Kudos to you, Brian for giving this issue so much attention. If it doesn indeed move, you were one of the first ones pushing it. Thanks.
|4 years 37 weeks ago||Well, we at least keep some new stuff||
Brian, it's not like we are turning our backs on everything over the last three years. We may be losing Barwis, but Special K is still around, right? Cripes almighty.
|4 years 39 weeks ago||Let's keep this simple||
1) Michigan has/is surely made/making Harbaugh an offer.
2) It's up to Harbaugh to accept or reject the offer.
3) There's only one fucking guy on the planet who knows anything about #2 at this point and he's coaching a football game tonight. So all we can do is wait or talk about Plan B candidates... of which, well, I'd rather just wait.
Anyone can read twitter feeds, it doesn't make it reporting. (This is in no way a slam on Brian, but on reporters passing off "feelings around the league" as some sort of information.)
|4 years 39 weeks ago||Lire la légende||
Monty Hall says don't pick Door #3.
|4 years 40 weeks ago||You ain't kiddin'||
My friends had a "Malkovich" door in their dorm room which led to a small storage space within the walls and roof of Mo-Jo. This being 1994, that room was not used for storage of anything considered legal beyond a black light and some florescent posters. Time sure seemed to stop in there. Antiguity can have its benefits at times...
|4 years 40 weeks ago||Holy shit did I forget all about CRISP||
I suppose that it goes back to that first-day-of-LSA-school at Hill Auditorium when the dean of LSA told us that we were there to "learn how to learn." The message, if I got it right, was that rather than necessarily retaining all the "stuff," that we pick up the tools to continually pick up "stuff" throughout life. I guess CRISP was just one example of shit we would never need again. But perhaps it did prepare us for other useless tasking we would later encounter.
|4 years 41 weeks ago||Happy Drinking||
Enjoy your much-deserved time off, Brian!
|4 years 42 weeks ago||Seeding||
You mean 1 vs the 4/5 winner, and 2 vs the 3/6 winner, right?
|4 years 46 weeks ago||Hilarious, Brian||
As others here have said, we'll take it!
|4 years 46 weeks ago||Ceiling?||
The big question to me is how much room for improvement remains this year? Denard is probably not going to get more accurate until next season, but what else can improve in these last few games?
|4 years 46 weeks ago||Thanks Brian||
A yoeman's effort here.
|4 years 47 weeks ago||Conflicted||
That game was like good sex with a bad person. In the "during," you enjoy it. Afterwards, you wonder what has happened to your standards, but maybe you were coming off a bad dry spell, so it was worth it. In the end, it beats not getting laid.
|4 years 47 weeks ago||Can't imagine...||
...how much work the UFR for this one is going to be. Thank God Michigan won. Otherwise I don' t know if Brian could survive it.
|4 years 49 weeks ago||Derp Clap Context?||
Is there a contextual reason for Miles' clap being the "worst thing he's done?" Sorry, I live in Argentina and it's nearly impossible to see games and highlights here (internet is slooow). I'm assuming it's more than just a goofy clap, right?
|4 years 50 weeks ago||Some good points here...||
...but I think in the competition for recruits, overall success of Ohio State only matters a little bit. As naijablue said above, Michigan's performance and excitement about the direction of the program are the two biggest keys.
Losing against Iowa doesn't kill us, but winning against Iowa would have been a huge momentum builder for recruiting. 8-4 is still within reach, and should be the target.
|5 years 3 weeks ago||How many Camels a day...||
....does Tom Hammond smoke? Or maybe he dips? Seriously, his teeth are browner than George Washington's, and they were made of wood.
|5 years 4 weeks ago||Thanks||
Mgoblog changed my life. It changed my life a lot. I have already mentioned this to Brian and if by chance he remembers the conversation he understands why.
I really think that Brian's story is an inspiration for anyone who has ever wanted to follow their passions. And lucky for everyone who comes here, it is to our benefit.
Excellent profile, Six Zero. I have really enjoyed this series. Thanks for posting.
|5 years 4 weeks ago||Also worth mentioning||
That game-opening three and out set the tone (hopefully for the entire season - we'll see!).
|5 years 4 weeks ago||Holy Everything||
That first video is remarkable. I'm overcome with emotion. Seriously.
Brian, the other day you were trying to sum up why you're a fan. Well, watching that video it just hits you that this is all so important (even though perhaps it shouldn't be). Even the cheesy country song can't ruin the feeling. Michigan could lose the next 11 games this year, and we STILL have that damn video.
So why am I getting choked up? What's this all about? As much as I loathe the guy, I can't help but think about Isiah Thomas talking with Dan Patrick during an episode of The NBA's Greatest Games, watching an old Finals game versus the Lakers. He's near tears and Patrick asks him why, and he say, "You just, wouldn't understand." Obviously, this is not the same. I never took over an NBA Finals game on a busted ankle. But what I'm saying is WE undestand. As Michigan fans, there is the feeling that rises when we watch seomthing like that. And the shit we weren't around for yet (like Anthony Carter's game winner against Indiana), we feel it anyway.
We can't explain it, even to each other, but we all know it's there. Would love if some enterprising fellow could redo the thing with any other song, but damn, it's fine the way it is anyway. Thanks very much for posting.
|5 years 8 weeks ago||In the news|
|5 years 8 weeks ago||That reminds me||
In the aftermath, one of my good friends said, "Man if I was John L Smith, I would tell that idiot to cut his fucking rat-tail hanging out of his helmet." I told him, "What's he gonna do, he's Somoan." This made the fucking rat-tail OK for my friend. I don't think either of us realized I was quoting Pulp Fiction, either.
|5 years 8 weeks ago||Alamo||
I was wondering how you were going to handle the Sun Belt Debacle, Brian. Well played beacuse as glaringly bad as the calls were against MIchigan in that game, there were a handful of atrocities levied at Nebraska as well. I look forward to other opportunities to dole out the Special Lifetime Total Lack of Achievement Award, when its truly merited...
|5 years 9 weeks ago||ND 06||
People keep mentioning Burgess' interception return for a TD, but ND quickly tied the game up on their next drive. Woodley's "look what I found", stiff-arm-laden fumble return for a Touchdown is the moment from that game that will always stick out to me. It was at that moment, when we had utterly embarassed them, that it was clear that the team could be something special. It didn't swing a game, but it was the cherry on top of a sweet, sweet sundae.
Also, it appeared he was going to keep running to the back of the endzone and kick a hole in the ND Band's bass drum. That would have been 100% Colombian Awesome.
|5 years 9 weeks ago||Totally||
To me, that will always be the great, overlooked tragedy nestled within the mega-tragedy that was The Horror. Michigan played as badly as Michigan has every played in any game, but Mike Hart done everyone the courtesy of winning the game all by himself. And they still managed to piss it all away. I know it was Appalachian State, and it never should have come to that, but "Mike Hart winning the game all by himself" should have been the kickoff to his Heisman campaign. Instead, as you say, it was the beginning of all ensuing awfulness.
Hart also that that fantastic screen-pass reach-the-ball-across-the-goalline TD against Purdue (same game as Shazor's decapitation act). I was in the stadium, and for me, it was the moment that I realized he was going to ascend to greatness as a Wolverine. Shazor's hit was more the moment when he kept me from shitting my pants with rage.
|5 years 9 weeks ago||Uh huh||
...and just may end up in the Top 6, no?
|5 years 18 weeks ago||Knowing the history||
I can't help but think back to how many people were calling for Carr's head after the 1997 Outback Bowl loss to Alabama. I'm not about to go reseraching all the newspapers of the day, but I had many friends who said, "We should get a big-time coach. We should get Steve Spurrier." Michigan stuck by Carr. How'd that turn out?
|5 years 28 weeks ago||I'm impressed.||
Brian, you showed some impressive restraint here. I realize it was days later, but I am sure you are still furious. I have already ruled out four airlines due to my own experiences. I will add this to the list due to yours.
|5 years 31 weeks ago||Holy shit you just scared the shit out of me, Brian||
When you said, "the shoe that just dropped, Tate Forcier," for a brief moment, I thought you were saying that Tate WAS the shoe dropping and I had somehow missed news of a transfer or injury or worse.
Please take caution for those of us whose brains can't keep up with what we're reading. Or something.
|5 years 31 weeks ago||Thanks!||
That's some mighty fine work, there, Brian and Compliance Guy. Thanks for the perspective.
|5 years 33 weeks ago||Just wanted to say...||
...that this concept is beneath, you Brian. You did a fine job addressing it, but it´s utter nonsense.
|5 years 41 weeks ago||Unfair groupings||
Correct me if I'm wrong, but Division #1 seems quite a bit more competitive than Division #2, no? You have five of the six worst teams together (and, therefore five of the six best in the other). This would be far more lopsided than the Big 12, and Penn State would play in the championship game 73% of the time.
|5 years 41 weeks ago||Valor pleases you, Crom||
They shall all drown in lakes of blood.
The more I think about expansion, the more I think it has to be Notre Dame or Nebraska or nobody. Pitt gets a helluva a lot more out of it than, well, every team in the Big Ten.
|5 years 45 weeks ago||Say what you want about our football team||
...but there's no denying that Michigan sure has some kick-ass fuckin' bloggers.
|5 years 50 weeks ago||Where he's sitting???||
I don't get it. Who'd he sit with? Woody Hayes' corpse?
|5 years 51 weeks ago||"It's really hard to get off||
"It's really hard to get off on that sort of thing."
That's what she said...
|6 years 3 days ago||Mandel||
At least he defended the Doug Lesmerises' "terrible" ballot:
OK, yes, the scare quotes are excessive, but sadly, he's right that it most certainly is possible for Boise to get in there.
|6 years 3 days ago||Pucker Pucker Pucker!!||
Man, I had forgotten about that particular line and upon your reminder just busted out with a mini-spit-take. I'm still giggling.
Don't worry about the swing in the Vegas line. What's changed this week? A number if insipid quotes by MSU players hitting newspapers about how they're "angry" and "not respected" by Michigan. That may persuade casual gamblers, but I think most would agree it's a much clearer indicator that Sparty's not very focused on the task at hand. I know it's an emotional game and all, but they need to be prepared or they lose. I don't see how such an attitude aids their preparation.
|6 years 1 week ago||But Illinois is different||
All other Big Ten teams hate us. They hate Ohio State, too. That's what happens when you're generally in the position of league leader. But at Wisconsin, they don't have any illusions about a rivalry. They already have a real rival in Minnesota.
Illinois actually believes that we think the same thing about them. It's bizarre. I've tried to ask the Illini fans why on earth they believe this. Nobody has a clear answer. When Ron Turner was coaching the team, he tried to play up the "rivalry", but the more he hyped the game, the worse they were beaten. The best reason I've heard is that it goes back to the 1989 Final Four, when Michigan upset #1 ranked Illinois in the semis. Illinois had beaten Michigan twice in the regular season by at least 12 points each time.
The only other reasonable argument is that Red Grange's greatest performance came against Michigan, but that hardly seems like a reason for them to think of us as rivals. Also, it was in 1924.
In sum, they're especially weird.
|6 years 1 week ago||Ohhh....||
Ohhh... Vera Baits. Hahaha. Seriously, this makes it more hilarious for me.
|6 years 1 week ago||Road Trips||
My two cents:
NU is OK, but tailgating sucks (very little near the stadium) and taking public transportation from Chicago can be kind of a pain in the ass. One train takes forever and the other only runs once an hour.
I can't wait to see Minnesota's new stadium.
Did Brian misspell Bates? That's a fantastic line and is even better if the spelling is incorrect. The fact that I can't remember even though I spent a year in Bursley, well, that just makes it funnier for me.
|6 years 2 weeks ago||Me too||
We shut down State Street in front of the Union. Someone had stolen a Notre Dame flag which was first tried to be lit on fire, then tried to be ripped apart, both unsuccessfully. Eventually, someone pulled out a pocketknife and was able to stab at it, but the flag remained basically intact.
Totally agree on Brian's assessment of when it should be deployed. One of my friends started the chant in a crowded bar during the 2006 Ohio State game when we took a lead in the first half. I still partially blame him for the loss.
|6 years 2 weeks ago||Totally agree||
I was gonna write: Your intangibles are freaking me out.
|6 years 2 weeks ago||Thanks Brian||
You slogged through some incredibly difficult UFRs last year. You deserve this. Thanks!
|6 years 2 weeks ago||Screw you, Brian||
Why did you link to Easterbrook? Now I'm, like, super fucking pissed off and I only perused about four of his paragraphs. Shame on me for bothering. But he actually says that what LeGarrette Blount did is "not hugely different" from what Serena Williams did. Yeah, other than the fact that it's assault, a cheap shot, and could lead to serious long-term health problems (unlikely, but always possible with a knockout punch).
Aside from having no understanding about college football (which, of course, makes him fit in perfectly at ESPN), the dude is going to cross the line again eventually. When an imbecile thinks he's brilliant, he's bound to screw up again.
Seriously, Brian, I'm arrrrghghghrrrsh.
Uhhh, like I said, shame on me for clicking. I'm a lot more mad at myself than at you. I'm gonna go smoke a cigarette for the first time in 14 years and calm the fuck down.
|6 years 2 weeks ago||The Diag||
|6 years 2 weeks ago||I dunno||
I like a mailbag where the columnist doesn't pretend to have every answer. That's a pretty rare thing, sadly. Kudos to you, Brian.
|6 years 3 weeks ago||Smart Guy Weis||
In addition to the foolish long pass (I thought the same as you - it's not that he passed, it's that he went long down the sideline), Weis pulled another huge boner early in the game.
I believe it was on their first drive, when ND had first and and goal and came up empty. On second down, he emptied the backfield and then called a QB run up the middle. Clausen was predictably stopped as was their previous momentum. I'm not sure why this is even in their playbook, or certainly why someone would call a play like this in that situation. I assume it's again because he wants to prove what an unconventional genius he is.
He keeps pulling this crap. I'm reminded of Einstein's definition of insanity...
Great post, Brian.
|6 years 3 weeks ago||Where is CMU?||
|6 years 4 weeks ago||Tcpnts||
Koger totally stole that ball from Tacopants.
|6 years 5 weeks ago||Question||
Is the player on the Jumbotron a duck or a penguin?
|6 years 5 weeks ago||Oh||
Oh, that's an equals sign. I thought something had been redacted.
|6 years 6 weeks ago||I didn't say I stopped drinking||
I'm drinking right now!
I just stopped drinking before games. I was too into the football to spend the game tipsy or worse.
|6 years 6 weeks ago||Red Scare||
(A) I'll go fetch the shredder. You start the fireplace.
Yeah, I know they're scarlet. Whatever, best I could do for now. Great thread here, though!
|6 years 6 weeks ago||Keys||
They were definitely there in full force in '93, my freshman year. It wasn't until sophomore year that I nearly drunkenly lost them (pulled 'em out of my pocket and they went flying about four rows back). I stopped drinking before games after that.
Can anyone go back farther?
|6 years 6 weeks ago||Late clock or no....||
...I remember being utterly shocked that they chose to spike the ball in that situation. When the clock reads 0:02 that means you have between 1 and 2 seconds left. Why leave it up to the refs? I was in the WSU section (the only place I could find purchase with my accidentally-bought fake ticket). The Cougar fans around me were halfheartedly saying "We should have another play," but you could tell they all thought it was a really dumb decision in the first place.
(Note - not disagreeing with you. The previous play ended at 0:04, but it's not like Price couldn't see the clock.)
|6 years 6 weeks ago||Re: Spreads||
I'd like Steele to separate out Week #1 spreads from the general pool. College football spreads always feature a number of poor evaluations early in the season. Western is likely underrated by the casual sports gambler right now, and Michigan, even coming off the disaster that was last year, is still Michigan and will therefore get bonus points. Sorry to be the killjoy. I still think we win though! (fingers crossed)
|6 years 7 weeks ago||Hey, I'm a stastician...||
...but unfortunately, my work is pounding me right now and I don't have time to take a close examination. But what I can do is eyeball these numbers and relatively definitively say that there's no statistical significance between any of the groupings. It seems to me that "lost games" would be the most important part because it takes into account the severity of the injury. A sprained thumb that lasts for half a game shouldn't count the same as a torn ACL, right?
I think it's safe to assume that the running QBs are getting hit more, but perhaps the fact that they're presumably "elusive" means that they don't take the hits as hard and are able to reach the sidelines to avoid hits more easily. Of course, to do this "right", you probably need data that isn't there. For instance, does the offensive line suck? Is the QB getting tackled by DTs or CBs? Which conference (assuming the power conferences have bigger defenders)? I suppose the one thing to include would be where the tackle was made (loss, 0-5 yds downfiled, 5-10, 10+).
But I think the data here is deep enough (755 obs is plenty), and we're not seeing any strong trend, especially when you look at each year (because defenses may be trending a certain way). The fact that the "1"s have the highest is simply fluky, and further evidence that we see no real trend.
Re: The Michigan Hating Schedule God Thing: OSU has Michigan and Penn State as protected games. Does their overall competition level line up with ours? I'm guessing no since they missed Northwestern in their two best seasons since 1948 as well as Iowa when they went undefeated with Brad Banks. That kind of thing hasn't happened to Michigan. It's either a fluke or teams don't prepare for the season as well when they know Michigan isn't on it (a dubious premise). I can't fathom any other reason.
I'll shut up now and go back to running (more boring) numbers for my bosses...
|6 years 7 weeks ago||Checking in from Argentina||
Checking in from Argentina for a second straight season, all I can say is far fucking out!
|6 years 7 weeks ago||OK, two other things||
Sure, vertical stripes are slimming, but eeeEEEEE(!) Barwis. Wow.
Bon Jovi? I have even less respect for Charlie Weis than I did this morning. What the hell is wrong with that guy?
|6 years 7 weeks ago||I can't watch the Youtubes at work...||
...but the J. Fox line made me spit my coffee out anyway. Maybe it was even better that way as it's my sole description of the thing.
|6 years 8 weeks ago||U-Dub||
Still there's no quality Washington blog out there? I realize they still suck, but man are Seattle-ites lazy. Or anti-social or something. You'd think someone would start the "Locker Stalker" or another equally silly-named site.
|6 years 9 weeks ago||Same Here||
I'm just thankful I can get on Mgoblog at all. Half the internet is blocked out here.
|6 years 9 weeks ago||Two Thoughts||
1) Does RR know that we're still selling out every game? There's only one way that's going to stop happening: another 3-9 season. Don't worry about the entertainment, coach.
2) Ernis kinda beat me to it, but I can only think of one suggestion for the marching band: Sabbath
They should play a different Sabbath track every week:
They've done Ironman before, and it's been fine, but the above list would be superior, and they get you through the entire home slate.
|6 years 9 weeks ago||But they're Purdue||
I felt the same way at their stadium, dealing with clips from Jaws and Braveheart. But then I realized that they have no tradition to speak of (outside of counting to four and a choo-choo), and they used to have nobody come to the games at all. So they have to do silly crap like that.
We are not Purdue.
|6 years 9 weeks ago||My Question||
...is a bit irrelevant, but when the hell is UConn going to change that ridiculous logo?
|6 years 10 weeks ago||Dantonio flappin'||
The more this guy opens his mouth, the less I worry about the long-term viability of Little Brother.
|6 years 10 weeks ago||Maybe this is pessimism...||
...but in this day and age I just can't see Michigan traveling to Stillwater, Oklahoma for a football game. And to imagine a trip to Virginia, I have to squint really hard. I would think that of the ones Brian lists, Cal and Arkansas are the only likely possibilities for a home and home.
LSU would be the most exciting by far.
|6 years 10 weeks ago||Re; 2010 recruiting||
This may be the biggest reason that Notre Dame game is so important. A loss there lowers the profile for the rest of the season.
|6 years 10 weeks ago||The Hill||
FWIW, I really enjoyed my trip to Knoxville. The fans were friendly, hospitable, and generally knowledgable about football (especially compared to most of the other schools in their conference). Though I'm guessing that your CW#2 jersey didn't endear you to anybody.
They are still very angry about this. I offhandedly mentioned Woodson's name and my amiable host suddenly turned extremely serious and appeared as though he intended me bodily harm. I chose not to rub it in their faces the rest of the way.
|6 years 10 weeks ago||This will never die ever||
Brian, you summed it up well. Manning deserved a lot of praise for his entire career, including 1997. He just had the misfortune of lining up against Woodson on the ballot. By any just definition of the Heisman, Woodson is the obvious winner. The only ones that would apply to Manning instead: Senior, QB/RB/WR.
I had a friend who was not much of a football fan who told me the day he won the award, "Woodson only won because of one play." He was of course referring to the punt return against OSU. But anyone who watched the whole season realized his impact - that he was the anchor on one of the most dominant defenses we've seen, and he was able to be that anchor from the cornerback(!) position. He made mutiple highlight reel plays in every big game, including the greatest interception any of us will ever see. By all measures, he was the most outstanding player of the year. But I wonder about my friend's comment, and if in The South, they hold the same ignorant view of the situation. One superb punt return does not a Heisman make. We all know that said punt return is the candle atop the icing (all those other spectacular plays) on the cake (anchoring a historic defense) that was his season. But our southern counterparts are missing the substance.
I think the main idea is that a comparison is not necessary. It's an education of exactly what Woodson pulled off to the naysayers. Or there's also fuck it, Dude, let's go bowling.
This is a job for Wolverine Historian, no?
|6 years 12 weeks ago||Two thoughts||
1) I think Isiah has at least a shot at the title over Millen for worst manager in the history of sports. I'm not saying it's clear-cut, but at least Millen didn't cost the Lions millions in sexual harassment charges (yet).
2) Craig James. Man. I never liked this guy at all. Smug is the perfect word to describe him. Worse (and I'm not sure I should be writing this on the internet, but what the hell), the least favorite e-mail I've read over the last several years was when a publisher told me that they were passing on my college football book to put one out "by" Craig James (quotes mine) that "will pretty much do the same thing this book would." Suffice to say, I can't tolerate his presence in any capacity at this point in time.
|6 years 15 weeks ago||Oooops||
I meant GIMP.
|6 years 15 weeks ago||Thanks Brian||
Your point of view is extremely useful to all the amateur bloggers in the room. One (perhaps naive) question: Can WLW or UNIX be used in conjunction with Blogger? I'm just not prepared to pick up and move somewhere else yet...
|6 years 16 weeks ago||Smarter?||
I guess you did encounter a (somewhat) smarter one, but the random NU fan who decided to stick to me said, "Hahaha. Go back to Lansing." I don't need to list the assortment of things wrong with that statement. In sum: Northwestern fans are generally imbeciles when it comes to college football.
|6 years 16 weeks ago||Washington 2002||
Not just a "too many men on the field" penalty for the Huskies (only five yards), but an "Illegal participation" penalty (for 15). And then Brabbs comes through after the team had already missed a series of kicks throughout the day.
|6 years 16 weeks ago||Northwestern||
This is painful.
On that Northwestern game, not many people recall that Michigan had a chance at a long, game-tying fieldgoal, but a high snap slipped through freshman John Navarre's hands and into Hayden Epstein's. He then completed a pass to a random tight end who was soon tackled. Game over.
It was a long kick - probably 50 yards or so. But Epstein had a strong wind at his back and was really booming his kicks in the halftime warmup. I always wish he would have just thrown the ball away (possibly stopping the clock with one second), or of course if the snap-place-hold thing had worked out. If ever a game deserved to go to overtime, it was that one. Of course, the way that the two defenses were playing that day, the game would probably still be going on right now...
|6 years 17 weeks ago||Not better than Brady||
Henson may have had a great arm, but a QB needs more than that. The coaching staff was worried he'd bolt for baseball so they gave him playing time against Brady - pretty much only the second quarter of each game. Michigan only lost two games that year, Michigan State and Illinois. Those losses weren't directly his fault by any means, but if they hadn't played him at all, there was a chance he would have won each of them instead of losing.
Think about it. What's Henson's most memorable play? It was against Wisconsin when he chucked the ball back across the field and got lucky that Terrell was able to outjump two Badger defenders. The guy was better than a freshman John Navarre, for sure, but he just wasn't that good a QB, great arm or not. Jeff George had one of the strongest arms in NFL history, but isn't exactly headed to the Hall of Fame.
Henson never started a full season for Michigan because he was injured for the first 3.5 games. He said he would stick with the team and then bolted for money. In sum, screw him.
|6 years 17 weeks ago||Easy||
Drew Henson. F that guy!
|6 years 17 weeks ago||Holphz||
He's got a freaking ball point pen, right? Who signs a baby with a ball point pen?!? Whatever it is, it ain't right. And yes, those two dudes are the most quintessential Notre Dame grads ever - right down to the Sam Adams.
|6 years 19 weeks ago||Since nine games is utterly dumb...||
...why not play 10? Yeah, I know... $$$$, but still.
|6 years 20 weeks ago||I can't read Gladwell||
...because I find his prose intolerable. I have no idea why. I've tried many times. So I'm not going to check out the article. But did he make any mention of the 1996 Princeton/UCLA game? UCLA was the defending champ and Princeton was Princeton.
|6 years 20 weeks ago||Sweet||
Thanks for the update!
|6 years 20 weeks ago||It used to be called Coffee Break...||
...which is the dumbest name for a Korean Restaurant I can think of. Not sure if the name has changed.
I was the same as you, man. University Cafe was my first regular Korean, and I indulged there often. I always wondered about the preponderance of Korean in Ann Arbor, too.
Why is nobody mentioning Backroom? Did they start to suck or go away or something? we had theories that they put something addictive in the cheese because if you ate it one day, you craved it all the more the next.
Nothing makes me feel older than every time I return to campus to see that more of my favorite places have closed or changed. Students, cherish your spots now, because half of them will be gone in ten years. In sum, I'm ooooooold....
|6 years 22 weeks ago||I once had a buddy...||
...who would get in wild e-mail arguments and qualify them by saying, "I am byast." I'm curious which of these would drive you more crazy, Magnus.
|6 years 22 weeks ago||Don't blame Martin||
Really, the epidemic of crappy scheduling has hardly anything to do with Bill Martin and everything to do with the sport at large. The prime candidate for scorn is the NCAA for allowing:
Martin sees what the other schools are doing and in order to "remain competitive" (whether that's for Rodriguez's salary, better facilities or, ahem, legal settlements), he needs as much money as possible. Nick Saban affects us all. As Brian says here, it's not that the tickets prices are raised to pay the salaries, it's that we're willing to pay to see Delaware State. It's simple economics, and the demand curve remains above its intersection with supply. There's a consumer surplus and we should all be happy. I'm not really joking...
I interviewed SEC commish Mike Slive about a year ago and complained about this. He said he hates it, too and has tried various ideas to improve things, but the power's really not in his hands.
Blame the NCAA because they are one of two groups of people who can affect this. The other is us if we decide we've had enough and stop going. I don't see that happening any time soon...