this may be of some local interest
|5 days 6 hours ago||Not just Michigan record||
Breaston has the all time Big Ten record for punt return yards:
|6 days 9 hours ago||Seconded!||
|6 days 9 hours ago||Seconded!||
|6 days 9 hours ago||Seconded!||
|1 week 1 day ago||Jim Hackett||
"Showing the love."
|1 week 1 day ago||Oh my!||
That is explosive violence.
|1 week 2 days ago||Kudos||
Kudos to you Bronx Blue. I don't know how you find the time with two youngsters. I'm in the same boat and only had time to skim this one. Well done!
|1 week 2 days ago||Why not||
A shout-out to suprfluous apostrophes. They often go great together!
|1 week 5 days ago||Depends||
Did Brian post a new UFR? You can have an hour in that case. Get comfy.
|1 week 5 days ago||Not NYDN||
It's New York Magazine which is why I was surprised at the shittiness.
|1 week 5 days ago||Yeesh||
That is one shitty article. Melo has scored more points than anyone before "And really, that should end the argument." Okaaaayyyy.
|1 week 5 days ago||GOATey||
I was referring to the concept of a GOAT discussion in general. Those two stand out above all comers. Maybe someone could argue Steffi Graf, but they would lose that argument.
It's a bit silly to say someone is the GOAT basketball olympian when we have various other elite-level data points for the exact same sport. It's an arbitrary slice of a category - unless we had seen some vast difference in performance. In that sense, perhaps Manu Ginobili is the GOAT becuase he led a decennt Argentina team to a gold medal. Nobody else has accomplished anything like that in the "sport" of olympic basketball.
For swimming, gymnastics, track and field, figure skating, it is the place where GOAT distinctions are won. Tennis and basketball, not so much.
|1 week 5 days ago||Melo's a tough sell||
A "GOAT" has to be evidently, clearly the GOAT. We're talking "Serena or Martina" (when really nobody else comes close). Or at least with a body of work to judge fairly to parse details. Jordan was the clear leader of the Dream Team and the 1984 gold medal team. It's pretty hard to say Melo has clearly surpassed him. He never even led a team in scoring, and was on the 2004 team that got the bronze (granted, the youngest member on the team, but roughly the same age as Jordan in 1984).
|1 week 5 days ago||Sparty's suspension policy||
Your overall point is good, but given what they let players get away with there (suplexing hockey players on concret, etc.), it's hard to put them atop the list.
|2 weeks 12 hours ago||Coima||
Does that mean the host city would have to dish out double the bribes? I'm sure the IOC would be fine with it, then.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||This is||
|4 weeks 9 hours ago||I was thinking along similar lines, but...||
The Rock's "It doesn't matter what (his) name is."
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Feel the Burnie!||
|4 weeks 6 days ago||One could argue...||
...that there is too much Peppers and/or Woodson in the video. That one would be dead wrong.
|5 weeks 4 hours ago||Christian McCaffrey?||
No mention of Dylan's older brother? Seems like a mistake.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Here is a list||
It feels rather incomplete. And there is no mention of Drake in an unused SNL sketch...
|5 weeks 1 day ago||7 lb curls||
New son is one month old, so a lot of walking in circles and shoulder/forearm work.
Also, lack of sleep is burning more calories!
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Timing?||
Been a rough last 5 years for Texas...
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Clemson||
Had a fantastic visit there in '07. Made friends. Hate their rival.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Can you save your game with this version?||
If not, when Mom pulls the plug becuase it's dinner time you're going to lose your progress.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Silver lining||
That muffed punt did end up keeping OSU out of the playoff. So that's something...
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Stupidly||
Was studying abroad in London and a girl in our program had locked herself out of her room. She asked if I could leap from the stairway window to her balcony to unlock the door. I'd had two beers, which was enough to agree to something so stupid. Four floors up, and below was a mishmash of pipes, chain-link fence, and cement. I made the leap without issue, hooking my elbow onto the balcony and climbing up. But any misstep would have surely led to death or worse.
The kicker: though she was a nice person the girl was not remotely attractive, and so I had no particular incentive to do this. I never did anything so foolish again.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||You also||
You also misspelled brownie.
|6 weeks 6 hours ago||Have you gone to a Rutgers game before?||
Piscataway is a pain in the ass (unlike the main campus which is next door in New Brunswick).
Figure out your parking and transportation plans because getting out of there is a nightmare. For reference:
|6 weeks 6 hours ago||War is hell||
To be prepared for war is the one of the most effective means of preserving peace.
Know they self, know they enemy. A thousand battles, a thousand victories.
|6 weeks 6 hours ago||I've tried the same||
But my wife has not responded. I guess I need my daughter to shout louder so the shame aspect comes into play.
|6 weeks 11 hours ago||Go Blue||
When we put sunscreen on my 2.5 yo daughter we call it "baby massage" and there's a whole song that goes along with it. She got a bit too much sun yesterday and I wanted to give her the post-sun moisturizer which happens to be blue. After her bath I am drying her off and I tell her we're going to do "blue massage." So of course she gleefully shouts "GO BLUE!" and raises her fist, punching me square in the eye.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Seconded!||
Irons is likely underapprecaited in Michigan lore simply because his team lost four games every year (incidentally, the four years I was a student - and we thought that was so horrible at the time!). He had already made a name for himself as a redshirt freshman when finishing the famous goalline stand against PSU in 1993. He then went on to one of the best Michigan linebacker careers in recent memory.
I still believe if he hadn't been injured for the Northwestern game in 1996, Michigan would have easily won and changed the whole trajectory of that seasson.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Thanks||
Excellent diary, and thanks for reminding me of Wallenberg's story. I had no idea he was a Michigan grad!
Maybe this is a bit spammy, but for those intersted in a related story I thought I would share here.
Just before my father passed away earlier this year, he published a book about the rescue of 100+ children who were hiding in southern France, of which he was one. It features similar aspects of bravery, luck, and tragedy. If interested, you can find more information about it here.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||VV||
Vamos vamos, Argentina
Vamos vamos a ganar
Que esta barra quilombera
No te deja no te deja de alentar
Pero primero Venezuela! Que los rompamos el culo!
|10 weeks 5 days ago||You'd have to park only in your own garage||
Car would be keyed or worse within 15 minutes if on the street!
(Still worth it.)
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Alstott?||
Mike Alstott has a kid entering his senior year of HS? Jeepers I am old.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Agree!||
When this saga began, I thought it would end up Dr. Harbaugh vs Fingerlickin' Buttslap in an epic final. Shows what I know.
The grins are separated by 23 votes after over 2000 cast. There is still hope!
|14 weeks 4 days ago||What I've learned||
I'm either a contrarian or just have very different taste from the majority of the mgocommunity. Many of my favorites went downn last round, and when Grinch beats Spring Game Grin, I'll shed another tear.
|15 weeks 21 min ago||Mo Slo Mo!||
I can't believe SLO MO is trailing...
|19 weeks 3 days ago||FIFA por lejos||
|19 weeks 6 days ago||More importantly||
While many are busy bemoaning the overuse of the disrespekt topic, why has no one concerned themselves with a more critical issue not mentioned in the article. What became of the undelivered pizzas? Were they returned? When returned were they still hot?
(Someone who knows how to embed gifs here can explain myself.)
|27 weeks 6 days ago||DPJ Tweet||
Unfortunately he also tweeted something similar about Urban Meyer.
|28 weeks 4 days ago||Yep||
That was the first name to come to mind for me. With Jarret Irons second.
|28 weeks 6 days ago||Ty Law?||
Has the frosty relationship with Michigan thawed?
|29 weeks 11 hours ago||This is dumb, but...||
...have you been to Clemson? Absolutely beautiful campus. Crazy (loud) fans, Gorgeous women. Better weather. Unique traditions like Howard's rock and The Hill. Oh, and they nearly won the national title last season.
You're taking one quote from Dabo (who does appear to be quite the gomer) and you think that one quote is going to counter all of the above. Apprecaite you putting your thoughts together, but you've overanalyzed one data point.
And furthermore, it's out of our hands, so just relax and take in the news.
|29 weeks 1 day ago||Yeah, good idea||
Probably should bring up his problems with alcohol. That'll show him!
|29 weeks 1 day ago||Did you see it at the State Theater?||
I just assume it's still showing there.
Also, how on earth did you not see it before? And how on earth on earth could it possibly be boring? Maybe it's because so many have copied its style since then that, though it was groundbreaking in 1994, it now seems totally played out.
|29 weeks 1 day ago||Nah, he flipped||
Went over to Supergirl for some strange reason. I suspect the involvement of a bagman.
|29 weeks 2 days ago||Impedance||
Did you mean impetus? Just asking.
|29 weeks 4 days ago||That's the hope||
Hardman would be a huge pickup, but just seems too unlikely.
|29 weeks 5 days ago||Ah, very good||
I recall my first trip to some LatAm regional meetings in 2002, and my colleagues asked me "Hey Andrew, how is the Spanish going?" I said I was doing OK, but felt bad because I could not undersatnd our Chilean team member veyr well. They all laughed and said in near unison "He's Chilean, none of us can understand him!" Good for you to be able to manage it well!
Argentinean is definitely a unique challenge, but after living there I quickly came to love it. The y/ll is fun and the "vos" makes the verbs more aggresive which, though at first offputting, becomes simply spirited after a while.
|29 weeks 6 days ago||We went with Victoria||
...and thought that was pretty good. Yours is great!
FWIW, her first words were "Go Blue."
|30 weeks 1 day ago||I would prefer||
...MGOpinion. Just a question of taste.
|30 weeks 1 day ago||Yikes!||
Nobody can understand Chileans. Even my Argentinean wife can rarely undrestand what they're saying on business calls.
|30 weeks 1 day ago||Places I've seen Michigan gear in recent years||
Buenos Aires (mostly on me, but not exclusively)
Various places in Italy
Various places in Switzerland
|30 weeks 1 day ago||It's not fair at all, but...||
...my initial thought was, "Sounds great. Former Michigan football player, so that's a major plus." Then I remembered that the same applied to DB Dave Brandon. Apples and oranges as Manuel is clearly an experienced and competent AD. Still not over DB DB I guess.
|30 weeks 2 days ago||They were in a hole and...||
...needed to stop digging.
Non-Brady rushes: 14
Non-Brady rushing yards: 31
Non-Brady ypc: 2.2
|30 weeks 2 days ago||Indeed||
That is weird.
|30 weeks 5 days ago||Was going to say this same thing...||
...shouldn't it be F the Trib and Greenstein for publishing clickbait?
|31 weeks 3 hours ago||I feel like I'm polluting||
...but here goes:
|35 weeks 6 days ago||Yes, but he also sucked||
He was a freshman, so that stuff can be expected. But he would not have helped in the OSU game.
|35 weeks 6 days ago||Occam's razor||
That was my interpretation as well.
|36 weeks 6 days ago||Surely you all recall||
That there were rampant rumors that he was leaving even before Carr announced his retirement.
|36 weeks 6 days ago||Mizzou correction||
Mizzou would have been invited to a bowl at 5-7 based on their APR (second among the 5-7 teams after Nebraska), but preemptively said they would not accept a bid:
Thanks to this decision, San Jose State qualified for the Cure Bowl.
|36 weeks 6 days ago||OSU game - To be fair||
Hart and Henne were both badly injured in that game, but did their best to play as neither had a viable backup. Henny couldn't get the ball 15 yards downfield and Hart was not very mobile. As evidenced by the following year, the cupboard was bare.
|38 weeks 22 hours ago||Good point||
And it probably didn't help that he was followed by Belicheck who immediately went on an improbable run to win the Super Bowl with a rookie QB.
|38 weeks 1 day ago||Let's get more data||
Basketball turnaround may be worhthy to reference from a feelings standpoint, but let's keep it focused on football. Citing a Michigan Rose Bowl year as the "pre" period doesn't help us too much. That's not where we've been. So let's talk about football programs who were also in the wilderness before someone who could truly stabalize the program.
Here are some additional data points:
Florida Galen Hall
Florida Steve Spurrier
Oklahoma John Blake
Oklahoma Bob Stoops
USC Paul Hackett
USC Pete Carroll
Florida Ron Zook
Florida Urban Meyer
Alabama Mike Shula
Alabama Nick Saban
Michigan Brady Hoke
Michigan Jim Harbaugh
The gigantic caveat is that these are the success stories. In all cases National Championships were achieved during the years listed above or very soon after. We should keep in mind that Ron Zook also took over for someone else and you see his performance above. But based on the evidence in his career we have reason to believe he belongs with this group rather than with the Zooks until proven otherwise.
So where does this year's turnaround stand compared to those above? Looking at the change in first year win % from worst to best:
Now, it is likely that Hoke's last team underperformed, but even if we kindly grant them one additional win, Harbaugh would still top the list at 25%.
We have every reason to be excited about the future, especially if the recruiting season ends up with the anticipated positive momentum. Assuming this is one of those turnarounds, there seem sto be evidence that Michigan is ahead of schedule.
*Pending bowl game result
|38 weeks 2 days ago||Another good post||
Thanks for all of these, man.
FWIW I've met Big Nut and he seemed like a very nice, pleasant fellow. Especially for a Buckeye.
|39 weeks 2 days ago||These reffing refs||
And by far the worst call of the game was the drive-killing "blocking below the waist" penalty for a block in the shoulder. A rarely called penalty that couldn't have been seen in this case because it obviously didn't happen.
And none of this compares to how Wisconsin got jobbed. The league needs to take significant action this offseason. I don't remember the refs in this league ever being this bad. There must be some reason for the constant failure.
Also worst: this announcing team. I assume we won't have them next week again!
|39 weeks 5 days ago||That would help||
...particularly if Rudock continues to shine. Then one could argue that the current Michigan team is a very differnet one.
Also bear in mind Utah would have wins over UCLA and Stanford in this scenario.
If in the end they consider all else equal, they would put Utah forward.
Regardless it requires a lot to fall into place.
|39 weeks 5 days ago||But still in play for Oakland, right?||
|39 weeks 5 days ago||Utah||
If Utah runs the table from here on out, I doubt the committee would put Michigan in above them. Their only losses are a bad one at USC and OT at Arizona. The head-to-head would be hard to overcome. So we want them to fare well, but still pick up another loss.
|39 weeks 6 days ago||But Home and Home is where it's at||
I think part of the reason fans would want this is for the sake of the Home and Home. The Tennessee fan that suggested it to me wanted to visit Big Ten Stadiums, not FedEx field or whatever.
Plus getting that many NFL stadiums lined up would only add to the logistical problems.
I think the three main challenges are:
1) Schools schedule their own games out of conference, and there's not much a conference can do to force them to schedule particular teams
2) So many games are scheduled so far in advance. The second one can be managed with a bit of patience of course.
3) The most compelling way to make this happen would be via TV $$$$$$$. And that gets very complicated given that it's the home team that sets up the rights. You'd think that ESPN/CBS/SECN/BTN would want to make it happen as well, but the devil would be in the details on how they choose which games go on which network.
All of this is surmountable, but it would take a lot of work and arm-twisting to make it happen. Beilema's not going to be the one to do it.
|39 weeks 6 days ago||I asked Mike Slive about this once||
Way back in 2007 when a Tennessee fan urged me to do so.
He said he'd heard of similar proposals before and saw how it would be a good idea. However, he also said it would likely be impossible to implement for various reasons. And if the B1G and Pac-## couldn't do it after agreeing to the concept, how would one expect to convince all these SEC teams that won't travel to get on board?
Great that Bielema is saying it, but don't get your hopes up.
|40 weeks 2 days ago||There more than two options||
Both the upcoming games are going to be difficult. We definitely have a chance and I hope we win.
...are you OK with this? Just making sure.
|40 weeks 2 days ago||Canadians||
Nobody can drink as much as they can. (Though Wisconsinites come the closest...)
|40 weeks 3 days ago||Didn't mean that aggressively||
Just a bit torqued up at 2am here.
|40 weeks 3 days ago||That is a crazy thought||
He fielded a roller and still got it in place. He's supposed to be able to calculate his options in that situation? And even still, picking it up and running is a sure turnover on downs. At least he gave the kicker a chance...
|40 weeks 5 days ago||Gaps in early years?||
Fantastic stuff. One question - looking up older players brought mixed resutls. e.g. Lamarr Woodley and Leon Hall have full data for 2006. But Mike Hart has only two games showing up. Are there some gaps in the earlier data?
Thanks a ton for putting this together. Really good!
|40 weeks 5 days ago||Not Drew Henson||
That's for sure.
|41 weeks 8 hours ago||Woodson||
Furthermore, Woodson reinjured his separated shoulder, but stayed in the game to reach those eight tackles. With one fully functioning arm. Amazing.
|41 weeks 1 day ago||Doesn't sound like a violation||
Just the same recruiting pitch they give everywhere, expcept that Meyer's is probably more polished and leveraging real-life examples of visits from bigwigs.
|41 weeks 1 day ago||Whoops||
What I love is how the tacklers arrive at where they think Peppers is, and he's already several yards downfield.
|41 weeks 2 days ago||Hahaha||
|41 weeks 2 days ago||Wasn't Millen||
Broadcast team was McDunough and Spielman. And yes, early in the broadcast they said it was a very strong officiating team who called one of the playoff games last year (I assume Oregon/FSU).
|43 weeks 1 day ago||To throw a little luke warm water on the topic||
Just listened to Bruce Feldman's latest podcast with Brandon Huffman who basically said:
1) Leaders are Auburn and Michigan, both with a good shot.
2) Alabama and all the usual heavy-hitters are going to continue to make their push, so the picture can surely change between now and signing day.
Doesn't mean Webb isn't right, but it was also not what I wantedt to hear.
|43 weeks 2 days ago||Here you go!||
|43 weeks 2 days ago||Was Scorekeepers||
Was Scorekeepers, actually.
|44 weeks 2 days ago||The goggles...||
...zey do nothing!
|45 weeks 8 hours ago||Would be wonderful||
And ESPN would surely not have a problem running this a couple two three times:
|45 weeks 2 days ago||Colors||
I like that you said "Silver and Red." This would also piss them off.
(Of course we never get overly demanding about what ours are called...)
|45 weeks 2 days ago||Just wanted to say||
Thanks for spelling it doughtnuts even though the company does not.
|45 weeks 5 days ago||What is the protocol?||
Do we need to deploy the grammar police for Spanish around these parts?
|45 weeks 6 days ago||Can't recall a pick, but...||
Surely all remember that Woodson did force an incredibly important Brady fumble that was then overturned due to the "tuck rule."
|46 weeks 1 day ago||Iowa 1997||
Defense was really only responsible for 7 of those 24 points. Others were:
Perhaps a way to improve the methodology by taking out return scores. Technically that would only lower the Iowa defensive score by 7, but again 10 additional points were not their doing.
|46 weeks 2 days ago||Iowa?||
I think that's a pretty harsh assessment. Yes, the D gave up a 53 yard run to Tavian Banks. No, they didn't make any other significant mistakes and generally dominated a strong offense.
The secound touchdown was a 1-yard drive set up by a Griese interception. The third was a Tim Dwight punt return on the last play of the half. The final Iowa scoring, a FG, was also wholly set up by a Dwight kickoff return.
Total yards for Iowa? 187. So yes, condemn the defense for the 53 yard run, but the rest of the day they gave up only 134 against an offense that averaged 383 per game on the season (inclusive of this one).
Also, hard to say that the offense "bailed them out" when the offense gave up the interception that set up the one-yard drive and also couldn't get a first down to end the half that set up the punt return touchdown.
If you're looking for fault with the 1997 defense, you're going to have trouble finding it to begin with. Regardless, the Iowa game is not the best place to look.
|46 weeks 2 days ago||Worst: Ojemudia||
Obviously bad for the team, but awful for him being a senior, and this therefore meaning it was his last game in a Michigan uniform.
I know Michigan has been luckier than most teams with regard to injury so far, but this still seriously bummed me out.
|48 weeks 2 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!
|49 weeks 5 hours 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!
|49 weeks 1 day ago||"He snapped it real hard."||
Hilarious line that cracked me up, Ace.
|50 weeks 5 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.
|50 weeks 6 days ago||Love it||
Best part is seeing Woodson in his Michigan jersey.
|51 weeks 1 day 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.
|51 weeks 1 day 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.
|51 weeks 1 day 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.
|51 weeks 5 days ago||Sad yes, but||
|52 weeks 9 hours ago||Kudos to you BronxBlue||
I too have a 21-month-old daughter and barely have time to read your output. Impressive work!
|1 year 1 day 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.
|1 year 4 days ago||Lasting lessons indeed||
Anyone managing anything can look at this and very quickly learn a lot about what not to do.
|1 year 1 week ago||Bummer||
Sorry to hear this, though it was expected. We'll always have Atomic Dog and sadly not much else.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||Whining Sparty||
The MSU fans in the comment section of the article are hilarious.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||Ace||
Ace has really stepped up his Andy Richter game. Perfect compliment to Brian and either guest on this podcast.
|1 year 3 weeks 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:
|1 year 4 weeks 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.
|1 year 4 weeks 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.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||Bongo Man||
...actually cheered me up ever so slightly after Colorado '94. Should have been impossible. Good dude that Bongo Man.
|1 year 4 weeks 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
|1 year 5 weeks ago||The sad thing is...||
...it probably could have been any of the weeks. Hence the horrible blur of crap.
|1 year 5 weeks 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...
|1 year 5 weeks 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.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Pretty much yeah||
And seeing Hoke "coaching" from the sidelines won't bring with it any warm fuzzies.
|1 year 5 weeks 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.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Interesting||
...that they were trying to ban it in '89, but the practice continued through at least 1995 or so.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Had a similar thought, but||
"Mon dieu! Je suis tellement défoncé juste maintenant... Ce monsieur ressemble beaucoup à Jim Harbaugh! Allez bleu!"
|1 year 5 weeks 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.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Yes, but||
Yes, but had the inflatable Pepsi cans imply bought two cokes it could have gotten into the stadium
|1 year 6 weeks 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)?
|1 year 7 weeks ago||Driving to Italy||
Ya heard me.
|1 year 7 weeks 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.
|1 year 8 weeks 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)
|1 year 10 weeks ago||Fantastic news!*||
*I live in Europe.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||You had me at Outrageous Afro||
Just like always.
|1 year 13 weeks 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.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||Michigan||
But both are pretty good.
|1 year 15 weeks 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...
|1 year 16 weeks ago||Meyer Grayshirting?||
I'm obviously not up to speed, but what is Meyer doing that has crossed the line?
|1 year 20 weeks 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...
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Oh and Bill Hicks, too||
He was before his time...
|1 year 21 weeks 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.
|1 year 21 weeks 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.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||Ah||
I guess that's MGoK.
Am I doing this right?
|1 year 22 weeks ago||Clarification question||
Isn't the MGoWife just Brian's wife?
|1 year 23 weeks 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.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Made me think of...||
...a This American Life episode:
|1 year 27 weeks ago||Well done, Seth||
|1 year 27 weeks ago||We got 'em, Dirk||
|1 year 28 weeks 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...
|1 year 28 weeks ago||Wow||
Seems like a fantastic kid. He carries himself through an interview better than 95% of pro athletes!
|1 year 29 weeks ago||UCLA fan base||
Haha. Good one!
|1 year 29 weeks 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:
|1 year 29 weeks ago||Yep||
Just looking for rays of sunshine in an otherwise bleak forecast.
|1 year 29 weeks ago||Clark as early bird||
8:30 Am is 5:30 in Los Angeles. That's really freaking early over by there. Just sayin'.
|1 year 29 weeks 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."
|1 year 29 weeks 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.)
|1 year 30 weeks ago||No||
|1 year 31 weeks ago||Not that uncommon||
Might I introduce you to a Chicago Bears fan?
|1 year 31 weeks ago||ND||
Tommy saved the whole season with that pick. Incredible moment.
|1 year 31 weeks ago||Fargas||
This just reminded me of the injury against Wisconsin. That sucked a whole lot of suck.
|1 year 31 weeks 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.
|1 year 37 weeks 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.
|1 year 37 weeks 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."
|1 year 38 weeks 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.
|1 year 38 weeks 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.
|1 year 38 weeks 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.
|1 year 38 weeks 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."
|1 year 38 weeks 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.
|1 year 39 weeks 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...
|1 year 39 weeks ago||No||
|1 year 41 weeks 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.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||After further thought||
This was definitely a mild case of blue balls eventually staved off by simply going to sleep.
|1 year 41 weeks 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.
|1 year 41 weeks 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.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||M-0-0-N spells B1G|
|1 year 42 weeks 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.
|1 year 42 weeks 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.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Best Moment of Zen ever?||
Sorry, Seth. Looks like nobody's gonna read Dear Diary today...
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Canham's lesson...||
Can't wait to see how DB DB turns this one into a multi-day story.
|1 year 43 weeks 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.
|1 year 43 weeks 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.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Totally fine with you cutting it short||
In fact, this is pretty much how I'm feeling about anything Michigan-related this season:
|1 year 43 weeks 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.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Oh you did it||
I had forgotten about the Pat Massey Vince Young tango. Now I do indeed feel worse.
|1 year 47 weeks 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.
|2 years 39 weeks ago||Weird coincidence||
This cartoon aired on the New Yorker's website, like two hours ago:
|2 years 50 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."
|3 years 16 weeks ago||Spiky||
Anyone else see a major ripoff of the Dead Kennedy's logo in #4?
|3 years 19 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.)
|3 years 27 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.
|4 years 11 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.
|4 years 14 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.
|4 years 15 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.
|4 years 16 weeks ago||Forgiveness please||
I swear this was funnier in my head. Need moar sleep.
|4 years 16 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.
|4 years 17 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??
|4 years 38 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.
|4 years 38 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.
|4 years 39 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.
|4 years 39 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.)
|4 years 41 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.