|13 hours 59 min ago||1997||
1997 was supposed to be Bill Clinton, but knee surgery changed his schedule. So instead they got... Lee Bollinger. It was a cold and rainy day. But Bolliger gave a great speech, after which people were not all that upset.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||1997 Football||
Not af the same level, but the general malaise from the fan base heading into the 1997 season was pretty significant. The team had lost four games each of the previous four years. Despite going 3-1 vs OSU, the vibe was that Michigan was in decline, and the outlook for the year was not promising. I vividly recall a friend sending me the news that "Fuckin' Griese was named starter for the Colorado game. Another great year of Michigan football..."
Wr knew Woodson was special, of course, but I don't think anyone imagined it would be the best Michigan team in a half-century and national champion.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Reefer Madness||
I had a similar thought. The whole thing reminded me of Eric Schlosser's book, Reefer Madness. Making "vices" legal generally helps all parties minus the most nefarious ones.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||The Milagro Beanfield War||
I didn't know Ruben Blades went to Miami.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Maybe there is a flipside argument here||
Does it inicate that these two teams work the salary cap better by getting more for less?
|8 weeks 4 days ago||How to pay the players||
This was my thought from a few years back. Still seems viable to me:
Pay the players for marketing by which they are currently exploiting them. Give them a commission for every ad, promo, feature, mention of games for TV in which their name or likeness is used. That's where the biggest portion of the money pie comes from and can solve most of the issue on its own. (And do the same for jerseys as this is the most obvious thing in the world.) Would be unfair to the more successful programs, but so is every aspect of recruiting already.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Cool!||
That is cool.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Many cooks with a head chef||
More of a "by committee" appraoch to coaching:
"Instead of designating one person to serve as the team's chief offensive play caller, or limit the discussion to himself and one other coach, Harbaugh keeps an open dialogue going with his entire offensive staff from snap-to-snap on the sidelines during game days."
|9 weeks 4 days ago||What a horseshit article||
Not one mention of the fact that this replaces spring practice time that overlaps with classes. But of course we get some sanctimony about "not getting too far away from academics" without that explaining that this trip does exactly that.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Set list||
When you put all these tracks together... wow!
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Ah, entonces||
So then Michigan should be in a position to dominate in 2016.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||To be fair||
There are loads of peaceful protesters today. Not sure if such criticism was the intent of the OP above or if he simply wrote it quickly.
But maybe OP should have worded differently? I know - no politics. That's kind of my point...
|10 weeks 6 days ago||It's a fair question||
Is the lack of "end of game first downs" due to:
I'm cerainly no expert, and I imagine the advanced metrics would be telling. What we can say is that it seemed very rare this season that O-line blocks effectively made it to the second level, particularly against the better teams. Perhaps on some playcalls that is not the design, but most of the times a running back was "sprung" it was due to his own jukes or broken tackles. Especially since Newsome's injury.
That indicates that during the flow of the game the run blocking was far from top-notch. What does that mean for end-of-game drives with nine in the box on defense? Maybe not much. Let's see what happens next year with a new (albeit younger) line.
Again, I probably don't know what I'm talking about...
|11 weeks 21 hours ago||Does this count||
Does this count as recruiting in Ohio?
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Nice work Brian.||
Nice work Brian.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||Phrasing....||
|15 weeks 12 hours ago||Bruno Minniti||
|15 weeks 1 day ago||Qu'ont-ils fait?||
Maybe it was a Franglish question and he wanted to know what they did in Ann Arbor...
|15 weeks 6 days ago||Yep||
Cubs at #1 invaldiates the whole endeavor. Most misguided fans in sport. Great for them that they won this year, sure there are a ton of them. But every year (going back for more than 100 of 'em), they were convinced that this would be the year. And until this season they always, always lost.
|16 weeks 10 hours ago||I keep thinking||
How remarkable it is that Ed had only boys, and four of 'em. His wife was an accomplished soccer player, and father-in-law a world-class sprinter. So the kids are bascially genetically engineered for athletic excellence.
Anyway, if Michigan can get two of 'em to play in Ann Arbor, all the better.
|17 weeks 3 hours ago||Thank you||
That makes sense.
|17 weeks 1 day ago||Have heard this, but||
Don't the chains need to be tip to tip? Meaning if they put the ball square on the 25 to start, then the nose of the ball is already past it? Or do they put the tip of the ball on the 25? If it's square, then the tip-to-first-down is actually just inside the 15. Anyone know?
|17 weeks 1 day ago||That one||
I was thinking about this question last night, and this was the first game to come to mind. I couldn't think of any others...
|17 weeks 5 days ago||Lloyd "sharp as a tack" Carr||
Loved the Lloyd chatter to start the show.
I was lucky enough to meet/interview Carr in 2008, and during the conversation he recalled not just the name, but also the personality of the football coach at my high school in suburban Chicago. The dude had retired in 1991.
|17 weeks 5 days ago||Really useful!||
|17 weeks 6 days ago||Well done||
I hadn't seen that one before. Very well put together.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||Broadcast||
That ESPN broadcast was horrendous all the way through:
|20 weeks 3 hours ago||Some advice||
I once went to a record store in Iowa city that occupied the upstairs apartment of an old house. On the bannister leading up the stairs someone had left a neatly formed scoop of spaghetti bolognese.
Don't touch it.
|20 weeks 3 hours ago||Ohhhhhh||
That was a frustrating game.
|20 weeks 1 day ago||Agreed||
Totally agree with you, MA. The season is definitely in hold serve mode as we gear up to to a one-game regular season at OSU. Whatever the final SOS holds won't be revelant unless Michigan is trying to get in the back door after a loss in Columbus. But let's not worry about that for now.
My comment was more about the fact that the team has not been tested on the road, and hasn't performed well on the road the last few years. So that simply makes me nervous until proven otherwise. Iowa will be the best indicator thus far, but still nothing compared to The Game. Can't wait!!
|20 weeks 1 day ago||Probably something else||
Brian and Ace both mentioned that his FG warmups looked lousy before the games when he struggled.
|20 weeks 1 day ago||Well done, BB!||
Had my daughter's third birthday party on Saturday as well. These kiddos have a ton of energy! Happy to have that behind us, but no way could I have found the energy to sit down and write something, especially after another "ho-hum" blowout of an inferior opponent. Once again, kudos to you!
Some national reporters are (accurately) noting that Michigan's road schedule thus far has not exactly been a strenuous one. Iowa will certainly be the hardest road test of the season in advance of OSU. So I do hope that they bring their best game and challenge the team. I still feel a bit snakebit after how awful the Hoke teams performed away from home. And the Minnesota and Indiana games from last year reinforced the old concerns.
But it is a new year, so stomping Herkey in prime time will be the biggest indicator thus far that the team is becoming prepared for The Game.
|21 weeks 1 day ago||And the best||
...is when after all that, Wasserman sums up the video by saying "Ohio State won."
|21 weeks 2 days ago||Absolutely, but||
It did cost him a sure TFL for those who obsess about that stat in particular. But this is like complaining about Lewis' pick vs Wisconsin.
|22 weeks 5 days ago||Same||
My mind went to Najee Harris immediately. And once I figured out what was going on I was greatly relieved...
Time to quit drinking and go to bed.
|22 weeks 6 days ago||Also Jenkins||
Check out Saturday's America - the most revered college football book of all time. Worth the read.
|23 weeks 5 days ago||This is silly||
It's Angelo Moore
Not his fault that he shared the spotlight with his bandmates.
|23 weeks 6 days ago||Watch your car||
Take all your M stuff off or you might get the STAEE treatment.
Do that and you should be good to go.
|24 weeks 1 day ago||Nice Things||
Thanks as always for these, bronxblue. Love coming here to see your take each week.
My how our standards have changed. The fact that we can hear "we can't have nice things" after a 78-0 victory is telling!
|24 weeks 4 days ago||Along those lines... hope for Newsome?||
If I understand correctly, the determination on a medical redshirt is the % of season that a player has participated in. Clark played in 4 / 12 games and theoretically has the possibility of applying for this.
Not to get ahead of ourselves, but if Michigan wins the division, then the conference title game, makes the playoff and wins the semifinal, that would mean 15 games played in the season. Newsome would have appeard in 5 / 15 which is the same ratio as Clark. Does anyone know if this longshot hope would get him another year?
|25 weeks 1 day ago||Also||
It made your avatar sideways. Tough all over these days...
|25 weeks 1 day ago||Worst: Speight||
No Worst for Wilt? He was off all game. Even on TV it was clear that he was missing on which receivers were open. e.g. the pick was thrown into quadruple coverage. How does that happen? A better option had to be available.
Worst also: Newsome's injury.
Re TV timeouts: It would be great if someone wiith a DVR of this game can count the gametime vs ad time here. I don't even mean the portion with running plays. Just how much they were broadcasting. A total joke. At least the NFL has safegaurds in place to make sure this doesn't happen (limiting the total # of breaks in a game). I know getting that negotiated for NCAA games would be tough, but it's brutal for the people in the stands and the players. Also irritating for those at home.
|25 weeks 2 days ago||And another said||
"You don't compare great to great."
|25 weeks 4 days ago||Yeah, that's true||
And a lot of Bearcats in the office. But like half of the employees (he has a team of around 70 people), are Buckeye fans.
|25 weeks 4 days ago||Wager||
Bet a UW grad from work. Loser has to change his e-mail profile image to the winner's logo. I told him that's a bad bet for him because he surely hates Michigan more than I hate Wisconsin. (Though I guess that would change with a Michigan loss.) But he said, "Nah, I live in Cincinnati. It would be fun to piss off the locals."
|25 weeks 4 days ago||I get what you're saying||
Before every play I'm looking to see where he is and often watching him isntead of the ball. (Probably like the opposing OC.) And really, watching him is just as good because it's very likely he and the ball will meet in short order.
|25 weeks 4 days ago||8 teams?||
Before you label us all with your broad myopia brush, many of us prefer 4 or 6, and based on the comments in this section alone, nobody seems to be saying 8 is a good idea. It's been only three seasons (thus far extremely successeful). Let's see how this verison works out before we assume all are with in line with the concept of fundamentally changing the sport.
|25 weeks 5 days ago||This'n||
This kid is awfully impressive:
|26 weeks 3 days ago||34-8||
I see whatchoo did there. And I like it.
|26 weeks 5 days ago||NYPost||
In general, when it comes to the New York Post, this is your best reference point:
|26 weeks 5 days ago||Texas||
That's the best option if the deal could be right.
|27 weeks 1 day ago||1994||
1994 was the best football game I've ever seen in person. Amazing back and forth from two heavyweights. Wheatley coming back from injury to reclaim the game right after the half. Just amazing, despite the depressing outcome.
|27 weeks 1 day ago||TFL is key, but also||
1) He needs to set a record for TFLs in a season. He is currently on pace for that, but it has to continue. Sammy Brown had 30 for Houston in 2011, next closest is Scooby Wright with 29 in 2014. These days a Heisman contendor needs stats, and it's the only one he'll be able to rack up.
2) Highlight reel - others have mentioned it, but he needs the vineable, gifable, wow plays, and they have to come against the top competition in big moments.
3) Contribute on offense - ideally with some of those wow plays in big games.
4) At least three more TDs of any variety
5) Michigan has to be undefeated
Others have mentioned interceptions which would certainly help, but are not necessary if he can set a TFL record.
The only relevant comparison is Charles Woodson. It was always a longshot that Woodson would win. But he had those wow plays and then some in the biggest games (PSU, MSU, OSU). He also had the luxury of going up against Peyton Manning who underperformed in the big games. If Louisville or Clemson stays undefeated and Jackson or Watson play well, it will be nearly impossible for Peppers.
|27 weeks 5 days ago||Wow||
So the hero rides in on a white horse?
|27 weeks 5 days ago||Tiger Rag||
One of my personal favotes, and used by many teams aside from Clemson (LSU, plus "secondary" use by Princeton, Auburn, and Missouri). Though I would agree that the Clemson version is the best. Would surely be in my top ten.
|27 weeks 5 days ago||Because the Michigan abbreviation...||
...still captures the greatness? I can buy that.
|27 weeks 5 days ago||Didn't know that||
But Rocky Top should still rate. It's an infectuous thing. I never liked it, but after spending one football weekend in Knoxville, my feeling and opinion did a 180.
Supposedly even Steve Spurrier once said that he finds himself humming it when they play it on repeat. Not sure if that's just a myth put out ther by Vol vans, though.
|28 weeks 1 day ago||Saw the same thing, but...||
...it was weird and the broadcast did not show the full picture very well. I have to think that they either missed showing the handshake or the two just couldn't find each other.
And of course, it turns out they did shake hands:
|28 weeks 1 day ago||Thanks||
Thanks for continuing to write these, BronxBlue. Love having this piece as a quick reaction to the game. I don't know how you do it with the two little'uns at home. I barely am able to watch at all! (Probably doesn't help that I'm on European time and so the 2nd and 3rd quarters come during bath/dinner/bedtime.)
|28 weeks 1 day ago||One cool thing||
We all know exactly what "WH Style" means.
Also, another cool thing is thank you very much for creating the video and posting it here. Very hard to give blowouts the needed attention these days with a 2.5 year-old and 2.5 month-old at home. I hope they grow up enough before the last five games on the schedule!
|28 weeks 4 days ago||The related thought||
If Harbaugh can keep recruiting at this level, the "cost" of losing 5th yr seniors is much smaller. I guess that is what OSU is doing as well. So if it benefits the recruiting pitch, even better.
|28 weeks 4 days ago||Question about redshirting||
How may the redshirt bonfire affect recruiting? Is there any benefit in how this may influence decisions of top talent?
|28 weeks 6 days ago||Hey this is really well done||
The end was a bit abrupt (perhaps on purpose), but overall great stuff. And impressive you turned this around so quickly.
|29 weeks 1 day ago||And the other galling thing||
How did Florida win their 1996 title? A rematch with Florida State.*
*Also, Michigan 13-9 over OSU didn't hurt.
|29 weeks 1 day ago||Corso||
Lee Corso's lobbying likely had more influence. And he was a real dick about it if memory serves me well (I was 22 at the time, so maybe emotion clouded my interpretation.)
|29 weeks 1 day ago||Holy crap||
That is simply awful. I almost can't believe it.
|29 weeks 1 day ago||Well said||
The gold watch for Osborne was no way to decide a championship played on the field.
Also important; Nebraska sent the Mizzou game to overtime on an illegal play. Michigan had no overtime games, and in fact only two that coudl even be considered close calls. The Rose Bowl and when they played Tim Dwight.
|29 weeks 1 day ago||Yep||
"I'm not gonna roon that boy's life." Coach Osborne
|29 weeks 3 days ago||You got that right||
Just amazing work, Brian.
|30 weeks 4 hours ago||*||
|30 weeks 4 hours ago||Perhaps a simple calculation||
A bad announcer will be just as bad in person. But a good one will surely see more than the TV footage shows.
So if a network is investing in a capable and talented announcer, they'd be best served to send them to the game. If they are not, then it say a lot about how they view their product.
|30 weeks 4 days ago||Here goes||
A: This is not my idea of a threesome...
B: Harbaugh has really crossed the line this time!
Best I can muster...
|31 weeks 4 days ago||Not just Michigan record||
Breaston has the all time Big Ten record for punt return yards:
|31 weeks 5 days ago||Seconded!||
|31 weeks 5 days ago||Seconded!||
|31 weeks 5 days ago||Seconded!||
|32 weeks 5 hours ago||Jim Hackett||
"Showing the love."
|32 weeks 9 hours ago||Oh my!||
That is explosive violence.
|32 weeks 1 day 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!
|32 weeks 1 day ago||Why not||
A shout-out to suprfluous apostrophes. They often go great together!
|32 weeks 4 days ago||Depends||
Did Brian post a new UFR? You can have an hour in that case. Get comfy.
|32 weeks 4 days ago||Not NYDN||
It's New York Magazine which is why I was surprised at the shittiness.
|32 weeks 4 days ago||Yeesh||
That is one shitty article. Melo has scored more points than anyone before "And really, that should end the argument." Okaaaayyyy.
|32 weeks 4 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.
|32 weeks 4 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).
|32 weeks 4 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.
|32 weeks 6 days 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.
|34 weeks 2 hours ago||This is||
|34 weeks 6 days ago||I was thinking along similar lines, but...||
The Rock's "It doesn't matter what (his) name is."
|35 weeks 1 day ago||Feel the Burnie!||
|35 weeks 5 days ago||One could argue...||
...that there is too much Peppers and/or Woodson in the video. That one would be dead wrong.
|35 weeks 6 days ago||Christian McCaffrey?||
No mention of Dylan's older brother? Seems like a mistake.
|36 weeks 5 hours ago||Here is a list||
It feels rather incomplete. And there is no mention of Drake in an unused SNL sketch...
|36 weeks 7 hours 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!
|36 weeks 21 hours ago||Timing?||
Been a rough last 5 years for Texas...
|36 weeks 21 hours ago||Clemson||
Had a fantastic visit there in '07. Made friends. Hate their rival.
|36 weeks 1 day 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.
|36 weeks 5 days ago||Silver lining||
That muffed punt did end up keeping OSU out of the playoff. So that's something...
|36 weeks 5 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.
|36 weeks 5 days ago||You also||
You also misspelled brownie.
|36 weeks 6 days 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:
|36 weeks 6 days 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.
|36 weeks 6 days 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.
|36 weeks 6 days 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.
|37 weeks 5 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.
|38 weeks 5 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.
|40 weeks 4 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!
|41 weeks 4 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.)
|43 weeks 4 days ago||Alstott?||
Mike Alstott has a kid entering his senior year of HS? Jeepers I am old.
|45 weeks 3 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!
|45 weeks 3 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.
|45 weeks 6 days ago||Mo Slo Mo!||
I can't believe SLO MO is trailing...
|50 weeks 2 days ago||FIFA por lejos||
|50 weeks 5 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.)
|1 year 6 weeks ago||DPJ Tweet||
Unfortunately he also tweeted something similar about Urban Meyer.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||Yep||
That was the first name to come to mind for me. With Jarret Irons second.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||Ty Law?||
Has the frosty relationship with Michigan thawed?
|1 year 7 weeks 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.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||Yeah, good idea||
Probably should bring up his problems with alcohol. That'll show him!
|1 year 7 weeks 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.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||Nah, he flipped||
Went over to Supergirl for some strange reason. I suspect the involvement of a bagman.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||Impedance||
Did you mean impetus? Just asking.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||That's the hope||
Hardman would be a huge pickup, but just seems too unlikely.
|1 year 8 weeks 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.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||We went with Victoria||
...and thought that was pretty good. Yours is great!
FWIW, her first words were "Go Blue."
|1 year 8 weeks ago||I would prefer||
...MGOpinion. Just a question of taste.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||Yikes!||
Nobody can understand Chileans. Even my Argentinean wife can rarely undrestand what they're saying on business calls.
|1 year 8 weeks 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
|1 year 8 weeks 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.
|1 year 9 weeks 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
|1 year 9 weeks ago||Indeed||
That is weird.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||Was going to say this same thing...||
...shouldn't it be F the Trib and Greenstein for publishing clickbait?
|1 year 9 weeks ago||I feel like I'm polluting||
...but here goes:
|1 year 14 weeks 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.
|1 year 14 weeks ago||Occam's razor||
That was my interpretation as well.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||Surely you all recall||
That there were rampant rumors that he was leaving even before Carr announced his retirement.
|1 year 15 weeks 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.
|1 year 15 weeks 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.
|1 year 16 weeks 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.
|1 year 16 weeks 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
|1 year 17 weeks 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.
|1 year 18 weeks 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!
|1 year 18 weeks 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.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||But still in play for Oakland, right?||
|1 year 18 weeks 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.
|1 year 18 weeks 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.
|1 year 18 weeks 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.
|1 year 19 weeks 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.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Canadians||
Nobody can drink as much as they can. (Though Wisconsinites come the closest...)
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Didn't mean that aggressively||
Just a bit torqued up at 2am here.
|1 year 19 weeks 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...
|1 year 19 weeks 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!
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Not Drew Henson||
That's for sure.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Woodson||
Furthermore, Woodson reinjured his separated shoulder, but stayed in the game to reach those eight tackles. With one fully functioning arm. Amazing.
|1 year 19 weeks 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.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Whoops||
What I love is how the tacklers arrive at where they think Peppers is, and he's already several yards downfield.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Hahaha||
|1 year 20 weeks 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).
|1 year 21 weeks 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.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||Here you go!||
|1 year 22 weeks ago||Was Scorekeepers||
Was Scorekeepers, actually.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||The goggles...||
...zey do nothing!
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Would be wonderful||
And ESPN would surely not have a problem running this a couple two three times:
|1 year 24 weeks 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...)
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Just wanted to say||
Thanks for spelling it doughtnuts even though the company does not.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||What is the protocol?||
Do we need to deploy the grammar police for Spanish around these parts?
|1 year 24 weeks 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."
|1 year 24 weeks 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.
|1 year 25 weeks 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.
|1 year 25 weeks 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.
|1 year 27 weeks 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!
|1 year 27 weeks 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!
|1 year 27 weeks ago||"He snapped it real hard."||
Hilarious line that cracked me up, Ace.
|1 year 29 weeks 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.
|1 year 29 weeks ago||Love it||
Best part is seeing Woodson in his Michigan jersey.
|1 year 29 weeks 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.
|1 year 29 weeks 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.
|1 year 29 weeks 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.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||Sad yes, but||
|1 year 30 weeks 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 31 weeks 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 31 weeks ago||Lasting lessons indeed||
Anyone managing anything can look at this and very quickly learn a lot about what not to do.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||Bummer||
Sorry to hear this, though it was expected. We'll always have Atomic Dog and sadly not much else.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||Whining Sparty||
The MSU fans in the comment section of the article are hilarious.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||Ace||
Ace has really stepped up his Andy Richter game. Perfect compliment to Brian and either guest on this podcast.
|1 year 34 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 34 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 34 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 35 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 35 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 35 weeks ago||The sad thing is...||
...it probably could have been any of the weeks. Hence the horrible blur of crap.
|1 year 36 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 36 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 36 weeks ago||Pretty much yeah||
And seeing Hoke "coaching" from the sidelines won't bring with it any warm fuzzies.
|1 year 36 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 36 weeks ago||Interesting||
...that they were trying to ban it in '89, but the practice continued through at least 1995 or so.
|1 year 36 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 36 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 36 weeks ago||Yes, but||
Yes, but had the inflatable Pepsi cans imply bought two cokes it could have gotten into the stadium
|1 year 37 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)?