I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
|51 min 16 sec ago||I agree with True Blue Grit||
I don't think Dave Brandon is trying to make a quick buck. I believe that he is doing what he can to bring Michigan to a competitive level, across the board. It was well known that the infrastructure for Football and Basketball was substandard. Michigan got by on the cachet and reputation it had of success, but that only lasts so long. I remember the wars about the Football stadium, and the luxury boxes. I also remember how dingy Crisler was, and that was more than 25 years ago. Changes for those venues just had to happen, as much as there were complaints about it.
This also goes for the cost of coaching. If Michigan wants to compete with Alabama and USC and Ohio and all the rest of the Big Boys, they need to pay competitive salaries. Mattison doesn't come to Michigan for chump change.
The reality is that if you want a cheap ticket, you can go to an EMU game, or a high school game. I myself actually went to a bunch of local high school games this Fall, which was cheap, entertaining, and a way to keep my eye on my 12 year old twins.
You know, DB is going to strike out some of the time. I am probably least enamored with some of the changes at Yost. Having said that, he strikes out partially because he is swinging for the fences.
As for the nickel and diming complaints, DB isn't alone. I hate the world we live in, but I can't think of too many venues anymore where you can bring in your own food and beverages. And you know what? I bring in an emptied water bottle and fill it; I bring in some peanuts and sandwiches in coat pockets, and I'm never stopped. If you really want to be cheap, it still is possible.
This just strikes me as a hatchet job on DB, and some will eat it up, and others see the reality of the situation.
|17 hours 8 min ago||Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior||
Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior.
Of course, from my perspective, this is more than a mere opinion.
|17 hours 12 min ago||Thank you, Brian||
Thank you, thank you, thank you, sincere thanks, great appreciation, heartfelt gratitude, all of this, and more. Maybe this will help the site and remove gratuitous snark, stupidity, and trolling.
|1 day 3 hours ago||Interesting Analysis||
Interesting Analysis. I don't care for throwing RR under the bus, even though I prefer Hoke to RR.
Regarding the number of wins for Hoke to keep his job, I think you overstate things.
Regarding the prediction of 10 wins each of the next two season, I think 9 wins in the 2014 regular season and 11 wins in 2015 is more likely. The OL is still developing, along with depth everywhere. By 2015, it should be there, and Michigan should be firing on all cylinders.
|1 day 3 hours ago||This is not real||
You start an account today, just to post this? And it is to bring Tressel in? Has to be sarcasm. But that's a lot of effort (new account, new facebook group, painted Michigan vest,) for sarcasm. To each his own.
|1 day 23 hours ago||You might be able to win every argument||
You might be able to win every argument. But winning arguments never convinces anyone of anything. It just irritates them.
Need proof? When your mom and dad argued, and your dad "won," was it worth it? Did it change your mom's mind?
Arguing about religion is usually a waste of time, imhe.
|3 days 1 hour ago||Thanks!||
Looking at the list, there are at least 4 more I'd like to see commit to Michigan:
It is incredible to already have 3 on the list. Were we able to add two of the above, having 5 commitments in the top 100, I don't know how you can do much better than that. Fill in the class with another solid 10 - 15 commitments, and Michigan continues to have top 10 recruiting for 4 straight years.
EDIT: Was too slow in posting (see above post.) Definitely think Sterling Jenkins is another one to add to the list, especially to keep him away from Ohio.
|4 days 11 hours ago||Hope MSU kills Stanford||
I hope MSU kills Stanford. And I hope Michigan kills MSU the next 10 years. These are not mutually exclusive statements.
|4 days 12 hours ago||I for one would congratulate MSU||
I don't love MSU. I ALWAYS want Michigan to beat them. But man, they did a great job. Without a bunch of 4 stars, they've built a great defense. Connor Cook has done a good job in his first year starting. They adjusted during the game, and really took it to Ohio. They deserve to be congratulated. Give credit where it is due. Mattison, Lewan, Hoke, would all do the same thing.
I really don't understand the jerks who are such sore losers they can't congratulate the winner in a clean, hard fought battle. You play hard, you do your best, and sometimes you win, and sometimes you lose. I'm glad for MSU, even though I don't like them. You remind me of the brats and bullies who storm off when they don't win a game. Life lesson: no one wants to play with you or be around you when that's who you are. It is that attitude, whether at Ohio, or MSU, or ND, or Michigan, or the SEC, that I absolutely can't stand. Don't be that guy.
One other thing about MSU, I think they'll represent well in the Rose Bowl. I don't think their going to roll over for Stanford. I'm tired of sending Big10 teams to bowls to see them whipped. I'd like to see MSU's defense put the hurt on Stanford. And I agree with readers who want to see every Big10 team win their bowl game.
|4 days 13 hours ago||Meta: may you be banned||
EDIT: In ref to Waterford (jerk) Woverline.
You represent exactly why I can't wait for the negbang to come back. You've been a user all of 2 weeks, have something asinine to say, then repeat it. You are fortunate there is still no negbang, because your kind will be destroyed by sane users. Your day of reckoning, and those like you, can't come too soon for me.
|4 days 16 hours ago||Love seeing MSU stick it to Ohio||
Love seeing MSU stick it to Ohio, who is terribly overrated. They're melting down at 11W. Here's a good quote from one of their threads:
How will us OSU fans get over this. This is the only game on our schedule that let us prove that we belonged. Everyone (all the SEC fans) are gonna eat this shit up
If Ohio wins, I think Auburn passes them up after today. But even if I was guaranteed Auburn would pass them, I still want to see Ohio lose.
I also think this game goes a long way to show the power of a dominant defense, and that Michigan has a long way to get there.
|4 days 16 hours ago||I love defense||
Of course, a balanced defense and offense is best. But I love defense, and believe that Mattison will have Michigan there soon enough. You know, neither Mattison nor Hoke have been very effusive in praise of Michigan's defense. They both know we have a long way to go. We're heading in the right direction, but aren't there yet. Every year we're getting closer.
I also completely agree with Salvatore: patience is a virtue and it took MSU time to get to where they are today. Giving Mattison (and Borges, for that matter,) time to get their players in place and have the right depth and the right players for what you want to do is critical.
|4 days 16 hours ago||I don't understand the MSU hate||
The hatred of MSU is irrational and disproportionate to who they are.
I don't "love" MSU. But I despise Ohio, and would easily rather they lose.
The only reason I can see some of you hating MSU more is because you live in the State of Michigan. For the rest of the world, Ohio is our rival.
|4 days 22 hours ago||Want Ohio & SEC to lose||
Want Ohio & SEC to lose. If that means that Sparty wins, fine. And I have no problem with FSU winning.
|5 days 21 hours ago||Thank you, Brian||
Brian, I'm thankful for your job, and your fandom, and for this welcome diversion. I'm looking forward to the return of both positive and negative user moderation.
The focus has largely been on the "negbang." But the "posbang" was a wonderful way to affirm and encourage great posts. I fondly remember some of those posbangs (iirc, "Raback" and "BKfinest" it, as regards a recruit commiting to Michigan?) Anyway, it was great to give a positive bump to those who really contributed to the conversation.
Conversely, there was something kind of crazy about the meltdowns, where jerks would continue to post, and in the span of one thread with 10 of their own idiot responses lose hundreds and hundreds of points. Guys would go through the threads just to negbang them on everything they posted.
My personal preference was to leave the negative posts up to read, because sometimes there were good insights. The negative vote was just a red flag letting you know that the content might be worth skipping. For me, the benefit of the negbang wasn't so much to hide threads, but to slow down the negativity and insults, and secondarily, to make it easier for mods to bring down the hammer.
It is too bad you have to go back to the neg/pos bang, but I don't think you have a choice. Users won't be civil and respectful to those they disagree with otherwise.
Regardless, I'm looking forward to mgoblog becoming a more hospitable and readable blog going forward.
EDIT: And I'm keeping my username, and my avatar, even if it gets me banned. And if I ever get banned, it just means that I need to become a lurker with no account and no posting privileges.
EDIT 2: Mods or Brian, is there an ETA on this point system returning? End of the year? 6 months? Next August? I've gathered for some time that it was coming back, but I don't recall any sense of when that's going to happen.
|1 week 21 hours ago||Interesting thought||
Your suggestion has some merit.
However, fatuous, supercilious compliments aren't really necessary. All that is needed is for criticisms to be well thought out, and not crass, crude, ad hominem attacks. The rude, mean-spirited, mindless barbs, often delivered with a sense of entitlement, are what need to be cut out. Valid criticism, however harsh, will always have it's place, and often will stand well alone.
Compliments are welcomed only when there are legitimate positives to be made.
So, to use an example:
Now, to really fill a post like this out, it would be helpful to have two things. First, some stats (both on excellent game plans, and bad game plans.) Second, some examples (good play calls, bad play calls.) The statistical backup with some illustrations is what is really lacking. Without that, we just have more of this:
|1 week 22 hours ago||Basketball||
Basketball championship for me. I remember the dark years of basketball. They were many, and I don't want them to come back, ever. The team earned the right to be there, and it is close to impossible to get to, let alone win, a National Championship. I hate OSU, and want the win, but I am willing to wait another year, and see Michigan football begin to compete regularly and win half the time (against OSU.)
|1 week 1 day ago||MSU all the way||
I want Ohio's 24 game win streak snapped, and I want a Big 10 Team to beat OSU. I'm sick and tired of hearing OSU crow about their success, and how they're the only real team in the Big 10. Their hubris in planning for the National Championship is annoying. From my perspective, Michigan has already passed MSU in recruiting, and I'd much rather have MSU win now rather than later, when Michigan will be winning. Plus, I don't have any problem with them going to a BCS game, and they haven't been to the Rose Bowl for a long time.
I shouldn't have to say that I don't care for MSU, but they're the lesser of two evils, in my opinion. Ohio is the slimier, sleezier team, and I want to see Urban Meyer cut down to size. Ohio is lucky they won last week, and I want their offense to feel some real pain.
|1 week 2 days ago||This is great news to me||
I have drunk the koolaid, and anticipate 9-3 next year, 10-2 or better in 2015, staying there or doing even better from that point forward.
I am thrilled that Borges and Funk are returning, and look forward greatly to next near.
|1 week 2 days ago||Hmmm||
I suppose Loeffler isn't available. In a way, it might be good if a coach decides to retire or move on, opening a spot for a QB coach. Not sure what to think.
|1 week 2 days ago||First time I've listened to a podcast||
I have always skipped the podcasts, but listened today for the first time, largely because of interest in the meta issues. I am greatly encouraged by a number of things.
The reality is, I personally am not a great contributor to the blog. I'm not close to the program, and I'm not a great football mind. However, I come here for enjoyment, as a fan, for fun, for escape. When it becomes a chore to wade through comments, when it isn't fun anymore, when it leaves a bad taste in my mouth, I'd rather clean out files and rake leaves and wash the dishes than come to mgoblog. I'm hoping that in the next few months, the blog will return to some approximation of what it was, and what I want it to be.
|1 week 2 days ago||Your comments make sense . . . but not for Michigan||
Let me explain why I think the spread isn't the best option for Michigan.
. If we were most teams in the Big 10 (i.e., Purdue, Indiana, Northwestern, Minnesota, Nebraska, Maryland, Rutgers, even Iowa, maybe even Penn State, MSU and Wisconsin) I think the spread is the way to go. This is what RR tried to do at Michigan.
However, I believe that there are a handful of teams in the country, of which Michigan is one, which don't have to resort fully to the spread. USC, Alabama, LSU, Florida, Ohio State, Texas, Auburn, Georgia, Stanford, ND, and Michigan have the history, the facilities, the cachet, to be able to try and recruit for "Big Boy Football." If this is done right, on average, I believe those teams will beat a good spread team.
If Michigan had recruited another spread coach, the transition would have been easier from RR. Conversely, if Michigan had recruited a "big boy" type coach after Carr, the transition would have been easier. Our problem was in transitioning first from big boy to spread, and then second, from spread back to "big boy." In a sense, this has largely meant a loss of six years. (2008 through 2013.)
I believe the number of QB's who can run a pro style offense is limited, but not that limited. More than that, Michigan has historically had success in putting QB's in the pros (Brady, Henne, Grbac, Collins, Harbaugh, and Griese all saw significant time in the NFL.) USC, ND, Washington, UCLA, Stanford, Miami, and Michigan have all produced a significant number of pro QB's. This in itself makes these schools, and Michigan, attractive to the Andrew Luck's coming out of HS.
|1 week 2 days ago||Great News!||
Great News! Of course, I consistently expected this, from everything I've heard from both Hoke and Brandon. From my perspective, this is far more than mere "loyalty" or going back to DeBord. This is football minds assessing the situation, and seeing that the offensive line was too young and inexperienced, and that they needed the year of seasoning.
I find it interesting that Brian noted Funk's intelligence in coaching seminars. I also believe that Borges is very creative, and with a full team, they will do very well.
At the very least, terminating Borges or Funk prior to the 2014 season would be premature. By next season, Borges & Funk (& Hoke, & Mattison) will be able to be fairly assessed, for good or for bad.
What has not often been noted is how very close the entire coaching staff is with each other. The chemistry and cameraderie among coaches and wives permeates the entire program, and adds to the "family" atmosphere so many recruits and players have noted. To remove Borges and Funk would severely disrupt this strong atmosphere, to the detriment of the team.
I also debated whether or not to post my epinion, because the group think around here seems so strongly aligned against Borges. What tipped the scales is not being contrarian. Rather, from my perspective, this is 100% the right decision. And I am willing to go on record with that, even though it seems to make the majority of mgousers very unhappy.
I'd be more than happy to make a wager with any of the anti-Borges crowd: I'll bet every last point of mine against yours (point for point) that Michigan is at least 9-3 next year, at least 10-2 in 2015, and consistently at that level or better from that point forward. In fact, I'm confident enough in my prediction that I'd be willing to go negative, towards Bolivia, if we had less than 9 wins next year. I'm very happy for the future, and thrilled that Borges and Funk (et al) are staying on board.
|1 week 3 days ago||Completely Agree||
I completely agree with your comments on the OL being the main problem. The experience they gained this year was huge. Next year, the OL will still be mostly redshirt sophomores, with two more years of eligibility in 2015 & 2016! Going forward, we should have more depth, more upper classmen, and more experience on the line. These will all make a huge difference.
Beyond the OL, the RB's have more experience, and some are bigger (i.e., Green.) The receiver depth and experience increases (Funchess, Chesson, & Darboh all have experience, with 4 more on the roster, headlined by incoming freshman Drake Harris.) The tight ends finally have depth and experience, with 2 - 3 solid receivers, and more ability in blocking. Gardner has been through the wars, is a senior QB, and we finally have real depth, with two guys having been in the system a long time (Bellomy & Morris) allowing the incoming freshman (Speight) to redshirt and acclimate.
Without going over the defense, I fully believe they are getting stronger, bigger, faster, and the overall quality of each player is getting higher by the year.
It would be a terrible mistake to make a coaching change right now, anywhere at all. Team 135 will be one very hungry, focused, and mean bunch. Other teams won't know what hit them. And fans will be shocked at what's going to happen next year.
|1 week 3 days ago||I'm a parent||
I'm a parent (of a 20 year old and 12 year old twins.) The twins in particular are in a number of competitive sports (football, basketball, baseball, soccer, wrestling.) I did indeed think it was a great game. Of course I wanted to win, but I'm not heart-broken at the loss. However, I think you can't clearly tie being a parent to your view on the game.
Somehow, I think that the loss bothers certain personalities more than in bothers others. I think Brown Bear was onto something a couple days ago in talking about perspective. Some people have a lot more balanced perspective on life and what's important than others. I am completely happy with being considered a terrible fan by some, because I am happy with doing things the right way, and winning the right way, and winning not be the most important thing. You play your best, you strive to win, you seek to be excellent. But when you give it your all, and you fall short, as happened to Michigan, you're saddened, but you're not crushed and broken. You leave the field proud, with some tears, and look forward to another day.
|1 week 4 days ago||In response to Yeoman - this is Brian's blog||
In response to Yeoman, this is Brian's blog. He can do what he wants with it. He can ban people. Chop off heads. Give them negative millions of points. He can authorize the mods to do the same. I actually don't have any particular users in mind, because I try not to remember the idiocy and lunacy and negativity, and who spews it. But I will say that I'm tired of the negative spewing. I like news, and I like coverage, and I like most of the front page pieces. But the comments and some of the posts just aren't fun any more. In particular, I hate personal attacks . . . on Brian, on mods, on bloggers, on athletes, on coaches. I want more discussion about football and basketball and hockey and less of the stuff about firing staff and "changes need to be made now" stuff.
|1 week 4 days ago||I'm looking forward to seeing heads roll||
I don't agree with Brian on everything, but I've had it with the coarse, negative, anonymous, so-called Michigan fans who have made this a much more unpleasant place to be. I absolutely don't mind or care if the blog espouses a different direction than I would choose. Having said that, I do mind when somehow, bloggers make this place unlivable. As Brown Bear said, there needs to be perspective on what's important.
|1 week 4 days ago||I sure hope not||
That is to say, I hope Borges remains. It would be wrong to cut him (or Funk, for that matter) before next year at the earliest. If, with next year's brutal schedule, Michigan should win at least 9 games, with at least one of those wins being against Ohio or MSU, he should get another year. I don't think it is fair to judge Hoke (or Borges, or Funk, or Mattison) prior to 2015. If they all are allowed to stay, we're going to see some wonderful things happening as we go forward.
|1 week 4 days ago||I think we'll match up well||
I'm excited about next year. I think the loss of Lewan and Schofield will more than be mitigated by the maturing of the line, especially on the interior. I'm excited about replacing Gallon and Reynolds with Harris and Darboh, giving us four sold WR (Chesson, Funchess, Darboh, & Harris.) Plus, between Ways, Duke, & York, someone might step up.
I believe that our defensive line will only get stronger, and we'll do more against their offensive line.
Gardner has been through the wars, and Morris will be more capable in backing him up.
Green and Smith will be solid.
On defense, Peppers will only help, along with the maturing of the rest of the defensive backs. Our linebackers will be stronger.There will be more depth everywhere. I do expect we'll lose several games next year, but I'm looking forward to facing Ohio more than I have for a long time.
|1 week 4 days ago||I guess you're entitled to your opinion||
I'm glad that Hoke and Brandon take a different tack than you do. The proof is in the eating of the pudding (or in the W-L record.) I am extremely optimistic, but we'll see a lot more after both the 2014 & 2015 campaigns. I fully expect 9 wins next year, and eleven in 2015, with strong seasons thereafter. Oh, and let me know if you're one of those jumping ship who want to let go of your season tickets.
|1 week 4 days ago||Not going to have more of these seasons||
Each year will get better from here on out. The offensive line is only going to get stronger and stronger. The depth will be there, some next year, but the right kind of depth by 2015. Next year, I'll be happy with 9 - 3. 2015, I'll be happy with 11 wins, and winning the Big 10. Recruits aren't stupid either. You see the kind of recruiting classes we're getting, and the guys we're pulling in. Peppers, Drake Harris, Damien Harris, George Campbell, Erik Swenson, and others are coming in, and I am positive this will only get stronger. The absolute worst thing in the world would be to make coaching changes now.
|1 week 4 days ago||Doesn't save them . . .||
The game doesn't save Funk & Borges . . . because they weren't going anywhere. Brandon and Hoke are 100% behind Borges and Funk. And that's all that matters. I don't see attendance dropping at games. I've said it in other posts, but things look bright for the offense.
Coaching continuity is very, very important. The coaches get along so well as a team. Funk and Borges deserve to come back, and I'm so excited they will.
One last comment, and it has to do with how the team played today versus some other games. A young team improves much more over the course of a season. I'm sure the Mathlete could provide graphs, but the rawness and inexperience of Michigan goes a long way to explain why they played so much worse early in the season than they did today. Honestly, if the schedule was different, and Michigan played against Akron, Connecticut, MSU, Nebraska, Penn State or Iowa next week, I firmly believe Michigan would play them much, much tougher than happened in the first game.
|1 week 4 days ago||I hate Ohio more than MSU||
Definitely want MSU to win next week.
|1 week 4 days ago||Team of Michigan's Status?||
You're living in lala land. Almost as bad as ND fans "returning to glory." Michigan's recruiting under RR was crummy, especially on the line. For Michigan to play this well against Ohio was huge. I'm sad they didn't get the win. I'm thrilled Hoke went for it. And I'm looking forward to what the recruiting classes will mean next year, the year after, and on into the future. When I watched the MSU game, I was demoralized. This game, on the other hand, gives me tremendous hope that they're getting it, and moving forward in a good way.
|1 week 4 days ago||To each their own||
I'm not satisfied, and not happy. But at the same time, not angry, not embarrassed. Proud to be a Wolverine, prould of the team, excited about the future. This isn't a victory. But it isn't a beatdown, and it isn't something that breaks my heart.
|1 week 4 days ago||Loved the call||
Wouldn't have had it any other way. Happy with Hoke, with Borges, with Devin, not with the final outcome.
|1 week 4 days ago||I'm 100% behind Borges||
I'm glad Borges, and Hoke, and Brandon, and Mattison ignore AA Torch & Pitchfork and the rabid fan base. I completely do NOT believe Michigan is settling for mediocrity with Borges, and I believe that 2015 is the year.
our offense is going to be not just fine, but great. Michigan is not going to be easy for MSU and Nebraska and Penn State and Iowa to push around. While we won't be all there by next year, the team is going to be vastly different, and soon. Our record next year will improve, and we'll be competing for the Big 10 title by 2015, bigger things by 2016.
|1 week 4 days ago||Totally disagree with you||
The loss of Ross and Wilson was huge (let alone Pipkins earlier in the year.)
But beyond that, we have a significant talent deficiency. Mattison may have masked it better than Borges, but it is going to be another year or two before Mattison has the defense where he wants it. It takes time, and Michigan is getting there.
|1 week 4 days ago||Not happy, yet proud||
I'm not happy at the loss. But here's some of the reality for me:
Happy? No, but I'm proud of the team, 100% behind them, and look forward to next year.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Can't say until I watch half the game||
I can't really say until I watch at least half the game. Specifically, I couldn't bear to watch at least the 4th quarter of MSU game. After the turnover, and we not only did nothing, but lost yardage, I lost heart. At least in the Northwestern game, they were in the game, which made it interesting. Once it is clear Michigan can't or won't win, it is hard to watch.
EDIT: I was just listening to the basketball game, and hung on every point . . . what a comeback. It isn't football or basketball, but the game itself that is either worth following (or not!)
|3 weeks 15 hours ago||Want Crawford||
Ohio offering Crawford is a validation. I think we have to be able to compete with Ohio head to head in recruiting. If we're not doing that, we'll never be competing with them on the field.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Couldn't agree more||
Couldn't agree more. Our depth woes, and the recruiting classes that cratered, have had a huge negative affect on the team. Giving out all our scholarships every year, even an extra one (when you're likely to lose a couple from attrition) makes sense to me. Year after year of full recruiting classes, and full depth, will allow for more competition, scrimmages, plenty of red-shirting, and time for players to develop. Focusing on the OL, if there are consistently 3 - 4 recruits on a yearly basis, all your starters, with rare exceptions, should have had two years of time in the program before they even see the field. Virtually every recruit on the line would redshirt, would have a second year to develop, and might be a substitute in a blowout . . . in their 3rd year in the program.
This lack of depth and lack of redshirts and lack of experienced upper-classmen starting is one of the main reasons why I believe that the entire coaching staff should be given at least one if not two more years. I really want to see what Borges and Funk are doing with the team in 2015.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||I think the OL recruiting has been great||
We wouldn't have the success we're having in OL recruiting if Funk was a skunk. I guess what I'm happiest about right now is that I don't see Hoke or Brandon changing the OL coaching. I'm glad they're the ones in control, and not the rabid fan base. All the concerns about Funk will be washed away by the 2015 & 2016 seasons.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Wonderful Post||
Thanks for sharing this . . . Hatch is a high quality & high character kid, and we'd never have seen this apart from this post. I'm no longer worried about Beilein's recruiting, even if we whiffed on many potential recruits in the current class.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||I want no coaching changes||
Regardless of the number of wins, I want no coaching changes this year. Of course, I think to win out, or win two out of three, will only help Borges and Funk. But I believe they are staying, and I'm thrilled with that.
I also believe coaching instability is terrible for the program, and the best possible thing is for them to stay. I really want to see what the OL can do next year.
Yeah, so the best possible outcome is for Michigan to win out, but regardless of wins, I want the entire coaching staff to stay intact.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Endless snark and dissatisfaction||
Why am I even posting? Waste of time . . . all there is here is endless snark, dissatisfaction, anger, etc., etc., etc. I am part of the one percent who actually wants to see Borges and Funk given through next year. Appreciation might be a tad strong, but I do not want more coaching changes.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Links to player/alumni articles re: restricted content?||
In general, the rules on verboten topics make sense. There is one occasional exception, in my mind, which I vaguely recollect seeing every now and then. That exception is when a current or alumni member of the staff or team is involved in a non-offensive way with something that is political or religious. Here are some examples:
Generally, both athletes and coaches keep personal religious and political views personal. This is seen as a good thing. But there are times when personal faith and politics intersect with public life. At the very least, I don't think it is a bad thing to put up links to legitimate articles covering faith and politics when it informs and shapes the life of athletes in a public way. This is one of those things where there needs to be the liberal use of discretion.
|5 weeks 22 hours ago||Regarding Incognito: something's broken||
I've debated started a new thread on Incognito, but decided against it. Anyway, reading some of the news accounts on Incognito is pretty disturbing. He definitely has that so called OL "Nasty" streak. If Incognito's behavior is what it means to be nasty, I don't want nasty linemen at Michigan. Play hard, but play fair. I don't like dirty play, and I detest the bullying and the personal insults that came from Incognito. I really hope that this isn't the kind of thing that Kalis was praised for (in being "nasty.")
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Re: Heiko Addendum: Angelique highlights your query||
Over at the Detroit News, the headline on Borges' presser by Angelique reads, Michigan offensive coordinator Al Borges won't second-guess plan in loss to Michigan State
From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20131105/SPORTS0201/311050088#ixzz2jol4ZgZJ
Was it a bit tense when Borges fielded and "non" answered your question? From my perspective, he really couldn't and shouldn't answer the question publicly, in order not to tip his hand for Nebraska. Still, it is a thought provoking question.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||I like Borges and think he and Michigan's offense will be fine||
I like Borges and think he and Michigan's offense will be fine down the road a year and more. At this point, haters are gonna hate. I'm just thrilled that between Brandon and Hoke, Borges should be fine through next season. None of this "hot seat" nonsense. For that matter, given the terrible OL recruiting, I strongly believe Funk should be given a pass through 2015. Some see coaching continuity as a cause for despair. I see the current coaching continuity as a sign for rejoicing.
Ohio has gloated for years about the talent deficit between them and us. This disparity, especially the lack of experienced seniors, is hitting us hard this year. The deficit will narrow every year going forward . . . provided that we keep the coaches in place. It simply takes several years of solid recruiting and having your guys in the system with most red-shirting to see the results.
The family atmosphere among the coaches is huge, especially between Hoke, Borges, and Mattison. They and their wives have a great relationship. This extends throughout the position coaches, and is perhaps one of the most significant reasons we are recruiting so well. What so many on this board don't understand is that messing with these interpersonal dynamics is fraught with danger. My son's 7th grade season just ended (6 - 2, won a game in the playoffs.) A large part of the reason his team is doing well is the great chemistry among the coaches. I don't want to see anything mess with this.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||I'm sorry at Coach Funk's loss||
I'm sorry at Coach Funk's loss. That makes for a particularly difficult week. He's in my prayers during this difficult time.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Penn State||
See, I am positive there will be no key coaching changes next year. (i.e., Hoke, Mattison, Borges.) Actually, I don't think there will be any coaching changes at all. And I'm one of the idiots who don't think there SHOULD be any changes. I believe the current coaching staff should get next year. I'm a broken record, but I expected this debacle given the RR OL recruiting.
The other thing is the negativity, courseness, crudeness, crassness, and snarkiness mean the board is no longer right for me to spend much time in, at least the posts.
I'm happy to read headlines, and know a bit of the latest news, but I can't stand to read posts from those raging and ripping on everything, from Brandon to the coaching staff to the players to the recruiting. I just can't do it.
Brian has often said that it is hardest to predict how OL recruits will turn out. They all know they're under the gun, but it won't start to turn around til next year, and won't really be right til the year after that. I really hope that Brandon and Hoke don't listen to AA Torch & Pitchfork.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Less right now||
First time I've gone to the blog postgame. I won't read any threads right now. I can't bear to read anything castigating the coaching staff today. If we're in the same place in a year, that's a different story.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||One positive to your post||
There is one positive to your post (for me.) It is a clear warning to try to steer clear from plowing into the morass of posts likely to appear by the end of the afternoon tomorrow.
While I predict Michigan will win (shameless homer that I am,) I also predict that MSU's stout defense will give Michigan's offense fits. Which will amplify and continue the criticism about what a crummy offensive coordinator Borges is. Which will make mgoblog close to intolerable and little fun. It has come to the point where sometimes instead of wading through the crass and demoralizing dreck at the blog I'd rather just read through the game coverage at the Detroit News and Free Press (with the exception of Drew Sharp, who I can't stand.)
|5 weeks 6 days ago||I can tell you're from Minnesota||
I can tell you're from Minnesota because of your desire for a fish boil. Or rather, it doesn't surprise me. In the last few years I've been to a couple of delicious fish boils in the Chicago area, hosted by Swedes and maybe a few Norwegians. We had delicious Lake Superior whitefish, if memory serves correctly, along with potatoes, beets, coleslaw, and Swedish limpu bread. One of my wife's favorite meals. if you have the wherewithal to pull off a fish boil yourself, I'm impressed.
As regards YOUR POST on the coaching staff and negative opinions and posbangs, I am not impressed. I roll my eyes and am back to bed for another hour or so. I love the coaching staff, and have a much greater appreciation for a "Fort Schembechler" attitude. It is my strong belief that neither Hoke, nor Borges, nor Mattison, are going anywhere. Further, I believe we will see the fruit of their labor within a couple years, and both the general masses of fans and the mgo-illuminati will likewise be thrilled and pleased.
Enjoy your fish boil.
|6 weeks 1 hour ago||This is why star ratings only tell you so much||
Canteen "may be" a great example of why you look at the player and not only the star rating. I think that typically, someone with 4 stars, and even moreso with 5 stars, is guaranteed to be a very good player (i.e., the likes of Pepper, Hand, McDowell, Harris, Campbell, etc.) You can see this by the offer lists . . . it seems every 5 star is offered by Alabama, Ohio, Stanford, ND, Auburn, Georgia, Texas, USC, Florida, etc. That's an oversimplification, but you know what I mean.
Where teams really can stand out is in uncovering recruits who are slightly below the radar. Canteen could be one of these. So would Jake Ryan. So would Graham Glasgow. So was Mike Hart. The more you can find 3 stars and walk ons who are huge competitors and contributors, the better off the team will be, by far. Alabama and Ohio and a few others will always get their share of the top 100 players. Michigan has gotten several already for 2014. But when our coaches can supplement the 3 - 5 top hundred players with another 2 - 3 who are that good, but not ranked that high, it makes all the difference in the world.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Sobering Article||
I fully agree with his perspective. And this is the kind of fandom that can make blogs intolerable as well. (re: space coyote appreciation thread.) As long as no one objects (other fans, moderators, etc.) the behavior will continue and get worse. Thanks for the link.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||That's not it||
SC isn't "having a breakdown because people don't like Al Borges." The problem isn't just people who don't like Borges. The problem is people who irrationally hate Al Borges, want him fired, without much in the way of analysis or reason. I sure can't speak for SC, but I'd bet money that he can easily deal with reasoned opposition to Borges. Unfortunately, way, way too much of the opposition is not reasoned, thoughtful, sane, sensible, intelligible, etc. Hence the breakdown.
There was a short clip posted last week from south park . . . "boo wendy testeburger." It describes too much of the discourse here, especially that against Borges.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||I love space coyote's analysis||
I love space coyote's analysis.
I also happen to think Borges is a great OC, who is particularly hamstrung by the turrible OL recruiting under RR. Even Brian saw this coming, and no one should be surprised by it.
Fortunately, saner heads (i.e., Brandon and Hoke and Mattison) will prevail. Borges isn't going anywhere.
However, the discourse and content on the board definitely is going down. I've never really cared about the lack of negbangs, but I think they are badly needed at this point.
I do want space coyote to stay, although you have to have a thick skin and be ready to ignore the lunatic fringe.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Too simplistic to point to Game Outcome||
We could have played hard, had no turnovers, and still lose, say 23-21.
Or, we could play terribly and lose big.
Almost worst, we could play terribly and still win. (unlikely.)
Of course, like all Michigan fans, I want to see us win. But to lose a close, well-played game on the road is vastly different from losing a blowout because a game was called poorly and the team wasn't put in the position to succeed.
To answer your question directly: a loss to MSU will NOT cause me to lose confidence in the direction the Michigan program is heading in. I believe we're heading in the right direction, and we will see this more in 2014, and see it completely by 2015.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Thank you||
I obsess too much over Michigan football, but there's little good reason to panic. I still think Hand comes to Michigan, but at the end of the day, he should do what is best for him in his situation, even if that means going to Alabama. I still believe Hoke and crew have Michigan headed in the right direction.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Re: SEC paying recruits||
I do think the SEC paying recruits meme is old and worn out. I also think it is true in some instances that recruits are paid. However, just because the SEC has done this, doesn't mean it is relevant in terms of where Hand goes. I do believe that for Da'Shawn Hand, he will indeed do the research needed, and choose the school he believes is the best fit for him.
Yes Michigan could really use Hand, and of course I badly want him to play for Michigan. But let's not forget that we would question why any recruit would want to play for a school with a perceived lower quality than Michigan (i.e., most of the Big 10, except for Ohio.) In the same way, while I think Hand will come to Michigan, who could fault him if he chose to go to Alabama, given their recent track record on the field of play.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||It isn't rocket science to figure out||
We've had this discussion many times. I can't remember all the reasons, but here are some of them.
We can't go back. Cable TV in high definition is with us. Costs never go down. Society is more and more fractured. There are creative ways to build community, but I don't see this happening at large state universities too often.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Gallon, Kalis/DL, Funchess/Glasgow||
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Wow||
Wow. I should count my blessings. I can't imagine being in your shoes all season. So you must really, really like night games! I can't imagine watching all games at 3:30am.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Remaining Slots||
Conventional wisdom has two remaining slots in the 2014 class going to Malik McDowell and Da'Shawn Hand. Conventional wisdom also has maybe one opening after that, going perhaps to JuJu Smith, or perhaps Marshon Lattimore (& Erick Smith.) Those are all excellent possibilities. While you're not supposed to count your chickens before the eggs have hatched, it's hard not to feel very positive about McDowell and Hand.
My question has to do with OL depth. Cole & Bushell-Beatty are the only OL recruits in 2014, and excellent commitments at that. I'm wondering if the recent ACL injury to Burzinski and the continuing problems for Bryant mean that the coaches might consider pursuing another OL recruit with the last spot available in the 2014 recruiting class. Or has that ship already sailed, with our staff not focusing on any recruits still uncommitted and linesmen who are potentially interested in Michigan.
After the problems the last few years on the line, I really want to see plenty of solid recruits coming in almost every year at the line position. Solid, experienced depth on the line is critical to everything, from protecting the QB, giving him time to pass, to opening lanes for our RB corps. You can't win consistently without consistent line play.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||My OP largely selfish||
My OP on the start time of games is largely selfish. My son's football team, on which he is a starting OLB & FB, will be in the playoffs shortly, and has done a great job. Any scheduling conflict between Michigan games and my son's games dictates for me where I will be. And gladly so. I'd miss an early season game of my son's, but not the playoffs. Regardless, I want to have my cake and eat it too! As long as my son's game and the MSU game are off a couple hours, I can watch both. With the MSU game at 3:30pm, now I know that with the DVR, there's a good chance I'll be able to make it all work.
The other thing is I am a pastor in the Chicago area, so I mostly want to go to noon games, if my schedule isn't already full. Going to a game at 3:30pm means that I'm not home til 11pm or so, which I try to avoid. Normally I catch a game or two live, but this year it just hasn't worked out. I can't plan things out until I know start times. C'est la vie.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Does this affect recruiting?||
I'm wondering when this affects recruiting. Is there some point when Funk or Borges say, we need to add another OG recruit.
Related to this is the question of how and when announcements are made about someone's career being over. Part of that is the player's decision, and part of it is medical and physical reality. Regardless, I don't expect we'll hear anything regarding OL depth during the remainder of the season.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||I don't think many give Borges enough credit||
I don't think many give Borges enough credit. He is trying to establish a downhill running game. It didn't work, and won't work, this year with the current personnel, and he sees that now. Still, I don't blame him for continuing with the scheme as long as he didn't have any losses. When you're trying to establish something new, you expect that it won't work that well until you've done it a lot and have all the kinks out. After the PSU debacle, it was clear there had to be a change (go back to the recent past and abandon power.)
While power probably won't work against MSU, I'm sure that Borges has to do something different than the plan against Indiana. I don't have mathlete's charts in fronty of me, but iirc, Michigan State is the best team in the conference defensively, and Indiana is the worst. Some of the things that worked against Indiana aren't going to work against MSU.
If there is anything that is going to work, it probably will be for Michigan NOT to be predictable. I have horrible memories of MSU timing our snap count, for instance. (too predictable.) I think that the more Borges can surprise and catch MSU unprepared for a play, the better. For instance, I'd imagine that MSU will blanket Gallon and Funchess, because they are proven threats. That in itself will be hard to do. But perhaps that means that passing more to Dileo or Chesson will work. Maybe Borges sets up the run with the pass, catching MSU unawares on an "obvious" passing down. (Borges calls for 5 passes in a row, then a run.) Regardless of the details, the less predictable Michigan's offense, the better.
|8 weeks 14 hours ago||Obviously it is a stupid idea||
Obviously it is a stupid idea to post personal info. I just wish there was some accountability, and anonymity means there is none.
|8 weeks 14 hours ago||Obviously it is a stupid idea||
Obviously it is a stupid idea to post personal info. I just wish there was some accountability, and anonymity means there is none.
|8 weeks 17 hours ago||I love the post||
I haven't gone on the blog at all the last two days. I love Borges, and would be dismayed to see him fired. I really want to see things go all the way through the next season.
But the point of your post is the recent descent into darkness and the mob mentality to lynch Borges. I really, really, hate the lack of civility and the "Boo Wendy Tesatburger" level of discourse. I hate snarky comments. I love the team and will support them, and feel that they will do well enough this year, and much better next year. AA Torch and Pitchfork is driving me further from the blog.
Thank you, Space Coyote. Oh, and I hope you are a Borges apologist and explain what he's doing and why it isn't working and what needs to happen.
p.s. The lack of kindness and consideration and the potty mouth stuff and internet tough guy comments are really rich, considering the anonymity of posters. Ya know what I'd like even more than sending people to Bolivia? For mods to post names, phone numbers, email addresses, and the like of those who have crossed the line. Let some of the tough guys stand behind what they say in real life. I'd love to see some of the OL show up at the dorm room doors of some of the people on the blog who are ripping them to shreds.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||I love this team & love Hoke||
I love this team & love Hoke. The cohesiveness on the coaching staff and on the team is awesome. They are going to do better than expected and surprise all the negative nancys and debbie downers.
I'm sure Seth or the Mathlete have stats on this somewhere, but with a young team like Michigan, there is a lot of improvement that happens during the course of a season. Thankfully, that won't be as necessary next year.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||I don't think they collapse||
I don't think they collapse. Instead, I think this is the wakeup call needed.
I hate the loss, but still feel every game remaining is winnable. Even, believe it or not, Ohio.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Really with you on this||
I love what Hoke, Borges, Mattison, and the rest of the coaching staff are doing. I hate to see the team lose. Yet, this is a huge teaching tool. I believe Brandon is solidly in their corner. And i also believe we're at the nadir in terms of the OL & DL.Marshall, Mone, Pallante and hopefully McDowell and Hand are a huge infusion on the DL, coming in next year. Peppers should be able to contribute immediately in the secondary. The linebackers are good and only getting better. We have two incredible receivers coming in the next two years (Harris & Campbell.) Morris is learning the ropes at QB, and Gardner will only improve. The OL will have had the time to gain strength and learn footwork, with solid depth the whole way through.
I will say that I would like more passing, and acknowledging that 8 - 9 in the box is hard to run against. But I'm not qualified to be making the playcalls, and will defer to the coaches in full.
I am like a moth drawn to the light as regards to mgoblog. I love this place, but really have to stay away after a loss. I can't stand the "off with their heads" mentality. This is definitely a time when I see the need for a "Fort Schembechler" mentality, and solidarity in the team and the coaching staff. I'm glad they are somewhat impervious to fandom right now.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Always a sports fan||
But have to limit being a blog fan after a loss like this.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||I can't even predict anymore||
I just don't know much of anything. I don't really care who to blame for the O LIne (RR? Funk? Injury?) but they're only going to be marginally better next year . . . it will be 2015 before we're competing well on the line.
I also can't say on the coaching.
If you put a gun to my head, I'll say 8 - 4.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Kind of||
I'm still as big of a fan, but I really stay away from mgoblog more after a loss like this.
|9 weeks 26 min ago||Thanks for sharing tweet||
This is a great story, and I'm glad to hear of Hatch's progress. May it continue, and may he be able to play again!
|9 weeks 14 hours ago||Fans of a certain age||
Fans of a certain age shouldn't own / wear team jerseys. (guess they can wear team jersies?)
Anyway . . . I don't know how old you are. If you are an active student, and below 25, go for it.
But when I think of adult men wearing jerseys, here's the prevailing image coming to mind:
To each their own, but that's not an image I like.
On the other hand, if you're a woman, jerseys are just fine:
|9 weeks 1 day ago||A few questions||
For Borges: Who on the OL might see playing time this year? (i.e., could Bosch replace Bryant? Could Braden come in at LT for a play or two if Lewan is a TE? Are there any redshirts that might be burned this year?) Do you anticipate Morris seeing the field at all, in terms of acclimating to playing time?
For Mattison: What is your plan for Jake Ryan with playing time? Can you tell us any more about Pipkins' ACL injury?
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Agree strongly (w/ Salvatore)||
I believe Hoke & crew have done a good job of recruiting, but even so, they still don't have the number of 4 star guys on the defensive line that, say, Ohio has.
But more than that, there must be patience, because you can't expect freshmen and redshirt freshmen and even redshirt sophomores to do that well on the offensive line.The cratering of offensive line recruiting under RR is what really has set Michigan back. This was the first thing Hoke addressed in recruiting. Unfortunately, it won't be til next year and the year after that we'll see significant improvements across the entire line. Next year should be slightly better than this year on the O Line (given the loss of Lewan, and also Schofield.) 2015 and going forward, we should be rolling out a good O Line, every year.
|11 weeks 2 hours ago||Multiple Issues||
While this issue has been debated here many times, it will continue to be a problem. There are many different aspects to the problem.
I don't think we're ever going completely back. When you combine all the above factors, full actual attendance is going to continue to be a problem at all but the biggest marquee games.
|11 weeks 23 hours ago||Strongly Agree||
I just have no interest in being on line while watching the game. I do NOT need a community of others to agree with or affirm my own thoughts. Plus, I don't want to miss any of the plays (even though I can go back and watch them again.)
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Here's the link to the original NSFW/H post||
I was irritated because my wife walked up behind me on the blog right when there was an image of a kid giving the "pimp hand" to a woman in a bikini. She wasn't pleased. So later I posted the above linked "no boobie/NSFW/Home" request. All the comments are locked and not viewable. But there were plenty of (graphic) images and gifs in response to the request. I watched and read in horror, realizing that I would have been better off just sending an email to mgoblog, or saying nothing. But putting up a post on a Saturday night was a big mistake. The thread quickly took on a life of its own. There was also a followup thread the next day, which I don't know how to find. In retrospect, it was hilarious, and a great illustration of thinking twice before putting up a post.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||you're correct||
Only pics were both NSFW/H. Language doesn't matter.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||I'm for real.||
I'm for real. And I'm not hard up for being proper. Like I said, people can write and express themselves in whatever way they want to. I don't care, one way or the other.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Nothing new under the sun||
Nothing new under the sun. This just is the way some people talk. My son has played football four years now . . . he's the middle linebacker for his middle school team. Some of the coaches on some of the teams are pretty raw in their language. And yes, it is all over the schools. He went to a parochial school until this year, and I think the locker room there was worse than his current public school.
As regards myself, and my wife, I really don't care what other people write. Everyone is different, and needs to suit themselves. Boobie pics are a bit more obvious. I also appreciate when paint pics prominently focusing on male genitalia are appropriately flagged. I guess I wouldn't like audio files that were pretty raw, and would want them flagged too. However, I rarely listen to those here, so it doesn't really matter.
Addendum: Here are a couple factoids you may find interesting from the Bible on offensive language.
My point is that even the Bible authors used pretty raw language to get their point across (and so, I'm not surprised that mgousers are pretty raw with their language in expressing their frustration.)
Final observation: when you overuse a word, it ceases to have the same effect. IIRC, Brian observes this principle, and shows judicious use of the F word in what he writes. By reserving its use to extreme situations, frustrated fans show self-control, and their rare use of this and other words is stronger by way of contrast with their usual language. Where would I condone such word usage? Well, the Horror qualifies. So would a last second loss to Ohio or MSU, where we should have won, but were robbed by the refs or by a monumental judgement error. Say, for instance, Gardner threw an interception in the endzone against Ohio in the last minute of the game and we lost because of it. That would be worthy of such language. Scratching out wins against Akron & UConn? Not in the same league.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Youth only part of the problem||
There are at least three factors I see holding Michigan back. Youth is only part of the problem.
When the bulk of our starters are upper classmen, when there is plenty of experience at every position, and when the overall skill level comes up a bit more, we'll see Michigan in a much different position. This will happen more starting next year. After that, we should be more in a position of reloading every year.
|12 weeks 4 hours ago||How do you define terms?||
Please define both political, and hack.
On second thought, don't. My comment is that anyone who would be a qualified and capable candidate virtually has to be "political." As regards the American political parties, most people at higher levels of society are able to slide easily enough among political factions. Again, it is almost a requirement. You have to get along, at least at the surface. There is really what could be called a professional political elite, often with very veiled and hidden personal convictions. Use mgoblog as an example. The best posters are rarely demogogues who easily offend some part of the mgo- demographic. Same thing with many politcal types, including candidates for the office of Michigan President. While someone might bear the "Democrat" or "Republican" moniker, that's often just for the hoi polloi, and is easily set aside when it suits said candidate.
EDIT: I make an assumption, which may not be clear. Obviously, anyone being considered for the position should have the requisite academic credentials, at a level that is respected by Michigan faculty. (not all PhD's and previous faculty gigs are equal.) Having said that, I wouldn't be surprised if some "political" candidates also have the academic chops to be considered.
|12 weeks 4 hours ago||42 - 21 Michigan||
42 - 21 Michigan
|12 weeks 14 hours ago||It'd be interesting to see the population distribution||
I don't know quite how to do it, but I'm guessing that the coverage for Michigan - UConn has 3 - 5 times the population in the rest of the map. Here's a map that shows the population distribution. But it doesn't have the real numbers detailing the distribution, especially overlaid on the Michigan coverage map.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||"rooting" for MSU||
Rooting is the wrong word. It'd be hard to care less about who wins the game.
Having said that, I live out of Michigan, so I don't have the burning hatred of MSU held by so many in-state Michigan fans. I would rather MSU win because:
I guess I'd like MSU to win because of their defense, but for their offense to continue to struggle, for the game to go into double overtime, and they win with a safety? Maybe a field goal? Say 12-10, or something like that?
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Wondered about that||
I think I have heard others suggest it (Magnus/Thunder?) but hadn't heard any rumblings from the team yet on this potential move. I'd like to at least see what Bryant can do, and now I can see more of the angst about the OL.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||In a perverse way, I love these META "is it worthy?" threads||
In a perverse way, I love these META "is it worthy?" threads. There's something fascinating about observing cranky bloggers debate whether or not a topic has adequately been exhausted on the board previously.
FTR, there almost always is a prior thread on some topic. But, from my perspective, it is ok for such topics to be rehashed yet again. CAVEAT: unless the same thread was posted earlier in the day.
We have certainly talked about the fallout from the 2010 recruiting class previously. However, there is one relevant nugget that it was impossible to fully comment on UNTIL NOW. With Michigan's bad performance against Akron, and our disastrous running game (tied to the OL performance,) we have confirmation. Yes, the lack of upper-classroom has had a bad affect on Michigan's play, and needs to modify expectations for 2013. If we were starting 10 - 15 Seniors & another 10 - 15 Juniors, Michigan would be in a vastly different place.
I vaguely remember Brian observing years ago that our youth would affect Michigan's celing in 2013, especially with the fallout from atrocious RR OL recruiting. IIRC, Brian predicted that we wouldn't really see Hoke & Michigan return to prominence until 2014. Last week's (almost) debacle, and this thread's observation, are reaffirming Brian's prior prediction.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Good Read - Comments on Hubris & Schadenfreude||
This post overall was a good read, thanks for taking the time to put this together. A few comments:
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Interception irrelevant||
Interception irrelevant. What really matters is how he plays against MSU & Ohio (as well as winning handily against everyone else.) If Michigan wins out, and Devin plays in similar fashion to the ND game, he'll be in the top 3 candidates.
As Brian pointed out in the UFR, the ND DL was very good, but Devin shredded them with his passing and his feet. If he does the same against teams with a stout DL (read, MSU & Ohio,) that will make a difference.
Northwestern is our trap game. Based on what I've seen, I think we'll be able to score on them. The question is whether or defense can keep them from scoring more.
The other huge factor is the Big 10 Championship. If Michigan wins that, well, maybe you're right (and Devin wins the Heisman.)
|12 weeks 6 days ago||OLine Pulling, Variety in passing, Norfleet returning||
There's so many things I will be looking for.
|13 weeks 3 hours ago||Your post is hilarious||
Your post is hilarious. And a fitting end to the thread.
|13 weeks 3 hours ago||I'm offended by many Spartans||
I'm offended by many Spartans. They should be named the Michigan State Farmers, and not drag down the good name of Sparta in Greece.
But your point still stands. It is a bit silly, and I'm done posting in this thread.
|13 weeks 3 hours ago||You are probably right||
You are probably right. Generally, it is best to take each case on the basis of its own merits (or lack thereof.)
My general point is that when a team is named after some group of people, someone at some point will be offended.
In this case, ("Redskins,") the moniker itself is clearly offensive to a large group of people (i.e., Native Americans,) due to the widespread genocide, cultural destruction, broken treaties, etc., etc., etc.
I guess I am naively pining for a time when we didn't take offense so readily. When I was a kid and a teenager, I never contemplated the social implications of any team names. "Redskins" didn't conjure up demeaning, degrading, and racist images of Native Americans. For instance, I never thought that the costume for Chief Illiniwek was a racist putdown. I thought it conveyed dignity and pride and someone who was a warrior. If we had representative mascots of many universities, we would have someone who was white, and male, with a navy suit and a briefcase, walking around on the field. However, this is admittedly easy for me, a privileged white male, to say.
Cut to the chase: I can see the name for the Redskins changing, for good reasons, but I still am not a fan of many changes forced by political correctness.
|13 weeks 3 hours ago||I think some in Ireland might disagree||
The way the Irish and Scots were treated by the British for a long period of time is pretty horrendous. And that prejudice carried over to the new land.
Having said that, the wholesale destruction of American Indians, as I said in another post, is indefensible and undeniable.
For the record, I have no dog in this fight, and don't care what the football team in DC is named. I do believe that the moniker will change, because of significant political pressure.
|13 weeks 3 hours ago||I get your point||
But pulling out the "N" word is a bit like Brian's theorem regarding "Hitler" & the Nazi's. (i.e., in the same way that using "Hitler" as an argument against something effectively ends all discussion, the same would be true with the "N" word. Once the analogy is made to the N word, rational discussion has ended.)
Nonetheless, your point is valid. It is a good reminder of how American Indians view the word "redskins." And the genocide and cultural destruction at the hands of European immigrants is undeniable and indefensible.
|13 weeks 3 hours ago||thanks for your post||
I am glad to be informed more fully. (Seriously!!) It sounds like there is a LOT of support for the name (staying the same at CMU & Florida State,) and that this has been well worked out (in the case of the Chippewas and Seminoles.) I kind of hope the same thing is true for the "fighting Sioux" and the Utes. As time goes by, I wonder if tribes like the "Huron" will regret the pressure to have EMU drop them. After all, the name itself isn't offensive, and logos could be made that were non-offensive, and the programs you mention at CMU & FSU seem very positive as well.
|13 weeks 5 hours ago||Yeah, I know that||
Yeah, I know that. But as I said, I don't think it matters. First, the PC Police go after the low-hanging fruit. And "Redskins" is pretty low hanging. After all the easy targets are gone, you wanna place a bet on whether or not someone goes after the Chippewas, Seminoles, and the like? It is a consequence of our enlightened sensitivity. Honestly, it is of questionable worth to even make the observation . . . eventually, someone takes names, and puts those who make such observations on a list (of obstructionists, or racists, or neanderthals, etc.)
|13 weeks 5 hours ago||PC Police always win||
I don't think the PC Police will ever give up on this one. And ultimately, I don't think it matters that some Indian Tribal Council somewhere has given their approval or blessing. Any time any group is mentioned, particularly as "fighting," it will offend someone. Examples still abound, e.g.,
Please don't give me any crap about how "fighting Irish" isn't derogatory. Study your history and you'll quickly find how much racism was involved in stereotyping those of Irish descent as belligerent low class fighters. And every Michigan fan looking down at MSU as an "agricultural" moo U should quickly get the class connotations of "Aggies." Someone, somewhere, will ALWAYS be offended.
I think that animals are always good (Wolverines, Bears, Tigers, Longhorns.) Even better are non-traditional animals (banana slugs, river rats.) Forces of nature are good (Hurricanes, Tornados.) Colors are good (Stanford Cardinal, Crimson Tide, Harvard Crimson.) Plants are good (Buckeyes, Stanford "Tree.") Then there are some that are so obscure no one knows what they are (Akron "Zips," Long Beach State Dirtbags.)
I've already wasted too much time on this post. Especially since the OP is OT and will probably be removed altogether in short order.
|13 weeks 19 hours ago||Maybe (too much for the current format)||
Please, keep the content coming. But it is true that things get lost. Especially on the forum sidebar: when there are many threads, some relevant ones disappear quickly. I think there could be a different way to present stuff, at least during the season. But all in all, this is a low priority change. I'd rather see you work on points, upvotes, putting up recruiting lists under the "important stuff" tab, both for 2014 & 2015. Lots of stuff to do to keep you busy!!
Bottom line: there can never be too much content!!! But maybe formatting can be adjusted some.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||You really wanted them to move Denard?||
You really wanted them to move Denard last year? I guess I understand, but I don't see how Hoke and Borges could have done that. Denard was loyal to Michigan, when he could have transferred out after RR was let go. He didn't do the Mallett thing, but stayed at Michigan. It strikes me that Hoke is loyal to a fault, and that part of the cost of Denard staying was that they were going to reward Denard with starting the last two years. I can understand your point of view. However, I was pleased to have Denard start last year, even knowing that this meant we would lose another game or two. If that was the price to pay, it was worth it to me.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||So much wrong, so much right||
I don't want to go down the rabbit hole of a TL;DR post, so I won't.
I'll simply say that this isn't a simple issue, and there is a lot that is right, and a lot that is wrong. You have to decide for yourself.
One very practical observation that I haven't seen anyone make yet: it is extremely, extremely hard to make a point on a huge sign that is to the point and not wordy. It would have been better if the sign had said "Remember Lizzy Seeburg" or "Justice for Lizzy Seeburg." However, for the sign to be legible, it would have had to be at least 50% larger in surface area. The guy decided on "Hi" so everything would fit. This was a bad mistake.
A second observation is that the guy seems to be pretty passionate and sanctimonious. As mgrowold implied, there are lots of 20 - 25 year old passionate UofM asshats. Give him some time and seasoning.
My third and final observation comes as a pastor who attended UofM and then a seminary. The freedom of expression at UofM, the lack of coverups, the even-handedness, the principles of fairness, were much, much greater than at the seminary. I got kicked out of the seminary for pointing out hypocrisy and lack of integrity and honesty among administrators. In this regard, I think that ND is much more likely than Michigan to sweep things under the carpet and to hide what is wrong. Some of you UofM alumni don't realize how good you had it at UofM, in terms of the culture present there. I don't hate ND, but I do believe they would facilitate a coverup more than Michigan might. Maybe I'm hopelessly naive, but my personal experience with a secular university (Michigan) and a Christian school are the basis for my judgement.
EDIT: I did appeal, get back into the seminary, but I learned to cooperate and to keep my mouth shut.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Had no trouble parking two years ago||
Evanston is easy to get around. However, 2 years ago, it was early in the season,. Being a November game, if the weather is lousy, that will make it even easier to find parking. Also, if Northwestern has lost games by then, their fair-weather fans will have dropped out. However, if miraculously Michigan and Northwestern go into the tilt both undefeated, all bets are off, and it would make it much harder.
I'm personally banking on NU losing, so that I can pick up a couple tickets game day. (I refused to pay more than $100 bucks now with their new "dynamic pricing" model.)
|13 weeks 5 days ago||I'm sure you can be creative||
Sit down with a pad of paper . . . you should be able to come up with something creative. There's a reason advertising types get paid a lot. It isn't easy to come up with something pithy and clever, but I'm sure you can do it.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Loved the column||
Thanks for the link and the heads up.
Wojo did get in one deserved dig at Michigan: Michigan fans are upset Notre Dame is downplaying the rivalry, and the hilarious irony is, now they know how Michigan State feels when Michigan pulls the same pretend act on them.
The fact of the matter is that MSU is a rivalry game, and it does matter, even though not to the same degree as Ohio and ND. But beating MSU matters.
It wasgreat to have several rivalry games . . . not just Ohio, but also MSU & ND. The timing was perfect, with ND near the beginning of the season, Ohio at the end, and MSU somewhere in the middle. No longer having ND in September will leave a hole that I'm not sure can be filled. And even if it is filled with a top 20 home and home, the opponent will almost assuredly be far away.
One of the things that makes for many strong rivalries is reasonable geographic proximity. The fact that you can drive to Columbus and E. Lansing and South Bend in several hours makes a difference. Bragging rights matter more when fans of the other teams are all around you.
Losing ND matters to me, and I hope the series comes back, even if it isn't for another 8 years or so.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Please do more of these||
I appreciate learning more of what is going on, and why it is going on. Can't have too much analysis. "Football for dummies" would be an apt title for the likes of me.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||It's his money . . . he can do what he wants with it||
I find it a bit annoying that some feel the need to criticize Ross for how he chooses to use his own money. It's his money, which he earned. That gives him the right and privilege to dispose of it as he sees fit. As it is, he may well give anonymously to other organizations.
The other thing is that every individual has the ability to do what they can with their own resources. It isn't just the size of the gift, it is the percentage of income given that matters. I am a man of somewhat modest means. In the end, by giving regularly and generously, (largely for religious purposes,) I'll be contributing more than a half million over my lifetime.
I guess I think Ross's generosity is to be lauded. And those with different prioritites should be glad to support the causes which they find important, without sniping at Ross and what he chooses to do. Virtually everyone can make a difference in this world, if they choose to do so.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Actually, I'd like more Ohio coverage||
Probably mgoblog doesn't have the staff or time to cover Ohio regularly. However, from my perspective, it would be a welcome addition (to hear more about their games, their strengths, weaknesses, challenges, etc.) Is that part of what you see happening with this dialogue, Ace?
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Whoever is playing Michigan||
I enjoy seeing all of Michigan's opponents lose to Michigan. That's about it.
I guess that's not really what you're asking, though. The problem for me is that our opponents change. Even among the Hegemony, teams go up and down. Alabama, USC (California,) Oklahoma, Georgia, Texas, Florida, Florida State, Tennessee, & Nebraska have all been up and down. Same with Ohio State and Michigan State. Same with Miami.
Another issue is that I like watching a good football game, regardless of the opponent. For instance, I don't want to watch a defensive slugfest that is boring as all get out (Michigan State, anyone?) I don't really care to watch crummy games that I have very little emotional investment in.
I don't have the same hatred for Michigan State & Notre Dame that many harbor here. I dislike Ohio State more, but even they had the Cooper years. Here's kind of a list.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||Enjoyed your analysis||
I enjoyed your analysis. I will be watching the Offensive Line closely, to see what happens with Glasgow, Miller, & Bryant.
I would like to see what happens with Funchess and blocking.
Regarding the wide receivers, I have many questions. For instance:
Will be interesting to see what happens with receiving corps. Am a bit concerned. I think the combination of losing Darboh and general overall receiver depth not yet having Harris or Campbell on campus all together will make for a challenging season, as regards the passing game.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||A number of things have changed over the years||
There were at least 5 things that were common in years past, in the student section:
Now, I'm not commenting at all on the wisdom of any of these activities. But all I'm saying is there were multiple things to keep some of the students occupied through the end. If you had a cold beer, or a joint, or could be part of the crew passing girls up the stands from bottom to the top, or could bat a beach ball, or toss TP only the field, there were numerous things to keep you occupied. Those days are long gone. Now you can watch the game, jingle keys, listen to the band, and that's it. The experience is safer and cleaner, but a lot more . . . antiseptic. I never drank or smoked in the stands, but the student ambiance was a bit different back in the day.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||This is a big win||
Brother Rice is an important Michigan High School, but Ignatius is indeed one of the Ohio powerhouse high schools.
Ignatius has won the State Championship in the large school division 11 times in the last 25 years, almost half!! 3 times in that span they won the mythical High School national championship. Michigan has had past football players come from Ignatius. I think this is indeed thread worthy.
Morover, carping about what is thread worthy seems too regular, and ridiculous.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||Know Chorus||
I don't know the verse, do know the chorus, always sing the chorus.
|15 weeks 2 hours ago||New Players||
I'm interested to see how the newer players do:
The one general area I'm interested in, beyond the new players, is special teams. Does our coverage improve? How does Norfleet do on returns?
|15 weeks 1 day ago||Something else going on?||
Something else going on? Well congratulations. It will be interesting to see how that affects your mgowork.
Regarding Paris, I was just thinking that I enjoyed CRex stories so much, and my own time in Europe, and knowing you spent some time there with your wife, I thought you could do your own thing with a piece. With being there 14 odd times plus study abroad, there have to be some hilarious stories you could write. I can't help but think of movies like "Before Sunrise" (Vienna, I know, but same theme) or "Midnight in Paris." Come on, Seth, you can do it!
|15 weeks 1 day ago||I really don't like throwing mud||
I'm a Michigan fan through and through. I'll never root for Ohio. And yet, I dislike it when fellow Michigan fans always assume the worst about the coaches or players of Ohio or MSU or other rivals. I'm glad that Hoke is here at Michigan, and that Michigan players generally fit The Pattern of high character. But this doesn't mean that other coaches and teams are necessarily of low character.
I guess you could say I'm hopelessly optimistic and naive, but I'd rather wait until something is proven before throwing ANYONE under the bus. We don't like it when others pile on the miscues of Toussaint, or Frank Clark, or Braylon Edwards. What's even worse is when allegations are made without substantiation. (Exhibit A: allegations made against Gibbons and Lewan.) We're fond here of talking about the high quality of guys at Michigan. One characteristic of high quality men is that they don't endlessly disrespect others. Until Urban Meyer is substantively shown to have covered up Hernandez crimes, I think it is irresponsible and unhelpful to assume otherwise.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||Yes, there are different levels of fans||
Yes, there are different levels of fans
I'd like to think I can go to more football games now, but the reality is different:
The other huge change is high definition TV, coupled with Tivo (or other recording options.) Back in my day, you either went to the game, or you didn't see it at all, unless it was a major contest (Ohio, MSU, ND, a few others.) I remember listening to the wonderful and enthusiastic radio voice of Bob Ufer on WJR many a Saturday afternoon. Now, when every game is covered by some cable outlet, and with a big screen TV, with high definition, you can enjoy every game in the comfort of home. For instance, this Saturday, here in the Chicago suburbs, I will probably sit down with a buddy around 4pm (5pm in Ann Arbor.) We'll watch the game, but skip through most of the pregame, all the commercials, most of the half time, and some of the replays. We'll watch an entire game, with iced tea and snacks and comfortable chairs, in about an hour and a half, maybe two. I'll hop in my car and be home in 5 minutes. Given that it will be hot, probably with thunderstorms, and that I'd have to drive 4 - 5 hours each way, plus stay overnight, plus buy food, plus pay for gas, plus buy tickets, plus find a substitute preacher to officiate at a wedding and preach Sunday morning, well, TV sounds pretty good!
|15 weeks 1 day ago||Puzzling turn of events||
I thought Nicholson was one of our best options at Safety for 2014, and this surprises me too.
On the one hand, I understand how someone wants to take all their officials and take their time in making their decision. On the other hand, I can understand the coaches giving three different kinds of offers, depending on the recruit:
Recruiting moves so fast now. Keeping spots open is fraught with danger, when someone you are hoping will sign on decides to go elsewhere.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||One of my favorite Seth posts||
I really enjoyed reading this entire piece. The footage was great too. Thanks for doing the interview, and for all the background info on the team.
I have to agree, that football has changed massively in the last 60 years, and it wouldn't be fun the same way today as it was back then. Too many rules, and a lot of very hard work today.
But again, thank you for writing this.
p.s. Maybe in January, you can write something about your trip to Paris, and all the things that happened along the way. That would also be an interesting read.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||Agreed||
I actually think that this is partly a motivational tool for both Green & Smith. Nothing is going to be handed to them, and if they want to play, they need to earn PT, like anyone else. Honestly, if they work hard enough, they could see more carries 4 - 5 games down the road.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||IIRC, one year||
IIRC, one year for walkon scholarships. They still have to prove themselves the next year, and scholarships need to be available. At some point, this may shift. For instance, I believe that somewhere along his career, they stopped giving Kovacs a scholarship on a yearly basis . . . it was obvious he was going to get a scholarship.
I think that Glasgow is going to end up being very good, and getting a scholarship the rest of his career. He was coached by Kurt Becker, former OG for Michigan, and then for the Chicago Bears for 9 years. As mentioned elsewhere, he came to the game very late, so has had a steep learning curve. My son (in 7th grade) has played tackle football 3 years, and is still learning. Glasgow played all of a year or two in high school. Becker saw the potential, and contacted Michigan. The rest will soon be history. Everyone knows about the stars coming out of high school (for instance, Kalis, Peppers, Hand.) Uncovering guys like Glasgow is harder to do, but adds to depth and can be a huge help to win championships.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||Great questions||
I'd like to know the same thing. I don't recall answering any of those questions when signing up for mgoblog. How much data mining do they actually do? What do they really know about us? (And your avatar is perfect for those kinds of questions.)
|15 weeks 6 days ago||Few more observations||
I went to Seth's link at Quantcast, and see the data. A few more observations.
All in all, very interesting data, as to who the mgoreader is comprised of.
|16 weeks 1 hour ago||Any good videos out there?||
Most of these are a combination of terrible and hilarious.
One video that seems not to be horrible is two minutes of USC song girls interspersed with football clips, the Trojan Guy, with music.
I know there are some cute enough Michigan cheerleaders, but I've never seen a Michigan themed video similar to the one from USC.
For a whole 'nother level of abomination, search out sorority recruitment videos from SEC schools. I guess it might seem funny live, but somehow, why would you ever want to record this kind of thing for posterity?
|16 weeks 2 hours ago||Awesome Article||
Thanks so much for posting this . . . great read, great insight into a great young man.
I also am a PK, now a pastor, and I sadly appreciate some of the experiences he has gone through. What an inspiration, in how he has cared for and loved his brother, and in how he and his family have weathered the storm.
While Mone is great, I also am absolutely thrilled with the culture of the kids Hoke, Borges, Mattison, et al are bringing in. While I can't predict exactly what someone like Da'Shawn Hand will do and where he ends up for college, I believe that he and his family are strongly attracted to kids like Mone and attracted to coaches like Mattison and Hoke. Conversely, there are some players at some of our rival schools who are extremely talented in terms of football, but less of a good fit in terms of the team. Hoke strikes an awesome balance between having fun, not taking yourself too seriously, but also being of high character and doing things the right way.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||Not offended||
Oriental Andrew, not offended. I guess with only a face, and the size and resolution of an avatar, who can tell?
The photo of her I intend to scan and change to my avatar will leave no doubt on gender, however.
Funny thing is the reason I originally chose her as my avatar was not only I like how she looks, but also as a personal reminder. (i.e., her asking me, "And Steve, just how much time are you spending on mgoblog?" :-) )
BTW, were you at the meet and greet in Chicago with the coaches this summer?
|16 weeks 2 days ago||Avatar? My better half||
My Avatar is a pic of my better half. It's time for me to change to another pic of her, but I haven't gotten around to it.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||Definitely Disturbing||
Definitely disturbing. I wouldn't be surprised if the post is removed, because the account isn't "confirmed." But the link indicates a terrible catch 22: short of pressing criminal charges, there is very little that the alleged victim can do, and nothing is "proven." Therefore, the incident goes away, and it never happened. I hate reading things like this, but I also hate the idea that such incidents are swept under the carpet. If it happened, I'd want the player suspended. If it didn't happen, I'd want the player exonerated. It appears neither will happen, because, again, the alleged victim isn't willing to press charges.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Am wondering about today's scrimmage||
Am wondering about today's scrimmage. Were there any media members allowed in? Any reports or news? I assume no injuries.
Here at home, enjoyed an absolutely beautiful late summer day, a good long bike ride in the morning, son out fishing all day with a friend, wife out happily shopping, daughter up at a classmate's lake cottage in Wisconsin. Great fish fillet on the grill, Zucchini, onions, peppers on the grill with a bit of olive oil, simple dark green salad, fresh Michigan peaches for dessert, and a bit of beer. Life is very good, and it goes by so quickly. Hope all is well with you and yours.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||So what is the press room like?||
So what is the press room like? Do you know all the beat reporters, and they you? How many are typically there? A dozen? 20, 30? Does he only pick on you? I've heard your name, and Angelique's, which seems a bit of fondness and cheekiness (where he probably isn't going to say much to Sharp or to some of the others.) Are there student reporters from the Daily there, or does that only happen after school starts. (in other words, are there kids there younger than you, Heiko.) It'd be interesting to hear more of the dynamics among reporters at this pressers.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||Depends on how you formulate list||
Is it 5 key established players, or 5 key new players?
At any rate, here are my five new players:
Here are my five established players:
|17 weeks 1 hour ago||Do Fan Pejoratives Imply Hatred?||
Do all fan pejoratives imply fear or hatred (phobia?) I would never personally hold up such a sign. However, almost all fan pejoratives are negative.
While I don't personally choose to insult others, I get weary of a culture that is so hypersensitive that insensitive fans are ostracized because they express their fandom inappropriately.
The very nature of most fan slurs is that they attribute a group, team, school or individual with characteristics that are typically viewed negatively or pejoratively (in this case, those who are homosexual practice or tendencies.) Sometimes, the shoe fits. I have been accused of being a prude on this very website. Well, whether or not that is true, first I don't need to get my shorts in a wad about it. Second, since it is true that I'm not a fan of gratuitous use of NSFW photos and gifs at mgoblog, there's at least a grain of truth to the accusation.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||Will try that!||
Will try that! Thanks for the suggestion.
|18 weeks 2 hours ago||Sigh||
I hate to display my computer ignorance, but I'm not sure about several things.
Thanks in advance for your help with doing this.
|18 weeks 5 hours ago||I think "whistles" aren't good||
Seth calling a penalty? May he not ding your points! Um, I believe there is a sticky for selling/buying tickets. But I still don't know how to share/get contact info without posting for all. Let me look a the buying/selling spreadsheet.
Regarding the tickets, I have an obligation 8/31 I can't get out of (I'm a pastor, and am officiating at a wedding that day.)
|18 weeks 9 hours ago||Thanks for answers||
Thanks for your answers . . . that's all I was looking for.
|18 weeks 18 hours ago||Hilarious graphic||
Hilarious graphic, and a good enough answer to my questions for me.
|18 weeks 18 hours ago||Ha!||
Ha, but deserved. Good memory.
|18 weeks 20 hours ago||Mattison's Presser?||
Heiko, did you also cover Mattison, or did someone else for mgoblog, or no one else?
|18 weeks 1 day ago||Great Advice||
^^^ - this post is the best advice I've seen yet. The only thing I'd add is that with the exception of ND & OSU, you will be able to get tickets very cheaply at the stadium. Non-students (like myself) can't easily buy and use tickets from you. Inevitably, there will be students near the gate letting them go for close to nothing, or for nothing. With GA, no student tickets are better than others, so you either need to get to the stadium way early (for good seats) or if you don't mind being high up, you can wait until close to gametime and pay maybe $5 for a ticket, if that. I guess I'd advise NOT buying the whole season, but trying to buy ND & OSU now, and take your chances with all other games. Remember, there may be some Saturdays where you are the one stressing out about studies and spending your day in the Law Library, or others when because of weather, etc., you don't want to go to the game.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||That'd be correct||
His house is closer than Saline, but out towards that direction. (and I don't personally know whether he lived previously in Saline or not.) Being that the athletic campus is kind of south in Ann Arbor, being in a house south of town makes a lot of sense to me. I didn't want to put pics or an address in the OP because that felt intrusive and crossing the border of personal info. I guess it is true in this day and age that you can find almost anything, but it still is good to honor personal space boundaries.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||I'm interested in one or two games||
Let me know how to contact you. My son is playing ball, but I want to come up from Chicago when he has a bye week to catch at least one game.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||Meant as a new post . . . just ignore||
mistaken post, move along.
|18 weeks 2 days ago||Grammar Police: you meant something else||
"This is a fact. It is not indisputible."
The first sentence makes sense: it is a fact that Gardner threw an interception in each of his first five starts.
What you MEANT to follow with was "It is indisputable" (that he threw 5 interceptions.) It is beyond dispute or argument, i.e., "indisputable."
What you WROTE/SAID was "It is not indisputable," i.e., it is open to argument, open to dispute.
We now return to our previous discussion on the passing prowess of Devin Gardner.
|18 weeks 3 days ago||My thoughts:||
|21 weeks 2 days ago||Great questions||
|22 weeks 6 days ago||My daughter's in the Navy||
My daughter's in the Navy . . . and she's glad female Sailors don't have to deal with that 13 button front fly set of wool dress blues.
|22 weeks 6 days ago||yep||
Yep, that's Mama Kass. But not like Mama Kass: still thin as a twig. It's an annoying thing that I've gained weight something awful in the last 20 plus years and she can still wear sweaters she wore in the 70's. People wonder where she shops for such great retro stuff. I suppose the positive is that I'd probably weigh even more if it wasn't for her "encouragement."
|22 weeks 6 days ago||I'll keep the retro thing||
I'll keep the retro thing. But I have more from that genre.
|22 weeks 6 days ago||My better half||
That's my better half. One of these days, I'm going to change it to something else from her portfolio.
|22 weeks 6 days ago||Fair enough||
Low productivity for me today too . . . that's why I'm here! But yes, Brian et al probably shouldn't be working on the board today.
|23 weeks 3 days ago||The games were scheduled||
The other teams cancelled out . . . they had an 8 game schedule, but when the regulatory body said they wouldn't certify them, it all fell apart.
|23 weeks 6 days ago||Bulls||
Because the Bulls are going to whip the Piston's butts for many years, reminding them of the huge mistake they made.
|23 weeks 6 days ago||I believe that is "Radner"||
I believe you are referring to Gilda Radner. Not that anyone wouldn't understand your reference to her.
|24 weeks 1 hour ago||Never had the cord to Cut||
We've never gotten cable TV in 23 years of marriage, and so we never missed it. I've investigated it, and it isn't worth it, because there is no a la carte model.
Here are issues I would think about.
|24 weeks 20 hours ago||I'd like to know more||
When did the recruit contact Meyer? Did the recruit have any flexibility whatsoever? How I'd view this depends on whether the recruit gave Meyer any lead time or not. If he called a couple hours before to say, "Hey, I'm on the road and going through Columbus, I'd like to stop and see you." well, I guess I'd be pretty sympathetic to Meyer.
|24 weeks 21 hours ago||Laura Hoke talked about this a couple weeks ago||
When I talked to Laura Hoke at the Chicago Midwest Coach's tour, this is exactly the kind of thing she talked about as being a pain, and the biggest challenge. She literally said, if a 5 star recruit is in town, what do you think the coaches will do? They'll go to the office, show the kid around, give him a tour, do what he wants.
So I'm a pastor, which means I spend a lot of time with people, meeting with them in their homes, at church, in the hospital, etc. Some of the time, they'll make appointments. Some of the time, they'll drop in, and I'm at my desk and can easily make time, and am glad to make time. But sometimes, someone will show up when I'm heading out the door to go home. Or they'll call my cell phone, when I'm at one of my kid's ballgames, or out doing something with my wife. If it is an emergency, of course I'm glad to make time, no matter what. But if someone just drops in without an appointment or call, and I've made a promise to my son, or my wife, or something else, it isn't easy to drop what I've committed to doing. And the person who wants to see me can choose to be offended because I don't drop everything right away to give them my attention. It is a hard balance.
IIRC, one of the reasons Meyer burned out at Florida is because he didn't set boundaries, and wasn't around for his kids. So if Meyer is at a family function that's been planned for a long time, or out with his wife for a rare date, what is he supposed to do? "Sorry honey, gotta go, there's a kid waiting to see me, we'll have to try a date some other time." That's exactly the kind of thing he wanted to avoid doing at Ohio.
|24 weeks 2 days ago||Not happening||
Over at TTB, Magnus says no evaluations will be forthcoming until the 2014 class is complete.
|24 weeks 2 days ago||Yes, they did||
On this very board, matter of fact, Wings fans gloated that Chicago would be gutted by the salary cap after the last Cup. This is where the Bowmans, father and son, are key. They are unsentimental, and will trade off non-essential parts of the team as necessary. Their eye for talent is huge, allowing them to restock with more good talent at a good price.
The Blackhawks infrastructure appears built for the long haul, and they are willing to pay as much as they're allowed to in order to win and compete. Between the United Center and TV, their income has allowed them to put together a team free agents want to be a part of. When a community is attractive, along with a team, you have the seeds for long term success. Some players who want to stay are willing to give a "home team discount." Other free agents who want the chance to win the cup are willing to come to this kind of team for less than they would go elsewhere.
IIRC, the Wings will be hamstrung slightly as long as they continue in Joe Louis. But the Wings have a history that surpasses all other NHL teams in the US. (The Habs and Leafs, on the other hand, will always be at the top of the hockey world.)
|24 weeks 2 days ago||Silver lining for Wings: not facing Hawks often||
The silver lining for Wings fans is not facing the Blackhawks often in the future. Being in different divisions, there will be fewer games starting next season. And in the playoffs, it will be rare when BOTH the Wings & Hawks make it all the way to the Stanley Cup.
|24 weeks 3 days ago||I know Meyer's Pastor in A2||
I know Meyer's Pastor in A2 . . . we lived together 4 years. He speaks highly of Meyer. There also was a good article posted on Meyer here at MGoBlog. The upshot of everything I've seen is that Meyer is a good guy who got caught in a bad situation and got burned, unfairly. This is the way life goes sometimes, but Beilein really rescued Meyer by adding him to the MIchigan staff. And the reality is that Meyer could easily have made a good head coach somewhere by now if things had turned out differently, but he has to deal with the hand he was dealt. I think that Meyer is happy with being at Michigan, and is probably doing a lot more coaching of the team than many people realize.
|25 weeks 3 hours ago||This thread is fascinating||
I am way over my head, and have nothing to contribute, because I haven't entered into this world. My son does xbox, and had a ps3, and we have wii, but I just don't want to take the time to learn all the combinations of moves, and to master what it takes to shoot imaginary bad guys and drive imaginary cars and do imaginary things.
I'd be fascinating to know the demographics of this thread: I'm guessing it is even more overwhelmingly male than usual, along with being closer to 20 years old.
|25 weeks 1 day ago||Partially Disagree||
Not all the staff is a wildcard. I think that Mattison has clearly proven himself on the defense, with both the Ravens and the Gators being a reflection on his ability. Don't think that Meyer doesn't realize that Mattison is going to make Michigan a defensive juggernaut. The fact that Michigan stoned Ohio without a TD in the 2nd half last year was pretty amazing. We lost that game, as far as I'm concerned, because of the offense (our O-line, Denard's inability to throw, the lack of a running game, and good but not great receivers.)
I personally think that the 2014 season is when the current coaching staff needs to be evaluated. At that time, we should have solid quality depth across the board. Our linemen on both offense and defense will have had plenty of years to jell, with Pipkins, Clark, Wormley, Kalis, and a host of others fighting for PT. Devin Gardner will have a full year under his belt. We'll have both a decent running game and solid receivers, with Green, Darboh, Funchess, and others maturing to perfection. We'll have 3 years of Mattison's defensive recruits, with a solid LB corps led by Jake Ryan, DB corps led by Countess.
2013 is the first solid year of transition to doing what Borges wants. (The defense already has Mattison's schemes well underway.) 2014 is the year when Borges won't have to teach as much to the offensive unit as to where to be and what to do: it should just be instinctive.
|25 weeks 2 days ago||I want to comment||
On the other hand, I'm left without much to say after watching that.
Except, this is so not Hoke, Mattison, Borges. Also, for that matter, not Urban Meyer. There are some things that just shouldn't be done.
|25 weeks 2 days ago||All in good fun||
This photobomb seems pretty harmless and all in good fun.
I always want Michigan to beat Ohio. Still, I don't "hate" them the way Bama fan Updyke hated Auburn (poisoning the trees at Toomer's Corner) or the guy who vandalized Howard's Rock at Clemson last week. So, not worst photobomb ever.
I will make occasionally friendly wagers with my wife's family members who went to school there, and we'll rib each other, but it doesn't work well to "hate" and be nasty when you have family members with a different allegiance.
Interestingly, it often seems like athletes will tease each other, and make wagers (for instance, on the wearing of jerseys from the other team, if your team loses) but they know where the line is.
I'm curious about something else for Michigan fans in Ohio. (I'm looking at you in particular, MGrowOld, but there are plenty of other MGoUsers from Ohio.) Today, I was given the choice of T-Shirts that went with my HTTV order. I'm not cool enough for the Brian photobomb shirt. A couple are too obscure for me. I debated the "Worst State Ever" shirt, but ended up choosing "Manball." Regardless, I wondered how many Michigan fans living in Ohio have the cojones to wear "Worst State Ever" t-shirts. Somehow, I'm not sure how that would go over anywhere in the state.
|25 weeks 3 days ago||I agree||
I also don't think it will go all the way til Dec. But I think Hand wants to at least make it down to Florida for an official. Assuming they don't wow him, it would be down to Michigan and Alabama. We already know he's coming to UTL 2 in Sept. for his Michigan official. It would make sense for him to have an official visit to Alabama too. After that, he should know one way or the other.
I find it interesting that he is considering either sports marketing or engineering. It seems like he has ruled out engineering at Michigan. I haven't seen discussion on why (although he obviously was impressed with Michigan's Prof. Rosentraub as regards Sports Marketing.)
I also am curious what exactly he liked about engineering at Alabama. Even if Alabama isn't as good as Michigan in engineering overall, I could believe that there might be one particular program that would be of interest to Hand.
|25 weeks 4 days ago||Pentecostals||
Church of God, a group among Pentecostals, more typically found in Appalachia and parts of the deep south, might handle snakes. Methodists? Not hardly.
|25 weeks 4 days ago||That's not going to happen||
Mone won't be converting to Mormonism.
|25 weeks 5 days ago||Ohio will continue to do well||
I'm pretty sure Ohio will continue to do well. The fact of the matter is, their last two classes, iirc, finished better than Michigan. The big change has been that Michigan recruiting has improved, while Ohio, other than for maybe a year, has consistently been at a pretty high level. I hope that this is the year we pass Ohio (in level of recruits.)
So much of it is luck. Peppers was a Michigan fan for a long time: that has nothing to do with the recruiting prowess of Michigan. There are kids in Ohio who have always wanted to go there. You win some, and lose some, and it isn't about the kid or the school being bad. It just is how it works out.
It really is true that we are all better off if the entire Big 10 has better recruits. The level of recruits for at least Indiana, Purdue, Minnesota, Illinois, Iowa, and Maryland is concerning. Seeing someone like Darlington go to Nebraska is a good thing.
|25 weeks 6 days ago||Disappeared?||
Disappeared? I'm glad I didn't publicly make the same observation. Figured it had to do something with re-reading and editing before moving to FP. Also didn't read last night because I was watching the Stanley Cup Finals and was ready to go to bed.
p.s. So, are you a mod or aren't you? Also, if you were the one who put up the meta thingee on Festivus, I have a suggestion. I think a ton of people have never bothered to read on the top tab Mgoboard FAQ, FAQ, Ethics, etc. It might be helpful to periodically put those pieces on the front page, or somehow have them more visible. Who knows, maybe there could be an addendum about posters laying off the "excitedness" comments in regard to recruits (or anything else?) Maybe you could do something like giving 25 points if you click on those links (and presumably read them?)
On that last, while points don't matter and aren't talked about, it'd be interesting to know when they will come back.
|26 weeks 6 hours ago||The RA route sounds interesting||
The RA route sounds interesting, Whether dorms or fraternities, you get a very different social experience from what you've had at home. Being an RA will allow you to meet all kinds of people in a living situation. Believe it or not, as a 22 year old, you will be looked at with respect, as someone who is "older" and wiser. You still don't have the stress of maintaining a household (cooking, shopping, bills, etc.) Also, if you find that it really isn't for you, well, you can move back home next year.
I do find it odd that your parents would move to the city where you're going to school. That seems very strange.
MGoUser burtcomma was an RA in South Quad . . . if there's a way through the mods to contact him, you'd be able to ask someone who actually can tell you the pros and cons of being an RA in a zoo of a dorm.
|26 weeks 21 hours ago||Hey Wendy, I'm in Chicago too||
It is 4:30pm, and is getting dark quickly. Thunderstorms are forecast to begin around 6:45pm. I wouldn't mess around with loose patio furniture, etc. It is a coming.
|26 weeks 21 hours ago||Many Variables||
There are many variables at play (i.e., who is playing at the venue, how many people are in the surrounding community, what is the venue like itself.) Having said that, I think this is a great direction for the tourney. When I went to the Big 10 Tournament at the United Center this year, it worked just fine . . . but I can't imagine being still further away then where we were (the next to top row, a bit off the end line.)
Rupp Arena, Dean Smith Center, the United Center, the Palace of Auburn Hills, Wells Fargo (76ers,) American Airlines (Mavs,) Rose Garden (Trail Blazers,) Quicken Loans (Cavs,) are all arenas with capacity between 20 & 25,000, but are better suited for basketball. Between these arenas, and those ranging from 15 to 20,000, they are venues that work a lot better for viewing basketball games.
|26 weeks 1 day ago||Fair enough||
I'll partially retract that. Having said that, it still seems possible that Harvard kicks in something in the way of financial aid, just not as much.
|26 weeks 1 day ago||You're not thinking quite right||
You're not thinking quite right. Regardless of ABC, ESPN, or BTN, they ALL will get better ad revenues at 3:30pm. There theoretically is the capacity for ABC, ESPN, BTN to each show a 12noon and 3:30pm B10 game, with ABC or ESPN showing a single night game in addition. (14 teams, minimum of 7 games if all are B10 games, up to 14 games if all are non-conference.)
Regardless of the network, they all want a 3:30pm (or 5pm, or 7pm, or 8pm) start. This isn't rocket science.
The only games relegated to 12noon are those which are decidedly "meh." 12noon doesn't matter for Ohio: Ad revenues are still there for that one game.
I must say, in terms of TV interest, Brandon was brilliant in re-scheduling "the Horror." Both in terms of Michigan fans, and State and Ohio fans hoping for a reprise of the Horror, plus all the marginal fans out there who always root for the underdog, I don't think you could schedule a game that will get that many people watching. They might not STAY watching, but they'll certainly tune in for the game. Brian is right in terms of what Michigan loses (they are the bully if they beat up Appy State; they gain very little in the polls with a win; they risk the possibility of actually losing to Appy State.) But even so, the ad revenues for that game trump what Michigan loses.
|26 weeks 1 day ago||She wants to go to Harvard?||
She wants to go to Harvard? Then why are you asking? She should go to Harvard. As mentioned in the thread above, she'll have greater Financial Aid opportunities at Harvard than at Michigan. (i.e., if you make less than $150K, she'll get significant need based financial aid.) And if you make more than that, you should be able to pay the freight.
Now, if it was a toss up between Michigan and Harvard, it would depend on what program she wanted to go into, and let that guide the decision.
Now, if she wanted to go to Michigan, I'd recommend she go to Michigan, unless they didn't have the program she was interested in.
In my limited experience, it is the student body that varies most significantly between colleges. Michigan's student body was way above the student body at many other directional schools. I was appalled at the limitations in many graduates of lesser schools. But honestly, there were many times I rolled my eyes at how parochial and narrow minded many of my fellow Michigan students were. I wouldn't be surprised if the student body at Harvard is significantly brighter and more broad minded than Michigan students.
|26 weeks 1 day ago||Yep on students||
There are now too many entitled students who really don't give a rip about the games. Having season tickets isn't anything they're paying for: it all is covered by mommy and daddy. For kids in that economic stratosphere, season tickets are like having a beach house in Saugatauk or Grand Haven: you might hardly ever go, but you have the option to go if you want to go. So, you show up fashionably late, and leave fashionably early. You've put in your appearance, but that's about it.
|26 weeks 1 day ago||I asked Brandon about this directly last week||
This was front paged about a week ago (LINK: http://mgoblog.com/diaries/things-learned-tonights-michigan-midwest-coachs-tour.)
For selfish reasons, I like a choice of two or three 12noon starts in Sept. - Oct. (My son is playing youth football, and most of his games are on Saturdays. He typically has a bye week, which allows me to get to a game that week.)
Anyway, Brandon told me directly that we weren't going to see hardly any Michigan noon starts, because of TV. TV wants as many eyeballs watching as possible, because that determines advertising revenue. Let's face it, Michigan vs. almost anyone is going to have a higher viewership than, say, Indiana - Minnesota, or Northwestern - Purdue, or Illinois - Iowa. And Michigan isn't going to have late starts for late Nov. games (Iowa and Ohio this year.) For that reason, according to Brandon, you can count on late starts for Michigan for virtually all of the first 9 - 10 games of the season.
The only reason Akron is a noon start is that is a tomato can of a game, and there must be some better choices out there for late starts.
|26 weeks 1 day ago||I like early games for many reasons||
Having breakfast on campus, walking around campus, seeing the drum line in the morning, grabbing a quart of cider, and maybe a brat or two, getting to the game at 11 or so, makes for a nice day. You can stop by Zingerman's or someplace else for an early supper, hit the road by 6pm, and be back to Chicago by 10pm.
Not being a heavy drinker, or party goer, or wanting to spend a ton for a hotel room, not even near campus, or having season tickets or student tickets to afford ND, means that the benefits of late games are just lost on me. I suppose if I wanted to get wasted and laid late Friday, not getting to bed til 4am, get up at noon to start slamming beers, and chugging from a keg, and wanting to stay up Saturday to party all over again, getting wasted and laid, then I could see your point of view.
EDIT: If I'm watching on TV, then 3:30pm games or night games are just fine. But I'd like to have a choice of 2 - 3 games a year in Sept - Oct that have noon starts.
|26 weeks 1 day ago||Awesome Post||
I knew from Allin4Blue or someone else that you were the connection to Hand. You gave us an excellent, informative post. I think many of us would really like to hear more about what happened with Hand and other recruits during the 2nd half. Also find it fascinating that the police messed up so badly with parking for your party (although that was good for Michigan.)
Regarding Urban Meyer, Brandon, and Michigan, I remember when I first came to MGoBlog, there were more than a few people, Brian Cook the proprieter included, IIRC, who were pining after Urban. I believe this was back before he was at Florida. I still think he's a good coach, although I really like what we have with Hoke, Mattison, Borges, and the rest of the coaching team.
I would like to hear more about your interactions with Hand, and your take on him (although, you've given a pretty good picture already, with your comments on what he considers a good time.)
I'd also love to hear anything you can tell us about Juwann Bushell-Beatty.
|26 weeks 1 day ago||Do look at the pics||
Do look at the pics. While they don't display for me either, they are all good pics . . . ticket to The Game, picture of the Game, Hand and coaches with Hoke & Mattison, and Hand with Denard.
|26 weeks 1 day ago||Regarding Treadwell . . .||
I think that from what Laura Hoke said to me, Treadwell was someone who was wowed by a "red carpet" experience. He (and his mom) liked all the bells and whistles and steak and lobster and bling. That is NOT Hoke or Mattison or Borges, and they're not going to change. They're not going to coddle a recruit and promise the sun, moon and stars, and then things change once you're on the team.
One of the things that has been consistent with the recruits coming in is that they know what they're getting at Michigan. Michigan in and of itself has great facilities, coaches, and the like. But partly this is a personality thing. Some people like to be wowed, some people like it straight.
I'll tell you a personal story by way of analogy. I remember when I first met my wife, thinking, wow, she looks pretty good without makeup, etc. There were other girls who might have looked better when they were all dolled up, but they took a half hour or so to put on their makeup every morning, and weren't that good looking without putting all this stuff on. I thought to myself, I like the way my wife looks, with or without makeup. I'd like waking up next to her. I liked that I saw the real woman, and was still pleased.
Hand strikes me as one of those no nonsense guys, no BS guys, what you see is what you get. He wants the same from coaches or programs he is looking at.
Now, Fournette, I know nothing about. But I'd tend to think that he is a guy who wants to work hard and be around good coaches and good athletes who are willing to do what it takes to win. Especially with Peppers, but possibly Hand and a few others, and the coaching rep of Mattison (possibly Borges,) he could see a good thing building here. And want to be part of it.
|26 weeks 1 day ago||No need to be afraid of Alabama||
I'm glad Hand is considering Alabama. Why wouldn't you want to go to one of the best football schools in the country, if you're one of the best athletes in the country? If Michigan wants to compete with the best, we need athletes who are considering going to Alabama, Florida, USC, LSU, Texas A & M, Ohio, Stanford, Texas, etc.
I also get tired of people who can't understand why someone would even consider another school academically. Alabama certainly isn't Michigan, but you can get a good education at a number of schools.
|26 weeks 1 day ago||OT: 2014 Recruiting Board||
Just a quick question on the 2014 recruiting board, and a comment on a change.
Edit: the changes I made to the board appear to have worked. Although, I'm dubious about changing Fournette to "data." Until I hear more, I can't see him leaving LA and LSU, official visit or not. "So there's a chance" still seems awfully pie in the sky positive to me, and not something to be too excited about. You guys.
|26 weeks 2 days ago||NP w TTB||
Poorly wordly sentence. I appreciate the content, especially the analysis and reviews of committed recruits. I guess I just appreciate your change to TTB.
|26 weeks 2 days ago||Appropriate Thread, Better Title||
So, I want to go on record to say the thread is both appropriate and better, titled appropriately. More, the title allows you to avoid it altogether, or to open it when no one is standing behind you and your computer. Half my problem with TTB wasn't the pics, but that you couldn't avoid them if you opened the site.
Regarding the photos themselves, I think the theoretical biggest problem (i.e., what gets labeled "inappropriate" and removed by moderators) is bare boobies and full frontal nudity. None of which were posted in this thread. Obviously, the gif with water cascading all over Kate is borderline, but her hands stay strategically placed.
I realize this is sexist, but I would definitely get off the bus with male nudity. It just isn't my cup of tea, and not something I ever want to see on the site. As has been mentioned many times, this is the internet. You can find almost anything you want to see, so it doesn't have to be located at MGoBlog. This allows folks like me to read safely both at work and at home.
|26 weeks 3 days ago||I chose not to comment on either thread||
Sometimes, it's best just to walk away. My comments weren't going to help on either of the threads referenced. The paucity of real commentary was appalling.
Bringing back the old point system might help. I really don't care that much either way about the points. There are pros and cons both ways. But when a negbang directly contributes to your point total, and you are ratcheting up 50 and 100 negative points on each post you put up, that is a severe sanction (so to speak) keeping people from being whiny and responding endlessly to perceived slights, and seeking to put up provocative, irritating posts.
My preference is for actual content, whether Meta, on topic, or off topic. For example, I'd like to hear from people about Tournette, and why he's taking an official visit, and who has seen him, and what led him to put Michigan on a visit list.
I'd also be happy to hear about the City of Detroit Emergency Manager, or the PED scandal in baseball, or the Miami Heat, or the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins, or the pros and cons of various barbecuing equipment. (I never heard about the Big Green Egg, for instance, until I came to this blog. $1,000 is rich for my blood for a grill, but still, now I'm informed.)
I'd be glad to read more about the UofM, and Ann Arbor.
|26 weeks 3 days ago||I must be too old||
My generation was different. I heard about Blue Balls, but never Red Balls. Regardless, I want neither set (of balls.) I suppose this has something to do with the rash of stupid male excitement posts over which way a recruit is tending?
|26 weeks 4 days ago||I was curious about Hagerup||
I was curious about Hagerup. Last week, I asked Laura Hoke about him, and she said he wasn't able to practice with the team, or take part in team activities, for the next year. Apparently, he can still use the facilities, however, which makes the most difference to a kicker.
|26 weeks 4 days ago||Thanks for the link!||
Angelique's article describes the Laura I saw to a T. In fact, I was kind of glad to read this, to confirm one or two of the things I recalled Laura saying. Thanks for the link.
|26 weeks 5 days ago||No, not 11 Warriors||
I used to go to another Ohio site that slips my mind . . . the ozone! Anyway, one of their writers had a weekly piece covering Michigan's game. I did summarize that for a while. But I stopped at some point. If people wanted to go to the Ozone, fine. But there was no point in summarizing an Ohio site's Michigan analysis at MGoBlog. At least most of the time.
|26 weeks 6 days ago||You absolutely hammered male / female communication||
You absolutely hammered male / female communication. That is hilarious.
|26 weeks 6 days ago||Town?||
Your town? I'm in Carol Stream.