a terrible blight on our fine country
|15 hours 29 min ago||Partially agree with you||
I partially agree with you. I would like to see more. I'm on board with Harbaugh that "satisfied" is not part of the vocab. Rudock could do a lot better.
I guess where the jury is out is how much he will improve from this point forward. My point is that I think he could still be Iowa 2014 Rudock. So I'm not satisified or content with where Rudock is now, but I fully believe he has the capability and the ceiling to improve lots in the remainder of the season.
|15 hours 32 min ago||Too lazy to dig||
Too lazy to dig for it in the archives, but I do remember that Harbaugh was the one who pulled the trigger on saying Rudock was welcome, and would have an offer. If harbaugh didn't want Rudock, he would have made that abundantly clear.
|17 hours 7 min ago||Personally love traditional jerseys||
Personally, I love the direction the jerseys have gone this year TREMENDOUSLY.
Jumpman is fine, Nike is fine. But I really hope there isn't much of a change in the appearance next year from how the uniforms look right now.
|17 hours 8 min ago||You are correct||
You are correct . . . thanks for catching that. Of course, now I can't edit, but that's ok.
|17 hours 12 min ago||Ok, I'll agree to disagree||
I can live with what you say. I happen to think that Rudock is a good, not a great QB. And that he by far gives us the best chance to win. And that we're going to see a lot of improvement over the course of the season. But we don't know yet: that's why you play the games: to see whether or not this assertion is true. We'll know a lot more in the next two games.
Honest question: because you think Rudock sucks, do you think we will lose vs. NW or MSU? (let's set OSU aside for now).
|17 hours 19 min ago||How to embed game day pics?||
Justin, I know how to copy and paste pictures already found on the Internet into posts. But what if I take a picture myself . . . how do I format and post that? (Beilein happened to be in the stands a couple rows from us a few games ago, and I had a nice photo I wanted to post. The moment has passed, but I'd still like to know for future reference).
I also need to get someone to help me change my avatar, and am not sure how to do that.
|17 hours 25 min ago||Michigan Space PSA||
(It worked. I think. First time embedding a video).
|17 hours 31 min ago||Loved Gardner||
I loved Gardner, and Denard. It would be fascinating to know what would have been the case if they had been under Harbaugh and Drevno, with the current OL. Alas, that ship has sailed, the page has turned, and we move on. Yes, I appreciate Devin Gardner. Yes, he undoubtedly would have done much better this year than last. But that wasn't the hand he was dealt. As said above, I'm glad for the grace shown by both Gardner and Denard in difficult circumstances.
|17 hours 36 min ago||Too simplistic||
I think it is too simplistic to isolate a scheme (3 - 4, 4- 3, 3 - 3 - 5,) or a coach (Casteel? Durkin? Mattison?) or players as the reason you succeed or fail. There are an awful lot of things that ALL need to come together.
If you have talented players, well coached, a good fit for the schemes you run, who aren't worn out by staying on the field too long, you'll do well.
As regards Casteel, when Arizona has the right players, and the right position coaches, I think they will improve on defense. Just my two cents.
|17 hours 54 min ago||I am completely in Rudock's Corner||
I am 100% in Rudock's corner. Honestly, I'm annoyed with all the posters who are whining and complaining about Rudock. Remember the timeline:
Yeah, there was an open competition in August. But look at what happened: Rudock emerged as the clear starter. Brian predicted this. The scrimmage open to Freshmen predicted this. And it was so. For those who are complaining, are you saying that Harbaugh is deficient in analyzing the situation? Are you saying that Harbaugh isn't telling the truth, and Morris really should be playing? Are you saying that we should be playing a true Freshman? (When Harbaugh said THIS VERY WEEK that QB's usually benefit from a redshirt)?!
Since the season began,
The big knock on Rudock is that he doesn't complete nearly enough passes downfield, more than 10 yards downfield. Obviously, that needs to improve. But yeah, I'm putting that partially on the receivers, partially on timing, partially on the whole team coming together. Remember, Rudock is playing THIS YEAR. Next year, we will either have O'Korn, or Morris, or Peters. And there's also Speight, Malzone, Gentry, and Viramontes.
Those of you who aren't happy, what do you propose? Are you suggesting that someone else play QB this year? Are you suggesting that the playcalling is bad, and we should be scoring 40 or 50 or more points every game?
My son-in-law is from Wisconsin, and obviously loves Green Bay. We have debated the skills of Aaron Rogers and Tom Brady. I'll concede that Rogers may have better arm strength, and be a better scrambler. But you know what? I think Brady JUST WINS GAMES. Brady doesn't overwhelm you with his passing. But his short passes all over the field shred defenses. I'll take that kind of "game manager" any day of the week.
I'm ranting, but to sum up:
"Rudock just wins games." And I'm ecstatic at that. Definitely appreciate Rudock!!
|19 hours 52 min ago||Michigan Space PSA||
Michigan Space PSA is the best.
META question: how do I:
|20 hours 3 min ago||I like John Mayer too||
I like John Mayer too. Thought he was Dad music. But I guess some people under 30 like Mayer too. I know my daughter does.
|20 hours 11 min ago||Great post||
Thanks for putting this up on the board. There are so many things I would never have seen if it wasn't for MgoBlog.
EDIT: Now isn't the time, but I still really would like some creative way to allow retired numbers to be used. The Legends patch was a bit busy, and I can see letting it go. But it didn't bother me to see #48 on the field. Maybe they'll honor players who are excellent with those numbers, but not have the patch?
|20 hours 17 min ago||Some things are worth running out of food for||
Some things are worth running out of food for. This is one of them.
Edit: Yeah, this wouldn't be my first restaurant choice in the world . . . but I would have no problem eating there and enjoying it.
|20 hours 58 min ago||Fearless Leader - Company Man?||
Brian, are you now a company man? Part of the establishment? Do you wear a hockey sweater to the event? Are you able to speak your mind, or do you have a list of things you can't do? I dunno, man. What's the world coming to? Cumong man, don't sell out to the MAN! Would the dude agree to this?
|22 hours 51 min ago||I'm excited, but||
I'm excited and happy and enthusiastic, but man, this place is turning into a bunch of fangirling.
Yeah, it's happening, but get a grip and have some self-respect.
|1 day 45 min ago||Yes, you are correct||
Schadenfruede normally accompanies a loss. It is defined as "the feeling of joy or pleasure when one sees another fail or suffer misfortune." Until OSU loses to Michigan you are somewhat correct. That's the point when they truly fail.
"Schadenfreude" fits to the degree you feel joy or pleasure at their discomfort. This feeling of joy is not in direct conflict with holding off on celebrations. The anticipatory pleasure is a precursor of the coming celebration.
|1 day 8 hours ago||What was up with her?||
Oh my goodness. Assume you don't have any more contact with her. She needs to lighten up too.
|1 day 9 hours ago||Interesting Michigan Monday||
This is an interesting Michigan Monday. Last week, I thought that Gerdeman was a bit off. Today's column confirms it for me. I think his tone is shifting just a wee bit. I don't know when Gerdeman began Michigan Monday. But I think this may be one of the first seasons when Michigan appears to be a legitimate threat, and OSU is . . . struggling. As noted above, it is easy to be patronizing and condescending when Michigan is bad. But as Harbaugh moves the team forward, this becomes a harder column to write. I completely agree with MGrowOld as to the money quote, on how things have really changed under Harbaugh, and they're not going back.
|1 day 10 hours ago||If that happens, I would do many things||
If OSU and Michigan win out, and Michigan beats OSU, I would do many things I've never done in my 56 years.
Ok, I've had a goofy smile on my face before. When I got married. When my daughter was born. When we adopted twins. When my daughter got married, and when she moved away with the Navy. But as regards Michigan football, this would be the most epic thing EVER. I don't know if it could be topped for me.
|1 day 13 hours ago||I've heard jerseys are selling like hotcakes.||
I've heard jerseys are selling like hotcakes. Tide has turned. /s (glad that meme is done with).
|1 day 13 hours ago||Interesting scenario||
Some OSU fans are suggesting that the fans respect JT much more than Cardale, but aren't going to voice that publicly, or even with Urban. But yeah, some dissension in the ranks.
|1 day 13 hours ago||I really dislike that guy||
I really dislike that guy. And I've seen a couple things on him suggesting that yes, many OSU fans don't care for him either.
|1 day 13 hours ago||There's a lot I'd take at OSU||
There's a lot I'd take at OSU, but I think we are going to give them a game, and I'm not worried about the talent level at Michigan competing. The way things are laying out, it will be an incredible contest.
|1 day 13 hours ago||Bingo||
This is such a key point. Drevno, Durkin, Mattison, Baxter, Fisch, Jay, Jackson, Zordich, Wheatley . . . that is a killer lineup of coaches. The coaching changes made game to game, and at halftime, are something I've never seen at Michigan. The players are hungry, and the coaches are bringing them there.
|1 day 13 hours ago||Who's got it better than us?||
|1 day 13 hours ago||I hope they're undefeated||
I hope they're undefeated coming into Ann Arbor. I hope they keep on winning without changing a thing. And I hope that Michigan then obliterates OSU. That is when the real schadenfruede, the true tears of unfathomable sadness, will flow.
|1 day 13 hours ago||Jerseys||
|1 day 14 hours ago||Couldn't help watching on Saturday||
I couldn't help watching the OSU - Indiana game on Saturday. My hopes weren't too high: I figured Indiana would find a way to lose, and they did. But man, OSU fans had to be sweating bullets. They didn't look like a dominant world beating team against Indiana. And they lost one of their receivers, Corey Smith, to boot.
|1 day 16 hours ago||Hmmm||
I guess I was thinking of injuries that happened this season, or in prep for this season. I mean, if you want to go the way you're going with Pipkins, you could also include OL Chris Fox on that list. The reality is that neither Fox nor Pipkins were going to play for Michigan this year, so they were non-factors imhe. Six of one, half a dozen of another.
|1 day 16 hours ago||That's a first world problem||
Where stickers go? That's a first world problem. Nice problem to have. Personally, I don't know as I'd make them much smaller. Maybe slightly harder to get next year? Put on a chart in Schembechler Hall once your helmet fills up? Either way is fine with me.
|1 day 16 hours ago||Ugly Injury||
Yeah, I saw it. Not pretty. Another one of those freak things that can't be stopped.
Regarding his place on the offense, I think he will be missed. While it is true that there are another 5 - 7 guys out there, he is important. Thomas is their go-to guy, and if he went down, it would be critical. But losing Smith is not a small thing.
|1 day 18 hours ago||Eleven Warriors has thread||
Eleven Warriors has a "Harbaugh to Miami?" thread. I'm resigned to that happened EVERY. SINGLE. NFL. OPENING. I can't get my shorts in a wad, but would be shocked if Harbaugh leaves Michigan any time soon.
|1 day 19 hours ago||Lingering injury||
If the other receivers step up, and he isn't 100%, I could believe a redshirt is forthcoming.
|1 day 19 hours ago||I do believe . . .||
“I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” Mark 9:24
Brian, I'd bet your eating a lemon that this above verse is part of the Catholic Pericopes. And interestingly, the full verse describes my sentiments. I do believe in Michigan . . . but I struggle to overcome my unbelief. The last 7 years seem a veritable eternity. We have had seven years of famine and are starving for Michigan to succeed. We have wandered in the wilderness, and want to enter the promised land. Really, almost every year with the exception of '97, has been slightly disappointing. I want to believe . . . help my unbelief!
|1 day 20 hours ago||Happy Brain vs. Angry Brain||
So, do you mean:
Happy Brain > Sad/Melancholy/Resigned Brain > Angry Brain
or do you mean:
Happy Brian > Sad/Melancholy/Resigned Brian > Angry Brian
or do you mean:
Brain = Brian, so it doesn't matter?
|1 day 20 hours ago||Sad||
Sad. Seemed like Ojemudia just was coming into his element. Wish him well. As for replacing him, that will be hard to do, but not as hard as replacing Rudock or Peppers or Lewis. Ojemudia is good. He is not indispensible.
|1 day 20 hours ago||Very good RB||
Justin Jackson is a very good RB for NW. I watched him play at Glenbard North, our local HS, for years. He didn't need much of a space to gain significant yards. If he isn't contained, you're in trouble. Having said that, I think Michigan keys on Jackson, and Michigan wins. But Jackson is no pedestrian slouch.
|1 day 21 hours ago||take with a grain of salt||
I mean, the advanced stats are nice and all, but we haven't faced a dominant OL, a dominant DL, and a dominant RB like Zeke Elliott. Sure, I'm happy. I'd say it is reasonable to be favored against most teams. But if we're favored now like that against OSU, I'm not buyin'. I think we'll play OSU tough. I think we have a good chance of winning, if we keep improving. But favored by more than two TD's? What're they smokin'?
|1 day 21 hours ago||Seriously, I couldn't care less about drunk people||
Lighten up, buddy. Not worried about alcohol at all. Seriously, drunk people are not my concern, and they can do what they want, and drink as much as they want. In fact, I thought that wanting more drinking and partying time was the main reason many people want a later start time. I'm good with that . . . party on!
|1 day 21 hours ago||Pipkins?||
Yeah Pipkins is out for the season. And then some. I wouldn't count him in this list.
|1 day 21 hours ago||No, doesn't feel like OSU 2002||
No, this doesn't feel like OSU 2002 to me at all. Unless something drastically changes, there's no way OSU wins out this year. Starting WR Corey Smith is out for the year for OSU. They already are struggling in the passing game, and now they will be even more tested. It seems extremely unlikely given their QB situation and their WR situation that OSU is going to improve significantly. With our secondary playing lights out, Michigan is going to key on Zeke Elliot big time. I certainly didn't think so at the beginning of the season, but I believe Michigan is going to beat OSU, and significantly. Harbaugh and Drevno and Durkin are already game planning for OSU. It will be a beautiful thing.
|1 day 22 hours ago||Let me fix that for you . . .||
Let me fix that for you . . . "my EX-girlfriend got drunk and texted me something about Michigan winning."
|1 day 22 hours ago||It's radio silence for you, buddy||
It's radio silence for you, buddy. Good luck with that. At least the wedding will be over about the same time as the 1st quarter. If you're lucky, you won't be in the wedding, and you can watch most of the game at a hotel bar.
|1 day 22 hours ago||That's a long time||
In my limited experience, you can DVR and delay watching a game a couple hours or so. But a full day? You are really going to have to stay away from all media. Turn off your cell phone. No TV. No radio. No contact with anyone who knows you are a Michigan fan. Even some gas stations have broadcast scores at the pump. To maintain radio silence for a 24 hour period is very difficult. Good luck, and let us know how it goes.
|1 day 22 hours ago||Good news||
Good news. Could have seen that coming a mile away. But still, good news. Wouldn't want a night game against MSU, wouldn't want the Admin to go against what they've already said. And this allows the heavy drinkers and party animals to have several more hours to get hammered that Saturday. Without getting hammered for a 10 hour period.
|1 day 22 hours ago||Think this is the way to go||
This is a good suggestion (my other one notwithstanding). I really think that it isn't worth going into a radio blackout for the NW game. My son was playing Freshman ball at 11:30am EST, so I missed the first half against Maryland. Turns out that wasn't a bad thing.
I would just make sure that no important family members schedule anything for the MSU or OSU games. In fact, I would tell them now you have plans, and won't be available for any events during those two blocks of four hours.
|1 day 22 hours ago||Drug induced coma||
I'd suggest a drug induced coma. Have someone you know record the game. Then watch it when you wake up. Simple solution.
|1 day 22 hours ago||Overall good news||
This is pretty much what we've heard so far. Just a few observations.
|2 days 28 min ago||Agreed. Just stop.||
To the OP, stop, quit, decease. We know JH is a great coach. So does everyone else (except maybe some OSU homers). JH made a calculated decision to come to Michigan. He isn't leaving anytime soon. We can have this discussion again AFTER he has won multiple Big10 Championships, National Championships, etc. After we have dominated OSU and MSU for years. After Michigan and Harbaugh have absolutely nothing left to prove. Until then, there's no way JH is leaving Michigan.
|4 days 17 hours ago||Sumatra Coffee||
I have fresh roasted beans just picked up from Cafe Stella in Norfolk. Ground some this morning, fresh brewed pot of steaming sumatra coffee. Nothing like a good cup of joe for me, on a beautiful, crisp sunny Fall afternoon.
|4 days 17 hours ago||Great for Borges||
That's awesome. I've lost about 15 pounds, but have miles to go before I sleep. The hardest thing, as said above, is continuing with the program and keeping it off.
|4 days 19 hours ago||Little known fact: OP gets +1, no more, no less||
There is a glitch in the mgomatrix. The original poster gets a single point for putting up a thread. No more. No less. Once a thread is up, the points in the comments tabulate, both positive and negative.
Back in the beginning of mgotime, points were tabulated as they should have been. And a few of the savvy and witty original posters amassed a wealth in points. TomVH was upvoted and upvoted for his wonderful inside recruiting info. Conversely, when a post was downvoted, and especially when the OP like a moth to the flame couldn't resist commenting in the threads, some posters dropped hundreds and hundreds of points in a single hour. You actually could see the poster's point total recalculate up or down as you voted on their brilliance or their folly.
In the dark ages, after one of the mgoservers went down, there were no points awarded for votes. Anarchy reigned on the board. There was no board self-policing, and moderators burned out left and right. Things have been partially restored. The ability to give or remove points has brought back some measure of board self-moderation. But there are still glitches in the matrix. I don't know where all the trapdoors and easter eggs and idiosyncrasies exist in mgoblog. But they are still there.
TL;DR. My point: your negs of the OP are irrelevant. He is impervious, so long as he doesn't venture into the comments, where he could be soundly downvoted.
|4 days 20 hours ago||I enjoy this piece||
Thanks for doing this, Seth. It is helpful for calibrating when and where and how and for how much to buy tickets. I, like you, have largely bought tickets to the games I could go to, not having season tickets since graduating many years ago. Being in Chicago, with other commitments and limited income, there are only so many games I can attend.
Just a few comments. First I also second 707Oxford: if you are putting info about the upcoming game, this post would be better by Wed. or Thurs.
Second, I started a thread several days ago on a related but different topic.
It would be great if there was a mechanism to link mgobloggers to other mgobloggers as regards tickets. I'm sure that tiqiq is good, but that is more of an open market. And that is more about really buying and selling. One way to help mgobloggers would be some kind of blog specific IM capability. Is that beyond the programming skilz of mgoblog staff, or the time, or the server ability?
On a completely unrelated topic, I now have 4 mgoblog windows open (the number needed to page down to my post of 3 days ago). I know it is in the plans to eventually fix this. Is "in the plans" something that means this year? Next year? Maybe in 10 years? Inquiring minds . . .
|4 days 23 hours ago||Happy Rainy Friday||
|5 days 15 hours ago||Hard but prudent decision||
Hard but prudent decision. I suspect that Maryland and food vendors were involved in the decision making as well. With a full refund, the Alumni Assoc. loses money too. Unfortunately, in our litigious society, no matter how much you underscore the risk involved (come at your own risk, don't drive though flooded roads, etc., etc.), there is still significant liability if you do anything other than cancel such an event. The problem is the state of emergency put out there by various agencies.
|5 days 16 hours ago||Hilarious||
Yep, Auburn is doing just fine. No problems AT ALL. Don't know what in the world anyone is WORRIED ABOUT. Everything is just JIM DANDY.
|5 days 16 hours ago||There's a deeper explanation for NSFMSRK||
There's a deeper explanation for NSFMSRK. We all do stupid things. This is my stupidilty. Interestingly, without there being a poll, I gather many readers agree with or understand the reasoning behind my request.
LINK: Please avoid NSFW or home pics in post. I have to say, the original thread was pretty epic. And hilarious.
LINK: META/OT: Epic Stupid NSFW Post This was my followup to the original thread.
|5 days 16 hours ago||Watching the OL||
I'm watching the OL. If the light really has gone on for Kalis, we move to 3 excellent linemen. And if Braden and Magnuson bring it up a notch, we've then got a very good line, instead of just good. With a very good line, Rudock has more time, the RB's have more lanes, the receivers can get more free, lots of good things happen.
I actually think the season lines up very well for us. The OL has 2 games to gell more, then MSU. I think they can beat State if things go right. That gives us 4 more games after that to get better yet. And then the final and hardest test, OSU. If we played OSU now, I think we would lose. Playing them at the end of the season? I think Michigan has more time and room to improve and catch up to OSU. And if we run the table, that Jim Harbaugh is coach of the year, and we're in the National Playoff picture. I could not have believed that was a possibility in the preseason, in my wildest dreams.
|5 days 17 hours ago||48 - 0 Michigan||
48 - 0 Michigan
|5 days 17 hours ago||Fascinating Questions||
Being that I'm a pastor, these questions are really interesting to me. They typically don't come up a lot on the board, and are kind of frowned on. That's mostly good. We don't need or want religious debate here. However, there is an intersection point on the board, when faith issues for coaches or players are made public by the same coaches or players. When there are articles and quotes about faith in the media that are published, they become a legitimate topic of discussion. There are several observations I'll make.
First, I'm not Catholic, and so I can't say a whole lot knowledgably about Catholics. However, it strikes me that Harbaugh is more engaged in his faith than many Catholics. He doesn't talk about it a whole lot, but if you do a search on his mission trips to Peru, you'll find it there. The fact that he takes time for a mission trip is very interesting. Harbaugh appears to be more than a cultural Catholic. I don't know how often he worships, and it is absolutely none of my business. But I'm guessing there's a possibility Harbaugh really respects faith issues more than some Catholics do. Just saying, if he was a Chreaster (go to mass Christmas and Easter, skip the rest of the year), he probably wouldn't be going on a mission trip. One aside: I find it fascinating that Beilein is also a very devout Catholic. Again, there are plenty of articles on this.
The second point was already made, so I won't belabor it. But Gary is from NJ and from a Catholic High School. Point is, mom and Gary would be familiar enough with Catholics.
Third, I know there is a significant subset of the team for whom faith life is important. And I know there are other coaches for whom their faith life is important. I don't know how many, I don't know who, for the most part, and again, it is really none of my business. But here's the thing. If there are a decent number of football players and coaches for whom faith is important, that makes it easier for someone like Gary (and his mom) to feel comfortable. You don't necessarily want to be the only person on the team who believes in God.
Fourth, and maybe most important, Greg Harden and his wife are key to Gary's recruitment. There is both a racial and a faith component. Rashan's mother Jennifer Coney was quoted saying:
Harden and his wife Shelia are trump cards. And maybe even support person Mom Lyons. Jennifer Coney and Rashad Gary are interested in a number of things, among others:
Harden and others really provide for the support system and for faith life. If Michigan didn't have any one of these components, they would lose to Alabama or Auburn. Because they can support all four, I think it is going to be harder for Bama and Auburn. We shall see.
|5 days 18 hours ago||Rain worse than you think||
Just got off the phone with my daughter, in the Navy, and stationed in Norfolk. This is about 200 miles south of College Park. The rain in Norfolk has been falling the last 7 days, and the ground is saturated. Rain is heavy enough that there already is some flooding. They expect 4 - 7 inches more between now and Sat. In College Park, the ground is also saturated, and they expect 3 - 4 more inches of rain by Sat. night. There already has been some flooding. However, no one knows exactly how much, and how heavy, the rain will fall. But flooding is quite possible.
My point? You don't wait until there is flooding or a disaster to call something off or reschedule it. If the rain is heavy for 8 hours more on Sat. (between noon and 8pm), that is going to make travel that much more difficult, with that much more water on the ground. Currently, Joaquin is a Cat 4 hurricane. Who knows what it will end up being, and what weather impact it will have?
Water and flooding cause most of the fatalities in a hurricane, not the wind. What a nightmare it would be if people were actually hurt by flooding. It isn't worth the risk.
|5 days 20 hours ago||We all think about Hand||
Sadly, we all think about Hand. I don't know for sure, and it is water over the dam at this point. But I think for Hand, he liked the coaches, and he liked the academics, and he liked the support system. But the football team wasn't very good. I wouldn't be surprised if Hand would have chosen Michigan, if Harbaugh had been coach. It wouldn't have just been Harbaugh: it would have also been the academics and the support system. But having a good football team is important, after all.
Cut to the chase: I think our chances are great with Gary, much better than with Hand.
|5 days 21 hours ago||I love Michigan in the Fall||
I love Michigan in the Fall. Starting back in the 80's a bunch of us who were recent grads would spend a weekend together in a hunter's house near Handy Creek and 131. A fairly nondescript area, but still beautiful, like much of Michigan. There was a glassed in cupola on top of the barn. It was a perfect place to play euchre or hearts, to have a beer, to see the yellows and reds and golds of all the trees around us waving in the breeze. As we've gotten older, we don't stay there as often . . . only having a pot bellied stove and no beds and seeing mouse turds everywhere isn't quite as appealing.
I love getting to Lake Michigan, especially on one of those Fall warm days, temps in the mid-70's. If you're lucky and half crazy and the water is right, you can go for a swim. I have a friend who runs more than 500 acres of orchards near Fennville. The last 10 years, I've picked maybe a half dozen or more bushels of apples, and several crates of concord grapes, making gallons of my own fresh grape juice. Nothing like cake donuts and crisp apples and washing it down with a sip of beer. Also smoked salmon and cheese and a good local wine.
When the days were nice, some of us would shoot skeet, or hunt for grouse and pheasant. It is hard to believe, but I've got a lot of fond memories of getting together with these guys for more than 25 years now. Nine of us were students at Michigan together, and a couple other guys have occasionally joined us. Early on, we would catch the afternoon game on WJR, but now, they are almost always on TV, if we've got cable or a signal.
EDIT: I remember being able to buy a quart jug of freshly squeezed cider on game days walking to the stadium. I haven't seen that for years, but that was better than anything, and part of a glorious day.
|5 days 21 hours ago||Had the opportunity to meet Brandon||
I had the opportunity to meet Brandon at a Chicago Alumni Association meet and greet a couple summers ago. He seemed awfully smug and pleased with himself and bemused with the hoi polloi. Slick, good looking, reasonable, but dismissive. Not someone I would want to work for.
|5 days 22 hours ago||Just avoid Lively||
It isn't just punt returns. Last year, he had a pick against Rudock near the end that won the game for Maryland. We don't want to give Lively any live touches of the ball.
|5 days 22 hours ago||Not a single issue||
According to Webb, it isn't just the academics, and it isn't just the athletics. There are a lot of other important issues out there with the support system, and comfort with the climate at the school. Read the article, and you'll see some of what's important to mom (and to Gary).
|5 days 22 hours ago||Maybe difficult, not sure||
I pondered what you said before posting. In reading the article, it was largely focused on the business strategy, and not on politics. The question of whether or not this broke the spirit of the law isn't necessarily a political question.
Still, I can see that some bloggers might bring politics in.
|5 days 22 hours ago||Because of Dave Brandon||
Posted here because of Dave Brandon. And the fact that many don't like how he ran things. And this is how things are being run at Toys 'R' Us.
|5 days 22 hours ago||Very impressed by Greg Harden||
This is great news. I'm very, very impressed by Greg Harden. He cares for the kids, and is a critical part of the staff. Read the article by Sam Webb. My suspicion is that Greg and his wife Shelia mean more to mom, and even to Gary, then a lot of the other stuff.
It isn't just about the football. It isn't about the swag. To be honest, it isn't just about the academics. It is about having an emotional and counseling and spiritual support system in place. That is where Greg Harden comes in.
Obviously, many other schools are going to have something similar. But this gives me hope for Rashan Gary coming to Michigan. To use a different kind of example, Treadwell was looking for something else, and wasn't a fit. Gary, on the other hand, is looking for a combination of athletics, academics, and support system beyond those two aspects.
Upon reflection, I wonder if some of the guys who didn't come to Michigan (thinking of Hand) bailed out because of the football not being quite there. I think Hand might well have come to Michigan with the current staff in place.
There is something about Michigan's culture that is very healthy, and that bodes well for the future. Obviously, you have to have the right athletic ability, and the drive, and the academic bona fides. But I think that there is a strong character element at Michigan which is a good thing.
|5 days 23 hours ago||I hate being just a bit late||
I hate being just a bit late posting. So, I almost always open a second mgoblog window, to verify no one else posted the same thing, before hitting "save."
|5 days 23 hours ago||It's all good||
Even if there is lots of rain, I always thought this scenario made the most sense. It is easier to have people on the road early, during daylight. And if people can fly out earlier, whether Sat. night or Sunday morning, all the better. Get people out of the area sooner.
Regarding TV, I'm thinking it will probably be televised in some fashion.
|6 days 13 hours ago||The strong get stronger . . .||
The strong get stronger . . . more specifically, the strength of our defense is going to give the coaches much, much more flexibility. By playing strength against strength in practice, they help the offense. By dominating, they stay fresh, and protect the defense from injuries. By dominating, they have more time to develop those not starting yet. By dominating, those not starting have to be very hungry. By rewarding hungry players with PT, it motivates everyone on the team. All is well.-
|6 days 16 hours ago||Challenging||
I hear what you're saying. But I would still obviously take Gary. And Corley. And Davis. And Kemp. That only leaves room for two more. I guess I'd be thrilled to add Nauta at TE, but that would leave room for one. Kelly, Jackson, Bush would all be possibilities. We'll see. I suppose a good problem to have.
|6 days 16 hours ago||We'll be fine||
We'll be fine, but I'll bet they change something. Either move the game to Friday night or to Saturday morning in Maryland, or move it to Ann Arbor. Frankly, I think that Maryland doesn't expect to win. Michigan could fill the stadium, and still give the Terps a bunch of money. And Friday night or Sat. morning in the rain is ok, if they are able to get everyone out of Dodge by Sat. night. It sounds like they really don't want people in the area trying to fly out on Sunday.
I personally would hate to be in DC with this kind of event. I was in Norfolk over Labor Day weekend to visit my daughter. The DC traffic is so bad, I drove the alternate route (through WVa) rather than go anywhere near DC.
|6 days 17 hours ago||Just was in Sleepy Hollow||
Yeah, I was just in Sleepy Hollow to buy a Honda Pilot, so I know exactly where you're at.
|6 days 18 hours ago||I will get in contact||
I will get in contact. Would love to watch a game or two together. And I'd love to hear more of your perspective on the Treetops fiasco. I'm in Carol Stream, so I'd guess maybe a half hour to where you're at?
|6 days 18 hours ago||Always a potential problem||
That's always a potential problem. There are some people out there who want to game the system and always have their hands out. Personally, I would have been more than happy to pay for the tickets. I offered to pay for the tickets. But the reality is that my fellow blogger was kind, and generous, and it brought him a bit of happiness to see them used. He has a lot more in the way of personal finances than I do, and he was gracious in that.
For him, because we've gotten to know each other, I wasn't just a phone number or a face. He knew I would use them, not re-sell them, and would enjoy them. If you can do that with a fellow mgoblogger, you should usually be good.
|6 days 21 hours ago||Love the clip||
Love the clip. I'll be looking for more of them.
How old are your sons? Took my son (14 years old) to first game in Big House this year, courtesy of a very generous fellow mgoblogger. We'd been to Northwestern games at Ryan before (live in the Chicago area) but there's nothing like Ann Arbor. Really, it is special.
|6 days 22 hours ago||Zing!||
Yep, readers are clamoring for more Draftaggedon content. Can't wait to hear more about how Brian, Ace, Seth and friends draft the Big 10.
Seriously, I never have completely grasped the appeal or purpose of more than a cursory post about Draftaggedon. That is probably the thing I read the least about. I'd rather read more about Olympic sports than Draftaggedon.
|1 week 9 hours ago||Ok||
So the following would be ideal:
I still don't see how we can manage 28, but stranger things have happened.
|1 week 9 hours ago||Ok||
Ok. I haven't heard as much about Jones. Bush I haven't heard a lot about lately. And obv. Hill is committed to PSU, but many believe is flippable. Thanks.
|1 week 9 hours ago||Great news||
The way this looks, Michigan is in the running for a number of awesome recruits.
I'm curious who we would take, and what positions are of great need. Right now, I see the following:
In one sense, we'd like everyone on this list. After all, they were already offered. On the other hand, we don't have room for all of them.
I'm curious where our greatest remaining need is. It is interesting to have three DE's and a couple of linebackers. I'm also curious if there is anyone on the above list who is really a longshot and unlikely to come to Michigan.
|1 week 15 hours ago||Interesting T-Shirt||
Interesting T-Shirt.Think "The Master" or "Your Lord" or "The Emperor" would work better.
|1 week 15 hours ago||Awesome!||
Mgrowold, you're the best. You've answered all my questions, and so promptly. I can see why you've succeeded in business. I'll bet you've got a great future at Dominos, or Toys R Us. Thanks much.
|1 week 16 hours ago||Very sad||
Very sad, and yet, you often have to make mistakes to the point where you get the help you need.
|1 week 17 hours ago||Not complaining||
I'm not complaining about the site. But it would be great to have a "State of the Site" post by Brian et al.
I mean, I come here for the content. I really don't care whether or not this happens. But iirc, different things were promised that never happened. Just nice to know what's going on.
Probably the biggest fix would be to be able to page down the board. Eleven Warriors forum is more usable in this regard. Active links would be nice. A storage system so you could look for past posts would be nice. The points don't really matter, but it is intriguing that when someone puts a new post on the board, upvotes on the OP don't tabulate . . . only upvotes on comments in the thread.
|1 week 19 hours ago||Concern against OSU||
Your stats are very interesting and helpful. They support two things for me:
|1 week 22 hours ago||Agree with you||
I agree with you that we have room to grow. In particular, I am expecting good things from Rudock. The more he plays with his receiving corps, the better they will get. Timing still isn't there. Route running can still be more precise. Darboh and Butt are there. Bunting and Chesson are doing well. Drake Harris and Freddy Canteen are in the wings, along with Perry and Ways. And one of my favorite plays of the game was the fake to not one but two backs, and then passing to Hill. The creative play-calling, the development of the OL, the growth of Rudock, gives me quite a bit of hope.
|1 week 22 hours ago||There's a big spectrum||
There's a big spectrum between "just rain" and "actual hurricane." My guess is that they actually wait to make the call until Thursday. The problem is the logistics: you have to make this decision early enough so that people know of the change. There are competing interests on both sides:
On the other hand,
I'm betting that if there is a significant chance of heavy rain, with high winds (in excess of 50mph), they will move the game earlier. Safety trumps the schedule.
NFL games have been rescheduled or moved because of earthquakes (1989) hurricanes (1992 and 2005 season for Saints) and snow (3 games in 2010, another in 2014).
In 2014, Florida vs. Idaho was washed out. This year, LSU vs. McNeese State was cancelled. We know about Michigan vs. Western being called.
My son's high school game played through the first half several weeks ago, was postponed because of weather, and finished Saturday afternoon. It happens.
|1 week 23 hours ago||Maybe you can go to the game after all!||
Maybe you can go to the game after all! The wedding will be postponed and the game moved early.
|1 week 23 hours ago||Takeaways and turnovers||
The defense is doing great. I think, as said above, that more takeaways, interceptions, etc., is the one area we could see more.
|1 week 23 hours ago||Possible it could start earlier||
Sometimes the start time is adjusted for weather. My guess is that they could adjust and start the game at noon, 1pm, or 3pm on Saturday. While it would be a pain for some, if the storm track has Joaquin hitting late Saturday night, there are travel and safety concerns. If the game starts at noon, and was over by three, Michigan could be home safely by early evening, and avoid any possible plane delays, etc.
|1 week 1 day ago||One other possibility: one on, one off||
If a series was resumed with ND that had one game at Michigan, a year off, one game at ND, a year off, almost everyone would get to see them, and the rotation would allow people to see them in both venues. Of course, I wouldn't mind returning to no off years, or infrequent off years, but I'd like to see them regularly part of the schedule.
|1 week 1 day ago||I'll agree that we'll know more after NW & MSU||
I'll agree with Gerdeman that we'll know a lot more about Michigan after Northwestern and MSU. I think that line play, as always, will tell us more. Specifically, when we play against teams with a big, dominant OL, we'll see just how good our DL is. Conversely, when we play against a team with a big, dominant DL, we'll see just much our OL has improved.
So far, our OL has kept the QB clean and opened up lanes for the RB corps. And so far, our DL has been able to rip through the OL of the teams we've played. Both our OL and DL have looked dominant. But I vaguely recall the same thing when RichRod was here . . . Michigan dominated weaker OOC teams, but really struggled when we hit the Big Boys. I think we've seen a ton of improvement from those sorry days. But I still don't know that our linemen have really been challenged.
There is a clip of Kalis just being obliterated by one of the Utah defensive linemen. Not a pretty sight. The guys are going to have to play better than that against MSU and especially OSU.
|1 week 1 day ago||Hmmm||
Gender doesn't really matter. Stupid is as stupid does. Having said that, I'm curious how many women are in the Presser. Angelique from the News has always been articulate and asked good questions, iirc. So this must be someone else?
|1 week 1 day ago||Absolutely galling||
Absolutely galling. Couldn't agree more. Honestly, sometimes Hoke, and even RR, had this "deer in the headlights" kind of look. They didn't seem particularly prepared.
Time will tell, but I wonder if Harbaugh has the ability to surpass Bo. More specifically, it isn't just about execution. It is about a game plan and play calls that your opponent can't anticipate, and aren't prepared for.
Last thing: it is so important to give credit to the entire coaching staff. To Drevno and Durkin, along with Mattison, and Baxter, and Zordich. Harbaugh is confident in his own abilities, and has surrounded himself with excellent coaches. The buck may stop with Harbaugh, but he isn't doing all the work himself.
|1 week 1 day ago||What does it mean?||
MSU is worse than they thought; Michigan is better than we thought.
Regarding the transitive property, and UM vs. MSU: I think this game is close. I think this game is competitive. The weather and injuries make it impossible to predict, altogether. A strong wind could be really bad for Rudock. We can't lose Rudock or Peppers: there is no "next man up" for either.
However, all things being equal, and there being no monsoons, wind storms, or devastating injuries, I predict a Michigan win, for the following reasons:
|1 week 1 day ago||Giddy at BYU Parent's Comments||
I am absolutely giddy at the BYU Parent's comments on being outcoached by Harbaugh:
We got out coached. There is a reason Harbaugh is an NFL level coach. He is good. He prepares a unique game plan every week. There was an insinuation that we don't adapt much to the opponent.
Oh. My. Goodness. It's happening! This statement gives me much more hope playing against MSU and OSU. I've already thought that Harbaugh (and Drevno, and Durkin, and Baxter) are preparing wrinkles AS WE SPEAK for our bigger games. And that once a game is in hand, the play calls become plain vanilla. I now realize three more things:
The future is bright. Oh, and one other thing: I don't ever want to hear another Michigan fan complain about a "boring, routine, humdrum" win. The last seven years have made me so much more appreciative of what we had through all my student years.
|1 week 1 day ago||Hope he gets the pump up treatment all season||
Hope he gets the pump up treatment all season, and the double pump up vs. MSU and OSU.
|1 week 1 day ago||Want to see away games||
Hoke's teams performed badly on the road. I really want to see if Michigan dominates and destroys Maryland, in their first Big 10 away game this year. If that happens, my expectations will go higher: 9 - 3 at worst, 10 - 2 more likely.
|1 week 1 day ago||Looks like Smith is good to go||
Looks like Smith is good to go. Obv. we'll know more after the presser, and know for sure on Saturday. But there he is.
Also see that Grant Perry is third on depth at one WR position. Don't know that we'll see him too much until his route running improves.
|1 week 1 day ago||I've adjusted expectations up||
I've adjusted expectations up. My mind was blown with 31 - 0 at halftime. With all the Rudock gloom and doom the week before, and wondering if the defense was just beating up on creampuffs, it was hard to know what to expect. It is now clear that the defense is indeed very good. Still have to see how they do against MSU, but I'm encouraged. As regards Rudock, the game against BYU was actually what I expected. I believe Rudock's stats and the score would have been significantly higher except that Harbaugh called off the dogs and hid most things away, saving them for when needed.
|1 week 1 day ago||Impressive||
Impressive. Oh, and for OP question, I think you'll find out in the 12:15pm presser with Harbaugh.
|1 week 1 day ago||Thought bags weren't allowed||
No bags of any kind are allowed in the stadium.
|1 week 2 days ago||Rarely read Drew Sharp||
I very rarely read Drew Sharp, and negged OP on principle. I do occasionally see something worthwhile in Freep, but I avoid Sharp. Only advice that can be given. IIRC Brian says something about this somewhere. Ignore Sharp, and don't feed the trolls.
|1 week 4 days ago||Great story||
Thanks for sharing the link. Glad to read this. It is a reminder that players come from all kinds of different situations and walks of life. Mr. Hurst's mother sounds like a great woman. My hat is off to her and all single moms who pursuedly fight for their children.
|1 week 6 days ago||Yes!||
Exactly. With our current OL, and Rudock being "functional," we definitely don't have a dumpster fire. That's unhelpful hyperbole.
|1 week 6 days ago||I kind of think a lot of you guys don't get it||
I kind of think a lot of you guys don't get it. I don't listen to any of this stuff. But the music they play while the team is warming up is not going to be MMB. They've got to play something, and they're going to play something, and it has to be clean "for the kids."
|2 weeks 7 hours ago||You're right||
You're right. I could see part of Hell's Bells used in the stadium. Plus one to you!
|2 weeks 7 hours ago||Definitely some of those||
I could definitely see parts of "Enter Sandman," "Slow Ride," and "Smells Like Teen Spirit." Another dad rawk band is ZZ Top. Not sure any of their songs would work in a stadium.
Oh, and I really hate "Built this City" but threw it in as a Detroit kind of song.
|2 weeks 8 hours ago||Yeah, what can I say||
Yeah, what can I say. Phil is definitely Dad Rawk. Having said that, do you think he should be banned? Or is "in the air tonight" ok for a UTL game?
Regarding "Joker and the Thief," that song has been ruined for me by being in Chicago. Why? Because of the Blackhawks, every time I hear that opening driving guitar, I hear "Chelsea Dagger." And I associate that just with the Blackhawks. For good, or bad.
|2 weeks 21 hours ago||Pick one?||
Pick one? Pick one? That's like asking me to pick my favorite game. My favorite child. My favorite food. My favorite vacation. My favorite memory. There are many good memories with Denard. Joyful, gracious quarterback and leader. Wish him well as his life goes on.
|2 weeks 23 hours ago||Really like saving some redshirts||
I really like saving some redshirts. There is no reason to burn many of them. This has hurt Michigan in the last few years.
Newsome, on the OL, should definitely redshirt if at all possible. And I believe it serves Morris' best interest to redshirt. As others have said, there are multiple good things that happen. He gets a year of learning and competing under Harbaugh's tutelage. He gets to compete in Spring ball to start next year. If he clearly isn't going to beat out Korn, he has the option of transferring elsewhere with a couple years of eligibility, or remaining at Michigan and not paying for it.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||How much does Rudock have to improve?||
Alum96, I agree with your analysis. My question: how much does Rudock and his receivers have to improve before teams stop crowding the line? Two completed downfield passes a game isn't enough. But how many are? Four a game? Eight a game? At what point does coverage change, and teams stop crowding the line?
On one level, this could be an incredible strategy by Harbaugh. Get teams to sell out to stop the run. Have them crowd the line and bring everyone on defense close. Then spring the trap and Rudock starts completing lots of passes downfield. I don't think that's what is happening. I don't think that Rudock and Harbaugh plan for the passing downfield to be so crummy. Still, at some point, if teams are crowding the line, that has to make it easier to complete downfield passes, doesn't it? Unless you have a really really good secondary, in which case we're completely sunk?
|2 weeks 1 day ago||That whole section is troubling||
This whole section is troubling. Rudock has gotten by with checking down and dumping passes into the flats. But teams will catch on. He absolutely has to complete passes downfield, or the season goes downhill from here.
When Brian did Iowa UFR's, he opined that Rudock was limited because of bad Iowa receivers. That might have been partially true, but maybe not. Maybe it was Rudock. Regardless, between Jehu Chesson, Drake Harris, Freddy Canteen, Mo Ways, and Amara Darboh, someone has to stretch the field, and Rudock has to consistently get the ball to them. The next three weeks are critical. If two of these guys step up, along with Jake Butt, Michigan has a chance. If not, the season can get real ugly real fast.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Can he hit long passes is Million Dollar Question||
Whether or not Rudock can regularly hit long passes is the million dollar question. My son has been playing ball for the last 5 years. I don't think he's ever been on a team with a QB who can zip a ball downfield. You can see what a huge difference a good passing QB would make, if coupled with a few decent receivers. This remains true at every level of football. I fully expect remaining teams to crowd the line of scrimmage . . . until and unless Rudock stretches the field by consistently completing passes of 15 yards and more.
Teams think they have "figured Michigan out." If Rudock can't complete passes down past the linebackers, well, they have figured us out. No offensive line can do much against 8 in the box. The next three weeks are critical for Rudock and the receiving corps to get it done downfield. The check off passes horizontal to the line, and the screens, won't do it . . . unless there is a downfield threat.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||YES! 100 times YES!||
Wish I could upvote you more. Harbaugh has established a track record of pulling out surprises when they are needed. I'm thinking, for instance, of Stanford beating USC in their first year. Harbaugh isn't unique in this: IIRC, Bo did the same thing vs. Ohio State in '69. I will never forget how Borges wasted some wrinkles in games where they weren't needed. I would much, much, much rather Rudock look ugly because he is using games to get timing down, and save the big plays and the wrinkles for when Michigan really needs them. There would be nothing more pleasing then seeing Harbaugh and Michigan really open up the playbook and completely blindside Michigan State. If Michigan can get a couple or three touchdown lead vs. State, it completely changes the playcalling the the complexion of that game. It actually allows Michigan to reserve yet more wrinkles for Ohio State.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Close, but not quite||
If Butt and Bunting are 10 - 15 yards downfield, that continues to open up things for the flares and screens and wheel routes, where the receiver is catching it behind the LOS, or at it, but then gaining 5 - 10, and sometimes much more.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Kind of agree||
I kind of agree, but not really. For some reason, I feel that Rudock's interception totals are more excusable than Gardner. I mean, as a human being, I loved Gardner. But it was always a crapshoot when he was playing. Something could always go wrong. The OL and the running game have improved a lot, making it difficult to compare. Still, if we're going down this road, I think I may choose Rudock over Gardner. We'll never know . . . Harbaugh wasn't given that choice.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I'm just crabby about the Big 10||
I'm just crabby about the expansion of the Big 10 in general. Even beyond the non-conference schedule. I'm a troglydyte who doesn't even like Nebraka and Penn State. Let alone Maryland and Rutgers. As an example, I've wanted to go see Michigan at Wisconsin. The fact that Michigan hasn't played Wisconsin for 5 years is inexcusable.
I really would love to see Michigan play ND about every other year, home and away. And I'd really love to see Michigan play a marquee team about every other year, home and away. I don't care who, but I want a decent team . . . Texas, A & M, Stanford, USC, UCLA, Washington, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Oklahoma. I'd like to have a home game against a non con Power 5 weaker team. Give them a bit more of a payday, because they aren't getting a home game out of it. Oregon State, Duke, Georgia Tech, Virginia, Kentucky, Cincinnati, Louisville, Rice, Connecticut, Wake Forest, Boston College, West Virginia, Iowa State, Kansas State, etc. I'd like to see the rest of the schedule filled with MAC teams and the like. If this happened, it would mean two non-conf. games on the road every four years, ND and one other.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I'm 100% with Harbaugh||
I'm 100% with Harbaugh. Yes, Rudock needs to improve. Well, he is improving. Between route running and timing and protection, Rudock is getting better. And we're going to see it in upcoming games. There's no reason to be afraid of the defense at BYU, nor Maryland. And even though Northwestern is a bit better, we're playing them at home, and need to remove the strench of the MooN game. That's 3 more opportunities in game situations for Rudock and his receiving corps to nail down the passing game. I'm betting on it happening. And for Michigan to be much more competitive against MSU than most anticipate.
The other thing is that Harbaugh very verbally has Rudock's back. He is making it clear that he is competely behind his QB, and is giving him what he needs to succeed. I'm thinking that support pays dividends for Harbaugh, for Rudock, and shows the team that Harbaugh stands behind his players no matter what criticism comes from the outside.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Wrinkles?||
Wrinkles? Not exactly. But I do strongly believe that Rudock completes a couple bombs against BYU, and they really highlight Butt and Bunting, and use the fullbacks aggressively. All of this opens up both the runs and the short passing game for Michigan. And Michigan wins more convincingly than most people anticipate.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I still think Rudock improves||
I still think Rudock improves a lot, and that the fans are too down I'm him. I won't defend his play thus far. The "swirling wind" excuse is ridiculous. But I do think the receivers and Rudock are still getting on the same page. Undoubtedly, he response to the UNLV game makes both Harbaugh and Rudock mad, seething quietly. I'm betting we see a significant jump in Rudock's play against BYU. Oh, and I definitely don't think that Rudock loses games for Michigan.
On a different topic, was happy to see both Stribling and Clark do well. The secondary may be better than what many expected.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Yes||
Yes, I enjoyed the game. I don't think I will ever again complain about a Michigan game that is "boring." After the last 7 years, I definitely like "boring" power football. I only want to see it get better.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Great comment||
Great comment. In particular, Rudock started with team 8/1. In one month, he clearly surpassed the other QB's on the roster. But to have all the routes down, and timing with all the receivers, is an awful lot to expect. Too much to expect. I personally think his ceiling is much higher than many anticipate. I was disappointed in the throw to Butt in the endzone. I also wasn't thrilled with some of the short low passes, that limited YAC severely. But I remember the placement of passes at Iowa in some of the UFR's Brian ran. He led the receivers perfectly, giving them plenty of room to run.
Look at the roster: Drake Harris, Bunting, Cole, and Perry are all getting their feet wet. Canteen, iirc, had some kind of injury, and is barely more experienced. I really believe that between Harris, Cole, and Canteen, one is going to step up. I also think that Perry will improve a lot (have heard he is a hard worker). And I've only heard good things about skillet hands Bunting.
I will look at the UFR carefully this week, but I think if you go over all passes exceeding 15 yards, you will find that the problems are all correctable.
I also think that Harbaugh, not being an idiot, is not going to reveal any more than absolutely necessary against a cream puff, a tomato can like UNLV.
Based on what I've seen so far this season, I'm adjusting my predictions up from 8 wins to 9 wins. And I don't think 10 is out of the question.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Treadwell was never coming here||
Treadwell was never coming here. He was all about, "show me the money, wine me, dine me, what can you do for me?" That was never the way Hoke rolled, nor his staff, nor Harbaugh or his staff. College football is dirty enough. I don't have illusions about how wonderful Michigan is. Nor all the "Michigan Man" stuff. But I don't want the best team money and other "favors" can buy. When you can buy someone, it always is the case that someone else out there can pay more.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I trust in Harbaugh||
I trust in Harbaugh, along with trusting in Drevno and Fisch. They have seen all the QB's. They have made the call that Ruddock is the best option available. And it has been clear that they think he is CLEARLY better than Morris or Speight. Next year, with Morris, Speight, Korn, and Peters, we will see some incredible competition. This year, Harbaugh has done the best he can with the options available. If you recall, Harbaugh didn't offer Ruddock immediately . . . he did so after seeing what was here in the cupboard.
I also think there is NOTHING like game time to get timing and routes down a lot better. I guess I'm a glass half full kind of guy, but when I look at the passes that have been missed, you can see the potential, and what will happen once the timing and the accuracy are improved a bit.
As I look at the schedule, I think that Michigan has three more games (BYU, Maryland, and Northwestern) with which to work on accuracy and routes and timing. I hope that time is used well, so that Michigan can at least compete against MSU.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||WLA = Wolverine Liberation Army||
WLA = Wolverine Liberation Army. You can search for things from them and their users here a long time ago. The blog was much smaller, the community was different, Brian was more involved in threads, it was . . . interesting. There are some mgobloggers who were banished, who just vanished, who still have an account but have become lurkers who rarely post. It is too meta of a thing to explain, especially in the heart of the season.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Experience is mostly fine||
The stadium experience is mostly fine. However, there are a ton of rules.
I personally think they need to loosen up on some of the rules. It won't keep me from going to games in the future. I'm a Michigan fan, after all. But it makes for a pretty bland sanitized Disneyfied generic game experience.
As for rawk music, It doesn't much matter to me either way. I do really miss Rocky and Bullwinkle and the travelling group that would go around in the 3rd quarter. Something about bushels of apples for the band in the 3rd quarter seemed nice: maybe that was a cost cutting measure, or a way to get band members to buy food.
Two changes since I was a student that I really like:
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Kids these days . . .||
There's a time and a place for everything. And this is not the time and the place for a jersey. But I guess if you insist, it could be a life lesson that will stick with you. Personally, I've never worn a jersey. My son wears them, but he actually still plays ball. Think about it: how often do you see former players wear jerseys? It isn't common, and if they are worn, it is generally at home in their den. Have you ever seen Harbaugh wear a jersey? Obama? Mary Sue Coleman? Just isn't done.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Thanks much for posting||
Thanks much for posting. I missed this the first time. Powerful piece, and really gets at the importance of friendships and relationships and memories, and also on seizing the day, and using time well, and letting go of things that don't matter. Thank you. Prayers for your continued health.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Love Mattison||
I love Mattison. And I hope he sticks around for a long time. Great coach. I realize it isn't popular, but you know, I think the defense would have still been decent this year under Hoke. Because the defense would belong to Mattison. It takes some time to get everything working right. Thing is, I am pretty sure that Mattison is very happy cutting back a little bit, and being the defensive line coach.
Ummh, one thing that I believe is helping the defense is Michigan's offense. I know that Brian isn't a big time of possession guy. But I really believe that because Michigan's offense has stayed on the field longer, the defense doesn't get overextended and exhausted. Michigan's time of possession was 38:01. Oregon State's time of possession was 21:59. In other words, Michigan's offense was on the field about 2 minutes for every minute Oregon State was there. Michigan's defense was well rested, and this really showed in the second half. Mattison couldn't do anything about the offense, but the defense was worn out too often last year. If Harbaugh, Drevno, Rudock, and the OL can continue to extend drives and score, this is going to be huge for the defense, and allow Mattison (and Durkin) to be even more aggressive.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Very sad||
Very sad. Wrong. Just wrong. Wonder how long he has been shielded and protected and praised and allowed to do this kind of nonsense. Hard to understand why he hasn't been released from the team, for conduct unbecoming of a Rutgers player and the Rutgers team. Oh, because this is Rutgers, not Michigan. Still very sad.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||My wife lost her mom to cancer when she was 8||
My wife lost her mom to throat cancer when she was 8. Not a smoker, but it didn't matter. While she has certainly "gotten over it" in different ways, I can see how deeply it affected her. She is much more sober and serious than she'd be otherwise. She also has a core of steel that was forged over a long time. And she isn't particularly sentimental or sappy or sweet. It touched a chord for me to read the description of Ian Bunting in the article. He has a depth of emotional pain and experience beyond which most ever go through.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Wow||
Thanks much for posting. That is a sobering and intense article really addressing what is important (and what isn't). Wish Bunting well, although I think he is going to be just fine regardless of my wishes.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||He's that guy||
He's that guy. Really chilling reading up on him. You get a strong sense of what it is to have no scruples, no moral compass, to compassion, to be a "cold blooded" killer.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Discipline needs to happen||
Discipline needs to happen. Fans cannot, under any circumstance, physically touch anyone associated with the opposing team. If this fan has season tickets, they can be revoked. The fan can be fined financially. Can be assigned community service work. The fan can be banned from Michigan stadium for a year, or two, or five, or life. And while true that the fan can buy tickets on the secondary market, if the fan is ever discovered in the stadium, that's grounds for worse punishment. I really dislike some of the inappropriate actions in the world of fans.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||So is HH Holmes||
HH Holmes, aka Herman Webster Mudgett, made famous in The Devil in the White City, is also a Michigan grad. He confessed to the murder of more than 100, and estimates go beyond 200. Holmes is both the first and worst serial killers ever in the USA.
|3 weeks 17 hours ago||Thanks for Analysis||
I enjoy the picture pages, and the analysis of this play (along with a crapload of Michigan's plays). Several observations.
|3 weeks 17 hours ago||Haven't we all studied economics?||
Haven't we all studied economics? Supply and demand seems like a pretty simple, understandable principle to me. The crummy product drove up supply, and it will take a while until demand gets back to where it used to be. One thing that I really think would help would be for students to be able to easily sell their tickets wherever and whenever and to whomever they want, with no restrictions. This would slightly increase supply, but would also move things towards the stadium being full, which it currently isn't.
I'm not quite as pessimistic as mgrowold, but yeah, once you've gotten used to spending your Saturdays doing other stuff, it is hard to justify season tickets. If I go to a couple or three games live, watch half the games on TV, and miss others because they are either stinkers or I'm doing stuff that is important (kid's games, etc.) that works for me. The biggest downside is that it is much harder and more expensive to get tickets to the marquee games (OSU, MSU, ND, PSU).
As an aside, mgrowold's argument is the reason I don't invest in cable TV. In Chicago, with CBS, NBC, ABC, WGN, PBS, Fox, and a smattering of others, I can survive. And I have no problem going to the bar or better yet, to a friend's house to catch games that are only broadcast on cable. Once you total the time and the cost, it just isn't worth it to spend for season tickets, or for Cable TV, or for a number of other things.
|3 weeks 17 hours ago||Really hope this amounts to nothing||
I always liked Fisher, but this would be an unremovable stain on his legacy. Really hope there is nothing to this. Just SMH, and sad.
|3 weeks 17 hours ago||Like the Video||
I like the video. While Pop Evil isn't for me, I don't quite get all the conniptions people have about it. I mean, it isn't nearly as bad as the cheesy "We are Notre Dame" song with the leprachaun and all.
I like the video, I don't love it. Yeah, I'm with Brian. Part of arrogance and success and excellence is not needing to tell everyone that you're the "best university in the world." Which, frankly, is completely subjective. I love Michigan, and will always love Michigan, but there is no perfect metric. Cambridge, Oxford, Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Columbia, and others have some claim on this, depending on how you measure "best university in the world." Is Michigan the hardest to get into? Do it's grads make more money on average than any other university? Is it the oldest? Does it have the most Nobel prize winners? Does it have the most American presidents? I don't know the answer, and frankly, I don't care about the answer. Strive for excellence, and leave the metrics to others.
|3 weeks 19 hours ago||Here's the thing||
Here's the thing. We can all live with some rules. And we can all surreptiously break some rules if we want. (Yeah, I had a sandwich in a pocket, along with a couple granola bars. Didn't see any ticket takers checking anyone's pockets too closely).
But a long time ago, back before my time, fraternities used to bring small kegs into the stadium. In the late 70's, when I was there, you'd see a constant blue haze of marijuana smoke hanging over the endzone where students sat. Flasks were common. Beachballs were common. After touchdowns, you'd see streams of toilet paper rain down into the endzone. Girls used to be passed up from the front up to the top row of the stadium. Maybe they'd check your bag, to make sure you weren't bring in glass bottles, but you could bring your own food, your own drink, your own Michigan flag, your own banners, etc., etc. It was a big party. Mind you, it was irritating to me sometime, because I wanted to watch the game. But let's be honest: there are plenty of students who went to games because it was an event, not because they were football fans. Batting around beachballs, having a drink, smoking a joint, passing up girls, were part of the experience. Now, I personally never drank, nor did I smoke, nor did I smoke marijuana, nor did I initiate passing up coeds, nor did I bring in beachballs, nor did I bring in beer, or kegs, or a flask. But it doesn't bother me that others did.
Another thing was that you could sell your ticket to anyone. Now, with the surcharge, and the hassle, it almost isn't worth selling. In the past, maybe someone would sell their ticket for $5, 10, 20 bucks. Now, it doesn't work so easily.
To me, it would be a great compromise if you were allowed to:
I understand that we'll never go back to the days of smoking, cigarettes or marijuana. I understand that for safety and sexual abuse reasons, we'll never see girls passed up the stands again. But right now, the post-9/11 security measures, which in many ways are just a money grab, kind of sour me a bit.
|3 weeks 23 hours ago||Was at the game, Noticed empty seats||
I was at the game, in great seats courtesy of another mgoblogger. I definitely noticed the empty seats. Another thing I noticed was all the rules. No food to be brought in, no drinks, no cups, no beach balls, no toilet paper, no flags, no banners, no purses, no bags, no camera lenses over 6 inches, etc., etc., etc. I can remember a ton of things happening in the stands when I was a student that have been obliterated and outlawed. Ya know, I'm a kind of boring guy, but the nanny state and the rules can just kill the fun and the spontaneity of college football.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||I'm struck by Wormley & final predictions||
I loved his quip that Wormley showed flashes last year, but is now solid neon. If the DL can continue to rotate in fresh legs and get after the other team's OL, that bodes well.
Also find it fascinating that Gerdeman sees 5-1 as a real possibility. And if we do that, a possible win against Sparty, especially in the Big House. The thought of being 6 - 1 is mind-boggling after the last 7 years.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Great||
Jim Harbaugh likes noon games. Bo Schembechler liked noon games. If a noon start time was good enough for them, it is good enough for me. I'll watch my son's game, then the Michigan game, then still have most of the day to do other things.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Pastors||
Pastors like me (with a Philosophy major) skewing the data. And FTR, I have plenty, and don't want any more. Life is good, and God provides.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Different question . . . bicycles?||
I have a related but different question. I will be there plenty early, but was thinking about bringing bicycles. This will be my 14 year old son's first game in Ann Arbor. I thought it would make cruising around campus easier if we brought them. I'd like to take him around a good part of campus. We both have heavy duty locks, so I'm not worried about securing them. I was kind of planning on looking for street parking somewhere just east of State Street, south of Hill.
Also have a bunch of other questions. Is the drum line around 10am at Revelli? Gates open at 11am? Anything else happening in the morning that I should take him to see? Are there any camera restrictions? What is the current water bottle policy . . . no water allowed, or did that change when Brandon left? Seat cushions?
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Don't really keep track||
Don't really keep track, but know I've been to:
I live in metro Chicago, and would like to go to Wisconsin, Iowa, MSU, Purdue, and OSU. Maybe Minnesota. I don't see going to Nebraska, Penn State, Rutgers, or Maryland ever.
|5 weeks 34 min ago||Where's The Knowledge?||
8 - 4. If everything goes perfectly, 9 - 3 with a win over OSU. If this team follows the pattern of Harbaugh's teams at SD and Stanford, it will improve significantly over the course of the season. That means I think it is more likely we lose to MSU than to OSU. And I think it probably more likely we lose to UT and MN. I think we beat PSU, and if we are healthy, and they are either overconfident or injured, we beat the Buckeyes.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Those dadgummed "or" lines||
Those dadgummed "or" lines threw me for a loop. Panicked when I didn't see Rudock listed anywhere. Panicked again when I didn't see Drake Harris listed anywhere. Stupid "ors."
Looks great . . . mostly what I expected.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||I'd disagree||
I'd disagree. The best teams, OSU and Alabama and Michigan in the past, you were bringing in guys who were almost as good, but they were stuck behind someone who was just a smidge better. Look at the QB situation at OSU last year. They didn't have a huge fall off from number 1 to number 2 to number 3. And if anything, 2 & 3 were better than 1, but 1 started because of seniority, etc.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Yeah, I noticed that||
The thing is, "next man up" works better when you have more depth. If Glasgow goes down, we're going to hurt at Center. If Rudock goes down, is Morris going to get his interceptions and locking on receivers better? If Peppers goes down, who replaces him? If the DL has a significant injury, do they have the depth to still rotate?
Yes, injuries hit every team. But on some teams, the fall off between the starter and the guy behind him isn't severe. Drevno was talking about this the other day: he wants a solid 8 guys on the OL, so that if there's an injury, you're ok with guys 6, 7, 8. At QB, you want your number two guy to be solid and ready to play. On the DL and LB corps, you want solid guys who can rotate in and the level of play is pretty close. I don't think we're there yet.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||This blog is what has burned me||
This blog is what has burned me. Every year, I drink the Koolaid here, and then want to dig my eyes out at the reality of the season. I can't blame Angelique . . . before you predict more wins, show me something on the field!
Here's the thing for me. Right now, as the team is constituted, I could see 8 - 9 wins. But there are too many things that all have to break right.
IF all those things happened, Michigan would probably surprise, and end up with 9 wins or more. But that's a lot to ask. We still don't have quality depth across the spectrum. A few more season injuries would be much more devastating for Michigan than say, for OSU.
Personally, I think that between Utah, Minn, and PSU, Michigan wins one more. As much as I want to see Michigan beat MSU and OSU, I'll believe that when I see it. Honestly, I'd take take an 8 - 4 record with two of those wins against MSU & OSU rather than a 10 - 2 record with those two being losses.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Was in local papers 2 wks ago||
Swieca's great adventure was covered by the News and I suspect the Freep a couple weeks ago.
Angelique had THIS ARTICLE (LINK) back on August 15. Apparently no one thought it was worth creating an mgopost, although I'm sure a lot of readers saw it. (I myself try to limit the posts I create, so as not to further clutter the front page. And it also allows mgoreaders trolling for mgopoints to post it and accumulate more). Personally, I like the articles written by Chengelis, and also by Wojo. Angelique has a fair amount of history with the program. I don't know what the coaches and players think of her, but she seems to be well received.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||8 - 4? I'm ok with that||
As we come to the brink of the season, I realize I'd be happy with 8 - 4. And yes, 9 - 3 would be better, but I want Michigan to head in the right direction, for the long haul.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||I don't know why I read uniform threads||
I don't know why I read uniform threads. Just painful. But reading the ESPN piece helps me see several things.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Great Post!!||
This was a great post, with some great stories. Thanks for sharing.
And for the record: THIS IS NOT OFF TOPIC!!!! You aren't writing about interior decorating, or fishing, or stupid uniforms, or cars, or dogs, or what you're drinking, You're writing about a personal experience with a former Michigan football player, who shared stories about one of Michigan's most storied coaches. And beyond that, you're sharing something unique, that hasn't been shared before.
Even some of the clearly current "on topic" forum posts are repetitive, and often can be found posted a day or two earlier. I hope you will ALWAYS post something like this, and that others won't overstress about whether or not something is Off Topic.
EDIT: I painfully remember watching that game. Yes, it was awesome and great that Bo believed in his team, and didn't back down from anyone, but you have to avoid kicking to someone like Rocket.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||I have a family||
Between following one son's football team, my daughter in the Navy, another daughter in soccer, having a cottage with stuff to do, reading MGoBlog, spending time with my better half, reading a few books and catching a movie, or going out on occasion, and leading several meetings at night, the schedule fills up nicely, thank you very much.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Guess I'd like to know what constitutes a violation||
I guess I'd like to know what constitutes a violation, particularly of minor in possession. And how rigorously will this be enforced? Probably that depends to some degree on the level of jerkitude among both students and security. It cuts both ways: there are obnoxious drunks, and happy social drinkers who aren't bothering anyone. There are obnoxious police, and wise officers who know when to overlook a technical violation. (Think of cops at the hash bash.)
Back in the late 70's, things were quite a bit different. The drinking age was still 18. Kegs were still common in dorms. A vast cloud of sweet smelling marijuana haze was still common over the student section of the stadium. iirc, Markley used student fees to buy a couple pounds of weed for a dorm party. The bars and fraternities were crowded with students of all ages. I was never a heavy duty partier, and never got in trouble, but at the same time, there weren't a ton of rules, and you were expected to use common sense.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Usually avoid drinking threads||
Usually I avoid the drinking threads, but if I click on them, I'm drinking a strong cup of coffee
As regards alcohol, I wouldn't have too much to contribute . . . typically I would have been drinking a simple beer or glass of wine, maybe a merlot, or Liebfraumilch, or whatever was on hand. I remember when I was backpacking in Mexico enjoying a beer called Bohemia. And in Austria, right around this time of year, they had something called "Sturm," or Federweisser. It was newly fermented sweet grapes, and was nice with a fresh schnitzel. In Korea, they had fermented rice called Makoli that was not bad with chop chae and maelchi. That's all I know for interesting/uncommon alcohol.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Rooting for Michigan||
I'm a Michigan fan. I want whoever gives us the best chance to win to play. I don't care if they platoon Morris and Rudock, and play whoever has the hot hand.
Regarding Morris, however, there are several things that need to happen for him to play.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||What's the correlation between engineers and sports bloggers?||
It'd be interesting to see the correlation between engineers and sports bloggers. And for another angle, it'd be interesting to see more demographics on the readership of mgoblog . . . how many are engineers, how many are lawyers, how many are students, etc., etc.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Too many unknowns yet||
There are too many unknowns yet to make much of a prediction. Still, if Special Teams moves toward being good, if Peppers has a breakout season, if we are slightly in the positive with turnovers, if a WR and a RB really step forward, and if Rudock has a good and healthy season, I could see Michigan even having a 10 - 2 record. But an awful lot would have to break Michigan's way for that to happen.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||What a title||
That is way up there in terms of titles. Good job, there. You deserve an attaboy. Or,
|9 weeks 10 hours ago||I look forward to ND being back on the schedule||
I blame Brandon for mishandling ND, and iirc, Bacon has something to say about that. I loved the home and away with ND, and would like to see that happen again. If the schedule regularly has ND, a MAC snack or the like, and an OOC game rotating between the other major conferences, I'd be thrilled.
|9 weeks 15 hours ago||Applaud you for your honesty||
I applaud and plus one you for your honesty. Interestingly, my son plays football and my daughter is an ACNT in the Navy. It is nice that your circumstances and the attendant prospects allow your children to avoid both.
|9 weeks 15 hours ago||Why do I care?||
I care because I love football, and love Michigan football in particular. I care because I want to see football continue. I care because I think the hypocrisy will damage football. Frankly, as I've said clearly, everyone needs to make an informed decision on the well-being of their kids. But yeah, if the number of those who choose against participation in football continues to grow, that could be the end of football. And yeah, I care, because I wouldn't be happy about that.
|9 weeks 16 hours ago||My two cents||
I've enjoyed reading all the different responses, from different perspectives. I posed the question, now I'll share a few of my own thoughts. These are my own personal thoughts, which I well realize might not be particularly relevant to you. Still, here are my two cents.
First, I completely agree with those who say to let your kids tell you what they're interested in. Our son has played soccer, baseball, football, ran track, been on the park district swim team, and wrestled. He would have played hockey, but that wasn't in our budget . . . it costs way too much for me. He definitely wanted to let go of swimming. Of the rest, he gravitated especially to baseball and football. I never pushed him to be in any sport . . . except after he registered and joined the team. Once you're on a team, I think you owe it to the team and to yourself to finish what you started.
One thing I really disagree with is the whole "my kid is too skinny/small/uncoordinated," etc., etc. I feel pretty strongly that the number of kids who make it to High School teams, and to Div. 1 College teams, and to NFL teams, is irrelevant. Just because you're kid isn't going to be playing for Michigan doesn't mean he shouldn't play. The other thing I keep on hearing about is having the "right body type." And just what is the right body type? Obviously, not many have the right body to play OL. And not many have the right speed and hands to play WR. But that's ok! Let your kid play for the fun of the game, not because he will make a career of it. Oh, and IIRC, Tom Brady didn't have the right body type. And we know how that turned out.
It happens that our son is a natural left hander, with a strong arm. As such, his potential really is in baseball, and he knows it. But he will keep on playing football as long as he loves and enjoys it, and as long as he makes the team.
I have seen firsthand the huge benefit of football as a team sport. it is something where the entire team has to work well together. Play the game because you enjoy it, not because it will be a career. I really regret never having the opportunity to play a team sport as a kid. It is a valuable experience. I strongly agree with Jim Harbaugh on this, and am surprised that more of you don't agree with our coach and support him, at least indirectly, by allowing your sons to play.
As regards football this Fall, we made clear that as kids are getting bigger and stronger and faster, there definitely is the risk of injury. I guess even with the risk of concussions and leg injuries, and CTE, the benefits outweigh the costs. I have nephews who played and starred in HS football in Ohio, one at St. Ignatius outside of Cleveland, winning a state championship and scoring touchdowns. They both eventually quit the game because of injuries, which makes sense. But neither regrets their experience: one is a lawyer, the other a coach.
My last comment. Everyone needs to make their own decision, and do what is right for themselves, and for their family. We've done what works for our family. You do what works for yours. But yeah, it does make me shake my head to see fans here on the blog want a "mean streak" on the OL and DL, and want Michigan to ring OSU's bell, but be completely closed minded to their own son playing ball.
|9 weeks 17 hours ago||Your post is very realistic||
Your post is very realistic. Some dads (and moms, and coaches,) need to get a grip. Play hard, play right, play for fun, but you're not out to injure someone. Insightful comment on NFL, and your experience on injuries is mine too: in five years of youth football, I think I saw a single serious injury. Not common.
|9 weeks 17 hours ago||Couldn't agree more||
I couldn't agree more. Well put. Tackle has been a wonderful experience for our son. His last team was terrible, for reasons out of his control, and they didn't win a game. But you know, the experience of sticking with it even when the team was losing was also very valuable.
|9 weeks 17 hours ago||Youth football classed by weight||
FYI, they do not allow a huge weight disparity in youth football. This is why many large linemen don't begin playing til they're in the highest weight class. From 3rd up through 7th grade, you had to be in a pretty narrow weight band. If you were light, you played down a class. If you were heavy, you played up a class (or two, or three.) It wasn't until 8th grade that you started to see more variation in the weight of players, and even that pales compared to HS (which pales compared to college and pro football.)
|9 weeks 4 days ago||IB4D||
Why can't people scroll down the posts at least for a day back? Get off my lawn.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Think it depends on personal connection||
I think it depends on personal connection. Sometimes, it is fine to contact a kid if you have a reason to, and a personal relationship. (friends of your own kids, or on a team you coach, or kids of your own friends, etc.) But even when you know someone, you need to be careful. When my kids were in middle school I learned that the teachers had pretty strict internal guidelines about how an in what forum they communicated with kids. IIRC, it was considered inappropriate to use social media (FB, etc.) for a teacher to contact ANY of their students, sometimes especially those with home they had a good relationship.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||70's domes||
I never liked the 70's style domes. Have been in Tropicana, Silverdome, Superdome, Astrodome, and Georgia Dome, none of which I liked. But I think the worst was going to an Expos game in the Olympic Stadium in Montreal in 78.
For a different experience, I have avoided Wrigley Field like the plague. However, with recent renovations, might consider going for the first time in my life.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||9 - 3||
Obv. I'd like better, but really, 9 - 3 is a reach which would be a huge improvement. I think we are too far behind MSU and OSU right now, and there are several other games we could easily lose. If I had to predict, I'd say we lose one non-conference game, lose to OSU, and lose one other Big 10 game. Again, from my perspective, that's a huge success.
EDIT: And FTR, I'd gladly take 8 - 4 if we won against MSU & OSU. That raises a sub-question: which game is it more important to win this year: MSU or OSU? I'm really torn on that one, but I'd have to say OSU. Long term, I believe we'll dominate MSU again. But we have to stop the bleeding against OSU.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||To dragonchild: agreed||
Dragonchild, I mostly agree with you. That's why I had the qualifier "prior personal connection" in the OP. It happens that beyond relatives, I have a reason to relate to quite a few teenagers and college students. Some are friends of my kids, some are kids of my friends, some I teach, some attend my church, some I see in yet another context. The point is, they're not strangers on the Internet. There are good reasons for me to be in contact, so it is reasonable to be in connection with them via social media, texting, in person, etc. My issue is contacting someone out of the blue for recruiting purposes. That's where I have a problem.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Not sure what you mean||
I'm not quite sure what you mean, Monkey House. I thought you had to have a twitter account to "follow" someone on twitter. The extent of my seeing any tweet is to read a link that is posted on mgoblog (or in this case, 11W.) Reading information that is publicly posted I guess I can live with. But contacting anyone via twitter, especially recruits, or contacting anyone via twitter, for that matter, isn't something I have any interest in doing. Let alone joining twitter, so I can follow someone.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Agree completely||
I couldn't agree more. But Ramzy says it best:
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Great idea||
Alas, I'll be in Chicago. And I look nothing like my avatar.
Speaking of Chicago, I'm disappointed there aren't any events here in the area, whether with Brian or the coaches. Not sure if I missed them, or if they didn't happen this year.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||I'm waiting to hear something definitive on Norfleet||
I'm waiting to hear something definitive on the curious case of Dennis Norfleet. The mgoblog depth chart has him removed as of 5/13/15. The mgoblue roster still has him listed as of today. It has been reported that he has been released to speak with Muskegee. But Harbaugh has been quoted as saying it is possible for him to continue.
The other thing which is not clear to me is injuries. It is possible for someone to remain on the roster, but to have a medical redshirt for 2015. To date, I am not aware of any continuing injuries on the team.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Don't know answer||
I don't know the answer, but I am sure of this. Both AC & Woodson are better remembered with their former jersey numbers in circulation than if they were "retired."
Brian said it well on the front page: the Legends idea was not bad, but the execution was poor. There are only so many numbers to give out, and taking numbers out of circulation makes it difficult to give everyone on the team a number. The jerseys were just too busy with the patch and all.
My personal preference would be to treat all retired numbers like 1 & 2: they can be used at the discretion of the coaches, when they feel a young player (freshman, sophomore at most) wants the number change, has earned it, and has the potential to be a star. I would guess that in most cases, the coaches know after a year or two whether someone is going to really shine and stand out or not.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Quite the cake||
That's quite the cake. A Scotus special, and very beautiful.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Denard||
Yeah, I know that Michigan won the title. I watched the game, loved the team. But why Rumeal? I'd put Rice higher than Robinson. And, if you surrounded Denard with the same kind of talent that Rumeal was surrounded by . . . we would have seen a lot more from Denard.
But beyond that, even prior to the shameless exploitation of his mother that put Rumeal into jail, I don't remember him ever being an ambassador for Michigan Basketball. I, for one, don't judge success just by championships.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Want to see "Love and Mercy"||
I want to take my wife to see "Love and Mercy" before it leaves the theaters.
Looking for a good audiobook to listen to while driving to the UP from Chicago in a week.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Monday - DuPage County||
Came Monday to Carol Stream, DuPage County, out of Chicago. Now just need the time to read it!
|13 weeks 1 hour ago||Interesting question||
You know, I almost don't have any lamentable stuff. No RR, No Hoke, No Brandon. No bumblebee jersey, no jerseys, no nutsacks. (I can't comprehend the last. SMH in horror.)
My tastes run toward classic, timeless stuff, and so that's all I ever buy. I personally love my neon Michigan Adidas t-shirts (and before that, ancient Nike maize t-shirts,) my old Champion reverse weave sweatshirts, my block Michigan hats. They all still look good years later.
Realistically, the oddest or tackiest or strangest stuff didn't start until several years ago when MGoBlog starting throwing in a Tee with a $50 HTTV order. I wear the yellow photobomb Tee of Brian when I'm mowing the lawn or cleaning the gutters, etc. That shirt may be the ugliest shirt I own at all, let alone of Michigan stuff.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||Take with a grain of salt||
I'm betting that if you had this reporter one on one over a beer, he'd much rather have Jim Harbaugh over Jed York. He's paid to write, and there will always be sour grapes when a winning coach leaves. Always.
Regarding clock management, I'll be watching that. We see all the gifs of JH going wild on the sidelines. Could this affect clock? We'll see.
Regarding offensive play calling, and whether JH is too conservative, I dunno. I think his conservatism did just fine. And I don't fault the calls.
Regarding JH cliches, I find that to probably be true, and to be amusing.
One overall comment on the board and how they respond to this thread. Ya know, there have been people here who loved RR. And people here who believed Hoke pooped gold. You know who you are. I myself stayed in Hoke's corner too long. Mea Culpa. Here's the thing. I'm delighted JH is Michigan's coach. But the adulation and deification has me SMH and rolling my eyes. Right now, Harbaugh can do no wrong. Soon enough, after a tough or bone-headed loss, the fickle crowd will turn. I guess that's the nature of fandom. Nonetheless, I for one think it is better to keep an even keel rather than getting too high or too low. JH isn't perfect. Neither was Bo. Nor Urban, or Saban, or Miles. But he is a good coach, and I'm looking forward to a long run, warts and all.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Liked it!||
I loved that interview with BR. He was honest, and I liked his answers to boot. I guess I'm old enough that I also didn't have an opinion on several he didn't have an opinion on. And his answer regarding MJ Lebron and Kobe was awesome. They're all great.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Yes||
Well, two out of three. Lane Tech in Chicago was good in football, as is Glenbard North where my kids go. My HS in the Detroit Metro area wasn't very good, and the high school has since been closed.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||Touche||
Great post. State of MI. That's good.
Getting back to my OP, I have been concerned about the OL for some time. I still blame the terrible line recruiting under RR for setting us back a long time. The line makes QB's and RB's look good (or conversely, very bad.) The running game may have improved a bit from 2013 to 2014, but not hugely. And I get the feeling that Gardner was running scared much of the year.
I really haven't heard much of anything on Samuelson or Bars. But, to tell you the truth, I also haven't heard much about Fox, Tuley-Tillman, Dawson, or Kugler. (Let alone the redshirt freshmen.) I'd love to see several really take a big stride forward, and push the starters. As mentioned by others, it really helps to have competition, and there hasn't been much.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||You're adorable||
and I added to your upvotes.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||Stanford campus is gorgeous||
My dad remembers going to a football game at Stanford during WWII and how beautiful it was. He was stationed on Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay while in the Navy. I always wanted to see what he was talking about. As a result, about 10 years ago, while on a work related trip to Redwood, I drove to Treasure Island while on the way in. My flight out was a redeye, leaving me 12 hours to bum around. I ended up spending time at the tide pools, eating fish on the coast, and also spent a few hours walking around the Stanford campus. It was gorgeous, and very different from Ann Arbor, to my way of thinking. It reminded me just a bit of the ND campus in South Bend, except much prettier setting, and nicer buildings. I love Ann Arbor, but Stanford seems much more clear of a defined campus than UofM, with such a gorgeous physical setting. Can't blame anyone who goes there, especially on a scholarship.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||Omameh||
I was intrigued by your statement, in how it reflected Patrick Omameh, "who all started quite a few games on some really good Michigan teams." So I did a bit of checking myself. If I calculated right, he was in the last group recruited by Carr, and was here for 3 years of RR & 2 years of Hoke. I think Omameh outshined his 2 star rating, but I would be hard-pressed to call any of those teams "good." I guess you could call Hoke's first year good.
Omameh doesn't surprise me in being an outlier, being that he didn't play football until 9th grade, and came from Nigeria. It will be interesting to see if he sticks with the Bucs, and how long he lasts. Being that he started 16 games for them last year, the prospects are pretty good.
Regarding your chart, it is a great start. In the final analysis, you can often do a little digging, and see some who really are overrated and some who are underrated. This is where we'll see Harbaugh and his staff's coaching and talent evaluation ability (or lack thereof.) Personally, seeing guys in person, at camps, around the country, seems a brilliant way to identify talent and uncover those missed by other scouts. It will be fascinating to see how Dytarious Johnson, Sean McKeon, Josh Metellus, Antwaine Richardson, and Rashad Weaver do in their senior year of High School as well as at Michigan. If four of them bump up in ratings (one already has,) and two of them shine at Michigan, it will prove the value of summer swarm.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||Pairs? Triplets? Quads?||
My head is spinning. First Bredeson, now Metellus, possibly two more from Flanagan? WOW!
Is that a set of triple commits from Flanagan?
Or triplet commits?
Or, if we count Bredeson, quads?
I don't care what is called, it is all good, and Ace is putting in OT.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||oh brother||
Just read the thread titles, bud.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Happy Day||
I love a couple noon starts. This lets me leave Chicago late afternoon Friday. I can enjoy breakfast, the drum line, a brat, get a little shopping done, get to the stadium, have an early supper at Zingerman's or some other place outside, and be back home by 9pm or so. I personally love having a mix of noon, 3:30pm, 5:30pm, and evening starts.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Very pleased||
I'm personally very pleased. I would probably watch the games anyway on TV. However, with a noon start, I will definitely be able to get to at least one of them. I can drive in to Ann Arbor Friday evening, have dinner, enjoy Saturday morning, watch the game, have an early dinner on campus, and be back in the Chicago area by 9pm or so. In mid-September, it also is a great time for a drive.
I'm a little bit nonplussed by the idea in the thread that a noon start is a sign of disrespect. I really think that a mix of noon and 3:30pm games, with a couple or three evening games sprinkled in, couldn't be better. It means there are different choices available for everyone!
|16 weeks 6 days ago||I dunno||
I dunno. Don't you open yourself to public scrutiny if you put things out on Twitter? Isn't that the purpose of Twitter? If you don't want an publicity, notoriety, etc., why in the world would you use a twitter account that is public? I guess I am completely on board with no stalking, but it is hard to feel sympathy or privacy for someone who uses the Internet and doesn't get that it is a public forum. It is one thing to truly "stalk." (i.e., to physically stalk someone's addresses, place of work, driving, etc., etc.) It is another to do simple Internet and Twitter searches. That kind of Internet stalking is invited by those who use the Internet without proper privacy controls.