"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
|12 hours 13 min ago||They announced it tonight||
Go over to mgoblue and read the press release. Wormley, Glasgow, Allen, Morgan, Henry, and several others made it.
|14 hours 15 min ago||Beilein has commented on this||
Beilein has commented on Spike, and it has to do with his recovery. He (and Irvin) have to get into game shape and knock the rust off. This takes a lot more time than most people realize. Your shot, your strength, your stamina, your muscle memory, are something helped by practice day in and day out.
|14 hours 23 min ago||A certain amount of luck||
There is a certain amount of luck involved in recruiting. And there is a strong need to actually see the players you are recruiting. This is why the "camps" run by Harbaugh have been so important, and will continue to be important. (I'm assuming that the NCAA can't shut them down next summer, regardless of what happens down the road).
The diary reranking the 2012 class by alum96 illustrates this. There are a good number of "can't miss" recruits who "missed." I won't say Kalis is bad, but he hasn't been the world beater expected. Bolden was ranked very high, as was Pipkins. Others as well. The point is, recruiting is everything, but rankings aren't.
I have noticed that Harbaugh is somewhat "cool" to several highly rated potential recruits, and very high on others who may not be ranked as highly by the services. His ability to develop recruits who aren't high four or five star guys is awesome, and makes a huge difference. If Michigan can bring in several legitimate 5 stars (Gary? Walker? Nauta?) and develop solid 3 and 4 stars who others have missed, we may well see the kind of killer class that Urban Meyers put together in year one.
Part of this article also dealt with the patience needed by fans. I personally have serious doubts about national championship aspirations next year. But I think given the foundation left by Hoke, and the recruiting by Harbaugh in 2016 and 2017, that we can be in the hunt by 2017 and 2018. I believe we will catch up and be competitive with MSU by next year, and to OSU by the year after.
|14 hours 46 min ago||Question on Viramontes & EE (Reese)||
Like many of us, I have watched with concern the situation with the linebackers. I don't completely blame Bolden, Morgan, or Ross. From what Brian and others have written, I suspect they just don't have the speed and intangibles needed to excel, and that would be true anywhere.
However, the lack of LB depth is certainly alarming. With all the rumblings, it appears to be the case that the coaches are a bit lukewarm about Reese. That raises one question for me. Can someone explain to me why Reese can't enroll early? Does this have to do with the number of open spots in the Spring? That is to say, are we limited to three early enrollments, and they've already been given to other recruits?
The second question I have is about Victor Viramontes. We have recruited him at QB, iirc. But in HS, he also plays LB, and does a good job of it. I know that some are of the strong opinion that you need to take 2 QB's in every single class. I wonder if that remains true with the possibility of transfers. Right now, we have Morris, O'Korn, Speight, Malzone, Gentry, Peters, and Viramontes (along with Rudock). It makes sense to me to allow Viramontes a shot at QB. But it also makes sense to me, if he has the athleticism, to move him to LB unless he clearly has the ability to pass a number of guys up. If he legitimately can compete with O'Korn and Peters, let alone the others, great. But if he is stuck way down the depth chart, does it make sense for him to shift almost immediately to LB?
The last question is whether there are any other solid LB recruits who could be poached at this late date from other teams. I find the number of LB recruits on the board . . . disturbing, given the lack of depth at the position.
|2 days 8 hours ago||You're dead to me||
Gil from Omaha?
|2 days 13 hours ago||Time and Talent||
It will take time. It will take talent. And sometimes, it will take a little luck. Time marches on, and talent is marching in. Luck hasn't been on our side.
Next year, with the DL having Glasgow and Mone back, and potentially Gary coming in, we should be better. The OL only loses Glasgow, and should improve. We don't lose Butt, Darboh, or Chesson, our primary receivers. We don't lose Jourdan Lewis or Jabrill Peppers. While we lose a couple of linebackers, that hasn't been the strength of the team anyway. It is critical that Gedeon step up, that at least one of the underclassmen can play, and that we bring in some solid LB's. Hopefully, we have a couple solid RB added to the roster. My point is, we have talent returning, and more talent should be coming in. But this year, we clearly were a step behind in terms of raw talent. Fortunately, OSU and MSU both are losing their best players. (Bosa, Elliot, Cook, among others). The playing field is going to level.
We need to be honest . . . having a 9 - 3 season is a great success in year one.
|4 days 19 hours ago||A couple assumptions here||
So, a couple assumptions here. Most of the readership is male. This is sexist, but in my family, my wife still does a lot of the gift buying. And uses Amazon. She never uses mgoblog. In this instance, I will point out the link to her. My point: if you are a male, and have a significant other who uses Amazon, now would be the time to point out the link.
|4 days 20 hours ago||Now that's worth giving thanks for!||
Now that's worth giving thanks for!
|5 days 11 hours ago||Regarding Ace - where is he?||
Regarding Ace covering basketball, where is he? I hope you sent him to the Bahamas.
|5 days 19 hours ago||Everything and Nothing||
I'm pleasantly surprised at the improvement in almost everything . . . secondary, DL, OL, QB, receiving, kicking, punting, returns. O'Neill stands out as someone I didn't know about and didn't expect.
|5 days 20 hours ago||Wow||
Very touching. Very moving. Glad to learn more about Peppers and his family. His values, and his mom's values, really shine through. And they're a significant part of what makes Peppers, and Michigan, great.
|5 days 20 hours ago||planning on coming||
I'm planning on coming if this still is a go. Possibly with my son. srkass (at) fifcc.org. I will email you later. Let me know what to bring.
|6 days 8 hours ago||Slightly more complicated||
Son has a crappy old cell phone. He wants a cool new smart phone. I'll pay for it. But grades. Not what they should be. Simple to me. Am I being a jerk? Good question. Depends on your perspective. For me, I'm being a Dad, asking for accountability, willing to use bribery and rewards to see things improve. Which they haven't yet.
|6 days 12 hours ago||Different||
This is NOT Michigan Monday. My mistake. That would be Gerdeman, the proprieter/owner of The Ozone. Sorry about that.
|6 days 15 hours ago||Thanks for post||
Thanks for post.
FTR, it is pretty easy to put in a link that works. On the bar above the comment section (when you are composing a thread), there is a icon of a chain (with a blue globe above the chain). The icon is third from the right. Click on this icon, and paste in the link. And you have a link embedded in your thread! If you really want to be fancy, you can type out the link name (for instance, "Big Blue Brotherhood" or something like that). Highlight the link name in the body of the comment. Then click on the link/chain icon (again, third from the right). Paste in the link, and it will automatically be active with the name you have put in the body of the text.
If this explanation is clear as mud (i.e., unclear), there are plenty of tutorials you can find on how to make your threads and posts pretty.
|6 days 18 hours ago||Very cool||
That was pretty cool. Liked it. Liked seeing a bunch of the incoming recruits for both teams weigh in. Looking forward to the next 10 years.
|6 days 18 hours ago||Personally, not upset||
As said by others, I'm resigned to the reality. And it doesn't really matter. There are plenty of other things to do with our time, most of which is better spent.
Having said that, the issue isn't a couple hours on a Tues. morning. No one should care about that. The problem is that this isn't the first or second time. The server struggles with heavy traffic. And functionality is broken. But who cares? The content is good, and having lots of traffic is a good problem, not a bad one. If this was a tiny site with a fraction of the traffic, there wouldn't be any problems. I'd rather have problems because so many fans are interested in the solid content.
|6 days 18 hours ago||Thanks||
Thanks, and that's what I've pretty much assumed. There is a solution, but for whatever personal reason, it isn't happening.
And mostly, I'm just resigned to the reality, and don't get upset. It is what it is. Whatever. However, when someone else puts up a thread, I still struggle not to weigh in with my 2 cents. What can I say?
|6 days 19 hours ago||Wow||
You know, I'm at the same place. I prefer mgoblog to other sources. But it becomes pointless to come here when there is big news. On Saturday and Sunday of gamedays, on signing day in February, possibly during the NCAA tourney, when there is a big recruiting commitment, it is sometimes better to go elsewhere. I never thought I'd say that.
|6 days 19 hours ago||Fascinating factoid||
I just scanned through the Rivals 250, and made some observations.
Generally, I think this is an outlier year for Ohio. I strongly suspect that Michigan will continue to recruit Ohio. It makes sense for Michigan to focus on three things:
|6 days 20 hours ago||You are most correct||
You are most correct. Brian doesn't owe me or his readers a thing. He can do what he wants, when he wants, how he wants. This is the reason why I am not starting any more META threads on the topic. I only commented in this thread as to what I would "LIKE" to see happen. But just 'cause I'd like it, doesn't mean it'll happen. Yeah, my 14 year old son would like a cell phone. So what. I don't owe him one. Brian doesn't owe us anything.
At this point, I'm "hoping" that something will happen with the site in the off season. But between hockey, basketball, exhaustion, HTTV, and being married, I'm dubious about anything happening to improve the site functionality. And you know what? I'm ok with that. I still love the site, warts and all.
Also at this point, I'm done complaining, and just expect things to continue broken indefinitely. I expect the site to be down most of the day Saturday and Sunday, win or lose. I expect the site to bog down. I expect a new thread on the board to vanish from the front page in a matter of hours, pushed down by many other new threads with speculation about recruiting, or coaches leaving, or Zeke Elliot, or birthday cake, or what someone is drinking Sat. morning/afternoon/evening, or why their unique thought shouldn't be buried in a snowflake thread, or posbang threads, ad nauseum. That's ok. After all, I can go to the News or other outlets for actual news about Michigan, and there should still be stuff on the front page.
|6 days 21 hours ago||Let it go||
|6 days 21 hours ago||Touch the Banner was down too||
Touch the Banner was down too. Any explanation?
|6 days 21 hours ago||Agreed||
I agree, but would definitely have a priority list.
I've started threads, I've given money to beveled guilt, I've been frustrated, but nothing. At this point, I don't care about how the site looks, I don't care about broken links, I don't care about broken functionality. Please, if nothing else,
COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR LOYAL READERSHIP! Silence is not golden.
p.s. I would gladly donate all but 100 of my "points" if that would help. Sadly, it won't. I'd gladly give more money if that would help. I don't see that this is the issue. I would reassure you that I love the site, the long form journalism, (almost) everything, but that doesn't seem to make a difference either.
|1 week 12 hours ago||I like that||
I like that. In fact, I think I might add that to the bet.
|1 week 13 hours ago||Always dubious of silent commitments||
I'm always dubious of silent commitments. But this seems a decent way to signal if he is really considering Michigan.
|1 week 15 hours ago||Very sad||
This is very sad, and so hard. My heart goes out for mom and dad especially. There are many hard things I have to do as a pastor. This is close to the top of the list. When someone so young dies, even younger than Chad, it is one of the hardest things in the world. There is a lot of pain, and a lot of tears, but no relief. There are a lot of questions, but no good answers.
Never say, "at least," as in "at least he didn't suffer," or "at least he died young," or "at least you had him five years," or "at least you can have more children." There is no "at least" when you lose a child.
Never say, "be thankful" in much the way you never should say "at least." Saying "be thankful" almost sounds like a lecture.
There are some of you who know the Carr family personally. I'm sure you will be there for them. For the rest of us, have eyes to see those who are suffering and in pain. Be ready to say "I'm sorry," and to cry together, and hug a lot, and be quiet together in the pain. Simply being a good friend who cares is the best thing that we can offer in situations like this.
|1 week 16 hours ago||No. Just no.||
Our best scenario is to win against Ohio State. Period. That is in our hands. I'd be thrilled is PSU beat MSU. However, that's backing in, which isn't really satisfying. Actually, for me, the big thing is being able to whip Iowa. That would make me happy. Beat the Buckeyes, demolish Iowa, and play in the Rose Bowl. I don't want anything to do with the 4 team playoff this year. Next year is more than soon enough for me.
|1 week 2 days ago||what was lavert thread?||
what was deleted thread about?
|1 week 4 days ago||Wish LTT well||
Wish LTT well. Sad way to end football career at Michigan. Hope that this was a learning experience for him, and he moves forward in a good way.
|1 week 4 days ago||No||
No, I don't shut down. I don't like a loss. But it is reminder there are more important things in life than a college football team.
The one thing I do shut down after a loss is mgoblog. As currently configured, the blog can't handle the traffic. And I can't handle the content. I roll my eyes and smh at the recriminations, the weeping and gnashing of teeth, the world ending, the rending of garments, the pulling out of hair, the self and team flagellation, the tears of unfathomable sadness, the drowning of misery with various alcoholic concoctions. You will notice that typically the proprieters avoid new content after a loss as well, other than the obligatory Henri the Otter, etc. Partly out of sadness, I'm sure, partly out of avoiding idiocy.
|1 week 4 days ago||I don't care||
I don't care. Harbaugh.
|1 week 4 days ago||Rock Paper Scissors||
RPS = Rock Paper Scissors. The idea is that sometimes the offense you call, and sometimes the defense you call, is perfect, and the other team can't defend it, or isn't set up for it. This is not the "we will beat them into submission because we have better players" thing. This is often where your team is not as talented, but you win because of "RPS."
|1 week 4 days ago||Sarcasm becomes you||
Sarcasm becomes you
|1 week 4 days ago||Great article||
That's hilarious. I'd love to hear MGrowOld's feedback on Everitt and the Browns. That is one long suffering city and team.
|1 week 5 days ago||All kinds of "offensive" team names||
There are all kind of offensive names. I'm surprised that Central Michigan is still the Chippewas.
Here's my fav:
Go ahead and Google it. You'll find fightin' Scots, Swedes, Tartars, Spartans, Vandals, Cajuns, Norse, Highlanders, Aztecs, Quakers, Mountaineers, Celts, Britons, Athenians, Samurai, Saxons. Oh, and you'll find a ton of teams who caved and changed their names.
|1 week 5 days ago||I'd trade that for a Big10 Championship||
I'd trade that for a Big10 Championship. Rather see Michigan beat PSU, Ohio State and Iowa, and let Ferentz have the hardware. It is nice and all, but the wins mean more.
|1 week 5 days ago||Here's the road to CFP||
This year, we're not ready. We're just not ready. Even if we win out against PSU, Ohio State and Iowa, we're not ready. Better to win out, go to the Rose Bowl, win there, and have that as a starting point for 2016.
|1 week 5 days ago||They should be concerned||
Michigan should be competitive. Still, with the loss of Glasgow, I think this makes things much more difficult this year.
|1 week 6 days ago||We'll see what happens with graduate transfers||
They certainly can add to depth. But I wonder how many first rate grad transfers you'll find out there. I mean, I'm glad Wayne Lyons came, but has he seen the field? If another team is willing to not extend a fifth year, there's usually a reason.
|1 week 6 days ago||It's all a matter of perspective||
MSU and Ohio State fans are upset because they think that Michigan is getting too much publicity, too much favorable coverage, and that Michigan is overrated.
Personally, I think Michigan is rated about right. Remember, this is the first game where Rudock has really opened things up in the passing game. Also, we still don't have much of a running game. I mean, give Indiana credit. But yeah, I want to see how Michigan does against a team that has both a solid secondary and a stout defensive line. I also want to see how our DL does against a team that can both run and pass. Michigan is doing great, and Harbaugh is giving them a great chance to win. But I don't think we are very complete of a team.
|1 week 6 days ago||Attitude and mental makeup||
Attitude and mental makeup are key. He is mobile enough, and throws well enough. But if he keeps his cool, and knows how to win, there will be a place for him. If he doesn't make mental mistakes, if he knows the playbook inside and out and knows how to go through his progressions, there will be a place for him. Obviously, Brady is the poster child, going in the 6th round, with none of the speed and strength measurables, but all the intangibles.
|1 week 6 days ago||I want four||
PSU, Ohio State, Iowa, Rose Bowl.
I honestly do not think Michigan belongs in the National Championship playoff. I just don't, and I'd rather they be in the hunt and hungry for that next year.
|2 weeks 7 hours ago||Only quibble: Wagner||
My only quibble is leaving out Wagner. Doyle will need lots of breaks, and I think Wagner comes in for him. For this reason, even if Wagner isn't in the top eight, he will see more playing time than some of the wings.
|2 weeks 14 hours ago||First time I listened to an interview||
This is the first time I listened to part of an interview. I understand that all the rabid fans out there (including myself) want to hear what's happening. At the same time, this can be pretty intrusive and time consuming, and I could see some recruits wanting to be done with the whole process.
|2 weeks 16 hours ago||Yeah, I thought of that||
Yeah, I thought of that too. You may be right. If he is 100% ready, I 100% agree. If he is 80 - 90% ready, but gaining strength every day, it could be a tossup. Give him a week more practice, and give the team a boost and Ohio State fits by trotting him out for the Game. Could go either way.
|2 weeks 16 hours ago||I actually went to beveled last week||
I actually went to beveled last week. The truth is, I've gotten more than my money's worth out of the site. Problem is, nothing changes. Shoot, they don't even make promises anymore. Frankly, with the season going so well, I don't care. But I do hope that after the season, there are answers, and there are promises, and there are fixes.
|2 weeks 16 hours ago||Oh . . .||
Well, there will never be a DMCA violation from my avatar.
|2 weeks 16 hours ago||Fun speculation||
Here's definitely a case where it'd be nice to be a fly on the wall. I'm sure there's a ton of variables the coaches are sorting through.
If the doctors give the green light, Mone wants to play, is practicing, is doing well in practice, Glasgow is definitely out for the season, and Mone would make a significant difference in any of our remaining games, well he obviously should play. That's an awful lot of conditions that have to be met before Mone even sniffs at going out on the field.
|2 weeks 17 hours ago||Who knows . . . silent?||
Who knows the answer. Maybe a silent commit? Or maybe 99%, with the family trip to seal the deal? You don't go through the expense of bringing the family down just for grins. Maybe they get the feel of what the drive will be look on game days next Fall?
|2 weeks 18 hours ago||Passing game will improve Running Game||
I agree with you for the most part about our running game. Michgan's offensive line, and their running backs, just aren't that good. However, for the OL, they are doing ok with pass protection. If Rudock is good, and a bit lucky, and is shredding PSU and even Ohio State with passing, this shifts the equation. And opens up running game.
Honestly, given the first half of the season, it made complete sense for any team facing Michigan to crowd the line. Put 8 in the box. Force Michigan to beat you deep and with passing. The word was that Rudock couldn't do it. Well, with the troika of Chesson, Darboh, and Butt, and supporting cast of Williams, Harris, and Perry, along with the scattered pass to Houma, Smith, et al, the passing game appears to be solid. I'm a bit terrified of Ohio State's DL. But if our OL gives pass pro, OSU's LB corps and secondary can't cheat the line. This, more than anything else, will open up running lanes, especially for Drake Johnson. No one is going to be able to run through the crowd of 8 on the line. But just 3 or 4 DL? Now our running backs have a chance, at least at 3 - 4 yards a pop.
|2 weeks 20 hours ago||It still is on the front page||
The thread on Peters with senior highlights is still on the front page.
Having said that, I can wait for Peters. I really hope that O'Korn is as promised. Or that Morris shocks us and starts the next two years. Either way, having someone who has worked under Harbaugh through the season, with the camps and the regular practices, is going to be so far ahead. Assuming O'Korn (or Morris) have full use of the playbook, and that Harbaugh has fully assessed them, either would be better than Peters. Far better for Peters to redshirt, learn the playbook, run the scout team, and get fully up to speed. This will allow him to complete in both the Spring and Summer practices in 2017, substitute in for the starter, take over in case of injury, and even possibly surpass the starter and be the number one in Fall 2017. That's a long time away.
|2 weeks 20 hours ago||I love Mgoblog||
I love Mgoblog, but you have to know it's limitations. I never ever go into gameday threads, rarely into snowflake threads. Big news days can cause meltdowns in the server and the traffic. I'm hoping this things eventually are fixed. But until that time, I will live with the blog as it is, and not expect too much from it.
|2 weeks 22 hours ago||I'm 100% behind the team||
I'm 100% behind the team. That means win or lose. They're heading in the right direction. But we're in year one of Harbaugh, for crying out loud. Of course we want to win every game, but you'd be an idiot to predict with confidence we are going to win the last two. That's why you play the games, but the odds are not ever in our favor. Losing Mone was big; losing Glasgow appears significantly worse. It is no one's fault, but it is the reality. And the "next man up" mentality, while true ignores the obvious. There is a significant dropoff. You can't expect Hurst to function at a high level the whole game. That's why Glasgow and Hurst et al shuttled in and out all game long. And below Hurst, the dropoff is even more significant. What do you expect? Pallante and Marshall may be good, but they are freshmen who aren't ready. Glasgow and Mone and Hurst weren't ready in their year one either.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Don't want playoff||
This whole discussion is stupid. UM isn't good enough yet. Win each game, but that would put us over our heads.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Don't want playoffs||
I want Michigan to win out. Beat MSU, have a mircale pull out of their butt win against OSU. Beat Iowa. But I do NOT want to go to the playoffs. I didn't think we were there before Glasgow's injury. And I definitely don't think we are there AFTER Glasgow's injury.
11 - 2 and the Rose Bowl? That'd be totally awsome. 9 - 3 (lose to Ohio State, and then go to a bowl). That would be acceptable, this year, with the loss of Glasgow, Mone, and Ojemudia.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Interesting about the DL||
I'm a bit concerned about the DL too. I'll be watching for two things:
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Couldn't agree more||
I couldn't agree more. Now, I don't drink, but it doesn't bother me that other people do. It's everyone's choice, and I respect that. However, it is completely boneheaded to even think of getting behind the wheel after you've had alcohol in your system.
The other thing that really bothers me is that Ohio State fans really minimize this. They're all in the "he had a drink or two, what's the big deal?" camp. Thing is, if you look at the BAC charts, and his weight, JT had more like 6 or 7 drinks . . . in the hour before! And if there was a significant time lapse between when he was apprehended and when he blew, well, he probably had quite a bit more. I know I would feel it lots if I had 6, 7 or more drinks. They are idiots for trying to completely minimize what he did. If JT had just a beer or two, he wouldn't be blowing .099.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Great story||
Great story, great writing, glad you posted this. I wouldn't have seen it otherwise. Wish I could really posbang you.
What an inspiration to so many kids. The reality is that most of us are "average." There aren't that many people with the combination of size and speed needed to play high level sports. I mean, we look at Peppers, look at the linemen, look at LeVert and the forwards and the 5's, and realize we can't do that. My nephew was the starting RB for St. Ignatius one of the years they won the Ohio football championship in high school. As good as he was, and as good as the team was, that was as far as he would really go. With his size and speed, it was impossible for him to even think of playing ball at a D1 school. So he played at a lower level.
Spike didn't accept that. He kept on fighting, kept on working through his limitations, and he's done very well. Of course, I love Mitch McGary and Stauskas and Burke, along with Peppers and Chesson and others, tremendously. But My hat is really off to the people who overachieve. To the Jordan Kovacs and Zack Novac and Spike Albrect's of the world. Spike, we salute you.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||He should have been punished||
He should have been punished, And he was. A suspended license, a 3 day class, suspended for a game, loss of scholarship in the summer, plus internal sanctions from Meyer, all that seems about right to me. All I'm saying is I think he's gotten enough.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||People in glass houses . . .||
I really don't get all the piling on JT. I mean, Glasgow did worse, and is now living with his grandmother. Clark, Lewan, Tuley-Tillman, there are plenty of Michigan guys who have made bad decisions. In the big picture, this is unfortunate, but not that big of a deal. From watching the video, the cops were professional. JT was courteous, and certainly realized that he was in a very difficult spot.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||People in glass houses . . .||
I really don't get all the piling on JT. I mean, Glasgow did worse, and is now living with his grandmother. Clark, Lewan, Tuley-Tillman, there are plenty of Michigan guys who have made bad decisions. In the big picture, this is unfortunate, but not that big of a deal. From watching the video, the cops were professional. JT was courteous, and certainly realized that he was in a very difficult spot.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||JT is a typical college student||
I think, in the sitatuion, many people would try to get out of this. Maybe some of you have used some kind of excuse when you've been pulled over. More than a few cute girls I know have pleaded for mercy. And often enough, it worked.
The video shows exactly why the cops are in a no win situation, and have to make an arrest. Interestingly, we all want cops to have cameras, to protect against cops abusing citizens. But a side affect of cameras is that cops have much less discretion in letting things go.
Personally, I'm glad that JT got a slap on the wrist, and is moving on. I would want that for Michigan football players who had a lapse in judgement. Happy for him, and hope he moves on.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||One game at a time||
You know, we all hate sports cliches. But this year, I am 100% fine with the "one game at a time" mantra. Michigan has been bad for quite a while. Realistically, we really lucked out that one 11 - 2 year when Hoke started. You can't predict fumble recovers.
I want to see the team focus on stopping Indiana's offense. I feel like the defense has been just slightly suspect, with Glasgow dinged, and with the dropoff in CB after Lewis. I'd like to see the DL get pressure and the secondary really shut down Indiana's receivers. Oh, and the LB corps not get exposed.
I'm sick and tired of PSU, and want to see Michigan destroy them. Want to see our lines really take over.
And then, Ohio State. I'd like to see our OL stop Bosa. I'd like to see Rudock really succeed over the top with long passes. I consider it very encouraging that Rudock completed passes to 10 different receivers against Rutgers. But I'd really like to also see Peppers unleashed on the offensive side.
We need to destroy Iowa, if only to mock their decision to let Rudock walk. Talk about a game with motivation. And he knows their defense well.
Having done that, I want the Rose Bowl. Go ahead and downvote me, but I don't want the CFP this year. I just don't. I love the Rose Bowl. I don't think we are quite good enough to win it all. I think not making it this year would give the team something to really strive for next year. I'd love to destroy an opponent there, rather than listening to talking heads debating whether Michigan "deserved" a playoff spot. Prove you deserve it by winning out. Have a chip on your shoulder. Clean up in recruiting.
Next year, with O'Korn, all of our receivers returning, and adding 2 - 3 more (Pie Young? Crawford? Nauta?) in addition to the current commits (Hawkins, Mitchell, McKeon), we'd see a dogfight, and hopefully a real number one receiver would emerge. Also, possibly adding Gary at SDE and Walker at RB would possibly put new guys on the field right away.
12 - 2 record with a win in the Rose Bowl? I don't think anyone in their wildest dreams would have expected that. And I don't feel like that is "settling" for second best. Do that, and Harbaugh wins some serious coaching awards.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Glad the site is back online||
I'm glad the site is back. I wondered if Brian actually was trying to fix some of the code at the blog and it crashed the whole thing down. Unfixable.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Nope, I love gluten||
I personally love gluten. But for those who are gluten intolerant, oatmeal is great. My daughter happens to have celiac disease. This means that she actually has a body that attacks gluten, and it will ruin her organs. She somehow ingested some gluten last night, and was throwing up. Oatmeal happens to be a great menu choice for her. I wouldn't wish celiac disease on anyone.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||You're fine!||
Really, you're fine, you're fine, you're fine. It is great that you were at work and not constantly checking mgoblog. Too many of us are too addicted to media. I'm glad to see you (and others) honoring those who have served, and who are currently serving.
And I trust and hope that mgoblog will eventually be fixed.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Bingo||
The music is so, so important, and we don't necessarily realize that it has such a huge impact on how we rate movies. John Williams was such a big part of the success of the initial Star Wars movie.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||A suggestion||
I have a suggestion for you. If you haven't seen it, get a copy of the PBS show entitled "Carrier." It was ten episodes, an hour each, with a film crew embedded on the USS Nimitz. Fascinating show. You can actually watch it on the internet if you want.
Here is a link: http://www.pbs.org/weta/carrier/
My wife and I absolutely loved watching this with our kids. It gave us a sense of what our oldest daughter had gotten herself into.
If your dad is still alive, he probably watches some TV, and this would be something he might enjoy quite a bit.
My father-in-law flew C-47's in WWII. The scariest part for him was flying at 500 or so feet and dropping paratroopers at Normandy and for Market Garden, with the flack exploding all around. My grandfather flew in WWI. Things were very different then . . . he actually had a coffee can of shrapnel to dump over the side to try and deter pursuing planes. I can only imagine what your dad went through. In fact, there is a helicopter pilot from my church who is currently deployed to the gulf. Exhilarating and terrifying.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||How old are you?||
How old are you? Once you pass a certain stage, you just don't eat as much sugar coated cereal. I suppose someone has done a study on that sometime or other.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||To be clear: problem with site, not with poster||
I want to be clear that I have absolutely no problem with the OP. And I love veterans. My father served in the Navy in WWII. My fathe-in-lawr served as a C-47 pilot in the Army Air Corps in WWII. And my daughter is currently serving in the Navy, forward deployed on a Destroyer in the Atlantic. I'm simply pointing out that double posts are going to continue to be an issue until some things with the site are worked out. Oh, and here's a picture of my daughter shortly after boot camp, a couple years ago.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||You know, some of us cook cereal||
I have oatmeal almost every day. With cinamon, brown sugar, and milk. And a bit of other stuff, which varies: granola, almonds, dates, raisins, bananas, berries, sliced apple, sliced peaches, sliced strawberries. It is cheaper, healthier, and gluten free. What's not to like?
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Every stinking day . . .||
Really, I'm not upset with the OP. This is the second time today when a thread went off the front page. The reality is that between the search function and the inability to page down, it is difficult for people to check on whether something has been posted previously. With the volume of readers, and the number of new threads, this problem isn't going to go away. C'est la vie.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Thankful for all who serve||
I'm thankful for all who serve, and feel this personally. My father served in the Navy during World War II, my 93 year old father-in-law piloted C-47's in the Army Air Corps and dropped paratroopers at Normandy and throughout the War. My daughter is currently somewhere in the Atlantic on a Destroyer. While at Michigan, one of my roommates was in the NROTC, and served in the Navy for some time. All make sacrifices which serve the rest of us. (My daughter a year and a half ago, and Father-in-law 71 years ago).
EDIT: I've posted stupid threads (just yesterday, for instance), but cumong. Someone really has it in for me to boink this thread. Whatever.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Value of Preferred Walkons||
This really underscores the value of preferred walkons. Both Graham and Ryan Glasgow are stalwarts of the OL and DL respectively. Both came as PWO. I'm thankful that Harbaugh and his coaching staff are really working to bring in solid recruits as PWO's.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||You're correct||
We are good with the rotation this year. And probably good next year (depending on how things go at buck, with both Ojemudia and Jenkins-Stone gone). The question will be 2017 for the DL. Fortunately, that is far enough away for guys currently on the roster to be developed, and for newcomers to step in and have a year of seasoning.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||My bad||
My mistake, and I'm glad I missed Godin and Wormley. Of course our depth is better. I just looked at the chart and focused on NT, SDE, WDE. Skipped DT. Still, six guys is thinner then we'd like. If Glasgow comes back healthy, we go up to seven. Plus I suppose Ross can be a backup at buck.
One thing is I'm glad we've got commitments from Weaver, Johnson, and Kemp, and that we are very strongly in the mix for Gary, Daniels, Elliott, and Onwuzurike.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||In Big 10 Footprint||
Ideally, I'd like to see Michigan stay in the Big 10 footprint. And by that, I mean the traditional Big 10 footprint.
So, I am all in for Dayton, Notre Dame, Detroit, and Oakland. All decent teams, all close to Ann Arbor, significant interest.
Additional teams I'd love to see with a home and home:
Marquette, DePaul, Cincinnati, Iowa State, West Virginia, Butler. In this list, Iowa State might be too good of a team. But I've regularly seen Izzo and MSU play top notch competition. I'd like to see Michigan do the same thing. Ideally, add two of the weaker teams in a 2 home, 1 away game schedule, where they'd be willing to come twice in exchange for Michigan visiting once. And add maybe one or two home and home marquee type team. If you had two such games a year, you would have one at home, one away, every season.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Crud||
Crud. Our depth at DL is diminishing, and the team's one clear area of strength is now tenuous. First Mone, then Ojemudia, now Glasgow. The team is down to Hurst, Henry, Charlton, and Jenkins-Stone as starters. We're now getting to the point where Pallente, Johnson, Marshall, or Jones could be seeing PT to spell those guys. Not good. Having said that, I am firmly in the camp of not risking Glasgow any earlier than absolutely necessary. He shouldn't and won't play if there is any threat of further injury. Crummy position to be in.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Not a hill I'll die on||
I just don't care enough about stickers. Not something I'll get my shorts in a wad over. Actually, I'm thrilled that this year, the team has something to really get stickers for. Over the last 7 years, for the most part, there wasn't much to celebrate.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Actually happened||
This actually happened recently. (Your car can't be fixed). Something is wrong internally in the engine of a Kia minivan. My mechanic basically said it wasn't worth repair. So, I shopped around and found a very nice gently used Honda Pilot.
The problem is we can't easily shop around for a new mgoblog. I don't want to go to the News or Freep or Mgoblue or the recruiting sites for my Michigan news. The concept of Mgoblog is great. This is a place for all things Michigan sports, a certain amount of UofM stuff, and other sports stuff in the off season. There is great writing from Brian. I appreciate the contributions from Seth and Ace, and in the past, from Heiko, VanHaaren, Tim Sullivan, et al. I will choose to live with function imperfections rather than give up content. But yeah, I'd love to have the content, and also have improved blog functionality.
EDIT: Want to be clear, if not clear already. I love the blog, love the content, love what Brian and Seth and Ace and others are doing. I hope functionality can be improved and fixed, but I will live with the blog in its current state.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||The problem is scalability||
The problem is scalability. When the blog was in its infancy, and the user base was much smaller, it was easier to manage. Having the servers to manage the traffic is apparently tricky. And there are multiple things that used to work but no longer do. Page down features, links, popular and hot buttons, embedding and editing functions. Whether these are a matter of rewriting code, or the readership, or something else, I don't know. And really, I shouldn't complain. After all, I use mgoblog more than any other site. But yes, various things have gotten worse, and not been fixed.
Really, the most frustrating thing is that questions of whether and when and how and for how much are just ignored. When I take my car in, I have several questions. Can it be fixed? What has to be done to fix it, if it can be fixed? How much will it cost to fix it? When will it be fixed? At this point, that's all I really want to know.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Thanks much for your story||
Thanks much for sharing your story. So glad he survived all those flights.
I'm curious about your user name . . . Does SaigonBlue have anything to do with the military?
|2 weeks 5 days ago||What a story||
Wow. What a story. I'm sorry you never got to know your dad. And thanks for sharing about his service. I'm sure you are very proud.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Don't know what to say||
Don't know what to say. I posted a whole META thread on this topic within the last week. The only one to respond was Seth, who was apologetic. But even Seth doesn't give answers on when things will be fixed, if ever, and how much it costs. I threw in 50 bucks, but nothing, nada, zilch.
The thing I don't get is this. Brandon has been crucified, and rightly so, for being out of touch with the fans. For failing to understand what the fans wanted and needed. For failing to address fans intelligently. For failing to do things without being snarky. It is kind of ironic that here at mgoblog, there now are all kinds of ads and sponsorships to pay the bills (not unlike Brandon)? And there is time spent on the radio and podcasts and HTTV, but the main thing, the blog itself, has been allowed to deteriorate. Oh well, I have to put up with it because it is all there is. And I'm not going to write another meta thread, or send an email, because nothing will change at the blog.
I love the team more than ever, but I'm kind of resigned to the state of the blog. Complaining won't change anything.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||I mostly despise Ohio State||
Calling them "tOSU" is my personal mocking of them. Because it is so patently ridiculous. Self congratulatory, etc., etc. This, incidentally, is why Brian isn't a fan of some of the text in the stadium intro video with James Earl Jones voiceover. Those who are the best don't need to congratulate themselves.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Iowa Hype Video embed|
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Great to hear||
Thanks for your service. Where did you serve, and in what capacity?
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Robinson starts||
Walton, Irvin, LeVert, Doyle, and Robinson end up being the starters by the time the Big10 season rolls around. Rahkman, Dawkins, Wagner, Chatman, and Albrecht fight for the leftovers.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||You are correct!||
I hate when I mean to reply to a post, and instead put up a new post entirely. Moved the MGrowOld recipe et al up above where it belongs.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Why thank you, MGrowOld||
Why thank you for your kind words. And a personal benefit to me: the more threads that are put up, the quicker the Crean thread moves off the front page into oblivion.
Maybe you could put up some posts yourself. Have MGrowOld wife provide a few healthy recipes. Share the Zeitgeist of OSU fans in your vicinity. Regale us with a few personal Tressel or Meyer tales and encounters. Tell us how you have trolled or tweaked Ohio colleagues with Harbaugh happenings. Provide some pics of time with Beilein. I'm sure you are good for a couple posts.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Nice to know about current UM players in the League||
I always enjoy when Magnus shares about the current whereabouts of former Michigan players. Thought this would be interesting to some.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Will beg to differ||
I'll beg to differ with you. Who people are when no one is looking often relates to some of the decisions they make in public.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I know nothing about Dantonio||
I know nothing about Dantonio, one way or the other. On the other hand, I have also heard some good things about Meyer and Izzo.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Thanks so much||
Thanks so much for sharing this story. It was the kind of thing I was curious about. In retrospect, I should have just googled the Indy Star instead of posting the question about the relationship between Harbaugh and Crean. But I kind of wondered at the villiany ascribed to Crean. Much appreciated. I still am curious about the attrition on IU's teams, but it sounds like there is more than meets the eye.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Forgot about that||
Forgot about that, but now that you mention it, you're right.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Not struggling||
I'm not struggling. I don't like Crean, and don't ever see liking Crean. And we all have to get along with our relatives. Makes sense for Harbaugh. No point in picking fights with whoever marries your sibs. Just curious if anyone on the board knew more about Crean.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Not quite||
I will never know Crean, and don't see a reason to ever like him. Just wondered if anyone here knew more about him than what I've seen as a Michigan fan.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Another one||
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Just curious||
On the face of things, (guys leaving the IU team, overrecruiting), I don't much care for Crean. I really don't like the incident between him and Jeff Meyer after a game a couple years ago. What Harbaugh thinks about him is really irrelevant to me.
But, I was still curious. It often is the case that you really strongly dislike a coach or a player on a team . . . unless he is playing for your team. Some mgousers, for example, have mentioned that they wouldn't have cared for Lewan, except that he played for Michigan. Some coaches are just jerks, and some are great guys. Jim Beilein would be a great guy wherever he coached. Jerry Kill was almost universally praised. Conversely, Calipari and Pitino in basketball and Pete Carroll in football are guys I don't think I'd like wherever they played. The report on Beckman, the former coach at Illinois, sound terrible. Not a good guy.
I suppose the bigger question would be, who are good guys in coaching, and who are jerks? And where does Crean fall, apart from his being our rival's coach?
|2 weeks 6 days ago||1. Chesson 2. Lewis 3. Peppers||
Watch the video. It is
1. Chesson 2. Lewis 3. Peppers. Regarding number 2, I don't know the answer, but Peppers and Lewis were ahead of him.
|3 weeks 10 hours ago||I'll take number 1||
I'll go with winning out and going to the Rose Bowl. Although, you didn't have that game listed as a win. 5 more wins? (Indiana, PSU, OSU, Big10, and Rose Bowl). Yes, I'd take that in a heartbeat.
|3 weeks 10 hours ago||Why does your sister's orientation matter?||
Why does your sister's orientation matter? It seems irrelevant, unless for some reason unknown to me Big Sean has a particular popularity in her community.
|3 weeks 11 hours ago||Me either||
I'm mid fifties and don't have a clue. I wondered, so I asked my 14 year old son. He didn't have a clue either. Having said that, he doesn't listen to much music, and when he does, he often listens to country. (Don't know where that came from . . . not mom and dad).
My point: don't feel bad. Even some kids don't know Big Sean.
|3 weeks 12 hours ago||Michigan also has HH Holmes||
Michigan also has Dr. H. H. Holmes, the "Devil in the White City." He was the doctor who tortured murdered over 200 young women during the Chicago World's fair in his specially designed house of horrors. Now there's a guy who was both intelligent and crazy.
|3 weeks 21 hours ago||Yeah, I get that.||
Yeah, I get that. I guess my point was that he was dinged, but it wasn't on the same level as a concussion or achilles or ACL or something that would threaten for Indiana and beyond.
|3 weeks 22 hours ago||Michigan is not Big Blue||
Nor is Indiana Indy. They are Indiana, or IU.
I have nothing else substantive to add that hasn't been said already. I don't think IU is that dangerous. I do not believe that Harbaugh will let up the gas. And I believe the team is hungry.
My greatest concern at this point is injuries, and especially injury on the DL. I do not recall Ryan Glasgow coming back in the second half last Saturday vs. Rutgers. We already have lost Mone and Ojemudia. iirc, Hurst had a boo boo. I don't know what is up with Lawrence Marshall. (is he on depth chart?) Of course, injuries can happen to anyone at any time, but we are going to need them to stay healthy against Indiana, so as to be ready for PSU and Ohio State.
I also want to continue to see Rudock stretch the field with the passing game. Brian doesn't track distance downfield of passes. But I think the pass to Houma, a couple to Butt (plus the "intent to deceive" pass,) one or two to Chesson, and maybe one or two more, were longer passes in the air. This has to improve, or safeties will continue to cheat close, and there will be no running game whatsoever.
So, I am really hoping that Michigan uses the Indiana game to prepare well for the last two games. Focus on Indiana, (one game at a time), but use this focus to prepare for PSU and especially for the Game.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||That's exactly what I thought||
That's exactly what I thought (crowdfunding, etc.).Which is why I threw a bit in the hat at beveled guilt. It's pretty tacky to whine about a website that's free, if you're not willing to contribute to see it fixed.
But this has been suggested before, and it doesn't happen. I mean, what is the holdup? Is it the money? Is it the busyness of the season? Is it being burned out? Are there problems in the depth of internet programming that just can't be fixed? Is it finding a programmer who can be trusted? I really want to be positive about this. No desire to be a nag, but am asking, what can your loyal users do to help?
|3 weeks 4 days ago||AB isn't bad by definition||
AB isn't bad simply because it is AB.
I mean, try different Belgians if you wish, but don't go out of your way to avoid AB.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||One||
I drink one day of every week. About an ounce of wine. That's it.
On rare occasions, I'll have a flute of champagne for a toast at a wedding or the like.
In general, I don't miss alcohol. For a handful of meals, I'll have a non-alcoholic beer. If I was back in Europe for a significant period of time, I'd probably start drinking more wine again.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||You just made me think of something else||
You just made me think of something else. I know that Brian and Seth spend a ton of time with HTTV. I have bought it every year. But you know what? I care 10 times more about the blog than about HTTV. If HTTV drains the staff of all their energy and time and creativity, I would rather skip HTTV one year and put that time into site design and functionality. Actually, I don't care about the banner and the colors and how the site looks. So even forget about site design. That's not why I come here. It just boils down to functionality for me. Make the place easier to navigate, and to use, and I'll make more donations, and I can forget about HTTV, and forget about t-shirts.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||I get that||
I get what you're saying about a computer engineer and UFR's and the site. I mean, it's kind of like a carpenter or plumber who doesn't do the work on his own house. And I get there are more important things than page down. If I have to choose between content and site design, I'll take content every day of the week and then some.
But throw us a couple bones:
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Sadly agree||
Sadly, I have to agree (about 11W). I go to 11W every now and again. Any time there is something that causes them pain, typically. (JT drinking and driving, or Walker decommitting). They certainly obsess about Michigan, and I think if someone did a count, there would be more posts there about Harbaugh or Michigan, etc., etc. But in general, it is easier for me to scroll through their forum. And they often enough claim that MGoBlog is substandard. While I love the content here, I wish some of the other things could be fixed. I deliberately chose not to reference 11W in my OP, but it has annoyed me, it has vexed me, when they diss MGoBlog not because of content, but because of design and operability.
However, it certainly is the case that their site also can crash under severe site traffic.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||MGoPoints Rules||
Rules of MGoPoints
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Yep||
Before I post anything, I always search for the topic. And when I've been away for days, I will sometimes have 3 - 4 tabs of MGoBlog open at one time, just to go back and see what was out there. The MGoBoard tab at the top of the page is also good. It is sorted by threads that have been most recently updated with a post. The problem, however, is that you still can't page down, and it only has 18 or so threads. So something that no one has added a post to can disappear pretty quickly.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||We are allowed to take a maximum of 28 in one class||
We (and all other schools) are allowed to take a maximum of 28 incoming recruits in one class. At least three of those most be early enrollees, counting against the class prior.
We currently, iirc, are at 20. This means we need to lose five of our current commitments, getting down to 15, which with 13 more, adds up to 28.
Scout currently has us at 22. However, that includes Falcon, who has been removed. It also includes Harding, who I believe is not listed everywhere, and it includes Reese and Davis, both listed as soft verbals. To get down to 15, Reese and Davis would need to decommit, and there would need to be decommitments of another three more.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||More hypotheticals . . .||
"If worms had machine guns . . . "
First of all, who knows what would have happened if McCartney had been coach. I don't know, and no one else does. Speculate all you want. It is speculation, and that ship sailed 30 years ago. A long time ago. As Harbaugh said, "If worms had machine guns . . . "
Second, I've heard Bill speak. He isn't all that full of himself. He knows his own struggles and sins, and doesn't try to pretend to be a saint that he isn't. Some of you know I'm a preacher. That doesn't mean I'm not inconsistent, nor does it mean that I don't sin, nor does it mean that I judge others. I've kind of come to expect the hatred and mean spiritedness from some people towards Christianity. It goes with the territory. After all, most of the apostles lost their lives violently. So did Jesus. Haters gonna hate.
Third, I'm sure many of you know this, but Ann Arbor was a hotbed of Catholic Charismatic renewal. Back in the 70's and 80's, there were many Catholics and Protestants in Ann Arbor who did quite a bit together.
Fourth, and lastly, I'd remind you that a significant subset of the team is very serious and sincere about their own faith in Jesus Christ. They don't proselytize, and neither should I. But it is worth acknowledging and realizing that a huge number of guys at Michigan, coaches and players, would strongly resonate with Bill McCartney. A far higher percentage of the team than the student body at large would stand with McCartney.
It would be a topic for a different thread, but the religious beliefs and political positions and racial background of the team doesn't even come close to reflectly that of the student body at large.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||I'll grant your point||
I'll grant your point. Not everyone can do this. I went to the Rose Bowl 1993, but I was given 6 free tickets, and I lived in LA. I went back again in 2007, but I got my ticket at face value, had a friend give me miles for a plane ticket from Chicago. We flew in Dec. 31 and flew out Jan. 2. Cheap trip. I was extremely fortunate, no two ways about it.
I know I'd be ok with the cold personally. I live in the Chicago area, after all. It's just, I'd much rather see a game in what I consider "football weather." Even in the south or on the west coast, you have "football weather" in January. I'm talking about weather in the 40's, maybe 50's or 60's, maybe 30's. Don't need 80's, don't want teens.
It is easy to read about Green Bay playing a game in the brutal cold, or watch it on TV. But the reality is something else. I mean, we've all gone to games in mid-November, and when it is cold, you bundle up. But there's a big difference between 25 - 30 degrees cold, and below zero cold.
I guess in terms of culture, I could see Chicago, NYC, Philly havin a lot of cachet and interest (although NYC would be the most expensive possible venue to visit). I personally really want to get back to Detroit. I haven't been to the Henry Ford Museum or the Art Museum there for more than 20 years. But even though I feel that way, and even though I have family in Cleveland, I don't think that Indy or Minneapolis or Detroit or Cleveland or Pittsburgh have the same pull for many people. Just my two cents. And the reality for me is that it will be pretty rare that I'm traveling for a bowl game of any kind.
EDIT: two more things. I really prefer an open air game. And I'd bet our own team would prefer to go someplace warm.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||I'm old too||
I'm old too, and can sometimes be out of the loop on current youth slang and culture. Remember, Google is your friend.
Fire emoji edit:
fyi, there are many out there. How and why and when they are used is another question altogether.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||You guys who want to have the game in Detroit are crazy||
You guys who want to have the game in Detroit are crazy. Indy isn't much better, as far as I'm concerned. I'd gladly go to the SF Bay area, to LA, to SD, to Tucson or Phoenix, to New Orleans, to Miami, to Orlando. With the right stadium, to Houston. I suppose to Jacksonville. I suppose JerryWorld in Dallas could be a site, but I'm not thrilled about that either. Maybe Vegas with the right stadium. I'm not thrilled with Atlanta, but ok.
There isn't a single team in the Big 10 footprint on that list. And I never thought there would be, and I don't want there to be. In January, I don't want to go to a game in Detroit, or Cleveland, or Minneapolis. For that matter, I'm not thrilled about going to a winter game in Chicago or New York or Philly. I want to go see a game where the sun might be shining, where I can actually wear a sweater or windbreaker, and take a walk outside. Where I can see the ocean, or the beach, and maybe a bit of culture, and maybe find a decent meal or two. I absolutely love Ann Arbor, and I love both the team Michigan, and the state of Michigan, but I don't want to be there in January for a game. Never ever.
For those of you talking about the NFL, that's completely different. Why? Because if you are playing in January in the NFL, you are literally the home team. If we're heading towards being the Jr. NFL, I suppose that depending on seeding, the higher ranked teams get to host the playoff games in their own stadiums. So games could easily be in Ann Arbor or Columbus or Nebraska or Madison. Well, you tell me how January games in those locals would work.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Lived in Ypsi a short while||
I lived in Ypsi about a year or so. With 20,000 residents, plus pulling from Willow Run, they have the potential to have some good teams. I'd truly love to see Fred succeed. I've loved seeing what Elliot Uzelac has done at Benton Harbor. It'd be wonderful to see something similar happen in Ypsi.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Baksetball?||
Baksetball? I at first had images of cake, as in:
|3 weeks 5 days ago||I like Harbaugh's approach||
I like Harbaugh's approach. Focus on:
So, we focus on Rutgers. And on a few other things:
Do those things, and things will continue to get better and fall into place.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||I think we have room||
I think we have room.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Guess I'm here too much||
Guess I'm here too much, because I am familiar with most of these reposts of old info.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Wow||
Great reflective piece. Thank you, Brian. The truth is, I am pretty Michigan centric. As such, I only sporadically went to Grantland. Maybe it was my antipathy toward all things ESPN. Anyway, the piece on Nikki was fascinating and stunning. Especially as the father of a 14 year old boy on the local high school football team, I see so much of this behavior. I'm tired of MSM knuckleheads messing things up, but I expect it now. Brandon, ESPN, et. al. I subscribed to Newsweek for years, but was sad when I saw better writers leave. I'm glad you are sticking around this blog you started, at least for now.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Yep||
Yep, you've nailed it. I want Michigan to play well, to play hard, and not to get their wins by flukes. It isn't enough to beat up on cupcakes. Can Michigan play the best teams toe to toe? Yes, I believe we are on the right trajectory, regardless of what happens against PSU and OSU this year.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Why in the world would the Fords ever sell?||
The team appreciates in value. They still make the Ford family money. They have executive suites whenever they want to watch a game. They can go through the charade of firing and hiring a GM and a coach and front office staff, but not really change a thing. Until a coach and GM get really power and real money to make change, the Lions will always suck. This is depressing, but the truth. And I take no joy in the pain you have in being a Lions fan.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Actually agree with you||
I actually agree with you. And I want Rudock to be healthy enough to play, especially against PSU and OSU. The thing is, I thought that he would eventually regularly complete long passes downfield. I no longer am confident in this. Rudock is who he is, which is ok. Hopefully, between Speight, Gentry, O'Korn, and Peters, someone will really stand out for the 2016 season.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Ownership||
Full disclosure: I've never been a full bore Lions fan. I rooted for them while living in southeast Michigan for a good dozen years.
But the thing with the Lions is the ownership. I have absolutely no idea what it is with the Ford family, but they have stayed, while everything else has changed. Front office, coaching staff, players, playing venue, have all changed. I remember when they went to the Silverdome, and when they shut it down. I remember Barry Sanders.
There are only three things that haven't changed: the name of the team, the ownership, and the losing.
The thing is, owning an NFL team is a cash cow. There actually are arguments made that you make more money by losing than by winning. For crying out loud, look at the Chicago Cubs. That stinking team has not won a World Series in more than 100 years, and hasn't played in one for 70. But they have tons of fans, and all the drunk yuppies fill the seats, win or lose. For certain craven owners, who cares whether you win or lose. As long as suckers fill the seats, and you get the TV revenue, and the "value" of the franchise rises, you're all good.
I don't see the Ford family doing something so outrageous that they are forced out of ownership. And there's absolutely no way the rest of the owners would allow an owner in good standing to be forced out: if that happens to the Lions, it could happen to any of them. Don't see that coming.
So, the Lions suck, and they will always suck as long as they are owned by the Ford family. It must really, really suck to be a Lions fan.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Great post||
This is an awesome post. Thanks for your comments. You have articulated exactly what I feel. Namely, Michigan is not going to quit, and is going to play tough all the way to the final whistle. They are going to find a way to win if at all possible. Really, Michigan should be 7 - 1 at this point.
Even so, we have been exposed, and Harbaugh can only do so much with the talent he has. Where there is a clear talent disparity (OSU, definitely) and you have an upper echelon coach (Meyer), it is going to be hard for Michigan to win. That may be frustrating, but it is the reality. And with Harbuagh, I think Michigan has a chance in every game they play. Gerdeman said earlier in the season, and I agree, that Harbaugh has the team playing above and beyond their actual physical ability. That is an incredible thing.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Bingo||
Spot on. A month ago, I was a Rudock cheerleader. I thought it was just a matter of time until he got the timing down with Darboh and Chesson. I thought it was inevitable that between Canteen, Cole, Perry, Harris, and Ways, someone would really grab the number one receiver position. Cole has been injured all season. Harris is dinged. I still haven't seen anything really from Canteen or Ways. And Perry is just another freshman.
As regards Deveon Smith, he isn't going to get fully healthy this season. Well, the only way he gets healthy is to sit for at least the next two games. I feel like giving carries to Johnson, and maybe Green, Higdon, even Isaac, to give Smith the time to recuperate more fully. Of course he wants to play, but he keeps on hurting his ankle. And so, he'll never be able to push off and give it everything until he is better.
Given our passing game, every team is going to stack the line. We are going to be hurting against PSU and OSU unless something changes very soon.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Completely agree with snarling wolverine||
If I were a DC, I would continue to crowd the line and force Rudock to regularly complete passes over 10 yards. Until that happens, every team is going to cheat on stopping the run game.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||On the fence with your comments||
First, as regards Lewis, I go to what Brian said. Namely, if a QB does exactly what he is supposed to, and a receiver the same, they are going to complete passes, no fault of the CB. This isn't a knock on Lewis, but a single lock down corner isn't enough. And I think that going forward, you are going to see QB's attack the middle and the LB's and the safeties a lot more. Avoid Lewis for the most part, but if you have more than one good receiver, you're ok.
I think Michigan is coming back, but they aren't back yet. Harbaugh needs better skill players. He needs a better QB, better RB's, and a good number 1 receiver. We just don't have the skill players needed yet.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Happy? Not quite||
Not quite happy, but we're heading in the right direction. Our future is bright. I hope that some of the 5 star recruits out there are able to see beyond the past 7 years and beyond this year to what the future holds.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Depends on their passing game||
It seems to me that when a QB can fit passes in a tight window, and a team has at least 2 - 3 high quality receivers, Michigan struggles. We have Jourdan Lewis, and Peppers, but Stribling and the safeties and the LB's can be beat by slants, wheel routes, over the top with double moves. That's what I wonder about with Indiana.
And it is true that their defense is pretty sucky, but I have scaled back what I expect of our offense. Smith being hurt doesn't help. And the book on Michigan is they can't complete a pass more than 10 - 15 yards in the air. So every team can cheat with their safeties and LB's. Until Michigan burns a team repeatedly with explosive plays in the air for 20 plus yards, no team is going to respect Rudock and our receivers.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Yep, love Gerdeman's write up||
I do love Michigan Monday and Gerdeman's unbiased enemy perspective. Minn did hit an awful lot of fluky plays, but that happens sometimes in football. And fluky plays cut both ways . . . think back to Michigan's Sugar Bowl victory a few years ago.
I especially like Gerdeman's analysis of how we might be attacked by opposing teams going forward. This helps me take off my homer glasses and see things a bit more clearly.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||"Happy" is too strong||
Yeah, on reflection, I wouldn't be "happy" with 8 - 4. But I'm happy with Harbaugh, I'm happy with the what the team is doing. I'm happy with the direction Michigan is heading. I want more, but would 8 - 4 be a failure? It depends. If Michigan played like they did last year, yep. But if Michigan continues to fight, to play to the best of their ability, and they win a tight game to PSU and OSU, I won't wail and gnash my teeth. I won't get drunk. I won't rip on Harbaugh and the team.
When I look at our team, I see some holes. We all know about the QB situation. I don't know if it is an injury or what, but I no longer have confidence that Rudock is going to complete passes over the top. I like Darboh and Chesson, but they aren't the same kind of receiver as Burbridge. I don't know what to say about the RB's. Isaac isn't on the depth chart, Green is a guy, as Brian said, Smith is hurt, Higdon is a freshman. That leaves us with Drake Johnson. In our secondary, after Jourdan Lewis, they are good, but not great. Our LB corps have been exposed.
The thing is, all of them are doing close to the best they can, and getting better every week. That's good enough for me. I'm not gonna blame Rudock or Morgan or Smith or Chesson for not being fast enough or strong enough or having good enough hands. They are what they are, and Harbaugh has done an awesome job getting what he can out of them.
|4 weeks 12 hours ago||Still bummed Funchess left||
I'm still bummed Funchess left. He would have been that #1 receiver. With him on board, Darboh, Chesson, and Butt would be worthy receivers. Funchess would get the #1 corner. And his height and speed would make him difficult to defend. But c'est la vie. We all move on, and wish Funchess well.
|4 weeks 13 hours ago||Rudock, long passes, accuracy, and targeting||
I don't believe in karma. Just don't. Having said that, I will gladly take the Cook targeting call, and the lack of a targeting call against MN, and the failure to complete any long passes in any game, for all those things to happen against OSU. I'd love to see OSU called for targeting and lose key players, and love to see Rudock complete numerous long passes over the top against OSU, and win that one game. A win against OSU this year (and winning the rest of our games) compensates for the loss to MSU, and the lack of calls going our way.
|4 weeks 15 hours ago||Plus one to you||
Plus one to you. And of course I'm deviant. I could have told you that myself.
Yeah, I wonder how much wives are willing to put up with as far as Michigan fandom goes. My better half actually is good with watching most of the games with me, but it certainly isn't something she schedules herself around. And iirc, she has rolled her eyes more than once when I told her I was going to this game, or that, or scheduling around something Michigan related. Football she deals with, basketball she has less tolerance for (in terms of Michigan trumping something else).
|4 weeks 19 hours ago||Great point||
I don't know who else has won this year, but two of these already for Peppers, and the season still has four games to go. Nothing would be better than to cap the year with Peppers winning Big10 Freshman of the Week in a signature win against Ohio State.
|4 weeks 20 hours ago||Yes, Heisman||
Yes, Heisman candidate. Not this year, but begin the campaign for next year.
|4 weeks 20 hours ago||It all is personal||
It all is personal. Some people, including you, have obligations that mean getting to the game late. Others have to work in the morning and will miss the game. Some people, including me, have obligations that mean not being able to watch later in the day. I often have to work, and therefore prefer a noon start.
Regardless, as much as I disliked Brandon, he was correct that this is driven by network and
|4 weeks 20 hours ago||I'd like to hear more||
I'd like to hear more. There aren't a whole lot of things I can see you interrupting a game for. And the thing that comes to mind first can wait. I mean, why during a Michigan game? I don't get it. Unless someone is running an experiment to see what would pull you away from a Michigan game, and how much power they have. SMH.
For me, the one thing that will pull always pull me away from Michigan is when my son is playing ball at the same time. It has happened. Rarely, but it has happened.
|4 weeks 21 hours ago||Are you related?||
Is Jon06 the 6th iteration of Jon Falk?
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Fascinating Post||
This is truly a fascinating post. You have been a member 5 years? And you didn't go down the front page? Or look at the side bar with some 199 comments? For shame. You should know better. Really, no point for me to comment, but smh. I suppose you could say I spend too much time on the board, but still.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Yep||
Yep. And it is somewhat relative. I think a good part of the south is "friendlier" or more apt to say "hi" and wave then Michigan or the midwest in general. But yeah, NJ and NY are not known for their civility and friendliness.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Completely agree||
A few observations . . . first, I think Harbaugh backtracked on his comments made about Michigan while at Stanford. Also, it really makes sense, given those comments, that Harbaugh support and help students who want difficult majors.
Lastly, I'm curious which majors are literally impossible. IIRC, architecture, nursing, and several other majors have practicums and blocks that are literally impossible to make work out with the football team practice schedule. I'd like to hear from some of you who are in architecture or education or nursing or a major with required 4 hour classes going most of the afternoon. There may be other schedules that are impossible to accomodate, at least as currently configured.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Yeah, I noticed that too||
Somewhere last week I read that he is looking for a family environment, good academics, and good food. (Assuming he is obviously looking for a good team too!)
It strikes me that the food on campus and in the dorms is a lot better than when I was a student in the 70's and 80's. I remember the cafeteria food lines in South Quad and West Quad, and the steam tables with questionable choices. Things seem to have been upgraded quite a bit.
I'm curious what kind of food is at the training table. Do Michigan athletes eat like everyone else (just more) or do they get lots better food? Are there cooks who cater to the different preferences of the players on the team? I have no idea what is provided at the training table.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Very cool||
Fascinating to see the contract, and how things have changed!
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Saw this last week||
I saw this last week over at 11W. It seems awfully personal, certainly scandalous. But I wasn't biting on posting it here. Guess it wouldn't be posted in unverified voracity, but I wonder at the truth of this, and the backstory.
EDIT: If true, and 5,000 fliers were posted on campus, I'd like a single MGoUser who saw it to comment. And even if that happened, I really wonder if the contents of the flier were true. Doubt we'll ever know. Really, a smear and slander on Peppers' good name.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||It is sad||
It is very sad, and yet, I'm glad he can walk away with his faculties intact. Some things are more important than football. May he be able to enjoy however much life he has left, hopefully a long, healthy and prosperous life.
|5 weeks 14 hours ago||iirc, Brian approved||
IIRC, in one of the FAQ files or info files I can never find, Brian approved of pics of Scarlett Johansson. Don't know why or care why the exception, but here is Scarlett.
|5 weeks 15 hours ago||Sorry for all Lions fans||
I'm truly sorry for all the long-suffering Lions fans. I don't know how you do it. Here in Chicago, there have been a few spells when the Bulls and Blackhawks have been decent. The Bears at least won it 30 years ago, although they're about in the same boat as the Lions. Just bad. The White Sox won 10 or so years ago. But there are some teams out there who are just always bad. The Lions have been terrible forever. The Buffalo Bills seem to be improving, but what have they shown? The Bengals and the Browns have also been terrible.
For longevity, no one tops the Chicago Cubs. I mean, 107 years since their last World Series Championship? I am not a Cubs hater, but I'm glad I'm not a Cubs fan.
|5 weeks 16 hours ago||Answered in the Article||
Your query is answered in the article. But to give the answer again: Cole is currently eligible for a medical -redship. If he plays again, he is not.
|5 weeks 18 hours ago||Multiple thoughts||
Yeah, this has been in the Chicago papers the last couple days. Sad story. I don't know all the background, but I do think that there is a lot of inconsistency among teams in how things are treated. Specifically, there are schools that don't pull players soon enough. (That's why the outrage at what happend with Morris last year . . . should have stayed out of the game, obv.).
My son just finished playing Freshman football. His high school is one in the western burbs that is perenially in the top 10 HS teams, sliding between the two top divisions in Illinois. Football is big, with Varsity, JV, and two Freshmen teams. Because football is so big, they have very careful concussion and injury protocols. On my son's team just this season, he was taken to the ER as a precautionary measure early in the season (no concussion). The starting QB was pulled twice for a possible concussion (none the first time, inconclusive the second, so he didn't return to the field, last game of the season). My point is, while a fatality could happen here, on my son's team, it is pretty unlikely with all the injury protocols they follow. I can't speak conclusively for the school where the fatality just happened. However, I think it is probable that he didn't receive the level of care and precautionary measures that he should have.
The other thing. For all of you wondering about your own kids and whether they should play, that's your personal decision, made with your own child, and your own partner. Having said that, if you really believe that football is too dangerous for your own child, you need to think about your fandom. We can all agree that there is great potential for harm in football. But as others have said, there is a significant degree of danger with many activities. Something is wrong if you wouldn't play, or you wouldn't allow your own child to play, but you continue to be a big fan of football. When you do that, you get closer to the crowds in Hunger Games, cheering lustily for this individual or that, but very far from the field. Oh, and you disagree significantly with Jim Harbaugh on this whole topic.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Mgoblog sucks||
Mgoblog sucks. We have to read interminable Draftegeddon garbage. Listen to EMO music, stupid muppets, and see pictures of Henri the Otter when we choke away games. I'm sick of Dude Big Lebowski. The server crashes and the site is slow. The page down function hasn't worked for years, and will never be fixed.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||tOSU is the cream of the Big 10||
tOSU is the cream of the Big 10. They own Michigan, and will always own Michigan. Michigan will never catch up to them again. Meyer is the best coach ever. Hairball has never stuck around, and never won a thing. Loser.
The only reason we have more wins is because of questionable victory counts over Albion, Oberlin, Kalamazoo, Physicians & Surgeons, American Medical School, Drake, Beloit, Ferris Institute, Ohio Normal, Michigan Agricultural (119 - 0), Carlisle, Hillsdale, Kenyon, Wittenburg, Grand Rapids High School, Lehigh, Rush Lake Forest, Detroit Athletic Club, Michigan Military Academy, Olivet, Adrian, DePauw, the Michigan Athletic Association, Butler, the Chicago Athletic Club, Wabash, and the like.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Brandon was a great AD||
Brandon was a great AD. He was unfairly targeted by a lynch mob. Just think of how much better things would be if he was still leading the program.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Coffee. Black. Strong. Tasty.||
Coffee. Black. Strong. Tasty.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||I don't know||
First of all, White Castle is not what I would call a great burger. Or a good burger. And a lot of people (like my wife) absolutely hate White Castle.
But, I happen to love them. They are unique, and for me, with a cast iron stomach, not bad for my system. I don't try to convert others, but fans of White Castle are legion.
I actually remember eating 20 cent White Castle burgers on the south side of Chicago in the 60's, washed down with orange soda and a side of fries and onion rings.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Actually fine with the world||
I'm actually fine with the world. I get annoyed by those who feel the need to pile on Hoke. But, it is a topic about Michigan football, so it is relevant, and everyone is entitled to their opinion. Beyond that, I don't have to click on a thread if I don't want to read it. Lord knows I've told others that. Just follow my own advice! For the most part, I can avoid the Hoke bashing threads, but like a moth to the flame, I was curious with the thread title so made the fated click.
EDIT: FTR, I didn't neg you.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Not a spelling error||
Not a spelling error. You spelled rationale correctly. The problem isn't the spelling. The problem is the use of the wrong word.
And the irony is that you're trying to make a point about how stupid Hoke is. I get that your belief is that Hoke is stupid, a point of view which I don't share. But at least try not to look stupid yourself if the point of your post is to highlight someone else's stupidity. Have some personal pride, my man. You went to Michigan, after all, right?
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Thanks for posting||
Thanks for posting, gsimmons85. Hadn't seen anything from you for a long time. I've really puzzled over what has happened with Rudock. Appreciate your analysis. Where are you in the coaching world now?
|5 weeks 3 days ago||What is a rationale decision?||
SMH . . . kind of undercuts your point when you don't even know the phrase is rational decision, not rationale decision. Kind of stupid. But hey, you're on a roll. Don't let rationality stand in your way. Pile on, dude.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Just win, baby||
If the bball team wins, I don't give a rip what the uniforms look like.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Such great news||
Definitely want Gary and Nauta. Did not know Kaindoh, but thrilled to see 2017 recruiting happening.
If we can only pull in some solid LB and Safeties, along with maybe a WR and OL and DL, we'll be in a great place.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Other coaches||
The reason I think he was a good coach is because of what I've heard from Jack Harbaugh and Greg Mattison and the guys who played under him. Now, I think Harbaugh is a better coach, with a much, much better staff. But I still think Hoke was a good coach. There are multiple reasons things didn't work out. I tend to write too long posts, which I'm not going to do. Really, in my mind, it doesn't much help to look back. We can agree that is great to have Jim Harbaugh, and it is great to be a Michigan Wolverine.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Hmmm||
If I were you, I'd go back and read the interviews with Rashan Gary the week after his visit. This is getting into his personal life, but I don't think getting pussy would be a plus in the recruitment of Gary. In fact, just the opposite. The best thing for Michigan's chances would be shady boosters and escorts stripping and coming on to Gary at Alabama and other schools. That would cement his decision to come to Michigan.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Love Harbaugh||
I love Jim Harbaugh, and at the same time, I loved Brady Hoke. I don't want to get into a debate here with other posters about what kind of coach he was. That's why I didn't wade into the punt thread yesterday. I do think Brady was a good coach: others disagree. C'est la vie. Thanks for posting; I enjoyed the read, and truly wish Hoke well.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Not surprised||
I'm not surprised at what Jalen shares. Anyone who is shocked by what Jalen said has been living under a rock. It doesn't particularly bother me. And also, given Jalen being a storyteller, and having a podium, I'm not that surprised he shares the story either.
I do think there are a lot less kids having sex at 17 than we assume. You can google the numbers as easily as I can. But somewhere between 60 - 75 percent of high school juniors aren't getting any. In other words, it is normal. I'm not posting about morality, or what is right or wrong, although I have my own beliefs on that. Just saying, not everyone is doing it.
The problem is generalizing from one's personal experience to the whole group. There are a bunch of users who have shared they were sexually active at 17. There are undoubtedly a ton who weren't. I was one of them (the ton who weren't). The reality is that I wasn't a stud athlete, and I didn't have girls throwing themselves at me. If I was, and girls were throwing themselves at me, I might have chosen differently. I don't know. But at least for me, it wasn't lack of desire: it was lack of opportunity. In retrospect, I'm glad things worked out the way they did.
Here's the thing though. It isn't cool to share that you aren't really interested in being sexually active with as many women as you have the opportunity to bed. While I'm not surprised that Jalen and others regularly "went to the well," I'm sure there are a ton of others who not only didn't, but weren't focused on that.
A couple other things strike me. I am sure that there are some schools were there is a pervasive culture of sexual promiscuity on teams as the norm. Think Louisville. But I also suspect that there are plenty of schools where sexual activity happens, but it doesn't drive everything. More than that, I'm sure that there are particular players who choose not to be sexually active as a matter of personal choice and belief.
Because religion and politics are a third rail, and a verboten topic on the board, we can't really discuss this. But just as there are guys like Jalen who get as much as they can, there are guys on both the football team and the basketball team who choose a different path.
You can get along with someone and be friends with someone without necessarily sharing the same patterns of drinking, drugs, and sex. There were guys in my fraternity who were always drinking, doing lines, and who always had a different girl every night. Their choice, their priorities. But there were other guys who didn't drink at all, and who didn't sleep around. Their choice, their priorities.
tl;dr. My point: there are all kinds of different people, who make the choice that is right for them. To put everyone in the same boat, with the same choices and the same priorities, is pretty naive.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Two things||
First, I don't agree with your assertion that there are plenty of guys on the team who drink AND do drugs AND film sex without consent AND distribute same AND delete the same to cover tracks. But, there is no point in arguing the point, because we simply don't know.
A simpler test is to boot people off who commit felonies. If filming sex without consent, and distributing it, are a felony, and LTT in fact self-identified himself, then he committed a felony (according to the current law) and Harbaugh has grounds. If the law is wrong, change the law. But so long as it is a felony, that would be grounds.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Let me get this straight||
If I understand you correctly, you're saying that drinking to excess, and doing illegal drugs, and filming yourself having sex with someone without their clear consent, and then deleting the film to cover your tracks, are things that everyone does? And therefore, if we kicked everyone who did these things off the team, we'd have no team? Are you further saying that the first time you're apprehended doing these things, the punishment, if any, should be different? Is that what you're saying?
|5 weeks 6 days ago||I'll leave criminality to others||
I'll leave criminality to others. Can't comment intelligently on that because I don't know the law. But it sure sounds as if non-consensual filming is breaking the law.
But the threshhold for being a member of the Michigan Football Team is not the same as criminality. If Jim Harbaugh determines that a minor, drinking to excess, and doing drugs, and filming sex, and deleting sex, is behavior not to be tolerated on the Michigan football team, isn't that his right and prerogative? When Moeller had incidents as coach many years ago, they weren't criminal, but they were sufficient for him to be removed as coach.
I am uncomfortable with lawyers suggesting he should have hid his behavior. If he broke the law, shouldn't he be held responsible for that? This is another instance of lawyers being motivated not by what is legal, but by the desire to win at all costs.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Not my place to judge||
It isn't my place or my intent to judge. Which is why I simply said it was sad, and hope that LTT gets things turned around.
As for whether the post is relevant, my personal feeling is that this is extremely relevant. When Jim Minick had his incident, it was relevant. When details were put out on ESPN about Louisville, it was relevant. Same with Miami several years ago. Same with MSU. Same with OSU. Michigan fans can't just focus on what happens elsewhere and not cover what happens here. Yes, I feel bad for LTT. What he did is done but tons of other people make poor decisions without having something so severe happen. Heck, plenty of Michigan students have done stupid things like this and not been expelled or had anything happen. The consequences are harsh. Perhaps we can have a discussion about what we think Harbaugh should do. But whatever the answer, this is a relevant topic to discuss on a sports blog about Michigan.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Several reasons||
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Upon reflection, mGrowOld is correct||
Upon reflection, mGrowOld is at least partially correct, and I am at least partially wrong.
While I did like the post, and didn't mind the emo and touchy feelyness of what was written, it was there under at least a partially misleading header. When I read "Deeper Takeaways," I was expecting analysis. I was expecting to see something about what we can expect from Rudock going forward. What we should see from the OL, or the RB, or special teams. How this game has an impact and is relevant to the rest of the season. While the OP could argue that the "deeper takeaway" is that other things are more important, that's a stretch.
Now, if the post was entitled, "Reflections on how I felt about the meaning of life after the game last Saturday" or "My feelings on what is really important after last week's game" or "EMO: nothing really matters to me" or "Two things I felt after last Saturday's game," it would have been ok. Then people who want to move on, don't care about feelings, don't care about emo, can move on.
False pretenses are a pain in the rear. Yes, I hate whiners and complainers and naysayers. Yes, I don't mind people sharing their love for M football, and how they felt and how they feel and why this is cosmically important. But thread titles are important. If I don't have time for someone to ruminate about IMPORTANT THINGS, I can skip right past to the latest info on 5 star recruits.
I stand corrected.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Curious about something||
I noticed that several threads from lawyers ended with a variation on "None of the foregoing should be construed as legal advice."
Not being a lawyer, I am unclear on why a disclaimer is needed. What is necessary before something can be construed as legal advice?
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Suspected this to be the case||
`Suspected this to be the case. Glad for the confirmation. Yes!
They're all welcome, but especially glad to hear about Gary. We really are going to need defensive recruits. If Gary, Kemp, Bush, Kelly came to Michigan, that'd be awesome. I also really am waiting to hear more about Chris Daniels and Levi Onwuzurike. You have to obviously recruit at every position, but especially with Harding being removed, Jenkins-Stone and Ojemudia gone, and Morgan, Bolden and Ross gone, we have some serious holes to fill.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Liked the post||
I liked this post. Sad but great to be reminded of Ojemudia, and what is really important. That is to say, it is a game, just a game. Yesterday, I told my wife what the final play was. She was kind of incredulous that I wasted her time. To her, it is just a game. And between my son's games, Michigan games, other games, and NFL games, she just doesn't care. Which really is fine. It's important to me, to my son, to most of you, but on a global scale, it is a game. This post gets at that.
Regarding those who are sick and tired of these posts: why do you click? And if you click, and can see pretty quickly that it isn't what you're looking for, why do you read? Why do you go to the end to post "tl;dr?" You want it to stop? What do you want to be on the board right now? Analysis? Recruiting? Minnesota? Wife day? What beer you're drinking right now? Well, I can guarantee that all of those things will be posted at some point this week. And if you can't wait, well go ahead and post them now. If you're in Ann Arbor, go watch some other UofM team, in an Olympic sport, and report on it.
For crying out loud, quit bitching and moaning and whining and complaining. If it isn't to your liking, go to the Detroit News, or the Freep, or Maize and Brew, or Touch the Banner, or Bleacher Report, or Mlive, or mgoblue, or start your own blog. I love MGoBlog, I trust that the mods and the proprieters will take down offensive and ridiculously inappropriate or irrelevant posts.
Get off my lawn.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||I agree with you||
However . . . I think there was at least one call that went Michigan's way, and possibly shouldn't have. We were given a touchdown on a run where I didn't see the ball cross the plane, and which should have been whistled dead (forward progress) earlier. The reality is that drive stunk. Our OL and RB couldn't force the ball into the endzone. Not a good sign. My point is that while we missed opportunities, we actually were given some things that maybe we shouldn't have gotten. Michigan is better, but their offense still stinks, and needs lots of improvement. QB, WR, OL, RB, all need to be better. I'll give a pass to FB and TE, but the rest of the offense needs better play.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Knew this would be happening||
I have to believe that all commits knew this season would have a bearing on the future. Even without pulling an offer, the coaching staff can make very clear that someone is likely to get a redshirt, a scholarship, 3 years on the bench as depth, an un-renewed fifth year, and be at the bottom of the depth chart. You don't have to be devious to do that: just honest in assessing ability and likeliness to get any playing time.
Looking at the commitment list, Eric Swenson is the only remaining commitment I see listed who pre-dated Harbaugh. Falcon is gone, and there has been a lot of speculation about Reese, who committed 4/4/15.
In particular, I'd like to see an update on the so-called two stars offered by Harbaugh, who gave a commitment: Dytarious Johnson, Rashad Weaver, and Sean McKeon. Has their senior year bourne out the offers they received?
Lastly, are there other current commitments who are on the fence? I don't need names, but would be curious to know how many are solid. If I'm counting correctly, we are now down to 20, with room for 8 more, with 3 early enrollees. Having 8 - 10 spots gives a fair amount of wiggle room for guys to commit.
I'd love to see Gary, Kelly, Nauta, Crawford, Corley, Delance, Kemp, Walker, and Bush. Yes, we won't get all of them, but if we get half of them, and fill the class with 3 - 4 more, we'd be in a great position.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Yep||
Almost everything he writes is good. You finally have to pick and choose what to quote and highlight. He always comes up with a couple good quips (Lincoln shot in final act . . . classic) and couples that with solid statistics and good analysis.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Completely agree||
I completely agree with you. I'm looking forward to the UFR and more analysis of that play. It really changed the game. That's at least 3 things: the missed pass., the busted coverage, the muffed punt. Different outcome on any one of those and we win the game. Well, woulda, coulda, shoulda, will do nothing for Michigan now. Need to eliminate more mistakes going forward.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Yes it was||
Well, there was more than one missed pass to Chesson. Brian will have it in the UFR tomorrow or Thursday.
Part of the blame is clearly on Chesson. He doesn't have the most natural feel for the ball, nor the best hands. That's why Harbaugh is trying to get the ball in his hands with sweeps, handoffs, pitches, kickoff returns, etc. He is no Burbridge, who has sticky hands for everything around him.
But part of the blame is on Rudock. Do you remember the missed passes against Utah? I chalked that up to being his first game, and not having timing down. Brian cocked his eyebrows at Rudock a couple games ago (Maryland, IIRC). I thought patience was still in order. Now, I feel Iowa's pain. I understand why they let him go. I mean, he can be very good, but I put a lot of this loss on Rudock. If he could have exploited the MSU safeties downfield not only on that lst series, but throughout the game, Michigan would have won walking away. We could easily have had another touchdown or so. And it would have opened up the run game considerably.
Instead, we see who Rudock is. He is fine. He is by far, the best option we have at QB, according to Harbaugh. But he has significant limitations, and they aren't going to change. I now am definitely recalibrating my expectations to 9 - 3. Unless special teams and something else happens, I don't see how we can beat Ohio State.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||I'd be open to it||
I'd be open to it. Really up to Harbaugh. Just want to see high level QB play, and options that will work if your starter goes down.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||I'd be open to it||
I'd be open to it. Really up to Harbaugh. Just want to see high level QB play, and options that will work if your starter goes down.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Some very nice photos||
Those are some very nice photos. Interesting choice to leave all in B & W. There are several where he must have had pretty sophisticated equipment or tricks to bring things in and out of focus, and in terms of contrast, etc.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Glad for Beilein||
I'm glad Beilein is at Michigan, and glad we're not Louisville. If that's the price of winning, I don't want to win. I don't want to have anything to do with that.
I mean, I'm not a complete idiot. I realize that stuff will happen. But when it is planned by the institution? Strippers, dancers, side deals, paid from a mysterious booster funded slush fund? Do not want.
One final comment. There has to be a way to distinguish between the impermissible benefit of cream cheese for bagels, and stuff like this. Some of the so-called NCAA infractions are just ridiculous. I'm still a bit chafed by what happened with Mitch McGary. This stuff at Louisville is just wrong.
|6 weeks 15 hours ago||Yeah, I don't know what should happen exactly||
I don't know what should happen exactly. But I think in some way, the parents should know what happened. And I'd love to see Twitter or other forums have some mechanism to deal with minors. IIRC, at some websites, you have to be a certain age, or have parental permission, in order to have an account. I know as a parent that when I know what's going on, I can act appropriately. But I have seen plenty of parents who are pretty unengaged.
|6 weeks 16 hours ago||Welcome to Michigan, young man||
Glad to see this commitment. I trust Harbaugh's eye for talent. Especially at the skill positions, but really everywhere, you often don't know who will and won't pan out. Harbaugh has a good idea at QB. With Peters coming in, and O'Korn eligible next year, along with Gentry and Malzone and Morris, someone will hopefully come to the forefront. Now this needs to happen at RB, and WR, and the OL.
|6 weeks 16 hours ago||No. Yes. and Meta: raise threshhold for posts to 1000 points||
|6 weeks 16 hours ago||Thanks. And "Crap."||
Thanks. Thanks for researching this. Your abilities to uncover who sent this nonsense are 1000x my abilities. Good to know that for the most part, it wasn't adults saying stupid things.
Crap. I have a 14 year old son. He and half of his Freshman football team buddies have the ability to be complete jerks. Unthinking morons. Thankfully, he has no twitter account. I will be using this as a teaching tool.
This also reminds me of how very thankful I am that there was no Internet, no texting or social media, in my teenage years. I have done so many stupid things. I'm glad there is no record of them out there.
Serious question, based on this:
Admitting the stupidity of 15 year old boys with phones and internet access, When are they held accountable? When should they be made to understand the offensiveness of their actions? You say they will learn: just how will they learn if nothing happens? I mean, I get that they are idiot 15 year old boys who don't think before they act. But I also feel uneasy with the old "boys will be boys, shake your head and let it go, pointless to scold," attitude. Yeah, they shouldn't be "charged as adults" and locked up. But that doesn't mean nothing should happen.
|6 weeks 17 hours ago||Whatever||
Whatever will be . . . assume this is for the TV schedulers?
|6 weeks 18 hours ago||Whatever she wants||
Whatever she wants to do is what I will gladly do. Rake leaves, clean up and close up the cottage, clear coat the wood on the new Pella sliding glass door, clean out some of the garage, make apple sauce, wash the floors. If we do anything non chore related, it will probably be going out to get a couple or three pumpkins.
|6 weeks 18 hours ago||Glad it went well||
Glad it went well . . . and thanks for looking to do this again. Hope I can join you. Normally we're in Cleveland for Thanksgiving, but not this year, so it could work.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Ticked off at this||
I'm ticked off at this, and definitely feel anyone putting up death threats (cyanide, spikes, go back to Australia, cut your hands off), should be outed and banned.
There was one time, however, when Brian outed / covered the douche student who wanted to crowd source a "new" Michigan song. There was an awful lot of backlash here at the website from users who thought Brian went too far.
So what is it? Brian and Seth have the power to not only ban users, but also to front page their real names and contact info. Should they ever use that power? At what point does the veil of internet anonymity get shredded?
|6 weeks 2 days ago||I'm all for transparency||
There are plenty of Internet tough guys everywhere, including on mgoblog. Something about it just grinds my gears. I'd love to see miscreants like this (those threatening Blake, that is) outed and identified and held responsible.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Just flipped my negbang posbanged you||
I think it is a terrible sign, but if you actually saw it, you shouldn't be negbanged for reporting what the OP asked for.
Just a word to the wise: on anything with politics, give a disclaimer. Something like, "I just saw the following sign. Can't believe someone had the stupidity to come up with this:"
Unless, of course, you thought it was a brilliant sign. In which case, I can't help you. For me, "Trump" and "Brilliance" are oxymorons that don't belong together.