this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
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|4 days 10 hours ago||It happens||
I think my wife's boss was in Minneapolis for business during this blizzard and was trapped there for quite a while.
But that's unusual even for the Twin Cities.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||No love for Ali Haji-Sheikh?||
From Arlington, handle place kicking in the early eighties (including the team that won Bo's first Rose Bowl). He actually played in the NFL for a couple of years, which was a novelty for a Michigan kicker at the time.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I thought it was Brian at first, too||
I had to doublecheck the byline when I realized that Brian had graduated long before Mike Hart made it to campus.
|3 weeks 9 hours ago||I wound up with official maize anyway||
(And yes, I voted after you removed the labels.)
|3 weeks 5 days ago||He's got two touchdown drives||
One against Kansas State in the 2013 bowl game and one against Minnesota. No, he hasn't looked good but the offense struggled for much of the last two years with Gardner so I wouldn't read too much into it.
I agree, though, that Ruddock is most likely the starter. However, I don't think Harbaugh is going to hesitate to play someone else if he thinks they'll play better.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Here you go||
What's interesting is that at least statistically Wilson seems to have regressed between 2009 and 2010 despite the fact that North Carolina State improved dramatically (going from 5-7 in 2009 to 9-4 in 2010).
He still made a hell of a jump in his only year in Madison.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||You are absolutely correct||
In the season opener against Western, for instance, Cook was just 6 of 16 and MSU managed exactly one offensive touchdown (link) in a 26-13 win. In their next game against South Florida, they again managed only one offensive touchdown in a 21-6 win (link).
So yes, we were laughing at both Cook and the MSU offense. They started to turn it around after they lost to Notre Dame and although they still struggled occasionally (like in the 14-0 win over 1-11 Purdue) they nonetheless managed to put together a run I think any Michigan fan would have been happy with, culminating in a Rose Bowl win over Stanford.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Wait until the price of oil goes up again||
Canadian stars will be on par with American stars, just like the dollar.
Although it would be more fitting if St-Juste was from Alberta.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||This is what I was thinking||
People were ready to give up on Alex Smith before Harbaugh got a hold of him. I don't if Harbaugh could have done the same thing for Cutler, but it would have been interesting to see had Harbaugh wound up in Chicago instead of San Francisco.
|5 weeks 8 hours ago||Brady was drafted by the Expos||
Link. I don't know if he was ever considered a serious threat to make the majors, but apparently he was something of an athlete.
|5 weeks 12 hours ago||Spammer sighting|
|5 weeks 1 day ago||There's probably an admissions deadline||
A kid doesn't have to sign at all.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Well, that's disturbing||
Probably not a good idea in the long run, either, but perhaps inevitable.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Paris? It's hard to go wrong||
Seriously. Nearly every little bistro or sidewalk cafe will serve good food. And they have to; Parisians have high standards.
About the only way you could go wrong would be to eat in a place that caters more or less exclusively to tourists. Particularly American tourists.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Let me be the first to get off your lawn||
And I'm firmly in middle age, for crying out loud.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Lebron is younger than Bird after 12 seasons in the NBA||
Lebron is only 30, but Larry Bird was 34 in his twelfth season. It's only four years but that has to be a factor as well.
|7 weeks 4 hours ago||UNLV was 2-11 last year||
How relevant did you think it was going to be?
|7 weeks 2 days ago||The hell with the jacket||
I want that cell phone.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Michael Taylor?||
Do you mean someone else? Taylor never managed to get 1500 yards of total offense in a season.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Youth? I have a couple of friends in their forties||
Who have large tattoos on their chest similar to his.
Don't get me wrong, there's definitely something of a generational gap. I'm almost 50 and although tattoos don't bother me (with an occasional exception) they've also never really interested me, either.
|8 weeks 14 hours ago||The only way to avoid this||
Is to dominate the game to the point where a blown call can't affect the outcome. That doesn't happen too often.
So yeah, it sucks, but there's not a lot you can do about it.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||They didn't actually fire Dan Devine||
He announced he was retiring/quitting before the season.
Poor bastard also had the misfortune of coaching at Green Bay in the seventies without being (or winning like) Vince Lombardi.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||I agree completely BUT||
As a Lions fan I still want to punch the TV every time I hear his voice.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||If Rudock or somebody else steps up at QB||
We have a good shot. If the starting QB is still struggling by the time the MSU game rolls around, we're in trouble.
If anybody can do something with the quarterbacks on the roster, though, it's Harbaugh.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||You have to go back to Bennie Oosterbaan in 1948||
To find a Michigan coach who beat Michigan State in their first year. MSU wasn't even in the Big Ten then.
Michigan State should be a solid team next year and Harbaugh is just beginning to install his program, so unfortunately I wouldn't be surprised if MSU won.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||The number has a 734 area code||
So unless Urban Meyer lives in Washtenaw, Monroe or Wayne counties, Jim Harbaugh must be forwarding all of his calls to Urban Meyer.
Edit: Damn it, this was supposed to be a reply to RedGreene.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||The 5-4 record in games with kickoffs returned for a TD||
It's not that surprising. The more opportunities you have to return a kickoff, the more points your opponent is scoring. Take Tyrone Wheatley's return against Houston in 1992. Houston scored exactly once, so Michigan presumably had only two opportunities to return kickoffs.
The 41-5-1 record in games with punts returned for a TD is unsurprising for a similar reason. Every opportunity you have to return a punt is an opportunity your opponent didn't score.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||I've done everything but mow the lawn||
On conference calls.
You do have to be careful that you're actually on mute, though.
|12 weeks 3 hours ago||Leach was a glorified running back||
More accurately, he was an option quarterback who started as a true freshman. By the end of his career he had improved his passing substantially, but it was pretty obvious he was never going to be QB in the NFL. (So he played major league baseball instead.)
More often than not Bo had a glorified running back playing under center. This included Leach, Denny Franklin, Steve Smith and Michael Taylor, who were all multi-year starters. Michigan didn't start producing NFL starters until the Gary Moeller era. (Grbac was the first and admittedly started a few games under Bo when Taylor was hurt.)
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Oh come on||
Hoke had six years of head coach experience and took two different teams to bowl games. He was clearly in over his head at Michigan but this is unfair.