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|4 days 6 hours ago||Between Penn State's coaching||
Between Penn State's coaching and the officiating, Harbaugh & Company were a beacon of competence. Something was in the air yesterday – even Urban Meyer screwed the pooch!
|2 weeks 2 days ago||UM has one of the top naval||
UM has one of the top naval architecture departments in the country, or at least it did for many years. I believe they had the first and only towing tank (for testing model hulls) not on the East Coast.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||The way Henry and Wormley are||
The way Henry and Wormley are playing, losing one or both to the NFL has to be a possibility. Something to keep in mind when forecasting DL depth.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||What they tried last year was||
What they tried last year was something like this, but without Peppers and with Blake Countess (a crafty zone expert who was very poor at man press coverage) it was so bad they had to abandon it. I love watching what they're doing schematically, but it's the talent that allows it.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||I can't recall a||
I can't recall a better-written diary from you that this. The bit about guilt and obligation for watching games is brilliant.
The other thing I would add about Harbaugh's offense is what Brian says in the UFRs: it's fascinating. The tweaks they keep coming up with, the debut formation in just about every game, the sometimes wild unpredictability of it… It's genius at work, and for the first time since, well, I honestly can't remember, Michigan is doing it to opponents instead of them doing it to us. It's a beautiful thing to watch.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Couldn't agree more about the||
Couldn't agree more about the defense moving pre-snap. The last few years it seems like they were telegraphing blitzes, in particular. This year blitzers move up later. Part of that may be that these are mostly seniors and juniors. On the other hand, it's their fifth game in a new system and they look like they have their communication down. The real test will come against a super high tempo offense. Utah got them with tempo in the opener, and I'm surprised subsequent opponents haven't tried it more. Indiana games the last few years have been wretched at tempo.
|9 weeks 7 hours ago||Agree, though Thomas and||
Agree, though Thomas and McCray are injured. McCray hasn't seen the field yet this season. Next year gets scary at LB when we haven't seen a glimpse of Wangler or Furbush.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||Welcome back! I always look||
Welcome back! I always look forward to these posts. Interesting, insightful and very fluidly written. And I say that as a person who has no interest whatsoever in professional wrestling.
|26 weeks 3 days ago||I happen to be plowing||
I happen to be plowing through William Manchester's biography of MacArthur. He was an incredible combination of brilliant and flawed. In the end his egomaniacal hubris destroyed him, when he flat-out ignored obvious signs that the Chinese army was entering North Korea. But MacArthur insisted on driving through North Korea towards the border, leaving his troops criminally exposed with the Chinese attacked. Thousands of American soldiers and Marines paid the price, despite heroics like the Marines at Chosin Reservoir. The fine line between confidence and arrogance is the demarcation between much military success and failure. MacArthur was the embodiment of both.
|27 weeks 1 day ago||Great idea for the series. I||
Great idea for the series. I believe in this game Michigan came up with a defensive strategy that confused the hell out of Kosar, with the 3-4 OLB/DEs dropping into coverage when they would normally pass rush. I'm in my 50s and that's the kind of thing I remember instead of what happened 10 minutes ago.
|32 weeks 2 days ago||Photographic evidence exists||
Photographic evidence exists (sorry I can't track it down) of Ulizio wearing 70 and Runyan 75 – one of those official visit locker room photos. That's not a lock, but a solid indicator.
|35 weeks 1 day ago||Seth had a great point: I||
Seth had a great point: I totally agree with large numbers, as large as possible. Many NFL teams get this exactly right. Think Green Bay, for example.
|39 weeks 3 days ago||Extremely well written and||
Extremely well written and entertaining as always. Just one quibble… The Marcus Ray Sports Illustrated cover is ONE of your favorites? I've had it framed on my bedroom wall since 98. The only SI cover I can recall that came even close was the Elle Macpherson one in the green one piece.
|45 weeks 2 days ago||Speaking of running||
Speaking of running linebacker-ish dudes out there to bolster the DEs, during warm-ups for the Ohio State game I'm pretty sure I saw Noah Furbush working with the DEs. He's 6-4, I believe, and seemed a likely candidate to outgrow the LB position. He could provide some much-needed depth at WDE, or develop into some kind of linebacker-ish hybrid as you suggest.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||I'm almost positive it's a||
I'm almost positive it's a shoulder. He took a whopping hit on a kickoff return and they showed him on the sidelines favoring it. A couple of plays later he went in and caught I believe a WR screen, where he danced around and then got crushed. They showed him on the bench looking like he was done. But he came back in as a gunner on a punt and at the end you could see him get knocked down onto that shoulder. I was pissed at the time because I didn't think he should've been in for the punt. After that he went to the locker room. I love that guy. I hope he's back for Maryland after the bye.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||Best line ever by a coach||
Best line ever by a coach being honest about his team: former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach John Robinson when asked what he thought of his team's execution: "I'm in favor of it."
|1 year 8 weeks ago||I was born in 1960. My dad||
I was born in 1960. My dad and uncle were prototypical grumpy Michigan fans, taking wins for granted and taking losses… Well, let's just say if they were alive to see this, it would kill them deader. Michigan football is bound to come back eventually. As this excellent letter points out, Michigan has a lot going for it. I just hope it happens before I join my dad and uncle.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||Band Day went back a way.||
Band Day went back a way. There are pictures of me in 1963 at Band Day, when I was all of three years old. It was quite the spectacle.
|1 year 12 weeks ago||Beilein is my favorite||
Beilein is my favorite Michigan coach of all time (football and basketball). I was around in the 70s and I know I'm taking Bo's name in vain. It's more of a personality preference, a very different but equally effective way of going through life. I felt this way well before the Final Four run. Almost from the beginning, Beilein struck me as an incredibly fortunate hire. Congratulations to him on yet another in a long line of well-deserved accolades.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||As always, extremely well||
As always, extremely well written and thought-provoking. I'm especially struck by the part about the ethical arrogance of some of the Michigan fan base. You explained that in a nuanced way that matches my own take on it. I'm really looking forward to the upcoming weekly installments!
|1 year 26 weeks ago||I was watching him. Didn't||
I was watching him. Didn't play in the scrimmage at all but he may have been in some contact drills. He seemed to be moving well and there was no evidence of excessive weight gain. I'll be really surprised if he redshirts.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||Brilliant! I'm zipping this||
Brilliant! I'm zipping this right off to my son-in-law, who is about to become a father. He's an SEC guy – South Carolina fan now living in Austin – so my imminent grandson will benefit more than most.
Things like this are why I love Mgoblog so damn much.
|1 year 29 weeks ago||You had me laughing out loud||
You had me laughing out loud at Al Borges inventing the backward run, and that is a TREMENDOUS accomplishment. Fantastic work!
|1 year 35 weeks ago||Terrific article. He uses||
Terrific article. He uses Novak and Morgan to make the case of white bias towards the gritty player. My only quibble would be that Novak has such an extroverted personality (Aneurysm of Leadership!), while Morgan is less demonstrative and doesn't stand out as much. But the two are very similar otherwise, and Morgan only gets a little of the credit Novak got for TRUE GRIT.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||That loss truly sucked, but||
That loss truly sucked, but the first half could be the most exhilarating 20 minutes of Michigan basketball or football I've watched since the early 70s. In terms of drama, improbability and sheer entertainment value it's hard to top that.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||Amen to that. When I heard||
Amen to that. When I heard about Magnuson's shoulder, the second thing that sprang to mind after oh shit was at least he's much less likely to tear an ACL or some other season-imperiling ligament.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||Gardner saying that's the||
Gardner saying that's the fastest practice is ever been part of is interesting, considering he had a year under Rodriguez who supposedly ran practice really fast.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||In their senior season of||
In their senior season of high school, their teams played each other and Ace (I think it was) covered the game. It led to one of the great ledes in Mgoblog history (IMHO):
In Rare Reversal, Butt Defeats Taco
|1 year 47 weeks ago||2013 wound up sucking, all||
2013 wound up sucking, all right, but I never would've believed that before October. The hoops tournament run was my favorite Michigan thing that's happened in many years. And while Trey's Trey (love that!) was the greatest moment, I'll always treasure the regional final demolition of Florida. There is nothing so beautiful in basketball than watching John Beilein's offense firing on all cylinders while being operated by NBA-level talent. I was literally slack-jawed at times. It was the most sustainably exhilarated I've felt in a long time… Until Spike went nuts in the first half of the final. Too bad we had to wake up from that dream, but man it was great while it lasted. And I refuse to let these dismal last months rain too heavily on that terrific parade.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||I doubt you meant this, but||
I doubt you meant this, but I've been listening to the great Little Feat song Oh Atlanta for 30 years and it's never going to sound the same again. An inadvertent great pun!