“The player development is the main thing I like (about Michigan),” Williams said. “You can see that they develop their players. They get them in the gym and they work them hard. And their hard work pays off.”
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|8 weeks 5 days 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.
|8 weeks 6 days 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.
|12 weeks 3 days 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!
|18 weeks 4 days 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.
|18 weeks 5 days 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.
|20 weeks 5 days 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.
|21 weeks 3 days 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.
|22 weeks 1 day 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
|29 weeks 6 days 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.
|30 weeks 2 days 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!
|31 weeks 5 days ago||You're doing a great thing||
You're doing a great thing there and you should be plenty proud of it. The involvement of the Mgoblog community has been the best thing that's happened on this blog since I've been around. If you can, keep the updates coming and let us know how to continue supporting your project. And very happy holiday greetings to you and yours!
|32 weeks 1 day ago||David Terrell was so great in||
David Terrell was so great in that game. What a shame that he couldn't get it together in the NFL.
|32 weeks 6 days ago||New one, hopefully just for||
New one, hopefully just for this year: Devin Gardner Best Performance in an Unsupported Role Award. Honorable Mention to Fitz (Poor Damn) Toussaint.
|33 weeks 4 days ago||Great Wreck of the Edmund||
Great Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald reference, and generally written in a way allowing me to get through it without gnashing what's left of my teeth.
|33 weeks 5 days ago||This is a fascinating debate,||
This is a fascinating debate, and a crucial one to the degree that the future of the offense depends on its outcome. It seems to me that Seth and Brian are generally correct about the spread and especially Borges' take on constraint theory. But I have a fraction of the knowledge Seth and Brian do. Space Coyote seems at least as knowledgeable, and I desperately hope that he is right. Everyone else should too because we are moving ahead with Borges for better or worse. Space Coyote is the only thing giving me hope.
|34 weeks 1 day ago||Brian tweeted that Wilson had||
Brian tweeted that Wilson had a big cast on his hand. Ash likely played more because he's big. I wonder what's up with Washington – he's big too but he seems to get less snaps.
|34 weeks 2 days ago||I have been sickened by some||
I have been sickened by some of the comments folks have made about Gardner this year. He's got major flaws but much of his failure has not been his fault. The kid is a warrior, a high character guy and exactly what I want in a Michigan player. I hope some of those trashing him will eat humble pie, or if they don't like the taste, have it forcibly inserted into the opposite orifice.
|35 weeks 1 day ago||Nicely done, in a miserable||
Nicely done, in a miserable sort of way. You could also use the Jason Isbell take on the same thing, from Goddamn Lonely Love:
Stop me if you've heard this one before
A man walks into a bar and leaves before his ashes hit the floor
Stop me if I ever get that far
I'll take two of what you're having and I'll take all of what you got
To kill this goddamn lonely, goddamn lonely love
Kind of an ode to Devin Gardner and the fans who feel a fraction of the misery he feels right now.
|35 weeks 1 day ago||"Sick of our QB who looks||
"Sick of our QB who looks like he has no fight in him or desire to win…" Baloney. Devin has been a warrior. Constantly under siege, running for his life, taking a pounding, and getting up for more. Sure he looks rattled at times. Who wouldn't?! His performance in OT last week was heroic. There is a lot that is wrong with this offense, but Gardener's got guts like I've rarely seen… and hope I never have to again.
"Incompetent all around…" Baloney again. The defense has been outstanding at times, including in this game, and shows up well in the national stats. With a little help from the offense they'd be really good. Fourth-quarter they were down both starting ILB's. They are a lot of things but incompetent is not one of them.
|36 weeks 1 day ago||So right about the first and||
So right about the first and goal on the first drive. I was yelling "throw it to Funchess!" before the snap… the corner covering him looked tiny. It looked to me like Gardner was checking INTO that stretch they ran. Crushed! That sort of thing is so hard to take.
|39 weeks 4 days ago||Seconded. This was my||
Seconded. This was my favorite weekly column when Heiko was doing it and it still is. He set a very high bar and you have easily reached it.
|40 weeks 4 days ago||Funchess would give it a||
Funchess would give it a shot.
|41 weeks 4 days ago||"Yodel it that, homeboy."||
"Yodel it that, homeboy." Great line, Brian!
|44 weeks 1 day ago||I have seen countless||
I have seen countless analogies here at Mgoblog, many of them wonderfully original, insightful and often hilarious. This… this is in a class of its own, a class I cannot define, except to say that it sounds like you are one of the most brilliant 10-year-olds I have ever encountered. Bravo!
|44 weeks 1 day ago||This says it exactly right. I||
This says it exactly right. I was indoctrinated into Michigan fandom in the early 70s. My dad and my uncle were particularly egregious examples of entitled fans – they expected that Michigan should win every game because they are Michigan, and any loss is an upending of the universal order of existence. I consciously try to avoid their attitude. I almost always fail.
In recent years, any attempt to back away from Michigan obsessiveness has been completely thwarted by Mgoblog. Thanks to the volume of content here, I devote more time and emotional energy to Michigan than ever. The good news is that so much here is so high quality that I enjoy it enough to offset some of the gloom and doom.
|48 weeks 1 day ago||That was my first game. We||
That was my first game. We were sitting in the end zone and Lantry was kicking right at us. One of them sure looked good… Everyone went wild until they saw the ref signaling no good. I'm almost glad I wasn't older than 13, as the full impact didn't sink in the way it would've a few years later. I remember the 75 game as worse to experience: 14-7 lead in the fourth quarter. Damn those Griffins – Archie running and his brother Ray intercepting Rick Leach. Just awful.
|49 weeks 6 days ago||Nice job, thanks for this. It||
Nice job, thanks for this. It got me thinking about how it's going to feel watching team 134 with no Denard, no Kovacs, and no Jake Ryan (till October, anyway). We've seen a few games of the offense without Denard. But the defense without Kovacs and Ryan… man.
Get well Jake!!
|51 weeks 3 days ago||Appreciate you posting the||
Appreciate you posting the links here. It's a terrific series!
|51 weeks 6 days ago||Enjoyable and||
Enjoyable and thought-provoking read. For those of us who are mathematically challenged, well-composed prose is always welcome.
"8-5 is just as likely as 11-2…" I tend to agree. Bad luck is equally likely as good luck. Last season when Denard went down, Devin was there to step in and give us grounds for optimism. But if Devin goes down all bets are off, unless you're willing to bet that Shane Morris is the second coming of Chad Henne.
"Getting yards on the ground still relies immensely on the guards and center blocking FAR better than they did last year…" Amen to that. It was reinforced by the recent poll of Big Ten players, one of whom commented that Michigan's guards were terrible at pulling. Kalis, Braden and Miller/Glasgow have got to be an upgrade. Will talent trump experience? It almost has to. Especially in short yardage situations it's been pretty much Denard or bust. With bigger stronger bodies blocking and carrying, that should improve.
It won't be a surprise if this team goes far. And it won't be if it doesn't. Next year, though, look out!
|1 year 1 week ago||I'm not usually a fan of hype||
I'm not usually a fan of hype videos, but I've never seen one this good. Perfect for a blazing day in July when it feels like the season can't get here soon enough. Great work!