I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
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|2 days 17 hours 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.
|4 days 12 hours 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.
|1 week 11 hours 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.
|1 week 15 hours 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.
|2 weeks 11 hours 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.
|2 weeks 13 hours 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.
|2 weeks 6 days 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.
|6 weeks 2 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.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Funchess would give it a||
Funchess would give it a shot.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||"Yodel it that, homeboy."||
"Yodel it that, homeboy." Great line, Brian!
|10 weeks 6 days 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!
|10 weeks 6 days 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.
|15 weeks 13 hours 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.
|16 weeks 5 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!!
|18 weeks 1 day ago||Appreciate you posting the||
Appreciate you posting the links here. It's a terrific series!
|18 weeks 5 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!
|20 weeks 1 day 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!
|20 weeks 2 days ago||Always wanted to do that one,||
Always wanted to do that one, along with the Chicago-Mackinac. Fair winds and good luck!
|20 weeks 3 days ago||The fit between Hoke and||
The fit between Hoke and Michigan is up there too. I've been around since the early 70s and the football and basketball programs combined have never been in better hands. You have to go back to Bo and Johnny Orr, and Orr didn't get anywhere near the support Beilein has.
Even more remarkable is that Hoke and Beilein are both in their destination jobs. Even if Hoke were to win a couple of national championships, I can't see him leaving for the NFL. All he has to do is run the program as well as he has so far and win enough games. This kind of coaching stability is uncommon these days. We are lucky to have it.
|20 weeks 5 days ago||Probably Strack for now,||
Probably Strack for now, though it is tempting to go with Beilein. But it should have been Johnny Orr. I don't blame him for bailing. Michigan wouldn't pony up to keep him, and he finally got the appreciation he deserved at Iowa State. He was one to shoot from the lips but that was mostly good. I went to a luncheon once where he had the crowd in stitches. And his teams were entertaining as hell to watch, running and gunning. The Ricky Green teams were a blast. But Crisler was moribund during much of Johnny's time (late 70s for me). The support from alumni, students and university just wasn't there. A damn shame.
|21 weeks 5 days ago||Pretty good list. I'd have to||
Pretty good list. I'd have to go with Erick Anderson at ILB and going further back, maybe Thom Darden at a safety. He had that unforgettable INT in the 71 Ohio game, causing Woody to shred the down markers. Messner is hands-down the best interior DL in Michigan history.
|22 weeks 17 hours ago||Hanging is too good for||
Hanging is too good for punsters – they should be drawn and quoted.
|23 weeks 1 day ago||I was a huge Knicks fan for||
I was a huge Knicks fan for decades. I remember what must've been a teenage Marv Albert calling Knicks games on the radio in the early 70s. Eventually I got so disgusted that I gave up. I read a few years back about if you judge by value (money spent vs. record) the Knicks were the worst sports franchise in America.
The recent revival hasn't brought me back. I haven't trusted their management since Pat Riley left… until last night. Even if their perennial cap mismanagement limits their ceiling, they'll be fun to watch again. Timmy will light up the Garden! The morning after I'm still stunned that they did something so unstupid.
|24 weeks 3 days ago||Nicely done. I'm old enough||
Nicely done. I'm old enough to remember SNL in its heyday. RIP Garrett.
|24 weeks 4 days ago||Great series! He's called||
Great series! He's called almost 14,000 plays… boggles the mind. Here's the line that sticks with me:
"It is a very traditional, pro-style play-call bias and it relies more on execution than scheme to defeat an opponent."
That made me think of what he told Heiko about why he doesn't like the bubble screen: let the running back run over the slot defender instead. That wouldn't be my choice when the slot receiver is open for an easy 8 yards, but I'll defer to a guy who's called 14,000 more plays than I have.
|25 weeks 1 day ago||Not enough. You forgot at||
Not enough. You forgot at least one INT for Best Michigan Safety in Years Who Isn't Jordan Kovacs Thomas Gordon.
|25 weeks 3 days ago||That's a great painting shown||
That's a great painting shown on your blog! You're also doing fine work in your community. I hope you can help keep the Pahokee Pipeline to Ann Arbor open. Pahokee turns out fine football players and even better young men.
I wish you, Vincent and Tay all the best. Go Blue to all of you!
|25 weeks 5 days ago||I go back further, to the||
I go back further, to the early 70s, and the only player I remember as consistently electrifying as Denard was Anthony Carter. The wow factor goes a long way in terms of legacy.
I also can't remember this kind of mutual love affair between a player and the Michigan community. Denard was about more than football, as the OP points out. The other day I watched a replay of the hoops win over OSU at Crisler this past season, and there was Denard dancing with the Maize Rage. The guy is so immensely likable. He'll always be one of my favorites.
|26 weeks 2 days ago||Very informative – ideal for||
Very informative – ideal for what I suspect are many folks with my level of knowledge, i.e. slightly more than none with a hunger for more. And it's great that you let us know here. Keep 'em coming. I look forward to the next chapters.
|26 weeks 4 days ago||Part of me is sorry to see GG||
Part of me is sorry to see GG go, as he was a gift that kept on giving. If I were an OSU alumnus who'd somehow managed to emerge with a lick of sense*, I'd be thinking thank goodness and bad riddance. In this media climate anyone in his position cannot repeatedly say anything deemed "offensive" or "controversial" and expect to survive.
*See in dictionary under "oxymoron."