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|2 days 42 min ago||Reminds me of my all-time||
Reminds me of my all-time favorite Mgoblog lede. I think it was Ace who covered a high school game between Jake Butt's team and Taco Charlton's. The result:
IN RARE REVERSAL, BUTT DEFEATS TACO
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Both my grandfathers||
Both my grandfathers graduated in 1924. One of them was on the faculty for 30 years as the men's counselor at the Health Department. My dad got three UM degrees before he ever moved out of his parents house. I have pictures of me at games when I was two, and I can recall watching the 71 and 72 OSU games on TV. But it was the 73 game when I was 13 that was the first Michigan game I remember attending, and after that epic I was hopelessly addicted. We were sitting in the end zone where Mike Lantry missed his field goal attempts. They sure looked good to me, but I was sitting next to a cousin who was smoking weed so I may not have been seeing straight.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Yes.||
|4 weeks 2 days ago||They had to change the font||
They had to change the font because what else could they change? I'll reserve total judgment until I see these on players, but I hate to see the change. I've been a fan since the early 70s and every uniform change since 97 has been for the worse. Last year was the best since 96, if not 75. It looks like the numbers may be a bit smaller too, which I really hate. Maybe it won't be so bad…
|4 weeks 5 days ago||There's fifth-year senior||
There's fifth-year senior fullback Bobby Henderson, who hasn't played yet but probably will. He is the classic FB that Poggi and Hill are not, or at least were not last year.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Great post. I somehow managed||
Great post. I somehow managed to know a lot about Wallenberg without knowing he went to Michigan. He was one of the greats from that terrible period of history. His fate at the hands of the Soviets is worse than tragic; he deserved so much better.
|27 weeks 3 days ago||The whole thing is brilliant||
The whole thing is brilliant and devastating, but this is the sentence that finally broke me… Into uncontrollable laughter: "A few years later we're fighting over the sanctity of waking up in vomit that may or may not be yours."
|28 weeks 3 hours ago||I loved watching Jamie Morris||
I loved watching Jamie Morris play. He was drafted I believe by the Redskins even though he was considered way too small for the NFL. (His brother Joe was a longtime New York Giant.) I remember one game late in the season when the Redskins had been eliminated from playoff. They decided to see what they had in Jamie and handed him the ball almost 40 times. Tough, tough kid.
|28 weeks 5 days ago||Interesting that Hackett said||
Interesting that Hackett said he believed Gary was offered "incentives". Could he have been referring to Clemson? After a wow visit like that the natural tendency is to think it's another Treadwell to Ole Miss. But Gary and especially his mom don't seem like the kind of people who would succumb to the bagman. I really hope one day the whistle gets blown on all this stuff.
|28 weeks 6 days ago||That's my reaction exactly.||
That's my reaction exactly. As long as they find another week for off-time, it sounds great.
|29 weeks 23 hours ago||Also no mention of Jaron||
Also no mention of Jaron Dukes. I haven't heard anything about either one leaving.
|29 weeks 1 day ago||My favorite lede ever on||
My favorite lede ever on Mgoblog was when Ace (I think) covered a high school game featuring Jake Butt's team against Taco Charlton's team:
In Rare Reversal, Butt defeats Taco
|29 weeks 2 days ago||The first half of the Florida||
The first half of the Florida game was the most beautiful basketball I have ever seen from a Michigan team.
|29 weeks 3 days ago||Bubba Paris springs to mind.||
Bubba Paris springs to mind. Nice juxtaposition between first name and last name.
|32 weeks 3 days ago||Great memories from 77. I||
Great memories from 77. I remember watching the Marquette game, but I'd forgotten that Green was out and virtually everything else about it except Marquette's asinine uniforms. Those 76 and 77 teams were more fun to watch than any Michigan team ever, with the exception of the 2012 tournament bunch with McGary firing on all cylinders.
|37 weeks 1 day ago||Watching Denard accelerate||
Watching Denard accelerate through a hole is one of the great joys of football.
|37 weeks 1 day ago||That gives tastelessness a||
That gives tastelessness a good name.
|37 weeks 2 days ago||I can't help but think of a||
I can't help but think of a sign I saw on Monday Night Football some years back. The Vikings were replacing Warren Moon with Brad Johnson. The sign read YOU'VE SEEN OUR MOON, NOW TAKE A LOOK AT OUR JOHNSON. Dan Dierdorf came really close to full-blown cracking up.
|37 weeks 5 days ago||Jon Horford transferring was||
Jon Horford transferring was a symptom of a problem that seems to be affecting recruiting: this offense is perceived as deemphasizing big guys. An elite center is going to want an offense that posts him up, not limits him to pick and roll duty. Big bruisers in general will prefer an offense like MSU that emphasizes physical play and pounding the boards. I hope I'm wrong about this, as the NBA seems to be heading more the direction of the Michigan offense. But it's hard to believe there's nothing to this.
|38 weeks 3 days ago||I was thinking that I really||
I was thinking that I really hope I don't spend next season missing Wilson. He was solid and at times brilliant, and he stayed healthy. Next year safety is really thin. Let's hope we can appreciate him now instead of yearn for him in the future.
|39 weeks 1 day ago||Beautifully done. Thanks so||
Beautifully done. Thanks so much for these posts. Losing to OSU is always exacerbated by its being the last game of the regular season. No more game recaps, game columns, Best and Worst, and Inside the Box Score. Sundays and Mondays will feel empty for a while. Here's to looking ahead to the bowl game, next September, and next November when the season will end again but we'll be feeling great after a win in Columbus!
|40 weeks 1 day 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!
|41 weeks 6 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.
|44 weeks 2 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.
|44 weeks 2 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.
|46 weeks 1 day 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.
|47 weeks 1 day 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.
|48 weeks 4 days 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.
|1 year 5 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.
|1 year 13 weeks 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.