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|15 hours 1 min ago||So, Magnus, Beware of Cats in Hats?||
|15 hours 7 min ago||"Butt" That's Not All||
Apologies for not including the one player who most likely would have been performing in a post-season all-star game or at least being considered as an early-round NFL draft selection had he not suffered a torn ACL in the Orange Bowl game.
I don't know whether the extent of his injury or the length of the recovery period will preclude Jake Butt from participating in an NFL training camp this coming summer, but, regardless of any risks involved, I believe that there will be several NFL teams considering an All-American tight end with impressive receiving skills and a Michigan team captain as a smart draft pick this year. And that would make an even twenty Michigan players from the 2016 team who might be seen in NFL training camps this coming summer.
|1 day 4 hours ago||The Harbaugh Impact on NFL Readiness -- Year Two||
This might not impact how the 2017 recruiting class will end for Michigan, but two years ago, what were the odds that Michigan would have twelve players participating in college football all-star games and two others projected as NFL first-round draft choices this year? Despite the sour ending to the 2016 season, it seems apparent that Jim Harbaugh’s connections to the NFL and the presence of several coaches with NFL coaching experience on Harbaugh’s staff have had a significant impact on making Michigan football players ready for the NFL.
Matt Godin, Delano Hill, Kyle Kalis, Erik Magnuson, De’Veon Smith, Channing Stribling and Dymonte Thomas are participating in the East-West Shrine Game. Amara Darboh, Ben Gedeon, Ryan Glasgow, Jourdan Lewis and Chris Wormley will be playing in the Senior Bowl. Taco Charlton and Jabrill Peppers have been receiving mention as NFL first-round draft choices.
Kenny Allen, Ben Braden and Jehu Chesson will be given a chance to audition for pro scouts at Michigan’s Pro Day before the NFL Draft. If Jeremy Clark and Drake Johnson aren't granted another year of eligibility, then, if healthy, they too probably will be auditioning for pro scouts. That would make 19 Michigan players from this season’s team having some chance to be competing in NFL training camps this coming summer.
|1 day 13 hours ago||Green Day Needs An Updated Song Title for U-M Football||
Whether the Cowboys Classic game at AT&T Stadium in Texas against Florida is played on September 2 or September 3, some people just might want to say, Wake Me Up When September STARTS!
|1 day 13 hours ago||In Recruiting, Some "Crystal Balls" Are Not Like The Others||
|1 day 13 hours ago||Would You Be "Bent Out of Shape" If Someone Spelled Your Name||
|1 day 13 hours ago||These Pretzels Are Making Me Thirsty|
|1 day 13 hours ago||Neil Diamond Approves Your Message|
|2 days 15 hours ago||But What Was Your Rank at the Colorado School of MIMES?|
|3 days 12 hours ago||Whenever I've Walked Past These Marble Columns . . .||
I've never taken them for granite.
|3 days 12 hours ago||Kentucky Could Get Him with Mo' Money|
|6 days 16 hours ago||Uh, Your "Boy?" SRSLY?|
|6 days 16 hours ago||It's David S. Pumpkins! Any Questions?|
|1 week 2 days ago||The "Always Be Closing" Impact Might've Hurt the Ranking||
If the polls reflect the "Always Be Closing" or "What Have You Done for Me Lately?" impact, then I suspect that Michigan's losing three of four games to end the season doesn't look very good to the people who vote in the polls, even though the Orange Bowl loss could be attributed in significant part to losing Jabrill Peppers for the enitre game (on very short notice) and Jake Butt for the entire second half due to serious injury.
The three Big Ten teams ranked above Michigan won 11 games apiece and closed better than the Wolverines. Penn State won nine straight after getting trounced in The Big House and before they lost to USC 52-49 in the Rose Bowl. Ohio State won five straight before getting crushed by Clemson 31-0 in the CFB semifinals. Wisconsin won six straight before losing 38-31 to Penn State in the Big Ten championship game and then beating Western Michigan 24-16 in the Cotton Bowl.
|1 week 2 days ago||Is Reaching 30 Recruits Still Considered Likely?||
If, as some have speculated, (a) Kai-Leon Herbert de-commits, (b) O’Maury Samuels doesn’t qualify, and (c) Aubrey Solomon, Jay Tufele, Tedarrell Slaton, Nico Collins, and Willie Gay all go elsewhere, who are the five prospects who would have a reasonably good chance to be added to the recruiting Class of 2017 in order to get to 30?
|1 week 3 days ago||"3 or 4 Weird Guy Spots?" -- Any Silly or Very Silly Candidates?|
|1 week 3 days ago||"I Can See Russia from My Apartment!"|
|1 week 6 days ago||Somewhat OT: What A Night for Boston University Hockey||
Boston University’s record this year is 11-5-2, with one of the losses having been a 4-0 shutout at Yost on November 11. They're currently in sixth place in Hockey East. But last night was a big night for that school.
At one point during the game on the NHL Network with college hockey fan Dave Starman doing commentary, they showed a graphic that listed seven players from Boston University on the two teams playing in the gold medal game; six for USA (F- Kiefer Bellows, F- Jordan Greenway, F- Patrick Harper, F- Clayton Keller, D - Charlie McAvoy and G - Jake Oettinger) and one for Canada (D - Dante Fabbro.) Oettinger never played in the tournament and Harper played only sparingly, but the other four BU players had significant roles in helping Team USA go 7-0-0, with two wins against both Russia and Canada, to win the championship.
This was the first time in the 41-year history of the World Juniors that a North American university or junior team had seven players in the tournament, and the final cut from Team USA was defenseman Chad Krys, a freshman at Boston University, so there might've been eight BU players in the tournament.
Around the time when they posted that graphic showing all the BU players, they said that BU also was playing against Union College that night. It might’ve come when Canada was winning and they said that BU, playing shorthanded without those seven players, also was losing to Union 4-3.
In the end, BU players McAvoy (1) and Bellows (2) scored three of the USA’s goals in the shootout win against Canada, and BU’s sophomore forward Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson scored a hat trick, including the winner in overtime to beat Union 5-4. Now they all have to regroup and play in one of the Frozen Fenway outdoor games tomorrow afternoon when they're predicting up to eight inches of snow in Boston.
|2 weeks 5 hours ago||Lesson Learned from 2016 Elections and Class of 2017 Recruiting||
Ignore election predictions from political pollsters and pundits; ignore recruiting predictions from ANYONE until National Signing Day. Until then . . .
|2 weeks 1 day ago||"Call Back on Tuesday?" -- Or Go to Lee Ho Fook||
And get a big dish of beef chow mein!
|2 weeks 2 days ago||"First Post, Be Gental" OR . . .||
"First post, be genitals" if you're looking for a way to identify the real dicks among new posters.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Big Test for Michigan Coaches Comes Next Season||
The biggest test so far for Jim Harbaugh’s coaching ability AND his assistants’ coaching ability will come next season. Keep in mind that Michigan will be among the youngest and least experienced teams in the Big Ten next season, and there will be question marks and depth concerns with almost every position group on offense, defense and special teams, except for the fullback position where Henry Poggi and Khalid Hill will return.
If they (a) pick up some additional excellent recruits for the 2017 class, (b) not suffer any crucial de-commitments and unexpected transfers, (c) avoid serious injuries to anticipated starters like the ones suffered before and early this season by Drake Johnson, Grant Newsome and Jeremy Clark, and the Orange Bowl injuries to Jabrill Peppers and Jake Butt, and (d) mold a small group of returning starters and a large group of supposedly talented, but relatively untested freshmen and sophomores into a team that performs as well as Michigan did this year when it worked with a very large group of players with significant experience, then that will go a long way to determining whether Michigan can be back competing with the nation’s top teams.
Somewhat OT -- One Small Key to Next Season's Success: How much will Michigan miss Scott Sypniewsli, Garrett Moores and Kenny Allen?
|3 weeks 6 days ago||"Hyphenated Last Name?" . . . Like This Guy?|
|3 weeks 6 days ago||The Answer to Your Question Apparently Is . . .|
|3 weeks 6 days ago||"Your Future Lies with Vandelay Industries!"||
As a latex salesman.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Sauce Castillo||
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Not Writing Off 2017; Hoping for Pleasant Surprises Like . . .||
Grant Newsome fully recovers from his injury and is even stronger and more mobile.
Maurice Hurst, Jr. returns for another season, and is even stronger and more mobile than he was this season.
Mason Cole, Ben Bredeson and Michael Onwenu all become stronger and more mobile, find their best spots on the offensive line and are rewarded with the same post-season, all-conference honors that Erik Magnuson, Ben Braden and Kyle Kalis received in 2016.
If Grant Newsome’s career is over or he’s unavailable before 2018, then a light goes on for Patrick Kugler in his fifth year and he becomes better as a starting offensive lineman in one season for Michigan than his brother Robert was as a four-year starter at center for Purdue.
One of the incoming offensive linemen plays at least as well as a starter as Mason Cole and Ben Bredeson did as first-year players.
Both Jeremy Clark and Drake Johnson fully recover from their injuries, become stronger and more mobile AND are granted an extra year of eligibility.
Najee Harris flips from Alabama, enrolls early and performs at least as well in 2017 for Michigan as Mike Weber performed for Ohio State in 2016.
Chris Evans becomes for Michigan in 2017 what Curtis Samuel was for Ohio State in 2017.
Among Devin Asiasi, Ian Bunting, Tyrone Wheatley, Jr. and Sean McKeon there’s enough consistently good play to offset the loss of Jake Butt at tight end.
Either Wilton Speight’s second year as a starter is equal to or better then J.T. Barrett’s second full year as a starter for Ohio State or Brandon Peters’ first year as a starter is equal to or better then J.T. Barrett’s first full year as a starter for Ohio State.
Rashan Gary has a season that surpasses anything that Jadeveon Clowney and Robert Nkemdiche ever did when they were in college.
Devin Bush, Jr., Khaleke Hudson, Josh Metellus, Lavert Hill, Brandon Watson, and Noah Furbush all become good enough, so that they offset the losses on defense from those they replace.
Four defensive linemen develop well enough to join the rotation in place of Taco Charlton, Chris Wormley, Ryan Glasgow and Matt Godin.
Quinn Nordin lives up to his hype and becomes one of the top placekickers in the nation and either Will Hart or an Australian to be named later becomes at least as reliable as Kenny Allen was as a punter in 2016.
There are no serious injuries.
|7 weeks 5 hours ago||Michigan's Doomsday Scenario: Cotton Bowl vs. WMU Broncos||
Keep in mind that of all the top nine teams in the CFP rankings, the only team that has lost to an unranked team is Michigan. This probably is highly unlikely to happen, but . . .
IF Clemson wins easily over Virginia Tech, AND Penn State beats Wisconsin in a close, well-played game AND Colorado beats Washington in a blowout, then there’s a “doomsday scenario” for Michigan.
Colorado (having lost only to Michigan on the road and to 11th ranked USC in a very close road game) could move into the playoffs as the Pac-12 champion with Alabama, Ohio State and Clemson.
Big Ten champion Penn State could play Pac-12 runner-up Washington in the Rose Bowl. In the Sugar Bowl, Auburn, as the second-highest ranked SEC team probably would play the winner of the game between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.
Then here’s where the ‘doomsday scenario” for Michigan occurs. If Florida State, despite having been trounced by Louisville early in the year is chosen as the ACC representative in the Orange Bowl, with a guaranteed large draw, then the Big Ten representative could be Wisconsin, a team that never has been to the Orange Bowl (Michigan has a 1-1 Orange Bowl record), but whose fans travel well and whose only losses would have been against Ohio State, Michigan and Penn State, all presumably ranked in the top ten of the final CFP rankings. (In a worst case scenario, Michigan would finish ninth, despite beating both Wisconsin and Penn State, and mainly due to the late-season loss to Iowa, but with a better overall record than both 10th ranked Oklahoma State and USC.)
IF Western Michigan wins the MAC championship to remain undefeated and goes to the Cotton Bowl, AND Wisconsin is picked for the Orange Bowl, then the CFP Committee would have an interesting decision to make for the last of the New Years Six Bowl slots. The obvious and most intriguing matchup, and maybe the only draw for that game other than Louisville with possible Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson would be The Battle for Michigan Bragging Rights.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Hate to Think of This, But . . .||
Wisconsin never has played in the Orange Bowl. Michigan has been there twice and won one (35-34 in overtime over Alabama in 2000 – thank you, Hayden Epstein and Bama's Ryan Pflugner for those overtime extra point attempts) and lost one (14-6 to Oklahoma in 1976.)
If the CFP Committee really wanted to screw with Jim Harbaugh, AND if Florida State were to be the opponent and an automatic draw in the Orange Bowl, AND if Western Michigan were to win the MAC Championship, then they (a) could put the loser of the Big Ten Championship Game in the Orange Bowl and (b) send the Wolverines to the Cotton Bowl in what would be the Battle for Michigan supremacy against an undefeated 13-0 Western Michigan team.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||May Need Help from Dr. Pepper's Larry Culpepper||
The Wolverines have had a great, but ultimately dissatisfying season. It may take a lot of chaos and some divine intervention from Dr. Pepper’s Larry Culpepper for Michigan to be entered in the College Football Playoffs, but, hey, considering all the . . . RIGHT, NO POLITICS
The problem with figuring out a way for 10-2 Michigan to sneak into the playoffs is that (a) 11-1 Ohio State won the head-to-head meeting a few days ago, (b) the Buckeyes’ only loss was on the road to a 10-2 Penn State team that will be playing in the Big Ten Championship Game for having won its division and (c) Michigan not only lost to Ohio State, but also lost on the road to an 8-4 Iowa team that finished second in its division. Plus, Ohio State has won five straight games; Michigan lost two of its last three games.
Also, despite have been crushed by Michigan, Penn State hasn’t lost since that game on September 24. If the Nittany Lions win the Big Ten Championship Game, they will have finished the season 11-2 with nine straight wins, including wins over the two teams that beat Michigan (41-14 over Iowa and 24-21 over Ohio State.) Their only other loss was at Pitt 42-39 in the second game of the season. (Pitt finished 8-4 with an upset over Clemson in Death Valley.) It would not surprise me if Big Ten Champ Penn State on a nine-game winning streak were ranked ahead of Michigan in the final CFP rankings.
Then there’s 10-2 Wisconsin, playing in the Big Ten Championship Game, and with its only losses having been on the road by seven points, 14-7 to Michigan and at home 30-23 in overtime the following week to Ohio State. The Badgers are riding a six-game winning streak. They won at Iowa 17-9. If Wisconsin wins the Big Ten Championship, then they’d also have a decent case to be ranked ahead of Michigan in the final CFP rankings.
Michigan needed to find a total of only six more points to finish with a perfect season. It didn’t happen. Someone once said about college football, “They only remember how you played in November.”