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|2 hours 51 min ago||Apologies to the Downvoter . . .||
Who must've preferred to see Hammond 5
|3 hours 16 min ago||Tittle||
|11 hours 48 min ago||DraftTek Consensus - Funchess Is No. 1 TE; No. 3 Featured WR||
LINK Devin Funchess is listed as the top tight end in the 2015 Draft Class.
LINK Devin Funchess is listed third behind Alabama's Amari Cooper and Oklahoma's Dorial Green-Beckham among wide.receivers for the 2015 Draft.
Forget the statistics, NFL scouts and so-called draft experts probably see the untapped potential for Devin Funchess. They understand that he hasn't played with an NFL-caliber quarterback or received good enough coaching at Michigan to become the NFL star they expect him to be. Sometimes they're right and sometimes they're wrong.
Here's a LINK to the DraftTek Consensus list of players from the Big Ten currently among their top 250 players. Note that Devin Funchess is third, Jake Ryan is eleventh and Frank Clark is twelfth on that list.
|12 hours 20 min ago||Which Hamm?||
|12 hours 45 min ago||BU Hockey Blogs||
For those interested in checking up on the BU hockey team, I've found a couple of blogs dedicated to their team:
The Boston Hockey Blog looks like it's run by their student newspaper.
The Terrier Hockey Fan Blog seems to be more like a collection of links to stories about BU hockey and some YouTube videos; but there's an interesting sidebar with links to information about their recruits, two of whom (Jordan Greenway and Charlie McAvoy) are in Ann Arbor this season with the U. S. U-18 National Development Team, plua a fairly comprehensive list of links to college hockey websites for those of us who are dedicated followers of some of those "non-revenue sports."
|17 hours 38 min ago||Things To Do Near Agganis Arena||
McGreevy’s at 911 Boylston Street (considered to be America’s first sports bar, located not far from the Boston Marathon finish line and the place where the Dropkick Murphys filmed some of the video for Going Out In Style) would be a great place to visit. However, if you’re planning to watch the football game there with other Michigan fans, because the football game starts at 3:30 and the hockey game starts at 7:00, keep in mind that you can’t always rely on the timeliness of the Green Line of the famous M.T.A., Boston cabs cost about $10 for the trip and it’s about a 30 to 40 minute walk from McGreevy’s to Agganis Arena at 925 Commonwealth Avenue.
One of the other things to consider doing in Boston on Saturday, especially if you’re a sports fan and you’d like to be a little closer to Agganis Arena before you head to the hockey game, there are 60-minute tours of Fenway Park that start at 9:00 AM and run until 5:00 PM.
Across the street from Fenway Park’s Green Monster is Cask’n Flagon where there are lots of TV screens available if you’re considering watching the football game and having a meal before you head up to Agganis Arena. It’s about a 20-25 minute walk from there to Agganis Arena.
Though it’s closer to Agganis Arena, has an interesting history and the beers might be cheaper (because it’s cash only), The Dugout on Commonwealth is the BU hockey bar and you probably won’t be able to watch the football game there.
|21 hours 20 min ago||Enjoy Agganis Arena||
Don't know whether there's going to be a designated Michigan section at the game; but Agganis is a pretty nice college arena. Seats are cushioned and they're pretty good all around the arena. It might not have the aura it had when it opened in January 2005, and I've heard that BU fans have become more subdued since their miracle season of 2008-09.
From the few times I've seen games there, fans seem to be a bit more cordial to the visiting team's fans (Boston College fans excepted) than we might see for visiting team fans at Yost.
Boston University is coming off one of their worst seasons in 50 years, but they've got a freshman, Jack Eichel, who was living in Ann Arbor last season as a member of the U. S. U-18 National Development Team and who's projected to be a top draft choice in the 2015 NHL Draft.
I remember when they were playing up the opening of Agganis Arena as if it were going to give BU a recruiting advantage. It didn't quite work out that way for them, but ten years seems to have gone by pretty quickly since that opening night for Agganis.
|21 hours 53 min ago||Giants Fan Since 1956||
Great memories of watching Willie Mays making basket catches in center field and losing his cap while going from first to third at the Polo Grounds.
But I've got an acquaintance who used to play for the Royals, so I don't want to predict the outcome of the 2014 World Series; but I wouldn't mind celebrating another even-numbered-year victory for the Giants . . . AND Batkid!
|22 hours 29 min ago||An Outsider's Perspective||
Besides MGoBlog, my only connection to the Michigan family is through a child with two degrees from Michigan and a significantly depleted net worth thanks to my child being an out-of-state student who didn’t qualify for need-based financial aid. So it’s somewhat hard for me to feel more invested in the outcome of a Michigan-Michigan State game than a Michigan-Appalachian State game. I just root for Michigan to win.
Since I began paying for the cost of my child’s University of Michigan degrees, I just root for Michigan to win, regardless of the opponent, and whatever the sport – except on those rare occasions when Michigan competes against the school from which I graduated or the school from which my other child graduated, although a Michigan win in those circumstances doesn’t cause me much pain, because I can take some pleasure in my child’s enjoyment of a Michigan win.
Regardless of whether Michigan football coaches, players, alumni, students and fans view Michigan State as seriously as they should as a “rival” for the affections of people who live in or who were raised in Michigan, their supposed nonchalance towards Michigan State may be understandable, considering the long history of Michigan’s dominance in the series. But when you consider Michigan’s poor performances in the football “rivalry” in recent years, as an outsider, I would think that there should be elevated motivation for Michigan in this Saturday’s game.
A win by a Michigan team that has been playing like one of the worst Michigan football teams of the past 50 years (possibly on pace to join the 1965, 1967, 2008 and 2009 teams as the only Michigan teams with losing records in that period) probably would be considered one of the greatest upsets in the history of the series. Think of Saturday’s game as if it’s Average Joe’s vs. Globo Gym before the underdogs were motivated to victory by the inspirational ramblings of the late, great Patches O’Houlihan (for those familiar with the film, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story.)
So, on Friday night, if there are any true leaders among the coaches and players on Michigan Football Team 135, let them step up and say, Tomorrow, we're gonna pecker-slap those Globo-Gym bastards!
Any other questions?
|2 days 15 hours ago||Alternate Option for Saturday, October 25||
Consider flying to Boston to catch the Michigan hockey team play Boston University. Get a glimpse of the player who might be the NHL's top draft choice in 2015, a man who who was living in Ann Arbor last season as a member of the U. S. National Development Team, Jack Eichel.
|2 days 15 hours ago||That You Will, Cowboy Cody; That You Will||
Michigan All-American William "Bubba" Paris
|3 days 1 hour ago||You're Welcome and I Understand What You Did||
In the listing of the finishers in the race, it showed the Michigan boat as having the number seven bow, right next to the column where it indicates that they finished fifth. Either result is impressive in a field of that many top boats, and especially considering that Cambridge and Oxford have crews with several elite, young international rowers and the US Rowing crew should be expected to finish among the top crews.
The Radcliffe women finished eighth, so maybe they'll have to wear these shirts for the spring rowing season.
|3 days 1 hour ago||I See Those Numbers and I Think . . .||
Hey, either they’re the winning PowerBall numbers,
or that’s what Peyton Manning says when he's calling an audible, right before he says . . .
|3 days 8 hours ago||Michigan Women's Varsity Rowers Finished Fifth||
The results I've seen show that Michigan's women finished fifth in the championship race in a field of 34 boats, with a time of 16:36.92, behind Cambridge, US Rowing, Virginia and Oxford. That's very impressive. LINK
Congratulations to Coach Mark Rothstein and the Michigan women’s crew (listed by their seat numbers): 8: Alexandra Spaulding. 7: Samantha Heron, 6: Kate Wright, 5: Kendall Brewer, 4: Jessica Eiffert, 3: Louisa Freeman, 2: Felicity Cain, 1: Adena Coste, Cox: Hannah Sherman
|3 days 9 hours ago||Love That "Dirty Water" . . .||
Down by the River! Down by the banks of the River Charles!
If you're a fan of some of those "non-revenue sports," then the annual two-day Head of The Charles Regatta in Boston is a fun event, even if you've got little or no interest in the sport of rowing, only know of it from the Winklevoss Twins in the film The Social Network, and wouldn't know the difference between "sculls" and "skulls."
Though it's easy to think of rowing as an elitist sport, there are lots of non-elitist college students (some of whom might've been or still are Michigan students) who join rowing teams and clubs without ever having experienced the sport. If you've ever taken the seat of a rowing machine at your gym, then you probably know the work that's needed to get the oars moving at a fast pace.
If you think of The Head of the Charles Regatta as being to rowing in the United States like what the triple crown races are to horse racing, or what the Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500 are to auto racing, or what the Boston Marathon is to distance running, then you can get an idea of what this event is like.
This year was the 50th HOCR. It usually gets many of the best crews in the world, and whether you view it from the Cambridge side of the river or the Boston/Allston side, there are lots of great viewing places. The races start near the old Boston University Bridge that has been recognized as the only spot in the United States where a boat can sail under a train driving under a car driving next to a cyclist while an airplane passes overhead.
It might've been nice if Michigan's hockey game against Boston University next Saturday could've been scheduled for this weekend, so that Michigan hockey fans also could've experienced the Head of the Charles Regatta.
Congratulations to all of Michigan's competitors in this year's event!
|3 days 14 hours ago||Oh, Treezy, They Hardly Knew Ye|
|3 days 19 hours ago||Michigan In The Directors' Cup Standings Since 2004-05||
2013-14 (14) Stanford, Florida, Notre Dame, Virginia, Penn State, Texas, UCLA, USC, Duke, Texas A & M, Kentucky, Florida State, Michigan
2012-13 (4) Stanford, Florida, UCLA, Michigan
2011-12 (10) Stanford, Florida, UCLA, Ohio State, Florida State, Texas, USC, North Carolina, Texas A & M, Michigan
2010-11 (15) Stanford, Ohio State, California, Florida, Duke, North Carolina, Virginia, Texas A & M, Florida State, Oklahoma, UCLA, Texas, Penn State, USC, Michigan
2009-10 (25) Stanford, Florida, Virginia, UCLA, Florida State, Texas A & M, North Carolina, Ohio State, California, Duke, Penn State, Oklahoma, USC, Oregon, Texas, Tennessee, Nebraska, Minnesota, LSU, Georgia, Wisconsin, Arizona State, Alabama, Washington, Michigan
2008-09 (5) Stanford, North Carolina, Florida, USC, Michigan
2007-08 (3) Stanford, UCLA, Michigan
2006-07 (4) Stanford, UCLA, UNC, Michigan
2005-06 (24) Stanford, UCLA, Texas, North Carolina, Florida, Notre Dame, California, Duke, Georgia, USC, Arizona, Ohio State, Arizona State, Tennessee, Penn State, Minnesota, Florida State, Washington, Nebraska, LSU, Alabama, Wisconsin, Texas A & M, Michigan
2004-05 (4) Stanford, Texas, UCLA, Michigan
Michigan previously finished ninth in 1993-94, seventh in 1994-95, fifth in 1995-96, eleventh in 1996-97, fifth in 1997-98, sixth in 1998-99, third in 1999-2000, fourth in 2000-01, sixth in 2001-02, fourth in 2002-03, and second in 2003-04.
Since Dave Brandon beceame Michigan's Athletic Director on January 5, 2010, Michigan has finished out of the top ten in three of the five seasons. Between the 1994-95 and 2008-09 seasons, Michigan finished out of the top ten in the standings only twice in 16 seasons (eleventh in 1996-97 and 24th in 2005-06.)
They might as well just call it the Stanford Cup already, because everyone else is just trying to be the runners-up which Michigan was in 2003-04. LINK to Directors' Cup Standings
|3 days 19 hours ago||Recruiting and Shaping The Next Generation of Curlers||
|3 days 21 hours ago||Now, I Might Get Where YOU'RE Coming From||
In your current, somewhat unbearable misery of being a fan of the University of Michigan’s football program, you’re entitled to experience whatever joy you may take in seeing Notre Dame, the fifth-ranked team in the nation, lose on the road by four points to Florida State, the defending national champions and second-ranked team in the nation. . . . And I'm upvoting you for your honesty.
I’m just afraid that a Freudian might say that your schadenfreude is fueled by your family feud. (If you say that five times fast and click your heels together three times, you may believe that Michigan football's not like Kansas anymore and that there's no place like The Big House this season.)
So, be leary that when your friends and family who are fans of the “Figthing” Irish recover from whatever brief misery they might be suffering over the loss to Florida State, they’ll say that they still might be experiencing more joy than you are this season, because they consider Michigan Football Team 135 to be a “Shocking Fraud.”
|4 days 3 hours ago||Agree -- It's Better To Take Joy In Michigan's SUCCESS||
I find it hard to “take joy in the misery of others” under most circumstances and it's especially true in this case when (a) Notre Dame punished Michigan Football Team 135 in South Bend in a 31-0 beatdown to begin what, barring a miraculous turnaround, might become known as the 2014 Brady Hoke Farewell Tour, and (b) of Michigan’s three wins this season, two have come against teams that are among the only four “FBS” teams that currently are NOT eligible for bowl games – Appalachian State and Miami (Ohio.) [Georgia Southern and Idaho are the others that are out of the bowl eligibility picture.]
It's better to take joy in the SUCCESS of other Michigan teams that don’t get much attention here, except when Wolverine Devotee and some others provide the updates.
Despite a setback at the cross country pre-nationals in Terre Haute, Indiana on October 18 where they finished third out of 43 teams, behind Georgetown and Oregon, the Michigan women’s cross country team had been the top-ranked team in the country before the race.
Michigan’s men’s cross country team finished first out of 24 teams at Notre Dame’s Blue and Gold Invitational on October 3 and 9th out of 38 teams at the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational on October 17. Most recently, they were ranked 11th in the nation.
After starting the season with road losses against then second-ranked North Carolina and then 11th-ranked Wake Forest, Michigan’s field hockey team, currently ranked 14th in the nation, is 10-5 and 5-1 in the Big Ten after upsetting ninth-ranked Northwestern on Friday night. Four of Michigan’s five losses have come against teams ranked first (North Carolina), second (Maryland), third (Stanford) and seventh (Louisville) in the most-recent field hockey coaches’ poll.
Despite suffering its first home loss of the season to 11th ranked Penn State on Thursday night, Michigan’s women’s soccer team is 11-4-0 and 7-2-0 in the Big Ten.
Michigan’s women’s volleyball team has swept four straight matches to improve its record to 10-8 and 5-3 in Big Ten play.
|4 days 15 hours ago||List of 25 Institutions Picked Out of A Hat||
Non-Slideshow Version In Order of Selection -- Honorary Picker Shown With Hat
Fairleigh Dickinson University
Lewis-Clark State College
University of Minnesota - St. Cloud
Alcorn State University
Kellogg Community College
Chadron State College
University of Alabama - Huntsville
Loyola University - Chicago
Hebrew Union College
Fort Hays State University
University of California - Davis
University of Georgia
University of Denver
University of Vermont
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
DeVry University - Orlando
University of Tampa
Rhode Island School of Design
|5 days 18 hours ago||Late To The Upvoting, But Comedy's Always Nice.||
Well done, michgoblue! Looking forward to your Regents Meeting UFR. Nothing wrong with some more comedy.
|5 days 18 hours ago||Came In For The Bang . . .||
Returned for the ting tang walla walla bing bang . . . and to upvote all those whom I’d missed in the interim.
|6 days 55 min ago||Upvotes For All! Happy National Pasta Day!||
And in honor of Dhani Jones
Bowties for the Board!
Dine tastefully, my firends
|6 days 21 hours ago||Way Too Many Unanswered Questions||
Without knowing answers to several questions, it’s both way too early AND way too difficult to make any predictions about Michigan Football Team 136. Among those still-to-be-answered questions:
IF (and I don’t know how to display that “IF” in the largest font available for MgoBlog, but I would if I could), Brady Hoke and this coaching staff somehow perform miracles and lead Team 135 to three more wins and a bowl victory, plus signs of significant improvement in those final six games, will they be asked to return for 2015?
And IF that happens, will there be conditions placed on Hoke’s returning as head coach, such as bringing in several new assistants? If so, who will those replacement coaches be?
IF Hoke’s staff is not asked to return in 2015 AND, as with the previous coaching search, Michigan strikes out on landing its top three preferences, who will be coaching Team 136?
Regardless of who Team 136’s coaches will be, what will be the impact on the 2015 recruiting class? Who from Team 135 will choose to leave early for “greener pastures?” Which players who aren’t yet enrolled at Michigan will choose to join Team 136, and what impact might they have on the quality of play?
What unexpected injuries (whether season-ending or lingering-and-limiting) and departures (for better opportunities or other reasons) will impact the results for Team 136 (like Blake Countess in 2012; Amara Darboh, Jake Ryan, Russell Bellomy, Ondre Pipkins, Will Hagerup, Drake Johnson and Devin Gardner in 2013; and Thomas Rawls, Josh Furman, Jarrod Wilson, Desmond Morgan, Kyle Bosch, Raymon Taylor, Jabrill Peppers, Devin Funchess, Ondre Pipkins, Erik Magnuson, Shane Morris, Devin Gardner, Derrick Green, Khalid Hill, Delano Hill and Jehu Chesson in 2014?)
What effect will the year away from game competition have on Ty Isaac's play? What effect will his recent injury have on Derrick Green's play?
How will Andrew David and Kenny Allen perform as the new kicking specialists?
Will any first-year players contribute as much as Mason Cole, Bryan Mone and Freddy Canteen have this season?
|1 week 7 hours ago||About That "SIAP" Acronym||
Considering your screen name, some might have said that "SIAP" is an abbreviation for Squirrels In Amazing Poses
|1 week 8 hours ago||Spot On, Mr. Yost! You Deserve The Upvotes||
But wait, there's more:
Would you like to see more former Michigan football players returning for the final two home games? And would you welcome having them lined up on the field for every home game when the team comes out of the tunnel and touches the banner?
Did Will Hagerup speak with you about his letter to the team before he distributed it? What was your first reaction when you read that letter?
Have you read about David Molk’s performance for the Eagles last Sunday night? Have you spoken with him about it? And speaking of Michigan centers, how would you evaluate Jack Miller’s progress this season?
Have you read about Taylor Lewan’s performance in his first start for the Titans last Sunday? Have you spoken with him about it? And speaking of Michigan left tackles, how would you evaluate Mason Cole’s progress this season?
Is there any chance George Clinton might be invited to perform with the Michigan Marching Band at one of the final two home games?
Considering the show of support that other Michigan teams have been giving to the football team, will you be encouraging your players to attend one of the two hockey games at Yost this weekend against New Hampshire, or the field hockey game against Northwestern on Friday night, or the women’s soccer game against Ohio State on Sunday afternoon?
If former New Jersey state track champion Jabrill Peppers isn’t healthy enough to play against Michigan State on the 25th, but he’ll be in perfect health by the end of the season, if he asked for permission, would you let him run for the indoor track team against Michigan State on January 31?
If former Florida state wrestling champion Brady Pallente asked for permission, would you let him work out with the wrestling team during the offseason?
|1 week 13 hours ago||Apologies To The Downvoter||
Guess I should've taken those boots and walked out of this thread.before adding that post and having those boots walk all over me.
|1 week 18 hours ago||Which Boot?||
Or Das Boot?
|1 week 18 hours ago||Agree. Good Calculating!||
Heard that Kyle just made partner.