"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
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|1 week 17 hours ago||No one's giving up . . .||
Last night M's frontcourt problems were there for all to see, which is one reason Beilein removed Mo Wagner's redshirt --- he's still looking for the two or three bigs he can rely on to do what he wants them to do.
Such problems take time to work out, but that's why we have coaches. Go Blue.
|1 week 17 hours ago||I agree||
The Braves got Cameron Maybin as kind of an afterthought in the Upton trade, and Cameron ended up having (for him) a pretty good year at the plate and on the basepaths, leading the team in steals. The Braves have freed up more salary money and acquired yet another couple (journeyman?) pitchers whom, as you say, pitching coach McDowell might be able to improve.
But the main reason for the trade seems to be that now the young GM (and Notre Dame grad) John Coppolella has more pitching arms and cash with which to work a trade or two. Maybe he can even bring in a couple guys who can actually hit the damn ball. As things now stand, Freddie Freeman, Markakis, the still "unproven Cuban" Olivera, and "ancient AJ" Pierzynski are about it as far as actual hitters are concerned.
Coppolella's really on the spot to deliver that promised "dream team" they're talking about having by the time they move into their new stadium in 2017.
|1 week 1 day ago||Chad's doin' OK||
Chad started his NFL career in the 2008 season. At the conclusion of the 2017 season his NFL pension, which he will begin to collect at age 55, should be worth almost 5 grand a month. If he's contributed to the league's 401(k) with its generous employer match, he'll collect even more beginning at age 55.
I of course don't know how much he's making now --- or how much he's made during these eight seasons ---- but it should be at least somewhere between $750 and $1 mil a year. Now that he's a stable, grounded, married guy he's probably taking good care of his money and should therefore have some investment income to help carry him from the time he retires from the NFL until he starts drawing his pension and receiving distributions from his 401(k).
Good for him.
|1 week 3 days ago||This Saturday||
As an eternal optimist and one whose football knowledge is close to de minimis, the thoughts expressed by the players about IU's rushing success made sense to me. As I understood it, M's difficulty in adjusting to IU's unconventional blocking schemes created rather wide (!) running lanes for Jordan Howard en rouite to his net 238-yard evening. Yes, Ryan's presence would have made a difference, but I think Howard would still have had a big night.
I look for the D-line to have a much better game against Penn State this Saturday. My assumption is that Penn State runs a more traditional offensive blocking scheme, with which the M D-line should be more familiar. True, Tom Strobel is no Ryan Glasgow, but he is an experienced senior, has a full game at NT under his belt, and has the benefit of another week of good coaching. How much of a contribution Brady Pallante will make I don't know, but in certain situations he might be able to give Mo Hurst and Strobel a breather.
But no, even at my most optimistic do I expect to see Bryan Mone on the field this season. For the final two regular-season games, we'll have to go to war with the weapons we have. Go Blue.
|1 week 4 days ago||Manhattan Meat Roll||
Nearly provoked open rebellion in the South Quad dining hall back in the day.
|1 week 4 days ago||Yes, it's Ferrills's 7th year at IU, and||
as the announcers suggested last night, it's Alex Olah's 12th year or whatever at Northwestern.
|2 weeks 16 hours ago||One Suggestion||
Try Davy Byrne's Pub I don't know if you'll see the game there but you might run into Leo Bloom and that would be something to talk about.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||1st Battalion, 2nd Marines, 2nd Marine Division||
Happy Birthday to all current and former Marines --- Semper Fi y'all!
|2 weeks 6 days ago||A Good Day||
We all expected M to throttle Rutgers. We did not expect Jake Rudock to channel Tom Brady in the process. A good day.
We all expected Sparty to win in Lincoln. That he did not, especially on a last-second controversial play, was fine too. It just added to an already good day.
I know it's not nice to enjoy "Schadenfreude" (loosely translated: reveling in the misfortune of others). But damn, those East Lansing rednecks have been the beneficiaries of so many controversial calls --- especially against our team --- that it's most satisfying to see the football gods finally sort of even the score. Remember "Downtown Eddie Brown" and the 1990 blown pass interference call against Desmond? And remember Brown admitted he fouled Desmond? And who can forget 2001's "Spartan Bob and his Infernal Time Machine" that gave aptly named Jeff Smoker an extra second to throw the winning TD pass to TJ Duckett?
Oh well. Whenever I begin to feel low about such miscarriages of justice I just throw on the DVD of the 2004 game and watch Mike and Braylon and Chad legitimately run, catch, and pass all over Sparty. Go Blue.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Progressive Lucidity||
As the football season grinds on, we’ve come to see more clearly our football team’s strengths and weaknesses. Observers such as Tony Gerdeman have gladly assisted us in attaining such clarification.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Of Course You Don't||
"remember a time in recent history when an M backup [QB] did that." You and the rest of us remember Russell Bellomy and Shane Morris entering a game and pitching INCs and INTs and M ending up on the short end of the score. Neither you nor the rest of us remember a coaching staff evaluating and developing QB talent to the point that a backup QB could enter a game and still win it.
I'm probably still basking in the afterglow, but 'ol Wilton's rifle-shot TD pass to Jehu was about as good a throw as any Jake made all evening. And Wilton's presence of mind to flip to ball to an open Amara for the 2-pointer was a great play as well. Even if Jake isn't ready to go this Saturday, M should still be in pretty good hands. I mean, Jake's 13-21-1 for 140 yards and 1 TD isn't all that high a bar. I'd still like to see Jake start, but if he doesn't it's not the end of the world.
And by the way, barring absolute catastrophe, does anyone else agree that Shane Morris might have already played his last down for Michigan?
|4 weeks 6 hours ago||Bye week||
to think about what might have been, now on the road, Gophers fired up for their former coach, all the breaks going Gopher's way. But three Gopher FGs instead of TDs --- that's a big deal. Gotta adjust and fire up in the second half.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||I was there||
in section 20. The play ended in the south end zone, so I had a great view of the whole thing. My lasting impression is of then-IU coach Lee Corso. As AC crossed the goal line, Corso fell to his knees and pounded the ground in frustration and despair.
So last-second, game-changing plays happen more often than people realize. Sometimes they don't go M's way, but other times they do. Go Blue.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||"If worms had machine guns . . ."||
Definitely attributable to some author named Daws, possibly attributable to some author named Hemmingway, but defintely not attributable to Ernest Hemingway.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||My Lasting Impression||
of Brady Hoke, as described by John Bacon, is Brady twisting in the wind before a gaggle of inquiring reporters while Dave Brandon and his minions huddle in a conference room and attempt to cobble together some sort of meaningful press release to explain away "concussiongate." A dark, dark chapter in Michigan athletic history.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||A Big Difference last Saturday||
Connor Cook is going to the NFL, Jake Rudock is going to medical school.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Win some, lose some||
From my section 39, Row 75 seat and armed with binocs I had to opportunity to zero in on the Lewis-Burbridge battle. A classic confrontation, for sure. Between Cook's accuracy and Burbridge catching ability, Jourdan had a full plate all afternoon. To "limit" Burbridge to 6 completions for 106 yards and have six PBUs was a productive day. Had any other "cover" corner guarded Burbridge, his total yards would have been much higher.
Let's all hope Jourdan sticks around for another year.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Where do we go from here?||
Friedrich Nietzsche famously said, "What does not kill me, strengthens me." About the only thing that died on that Michigan Stadium turf Saturday with 10 seconds to go were some rather stretched hopes for a BCS playoff berth. Our team is good, but doesn't quite yet have all the tools necessary to reach that level.
Every other aspect of our team has survived and has strengthened. Hearing and reading about the support Blake O'Neill received from his AD, his coach, his teammates, and the Wolverine Nation means the football program faced adversity, didn't die, and now moves on stronger for the experience. A 9-3 season would be fine with me, but a 10-2 season would be even better. Either one is definitely within reach. Go Blue.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Draymond Green||
From all I could tell, great player, fine person, excellent school representative.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Injuries||
As more information filters out about MSU's physical condition and all the ORs in the depth chart, and as M appears to have emerged from the NU game virtually injury-free (De'Veon's ankle, maybe?) more betting money flows to M. Of course I think the line should be closer to M -14, but that's just me. Go Blue.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Agree||
Scatological references are usually the product of younger bloggers. Older folks have generally long outgrown them.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Not Now||
Defer any such discussion until November 29. 2015.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Team 136||
has now equalled Team 135's season win total, demolishing two nationally ranked teams in the process. M's one loss was against Utah, a top-5 team who defeated No. 23 Cal last night 30-24.
Sparty looked less than overwhelming in its 1-TD win over Rutgers, a team whose QB spikes the ball on fourth down. And Sparty has compiled its 6-win record against lesser teams, none of which had a winning record until late last night, with Air Force's stunning 31-17 win over national power Wyoming, moving the airmen to 3-2 on the season. Impressive.
I'm a little old to join the College GameDay crowd on Saturday and hoist a sign (although "Separated at birth: Darth Vader and Mark Dantonio" might be fun). But I will be in the stands to witness what I think might be one of the best games played there in a long, long time. Go Blue.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Jourdan's Progress||
In talking about M’s D and its upcoming NU game, one question is “when did Jourdan Lewis become so good?” About a year ago (Oct 4) in the RU game that M lost 26-24, the M pass D gave up 402 net yards to journeyman QB Gary Nova. He in fact threw for 3 TDs, one of which went for 80 yds. Lewis and Blake Countess started that game at CB. Jourdan was credited with 4 assisted tackles; Blake didn’t seem to show up in the post-game stats anywhere. Not much in the way of pass D from either of them, it seems. Lack of an effective pass rush might have had something to do with all those passing yards, but still.
Now this year Jourdan covers everything thrown his way --- four pass breakups against UNLV alone. For this Saturday against NU, Ace says “Michigan can be comfortable putting Jourdan Lewis on [Christian] Jones and letting the other matchups play out." No doubt Jourdan’s a great --- if not to say elite --- athlete who doesn’t let his relatively short 5’10” height interfere with covering any receiver, no matter how tall. But is his progress all due to coaching? Did Durkin and the other coaches almost overnight teach him really how to play the position? Whatever it was, Jourdan’s (and, apparently, Stribling’s) new-found ability to man-cover has freed up Hill, Wilson, and of course Peppers to create coverage and tackling opportunities they might not otherwise have had. Jourdan Lewis’ progress as a “cover corner” seems a principal contributor to the Michigan D’s improvement this season. Go Blue.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Maybe so||
"It probably also means that Michigan may need a little special teams help on Saturday, which I believe they will get."
Blake O'Neill could very well be Saturday's hero.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Whoa||
Everyone should hold his or her respective horses. NU matches up against M as well as any team since Utah. NU's strength is its D, its O is a little suspect (sound familiar?) It will be a tough, low-scoring, hard-fought game. If M emerges from that game with a W, then Sparty comes calling. If that game also goes M's way, then people can begin talking about the polls.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Yes||
Let Rudock be Rudock!
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Written in the Stars||
Apparently during Rahsan Gary's recent M visit, the athletic department presented him with a few mementos, including a hand towel with an "M" on it. Mr Gary uses the towel during a game, which some believe augurs well for him committing to the M football program. Or it could be just a free towel he happened to use rather than other free towels other schools undoubtedly showered upon him.
Whatever --- in the final analysis though, I don't think a towel is a very good omen or augury of the future. I'll take the entrails of a chicken every time.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||I hope Chris is right||
Get the people in the stadium, play the game, and get them out again (including airline passengers) before there's any trouble at all, regardless of how minor it might turn out to be.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Just||
when you think you've read everything . . .