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|5 weeks 6 days ago||Good Comment||
UW coach Greg Gard at halftime (paraphrase): "We allowed seven three-pointers in the first half. We haven't allowed seven three-pointers in an entire game."
Watching this gem of a BB game was truly enjoyable. Go Blue
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Pant and Paint||
The airplane adventure and three previous games might take their toll toay. Also, if the Gophers pretty much had their way in the paint --- both with the bigs and the guards getting to the hoop ---what's Happ gonna do? Without doubt the Badgers first offensive option will be to get the ball into Ethan. I don't know that they have the guards to penetrate to the hoop like the Gophers did, but maybe with Happ in there they don't need them.
Mo, please practice body/arm/hand control and stay on the floor. DJ, we need you to step up, big guy. Derrick and Zack, just continue to do what you're doin', and same with you MAAR. All of you and the rest of the team have already overachieved, and we're all very proud of you.Go Blue.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Further endorsement||
When you take your riding class you'll probably learn on a Rebel or some similar 300cc bike. But when it's buying time, a 700-750 Shadow is a perfect starter.
The situational awareness you develop when riding will actually make you a better automobile driver as well. As the other posters have noted, drivers are often unaware of your presence on the road --- you have to make sure you see them and they see you. That's why a lot of bikers fly national flags on their bikes. Not so much as a show of patriotism (although for some it's that too) but as another way of announcing they're on the road.
Last I knew FL will allow you to ride without a helmet if you carry certain health insurance minimums. Don't do it --- make sure your health insurance is current and wear an approved helmet at all times when you're on the bike.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||What an Amazing Resource||
An NFL first-rounder who played nine years in the league now back on campus finishing his degree and mentoring current team members. If that's not a role model I guess I don't know the definition of that term.
I hope and suspect Braylon has taken care of his NFL money (including his endowed scholarship and aside from that Bentley he bought soon after signing with the Browns and in which he drove Lloyd Carr around the campus :>). Between his invested NFL income and his pension he should be set financially; now at age 33 he's ready to get on with the rest of his life. And to to that he recognizes he needs to complete his studies for a UM degree.
We all hope those young guns with NFL aspirations currently on M's roster take careful note and learn from this really exceptional example.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Inevitable||
Have your fun with your fossil-fueled flivver while you can. All you whippersnappers out there will eventually drive (or ride-share in) some sort of electrically powered, semi-automonous vehicle. That's the way most advanced automotive research is trending. The auto industry could eventually become an amalgam of Google/Alphabet, Apple - Ford, GM, Fiat and others, with vehicles possessing a full array of computerized driving assists on a carbon-fiber platform.
I recently purchased a block of Ford stock. Not necessarily for myself, but for my 10-year-old grandson. Sometime in the next decade or two Ford will partner with some tech giant to produce a near-revolutionary line of passenger vehicles. Other auto manufacturers will do the same.
Welcome to the brave new world. Gasoline will remain available, but will be about as accessible as EV charging stations are today.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Thank you||
The usual rule is "fewer" with finite numbers, "less" with indefinite quantites. Thanks for pointing that out.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Gassed||
On the drive in OT, Brady was 4 of 6, with the only two incompletions coming in the end zone, one by an interference call and the other by a DB who got his hand up and tipped the ball as it went toward the NE receiver (Bennett I think). After that James White ran the ball in for the winning score.
The point being that at no time during all his six pass attempts in that OT drive was Brady in real danger of a sack. He had time to stand in the pocket, allow his receivers to come (sort of) open, and thread the needle as he does about as well as anyone. The pocket security was both a tribute to Brady's O-line and apparently a little loss of energy by the Atlanta pass-rushers, who otherwise had given Brady problems during most of regulation. The ATL pass rushers knew they couldn't give Brady that kind of time, but at that point in the game they seemed powerless to do anything about it. Anyway, it'll be a long time before anyone sees as good a Super Bowl game as that one.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||He's in the best of hands||
Amazing shot of Coach JH's newest family additon surrounded by cutting-edge, high-tech instruments, monitors, and whatever else there at the University of Michigan's CS Mott Children's Hospital. Given the little guy's challenges, there's no better place for him to be, anywhere. Go Blue!
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Jake "Early morning"||
"Fruhmorgen" roughly translates into "early morning," as in "ya gotta get up early in the morning to beat Jake." So if his name has any bearing on his personality, a type A, strong work-ethic kind of guy should always be welcome at Michigan.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||Adios, Curtis||
I wish him well, but hey --- good riddance!
|15 weeks 18 hours ago||Recruiting Augury||
"Najee Harris's trainer hath donned Michigan garments," said the court diviner to the king. "This augurs well for Michigan."
The king responded skeptically. "Methinks that a dubious sign at best. He might just have needed sometihing to wear."
"But the trainer could choose from various garments in his wardrobe," the diviner responded. "He undoutedly hath Alabama, USC, and other school jumpsuits given him by procurers for those schools. That he chose the Michigan jumpsuit is a good omen."
"Or it might just mean the other jumpsuits were dirty," said the king. "We need a more accurate indicater of Harris's inclination toward Michigan. Go read the entrails of a chicken."
"You're right, majesty," said the diviner. "I'll do that."
|15 weeks 3 days ago||Voted down for telling it like it is||
Although I'd probably go with the B+ rather than the B-, that's really a quibble. MSU was 'nuthin last fall, and M beat up on Penn State before they came to Jesus.The fact is in the past two seasons, M had no real upset victory. Wisconsin played very much to M's strengths: a mediocre offense against an all-conference defense. That combination will win games most of the time.
The other combination, M's O-line and its stable of running backs, proved a drag on offensive production against good teams and against mediocre teams with a solid game plan (Iowa). When was the last time M had a truly elite RB? A-Train? In more recent history Denard Robinson, the RB/slot receiver disguised as a QB, probably comes closest. We saw in the Orange Bowl game what a truly elite RB looks like.
And yeah, this spring and summer Brandon Peters should and will get every opportunity to compete against Speight for the starting QB job. Speight isn't bad, but he doesn't appear to be the guy who can take the team on his shoulders and march to victory in a rivalry game against a big-time opponent, such as the team down south. M loses a lot on both sides of the ball next year. Harbaugh might be more willing to make a switch and give his own recruit a shot at leading the team in what can be best described as a rebuilding rather than a reloading year.
|17 weeks 3 days ago||Yes||
The Knowledge's cipheresque circumlocutions make him the modern equivalent of the Oracle of Delphi. Cipher on, Knowledge!
|17 weeks 5 days ago||Yes,||
and not to mention "jejune."
|19 weeks 4 days ago||Great to watch a game in||
Great to watch a game in which the refs actually allow the kids to play --- 5 minutes in the half and no one's in the "bonus."
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|19 weeks 5 days ago||1991 game||
Still vivid memories. It took FSU CB Terrell Buckley about three plays to size up Grbac. On the fourth play (or so) Buckley played well off his man (whom I think was Desmond), almost inviting Grbac to throw in his direction. Grbac faded back, failed to pick up where Buckley was, and let fly. Buckley flew too, straight for the ball and then into the end zone. From there the wheels came off the M wagon.
That game was also during the time when all of M's efforts to grow natural grass on the newly renovated Big House field came to nought. M even went to MSU agronomists for help, fergod'ssake. Nothing worked --- the FSU players mocked the holes in the field where grass plugs had been planted. The players stuck footballs in the holes --- about a third of the football disappeared below the turf.
All in all, a most unsatisfying afternoon --- so I guess there'll be a score to settle in Miami on Dec 30.
|20 weeks 1 day ago||indubitably, and||
what about "per say"? OMG!
|20 weeks 4 days ago||Ifs and Buts||
If M had an O-line and RBs who could sustain a yard-eating, clock-eating ground game M would be headed for the BIG Championship and who knows what thereafter? But the O-line was what it was and De'Veon was the best M had --- both serviceable, but clearly not quite enough to carry the team to the highest level.
In that regard,however, my greatest disappointment was Ty Isaac, whom I thought would have a breakout season this past fall. Whatever it was, fumbleitis, bad blocker, whatever, Coach Tyrone seemed reluctant all season to give Ty the ball. Really too bad.
On the other side, with the D in Coach Brown's hands, I have no disappointments whatsoever.
|20 weeks 5 days ago||So long, it's been good to know ye||
Sorry Jabrill couldn't go out on a higher note. On Saturday he did intercept a pass and came one slow-down block away from a possible return TD. But his running plays fooled no one and on D he was otherwise indistinguishable from those who played their hearts out, such as Taco Charlton. Boy are we gonna miss that guy.
Jabrill might still get a New York invite, but it'll be nothing like 1997, when le Grand Charles stunned everyone (except M fans) by winning the Heisman over Peyton Manning. But that 1997 M-tOSU game sealed the Heisman deal for Charles. His reception of a Brian Griese pass set up the first M TD. His punt return for a TD helped M win, and his end-zone interception of an errant tOSU pass sealed a 20-14 M victory. Offense, defense, special teams, Charles excelled in each phase. If ever that old saw about great players stepping up in big games was true, Charles validated it on Nov 22, 1997. And a national championship to boot. What a player, what a year.
When the award was announced the Downtown Athletic Club switchboard lit up with angry calls from Tennessee fans demanding to know why their boy didn't win. DAC officals patiently explained that the award was for the best player in college football that year; it was not a "lifetime achievement award."
So good luck Jabrill, and we all hope at any rate that a Super Bowl ring lurks somewhere in your future.
|20 weeks 5 days ago||Confirmation Bias||
A premise advanced by some is that on-field officials for the M-tOSU game were so incompetent if not corrupt that they influenced the game’s outcome in favor of tOSU. And, the premise continues, no better example of said incompetence/corruption came in the second overtime, when the officials “spotted” JT Barrett’s 4th-down, QB keeper. The “spot” gave tOSU a first down at the M 15 and paved the way for the winning touchdown.
Those supporting the above premise argue that the “spot” was overly generous. They admit Barrett’s effort got the ball close to the line, but by the naked eye alone anyone could see the ball was at least 6 inches or so short of the line to gain. The on-field officials, recognizing the importance of their decision, asked the replay official for a further review. The NCAA criterion for reversal appears to provide:
"Section 7, Article 1 (Criterion for Reversal):
The video evidence failed to convince the replay official “beyond all doubt” that the on-field ruling was incorrect. Now for the above premise to stand, nine officials, the eight on-field and the replay official, would have to be found incompetent/corrupt.
All the good work done in santy’s post also tends to show that at the point of contact and forward progress, JT Barrett’s right arm, in which he cradled the football, was sufficiently close to the 15-yard line that the nose of the ball more than likely reached the line to gain: first down.
But the video evidence was admittedly ambiguous; the on-field official’s “spot” was admittedly a judgment call. Given such an ambiguous/subjective outcome, those supporting the incompetent/corrupt official premise might continue to selectively search for and consider information that confirms their beliefs, thus continuing the flogging of this poor, deceased equine.
|20 weeks 6 days ago||Yes||
M gave its all --- especially on defense --- but it wasn't quite enough, officiating notwithstanding. Why did Speight throw so many passes in the first place, especially on first down? Speight had a decent completion percentage ( 23 of 36) but, as OwenGoBlue says, those two picks --- one for a score and the other one to set up a score --- drove two big nails in M's coffin. Speight had to throw as often as he did when he did because M couldn't run the ball: 91 yards on 43 carries.That's 2.1 yards per carry, and that won't get the job done (tOSU about doubled that, at 4.1) . Even with the fifth-year seniors and Mason Cole, the O-line never got to where it needed to be to create running lanes against a stout defense. Even MSU and Penn State broke long runs against tOSU; yesterday M's longest was Smith's one 16-yarder.
On the other side, the stand-out stat for me was Barrett running for 125 yards, over half of tOSU's total run production of 206 yards (on 50 carries). I don't know whose turn it was to watch JT and how many times he converted third downs (or fourth downs, especially with that generous "spot") but his consistent ability to find an opening and get through it was another game-decidng difference-maker.
Bottom-line is that the officials weren't responsible for Speight's two INTs or the goal-line fumble. They weren't responsible for JT Barrett squirting through the line in key down-and-distance situations. And they surely weren't responsible for M's inability to establish a meaningful ground game. Did M get hosed on a few calls? A few definitely and some maybe. But M's been on the other end of a few of those as well. Could J Lewis's INT on "Jazz" Peevey at the end of the WIS game have been called? Yes, maybe --- but it wasn't. And they're probably still jawing about it in Madison.
|21 weeks 1 day ago||I suspect||
The coaches understand that tOSU will target Channing Stribling most of the afternoon. I hope Dymonte or Delano or both will provide him the help he will undoubtedly need.
|21 weeks 2 days ago||Once again . .||
Some of the recent blogtalk recalled the 1996 and 1997 M-tOSU games, both of which M won primarily with defense. Penn State beat tOSU on a fluke, but kept the game winnable on D. Wis and Sparty came close to beating tOSU with D as well, but didn't quite have the offense to seal the deal.
I'm no football insider, but it appears M's D is healthy and ready to give its all to stop this formidable OSU offense. Let's hope last week's game scraped some of the rust off O'Korn so he can come out on Saturday with renewed confidence and an expanded playbook. M has the best QB coach in the nation, so there's reason to hope. Go blue.
|21 weeks 4 days ago||1996||
I was at the 1996 game in Columbus, standing (not sitting) about four or five rows up from the running track.
As I recall, Tai Streets scored the TD because CB Ron Springs (?) slipped and fell while defending against Griese's pass, giving Tai an easy run into the end zone. At no time have I ever heard less noise in the 'shoe --- the place was silent.
The game highlight, however, was the goalline stand that M put up. tOSU had first and goal from, I don't know, the 3 or 4-yard line maybe. Three straight dives into the line failed to get the ball into the EZ. tOSU had to settle for a field goal, one of the three that constituted its entire offensive output for the day. That '96 M defense was a harbinger of things to come for the '97 season.
My other recollection is that tOSU was undefeated going into that game. That M spoiled tOSU's undefeated season gave extra impetus to the game the following year, when tOSU came into AA determined to spoil M's then-perfect season.
Without doubt in all the years I've watched M football in the Big House and elsewhere, that 1997 M-tOSU game is the best M football game I've ever seen.
|21 weeks 6 days ago||Question||
Is John O'Korn that much worse than Tyler O'Connor, especialy now that John has a full game under his belt? Answer, no. Tyler is inaccuate, INT-prone, and not much of a running threat. But Sparty came close to an upset win. OK, John O'Korn's performace Saturday might not inspire comparisons to Chad Henne, but John didn't turn the ball over and it turns out he's got a little giddyup in his gait. A running threat? Well yeah, sorta.
M's Defense we don't worry about. It appears everyone came out of the IU game healthy, and they will give the Buckeyes all they want. Drevno and company will design a package that John is comfortable with, and M will give it its best shot, which is all anyone can ask. Go Blue.
|21 weeks 6 days ago||J T Barrett had||
105 net yards rushing against Sparty, only six yards less than Mike Weber. Many of Barrett's yards came on designed QB runs straight up the middle. Sparty seemed unable to play off blocks and corral him.
Don Brown will spend extra time this week trying to figure out how limit Barrett's rushes. M should handle Barrett through the air, but controlling him on the ground will be the key.
|21 weeks 6 days ago||You might have forgotten||
Lawrence Marshall, just as the coaching staff apparently has.
|23 weeks 1 day ago||Old Corps||
Back in the day . . .
1st Battalion, 2nd Marines, 2nd Marine Division. Camp Lejeune NC and points south, including Gitmo. Happy Birthday and Semper Fi to all my fellow Marines.
|23 weeks 3 days ago||Whatever||
If Aubrey's mom likes what Michigan has to offer her son, fine. If she doesn't, that's fine too, and good luck to the young man. A school like Michigan needn't resort to extraordinary accommodations to recruit anyone.
|23 weeks 6 days ago||Kinnick Visitors||
Is the Kinnick visitor's locker room paint scheme still dedicated to breast cancer awareness?