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|6 hours 46 min ago||Since MGrowOld once worked in FB recruiting for UM||
I want to hear the inside stories, the dirt, the laughable instances of drunken debauchery in Super 8s in Topeka with hookers with names like donuts. Names need to be named, and photos provided.
|6 hours 52 min ago||the way that old Schembechler Hall didn't look cool after 1994||
I thought the original Schembechler Hall was a pig-ugly monstrosity the day it opened. Its architect Gunnar Birkerts designed some very notable buildings in his career, but that weird thing on State St. was an embarrassment.
|9 hours 22 sec ago||Saw them at Crisler Arena in 1977||
The performance started with them being lowered to the stage inside cylindrical, sci-fi-like capsules. Pretty over the top entrance, but it was an entertaining show anyhow.
The November 9, 1977 issue of the Daily has a review of the concert (scroll right to the third page:
|18 hours 50 min ago||This thread may have set an all-time MGoBlog record||
84 comments, and the upvotes-to-downvotes margin is 223-0
|1 day 4 hours ago||Kids, stop all that back-seat bickering right now||
or I'm turning the car around and canceling our post-NSD vacation.
|1 day 8 hours ago||Ironic that the last jersey name visible at the end||
is a guy who just left the program to play for another school.
was that Richard Dreyfuss doing the voiceover?
|1 day 20 hours ago||but it sounds like Michigan finished #2||
Hell, we're the national champions for finishing second for 12 straight years.
|1 day 21 hours ago||something gone with your fell pecker or your voice to Texas app.||
Truer words were never spoken.
|2 days 57 min ago||Best MST ever||
|2 days 2 hours ago||The site has been essentially non-functional all day for me||
It's only been during the last 15 minutes that I've managed to get on without getting kicked off into another 502. I've gotten some 521s too, whatever those mean.
Problems the same on laptop and mobile.
|2 days 2 hours ago||And when I hit the "save" button on my previous comment||
I got kicked into another 502. I'm surprised to see the comment posted.
|2 days 2 hours ago||If it's points #2 and #3||
why would we have even contacted him again, let alone extend a provisional offer? And if he was a "silent commit" was it strictly one-way? Was it a conditional offer, based on whether we'd have space? None of this makes sense to me on the surface, but I suppose there's a back story that explains things.
Regardless, we didn't need another QB, and converting him to a full-time safety or LB would be an experiment. I'm disappointed he didn't sign with AZ, but that's recruiting. He'll get a good degree at Cal.
|2 days 3 hours ago||??? Site has been non-functional all day for till now for me||
This is the first I've been able to get on and stay on all day, whether laptop or mobile. All I've gotten is constant 502s with occasional access that then drops off to another 502. I must have tried 30 times and gotten through maybe 5. I eventually gave up and visited Scout, TTB, and M&B for updates.
The lack of access meant I got a lot more actual work done, though.
|2 days 20 hours ago||we're in a day and age of bball where teams who don't and can't||
I'm no expert, but I'm pretty sure playing good defense has always been necessary to win championships in basketball.
|2 days 23 hours ago||He's got to drive traffic and this is an easy way to do it||
If that's his goal, Rashan's mother is certainly cooperating since much of Sam's reasoning is a result of comments she made just a couple of days ago.
Trying to get concrete information about where a recruit is headed from random tweets and comments to recruiting analysts by parents is just slightly more reliable than looking at tea leaves and goat entrails for hints about the weather.
Regardless, all the drama will be done one way or another by this time tomorrow.
|3 days 32 min ago||This is obviously feaux drama to drive anticipation for tomorrow||
FWIW, that wasn't Sam Webb's take on things this morning by a long shot. He's been saying for at least a couple of weeks that Clemson would be the most serious competition, and he said the notion that Gary was a lock to UM was very mistaken. I'm not a member over at Scout so I don't what Webb might have said later in the day today, though.
The fact that CBs are now coming in for Gary isn't reassuring. I've seen recruitments go south at the last minute for us too many times over the past 20 years to take anything for granted.
One thing this has done is deepen my skepticism about the whole "academics are very important to me" routine. When they hear those words, Michigan football fans automatically assume that Michigan is the sure destination, since it's rarely the case that we're going up against Stanford or some other school with equivalent academic reputation. The problem is that those words may well mean something very different to the recruit and his family.
|3 days 1 hour ago||We're deleting that Rashan Gary thread?||
Relax... it was just one of Crystal's Ballz to Clemson, and by a Domer at that. Nothing to see here, move along....
|3 days 1 hour ago||but because we're going to be in crisis mode with access issues||
If the Big Two choose Michigan, "access issues" will seem a passing inconvenience.
If Onwenu and Gary go elsewhere, "crisis mode" won't begin to describe the mayhem that will occur here.
|3 days 4 hours ago||Wilcher allowing a last minute flip from UM's class is absurd||
If Thomas Wilcher had the power to "allow" or "disallow" recruiting decisions his players made, Mike Weber would be in Ann Arbor.
|3 days 6 hours ago||If Gary goes to Clemson, it would break my soul||
Never base your happiness on the whims of 18-year olds you aren't related to.
|3 days 6 hours ago||"...just metal skulls sitting in a pit of fire."||
Well, if we don't land Gary and Onwenu, that will be an entirely accurate description of MGoBlog.
|3 days 6 hours ago||"and confuse the shit out of everyone."||
"I'm humbled and blessed to announce that I will be attending the University of Moscow. Go Red Bears!"
|3 days 6 hours ago||Expansion of members?||
I'd think that BYU would object to Viagra or Cialis.
|3 days 7 hours ago||Remind me to never create one again.||
MGoBlog ain't for the faint of heart. Up until NSD it's a pack of wild dogs just itching to tear itself apart at the slightest provocation. It's a pile of scorpions stinging each other for no reason at all. It's a murderous motorcycle gang breaking the skulls of somebody trying to muscle in on their meth business. It's a vicious drug cartel sawing its competitors in half while they're still alive.
Then after the dust settles and Gary, Onwenu, and Hill are wearing Michigan hats it's hugs and kisses all around.
|3 days 8 hours ago||What did he say about Onwenu?||
I'd have to listen to the podcast to get the exact words, but the meat of what I heard was that he hadn't heard anything specific to give him the impression that Onwenu was trending away from Michigan.
Going by his words alone, there's no concrete reason to be concerned. It was his delivery that was unusually free of his normal enthusiastic optimism when he feels really solid about somebody. Maybe it's because he hasn't gotten much sleep... if I'm completely misinterpreting what he's saying and how he's saying, mea culpa. we'll know soon enough.
|3 days 9 hours ago||wait, so he lied to us?||
Not at all. It's entirely reasonable that he dreamed of playing and coaching at UM since he spent important formative years here while Jack was an assistant under Bo. It's also entirely reasonable that he wanted to play QB for Stanford since he played two years in high school in Palo Alto, and his dad had been DC at Stanford for two years in 81-82.
He's just smart enough to make use of these things in his introductory speeches to UM and to Stanford. He gave the distinct impression to both fanbases that he had loved them the most all along.
That's a smart marketer, and a smart politician.
|3 days 9 hours ago||"he's a marketing genius too"||
Don't know if he's in the genius category yet—I'm going to wait to see what happens with Onwenu and Gary—but like all very talented marketers he knows what his audience wants to hear.
At his introductory press conference in Ann Arbor, he emphasized how Michigan has always been in his heart:
"Then in 1982, I was recruited to Michigan as a student-athlete to play for the legendary Bo Schembechler... I have to tell you that I have thought about that, dreamed about that since the time I was a young lad, nine, 10 years old, and throughout my adult life, dreamed about coaching at Michigan, and now it's time to live that."
Of course, the Michigan faithful had tears in their eyes. He came home to the place that was always number one for him.
However, at another introductory press conference in 2006, Harbaugh emphasized how another school had always been in his heart:
"I used to stare down at that field as I was stenciling those numbers," Harbaugh told reporters, athletes and others who crowded into the Arrillaga Family Sports Center's Kissick Auditorium. "I so very badly wanted to go to Stanford and play for the Cardinal. … This was my number-one choice all along."
To be clear, I don't think Harbaugh is doing anything wrong at all. He's simply smart enough to know what his audience wants to hear, and he's smart enough to give it to them in a way that they'll love. If he ever decided he wanted another career, he'd be a formidable politician.
|3 days 9 hours ago||Webb just ended his show with words about Gary||
The way he's putting it now is that Michigan fans should be "cautiously optimistic" and that he hasn't heard anything yet to indicate that the pendulum has swung away from Michigan. He did reiterate how much Gary's mom liked Clemson, that she has a brother close to Clemson's campus, and that Clemson is a real threat to get Gary. He specifically said that nobody should be thinking that Michigan has Gary locked down, that it's over and Michigan has won, or anything like that. It is a real dogfight with Clemson.
I've been listening to Webb for a long time, and without exception when he's personally very optimistic about Michigan's chances, it shines through in his voice, in his delivery, in the way he phrases things. To say that he was not brimming over with optimism about Gary would be an understatement, and earlier in the show he spoke about Onwenu in much the same fashion. I don't think this is just a head fake to get people to visit Scout.com, either.
|3 days 11 hours ago||Webb not very reassuring this morning about Gary||
All he could say is that he hasn't yet heard anything specific that would indicate Gary has chosen Clemson. He specifically mentioned that Clemson has made a real surge, that he has family close to Clemson, and that his Mom liked Clemson quite a bit.
It might be because Sam's short on sleep, but he didn't sound particularly optimistic.
|3 days 21 hours ago||Not looking good||
If he's gone to MSU, on top of Devery de-committing, that's a big black eye for Harbaugh, Drevno, and Partridge.