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|15 weeks 1 day ago||/sadface||
Michigan - 66
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Also||
(Damn points system...I've been a member since day one but since I never ever post I can't upvote you. Boo that.)
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Beautiful.||
|1 year 48 weeks ago||Congratulations, Brian!||
Congratulations to Brian and the MGoFiancee (I still remember when she was MGoGirlfriend or MGoSignificantOther)! We appreciate your work around here. Hopefully your wife's blog can gain the following yours has someday! Best wishes and lots of happiness to the both of you.
|2 years 15 weeks ago||Sparty or not...||
This guy is getting +2 from me. This is exactly what I've been saying to my friends. Cool out on this. Obviously the comparison isn't the same given that Michigan had its worst football year ever in 2008 and MSU is still going to finish above .500 and be a bubble team or a top NIT seed, but it's close enough. Michigan fans have no right to get upset about the "Scoreboard!" business of 2008 and then turn around and prematurely dance on the grave of a team that could very well bounce back next year and be on its way to another Final Four. I love the success M seems to be building in the basketball program, but it is going to take a lot (a heck of a lot more than one down year) for Michigan to overtake MSU as the top basketball school in Michigan. Let's cool down a bit.
|2 years 37 weeks ago||For the record...||
Since nobody has mentioned it, I'll throw this in the mix: Pat White was listed at 6'1", 191 as a senior on his ESPN player card. That's an inch taller but two pounds lighter than what ESPN has listed. Looking at his game log, he missed only one game in totality during his four years. I know he did get banged up at times as I seem to remember him messing up his thumb (maybe?) against USF one year (I believe...don't feel like double-checking), but in terms of missing much PT it was not a big deal.
I've heard lots of naysayers mention that he won't be able to take those sorts of hits against physical Big Ten defenses. There may be some harder-hitting defenses near the top of the Big Ten as opposed to the Big East, but in the middle and bottom of both conferences I bet the defenses are pretty comparable. I'm not too terribly worried about it. Still, the fewer hard hits he takes, the better off we'll be.
|2 years 37 weeks ago||Cosigned with everything above||
I've been reading MGoBlog since the 2006 season and it just continues to get better. Being as informed as I feel I am just feeds that much more into my fandom and really prepares me for what I'll see. I may bore the hell out of people when I talk about UM football, but it's worth it. Just donated.
|2 years 41 weeks ago||I'm about as obsessive as they come...||
so I'm really surprised I don't know the answer to this...but either I missed something about Conelius Jones in the offseason and this is correct, or this list (and the website) have accidentally omitted him. I looked through this list a few days ago and didn't see him. Nobody mentioned it here in the comments so I just may be googling him to make sure there wasn't some offseason news I missed about him not qualifying or something like that.
UPDATE: I fail. Or rather, Jones failed. I have found my answer on this.
|2 years 49 weeks ago||LBs||
They scared me the most. In reality, the entire back seven should and the DBs should be at the forefront of that concern, but these rosters really make the LBs seem like the biggest. Who knows; could be a foreshadowing of things to come.
|3 years 13 weeks ago||And dude...||
Sam, you're totally the OP! Small world!
|3 years 13 weeks ago||Hmm...||
Since we're playing grammar police, that would be "should HAVE thought of on that airplane."
|3 years 26 weeks ago||The INTs really did suck...||
but at the same time, I feel that we wouldn't even have been in this game if it weren't for Tate. Smith had some pretty good runs here and there, but overall the run game was absolutely shut down. He made a lot of good plays and converted some big third downs. How about that 23-yarder to Mathews on 3rd and long?
He's a freshman, and I feel like he really did seem to come on strong again at the end of the year. He made some big mistakes this year, but he also did it against the defense who more than anyone in the country makes QBs pay for mistakes. To think that he won't be the starter going into next year is asinine. More than anyone, Tate gives us the chance to win.
Furthermore, to think that DG won't be redshirting is also ridiculous. Tate has what it takes to be successful here and wasting a year of eligibility for DG rather than getting a year of separation between he and Tate/Robinson would be foolish. We're not bringing in Terrelle Pryor for Todd Boeckman, here, people. With our talent at QB, DG will be able to redshirt.
Tate finished the year with a 58.7% completion rate, 2050 yards, and TD/INT ratio of 13/10 (with this being his only multi-INT game). I'll take that from a true freshman starter anyday.
Tate, rough finish, but thanks for what you did this year. Minus a few rough games (Iowa, Penn State, Ohio State), you were pretty much as much as I could've expected.
|3 years 26 weeks ago||Cosigned||
I cosign every word. I feel bad for him, but I'm so glad he gave us everything he did.
|3 years 30 weeks ago||Insider game preview for PSU||
In the Scounts Inc preview for the PSU game they actually said that RR was leaning toward starting D-Rob over Tate, yet provided absolutely zero reason for it. Just mentioned it in passing as if 1) it would even be plausible, or 2) it would just be accepted as fact by the reader with no reasoning whatsoever.
|3 years 30 weeks ago||Definitely seconded...||
I've had this conversation a few places. My obsession of combing the internet for anything Michigan-football related has subsided considerably. If there are interesting blockquotes in the stories Brian will post them. Otherwise, it's not worth my time to read the sensationalist stuff. It's all centralized here and I applaud Brian for that. A thousand cocktails to him!
As an afterthough, though, I have been very impressed with AnnArbor.com, Mike Rothstein especially. What he writes and covers is so much more worthwhile than anything the Freep or even the DetNews does.
|3 years 38 weeks ago||I agree wholeheartedly...||
It bothers me to no end when fans of other schools (I work with fans of IU, Iowa, Ohio State, among others) like to say that "Michigan fans have turned on RR" or "Michigan fans this" or "Michigan fans that." Apparently they've got a finger on the pulse of all things Michigan and can speak for us all.
I think the post/diary yesterday about coming up with a chant to let RR know we're behind him was great. That does not sound to me a like a fan base ready to buy out AA Torch and Pitchfork's inventory. More than anything it's the major sports news outlets like ESPN that create these ideas and then give them enough coverage to make people believe that it must be legit.
|3 years 38 weeks ago||Me 3!||
Make that me three. Sec 20, Row 60, seats 13-15. All in shirts, all in towel. You know it!
|3 years 38 weeks ago||Greatest. Avatar. Ever.||
That is all.
|4 years 7 weeks ago||This is a total guess...||
but I'm sure it's probably a Brandon Minor TD run...maybe from the Penn State game last year. I just feel it fits the banner. I don't feel like looking it up, though.
|4 years 17 weeks ago||Never has my handle been more topical||
Yeah, Brian...for sure, the stuff is great. I have to say that I've always been a big UM fan, but that has grown exponentially over the past 3 years in reading this blog. Being able to read analysis, news, etc. with sprinkled-in sarcasm/wit/whatever 365 days a year about the Maize and Blue is absolutely spectacular.
Not only that, but being as I never played football myself, I've learned a lot from UFR.
I actually did think to myself the other day, "I wonder if I'd be nearly as big of a Michigan fan if I had never come across this site. And what am I going to do for information when Brian turns 76 and can no longer manage MGoBlog 43.7?"
I'm fairly certain that having a one-stop shop for info and analysis aimed directly at your team and a community of fans who can discuss the widest range of topics (*sigh* I miss Haloscan...especially the "coaching search" days of HaloScan) has contributed to a more knowledgeable and widespread fan base. Maybe in a small way, but for dudes like me who live near Chicago, getting college sports news is like pulling teeth...so MGoBlog OWNS!!!
|4 years 29 weeks ago||Good point and good call,||
Good point and good call, Gene. I should've looked that up. FWIW, Michigan ranks 67th in the country in total plays run with TCU leading the way at 690 and UCF bringing in the rear at 393. Michigan has run 513.
I did the math (actually, Excel did the math) and the mean is 526.88, the median is 524, and one standard deviation is 54.76. So, if I did my math right (and I'm sure I didn't), that would put them at the 60th percentile. In other words, they're pretty average as far as the number of plays run, actually, and on the lower end of the midpoint for the country.
I should stop with the depressing news.
|4 years 29 weeks ago||Ha! I think we can agree on||
Ha! I think we can agree on both of those things for sure. At this point, I think we might want to look into how those mind bullets would work in the secondary...
|4 years 32 weeks ago||Whether you were serious or||
Whether you were serious or not, Illinois had a whole bunch of stadium renovation last year and went 5-1 at home and 9-3 in the regular season.
|4 years 37 weeks ago||YES!!!||
Could. Not. Agree. More.
|4 years 39 weeks ago||That...||
But, oh God, the couches...
|4 years 39 weeks ago||In response...||
Is everyone going to be intimidated every time? Hell, no. What about freshman? Do you think that the freshmen that will be playing for us this year won't be pissing themselves when they walk into the 'Shoe? Vince Young couldn't hear his damn center at the 'Shoe. THAT is impressive. THAT is adding a home-field advantage.
Sure, you won't intimidate everyone. But it could all come down to rattling the right player at the right time and forcing him to not hear an audible. He runs an incorrect route and causes an INT. The simple fact that he couldn't hear his QB has now shifted the game dramatically. How do you not see that?
Again, I don't claim we'll intimidate everyone. But why not at least try?
And the shirt thing goes back to unity and solidarity. If you're not willing to wear a maize shirt because you're too stubborn to change it, then you probably won't get on board with other things. It's just the crowd's mentality we're talking about here. If everyone is wearing the same color, then they're probably going to be much more apt to do other things all at once. Like...I don't know...make some noise!
|4 years 40 weeks ago||Flat out pisses me off...||
I have to agree with the points made about the Maize Out. Does the name sound gay? Abso-freaking-lutely! But the idea is the solidarity that it shows. Holy crap, I care enough about my team to show some unity with the other fans. It pisses me off when I go to Illinois games and they're freaking louder than Michigan fans. When I was going to school there and they were winning 2 games a year they were still louder than freaking Michigan fans at the Big House. I was reading an article in ESPN the Mag today about student sections across the country and it just made me mad because Michigan couldn't hold a candle to any of them. All this tradition but I don't see people camping out to get into games or coordinating cheers or chants for next week's opponent. Do you SERIOUSLY not think that when an opposing team walks into any color-out that they don't get the feeling that "Holy shit, this place is going to eat us alive" feeling? When you come walking into Neyland Stadium and you see 100,000+ orange-clad fans or you come onto the field in Happy Valley and the entire place is white, do you not get the feeling that you are in enemy territory right away? That every one of those 100,000+ wants nothing more than for their team to destroy you and will jump all over you the first time you make a mistake?
After The Horror last year, an App State player was quoted as saying the Big House wasn't loud at all. He plays in a glorified high school field on an average week and he's saying 100,000+ wasn't loud. That's freaking ridiculous. Just like it was ridiculous to have the sweater-vest wearing senior 2 rows behind me to tell me "down in front." We were freaking losing to a DI-AA team! Get up and make some noise for Pete's sake!
As a die-hard fan, the biggest thing you'd want to do for your team is to help them out if possible. Even if you very very slightly have the smallest impact on a game, it helps. Is there any reason certain stadiums are tougher than others to handle?
Case-in-point, last year's App State game...it was pathetic until about the fourth quarter. Then there was a collective "Holy shit we could actually lose this game" moment and the place lit up. I would say that the Illinois crowd at both the Penn State and Wisconsin games blew any of the three Michigan crowds I was a part of last year. And they painted the place orange. Why? Because it shows unity...it shows that the one thing they care about is a W...and if people are willing to do something small like wear a shirt the same color, they're probably willing to make some freaking noise and add to the intimidation factor. And if that means wearing an orange (or maize) shirt instead of a blue one, then by God let's do it.
The ESPN article mentioned some coach quotes about how their student section really affected games and that they purposely tried to situate it behind the opponent benches, etc.
So let me ask you this: when I go to make the 4 hour drive home after the Horror, am I going to be thinking "well, at least I got to wear my 1997 Championship sweater." Or am I thinking, "Seriously? The guy from Boone, NC wasn't the slightest bit intimidated by the Big House crowd? What the hell were we doing?"
Have some damn pride, suck it up, and take one for the team. There has to be something to this thing where every other college football stadium is at least 70% one color. Maybe we should take note and try to make the biggest stadium in the country the MOST INTIMIDATING. Or are we just content with saying our dick is bigger than yours?
Just think about this when you're ready to blast everything I just said: Duke seats no more than a big high school gym, but Value City Arena seats a ridiculous amount. If you're an opposing team, are you more intimidated when you walk into Cameron Indoor or Value City. Is it the size of the stadium or is it the intensity that you're walking into? Packing a stadium with 100,000+ doesn't mean a thing if they all sit there like bums. Case-in-point: Autzen. Say what you want about the way it's constructed...those fans get up for the games. And it's deafening. If Michigan had half the intensity of Autzen, it would be a terrifying place to play.
Anyway, flame away; I'm done.
|4 years 44 weeks ago||Barwis/All Your Coach||
Brian, how about "Barwis: turning beer guts into beer trucks since 20xx?" Or, I think a great shirt would simply read "eeeeeee Barwis!"
|4 years 45 weeks ago||07 App State||I know I'll probably get crucified for mentioning The Horror, and I haven't been to nearly as many Michigan games as some people on here unfortunately as I'm from Illinois and a college student (and typically therefore broke)...but of the games I've been to at a few different stadiums - including some incredibly loud games against PSU, Wisky, and Michigan this year at Illinois - the end of the Appalachian State game was incredibly loud. When Mike Hart broke that incredible run to put us back up on top at 32-27 or whatever it was, the place absolutely erupted. That run was pure studliness. That entire time period during the fourth quarter where the defense was pulling up big stops and the offense was playing well for a bit...the noise was incredible. I was sitting at midfield about 5 rows back so I'm not sure how that affects the noise. I would imagine being closer to ground level would make it louder, but who knows with the way the Big House is shaped. Either way, I remember it being deafeningly loud after the defense stopped the 'Neers and then Mike Hart scampered all the way to the end zone.|