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|3 days 2 hours ago||alternative||
"Michigan won 8 B1G titles in 10 years ..."
... and I'll guarantee you that nationally no one cared. All they saw was Bo and Woody failing to acknowledge the existence of the forward pass (among other things). Provincialism ... it's ugly.
What would you rather have?
A. Two Big 10 titles in ten years with a strong conference, BCS championship appearances in both years, and one championship.
B. Eight Big 10 titles in ten years in a mediocre (that is, status quo) conference, a handful of non-BCS championship appearances, and a bunch of Capital One / Outback games.
I'm taking A.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Huskers||
Back in the day, they used to be able to feed their no-name farmboys steaks laced with 'roids. Add some weight training and they had everything they needed to slowly wear down just about any team.
Quite often, the scores of games against Iowa State, Kansas, et al. were 14-0/17-0 at halftime. Check back midway through the 4th quarter (when the other team was completely spent) and it would be 55-0/63-0.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||101% awesome||
The last time this GIF appeared on MGoBlog I publicly wished for a remake, starring Fred Jackson, to be played on the big screen at next season's UTL. I'd like to formally do so again.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||wrong board||
|11 weeks 1 day ago||another question||
I have a similar question for the MGoBlog audience. I'm trying to decide which play was better:
A. Trey Burke's long 3-pointer to tie the game near the end of regulation against Kansas.
B. Jerome Jackson's 6-yard TD against IU in '05 to put UM up 34-7 (http://espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?gameId=253150130).
Can anyone help me?
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Burke||
I enjoyed watching Braylonfest but, as others have noted, that win came against a mediocre team with a tradition to match. Burke's shot and UMich's win last night came against what is generally a top-tier team.
I'm reminded of the '79 IU football game that causes so many people to go apeshit. Anthony Carter's play was spectacular and I understand that it was historically significant (awakening Bo to the possibilities of passing, etc.) but people seem to forget that Michigan was tied to a Big Ten doormat in the Big House (rather than trailing OSU in Columbus).
|12 weeks 6 days ago||time for a thought experiment||
Of course I get that people don't like MSU, OSU, et al. in the conference. Suppose they were up against this guy, though?
I'd cheer for the conference in that case.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||wow||
Dang near crapped myself watching them go between the buildings. Impressive.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Mike Jones trivia||
AFAIK Mike Jones is still on the team. Of note:
* He is the only member of RichRod's early enrollees from '09 that is still on the team. The others were Tate Forcier, Vincent Smith, Brandin Hawthorne, Anthony LaLota, William Campbell, and Vlad Emilien. The rest ran out of eligibility or left the team.
* He has already been a student at UMich for over four years.
* He made his first tackle on 9/26/2009. Assuming he sticks on the roster and gets some special teams action, he'll wind up playing in parts of five seasons, a la Junior Hemingway and Troy Woolfolk.
* He is a bridge from Kevin Grady (an '05 recruit) to Shane Morris et al. ('13).
He has to be one of the most anonymous 5-year guys in history. Just thought I'd share ...
|19 weeks 2 days ago||Michigan Difference indeed||
That's nice all-the-way-around. Thanks, OP, for sharing.
|20 weeks 2 days ago||points||
Berkley Edwards? With all respect to the guy (and the members of his family who manage to behave themselves), why would UMich do that? You may have noticed that they just moved a more talented version of B.E. to the secondary.
I'd much rather see them take a flyer on a lineman (say, Gibbs) who might work out well as a developmental project (a la Willie Henry last year). With Berkley, I'm pretty sure it's WYSIWYG. Looks every bit like a 3-star to me.
Also: "... who gives a biff about Poggi." Cute word play there, but I think most of should give plenty of biffs about the guy. He's a high-profile player at a position of need (not to mention one that was underemphasized in recruiting for most of the past thirty years). Losing him to Satan would be huge IMO.
|20 weeks 2 days ago||greatness||
How much would you give to see a remake of that ad with Fred Jackson as the star (and shown on the jumbotron prior to the next edition of UTL)?
|20 weeks 3 days ago||gif category||
Often appropriate, but *very* tired and overused ...
|21 weeks 2 days ago||Webber||
He's still the fastest flat-footed dunker (meaning, from ground to rim, without a running start) that I've ever seen at Michigan. Incredible physical ability ...
I can't watch highlights of him, though, without thinking of how his NBA career might have gone if he'd played to his strengths (and modeled his career after, say, Akeem Olajuwon instead of Magic Johnson or some perimeter guy). It's not like he did poorly (multiple All-Star appearances attest to that), but he may have been in the "all-time greats" conversation.
|22 weeks 8 hours ago||history||
This is a great "Why I come to MGoBlog" post.
Like many others, I look forward to the possibility of O-line recruiting being restored to a level of greatness not seen since, well, the late '90s. So far, so good ...
If Schofield makes it to the NFL and has more than a cup of coffee (i.e., actually gets on the field for a few regular-season games), the '09 class will wind up being the best in several years (at least by the NFL measure). Unexpected.
|22 weeks 2 days ago||Spike||
Albrecht played some meaningful minutes, as a freshman, in a tough Big Ten road game. He's already exceeded my expectations.
|22 weeks 5 days ago||Ed||
Hightower reminds me of a foot fungus. Minor nuisance in the big picture, but everlasting ...
|22 weeks 6 days ago||'06 O-line||
At the risk of being disrespectful to some Michigan Men, I'd say that UMich had one *position* (LT) of an O-line in '06. None of the guys other than Long, IIRC, played in the NFL.
|23 weeks 33 min ago||bucks in '02, etc.||
I don't have the data right in front of me, but I'm pretty sure there wasn't anything close to a 3:1 difference in NFL talent in that '02 game. Quite a few of the OSU guys played in the NFL.
- - -
While I'm here, I'd like to give thanks to Kansas State and (to a much lesser extent) Oregon for screwing up near the ends of their seasons.
Why? ND might then have avoided playing the ESS EEE SEE's best. Those @#$%s could very well have become national champions. Gives me the shivers ...
|23 weeks 9 hours ago||more Kate||
She didn't think much of Notre Dame, either:
|23 weeks 4 days ago||geography||
IMO you are greatly overestimating the geography knowledge of the average college football fans. There are educated coastal types whose USA map consists of NYC, LA, Florida, and a couple of ski resorts in Colorado. Ask them where Michigan is relative to Montana and you'll get a blank stare. You think they know where ND is?
I'm exaggerating just a bit. ND is a "national" school to most people. Its actual location is irrelevant.
|25 weeks 23 hours ago||nSIAP||
Not SIAP ... I'm pretty sure I saw this sometime in the last year, but (IMO) it's worth another look:
|25 weeks 1 day ago||no good||
With that configuration, Delany wouldn't be able to @#$% over the ACC. What fun would that be? :)
|25 weeks 1 day ago||Childish?||
"... childish anti-Freep requirement ..."
Sorry -- trying to frame the discussion that way pretty much cancels out any good points in your post.
|25 weeks 1 day ago||Fords||
As several others have noted here, there's almost chance of the Lions doing anything great while the Fords own the team. Their micromanagement of affairs might be the single most amazingly underreported sports story in the history of this state. They must have nasty pictures of all the Detroit sportswriters.
|25 weeks 2 days ago||Festivus||
I can't think of a holiday more appropriate for this board.
|25 weeks 3 days ago||40?||
It would depend on who's answering the question, I suppose, but I don't think many writers with national profiles (e.g., SI's Luke Winn) would say there are 40 teams with Final Four potential.
Also, even a team with realistic F4 aspirations might be *expected* to lose on the road this year at OSU and IU. Very possibly MSU and Minnesota, too, depending on how well the other team happened to play that night.
Finally, it's not like Michigan has played all scrubs this year. There's at least some data suggesting that they're pretty good. Maybe not F4 good, but good enough to be in the conversation. We'll see.
One other thing while I'm here: It's probably fair to say that Michigan (given its youth) is farther away from its season ceiling than the average team. In particular, I think GRIII, McGary, and (especially) Levert have room to grow.
|25 weeks 3 days ago||Ryan brothers||
Three brothers playing D1 football ... pretty impressive. Here are the Cardinals:
It's not *easy* to see the resemblance to Jake, but it's there (at least a little bit).
Didn't know that his dad played at Wake Forest ...
|25 weeks 4 days ago||mixed feelings||
+1: Sparty No!
-1 (at least):
Can't stand that @#$%er.
|26 weeks 21 hours ago||Big Ten vs. ACC||
How, again, did the Big Ten manage to tie an inferior (in 2012, anyway) conference in its yearly challenge with them? Oh, yeah -- MSU and Wisconsin played poorly. At least, that's my memory.