Mike Lantry, 1972
|1 day 4 hours ago||Agree||
Energyblue reads eerily like Eroc. The misspelling, run on sentences, thoughts clanged together without segue... Especially the reference to coachBT and Maizeman, and sitting in between them. Wow. It's you Eroc, isn't it?
|3 days 16 hours ago||I'm with you, maize-blue||
Maybe if they put an 'S' into their acronym, people who don't give a shit about soccer would at least have a chance to know what it stands for.
|4 days 20 hours ago||Nice!||
Love seeing the Vibe score. Thanks. Brandon, are they compiled somewhere?
|1 week 1 day ago||You're confused||
If you watched that segment, I'm not sure how you could have missed that it's 60 Minutes SPORTS and it's not on the old people's network, CBS, it's on SHOWTIME.
I could pull the Nielsen ratings today at the office, but I suspect the demographic profile is quite different, and I hate pulling Nielsen reports, so I won't.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Apolitical||
I'm way into "map porn".
It's a rare map of the states that doesn't line up along blue state/red state lines. I know we're not supposed to get into politics; I just had to say it.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Question for you||
So, Wolverine Chemist, since you seem to have been involved with FFLF, what specifically can you tell us about them? Their website is down at the moment, though I have been able to pull it up in the past. (And the facebook page hasn't had a post in almost 3 years.) When I have been able to look at the website, I still couldn't really tell what FFLF does other than help develop underprivileged children. The website shows very few pictures of kids or their parents (but there are a lot of pictures of Marlin.)
When there are so many NP and NFP organizations vying for dollars and attention, I like to have a better idea of what the thing is about, how it performs, how much leverage they have with the philanthropic community at large beyond their own resources, etc. Not to mention, it doesn't hurt to provide a link to their financials on their website, for instance, but it's not there.
Can you shed any light on this?
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Measure once, cut twice||
I think a big part of the problem in 2013 was the lineup shifting, not to mention the tackle-over crap. Starting Miller, trying Bryant, going with Bosch late in the season, these were coaching decisions that were akin to building a wood deck without measuring anything. The thing gets built eventually, but it takes longer and costs more to get there.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||2014 RB recruit...||
...Is Ross Douglas, and that's a good thing.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Wyatt Shallman||
Love what I read about the kid and want to see him contribute at a high level, but where the hell will it be?
Biggest question I see in Spring.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||With you there||
25th Hour is one of my favorite movies, along with Magnolia. Can't decide which one was his best performance.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Wow||
I'm guessing you have trouble retaining friends.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Frustrating||
I would really like the U to come out with an official statement to shed light on this. However, they will undoubtedly and I suppose even justifiably use FERPA as a shield and say they can't comment. The whole thing will end up fuzzy and ultimately forgotten by almost everybody. Which is to say, the U of M and its AD will have this bad mark on their reputation forever, and will be powerless to erase it.
Oh, and somewhere out there is a woman with an tragic injury to her psyche.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Add one||
A high school classmate of mine, a great guy, Bob Teninga passed away recently. Some may recognize the name. His dad played both ways in 1949 and at some point held some sort of record which I can no longer find. Anyway, Bob and I graduated from HS in 1977 and both of us were students at the U. Lovely guy who will be missed.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Nussmeier is Brandon's plan B||
The downside of the Nussmeier hire is he's a flight risk after a couple good seasons to go take a HC job somewhere else, which is actualy OK, becuase a couple good seasons would be a couple good seasons more than we've had lately on offense!
But, if the team is still regressing -- looking at you Greg Mattison -- then Brandon can let Hoke go and make Nuss his new HC. Smooth transition. A guy with Big Ten footprint experience.
It's a win-win scenario for Brandon.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||No, thanks||
Wilton Speight is on campus and by all reports a model program guy. I think offering Town here would be shabby and not consistent with Hoke's character.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Only in the newer Phase VII units||
Only in the newer Phase VII units
|12 weeks 3 days ago||totally agree||
Talk football with someone really into FF and you'll find he doesn't know anything about football.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Not a problem for me||
I fully expect Kate Upton to gain about 50 lbs all of a sudden in the near future. And I would still give up five years of golf for one weekend of making love to her.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Fresh water perch from Lake Erie?||
I call it Toxic.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||bullets||
India Pale Ale sucks.
I don't think Norfleet, even if given more opportunities, is ever going to be a difference maker for Michigan.
Tiger Woods is the best golfer in the world and the best in history, by far.
Magnus is the best non-staff poster on this board.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Plus a million||
For the levity.
I know it's just so blasphemous, but, Jesus, The Game is also just another conference game, right?
Winning the hoops tournament. Yeah, I want that a lot more.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||THEE||
Please, Pay attention to details. THEE Ohio, state of.
|14 weeks 8 hours ago||Seriously?||
Say hi to COACHBT.
|14 weeks 9 hours ago||Money can filter out certain problems||
Keep the edited content free. Make commenters subscribe for a fee. A lot of trash would disappear overnight.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||That's OK||
I won't cancel my subscription to this here blog. No need for further review.
At the Notre Dame game I sat next to a guy in his sixties. He spent the whole game watching the cheerleaders with his binoculars. When they were on the bigscreen, he pointed his binoculars at it the bigscreen, better to make out the pixels one-by-one.
Maybe one of us could contribute a really great cheerleader UFR.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||it comes down to two things||
First, I was born there, as were my parents and grandparents. My family moved to Michigan when I was 4. My dad went to OSU law. He was a diehard OSU fan, and so was I until I went to college -- first Ohio Wesleyan and then Michigan -- at which point I jumped the fence. It was fun being a Michigan fan in Delaware, Ohio. Not many Michigan people at OWU so I enjoyed being an outsider.
I transferred to Michigan because it was a way-better school and cheaper and because with my mediocre grades, getting in as a transfer in January was my only shot. My dad told me to go the MSU. He said Michigan would be too hard for me.
So, reason #1, is the rebel in me: I believe people born and raised in Ohio will never do something that their parents would disapprove of. You can look it up. They're sheep and they're dull and they know it. Because of this, they resent outsiders who venture out of the box every now and then; especially those from Up North.
Reason #2, they're consumed by OSU football because it's all they've got.
Combine one and two and you get the most vapid, moronic mean-spirited assholes in the country.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||I just want to say...||
I can't think of enough nice things to say about this wonderful young man.
Go Blue! It's great to be a Michigan Wolverine.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Weis||
I doubt this is a new thought; I can't read all the hundreds of comments on dozens of threads. But, this post reminds me of Charlie Weis and the "strategic advantage" that he thought ND would automatically enjoy the day he walked into the building. Weis, Borges and Martz are in their ways, Wonks. They have all kinds of ideas in their head but the sum of those ideas, despite what they might think, does not equal Advantage.
|17 weeks 11 hours ago||Quality Control||
I'm sitting here trying to figure out what next year looks like. With or without Borges, the OL is still going to suck and no reason to believe the tight ends, tailbacks or fullbacks will be able to block anyone either. This is less on the OC than on the people whose job it is to teach how to fucking block.
Sure, inexperience is an issue this year. But, oh look! There go Lewan, Schofield and Toussaint. In come more new guys and does anyone think they'll be any better?
Something is not right with Development. These players can't be this bad unless they just don't know what they're doing.
I say this is on Hoke, but firing him is a terrible thought. He needs to fix the way players are taught.
|17 weeks 3 days ago||interesting||
On one hand, he's of the dying breed in the house -- a Moderate Republican. On the other, he's just the type to win a centrist district. If I had to guess, I would say he's sick of raising money and is reading the writing on the wall that says he's going to be primaried by a tea party guy.
|17 weeks 5 days ago||Seaholm||
They are The Maples. Hence the "heart of a maple". And the cheerleaders are called the "Maple Motion", which is nice.
Also, the school's sorta kinda near Maple road.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||Gross overstatement||
You are an idiot.
Sorry, dark pope, it's not you, it's Amazing blue, who is the idiot.
|18 weeks 9 hours ago||Fall||
Did no one notice the beautiful fall colors today?
I tried to take them in. But my wife just threw the whole damn house of YOU SUCK at me because I've been surly for the last few hours, as if, DUUUAUUUH.
So, I. Missed the whole goddamn beautiful fall colors thing.
|18 weeks 10 hours ago||Whu||
Omg. Seriously. You must be joking. You've got to be Kidding. I can't believe my fucking ears.
|18 weeks 4 days ago||Zero protection for Gardner||
On the play pictured, Gardner releases the ball in no more than 2 seconds post-snap. In that brief time he doesn't look to his right at all. I think that's what he was instructed to do, pick a side and stay with it, lest he die in a pocket protected only by the OL, with five players in routes.
Contrast that to a play against PSU when he was sacked. Lewan and Schofield are right, with AJ Williams in the LT position. AJ is a statue as a DE rips past him and reaches Gardner in about 2 seconds. Gardner holds the ball too long and is blindsided.
Are there not "designed", mandated quick-release situations? Shouldn't this latter play have been one of them?
EDit: sorry, I didn't see that Space Coyote actually answered this.
|19 weeks 1 day ago||Best possible||
Best possible. Those aren't possible.
|19 weeks 1 day ago||Academics||
UT and GT would be the best possible adds from an academic perspective. But I guess nobody cares about that.
|19 weeks 1 day ago||Event in Chicago||
Seth, yes an event in Chicago would be great. An event in EVANSTON on Friday night, not for me.
|19 weeks 6 days ago||End over end rotation is not||
End over end rotation is not a good pitch.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||You missed one...||
"...but I miss the days of front seven defenders named Sword, Steele, Irons, and Gold."
Sword, Steele, Irons, Gold and Swett.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||I'd be happy just to have||
I'd be happy just to have down, distance and ball placement working on the scoreboards.
|22 weeks 3 days ago||1997 State||
This was a double post, but since I can still edit, why not add... 1998 at NU. Justin Fargas carried the rock in a monsoon. Ugly, ugly day but we got the W.
|22 weeks 3 days ago||1997 State||
I was end zone looking straight down the sideline. Shitty seats, but hey. Woodson makes the ridiculous interception right down that line and I still don't understand how he did it.
|23 weeks 1 day ago||What's all the fuss about?||
Michigan's win-loss record in bye weeks is 0-0.
|23 weeks 5 days ago||Could not care less||
Unless he was a she, and then it might be interesting.
|25 weeks 1 day ago||It's Brian||
And it's the weekly preview. Brian don't need no stinkin Jump when he's posting the weekly preview. it only happens 12-14 times per year.
|25 weeks 4 days ago||Ok, love watching but ya||
Ok, love watching but ya couldn't include the catch that happened in the next second?
|25 weeks 5 days ago||how do you know?||
"Exactly how many cases of athletes committing sexual assault have been covered up at Michigan? Zero."
You know what a "cover up" is right? It's in place to be sure that nobody -- you included -- ever finds out that what's been covered up ever happened? So, how could you possibly confidently say "Zero"?
|25 weeks 5 days ago||No excuses -- and this boggles my mind||
The OP asks "why" they don't work. We can try to speculate on all sorts of reasons. But none of the excuses suffices. This crap should have been ironed out entirely after the first season the boards were in place. The problem lies with the company/people the AD hired to program and operate the boards. Who ever they are, they suck at it. It can't be a budget problem. Neither can it be due to a lack of local technical expertise.
Hey, I have an idea: how about they get out and PRACTICE with the fucking thing? You know, make sure it works on FRIDAY when there's noone there instead of finding out it doesn't on Saturday when it matters.
THIS IS MICHIGAN fergodsakes!
|26 weeks 3 days ago||The greatest MGOBLOG irregular feature||
I love VEQ! I wish it could be a regular.
This chapter has to be named "arrogance".
|26 weeks 5 days ago||I||
I keep every snapping my fingers and it still doesn't work.
|27 weeks 1 day ago||Bravo, bravo. BRAVO,||
Bravo, bravo. BRAVO, BRAVO!
Make your donations, Mgoblog fans because there is nothing like this site in the whole CFB blogosphere. We are truly blessed by these guys that do this.
|27 weeks 2 days ago||thought so.||
|27 weeks 3 days ago||Just curious:||
Am I the only one that actually looked at Marlin Jackson's foundation website?
|27 weeks 4 days ago||With you||
Magnus, you couldn't have said it better. I'll go to my grave a Rodriguez supporter but I will never blame a player for his regime not working out.
Shame on this board tonight!
|27 weeks 5 days ago||That's exactly the lesson I learned.||
That's exactly the lesson I learned.
|27 weeks 5 days ago||Me too||
That's the one I have to go with too. The conditions were not the worst I'd ever seen, but it was more the insult to our pride. This was Long, Hart and Henne. Manningham, Arrington and Matthews. And they were banged up and demoralized and, lets face it, defeated before they even kicked off.
And it just never stopped raining while, thankfully, Tressel clammed up.
|27 weeks 5 days ago||Best losing bet ever||
I was with the three guys who were my best friends in AA from 1980-1982.
We were celebrating one of us soon to be married. In Vegas.
Game started at 9:00AM. We went to the MGM Grand Sports book, all bet 100 on Michigan to win and settled into the free drinks. Michigan didn't cover and we lost the bets but were ecstatically tearing up our tickets. It's great to be a Michigan Wolverine.
|27 weeks 5 days ago||Stribling||
That scrimmage video had him making several nice plays and he looks bigger than your average "stringbean".
|27 weeks 5 days ago||Countess and Stribling||
Not sure what happens with Countess since he's listed as the starter at RCB AND Nickel.
Regardless, it means that Stribling's going to play. Based on what we saw in a recent CTK of a scrimmage, Stribling, #8, was making plays and looks really good. What a steal!
|28 weeks 4 days ago||Would love to know when my next BJ is coming||
But suspense Is fun too.
|29 weeks 21 hours ago||Best 4 on the field.||
I second this notion that they want the best 4 (or 5) DBs on the field, and that Avery is one of them.
Buddy of mine is a Texas fan. He told me a few years ago that the philosophy there is that every DB is expected to know every position. Maybe Mattison thinks the same way, which would explain the 6-2 corners he's been collecting.
|29 weeks 3 days ago||it's the transitive property||
Glasgow and Miller couldn't beat out Barnum or Mealer, who weren't very good themselves. How much better can these third-year guys be (plus Bryant) than last year? If they're comparable to Barnum and Mealer, then we'll see the same trouble running the football that we saw last year.
|31 weeks 3 days ago||Is it ok||
If I still love those guys?
|31 weeks 3 days ago||No.||
No. A thousand (1,000) times
|31 weeks 5 days ago||Thank-you!||
For the plausible, credible, sane explanation for why I can go to bed now.
Goodnight and merry Christmas everyone!
|33 weeks 4 days ago||A few things:||
1. Kittens after The Horror
2. Two kittens tussling and a third walks up and pukes -- after the ND game when both teams were 0-2 going in.
3. Peanut-butter-jelly-on-a-baseball-bat on the news that RR had been hired.
|33 weeks 5 days ago||. Yes . I misunderstood the||
I misunderstood the future as seen by Him.
|33 weeks 5 days ago||Not to be a noodge||
I know it's not polite to question THE_KNOWLEDGE, but you are aware it's "Ohio", not osu, right?
|34 weeks 9 hours ago||Opposites||
I've been fighting the rogue slice all year. Then yesterday on 18 Tee hit a really pretty Draw. Went right off the planet since I was already aiming left. Fucking game.
So, right now it's an exotic European booze concoction. Belgian Absinthe, 1/2 teaspoon over ice. Top with Pimms to whatever quantity suits you. Add a little club soda. For effervescence.
Helping soothe my summer head old.
If you don't have Pimms, try vodka, rum or grain. It really doesn't matter because they'll all taste like absinthe.
|34 weeks 1 day ago||Not interesting||
This is exactly the kind of article that makes me keep my Rivals subscription. I love the fact that the editors favor long word counts in getting out an already rich story. What's really great is they use writers who can rephrase the same sentence idea into a string of multiple sentences. It's amazing how many ways there are in the English language to say the same thing but make it sound different. On the one hand, a concept can be communicated this way, or, on the other hand, you can deliver it another way. It's important to reiterate at every opportunity your main point.
|34 weeks 3 days ago||funny, or...||
Am I the only one that cannot make silent phonic sense in my head of "B1G"? All I can make of that is "Big"; I cannot get the Ten part.
As to your handicapped ability to say H. T. T. V., I don't know there's much we can do to help with that condition.
|34 weeks 3 days ago||searching sent mail...||
Seth, my sent mail is huge. I think I sent a reply but am looking for it to make sure. What's the email address that I would have received the message from?
|36 weeks 10 hours ago||Tom Goss||
Hands down, forget about it.
|36 weeks 1 day ago||VPN||
"I need VPN for work so satellite won't work".
Why can you not connect to work from a satellite connection? Why do you need to connect to work at your cottage? Have you or can you get your company to try VMWare?
|36 weeks 4 days ago||More followers?||
Let's think this through, guys. Seriously, what is the attraction here that would add thousands of followers?
This thing is so lame I couldn't restrain myself from tearing it down. Sorry.
|36 weeks 4 days ago||Fair question||
Class of 2015 OL. This means he won't take a meaningful snap until 2016 at the earliest, more likely 2017. Since I could easily be dead by then, I can't get too excited about this. But here I sit, excited.
|37 weeks 3 days ago||he kinda leaned into that||
he kinda leaned into that punch, didn't he?
|37 weeks 3 days ago||I'm in||
That date is marked in indelible pixels on my calendar. In fact, I'm going to miss softball that evening and don't even mind.
EDIT: Aw, crap! My wife got us tickets to the Tigers' game at the Cell that night. i'm going to have to figure out how to get out of that.
|37 weeks 4 days ago||Mone?||
Aren't we forgetting Mone, who's pretty damned good too?
|37 weeks 4 days ago||Well done||
A perfect summarization of the definitions of values and rules. It's not just a matter of semantics, either, and there are other examples of thoughtless failure to examine the differences:
|38 weeks 2 days ago||Great point||
Much as I think Cutler is way, way overrated, you have to look back at the long sewer drain of QBs the Bears have put on the field. A good QB in Chicago is like a Lions team winning a playoff game -- once in a lifetime.
|38 weeks 3 days ago||Not Hand||
That's not Hand with the coaches. But you are right -- great pictures. I especially like the picture of the Shoe from behind the Ohio bench. I don't go to 11W so I've never seen something that upclose.
|38 weeks 3 days ago||source?||
I'd love to know where you're getting the 15 year old graphic -- please share.
|39 weeks 3 days ago||thanks||
|39 weeks 4 days ago||yes/no||
You got me on endowment -- only Minnesota's is bigger than OSUs among that group; they're all pretty close but any three of them combined is less than Michigan's.
But in World University rankings, http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/world-university-rankings/2012-13/world-ranking, it's
There are, of course other rankings, but they tend to fall out the same. The rankings aren't like star ratings. They take into account not only the general excellence of the universities but also their breadth and depth of study. i.e., the higher ranked tend to be the "bigger" ones, in terms of how many high-ranking departments they have.
In other words, it's great to be a Michigan Wolverine.
|39 weeks 4 days ago||Beg to differ||
In the conference alone, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota are much stronger overall universities.
|39 weeks 4 days ago||Tom VH||
Can someone please tell me again how tall is Tom VH? And, while we're at it, Chantel?
It could be very useful in these situations. I just re-read the Mike McCray piece and the variance in his height reports from 6-1 to 6-4. Tom VH seems to consistently stand up pretty straight so he could be a great yardstick.
|39 weeks 4 days ago||no problem||
I really don't care. just share. Going forward, I will try to post updates to this thread -- if it stays up. The thing is, every time a Michigan offer makes a commitment somewhere else, the offending school needs to be updated. Likewise, every time Michigan gets a commit, the other offering schools need to be updated.
I don't know if the mods have ever allowed a "wiki" on a specific subject?
|39 weeks 5 days ago||More "national powers"||
More work on the subject. I used Touch The Banner for Michigan offers, Scout for other teams' offers and 247 composite for stars. I feel like these five schools are rightfully "national powers".
We offered four of their commitments -- 5* RB Jalen Hurd, 4* OT Orlando Brown, 4* DE Joe Henderson, 3* TE Helm. They offered Peppers, Harris, Marshall Bunting. Net 0 players and +2 stars.
We offered their 4 * CB Jermaine Roberts and 4* LB Otaro Alaka. They offered none of Michigan's commits. Texas "beats" Michigan, and probably every other team every year on this type of comparison for the simple fact that they rarely offer any kid not from Texas and they flat out own Texas. Net -2 players and -7 stars.
We offered their 4* TE Blazevich. They offered Harris. Net 0 players, 0 stars.
We offered their 4* Ja'Von Harrison. They offered Bunting and Bushell-Beatty. Net +1 player, +4 stars.
We offered their 5* KC McDermott. They offered Marshall and Winovich. Net +1 player, +2 stars.
|41 weeks 1 day ago||Henson||
Drew was the best raw talent to ever play the position in the winged helmet. Timing for him sucked. If he'd stayed his fourth year in 2001, it would have been with a totally wiped out offense. Navarre picked up the pieces as best he could that year, but that offense was firing on 2 cylinders.
And this is coming from a guy who graduated in 1982.
|44 weeks 3 days ago||hands?||
Wouldn't kicking the ball with the front feet be considered "hands"?
|45 weeks 2 days ago||i thought||
Anchors are supposed to sink. to the bottom.
|45 weeks 4 days ago||his name's been bugging me all morning||
I'm pretty sure Prepolec went to Cranbrook in 7th grade -- same as me, same year -- and then went on to BH JH and Lahser HS. We both played football on Cranbrook's 7th grade squad. I think... Anyway, he was huge but too nice of a guy to play big time college OL. There just wasn't any "nasty" in him. I don't doubt, though that he walked on in '77 or '78. He would have graduated Lahser in 77.
|46 weeks 5 days ago||B-B doesn't have to wait||
B-B can call Hoke, make his verbal commitment and then not tell the internets about it five minutes later. What a concept.
|47 weeks 1 day ago||The map room||
My favorite indoor place on campus. Top floor of the grad. Awesome view of campus and drawers and drawers of maps, just maps.
Of course they may have done away with it at some point in the last 31 years....
|47 weeks 2 days ago||MSC||
I was going to ask the same question. When you run one of the 10-15 highest regarded universities in the world, you tend to have more important things to worry about than landing a 17 year-old football recruit. Or for that matter, the football team. or for that matter, the athletic department.
Sure, you say, but the athletic department brings in a lot of money, right? Uh, yeah, but it's not all that important when you've got an $8 billion endowment. And revenue flowing in from all sorts of other sources that dwarfs the AD's.
Gordon Gee, yeah, I guess he has to earn his ridiculous salary somehow.
|47 weeks 4 days ago||Perspective||
Dutch, I've got 14 years on you. I was listening to the Harry Oliver game (friends of mine named their dog Harryoliver) with my roommates in the living room of my rental on Adams, three blocks north of the stadium. We were listening because it was being played in Indiana.
What you also don't remember is that Butch (don't call me Harold) Woolfolk had a crucial fumble in the fourth quarter.
See, the thing is you really can't count on more than one hand the games Michigan deserved to win and ended up losing. Generally, losses happen to teams that are flawed and we've never enjoyed a flawless Michigan team. There are plenty of games they got lucky winning. Even Woodson's team almost lost to ND and Iowa. And Glen Rice's team was a frickin 6 seed with an interim coach.
Shit happens. My perspective has evolved from being crushed or elated at losing or winning big games, to having various shades of pride in my teams and their rosters. Lately, my pride overflows. Fergodsakes.
|47 weeks 4 days ago||plus a million||
For that one.
Remember: it's their rivalry, not ours.
|47 weeks 4 days ago||Damn shame, a pet peeve||
I am as into politics as I am Michigan football and basketball. Those two things (and golf and pretty women) fill my head all day every day.
It's really disappointing that anything having to do with politics is verbotin on this site. Not that I'm disagreeing with the ban, rather that, for some reason, passion over politics gets ugly in about a nanosecond in a medium like this. If "Clinton" or "Bush" are words used for anything other than street names, all hell breaks loose. Even if the reference is clearly ON-topic like the one that started this thread.
It just bums me out.
|47 weeks 5 days ago||WTF?||
I mean seriously, WTF?!?!?!? Michigan is playing in the NCG tonight?
This past three weekends have been surreal, hard to internalize. The clobbering of VCU. The Shot. The clobbering of Florida. Mitch effing McGary!?!?!?
1989 comes to mind first and 1993 isn't even close. There was the "Michigan Man coaching Michigan" magic that seems to be paralleled this year. Just my two cents.
|47 weeks 6 days ago||Acquired taste||
I've learned to appreciate all different kinds of cheeses and ethnic cuisines and certainly whiskeys. But plots involving dragons I just can't get into.
He says, as he sits in the kitchen with headphones plugged in to the 19" TV because his wife is watching that stupid show.
|51 weeks 5 days ago||and if you we're older||
you would include Anthony Carter.
|51 weeks 5 days ago||I like your point here||
The General graced us for four years, culminating in the championship. We will not be able to say that about Trey. I love the kid more than any that's ever played for Michigan, but I gotta give it up to Gary Grant.
|1 year 1 week ago||Great piece, Seth||
Thanks so much for that. I hung on every word.
Please, please, find a similar source on Defense! On that side of the ball there just seems to be so much more grey area from one position to the next on the DL and with the OLBs.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||EMLOS, not EMLOS||
Thanks BobbyHill. That blog post, the first I've ever seen on a pro team BTW, was helpful.
From what I can tell, the Sam tends to help out and becomes the end man on the line of scrimmage on the strong side, whereas the WDE is the EMLOS on the weak side. This in turn makes the SDE a third interior line man essentially, no where near the end of the line with contain responsibility.
Ergo, this makes Strobel a really good SDE if he bulks up and Taco and Mario great end contain guys with their leaner size more a linebacker.
Am I on the right track?
|1 year 3 weeks ago||SDE v. WDE||
This post mentions the importance of picking up an SDE in this class. Can somebody smarter than me explain the difference in the type of player you want at SDE vs. WDE? What's more important -- HT/WT, speed, power?
I look at the Depth Chart by class and see Godin, Strobel and Heitzman at SDE and Charleton, Ojemudia, Clark and Beyer at WDE. They're all returning in 2014 as well.
Based on the fall roster, the SDE group is, on the whole, taller and heavier than the WDEs. Clark is sort of an exception because he played heavier last year on the interior. Maybe he takes off a few pounds as more of a rusher. On the other hand, Strobel was tall but thin (6-6/252) in his redshirt year and I guess we should expect him to be heavier this fall.
Still, these are just generic observations and I'd love to hear a little more insight. How are the challenges and responsibilities different? If you have a tweener in terms of height and weight, say 6-4/250, what skills would make him a good WDE vs. SDE?
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Devin Hester!||
Denard is Devin Hester with a brain trained on the offensive side of the ball.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||Stenavich||
I have had it in my head, but I can't find the proof, that Stenavich actually got some PT in his true freshman year. For that to be true he would have had to get a medical. Regardless, as I remember it, the mass exodus from the 2000 class (hutch, Bachus, Brandt, not to mention Henson, Thomas and Terrell) left LC with 2001 being a rebuilding year, which Stenavich briefly figured in to.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||agree on tackling||
I'm not the talent expert you are, Magnus, but that film shows a whole bunch of tackles that would be just attempted tackles in college. Reon is in serious need of coaching.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||great post, Seth||
We may enjoy a great Oline at some point in the future, but have to remember that Patience is Sold Separately.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||Crap.||
One of only two sites I pay any attention to outside of this one. (TTB the other.)
The pay sites just piss me off.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||Keith Jackson||
I can't remember who was doing the interview, but somebody once asked Keith Jackson what was the best campus gameday experience. He said (paraphrasing) they've got something special down there in Oxford, Mississippi.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||Fifth year guys||
The 2013 roster will have more impactful 5th year players than any recent year I can remember. What a nice luxury.
There's also a group of guys who may or may not be around for a fifth: Mike Jones, and the walk-ons Brink, Brookhuisen and Glanda
|1 year 8 weeks ago||beat me to it..||
Schofield to guard...
|1 year 8 weeks ago||OL Shuffle||
We've heard the staff really likes Braden. If he's so good, he should get on the field at RT. Schofield can move back to LG next to Lewan, which worked really well in the past. Then there are only two interior spots for a bunch of guys (Bryant, Miller, Kalis, Bars, the walkons, Kugler) to compete over. Also, it gives Braden a chance to tune up for the point when the left handed Morris will be QB. Magnusen understudies for another year behind Lewan at LT.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||Or...||
They're just incompetent, self-directed plutocrats earning 6-figure salaries to do little other than wear a blazer to the local chamber of commerce once in a while. And screw up our logo only because they could not care less.
What? I'm cynical about bowl officials?
|1 year 9 weeks ago||Too ambiguous||
That article in Forbes leaves a lot of unanswered questions that the reporter didn't seem interested in asking. The key question is, how exactly does Intel think they're going to get content providers to grant access to their programming? The article mentions Intel working Hollywood, which, ok. But what about Bristol, CT (ESPN) or Atlanta (Turner properties) or Chicago (BTN)?
The sports premium is driving the cable bill bloat. If you take everything but sports away from cable, then Comcast become a pure sports play, which is probably not sustainable.
There's too much to speculate on here to know what the hell the Intel play means.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||Devin Hester||
Denard is Devin Hester in the NFL. the difference is DR knows how offenses work, while Hester still has no idea and is a liability as a receiver for Jay Cutler and the Bears have used him there more often then they ever should have. But returning kicks? They seem to me to be identically skilled.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||Love em!||
I would pick them over any team other than Buck/Aikman. Sure, I like Herbstreit's commentary, but he's so often paired with Musburger who makes me nauseous.
Tirico is pleasant and critical enough; Gruden is very good at picking apart a play and explaining the keys to it.
|1 year 14 weeks ago||Count me as confused||
I know this has been kicked around the board quite a bit lately, but I'm confused as to the adoption of the "Texas" rule. For several years, Mack Brown has been rigid about his no-visits rule. If a recruit commits and then takes a visit, he's out, period. Hoke seems to be going with a modified Texas rule, to the point where I don't see how it's a rule at all. Rather, it seems a kid can commit to Michigan, take a visit and merely spend time in a dog house (Dawson) or suffer no consequences at all (Conley).
At this point, I would have to say I'm not for or against a "rule", but if he's going to have one, Hoke should stick to it, or not have one at all.
WRT Dawson and Conley, they both seem like good kids. Why handcuff or cause angst or bad feelings with a good kid?
|1 year 19 weeks ago||I'm fine with my manhood||
And i have a bloody mary recipe that I thought I'd share, passed down from my late stepfather, a UM B-School grad. This is a relatively mild spice load so you may add more to suit your taste, but follow the basic ingredients.
1 half-gallon jug of Clamato Juice
1 teaspoon tabasco
2 teaspoons lemon juice
3 teaspoons worcester
2 teaspoons horseradish (not the creamy kind)
After you mix the jug, you can pour some off and replace with vodka, so it's all ready to go.
Serve over ice of course, and top it off with a splash of beer. it adds a nice bit of effervescence and cuts the viscousness of the tomato juice.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||my take||
My take on this ( I was in the house, which is I think, a perceptual advantage) is that the time taken before the official's TO is time spent; gone, can't get it back. What bugs me is that the ref started the clock AGAIN after he took his official TO. I can't say I know the rules stanza and verse, but that seems like an unfair jobbing of the team with the ball.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Understood||
I get that Illinois sucks, but still, how do you kill a team and fall so dramatically in an advanced metric like FEI? A case in point is... Massey! They had Michigan improving by one ranking spot after Illinois.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||FEI||
Yeah, you can use the advanced numbers to push the exact measure of Michigan's improvement to and fro—Michigan is 16th in S&P+ with FEI pending—but who cares?
Well, FEI is out and folks, it's baffling. They drop from #24 to #47 after beating an FBS team 45-0, outgaining by over 400 yards, etc.
Either there's a major input error or the FEI algorithms are really goofy. It's just not possible.
Anybody have a clue?
|1 year 26 weeks ago||position doesn't matter||
give it to Kovacs.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||grant land||
you have to read the article in Grantland to get it.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||Hinton is back where he should be||
That is awesome.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||Every Snap||
I'm flying to Europe on Friday night and Saturday night I'm going to be jetlag tired so I won't be able to sit up at 2AM to see the game even if I could get it. I figure my best bet's going to be to wait until I can watch an Every Snap edit. (Please, ABC, leave them alone!). That way I can watch it without taking too much time out of my vacation.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||Sherman||
somebody remind me why Sherman decided to burn his way to Savannah instead of west through Alabama.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||hate to throw a wet blanket||
hate to throw a wet blanket on this. I just don't see how certain undersized DLs are going to stand up the Bama OLs. I feel like Bama constraint plays are going to be very easy play actions against Mattison stacking the box. Here's hoping Denard can manage a 40 point outburst against a rebuilding defense.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||Mediums||
Not that it matters to anyone, but I have a pet peave about the use of the word "mediums".
Mediums is a plural term for certain tee-shirt sizes and people who conduct seances. Media is the collective term for a communication (or in my professional case, advertising) medium like Mgoblog and another, like ESPN TV.
Just my axe to grind.
|1 year 40 weeks ago||you're mistaken||
It happened about 8 weeks ago, actually a week before the spring game.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||Tough choice to make||
I think this speaks to how fateful is the decision that elite QBs have to make. Elite teams ideal scenario is to to take exactly one blue chip QB every year. Where that is the case, there will inevitably be kids that either never get to play or have to transfer, sit out and hope to play somewhere else.
Just look at Michigan over the last several years:
The ins: Brady, Henson, Navarre, Henne, Sherideathreet, Tate Forcier, Robinson, ???
The outs: Gonzales, Mignery, Guiterrez, Jason Forcier, Brinton, Mallett, Threet, Tate Forcier, ???
What's cool is guys like Gonzales or Mignery who figure out how to stay and be meaningful contributors. Having said that, I don't necessarily hold it against any of the above for leaving either. (I just don't happen to like Ryan Mallett.)
|1 year 42 weeks ago||coughing up a lung laughing||
"the median of all Ohio state fans" is the funniest thing Brian has written in months. God I love this web site.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||so damn hard||
Hart, Long, Breaston.
Also, there's a guy that's not been mentioned anywhere here but deserves a shoutout: all time leading kicker in at least a few categories, Garrett Rivas.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Three stars can be good too!||
Jesus, is the world about to be hit by an asteroid?
Can anyone remember who Michigan's all-time leading rusher is? He must have been a ELITE FIVE-STAR HURR-HURR-HURR right? OK, here's a hint: he also holds the records for games with 100+, 150+ and 200+ yards.
Yeah, I can't remember either. 2007 was so long ago.
RBs are sooooo overrated!
|1 year 43 weeks ago||the first shoe to drop||
Rock will be the first shoe to drop during the summer semester of 2012. there will be more, including, if history holds, incoming freshmen. it happens every year and it's why people like Brian project a class 5-6 larger than the available scholarships extant.
All the gnashing about recruiting class rankings is hot air before we see the roster in the middle of August. Remember Chris Barnett just last year? Austin White? Antonio Kinard and Conelius Jones? Witherspoon and Hill in 2008?
Shit happens. This is not to bait a discussion of which players are on the outs, just to say they're there and we won't know who they are until the fall. And there will be more.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||I'm too old||
My first season in the student section I watched Anthony Carter. I can't do this. But I can do this without a whole lot of thought:
Call me on my Car phone to tell me I'm lame.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||no||
they don't find adding 2+2 any easier using a smart phones calculator than just using their fingers like they always have.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||yes.||
All the wires had to have been very confusing.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||FBI setups||
Yes, I did read that article but I'd heard about it before. We may be getting dangerously close to crossing the line into politics here, but I'll just say this: I think the FBI is conducting these operations solely for homeland security PR and not for catching terrorists. It's all bullshit. This thread is shot through with bullshit -- People: this was not a terrorists plot! It was an FBI plot!
|1 year 44 weeks ago||Sarcasm?||
I can't tell if you're being sarcastic or if you don't know that the FBI has been setting up these kinds of things for years, making some of us wonder if their time would be better spent actually looking for actual plots instead of ideating plots for would-be-terrorists to act out.
|1 year 49 weeks ago||This reminds so much of Gabe||
This reminds so much of Gabe Watson and Terrence Taylor. The same spring stories were being written about them in their final years. Which is a good thing because both of those guys had senior seasons that got them drafted. So, a toast to the ascendency of yet another underperforming, weight-challenged superstar HS prospect.
|1 year 50 weeks ago||Yes, indeed these are||
Yes, indeed these are "recruiting weights" and Shallman is just now learning how to parallel park. No reason to think he won't be even bigger in 18 months.
|1 year 50 weeks ago||Thanks for that||
Seth, simply an awesome pile of work. So glad you're a contributor here.
The only area where I have any issue is in that which you glossed over with the Hopkins-Askew reference, fullbacks. I think I understand your distinction -- that Hopkins, Askew (and the Rodriguez-era Grady) are ball-carrying fullbacks, whereas a Shea or a Dudley were never allowed to touch it unless it was thrown to them. Shea and Dudley also happened to be huge, peaking out at 251 and 249 respectively.
And then there's Shallman, a junior in HS already bigger than either of those guys when they were seniors in college. He's even heavier, already, than Ron Dayne. Seth, I'm just not buying he's a ball carrier.
|1 year 51 weeks ago||I'm going to be the||
I'm going to be the contrarian here and say Shallman's not going to carry the ball much. Not that I don't think he's a great kid and a great football player, but that size just doesn't work as a feature ball carrier. I looked at the 4 and 5 star RBs and FBs of the last three years and at 250 Shallman is among the very biggest FBs.
With Houma, Funchess and Williams in the 12 class and Shallman, Bell and Butt in the 13 class, Borges is stacking up on skill-substitution guys in a big and varied way. With Denard in the rearview mirror, this type of "manball" should be very interesting to watch.
|2 years 2 days ago||Shortest practice timetable||
One interesting piece from the article was the table showing first practice and spring game dates. Hoke's decided to compress the legal number of practice hours into an 18-day schedule, the shortest in the conference. (Assumes they don't go on and practice after the spring game.) Don't know what the dates are for spring break... maybe that's got something to do with it.
|2 years 1 week ago||second breaston||
I can't imagine not including Breaston. 350 in the rose bowl. punt and kick return record holder. poet. sweet kid.
|2 years 1 week ago||really?||
What has Nebraska got going for it that an Ohio kid can't get from Ohio? Or Michigan or Sparty? I'm sorry if I didn't detect any sarcasm.
|2 years 1 week ago||i'll give you 100-1 right now||
how much do want to wager?
|2 years 2 weeks ago||Me too||
Much appreciate what Ross is doing for us but this BSE/PSN is utterly without context. Like, WHOSE eye and WHOSE number are we talking about, never mind the backside/playside part of the puzzle.
EDIT: OK, maybe this helps a bit, (quote found here) . "We want the blocker to aim his eyes at the proper landmark (Playside number)." So the "eye" is the blocker's and the number is the DL's.
And then, we say "duh".
|2 years 4 weeks ago||don't think so||
You must be thinking of another bar, because she was gone to NY before Rick's opened.
|2 years 4 weeks ago||I'm pretty sure I smelled the||
I'm pretty sure I smelled the first puddle of puke ever given up to the floor in about 1981 when it first opened. 'tsall I got.
|2 years 7 weeks ago||If he can graduate, he can||
If he can graduate, he can transfer and play next fall. as long as it's not the big ten, I hope nothing but the best for him. I don't quite understand how a judge can expect a guy to make regular 7:30 probation check-ins without a driver's license. Wouldn't his have been a good case for a restricted license?
|2 years 8 weeks ago||I am perfectly happy with the||
I am perfectly happy with the "popularity contest". I'm just not hung up on the question of who's number one. To me, college football is a many-splendored thing with maize and blue and winged helmets being the most splendiferous. There's just so much more to it than the wins and losses and if, a few times in my lifetime Michigan ends up undefeated, I will die contented.
|2 years 8 weeks ago||what about Alabama?||
Pardon me for being naive, but, I'm pretty sure Alabama is the best team in college football, 2011, as proved by their shutting out LSU when all the chips were on the table.
I understand the whole regular season thing, but, I also think the idea is to identify the best team in the country. And I think the BCS did just that.
Yes, opinions are involved. Whether you have +1, or a +3 or a +7, you're still going to be looking at single elimination of 1, 3 or 7 teams that were chosen based largely on the opinions of poll participants. If you can't tell, I preferred the "mythical" thing. Call me old and stupid. it won't hurt my feelings.
|2 years 13 weeks ago||Gibson||
I will go out on a limb here. I have no inside info on AZ or RRs other plans.
I can't believe RR would be so numb to his past mistakes as to hire Gibson as a D position coach BEFORE hiring a DC.
So, I think he has hired TG as a special teams guy.
|2 years 15 weeks ago||Apologies||
Wow. I am usually good spelling names, and I know it's Hoke. I guess it's the first time I've ever typed it out. Truly embarrassed.
|2 years 15 weeks ago||Jim Harbaugh||
For being a dick and turning down Hoch's Job. Thanks Jim.
|2 years 15 weeks ago||Feeling good, but....||
How did Ohio beat Wisconsin? I appreciate the relative ease with which Mac-bowl bound Purdue was able to beat Ohio. But how did Wisconsin fail?
|2 years 17 weeks ago||Cam Gordon||
He was in as a LB for at least one snap in the first quarter. Don't know why only one.
|2 years 24 weeks ago||I'm with you on all of them||
in 97. Colorado, Penn state, OSU, comebacks against Iowa and nd, obviously WSU.. all of them.
|2 years 24 weeks ago||a rogue pick||
I'm going with Penn state, 1997. it was a statement game, a lot at stake and Michigan pummeled them in enemy territory.
|2 years 24 weeks ago||Make him wrong||
I can't remember where I read it, but I know it was in the context of RR's spread offense at the time: "the idea is to make the playside DE guess wrong". I know this isn't a zone read play, but the net effect seems to be the same -- get the DE out of position. All that is to say, man, it's a tough job.
|2 years 25 weeks ago||very nice piece||
I wonder if you know how lucky you are. I was a student-fan from 1980-1982.
we had AC, Wangler, Troy's dad and one helluva defense. We lost bowl games. one year we lost to South Carolina, ND and Wiscy by a total of 11 points. heartbreaking.
We did not have Denard. We had not yet seen Desmond, Woodson, a national championship or Mike, Jake and Chad. We were stuck in the grinding midterm of Bo's era.
We did not have night games. We did not have cellphones. But one thing we did have...
We could walk through the turnstiles with a 12-pack on our shoulders. (No shit.)
Ands that's the best I can say. you, young man are on top of the world.
|2 years 26 weeks ago||The Team, The Team, The Team||
Sorry, but I think this is just wrong:
"With two defensive touchdowns, Brandon Herron added 9.1 points of value in just the returns, not to mention 8.5 points in value from the turnovers themselves."
Herron was in the right places at the right times, and OK, I'll give him credit for having pretty good LB speed. (I suppose RVB also got some kind of nominal credit for falling on a fumbled QB snap.) But all football plays are team plays. And if credit is going to be doled out to individuals, why not Ryan and Kovacs instead of Herron?
I'm sure this seems pedantic -- actually it IS pedantic -- but I have a bigger point to make. This kind of analysis, like fantasy football, tends to overweight the importance of players who touch the ball vs. players who make key physical plays away from the ball. I think to participate in fantasy football is to make an idiot of yourself because you become obsessed with the shiny objects and quit paying attention to or caring about the guys in the trenches. I like what Mathlete does in TEAM quantification but I also get bleary eyed when he starts talking about this player or that player scoring "points" for his team.
|2 years 33 weeks ago||Ditto||
That's what I'm getting on my iPad to, but it doesn't seem to be fucking anything else up.
|2 years 33 weeks ago||This is crowd sourcing!||
Sort of. The thing to be mindful of is that the gist of UFR is Brian's opinion as to what happened on any given play. Who did well and who effed up is in the eye of the beholder and enhancing an Mgoblog UFR is putting refinement to editorial content, which may not be useful, particularly since the video itself doesn't tell the whole story.
What would elevate the art would be better ORIGINAL video, as opposed to better editing of available video.
I mailed Brian about the availability of full-22 video. It is not. Available. The only people who have it are the teams and by extension, the league. And they don't share it. Damn them. There's a camera on the roof, right over the 50, that's recording everything. And we can't see it. So when Brian critiques the play of a safety or cornerback, a lot of times that player isn't even in view for said critique.
I applaud Brian for what he's done but he's always had to do it with less than full vision.
|2 years 36 weeks ago||Yeah||
RR is a plausible explanation for Evans leaving but it's hard to imagine he'd turn back around after putting two-plus years between himself and a bad situation.
|2 years 36 weeks ago||Better question is||
What happened to Evans in the first place?
He started against Utah and then disappeared. (wouldn't it be ironic if he started for BHs first game too?)
I have read the back story about Hampton, etc, but there's never been any explanation for his demise and rebirth. It reminds me of The Natural, the Roy Hobbs story. It's just weird.
|2 years 37 weeks ago||Following Touch the Banner's player countdown||
TTB countdown started with #89 and he's down to #71. Obviously, it's one man's opinion, but you know, it's TTB, so there's some authority there. Of the "bottom" 19 players in terms of expected impact, 13 are incoming freshmen. Still left on the board as of this morning are, in the order that I expect them to drop:
Maybe of more importance is the appearance of six returning players. They are:
among these names, there is probably a guy or two who will no longer be with the team by September. Otherwise, Hoke's not going to get to the 26 signee's he's purportedly been telling recruits about.
|2 years 38 weeks ago||sounds familiar||
Maybe my memory is fuzzy, but this doesn't sound any different than what kids have been saying year-in, year-out no matter who the coaches are.
|2 years 38 weeks ago||view vs. distance||
Yes, the Big House has no obstructed seats. But sightline is one thing. Proximity to the field is another. Sitting in the proposed end zone upper deck will be looking over the Grand Canyon trying to spot a kayaker in the river. The thing that struck me about Soldier field is, I was about 40 rows up but I still felt like I was breathing down the players necks. You don't get that feeling anywhere outside of 10 rows at the big house.
On the other hand, thanks for reminding me that that section would be for visiting fans. That makes perfect sense. They can take their shitty seats and like them, which they will.
|2 years 38 weeks ago||Questioning the value of this||
I'm not sure I understand the need to add so many more seats, particularly when they will be awful from the standpoint of watching football being played. IMO, not only has Michigan Stadium reached its reasonable capacity maximum, but football stadiums in general shouldn't have more than about 100,000 seats.
I made it to a Bears game in the renovated Soldier Field in 2009 and found it a great contrast with Michigan Stadium. Full football capacity is about 61,000 and there truly isn't a bad seat in the house. Since all of the football games I've attended in the past 20 years have been at Michigan and a few other Big Ten venues, being in Soldier Field felt like being part of a studio audience.
Not saying at all that I preferred the Bears game experience; far from it. Just saying that, at some point, the capacity exceeds what is reasonable in terms of providing every fan the chance to see football action without a telescope and an oxygen tank.
|2 years 38 weeks ago||Doesn't add up||
Really hard to imagine 8 scholarships freeing up between now and February. I wouldn't name guys who I think are on the way out, but at the same time, I will name Floyd and Mealer as guys probably NOT on that list.
Here's how scholarships free up:
I'm just afraid the staff may know of more than one guy in that last category, otherwise, it just doesn't add up.
|2 years 38 weeks ago||a bridge too far||
Based on the article in the Mansfield newspaper, the guy is a pathological liar. So, for him to say he never paid Pryor "one dollar" is not likely to be true, given evidence to the contrary.
But, the fact that he's a liar could also mean that, just as he didn't graduate from KSU, he also may never have actually worked for Limited Brands, or much more likely, the title he reports on Linkedin is a huge inflation.
That leads me to believe he's never had any more than passing acquaintance with Wexner.
|2 years 39 weeks ago||Nothing surprising||
The high school in my town has two field turf facIlities across the street from each other.
Why? Because it's cheaper than grass.
|2 years 45 weeks ago||Shoutout||
To you Don. Very funny.
|2 years 45 weeks ago||To kiss the rings or to not kiss the rings||
There are hundreds of former wolverine football players. To name a few who've been outspoken about RR in the past few years: Braylon had to say something about #1 jersey gate and went on to say more later, famously, "LCs U of M". Michael Taylor railed on the search that ended in RR instead of Les. Rick Leach stepped up big-time in RRs defense and ripped those in "the family" who weren't getting behind him. Boren, a football legacy, said the family values were gone. A bunch of other players left the program, some talked, most didn't. Point in this list: lots of opinions from football players. And then there's this guy who's email Brian shares. What's sticking out for me is there seems to be a vocal, even majority sentiment among formers that RR didn't get it. What I'm reading is RR failed to properly kiss their fucking rings. That is to say, I'm with Rick Leach on this, and Mike Hart too, if he weren't mincing his words. Seems to me a lot of these former players are acting like frat boys who came back for homecoming and the contemporaries didn't give them the appropriate suck up. And by appropriate, I mean "didn't know the traditional (stupid) handshake". Seems to me ignoring tradition is the farthest thing from the issue. The issue is RR ignored the players, thinking they, being Michigan Men, would be able to deal with the fact that he was different, alien, but a good football guy who had to put together a football team in a different image.
|2 years 46 weeks ago||from a reasonably fortunate older man||
I was lucky enough to get invited to the Olympics and Atlanta with super-preferred sponsor-level tickets. So, I'll mix a number of those in with other things:
1. Gold Medal Hockey game between Canada and Russia. Canadians started singing O Canada with sixty seconds left and the game no longer in doubt. I'm tearing up right now just thinking of it.
2. Michigan vs. Wisconsin hockey at the old Olympia in the NCAA championship game, circa 1977. UM and UW fans were totally dispersed, so you were sitting next to your buddies to the left and Cheeseheads to the right. Everybody was more than civil, just sports fans with complete respect for each other. The bands competed throughout the game. It went into overtime. I honestly don't even remember who won -- Everyone.
3. Sarah Hughes nailing it to win the gold in Utah. Cinderella story. Outta nowhere. I don't even really like figure skating.
4. A Mark Fidrych gem at Tiger Stadium.
5. Al Kaline day at Tiger Stadium, one of his last games before retiring.
6. A Tigers saturday doubleheader against Oakland in the 60s. Rick Monday had an inside-the-park homer and my Dad informed me I'd never see another one.
7. Women's track and field finals night in Atlanta. I sat in row one, the finish line right in front of me and the athletes' entry tunnel about 10 yards to my right. Those women's bodies were not so much super-human as non-human.
8. The Masters.
9. Michigan football vs. Colorado, 1997.
10. At an Athletico recently when I was getting some therapy on an injury and there happened to be a dancer, late 20s also doing some work that involved oh, you know, bending over.
|2 years 47 weeks ago||House divided||
I've always wanted to tell this story.
I was born in Ohio as were most of three generations behind me. My parents met at ohio wesleyan in the fifties. My dad went to OSU law. He started at a firm in Cleveland and was transferred to their Detroit office in 1964.
My first memory of big ten football was when Michigan won in 70 or 71 and went to the rose bowl and I felt terrible for OSU. I continued to be a buckeye fan, loyal to my dad.
Embarrassing as it is to this day, I too went to Ohio Wesleyan as a freshman in 1977. I found when I got there that I was a slim minority coming from Michigan. I also found that I didn't like ohioans.
By the time The Game came that year, I'd decided to rebel against my family and the locals and become a Wolverine fan for life. The best decision I ever made.
I transferred to Michigan in Winter 1980. My dad never got over it. Fuck him. Love him. And rest his soul.
|2 years 47 weeks ago||His failure as a Bear||
I too am a Bears fan. My take on Terrell not succeeding in the league is that he went from playing within himself in college to trying too hard to be a superstar and being caught up in the glare. He also seemed to put a lot of work into whatever his next silly endzone dance was going to be, which he would perform even if the Bears were down three touchdowns. It just seemed like he got distracted by the limelight and didn't focus on playing football.
|2 years 48 weeks ago||humorously mis-ordered sentence||
My first image on reading "...duct taped a kid in his room..." was that they duct taped the kid, not the door, and left everything but the "peep hole" covered. I thought that was funny.
|2 years 49 weeks ago||Oh, johnny||
So good it hurts.
And where the he'll do you get your photos? Who ARE you, Johnny?
|2 years 49 weeks ago||Bravo!||
Great piece, section 1, from a golf maniac.
|2 years 50 weeks ago||you must know some of my relatives||
They send me invitations to a "family reunion" about every other year -- in Youngstown at some picnic park. Only thing is, while I share the same last name, I've never met any of those yokels, don't plan to and for sure don't have anything in common with them. I was particularly turned off that one of the invitation's selling points was that "pop" would be served. I don't do pop parties. (They do serve alcohol in Y-Town, don't they?)
|2 years 50 weeks ago||Agnotologists for Denard||
Studying how so many people get so confused and ignorant about so many important things in the context of Michigan Football and the Truth that is Denard.
|2 years 50 weeks ago||Sign up?||
I didn't know there was a sign up sheet for being a michigan football fan. What are you going to do, Quit?
|2 years 50 weeks ago||You forgot one||
6. Hoke really, really, really gets the OSU rivalry.
|2 years 50 weeks ago||like a post from THE_KNOWLEDGE||
Did anyone else have the same feeling about reading this thing? Just one man's fantasy but without any sense of humor.
|2 years 51 weeks ago||Toughness||
Toughness is the new Tremendous.
|2 years 51 weeks ago||Obviously.||
Thanks for digging that up.
|2 years 51 weeks ago||Sorry, Brian||
It's too bad you don't have 1987-88 in your memory banks. For me, the sweetness of that year, that ridiculous, coach-less, 6th seeded team covers all the pain incurred since then.
I'm ashamed to say I don't remember all the names. Here's a shot and it would be great to have others fill in the blanks:
Wish you were there.
|2 years 51 weeks ago||Ditto||
Them's fightin words.
|2 years 51 weeks ago||Not my ideal||
Would have preferred glenmorangie but I ran out. Already polished off the Pinot noir with dinner. So, with no scotch on hand, I went with a house specialty nightcap. Fresh squeezed Clementine and vodka.
|3 years 16 hours ago||fair question||
Well, Gee's joke just pissed me off. I had to get it off my chest. Nothing more than that really, other than hopefully an appeal to their sensibilities about what exactly is the purpose of their institution.
Edit: and no, of course I don't expect a reply.
|3 years 6 days ago||Cranbrook||
I went through your entire photo history on your blog and, really, have you never been to Cranbrook?
The original Booth house is a Kahn and there's Saarinen all over the place. Get over there!
|3 years 1 week ago||Funny post||
Although I'm guessing humor was not what you were going for. Please tell us you were drunk when you hit the send button? I myself am guilty of posting a similar abortion of good logic and clear diction, in a diary entry no less. I was chastised, felt ashamed and vowed not to repeat. Hopefully, you're similarly constrained in the future.
|3 years 1 week ago||Ham and egg team||
I loved how they split up the broadcast. They'd share the pre game with paul doing around the league stuff and Ernie an interview. Then Ernie would call the early and late innings, paul the middle. Paul would do the wrap-up. They handed off the mic so smoothly you didn't even notice.