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|4 hours 6 min ago||Disagree||
Michigan State is House Harkonnen. Ohio State is House Corrino. The NCAA is the Bene Gesserit, and Brady Hoke is the perfect Duke Leto.
|16 hours 15 min ago||Revenge Is a Dish Best Served Cold||
Just go out there on Saturday, and in a very workman like fashion, crush them. No yapping, no gloating, no emotion at all. Just leave the first string in until it's about 49-0, and talk about next week's opponent at the press conference.
|4 days 23 hours ago||Amen||
That was one of the most informative interviews from a football coach that I have ever read.
|5 days 3 hours ago||So...||
"They gonna die." Now let's imagine what our offense against their defense will resemble in Fe Fi Fo Film. [ducks] Mr. Peppers, please to be breaking a big return on special teams.
|1 week 1 day ago||Who Does the D Look Like?||
"UM has just been muderballdeathing offenses to a degree that hasn’t been seen around these parts since, I don’t know, 1997?" I have been following Michigan football since the 1970s. I wouldn't pick 1997; they gave up a ton of points early to Iowa, and needed the offense to bail them out. To this old curmudgeon this year's defense reminds me of 1985. Shut out defending National Champion Miami; gave up less than 100 points all season. Fourteen points in 16 quarters of football, including two Power-5 teams and a prolific BYU? That is just crazy talk.
|1 week 6 days ago||1985 Miami||
They were coming off their great Orange Bowl win over Nebraska for the National Championship, and won their first game easily. I said to my friends that the Hurricanes looked good, but still beatable. Their next game was a gorgeous September day for Michigan's home opener. Our beloved Wolverines not only won easily, they shut out mighty Miami. It was then that we realized the '85 defense would be special.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I hear||
The Muppets warming up.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I love to hate the team I love.||
Is this not the most MGOBLOG meme ever?! A nationally prominent sports writer calls our team's stadium the best place to see college football anywhere, "and it's not even close." (Really? I think touchdown Jesus, the Coliseum, or one of those intensity drenched SEC venues might have a word or two to say about that. Not that they'd be right...) And, here we are arguing about whether maize pom-poms are a good thing. "You darn kids get off of my stadium!"
|2 weeks 4 days ago||...||
"I would like to add you to my LinkedIn network."
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Not Exactly||
"Did anyone else just make an involuntary farting noise with their mouth? Or was that just me?" I used my hand and the other arm pit.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||I LOVED this Article||
Why? Because this is the tone I've been longing to hear from OSU fans for years. Don't get me wrong, I HATE Ohio State as much as any Michigan fan. But, there's a difference between distain based actual knowledge and personal experiences with a rival program and its fans, and blinded loathing of a caricature. There have been many times when I thought OSU fans identified more with hating Michigan than taking pride in Ohio State. In contrast, this article had quips about Michigan that are actually clever and funny. One old guy story and then I'll shut up. A coworker of mine said that he knew someone who had some role in the OSU program and had a set of satirical lyrics for The Victors. I asked him what they were, and genuinely looked forward to hearing them, because as a fan and alum, I know there is plenty to spoof. What I got, instead, was an exhibition of every word in the English language that rhymed with "Smuckers" and little else. Thank goodness, someone in Buckeye-land finally gets it!
|2 weeks 6 days ago||The Contrast||
Brandon's misdeeds were truly epic. I was aware of some, like for example firing the head coach of the only varsity women's water polo team from outside the State of California to be ranked in the top 10. But, there were many that came as shocking news to me, like the scale of his firing long time staffers and successful coaches. Ultimately, it was more of what I’d come to expect from Brandon.
What I found absolutely shocking, though, was how much of a good guy Brandon could be in the right circumstances. How he worked with Will Hagerup, the fact that he made a point of showing up for the competitions of "non-revenue" sports, and spent real money on their facilities. I have to hold in my mind two inconsistent thoughts, that the same guy is responsible for both the villainy and the charity.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||It's a fair question.||
I agree with your analysis on the difficulty of predicting a hypothetical bowl game. At this point I am willing to venture a guess on the following factors: (1) the coaching staff has demonstrated they can correct mistakes and make adjustments. This causes me to conclude the team will improve, and given the talent on the roster, I think they will improve a lot over the course of the season. (2) Looking at the regular season schedule, I still see them as an 8-4 team. If anything, I think it is marginally more difficult than I first thought because BYU and Northwestern both look better than expected, even though Penn State looks worse. Therefore, I think Michigan will get invited to a lower tier bowl against an opponent of comparable ability. (This is in contrast to a team with a powder puff schedule who may look better than they are and get invited to a higher profile bowl against an opponent they will have difficulty handling.) (3) Combining 1 & 2 above, I think Michigan will be better prepared than their bowl opponent.
Therefore, I'm thinking 8-4 in the regular season (same as I expected before the first game), and 9-4 overall. We should be grateful and happy if we get this.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||One Old Guys Opinion||
For me, the best seats are in or near the student section. Boring old guy story: a few years after I graduated, I went back for a game. I thought why not? Spring for some good seats between the 40 yards lines. What a mistake. I was surrounded by alumni even older than me who had no clue how to enjoy a college football game. They didn't sing the fight song; they didn't bang their keys together on third down; they barely paid attention to the game. What they did do is socialize with each other and smoke like human chimneys. I don't think you have to worry about the smoking part in these new, more enlightened times, but do yourself a favor, get near people who are there to watch the game. This is at the core of the Brandon debacle.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||The Lesser Knowledge Says||
All hail the Knowledge, which was previously known as Frank Zappa's "The Central Scrutinizer."
#1 Ohio State defeats #4 Clemson
#3 UCLA defeats #2 Alabama
UCLA defeats Ohio State
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Depression||
The Michigan difference.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Like I already said||
8-4 in the regular season. I figure they lose one nonconference game, one out of the two games vs. Minnesota and Penn State, one for sure of MSU and OSU, and if they pull an upset against MSU or OSU, they will suffer a DOH! upset at the hands of some other B1G team (just like they did every season that I have been alive, except for 1997). Don't ask me to get specific; I think randomness means they will win a game they shouldn't and lose a game they shouldn't to get to the same place as where they would have been if football made any sense at all.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||"This is the story of how Michigan fixed itself."||
Now THAT is a world class teaser. Do want; must buy book!
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Loved the write-up...||
8-4 (in the regular season), and we should be happy and grateful if we get it.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||I agree, and that's my point||
Yes, I completely agree with your coin tossing example. It's 50/50 every time. That is what I meant by independent. However, that is my point precisely. We have such a bad case of PTSD with Staee and TSDS that we think the ball will usually bounce their way. For a game like football with multiple indepent events, luck is a bell curve. Equal luck is the center of bell curve. To the left and the right are equal amounts of bad luck and good luck, respectively. We've ended up on the left side so many times we've forgotten there is just as much room on the right, and any given game could end up anywhere. Therefore, if you play more than one game, the chance of one (or more) games ending on the right side goes up exponentially with the number of games played. We are in violent agreement.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Big Ben Needs to Stay Healthy.||
Cause Landry Jones is not ready. And I sure hope Jesse James practiced better than he played tonight, because. . . DANG!
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Yup||
The only time the refs called PI correctly was that one game the Irish got the winning drive with something like 3 PIs on State.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||And what a pleasure it is||
To see someone FINALLY call all that grabby B.S. he's been doing the past few years.
|11 weeks 1 hour ago||Interesting and Lovingly Crafted||
I upvoted you for the effort you spent creating interesting content during a slow time for college football news. Thank you, there is much in here worth discussing.
As a proposal for a playoff system, it is lacking in some areas and extremely unlikely to be adopted:
- Inviting 10 teams to a 4 round playoff? You give me that many slots and that many rounds, and I can satisfy a lot of agendas and interests. However, most people think a playoff system that big is not feasible, and have curtailed their proposals.
- Despite having that many slots, this playoff system still only invites one team each from the “Power Conferences.” They are likely to have teams that don’t win their conferences, but are clearly superior to other Champions. A Champion like Boise State would be a deserving participant in many years, but I don’t think the Champion of the Mountain West will be deserving in every year. The runner up of the B1G, SEC or PAC10 may have some heartburn with that. With 4 rounds, why not go to 16 teams and add some wildcards?
- Even for the top seeded teams, you are asking its fan base to show up for an unscheduled home game, in the middle of the holidays, and then travel twice to two different Bowl locations if they play in the National Championships. The lowest seeded teams may have to bring their fans to 4 consecutive playoff sites during the most expensive traveling season of the year. I don’t see turnout for the playoff games being as bullish as you think it will be.
- Blowing up current conference memberships like you are doing is extraordinarily unlikely. I doubt Nebraska would be OK with going back to the Heartland, or Notre Dame being assigned to the B1G. Similarly, your assumptions about who is independent are uninformed. BYU is an independent and Notre Dame is semi-independent. In contrast, Navy is a member of the American Athletic Conference (along with several other teams you place in the American Conference). Also, why are Army and Navy being treated differently from Air Force?
- I also doubt the Conferences would be OK with scrambling their current memberships, and everyone is going to have a problem with tearing up existing broadcast and other media contracts and payouts for various schools.
Thanks for giving us a bone for chewing during a slow time.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||Dear Mr. Battle,||
Best of luck in your athletic and academic careers. Thank you for considering the Universtity of Michigan.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||Dear Mr. Battle,||
Best of luck in your ahtletic and academic careers. Thank you for considering the Universtity of Michigan.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||Planes, Trains and Automobiles||
"We'd have better luck trying to play pick-up-sticks with our butt cheeks."
|15 weeks 4 days ago||Will & Grace||
"Do I have to explain, again, why you can't have a skylight in an 8th floor apartment in a 14 story building?!"
|15 weeks 4 days ago||From the Live of Brian||
"Centuwion, thwow him to the gwound, vewy woughly!" This line is best used as a come back to someone else's joke. Both parties will find it satisfying amusing. It becomes sublime as a come back when you're the boss, and one of your employees has a quip mildly poking fun at you.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||Welcome Devery!||
In a few seasons, Michigan might actually have an OL that will be able to maul people they way we like to see it. Hello 1990s! Nice to see you again.