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- Hiring Berenson's successor as hockey coach (really important to get this right and move the hockey program back in the right direction; love Red and appreciate all he's done, but these last few years of UM hockey have the whiff of late-era Carr football)
- Hiring Beilein's successor. JB's contract runs through the end of the '18-'19 season, when he'll be 66; maybe he'll want to keep coaching, but it's prudent to assume he'll hang 'em up at that point. Need to get this one right so we don't throw away everything Beilein has done to rebuild Michigan basketball as a perennial Big Ten contender.
- Theoretically (and I hate to even think of it, but one must look forward), identifying and hiring Harbaugh's successor if he decides at the end of his contract to return to the NFL or retire. Not saying it's likely, just that it's something the next AD will potentially have to handle.
|5 days 6 hours ago||This Sparty/Bucky gif reminds me...||
... how glad I am that Michigan doesn't have a stupid mascot with some dude running around in a ridiculous costume.
Happy Friday and Go Blue!
|1 week 2 days ago||Angry Michigan Nose Tackle Hating God?||
Sorry if someone on the blog's already mentioned this possibility, but perhaps it's time to recognize that the notorious Angry Iowa Running Back Hating God (AIRBHG) has a brother deity, the Angry Michigan Nose Tackle Hating God. Consider:
* Ondre Pipkins, who looked like a sure-fire 5-star NT coming out of high school, has his already disappointing Michigan career ended by an accumulation of injuries (ACL, concussion(s?), etc.)
* Bryan Mone goes down late in fall practice with what was a pretty freak injury as described by Harbaugh (broke his leg blocking on a return of a blocked FG)
* Ryan Glasgow's now out for the year because he just barely managed to get a hand on that Rutgers guy. Damn.
Maurice Hurst, please be careful...
|4 weeks 8 hours ago||Yep, really leaves a void in the Big Ten||
First, I'll echo all the well-wishes for Coach Kill in this thread. Always seemed like a good guy and a good coach. It's terrible he won't get to continue doing what he does best, but health and family always come first -- and as someone mentioned above, maybe we'll see him on the BigTen Network. And this does make me worry a lot more about Saturday's game -- you know we'll get the Gophers' best shot.
The poster above is right -- this is also a real loss for the Big Ten. That's a tough program for a coach to be able to win at consistently, and Kill was getting the job done. The conference needs more good coaches like him, especially in the West division, to maintain the standing of the conference in comparison with others.
|5 weeks 5 hours ago||ESPN isn't going to "die"||
Perhaps you're just engaging in a little hyperbole here, UMAmaizinBlue, but in case you're not: ESPN isn't going to "die." Sure, the inevitable decline of their subscriber base due to cord-cutting (and perhaps un-bundled cable in the future) will force them to streamline and get back to basics -- live sports coverage and news -- sans all the talking-head stupidity. Today's headline means that process is well underway. But their live sports programming alone will be enough to keep them viable.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||This is absurd||
It's a huge rivalry game, and (unfortunately for us) one of if not the most memorable games in the history of the rivalry, with an ending that will be talked about by even the most casual of college football fans for decades. You don't stop talking about it on Monday afternoon just because it would feel better to "move on."
I'm all for the mods deleting threads that simply whine about things that didn't really matter, like the thread just before this, about MSU supposedly being lined up in the neutral zone before the fatal last snap. (Doesn't look like it to me from the pic, IMO.) Let's be honest, that didn't really affect the result of the play, so it's pointless to discuss it. But people should be allowed to start threads that discuss non-whining, interesting aspects of the game in a reasonable way. Good grief.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Have to add the Romo fumbled FG snap to this list||
First, thanks for posting this ... I think. At least we have company, right? (The Furman one sounds particularly brutal.)
Second, as a Cowboy fan it pains me to say this, but there's another Cowboy end-of-game debacle that should go on this list: Tony Romo's botched hold on a 19-yard field goal (shorter than an extra point) that cost them an almost certain win over Seattle with about a minute left in the wild card game in 2007. It was a far more costly gaff than Leon Lett's muff in 1993 (as someone notes above, the '93 Cowboys didn't lost a game after that, and went on to win the Super Bowl) -- Romo's fumble ended their season, and also Bill Parcells's coaching career; he didn't come back for the final year on his contract after that.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Also noticed that too - losing Ojemudia will sting||
Found myself watching him a lot in these highlights (I didn't get to watch the game live), probably because I knew he'd been hurt and wanted to see what impact his loss will have. I have confidence in Durkin and Co. to adapt and move forward, but losing Mario is a big blow. He showed well in these highlights -- he's very active with his hands and times his pass rush well (he's not a disruptive pass rusher in his own right, but he usually makes the most of the opportunities made possible by the pressure from other D-linemen). He's fundamentally sound and has proven to be pretty responsible in defending the zone read. He's not the engine that drives this defense -- that's the interior DL (Glasgow, Hurst, Wormley, Godin, Henry) and the secondary -- but he was SOLID, and it's very uncertain whether RJS or Marshall can bring that sort of consistency from down-to-down.
Plus, I feel for the kid, going down after just 4 games in what was shaping up to be a very good senior season for him on an outstanding defense. Not the way he envisioned his last time in a Michigan uniform, I'm sure. Best of luck to him.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||I tend to think Freddie above is right||
Need stability, with someone who can commit to being here a decade at least, and I doubt Hackett wants to be that guy. Don't forget, the man had only just started a well-deserved retirement before Schlissel called him in to clean up the Brandon mess. I would imagine his wife and family aren't interested in him staying in another all-consuming job for another 5 or 10 years.
Hackett's done an awesome job, and knocked it out of the park on two HUGE tasks that alone will ensure his legacy in the annals of Michigan sports (landing Harbaugh and the new Nike contract). The best way to cap his achievement is for him to identify and hire a great successor -- one who will run the AD w/a Hackett-style vision rather than a Brandon-style one. And that successor will have some pretty damn big decisions to make in his own right, including:
|7 weeks 5 days ago||This is what Michigan football feels like right now...||
We've crawled through the tunnel of shit and finally escaped from Warden Brandon (er, Norton) after suffering years of mediocrity and despair. Rain never felt so good.
Looking forward to watching a superlative performance from our team on a soggy Saturday. Go Blue!
|8 weeks 5 days ago||It's never too late to bang||
May the Banging Continue Throughout the Day... and May the Force Be With You.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||This is awesome - thanks for posting||
Besides players/coaches, the other group of people that must get to experience the tunnel with a real rush on gamedays is the Michigan Marching Band. Any MMBers out there want to share their tunnel stories?
|11 weeks 5 days ago||How much will Harbaugh change his offense to fit these guys?||
This is one of the many questions I have coming out of last night's game. He wants to run power etc. w/ heavy sets, but our guys just don't seem capable of it right now. And doing so means giving lots of offensive snaps to guys like A.J. Williams and Poggi, neither of whom showed anything as blockers last night, and are non-entities in the passing game. (Please, more Hill and Bunting and Kerridge, less Williams and Poggi -- at least the former trio have shown they can catch passes.) I'll have to watch the replay, but my impression was we had more success running when we stretched the defense horizontally w/3 wides, the quick screens to Darboh, etc.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Re: Five-star busts - Green, Morris, and add Kalis, IMO||
(And in fairness, let's stipulate Morris was dropped to four stars by the recruiting services after he missed most of his senior year w/mono).
We have to consider adding Kalis to this list. Sure, he starts and plays a lot, unlike the other two. But good grief, his whiff on the power-pull on that 4th and 1 (he left TWO guys unblocked, free to the ball-carrier!) was atrocious. This guy was touted as the next Steve Hutchinson coming out of high school; four years into the program, and he's still making mental errors like that. Just find the first red jersey in the hole and knock him on his butt!
I really thought that a spring and fall camp's worth of good OL coaching from Drevno would've solved some of these issues, but I guess I overestimated the aura of mediocrity that clings to these guys after the Hoke/Borges/Funk era. Can they clean up the mental mistakes once they get more comfortable w/the system, or is they just who they are, and it'll take new guys to make significant improvement?
Count me as someone hoping Dawson will seriously push either Braden or Kalis for playing time at guard by year's end.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Pleasantly surprised||
I was skeptical about the all-white road unis, even if they are throwbacks, but they looked pretty good to me last night. Still prefer the maize pants, but this look worked for me and I don't mind it being part of the rotation.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Damn right, Go Blue!||
Thank you Brian & Co. for this annual ritual of ruining my work productivity for a week with another fantastic preview of Michigan football.
I honestly can't remember the last time I was this jacked up for a Michigan football season to begin. You always begin it with hope, but for the first time in a long time, thanks to one James Joseph Harbaugh -- that hope is based on something real, something we can count on: a track record of success. Win or lose tonight, I expect to see a Michigan team that is well prepared, that plays smart and hard, and that improves as the season progresses. It's gonna be fun.
|12 weeks 4 hours ago||Had the same thought watching it - get the ball in his hands!||
Some guys are just special with the football in their hands, and Peppers is one of them. I've heard everything about him already, but man, watching that video ... Good Lord.
If he can meet his big responsibilities on D and in the return game and still handle a bit more on his plate (and given what we've heard from the coaches themselves about the kid's work ethic, that doesn't seem like a stretch), I don't see how you can't at least try to get him at least 5-10 snaps a game on an offense that is lacking in explosiveness. Even his presence as a decoy can open things up for other guys.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Love what I've heard from Coach Baxter so far||
Really glad we have this man on our staff. His track record speaks for itself, but I've also been impressed every time he's spoken to the media. Seems like a smart guy who knows how to get the best out of his players. I also love that Coach Harbaugh decided special teams were important enough to deserve a full-time dedicated coaching spot on his staff (rather than making some position coach split duties w/ST as well) -- I think it'll pay huge dividends to the team this year.
Hearing all the coaches talk so highly about Utah, I'm also very pleased they happened to be on the schedule as the first game of the Harbaugh Era. As Baxter notes, adversity introduces a man (or a team) to himself/themselves, and having a nationally televised night game on the road against a quality opponent will help this team learn more about itself and improve a LOT more quickly than if we were opening at home against some tomato can. Win lose or draw, I'm excited to see how our guys compete on Thursday night.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Hope she responds w/Enthusiasm Unknown to Mankind!||
Best wishes, enjoy the moment.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Shakespear in a POSBANG. Awesome.||
Thanks Mad Hatter.
Hate to introduce a down-note in the POSBANG proceedings, but did you see that one of our favorite POSBANG presences, the lovely Alison Brie, is now off the market?
But Alison's ready for the start of HARBAUGH:
|14 weeks 5 days ago||Your avatar is awesome, btw||
I have a journalist friend who writes about food and drink -- he recently toured all the big bourbon makers' distilleries, and got to wax-dip his own bottle of Maker's. I know, cool story, bro.
Cheers, and Happy Friday to all!
|14 weeks 5 days ago||Yikes, that is ugly||
Unless Devin Gardner latches on somewhere else, Jake Ryan might be the only guy on that list w/a shot at sticking long-term in the NFL. (Did Hagerup ever latch on w/a team in training camp via free agency?) Furman was drafted late by the Broncos -- he might have a shot to make the roster if he can show his worth on special teams. Marvin Robinson got a look w/the Cowboys in training camp last year, but I'm not sure what happened to him.
Even if you drop the standard from "Got a cup of coffee in the NFL" to "Was a solid starter or contributor at UM", that class looks bad in hindsight: Gardner, poor guy (what might've been?); Ryan; Jibreel Black, Courtney Avery, and Drew Dileo were also decent contributors at various points; Hagerup was good when he had his head on straight ... Stephen Hopkins, maybe. And that's pretty much it. Seven guys, if you're generous, out of 27.
Thank God we're putting that era of UM football behind us. HARBAUGH!
|15 weeks 6 days ago||Bingo - the CEO head coach model is dead||
Besides Hoke, the best example of this is the rapid decline of Texas Longhorn football in the latter years of Mack Brown's tenure. The UT blog on SBNation had a pretty good post about the problem of the "CEO coach" a few years back:
"Coach Wonk is winning. And the Coach Administrator is reeling. [...] The most highly ranked and/or most resurgent programs in college football are being led by head coaches who serve as their own coordinator, or are as good or better at the job than the junior men they've tasked. Whatever their outward shell, these coaches are, at their core, football nerds. Many are among the best teachers in the game and most of them have invented actual stuff - new plays, philosophies, novel ways of thinking, now copied at every level of football."
Obviously, you won't succeed as the HC of a major program like Michigan without certain CEO-type skills -- an eye for talent and ability to delegate wisely, a knack for motivating people to do their best work, alpha-male charisma and confidence, a big-picture view, ability to handle the PR part of the job, etc. But it's become clear that you now also need to be an Xs and Os master on at least one side of the ball (Hoke wasn't), and be able to identify and retain talented assistants to take care of the side where you lack expertise (Rich Rod's problem at UM). The lack of any coordinator experience on Hoke's resume was the biggest red flag when he was hired, and if Brandon had any sense he would've seen it and realized Brady wasn't prepared for the job. You can fault Hoke for putting himself in that situation. But as someone else mentioned in this thread, it takes a lot more humility than most of us possess to turn down one's dream job because you realize the job's too big for you.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||Magnuson at RT b/c of Morris possibly at QB?||
Probably lots of factors at play here to explain why the coaches seem to prefer Magnuson at RT and Braden at LG now, but I wonder if the 50/50 possibility of a left-handed starting QB (Morris) has something to do with it. Braden's your prototypical road-grader right tackle, but we've seen his limits in pass protection, and he's probably not the guy you want protecting your QB's blind-side (if Morris wins the job). Magnuson seems to have better feet and be better at pass-blocking in space, so maybe the fit is better for him at RT, and that allows Drevno to use Braden's size on the interior. Just a thought...
Anyway, I'm cautiously optimistic about the prospect of seeing a Michigan OL this fall that's not epically bad or merely average, but actually pretty good!
|16 weeks 2 days ago||Chiming in late on this thread||
The answer to the OP's question depends a lot on how old the child in question is... anyway, some great suggestions above. I've got a 9-year-old and an 8-year-old who are both voracious readers (and an 18-month-old who's just now getting into books); here are some books we've enjoyed in our family (our taste tends to run toward older books):
* The Frog & Toad series by Arnold Lobel, mentioned above by a couple folks, are terrific short little stories for kids who are just beginning to read, and have a wry sense of humor that even adults can enjoy.
*Margaret Wise Brown's another wonderful author for very young children -- The Big Red Barn, Goodnight Moon, and so many more.
* Richard Scarry. Need I say more?
* All the old Little Golden Books -- still great.
* Everyone here with kids has probably overdosed on Thomas the Tank Engine, but I'll still put in a good word for the original stories by the Rev. W. Awdry. Can't vouch for any new stories that've been written after the films were made and the whole Thomas marketing machine grew up.
* I'm shocked no one above has mentioned E.B. White. C'mon, people! Charlotte's Web, Stuart Little -- two of the best children's books ever!
* Tomie DePaola's books are wonderfully illustrated and enjoyable reads. If you're Christian/Catholic, you'll enjoy his substantial output of books featuring religious/holiday stories.
* My kids are mystery buffs so they've loved the old Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew books -- nothing profound there but still fun to read.
*Someone above mentioned Robert McCloskey, another great one -- particularly wonderful illustrations. Make Way for Ducklings, Time of Wonder, Centerburg Tales (Homer Price)
* Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig -- very funny illustrations and a touching story.
* Some stuff to show your kids how life was for kids before smartphones and TV and air conditioning -- Ralph Moody for boys, Laura Ingalls Wilder for girls.
So many more good ones, including many already mentioned by others above. Thanks to the OP for posting this question and bringing back many fond memories...
|16 weeks 5 days ago||Bang insanity||
Every Friday I sit at my desk at 8:45am east-coast time to start the workday, pull up MGoBlog, and always find at least 130+ posts already in the Friday POSBANG thread. You guys are insane.
I'm still a little amazed every time I remember that a little over a month from now, a Michigan Wolverine football team will take the field with JIM FRIGGIN' HARBAUGH as its head coach. HARBAUGH!
Happy Friday, and GO BLUE.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||Thanks Mad Hatter||
A welcome relief from the humping-puking dog and dude getting blown up higher up in this thread...
|21 weeks 6 days ago||This is my experience as well - go w/the DE safety razor!||
I'll second all of TheThief's points above. For years I used Mach 3, and then store-brand disposable Mach 3 knock-offs just to save some $. The shaves were OK to pretty good, but I always had more irritation and cuts than I wanted. I'd thought about switching to the old-fashioned double-edge safety razor for a while, and finally made the jump a few months ago and really enjoy it now. Lots of men have made the switch in recent years, so there are tons of resources (books, web forums, YouTube videos, online shaving supply companies) out there to guide a newbie.
There certainly are cons. The upfront cost is not insignificant, though you can soften the blow by stretching it over two months -- first month, get all your prep stuff: a good badger brush and quality shaving cream or soap (and pre/post-shave lotions if you're into that sort of thing). Start with that and focus on making a good lather, while continuing to use your current cartridge blade. Even if you eventually decide to stick with your overpriced cartridge, using a good lather rather than a can of chemical goop will make a dramatic difference in the quality of your shave.
Second month, get your razor (the Edwin Jagger DE89 and the Merkur HD are the consenus favorites for beginners; I chose the Edwin Jagger and like it a lot), and a variety pack of sampler blades (blade brands work dramatically differently for peoples' unique faces; experiment to find the best blade for you). As with any male pursuit, you can turn DE shaving into an obsessive hobby that involves buying lots of different (and expensive) gear, and some dudes really enjoy exploring all the options and products -- but you don't have to geek out too much. Just get a decent brush, razor, cream/soap, and blades, and get going.
As mentioned by others, there is a learning curve, and it's not always pleasant. It takes a lot longer to shave at the beginning; you have to learn your face and how to keep consistent blade angle and pressure in a way you never did with a cartridge. You'll probably have a day -- I did -- a few weeks in when you cut yourself a bunch and got a not-very-close shave, and wonder, "Why the heck did I even try this?" You must push on -- you *will* improve. Your technique will get better and more efficient, you'll find the blade brand that works best for your face, and you'll love it.
And the pros of DE shaving are real. Once you've gotten the hang of it, you'll get closer, more comfortable shaves and the whole shaving experience transforms from a chore to a ritual you'll anticipate. Yes, there's more upfront cost, but a good DE razor like those mentioned above will last a lifetime if cared for properly, and can even be something you pass along to your son. And DE blades are dirt cheap -- over time your cost-per-shave will be way, WAY lower than whatever you're paying now for Mach 3, Fusion, etc.
Sometimes, the older way of doing things *is* better, no matter what corporate marketing departments looking to boost their companies' profit margins tell you.
|23 weeks 5 days ago||As another on the five-year plan, this makes me laugh||
My last round through this was such a pain in the ass; ChiComs, please help me the next time.
(Actually, screw you, ChiComs.)
|24 weeks 5 hours ago||Yes, Phyllis from Mulga!||
The only reason I know about Paul Finebaum is from seeing the fantastic Bama-homer rants of regular caller Phyllis from Mulga featured on ESPN. If any MGoBlog readers haven't heard Phyllis in action, I highly recommend you find the clips on YouTube -- you'll laugh so hard you'll have tears in your eyes. (Sometimes I wonder if Phyllis is on the show's payroll.)
Here's her epic rant againt Colin Cowherd ("Cow-turd"), a particular target of Phyllis's righteous wrath:
"The Dynasty is not over! Do you hear me, Cow-turd? Bama's dynasty has just begun! KISS MY BUTT! Roll Tide!!!"
And here she is going nuts after Bama lost to osu in the national semifinal in January:
|26 weeks 5 days ago||Pinup Posbang for Memorial Day Weekend||
In honor of those who gave their lives in service to our nation, how about some Rita Hayworth and Betty Grable, two of the great pinups of WW2?
Have a great weekend everyone.