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|2 days 4 hours ago||This team is a ton of fun||
This team is a ton of fun right now. Back-end problems make things a bit more nervous than I (or anyone else) would like, but how refreshing to own offense after a prolonged offensive lull in the post-Porter years.
The contrast in offensive danger between this team and the defense-first two-line team that came oh-so-close in St. Paul is startling. But, hopefully, these guys continue to grow into a full team the way those did. Get in the tournament and they have a real shot.
|1 week 4 hours ago||Former ref Jerry Austin was||
Former ref Jerry Austin was on the radio this morning saying that it was his understanding that all the balls were checked at halftime due to the question from the Colts. He presumes the pressure would have been corrected then, as well.
|1 week 5 hours ago||To be honest, that actually||
To be honest, that actually sounds like exactly the sort of thing that Belichick would do--just part of finding every angle, every corner of the rules to exploit, every advantage to win. Seems right up his alley.
|1 week 5 hours ago||Just to be clear, since||
Just to be clear, since several have brought up the Colts footballs: I'm not suggesting that this is incidental. I'm wondering if the Pats deliberately used hot temperatures to gain the desired effect without doctoring post-inspection, thus technically not breaking the rules. It would fit Belicheck's profile.
|1 week 6 hours ago||I've been wondering this,||
I've been wondering this, though: suppose the Pats deliberately inflated the balls with hotter air in a hot room. The balls are checked right after they're received, 2.5 hours before kickoff. They check out at the time... but could they be holding enough heat to lose 2-3 lbs after 3 hours?
|1 week 6 days ago||Totally disagree. I||
Totally disagree. I understand why you say this--it is quite possible that nobody SHOULD take Mariotta in the top 20. But history shows that football teams desperate for a quarterback will take the best available guy in the first round. This is how Blaine Gabbert, Jake Locker, and Christian Ponder all went in the top 15 in one season.
|1 week 6 days ago||I think it will be good.||
I think it will be good. Winston's problems are problems of judgement and choice, not intelligence. Intelligent people choose to do bad things all the time. He'll be so carefully managed in his pre-draft work that the teams will be blown away by him.
|1 week 6 days ago||Maybe. Or maybe he has||
Maybe. Or maybe he has another year that is statistically underwhelming, stranded by quarterbacks that can't get him the ball, and the bloom falls off of the Rose.
|1 week 6 days ago||He's not loved right now.||
He's not loved right now. They want him gone. Imagine how we would feel if DB were still in charge saying "Brady Hoke is our coach, he is going to get it done." That's Iowa right now.
|2 weeks 2 hours ago||It's a great place with lots||
It's a great place with lots of outdoor stuff to do. Really sparkles in July and August, and if you like winter sports it's fantastic.
And you're quite right. I took some guys from my youth group to a UMD basketball game (division 2) last weekend because it was close and cheap. It was... not crowded. But we sat right behind the bench and heard everything the coach said in timeouts. It's a tradeoff, but it's nice.
The distance is a big reason why UMD's hockey team does well here; while they don't sell out every game, there is a solid fanbase that always attends and the arena is terrific.
|2 weeks 2 hours ago||Saginaw's OHL team, as I||
Saginaw's OHL team, as I understand it, does quite well. There's a market in that area for this type of team that is a lot harder to carve out in a Detroit Suburb with plentiful college and NHL hockey close by. OHL teams tend to work in small-to-midlevel communities where the combination of good on-ice action and the absence of better, higher-level options close by makes it an attractive ticket.
OHL teams have done terribly in close proximity to Toronto for years; no reason to believe it's any better here. But some teams flourish in spaces where they find a niche. I don't think the Whalers ever had a niche.
|2 weeks 3 hours ago||No reason Yost can't host||
No reason Yost can't host women's hockey. The issue is taking the effort to build a program, which can be quite an undertaking. Now, there is a good coach on the market--UMD's women's coach, Shannon Miller, has won multiple national titles up here and will not have her contract renewed. She might be a candidate to start a program, though the resulting acrimony and the lingering possibility that she may sue probably make that situation too sticky for Michigan to bother with.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||What's the point of Mgoblog?||
What's the point of Mgoblog? This is sports fandom. By definition it is a spurious exercise, an endeavor to assign meaning to a game kids play on a fake grass field with colorful paint.
So the parallels have no meaning to you. No problem, it was 46 years ago, ignore it, don't post. It's silly.
But OSU is the champion. They are young. They will almost certainly be heavy favorites. There are few games on their schedule they have a chance to lose before visiting. Michigan does have a first year coach.
They may well not mean anything, but they do exist.
And, as for why now? Because everybody is anointing OSU as the next dynasty, even (especially?) on here. Maybe.
But maybe not.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I dunno man, I like football.||
I dunno man, I like football. A lot. I happen to think the sport is better when the M-OSU rivalry is huge. I think it will be huge this year. After a depressing stretch where it has been basically irrelevant, I'm excited about it. Maybe we win, maybe we don't, but we matter and they matter and The Game matters.
I was raised on bedtime tales of the Ten Year War. I have vivid childhood memories of big tilts in the 80s. Attending the '97 game remains my all-time favorite sports moment. I endured taunts and threats and had great times at three games in Columbus in the early 00s.
I love it. I think it matters again. I can be upset that OSU is winning something like the Eeyores on here, but I can't lie and pretend that I'm not actually excited to see Michigan take this team on next fall.
Read my history if you feel like it; I don't go for impressiveness or intimidation. I rarely make posts shorter than a paragraph. But I feel strongly about college football, and I'm way higher on the sport and the team I follow than I was last month or last season.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Man, you really are grumpy||
Man, you really are grumpy about this. Yes, I am quite aware that Michigan was well-ranked in '68. Of course, this year's Michigan team played OSU much closer than that year's, but who's counting?
Yeah, I agree that we can't always hearken back to '69 or '97 every season. But there is, I believe, talent on Michigan. We know we have a coach who can match up to his counterpart better than at any time since Jim Tressel was hired. And the parallels are uniquely close in many respects.
There's a lot of sky-is-falling talk on the board tonight. Not everything here is the end of the world.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I've guaranteed nothing.||
I've guaranteed nothing. Noting the parallels (and producing the actual statistics) does not guarantee results. I do expect the game to be epic.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I don't drink, but I do have||
I don't drink, but I do have to rise early. Thanks for asking.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Perhaps, but in my defense I||
Perhaps, but in my defense I only posted it once.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Michigan's, or Ohio State's?||
Michigan's, or Ohio State's? That OSU team was an all-time great. 68 and 70 were incredible teams. Don't fall prey to recency bias.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Dude, OSU will be riding a||
Dude, OSU will be riding a 20-plus game win streak as defending champs, with talk of dynasty, next November. We'll have a small handful of dispiriting losses and a new coach. And our guys (who are watching this now, hungry) are going to line up and run it right down their throats.
It is going to be epic. Start the clock now, Michigan-OSU 2015 will be the biggest it has been since '06, a matchup worthy of the rivalry.
I can't wait.
Of course, if they choke this one away, oh well.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Interesting premise. Could||
Interesting premise. Could have some humor here too--it has potential to be enjoyably light-hearted. Also could add a "what he said, what he meant" element. Like: Brady Hoke. What he said: "We didn't execute." If he could say it: "We totally stink," or, "I have no idea what to do."
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Good work, me||
Double post. I'm twice as happy.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Nice to have you posting||
Nice to have you posting again, CF. I follow you elsewhere.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||You see the phrase "great||
You see the phrase "great article" posted a lot, and I've become skeptical of it. But this is a legit great article--the insight provided is fabulous. The headline reads like a throwaway opinion piece, but the content overdelivers on the premise.
Nick Baumgardner really does a good job. I have to believe he'll be poached before too long--he is producing great stuff for mlive. Best Ann Arbor M football beat writing since Jim Cnockaert, IMO, except hopefully he won't follow the same path to disaster.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Good thing the B1G doesn't||
Good thing the B1G doesn't have any speed or Wisconsin would've scored even faster.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Rap is not a bad guy. He's a||
Rap is not a bad guy. He's a reporter who reports in a consistent fashion that works in an all-NFL context. This classy tweet is recognition of the fact that his reporting concentrated on sources that did not have the insight or ability to comment that the Michigan-side reports did.
Yes, the top NFL reporters are behind on this. So what? This is a coaching move that is virtually without precedent, and their reports did not prevent it from happening. Schefty and Rap are crediting, on a national stage, guys that don't have a fraction of their following in recognition of the fact that the little guys have this one right.
And, let's be clear--there was a kernel of truth to Rap's "convinced he wants to be an NFL coach" report: at the time, JH wanted to focus on the rest of the season at his NFL job. That's why we've waited so long. So Rap probably misinterpreted some real info and reported it. No big deal.
|5 weeks 26 min ago||Since John is part of that||
Since John is part of that family, doesn't any blanket statement that "family" is involved potentially include him? For all we know, he's just clarifying that he has no role in his brother's career decision. Or he's in "say nothing mode." Or anything. I don't read anything into this.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Yeah, that's tough. Money||
Yeah, that's tough. Money doesn't make up for everything.
Let's be fair--it's good that Nuss gets a soft landing. He jumped onto a sinking ship, and even with all of the struggles produced real growth on the OL for the first time in a couple of years. It is impossible to tell how much incompetence comes from him and how much comes from his superiors. We know a lot of it came from the top.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||BTW, this is a good spot to||
BTW, this is a good spot to point out that I disagreed with your call that B-ball's unis would not be changed this year. I felt my reasoning was sound, but you were right. So good call.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Yep. The white M is a giant||
Yep. The white M is a giant unforced error on an otherwise great look. The maize M on the blue panel was a real winner on the original unis.