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- Late in the season.
- When there are other compelling Big10 games.
- When Michigan is doing very poorly, and no one wants to watch them.
- For tradition, or doing something new?
- For DB, or against?
- For more profit, or believe there is enough money pouring in already?
- Hatch's faith in God is very important to him. He could have said, "curse God and die" but he didn't. He could have been angry with God at the loss of his family, but he wasn't. Having said that, Hatch finds the perfect balance in expressing his faith. On the one hand, he doesn't hide his faith in God, but is open in acknowledging it when asked about it by Shriver. On the other hand, Hatch is not aggressive, obnoxious, or in your face with his faith (as some have accused Tebow of doing.)
- The second thing is that I wish the piece had been able to talk about the bond between Beilein and Hatch. The story of Beilein taking the time to be at Hatch's bedside after the accident is incredible. You can tell that he is partly a surrogate father. For Beilein to do this, it is obvious that he also is a man with faith in God. Beilein is not the only one: assistant coach Jeff Meyer is a strong Christian, as was former player Morgan, as was former MVP Trey Burke, as are some on the current team. Like Hatch, none of them, not Beilein, nor Meyer, nor Morgan, nor Burke, are aggressive and obnoxious about their faith in God. But neither do they deny that God is in their lives, and is a guiding principle. There are many athletes and coaches on Michigan's teams who come from this perspective. There is a somewhat hidden spiritual foundation that is significant in the kind of players being recruited, and the kind of atmosphere the coaches have developed. As is appropriate, their faith life is not typically a matter for public discussion, which I believe is wise. I would simply say that this dynamic is a bit out of step with the wider culture at U of M, and yet, it is a healthy dynamic that bodes well for the future.
|11 hours 30 min ago||Thank you so much||
This is a lot of great information, and is much appreciated (by a Dad.) My daughter is pretty far from school now. She made it to E-4 in 15mo, but her total training time (Basic Training, Apprentice Technical Training, A School, & C School) total almost 22 months straight. That's about the same as 6 semesters of school. So, if you spent 6 mo in Pensacola, I'm not sure that's the same program. She had more than half a year with A School at Great Lakes, and is in more than 9 mo of C School in Dahlgren, VA.
I'm just extremely thankful that the Navy has given her great training and schooling, and has opened many doors to her. She opted in to the post 9-11 GI Bill, and was able to see how beneficial it would be. However, I don't think she is aware of all the details. Because she is not a Michigan resident, U of M probably isn't in the cards: the difference between in-state and out of state tuition at Michigan is about $27,000. I don't even know if the yellow ribbon program will take care of that much of a difference. It also is helpful to understand about the clock ticking once she finishes active duty, and particularly that children can't use it unless she has 10 years of active duty.
Again, thank you for your service, and for this information. It helps put parent's minds a bit more at ease.
|11 hours 59 min ago||I vote for San Diego||
I vote for San Diego. Love southern California. My wife votes for Jacksonville, Florida. Close enough to drive from Chicago in one long day. My daughter votes for Seattle. Has always wanted to go to the Pacific Northwest. But I really think all of them have their own advantages, and are great places to end up, so it doesn't matter that much.
At the end of the day, that's her attitude too. She realizes it doesn't make sense to get your hopes up for something: it always will be about "the needs of the Navy," and so don't worry too much if said needs are different from your own desires.
|14 hours 21 min ago||She actually wants Seattle||
She actually wants Seattle. But like I said, you can't go wrong with any of them. Myself, I would choose Rota in a heartbeat. However, if orders are to Spain, I think she will be elsewhere: she would be responsible to maintain, calibrate, fix, observe, operate an inland Aegis Computer system. I don't know that exact location, and suppose it would be classified anyway.
And thanks for your service to our country with the Marines. While I'm very glad she is in the Navy, I think the physical danger is much greater in both the Army and Marines.
|15 hours 1 min ago||Thanks for your kind words||
Thanks for your kind words. Really, she almost can't go wrong. For her training, she will end up in Norfolk, Jacksonville, Seattle, San Diego, or Honolulu on one of 15 ships. The only place she really wants to avoid is Norfolk: all the other ports would be fine. There's a slim chance she ends up in Romania, Poland, or Spain, but that is pretty unlikely, although it wouldn't be bad either.
|15 hours 5 min ago||That's exactly what she did||
Thanks for the comment, GoWings2008, and that's exactly what she did. I don't know what the precise benefit will be, but the GI Bill should cover more than $150,000 in tuition, room, board, etc. for college. Because of her rate and her current schooling, (related to being a network analysis and electrical engineering,) some of her training will actually translate into college credit. And it is her intent to take university classes while in the Navy, to get a jump on that prior to finishing up with the Navy.
|15 hours 48 min ago||Small side benefit: matches with Michigan!||
So, there's a small side benefit I have as a Navy Dad: any Navy stuff I wear doesn't clash with Michigan gear. I typically have on a Michigan block M baseball cap, and it goes perfectly with a couple of "Navy Dad" shirts:
Seriously, it doesn't really matter that it matches, and I'm very proud of my daughter, who is finishing her training at C School to be an Aegis Computer Network Technician, and will find out soon where her home port will be the next four years. Short of being at Michigan, I couldn't be happier with her choice. (EDIT: I could never afford out of State tuition for her to Michigan, but once she's finished, she should have enough to go to school in Ann Arbor if she so chooses.)
|16 hours 54 min ago||Great Practical Joke||
No one gets hurt, they're really afraid for a couple minutes, then the "gotcha." Some people just hate practical jokes. I guess there's a time and a place, but it seems fine to me. The only over the top part was the shovel and the "conspiracy." A guess that's a Southern, SEC kinda thing.
|17 hours 35 min ago||So what's your first game this year, BiSB?||
So what's your first game this year, BiSB? Will you be in the Big House for Appy State? See the last ND game? Be there for the mauling of Miami?
|1 day 12 hours ago||Agree with Jane about Michigan Hatred||
I'm proud to be a Michigan Alum. I often wear my Michigan hat and t-shirts, etc. But even with all the Michigan alumni in the Chicago area, that day was really crummy. Illinois fans, after all, wear a "Muck Fichigan" t-shirt. They see Michigan as a rival, and hate us. It was a nightmare that couldn't possibly have happened, and yet it did. At that time, I was still a stalker, and hadn't become a user at Mgoblog. The horror, the shame, still stings. Maybe the worst for me was going to Thanksgiving in Cleveland, with all of my wife's family being Ohio State fans. A few of them couldn't help but rub it in.
While the win against Florida was great, I think if I could do it over, I'd take the win over Appalachian State in a straight up trade for a bowl loss to Florida. I don't know. Those kinds of thoughts are stupid and pointless, but I hate the loss to Appalachian State, and really hate the rematch game. Not worth the money to me.
|1 day 12 hours ago||It's hard||
I can understand (as a parent) wanting a son to be reasonably close. And if you have a strong family, that especially makes a lot of sense. Putting the shoe on the other foot, we see some recruits from Michigan and areas within several hours choose to go here rather than heading to a coast or the deep south. That's a good part of the reason it is so difficult to pull recruits out of California, Texas, and Florida.
For Michigan, I really hope Roseboro comes to Ann Arbor. But if not, I could also understand. We'll just have to see.
|1 day 15 hours ago||Completely Agree||
Completely agree. I would definitely take Roseboro over some higher ranked players. Especially with our depth, it is critical to add a couple guys to the DL. I would absolutely love to add KLS or Bilal or both, but right now, Roseboro and Wheatley and even Jalen Bates are all more important to fill the need at UofM. I'm still bummed that both Hand and McDowell chose to take their talents elsewhere. However, you have to move on, which is exactly what Michigan is doing. Getting Roseboro would give a lot more peace of mind. Roseboro, Wheatley, and even Bates would really fill the need on the DL. At that point, I think Michigan would have plenty of depth everywhere, except maybe at safety.
EDIT: Interesting note . . . Jack Bredeson, who accepted a baseball scholarship to Michigan, is also a DE. Wouldn't it be interesting to have a two sport guy. Problem is, he isn't even rated as a DE, so he probably wouldn't help much.
|1 day 16 hours ago||Hear you on Wheatley||
He has to decide for himself. And yet, Michigan wants him, and he would fit well. We'll see.
As regards Roseboro and Ace, I'd assume, given the predictions, that Ace should already have the Hello! post in the can, with just a few minor edits needed to get it up. Where Ace really gets snookered is when there is a commitment that comes out of left field . . . maybe like Weber?
|1 day 18 hours ago||I'd agree with your recollection||
Even though it wasn't a scholarship offer, it was clear to a number of coaches that Graham Glasgow had the potential to develop. Becker saw this. He was really an unknown, because he came to football so late. We were extremely fortunate that a Michigan grad was his coach.
A significant part of recruiting is not just bringing in the 4 & 5 stars. Everyone had a pretty good idea that Peppers was a tremendous talent. When you are bringing in 4 & 5 star players, you are going to be good. Look at what Alabama and Ohio State have been doing. But there is only room for so many 4 & 5 star players, and even some of them are busts. When you can bring in a hugely talented player that is not adequately scouted, and thus not highly rated, you have improved the overall quality of your class.
An example of someone not being highly rated, to some degree, is Canteen. Because of where he played and the lack of film and exposure, not everyone saw how good he was going to be.
Beilein has done a great job in Basketball of identifying players who fit his system, but flew a bit below the radar. Trey Burke, Nik Stauskas, and now Caris LeVert are great examples of this. This is a way that teams can exceed projections and escape from the anaylsis done by the Mathlete (i.e., that you can predicate success based on top offensive and defensive recruiting classes.)
I think that Kovacs, one of my personal favorites, succeeded not because of undeveloped raw talent, but because he maximized what he had, and used his smarts and technique to be in the right place, tackling in the right way. Glasgow is different. He actually has the raw material (strength and size) to succeed at a high level. I actually wouldn't be surprised to see him succeed in the NFL. Kovacs came to open tryouts, and played very well, with limited natural abiltiy. Glasgow, on the other hand, had barely played in High School, and so was an unknown.
|2 days 5 hours ago||Definitely some back story||
The Glasgow brothers played ball at Marmion Academy, a small Catholic high school in Aurora, Illinois. Their coach was Kurt Becker, former offensive guard (9 years) for the Chicago Bears, and prior to that, offensive guard for Michigan. Graham was a basketball player, but tried out football as a High School Junior. With one year of experience as a junior, Tressel saw Glasgow, and was prepared to make him a preferred walk on. Minnesota coach Jerry Kill saw the same thing, and arranged an official visit. Becker wasn't about to let this happen without alerting Michigan. The rest is history. Shortly after Ryan Glasgow came to Michigan, Becker left to take a coaching position elsewhere.
The Glasgow parents are team doctors for the football team at Northern Illinois. As such, finances were not as big of an issue as they would be for most students.
The basic situation is that both Glasgow brothers were diamonds in the rough, with very little experience, very raw, but with huge potential. Occasionally, someone like that will unsurface, and if you are lucky and in the right place with the right connections, guys like that can end up on your team.
|2 days 11 hours ago||Hate the stupid shirt||
I hate the shirt. I hate the crabbing about Hoke. I hate the "hot seat" media generated nonsense. I hate the stupid Ohio State fat jokes about Hoke.
Happily, I don't think Hoke gives a rip. He's not gonna wear a stupid headset. He's not going to wear a coat or a sweater unless he's really cold. He's gonna wear shorts when he wants to. He's gonna eat when he wants to, and where he wants to, and what he wants to. (Well, that last within reason. I suspect he eats a bit less than he wants to. I am similarly weight challenged, and have to tell myself to eat less.)
I love Hoke, and want to stick it to every doggone fan and rival and media type who continually dog him.
|2 days 20 hours ago||Fine press conference||
You know, I really loved Borges' press conferences and the interaction with Heiko. But at the end of the day, I'm very happy with Nuss and with coach speak. I actually think that the OL would have been a disaster last year no matter who was the OC and the line coach. But I think they will improve to at least mediocre this year. The big thing with Nussmeier is his understanding of the QB position, and working with DG to help him succeed.
Speaking of Nuss and QB's, I think this will also pay dividends with Morris. By Morris having another year largely on the sidelines, nailing down the playbook, learning more about being a QB from Nuss, he will be much more ready to take the wheel in 2015. I think Michigan will have a minimum of 9 wins this year, and personally, I'm predicting 11 wins in the regular season, with a loss to MSU. I hope that Nuss sticks around at least two years, because I think 2015 is going to be really special. By next year, the OL will be solid, there will be depth and experience and skill at every single position, and we'll see Michigan as a solid competitor for the Big 10 and beyond.
|3 days 12 hours ago||Very nice Diary||
Love your optimism. I'm on-board. I do believe we'll lose to MSU, but win every other game in the regular season. I can't predict the bowl game quite you. Keep up the good analysis!
|3 days 16 hours ago||3pm||
3pm. Michigan will win the next 3 weeks. This makes them more compelling. TV drives everything (well, TV money.) As such, ABC will choose Michigan for the late afternoon game.
Noon starts will only happen with a combination of things.
Since I don't anticipate Michigan losing, and the slate of other games is putrid, and it isn't late in the season, you can pretty much guarantee a 3pm start.
|3 days 18 hours ago||Great Piece||
I've always enjoyed reading what Brian writes. Once again, he doesn't disappoint.
I mostly get the dread. After last year, how could you not? I think watching the MSU game last year was one of the most painful experiences possible. You just knew that they were not going to score on State's defense. And that Devin was taking punishment all game long, especially in the second half. And that the defense couldn't do it all.
And yet, I have such a strong sense of anticipation for this season. I don't know what the OL will do, but with Nuss, and with what appears to be a very strong offense, and with the OL possibly improving over the season, and with more receivers, I have hope.
I strongly agree with Brian that Michigan needs to stay the course with Hoke, Transitions, indeed, are brutal, and the last thing we need now is another transition. Actually, I believe that Hoke's ceiling is much higher than Brian and many others anticipate. For an example, you need look no further than Beilein. Prior to Michigan, Beilein was a good coach. Bringing him to Michigan gave him the resources he needed to excel. Brian wrote several years ago of limited expectations for Beilein. Well, Brian's expectations were exceeded. I believe that with the excellent coaching staff, and the recruiting, Michigan football under Hoke will also exceed Brian's expectations.
|3 days 23 hours ago||Very nice article||
While some fluff, it also gives insight into who Devin is and what makes him tick.
|4 days 6 hours ago||Nice to live in Chicago area||
Nice to live in Chicago area. I don't have cable, and don't have time to watch every last game. But going to the neighborhood bar means I can catch most of the games pretty cheaply. With going to maybe two or three games live, watching a few at a friend's house with Tivo and HiDef, and catching several at home on ABC, the season is covered very cheaply. Regardless of which way you go, I could never imagine paying a monthly cable bill. U-Verse keeps on trying to get us to add cable, but with the BTN and ESPN not being in the basic tier, it makes absolutely no sense.
|5 days 7 hours ago||Really agree with you||
I have loved going to several Rose Bowl games, and my time living close to there. Being at the game as the sun goes down, with the San Gabriel mountains overlooking, is an awesome experience.
I will say, my seats at the 1993 Rose Bowl were much better than in 2007. Of course, this was also affected by the fact that Michigan won in 93 and didn't win in 07. But still. All seats are not created equal. Even in Michigan Stadium, I'm not sure I would want to be in the first two or three rows in the corner. I suppose it is better than not going at all, but not much better
|5 days 7 hours ago||I've turned down several tickets at Wrigley||
I've turned down several tickets at Wrigley. It is an old dump, with the team having the worst futility of any in Major League Baseball, last winning in 1908. What is particularly annoying is all the drunk yuppie fans in their 20's. The location is good, being in a neighborhood on the North Side. But the location is always bad, because of all the people who go to Wrigley for the experience, the ambiance, and not for the game.
This is kind of a pet peeve of mine. Don't ask me to go to a game with someone who has minimal interest in watching the game. I'm fine with breaking in kids who are learning the game. But going with someone who mostly wants to talk, to people watch, to eat food, to see and be seen, just isn't for me.
The flip side is true too. If the game is good, and I'm with others who enjoy a good game, I really don't care where I am watching it.
|5 days 7 hours ago||I like the Cell||
But then, I've always had great seats in a club box, and never been in the Upper Balcony.
|5 days 12 hours ago||strong coffee||
Hot, strong coffee. Lots to do yet today.
|6 days 5 hours ago||I've been to Zimmerman's||
I've been to Zimmerman's . . . are there other deli's in AA that are as good or better, but cheaper?
|6 days 6 hours ago||Mrs. StephenRKass||
Cause obviously. How can I love anyone else as much? Sometimes she is out of line, but hey, that goes with the territory. My sweetheart, my avatar, and my downfall at mgoblog one fateful Saturday night several years ago.
Other than my namesake, well, I like so many for different reasons. the mods, the football knowledge guys (magnus, space coyote, steve sharik,) mgrowold (same generation,) Burtontower, WD (but really, you will need to get a life. I fondly remember the days of yore when I could be as obsessed as you.) There are many guys who have left the blog who I miss. Even some of the meltdown guys.
|6 days 14 hours ago||It depends||
It depends . . .
I frankly don't care . . . it will not impact me either way. I'll merely observe that anyone who has been against advertising and upset with Dave Brandon and what he has done to maximize profit and the loss of time honored traditions would be ridiculously inconsistent and hypocritical to support beer sales at Michigan in the stadium.
|6 days 18 hours ago||Wonderful, Inspiring Story||
I love stories like this. Cannot. get. enough. So happy for Austin, so glad he is on the team, don't believe his story is finished by a long shot.
Just two additional comments.
|6 days 18 hours ago||Michigan will end up with a record of 12 - 1||
Michigan will beat Ohio State, but lose their Big 10 game to MSU and not play for the Big 10 Championship.
Michigan will win their Bowl game.
The OL will be end up much better than expected, and Magnuson will do a great job.
Hoke will get a contract extension.
Michigan will have the highest average star rating for incoming recruits in 2015.
Canteen will be Freshman of the year in the Big 10.
Clark, Ryan, Funchess, Peppers, Canteen, and Gardner will be all Big-Ten.
(I suppose these predictions aren't specific enough . . . c'est la vie.)