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- I like that Harbaugh doesn't feel the need to report what he is doing. I don't think anyone expected Smith and Stribling to stay home. So called Fort Schembechler makes sense to me.
- Strategically, this was a great opportunity to see Isaac, Green, and Johnson at RB. I think this helps sort things out a bit. Right now, Smith and Johnson seem to be the main backs carrying the ball. I don't know, but Isaac has some serious work to do to get out of the doghouse. And I don't know what is up with Green . . . some guys don't pan out.
- I also love the strategy of not playing guys you don't absolutely need. As said elsewhere, Harbaugh had to feel pretty confident Michigan would win, so why not give Smith and Stribling extra rest? This is playing for the long haul.
- There isn't really logic or reason to the injury bug. But Michigan has gotten off pretty light. It really is terrible news for Ojemudia. But other than Ojemudia and Mone, Michigan is good a third of the way through. Contrast that to MSU, where they have some really bad injuries impacting the season.
- I'm thrilled that Rudock hasn't been roughed up. And that Peppers is healthy. And that the OL and DL have mostly been unscathed. If Rudock, Peppers, Lewis, and the starting OL stay healthy, we'll be pretty well set. I feel more confident of depth in other areas of the team.
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|2 min 28 sec ago||Good news||
Good news. Could have seen that coming a mile away. But still, good news. Wouldn't want a night game against MSU, wouldn't want the Admin to go against what they've already said. And this allows the heavy drinkers and party animals to have several more hours to get hammered that Saturday. Without getting hammered for a 10 hour period.
|7 min 31 sec ago||Think this is the way to go||
This is a good suggestion (my other one notwithstanding). I really think that it isn't worth going into a radio blackout for the NW game. My son was playing Freshman ball at 11:30am EST, so I missed the first half against Maryland. Turns out that wasn't a bad thing.
I would just make sure that no important family members schedule anything for the MSU or OSU games. In fact, I would tell them now you have plans, and won't be available for any events during those two blocks of four hours.
|18 min 42 sec ago||Drug induced coma||
I'd suggest a drug induced coma. Have someone you know record the game. Then watch it when you wake up. Simple solution.
|21 min 4 sec ago||Overall good news||
This is pretty much what we've heard so far. Just a few observations.
|2 hours 14 min ago||Agreed. Just stop.||
To the OP, stop, quit, decease. We know JH is a great coach. So does everyone else (except maybe some OSU homers). JH made a calculated decision to come to Michigan. He isn't leaving anytime soon. We can have this discussion again AFTER he has won multiple Big10 Championships, National Championships, etc. After we have dominated OSU and MSU for years. After Michigan and Harbaugh have absolutely nothing left to prove. Until then, there's no way JH is leaving Michigan.
|2 days 19 hours ago||Sumatra Coffee||
I have fresh roasted beans just picked up from Cafe Stella in Norfolk. Ground some this morning, fresh brewed pot of steaming sumatra coffee. Nothing like a good cup of joe for me, on a beautiful, crisp sunny Fall afternoon.
|2 days 19 hours ago||Great for Borges||
That's awesome. I've lost about 15 pounds, but have miles to go before I sleep. The hardest thing, as said above, is continuing with the program and keeping it off.
|2 days 21 hours ago||Little known fact: OP gets +1, no more, no less||
There is a glitch in the mgomatrix. The original poster gets a single point for putting up a thread. No more. No less. Once a thread is up, the points in the comments tabulate, both positive and negative.
Back in the beginning of mgotime, points were tabulated as they should have been. And a few of the savvy and witty original posters amassed a wealth in points. TomVH was upvoted and upvoted for his wonderful inside recruiting info. Conversely, when a post was downvoted, and especially when the OP like a moth to the flame couldn't resist commenting in the threads, some posters dropped hundreds and hundreds of points in a single hour. You actually could see the poster's point total recalculate up or down as you voted on their brilliance or their folly.
In the dark ages, after one of the mgoservers went down, there were no points awarded for votes. Anarchy reigned on the board. There was no board self-policing, and moderators burned out left and right. Things have been partially restored. The ability to give or remove points has brought back some measure of board self-moderation. But there are still glitches in the matrix. I don't know where all the trapdoors and easter eggs and idiosyncrasies exist in mgoblog. But they are still there.
TL;DR. My point: your negs of the OP are irrelevant. He is impervious, so long as he doesn't venture into the comments, where he could be soundly downvoted.
|2 days 21 hours ago||I enjoy this piece||
Thanks for doing this, Seth. It is helpful for calibrating when and where and how and for how much to buy tickets. I, like you, have largely bought tickets to the games I could go to, not having season tickets since graduating many years ago. Being in Chicago, with other commitments and limited income, there are only so many games I can attend.
Just a few comments. First I also second 707Oxford: if you are putting info about the upcoming game, this post would be better by Wed. or Thurs.
Second, I started a thread several days ago on a related but different topic.
It would be great if there was a mechanism to link mgobloggers to other mgobloggers as regards tickets. I'm sure that tiqiq is good, but that is more of an open market. And that is more about really buying and selling. One way to help mgobloggers would be some kind of blog specific IM capability. Is that beyond the programming skilz of mgoblog staff, or the time, or the server ability?
On a completely unrelated topic, I now have 4 mgoblog windows open (the number needed to page down to my post of 3 days ago). I know it is in the plans to eventually fix this. Is "in the plans" something that means this year? Next year? Maybe in 10 years? Inquiring minds . . .
|3 days 1 hour ago||Happy Rainy Friday||
|3 days 17 hours ago||Hard but prudent decision||
Hard but prudent decision. I suspect that Maryland and food vendors were involved in the decision making as well. With a full refund, the Alumni Assoc. loses money too. Unfortunately, in our litigious society, no matter how much you underscore the risk involved (come at your own risk, don't drive though flooded roads, etc., etc.), there is still significant liability if you do anything other than cancel such an event. The problem is the state of emergency put out there by various agencies.
|3 days 18 hours ago||Hilarious||
Yep, Auburn is doing just fine. No problems AT ALL. Don't know what in the world anyone is WORRIED ABOUT. Everything is just JIM DANDY.
|3 days 18 hours ago||There's a deeper explanation for NSFMSRK||
There's a deeper explanation for NSFMSRK. We all do stupid things. This is my stupidilty. Interestingly, without there being a poll, I gather many readers agree with or understand the reasoning behind my request.
LINK: Please avoid NSFW or home pics in post. I have to say, the original thread was pretty epic. And hilarious.
LINK: META/OT: Epic Stupid NSFW Post This was my followup to the original thread.
|3 days 18 hours ago||Watching the OL||
I'm watching the OL. If the light really has gone on for Kalis, we move to 3 excellent linemen. And if Braden and Magnuson bring it up a notch, we've then got a very good line, instead of just good. With a very good line, Rudock has more time, the RB's have more lanes, the receivers can get more free, lots of good things happen.
I actually think the season lines up very well for us. The OL has 2 games to gell more, then MSU. I think they can beat State if things go right. That gives us 4 more games after that to get better yet. And then the final and hardest test, OSU. If we played OSU now, I think we would lose. Playing them at the end of the season? I think Michigan has more time and room to improve and catch up to OSU. And if we run the table, that Jim Harbaugh is coach of the year, and we're in the National Playoff picture. I could not have believed that was a possibility in the preseason, in my wildest dreams.
|3 days 19 hours ago||48 - 0 Michigan||
48 - 0 Michigan
|3 days 19 hours ago||Fascinating Questions||
Being that I'm a pastor, these questions are really interesting to me. They typically don't come up a lot on the board, and are kind of frowned on. That's mostly good. We don't need or want religious debate here. However, there is an intersection point on the board, when faith issues for coaches or players are made public by the same coaches or players. When there are articles and quotes about faith in the media that are published, they become a legitimate topic of discussion. There are several observations I'll make.
First, I'm not Catholic, and so I can't say a whole lot knowledgably about Catholics. However, it strikes me that Harbaugh is more engaged in his faith than many Catholics. He doesn't talk about it a whole lot, but if you do a search on his mission trips to Peru, you'll find it there. The fact that he takes time for a mission trip is very interesting. Harbaugh appears to be more than a cultural Catholic. I don't know how often he worships, and it is absolutely none of my business. But I'm guessing there's a possibility Harbaugh really respects faith issues more than some Catholics do. Just saying, if he was a Chreaster (go to mass Christmas and Easter, skip the rest of the year), he probably wouldn't be going on a mission trip. One aside: I find it fascinating that Beilein is also a very devout Catholic. Again, there are plenty of articles on this.
The second point was already made, so I won't belabor it. But Gary is from NJ and from a Catholic High School. Point is, mom and Gary would be familiar enough with Catholics.
Third, I know there is a significant subset of the team for whom faith life is important. And I know there are other coaches for whom their faith life is important. I don't know how many, I don't know who, for the most part, and again, it is really none of my business. But here's the thing. If there are a decent number of football players and coaches for whom faith is important, that makes it easier for someone like Gary (and his mom) to feel comfortable. You don't necessarily want to be the only person on the team who believes in God.
Fourth, and maybe most important, Greg Harden and his wife are key to Gary's recruitment. There is both a racial and a faith component. Rashan's mother Jennifer Coney was quoted saying:
Harden and his wife Shelia are trump cards. And maybe even support person Mom Lyons. Jennifer Coney and Rashad Gary are interested in a number of things, among others:
Harden and others really provide for the support system and for faith life. If Michigan didn't have any one of these components, they would lose to Alabama or Auburn. Because they can support all four, I think it is going to be harder for Bama and Auburn. We shall see.
|3 days 20 hours ago||Rain worse than you think||
Just got off the phone with my daughter, in the Navy, and stationed in Norfolk. This is about 200 miles south of College Park. The rain in Norfolk has been falling the last 7 days, and the ground is saturated. Rain is heavy enough that there already is some flooding. They expect 4 - 7 inches more between now and Sat. In College Park, the ground is also saturated, and they expect 3 - 4 more inches of rain by Sat. night. There already has been some flooding. However, no one knows exactly how much, and how heavy, the rain will fall. But flooding is quite possible.
My point? You don't wait until there is flooding or a disaster to call something off or reschedule it. If the rain is heavy for 8 hours more on Sat. (between noon and 8pm), that is going to make travel that much more difficult, with that much more water on the ground. Currently, Joaquin is a Cat 4 hurricane. Who knows what it will end up being, and what weather impact it will have?
Water and flooding cause most of the fatalities in a hurricane, not the wind. What a nightmare it would be if people were actually hurt by flooding. It isn't worth the risk.
|3 days 22 hours ago||We all think about Hand||
Sadly, we all think about Hand. I don't know for sure, and it is water over the dam at this point. But I think for Hand, he liked the coaches, and he liked the academics, and he liked the support system. But the football team wasn't very good. I wouldn't be surprised if Hand would have chosen Michigan, if Harbaugh had been coach. It wouldn't have just been Harbaugh: it would have also been the academics and the support system. But having a good football team is important, after all.
Cut to the chase: I think our chances are great with Gary, much better than with Hand.
|3 days 23 hours ago||I love Michigan in the Fall||
I love Michigan in the Fall. Starting back in the 80's a bunch of us who were recent grads would spend a weekend together in a hunter's house near Handy Creek and 131. A fairly nondescript area, but still beautiful, like much of Michigan. There was a glassed in cupola on top of the barn. It was a perfect place to play euchre or hearts, to have a beer, to see the yellows and reds and golds of all the trees around us waving in the breeze. As we've gotten older, we don't stay there as often . . . only having a pot bellied stove and no beds and seeing mouse turds everywhere isn't quite as appealing.
I love getting to Lake Michigan, especially on one of those Fall warm days, temps in the mid-70's. If you're lucky and half crazy and the water is right, you can go for a swim. I have a friend who runs more than 500 acres of orchards near Fennville. The last 10 years, I've picked maybe a half dozen or more bushels of apples, and several crates of concord grapes, making gallons of my own fresh grape juice. Nothing like cake donuts and crisp apples and washing it down with a sip of beer. Also smoked salmon and cheese and a good local wine.
When the days were nice, some of us would shoot skeet, or hunt for grouse and pheasant. It is hard to believe, but I've got a lot of fond memories of getting together with these guys for more than 25 years now. Nine of us were students at Michigan together, and a couple other guys have occasionally joined us. Early on, we would catch the afternoon game on WJR, but now, they are almost always on TV, if we've got cable or a signal.
EDIT: I remember being able to buy a quart jug of freshly squeezed cider on game days walking to the stadium. I haven't seen that for years, but that was better than anything, and part of a glorious day.
|3 days 23 hours ago||Had the opportunity to meet Brandon||
I had the opportunity to meet Brandon at a Chicago Alumni Association meet and greet a couple summers ago. He seemed awfully smug and pleased with himself and bemused with the hoi polloi. Slick, good looking, reasonable, but dismissive. Not someone I would want to work for.
|3 days 23 hours ago||Just avoid Lively||
It isn't just punt returns. Last year, he had a pick against Rudock near the end that won the game for Maryland. We don't want to give Lively any live touches of the ball.
|3 days 23 hours ago||Not a single issue||
According to Webb, it isn't just the academics, and it isn't just the athletics. There are a lot of other important issues out there with the support system, and comfort with the climate at the school. Read the article, and you'll see some of what's important to mom (and to Gary).
|4 days 10 sec ago||Maybe difficult, not sure||
I pondered what you said before posting. In reading the article, it was largely focused on the business strategy, and not on politics. The question of whether or not this broke the spirit of the law isn't necessarily a political question.
Still, I can see that some bloggers might bring politics in.
|4 days 6 min ago||Because of Dave Brandon||
Posted here because of Dave Brandon. And the fact that many don't like how he ran things. And this is how things are being run at Toys 'R' Us.
|4 days 27 min ago||Very impressed by Greg Harden||
This is great news. I'm very, very impressed by Greg Harden. He cares for the kids, and is a critical part of the staff. Read the article by Sam Webb. My suspicion is that Greg and his wife Shelia mean more to mom, and even to Gary, then a lot of the other stuff.
It isn't just about the football. It isn't about the swag. To be honest, it isn't just about the academics. It is about having an emotional and counseling and spiritual support system in place. That is where Greg Harden comes in.
Obviously, many other schools are going to have something similar. But this gives me hope for Rashan Gary coming to Michigan. To use a different kind of example, Treadwell was looking for something else, and wasn't a fit. Gary, on the other hand, is looking for a combination of athletics, academics, and support system beyond those two aspects.
Upon reflection, I wonder if some of the guys who didn't come to Michigan (thinking of Hand) bailed out because of the football not being quite there. I think Hand might well have come to Michigan with the current staff in place.
There is something about Michigan's culture that is very healthy, and that bodes well for the future. Obviously, you have to have the right athletic ability, and the drive, and the academic bona fides. But I think that there is a strong character element at Michigan which is a good thing.
|4 days 1 hour ago||I hate being just a bit late||
I hate being just a bit late posting. So, I almost always open a second mgoblog window, to verify no one else posted the same thing, before hitting "save."
|4 days 1 hour ago||It's all good||
Even if there is lots of rain, I always thought this scenario made the most sense. It is easier to have people on the road early, during daylight. And if people can fly out earlier, whether Sat. night or Sunday morning, all the better. Get people out of the area sooner.
Regarding TV, I'm thinking it will probably be televised in some fashion.
|4 days 14 hours ago||The strong get stronger . . .||
The strong get stronger . . . more specifically, the strength of our defense is going to give the coaches much, much more flexibility. By playing strength against strength in practice, they help the offense. By dominating, they stay fresh, and protect the defense from injuries. By dominating, they have more time to develop those not starting yet. By dominating, those not starting have to be very hungry. By rewarding hungry players with PT, it motivates everyone on the team. All is well.-
|4 days 18 hours ago||Challenging||
I hear what you're saying. But I would still obviously take Gary. And Corley. And Davis. And Kemp. That only leaves room for two more. I guess I'd be thrilled to add Nauta at TE, but that would leave room for one. Kelly, Jackson, Bush would all be possibilities. We'll see. I suppose a good problem to have.
|4 days 18 hours ago||We'll be fine||
We'll be fine, but I'll bet they change something. Either move the game to Friday night or to Saturday morning in Maryland, or move it to Ann Arbor. Frankly, I think that Maryland doesn't expect to win. Michigan could fill the stadium, and still give the Terps a bunch of money. And Friday night or Sat. morning in the rain is ok, if they are able to get everyone out of Dodge by Sat. night. It sounds like they really don't want people in the area trying to fly out on Sunday.
I personally would hate to be in DC with this kind of event. I was in Norfolk over Labor Day weekend to visit my daughter. The DC traffic is so bad, I drove the alternate route (through WVa) rather than go anywhere near DC.