"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
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|13 weeks 5 days ago||Duel Threat QB||
It scares and excites me that the BYU QB is a "duel" threat. Who do you think he'll challenge? Will he just walk over to Harbaugh and slap him in the face with his glove? I bet Harbaugh would be 100% prepared for this and immediately pull out a dueling pistol from his trousers and begin counting the paces.
|1 year 29 weeks ago||The Beilein Factor||
I think putting us in the "Lock" category for a tourney invite is showing true faith that Beilein's magic will allow one of the current freshmen to make a Stauskas/Burke-level leap. Now that may be justified given it's happened two years in a row...but I think it may better to hope for it than expect it. Right now -- even with Beilein working his magic -- I think it's fairer to put us in the bubble category.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||The Breaks||
Ace - with a headline like that you should have thrown in the word "Blow" (and made sure to capitalize it) somewhere in the post. And remember breaks can make you a superstar.
break it up, break it up, break it up!
|2 years 11 weeks ago||Something Supposedly Fun...||
I was sure Brian was going to make the theme of this post Something Supposedly Fun That I'll Never Do Again:).
|3 years 6 weeks ago||34-12 Michigan 182 rushing||
182 rushing yards
|3 years 7 weeks ago||Michigan 34 -- Illinois 12||
Michigan 34 -- Illinois 12
|3 years 29 weeks ago||Ummmmmm......||
Brian, aren't you pretty close to being a "middle aged white dude"?
|3 years 30 weeks ago||Tommy Reese Thought Process||
You left out the most likely thing running through Reese's head when he's under significant pressure: "Throw to Michael Floyd! Throw to Michael Floyd!" The real problem is that Floyd is in the NFL now...things were bound to fall apart for Reese, his binky is gone.
|3 years 31 weeks ago||But....||
But Dave Brandon has to be smart, he's tall and white.
|3 years 36 weeks ago||Agreed||
I think you'll see lots of situations that Morgan & McGary share the floor. I wouldn't be surprised to see a (huge) starting lineup of: 1-Burke, 2-Hardaway, 3-Smotrycz, 4-McGary, 5-Morgan.
|3 years 42 weeks ago||Hex Colors||
Most seem to agree that Blue = 002147
But if Maize 116 = RGB of 255,210,0 then I think Maize in Hex = FFD200
|3 years 47 weeks ago||Pollack's Sneakers||
Seriously Pollack, Nikes with your suit?!? Given that he went to Georgia I guess I should just be glad he was wearing pants.
|4 years 5 days ago||Orange Bowl?||
This article from ESPN makes a passing reference to Michigan ending up in the Orange.
|4 years 3 weeks ago||Not sure about slot -- given||
Not sure about slot -- given he lacks juke moves -- but outside WR seems like it would be an option. He's ~6ft, has fantastic straight line speed and "natural hands" (per ESPN), to me all that adds up to outside WR. Especially given the need at the position.
He's probably a lock to redshirt, so depending on how the rest of the class fills up he may end up at WR (if Dunn comes on) or RB (if Darboh/Madaris come on). I'm always a fan when we take on local kids.
|4 years 7 weeks ago||Adjustments||
I think "adjustments" is being used as a synonym for "coaching". Our coaches may not have needed to make many adjustments during halftime. But they sure did a great job coaching their kids to do better execute their assignments.
|4 years 14 weeks ago||I was getting pumped up...||
until the bolded Lewan quote...then I just sighed. And then I closed my eyes real tight and remembered that we are going to go undefeated and win the national title. And I was happy again.
|4 years 24 weeks ago||The cropped sleeves||
The cropped sleeves definitely make it better...they're pretty sweet looking.
And as a bonus I can't wait until 100 years from now, when someone digs up a photo of this game and uses it at justification to have Li Ning (or another Chinese athletic company that has our rights) have an all striped "throwback" jersey b/c THAT'S WHAT THEY DID IN 2011 WHEN WE WON A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP!!!
|4 years 43 weeks ago||Good points||
Also, I imagine coaches would even put more pressure on recruits to sign early so their spot doesn't get "taken". So recruits who are sitting on some mid-level offers, waiting for the one high-level offer they really crave, will be pressured into signing early and they'll miss out on the offer they truly crave that might not have come til later in the process. Making high school kids figure out their risk-tolerance at such an early age doesn't seem like a good idea.
|4 years 43 weeks ago||Perspective||
I remember finding this blog back in 2005 (on a random blogspot search for Michigan blogs) and being stoked that there was this incredibly well-written/hilarious/insightful site on which I would doubtless waste countless hours (which I proudly have). I wasn't necessarily as anti-late-era-Carr as Brian...but damn did he make a compelling case, and it was always entertaining. He went a bit insane during the first coaching search, but it was always entertaining. I wasn't always as pro-RRod as Brian...but again his points were really compelling and the posts were almost always entertaining. Throughout all of the past six years I come on to the site near every day (and will continue to do so as long as Brian keeps posting) because I get to read funny, well-researched, insightful posts on my favorite topic in the world -- Michigan athletics.
I don't get all the posters who get pissy when Brian doesn't see things the exact way you do. If he's skeptical about Hoke, I want to hear about it (just like I did five years ago when he was skeptical about Carr). If he is interested in comparing the public treatment of Hoke to that of RRod, then what he writes will at least be thought-provoking and worth hearing about. The best posts are always about the topic that the writer himself has an interest in. If I wanted to only read stuff about the "news" I'll go to Rivals/ESPN; mgoblog is all about opinion...and as long as it's well-written and funny then Brian can post whatever he damn well pleases. I'll read regardless.
That said, Brian's most recent posts have been a bit down; you can sense that's where he's at. If this wasn't his actual job my guess he'd take a bit of time away from Michigan-stuff for a bit. But it is his job, so we're going to watch his progression back to normalcy post-by-post. Brian, if you're reading, keep up the great work...and don't forget the humor whenever you can manage it:).
I will now go back into my hole where I couldn't care less how many points I have b/c I don't often post.
|4 years 43 weeks ago||Hoke = Obvious Seinfeld Fan||
Clearly the #1 benefit of this hire is that every time Montogomery signs a recruit Hoke (and me) get to shout: "that's gold Jerry! GOLD!"
|4 years 43 weeks ago||Senior Denard||
Senior Denard is going to be laughing at their puny option/QB-run-based offense as he puts up 300+ passing and 50+ running yards in the pro-style offense he has mastered.
The Bama, ND, Air Force non-conference schedule will be the most difficult since...ND, Syracuse, Hawaii in 98?
EDIT: In 2002 we played Washington & Utah at home (won by 2 & 3), and ND away (lost by 2). That was a tough opening to the season (w/ Western thrown in).
|4 years 44 weeks ago||Wisconsin||
Pretty crazy how this past Wisconsin team that went to the Rose Bowl never had a recruiting class higher than 4th in the Big Ten and 26th nationally.
|4 years 45 weeks ago||Good Luck Tate!||
I put Tate in the Matt Guttierez camp of Michigan transfers that I root for to succeed...as opposed to the Justin Boren camp of Michigan transfers that I root for to fail spectacularly and publicly (and catch a mean case of herpes)...or the Dan O'Neil camp that I will forget about quickly.
|4 years 46 weeks ago||Phone conversation||
The timing of Crawford's announcement (this morning) isn't a good thing given that Hoke said he would be calling each recruit last night. I'm sure Dallas was one of his first calls. How did that conversation go?
Hoke: Dallas, I love Michigan. Love it to death. This is greatest university in the world and we are building a TEAM worthy of this institution. So tell me, do you want to be part of that team?
Crawford: Is your name Rich Rodriguez?
Crawford: Then I'm going to the U.
|4 years 47 weeks ago||Al Golden||
I think the worst part about waiting until after the Gator Bowl to fire RRod is missing out on Al Golden. Turning around Temple was the most impressive thing done by any coach in a while...probably even more so than reviving Stanford with Andrew Luck. Also, with his Midwest ties he probably would have been a good candidate to come to Ann Arbor rather than U of Miami. Just seems like he would have been the perfect coach for us, and much more valuable than "sticking to a plan" or having consistency through the bowl game. It also would have pissed the hell out of Penn St!
|4 years 47 weeks ago||I saw them a few times this year...||
and the play reminded me of Carr-era Michigan. Just like back then for Michigan, people (read: TV analysts) called the offense "pro-style" or "smash-mouth", but actually it racked up yards through the air. Though both offenses really struggled passing when the running backs couldn't get it going. The QB (Lindley) is a big kid that throws it all over the field (to multiple receivers) but can be a bit inaccurate/error-prone. The ground game is dominated by Hillman (not a power back -- think Shaw not Hopkins) who blew up in the Navy game but was also huge against Mizzou (a game I saw).
Hoke is definitely a defense-guy, so it makes sense that we over-react and go that way given our putrid performance the past few years. One thing that struck me about watching their D is that they seemed to play faster than their talent would have allowed, and they didn't seem to be nearly as prone to giving up huge plays as our D was. (Though if memory serves they gave up a big pass in the 4th qtr against Mizzou).
Overall, Hoke would definitely not be my top choice as Michigan's coach; he comes off as so...blah. Especially juxtaposed against a fiery character like Harbaugh. Though I grew up in Miami as a Hurricane fan, so I'm a sucker for flashy and trash-talking. I was really excited about the South Florida-direction RRod was taking the program, but it just doesn't seem like it was destined to work out.
EDIT: Just looked back at some their games and maybe they were more prone to giving up big plays then I thought. Against Utah they gave up three huge TDs. Also, another similarity to Carr-era Michigan; almost their games against non-terrible opponents are close -- win or lose. (Which doesn't sound nearly as bad as it did four years ago!)
|5 years 1 week ago||Threet or Robinson||
Who has a longer run against Wisconsin, Threet in '08 or Robinson in '10? That Threet run might have been the most surprising/exciting moment from the past three years.
|5 years 6 weeks ago||Latwan Anderson||
Latwan Anderson - the high-rated safety out of Glenville last year - has just quit Miami's football team. Any chance he looks to Michigan as a transfer? I know the Glenville thing isn't a good sign, but he did vaguely consider us (and WVU fwiw) last year. Also, since he's on a track scholarship at the U he can actually football for another school starting next year.
|5 years 6 weeks ago||Celebration!||
Ok, beating Celebration really doesn't count. That's the city one minute outside of Disney World that was a master-planned community by the Walt Disney Corporation. What's their nickname, the Mice?
|6 years 8 weeks ago||Hello Michigan Fans!||
With all the optimism going around the last month I was wondering if I was still part of the same fanbase that has been moping around for the past 50 years. We lost one game. In OT. It doesn't mean that beating Purdue is going to be any more of a struggle than it did last week.
I think we learned after Notre Dame that this team can beat anyone and lose to anyone on any given week. We don't need to beat Iowa, Penn State, and Ohio State in a best out of five series. We just need the once. And when you "live by the sword" anything is possible during that one game.