Mike Lantry, 1972
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|4 days 14 hours ago||1986||
1986 was the year I graduated from High School.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||John Beilein||
Coach of the decade!
|8 weeks 3 days ago||2014 I love you!||
2014 I love you! So far this is shaping up to be quite a great year in Michigan athletics. OSU loses their bowl game, now loses their best defensive position coach and recruiter, Michigan Basketball undefeated in the new year, and football team hires a great OC/recruiter.
Is it too early to place an order in for wins over Notre Dame, MSU and OSU?
The imp in me had to read through some of the comments at 11warriors and the tire fire is well under way. Even though I know the Buckeyes well living among them they still surprise me as in this case when they are all shocked that Vrabel would leave Ohio for the NFL.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Bears vs Bengals 1995||
Bears vs Bengals 1995, game was on December 10 in Cincinnati and it was bitterly cold that day. It was gametime temp of 8 degrees with a wind chill factor of -9. Needless to say there was a constant line in the only heated place, the restrrom.
Had great seats that day though, front row of the endzone by the visitors entrance. Couldn't ask for better seats. We ended up leaving just a little early as we were so cold we couldn't take it anymore.
BTW, my beloved Bears lost that day 16-10.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Great win||
Great win to start conference play on the road no less. I think the team is starting to find its identity and gel at this point. While I'm not sure this team is as bad as some lamented previously I still had high hopes as all but one of the teams they have lost to are top 15 teams.
This team could be better than most think, but by no stretch are they yet the best in the conference. Here's to hoping they keep improving and notch many more conference wins. 2014 has been good to us thus far.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Great hire||
Great hire by the Bucs. Loved him in Chicago and with Tampa's history of good defenses Lovie will fit right into their mold. Like everyone says he'll need a good OC, I nominate Al Borges (is that too soon?).
|9 weeks 3 days ago||As a Bears fan||
As a Bears fan I'm quite tossed on this decision. On the one hand I was hoping they would toss the dice, let him go and either go with McCown or draft someone.
But, on the other hand Cutler does play well at times. He seems to be grasping the new offense and sometimes it is better to go with what you know you have than to gamble on an unknown. With the Bears draft pick placement they certainly wouldn't have been able to get anyone ready to go without trading up and that's not something the Bears are known to do.
This also tells me the front office thinks they still have the roster to compete now for a Super Bowl rather than rebuild. Only issue is with the defense getting long in the tooth that window of opportunity is quickly closing. Need to start getting younger on that side of the ball quickly.
Not happy about the length of the contract and I predict he will either retire before it's completed or they will release him at some point down the line in about 4-5 years.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Criteria||
As I recall the main criteria used in firing RR was that he wasn't winning enough against our rivals. With that in mind Hoke is not doing much better.
Against Notre Dame, MSU and OSU:
Fact is RR had a shorter leash due to not being DB's hire, NCAA penalties and divided support. Hoke does not have the first 2 going against him and for the most part has support of the fan base and full support of the AD. All that being the case he does deserve more time to show what he can do.
For the good of the program I don't think it's a good idea to fire Hoke (of course) or Borges. Being a premier program they cannot afford to look like they fire coaches quickly or it will lead to uneasiness with recruits and a reputation for changing coaches quickly will develop. We want to be known as a place where recruits can come and expect to play most of or all of their college career under the same coach, it's program stability.
IMO, give Borges another year and Hoke another 2 years. If any changes can be made this year let it be with position coaches. I'd also be hesitant to fire Funk as stability for that position group is needed as well. If he truly is a bad coach then yes let him go. If not give him another year as well to see if these young guys can progress.
|10 weeks 9 hours ago||Agreed||
Agreed on every point. Until this team can start showing us something on the field I have to say I as a fan have reached the point of skepticism. I no longer have faith in any of the coaching staff and the players, while they try, are not prepared, coached up or even taught to execute properly. If it's on the players I then have to believe that all of the sudden these guys can't understand how to do what they're being taught, which again comes down to coaching.
Until we can begin seeing tangible improvement I just don't see any reason for any optimism. I'm tired of hearing year after year how much the QB has improved in the off season, how great the WR's are geling and catching everything thrown their way, how the OL is impressive, etc, etc, etc...
Quit feeding us a line of optimism that has no foundation in reality. Our program has become a second tier program, we're no longer a top tier program that's had a bump in the road and is rebuilding. I say this to the coaching staff and the rah-rah cheerleaders here and in the media. All season long we've seen little glimpses of what could be if things just start clicking. Instead of looking forward to Devin's senior year when he should explode I feel sorry for the young man as he faces andother year of being a tackling dummy and exhibit A for laundry soap. Let's face facts, we're 6-8 years of consitent good recruiting and coaching up before we can hope to regain our former status. If the roster has been that depleted then FILL IT UP WITH TALENT!
It's been 6 years since this roller coaster started. It's been 3 years since the last coaching change just because the last one wasn't working. How long must the program, the alumni and fans be patient? If we stay the course will it be another 1-3 years of a mistake or will we come out on the sunny side of life having stayed the course to success? I don't have any answers and luckily I don't get paid to decide either.
Go Blue! Let's pray that 2014 at least gives us a glimpse of hope for the future.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Career number is no reason||
Career numbers is a silly argument for saying someone deserves to be in the Pro Bowl. That said the Pro Bowl is nothing but a complete farce and joke. It is absolutely the biggest sham of all the All-Star games in pro sports.
But my contention still stands in that using the argument that someone has career numbers for the season and should be in is also a farce. The same could be said of any number of players. To say a player is one of the best at their position in this season and use those numbers to prove the point is absolutely a good point.
As others have said the Pro Bowl is nothing but name recognition and the good 'ol boy network. Once you're in you're likely to make more, it's getting the name recogntion to be in there in the first place. NFL is one sport that the MLB rule of one player per team actually makes sense to me due to the large rosters. Why not adopt that rule? Why not tie winning this game into something meaningful? If not this game will always be a farce and keeping it is ridiculous.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||The panic is overblown||
We've lost to 3 top 10 teams. The PG position is still unsettled and that's what is going to happen. Going into the season did anyone really think we would make another NCAA championship run?
Finishing in the top 3 B1G is a realistic goal for this year which is somewhat a year of transition due to the loss of Burke. That said these losses to quality opponents will serve them well late in the season as these young players begin to get better. No need to panic yet, wait until late February.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Mack Brown||
Read today that Mack had been ready to resign until he started reading reports about his coming resignation. That mad him mad and want to stay. They had the team banquet last night and he said nothing about his future plans either.
Everytime ESPn puts their hand into a story about a coach resigning or being hired it gets screwed up due to their meddling.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||It's the OC||
I think he mistakenly put DC's when they actually have co-OC's, Herman and Warriner.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||I'm SO Excited!||
|12 weeks 4 days ago||The crowd goes wild||
And the crowd goes wild with cheerful glee in anticipation of what voting will bring.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||Thank you Brian||
Thank you Brian for all you do for the Michigan athletics community. Your blog is by far the most informative one out there. Thank you for your time and efforts to make it a place of excellence with knowledgable staff and technical capabilities that work.
As for myself I mostly read and lurk on this website but have in the past been far more vocal on other UM chat sites. Here I prefer to soak the knowledge in and keep abreast of all things pertaining to UM athletics that you provide us free of charge. You are doing a great service which is most appreciated by we minions.
That said, I have noticed in the past few months that at times the site has become almost unreadable with the riff raff arguing outrageous POV's. Thank you for introducing them to the door and I like many others look forward to the day voting is brought back which certainly helps in that regard.
Keep up the great work and don't let the haters get to you.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||Time to face the facts||
Time to face the facts my fellow fans. Michigan is no longer an elite program or even a good one. We've had 3 good seasons in the past 10 years; 2004, 2006 and 2011. We've barely sniffed the NC and the one time we did our nemesis stopped us cold.
Worst 2 games in a decade? Must have missed the Akron and UConn games just from this season. Must have missed almost every OSU game in the past decade. Must have missed 2008 or how about the Appy ST/Oregon back to back disasters of 2007. Fact is in the past decade we've had more disasterous games than great ones. Even the best game in recent memory was a loss, OSU game in 2006.
This program is in a hot mess of being rebuilt. I think the question is are we heading in the right direction? Until this season the vast majority of us trusted whole-heartedly in Hoke and had some semblance of hoping Borges would prove us wrong. Now the vast majority want Borges kicked to the curb yesterday and Funk along with him and many are voicing misgivings in Hoke and perhaps even the direction of the team. I still have a hope that Hoke's vision is the way to go but man is it getting hard. I was a big supporter of RR and going through this again is not something I look forward too.
To answer the question, can Michigan finish 9-3? Not unless we can bring back our former NFL players. Any DC with a brain will be blitzing the snot out of us the rest of the year. OSU has to be salivating right now knowing how to beat us. NW may not be good, but they still have a scary spread offense. With our horrific offense it'll leave our defense in a lot of bad spots. Our recent history at Kinnick says we will not have a good or easy day there as well and OSU, it'll be an ugly day for Wolverine fans. Fact is our offense has nothing; no OL that can block outside maybe Lewan and he's a head case now, our QB is banged up and running for his life, our RB's can't run or block, our WR's can't get open or the play is dead before they can get 10 yards and our play calling is horrific on a good day. Our defense and ST's would be ok if our offense could do anything but like 2008 they're being put in some bad spots and are suffering the consequences. Fact is we'll be lucky to make the BWW Bowl and more than likely will get crushed to finish the seaosn at 6-7.
I've not felt this pessimistic since the back to back disasters of 2007-2008. Wanna help the settle down the fanbase Hoke? Fire Borges immediately.
|18 weeks 3 days ago||UK is the top program in CBB||
Deal with it guys, UK is simply the top program. It's just like losing a guy to Bama in football.
That said I'm old enough to remember when UK was caught paying players and got nailed for it. It took one Rick Pitino to resurrect them from the dead. Even then they didn't have the need to pay players or give them stuff, yet they were.
I think for most people the issue is with Calipari himself. I think he's a great coach, he gets great results and he has the ability to get his players to the NBA. A lot of that though is due to the caliber of players he recruits and the program name is gold to the NBA. Every stop Calipari has been at has resulted in investigations and penalties upon his departure and he's suffered not one bit from it.
That said, if I were Booker I'd do the same. UK is THE premier program right now. It's almost a sure bet he'll be in or win an NCAA championship along with a sure fire chance at the NBA. UK may or may not be cheating, I don't know and unless there is proof I don't care much. Still think Calipari is slimy and dirty but that's just personal opinion.
Good luck to Booker, if we play them I hope we win.
|23 weeks 4 days ago||Shopping for the wife||
For Wife Day I plan on going shopping for her, of course that could be because I'm currently in Japan on business. Since I'm here and have to do some shopping for her anyways I'll kill 2 birds with one stone, and even better Sunday morning here is actually Saturday afternoon back home which is good since I have to work on Saturday.
How many other guys can say that they would travel almost 7000 miles to shop for the wife on Wife Day?
|26 weeks 11 hours ago||It's possible||
I certainly could see Texas as being a possibility if he grows bored with Bama. He seems to be the kind of coach who likes to build something but then grows bored with sustaining sucess. He still needs 2 more NC's to tie Bear Bryant but is exceeding Bryant his goal? Or is building programs what drives him? If the latter then Texas would certainly be enticing having only 4 claimed NC's and only 1 in the past 43 years. While having a culture of excellence and love of football they really have not been overly successful in the national landscape. If Saban could take them on and turn them into NC winners he would have an opportunity to build something there on his own rather than comparing to another legend like Bryant.
USC has the same type of history as Bama. He would just be another part of a long line of legendary coaches or coaching Heisman winners, nothing really new there. I think if he does move (and I'm not sure he does unless its NFL) it's to Texas.
|28 weeks 2 days ago||44, in the worst state ever||
44 years young
Grew up in the Grand Rapids area
Married for 22 years with 2 beautiful, Meeshigan loving daughters
Live in Cincinnati area, not a bad area to live except for those awful nut fans
Lee University, I did try to transfer at one time to UM during my collegiate career but got the Dear John letter to my chagrin and the happiness of my then GF now wife
Quality technician and children's pastor
I love Jesus!
Ambidextrious but I do my writing right handed
|47 weeks 6 days ago||Conflicted||
I am conflicted about this issue, if it really is one. I loved the Fab Five when they were at Michigan. But in the aftermath of their careers here the tarnish wore off a bit. It would be nice to see all 5 of them there but more important is to see some of the players from the "lean" years early in Beilein's tenure or even those that played under Tommy Amaker. Those are the guys who were most affected by the actions of at least some of the Fab Five.
Even better what about the guys from the 1989 championship team? Those guys won the only NC we have. They've been there when they weren't expected to be, much like UM this season. We were written off as being the biggest upset prediction for the 1st round and the 2nd round. After that we were supposed to lose every round as the other team was supposed to be the better team. I'd rather see Glen Rice, Rumeal Robinson, Terry Mills, etc than the Fab Five who played in a game they were expected to but with all that talent just couldn't win it all.
Just one fan's opinion.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||Well that's interseting||
The article has already been removed as they swoop in to contain damage control of their star. If the story isn't there then the information can't be used, right?
The whole thing stinks of lies and cover ups.
In Notre Dame's defense they don't have a lot to lose IMO by defending Te'o. If he's not lying then they can say they stood behind him and supported him all the way. If he is lying they can put the blame squarely on Te'o because well...."gosh he lied to us too."
|1 year 7 weeks ago||This just doesn't make sense||
This just doesn't make sense. The spin is she was an internet girlfriend who duped him. Ok I get that and I can see its plausibility in a sense.
BUT, if you look at the timeline as presented by Deadspin he supposedly met her after the Stanford game in 2009 and subsequently met her several times in Hawaii. If that is so how is it she faked not only her name but her face?
I think the story will unravel further as time goes by. For now ESPN and major media outlets seem to be buying the company line that he was duped. Methinks he was in on it the whole time. You just keep reading different accounts of when events happened and what sequence which tells me its a lie. If it really happened you'd have the facts fairly straight but if its a lie you're needing to remember all the made up facts to you're more likely to screw up those "facts" when recounting them to various sources.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||Back in the day...||
Hard to say that 20 years ago and the Fab Five is already "back in the day" but nevertheless it is true. 20 years ago this was developing into a big national rivalry. Then the Fab Five scandal hit and the rivalry as it were disentegrated. That said in the last couple of years that rivalry has been reignited but at this point it's not really a rivalry but as someone else pointed out more like bad blood.
I do remember hating on Laetner, Hurley and Parks. I had a hard time at points even liking the Dream Team because of Laetner but Jordan helped ease that. At any rate the only Duke player I ever liked and respected back then was Grant Hill. Today that hatred of all things Duke has certainly evaporated aside from those early 90's players, still can't stand them. But today's Duke teams do not hold that same level of disdain, perhaps because the smugness has been knocked out of them by losing som often early in the tournament despite high seeding.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||It does matter||
It matters as a fan to be able to say, Michigan and #1 in the same sentence. Why? When is the last time you could say that phrase in basketball of football? Its been far too long. Living in Ohio I'm tired of the in-state in-breds being able to use the program I happen to love as fodder to made fun of. These fair weather fans in Ohio don't even care about their basketball team right now, but if they beat Michigan they sure will.
It's a great thing as a fan to be able to hold our head high and say our team is #1. As for the team itself it's important right now, as long as they are on their unbeaten streak it continues to build confidence and makes them believe that they truly are unbeatable.
Lastly as someone else pointed out, being a #1 seed greatly inhances their likliehood of winning the National Championship. That's good enough for me to want to be #1. Getting tired of seeing these threads/posts wherein said Michigan fan is trying to ease the pain of losing today. I believe we won't lose!!!
|1 year 9 weeks ago||I agree||
I agree its way to early to be dreaming of winning the B1G. I agree UM is looking to be the cream of the crop or at worst in the top 2, and I believe the national media is under-appreciating them thus far. But it's just a matter of time until someone beats them and in this conference outside the bottom 2-3 teams there's no shame in that.
Once UM does lose I think the national media will hound them because they don't think UM is that good and they will be justified in their beliefs. That said the only thing UM can do is stay focused and win. Good things come to those who persevere.
Illinois is for real.
IU is still very good and very dangerous. Can we match up inside?
TSIO can still give us fits on a good day.
Minnesota looks to be for real.
MSU will likely not beat us but wouldn't surprise me if they snag one. They still have talent.
Outside these 5 teams I don't see anyone beating UM, but on an off-day anything can happen.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||Have had same injury||
I too have had the same injury, actually did it on the job. Hit my elbow extremely hard on a machine and ended up going to the emergency room and then seeing an elbow specialist. The only thing they could do for me was put a protective pad and brace around it, which limited my mobility and didn't really protect it much whenever I bumped it.
You are correct in that the only way to treat it is time, it's very painful, you lose strength in your hand and arm plus its difficult to do simple tasks. The only other treatment that was mentioned was to go in and move the nerve to the interior of the arm but the dr said he couldn't garauntee it would fix the problem. In my case I have a bone spur on my elbow and that's what irritates the nerve. It did eventually go away but it took a long time and even to this day I cannot lean on that elbow and bumping it can bring instant pain. I cannot imagine being a football player like Denard with that injury.
It's very difficult to say how much he will play the rest of the season. I imagine his ability to throw accurately will be severly tested and as we all know he's not entirely accurate when healthy. Didn't he have this injury last season? If this continues to be an issue they had better get Bellomy and the receivers a lot of rep time together.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||B1G or bust||
Michigan's top goal every year is and should always be to win the conference. Rankings don't matter, as long as you win the conference you will make a BCS bowl and have a shot at the NC most years. Not sure how it would shake out under the new system though.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Current UofM long in the tooth||
The problem with doing current NFL UofM players is they're getting long in the tooth. Put a roster together 3-4 years ago minimum and we'd have a fairly good team. Now they would likely be a 3-6 game winner at best. Even on an all time we'd be thin at RB as few of our guys have had much success in the NFL, but with a great passing game that helps an average RB be better than they are.