OT-ish Biff Poggi bankrolled HS Football Team beats teams so bad, they no longer want to play them

OT-ish Biff Poggi bankrolled HS Football Team beats teams so bad, they no longer want to play them

Submitted by ramenboy on May 31st, 2018 at 2:19 PM

I vaguely remember Biff Poggi (father of Henry) being an assistant under Harbaugh for a year then returning to Baltimore to coach HS football.  I just never quite knew he was a wealthy money manager who bankrolls the H.S. football team at a prep school.

Apparently his teams have been steamrolling everyone in the Baltimore area to the point that no one wants them on the schedule anymore.

Not passing judgment - sounds like he's helping kids who would otherwise not be able to get a quality education...they just happen to be rhino sized.

 

https://deadspin.com/baltimore-high-schools-sick-of-getting-whupped-by-…

 

OT: recommended football for 8 year old?

OT: recommended football for 8 year old?

Submitted by bhinrichs on May 31st, 2018 at 1:29 PM

Now that my two boys are 8 and 10 years old, I figure it's time to update the late 1960's pigskin that my dad got for me as a kid (the cloth laces are nearly completely decayed away, not to mention the worn out leather that's peeled back at both ends).

So, what football brand/size/make/model would you recommend I buy for them and why?  Leather or composite?  Etc.

Thank you!!

What can a history of 5-star QB transfers tell us about Shea Patterson at Michigan? (SBNation)

What can a history of 5-star QB transfers tell us about Shea Patterson at Michigan? (SBNation)

Submitted by Caesar on May 31st, 2018 at 6:12 AM

Answer: it indicates that chances for success are good. Check this (link) for the full story. The article's specific takeaways:

  1. 5 star transfers usually perform well
  2. Offensive fit matters a great deal 
  3. Immediate improvement over the previous QB and general production is possible

It's a pretty small sample size, and a more granular review from Brian will be more helpful, but I think this article is reason for some cautious optimism from a non-OL perspective. 

What's your record prediction for Michigan in 2018?

What's your record prediction for Michigan in 2018?

Submitted by Eye of the Tiger on May 31st, 2018 at 1:16 AM

For me it's 9-3 (7-2):

 

L - @ND 

W - WMU 

W - SMU

W - Nebraska

W - @NW

W - Maryland

L - Wisconsin

W - @MSU

W - PSU

W - @Rutgers

W - Indiana

L - @OSU

 

I'd code @ND, Wisconsin, @MSU and PSU as "high level of uncertainty" games. So we could go 4-0 across that stretch or 0-4, but I don't see either as very likely. More likely we go 3-1, 2-2 or 1-3. Nebraska is another one that would be tricky, if it was a road game, but it's at home so I'm not too worried. 

There are...

There are...

Submitted by JWG Wolverine on May 31st, 2018 at 12:08 AM

...days until Sam Sword (LB 1995-1998) has some deja vu specific to his junior year when he sees the 2018 edition of Michigan Football DOMINATE the Irish in their own stadium!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam_Sword

This man is totally nominated for best name of any Michigan Football player. Especially for a LB!

Another day closer, Go Blue and To Hell With Notre Dame!

Preseason Michigan Ranking from Athlon, Lindy's, and Steet&Smith's

Preseason Michigan Ranking from Athlon, Lindy's, and Steet&Smith's

Submitted by SkyPanther on May 30th, 2018 at 8:49 PM

Preseaon ranking from 3 well known sources:

 

Athlon: Michigan at #5

 

 

Lindy's: Michigan at #18

 

 

Street&Smith: Michigan at #9

 

It looks like all of them think Michigan is going to lose to Ohio St. But a lot of this rests on whether Shea Patterson has an average or great year. If early on, it looks like Shea Patterson is better than sliced bread for Michigan, all these predictions get thrown out the window, and it's on for a real shot at the Final 4.

 

But let's wait and see. It starts with beating Notre Dame!

 

HatTip to Sean Keeler of Land of 10--Michigan for the article: https://www.landof10.com/michigan/michigan-football-2018-preseason-magazines-predictions

Michigan Football Trivia on a Wednesday (now with answers!)

Michigan Football Trivia on a Wednesday (now with answers!)

Submitted by Brian Griese on May 30th, 2018 at 11:29 AM

Last night I got to wondering: When has Michigan won a game in which they did not score a Touchdown?  Doing research this morning, I believe I have found the 5 most recent games in which Michigan won without hitting paydirt. 

So I pose the question to the readers of this blog: Can you name the 5 most recent games Michigan won without scoring a TD?

Bonus question: Can you name the game Michigan won without scoring a TD in regulation, but did find the end zone in OT?

I will post the answers later.  No looking it up unless you are really stumped.  And no checking SuperGuides either.

Hint 1: I was born in 1988.  To the best of my research, two of these games were in my lifetime. 

Hint 2:  Michigan did score TD's in two notable poor weather games that resulted in victories (1998 Northwestern, 1950 OSU).  However, there is one other they did not...

*****

EDIT #1: I am looking for games where Michigan did not score a TD in any way.  This does not include games where Michigan may have scored a TD on Special Teams or Defense but not on offense. 

 

EDIT #2: Answers - It looks like everyone that offered up answers were able to get the two most recent ones correct, 2012 vs. MSU (12-10) and 1995 vs. Purdue (5-0 nasty weather game).  It does not appear anyone came up with the three oldest ones on the list, then again I doubted anyone would.  I do believe these other three to be the most recent but if someone thinks I missed one I would be happy to look into it more.

  • 1932 @ Minnesota (3-0)
  • 1928 vs MSU (3-0)
  • 1928 vs Illinois (3-0)

Most everyone got the bonus question as well, that was 2013 @ Northwestern.  Maybe another time we could examine recent wins in which all Michigan scoring was via Special Teams. 

Happy 139th Birthday, Michigan Football!

Happy 139th Birthday, Michigan Football!

Submitted by Wolverine Devotee on May 30th, 2018 at 11:13 AM

139 years ago today at White Stockings Park in Chicago, Michigan took on Racine in the first game in Michigan Football history. 

Irving Pond scored the first TD in Michigan history, and captain David DeTarr scored the winning goal kick to give Michigan the 1-0 win.

TDs didn't count unless you made the goal kick. 

 

 

http://bentley.umich.edu/athdept/images/1879/racine1879.pdf

 

The heat was oppressive, but despite the heat, about 500 students of Racine and citizens of Chicago witnessed, what we may call, the finest game of Rugby foot-ball ever played this side of the Alleghanies.
 
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A rest of ten minutes given the teams, during which Mr. Keeler and other graduates amused themselves with a few kicks, but they only succeeded in covering themselves not with glory, but with dirt. The second inning opened by a good kick-off by Captain DeTarr.
 
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In a short time a touch-down was made by our team and a kick was made by Captain DeTarr for the goal, which, according to the referee's deicision, missed ; but our umpire and the whole team and the spectators declared the goal was safely made ; however, we did not wish to dispute with the referee, yet, we must suggest, he is as liable to be mistaken as anyone else.

Captain David DeTarr

 

2019 in-state DE Ruke Orhorhoro names Michigan to top 4

2019 in-state DE Ruke Orhorhoro names Michigan to top 4

Submitted by Magnus on May 30th, 2018 at 10:30 AM

River Rouge (MI) River Rouge defensive end Ruke Orhorhoro named Michigan to his top four, along with Clemson, Indiana, and Kentucky. Orhorhoro is a guy who has not been talked about a ton in this recruiting cycle, at least not by Michigan fans. He's a 3-star, the #63 WDE, and #981 overall. Right now there's only one crystal ball pick in, and it's for Michigan (it came from Demetric Warren).

https://twitter.com/D1ruke/status/1001495554483015681

24/7 quotes Uche RE: Al Washington, Ed Warriner, QBs

24/7 quotes Uche RE: Al Washington, Ed Warriner, QBs

Submitted by Salinger on May 30th, 2018 at 9:37 AM

Nice little puff piece over on 24/7. Josh Uche has some boilerplate things to say about coaches, QBs, and the OLine. More than anything I think it's promising to hear that he's making progress. I'd love to see Josh Uche become a 3rd down missile set to blow up opposing QBs. 

 

Link