OT - ESPN The Magazine with Insider $4 per year

OT - ESPN The Magazine with Insider $4 per year

Submitted by Griff88 on September 4th, 2011 at 3:29 PM

I promised that if I saw a deal for ESPN the magazine, that I would let people know.  I don't know how long this deal will last. ESPN The Magazine $4 a year, for up to 3 years. Good for new subscriptions or renewal.

In order to get Insider, you will have to sign up with a valid credit card. Very important... this will auto-renewl every year, even if you have signed up for more then 1 year. You will be charged for the full price of insider. You will have to call ESPN, and have them cancel auto renewl.


Apply coupon code 3623 at checkout.

Stub hub instant download legit for UM? [Answered: Yes]

Stub hub instant download legit for UM? [Answered: Yes]

Submitted by samber2009 on September 4th, 2011 at 2:23 PM

I did a search but didn't see any content on it besides the UM agreement with stub hub.  I'm looking at buying tickets via Stub Hub for the ND game.  The cheapest (with most games) seems to be the instant download. I have never seen anyone use a home printed ticket at Michigan Stadium before. Is this legit or should I stay away from those?

Thanks for your help in advance.

Brandon Herron Named Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week

Brandon Herron Named Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week

Submitted by Michigasling on September 4th, 2011 at 12:47 PM

Pretty heady for a fifth-year senior who was under the radar for most of his Michigan career.  Besides the obvious of his two TD returns, his 8 tackles were a career high (and about a 5th of his career total).  Just think what he could have done with an extra quarter of play.


Pop Evil replaced the Victors???

Pop Evil replaced the Victors???

Submitted by dahblue on September 4th, 2011 at 10:59 AM

As many are aware, The Team took the field yesterday to a (previously unknown) local heavy metal band, Pop Evil.  Without getting too into the weeds of "are they a good band or not" (one could always check and learn that they play at awesome venues like "O'Shea's Irish Pub"), I'm curious as to thoughts on Dave Brandon's decision to replace the Michigan Marching Band with Pop Evil for the team's entrance.

Now, I'm no historian (I know we have some here) but I assume The Victors has been played for the team's entrance for ages.  I imagine this is the first time the team has touched the banner to a song written, when...last week?  If Michigan State can rise up to avoid a logo re-vamp, Michigan should be able to rise up to avoid a MMB replacement.  There are certain Michigan traditions that shouldn't be tossed away.  "The Victors" as the entry song is one such tradition.  I realize that on TV, it sounded as if The Victors was playing, but that was after the team had entered.  

Am I alone is finding this change to be such an offense?  Thoughts of the people...?

Brian Kelly is a douchebag

Brian Kelly is a douchebag

Submitted by orobs on September 4th, 2011 at 1:58 AM

Honestly, I don't think I've ever seen a coach act like such a disgrace as Kelly today.  Completely belittled some of his players in front of a national audience.  He makes Bo Pellini look like Mother Teresa.  I cannot imagine how any 18 year old kid would wanna play for this guy.   In case anyone is curious what it looks like to blow an aneurysm in real time, I present:



Learn from yesterday, live for today, Hoke for tomorrow - WMU

Learn from yesterday, live for today, Hoke for tomorrow - WMU

Submitted by Lordfoul on September 4th, 2011 at 1:05 AM


“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.” 
Albert Einstein


So here we are again at the beginning of a new era in Michigan Football, not nearly far enough removed from the last “beginning of a new era”, and once again I find myself seated in front of the computer trying to sort out my feelings on the matter.  In truth I had planned on not doing these this year.  Most of my impetus for spilling my thoughts here for the past three seasons stemmed from the completely foreign sensation a Rich Rodriguez led Michigan team left me with on fall Saturdays – an out-of-sorts feeling of not really knowing what to expect going forward.  While Bo/Mo/Carr teams had a character that evolved so slowly that year-to-year change was almost undetectable, Rich Rod’s first tilt against Utah flipped my perceptions of Michigan completely and it seemed each successive game of the past three seasons distorted my outlook further.  Michigan football went from being a solid thing I could count on and often take for granted, to a crapshoot of strangeness that forced me to question my unhealthy obsession with Michigan Football each and every week.

I thought Brady Hoke’s hiring would make things easy again and give me that cock-sure attitude back that said “I don’t need to worry about the details; I can just turn on the TV on Saturday and feel assured that Michigan will most probably win.”  My cousin who played DE as a walk on under Hoke assured me that there was no better hire to be had, and that the past would become the future.  Hell, maybe it will eventually, but for now the trials of the past few seasons compel me to question what the future has in store.

Learn from yesterday…

What did the game against Western Michigan teach us, and what is left unclear?

·         Just because your name is Greg doesn’t mean you can’t coordinate a defense.  Seriously, raise your hand if the thought of starting out the season against a very-good, veteran QB didn’t worry you a bit.  After last year I was braced for the worst and Carder was every bit the accurate and composed passer he was advertised to be.  He shredded our secondary at will until Greg Mattison made adjustments and started getting blitzers through.  In truth our defense never truly broke; the longest play allowed was a 24 yard run and the longest reception only netted 20 yards for WMU.  I waited all game for the play that would torch us, but the defense did a good enough job of keeping the play in front of them and got aggressive when it was well suited.  The end result was something bordering on mediocrity, which felt like competency, and is a win for Mattison for sure.  Two defensive touchdowns is a nice start to the season as well.

·         Will the Al Borges offense work?  Not enough data here really, what with Michigan’s offense having only 6 meaningful drives to look at.  The data we have is surely encouraging though.  Michigan’s first drive showed a degree of composure and demonstrated an ability to take control of the game tempo.  The long runs seemed to be set up for success, especially coming practically back-to-back.  We probably would have scored on 4 of 6 drives had the game not been halted, though the other two were 3andouts.  Will it work for Denard?  I am not so sure of this.  The first offensive play from scrimmage looked very familiar indeed.  In fact most of the first drive looked much like last year, right down to the amount of punishment Denard was being exposed to.  If the defense hadn’t spotted Michigan two touchdowns, I wonder if run-hard Denard would have continued to be the go-to play if the score had remained closer.  Denard’s comfort level overall was encouraging though, and he looked much better playing under center than last year.

·         +3 on turnovers will make a fairly evenly matched game into a lopsided one.  This is obviously true and was on full display in this game.  Two of WMU’s three were of the most back-breaking variety imaginable, while the third almost assuredly took points off the board for them.  Even the most conservative estimate would have a 20 point swing from turnovers alone.  We should all keep in mind that this could have easily been a dogfight to the finish.


Live for Today…

Several Michigan players should bask in the glow of their accomplishments:

1.     Jordan Kovacs– KOVACS!!!  KOVACS SMASH!!!  KOVACS, KOVACS, KOVACS!!!  (I had my four year old son chanting this with me.  Kovacs is now the first Michigan player he knows by name.)  Seriously, it is insane that this guy came from open tryouts.  He is my favorite player.

2.     Brandon Herron – Talk about johnny-on-the-spot!  The best part though was that neither of those were gimmee TDs.  Herron showed great agility and stamina to stay in bounds and truck 94 yards in that heat and scooping up the fumble instead of falling on it was a heady play as well.

3.     Fitzgerald Toussaint and Mike Shaw – Big runs by these two led to the touchdown that finally blew the game wide open.  If the damned commentator had been right, and the first of the two runs had indeed been Shaw, there wouldn’t have been need of a second because Shaw == Fast.  Fitz still looks somewhat slow, but manballed two TDs in from close which is admirable.

4.     Kevin Koger – Koger only had one grab but it had two receptions and one was a doozy.  Stretched out and snagging the ball with his fingertips, he still managed to put a hurting on the safety that hit him with a full head of steam.  Gets up like no prob, first down converted.  Nails.

5.     Denard Robinson – No particular statistics are amazing, but he seems to have handled the transition pretty well and had several encouraging plays.  Of note: the pull-down-and-scramble move for 12 yards and a first down just prior to Michigan’s third TD.  Also the long pass completed on the money (I think at least, TV commentator be damned) to Hemingway.  Denard probably doesn’t need to be listed here as he is always awesome and steadfastly refuses to bask in his own glow (making him even more awesome of course).

Also of note was the play of Jeremy Gallon, Jake Ryan, Mike Martin, Courtney Avery, and Kenny Demens.  Oh, and Woolfolk before his injury – here's to a speed recovery.


Hope for Tomorrow

Next week brings a matchup with a Notre Dame team that just choked on its season opener, losing to a South Florida team that it exactly doubled in total yardage in South Bend.  The Irish seem to have settled back on the QB that led them to 4 straight victories to end last season, Tommy Rees.  They also have Michael Floyd.  After watching Carder to White shred us yesterday, it is safe to say that Rees/Floyd is going to be bad news indeed.

Then again, Rees did throw two picks, so maybe karma will continue to be on Michigan’s side and we will score multiple defensive touchdowns, and Denard will gain 500+ yards of offense again, and all will be just swell.  In reality though, ND is good and will be playing with a chip on their shoulder after losing and the game is in our house and we may even be favored despite not outplaying a MAC school by all that much.  Add it up and history dictates a heart-wrenching loss.  I continue to be braced for the worst.


PS - I realize that the quantity and quality of the posting on MGoBlog has increased by leaps and bounds the past three years, and that my posts tend to be more emo/rah-rah than actually, you know, useful.  So if the obvious consensus is that my posts are no longer a welcome addition to the blog, then by all means let me know so that I can ride off into the sunset and trouble you all no more.

Power vs. Zone Blocking in this Game

Power vs. Zone Blocking in this Game

Submitted by Marley Nowell on September 4th, 2011 at 12:41 AM

First play of the game was a 39 Sweep which I think is a power play.  Hoke also said some of the Fitz runs were power plays as well.  Can someone who understands this single out which ones were Power?  I think the long Fitz and Shaw runs were Zone-Option-type plays.