Calvin Magee Pays Fort Myers A Visit

Calvin Magee Pays Fort Myers A Visit

Submitted by SWFlaBlue on October 23rd, 2010 at 8:54 AM

Coach Magee spent his Friday night taking in the South Fort Myers/Fort Myers game joined by a couple of Clemson coaches. Both Dallas Crawford and Sammy Watkins did what they do - providing plenty of explosive, well dreaded moments to help the Wolfpack cruise to a victory. I do think, however, that the kicker from Fort Myers may have caught Magee's attention after he drilled a 43-yarder with at least 10 yards to spare in the 1st quarter and followed it up by kicking off through the end zone.

I wonder where the rest of the staff spent their Friday night?

Bye week blues--plans for the Saturday off?

Bye week blues--plans for the Saturday off?

Submitted by Noleverine on October 23rd, 2010 at 5:42 AM

While the bye week is good for the team and getting people healthy, personally I am having difficulty with it.  There is still the bad taste in my mouth from the Iowa game, and all I want is to cleanse my palate with a UM win.  But, sadly, I wont get that for at least another week.

So, my question is: what are you all doing to cope with the bye week today?  Is it a Wife Day, like Six Zero, or something different?  Going to the bar to watch some other good match-ups from around the country?  Photoshopping Lloyd Brady a little more?

Personally, I will be spending my Saturday reflecting on glories past.  I will be watching the Capital One Bowl victory over Florida, the overtime wins against State, the 2008 Wiscy game, and the 2005 Penn State game, to name a few.  I plan on using this Saturday to bask in the past, and renew my hopes for this year and years to come.

Please share your Saturday plans, and maybe help some others find ways to deal with the off-week.

TomVH: Antonio Kinard Update

TomVH: Antonio Kinard Update

Submitted by TomVH on October 22nd, 2010 at 4:47 PM

LB Antonio Kinard was originally a commitment for the 2010 class, but ended up going to Hargrave Academy in Virginia. There were questions about whether or not he would be a part of the 2011 class, and I spoke with him about that today. 

I have talked to the coaches (at Michigan), and I will be enrolling in January as long as my SAT score is high enough. I should be getting my score back soon, like tomorrow. I need to get somewhere around 1000. I think I got that because I'm here at this military academy, and all I'm allowed to think about is my grades, football, and getting out of here. 

So as long as his SAT score is high enough, he was told by admissions that he will be in to enroll January. 

Who on the team will get drafted and what round?

Who on the team will get drafted and what round?

Submitted by FingerMustache on October 22nd, 2010 at 4:43 PM

I'm sure this has been done before, but...


im curious to see people's predictions on who on the current roster will get drafted and where in the draft they will go.


Here's my go at it:


Martin - Early 2nd

Van Bergen - 6th round

Roh - 5th round

Mouton - 5th round (only because of measureables)

Denard - early 3rd

Tate - 7th

Stonum - 3rd

Lewan - 1st (top 15)

Schilling - 3rd

Molk - 3rd

Omameh - 4th

Koger - 7th


Denard is a really hard one to predict. If not for the recent successes of Vick and Vince Young,  I would have said 5 round. However at this point, teams might be more open to quarterbacks in that mold. On the other hand, a team might take him with the plans to convert him to reciever.

Preview, WifeDay 2010

Preview, WifeDay 2010

Submitted by Six Zero on October 22nd, 2010 at 4:22 PM

[Ed: No preview today since it's a bye week, except for... you know... this. Also there is an Other People Pressers for it. No. seriously.]



Six Zero vs. Wife Day


Some Outlet Shopping Center in the Northeast


Far too much of Saturday


Wife, Shopping -28.5


None.  Absolutely None.


Like it matters.

Ohhhhhh No

So this is our off-week, which celebrates a time-honored tradition in my household, WIFEDAY.  That’s right, WifeDay--  the one weekend in the fall where my wife gets to actually spend a Saturday afternoon, IN THE FALL, NO LESS, with a logical, rational and an almost carefree version of her husband.  I have found that giving up this Saturday every year is a small way to give back for her willingness to honor my all-consuming fanaticism for Michigan football, which basically means that she stays out of the way of the TV every weekend from September through November.  So she gets to plan the day, and we do it together.  Heck, I might even humor her and forego the UM wardrobe and wear something striped and collared.  Well, maybe.


Defense vs. Home Furnishings

aka the Barn of Pottery

So yes, my wife has decided that she’d like to do some shopping this weekend.  We’ve recently made some upgrades to the house, and I’m sure she’d like to get a few things to make the place as nice as it can.  Yikes, I could be in for a long day—the place we’re going to has a Pottery Barn, some furniture chain outlet, and I think there may even be an Ikea nearby. 


In Store



(yds per purchase)

Pottery Barn





Furniture Showroom





Ikea, if applicable




No Mercy







Let’s make no mistake here… there’s no way I’m going to get out of having to look at things for the house together.  I also need to be nearby when these decisions are being made, or else I’ll find myself sitting on my couch next week trying to watch the PSU game in a sea of red ‘accent’ pillows with beads or something on them that are essentially unable to support the human head.  I’m going to have to put in quality time here just to preserve the sanctity of my home.

Key Matchup:Six Zero vs. Suffocating Furniture Sales Representatives, and exotic wicker décor of any kind.  It’ll get ugly early.

Man-Store Offense vs. Wife

YES!Bring on the Fleece?

I will not go down without a fight...

Yes!  The day will not be a total wash—where there’s retail, there’s electronics, and that’s where I'll get most of my yardage on the day.  There’s nothing in Best Buy that I couldn’t necessarily find online, but there’s something essentially primal about stalking BluRays, PS3 games or WiFi gear that doesn’t even require a purchase.  Other draws might include an UnderArmour outlet (ridiculously un-outlet prices notwithstanding), Black and Decker, Columbia, and perhaps even an Adidas outlet.

Sweet Lord, Yes

Key Matchup:Wife’s curiosity vs. the sheer glory of the Bose retail outlet space.  Quite simply, the concept of having a home theater that is ‘good enough’ does not exist—I could spend $1800 on one and still find myself yearning for a better one tomorrow.  Mine is currently well out of date, and I tend to visibly drool inside the confines of the Bose outlet.  If my wife gets a taste of the Kool-Aid, it could be the turning point of the entire afternoon for our offense.  On the other hand, if they’re actually showing college football in there, I’ll probably revert from model husband form and back to MGoBlog cretin, and she’ll simply leave the store.

Man Defense vs. Women’s Apparel

As Brian Says, “DOOM.”

This is where she pulls away for the victory.  There’s no freshmen secondary to blame here, just the inexplicable love/hate relationship women share with their favorite boutiques.  They seem to be painstakingly loyal to these brands despite being so frequently let down with empty shelves, wrong sizes, and clothes that don’t fit just right.  Despite all of this, it’s always worth it when the store comes through and she gets that mythical creature known as the ‘perfect outfit.’  In many ways, it is very much like our devotion to the maize and blue.


In Store




White House Black Market





Ann Taylor Loft





Other Stores That I Stand In
But am Too Bored To Tears
To Actually Read Their Names





I’m in big trouble here, and everyone knows it, even the overweight forty-something saleswoman who viciously tells my wife that every single thing looks perfect on her.  My best defenses are my well-charged phone, which is currently equipped with everything from a web browser to Crazy Taxi, and/or my ability to slip away to the nearest Banana Republic or even Eddie Bauer if there’s no chair for me to sit in by the dressing room.

Key Matchup:The Samsung Mythic and ATTWireless vs. Quality Reception in Random Shoe Store.  I have a good history with NBC Sports play-by-play features for whatever games will be live during the outing, and I’ll eventually move onto highlight vid clips as the afternoon unfolds.  I’ll get torched, no question, but it’s either that or shop for myself, which all wives eventually get tired of.  The last thing I want to be accused of is ‘not spending the day together,’ which would cancel the entire transaction of ‘quality time’ that Wife Day is about.  To some degree, I have to man up and let her do her shopping.

Food Offense vs. Shopping

Look, Our Menu's Got Wings!

This is my last ditch at owning the day.  I’m not sure what we’ll be up for, but I have some options here, and I intend to cash in on them.  GameDay is always a good day for food, and I usually have some sort of Brats, burgers, or other grilled fare unless my wife steps up and serves her patented football nacho spread.  Maybe that’s why I’m so willing to devote the off-week to her: she respects GameDay, and all of my weird obsessive rituals associated with it.  So this is my own little way of giving back to the marriage.  Plus I usually end up at some sort of chain sit-down place like Ruby Tuesdays or Friday’s or something, and she’ll even pretend not to notice as I stare over her shoulder and root for whoever’s playing the Damn Buckeyes.  I’ll probably also be good early on for some sort of escape to the nearest Sonic for a Grape Limeade, and plus there’s always that Gourmet place with the killer Buffalo dip to keep me going throughout the afternoon.

Key Matchup:Fajitas vs. Red Meat.  That is all.

Special Teams

I hold the edge here, because despite all the fuss that this is her day, I know my wife well enough to know that she’s going to end up shopping for me.  I’m business professional by day, but I’m also enough of ‘a guy’ to wear pants with frayed edges and holes in my socks and still say that I don’t need anything new.  I’ll come home with some nice new shirt for work, or something that she just couldn’t resist for the price.  It’s not official adidas gear, but the possibility even exists for that… stranger things have happened.

Key Matchup:STOP KICKING THE DAMN BALL.  Simple wisdom for a complex world.


Hell, Outlet Shopping Style

Hell, Heironymous Bosch styleHell, Jim Tressel style


Cheap Thrills

Worry if...

  • Ann Taylor has coupons of any kind.
  • She brings an early Christmas Shopping List
  • New stores, with a Grand Opening Sale.

Cackle with knowing glee if...

  • My wife says “Wow, those surround sound units are amazing.”
  • The words “Go ahead and I’ll catch up with you later” are even whispered.
  • Live football is being displayed on any television in my basic vicinity.

Fear/Paranoia Level: 7 (Baseline 5; +1 for Wife Day, +1 for Fall Fashions, –1 for For All My Complaining There’s Some Things There For Me Too, +1 for At The End of the Day I’m At An Outlet Center When Quality College Football is Being Played, –1 for But All In All She’s A Pretty Great Wife and It’s a Yearly Tradition)

Desperate need to win level: 2 (Baseline 5; -1 for I Know Better, –1 for I’ve Seen It So Many Times Before so Don't Panic, -1 for Sets Me Up Quite Well for the Rest of the Season )

Loss will cause me to...Let her have her day in the sun.

Win will cause me to...Worry about screwing up a good thing.

Finally, three opportunities for me to look stupid Sunday:

  • I come home with new footwear of any kind.
  • We actually have room left in the back of my SUV at the end of the day.
  • My wife reads this blog and doesn’t realize that it’s just humor playing off of Brian’s previews.
  • Happy Wife, 48-10.

Big Ten Bloggers Share Epic Doom in the UM Secondary

Big Ten Bloggers Share Epic Doom in the UM Secondary

Submitted by iawolve on October 22nd, 2010 at 2:10 PM

Adam was doing a recap on Stanzi's passing efficiency numbers and projection for the rest of the year:


Yet at the same time, that competition is, at some level, a concern. Stanzi's line at Michigan was 17-24, 248 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INTs. That's good. But some of those passes were really, really easy; the slant to Derrell Johnson-Koulianos was less a "what a throw by Stanzi" play and more of a "explain how J.T. Floyd is any better at pass coverage than a scarecrow tied to a broom" play. It was ghastly. And even with Indiana and Minnesota looming on the schedule, Iowa's definitely not facing a worse, more comically inept secondary than Michigan's all season long. Michigan Defense: We Appear To Be Trying.


"So we've got that going for us, which is nice"

OT: College Football Players Should Avoid Scooters

OT: College Football Players Should Avoid Scooters

Submitted by emGeauxBleu on October 22nd, 2010 at 2:01 PM

I feel like this has happened before. Wasn't there another football player earlier in the year that got hit by a car while riding a scooter? That can't have been this guy, cause that happened a while ago, right?

In honor of International Caps Lock day:  HERE IS WHERE I FOUND THE STORY