WTKA Roundtable 8/31/17: How’s Don Brown Gonna Solve It?

WTKA Roundtable 8/31/17: How’s Don Brown Gonna Solve It?

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GIS “gatorshark”

Things discussed:

  • Florida: How do you lose 12% of your roster to credit card fraud?
  • This has been a really yappy offseason for Florida, and it’s been mostly coming from the top.
  • Media-Harbaugh Industrial Complex
  • More Florida: did the Muschamp D graduate or are these guys talented enough to remain a dangerous defense fettered to an Austrian-Hungarian offense?
  • Sam is now more concerned about the secondary than the offensive line. Experience matters and Brown is going to make them run a complicated system. Don’t need to grow up until Game 7.
  • Brian’s yard has no grass.
  • More Florida: their OTs are dinged up too. That’s bad for you.
  • Stupid Dallas game because they can jack up the ticket prices and don’t have to share with the conference. It’s a bad reason. But this was scrounging after ND screwed them; let’s never do this again.
  • Sam shares how prepared M is for Air Force this time.
  • Speight is the guy and here’s why.
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You can catch the entire episode on Michigan Insider's podcast stream on Audioboom.

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MGoRadio 3.0: Ol’ Fuzzy Caster

MGoRadio 3.0: Ol’ Fuzzy Caster

1 hours and 10 minutes

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MGoRadio is recorded before a live audience: Fridays before home games at The Bo Store, and Thursdays nights at various locations before away games. This one was before a drinking audience at a cool tailgate space on 327 East Hoover because Matt from HomeSure Lending was throwing us a Football Eve party.

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We can do this because people support us. You should support them too so they’ll want to do it again next year! The show is presented by UGP & Bo Store, and if it wasn’t for Rishi and Ryan we probably would have real jobs.

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The Preview: Wrap

starts at 1:00

Replace Braden and Kalis with Onwenu and Kugler and you’re not losing much; Mags to Ulizio/whomever is a downgrade. The sophomores are better sophomores than we’ve seen in a long time.

The State of Florida

starts at 21:58

Try really hard not to say “Sharkfuckers” a hundred times. Really wanted Zaire to win that job—starting a redshirt freshman is not optimal.

Gimmicky Top Five New Prospectin’ Names

starts at 41:24

Matt Demorest joins us and scores Brian and Ace as they come with new prospecting nicknames for new players we are going to enjoy. J’Marick Woods is now Ol’ J’Marick Woods.

Ranking the Opponents

starts at 52:11

Maryland and Minnesota are going to come in the top half, aren’t they?

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MUSIC:

  • “Warships”—Oblivion
  • “Gold Rush”—Ol’ unknown pianist
  • “Every Empty Town”—Dear Noble Reader, which was the band of reader @WolverSwede and friends
  • “Across 110th Street”

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WTKA Roundtable 8/24/2017: Craig Sold a Book at Literati

WTKA Roundtable 8/24/2017: Craig Sold a Book at Literati

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[Bryan Fuller]

Things discussed:

  • Alcohol sales: Commerce is annoying. People in the suites can get up and get a beer without annoying Brian. Could you bring a keg to Michigan Stadium in the day?
  • Florida really humped the shark: Three-headed quarterback situation can’t be good news for them. Going with Luke Del Rio is really not good news, especially for Zaire.
  • The secondary has us concerned, especially after the starters. Sam suggests the trepidation might be the aliens at receiver making our guys look bad. Lavert Hill has come on.
  • Keith Washington: coaches asked him to develop some safety skills and that caused it—weird. Michigan is now thin at corner: JKP is probably going to have to move.
  • James Hudson to offensive tackle: good news for DL depth, bad news for OTs. It may not stick—this stuff happens in a Harbaugh program.
  • The defense is the defense: Don Brown will help the kids out by calling up good doctor blitz. Lost guys but gained experience in the system.
  • Having fun with the different types of players they’ve got. Michigan will spread it out to use the catching abilities of Evans, Hammering Panda, and the receivers and tight ends. Pep effect!

You can catch the entire episode on Michigan Insider's podcast stream on Audioboom.

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MGoPodcast 9.0: Preview 2017 Part III: Nemeses and Feelingsies

MGoPodcast 9.0: Preview 2017 Part III: Nemeses and Feelingsies

45 minutes

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This is Part 3/3. Part 1 was the offense. Part 2 was the defense and special teams. This one is about all the games, and all the feels.

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The Previews

FLORIDA (starts at 1:00) Leaning on the defense and that’s like ours: talented and really young. We’ll take Michigan’s coaching over McElwain and co. any day of the week, especially Shark Week.

CINCINNATI (starts at 4:40) They lost a lot after their last coach was mailing it in. Ohio State’s punishment for Jim Tressel was probably a good hire but it’s too early for that to bear fruit.

AIR FORCE (starts at 5:50) Quarterback and running back are good. They’re Air Force (thanks Dave Brandon!) so they’ll cut the hell out of our linemen. We like Don Brown in this game better than Michigan’s post-Alabama single-high approach last time.

@PURDUE (starts at 8:00) Best coaching improvement in the country. They have GRIII’s little brother and that’s about it for talent.

MICHIGAN STATE (starts at 9:12) They were an old team with 13 unexpected departures. What’s the same? LJ Scott, some OLBs, some DTs, and 1 or 2 guys named Allen. What’s better? No McDowell.

@INDIANA (starts at 13:25) Why did you release Kevin Wilson if Ohio State was going to scoop him up? Now DeBord is the OC. Tom Allen, the former DC promoted to HC has a Don Brown-ish defense.

@PENN STATE (starts at (16:55) If you like long bombs and “tuddies” you’ll like this team. They’re…overrated? Rex Grossman-ing worked for them. Barkley and McSorley are good and good for college. Cothran & Cothren is a good law firm name.

RUTGERS (starts at 21:47) The Friday night before this game we’re going to have a charity event at that same place on Hoover where the top donors get to pick which highly accurate former Michigan team they want to play on NCAA 2014 in our 2nd ever Bo Bowl. Ace is the defending champion so he gets to play his 2006s again. Details when we’ve got it all put together. Saturday is Homecoming and Michigan will win.

MINNESOTA (starts at 21:48) They lost their great secondary, got some running backs, really no quarterbacks. Probably not yet very good, but Fleck will recruit his way into competition. Is Fleck good or just a good recruiter who Corey Davis’d the MAC?

@MARYLAND (starts at 24:03) Walt Bell schemed them into a great running game despite 3/5 bad OL, and almost no passing downfield. Great QB names. Some good players though: Carter, Opara, Aniebonam, and those running backs.

@WISCONSIN (starts at 27:14) Losing Cichy is big for them except they seem to produce middle linebackers out of nowhere. The offense isn’t that scary. Going to Madison is.

THE GAME (starts at 30:05) Brian tries to speak French. They’ve got some holes on their offensive line. The guys disagree on Mike Weber. They got Kevin Wilson, their wideouts will be better. “Zone Six!” Their defense…HEY LOOK CLEMSON

The Feels

starts at 38:11

Getting OSU at home is big. Hope the OL holds up just well enough to beat Florida and don’t get hurt against Air Force and it’s not a bad year. Penn State and Wisconsin on the road are the only circles until those guys. Michigan could be an Outback-ish team, or a team like PSU last year that gets to the playoff by upsetting OSU then gets exposed.

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MUSIC:

  • “O’ Be Joyful”—Shovels & Rope
  • “Across 110th Street”

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MGoPodcast 9.0: Preview 2017 Part II: Dudes In Need of Prospecting Names

MGoPodcast 9.0: Preview 2017 Part II: Dudes In Need of Prospecting Names

58 minutes

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the four horses [Aaron Bills/University of Michigan]

This is Part 2/3. Instead of making you listen to 3.5 hours straight we’re splitting this one up into three parts. That was decided after it was recorded.

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This podcast is presented by The Bo Store and UGP. Rishi and Ryan have been here since before Podcast 1.0—shopping with them supports us and supports good dudes.

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Defensive End

starts at 1:00

SOME DUDES. Rashan Gary is more agile than all of the cornerbacks, works out like a walk-on. Winovich was barely behind: Taco, Bosa, everyone but Don Brown’s last DE. Kemp is getting talked about the right way. Talking about Paye right with Vilain. Can be creative.

Defensive Tackle

starts at 10:55

Hurst is a lethal first step attached to a football player: triple-digit offensive linemen exploded into tiny pieces. Mone is a tank; probably not going to be worse than okay. Ace is not just talking up Aubrey Solomon because he took him in draftageddon it’s because he Ryan Glasgow’d Bredeson. We’d really like to see Mr. Dwumfour’s “Hurst-like first step.” Would love Lawrence Marshall to be a Godin but skepticism. Jeter stock up, Hudson stock down from our Willie Henry-level excitement. Paiea a better guard prospect we think.

Linebackers

starts at 22:20

Blitz City TFL Pool starts now. Michigan passed up two of last year’s best LBs for Devin Bush, who looks like that was a good idea. McCray developed into an NFL draft pick last year. Three words to describe Khaleke Hudson game. Don Brown: “violence, aggression, hammerhead.” Ace: “violent, violent, violent.” Brian: “shares a birthday.” Wrobo is fine if he’s Desmond Morgan. Then…freshmen. SAMs: more of a role this year for Furbush vs MSU-Wisconsin-Air Force. Uche is a situational Brown weapon.

Cornerback

starts at 39:04

Recorded before Washington announced his transfer. Hill and Long are winning the jobs but not at all cleanly. Watson can jam, and tackle after he gives up a slant. Ambry Thomas needs weight, Ben St-Juste looks like a Canadian.

Safety

starts at 43:42

Kinnel looked like Jordan Kovacs with free safety talent. Metellus is a savant. Both guys won jobs by default/beating Jordan Glasgow, who’s probably better at viper. Two true freshmen: Woods is a centerfielder and needs a better nickname. JKP…is he even a safety yet?

Defense Overall

starts at 47:40

Don Brown Year 2 bump = Top 10 defense? Top 5? Impressed how together they were in spring.

Special Teams

starts at 48:48

Quinn Nordin’s 48-yard field goal defies hyperbole. He attempted 3 kicks last year. Michigan has brought in a kicker expert—the walk-on crew can handle short range if Nordin isn’t the greatest kicker in Michigan history. Brad Robbins is Kornblue’s #1 punter with the right recruiting story. Cheeseman has great levers. Holder of the Year Garrett Moores returns. Peppers’ ability as a fair-catcher is hard to understate. Shield punting kryptonite these guys.

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MUSIC:

  • “B.O.B.”—OutKast
  • “Across 110th Street”

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MGoPodcast 9.0: Preview 2017 Part 1: Good Ol’ Santana Guitar Solo

MGoPodcast 9.0: Preview 2017 Part 1: Good Ol’ Santana Guitar Solo

1 hour and 7 minutes

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[Bryan Fuller]

Instead of making you listen to a Hardcore History-length preview we’re splitting this one up into three parts. That was decided after it was recorded.

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[UPDATE: I forgot HOMESURE LENDING! First podcast jitters, sorry. Matt is building quite an army of satisfied MGoBlogger clients--ask any of us and we'll tell you if you're buying or refinancing call him first.]

This podcast is presented by The Bo Store and UGP. Rishi and Ryan have been here since before Podcast 1.0—shopping with them supports us and supports good dudes.

Our sponsors also make this possible so please support them: They are the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan, the Residence Inn Ann Arbor Downtown, Ann Arbor Elder Law, Deo Bookkeeping, Michigan Law Grad, Peak Wealth Management, and Lantana Hummus

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1. Quarterback

(starts at 2:20)

There’s Harbaugh Speight and there’s Reverts to Borges Speight. Peters is where he ought to be. If O’Korn’s getting mention it’s a good sign for him or a motivator for Peters or whatever it’s Speight.

2. Running Back

(starts at 14:05)

Lotta guys and at least one is a total Harbaugh Dude. Evans can anticipate where he’ll juke you. Solid 1-2-3 with him, Higdon and Isaac, and Kareem Walker ought to hold off the freshmen.

3. Catchy-Blocky Types

(starts at 24:21)

Hammering Panda gets two-for-ones, short yardage running and we’ll see more of his excellent receiving this year; conditioning might be the issue (and explain the 50/50 split). Ben Mason can hit so hard he could displace Old Bandit (Poggi). Old Skillet Hands. When they need to move somebody it’s Ty Wheatley Jr. Gentry is an NFL weapon. Everyone mispronounces McKeon; the coaches love him. Eubanks one more year.

4. Wide Receiver

(starts at 35:25)

No Terrell Owens on this team, except talent-wise in which case there are lots. Tarik Black might be #1 right now, and so smooth you’ll year Santana solos. Donovan Peoples-Jones can be fun fun fun. Crawford is blocky, likely the top target out of the gate. Oliver Martin is most polished guy ever, Nico is unfair. Route Artisan Grant Perry retains the slot. Schoenle and Johnson and McDoom...this is fine.

5. Offensive Line

(starts at 50:18)

Cole not a classic left tackle but he’s still great. Bredeson was bad but nowhere near as bad as Coy Cronk or Michael Jordan (NTMJ), i.e good for a freshman. Kugler: relatively The Lock (…to be adequate). Mike Onwenu is some weight; Ruiz is around to back up those two spots. Right tackle…

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MUSIC:

  • “Total Eclipse of the Heart”—Bonnie Tyler
  • “Smooth”—Santana
  • “Across 110th Street”

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WTKA Roundtable 8/17/2017: The Harbaugh Version of Speight

WTKA Roundtable 8/17/2017: The Harbaugh Version of Speight

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[Eric Upchurch]

Things discussed:

  • Wilton Speight: most lethal downfield threat in the league? Pro Football Focus says so but we dive into what those numbers mean.
  • O’Korn is #2 to the coaches. Is that an O’Korn package or O’Korn for real or O’Korn to motivate guys or…? I mean we watched the Indiana game.
  • Sam eats some Tarik Black crow. Brian remains on Team Oliver Martin. Tarik Black is a dude. OH RIGHT THE FIVE STAR
  • Checking in with that SEC speed: Florida can lose players faster than Michigan State. It’s really 1-1/2 but remember they also lost their best player in the secondary to injury so this compounds an issue. Their corners < our corners.
  • Zaire isn’t locking down the Florida QB job, which means…?
  • Around the league: Craig makes a Mike DeBord bet. Can Wisconsin run out of linebackers? They had a ton of injuries last year. Iowa has a lot of talent if they can find a quarterback. Could Brian have made the money for the Big Ten that Delany did without adding Maryland and Rutgers.
  • Hoops: no idea what team these guys are gonna be. Might be a good year to only play Michigan State once. They’re in that next year conversation, but so are 5 other schools.
  • The Julia Louise-Dreyfuss Effect.

You can catch the entire episode on Michigan Insider's podcast stream on Audioboom.

Segment two is here. Segment three is here.

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WTKA Roundtable 8/11/2017: Did You Not Hear About the Shark?

WTKA Roundtable 8/11/2017: Did You Not Hear About the Shark?

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[SI]

Things discussed:

  • Is Michigan getting overrated? Weakness of the national picture makes 9th-ish okay. 15th seems about right. Hope is one of those Ohio State-like years when they’re super young and super talented and the next generation of NFL talent breaks out.
  • The spread comes back to Michigan. Patriots offense: spread out and work one-on-one and then Blount them. M’s personnel really fit more wide stuff.
  • Reviewing Speight’s 2016.
  • The returner battle is ON: Nate Johnson is good, Oliver Martin is forcing his way in, McDoom still exists. Nobody will be Peppers. How did Michigan block all those punts?
  • Offensive line: Bredeson, Kugler’s being a senior. Onwenu is all about endurance; can Ruiz give him a breather?
  • Is this a 9-3 team or a 9-3 team?
  • Ed doesn’t know about Jim McElwain and the shark.

You can catch the entire episode on Michigan Insider's podcast stream on Audioboom.

Segment two is here. Segment three is here.

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MGoPodcast 8.22: The 8th Grader Fight of the Century

MGoPodcast 8.22: The 8th Grader Fight of the Century

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REMINDER: HTTV Kickstarter ends in 48 hours! We sold out last year so if you want to make sure you get a book this is the way to get it. If you want to know how the Billy Taylor Touchdown was specifically designed to beat what Ohio State showed, you can go to the Alumni Association’s annual golf outing next year and get Jerry Hanlon a beer, or you can just pick up a copy of our book and you’ll see the play in Bo’s playbook while everyone who touched the ball recounts how they did it. Also it’s probably going to be the only opportunity to get a boot shirt:

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This extra episode was recorded at the Junge Center at the behest of our friends at the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan, at their Greater Detroit Club's annual meeting and golf outing, hence all the background chatter. We probably should have mentioned those speeches you hear in the background later are Bo’s top lieutenant Jerry Hanlon, and Michigan Athletic Director Warde Manuel.

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1. Football Items

Starts at 0:55

Position switches: Ben Mason to fullback is obvious, Drake Harris to cornerback and Brad Hawkins to safety says nice things about the receivers. You too can be Richard Sherman.

Grant Perry: Reinstatement means nothing—trial date is July 17th which is before practices start—and probably means they know what the deal is going to be at this point. Three-game suspension seems in the realm of reasonable.

Sunny Odogwu: Injury means he’s going to be playing catch-up but a great use of an open scholarship and could work out very well.

NCAA rule changes: SEC upset about early signing period in late December and visits in summer because it’s good for northern schools, kids, and honest dealers. Early signing resolves Swenson situations in time. The can’t-hire-a-coach rule is stupid.

Michigan State reeling: Not taking pleasure in this. Investigations finally out, three prominent players out with every other pretty good player you can think of either trying to get out or questionably committed. Outlook: 2016 class is hemorrhaging, 2017 class bottomed out, 2018 class is under a cloud, and Dantonio’s build was all about lack-of-attrition so this program could be coming completely off the tracks. Team chemistry a mess. If you’re Pat Narduzzi, would you leave Pitt for this?

2. Gimmicky Top Five: Stupid Things We Are Proud Of, wsg Bruce Madej

Starts at 34:27

We welcome in “Michigan Man Classic” Bruce Madej, the godfather of SID’ing and currently a special advisor to the athletic department. Ace goes first, which means the MGoBlog guys got exactly one good one in before Bruce blows this away. At least Brian and Ace kept the rest of theirs short so we could get to the next Madej thing. If not for Madej you might be impressed that Beilein’s sons were very happy about “We Had Subs It Was Crazy” because that’s exactly how dad their dad is.

3. Bill Wenzel on AAUM’s Golf Outing

Starts at 1:00:37

Why are we here?

4. Hoops & Ace’s Hockey Podcast

Starts at 1:06:49

D.J. Wilson to NBA is depressing but would have been more depressing to lose Wagner because it’s right before he becomes a murderer. Wilson probably promised he’d go in the 1st round.

Simmons: would you trade him for D.J.? Not sure because solving the PG situation is a huge deal for this team. Charles Mathews is the biggest X factor this program has had in years.

Mel: When the floor is this guy you’re getting a really good floor, but adding Bill Muckalt to the staff and retaining Wiseman means this is closer to a ceiling hire. Might be good immediately, probably not great again for a few years.

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MUSIC:

  • “The Man Comes Around”—Johnny Cash
  • “Play It Right”—Sylvan Esso
  • “I Went Outside Today”—Open Eagle Mike, Paul White
  • “Across 110th Street”

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WTKA Roundtable 5/4/2017: Like the WWE Network Except with Sports

WTKA Roundtable 5/4/2017: Like the WWE Network Except with Sports

Last one of the year guys.

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No reason I just wanted to use this one and we’re running out of year [Eric Upchurch]

Things discussed:

  • Jaaron Simmons: His high turnovers and lots of bad twos are Ohio’s fault we think. Good on the P&R. Transition offense is only complaint that sticks.
  • DJ and Moe: Most have DJ in 2nd round and Moe not drafted but they’ll go to the deadline. No secret that they would go if either is a 1st rounder. Mo Bamba in a holding pattern.
  • Craig scouted winger Ignas Brazdeikis, a 2018 Lithuanian playing in Canada who reclassified from 2017. Phenomenal shooter, comfortable with both hands.
  • More thoughts on death of cable bundling/ESPN layoffs.
  • Search Engine Optimization: Nobody’s comfortable with that being the most important target for a content provider to be focused on.
  • Michigan State’s troubles: what’s taking so long? Waiting for a logical explanation (e.g. lost evidence).
  • America’s worst football coach comes at Harbaugh, then blocks Harbaugh. Tim Brewster’s block button is the Nixon’s List of 2017. I may have spent an unhealthy portion of yesterday trying to get on this list.
  • Craig submitted an article for HTTV about the 1880s that didn’t have enough about the Stevens Institute Game.
  • Will the NCAA legislate against Michigan going to Rome? Yes, because SEC coaches are shameless? No, because there’s no leg to stand on? Yes because that never stopped them before?

You can catch the entire episode on Michigan Insider's podcast stream on Audioboom.

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