This Week's Obsession: Great Moments in Harbaugh

This Week's Obsession: Great Moments in Harbaugh Comment Count

Seth February 25th, 2015 at 2:52 PM


pyramid of greatness 2.0

Seth: With great coaching comes great insanity. What's…

  1. Your favorite Harbaughism?
  2. Your favorite Traughdition?
  3. A great moment in Harbaughditute?


Brian: [Brian is driving through Iowa and sends his regards]


David: Spread punt.

Seth: That's not…



Seth: I meant we'll split into categories.


Great Harbaughisms (Sayings)


"Who's got it better than us? Nobody!"

If the Harbaugh family slogan doesn't become a Michigan Stadium call-and-response chant by the end of 2015, I'm disappointed in each and every one of you.

Alex Cook:

"Tom, we've talked about this before: at Thanksgiving, you sit at the kids table."

85% chance this has happened.

Adam Schnepp:

"I don't take vacations. I don't get sick. I don't observe major holidays. I'm a jackhammer."

If you're trying to distill the essence of the insanity of coaching (or Harbaugh) into four sentences I don't think you could do a better job than that. I think, however, that I found a caveat: Harbaugh said the first day of spring practice is like Thanksgiving, Christmas, and a birthday rolled into one. That would make the start of spring practice a major holiday to him, and he celebrates it; he just does so by going to work because of course he does.


The minute I saw that go out I was…well I was already enamored with Harbaugh, but this proved Michigan won't try to dull the edges of Harbaugh's approach to rivalries. Which is analogous to things you do with knives. #hasadeal

Weeks after this tweet I still run into Buckeyes who clench their legs together and cover the bits every time they think about how Michigan's head coach correctly labeled Ohio State's head coach a slime.

Also I like that he's always talking about how great a player's family is. I've read between the lines of enough recruiting battles to realize parents are Michigan's best allies, and every time he brings up Mom & Dad it's calculated to reinforce the program's most attractive attributes.

Also also "I just was really revved up!" in answer to the Jim Schwartz handshake incident.

[After the jump: the traditions, the moments]



Opponent Watch 2014: Bye Week

Opponent Watch 2014: Bye Week Comment Count

BiSB November 14th, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Ah, the bye week. Sometimes it interrupts the flow of an exciting football season. And sometimes it mercifully ends the eye-bleeding and cow-rubbing for seven extra merciful days. But either way, the bye week is not simply a void on the calendar. No, no. You are not so lucky. The bye week is the Britta filter of your social life. It catches all of the stuff you’ve been avoiding or putting off. It is your March 31st.

So today, we preview some of your most likely opponents for the weekend. Odds are, you'll be facing at least one or two of these this weekend, so you may as well be prepared.

About Last Week:

Football. Which was somehow worse than this week’s opponents.

Stupid M00N.

The Road Ahead:



Recap: A familiar rival. You have taken on this opponent in bits and pieces over previous weekends, but you didn’t get out there until 11:00 and then you came back in for a drink and the noon games had kicked off and then the Michigan game was on at 3:30 and then DAMN too dark to get back out there. Unfortunately, this has left you in a precarious state in which you still need to rake about 80% of the leaves, and you should probably mow the thing before winter, and your dream of turning that weedy dirt patch in the corner of the yard into, you know, grass, has hopelessly stalled for the second straight season.

This opponent is as frightening as: A standard MAC opponent. It probably won’t be pretty, and you may be left with the impression that you are half-assing it, but you can usually get enough done such as not to embarrass yourself too badly in front of your neighbors. Fear Level = 4

You should worry about: It is supposed to snow. And soon. So if you don’t score early in this one, there’s a decent chance nature will run out the clock.

You can sleep soundly about: It is supposed to snow. And soon. So if you fall behind in this one, who the hell cares it’ll be covered in snow and you won’t have to worry about it until like April. Polar Vortex FTW.

Current Line: Lawn -3


Pile of Papers on the Little Table

Pile of paper

Recap: It started innocently enough. There was the renewal notice for Cat Fancy and the coupon for the restaurant you never visit but might visit some time because you have a coupon. So you put them on that little table in the corner of the kitchen or on the desk in the den so you could take care of them later. And now, four months later, the pile has become The Pile. You know there are some medical bills in there, and something sticking out of the pile (like three inches from the top) says “Second Notice.” The pile is a combination of the vital stuff you can’t lose and stuff you probably should have thrown away months ago. Somewhere in there is your passport, your Social Security card, and a spare checkbook. The pile is starting to lean precariously.

The preferred offensive strategy is to isolate the various elements and attack them piecemeal. Sort the pile into three separate groups: stuff you need to do right now, stuff you can throw away, and stuff that can wait but you probably shouldn’t throw away. Put that last subset in a nice neat pile, and put it somewhere where you will remember to take care of it soon. Like the little table in the corner of the kitchen.

This team is as frightening as: Michigan State. You know going in that you are going to face some matchup problems that you can’t solve. At some point, you have to acknowledge that defeat is inevitable, and that your opponent’s superiority is unlikely to lessen any time soon. Fear Level = 8

You should worry about: Seriously, one of these days they are going to shut off one of your services for non-payment. It might be your electricity. It might be Cat Fancy.

You can sleep soundly about: If it ever comes down to it, you know EXACTLY where all of your important stuff is. Is there anything so wrong with having all of your important papers in one place?

Current Line: Pile -7 (and the O/U of remaining pile height at the end of the weekend: 4 inches)

[AFTER THE JUMP – More stuff that is more fun than watching football]