This Month in MGoBlog History - August 2007: One Last Month of Blissful Ignorance

This Month in MGoBlog History - August 2007: One Last Month of Blissful Ignorance

Submitted by Maize.Blue Wagner on August 17th, 2017 at 7:57 PM

Previously:

July 2007

August 1 - Wednesday

With the recent talk of conference expansion (and the inevitability of conference title game), Brian examines the last 13 years in the Big Ten to determine if a title game would be helpful. Ultimately, he advocates for an optional title game when necessary.

Unverified Voracity [Titled]. Lots of Carr presser tidbits. Obi Ezeh is expected to push for the starting MLB. And Marques Slocum?

  • is not quite cleared. He has "one thing left to do with one class"; Carr "expects him to be" cleared for fall camp.

August 2 - Thursday

Unverified Voracity...Lighting Round! Includes a couple of Rivals videos of Chad Henne and Mike Hart (playing defense!) from high school.

Lloyd and Mike Hart both react to Jim Harbaugh’s earlier comments about academic standards at ‘M’. Notably, Mike Hart inadvertently implies that Harbaugh could have come to be the head coach after one year, meaning that Carr only has a year left.

August 3 - Friday

Michigan football will begin the season at #5 in the coaches poll.

Hockey gets a likely commit from Kevin Lynch.

A follow up post to a July mailbag about ESPN Gameplan and how best everyone can see every Michigan game.

August 6 - Monday

Unverified Voracity Solicits a Tight End. Carson Butler is back on the team, and Utah has been added to the 2008 schedule.

Monday Recruitin’. Two instate prospects have committed elsewhere. One (WR Fred Smith to MSU was heavily recruited, the other (RB Jonas Gray to Nebraska) was not.

August 7 - Tuesday

After having a conversation with BTN headhancho Mark Silverman last month, Brian was now contacted by Comcast executive Bill Connors. There is still much uncertainty about how many people will be able to see football games next month. The main sticking point seems to be that BTN wants to be on basic cable. Comcast says it is a regional sports network that does not belong on basic.

August 8 - Wednesday

Give Unverified Voracity Some Sugar, Baby. Brian Kelly and Cincinnati want to schedule home and homes with major opponents, like Michigan. This is not going to happen.

August 9 - Thursday

Opponent previews continue with Illinois. Juice Williams, Rashard Mendenhall, and J Leman headline the team. Brian predicts 6-6. They would finish 9-4, losing to USC in the Rose Bowl.  

Unverified Voracity Never Graduates. Things have been quiet on the basketball front, but Beilein says he is still looking for another ‘08 recruit. If not, he will turn his eyes toward ‘09.

August 10 - Friday

Two legal issues have arisen with the football team members. LeTerryal Savoy has been accused of exposing himself (in Michigan Stadium!), and Obi Ezeh got a DUI.

Unverified Voracity has Shark Week Analogies. BTN and Time Warner might be getting closer to an agreement. OSU’s opener against Youngstown St. will likely be shown free of charge in Ohio.   

August 11 - Saturday

This has been rumored, but DT James McKinney is off the team. He is transferring to Louisville.

August 13 - Monday

Monday Recruitin’. PA RB Michael Shaw has committed to Penn St. The post also includes lots of block quotes from an interview with Mike Cox on the “new media” of Facebook.

Opponent preview: Michigan St. who have had some big changes.

Yeah... about that. Unsurprisingly but much to the chagrin of everyone except Michigan State fans, John L is gone. Into his cowboy boots steps Mark Dantonio, formerly of Cincinnati and Ohio State. He is the antithesis of JLS: a defensive coordinator from a traditional power who is as exciting as toast. JLS spent his offseasons climbing Kilimanjaro or jumping out of planes; Dantonio's summer was highlighted by an appearance in Faith Magazine, which is unfortunately not a Georgie Michael fanzine but rather a bonafide religious magazine my mother gets.

Brian Hoyer and Javon Ringer lead the team that Brian predicts will go 4-8. They finished the year at 7-6.

Unverified Voracity Braces for Accusation. Sam McGuffie hurdling people highlights, and Jimmy Clausen is either hurt or not that good because he might not be the starter for ND.

August 14 - Tuesday

Carlos Brown has broken his hand. No timetable for his return yet.

Blogpoll is coming.

August 15 - Wednesday

Unverified Voracity Casts First Stone. Sometimes Brian writes stuff about the mainstream media and regrets it…

Sometimes even I wince at the nasty things I write even before I publish them. But once the red mist has lifted it's like 1:30 and I've got this screed and my blog has seven mouths and no bottom so up it goes.

But then he goes back and rereads the piece that Stewart Mandel put out and doesn’t feel bad anymore.

I’m slightly confused by what happened here. Apparently, earlier in August Brian did a piece called Destroy Harbaugh (a very long, pointed attack) in response to a Pat Forde article where Harbaugh reaffirmed his earlier comments. This was republished in March 2008 and that’s where it sits chronologically now.

Now comes a post in response to comments from the Harbaugh post to refute a fictional statistic.

August 16 - Thursday

Unverified Voracity Wishes for No More Lawyers. More legal troubles with Quintin Patilla and Robert Thorbladh accused of beating someone up. Also, Carlos Brown should be back sooner than expected.

Initial blogpoll.

Coaches and players have been hitting the airwaves. Saything things like, “we have implemented the shotgun” and “Avery Horn is impressive” and “Johnny Sears has had a really good fall”.

August 17 - Friday

Unverified Voracity Fears Zoltan’s Terrible Wrath. BTN and Comcast are still struggling, as evidenced by this Jim Delany quote:

"We remain in discussions with five major distributors," Delany said. "Some negotiations are pretty mature. Some are pretty immature, in particular those with Comcast. We're in the fourth quarter for our launch, but we're in the first quarter (in negotiations) with Comcast.

August 20 - Monday

Monday Recruitin’ is devoid of any names that are still noteworthy.

Unverified Voracity Wants Tootsie Pop Rolls.

Gap filling. There is not going to be an appreciable Appalachian State preview in this space, though after last year's Ball State near-debacle I assure you there will be a few brief, respectful paragraphs expressing deep concern at the possibility of humiliating defeat. So I encourage you to visit Varsity Blue or NKOTB Maize and Blog for your Mountaineer knowledge needs. 5'7" starting corner! Must... remain... respectful... Spock.

Hello: Christian Wilson a HB/LB out of North Carolina.

August 21 - Tuesday

Informative Christian Wilson post.

Unverified Voracity is Hard Like Ned. Interesting stuff from an article on former ‘M’ DB turned WVU DB Ryan Mundy.

As far as the strength and conditioning program is concerned, Mundy says West Virginia’s program is much more intense than Michigan’s. Other players that have transferred to West Virginia have said similar things in the past, explaining that at some other places the players coming into the program are physically bigger and more explosive. West Virginia develops it.

Blogpoll ballot.

August 22 - Wednesday

Press conference bits. Stephen Schilling appears to have RT locked down and more praise for Johnny Sears.

Blogpoll is coming.

Preseason Blogpoll #1.

Unverified Voracity Killed the Internet Star. Brian says he will be making weekly appearances on Channel 4’s “Sports Final Edition”. That’s a lot of exposure in this blog’s young life. Also Marques Slocoum posts on Facebook...not that post (but maybe it exposes “that” post?).

Announcement of an upcoming blogpoll roundtable.

August 23 - Thursday

Team preview: Purdue. Interesting names include Curtis Painter, Dustin Keller, and Cliff Avril. Brian predicts 8-4 and the Alamo Bowl. They would finish 8-5, winning the Motor City Bowl.

It is very likely that there will be no deal between BTN and Comcast for the start of the season.

Mailbag post that is mostly about BTN vs. Comcast. Although there is also an interesting discussion of Diallo Johnson’s return ability. Interesting that Charles Woodson’s kick returning was remembered as the most exciting 2 yards in football.

August 24 - Friday

Blogpoll Roundtable looks at the most overrated and underrated teams for the coming season. Mostly interesting, at this point in time is a link to this post about Matthew Stafford.

Brian offers some contingency plans in case there is no agreement with Comcast for the first game, but does it really matter?

it's not like Appalachian State or EMU is really in doubt anyway.

August 25 - Saturday

Short recap from fan day. Most significantly, Jason Gingell will be kicking field goals.

August 27 - Monday

Monday recruitin’ has excerpts from an OLSM vs. Cass Tech recap from Varsity Blue. The game Featured commits Will Campbell and Boubacar Cissoko and ‘09 target Dion Sims.

Unverified Voracity has Three First Names. Basically, lots of poking fun at Appalachian St.

An official depth chart! The first team looks decent, but there is not much beyond that.

Wisconsin preview. They return a lot of starters, but not many names live on aside from P.J. Hill, Deandre Levy, and Travis Beckum. Brian predicts 10-2; they would finish 9-4.

August 28 - Tuesday

Unverified Voracity Hates Tennessee Again. If you live in Cleveland, Milwaukee, or Metro Toledo, you will get BTN! Everyone else, keep waiting…

Preseason Blogpoll Ballot week 2.

More roundtable recap.

Ohio St. preview. Lots of familiar names here, but this team did lose a lot from ‘06. Brian predicts 9-3. They would finish 11-2, losing to LSU in the championship game.

August 29 - Wednesday

Preseason Blogpoll week 2.

August 30 - Thursday

Michigan preview: Offense. This starts with an interesting telling of Brian’s experience in Columbus the previous November. As far as the offense, there is much hope and confidence in Henne, Hart, Manningham, and Long.

Stupid Predictions

  • Brandon Minor gets 20% of the available carries.

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  • Alex Mitchell manages to fend off challengers for his job.

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  • Henne is invited to New York for the Heisman thingy, but does not win.

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  • Massey spends most of the year in front of Butler on the depth chart but Butler ends up with more catches and is the defacto starter by Wisconsin.

  • Manningham: 1340, 15 TD.

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  • Michigan is 15th in total offense; 12th in scoring.

Unverified Voracity Preps. So it’s been at least ten years since Miss South Carolina eloquently spoke about education in the Iraq. She is going to Appalachian St. This is seen as another reason to poke fun at this week’s opponent.

Hello: J.B. Fitzgerald.

August 31 - Friday

Michigan preview: Defense. There is resignation that there will be a drop off from 2006; the hope is that this won’t be a repeat of 2005.

Stupid Predictions

  • Jamison equals Woodley's sack numbers but is much worse against the run.

  • Aw, hell: Brown has a great debut and gets everyone totally excited about his potential. The safeties are good.

  • Run defense remains resilient, finishing second to Wisconsin in the league

  • Tight ends do very well against us all season.

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  • The 3-3-5 is way more frequent than a conventional nickel.

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  • 23rd in scoring defense.

Michigan preview: Special Teams and Conclusion.

This is the reality of every season. Predicting the top three teams in the Big Ten to go 10-2 every year would probably be more accurate in the long run but it would also be a soulless exercise... and if college football has anything, it's got soul. Official on the record offering: 11-1. You have my permission to round up a posse and hunt me down if the team implodes.

The team would of course finish 9-4.

Aww, what a nice way to finish out the month, lots of neat pictures of Bo. I bet tomorrow will just be all flowers and rainbows...

 

What were we talking about 10 years ago? Jim Harbaugh of course

What were we talking about 10 years ago? Jim Harbaugh of course

Submitted by Maize.Blue Wagner on August 4th, 2017 at 11:49 PM

I'm working on This Month in MGoBlog History and couldn't help but share this already. It was the beginning of camp in 2007 when Mike Hart reacted to Harbaugh's earlier comments about academic standards at Michigan. 

The comments on this MVictors post are entertaining. 

As a Michigan alumnus and former member of the track team, I wholeheartedly endorse the “excomminucation” of Jim Harbaugh. Everyone makes decisions in life. Harbaugh decided to divorce himself from the Michgan family when he threw our school under the bus to make himself and his current employer look better.

I’ve hated USC ever since I was a kid, and I’ve never once rooted for them in any game in 45 years of watching college football. I will make an exception this fall when they play Stanford.

Harbaugh is a douche bag and he deserves all he is getting. I doubt he will last at Stanford, as I am sure these antics are not really appreciated by the Stanford trustees, afterall the last thing they want is a douche bag coming and ruining a legacy setup by the likes of Bill Walsh.

Brian mostly focused on how Hart inadvertantly told everyone that this would be Carr's last year. but he unfortunately had to add this:

So, for the record, I have no respect left for Harbaugh either. The only person he's looking out for is himself, and in doing so he's harming the program that put him in a position to lose by 80 to USC this fall.

Yikes, on October 6 Stanford would beat USC 24-23.

By the end of the month, this would be far from the minds of the football team and the fans...

 

This Month in MGoBlog History - August 2006

This Month in MGoBlog History - August 2006

Submitted by Maize.Blue Wagner on August 5th, 2016 at 7:10 AM

Previously:

July 2006

August 2 - Wednesday

The dream is over. Brian is indeed out of the World Series of Poker.  

As I exited the Rio, still stunned, I hear not one but two "pssts" from what turns out to be an attractive-in-a-way woman who asks me to come over to her. Despite being the picture of midwest innocence, hooker alarms go off in my head and I mumble something along the lines of "um, er, no... I have to go... over here. Over here."

August 3 - Thursday

A picture from the WSOP.

August 4 - Friday

One final poker post.

Hello David Molk. This is impressive:

Not blessed with the natural ginormity that most offensive linemen have, Molkworked his way up from pipsqueak:

As a freshman, Lemont's David Molk was a 5-6, 175-pounder who bench-pressed only 110 pounds and squatted 250.

As he prepares for his senior season, Molk is a 6-2, 270-pounder who bench-presses 370, squats 550 and power-cleans 320.

Unverified Voracity: Catch Up gives a recap of everything that has gone on while Brian was in Vegas. Ben Winnett has committed to the hockey team, and the NCAA is going away from I-A and I-AA designations to FBS and FCS.

August 5 - Saturday

A request for the blogpoll members to check in.

August 7 - Monday

The recap of the current recruiting picture for the offense. There isn’t a lot of surprising information here, but this is an interesting era to examine. This was definitely part of the “bare cupboard” issue going into the Rodriguez tenure. Take Tight End for instance:

Tight End

Needs Going In: Major. Instate sleeper Quintin Woods is the only tight end in last year's class and he hardly played varsity football until his senior year, when he starred... at defensive end. He's a project and with only Carson Butler in the year ahead of him Michigan needs a couple tight ends to make up the numbers.

Commitments To Date: Michigan jumped on sleeper Martell Webb before anyone got wind of his freakish 6'5" self, then picked up a second commitment from Denver's Steve Watson, son of current Broncos receivers coach and former Broncos reciever Steve Watson. Webb is the huge HS wide receiver with serious mismatch potential; Watson is the heady coach's son who might be a bit plodding.

Potential Commitments: Two tight ends should do it.

You Should Panic This Much: A little. Three straight years Michigan has swung for the fences with utterly raw, outrageously athletic basketball players and has only Watson in the "safe bet" category. With three cracks at a breakout player Michigan has a good chance of getting one, but it's still something of a risk. And it doesn't seem likely that Butler, Woods, and Webb are going to be crushing, Spaethian blockers.

I realize that this position wasn’t going to be utilized under Rodriguez, but look at those names, would this group have excelled under Carr or another coach of a similar philosophy?

Apparently, Go Blue Wolverine employed a guy who said of OSU commit and likely ‘M’ commit WR Taurian Washington…

Let us pray Washington goes elsewhere. Will never start here... doesn't affect Allen. He isn't that good.

Way to go Scout.

Bullet points from media day (I guess it was the first of fall camp). Highlights:

DT Marques Slocum is also not on campus, having failed to get a qualifying test score after a long struggle. Slocum is in the process of an appeal, but he is a longshot to enroll at this point.

First player out of Carr's mouth when asked about the WRs was "underrated" Carl Tabb.

Kevin Grady is going to be "much improved," having lost a bit of weight. Carr expects him to "hit the hole quicker and be better in the secondary."

Somewhat frighteningly, Ryan Mundy's name keeps popping up as a candidate for playing time. I suppose it's good if he can wade his way through the four guys who started games a year ago, but the dread spectre of Yards After Mundy lurks.

August 8 - Tuesday

Unverified Voracity: Media Day. Morgan Trent is moving to CB, lots of weight loss across the whole team, and Mike DeBord says:

"In `97, our whole thing was we want to control the ball and really continue to get first downs, three yards here, four yards here, five yards here. We were really trying to control it. But now you have to score. You have to put the ball down the field a little bit more than what we did then."

A video of Braylon catching balls blindfolded.

South Bend Tribune reporter Jeff Carroll attacks ND and the recruitment of Jimmy Clausen; he then gets banned from asking Weis any further questions. Brian sides with Weis, offering this should-have-been-heeded-sometime-in-the-next-three-years pieces of advice:

I've often wondered why Drew Sharp doesn't get the same treatment from the Michigan program. Even though he's a columnist and therefore not beholden to said facts, his relentless negativity is a drag on both Detroit-area fans and the teams they support. Lloyd Carr hates the guy -- and can you find someone who doesn't? Personally, if I was AD I would ban all Free Press reporters from press conferences and give the News unprecedented access until Sharp was sent packing. But I have been told I'm somewhat combative.

August 9 - Wednesday

Copying a research tool that Carroll (from the previous post) used, Brian settles various arguments based on the number of Google search results.

Apparently, a ‘M’ football fantasy camp used to be a thing. This post includes a long recounting of the recent camp from Jon Chait who attended as a camper. This is a fascinating read.

Unverified Voracity: Coke Geyser. Antonio Bass is optimistic he can come back in 2007, and Anthony Thomas might have found new light with the Buffalo Bills.

The picture says it all, but Maurice Clarett has been arrested.

 

 

August 10 - Thursday

Larry Harrison will not be allowed to play a second year at North Carolina A&T. This was due largely because of attack pieces by the local newspaper.

Northwestern team preview. The season looks bleak after the death of Randy Walker and the graduation of starting QB Brett Basanez. Brian predicts 4-8. They would indeed finish 4-8.

August 11 - Friday

Snapshot of the defensive recruiting. I didn’t realize that Ronald Johnson was primarily considered a DB.

Allen's FSU commitment removes Michigan's margin for error. Insiders are confident on both Johnson and (Michael) Williams but were also making assurances that (Dionte) Allen would end up at Michigan right up until he committed to FSU. As long as Johnson continues looking good things will be all right, but you should be spooked.

Also this bit of hindsight:

Ryan Kerrigan from Indiana and Eric Thomas from Ohio were mentioned as Michigan possibilities a while ago but are marginal prospects who may not get offers.

Unverified Voracity: USC USC USC tells about Pete Carroll antics.

As an assistant coach gave the Trojans a tongue-lashing while watching video of a lackluster afternoon practice, Carroll--complete in an official Wonder Bread NASCAR racing uniform and helmet--appeared from the back of the room, accompanied by the roar of an engine and shrouded by the smoke of a fog machine. Carroll raced to the front of the room and, as the team howled in laughter, informed the Trojans that they were going to take a break from football and go to the campus theater to watch the nation's hottest movie, "Talladega Nights, The Ballad Of Ricky Bobby."

August 14 - Monday

Unverified Voracity: Stare at the Watch. Pat Kane is still trying to decide between college and the OHL.

A link to an interview with Zoltan Mesko which sadly doesn’t seem to exist any more.

Continuing a series from last month, here is the most loathsome people in sports 30-21. Highlights are 30. Dick Vitale, 24. Steve Spurrier, and 21. Larry Brown.

This year, Brown's morose press conferences were context appropriate as Brown openly wondered whether he should kill Stephon Marbury or himself.

OSU’s Alex Boone drinks a lot of beer.

And no wonder since -- estimating conservatively by pegging his average at, say, 32 and giving him 40 or 50 days off per year for Christmas, Lent, and days when Boone was so drunk from the night before he slept for 30 hours -- over the past two years Boone has consumed approximately 20,000 beers. That's approximately 1,875gallons, enough to drown a small Vietnamese village. Since Budwesier is 5% alcohol by weight, Boone has consumed 94 gallons of alcohol alone over the past two years.

But wait! There's more! At 140 calories per beer, that's a staggering 280,000 calories; at 3500 calories per pound, Alex Boone has ingested 800 pounds worth of beer in the past two years. Alex Boone would not exist if he did not drink beer. He would be -450 pounds.

Brian takes on Tom Dienhart’s Sporting News article about how Lloyd Carr is on the hot seat.

August 15 - Tuesday

Preseason Blogpoll Draft

Rumors that Justin Boren has a broken ankle and Mike Kolodziej has a career-threatening condition.

August 16 - Wednesday

Blogpoll ballot

Blogpoll coming after Brian kills bugs…

And the actual Blogpoll...which no longer has its useful parts.

Unverified Voracity: Man Fun which is what Terrance Taylor and Jason Kates are having.

August 17 - Thursday

Confirmation on  the Boren and Kolodziej rumors, though Boren’s sounds more like a sprain.

Unverified Voracity: Simmons is a Donkey. Bill Simmons has written a story on his own experiences in the WSOP.

A post about a video that no longer exists.

August 18 - Friday

Hello AL WR Marquis Maze. Seems like he would have been a nice player to have during the Rodriguez years.

Purdue team preview. They had a terrible year in ‘05 and lost several NFL players off their defense, so things don’t look great heading into this season. Everything hangs on the progress of Curtis Painter. Brian predicts 8-5. They would finish 8-6 with a bowl game loss to Maryland.

The Maurice Clarett saga turns humorous again. Apparently, he’s been bankrolled by Israeli gangsters.

Unverified Voracity: Hoep Cares. IU coach Terry Hoeppner has to use a media guide to identify his players.

August 21 - Monday

Highlights of a 13 play, 81 yard drive the from the 1989 OSU game, all running plays. It went Hoard, Bunch, Bunch, Bunch, Hoard, Bunch, Hoard, Bunch, Bunch, Taylor, Jefferson, Taylor, and finally Jefferson with the touchdown.

Brian’s answers to the blogger roundtable.

Unverified Voracity: Vote Zolton. Lamarr Woodley feels that his career has only been good, not great so far.  

August 22 - Tuesday

Brian is rejoicing that a helpful reader has identified the Across 110th Street music.

Recap of a Carr press conference. Long and Woodley will be captains. Alex Mitchell is likely the RG, and Jamar Adams is likely the SS. True freshmen Mathews, Minor, and Carlos Brown are likely play.

Brian goes after print journalists who attack blogs. Watching how Detroit media interacts with MGoBlog and other blogs now, I think we have come a long way in the last ten years. Of course, print media has taken some major hits. I think they’re more contrite these days.

August 23 - Wednesday

Shirts! Here is the beginning of the MGoStore. With a link that still works! Many great designs here.

Unverified Voracity: Jaren Hayes Returns. MSU’s defensive backfield is getting beaten up.

Brian references some ND piece of clothing, but the link is broken so who knows.

Already an update to the available shirts.

August 24 - Thursday

Brian fights against more “Carr is on the hotseat/there’s a coaching controversy in Ann Arbor” articles.

Tyler Swystun has left the hockey team.

Hello Junior Hemingway. Kind of rough career for him (injury, coaching changes, etc.), but there are such good memories of him in the Sugar Bowl.

Marques Slocum is on campus and enrolled. Let’s have a little primer on where things stand with him at this point in time.

For those not intimately familiar with the bizarre saga of Marques Slocum, he was a near-five star defensive tackle recruit who commited to Michigan for the '05 class, but he did not qualify academically. He then spent a semester at Milford Academy attempting to get his grades and test scores up, then another when the first semester didn't take. He spent this summer taking and retaking standardized tests, never quite getting the score he needed. All hope appeared to be lost after his last score came back, but Slocum appealed on grounds that some of his answers weren't counted or didn't show up or were misgraded or something. It's all very vague. Now he's around, but with a catch.

August 25 - Friday

Ohio St. team preview. Coming off a 10-2 season, OSU is commonly ranked #1. However, they have lost nine starters on defense, two 1st round picks on offense, and their kicker, so they can’t possibly be that good again this year (hmm, sounds familiar). Lots of familiar names here that have littered the NFL in the years since. Brian predicts 10-2; they would, of course, go undefeated until losing to Florida in the national championship game.

Unverified Voracity: Literally Shirtless referring to a shirtless picture of Braylon. Also, NU’s QB is out for the season so Mike Kafka is the starter.

August 26 - Saturday

MGoBlog will receive its one millionth hit at some point today.

Changes are a comin' to this space but they're made in the hope that this thing can become something of a profession. Perhaps this is a foolish goal but damn if it doesn't sound romantic, at least to me. We -- and I do mean "we" -- are going to give this a go. As anyone who saw "Michigan" placed in the tossup category of the OSU preview knows, I'm something of a romantic and I hope that this is but the beginning.

Second star to the right and straight on 'till morning. Go Blue.

I wonder how many hits it’s at today?

August 28 - Monday

Unverified Voracity: OL Ees Better. More “Carr is on the hot seat” articles with which Brian takes umbrage. This time Pat Forde claims that Carr, Larry Coker, Tubby Smith, and Phil Fulmer should all be worried about their jobs. Ironically, none of these would be coaching at the same school a little more than two years later. To Brian’s point though, Carr would leave on the best terms of any of these.

More hot seat articles.

Hello Avery Horn (who I’m struggling not to confuse with Avery Queen). This is a 3-star RB disappointment for fans hoping for John Clay or Robert Hughes.

Brian got a job! He will now be the lead Big Ten blogger for AOL Fanhouse. These are interesting details related to the history of the blog.

Also, this marks a transition point. Selling out is going to occur. A few months ago my job and I agreed to not have each other any more, partially due to the fact that instead of doing "things" I was "supposed to be doing" I was "posting on my blog." In the subsequent months I've come to two conclusions:

  • I like blogging.

  • I don't like engineering.

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More shirt updates.

August 29 - Tuesday

Information on Avery Horn from someone connected to his high school.

Michigan team preview: Offense. This is the normal copious preview we’ve come to expect from Brian each August. It is long, but essentially, there are lot of questions about the offense coming out of 2005.

No idea on this one. (ed. the link within the link is NSFW)

August 30 - Wednesday

Unverified Voracity: Not Dead Yet links to this fun Maize ‘n’ Brew post.

Michigan team preview: Defense. Again, a lot of content here. I didn’t remember that there was this much concern surrounding Leon Hall:

Magazines and Mel Kiper tell us that Leon Hall is an excellent player worthy of accolades, though he doesn't seem like Marlin Jackson to me. He enters his third year as a full-time starter on All-American lists and NFL mock drafts as the top corner in the country, which is something of a surprise since he's never exactly dominated.

MGoBlog’s On Notice Board.

August 31 - Thursday

Brian wants to know why the Northwestern vs. Miami OH game is on ESPNU. Yes, a post just to ask that question.

Prediction of how the members of the Big Ten will finish.

Michigan team preview: Special Teams and Conclusion.

Final Verdict

To recap: everything should be better and I have totally reasonable reasons for thinking so. Everyone we liked except Avant, Stenavich, and about a third of Watson returns, plus we get our best two players back and healthy. Incremental improvement from many plus wild improvement from a few -- my bets are Manningham, Crable, and Jamar Adams -- should see Michigan re-assert itself. On the other hand, this team is flawed on the offensive line, at linebacker, and in corner depth.

...but you know and I know that the key to the season wears #7 and has a goofy haircut. If he plays like he did last year, we have a season similar to last year but slightly better. From 8-4 to 9-3. If he plays like he did at the tail end of last year, um, yeah. There's a chance.

Wins: Vandy, CMU, Ball State, @Indiana, Northwestern

Probable Wins: @ Minnesota, Drew Stanton, @ PSU, Wisconsin

Tossups: @ ND, @ OSU, Iowa

Probable Losses:

Losses: None.

Split the difference: 10-2.

The first game is three days away, so here are highlights of the 2004 MSU game to get you in the mood.

 

Darboh looking good in practice

Darboh looking good in practice

Submitted by MilkSteak on August 7th, 2012 at 1:29 PM

AnnArbor.com reports Amara Darboh is looking good in his first few practices as a Wolverine.

Featuring quotes from Roy Roundtree such as:

 

"He's really fast and strong. Amara, he just showed out today. I feel like he's really being comfortable. I told him, 'It's football, man. It's just a faster pace.' And he did it."

And:

"I quizzed him last night to make sure he was on his Ps and Qs. He asks a lot of questions, but he did a great job.His head is spinnin', just like all the other freshman. Asking questions. But he's a great kid."