This Month in MGoBlog History - May 2008: Let's Give #1 to a CB

This Month in MGoBlog History - May 2008: Let's Give #1 to a CB

Submitted by Maize.Blue Wagner on May 3rd, 2018 at 10:58 PM


April 2008

May 1 - Thursday

Brian realizes that he was premature in announcing that MN WR Bryce McNeal had committed. He likely will soon though.

Yep, looks like McNeal is in based on his Myspace page.

May 2 - Friday

Unverified Voracity Seeks Novelty. There’s a picture of the $290,000 personal check that Beilein wrote to WVU for his buyout. Also, he is in on a CA PG named Darius Morris.

Mailbag: How do Rodriguez’s recruits compare to those at WVU? And will ‘M’ produce as much pro talent and if not will that hurt the brand? Will there ever be a playoff and wouldn’t it diminish the regular season?  

May 5 - Monday

Recruiting update. VA RB David Wilson’s recruitment is heating up. ‘M’ is in on him, but VA Tech seems likely.

Good news from the OHL draft as both Jon Merrill and Jared Knight were both picked on what appear to be flier picks.

Ekpe Udoh is transferring.

May 6 - Tuesday

Unverified Voracity Thinks He’s Younger than Hannah Montana. The 2010 hockey class is shaping up nicely. The basketball team now has the funding for a practice facility.

APR numbers are out. Football is down slightly, but basketball is in a dangerous place.

May 7 - Wednesday

Charlie Weis doesn’t like excuses, but all he does is make them.

Unverified Voracity Drop its H. Uh oh, Rodriguez has given #1 to JT Floyd, and Braylon isn’t happy. In hindsight, this sounds more like sarcasm, but apparently not in 2008.

Edwards, poised to be one of the dominant NFL receivers of the next ten years, is going to be a resource both financial and otherwise no matter what happens here. But there's no reason to annoy him, or annoy fans who like a tradition that dates back 30 years (Tyrone Butterfield excepted), or remove whatever small recruiting juju exists when you dangle the 1 in front of a kid who knows what it means.


May 8 - Thursday

Rodriguez has been touring as many alumni club meetings as he can, and attendee reports are gathered here.  

I asked him what the strongest position group on the team is so far; I was hoping he'd reply "defensive line" or "tailback" because that'd at least confirm my hope that U-M will be kickass at something this year. He leaned back and scratched his chin and told me he'd not thought about it like that, but he'd have to say: linebackers. I was a little surprised. My girlfriend told him that I'd been expecting he'd say "defensive line." He said, "Yeah, but your boyfriend's not thinking about some of those freshmen we have coming in." How to take that? I don't know. Either the whole team blows worse than I'd feared or he's extremely impressed with that handful of four-stars he and Lloyd scored.

May 9 - Friday

A long post explaining and refuting various playoff criticisms.

May 12 - Monday

Recruiting Update. Things seemed done at QB with Newsome and Beaver; however, there are persistent rumors that Tate Forcier will still commit. Rumors almost as persistent as Brian calling him Jason. Also, Keith Nichol is transferring from Oklahoma and might end of up ‘M’ too.

May 13 - Tuesday

Unverified Voracity Remembers Wolverine Great Chris Carter. In other Michigan prep star coming home news, SG Laval Lucas-Perry is transferring from Arizona and will join the basketball program in January 2009.

May 14 - Wednesday

Banner contest time! Unfortunately, last year’s winner only lasted a few days before the Horror. The nice thing is that the post includes a screen shot of pink MGoBlog in those early days of September.

The NCAA tries to fix APR. Fails.

EDSBS Charity Bowl. I think it’s the first. Michigan leads so far.

Brian is going to be out of town for a few days. Light posting ahead.

May 15 - Thursday

Unverified Voracity Defeats Tornados and wins the charity bowl.

Orson's moral is "never get in a fundraising war with Michigan"; mine is "I really should be asking for more donations."

May 16 - Friday

No content; Brian is in New York.

May 19 - Monday

Recruiting Update. Bryce McNeal is officially committed. IL OL Michael Schofield added to the board.  

Unverified Voracity Attends Other Sports because they’re all (Baseball, Softball, Men’s Track and Field, and Men’s Tennis) doing very well. Also, Braylon won the battle of the #1.

May 20 - Tuesday

UFR WVU Offense vs. Rutgers.

May 21 - Wednesday

Mailbag. Is Michigan now a hot destination for recruits? Is OSU hotter? CMU has trouble retaining players, and how many possessions will the offense use to put up all the points they will score?

May 22 - Thursday

The All-Carr Team: Offense. This is fun look back, but here is just the first team:

QB - Drew Henson (2000)

WR - Braylon Edwards (2004)

WR - David Terrell (2000)

RB - Tshimunga Biakabutuka (1995)

FB - Chris Floyd (1997)

TE - Bennie Joppru (2002)

LT - Jake Long (2007)

LG - Steve Hutchinson (2000)

C - Rod Payne (1996)

RG - David Baas (2003)

RT - Jon Runyan (1995)

May 23 - Friday

Unverified Voracity Lists Insultees. Brian lists them all, but Cris Carter isn’t one of them.

May 26 - Monday

Memorial Day. No posting.

May 27 - Tuesday

The All-Carr Team: Defense.

DE - Lamarr Woodley (2006)

DE - Glen Steele (1997)

DT - Alan Branch (2006)

DT - Jason Horn (1995)

LB - David Harris (2006)

LB - Larry Foote (2001)

LB - Victor Hobson (2002)

CB - Charles Woodson (1997)

CB - Leon Hall (2006)

S - Marcus Ray (1997)

S - Jamar Adams (2007)

May 28 - Wednesday

Recruiting Update. FL LB Brandin Hawthorne added to the board. Keith Nichol is headed to MSU.

Unverified Voracity Seeks Help because MGoBlog 3.0 is coming soon!

After a few days pounding away at MGoBlog 3.0, my initial reaction is: this is going to be so cool if I don't go insane and do something rash like challenge Charlie Weis to deep-fried-butter-eating contest or try to dunk on Jason Maxiell. If you've got mad Drupal chops and can answer questions like "Images: wtf?" and "WYSIWIG editors: wtf?" and "am I going to kill performance by enabling like 600 modules, wtf?" please drop me a line.

May 29 - Thursday

Brian needs to get some things off his chest regarding sports blogs. His grievances are:

  1. Creepily Stalking Hotties

  2. Erin Andrews (this is specific to the first)

  3. Picks Column

  4. “Blank Nation”

  5. Countdown Posts

May 30 - Friday

So the baseball team is in the NCAA tournament. They are a #2 but actually hosting their regional. They are joined by Arizona, Kentucky, and EMU.

May 31 - Saturday

Baseball regional open thread. ‘M’ lost to Arizona and will play Kentucky in the elimination game.

This Month in MGoBlog History - May 2007: Jim Harbaugh Says Something Controversial

This Month in MGoBlog History - May 2007: Jim Harbaugh Says Something Controversial

Submitted by Maize.Blue Wagner on May 6th, 2017 at 12:22 PM


April 2007

May 1 - Tuesday

Unverified Voracity Identifies Counterpunt. CB Chris Richards is in legal trouble. His representation happens to be Nicholas Roumel aka Counterpunt on the back of the program.

Until I was twelve I thought he was one of the six coolest people on the planet.

May 2 - Wednesday

Andrew Cogliano has signed with the Edmonton Oilers and won’t be returning to the hockey team.

Unverified Voracity is Dynomite (!). Beilein is looking at a Vermont transfer named Joe Trapani. He would eventually choose Boston College and go on to be a three year starter.

May 3 - Thursday

The APR has been released. In only its third year, the APR is widely decried  for how it punishes small schools. This isn’t equitable, but Brian says many of these schools shouldn’t be I-A anyway.

Those who can't hack it shouldn't be playing. Personally, anything the NCAA can do to nuke FIU and their ilk out of I-A is a good thing. Florida International in no way deserves a Division I football team, but because they want to blow a bunch of money to have one they do. Every game the Panthers play detracts from college football. Hell, the entire Sun Belt fits in this category. Each pitiful Buffalo or FIU or Temple in the D-IA ranks is four or five opportunities for real football teams to avoid playing each other. They're miserable on and off the field. They're a blight on the game. No one will mourn their passing or even notice that they're gone. I-A football is not a right.

May 7 - Monday

Recruiting Board Update. Two recognizable last names have been offered. MD RB Josh Haden (Joe’s younger brother) and IL OL Graham Pocic (older brother to Ethan).

May 8 - Tuesday

Unverified Voracity and Such and Such. Jake Long is the #1 rated prospect for next year’s draft by one source and #4 to another. Mike Hart is showing up in the 1st round in certain mocks, but that seems dubious. Also, Jerry Dunn has been added to Beilein’s staff.

May 9 - Wednesday

Now we are reminded of what Jim Harbaugh was doing ten years ago. Making this  statement:

"Michigan is a good school and I got a good education there, but the athletic department has ways to get borderline guys in and, when they’re in, they steer them to courses in sports communications. They’re adulated when they’re playing, but when they get out, the people who adulated them won’t hire them."

This makes Michigan fans distraught and ND fans gleeful. Brian doesn’t disagree though, but this is who Harbaugh is

This marks the second controversial thing he's said in the past few months, and given his history we can expect more uncensored, potentially unconsidered comments from him in the future.


This affects Harbaugh's chances for the job in no way. The presumption Carr is retiring after the season is universal and Harbaugh just can't be a candidate after one year at Stanford. Anything multiplied by zero is zero.

Basketball recruit DJ Wright has been released from LSU his LOI. Might be a fit for Beilein.

May 10 - Thursday

Rudimentary CFB mems.

Unverified Voracity No So Happy. BTN is either going to be amazing...or it will be available to no one. Also, the college 3 point line might be moved out a bit.

ESPN has named ‘M’ basketball the most underachieving team of the last ten years. Jay Bilas didn’t include Michigan on his ballot because, Tommy Amaker.

May 14 - Monday

Brian has been visiting Canada over the weekend.

May 15 - Tuesday

Recruiting Board Update. It includes a link to an impressively detailed list of the top players in Michigan.

May 16 - Wednesday

Likely Hello Ben Cronin.

Unverified VoraussityOi Oi Oi. Lloyd Carr is doing his best Jim Harbaugh impersonation by spending a week with Russell Crowe in Australia. If this were ten years later, the entire team would have gone.

May 17 - Thursday

More Ben Cronin background information. Also, this comment is interesting in retrospect:

The instate crop for '08 is very bad anyway, especially with Anthony Crater already committed to OSU. The only other guy who appears to be on the radar of Michigan or MSU is SF/PF Draymond Green, the one-time Kentucky commit who opened it back up when Tubby went away. There have been some breathless headlines re: Green of late on GBW, so maybe he's making headway there.


Hello Kurt Wermers. You won’t be remembered fondly.

May 18 - Friday

Hello Brandon Moore. He was a top 100 guy to Scout and Rivals. Probably will be the last player to wear #87.

May 20 - Sunday

Goalie Steve Jakiel is leaving the hockey team.

May 21 - Monday

Recruiting Board Update. There will likely be 5 or 6 O-Linemen in the class. Also, because it’s still likely MI RB Jonas Gray doesn’t have an offer, it is likely that the coaches already know that Sam McGuffie is going to be a commit.

May 22 - Tuesday

Pistons beat the Cavs in game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. Apparently, Lebron James passed up a late shot to Donyell Marshall. But it was the right play.

Toledo will fill a spot in the 2008 schedule. This is a depressing post.

May 23 - Wednesday

Unverified Voracity Goes Ping. Michigan baseball is Big10 champs.

May 24 - Thursday

Bill Martin says he wants to continue the ND series, but move it so that OSU and ND aren’t home and home in the same year. ND has the same problem with USC. However, ND fans believe that Michigan is being, um...chicken.

May 25 - Friday

Hey, the Pistons beat the Cavs again. They’re up 2-0.

May 28 - Monday

Recruiting Board Update. OH RB Michael Shaw has been added. GA S Omar Hunter is expected to be in the class; he would end up at Florida.

May 29 - Tuesday

Brian picks apart a Mark Snyder blog post about how amazing the BTN is going to be. Since there is still much uncertainty about how many people will be able to get the network, it is looking more like it will be a disaster.

Rivals 2008 top 100. Here are some highlights:


They have committed.

  • #49 Boubacar Cissoko

  • #53 Brandon Moore

  • #62 Dann O'Neil


They should commit.

  • #54 Daryl Stonum

  • #65 Brandon Smith

In With A Shot

They could commit. It would be nice to pick up two from this category.

  • #2 Darrell Scott

  • #7 Will Hill

  • #12 Shayne Hale

  • #28 Jonathan Baldwin (almost in the "favored" column.)

  • #34 Stephen Filer

  • #83 Jon Major


Token Offers

Guys we've offered that have given no indication they're considering Michigan and live far away and stuff. Guys in this category could end up interested but haven't given any indication they are yet; probability dictates we aren't likely to get any of these guys. One if we're lucky.

  • #15 Arthur Brown

  • #20 Deion Walker

  • #25 Brandon Barnes

  • #48 Ethan Johnson

  • #52 Michael Floyd

  • #69 Antoine McClain

  • #33 Matt Patchan



Ticketed elsewhere but I've heard of them as Michigan recruits.

  • #1 Terrelle Pryor

  • #26 Lucas Nix

  • #42 Rahim Moore

  • #87 Kavario Middleton

  • #100 Robert Blanton

May 30 - Wednesday

The Pistons lose and the series is tied 2-2. Chauncey seems to be broken.

May 31 - Thursday

Unverified Vor--Not this Again? This was really the beginning of a decade of arrogance and domination for the SEC. It was starting with things like Phil Fulmer saying that Michigan doesn’t play a very tough schedule.  

This Month in MGoBlog History - May 2006

This Month in MGoBlog History - May 2006

Submitted by Maize.Blue Wagner on May 9th, 2016 at 10:40 PM


April 2006

May 1 – Monday

The NFL draft happened over the past week and apparently the ‘M’ blogosphere is in a panic because only three players were taken, especially in comparison to many Buckeyes drafted. Brian says don’t worry about this; be rational. This could be a good mission statement for the blog:

This space strives to be reasonably balanced about all things largely because relentless neg- or pos-itivity is almost always irrational and therefore infuriating; I find this desire places me in the 95th percentile of Michigan (Internet) fans on the Pollyanna scale. I find this extraordinarily annoying.

May 2 – Tuesday

This appears to the first use of the MGoMailbag. This edition addresses the use of Carlos Brown. Will he play on defense or offense?

Ah Michigan football in 2006, when our biggest concern could be laughing at ridiculous, middle-aged, Notre Dame fans dancing during a tailgate. I think we’ve lost some innocence since then.

May 3 – Wednesday

Hello from Martell Webb. Reported that he wants to be a WR.

Here is a look back at Rivals top 50 from 2002. Brian rates each player based on college performance and determines that their rankings were fairly accurate. Top 5 were: Vince Young, Haloti Ngata, Lorenzo Booker, Ben Olson, and Reggie McNeal.

May 4 – Thursday

Recruiting Board Update. Brandon Saine has likely committed to the Buckeyes. This is surprising news.

May 8 – Monday

Hello from Epke Udoh. This is sort of prophetic:

Oklahoma post Epke Udoh has committed to Tommy Amaker and the star-crossed Michigan basketball program. Normally this would be grounds for massive skepticism and cynical jokes about his decommit ETA, but he's actually signed a letter of intent so the chances of that are slim.

May 9 – Tuesday

Ben Huff died. If I knew this at the time, I didn’t remember it. I mainly remember Huff for being one of those players who seemed like he was around forever (I think this was due to getting a 6th year, but I could be wrong).

A round up of hockey news. Trevor Lewis continues to impress.

May 10 – Wednesday

The Pistons are up 2-0 on the Cavs, and Brian is losing his mind. Looking back, I think of these as the frustrating years after the championship, but I forget how good this team continued to be. I guess they were frustrating because they were so good, but couldn’t get to the finals again. Also, Brian loves the TNT studio show (which is amazingly still going 10 years later):

More Barkley: "I took some good players over to Europe to play, and he [Dirk Nowitski] dropped 50 on us.... so I ask him 'How old are you' and he says '19' so I tell him 'I'll give you any amount of money in the world if you go to Auburn"

Kenny Smith: "Isn't that cheating?"

Charles Barkley: "We're in the SEC, if you aren't cheatin, you ain't tryin. We got Alabama, Georgia, Florida..."

May 11 – Thursday

Unverified Voracity: Hockey Drinking looks at how the new NHL is doing in the playoffs, specifically the Oilers-Sharks series. Also, there are plans to expand the student section, move the band back into the student section, and possibly…add microphones on the band so it can be heard throughout the stadium.

Recruiting Board Update with a Boubacar Cissko mention!

May 12 – Friday

Jerimy Finch says ‘M’ is his school of choice, and he looks like a great prospect to pick up.

Unverified Voracity: My Name is Bill Rock features the results of a caption contest of a no-longer-existing picture of Bill Laimbeer and Kid Rock. Also, Finch did indeed commit, though he’s going to take other visits and there is a small chance the commitment won’t stick (spoiler: it doesn’t).

May 15 – Monday

Unverified Voracity: links to a MSU preview. The prediction is 6-5, like normal.

May 16 – Tuesday

After winning the first two games, the Pistons have lost two in Cleveland. Defense isn’t a problem, but the offense is struggling.

May 17 – Wednesday

Brian will be gone to NYC.

May 22 – Monday

The Pistons finish off the Cavs, holding them to only 61 points.

·         I continue to insist that Tayshaun Prince is one of the most underrated players in the league. He was probably the best player the Pistons had over the course of the series; in game seven he was killing the Cavs everywhere he went. Flip Murray couldn't check toast and got abused; Lebron ate a few layups, and whatever Prince missed he rebounded. Carmelo? Whatever.

I know the Darko pick will forever be seen as one of the worst ever, but that pick in light of what Dumars knew he had in Prince (and the faith in him), makes sense. I wouldn’t trade the ’04 championship and the following conference title round run for several years of a malcontent Carmelo (tough in hindsight I would have traded that 3rd pick for parts that could have furthered the run).

May 23 – Tuesday

Brian recaps all he’s missed the in the last week or so. Of note ten years later, the regents have approved Bill Martin’s plan for stadium renovation.

May 24 - Wednesday

Recruiting Board Update.

Added a set new offers: PA TE/WR John Ditto, NY TE Rob Gronkowski, CA CB Donovan Warren, and CA OL Mitchell Shwartz. Removed Josh Marks (Penn State).

May 25 – Thursday

Posts mainly about  videos that longer work ten years later are mysterious.

May 26 – Friday

Bullets from the Pistons’ game, though no mention of what the score was. And yes this was written ten years ago, not three months ago after a certain ‘M’ basketball game.

·         We all know ESPN is violent death as a sports broadcast, but really, that awful camera angle with the sliding camera that's way too close to see the corners and at an angle in which you can't understand anyone's movement is beyond even my expectations for their stupidity. As King Kaufman always says, "show the game."

May 29 – Monday

The Pistons lost to the Heat and are now down 2-1 in the Conference Finals. Interesting ideas about judgement over knowledge in making good decisions. Brian sides with judgement.

Prince struggles against Walker like he does against most players who are 50 pounds heavier than him. None of this makes any sense. Gladwell sounds the bell for the sports fan who can't believe how... why... aaargh:

The point is that knowledge and the ability to make a good decision correlate only sporadically, and there are plenty of times when knowledge gets in the way of judgement.

It's a cold comfort.

May 30 – Tuesday

The Pistons are now down 3-1.

I hate this losing stuff on a variety of levels, but since people actually started reading this thing the worst part is having to sit down and not call for assassinations. I try to keep an artificially even keel when things are in progress but going badly; when the need for a post-mortem arises one shall be given. This is not that time. Yet.

Unfortunately, Brian would be able to hone his skill of writing post-mortems in the coming years.

May 31 – Wednesday

The second half of Brian’s answers from a roundtable with Burnt Orange Nation.

Your head coach comes down with a mystery illness and has to step aside. You get to hand pick the replacement for the 2006 season. Who gets your vote?

Spurrier. Not only would Spurrier bring his frenetic offensive game, hilarious comments directed at opposing coaches, and visor, but he would probably cause noted anti-luxury-box crusader John Pollack's head to explode, Total Recall-style. I have nearly as much of a mancrush on Spurrier as the lads at EDSBS, and seeing phosphorus and water get together could be... wait for it... explosive. H!IKM*