This Month in MGoBlog History - November 2006: Death and Loss

Submitted by Maize.Blue Wagner on November 8th, 2016 at 12:22 PM
Michigan is 9-0, but is coming off a less than spectacular 17-3 win over Northwestern on October 28.  
November 1 - Wednesday
Maxwell poll week 9. Brian’s top 5: Troy Smith, Lamarr Woodley, Reggie Nelson, Marshawn Lynch, and Calvin Johnson.
UFR: Defense vs. Northwestern. They gave up some chunks of yards early, but settled down. Five turnovers helped as well. Woodley had a +12. Chris Graham was on the other end with a -2.
November 2 - Thursday
UFR: Offense vs. Northwestern. The struggles seemed to come from execution errors as much as DeBord. Greg Mathews played well; Justin Boren not so much.
Unverified Voracity Doesn’t Mention the War because some people think the proposed designs for the stadium renovations look too much like Nazi Germany.
Kirk Herbstreit called Steve Breaston worthless, but not in a bad way.
November 3 - Friday
Defense recruiting update. Martez Wilson is the top candidate to join on the DL, and Ron Johnson is still an essential pick up at CB.
Senior day haikus. A few highlights:
#19, S Willis Barringer
What's wrong with your hand?
I mean, I'm seriously:
It's always broken.
#26, RB Alijah Bradley
You're really, really
really, really, really, real-
-ly, really quite short.
#38, ST BJ Opong-Owusu
Hey, did you know this?
BJ Opong-Owusu
An entire line
#50, DE Jeremy Van Alstyne
You've got Barringer's
Hands in your knees, so it's hard
to play much football
#61, LS Turner Booth
You're the long snapper
I've never thought about you
Therefore: good job, Booth
Ball State preview. There is no preview.
November 4 - Saturday
Michigan beat Ball State 34-26. With the loss, this Brady Hoke coached team fell to 3-7. Highlights, box score, and Michigan Replay.
Ball State open thread. Open thread moderators might be coming.
November 6 - Monday
Don’t Covet Your Neighbor’s Unverified Voracity because there are rumors that MSU will go after Ron English as their next head coach.
November 7 - Tuesday
3. Did your team play any Division I-AA opponents this year? If so, do you think it benefited your team at all? If you were a coach or an NCAA official, what policy would you have toward scheduling D-IAAs?
Michigan's never scheduled a I-AA team and likely never will,
Unverified Voracity Must Die. Hockey gets a commit from D Kevin Quick.
Brian’s Maxwell Pundit Poll Ballot. Calvin, Woodley, Troy Smith, Marshawn Lynch, and Reggie Nelson.  
November 8 - Wednesday
Bret Bielema intentionally had his team offsides on a kickoff, and apparently, the CFB world was losing its mind. The video is broken though, so it’s unclear what the issue was exactly.
November 9 - Thursday
Unverified Voracity Hateses Comcast, Yes. UFRs are delayed because of Comcast. Also, this was the last line in the post, but Bruce Feldman mentions Jim Harbaugh as a candidate for the Iowa State job.
Basketball preview. The team is probably worse than the previous year after losing Daniel Horton and Graham Brown. There is some hope, but Jerrett Smith as PG is greatly concerning.
November 10 - Friday
Finally, three opportunities for me to look stupid Sunday:
  • Breaston touchdown. I have to be right about this eventually. (Take four.)
  • Henne has fewer than 20 attempts.
  • 30-13, Michigan. (Indiana cover! Look at the respect!)
Unverified Voracity Hearts Tom Brady. Brady’s history is being written at the expense of the ‘M’ football program.
November 11 - Saturday
Michigan beat Indiana 34-3. MGoBlue recap and highlights.  
November 13 - Monday
And so. Here we are, on the cusp of the biggest football-related event in any of our lives. Good is 11-0. Evil is 11-0. Good is #2. Evil is #1. I am a wordy, analogy-laden person and words and analogies fail. This is like what? Nothing. This can be described how? With some gaping, useless jaw-movements sans audio and a defeated shrug.
Blogpoll Ballot Week 12.
UFR: Defense vs. Indiana. Prescott Burgess being out was the biggest concern. David Harris had a +8, but Chris Graham and Willis Barringer each had -1. Against OSU…
  • Expect a lot of 3-3-5 against the Buckeye spread, a lot of instances where six guys threaten at the line and then random players back off at the snap, including Jamison and Woodley.
November 14 - Tuesday
As much as DeBord grinds my gears, one thing Michigan has always done is pull out the stops for OSU. I expect a fairly even run-pass balance unless our relative proficiency at one blows the other away. No more of this 80% rushes on first down.
A university email about how to stay safe at the game in Columbus.
Here is an excerpt from a book called Fever Pitch. It’s very relatable in the emotion and disappointment of sports fandom.
Unverified Voracity Thinks We Can Run. Tidbits about OSU injuries, but this is by far the most relevant news ten years later (re: Harbaugh to ISU):
This would be outstanding for Michigan. If Harbaugh succeeds at ISU he'll rocket towards the top of appealing head coach candidates when Carr retires.
November 15 - Wednesday
Unverified Voracity Beholds the Horrors of Bruthulu with lots of opinions on the upcoming game.
Things to learn from OSU vs. Texas (sorry, I confess to not reading all of this).
November 16 - Thursday
Brian gives several theories and axioms about the two teams. I don’t think ‘M’ football has this philosophy anymore:
Michigan's gameplans to date do not have relevance. Michigan is not going to run on 80% of its first downs, nor is it going to close up shop with a two-touchdown lead. I've tried to note the divergent philosophies Michigan employs against teams they respect and teams they think they can roll over. The comparative scores of, say, the Minnesota games (28-14 Michigan versus 44-0 Ohio State) are more a function of philosophy than ability.
Unverified Voracity AAAAAH. The ‘M’ and OSU library systems sent hate mail.
November 17- Friday
Vicious Electronic Questioning with Michigan Monday writer Tom Orr.  
This is what I think the game comes down to: who completes more bombs? Both teams have lived on the long ball this year. Both have receivers who can get open and quarterbacks who excel at the deep ball. Michigan has a tiny advantage here with Trent and Hall, both guys who can run stride-for-stride with anyone, and a defensive line that's more likely to prevent Smith from launching his deep balls. But the margin is razor thin.
Finally, three opportunities for me to look stupid Sunday:
  • Secret weapon TYLER ECKER.
  • I don't get the crap kicked out of me.
  • 20-17, Michigan.
Abbreviated UV with lots of links to game takes.
November 18 - Saturday
At some point, as David Harris reclines -- head against a wall, fixing his bayonet, passing the time -- the faint ratatat of drums will filter through the concrete, beating out a march. Harris will rise from his seat, take up his helmet, and stride forward. The future holds its breath for three hours.
Michigan lost to Ohio State 42-39. Box score and full game.  
November 20 - Monday
This blog has warped itself into something of a -- yuck -- personal diary of a sports fan almost against my will. I've tried to chronicle the emotions of a Michigan fan in this space, but I'm clean out. Anyone who needs to tell me some bad news, ("Brian, we've never met but this is definitely your baby") this is your opportunity. Lo, I am spent.
November 21 - Tuesday
A reporter lost his AP voting privileges because he didn’t pay attention to who was winning and losing.
November 22 - Wednesday
Recording of Lloyd’s remarks about Bo. The clip no longer works.
Jon Chait post on the field conditions during the game.
Thanksgiving break is upon us.  
November 27 - Monday
A look at the resumes of the candidates to play OSU in the championship game.
Brian does an all-Big Ten team (1st and 2nd teams - including Notre Dame). Here is the offense.
November 28 - Tuesday
Liveblog for the basketball game against NC State. It starts well, but ends terribly.
November 29 - Wednesday
Brian works through the “Billingsley Formula” for CFB polling. Specifically pointing out its kludge factors.
Unverified Voracity is Fresh and New. It’s rumored that the Rose Bowl will pick LSU. Also this:
Ferentz. Oft-rumored as a potential Carr replacement, the bloom has come off the rose a bit with these last couple disappointing years in Iowa City.
How are you feeling ten years later Iowa fans?
November 30 - Thursday
UFR: Defense vs. OSU. Woodley was +6. Unfortunately, the secondary looked like this: Tent - 5, Munday -5, Hall -4, Sears -2, Adams 0, Harrison 0.


Bando Calrissian

November 8th, 2016 at 12:56 PM ^

IIRC, Bert kept having his players go offsides to run out the clock at the end of the half because of one of a string of stupid NCAA rules intended to speed up the game that maybe only lasted that season. The clock started when the ball was kicked, instead of when it was touched, so UW decided to see what would happen if they tried to just endlessly use it to run clock.

Then Bielema and Barry Alvarez got super-incredulous about ther right to do it after the game, as if they had figured out some valuable loophole in college football rules instead of wasting everyone's time on a pointless exercise to run out the clock on a half that was going to end in a knee anyway. It was vintage Bielema. 

Bando Calrissian

November 8th, 2016 at 1:31 PM ^

In 2005 and 2006, the NCAA tried a bunch of different stuff to try to speed up the game. Also, there were a lot of coaches (Lloyd included) who also thought that with conference championship games and 12th regular season games on the table, more plays and more weeks of practice meant higher chances of injuries. So the NCAA played with having the clock start running as soon as the ball was set when the ballcarrier went out of bounds, the kickoff thing, they messed around with the play clock...

I ran the stats for a paper I wrote for a class the season after they got rid of it all and the change was noticeable in terms of gamemplay (something like 15-20 plays per game) while the actual difference in time was negligible (a matter of only a few minutes) thanks to TV. In total, it turned out being pretty sillly.


November 8th, 2016 at 3:39 PM ^

Johnny fucking Sears, man. That guy is a ghost who haunts my nightmares. If the Michigan fanbase was a little more rural, we'd be justified in shooting out his porch light every year for the rest of his life.


November 8th, 2016 at 3:45 PM ^

I went to that Ball State game against Brady Hoke. I remember Henne throwing that pick six to start off the game and the team basically sleep walking their way through the rest. The weather was great and I took my coat off in the 2nd quarter. Also, hot dog man in the student section getting kicked out by security.

I went to the back-to back-to back home games against Iowa, Northwestern and Ball State and that was first time I heard the students add "you suck," to the end of Temptation in the stands.


November 8th, 2016 at 4:32 PM ^

Hot Dog Man was one of my roommates. By the end, security knew to look for him and didn't even let him in.

It started out innocently enough: he bought some hot dogs for some people who ended up a little farther from him than anticipated. He delivered them by air. Strangers started cheering, so he delivered hot dogs to strangers via air. Next game, he did so again. And the rest is history.

Hard to believe that was 10 years ago.