This Month in MGoBlog History: September 2008 - The Football Team goes 2-1 (that's the most positive headline I can come up with)

Submitted by Maize.Blue Wagner on October 8th, 2018 at 10:05 PM


August 2008

On August 30, Utah beat Michigan 25-23. Highlights.  

September 1 - Monday

Utah game column.

Notes from Rodriguez’s press conference, including injuries to the WR depth chart.

Monday Recruitin’. Lots of news here. FL LB Brandin Hawthorne and RB Vincent Smith and CA QB Tate Forcier have committed. AZ DE Craig Roah has visited and likes what he saw. Most importantly! Will Campbell as Thor photo.

Unverified Voracity is Talking Like This. Brian goes after Jerry Green for using words that show his age.

September 2 - Tuesday

Brian brings back You’re on Notice. This feature was gone for the last season or two.

RB Mike Cox is rumored to be transferring.

Hello Vincent Smith.

September 3 - Wednesday

Blogpoll ballot week 1.

Blogpoll week 1.

Transfer update. Mike Cox is staying, but LB Taylor Hill is going.  

Brian tries to figure out what happened to the O-Line. Also fun fights in the comments.

Mailbag. How many early enrollees? How quickly can recruiting fix this? Why doesn’t Barwis work with the basketball team?

LB Marcus Witherspoon has not been cleared by the clearinghouse.

September 4 - Thursday

UFR: Offense vs. Utah.

What does it mean for Miami and the rest of the season?

It means we’re in for a long year.

Unverified Voracity Tasers Some Emu. Maybe ‘M’ isn’t so good about figuring if freshman will get academically cleared by or not.

September 5 - Friday

UFR: Defense vs. Utah.

Game preview: Miami OH.

Finally, three opportunities for me to look stupid Sunday:

  • Threet starts and plays most of the game; Sheridan sees a couple series here and there.

  • Tim Jamison gets two sacks.

  • Michigan’s run game is at least passable.

  • Michigan, 24-13.

September 6 - Saturday

Open Thread: Miami OH.

Michigan beat Miami (Ohio) 16-6. Highlights.

September 8 - Monday

Game column.

Game two was a virtual replay of game one minus some opponent competence, and does little to reassure that Michigan isn’t going to struggle its way towards a rinky-dink bowl that won’t actually be in Shreveport but might as well be.

LT Mark Ortmann was injured during the game. His replacement was walk-on Bryant Nowicki.

The next opponent is Notre Dame who just barely beat a San Diego St. team that finished the season with two wins. So this shouldn’t be too bad.

Rodriguez presser notes.

Blogpoll ballot week 2.

September 9 - Tuesday

Muppets! The videos are found and united for the first time. Unfortunately, it wasn’t for anything special that an athletic team did.

Tuesday Recruitin’. Big news, Will Campbell has decommitted.

Unverified Voracity Groks Namibia.

September 10 - Wednesday

Blogpoll week 2.

UFR: Defense vs. Miami. Brandon Graham was the highest rated with +11. Stevie Brown was the lowest with -4.

September 11 - Thursday

UFR: Offense vs. Miami.

Vicious Electronic Questioning with House Rock Built.

Liveblog for Shavodrick Beaver’s high school game.

September 12 - Friday

Unverified Voracity Leaps Over Leapers. Lots more ND notes, including that the weather forecast says there are supposed to be high winds and thunderstorms on Saturday.

Game preview: Notre Dame.

Finally, three opportunities for me to look stupid Sunday:

  • Yes, we do complete a long pass. To Hemingway, even.

  • Shaw and McGuffie get more evenly distributed carries.

  • Michigan gets to Clausen five times.

  • Michigan, 13-10.

Hello: Anthony LaLota. The OT/DE from New Jersey is a five star to Scout.

September 13 - Saturday

Live Blog Chaos Mitigation Post. Basically how to comment well in a live blog so that your comments get published. It’s weird though because there are reference to “Death Roh” (who hasn’t committed yet) and “Shoelace” (who isn’t even on the radar). I assume this was reused several times in the next couple of years, but it’s preserved here, even with the future references.

Open Thread: Notre Dame

Notre Dame beat Michigan 35-17. Highlights.

September 15 - Monday

Game column: Notre Dame. ‘M’ lost four fumbles for the first time since 1995. Nick Sheridan was 3-5 with two picks.

Rodriguez presser notes, mostly about injuries and redshirts.

September 16 - Tuesday

Tuesday Recruitin’. FL QB Denard Robinson has been added to the board.

Unverified Voracity Stays in Like Whoa. Iowa beat Iowa State, but at the end their players were telling their own fans to be quiet.

Blogpoll ballot week 3.

September 17 - Wednesday

Hello: Brandin Hawthorne.

Blogpoll week 3.

Mailbag covering: why are the QBs clapping before the snap? (Brian wants to know too), are too many 3-star, tiny RB/WR types being recruited? And what is there to do around Ann Arbor on gameday? Also, ‘M’ is giving up way too many yards on punts.

September 18 - Thursday

Unverified Voracity has a Deal for You. AZ DE Craig Roh is going to announce tonight on ESPNU. Sam Webb is very confident.

On Notice week 3.

MGoBlog produced a Bo shirt, but now a Bo foundation is threatening legal action for using his likeness. Unfortunately, there are a number of people who have already paid, but haven’t gotten their shirt yet.

Hello Craig Roh.

September 19 - Friday

Unverified Voracity Veins Veins Veins. Brian has veins rupturing because of Bill Stewart’s time management at WVU.

OMG (apparently) PANTSLESS Terrance Robinson.

September 22 - Monday

Details of Rodriguez’s legal settlement with WVU have come out. Details don’t fit the media’s narrative from this summer.

Brian visited Auburn for the LSU game. Here are a few highlights:

I defy you to find another activity outside of speaking-in-tongues-style Christianity that can cause large masses of people to say "bodda getta, bodda getta, bodda getta bah." All of this should be prefaced with that truth. College football is awesome.

I sit in one of the oldest, lamest sections of Michigan Stadium and I personally guarantee you that if Michigan was up one with six minutes left and the other team had the ball, the section would be on their feet, gurgling out whatever noises their suppurating intestines could manage. This was a game-long issue. The noise levels in my immediate vicinity were no louder than I am used to. Maybe it's an upper deck thing.

September 23 - Tuesday

Tuesday Recruitin’. SC OL Quinton Washington and FL S Vladimir Emilien are looking good for ‘M’. Also, top 2010 FL WR Ricardo Miller likes Michigan a lot.

Unverified Voracity Knows Numbers.

Picture Pages: Getting Thumped.

September 24 - Wednesday

Blogpoll ballot week 4.

Blogpoll week 4.

UFR: Offense vs. Notre Dame.

September 25 - Thursday

A mailbag just covering Brian’s trip to Auburn.   

I did notice the sundresses. They were mostly shapeless items that made the wearer look a little like they were wearing a burlap sack with a couple spectacular exceptions.

UFR: Defense vs. Notre Dame. Terrance Taylor led the team with a 3.5, and Johnny Thompson was the lowest with a -6.

Unverified Voracity Speaks. It sounds like LT Mark Ortman should be ready to play against Wisconsin on Saturday.

September 26 - Friday

Vicious Electronic Questioning: Wisconsin.

Game Preview: Wisconsin.

Finally, three opportunities for me to look stupid Sunday:

  • Threet throws at least one ugly interception.

  • The defensive line returns to its rampant ways in the pass rush.

  • Wisconsin, 24-17.

September 27 - Saturday

Open Thread: Wisconsin.

Michigan beat Wisconsin 27-25. WH Highlights.


September 29 - Monday

Apparently, people still used Internet Explorer in 2008. Brian is having problems.

Did Rodriguez make the right decision going for two after Johnny Thompson’s interception? Yes, of course.  

Game Column: Wisconsin.

  • As I was walking home these guys behind me were having an extended conversation about how Rodriguez was dumb to go for two. One: they were wrong. Two: seriously? Seriously this is what you're focusing on instead of one of the best games in Michigan Stadium history? It must suck to be those guys.

  • Those guys at the 1997 OSU game: "It should never have been that close."

  • Those guys at the birth of their children: "he has a disappointingly shaped head, did you have to push so hard?"

Unverified Voracity Recaps Woo.

September 30 - Tuesday

Tuesday Recruitin’. MD LB Jelani Jenkins and LA WR Rueben Randle are hot names on the board right now.

Hello: Ricardo Miller. Crazy that there were no rankings for a 2010 recruit at this point.






October 8th, 2018 at 11:03 PM ^

Wow is that O Line post ominous. Michigan has since produced one offensive line since then that most of us have been happy with. One. That's not good. 

Also, that Muppets post undersells it: Brian actually says, "I am going to make these an institution here." Perhaps his most accurate prediction ever. 


October 9th, 2018 at 1:57 AM ^

Couple of interesting plays from the Wisconsin game -> 

a. Threet finding an open receiver in the 3rd Q for easy 6-7 yds.

b. Brandon Minor running untouched after the OL caved in the DL for the second TD

c. Couple of Threet scrambles

d. Macguffie following the blocks for the fourth TD


Oh boy!


October 9th, 2018 at 3:01 PM ^

In the context of how the next three years went, that 2008 Utah game looks a lot different now. Michigan had several chances to win, Utah kept turning it over. There was a tremendous amount of talent on the defense (squandered). If Threet starts that game, Michigan wins.  

JWG Wolverine

October 10th, 2018 at 1:50 AM ^

This is actually a very cool post for me. I totally didn't know that my first Michigan game was not only one of the best in Stadium history, but actually the first one that was capped off with a Muppet Celebration!

It was about a year ahead of my reading of this blog, but little did I know I had more of a cosmic connection to it than ever. My favorite tradition of this blog that has spanned my time on it was created when my love of Michigan Football itself was fully solidified. Wow.


October 10th, 2018 at 2:42 PM ^

As we relive the pain of 2008-2014 (i.e. the next SIX FUCKING YEARS) of This Month...

I suggest that we re-appreciate one Denard Robinson. In this, his first month on the MGoBlog radar, he was characterized as "being recruited for quarterback-plus-other-options" and "seems unlikely".

This was how Brian, who named a child after him, first introduced us to Denard: exists, might be a QB, long shot. 

I love you Denard, and I miss you.