MGoPodcast 9.2: Gingledangus the Third

1 hour 36 minutes


Chase Winovich is wearing Eric Upchurch’s hat. [Eric Upchurch]

We recorded this podcast from the Michigan Room of the Residence Inn Ann Arbor Downtown. There are 13 rooms, one for every Big Ten team! Also it’s a new building owned and operated by Michigan (not Ohio State) people.

We Couldn’t Have One Without the Other

We can do this because people support us. You should support them too so they’ll want to do it again next year! The show is presented by UGP & Bo Store, and if it wasn’t for Rishi and Ryan we probably would be working for someone like McElwain instead of dragging him.

Our other sponsors are also key to all of this: The Residence Inn Ann Arbor Downtown, the University of Michigan Alumni Association, Homesure Lending, Ann Arbor Elder Law, Human Element, Michigan Law Grad, Peak Wealth Management, and Lantana Hummus


1. Offense

starts at 1:00

We know about Speight. Need more Harbaugh Speight, less Borges. Ty Isaac in the open field is a linebacker-sized man running faster than defensive backs. Love seeing Mason Cole back at left tackle. Grant Perry is the star of the receivers.

2. Defense

starts at 21:45

Tunnel screens are still bad. McCray versus athletic RB in space still bad. Defense is not utterly perfect is still bad, a thing. The wheel route was McCray going under a crossing route—there were some huge offensive picks they missed but that wasn't one. Winovich doesn’t have a true backup. Introducing: The Don Brown Hat Trick. #Swatson had a great game.

3. Special Teams & Game Theory

starts at 44:36

Using a safety as a punt returner: Grant Perry was fine. Go for it on 4th and half a yard, man! Football gods won’t let you punt on 4th and 2 down two scores with six minutes left.

4. Around the Big Ten with Jamie Mac

starts at 56:31

I think they meant that song to be “Oklahoma!” but nobody from MGoBlog was willing to get deep enough into a Rogers & Hammerstein play to get it right. EMU is still 0-58 against Power 5 teams after beating Rutgers, but this is good enough to get Brian to pronounce their names. Make JT Barrett beat you. Brian forces everyone to talk about Minnesota. Purdue is already TECMO BOWL.



  • “Losing All Sense"—Grizzly Bear”
  • “I Have Been to the Mountain”—Kevin Morby”
  • “Oh What a Beautiful Morning”—Rogers & Hammerstein
  • “Across 110th Street”




September 11th, 2017 at 8:05 AM ^

The D did shut them down as Brian and Ace say, but Cincy missed at least 2 long bombs (maybe 3, but can't recall off-hand). Still would have been a good game for the D, but would have been a different story for sure.


September 11th, 2017 at 8:55 AM ^

This whole "Harbaugh Speight" vs. "Borges Speight" comparison never makes a lot of sense. They are basically using it as a way to compare when Speight is good vs. when he is bad. Saying "we need more Harbaugh Speight" is them just saying "we need Speight to play better." It doesn't seem like this is any deeper analysis, because whenever it is mentioned in articles or on the roundtable, it isn't accompanied by any critiques of technique.


September 11th, 2017 at 12:09 PM ^

I love you, Brian, and I know, it's a very professional podcast, but I think the kittens joke undersells Lantana hummus and is played out.

Lantana hummus is (a) delicious and (b) available a bunch of funky and unusual variieties, in addition to the expected, Just say that, and highlight one specific wacky-but-delicious hummus and talk about how good that one is.

I'm not going to say the reads don't work - I actually was listening to "Down with IPAs" this weekend at Kroger and turned around to buy sriacha carrot hummus specifically because you guys reminded me how good it was, but cumong man.


September 11th, 2017 at 10:36 AM ^

A little surprised there wasn't more concern about the play of the DB's.  I know they played well overall but they got beat deep a few times and got bailed out by cincy.  Penn State will hit those shots. 


September 11th, 2017 at 9:34 PM ^

not necessarily true.  If Michigan can routinely get to the QB, then I don't think Penn State will hit those throws. 

There were receivers open in games last year, but either the QB's didn't see them or they couldn't make accurate throws, which is in large part on account of the constant pressure.


September 11th, 2017 at 12:19 PM ^

Funny, I just assumed we were getting "Oh What a Beautiful Morning" because the morning after an OSU loss is beautiful, and of course there was the "obvious" Oklahoma connection.  Never occurred to me they might just have picked the wrong track from the album!

Now I'm wondering what kind of justification my brain would have formed if they'd accidentally gotten "I'm jist a girl who cain't say no" instead...


September 11th, 2017 at 12:27 PM ^

But this bold line doesn't sit to well with Air Force coming up next week:

Well, oh what a beautiful morning, aw now.
Yes, what a wonderful day. (Look out there).
You know I, I've got a beautiful feeling.
Everything's, everything's going myway. (Ya'll c'mon now).


I don't feel like EVERYTHING is going Michigan's way yet.

Speight's play isn't exactly going our way.

MSU is unbeaten after two games.

Let's just say GO ARMY!


September 12th, 2017 at 1:06 PM ^

Thanks for the great analysis. FYI, while listening to the podcast through iTunes, the music between segments was about twice as loud as the ads and three times as loud as the banter.