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01/09/2019 - 10:08pm Congratulations, MK. MGoBlog…

Congratulations, MK. MGoBlog's readership has apparently forgotten that you are -- by all appearances, anyway -- a poseur.

12/24/2018 - 6:38am This was my favorite quote:

This was my favorite quote:

"Tweet about Harbaugh leaving and Michigan fans will call you a fraud, saying their coach is staying in Ann Arbor for life."

Anyone else get the sense that he enjoyed writing that?

12/22/2018 - 10:48pm I'm not Jewish, but I often…

I'm not Jewish, but I often wind up doing this on Christmas with members of that tribe:

12/22/2018 - 9:02pm "In my fact."

"In my fact."


12/16/2018 - 9:53am "Ohio State finished fifth,…

"Ohio State finished fifth, second, third, seventh, fourth, second, and second respectively in the national team recruiting rankings ..."

To those who say "Harbaugh has to beat OSU this year!" take some time and think about those stats.

I think Jim has righted the ship. He's made some mistakes, but the overall arc looks good to me.

10/09/2017 - 8:37am sieve

For kicks, you should poll Michigan fans on that picture of OSU running through the offensive line. I'll bet a lot of people would answer "Hoke" or "Rodriguez" when asked about the coach.

It was Lloyd Carr, of course. His last few offensive lines (Long excepted) weren't that great, either.

07/17/2017 - 4:27pm news

Why did the OP bother posting this? AFAICS is it was a foregone conclusion that he was going to OSU.

Is jerseyblue another "Heywood_Jablome" account?

07/14/2017 - 9:05pm Stay Clean

Maybe not a great voice, but definitely unique!

06/27/2017 - 9:09am WD

Nice logo reversal.

06/20/2017 - 4:11pm old joke

A great many versions of this joke exist:

An old man in the USSR lines up for hours to buy meat, only to find out there's none left. He flies into a rage, screaming about how horrible and stupid communism is.

A KGB agent walks up to him and tells him to calm down, adding "don't forget what happened to people like you back in the old days" and making a "gun" shape with his hand.

The old man goes back to his apartment, empty-handed. His wife says, "They're out of meat?"

He replies, "it's worse than you think: they're out of bullets."

06/14/2017 - 10:49pm back in 2015

Here's what I posted back in 2015.

* Jack Kemp: I sat next to him on a ski lift at Vail. Cool, down-to-earth guy.
* Newt Gingrich: He visited my workplace during the Dot-Com era when familiarizing himself with technology. Seemed like a tool.
* Jesse Jackson: White Sox game in the box next to my employer's.
* Tim Kazurinksy: This is a reach. He was on SNL in the '80s and also appeared in Police Academy movies. I've seen him multiple times in the north Chicago 'burbs.
* Sanjay Gupta: In a professional context at UMich, before he was famous ...
06/05/2017 - 1:09pm 89 days

Please tell me we don't have another 89 days of these hackneyed, bullshit "There are ..." posts.


06/03/2017 - 6:56am WD

That's a lame joke. You need to get out more. You sound like the New York fan in this article:…

05/25/2017 - 11:08am name

Madej. Sorry for the pedantry.

05/20/2017 - 9:35pm Orwell

Unsolicited Orwell non-fiction recommendation: Down and Out in Paris and London

05/06/2017 - 7:18pm Sanctions?!

You messed up an excellent post with the last sentence. The Freep-generated "sanctions" were the least of my @#$%ing worries with that guy.

05/06/2017 - 2:01pm 2008

Your post reminds me of my favorite MGoMyth.

"He struggles to adapt to different personnel, and for evidence we need look no further than his 2008 season in Ann Arbor."

Many (not necessarily you) believe that 2008 (IMO the least talented Michigan team in the modern era) was all about not adapting to the strenghts of Threet and Sheridan.

Ron English (one of the alternatives at that time, believe it or not) probably wouldn't have gone 3-9 with that crew, but 6-6 wouldn't have surprised me at all. That was going to be a mediocre season at best.

05/06/2017 - 7:19am Taylor

Taylor was a good athlete, but he didn't have a very strong arm.

05/05/2017 - 8:30pm bench

Neither is remotely in the class of Dakich as a bench performer. Also, one of them (Koenig) was more about self-promotion than basketball ability. Bossard was a pretty good high school player.

05/03/2017 - 4:35pm Gil?

Not that he'd be a starter or just behind that point, but I didn't see Devin Gil anywhere.

05/02/2017 - 10:46am yes and no

I agree that work experience matters more with increasing distance from "the degree," but I've been amazed more than once at how much value people place on those things years after doing so would seem to be reasonable.

Ask anyone in Club Kellogg (MBAs), Club Stanford (Silicon Valley), or, best of all, Club Harvard (lots of places).

04/30/2017 - 3:50pm Nolan Ulizio

I haven't heard Ulizio mentioned in a long time. Is he still "in the game?"

04/30/2017 - 3:48pm right hire

I'd like to know that, too.

In 2007, the likes of Ron English and Mike DeBord were in the conversation.

04/29/2017 - 7:00pm Monster!

Strange resource to be citing, but ...…

Answer: Not very much. Still, $41K would be more than enough to live on.

04/29/2017 - 6:47pm numbers

I'm surprised Stribling didn't get drafted, but what an outstanding few days for Michigan! 11 picks ... wow.

OP: I'd suggest adding Matt Godin to your list.

04/29/2017 - 5:03pm CFL

Good for him. The CFL seems like a good fit.

04/29/2017 - 4:30pm Godin

I'd be surprised if Godin got drafted, but not that surprised. He got minutes on a D-line full of NFL talent.

04/29/2017 - 4:28pm CBs

That makes two of us. I'm glad Clark got drafted, and I'm not surprised that he did, but Stribling produced on the field, too. Maybe teams were spooked about his measurables. (Didn't seem to harm Florida's Tabor, though ...)

04/29/2017 - 3:19pm shots

I didn't think I was taking a shot, but whatever ...

They're not bad players. Given how things have gone so far for Michigan, I won't be totally surprised if one is drafted. But, nothing about them (Braden's measurables aside) has ever said "NFL" to me. They all have significant weaknesses.

As for it being a "down" year, that might make sense at the top end, but it makes no sense statistically overall (which is what would matter here).

04/29/2017 - 2:51pm O-line

If you figure that 40-something offensive linemen will be taken in the draft, it boggles the mind that anyone from Michigan's crew is even in the conversation.

To put it another way, it's hard for me to believe that there aren't forty O-linemen in the draft better than our best guy (Braden / Magnuson).

04/29/2017 - 7:25am O-line

I think he would've made a significant difference, but the offensive line wasn't close to getting a "push" this year in big moments of big games that really mattered. They had issues against middle-tier teams.

We were rolling with a first-year quarterback with a medium/high ceiling, too.

Last year's team wasn't at a national championship level any more than the '06 team. (I think it was better than '06.) You'd have to go back to the magical year ('97).

04/29/2017 - 7:13am pic

Hat tip to Touch the Banner:

04/29/2017 - 7:11am 3rd round

I was surprised, too. He played well and he has plenty of physical ability, but I was thinking late rounds / UDFA.

04/29/2017 - 7:10am athletes

"... Miami produced faster/quicker athletes ..."

Sorry, I don't buy that. (Never have ...) I think he could've run that defense just fine with (well-coached) guys from Chicago, Detroit, and Cleveland. It's just that he was smart enough to see the value of speed. He understood that you can get away with fast, undersized linemen and linebackers at the college level. (For some reason this escaped the prior UMich regimes.)

Aside, I agree on Moeller. It's a fascinating -- and underrated -- "what if" scenario in UMich football history.

04/26/2017 - 10:16am ND

For no apparent reason, there often seems to be a high level of interest in Notre Dame, too.

Are there lots of Domers on the Tribune staff?

04/23/2017 - 9:05pm several

Randolph Street, Chicago. I'd start just over the river and work my way west until filled with items from tasting menus.

04/20/2017 - 4:52pm ren fairs, etc.

"She was a big, heavy lady who loved dressing up and role-playing at renaissance fairs."

Why bother with the big, heavy part of that sentence? :)

04/20/2017 - 1:40pm learning styles

A little OT, an observation from long ago:

When the instructor (on whatever level) says "Folks, lecture is optional. I won't be covering anything that's not on pages X through Y in the textbook," I'd say maybe 20-25% of the people bother going to class. That's probably the same percent that are "audio" learners (or, people who benefit from the spoken word). (Aside: These are probably the same people who assume that I'd prefer a three-minute voice mail to a three-paragraph e-mail. NO.)

I'd much prefer reading the book and I think that's true for the majority of the students. It would be nice if that option were explicitly presented more often. (STEM classes map to this better than humanities, of course.)

Where possible, I avoided lectures and read the book (again, mostly STEM stuff).

Put another way: If you can get by with the book or online resources, FFS stay home and avoid distracting your classmates who actually get something out of the lectures.

04/20/2017 - 10:40am $

The NFL is a corporate beast. If its fans were OK with players clubbing and eating baby seals, it would have nothing to say. Clearly its focus groups aren't very high on "Kaep."

04/19/2017 - 11:07am numbers

ESPN just wants viewers. This is a dreamy controversial subject that they can flog all day.

04/18/2017 - 11:20am joke

"... run of the mill ..."


Lewan and Schofield were 4-star recruits. So were Barnum and "Q" Washington (before his postion switch. Jake Fisher was well-regarded, too (before he decommitted). Frey wasn't working with a bunch of no-names.

04/16/2017 - 9:34am social

Even at the WD level, sports fandom and a social life need not be mutually exclusive. Your comment might say more about you than WD.

04/14/2017 - 11:48am backups

^^^ This. ^^^

If you don't trust BigCorp with your data, at least have an offsite copy at least several miles (enough to protect from a "smoking hole" scenario) from your home. Preferably multiple offsite copies ...

04/13/2017 - 1:29pm other

I'll take The Who over either one. (At least if you look at lifetime band quality output ...)

04/13/2017 - 6:32am history

What George Pickett said ...

I don't have easy access to Cooper-era recruiting stats, but OSU has been a football factory for a long time.

At baseline they should be *expected* to out-recruit Michigan. They have more in-state talent, they're a bit closer to the southern region, and (unfortunately) they can play the "tradition" card just as well as anyone else. Academic scores are a notch below Michigan's, but that doesn't matter to most players. 

04/11/2017 - 11:18am mine

For whom do you never cheer? For me, it's easy:

* Notre Dame football (Sanctimonious subway fans, lifetime pass from Big Media, etc.)
* Duke basketball (It's almost all about Coach K.)

- - -

Others (in decreasing order of dislike):

* Football: Ohio State, SEC (yes, whole conference), USC, BYU
* Basketball: Kansas, North Carolina, ACC (other than Duke and UNC)

I really can't be bothered with Michigan State. As for Penn State, I think that's increasingly a dead horse. NO ONE likes them outside of Happy Valley.

04/11/2017 - 6:27am Lloyd

Can a moment extend several years (from the mid-'90s to 2007)? If so, my bittersweet "moment" is Lloyd Carr's term. (As with many others here, I'll go with his last game if I have to choose one.)

On the bright side:

- Despite what the "coaches poll" said, national championship. Obviously.

- Great recruiter.

- Great man who understood that football was only part of life and handled his players with that in mind.

- Multiple Big Ten championships and no really lousy seasons.

On the other side:

- Produced Top 25 finishes many years with Top 5 talent. (Michigan used to be considered an NFL factory. It seems to just now be getting back to that.) I still think an elite coach could've coaxed at least one national championship out of his early teams.

- Often went to battle with a medicore coaching staff. His coaching tree is almost nonexistent. Compare it to Bo's.

- As was famously noted here, there was an interval where taking a lead into the 4th quarter was a *bad* predictor.

04/10/2017 - 5:53pm a look back to 2012

Also in that 2012 article with the Fred Jackson quote:

"Johnson said he is looking forward to running behind Michigan's future offensive line, after it signed the nation's No. 4 class at that position for 2012 (according to Rivals) and could ink the No. 1 class for 2013 in February."


04/10/2017 - 5:48pm Dutcher

Dutcher was on the UMich bench way back in '89, I think. He's waited a long time.

Also interesting: If you listen to the ESPN Fab Five directory, he even *sounds* like Fisher. I guess you might, too, if you spent close to thirty years at his side.

04/10/2017 - 7:09am Cam

I just saw this, too. Good for Cam (and the MSP).