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08/15/2018 - 10:32am You had me at Don Brown

You had me at Don Brown

08/13/2018 - 2:29pm "on the heels" is probably…

"on the heels" is probably incorrect. There was an incident on May 12th, (criminal trespass), he was arraigned on June 5th, he appeared in court on July 18th, it became public on Jul 18th, additional incidents were reported on Jul 23rd, he was fired after these additional incidents became public late in the day on the 23rd. 

08/10/2018 - 7:14am 22 days. Damn!!! Can't wait…

22 days. Damn!!! Can't wait.

Happy Friday to all. Enjoy your fake pos bangs.


08/09/2018 - 2:22pm And apparently there is no…

And apparently there is no edit button for a diary. Awesome!!! 


EDIT: Should be fixed now.

08/08/2018 - 1:44pm Off the top of my head . . …

Off the top of my head . . . 

Ohio State






Notre Dame

Penn State



Michigan State



Mississippi State



Central Florida

Florida State

Oklahoma State


Virginia Tech



Texas A&M

Ole Miss

Boise State





Florida Atlantic



Wake Forest

South Carolina


NC State




Washington State


West Virginia

Fresno State


Iowa State

Texas Tech

Boston College



North Carolina


Georgia Tech


San Diego State

South Florida

Arizona State




Kansas State


Appalachian State



Arkansas State



Northern Illinois

Louisiana Tech







Utah State






Middle Tennessee



North Texas

Western Michigan



Western Kentucky




Southern Miss

Colorado State

Eastern Michigan

Bowling Green



New Mexico State






Georgia Southern



South Alabama

Oregon State

New Mexico

Air Force

Georgia State

Old Dominion


Central Michigan

Ball State

Coastal Carolina


Florida International



Texas State


East Carolina


Kent State


San Jose State


08/08/2018 - 11:46am Here's the timeline:


Here's the timeline:

  • May 12th Zach Smith is cited for criminal trespass
  • July 18th Zach Smith appears in court
  • July 23rd  McMurphy reports on 2009 incident
  • July 23rd  OSU declines comment on matter
  • July 23rd  The 2015 incident is made public (by McMurphy and other outlets)
  • July 23rd  OSU fires Zach Smith
  • July 24th Meyer says he didn't know about 2015 incident 
  • Aug 1st McMurphy reports Meyer did know about 2015
  • Aug 1st Meyer placed on leave by OSU
08/08/2018 - 10:32am Sorry, but none of those…

Sorry, but none of those hypotheticals explain why they fired him only after it was reported that there was a 2015 incident. 

08/07/2018 - 12:20pm I have no recollection of…

I have no recollection of this whatsoever.

08/06/2018 - 3:47pm In response to JRoMeGoBlue …

In response to JRoMeGoBlue . . . YES, YES, YES, a million times YES!!!!!!!!!

I hate to be a dick about this, but for the the love of all that is holy please stop all the discussion about following reporting protocol. 


08/03/2018 - 6:10pm Congratulations for…

Congratulations for admitting to something after getting caught red handed, Urbs. Now that we have it settled that you did know about "things" in 2015 can you please answer the question that was being asked of you at media days: Why did you fire Zach Smith only after his conduct became public knowledge? Oh, and one other question: How can anyone ever trust that you will tell the truth again? 

08/03/2018 - 6:04pm First off, he is not in hot…

First off, he is not in hot water because he failed to follow proper reporting procedure. He is in trouble because he was asked why he employed a serial abuser for 11 years and only fired him after it became public knowledge. He answered with "I didn't know about it until now" and it was shown he did know about it. 

Secondly, Joe Pa also claimed "but I reported it to the proper authorities". It was a bad excuse then and still is.  

08/02/2018 - 7:58am Last I heard they are still…

Last I heard they are still building the user stories.

08/02/2018 - 7:54am Objectivity and opinion…

Objectivity and opinion pieces are not mutually exclusive. In fact, expressing your opinion can always be done using objectivity. 

07/27/2018 - 3:52pm FYI - No, the spaces weren't…

FYI - No, the spaces weren't meant to be ironic. Yes, I'm old.


07/27/2018 - 3:50pm Could have something to do…

Could have something to do with 98% of America not knowing what OPS and WAR is (are???).


#get off my lawn!

07/27/2018 - 8:32am Happy Friday All



Happy Friday All


One question. If an up vote occurs on MGoBlog 3.0 and no one is there to count it, is it really a pos bang??? 

07/20/2018 - 8:13am Happy Friday. I'm just here…

Happy Friday. I'm just here for the bang.



07/16/2018 - 10:50am With all due respect Marcia,…

With all due respect Marcia, the amount of money you clear in a year is irrelevant. The issue isn't whether they are compensated well in comparison to the average person, its whether they are compensated well in comparison to what they are worth. Here is a little mind game you need to play. Let's say your Aunt dies and leaves you everything. While going through her things you find an original Picasso painting. You show it to three different art experts and they each tell you it is worth a minimum of $50 million. As you are investigating how to sell the painting a collector shows up at your door and tells you he will write you a check for $25 million on the spot. What do you do???         

07/16/2018 - 9:41am Please share your math on…

Please share your math on how you have come to this determination. 

07/13/2018 - 6:57am Happy Friday everyone. Enjoy…

Happy Friday everyone. Enjoy your weekend. On a hot weekend in July nothing could be better than a hockey tournament to keep me cool. And a few beers of course. Been enjoying the Hell out of Oddsides Citra lately. This will continue.  



06/29/2018 - 8:36am Always up for a good bang. 

Always up for a good bang. 

Go Blue!!!


06/28/2018 - 9:56am I too have been perplexed by…

I too have been perplexed by this fact and I think your assessment that it is ego driven is dead-on. I raised this as a question a couple weeks back in a recruiting thread to Matt D, as he is much more "in the know" than all of us. He said that the pace that Michigan plays at is a major factor. Even though Beilein's reliance on 3s over 2s is very NBAesque, NBA teams do play faster, so one-and-done kids want to play in a faster paced offense to showcase their NBA skills. While I don't doubt that this is the thinking for the high-end recruits, it really doesn't make a whole lot of sense. Sure Michigan doesn't play at an NBA pace, but they aren't that much different than the teams that get the one-and-dones. Here is a look at last year's Adjusted Tempo on Kenpom:   

  • North Carolina: 71.2
  • Duke: 69.7
  • Kentucky: 68.8
  • Kansas: 68.8
  • Michigan: 64.9   

You could probably argue that even though the raw pace #s aren't that different, Michigan does prefer half court sets over running. Fine. But even if this is the case, you are prioritizing style of play over improving your basketball and physical skills. Essentially what recruits are saying is, "I don't need to get better, I just need to go somewhere where my already-fine skills are showcased."   

06/26/2018 - 1:56pm As well as Mike Knuble

As well as Mike Knuble

06/21/2018 - 1:30pm I see this particular aspect…

I see this particular aspect of the MSU tirefire more of an ethical issue than a legal issue. Every person that has spoken on behalf of MSU talks about how committed they are to getting to the bottom of things, making sure this doesn't happen again, restoring the public's trust, etc. If that is what you truly want then you need to prioritize these things over minimizing settlement costs, retaining loyal, career employees, and exercising privilege - even it is 100% your right to do so. You can't have it both ways. 

06/21/2018 - 1:30pm I see this particular aspect…

I see this particular aspect of the MSU tirefire more of an ethical issue than a legal issue. Every person that has spoken on behalf of MSU talks about how committed they are to getting to the bottom of things, making sure this doesn't happen again, restoring the public's trust, etc. If that is what you truly want then you need to prioritize these things over minimizing settlement costs, retaining loyal, career employees, and exercising privilege - even it is 100% your right to do so. You can't have it both ways. 

06/21/2018 - 11:41am Its not that there aren't…

Its not that there aren't people shopping there, its that they figure the loss in revenue that comes from closing the campus store is offset by the cost of operating it and an increase in revenue at their other locations. Why operate X stores if I can operate X-1 and still sell the same amount of goods? Sucks for sure. Only way to change the equation is to buy your gear elsewhere. 

06/20/2018 - 2:10pm Kudos to you MichiganFan1984…

Kudos to you MichiganFan1984 for having the guts to swim with the sharks. I'm being totally serious. I do have to disagree with you a tad bit on what you say is ruining our society. I think there is a reason why "people can't listen and appreciate" a different opinion, and that is because the platforms on which they are presented don't allow them to do so. To start with, everything is presented as a black and white (no, not race) choice between right or wrong, hero or goat, genius or idiot. It is also presented with maximum confidence, volume, and bluster. Sprinkle in the idea that you need to react within 15 minutes of something happening and you are not allowed to change your mind and you have a recipe for disaster. Essentially it is pick a side and fight to the death. No room for fence sitters. No time to think and formulate your opinion. Certainly no time to "listen and appreciate" a different opinion. When was the last time you heard someone call into a sports talk show and say, "I see these X reasons that support your position and these Y reasons that do not support you position. I'm tending to lean towards support, but I need to think about it some more before I decide for sure." 

06/13/2018 - 4:11pm Thanks for the response. I…

Thanks for the response. I put the word similar in quotes on purpose, as I'm not down with all the finer details of either Beilein's system or a typical NBA system. And I'm not really a "hoops guy" (and do not follow NBA religiously). Your thoughts are certainly enlightening. What may be interesting to see is if Beilein is able to get some higher caliber athletes (and maybe he already does in Johns and Dejulius?) will he adjust and start playing with more pace. Kinda like how he went away from the 1-3-1 zone as he realized he had good enough athletes to play man on almost everyone.

06/13/2018 - 1:56pm Not sure if this is…

Not sure if this is something that Matt D can answer, but I'm really curious as to what the thinking is with a typical one-and-done player. I ask this, as it seems to me that the combo of Beilein's coaching, an NBA "similar" offense, and Camp Sanderson should be fairly attractive, yet so may players just end up going the Kentucky/Kansas/Duke route. Perhaps the answer is simply "bagmen". I can understand that and will not begrudge a player that goes that way, but if a player's goal is to maximize earnings then at some point you have to understand that doing so requires you to become the best player possible. All else being equal I don't see how anyone would think coach Cal / Self / K are the way to do this.   

06/08/2018 - 8:12am Happy Friday. Bang Bang. 

Happy Friday. Bang Bang. 

Did I do this correctly???


06/06/2018 - 10:23am Haven't bought a new TV in…

Haven't bought a new TV in awhile, but I recently came across an interesting article specific to 4K TVs:


May want to check it out. Basic insight here is that the human eye is not capable of seeing the extra pixels unless you have a super huge TV and sitting pretty close. 

06/04/2018 - 11:11am Clarifying Ypsi's Point

Not trying to be a jerk here . . . but I believe that you are either missing the argument Ypsituckyboy is trying to make or you forgot what you posted. Here are your words:  


Carton only measured at 5’10.5 without shoes........and that was my reluctance in granting him a fifth star in my rankings.


You specifically wrote that height is the reason for not giving him a fifth star. Ypsi is pointing out that height should not matter as much as wingspan. What you followed up with - while perfectly valid - has nothing to do with height / wingspan. So either your reluctance to give a fifth star has more to it than just height, or you need to address the height / wingspan argument.  



06/01/2018 - 6:33am Happy Friday

Big weekend ahead. Putting my 21 year old riding mower out to pasture and getting a new zero turn.  


05/25/2018 - 10:56am This list reminds me of the

This list reminds me of the lists of which collge football teams produce the most first round draft picks. The publisher of the list is trying to make a statement about which schools are "doing the best" at develping their students/players, but the reality is it's more a list of which schools are best at attracting the most talent in the first place.  

05/24/2018 - 9:08am A little yardwork, a little

A little yardwork, a little fishing, a lot of time on the pontoon with a beer in my hand.



05/24/2018 - 9:07am You mean Meijers?

You mean Meijers?

05/18/2018 - 8:46am Any occasion for a free bang

Any occasion for a free bang is fine by me.



05/15/2018 - 2:42pm Guess I should have hit

Guess I should have hit refresh :) 

05/15/2018 - 2:40pm I'm no expert (others -

I'm no expert (others - please feel free to correct any mistakes) but I know enough to be dangerous so here goes:

1. Per the NCAA playing in the USHL is fine, but spending even 1 prtactice with an OHL team makes you ineligible for good. Not sure on all the details why the NCAA feels this way, but basicaly OHL means no Collge Hockey.

2. Just like football, often times a commitment is made to lock in a sure thing. You never know who will draft you in the OHL, so even though you may want to play in that league if you get drafted by a team with a coach you don't like, a style of play you don't like, and located in some Canadian city 1,500 miles from home you may decide college is the better choice. may as well lock in your college option just to be safe. Also like football, sometimes a kid will have every intention of going one route (e.g. U of M to play for Mel) but then another team (e.g. OHL's top run team) comes along and fills your head with dillusions of grandeur and your hand with few $ and next you know the kid changes his mind.

3. I will probably defer to the experts on this one, but my sense is that there may be more overall talent in the OHL, but it is close enough that it really shouldn't be a factor. It's maybe like comparing the Big Ten to the SEC.

4. Brian was referring to the USA Hockey NTDP (National Team Development Program). It's a program run by USA Hockey where they select the top US born players and bring them to Plymouth for full time training and play. They have a 17 year old team and an 18 year old team. I believe what Brian was alluding to was that these teams have large coaching and training staffs that have daily interactions with the players, so it is much less likely for something like what I outlined in the second part of #2 above to occur.            

05/11/2018 - 8:35am I just dropped $2k on my 4

I just dropped $2k on my 4 season tickets (end zone seats). Quick back of the napkin math shows that is approiximately $55 million dollars in ticket revenue for home games. That $100k in vacation and travel value is about 0.2% of this revenue. Pretty sweet deal allright - just not for the players.    

05/11/2018 - 8:26am Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day Weekend.

Do something nice for your Mom and your wife. 

Go Blue !!!



05/10/2018 - 9:09am Food for Thought

There is an old principle referred to as Blackstone's formulation:

" . . . for the law holds it better that ten guilty persons escape, than that one innocent party suffer"

This principle is pretty much foundational both to English and American common law.  

04/27/2018 - 9:33am Simple answer: Not all NFL GMs are good at their job

Sometimes the simplest answer is the correct one. 


One additional thing to point out is that we really don't have a lot of information on what the "heart issue" is. All that we actually know is that he was held out of the NFL combine for an irregular EKG and that this was similar to testing done before he ever played at Michigan. This could have affected his draft status, but without knowing the details for sure it is hard to say for certain that it did.  

04/23/2018 - 9:41am OP's rankings remind me of

OP's rankings remind me of the "winning cures all" adage we hear in sports. While a cliche, it is a sports truism. When it comes to assistant coaches, if your unit is performing everything coming out of your mouth in a presser is poetry. If your unit is lacking everything you say is proof of how bad you suck at coaching.

Drevno actually had a lot of the qualities you find in the guys at the top of the list - energetic, quirky, etc. - however, no one cared much because of the state of the Offense and O-line specifically. When you look at Zordich, if our DBs were the weak point of our defense how do you think we'd like his brutal honesty/saltiness? We'd be taking him to task for avoiding the blame and not doing his job. And while I can't imagine ever NOT loving a Don Brown presser, if the defense were to ever fade a bit, fall behind the offense, and lead to a couple losses . . . I'm sure there would be plenty of people complaining that his "shtick is getting old".      

04/20/2018 - 9:01am Happy Friday All

Spring may be arriving in Michigan I hear.

Bout time.


04/17/2018 - 11:50am A documentary on Ufer would

A documentary on Ufer would be great, but I have always thought that you could make a feature film on him. While all of the Michigan fans and alums (at least the old ones) love him dearly, a lot of this comes from Ufer's supreme passion and love for Michigan. I think we tend to overlook just how unique and amazing he truly was. His radio broadcasts were miles ahead of anything that exists today. Not just in how entertaining they were, but how he grabbed your attention and pulled you into the game. And he did it all by himself.   

04/13/2018 - 7:41am Happy Friday All

Nothing like 2 days of rain and no football, basketball, or hockey.

This is why God invented beer.


04/12/2018 - 7:41am You're point re: "football

You're point re: "football shape" is key here when we're talking recovery. While a laproscopic procedure is definitely less invasive, its important to keep in mind that it still involves 2 or 3 incisions, and these incisions are made in your core muscles. No matter your sport, the core is vitally important as it connects to and affects numerous other muscles. And yes, even 300 lb DTs with a little cushion in the mid section have strong core muscles.    

04/10/2018 - 11:58am Aaron Donald

Aaron Donald has been to 4 straight pro bowls, was the NFL defensive player of the year in 2017, and is generally recognized as one of the best players (at any position) in the  NFL. He measured at 6' 3/4" and 285 lbs at the combine. So while I totally understand the theory that an NFL DT needs to be in the 310 - 325 range to be effective, shouldn't Aaron Donald call all this into question?  

03/28/2018 - 8:29am Based on what I have read on

Based on what I have read on this rule change it seems to be much broader than what is being discussed in this thread. Per tweet from the NFL PR Departmnet: 

Playing Rule Article 8: It is a foul if a player lowers his head to initiate and make contact with his helmet against an opponent. The player may be disqualified. Applies to any player anywhere on the field. The player may be disqualified.

From this description the crown has nothing to do with it. Also, it applies to any player on the field. So a lead fullback can be flagged if he lowers his head to block a LB. Personally I am fine with the intent but a little concerned about how it will be enforced. Specifically, determining that a player "lowers his head" seems to be a judgement call with a lot of potential grey area.