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01/07/2019 - 7:33pm Dude spent four years with…

Dude spent four years with us as DL coach after being DC.  Give him a break.

Maybe he's just a competitor that wants to test his mettle against others as a DC again.  Can't blame him for that.  To be honest, if Mattison stayed at Michigan forever as a DL coach, that would suggest to me that he's lost that competitive fire in his heart and is a different kind of problem entirely...

01/02/2019 - 7:29pm Trapeze sweat with a hint of…

Trapeze sweat with a hint of clown tears and minced bearded lady?  I'll have the variety that comes with extra elephant.

01/02/2019 - 7:25pm Shitty bowl games can be…

Shitty bowl games can be meaningless to fans, but for the people playing in them, it can be a pretty cool experience.

1) You get to travel somewhere, 2) you get some swag, and 3) you get to play a team you probably have never seen before.  If you're lucky, you play a crappy team with that one dude who goes big in the NFL so you have a cool story for your friends and coworkers in the future.

These players aren't going to the NFL.  The vast majority of them will be teachers, car salesmen, journalists, accountants, lawyers, doctors, engineers, etc.  Who cares if the stadium is empty.  Let them have nice things.

12/28/2018 - 5:50pm Probably an unpopular…

Probably an unpopular opinion, but if the NCAA wants to maintain fidelity to the concept of "student-athletes," they should stop caring about what "fans" want out of a bowl system.

Pre-BCS, bowl games were more for the students.  A cool reward for performing decently throughout the end of the season.  You got to travel to some other part of the country, participate in bowl week shenanigans, and play a team and players you probably didn't play during the regular season.  Just a cool experience.  Like a field trip to Mackinac Island.

If a student wants to skip a bowl game, good on them.  The student should be allowed to decide what's best for them, just like I would be allowed to opt out of a grade school field trip to Mackinac Island for any fucking reason I wanted and Internet keyboard warriors can go fuck off with their opinions of my decision.  Zero fucks should be given about what the "fans" or "media" thinks about a student's decision to opt out what should be treated more like a school field trip.

The idea that we need to crown a "champion" at the end of the year or have a "playoff" is primarily a fan and revenue driven desire, which the NCAA slavishly obeyed because they care so much about fans and revenue.

Again, this is probably an old man opinion advocating for the times of yesteryear, but I feel like if I spent inordinate amounts of my time lobbying the local high school league to change its system of how it crowns its champion, the school district should and would tell me to "fuck off wierdo, this entire system is about the kids, not you."

12/20/2018 - 1:20pm I'm willing to bet that Jake…

I'm willing to bet that Jake's policy is similar to every other insurance policy out there and he could've negotiated up front for a bigger payout, at the cost of higher premiums.  He chose the level of insurance he was comfortable paying for.

It's literally the same as your car/auto/life insurance.  You pay more, you get higher caps and more coverage.

12/17/2018 - 2:39pm Somebody accidentally sent…

Somebody accidentally sent him a thank-you card for beating Ohio State.  /s

11/21/2018 - 9:36am I get the sense that the guy…

I get the sense that the guy who keeps asking about Karan Higdon's comments is some old, desperate has-been from a paper newspaper.  Maybe a guy that wrote an article about Rasheed Wallace's guarantee back in the day that blew up a bit after that article.  Lost to irrelevance in the age of the Internet, desperately trying to recapture that lightning in a bottle.

Give it up dude.  Nobody cares about player "guarantees" anymore.  That storyline is so played out.

11/13/2018 - 6:55pm Hahaha I'm going to be…

Hahaha I'm going to be downvoted to hell for this, but...

I'd like to remind people here, if you're going to make the argument that a team that played in a conference championship should get significantly more consideration in the rankings over a team that did not play in a conference championship...

Scott Frost agrees with you.

11/08/2018 - 5:13pm I'd rather U-M beat OSU and…

I'd rather U-M beat OSU and who fucking cares what happens to OSU in the other two games.

11/07/2018 - 12:53pm Let's say:

OSU loses to MSU…

Let's say:

OSU loses to MSU this Saturday.  Badly.

MSU loses to Nebraska in a hangover game the following week.

WISC beats PSU, but loses to Purdue the following week

NW loses to Iowa, but wins its next two games.

M beats a weak 7-5 NW in the B10 championship game, which is essentially a rematch and does little for M's resume.  M's best win is narrow one over a 9-3 OSU squad that got blown out by Purdue and MSU, and OSU ends up ranked in the 20's.

That's a recipe for controversy vs. a 12-1 Alabama team.  And if OSU somehow loses @MSU AND @Maryland, that could be very problematic for M.

10/23/2018 - 12:03pm Hey!  Don't knock this guy's…

Hey!  Don't knock this guy's thesis.  There are a lot of academics out there that are starting to challenge the traditionally accepted hypothesis that "ideal LT" body is a "natural construct" that was one of the revelations revealed to Adam and Eve when they ate the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge.  Cutting edge stuff.

08/24/2018 - 6:40pm We'll see though.

A school…

We'll see though.

A school featuring a shower room where children were raped managed to pull in recruiting classes ranked #52, 43, 24, 15, 21, 12, and 5 in the years following their scandal.

I don't think this is going to affect recruiting one bit.

08/02/2018 - 1:55pm I'm not defending Urban. …

I'm not defending Urban.  But I do think it's worth pointing one thing out.

Courtney Smith had a lawyer, as early as 2015.  If it was in Courtney Smith's best interest for OSU's top brass above Urban to know about what was going on, she could've told them herself, and her attorney had an ethical duty to do what was best for his client.

It's entirely possible that the rationale going through the mind of Courtney Smith and her lawyer was: 1) I'm getting divorced from Zach, 2) I'm taking the kids, 3) I need money to support myself and my kids, 4) Zach needs to stay employed with OSU.  And that's why they didn't run it up the OSU flagpole.

Should Urban have reported it up the food chain?  Sure.  Is this a case where the victim was subjected to further abuse because Urban did not report it up the food chain?  Probably not.

I'm not victim blaming at all here.  If what happened to Courtney Smith is true, it's horrible, and she deserves all the alimony she can suck out of that dirt bag abuser.  So if that's what her thought process was, she's completely justified in doing what's best for her and her kids.

08/01/2018 - 7:36pm Upvote for asking a…

Upvote for asking a legitimate question.

Police knew about and investigated both the 2009 and 2015 incidents, so this isn't a case of Urban withholding information from law enforcement.  I'm no Title IX expert, but I don't see why a school would get in trouble for not reporting something the police already know.

Also, I really don't want to be the fucking school that can only beat its rival when they're running with an interim coach.

03/20/2018 - 4:20pm - At all times, teams must

- At all times, teams must field two defensemen on the ice and those two defensemen must at all times dual wield two hockey sticks, one held in each hand.


- Defensemen are allowed to use their two hockey sticks like swords, but they cannot two-hand their sticks together.  They must always be swung independently of each other.


- If a defenseman drops one of their sticks, they get a 2 minute penalty.


- Defensemen are encouraged to swordfight with other defensemen to disarm them, triggering the penalty.

03/20/2018 - 1:13pm Uh, does someone need to tell

Uh, does someone need to tell coach that we're playing on Thursday, not Friday?

12/15/2017 - 1:29pm Normally wouldn't care to

Normally wouldn't care to reply, but something about calling out the other guy's subjective opinion as "generally wrong" really grates me.  It's an opinion.  I wouldn't say yours is "wrong," I would just say that I disagree with it.

Going to try to do this without introducing spoilers (but if you haven't seen it yet, you probably shouldn't read this): 1) Question 1 was not answered, and the movie signaled that Ep. 9 won't be revealing any more, frustrating for fans wondering how this dude exists given what we knew at the end of ROTJ and from the prequels, 2) Question 2 was maybe answered, if the information revealed is credible, but it was done in such a stupid way (character who revealed the info discovered it in a very stupid, nonsensical way.), 3) Question 3 was not answered in any meaningful way, and the way they Rashomon'd it felt out of place and a cheap way to manipulate the audience, the explanation given doesn't really make sense based on the limited information provided, nor does it explain why he'd be angry at anyone other than the person directly involved in what was shown, 4) Question 4 was answered in a way highly inconsistent with his established character.  OT established him as someone who would try to save others against all odds and against the advice of others.  What happened to that guy?

I'm just pointing out the negatives, I actually thought the movie was somewhat enjoyable but suffering from several significant flaws.  (Scene demonstrating gravity in space really irked me.)  7/10.  But I agree with the take that questions were not answered and it looks like they won't be, with the addition that the questions that were answered were answered stupidly.

12/15/2017 - 2:56am If you hate Star Wars, I

If you hate Star Wars, I would suggest not clicking on links on the Internet that are, you know, about Star Wars.

12/15/2017 - 2:54am I'm not OP, but generally

I'm not OP, but generally agree with him.

Hard to explain without spoilers, the thread on /r/movies is filled with people pointing out stuff that happens that doesn't really make sense.  Ignoring the plot holes, I'd say they went overboard with the comic relief, there's a major sequence that felt very out of place IMO for a Star Wars flick, and they don't do a good job setting up the next movie.

I'm predicting that people with major emotional attachments to the franchise will be disappointed, while the more casual fans will find it perfectly fine.

12/15/2017 - 2:43am Obviously a joke.  She's

Obviously a joke.  She's Bryan Cranston's daughter, having been abandoned at a fire station as he fled space authorities for producing space meth.

09/26/2017 - 5:40pm At the risk of getting

At the risk of getting downvoted to hell, I don't think it's necessarily an incongruent comparison.

I've seen multiple talking heads make this argument: Harbaugh has a reputation for eking out every competitive advantage he possibly can, including withholding depth charts, not announcing a starting QB, etc.  Which is fine, but if you're going to tow that line, you would be hypocritical to criticize your opponent for eking out a competitive advantage by providing you with a torn up medical table from the 1920's, or not giving you A/C in your locker room.

The counter argument from the Michigan camp is what Harbaugh is complaining about is a health and safety issue for players, and the line for eking out competitive advantages should be drawn at health and safety issues, which is exactly what Harbaugh said.

The counter-counter argument from the other side is, a torn up table is not a health and safety issue as long as the table is functional.  Not having A/C is not a health and safety issue, it's a convenience issue.  Having to keep the door open to the locker room isn't a health and safety issue, it's a personal privacy issue.

I agree with Harbaugh that eking out competitive advantages should not cross the health and safety line and would go further and say it shouldn't cross the chicken-shit line of A/C in locker rooms either, but the chicken-shit line is highly subjective so it's hard to define what falls on one side versus the other.  I'm just throwing some charity to the talking heads.

09/19/2017 - 8:21pm I'm 99.9% sure if anyone

I'm 99.9% sure if anyone tried to sell Harbaugh on the "Never Schedule Air Force" narrative, the response from Harbaugh would be "CHALLENGE ACCEPTED."

There's something inherently cowardly from not challenging a service academy because you think they might beat you because they are too "different-y."  Harbaugh doesn't strike me as the type of person that would shy away from a triple option team just because it requires effort to plan a defense.

09/07/2017 - 10:24am This.  Don't understand why

This.  Don't understand why people see these issues as black and white.  Is it that hard to accept that BOTH coach competence and player competence are factors that dictate the end result?

If Urban takes a job at Eastern Michigan and takes them to the national championship in Year 1, maybe then I'll buy into the argument that the coach has no one to blame but himself.

09/05/2017 - 5:54pm Disagree somewhat.  Hoke

Disagree somewhat.  Hoke seems like a nice guy, I have nothing against him personally, and wish him success in the future.  However, he was a mistake as a hire, and the cause of that mistake was the misguided idea that the predominant qualification for head coach at U-M is being from the "Michigan Family."

Unless a diet of milk and steak somehow makes you immortal, some day Michigan will be hiring for a HC again, and some group of idiots is going to point to Harbaugh as evidence that "Michigan Family" is the predominant qualification for HC at U-M.  And when that happens, we need to shove the cautionary tale that is Brady Hoke down their ignorant throats.

08/17/2017 - 4:08pm I think 1/Rutgers is meant to

I think 1/Rutgers is meant to mean the inverse of Rutgers fear level.

Took me awhile to get it, I initially thought it was a divide by zero joke.

08/11/2017 - 7:58pm Well, the fact that the

Well, the fact that the sexual assault charges were dropped seem like a pretty good reason to disbelieve her.

The incident allegedly occurred in line outside a bar, where there were plenty of witnesses.  You don't drop the SA charge in that circumstance unless the witnesses aren't corroborating the woman's allegations.

That plus Perry's version of the event seems much more plausible on its face (that he tried to cut in line, they argued, he shoved her away).  I don't think sexual assaults by football players in enemy territory standing in a line full of adverse witnesses happens very often.  OTOT, getting into arguments over cutting in line happen all the time.

I'm not saying 100% for sure it didn't happen, but I don't think it's unreasonable to question the woman's credibility.

08/11/2017 - 12:54pm I imagine this is what would

I imagine this is what would happen if Michigan fans collectively crowd funded an effort to purchase an NFL football team and all GM decisions were made by vote proportional to the amount you contributed to the crowdfunding campaign.

Our team would not be good.

07/27/2017 - 12:35am I read ptmac's post as saying

I read ptmac's post as saying something along the lines of "I'm working on this project, I have to deal with fighting opponents of this project on a daily basis, you've turned this blog, which I probably go to as a refuge from my work, into an extension of my work and I resent you for that, you don't even possess the qualifications to offer an inside opinion on the matter football guy, I wonder what Lee Corso thinks about downtown Ann Arbor development said no person ever."

Honestly, I work in a semi-political field, and if Brian were to spout opinions contrary to the positions I advocate for at work (unlikely, given he leans libertarian, we're probably on the same page, but still) I'd probably react the same way.

07/26/2017 - 9:10pm Actually, due to your own

Actually, due to your own rules against political discussion, he can't.

07/26/2017 - 7:15pm I dunno, I found Brian's

I dunno, I found Brian's take, in bold, telling us who to vote for in an election to be rather condescending as well.  I read ptmac's post as saying "Look, I've actually got qualifications to render an opinion on this, but I'm not, because this blog is supposed to be about football, not Ann Arbor politics."

Still, I enjoyed Brian's post simply out of a passing curiosity as to what's going on in Ann Arbor and the reminder that has that hometown-y making moonshine in a bathtub feel compared to's budweiser factory feel.

06/01/2017 - 5:08pm #10 - "Don't make somebody a

#10 - "Don't make somebody a priority who treats you like an option."

Loss to Air Force Week 3 confirmed.  Did not treat Air Force as a priority.

05/05/2017 - 4:47pm Story linked by OP doesn't

Story linked by OP doesn't even say Bream was at the house.  Another story I read said it was "unclear" if he was at the house.  But let's all rush to judgment anyway.

04/05/2017 - 8:56pm Adapt or die.  Or should we

Adapt or die.  Or should we go around destroying all the printers and priting presses out there Office Space style so we can employ more folks as scribes?

03/10/2017 - 6:32pm To be fair, Harbaugh threw

To be fair, Harbaugh threw his playcards unto the field of play.  And it wasn't just barely unto the filed of play, they landed like in the middle of the field.  I don't think the TV broadcast showed how bad it was.  Pretty sure nine times out of ten any time a coach throws something unto a field of play, it's going to yield some kind of penalty.


02/16/2017 - 7:11pm Only point I'm making is that

Only point I'm making is that ability to put the team on his back is not a concern with Stafford.  He's competent in unfavorable scenarios, and the team appears to be behind him.

If you're talking about "carrying the team" like a Lebron James type superstar carrying a team of otherwise mediocre players, then I would agree, with the caveat that football has too many positions to fill for 1 out of 22 (+ST) to carry the entire team, even the QB.  Even Tom Brady has help.

A reasonable argument could be made that Stafford is a top 10 QB.  I don't think it's reasonable to argue that he's below average (bottom 16).  IMO, QB possibly ranks dead last in terms of positions the Lions need to address in the Draft/FA.

02/16/2017 - 10:38am Yeah, the guy who set the

Yeah, the guy who set the record for most 4th quarter comeback victories in a single season has a problem putting the team on his back.  Sure.

02/16/2017 - 10:36am If playoff success was a

If playoff success was a legitimate measure of individual competence in the NFL, you must think Barry Sanders sucks too, huh?  Pretty sure the Lions missed the playoffs about half the time he played, and went 1-5 the times they did make the playoffs.  Ndamakong Suh has never won in the playoffs either--guess he's terrible too.  Adrian Peterson has won maybe one playoff game, guess he sucks too (but sucks slightly less than Stafford).

But I'm sure this new fangled "has he won a playoff game?" statistic for individual merit will be WIDELY adopted by sabremetric fans across the country as the new gold standard for evaluating individual players...

02/09/2017 - 10:22am Not sure if it checks

Not sure if it checks credentials the same way as ESPN, but the even shittier thing is, if you have Comcast Internet, but not Comcast TV, you cannot login with someone else's Comcast login to watch.  At least in my experience, it automatically detects your Comcast account (based on your IP) when you try to watch ESPN and does not let you login as someone else.  I invited my brother in law to watch a game at my house (he has Comcast TV, I don't) assuming he could login with his credentials, but nope.

02/01/2017 - 8:31pm I dunno man.  I like Tom

I dunno man.  I like Tom Brady, but every non-Michigan, non-Patriots fan I've ever encountered hates the dude's guts and thinks he's a cheater.  I think the highest praise I've ever heard about Tom Brady from a non-Michigan, non-Patriots fan was "I know everybody else hates him, but I thought he was hilarious in Ted 2."

01/26/2017 - 1:24pm The defense is irrelevant for

The defense is irrelevant for the same reason Greenstein's jab is irrelevant.  Whether "processing" is common or uncommon is irrelevant to whether it's justifiable.  Evaluate the practice on its merits, not how common it is.

There were plenty of people here pre-Harbuagh who found the practice of rescinding offers close to NSD solely because the kid's stock dipped to be distasteful.  There were plenty of posts about Footy McFootballface being HORRIBLY SCREWED OVER by AlaClemFloriAuburnOuiville because the school rescinded his offer.  (Opposite was also praised: 'Member when Belein was a saint because he honored Austin Hatch's scholarship even after the plane crash?)  All of a sudden, who cares because everybody else is doing it, amirite?

(Some people may try to make a distinction between deliberately oversigning versus cutting a guy because their stock dipped.  I'd argue that the former can actually be more fair to a recruit, because, if the recruit is paying attention, he can read the tea leaves and see the train coming down the track, not to mention the other schools in his ears telling him to do the math.  Kid like Swenson maybe doesn't see the latter coming at all.  Ultimately, IMO, oversigning, processing, rescinding offers, whatever, is all fine assuming that the necessary information, terms, conditions, etc. are clearly communicated to the kid.)

01/25/2017 - 8:47pm Let's stop pretending that

Let's stop pretending that what Greenstein does for a living is any different than what Brian does for a living.  Greenstein (evidently) writes anti-Michigan articles to get clicks from anti-Michigan fans.  Brian writes pro-Michigan articles to get clicks from pro-Michigan fans.  Two sides of the same coin.

In this case, IMO, both authors are missing the point and exagerrating the facts to support their viewpoints.  The truth is probably somewhere in the middle.  Harbaugh screwed up.  He admits this.  He didn't clearly communicate Swenson's status to Swenson.  This caused Swenson unnecessary heartache in having to search for a new school in a less-than-ideal timeframe.  Swenson was prejudiced (though I think at this point he's just being spiteful--you're with Oklahoma, get over it).

Is Harbaugh the demon that Greenstein paints him as?  No--largely because it's unlikely Harbaugh screwed up on purpose.

But Brian's take is also offbase, IMO, because he goes on this irrelevant defense of how "processing" is common.  The problem in the Swenson case wasn't about "processing," it was about how Harbaugh failed to communicate to Swenson what he had to do to maintain his status in the class.  It was a mistake, Harbaugh admitted it, and we can all move on.

(I'd also like to point out that in prior years there were plenty of people on this board bashing SEC/ACC schools for "processing" recruits close to NSD, so....)

10/30/2016 - 10:51am Going for two play made me

Going for two play made me sad that State didn't score another touchdown earlier in the game.  Can you image if that situation played out with State up 31-30, going for two to make it a field goal differential, and Jabrill Peppers scoring the 2 point conversion with 1 second left?

I feel like that's what fate had planned, and everything was in place except State missing a TD somewhere prior.

10/25/2016 - 7:31pm When will Barney learn to

When will Barney learn to just say no to Algebra...

10/24/2016 - 12:35pm Well technically there's a

Well technically there's a substantive difference: in the successful field goal situation, Iowa can allow a Wisconsin field goal and it's still a one possession game.

Though it's such a small benefit, I doubt the probabilities work out to make it the correct decision.

10/07/2016 - 5:47pm I don't think anyone's

I don't think anyone's explanation here would do it justice.  Watch the "Scott Tenorman Must Die" episode from Season 5.  One of the best episodes of the series.

09/27/2016 - 8:36pm "This isn't 'America's

"This isn't 'America's Funniest Home Videos.'"

09/23/2016 - 11:57am Semantic question, but if

Semantic question, but if odds are "falling" does that mean improving or worsening?  I always assumed falling odds meant worse odds.  I got confused because the author wrote Jabril Pepper's odds of winning the Heisman as falling and Wisconsin's odds of winning the B10 as falling in positive ways (i.e., odds improving), but Dalvin Cook's odds "falling" in a negative way.

08/16/2016 - 6:46pm Didn't seem like pestering

Didn't seem like pestering from the transcript.  Someone asked about the names of those suspended, JH didn't want to say.  I think it's fair to follow up with a question along the lines of "OK, if you're not willing to say who, can you say what they did?"  Reporter could've asked it a more diplomatic way, but they're well within their right to probe.  JH is within his right to leave--which was the correct move since it sends a message to the reporters that JH is in control of this game and you play by his rules.  But I don't fault the reporters for probing at all.  I don't think anyone did anything "wrong" in this sequence.

05/05/2016 - 9:29pm There's a decent argument

There's a decent argument that if Sandusky committed the crimes and nobody else knew about it, PSU shouldn't get punished since it's not an NCAA issue, so I get what you're saying.

However, PSU isn't being punished for Sandusky's wrongdoing, they're being punished for Paterno's wrongdoing.  Paterno covered it up, and he did so to protect the image of his football team, which is an NCAA issue.

Re: someone else talking about PSU sanctions being reduced, I'll bet it was in part because there wasn't actually any specific NCAA rule in place that Paterno clearly violated.  I wouldn't be surprised if it was just one of those things that's SO fucked up, the NCAA never thought there'd be a need to write a rule addressing it.

10/27/2015 - 5:39pm Eh, the article left a lot of

Eh, the article left a lot of unanswered questions with respect to the TV rights issues.  For one, I highly doubt that the negotiation for TV rights follows the typical highest bidder model because ESPN has lower total viewship than NBC/Fox/CBS because they're on cable.  Thus, a dollar from NBC/Fox/CBS is worth more than a dollar from ESPN, since going to NBC/Fox/CBS increases exposure for the NFL by penetrating more households.  Plus, ESPN makes more money per viewer than NBC/Fox/CBS since they receive $6 per subscriber when NBC/Fox/CBS don't, so the live rights are worth more to ESPN than to NBC/Fox/CBS.

In order to truly determine whether ESPN overbid for TV rights, you'd have to do a complicated analysis of the added subscriber revenue brought in from the TV rights and the value perceived by the NFL in selling rights to a channel with more viewers (NBC/Fox/CBS) vs. a channel with less viewers (ESPN), which neither Yahoo nor the article they cited did, so the conclusion is kind of bunk (though it might still be true--even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in awhile).