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07/22/2017 - 11:55pm Sick!!!
Super sub

Sick!!!

Super sub

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07/22/2017 - 4:51pm So when there was a crucial

So when there was a crucial period in say the biggest game of the year in Columbus and the guy throws a clipboard and draws a penalty on his team - that was not snapping.  But Urban snaps at any opportunity.

Got it.

I hear a lot of wishful thinking on this thread.

 

07/21/2017 - 6:12pm About 45 posts, and barely a

About 45 posts, and barely a one saying OSU won't win.  Sigh.

"Wait til next year..."

07/21/2017 - 6:09pm OP is saying 15-0 but you

OP is saying 15-0 but you just have to read between the lines. 

07/20/2017 - 5:49pm To be fair, we all have a

To be fair, we all have a friend like that...

07/20/2017 - 5:43pm Damn!!
With so few rock bands

Damn!!

With so few rock bands out there in the past 20 years this was one of the biggest we had.  Man tough one - tons of charisma as a front man and crazy unique pipes.

07/19/2017 - 10:37pm This is Indiana football

This is Indiana football 2005-2015 level defense.

07/19/2017 - 10:04pm Nice call Ken

Nice call Ken

07/16/2017 - 9:05pm Has Larry Fedora ever been

Has Larry Fedora ever been seen with a shark?

Asking for a friend....

07/15/2017 - 4:29pm #MaizenWatch

#MaizenWatch

07/11/2017 - 1:58pm Penthouse forum. 
Just takes

Penthouse forum. 

Just takes some wading through to find the Michigan stuff....

07/07/2017 - 11:04am Advice to you unmarried guys

Advice to you unmarried guys - find a very tall wife.  Wait 18-19 years.  Profit.

07/07/2017 - 10:58am Bill has great writeups and

Bill has great writeups and actually knows his stuff - you can read about the 89th team in the nation and he will know things such as the 4th WR.   And for those of us who like advanced stats it's very good too.

Bottom line he is projecting 9-3 which I think is where a lot of the non homers are.  That of course assumes 1-3 in the "tough games" but it also allows for the nearly annual Carr type f* up vs a bad team so maybe 7-1 vs "guaranteed wins" and 2-2 in the tossups.

So a few things will be interesting to me:

  • does this team have a big learning curve i.e. is the team demonstrably better in Nov than Sep which it should be do to youth.
  • Harbaugh has basically won the games he should (ex Iowa) in his time here and mostly lost games "we should".  Can he do some Stanford magic and have us go in and beat someone "we shouldn't" a year ahead of schedule.

Like someone else said the elite programs don't all wait until everyone is an upperclassmen or the schedule aligns perfectly to have great years.  And I don't mean 12-0 years but exceeding expectations.  The Wisc and OSU games are probably going to be 2 of our 3 toughest games this year but they are at the very end of the year when UM should be at its best with a full season to get all its youth a ton of experience.  Which is why the PSU game is tougher as it's much earlier in the year against what will be a veteran team at home.  But a lot of people are viewing Wiscy and OSU vs the lens of UM with Aug 30 experience - vs a team with Nov 10 experience.  Hence I'm more positive than most on that road game at Wisconsin and the home game vs OSU (despite UM's long history of not beating anyone of value on the road) - we just much higher ceiling player vs player than Wisconsin and by the time we get "there" (nov 18) our players should be showing it.   As for OSU everyone hates on Franklin and said Harbaugh is 10x the coach - so show it at home in year 3 - Franklin found a way at home in year 3 with a team inferior to UM 2018.  Luck or not - where is our luck next November?  (not the Andrew type)  Find a way like other programs do - a disaster MSU program played OSU nearly even at home last year.

This very expensive staff should have UM at a much better place on Nov 10 than Aug 30. 

07/06/2017 - 2:48pm Yep, we've had finer and more

Yep, we've had finer and more veteran squads fuck up a game vs lesser teams all the time - that was a Carr special.   That said it often happened on the road so the trap games I guess are @ Indiana, and @ Maryland to do an epic f--- up.  Indiana is earlier in the year and we all have made it a 100% win vs when their old coach was there when we'd have SOME trepidation since they'd have a high octane offense vs Debord.

That said again - this is why Harbaugh was brought in.  He is being paid like Saban Meyer or better in the latter case.  OSU fans don't worry about losses to lesser teams - OSU has just become automatic vs anything remotely inferior (I think 5 losses in regular season in his regime and 2 of those were in title games?  Something ludicrous like that)

 

07/06/2017 - 2:43pm I'm with you - I don't get

I'm with you - I don't get the fetish for Notre Dame.  Frankly it reminds me of Michigan 1999-2014 (25 years or so).  A name program that is fine enough but not among the elite anymore and has some really down years.  Hopefully we are past that now but still TBD.

Again, I'd kill to play a home and home with Georgia or LSU vs anything Notre Dame can offer - been there, done that.  I want to see something different.  In any 10 year cycle I am fine with 1 home and home with Notre Dame to take up 2 of those slots.  Heck even 4 of the slots but this rotation of Oklahoma, UCLA, whatnot makes me a lot more interested.  Even Florida if it was a home and home would have been way more fun.

07/06/2017 - 2:37pm I mean I don't know about all

I mean I don't know about all the stuff up there in OP but I do know the OSU game should not be a loss at this point.  Not saying it will be an easy win, or not a dogfight but this is one Michigan needs to win.

OSU lost their whole damn team (yeah yeah I know they had some "young guys with game experience but damn they lost like 14 guys to the NFL the prior April) and went into a pretty decent Oklahoma last year in game 1 in August and WON.  None of this "we need a year to get better" or "we'll be better in November so just wait til then".  They just do it.   Harbaugh will have had the equivalent of a full season to prepare for OSU and get all these young guys into "young veteran" status by then, a lot of guys will have double digit games under their belt incl road games at Madison and Happy Valley.  So there is no excuse anymore. 

Sorry if Harbaugh can't win this game in year 3 AT HOME with a roster of HIS GUYS, it will be a mark on him.  The guy was hired to win red letter games and he is supposed to be a messiah.  Starting your career 0-3 and hoping to win on the road in year 4 in Columbus is not what anyone should be expecting for the money paid to the guy.

07/05/2017 - 9:38pm Bacon,
I'm talking about

Bacon,

I'm talking about him.  Big time.  On Candy Crush.  Counterstrike is so 2015.

07/05/2017 - 9:36pm Hearing Phil Jackson,

Hearing Phil Jackson, Bbbbbbi--lllluppppps, and Mike Babcock have all thrown their hats in the ring.  But only if Popovich says no.  Anyone else hearing the same?

07/05/2017 - 3:07pm Mgoblog has an inherent

Mgoblog has an inherent difference than most websites and that is a sense of community.  I don't say that off hand - I mean literally despite the layout from 2003 and lack of functionality at times, and load times, and all that people come because of content AND "Cheers" factor.  A lot of people know your name, and you have the schticks (WD!) etc that is not found elsewhere.  I think it is an underestimated part of the website attraction.  There are comment bars found on MANY of the most popular websites but its by "strangers" or people who will comment on 1 story and then never be seen again.  Here almost every story is commented by the same critical mass and then some portion of others as well.   So you have the community sports bar feel where you can strike up conversation and you know quite a few of the regulars.  Someone could create content just as good (or better) than MGo and wouldn't attract people due to that missing factor.

p.s. I don't think I've EVER set through an entire video on sports "content" ever.  If a story has video and exact same content in written word below I just read for whatever reason. 

 

07/05/2017 - 2:55pm Let me say the eye test has

Let me say the eye test has me way more excited about Evans than Derrick Green but I remember the Green defenders early on pointing to his average ypc etc .... which were seriously inflated by some flea bag opponents.

To that end Evans had 614 yds on 88 carries - with a gaudy near 7.0 ypc.  Take out Hawaii and Rutgers and it drops to 348 yards on 69 carries - still a very Mike Hart career like average of 5.0.  Elite college RBs come in at around 5.8+. 

http://mgoblog.com/diaries/elite-ncaa-rbs-and-ums-lack-them-decades

So to extrapolate what is in reality "3 good games" - three 100-110 yards games for a feature back, is a bit difficult in you just look at #s as it took him 11 games (ex Hawaii Rutgers) to get the #s a feature back would get over a course of a season. 

To that end he never carried more than 9x outside of Rutgers in 1 game.  So a very situational runner.

Again - eye test looked good, he has the burst, wiggle, and escapability Green never showed.  Hopefully he has the vision Smith lacked.  If he didn't lose speed while able to gain 12-15 lbs he should be a heck of a back.  But the #s yes were indeed gaudified by those 2 opponents.

07/04/2017 - 1:34pm Bingo.
Meyer doing it =

Bingo.

Meyer doing it = creep!

Harbaugh doing it = how quirky! Going the extra mile! Getting to know the kid on a level no one else does!

Wake me up when we beat OSU.

07/02/2017 - 8:52pm This list shows me how small

This list shows me how small of a list of sure winners there are - I'd take the top 9 and then Kyle Whittingham who I think is always overlooked.  Everyone outside of that is a meh to me.

Top 2 are by themselves and then I could argue a lot of people #3 thru #10 in different orders.

Fuentes and Herman will be interesting in the next 24 months - they will either vault into the top 10 or see their stars dim fast.

07/02/2017 - 5:45pm Ausmus can't recruit.  -

Ausmus can't recruit.  - Maizen

07/01/2017 - 11:58am They had good defenses and

They had good defenses and shitty offenses in his tenure there.  He changed that by bringing in a good OC.

The offensive system took some time to implement - plus a new QB.  Remember when people were preaching here "we don't have the parts for the system!  Just give Rich Rod a few years to put in his system and his guys!!"  Well PSU OC did it in half a year with "other people's guys". 

Franklin is basically slim Brady Hoke but a lot more cheesy.  A motivator type who is not a master X and Os type.  We said Brady would bring in great coordinators to offset that.  Brady did it on one side of the ball and then had a shit OL and lack of elite talent on the other side - just like Franklin situation about 12 months ago.  Frankly addressed it with an innovative OC and struck gold with Barkley.  Brady never found that elite back and stuck with his OC.  So Franklin made the jump that Brady never did.  Neither is the Ghandi of X and Os.

Now it will be interesting to me what happens when PSU's OC gets a HC job, and how Frankin responds and who he replaces him with.  But that's a question for another off season. 

I was on the bandwagon that his job was in danger if things didn't turn around last year, and another 7-6 or 8-5 season and he was probably top 3 in hot seat at this time.  Or fired.  But they turned it around.

 

07/01/2017 - 11:51am Who said anything about

Who said anything about national contending.  The guy said he beat OSU and won the conference. 

Those would be nice things to happen to us.

06/29/2017 - 6:00pm Funny thing is Denzel and Nik

Funny thing is Denzel and Nik were in the same class ranked almost identical in said class.  One was a Big 10 player of the year candidate in year 2 and developed enough to go the NBA.  The other stayed 4 years.  Development?

I love how guys paths in the NBA are dependent on their college coach.  Because Lloyd Carr made Tom Brady!  The college coach gets them to their league - something Beilein is fucking crushing Izzo at despite Izzo outrecruiting in rankings by a large margin.  We dont get piles of McDonalds All Americans like he does.  What development did he do with McDonald's All american Branden Dawson except teach him to punch walls?  Guy couldnt get a jump shot after 4 years in the program. 

Once they get to the league a million things factor into it - such as if you go to the Browns/Lions or the Patriots/Steelers in NFL terms.  Dude has Draymond Green and Zac Randolph in 20 years as real success stories and they are here shitting on Burke.  Top 10 player in the nation out of HS? lol.  News to us.  Izzo has been a massive underachiever in NBA talent development - massive.

 

06/29/2017 - 5:51pm Bingo.  who cares about

Bingo.  who cares about immediate contributors.  We get plenty of those who leave us the second the NBA says they might pick them with the 28th pick.  We need some guys who have good ceilings but will stay all 4 years.

06/29/2017 - 1:22pm They are claiming Johns

They are claiming Johns should not be ranked #1 in Michigan but somewhere between 3 and 9....

Also Izzo cooled on him after a 5 year recruitment. 5 is between 3 and 9 years FWIW.

06/29/2017 - 12:38pm I will cherish Brandon Johns

I will cherish Brandon Johns as a mid level usage freshman, and cherish him more as a 2nd team all big 10 player as a sophomore, before he declares early to be the 21st to 27th player drafted into the NBA. I've learned my lesson!

06/28/2017 - 7:14pm (No subject)

06/28/2017 - 7:12pm Fake news... you are claiming

Fake news... you are claiming to have a friend.  Story fails immediately.

Also, welcome back WD!

06/28/2017 - 7:12pm Or eating pizza...

Or eating pizza...

06/28/2017 - 7:10pm I miss your gifs.
And the

I miss your gifs.

And the Office with Carell.

06/28/2017 - 2:56pm RCMB already has "Izzo cooled

RCMB already has "Izzo cooled on Johns (after a 5 year courtship)" posts up, "not very athletic", "won't rebound like he needs to at MSU so Izzo doesn't want him", and noted UM soothsayer Johnny2x2x has Johns suddenly as not even in Michigan's top 5 players while MSU recruit from 2018 is "clearly #1" (despite his 5th rank in the state composite).  Great to see even in a sport they are good at, we are always in their heads.

06/28/2017 - 11:51am If this happened at OSU I

If this happened at OSU I would call for the death penalty for the program. 

Since it's at UM I am ok with the outcome.  As someone else said Harbaugh has kicked kids off the team for other things - no second chance at all.  Unlike Mork who will drive you from jail with a bunch of tin cans behind the car and the "Just Released" sign on the back of his Yugo.

06/28/2017 - 11:50am Who among us has NOT

Who among us has NOT shoplifted eyeshadow?  I mean that's just what you do when you are in college...

06/28/2017 - 11:46am Technically... bluer

Technically... bluer pastures.

06/28/2017 - 11:45am I hope that phrasing was on

I hope that phrasing was on purpose because it's glorious...

06/28/2017 - 11:44am When Matt D is happy about a

When Matt D is happy about a bball recruit, we're all happy.

06/27/2017 - 9:52pm Same.
Honestly I am just

Same.

Honestly I am just hoping for last year's level ...and then a jump in 2018 despite losing Cole.  Guys people are expecting "big things" from are guys who haven't played vs a meaningful opponent in their career yet or a freshman who was their worst lineman (understandably so).

We'll have more experience in a year and then hopefully THAT line will be what we dreamt of for 2015-2016 when the 2012/2013 classes came in.  But yes until I see it I won't project it.  Especially with some of the whiffs on the tackle recruiting past 2 years.

06/26/2017 - 8:52pm James Hall...but more

James Hall...but more Canadian.

06/26/2017 - 8:45pm Nah you have to keep MSU

Nah you have to keep MSU there because it keeps them between 3 and 9.

/exit stage right

06/20/2017 - 10:29pm The whole band? Damn.

The whole band? Damn.

06/15/2017 - 2:56pm Why was taco not a choice?

Why was taco not a choice?

06/13/2017 - 1:23pm I am thinking more like 39

I am thinking more like 39 points...

...possibly even 210.

(that was my first attempt at that joke)

06/13/2017 - 1:21pm PANTS ON FIRE!!!

PANTS ON FIRE!!!

06/13/2017 - 1:18pm Sorry - fuck OSU too.  The

Sorry - fuck OSU too.  The Rich Rod shit and Hoke crap didn't hurt OSU's brand one bit.  I want them to go through the shit we've gone through for a decade too.  Our brand will be fine thank you.

06/13/2017 - 1:14pm That's the sweetness in all

That's the sweetness in all this... this shit is not a 1 year issue.  Look at our 2015 class - it's more or less a black hole and if Harbaugh hadn't gone gangbusters in 2016 and 2017 it would have hurt us badly in 2018-2019.

Their 2016 class - the whole top of it - is not at MSU anymore.  That's not even what is hitting them now.  That's going to wreck their 2019.

06/13/2017 - 1:11pm He will surely sit out his

He will surely sit out his bowl game this coming year.

Then again, so will all MSU players....

/Oh Snap

06/13/2017 - 1:11pm Burger shade is the best

Burger shade is the best shade...