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03/09/2018 - 7:22pm It's really not a bad idea.

I heard Nassar is looking for work, so he has his team physician all set. Chuck Person is an experienced assistant. Etc. I believe they too were "assassinated" without a "shred of evidence." A group like that would make a great team.

02/16/2017 - 10:30pm Cite?


02/16/2017 - 10:29pm No, not really.

But not worth continuing to try to explain to you.

04/11/2016 - 11:16pm This is what irritates me the most about this whole thing:

"A UCLA spokesman said Guerrero would not be made available to explain the Pac-12’s vote..."

Over and over, it's nothing but silence from the adults who thought this was so important that it had to be voted on immediately and effective immediately. There's some tag on this blog about people being in charge of things merely because they're in charge of things; that fits this situation well.

This Guerrero person was given some authority and exercised that authority. What's so hard about telling people the reasons for your decision? If you're the SEC, it's because you're lazy or because you want to keep other schools away from "your" high schoolers. That makes sense, and you won. Own it. Flaunt it. As long as you keep winning, nothing else matters.

If you're other conferences, your interests aren't the same as the SEC's, so Mr. Staples says you're probably stupid or corrupt. If that's the case, your employer should help you find a new job. If that isn't the case - if your decision wasn't because you are stupid or corrupt - it shouldn't be that hard to articulate why these camps are so bad.

If the people in charge were in charge for a reason, there would be either be answers or pink slips. Instead, we get the Dave Brandon post-concussion bunker.

01/31/2016 - 3:00pm I assume you're not serious,

so I'm guessing your point is that the way it's worded is confusing. Because it's quite clear that "doesn't mean he wasn't to blame" is not the same as "does mean he was to blame". Maybe another way to put it would be, "Just because some people's opinions went to extremes says nothing about how much Harbaugh is to blame. Perhaps Harbaugh is entirely blameworthy. Perhaps Harbaugh is entirely guileless. If the only thing we're considering are other people's extreme opinions, we can't make that determination."

That's what "doesn't mean he wasn't to blame" means in this context.

08/15/2015 - 11:18am Here's maybe a better way he could have responded:

"I'm happy for Jim. And Michigan has great support without question. They've got tremendous fan support, great resources, and it looks like that's why they targeted Jim from day one, and they're probably thrilled that he's coming back. I don't know him, but I know he wins. He had great success there as a player. He's had great success as a coach too, and I'm sure they're excited."


That comes from Mr. Rodriguez. If anyone has a reason to be bitter, it's Mr. Rodriguez. But that was his response to a question about Mr. Harbaugh. A response he came up with even though he wasn't expecting the question, and even though the question came when Arizona was at its bowl game (and the focus should have been on them). Since he can respond like a "big boy" (to use a phrase of Mr. Hoke's) in those circumstances, I think many of us were looking for something similar from Mr. Hoke - he knew the question was coming, he's been treated with nothing but respect from everyone at UM, and he claims (or claimed) to be a loyal Michigan guy.

I also point to the recent post mortem, If You Pretend You Are A Statue Do Not Be Surprised When You Erode, for another thing I find irritating. That post ends with this: "Brady Hoke stood there in the rain without so much as shaking a fist at the heavens." This interview is Mr. Hoke shaking a fist. What's irritating is that he does it now. Why couldn't he have just once done it as UM's coach? Now that the pressure is off and his ability to do anything for UM - positive or negative - is gone, now he decides to have a meaningful opinion and say something with bite. It's too late; I hope Mr. Hoke is never interviewed about UM again. He forfeited his right to express an opinion when he went four years without shaking a fist.

07/31/2015 - 8:41pm That's actually true, though. . .

The earliest use of the Windy City to describe Chicago was because of the wind. See the book Word Myths, pg 54.

07/02/2015 - 11:15pm I despise coach-speak

I hope Mr. Harbaugh does more things like this. My favorite media statement from Mr. Carr was something the media wet their pants about, since he didn't say what he was supposed to say:


06/26/2015 - 9:01pm Not a primary source,

But easier to point to. Athletic Directors are not subject to HIPAA, unless they happen to be a business associate of a covered entity.

In other words, an AD cannot violate HIPAA, even if he wanted to.

06/10/2015 - 9:13pm Perhaps someone has already made this observation,

but I'm getting tired of people calling UM's participation in these camps a use of a "loophole" in the NCAA rules. There is no loophole. There is no rule, right? That's kind of the whole point. The rule is an SEC rule. If my mommy tells me I can't go the park, but Jimmy's mommy doesn't tell him anything, Jimmy is not exploiting a "loophole" by going to the park. Jimmy is just living his life. I guess we as Americans are exploiting a loophole by getting tattoos and drinking alcohol and eating pork, since people in other countries might have rules against such things.

Even calling a more traditional loophole a loophole is a rhetorical device, since your "loophole" is my "merely following the rules as given". In other words, calling something a loophole is just another way of saying the person is actually following the rules but we don't like it anyway. If I don't care about your opinion, then I can shorten that to: a loophole is just another way of saying the person is actually following the rules.

This is a long way of making the point others have already made: Alabama's problem is with the SEC - not with the NCAA, not with Michigan, not with Mr. Harbaugh, not with high school coaches. I wish Alabama supporters would recognize that fact and argue that position (meaning, complain about the SEC rule and nothing else). But at least when someone uses the word "loophole", it's a reliable indication he thinks this is everyone's fault except the SEC's, so I have a good idea of where the argument is going to go before I read the rest.

04/03/2015 - 8:46pm Concur

As great as that game was to watch, I was also irritated the whole time, thinking about what could have been. Instead of winning it all once and doing very well the rest, UM maybe could have owned a decade, like Texas or USC has.

03/15/2015 - 9:48pm Factual error

16-16 overall. 8-10 in the conference. Not sure what I was thinking of on that part.

03/15/2015 - 9:44pm Even hyperbole has its useful limits

I think what most people would disagree with is your calling a team that has achieved a winning record in one of the top conferences in America "garbage". Even if they lost most of their games miserably, they're still college kids who have put in an unbelievable amount of work and number of hours, of which we see only the tiniest part. For that reason, you would do well to choose a word other than "garbage" to describe the team. I have no idea what you do for a living, but you probably work hard, and you probably fall short of stellar, like most of us. You probably wouldn't appreciate others calling your efforts "garbage".

I'm guessing most of us don't watch Michigan like a movie critic. Probably more like - depending on our ages - a younger sibling, an older sibling, or a parent. No parent I know has ever called his kid's genuine effort at something, no matter how pathetic the results, "garbage" (let alone calling the kid himself garbage, which is what you did). It is usually possible to be honest and tactful - even kind - at the same time.

03/29/2014 - 10:38am Line for UM is moving towards even

Already gone from 2.5 to 2 at some places; 2 to 1.5 at others. So bettors must be liking UM more than UK so far.…

03/28/2014 - 11:23pm Eh

Other than the bad off-Tennessee-player/non-reversed call, I thought the calls were generally going UM's way. There were some weak calls on TN and at least one or two non-calls on UM that easily could have been fouls. Like any game, there's going to be calls one or the other side doesn't like, but when you almost blow a 15-point lead with a bunch of ugly turnovers, it's hard to say it was the refs who tried to gift the game.

01/19/2014 - 11:28pm Pot


12/13/2013 - 8:31pm I made that mistake already this year,

betting against ISU as a point favorite when they played #7 UM.

11/23/2013 - 9:41pm Lloyd Carr would be a great coach

Against Michigan right now: play it safe; when in doubt, punt for field position; better to let them lose it than us win it. Actually, UM is making a lot of opposing coaches look good this year.

11/16/2013 - 10:56pm Credit where it's due, part II:

Refs who understand how to promptly spot a ball and signal ready for play. If I were Wisconsin, I'd be sending that game tape to a certain crew for training purposes.

11/09/2013 - 7:50pm This has to have been asked

Has anyone asked this yet of any coach? Have they given any kind of defensible explanation? I'm starting to wonder if all UM has are plays designed for 2nd and long; if they get something like a 2nd and 7, they don't know what to do. That's the best explanation I have for what has to be close to a record for average distance to go on 2nd down.

10/29/2013 - 11:36pm Good thing this was just an exhibition

Or Concordia would have brought its A-game. You know they didn't want to show all their cards at an exhibition game, since Spring Arbor was probably there scouting them. If UM misses out on March Madness and the NIT and ends up in the NAIA tournament, Concordia will probably be favored. (Today I am a Concordia troll, if such a thing exists.)

10/29/2013 - 11:26pm Yes

You'll hear people talk about how they played so-and-so in high school, and so-and-so is now in NFL. Those guys from last year will be telling their grandkids how they played against the one and only Burke in Crisler and gave UM a scare.

06/28/2013 - 11:12pm You've convinced me

I'm taking that one.

06/26/2013 - 1:19am $100

to win 10 gets you a little over $71. To win the Big Ten, $100 wins $500, at least on this site, over a month ago:

06/25/2013 - 11:58pm Does not include the bowl game

Or any other championship game

05/21/2013 - 8:48pm Until late August,

I would be quite content if this were typical of stuff posted here. 

04/13/2013 - 5:18pm Agreed

I think we all understand that it's almost a given that he's going pro, so anything at this point other than "Burke to go pro per Burke" isn't really saying anything.

04/12/2013 - 10:38pm Correct

But at the time of the call, they wouldn't have known that. A ref trying to call things for Louisville would have called that kick ball on UM. A ref looking at the cheerleaders or whatever they were watching instead of the game misses that call.

04/10/2013 - 12:03am Incompetence might suggest the opposite

I'm thinking the calls they missed were too blatant for this. If I were fixing a game, I wouldn't blow an obvious goal tend at the beginning of the game. Or a foul on the wrong guy that I couldn't know would later help change the game. To fix a game, you shade your calls the other way, maybe get their important players in foul trouble, things like that. Which yes, those happened. But if they do all that plus blow horribly obvious calls, that just makes them bad refs. (Plus, they missed some ridiculous things both ways, like the kick ball. [How do you miss a kick ball at knee-height from a 6'10" guy?]) I'm not saying you're crazy and it couldn't happen. It's just a bad way to fix a game; it's too obvious. It's like the refs' version of The Man Who Knew Too Little.

04/09/2013 - 10:45pm Why we were 5th in the Big Ten

Yet the only Big Ten team to survive to the end.

04/09/2013 - 1:06am Years

Or at least since UM/Kansas.

04/09/2013 - 1:05am I'll assume hyperbole?

Refs call the wrong player for a foul all the time?

Missed goaltend (and off the glass/not based on trajectory) is part of basketball?

04/09/2013 - 12:56am No

This game was quantitatively and qualitatively worse by many degrees, not just from other games in this tournament but from almost every sporting event I've seen. I can think of an NFL game and a college football game off the top of my head that I watched which had refs who called an equally imcompetent game, but this is easily top five. These were bush league refs calling the NCAA championship game. Every game has calls that are questionable; this had call after call which were clear to everyone but those paid to make them.

04/07/2013 - 4:37pm To give the other side

I was thinking exactly what the post suggested: someone on UM's bench better know that we're out of time outs and that person had better let the entire team know. If that sign made it any less likely that UM called a time out after that, I'm all for it.

04/07/2013 - 4:25pm You're correct

If you're doing something publicly that makes you look like a jerk, and it has nothing to do with your job, and you're in uniform, then bad career things should happen to you on Monday.

03/03/2013 - 11:27pm Maybe

But I bet the origins on something like this are going to be much more murky than you allow for. Maybe in some high school somewhere decades ago, a guy was all hyped up near the end of a close, intense game, and in the moment, he slapped the floor. Maybe his teammates liked it, and did it as well once in a while. Maybe another coach saw that, noticed the benefits you describe, and encouraged his team to do it. Then at some point a better-known team picked up the habit, so more people became aware of it. Or whatever.

My point is that you do a good job describing why there's a legitimate basketball reason a team would do it, perhaps even why MSU does it. But a thing's origin doesn't have to make sense.

02/22/2013 - 9:17pm Two elements

You have to have a physical presence in a state and an intent to remain indefinitely. If you change your residency through DFAS while overseas based on nothing more than an intent to go to your new state, expect your old state to want some back taxes when it finds out.

02/21/2013 - 10:52pm Doesn't seem like he chose another state as his residence:

(1) Article says he was overseas. (2) Letter he got from Michigan apparently denied him in-state tuition because of his "overseas service", not because he was a resident of some other state.

Obviously, getting the facts from only one side of the story, but there's no evidence he was stationed in another state and became a resident of that state. That may be what many in the military do, but it doesn't seem like that's what he did.

02/21/2013 - 10:47pm Michigan doesn't tax active duty income

So he wouldn't have switched residencies for tax purposes.

02/21/2013 - 10:22pm But just to be clear,

I don't think this is evidence that UM "discriminates against vets". Only that they're a large organization that doesn't trust individuals, which is not surprising.

02/21/2013 - 10:10pm Since we're on the subject,

So could Hollis'.

02/21/2013 - 9:56pm Which is an even more well-known military unit

than 303.

02/21/2013 - 9:53pm I take issue with the "presumed to retain" part

I was in this guy's scenario a few years ago, and the presumption was definitely that I was not a resident. It was a paperwork battle and unpleasant experience. I had lived in only two places in my life: Michigan and overseas, on orders, but I never was able to convince UM that I was a Michigan resident. (Eventually moot, since I went somewhere else.) I'm not saying UM shouldn't confirm someone's residency status with independent documentation; it's just that the presumption was - once I lived outside Michigan - I was proving my residency from ground zero.

02/21/2013 - 9:40pm Story says "stationed overseas"

So wouldn't have been able to establish residency in another state, if that's accurate.

11/27/2012 - 12:03am Deep South

I had to watch UM lose to Toledo at a BW3 in Alabama. Even though their Alabama/Auburn game wasn't on until after UM ended, they wouldn't put the game on anything but a tiny TV over the bar. We had 5 UM fans there, and the place was about deserted for most of the game (11am local start). Miserable game, my neck hurt from looking up a TV attached to the ceiling, and an OSU fan we passed on the way out got mad at us for UM losing, since it made the Big Ten look bad. Most of that has nothing to do with the SEC, but I still blame it all on Alabama. I spent three years in South Bend and about 6 months in Alabama and Florida, and I'd rather see ND win as well.

11/26/2012 - 11:53pm No one has ever argued

that ND could compete with NFL teams. That's how absurd people get when they talk about the SEC. Anything to give those outside the SEC an argument that the SEC is merely a really strong conference and not an NFL division stuck with Div-1A opponents is good by me. SEC has owned the media for 7 years, and all arguments against it sound kind of hollow when they keep ending up #1. A break from that would be nice.

11/26/2012 - 12:34am Agreed, but also

I watched every UM game and about five of Florida's games that year. UM was - as objective as I can be - by far the better team. It didn't just look better because it was playing weaker opponents, which is what some said. I remember many instances when Florida would do things a good team just doesn't do (stupid penalties, dropped punts, things like that), and I remember thinking that before they were ever in the discussion for #2. They just looked inept more than the #2 team in the country should and got lucky enough to win, whereas UM that year generally dominated its opponents. But you're right - that doesn't change OSU's complete failure in the MNC. Maybe OSU wins 7 of 10 against Florida. Maybe not. But they blew it that night.

Just to give you a double-except: all the arguments Urban and the SEC used to justify Florida's jumping to #2 were no longer valid when it was LSU v. Alabama recently (didn't even win conference, already saw them play each other, had its chance, etc.) So would LSU have gotten blown out by someone other than Alabama? Possibly. If we were going to find out that OSU would lie down for Florida, we should have also been able to find out that LSU would have lain down for "#2 team in the country not from the SEC".

That hypocrisy - which kept a deserving UM team out of a second shot at OSU on a neutral field - irritates me much more than some faded glory of ND. I'd rather have some team from the USSR in the MNC, if it means keeping Florida, another SEC team, or Urban/OSU out.

11/25/2012 - 3:10am Makes sense to me

I'm with you; no Michigan fan should prefer Florida over ND in a championship game. Ever since Florida jumped UM in the polls to #2 at the end of the year a few years ago based on PR rather than resume, they've deserved no love from UM. And usually, UM gets way more credit for beating ND than it should; UM gets to claim a win over ND - which always sounds good, even when ND isn't. So maybe 20 or 30 years ago, it made sense to hate ND, but not any more. Just like 50 years ago maybe people hated Army and 90 years ago they hated Chicago or whatever. I can't forgive Florida (and Urban) for jumping UM any more than I can forgive Nebraska for their gift national championship in 1997. Maybe in 30 years I'll sound like all these people who hate ND; people will be asking, Why again do you hate Nebraska so much? But ND in 2012? Preferable to any SEC team, especially if you're living outside of southern Michigan.

11/10/2012 - 12:44am Even the best is noise

I would like to see a game on TV in which the only audio is the crowd and the stadium announcer. Just one.

10/03/2012 - 12:01am If ND's campus doesn't have

If ND's campus doesn't have "true character", I guess I'm not sure what American campus does. Is it Oxford? No. But if you're going to disparage ND, at least pick something disappointing about the school. It's not very convincing to call a school that has a dome covered in real gold "pre-fab".