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11/11/2010 - 11:14pm Thank you, Kalamazoo Blue!  

Thank you, Kalamazoo Blue!   Please keep spreadin' the word!  

11/11/2010 - 7:42pm Great thing about posting on

Great thing about posting on blogs is that you get 'free therapy'.  Hope your day improves! :D

11/02/2010 - 3:51pm How well did Casteel and RR

How well did Casteel and RR get along at WVa?  If Casteel does come to AA, what are the chances that he is able to clean house on 'd' so to speak when many our defensive staff are people he's coached with before? 

This sounds good on paper, but I am wondering how well they'd be able to mesh together after 3 years apart and lots of pressure to produce.

11/02/2010 - 3:48pm True.  But it gives people a

True.  But it gives people a chance to vent, rant, or whatever which can be fun I suppose.  Somehow out of the chatter, some sense will be made and help get us to next Saturday until we get to do it all over again.


11/02/2010 - 3:45pm "It's Michigan". Does that

"It's Michigan". Does that win actual football games? 

What are the general principles that determine RR's need to go?

I don't know what will happen, but surely Brandon's got to have much more vision than this. 

11/01/2010 - 11:39pm  You may not be crazy but

 You may not be crazy but it's also quite possible that not everyone agrees with you either.


11/01/2010 - 11:33pm Thank you for that

Thank you for that perspective.  Didn't know the context of how well RR had done at WVa relative to that school's history. 

As for RR's time at M, I hope we can win a couple more before it's said and done so RR gets another year.  I'll stick with Molk's observation that the team is very close but not yet showing it.  I know the players won't give up on this and I can't wait til Saturday to see what the team can do against Illinois.

I'm all in.

Go Blue!

11/01/2010 - 11:24pm  Really?  Does the Brewster

 Really?  Does the Brewster comparison really make any sense at all on any level beyond a simplistic comparison of numbers?

11/01/2010 - 11:15pm You sure you didn't get lost

Zwaag, you sure you didn't get lost on the way to the Alabama blogs?  : P

10/31/2010 - 2:41pm Peculiar part of looking at

Peculiar part of looking at the data is that wins over Illinois and Purdue would put us on track to reach the 7-5 mark.  While those games are certainly not locks, the interesting part to me is that it is still possible to reach the range of wins where people thought the team would perform.  A bit of luck versus Wisconsin or a ridiculous amount of luck versus OSU and maybe 8-4 is possible.  It just seems unlikely, however it is still possible.

The fun part of the pre-season projections is the speculation.  Really we don't know what will happen or how it will go down.  That would include how the team would get to the 7-8 win total.  5-0 was fun even with a few concerns.  The last 3 suck with growing concerns.  Watching Iowa walk over MSU yesterday, I am reminded that part of college football's fun factor is that stuff happens sometimes that is hard to anticipate.  Did anyone see the Hawkeye romp happening?  I didn't but I have to admit... I loved it.  : D

Our team is writing their story as they go so to speak.  They started out better than I thought they would, and emotionally I chose to ramp up my expectations some even if it wasn't rational for me to do so.  The sparkling 5-0 caused me to look past the play of the defense and I did not account for the mistakes on special teams and penalties that happened in the last 3 games.  I also didn't really see that the first five opponents would themselves have all sorts of issues.

The pain and disappointment in the last 3-4 weeks is part of the 'growth' process.  (i.e. you have to grow to get bigger and better).  While there are no garuantees, I'm in for the duration. The problem is I just don't know if they will win or not from here on out.  The PSU loss is disappointing, but it's one game.  While we can tell ouselves that we 'should have' won, fact is PSU played better and won.  (guess they didn't read the memo they were supposed to suck). Looking in the mirror today, I realize there is a game next weekend and games beyond.  I plan to 'HOLD FAST' and cheer the team on.  I may not like the way the story is unfolding at the moment, but the story is not complete yet either.  Go Blue!!

10/31/2010 - 2:19pm Not sure about that one at

Not sure about that one at all.  After '07, Henne, Hart and Long graduate.  You think the defensive attrition would not have been an issue?  What about the depth chart on the offensive line.  The prevailing wisdom around here seems to be that Mallett was gone regardless and returing to Arkansas. 

If all of that is true, we'd still would have had problems.  Tweaking implies a few changes.  I think regardless of who replaced Lloyd, the new coach would have had quite a bit of work to do.

10/31/2010 - 2:14pm '07 revisited

Are you remembering the same '07 season I watched? 

Which game is the only disaster?  Appalachian St. or Oregon the following week?  We started out '07 ranked #5 in the nation.  (yes, I know pre-season polls).  But following 'The Horror', the Ducks walked all over us to put us at 0-2.  The Oregon game was one of the worst in terms of being totally dominated at home I have seen in 30+ years of watching M football.  Yes, Henne was hurt early but still the D looked terrible that game too.  That 0-2 start was pretty humbling.

I could also note the Wisconsin game was not pretty and we don't have to review the ugly game vs. OSU do we?  Personally, I think Tressel just sat on the ball once he got a lead in that one because he was trying to show some respect for Lloyd and knew he had the game.  It could have easily been much worse.

Honestly, there were some ugly performances in '07 that we probably tend to gloss over because of a wonderful bowl win.

But yeah, your main point does make sense.  Lloyd did win Big 10 games that year and the D played better after the Duckwalk.  Bowl games?... I miss them too.   /nod

10/03/2010 - 12:51pm Just curious... Why is it

Just curious... Why is it that you seem to think UMASS is such a 'crappy team?'  Watching that game, they actually look like a very good FCS team.  I think BG would have a tough time beating UMASS and some other MAC teams might not beat them either.  I really don't think UMASS is the worst team we have faced this year.

But yeah, your first point stands.  I agree with the opposing QB's having the game of their lives bit.  That's been a bummer.

10/02/2010 - 10:22pm Hadn't thought of it, but

Hadn't thought of it, but yeah you're right.  The D never gave up and really didn't look that winded.  How many plays did IU run?

Go Barwis!!

10/02/2010 - 10:18pm I dunno.  What Denard and co

I dunno.  What Denard and co are doing seems to be pretty repeatable.  Maybe not the long plays for touchdowns, but piling up yards and points yes.  The O line has performed well and the receivers are blocking and making plays.  The sample size now has grown to five games.  The numbers say fantastic.  The patterns say M can do it over and over again.  It's the spread with an amazing playmaker at quarterback.

10/02/2010 - 10:13pm Woo Denard!  Just keep 'em

Woo Denard!  Just keep 'em coming.

10/02/2010 - 10:12pm Interesting comment.  I am

Interesting comment.  I am thinking that every week from here on out seems to be the 'biggest game of the Rodriguez era' because each 'win' brings us closer to a bowl game return and having him around longer. 

That said, the natives might be very uneasy if MSU wins.  So yeah for now, this is the next 'big' game untl Iowa comes to town.

10/02/2010 - 10:08pm I'm glad your excited. 

I'm glad your excited.  That's cool.

But I'm with Oracle on this one.  I am very uneasy about this game.  MSU beat Wisconsin today even with their early mistakes.  Sparty seems to stay in games and has the ability to make plays. 

One concern is that I think MSU's linebackers will play much better than IU's for instance.  I'm not sold on the idea that those open throws in the middle will be there against Sparty.   They certainly won't be as easy to run on as IU or most of our previous opponents.  Can we beat them?  Yes.  Denard is that awesome, howeva this will be a nailbiter IMHO.

The real problem with this game is that we really won't 'be back' if we beat MSU.  It's more of a just one rung on the ladder to getting back to where we want to be.  MSU is simply not an elite team.  If we lose, it will be a visit to the Pain Train Station.  It will be hard to be around the Sparty faithful should they win.  So in some janky way, this is a 'please dear God let us win' game. 

10/02/2010 - 9:56pm I do like your optimism.  I

I do like your optimism.  I am curious what someone like Magnus or one of the D coaches out there would say. 

I do see some athleticism out there and the guys did seem to flow to the ball after the catch well.  The trouble was Chappel played a pretty smart game and executed well much of the game.  I am very curious to see if IU actually turns out to be a decent team or not.  Simply put I am not sure how much it was a function of IU running a good gameplan versus our D just not being able to handle the 'pistol' and the pressure it seems to apply to the flats.  Would love to hear more thoughts.....

10/02/2010 - 9:49pm I assume you are referring

I assume you are referring just to Michigan's history.  If it's defenses in general, I can't agree with you.  As an example, I'm pretty sure that BG's defense is worse than ours.

Still, your observation is not a surprise or even a pithy statement.  The struggles our of defense are not news.  We knew going in that this would be tough.  We haven't seen anything we didn't already suspect last August.   Is Chappel's success today really that shocking after the Mass game result a few weeks ago?

On the plus side, there were some moments that guys did step up and make some plays.  I do like the way the D never gave up.

10/01/2010 - 8:13pm Bleh!  Rooting for Sparty? 

Bleh!  Rooting for Sparty?  Ummm... NO!

09/19/2010 - 12:46pm Wow! Prayers go to MD, MSU and family

While I am no fan of MSU or MD, my heart goes out to everyone in their community, his family and him.  They had an exhilirating win last night and he should have been able to enjoy it and celebrate the victory over ND before getting back to work for week 4.  It's sad news to hear.

I will definitely have Dantonio in my thoughts and prayers.  It's a major market correction in my thinking about the week 3 outcomes.  The concerns about our special teams and D, while trying to enjoy the sugar plums of 3-0 had been roaming around my head, but now I am thinking that this game is really about the people and it stinks that he has suffered this setback.  Even though, Dantonio is on the 'other side', I hope he has a speedy recovery.  God bless Dantonio and his family.

09/17/2010 - 1:35am Master strokes of genius all

Master strokes of genius all over.  Wonderful splicing and editing.  I can't just get enough! lololol!

Well done, sir, well done!

09/16/2010 - 10:10pm Scintillating... stunning....

Scintillating... stunning.... that was 'happening'.  Great work!

09/16/2010 - 10:06pm Very good news! 

Very good news! 

09/16/2010 - 10:06pm Whoops!  Have a great day. 

Whoops!  Have a great day.  My bad on double post.  Sorry!

09/16/2010 - 10:04pm Denard is a beast.  Luv it. 

Denard is a beast.  Luv it.  Want to see more of it!

09/16/2010 - 10:04pm No question here for me.  Go

No question here for me.  Go Irish!  M is starting out 2010 on a roll... and I would love to see it continue deep into the season.  I want the teams we've beaten already to do well (even if I do dislike ND very much).  I want to believe we are for real and that what our O and D even has shown is not a mirage of wins over paper tigers.  

I want some glaring weakness that MSU has to be exposed that we can exploit when we face them.  At this point, I am more concerned about RichRod piling up wins and earning another year (actually years!) and M being relevant again.  I certainly don't want MSU to be a problem for us.  : P   Simply put, there is not any way that I can root for MSU or Dantonio. 

I really want ND's D to be pretty good so that Denard's and the O's superb day is legit in the big picture.  2-0 is a great start, but I would really luv to see 6-0.  I want to drink the cool-aid deeply and see M back at the top.  I am happy, but still remember last year.  Honestly, I'm not really interested in having a good game when we play MSU.  I just want us to beat them (41-21 sounds good to me) so Sparty can go back to being Sparty and we can move into contention for the Big 10 title.    So yeah, it's hard to say... but 'Go Irish'. 

Ugh.  Really what I am screaming is, "GO BLUE!".  Anything that continues the good feelings from the past two weeks, I am all over.

09/12/2010 - 9:01pm Thank you!

Thank you!

09/12/2010 - 8:58pm Irish

Feelings aside, I think Notre Dame wins. 

Considering feelings, I like the idea of MSU having a weakness get exposed that we can exploit.  I hope ND unmasks them for the pretender they are.  We need to win Big 10 games this year and a win over Sparty following a triumph over the Hoosiers would be great way to start off the Big 10 season.  (ie. 2-0in Big 10 and 6-0 overall). 

ND winning helps us in the sense that a 'good' ND season after we beat them makes us look better. 

Either way, will be interesting to see those two teams go at it.  It's easier for me to root for ND after we beat them. I really can't root for MSU in anything while D'Antonio is their coach.   : D

09/12/2010 - 6:11pm That's a shame.  During the

That's a shame.  During the Purdue Big 10 network preview, he was interviewed and seemed like a composed and focused young man.   I got the impression he would be a force to deal with this year.   Last year he had over 1,000 receiving yards, if I recall correctly.

At any rate, I'm with Irish on this.  Hope he's ok.

09/12/2010 - 6:05pm well said.  Go Blue!

well said.  Go Blue!

09/12/2010 - 6:02pm That's one fairly obvious

Not a Blue Fan......That's one fairly obvious statement.  What is your point?  

I'm thinking it's ok for our fanbase to feel good about starting off 2-0 and enjoying Denard's performances so far.   Btw, if we are ranked, that actually is good for you people in Columbus.

It's a 'small sample', but so what?  Obviously, we need to produce in Big 10 play... blah ... blah .. blah.   Me?  I'm just enjoying the afterglow of an exciting win.  Big 10 play is another day. 

P.S.   Why don't you go enjoy your victory over 'that Miami' someplace else. : p

09/12/2010 - 12:55am cue: Hello, Dee Hart! 

cue: Hello, Dee Hart!  Please.... : D

09/11/2010 - 7:55pm 2-0 with big road win at ND

2-0 with big road win at ND will help quiet down the press in terms of negative RR pulp.  Great start to 2010!


09/11/2010 - 7:51pm Hail Yes!  What a rush!

Hail Yes!  What a rush!

09/05/2010 - 2:27pm Word.


09/05/2010 - 1:41pm Well said.  Everything I've

Well said.  Everything I've read about the Mealer family has supported that idea that God is working many amazing things in their lives despite the hardships they have experienced.  They seem to be very loving and remarkable people.

Count me in on being inspired.

09/05/2010 - 1:34pm Well done.  Enjoyed reading

Well done.  Enjoyed reading this.  I think this is a story that needs to be passed on and on.   Please continue to share it.

09/04/2010 - 11:38am You know it.  Feelin' good.

You know it.  Feelin' good.

09/04/2010 - 11:37am Amen, Brother!  Amen!  Go

Amen, Brother!  Amen!  Go Blue!

09/04/2010 - 11:35am Wooooo

Let's Go Blue!

02/24/2010 - 1:15am Sarcasm alert!
Weren't you

Sarcasm alert!

Weren't you the one earlier who was referring to Long, Hart and Henne must suck too if you base careers on one game performances(ergo Rose Bowl '07)? In your 'defense' of Trent or whatever you wish to call it, you enabled the Long, Henne, Hart discussion in the thread. : P

02/24/2010 - 12:52am Can't agree with that. Appy

Can't agree with that. Appy St. was the worst. In fact, the sequence from Bo passing, then 2006 at OSU, Urban cryin', 'SC Rose Bowl fold, ASU and Oregon is simply unparalleled.

I dislike the losing the last two years passionately but the problems the team faces are not just issues emerging during RR's tenure. I'd rather Trent not say those things but he's his own man. Doesn't mean I have to like it NFL or not.

Btw, Illinois had actually beat us pretty badly in '08 with same base talent. Yes, the Illini were not a good team in '09 and yes we folded, but we knew we had holes last year and we were not that good.

Appy St. should never have happened. We were ranked 5 in the nation going in. The shock and awe of the horror still resonates but then again I live in Atlanta so get to deal with ASU fans now and then. Believe me, I hear about still albeit in a friendly fashion most of the time.

02/23/2010 - 8:39pm Interesting take. Not sure I

Interesting take. Not sure I see the polarity between having an opinion and sacrificing reliability though. Why can't you be both reliable and have opinions? I think Brian has both.

As far as the local/state coverage, I guarantee you the AJC would never go after the Dawgs or Tech the way the Freep has gone after M. Certainly never see that sort of thing in Alabama either. The Dispatch seems to support the Buckeyes in the ways that matter. The key point is that most local media actually work with the teams in the area rather than tear them down.

How does it make sense that the local/statewide media would trash Michigan? Does it make any sense that supposed journalists cover MSU and M differently? It's not the right thing to do is the point.

PS... in answer to your 2 guys statement: Sharp, Snyder, Rosenberg, Birkett .. those are four names just off the top of my head.

02/23/2010 - 8:22pm Hmmm... drawbacks you say?

Wait a sec! You think MGoblog has 'drawbacks just as any of the people/sites you (the OP) listed.' Really?

Is this like saying no one's perfect and we all have faults so everyone has value? I think people just need to make up their minds how they want to spend their time and recognize different sites for what they are/want to be. But this site has pretty well documented the 'walk of shame' of the local printed press in its biased/unfair coverage of M football and RR in particular.

I don't think Brian has ever claimed to be the voice of M football. Rather he and others here are highly enthusiastic about wolverines football. Blogs are supposed to have a slant or opinion. It's a natural development because all of the heuristics, analysis and percolating thoughts that represent a body of work that is heavily weighted with facts and vigorous exploration of ideas.

The problem with the printed press and by extension some media based websites is that they are more interested in 'hits' and making money than any pursuit of deeper understanding or truth. The bottom line is simply that most of the sites the OP listed are trying to achieve a vastly different effect than MGoblog.

I hope the Irish never get a taste of local press bitter vitriol like M has.

It's been very unpleasant. It's not about 'hearing bad news'. It's about hearing unfair representations of a University and team you care about. It's about so called writer's pursuing personal vendettas that dash any sense of journalistic credibility in local news sources covering the team you follow. It's about shock jocks that don't care as long as people get riled up and tune in.

This isn't news reporting. Brian is pretty up front about his biases and is not afraid to bring a critical eye to the program, game or coach. Therein lies the huge difference. He's also willing to see the good too.

12/10/2009 - 12:57am Amen to the idea of relevance

Amen to the idea of relevance again!

/brush away lumps of coal

M shall rise again... just would be nice for it to be sooner than later.

12/10/2009 - 12:54am Thanks for the update, Tom.

Thanks for the update, Tom. Glad to hear that Carvin is solid blue!

To Carvin:

Welcome to Michigan

Most of your average bear type fans, like me, may not know too much about you but we are excited you are coming to play in Ann Arbor. Based on what articles I have seen posted at MGOblog, it sounds like you can really play the game well. Many people are growing more excited about seeing you play in the winged helmet next fall each time we learn more about how you play the game and your team's success this year in Louisiana.

We do need athletic players like you. I hope you succeed personally at M and also help our team get back to where we'd all like it to be.

Thank you for choosing Michigan. Go Blue!

12/07/2009 - 9:24pm Thanks for the highlights

Thanks for the highlights videos. Kids got some moves. Very exciting.

One question: in the offensive highlights, he's playing for the Agoura Hills Chargers, but on the defensive highlights he's playing for Crespi. Did he transfer his senior year to play at Crespi?

12/04/2009 - 9:18pm Getting another experienced

Getting another safety who has experience at the position, has played on a winning team/program, and is willing to help the team out however he can, sounds good to me. Welcome, Roy Vinopal!

RR and staff seem to be on the job relative to bringing players to AA to address the team's shortcomings. On the star front, it's interesting that Carvin started out like a 2 and is now a 3. Seems like folks can feel better seeing that than they did when he first signed.

Perhaps same rating change development is possible for Vinopal? Either way, in a couple of years, I think our two deep will be looking better for having more competitors and guys who 'know how to play the game'.

I'm very interested in seeing how the next two months recruiting shakes out. While Vinopal's commitment surprised me, I am glad the coaches are out there on the trail working hard. Here's to hoping they do a great job!