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03/16/2018 - 7:56pm Our BCS win v Va Tech

I was thinking the same thing last night, but I was honestly comfortable during the game...just wasn’t fun to watch. Our BCS win against Va Tech comes to mind as the worst that I can remember. I was happy we won that game but felt very dirty about it.

02/15/2018 - 12:03pm If strictly for WR, I agree 100%

I’m not sure that is the case though. Obviously, a lot in flux here in the off-season.

Like I said, I’m not up or down on the hire, but am holding my excitement in check until we see product on the field.

02/11/2018 - 5:29pm I’m in the same boat

While I agree with the broader sentiment that McElwain would be better than status quo or Enos, this would be a long distance from the offensive version of the Don Brown hire. Bama was putting up huge numbers against Georgia State and Kentucky, but he probably averaged 15-24 points against the meat of the SEC. Same can be said for his success at CSU...big points against Fresno but they didn’t break 20 too often against traditional top-25 teams (sure talent is a factor in that but I’m looking for signs of being exceptional).

I’m all for this pursuit - I don’t think the “Don Brown” hire exists and McElwain should be an improvement - but I’d wait to see performance in the B1G schedule before I start yelling from the mountains.

Managing my own expectations has probably been the biggest issue I’ve had with UM football since 2011, so I’m working on improving myself each day.

02/02/2018 - 8:02pm Sam Adams

Keep it simple, Sam Adams Boston Lager. It's the "khakis" of beer: reputable, available everywhere, taste good, timeless and resistant to fads. Also, it's basically a holiday beer for this time of year (the pats always seem to be playing a big game in Jan/Feb).

02/02/2018 - 7:08pm If

If they lose their license, can they just put mattresses in the front windows and operate business as usual?

Some of my funniest stories from college involve Skeeps. Won't go back in there, though, to avoid tarnishing those memories (and I can't handle lines or packed houses anymore).

02/02/2018 - 4:58pm Good points

All good points. Thanks for the response. I agree OSU would seem to be coming from behind as it is the only school of the 5 he hasn't OV'd. A desperate OSU with a last look is likely to craft a compelling story.

Would like to see this be a win for the good guys. Something positive for football and unrelated to MSU's fiascoes is a welcome development.

02/02/2018 - 3:48pm OSU visit

I believe he's visiting OSU this weekend. I also believe OSU has a gap in this class for OL. Not sure these dynamics work well for us. I'll have a good luck beer this weekend to improve our chances.

01/09/2018 - 3:33pm No doubt

I agree with you and was also frustrated to see freshman wide receivers catching passes all over the place.

My one solace from that game was that I saw some similarities in their freshman QB struggles and ours, even if theirs didn't have anywhere near the same effect.

01/09/2018 - 3:29pm Yes, sorry, Purdue 2017

Though, Indiana 2016 was similar enough to confuse me. I must be getting better at clearing mindshare after the past 15 games or so...

01/09/2018 - 8:43am I didn't opine on what O'Korn

I didn't opine on what O'Korn would have done in this game. I was comparing Tua's performance to O'Korn's against Indiana in 2017, in which he threw zero interceptions and also stepped into a game in doubt without meaningful snaps previously, but managed to win the game. O'Korn did not look great in the IU game, and I don't think Bama's QB did either despite the praise he personally is getting. He was making the same mistakes O'Korn did.

I'm sure Tua will go on to be great for the next two years, but I'll be interested to see if he develops before they play a strong team that has meaningful film on him. Though, I'm not sure it matters when Bama has much more talent than 95% of college football teams.

01/09/2018 - 7:25am Not gonna lie

I actually thought the freshman QB looked a lot like O'Korn in his first half game. Held the ball too long and bailed to run frequently. He got the job done amd definitely made a few perfect throw, but he also got bailed by a couple good catches and benefitted from scrambles in which the D was well out of place because the nature of broken plays.

A lot of talent on the field to help, but it goes to show that a little luck and sustained confidence can make a difference.

01/05/2018 - 10:30pm We'll see

I know nothing about this guy other than this write-up, but his S&P+ trend at ARK makes my stomach turn like when I read Brady Hoke's record trend in Brian's Hello post in 2011.

Hoping for the best, but am staying humble about our program.

01/02/2018 - 4:57pm One positive superlative coming out of the 2018 Outback Bowl

Hands down, the best closing two sentences of any post on this blog. I'm on the same page. Time to move on to anything else (except GLI).

"Either way it's a meaningless distraction on the way to the grave. Eat at Arby's."

01/01/2018 - 7:33pm Good point

The most disconcerting news to start this season for me was that O'Korn was #2 behind Speight. This signaled that we were years off where we needed to be at QB. We forget this fact after having watched JOK's starts but Peters was a clear third string. I still think his HS film is the most impressive technically vs any other's I've watched, but I'm skeptical he'll turn the corner.

01/01/2018 - 7:09pm Secret Society

The "Secret Society" comment rings with me too. Less so for information on specific players, but I really need to know that Harbaugh understands we have issues and he has answers. I'm not sure I can watch next year if we just keep "competing and working to improve each day."

01/01/2018 - 2:05pm Big question

I agree with all this...the problem is wide spread, if not also deep. The big question is does Harbaugh see this? Should we expect some moves other than S&C? Doing nothing will yield nothing as is demonstrated by today following a month of practice and prep.

12/31/2017 - 3:58pm Great idea. I wish I could

Great idea. I wish I could create a regular morning routine, but am not sure that's in my near future. I travel frequently but not predictably for work, and have two kids under three.

I like the idea of waiting until say 11a to get coffee. I probably only need a few days to kick it, we'll see how it goes. Nothing wrong with drinking more tea for a year either.

12/31/2017 - 3:27pm Good idea. Once I bust my

Good idea. Once I bust my addiction, I will work something like this into the routine.

I actually don't drink a ton...maybe a cup or two a day, which is why I was surprised (and offended) by the headaches.

12/31/2017 - 3:24pm Have never seen anything

Have never seen anything negative about it (only positives), except for physical reliance. I started getting headaches on days where I couldn't have it, and the benefits started rolling away (e.g. I could have a coffee with dinner and still fall asleep).

I actually gave up add-ins a few years ago and had been drinking it black for the past few years. God, I love a good cup of coffee.

12/31/2017 - 3:16pm Gotta break the dependence.

Gotta break the dependence. Got headaches and was miserable on days I was unable to get it this year. It's gotta be doable, right? I hear people say they don't drink it.

12/31/2017 - 3:08pm Coffee

Giving up coffee...send your thoughts and prayers for me in 2018.

12/24/2017 - 6:58pm Blash too

Send him off with Blashill.

12/07/2017 - 1:48am I'm speechless

I had so many things to say, positive contributions, over the past week, but I've forgotten them now! Back to lurking with an option to opine.

11/25/2017 - 6:26pm Agree and don't agree

I think coaches game plan well for OSU (this year and last) and think we just didn't have enough gamers/leaders to make plays when needed. You could put that on players, coaches, history, refs or any number of other factors. I don't know the answer.
However, I am astounded at the QB position across 4 kids and 2 seasons. We burned 2 years (and maybe next year) by fiddling with a mediocre Speight. He can win at home (probably would have won the State game this year, to his credit) but his ceiling is below winning 2 of 3 against OSU, MSU and PSU and going flawless in the B1G otherwise. How we don't have anything close to a PLAYMAKER at QB in Harbaugh's 4th year (yes, next year included) is disappointing. Maybe Peters will make a big leap next year, but his and Speight's performance this year were only marginally better than JOK.

11/25/2017 - 4:02pm Almost

Almost fell into this same trap, but once OSU scored immediately in response, I recalled the 2nd half of Wisconsin and PSU games (in addition to every JOK game), so I put on Cocktail for the remainder of the game. Toggled occasionally, but didn't see any of our turnovers or OSU's 3rd down conversions. I'm onto hockey season.

11/11/2017 - 7:19pm Finebaum

Excited to hear Pencil-neck Finebaum's take this week.

Press knew this would happen anyway, no other explanation for Georgia to be ranked ahead of Bama.

11/11/2017 - 3:10pm Harbaugh is 27-8 since

Harbaugh is 27-8 since joining the Big Ten. D'antonio is 22-13 in the same time frame.

Feel free to accentuate Dantonio's success from 2007-2014, but know that UM went through RichRod/Hoke experiments, PSU had Sandusky and coaching changes, and OSU had tattoo-gate in those years. I'm not saying he's garbage, but his success has been just as tied to other teams struggles.

11/11/2017 - 2:27pm Dantonio

Where is the "is D'antonio the best coach in the B1G" thread, and the corresponding sparty troll defending every comment, today? Must be nice to not have expectations and pop out to thump your chest twice a season.

11/11/2017 - 2:27pm Dantonio

Where is the "is D'antonio the best coach in the B1G" thread, and the corresponding sparty troll defending every comment, today? Must be nice to not have expectations and pop out to thump your chest twice a season.

11/05/2017 - 8:39am Compounded by aggression

Young + aggressive = more penalties than usual

11/05/2017 - 8:30am Agree

Agree with this. Glad to see PSU season's fall apart after they threw everything, including the kitchen sink, at us to try to match the differential from our win last season. Karma for a short-sighted, egomaniac.

We beat ourselves against MSU for the second time in Harbaugh's tenure. I feel these incidences will stop when Peters/DPJ/Black/Walker and everyone filtering them are 2-3 years seasoned.

10/22/2017 - 9:28am Agree

I agree. My 50% confidence is that some change(s) will be made in the off-season, and those changes will have an immediate impact.

10/21/2017 - 11:23pm Good call

Good call. Good sanity check. Everyone that touched the ball for Penn State today was senior or going pro. This was their year and they'll fade next year. We have zero gamers/leaders on offense. The true concerns should come next year if our O collectively doesn't show meaningful progress next year, including finding a couple guys who can make momentum changing plays. I'm 50/50 that they will make enough progress to be a contender next year.

09/21/2017 - 3:59pm Sad Jordan

I came here for a laugh, but then saw the comments about Purdue beating OSU more times than us (in fewer games) since 2004 and all I could think of was Sad Jordan meme. 

I'm confident we will beat Purdue this weekend, but I really care about flipping the script against the buckeyes.

09/11/2017 - 11:42am Momentum changer

The frustration the fan base has, I believe, is less about statistics and more about timing/cause of the mistakes. His numbers always end up fine. The Cincy game was emblematic of the mistakes coming about 2-3 drives before an imminent devestation of Cincinnati's spirit. We thumped Florida so badly in 2015 exactly for this reason - Florida had zero plays gifted to them in the first half.

If we get up 24-0 or 28-3 against Cincy, the crowd is cheering, guys are high-fiving on the sidelines, and you shift confidence to people like DPJ and Will Hart, instead of Cincinnati. Do that, and this game looks more like Rutgers last year than Illinois or Colorado (and QB mistakes are less impactful). 

Frustration is that Speight is in his third year in the system, second as a starter, and he touches the ball each offensive down. Expectation is someone who is maintaining or improving momentum more often than not. 

08/26/2017 - 11:32am Tailgating is the best

This post makes me want to slam a couple quick IPAs, followed by casually drinking Labatt Blues and playing bags for 2.5 hours while changing rock, pop and Michigan fight songs after their first 45 seconds and increasing volume slightly with each new song. I can't wait for next weekend.

08/17/2017 - 5:53pm We are winning

We are beating OSU. Did you see Harbaugh's call to Woodson about being honorary Captain? Rewatch that video - in particular that sweet shirt Jim's wearing - it is clear we are going to be better prepped and will finally slay that dragon.

04/08/2017 - 8:42am Spider

Love the idea of having a 4-star CB named "Spider"...I'm sold.

03/05/2017 - 8:12am Irony

Doesn't State claim to hate us predominately because our players and fan base are "unbearably arrogant"? I love their 15 minutes of fame when the B1G was at an all-time low (low low low low) turned them into that which they can't stand.

02/27/2017 - 1:31pm 4K is growing

Netflix has a growing stable of 4K content, but you need to be at the $11 price tier. Amazon (Prime) video also has a selection but not as extensive. I believe 4K is catching on and it seems most new content is in that format.
Best advice is to assume it'll be replaced with a new technology in 3-4 years. I just learned my 4K TV is already stale because it doesn't have HDR, which is now pervasive compared to 18 months ago. Gotta love/hate technology.

02/16/2017 - 12:30am Finebaum is scurred

PF seems to be obsessed with UM/Harbaugh lately, and I love it. He really comes off as a squirmy whiner in this one...he starts by saying it's not illegal then goes on to use the word "cheating" multiple times. Nothing will make me happier than watching his pencil neck come up with excuses when we steamroll an SEC team in the playoffs.

01/13/2017 - 6:49pm I approve

And I approve of this comment.

01/13/2017 - 6:46pm I approve

I approve of this comment.

12/24/2016 - 11:12am Blocking?

Don't mean to be Debbie Downer, but he was unblocked in >50% of these plays. Sneak peek at his performance against Rutgers?

12/20/2016 - 2:25pm Just Friends

It is never mentioned in these lists, but is highly underrated. Anna Faris' character is a top 10 villain. 

11/28/2016 - 3:11pm Perry

I put just as much blame on him for the pick-6 for needlessly running into the kicker (given hyper-sensitivities resulting from Iowa game issues) as the blocking on the actual pick-6 play. Lost ~20 yards due to a better second punt, and added to our D's fatigue (which is what ultimately killed us in this game).

11/18/2014 - 2:55pm Scanning tickets at Michigan Stadium

Best alternative for all involved parties is for Hoke to scan tickets at Michigan Stadium on Saturdays. He continues to partake in the history and tradition of the program, while flashing his lovable personality to the fan base and parents of potential recruits. Put him on the Main/Stadium entrance (opposite the students entrance).

11/23/2013 - 6:12pm Brandon

Brandon is jockeying to be governor of the state of Michigan. The long-term prospects of the football team don't even enter his psyche.

11/23/2013 - 5:19pm This is garbage

Posts like these are indicative if the state of our program. Devin Gardner is not a great college QB and Al Borges is not helping him play to the upper bounds of his limits (in fact, he's promoting performance well below his potential).

Best case scenario, we are at least 5 years from being past having to "feel bad" for players or "remember they are just kids." Al isn't going anywhere for at least a year, and even if he did, Devin isn't going to cut the mustard against our rivals. What's worse is that I have no faith that anyone on the staff is giving Morris an ounce of the attention he needs to develop and play at the college level.

Our program is pathetic and this post is an embarrassment to college athletics. Go watch your own kid's team if you want to feel bad for tired, sore or downtrodden kids. We need to get first downs and win football games.

11/15/2013 - 6:25pm Playing time

We should have used the NEB and MSU games to our advantage and highlighted his amount of playing time..."Da'shawn, you could be playing  50 minutes a week...a week! At bama, you won't even see 30 minutes a week in your junior year."