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02/08/2019 - 8:24pm Best






11/05/2018 - 6:50pm My thoughts exactly.  Big…

My thoughts exactly.  Big drop-off to Peters.  Feel bad for DCaff.

08/23/2018 - 9:44pm The lack of anyone at these…

The lack of anyone at these schools caring about doing what is right, and living in denial or even lying to themselves about wrong being right, when people are being harmed as bad as can be done, is appalling. Taken to the extreme, you have what went on in Germany during the Holocaust. People who lived in towns next to death camps insisted they knew nothing about what was going on, yet liberating Allied soldiers could smell the camps miles away. What's worse here is the overseeing authorities don't care either. That's like if nobody had war crimes trials in the wake of the Holocaust.

But stretching for too long is, of course, criminal.

08/21/2018 - 6:09pm Oh, and "AC" for Anthony…

Oh, and "AC" for Anthony Carter, because he electrified the crowd.  We'd chant it over and over every time he touched the ball.

08/21/2018 - 6:06pm DE: Lamar Woodley


DE: Lamar Woodley

WR: Rodney Feaster

Best nicknames:

Harlan "H-bomb" Huckleby  (Bob Ufer-ism)

"Butch" /don't call me Harold/ Woolfolk (Bob Ufer-ism)

Anthony "A-Train" Thomas

Ricky "The Peach" Leach (Bob Ufer-ism)

(also "The Guts and Glue of the Maize and Blue" ... another Bob Ufer-ism)

Coaches nickname:

Bo "General George Patton" Schembechler (Ufer of course!)

And the greatest name of all time, period: Ali Haji-Shiekh!

Would also win for special teams and for crowd participation.  Howard King really played it up and got the crowd going on that one, even more than Ninef Aghakahn.  He'd say, "Kicking for Michigan, ALEEEEEE   HADJEEEEEEE  SHEEEEKH!", and the crowd would retort, "ALEEEEEE!  ALEEEEEE!", sounding as Arabic as humanly possible in so doing.

08/19/2017 - 1:27pm depends in group size, too

The ticket offjce said smaller groups are mailed first. We have 4 and they are due to go out next week, for example.

02/14/2017 - 6:32pm depends

Commuting: fully autonomous so I can work in my car, thus eliminating "commute time" from my day. This could be a purchased service (buying rides) and not owning the car.

Trips: configurable, depending in whether I want to cover distance while doing something else, like sleeping, or want to "explore", either on or off road. This could be a rental.

Weekend fun: Mustang 5.0L GT with a stick, because driving is an "art", like dancing. I would own this car.


The 'Stang and a configurable F150 Super Crew that would do all the other stuff above. Own both.

01/23/2017 - 3:20pm Jeremy Gallon is STILL open on the wheel route!

ND never saw him!

11/06/2016 - 6:37am Yost teams won with D

Great thread and love the comparison table.  If you study the Yost teams in more detail, they dominated on D, and not just by way of all the shutouts They got a lot of turnovers, 3 and outs, defensive scores, etc., often giving the Offense a short field, greatly helping the gaudy scoring. Bo was a student of those teams and I saw interviews where he related these facts, as well. It was a lesson to him that you win with defense.

10/17/2016 - 12:44pm How about Khalid Hill?

He's our most efficient scoring back at 42 points / 21 yards = 2 points / yard!

10/13/2016 - 12:30pm Global Economy

I never said it was INAPPROPRIATE to use Honda Civics, I said it was BEST to use Ford F150s!  I'm being inclusive already, just promoting a dominantly MICHIGAN business (although it's officially incorporated in Delaware, like most big companies, due to their tax laws).  And it's not completely about where a product is made, it's also where the profits go.  Many people overlook that aspect.

So you are welcome to visit my lawn any time.

10/13/2016 - 10:35am 78 Ford F150s

In SE Michigan, it's best to not use foreign effing cars to illustrate something, espeically since the biggest reason U of M is the best university in the world is, for over 100 years, the auto industry (the engine of the state's economy) has needed it to be in order to compete (engineers, business people, lawyers, accountants, etc.).

Best to use 78 Ford F150s, what Jim Harbaugh drives!


05/17/2016 - 3:47pm Tournament Seeding at Fault

As with all tournaments, the seeding is at fault. The two grins are the alpha and omega to JH season 1. They should have been seeded such that they could only meet in the final.

10/05/2015 - 9:13am Thanks everyone!  I will try

Thanks everyone!  I will try the BTN2Go on my Android tablet.  It's through Verizon and I have an Xfinity login.  I have a VPN, but I need to work out the bugs in advance.

And it's the 21st effing century.  Budapest isn't some 3rd world toilet (like Columbus!).  It's a national capital with lots of industry and culture.  It's one of the most happening cities in Europe.

06/07/2015 - 9:37am Welcome Mr. Johnson!

Hybrid OLB/SS type player, like Stevie Brown, but a bit bigger?

Also, DYTARIOUS!  I can hear it now: Dytarious the Terror.

11/13/2014 - 4:46pm What is Intelligence?

How do you define and measure intelligence?

I guarantee you I could never have done the kind of things on a football field that Anthony Carter, one of my contemporaries, did.  I also guarantee you he could never have solved vector calculus partial differential equations that describe fluid flow like I did.

The ancient Greek ideal of healthy mind and body recognized physical prowess on par with intellectual prowess.  We know enough about brains today that, what AC could do, and what I could do, both had to do with specific neurological abilities, which I argue can, therefore, both be called intelligence.

Or Beethoven could do with the piano.

Or Van Gogh could do with a paintbrush.

For a University that supposedly embraces diversity, they sure don't include people with athletic intelligence.

And to illustrate Brian's final point, I met people like Marlin Jackson and Vincent Smith at the charity tailgate MGoBlog emceed prior to UTL III.  Both are outstanding men who didn't fit the snootified mold.


05/12/2014 - 1:26pm offer timing

He didn't get an offer when he threw for Nuss because others had yet to throw. He knew the offer would come, or not, after everyone threw. If they offered others who turned them down, I think we'd have heard about it. So I take it this means he's their favorite of the group they wanted to see throw.

07/23/2013 - 6:08pm ACI

I was in school 77 to 82 (BS & MS) and got to see him live. The first time AC touched the ball as a freshman, he ran a punt back 72 yards for a TD vs Northwestern. The crowd instantly started the AC chant as he ran off the field. A legend was born.

01/15/2013 - 12:28pm Welcome to M, Reon!

Work hard and do what coach Mallory says.  He's a superb coach and will help you to reach your potential.

01/15/2013 - 12:13pm You're analysis is superb!

That's why I called my comment a "tweak".  I've just been paying alot of attention to Braden since he was recruited, because I really liked his recruiting film.  It's equally likely someone else was overrated, and balance it out.  But I remain optimistic about these two classes at OL.

Have you ever heard Coach Hanlon speak regarding any interactions he's had with Coach Funk, and his opinions of him?

01/15/2013 - 9:49am It's hard to project stars for gargantuan people

Well-known fact. Given that and this excellent analysis, I have one tweak.  I think Ben Braden blew up his senior year of HS, after he committed to M, and so didn't get the hype he deserved.  If the practice reports are accurate, he's more on the 4-star path.  If you write him down as a 4-star, the 2012 class looks just about as good as the 2013 class, which paints a bit rosier picture in 2014-2015?  Just a thought.

I'd really like to know what Coach Hanlon thinks of these recruits, and of Coach Funk.  Coach Hanlon was the architect of pretty much all of the great OL units under Bo.

08/13/2012 - 9:51pm 10 and 20 yard sprints

I remember reading an article a long time ago asking Anthony Carter about his speed, and he said QB Steve Smith was faster in a 10 yard sprint, that they were even at 20 yards, and AC had him beat at 40.  That showed that Smith was quicker out of the blocks, but AC was faster in top end. This result makes perfect sense for an option QB vs a receiver, given what each position does for the team.

I don't know if they still time Michigan's players over the shorter distances, but they did in Bo's day when they were running the option.

Comparing Denard to Bolt is like comparing a Formula 1 car to a dragster.  They're a different kind of fast.  One is faster, but can't turn worth a darn, the other doesn't have as much top end, but turns on a dime.

05/09/2012 - 8:55am Senior QBs

Just list the last 50 Big Ten champions and the class of their starting QB.  I bet it is dominated by Sr/5th year Sr.

04/25/2012 - 1:41pm Ann Arbor can handle it

The NHL scheduled the 2013 Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium hoping to get the largest hockey crowd in history to attend, with potentially half the attendees being Toronto Maple Leafs fans coming from Ontario and needing hotel rooms and RV parking.

04/18/2012 - 12:32pm Doh!


04/18/2012 - 11:16am OL numbers

OL numbers run 50-79, regardless of position, since they frequently change position through their career.  I think 72 would be a great choice for someone who hopes to be ending up at OT, since Dierdorf wore it.  Been a while since I've noticed that number on a starting OT.

I agree Kalis with 67 and Braden with 51 are mortal locks.

03/18/2012 - 12:36pm bracket is out

M plays Cornell in Green Bay.  Other half of regional is Ferris vs Denver.


Full bracket at

03/08/2012 - 4:49pm number color not = wings color

I think they want the helmet number color darker than the wings because that's how they looked back in the day. Check out the old photos. The whole idea was throwback as a tribute, even if it meant a non-matching helmet number color.

10/03/2011 - 8:31pm Origin of helmet/shoulder/sleeve numbers

With the advent of television coverage, sports uniforms changed.

In football and hockey, teams usually wore their "home" jerseys all the time, until black and white TV came along, spreading the use of white "away" jerseys for easier TV recognition.  For example, you will never see a photo of Tom Harmon in a white jersey.  Look at his final regular season game in Columbus - blue jersey.

INSERT 1: Since almost all TV is color today, wouldn't it be cool to have both Michigan and Ohio in home jerseys every year, regardless of where the game was played?  I think the color match-up would be striking!

Another thing that evolved was adding helmet, shoulder, or sleeve numbers in football.  This helps quickly identify a player in the predominant TV view of the day, taken from the side of the formation (way fewer cameras than used today).  The use of "side" numbers might have been instituted for this purpose by the NCAA and NFL, but I don't know for sure.  Sometimes, old-timers even refer to these as "TV numbers".   When Michigan had the helmet numbers in the 1960s, they didn't have them on the sleeves.  When Bo arrived, they stopped putting numbers on the helmets, and used sleeve numbers instead.  Penn State made the same change at some point, while Alabama has kept the helmet numbers and has never added the sleeve numbers.

INSERT 2: For a long time, Michigan has had small helmet numbers in the back, low on the right side, so players can quickly identify their un-donned helmets on the sidelines.  (Many teams do similarly.  The Steelers have them on the front and back, for example.)  For Michigan, the retro side numbers replace those and serve that function.

There is a lot of variation in photo evidence that is due to variation in exposure, lighting, and processing.  In some photos, the maize shade of the numbers looks to match the wings and stripes.  In others, it doesn't.  This happens in both color and black and white photos.  Live at the stadium, they don't match on today's helmets.  In photos from the 1960s, I see some that look like they match and some that don't.  This variation is likely because the wings and stripes are painted, and the numbers are stickers, combined with variation in the lighting and how it interacts with the colors and surface finishes of the different materials (paint versus stickers).  Auto companies have people with medically certified color vision who color match among the various materials and surface finishes inherent among various components.  Imagine trying to match the color of leather seats, with natural grain and reflectivity, to soft plastic arm rests and hard plastic door sills, some molded in color and some painted, and getting them all to match.  It's not  easy.  (I'm an automotive engineer, so I know this is true.)

Yeah, way too much info, I know, but hey, I want to contribute where I have some knowledge.

My vote: LOVE the helmet numbers!  Would like them to ditch the sleeve numbers and go even more retro.

07/26/2011 - 12:09pm NT

Bold prediction: Aaron Wellman will bulk Heitzman up into the team's squat king and he will end up being the 6'3" 300lb nose tackle we crave.

Keith, start eating burgers...LOTS and LOTS of burgers!

07/12/2011 - 1:52pm weight

I enjoyed the statistical analysis.  The number of returning defensive starters is a contributor to what one could predict as an overall win/loss record, which is all that matters regarding on-field results.

I would like to see a similar statistical analysis, covering only the Big Ten over the last decade, regarding what we should expect as a win/loss record based soley on the average player weight for the whole team, i.e. a single-variable linear regression:

%wins = A * average player weight + B.

You could call it the beefy Wellman manball effect.

For really low-sample fun, though, nothing beats projecting what happens with a 2nd-year-starter dilithium QB, but in a new offensive scheme. Which has been the favorite topic of debate ever since we knew Denard was staying.  From my point of view, as long as #16 is our QB and leader, it is going to be fun to watch, easy to root for, and never hopeless.  Lord how I will miss him when he's gone. 

06/09/2011 - 2:17pm The case for a patch

Michigan is supposed to be different, but all too often we are the same.  Like we need money to fuel good things, including expanding our number of varsity sports to include lacrosse.  New revenue streams, like selling special jerseys, are helpful to that end.  That means is not eggregious in and of itself.  However, in this particular case, the execution is hideous.

We will forever wish to have celebrated this event in our traditional uniforms, with perhaps a tasteful and discrete commemorative patch, a la the 100th game vs tsio.  That would have been cool.  People would buy those and wear them proudly.  If they sold jerseys with 100th game patches now, people would buy them.

Why is this not a win-win?  Why wouldn't his make the athletic dept., adidas, and the fans all happy?

Kids are welcome to run on my lawn, but not to take a dump on it!

05/26/2011 - 12:23pm MOAR Horace Prettyman

I want the front of the jersey to have Horace Prettyman's junior year photo in the way cool "U of M" sweater.

05/23/2011 - 12:44pm if it's 22

If Tom says 22 kids, here's my guess: on defense 3 DB, 3 DE, 2 DT, and 4 LB, and on offense 5 OL, 2 TE, 1/2 WR, 1 RB, and if only 1 WR, either FB or QB.

I think Morgan & Gant will go blue soon and close out DBs. Same for Wormley and Pipkins to finish the D-line (I think Godin bulks up to play DT). Jones being soft on PSU is a wildcard in this now.  I'd gladly give up an offensive skill position in this class to make room for him.  Not so much so to make room for another DB.

It looks like we are good for Diamond, and I'm hoping Magnuson. If we get too many commitments on defense, it could trim what we do on offense, but I don't see us going with less than 5 OL. So I think one more OT-type is likely to be a priority, unless that's really Williams.  If his academics are fixed, it looks like Burbridge at WR is likely.  I'd like to steal Dunn away, then get either Fatu, another WR/TE, or Kiel, in that order.

04/20/2011 - 1:41pm Ayn Rand Novels

"Anthem" (very short, almost down to being a short story), "Fountainhead", and "Atlas Shrugged" are all essentially the same story.  I read the 1st two.  Anthem is the basis for Rush's album-side-length epic song "2112", where the storyteller finds a guitar instead of whatever he finds in "Anthem", which I can't remember.

Even though I hate tOSU with the fire of 1000 suns, red is one of my favorite colors and I wear it a lot, but never, NEVER on a fall Friday or Saturday.

04/19/2011 - 3:31pm tackle-type objects

holy pantz - we need OTs & DTs!

02/01/2011 - 5:10pm I can concede the football points

But The Son of Man would mold the 85 young men better, being the Only Son of The Living God and all.

02/01/2011 - 3:40pm snake oil

Which is bigger snake oil, steaing another Purdon't commit, a QB none the less, or pinching a coach from Indiana 3 weeks after they hired him? BH has the mojo.

02/01/2011 - 3:08pm Tom/Tim/Brian

"The effort put forth by TomVH, Tim, and Brian to cover Michigan recruiting is beyond measure.  Their accuracy of information far surpasses that of the NSA.  Their speed to press is so fast even a million computers operated by Husain Bolt couldn't calculate it.  Their love of Michigan surpasses even that which shines down from football's Valhalla from Fielding H. Yost and Bo Schembechler."

- Fred Jackson

02/01/2011 - 3:00pm Fred Jackson's perspective

It would be very interesting to get Fred Jackson's perspective on the HCs he's worked for at Michigan, how intense the practices were, what kind of leaders they were, what they emphasized, etc.  However, if he was asked, all you'd end up getting is that they were all only slightly less wonderful than Jesus Christ.

02/01/2011 - 2:56pm Thomas Rawls

If Thomas Rawls was an astronaut (which he could be one day, he works that hard), he'd be like Neil Armstrong ... only faster!

01/28/2011 - 4:17pm yes, play the service academies

In the 60s, 70s, and 80s, we played the service academies, at least Navy, several times. Right now, they are pretty good teams. They always play hard and never give up because, you know, they are trained to fight hard and never give up WHEN PEOPLE ARE SHOOTING AT THEM. They bring in TV audience from all over. They are classy and also lend to the air of "an event" beyond just a football game. They are academically excellent. They will not burn couches. Juggalo ratio is near zero. Air Force was the best of the academy teams this year. They have cool uniforms with lightning bolts. Guaranteed flyover. I hope the crowd does not boo them. We will be game #3 in importance for them, behind Army and Navy, which is kind of weird for us.

01/27/2011 - 10:09pm day 110

My son-in-law says count is since Sparty beat us, so today is actually 110 already.

01/27/2011 - 9:31pm Bite me, Sparty!

And only 2 days until your hockey team loses to Michigan...again!

01/26/2011 - 10:10am I stand corrected!

Maybe we can get some Samoan studs now that the Hokester is here. That would be refreshing.

01/26/2011 - 4:17am double post

Server difficulty effect.

01/26/2011 - 4:15am no DR

This kid is no Denard Robinson *sigh*. We will never recruit another QB like Denard ever, ever, ever again. No Dennis Dixons. No Antoine Randle Els. At least he's not Lurch.

Since the onset of Hoke-a-mania, Michigan has made zero offers to kids with dreads. I shall miss them greatly.

01/19/2011 - 10:25pm PBJ time

If RR was still here and had hired Mattison, Brian would be posting the peanut butter jelly time video.  Eager to see who the rest of the defensive staff will be.

01/18/2011 - 4:41pm Cotton Pickin' Blues

Won't Get Fooled Again by The Who

"Meet the new boss, same as the old boss."

01/18/2011 - 1:49pm Civil War

I think the only really deep divide that needs to be healed is Lloyd Loyalists vs The Rebellion/In Rod We Trusted.  That's been my experience, anyway.  I feel mostly like a Bo, plus Rebellion/IRWT hybrid.  My reaction was, "No OMG No Hoke!" until the presser.  He won me over emotionally, i.e. I support him all the way, but I still am not convinced he is the answer until I see the product on the field.

Home games: either don't tailgate or do so at Pioneer.  Always in my seat in time to see the team warm up.

Away games: in front of my TV or my daughter's (her screen is bigger).  Went to Indiana last year and the wife and I are convinced 1 away game a year will be fun.

Book: With the Old Breed at Peleliu and Okinawa, Eugene Sledge.  (Bo/RR hybrid = USMC grit/aggression/innovation.)