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11/11/2018 - 7:23pm I'll bet Zach Smith wishes…

I'll bet Zach Smith wishes he could drink like that into his forties while making 300K a year, too. I don't think he's going to be doing that.

(I couldn't find his exact age, but it looks like he's in his mid thirties.)

11/10/2018 - 5:51pm Rest in peace, Ron.

I was…

Rest in peace, Ron.

I was two but my dad and my uncle went to the game against Wisconsin where he set the rushing record.  

11/08/2018 - 10:08am Wimbush is a higher variance…

Wimbush is a higher variance type of player than Book, though.

11/03/2018 - 8:19pm I honestly don't think that…

I honestly don't think that was such a bad call. He's getting killed with his starter, his starter is also getting killed by the Michigan pass rush, so why not try the backup who will probably be his starter next year?

Stevens ended up completing his other 3 passes. He wasn't going to lead a comeback even without the pick six, but McSorely wasn't either.

11/03/2018 - 7:33pm There can only be one Chaos…

There can only be one Chaos Team, and apparently it has to be somewhere in the state of Indiana.

11/02/2018 - 9:05pm I don't think that makes any…

I don't think that makes any sense. If Shea stays, he's going to be able to compete for the starting job, and he'll most likely win it unless one of the other guys beats him out. 

11/02/2018 - 7:53pm That was the plan, and still…

That was the plan, and still is fairly likely to happen, but plans change.

If he's not likely to be drafted in the first two rounds, it may be worthwhile to Shea to stay another year.

11/01/2018 - 6:16pm That sucks. He hadn't been…

That sucks. He hadn't been in good health for a few years, though; I remember he dropped his SI column after his stroke.

I always enjoyed his columns, and often learned from them as well.

10/29/2018 - 9:27am If you're primarily a…

If you're primarily a developer, either one would be fine. If you do systems administration, vim is more useful as it (or its very similar predecessor vi) is much more likely to be installed on random machines with Linux or other flavors of Unix installed.

I personally prefer vim.

10/28/2018 - 10:11pm Isn't this more of a Gladkiy…

Isn't this more of a Gladkiy Vlad?

(I look forward to hearing from somebody who actually speaks Russian to tell me how bad this is.)

10/27/2018 - 1:06pm We have to be near the point…

We have to be near the point where Dantonio is telling Engler to shut his goddamn mouth.

If this is even the slightest bit of a distraction for Dantonio, though, I have to laugh, since it's his own damn fault.

10/26/2018 - 9:41pm Barry did play for the Lions…

Barry did play for the Lions. 

I do sometimes wonder what he would have done if he had ended up on the Cowboys.

10/25/2018 - 11:05pm His whole career? Only the…

His whole career? Only the last two years. Moorhead wasn't with Franklin at Vanderbilt and they hadn't worked together elsewhere.

We heard Franklin owed all his success to Bob Shoop when he left, but at the time it was (probably) more accurate. Shoop had been Franklin's DC at Vanderbilt and in 2014-2015 at Penn State.

Whatever you say about the guy (and he is probably the worst game day coach in the country), Franklin has done an excellent job of hiring coordinators.

I do think Franklin is going to have trouble getting top notch staff talent going forward. He's a hell of a salesman, but too many people have seen them play Ohio State the last two years. He should have had last year's team in the playoffs.

10/25/2018 - 2:11pm They were a marginal bowl…

They were a marginal bowl team in 2014, and Michigan that year... wasn't. 2014 was the end of the run started by Greg Schiano; they'd had one good year under Schiano (11-2 in 2006) and a bunch of years where they won enough to get into a bowl game but struggled against any team with a pulse.

Schiano's successor Kyle Flood got himself fired in 2015 and Rutgers hit rock bottom in 2016 under Chris Ash. I'm not sure how much of that is Ash's fault, but I'm also not sure he can get them out.

10/25/2018 - 1:39pm Only the pure of heart can…

Only the pure of heart can see that video.

Nah, I can't see a damn thing either.

10/23/2018 - 9:59am The new Cooper would be my…

The new Cooper would be my preference, but I'll take OSU versions of Rodriguez and Hoke any day.

10/21/2018 - 11:39am If Dantonio *didn't* do this…

If Dantonio *didn't* do this with the express purpose of generating conflict and playing mind games with the Michigan players, he's incompetent. He clearly did, though.

In a way this reminds me of the episode with Hoke and the spike in 2014--in the sense that it's a stupid motivational ploy against a superior team. It worked about as well, too.

10/20/2018 - 8:47pm I'm in Toronto, and most of…

I'm in Toronto, and most of the mullets I see are gray.

Excuse me, hockey haircuts.

10/20/2018 - 7:40pm I think he'd have to pass…

I think he'd have to pass out.

10/17/2018 - 10:57am They're just not that common…

They're just not that common. I mean, Charles Woodson never had one.

A great defense is going to have some defensive touchdowns, but they're going to be spread out over interceptions and fumble returns, and the interceptions are going to be spread out over the entire secondary, as well as the linebackers and even the defensive line. 

There's also a big element of luck, especially with tipped passes. Remember Brandon Herron and the interception and the fumble return he had for a touchdown against Western Michigan in 2011? He was just in the right place at the right time for both of those.

Looking at the NCAA records, apparently the career record in FBS is 5. Here's a PDF link to NCAA records (because I couldn't find it elsewhere; I think it's on page 17):

http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/stats/football_records/2017/FBS.pdf

10/16/2018 - 4:01pm I'm procrastinating. Looks…

I'm procrastinating. Looks like 4: 2009, 1958 and 1928 in addition to 1967. I may have missed some early seasons, though.

10/14/2018 - 9:19am I thought Chryst had…

I thought Chryst had Hornibrook throw on third down there because he was going to have Taylor run on fourth. I mean, clearly they were in four-down territory there. Everybody could see that.

I guess Chryst couldn't.

10/12/2018 - 9:04pm I think this is a fair…

I think this is a fair assessment. For the most part (and with some obvious exceptions, like when Herbstreit is on Columbus radio) both Davis and Herbstreit do a reasonable job of being objective about the games they're covering and a reasonably good job of covering those games.

(Although I admit the bar for broadcasters is set pretty low these days. With far too many of them I just end up turning the sound only loud enough for me to tell if they've gone to commercial.)

10/06/2018 - 8:11pm It's definitely at Penn…

It's definitely at Penn State.

https://msuspartans.com/schedule.aspx?path=football

10/05/2018 - 6:52pm This is the only sensible…

This is the only sensible response.

Per Ray, "Northwestern should have blown Michigan out." That right there is the hottest of hot takes, and the kind of thing you only say if you're trying to get people to hate-listen to your crappy radio program.

Ray does seem to be marketing himself to Michigan State fans, which is much smarter than his hot takes; MSU fans love anyone who talks shit about Michigan.

10/05/2018 - 3:52pm -1 for Unable To Do Basic…

-1 for Unable To Do Basic Arithmetic?

10/03/2018 - 10:58am But they still dragged it…

But they still dragged it into overtime just to make Fitz suffer.

10/03/2018 - 9:40am It sure did.

Somehow they…

It sure did.

Somehow they turned it around to beat a decent Penn State team and a Wisconsin team that would go on to win the Rose Bowl, though.

10/02/2018 - 8:20pm The entire month of October…

The entire month of October in 1998. The worst of the bunch was probably the first, the 12-9 win over 3-8 Iowa (Hayden Fry apparently fell off a cliff after the 1997 season). It was 10-9 in the last minute and they had to punt to that year's scary Iowa punt returner.

Fortunately he was a freshman and tried to break off a big return from inside his own 5. It didn't end well, and the safety more or less sealed the win.

They eeked out a 12-6 win over 3-9 Northwestern, beat 4-7 Indiana 21-10 and beat 5-6 Minnesota 15-10. I shudder to think what this board would have been like then.

09/27/2018 - 10:09am This might be more of an…

This might be more of an indication that a five star recruit will transfer if they're not getting playing time. Five star recruits know they're good. They know they could (and probably should) be playing somewhere. So it's not a surprise that they transfer sometimes.

Why would quarterbacks be more effected, though? It's harder to get a backup quarterback meaningful snaps than it is most other positions (offensive line being the obvious exception).

For instance, you can rotate in a freshman at running back, wide receiver, tight end and pretty much anywhere on the defense without causing any problems beyond those cause by lack of experience. Platooning quarterbacks, on the other hand, is done much more rarely. So the only time a five star backup is going to see the field is most likely during blowout wins. 

(I am assuming that quarterbacks are more likely to transfer; I suspect that's the case, but OP only has numbers for quarterbacks.)

09/25/2018 - 2:42pm ...in a jar in your bedroom…

...in a jar in your bedroom closet...

09/22/2018 - 8:09pm We all miss John Cooper. 

We all miss John Cooper. 

(And he still came awfully close to playing for a national title twice.)

09/21/2018 - 8:18pm I think that's a bug; I have…

I think that's a bug; I have noticed that the thumb appears blue when the page loads--even on low-traffic threads. Clicking on the thumb does what it's supposed to.

It's pretty minor, though.

09/20/2018 - 10:28pm Wait a minute. When did John…

Wait a minute. When did John Cooper become a west coast guy?

He was from Tennessee and although he had a couple of assistant jobs at UCLA and Oregon the closest he came as a head coach to the west coast was the three years he spent at Arizona State. Other than that he was at Tulsa and Ohio State.

09/15/2018 - 10:40am This is the kind of game…

This is the kind of game where I would not be surprised if they score 14 points. There are two scenarios where I see this happening.

The first is where Michigan doesn't take them seriously enough and it's a closer game than expected. I'm inclined to doubt that this will happen, but crazier things have happened. You know how Saban likes to sneak in a game against a non-IA team in the middle of the season? Sometimes those games are closer than you'd think (in the 45-21 range rather than 84-0).

The second is where the game gets out of reach early and the benches empty. If Michigan and SMU both play as expected, SMU is not likely to score against the first team, or the second. But once the bench starts emptying the odds go up.

09/14/2018 - 7:46pm If Brian does punch a horse,…

If Brian does punch a horse, my fear is that the horse will kick back and Brian will be saddled with a long-term injury.

09/12/2018 - 1:14pm Alternately, are mobile…

Alternately, are mobile quarterbacks at higher risk of injury, and if so how much?

09/07/2018 - 10:46pm I see there's a link to…

I see there's a link to diaries now. Thanks!

09/07/2018 - 10:15pm Twitter forensics have…

Twitter forensics have predicted six of the last three serious Michigan football injuries.

09/05/2018 - 4:45pm I agree that in retrospect…

I agree that in retrospect it felt like the 2015 Utah game. The offense will improve as the year goes on; the only questions are how much and how quickly.

08/29/2018 - 9:01am Wanted to add a "me too" on…

Wanted to add a "me too" on the diaries thing--we should be able to look through previous diaries.

For instance, I missed the August version of "This Month in MGoBlog History" which I masochistically follow because it scrolled off the diaries list while I was on vacation. I can get to it via google, but I have to remember both that it is there and the title. 

There's a fair amount of quality content that currently just disappears as new diaries are added.

08/27/2018 - 8:31pm Michigan 24, Notre Dame 17…

Michigan 24, Notre Dame 17. I think this Michigan is better than ND and will show it, but they are playing on the road in the first game of the year with a quarterback who's new to the program.

08/26/2018 - 12:06pm I agree--assuming he doesn't…

I agree--assuming he doesn't get killed this year.

08/23/2018 - 4:49pm Big Lots Buckeyes! Big Lot's…

Big Lots Buckeyes! Big Lot's headquarters are also in Columbus.

08/20/2018 - 10:27pm I got mine and I am in…

I got mine and I am in Canada. Border crossings often delay the mail; we have not gotten a birthday card on time from my mother-in-law (who's good about this sort of thing) in ten years.

Now I don't have to admit that I was concerned about getting the damn thing because we're moving twice in just over two months. Whew!

08/19/2018 - 11:27am I agree, and I'd add that I…

I agree, and I'd add that I would find it helpful if the OP put Michigan in bold to more easily distinguish it from Michigan State.

08/16/2018 - 9:40pm The Canadian postal service…

The Canadian postal service is fine, and in my experience has usually been slightly better than its American counterpart; it's customs I worry about. They seem to arbitrarily hold onto some packages and charge duty at random. I swear customs has fabric-smelling dogs (they like to charge duty on clothing).

08/16/2018 - 9:14pm As long as I get one at my…

As long as I get one at my foreign-ass address, I'll be happy.

08/14/2018 - 2:57pm Some men just want to watch…

Some men just want to watch the uniforms burn.

08/11/2018 - 8:54pm Nice job!

One addition:…

Nice job!

One addition: Charles White had a 114 yards in the 1977 Rose Bowl as a freshman; per Wikipedia (here) UCS's starter and Heisman runner-up Ricky Bell was injured in the first quarter.

Also, the 1979 Rose Bowl needs a big SIGH for the phantom touchdown.