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07/12/2018 - 2:05am +1 on the Branch play.


+1 on the Branch play.


Also against PSU (different game).  Daydrion Taylor's hit in '97 is still the greatest play by a Michigan safety I've ever seen.

07/03/2018 - 11:35pm Damn you and your 'minimum 3…

Damn you and your 'minimum 3 years' rule

  1. The Newsroom
  2. Justified
  3. West Wing
  4. Boston Legal
  5. Deadwood

Lose that rule and Firefly and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip are probably numbers 2 and 3.  (Yes, I like Aaron Sorkin.  Leave me alone.  All four of his would be in my top 10)

07/03/2018 - 11:23pm Holy shit!  You're 12-yr-old…

Holy shit!  You're 12-yr-old me!

06/02/2018 - 5:14pm Unpopular opinions

Not fan of either of their music styles, but for pure voice quality:
Male:  Roger Whittaker,  Female: Karen Carpenter

05/20/2018 - 6:12pm Now that is an eclectic list.

I like it.

05/20/2018 - 4:10pm I'm old, and I'm not afraid to admit it

1. Shawshank Redemption

2. The Color of Money

3. The Usual Suspects

Fun fact:  To this day I'd have probably never seen Shawshank.  I was dragged kicking and screaming to the theatre by my then-girlfriend.  Instantly became my #1 and no movie before or since has seriously challenged it for me.

I'll always owe you for that, Shell.

06/16/2017 - 2:01pm And it's not just us.

PSU plays way above their heads at night at home.  Does anyone really think PSU was better than OSU last year?  I'm scared to death of the PSU game this year.

We'll be starting, what, 10 second year players?  I think 9 wins is most likely scenario, and I think 8 wins is more likely than 10.

05/23/2017 - 11:50pm Coaching or recruiting?

Newsome was rounding into shape last year before he got hurt.  Magnuson was alright  (our seniors last year may have been hampered by too much coaching before Drevno got here).

Also, as the run game coordinator and OC he was wearing too many hats.  They took one of those off him, and also let him focus on the interior line.

For recruiting we lost that kid late to Stanford for the 2016 class.  That hurt, but doesn't appear to be Drevno's fault.  This year's OT class looks pretty good.

05/21/2017 - 11:27pm Thank you, Ladies

4 great years of softball, and even better representation of the University of Michigan.


On a separate note, who would downvote a piece like this?  Can we find out who it is and ban them on general principles?

04/03/2017 - 7:52pm For a while

"Brown had OSU dead to rights. Barrett was getting sacked every other play, and the supposed vaunted duo of Samuel/Weber were bottled up anytime they even touched the ball. "

This was absolutely true for 3 quarters.  But the fourth quarter and both OTs were a different story.  Urban eventually figured out where they could exploit us and the game turned hard.

04/03/2017 - 7:42pm The defensive backfield will step back this year.

You can't go from all seniors, all multi-year starters to a first year starters, 3 are 2nd year players without stepping back.  

By the end of the season they'll likely be fine (though I doubt better than that).  Early in the season will be a little rough.

This doesn't even take into account the fact that there are basically no backup safeties.

04/02/2017 - 12:49am Come on, man

The OP said:

"Although I believe it's quite possible that 2017 Speight could be improved enough to be the one to give them what they need, I don't see it as a guarantee."

He explictly acknowledged Speight may improve.  He didn't trash the kid.  He listed stats that showed Speight is better against bad teams than good ones.  These are facts.

If you want to take exception, ask why the OP didn't do similar research on other QBs.  I suspect it's pretty common to have significantly better numbers against bad teams.


03/29/2017 - 7:37pm This is my read, too.

I'd guess Cole - Bredeson - Kugler - Onwenu - JBB, with Ruiz being the sixth guy like Newsome was as a true freshman.

03/15/2017 - 7:01pm Looks pretty good, coming from VHS

The aspect ratio is stretched to wide-screen.  Not sure if there is any way to keep that from happening.

Otherwise it's great.  Thanks for sharing.

03/03/2017 - 7:50pm Jay's got some game.

She's stunning.  Congrats, Jay!

03/02/2017 - 1:50pm Lived in Texas for ten years.

There are 27 million people in Texas, and most of them never leave the state.  I agree traveling Texans tend to be unbearable, so I was leary of moving there.  Most of them are actually very nice.

Example:  I bought a scalped ticket to see the Wings play the Stars in the Western Conf finals in 1998.  I'm by myself in an Yzerman jersey, sitting in a morass of green and black.  Everyone was nice.  There was a lot of good-natured ribbing, but nothing bad at all.  I thought at the time "wow, if you folks wore Dallas green in Joe Lewis in the playoffs you might not get out alive."

Please note Texans do NOT consider themselves southerners.  They consider themselves Texans.  I suspect a lot would root against Michigan, but I also suspect that has more to do with how polarizing Jim Harbaugh is.

03/02/2017 - 1:44pm I agree

Unfortunately, the article linked does not appear to imply what Brian said it does.  Harbaugh expects him back.  He did not say he expects him back for 2017.

Personally, I suspect a medical redshirt is coming and he'll compete for a spot in 2018.

03/01/2017 - 3:14pm Staying in the league is a nice career.

But there's never been a GM, not even Matt Millen, who would willingly give a #4 overall pick for a return guy.

I respect him, but he was a bust all the way.


03/01/2017 - 3:04pm Your statement is correct

But you're a bears fan, so I hate you anyway.

02/26/2017 - 11:28am Must eat crow

Midseason I hated this team.  It's one thing to lose, it's another to lose because you're soft.  I'm so impressed with the way they've buckled down and competed.  I'm sorry I doubted you, guys.

Unfortunately I don't see a tournament run, not because they're not playing well enough, but simply because of the seeding.  We'll very likely draw a 1-seed in the 2nd round.  That's a pretty tough road to the sweet 16.

02/06/2017 - 4:48pm This is an excellent description.

He is the Michael Jordan of football (except I despise Michael Jordan)

01/31/2017 - 3:09pm Eddie McDoom and Nate Johnson

wave at you

01/28/2017 - 3:30pm Thanks for posting.

I did miss this game and it was very fun to watch.

01/25/2017 - 6:08pm My list is the correct list.

Michaels, Summerall, Jackson, Scully.

2nd team: Mel Allen, Nessler, Thorne, Lundquist


Worst: (probably  unpopular except the first one)

Joe Buck, Gus Johnson, Dick Vitale, Hawk Harrelson.

Honorable mention: Marv Albert, Rod Allen

01/25/2017 - 6:02pm Kell was PBP for the Tigers.

Kaline was the color guy.

01/25/2017 - 6:01pm Yes.

Costas was great until he started thinking he was great.  Garagiola was right there with Kaline (biased) for great base color announcers.

01/25/2017 - 5:57pm And Bob Ufer ISN'T a homer vote?

He holds a special place in all of our hearts, but he's nowhere near this list.

10/27/2016 - 2:30am I logged in to say exactly this.

I find his answers more reasonable than the OP's, to be honest.  I don't agree with all of them, but I certainly don't have a problem with them.

10/18/2016 - 6:31pm Brian.

That offense.  Are you related to Matt Millen?

10/14/2016 - 8:57pm Also needs to be said:

Don't EVER stand under a supported load.  Once something is being pulled up NOBODY is allowed to be under it.

10/14/2016 - 8:56pm ^This.

The genius is in the simplicity!

10/14/2016 - 8:54pm Chromoly is good stuff

But you're talking pretty long columns here.  Buckling is not normally something someone in racing is worried about.  It IS something you need to worry about.

I'm 25 years removed from my mechanical engineering days, so hopefully the structural engineer who chimed in above will do so again.

You know those private antenna towers that have 3 main 'pipes' in a triangle, connected to each other every foot or so?  Think in those terms.

10/05/2016 - 8:51pm I'm a regular there.

...and can confirm Eye of the Tiger.  It's a lot less anti-Michigan now.  Also, they have about 17 writers, and only one of them is the hugely anti-Michigan OSU guy.  He's one of their more active writers but I can tolerate him because I think he's pretty funny.

10/02/2016 - 2:38pm Woodson, and it's not close

Woodson picked off a pass the QB was intentionally throwing out of bounds!  Everything about the play had to be perfect, from the timing of the leap, to the ability to leap that high, to the one-handed catch, to the body control to get a foot inbounds.  He did it before the crazy sticky gloves were availble.  He did it on the road, at a rival.

JD badly mistimed his jump.  It was athletic as hell to catch it anyway, but you don't get extra credit for screwing up the first part.  Plus he actually hurt his team (slightly) by catching it instead of batting it down.

JD's play was amazing to see, but in my opinion it's not even in the same league as Woodson's pick.

09/16/2016 - 1:57pm I was on a westbound American Airlines 757

...just like two of the planes hijacked.

Was headed to San Jose from Austin (like every Monday morning), trying to get a little sleep on the plane.  I noticed we started to descend, and then noticed it was way to early to do that.

The pilot announced he had been "directed by American Airlines central command to land in Albuquerque."  We were running light (maybe half full) so most of us just assumed we were going to load up and let AA cancel a flight.

Once we landed we all just sat there until the pilot announced we would be deplaning, and everyone should take the personal possessions.  At this point it felt very weird.  A few minutes later (while we were deplaning) they announced they had received permission to tell us that "a hijacked plane has been flown into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon has been bombed."

It was sureal.  It was so out-of-left-field that no one really believed it.  I got off the plane and looked at a TV in the concourse just in time to see the 2nd plane hit the 2nd tower.

My PM and I rented a car and drove 12hrs back to Austin.  Hertz didn't charge us for the rental.  I think they rented nearly their entire fleet to people for one-way trips home and didn't charge anyone.

09/02/2016 - 7:50pm Exceptional work, Brian.

Thank you.

08/31/2016 - 7:20pm This. This all day.

Don't listen to the hating hipsters Brian and co.  I love this feature for exactly the reasons you want me to.  Speaking with all the arrogance Michigan Engineering school taught me:  I AM THE ONLY ONE WHO MATTERS!

08/27/2016 - 12:34pm Henne had an NFL-level arm when he was 17.

Speight will never be Henne 2.0.  He might be Rudock 2.0.  Frankly I'd like that even better.

08/27/2016 - 12:32pm My nephew had the perfect call on him.

"the most un-clutch QB in Michigan history"

I do appreciate his 2008 citrus bowl, though.

08/25/2016 - 4:17pm Sad Agreement

Urban Meyer has lost exactly one regular season B1G game in 4 years at OSU.  One.

Maybe this is the year they go 6-3 in conference, but I really REALLY doubt it.

08/25/2016 - 4:13pm I don't think anyone is saying he "can't" be on that level.

We're saying it's unlikely.  The vast majority of true freshman OL starters in P5 conferences are average-at-best that year.  

They may become great linemen, but it's vanishingly rare for an 18yr old player to be ready both physically and mentally to play tackle in the B1G at a high level.

08/24/2016 - 3:16pm This is fantastic

Thank you so much!


EDIT:  No problem pulling it off google drive.  Thanks again!

08/24/2016 - 2:01pm This is beautifully done.

Can you share designs from Lego Designer?  Would you share/sell this one?

08/24/2016 - 1:54pm Love this, Seth.

I always read the technical articles here but too often they start to go over my head and then my eyes start to glaze over.

Articles like this provide the building blocks for understanding your larger, more in-depth posts.  

Great stuff!

08/24/2016 - 1:52pm I've never had any idea what a "pin and pull" was.

Thank you, both of you.

08/24/2016 - 1:32pm Precisely this

I love football in part because it's so much more complex than people think it is.  This is my favorite thing about mgoblog.

07/25/2016 - 10:33am How to know you follow football maybe a little to closely:

I read the thread title and asked myself why there's a seperate trade deadline for middle linebackers.  Took a few seconds to get it.

07/25/2016 - 10:31am ^This!

Raekwon McMillian would be a huge upgrade at his position.

07/23/2016 - 8:28pm You're all a bunch of damned children

The entire latter half of "The Quiet Man" 

07/23/2016 - 8:22pm One thing Harrison Ford was never given enough credit for.

He got beat up better than any actor ever.  (Bladerunner is a stellar example)