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09/21/2018 - 1:40pm Michigan doesn't take…

Michigan doesn't take advantage (yet again) of the other teams defense selling out to stop the run, struggles to move the ball in 1st quarter, but wins 24-13

09/17/2018 - 9:54pm Thanks, I don't think I…

Thanks, I don't think I could've come up with that myself.

09/12/2018 - 10:42am As I recall, Michigan did…

As I recall, Michigan did have SMU scheduled for a game in 1987, but due to the death penalty, they couldn't play the game. 

Michigan was then able to replace SMU with UNLV, but prior to the year, UNLV decided that the money wouldn't be worth the beating that they'd receive.  They asked Michigan if they could drop the game, and Michigan relented under the condition that UNLV find a replacement.  

Hence Long Beach State, the day Bo called the worse game/day of his life in one of his books.  An uninspired Michigan team beat them 49-0. 

09/12/2018 - 10:34am It seems to me that the…

It seems to me that the people who are too young to have gone through the Moeller years seem to romanticize about them.  Moeller took over a stacked, very well-coached Michigan football team and promised to "open up" the offense. 

The further removed from Bo his teams were, the poorer they were in fundamentals.  I particularly remember how the team got increasingly worse at blocking and tackling, a staple of Bo's teams.  There was little in the way of game planning and play calling to offset the decline in fundamentals. 

1993 and 1994 were very disappointing years, and there was nothing to indicate that things would improve with the team.  Moeller knew it and felt the pressure leading up to the event that resulted in his resignation.  Few people felt confident in the future prospects of the program at the time under him - there was absolutely no groundswell for the university to retain him.

Moeller's record as head coach didn't inspire much confidence either, despite Bo's support.  Moeller's record at Illinois:

Year  Overall  Big Ten

1977      3-8     2-6

1978   1-8-2    0-6-2

1979   2-8-1    1-6-1

[The previous coach at Illinois Bob Blackman, went 29-36-1 from 1971-1976, with a 5-6 record in 1976] 

As far as I know, Moeller was never offered a college head coaching job again (although he did serve as interim head coach of the Lions once).  I think that says something.

There is nothing about Moeller's teams' performance that makes me think that they would have performed a well as Lloyd Carr's, let alone better.  And Carr was a great representative of the university.

09/09/2018 - 8:46pm And...….
You're both right??…


You're both right????

09/09/2018 - 12:12pm The first line of this "rant…

The first line of this "rant" should be in place of the lame and irrelevant "I'm sorry, Dave, I'm afraid I can't activate that brand" line below the banner.  

Yeah, probably wouldn't be a good move business-wise given it would offend too large of the readership.

09/05/2018 - 11:04am With posts like this maybe…

With posts like this maybe you should consider changing your user name.  If you can't come up with one, I'm sure a number of posters could make a few suggestions.

09/05/2018 - 10:52am I'm sure this was brought up…

I'm sure this was brought up by others, but I'll take a shot with my understanding.

They (they being Brian) wanted all of the old functionality, but they wanted the site converted to something that is current supported, rather than the version of Drupal that was being used.  They had priorities

  1. All of the old posts going back to 2008 and even before had to be converted.  I'm guessing this dictated that the new site was going on the current Drupal platform.  This was the top priority.
  2. Get the switch over prior to the football season - the 2017 football season.  That failed, so they were not going to fail to get it out prior to the 2018 football season.
  3. Any functionality that is lacking will be likely be added after the 2018 football season as they are too buys during this time to deal with changes.

Yes, the new site is less functional but is more stable and can handle the times of high traffic better.  The various bells and whistles that made the old site really good will hopefully be added in the winter/spring of 2019. 

09/03/2018 - 9:04pm The criticisms that Braylon…

The criticisms that Braylon Edwards leveled at Ruiz and Patterson could have been made at Braylon when he was their age.  He sure as hell dropped a lot of passes back in the day, and was himself criticized for it in the press.  It wasn't right then, and it isn't right now.

I think Braylon Edwards should take his own advise and step up his own game, both as an alum as well as a person. 

09/03/2018 - 3:59pm That's strange, I always…

That's strange, I always assumed that twitter was trash because they were drinking.

Perhaps I need to re-evaluate.

09/03/2018 - 2:58pm I watch a number of Stanley…

I watched a number of Stanley Edwards' games at Michigan Stadium.  Really good running back and Bo really seemed to like him (and Larry Ricks, who always ran through the hole with BOTH HANDS on the ball). 

Seemed like a really good guy on some really good teams.    

09/03/2018 - 2:33pm RE: the tweet of "nunya" …

RE: the tweet of "nunya"  Bench Runyan.  Bench JBB. 

I just don't get it, who are you going to put in, the bench? 

Sometimes your cards are what they are.  Sometimes you just have to play Nick Sheridan. 

If that is all you have, bitching about it isn't going to change it.  And bitching about it becomes just shitting on the players.

09/03/2018 - 2:12pm I know its his.  I am just…

I know its his.  I am just surprised that someone that attended and was on the team would refer to "Big Blue."  You rarely hear that, and always (until now, I guess) from someone not previously affiliated with the university.

Perhaps the official site of the athletic department should change their URL address to and this site should be named 

09/03/2018 - 2:04pm Is this actually a guy who…

Is this actually a guy who went to, let alone played football, for Michigan?

Can’t blame John O’korn, or Wilton Speight, or Jake Rudock anymore. Notre Dame was prepared for what Michigan does and executed accordingly. Time for some self evaluation big blue!!!

Big blue?   Big fucking blue?  Really?

09/03/2018 - 1:43pm The Edwards' tweets and the…

The Edwards' tweets and the various controversies regarding the "endowment" of the #1 jersey (how'd that happen anyway, Anthony Carter asks) just isn't worth it.  

The Athletic Department should just say thanks, but no thanks, and send his donation back to him. 

The costs of his donation(s) just aren't worth it.  A university with an endowment of billions doesn't need this garbage for the relative pittance.  

09/01/2018 - 3:25pm Incredible effort and work,…

Incredible effort and work, Brian.  I think/hope this will be a magical year and your efforts will finally be rewarded.

08/30/2018 - 7:46pm I would absolutely love to…

I would absolutely love to see him light up the PAC12.  

And I'm definitely going to catch as many UCLA games that I can.

08/30/2018 - 12:56pm We can multitask (or for you…

We can multitask (or for you OSU types, chew gum and walk at the same time).

08/20/2018 - 5:28pm I saw this and thought it…

I saw this and thought it was on the current senior classes of each team.  So I compiled it:

  1. Ohio State  35
  2. Wisconsin  34
  3. Penn State  29
  4. (tie) Michigan  28
  5. (tie) Iowa  28
  6. Northwestern 27
  7. Michigan State  25
  8. Minnesota  20
  9. Nebraska  19
  10. Indiana  17
  11. Maryland  13
  12. Purdue  12
  13. Rutgers and Illinois  10

Nothing really surprising here.  (I don't know how to fix numbering with the tie with Michigan and Iowa)

08/02/2018 - 1:57pm I'm a little late to the,…

I'm a little late to the, well, "party," as it were, due to work I've been swamped and rarely had time to check in during the week, but I'd still like to make a few points that have not been mentioned (and to reiterate a few that have been).

  1. On the MGoBoard, it would be useful to have a column listing the author of the OP, as there are posters whose posts are definitely worth reading, and others whose threads are... less desirable to read.
  2. On the MGoBoard, there should be a column if the OP is a story, diary or board post (or other like sticky).
  3. I go straight to the MGoBoard, and front-page stories are currently not listed but should be as well (like before).
  4. Should off-topic stuff be mixed in with the relevant stuff or should there be an added label in a column or something else?
  5. Yes, the "new" or "updated" feature should also be reinstalled when time allows. 
  6. And yes, like before, the comment box should appear both before the comments and at the end as well.

Getting the site updated has obviously been a Herculean effort and will payoff soon.  Hell, we now have access to the history of the entire blog (at least post blogspot/haloscan).  I have little doubt the little added features like those above will get worked in.

08/02/2018 - 11:44am I know you are more than…

I know you are more than ready to lick this Ace, and it is so great you have the support of your family and coworkers that you do.  

Now go get some meat on them bones.

07/11/2018 - 7:59am I learned to enjoy NASCAR…

I learned to enjoy NASCAR with my father-in-law, who was a big fan.  NASCAR the past few decades is a lot more entertaining because all of the races are close and come down to the last lap.  Back in the 1970s it was less competitive with people like Richard Petty and Cale Yarborough winning races by lapping the field.

Thanks for posting this, Elno.  It gave me a chance to look at a number of other things you posted on your blog, which I didn't know existed.  Enjoyed your Ironworking post and will read others when I get the time.

06/05/2018 - 9:31pm I reloaded the site several…

I reloaded the site several times this morning thinking that this couldn't actually be the site's redesign.  That it took a number of years for that.

What in the world were the designers thinking?  That the readership was a bunch of gerbils with ADD?

There were no links to comment, or get to diaries or the board.  No community interaction, the development of which was the primary goal for the blog at its inception.  And this was beta tested?

But the blog is functional and more responsive than previously, and all of the archives have been transferred over (which seems to be a primary goal) now to a platform that can be add new features.

I guess that web design and maintenance is a much more difficult endeavor than I ever thought.  

05/21/2018 - 10:48am I hope that this is truly and

I hope that this is truly and finally the road to recovery and good health.

Godspeed, Ace.

04/21/2018 - 10:16am In 1987 my parentts were

in their early 60's, and they were absolutely miserable. Hell, I was miserable. IIRC, it was in the 20's, mostly cloudy and windy (the previous year's game the weather was in the 60's in Columbus).

My younger brother and I ran to get the car while my parents waited at the stadium gate. Running, I couldn't feel my feet hit the ground and was almost sure I would fall.

I went to a number of games from 1979-1990, and the '86 and '87 OSU games stand out the most of all of them.

04/20/2018 - 11:45am I was at both the

1986 game at OSU (Harbaugh guarantee win) and the game in Ann Arbor the following year with my parents and younger brother. I was a grad student at Michigan and my younger brother undergrad at OSU.

As stated above, Earl Bruce's firing by the president (or board) was announced the previous week and OSU's athletic director, Rick Bay, resigned immediately in protest. Bay was very well regarded and quickly hired by Minnesota.

My parents traveled from New Jersey and stayed in a hotel in Plymouth (the closest I could get for them) my brother up from Columbus stayed with me in my apartment.

The morning of the game my brother and I drove out to Plymouth to pick up our parents. Outside, there were about 6 OSU buses with all kinds of cheerleaders and band members around. This was where they were all staying. While waiting for my mother in the lobby, we saw Rick Bay being interviewed in an adjacent area (I don't recall if it was Musburger or someone else conducting it) to be broadcast during the game.

Down the hall walks Bruce with his assistant coaches to exit the front doors. Just inside, his wife and daughter were waiting for him, and they had a very heat-felt tearful goodbye. Since Michigan's season was mediocre, I turned to my brother and said that I almost wouldn't mind much Michigan losing this game.

The weather at the game was the coldest I ever attended. Michigan played decently the first half, OSU didn't. My parents were miserable and I had absolutely no feeling in my legs and feet. We left at half time in order to catch the rest of the game in the warmth of my apartment. By the time we got there and I got everyone a beverage of choice, Michigan had lost their half time lead and was on their way to a loss.

It was the least disappointed I have ever seen Bo after a loss.

04/17/2018 - 9:00am Shows how much I know.

All I could figure was that he had a beef with Grant Newsome.

04/17/2018 - 8:58am Always really liked Harry Anderson

He did a special, probably 25 years ago, where he did magic tricks interlaced with comedy. Saw it once, and it was really good.

04/03/2018 - 2:43pm This was a hugely successful

and entertaining season.

Way surpasses all reasonable expectations.

Michigan found itself a defensive coach. Lets hope they can keep him for another few seasons, and groom a successor to him to boot. Everyone, including Beilein, learned a lot from him.

The shooting was probably one of the worse ever coached by Beilein. I think that is a result of the misfit nature of the team, and will fix itself next season.

03/29/2018 - 10:31am The problem with having a

The problem with having a system designed to crown the best team as champion necessitates that it would also be the most boring system ever.

Nobody would argue that any of the 4-16 seeds going into the tournament is the best team in the NCAAs. All of the 3-seeds could be eliminated as well.

The most memorable teams in history aren't one of the many UCLA teams of the 1970's or 1980's, or UNLV, etc.

People remember and point to NC State's run in 1983. Villanova in 1986. Or even Michigan in 1989. Nobody would argue these teams were the best in their conference, let alone in the NCAA.

The NCAA tournament is great for the very reason that every team has a chance. Your team CAN win it, despite not being as good as Duke, Kansas, etc. Build a system where the best team wins every game, and you have to most boring playoff ever.

Like Brian says, the NCAA basketball tournament gets it pretty right. Hockey on the other hand might be perceived as too chaotic. I don't know if that is because about 3 times more players are involved in the game, the randomness of the bounces of the puck, or, more likely, the unbalanced impact 1 player, the goalie, can have on the game. College hockey's playoff system seems to be much more of a mismatch.

03/26/2018 - 12:31pm So is Jays' kid going to

have to call Jim's kid, who will only be 1 year older, uncle?

03/18/2018 - 9:44am I'm guessing

that you don't look like Mark Harmon.

03/07/2018 - 8:24pm JFC you guys

Come on, she's old enough to be my daughter.

03/06/2018 - 8:52pm I actually only see pros and

I actually only see pros and no cons:

1. Michigan just played 4 games in 4 days. 3 days off would not be ideal

2. Michigan's 1st round opponent shouldn't be a threat and the team will get back into their playing groove. The 2nd roud opponent will only have 1 day to prepare for Beilein's team - a really tough task given that either possible team will be hard pressed to make it to that game.

3. Beilein has a chance to install a few new wrinkles that will not be needed for the 1st weekend but can be used as a surprise for the 2nd weekend.

In short, the team may not be all that sharp for the first game, but that shouldn't matter, and thus everything else is up-side

03/06/2018 - 6:32pm What is really important

and why all of this works is the fact that Zavier Simpson can drive to the basket and finish.

His evolution the past year has been incredible, and has opened up so much else (just like a deadly shooter like Stauskas can open up other things).

Right now he is almost as good at getting to the basket as Trey Burke was.

This team is going to be a really tough out.

03/02/2018 - 6:59am Well don't leave us hanging...

how was it?

You guys had to pool some money to challenge one to actually drink it. There's almost always "that guy" in every idiot group of friends.  Like Spaulding from Caddy Shack.

02/27/2018 - 10:49am Geographically,

I never really liked Rutgers in the Big Ten (and I'm originally from New Jersey).

But everyone in the conference can't all win; somebody has to lose games too.

So, it just as well be Rutgers, they're good at it.

02/14/2018 - 5:29pm Doubt there

are many on this blog that recognize that (or any other for that matter) parody of a Jimmy Buffett song.

02/10/2018 - 4:59pm Well,

glad you clearly aren't being inflammatory.

LSA is invaluable on this blog. You aren't.

If LSA has any fault, its being too tolerant of certain posters that have accumulated so many of the precious MGoBlog points.

02/05/2018 - 3:48pm I was wondering what the

first of the 2 NFL games you watch per year.

One (but not the other) of the conference championship games? Doesn't make sense.

The Pro Bowl? Nah, NOBODY watches the pro bowl.

Dying for football and thus the Hall of Fame game in the summer? That really doesn't qualify as football.

Then I realized it has to be the Lion's Thanksgiving day game.

01/30/2018 - 7:05pm I dunno

do you think it will take a hit?

01/30/2018 - 10:30am This was my immediate thoughts

The football team had 16 (reported) cases for a roughly 100 player roster, or a "rate" (obviously this does not count the number of years and players coming or going) of 16%. Izzo had 4 (reported) player instances for a 15 player roster, or a "rate" > 25%.

So the argument can easily be made that Izzo's performance is worse than Dantonio's.

But both are and have been really bad in controlling and dealing with this.

01/26/2018 - 10:53am By my math,

Ryan's record was 40-23-16, not 40-17-16 (I don't think you included the 6 losses from his last season).

01/22/2018 - 3:17pm I do.

They called it The Hash Bash.

01/21/2018 - 2:59pm Sure he could

Lois Lane didn't call him the man of steel for nothing, you know.

01/21/2018 - 1:50pm I've seen this movie!

It didn't work out too well for the people that went on the camping trip.

01/19/2018 - 12:43pm I don't think the current

cramped 4 game run ending with Rutgers this Sunday is all due to the NY tournament thing.

Each team tends to play 1 game during the week and 1 game during the weekend. After Rutgers on Sunday, Michigan plays at Purdue (Thursday), Northwestern (Monday - consider this the weekend game) and Minnesota (Saturday).

Thus, in the coming 2 weeks Michigan has a 3-game stretch where they would normally would play 4 games. I think that skipped game was inserted in during this 4-game stretch. The Maryland or Nebraska game probably should have been in between Northwestern and Minnesota.

So I really don't think this current cramped schedule is due to the BTT being moved up.

01/16/2018 - 6:44pm e-mail Seth or Brian

How the hell else are we supposed to get back black for MGoPoints?

MGoPoints and cash are pretty much interchangeable at a 1:1 rate. That is what the beveled guilt button is for.

But every once in the while MGoBlog has a sale and you would get a better rate. I think the next one is President's Day, when everyone else has their white sales. Wait until then, save a little bit of cash and for a few thousand bucks and your points will be golden (well, back in the black, anyway).

01/13/2018 - 2:49pm Beilein's teams often

peak later than this. Maybe they haven't peaked yet... If not, then they have the ability to beat anyone.

This team had a really good week; too bad that the refs stole a chance for them to beat Purdue.

01/13/2018 - 10:46am He was definitely my all-time

He was definitely my all-time favorite announcer for college football, and might be for any sport.

He was smart about the game, genuine, entertaining and energetic without being over-exuberant. Hasn't been one like him since.