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01/16/2019 - 11:29am I believe Zadina was a bit…

I believe Zadina was a bit of a special case because he was a Czech player and there was a real question if he would be "A" eligible.  But it was determined in his favor so the Wings has the option of putting him in GR.

01/16/2019 - 11:22am I know you are joking but I…

I know you are joking but I don't get the under-appreciation for Howard.  He's actually having quite a good season and has mostly played well for the last few years.  Maybe not elite but doing well.

01/15/2019 - 5:28pm I don't disagree with your…

I don't disagree with your comments but I would count De'Veon Smith among the successful group given that he was Michigan's leading rusher for 2 or 3 years (and multiple 750 yard seasons).

01/14/2019 - 3:48pm A decline is certainly…

A decline is certainly possible/probable but I think you are overstating the whole "collapse" thing.  Franklin is still a good recruiter, has some decent coaches and they still have some talent.  Yes I think they might take a step back but they will still recruit well and attract talent.

We had our our top 50 guy decide to transfer, lost some coaches and have some talent going pro.  I have more confidence in Harbaugh but Michigan's situation isn't too far away from PSU's.

01/11/2019 - 2:28pm So what would you rate…

So what would you rate Dwumfor?  Definitely not a bust but I am not sure "stud" fits either.

01/07/2019 - 5:38pm Yes, he is serious and quit…

Yes, he is serious and quit calling him Shirley.

01/07/2019 - 5:36pm It also code for taking the…

It also code for taking the easy way out and not trying to do it on your own.  So it could have been anything.

01/07/2019 - 4:20pm Because Harbaugh has a…

Because Harbaugh has a history of not working hard???  This is a guy that climbs trees for recruits and sets up summer camps all over the country.  Harbaugh is not perfect but he rarely is outworked.

01/07/2019 - 4:14pm Is there any evidence of…

Is there any evidence of that or just pure speculation?

01/07/2019 - 10:19am Yes, I mean that game was…

Yes, I mean that game was great being up double digits basically the entire game and yet a small part of me was still frustrated with the calls.  Fortunately, the offense was pure fire in the first half.

12/20/2018 - 1:59pm I assume those would be…

I assume those would be lemon chicken wings? :-)

12/19/2018 - 11:46am I think this makes a lot of…

I think this makes a lot of sense.  Question: Is Hill so good that he could potentially play CB (or at least CB3) his first year since that is generally an easier transition.  He seems to have the speed for it.

12/19/2018 - 11:44am I will have what you're…

I will have what you're having.  I love the optimism but I just cannot get beyond the losses of Gary, Winovich, Solomon, Bush and potentially 2 CBs to think that the D will not take a substantial step back.  Offense will improve but I think the offset will be about equal (offense improvement = defense losses), and that assumes that Shea comes back.  But I guess never doubt Don Brown.

12/19/2018 - 11:33am I am thrilled with Hill and…

I am thrilled with Hill and Charbonnet but to say that Harrison doesn't move the needle at this point is...................just wrong.  Not optimistic but landing ZH would be great, especially after losing so much on the D line.

12/14/2018 - 3:47pm "During the Michigan -…

"During the Michigan - Northwestern broadcast on BTN, Jon Crispin was seized by a moment of insanity and said that Michigan had no great players. Ignas Brazdeikis is a great player...."

I don't think that Crispin was that far off, depending on your definition of great.  Crispin may be using "great" in the sense of "dominating" and in that way, I am not sure that any Michigan player is dominant (Iggy maybe the closest overall and Z or Teske looking at elite defense).  But I think Crispin has a point that no specific one individual is primarily responsible for Michigan's success.  And I think that can be a team strength and also a credit to the coaches.

12/14/2018 - 3:39pm This is a thoughtful…

This is a thoughtful response and I second this viewpoint.

12/12/2018 - 11:38am Sure.  I bet he wants to…

Sure.  I bet he wants to fire him right after Harbaugh called Brown the greatest coach he has ever worked with.

12/11/2018 - 2:16pm Yes, and we have had a…

Yes, and we have had a similarly rated recruit (Peppers) be a Heisman finalist, a playmaker in the backfield and an absolute joy to watch play.  Personally, I would take another serving of that so I hope that Hill flips back even though I think it's very unlikely.

12/11/2018 - 11:14am Michigan has 3 guys with 30…

Michigan has 3 guys with 30 or more receptions before the bowl game so that narrative is not only tired, it's inaccurate.

12/07/2018 - 9:55am Dylan was a borderline 5…

Dylan was a borderline 5-star when we recruited him (I think the #1 or #2 pro QB at the time).  He later fell down the rankings a bit but was a strong QB recruit.  McNamara is a strong 4 star.  Yes, I think we all hoped top QBs would be easy pickings but it's not like QB recruiting has been sub-par.

12/07/2018 - 9:49am I find it hard to believe…

I find it hard to believe that OK would not approve this if faced with (1) we are taking TX so join or be left behind, plus you get a bunch of $$, or (2) stay with OK St., watch the Big 12 fall apart and....profit???

12/06/2018 - 4:11pm Iggy is a good shooter for…

Iggy is a good shooter for being a freshman IMO.  Assuming he can improve his shooting a bit (quite likely) he can be a solid 3 point shooter.  I am not convinced that he cannot play the 3 in the NBA.

12/06/2018 - 3:51pm I am just as much a fan of…

I am just as much a fan of hockey but it's more difficult to watch the games (FU BTN+) as I am out of market.  I generally tune in to the message board posts during the same to keep up on the scores (a huge thank you to those that pass along the scores live!)

I remember standing in line for season tickets back in 1989 when the program was just getting back to a top level program.  I was back in A2 for the championship seasons in 96 and 98. A hockey championship would be almost as satisfying as one in football or basketball.

12/06/2018 - 3:37pm My understanding is that's…

My understanding is that's an exaggeration of what Sam said which was that the loss raised some questions and concerns that needed to be answered but I thought there might be some optimism that Michigan had recovered.  Did I miss some follow up bad events?

12/06/2018 - 3:08pm If given the choice, I would…

If given the choice, I would take football over basketball.  But not by that much.  Plus it would be so cool to see Coach B get a title after 40 years as a head coach.  He certainly deserves it.  So while I might prefer football, I think basketball would be just as satisfying.

12/05/2018 - 10:46am Well he is a former Duke…

Well he is a former Duke player and Duke was slapping the floor long before MSU thought that was cool.

11/29/2018 - 4:20pm No, that's the type of hire…

No, that's the type of hire that someone makes when it seems like a good idea.  I thought it was a hire, so did Brian and many others.  In hindsight it looks terrible.

You could accuse Harbaugh of doing that when he hired Don Brown (hiring an outside guy who is achieving success elsewhere).  And I think we are all happy about that decision.

11/29/2018 - 4:15pm I don't disagree that Johns…

I don't disagree that Johns is probably more ready but I would pick DeJulius just because I think the need for a backup good ball handler is greater.  We already have plenty of frontcourt depth and I am not convinced that Brooks can effectively run the show against better or more high pressure teams.

11/29/2018 - 2:41pm I thought Matthews was the…

I thought Matthews was the player of the game.  His defense, energy and (gasp) great shooting really allowed the team to pull away.  If he plays (and shoots) that way consistently, this can be a final four team.  If not, then we will be very good but not great, IMO.

11/29/2018 - 2:36pm I would call Nova an elite…

I would call Nova an elite program right now but not a blue blood.  IMO that terms means a long history of sustained, elite success.  Nova does not qualify.  And yes, I remember 1985.

Without Jay Wright, Nova does not have elite recruiting.  Duke, Kansas, UNC, Kentucky, etc. all have that.

11/29/2018 - 2:32pm I still view MSU in the top…

I still view MSU in the top tier with Michigan.  Yes, Michigan is off to a better start but MSU has quality talent and good PG play.  I still view MSU as head of the main pack for sure.

11/28/2018 - 4:52pm Because Georgia got whooped…

Because Georgia got whooped by All-World LSU?

11/28/2018 - 11:52am If a recruit is thinking…

If a recruit is thinking about leaving his hometown and coming to Michigan, he is plenty of a Michigan fan.  As fans, we want him to come to Michigan.

11/28/2018 - 11:49am Purdue with 6 wins and coach…

Purdue with 6 wins and coach leaving vs #7 team in the country with coaching stability and excellent DL coaches.  Yep, can't see any reason by Karlaftis would want to switch.

11/27/2018 - 3:46pm Don't worry, Urban will have…

Don't worry, Urban will have forgotten all about the successful game plan by next year.  He will deny he knew anything about it.

11/27/2018 - 3:34pm Huh.  I don't see his arm…

Huh.  I don't see his arm strength as a negative.  He doesn't have a plus arm but it's not a negative either.  Has a good release, is mobile and has shown some beautiful throws on occasion.  He will never have elite size but I think pocket awareness and progressions are the thing holding him back from a top-2 rounds grade right now.

11/26/2018 - 10:01am Pretty sure Haskins didn't…

Pretty sure Haskins didn't do a feet first slide on that play so he is not entitled to any special protection.  Isn't that the rule?

11/21/2018 - 3:32pm I must have missed the part…

I must have missed the part where it was clear he was heading to Clemson.  What happened in the last week?

11/21/2018 - 3:17pm Last year, yes.  Our…

Last year, yes.  Our offensive efficiency this year is top 20.  This game was tough because of the red zone issues but our offense generally dominated the game.  If you have not noticed, we are putting up some pretty solid number on O this year.

11/21/2018 - 3:12pm Are you surprised that our 3…

Are you surprised that our 3-4 star DE (Chase) is playing at an All-American level or that our lowish 4-star LB is one of the best LBs in the country?  Not to mention the 3-star Metellus.  Oh and our second best DT is the 3-star Dwumfour.  How about 3-star B Watson who has played at a very high level this year?

11/21/2018 - 3:08pm That's not even close to…

That's not even close to stomping.  IU player's leg moves, Chase may or may not have meant to step on him but nothing close to stomping.  72 also has a cheap shot on Paye (called), Gary and also against Mone in the back in the clip above.  That guy was Mandarich on roids so no, I am not giving him any benefit of the doubt.

If Chase did mean to step on his leg, I am not condoning it but equating the two is not fair either.

11/20/2018 - 2:36pm Okay but Kwitty Paye would…

Okay but Kwitty Paye would have been a "reach" and that is shaping up quite nicely.  Actually, Dwumfour also and he is progressing quite nicely.

11/20/2018 - 12:57pm You have obviously missed…

You have obviously missed quite a bit in your life.  We will just add these items to the list.

11/19/2018 - 5:54pm I appreciate the post.  It…

I appreciate the post.  It is surprising to me that OSU's defense is top 40.  It certainly feels like they have to outscore even decent teams (see Maryland).  No surprise that the offense is highly ranked.  I anticipated this would be a tough game but now I am even more concerned.  Thanks a lot.  j/k

11/19/2018 - 5:22pm What?  UGA is on par with…

What?  UGA is on par with Emory?  Tell me more because that is news to me.

11/19/2018 - 5:15pm I think meditate is probably…

I think meditate is probably better but whatever works I guess.

11/19/2018 - 5:14pm You cannot get specific…

You cannot get specific performance (i.e. force someone to work for you) for personal service contracts.  In theory, OSU could sue him for damages but that's not going to happen.  The reality of these situations is that another school cannot hire him without compliance with they buy-out clause.  If he retires or takes a year off, OSU cannot force him to coach (nor would it want to).

11/16/2018 - 4:09pm First, thanks for doing this…

First, thanks for doing this.  I enjoy the "star" debate and this brings gobs of relevant info.

Second, I am not necessarily disagreeing with you but the following jumped out:

Runyan: Been tracking him closely ... Is he the best left tackle in the conference this year? I think so--I liked him better than Wisconsin's pair and that is the only true competition.

Ruiz: ...Hard to tell about line calls but I'm pretty sure he's doing a great job there and that's a secret reason Michigan has the best OL in the division.

I mean these two statements are just mind-blowing and not because they are necessarily false.

11/15/2018 - 3:13pm Well he made Purdue the best…

Well he made Purdue the best team in the B1G.

 

/s

11/15/2018 - 3:02pm In my view, there should…

In my view, there should have been two fouls on the Nova player.  One for the initial ball contact foul and then a technical for the shove.  I am okay with Z getting the foul (although I think flagrant was a bit much).  But we should have gotten at least one free throw out of it (and maybe the ball back).