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09/18/2018 - 4:27pm But maybe not if you want to…

But maybe not if you want to be a wizard with some ninja skills.

09/18/2018 - 2:42pm  The problem is that this is…

 The problem is that this is often the reality of college football.  Yes, we have played sloppy so far.  OSU has been clicking but Wisky, MSU, Penn State and others have played just as bad or worse and they were ranked just as highly.  Auburn lost at home.  FSU is beyond terrible.  Miami has been very bad.  UCLA and USC even worse.

Yes, losing to ND on the road was bad but not shocking and yet we are acting like the season is a disaster so far.  It's not.  I am slightly disappointed, yes.  It's unlikely but this team could recover to be quite good.  For once we have the QB to do it.  OL needs to solidify, we need some added depth from younger players and the D needs to step up just a bit more.  IF that happens, we may be in decent shape.  And it may not happen which will result in a very mediocre season.  But we are not there yet.

09/17/2018 - 6:18pm Like a black fly in my…

Like a black fly in my chardonnay...

09/17/2018 - 3:38pm "I can count on one hand the…

"I can count on one hand the number of guys on this team outplaying their recruiting ranking. Everyone pretty much is exactly who I thought they were going to be coming out of high school. I don’t know if that’s a good or bad thing, but it tells me that the importance of recruiting rankings cannot be overstated. I’m skeptical some of our lower ranked projects are ever going to amount to anything. On the flip side, guys like Shea, DPJ, Tarik, Nico, Bredeson, Ruiz, Gary, Hill, Long, etc are all looking like the stud recruits they were purported to be."

While overall I agree that rankings matter, I think that statements is a bit overblown.  I can point out plenty of counter-examples.  Winovich, Furbush, Higdon, Gentry, McKeon, B Watson (this year), Bush, Hudson, Metellus, and others have outplayed their rankings.  And certainly there are counter-examples of highly-ranked players not panning out yet that I will not name.

09/14/2018 - 1:23pm Class athlete, captain,…

Class athlete, captain, consistent producer, leader, benefited the community, spent his career with one team and almost certainly a HOFer.  Checks all of the boxes for a great career. 

Z, we will miss you but we would could not have asked for anything more as fans.

09/12/2018 - 2:52pm And then on the one or two…

And then on the one or two times that you break contain of guys bunched at the LOS, you may break a long one.  So that could also be part of the story.

09/12/2018 - 11:26am If only Jeremy Gallon could…

If only Jeremy Gallon could have been a productive receiver on the outside.  Boy that would have been nice.  

09/10/2018 - 2:08pm Also in Raleigh and also…

Also in Raleigh and also with the same concern.  Stay safe.

09/10/2018 - 11:59am Yes, I get why it's not…

Yes, I get why it's not reviewable given the lack of camera perspective but that's really a cop-out.  We already have the clear and convincing evidence requirement and would defer to the on-field call almost every time unless it's egregious.  That sure looked good but I am not sure it would be enough to overturn a call.  However, it should be POSSIBLE to review it in case it's clearly wrong.

09/09/2018 - 8:22pm Had the same reaction and I…

Had the same reaction and I wonder why this is not called.  It's just as dangerous as defensive facemasking and it has to be the most obvious.  Plus it's almost always intentional.  Should be an automatic call.

09/06/2018 - 1:42pm "The last drive SHOULD have…

"The last drive SHOULD have given the ball back to Purdue with 2 minutes left, but Lorenzo Neal committed a personal foul penalty after 3rd and long that was so fundamentally Purdue that it earned an engineering degree and had a difficult time conversing with members of the opposite sex."

Got to admit I chuckled quite a bit at that one.

09/05/2018 - 6:17pm Yes and MSU plays "up to"…

Yes and MSU plays "up to" Utah State so they get credit for a great, close win???

09/04/2018 - 3:32pm Assuming that we are going…

Assuming that we are going to wildly overreact to one game, then 9-3.  Obvious loss to OSU and likely loss vs Wisconsin but easy victories over PSU and MSU because they sucked way worse at home so they are each looking at 4-8.  There, did I do it right?

08/29/2018 - 5:43pm All the more reason to fix…

All the more reason to fix it then.  And MSU would not have a valid complaint to playing Michigan on the road consecutively since it received that benefit.  

08/24/2018 - 3:27pm "Probably not, but you're…

"Probably not, but you're wrong.  Or, at least, you're trying to generate a different tournament than the NCAA is.  They're looking for the teams that have accomplished the most over the season, not the teams that are playing the best basketball at the moment."

Not sure you are entirely right about that.  One piece of contrary evidence is that conference tourney champs (regardless of regular season records) get autobids whereas regular season champs do not.  But yes, in the past there was more of a focus on late season results while the recent push has seemed to be looking at the entire schedule and not just the late push.

08/23/2018 - 1:39pm I feel that same challenge…

I feel that same challenge in light of all the prominent scandals that go around basically unpunished and I am glad you were able to express that so well.  Keep on fighting the good fight.

08/23/2018 - 1:27pm That article is fairly…

That article is fairly misleading IMO.  I thought it was quite typical that walk-ons might get a one-year scholarship from time to time with the understanding that it was a one-year thing.  My perception might be wrong.  Now if the follow up was a similar letter with the amount of $0, that seems stupid more than anything but nothing wrong with "taking it back."

08/23/2018 - 10:35am Hate to say it but I would…

Hate to say it but I would be okay (maybe actually happy) going 10-2 if it included beating OSU.  Yes, even if it meant losing vs MSU.

08/23/2018 - 10:34am This is actually a realistic…

This is actually a realistic pick.  That would have us losing 3 tough road games (all to top 15 teams) but winning PSU, Wisc and all other games.  I know people would be disappointed with that, but it is entirely possible (and maybe likely by the percentages).  

Of course, it would probably be easier to handle that better if we went 9-3 but one victory was against OSU (e.g. losing against Wisc).  Are people okay with that?

08/23/2018 - 8:35am Sorry, I have no clear…

Sorry, I have no clear memory of Ohio State beating Michigan recently.  I deleted recent results.

08/21/2018 - 3:53pm For some people, yes.  But…

For some people, yes.  But from what I have seen, that's not an issue for Gary.  Seems to be a team leader and self-motivated.  People have been telling him he's #1 for years and it hasn't slowed him down.

08/20/2018 - 1:10pm Definitely would clear up…

Definitely would clear up much of the under-the-table cheating that goes on.  And for the best recruits, could create quite the bidding war.  It would be interesting to see how the NCAA would handle this.  Could a school offer a package (if you sign with us, you will get an endorsement deal with a free car, free apartment, spending money and a $50,000 stipend?  While challenging, I am all for it because it would lessen or eliminate the backdoor deals and the cheaters vs non-cheaters (or lesser cheaters) scenario that currently exists.  Would definitely be interesting to see.

08/20/2018 - 12:14pm Great points and I agree…

Great points and I agree with your perspective.  It does pose quite the dilemma for the NCAA though.  If this passed, undoubtedly many football and basketball players would get lucrative likeness or endorsement deals, probably many from boosters of their given university.  E.g. a Michigan booster wants Higdon to appear in business advertising or Bosa from OSU getting huge sums to endorse a product.  While regulations might be adopted to prevent an athlete from a endorsement deal based on which school the athlete chooses, once at the school, I assume the athlete would be free to endorse.  Athletes would be more likely to profit by going to the schools with the biggest donor programs.  Generally that would benefit Michigan greatly but I can see how that would be problematic from a competitive balance viewpoint.  So it's an interesting discussion.

08/17/2018 - 9:43am That's not the only logical…

That's not the only logical conclusion.  When the report is issued, we can understand which people were interviewed and involved and often find out what procedures were followed.  For MSU, we learned that it was really an internal CYA procedure, not a true investigation/review.

08/17/2018 - 9:37am Was reading my HTTV…

Was reading my HTTV defensive preview last night, getting stoked for the season opener.  Looks like another great season.

08/16/2018 - 4:01pm Nice research and…

Nice research and information but I do feel like your diary needs at least a mention of the ND forfeited games in the main body.  No matter your feelings or perspective on the matter, it's more than just a footnote - it's the official position as of now.

08/09/2018 - 12:19pm Not buying it until I hear…

Not buying it until I hear Zordich say that they suck.

08/06/2018 - 3:20pm Really hoping it works out…

Really hoping it works out for Cole.  What a great player for Michigan.  Played at a very high level despite numerous moves and playing out of position.  Never any complaints, total team first guy.

08/03/2018 - 6:06pm I don't doubt that is how it…

I don't doubt that is how it may play out.  But any investigation would have to reach out to Courtney and others, correct?  Are they going to say they tried to interview her and she refused?

08/03/2018 - 6:02pm Actually well stated.  And…

Actually well stated.  And thanks for your discussion.  We, especially fans, bring a strong bias in analyzing these details.  It seems clear that if this was reported to Gene, the university had a duty to conduct an investigation and interview witnesses.  Although I might be wrong on that.

08/03/2018 - 5:46pm If this was reported, I…

If this was reported, I believe the university would be required to initiate an investigation and interview witnesses, correct?

08/03/2018 - 2:34pm Plus that Brady guy.  He…

Plus that Brady guy.  He never amounted to much either.

08/02/2018 - 3:22pm Or this could simply be a…

Or this could simply be a case of throwing a bone to a guy that has been working very hard.  May mean nothing.

08/02/2018 - 10:53am I disagree.  If you have an…

I disagree.  If you have an incident in 2009 that's one thing.  But then if you get notice in 2015 that something has happened again (including possibly with pictures and evidence) then that is certainly a call to report, intervene, whatever.  Even if you made a mistake ignoring it the first time, the second time it happens calls for a higher level of diligence.

08/02/2018 - 8:10am Ugh.  Can we not have this…

Ugh.  Can we not have this post?  First, no one has been fired yet.  Second, it looks terribly pathetic to be excited as to what recruits we might scoop up.  Let's just do what we do and worry about getting our team and program to the highest level it can be.

08/01/2018 - 3:00pm Sorry but that's just the…

Sorry but that's just the wrong take here.  It's not about getting revenge or getting even.  It's about removing someone immediately from a position of power and authority that has lied and failed to protect others.

07/31/2018 - 2:38pm Yep, I was just going to…

Yep, I was just going to mention the Shelby AC Cobra.

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07/26/2018 - 4:03pm I laughed thinking to myself…

I laughed thinking to myself, "maybe someone created another Daxton Hill thread since I visited two hours ago and read the three page Hill thread after previously reading the Hill thread before that. I should check MGoBlog just in case."  So I checked MGoBlog and there you go...

07/26/2018 - 9:53am The gray background is…

The gray background is definitely an improvement.  But it leaves me wondering whether I would have noticed the change had someone not mentioned it.  Ah getting old...

07/11/2018 - 10:07am To be fair, there are some…

To be fair, there are some crazies in every group although I would venture to say that the percentage is probably a bit higher among the OSU fans than the Michigan ones.  There were well documented stories about a former Michigan lineman (the name is escaping me at the moment) whose mother was basically assaulted in Columbus years ago.  But as you say, those are generally the exceptions rather than the rule.

07/11/2018 - 10:02am Fair points.  I think the…

Fair points.  I think the natural assumption is OSU because of location and that Urban is such a recruiting machine right now.  It seems hard to believe that OSU could lose out so I think some people create the narrative or speculate that he likes one school or another.  He may very well like all 3 equally and it just going over the pros and cons like all of us would.  Obviously we tend to think that Michigan is the best choice but realistically he has great options.

07/10/2018 - 11:22am I drove an SUV for nearly 20…

I drove an SUV for nearly 20 years but with my kids growing up and space becoming a bit less of a concern, I recently moved to a sports sedan for the handling/driving fun.  Ideally I do favor a hatchback for the ability to load bigger things on occasion but for me the handling trade-off of an SUV was no longer worth it.

07/02/2018 - 4:33pm I left A2 over 10 years ago…

I left A2 over 10 years ago so I am out of date on the current situation and I don't know anything about about Jack Eaton.  But I have had several direct conversations and experiences with Chris Taylor and found him to be intelligent, thoughtful and caring.  He would definitely get my vote if I were still around to participate.  Take that for what it's worth.

05/29/2018 - 4:50pm Thanks for the very even

Thanks for the very even handed response.  I held on to my last car for 15 years so I get the value of sticking with something that works.  But yes, the fun of a new toy is good also.  This is no doubt an impractical purchase for me but one that I wanted to take a chance on.  It will be interesting to see how the industry adjusts (if it does) going forward.  Cheers.

05/29/2018 - 3:15pm "I'd rather take a car with

"I'd rather take a car with 18mpg but that rarely brakes, "

To each his own but you should probably let your liability insurer know about that.  :-)

Edit: Damn, beaten to the punch.

05/29/2018 - 2:52pm Two weeks ago, I filled up my

Two weeks ago, I filled up my car at the station for the last time.  I brought home a Tesla Model 3 on Friday and have made the move to an electric car.  Still figuring it out and I know there will be bugs and bumps along the way but the combination of power, handling and efficiency feels ground breaking.  So far, the car has exceeded my hopes and expectations. 

05/29/2018 - 2:47pm Took delivery of my Model 3

Took delivery of my Model 3 on Friday.  Still getting used to it and there proabably are a few bugs I will notice later but for now I love the car and it beats my expectations.  

05/17/2018 - 1:34pm Yes, I remember that and,

Yes, I remember that and, although I didn't look at the rankings, slightly more recently the Traylor, Baston, etc. class might have ranked up there.  But that's going back 25 years ago.

05/17/2018 - 12:35pm When was the last time we

When was the last time we felt Michigan had realistic chances with 3 separate top 35-ish guys?

Obviously we will not get all of them but recruiting definitely feels energized.

05/10/2018 - 1:07pm Sorry guys but if Bamba was

Sorry guys but if Bamba was on this year's team we would have played Wagner at the 4.  Wagner could do it on offense easily.  Defense would be a little bit awkward but not much more than playing Duncan as a 4 on defense in the post.  And you would substantially improve the overall defense by inserting Bamba instead of Duncan/Livers.

I think he's right, Bamba on this year's team would have been great.