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11/07/2018 - 3:12pm Do points help cure BPONE? …

Do points help cure BPONE?  Asking for a friend...

11/06/2018 - 5:02pm The way I see it, if they…

The way I see it, if they have nothing left to play for that may help us.  I could see some of them packing it in.

The bigger problem is if they can win impressively against Sparty and start to get a belief they can win and have something to play for.

I am hoping for OSU to lose on Saturday.

11/06/2018 - 4:49pm I think it's also an…

I think it's also an important factor that Michigan lost its first game of the season (with new QB), on the road, to another playoff team (likely), and played them roughly even.  If Michigan can add a B1G championship to that, I think it's very unlikely it would not make the playoff.

11/06/2018 - 4:44pm Not sure I agree.  First,…

Not sure I agree.  First, you do whatever you need to do to make your team better/improve.  If that means giving more throws to Shea or more snaps to the backup QB, fine.

You also need to keep the team healthy so unless you are working on specific things, getting a decent lead and then pulling seasoned players like Shea, Gary, Winovich, Bush, the CBs, etc. makes sense.  However, I can see playing the OL and other DL members longer into the game.  Ideally you get your backup QB a good amount of snaps before true garbage time.

I don't want any really close games but to me it makes no difference if we win by 20 or 45.  What matters is whether you are improving.  Michigan's resume will be strong enough if we win out.

11/06/2018 - 4:38pm Most of them are not playing…

Most of them are not playing for free but your overall point still stands.

11/06/2018 - 3:15pm Um, I would like to have…

Um, I would like to have what you are having.  I know the trendy thing right now is to think that OSU is terrible but they have great players and still have 2.5 weeks to get better.  To me that game is a toss-up at this point.  Michigan is better but it's on the road.  I would be happy with 200 yards rushing in the game.  Your take is, let's say, a bit optimistic.  OSU is not going to let us run for that much.  If they have to, they will bring guys into the box and force Shea to make passes.  The only way we run for 350 is if we get up big early and they just quit.

11/06/2018 - 1:49pm Sorry, I cannot agree with…

Sorry, I cannot agree with that one.  Mattison not only has been a long-term part of the staff and has shown to be an excellent recruiter, he also was a very good DC for Michigan.  As good as Warinner has been, he has not done all that for Michigan.  Besides, making huge decisions based on a bit over half a season is not always smart.  No doubt he has done a great job and may be due a raise, but let's not go crazy.

11/05/2018 - 3:31pm I agree with this take.  So…

I agree with this take.  So much depends on things that a defensive player really cannot control. The the slight difference results in ejection or clean play. The PSU DB looked to be headhunting but he just could not get up high enough.

11/05/2018 - 11:47am So I get your general point…

So I get your general point and I don't like this either or a school not honoring a scholarship.  But the timing of 2020 vs 2019 is important in this context.  It's also important to note that Michigan has in the last few years quite a few instances of getting in on guys early before other teams have been recruiting them.  This may have been an instance where they offered early and then some things changed.  It's not great, but given that it is over a year out from signing, it's not exactly a stain either.

11/02/2018 - 9:38am I know he is easy to…

I know he is easy to overlook especially given the contract but I really think that Mike Green is doing some good things for the team.  He has faults but his composure with the puck on a team with many young players is valuable.

11/01/2018 - 10:49pm Just like the WRs are…

Just like the WRs are coached to get their hands on the DBs and push off to gain separation.  In most cases, the WRs have at least as much holding and grabbing.

11/01/2018 - 1:30pm I tend to agree.  He is…

I tend to agree.  He is playing at a high level basically all season.

OTOH, I think Miles Sanders should get a star (if not Johnson also).  Usually I am arguing too much respect for the opposition but in this case, I think they are being sold short.

10/31/2018 - 2:50pm Thanks for posting this.  I…

Thanks for posting this.  I purchased a maize jersey, bib shorts and arm warmers this spring (the Pactimo ones) and I am very happy with the fit, performance and look.  Probably going to purchase another set so thanks again.  Love these.

10/30/2018 - 2:05pm It's okay.  James Franklin…

It's okay.  James Franklin probably missed those as well.  He was too busy trying to call time out.

10/27/2018 - 10:37am Not if Michigan (or OSU…

Not if Michigan (or OSU really) were to win out.  Bama has the reputation yes, but the strength of schedule is quite bad.

10/26/2018 - 4:14pm Well I don't agree that 1997…

Well I don't agree that 1997 was the only relevant team in recent memory.  That's significant disrespekt for many other good team including 2006 and 2016 that were pretty darn impressive.  If you said championship, then yes.

10/26/2018 - 4:10pm I don't think that is…

I don't think that is accurate.  Many (not just a few, including me in a few select cases) wondered about offers to Metellus, Runyan (because of the legacy, not in spite of it), Paye, Bush (because they focused on him rather than others), Higdon, Gil and probably many others.  I was not vocal but many others were.

I didn't include Hudson because nearly all of us were on board and seemed to feel he was underrated.  Or Uche because Don Brown.

Also, many questioned bringing in Shea but now that appears to be a very important pickup.

Harbaugh is not perfect and in general I want UM to be recruiting at an even higher level, but his talent ID for finding underrated guys is pretty impressive.

10/26/2018 - 3:54pm Aren't we do phrasing…

Aren't we do phrasing anymore?

10/24/2018 - 5:01pm Also, this was a news item…

Also, this was a news item that was addressed in today's UV post on the main page.

10/23/2018 - 12:58pm You will never believe what…

You will never believe what happened next...

10/22/2018 - 4:29pm And they may be.  Purdue…

And they may be.  Purdue could be a tough match-up but I will still take that over a match-up with Wisky's OL.

10/22/2018 - 12:01pm Agree with this.  He never…

Agree with this.  He never seemed to be one to take cheap shots and just played the game as it was meant to be played.

10/21/2018 - 5:14pm You forgot to include the…

You forgot to include the blue bar for the MSU rushing game.  Oh wait...sorry, I could barely see it. :-)

10/19/2018 - 7:10pm As mentioned below, I am on…

As mentioned below, I am on Dish so that may differ but the UNC/Cuse game is showing on NBC for me (in Raleigh).  I show Ill/Wisky on FoxSports1.

10/19/2018 - 7:07pm Good question.  I am on Dish…

Good question.  I am on Dish network and right now the channel guide shows UM/MSU for tomorrow on Fox but thanks for the alert.

10/19/2018 - 9:43am I think that's overly harsh…

I think that's overly harsh.  I would say Patterson is definitely an above-average B1G QB but is not Heisman-level for sure.  I think his accuracy is fine.  I will agree that the reads/decisions have been average or worse and the timer being off is accurate but if you look at the transformation of the offense, that's somewhat understandable.  That said, his ability to run and improvise are well above average so what we are getting is a very dangerous QB with very high upside that is playing inconsistently and at times making things harder than they need to be.  But play design has a role here also especially against zone coverage.

10/18/2018 - 12:05pm Yea, I mean what did that…

Yea, I mean what did that peppers guy ever do for us?  Oh, Heisman finalist?  I guess that was okay.

But that JBB guy?  Oh, our starting tackle who is showing great improvement?

But what about that Dwumfor guy?  Oh, good rotational playmaker on the DL.

Yes, what a bust recruiting these NJ guys.

/s

10/16/2018 - 3:17pm  I would not assume that…

 I would not assume that other players go to class, even if located in Columbus.

10/15/2018 - 5:00pm That Duke was recruiting.

That Duke was recruiting.

10/15/2018 - 12:23pm Beat State.  Beat State. …

Beat State.  Beat State.  Beat Ohio.

10/15/2018 - 9:44am That's interesting because I…

That's interesting because I have (silently) been very critical of McKeon's blocking this year.  I thought he was good last year but this year he has had a number of terrible whiffs in previous games.  Now maybe that's because of a certain play design or because they are asking him to do difficult things.  But he has almost gotten Shea killed a couple of times whiffing on protection blocks.  Maybe he is better in open space.

10/12/2018 - 11:02am Question for discussion -…

Question for discussion - who would you put as our next candidates "dangerman" on offense?  Right now, I would say, in order:

1.  Ben Mason

2.  Gentry

3.  Cesar Ruiz

4.  DPJ

10/11/2018 - 5:08pm Okay but by the guidance, he…

Okay but by the guidance, he is still getting a shield then.  In fact, the shield moniker relates directly to NFL.  Everyone agrees Gary is a no brainer, first round pick, ergo, he should have the shield. Just because there are a bunch of good DL this year doesn't make Gary a worse player.

10/11/2018 - 5:01pm Sorry, not buying that, at…

Sorry, not buying that, at least individually.  He is that good because of (a) the great running game, and (b) great protection in the pocket.  That doesn't mean he's not good but a number of QBs could thrive in that scenario.  That being said, he is called upon to be a game manager, make some key throws and not screw things up and is doing a great job of that.  But better than McSorley, Shea and Haskins (and others)?  Not sure I agree.

10/11/2018 - 4:55pm I mean I get that Wisconsin…

I mean I get that Wisconsin is good on offense and the numbers support that but in the diagram, they would have 8 dangermen if not for a WR suspension (and still 7).  Given that level of supposed talent, they should either be an Alabama-esqe death machine or their coaching is incompetent.  I think Chryst is a good coach so IMO I lean towards 7-8 stars is a bit overrated.  Again, just my opinion but even with the "bad matchup" I personally would rather face Wisky's offense than OSU's.

I think Wisconsin will go on some long, grinding drives but I also think that this defense (even banged up) is good enough to stop them sometimes.  I also think that we will get some pressure on passing downs.  Oh wait, I forgot that holding is not called.  Scrap that.

10/10/2018 - 10:06pm If you seen Wangler's…

If you see Wangler's comments, he actually credits Durkin with challenging him and giving him tough love.  It appears it was not meant to discredit Durkin.

10/04/2018 - 11:51am Well one reason is that it…

Well one reason is that it appears he is learning pro-type concepts and reads in the passing game and his transition to the pros will likely be much smoother having spent at least a year at Michigan.  And I think his talent is being showcased just fine even if he is not throwing as many passes.  He may be ready now but it's not like another year would hurt him either.

10/02/2018 - 11:49am Michigan is 118 out of 129…

Michigan is 118 out of 129 teams for penalty yards per game, one of the highest totals in the nation.  Maryland is 125 by the way and Nebraska at 128 trails only S Alabama.

10/01/2018 - 11:48am Again, dumb response. …

Again, dumb response.  Undisciplined maybe if we were getting more holding calls on our OL, not number of calls on the other team.

10/01/2018 - 11:35am Well this is a really stupid…

Well this is a really stupid take.  I think Michigan players complain less than many teams.  E.g. Higdon never even complained about maybe the craziest holding call ever.

09/28/2018 - 11:27am Agreed.  DPJ is potentially…

Agreed.  DPJ is potentially dangerous not not polished enough yet to qualify as a "dangerman" to me.  Our offense overall is a bunch of good, but not outstanding players with Shea and Karan being difference makers and the two tackles being iffy.  The next strongest position is probably TE, but since it's 2-3 guys, no one guy is really a dangerman.  I am fine with that but yes, I would like to see at least one of the WRs really break out for several games.  They have both shown flashes.

09/26/2018 - 10:31am Agree with this.  He should…

Agree with this.  He should be a great compliment to Evans and Turner and a true power back.  The one variable that could limit him is pass protection but the guy plays LB and CB on his team and already at 225 and very physical, one can hope that he is at least a decent blocker.  Early enrollment should give a good shot at that.

09/21/2018 - 12:50pm I think that take is too hot…

I think that take is too hot.  Nothing to do with his HS tape.  It would be the combination of solid if not spectacular production, solid fundamentals, versatility but extreme athleticism.  The NFL has a history of taking those guys very high.  Sort of like Peppers in some ways.

I am not as critical on Gary right now.  Yes, he is not spectacular but I think he is playing very, very solid and just not flashing quite as much as we hoped.  So I would give him an A-.  Still very good.

09/21/2018 - 12:43pm So glad you said that.  That…

So glad you said that.  That was my take both live and upon replay.  It seemed to be the slip and indecision by Long (maybe b/c of the slip) that confused Hawkins.  Not that it makes it okay but it makes it understandable.  But most were putting it on Hawkins.  Thanks 

09/21/2018 - 11:22am Thanks for the explanation…

Thanks for the explanation and that makes sense.  Count me as one that has not seen much of NEB so your overview was informative and eye opening.  Seems they are more competent than I expected.

09/21/2018 - 10:46am One question, and yes I know…

One question, and yes I know it's a bit unfair.  Given that Barry came from no where but was awarded a shirt after 2 games, why no star for our laser-accurate Shea?  He is showing me to be a dangerman through 3 games.  And DPJ could be on the verge of one if he has a big game against a quality opponent.

It just seems strange to have our one star (and two blue circles) on offense going against 4 black shirts and one blue circle on their D and yet I feel overall this is a fairly even matchup.

09/20/2018 - 11:44am I keep forgetting that…

I keep forgetting that Hudson is out for the first half.  I keeping having this dream that he B1G realized that call was messed up, came to its senses and reinstated him.  Boy, what a weird dream.

But yes, given that SMU scored 20, we may give up some points.

09/20/2018 - 8:07am I would also add that IMO…

I would also add that IMO universities have or should have a higher ethical standard than private businesses regarding this issue.  Private businesses are there to make money.  Universities should, in part, be there to educate and strive for a certain standard.  In this case, we should expect that a university should adhere or aspire to a standard at least as good if not better than that of a private business.

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.