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11/14/2018 - 12:25pm Williams is a great story,…

Williams is a great story, and I'm pleased to see him succeeding, but I'd be a little surprised if he won.  The biggest knock on him is going to be the W/L split.  In A&M's 6 wins, he's averaging 160.7 yards/ the 4 losses he's averaging 48.8 yards per game (and that includes 107 against Auburn, before they struggled to run the ball and salt away the win). 

10/22/2018 - 6:16pm That's nice and all, but I…

That's nice and all, but I don't think that in 2018 the statements of the MSU Athletic Department have a lot of remaining credibility.

10/17/2018 - 9:03am Right?  Ovid might be least…

Right?  Ovid might be least offensive place ever!  Unless you're counting the smell when MMPA sprays the milk waste, but I thought they fixed that.  Or if you're talking about our token sports journalist.  He's definitely a Sparty slappy.

10/16/2018 - 5:14pm On the topic of parking,…

On the topic of parking, depends what you're looking for.  Munn Field is no more, but you can pay $30 to park in the Cherry Lane Park (and tailgate).  If you're cheaper, park in the commuter lot and pay $5 to take the shuttle bus.  If you're really cheap, park in the commuter lot for free and walk, it's about a mile and a half each way.  Decent amount of info here:

09/01/2018 - 2:03pm Everything was going…

Everything was going swimmingly until Mitrovic took that dumb handball. Point on the road is nice, but three would’ve been better. 

Also, FCC plays Pittsburgh tonight. Should be a great game, but I had to sell my tickets so we can watch M. Wish Michigan would play ND in the afternoon like God intended. 

08/23/2018 - 1:35pm I think that Indiana…

I think that Indiana deserves a lot of credit for firing Wilson.  He was their most successful coach in years and they did it on their own.  Let's not forget that if not for McMurphy, Zach Smith is still the WR coach at OSU.

In fact, Michigan and Indiana should establish a rivalry trophy and every year play for the Big Ten East Moral High Ground Cup.

06/13/2018 - 12:08pm I agree 100%, and was in a…

I agree 100%, and was in a fairly similar situation.  I coasted my way through three years in AERO and had a 2.7 GPA.  As a senior, I figured out what I wanted to do (jet engines), worked as hard as I ever have and barely scraped out with a 3.0.  That was enough to squeeze into a decent grad school program and I haven't stopped pushing since.

06/13/2018 - 11:40am There/their/they're....oh…

There/their/they're....oh how I miss the ability to edit my posts as the grammar flubs jump off the page.

06/13/2018 - 11:20am If their not hacking it in…

If their not hacking it in LS&A, what makes you think that they'll be successful in IOE?

I think that they need to address what you describe as the lack of passion.  Even with a marketable degree, this person probably isn't going to successfully market themselves without a passion for what they're doing.  I know plenty of people with very shiny degrees that aren't successful.  I know that there's a feeling out there that colleges degrees are the gateway to meaningful careers, but if your approach to college isn't about acquiring the skills that you need to be successful in the thing that you care about, then I really think that you're leaving an awfully lot on the table.

05/31/2018 - 2:06pm Moeller also produced Vada

Moeller also produced Vada Murray, if you want to go back a bit (and Barry Larkin if you want to consider M alums famous for things other than football).

05/30/2018 - 9:41am I was a pretty committed

I was a pretty committed lurker there, but I occasionally posted as umaeromajor.  Inspired by MGoBlog, I did launch a Michigan football/hockey blog around 2005, then transitioned to covering Texas A&M football when I went down there for grad school in 2006.  Despite voting in the blog poll for a couple of years, it never caught on and the chief contribution was convincing me that I was not meant to write about sports for a living.

05/29/2018 - 11:11pm USCHO...that takes me back. I

USCHO...that takes me back. I actually started reading MGoBlog sometime around 2004 when a USCHo user named FunkyMoses linked an article on his new blog.

05/25/2018 - 3:42pm Yeah, that's fantastic if

Yeah, that's fantastic if they'd proposed a stadium at Wasson and Madison.  Instead it was going to be hemmed in by a freeway, an active train track, and a factory (which may have been torn down eventually for a parking garage).  That leaves the east as the only way to approach from.  There's no appreciable parking in any of the squares and no way to get to the stadium from there anyway.

West End is two blocks from OTR, which has thousands of parking spots and the street car, which connects to the Banks and CBD.  (And OTR/CBD/Banks have as many bars/restaurants as the squares). 

05/25/2018 - 3:10pm Barring a complete overhaul,

Barring a complete overhaul, the traffic situation in Oakley would've been worse than the West End.  The West End is going to look significantly better on TV and appeal more to out of town visitors.  That whole area of Oakley is awash in fast food and big box stores.  Yes, it would've been great to walk from MadTree, but what else is there?  Oakley Square only becomes walkable if they create a way to cross the tracks somewhere other the Madison.  The only argument that you're making is that you're upset that you're going to have to drive a little further than you do now.

05/16/2018 - 2:54pm Stats seem to bear this out. 

Stats seem to bear this out.  Last year, Detroit was dead last in defensive efficiency (% of balls in play that turn into outs) at about 68%.  Best in the league was 72%, so it's fairly tight spread.  So far this season, they're sitting at 71%, good for 11th in MLB.

05/14/2018 - 2:12pm I had the exact same

I had the exact same experience circa 2000.  Lot's of recruitment by M, nothing from MSU.  I thought that was a little strange.  Both my parents were Sparties, I grew up fairly close to EL, took all my HS math through a special program on their campus, etc.   

05/14/2018 - 12:24pm This is a big part of it, I

This is a big part of it, I think.  Michigan overhauled the admission process in '03 or '04 (after the supreme court cases) and it got much more difficult to apply (mulitple essays, and not easy to find-replace from Ivy League apps).  Admissions had no data on how it was going to affect the matriculation rate and they ended up with about 10% more freshman than they actually wanted.  It was a real mess for housing as they had to find the equivalent of another dorm worth of beds to accomadate.  Lot's of freshman in places like Baits, Northwood, and study lounges that year.

05/02/2018 - 12:58pm I'm an Eagle Scout and I

I'm an Eagle Scout and I think there is real value in going co-ed.  It's unfortunate that's going to come at the expense of the Girl Scouts and I wish there was a better way to undo that ~100 year old divide.  Numerous camporees in Canada and the World Jamboree in Chile convinced me that coed is entirely compatible with the aims of the organization.

This won't solve the root causes of declining enrollment, though, and it won't address lousy council leadership, which are the real threats to the long term health of the organization.  (And yes, I'm still very salty about the forcible takeover of the various Michigan councils by Detroit-based leadership and the subsequent sale of many gems including Northwoods.)

04/17/2018 - 9:13am The Texas A&M offer is

The Texas A&M offer is encouraging.  Jim Turner has been pretty great at unearthing and developing elite college tackles (Luke Joeckel and Cedric Ogbuehi come to mind).  He's also a BC guy with deep NE roots, so I imagine he's a little salty to see Stewart heading elsewhere.

04/12/2018 - 1:56pm Tino's Pizza in Negaunee, if

Tino's Pizza in Negaunee, if you're in the area.

03/27/2018 - 1:29pm State News has the most

State News has the most thorough summary that I've seen of the allegations, and it just makes your skin crawl.  If you wrote this guy into a movie about the 1950's, the script might get rejected for being too over-the-top misongynistic.  Just awful.

03/27/2018 - 12:55pm Who did Strampel report to? 

Who did Strampel report to?  Now that I think about it, I really have no idea how org charts work in academic environments.  Does the President of the University have hiring and firing power for Deans?

03/26/2018 - 4:52pm I went to grad school at A&M

I went to grad school at A&M and live in Cincinnati.  In the five years that I've lived here, A&M played once at Vanderbilt but has yet to play at Kentucky or Tennessee.  SEC scheduling definitely sucks.

03/22/2018 - 4:54pm It did this past season, but

It did this past season, but I think this is the first year that they've been there.  It definitely floats around from year to year.

03/22/2018 - 1:27pm Depending on where you are

Depending on where you are around Dayton (big difference between, say, Springfield and Springboro) you might also be interested in checking out the Cincinnati Spirit Group.  Their watch party is at Kitty's downtown (and is definitely happening for this game):

  Kitty's Sports Grill 

   218 W 3rd St. 

Cincinnati, OH 45202 


03/18/2018 - 8:38am I think that it's a really

I think that it's a really hard year to predict what the committee will do. The Midwest is up this year at the expense of the East and Minnesota/North Dakota. No regional in the Midwest or Minnesota is going to be an attendance nightmare. Even BU squeezing their way in is more than offset by BC missing out. Very strange year.

02/27/2018 - 11:14am You're 100% correct.  I got

You're 100% correct.  I got into it the other day with a guy I knew from high school that kept repeating the "Michigan paid guys hundreds of thousands!" mantra.  The kicker was that up until a year ago, he was a sports anchor on a TV station in Michigan.  (That might say more about the quality of sports journalism, especially on TV.)  The point is that people don't care to understand the nuance of that situation, or what exactly Michigan did wrong.

02/21/2018 - 1:43pm "we wolloped Florida so bad

"we wolloped Florida so bad that their head coach is now our wide receivers coach"

I'd like no part of Brian Kelly, Michigan position coach.  Therefore, no thank you.

02/20/2018 - 12:48pm I disagree.  The #1 spot in

I disagree.  The #1 spot in the Pairwise seems still in reach for them and there are a number of dangerous teams in contention for the #15 spot.  The dropoff between #1 and #2 could be enormous this year.

02/15/2018 - 10:01am To be honest, it never

To be honest, it never occured to me that you could google the net worth of random Heisman winner's parents.  Next time I'll endeavor to meet your research standards, which apparently consist of finding trash websites that quote ass-pulled numbers.

02/14/2018 - 3:53pm I haven't seen this before,

I haven't seen this before, it's certainly interesting, although I wonder how much comes from that Deadspin story.  The thing about Manziel is that he comes from this background where there's no real indication of wealth.  Comfort maybe, but not that kind of money.  Then he hits it big and starts hanging out with celebrities, spending money, etc.  He gets caught up in an autographs for cash scandal and suddenly his family are oil tycoons from way back.  That's certainly convenient.

02/14/2018 - 1:56pm I always wonder where this

I always wonder where this stuff comes from.  I really think that if his parents were sitting on $50MM, his mom probably wouldn't have been working at the men's store on University in College Station.  But that's just me.

01/31/2018 - 3:02pm This is the perfect response

This is the perfect response to the MSU scandal.  I sincerely hope that it or something similar is finding its way into the hands of the regents.  Good culture only works if it's adopted proactively.

Also, you're the first media-type entity that I've come across who's tied in Dunnings.  I've been waiting for that to get brought up somewhere.  Unfortunately, the rot in Ingham County goes far, far deeper than MSU and I think that ought to be at least recognized. 

01/30/2018 - 11:00am I actually think the contrary

I actually think the contrary is true.  Dantonio is controlling the discussion to make the question "When he knew, did he act?"  But he recruited all of these players; got to know them, personally invited them to attend MSU.  By making it all about what he did after crimes were committed, he's trying to vacate responsibilty for creating the culture by casting this crew of bad actors.

01/30/2018 - 8:31am Izzo's situation certainly

Izzo's situation certainly seems more spinnable, even though so far he doesnt' seem to understand that he has serious questions to answer.  (Payne and Appling were never charged, maybe he asked Walton to live with him because he knew he was troubled, etc.)

The part that stuns me is that nobody is picking up the Auston Robertson thread and running with it.  Dantonio welcomed him to the team even though he couldn't sign an LOI because he was sitting in jail for something that was at least sex assault-adjacent.  Now he's accused of rape.  Dantonio has no ground to stand on for creating a safe culture on campus. 

01/10/2018 - 5:21pm I think this one would be the

I think this one would be the most jarring, though, as Elston has worked for Kelly since his CMU days.

01/10/2018 - 4:19pm Sure, but it's already a

Sure, but it's already a third of the way through January, which makes me think that it's not dropping in January.

One of my favorite things about this board is the diversity of knowledge of the posters (not the shitty ones that account for a growing number of the posts here).  Since it seems like the date might be slipping, it's entirely reasonable to think that somebody with connections in the AD might have heard something.

01/09/2018 - 1:49pm Be well, Ace!  I'm sure that

Be well, Ace!  I'm sure that you know this, but way more people read your work than frequently comment.  I can only speak for myself, but your writing brings joy and entertainment.  Excited for many more years of your commentary!

01/04/2018 - 4:29pm I saw Elko's name start to

I saw Elko's name start to percolate on A&M message boards a couple of days ago.  A&M made a massive offer to Aranda and got rejected last night.  I suspect that they were talking behind the scenes with agents of both and cut the offer to Elko late last night or this morning.  Based on the numbers around Aranda, it wouldn't surprise me at all to see Elko sign for $2MM+.  That seems nuts to me, but A&M dramatically increased in size through the 80's and 90's.  Those alums are beginning to enter peak giving years now.  The PUF means that A&M doesn't really fundraise for endowment, so there's lots of resources available for athletics.

01/03/2018 - 11:19am Correct.  At least one of the


01/03/2018 - 10:14am Correct.  At least one of the

Correct.  At least one of the A&M sites was reporting that A&M had a DC lined up, but that he was going to coach a bowl game before it was announced.  Don Brown was speculation that grew out of that, but since it appears that it was Aranda at LSU, who subsequently turned A&M down.

12/18/2017 - 1:54pm When Leo Henige came out of

When Leo Henige came out of Chesaning, they were were still part of the Mid-Michigan Conference with St. Johns, Owosso, Ionia, Mt. Pleasant etc.  Very much a small school playing up against larger competition (although they were in the 'B' divsion with Ovid-Elsie, Alma, Corunna and Durand, but they'd play two or three of the big schools every year too).

12/16/2017 - 7:57pm Actually, the Flint River

Actually, the Flint River flows NNW out of the city of Flint and eventually joins the Saginaw River, emptying into Lake Huron.  Walled Lake doesn't appear to have an outlet, but falls within the Huron River watershed, which eventually enters Lake Erie.

12/15/2017 - 2:38pm I'm on my second year of

I'm on my second year of interviews.  This year they stressed a lot more than last year that the interviews weren't usually a factor.  I will say that my experience last year was that the quality of the interview had no correlation to who got in (small sample size, obviously). 

I usually try to stress to the applicants that it's an opportunity for admissions to learn a little more about them and that the interview can't hurt, only help.  It's absolutely a recruiting tool though...they were much more open about that this year too, so I try to be upfront with the applicants about that.  Half of my role is to answer their questions and help explain the campus experience better.  Michigan Difference and all that.

12/15/2017 - 1:38pm I realize you're probably

I realize you're probably looking for an exact date, but the admissions website says "no later than Dec 24th."  Seems likely that you'll know by the end of next week.

12/14/2017 - 2:04pm I'm jealous, it's on my

I'm jealous, it's on my bucket list.  When they find their way back into the Premiership, it's going to be fun to convince my wife that we need to go London for a soccer game.

12/14/2017 - 11:16am Yup.  Time for the Big Ten to

Yup.  Time for the Big Ten to start thinking about sending Rutgers packing.

12/12/2017 - 9:54am Yeah, when I posted, I didn't

Yeah, when I posted, I didn't realize that he had graduated from San Jose St and was more like a grad transfer.  My point remains, Yost would've absolutely taken the Ole Miss transfers; the 'good old days' that the OP is harkening back to never existed.

12/11/2017 - 5:50pm I agree!  It's an affront to

I agree!  It's an affront to the historic honor of college football to improve the team through transfers!  How dare this Yost guy bring in a transfer like Willie Heston!  Doesn't he know that Michigan wins with Michigan men!

Wait, what were we talking about?

12/07/2017 - 5:36pm Michigan hasn't taken many F

Michigan hasn't taken many F from the NAHL (at least since the USNTDP moved to the USHL) so I'm not sure how Olmstead projects.  I paged through the NAHL commit lists and the only M F's that I found were Max Shuart and Adam Winborg.  Here's that list.

Shuart didn't score much in the NAHL, so that's not a great comparison.  Winborg was fairly prolific, and at least last year that translated into some secondary scoring for M.  Olmstead is quite a bit smaller than Winborg, so I'd be surprised if they have similar styles, but it seems like a good bet that he'll be the kind of player that sticks around for 4 years and chips in some goals on the 3rd/4th lines.