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09/19/2018 - 12:57am That’s a handy reference.

That’s a handy reference.

09/17/2018 - 5:51pm Hot and humid days are one…

Hot and humid days are one flavor of fan endurance at the Big House.  I’ll tale it over freezing ass windy cold of November.  The first half took a long time.  Then the third quarter happened and you get a case of “heat frustration” as my wife calls it.  It was painful getting through the game.  But, it was a W, Shea looked good, DPJ and Zentry demonstrated we have a real passing offense for the first time since 2015.  We walked by the water spray tent (NE corner of the stadium near student entrance...get hot, walk through that bad boy for a few) on the way out and the long hot day was forgotten.  The crappy PI calls were not until much later in the evening.  

09/16/2018 - 2:08am SMU picked on Metellus until…

SMU picked on Metellus until he got the pick six.  In the second half, they picked on Kinnel.  Safeties on slot receivers is not our strength.  SMU worked to get safety mismatches.  While that was effective for them, the QB dropped some dimes at times.  Good coverage but the throw was right where it had to be.  Finally, the long, multiple PI penalties drive in the 3Q seemed to wear down our D.  We had over 10 min. advantage in time of possession, but by the time the 3Q was over, it was down to 2 or 3 mins.  It was a hot, humid day and it took a toll on both defenses.

09/13/2018 - 4:59pm I hope it’s not the dry rub…

I hope it’s not the dry rub your comrades used in London.  Kind of a “one and done” recipe?

09/13/2018 - 4:53pm I want zest.

I want zest.

09/12/2018 - 2:04pm Well...we thought D.L. was…

Well...we thought D.L. was well covered with talent, but maybe a bit thin.  Two games in we’ve been bitten by the injury bug and we’re wondering about the practice hype.

With Marshall and Solomon out causing a thin D.L., are the other players picking up enough slack that we could survive Big Ten play without them?  

Is Dwumfour improving enough through 2 games that we can survive life without Mo Hurst.

09/11/2018 - 9:40am He needs to bulk up some…

He needs to bulk up some more and get more zip on his throws, but he does look good when in there.  Thank God we have depth at QB so the next guy in isn't Russell Bellomy.  Let's hope he spends the year as #2 learning the ropes, because Shea looks really good and has demonstrated he can make some tough throws.

09/10/2018 - 6:49pm How dare you call me a…

How dare you call me a cocker spaniel.  I’m a springer spaniel, you dog shamer. 

09/09/2018 - 10:35am Did James Hudson play at all…

Did James Hudson play at all?  I was looking for him, but don't remember seeing him out there.  They really emptied the bench on the DL and OL late in the fourth quarter.  Rueben Jones siting.

They gave a cupcake the treating they should.  Let's do that again with SMU.  Listened to the Nebraska game while driving home and they don't seem very scary, so three wons in a row prior to Wisconsin.  Then we find out how far the team has progressed and hopefully get guys back who are hurt.

09/06/2018 - 2:02pm If we don't get the score…

If we don't get the score out of the 30s, then it's time to worry.  I think things will be fine and I also think Harbaugh will unleash the dogs for 4 quarters.  They need to get the bad juju out of their system.  The second/third string will score at least 1 touchdown.

49-10

09/05/2018 - 10:29am That's where I am.  No…

That's where I am.  No amount of play calling can overcome 10 of 11 guys doing the right thing on offense.  One guy goofs up and a play can go south in a hurry.  They need to get everyone on the same page and execute as required.  Leading through diminished expectations rarely works.  Harbaugh is challenging these guys to make the plays.  They need to do that.  I also think things were pretty vanilla for a QB and center's first game on the road, under the lights, with a good opponent.  This is where playing a cupcake at home would have helped.  Can we hold off on the panic until we see how the next 3 weeks go?

09/04/2018 - 2:24pm Given how much I've enjoyed…

Given how much I've enjoyed Hard Knocks this summer, I'll go with the Browns.  They definitely have more talent than last year.  Also, I picked Jarvis Landry in my fantasy league, so I need the Browns to do well.  The one handed grabs we makes are awesome and brainwashed me into picking him.

09/04/2018 - 1:36pm I've stated before that it's…

I've stated before that it's one game, the team has talent, and it's way too early to write the season off.  Never been a fan of opening with ND either at home or on the road.  First games need to be against cupcakes so you can work the bugs out of the system, because there are always things found lacking when you line up against another team.

Last year, our highest offense point total was 35 against Maryland.  We scored 33 against Florida, but that included 7 points by the defense.  We were playing starters deep into the fourth quarter in most of the easy games.  So, as stated above, we'll learn something from the cupcake games over the next 2 weeks.  If the offense continues to struggle, then we should all get worried.  If they can't get the second and third string at least a quarter of playing time, then be worried.  If they can work out the kinks and run up some scores in the high 40s and 50s, then things are looking up.

As for the defense, holding opponents to 10 points or less means were doing just fine.

09/03/2018 - 3:16pm I was deep in the BPONE…

I was deep in the BPONE during the 2008 season.  That was a killer.

I’m not there with this team at this time.  It’s one game.  ND had some good things happen for them.  We didn’t play well, especially the D in the first half.  Give Warinner time to coach up the line.  First game, road game at night may have forced some line up choices.  Let’s see how the younger guys play over the next 2 games.  Let’s see if adjustments are made.  

Lots of talent which is something I couldn’t say about the 2008 team.  There is hope.

09/03/2018 - 1:47pm Harbaugh doesn’t tip his…

Harbaugh doesn’t tip his hand on who will play.  That’s why it was pretty amazing he named Shea as the starter two weeks before the game.  Some different players are going to get a run on Sat.  As noted several times, the second quarter should be when the door opens.  I’m sure we’ll see Hudson play (still thinking he might start) and Mayfield, too, although that may be more of a second half thing.

09/02/2018 - 9:11pm Bo always said your biggest…

Bo always said your biggest improvement every year was from game 1 to game 2.  They now know where “the bugs are” in the team.  Much easier opponent to work out the bugs this week.

09/02/2018 - 12:41pm They started in shotgun. …

They started in shotgun.  That negates the drop time.  Jut seemed to be a bunch of dink and dunk calls in the first half.

09/02/2018 - 11:09am The defense gave up too many…

The defense gave up too many stupid personal fouls and other assorted gifts to keep giving ND life.  Hawkins probably wouldn't have been covering the TD play if Metellus hadn't gotten the boot for targeting.  We did a good job of beating ourselves at times.  QB contain was not good with Wimbush.  Need to play smarter after you've been burned a few times by QB runs on 3rd down.  Defense must be believing  its own hype.  Tone it down.

OL still a mess.  Not a good idea to take a patchwork line and play a quality opponent in game 1.  I've never been a fan of playing ND to open the season.  Can't remember if Bo ever figured that out, but Moeller sure did.  ND has good talent and it showed.  Hopefully, they can sort this out over the next three weeks before going on the road to NW.  Looking forward to the UFR to see who the most egregious offenders were, but maybe we'll see James Hudson at RT against Western Michigan.  I saw same bad TE blocking attempting to help on the edge and two guys blocking the same guy while the adjacent lineman ran free into the backfield.  Ugh!  We are going to find out if Warriner is a magician.  I really hope he is.

Patterson can sling the ball.  McCaffrey played well and clearly was not overwhelmed with the moment.  That was encouraging.  They just need some help.

Nico Collins looked good.  May be more than adequate to fill the gap with Black's injury.

Play calling seemed strange at times, but some of it had to be due to trying to cover for the OL.  Turns out you can't play call your way out of 4 guys in the backfield making life miserable for the QB.  Still, one long shot down the field was about it for the night IIRC.  You've got to do that more often and in the first quarter would be helpful to get the safeties to back off early.

Also, I avoided the snowflake threads last night.  Just didn't want to read all the meltdowns and bickering.  Morning after is usually better.

 

09/01/2018 - 10:03am So far the pattern of rain…

So far the pattern of rain shifting up into Wisconsin is holding.  The last thing they need is more rain, but hey, way to take one for the team.

08/31/2018 - 6:32pm I don’t have internet…

I don’t have internet through AT&T.  

Got my bill down to $100/mo including HBO and regional sports (so I can see Inside Michigan Football on Fox sports Detroit...also Red Wings games).  I have 3 TVs.  I got 2 4K clients.

08/31/2018 - 1:40pm How can you not love a face…

How can you not love a face like that?!

Didn't get a chance to shake your hand again when you were in Chicago and thank you for MGoBlog and all you, but please accept this virtual handshake and thanks.

08/30/2018 - 10:18am I too am older and remember…

I too am older and remember many screwy happenings in South Bend, but you'd think we are due to flip the script by now.  I'm believing regression to the mean will happen this year...fingers crossed.

08/30/2018 - 10:09am Congratulations!  I think…

Congratulations!  I think you'll be learning to moderate your cheering, lest you "wake the baby".

08/29/2018 - 5:52pm We just declare the Rutgers…

We just declare the Rutgers game as an alternate Jug Game.  We act like we are playing Minnesota.  The band plays the Minnesota fight song as the guest team.  We do a Minnesota themed half time show.  We hire a fake Goldy Gopher to walk the sidelines.  It’s not like there’s any danger of losing the jug.....  [Ok, there was the Brady Hole f-up, but he’s not here anymore]

08/29/2018 - 2:44pm Serenity now, serenity now…

Serenity now, serenity now.....

I guess we are going to find out if Warriner is a genius and has magic fairy dust to sprinkle on these guys, thus improving their play exponentially.  This post has convinced me that magic fairy dust has to be a thing.  Hudson and Mayfield only need fairy dust now.  In the future, they won't need it.

08/29/2018 - 1:42pm Hope Jansen is right about…

Hope Jansen is right about the offensive line --- They've learned the fundamentals from Warriner and have confidence in execution which allows them to focus more on what's going on around them pre-snap.

08/27/2018 - 2:08pm It's a new season.  Hope…

It's a new season.  Hope springs eternal.

Also...Shea Patterson is an upgrade at QB.  Ed Warriner should get more out of the O-line than last year's "two guys but who is in charge" OL coaching.  Freshmen receivers no longer freshmen.  The defense is loaded with one more year in Don Brown's system under their belt.  Don Brown himself!

We've had no luck since Hoke's first year.  Burned up too much good karma.  We have to regress to the mean, so why not this year?  Maybe OSU doesn't mentally show up for the game taking a win for granted?  Maybe we don't make mistakes on offense as we have the past few years and we take care of the ball and score.

I try to keep my expectations in check, but maybe this is the year we beat OSU and MSU and destroy the deathstars of the B1G!  

08/24/2018 - 9:06pm Hailstorm Alabama Hot Tub…

Hailstorm Alabama Hot Tub American wheat ale.  Thought I’d give it a try.

08/24/2018 - 1:31am Budapest is awesome.  Was…

Budapest is awesome.  Was there last spring and loved the place.  Had some awesome wine that they don’t export and their version of craft beer that was pretty good.  It’s the Paris of Eastern Europe.

08/21/2018 - 5:33pm I saw a certain movie this…

I saw a certain movie this past weekend that had “Its too late to turn back now” in the soundtrack, so that’s been stuck in my head the past few days.  It’s on my phone now.

I was watching the Vietnam documentary by Ken Burns and “Are you experienced?” by Jimi Hendrix was used in a segment.  I’ve been digging through old Hendrix tunes, too.  Are You Experienced? is coming out on hi-def SACD in about a month.  I pre-ordered a copy.  I’m sure it will sound way better than my beat up vinyl record.

08/21/2018 - 4:05pm Mine got delivered last…

Mine got delivered last Thurs.  [Western suburbs of Chicago]

Too early to be late?

08/21/2018 - 10:06am Seems like the tackles will…

Seems like the tackles will need some TE help with pass pro.  Let's keep Shea upright.

08/20/2018 - 2:28pm This is also one way to give…

This is also one way to give Shea maximum practice reps before the ND game.  He'll get the bulk of the work and that's probably a really good idea to make sure he's ready.  That's a very good idea.

08/20/2018 - 12:23pm Can't wait to see the snarky…

Can't wait to see the snarky Cheez-it cracker mascot stalking the sideline.  Somehow it feels like there's a psychic sense of harmony now in the universe.

08/20/2018 - 12:49am Damn Berlin Wall!

Damn Berlin Wall!

08/19/2018 - 10:33am IIRC, Larry Cipa was…

IIRC, Larry Cipa was peripherally involved in why Rick Mirer spurned Bo to attend ND.  The story was that Bo was doing an in-home visit with Mirer while an NFL game was on TV.  I think it was Monday Night Football.  Larry Cipa was in the game and a stat came on the screen that Cipa was the only Bo QB to ever play a down in the NFL.  Cipa was a backup at that.  Supposedly Bo tried to poo-poo the whole thing and make it clear to Mirer that this would not be his fate if he went to Michigan.  We won't discuss what happened with ND played M a few years later.

08/18/2018 - 5:51pm Thank you, Ponce De Leon.

Thank you, Ponce De Leon.

08/17/2018 - 10:10am The anticipation is getting…

The anticipation is getting to me.  Can't wait!  Bang, bang!

08/16/2018 - 6:40pm My seats at the stadium are…

My seats at the stadium are up high even with the goal line of the south end zone.  So, I watch the substitutions and formations both on offense and defense.  On offense, as the game goes along, you can begin to see the packages and plays and predict the plays.  If I’m predicting better than the opposing defense, then I’m happy.  If the other guys see what’s coming (a common experience in the Borges days), then I get worried.

08/16/2018 - 2:08pm Yuck!

Yuck!

08/16/2018 - 2:05pm I guess we are going to find…

I guess we are going to find out if Ed Warriner can pull two rabbits (OTs) out of a hat.  Here's to success!  At least three-fifths of the OL looks solid.

08/16/2018 - 10:25am Good times!

Good times!

08/15/2018 - 11:15pm Go with the cloud.  Let…

Go with the cloud.  Let someone else handle the hardware and backup responsibilities.  It also makes upgrading your PC/systems easier.  Just point your new system at the cloud.  I’ve got multiple PCs connected to the cloud.  They share data with each other and with my smartphone and iPad.  In the not,so recent past, I worked with Box, Dropbox, and SugarSync.  They all have pros and cons.  Let me know if you need some help.

As for anti-virus protection, Malwarebytes is good.  I’ve lived with McAffee for many years because my former employer (Dell) was a partner of theirs.  There’s some new predictive software that recognizes code patterns to protect systems that is enterprise focused today.  (I.e, expensive). I’m assuming it will trickle down to consumers in the next few years.

08/15/2018 - 5:21pm Mike Hart, but faster!

Mike Hart, but faster!

08/15/2018 - 1:44pm The style of offense I'd…

The style of offense I'd like to see us run is one where the quarterback stays upright and can complete long passes and I'd like some nice clean holes for the running backs, too.  Those kind of offenses look good no matter what plays they are running.

08/15/2018 - 12:05pm As the former owner of a…

As the former owner of a 2011 335xi, you should be nervous.  Maintaining a BMW is expensive, however, I must say my local dealer provided great service.  If something need to be fixed, they got it right the first time, every time.  The high pressure fuel pump was an Achilles heel for that car.  Mine failed during the warranty period, thank god.  I also had two fuel injectors fail after the warranty period which was a pricey repair.  Routine service stops aren't cheap either.  I loved the car and actually had some trouble parting with it in July in spite of the cost of keeping it on the road.

I have a 2001 BMW Z3 and I question my sanity each time it goes in for service which fortunately isn't very often.  Given its low resale value, a service stop is almost like buying my car back.

08/15/2018 - 10:17am How about a 1996 Nissan…

How about a 1996 Nissan 300ZX for $9995?

https://www.cars.com/vehicledetail/detail/705365291/overview/

08/14/2018 - 11:19pm We went to games to…

We went to games to endoctrinate my daughter.  She was 9 when she got to see the first OT game ever at the Big House...vs. PSU in 2002.  Made a big impression on her.  A few years later, we were sitting in the south end zone when she pointed to the student section and stated she will be sitting over there some day.  Then she did it.  Fortunately, the Rich Rod loss to Toledo did not derail her plans.

08/14/2018 - 9:56am And for the first time in a…

And for the first time in a long time, if the starting QB does get injured, we've got some guys on the bench that can play.  That's good.

08/12/2018 - 8:43pm Maybe he needs some…

Maybe he needs some motivation by...Satan!