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11/14/2018 - 2:32pm Surprised at no Gentry. He's…

Surprised at no Gentry. He's a fourth-year player, a 6-7 TE, doesn't have a lot of receptions because Michigan doesn't throw much and his blocking isn't terrible. I was assuming he'd be gone, and maybe he still will. But man it would be nice to have him back.

11/01/2018 - 2:18pm Among the countless…

Among the countless fantastic analogies contained in this column over the years, the Hindenburg is a contender for GAOAT (Greatest Analogies of All Time).

10/27/2018 - 1:52pm I was in the student section…

I was in the student section at the opposite end zone. When Indiana tied it, we were completely deflated. No way was Michigan going to be able to come back. My roommate and I had smuggled in a 12 pack and I was gathering the empties so I could return them for the 10 cent deposit. I was bent over and saw the ball in the air after Wangler threw it but then somebody moved in front and then everyone went nuts. I never saw the play until Michigan Replay the next morning. I missed the greatest play in the history of Michigan Stadium for $1.20.

10/25/2018 - 3:16pm You've never been to a…

You've never been to a kegger in the MSU dorms.

09/22/2018 - 4:54pm Not just starters, but guys…

Not just starters, but guys who rotate a lot. If Paye's injury is serious, that is very frustrating that it occurred with six minutes left in the game. If he can't go next week, who rotates in? Ruben Jones? I think he is still at WDE. Otherwise no idea.

09/19/2018 - 11:27am I'm at the age where…

I'm at the age where trusting your memory is never a good idea. Good job doing the research and setting things straight. Too bad that video isn't available anymore but you did fine forensic work with what was available.

09/18/2018 - 3:15pm These write ups are so…

These write ups are so excellent. This made me think of that video from the Stanford-Virginia Tech Orange Bowl where Harbaugh was mic'd. He kept yelling "back door! back door!" If memory serves, sure enough the tailback hits that backside gap and is off to the races for a long TD. I just tried to track down the video and couldn't find it, but I'm pretty sure that was the deal.

09/17/2018 - 11:10am An insightful and enjoyable…

An insightful and enjoyable read as always. I hope you're right about Evans going out with cramps. It looked to me like he pulled up lame and grabbed a hamstring. That could be a real problem. Getting him the ball in space with short passes should be a bigger part of the offense, as Brian keeps  saying. Evans is so good at making people miss, and shorter passes to a RB are great for keeping Patterson upright.

08/21/2018 - 11:31am I don't know which I like…

I don't know which I like better, the hilarity of the thing itself or the fact that you took the time to do it.

07/23/2018 - 10:45am Ron Johnson is a great…

Ron Johnson is a great choice for 40. Runners-up could include LB Ron Simpkins, who stripped the ball from USC tailback Charles White in the Phantom Touchdown in the 78 (I think) Rose Bowl. Also John Kolesar, the speedy WR who caught the bomb from Harbaugh to put away Ohio State in 85.

07/10/2018 - 12:05pm When I enter my kick starter…

When I enter my kick starter number, it doesn't show my order. I ordered two books and two electronic copies. Still haven't received the electronic copies.

06/13/2018 - 4:33pm I really hope the kid makes…

I really hope the kid makes the team as a walk-on, but even if he doesn't, it's still a moving story everybody should read.

04/17/2018 - 12:23pm They'll find a way to get

They'll find a way to get that commercial break in. Rules come and rules go, but commercial breaks are sacrosanct.

04/09/2018 - 1:01pm Ricky Green was one of the

Ricky Green was one of the most fun and spectacular players to watch in Michigan history. I've never seen a guy who could go from one end to the other as fast as Ricky. With backcourt mate Steve Grote, Phil Hubbard, John Robinson and Wayman Britt, Johnny Orr had a perfect team for his fast breaking style. Two of the hardest losses for me ever were the 76 game in Bloomington, where Bobby Knight intimidated the refs into costing Michigan a win over the Indiana team that wound up going undefeated, and the 77 tournament upset of top-ranked Michigan by North Carolina-Charlotte. Cornbread Maxwell of Charlotte showed the kind of player he went on to be for the Celtics. That was one of the great Michigan teams of all time.

03/18/2018 - 2:36pm Extremely well done, and in

Extremely well done, and in timely fashion.

03/06/2018 - 1:45pm I read that the Lexington had

I read that the Lexington had an ice cream maker, and some of the crew had time to eat as much ice cream as they could stuff into themselves before abandoning ship. That's the American spirit!

02/20/2018 - 2:24pm Beilein and Rome are the best

Beilein and Rome are the best and worst of the sports world.

11/22/2017 - 11:23am What a great story it would

What a great story it would be if O'Korn plays well enough on Saturday to pull off the upset. He's got a final shot at redemption as a football player (which he certainly doesn't need as a person). I'll be rooting for him extra hard. Go Blue!

11/20/2017 - 2:16pm Jon Gruden thinks about 3/4

Jon Gruden thinks about 3/4 of penalties called are wrong. He often doesn't directly criticize the officials, though. "Man, I just don't see anything wrong with that. Let them play football!"

But aside from him your point is well taken.

09/05/2017 - 4:28pm I thought so too, but there's

I thought so too, but there's really no way to tell how much of that is due to the natural size and athleticism of the players versus how much is due to strength and conditioning and nutrition. I still think Alabama's players looked bigger and stronger than everyone else's. They get bigger and stronger recruits, so again, there is no way to tell for sure.

06/25/2017 - 4:04pm Enjoyable and well-told tale

Enjoyable and well-told tale from a familiar time. I was a sophomore and sat with a group of degenerate friends in the student section. One guy sold his ticket for that game (he was a mid-level drug dealer always on the lookout for bucks). The guy who bought it had his girlfriend in tow and due to some foulup there was only one seat available. So she sat on his lap, wedged in between me and a friend. They declined to partake of the bowls of hash we were passing over them, or the beers we had smuggled in, and did not seem to enjoy our profane commentary. The game was massively frustrating despite our intake of mood enhancers. I went to the Ohio State game in 73, 75 and 79 and never got to see Michigan win.

05/06/2017 - 1:38pm I agree about Florida. I

I agree about Florida. I cannot remember another Michigan game that was so exhilarating right from the start. Close games are exciting; a wire-to-wire blowout of a quality opponent is exhilarating. Everything was clicking on all cylinders, the threes raning down, the Florida defense shredded. I kept waiting for Florida to make a run , but I don't think they ever got closer than 18. There have been others like that, but that one just sticks with me.

03/19/2017 - 2:51pm There is no Michigan coach,

There is no Michigan coach, football or basketball, I've liked as much as Beilein. I know it's sacrilege but Bo wasn't the kind of schematic wizard I love. Harbaugh is fantastic but I prefer the low-key decency of Coach B. The team's struggles last season and earlier this season were wrenching, as I hated to see him go through that, and I did wonder if he had lost his mojo. But I didn't think so. I thought he would find a way to get back on top if he was given enough time. Turns out he didn't need that much time at all. I am so happy for him, and for the kids he's brought to Michigan. He is an example of everything that's good about college sports, and for this when to come against Pitino makes it all the more satisfying.

02/26/2017 - 11:32am My grandfather was the men's

My grandfather was the men's counselor at the University Health Service during the 30s, 40s and 50s. He was essentially the school psychologist and dealt with many troubled students. On at least one occasion, he was called to the tower to dissuade a student from jumping. Apparently he succeeded, though he was very reluctant to discuss specifics from his job to preserve confidentiality.

01/11/2017 - 4:09pm Most college teams wearing

Most college teams wearing Nike this season have the same ridiculous thing with the numbers on the back being way too high, right under the nameplate. That makes the whole thing look off. Plus the numbers and font on the lettering are way too small.

11/21/2016 - 11:11am Excellent as usual. Something

Excellent as usual. Something about this game reminded me of a game against Penn State in which Henne was injured and Ryan Mallett got the start. In this game Smith did what Mike Hart did in that one, carrying the offense. Smith doesn't have the talent Mike Hart did, but he's every bit the warrior and it's wonderful to see him dominating in his last home game. He will be missed.

11/16/2016 - 1:42pm Mone seemed to play a lot

Mone seemed to play a lot more in this game than any other. At one point I even wondered if Glasgow might be limited by some injury. The snap breakdown in UFR will tell the tale.

10/30/2016 - 1:45pm Ohio State's been doing that

Ohio State's been doing that for years with the gold pants pin they get for beating Michigan. This year they will get de-pantsed.

10/11/2016 - 4:35pm I don't think this is an

I don't think this is an issue anymore, but back in the 70s Bo's teams often struggled on grass. I think the worst was the 71 Rose Bowl against Stanford. It had been raining before the game and the turf was coming up in big clumps. Stanford handled it much better and it contributed to their upset.

10/10/2016 - 2:29pm I've heard him say on a

I've heard him say on a couple of occasions that he likes putting more things on film so opponents have to prepare for  them. Losing the element of surprise is a factor I'd be concerned about if this staff wasn't so consistently good at coming up with wrinkles on top of wrinkles.

10/05/2016 - 4:31pm Butt Derangement Syndrome…

Butt Derangement Syndrome… I've heard about that. It explains Kim Kardashian.

10/02/2016 - 2:06pm Furbush played on special

Furbush played on special teams.

09/30/2016 - 2:12pm What a relief! Those defy all

What a relief! Those defy all the trendy splashy stuff that's almost everywhere these days. As somebody said, many teams these days wear costumes, not uniforms. These are the real thing.

09/29/2016 - 11:40am Rutgers is Austria-Hungary!

Rutgers is Austria-Hungary! Perfect!

09/02/2016 - 11:47am Robin Wright is a great

Robin Wright is a great reporter and writer, with many books under her belt. Her father was one of my dad's professors at Michigan law school in the 50s.

08/28/2016 - 2:08pm Reminds me of my all-time

Reminds me of my all-time favorite Mgoblog lede. I think it was Ace who covered a high school game between Jake Butt's team and Taco Charlton's. The result:

IN RARE REVERSAL, BUTT DEFEATS TACO

08/13/2016 - 1:42pm Both my grandfathers

Both my grandfathers graduated in 1924. One of them was on the faculty for 30 years as the men's counselor at the Health Department. My dad got three UM degrees before he ever moved out of his parents house. I have pictures of me at games when I was two, and I can recall watching the 71 and 72 OSU games on TV. But it was the 73 game when I was 13 that was the first Michigan game I remember attending, and after that epic I was hopelessly addicted. We were sitting in the end zone where Mike Lantry missed his field goal attempts. They sure looked good to me, but I was sitting next to a cousin who was smoking weed so I may not have been seeing straight.

08/12/2016 - 12:45pm Yes.

Yes.

07/30/2016 - 4:41pm They had to change the font

They had to change the font because what else could they change? I'll reserve  total judgment until I see these on players, but I hate to see the change. I've been a fan since the early 70s and every uniform change since 97 has been for the worse. Last year was the best since 96, if not 75. It looks like the numbers may be a bit smaller too, which I really hate. Maybe it won't be so bad…

07/27/2016 - 3:11pm There's fifth-year senior

There's fifth-year senior fullback Bobby Henderson, who hasn't played yet but probably will. He is the classic FB that Poggi and Hill are not, or at least were not last year.

06/23/2016 - 4:44pm Great post. I somehow managed

Great post. I somehow managed to know a lot about Wallenberg without knowing he went to Michigan. He was one of the greats from that terrible period of history. His fate at the hands of the Soviets is worse than tragic; he deserved so much better.

02/19/2016 - 1:54pm The whole thing is brilliant

The whole thing is brilliant and devastating, but this is the sentence that finally broke me… Into uncontrollable laughter: "A few years later we're fighting over the sanctity of waking up in vomit that may or may not be yours."

02/16/2016 - 10:46am I loved watching Jamie Morris

I loved watching Jamie Morris play. He was drafted I believe by the Redskins even though he was considered way too small for the NFL. (His brother Joe was a longtime New York Giant.) I remember one game late in the season when the Redskins had been eliminated from playoff. They decided to see what they had in Jamie and handed him the ball almost 40 times. Tough, tough kid.

02/10/2016 - 1:54pm Interesting that Hackett said

Interesting that Hackett said he believed Gary was offered "incentives". Could he have been referring to Clemson? After a wow visit like that the natural tendency is to think it's another Treadwell to Ole Miss. But Gary and especially his mom don't seem like the kind of people who would succumb to the bagman. I really hope one day the whistle gets blown on all this stuff.

02/09/2016 - 2:41pm That's my reaction exactly.

That's my reaction exactly. As long as they find another week for off-time, it sounds great.

02/08/2016 - 1:52pm Also no mention of Jaron

Also no mention of Jaron Dukes. I haven't heard anything about either one leaving.

02/07/2016 - 3:54pm My favorite lede ever on

My favorite lede ever on Mgoblog was when Ace (I think) covered a high school game featuring Jake Butt's team against Taco Charlton's team:

In Rare Reversal, Butt defeats Taco

02/06/2016 - 4:36pm The first half of the Florida

The first half of the Florida game was the most beautiful basketball I have ever seen from a Michigan team.

02/05/2016 - 4:00pm Bubba Paris springs to mind.

Bubba Paris springs to mind. Nice juxtaposition between first name and last name.

01/15/2016 - 2:44pm Great memories from 77. I

Great memories from 77. I remember watching the Marquette game, but I'd forgotten that Green was out and virtually everything else about it except Marquette's asinine uniforms. Those 76 and 77 teams were more fun to watch than any Michigan team ever, with the exception of the 2012 tournament bunch with McGary firing on all cylinders.