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09/23/2018 - 9:52pm Woke up this mornin' feelin'…

Woke up this mornin' feelin' fine 
There's somethin' special on my mind . . . 
Somethin' tells me I'm into something good!

09/21/2018 - 11:22pm Fortunately, I've still got…

Fortunately, I've still got this.

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09/21/2018 - 11:11pm Points work. Then they don't…

Points work. Then they don't work.

09/21/2018 - 5:07pm For all my posts here since…

For all my posts here since the switch to MGoBlog 3.0, I've felt like this guy was responding to me:

09/21/2018 - 4:54pm Sure, why not? Sure, why not?
09/21/2018 - 4:53pm (No subject)
09/21/2018 - 4:51pm (No subject)
09/21/2018 - 11:55am Don't knock guys who are …

Don't knock guys who are "just average joes".

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They can dodge wrenches, so they can dodge balls.

09/21/2018 - 11:43am Also, his mother was a…

Also, his mother was a hamster and his father smelled of elderberries.

09/19/2018 - 2:42pm It's so easy, you even can…

After you copy the URL for the link, you can insert the link in text within your comment by highlighting the text, clicking on the link icon in the bar above the comment box, then inserting the link in the "Add Link" box.

09/19/2018 - 2:42pm It's so easy, you even can…

It's so easy, you even can post the LINK with one word.

09/19/2018 - 1:57pm Jay Harbaugh Interview re:…

Jay Harbaugh Interview re: Michigan Running Backs

09/19/2018 - 1:54pm Shea Patterson Interview

Shea Patterson Interview

09/19/2018 - 1:47pm (No subject)
09/18/2018 - 6:02pm (No subject)
09/18/2018 - 5:21pm THAT might be interesting.

THAT might be interesting.

09/18/2018 - 1:34pm I didn’t watch the show, but…

I didn’t watch the show, but after watching the clip, I thought that Rachel Brosnahan, who’s great in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (one of the few nominated shows that I’ve seen), was given an opportunity for what might’ve been a most memorable comment.

Larry David asks, “So, Mrs. Maisel. . . . How am I doin’?”  

When Rachel Brosnahan paused before saying anything, I thought that she was about to say, “ Pretty good.  Pretty, pretty, pretty, . . . pretty good!”

09/18/2018 - 1:19pm (No subject)
09/18/2018 - 1:12pm Although I have a suspicion…

Although I have a suspicion about who umbig11 really is, we never might know his true identity.*  Nevertheless, his deep-insider comments here since he became an MGoBlogger on July 21, 2010 have established his credibility.

One person’s pessimism is another person’s realism.  Questioning the TONE of umbig11's comments since the season began may be fair, but I don’t think that you can reasonably discount his perspective.  He seems to be close enough to the team to have witnessed practice sessions, interview sessions and maybe even coaching-staff and team meetings to know more about the Michigan football team than anyone who posts here.

Remember the poster who touted Karan Higdon?  I’ve forgotten his name and never knew whether he’d been Karan Higdon’s high school coach or just a close friend of the Higdon family. He was intimately familiar with Karan’s background and skills.  Turns out that he was right about what Michigan could expect to receive from a relatively unheralded recruit whose commitment didn't receive overwhelming praise, but who’s now one of the captains of the football team.

Count me among those who trust umbig11's perspective about this Michigan football team AND among those who'd love to see his 8-4 prediction turn out to be too pessimistic by at least two more wins.  Go Blue!
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*  This board’s version of Bob Woodward or Lois Lane needs to start the investigation into umbig11's true identity.

09/16/2018 - 3:28pm Why do they call it the …

Why do they call it the “Coaches Poll”?  Shouldn’t it be called the “Graduate Assistants/Sports Information Directors/Sports Information Office Interns” Poll?

Can you just imagine Nick Saban, Dabo Swinney, Ed Orgeron, Jimbo Fisher and all the other coaches who vote in the Amway Coaches Poll* sitting down early this morning, reviewing the game films from all the teams in the country and then deciding where to rank the top 25 teams?

For that matter, can you imagine ANYONE doing that?__________________________________________

*   For snarling wolverine, former Nebraska quarterback Turner Gill of Liberty (who was 28-2 in his three seasons as the Cornhuskers' starting QB) and Chad Lunsford of Georgia Southern get to vote in the Amway Coaches Poll, as do Big Ten coaches Jeff Brohm (Purdue), Mark Dantonio (Michigan State), DJ Durkin (Maryland -- yes, THAT DJ Durkin who's on "administrative leave" from being head coach at Maryland), P. J. Fleck (Minnesota), James Franklin (Penn State), Scott Frost (Nebraska) and Urban Meyer (Ohio State). LINK to List of Voters in Coaches Poll

09/14/2018 - 1:27pm I just noticed that it's my…

I just noticed that it's my eighth MGoBlog anniversary today.  As a long-time Red Sox fan, I might have to indulge in one of these to celebrate the occasion.

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09/14/2018 - 8:21am Happy National Cream-Filled…

Happy National Cream-Filled Donut Day, MGoBloggers! Indulge Carefully! Go Blue!

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09/08/2018 - 1:39pm That could get crazy.

That could get crazy.

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09/07/2018 - 10:16am My last camping trip didn't…

My last camping trip didn't turn out too well. 

09/07/2018 - 5:29am Just Guessing

Defense loses…

Just Guessing

Defense loses 12: Rashan Gary, Chase Winovich, Bryan Mone, Devin Bush, Khaleke Hudson, Tyree Kinnel, Lavert Hill, Brandon Watson, Lawrence Marshall, Noah Furbush, Casey Hughes, Reuben Jones

Offense loses 7: Shea Patterson, Karan Higdon, Grant Perry, Zach Gentry, Juwann Bushell-Beatty, Grant Newsome, Nolan Ulizio

Special Teams lose 3: Berkley Edwards (not on scholarship), Jared Wangler, Joe Hewlett (not on scholarship)

Not sure about Ben Bredeson and David Long.  There also might be some unexpected transfers.  Doubt that Reuben Jones and Nolan Ulizio will be offered another scholarship year.

09/07/2018 - 5:24am For those who might have no…

LINK for those who won't get the reference.

09/07/2018 - 4:32am Happy National Beer Lovers…

Happy National Beer Lover's Day, MGoBloggers! Stay Thirsty! Drink Wisely! Drive Safely! Go Blue!

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09/05/2018 - 12:55pm In fact, one well-trained…

In fact, one well-trained monkey was used as the primary beta tester of MGoBlog 3.0.

09/05/2018 - 12:30pm Some may ask, "Who are these…

Some may ask, "Who are these people?"  Here's a link to the list of the first 100 signees of the AAF.

09/04/2018 - 9:01pm Didn't Jim Harbaugh and…

Didn't Jim Harbaugh and several members of the Michigan football team express their appreciation for Brenda Tracy after she met with the team last month? LINK  While it might've been more appropriate to have Denard Robinson serve as the honorary captain for the upcoming game against Western Michigan, those who've expressed displeasure with Harbaugh's selection of Ms. Tracy as the honorary captain for the game might want to express their anger directly to the coach and members of the team.

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As important as Brenda Tracy's work in discouraging date rape and domestic violence is, and those of us who've got sisters, daughters, granddaughters, nieces or cousins who could be victimized by those acts might have no objection to Harbaugh's decision to shed light on the subject to the wider audience of Michigan football fans and college football fans, offering the honorary captaincy to "Shoelace" would've been a far less controversial option.  After all, let's not forget what happened nine years ago tomorrow. 

09/04/2018 - 8:28pm Much rides on the next five…

Much rides on the next five games.

If they continue to have problems on offense and lose any one of the next five games, especially if it’s at home to Maryland on October 6 in the Homecoming Game (a division contest), then 6-6 could happen with losses to Wisconsin, Michigan State, Penn State and Ohio State. If they win each of the next five games and show steady progress and consistently good play, then 9-3 with splits in the games against Wisconsin, Michigan State, Penn State and Ohio State could happen. However, a 9-3 record with losses only to Notre Dame, Northwestern and Wisconsin would be . . .
09/04/2018 - 3:22pm There’s always been…

There’s always been something unfair about reviewing plays after the fact because we can’t really know what play was called, whether blocks were made and routes were run as diagrammed and practiced, AND whether the quarterback on a pass play considered more than one option before the pass was made.  As an example, there’s a play on the final drive that I might quickly, but unfairly criticize.

On first and ten at the Michigan 45 with a 1:10 left to play and Michigan not managing the clock well, Patterson made what seemed like a smart throw to Gentry who was moving from left to right and had no defender closer than four yards away.  Gentry dropped a ball he might’ve caught 99 times out of 100 in practice.

Looking at the play again and pausing the video, it appears that Patterson already turned his body to the right and was throwing to the spot where he expected Gentry to be. Had Patterson not turned his body to the right, he might’ve spotted Grant Perry running from left to right and away from his defender in the middle of the field.  If Patterson could’ve led Perry on a throw down the middle, the outcome might’ve been different.

Maybe that pass to Perry wasn’t the play that was called.  Maybe Perry only got free because his defender saw Patterson turn and start to throw to his right.  Maybe Patterson didn’t have a clear view of Perry or enough to make that throw.  Maybe Patterson would’ve overthrown or under thrown Perry. Maybe the usually reliable Perry would’ve dropped the ball.

09/03/2018 - 1:54pm Embed for Board

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09/03/2018 - 11:18am LINK to news release for Big…

LINK to news release for Big Ten Football Players of the Week. Ambry Thomas was Co-Special Teams Player of the Week with Antoine Winfield, Jr. of Minnesota.

Thomas's 99-yard kickoff return for a TD was the fourth kickoff return touchdown of 99 yards or longer in program history and the first since 1994.  His TD was the first of his career and the first kickoff return score by a Wolverine since Jehu Chesson's opening kickoff return for a TD against Northwestern in 2015.  

Michigan's last Special Teams Player of the Week was Kenny Allen (Oct. 31, 2016).

09/03/2018 - 11:05am Herman Munster?

Herman Munster?

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09/02/2018 - 8:21pm Western Michigan was down 34…

Western Michigan was down 34-7 at the half to Syracuse and lost 55-42.

09/02/2018 - 8:11pm Whatever has caused the…

Whatever has caused the downturn in the fate of the Michigan Wolverines football program, it's almost time to Reverse the Curse! 

09/02/2018 - 8:03pm It may be that longtime… It may be that longtime Michigan Wolverines football fans* are starving for the moment when they can say that it might've been a loss, but at least they made it to the national championship game and but for a bad call by the officials, they might've won it. Like after this happened:

*  Although I was born during the Truman administration, before one of my children enrolled as an undergraduate in Ann Arbor earlier this century, I didn't follow Michigan Wolverines sports as closely as I do now but I'm a longtime Boston Red Sox fan, so I feel the pain of Michigan football fans.

09/01/2018 - 8:48am Did someone say "Snowflakes"? Did someone say "Snowflakes"?
09/01/2018 - 8:38am (No subject) Hey, Brian Kelly, remember that little incident with Declan Sullivan when he was filming a practice session on a scissors-lift tower during a windstorm?
09/01/2018 - 8:36am Is Las Vegas taking bets on…

Is Las Vegas taking bets on which member of the Michigan Wolverines football team will be the first to say this to a Notre Dame player tonight? Diner - Hit You So Hard.gif

08/31/2018 - 6:22pm If you get that feeling when…

If you get that feeling when football and basketball seasons come around, then wait 'til you learn about ESPN's John Buccigross's picks in his NCAA Men's Hockey Pre-September Top 16. LINK  (HINT:  Charles Woodson will like where Michigan is projected.) 

#CawlidgeHawkey PreSeptember Top 16
1 Minnesota-Duluth
2 Michigan
3 Ohio State
4 Providence
5 Princeton
6 Boston University
7 Western Michigan
8 St. Cloud
9 Penn St
10 Notre Dame
11 Clarkson
12 NDakota
13 Minnesota St
14 UMass
15 Union
16 BC pic.twitter.com/9KGKYenxs2

— Bucci Mane (@Buccigross) August 29, 2018
08/31/2018 - 6:01pm Until then, the radar's…

Until then, the radar's jammed. 

08/31/2018 - 5:54pm Or we could listen to music. Or we could listen to music.
08/31/2018 - 1:02pm That's what I'd been…

That's what I'd been thinking.

K Jake Moody handling kickoffs.  DE Aidan Hutchinson in the defensive line rotation.  WR Ronnie Bell on offense and special teams.  Because DB Vincent Gray received some praise recently, possibly on special teams, if not also on defense.  If OT Jalen Mayfield’s only going to get a four-game redshirt audition, then it might as well be used in part in a game against a highly ranked team.

LB/ATH Michael Barrett’s uniform number has been switched from 6 to 38, so he might be expected to see some time on defense or special teams.  Because 5th-year FB Jared Wangler received some recent praise for his blocking, FB Ben VanSumeren might not see any action on offense, unless there’s an injury, but he might be on special teams.  LB Cameron McGrone is the only Michigan scholarship player wearing number 44, so there’s a chance that he’s also working on special teams.

08/31/2018 - 12:02pm Happy National Trail Mix Day…

Happy National Trail Mix Day, MGoBloggers!

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08/31/2018 - 12:36am (No subject)
08/31/2018 - 12:30am Ambry Thomas is ready to…

Ambry Thomas is ready to bring it on and help the Michigan Wolverines start the season with a victory in South Bend on Saturday night.  Go Blue!

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08/30/2018 - 11:49pm FUN FACT:  Wilton Speight…

FUN FACT 1:  By starting for UCLA against Cincinnati, Wilton Speight could gain the distinction of becoming the first QB who played for Michigan to have two wins as a starter against a team directed by one-time Ohio State Head Coach Luke Fickell.

FUN FACT 2:  Cincinnati's second opponent is Miami of Ohio. If Alex Malzone were somehow to start for Miami against Cincinnati, then each of the starting quarterbacks for Cincinnati's first two opponents this season will have been on the Michigan team that beat Cincinnati last season.

08/30/2018 - 11:54am (No subject)