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01/20/2019 - 10:09am The 17-0 start also might’ve…

The 17-0 start also might’ve disguised potential problems with this team that weren’t so obvious last season – wear and tear on the starters and contributions from the reserves.  Also, the parts missing from last season – Moritz Wagner (14.6 PPG, 7.1 RPG), Muhammad-Ali Abdur- Rahkman (12.9 PPG, 132 assists to 30 turnovers), Duncan Robinson (9.2 PPG) and, to a lesser degree, Ibi Watson and Jaaron Simmons, haven’t been fully replaced yet. 

Compare last season’s reserves (Jon Teske, Jordan Poole, Isaiah Livers, Eli Brooks, Jaaron Simmons and Ibi Watson), four of whom averaged at least ten minutes a game to this year’s reserves (Isaiah Livers, Eli Brooks, Austin Davis, Brandon Johns and David DeJulius), only two of whom (Livers and Brooks) are averaging at least ten minutes a game and only one of the other three (Davis) averages as many as five minutes a game.

The starters this season are playing more minutes a game than last season’s starters.  Last season, there were only two starters (Wagner and Charles Matthews) who averaged at least 28 minutes a game.  This season, three starters are averaging over 30 minutes a game and Iggy Brazdeikis is averaging 29 minutes a game.  Jordan Poole has gone from averaging 12.2 minutes to 32.7 minutes a game; Jon Teske’s averaging 27.2 minutes a game, up from 12.3 minutes a game.

It might be too early to see how the additional playing time for the starters and the lack of significant contributions from three of the five principal reserves will impact the rest of the season for this Michigan team, but the schedule won’t be getting any easier and seven of the final 12 games are on the road. 

01/19/2019 - 8:43pm What a week for teams ranked…

What a week for teams ranked in the top ten. Duke lost to Syracuse, Virginia lost to Duke, Michigan lost to Wisconsin, Virginia Tech lost to Virginia, Texas Tech lost to Iowa State and Baylor and Kansas lost to West Virginia.  Here's when the scrambling in the NCAA basketball rankings will give bracketologists of the world headaches to last until Selection Sunday.

01/18/2019 - 5:24pm NFL Mock Drafts tend to be…

NFL Mock Drafts tend to be all over the place. Most of them don't list their picks beyond the first round.  Many of them are worthy of ridicule. I suspect that there are several MGoBloggers who'd be able to come up with better mock drafts than most of them that pop up online.

For those who can't get enough NFL Mock Drafts (and who can withstand all the pop-up ads), WalterFootball.com has a database that currently includes 76 mock drafts, and DraftTek.com has a mock draft that currently lists their projections for all seven rounds of the 2019 NFL Draft -- and that severely undervalues some Michigan players (especially Devin Bush whom they drop to the fifth round.)

WalterFootball has Rashan Gary going to the Raiders with the fourth pick in the first round.  Here's their analysis:

The Raiders need to draft the best defensive player available, and there's an argument that could be made for Rashan Gary. Oakland needs to address both the edge rush and the interior of the defensive line, so this pick makes a ton of sense. 

Rashan Gary is an athletic freak. He wasn't extremely productive as a freshman, but he recorded five sacks and 11 tackles for loss in 2017. His teammates believe he'll be a top-10 pick.
 

Read more: http://walterfootball.com/draft2019.php#ixzz5d0571zqu

DraftTek has Rashan Gary going to the Bengals with the 11th pick in the first round. Here's their analysis:

Here, the Bengals select uber-talented defensive lineman Rashan Gary. Yes, Gary is listed typically ID'ed as a defensive end, and he may well end up playing end in the NFL, but I think his value will be maximized moving him around the line. In base, I would be comfortable with Gary as my run-stuffing LDE, but I think where he might be most effective is inside at 3-technique DT, where he can use his length, athleticism, and quicks to disrupt passing plays. Reminiscent of Chris Jones, who has emerged as a star in Kansas City, Gary has rare athletic traits that, if deployed effectively, could elevate any NFL defense. 

DraftTek has Chase Winovich going to the Redskins in the fifth round with the 142nd pick in the Draft, Karan Higdon going to the Texans in the fifth round with the 150th pick in the Draft, Devin Bush going to the Chargers in the fifth round with the 155th pick in the Draft and Zach Gentry going in the seventh round with the 202nd pick in the Draft.

01/18/2019 - 5:32am Happy National Michigan Day,…

Happy National Michigan Day, MGoBloggers! Paint the State Maize and Blue! Celebrate Safely! Go Blue!

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01/17/2019 - 11:18pm People will come, Ray!

People will come, Ray!

01/17/2019 - 10:22am Josh Norris was selected by…

Josh Norris was selected by San Jose as the 19th pick in the 2017 NHL Draft.  His rights were traded to Ottawa last year.

01/17/2019 - 10:19am Wolverine Devotee, credit to…

Wolverine Devotee, credit to you for often drawing attention to some of Michigan's teams that wouldn't otherwise get that attention beyond the athletic department's official website, mgoblue.com.  I suspect that you might attend more sporting events for Michigan Wolverine teams than most of the people who post here.

As someone whose only connection to the University of Michigan is a child who's a "Double Wolverine", I still find it admirable that you've maintained your devotion to a university that you've never attended.

01/17/2019 - 9:56am (No subject)
01/16/2019 - 11:08pm While it’s understandable…

While it’s understandable for the grade for an athletic director’s performance to be weighted heavily on how well the revenue-producing sports perform, there might be merit to giving at least some consideration to the Directors’ Cup standings where Michigan is ranked second in the country in the final fall sports standings behind perennial leader Stanford. LINK

The Directors' Cup standings are based on performance in NCAA championship events, so a national championship or a top-ten finish in field hockey, women's cross country, volleyball or women's soccer is more valuable than a 14th-place position in the final FBS Playoff rankings.

Chances are that few MGoBloggers are aware that Michigan's women's cross country finished fourth in the NCAA championships, or that the field hockey team was one win away from reaching the final four of the NCAA tournament, or that the women's volleyball team was one win away from the elite eight in the NCAA tournament. Each of those teams scored more points for Michigan than the football team did in the Directors' Cup standings.

01/16/2019 - 6:43pm More like discrimination…

More like discrimination based on his depth.

01/16/2019 - 4:07pm So, we now know Nua's news,…

So, we now know Nua's news, no?

01/13/2019 - 10:32pm Norm!

Norm!

01/13/2019 - 10:23pm (No subject)

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01/13/2019 - 7:19pm Embed for Board.

Embed for Board.

01/13/2019 - 7:10pm West Virginia football might…

West Virginia football might've locked up the honors for all-time-greatest juxtaposition of names.dingle berry west virginia.jpg

01/11/2019 - 5:07pm You're travelling through…

You're travelling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind; a journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That's the signpost up ahead - your next stop, the "Twilight Mal-Zone".

01/11/2019 - 4:51pm By the time of the final…

By the time of the final episode of HBO's The Sopranos, former boss Corrado “Uncle Junior” Soprano was hospitalized with dementia in an assisted living facility, consigliere Silvio Dante was hospitalized in a coma, and both Peter “Paulie Walnuts” Gualtieri and Albert “Ally Boy” Barese were the reigning captains in the DiMeo/Soprano crime family, but "Paulie Walnuts" was considered an underboss to Tony while Pasquale “Patsy” Parisi was leading Tony’s crew.

Among Tony’s crew, Salvatore “Big Pussy” Bonpensiero was dead, Christopher “Chrissy” Moltisanti was dead, Robert “Bobby Bacala” Baccalieri, Junior was dead and Furio Giunta was missing in action.

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The scene in the final episode of Tony and Paulie seated together outside Satriale’s Pork Store was in stark contrast to a scene from one of the early episodes with many members of the “family" shown together outside the store.sopranos tony and paulie.jpg

 

01/11/2019 - 4:17pm The Campanile Football…

The Campanile Football Family of Northern New Jersey

They’ve got ties to several of the top northern New Jersey Catholic prep schools. LINK

Mike Campanile from 1990-1999 was head coach at Paramus Catholic where Jabrill Peppers, Rashan Gary and former Michigan player Drew Singleton played.  There, Mike coached his sons Vito who’s now head coach at Bergen Catholic and Nunzio who’s the previous head coach at Bergen Catholic and who coached running backs at Rutgers this past season.

Before joining Michigan, brother Anthony had been at Rutgers and Boston College after he’d been at Don Bosco Prep (Jabrill Peppers’ original high school before he transferred to Paramus Catholic).  Brother Nick’s the head coach at DePaul Catholic where Michael Dwumfour and Kareem Walker played.

 

01/10/2019 - 3:48pm Per reliable sources: Pep to…

Per reliable sources: Pep to Bismol.Pepto Bismol.jpg

01/10/2019 - 2:01pm Props for your pro tip.

Props for your pro tip.

01/10/2019 - 8:36am "How many vipers do we need?…

"How many vipers do we need?"  How many vindows you got?

01/08/2019 - 8:25pm For me Cassius "Cash" Green…

For me Cassius "Cash" Green in Sorry to Bother You is like Andre Hayworth/Logan King from Get Out had been transmitted to another universe.  I’m old (born during the Truman administration) and not a big fan of rap and hip-hop music, but I liked the film and that song has been in my head since I saw it.

01/08/2019 - 6:57pm Sorry to bother you, but I…

Sorry to bother you, but I see "Oh Yeah" and then I can't get this song out of my head. 

01/08/2019 - 8:16am Only partly serious.  There…

Only partly serious.  There are many reasons why Greg Schiano never would be acceptable at Michigan, and there might be only one reason to make him tolerable (if only for one year).

Just as Greg Mattison has intimate familiarity with the strengths and weaknesses of players who will be returning to Michigan next season and how Michigan's coaches prepared for Ohio State, Greg Schiano should be very familiar with the strengths and weaknesses of Ohio State's returning players and how Ohio State's coaches prepared for Michigan.  Was it Sun Tzu who said something about the advantage in battle of knowing your enemy?

I'm fully serious about suggesting that it might be a good time to elevate Chris Partridge to Co-Coordinator of Michigan's defense.

01/07/2019 - 8:48pm Obligatory. Obligatory.
01/07/2019 - 8:47pm Fewer. 

Fewer. 

01/07/2019 - 8:44pm Might this be a good time…

Might this be a good time for Jim Harbaugh to consider what Urban Meyer did and what Ryan Day is doing at Ohio State?  Pair an experienced, older coach with a younger coach who might be a rising star and make them co-coordinators.

Greg Mattison will be Ohio State’s co-coordinator on defense with Jeff Hafley who has both college and NFL experience.

If Al Washington is leaving and Don Brown is staying, then making Brown and Chris Partridge co-coordinators and letting them find new defensive line and linebacker coaches might work out well.

If both Don Brown and Al Washington are leaving, then Harbaugh might consider offering Greg Schiano a job and then have Schiano and Chris Partridge serve co-coordinators for the Michigan defense in 2019 and let them choose the new defensive line and linebacker coaches.

Both Don Brown and Greg Schiano are younger than Greg Mattison; Chris Partridge is slightly younger than Jeff Hafley.

Both Schiano and Partridge, as well as Hafley, are natives of northern New Jersey where some of that state's top football schools are located -- St. Joseph Regional of Montvale (ranked number one among New Jersey's football teams in 2018; from Hafley's hometown), Don Bosco Prep (where Jabrill Peppers first played), Bergen Catholic, DePaul Catholic (the school that gave Michigan Michael Dwumfour and one-time highly rated recruit Kareem Walker) and Paramus Catholic (where Jabrill Peppers finished his career and where Rashan Gary, Juwann Bushell-Beatty and one-time Michigan recruit Drew Singleton played).

01/06/2019 - 11:20am Just one wafer-thin mint. 

Just one wafer-thin mint. 

01/06/2019 - 10:53am Maybe there's a business…

Maybe there's a business model for this when workers feel like management would benefit from their input.

Would it be helpful for Shea Patterson and the other team leaders on the offensive side of the ball to demonstrate their leadership skills by coming up with a list of no more than 20 plays, whether from Michigan’s playbook or from other college teams or NFL teams that they agree (a) they’re comfortable running, (b) they believe can succeed and (c) would benefit the overall offensive game plan?

They could speak with each of the four principal position groups (quarterbacks; running backs and fullbacks; receivers and tight ends; offensive linemen) and have each group come up with a list of their top five plays – a total of no more than 20.

They could prepare a video that shows each of those plays, whether they’re from the Michigan playbook, other college teams or NFL teams.  Then they could show the video to the coaches and make the case for incorporating those plays into the spring practice sessions and, if they work well during the spring, test them again during pre-season practices and incorporate each of the plays that work well into every game plan for the 2019 season.

This won’t limit the offensive coordinator’s ability to devise the game plan of his choosing, but it will give the players a sense that their voices are being heard when it comes to determining how well they will be able to perform.

01/04/2019 - 10:34am (No subject)

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01/04/2019 - 10:30am Like most of those other bar…

Like most of those other bar-trivia team names, Raven Lunatics was a team from the early 1980's in the years after the Trivial Pursuit board game had been issued and bars began hosting trivia nights.  I'm so old (born during the Truman administration) that before you mentioned "Teen Titans Go episode", I had no knowledge of that TV show.

EDIT:  After playing in a college alumni league in the 1980's (mostly with law-firm teams and briefly in a league comprised of alumni from Boston-area schools), I discovered that the older I got, the less connected I became to modern-day culture. After too many years as a litigator in a high-pressure NYC law firm, I had no time for bar-trivia leagues.  I wouldn't even know how bars can manage trivia nights when everyone now is using a smartphone with internet access. 

01/04/2019 - 9:51am There's a Cure for that.  

There's a Cure for that.  

01/04/2019 - 9:47am Among the memorable names of…

Among the memorable names of bar-trivia teams I’ve played against over the years:  Justin deNikkov Thyme, Wossamotta Unicorns (astounding knowledge of TV-cartoon trivia), Patty Hearst Castle, Raven Lunatics (they were either fans of Edgar Allen Poe or just loved the City of Baltimore), Hot Cross Puns (Holy Cross alums), Pahk DeKahNivores (Harvard alums), Mass Debaters (UMass-Amherst alums), My Hammy’s Screaming Eagles (Boston College alums; the Miami Screaming Eagles were a charter member of the World Hockey Association, but they never played a game because there was no suitable arena in the Miami area), Gobi Ewe (Boston University alums), Tree of Life Savers, Old King Cole Slaw, 59th Street Bridget Bardot and the Feelin' Groovies, First Rule of Fight Club, I Seize Grateful Dead People, John Milton's Lost Office Space.

01/04/2019 - 9:15am You might have to search for…

You might have to search for its meaning. Some say that it might be hidden deep in the recesses of Wolverine Devotee's Super Guides.

01/04/2019 - 9:00am Happy National Trivia Day,…

Happy National Trivia Day, MGoBloggers. Here's hoping that both you and all of the Michigan Wolverines' athletes will enjoy all of your pursuits in 2019!  Go Blue!national trivia day.png

01/03/2019 - 4:26am Another Possible Turning…

Another Possible Turning Point of the Florida Game

Ronnie Bell takes the opening kickoff 32 yards, and but for an ankle tackle from behind, it looked like he might’ve gone all the way for a TD. 

Shea Patterson opens with a 21-yard run before Chris Evans struggles to get one yard.

Now, the turning point.  On a jet sweep, freshman Christian Turner turns the corner and runs 46 yards for a “score” – until replays show that one foot was out of bounds after he’d gained only eight yards. Then, Ben Mason, the guy who’s supposed to be the toughest guy on the team, runs into a wall on consecutive plays and Michigan turns the ball over on downs.

In hindsight, on a fake to Mason up the middle on fourth down, Shea Patterson might’ve been able to bootleg around the right side and either run or pitch to Chris Evans on his right for first-down yardage.

In fewer than two minutes elapsed on the game clock, Michigan’s offensive unit went from spirited jubilation to frustrated deflation in the course of 30 seconds of play. For the rest of that game, little seemed to go right for Michigan’s offense, including that deep pass to Nico Collins that turned into an interception. I keep thinking about how Michigan's offense might've opened up throughout the game IF, with 13:40 to play in the first quarter, Michigan had been leading 7-0 after a jet sweep had gone for a score.

01/02/2019 - 5:05pm I suspect that most…

I suspect that most MGoBloggers are too young to remember TV in the 1960's, but years before Super Dave Osborne demonstrated his daring acts and decades before Marty Funkhouser arrived on the scene, there was Officer Judy on a groundbreaking, controversial TV show.

12/29/2018 - 7:48am May Vincent Smith's fingers…

May Vincent Smith's fingers point to a Michigan Wolverines victory today in Atlanta.

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12/28/2018 - 8:26am Happy National Chocolate…

Happy National Chocolate Candy Day, MGoBloggers! Indulge wisely and make it a sweet day!National-Chocolate-Candy-Day.png

12/27/2018 - 3:01pm Let's see what happens later…

Let's see what happens later today when the Wisconsin Badgers, without Alex Hornibrook at QB, meet the Miami Hurricanes at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York.  Winning coach gets to wear Lou Gehrig's pants. pinstripe bowl.jpg

12/27/2018 - 11:51am Understand your feelings…

Understand your feelings completely.  I began watching the college football bowl games on a console TV with the picture broadcast in black-and-white when the Sugar, Cotton, Orange and Rose Bowls all were played on New Year’s Day.  The first college bowl game I ever watched might’ve been the first one ever broadcast on NBC – the 1958 Sugar Bowl in which Ole Miss beat Texas.

The corporate takeover of college football saddens me, but it might be the only way for the game to thrive, especially considering how many more entertainment distractions exist today that we didn’t have back in 1958. 

Continuing a pattern that started for me years ago, I’ve yet to watch even one full quarter of play in any of the college football bowl games played this season.  But I’ve never been to a college football bowl game, so I’ve still got that among the hundreds of items on my bucket list.

12/26/2018 - 11:42am There's a song I wrote about…

Have replies to BPONE been blocked?

12/26/2018 - 11:38am 1.  Chatster seemed like a…

1.  Chatster seemed like a perfectly anonymous name to use as an homage to what long ago was the go-to site for chats about one of my other interests -- rock 'n' roll music.

2.  The avatar describes my feelings about joining organizations.groucho-marx-quotes-21.jpg

12/26/2018 - 11:30am There's a song I wrote about…

Oops! Wrong thread.

12/26/2018 - 8:32am Need 'Im, Need 'Im, Got 'Im …

Need 'Im, Need 'Im, Got 'Im -- Baseball Card Collecting in the 1950's

When my family was moving to a new home when Dwight Eisenhower was nearing the end of his presidency, my mother took all my shoe boxes filled with sports cards (a nickel a pack in those days) and my stacks of comic books (a dime apiece), dumped them in a large cardboard box and threw them all away.

Thirty years ago, when my young sons started to collect sports cards and Starting Lineup figures, I promised myself that I wouldn’t throw them away.  Now, with about fifty banker’s boxes and numerous, large plastic containers filled with cards and plastic figures taking up space in my basement, I have to wonder whether I should’ve saved some of that money and bought stock in Apple’s initial public offering.

In the early 1990's, a friend of mine met a guy from New Jersey who’d jump-started the card-collecting craze of the 1980's when it seemed like there were card-collectors’ shows every weekend and specialty card-and-comic-book stores were popping up all over.  He called himself “Mr. Mint” and became the most famous sports card and sports memorabilia dealer in the country.  LINK to some stories about him.

12/25/2018 - 10:33pm There's an online price…

There's an online price guide from Tuff Stuff for rough estimates of values for cards and plastic figures from various sports.  

12/22/2018 - 6:07pm (No subject)
12/22/2018 - 7:05am Hope that Harbaugh and…

Hope that Harbaugh and whoever the assistant coaches for the offense are will have better answers than Cliff Clavin. 

12/21/2018 - 2:11pm (No subject)

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12/21/2018 - 8:54am The maize background on that…

The maize background on that photo he posted on his Ye Olde Twitterer page might be the clue that he's Goin' Blue!