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10/08/2016 - 7:56am One of my fav recurring

One of my fav recurring pieces on mgoblog. Thanks for posting and great work.

08/23/2016 - 6:48pm Woodson

Graduated in 1997. And...was at The Rose Bowl.

11/30/2015 - 8:14pm Spot on. Bad decision,

Spot on. Bad decision, whether it was coach or player, to go after the punt. And the momentum completely changed after that.

11/30/2015 - 10:34am I'm glad they were passing.

I'm glad they were passing. We couldn't stop the run at all. Passing was merciful.

11/25/2015 - 10:50am Love reading these types of

Love reading these types of posts. Great analysis despite the overuse of the word 'mitigate.'  ;)

10/29/2015 - 10:43am QB Sitch

Who is the leader to start at QB for UM next season? 

10/21/2015 - 10:37am God, I admire you.

God, I admire you.

10/18/2015 - 4:06pm At least MSU is back to

At least MSU is back to winning games by luck, strange circumstances, or controversy.

That's how it used to be: Michigan winning most of the games with Spartan victories coming amid fortunate bounces and one in a million incidents. So far, in 6 games, Harbaugh and his staff coached these players (recruited under another coach and a mediocre, emergency quarterback) to come within 10 seconds of a win over a team that had outscored them 64-17 in the last 2 games.

I expect a Harbaugh-led Michigan program to fully restore the rivalry by winning 2 of the next 3 at a minimum.

09/20/2015 - 12:26pm Start him

Start him

09/12/2015 - 4:24pm Oregon State is not good

Certainly glad Michigan won, but, let's not go overboard here.

03/13/2015 - 7:53pm Hilarious

Guy reveals about as much as Hoke in his pressers...gets nothing but love.

02/18/2015 - 7:22pm Just my opinion

Dantonio didn't "go to extremes" to find motivational material. Mike Hart flat out gave it to him on national TV. Might as well have pinned it to the MSU locker room door.

Here's the thing: Mike Hart wasn't wrong. At the time, Michigan had won 14 of the last 20 matchup with MSU in football, including 5 in a row (I'm not googling these stats, they might be a little off...but they're close). And when MSU did win, there was controversy (Clockgate, Deamond getting tripped in the end zone).

The point is, Mike Hart's statement was true at the time. Still, I wish he would've never said it. It was unsportsmanlike, but, that can be forgiven considering the context of when he was interviewed.

Furthermore, MSU is "all grown up" now. Routinely whipping Michigan's ass in football. Also, Michigan's recent dominance in basketball is just a blip after a long history of MSU consistent winning.

The "little brother" comment, even though it was true when said, has done WAY more harm than good, in my opinion.

02/01/2015 - 4:11pm While that may be true, you

While that may be true, you wouldn't know it from this write up. 

That said - great snarky writing! :)

02/01/2015 - 3:58pm I don't know

It seems kind of hypocritical and juvenile to taunt MSU fans for citing recent football history exclusively when referring to the 'dominance' of their football program over UM...and then turn around and use the recent UM basketball record to rationalize today's loss.

MSU won the game. They deserve credit for that.

11/13/2014 - 4:33pm "...people are admitted to a

"...people are admitted to a University because they have a particular skill, are expected to hone that skill upwards of 40 hours a week, and also get a meaningful degree in something totally unrelated..."

Not necessarily disagreeing here, but, music students get a degree in music. It's entirely related to their field of study.

Music gets "lumped in as an acceptable academic pursuit" because music is academic. Music degrees are not entirely about performance on ones major instrument. Music students do not just practice their instruments, take a few unrelated classes, and graduate with a degree. The list of related academic music classes is long and challenging.

Advanced degrees (as well as experience) are required in order to teach music at the highest levels. The academic rigor required for Masters level and PhD/DMA students, as well as applicants to the highest music teaching jobs worldwide, are constantly increasing. As far as I know, high level coaching jobs require little in the way of academic rigor and lean heavily on experience.

All in all, a thought provoking post. Not sure the music degree analogy is exactly perfect, but, it's a good place to start. Some parallels there, to be sure.

11/09/2014 - 9:53am He is hurt

He is hurt

11/07/2014 - 6:41pm Dang it

This is the best we can do? Wasn't Green the top RB in the nation? At least one of them. Something tells me he'd be doing better at another school/coaching staff. :-/

"Combine Smith's power and balance with Johnson's speed and Hayes's quicks and you'd have something. All three seem to be lacking major bits of being a top tier RB."

11/07/2014 - 2:35pm Annnnnd...1000 points to

Annnnnd...1000 points to you!

*my favorite movie ever

11/07/2014 - 1:54pm Re: OSU

Gout is no joke. If you don't have it, do NOT get it.

10/28/2014 - 3:14pm Blech

This is catty, immature, "he said-she said" B.S.

The performance of the athletic department, specifically the football team, is enough to send him packing. This is like reading notes passed back and forth between 7th graders in study hall. Gross.

10/27/2014 - 3:24pm "Willie Henry took the brunt

"Willie Henry took the brunt of a Michigan State OL to the side of his knee, just like Denard took late hits and Mike Martin took a dirty chop block long after things had been decided. As per usual, Michigan shrugged at it."

This.

10/25/2014 - 2:46am Michigan wins by 10.
Hoke

Michigan wins by 10.

Hoke saves his job.

Mgoblog implodes on itself.

10/23/2014 - 3:56pm Maybe it's just me, but, MSU

Maybe it's just me, but, MSU has not looked like world beaters really. I certainly think michigan could keep it close and contend in the 4th if the kids play their best game.

10/23/2014 - 3:54pm Norfleet has been severely

Norfleet has been severely underutilized and devalued as an offensive contributor at Michigan. As one of the only, if the only truly explosive player on offense (speed-wise, anyway), he should have a MUCH bigger role on every series. Can you possibly envision him being involved to this minimal degree as a player for A&M, Baylor, Oregon, Indiana, Alabama, et al?

I blame the coaching staff. /shocker

10/21/2014 - 1:09pm I didn't love the Hart

I didn't love the Hart comments at the time. Still don't really. That stuff always seems to have a way of coming back around and biting you in the backside.
However, as a friend of mine explained to me when we were talking about this, Mike Hart was CORRECT. Up until then (and even including recent history) the overwhelming balance of these games were won by Michigan. Games that MSU won frequently were controversial (Clockgate, Phantom PI on Desmond in the end zone, etc). Very typical of a match up between a dominant big brother and an upstart little brother.
I'm not saying Hart should've said it...but...he's not wrong.

10/12/2014 - 10:35pm No way Mullen is coming here.

No way Mullen is coming here.

10/11/2014 - 10:56am Just flipped past and saw the

Just flipped past and saw the Block M on the screen. Stuck around to watch the 30 second interview (Brady looked nervous on camera, actually) and then, for some reason, listened while those 3 blowhards laughed at Michigan. Desmond just smiling through it all. Then I remembered why I don't watch pregame, halftime, or postgame shows and quickly changed the channel. I do not need those guys to tell me what they 'think' or describe what I already saw.

/thanks for listening

10/11/2014 - 10:45am Some bad decisions being made

Some bad decisions being made down in Florida. However, maybe it will take the focus off Michigan a little bit. Sheesh.

10/08/2014 - 12:59pm To open with App State and

To open with App State and end with Miss State. That's rough. I was 1993-1997.

As a band member, I personally witnessed: Gary Moeller/Lloyd Carr transition, Remy Hamilton with the game winner at ND '94 (Michigan fans rushing the field in South Bend), Kordell Stewart, Biakabutuka rush for 313, Purdue '95 (the coldest I've ever been), Purdue '96 (very disappointing), Tyrone Wheatley, Charles Woodson, Virginia '95 (Driesbach-Hayes to complete the comback and win 18-17 in the 4th quarter...also, Lloyd's first game as head coach), Bowl losses to A+M and 'Bama, Bowl wins over Colorado State and NC State. 4 years sandwiched between Rose Bowls.

That was back when we thought 8-4 was kind of a bad season. I remember being disappointed that I never got to march in a Rose Parade. Somehow, the expectiations have fallen since then.

10/08/2014 - 12:19pm Right on

I like the fact that you're not calling people out in this post. I remember all the accolades Hoke was getting in 2011 and did think it was odd that some of the same people were piling on the "fire him" bandwagon now.

Michigan's struggles this year are a giant mystery to me.

Getting shut out at ND? Losing to Rutgers? 2-4 start? 10 men on the field multiple times? RBs making bad decisions? QB play regressing at an alarming rate?

I did not see that coming. It's all very confusing.

10/05/2014 - 2:00am I had forgotten about

I had forgotten about that!

That. Is. Hilarious. 

That's Lion football.

10/04/2014 - 12:57pm What a great post. Thanks.

What a great post. Thanks.

10/03/2014 - 6:49pm I like their uniforms.

I like their uniforms.

10/03/2014 - 4:01pm Stop the insanity

*

09/30/2014 - 10:31pm My gawd...we are ND

My gawd...we are ND

09/26/2014 - 2:40pm Yeah...but is he a Michigan

Yeah...but is he a Michigan Man? /sarcasm

Seriously, lots of cool misdirection in the Stitt offense. I'd like to see Norfleet in motion on that fly sweep play. 

09/26/2014 - 1:47pm Predicting a loss is one

Predicting a loss is one thing, but, saying "I don't care" is weak sauce. Never figured mgoblog readers to be such fair weather fans...only caring if the team is a national championship contender. The apathy is nauseating.

Michigan wins, 24-10, FWIW.

"Buck up, little camper!"

 

09/25/2014 - 1:11pm "If he's the quarterback and

"If he's the quarterback and Minnesota falls behind in the second half, it'll be serious trouble for the Gophers."

Given how Michigan has come out of the gate this year...I don't think this is a high possibility. Unless of course they pull together and play inspired to tacitly defend the public/media/former player assault on their head coach. Here's hoping! :)

09/23/2014 - 12:55pm Lots of love for Mattison on these boards/comments

As a reminder, he's the last die-hard Brady Hoke fan in the universe. He came here because of Brady and will leave when Brady does. All this talk about promoting him to HC, is pie in the sky stuff. Mattison is gone when Hoke is, unfortunately.

09/21/2014 - 9:03pm Where's all the uproar about

Where's all the uproar about Nuss? Hate on Hoke all you want (and a lot of it is deserved), but, it certainly seems to me that Hoke is a 'manager' type coach. He's the head coach and ultimately responsible for the direction of the program. To that end, he clearly hires people to run the offense, defense, special teams, etc and steers clear of any real direct interference (see: no headset/direct play calling influence on gameday). Hoke has a vision of what he wants and hires guys around him whom he thinks can best develop that vision.

So - doesn't Nuss get some blame here? I don't hear much ire directed his way. That's not entirely fair, IMO.

Somewhere Al Borges is saying, "Not as easy as it looks, eh?"

09/21/2014 - 8:51pm "See Wisconsin - a very not

"See Wisconsin - a very not great but competent team."

I don't know, man. Wisky has a Heisman contender on their team. That RB is the real deal and they look pretty good to me.

09/21/2014 - 2:29am Freakin' hilarious

How perfect is it that Michigan gives up a punt return for a touchdown after a week of spread punt know-it-all posts here.

/facepalm

09/14/2014 - 3:22pm This game wrap is so emo.

This game wrap is so emo.

09/12/2014 - 6:04pm I'll say it again

I thought Green was supposed to be an all world recruit. I just don't see it. Love these kids, but, that run from inside the 5 by Green is awful. ND defender falls down on his own because Green goes to the most unlikely place and away from the hole.

Where are the impact freshmen?

09/08/2014 - 3:55pm Combos

If you haven't tried Buffalo Blue Cheese Pretzel Combos...then you haven't tried the best flavor yet.

09/08/2014 - 9:51am Terrific write up

I lolololol'd. Thanks. :)

09/07/2014 - 10:08am Best comment I've read in a

Best comment I've read in a long time! +1 to you, sir!!

09/05/2014 - 2:49pm Green

I don't know, I have high expectations for this guy. Wasn't he an all world recruit? Love these kids, but, no running back performance blew my mind on Saturday.

08/30/2014 - 5:00pm Guys were wide open today. I

Guys were wide open today. I hope that stays the same as the season progresses against Big Ten competition. Good win!

08/28/2014 - 2:26pm Awesome

I swear, this is some of the best content on the blog. Literally has me laughing out loud!

"I CAME IN LIKE A WRECKING BALL..."

lol