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01/19/2019 - 2:45pm Rule of thumb is to never… Rule of thumb is to never watch road games against Indiana, Purdue, Iowa or Wisconsin because you age a year of life from the frustration with the home cooking. I went out and got a massage during the game. Great decision.
01/16/2019 - 2:36pm I'd like to see: 

A week of…

I'd like to see: 

A week of video submissions where readers express their fanhood through interpretive dance or bowling attire with top submissions receiving Brian autographs on items from Brian's weekly grocery consumption like a pizza box or hot pocket wrapper.

Any LSU Freak content, or the propagation of a UM Freak equivalent.

Drawing competitions to see who can make Larry Nassar, Chris Carter, John Engler or Zach Smith look more like a butt wart or hershey stripe.

More Knowledge content.

A new acronym like "OT" added to any posts involving recruits and their nonverbal verbals to facilitate avoiding the white noise and speculation, unless the scoops come via Counter Strike conversations in which case legit.

A documentary on the life, travels and twitter career of Wolverine Devotee with requisite parental guidance warnings.

01/16/2019 - 2:23pm Yes, verbal commitments don…

Yes, verbal commitments don't mean much.  In other news...

He's just a kid so let's wish him the best.

01/16/2019 - 2:21pm When one of your trustees…

When one of your trustees publicly says you're not just a bully, but a mean spirited human being, it's time to look in the mirror, shave your demonic, pointy eye brows down a bit, disappear for a while and develop a healthy drinking habit.

01/16/2019 - 2:16pm Fuck Ohio State and all news…

Fuck Ohio State and all news content associated with them.

Fuck that they have free reign over a powerful recruiting state all to themselves while we have to split a mediocre recruiting state with an annoying, Axe body spraying little brother.

Fuck that their tattoo scandal ended as a blessing as they were to upgrade from a good coach to an all-timer.

Fuck Zach Smith, the Boren clan, Roid Boy David Boston, Chris Carter, and the rest of them.

Except Spielman.  He's good peeps.

01/12/2019 - 1:57pm After Nussmeier came here…

After Nussmeier came here from Bama and laid a turd I'm dubious on some of these moves but I guess it's better than plucking coaches from say, Rutger

01/11/2019 - 12:49pm 1. Michigan will lose a few…

1. Michigan will lose a few games on the road in the Big Ten.  No question.  Probably Indiana and MSU and at least two other random games.  

2. There will be no individual game in which any Michigan fan worth his salt will root for the team to lose.

01/08/2019 - 9:20am Good post.  God forbid…

Good post.  God forbid college football programs keep internal discussions after setbacks private lest competitors pounce on the rancor to sway impressionable young recruits...  

01/08/2019 - 9:02am How can we be 12/1 and ND 25…

How can we be 12/1 and ND 25/1 when they bring back their QB as well?  I mean, I can see how ND would be even with us, but less than half as likely?  Do not understand and sniff some bullshit here.

01/08/2019 - 8:58am Couldn't disagree more.  We…

Couldn't disagree more.  We need fresh, creative coaching minds out there, not the predictable, bag of mediocrity that follows Hoke around wherever he goes.  Further, if I never hear "WELLLLL....." again the rest of my life that will be great.

01/07/2019 - 5:00pm no? you mean bo?

no? you mean bo?

01/07/2019 - 9:58am The Shigs Higgins comes to…

The Shigs Higgins comes to mind for his put back bucket against Illinois in '89.  Has nothing to do with defense or this thread, but just a great little memory to ease me into a Monday morning.

01/02/2019 - 2:19pm Waiting for the feeling to…

Waiting for the feeling to return to my dong after November before caring enough.  Not sure I'll get that feeling back for another 320 days.

12/30/2018 - 1:58am This is what we saw after…

This is what we saw after last year's game, and expected the product of that self reflection this year.  Guess it's time for double-secret self reflection.

12/30/2018 - 1:55am Totally disagree with…

Totally disagree with everything you say.  Getting from good to great isn't about personnel aside from QB because every year you will have to reload somewhere important.  It's about scheme and coaching and the sad realization from this year is that (a) Harbaugh's schemes just do not generate enough explosiveness, rock paper scissors wins, and creativity relative to other top college offenses (OSU, OK, Clemson) and (b) Brown's gimmick is up.  Much in the way the spread and read options took the world by storm until they were solved, now too Brown's D took opponents by storm but is now solved.  Florida sprinkled in a little of everything, tunnel screens, crossing routes, pick plays, etc., etc.  Bottom line is with the incredible players we had this year on both sides of the ball, to end the season the usual 0-2 the way we did, means it's 100% back to the drawing board for Harbaugh.

12/22/2018 - 2:09pm Really dude? You really…

Really dude? You really think Harbaugh would have pulled all those PERMISSIBLE recruiting antics and ploys if Michigan could just rely on bagmen like the SEC does?  Can you name me one high profile recruit that was crystal balled to another school for a long time that suddenly switched to Michigan out of the blue?  You really think Michigan, with our deep pocketed and rabid alumni base would consistently lose 4 and 5 stars to other programs the way we do if we were up to something funky? Can you provide the slightest shred of evidence at all?

Sorry dude, but until the slightest evidence arrives, we'll throw the first stone at shady bullshit like this.  

On a side note, recruits are not as important to me as coaches that can solve schemes.  Brown needs to figure Day out, and Harbaugh needs to continue playing 11 v 11 on offense.  That's the start, middle and end of the story as it relates to the success of this program going forward because we will always get decent recruits.  CLEANLY.

12/22/2018 - 1:59pm You must be either really…

You must be either really young or really naive.  If you follow the patterns of recruiting long enough, you can whiff out the smell of cheating pretty easily.  I'll snap shot your post here and get back to you in 5 years when Tennessee is on probation with bowl bans.

12/22/2018 - 1:57pm BULLETIN: So did you just…

BULLETIN: So did you just cut and paste that from something an Ole Miss apologist posted a few years back to cover their abhorrent rules violations when players like Treadwell chose Ole Miss out of the blue with no clear nexus at all?  Lazy.

12/22/2018 - 1:52pm Yep at this point there is…

Yep at this point there is little doubt that Tennessee has sold it's soul to "just win baby" and will end up the way of Ole Miss in a few years.  Next year we can start looking at their incoming classes to see what talent we can pluck our way after sanctions and bowl bans hit them.

12/19/2018 - 11:36am Looking like a great class…

Looking like a great class but what I really want to know is 1. Will Don Brown solve Ryan Day, and 2. Will Harbaugh continue to leverage the RPO, 11 v 11 well?

If the answer to those two questions is "yes" then that is worth about the equivalent of 6 or 7 5 star recruits Going Blue each year.

12/18/2018 - 12:58pm Domino from that ass beating…

Domino from that ass beating last month.

12/17/2018 - 2:53pm Bet it was about academics…

Bet it was about academics but I have zero to back that. 

Posting this deep down here to sulk openly and hopefully not before too many eyes but yeah, after that OSU game I threw the towel in spiritually for this program after 40 years of carrying the torch.  We'll have a season here or there where we might beat OSU but I think this hold out for a return to the dominance of the 70's - 90's is over.  Three reasons:

1. We're Ivy Lite.  A program hamstrung by standards and integrity that prevents us from competing with the dumb, dirty big boys, and like Ivies, we're smug about it.  Unlike the rabble, we would never compromise on these principles much as Ivy League schools.

2. We share recruits with a Little Brother University in a state that is inferior in talent relative to our main rival who has their talent rich state all to themselves.

3. Bad luck.  The Gods do hate us for some reason, such as always scheduling the OSU game on the road every year we're actually good (2006, 2016, 2018).

Hey, at least we're suddenly a basketball school.

 

12/13/2018 - 12:34pm Nowadays that bit would get…

Nowadays that bit would get all involved fired, sued and publicly shamed and banished for life due to it's depiction of violence against a woman.  Apologies would ensue.  Sad.

12/13/2018 - 12:13pm Loved Turner from the…

Loved Turner from the glimpses of his game this year.  Won't be surprised to see him feature next year.

12/12/2018 - 12:15pm I predict more BPONE than…

I predict more BPONE than all other BPONE years put together.

12/11/2018 - 10:57am I could get behind his…

I could get behind his message penalizing teams for playing all of their games at home, but I can also get behind my personal message that road games are not always a fair indicator of the best team when you're usually playing 5 against 8 with referees making every marginal call, and most fantasy calls, in favor of the home team.  Home cooked refereeing ruins the sport for me, especially when the home team is down big, at which point the referees usually take 50/50 bias and slant it 80/20 until the score gets a little more reputable.

12/10/2018 - 8:48pm Of course he will be a…

Of course he will be a Buckeye.  That loss to OSU was the worst program loss since 2006 in the impact it is going to have on program trajectory.  JH had his players, and had his coaches and got wiped out.  Still love him and want him to be our coach, and have a glimmer of hope he will eventually figure it out, but that loss has stunted us another 3 years.

12/07/2018 - 4:31pm I remember back in the good…

I remember back in the good old days when my first thought upon hearing surprising news wasn't to instantly call bullshit.

12/07/2018 - 4:29pm Bottom line is the Harbaugh…

Bottom line is the Harbaugh clan feeds off of competition.  It's their life blood right along air, milk and steak.  Ohio State has presented Jim with a level of competition that must be translating into some serious life giving energy, and I'm confident he will rise to the occasion.  Not to mention that leaving now or any time soon would leave a signficant scar on Jim's legacy.  He has work to do, and he's going to get after it.  Love our coach.

12/06/2018 - 8:25am Surprised to see IU so low.  

Surprised to see IU so low.  

11/30/2018 - 1:19pm Just makes no sense.  I call…

Just makes no sense.  I call bullshit.

11/28/2018 - 12:39pm I'm with EGJ.  The greater…

I'm with EGJ.  The greater evil is Ped State and their delusional, jopa loving fans and their board that has the audacity to employ a Paterno.

11/27/2018 - 12:10pm Fabulous Joey.  Just what I…

Fabulous Joey.  Just what I was looking for.  Thank you sir.

11/27/2018 - 9:17am Worst post ever.

Worst post ever.

11/27/2018 - 9:16am Yes I am surprised when our …

Yes I am surprised when our #1 defense with 1st/2nd round picks at all three levels, with our all world D coordinator gives up more points in our most important game than any other Michigan defense, EVER, GERG defenses included.

11/26/2018 - 2:02pm Here, let me help you out. …

Here, let me help you out.  Hell is the Gods blessing us with the #1 defense in the country, peppered with first/second round picks at all three levels, coupled with a D coordinator considered by many as the finest in the game, setting us up with an expectation of 100% defensive performance, then turning around and watching this all world D give up more points than any other Michigan defense, even some really, really horrible Rich Rod defenses, ever gave up to our arch rival. 

Hell is expecting that, after three losses in a row, our all-world coach would leave nothing to chance in preparation for this, the most important game of the year, and that he would find a way to help the team perform to expectations, much as it had the past two years in the rivalry.  Specifically, acknowledging that Haskins is the best passing QB Ohio State has ever had, and that the staff would do absolutely everything in it's power to scheme disrupting him.  WHIFF.

If 50% is the average Michigan defensive performance, we expected a 100% this game and got a 1%.  The closest I can think to this game in terms of the defense being humiliated was Oregon 2007 when the only thing Ron English thought when he heard the word "spread" was to spread his ass cheeks, but in that game the expectation was nowhere near as high as it was for the D in this game.

Frustration = Expectation/Reality

Hell = 100/1

We were all already in the BPONE after years of BPONE reinforcement, but the way this year was shaping up, finally, finally we were Charlie Brown believing Lucy would leave that ball there for us to kick.  We finally dared to believe and take a peek from under our Sysyphean BPONE rock.  SPLAT.  Fuck Lucy.

11/26/2018 - 1:57pm Entitled much?  Excellent…

Entitled much?  Excellent analysis for the prior 11 games, and the fact that there are still several follow up posts with such analysis to follow not good enough for you in your urgency for analysis on a Monday?  Congrats on arguably the douchiest, most entitled post I've ever read on this site.

11/26/2018 - 1:42pm You just may be my long lost…

You just may be my long lost twin spirit.  I also left a house party after the punt block, and spent the rest of the weekend ruminating about how I got myself to where the success of this team was so closely bound to my self-esteem.  I am still depressed and consider this the lowest moment in my Michigan fandom ever, even lower than the Horror, with 2006 OSU a close second.  At least with the Horror this thing called BPONE didn't yet exist and I still had a full mental arsenal of hope and faith for the excellence and future of the program based upon decades of prior success.

I pondered how after 20 years of bachelorhood, I had a big void of interests to fill upon getting married and how I'd made the fateful decision to reinvest in my Michigan fandom 10 years ago, leading to reading MGoBlog 2-3 time a day, and venturing over to recruiting sites, and getting myself to where I knew the story behind every player, and the story behind every game coach and team.  I realized all of this made it all worse. 

Back in the 80s I wouldn't know 80% of the players' names due to no internet or recruiting sites.  Being a Michigan fan was just light entertainment and fun.  I was far more detached.

I walked out of the house party knowing something was wrong with me that I was unable to continue enjoying the company of friends and fraternity brothers I saw very rarely, because that was all outweighed by what amounted to torture in continuing to be in the presence of that game on that screen, with what was happening to players and coaches I had grown to care for from afar.

MGoBlog is my favorite site on the internet, and Michigan football is my favorite passion outside family/work, but the only conclusion I can draw is that my life needs to get out and get some air.  

11/26/2018 - 10:21am Disagree.  This one was…

Disagree.  This one was bigger than 2016 in terms of ramifications.  2016 we were dogs and JH did not have all of his pieces, and certainly no mobile 5 start QB to work with.  So when we lost, we could still point to the future.

This year JH was fully loaded with all of his weapons and as loaded a defense as you can ever hope for in college at all three levels, and this was the end result.

It's over.  It's resoundingly clear Meyer's approach to X's and O's is superior to Harbaugh's.  Harbaugh is still the better man and he may walk into seasons where the pieces work out, but what Saturday made clear is JH is an excellent college football coach, but will not be a Saban whose approach to a program moves a college football program to the top of the mountain.  JH is going to need help and luck to do so.

I don't give up on him because he has the competitive fire and humility and he may find a way, but whatever that way is, it is not clear, and certainly not something I would put faith into.

My only silver lining is that every time we have had an elite team - 2006, 2016, 2018 - the Game has motherfucking been AT Columbus.  For once I'd like us to be loaded and have the Game be at home.  Just seems like our team is mediocre whenever the game is at home.

11/23/2018 - 6:57pm I turned 5-0 today.  My…

I turned 5-0 today.  My birthday gift will not come until tomorrow at about 3:30 PM.

11/20/2018 - 1:40pm Good article from back in…

Good article from back in the day:

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2016-12-01/do-college-football-refs-have-it-in-for-your-team

 

Also, how do we find out which crew is working the game for a quick Ohio resident background check?

11/20/2018 - 1:16pm '88 game in Columbus we were…

'88 game in Columbus we were there with our fraternity.  Night before we dared sing the Victors at a local bar.  After we left, a bouncer gathered about 10 other meatheads who followed us around a street, and quickly circled the one brother daring enough wear his Michigan hat to that bouncer's bar.  He cold cocked my friend in the face, dropping him to the floor, and another came up and kicked my friend square in the face.  Then they all smirked and looked at the rest of us, comprised mostly of freshmen and sophomores half their body weight, and walked away.

Efforts to get the police involved proved fruitless.  That was the first and last time I ever visited Columbus.

11/20/2018 - 10:14am I feel better about this…

I feel better about this year than 2016 but I hate feeling that this game is 100X more important for our program than it is for OSU's.  I also hate that almost every time over the last 20 years that we have had a killer team, the game has been AT OSU.  2006, 2016 come to mind, with very close losses.  And now this year....

I feel like we have a 60% chance to win, driven mostly by JH's burning focus on this all year, and hopefully having stacked the cupboard with surprises much as Franklin and Moorehead did against us last year.

11/20/2018 - 9:32am Only downer on that game…

Only downer on that game were the yellow Rams jerseys.  Growing up in Michigan I fell in love with the Rams because they were the team with the closest color scheme to Michigan in the pros.  Both teams have beautiful helmets and uniforms but I hated our yellows against Florida and hated these yellows too.  Other than that, Go Rams and Lions!

11/19/2018 - 4:10pm This game is a coin flip…

This game is a coin flip that will likely go with whomever wins turn overs.

M Pros

- Performed better this year relative to OSU
- Solid on both sides of the ball whereas OSU D is a mess
- Mobile QB on a quality UM team for the first time in forever (RR and Hoke years don't count)
- Urban is distracted, mental
- JH has likely loaded the cupboard for this one after going 0-3.
- Finally facing an OSU QB who is not all that mobile
- Better for BIG if UM wins for likely playoff

M Cons

- While the D is a mess, OSU's offense can be as explosive as any in the country.
- In the Shoe. Tack on 4 points just for that.
- Referees.  Tack on 7 points there.  Expect minimum 5 PI calls against UM, 2 non-called OSU personal fouls, and 3 non-called holds on their O line.
- OSU still has talent and is still 10-1
- Chase likely not playing (my personal take, no info backing that up).
- Recent history
- Delaney hates UM

I have no take on who will win this game and my faith 100% rests on just how much JH and DB have stored for this game in order to overcome all the cons.

11/19/2018 - 12:01pm After the game my first…

After the game my first thought was how little interest I would ever have again in watching that game again.  It was just excruciating and took 4 hours.  Flags, injuries, cramps, QB escapes, converted IU 3rd downs, just painful,  but nowhere near as painful as watching Maryland miss a wide open pass to a guy  7 yards away to beat OSU...About as tough a weekend as I can imagine where we actually won.

11/18/2018 - 5:31pm My hopes rest on JH and DB…

My hopes rest on JH and DB having schemed all year for this game and executing as well as last year, except with a better QB against a worse OSU team.

I fully expect the refs to shaft us again with lots of interference calls, and holds on their O lines that go uncalled.

11/16/2018 - 9:48am OT and I would put it on the…

OT and I would put it on the coach.  If a kid who is healthy doesn't suit up, he shouldn't be on the sidelines distracting and making a spectacle.  He should be left home.

11/15/2018 - 10:11am True there is a "respekt"…

True there is a "respekt" aura about this team in how it's consistently undervalued, but it goes about earning that respect year after year with hard work, defense and integrity behind a class act coach as opposed to steroids, criminals and "chip on our shoulder" references employed by certain rivals.

11/14/2018 - 11:39am My favorite recent Mirthless…

My favorite recent Mirthless Mark moment was his defense to getting cold busted by Harbaugh for laughing while presiding over the Bush League march:

"That's BS."

Insightful retort there.  I think I'll use that one next time in court.